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Struck 1207 – 1211, John (1199-1216). AR Penny minted at Dublin, Ireland3 viewsObverse: IOHANNES REX around triangle enclosing a crowned and draped facing bust of King John holding, in his right hand, a sceptre tipped with a cross pommée which extends through the side of the triangle into the legend. Quatrefoil to right of bust.
Reverse: ROBERD ON DIVE around triangle containing sun over crescent moon and a star in each angle. Cross pattée at apex of each point of the triangle and above legend on each of the three sides. Moneyer, Roberd.
Third issue “REX” coinage, struck to the same weight and fineness as the English standard.
This was the only coinage struck by King John in his own name.
Diameter: 18mm | Weight: 1.2gms | Die Axis: 4
SPINK: 6228

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.
King John contracted dysentery at Lynn in 1216 but, just before his death, he managed to dictate a brief will. This will still survives and as part of it John requested: "I will that my body be buried in the church of St. Mary and St. Wulfstan of Worcester".
Some of King John's favourite hunting grounds were in Worcester, at Kinver and Feckenham, and he had a special affection for Saint Wulfstan, one of the two great Anglo-Saxon saints whose shrines and tombs were also at Worcester. Both Saint Wulfstan and Saint Oswald can be seen in miniature beside the head of the effigy of King John on his tomb.
Medieval effigies usually show the subject in the prime of life, however the effigy on King John's tomb is unique in that not only is it a life-like image of him, it is also the oldest royal effigy in England.
King John's tomb has been opened twice, once in 1529 and again in 1797. At the first opening it was said that John's head was covered with a monk's cowl, however it is now thought that this was probably his coronation cap. When the tomb was opened for the second time the antiquarians responsible discovered that a robe of crimson damask had originally covered the king's body but, by 1797, most of the embroidery had deteriorated. They also found the remains of a sword which lay down the left side of the body along with parts of its scabbard.
1 comments*Alex09/14/19 at 13:49Stkp: Very nice
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Titus RIC-24819 viewsÆ As, 10.39g
Rome mint, 80-81 AD
RIC 248 (C). BMC 217. BNF 222.
Obv: IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P COS VIII; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: VICTORIA AVGVST; S C in field; Victory stg. r. on prow, with wreath and palm
Acquired from eBay, September 2019.

A fairly common As struck in Titus' large second issue of bronze in 80-81. Because Titus did not take up the consulship in 81, the issue cannot be dated more precisely. The Victory on prow is a carry-over type from the coinage of Vespasian, who in turn borrowed it from the coinage of Augustus. It is a fairly popular generic design symbolising the emperor's military successes. The prow lends it a nautical theme, perhaps alluding to a successful ongoing Flavian naval policy.

Very attractively toned with a pleasing portrait.
2 commentsDavid Atherton09/14/19 at 12:25Jay GT4: Attractive portrait with pleasing tone
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Terina Stater8 viewsItalie Bruttium, Terina, 400-356 av. J.C. AR Stater 7.38g.
D:/TEPINAIΩN Tête de nymphe à droite
R:/Nike assise sur un cippe à gauche, un oiseau posé sur la main droite
ref. Holloway & Jenkins 84, HN Italy 2629
2 commentsBrennos09/14/19 at 12:14Anaximander: Beautiful. Well centered, nicely struck, and lovel...
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Syracuse Tetradrachm5 viewsSicile, Syracuse, 466-406 av. J.C. AR Tétradrachme 17.11g.
D:/Bige au pas à d., conduit par un aurige tenant les rênes et le kentron ; le bige est couronné par Niké volant à droite. A l'exergue un Ketos.
R:/ΣVRΑΚΟ-ΣΙ-Ο-Ν , Tête d'Aréthuse à d., les cheveux relevés et retenus par un large bandeau, entourée de quatre dauphins.
ref. Boehringer 536 (V 274 / R 374), HGC Sicily 1316
1 commentsBrennos09/14/19 at 12:12Anaximander: Impressive, even better than Joe Sermarini's b...
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Syracuse Tetradrachm5 viewsSicile, Syracuse, 435-420 av. J.C. AR Tétradrachme 17.22g.
D:/Bige au pas à d., conduit par un aurige tenant les rênes et le kentron ; les chevaux sont couronnés par Niké volant à droite.
R:/ΣVRΑ-ΚΟ-Σ(Ι)-ΟΝ , Tête d'Aréthuse à d., le chignon ligaturé horizontal derrière la tête, entourée de quatre dauphins.
ref. Boehringer 676.1 this coin (V338/R463), HGC Sicily 1320
Ex Merzbacher Auktion 2 nov. 1909 lot 2563
1 commentsBrennos09/14/19 at 12:06Anaximander: Unusual type, and fantastic portrait (Tres Tres Be...
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Probus, Antoninianus, SALVS AVG, XXIV14 viewsAE Antoninianus
Probus
Augustus: 276 - 282AD
Issued: 280AD
21.5mm 3.30gr 6h
O: IMP PROBVS PF AVG; Helmeted, radiate and cuirassed bust left, holding spear over shoulder in right hand and shield with dots in design in left hand.
R: SALVS AVG; Salus, standing right, feeding snake in right hand from patera in left.
Exergue: XXIV, below line.
Siscia Mint
RIC V-2 Siscia 748, XXIV; Alfoldi 65 #48.
Aorta: B15, O79, R141, T19, M6.
master-numismatics/Marisa Andresevic 153393291318
3/3/19 7/5/19
2 commentsNicholas Z09/14/19 at 10:41Nicholas Z: My bad, Barnaba! Thank you for the correction!
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Probus, Antoninianus, VIRTVS PROBI AVG, XXIVI18 viewsAE Antoninianus
Probus
Augustus: 276 - 282AD
Issued: 278AD
22.0 x 20.0mm 2.97gr 6h
O: IMP CM AVR PROBVS P-F AVG; Radiate, cuirassed bust left, carrying shield and spear over right shoulder.
R: VIRTVS P-ROBI AVG; Mars advancing right, holding long spear and trophy.
Exergue: XXIVI, below line.
Siscia Mint
RIC V-2 Siscia 810, XXIVI; Sear 12071; Alfoldi 96, #215.
Aorta: B65, 038, R195, T41, M6.
fvrivs.rvfvs/Jeremy Mancevice 273832257126
6/19/19 7/6/19
2 commentsNicholas Z09/14/19 at 10:39Nicholas Z: Thanks Barnaba!
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Titus RIC-24819 viewsÆ As, 10.39g
Rome mint, 80-81 AD
RIC 248 (C). BMC 217. BNF 222.
Obv: IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P COS VIII; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: VICTORIA AVGVST; S C in field; Victory stg. r. on prow, with wreath and palm
Acquired from eBay, September 2019.

A fairly common As struck in Titus' large second issue of bronze in 80-81. Because Titus did not take up the consulship in 81, the issue cannot be dated more precisely. The Victory on prow is a carry-over type from the coinage of Vespasian, who in turn borrowed it from the coinage of Augustus. It is a fairly popular generic design symbolising the emperor's military successes. The prow lends it a nautical theme, perhaps alluding to a successful ongoing Flavian naval policy.

Very attractively toned with a pleasing portrait.
2 commentsDavid Atherton09/14/19 at 08:57FlaviusDomitianus: Nice example.
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Terina Stater8 viewsItalie Bruttium, Terina, 400-356 av. J.C. AR Stater 7.38g.
D:/TEPINAIΩN Tête de nymphe à droite
R:/Nike assise sur un cippe à gauche, un oiseau posé sur la main droite
ref. Holloway & Jenkins 84, HN Italy 2629
2 commentsBrennos09/13/19 at 21:38Grant H: A Masterpiece AAA+++
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S.2200 Henry VII40 viewsGroat of Henry VII (1485-1509)
Mint: London
Mintmark: cross-crosslet
Class IVa
S. 2200
O: hЄnRIC’ DI’ GRΛ’ RЄX AGL’ Z FR'
R: POSVI DЄV’ Λ DIVTOR Є’ mЄV/CIVI TAS LOn DOn

Henry Tudor's first issue of groats is really not much different from that of Richard III and all the kings before him going back to Edward III. The design would change radically during Henry's reign. This particular issue shows a little more detail in the face and hair, paralleling the developments in art the early 16th century

This particular coin is believed to have been produced around 1504-1505, the estimate for the cross-crosslet mint mark activity.

Ex- CNG
4 commentsNap09/13/19 at 13:41*Alex: Superb portrait. Great coin.
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S.2492 Mary I28 viewsGroat of Mary I (1553-1558)
First issue (1553-1554)
Mintmark: Pomegranate
O: MARIA D G ANG FRA Z HIB REGI
R: VERITAS TEMPORIS FILIA

Mary, daughter of Henry VIII by his first wife Catherine of Aragon, is a controversial figure in English history because of her religious persecutions against Protestants. She gets the moniker "Bloody Mary" because under her watch several hundred Protestants were burned at the stake. Mary's husband, Philip II of Spain, was also unpopular in England. Mary died childless and her sister Elizabeth undid pretty much all of her political and religious changes.

Coins of Mary take two flavors- in just her name prior to her marriage to Philip, and after 1554 with Philip's name. This coin belongs to the earlier issue. These coins frequently demonstrate large scratches across the queen's face, done intentionally as Mary was not liked in her time. This particular example is remarkable free of surface marks.

Ex- Heritage auction 3073 (lot 31062), Spink 11039 (lot 345), F Brady, Seaby, R Carlyon-Britton, WC Boyd
2 commentsNap09/13/19 at 13:40*Alex: Exceptional.
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S.2155 Edward V31 viewsGroat of Edward V, king of England 1483
Mint: London
Mintmark: boar's head 1 over sun and rose 1/sun and rose 1
S.2155

This issue was probably struck under Richard III but before Edward's death in the tower. The coin's obverse depicts the boar's head mint-mark, which replaced the halved sun-and-rose, which was in use probably from the end of Edward IV's reign until Richard. The sun and rose groats in the name of Edward cannot conclusively be attributed to either Edward IV or Edward V. On the other hand, coins with the boar's head are presumably from Richard's time, since the boar's head was Richard's symbol.

This leads to a confusing coinage of 1483, where major events occurred during a period of 3 months. Edward IV died on April 9. His eldest son Edward was styled Edward V, though never had a coronation. The 12 year-old Edward unfortunately became a political pawn, and his uncle Richard, unsatisfied with his role as Lord Protector, managed to have Edward and his brother Richard of Shrewsbury declared illegitamate and marginalized. Uncle Richard became King Richard III on June 26. Edward and his brother were prisoners in the tower, and it is likely that they were murdered that year, though nobody really knows when they died. Bones purporting to be the two princes were found in the 17th century, but have never been analyzed by modern DNA testing.

So we are left with a coin in the name of Edward, but depicting Richard III's badge. The Edward could be Edward IV, and there are plenty of situations of coinage continuing in the name of the recently deceased king (coins of Richard I in the name of Henry II, coins of Edward I in the name of Henry III, and Edward VI in the name of Henry VIII). It could also be Edward V, since Richard was trying, at least initially, to appear to be ruling in Edward V's name as Lord Protector. It can possibly be considered that ths coin was struck by Richard in Edward V's name before the demise of the young king, perhaps during Richard's protectorate. Or it could be a posthumous issue as it seems to be contemporaneous with other coins in the name of Richard himself.

My take is that the Edward written on the coin is most likely to be Edward V, making this one of the very few coins that come from that reign.

Ex- DNW 3 Jul 2019 (lot 802), M Lessen, Spink, SNC Jan/Feb 1926 (lot 49003)
2 commentsNap09/13/19 at 13:38*Alex: Outstanding.
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S.1455 Edward II3 viewsPenny of Edward II, king of England 1307-1327
Mint: London
Class 11a
O:+EDWA R ANGL DNS HYB
R: CIVITAS LONDON

Ex- eBay
1 commentsNap09/13/19 at 13:33*Alex: Great portraits like that are difficult to find.
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1396 Hadrian, Cistophorus PHRYGIA, Hierapolis Apollo Lairbenos10 viewsReference.
RPC III, 1396; Metcalf --

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Bust draped right

Reverse inscription COS III
Reverse design Apollo Lairbenos riding r., holding double axe over l. shoulder.

10.14 gr
30 mm
7h
1 commentsokidoki09/12/19 at 21:02Mat: An awesome coin
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Sicily Syracuse AR Tetradrachm circa 480-475 BC 17.40 g 25 mm 11h Boehringer 119{O54/R 76}4 viewsCharioteer driving slow quadriga right holding kentron and reins./Nike flying right crowning the horses,head of Arethusa facing right,four dolphins around.
very rare Boehringer list one coin from this die pair,and is in his Massenpragung group.
1 commentsGrant H09/12/19 at 18:45Anaximander: Nice! SNG ANS 5 #31. Hard to find these with all-o...
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Constantine the Great, Early 307 - 22 May 337 A.D. , Manus Dei, the hand of God.4 viewsBillon reduced centenionalis, RIC VIII Antioch 39; LRBC I 1374; SRCV V 17488; Voetter 34; Cohen VII 760; Hunter V p. 283, 4 ff. var. (officina), EF, glossy black patina, red earthen deposits, 1.821g, 15.0mm, 330o, 10th officina, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, posthumous, Sep 337 - 347 A.D.; obverse DV CONSTANTINVS PT AVGG, veiled bust right; reverse Constantine in quadriga right, veiled, the hand of God reaches down to take him to heaven; star above, SMANI in exergue.

FORVM Ancient Coins. /The Sam Mansourati Collection.

Soon after the Feast of Easter 337, Constantine fell seriously ill. He left Constantinople for the hot baths near his mother's city of Helenopolis. There, in a church his mother built in honor of Lucian the Apostle, he prayed, and there he realized that he was dying. He attempted to return to Constantinople, making it only as far as a suburb of Nicomedia. He summoned the bishops, and told them of his hope to be baptized in the River Jordan, where Christ was written to have been baptized. He requested the baptism right away, promising to live a more Christian life should he live through his illness. The bishops, Eusebius records, "performed the sacred ceremonies according to custom." It has been thought that Constantine put off baptism as long as he did so as to be absolved from as much of his sin as possible. Constantine died soon after at a suburban villa called Achyron, on 22 May 337.
2 commentsSam09/12/19 at 16:15okidoki: wonderful obverse and toning
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GREEK, Italy, CALABRIA, Taras. AR Nomos. Circa 415-405 BC.6 views22mm, 7.88 g, 9h
Nude rider seated right on horse, which he crowns; kerykeion to right, ΛA in exergue / Phalanthos, nude, extending his hand, riding dolphin right.
Fischer-Bossert Group 21, 297 (V134/R229); Vlasto 320–1 (same dies); HN Italy 851; SNG Copenhagen 803 (same dies); SNG Lloyd 150 (same dies); SNG Lockett 351 (same dies); Hirsch 190 (same dies); Dewing 137 (same dies).
Even light gray tone, with iridescence around the devices, a few marks under tone on obverse, light scuffs under tone and die flaw on reverse. Near EF. Very rare.

From the Matthew Curtis Collection. Ex William N. Rudman Collection (Triton V, 15 January 2002), lot 1040.
2 commentsLeo09/12/19 at 16:10okidoki: excellent and stylistic
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GREEK, Italy, CALABRIA, Taras. AR Nomos. Circa 415-405 BC.6 views22mm, 7.88 g, 9h
Nude rider seated right on horse, which he crowns; kerykeion to right, ΛA in exergue / Phalanthos, nude, extending his hand, riding dolphin right.
Fischer-Bossert Group 21, 297 (V134/R229); Vlasto 320–1 (same dies); HN Italy 851; SNG Copenhagen 803 (same dies); SNG Lloyd 150 (same dies); SNG Lockett 351 (same dies); Hirsch 190 (same dies); Dewing 137 (same dies).
Even light gray tone, with iridescence around the devices, a few marks under tone on obverse, light scuffs under tone and die flaw on reverse. Near EF. Very rare.

From the Matthew Curtis Collection. Ex William N. Rudman Collection (Triton V, 15 January 2002), lot 1040.
2 commentsLeo09/12/19 at 10:50Grant H: love the horse
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Vespasian RIC-24315 viewsÆ Sestertius, 25.77g
Rome mint, 71 AD
RIC 243 (C3). BMC 555. BNF 516.
Obv: IMP CAES VESPAS AVG P M TR P P P COS III; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: PAX AVGVSTI; S C in field; Pax stg. l., with branch and cornucopiae
Acquired from Wallinmynt, September 2019.

The standing Pax is one of the most common types encountered on Vespasian's sestertii struck during the great bronze issue of 71, mirroring the prominent role Pax played on his early denarii. Colin Kraay counted a staggering 31 obverse dies paired with this sestertius reverse type alone. Here Pax is represented holding a cornucopiae (on the denarius she holds a caduceus) symbolising the emperor's gift of peace and prosperity to the empire.

A strong veristic portrait in good metal.
1 commentsDavid Atherton09/12/19 at 09:21FlaviusDomitianus: Good portrait indeed.
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Roman Imperial, Postumus (Gallic Emperor), AR Antoninianus.3 viewsLyons 260-269 A.D 4.54g - 22.8mm, Axis 6h.

Obv: IMP C POSTVMVS PF AVG - Radiate, draped bust right.

Rev: PAX AVG - Pax running left, holding olive branch and sceptre.

RIC V-II 78.
1 commentsChristian Scarlioli09/11/19 at 19:24Anaximander: Lovely coin; great portrait and excellent legends.
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Constantine the Great, Early 307 - 22 May 337 A.D. , Manus Dei, the hand of God.4 viewsBillon reduced centenionalis, RIC VIII Antioch 39; LRBC I 1374; SRCV V 17488; Voetter 34; Cohen VII 760; Hunter V p. 283, 4 ff. var. (officina), EF, glossy black patina, red earthen deposits, 1.821g, 15.0mm, 330o, 10th officina, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, posthumous, Sep 337 - 347 A.D.; obverse DV CONSTANTINVS PT AVGG, veiled bust right; reverse Constantine in quadriga right, veiled, the hand of God reaches down to take him to heaven; star above, SMANI in exergue.

FORVM Ancient Coins. /The Sam Mansourati Collection.

Soon after the Feast of Easter 337, Constantine fell seriously ill. He left Constantinople for the hot baths near his mother's city of Helenopolis. There, in a church his mother built in honor of Lucian the Apostle, he prayed, and there he realized that he was dying. He attempted to return to Constantinople, making it only as far as a suburb of Nicomedia. He summoned the bishops, and told them of his hope to be baptized in the River Jordan, where Christ was written to have been baptized. He requested the baptism right away, promising to live a more Christian life should he live through his illness. The bishops, Eusebius records, "performed the sacred ceremonies according to custom." It has been thought that Constantine put off baptism as long as he did so as to be absolved from as much of his sin as possible. Constantine died soon after at a suburban villa called Achyron, on 22 May 337.
2 commentsSam09/11/19 at 14:56Simon: Love it.
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Syracuse, Third Democracy & Timoleon3 viewsSicily, Syracuse, Third Democracy & Timoleon. 341-317 BC. AR Stater (8.55 gm). Pegasus flying l. / Head of Athena r., wearing Corinthian helmet ΣΥΡΑΚΟΣΙΩΝ r. EF. SNG ANS 5 #499 (same dies); Cahn AMB 498; Calciati Pegasi II pg. 607 #1; HGC 2 #1400; SNG Cop 1 #711; SNG Delpierre 689-693; SNG Lloyd 1442. cf. Nomos 17 #54 (same obv. die) PR CHF 2,840. 1 commentsAnaximander09/11/19 at 14:55Ruslan K: Fantastic stater! Very nice!
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MYSIA, Kyzikos. AR Hemiobol. 450-400 BC.4 views(8,5mm, 0.4g). Forepart of boar left; behind, tunny upward / Head of roaring lion left; star to upper left; all within incuse square. Von Fritze II 14; SNG France 387. 2 commentsRuslan K09/11/19 at 14:20Ruslan K:
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MYSIA, Kyzikos. AR Obol. 450-400 BC. 5 views(12,5 mm, 0.8 g,). MYSIA, Kyzikos. Forepart of boar left, E (retrograde) on shoulder; tunny to right / Head of lion left within incuse square. Von Fritze II, 11; SNG BN 378.2 commentsRuslan K09/11/19 at 14:18Ruslan K: Thank you! Lovely small coins!
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MYSIA, Kyzikos. AR Obol. 450-400 BC. 5 views(12,5 mm, 0.8 g,). MYSIA, Kyzikos. Forepart of boar left, E (retrograde) on shoulder; tunny to right / Head of lion left within incuse square. Von Fritze II, 11; SNG BN 378.2 commentsRuslan K09/11/19 at 14:14Anaximander: I love your fractions from Kyzikos.
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MYSIA, Kyzikos. AR Hemiobol. 450-400 BC.4 views(8,5mm, 0.4g). Forepart of boar left; behind, tunny upward / Head of roaring lion left; star to upper left; all within incuse square. Von Fritze II 14; SNG France 387. 2 commentsRuslan K09/11/19 at 14:12Anaximander: Unusual with the star on the reverse. Nice.
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Satraps OF Caria. Hekatomnos (Circa 392/1-377/6 BC)7 viewsAR Tetradrachm

25 mm, 14.90 g

Obverse: Zeus Labraundos standing right, holding labrys over his right shoulder and long scepter in his left.

Reverse: EKATOMNΩ, Lion at bay to right.

Hecatomnus 16. Karl 3. SNG von Aulock 2354.

Hecatomnos was the son of Hyssaldomus, the local ruler of Mylasa, a town in Caria (a region on the SW coast of Turkey). In 392 or 391, the Persian king Artaxerxes II appointed Hecatomnos as satrap of that part of the Achaemenid Empire and later awarded him the overlordship of the city of Miletus, the largest Greek settlement in Asia Minor. Hecatomnos seems to have been fascinated by Greek culture, and on one occasion sent his youngest son Pixodarus to Athens. Hecatomnos died in 377/376 and was succeeded by his son Maussolus (builder of the Mausoleum of Maussollos). His house was to rule Caria for another half century.

In many ways, not least in their coinage, the Hekatomnids were the forerunners of Hellenistic kings. They were unique in that period in issuing a regular and prolific dynastic coinage, which remained practically unchanged until the arrival of Alexander the Great. Other satraps struck coins, but none was hereditary and there was no continuity of coinage from one family member to another as was the case with the Hekatomnids.

The tetradrachm series above was a type that remained in use virtually unchanged throughout the coinage of the Hekatomnids. On the obverse is the figure of Zeus Labraundos, bearded and laureate, standing to the right, wearing a himation, and holding a spear pointing downward in one hand and a labrys (double-axe) in the other. This was a potent image, sacred to all Carians by virtue of the importance of the sanctuary of Labraunda (literally, “place of the sacred labrys”). This image of Zeus, with a very Greek looking appearance, remained virtually unchanged throughout the different issues that were minted over a period of about half a century – perhaps suggesting that the coin design was modelled after the actual statue of Zeus at Labraunda.

The reverse of the tetradrachm depicts a lion standing to the left, roaring, its back legs straight and front legs bent, almost parallel to the ground line. Comparable lion postures are found on some contemporary Cypriot issues and on the 5th century BC diobol coinage of Miletos (most likely the Hekatomnids’ inspiration).
2 commentsNathan P09/11/19 at 12:34Anaximander: Such a rarity. Lovely toning.
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Satraps OF Caria. Hekatomnos (Circa 392/1-377/6 BC)7 viewsAR Tetradrachm

25 mm, 14.90 g

Obverse: Zeus Labraundos standing right, holding labrys over his right shoulder and long scepter in his left.

Reverse: EKATOMNΩ, Lion at bay to right.

Hecatomnus 16. Karl 3. SNG von Aulock 2354.

Hecatomnos was the son of Hyssaldomus, the local ruler of Mylasa, a town in Caria (a region on the SW coast of Turkey). In 392 or 391, the Persian king Artaxerxes II appointed Hecatomnos as satrap of that part of the Achaemenid Empire and later awarded him the overlordship of the city of Miletus, the largest Greek settlement in Asia Minor. Hecatomnos seems to have been fascinated by Greek culture, and on one occasion sent his youngest son Pixodarus to Athens. Hecatomnos died in 377/376 and was succeeded by his son Maussolus (builder of the Mausoleum of Maussollos). His house was to rule Caria for another half century.

In many ways, not least in their coinage, the Hekatomnids were the forerunners of Hellenistic kings. They were unique in that period in issuing a regular and prolific dynastic coinage, which remained practically unchanged until the arrival of Alexander the Great. Other satraps struck coins, but none was hereditary and there was no continuity of coinage from one family member to another as was the case with the Hekatomnids.

The tetradrachm series above was a type that remained in use virtually unchanged throughout the coinage of the Hekatomnids. On the obverse is the figure of Zeus Labraundos, bearded and laureate, standing to the right, wearing a himation, and holding a spear pointing downward in one hand and a labrys (double-axe) in the other. This was a potent image, sacred to all Carians by virtue of the importance of the sanctuary of Labraunda (literally, “place of the sacred labrys”). This image of Zeus, with a very Greek looking appearance, remained virtually unchanged throughout the different issues that were minted over a period of about half a century – perhaps suggesting that the coin design was modelled after the actual statue of Zeus at Labraunda.

The reverse of the tetradrachm depicts a lion standing to the left, roaring, its back legs straight and front legs bent, almost parallel to the ground line. Comparable lion postures are found on some contemporary Cypriot issues and on the 5th century BC diobol coinage of Miletos (most likely the Hekatomnids’ inspiration).
2 commentsNathan P09/11/19 at 06:35shanxi: nice
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ATTICA. Athens. Ca. 2nd-1st centuries BC. AR tetradrachm8 viewsATTICA. Athens. Ca. 2nd-1st centuries BC. AR tetradrachm (34mm, 16.94 gm, 12h). NGC XF 4/5 - 3/5, brushed, die shift. New Style coinage, ca. 148/7 BC, Ammo(nius) and Dio-, magistrates. Head of Athena right, wearing triple-crested Attic helmet decorated with a vine scroll, Pegasus above solid upturned cheek flap / A-ΘE / AM/MΩ / ΔIO, owl standing facing on overturned amphora; kerchnos in left field, A below, all within wreath. Thompson 101a. 3 commentsMark R109/11/19 at 03:55Jay GT4: Very nice!
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ATTICA. Athens. Ca. 2nd-1st centuries BC. AR tetradrachm8 viewsATTICA. Athens. Ca. 2nd-1st centuries BC. AR tetradrachm (34mm, 16.94 gm, 12h). NGC XF 4/5 - 3/5, brushed, die shift. New Style coinage, ca. 148/7 BC, Ammo(nius) and Dio-, magistrates. Head of Athena right, wearing triple-crested Attic helmet decorated with a vine scroll, Pegasus above solid upturned cheek flap / A-ΘE / AM/MΩ / ΔIO, owl standing facing on overturned amphora; kerchnos in left field, A below, all within wreath. Thompson 101a. 3 commentsMark R109/10/19 at 19:58Mat: Amazing owl
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ATTICA. Athens. Ca. 2nd-1st centuries BC. AR tetradrachm8 viewsATTICA. Athens. Ca. 2nd-1st centuries BC. AR tetradrachm (34mm, 16.94 gm, 12h). NGC XF 4/5 - 3/5, brushed, die shift. New Style coinage, ca. 148/7 BC, Ammo(nius) and Dio-, magistrates. Head of Athena right, wearing triple-crested Attic helmet decorated with a vine scroll, Pegasus above solid upturned cheek flap / A-ΘE / AM/MΩ / ΔIO, owl standing facing on overturned amphora; kerchnos in left field, A below, all within wreath. Thompson 101a. 3 commentsMark R109/10/19 at 16:30Tracy Aiello: Gorgeous.
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Constans AE Centenionalis5 viewsOBV: D N CONSTANS P F AVG
REV: FEL TEMP REPARTIO
Trier Mint mark
346 AD
21mm
4,28g
RIC 224

Purchased from RomaNumismatics
1 commentsAdam P209/10/19 at 04:54Randygeki(h2): Nice!
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C. Publicus Malleolus, (96 B.C.)5 viewsAR Denarius
O: Helmeted head of Mars right; mallet (malleolus) above, mark of value below chin.
R: Warrior, holding spear and shield, with right foot on cuirass, standing left before trophy; prow to right; C•M(AL) to right.
Rome Mint
3.67g
19mm
Crawford 335/3b; Sydenham 615; Poblicia 6a; Type as RBW 1203.
2 commentsMat09/10/19 at 04:47Randygeki(h2): Not bad!
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lampsakos001a3 viewsElagabalus
Lampsakos, Mysia

Obv: AV K M AVPH ANTΩNЄINOC, laureate draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from rear.
Rev: ΛΑΝΨΑΚΗΝΩΝ. Homonoia standing facing, head left, holding cornucopia and patera; at feet to left, lighted altar.
20 mm, 5.02 gms

SNG France 1286 (as Caracalla).
1 commentsCharles M09/10/19 at 01:45rennrad12020: I love the psi!
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C. SULPICIUS C.f. GALBA AR Serrate Denarius1 viewsOBVERSE: Conjoined laureate heads of the Dei Penates left
REVERSE: Two soldiers swearing oath over a sow; F above; C SVLPICI C F in ex
Struck at Rome, 106 BC
3.8g, 19mm
Cr312/1; Syd 572; Sulpicia 1
1 commentsLegatus09/09/19 at 21:19Jay GT4: Wonderful obverse. Congrats!
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Syracuse, Dionysios I. 3 viewsSicily, Syracuse, Dionysios I. 405-395 BC. AR Litra (0.77 gm). Head of Arethusa l., hair in sphendone, dolphin to r. ΣꓦΡΑΚΟΣΙΩΝ before. / Octopus. A hidden legend (ΣΥΡΑΚΟΥ) is allegedly formed by the octopus tentacles. VF. Bt. FUN show, 2017. SNG ANS 5 #293-294; HGC 2 #1381; SNG Ashmolean 2018; SNG Cop 1 #675; SNG Fitzwilliam 1259; SNG Lloyd 1400-1402; SNG Munchen 1096 (all with same dies). 1 commentsAnaximander09/09/19 at 21:17Jay GT4: Very nice!
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BCC RI2527 viewsRoman Imperial
Geta Caesar 198-211 CE
AR Denarius
Obv:P SEPT GETA CAES PONT
Bare-headed, draped bust right
Rev: PRINC IVVENTVTIS
Geta standing left, holding branch
and spear, trophy to right
19mm. 3.27gm. Axis:0
possible reference: RIC 18 Rome Mint
2 commentsv-drome09/09/19 at 18:48v-drome: Thank you, Jay. It remains as found, 45 years ago...
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BCC RI2527 viewsRoman Imperial
Geta Caesar 198-211 CE
AR Denarius
Obv:P SEPT GETA CAES PONT
Bare-headed, draped bust right
Rev: PRINC IVVENTVTIS
Geta standing left, holding branch
and spear, trophy to right
19mm. 3.27gm. Axis:0
possible reference: RIC 18 Rome Mint
2 commentsv-drome09/09/19 at 18:34Jay GT4: I would never clean this!
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L. Cornelius Lentulus & C. Claudius Marcellus, Denarius 2 viewsL. Cornelius Lentulus & C. Claudius Marcellus, Denarius

RRC: 445/2
49 bc
3,82 gr

AV: Head of Apollo right; L LENT C MARC before, COS behind.
RV: Jupiter standing facing, holding thunderbolt and eagle; on right, altar decorated with garland; on left, star and Q.

ex Gemini, Auct XIV, Lot 425, 18.04.2018
reported as: "Ex Philip T. Ashton Collection. Ex SC Collection".
1 commentsNorbert09/08/19 at 18:56Jay GT4: Fantastic
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Q. Sicinius & C. Coponius, Denarius 3 viewsQ. Sicinius & C. Coponius, Denarius

RRC: 444/1a
49 bc
3,97 gr

AV: Head of Apollo right, star below; Q.SICINIVS before, III.VIR behind.
RV: Club of Hercules surmounted by lion skin with scalp to right; arrow on left, bow on right; C COPONIVS PR S C around.

ex Gemini, Auct XIV, Lot 424, 18.04.2018
reported as: "Ex Philip T. Ashton Collection".
1 commentsNorbert09/08/19 at 18:55Jay GT4: Great coin
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Struck 1296 - 1306, EDWARD I (1272 - 1307), AR Penny minted at Berwick-on-Tweed, England7 viewsObverse: + EDWAR ANGL DNS HYB. Crowned bust of Edward I facing within circle of pellets. Cross pattée in legend.
Reverse: VILLA BEREVVICI. Long cross dividing legend into quarters, trefoil in each quarter of inner circle.
Undated Penny, Class 10 Berwick Type II (Local dies). Issues from this mint are quite rare.
Diameter: 21.5mm | Weight: 1.0gms | Die Axis: 2
SPINK: 1415

Edward I began a major recoinage in 1279 which consisted not only of pennies and new round half-pennies and farthings, but also introduced a new denomination, a fourpenny piece called the "Groat".

In September 1290, upon the death of Margaret, Maid of Norway, there arose a number of claimants to the throne of Scotland. The Guardians of Scotland, who were the de facto heads of state until a king was chosen, asked Edward I of England to conduct the court proceedings in the dispute because the late King Alexander III had been married to Edward's sister, Margaret of England.
John Balliol, a descendant of King David I, was chosen and he was inaugurated at Scone, on St. Andrew's Day, 30 November 1292. But Edward I treated both Baliol and Scotland with contempt and demanded military support for his war against France. The Scottish response was to form an alliance with the French, invade England, and launch an attack on Carlisle.
After the failure of the Scottish attack on Carlisle, Edward I marched north and, on 28th March 1296, he crossed the river Tweed which borders the two countries, with his troops. On the following day he marched on the town of Berwick, which was Scotland's most important trading port and second only to London in economic importance in medieval Britain at that time.
Contemporary accounts of the number slain range anywhere from 4,000 to 20,000. ”When the town had been taken in this way and its citizens had submitted, Edward spared no one, whatever the age or sex, and for two days streams of blood flowed from the bodies of the slain, for in his tyrannous rage he ordered 7,500 souls of both sexes to be massacred...So that mills could be turned by the flow of their blood.” - Account of the Massacre of Berwick, from Bower’s Scotichronicon.
Berwick's garrison was commanded by William the Hardy, Lord of Douglas, whose life and those of his garrison were spared after he surrendered and the English took the castle.
Berwick was recaptured by the Scots in 1318 but the town changed hands between the two countries several times during the following years until it was finally captured for the English by Richard, Duke of Gloucester, the future Richard III of England, in 1482. The Scots however, did not accept this conquest for at least two centuries after this date as is evidenced by innumerable charters.
1 comments*Alex09/08/19 at 16:24Jay GT4: Nice one Alex
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C. Publicus Malleolus, (96 B.C.)5 viewsAR Denarius
O: Helmeted head of Mars right; mallet (malleolus) above, mark of value below chin.
R: Warrior, holding spear and shield, with right foot on cuirass, standing left before trophy; prow to right; C•M(AL) to right.
Rome Mint
3.67g
19mm
Crawford 335/3b; Sydenham 615; Poblicia 6a; Type as RBW 1203.
2 commentsMat09/07/19 at 23:34Jay GT4: Great reverse design
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Phoenicia, Arados 130-129 B.C2 viewsAE 21.25mm (Thickness 2.61mm), weight 6.13g, die axis = 12h (0 degrees), denomination B.

Obverse: Turreted head of Tyche right, S shaped ponytail, palm branch behind.

Reverse: Poseidon seated left on prow of galley holding wreath in right hand and trident in left, Athena figurehead (Ἀθηνᾶ Πρόμαχος), Phoenician letters qoph (Q) and beth (B) above, Aradain era date 130 with heth (H) below.
1 commentsArados09/07/19 at 13:04Jay GT4: Love the patina
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01 Domitian as Caesar RIC 66920 viewsÆ As, 11.05g
Rome mint, 73-74 AD (Vespasian)
RIC 669 (C). BMC - . BNF 699.
Obv: CAESAR AVG F DOMITIAN COS II; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: PAX AVGVST; S C in field; Pax stg. l., leaning on column, with caduceus and branch
Acquired from Musa Numismatics, August 2019.

The propaganda value of Pax for the Flavian dynasty after the Civil War, the revolt of Civilis, and the Jewish War cannot be underestimated. In her various guises she is one of the most popular types on Vespasian's coinage and shows up quite frequently during the reign on the coins struck for both himself and his sons. This As struck for Domitian as Caesar shows Pax leaning on a column, which likely copies a well known cult image of the goddess.

Tellingly, less than a decade later, Pax would not feature so prominently on Domitian's own coinage as Emperor.

Fine style early portrait.
1 commentsDavid Atherton09/07/19 at 12:43Jay GT4: Lovely portrait
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Nabataean Kingdom, Nabataean, King Rabbel and Queen Gamilat, AR Drachm. Scarce.2 viewsPetra Year 21 = 90-91 A.D. 3.40g - 12.9mm, Axis 12h.

Obv: Laureate and draped bust of King Rabbel right.

Rev: Laureate, veiled, and draped bust of Queen Gamilat right; date in legend behind head.

Barkay, Coinage 16; Meshorer, Nabataea 153.
1 commentsChristian Scarlioli09/07/19 at 12:26Canaan: I love this type definitly on my wish list Congra...
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Syracuse, Second Democracy & Dionysios I. 9 viewsSicily, Syracuse, Second Democracy & Dionysios I. 400-390 BC. AR Dekadrachm (42.64 gm). Fast quadriga driven l., crowned by Nike flying r. above; ex: panoply of armor, spear behind. / Head of Arethusa l., hair wreathed; four dolphins around, scallop shell behind. [ΣꓦΡΑΚΟΣΙΩΝ]. Unsigned die in the style of Euainetos. Die rust on obverse. nVF/gVF. SNG ANS 5 #370 (same dies); Dewing 907-908 (same dies); Gallatin series F: O.VIII-R.F.I #1-2 (same dies); HGC 2 #1299. cf Triton VII #91. 1 commentsAnaximander09/07/19 at 12:17Jay GT4: Masterpiece
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S.1393 Edward I8 viewsPenny of Edward I, king of England 1272-1307
Mint: London
Class 3g
O:+EDW R ANGL DNS HYB
R: CIVITAS LONDON

Ex- eBay
1 commentsNap09/07/19 at 11:19Anaximander: Nice! A strong example, with outstanding legends.
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Philip III Arrhidaios. KINGS of MACEDON. Tetradrachm. 323-317 BC.10 viewsBabylon mint. (17.00g, 27mm.) Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin headdress / Zeus Aëtophoros seated left, holding sceptre; BAΣIΛEΩΣ below, ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΥ to right, M in left field, ΛY below throne. Price P181. 2 commentsRuslan K09/07/19 at 11:15Ruslan K: Thank you!
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Syracuse, Second Democracy9 viewsSicily, Syracuse, Second Democracy. 466-405 BC. AR Tetradrachm (17.21 gm) struck 450-440 BC. Charioteer driving slow quadriga r., holding kentron, Nike overhead. ex: ketos (sea serpent) r. / Hd. of Arethusa r., hair in krobylos bound by taenia, wearing earrings and necklace; four dolphins around. Σꓦ-ꓣΑΚΟΣ-Ι-Ο-Ͷ (Ν retrograde). EF. 19 known. SNG Lockett 941 (same dies); SNG Lloyd 1326 (same rev. die); Bement 475 (same dies); Boehringer series XVIb #564 (V285/R379); HGC 2 #1311; SNG Munchen 1023 (same dies). SNG ANS -; SNG Cop -; cf. NAC 82 #56; Baldwin 75 #2158.
You can see a near identical type here, in the Best of Type gallery, from the collection of Joe Sermarini.
2 commentsAnaximander09/07/19 at 05:32Christian Scarlioli: Super detail, love it.
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Philip III Arrhidaios. KINGS of MACEDON. Tetradrachm. 323-317 BC.10 viewsBabylon mint. (17.00g, 27mm.) Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin headdress / Zeus Aëtophoros seated left, holding sceptre; BAΣIΛEΩΣ below, ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΥ to right, M in left field, ΛY below throne. Price P181. 2 commentsRuslan K09/06/19 at 21:42Jay GT4: Very nice!
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Probus, Antoninianus, SOLI INVICTO, CXXIM4 viewsAE Antoninianus
Probus
Augustus: 276 - 282AD
Issued:
22.0 x 20.5mm 3.95gr 0h
O: IMP CM AVR PROBVS PF AVG; Radiate bust left, wearing imperial mantle, holding scepter with eagle atop in right hand.
R: SO-LI INVICTO; Sol in spread quadriga, advancing, holding whip and globe in left hand, raising right hand.
Exergue: CXXIM, below line.
Cyzicus Mint
RIC V-2 Cyzicus 911; Aorta: B48, O38, R155, T133, M2.
Savoca London/Philipp Eckhert 5th Blue Auction, Lot 990
8/11/19 9/6/19
1 commentsNicholas Z09/06/19 at 21:42Jay GT4: Great reverse on this one
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S.1875 Henry VI24 viewsGroat of Henry VI, king of England, first reign 1422-1461
Mint: Calais
Mintmark: pinecone and mascle
S.1875

Ex- Silbury Coins
2 commentsNap09/06/19 at 21:06Anaximander: Well done. Centered, well struck up, portrait and ...
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Syracuse, Second Democracy9 viewsSicily, Syracuse, Second Democracy. 466-405 BC. AR Tetradrachm (17.21 gm) struck 450-440 BC. Charioteer driving slow quadriga r., holding kentron, Nike overhead. ex: ketos (sea serpent) r. / Hd. of Arethusa r., hair in krobylos bound by taenia, wearing earrings and necklace; four dolphins around. Σꓦ-ꓣΑΚΟΣ-Ι-Ο-Ͷ (Ν retrograde). EF. 19 known. SNG Lockett 941 (same dies); SNG Lloyd 1326 (same rev. die); Bement 475 (same dies); Boehringer series XVIb #564 (V285/R379); HGC 2 #1311; SNG Munchen 1023 (same dies). SNG ANS -; SNG Cop -; cf. NAC 82 #56; Baldwin 75 #2158.
You can see a near identical type here, in the Best of Type gallery, from the collection of Joe Sermarini.
2 commentsAnaximander09/06/19 at 16:52Tracy Aiello: Gorgeous especially the reverse.
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PUPIENUS29 viewsAR antoninianus. 238 AD. 4,42grs. Radiate draped and cuirassed bust right. IMP CAES PVPIEN MAXIMVS AVG. / Clasped right hands. CARITAS MVTVA AVGG.
RIC 10 b. RSC 3. s 8520.
1 commentsbenito09/06/19 at 15:09Callimachus: Nice coin.
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S.1765 Henry V7 viewsGroat of Henry V, king of England, 1413-1422
Mint: London
Mintmark: cross pattee
S.1765
Class C

Ex- P.Hutchings, I.White
1 commentsNap09/06/19 at 15:08Callimachus: Nice example of a rare coin.
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Syracuse, Deinomenid Tyranny, Hieron I. 5 viewsSicily, Syracuse, Deinomenid Tyranny, Hieron I. 478-466 BC. AR Tetradrachm (17.26 gm) struck c. 478-475 BC. Charioteer driving quadriga r., Nike overhead. / Head of Arethusa r., hair in krobylos bound by taenia of pearls, wearing pearl necklace. Four dolphins around. ΣꓦꓣΑΚΟΣΙΟ-Ν. gVF. Boehringer VIIIb #146 (V65/R100); Randazzo 356; SNG Cop 1 #625; HGC 2 #1307 (same obv. die); Jameson 1908 (same dies); Cosimo 209 (same dies); Davis #49 (same dies). cf. CNG 94 #106.1 commentsAnaximander09/05/19 at 18:51Jay GT4: Outstanding!
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Syracuse Fourth Democracy (289 - 287 B.C.)22 viewsNumismatic evidence suggests that republican government existed for a few years between the death of Agathokles and Hicetas' assumption of power; this is sometimes referred to as the Fourth Democracy (289 - 287 B.C.). GB88303. Bronze AE 22, Calciati II p. , 148 Ds 59/1, cf. SNG Cop 782 (uncertain control), HGC 2 148 (R2) var. (∆ vice thunderbolt), SNG ANS -, gVF, superb style, well centered on a tight flan cutting off the obverse legend, brown patina, some hard green encrustation, Syracuse, Sicily mint, weight 8.524g, maximum diameter 21.7mm, die axis 270o, 289 - 288 B.C.; obverse DIOΣ EΛEYΘEPOY, laureate head of Zeus Eleutherios left, thunderbolt behind; reverse thunderbolt with four wings, ΣYPAK/OΣIΩN in two lines, above and below; ex CNG e-auction 233 (26 May 2010), lot 110; ex Harlan J. Berk.4 commentsMark R109/05/19 at 17:43Anaximander: Great portrait and interesting description!
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GREEK, SICILY. Syracuse. Deinomenid Tyranny. 485-466 BC. AR Tetradrachm54 viewsSICILY. Syracuse. Deinomenid Tyranny. 485-466 BC. AR Tetradrachm (24mm - 17.08 g). Struck under Hieron I, circa 478-475 BC
Hoover 1307
2 commentsKarsten K09/05/19 at 17:32Anaximander: Magnificent! That's an SNG Cop. vol. 1 #625, i...
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6070 EGYPT, Alexandria Sabina Hemidrachm 134-35 AD Dikaiosyne standing14 viewsReference.
RPC III, 6070; Köln 1268; Emmett 1337.19; Dattari-2067; K&G-33.9

Issue L ƐΝΝƐΑΚ·Δ

Obv. ϹΑΒΙΝΑ ϹƐΒΑϹΤΗ
Bust of Sabina (hair on top of head), r., and crowned with poppy head

Rev. L ƐΝΝƐΑΚ·Δ
Dikaiosyne standing facing, head l., holding scales and cornucopia

12.26 gr
30 mm
12h
4 commentsokidoki09/05/19 at 12:56Jay GT4: A beauty!
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Domitian RIC-70923 viewsÆ As, 10.61g
Rome mint, 90-91 AD
RIC 709 (C2). BMC 452. BNF 482.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XV CENS PER P P; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: VIRTVTI AVGVSTI; S C in field; Virtus stg. r., foot on helmet, with spear and parazonium
Acquired from Prafectus Coins, August 2019.

The Virtus type was struck repeatedly on Domitian's middle bronze from 84 onwards. I. Carradice in his 1983 monograph on Domitian's coinage says the following concerning the type - 'Virtus is a military type, symbolic of the courage of Domitian and the mutual devotion between the army and emperor.' Virtus first appears on the coinage in the flurry of Germania Capta types that were struck soon after Domitian's German triumph. She is depicted in traditional Amazon attire.

A superb example in fine style.
1 commentsDavid Atherton09/05/19 at 12:51Jay GT4: Wonderful reverse and strong portrait
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Vitellius / L. Vitellius Denarius88 viewsVitellius (69 AD). AR Denarius, 18 mm, 2.51 g. Rome mint. Struck late April to December 20, 69.
O: A VITELLIVS GERM IMP AVG TR P, laureate head right.
R: L VITELLIVS COS III CENSOR, L. Vitellius seated left on curule chair, holding branch and eagle-tipped sceptre.
RIC I, 97 (R); Cohen 55 (40 Francs).

Lucius Vitellius the elder, the father of the emperor of the same name, had an impressive career under Tiberius, Caligula and Claudius. He achieved the highest honors attainable by a private man at Rome under the Empire: consul for the third time and censor. He held these offices during the reign of Claudius, being a close friend of the emperor and the most influential Roman senator.

Vitellius died unexpectedly from a paralytic stroke in 51 and received a statue on the speaker's platform on the Roman Forum, with the inscription 'Of unwavering loyalty to the emperor'.

The year 36 saw an incident which deserves mentioning. In Judaea, a Samaritan, claiming to be Moses reincarnate, gathered an armed following. The prefect of Judaea, Pontius Pilate, intervened immediately, dispersed the crowd, and had the ringleaders executed. The Samaritans considered his violence excessive and appealed to the Syrian governor. Vitellius heard their complaints, sent Pilate back to Italy and appointed Marcellus. Pilate's co-ruler in Judaea, the high priest Joseph Caiaphas, was replaced by his brother-in-law Jonathan.
2 commentsNemonater09/05/19 at 03:06Jay GT4: Cool!
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Augustus AR Tetradrachm26 viewsSELEUCIS and PIERIA, Antioch. Augustus. 27 BC-AD 14. AR Tetradrachm
(27mm, 14.56 g, 12h). In the name and types of the Seleucid king Philip I Philadelphus. Dated year 26 of the Caesarean Era (24/23 BC).
Obv: Diademed head of Philip I right within fillet border
Rev: Zeus Nicephorus seated left; monogram to inner left and below throne, ςK (date) and thunderbolt in exergue; all within wreath.
Prieur 19; McAlee 19 (this coin illustrated); RPC I 4142; SC 2491.16; HGC 9, 1360p. Toned, some porosity and surface striations. Fine. Rare, seven known to Prieur, and two in CoinArchives.
From the Michel Prieur Collection, purchased privately from Richard McAlee.
CNG E-Auction 451 Lot 272 September 4, 2019
2 commentsorfew09/05/19 at 02:38David Atherton: Wonderful!
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Roman Imperial, Vespasian as Augustus, AR Denarius.7 viewsRome 70 A.D. 3.24g - 19.8mm, Axis 6h.

Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG - Laureate head right.

Rev: COS ITER TR POT - Mars, naked save for cloak, walking right, holding spear and aquila.

RIC II 23; RSC 87.
Scarce.
1 commentsscarli09/05/19 at 02:07Jay GT4: Great early portrait
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Roman Imperial, Galerius Maximian as Caesar, AE Follis.3 viewsLyons 304 A.D. 8.53g - 27mm, Axis 6h.

Obv: MAXIMIANVS NOB C - Laureate, cuirassed bust right.

GENIO POPVLI ROMANI - Genius standing left sacrificing from patera over flaming altar and holding cornucopiae, B to right. Mintmark PLG.

RIC VI 164, B.
1 commentsChristian Scarlioli09/05/19 at 02:01Jay GT4: Great patina
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Roman Imperial, Galerius Maximian as Caesar, AE Follis.3 viewsCarthage 299-303 A.D. 11.39g / 29.4mm, Axis 6h.

Obv: MAXIMIANVS NOB CAES - Laureate head right.

Rev: SALVIS AVGG ET CAESS FEL KART - Carthago standing front, looking left, holding fruit in both hands. Mintmark Δ.

RIC VI 32b.
1 commentsChristian Scarlioli09/05/19 at 02:01Jay GT4: Wow, outstanding! I like these big LRB's
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Roman Imperial, Constantius I Chlorus as Caesar, AE Follis.3 viewsCarthage 298-299 A.D. 10.64g - 27.7mm, Axis 6h.

Obv: CONSTANTIVS NOB CAES - Laureate head right.

Rev: SALVIS AVGG ET CAESS FEL KART - Carthago standing facing, head left, in long robe, holding fruits in both hands. Mintmark Γ.

RIC VI 32a.
1 commentsChristian Scarlioli09/05/19 at 01:59Jay GT4: Great coin!
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Cilicia, Anazarbos, pseudo-autonomous, SNG Levante 1782 viewsCilicia, Anazarbos, pseudo-autonomous, time of Trajan (AD 98-117)
AE 19 (Hemiassarion), 4.78g, 19.29g, 0°
struck AD 107/8 (CY 126)
obv. [K]AICAREWN - PR ANA
Bust of Tyche (as City Goddess), draped, veiled and wearing mural crown, r.
rev. ETOVC [s]KR (126)
bust of Athena, cuirassed, wearing crested helmet, r.
ref. RPC III, 3367; Ziegler Anazarbos 96; SNG Levante 1278
F+, nice olive green patina

1 commentsJochen09/04/19 at 21:26Jay GT4: I really like the Athena
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Roman Imperial, Trajan as Augustus, AE As. From a 100 year old collection.2 viewsRome 99 A.D. 10.49g - 27.2mm, Axis 6h.

Obv: IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG GERM P M - Laureate head right.

Rev: T R POT COS II / SPQR/ S-C - Victory walking left, holding palm-branch and shield inscribed SPQR.

RIC II 395.
1 commentsChristian Scarlioli09/04/19 at 21:25Jay GT4: Nice Victory
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Augustus AR Tetradrachm26 viewsSELEUCIS and PIERIA, Antioch. Augustus. 27 BC-AD 14. AR Tetradrachm
(27mm, 14.56 g, 12h). In the name and types of the Seleucid king Philip I Philadelphus. Dated year 26 of the Caesarean Era (24/23 BC).
Obv: Diademed head of Philip I right within fillet border
Rev: Zeus Nicephorus seated left; monogram to inner left and below throne, ςK (date) and thunderbolt in exergue; all within wreath.
Prieur 19; McAlee 19 (this coin illustrated); RPC I 4142; SC 2491.16; HGC 9, 1360p. Toned, some porosity and surface striations. Fine. Rare, seven known to Prieur, and two in CoinArchives.
From the Michel Prieur Collection, purchased privately from Richard McAlee.
CNG E-Auction 451 Lot 272 September 4, 2019
2 commentsorfew09/04/19 at 21:05Jay GT4: Great coin and provenance
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BCC CM3616 viewsRoman Provincial
Caesarea Maritima
Caracalla 211-217CE
Obv: IM C M AV ANTONINVS
Laureate, draped bust right.
Rev: CO I FL AV FC CAESAR
Founder plowing to right with
bull and cow yoked.
AE 22mm 10.81gm. Axis:210
Kadman #71 (Same die?)
Surface find, 1971
J. Berlin Caesarea Collection
1 commentsv-drome09/04/19 at 13:17Maritima: Nice coin
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Moesia Inferior. Nicopolis. Elagabalus. Inferior. Nicopolis. Elagabalus.9 viewsMoesia Inferior. Nicopolis. Elagabalus. 11.6gm, AMNG 1982,HrHJ (2018) 8.26.46.15. Cult statue (Serapis) within temple seen in perspective, shield in pediment, trees in background.2 commentsAncient Aussie09/04/19 at 11:18*Alex: Great reverse.
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MACEDON THESSALONICA Tranquillina1 viewsMACEDON THESSALONICA
Tranquillina
Bronze. AD 238-244.
26 mm. 12,11 g.
Obv: CABINIA TPANKYΛΛΙΝΑ ΑΥΓ.
Diademed and draped bust right.
Rev: ΘΕCCΑΛΟΝΙΚΕΩΝ NEΩKOPΩN.
Tetrastyle temple seen in perspective to left ΠΥΘΙΑ below.
Cf. Varbanov 4657.
Rare
1 commentsAncient Aussie09/04/19 at 11:16*Alex: Nice temple.
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Divus Romulus.3 viewsDIVUS ROMULUS (Died 309). Follis. Ostia.
Obv: IMP MAXENTIVS DIVO ROMVLON V FILIO.
Bare head right.
Rev: AETERNA MEMORIA / MOSTT.
Domed hexastyle temple; on roof, eagle standing right, head left.
Weight: 6.0 g. Diameter: 25 mm.
RIC 33.
1 commentsAncient Aussie09/04/19 at 11:13*Alex: Very nice example of the type.
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Augustus, Posthumous12 viewsAugustus, Posthumous as struck under the reign of Tiberius
DIVVS AVGVSTVS PATER, Radiate head of Augustus left
PROVIDENT, Altar, S C in field
11.02 gr
Ref : Cohen #228, RCV #1789, RIC I # 81
2 commentsAncient Aussie09/04/19 at 11:11*Alex: I agree, very nice coin.
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Antoninus Pius 6 viewsAntoninus Pius Sestertius temple of Augustus and Livia
Catalog: Temple of Divus Augustus
weight 28,6gr. | bronze Ø 32mm.
obv. Laureate head right ANTONINVS AVG PIVS PP TR P XXII
rev. Octastyle temple of Divus Augustus, containing cult-statues of Augustus
and Livia TEMPLVM DIVI AVG REST COS IIII S C

The Temple of Divus Augustus was a major temple originally built to commemorate the deified first Roman emperor, Augustus. It was built between the Palatine and Capitoline Hills, behind the Basilica Julia, on the site of the house that Augustus had inhabited before he entered public life in the mid-1st century BC. The temple′s construction took place during the 1st century AD, having been vowed by the Roman Senate shortly after the death of the emperor in AD 14. It is known from Roman coinage that the temple was originally built to an Ionic hexastyle design. However, its size, physical proportions and exact site are unknown. During the reign of Domitian the Temple of Divus Augustus was destroyed by fire but was rebuilt and rededicated in 89/90 with a shrine to his favourite deity, Minerva. The temple was redesigned as a memorial to four deified emperors, including Vespasian and Titus. It was restored again in the mid 150s by Antonius Pius, and that was the reason for this coinage. The last known reference to the temple was on 27 May 218 | at some point thereafter it was completely destroyed and its stones were presumably quarried for later buildings. Its remains are not visible and the area in which it lay has never been excavated.

Cohen 805 | RIC 1004 | BMC 2063 | Sear 4235 R
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1 commentsAncient Aussie09/04/19 at 11:09*Alex: Excellent coin. Interesting commentary too.
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Louis XIV 16815 viewsCatalog: Feuardent 12708
Material: Brass, Weight: 7.3gm.
Diameter: 27.00 mm
LOUIS XIV - Alsace Propaganda jeton struck in 1681 to celebrate the surrender of Strasbourg. On reverse: the temple of Janus, closed, to mean it is now peace time. Legends LOUIS LE GRAND ROY DE FRANCE IEN AY LA CLEF (='j'en ai la clé', i.e. I keep its key) Uneven color on reverse.
1 commentsAncient Aussie09/04/19 at 11:05*Alex: Interesting and nice. I have a few of his jetons a...
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Syracuse Tetradrachm43 viewsSicile, Syracuse, 399-387 BC AR Tetradrachme 16.82g.
D:/quadrige au galop a g., Nike volant à dr. couronne l'aurige, à l’exergue dauphin nageant à g.
R:/ΣYRAKOΣIΩN Tête d'Aréthuse à g., un large bandeau dans les cheveux, quatre dauphins au pourtour
Tudeer 92 O33/R64
1 commentsBrennos09/04/19 at 10:03Anaximander: Stunning!
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Syracuse Tetradrachm42 viewsSicile, Syracuse, 510-500 BC AR Tétradrachme 17.43g.
D:/SVRA Quadrige au pas à droite.
R:/Carré creux partagé en quatre carrés. Au centre dans un cercle creux, tête d'Aréthuse à gauche, les cheveux en pointillé retombant sur la nuque.
Boehringer 28 (V20/R14)
ex Chandon de Briailles collection sale Emile Bourgey 1959 lot 156
1 commentsBrennos09/04/19 at 10:01Anaximander: A rarity! So archaic and beautifully struck up.
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Himera11 viewsSicily, Himera. 440-430/425 BC. AR Tetradrachm (16.93 gm). Slow biga driven l. by charioteer crowned by Nike flying r. Ex: IMEPAION (retrograde) and cock walking l. / Nymph Himera holding patera over altar to l.; satyr to r. stdg below fountain w/ lions-head spout; ear of grain above.  gVF.   Boston MFA 254 (same dies); de Luynes 976 (same dies); Rizzo pl. XXI, 12 (same dies); Arnold-Biucchi, Monetazione, Group III, 15 (Q4/H12); Gutmann & Schwabacher 10; SNG Ashmolean 1765 (same dies). cf. HGC 2 #434 (crane in ex); Jenkins Sicily 30; CNG 100 #1268 & Triton XI #37 (same dies). Very rare. 4 commentsAnaximander09/04/19 at 06:29Brennos: Very great coin !!
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M. VOLTEIUS M.F. ROMAN REPUBLIC; GENS VOLTEIA AR Denarius3 viewsOBVERSE: Laureate head of Jupiter right
REVERSE: Temple of Jupiter Capitolinus with closed doors; thunderbolt on pediment; below, M. VOLTEI. M. F.
Rome 78BC
3.60g, 18mm
Crawford 385/1; Sydenham 774; Volteia 1
1 commentsLegatus09/04/19 at 03:28Jay GT4: Great looking historical coin
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Naxos5 viewsSicily, Naxos. 530-510 BC. AR Litra (0.73 gm). Archaic head of Dionysus, hair beaded, l. / Bunch of grapes, ͶΟΙΧΑͶ (ΝΑΧΙΟΝ in retrograde). VF. SNG ANS 4 #513; HGC 2 #967; Cahn Naxos p. 106, plate I #21 (V14/R20); Campana CNAI Naxos #2; Jameson 671; Pozzi 504-505; SNG Lockett 839; Rizzo pl. XXVIII, 5; SNG Cop -; SNG Lloyd 1149; SNG Lockett 839.1 commentsAnaximander09/03/19 at 21:41Molinari: Nice and old, just how I like them!
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SNG American Numismatic Society. Table of Contents.107 viewsSylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Part 1 to 9 | The Collection of the American Numismatic Society | Table of Contents (and ONLY the Table of Contents).
11,991 coins, 388 plates.
Collection highlight: The backbone of this collection is that of Edward T. Newell, and is rich in Southern Italian and Sicilian coinage. Part 9 has extensive Baktrian coinage.
1 commentsAnaximander09/03/19 at 14:34Anaximander: This is only a table of contents, not the ANS...
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Kings of Macedonia, Macedonia, Alexander III, AR Drachm.50 viewsLampsacus 310-301 B.C. 4.16g - 18.6mm, Axis 3h.

Obv: Head of Herakles wearing lionskin headdress.

Rev: AΛEΞANΔΡOY - Zeus seated left, holding eagle and sceptre, amphora in left field, ME ligate monogram beneath chair.

Price 1417; Mueller 600; SNG Cop 979.
1 commentsChristian Scarlioli09/02/19 at 18:17Jay GT4: Nice portrait
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Anglo-Saxon, Continental Sceattas, AR Sceat. UK Metal Detecting find from Kirkburn in Yorkshire.52 viewsFrisia 710-750 A.D. 0.79g - 11.5mm, Axis 3h.

Obv: 'Porcupine' with four legs below, pellet triangle below.

Rev: Beaded standard, with annulet at center and concentric beaded square; T-shaped ornaments in margin.

Spink 790D; Abramson 96.10; SCBI 63 (BM), –; North 45.
1 commentsChristian Scarlioli09/02/19 at 18:14Anaximander: Good one! Nice strike.
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Claudius Quadrans Scale117 viewsClaudius (41 – 54 AD)

AE quadrans, Rome, 41 AD

Obv. TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG, Hand holding scale over P N R
Rev. PON M TR P IMP COS DES IT around S C.
RIC I 85

Weigth: 2.7g
Diameter: 16mm.
2 commentsJose Polanco09/02/19 at 17:55Jose Polanco: Thanks @okidoki
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Claudius Quadrans Scale117 viewsClaudius (41 – 54 AD)

AE quadrans, Rome, 41 AD

Obv. TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG, Hand holding scale over P N R
Rev. PON M TR P IMP COS DES IT around S C.
RIC I 85

Weigth: 2.7g
Diameter: 16mm.
2 commentsJose Polanco09/02/19 at 16:23okidoki: Congrats very nice
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Tarsos80 views1 commentsMolinari09/01/19 at 17:58okidoki: very nice i love it
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varb1777_23 viewsElagabalus
Philippopolis, Thrace

Obv: AVT K M AVP ANTΩNEINOC, laureate head right
Rev: ΦIΛIΠΠOΠOΛEITΩN (NE)ΩKO →PΩN, Dionysos standing left, holding bunch of grapes and thyrsos.
20 mm, 4.63 gms

Varbanov 1777
1 commentsCharles M09/01/19 at 15:52Anaximander: That's a really nice run of Elagablus bronze f...
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Selinos6 viewsSelinos. c. 450-440 BC. Cast AE Onkia (3.71 gm), tooth-shaped. Kantharos (two handled cup), pellet as value mark above. / Selinon (wild celery) leaf. gF. Anepigraphic. Triskles 18 & Vauctions 322 #28. HGC 2 #1237; Calciati CNS I pg. 237 #10. 1 commentsAnaximander09/01/19 at 12:35okidoki: Interesting coin
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Leontini4 viewsSicily, Leontini. 455-430 BC. AR Tetradrachm (17.07 gm). Laureate head of Apollo l. with hair rolled up and bound with wreath. / Head of lion l. w/ open jaw, three barley ears around, laurel leaf behind. LEO-NTI-NON. EF. SNG ANS 4 #257 (same dies), #256 (same obv. die); Boehringer Münzgeschichte pl. 12 #55 (same dies); Rizzo pl. XXIIII #4 (same dies); SNG Lloyd 1063; SNG München 559 (same dies); HGC 2 #671. cf. NAC 106 #180 & 114 #53 (same dies).
1 commentsAnaximander08/30/19 at 16:08okidoki: Congrats very nice
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Messana6 viewsSicily, Messana. Tyranny of Anaxilas. 480-462/1 BC. AR Tetradrachm (17.07 gm). Biga of mules r. with seated charioteer; laurel leaf in ex. / Hare bounding r. MESSENION (SS not retrograde). gVF. Pegasi V #63. SNG ANS 4 #318 (same rev. die); Caltabiano 1993 Series IIb #77 (D41/R40); Dewing #640 (same dies); Randazzo 105-106 (same dies); HGC 2 #779. cf. SNG Cop 4 #389-390 (SS not retrograde); CNG EA 301 #3 (same dies); CBG.fr M43 #385760 (same dies); Roma Num. E2 #33 (same dies). 1 commentsAnaximander08/30/19 at 15:19Tracy Aiello: Great reverse. Look at those ears!
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RPC-1672-Domitian38 viewsAR Didrachm, 6.47g
Rome mint (for Cappadocia), 93-94 AD
RPC 1672 (17 spec.).
Obv: AYT KAI ΔOMITIANOC CЄBACTOC ΓЄPM; Head of Domitian, laureate, r.
Rev: ЄTO ΙΓ; Mt Argaeus; on summit, radiate figure standing l., globe in r. hand, sceptre in l. hand
Acquired from Praefectus Coins, August 2019.

During Domitian's reign, the mint at Rome struck silver drachms and didrachms for circulation in Cappadocia, all of which can be dated to 93-94 AD. They can be distinguished as Rome mint issues by style and their 6 o'clock die axis. This didrachm features the ethnic reverse type of Mt. Argaeus surmounted by a figure. The engravers at Rome presumably had never seen the mountain in person and likely based the design on a standardised model, possibly a cult image. The figure's identity atop the mountain is uncertain - perhaps it is either Helios or the personification of the mountain itself. The portrait style is similar to Domitian's contemporaneous denarii.

In good style and well centred.
4 commentsDavid Atherton08/29/19 at 21:44Jay GT4: Sweet portrait!
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Vitelius As Fides Exercituum86 viewsVitelius (69 AD)

Æ As, Tarraco (Tarragona), January to June 69 AD.

Obv. A VITELLIVS IMP GERMAN, Laureated bust left.
Rev. FIDES EXERCITVVM S C. Clasped hands.
RIC I 42

Weight: 9.2g
Diameter: 27mm.
1 commentsJose Polanco08/29/19 at 20:48FlaviusDomitianus: Nice find.
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Messana5 viewsSicily, Messana. 412-408 BC. AR Tetradrachm (16.8 gm). Biga of mules driven l. by nymph Messana, Nike overhead with wreath & taenia. Ex: two dolphins meeting. / Hare bounding l., grain ear below, dove above. Ex: ΜΕΣΣΑΝΙΩΝ. VF. Pegasi 127 #53. ex-William N. Rudman Coll., Triton V #1193 (this coin). SNG ANS 4 #367/378. Same dies: SNG Cop 1 #405; Caltabiano series XV 623 (D223/R249); Nantueil 303; Triton XX #62. Same obv. die: HGC 3 #801; Davis 40; Kraay-Hirmer pl. 19 #61; Pozzi 492; Rizzo pl. XXVII, 7; SNG Fitzwilliam 1081; SNG Lockett 831. SNG Munchen 660; NAC 33 #78 & 52 #45. cf. Boeringer SNR 57 p. 136f. 1 commentsAnaximander08/29/19 at 19:02quadrans: Another nice piece
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Messana6 viewsSicily, Messana. 480-462/1 BC. AR Tetradrachm (17.14 gm). Biga of mules r. with seated charioteer; laurel leaf in ex. / Hare bounding r., pellet below. ΜΕSSΕ-N-ΙΩN (both sigmas and nus retrograde). VF. Pegasi V #63. SNG ANS 4 #314; Caltabiano 1993 Series IIb 52 similar to (D28/R22 or R38); Dewing 641 (same obv. die)/636. HGC 3 #779 (same obv. die). SNG Fitzwilliam 1067. Cf SNG Cop 1 #390 (no pellet); Bement 405 (SS not retrograde); Randazzo 105-106 (same). 1 commentsAnaximander08/29/19 at 19:01quadrans: Nice piece..
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RPC-1672-Domitian38 viewsAR Didrachm, 6.47g
Rome mint (for Cappadocia), 93-94 AD
RPC 1672 (17 spec.).
Obv: AYT KAI ΔOMITIANOC CЄBACTOC ΓЄPM; Head of Domitian, laureate, r.
Rev: ЄTO ΙΓ; Mt Argaeus; on summit, radiate figure standing l., globe in r. hand, sceptre in l. hand
Acquired from Praefectus Coins, August 2019.

During Domitian's reign, the mint at Rome struck silver drachms and didrachms for circulation in Cappadocia, all of which can be dated to 93-94 AD. They can be distinguished as Rome mint issues by style and their 6 o'clock die axis. This didrachm features the ethnic reverse type of Mt. Argaeus surmounted by a figure. The engravers at Rome presumably had never seen the mountain in person and likely based the design on a standardised model, possibly a cult image. The figure's identity atop the mountain is uncertain - perhaps it is either Helios or the personification of the mountain itself. The portrait style is similar to Domitian's contemporaneous denarii.

In good style and well centred.
4 commentsDavid Atherton08/29/19 at 19:01quadrans: Great, Interesting coin ...
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RPC-1672-Domitian38 viewsAR Didrachm, 6.47g
Rome mint (for Cappadocia), 93-94 AD
RPC 1672 (17 spec.).
Obv: AYT KAI ΔOMITIANOC CЄBACTOC ΓЄPM; Head of Domitian, laureate, r.
Rev: ЄTO ΙΓ; Mt Argaeus; on summit, radiate figure standing l., globe in r. hand, sceptre in l. hand
Acquired from Praefectus Coins, August 2019.

During Domitian's reign, the mint at Rome struck silver drachms and didrachms for circulation in Cappadocia, all of which can be dated to 93-94 AD. They can be distinguished as Rome mint issues by style and their 6 o'clock die axis. This didrachm features the ethnic reverse type of Mt. Argaeus surmounted by a figure. The engravers at Rome presumably had never seen the mountain in person and likely based the design on a standardised model, possibly a cult image. The figure's identity atop the mountain is uncertain - perhaps it is either Helios or the personification of the mountain itself. The portrait style is similar to Domitian's contemporaneous denarii.

In good style and well centred.
4 commentsDavid Atherton08/29/19 at 13:30Mat: A great coin
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6070 EGYPT, Alexandria Sabina Hemidrachm 134-35 AD Dikaiosyne standing14 viewsReference.
RPC III, 6070; Köln 1268; Emmett 1337.19; Dattari-2067; K&G-33.9

Issue L ƐΝΝƐΑΚ·Δ

Obv. ϹΑΒΙΝΑ ϹƐΒΑϹΤΗ
Bust of Sabina (hair on top of head), r., and crowned with poppy head

Rev. L ƐΝΝƐΑΚ·Δ
Dikaiosyne standing facing, head l., holding scales and cornucopia

12.26 gr
30 mm
12h
4 commentsokidoki08/29/19 at 12:18Steve P: Nice! ... wow, that's a fantastic addition (co...
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GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa 465--450 BC17.22 g 11h Jenkins 220 {O58/R118} The Randazzo Hoard no.41 this coin42 viewsCharioteer in quadriga moving slowly left,column behind marking the turning point of the race,in exergue sea monster {pistrix}
Rev forepart of man-headed bull with Nike flying right to crown him.off flan.
The Numismatic Chronicle 1894 page 212 contributions to Sicilian Numismatics by Arthur.J.Evans.These coins of Syracusan show the pistrix in the exergue of there reverse types,the introduction of which on the Syracusan dies Dr.Head has reasonably connected with Hierons great sea victory off Cumae of 474.I am inclined to go still further than Dr. Head,and to suggest that the symbol of sea power survived on the issues of the Syracusan democracy for another two decades or more.One of the novelties supplied by the present find is the appearance of the same sea-monster in the exergual position on a coin of Gela.It may ,therefore,be reasonably brought into connection with the same historical occasion,and may be regarded as a complimentary allusion to the great citizen of Gela who now ruled at Syracuse.It is possible that a Geloan contingent participated in the naval victory over the Etruscans,the victorious occasion of the present piece is ,indeed,accentuated and brought into direct relation with Gela itself by the obverse design,on which almost alone among the coins of this city,a flying Nike is seen crowning the head of the River-God.
1 commentsGrant H08/29/19 at 11:38*Alex: Nice coin and interesting commentary.
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RPC-1672-Domitian38 viewsAR Didrachm, 6.47g
Rome mint (for Cappadocia), 93-94 AD
RPC 1672 (17 spec.).
Obv: AYT KAI ΔOMITIANOC CЄBACTOC ΓЄPM; Head of Domitian, laureate, r.
Rev: ЄTO ΙΓ; Mt Argaeus; on summit, radiate figure standing l., globe in r. hand, sceptre in l. hand
Acquired from Praefectus Coins, August 2019.

During Domitian's reign, the mint at Rome struck silver drachms and didrachms for circulation in Cappadocia, all of which can be dated to 93-94 AD. They can be distinguished as Rome mint issues by style and their 6 o'clock die axis. This didrachm features the ethnic reverse type of Mt. Argaeus surmounted by a figure. The engravers at Rome presumably had never seen the mountain in person and likely based the design on a standardised model, possibly a cult image. The figure's identity atop the mountain is uncertain - perhaps it is either Helios or the personification of the mountain itself. The portrait style is similar to Domitian's contemporaneous denarii.

In good style and well centred.
4 commentsDavid Atherton08/29/19 at 09:54FlaviusDomitianus: Nice addition, congrats!
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Roman Republic, Gens: Fonteia, Mn Fonteius Cf, AR Denarius.3 viewsRome 85 B.C. 2.96g - 18.4mm, Axis 4h.

Obv: [M•FONTEI] / CF - Laureate head of Apollo Vejovis right, thunderbolt below, [M•FONTEI] behind, CF below chin.

Rev: Cupid on goat right, caps of the Dioscuri above, thyrsus in ex.

Fonteia 10; Syd 724a; Cr353/1c.
1 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/28/19 at 17:55shanxi: nice
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Leontini6 viewsSicily, Leontini. 455-430 BC. AR Tetradrachm (17.13 gm). Laureate head of Apollo r. with hair rolled up and bound with wreath. / Head of lion r. w/ open jaw, four barley ears around. LE-O-NT-INO-N. EF. Pegasi XV #35. Same dies: SNG ANS 4 #225; Rizzo pl. XXIII #4; Triton XIII #37. Same obv. dies: Boehringer #37; SNG Fitzwilliam 1053; SNG Lloyd 1054; SNG Lockett 797. Same rev. die: Gulbenkian 217. cf. HGC 2 #667; Basel 349; Dewing 624-628; Gillet 444; SNG Cop 346-348.1 commentsAnaximander08/28/19 at 17:54shanxi: beautiful
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, M. Porcius Cato, AR Quinarius - Crawford 343/2b12 viewsRome, The Republic.
M. Porcius Cato, 89 BCE.
AR Quinarius (2.08g; 14mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: M.CATO; Liber head facing right wearing ivy wreath; rudder (control mark) below.

Reverse: VICTRIX; Victory seated left, holding patera in outstretched hand and palm over left shoulder.

References: Crawford 343/2b; Sydenham 597c; BMCRR (Italy) 677-93var (symbol); Porcia 7.

Provenance: Ex Elsen 141 (15 Jun 2019) Lot 152; Elsen List 60 (Oct 1983), Lot 37.

The precise identity of the moneyer is uncertain. Crawford believes the obverse head of Liber alludes to the Porcian Laws which broadened the rights of Roman citizens with respect to punishments and appeals. This issue of quinarii was huge, with Crawford estimating 400 obverse and 444 reverse dies. The obverse appears in two varieties: one with control marks below the head, and one without. The control marks include Greek and Latin letters, numbers and symbols.
4 commentsCarausius08/28/19 at 04:19PMah: Very nice example.
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M. Plaetorius M.f. Cestianus (57 B.C.)9 viewsAR Denarius
O: Winged and draped bust of Vacuna right, wearing crested and laureate helmet; bow and quiver over shoulder, cornucopia below chin.
R: Eagle standing right on thunderbolt, head left, wings spread.
Rome Mint
3.63g
20mm
Crawford 409/1; Sydenham 809; Plaetoria 4
1 commentsMat08/27/19 at 20:43Randygeki(h2): Neat addition. Nice for the price
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, M. Porcius Cato, AR Quinarius - Crawford 343/2b12 viewsRome, The Republic.
M. Porcius Cato, 89 BCE.
AR Quinarius (2.08g; 14mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: M.CATO; Liber head facing right wearing ivy wreath; rudder (control mark) below.

Reverse: VICTRIX; Victory seated left, holding patera in outstretched hand and palm over left shoulder.

References: Crawford 343/2b; Sydenham 597c; BMCRR (Italy) 677-93var (symbol); Porcia 7.

Provenance: Ex Elsen 141 (15 Jun 2019) Lot 152; Elsen List 60 (Oct 1983), Lot 37.

The precise identity of the moneyer is uncertain. Crawford believes the obverse head of Liber alludes to the Porcian Laws which broadened the rights of Roman citizens with respect to punishments and appeals. This issue of quinarii was huge, with Crawford estimating 400 obverse and 444 reverse dies. The obverse appears in two varieties: one with control marks below the head, and one without. The control marks include Greek and Latin letters, numbers and symbols.
4 commentsCarausius08/27/19 at 19:34quadrans: Wow, nice piece...
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12 Caesars Tray14 viewsUpdated 12 Caesars Tray4 commentsMat08/27/19 at 19:29quadrans: Wow, nice ...
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, M. Porcius Cato, AR Quinarius - Crawford 343/2b12 viewsRome, The Republic.
M. Porcius Cato, 89 BCE.
AR Quinarius (2.08g; 14mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: M.CATO; Liber head facing right wearing ivy wreath; rudder (control mark) below.

Reverse: VICTRIX; Victory seated left, holding patera in outstretched hand and palm over left shoulder.

References: Crawford 343/2b; Sydenham 597c; BMCRR (Italy) 677-93var (symbol); Porcia 7.

Provenance: Ex Elsen 141 (15 Jun 2019) Lot 152; Elsen List 60 (Oct 1983), Lot 37.

The precise identity of the moneyer is uncertain. Crawford believes the obverse head of Liber alludes to the Porcian Laws which broadened the rights of Roman citizens with respect to punishments and appeals. This issue of quinarii was huge, with Crawford estimating 400 obverse and 444 reverse dies. The obverse appears in two varieties: one with control marks below the head, and one without. The control marks include Greek and Latin letters, numbers and symbols.
4 commentsCarausius08/27/19 at 15:26Steve P: Cool addition, coin-bro (congrats)
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12 Caesars Tray14 viewsUpdated 12 Caesars Tray4 commentsMat08/27/19 at 13:39shanxi: nice collection
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Katane5 viewsSicily, Katane. 450-445 BC. AR Tetradrachm (16.96 gm). Slow quadriga r. / Laureate head of Apollo r. KATANAI-ON.  gVF.  Pegasi A17 #36. SNG ANS 3 #1245 (same dies) #1244 (obv. die) & #1246 (rev. die); Basel 324 (same obv. die); Gulbenkian 177 (same obv. die); HGC 2 #566; Kraay & Hirmer 35 (same obv. die); Mirone 34 (same obv. die); Rizzo pl. X, 3 (same obv. die); SNG Cop 1 #176; SNG Lloyd 892 (same obv. die). 1 commentsAnaximander08/27/19 at 13:38shanxi: another beauty
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Roman Imperial, Probus as Augustus, AE Antoninianus - 3rd Officina, 8th Emission.3 viewsLugdunum 281 A.D. 3.88g - 22.5mm, Axis 6h.

Obv: IMP C PROBVS P F AVG - Radiate, cuirassed bust right.

Rev: PIETAS AVG - Pietas standing left by altar, holding patera and box of perfumes. Mintmark III.

RIC V-II, 96.
1 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/27/19 at 11:02Anaximander: Great portrait, and its lettering is impeccable.
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12 Caesars Tray14 viewsUpdated 12 Caesars Tray4 commentsMat08/27/19 at 00:55Tracy Aiello: Nice.
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164 Hadrian Denarius Roma 125-28 AD Virtus35 viewsReference.
Strack 182var. (No globe); RIC 164d var no shield c.339 BMC 372 notes no shield.

Obv: HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS.
Laureate bust right, slight drapery on far shoulder.

Rev: COS III.
Virtus seated left on cuirass, right foot on helmet, holding parazonium and spear.

3.34 gr
21 mm.
2 commentsokidoki08/26/19 at 21:47Jay GT4: Really nice!
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164 Var. Hadrian Denarius Roma 125-28 AD Virtus6 viewscf RIC 164 only with Globe, and foot on globe

Reference.
RIC --; Strack 182 ( specimens with globe in Sofia, Vienna, Leningrad, and Rome )
Variant with globe is mentioned by BMC 372 note, referring to Reka Devnia p. 30: two such specimens in the Sofia part of the hoard.

Obv. HADRIANVS-AVGVSTVS
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder

Rev. COS III
Virtus seated Left on cuirass and shield, parazonium in right hand, vertical spear in left, foot on globe
Globe in exergue

2.91 gr
19 mm
6h
1 commentsokidoki08/26/19 at 21:47Jay GT4: Nice!
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Himera11 viewsSicily, Himera. 440-430/425 BC. AR Tetradrachm (16.93 gm). Slow biga driven l. by charioteer crowned by Nike flying r. Ex: IMEPAION (retrograde) and cock walking l. / Nymph Himera holding patera over altar to l.; satyr to r. stdg below fountain w/ lions-head spout; ear of grain above.  gVF.   Boston MFA 254 (same dies); de Luynes 976 (same dies); Rizzo pl. XXI, 12 (same dies); Arnold-Biucchi, Monetazione, Group III, 15 (Q4/H12); Gutmann & Schwabacher 10; SNG Ashmolean 1765 (same dies). cf. HGC 2 #434 (crane in ex); Jenkins Sicily 30; CNG 100 #1268 & Triton XI #37 (same dies). Very rare. 4 commentsAnaximander08/26/19 at 20:06Jay GT4: Simply amazing
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12 Caesars Tray14 viewsUpdated 12 Caesars Tray4 commentsMat08/26/19 at 20:05Jay GT4: Sweet!
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6070 EGYPT, Alexandria Sabina Hemidrachm 134-35 AD Dikaiosyne standing14 viewsReference.
RPC III, 6070; Köln 1268; Emmett 1337.19; Dattari-2067; K&G-33.9

Issue L ƐΝΝƐΑΚ·Δ

Obv. ϹΑΒΙΝΑ ϹƐΒΑϹΤΗ
Bust of Sabina (hair on top of head), r., and crowned with poppy head

Rev. L ƐΝΝƐΑΚ·Δ
Dikaiosyne standing facing, head l., holding scales and cornucopia

12.26 gr
30 mm
12h
4 commentsokidoki08/26/19 at 19:23quadrans: Wow, nice piece...
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Himera11 viewsSicily, Himera. 440-430/425 BC. AR Tetradrachm (16.93 gm). Slow biga driven l. by charioteer crowned by Nike flying r. Ex: IMEPAION (retrograde) and cock walking l. / Nymph Himera holding patera over altar to l.; satyr to r. stdg below fountain w/ lions-head spout; ear of grain above.  gVF.   Boston MFA 254 (same dies); de Luynes 976 (same dies); Rizzo pl. XXI, 12 (same dies); Arnold-Biucchi, Monetazione, Group III, 15 (Q4/H12); Gutmann & Schwabacher 10; SNG Ashmolean 1765 (same dies). cf. HGC 2 #434 (crane in ex); Jenkins Sicily 30; CNG 100 #1268 & Triton XI #37 (same dies). Very rare. 4 commentsAnaximander08/26/19 at 19:23quadrans: Great coin , and details,
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6070 EGYPT, Alexandria Sabina Hemidrachm 134-35 AD Dikaiosyne standing14 viewsReference.
RPC III, 6070; Köln 1268; Emmett 1337.19; Dattari-2067; K&G-33.9

Issue L ƐΝΝƐΑΚ·Δ

Obv. ϹΑΒΙΝΑ ϹƐΒΑϹΤΗ
Bust of Sabina (hair on top of head), r., and crowned with poppy head

Rev. L ƐΝΝƐΑΚ·Δ
Dikaiosyne standing facing, head l., holding scales and cornucopia

12.26 gr
30 mm
12h
4 commentsokidoki08/26/19 at 12:05shanxi: great coin
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Himera11 viewsSicily, Himera. 440-430/425 BC. AR Tetradrachm (16.93 gm). Slow biga driven l. by charioteer crowned by Nike flying r. Ex: IMEPAION (retrograde) and cock walking l. / Nymph Himera holding patera over altar to l.; satyr to r. stdg below fountain w/ lions-head spout; ear of grain above.  gVF.   Boston MFA 254 (same dies); de Luynes 976 (same dies); Rizzo pl. XXI, 12 (same dies); Arnold-Biucchi, Monetazione, Group III, 15 (Q4/H12); Gutmann & Schwabacher 10; SNG Ashmolean 1765 (same dies). cf. HGC 2 #434 (crane in ex); Jenkins Sicily 30; CNG 100 #1268 & Triton XI #37 (same dies). Very rare. 4 commentsAnaximander08/26/19 at 12:05shanxi: wonderful coin
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Tiberius, 14-37 AD7 viewsSilver Denarius, Lugdunum Mint (Modern Day Lyon, France)

Obv: TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTV[S], Laureate Bust Right.
Rev: PONTIF MAXIM, Female figure seated right on chair with ornamented legs, holding inverted spear and branch; single exergual line below.
RIC 30, (3.70 g, 19.0 mm)
3 commentsVacolony08/26/19 at 11:16okidoki: excellent and stylistic
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, M. Porcius Cato, AR Quinarius - Crawford 343/2b12 viewsRome, The Republic.
M. Porcius Cato, 89 BCE.
AR Quinarius (2.08g; 14mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: M.CATO; Liber head facing right wearing ivy wreath; rudder (control mark) below.

Reverse: VICTRIX; Victory seated left, holding patera in outstretched hand and palm over left shoulder.

References: Crawford 343/2b; Sydenham 597c; BMCRR (Italy) 677-93var (symbol); Porcia 7.

Provenance: Ex Elsen 141 (15 Jun 2019) Lot 152; Elsen List 60 (Oct 1983), Lot 37.

The precise identity of the moneyer is uncertain. Crawford believes the obverse head of Liber alludes to the Porcian Laws which broadened the rights of Roman citizens with respect to punishments and appeals. This issue of quinarii was huge, with Crawford estimating 400 obverse and 444 reverse dies. The obverse appears in two varieties: one with control marks below the head, and one without. The control marks include Greek and Latin letters, numbers and symbols.
4 commentsCarausius08/26/19 at 10:47okidoki: great looks
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Himera. Tyranny of Theron & Thrasydaios7 viewsSicily, Himera. 480-470 BC. AR Didrachm (8.79 gm). Cock standing l. HIMERA to l. / Crab.  nEF.  Westermark & Jenkins Himera #4; SNG ANS 4 #155ff; SNG Cop 1 #302-303; SNG Lloyd 1011-1012; BMC 2 24; Dewing 613-614; HGC 2 #438; Rosen 55. cf. Nomos 1 #20 (same dies).
Theron of Akragas and Gelon of Syracuse defeated Carthage in the Battle of Himera in 480 BC. Theron deposed the local tyrant of Himera and ruled over the city. The pairing of the crowing rooster on the obverse (Himera’s name means ‘day break’) and the crab of Akragas on the reverse aptly captures this political situation. Theron's son, Thrasydaios, succeeded him as tyrant in 472 BC, but Thrasydaios was defeated in battle by Hieron of Syracuse in 470 BC. The Carthaginians had their revenge in 408 BC when Himera was utterly destroyed.
1 commentsAnaximander08/26/19 at 10:47okidoki: excellent and stylistic
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Cr. 517/2, Octavian, Mark Antony13 viewsOctavian and Mark Antony
Denarius 41 BC
Obv.: CAESAR·IMP·PONT·III·VIR·R·P·C: Head of Octavian right, bearded; around, inscription. Border of dots.
Rev.: M·ANT·IMP·AVG·III·VIR·R·P·C·M·BARBAT·Q·P: Head of M. Antonius right; around, inscription. Border of dots.
Ag, 3.81g, 18.1mm
Ref.: Crawford 517/2
Ex Christoph Gärtner 44. Auktion Numismatik, Lot 4055 D
4 commentsshanxi08/25/19 at 22:55Jay GT4: Great portraits
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Tiberius, 14-37 AD5 viewsSilver Denarius Contemporary Imitation of the “Tribute Penny”.
Laureate Head / Livia, as Pax, Seated Holding Sceptre and Olive-Branch.
Crude Style
RIC 30, (3.70 g, 18.0 mm)
1 commentsVacolony08/25/19 at 22:54Jay GT4: Love these Indian imitations.
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Tiberius, 14-37 AD7 viewsSilver Denarius, Lugdunum Mint (Modern Day Lyon, France)

Obv: TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTV[S], Laureate Bust Right.
Rev: PONTIF MAXIM, Female figure seated right on chair with ornamented legs, holding inverted spear and branch; single exergual line below.
RIC 30, (3.70 g, 19.0 mm)
3 commentsVacolony08/25/19 at 22:53Jay GT4: Wonderful
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MYSIA. Pergamon. Circa 166-67 BC. Cistophoric Tetradrachm.63 views(Silver, 27 mm, 12.50 g, 12 h), c. 92-88.
Basket (cista mystica) from which snake coils; around, ivy wreath with fruits.
Rev. Two snakes coiled around a bow case; to left, ?EP? monogram; to right, serpent-entwined staff of Asclepius; between snakes' heads,
EY above monogram of ?PYT. Kleiner, Hoard 33. SNG France 1736-7.
2 commentsRuslan K08/25/19 at 19:49Ruslan K: Thank you!
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Ptolemy XII Neos Dionysos. 9 viewsPtolemy XII Neos Dionysos. 80-58 & 55-51 BC. AR Tetradrachm (13.92 gm) of Alexandria, 74/73 BC. Diademed head of Ptolemy I wearing aegis r. / Eagle standing l. on thunderbolt. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ | ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ, LH (RY 8) to l., ΠΑ to r. gVF. Pegasi A22 #270. SNG Cop. 8 #381; Svoronos 1855 (w/ Kleopatra VII) pl. 62 #9; DCA 69; BMC 7 118 #13.1 commentsAnaximander08/25/19 at 19:47shanxi: great example
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MYSIA. Pergamon. Circa 166-67 BC. Cistophoric Tetradrachm.63 views(Silver, 27 mm, 12.50 g, 12 h), c. 92-88.
Basket (cista mystica) from which snake coils; around, ivy wreath with fruits.
Rev. Two snakes coiled around a bow case; to left, ?EP? monogram; to right, serpent-entwined staff of Asclepius; between snakes' heads,
EY above monogram of ?PYT. Kleiner, Hoard 33. SNG France 1736-7.
2 commentsRuslan K08/25/19 at 19:41Anaximander: Great example of a classic type.
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Antiochos VII Tetradrachm. 138-129 BC.15 viewsAntiochia on the Orontes mint. (32 mm, 16.90 g, 1 h), Diademed head of Antiochos VII to right. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ / ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟY - EYEPΓETOY Athena standing front, head to left, holding Nike in her right hand and spear and shield with her left; to outer left, monogram above K. SC 2061.1t. 1 commentsRuslan K08/25/19 at 19:39Anaximander: Very nice portrait and a good strike.
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Cr. 517/2, Octavian, Mark Antony13 viewsOctavian and Mark Antony
Denarius 41 BC
Obv.: CAESAR·IMP·PONT·III·VIR·R·P·C: Head of Octavian right, bearded; around, inscription. Border of dots.
Rev.: M·ANT·IMP·AVG·III·VIR·R·P·C·M·BARBAT·Q·P: Head of M. Antonius right; around, inscription. Border of dots.
Ag, 3.81g, 18.1mm
Ref.: Crawford 517/2
Ex Christoph Gärtner 44. Auktion Numismatik, Lot 4055 D
4 commentsshanxi08/25/19 at 19:35Anaximander: Way up there in historical value, and good portrai...
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Gela11 viewsGela. (CEΛAΣ) c. 490/485-480/475 BC. AR Didrachm (8.57 gm). Horseman galloping right, brandishing spear overhead. / Forepart of river god Gelas as man-headed bull r. (Ε-ΛΑ before.  nEF.  Triton V #1167. Ex William N. Rudman Coll. SNG ANS 4 mule: #7 (same ob. die) / #5 (same rev. die); Jenkins Gela Gp Ib 42 (O13'/R17); SNG Cop 1 #256; SNG Klagenfurt 430; HGC 2 #363.
480-470 BC.  Rule of tyrant Gelon, born in Gela, who won a crushing victory over the Carthaginians and ruled Syracuse for a time.
3 commentsAnaximander08/25/19 at 19:05Tracy Aiello: Simply gorgeous.
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Domitian 81-96 AD8 viewsSilver Denarius, Rome 88 AD

Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VII, Legend with Laureate Bust Right.

Rev: IMP XV COS XIIII CENS P P P, Minerva Advancing Right, Holding Spear and Shield. Extremely Fine & Rare.

RIC 591, (3.58 g, 19.0 mm)
3 commentsVacolony08/25/19 at 18:30orfew: A lovely example
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Tiberius, 14-37 AD7 viewsSilver Denarius, Lugdunum Mint (Modern Day Lyon, France)

Obv: TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTV[S], Laureate Bust Right.
Rev: PONTIF MAXIM, Female figure seated right on chair with ornamented legs, holding inverted spear and branch; single exergual line below.
RIC 30, (3.70 g, 19.0 mm)
3 commentsVacolony08/25/19 at 17:09quadrans: Interesting piece..
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Vespasian 69-79 AD6 viewsSilver Denarius, Rome Mint & Stuck under Titus 80AD

Obv: Legend with Laureate Bust Right. DIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS

Rev: Shield Inscribed SC Supported by Two Capricorns with Globe Below.

RIC 63, (3.36 g, 18.5 mm)
2 commentsVacolony08/25/19 at 17:09quadrans: Wow,
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Trajan, 98-117 AD6 viewsSilver Denarius, Rome Mint 103-111

Obv: Laureate Head Right, IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P

Rev: Aequitas Standing Left, Holding Scales and Cornucopiae. COS V P P SPQR OPTIMO PRINC

RIC 118, (3.35 g, 19.0 mm)
1 commentsVacolony08/25/19 at 17:08quadrans: Nice piece..
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Parthian Kingdom. Gotarzes II. Ca. A.D. 40-51. Tetradrachm.11 views(26 mm, 12 h). Seleukeia on the Tigris, S.E. 360 (A.D. 48/9).
Diademed and draped bust of Gotarzes II left /
King seated right, receiving wreath from Nike standing left, holding cornucopiae; above, date (??), month off flan.
Cf. Sellwood 65.20-24; cf. Shore 361.
1 commentsRuslan K08/25/19 at 17:07quadrans: Nice piece..
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Domitian 81-96 AD8 viewsSilver Denarius, Rome 88 AD

Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VII, Legend with Laureate Bust Right.

Rev: IMP XV COS XIIII CENS P P P, Minerva Advancing Right, Holding Spear and Shield. Extremely Fine & Rare.

RIC 591, (3.58 g, 19.0 mm)
3 commentsVacolony08/25/19 at 17:06quadrans: Nice one
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Vespasian 69-79 AD6 viewsSilver Denarius, Rome Mint & Stuck under Titus 80AD

Obv: Legend with Laureate Bust Right. DIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS

Rev: Shield Inscribed SC Supported by Two Capricorns with Globe Below.

RIC 63, (3.36 g, 18.5 mm)
2 commentsVacolony08/25/19 at 13:35Jay GT4: Very nice
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Domitian 81-96 AD8 viewsSilver Denarius, Rome 88 AD

Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VII, Legend with Laureate Bust Right.

Rev: IMP XV COS XIIII CENS P P P, Minerva Advancing Right, Holding Spear and Shield. Extremely Fine & Rare.

RIC 591, (3.58 g, 19.0 mm)
3 commentsVacolony08/25/19 at 13:34Jay GT4: Beautiful
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Cr. 517/2, Octavian, Mark Antony13 viewsOctavian and Mark Antony
Denarius 41 BC
Obv.: CAESAR·IMP·PONT·III·VIR·R·P·C: Head of Octavian right, bearded; around, inscription. Border of dots.
Rev.: M·ANT·IMP·AVG·III·VIR·R·P·C·M·BARBAT·Q·P: Head of M. Antonius right; around, inscription. Border of dots.
Ag, 3.81g, 18.1mm
Ref.: Crawford 517/2
Ex Christoph Gärtner 44. Auktion Numismatik, Lot 4055 D
4 commentsshanxi08/25/19 at 13:13Mat: A great example
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Domitian RIC-39739 viewsÆ Sestertius, 26.19g
Rome mint, 85 AD
RIC 397 (R2). BMC 361. BNF - .
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM XI CENS PER P P; Head of Domitian, laureate, r., with aegis
Rev: GERMANIA CAPTA; S C in exergue; Trophy; to r., German captive stg. r., hands bound, head l.; to l., Germania std. l.; around arms
Acquired from Incitatus Coins, August 2019.

In 85 Domitian struck a fairly impressive issue of sestertii, M. Grant hyperbolically called it the most 'ambitious' of any one reign or year. The series is the first major aes issue of Domitian's reign and is dominated by panoramic types commemorating his military victory over the Germanic tribe the Chatti. The details of the war are unclear, but the overall impression is that the conflict was a minor affair blown out of proportion by an emperor eager for military glory. Consequently, Domitian's Germanic triumph of 83 received a certain amount of ridicule from ancient writers who thought the whole thing was a sham (Dio goes so far as to say Domitian raided the palace's furniture stores for his fake spoils!), no doubt the numismatic propaganda for the victory was likely viewed in the same manner by contemporary senatorial elites. Germania Capta types were first struck in silver in 84 and in bronze in 85. This iconic Germania Capta sestertius strongly echoes Vespasian's Judaea Capta types - but instead of a trophy we see a palm tree and a bound captive replaces the triumphal emperor. H. Mattingly writes in BMCRE 'the type is closely modelled on the Judaea Capta of Vespasian, but the German element is indicated by the heavy angular cloak worn by the man and by the oblong shields.' Comparing the two triumphs, the Josephian scholar Steve Mason remarked - 'The same people who produced Flavian Triumph I: Judaea were on hand for Flavian Triumph II: Germania, and sequels are rarely as good as the originals.'

The Germania Capta sestertii were produced for only a few short years between 85-88. The present example from the third issue of 85 is a rare variant with an obverse legend struck just after Domitian had become censor for life (CENS PER).
3 commentsDavid Atherton08/25/19 at 12:21Jay GT4: I love these huge 1st century sestertii
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Cr. 517/2, Octavian, Mark Antony13 viewsOctavian and Mark Antony
Denarius 41 BC
Obv.: CAESAR·IMP·PONT·III·VIR·R·P·C: Head of Octavian right, bearded; around, inscription. Border of dots.
Rev.: M·ANT·IMP·AVG·III·VIR·R·P·C·M·BARBAT·Q·P: Head of M. Antonius right; around, inscription. Border of dots.
Ag, 3.81g, 18.1mm
Ref.: Crawford 517/2
Ex Christoph Gärtner 44. Auktion Numismatik, Lot 4055 D
4 commentsshanxi08/25/19 at 12:05quadrans: Great piece ...
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Gela11 viewsGela. (CEΛAΣ) c. 490/485-480/475 BC. AR Didrachm (8.57 gm). Horseman galloping right, brandishing spear overhead. / Forepart of river god Gelas as man-headed bull r. (Ε-ΛΑ before.  nEF.  Triton V #1167. Ex William N. Rudman Coll. SNG ANS 4 mule: #7 (same ob. die) / #5 (same rev. die); Jenkins Gela Gp Ib 42 (O13'/R17); SNG Cop 1 #256; SNG Klagenfurt 430; HGC 2 #363.
480-470 BC.  Rule of tyrant Gelon, born in Gela, who won a crushing victory over the Carthaginians and ruled Syracuse for a time.
3 commentsAnaximander08/25/19 at 11:15Molinari: Excellent example. I love it!
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Gela11 viewsGela. (CEΛAΣ) c. 490/485-480/475 BC. AR Didrachm (8.57 gm). Horseman galloping right, brandishing spear overhead. / Forepart of river god Gelas as man-headed bull r. (Ε-ΛΑ before.  nEF.  Triton V #1167. Ex William N. Rudman Coll. SNG ANS 4 mule: #7 (same ob. die) / #5 (same rev. die); Jenkins Gela Gp Ib 42 (O13'/R17); SNG Cop 1 #256; SNG Klagenfurt 430; HGC 2 #363.
480-470 BC.  Rule of tyrant Gelon, born in Gela, who won a crushing victory over the Carthaginians and ruled Syracuse for a time.
3 commentsAnaximander08/25/19 at 11:14quadrans: Nice piece..
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Sicily19 viewsGreek colonies dotted the island of Sicily from about the mid-8th C. BC onward, sometimes conflicting with the native tribes (Sikels to the east, Sikanians in central Sicily, and Elymians to the west) and several Phoenician colonies. The largest issuance of coinage by the city-states often came amidst conflict among themselves and later arrivals, the Carthaginians and Romans. While Greek coin types and denominations predominated, the local litra and its fractions of onkiai survived down to the Roman conquest in 212 BC, when local striking withered. Major mints include Akragas, Gela, Himera, Kamarina, Katane, Leontini, Messene, Naxos, Segesta, Selinos, Syracuse, and the siculo-punic mints of Entella and Lilybaion.
2 commentsAnaximander08/25/19 at 11:14quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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Akragas12 viewsAkragas. 420-410 BC. Hemidrachm (2.07 gm). Eagle standing l. atop hare. / Crab, tunny l. below. ⤹ A-K-P-A around. VF. CICF 2005 Ponterio 134 #1368. SNG ANS 3 #1009; SNG Cop 1 #57-58; SNG Lloyd 826; HGC 2 #104; BMC 2 p. 12, #65.
2 commentsAnaximander08/25/19 at 11:13quadrans: Nice piece..
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010 Hadrian Denarius Roma 117 AD Fortuna13 viewsReference
Strack 14; RIC 10; C. 749; BMC 20

Obv. IMP CAES TRAIAN HADRIANO AVG DIVI TRA
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder, seen from front.

Rev. PARTH F DIVI NER NEP P M TR P COS
Fortuna, veiled, enthroned left, rudder in right hand, cornucopiae in left, FORT RED in exergue.

4.02 gr
19 mm
6h
3 commentsokidoki08/25/19 at 11:12quadrans: Great coin , and details,
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Philip-I, 244-249 AD6 viewsSilver Antoninianus, Rome 245 AD
Obv: IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG Radiate, Draped and Cuirassed Bust facing Right.
Rev: ADVENTVS AVGG Philip I on Horseback to left, raising his right hand and holding a scepter in his left.

RIC 26b (3.95 g, 24.0 mm)
1 commentsVacolony08/25/19 at 10:50Anaximander: Impressive! Perfect portrait.
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Domitian RIC-39739 viewsÆ Sestertius, 26.19g
Rome mint, 85 AD
RIC 397 (R2). BMC 361. BNF - .
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM XI CENS PER P P; Head of Domitian, laureate, r., with aegis
Rev: GERMANIA CAPTA; S C in exergue; Trophy; to r., German captive stg. r., hands bound, head l.; to l., Germania std. l.; around arms
Acquired from Incitatus Coins, August 2019.

In 85 Domitian struck a fairly impressive issue of sestertii, M. Grant hyperbolically called it the most 'ambitious' of any one reign or year. The series is the first major aes issue of Domitian's reign and is dominated by panoramic types commemorating his military victory over the Germanic tribe the Chatti. The details of the war are unclear, but the overall impression is that the conflict was a minor affair blown out of proportion by an emperor eager for military glory. Consequently, Domitian's Germanic triumph of 83 received a certain amount of ridicule from ancient writers who thought the whole thing was a sham (Dio goes so far as to say Domitian raided the palace's furniture stores for his fake spoils!), no doubt the numismatic propaganda for the victory was likely viewed in the same manner by contemporary senatorial elites. Germania Capta types were first struck in silver in 84 and in bronze in 85. This iconic Germania Capta sestertius strongly echoes Vespasian's Judaea Capta types - but instead of a trophy we see a palm tree and a bound captive replaces the triumphal emperor. H. Mattingly writes in BMCRE 'the type is closely modelled on the Judaea Capta of Vespasian, but the German element is indicated by the heavy angular cloak worn by the man and by the oblong shields.' Comparing the two triumphs, the Josephian scholar Steve Mason remarked - 'The same people who produced Flavian Triumph I: Judaea were on hand for Flavian Triumph II: Germania, and sequels are rarely as good as the originals.'

The Germania Capta sestertii were produced for only a few short years between 85-88. The present example from the third issue of 85 is a rare variant with an obverse legend struck just after Domitian had become censor for life (CENS PER).
3 commentsDavid Atherton08/25/19 at 10:43Nemonater: Awesome addition!
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Nero As Winged Victory37 viewsNero (54 - 68 AD)

AE AS, Lugdunum, 65 AD

Obv. IMP NERO CAESAR AVG GERM, Bust rigth
Rev. S C Winged Victory with shield inscribed with S P Q R
RIC I 351

Weight: 10.9g
Diameter: 28mm.

1 commentsJose Polanco08/25/19 at 10:05okidoki: Nice catch
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Domitian RIC-39739 viewsÆ Sestertius, 26.19g
Rome mint, 85 AD
RIC 397 (R2). BMC 361. BNF - .
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM XI CENS PER P P; Head of Domitian, laureate, r., with aegis
Rev: GERMANIA CAPTA; S C in exergue; Trophy; to r., German captive stg. r., hands bound, head l.; to l., Germania std. l.; around arms
Acquired from Incitatus Coins, August 2019.

In 85 Domitian struck a fairly impressive issue of sestertii, M. Grant hyperbolically called it the most 'ambitious' of any one reign or year. The series is the first major aes issue of Domitian's reign and is dominated by panoramic types commemorating his military victory over the Germanic tribe the Chatti. The details of the war are unclear, but the overall impression is that the conflict was a minor affair blown out of proportion by an emperor eager for military glory. Consequently, Domitian's Germanic triumph of 83 received a certain amount of ridicule from ancient writers who thought the whole thing was a sham (Dio goes so far as to say Domitian raided the palace's furniture stores for his fake spoils!), no doubt the numismatic propaganda for the victory was likely viewed in the same manner by contemporary senatorial elites. Germania Capta types were first struck in silver in 84 and in bronze in 85. This iconic Germania Capta sestertius strongly echoes Vespasian's Judaea Capta types - but instead of a trophy we see a palm tree and a bound captive replaces the triumphal emperor. H. Mattingly writes in BMCRE 'the type is closely modelled on the Judaea Capta of Vespasian, but the German element is indicated by the heavy angular cloak worn by the man and by the oblong shields.' Comparing the two triumphs, the Josephian scholar Steve Mason remarked - 'The same people who produced Flavian Triumph I: Judaea were on hand for Flavian Triumph II: Germania, and sequels are rarely as good as the originals.'

The Germania Capta sestertii were produced for only a few short years between 85-88. The present example from the third issue of 85 is a rare variant with an obverse legend struck just after Domitian had become censor for life (CENS PER).
3 commentsDavid Atherton08/25/19 at 09:34FlaviusDomitianus: Glad you got one of these.
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Domitian AR denarius 81 CE (group 4)28 viewsDomitian AR Denarius
(3.13gr 18mm)
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG PONT; laureate head right
Rev: TR P COS VII DES VIII P P; seat, draped, above, a winged thunderbolt placed horizontally.
RIC 68 (R2)
Ebay: August 24, 2019
2 commentsorfew08/25/19 at 02:25David Atherton: Wonderful!
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Struck A.D.307. CONSTANTINE I as CAESAR. Large AE Follis of Carthage4 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

This coin is one of the issues which were struck in A.D.307 to commemorate and advertise Constantine's alliance with Maxentius, reflected in types common to both rulers. Carthage was one of Maxentius' power bases.
1 comments*Alex08/24/19 at 22:37Ancient Aussie: Very nice, great patina.
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Struck 19 - 18 B.C. AUGUSTUS. AR Cistophorus (Cistophoric Tetradrachm = 3 denarii) of Pergamum19 viewsObverse: IMP•IX•TR•PO•V. Bare head of Augustus facing right.
Reverse: Triumphal arch surmounted by Augustus in facing triumphal quadriga; IMP IX TR POT V on architrave; S P R SIGNIS RECEPTIS in three lines within arch opening, standards at either side.
Diameter: 24 - 25mm | Weight: 11.7gms | Die Axis: 12
RIC I : 510 | BMC : 703 | RSC : 298
Ex ROMA NUMISMATICS (London) | Ex Künker, 2006
RARE

This coin commemorates Augustus' triumphant agreement with the Parthians in 20 B.C. under which they returned the legionary standards captured from Crassus who was defeated and killed at Carrhae thirty-three years earlier (53 B.C.). Augustus installed these standards in the Temple of Mars Ultor.
The reverse of the coin shows the triumphal arch which was awarded to Augustus on the occasion of his recovery of the standards. This was the second triumphal arch awarded to Augustus and, like the earlier arch which had been constructed in 29 BC to honour his victory over Cleopatra, this second arch, which archaeological evidence suggests may actually have incorporated the first arch, stood in close proximity to the Temple of Divus Julius at the southern entrance to the Roman Forum.
This is the rarest cistophorus struck during the reign of Augustus with the exception of the exceedingly rare issues featuring a sphinx.
2 comments*Alex08/24/19 at 22:32Ancient Aussie: Absolutely fantastic coin.
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ROMAN EMPIRE, MAXIMINUS II as Filius Augustorum. AE Follis (Nummus) of Thessalonika. Struck A.D.308 - 3099 viewsObverse: MAXIMINVS • FIL • AVGG. Laureate head of Maximinus II facing right.
Reverse: GENIO CAESARIS. Genius standing facing left, holding patera in right hand and cornucopiae in left; in left field, star; in right field, delta; in exergue, •SM•TS•.
RIC VI : 32a
RARE

Maximinus Daia was the nephew of Galerius, who made him Caesar in A.D.305. He then changed his name to Galerius Valerius Maximinus and ruled over the East and Egypt from his headquarters at Antioch. When Licinius was made Augustus in A.D.308, Maximinus demanded the title also, especially since it had been usurped by Constantine in the West. Instead, both he and Constantine received the novel rank of Filius Augustorum in late A.D.308 or early 309. Galerius though finally acceded to Maximinus' demands and he was promoted to Augustus in May, A.D.310.
This coin bears the new (and short lived) Filius Augustorum title which only appears on some coins struck for Maximinus in the West. The issues of his capital, Antioch, only stress his position as Caesar until his promotion to Augustus.
1 comments*Alex08/24/19 at 21:46Jay GT4: Nice looking coin. Love the patina
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Domitian AR denarius 81 CE (group 4)28 viewsDomitian AR Denarius
(3.13gr 18mm)
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG PONT; laureate head right
Rev: TR P COS VII DES VIII P P; seat, draped, above, a winged thunderbolt placed horizontally.
RIC 68 (R2)
Ebay: August 24, 2019
2 commentsorfew08/24/19 at 21:44Jay GT4: Glad you got it!
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Egypt, Alexandria Hadrian, 117-1384 viewsTetradrachm circa 137-138 (year 22), billon 23mm., 12.89g. Laureate bust r. Rev. ΠΡΟΝΟΙΑ Pronoia standing facing, head l., holding phoenix and sceptre; in l. field, L/KB. RPC 6252. Dattari-Savio Pl. 68, 7458.1 commentsRuslan K08/24/19 at 18:09shanxi: nice
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Carausius16 viewsAE-Antoniniaus
IMP C CARAVSIVS P AVG; Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust to right.
ORIENS AVG; Radiate Sol walking left, holding whip and raising hand. S / P in Fields.
Ex: C
Camulodunum
RIC 293
1 commentsJulianus of Pannonia08/24/19 at 16:03Pscipio: Superb!
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Abakainon9 viewsAbakainon. 420-410 BC. AR Litra (0.60 gms). Laureate bearded head of Zeus r. ⟲A-B-A-K. / Boar stdg r. ⟲IИIA. gVF. FUN Show 2015. SNG ANS 3 #895; HGC 2 #9; BMC 2 #2; SNG Cop -.1 commentsAnaximander08/24/19 at 14:08shanxi: very nice
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Ptolemy I Soter17 viewsPtolemy I Soter. 323-285 BC. AR Tetradrachm (15.71gm) Struck 310-285 BC. Head of Alexander r. wearing elephant skin headdress with horn of Zeus Amon and aegis, Δ behind ear. / Athena Alkidemos walking r., with spear & shield. ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ. ΑΧ monogram, helmet & eagle stdg on thunderbolt to r. gVF. CNG 50 #949. Lorber CPE I #162; SNG Cop 8 #29; Svoronos 162; Jenkins group e.
2 commentsAnaximander08/24/19 at 02:29Nemonater: Great example
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Akragas12 viewsAkragas. 420-410 BC. Hemidrachm (2.07 gm). Eagle standing l. atop hare. / Crab, tunny l. below. ⤹ A-K-P-A around. VF. CICF 2005 Ponterio 134 #1368. SNG ANS 3 #1009; SNG Cop 1 #57-58; SNG Lloyd 826; HGC 2 #104; BMC 2 p. 12, #65.
2 commentsAnaximander08/23/19 at 22:55Jay GT4: Great crab!
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Akragas10 viewsAkragas. Early issue of 500-495 BC. AR Stater, Didrachm (8.69 gm). Eagle l., wings folded, AKRA above. / Crab. VF. SNG ANS 3 #923-929 (#927 same dies); SNG Cop 1 #24-26; SNG Lloyd 789-790; HGC 2 #93; Jenkins Gela Group IIc; Dewing 551.
1 commentsAnaximander08/23/19 at 22:55Jay GT4: Oh yeah, nice one!
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Sicily19 viewsGreek colonies dotted the island of Sicily from about the mid-8th C. BC onward, sometimes conflicting with the native tribes (Sikels to the east, Sikanians in central Sicily, and Elymians to the west) and several Phoenician colonies. The largest issuance of coinage by the city-states often came amidst conflict among themselves and later arrivals, the Carthaginians and Romans. While Greek coin types and denominations predominated, the local litra and its fractions of onkiai survived down to the Roman conquest in 212 BC, when local striking withered. Major mints include Akragas, Gela, Himera, Kamarina, Katane, Leontini, Messene, Naxos, Segesta, Selinos, Syracuse, and the siculo-punic mints of Entella and Lilybaion.
2 commentsAnaximander08/23/19 at 17:34Anaximander: Cover art for the Sicilian Coin Gallery
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Thrace & Skythia15 viewsThrace & Skythia, including Dacia, Moesia, & Paeonia.
Thracian mints: Abdera, Apollonia Pontika, Byzantion, Cherronesos, Koson, Maroneia, Mesembria, Neapolis, Potidaia, Sparadakos, Terone, & Thasos.
1 commentsChristian T08/23/19 at 17:32Anaximander: Cover art for the Thrace & Skythia Coin Galler...
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Ptolemaic Kingdom7 viewsHellenistic coinage of the Ptolemies, after Alexander the Great. Principal mints include Alexandria in Egypt, Paphos and Sidon in Cyprus, and Sidon and Tyre in Phoenicia. 1 commentsAnaximander08/23/19 at 17:31Anaximander: Cover art for the Ptolemaic Coin Gallery
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Celtic Coinage16 viewsContinental Celts & Tribes of Britannia
Gaul: Northwest Gaul: Aulerci Eburovices, Carnutes, Coriosolites, Redones, Senones, Veneti. Northeast Gaul: Ambiani, Remi, Suessiones (Cricironus), Treveri.
Central Gaul: Aediu, Arverni. Sequani (Turonos & Cantorix). Southern Gaul: Massalia (Marseilles), Tolostates, Volcae-Arecomici. Uncertain: Volcae Tectosages, Leuci, Senones.
Britain: Atrebates & Regni (Verica), Cantii (Amminus), CantuvellauniCorieltauvi (Volisios Dumnocoveros), Cunobelin, Dobunni, Durotriges, Epaticcus, Iceni, Trinovantes, Cantuvellauni & Trinovantes (Addedomaros, Caratacus).
Lower Danube: Geto-Dacians. Middle Danube: Hercuniates. Central Europe: Boii. Danubian Celts are also referred to as being from the Carpathian Region, in which there were various tribes, many unknown.
1 commentsChristian T08/23/19 at 17:29Anaximander: Cover art for the Celtic Coin Gallery
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Coinage of Carthage 14 views1 commentsChristian T08/23/19 at 17:29Anaximander: Cover art for the Carthaginian Coin Gallery :!...
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Asia Minor15 viewsAncient Greek coinage of Asia Minor: Black Sea Area (Bosporos, Kolchis, Pontos, Paphlagonia, & Bithynia), Western Asia Minor (Mysia, Troas, Aiolis, Lesbos, Ionia, Lydia, & Caria), & Central & Southern Asia Minor (Phrygia, Lycia, Pamphylia, Pisidia, Lycanonia, Cilicia, Galata, Cappadocia).1 commentsChristian T08/23/19 at 17:28Anaximander: Cover art for the ancient Greek Asia Minor Coi...
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Baktria16 viewsAlexander the Great's empire split into rival Hellenistic kingdoms ruled by his generals. The most far-flung part was Baktria, his conquests in what is today Afghanistan, western India and Pakistan. Greek settlers ruled over a much larger indigenous population. As centuries went by, this isolated outpost of Greek culture combined elements of both Greek and native traditions, oftentimes reflected in their bilingual coins. The main mints include Aï Khanoum, Bactra, and Pushkalavati.2 commentsChristian T08/23/19 at 17:27Anaximander: Cover art for the Baktrian Coin Gallery
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Greece29 viewsGreece - Central, Peloponnesos, Crete & The Cyclades.
Thessaly, Akarnania, Boeotia, Euboia, Attica, Corinthia, Sikyonia, Peloponnesos, Argolis, Phokaia, Arkadia, Lokris.
2 commentsChristian T08/23/19 at 17:26Anaximander: Cover art for the Greek Coin Gallery
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Cavino Hadrian Sestertius13 viewsObv. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, bare head Right.
Rev. S C, Mars Walking Right, Holding Trophy and spear.
Mint: Padua, Italy, 16th century

36mm 28,52g

Klawans Hadrian, 3 p. 78
1 commentskc08/23/19 at 17:17Jay GT4: Stunning!
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Sicily, Syracuse AR Litra 120 viewsΣYPA
Diademed head of Arethusa right.

Octopus.

0.65 g

c. 466-460 BC. Second Democracy

Boehringer 421; SNG ANS 131.

Ex-ANE
9 commentsJay GT408/23/19 at 16:21Anaximander: Brilliant! So archaic: Eye, hair, and a partly re...
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010 Hadrian Denarius Roma 117 AD Fortuna13 viewsReference
Strack 14; RIC 10; C. 749; BMC 20

Obv. IMP CAES TRAIAN HADRIANO AVG DIVI TRA
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder, seen from front.

Rev. PARTH F DIVI NER NEP P M TR P COS
Fortuna, veiled, enthroned left, rudder in right hand, cornucopiae in left, FORT RED in exergue.

4.02 gr
19 mm
6h
3 commentsokidoki08/23/19 at 12:48Anaximander: It's a beaut (sorry, technical term ). Am...
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010 Hadrian Denarius Roma 117 AD Fortuna13 viewsReference
Strack 14; RIC 10; C. 749; BMC 20

Obv. IMP CAES TRAIAN HADRIANO AVG DIVI TRA
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder, seen from front.

Rev. PARTH F DIVI NER NEP P M TR P COS
Fortuna, veiled, enthroned left, rudder in right hand, cornucopiae in left, FORT RED in exergue.

4.02 gr
19 mm
6h
3 commentsokidoki08/23/19 at 08:24Christian Scarlioli: Quality strike, beautiful coin.
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Titus as Caesar68 viewsTitus, denarius.
RIC V951 (R), RSC 67.
Rome Mint, 77-78 AD.
2.8 gr.
Obv. T CAESAR IMP VESPASIANVS, laureate head right.
Rev. COS VI in exergue; Yoke of oxen walking left.
5 commentsMarsman08/22/19 at 19:02okidoki: Interesting reverse
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Roman lead seal Hadrian?130 views
Head of Hadrian? right letters before and behind bust

2.67g

Certainly looks like Hadrian but could possibly be later 3-4th Century AD.
1 commentsJay GT408/22/19 at 17:21okidoki: very nice Jay
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Claudius AE Dupondius Antonia34 viewsClaudius (41 – 54 AD)

AE Dupondius, Rome, 42 AD

Obv: ANTONIA AVGVSTA draped bust right.
Rev: TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP P P S C Claudius veiled and togate standing left, holding simpulum.
RIC I 104

Weight: 12.3g.
Diameter: 27mm.
1 commentsJose Polanco08/22/19 at 15:34Jay GT4: A must have for 1st century collections
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Baktria, Antimachos I13 viewsAntimachos I. 171-160 BC. AR Drachm (3.77 gm) of Baktra. Draped and diademed bust of Antimachos r., wearing kausia. / Poseidon stg facing, holding trident & palm branch. ΑΝΤΙΜΑΧΟΥ-ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΘΕΟΥ, N monogram to r. VF. SNG ANS 280; Bopearachchi 184 serie 2B, Michiner 74; HGC 109 R1.2 commentsChristian T08/21/19 at 10:09*Alex: I have always liked that type. Nice.
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MACEDONIAN KINGDOM. Alexander III the Great (336-323 BC). AR tetradrachm. 8 views1 commentsCanaan08/20/19 at 22:46Jay GT4: Beefy coin!
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Claudius AE As Libertas20 viewsClaudius (41 - 54 AD)

AE As imitation minted in Hispania (41 - 50 AD)

Anv: TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP PP Bust left
Rev: LIBERTAS AVGVSTA S-C, Libertas standing front with pileus
RIC I 97

Weight: 7.9g.
Diiameter: 26mm.
1 commentsJose Polanco08/20/19 at 22:45Jay GT4: A classic must have for 1st century collectors
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Lucania, Thourioi.19 viewsLucania, Thourioi. 350-300 BC. AR Distater (25mm, 15.09 gm). Head of Athena r., wearing helmet decorated with Skylla throwing stone. / Bull butting r., ΘΟΡΙΩΝ & EYΦA above; in exergue, two fish r. gVF. CNG 102 #64. ex-Tom Cederlind. HN Italy 1823; SNG ANS 977v (ex.); Noe, Thurian J2 (same dies); HGC 1 1257.1 commentsChristian T08/20/19 at 17:11Tracy Aiello: Nice coin. I love representations of Skylla.
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Baktria, Antimachos I13 viewsAntimachos I. 171-160 BC. AR Drachm (3.77 gm) of Baktra. Draped and diademed bust of Antimachos r., wearing kausia. / Poseidon stg facing, holding trident & palm branch. ΑΝΤΙΜΑΧΟΥ-ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΘΕΟΥ, N monogram to r. VF. SNG ANS 280; Bopearachchi 184 serie 2B, Michiner 74; HGC 109 R1.2 commentsChristian T08/20/19 at 17:05Tracy Aiello: Great obverse.
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Byzantine Empire, Justin II, AE Half Follis.6 viewsNicomedia Year 4 = 568-569 A.D. 5.42g - 28.5mm, Axis 6h.

Obv: NVIPP AV - Justin on left, Sophia on right, seated facing on double-throne, both nimbate, Justin holding cross on globe, Sophia holding sceptre.

Rev: Large K, ANNO to left, cross above, regnal year IIII to right. Mintmark NI.

SB 370.
1 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/20/19 at 16:11okidoki: very nice looks
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Asia Minor, Mysia, Kyzikos, Boar, Lion17 viewsKyzikos, Mysia
AR obol, 525 - 475 B.C.
Obv.: forepart of boar left, reversed E on side, tunny fish behind
Rev.: head of roaring lion left within incuse square
Ag, 0.79g, 10.4mm
Ref.: SNG France 377-8, BMC Mysia p. 35, 118, SNG Cop 4 #48 (Mysia)
Ex Numismatik Naumann, Auction 80, Lot 871 (part of)
3 commentsshanxi08/20/19 at 09:00shanxi: Thank you for the reference
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Denarius of Commodus/Securitas, AD 188-18910 viewsAR3 17mm
Obverse: Laureate bust right; MCOMMANTPFELAVGBRIT
Reverse: Securitas seated left, with globe in right hand; SECVR ORB P M TR P XIIII
Exergue: COS V PP
Found in the Balkans
RIC III Commodus 179
http://numismatics.org/ocre/id/ric.3.com.179
1 commentsCelticaire08/20/19 at 07:32shanxi: COS V PP (narrow V) in exerque if TR P XIIII (look...
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Maximinus I (235 - 238 A.D.)16 viewsBillon Tetradrachm
O: AVTO MAΞIMINOC EVC CEB, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right .
R: Nike walking left, wearing long chiton, carrying wreath and palm; LΓ in left field. Y 3 = AD 236-237.
13.38g
23mm
Dattari 4583; Emmett 3288.3

Ex. Roma Numismatics E-Sale 36, Lot 242, May 5, 2017

Published on Wildwinds!
3 commentsMat08/20/19 at 05:20Randygeki(h2): I like this one. Cool addition
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Tiberius AE As, Divus Augustus/Provident25 viewsTiberius (14 - 37 AD)

Anv: DIVVS AVGVSTVS PATER, Augustus' radiated bust left.
Rev: PROVIDENT - S C altar.
RIC I 81 (Tiberius)

Weigth: 9,6g.
Diameter: 23mm
1 commentsJose Polanco08/19/19 at 23:11Jay GT4: A classic type
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Domitian AR denarius 81 CE (group 4)32 viewsDomitian, as Augustus (AD 81-96). AR denarius Rome
13 September-31 December AD 81
(18mm, 3.02 gm, 6h).
NGC Choice Fine 4/5 - 4/5.
Obv: IMP CAES DIVI VESP F DOMITIAN AVG P M, laureate head of Domitian right Rev: TR P COS VII-DES VIII P P, pulvinar of Jupiter and Juno, draped, surmounted by thunderbolt.
RIC II 72, BMC--, RSC--, Cohen--
2019 August 18 Ancient Coin Selections from the Morris Collection,
Part II Monthly Online Auction #271933 Lot # 35169
4 commentsorfew08/19/19 at 19:46Jay GT4: Nice one!
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Domitian AR denarius 81 CE (group 4)32 viewsDomitian, as Augustus (AD 81-96). AR denarius Rome
13 September-31 December AD 81
(18mm, 3.02 gm, 6h).
NGC Choice Fine 4/5 - 4/5.
Obv: IMP CAES DIVI VESP F DOMITIAN AVG P M, laureate head of Domitian right Rev: TR P COS VII-DES VIII P P, pulvinar of Jupiter and Juno, draped, surmounted by thunderbolt.
RIC II 72, BMC--, RSC--, Cohen--
2019 August 18 Ancient Coin Selections from the Morris Collection,
Part II Monthly Online Auction #271933 Lot # 35169
4 commentsorfew08/19/19 at 19:43FlaviusDomitianus: Great find, congrats!
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Domitian AR denarius 81 CE (group 4)32 viewsDomitian, as Augustus (AD 81-96). AR denarius Rome
13 September-31 December AD 81
(18mm, 3.02 gm, 6h).
NGC Choice Fine 4/5 - 4/5.
Obv: IMP CAES DIVI VESP F DOMITIAN AVG P M, laureate head of Domitian right Rev: TR P COS VII-DES VIII P P, pulvinar of Jupiter and Juno, draped, surmounted by thunderbolt.
RIC II 72, BMC--, RSC--, Cohen--
2019 August 18 Ancient Coin Selections from the Morris Collection,
Part II Monthly Online Auction #271933 Lot # 35169
4 commentsorfew08/19/19 at 18:30okidoki: Congrats very nice
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Domitian RIC-38534 viewsÆ As, 10.60g
Rome mint, 85 AD
RIC 385 (C2). BMC 358. BNF 379.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XI CENS POT P P; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r., with aegis
Rev: SALVTI above, AVGVSTI below; S C in field; Altar
Acquired from Praefectus Coins, August 2019.

The SALVTI AVGVSTI altar type was first introduced on Domitian's aes coinage in 84 after a brief hiatus of the Senatorial mint's production in 82-83, presumably for re-organisational purposes. The structure on the reverse has been traditionally described as an altar, however, Marvin Tameanko has convincingly argued it is actually a sacellum, or small shrine. He states the steps at the base leading to two doors with handles are overwhelming evidence that the structure was much larger than an altar. As far as the shrine's significance - H. Mattingly in BMCRE II interprets the type as commemorating the Senate's dedication of an altar shrine celebrating Domitian's safe return from the Germanic Wars of 82-83. Alternately, the shrine may have been dedicated as an appeal to Salus for the emperor's continued good health. In any case, no trace of the shrine has survived antiquity.

This As with its aegis, large flan (30mm), and elegant idealised style are all hallmarks of the new direction introduced after the Senatorial mint's overhaul.
4 commentsDavid Atherton08/19/19 at 17:14Gary W2: Nice detail on the altar. I also love the broad fl...
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Danubian Celts, Carpathian Region28 viewsCelts, Danubian, Carpathian Region, Uncertain Tribe. 1st c. BC. AR Tetradrachm (14.83 gm). Imitating Thasos Celticized and degraded head of Dionysos right, wearing ivy wreath / Celticized Herakles, standing facing, holding club and lionskin. Legend degraded to mere dots. VF. CNG 51 #19. Göbl OTA Class V; cf Kostial Lanz 983-994.2 commentsChristian T08/19/19 at 16:20cicerokid: Lovely
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Baktria16 viewsAlexander the Great's empire split into rival Hellenistic kingdoms ruled by his generals. The most far-flung part was Baktria, his conquests in what is today Afghanistan, western India and Pakistan. Greek settlers ruled over a much larger indigenous population. As centuries went by, this isolated outpost of Greek culture combined elements of both Greek and native traditions, oftentimes reflected in their bilingual coins. The main mints include Aï Khanoum, Bactra, and Pushkalavati.2 commentsChristian T08/19/19 at 16:19cicerokid: Great Baktrian collection
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Carian Islands, Kos11 viewsKos 300-190 BC.  AR Tetradrachm (14.55 gm). Head of Herakles r., wearing lionskin headdress / Crab, bow in bow case below. KΩION above, ΛEΩΔAMAΣ (magistrate) below, all within square with dotted border. aEF.  Pegasi Auction VI (2002) #177. SNG Cop. 627; SNG Delepierre 2729; SNG Berry 1116; HGC 6 #1308 (S); Ingvaldsen XIV 284, 52c (same dies); Requier 44a (same reverse die). 1 commentsChristian T08/19/19 at 16:07cicerokid: Exceptional
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Attica, Athens, Athena, Owl, Obol12 viewsAttica. Athens
Obol (454-404 BC)
Obv: Head of Athena right, wearing Corinthian helmet decorated with olive wreath.
Rev: AΘΕ, Owl standing right, head facing, olive sprig and crescent behind.
Ag, 0.63g, 9.3mm
Ref.: SNG Copenhagen 53-6, SNG München 49.
Ex Numismatik Naumann, Auction 80, Lot 871 (part of)
1 commentsshanxi08/19/19 at 15:48Mat: A neat addition
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Augustus AR Denarius41 views
Octavian as Augustus, 27 BC – 14 AD Denarius
Lugdunum circa 13-14,
18mm., 3.56g.
Obv: Laureate head r.
Rev. Tiberius in triumphal quadriga r., holding laurel branch and eagle-tipped sceptre.
RSC 301. RIC 224.
Ex: Naville Numismatics Live auction 50 Lot 439 June 23, 2019
3 commentsorfew08/19/19 at 15:47Mat:
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Domitian AR Denarius 86 CE First Issue37 viewsDomitian AR Denarius. Rome, AD 86. First Issue
3.38g, 20mm, 5h
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V, laureate head right
Rev: IMP XI COS XII CENS P P P, Minerva advancing right, holding spear and shield.
RIC 425 (R) BMC 88, RSC 194
Roma Numismatics E-Sale 57. Thursday 30th May 2019 Lot 861
2 commentsorfew08/19/19 at 15:47Mat: Nice one
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Titus as Caesar AR Denarius69 viewsTitus as Caesar AR Denarius
Rome mint 73 CE
Obv: TCAES IMP VESP PON TR POT CENS; Laureate Head of Titus right
Rev: FIDES PUBL; Hands clasped over caduceus, 2 poppoies and 2 corn ears
RIC 528 (R)[VESP] BMC 91a RSC 87b
Purchased from Ebay July 18, 2019
5 commentsorfew08/19/19 at 15:46Mat: Love the portrait
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Roman Empire, Domitian, AR Denarius52 viewsDOMITIAN, (A.D. 81-96), silver denarius, Rome mint, issued A.D. 86, Second Issue
(3.47 g),
Obv. laureate head of Domitian to right, around IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V, Rev. around IMP XII COS XII CENS P P P, Minerva standing to right, fighting, holding javelin and shield,
RIC 435, RSC 201b BMC 93.
Attractive blue and gold patina, extremely fine.
Ex Dr V.J.A. Flynn Collection. With old dealer's ticket.
Noble Numismatics Auction 120 Lot 3217 April 4, 2019.
6 commentsorfew08/19/19 at 15:46Mat: Superb
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RPC-2721-Domitian45 viewsÆ Drachm, 19.56g
Alexandria mint, 95-96 AD
RPC 2721 (11 spec.)
Obv: AVT KAI C ΘEOY YIOC ∆OMIT CEB ΓEPM; Head of Domitian, laureate, r.
Rev: No legend; Emperor in quadriga of elephants r., holding branch of laurel and sceptre; upon elephant's heads Nike r., holding wreath and palm; date LIE in exergue
Ex Forvm Ancient Coins, July 2019.

The Alexandrian mint under Domitian around regnal year 10 or 11 experienced a 'dramatic improvement in style' and the 'adoption of a wide range of new types' (Milne). One of those new types was the flamboyant scene of Domitian in a quadriga drawn by four elephants struck for the drachm. This type is unique to Alexandria and does not show up elsewhere in the Flavian numismatic canon. However, the Arch of Titus once supported a bronze sculpture depicting such a scene and the Arch of Domitian described by Martial had two elephant quadrigae. Pompey the Great was the first Roman to employ an elephant quadriga in his triumph of 61 BC. The elephants were too big to fit through one of the gates leading up to the Capitol and they had to be switched out with a team of horses. The ancient authors thought it 'a piquant warning of the dangers of divine self-aggrandizement.' (M. Beard). Yet, by the Flavian era the elephant quadriga was seen as a powerful symbol of triumphal glory - although, there is no evidence that Domitian ever rode in an elephant quadriga in any of his triumphs. After Hadrian's reign, the elephant quadriga on the coinage was soley the realm of the imperial Divi and not the living emperor.

A beautiful coin in hand with a magnificent reverse!
6 commentsDavid Atherton08/19/19 at 15:45Mat: Fantastic
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Domitian RIC-36759 viewsÆ Dupondius, 11.64g
Rome mint, 85 AD
RIC 367 (C). BMC 347. BNF 364.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XI CENS POT P P; Head of Domitian, radiate, bearded, r., with aegis
Rev: ANNONA AVG; S C in exergue; Annona, std r., holding open on lap by two ends bag full of corn-ears; in front of her stands a small figure, l., also holding two ends of bag, and in the background, stern of ship
Ex eBay, August 2019.

A most curious reverse type was struck for Domitian on his dupondii for a short period between 84-88. Here we see Annona seated holding open a bag(?) of corn-ears and a mysterious small figure standing before her holding the other end of the bag with a ship's stern in the background. Overall, the reverse likely alludes to Domitian's care of the corn supply, hinted at by the stern, here a symbol of the all important African grain ships. The small individual before Annona has variously been described as a 'boy', a 'child', or ambiguously as just a 'figure'. H. Mattingly has the most imaginative explanation in BMCRE II - 'Annona herself, the spirit of the corn-supply, and the ship, the symbol of the overseas corn, are familiar: but who is the small figure who stands before her? He is certainly no child, but only a man reduced to tiny proportions beside the goddess; and the fact that he is bare to the waist may suggest that he is an Italian farmer. If this interpretation is right, the type records a definite policy of Domitian to encourage the growing of corn in Italy.' Mattingly may be correct about the overall meaning, but I think the figure is indeed a child, symbolic of the emperor's care, through Annona's auspices, for his subjects.

Flatly struck on one side, but in fine style.
7 commentsDavid Atherton08/19/19 at 15:45Mat: A nice find
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Vespasian-RIC-1426(5A)341 viewsAR Denarius, 3.25g
Ephesus mint, 71 AD
RIC 1426(5A)3 (R3). BMC - . RPC - . BNF - .
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: PACI ORB TERR AVG; Turreted and draped female bust, r.; no mintmark
Acquired from Forvm Ancient Coins, May 2019.

This is an extremely rare denarius from Ephesus struck without a mintmark and the second known example of the Turreted female bust type lacking one. The Ephesian denarius issues struck under Vespasian all have mintmarks, save for the first and one tiny issue dated COS III. Aside from this turreted female type and the accompanying footnote, this issue is not represented in the new RIC II.1. Ted Buttrey wrote in the RIC II Addenda the following concerning the no mintmark issue:

'I’m not terribly happy about this. It’s a convenient way to draw together several pieces which lack the mintmark, placing them after the completion of the ΘΙ and ΘΥ Groups 3-5 and the inception of Group 6 with ΕΡΗ. But why should they have given up on a mintmark in mid-course, when all of Groups 2-9 are marked? The choices are – (i) mintmark on coins worn away; (ii) engraver forgot to add mintmark to the dies; (iii) issue deliberately produced without mintmark. Assuming (iii) for the moment, the new Group takes the place of fnn. 46-47, pp.162-3, and fits here nicely with V’s title for Groups 5-6, and T’s for Group 6, But I have no fixed opinion, and await the appearance of others of this variety.'

IMHO, either ii or iii are the most likely option. There are specimens from this non-mintmark issue (such as the present coin) that have no available space on the flan for a mintmark, thus, one was never intended either deliberately or accidentally. No mintmarks occur on various dies spanning different reverse types for both Vespasian and Titus Caesar, because of this I lean more towards this being intentional.

Struck in high relief with the reverse slightly off centred.

NB: This coin shares a reverse die with my Titus Caesar example of the type.
5 commentsDavid Atherton08/19/19 at 15:45Mat: Sweet addition
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Domitian RIC-38534 viewsÆ As, 10.60g
Rome mint, 85 AD
RIC 385 (C2). BMC 358. BNF 379.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XI CENS POT P P; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r., with aegis
Rev: SALVTI above, AVGVSTI below; S C in field; Altar
Acquired from Praefectus Coins, August 2019.

The SALVTI AVGVSTI altar type was first introduced on Domitian's aes coinage in 84 after a brief hiatus of the Senatorial mint's production in 82-83, presumably for re-organisational purposes. The structure on the reverse has been traditionally described as an altar, however, Marvin Tameanko has convincingly argued it is actually a sacellum, or small shrine. He states the steps at the base leading to two doors with handles are overwhelming evidence that the structure was much larger than an altar. As far as the shrine's significance - H. Mattingly in BMCRE II interprets the type as commemorating the Senate's dedication of an altar shrine celebrating Domitian's safe return from the Germanic Wars of 82-83. Alternately, the shrine may have been dedicated as an appeal to Salus for the emperor's continued good health. In any case, no trace of the shrine has survived antiquity.

This As with its aegis, large flan (30mm), and elegant idealised style are all hallmarks of the new direction introduced after the Senatorial mint's overhaul.
4 commentsDavid Atherton08/19/19 at 15:44Mat: A wonderful bronze!
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Roman Civil Wars, Revolt of Galba, Governor of Spain17 viewsSilver denarius, Tarraco(?) mint, Apr - Jun 68 A.D.
O: BON EVENT, young female head (Bonus Eventus) right, fillet around forehead.
R: ROM RENASC, Roma standing right in military garb, Victory on globe in right hand, eagle-tipped scepter over left shoulder in left, implying the restoration of the Republic.
- RIC I 9 (R4), RSC II 396, BMCRE I 9, SRCV I 2072.

Galba lived in Tarraco for eight years. This coin was issued by Galba as governor of Spain in revolt against Nero. The obverse is copied from Republican denarii struck in 62 B.C. by the moneyer L. Scribonius Libo.
2 commentsNemonater08/19/19 at 15:44Mat: Not one you see often, very nice, congrats.
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Domitian AR denarius 81 CE (group 4)32 viewsDomitian, as Augustus (AD 81-96). AR denarius Rome
13 September-31 December AD 81
(18mm, 3.02 gm, 6h).
NGC Choice Fine 4/5 - 4/5.
Obv: IMP CAES DIVI VESP F DOMITIAN AVG P M, laureate head of Domitian right Rev: TR P COS VII-DES VIII P P, pulvinar of Jupiter and Juno, draped, surmounted by thunderbolt.
RIC II 72, BMC--, RSC--, Cohen--
2019 August 18 Ancient Coin Selections from the Morris Collection,
Part II Monthly Online Auction #271933 Lot # 35169
4 commentsorfew08/19/19 at 15:43Mat: Love this coin, nice toning & portrait
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Domitian RIC-38534 viewsÆ As, 10.60g
Rome mint, 85 AD
RIC 385 (C2). BMC 358. BNF 379.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XI CENS POT P P; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r., with aegis
Rev: SALVTI above, AVGVSTI below; S C in field; Altar
Acquired from Praefectus Coins, August 2019.

The SALVTI AVGVSTI altar type was first introduced on Domitian's aes coinage in 84 after a brief hiatus of the Senatorial mint's production in 82-83, presumably for re-organisational purposes. The structure on the reverse has been traditionally described as an altar, however, Marvin Tameanko has convincingly argued it is actually a sacellum, or small shrine. He states the steps at the base leading to two doors with handles are overwhelming evidence that the structure was much larger than an altar. As far as the shrine's significance - H. Mattingly in BMCRE II interprets the type as commemorating the Senate's dedication of an altar shrine celebrating Domitian's safe return from the Germanic Wars of 82-83. Alternately, the shrine may have been dedicated as an appeal to Salus for the emperor's continued good health. In any case, no trace of the shrine has survived antiquity.

This As with its aegis, large flan (30mm), and elegant idealised style are all hallmarks of the new direction introduced after the Senatorial mint's overhaul.
4 commentsDavid Atherton08/19/19 at 14:09FlaviusDomitianus: Nice example
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Campania, Neapolis.18 viewsCampania, Neapolis. 320-300 BC. AR Nomos (7.47 gm). Head of nymph Parthenope r., with pendant earring, dolphins around. / Man-headed bull walking, Nike above, crowning. ΟΥΙΛ below. Ex: [NEO]POΛITΩ[N]. VF. Pegasi AXXI #40 SNG ANS 337-339; SNG Cop 413-414; HN Italy 576; HGC 1 452; Sambon 458.1 commentsChristian T08/19/19 at 11:22Molinari: Beautiful.
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Campania, Neapolis.22 viewsCampania, Neapolis. 450-340 BC. AR Didrachm (7.29 gm). Head of nymph Parthenope r., hair bound with ampyx, wearing single-pendant earring, X behind. / Man-headed bull standing r., head facing, with Nike flying above, crowning bull, Θ below. [NEO]POΛITΩ[N] on raised exergal band. VF. SNG ANS 376; SNG Cop 436; ; Sambon 476; SNG München 223; cf HN Italy 579; CNG EA 288 #22.1 commentsChristian T08/19/19 at 11:21Molinari: A great example.
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Bruttium, Laus.16 viewsBruttium, Laus. 480-460 BC. AR Stater (8.07 gm). Man-headed bull stdg l., looking back. ΛAΣ (retrograde) above. / Man-headed bull standing r. ΛAΣ (retrograde) above. VF. CICF06 138 #1422. SNG ANS 135 (Lucania); HN Italy 2275; SNG Cop. 1146; SNG Fitzwilliam 445; SNG München 920; Sternberg 9 (V8/R8); Weber 728.1 commentsChristian T08/19/19 at 11:20Molinari: Excellent coin.
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Domitian RIC-38534 viewsÆ As, 10.60g
Rome mint, 85 AD
RIC 385 (C2). BMC 358. BNF 379.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XI CENS POT P P; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r., with aegis
Rev: SALVTI above, AVGVSTI below; S C in field; Altar
Acquired from Praefectus Coins, August 2019.

The SALVTI AVGVSTI altar type was first introduced on Domitian's aes coinage in 84 after a brief hiatus of the Senatorial mint's production in 82-83, presumably for re-organisational purposes. The structure on the reverse has been traditionally described as an altar, however, Marvin Tameanko has convincingly argued it is actually a sacellum, or small shrine. He states the steps at the base leading to two doors with handles are overwhelming evidence that the structure was much larger than an altar. As far as the shrine's significance - H. Mattingly in BMCRE II interprets the type as commemorating the Senate's dedication of an altar shrine celebrating Domitian's safe return from the Germanic Wars of 82-83. Alternately, the shrine may have been dedicated as an appeal to Salus for the emperor's continued good health. In any case, no trace of the shrine has survived antiquity.

This As with its aegis, large flan (30mm), and elegant idealised style are all hallmarks of the new direction introduced after the Senatorial mint's overhaul.
4 commentsDavid Atherton08/19/19 at 11:03Jay GT4: Lovely patina
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Phoenecia, Arados12 viewsArados. c. 174/3 BC. AR Drachm (4.15 gm), CY 88. Bee, F-MC monogram in fields / Stag stdg r. before date palm, APAΔIΩN to r.  gVF.  Bt. Coral Gables 1999. SNG Berry II 1423; Duyrat 2005 1455-1557; HGC 10 63; SNG Cop 7 30. 1 commentsChristian T08/19/19 at 10:50Arados: Wonderful coin Christian
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Osroes I. Forgery,22 viewsFORGERY!! AR dr., 4,45gr(!), 20,8mm; after Sellwood 80.1, etc., same dies as with the previous coin, but wrong weight;

bought from a now defunct Dutch seller as genuine.
1 commentsSchatz08/19/19 at 10:18Anaximander: Such a good-looking coin. Would take greater exper...
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Asia Minor, Mysia, Kyzikos, Boar, Lion17 viewsKyzikos, Mysia
AR obol, 525 - 475 B.C.
Obv.: forepart of boar left, reversed E on side, tunny fish behind
Rev.: head of roaring lion left within incuse square
Ag, 0.79g, 10.4mm
Ref.: SNG France 377-8, BMC Mysia p. 35, 118, SNG Cop 4 #48 (Mysia)
Ex Numismatik Naumann, Auction 80, Lot 871 (part of)
3 commentsshanxi08/19/19 at 09:12Anaximander: Beautiful strikes and gVF! Ref: SNG Cop 4 #48 (Mys...
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Roman Civil Wars, Revolt of Galba, Governor of Spain17 viewsSilver denarius, Tarraco(?) mint, Apr - Jun 68 A.D.
O: BON EVENT, young female head (Bonus Eventus) right, fillet around forehead.
R: ROM RENASC, Roma standing right in military garb, Victory on globe in right hand, eagle-tipped scepter over left shoulder in left, implying the restoration of the Republic.
- RIC I 9 (R4), RSC II 396, BMCRE I 9, SRCV I 2072.

Galba lived in Tarraco for eight years. This coin was issued by Galba as governor of Spain in revolt against Nero. The obverse is copied from Republican denarii struck in 62 B.C. by the moneyer L. Scribonius Libo.
2 commentsNemonater08/19/19 at 03:16David Atherton: Utterly fantastic!
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Maximinus I (235 - 238 A.D.)16 viewsBillon Tetradrachm
O: AVTO MAΞIMINOC EVC CEB, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right .
R: Nike walking left, wearing long chiton, carrying wreath and palm; LΓ in left field. Y 3 = AD 236-237.
13.38g
23mm
Dattari 4583; Emmett 3288.3

Ex. Roma Numismatics E-Sale 36, Lot 242, May 5, 2017

Published on Wildwinds!
3 commentsMat08/18/19 at 23:15Nemonater: Nice, I love these tets!
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Gotarzes II (44 - 51 AD)22 viewsAR Drachm
O: Diademed bust left.
R: (OΛCIΛCΩC) OΛCIΛ(EΩN) (Λ)I(3 dots)IΛNO(V) ΔIXΛIOV I(3 dots)VI(3 dots)PΓI.TO(V) (EΠ)IΦΛNOVC (ΦIΛEΛ)ΛHXO(C), / Archer (Arsakes I) seated right on throne, holding bow; monogram below bow.
 Ekbatana mint
20.5mm
3.77g
Sellwood 65.33; Sunrise –; Shore 364
3 commentsMat08/18/19 at 23:15Nemonater: Wow!
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Maximinus I (235 - 238 A.D.)16 viewsBillon Tetradrachm
O: AVTO MAΞIMINOC EVC CEB, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right .
R: Nike walking left, wearing long chiton, carrying wreath and palm; LΓ in left field. Y 3 = AD 236-237.
13.38g
23mm
Dattari 4583; Emmett 3288.3

Ex. Roma Numismatics E-Sale 36, Lot 242, May 5, 2017

Published on Wildwinds!
3 commentsMat08/18/19 at 22:30quadrans: Nice piece..
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Asia Minor, Mysia, Kyzikos, Boar, Lion17 viewsKyzikos, Mysia
AR obol, 525 - 475 B.C.
Obv.: forepart of boar left, reversed E on side, tunny fish behind
Rev.: head of roaring lion left within incuse square
Ag, 0.79g, 10.4mm
Ref.: SNG France 377-8, BMC Mysia p. 35, 118, SNG Cop 4 #48 (Mysia)
Ex Numismatik Naumann, Auction 80, Lot 871 (part of)
3 commentsshanxi08/18/19 at 18:28Tracy Aiello: Great coin!
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Sicily. The Mamertini, Æ Pentonkion.10 viewsMessana After 210 B.C. 12.91g - 26.1mm, Axis 12h.

Obv: Laureate head of Ares left.

Rev: ΜΑΜΕΡΤΙΝΩΝ / Π - Nude horseman, spear in his left hand, leading his horse left; Π in left field.

SNG ANS 430; Calciati 25; BMC 32.
2 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/18/19 at 18:23Christian Scarlioli: Thank you
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Augustus and Agrippa, Nimes dupondius35 viewsAugustus (27 BC – 14 AD)

Æ Dupondius. Nemausus (Nimes), 12 BC

Struck to commemorate the defeat of Mark Antony at Actium and the capture of Egypt.

Obv: IMP DIVI F P P. adduced heads of Augustus (right) and Agrippa (left), Augustus laureate, Agrippa wearing rostral crown.
Rev.: COL NEM. crocodile chained to palm tree.
RIC 157

Weight: 12.9g.
Diameter: 26mm.
1 commentsJose P08/18/19 at 12:09Jay GT4: Nice one
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Cilician Armenia, Royal Period, King Hetoum I, AR Tram.11 viewsSis 1226-1270 A.D. 2.99g - 21.3mm, Axis 9h.

Obv: +ՎԱԻՈՂՈԻԹ - ԻԻՆUՑՈ I - Queen Zabel and King Hetoum standing facing, holding long cross between them.

Rev: +ՀԷԹՈԻՄ ԹԱԳԱԻՈՐ ՀԱՅ[ՈՑ] - Crowned lion standing right, head facing, left paw raised; long cross behind.

AC 340var (reverse legend).
2 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/18/19 at 11:21Christian Scarlioli: Thank you
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Sicily. The Mamertini, Æ Pentonkion.10 viewsMessana After 210 B.C. 12.91g - 26.1mm, Axis 12h.

Obv: Laureate head of Ares left.

Rev: ΜΑΜΕΡΤΙΝΩΝ / Π - Nude horseman, spear in his left hand, leading his horse left; Π in left field.

SNG ANS 430; Calciati 25; BMC 32.
2 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/18/19 at 02:50Jay GT4: Very nice
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Struck 1542 - 1558, Mary I “Queen of Scots” (1542 - 1567), AR billon Bawbee (sixpence) minted at Edinburgh, Scotland19 viewsObverse: +MARIA•D•G•R•SCOTORVM. Crowned thistle, M to left, R to right, beaded circles and legend surrounding. Greek cross in legend.
Reverse: OPPIDVM•EDINBVRGI, retrograde N in legend. Crown over voided saltire cross, cinquefoil on either side, beaded circles and legend surrounding, fleur-de-lis within legend above.
Diameter: 22mm | Weight: 1.8gms | Die Axis: 10
SPINK: 5433

First period issue, before Mary's marriage to the French Dauphin, Francis. The cinquefoils refer to the Earl of Arran who acted as Regent until Mary came of age.

Mary I is one of the most well known, romantic and tragic figures in Scottish history. She was the only surviving child of King James V of Scotland and became queen on the death of her father when she was only six or seven days old. Mary was brought up in the Catholic faith and educated in France along with the French royal children, while Scotland was ruled in her name by regents, principally the Earl of Arran. In 1558 Mary married the French Dauphin, Francis, and following his accession in 1559 she became Queen consort of France and he King consort of Scotland. However, when Francis died in 1560 Mary was devastated and in 1561 she returned to Scotland. Four years later, in 1565, she married her half-cousin, Lord Darnley and the following year she bore him a son, who would later become James I of England. When in 1567, Darnley's house in Edinburgh was destroyed by an explosion and he was found murdered in the grounds, suspicion implicated Mary and her favourite, the Earl of Bothwell. When later that same year Mary married Bothwell those suspicions were not allayed, and following an uprising against her, she was imprisoned in Loch Leven Castle and forced to abdicate in favour of her one year old son. After an unsuccessful attempt to regain her throne and defeat at the battle of Langside in 1568, Mary fled south to England, only to be imprisoned by Elizabeth I who perceived her as a threat to the throne of England. For over eighteen years Elizabeth had Mary confined in various castles and manor houses throughout England until, in 1587, after being accused of numerous intrigues and plots against Elizabeth, Mary was beheaded at Fotheringhay Castle.
3 comments*Alex08/18/19 at 02:49Jay GT4: Interesting piece
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RIC 0068 Domitianus35 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PONT, Laureate head right
Rev: TR P COS VII DES VIII P P, Seat, draped; above, winged thunderbolt
AR/Denarius (19.15 mm 3.29 g 6h) Struck in Rome 81 A.D. (4th group)
RIC 68 (R2), RSC, BMCRE, BNF unlisted
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus08/17/19 at 23:30orfew: Great coin. I really like these PONT denarii.
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Domitian RIC 68107 viewsAR Denarius, 3.08g
Rome mint, 81 AD
RIC 68 (R2). BMC - . RSC - .
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG PONT; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR P COS VII DES VIII P P; Seat, draped; above, winged thunderbolt

The early pulvinar denarii struck by Domitian tell the story of an emperor who was awarded titles in stages. The "PONT" series were minted before Domitian obtained the full title Pontifex Maximus, presumably until the proper religious rites were completed. Most "PONT" denarii are listed as R2 or R3. Interestingly, this Group 4 denarius shares the same obverse die as my very rare Group 3 RIC 34 with the same reverse type but with a different legend, proof that the two groups were struck simultaneously. At this time the mint was divided up into different officinae based on reverse types. No obverses die matches are found with different reverse types.

A great early style portrait and finely toned.
5 commentsDavid Atherton08/17/19 at 23:29orfew: A wonderful coin. These PONT denarii are really in...
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Cilician Armenia, Royal Period, King Hetoum I, AR Tram.11 viewsSis 1226-1270 A.D. 2.99g - 21.3mm, Axis 9h.

Obv: +ՎԱԻՈՂՈԻԹ - ԻԻՆUՑՈ I - Queen Zabel and King Hetoum standing facing, holding long cross between them.

Rev: +ՀԷԹՈԻՄ ԹԱԳԱԻՈՐ ՀԱՅ[ՈՑ] - Crowned lion standing right, head facing, left paw raised; long cross behind.

AC 340var (reverse legend).
2 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/17/19 at 23:11Stkp: Nice
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Struck 1542 - 1558, Mary I “Queen of Scots” (1542 - 1567), AR billon Bawbee (sixpence) minted at Edinburgh, Scotland19 viewsObverse: +MARIA•D•G•R•SCOTORVM. Crowned thistle, M to left, R to right, beaded circles and legend surrounding. Greek cross in legend.
Reverse: OPPIDVM•EDINBVRGI, retrograde N in legend. Crown over voided saltire cross, cinquefoil on either side, beaded circles and legend surrounding, fleur-de-lis within legend above.
Diameter: 22mm | Weight: 1.8gms | Die Axis: 10
SPINK: 5433

First period issue, before Mary's marriage to the French Dauphin, Francis. The cinquefoils refer to the Earl of Arran who acted as Regent until Mary came of age.

Mary I is one of the most well known, romantic and tragic figures in Scottish history. She was the only surviving child of King James V of Scotland and became queen on the death of her father when she was only six or seven days old. Mary was brought up in the Catholic faith and educated in France along with the French royal children, while Scotland was ruled in her name by regents, principally the Earl of Arran. In 1558 Mary married the French Dauphin, Francis, and following his accession in 1559 she became Queen consort of France and he King consort of Scotland. However, when Francis died in 1560 Mary was devastated and in 1561 she returned to Scotland. Four years later, in 1565, she married her half-cousin, Lord Darnley and the following year she bore him a son, who would later become James I of England. When in 1567, Darnley's house in Edinburgh was destroyed by an explosion and he was found murdered in the grounds, suspicion implicated Mary and her favourite, the Earl of Bothwell. When later that same year Mary married Bothwell those suspicions were not allayed, and following an uprising against her, she was imprisoned in Loch Leven Castle and forced to abdicate in favour of her one year old son. After an unsuccessful attempt to regain her throne and defeat at the battle of Langside in 1568, Mary fled south to England, only to be imprisoned by Elizabeth I who perceived her as a threat to the throne of England. For over eighteen years Elizabeth had Mary confined in various castles and manor houses throughout England until, in 1587, after being accused of numerous intrigues and plots against Elizabeth, Mary was beheaded at Fotheringhay Castle.
3 comments*Alex08/17/19 at 23:11Stkp: Very nice
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Struck 1542 - 1558, Mary I “Queen of Scots” (1542 - 1567), AR billon Bawbee (sixpence) minted at Edinburgh, Scotland19 viewsObverse: +MARIA•D•G•R•SCOTORVM. Crowned thistle, M to left, R to right, beaded circles and legend surrounding. Greek cross in legend.
Reverse: OPPIDVM•EDINBVRGI, retrograde N in legend. Crown over voided saltire cross, cinquefoil on either side, beaded circles and legend surrounding, fleur-de-lis within legend above.
Diameter: 22mm | Weight: 1.8gms | Die Axis: 10
SPINK: 5433

First period issue, before Mary's marriage to the French Dauphin, Francis. The cinquefoils refer to the Earl of Arran who acted as Regent until Mary came of age.

Mary I is one of the most well known, romantic and tragic figures in Scottish history. She was the only surviving child of King James V of Scotland and became queen on the death of her father when she was only six or seven days old. Mary was brought up in the Catholic faith and educated in France along with the French royal children, while Scotland was ruled in her name by regents, principally the Earl of Arran. In 1558 Mary married the French Dauphin, Francis, and following his accession in 1559 she became Queen consort of France and he King consort of Scotland. However, when Francis died in 1560 Mary was devastated and in 1561 she returned to Scotland. Four years later, in 1565, she married her half-cousin, Lord Darnley and the following year she bore him a son, who would later become James I of England. When in 1567, Darnley's house in Edinburgh was destroyed by an explosion and he was found murdered in the grounds, suspicion implicated Mary and her favourite, the Earl of Bothwell. When later that same year Mary married Bothwell those suspicions were not allayed, and following an uprising against her, she was imprisoned in Loch Leven Castle and forced to abdicate in favour of her one year old son. After an unsuccessful attempt to regain her throne and defeat at the battle of Langside in 1568, Mary fled south to England, only to be imprisoned by Elizabeth I who perceived her as a threat to the throne of England. For over eighteen years Elizabeth had Mary confined in various castles and manor houses throughout England until, in 1587, after being accused of numerous intrigues and plots against Elizabeth, Mary was beheaded at Fotheringhay Castle.
3 comments*Alex08/17/19 at 19:23quadrans: Great piece...
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Asia Minor, Troas, Dardanos, Obol, Horseman, Cock10 viewsDardanos
Asia Minor, Troas
late 5th Century BC
Obol
Obv.: Horseman riding left
Rev.: Cock standing left within incuse square.
Ag, 0.56g, 8.75mm
Ref.: SNG Copenhagen 282, SNG ANS Berry #985.
Ex Numismatik Naumann, Auction 80, Lot 871 (part of)
2 commentsshanxi08/17/19 at 18:24shanxi: Thank you for the reference
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Asia Minor, Troas, Dardanos, Obol, Horseman, Cock10 viewsDardanos
Asia Minor, Troas
late 5th Century BC
Obol
Obv.: Horseman riding left
Rev.: Cock standing left within incuse square.
Ag, 0.56g, 8.75mm
Ref.: SNG Copenhagen 282, SNG ANS Berry #985.
Ex Numismatik Naumann, Auction 80, Lot 871 (part of)
2 commentsshanxi08/17/19 at 12:05Anaximander: So small, and from such an obscure mint. For anoth...
052_Plautilla_RIC_IV-I_372,_AR-Den,_PLAVTILLA_AVG,_CONCORDIAE,_RSC-8,_BMC-739,_Laodicea_202_AD,_Q-001,_0h,_18-20mm,_3,39g-s.jpg
052 Plautilla (?-211 A.D.), Laodicea ad Mare, RIC IV-I 372 (Caracalla), AR-Denarius, CONCORDIAE, Concordia seated left, #137 views052 Plautilla (?-211 A.D.), Laodicea ad Mare, RIC IV-I 372 (Caracalla), AR-Denarius, CONCORDIAE, Concordia seated left, #1
Wife of Caracalla,
avers: PLAVTILLA AVG, Draped bust right.
reverse: CONCORDIAE, Concordia seated left, holding patera and double cornucopiae.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 18,0-20,0mm, weight: 3,39g, axis: 0h,
mint: Laodicea ad Mare, date: 202 A.D., ref: RIC IV 372 (Caracalla), RSC, BMC 739, Sear 7068,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans08/17/19 at 11:25Anaximander: Realism, not idealism. Surprising for an emperor&#...
052_Plautilla_RIC_IV-I_372,_AR-Den,_PLAVTILLA_AVG,_CONCORDIAE,_RSC-8,_BMC-739,_Laodicea_202_AD,_Q-001,_0h,_18-20mm,_3,39g-s.jpg
052 Plautilla (?-211 A.D.), Laodicea ad Mare, RIC IV-I 372 (Caracalla), AR-Denarius, CONCORDIAE, Concordia seated left, #137 views052 Plautilla (?-211 A.D.), Laodicea ad Mare, RIC IV-I 372 (Caracalla), AR-Denarius, CONCORDIAE, Concordia seated left, #1
Wife of Caracalla,
avers: PLAVTILLA AVG, Draped bust right.
reverse: CONCORDIAE, Concordia seated left, holding patera and double cornucopiae.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 18,0-20,0mm, weight: 3,39g, axis: 0h,
mint: Laodicea ad Mare, date: 202 A.D., ref: RIC IV 372 (Caracalla), RSC, BMC 739, Sear 7068,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans08/17/19 at 11:04okidoki: Interesting bust
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Medieval France, King Charles IX, Silver Teston, Mintmark H.13 viewsLa Rochelle 1577 A.D. 9.26g - 28.2mm, Axis 3h.

Obv: CAROLVS VIIII●DEI●G●FRANCOR●REX - Laureate and cuirassed bust left.

Rev: + SIT:NOMEN:DNI:BENEDICTVM:LXV11 / H - Crowned coat of arms, crowns over C's either side, Mintmark H below.

Dy.1106, Sb.4638.
2 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/17/19 at 10:31Christian Scarlioli: Thank you
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052 Plautilla (?-211 A.D.), Laodicea ad Mare, RIC IV-I 372 (Caracalla), AR-Denarius, CONCORDIAE, Concordia seated left, #137 views052 Plautilla (?-211 A.D.), Laodicea ad Mare, RIC IV-I 372 (Caracalla), AR-Denarius, CONCORDIAE, Concordia seated left, #1
Wife of Caracalla,
avers: PLAVTILLA AVG, Draped bust right.
reverse: CONCORDIAE, Concordia seated left, holding patera and double cornucopiae.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 18,0-20,0mm, weight: 3,39g, axis: 0h,
mint: Laodicea ad Mare, date: 202 A.D., ref: RIC IV 372 (Caracalla), RSC, BMC 739, Sear 7068,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans08/17/19 at 10:10shanxi: nice detailed example
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Cilician Armenia, Royal Period, King Levon III, AE Kardez.14 viewsSis 1301-1307 A.D. 3.03g - 19.01mm, Axis 2h.

Obv: +ԼԵՒՈՆ ԹԱԳԱՒՈՐ - king seated in oriental fashion holding globe in right hand and sceptre over shoulder in left.

Rev: +ՉՒՆԵԱԼ Ւ ՔԱՂԱՔ - Cross pattée.

AC 432.
2 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/17/19 at 10:03Christian Scarlioli: I have some more to add, I like the silver Trams t...
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RIC 0057A Titus42 viewsObv: IMP T CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS VII (counterclockwise), Laureate head right
Rev: PAX AVGVST / S C (in field), Pax standing left holding branch and cornucopia
AE/Sestertius (33.90 mm 25.98 g 6h) Struck in Rome 79 A.D. (Group 1)
RIC unpublished (provisionally assigned n. 57A)
ex Numismatik Naumann Auction 80 Lot 527
6 commentsFlaviusDomitianus08/17/19 at 00:58David Atherton: Stunning coin!
Bracteata,_H-192,_C1-272,_U-122,_Q-003,_0h,_14,5-15m,_0,19g-s.jpg
H-192 Bracteata, (uncertain), H-192, CNH I.-272, U-122, AR-Bracteata, #0352 viewsH-192 Bracteata, (uncertain), H-192, CNH I.-272, U-122, AR-Bracteata, #03
avers: Youthful head with floral wreath facing left, within the pearled circle.
reverse: Negative pictures.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 14,5-15,0mm, weight: 0,19g, axis:0h,
mint: Esztergom, date: A.D., ref: Huszár-192, CNH I.-272, Unger-122,
Kiss-Toth: Sigla, two small pellets in front of the head,
Q-003
1 commentsquadrans08/16/19 at 23:37Stkp: VERY nice
Bracteata,_H-191,_C1-271,_U-117,_Q-001,_0h,_13mm,_0,23gx-s.jpg
H-191 Bracteata, (uncertain), H-191, CNH I.-271, U-117, AR-Bracteata, #0147 viewsH-191 Bracteata, (uncertain), H-191, CNH I.-271, U-117, AR-Bracteata, #01
avers: Enthroned king facing, holding scepter and imperial orb, •B•–•R• to sides.
reverse: Negative pictures.
exergue: R/B//--, diameter: 13mm, weight: 0,23g, axis: 0h,
mint: Esztergom, date: A.D., ref: Huszár-191, CNH I.-271, Unger-117,
Kiss-Toth: Sigla, wedge on the scepter, over the right arm of the king.
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans08/16/19 at 23:37Stkp: Nice
Bracteata,_H-200,_C1-280,_U-118,_Q-003,_0h,_13,8mm,_0,26g-s.jpg
H-200 Bracteata, (uncertain), H-200, CNH I.-280, U-118, AR-Bracteata, #0346 viewsH-200 Bracteata, (uncertain), H-200, CNH I.-280, U-118, AR-Bracteata, #03
avers: BЄ LA RЄX, Triple human head.
reverse: Negative pictures.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 14mm, weight: 0,26g, axis:0h,
mint: Esztergom , date: A.D., ref: Huszár-200, CNH I.-280, Unger-118,
Kiss-Toth: Sigla- ,
Q-003
1 commentsquadrans08/16/19 at 23:36Stkp: Nice
Bracteata,_H-195,_C1-275,_U-121,_Q-005,_0h,_12,2-12,7mm,_0,36g-s.jpg
H-195 Bracteata, (uncertain), H-195, CNH I.-275, U-121, AR-Bracteata, #0547 viewsH-195 Bracteata, (uncertain), H-195, CNH I.-275, U-121, AR-Bracteata, #05
avers: King riding horse to the right, falcon on his wrist.
reverse: Negative pictures.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 12,2-12,7mm, weight: 0,36g, axis:0h,
mint: Esztergom, date: A.D., ref: Huszár-195, CNH I.-275, Unger-121,
Kiss-Toth: Sigla, small circle belove the right arm of the king,
Q-005
1 commentsquadrans08/16/19 at 23:36Stkp: Nice
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Medieval France, King Charles IX, Silver Teston, Mintmark H.13 viewsLa Rochelle 1577 A.D. 9.26g - 28.2mm, Axis 3h.

Obv: CAROLVS VIIII●DEI●G●FRANCOR●REX - Laureate and cuirassed bust left.

Rev: + SIT:NOMEN:DNI:BENEDICTVM:LXV11 / H - Crowned coat of arms, crowns over C's either side, Mintmark H below.

Dy.1106, Sb.4638.
2 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/16/19 at 23:27Stkp: Nice
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Cilician Armenia, Royal Period, King Levon III, AE Kardez.14 viewsSis 1301-1307 A.D. 3.03g - 19.01mm, Axis 2h.

Obv: +ԼԵՒՈՆ ԹԱԳԱՒՈՐ - king seated in oriental fashion holding globe in right hand and sceptre over shoulder in left.

Rev: +ՉՒՆԵԱԼ Ւ ՔԱՂԱՔ - Cross pattée.

AC 432.
2 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/16/19 at 23:26Stkp: Good to see that someone else collects these
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RIC 0057A Titus42 viewsObv: IMP T CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS VII (counterclockwise), Laureate head right
Rev: PAX AVGVST / S C (in field), Pax standing left holding branch and cornucopia
AE/Sestertius (33.90 mm 25.98 g 6h) Struck in Rome 79 A.D. (Group 1)
RIC unpublished (provisionally assigned n. 57A)
ex Numismatik Naumann Auction 80 Lot 527
6 commentsFlaviusDomitianus08/16/19 at 22:18Molinari: Nice!
RIC_57A_Titus.jpg
RIC 0057A Titus42 viewsObv: IMP T CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS VII (counterclockwise), Laureate head right
Rev: PAX AVGVST / S C (in field), Pax standing left holding branch and cornucopia
AE/Sestertius (33.90 mm 25.98 g 6h) Struck in Rome 79 A.D. (Group 1)
RIC unpublished (provisionally assigned n. 57A)
ex Numismatik Naumann Auction 80 Lot 527
6 commentsFlaviusDomitianus08/16/19 at 18:58quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
RIC_57A_Titus.jpg
RIC 0057A Titus42 viewsObv: IMP T CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS VII (counterclockwise), Laureate head right
Rev: PAX AVGVST / S C (in field), Pax standing left holding branch and cornucopia
AE/Sestertius (33.90 mm 25.98 g 6h) Struck in Rome 79 A.D. (Group 1)
RIC unpublished (provisionally assigned n. 57A)
ex Numismatik Naumann Auction 80 Lot 527
6 commentsFlaviusDomitianus08/16/19 at 18:31okidoki: very nice reverse
RIC_57A_Titus.jpg
RIC 0057A Titus42 viewsObv: IMP T CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS VII (counterclockwise), Laureate head right
Rev: PAX AVGVST / S C (in field), Pax standing left holding branch and cornucopia
AE/Sestertius (33.90 mm 25.98 g 6h) Struck in Rome 79 A.D. (Group 1)
RIC unpublished (provisionally assigned n. 57A)
ex Numismatik Naumann Auction 80 Lot 527
6 commentsFlaviusDomitianus08/16/19 at 17:04Jay GT4: Fantastic! Congrats Alberto
RIC_57A_Titus.jpg
RIC 0057A Titus42 viewsObv: IMP T CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS VII (counterclockwise), Laureate head right
Rev: PAX AVGVST / S C (in field), Pax standing left holding branch and cornucopia
AE/Sestertius (33.90 mm 25.98 g 6h) Struck in Rome 79 A.D. (Group 1)
RIC unpublished (provisionally assigned n. 57A)
ex Numismatik Naumann Auction 80 Lot 527
6 commentsFlaviusDomitianus08/16/19 at 13:10orfew: A wonderful addition
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Vespasian-RIC-1426(5A)341 viewsAR Denarius, 3.25g
Ephesus mint, 71 AD
RIC 1426(5A)3 (R3). BMC - . RPC - . BNF - .
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: PACI ORB TERR AVG; Turreted and draped female bust, r.; no mintmark
Acquired from Forvm Ancient Coins, May 2019.

This is an extremely rare denarius from Ephesus struck without a mintmark and the second known example of the Turreted female bust type lacking one. The Ephesian denarius issues struck under Vespasian all have mintmarks, save for the first and one tiny issue dated COS III. Aside from this turreted female type and the accompanying footnote, this issue is not represented in the new RIC II.1. Ted Buttrey wrote in the RIC II Addenda the following concerning the no mintmark issue:

'I’m not terribly happy about this. It’s a convenient way to draw together several pieces which lack the mintmark, placing them after the completion of the ΘΙ and ΘΥ Groups 3-5 and the inception of Group 6 with ΕΡΗ. But why should they have given up on a mintmark in mid-course, when all of Groups 2-9 are marked? The choices are – (i) mintmark on coins worn away; (ii) engraver forgot to add mintmark to the dies; (iii) issue deliberately produced without mintmark. Assuming (iii) for the moment, the new Group takes the place of fnn. 46-47, pp.162-3, and fits here nicely with V’s title for Groups 5-6, and T’s for Group 6, But I have no fixed opinion, and await the appearance of others of this variety.'

IMHO, either ii or iii are the most likely option. There are specimens from this non-mintmark issue (such as the present coin) that have no available space on the flan for a mintmark, thus, one was never intended either deliberately or accidentally. No mintmarks occur on various dies spanning different reverse types for both Vespasian and Titus Caesar, because of this I lean more towards this being intentional.

Struck in high relief with the reverse slightly off centred.

NB: This coin shares a reverse die with my Titus Caesar example of the type.
5 commentsDavid Atherton08/16/19 at 11:30gallienus1: Rare and very interesting
V1426(5A)3.jpg
Vespasian-RIC-1426(5A)341 viewsAR Denarius, 3.25g
Ephesus mint, 71 AD
RIC 1426(5A)3 (R3). BMC - . RPC - . BNF - .
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: PACI ORB TERR AVG; Turreted and draped female bust, r.; no mintmark
Acquired from Forvm Ancient Coins, May 2019.

This is an extremely rare denarius from Ephesus struck without a mintmark and the second known example of the Turreted female bust type lacking one. The Ephesian denarius issues struck under Vespasian all have mintmarks, save for the first and one tiny issue dated COS III. Aside from this turreted female type and the accompanying footnote, this issue is not represented in the new RIC II.1. Ted Buttrey wrote in the RIC II Addenda the following concerning the no mintmark issue:

'I’m not terribly happy about this. It’s a convenient way to draw together several pieces which lack the mintmark, placing them after the completion of the ΘΙ and ΘΥ Groups 3-5 and the inception of Group 6 with ΕΡΗ. But why should they have given up on a mintmark in mid-course, when all of Groups 2-9 are marked? The choices are – (i) mintmark on coins worn away; (ii) engraver forgot to add mintmark to the dies; (iii) issue deliberately produced without mintmark. Assuming (iii) for the moment, the new Group takes the place of fnn. 46-47, pp.162-3, and fits here nicely with V’s title for Groups 5-6, and T’s for Group 6, But I have no fixed opinion, and await the appearance of others of this variety.'

IMHO, either ii or iii are the most likely option. There are specimens from this non-mintmark issue (such as the present coin) that have no available space on the flan for a mintmark, thus, one was never intended either deliberately or accidentally. No mintmarks occur on various dies spanning different reverse types for both Vespasian and Titus Caesar, because of this I lean more towards this being intentional.

Struck in high relief with the reverse slightly off centred.

NB: This coin shares a reverse die with my Titus Caesar example of the type.
5 commentsDavid Atherton08/15/19 at 22:43Jay GT4: Wonderful portraits on a rare type!
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Cleopatra III and Ptolemy IX Soter II12 viewsCleopatra III and Ptolemy IX Soter II. 116/107 BC AR Tetradrachm (13.20 gm) of Alexandria, 108/107 BC. Diademed head of Ptolemy I r. / Eagle standing l. on thunderbolt. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ | ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ, L| to l. (RY 10), ΠΑ to r. VF. SNG Cop 8 #356-357; Svoronos 1671 (Ptolemy X of Paphos) pl. 57 #12; DCA 60; Morkholm PPCH XXI #961. cf Heritage Auction 231813 #65071.
1 commentsAnaximander08/15/19 at 20:54quadrans: Nice piece..
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RIC 1407 Vespasian Eastern Denarius72 viewsIMP CAES VESPAS AVG
Laureate head of Vespasian right

PACI ORB TERR AVG
Turreted and draped female bust right below, horizontal Φ

Ephesus, 69-70 AD

3.23g


RIC V1407 (R); RPC 813

Rare

Ex-T.C. collection, Ex-Calgary Coin.

The Flavians as bringers of peace to the world.

New photo
8 commentsJay GT408/15/19 at 18:59Steve P: Hot diggity dawg!! ... that's a beauty!
V1426(5A)3.jpg
Vespasian-RIC-1426(5A)341 viewsAR Denarius, 3.25g
Ephesus mint, 71 AD
RIC 1426(5A)3 (R3). BMC - . RPC - . BNF - .
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: PACI ORB TERR AVG; Turreted and draped female bust, r.; no mintmark
Acquired from Forvm Ancient Coins, May 2019.

This is an extremely rare denarius from Ephesus struck without a mintmark and the second known example of the Turreted female bust type lacking one. The Ephesian denarius issues struck under Vespasian all have mintmarks, save for the first and one tiny issue dated COS III. Aside from this turreted female type and the accompanying footnote, this issue is not represented in the new RIC II.1. Ted Buttrey wrote in the RIC II Addenda the following concerning the no mintmark issue:

'I’m not terribly happy about this. It’s a convenient way to draw together several pieces which lack the mintmark, placing them after the completion of the ΘΙ and ΘΥ Groups 3-5 and the inception of Group 6 with ΕΡΗ. But why should they have given up on a mintmark in mid-course, when all of Groups 2-9 are marked? The choices are – (i) mintmark on coins worn away; (ii) engraver forgot to add mintmark to the dies; (iii) issue deliberately produced without mintmark. Assuming (iii) for the moment, the new Group takes the place of fnn. 46-47, pp.162-3, and fits here nicely with V’s title for Groups 5-6, and T’s for Group 6, But I have no fixed opinion, and await the appearance of others of this variety.'

IMHO, either ii or iii are the most likely option. There are specimens from this non-mintmark issue (such as the present coin) that have no available space on the flan for a mintmark, thus, one was never intended either deliberately or accidentally. No mintmarks occur on various dies spanning different reverse types for both Vespasian and Titus Caesar, because of this I lean more towards this being intentional.

Struck in high relief with the reverse slightly off centred.

NB: This coin shares a reverse die with my Titus Caesar example of the type.
5 commentsDavid Atherton08/15/19 at 15:17quadrans: Great coin , and details,
V1426(5A)3.jpg
Vespasian-RIC-1426(5A)341 viewsAR Denarius, 3.25g
Ephesus mint, 71 AD
RIC 1426(5A)3 (R3). BMC - . RPC - . BNF - .
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: PACI ORB TERR AVG; Turreted and draped female bust, r.; no mintmark
Acquired from Forvm Ancient Coins, May 2019.

This is an extremely rare denarius from Ephesus struck without a mintmark and the second known example of the Turreted female bust type lacking one. The Ephesian denarius issues struck under Vespasian all have mintmarks, save for the first and one tiny issue dated COS III. Aside from this turreted female type and the accompanying footnote, this issue is not represented in the new RIC II.1. Ted Buttrey wrote in the RIC II Addenda the following concerning the no mintmark issue:

'I’m not terribly happy about this. It’s a convenient way to draw together several pieces which lack the mintmark, placing them after the completion of the ΘΙ and ΘΥ Groups 3-5 and the inception of Group 6 with ΕΡΗ. But why should they have given up on a mintmark in mid-course, when all of Groups 2-9 are marked? The choices are – (i) mintmark on coins worn away; (ii) engraver forgot to add mintmark to the dies; (iii) issue deliberately produced without mintmark. Assuming (iii) for the moment, the new Group takes the place of fnn. 46-47, pp.162-3, and fits here nicely with V’s title for Groups 5-6, and T’s for Group 6, But I have no fixed opinion, and await the appearance of others of this variety.'

IMHO, either ii or iii are the most likely option. There are specimens from this non-mintmark issue (such as the present coin) that have no available space on the flan for a mintmark, thus, one was never intended either deliberately or accidentally. No mintmarks occur on various dies spanning different reverse types for both Vespasian and Titus Caesar, because of this I lean more towards this being intentional.

Struck in high relief with the reverse slightly off centred.

NB: This coin shares a reverse die with my Titus Caesar example of the type.
5 commentsDavid Atherton08/15/19 at 14:29orfew: Wonderful acquisition David, congrats!
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Lithuania, Zygmunt II August, AR 2 Denar.11 viewsVilnius 1569 A.D. 0.65g - 14.9mm, Axis 6h.

Obv: II - Knight on charging horse value below.

Rev: AS 15-69 - Crowned monogram of Zygmunt II August (Sigismund), with the date dividing it.

Gum 595.

2 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/15/19 at 06:33Christian Scarlioli: Thank you
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Medieval France, St Martin, Anonymous, Billon Denier.11 viewsTouraine 1150-1200 A.D. 1.05g - 19.6mm, Axis 6h.

Obv: + TVRONVS CIVIS - Cross pattée.

Rev: + SCS MARTINVS - Castle Tournois.

Boudea 185, Duplessy 412, Legros 796.
2 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/15/19 at 06:33Christian Scarlioli: Thank you
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Medieval England, Richard II, Silver Penny, Type I. UK Metal Detecting find from Cambridgeshire.12 viewsYork 1377-1399 A.D. 1.02g - 17.3mm, Axis 11h.

Obv: + RICARDVS REX ANGLIE - Crowned bust facing, cross on breast.

Rev: CIVITAS EBORACI - Long cross pattée with three pellets in each angle. quatrefoil in centre.

Spink 1690.
2 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/15/19 at 06:32Christian Scarlioli: Thank you
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Silesia, Duchy of Wroclaw Zygmunt Luksemburgczyk, AR Heller.13 viewsWrocław 1422-1437 A.D. 0.20g - 11.9mm, Axis 11h.

Obv: M-W-M-W - Head of saint John three-fourths left

Rev: Lion left.

Kopicki 8765x.
Rated R2.
2 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/15/19 at 06:32Christian Scarlioli: Thank you
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ANONYMOUS ROMAN REPUBLIC AR Didrachm13 viewsOBVERSE: Helmeted head of Mars left, oak-sprig behind
REVERSE: ROMANO on tablet below head of bridled horse right, ear of wheat behind
Struck at Metapontum, 280-276 BC
19 mm, 6.55g
Cr13/1, Syd 1
1 commentsLegatus08/15/19 at 03:31Jay GT4: Great early Roman silver!
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Medieval England, Richard II, Silver Penny, Type I. UK Metal Detecting find from Cambridgeshire.12 viewsYork 1377-1399 A.D. 1.02g - 17.3mm, Axis 11h.

Obv: + RICARDVS REX ANGLIE - Crowned bust facing, cross on breast.

Rev: CIVITAS EBORACI - Long cross pattée with three pellets in each angle. quatrefoil in centre.

Spink 1690.
2 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/15/19 at 00:28Stkp: Very nice
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Medieval France, St Martin, Anonymous, Billon Denier.11 viewsTouraine 1150-1200 A.D. 1.05g - 19.6mm, Axis 6h.

Obv: + TVRONVS CIVIS - Cross pattée.

Rev: + SCS MARTINVS - Castle Tournois.

Boudea 185, Duplessy 412, Legros 796.
2 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/15/19 at 00:27Stkp: Nice
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Lithuania, Zygmunt II August, AR 2 Denar.11 viewsVilnius 1569 A.D. 0.65g - 14.9mm, Axis 6h.

Obv: II - Knight on charging horse value below.

Rev: AS 15-69 - Crowned monogram of Zygmunt II August (Sigismund), with the date dividing it.

Gum 595.

2 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/15/19 at 00:26Stkp: Nice
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Silesia, Duchy of Wroclaw Zygmunt Luksemburgczyk, AR Heller.13 viewsWrocław 1422-1437 A.D. 0.20g - 11.9mm, Axis 11h.

Obv: M-W-M-W - Head of saint John three-fourths left

Rev: Lion left.

Kopicki 8765x.
Rated R2.
2 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/15/19 at 00:25Stkp: Great coin
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020b Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC² Titus 0359a, RIC II(1962) (Titus) 0062, AR-Denarius, Rome, E-X, SC on round shield set on the column, #159 views020b Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC² Titus 0359a, RIC II(1962) (Titus) 0062, AR-Denarius, Rome, E-X, SC on round shield set on the column, #1
avers: DIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS, Laureate head right.
reverse: E-X, SC on round shield set on the column, upon which an urn sits, laurel branch to each side.
exergue: E/X//SC, diameter: 17,0-18,0mm, weight: 3,24g, axes: 5h,
mint: Rome, date: 80-81 A.D., ref: RIC² (Titus) 0359a, RIC II(1962) (Titus) 0062 p-123, RSC 149, BMC 125,
Q-001
4 commentsquadrans08/14/19 at 22:42okidoki: Interesting reverse
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Thrace, Islands of Thrace, Thasos, (412-404 B.C.), BMC 53var.(with symbol), AR-Trihemiobol, ΘΑΣ/ΙΩΝ, Amphora, Rare! #146 viewsThrace, Islands of Thrace, Thasos, (412-404 B.C.), BMC 53var.(with symbol), AR-Trihemiobol, ΘΑΣ/ΙΩΝ, Amphora, Rare! #1
avers: No legend, Nude satyr kneeling left, holding kylix/Amphora, grasshopper as a symbol to left (very rare!).
reverse: ΘΑΣ/ΙΩΝ, Amphora/kylix.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 9,6-11,0mm, weight: 0,82g, axes:3h,
mint: Thrace, Islands of Thrace, Thasos, date: 450-425 B.C.,
ref: BMC 53var., SNG Cop. 1030var.,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans08/14/19 at 10:16*Alex: Great amphora. Nice coin, I like it.
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Ptolemy X Alexander12 viewsPtolemy X Alexander. 116/115-80 BC AR Tetradrachm (13.70 gm) of Alexandria, 97/6 BC. Diademed head of Ptolemy I r. / Eagle standing l. on thunderbolt. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ | ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ, LIH (RY 18) to l., ΠΑ to r. VF. SNG Cop 8 #367 w/ obv. die link to #366; Svornos 1678 pl. 57 #23; DCA 68. cf Heritage A231829 #63060 (same dies). Alt. attribution: Paphos mint. Svoronos 1689 pl. 59b #22-23; DCA 62; SNG Cop 8 #633 (Ptolemy IX).
1 commentsAnaximander08/14/19 at 09:35shanxi: bad hair day
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Struck 1205 - 1230, William I “the lion” (1169 - 1214), AR Penny minted at Perth or Edinburgh, Scotland18 viewsObverse: + LE REI WILAM•: Head of William I facing left, wearing crown of pellets, sceptre to left, within inner circle of pellets. All surrounded by outer circle of pellets. Cross potent in legend.
Reverse: + hVE WALTER: Voided short cross, six pointed star in each angle, within inner circle of pellets. All surrounded by outer circle of pellets. Cross potent in legend. (No mint name on coin. Hugh and Walter, the Edinburgh and Perth moneyers working jointly)
Short cross, phase B. Late William I and posthumous issue struck c.1205 to c.1230.
William I died in 1214 but it would appear that although Alexander II was 16 years old when he came to the throne he continued his father's issues for some 15 years and struck no coins in his own name until around 1230.
Diameter: 21mm | Weight: 1.3gm | Die Axis: 6
SPINK: 5029

William I was not known as "the Lion" during his own lifetime, the title was attached to him because of his flag or standard, a red lion rampant on a yellow background which went on to become the Royal Banner of Scotland which is still used today.

William I was crowned on 24th December 1165, he came to the throne when his elder brother Malcolm IV died at the age of 24 on 9th December 1165.
Early in his reign William attempted to regain control of Northumbria which had been lost, in 1157 during the reign of Malcolm IV, to the Anglo-Normans under Henry II. He thereby lent support to the English barons who rebelled against Henry II in 1173. In 1174 however, while actively assisting the rebels at the Battle of Alnwick, William was captured by Henry's forces and taken to Falaise in Normandy. He was forced, under the terms of the Treaty of Falaise which he signed in December, to do homage for the whole of Scotland and also to hand over the castles of Roxburgh, Berwick and Edinburgh. Edinburgh, however, was later returned to him as part of the dowry of Ermengarde, a cousin of Henry II, whom William married in 1186.
The Treaty of Falaise remained in force for the next fifteen years until the new English King Richard the Lionheart, needing money for the Third Crusade, agreed to terminate it in return for 10,000 marks. William also attempted to purchase Northumbria from Richard, however his offer of 15,000 marks was rejected due to him wanting all the castles within the lands, something Richard was not willing to concede.
Relations between Scotland and England remained tense during the first decade of the 13th century and in August 1209 King John decided to exploit the weakening leadership of the ageing Scottish monarch by marching a large army to Norham on the south side of the River Tweed. William bought John off with the promise of a large sum of money, and later, in 1212, he agreed to his only surviving son Alexander, marrying John's eldest daughter, Joan.
William I died in Stirling in 1214 and lies buried in Arbroath Abbey, which he is credited with founding in 1178. He was succeeded by his son, who reigned as Alexander II.
3 comments*Alex08/14/19 at 02:36Jay GT4: Interesting piece!
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Struck 1205 - 1230, William I “the lion” (1169 - 1214), AR Penny minted at Perth or Edinburgh, Scotland18 viewsObverse: + LE REI WILAM•: Head of William I facing left, wearing crown of pellets, sceptre to left, within inner circle of pellets. All surrounded by outer circle of pellets. Cross potent in legend.
Reverse: + hVE WALTER: Voided short cross, six pointed star in each angle, within inner circle of pellets. All surrounded by outer circle of pellets. Cross potent in legend. (No mint name on coin. Hugh and Walter, the Edinburgh and Perth moneyers working jointly)
Short cross, phase B. Late William I and posthumous issue struck c.1205 to c.1230.
William I died in 1214 but it would appear that although Alexander II was 16 years old when he came to the throne he continued his father's issues for some 15 years and struck no coins in his own name until around 1230.
Diameter: 21mm | Weight: 1.3gm | Die Axis: 6
SPINK: 5029

William I was not known as "the Lion" during his own lifetime, the title was attached to him because of his flag or standard, a red lion rampant on a yellow background which went on to become the Royal Banner of Scotland which is still used today.

William I was crowned on 24th December 1165, he came to the throne when his elder brother Malcolm IV died at the age of 24 on 9th December 1165.
Early in his reign William attempted to regain control of Northumbria which had been lost, in 1157 during the reign of Malcolm IV, to the Anglo-Normans under Henry II. He thereby lent support to the English barons who rebelled against Henry II in 1173. In 1174 however, while actively assisting the rebels at the Battle of Alnwick, William was captured by Henry's forces and taken to Falaise in Normandy. He was forced, under the terms of the Treaty of Falaise which he signed in December, to do homage for the whole of Scotland and also to hand over the castles of Roxburgh, Berwick and Edinburgh. Edinburgh, however, was later returned to him as part of the dowry of Ermengarde, a cousin of Henry II, whom William married in 1186.
The Treaty of Falaise remained in force for the next fifteen years until the new English King Richard the Lionheart, needing money for the Third Crusade, agreed to terminate it in return for 10,000 marks. William also attempted to purchase Northumbria from Richard, however his offer of 15,000 marks was rejected due to him wanting all the castles within the lands, something Richard was not willing to concede.
Relations between Scotland and England remained tense during the first decade of the 13th century and in August 1209 King John decided to exploit the weakening leadership of the ageing Scottish monarch by marching a large army to Norham on the south side of the River Tweed. William bought John off with the promise of a large sum of money, and later, in 1212, he agreed to his only surviving son Alexander, marrying John's eldest daughter, Joan.
William I died in Stirling in 1214 and lies buried in Arbroath Abbey, which he is credited with founding in 1178. He was succeeded by his son, who reigned as Alexander II.
3 comments*Alex08/13/19 at 22:49quadrans: wow, great coin,
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Punic Carthage AR Double Shekel with a Serrated Edge15 viewsPunic Carthage Double Shekel with a Serrated Edge
Silver

Obv.: Head of Tanit l. wreathed with corn, wearing a necklace, and a single-drop ear ring.

Rev.: Horse standing r., left foreleg raised. Pellet in front.

Müller 116 ; SNG /
1 commentsTanit08/13/19 at 20:12Jay GT4: Very cool
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Medieval France, King Henry II, Billon Demi Gros de Nesle, Crown Mintmark.11 viewsParis 1551 A.D. 2.80g - 24.2mm, Axis 4h.

Obv: (Crown) + HENRICVS●II●D●G●FRANCORVM. REX - Crowned H with 3 Lis.

Rev: (Crown) SIT●NOMEN●DNI●A●BNEDICTVM (Crown) 1551. - Cross made of fleurdelisé.

Ciani 303, Marcheville 2676, Lafaurie 833, Duplessy 995, Sombart 4458.
2 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/13/19 at 17:15Christian Scarlioli: Thanks for that info Anaximander and another ref n...
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Medieval France, King Henry II, Billon Demi Gros de Nesle, Crown Mintmark.11 viewsParis 1551 A.D. 2.80g - 24.2mm, Axis 4h.

Obv: (Crown) + HENRICVS●II●D●G●FRANCORVM. REX - Crowned H with 3 Lis.

Rev: (Crown) SIT●NOMEN●DNI●A●BNEDICTVM (Crown) 1551. - Cross made of fleurdelisé.

Ciani 303, Marcheville 2676, Lafaurie 833, Duplessy 995, Sombart 4458.
2 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/13/19 at 16:15Anaximander: Such a nice strike... great legends. And I like ...
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Struck 1205 - 1230, William I “the lion” (1169 - 1214), AR Penny minted at Perth or Edinburgh, Scotland18 viewsObverse: + LE REI WILAM•: Head of William I facing left, wearing crown of pellets, sceptre to left, within inner circle of pellets. All surrounded by outer circle of pellets. Cross potent in legend.
Reverse: + hVE WALTER: Voided short cross, six pointed star in each angle, within inner circle of pellets. All surrounded by outer circle of pellets. Cross potent in legend. (No mint name on coin. Hugh and Walter, the Edinburgh and Perth moneyers working jointly)
Short cross, phase B. Late William I and posthumous issue struck c.1205 to c.1230.
William I died in 1214 but it would appear that although Alexander II was 16 years old when he came to the throne he continued his father's issues for some 15 years and struck no coins in his own name until around 1230.
Diameter: 21mm | Weight: 1.3gm | Die Axis: 6
SPINK: 5029

William I was not known as "the Lion" during his own lifetime, the title was attached to him because of his flag or standard, a red lion rampant on a yellow background which went on to become the Royal Banner of Scotland which is still used today.

William I was crowned on 24th December 1165, he came to the throne when his elder brother Malcolm IV died at the age of 24 on 9th December 1165.
Early in his reign William attempted to regain control of Northumbria which had been lost, in 1157 during the reign of Malcolm IV, to the Anglo-Normans under Henry II. He thereby lent support to the English barons who rebelled against Henry II in 1173. In 1174 however, while actively assisting the rebels at the Battle of Alnwick, William was captured by Henry's forces and taken to Falaise in Normandy. He was forced, under the terms of the Treaty of Falaise which he signed in December, to do homage for the whole of Scotland and also to hand over the castles of Roxburgh, Berwick and Edinburgh. Edinburgh, however, was later returned to him as part of the dowry of Ermengarde, a cousin of Henry II, whom William married in 1186.
The Treaty of Falaise remained in force for the next fifteen years until the new English King Richard the Lionheart, needing money for the Third Crusade, agreed to terminate it in return for 10,000 marks. William also attempted to purchase Northumbria from Richard, however his offer of 15,000 marks was rejected due to him wanting all the castles within the lands, something Richard was not willing to concede.
Relations between Scotland and England remained tense during the first decade of the 13th century and in August 1209 King John decided to exploit the weakening leadership of the ageing Scottish monarch by marching a large army to Norham on the south side of the River Tweed. William bought John off with the promise of a large sum of money, and later, in 1212, he agreed to his only surviving son Alexander, marrying John's eldest daughter, Joan.
William I died in Stirling in 1214 and lies buried in Arbroath Abbey, which he is credited with founding in 1178. He was succeeded by his son, who reigned as Alexander II.
3 comments*Alex08/13/19 at 13:14okidoki: Congrats very nice
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176 Hadrian Denarius Roma 125-28 AD Pudicitia standing14 viewsReference.
RIC 176c;

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder

Rev. COS III
Pudicitia, veiled, standing left

3.27 gr
20 mm

Note.
Beastcoins
Ex Harlan J Berk
1 commentsokidoki08/13/19 at 12:54Christian Scarlioli: Lovely portrait.
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Thrace, Islands of Thrace, Thasos, (412-404 B.C.), BMC 53var.(with symbol), AR-Trihemiobol, ΘΑΣ/ΙΩΝ, Amphora, Rare! #146 viewsThrace, Islands of Thrace, Thasos, (412-404 B.C.), BMC 53var.(with symbol), AR-Trihemiobol, ΘΑΣ/ΙΩΝ, Amphora, Rare! #1
avers: No legend, Nude satyr kneeling left, holding kylix/Amphora, grasshopper as a symbol to left (very rare!).
reverse: ΘΑΣ/ΙΩΝ, Amphora/kylix.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 9,6-11,0mm, weight: 0,82g, axes:3h,
mint: Thrace, Islands of Thrace, Thasos, date: 450-425 B.C.,
ref: BMC 53var., SNG Cop. 1030var.,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans08/13/19 at 07:22shanxi: another nice addition
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NAGIDOS in CILICIA AR Stater11 viewsOBVERSE: Aphrodite seated left, holding patera over altar, crowned by Eros flying right above, rose and bud in left field, mouse under chair
REVERSE: NAΓIΔIKON, Dionysos, loins draped (long), standing left, holding bunch of grapes and thyrsos. EY ΔIO in left field.
Struck at Nagidos in Cilicia 356-333 BC
9.93g, 23 mm.
Lederer 64; Paris 809; Babelon Traite II-2 1524.8; SNG France II, 34
ex. Warren Esty
1 commentsLegatus08/13/19 at 07:22shanxi: nice
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avers: No legend, Two dolphins swimming in opposite directions, pellets around.
reverse: Quadripartite incuse square.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 7,0mm, weight: 0,50g, axes:0h,
mint: Thrace, Islands of Thrace, Thasos, date: cc. 500-480 B.C.,
ref: Rosen 146, Le Rider, Thasiennes, 9, HGC 6, 337.
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans08/13/19 at 07:21shanxi: nice example
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Ptolemy VI Philometor10 viewsPtolemy VI Philometor, poss. in joint reign w/ Ptolemy VIII (or Ptolemy V alone). 180-145 BC. AR Tetradrachm (14.24 gm) of Alexandria. Diademed head of Ptolemy I r. / Eagle standing l. on thunderbolt. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ | ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ. nEF. Unmarked series. CNG 51 #605; Ex Numismatic Arts 10/18/1990 #1012. SNG Cop 8 #244-245 and 262-268; Svoronos 1231 & 1489; Dewing 2761 (Ptolemy V); Noeske 176-177 & 192-193.1 commentsAnaximander08/13/19 at 06:14quadrans: Nice piece..
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Domitian RIC-83353 viewsÆ Dupondius, 12.14g
Eastern Mint (Thrace?), 81 AD
RIC 833 (R). BMC 513. RPC 528. BNF 549.
Obv: IMP D CAES DIVI VESP F AVG P M TR P P P COS VII; Head of Domitian, radiate, bearded, r.
Rev: ROMA; S C in exergue; Roma std. l. on cuirass, with wreath and parazonium
Ex eBay, July 2019.

An unidentified Eastern mint struck aes coinage for Titus between 80-81 and then for Domitian in 81-82. The style (heavily seriffed letters, large portraits, and massive reverse figures), unique obverse legends, and uncommon fabric (flat, almost convex flans) all suggest a mint other than Rome. Attributing exactly where these coins were struck has historically been a moving target - Mattingly in BMCRE thought Lugdunum, H.A. Cahn believed somewhere in Bithynia. More recent scholarship has looked towards Thrace as a possible location for production based on the Balkan distribution pattern of found specimens. Although the region of mintage has been narrowed down, the city itself remains elusive. RPC has suggested possibly Perinthus. Presumably a shortage of bronze coins in the region prompted a localised imperial issue. The striking of imperial bronze outside of Rome was an exceptional step at the time considering the last imperial branch mint at Lugdunum had shuttered late in Vespasian's reign. The issues consisted of sestertii, dupondii, asses, and semisses which copied types struck at Rome.

Production at this Eastern mint continued uninterrupted between Titus' and Domitian's reigns, hinted at by Domitian's seamless adoption of Titus' types and legend formula after his accession - exemplified by the minor substitution of a 'D' for a 'T' in the obverse legend of this dupondius. Roma is the only reverse type struck on the dupondius for both issues. The coinage struck under Domitian at this mint is quite rare, owing to the short time frame in which it was produced. After its closure in early 82, the striking of imperial coinage would be consolidated at Rome for the remainder of Domitian's reign.

Handsome dark patina and honest wear.
3 commentsDavid Atherton08/13/19 at 03:03Steve P: pretty cool
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Domitian RIC-36759 viewsÆ Dupondius, 11.64g
Rome mint, 85 AD
RIC 367 (C). BMC 347. BNF 364.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XI CENS POT P P; Head of Domitian, radiate, bearded, r., with aegis
Rev: ANNONA AVG; S C in exergue; Annona, std r., holding open on lap by two ends bag full of corn-ears; in front of her stands a small figure, l., also holding two ends of bag, and in the background, stern of ship
Ex eBay, August 2019.

A most curious reverse type was struck for Domitian on his dupondii for a short period between 84-88. Here we see Annona seated holding open a bag(?) of corn-ears and a mysterious small figure standing before her holding the other end of the bag with a ship's stern in the background. Overall, the reverse likely alludes to Domitian's care of the corn supply, hinted at by the stern, here a symbol of the all important African grain ships. The small individual before Annona has variously been described as a 'boy', a 'child', or ambiguously as just a 'figure'. H. Mattingly has the most imaginative explanation in BMCRE II - 'Annona herself, the spirit of the corn-supply, and the ship, the symbol of the overseas corn, are familiar: but who is the small figure who stands before her? He is certainly no child, but only a man reduced to tiny proportions beside the goddess; and the fact that he is bare to the waist may suggest that he is an Italian farmer. If this interpretation is right, the type records a definite policy of Domitian to encourage the growing of corn in Italy.' Mattingly may be correct about the overall meaning, but I think the figure is indeed a child, symbolic of the emperor's care, through Annona's auspices, for his subjects.

Flatly struck on one side, but in fine style.
7 commentsDavid Atherton08/13/19 at 03:02Steve P: Super sweet addition, Atherton => keep that sh*t-u...
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Maximianus Antoninianus - CONSERVATOR AVGG - •XXI•KOY•20 viewsMaximianus Antoninianus

Obverse:
IMP C MA VAL MAXIMIANBS P F AVG
Radiate and cuirassed bust right

Reverse:
CONSERVATOR AVGG
Maximian and Hercules stg. with altar between, -/B in field, •XXI•KOY• in exergue

Siscia

RIC 580, RCV13118
3 commentsHarry G08/13/19 at 02:53Steve P: Cool addition, coin-bro (congrats)
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120 Maximianus Herculeus (285-286 Caesar, 286-305, 307-308 & 310 A.D. Augustus), Rome, RIC V-II Not in !!!, AE-Ant., -/-//XXIZ, PRIMIS X•MVLTIS XX, Jupiter standing left, Extremely Rare! #197 views120 Maximianus Herculeus (285-286 Caesar, 286-305, 307-308 & 310 A.D. Augustus), Rome, RIC V-II Not in !!!, AE-Ant., -/-//XXIZ, PRIMIS X•MVLTIS XX, Jupiter standing left, Extremely Rare! #1
avers:- IMP MAXIMIANVS P F AVG, Radiate bust left in imperial mantle, holding scepter surmounted by an eagle. (8,H).
revers:- PRIMIS X•MVLTIS XX, Jupiter standing left, holding thunderbolt and scepter.
exerg: -/-//XXIZ, diameter: 2,20mm, weight: 3,21g, axes: 0h,
mint: Rome, date: A.D., ref: RIC-V-II- Not in !!!, p-,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans08/12/19 at 20:34Harry G: Amazing coin!
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Roman Imperial, Lucius Verus (Posthumous Issue), Orichalcum Sestertius.12 viewsRome After 169 A.D. 20.31g - 33mm, Axis 4h.

Obv: DIVVS VERVS - Bare head right.

Rev: CONSECRATIO / S-C - Four-tier funeral pyre decorated with statues standing between draped colonnades and surmounted by a quadriga.

RIC III, 1511; BMC M. Aurelius 1363; Cohen 59; Sear'88 1563.
2 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/12/19 at 13:20Christian Scarlioli: Its really a Birthday cake
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Roman Imperial, Lucius Verus (Posthumous Issue), Orichalcum Sestertius.12 viewsRome After 169 A.D. 20.31g - 33mm, Axis 4h.

Obv: DIVVS VERVS - Bare head right.

Rev: CONSECRATIO / S-C - Four-tier funeral pyre decorated with statues standing between draped colonnades and surmounted by a quadriga.

RIC III, 1511; BMC M. Aurelius 1363; Cohen 59; Sear'88 1563.
2 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/12/19 at 11:59okidoki: Interesting reverse
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Maximianus Antoninianus - CONSERVATOR AVGG - •XXI•KOY•20 viewsMaximianus Antoninianus

Obverse:
IMP C MA VAL MAXIMIANBS P F AVG
Radiate and cuirassed bust right

Reverse:
CONSERVATOR AVGG
Maximian and Hercules stg. with altar between, -/B in field, •XXI•KOY• in exergue

Siscia

RIC 580, RCV13118
3 commentsHarry G08/12/19 at 00:06Tracy Aiello: Great reverse.
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Maximianus Antoninianus - CONSERVATOR AVGG - •XXI•KOY•20 viewsMaximianus Antoninianus

Obverse:
IMP C MA VAL MAXIMIANBS P F AVG
Radiate and cuirassed bust right

Reverse:
CONSERVATOR AVGG
Maximian and Hercules stg. with altar between, -/B in field, •XXI•KOY• in exergue

Siscia

RIC 580, RCV13118
3 commentsHarry G08/11/19 at 18:57quadrans: Nice piece..
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032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0175, Rome, Limes-Denarius, COS III, Libertas standing left, 100 views032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0175, Rome, Limes-Denarius, COS III, Libertas standing left,
avers: HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, Laureate head right, drapery on far shoulder.
revers: COS III, Libertas standing left, holding pileus and sceptre.
exerg: -/-//--, diameter: 19-20mm, weight: 2,60g, axes: 5h,
mint: Rome (Limes), date: 125-128 A.D., ref: RIC II 0175, RSC-374a,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans08/11/19 at 18:32okidoki: Nice Joe
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Medieval England, King Henry III, Silver Short Cross Penny, Class 7b, Moneyer: Ioan. 9 viewsCanterbury 1216-1247 A.D. 1.00g - 17mm, Axis 2h.

Obv: hENRICVS REX - Crowned bust of king holding sceptre.

Rev: +IOAN ON CANTE - Short cross voided with quatrefoil in each angle.

Spink 1356b.
2 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/11/19 at 14:31Christian Scarlioli: Thanks Alex
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Medieval England, King Henry III, Silver Short Cross Penny, Class 7b, Moneyer: Ioan. 9 viewsCanterbury 1216-1247 A.D. 1.00g - 17mm, Axis 2h.

Obv: hENRICVS REX - Crowned bust of king holding sceptre.

Rev: +IOAN ON CANTE - Short cross voided with quatrefoil in each angle.

Spink 1356b.
2 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/11/19 at 14:23*Alex: Nice
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Eastern Cultures24 viewsHephthalites (White Huns), Indo-Sassanian, Indo-Skythians. Parthia, Persis, Sasanian.1 commentsChristian T08/11/19 at 12:18Anaximander: This is the gallery cover art. The photograph...
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Domitian RIC-36759 viewsÆ Dupondius, 11.64g
Rome mint, 85 AD
RIC 367 (C). BMC 347. BNF 364.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XI CENS POT P P; Head of Domitian, radiate, bearded, r., with aegis
Rev: ANNONA AVG; S C in exergue; Annona, std r., holding open on lap by two ends bag full of corn-ears; in front of her stands a small figure, l., also holding two ends of bag, and in the background, stern of ship
Ex eBay, August 2019.

A most curious reverse type was struck for Domitian on his dupondii for a short period between 84-88. Here we see Annona seated holding open a bag(?) of corn-ears and a mysterious small figure standing before her holding the other end of the bag with a ship's stern in the background. Overall, the reverse likely alludes to Domitian's care of the corn supply, hinted at by the stern, here a symbol of the all important African grain ships. The small individual before Annona has variously been described as a 'boy', a 'child', or ambiguously as just a 'figure'. H. Mattingly has the most imaginative explanation in BMCRE II - 'Annona herself, the spirit of the corn-supply, and the ship, the symbol of the overseas corn, are familiar: but who is the small figure who stands before her? He is certainly no child, but only a man reduced to tiny proportions beside the goddess; and the fact that he is bare to the waist may suggest that he is an Italian farmer. If this interpretation is right, the type records a definite policy of Domitian to encourage the growing of corn in Italy.' Mattingly may be correct about the overall meaning, but I think the figure is indeed a child, symbolic of the emperor's care, through Annona's auspices, for his subjects.

Flatly struck on one side, but in fine style.
7 commentsDavid Atherton08/11/19 at 10:05FlaviusDomitianus: I love this type.
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Roman Imperial, Elagabalus as Augustus, AR Denarius.15 viewsRome 220-221 A.D. 3.34g - 19.5mm, Axis 6h.

Obv: IMP ANTONINVS PIVS AVG - Laureate and draped bust right.

Rev: PAX AVGVSTI - Pax running left, holding branch and sceptre.

RIC IV-II 125.
2 commentsscarli08/11/19 at 08:15Christian Scarlioli: Thanks okidoki, Pax is well depicted.
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Roman Imperial, Julia Mamaea as Augusta, AR Denarius.14 viewsRome 223 A.D. 3.45g - 20.4mm, Axis 6h.

Obv: IVLIA MAMAEA AVG - Diademed, draped, bust right.

Rev: VENVS GENETRIX - Venus standing left holding apple and sceptre, cupid at feet.

RIC IV-II 355; RSC 72; BMC 152.
2 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/11/19 at 08:14Christian Scarlioli: Thanks quadrans
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1969A MANUEL METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON S-1969 DOC 16 CLBC 4.4.3 15 views
OBV Full length figure of Christ standing on a dais, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; right hand raised high in benediction holds Gospels in l. hand. Pellets in each limb of nimbus cross.

REV Full length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, jeweled loros of a simplified type and Saigon; holds in right a labrum on a long shaft. On which X and in l. globus cruciger


Size 19.6mm

Weight 3.0


DOC lists 11 examples with weights from 2.76 to 4.14 gm and sizes from 18mm to 20mm
1 commentsSimon08/11/19 at 08:05quadrans: Nice piece..
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Roman Imperial, Julia Mamaea as Augusta, AR Denarius.14 viewsRome 223 A.D. 3.45g - 20.4mm, Axis 6h.

Obv: IVLIA MAMAEA AVG - Diademed, draped, bust right.

Rev: VENVS GENETRIX - Venus standing left holding apple and sceptre, cupid at feet.

RIC IV-II 355; RSC 72; BMC 152.
2 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/11/19 at 07:56quadrans: Nice portrait...
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5634 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Dichalkon 125-26 AD Cornucopia13 viewsReference.
Emmett 1177.10; BMC 896; RPC III, 5634

Issue L ΔΕ = year 10

Obv:
Laureate head of Hadrian I in front

Rev: L ΔE
Cornucopia

1.00 gr
12 mm
12h
1 commentsokidoki08/11/19 at 07:54quadrans: Nice piece..
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Domitian RIC-36759 viewsÆ Dupondius, 11.64g
Rome mint, 85 AD
RIC 367 (C). BMC 347. BNF 364.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XI CENS POT P P; Head of Domitian, radiate, bearded, r., with aegis
Rev: ANNONA AVG; S C in exergue; Annona, std r., holding open on lap by two ends bag full of corn-ears; in front of her stands a small figure, l., also holding two ends of bag, and in the background, stern of ship
Ex eBay, August 2019.

A most curious reverse type was struck for Domitian on his dupondii for a short period between 84-88. Here we see Annona seated holding open a bag(?) of corn-ears and a mysterious small figure standing before her holding the other end of the bag with a ship's stern in the background. Overall, the reverse likely alludes to Domitian's care of the corn supply, hinted at by the stern, here a symbol of the all important African grain ships. The small individual before Annona has variously been described as a 'boy', a 'child', or ambiguously as just a 'figure'. H. Mattingly has the most imaginative explanation in BMCRE II - 'Annona herself, the spirit of the corn-supply, and the ship, the symbol of the overseas corn, are familiar: but who is the small figure who stands before her? He is certainly no child, but only a man reduced to tiny proportions beside the goddess; and the fact that he is bare to the waist may suggest that he is an Italian farmer. If this interpretation is right, the type records a definite policy of Domitian to encourage the growing of corn in Italy.' Mattingly may be correct about the overall meaning, but I think the figure is indeed a child, symbolic of the emperor's care, through Annona's auspices, for his subjects.

Flatly struck on one side, but in fine style.
7 commentsDavid Atherton08/11/19 at 07:54quadrans: Nice find...
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Domitian RIC-36759 viewsÆ Dupondius, 11.64g
Rome mint, 85 AD
RIC 367 (C). BMC 347. BNF 364.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XI CENS POT P P; Head of Domitian, radiate, bearded, r., with aegis
Rev: ANNONA AVG; S C in exergue; Annona, std r., holding open on lap by two ends bag full of corn-ears; in front of her stands a small figure, l., also holding two ends of bag, and in the background, stern of ship
Ex eBay, August 2019.

A most curious reverse type was struck for Domitian on his dupondii for a short period between 84-88. Here we see Annona seated holding open a bag(?) of corn-ears and a mysterious small figure standing before her holding the other end of the bag with a ship's stern in the background. Overall, the reverse likely alludes to Domitian's care of the corn supply, hinted at by the stern, here a symbol of the all important African grain ships. The small individual before Annona has variously been described as a 'boy', a 'child', or ambiguously as just a 'figure'. H. Mattingly has the most imaginative explanation in BMCRE II - 'Annona herself, the spirit of the corn-supply, and the ship, the symbol of the overseas corn, are familiar: but who is the small figure who stands before her? He is certainly no child, but only a man reduced to tiny proportions beside the goddess; and the fact that he is bare to the waist may suggest that he is an Italian farmer. If this interpretation is right, the type records a definite policy of Domitian to encourage the growing of corn in Italy.' Mattingly may be correct about the overall meaning, but I think the figure is indeed a child, symbolic of the emperor's care, through Annona's auspices, for his subjects.

Flatly struck on one side, but in fine style.
7 commentsDavid Atherton08/11/19 at 07:48okidoki: Interesting reverse
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Domitian RIC-36759 viewsÆ Dupondius, 11.64g
Rome mint, 85 AD
RIC 367 (C). BMC 347. BNF 364.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XI CENS POT P P; Head of Domitian, radiate, bearded, r., with aegis
Rev: ANNONA AVG; S C in exergue; Annona, std r., holding open on lap by two ends bag full of corn-ears; in front of her stands a small figure, l., also holding two ends of bag, and in the background, stern of ship
Ex eBay, August 2019.

A most curious reverse type was struck for Domitian on his dupondii for a short period between 84-88. Here we see Annona seated holding open a bag(?) of corn-ears and a mysterious small figure standing before her holding the other end of the bag with a ship's stern in the background. Overall, the reverse likely alludes to Domitian's care of the corn supply, hinted at by the stern, here a symbol of the all important African grain ships. The small individual before Annona has variously been described as a 'boy', a 'child', or ambiguously as just a 'figure'. H. Mattingly has the most imaginative explanation in BMCRE II - 'Annona herself, the spirit of the corn-supply, and the ship, the symbol of the overseas corn, are familiar: but who is the small figure who stands before her? He is certainly no child, but only a man reduced to tiny proportions beside the goddess; and the fact that he is bare to the waist may suggest that he is an Italian farmer. If this interpretation is right, the type records a definite policy of Domitian to encourage the growing of corn in Italy.' Mattingly may be correct about the overall meaning, but I think the figure is indeed a child, symbolic of the emperor's care, through Annona's auspices, for his subjects.

Flatly struck on one side, but in fine style.
7 commentsDavid Atherton08/11/19 at 07:35shanxi: very interesting
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020b Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC² Titus 0359a, RIC II(1962) (Titus) 0062, AR-Denarius, Rome, E-X, SC on round shield set on the column, #159 views020b Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC² Titus 0359a, RIC II(1962) (Titus) 0062, AR-Denarius, Rome, E-X, SC on round shield set on the column, #1
avers: DIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS, Laureate head right.
reverse: E-X, SC on round shield set on the column, upon which an urn sits, laurel branch to each side.
exergue: E/X//SC, diameter: 17,0-18,0mm, weight: 3,24g, axes: 5h,
mint: Rome, date: 80-81 A.D., ref: RIC² (Titus) 0359a, RIC II(1962) (Titus) 0062 p-123, RSC 149, BMC 125,
Q-001
4 commentsquadrans08/11/19 at 06:59Christian Scarlioli: Nice one
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Domitian RIC-36759 viewsÆ Dupondius, 11.64g
Rome mint, 85 AD
RIC 367 (C). BMC 347. BNF 364.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XI CENS POT P P; Head of Domitian, radiate, bearded, r., with aegis
Rev: ANNONA AVG; S C in exergue; Annona, std r., holding open on lap by two ends bag full of corn-ears; in front of her stands a small figure, l., also holding two ends of bag, and in the background, stern of ship
Ex eBay, August 2019.

A most curious reverse type was struck for Domitian on his dupondii for a short period between 84-88. Here we see Annona seated holding open a bag(?) of corn-ears and a mysterious small figure standing before her holding the other end of the bag with a ship's stern in the background. Overall, the reverse likely alludes to Domitian's care of the corn supply, hinted at by the stern, here a symbol of the all important African grain ships. The small individual before Annona has variously been described as a 'boy', a 'child', or ambiguously as just a 'figure'. H. Mattingly has the most imaginative explanation in BMCRE II - 'Annona herself, the spirit of the corn-supply, and the ship, the symbol of the overseas corn, are familiar: but who is the small figure who stands before her? He is certainly no child, but only a man reduced to tiny proportions beside the goddess; and the fact that he is bare to the waist may suggest that he is an Italian farmer. If this interpretation is right, the type records a definite policy of Domitian to encourage the growing of corn in Italy.' Mattingly may be correct about the overall meaning, but I think the figure is indeed a child, symbolic of the emperor's care, through Annona's auspices, for his subjects.

Flatly struck on one side, but in fine style.
7 commentsDavid Atherton08/11/19 at 03:56Jay GT4: Glad you got this, I was considering bidding
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020b Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC² Titus 0359a, RIC II(1962) (Titus) 0062, AR-Denarius, Rome, E-X, SC on round shield set on the column, #159 views020b Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC² Titus 0359a, RIC II(1962) (Titus) 0062, AR-Denarius, Rome, E-X, SC on round shield set on the column, #1
avers: DIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS, Laureate head right.
reverse: E-X, SC on round shield set on the column, upon which an urn sits, laurel branch to each side.
exergue: E/X//SC, diameter: 17,0-18,0mm, weight: 3,24g, axes: 5h,
mint: Rome, date: 80-81 A.D., ref: RIC² (Titus) 0359a, RIC II(1962) (Titus) 0062 p-123, RSC 149, BMC 125,
Q-001
4 commentsquadrans08/11/19 at 00:13David Atherton: Decent example!
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Punic, Carthage, Billon 2 Shekels19 viewsZEUGITANA, Carthage. Time of the First Punic War. Circa 264-241 BC.

Billon Double Shekel (11.8 gm).
Obv.: Wreathed head of Tanit left, wearing triple-pendant earring and necklace
Rev;: Horse standing right, palm behind, pellet below.

SNG Copenhagen 190; Müller 104
3 commentsTanit08/10/19 at 21:30*Alex: Superb coin, really nice.
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020b Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC² Titus 0359a, RIC II(1962) (Titus) 0062, AR-Denarius, Rome, E-X, SC on round shield set on the column, #159 views020b Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC² Titus 0359a, RIC II(1962) (Titus) 0062, AR-Denarius, Rome, E-X, SC on round shield set on the column, #1
avers: DIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS, Laureate head right.
reverse: E-X, SC on round shield set on the column, upon which an urn sits, laurel branch to each side.
exergue: E/X//SC, diameter: 17,0-18,0mm, weight: 3,24g, axes: 5h,
mint: Rome, date: 80-81 A.D., ref: RIC² (Titus) 0359a, RIC II(1962) (Titus) 0062 p-123, RSC 149, BMC 125,
Q-001
4 commentsquadrans08/10/19 at 20:16shanxi: beautiful reverse
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Roman Imperial, Trajan Decius as Augustus, AR Antoninianus.11 viewsRome 250 A.D. 5.08g - 23.5mm, 12h.

Obv: IMP C M Q TRAIANVS DECIVS AVG - Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.

Rev: PANNONIAE - The two Pannoniae standing front holding standards.

RIC IV 21b, RSC 86.
2 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/10/19 at 18:49Christian Scarlioli: Thank you quadrans
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Roman Imperial, Trajan Decius as Augustus, AR Antoninianus.11 viewsRome 250 A.D. 5.08g - 23.5mm, 12h.

Obv: IMP C M Q TRAIANVS DECIVS AVG - Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.

Rev: PANNONIAE - The two Pannoniae standing front holding standards.

RIC IV 21b, RSC 86.
2 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/10/19 at 15:32quadrans: Nice one
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Shekel Tyre Civic Year 4 (123/2 BC)85 viewsPHOENICIA. Tyre. AR shekel (29mm, 14.07 gm, 12h). Dated Civic Year 4 (123/2 BC).
O: Laureate head of Melqart right
R: TYPOY IEPAΣ KAI AΣYΛOY (Tyre the Holy and Inviolable), Eagle standing left on prow, palm frond over wing; to left, LΔ (date) above club, M and Phoenician bet between legs.
- DCA Tyre 9. DCA 921. ex ClassicalCoins.Com 2005
5 commentsNemonater08/10/19 at 11:58Anaximander: Simply marvellous.
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Ptolemy I Soter Tetradrachm as Satrap44 viewsPtolemy I Soter. Silver Tetradrachm (15.65 g, 30mm), as Satrap, 323-305 BC. Alexandria, in the name of Alexander III
O: Diademed head of the deified Alexander right, wearing elephant's skin headdress.
R: AΛEΞANΔPOY in left field, Athena Alkidemos advancing right, wielding javelin and holding forth shield;in right field, monogram, Corinthian helmet above and eagle standing right on thunderbolt.
Overstruck, traces of undertype visible.

The earlier 17g tetradrachms were withdrawn from circulation in 306/305 BC and reissued after weight adjustment. They were trimmed to remove 1.5g of silver, heated and restruck. This must have been faster than melting them down into bullion and restriking. Some issues show clear evidence of the edges being trimmed, although many, such as this one, do not.

Ptolemy was feeling the financial burden of repelling Antigonus’ invasion and supporting Rhodes through a thirteen-month siege. The government needed extra currency and Egypt produced little or no silver. The recall of the heavy issues meant 8 tetradrachms were restruck into 9 “Crisis Issues” but with no change in the appearance of the dies.
4 commentsNemonater08/10/19 at 11:56Anaximander: Impressive coin with beautiful toning, and some gr...
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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, #158 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, #1
avers: AVGVSTVS DIVI F PATER PATRIAE, Laureate head right.
reverse: MVN AVGVSTA BILBILIS M SEMP TIBERI I LICI VARO around II VIR in a 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
1 commentsquadrans08/10/19 at 11:42Jay GT4: Nicely centered
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002p Augustus (63 B.C.-14 A.D.), Spain, Caesaraugusta, RPC 0322, AE-26, Mn. Kaninius Iter and L. Titius, duoviri, CAESAR AVG MN KANINIO ITER L TITIO / II VIR, Priest plowing right with yoke of two oxen, #167 views002p Augustus (63 B.C.-14 A.D.), Spain, Caesaraugusta, RPC 0322, AE-26, Mn. Kaninius Iter and L. Titius, duoviri, CAESAR AVG MN KANINIO ITER L TITIO / II VIR, Priest plowing right with yoke of two oxen, #1
avers: AVGVSTVS DIVI F, Laureate head right; simpulum to left, lituus to right.
reverse: CAESAR AVG MN KANINIO ITER L TITIO / II VIR, Priest plowing right with yoke of two oxen.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 26,0-27,0 mm, weight: 10,85g, axis:6h,
mint: Spain, Caesaraugusta, date: B.C.,
ref: RPC 0322, SNG Cop 544,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans08/10/19 at 11:42Jay GT4: Great portrait
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Probus24 viewsAE-Antoninianus
VIRTVS PROBI AVG; Radiate, helmeted, draped and cuirassed bust to right, holding spear and shield seen from inner side.
SOLI INVICTO; Sol in spread quadriga, holding globe and whip in left hand, waves below.
Ex: -
Siscia
RIC 779var
2 commentsJulianus of Pannonia08/10/19 at 09:40okidoki: very nice reverse
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Asia Minor, Mysia, Pergamon, Athena, Telesphoros11 viewsMysia, Pergamon
AE17, AD 147-161
Magistrate: I. Pol(l)ion (strategos for the second time, asiarch and neokoros)
Obv: Helmeted head of Athena right.
Rev: ΕΠΙ ϹΤΡΑ Ι ΠΩΛΛΙΩ ΤΟ Β, Telesphorus standing, facing
AE, 3.30g, 17mm
Ref.: RPC IV.2, 3297 (temporary), SNG Copenhagen volume 19 #452
1 commentsshanxi08/10/19 at 09:38okidoki: nice Telesphorus
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Roman Imperial, Elagabalus as Augustus, AR Denarius.15 viewsRome 220-221 A.D. 3.34g - 19.5mm, Axis 6h.

Obv: IMP ANTONINVS PIVS AVG - Laureate and draped bust right.

Rev: PAX AVGVSTI - Pax running left, holding branch and sceptre.

RIC IV-II 125.
2 commentsscarli08/10/19 at 09:37okidoki: very nice reverse
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Domitian RIC-83353 viewsÆ Dupondius, 12.14g
Eastern Mint (Thrace?), 81 AD
RIC 833 (R). BMC 513. RPC 528. BNF 549.
Obv: IMP D CAES DIVI VESP F AVG P M TR P P P COS VII; Head of Domitian, radiate, bearded, r.
Rev: ROMA; S C in exergue; Roma std. l. on cuirass, with wreath and parazonium
Ex eBay, July 2019.

An unidentified Eastern mint struck aes coinage for Titus between 80-81 and then for Domitian in 81-82. The style (heavily seriffed letters, large portraits, and massive reverse figures), unique obverse legends, and uncommon fabric (flat, almost convex flans) all suggest a mint other than Rome. Attributing exactly where these coins were struck has historically been a moving target - Mattingly in BMCRE thought Lugdunum, H.A. Cahn believed somewhere in Bithynia. More recent scholarship has looked towards Thrace as a possible location for production based on the Balkan distribution pattern of found specimens. Although the region of mintage has been narrowed down, the city itself remains elusive. RPC has suggested possibly Perinthus. Presumably a shortage of bronze coins in the region prompted a localised imperial issue. The striking of imperial bronze outside of Rome was an exceptional step at the time considering the last imperial branch mint at Lugdunum had shuttered late in Vespasian's reign. The issues consisted of sestertii, dupondii, asses, and semisses which copied types struck at Rome.

Production at this Eastern mint continued uninterrupted between Titus' and Domitian's reigns, hinted at by Domitian's seamless adoption of Titus' types and legend formula after his accession - exemplified by the minor substitution of a 'D' for a 'T' in the obverse legend of this dupondius. Roma is the only reverse type struck on the dupondius for both issues. The coinage struck under Domitian at this mint is quite rare, owing to the short time frame in which it was produced. After its closure in early 82, the striking of imperial coinage would be consolidated at Rome for the remainder of Domitian's reign.

Handsome dark patina and honest wear.
3 commentsDavid Atherton08/10/19 at 09:34quadrans: Nice find...
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Punic, Carthage, Billon 2 Shekels19 viewsZEUGITANA, Carthage. Time of the First Punic War. Circa 264-241 BC.

Billon Double Shekel (11.8 gm).
Obv.: Wreathed head of Tanit left, wearing triple-pendant earring and necklace
Rev;: Horse standing right, palm behind, pellet below.

SNG Copenhagen 190; Müller 104
3 commentsTanit08/10/19 at 09:34quadrans: Great coin , and details,
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Ptolemy III Euergetes14 viewsPtolemy III Euergetes. 246-221 BC. AR Tetradrachm (14.18 gm) of Tyre, RY 2, 246/5 BC. Diademed head of Ptolemy I wearing aegis, r. / Eagle stdg l., M between legs. ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ | ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ. ΤΥΡ monogram above club to l., year β over Ι to r. gVF. DCA 30. cf. SNG Cop 8 #499 (Θ b/w legs); Svoronos 1013 (same); CNG EA375 #47 & A90 #772 (same dies).
2 commentsAnaximander08/10/19 at 09:07quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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Thrace, Byzantion, Artemis, crescent, star 12 viewsByzantion
Thrace
Late 1st century AD.
Obv.: Draped bust of Artemis to right
Rev.: ΒΥΖΑΝΤΙΩΝ, crescent moon above star
AE, 2.99g, 18mm, 6h
Ref.: Schönert-Geiss 1957
Ex Thrax Collection
Ex Roma Numismatics, E-Sale 58, Lot 552
(Normally, the crescent points up and the star is in the center, here it points down and the star is below.)
1 commentsshanxi08/10/19 at 09:03quadrans: Interesting piece..
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Punic, Carthage, Billon 2 Shekels19 viewsZEUGITANA, Carthage. Time of the First Punic War. Circa 264-241 BC.

Billon Double Shekel (11.8 gm).
Obv.: Wreathed head of Tanit left, wearing triple-pendant earring and necklace
Rev;: Horse standing right, palm behind, pellet below.

SNG Copenhagen 190; Müller 104
3 commentsTanit08/10/19 at 08:46shanxi: very nice
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Ptolemy III Euergetes14 viewsPtolemy III Euergetes. 246-221 BC. AR Tetradrachm (14.18 gm) of Tyre, RY 2, 246/5 BC. Diademed head of Ptolemy I wearing aegis, r. / Eagle stdg l., M between legs. ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ | ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ. ΤΥΡ monogram above club to l., year β over Ι to r. gVF. DCA 30. cf. SNG Cop 8 #499 (Θ b/w legs); Svoronos 1013 (same); CNG EA375 #47 & A90 #772 (same dies).
2 commentsAnaximander08/10/19 at 08:46shanxi: nice example
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Siglos Xerxes II to Artaxerxes II Engraved Reverse Die53 views
Persian Empire, Xerxes II to Artaxerxes II. Ca. 420-375 B.C. AR siglos (15 mm, 5.67 g).
O: Persian king or hero in kneeling/running stance right, holding dagger and bow; bankers marks.
R: Helmet facing within reverse incuse punch.
- Carradice plate XIII, 34; BMC Arabia p. 165, 124, pl. XXVI, 21.
3 commentsNemonater08/10/19 at 08:08quadrans: Nice piece..
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Domitian RIC-83353 viewsÆ Dupondius, 12.14g
Eastern Mint (Thrace?), 81 AD
RIC 833 (R). BMC 513. RPC 528. BNF 549.
Obv: IMP D CAES DIVI VESP F AVG P M TR P P P COS VII; Head of Domitian, radiate, bearded, r.
Rev: ROMA; S C in exergue; Roma std. l. on cuirass, with wreath and parazonium
Ex eBay, July 2019.

An unidentified Eastern mint struck aes coinage for Titus between 80-81 and then for Domitian in 81-82. The style (heavily seriffed letters, large portraits, and massive reverse figures), unique obverse legends, and uncommon fabric (flat, almost convex flans) all suggest a mint other than Rome. Attributing exactly where these coins were struck has historically been a moving target - Mattingly in BMCRE thought Lugdunum, H.A. Cahn believed somewhere in Bithynia. More recent scholarship has looked towards Thrace as a possible location for production based on the Balkan distribution pattern of found specimens. Although the region of mintage has been narrowed down, the city itself remains elusive. RPC has suggested possibly Perinthus. Presumably a shortage of bronze coins in the region prompted a localised imperial issue. The striking of imperial bronze outside of Rome was an exceptional step at the time considering the last imperial branch mint at Lugdunum had shuttered late in Vespasian's reign. The issues consisted of sestertii, dupondii, asses, and semisses which copied types struck at Rome.

Production at this Eastern mint continued uninterrupted between Titus' and Domitian's reigns, hinted at by Domitian's seamless adoption of Titus' types and legend formula after his accession - exemplified by the minor substitution of a 'D' for a 'T' in the obverse legend of this dupondius. Roma is the only reverse type struck on the dupondius for both issues. The coinage struck under Domitian at this mint is quite rare, owing to the short time frame in which it was produced. After its closure in early 82, the striking of imperial coinage would be consolidated at Rome for the remainder of Domitian's reign.

Handsome dark patina and honest wear.
3 commentsDavid Atherton08/10/19 at 07:15FlaviusDomitianus: These coins come often with a very dark patination...
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Siglos Xerxes II to Artaxerxes II Engraved Reverse Die53 views
Persian Empire, Xerxes II to Artaxerxes II. Ca. 420-375 B.C. AR siglos (15 mm, 5.67 g).
O: Persian king or hero in kneeling/running stance right, holding dagger and bow; bankers marks.
R: Helmet facing within reverse incuse punch.
- Carradice plate XIII, 34; BMC Arabia p. 165, 124, pl. XXVI, 21.
3 commentsNemonater08/10/19 at 03:23Jay GT4: Amazing find!
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Siglos Xerxes II to Artaxerxes II Engraved Reverse Die53 views
Persian Empire, Xerxes II to Artaxerxes II. Ca. 420-375 B.C. AR siglos (15 mm, 5.67 g).
O: Persian king or hero in kneeling/running stance right, holding dagger and bow; bankers marks.
R: Helmet facing within reverse incuse punch.
- Carradice plate XIII, 34; BMC Arabia p. 165, 124, pl. XXVI, 21.
3 commentsNemonater08/10/19 at 02:48orfew: Nice find!
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Asia Minor, Aiolis, Kyme, Tyche12 viewsAiolis, Kyme
AE 17
3rd century AD
Obv.: KVMH, Turreted and draped bust of Tyche (or Kyme?) left
Rev.: ΚΥΜΑΙΩΝ, Tyche standing left, holding rudder and cornucopia.
AE, 17mm, 3.43g
Ref.: BMC 120
(Probably all examles of this type are from the same die pair)
1 commentsshanxi08/09/19 at 18:35quadrans: Nice piece..
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Gotarzes II (44 - 51 AD)22 viewsAR Drachm
O: Diademed bust left.
R: (OΛCIΛCΩC) OΛCIΛ(EΩN) (Λ)I(3 dots)IΛNO(V) ΔIXΛIOV I(3 dots)VI(3 dots)PΓI.TO(V) (EΠ)IΦΛNOVC (ΦIΛEΛ)ΛHXO(C), / Archer (Arsakes I) seated right on throne, holding bow; monogram below bow.
 Ekbatana mint
20.5mm
3.77g
Sellwood 65.33; Sunrise –; Shore 364
3 commentsMat08/09/19 at 15:39Randygeki(h2): Nice obverse on this one
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S.1875 Henry VI24 viewsGroat of Henry VI, king of England, first reign 1422-1461
Mint: Calais
Mintmark: pinecone and mascle
S.1875

Ex- Silbury Coins
2 commentsNap08/09/19 at 15:02Callimachus: Nice !!!
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Roman Imperial, Vespasian as Augustus, AR Denarius 16 viewsRome 77-78 A.D. 3.09g - 17.6mm, Axis 6h.

Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG - Laureate head left.

Rev: COS VIII - Yoke of oxen left. COS VIII in ex.

RIC II 944; BMC 209; RSC 134a.
4 commentsscarli08/09/19 at 13:58scarli: The rev always seems to be quite worn. The ones in...
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Roman Imperial, Vespasian as Augustus, AR Denarius 16 viewsRome 77-78 A.D. 3.09g - 17.6mm, Axis 6h.

Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG - Laureate head left.

Rev: COS VIII - Yoke of oxen left. COS VIII in ex.

RIC II 944; BMC 209; RSC 134a.
4 commentsscarli08/09/19 at 12:18Jay GT4: Looks very similar to mine. Tough to find these o...
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Probus55 viewsAE-Antoninianus
VIRTVS PROBI AVG; Radiate, helmeted and cuirassed half length bust to right, raising right hand and holding victory on globe in left.
MARS VICTOR; Helmeted Mars with spear walking right, holding trophy over shoulder.
Ex: II
Lugdunum
RIC - ; B222 pl. XXVII; 3ex.
5 commentsJulianus of Pannonia08/09/19 at 10:40maridvnvm: SImply outstanding
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Roman Imperial, Vespasian as Augustus, AR Denarius 16 viewsRome 77-78 A.D. 3.09g - 17.6mm, Axis 6h.

Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG - Laureate head left.

Rev: COS VIII - Yoke of oxen left. COS VIII in ex.

RIC II 944; BMC 209; RSC 134a.
4 commentsscarli08/09/19 at 10:05scarli: Thanks Jay, I do like the lefties plus portraits o...
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Roman Imperial, Vespasian as Augustus, AR Denarius 16 viewsRome 77-78 A.D. 3.09g - 17.6mm, Axis 6h.

Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG - Laureate head left.

Rev: COS VIII - Yoke of oxen left. COS VIII in ex.

RIC II 944; BMC 209; RSC 134a.
4 commentsscarli08/09/19 at 03:50Jay GT4: Nice left facing
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Probus24 viewsAE-Antoninianus
VIRTVS PROBI AVG; Radiate, helmeted, draped and cuirassed bust to right, holding spear and shield seen from inner side.
SOLI INVICTO; Sol in spread quadriga, holding globe and whip in left hand, waves below.
Ex: -
Siscia
RIC 779var
2 commentsJulianus of Pannonia08/08/19 at 19:32quadrans: Nice piece..
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COS II denarius (RIC 680 for Vespasian) for Domitian38 viewsDenarius for Domitian. Rome mint. 73 AD. 2.89 grs.
Observe : Laureate head right. CAES AVG F DOMIT COS II. From low right.
Reverse : Domitian on horse left. Right hand raised and sceptre in left.

Weight is low but the coin is not plated.
Superb style.
3 commentslabienus08/08/19 at 18:47David Atherton: Decent example!
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COS II denarius (RIC 680 for Vespasian) for Domitian38 viewsDenarius for Domitian. Rome mint. 73 AD. 2.89 grs.
Observe : Laureate head right. CAES AVG F DOMIT COS II. From low right.
Reverse : Domitian on horse left. Right hand raised and sceptre in left.

Weight is low but the coin is not plated.
Superb style.
3 commentslabienus08/08/19 at 14:14Nemonater: Domitian looks very happy!
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COS II denarius (RIC 680 for Vespasian) for Domitian38 viewsDenarius for Domitian. Rome mint. 73 AD. 2.89 grs.
Observe : Laureate head right. CAES AVG F DOMIT COS II. From low right.
Reverse : Domitian on horse left. Right hand raised and sceptre in left.

Weight is low but the coin is not plated.
Superb style.
3 commentslabienus08/08/19 at 12:01Jay GT4: Lovely coin
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RIC 0117 Vespasianus90 viewsObv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG P M TR P P P COS III, Laureate head right, with aegis, globe below neck
Rev: S C (across field), Tetrastyle temple of Isis with semi-circular pediment. Between the columns an inner shrine with the statue of Isis; two other statues on right and left side; on pedment Isis on dog running right.
AE/Sestertius (35.56 mm 26.14 g 6h) Struck in Rome 71 A.D. (1st issue)
RIC 117 (R2), BMCRE 780, BNF unpublished
ex Artemide Auction LI lot 269
7 commentsFlaviusDomitianus08/07/19 at 17:13Gary W2: Beautiful!
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Vespasian RIC-33633 viewsÆ As, 11.55g
Rome mint, 71 AD
RIC 336 (C). BMC 616. BNF 595.
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS III; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: VICTORIA NAVALIS; S C in field; Victory stg. r. on prow, with wreath and palm
Acquired from J. Diller Münzenhandlung, July 2019.

A common VICTORIA NAVALAIS As struck during Vespasian's great bronze issue of 71. Traditionally, this type has been attributed to the naval victory Vespasian and Titus won on Lake Gennesaret (the 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.

Well centred with dark olive green patina.
2 commentsDavid Atherton08/07/19 at 16:53Tracy Aiello: Great comments. So informative.
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Vespasian RIC-33633 viewsÆ As, 11.55g
Rome mint, 71 AD
RIC 336 (C). BMC 616. BNF 595.
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS III; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: VICTORIA NAVALIS; S C in field; Victory stg. r. on prow, with wreath and palm
Acquired from J. Diller Münzenhandlung, July 2019.

A common VICTORIA NAVALAIS As struck during Vespasian's great bronze issue of 71. Traditionally, this type has been attributed to the naval victory Vespasian and Titus won on Lake Gennesaret (the 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.

Well centred with dark olive green patina.
2 commentsDavid Atherton08/07/19 at 15:42Jay GT4: Great reverse and patina
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RPC II 2733 Domitianus48 viewsObv: AYT KAIC ΘEO YIOC ΔOMIT CEB ΓEPM, Laureate head right
Rev: L IE, Nike advancin left, with wreath and palm
AE/Hemidrachm (28.55 mm 12.947 g 12h) Struck in Alexandria (Egypt) 95-96 A.D.
RPC 2733.4 (this coin) - Dattari-Savio 514 (this coin) - Emmett 269.15
From the Giovanni Dattari Collection
ex Naville Live Auction 51 Lot 304
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus08/07/19 at 11:11Anaximander: Agreed, unique patination really brings out the de...
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AE Dagger #0422 viewsNorthwestern Iran (probably Luristan)
1200-800 BC
32cm (12.6”)

Cf. Khorasani (Bronze and Iron Weapons from Luristan), Fig. 2 (page 212)
Cf. Moorey (Catalogue of the Ancient Persian Bronzes in the Ashmolean Museum), Pl. 6, #50; (also illustrated on page 70)
Cf. Overleat (The Early Iron Age in the Pusht-I Kuh, Luristan), Fig. 184, #KT.A6-19 (page 216)

From an old British collection, acquired in the 1970s

Description:
Flanged hilt with no wood or ivory remaining, single rivet hole in wedge-shaped pommel, low broad midrib, blade and hilt cast in one piece
1 commentsRobert L308/07/19 at 10:52Jay GT4: Great piece
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AE Dagger/Short Sword #0324 viewsWestern Asia (possibly northwestern Iran)
1200-800 BC
41.5cm (16.3”)

Cf. Malloy (Weapons: Ancient and Medieval Art and Antiquities), Fig. 62

From a private Danish collection of ancient weapons

Description:
Rounded shoulders and broad, flat central midrib curving outward at shoulders, tang broken, some roughness, chips, and encrustations
1 commentsRobert L308/07/19 at 10:51Jay GT4: Well preserved. Nice one
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AE Dagger/Short Sword #0226 viewsNorthwestern Iran
1200-800 BC
37.7cm (14.8”)

Cf. Muscarella (Bronze and Iron, Ancient Near Eastern Artifacts in the Metropolitan Museum of Art), Fig. 164 (page 99)
Cf. Negahban (Weapons from Marlik), Fig. 41 (page 59)
Cf. Petrie (Tools and Weapons), Plate XXXVI, Fig. 170

From a private Danish collection of ancient weapons

Description:
Long tapering form, winged guard extending from the ricasso, prominent midrib, chips along one edge
1 commentsRobert L308/07/19 at 10:50Jay GT4: Interesting form
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Constantine I as Augustus, AE Follis - Officina 2.20 viewsCyzicus 325-326 A.D. 3.87g - 19.6mm, Axis 6h.

Obv: CONSTAN-TINVS AVG - Laureate head right.

Rev: PROVIDEN-TIAE AVGG - Campgate with two turrets and star above. Mintmark SMKB•.

RIC VII 34,B.
2 commentsscarli08/07/19 at 10:13scarli: Thank you okidoki
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Gotarzes II (44 - 51 AD)22 viewsAR Drachm
O: Diademed bust left.
R: (OΛCIΛCΩC) OΛCIΛ(EΩN) (Λ)I(3 dots)IΛNO(V) ΔIXΛIOV I(3 dots)VI(3 dots)PΓI.TO(V) (EΠ)IΦΛNOVC (ΦIΛEΛ)ΛHXO(C), / Archer (Arsakes I) seated right on throne, holding bow; monogram below bow.
 Ekbatana mint
20.5mm
3.77g
Sellwood 65.33; Sunrise –; Shore 364
3 commentsMat08/07/19 at 09:03quadrans: wow, great coin,
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Domitian Diobol Dattari Plate coin26 viewsEgypt, Alexandria. Dattari. Domitian, 81-96
Diobol circa 89-90 (year 9),
Æ 24.7mm., 15.53g.
Obv: ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙΣΑΡ ΔΟΜΙΤΙΑΝΟΣ ΣΕΒ ΓΕΡΜ;
Laureate head r.
Rev. ETOYΣ ENATOTOY Eagle standing r. on thunderbolt.
RPC 2566 (This coin cited). Dattari-Savio Pl. 22, 6809 (this coin).
Rare, only two other specimens listed in RPC.
Brown tone, Good Fine.
From the Dattari collection.
Ex; Naville Numismatics Live auction 51 Lot 305
1 commentsorfew08/06/19 at 23:32Jay GT4: Great provenance
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RPC II 2650 Domitianus42 viewsObv: AVT KAICAP ∆OMIT CEB ΓERM, Laureate head left
Rev: L IA, Dolphin coiled around anchor
AE/Obol (19.89 mm 5.607 g 12 h) Struck in Alexandria (Egypt) 91-92 A.D.
RPC II 2650.4 (this coin), Dattari-Savio 601 (this coin), Emmett 308.11
From the Giovanni Dattari Collection
ex Naville Live Auction 51 Lot 244
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus08/06/19 at 16:34Jay GT4: Wonderful
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RPC II 2733 Domitianus48 viewsObv: AYT KAIC ΘEO YIOC ΔOMIT CEB ΓEPM, Laureate head right
Rev: L IE, Nike advancin left, with wreath and palm
AE/Hemidrachm (28.55 mm 12.947 g 12h) Struck in Alexandria (Egypt) 95-96 A.D.
RPC 2733.4 (this coin) - Dattari-Savio 514 (this coin) - Emmett 269.15
From the Giovanni Dattari Collection
ex Naville Live Auction 51 Lot 304
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus08/06/19 at 16:33Jay GT4: Great coin. Love the patina
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RPC II 2650 Domitianus42 viewsObv: AVT KAICAP ∆OMIT CEB ΓERM, Laureate head left
Rev: L IA, Dolphin coiled around anchor
AE/Obol (19.89 mm 5.607 g 12 h) Struck in Alexandria (Egypt) 91-92 A.D.
RPC II 2650.4 (this coin), Dattari-Savio 601 (this coin), Emmett 308.11
From the Giovanni Dattari Collection
ex Naville Live Auction 51 Lot 244
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus08/06/19 at 16:01okidoki: Congrats very nice
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RPC II 2733 Domitianus48 viewsObv: AYT KAIC ΘEO YIOC ΔOMIT CEB ΓEPM, Laureate head right
Rev: L IE, Nike advancin left, with wreath and palm
AE/Hemidrachm (28.55 mm 12.947 g 12h) Struck in Alexandria (Egypt) 95-96 A.D.
RPC 2733.4 (this coin) - Dattari-Savio 514 (this coin) - Emmett 269.15
From the Giovanni Dattari Collection
ex Naville Live Auction 51 Lot 304
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus08/06/19 at 16:00okidoki: excellent with the patina
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Titus as Caesar RIC 64452 viewsÆ As, 10.31g
Rome mint, 73 AD (Vespasian)
RIC 644 (R). BMC 677. BNF 691.
Obv: T CAES IMP PON TR P COS II CENS; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: VICTORIA NAVALIS; S C in field; Victory stg. r. on prow, with wreath and palm
Acquired from Praefetus Coins, July 2019.

A fairly scarce variant of the Victoria Navalis type, struck in 73 when Titus held the joint censorship with Vespasian. The type would be repeatedly struck throughout Vespasian's reign for both father and son, perhaps indicating how important it was to their military gravitas. Traditionally, it has been attributed to the naval victory Vespasian and Titus won on Lake Gennesaret (the 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.

Dark golden brown patina with a fine reverse.

3 commentsDavid Atherton08/06/19 at 12:50Vincent: Love the rdverse, so elegant and classical....nice...
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Domitian AR denarius 81 CE (group 3)49 viewsDomitian AR Denarius 81 CE September 13-December 31
Rome
Obv: Laureate Head right: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PONT
Rev: Curule chair, above wreath; COS VII DES VIII PP
RIC 21, RSC 58, BMC 7* p. 299
4 commentsorfew08/06/19 at 11:32David Atherton: Nice rarity!
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Roman Provincial, Egypt, Nero as Augustus, Billon Tetradrachm.15 viewsAlexandria Year 13 = 66-67 A.D. 13.16g - 25.6mm, Axis 12h.

Obv: NEΡΩ KΛAΥ KAIΣ ΣEB ΓEΡ - Radiate bust right, wearing aegis.

Rev: AYTOKPA / LIΓ - Helmeted and cuirassed bust of Roma right; date LIΓ to right.

RPC I 5293; Köln 183; Milne 249.
2 commentsscarli08/06/19 at 06:55scarli: Thanks Jay. I like the armour on Nero & the bust o...
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Roman Provincial, Egypt, Nero and Poppaea, Billon Tetradrachm.13 viewsAlexandria Year 10 = 63-64 A.D. 11.50g - 24.7mm, Axis 11h.

Obv: ΝΕΡΩ ΚΛΑΥ ΚΑΙΣ ΣΕΒ ΓΕP AΥ - Radiate head of Nero right.

Rev: ΠΟΠΠΑΙΑ ΣΕΒΑΣΤΗ - Draped bust of Poppaea right, date LI on right.

RPC 5275; Dattari 196.
2 commentsscarli08/06/19 at 06:53scarli: Thank you Jay, It took my some time find a decent ...
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Domitian AR denarius 81 CE (group 3)49 viewsDomitian AR Denarius 81 CE September 13-December 31
Rome
Obv: Laureate Head right: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PONT
Rev: Curule chair, above wreath; COS VII DES VIII PP
RIC 21, RSC 58, BMC 7* p. 299
4 commentsorfew08/06/19 at 05:10quadrans: Nice find...
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Domitian AR denarius 81 CE (group 3)49 viewsDomitian AR Denarius 81 CE September 13-December 31
Rome
Obv: Laureate Head right: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PONT
Rev: Curule chair, above wreath; COS VII DES VIII PP
RIC 21, RSC 58, BMC 7* p. 299
4 commentsorfew08/06/19 at 01:13Nemonater: Nice!
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26 viewsHere is my most recent project, both for the same collector. There are two separate cabinets, one containing 5 drawers each capable of holding 60 slabs. The other was a 45 tray cabinet with a variety of tray configurations, with a total capacity of over 2,200 raw coins. They were shipped in four boxes weighing approximately 215 pounds, total. (The pictures were taken in slightly different lighting conditions, which tends to make them look different in color, but they actually matched quite well.)

www.CabinetsByCraig.net
1 commentscmcdon092308/06/19 at 01:06Jay GT4: Cool!
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Domitian AR denarius 81 CE (group 3)49 viewsDomitian AR Denarius 81 CE September 13-December 31
Rome
Obv: Laureate Head right: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PONT
Rev: Curule chair, above wreath; COS VII DES VIII PP
RIC 21, RSC 58, BMC 7* p. 299
4 commentsorfew08/06/19 at 01:04Jay GT4: Great find Andrew
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Probus55 viewsAE-Antoninianus
VIRTVS PROBI AVG; Radiate, helmeted and cuirassed half length bust to right, raising right hand and holding victory on globe in left.
MARS VICTOR; Helmeted Mars with spear walking right, holding trophy over shoulder.
Ex: II
Lugdunum
RIC - ; B222 pl. XXVII; 3ex.
5 commentsJulianus of Pannonia08/05/19 at 23:08David Atherton: Awesome!
00561q00.jpg
Probus55 viewsAE-Antoninianus
VIRTVS PROBI AVG; Radiate, helmeted and cuirassed half length bust to right, raising right hand and holding victory on globe in left.
MARS VICTOR; Helmeted Mars with spear walking right, holding trophy over shoulder.
Ex: II
Lugdunum
RIC - ; B222 pl. XXVII; 3ex.
5 commentsJulianus of Pannonia08/05/19 at 21:52quadrans: wow, great bust,
00561q00.jpg
Probus55 viewsAE-Antoninianus
VIRTVS PROBI AVG; Radiate, helmeted and cuirassed half length bust to right, raising right hand and holding victory on globe in left.
MARS VICTOR; Helmeted Mars with spear walking right, holding trophy over shoulder.
Ex: II
Lugdunum
RIC - ; B222 pl. XXVII; 3ex.
5 commentsJulianus of Pannonia08/05/19 at 20:55okidoki: Congrats very nice
00561q00.jpg
Probus55 viewsAE-Antoninianus
VIRTVS PROBI AVG; Radiate, helmeted and cuirassed half length bust to right, raising right hand and holding victory on globe in left.
MARS VICTOR; Helmeted Mars with spear walking right, holding trophy over shoulder.
Ex: II
Lugdunum
RIC - ; B222 pl. XXVII; 3ex.
5 commentsJulianus of Pannonia08/05/19 at 20:50Jay GT4: Great find!
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Athens New Style Tetradrachm 89/88 BC12 viewsObs : Athena Parthenos right in tri-form helmet
32 mm 16.78 gm Thompson issue (new) 77
Thompson catalogue: Obs:1131 Rev: Not in plates
Rev : ΑΘΕ ethnic
Owl standing on overturned panathenaic amphora
on which month mark B control EΠ below
3 magistrates : APELLICON GORGIAS DIOGE
RF symbol : Leaping Griffin
All surrounded by an olive wreath
1 commentscicerokid08/05/19 at 20:00Jay GT4: So great. Always wanted one of these
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Titus as Caesar RIC 64452 viewsÆ As, 10.31g
Rome mint, 73 AD (Vespasian)
RIC 644 (R). BMC 677. BNF 691.
Obv: T CAES IMP PON TR P COS II CENS; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: VICTORIA NAVALIS; S C in field; Victory stg. r. on prow, with wreath and palm
Acquired from Praefetus Coins, July 2019.

A fairly scarce variant of the Victoria Navalis type, struck in 73 when Titus held the joint censorship with Vespasian. The type would be repeatedly struck throughout Vespasian's reign for both father and son, perhaps indicating how important it was to their military gravitas. Traditionally, it has been attributed to the naval victory Vespasian and Titus won on Lake Gennesaret (the 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.

Dark golden brown patina with a fine reverse.

3 commentsDavid Atherton08/05/19 at 18:53Nemonater: Beautiful patina
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Titus as Caesar RIC 64452 viewsÆ As, 10.31g
Rome mint, 73 AD (Vespasian)
RIC 644 (R). BMC 677. BNF 691.
Obv: T CAES IMP PON TR P COS II CENS; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: VICTORIA NAVALIS; S C in field; Victory stg. r. on prow, with wreath and palm
Acquired from Praefetus Coins, July 2019.

A fairly scarce variant of the Victoria Navalis type, struck in 73 when Titus held the joint censorship with Vespasian. The type would be repeatedly struck throughout Vespasian's reign for both father and son, perhaps indicating how important it was to their military gravitas. Traditionally, it has been attributed to the naval victory Vespasian and Titus won on Lake Gennesaret (the 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.

Dark golden brown patina with a fine reverse.

3 commentsDavid Atherton08/05/19 at 17:33Jay GT4: A decent example. Congrats
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Roman Provincial, Egypt, Nero and Poppaea, Billon Tetradrachm.13 viewsAlexandria Year 10 = 63-64 A.D. 11.50g - 24.7mm, Axis 11h.

Obv: ΝΕΡΩ ΚΛΑΥ ΚΑΙΣ ΣΕΒ ΓΕP AΥ - Radiate head of Nero right.

Rev: ΠΟΠΠΑΙΑ ΣΕΒΑΣΤΗ - Draped bust of Poppaea right, date LI on right.

RPC 5275; Dattari 196.
2 commentsscarli08/05/19 at 15:43Jay GT4: Good portrait of Poppea
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3146A CAPPADOCIA, Caesarea. Hadrian 117-18 AD Club in wreath18 viewsReference.
RPC III 3146A

Issue Year 2

Obv.
Laureate head right.

Rev. ET B
Club in wreath

2.16 gr
13 mm
6h
3 commentsokidoki08/05/19 at 15:42Jay GT4: Sweet
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3146A CAPPADOCIA, Caesarea. Hadrian 117-18 AD Club in wreath18 viewsReference.
RPC III 3146A

Issue Year 2

Obv.
Laureate head right.

Rev. ET B
Club in wreath

2.16 gr
13 mm
6h
3 commentsokidoki08/05/19 at 15:42Tracy Aiello: Wonderful patina.
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2501 PHRYGIA, Cadi Sabina, cult statue of Artemis Ephesia standing16 viewsReference.
RPC III, 2501; SNG von Aulock 8388

Obv. ϹΑΒΕΙΝΑ ϹΕΒΑϹΤΗ
Draped bust of Sabina, right

Rev. ΚΑΔΟΗΝΩΝ
Cult statue of Artemis Ephesia with supports

3.41 gr
18 mm
6h
2 commentsokidoki08/05/19 at 15:13quadrans: Interesting piece..
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3146A CAPPADOCIA, Caesarea. Hadrian 117-18 AD Club in wreath18 viewsReference.
RPC III 3146A

Issue Year 2

Obv.
Laureate head right.

Rev. ET B
Club in wreath

2.16 gr
13 mm
6h
3 commentsokidoki08/05/19 at 15:12quadrans: Another nice piece
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2555 LYDIA, Gordus Julia Sabina, cult statue of Artemis Ephesia standing17 viewsReference.
RPC III, 2555; BMC 20-21; Wa 4975

Obv. ϹΑΒΕΙΝΑ ϹΕΒΑϹΤΗ
Draped bust of Sabina, right

Rev. ΙΟΥΛΙ ΓΟΡΔΗΝΩΝ
Cult statue of Artemis Ephesia, with supports, between two stags

3.90 gr
18 mm
6h
2 commentsokidoki08/05/19 at 15:11quadrans: Nice piece..
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Ptolemy III Euergetes12 viewsPtolemy III Euergetes. 246-221 BC. AR Tetradrachm (14.22 gm) of Sidon, RY 3, 245/4/3 BC. Diademed head of Ptolemy I wearing aegis, r. / Eagle stdg l. on thunderbolt. ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ | ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ, ΣΙ over Ξ to l., Γ over ΗΛ monogram to r. VF. CNG Web Auction. Rare. Lorber CPE I #816; Svoronos 1026 (Ptolemy III) pl. 67b #10. cf. DCA 31 (Ξ, not ΞΗ); BMC 7.48 #18-19; CNG EA 359 #115.
1 commentsAnaximander08/05/19 at 13:04Jay GT4: Great portrait
Augustus,_Bilbilis,_Spain,_AE-As,_AVGVSTVS_DIVI_F_PATER_PATRIAE,_MVN_AVGVSTA_BILBILIS_M_SEMP_TIBERI_I_LICI_VARO,_II_VIR,_RPC_392,_2BC,_Q-001,_6h,_27-27,5mm,_12,19ga-s.jpg
Spain, Bilbilis, 002p Augustus (63 B.C.-14 A.D.), RPC 0392, AE-27, MVN AVGVSTA BILBILIS M SEMP TIBERI I LICI VARO around II VIR in wreath, #164 viewsSpain, Bilbilis, 002p Augustus (63 B.C.-14 A.D.), RPC 0392, AE-27, MVN AVGVSTA BILBILIS M SEMP TIBERI I LICI VARO around II VIR in wreath, #1
avers: AVGVSTVS DIVI F PATER PATRIAE, Laureate head right.
reverse: MVN AVGVSTA BILBILIS M SEMP TIBERI I LICI VARO around II VIR in a 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
1 commentsquadrans08/05/19 at 13:02Jay GT4: Long legends
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Roman Provincial, Egypt, Nero as Augustus, Billon Tetradrachm.15 viewsAlexandria Year 13 = 66-67 A.D. 13.16g - 25.6mm, Axis 12h.

Obv: NEΡΩ KΛAΥ KAIΣ ΣEB ΓEΡ - Radiate bust right, wearing aegis.

Rev: AYTOKPA / LIΓ - Helmeted and cuirassed bust of Roma right; date LIΓ to right.

RPC I 5293; Köln 183; Milne 249.
2 commentsscarli08/05/19 at 13:01Jay GT4: Nice!
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Tacitus79 viewsAE-Antoninianus
IMP C M CL TACITVS AVG; Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust to right.
SPES PVBLICA; Spes advancing left, holding Flower and raising skirt.
Ex: XXIE
Rome
RIC 94
5 commentsJulianus of Pannonia08/05/19 at 11:50gallienus1: excellent portrait!
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Mithradates III (87 - 80 B.C.) 20 viewsAR Drachm
O: Diademed bust of king left, wearing tiara decorated with 6 pointed star.
R: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡ−ΣΑΚΟΥ ΑΥΤΟΚΡΑΤΟΡΟΣ ΦΙΛΟΠΑΤΟΡΟΣ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ, 7-line legend around archer.
Rhagai mint
3.74g
20mm
Sellwood 31.6 (Orodes I); Sunrise –; Shore 123 (Orodes I)
1 commentsMat08/05/19 at 05:40Randygeki(h2): Nice!
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Tacitus79 viewsAE-Antoninianus
IMP C M CL TACITVS AVG; Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust to right.
SPES PVBLICA; Spes advancing left, holding Flower and raising skirt.
Ex: XXIE
Rome
RIC 94
5 commentsJulianus of Pannonia08/04/19 at 23:15David Atherton: Superb!
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Tacitus79 viewsAE-Antoninianus
IMP C M CL TACITVS AVG; Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust to right.
SPES PVBLICA; Spes advancing left, holding Flower and raising skirt.
Ex: XXIE
Rome
RIC 94
5 commentsJulianus of Pannonia08/04/19 at 21:30okidoki: great looks
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Constantine I as Augustus, AE Follis - Officina 2.20 viewsCyzicus 325-326 A.D. 3.87g - 19.6mm, Axis 6h.

Obv: CONSTAN-TINVS AVG - Laureate head right.

Rev: PROVIDEN-TIAE AVGG - Campgate with two turrets and star above. Mintmark SMKB•.

RIC VII 34,B.
2 commentsscarli08/04/19 at 19:57okidoki: Congrats very nice
00513q00.jpg
Tacitus79 viewsAE-Antoninianus
IMP C M CL TACITVS AVG; Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust to right.
SPES PVBLICA; Spes advancing left, holding Flower and raising skirt.
Ex: XXIE
Rome
RIC 94
5 commentsJulianus of Pannonia08/04/19 at 18:46quadrans: wow, great coin,
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2555 LYDIA, Gordus Julia Sabina, cult statue of Artemis Ephesia standing17 viewsReference.
RPC III, 2555; BMC 20-21; Wa 4975

Obv. ϹΑΒΕΙΝΑ ϹΕΒΑϹΤΗ
Draped bust of Sabina, right

Rev. ΙΟΥΛΙ ΓΟΡΔΗΝΩΝ
Cult statue of Artemis Ephesia, with supports, between two stags

3.90 gr
18 mm
6h
2 commentsokidoki08/04/19 at 18:45shanxi: another great coin
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2501 PHRYGIA, Cadi Sabina, cult statue of Artemis Ephesia standing16 viewsReference.
RPC III, 2501; SNG von Aulock 8388

Obv. ϹΑΒΕΙΝΑ ϹΕΒΑϹΤΗ
Draped bust of Sabina, right

Rev. ΚΑΔΟΗΝΩΝ
Cult statue of Artemis Ephesia with supports

3.41 gr
18 mm
6h
2 commentsokidoki08/04/19 at 18:44shanxi: nice example
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Tacitus79 viewsAE-Antoninianus
IMP C M CL TACITVS AVG; Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust to right.
SPES PVBLICA; Spes advancing left, holding Flower and raising skirt.
Ex: XXIE
Rome
RIC 94
5 commentsJulianus of Pannonia08/04/19 at 18:00Jay GT4: Outstanding
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Roman Empire, Vespasian, Sestertius105 viewsObv. IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG P M T P P P COS III, laureate head right.
Rev. S C, Mars, helmeted, naked except for cloak around waist, advancing right, holding transverse spear in right hand and trophy over left shoulder in left hand.
Mint: Rome, 71 AD.

34mm 25.46g

RIC 113

Ex Portuguese Collection, purchased 2019.
Ex A. E. Cahn, Auction 75, 30th May 1932, lot 1017.

Curtis Clay
This example: no. 102d (A139/P184) in Kraays unpublished die catalogue (Cahn 75, 1017).
Other examples of the same dies: BMC 570, Hall 1189, Fitzwilliam 59.

The reverse type of Mars advancing (and likely an image of Mars Ultor) is common to all three Flavians. The representation of Mars is different from the Augustan types but likely has a similar inference – here being that of avenging the rebellion of the Jews. Even so the connection to earlier Augustan issues was probably well recognized at the time. (NAC)
5 commentskc08/04/19 at 13:07Jay GT4: How did I miss this one. Great find
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RIC 0322 Domitianus51 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P IIII, Laureate head right, with aegis
Rev: IMP VIIII COS XI CENSORIA POTESTAT P P (anticlockwise, from low right), Minerva standing left, with spear
AR/Denarius (20.31 mm 3.466 gr 6h) Struck in Rome 85 A.D. (2nd issue)
RIC 322 (R2) - BMCRE, BNF unlisted
ex Roma Numismatics E-Sale 59 Lot 796, ex Spink Auction 18055 Lot 107, from the Michael Kelly Collection of Roman Silver Coins
7 commentsFlaviusDomitianus08/04/19 at 12:07gallienus1: Beautiful portrait!
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Alexander I Balas - AR Tetradrachm11 viewsTyre
148-147 BC
Diademed and draped bust right
Eagle standing left on prow left, with palm branch over shoulder; to left, club surmounted by (TYP) monogram; to right, EΞP (date) above (ΓHP) monogram
AΛEΞANΔPOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ
SC 1835.4c; HGC 9, 883; DCA 122; Newell (1936) 70.
ex Savoca
1 commentsJohny SYSEL08/04/19 at 10:07Anaximander: VF! A classic Alexander Balas portrait and a proud...
RIC_322_Domitianus.jpg
RIC 0322 Domitianus51 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P IIII, Laureate head right, with aegis
Rev: IMP VIIII COS XI CENSORIA POTESTAT P P (anticlockwise, from low right), Minerva standing left, with spear
AR/Denarius (20.31 mm 3.466 gr 6h) Struck in Rome 85 A.D. (2nd issue)
RIC 322 (R2) - BMCRE, BNF unlisted
ex Roma Numismatics E-Sale 59 Lot 796, ex Spink Auction 18055 Lot 107, from the Michael Kelly Collection of Roman Silver Coins
7 commentsFlaviusDomitianus08/04/19 at 08:45quadrans: Wow, nice piece...
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Ptolemy I Soter17 viewsPtolemy I Soter. 323-285 BC. AR Tetradrachm (15.71gm) Struck 310-285 BC. Head of Alexander r. wearing elephant skin headdress with horn of Zeus Amon and aegis, Δ behind ear. / Athena Alkidemos walking r., with spear & shield. ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ. ΑΧ monogram, helmet & eagle stdg on thunderbolt to r. gVF. CNG 50 #949. Lorber CPE I #162; SNG Cop 8 #29; Svoronos 162; Jenkins group e.
2 commentsAnaximander08/04/19 at 03:20Jay GT4: Simply amazing
064_Iulia-Mamaea,_RIC_IV-II_335,_AR-Den(Limes),_IVLIA_MA_MAEA_AVG,_FELICIT_AS_PVBLICA,_C-17_Rome_228-AD,_C-17,_Q-001,_0h,_18mm,_2,62g-s~0.jpg
064 Iulia Mamaea (190-235 A.D.), RIC IV-II 335v.(base metal!), Rome, "Limes" Denarius, AR-Denarius, FELICITAS PVBLICA, Felicitas standing left, #145 views064 Iulia Mamaea (190-235 A.D.), RIC IV-II 335v.(base metal!), Rome, "Limes" Denarius, AR-Denarius, FELICITAS PVBLICA, Felicitas standing left, #1
avers: IVLIA MA MAEA AVG, Draped, bust right.
reverse: FELICIT AS PVBLICA, Felicitas standing left, holding caduceus and leaning an elbow on column and crossing legs.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 18,0mm, weight: 2,62g, axis: 0h,
mint: Rome, date: 228 A.D.,ref: RIC IV-II 335v., p-98, (base metal, "Limes"), C-17v.,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans08/04/19 at 03:19Jay GT4: Nice hairdo
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Koson/Cotis - AV stater13 viewsGeto-Dacians
c. 50-25 BC
togate L. Junius Brutus between two lictors left
KOΣΩN
eagle left, holding wreath and scepter in talon
Iliescu 2; RPC I 1701B; BMC Thrace p. 208, 2.
1 commentsJohny SYSEL08/04/19 at 03:19Jay GT4: Nice example without the BR monogram. Congrats!
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MOESIA INFERIOR, Nicopolis. Septimius Severus. 193-211 AD15 viewsMOESIA INFERIOR, Nicopolis. Septimius Severus. 193-211 AD. Æ 26mm (10.18 gm: h 8). Aurelius Gallus, magistrate. AVT L CEPT CEVHP PER, laureate head right / UP AUP GALLOU NIKOPOLEITWN PROC ICTP, city gate, small temple seen through doorway, ornate large colonnaded building above. AMNG I 1331; BMC Thrace pg. 42, 7; SNG Copenhagen -; Price & Trell 45 (fig. 26). Sear GIC 2124. H&J 8.14.46.1 (R7); Varbanov 2733 (R6) 
Very rare, dark green patina, near extremely fine.
Ex Gorny & Mosch 186, 8 March 2010, lot 1524.
1 commentsAncient Aussie08/04/19 at 02:31v-drome: amazing architecture! very nice.
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Probus19 viewsAE-Antoninianus
IMP C M AVR PROBVS P AVG; Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, holding javelin in right hand and shield with two
plumbatae in left.
PROVIDENT AVG; Providentia standing left, holding globe and sceptre; T in right field.
Ex: XXI
Siscia
RIC 723var.
1 commentsJulianus of Pannonia08/03/19 at 20:48quadrans: wow, great coin,
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Probus16 viewsAE-Antoninianus
VIRTVS PROBI AVG; Radiate, cuirassed bust right, holding spear in right hand, and reins in left.
VIRTVS AVG; Soldier standing left, holding Victory and spear and leaning on shield.
Ex: QXXT
Ticinum
RIC 437var. / HO 677
1 commentsJulianus of Pannonia08/03/19 at 20:47quadrans: Nice piece..
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Probus13 viewsAE-Antoninianus
IMP C PROBVS P F AVG; Radiate, cuirassed bust left,.holding spear and shield.; Cuirass decorated with a large gorgoneion
SOLI INVICTO; Sol in quadriga, holding whip, driving left.
Ex: XXIP
Siscia
RIC 771
1 commentsJulianus of Pannonia08/03/19 at 20:46quadrans: Great coin , and details,
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Probus14 viewsAE- Antoninianus
IMP C PROBVS PF AVG; Radiate bust left in imperial mantle, holding eagle tripped scepter, and branch or flowers
PAX AVGVSTI ; Pax standing left, holding olive-branch and sceptre./ T in right field
Ex: XXI
Siscia
RIC 712var.
Note: This interesting bust type probably celebrates the second consulate of Probus in A.D 278.
The branch in his hand could be a symbol for his consulship or the symbol of peace.
1 commentsJulianus of Pannonia08/03/19 at 20:45quadrans: Interesting piece..
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Probus13 viewsAE-Antoninianus
IMP C M AVR PROBVS P AVG; Radiate, helmeted, heroically nude bust left, holding spear and shield, seen from back.; Shield decorated with a battle scene: Emperor riding right, spearing enemy.
CONSERVAT AVG; Sol standing left, right hand raised, left holding globe.
Ex: XXIS
Siscia
RIC 672var.
1 commentsJulianus of Pannonia08/03/19 at 20:45quadrans: Another nice piece
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Probus14 viewsAE-Antoninianus
IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG; Radiate, cuirassed bust left, holding pugio in right hand.
CONCORD MILIT; Emperor standing right, clasping hand of Concordia.
Ex: XXIQ
Siscia
RIC 650var.
1 commentsJulianus of Pannonia08/03/19 at 20:44quadrans: Wow, nice piece..
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Probus13 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 Pannonia08/03/19 at 20:44quadrans: Great bust..
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Phoenicia, Marathos, Berenike II (227-152 B.C.), BMC 03-13, AE-23(Chalkous), Marathos standing left, #136 viewsPhoenicia, Marathos, Berenike II (227-152 B.C.), BMC 03-13, AE-23(Chalkous), Marathos standing left, #1
avers: Veiled head of Berenike II right.
reverse: Marathos standing left, holding aphlaston and leaning on column. Phoenician script "Marathos" in right field, date in left field.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 21,5-23,0mm, weight: 10,21g, axes:0h,
mint: Phoenicia, Marathos, date: Berenike II, c. 227-152 B.C.,
ref: Sear 6034, BMC 3-13, Rouvier 785-796.
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans08/03/19 at 20:22shanxi: nice coin
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Domitian RIC 21119 viewsAR Denarius, 3.24g
Rome mint, 81 AD
RIC 21 (R2). BMC p. 299 note. RSC 58.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PONT; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: COS VII DES VIII P P; Curule chair, wreath above
Ex Harry N. Sneh Collection

This denarius was issued very early in the reign, perhaps before Domitian was elected Pontif Maximus, hence only PONT appears on his obverse legend here.

A rare denarius with sharp details and dark toning featuring a nice early portrait.
5 commentsDavid Atherton08/03/19 at 20:13orfew: Lovely!
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Phoenicia, Tyre, (Year 291 (165/166 A.D.), AE-20, Pseudo-autonomous issue struck during the reign of Marcus Aurelius (???), SNG Cop 344, Galley left, #245 viewsPhoenicia, Tyre, (Year 291 (165/166 A.D.), AE-20, Pseudo-autonomous issue struck during the reign of Marcus Aurelius (???), SNG Cop 344, Galley left, #2
avers: Turreted, veiled and draped bust of Tyche right, palm behind, murex shell before.
reverse: ΑϞС (???) (date: Year 291 (165/166 A.D.)/ TYP(ligate)IEPAΣ/MHTPOΠO/ΛEѠΣ in four lines above the galley, 'of Tyre' (in Phoenician) below.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 19,5-20,0mm, weight:6,49g, axes:0h,
mint: Phoenicia, Tyre, date: Year 291 (161/180 A.D.), ref: SNG Cop 344, Rouvier 2200., Babilon 2178, BMC 315ff,
Q-002
1 commentsquadrans08/03/19 at 17:11Jay GT4: Nice galley
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Attica, Athens. (Circa 475-465 BC)17 viewsAR Tetradrachm

24 mm, 17.19 g

Obverse: Helmeted head of Athena right

Reverse: Owl standing right, head facing; olive sprig to left; all within incuse square.

Starr Group IV, HGC 4, 1595. Test cut on reverse.

Chester Starr arranged Athens' coinage from ca. 480 until the mid 5th century into five groups, and his chronology is still widely accepted today (although the dating of the final groups is now considered too late). The style of the "transitional" Athenian tetradrachms from the late 470s through the early 450s B.C. – Starr's groups II through V – is considered the high mark of Athenian coinage. By the time of Starr's Group IV, production of tetradrachms had steadily increased and the uptick in the number of required dies (and engravers) necessitated a greater standardization of style. On the obverse, the head of Athena changes little from Starr's Group III – the goddess has a bold profile and retains her "archaic smile"; the hair on her forehead is arranged in two waves, with a small bend above the eye; and on her helmet, her leaves float above the visor (sometimes referred to as a "laurel wreath," these leaves were first introduced after the victory over the Persians in 480/79 BC). One difference from Group III is the helmet's palmette, which goes from pointing to the adjacent olive leaf to more parallel. On the reverse, the back leg of the Group IV's owl often stretches further back and the tail feather no longer touches the rear claw.
1 commentsNathan P08/03/19 at 12:07Jay GT4: Great owl
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RIC 0099 Domitianus49 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M, Laureate head right
Rev: TR POT COS VIII P P, , Minerva standing left, with Victory and sceptre; at feet, shield
AR/Denarius (19.06 mm 2.87 g 6h) Struck in Rome 82 A.D.
RIC 99 (R), RSC 592a, BMCRE, BNF unlisted
ex CGB Monnaies 38 lot 517
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus08/02/19 at 16:56orfew: Nice one Alberto
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Domitian RIC 99146 viewsAR Denarius, 3.40g
Rome mint, 82 AD
RIC 99 (R). BMC 25. RSC 592a.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR POT COS VIII P P; Minerva stg. l., with Victory and sceptre; at feet, shield
Acquired from Pars Coins, eBay, 20 January 2016.

A rare coin that is part of the first issue of 82, but the last to be struck on the old standard. After this issue Domitian would increase the fineness and weight of the denarius as part of a coinage reform. Minerva and Victory did not become one of the standard Minerva types that were struck year after year until the end of the reign. It made its last appearance in this issue and is the scarcest type of the series.

Struck with new dies in superb veristic style. A really beautiful denarius showcasing the fine technical and artistic craftsmanship of the Rome mint.
8 commentsDavid Atherton08/02/19 at 16:55orfew: That is gorgeous!
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024c Domitian (69-81 A.D. Caesar, 81-96 A.D. Augustus), RIC 0099, RIC II(1962) 0031, AR-Denarius, Rome, T R POT COS VIII P P, Minerva standing left, Rare!, #1143 views024c Domitian (69-81 A.D. Caesar, 81-96 A.D. Augustus), RIC 0099, RIC II(1962) 0031, AR-Denarius, Rome, T R POT COS VIII P P, Minerva standing left, Rare!, #1
avers:- IMP-CAES-DOMITIANVS-AVG-P-M, Laurate head right.
revers:- T-R-POT-COS-VIII-P-P, Minerva standing left, holding Victory and leaning on shield..
exerg: -/-//--, diameter: 17,5mm, weight: 3,32g, axes: 5h,
mint: Rome, date: 82 A.D., ref: RIC 0099, RIC II(1962) 0031 p-157, Rare!
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans08/02/19 at 16:54orfew: Lovely!
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Severus Alexander. 222-235 AD. AR Denarius14 viewsSeverus Alexander. 222-235 AD. AR Denarius (2.89 gm, 20mm). Rome mint. Struck 228 AD.
Obv.: IMP SEV ALE-XAND AVG, laureate head right.
Rev.: PM TRPVII COSII PP , Mars standing right, holding shield and spear.
RIC IV 83; BMCRE 503; RSC 337. aEF.
1 commentsPaul R308/02/19 at 14:55Callimachus: Nice coin.
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ROMAN EMPIRE, CLAUDIUS I, AE Dupondius19 viewsObv: Claudius facing to the left.
Rev: Ceres seated left. CERES AVGVSTI
approximately 29mm in diameter and weighs 12g
1 commentsKatie M08/02/19 at 04:48Gary W2: Looks like a Claudius dupondius with the Ceres rev...
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Phoenicia, Arados 175-174 B.C11 viewsAE 21.10mm (Thickness 3.14mm), weight 7.47g, die axis = 11h (350 degrees), denomination B.

Obverse: Turreted head of Tyche right, braided ponytail, palm frond behind, border of dots.

Reverse: Tyche standing left, holding wreath (palm branch) and sceptre, in left field taw (T) ayin (‘), in right field Aradian era date 85.
1 commentsArados08/01/19 at 14:33shanxi: nice example
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Cimmerian Bosporos. Pantikapaion. (Circa 310-304/3 BC.)15 viewsAE20 (6.83 g)

Obverse: Bearded head of satyr or Pan right
Reverse: Forepart of griffin left; below, sturgeon left.

Anokhin 1023; MacDonald 69; HGC 7, 113.
1 commentsNathan P08/01/19 at 14:29okidoki: Congrats very nice
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Lycian League, Masikytes23 viewsLycian League, Masikytes. c. 40-35 BC. AR Hemidrachm (1.70 gm). Laureate head of Apollo r. / Kithara (lyre), M-A across fields, serpent coiled around omphalos to l., all within incuse square.  EF.  CNG EA 447 #118. Ex-Dr. Erik Miller Coll. RPC I #3303; Troxell, Lycian, Period IV, Series 3 #97; McClean 8875.
In Greek myths, Apollo slayed the great serpent Python so that he could establish his oracular temple at Delphi. An omphalos marked the spot where he slayed Python and is depicted on ancient coins as an omphalos stone with a serpent wound around it.
2 commentsChristian T08/01/19 at 14:24okidoki: very nice reverse
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SNG Copenhagen. Table of Contents.38 viewsSNG Cop. Vol.1-8, Facicules 1-43. Table of contents by mint or ruling authority, showing plate numbers and coin numbers.1 commentsChrisT08/01/19 at 07:03shanxi: well done
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Carausius20 viewsAE-Antoninianus
CARAVSIVS ET FRATRES SVI; Jugate, radiate and cuirassed busts of Maximianus, Diocletian and Carausius to left.
PAX AVGGG; Pax standing left, holding olive-branch and vertical sceptre; S/P in fields.
Ex: C
Camulodunum
RIC V,II; 1
1 commentsJulianus of Pannonia07/31/19 at 20:56David Atherton: Nice rarity!
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Cilicia, Tarsos. Tarkumuwa (Datames), Satrap of Cilicia and Cappadocia. (Circa 378-372 BC)64 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) 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. After many 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 in 362 BC.
3 commentsNathan P07/31/19 at 14:07shanxi: very nice
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Thessaly, Larissa (Circa 356-342 BC)17 viewsAR Drachm

18mm, 5.83g

Obverse: Head of the nymph Larissa facing slightly left, hair in ampyx, wearing necklace

Reverse: Horse standing right, preparing to lie down.

BCD Thessaly 1154-7; SNG Copenhagen 120.
1 commentsNathan P07/31/19 at 14:06shanxi: nice
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1989a ANDRONICUS HALF TETARTERON S-1989 DOC 8 CLBC 5.4.3 22 views
OBV Bust of Virgin nimbate, orans, wearing tunic and maphorion; beardless. Nimbate head of Christ on breast.

REV Bust of emperor wearing stemma, skaramangion or divitision and sagion; holds in r hand labrum headed scepter, and in l. globus cruciger.

Size 22 mm

Weight 3.4 gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron.The half tetartera at 1/1728 Hyperpyron. This coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

Size is off on this example but the die size is 12mm making it a half tetartera, it is aEF example, again large flan making it an excellent example.

DOC lists 3 examples with weights ranging from 1.38 gm to 2.46 gm with sizes from 15mm to 18mm.
1 commentsSimon07/31/19 at 00:34Molinari: Excellent coin!
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BCC M8154 viewsCaesarea Minima
Uncertain Emperor
Alexandria Mint?
AE Dichalkon
Obv: Laureate head right.
Rev: Crescent with six-pointed star.
Striking black patina.
15.5x13.5 mm. 1.62 gm. Axis:0
cf. Hamburger #107, but larger.
1 commentsv-drome07/30/19 at 21:04okidoki: looks very much like Hadrian
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BCC m4750 viewsCaesarea Minima BCC m47
Alexandria-Egypt
AE chalkon (1/8 obol)
Obv: Imperial head of Hadrian?, laur. right
Rev: Cornucopia, in field date LI Γ (year 13) or S (year 16)
8.0x10mm. 0.59g. Axis:90
Similar to Hamburger #91-94, with different date.
I am still checking for a BMC Alexandria or other reference.
The flan was obviously clipped, but I can not tell if it was before or after the striking.
The weight is very close to other coins listed as chalkons.
1 commentsv-drome07/30/19 at 20:54okidoki: very nice looks like trajan
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1978 MANUEL AE HALF TETARTERON S-1978 DOC 21 CLBC 4.4.8 22 views
OBV Bust of Christ beardless and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds scrolls in l. hand. Pellet in each limb of nimbus cross
.
REV Full length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing uncertain dress (stemma, short military tunic, breastplate and sagion?) holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 19mm
Weight 3.23gm

DOC lists 3 examples with weights ranging from 2.66 gm to 2.75 gm with sizes all 20mm

This coin differs from S-1981 not only by size but DOC notes a beard on Christ on S-1981 where as S-1978 is beardless , I however am finding that a difficult distinction to concur with, the beard on Christ can be a simple dot on his chin, however with this style of coins I am finding the lighter weight coins with perhaps a beard with one dot on chin in another example a series of dots making the beard, in these larger and heavier beards the dot on the chin is still there but not as distinct. Interesting to note that Hendy did not note a beard in his 1969 book but in his latter DOC works he does, the earlier catalogs such as Ratto do note a difference in the two styles because of the weight and beard.

This coin is a choice example Good Very Fine.
1 commentsSimon07/30/19 at 14:30okidoki: very nice
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Mazaios - AR stater18 viewsTarsos
361/0 - 334 BC
Baal seated left, holding sceptre
B'LTRZ // T in Aramaic
lion bringing down bull left, attacking with teeth and claws
MZDI in Aramaic
cf. Casabonne series 2, group A; cf. SNG France 346; cf. SNG Levante 100–1
ex Aurea
1 commentsJohny SYSEL07/29/19 at 20:49Jay GT4: Fantastic reverse
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Side - AR stater16 viewsc. 460-430 BC
pomegranate
head of Athena right wearing Corinthian helmet and necklace, within incuse square
Atlan 16 (O15/R14); SNG BN –; Weber 7353 (same dies)
ex Aurea
1 commentsJohny SYSEL07/29/19 at 20:49Jay GT4: Nice archaic eye
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Pamphylia, Side, ( Circa 460-430 B.C.), SNG France 627- 28, AR Stater, Head of Athena with archaic features right, #153 viewsPamphylia, Side, ( Circa 460-430 B.C.), SNG France 627- 28, AR Stater, Head of Athena with archaic features right, #1
avers: Pomegranate.
reverse: Head of Athena with archaic features right, wearing a Corinthian helmet, all within incuse square.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 19,0mm, weight: 11,0 axis: h,
mint: Pamphylia, Side, date: Circa 460-430 B.C.,
ref: SNG France 627- 28.Weber: 7353
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans07/29/19 at 20:46Jay GT4: It's OK Q
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MITHRIDATES VI of PONTUS AE19. EF-/VF+. Amisos mint.16 viewsObverse:Aegis with gorgoneion
Reverse:Nike advancing right, holding wreath and palm branch. Monogram and mint legend AMIΣΟΥ in field.

Very good exemplar of this popular issue, in EF-/VF+ condition, conserving complete details in both sides and precious dark green patina totally natural. Uncommon in this condition.

SNG BM 1177-1191. Amisos mint, circa 105-85 b.C. 8,35 g - 19 mm
1 commentsMark R107/29/19 at 18:24ickster: Nice example. These are usually pretty worn with d...
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Antiochos III Drachm22 views1 commentsMark R107/29/19 at 18:11quadrans: I like this one...
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MARONEIA (Thrace) AR Tetradrachm. EF-/VF+. Dyonisos15 viewsObverse: Head of Dionysos right, wearing ivy wreath.
Reverse: ΔIONYΣOY ΣΩTHPOΣ / MAPΩNITΩN, Dionysos standing slightly left, holding grape bunch and narthex stalks; in fields, two monograms.

Very nice exemplar, in EF-/VF+, conserving complete details in both sides, including a precious head of the god Dyonisos. Quality silver.

BMC 252. Maroneia (Thrace) mint, circa late 2nd to early 1st Century BC. 16,6 g - 31 mm
1 commentsMark R107/29/19 at 18:10quadrans: Nice piece..
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Domitian RIC-70755 viewsÆ As, 9.32g
Rome mint, 90-91 AD
RIC 707 (C). BMC 448. BNF 480.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XV CENS PER P P; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: FORTVNAE AVGVSTI; S C in field; Fortuna stg. l., with rudder and cornucopiae
Acquired from eBay, July 2019.

This common Fortuna type was repeatedly struck throughout Domitian's reign on his middle bronze. She also fleetingly showed up on the denarius in 82. Mattingly calls this Fortuna 'the special Fortuna that watches over the imperial office'. Suetonius writes that near the end of Domitian's reign on 1 January 96 'The Fortuna of Praeneste, which throughout the whole time he was emperor had habitually given him a happy and virtually the same answer to him whenever he entrusted the new year to her care, finally gave a most gloomy answer - and not without the mention of blood.'

Good middle period style and nicely centred.
3 commentsDavid Atherton07/29/19 at 16:45okidoki: excellent
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RIC 0544 Domitian As197 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XIII CENS PER PP
Laureate head of Domitian right

FORTVNAE AVGVSTI SC
Fortuna standing left holding rudder and cornucopiae

Rome 87 AD

10.9g

RIC 544 (C3)

Ex-Tater's
8 commentsJay GT407/29/19 at 16:28okidoki: very nice
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Domitian RIC-70755 viewsÆ As, 9.32g
Rome mint, 90-91 AD
RIC 707 (C). BMC 448. BNF 480.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XV CENS PER P P; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: FORTVNAE AVGVSTI; S C in field; Fortuna stg. l., with rudder and cornucopiae
Acquired from eBay, July 2019.

This common Fortuna type was repeatedly struck throughout Domitian's reign on his middle bronze. She also fleetingly showed up on the denarius in 82. Mattingly calls this Fortuna 'the special Fortuna that watches over the imperial office'. Suetonius writes that near the end of Domitian's reign on 1 January 96 'The Fortuna of Praeneste, which throughout the whole time he was emperor had habitually given him a happy and virtually the same answer to him whenever he entrusted the new year to her care, finally gave a most gloomy answer - and not without the mention of blood.'

Good middle period style and nicely centred.
3 commentsDavid Atherton07/29/19 at 15:43Jay GT4: Not bad!
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Domitian RIC-70755 viewsÆ As, 9.32g
Rome mint, 90-91 AD
RIC 707 (C). BMC 448. BNF 480.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XV CENS PER P P; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: FORTVNAE AVGVSTI; S C in field; Fortuna stg. l., with rudder and cornucopiae
Acquired from eBay, July 2019.

This common Fortuna type was repeatedly struck throughout Domitian's reign on his middle bronze. She also fleetingly showed up on the denarius in 82. Mattingly calls this Fortuna 'the special Fortuna that watches over the imperial office'. Suetonius writes that near the end of Domitian's reign on 1 January 96 'The Fortuna of Praeneste, which throughout the whole time he was emperor had habitually given him a happy and virtually the same answer to him whenever he entrusted the new year to her care, finally gave a most gloomy answer - and not without the mention of blood.'

Good middle period style and nicely centred.
3 commentsDavid Atherton07/29/19 at 14:20FlaviusDomitianus: Nice example of the type.
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Cr 352/1b AR Denarius L. Julius Bursio20 viewsRome, 85 BCE
o: Laureate, winged, and draped bust of Apollo Vejovis right; to left, trident above bow
r: Victory driving galloping quadriga right, holding reins and wreath; EX • A • P in ex.
Sydenham 729; Julia 6; Type as RBW 1348
(18.5mm, 4.04 g, 10h)
From the Andrew McCabe Collection.

I have noted some of my other coins whose types bear a variation on the indication of "from the Public Silver", usually interpreted to mean an issue that required a supplementary grant of authority from the Senate outside the normal annual authorization, as all of the coining metal was "public", including the precious metals from time to time appropriated from the temples of the state religion.

Since this coin is ex McCabe, I will quote his notes on the relative rarity of this type directly:
"The British Museum collection has 115 examples of RRC 352/1a or 352/1c with moneyers name L. IVLI BVRSIO, but just 4 examples with EX A. P. Crawford in RRC, p. 605, says that this issue was struck from money left to the Roman people by Ptolemy Alexander I of Egypt, which probably arrived at Rome in 86 BC. Given the rarity of the EX A. P. issue, perhaps the bequest was modest! "
As with the other 3 coins posted in this group, the coin is much better in hand, although the photos of the silver coins are clearer than the bronze.
1 commentsPMah07/29/19 at 04:04Carausius: Pretty coin, and a scarce variety to boot!
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Cr 206/1 AR Denarius S Afra22 views150 BCE Rome mint
o: Helmeted head of Roma right, X behind
r: Victory in biga right, SAFRA below horses, ROMA in exergue
Afrania 1 3.67 gm 19.00 mm
A "controversial" coin, if one is a bit of a pedant. Both Crawford and Sear note that the absence of a period/dot/stop after the "S" must lead to the conclusion that this is not issued by a "Spurius Afranius", but rather someone else. Indeed, Sear, due to his system, repeats the assertion for each of the seven types in this issue, from denarius to uncia, using up roughly a half-page of type, net. However, Sear makes no attempt to identify "S Afra", and Crawford cops out with "Safra" representing an unknown cognomen. I personally find it a bit difficult to hang such an argument on the absence of a dot but disregarding a usually distinct space between S and A. The Afranii were a fairly prolific bunch; one of them may have felt a need to be a bit hip-er than others. Plus, "Safra" does not seem to mean anything in Latin, which would be a bit unusual for a cognomen.
So, which explanation fits best: omission of a dot in a design versus a meaningless cognomen used by an unknown person who is not one of the members of a sound-alike gens that was sometimes of tertiary importance .....?

This coin is in wonderful condition for the type.
2 commentsPMah07/29/19 at 04:01Carausius: Attractive coin.
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Probus20 viewsAV-Aureus
IMP PROBVS P F AVG; Laureate, cuirassed bust right.
VICTORIOSO SEMPER; Probus holding sceptre, standing left between four suppliants.
Ex: wreath
RIC 143; Bastien, Donativa p 59
Rome
Note: Part of the donativa that was issued for Probus' triumph in 281 A.D.
1 commentsJulianus of Pannonia07/29/19 at 03:33Jay GT4: Cool coin
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Probus18 viewsAE-Antoninianus
IMP PROBVS AVG; Radiate and cuirassed bust to right
VICTORIA GERM; Trophy flanked by captive on both sides
Ex: R * A
Rome
RIC 222
1 commentsJulianus of Pannonia07/29/19 at 03:32Jay GT4: Great silvering
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Vespasianus15 viewsAE-Sestertius
IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III; Laureate head to right.
SPES AVGVSTA; Spes standing left, offering flower to two helmeted Roman soldiers, third soldier in group armed with parazonium standing right behind.
Ex: S C
Rome
RIC 206
1 commentsJulianus of Pannonia07/29/19 at 00:57Jay GT4: Fantastic sestertius
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Domitianus15 viewsAE-Sestertius
IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG GERM COS XI; Laureated Head with Aegis to right
RV: Domitian on horseback right, about to spear fallen German warrior
Ex: SC
Rome
RIC: 280
37mm / 23.79g
1 commentsJulianus of Pannonia07/29/19 at 00:57Jay GT4: Dynamic reverse
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RIC 0791 Domitian denarius68 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TRP XV
Laureate head right

IMP XXII COS XVII CENS PPP
Minerva, winged, flying left with spear and shield

Rome September 14, 95 AD-September 13, 96 AD

3.15g

RIC 791 (C)

Ex-Savoca 21st Blue Auction lot 1060
6 commentsJay GT407/28/19 at 12:08Mark R1: Good one
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Alawi Sharifs (Morocco). Sidi Mohammed IV (1859-1873)16 viewsKM C 166.2, Album 656

Cast Bronze, 4 fallus dated 1284 A.H. = 1867-1868 A.D., Fes mint, 11.95 g., 29.81 mm. max.

Obv: Seal of Solomon.

Rev: Mint name (Marrakesh) and date (1284) within two circles, bar between.
1 commentsStkp07/28/19 at 09:18shanxi: nice
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Roman Empire, Domitian, AR Denarius52 viewsDOMITIAN, (A.D. 81-96), silver denarius, Rome mint, issued A.D. 86, Second Issue
(3.47 g),
Obv. laureate head of Domitian to right, around IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V, Rev. around IMP XII COS XII CENS P P P, Minerva standing to right, fighting, holding javelin and shield,
RIC 435, RSC 201b BMC 93.
Attractive blue and gold patina, extremely fine.
Ex Dr V.J.A. Flynn Collection. With old dealer's ticket.
Noble Numismatics Auction 120 Lot 3217 April 4, 2019.
6 commentsorfew07/28/19 at 08:29kc: Superb, the iridescent luster must be amazing
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, L. Julius, AR Denarius - Crawford 323/116 viewsRome, The Republic.
L. Julius, 101 BCE.
AR Denarius (4.0g; 20mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma, facing right; corn ear behind

Reverse: Victory in biga galloping right; L.IVLI below.

References: Crawford 323/1; Sydenham 585; BMCRR 1676; Julia 3.

Provenance: Ex Collection of a World War II Veteran; acquired July 1963 from Richard M. Muniz.

The moneyer was likely not a Caesar, though a member of the same Julia gens. Comparatively, just a few years earlier, in 103 BCE, an L. Julius Caesar struck coins with a prominent “CAESAR” inscription. The corn ear on the obverse may refer to a corn distribution, the purchase of which might have been the purpose of the coins.
1 commentsCarausius07/28/19 at 04:23Steve B5: Difficult to imagine a more perfect example.
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Cr 44/5 AR Denarius Anonymous15 viewsc. 211 BCE -- ish
o: Helmeted head of Roma right; behind, X
r: The Dioscuri galloping right, stars above heads; in exergue, ROMA partially incuse on raised tablet
4.10 gm 20.00 mm
This type, which is the earliest or nearly earliest denarius, is a bit difficult to confirm on this coin due to the slight corrosion on the reverse tablet. If the reverse was as nice as the obverse, it would be unambiguous. I am working on the precise sub-type.
1 commentsPMah07/28/19 at 04:20Steve B5: This is RRC 44/5. The sub-variety is seen in plat...
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Tranquillina (241 - 244 A.D.)84 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: CAB TPANKVΛΛINA CEB, diademed and draped bust right.
R: Homonoia standing left, raising arm and holding double cornuacopiae; in left field, L E.  year 5 (241/2 A.D.)
12.5g
24mm
Milne 3420 Emmett 3449
9 commentsMat07/27/19 at 21:17Juan R: Awesome one, I wish I had it hahaha
Aeolis,_Elaia,_450-400_BC_,_AR-Hemiobol,_Helmeted_head_of_Athena_left,_Laurel_wreath,_E-L_below,_SNG_Cop_164_Q-001,_6h,_7mm,_0,31g-s.jpg
Aeolis, Elaea, (c. 450-400 B.C.), SNG Cop 164, AR-Hemiobol, Olive wreath, #146 viewsAeolis, Elaea, (c. 450-400 B.C.), SNG Cop 164, AR-Hemiobol, Olive wreath, #1
avers: Archaic head of Athena left, in the crested helmet.
reverse: Olive wreath, E-Λ, (or E Λ A I), below.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 7,0 mm, weight: 0,31g, axes: 6h,
mint: Aeolis, Elaea, date: c. 450-400 B.C.,
ref: SNG Cop 164, SNG von Aulock 7680, Klein 329,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans07/27/19 at 16:06Stkp: very nice
Troas,_Assos,_ca_479-450_BC__AR_Obol,_Griffin_seated_right,_A_#931;_#931;-O-O-N,Lion__s_head_right,_Jameson_1394,_Weber_2552__Q-001,_8h,_7,8-9,5mm,_0,52g-s.jpg
Troas, Assos, (c.479-450 B.C.), Jameson 1394var., AR-Obol, AΣΣOON (retrograde), Lion's head right, #153 viewsTroas, Assos, (c.479-450 B.C.), Jameson 1394var., AR-Obol, AΣΣOON (retrograde), Lion's head right, #1
avers: No legends, Griffin seated right.
reverse: AΣΣOON (retrograde), Lion's head right within incuse square.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 7,8-9,5mm, weight: 0,52g, axes: 8h,
mint: Troas, Assos, date: c.479-450 B.C.,
ref: Jameson 1394var.(legends retrograde), Weber 2552var.,
Q-001
4 commentsquadrans07/27/19 at 16:05Stkp: great coin
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15 views1 commentsMatthew H07/26/19 at 23:32Jay GT4: Great style
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Caabria Tarentum AR Stater circa 280-272 BC 19 mm 6.42g 20 viewsNaked boy-rider crowning stationary horse right and lifting up fore-leg./Taras seated sideways on dolphin to left,holding out a horned helmet.On either side a twelve - rayed star.Evans the horsemen of Tarentum plate VIII no 6 Pyrrhic Hegemony this type of coin was used to pay Pyrrhus and his army of 20.000 solders in his war against Rome. For a general so renowned in antiquity Hannibal apocryphally,ranked him second behind Alexander.1 commentsGrant H07/26/19 at 23:31Jay GT4: Wonderful
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LYCIAN LEAGUE. Masicytes. Ca. 32-30 BC.19 viewsLYCIAN LEAGUE. Masicytes. Ca. 32-30 BC. AR hemidrachm (15mm, 1.78 gm, 12h). XF. Head of Apollo right, wearing taenia / ΛΥΚΙΩΝ, cithara; M-A/Σ-I across fields, all within incuse square. RPC I 3304. Troxell, LL, 104-109. 1 commentsMark R107/26/19 at 20:03Robert L3: Outstanding.
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Mithradates II (121 - 91 B.C.)31 viewsAR Drachm
O:  Long-bearded bust left wearing diadem.
R: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ − ΒΑΣΙ − ΛΕΩΝ − ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ / ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ / ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ Archer (Arsakes I) seated right on throne, holding bow.
Ekbatana mint. Struck 109-96/5 B.C.
4.13g
21mm
Sellwood 27.2; Sunrise 294; Shore 86.
4 commentsMat07/26/19 at 03:34Robert L3: Excellent example of the type.
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RIC 0776 Vespasian40 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG.
Laureate head right.

PON MAX TR P COS VI.
Victory standing left upon cista mystica, holding wreath and palm frond; coiled serpent to left and right.

Rome 75 AD

3.25g

RIC² 776 (R).
Only 5 specimens in the Reka Devnia hoard


Minted in Rome but likely intended for circulation in the East. The reverse copies the earlier quinarii of Augustus and the Cistophoric tetradrachms of Ephesus.

Ex-Jerusalem Haydaya
5 commentsJay GT407/26/19 at 02:18Nemonater: Very nice, I love this type.
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RIC 0322 Domitianus51 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P IIII, Laureate head right, with aegis
Rev: IMP VIIII COS XI CENSORIA POTESTAT P P (anticlockwise, from low right), Minerva standing left, with spear
AR/Denarius (20.31 mm 3.466 gr 6h) Struck in Rome 85 A.D. (2nd issue)
RIC 322 (R2) - BMCRE, BNF unlisted
ex Roma Numismatics E-Sale 59 Lot 796, ex Spink Auction 18055 Lot 107, from the Michael Kelly Collection of Roman Silver Coins
7 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/26/19 at 02:13Nemonater: Amazing addition!
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RIC 0322 Domitianus51 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P IIII, Laureate head right, with aegis
Rev: IMP VIIII COS XI CENSORIA POTESTAT P P (anticlockwise, from low right), Minerva standing left, with spear
AR/Denarius (20.31 mm 3.466 gr 6h) Struck in Rome 85 A.D. (2nd issue)
RIC 322 (R2) - BMCRE, BNF unlisted
ex Roma Numismatics E-Sale 59 Lot 796, ex Spink Auction 18055 Lot 107, from the Michael Kelly Collection of Roman Silver Coins
7 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/25/19 at 23:07David Atherton: Stunning coin!
RIC_322_Domitianus.jpg
RIC 0322 Domitianus51 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P IIII, Laureate head right, with aegis
Rev: IMP VIIII COS XI CENSORIA POTESTAT P P (anticlockwise, from low right), Minerva standing left, with spear
AR/Denarius (20.31 mm 3.466 gr 6h) Struck in Rome 85 A.D. (2nd issue)
RIC 322 (R2) - BMCRE, BNF unlisted
ex Roma Numismatics E-Sale 59 Lot 796, ex Spink Auction 18055 Lot 107, from the Michael Kelly Collection of Roman Silver Coins
7 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/25/19 at 20:40Jay GT4: A great all round coin! Rare and in fantastic con...
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RIC 0322 Domitianus51 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P IIII, Laureate head right, with aegis
Rev: IMP VIIII COS XI CENSORIA POTESTAT P P (anticlockwise, from low right), Minerva standing left, with spear
AR/Denarius (20.31 mm 3.466 gr 6h) Struck in Rome 85 A.D. (2nd issue)
RIC 322 (R2) - BMCRE, BNF unlisted
ex Roma Numismatics E-Sale 59 Lot 796, ex Spink Auction 18055 Lot 107, from the Michael Kelly Collection of Roman Silver Coins
7 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/25/19 at 19:48orfew: Excellent acquisition
RIC_322_Domitianus.jpg
RIC 0322 Domitianus51 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P IIII, Laureate head right, with aegis
Rev: IMP VIIII COS XI CENSORIA POTESTAT P P (anticlockwise, from low right), Minerva standing left, with spear
AR/Denarius (20.31 mm 3.466 gr 6h) Struck in Rome 85 A.D. (2nd issue)
RIC 322 (R2) - BMCRE, BNF unlisted
ex Roma Numismatics E-Sale 59 Lot 796, ex Spink Auction 18055 Lot 107, from the Michael Kelly Collection of Roman Silver Coins
7 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/25/19 at 19:31shanxi: very nice
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RIC 0776 Vespasian40 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG.
Laureate head right.

PON MAX TR P COS VI.
Victory standing left upon cista mystica, holding wreath and palm frond; coiled serpent to left and right.

Rome 75 AD

3.25g

RIC² 776 (R).
Only 5 specimens in the Reka Devnia hoard


Minted in Rome but likely intended for circulation in the East. The reverse copies the earlier quinarii of Augustus and the Cistophoric tetradrachms of Ephesus.

Ex-Jerusalem Haydaya
5 commentsJay GT407/25/19 at 16:33orfew: Very nice Jay
VespasianCista~0.jpg
RIC 0776 Vespasian40 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG.
Laureate head right.

PON MAX TR P COS VI.
Victory standing left upon cista mystica, holding wreath and palm frond; coiled serpent to left and right.

Rome 75 AD

3.25g

RIC² 776 (R).
Only 5 specimens in the Reka Devnia hoard


Minted in Rome but likely intended for circulation in the East. The reverse copies the earlier quinarii of Augustus and the Cistophoric tetradrachms of Ephesus.

Ex-Jerusalem Haydaya
5 commentsJay GT407/25/19 at 09:43David Atherton: Not a very common type. A solid upgrade. Congrats!
VespasianCista~0.jpg
RIC 0776 Vespasian40 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG.
Laureate head right.

PON MAX TR P COS VI.
Victory standing left upon cista mystica, holding wreath and palm frond; coiled serpent to left and right.

Rome 75 AD

3.25g

RIC² 776 (R).
Only 5 specimens in the Reka Devnia hoard


Minted in Rome but likely intended for circulation in the East. The reverse copies the earlier quinarii of Augustus and the Cistophoric tetradrachms of Ephesus.

Ex-Jerusalem Haydaya
5 commentsJay GT407/25/19 at 07:51Steve P: Super-cool snakes, my ol' coin-friend (congrat...
VespasianCista~0.jpg
RIC 0776 Vespasian40 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG.
Laureate head right.

PON MAX TR P COS VI.
Victory standing left upon cista mystica, holding wreath and palm frond; coiled serpent to left and right.

Rome 75 AD

3.25g

RIC² 776 (R).
Only 5 specimens in the Reka Devnia hoard


Minted in Rome but likely intended for circulation in the East. The reverse copies the earlier quinarii of Augustus and the Cistophoric tetradrachms of Ephesus.

Ex-Jerusalem Haydaya
5 commentsJay GT407/25/19 at 07:06FlaviusDomitianus: Nice example.
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RPC-2721-Domitian45 viewsÆ Drachm, 19.56g
Alexandria mint, 95-96 AD
RPC 2721 (11 spec.)
Obv: AVT KAI C ΘEOY YIOC ∆OMIT CEB ΓEPM; Head of Domitian, laureate, r.
Rev: No legend; Emperor in quadriga of elephants r., holding branch of laurel and sceptre; upon elephant's heads Nike r., holding wreath and palm; date LIE in exergue
Ex Forvm Ancient Coins, July 2019.

The Alexandrian mint under Domitian around regnal year 10 or 11 experienced a 'dramatic improvement in style' and the 'adoption of a wide range of new types' (Milne). One of those new types was the flamboyant scene of Domitian in a quadriga drawn by four elephants struck for the drachm. This type is unique to Alexandria and does not show up elsewhere in the Flavian numismatic canon. However, the Arch of Titus once supported a bronze sculpture depicting such a scene and the Arch of Domitian described by Martial had two elephant quadrigae. Pompey the Great was the first Roman to employ an elephant quadriga in his triumph of 61 BC. The elephants were too big to fit through one of the gates leading up to the Capitol and they had to be switched out with a team of horses. The ancient authors thought it 'a piquant warning of the dangers of divine self-aggrandizement.' (M. Beard). Yet, by the Flavian era the elephant quadriga was seen as a powerful symbol of triumphal glory - although, there is no evidence that Domitian ever rode in an elephant quadriga in any of his triumphs. After Hadrian's reign, the elephant quadriga on the coinage was soley the realm of the imperial Divi and not the living emperor.

A beautiful coin in hand with a magnificent reverse!
6 commentsDavid Atherton07/25/19 at 06:50shanxi: nice one
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RPC-2721-Domitian45 viewsÆ Drachm, 19.56g
Alexandria mint, 95-96 AD
RPC 2721 (11 spec.)
Obv: AVT KAI C ΘEOY YIOC ∆OMIT CEB ΓEPM; Head of Domitian, laureate, r.
Rev: No legend; Emperor in quadriga of elephants r., holding branch of laurel and sceptre; upon elephant's heads Nike r., holding wreath and palm; date LIE in exergue
Ex Forvm Ancient Coins, July 2019.

The Alexandrian mint under Domitian around regnal year 10 or 11 experienced a 'dramatic improvement in style' and the 'adoption of a wide range of new types' (Milne). One of those new types was the flamboyant scene of Domitian in a quadriga drawn by four elephants struck for the drachm. This type is unique to Alexandria and does not show up elsewhere in the Flavian numismatic canon. However, the Arch of Titus once supported a bronze sculpture depicting such a scene and the Arch of Domitian described by Martial had two elephant quadrigae. Pompey the Great was the first Roman to employ an elephant quadriga in his triumph of 61 BC. The elephants were too big to fit through one of the gates leading up to the Capitol and they had to be switched out with a team of horses. The ancient authors thought it 'a piquant warning of the dangers of divine self-aggrandizement.' (M. Beard). Yet, by the Flavian era the elephant quadriga was seen as a powerful symbol of triumphal glory - although, there is no evidence that Domitian ever rode in an elephant quadriga in any of his triumphs. After Hadrian's reign, the elephant quadriga on the coinage was soley the realm of the imperial Divi and not the living emperor.

A beautiful coin in hand with a magnificent reverse!
6 commentsDavid Atherton07/25/19 at 04:56Jay GT4: That's great
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NERO AR Billon Tetradrachm20 viewsOBVERSE: ΝΕΦΡΑ ΚΛΑΒ ΚΑΗς ΣΕΜΠ, Radiate head left, wearing aegis; L IΓ to left below chin (Reginal year 13)
REVERSE: ΣΕΒΑΣΤΗ ΦΌΡΟς, Galley sailing right, dolphins below
Struck at Alexandria, Egypt, 66/7 AD
12.5g, 23mm
Emmett 121
1 commentsLegatus07/25/19 at 04:55Jay GT4: Nice! Scarcer type!
RPC2721.jpg
RPC-2721-Domitian45 viewsÆ Drachm, 19.56g
Alexandria mint, 95-96 AD
RPC 2721 (11 spec.)
Obv: AVT KAI C ΘEOY YIOC ∆OMIT CEB ΓEPM; Head of Domitian, laureate, r.
Rev: No legend; Emperor in quadriga of elephants r., holding branch of laurel and sceptre; upon elephant's heads Nike r., holding wreath and palm; date LIE in exergue
Ex Forvm Ancient Coins, July 2019.

The Alexandrian mint under Domitian around regnal year 10 or 11 experienced a 'dramatic improvement in style' and the 'adoption of a wide range of new types' (Milne). One of those new types was the flamboyant scene of Domitian in a quadriga drawn by four elephants struck for the drachm. This type is unique to Alexandria and does not show up elsewhere in the Flavian numismatic canon. However, the Arch of Titus once supported a bronze sculpture depicting such a scene and the Arch of Domitian described by Martial had two elephant quadrigae. Pompey the Great was the first Roman to employ an elephant quadriga in his triumph of 61 BC. The elephants were too big to fit through one of the gates leading up to the Capitol and they had to be switched out with a team of horses. The ancient authors thought it 'a piquant warning of the dangers of divine self-aggrandizement.' (M. Beard). Yet, by the Flavian era the elephant quadriga was seen as a powerful symbol of triumphal glory - although, there is no evidence that Domitian ever rode in an elephant quadriga in any of his triumphs. After Hadrian's reign, the elephant quadriga on the coinage was soley the realm of the imperial Divi and not the living emperor.

A beautiful coin in hand with a magnificent reverse!
6 commentsDavid Atherton07/24/19 at 22:28Nemonater: Great type!
RPC2721.jpg
RPC-2721-Domitian45 viewsÆ Drachm, 19.56g
Alexandria mint, 95-96 AD
RPC 2721 (11 spec.)
Obv: AVT KAI C ΘEOY YIOC ∆OMIT CEB ΓEPM; Head of Domitian, laureate, r.
Rev: No legend; Emperor in quadriga of elephants r., holding branch of laurel and sceptre; upon elephant's heads Nike r., holding wreath and palm; date LIE in exergue
Ex Forvm Ancient Coins, July 2019.

The Alexandrian mint under Domitian around regnal year 10 or 11 experienced a 'dramatic improvement in style' and the 'adoption of a wide range of new types' (Milne). One of those new types was the flamboyant scene of Domitian in a quadriga drawn by four elephants struck for the drachm. This type is unique to Alexandria and does not show up elsewhere in the Flavian numismatic canon. However, the Arch of Titus once supported a bronze sculpture depicting such a scene and the Arch of Domitian described by Martial had two elephant quadrigae. Pompey the Great was the first Roman to employ an elephant quadriga in his triumph of 61 BC. The elephants were too big to fit through one of the gates leading up to the Capitol and they had to be switched out with a team of horses. The ancient authors thought it 'a piquant warning of the dangers of divine self-aggrandizement.' (M. Beard). Yet, by the Flavian era the elephant quadriga was seen as a powerful symbol of triumphal glory - although, there is no evidence that Domitian ever rode in an elephant quadriga in any of his triumphs. After Hadrian's reign, the elephant quadriga on the coinage was soley the realm of the imperial Divi and not the living emperor.

A beautiful coin in hand with a magnificent reverse!
6 commentsDavid Atherton07/24/19 at 18:55orfew: Very nic catch
RPC2721.jpg
RPC-2721-Domitian45 viewsÆ Drachm, 19.56g
Alexandria mint, 95-96 AD
RPC 2721 (11 spec.)
Obv: AVT KAI C ΘEOY YIOC ∆OMIT CEB ΓEPM; Head of Domitian, laureate, r.
Rev: No legend; Emperor in quadriga of elephants r., holding branch of laurel and sceptre; upon elephant's heads Nike r., holding wreath and palm; date LIE in exergue
Ex Forvm Ancient Coins, July 2019.

The Alexandrian mint under Domitian around regnal year 10 or 11 experienced a 'dramatic improvement in style' and the 'adoption of a wide range of new types' (Milne). One of those new types was the flamboyant scene of Domitian in a quadriga drawn by four elephants struck for the drachm. This type is unique to Alexandria and does not show up elsewhere in the Flavian numismatic canon. However, the Arch of Titus once supported a bronze sculpture depicting such a scene and the Arch of Domitian described by Martial had two elephant quadrigae. Pompey the Great was the first Roman to employ an elephant quadriga in his triumph of 61 BC. The elephants were too big to fit through one of the gates leading up to the Capitol and they had to be switched out with a team of horses. The ancient authors thought it 'a piquant warning of the dangers of divine self-aggrandizement.' (M. Beard). Yet, by the Flavian era the elephant quadriga was seen as a powerful symbol of triumphal glory - although, there is no evidence that Domitian ever rode in an elephant quadriga in any of his triumphs. After Hadrian's reign, the elephant quadriga on the coinage was soley the realm of the imperial Divi and not the living emperor.

A beautiful coin in hand with a magnificent reverse!
6 commentsDavid Atherton07/24/19 at 18:35FlaviusDomitianus: Nice find, better spec than mine. Congrats.
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RIC 0674 Domitianus46 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII, Laureate head right
Rev: IMP XXI COS XIIII CENS P P P, Minerva advancing right, with spear and shield
AR/Denarius (19668 mm 3.344 g 6h) Struck in Rome 88-89 A.D. (6th issue)
RIC 674 (R), RSC 254c - BMCRE 157 - BNF unlisted
Purchased from Münzhandlung Ritter
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/24/19 at 14:08David Atherton: Glad you got one! Different dies than my own examp...
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emmett2937.516 viewsElagabalus
Alexandria, Egypt

Obv: Α ΚΑΙϹΑΡ ΜΑ ΑΥΡ ΑΝΤⲰΝΙΝΟϹ ƐΥϹƐΒ; laureate and draped bust of Elagabalus, right, seen from rear.
Rev: L Ɛ; Concordia standing facing, head left, holding double cornucopia and raising right hand
22 mm, 12.35 gms

Emmett 2937.5, RPC Online 10151
1 commentsCharles M07/24/19 at 07:35shanxi: nice example
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01 Constantius II14 viewsConstantius II
DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG Constantius II pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO soldier spearing Horseman, bearded,, reaching,
ALEΓ in ex. Γ in left field

Alexandria 72
1 commentsRandygeki(h2)07/23/19 at 13:14Mat: Nice
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4 Constans15 viewsConstans, AE of Siscia. AD 337-350. DN CONSTA-NS PF AVG, pearl diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right / FEL TEMP REPARATIO, radiate phoenix standing right on rocky mound. Mintmark delta SIS[SYM4] (like a Y). RIC VIII Siscia 241.1 commentsRandygeki(h2)07/23/19 at 13:14Mat: Nice addition
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Vespasian RIC-28241 viewsÆ Dupondius, 14.36g
Rome mint, 71 AD
RIC 282 (R2). BMC 596. BNF 572.
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS III; Head of Vespasian, radiate, r.
Rev: TVTELA AVGVSTI; S C in exergue; Tutela std. l., with a child either side
Acquired from Praefectus Coins, July 2019. Ex The Morris Collection.

Tutela, the goddess of guardianship, is a rare personification on Roman coinage. She first appears on the dupondii of Vitellius and later under Vespasian during his great bronze issue of 71, both on the dupondius and a unique sestertius. The type under Vespasian is extremely scarce with only two reverse dies known for the dupondius. The unique sestertius was acquired by Curtis Clay, for which he wrote the following concerning the TVTELA reverse type:

'Cohen suggested a dynastic interpretation of this TVTELA AVGVSTI rev. type: Vitellius seated with his two children, one boy and one girl, under Vitellius; Domitilla, Vespasian's deceased wife, seated with her sons Titus and Domitian under Vespasian.

Mattingly, in BMC, p. xliv, modified Cohen's interpretation: "Cohen can hardly be right in identifying the woman with Domitilla, but the children seem to stand for Titus and Domitian, and Tutela is the guardian care of the Emperor that watches over his sons."

However, I prefer Mattingly's alternate interpretation, which he explains in a footnote:

"Or the children might represent citizens and Tutela would then be the Emperor's ward over his subjects. Cf. Suetonius, Divus Vespasianus, 5, an omen that portended 'desertam rem p. civili aliqua perturbatione in tutelam eius ac velut in gremium deventuram' ['that the Roman state, abandoned because of some civil agitation, would fall under his protection (tutela) and as it were into his lap']....Martial (v.1.7ff.) addresses Domitian as 'o rerum felix tutela salusque / sospite quo gratum credimus esse Iovem' [O happy protector (tutela) and savior of our affairs, whose continuing good health makes us believe that Jupiter is on our side']."

These quotes, and others that Mattingly indicates in the same note, show that 'tutela' was commonly used in Vespasian's day to mean the emperor's solicitous care for his subjects. Plus, the few later appearances of a Tutela type on Roman coins, under Tetricus I and Carausius, do not include children and seem to refer to governing not childrearing.'

As can clearly be seen on this well preserved dupondius the two children standing either side of Tutela are togate, indicating that they are both boys and perhaps can be viewed as further evidence that Mattingly's alternate theory is correct and the two children do indeed represent the empire's citizens. Unfortunately, the Tutela type was struck rather fleetingly in 71 and did not become part of Vespasian's regular canon of reverse types.

One of the finest known examples of the type. A double die match with the ANS specimen 1906.236.246.

NB: BMC 527 records the type with an obverse reading COS II, however, the obverse has been tooled from an original COS III die. Its reverse die is also known to be paired with other COS III obverses.
7 commentsDavid Atherton07/23/19 at 02:38Nemonater: Fantastic!
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Vespasian RIC-28241 viewsÆ Dupondius, 14.36g
Rome mint, 71 AD
RIC 282 (R2). BMC 596. BNF 572.
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS III; Head of Vespasian, radiate, r.
Rev: TVTELA AVGVSTI; S C in exergue; Tutela std. l., with a child either side
Acquired from Praefectus Coins, July 2019. Ex The Morris Collection.

Tutela, the goddess of guardianship, is a rare personification on Roman coinage. She first appears on the dupondii of Vitellius and later under Vespasian during his great bronze issue of 71, both on the dupondius and a unique sestertius. The type under Vespasian is extremely scarce with only two reverse dies known for the dupondius. The unique sestertius was acquired by Curtis Clay, for which he wrote the following concerning the TVTELA reverse type:

'Cohen suggested a dynastic interpretation of this TVTELA AVGVSTI rev. type: Vitellius seated with his two children, one boy and one girl, under Vitellius; Domitilla, Vespasian's deceased wife, seated with her sons Titus and Domitian under Vespasian.

Mattingly, in BMC, p. xliv, modified Cohen's interpretation: "Cohen can hardly be right in identifying the woman with Domitilla, but the children seem to stand for Titus and Domitian, and Tutela is the guardian care of the Emperor that watches over his sons."

However, I prefer Mattingly's alternate interpretation, which he explains in a footnote:

"Or the children might represent citizens and Tutela would then be the Emperor's ward over his subjects. Cf. Suetonius, Divus Vespasianus, 5, an omen that portended 'desertam rem p. civili aliqua perturbatione in tutelam eius ac velut in gremium deventuram' ['that the Roman state, abandoned because of some civil agitation, would fall under his protection (tutela) and as it were into his lap']....Martial (v.1.7ff.) addresses Domitian as 'o rerum felix tutela salusque / sospite quo gratum credimus esse Iovem' [O happy protector (tutela) and savior of our affairs, whose continuing good health makes us believe that Jupiter is on our side']."

These quotes, and others that Mattingly indicates in the same note, show that 'tutela' was commonly used in Vespasian's day to mean the emperor's solicitous care for his subjects. Plus, the few later appearances of a Tutela type on Roman coins, under Tetricus I and Carausius, do not include children and seem to refer to governing not childrearing.'

As can clearly be seen on this well preserved dupondius the two children standing either side of Tutela are togate, indicating that they are both boys and perhaps can be viewed as further evidence that Mattingly's alternate theory is correct and the two children do indeed represent the empire's citizens. Unfortunately, the Tutela type was struck rather fleetingly in 71 and did not become part of Vespasian's regular canon of reverse types.

One of the finest known examples of the type. A double die match with the ANS specimen 1906.236.246.

NB: BMC 527 records the type with an obverse reading COS II, however, the obverse has been tooled from an original COS III die. Its reverse die is also known to be paired with other COS III obverses.
7 commentsDavid Atherton07/23/19 at 01:32Jay GT4: Amazing rarity and outstanding coin!
V282.jpg
Vespasian RIC-28241 viewsÆ Dupondius, 14.36g
Rome mint, 71 AD
RIC 282 (R2). BMC 596. BNF 572.
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS III; Head of Vespasian, radiate, r.
Rev: TVTELA AVGVSTI; S C in exergue; Tutela std. l., with a child either side
Acquired from Praefectus Coins, July 2019. Ex The Morris Collection.

Tutela, the goddess of guardianship, is a rare personification on Roman coinage. She first appears on the dupondii of Vitellius and later under Vespasian during his great bronze issue of 71, both on the dupondius and a unique sestertius. The type under Vespasian is extremely scarce with only two reverse dies known for the dupondius. The unique sestertius was acquired by Curtis Clay, for which he wrote the following concerning the TVTELA reverse type:

'Cohen suggested a dynastic interpretation of this TVTELA AVGVSTI rev. type: Vitellius seated with his two children, one boy and one girl, under Vitellius; Domitilla, Vespasian's deceased wife, seated with her sons Titus and Domitian under Vespasian.

Mattingly, in BMC, p. xliv, modified Cohen's interpretation: "Cohen can hardly be right in identifying the woman with Domitilla, but the children seem to stand for Titus and Domitian, and Tutela is the guardian care of the Emperor that watches over his sons."

However, I prefer Mattingly's alternate interpretation, which he explains in a footnote:

"Or the children might represent citizens and Tutela would then be the Emperor's ward over his subjects. Cf. Suetonius, Divus Vespasianus, 5, an omen that portended 'desertam rem p. civili aliqua perturbatione in tutelam eius ac velut in gremium deventuram' ['that the Roman state, abandoned because of some civil agitation, would fall under his protection (tutela) and as it were into his lap']....Martial (v.1.7ff.) addresses Domitian as 'o rerum felix tutela salusque / sospite quo gratum credimus esse Iovem' [O happy protector (tutela) and savior of our affairs, whose continuing good health makes us believe that Jupiter is on our side']."

These quotes, and others that Mattingly indicates in the same note, show that 'tutela' was commonly used in Vespasian's day to mean the emperor's solicitous care for his subjects. Plus, the few later appearances of a Tutela type on Roman coins, under Tetricus I and Carausius, do not include children and seem to refer to governing not childrearing.'

As can clearly be seen on this well preserved dupondius the two children standing either side of Tutela are togate, indicating that they are both boys and perhaps can be viewed as further evidence that Mattingly's alternate theory is correct and the two children do indeed represent the empire's citizens. Unfortunately, the Tutela type was struck rather fleetingly in 71 and did not become part of Vespasian's regular canon of reverse types.

One of the finest known examples of the type. A double die match with the ANS specimen 1906.236.246.

NB: BMC 527 records the type with an obverse reading COS II, however, the obverse has been tooled from an original COS III die. Its reverse die is also known to be paired with other COS III obverses.
7 commentsDavid Atherton07/22/19 at 21:31David Atherton: Thanks for the additional provenance info Curtis!
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Vespasian RIC-28241 viewsÆ Dupondius, 14.36g
Rome mint, 71 AD
RIC 282 (R2). BMC 596. BNF 572.
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS III; Head of Vespasian, radiate, r.
Rev: TVTELA AVGVSTI; S C in exergue; Tutela std. l., with a child either side
Acquired from Praefectus Coins, July 2019. Ex The Morris Collection.

Tutela, the goddess of guardianship, is a rare personification on Roman coinage. She first appears on the dupondii of Vitellius and later under Vespasian during his great bronze issue of 71, both on the dupondius and a unique sestertius. The type under Vespasian is extremely scarce with only two reverse dies known for the dupondius. The unique sestertius was acquired by Curtis Clay, for which he wrote the following concerning the TVTELA reverse type:

'Cohen suggested a dynastic interpretation of this TVTELA AVGVSTI rev. type: Vitellius seated with his two children, one boy and one girl, under Vitellius; Domitilla, Vespasian's deceased wife, seated with her sons Titus and Domitian under Vespasian.

Mattingly, in BMC, p. xliv, modified Cohen's interpretation: "Cohen can hardly be right in identifying the woman with Domitilla, but the children seem to stand for Titus and Domitian, and Tutela is the guardian care of the Emperor that watches over his sons."

However, I prefer Mattingly's alternate interpretation, which he explains in a footnote:

"Or the children might represent citizens and Tutela would then be the Emperor's ward over his subjects. Cf. Suetonius, Divus Vespasianus, 5, an omen that portended 'desertam rem p. civili aliqua perturbatione in tutelam eius ac velut in gremium deventuram' ['that the Roman state, abandoned because of some civil agitation, would fall under his protection (tutela) and as it were into his lap']....Martial (v.1.7ff.) addresses Domitian as 'o rerum felix tutela salusque / sospite quo gratum credimus esse Iovem' [O happy protector (tutela) and savior of our affairs, whose continuing good health makes us believe that Jupiter is on our side']."

These quotes, and others that Mattingly indicates in the same note, show that 'tutela' was commonly used in Vespasian's day to mean the emperor's solicitous care for his subjects. Plus, the few later appearances of a Tutela type on Roman coins, under Tetricus I and Carausius, do not include children and seem to refer to governing not childrearing.'

As can clearly be seen on this well preserved dupondius the two children standing either side of Tutela are togate, indicating that they are both boys and perhaps can be viewed as further evidence that Mattingly's alternate theory is correct and the two children do indeed represent the empire's citizens. Unfortunately, the Tutela type was struck rather fleetingly in 71 and did not become part of Vespasian's regular canon of reverse types.

One of the finest known examples of the type. A double die match with the ANS specimen 1906.236.246.

NB: BMC 527 records the type with an obverse reading COS II, however, the obverse has been tooled from an original COS III die. Its reverse die is also known to be paired with other COS III obverses.
7 commentsDavid Atherton07/22/19 at 20:05quadrans: Interesting piece..
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Asia Minor, Mysia, Pergamon, Owl, Athena, A Π monogram17 viewsMysia, Pergamon
AE17, 200-133 BC
Obv.: Head of Athena right, wearing Attic helmet with star
Rev.: Owl with spread wings standing on palm, ΑΘΗΝΑΣ ΝΙΚΗΦΟΡΟΥ above and below, monograms A Π below
AE, 3.93g, 18mm
Ref.:
1 commentsshanxi07/22/19 at 20:04quadrans: Nice one
V282.jpg
Vespasian RIC-28241 viewsÆ Dupondius, 14.36g
Rome mint, 71 AD
RIC 282 (R2). BMC 596. BNF 572.
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS III; Head of Vespasian, radiate, r.
Rev: TVTELA AVGVSTI; S C in exergue; Tutela std. l., with a child either side
Acquired from Praefectus Coins, July 2019. Ex The Morris Collection.

Tutela, the goddess of guardianship, is a rare personification on Roman coinage. She first appears on the dupondii of Vitellius and later under Vespasian during his great bronze issue of 71, both on the dupondius and a unique sestertius. The type under Vespasian is extremely scarce with only two reverse dies known for the dupondius. The unique sestertius was acquired by Curtis Clay, for which he wrote the following concerning the TVTELA reverse type:

'Cohen suggested a dynastic interpretation of this TVTELA AVGVSTI rev. type: Vitellius seated with his two children, one boy and one girl, under Vitellius; Domitilla, Vespasian's deceased wife, seated with her sons Titus and Domitian under Vespasian.

Mattingly, in BMC, p. xliv, modified Cohen's interpretation: "Cohen can hardly be right in identifying the woman with Domitilla, but the children seem to stand for Titus and Domitian, and Tutela is the guardian care of the Emperor that watches over his sons."

However, I prefer Mattingly's alternate interpretation, which he explains in a footnote:

"Or the children might represent citizens and Tutela would then be the Emperor's ward over his subjects. Cf. Suetonius, Divus Vespasianus, 5, an omen that portended 'desertam rem p. civili aliqua perturbatione in tutelam eius ac velut in gremium deventuram' ['that the Roman state, abandoned because of some civil agitation, would fall under his protection (tutela) and as it were into his lap']....Martial (v.1.7ff.) addresses Domitian as 'o rerum felix tutela salusque / sospite quo gratum credimus esse Iovem' [O happy protector (tutela) and savior of our affairs, whose continuing good health makes us believe that Jupiter is on our side']."

These quotes, and others that Mattingly indicates in the same note, show that 'tutela' was commonly used in Vespasian's day to mean the emperor's solicitous care for his subjects. Plus, the few later appearances of a Tutela type on Roman coins, under Tetricus I and Carausius, do not include children and seem to refer to governing not childrearing.'

As can clearly be seen on this well preserved dupondius the two children standing either side of Tutela are togate, indicating that they are both boys and perhaps can be viewed as further evidence that Mattingly's alternate theory is correct and the two children do indeed represent the empire's citizens. Unfortunately, the Tutela type was struck rather fleetingly in 71 and did not become part of Vespasian's regular canon of reverse types.

One of the finest known examples of the type. A double die match with the ANS specimen 1906.236.246.

NB: BMC 527 records the type with an obverse reading COS II, however, the obverse has been tooled from an original COS III die. Its reverse die is also known to be paired with other COS III obverses.
7 commentsDavid Atherton07/22/19 at 18:22curtislclay: "Morris's" real name: Philip C. Peck of New Yo...