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Egypt, Alexandria Tiberius Obol Ex Dattari plate coin6 viewsEgypt, Alexandria. Dattari. Tiberius, 14-37 Obol circa 19-20 (year 6), Ć 20.1mm., 5.67g.
Obv: Laureate head r.
Rev. TIBEPIOY Hippopotamus standing r.; in exergue,
L Geissen -. RPC 5087 (this coin cited). Dattari-Savio Pl. 4, 103 (this coin).
Brown tone, About Very Fine.
From the Dattari collection.
Naville Numismatics Aution 43, Lot 250 September 23, 2018
2 commentsorfew09/24/18 at 20:54Nemonater: It's a great coin, even better as the Dattari ...
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Egypt, Alexandria Tiberius Obol Ex Dattari plate coin6 viewsEgypt, Alexandria. Dattari. Tiberius, 14-37 Obol circa 19-20 (year 6), Ć 20.1mm., 5.67g.
Obv: Laureate head r.
Rev. TIBEPIOY Hippopotamus standing r.; in exergue,
L Geissen -. RPC 5087 (this coin cited). Dattari-Savio Pl. 4, 103 (this coin).
Brown tone, About Very Fine.
From the Dattari collection.
Naville Numismatics Aution 43, Lot 250 September 23, 2018
2 commentsorfew09/24/18 at 20:52FlaviusDomitianus: Nice choice!
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Titus / Pontif Maxim Mule17 viewsTitus. As Caesar, AD 69-79. AR Denarius, Rome mint. Struck under Vespasian, AD 73.
O: Laureate head right; T CAES IMP VESP CENS
R: Vespasian seated right on curule chair, feet on footstool, holding scepter and olive branch.
- RIC II 554 (R) (Vespasian); BMC 113; RSC 158. Struck from the same obverse die as the aureus illustrated for Calicó 746.

An interesting mule. When this coin was struck, Titus was only Pontifex not Pontifex Maximus. The same reverse type was also struck for Titus with his correct titles, PONTIF TRI POT.
The reverse type clearly copies the PONTIF MAXIM Livia seated type of Tiberius. Vespasian may have copied this and other earlier aureus and denarius reverse types as restorations, since he was melting down and recoining the originals to take advantage of Nero's debasement of 64 AD. According to CClay, "Use of the SAME dies for both aurei and denarii was the rule up until Titus and continued in some issues until about Hadrian. Thereafter the style and size of the two denominations diverged, though gold and silver QUINARII often continued to be struck from the same dies."
3 commentsNemonater09/24/18 at 19:48Marsman: A beauty 😊👍
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Sybaris, Lucania27 views550-510 BC
AR Obol (10mm, 0.44g)
O: Bull (Ox?) standing left, head turned back to right; VM in exergue.
R: Large MV monogram; four pellets around.
SNG ANS 853; HN Italy 1739; Hands Type I, IV
ex Tom Vossen

This coin dates from the original Greek colony, Sybaris I, before its destruction by the Krotones in 511-510 BC.
The MV monogram on the reverse actually reads 'SY' for Sybaris, and I believe the VM in exergue on the obverse is 'MV' retrograde.
The Bull device seen on all early types from Sybaris, and later on the coins of her colonies at Poseidonia and Thurii, may in fact be a white ox at the mother city.
4 commentsEnodia09/24/18 at 18:28quadrans: Ohh, nice,
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Henry VI (1422 - 1461 A.D.)11 viewsAR Groat
O: +HENRIC DI GRA REX ANGL Z FRANC / Crowned bust facing, with annulet on each side of neck.
R: +POSVI DEVM ADIVTORE MEVM VILLA CALISIE / Long cross with three pellets in each angle, annulet in two quarters and after POSVI.
Annulet issue. Calais mint; im: pierced cross 2. Struck 1422-1427.
3.72g
27mm
North 1424; SCBC 1836
5 commentsMat09/24/18 at 18:15quadrans: Great coin , and details,
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03 Constantius II7 viewsConstantius II, AE 20mm, Antioch. DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG, pearl diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right / FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, soldier spearing fallen horseman who is bearded, hair in braids, clutching horse's neck. Epsilon in left field. Mintmark ANS. RIC VIII Antioch 146.4 commentsRandygeki(h2)09/24/18 at 17:00Mat: very nice
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03 Constantius II9 viewsConstantius II
AE 2
obverse D N CONSTAN-TIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right;
reverse FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, Gamma in left, soldier spearing Horseman,hair in braids, bearded, reaching back towards soldier, ANH in ex
Antioch 132
3 commentsRandygeki(h2)09/24/18 at 17:00Mat: love this one, nice
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03 Constantius II9 viewsConstantius II
AE 2
obverse D N CONSTAN-TIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right;
reverse FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, Gamma in left, soldier spearing Horseman,hair in braids, bearded, reaching back towards soldier, AN Delta I in ex
Antioch 132
4 commentsRandygeki(h2)09/24/18 at 17:00Mat: great patina
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Constantius II6 viewsAntioch RIC 132 and 135. All 15 officina3 commentsRandygeki(h2)09/24/18 at 16:59Mat: congrats
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Struck 1248 - 1250, Henry III (1216 – 1272), AR Penny minted at London, England5 viewsObverse: HENRICVS REX : III. Crowned bust of Henry III facing within circle of pellets. Mintmark: Pointed star.
Reverse: NICOLE ON LVND. Voided long cross dividing legend into quarters, trefoil in each quarter of inner circle. Moneyer, Nicholas.
Diameter: 19mm | Weight: 1.3gms | Die Axis: 6
SPINK: 1363

The First Barons' War (1215–1217) was a civil war in England in which a group of rebellious barons led by Robert Fitzwalter and supported by a French army under the future Louis VIII of France, waged war against King John of England. The war resulted from the King John's refusal to accept and abide by the Magna Carta, which he had been forced to put his seal to on 15th June 1215, as well as from Louis' own ambitions regarding the English throne.
It was in the middle of this war that King John died leaving his son, the nine year old Henry III (who had been moved to safety at Corfe Castle in Dorset along with his mother, Queen Isabella) as his heir.
On his deathbed John appointed a council of thirteen executors to help Henry reclaim the kingdom, requesting that his son be placed into the guardianship of William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke, and the loyalists decided to crown Henry immediately to reinforce his claim to the throne. William knighted the boy, and Cardinal Guala Bicchieri, the papal legate to England, then oversaw his coronation at Gloucester Cathedral on 28th October 1216. In the absence of the archbishops of either Canterbury or York, Henry was anointed by the bishops of Worcester and Exeter, and crowned by Peter des Roches, bishop of Winchester. During the civil war the royal crown had been lost, so instead, the ceremony used a simple gold corolla belonging to Queen Isabella. In 1217, Henry's forces, led by William Marshal, finally defeated the rebels at the battles of Lincoln and Sandwich.
Henry's early rule was dominated first by Hubert de Burgh, 1st Earl of Kent and Justiciar of England and Ireland, then by Peter des Roches, and they re-established royal authority after the war. In 1225 Henry promised to abide by the final and definitative version of the Magna Carta, freely authenticated by the great seal of Henry III himself, which protected the rights of the major barons and placed a limit on royal power. It is the clauses of this, the 1225 Magna Carta signed by Henry III, not the King John Magna Carta of 1215, which are on the Statute Books of the United Kingdom today.
1 comments*Alex09/24/18 at 16:59Mat: wonderful piece
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EB0775 Constantine I / Quadriga3 viewsConstantine I 307-337, Ć Reduced Follis of Constantinople, posthumous commemorative 337-340.
Obverse: DV CONSTANT [INVS PT A] VGG, Veiled bust right.
Reverse: Emperor in quadriga right, hand of God reaches him from above, CONS in exergue.
References: RIC 37.
Diameter: 14mm, Weight: 1.354g.
1 commentsEB09/24/18 at 12:45Jay GT4: Interesting style
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03 Constantius II9 viewsConstantius II
AE 2
obverse D N CONSTAN-TIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right;
reverse FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, Gamma in left, soldier spearing Horseman,hair in braids, bearded, reaching back towards soldier, AN Delta I in ex
Antioch 132
4 commentsRandygeki(h2)09/24/18 at 10:12maridvnvm: Great allround
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03 Constantius II9 viewsConstantius II
AE 2
obverse D N CONSTAN-TIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right;
reverse FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, Gamma in left, soldier spearing Horseman,hair in braids, bearded, reaching back towards soldier, ANH in ex
Antioch 132
3 commentsRandygeki(h2)09/24/18 at 10:11maridvnvm: Sweet, bent arm too!
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03 Constantius II7 viewsConstantius II, AE 20mm, Antioch. DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG, pearl diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right / FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, soldier spearing fallen horseman who is bearded, hair in braids, clutching horse's neck. Epsilon in left field. Mintmark ANS. RIC VIII Antioch 146.4 commentsRandygeki(h2)09/24/18 at 10:11maridvnvm: Great looking coin
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FTR captive types 5 views1 commentsRandygeki(h2)09/24/18 at 10:10maridvnvm: Sweet
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Constantius II6 viewsAntioch RIC 132 and 135. All 15 officina3 commentsRandygeki(h2)09/24/18 at 10:09maridvnvm: Nice looking set! Well done.
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Constantius II6 viewsAntioch RIC 132 and 135. All 15 officina3 commentsRandygeki(h2)09/24/18 at 06:35Canaan: Congrats on completing the set well done!!
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Titus / Quadriga Aureus3 viewsNOT MINE!!
Perhaps one day?
1 commentsNemonater09/24/18 at 05:23Jay GT4: Nice! Wish I owned some Flavian gold!
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Attica, Athens, Athena, Owl, Tetradrachm9 viewsAttica. Athens
Silver tetradrachm, ca. 454-404 BC
Av: Helmeted head of Athena right, with frontal eye.
Rv: AΘE. Owl standing right, head facing; olive sprig and crescent to left; all within incuse square.
AR, 17.16g, 23mm
Ref.: Kroll 8; HGC 4, 1597.
1 commentsshanxi09/23/18 at 18:07Canaan: Congrats, very nice example!!!
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03 Constantius II7 viewsConstantius II, AE 20mm, Antioch. DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG, pearl diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right / FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, soldier spearing fallen horseman who is bearded, hair in braids, clutching horse's neck. Epsilon in left field. Mintmark ANS. RIC VIII Antioch 146.4 commentsRandygeki(h2)09/23/18 at 15:08Jay GT4: Sweet!
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03 Constantius II9 viewsConstantius II
AE 2
obverse D N CONSTAN-TIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right;
reverse FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, Gamma in left, soldier spearing Horseman,hair in braids, bearded, reaching back towards soldier, ANH in ex
Antioch 132
3 commentsRandygeki(h2)09/23/18 at 15:08Jay GT4: Wonderful reverse
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03 Constantius II9 viewsConstantius II
AE 2
obverse D N CONSTAN-TIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right;
reverse FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, Gamma in left, soldier spearing Horseman,hair in braids, bearded, reaching back towards soldier, AN Delta I in ex
Antioch 132
4 commentsRandygeki(h2)09/23/18 at 15:07Jay GT4: Great
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CONSTANS, as Caesar. Thessalonica12 viewsObv. Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right.
Rev. GLORI-A EXER-CITVS, two soldiers standing vis-ŕ-vis, each holding spear and hand on shield resting on the ground; a standard between them; SMTSΔ.
References: RIC VII 226; LRBC 845.
17mm, 1.98 grams.
3 commentsCanaan09/23/18 at 10:16Canaan: Thanks Yuri, fixed
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CONSTANS, as Caesar. Thessalonica 11 viewsObv. Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right.
Rev. GLORI-A EXER-CITVS, two soldiers standing vis-ŕ-vis, each holding spear and hand on shield resting on the ground; a standard between them; SMTSΔ.
References: RIC VII 201; LRBC 845.
18mm, 2.02 grams.
2 commentsCanaan09/23/18 at 10:14Canaan: Thanks Yuri, fixed
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03 Constantius II7 viewsConstantius II, AE 20mm, Antioch. DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG, pearl diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right / FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, soldier spearing fallen horseman who is bearded, hair in braids, clutching horse's neck. Epsilon in left field. Mintmark ANS. RIC VIII Antioch 146.4 commentsRandygeki(h2)09/23/18 at 10:00Canaan: Nice!!!
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03 Constantius II9 viewsConstantius II
AE 2
obverse D N CONSTAN-TIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right;
reverse FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, Gamma in left, soldier spearing Horseman,hair in braids, bearded, reaching back towards soldier, AN Delta I in ex
Antioch 132
4 commentsRandygeki(h2)09/23/18 at 09:59Canaan: Nice armour on the fallen horseman
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Titus / Eagle12 viewsTitus as Caesar. 70-79 AD. Denarius, Rome, 76 AD.
O: T CAESAR IMP - VESPASIANVS Head laureate left.
R: COS - V across field, Eagle with raised wings standing right on garlanded altar, head left.
- RIC 873 (R2), pl. 10 (different dies). BMC 192 note (citing Cohen). Cohen 60 (Rollin).
Very rare with portrait left: not in BM by 1976, not in the Paris catalogue nor in the Reka Devnia hoard, since the reported seven specimens in Sofia were doubtless actually Cohen 59 with portrait right. RIC 873 cites two specimens with portrait left
3 commentsNemonater09/23/18 at 08:48FlaviusDomitianus: Excellent coin
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Vespasian RIC-71562 viewsĆ Dupondius, 10.55g
Rome mint, 74 AD
RIC 715 (C2). BMC 696.
Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG P M T P COS V CENS; Head of Vespasian, radiate, r.
Rev: FELICITAS PVBLICA; S C in field; Felicitas stg. l., with caduceus and cornucopiae
Acquired from Aegean Numismatics, August 2018.

A decently sized bronze coinage was struck for Vespasian in 74. The Felicitas on the reverse symbolises the prosperity and abundance Vespasian has brought to the empire. It is easily one of the commonest reverse types of the issue.

Well centred with a few marks on the reverse.
5 commentsDavid Atherton09/23/18 at 04:47Randygeki(h2): Great patina on this
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Titus RIC-22642 viewsAE As, 10.75g
Rome mint, 80-81 AD
RIC 226 (R). BMC 210.
Obv: IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P COS VIII; Head of Titus, laureate, l.
Rev: GENI P R; S C in field; Genius stg. l., with patera over altar and cornucopiae
Acquired from London Ancient Coins, September 2018.

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

Neatly centred with a fantastic portrait.
7 commentsDavid Atherton09/23/18 at 04:47Randygeki(h2): Excellent!
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Vespasian AR Denarius. Rome, AD 69-71.3 viewsObv. IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right.
Rev. COSITER TR POT, Pax seated left, holding branch and caduceus.
References: RIC 10.
1 commentsCanaan09/23/18 at 04:46Randygeki(h2): Good example
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Marcus Aurelius, 161-180. Denarius, Rome, 169-170.3 viewsObv. M ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXIIII Laureate head of Marcus Aurelius to right.
Rev. VICT AVG COS III Victory advancing left, holding wreath in her right hand and a trophy with her left.
References: BMC 532. Cohen 979. RIC 225.
1 commentsCanaan09/23/18 at 04:46Randygeki(h2): Nice
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VITELLIUS (69). Denarius. Rome.21 viewsObv: A VITELLIVS GERM IMP AVG TR P. Laureate head right.
Rev: CONCORDIA P R. Concordia seated left on throne, holding patera and cradling cornucopia.
RIC 90.
Weight: 3.4 g.
Diameter: 19 mm.
4 commentsCanaan09/23/18 at 04:45Randygeki(h2): Oh cool. Sweet addition!
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132 - Probus - RIC 127 - Bust Type C (Lugdunum) (Retrograde C in left field)3 viewsObv:– IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG, Radiate draped and cuirassed bust right
Rev:– SPES AVG, Spes standing left, holding flower and raising robe
Minted in Lugdunum (Retrograde C in left field) Emission 9, Officina 3. January to August A.D. 282
Reference:– Cohen 702. Bastien 405 (2 examples). RIC 127 Bust type C

Weight 3.43g. 22.25mm. 180 degrees
1 commentsmaridvnvm09/23/18 at 04:44Randygeki(h2): Nice!
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Henry VI (1422 - 1461 A.D.)11 viewsAR Groat
O: +HENRIC DI GRA REX ANGL Z FRANC / Crowned bust facing, with annulet on each side of neck.
R: +POSVI DEVM ADIVTORE MEVM VILLA CALISIE / Long cross with three pellets in each angle, annulet in two quarters and after POSVI.
Annulet issue. Calais mint; im: pierced cross 2. Struck 1422-1427.
3.72g
27mm
North 1424; SCBC 1836
5 commentsMat09/23/18 at 04:44Randygeki(h2): Awesome example !
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1024 BITHYNIA Koinon of Bithynia Sabina Ae 32 Octastyle temple9 viewsReference.
RPC III, 1024; Rec 53; Paris 815; von Aulock 290; BMC 30; C/M Howgego 64 ( Hadrian Laureate head right)

Obv. СΑΒΕΙΝΑ СΕΒΑΣΤΗ
Draped bust of Sabina, r., with hair coiled and piled on top of head above double stephane

Rev. ΚΟΙ-ΝΟΝ ΒΕΙΘΥΝΙΑС
Octastyle temple on podium of two steps; pellet between middle columns; in pediment, sacrificing Genius in pediment; below, prow

25.17 gr
32 mm
6h
2 commentsokidoki09/23/18 at 04:43Randygeki(h2): Me too, neat coin
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Titus / Pontif Maxim Mule17 viewsTitus. As Caesar, AD 69-79. AR Denarius, Rome mint. Struck under Vespasian, AD 73.
O: Laureate head right; T CAES IMP VESP CENS
R: Vespasian seated right on curule chair, feet on footstool, holding scepter and olive branch.
- RIC II 554 (R) (Vespasian); BMC 113; RSC 158. Struck from the same obverse die as the aureus illustrated for Calicó 746.

An interesting mule. When this coin was struck, Titus was only Pontifex not Pontifex Maximus. The same reverse type was also struck for Titus with his correct titles, PONTIF TRI POT.
The reverse type clearly copies the PONTIF MAXIM Livia seated type of Tiberius. Vespasian may have copied this and other earlier aureus and denarius reverse types as restorations, since he was melting down and recoining the originals to take advantage of Nero's debasement of 64 AD. According to CClay, "Use of the SAME dies for both aurei and denarii was the rule up until Titus and continued in some issues until about Hadrian. Thereafter the style and size of the two denominations diverged, though gold and silver QUINARII often continued to be struck from the same dies."
3 commentsNemonater09/23/18 at 02:53Canaan: A very beautiful and rare coiin, congrats
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Titus / Eagle12 viewsTitus as Caesar. 70-79 AD. Denarius, Rome, 76 AD.
O: T CAESAR IMP - VESPASIANVS Head laureate left.
R: COS - V across field, Eagle with raised wings standing right on garlanded altar, head left.
- RIC 873 (R2), pl. 10 (different dies). BMC 192 note (citing Cohen). Cohen 60 (Rollin).
Very rare with portrait left: not in BM by 1976, not in the Paris catalogue nor in the Reka Devnia hoard, since the reported seven specimens in Sofia were doubtless actually Cohen 59 with portrait right. RIC 873 cites two specimens with portrait left
3 commentsNemonater09/23/18 at 02:51Canaan: Very nice!!!!
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Titus / Eagle12 viewsTitus as Caesar. 70-79 AD. Denarius, Rome, 76 AD.
O: T CAESAR IMP - VESPASIANVS Head laureate left.
R: COS - V across field, Eagle with raised wings standing right on garlanded altar, head left.
- RIC 873 (R2), pl. 10 (different dies). BMC 192 note (citing Cohen). Cohen 60 (Rollin).
Very rare with portrait left: not in BM by 1976, not in the Paris catalogue nor in the Reka Devnia hoard, since the reported seven specimens in Sofia were doubtless actually Cohen 59 with portrait right. RIC 873 cites two specimens with portrait left
3 commentsNemonater09/22/18 at 22:13Jay GT4: Another great portrait and with the added bonus he...
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Titus / Pontif Maxim Mule17 viewsTitus. As Caesar, AD 69-79. AR Denarius, Rome mint. Struck under Vespasian, AD 73.
O: Laureate head right; T CAES IMP VESP CENS
R: Vespasian seated right on curule chair, feet on footstool, holding scepter and olive branch.
- RIC II 554 (R) (Vespasian); BMC 113; RSC 158. Struck from the same obverse die as the aureus illustrated for Calicó 746.

An interesting mule. When this coin was struck, Titus was only Pontifex not Pontifex Maximus. The same reverse type was also struck for Titus with his correct titles, PONTIF TRI POT.
The reverse type clearly copies the PONTIF MAXIM Livia seated type of Tiberius. Vespasian may have copied this and other earlier aureus and denarius reverse types as restorations, since he was melting down and recoining the originals to take advantage of Nero's debasement of 64 AD. According to CClay, "Use of the SAME dies for both aurei and denarii was the rule up until Titus and continued in some issues until about Hadrian. Thereafter the style and size of the two denominations diverged, though gold and silver QUINARII often continued to be struck from the same dies."
3 commentsNemonater09/22/18 at 22:12Jay GT4: What a portrait! Amazing
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Artabanos II., 10 - 63 AD35 viewsBI tdr., 12,68gr., 26,31mm;
Sellw. 63.4, Shore 335, Sunrise 411var.;
mint: Seleukia, axis: 12h;
obv.: bare-headed, facing, w/3-strand diadem and 2 broad ribbons; long wavy hair, droopy mustache,med.-long beard cut square at end; double necklace; cuirass; dotted border 4 - 7h;
rev.:on the right side king on horseback, left, facing goddess w/palm branch in right hand, long scepter or lance in left hand, between heads T, behind king’s head Λ, above horse’s tail N = year 27 AD, month symbol 52 for Holoos (July); a 4-line legend is visible: BΛCIΛEΩ(C) ΛPCΛK(OY), under hte exergual line (ΔIKΛIOY) (EΠ)IΦΛNOYC;

ex: CNG Auction 103, # 453.
2 commentsSchatz09/22/18 at 20:30Michael C8: Fantastic example of this type. So much character ...
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Taras, Calabria84 views380-345 BC
AR Diobol (11mm, 0.95g)
O: Horse right, running free.
R: Taras astride dolphin right, left hand extended.
Vlasto 1225; Cote 177; SNG Fitzwilliam 348
Very Scarce
ex Davissons Ltd

As the first port-of-call in southern Italy from Greece, Taras’ fine natural harbor soon established the city as a major center of Greek influence.
Founded in 706 BC by the Spartan Phalanthos, Taras derived its name from the son of Poseidon, who was carried ashore by a dolphin. Legend has it that Phalanthos too, after being shipwrecked, was rescued by a dolphin, and this explains the artistic device so common throughout this prolific coinage.
2 commentsEnodia09/22/18 at 13:39Leo: Not the one we can see often, congratulation!
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CALABRIA, Taras. 450-440 BC. AR Nomos8 views7.71g
Taras seated left on dolphin, both arms extended, cockle shell below, Greek ΔEM scratched in field in ancient times // Dionysius male figure, naked to waist, seated, holding distaff & scepter, large die-break noticeable at the bottom of the distaff, Fine.
2 commentsLeo09/22/18 at 13:34Leo: Thanks Jay
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Vespasian-RIC-116041 viewsĆ Dupondius, 11.14g
Lyon mint, 71 AD
RIC 1160 (R2). BMC 809.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG COS III; Head of Vespasian, radiate, r.
Rev: VICTORIA NAVALIS; S C in field; Victory stg. r. on prow, with wreath and palm
Acquired from Victor's Imperial Coins, September 2018.

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

This Victoria Navalis dupondius struck at Lugdunum (Lyon) is much rarer than the Rome mint variants, which are more commonly seen on the As issues. The 'severe' portrait along with the globe at the base of the neck help to distinguish them from their Rome mint counterparts.
4 commentsDavid Atherton09/22/18 at 06:00ancientdave: Another nice bronze!
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CALABRIA, Taras. 450-440 BC. AR Nomos8 views7.71g
Taras seated left on dolphin, both arms extended, cockle shell below, Greek ΔEM scratched in field in ancient times // Dionysius male figure, naked to waist, seated, holding distaff & scepter, large die-break noticeable at the bottom of the distaff, Fine.
2 commentsLeo09/22/18 at 02:38Jay GT4: Interesting style on Taras and graffiti
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EB0011 Leukippos / Barley4 viewsMetapontum, LUCANIA (ITALY), AR Nomos, 350-330 BC.
Obverse: Helmeted head of Leukippos right; lion's head behind.
Reverse: Barley ear with seven grains; leaf to left, club on leaf, [AMI beneath leaf].
references: Johnston B2, SNG ANS 432ff.
Diameter: 19.5mm, Weight: 7.526g.
1 commentsEB09/22/18 at 02:36Jay GT4: Nice!
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Henry VI (1422 - 1461 A.D.)11 viewsAR Groat
O: +HENRIC DI GRA REX ANGL Z FRANC / Crowned bust facing, with annulet on each side of neck.
R: +POSVI DEVM ADIVTORE MEVM VILLA CALISIE / Long cross with three pellets in each angle, annulet in two quarters and after POSVI.
Annulet issue. Calais mint; im: pierced cross 2. Struck 1422-1427.
3.72g
27mm
North 1424; SCBC 1836
5 commentsMat09/21/18 at 15:07Callimachus: Nice coin.
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Henry VI (1422 - 1461 A.D.)11 viewsAR Groat
O: +HENRIC DI GRA REX ANGL Z FRANC / Crowned bust facing, with annulet on each side of neck.
R: +POSVI DEVM ADIVTORE MEVM VILLA CALISIE / Long cross with three pellets in each angle, annulet in two quarters and after POSVI.
Annulet issue. Calais mint; im: pierced cross 2. Struck 1422-1427.
3.72g
27mm
North 1424; SCBC 1836
5 commentsMat09/21/18 at 13:40*Alex: Nice.
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Calabria Tarentum AR Didrachm circa 344-340 BC 22mm 7.18g 5h 31 viewsHelmeted warrior standing facing,head right,holding spear and shield,behind horse standing right,before horses forelegs l.Rev TAPAE Phalanthos riding dolphin left,holding trident and shield,below A and waves.
ex Hanbery .
ex Frank Kovacs 1990
2 commentsGrant H09/21/18 at 11:54Leo: Broad flan and vigorous style.
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Caabria Tarentum AR Stater circa 333-332 BC 21mm 7.82g 12 h22 viewsWarrior preparing to cast spear held in right hand,holding two spears and shield in left,on horse rearing right,eight rayed star on hind leg.Rev Taras holding kantharos in extended right hand,cradling trident in left arm,astride dolphin leftAP to left below small dolphin.
Vlasto 602,SNG ANS 995,HN Italy 937.
3 commentsGrant H09/21/18 at 11:53Leo: Great piece, love the dolphin.
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Henry VI (1422 - 1461 A.D.)11 viewsAR Groat
O: +HENRIC DI GRA REX ANGL Z FRANC / Crowned bust facing, with annulet on each side of neck.
R: +POSVI DEVM ADIVTORE MEVM VILLA CALISIE / Long cross with three pellets in each angle, annulet in two quarters and after POSVI.
Annulet issue. Calais mint; im: pierced cross 2. Struck 1422-1427.
3.72g
27mm
North 1424; SCBC 1836
5 commentsMat09/21/18 at 06:46okidoki:
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EB0007 Youth on horseback / Taras on dolphin6 viewsTarentum, CALABRIA, AR Nomos, 281-272 BC.
Obverse: Naked youth on horseback right crowning himself; IΩ behind, ZAΛO and Ionic capital below.
Reverse: Taras astride dolphin, holding distaff and akrostolion; AN behind.
References: VLASTO 803.
Diameter: 20mm, Weight: 6.602g.
1 commentsEB09/21/18 at 00:45Jay GT4: Great coin
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SIKYONIA, Sikyon. Circa 350-330/20 BC. AR Obol 4 viewsObverse: Laureate head of Apollo to right.
Reverse: Dove flying left, retrograde IΣ above tail feathers.
Weight 0.83 Gr.
1 commentsSam09/21/18 at 00:44Jay GT4: Beauty
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Russia: Boris Feodorovich Godunov (1598-1605) AR Kopek, Moskva (Спасский 81/6)9 viewsObv: Boris on horseback to right; MO below, O to upper right field
Rev: Cyrillic inscription in five lines - ЦРЬIВЕЛ \\ IКИКНSЬ \\ БОРIСЪθЕ \\ ДОРОВIЧЬВ \\ СЕЯРУСI (ЦАРЬ И ВЕЛИКИЙ КНЯЗЬ БОРИС ФЕДОРОВИЧ ВСЕЯ РУСИ; Tsar and Grand Duke Boris Feodorovich of All Rus)
Dim: 15 mm, 0.65 g, 10 h
1 commentsQuant.Geek09/20/18 at 15:08cmcdon0923: Exceptional...full, strong obverse figure and reve...
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Maximianus Herculius4 viewsMaximianus Herculius, silvered antoninianus
21 mm, 3.93 g, Kyzikos.
Obv. IMP C M A MAXIMIANVS AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust to right.
Rev. CONCORDIA MILITVM, Emperor in military dress receiving globe from Jupiter; S in field, XXI (dot) in exergue.
RIC 607.
2 commentsMarsman09/19/18 at 21:12NORMAN K: excellent coin!
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Q. Metellus Pius Scipio w/ Vespasian Countermark10 viewsQ. Metellus Pius Scipio. Silver Denarius 47-46 BC. Military mint traveling with Scipio in Africa.
O: Q METEL above, PIVS below, laureate head of Jupiter right, c/m: IMP VES (ligate) in incuse rectangle.
R: SCIPIO above, IMP in exergue, elephant advancing right.
- Crawford 459/1; HCRI 45; Sydenham 1050; Caecilia 47.

A Pompeian loyalist, Q. Metellus Pius Scipio introduced the legislation that recalled Caesar from his Gallic command, thus precipitating the Civil Wars. This denarius was struck while Scipio was in supreme command of the Pompeian forces in North Africa, the elephant an obvious reference to the province, and was probably struck during the later stages of the campaign in a mobile mint traveling alongside the forces (stylistically it is quite distinct from the coins of Scipio struck at the provincial capital of Utica). In 46 BC, Caesar finally managed to corner the Pompeians at Thapsus, where he inflicted a crushing defeat. After the battle Scipio committed suicide knowing that, despite Caesar's usual leniency towards his enemies, he would not allow so persistent an foe as Scipio to survive.

The countermark applied during Vespasian's rule is interesting proof that this older coinage continued in circulation.
3 commentsNemonater09/19/18 at 21:10NORMAN K: a wonderful piece of history
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Septimius Severus Ae17 Thrace Serdica Rare unpublished6 views2 commentsBritanikus09/19/18 at 12:23Britanikus: Yes 1969
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Titus RIC-22642 viewsAE As, 10.75g
Rome mint, 80-81 AD
RIC 226 (R). BMC 210.
Obv: IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P COS VIII; Head of Titus, laureate, l.
Rev: GENI P R; S C in field; Genius stg. l., with patera over altar and cornucopiae
Acquired from London Ancient Coins, September 2018.

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

Neatly centred with a fantastic portrait.
7 commentsDavid Atherton09/19/18 at 12:00FlaviusDomitianus: Fine example indeed!
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Q. Metellus Pius Scipio w/ Vespasian Countermark10 viewsQ. Metellus Pius Scipio. Silver Denarius 47-46 BC. Military mint traveling with Scipio in Africa.
O: Q METEL above, PIVS below, laureate head of Jupiter right, c/m: IMP VES (ligate) in incuse rectangle.
R: SCIPIO above, IMP in exergue, elephant advancing right.
- Crawford 459/1; HCRI 45; Sydenham 1050; Caecilia 47.

A Pompeian loyalist, Q. Metellus Pius Scipio introduced the legislation that recalled Caesar from his Gallic command, thus precipitating the Civil Wars. This denarius was struck while Scipio was in supreme command of the Pompeian forces in North Africa, the elephant an obvious reference to the province, and was probably struck during the later stages of the campaign in a mobile mint traveling alongside the forces (stylistically it is quite distinct from the coins of Scipio struck at the provincial capital of Utica). In 46 BC, Caesar finally managed to corner the Pompeians at Thapsus, where he inflicted a crushing defeat. After the battle Scipio committed suicide knowing that, despite Caesar's usual leniency towards his enemies, he would not allow so persistent an foe as Scipio to survive.

The countermark applied during Vespasian's rule is interesting proof that this older coinage continued in circulation.
3 commentsNemonater09/19/18 at 11:05David Atherton: A Vespasian c/m along with a banker's mark - e...
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Vespasian / Temple of Aphrodite11 viewsCYPRUS, Koinon of Cyprus. (Antioch mint) Vespasian.AD 69-79. AR Tetradrachm (24mm, 12.59 g, 1h). Dated RY 8 (AD 75/6).
Obv: AYTOKPATΩP OYЄCΠACIANOC KAICAP; Laureate head of Vespasian left. c/m Head of Marcus Aurelius left within incuse circle.
Rev: ЄTOYC NЄOY IЄPOY; H in exergue, conical cult xoanon of Aphrodite of Paphos within central distyle tower, central crossbeam of tripartite entablature above; tristyle porticoes flanking; the entire structure set on low basis.
- RPC 1803; Tziambazis 16; Countermark: Howgego 844 i.
2 commentsNemonater09/19/18 at 11:02David Atherton: Awesome find with a c/m!
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Vespasian / Pax Ephesus Mint14 viewsVespasian AR Denarius, 3.33g, Ephesus Mint, 71 AD
O: Laureate head right, IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P
R: Turreted and draped female bust right; PACI ORB TERR AVG [EPHE below]
- RIC 1433 (C). BMC 459. RSC 293. RPC 835 (14 spec.).
Minted to celebrate the Flavian Pax Romana. I was able to confirm the attribution with matching dies.
3 commentsNemonater09/19/18 at 11:01David Atherton: Fine style!
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Septimius Severus Ae17 Thrace Serdica Rare unpublished6 views2 commentsBritanikus09/19/18 at 09:21shanxi: Varbanov 1969 (R4)
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Titus RIC-22642 viewsAE As, 10.75g
Rome mint, 80-81 AD
RIC 226 (R). BMC 210.
Obv: IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P COS VIII; Head of Titus, laureate, l.
Rev: GENI P R; S C in field; Genius stg. l., with patera over altar and cornucopiae
Acquired from London Ancient Coins, September 2018.

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

Neatly centred with a fantastic portrait.
7 commentsDavid Atherton09/19/18 at 02:50Jay GT4: Amazing
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Vespasian / Temple of Aphrodite11 viewsCYPRUS, Koinon of Cyprus. (Antioch mint) Vespasian.AD 69-79. AR Tetradrachm (24mm, 12.59 g, 1h). Dated RY 8 (AD 75/6).
Obv: AYTOKPATΩP OYЄCΠACIANOC KAICAP; Laureate head of Vespasian left. c/m Head of Marcus Aurelius left within incuse circle.
Rev: ЄTOYC NЄOY IЄPOY; H in exergue, conical cult xoanon of Aphrodite of Paphos within central distyle tower, central crossbeam of tripartite entablature above; tristyle porticoes flanking; the entire structure set on low basis.
- RPC 1803; Tziambazis 16; Countermark: Howgego 844 i.
2 commentsNemonater09/19/18 at 02:49Jay GT4: Great find and love the countermark
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Q. Metellus Pius Scipio w/ Vespasian Countermark10 viewsQ. Metellus Pius Scipio. Silver Denarius 47-46 BC. Military mint traveling with Scipio in Africa.
O: Q METEL above, PIVS below, laureate head of Jupiter right, c/m: IMP VES (ligate) in incuse rectangle.
R: SCIPIO above, IMP in exergue, elephant advancing right.
- Crawford 459/1; HCRI 45; Sydenham 1050; Caecilia 47.

A Pompeian loyalist, Q. Metellus Pius Scipio introduced the legislation that recalled Caesar from his Gallic command, thus precipitating the Civil Wars. This denarius was struck while Scipio was in supreme command of the Pompeian forces in North Africa, the elephant an obvious reference to the province, and was probably struck during the later stages of the campaign in a mobile mint traveling alongside the forces (stylistically it is quite distinct from the coins of Scipio struck at the provincial capital of Utica). In 46 BC, Caesar finally managed to corner the Pompeians at Thapsus, where he inflicted a crushing defeat. After the battle Scipio committed suicide knowing that, despite Caesar's usual leniency towards his enemies, he would not allow so persistent an foe as Scipio to survive.

The countermark applied during Vespasian's rule is interesting proof that this older coinage continued in circulation.
3 commentsNemonater09/19/18 at 02:48Jay GT4: Great countermark
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Mazaios Obol, Artaxerxes III / Lion attacking bull 26 viewsCILICIA. Tarsos. Mazaios (Satrap of Cilicia, 361/0-334 BC). Obol. 0.7 g., 12 mm.
O: Artaxerxes III (in the guise of Baaltars) seated right on throne with back terminating in head of swan, holding lotus flower and lotus-tipped sceptre.
R: Lion attacking bull right.
- Ziegler -; Casabonne Series 6; SNG BN 426-8 (Myriandros); SNG Levante 183 (Myriandros).
3 commentsNemonater09/19/18 at 02:48Jay GT4: Amazing!
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Titus RIC-22642 viewsAE As, 10.75g
Rome mint, 80-81 AD
RIC 226 (R). BMC 210.
Obv: IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P COS VIII; Head of Titus, laureate, l.
Rev: GENI P R; S C in field; Genius stg. l., with patera over altar and cornucopiae
Acquired from London Ancient Coins, September 2018.

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

Neatly centred with a fantastic portrait.
7 commentsDavid Atherton09/19/18 at 02:14orfew: Superb coin!
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Titus RIC-22642 viewsAE As, 10.75g
Rome mint, 80-81 AD
RIC 226 (R). BMC 210.
Obv: IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P COS VIII; Head of Titus, laureate, l.
Rev: GENI P R; S C in field; Genius stg. l., with patera over altar and cornucopiae
Acquired from London Ancient Coins, September 2018.

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

Neatly centred with a fantastic portrait.
7 commentsDavid Atherton09/18/18 at 23:39Nemonater: Awesome style!
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Titus RIC-22642 viewsAE As, 10.75g
Rome mint, 80-81 AD
RIC 226 (R). BMC 210.
Obv: IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P COS VIII; Head of Titus, laureate, l.
Rev: GENI P R; S C in field; Genius stg. l., with patera over altar and cornucopiae
Acquired from London Ancient Coins, September 2018.

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

Neatly centred with a fantastic portrait.
7 commentsDavid Atherton09/18/18 at 23:36Britanikus: NICE COIN
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Titus RIC-22642 viewsAE As, 10.75g
Rome mint, 80-81 AD
RIC 226 (R). BMC 210.
Obv: IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P COS VIII; Head of Titus, laureate, l.
Rev: GENI P R; S C in field; Genius stg. l., with patera over altar and cornucopiae
Acquired from London Ancient Coins, September 2018.

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

Neatly centred with a fantastic portrait.
7 commentsDavid Atherton09/18/18 at 22:57Mat: Very nice!
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Maximianus Herculius4 viewsMaximianus Herculius, silvered antoninianus
21 mm, 3.93 g, Kyzikos.
Obv. IMP C M A MAXIMIANVS AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust to right.
Rev. CONCORDIA MILITVM, Emperor in military dress receiving globe from Jupiter; S in field, XXI (dot) in exergue.
RIC 607.
2 commentsMarsman09/18/18 at 18:20okidoki: Great looks and patina
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EB0725 Soter Megas / King on horseback8 viewsVima Taktu ("Soter Megas”), Taxila, Kushan Empire, Ć Tetradrachm, circa 80-90 AD.
Obverse: Diademed radiate bust right, holding sceptre, tamgha to left.
Reverse: [CΩTHP] MEΓA BACIΛEV [ΒΑCΙΛΥΩΝ], King on horseback, tamgha in right field.
References: Cf. Göbl, Kushan pl. 176, 19.1 var. (bust left); Senior B17; Donum Burns 58; MACW 2928,2953-56.
Diameter: 20.5mm, Weight: 9.019g.
1 commentsEB09/18/18 at 18:18okidoki: Wonderful
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Otho (69 A.D.)22 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: ΑΥΤΟΚ ΜΑΡΚ ΟΘΩΝΟΣ ΚΑΙΣ ΣΕΒ, laureate head right; L A (date) to right.
R:ΡΩΜΗ, helmeted and cuirassed bust of Roma right, holding shield and spear.
13.4g
23mm
 Dattari (Savio) 330; K&G 18.9; RPC I 5362; Emmett 186.1

Pending Wildwinds Publishing
1 commentsMat09/18/18 at 17:20Randygeki(h2): Nice find Mat
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, T. Cloulius, AR Quinarius3 viewsRome. The Republic.
T. Cloulius, 98 BCE.
AR Quinarius (1.79g; 16mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Laureate head of Jupiter, facing right; O control mark below

Reverse: Victory crowning trophy with wreath; T·CLOVLI between; captive seated below and carnyx to left of trophy; Q in exergue.

References: Crawford 332/1b; Sydenham 586a; BMCRR 1103; Cloulia 2.

Provenance: Ex Boston Museum of Fine Arts Collection [Triton I (2-3 Dec 1997), Lot 2313 (part)], acquired before 1968.

The silver quinarius, a half-denarius denomination, was introduced as part of the denarius reform of the silver coinage circa 212 BCE. The early quinarius and its fraction-sibling, the sestertius, were discontinued just a few years after their initial introduction. However, the contemporaneous victoriatus, a coin produced on the drachm standard largely for trade with Greek communities, continued in production until about 170 BCE. By the close of the second century and later, many worn victoriati continued to circulate but were valued as quinarii because of wear and their debased fabric. Thus, when the Romans reissued the quinarius, they employed the victoriatus imagery of Jupiter/Victory crowning trophy. Indeed, these new quinarii were referred to as victoriati. The denomination was particularly popular in Gaul and often turns up in first century Gallic hoards. 

This quinarius was struck by T. Cloulius, a partisan of Marius. The carnyx near the trophy on the reverse refers to Marius’ victories over invading Gauls in 102-101 BCE. The coins may have been issued in connection with Marius giving colonial lands to the veterans of these Gallic victories. No obverse control mark has more than one die. The reverse exergual letter Q likely refers to the moneyer's office of quaestor rather than a denominational mark.

The coin was formerly part of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts collection. In 1997, the MFA deaccessioned a group of 890 coins which had been acquired by the MFA between 1872 and 1968. 
1 commentsCarausius09/18/18 at 00:11Ajax: Fantastic coin!
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1024 BITHYNIA Koinon of Bithynia Sabina Ae 32 Octastyle temple9 viewsReference.
RPC III, 1024; Rec 53; Paris 815; von Aulock 290; BMC 30; C/M Howgego 64 ( Hadrian Laureate head right)

Obv. СΑΒΕΙΝΑ СΕΒΑΣΤΗ
Draped bust of Sabina, r., with hair coiled and piled on top of head above double stephane

Rev. ΚΟΙ-ΝΟΝ ΒΕΙΘΥΝΙΑС
Octastyle temple on podium of two steps; pellet between middle columns; in pediment, sacrificing Genius in pediment; below, prow

25.17 gr
32 mm
6h
2 commentsokidoki09/17/18 at 13:36Mat: Very nice, love the counterstamp
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Cr 340/1 AR Denarius L. Calpurnius Piso Frugi5 views90 BCE Rome mint
o: Laureate head of Apollo to right; behind, inverted anchor; below chin, B
r: L PISO FRVGI Jockey riding galloping horse to right, holding palm branch; above, D; Below, star
Crawford 340/1; Calpurnia 11
(17 mm, 3.76 g, 12 h)
2 commentsPMah09/17/18 at 01:18PMah: Thank you, Jay. I am falling behind on my notes.
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635 Hadrian Sestertius Roma 125-28 AD Neptune standing left6 viewsReference.
Strack 604; RIC 635; Banti 172; C. 312; BMC 1291

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS
Bust of Hadrian, laureate, draped on left shoulder, right

Rev. COS III in field S C
Neptune, naked except for cloak over left thigh, standing right, left knee bent with left foot on prow, holding dolphin in right hand and trident in left.

gr
mm
h
1 commentsokidoki09/17/18 at 00:35Jay GT4: Nice reverse
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Numerianus4 viewsNumerianus, antoninianus.
3.50 g.
Rome mint.
Obv. IMP NUMERIANVS AVG, radiate, cuirassed bust right.
Rev. IOVI VICTORI, Jupiter standing, head left, holding Victory, eagle at feet to left. Mintmark KAB.
RIC 410.
1 commentsMarsman09/16/18 at 19:55Britanikus: Nice Coin
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Denar, RIC 3, p.271, 712 - Faustina II, Children7 viewsFaustina Minor
AR-Denar, Rome, AD 161-165
Obv.: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, diademed draped bust right, indusium (silk chemise) visible.
Rev.: SAECVLI FELICIT, draped throne on which are two children: Commodus and Titus Aurelius Fulvus Antoninus, no stars above, ball between
Ag, 3.21g, 17mm
Ref.: RIC 712, C 191, CRE 222 [C]
Ex Numismatik Naumann, auction 65, lot 638

Variation without diadem > click
Variation with diadem, but without visible silk chemise > click
2 commentsshanxi09/16/18 at 17:16okidoki: excellent and stylistic
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Marcus Aurelius5 viewsMarcus Aurelius, sestertius
32 mm, 25.73 g, Rome
Obv. M AVREL ANTONINVS AVG ARMENIACVS P M, head of Marcus Aurelius, laureate, right
Rev. TR POT XX IMP III COS III S C, Providentia, draped, standing left, pointing wand in right hand at globe at her feet and holding vertical sceptre in left hand
RIC III 923.
2 commentsMarsman09/16/18 at 17:16okidoki: Congrats very nice
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Marcus Aurelius5 viewsMarcus Aurelius, sestertius
32 mm, 25.73 g, Rome
Obv. M AVREL ANTONINVS AVG ARMENIACVS P M, head of Marcus Aurelius, laureate, right
Rev. TR POT XX IMP III COS III S C, Providentia, draped, standing left, pointing wand in right hand at globe at her feet and holding vertical sceptre in left hand
RIC III 923.
2 commentsMarsman09/16/18 at 16:29wileyc: nice
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URBS ROMA Anonymous City Commemorative. AD 330-354. Ć Follis 8 viewsAnonymous City Commemorative. AD 330-354. Ć Follis (15mm, 1.97g). Antioch mint. Struck under Constantine I, AD 335-337. VRBS ROMA, helmeted and mantled bust of Roma left / She-wolf standing left, suckling the twins (Romulus and Remus); two stars above, flower on shoulder. RIC 91 var (shoulder mark).

Ex Holding History
09.15.2018
1 commentsBritanikus09/16/18 at 15:52Stkp: nice
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Denar, RIC 3, p.271, 712 - Faustina II, Children7 viewsFaustina Minor
AR-Denar, Rome, AD 161-165
Obv.: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, diademed draped bust right, indusium (silk chemise) visible.
Rev.: SAECVLI FELICIT, draped throne on which are two children: Commodus and Titus Aurelius Fulvus Antoninus, no stars above, ball between
Ag, 3.21g, 17mm
Ref.: RIC 712, C 191, CRE 222 [C]
Ex Numismatik Naumann, auction 65, lot 638

Variation without diadem > click
Variation with diadem, but without visible silk chemise > click
2 commentsshanxi09/16/18 at 13:40Britanikus: Nice coin!
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Gordian III. AD 238-244. AR Antoninianus Rome mint RIC IV 35.5 viewsGordian III. AD 238-244. AR Antoninianus (22mm, 5.88g). Rome mint, 3rd officina. 3rd emission, AD 239. Radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Concordia seated left, holding patera. RIC IV 35.

Ex Holding History 09.15.2018
1 commentsBritanikus09/16/18 at 13:27shanxi: nice toning
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Seleucid Kingdom, Seleukos I, tetradrachm, 312 - 281 B.C.39 viewsSilver tetradrachm
Obv:- Head of Herakles right, clad in lion head headdress
Rev:- BASILEWS SELEUKOU, Zeus enthroned left, holding Nike and scepter, monogram left;
Antioch mint, c. 300 B.C.;
Tef:- SNG Spaer 2, WSM 923, CSE 8

aEF

Ex-Forvm

Updated image using new photography setup.
1 commentsmaridvnvm09/16/18 at 05:37n.igma: Superb example of the type!
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09. Alexandria: Tetradrachm in the name of Alexander the Great.98 viewsTetradrachm, ca 310 - 305 BC, Alexandria (Egypt) mint.
Obverse: Head of Alexander with Horn of Ammon, wearing elephant skin headdress.
Reverse: ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ / Athena carrying shield and hurling spear. Also small eagle sitting on thunderbolt at right. Two monograms: one at left, one at right.
15.10 gm., 26 mm.
S. #7749; BMC 6.6, 46.

You may have noticed that I refer to the obverse portraits on the Alexander the Great coins as "Head of Alexander as Herakles." Much has been written about these portraits as to whether or not they really portray Alexander's likeness. There can be no doubt, however, that the portrait on this coin was intended to be that of Alexander. Ptolemy issued this coin in the name of Alexander while he was Satrap of Egypt. The elephant skin headdress was probably inspired by the lion's skin headdress on Alexander's own coins. It likely refers to Alexander's conquests in India where he defeated an Indian army with 200 elephants. Beneath the elephant skin headdress, right above his ear, Alexander wears the Horn of Zeus Ammon. The priests of Zeus Ammon recognized Alexander as divine when he visited Egypt in 331 BC.
4 commentsCallimachus09/16/18 at 05:21n.igma: Superb!
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RIC 271 Domitian denarius59 viewsCAESAR DIVI F DOMITIANVS COS VII
Laureate head right

PRINCEPS IVVENTVTIS
Seat draped; above Corinthian helmet

Rome, 80-81 AD (after the deification of Vespasian)

3.40g

RIC 271 (C2)

Ex-Stack's, Ex-Calgary Coin

A common type but with an exceptional reverse!
6 commentsJay GT409/15/18 at 23:09Britanikus: Nice Coin
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1933 ALEXIUS TETARTERON S-1933 DOC43 CLBC 2.4.9 5 views
OBV Full Length figure of Christ bearded and nimbate wearing tunic and kolobion; holds Gospels in l. hand.

REV Full length figure of Emperor wearing stemma, divitision, and wearing jeweled loros of simplified type; holds in r hand labarum on long shaft and in l. gl.cr.

Size 21.94

Weight 3.6

This coin and S-1934 I believe were minted in Cyprus, these coins were once very rare but recently they have been hitting the market much more frequently. Most of these offerings are coming from Cyprus dealers.

This coin has a beautiful deep green Patina that hinders its photo. One of my nicest examples.

DOC Lists 1 example not in their collection. Weight 2.44gm and size 18mm
1 commentsSimon09/15/18 at 05:49EB: Very nice!
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Cr 340/1 AR Denarius L. Calpurnius Piso Frugi5 views90 BCE Rome mint
o: Laureate head of Apollo to right; behind, inverted anchor; below chin, B
r: L PISO FRVGI Jockey riding galloping horse to right, holding palm branch; above, D; Below, star
Crawford 340/1; Calpurnia 11
(17 mm, 3.76 g, 12 h)
2 commentsPMah09/14/18 at 23:19Jay GT4: Very nice!
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Lucius Verus Victory and trophy RIC 144834 viewsAe As, Rome mint, 165-166 AD
Obverse: L VERVS ARM PARTH MAX, Laureate head right
Reverse: TR P VI IMP III COS II, Victory standing right erecting a trophy of arms left.
RIC 1448; Cohen 282
23mm, 8.8gm
1 commentsJerome Holderman09/14/18 at 22:37Vincent: Very nice and interesting TRP VI...like the design
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Domitian AE Sestertius. 86 AD.6 viewsDomitian AE Sestertius. 86 AD. 24.28 gr, 36 mm.

Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XII CENS PER P P, laureate head right with aegis.
Rev: IOVI VICTORI, Jupiter seated left, holding Victory and sceptre.
1 commentsBritanikus09/13/18 at 19:56Jay GT4: Nice!
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Vespasian-RIC-116041 viewsĆ Dupondius, 11.14g
Lyon mint, 71 AD
RIC 1160 (R2). BMC 809.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG COS III; Head of Vespasian, radiate, r.
Rev: VICTORIA NAVALIS; S C in field; Victory stg. r. on prow, with wreath and palm
Acquired from Victor's Imperial Coins, September 2018.

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

This Victoria Navalis dupondius struck at Lugdunum (Lyon) is much rarer than the Rome mint variants, which are more commonly seen on the As issues. The 'severe' portrait along with the globe at the base of the neck help to distinguish them from their Rome mint counterparts.
4 commentsDavid Atherton09/13/18 at 13:53Carausius: Interesting coin and story.
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Vespasian-RIC-116041 viewsĆ Dupondius, 11.14g
Lyon mint, 71 AD
RIC 1160 (R2). BMC 809.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG COS III; Head of Vespasian, radiate, r.
Rev: VICTORIA NAVALIS; S C in field; Victory stg. r. on prow, with wreath and palm
Acquired from Victor's Imperial Coins, September 2018.

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

This Victoria Navalis dupondius struck at Lugdunum (Lyon) is much rarer than the Rome mint variants, which are more commonly seen on the As issues. The 'severe' portrait along with the globe at the base of the neck help to distinguish them from their Rome mint counterparts.
4 commentsDavid Atherton09/13/18 at 04:08Britanikus: Nice
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Vespasian-RIC-116041 viewsĆ Dupondius, 11.14g
Lyon mint, 71 AD
RIC 1160 (R2). BMC 809.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG COS III; Head of Vespasian, radiate, r.
Rev: VICTORIA NAVALIS; S C in field; Victory stg. r. on prow, with wreath and palm
Acquired from Victor's Imperial Coins, September 2018.

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

This Victoria Navalis dupondius struck at Lugdunum (Lyon) is much rarer than the Rome mint variants, which are more commonly seen on the As issues. The 'severe' portrait along with the globe at the base of the neck help to distinguish them from their Rome mint counterparts.
4 commentsDavid Atherton09/12/18 at 07:44FlaviusDomitianus: Nice example, I like it.
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Claudius II (268 - 270 A.D.)12 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: AVT K KLA-VDIOC CEB, laureate cuirassed bust right.
R: Bust of Hermanubis right, wearing modius, lotus blossom to right, LB ( Year 2 = 268/269 A.D.) to left.
20mm
7g
Milne 4239 Curtis 1701, Koln 3037
1 commentsMat09/11/18 at 18:40okidoki: nice revere
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CONSTANS, as Caesar. Thessalonica 11 viewsObv. Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right.
Rev. GLORI-A EXER-CITVS, two soldiers standing vis-ŕ-vis, each holding spear and hand on shield resting on the ground; a standard between them; SMTSΔ.
References: RIC VII 201; LRBC 845.
18mm, 2.02 grams.
2 commentsCanaan09/11/18 at 14:06Yurii P: This seems to be RIC VII 201, since there are two ...
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CONSTANS, as Caesar. Thessalonica12 viewsObv. Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right.
Rev. GLORI-A EXER-CITVS, two soldiers standing vis-ŕ-vis, each holding spear and hand on shield resting on the ground; a standard between them; SMTSΔ.
References: RIC VII 226; LRBC 845.
17mm, 1.98 grams.
3 commentsCanaan09/11/18 at 14:01Yurii P: This seems to be RIC VII 226, since the obverse le...
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1853 VICTORIA COPPER "YOUNG HEAD" FARTHING2 viewsObverse: VICTORIA DEI GRATIA 1853. Young head of Queen Victoria facing left.
Reverse: BRITANNIAR: REG: FID: DEF: Britannia seated facing right, right arm resting on shield, left arm holding trident. Shamrock, Rose and Thistle (indicative of Ireland, England and Scotland respectively) in exergue.
Diameter 22mm
SPINK: 3950

Victoria's "young head" portrait was designed by William Wyon (1795 - 1851), this is marked by a small raised "WW" at the base of the Queen's neck on this coin.
1 comments*Alex09/11/18 at 04:11Steve B5: Beautiful Victorian copper
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Victoriatus of Luceria with scraggly hair9 viewsDenomination: Victoriatus
Metal: AR
Obverse: Laureate head of Jupiter. Bead and reel border.
Reverse: Victory holding Wreath over military trophy. ROMA in Exergue. Archaic "L" in field between Victory and trophy
Weight: 3.01 gm
Reference: Crawford 98/1a
Provenance: CNG, private purchase from Victor England, Aug 11, 2016

Comments: Struck with new dies both obverse and reverse with reflective fields. Slightly ragged flan and minor weakness in Victory’s head. Otherwise FDC.
2 commentsSteve B509/11/18 at 03:30Jay GT4: Man oh man!
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Victoriatus of Luceria with hair in ringlets9 viewsDenomination: Victoriatus
Metal: AR
Obverse: Laureate head of Jupiter. Bead and reel border.
Reverse: Victory holding Wreath over military trophy. ROMA in Exergue. Archaic L in field between Victory and trophy
Weight: 3.13 gm
Reference: Crawford 97/1b
Provenance: CNG private purchase from Victor England, August 2, 2017

Comments: Near FDC
2 commentsSteve B509/11/18 at 03:30Jay GT4: Wow! Outstanding Victoriatii
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Victoriatus Cr. 44/17 viewsDenomination: Victoriatus
Metal: AR
Obverse: Laureate head of Jupiter. Border of dots.
Reverse: Victory holding Wreath over military trophy. ROMA in Exergue.
Weight: 3.23 gm
Reference: Crawford 44/1
Provenance: CNG. Obtained from Victor England, March, 2017

Comments: Realistic portrait of Jupiter. Rather unusual raised band around the base column.
1 commentsSteve B509/11/18 at 03:29Jay GT4: Great coin
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Sybaris, Lucania27 views550-510 BC
AR Obol (10mm, 0.44g)
O: Bull (Ox?) standing left, head turned back to right; VM in exergue.
R: Large MV monogram; four pellets around.
SNG ANS 853; HN Italy 1739; Hands Type I, IV
ex Tom Vossen

This coin dates from the original Greek colony, Sybaris I, before its destruction by the Krotones in 511-510 BC.
The MV monogram on the reverse actually reads 'SY' for Sybaris, and I believe the VM in exergue on the obverse is 'MV' retrograde.
The Bull device seen on all early types from Sybaris, and later on the coins of her colonies at Poseidonia and Thurii, may in fact be a white ox at the mother city.
4 commentsEnodia09/11/18 at 02:25Jay GT4: Oh that's nice!
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Sybaris, Lucania27 views550-510 BC
AR Obol (10mm, 0.44g)
O: Bull (Ox?) standing left, head turned back to right; VM in exergue.
R: Large MV monogram; four pellets around.
SNG ANS 853; HN Italy 1739; Hands Type I, IV
ex Tom Vossen

This coin dates from the original Greek colony, Sybaris I, before its destruction by the Krotones in 511-510 BC.
The MV monogram on the reverse actually reads 'SY' for Sybaris, and I believe the VM in exergue on the obverse is 'MV' retrograde.
The Bull device seen on all early types from Sybaris, and later on the coins of her colonies at Poseidonia and Thurii, may in fact be a white ox at the mother city.
4 commentsEnodia09/11/18 at 01:48Carausius: Congratulations on this oldie but goodie.
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Cr 25/3 AE Litra Anonymous4 viewsc 241-235 BCE Anonymous bronze Litra
16 mm, 3.07 grams
o: Head of Mars, right, beardless, wearing Corinthian helmet
r: ROMA below Horse head, right, with bridle; behind, sickle
Crawford 25/3
Ex. RBW collection
1 commentsPMah09/11/18 at 01:38Carausius: Lovely little coin in fine style with little actua...
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Victoriatus of Luceria with scraggly hair9 viewsDenomination: Victoriatus
Metal: AR
Obverse: Laureate head of Jupiter. Bead and reel border.
Reverse: Victory holding Wreath over military trophy. ROMA in Exergue. Archaic "L" in field between Victory and trophy
Weight: 3.01 gm
Reference: Crawford 98/1a
Provenance: CNG, private purchase from Victor England, Aug 11, 2016

Comments: Struck with new dies both obverse and reverse with reflective fields. Slightly ragged flan and minor weakness in Victory’s head. Otherwise FDC.
2 commentsSteve B509/11/18 at 01:32Carausius: Beautiful surfaces.
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Victoriatus of Luceria - Archaic L-T monogram4 viewsDenomination: Victoriatus
Metal: AR
Obverse: Laureate head of Jupiter. In border of dots.
Reverse: Victory holding Wreath over military trophy. ROMA in Exergue. L-T monogram in field between Victory and trophy
Weight: 3.43 gm
Reference: Crawford 98a/1b
Provenance: CNG private purchase from Victor England, August 2, 2017

Comments: Unusual obverse style for this issue. Reverse slightly off center, otherwise EF.

1 commentsSteve B509/11/18 at 01:16Carausius: Really terrific group of victoriati.
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Victoriatus of Luceria with hair in ringlets9 viewsDenomination: Victoriatus
Metal: AR
Obverse: Laureate head of Jupiter. Bead and reel border.
Reverse: Victory holding Wreath over military trophy. ROMA in Exergue. Archaic L in field between Victory and trophy
Weight: 3.13 gm
Reference: Crawford 97/1b
Provenance: CNG private purchase from Victor England, August 2, 2017

Comments: Near FDC
2 commentsSteve B509/11/18 at 01:04Carausius: Fabulous example with the characteristic tight cur...
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RIC 4a, p.008, 13a - Pertinax, emperor sacrificing 16 viewsPertinax
AR Denarius, AD 193
Obv.: IMP CAES P HELV [PERTIN] AVG, laureate head right
Rev.: VOT DECEN TR P COS II, Pertinax, togate and veiled, sacrificing left from patera over altar.
Ag, 3.04g, 16x18mm
Ref.: BMCRE 24, Cohen 56, RIC 13a
1 commentsshanxi09/11/18 at 00:35Blindado: Nice portrait!
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Teos, Ionia22 views320-294 BC
AR Diobol (10mm, 0.92g)
Mentor magistrate.
O: Griffin seated right, with left forepaw raised.
R: Lyre; MENTΩP (magistrate) downward to right.
Kinns 95; SNG Kayhan 611v; Imhoof 126A
ex MRB Coins
4 commentsEnodia09/11/18 at 00:30Simon: very nice
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Denar, RIC 3, p.274, 753 - Faustina II, MATRI CASTRORVM11 viewsFaustina Minor
AR-Denar, Rome, AD 175-176
Obv.: DIVAE FAVSTINAE PIAE, veiled and draped bust right
Rev.: MATRI CASTRORVM, Faustina seated left, holding globe surmounted by Phoenix and sceptre; two signa before
Ag, 3.19g
Ref.: RIC 753, CRE 175 [R2]
2 commentsshanxi09/11/18 at 00:29Blindado: I especially like the reverse. I need one of these...
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Gordian III Denarius.17 viewsGordian III Denarius. IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / SECVRITAS PVBLICA, Securitas seated left holding sceptre and propping head on left hand. RIC 130, RSC 340.2 commentsBritanikus09/11/18 at 00:24Britanikus: Your mother is fake
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Denar, RIC 3, p.094, 506c - Faustina II, Laetitia21 viewsFaustina Minor
AR-Denar, Rome, AD 147-148
Obv.: FAVSTINAE AVG. PII AVG. FIL. Draped bust right, wearing stephane and pearls.
Rev.: LAETITIAE PVBLICAE, Laetitia, draped and diademed, standing left, holding long scepter in her left hand, wreath in her outstretched right hand.
Ag, 3.58g, 17mm
Ref.: RIC 506c, CRE 196 [S]


for the same type, but bust with band of pearls click here

2 commentsshanxi09/11/18 at 00:20Blindado: Fantastic portrait!
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Didrachm - Quadrigatus (Crawford 30)26 viewsRome, The Republic.
Anonymous, 225-214 BCE.
AR Didrachm/Quadrigatus (6.29 g; 21mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Janiform head with irregular neck truncaction.

Reverse: Jupiter and Victory in fast quadriga, galloping right; ROMA incuse on trapezoidal tablet below.

Reference: Crawford 30/1; Sydenham 64b; BMCRR 95; Gentilehomme I.E.3-4.

Provenance: From an American collection; privately purchased from Tom McKenna in 1980's.

The last few series of Roman silver didrachm coinage, produced from 225-214 BCE, are nicknamed "quadrigati" because of the common reverse type of Jupiter and Victory in a fast quadriga. Crawford's arrangement of quadrigati into distinct series requires a great amount of study to understand. Collectors and dealers alike often misattribute quadrigati among Crawford's series.

The Crawford 30 series of quadrigati, to which this example belongs, have a distinct obverse style, notably a thick, single sideburn between the janiform heads with various neck truncation styles ranging from straight – wavy – convex. On the reverse, Victory stands further back, on the backboard of the chariot with more of her garment visible. ROMA legend is always incuse on this series, though tablets range from square to trapezoidal.
5 commentsCarausius09/11/18 at 00:01Steve B5: I bought my first ancient coin . (L. Scribonius Li...
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Caius Junius, AR Denarius3 viewsRome. The Republic.
Caius Junius C.f., 149 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.70g; 18mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma, facing right; X (mark-of-value = 10 asses), behind.

Reverse: Dioscuri galloping right with couched spears; C·IVNI· C· F, below; ROMA in linear frame in exergue.

References: Crawford 210/1; BMCRR 660-3; Sydenham 392; Junia 1.

Provenance: Roma Numismatics Auction VIII (28 Sep 2014), lot 832; Roma Numismatics Auction V (23 Mar 2013), Lot 504; NAC Auction 54 (24 Mar 2010), Lot 166.

This moneyer is unknown except for his coins. His coins have the distinction of being the first in the Republican series to bear patronymic initials, specifically identifying the moneyer versus other family members. In this case, the letters “C· F” represent Caii Filius (son of Caius). Thus, the moneyer is clearly identified as Caius Junius, the son of Caius Junius. In the later decades of the second century, this practice of individual identification, combined with type selections that highlighted ancestral deeds, was employed for political messaging campaigns by young moneyers on the path to consulship. The practice appears to have accelerated following the adoption of secret ballots circa 139 BCE (See, H.B. Mattingly, “Roman Republican Coinage c. 150-90 BC”: Essays Hersh, 1998).

1 commentsCarausius09/10/18 at 23:52Steve B5: Beautiful example. Complete and of good style.
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prieur251_23 viewsElagabalus
Syrian Tetradrachm

Obv: AYT K M A ANTWNεINOC CEB, laureate head right, draped and cuirassed, seen from front.
Re: ΔHMAPXεΞYΠATOC TOB, Eagle to front, head and tail left, Δ and ε in right and left field, star between legs.
25 mm, 13.69 gms

Prieur 251
1 commentsCharles M09/10/18 at 14:20EB: Wow, great coin!
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Cr 389/1 AR Denarius L. Rustius2 views74 BCE
o: Helmeted head of Minerva or Mars right, SC behind, star (value mark) below chin
r: Ram standing right, L RVSTI in ex
Crawford 389/1. Rustia 1
3.86g. (5h)
1 commentsPMah09/10/18 at 13:50okidoki: excellent
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Vespasian / Pax Ephesus Mint14 viewsVespasian AR Denarius, 3.33g, Ephesus Mint, 71 AD
O: Laureate head right, IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P
R: Turreted and draped female bust right; PACI ORB TERR AVG [EPHE below]
- RIC 1433 (C). BMC 459. RSC 293. RPC 835 (14 spec.).
Minted to celebrate the Flavian Pax Romana. I was able to confirm the attribution with matching dies.
3 commentsNemonater09/10/18 at 13:50okidoki: excellent
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, T. Cloulius, AR Quinarius5 viewsRome. The Republic.
T. Cloulius, 98 BCE.
AR Quinarius (1.94g; 17mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Laureate head of Jupiter, facing right; D control mark below

Reverse: Victory crowning trophy with wreath; T·CLOVLI between; captive seated below and carnyx to left of trophy; Q in exergue.

References: Crawford 332/1b; Sydenham 586a; BMCRR 1103; Cloulia 2.

The silver quinarius, a half-denarius denomination, was introduced as part of the denarius reform of the silver coinage circa 212 BCE. The early quinarius and its fraction-sibling, the sestertius, were discontinued just a few years after their initial introduction. However, the contemporaneous victoriatus, a coin produced on the drachm standard largely for trade with Greek communities, continued in production until about 170 BCE. By the close of the second century and later, many worn victoriati continued to circulate but were valued as quinarii because of wear and their debased fabric. Thus, when the Romans reissued the quinarius, they employed the victoriatus imagery of Jupiter/Victory crowning trophy. Indeed, these new quinarii were referred to as victoriati. The denomination was particularly popular in Gaul and often turns up in first century Gallic hoards.

This quinarius was struck by T. Cloulius, a partisan of Marius. The carnyx near the trophy on the reverse refers to Marius’ victories over invading Gauls in 102-101 BCE. The coins may have been issued in connection with Marius giving colonial lands to the veterans of these Gallic victories. No obverse control mark has more than one die. The reverse exergual letter Q likely refers to the moneyer's office of quaestor rather than a denominational mark.
1 commentsCarausius09/10/18 at 13:49okidoki: Congrats very nice
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Vologases III9 viewstetradrachm, 105 – 147 AD
Sellwood 79.25v

Ex-Alberto Simonetta Collection
2 commentsRobert L309/10/18 at 11:28museumguy: Sweet coin Bob!!
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Gordian III Denarius.17 viewsGordian III Denarius. IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / SECVRITAS PVBLICA, Securitas seated left holding sceptre and propping head on left hand. RIC 130, RSC 340.2 commentsBritanikus09/10/18 at 08:50Yordan M: Again fake...
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Tullia denarius13 viewsM Tullius Denarius. 119 BC. Helmeted head of Roma right, ROMA behind / Victory in quadriga right, wreath above, X below; M TVLLI in ex. Cr280/1, Syd 531, BMCRR (Italy) 502.1 commentsBritanikus09/10/18 at 08:47Yordan M: Cast fake
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Domitian as Caesar AR Denarius Rome Mint Under Titus 80-81 AD9 viewsDomitian as Caesar AR Denarius Rome Mint Under Titus
80-81 AD
Obverse: CAESAR DIVI F DOMITIANVS COS VII Laureate head of Domitian right

Reverse: PRINCEPS IVVENTVTIS Altar garlanded and lighted, horns left and right RIC 266

Size: 18mm, 3.29g

Ex Romae Aeternae Numismatics 09.09.2018
1 commentsBritanikus09/10/18 at 06:10okidoki: very nice
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Brettian AE Didrachm or reduced Sextans46 views Head of Ares left; wearing crested Corinthian helmet decorated with griffin; thunderbolt below

BPETTIΩN
Hera Hoplosmia (or Athena) advancing right, holding spear and shield; at feet

Bruttium Circa 211-203 BC

16.39g; 29mm

HN Italy ? depends on mark off flan

A nice big heavy coin minted by the last loyal hold outs against Rome in support of Hannibal.
6 commentsJay GT409/10/18 at 04:49Randygeki(h2): Great looking coin, love the patina
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038 var. Hadrian Denarius 125-28 AD Galley right Eastern Mint16 viewsReference.
Strack *17; (for Roma mint RIC 195)

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS
Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right.

Rev. COS III (in ex)
Galley right with steersman and five rowers; curved stern Hortator, two sigma at stern

3.28 gr
19 mm
6h

Note.
Here the strap is dotted, normally it's with a thunderbolt on his cuirass leather strap
3 commentsokidoki09/10/18 at 04:49Randygeki(h2): Sweet
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064 - Septimius Severus denarius - RIC 3526 viewsObv:– IMP CAE L SEP SEV PERT AVG, Laureate head right
Rev:– BONI EVENTVS, Fides (Bonus Eventus - RIC) standing left holding basket of fruits in right hand, grain ears in left.
Minted in Emesa. A.D. 194
Ref:– RIC 352 (Scarce). RSC 66

3.03g, 17.99mm, 0o
1 commentsmaridvnvm09/10/18 at 04:48Randygeki(h2): Nice!
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Tiberius Claudius Nero, AR Denarius7 viewsRome. The Republic.
Ti. Claudius Ti.f. Ap.n. Nero, 79 BCE.
AR Serrate Denarius (4.13g; 19mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Draped bust of Diana facing right, with bow and quiver over shoulder; S.C, before.

Reverse: Victory driving biga galloping right; A.LXXXVIII below; TI CLAVD TI F AP N, in exergue.

References: Crawford 383/1; Sydenham 770a; BMCRR ;Claudia 5.

Provenance: Ex CNG Classical Numismatic Review (Fall 2015), Lot 411607; CNG Inventory 735603 (August 2003); Numismatica Ars Classica N (26 June 2003), lot 1540; Eton College Collection [Sotheby’s (1 December 1976), lot 195].

The moneyer is Tiberius Claudius Nero, son of Tiberius ("TI F") and grandson of Appius ("AP N"). He served under Pompey in the war against the pirates in 67 BCE, and was the grandfather of the Roman emperor Tiberius. There are two series of control marks for the reverse: one, marked from I to CLXV; the second marked with letter A and I to CLXXXII. Each reverse control mark has only one die. The letters S.C on the obverse mean that this coin was struck by special Senatorial decree, as opposed to routine coinage which was still authorized by the Senate but not specially marked. The reason for the special decree is not certain in this case. The obverse of the coin may refer to the introduction of the worship of Diana by the Sabines from whom the Claudii originated, though Crawford disputes this reading. The reverse may refer to the Second Punic War victories of C. Claudius Nero.

This example comes from the Eton College Collection, which was auctioned by Sotheby’s in 1976. Eton College initiated its ancient coin collection by acquiring a large group of British Museum duplicates in the 1870s, and Eton added to this collection in the ensuing years. By the mid-1970s, the ancient coin market was white-hot, and Eton decided to cash-out the lion’s share of its collection, keeping a representative core for study purposes.
2 commentsCarausius09/10/18 at 01:36Britanikus: Nice sharp Coin
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Parthia - Gotarzes II (44-51 AD)2 viewsMetal/Size: AR 25.66; Weight: 14.6 grams; Denomination: Tetradrachm; Mint: Seleucia-on-the-Tigris; Date:49-50 AD; Obverse: Bare-headed bust left with four strand diadem, loop and three ribbons; medium-long hair in four rows of circular curls, lock on temple, mustache, long beard, four-turn necklace, cuirass/tunic with star on chest; Reverse: King, right, on throne, facing goddess w/cornucopia and receiving diadem; year XT (49 AD) between the heads; exergual line; 6-lines of legend visible: (BACIΛEΩC) (BA)CIΛEΩ(N) (A)PCAKO(Y) EVEPΓETO(Y) ΔIKAKOY(to be read from the inside) APTEMIC(IOY) EΠIΦΛNO(YC) (ΦIΛEΛΛHNOC); date: March/April 49 AD; References: Sellwood #65.20; Shore #361.1 commentsmuseumguy09/09/18 at 22:12Robert L3: Outstanding! Great pick-up, Steve.
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Tiberius Claudius Nero, AR Denarius7 viewsRome. The Republic.
Ti. Claudius Ti.f. Ap.n. Nero, 79 BCE.
AR Serrate Denarius (4.13g; 19mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Draped bust of Diana facing right, with bow and quiver over shoulder; S.C, before.

Reverse: Victory driving biga galloping right; A.LXXXVIII below; TI CLAVD TI F AP N, in exergue.

References: Crawford 383/1; Sydenham 770a; BMCRR ;Claudia 5.

Provenance: Ex CNG Classical Numismatic Review (Fall 2015), Lot 411607; CNG Inventory 735603 (August 2003); Numismatica Ars Classica N (26 June 2003), lot 1540; Eton College Collection [Sotheby’s (1 December 1976), lot 195].

The moneyer is Tiberius Claudius Nero, son of Tiberius ("TI F") and grandson of Appius ("AP N"). He served under Pompey in the war against the pirates in 67 BCE, and was the grandfather of the Roman emperor Tiberius. There are two series of control marks for the reverse: one, marked from I to CLXV; the second marked with letter A and I to CLXXXII. Each reverse control mark has only one die. The letters S.C on the obverse mean that this coin was struck by special Senatorial decree, as opposed to routine coinage which was still authorized by the Senate but not specially marked. The reason for the special decree is not certain in this case. The obverse of the coin may refer to the introduction of the worship of Diana by the Sabines from whom the Claudii originated, though Crawford disputes this reading. The reverse may refer to the Second Punic War victories of C. Claudius Nero.

This example comes from the Eton College Collection, which was auctioned by Sotheby’s in 1976. Eton College initiated its ancient coin collection by acquiring a large group of British Museum duplicates in the 1870s, and Eton added to this collection in the ensuing years. By the mid-1970s, the ancient coin market was white-hot, and Eton decided to cash-out the lion’s share of its collection, keeping a representative core for study purposes.
2 commentsCarausius09/09/18 at 22:00Jay GT4: Wonderful
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EB0683 Vespasian / Nike4 viewsVespasian, 69-79, AR Hemidrachm of Caesarea, Cappadocia.
Obverse: AVTOKP KAICAΡ OVECΠACIANOC CEBA, laureate head right.
Reverse: Nike walking right holding wreath and palm.
Diameter: 15mm, Weight: 1.38g
References: Syd 94, Metcalf 17, RPC II 1659, SGI 735.
1 commentsEB09/09/18 at 22:00Jay GT4: Great little coin
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Vespasian / Pax Ephesus Mint14 viewsVespasian AR Denarius, 3.33g, Ephesus Mint, 71 AD
O: Laureate head right, IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P
R: Turreted and draped female bust right; PACI ORB TERR AVG [EPHE below]
- RIC 1433 (C). BMC 459. RSC 293. RPC 835 (14 spec.).
Minted to celebrate the Flavian Pax Romana. I was able to confirm the attribution with matching dies.
3 commentsNemonater09/09/18 at 21:59Jay GT4: Amazing Ephesian style
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Domitian Denarius, 13 September 81 - 18 September 96 A.D9 viewsDomitian denarius Rome mint, as Caesar, 79A.D.
Obverse CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS COS VI, laureate head right; reverse PRINCEPS IVVENTVTIS (the first of youths), Salus standing left, legs crossed, leaning against column, feeding snake from patera; from the Lucas Harsh Collection
3.120 g, diameter 18.3 mm

Ex Forum Ancient Coins RS86168 09.09.2018
1 commentsBritanikus09/09/18 at 21:59Jay GT4: Nice one!
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Mazaios Obol, Artaxerxes III / Lion attacking bull 26 viewsCILICIA. Tarsos. Mazaios (Satrap of Cilicia, 361/0-334 BC). Obol. 0.7 g., 12 mm.
O: Artaxerxes III (in the guise of Baaltars) seated right on throne with back terminating in head of swan, holding lotus flower and lotus-tipped sceptre.
R: Lion attacking bull right.
- Ziegler -; Casabonne Series 6; SNG BN 426-8 (Myriandros); SNG Levante 183 (Myriandros).
3 commentsNemonater09/09/18 at 05:30Canaan: That is perfect!!!
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Julius Caesar Denarius - Cr 468/16 viewsJulius Caesar Denarius. 46-45 BC, Spanish mint. Diademed head of Venus right, Cupid on her shoulder / CAESAR below Gallia & Gaulish captive seated beneath trophy of Gallic arms. Syd 1014, Crawford 468/1. 1 commentsAldo09/09/18 at 05:07Carausius: Nice, complete example of a scarcer type.
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Caesar elephant denarius37 viewsCAESAR in exergue, elephant advancing right, trampling horned serpent.

Pontifical implements: simpulum, sprinkler, axe and priest's hat.

49-48 BC. Military mint traveling with Caesar.

3.87g

Crawford 443/1; HCRI 9; Sydenham 1006; RSC 49.

Wonderfully struck but was probably bent and straightened at some point

Ex-RCNA coin show; Ex: Charles Euston
6 commentsJay GT409/09/18 at 04:06NORMAN K: interesting coin
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Cr 312/1 AR Denarius C. Sulpicius C.f. Galba4 views Rome, 106 BCE
o: Jugate heads of Dei Penates left, DPP before
r: Two soldiers swearing oath over sow, L above, C SVLPICI. C F in ex.
Crawford 312/1. Sulpicia 1
Serrated, 3.85g. (12h)
Penates were both personal and public gods, and this obverse emphasizes that these are the public form, "Publici", as it would be quite unusual to emphasize the private aspect of household gods. The oath scene on reverse likely refers to the founding myth of the white sow at Alba Longa in the Aeneid. The Sulpicii gens eventually culminated (and terminated) with the emperor Galba.
1 commentsPMah09/09/18 at 04:01NORMAN K: very nice!
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Mazaios Obol, Artaxerxes III / Lion attacking bull 26 viewsCILICIA. Tarsos. Mazaios (Satrap of Cilicia, 361/0-334 BC). Obol. 0.7 g., 12 mm.
O: Artaxerxes III (in the guise of Baaltars) seated right on throne with back terminating in head of swan, holding lotus flower and lotus-tipped sceptre.
R: Lion attacking bull right.
- Ziegler -; Casabonne Series 6; SNG BN 426-8 (Myriandros); SNG Levante 183 (Myriandros).
3 commentsNemonater09/09/18 at 00:42n.igma: Superb example and a masterpiece in miniature! The...
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Brettian AE Didrachm or reduced Sextans46 views Head of Ares left; wearing crested Corinthian helmet decorated with griffin; thunderbolt below

BPETTIΩN
Hera Hoplosmia (or Athena) advancing right, holding spear and shield; at feet

Bruttium Circa 211-203 BC

16.39g; 29mm

HN Italy ? depends on mark off flan

A nice big heavy coin minted by the last loyal hold outs against Rome in support of Hannibal.
6 commentsJay GT409/08/18 at 15:02okidoki: wonderful coloring
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Roman, Postumus, herculean bust58 viewsA nice example of the famous herculean bust3 commentsSTEPHANE R09/08/18 at 14:02Harry G: Stunning portrait!
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Roman Empire, Elagabalus 218-222 AD39 viewsElegabalus...218-222 AD
Silver Denarius
Minted: 221 AD
Obv: IMP ANTONINVS PIVS AVG, Draped bust right, laureate, Horned
Rev: PM TR P IIII COS III P P, Emperor standing left sacrificing out of patera over lighted altar, holding branch in right hand, star in left field.
Ric 46 Sear 7536

Very Lustrous with great details!

2 commentsTravis C09/08/18 at 13:58Harry G: Great coin
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Sybaris, Lucania27 views550-510 BC
AR Obol (10mm, 0.44g)
O: Bull (Ox?) standing left, head turned back to right; VM in exergue.
R: Large MV monogram; four pellets around.
SNG ANS 853; HN Italy 1739; Hands Type I, IV
ex Tom Vossen

This coin dates from the original Greek colony, Sybaris I, before its destruction by the Krotones in 511-510 BC.
The MV monogram on the reverse actually reads 'SY' for Sybaris, and I believe the VM in exergue on the obverse is 'MV' retrograde.
The Bull device seen on all early types from Sybaris, and later on the coins of her colonies at Poseidonia and Thurii, may in fact be a white ox at the mother city.
4 commentsEnodia09/08/18 at 07:37shanxi: nice and interesting
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Vespasian RIC 02 (2)52 viewsAR Denarius, 2.80g
Rome Mint, 69-70 AD
RIC 2 (C2). BMC 35. RSC 226.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: IVDAEA in ex.; Jewess (as type of Judaea), draped and veiled, seated r. on ground in attitude of mourning, legs extended, head resting on l. hand, which is propped on knees, r. arm on lap; behind, trophy, consisting of helmet, cuirass, oblong and round shield, greaves, and two round shields
Acquired from eBay, August 2018.

My second example of the common Judaea Capta denarius. Here Judaea's legs are extended instead of the more common 'knees drawn up'. Mattingly notes the distinction in the BMCRE II catalogue, it is largely uncommented upon elsewhere. Most likely these denarii commemorating the defeat of the Jews in the Judaean War were struck after news had reached Rome of Titus' capture of Jerusalem in late August 70. The portraits still do not resemble Vespasian, who arrived in Rome in October 70. Vespasian had to have been very proud of his Judaean victory because this Capta denarius type was one of the first struck in Rome in such vast quantities. The Flavian propaganda resulting from this war proved to be very valuable in legitimising the dynasty's reign. Although a very common type, these command premium prices in trade because of the Judaean War connection.

This portrait features a lean Vespasian with short, stubbly hair.

3 commentsDavid Atherton09/08/18 at 01:50Jay GT4: Nice
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4017 JUDAEA, Ascalon. Hadrian 132-33 AD war-god Phanebal3 viewsReference.
RPC III, 4017; BMC 187

Issue Year 236

Obverse inscription СΕΒΑСΤΟС
Laureate and draped head of Hadrian seen from rear, right

Rev. ΑС ΦΑΝΗΒΑΛ
(to l., Δ); to r., ϚΛC; war-god Phanebal, standing l., holding harpa (?) in r. hand and small round shield and long palm branch in l. hand

5.70 gr
19 mm
12h
1 commentsokidoki09/07/18 at 18:28shanxi: interesting, never heard of this god
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Caligula (Gaius) AR Denarius49 viewsGaius (Caligula), with Divus Augustus. AD 37-41. AR Denarius
(17.5mm, 3.26 g, 5h).
Lugdunum (Lyon) mint. 1st emission, AD 37.
Obv :Bare head of Gaius (Caligula) right C. CAESAR. AVG. GERM. P. M. TR. POT. COS
Rev: Radiate head of Divus Augustus right, between two stars.
RIC I 2; Lyon 157; RSC 11.
Fine, toned, deposits, chipped at edges, a few scratches.
CNG E-auction 428 Lot 344 September 5, 2018
5 commentsorfew09/07/18 at 14:12Nemonater: Great portraits
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Brettian AE Didrachm or reduced Sextans46 views Head of Ares left; wearing crested Corinthian helmet decorated with griffin; thunderbolt below

BPETTIΩN
Hera Hoplosmia (or Athena) advancing right, holding spear and shield; at feet

Bruttium Circa 211-203 BC

16.39g; 29mm

HN Italy ? depends on mark off flan

A nice big heavy coin minted by the last loyal hold outs against Rome in support of Hannibal.
6 commentsJay GT409/07/18 at 14:02Nemonater: Awesome piece of history!
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Caligula (Gaius) AR Denarius49 viewsGaius (Caligula), with Divus Augustus. AD 37-41. AR Denarius
(17.5mm, 3.26 g, 5h).
Lugdunum (Lyon) mint. 1st emission, AD 37.
Obv :Bare head of Gaius (Caligula) right C. CAESAR. AVG. GERM. P. M. TR. POT. COS
Rev: Radiate head of Divus Augustus right, between two stars.
RIC I 2; Lyon 157; RSC 11.
Fine, toned, deposits, chipped at edges, a few scratches.
CNG E-auction 428 Lot 344 September 5, 2018
5 commentsorfew09/07/18 at 06:32Canaan: Very nice!!!!
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Trajan6 views1 commentsarash p09/07/18 at 05:55shanxi: I need one of these
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Julia Mamaea4 views1 commentsarash p09/07/18 at 05:55shanxi: nice example
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Caligula (Gaius) AR Denarius49 viewsGaius (Caligula), with Divus Augustus. AD 37-41. AR Denarius
(17.5mm, 3.26 g, 5h).
Lugdunum (Lyon) mint. 1st emission, AD 37.
Obv :Bare head of Gaius (Caligula) right C. CAESAR. AVG. GERM. P. M. TR. POT. COS
Rev: Radiate head of Divus Augustus right, between two stars.
RIC I 2; Lyon 157; RSC 11.
Fine, toned, deposits, chipped at edges, a few scratches.
CNG E-auction 428 Lot 344 September 5, 2018
5 commentsorfew09/07/18 at 03:54Vincent: Good looking coin in my view
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Brettian AE Didrachm or reduced Sextans46 views Head of Ares left; wearing crested Corinthian helmet decorated with griffin; thunderbolt below

BPETTIΩN
Hera Hoplosmia (or Athena) advancing right, holding spear and shield; at feet

Bruttium Circa 211-203 BC

16.39g; 29mm

HN Italy ? depends on mark off flan

A nice big heavy coin minted by the last loyal hold outs against Rome in support of Hannibal.
6 commentsJay GT409/06/18 at 23:33Enodia: substantial!
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Brettian AE Didrachm or reduced Sextans46 views Head of Ares left; wearing crested Corinthian helmet decorated with griffin; thunderbolt below

BPETTIΩN
Hera Hoplosmia (or Athena) advancing right, holding spear and shield; at feet

Bruttium Circa 211-203 BC

16.39g; 29mm

HN Italy ? depends on mark off flan

A nice big heavy coin minted by the last loyal hold outs against Rome in support of Hannibal.
6 commentsJay GT409/06/18 at 21:56quadrans: Great coin , and details,
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Thrace. Thasos (Circa 480-463 BC)9 viewsAR Stater

22 mm, 8.44 g

Obverse: Ithyphallic satyr advancing right, carrying off protesting nymph.
Reverse: Quadripartite incuse square.

Le Rider, Thasiennes, 5; SNG Copenhagen 1010-2; HGC 6, 331.

Both location and mineral riches aided the thriving economy of the North Aegean island of Thasos. According to Herodotos (VI, 46), the city derived 200-300 talents annually from her exploitation of its local silver mines as well as mines controlled on the Thracian mainland opposite the island city-state. Additionally, Thasos gained much material wealth as a producer and exporter of high quality wines, and it was perhaps due to this trade in wine that her coinage spread throughout the Aegean making it a widely recognized and accepted coinage in distant lands.

Thracians for the most part were illiterate, with no alphabet of their own and no written history or literature. Aristotle, though no doubt exaggerating, wrote that Thracians were unable to count beyond four. What we know about Thracians is largely through the prism of what the Greeks and Romans have written and from archeological findings (including coins). We know they were fiercely independent, powerful, and feared, excelling in warfare, horsemanship, and metalwork. Thracians regarded war and plunder as the noblest way of life. Another ancient Greek philosopher, Xenophanes, described Thracians as being "large, powerfully built men," with "a skin white, delicate and cold," and "largely red-haired." Among the noteworthy Thracians of history are thought to be the gladiator Spartacus and the fable-writer Aesop.

The motif of the satyr abducting a maenad appears on several northern Greek coins. In the case of Thasos, this Dionysiac motif served to promote the island's famous wine. Satyrs belong to the retinue of Dionysos (the god of wine) while maenads were the immortal female followers of Dionysos.
1 commentsNathan P09/06/18 at 21:42Jay GT4: Really nice!
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Brettian AE Didrachm or reduced Sextans46 views Head of Ares left; wearing crested Corinthian helmet decorated with griffin; thunderbolt below

BPETTIΩN
Hera Hoplosmia (or Athena) advancing right, holding spear and shield; at feet

Bruttium Circa 211-203 BC

16.39g; 29mm

HN Italy ? depends on mark off flan

A nice big heavy coin minted by the last loyal hold outs against Rome in support of Hannibal.
6 commentsJay GT409/06/18 at 21:07Mat: A beautiful example, love the color
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Caligula (Gaius) AR Denarius49 viewsGaius (Caligula), with Divus Augustus. AD 37-41. AR Denarius
(17.5mm, 3.26 g, 5h).
Lugdunum (Lyon) mint. 1st emission, AD 37.
Obv :Bare head of Gaius (Caligula) right C. CAESAR. AVG. GERM. P. M. TR. POT. COS
Rev: Radiate head of Divus Augustus right, between two stars.
RIC I 2; Lyon 157; RSC 11.
Fine, toned, deposits, chipped at edges, a few scratches.
CNG E-auction 428 Lot 344 September 5, 2018
5 commentsorfew09/06/18 at 19:41Jay GT4: Glad you got it!
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Galba AR Denarius7 viewsGalba. AD 68-69. AR Denarius (17mm, 3.15 g, 6h). Uncertain mint in Gaul (Narbo?).
Struck circa April-late autumn AD 68.
Obv: Laureate head right SER IMPERATOR GALBA
Rev:Concordia standing left, holding branch and cornucopia. CONCORDIA PROVINCIARUM
RIC I 105; RSC 34. Fine, toned, porous.
Ex Meister & Sonntag Quick Auction 2007 (25 March 2007), lot 214.
CNG E-auction Lot 353 September 5, 2018.
2 commentsorfew09/06/18 at 17:01okidoki: Congrats very nice
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Caligula (Gaius) AR Denarius49 viewsGaius (Caligula), with Divus Augustus. AD 37-41. AR Denarius
(17.5mm, 3.26 g, 5h).
Lugdunum (Lyon) mint. 1st emission, AD 37.
Obv :Bare head of Gaius (Caligula) right C. CAESAR. AVG. GERM. P. M. TR. POT. COS
Rev: Radiate head of Divus Augustus right, between two stars.
RIC I 2; Lyon 157; RSC 11.
Fine, toned, deposits, chipped at edges, a few scratches.
CNG E-auction 428 Lot 344 September 5, 2018
5 commentsorfew09/06/18 at 07:06David Atherton: Honest wear and well centred. Congrats!
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Galba AR Denarius7 viewsGalba. AD 68-69. AR Denarius (17mm, 3.15 g, 6h). Uncertain mint in Gaul (Narbo?).
Struck circa April-late autumn AD 68.
Obv: Laureate head right SER IMPERATOR GALBA
Rev:Concordia standing left, holding branch and cornucopia. CONCORDIA PROVINCIARUM
RIC I 105; RSC 34. Fine, toned, porous.
Ex Meister & Sonntag Quick Auction 2007 (25 March 2007), lot 214.
CNG E-auction Lot 353 September 5, 2018.
2 commentsorfew09/06/18 at 07:05David Atherton: Superb!
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Antoninus Pius (138 - 161 A.D.)47 viewsStruck Under Marcus Aurelius
O: DIVVS ANTONINVS, bare draped bust right.
R: CONSECRATIO, funeral pyre of four tiers with quadriga on top.
Rome Mint, 161 - 180 A.D.
18mm
3.2g
RIC III M. Aurelius 438
3 commentsMat09/06/18 at 06:22Nicholas Z: I love the hair detail. Great coin.
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Aelius (136 - 138 A.D.)29 viewsAR Denarius
O: L AELIVS CAESAR, bare head right.
R: TR POT COS II, Felicitas standing left, caduceus in left, cornucopia in right.
Rome Mint, 137 A.D.
3.16g
18mm
SRCV II 3973, RIC II Hadrian 430, RSC II 50, BMCRE III Hadrian 969
6 commentsMat09/06/18 at 06:21Nicholas Z: That’s a great coin, both sides!
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80 viewsDenarius - 82 BC. - Mint moving with Sulla
L. MANLIVS TORQVATVS & L. CORNELIVS SVLLA - Gens Manlia & Cornelia
Obv.: Helmeted head of Roma right, PROQ behind; L MANLI T (T in horizontal position) before.
Rev.: Triumphator in quadriga right, crowned by flying Victory, L SVLLA IMP in ex.
Gs. 4,1 mm. 17,86x18,26
Crawf. 367/3, Sear RCV 287, Grueber II (East) 13

On the coins of this Sulla's issue, there is one of the best stylistic depictions of Rome's head
2 commentsMaxentius09/06/18 at 00:17Blindado: Beautiful!
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ANTONINUS PIUS. RIC 778, 138-161 CE. Ć Sestertius5 views(30.55mm, 25.4 gm). Struck 145-161 AD.
Obverse: ANTONINVSAVG-PIVSPPTRPCOSIIII, Laureate head right
Obverse: Mars walking right, holding spear and shield. S C across field.
RIC III 778
1 commentsNORMAN K09/05/18 at 14:23Jay GT4: Love this color patina
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Thessaly, Larissa, Thessalos, Horse, Drachm6 viewsLarissa, Thessaly
AR Drachm, 440-420 BC
Obv.: The hero Thessalos, nude but for chlamys, his petasos flying out behind him, holding band around the head of a bull charging right
Rev.: Bridled horse prancing right; ΛAP above, IΣA below; all within shallow incuse square.
Ag, 6.01g, 20mm, 12h
Ref.: Herrmann pl. 3, 2 (same dies); SNG Lockett 1560 (same dies)
Ex Roma Numismatics, E-SALE 46, Lot 89
1 commentsshanxi09/05/18 at 14:22Jay GT4: A beauty
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2 Constantius II15 views DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust left holding globe / FEL TEMP-REPARATIO, Emperor in military dress standing left with labarum, two captives before, leaning left in left field. Γ in left field. Mintmark CONSZ star. RIC VIII Constantinople 89.4 commentsRandygeki(h2)09/05/18 at 12:49okidoki: excellent and stylistic
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Augustus AR Cistophorus53 viewsAugustus (27 BC-AD 14). AR cistophorus
(28 mm, 10.86 gm, 12h).
NGC VG 5/5 - 2/5.
Pergamum, ca. 27-26 BC.
Obv: IMP •-CAE-SAR, bare head of Augustus right
Rev: AVGVSTVS, Capricorn right, head left, bearing cornucopia on back; all within laurel wreath.
RIC I 493. RPC 2211.
Heritage Auctions August 30, 2018 Lot 231835
6 commentsorfew09/05/18 at 10:14David Atherton: Very nice!
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2 Constantius II15 views DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust left holding globe / FEL TEMP-REPARATIO, Emperor in military dress standing left with labarum, two captives before, leaning left in left field. Γ in left field. Mintmark CONSZ star. RIC VIII Constantinople 89.4 commentsRandygeki(h2)09/05/18 at 08:03maridvnvm: nice looking coin
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11 Constans 18 views24 mm / 4,8 gr.
DN CONSTA-NS PF AVG
Constans pearl-diademed, draped,cuirassed bust right; A behind
FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO
soldier spearing a falling horseman, Phrygian helmet, kneeling, arms up
Star over A left
RP in ex
unpublished
Rome


RH-C1101
3 commentsRandygeki(h2)09/05/18 at 08:03maridvnvm: A really great find.
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Augustus AR Cistophorus53 viewsAugustus (27 BC-AD 14). AR cistophorus
(28 mm, 10.86 gm, 12h).
NGC VG 5/5 - 2/5.
Pergamum, ca. 27-26 BC.
Obv: IMP •-CAE-SAR, bare head of Augustus right
Rev: AVGVSTVS, Capricorn right, head left, bearing cornucopia on back; all within laurel wreath.
RIC I 493. RPC 2211.
Heritage Auctions August 30, 2018 Lot 231835
6 commentsorfew09/05/18 at 06:20okidoki: well done
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11 Constans 18 views24 mm / 4,8 gr.
DN CONSTA-NS PF AVG
Constans pearl-diademed, draped,cuirassed bust right; A behind
FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO
soldier spearing a falling horseman, Phrygian helmet, kneeling, arms up
Star over A left
RP in ex
unpublished
Rome


RH-C1101
3 commentsRandygeki(h2)09/05/18 at 02:01Jay GT4: Good portrait
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2 Constantius II15 views DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust left holding globe / FEL TEMP-REPARATIO, Emperor in military dress standing left with labarum, two captives before, leaning left in left field. Γ in left field. Mintmark CONSZ star. RIC VIII Constantinople 89.4 commentsRandygeki(h2)09/05/18 at 02:00Jay GT4: Nice patina!
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Ostrogoth, Gepid, (The age of exodus/Dark ages) Sirmium, AR-1/4-Siliqua, "Anastasius" type, Alain Gennari No: 090, Monogram of Theoderich (Alain Gennari type 18), Rare!55 viewsOstrogoth, Gepid, (The age of exodus/Dark ages) Sirmium, AR-1/4-Siliqua, "Anastasius" type, Alain Gennari No: 090, Monogram of Theoderich (Alain Gennari type 18), Rare!
avers: D N ANASTASIVS P AV, Diademed and cuirassed bust right.
reverse: VIN VITA ✠ A ROMANI *, Stylized "Theoderich" monogram (Alain Gennari type 18).
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 21,0mm, weight: 0,78g, axis: 1h,
mint: Sirmium ,date: 493-526 A.D., ref: Alain Gennari 090, (avers type: 47, reverse type :64, monogram type: 18), Rare!
Q-001
This coin attributed by the Alain Gennari article:
"The "Sirmium group": about the so-called Gepids siliquae
With a specific catalogue -2ⁿᵈ edition, Parma Oktober 2017"
https://www.forumancientcoins.com/board/index.php?topic=113140.0
2 commentsquadrans09/04/18 at 22:53Randygeki(h2): Nice example
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2 Constantius II15 views DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust left holding globe / FEL TEMP-REPARATIO, Emperor in military dress standing left with labarum, two captives before, leaning left in left field. Γ in left field. Mintmark CONSZ star. RIC VIII Constantinople 89.4 commentsRandygeki(h2)09/04/18 at 22:36Mat: I like the labarum on this.
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11 Constans 18 views24 mm / 4,8 gr.
DN CONSTA-NS PF AVG
Constans pearl-diademed, draped,cuirassed bust right; A behind
FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO
soldier spearing a falling horseman, Phrygian helmet, kneeling, arms up
Star over A left
RP in ex
unpublished
Rome


RH-C1101
3 commentsRandygeki(h2)09/04/18 at 22:36Mat: Great shield on that
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Allectus (293 - 296 A.D.)15 viewsBillon Antoninianus
O: IMP C ALLECTVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right.
R: PROVIDENTIA AVG, Providentia standing left, globe in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, S in left field, P in right field, ML in exergue.
Londinium (London, England) mint
21mm
2.52g
RIC V-2 36
1 commentsMat09/04/18 at 22:31Randygeki(h2): Cool addition. I like the patina on this one
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ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Julius Caesar, AR Denarius20 viewsRome. The Imperators.
Julius Caesar, 47-6 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.87g; 18mm).
Military Mint in North Africa.

Obverse: Diademed head of Venus facing right, wearing necklace.

Reverse: Aeneas walking left, carrying his aged father, Anchises on his shoulder and the palladium in his right hand; CAESAR in right field.

References: Crawford 458/1; HCRI 55; BMCRR (East) 31-5; Julia 10.

Provenance: Ex Stöcklin Collection [Nomos 14 (17 May 2017) Lot 275]; ex E. J. Haeberlin Collection [Cahn-Hess (17 Jul 1933), Lot 2663].

Struck in Africa near the end of Caesar’s civil war struggle with Pompey, the coin advertises the mythical roots of the Julia gens descent from Venus and Anchises. The obverse depicts the goddess, Venus, while the reverse shows Aeneas carrying his aged father, Anchises, from Troy. Sear thought that among Caesar’s coinage, this issue was second in size only to the "elephant" coinage, and Crawford estimated 390 obverse dies and 433 reverse dies.
4 commentsCarausius09/04/18 at 13:48okidoki: 5 stars
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Augustus AR Cistophorus53 viewsAugustus (27 BC-AD 14). AR cistophorus
(28 mm, 10.86 gm, 12h).
NGC VG 5/5 - 2/5.
Pergamum, ca. 27-26 BC.
Obv: IMP •-CAE-SAR, bare head of Augustus right
Rev: AVGVSTVS, Capricorn right, head left, bearing cornucopia on back; all within laurel wreath.
RIC I 493. RPC 2211.
Heritage Auctions August 30, 2018 Lot 231835
6 commentsorfew09/04/18 at 13:18Canaan: Extremly nice, i love it
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Augustus AR Cistophorus53 viewsAugustus (27 BC-AD 14). AR cistophorus
(28 mm, 10.86 gm, 12h).
NGC VG 5/5 - 2/5.
Pergamum, ca. 27-26 BC.
Obv: IMP •-CAE-SAR, bare head of Augustus right
Rev: AVGVSTVS, Capricorn right, head left, bearing cornucopia on back; all within laurel wreath.
RIC I 493. RPC 2211.
Heritage Auctions August 30, 2018 Lot 231835
6 commentsorfew09/04/18 at 13:12*Alex: Nice coin, one I'd be happy to have too.
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ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Julius Caesar, AR Denarius20 viewsRome. The Imperators.
Julius Caesar, 47-6 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.87g; 18mm).
Military Mint in North Africa.

Obverse: Diademed head of Venus facing right, wearing necklace.

Reverse: Aeneas walking left, carrying his aged father, Anchises on his shoulder and the palladium in his right hand; CAESAR in right field.

References: Crawford 458/1; HCRI 55; BMCRR (East) 31-5; Julia 10.

Provenance: Ex Stöcklin Collection [Nomos 14 (17 May 2017) Lot 275]; ex E. J. Haeberlin Collection [Cahn-Hess (17 Jul 1933), Lot 2663].

Struck in Africa near the end of Caesar’s civil war struggle with Pompey, the coin advertises the mythical roots of the Julia gens descent from Venus and Anchises. The obverse depicts the goddess, Venus, while the reverse shows Aeneas carrying his aged father, Anchises, from Troy. Sear thought that among Caesar’s coinage, this issue was second in size only to the "elephant" coinage, and Crawford estimated 390 obverse dies and 433 reverse dies.
4 commentsCarausius09/04/18 at 08:47shanxi: WOW, the father realy looks like an old man
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199 Sabina Denarius 128-36 AD Minerva standing Eastern mint12 viewsReference.
RIC--; Strack -- unpublished

Obv. SABINA AVGVSTA
Draped bust left.

Rev. COS III.
Minerva standing left, holding spear and thunderbolt; shield behind to right.

3.15 gr
20 mm
6h
2 commentsokidoki09/04/18 at 05:28quadrans: Interesting piece..
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Augustus AR Cistophorus53 viewsAugustus (27 BC-AD 14). AR cistophorus
(28 mm, 10.86 gm, 12h).
NGC VG 5/5 - 2/5.
Pergamum, ca. 27-26 BC.
Obv: IMP •-CAE-SAR, bare head of Augustus right
Rev: AVGVSTVS, Capricorn right, head left, bearing cornucopia on back; all within laurel wreath.
RIC I 493. RPC 2211.
Heritage Auctions August 30, 2018 Lot 231835
6 commentsorfew09/04/18 at 04:49quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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Augustus AR Cistophorus53 viewsAugustus (27 BC-AD 14). AR cistophorus
(28 mm, 10.86 gm, 12h).
NGC VG 5/5 - 2/5.
Pergamum, ca. 27-26 BC.
Obv: IMP •-CAE-SAR, bare head of Augustus right
Rev: AVGVSTVS, Capricorn right, head left, bearing cornucopia on back; all within laurel wreath.
RIC I 493. RPC 2211.
Heritage Auctions August 30, 2018 Lot 231835
6 commentsorfew09/04/18 at 03:33Jay GT4: An honest piece, I'd love to have it. Congrat...
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, L. Piso Frugi, AE As8 viewsRome. The Republic
L. Piso Frugi, 90 BCE
AE As (11.3g; 27mm)
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Head of Janus; I (mark of value = 1 As) above.

Reverse: Prow facing right; Victory on prow; L PISO, above prow; [FRVGI] in exergue.

References: Crawford 340/4; BMCRR Rome 2179; Sydenham 677 (R2).

Provenance: Ex NAC 92 (24 May 2016), Lot 1626.

L. Calpurnius Piso Frugi was moneyer in 90 BCE, during the time of the Social War. He later attained the office of Praetor in 74 BCE, but did not appear to distinguish himself further.

The Social War was a civil war between Rome and her Italian allies who had broken-away in a demand for citizenship rights. It was a time of massive coinage output by the Rome mints, likely to pay the costs associated with the conflict. As a result, Frugi's coins are among the most common in the entire Roman Republican series.

In addition to a copious silver coin production, Piso also struck a full complement of bronze coinage. The appearance of Victory on the prow of Piso’s asses, together with some naval imagery on his quadrantes, may either refer to a past naval victory of an ancestor or to the progress of the Social War.

Bronze coins of this era of the Republic often have pronounced casting sprues from the flan production phase of the minting process. This coin has two sprues at 1h and 7h obverse, and at 3h and 9h reverse. These are an expected part of the fabric of Roman Republican bronze coins of the Social War era.

1 commentsCarausius09/04/18 at 03:25PMah: The casting sprue on these coins are so pronounced...
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ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Julius Caesar, AR Denarius20 viewsRome. The Imperators.
Julius Caesar, 47-6 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.87g; 18mm).
Military Mint in North Africa.

Obverse: Diademed head of Venus facing right, wearing necklace.

Reverse: Aeneas walking left, carrying his aged father, Anchises on his shoulder and the palladium in his right hand; CAESAR in right field.

References: Crawford 458/1; HCRI 55; BMCRR (East) 31-5; Julia 10.

Provenance: Ex Stöcklin Collection [Nomos 14 (17 May 2017) Lot 275]; ex E. J. Haeberlin Collection [Cahn-Hess (17 Jul 1933), Lot 2663].

Struck in Africa near the end of Caesar’s civil war struggle with Pompey, the coin advertises the mythical roots of the Julia gens descent from Venus and Anchises. The obverse depicts the goddess, Venus, while the reverse shows Aeneas carrying his aged father, Anchises, from Troy. Sear thought that among Caesar’s coinage, this issue was second in size only to the "elephant" coinage, and Crawford estimated 390 obverse dies and 433 reverse dies.
4 commentsCarausius09/04/18 at 03:04Jay GT4: Amazing!
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CALABRIA, Taras. Circa 280 BC. AR Nomos13 views21mm, 7.82 g, 2h.
Warrior on horse galloping left, holding shield; ΦIΛΩ (retrograde) below / Phalanthos riding dolphin left, holding small Nike; waves below. Vlasto 684 (same obv. die); HN Italy 964. VF, toned.
2 commentsLeo09/04/18 at 01:48Leo: Thanks Jay
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ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Julius Caesar, AR Denarius20 viewsRome. The Imperators.
Julius Caesar, 47-6 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.87g; 18mm).
Military Mint in North Africa.

Obverse: Diademed head of Venus facing right, wearing necklace.

Reverse: Aeneas walking left, carrying his aged father, Anchises on his shoulder and the palladium in his right hand; CAESAR in right field.

References: Crawford 458/1; HCRI 55; BMCRR (East) 31-5; Julia 10.

Provenance: Ex Stöcklin Collection [Nomos 14 (17 May 2017) Lot 275]; ex E. J. Haeberlin Collection [Cahn-Hess (17 Jul 1933), Lot 2663].

Struck in Africa near the end of Caesar’s civil war struggle with Pompey, the coin advertises the mythical roots of the Julia gens descent from Venus and Anchises. The obverse depicts the goddess, Venus, while the reverse shows Aeneas carrying his aged father, Anchises, from Troy. Sear thought that among Caesar’s coinage, this issue was second in size only to the "elephant" coinage, and Crawford estimated 390 obverse dies and 433 reverse dies.
4 commentsCarausius09/03/18 at 22:52RomaVictor: .......Wow, what a beauty! Fabulous coin!
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Sicily, Syracuse AR Stater.16 viewsTime of Timoleon and the Third Democracy, circa 344-338 BC. Pegasos flying left / Helmeted head of Athena right, ΣVΡΑΚΟΣΙΩΝ around. Pegasi 2, SNG ANS 496. 8.02g, 22mm, 6h.
Near Extremely Fine. Toned.
From the collection of C.S., Germany.
4 commentsLeo09/03/18 at 20:51okidoki: wonderful
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Domitian AR Denarius2 viewsDomitian as Caesar
AR Denarius
3.10 g
Obv: CAES AUG F Domitianus; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r
Rev: COS IIII, Pegasus standing r
RIC 922 (R2)
Aquired from Kolner May 2018
1 commentsorfew09/03/18 at 20:06Jay GT4: Nice
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CALABRIA, Taras. Circa 280 BC. AR Nomos13 views21mm, 7.82 g, 2h.
Warrior on horse galloping left, holding shield; ΦIΛΩ (retrograde) below / Phalanthos riding dolphin left, holding small Nike; waves below. Vlasto 684 (same obv. die); HN Italy 964. VF, toned.
2 commentsLeo09/03/18 at 20:05Jay GT4: Nice one
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CALABRIA, Taras. Circa 325-281 BC. Stater10 viewsSilver, 20mm, 7.78 g 1
Nude rider on horse prancing to right, holding round shield, two lances, and spear; ΣIM below. Rev. TAPAΣ Phalanthos seated astride dolphin to left, holding spindle over his left shoulder; before, eagle standing right; below, ΦI and waves. SNG ANS 982 ( same dies ). Vlasto 576 ( same dies ). Good very fine.
1 commentsLeo09/03/18 at 20:05Jay GT4: Love these with the waves
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Otto III AR Denaro8 viewsOtto III AD 983-1002. Holy Roman Empire. Pavia
Denaro AR
16mm., 1,22g.
nearly very fine
Savoca Coins 9th Blue auction Part 2 Lot 2103 August 26, 2018
1 commentsorfew09/03/18 at 19:32quadrans: Nice...
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EB0680 Maximianus / Elpis19 viewsMaximianus 286-305, billon tetradrachm of Alexandria, Year 2 = 287-288.
Obverse: A K M A OVA MAXIMIANOC CEB, laureate, draped & cuirassed bust right.
Reverse: L-B, Elpis standing left holding flower & raising hem of skirt, star at top right.
References: Milne 4814, Emmett 4114, Dattari 5873.
Diameter: 20mm Weight: 8.754g
1 commentsEB09/03/18 at 19:17quadrans: Nice piece..
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RIC 2, p.386, 395a - Sabina, Juno standing13 viewsSabina
AR Denarius, AD 128-136
Obv: SABINA AVGVSTA, bust of Sabina, diademed, draped, right; hair is knotted in back and falls in waves down neck
Rev: IVNONI REGINAE, Juno, draped, standing left, holding patera in right hand and vertical sceptre in left
Ag, 3.01g, 16mm
Ref.: RIC 395a [C], CRE 54 [C]
2 commentsshanxi09/03/18 at 15:38Mat: a beauty
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AΔP on Trajan AE21216 viewsTrajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D., Leucas, Coele-Syria
9239. Bronze AE 21, SGI 1082, F, 7.73g, 21.1mm, 0o, Leucas ad Chrysoroas mint, 102/103 A.D.; obverse AY KAI NEP TPAIANOC [ ... ], laureate head right, countermarked; reverse LEIKADIWN KLAYDIEWN, Trajan, holding scepter, in galloping quadriga right; date EN (year 55 of the Era of Leucas = 102/103 A.D.); $90.00
The obverse countermark appears to read ADR, Emperor Hadrian; however a nearly identical mark has been interpreted as DeltaAK, Trajan's title Dacius.
1 commentswhitetd4909/03/18 at 15:15okidoki: great example,
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Celtic, Danube Region, Uncertain Tribe. Imitating Type of Alexander III of Macedon40 viewsCCCBM I 215; Göbl, OTA Table 43, Type 577-578; Sammlung Lanz 896-897

AR drachm; struck in the Danube region circa second to first centuries B.C.; 3.24 g., 18.48 mm. max., 0°

Obv: Stylized head of Herakles right, wearing lion's skin headdress.

Rev: Stylized Zeus seated left, holding eagle and sceptre; amphora in inner left field.
3 commentsStkp09/03/18 at 12:18djmacdo: A lovely example. Note the wine amphora in the fi...
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RIC 2, p.386, 395a - Sabina, Juno standing13 viewsSabina
AR Denarius, AD 128-136
Obv: SABINA AVGVSTA, bust of Sabina, diademed, draped, right; hair is knotted in back and falls in waves down neck
Rev: IVNONI REGINAE, Juno, draped, standing left, holding patera in right hand and vertical sceptre in left
Ag, 3.01g, 16mm
Ref.: RIC 395a [C], CRE 54 [C]
2 commentsshanxi09/03/18 at 11:44okidoki: Nice Ralf
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RRC 53/2 Denarius Group 17 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Metal: AR
Obverse: Head of Roma with Peaked visor, X mark of value behind
Reverse: Dioscuri riding r., flag cape., ROMA in raised letters in trapezoidal frame.
Weight: 4.44 gm
Reference: Crawford 53/2
Provenance: Roma Numismatics. February 3, 2018

Comments: Trapezoidal frame group. Group 1 with flag cape and front hooves of the horses rising high.
1 commentsSteve B509/03/18 at 01:32Carausius: Interesting note on the angle of the horses. I...
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Crawford 53/2 Denarius Group 64 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Metal: AR
Obverse: Head of Roma with Peaked visor, X mark of value behind
Reverse: Dioscuri riding r., streaming cape., ROMA in 3-line rectangular frame.
Weight: 4.3 gm
Reference: Crawford 53/2
Provenance: Harlan Berk July 15, 2011, Ex. M&M AG Auction 19, June, 1959.

Comments: Group 6 denarius with curved visor and small griffon tufts. Streaming cape. Well Centered and EF.
1 commentsSteve B509/03/18 at 01:26Carausius: Beautiful coin and terrific provenance.
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LONDON mint - quatrefoil type AR penny Cnut the Great - moneyer SVETINC (= Swēting)6 viewsObverse: ✠ CNVT REX ANGLORV
Reverse: ✠ SVETINC ON O LV
Ř = 19mm
Weight = 0,98 gram

Provenance:
•Ex Classical Numismatic Group E-Auction 419, lot 536, 25 April 2018 (note: sold as a contemporary imitation)
1 commentsRomaVictor09/03/18 at 00:55orfew: Great coin
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Vespasian RIC-964123 viewsAR Denarius, 3.60g
Rome Mint, 77-78 AD
RIC 964 (C2). BMC 295. RSC 28.
Obv: CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: ANNONA AVG; Annona, draped, seated l. on throne, adorned with corn-ears, feet on stool, holding on her lap a sack or corn-ears open, the ties, looped at one end, in her hands

This reverse possibly belongs to a series of coins that outlineD an agricultural programme of the reign. Many other denarii were issued at the same time with a similar 'country' feel to them, notably: the modius reverse, Ceres either seated or standing, sow with piglets, goat-herd milking a she-goat, bull, and the two oxen reverse.

A wonderful coin in excellent condition. The obverse detail is so crisp, I'm inclined to believe that the die was used for aureii too.
2 commentsVespasian7009/02/18 at 23:54Britanikus: Nice sharp Coin
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Vespasian RIC-772113 viewsAR Denarius, 3.40g
Rome Mint, 75 AD
RIC 772 (C3). BMC 161. RSC 366.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: PON MAX TR P COS VI; Pax, bare to the waist, seated l., holding branch extended in r. hand, l. hand on lap
Acquired from Old Roman Coins, March 2003.

Another of Vespasian's Pax types, continuing a major theme in his coinage.

This coin has sentimental value for being the first Flavian denarius I ever bought. A nice one at that too.
1 commentsVespasian7009/02/18 at 23:48Britanikus: Nice Coin
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Struck A.D.307. CONSTANTINE I as CAESAR. Large AE Follis of Treveri9 viewsObverse: FL VAL CONSTANTINVS NOB C. Laureate and cuirassed bust of Constantine I facing right.
Reverse: PRINCIPI IVVENTVTIS. Constantine I, clad in military dress, standing facing left holding a standard in each hand. Across field, S - A; in exergue, PTR.
RIC VI : 734

The boots shown worn by Constantine on this coin are not the usual army boots but a special type of boot called a mulleus (pl. mullei), it was a kind of fur boot where a catlike animal's scalp was attached to the upper front of the boot leg and the animal's paws hung down from both sides. These type of mullei were shown worn by deities like Mars, Virtus, Honos, Roma, and sometimes emperors. Iconographically they were connected to gods and heroes.
Goette, in his " Ikonographische Studien zu Römischem Schuhwerk", has shown that the mulleus appears from the time of Augustus to the period of the Tetrarchy on Roman artwork.
It is notable that these types of mullei are often depicted being worn by cuirassed statues in a war-like connection. It is therefore possible, even probable, that the boots were made from lion's skin, which would match the symbol of royal power and strength with the godlike power of their wearer. - credit Jochen

This coin was struck in A.D.307 to commemorate Constantine's proclamation as Caesar.
1 comments*Alex09/02/18 at 23:03Jay GT4: Great detail!
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Vespasian AR denarius40 viewsVESPASIAN (69-79). Denarius. Ephesus.
(3.00 g. 17 mm.)
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P.
Laureate head right.
Rev: PACI AVGVSTAE.
Victory advancing right, holding wreath and palm frond; monogram to right.
RIC˛ 1425. (R3)
Condition: Very fine.
Numismatik Naumann Auction 69 Lot 348

6 commentsorfew09/02/18 at 21:47Jay GT4: Outstanding
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199 Sabina Denarius 128-36 AD Minerva standing Eastern mint12 viewsReference.
RIC--; Strack -- unpublished

Obv. SABINA AVGVSTA
Draped bust left.

Rev. COS III.
Minerva standing left, holding spear and thunderbolt; shield behind to right.

3.15 gr
20 mm
6h
2 commentsokidoki09/02/18 at 21:47Jay GT4: Lovely coin
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Vespasian AR denarius40 viewsVESPASIAN (69-79). Denarius. Ephesus.
(3.00 g. 17 mm.)
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P.
Laureate head right.
Rev: PACI AVGVSTAE.
Victory advancing right, holding wreath and palm frond; monogram to right.
RIC˛ 1425. (R3)
Condition: Very fine.
Numismatik Naumann Auction 69 Lot 348

6 commentsorfew09/02/18 at 21:29FlaviusDomitianus: A choice rarity, congrats!
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Vespasian AR denarius40 viewsVESPASIAN (69-79). Denarius. Ephesus.
(3.00 g. 17 mm.)
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P.
Laureate head right.
Rev: PACI AVGVSTAE.
Victory advancing right, holding wreath and palm frond; monogram to right.
RIC˛ 1425. (R3)
Condition: Very fine.
Numismatik Naumann Auction 69 Lot 348

6 commentsorfew09/02/18 at 21:13Robert K: I don't have RIC 2. I wish I did right now. Ni...
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Vespasian AR denarius40 viewsVESPASIAN (69-79). Denarius. Ephesus.
(3.00 g. 17 mm.)
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P.
Laureate head right.
Rev: PACI AVGVSTAE.
Victory advancing right, holding wreath and palm frond; monogram to right.
RIC˛ 1425. (R3)
Condition: Very fine.
Numismatik Naumann Auction 69 Lot 348

6 commentsorfew09/02/18 at 20:58Nemonater: Awesome addition!
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Vespasian AR denarius40 viewsVESPASIAN (69-79). Denarius. Ephesus.
(3.00 g. 17 mm.)
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P.
Laureate head right.
Rev: PACI AVGVSTAE.
Victory advancing right, holding wreath and palm frond; monogram to right.
RIC˛ 1425. (R3)
Condition: Very fine.
Numismatik Naumann Auction 69 Lot 348

6 commentsorfew09/02/18 at 19:30Carausius: Wonderful coin! Congratulations.
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Vespasian AR denarius40 viewsVESPASIAN (69-79). Denarius. Ephesus.
(3.00 g. 17 mm.)
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P.
Laureate head right.
Rev: PACI AVGVSTAE.
Victory advancing right, holding wreath and palm frond; monogram to right.
RIC˛ 1425. (R3)
Condition: Very fine.
Numismatik Naumann Auction 69 Lot 348

6 commentsorfew09/02/18 at 19:23okidoki: Congrats very nice
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Sicily, Syracuse AR Stater.16 viewsTime of Timoleon and the Third Democracy, circa 344-338 BC. Pegasos flying left / Helmeted head of Athena right, ΣVΡΑΚΟΣΙΩΝ around. Pegasi 2, SNG ANS 496. 8.02g, 22mm, 6h.
Near Extremely Fine. Toned.
From the collection of C.S., Germany.
4 commentsLeo09/02/18 at 14:45Jay GT4: Great piece
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554 Hadrian Dupondius 118 AD Roma & Hadrian18 viewsReference.
RIC 554. C. 92. BMC 1138. Hill 57

Obv. IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG
Radiate bust right, drapery on left shoulder, seen from front

Rev. PONT MAX TR POT COS II / ADVENTVS AVG SC
Helmeted figure of Roma seated right on cuirass, holding spear and clasping hands with Hadrian, who stands left.

13.80 gr
29 mm
6h

Note.
Ex Lanz 94 lot 505 1999
Ex Lanz 106 lot 391 2001
Ex Lanz 114 lot 362 2003
2 commentsokidoki09/02/18 at 10:20*Alex: ... and I like it too. Nice one.
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170 - Constantius II - AE2 - RIC VIII Antioch 13212 viewsObv:– D N CONSTANTIVS P F AVG, Pearl diademed, draped, cuirassed, bust right
Rev:– FEL TEMP REPARATIO, Helmeted soldier to left, shield on left arm, spearing falling horseman; shield on ground at right. Horseman is bearded and falls forward reaching towards emperor (type FH3)
Minted in Antioch (Gamma | _ //ANE). A.D. 350-355
Reference:- RIC VIII, Antioch 132.
2 commentsmaridvnvm09/02/18 at 07:14Randygeki(h2): Indeed. Very nice
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Cr 53/1 AR Victoriatus Anonymous 12 viewsafter 211 BC. AR Victoriatus (17mm, 3.14g, 11h) Rome mint
O: Laureate head of Jupiter r.
R: Victory standing r., crowning trophy
Crawford 53/1; RBW 191; RSC 9
[my opinion: Although Victoriati can be seen as excruciatingly repetitive, with good reason, the obverse of this coin shows considerable artistry in execution.]
3 commentsPMah09/02/18 at 01:17PMah: Thank you. Steve, I will check this against some ...
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Sicily, Syracuse AR Stater.16 viewsTime of Timoleon and the Third Democracy, circa 344-338 BC. Pegasos flying left / Helmeted head of Athena right, ΣVΡΑΚΟΣΙΩΝ around. Pegasi 2, SNG ANS 496. 8.02g, 22mm, 6h.
Near Extremely Fine. Toned.
From the collection of C.S., Germany.
4 commentsLeo09/01/18 at 21:33Grant H: love the winged horse
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Vespasian RIC-71562 viewsĆ Dupondius, 10.55g
Rome mint, 74 AD
RIC 715 (C2). BMC 696.
Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG P M T P COS V CENS; Head of Vespasian, radiate, r.
Rev: FELICITAS PVBLICA; S C in field; Felicitas stg. l., with caduceus and cornucopiae
Acquired from Aegean Numismatics, August 2018.

A decently sized bronze coinage was struck for Vespasian in 74. The Felicitas on the reverse symbolises the prosperity and abundance Vespasian has brought to the empire. It is easily one of the commonest reverse types of the issue.

Well centred with a few marks on the reverse.
5 commentsDavid Atherton09/01/18 at 17:55Nemonater: Congrats on the move into bronze!
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Sicily, Syracuse AR Stater.16 viewsTime of Timoleon and the Third Democracy, circa 344-338 BC. Pegasos flying left / Helmeted head of Athena right, ΣVΡΑΚΟΣΙΩΝ around. Pegasi 2, SNG ANS 496. 8.02g, 22mm, 6h.
Near Extremely Fine. Toned.
From the collection of C.S., Germany.
4 commentsLeo09/01/18 at 16:24EB: Very nice
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Vespasian RIC-71562 viewsĆ Dupondius, 10.55g
Rome mint, 74 AD
RIC 715 (C2). BMC 696.
Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG P M T P COS V CENS; Head of Vespasian, radiate, r.
Rev: FELICITAS PVBLICA; S C in field; Felicitas stg. l., with caduceus and cornucopiae
Acquired from Aegean Numismatics, August 2018.

A decently sized bronze coinage was struck for Vespasian in 74. The Felicitas on the reverse symbolises the prosperity and abundance Vespasian has brought to the empire. It is easily one of the commonest reverse types of the issue.

Well centred with a few marks on the reverse.
5 commentsDavid Atherton09/01/18 at 14:00Jay GT4: Nice brown patina
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Vespasian RIC-71562 viewsĆ Dupondius, 10.55g
Rome mint, 74 AD
RIC 715 (C2). BMC 696.
Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG P M T P COS V CENS; Head of Vespasian, radiate, r.
Rev: FELICITAS PVBLICA; S C in field; Felicitas stg. l., with caduceus and cornucopiae
Acquired from Aegean Numismatics, August 2018.

A decently sized bronze coinage was struck for Vespasian in 74. The Felicitas on the reverse symbolises the prosperity and abundance Vespasian has brought to the empire. It is easily one of the commonest reverse types of the issue.

Well centred with a few marks on the reverse.
5 commentsDavid Atherton09/01/18 at 13:36Mat: Very nice!
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170 - Constantius II - AE2 - RIC VIII Antioch 13212 viewsObv:– D N CONSTANTIVS P F AVG, Pearl diademed, draped, cuirassed, bust right
Rev:– FEL TEMP REPARATIO, Helmeted soldier to left, shield on left arm, spearing falling horseman; shield on ground at right. Horseman is bearded and falls forward reaching towards emperor (type FH3)
Minted in Antioch (Gamma | _ //ANE). A.D. 350-355
Reference:- RIC VIII, Antioch 132.
2 commentsmaridvnvm09/01/18 at 13:36Mat: A beautiful example
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Vespasian RIC-71562 viewsĆ Dupondius, 10.55g
Rome mint, 74 AD
RIC 715 (C2). BMC 696.
Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG P M T P COS V CENS; Head of Vespasian, radiate, r.
Rev: FELICITAS PVBLICA; S C in field; Felicitas stg. l., with caduceus and cornucopiae
Acquired from Aegean Numismatics, August 2018.

A decently sized bronze coinage was struck for Vespasian in 74. The Felicitas on the reverse symbolises the prosperity and abundance Vespasian has brought to the empire. It is easily one of the commonest reverse types of the issue.

Well centred with a few marks on the reverse.
5 commentsDavid Atherton09/01/18 at 11:09okidoki: Nice David
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038 var. Hadrian Denarius 125-28 AD Galley right Eastern Mint16 viewsReference.
Strack *17; (for Roma mint RIC 195)

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS
Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right.

Rev. COS III (in ex)
Galley right with steersman and five rowers; curved stern Hortator, two sigma at stern

3.28 gr
19 mm
6h

Note.
Here the strap is dotted, normally it's with a thunderbolt on his cuirass leather strap
3 commentsokidoki09/01/18 at 10:19Marsman: WOW
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038 var. Hadrian Denarius 125-28 AD Galley right Eastern Mint16 viewsReference.
Strack *17; (for Roma mint RIC 195)

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS
Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right.

Rev. COS III (in ex)
Galley right with steersman and five rowers; curved stern Hortator, two sigma at stern

3.28 gr
19 mm
6h

Note.
Here the strap is dotted, normally it's with a thunderbolt on his cuirass leather strap
3 commentsokidoki09/01/18 at 02:03EB: Wonderful coin!
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Moesia inferior, Nikopolis ad Istrum, 23. Macrinus, HrHJ (2018) 8.23.46.06 (plate coin)317 viewsMacrinus, AD 217-218
AE 27, 14.01g, 27.34mm, 45°
struck under governor Marcus Claudius Agrippa
obv. AV K OPPEL CE - VH MAKRINOC
laureate head r.
rev. VP AGRIPPA NIKOPOLITWN PROC / C ICTRW
city-gate with three towers, all with three pinnacles, closed double-door
ref. a) not in AMNG:
cf. AMNG I/1, 1826 (for Diadumenian)
b) Varbanov (engl.) 3383
c) Hristova/Hoeft/Jekov (2018) No. 8.23.46.6 (plate coin)
very rare, VF/EF, dark-brown patina, a wunderful coin!
15 commentsJochen08/31/18 at 20:27Jochen: Not this die.
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Price 32186 viewsMyriandros or Issos mint. Struck under Menes or Philotas circa 330-325 BC. Scorpion in left field, monogram below throne. Price 3218; Newell, Myriandros 18; ANS 1944.100.34175 (same obv. die).2 commentsChance Vandal08/31/18 at 18:33Chance Vandal: Just got it. Way better metal than the pic. The ...
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EB0643 Philip II Caesar / Zeus24 viewsPhilip II Caesar, billon tetradrachm of Alexandria, year 7 of Philip I (249 AD).
Obverse: A K M IOV ΦΙΛIΠΠΟC ЄVCЄ, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right.
Reverse: Laureate bust right of Zeus, slight drapery; L Z (date) across field.
References: Köln –; Dattari (Savio) 5063; K&G 76.81; Emmett 3612.7 (R3 Scarce to Very Scarce).
Diameter: 23mm Weight: 13.47g
2 commentsEB08/31/18 at 11:02okidoki: excellent tet
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Cr 390/1 AR Denarius L. Lucretius Trio 15 viewsRome, 74 BCE
o: Radiate head of Sol right
r: Crescent moon surrounded by seven stars; TRIO above, L•LVCRETI below
Crawford 390/1; Lucretia 2.
(3.85g, 16mm, 12h)
4 commentsPMah08/31/18 at 11:01okidoki: Congrats very nice never seen the type
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Cr 250/1 AR Denarius M. Aburius M.F. Geminus 8 views132 B.C.E. Rome mint
(19.32 mm, 3.93 g, 7 h)
o: GEM, helmeted head of Roma right; XVI monogram below chin
r: M·ABVRI / ROMA, Sol, holding reins and whip, driving galloping quadriga right
Crawford 250/1; Aburia 6
1 commentsPMah08/31/18 at 05:42quadrans: Nice
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04 Constantius II2 viewsDN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG
pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO
Soldier spearing a horseman, Phrygian helmet, forward on ground, on hands and knees
AQS dot / star in right field
25 mm 4.38 g
Aquileia 96
1 commentsRandygeki(h2)08/31/18 at 05:41quadrans: Nice piece..
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1919a ALEXIUS PB TETARTERON S-Unlisted DOC 37 CLBC 2.5.1 29 views
OBV Full length figures of John II beardless on r., and st Demetrius, holding between them labarum on long shaft. Emperor wears stemma, divitision, collar piece and jeweled loros of a simplified type. Saint wears short military tunic , breastplate, and saigon; holds sword, point resting on ground, in r. hand.

REV Full length figures of Alexius on l. and of Irene, holding between them cross on long shaft. Both wear stemma, divitision, collar piece and jeweled loros of a simplified type.

Size 16.57

Weight 2.8gm

These lead Tetarteron are coronation issues of John II and believed to be the origin of the series of tetartera. Thessalonica Mint

DOC lists 6 examples with weights running from3.33 gm to 6.16 gm and sizes from 17mm to 19mm

Another beautiful example, much lighter.
1 commentsSimon08/31/18 at 03:18B*Numis: snif
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1916 ALEXIUS PB Tetarteron S-Unlisted DOC 32 Constantinople mint34 viewsOBV Half length figures of John II beardless on r., and Christ holding between them labarum on long shaft. Emperor wears stemma, divitision, collar piece and jeweled loros of a simplified type. Christ wears tunic and kolobion.

REV Half length figures of Alexius on l. and of Irene, holding between them cross on long shaft. Both wear stemma, divitision, collar piece and jeweled loros of a simplified type.

Size 19.29mm

Weight 5.8gm

These lead Tetarteron are coronation issues of John II and believed to be the origin of the series of tetartera.
DOC lists 6 examples with sizes from 17mm to 20mm and weights 4.22gm to 4. 74gm
1 commentsSimon08/31/18 at 03:18B*Numis: sniff
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Cr 401/1 AR Denarius Mn. Aquillius Mn.f. Mn.n9 viewso: VIRTVS - III VIR Helmeted and draped bust of Virtus to right, with large head
r: MN F MN N / MN AQVIL / SICIL. Mn. Aquilius (Cos. 101) raising fallen Sicily
65 BCE  Denarius Serratus (19 mm, 3.82 g, 6 h), Rome.
Babelon (Aquilia) 2. Crawford 401/1. Sydenham 798. Toned and struck on a broad flan.
This coin is somewhat unintentionally ironic. The moneyer's honored grandfather was accused of fleecing the people of Sicily, when he was governor of the province after the slave revolts. He later managed to antagonize Mithridates VI of Pontus, leading to widespread slaughter of Romans in Asia.
As Wikipedia summarizes the aftermath: "Mithridates defeated Aquillius in 88 near Protostachium. Aquillius was attempting to make his way back to Italy and managed to make it to Lesbos, where he was delivered to Mithridates by the inhabitants of Mytilene. After being taken to the mainland, he was then placed on a donkey and paraded back to Pergamon. On the trip, he was forced to confess his supposed crimes against the peoples of Anatolia. Aquillius's father, the elder Manius Aquillius, was a former Roman governor of Pergamon and was hated for the egregious taxes that he imposed. It was generally thought that Manius Aquillius the younger would follow in the footsteps of his father as a tax profiteer and was hated by some of the local peoples."
Grandpa was thereafter killed by Mithridates by having molten gold poured down his throat.
2 commentsPMah08/30/18 at 16:01quadrans: Great coin , and details,
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Crawford 53/2 Denarius Group 8 (Tall X)5 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Metal: AR
Obverse: Head of Roma with Peaked visor, X mark of value behind (tall and narrow)
Reverse: Dioscuri riding r., streaming cape., ROMA in 3-line rectangular frame.
Weight: 3.82 gm
Reference: Crawford 53/2
Provenance: Purchased from Pierluigi Debernardi, Feb 26, 2013., Ex InAsta 45

Comments: The group 8 denarius has a unique style in Roma’s profile with a long straight nose. The helmet has fewer and more widely separated griffon tufts than previous groups but this is also true of group 9. The reverse is stylistically indistinguishable from group 9, and these are often difficult to differentiate. The group 8 RRC plate coin X.19, displays visor on Roma’s helmet that is rather extended at the top. This is not seen on group 9 coins and would be a distinguishing characteristic but fewer than half of the group 8 dies have this characteristic. This example is one that does not have an extended visor. The most reliable distinguishing characteristic is the tall “X” mark of value (taller than wide), always seen on coins of this style and never on other groups of 53/2.
1 commentsSteve B508/30/18 at 16:00quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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Cr 329/1b AR Denarius P. Cornelius Lentulus M.f. 12 viewsRome, 100 BCE
o: Bust of Hercules right, seen from behind, holding club, shield in left field, K below pellet in right field, ROMA below
r: Roma standing facing, holding spear and wearing triple-crested helmet, Genius of the Roman People right crowning her and holding cornucopiae, K below pellet in left field, LENT•MAR•F in ex, all within laurel-wreath
Crawford 329/1b; Cornelia 25a
(3.94g, 20mm, 12h)
A somewhat busy design.
4 commentsPMah08/30/18 at 15:59quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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Cr 390/1 AR Denarius L. Lucretius Trio 15 viewsRome, 74 BCE
o: Radiate head of Sol right
r: Crescent moon surrounded by seven stars; TRIO above, L•LVCRETI below
Crawford 390/1; Lucretia 2.
(3.85g, 16mm, 12h)
4 commentsPMah08/30/18 at 15:59quadrans: Ohh, nice,
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01 Constantius II7 viewsConstantius II AE3. D N CONSTANTIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped & cuirassed bust right / FEL TEMP REPARATIO, soldier spearing fallen horseman, hair straight up, reaching, ALEA in ex. Alexandria 822 commentsRandygeki(h2)08/30/18 at 15:57quadrans: Nice piece..
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Cr 236/1 AR Denarius M. Baebius Q. f. Tampilus 4 views137 BCE
o: Helmeted head of Roma left, X below chin, TAMPIL behind
r: Apollo in quadriga right, ROMA below horses, M. BAEBI. Q. F. in exergue
Cr. 236/1. Baebia 12.
(g. 3.93 mm. 19.00)
1 commentsPMah08/30/18 at 15:55quadrans: Another nice piece
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EB0648 Gallienus / Eagle7 viewsGallienus, 253-268 AD, AE Tetradrachm of Alexandria, Year 9 = 261/262.
Obverse: AVT K Π ΛIK ΓAΛΛIHNOC CEB, Laureate, cuirassed bust right.
Reverse: ENATOY, Eagle standing left, wreath in beak, palm over right wing, L in right field
References: Emmett 3802; Milne 4070-1; Curtis 1582-3; BMC 2235; Dattari 5286.
Diameter: 22.5mm Weight: 11.21g
1 commentsEB08/30/18 at 15:54quadrans: Nice one
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Cr 217/1 AR Denarius C. Terentius Lucanus 11 views147 BCE
o: Helmeted head of Roma right; behind, X and small Victory
r: The Dioscuri galloping right; below horses, C. TER.LVC. In exergue, ROMA.
Cr. 217/1. Terentia 10
(g. 3.59 mm. 18.00).
1 commentsPMah08/30/18 at 15:54quadrans: Nice piece..
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554 Hadrian Dupondius 118 AD Roma & Hadrian18 viewsReference.
RIC 554. C. 92. BMC 1138. Hill 57

Obv. IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG
Radiate bust right, drapery on left shoulder, seen from front

Rev. PONT MAX TR POT COS II / ADVENTVS AVG SC
Helmeted figure of Roma seated right on cuirass, holding spear and clasping hands with Hadrian, who stands left.

13.80 gr
29 mm
6h

Note.
Ex Lanz 94 lot 505 1999
Ex Lanz 106 lot 391 2001
Ex Lanz 114 lot 362 2003
2 commentsokidoki08/30/18 at 15:52quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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Celtic, Danube Region, Uncertain Tribe. Imitating Type of Alexander III of Macedon40 viewsCCCBM I 215; Göbl, OTA Table 43, Type 577-578; Sammlung Lanz 896-897

AR drachm; struck in the Danube region circa second to first centuries B.C.; 3.24 g., 18.48 mm. max., 0°

Obv: Stylized head of Herakles right, wearing lion's skin headdress.

Rev: Stylized Zeus seated left, holding eagle and sceptre; amphora in inner left field.
3 commentsStkp08/30/18 at 14:33Lee S: Nice!
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Cr 327/1 AR Denarius M. Servilius C.f. 6 views100 BCE
o: Helmeted head of Roma right; behind, Z
r: Two warriors, a Roman and a barbarian fighting on foot, each with a horse behind him; in exergue, M. SERVEILI. C. F / T
Cr. 327/1. Servilia 13
(g. 3.93 mm. 21.50)
1 commentsPMah08/30/18 at 07:08Canaan: Very nice!!!!
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Mary (1553 - 1554 A.D.)20 viewsAR Groat
O: mΛRIΛ : (pomegranate) D’. G’. ΛnG'. FRΛ’. Z : hIB’. RЄGI’, crowned bust left; double and single annulet stops.
R: VЄRITΛ S (pomegranate) TЄm PORIS FILIΛ, royal coat-of-arms over long cross fourchée.
Tower (London) mint; im: pomegranate
23mm
1.86g
North 1960; SCBC 2492
3 commentsMat08/30/18 at 06:43Randygeki(h2): I like it too
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Friedrich von Pluvoise (1171-1173 A.D.)16 viewsFRANCE, Provincial
Metz (évęché)
AR Denier
O: FRIDERICS, Bareheaded and draped bust left.
R: (rose) METE[N]SIS, Cross path with central pellet; crescent in second quarter, rosette in third quarter.
.76g
15mm
Robert 1; Boudeau 1623; Roberts 8856

AKA Frédéric de Pluvoise
2 commentsMat08/30/18 at 06:43Randygeki(h2): Neat one Mat
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Friedrich von Pluvoise (1171-1173 A.D.)16 viewsFRANCE, Provincial
Metz (évęché)
AR Denier
O: FRIDERICS, Bareheaded and draped bust left.
R: (rose) METE[N]SIS, Cross path with central pellet; crescent in second quarter, rosette in third quarter.
.76g
15mm
Robert 1; Boudeau 1623; Roberts 8856

AKA Frédéric de Pluvoise
2 commentsMat08/30/18 at 05:24quadrans: Interesting piece..
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06 Constantius II8 viewsD N CONSTAN-TIVS P F AVG, pearl diademed, draped & cuirassed right/ FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, soldier standing left, spearing a fallen horseman wearing a Phrygian? helmet, clutching , Gamma left
CONSI Star in ex
RIC 81
1 commentsRandygeki(h2)08/30/18 at 01:27Mat: Nice patina and shield
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01 Constantius II7 viewsConstantius II AE3. D N CONSTANTIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped & cuirassed bust right / FEL TEMP REPARATIO, soldier spearing fallen horseman, hair straight up, reaching, ALEA in ex. Alexandria 822 commentsRandygeki(h2)08/30/18 at 01:27Mat: Wonderful reverse
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Caracalla -Aegis denarius994 viewsRome, Circa 207,
ANTONINVS PIVS AVG
PROVIDENTIA : Aegis
RIC 165 (R2) ; Cohen 527 (40 fr.) ; BMC p. 258 note.
Much more rare than RIC and Cohen consider !!!
Of the Highest rarity !
Collection Frédéric Weber
Détails
19 commentsfrederic W08/29/18 at 17:25Harry G: Stunning. Wow.
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RRC 53/2 Denarius - Group 38 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Metal: AR
Obverse: Head of Roma with Peaked visor, X mark of value behind
Reverse: Dioscuri riding r., streaming cape., ROMA in raised letters in trapezoidal frame.
Weight: 3.97gm
Reference: Crawford 53/2
Provenance: NAC 92 Part 1, May 25, 2016, From the collection of E.E. Clain-Stefanelli.

Comments: Trapezoidal frame group. The hind legs are in a crouched pose with the hock bent further to the left than any other part of the leg (similar pose is seen in 53(A)). Hatched tail between horse’s legs (unique to this variety). Complete and about FDC. One of the finest known specimens of this variety.
2 commentsSteve B508/29/18 at 17:14quadrans: Great coin , and details,
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Roman Empire, Vespasian, AR denarius9 viewsRoman Empire, Vespasian 69-79, Denarius,
(17.49 mm 3.24g)
Obv: Laureate head of Vespasian right "IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS II TRPPP" Rev: "AVG" within an wreath, Phi-Alpha monogram above ties. "AVG" in the center. RIC 1414. Ephesos mint, Some roughness on the reverse.
Ex Savoca Auction #9, lot 533 8/21/16
Lot 152 Aegean Nuismatics Agora Auctions July 20. 2017.
Coin depicted in the Wildwinds.com database
2 commentsorfew08/29/18 at 16:50*Alex: Indeed!
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RIC 0362v Domitianus29 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XI CENS POT P P, Laureate head right, with aegis
Rev: S-C, in exergue; Domitian standing left, with thunderbolt and spear, crowned by Victory, standing right
AE/Sestertius (35.49 mm 26.94 g 6h) Struck in Rome 85 A.D. (2nd issue)
RIC 362 (R3) variant, BMCRE - BNF unlisted
ex Heritage Auctions Europe Auction 48 Lot 225 (ex Triton XVI lot 1072)
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus08/29/18 at 15:35Jim H: That's amazing. It's amazing that you fou...
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1676 Charles II AR "Pattern Farthing"13 viewsObverse: CAROLVS•A•CAROLO•. Laureate and cuirassed bust of Charles II with long hair facing left, 1676 below.
Reverse: QVATVOR•MARIA VINDICO•. Britannia seated facing left, holding laurel branch and spear; BRITANNIA in exergue. No pellet between MARIA and VINDICO.
Diameter: 26mm | Weight: 5.9gms | Die Axis: 12h
Peck : 492
PATTERN OR MEDALET - RARE

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

It was Montagu who called this a Roettier pattern farthing of Charles II which, until the discovery in 1903 of 89 specimens in the cabinet of the Marquis of Ailsbury, had hitherto been considered the rarest of the “pattern farthings” of this type.
Peck, however, rejected Montagu's idea that these were patterns and wrote that it was much more likely that they were official medalets. In support of this view it should be noted that not only was this issue struck on a broader flan than usual, it was produced some four years after the issue of regular farthings had begun. It is perhaps also significant that this issue is unknown in copper and that it's die orientation is 12h (medallic orientation), against the 6h orientation which is the norm for the regular farthing coinage of the period. Incidentally, the silver value of this "farthing" would have been equivalent to one shilling and sixpence, that is 72 times the face value of a farthing at the time.
2 comments*Alex08/29/18 at 02:39Carausius: Fascinating rarity!
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Caria, Rhodes AR Plinthophoric Drachm7 viewsMagistrate Antigenes circa 190-170 BC.
Obv: Radiate head of Helios right.
Rev: ΑΝΤΙΓΕΝΗΣ, Rose with bud, prow in left field.
Jenkins 1989, 17; BMC 249; HGC 6, 1457. 2.50g, 15mm.
1 commentsancientone08/28/18 at 21:55EB: beautiful!
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Septimus Severus Denarius6 viewsSeptimus Severus. 193-211 AD.

Rome. 202-210 AD.

19mm., 3.43g.

SEVERVS PIVS AVG. Head of Septimius Severus, laureate, right

RESTITVTOR VRBIS. Roma, helmeted, draped, seated left on shield, holding palladium in right hand and spear in left hand

References: RIC IV Septimius Severus 288 (denarius)

AADM
1 commentsRL08/28/18 at 20:19quadrans: Great coin , and portrait,
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211 B.C., Anonymus AR-Denarius, Crawford 53/2, Rome, Scarce!84 views211 B.C., Anonymus AR-Denarius, Crawford 53/2, Rome, Scarce!
avers: Helmeted head of Roma right, behind X, border of dots.
reverse: Dioscuri galloping right stars over the heads, in exergue ROMA.
exergue: -/-//Roma, diameter: 18mm, weight: 3,86g, axis: 7h,
mint: Rome, date: 211 B.C., ref: Crawford-53/2, Sydenham-229, RSC-2, Scarce!
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2 commentsquadrans08/28/18 at 20:11quadrans: Thank you , I accepted
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Cr 390/1 AR Denarius L. Lucretius Trio 15 viewsRome, 74 BCE
o: Radiate head of Sol right
r: Crescent moon surrounded by seven stars; TRIO above, L•LVCRETI below
Crawford 390/1; Lucretia 2.
(3.85g, 16mm, 12h)
4 commentsPMah08/28/18 at 19:46Canaan: Very nice!!!!
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179-170 B.C.,Anonymus AR-Denarius, Crawford 167/1, Rome, 146 views179-170 B.C., Anonymus AR-Denarius, Crawford 167/1, Rome,
avers: Helmeted head of Roma right, behind X, before staff, border of dots.
reverse: Dioscuri galloping right, in exergue in linear frame ROMA, line border .
exergue: -/-//ROMA, diameter: 17,5-18,5mm, weight: 3,53g, axis: 7h,
mint: Rome, date: 211-208 B.C., ref: Crawford-167/1, Sydenham-311, Anonymous,
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2 commentsquadrans08/28/18 at 18:12quadrans: Thank you, SteveB5, I hope you are right, complica...
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Cr 296/1d AR Denarius Cn. Blasio Cn.f. 13 viewso: Helmeted male head (Mars or Scipio Africanus?) right; [mark of value] above, prow stem behind
r: Jupiter standing facing, holding scepter and thunderbolt, crowned by Juno on left and Minerva on right
Cn. Blasio Cn.f. 112-111 BC. AR Denarius (17mm, 3.86 g, 6h). Rome mint. Helmeted male head (Mars or Scipio Africanus?) right; [mark of value] above, prow stem behind / Jupiter standing facing, holding scepter and thunderbolt, between Juno on left and Minerva on right, crowning Jupiter with wreath; Π between Jupiter and Minerva. Crawford 296/1d; Sydenham 561b; Cornelia 19.
2 commentsPMah08/28/18 at 16:45Canaan: Great coin
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Cr 308/1a AR Denarius M. Herennius 10 views 108-107 BCE. AR Denarius M. Herennius, Rome, (19mm, 3.83g, 11h).
O: Diademed head of Pietas r.; control mark before chin;PIETAS behind.
R: M HERENNI, left; Amphinomus carrying his father aloft r., who looks back
Crawford 308/1a; RBW -; RSC Herennia 1.
[The Herennii seem to have adopted the Sicilian image of the brothers who fled Aetna with their parents, but most sources put the origin of the gens in Campania.]
2 commentsPMah08/28/18 at 16:44Canaan: Very nice!!!!
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Cr 354/1 AR Denarius C. Licinius L.f. Macer 9 views84 BC. (20mm, 3.60 g, 6h). Rome mint.
Diademed bust of Vejovis left, drapery on left shoulder, hurling thunderbolt
Minerva, holding spear, shield, and reins, driving galloping quadriga right, [C] LICINIVS [L F] MACER in ex

Crawford 354/1; Sydenham 732; Licinia 16; RBW 1355
1 commentsPMah08/28/18 at 16:43Canaan: Nice!!!
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Cr 412/1 AR Denarius Serratus L. Roscius Fabatus 11 viewsRome, 64 BCE
o: Head of Juno Sospita right, wearing goat-skin headdress; pileus of the Dioscuri surmounted by star behind, L•ROSCI below
r: Female standing right facing serpent; [control mark in left field], FABATI in ex
Crawford 412/1; Roscia 3
(3.82g, 19mm, 4h) bankers marks
1 commentsPMah08/28/18 at 16:41Canaan: A great coin
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Cr 386/1 AR Denarius L. Cassius Q. f. Longinus 14 viewsRome, 78 BCE
o: Head of Liber (or Bacchus) right, wearing ivy wreath; thyrsus over shoulder
r: Head of Liber left, wearing vine wreath; L•CASSI•Q•F behind
Crawford 386/1; RSC Cassia 6.
(3.88g, 14mm, 9h)
An unusual type, with heads on both sides there is some dispute as to the identity of the images. If both are manifestations of Bacchus, then this moneyer apparently really liked to have a good time and wanted his future constituents to know it.
2 commentsPMah08/28/18 at 16:40Canaan: Very nice!!!!
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Cr 329/1b AR Denarius P. Cornelius Lentulus M.f. 12 viewsRome, 100 BCE
o: Bust of Hercules right, seen from behind, holding club, shield in left field, K below pellet in right field, ROMA below
r: Roma standing facing, holding spear and wearing triple-crested helmet, Genius of the Roman People right crowning her and holding cornucopiae, K below pellet in left field, LENT•MAR•F in ex, all within laurel-wreath
Crawford 329/1b; Cornelia 25a
(3.94g, 20mm, 12h)
A somewhat busy design.
4 commentsPMah08/28/18 at 16:39Canaan: Interesting type, it is a beauty
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Vespasian RIC 02 (2)52 viewsAR Denarius, 2.80g
Rome Mint, 69-70 AD
RIC 2 (C2). BMC 35. RSC 226.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: IVDAEA in ex.; Jewess (as type of Judaea), draped and veiled, seated r. on ground in attitude of mourning, legs extended, head resting on l. hand, which is propped on knees, r. arm on lap; behind, trophy, consisting of helmet, cuirass, oblong and round shield, greaves, and two round shields
Acquired from eBay, August 2018.

My second example of the common Judaea Capta denarius. Here Judaea's legs are extended instead of the more common 'knees drawn up'. Mattingly notes the distinction in the BMCRE II catalogue, it is largely uncommented upon elsewhere. Most likely these denarii commemorating the defeat of the Jews in the Judaean War were struck after news had reached Rome of Titus' capture of Jerusalem in late August 70. The portraits still do not resemble Vespasian, who arrived in Rome in October 70. Vespasian had to have been very proud of his Judaean victory because this Capta denarius type was one of the first struck in Rome in such vast quantities. The Flavian propaganda resulting from this war proved to be very valuable in legitimising the dynasty's reign. Although a very common type, these command premium prices in trade because of the Judaean War connection.

This portrait features a lean Vespasian with short, stubbly hair.

3 commentsDavid Atherton08/28/18 at 16:39Mat: Great portrait and addition
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Roman Empire, Vespasian, AR denarius9 viewsRoman Empire, Vespasian 69-79, Denarius,
(17.49 mm 3.24g)
Obv: Laureate head of Vespasian right "IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS II TRPPP" Rev: "AVG" within an wreath, Phi-Alpha monogram above ties. "AVG" in the center. RIC 1414. Ephesos mint, Some roughness on the reverse.
Ex Savoca Auction #9, lot 533 8/21/16
Lot 152 Aegean Nuismatics Agora Auctions July 20. 2017.
Coin depicted in the Wildwinds.com database
2 commentsorfew08/28/18 at 16:38Mat: a beauty
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1804 GEORGE III AR BANK OF ENGLAND DOLLAR 21 viewsObverse: GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA REX. Laureate and draped bust of George III facing right.
Reverse: BANK OF ENGLAND 1804. Britannia, seated left, holding a branch and spear, her left arm resting on a shield which in turn rests on a cornucopia, a beehive is in the background to the left; all within a garter inscribed FIVE SHILLINGS DOLLAR. The garter is surmounted by a castellated "crown" of five circular stone turrets.
On this coin there are enough traces of the host coin discernible on the reverse, near the edge between 'BANK' and 'OF', and on the obverse below the bust to make an accurate identification of the undertype possible. It was overstruck on a Spanish Colonial 8 Reales minted at Potosi in Bolivia which bore the date 1806.
Spink 3768; Obverse die A, Reverse die 2
Diameter: 41mm | Weight: 26.7gms | Die Axis: 11
SPINK: 3768

This portrait of George III was designed by Conrad Heinrich Kuchler (c.1740 - 1810), this is marked by C. H. K. in raised letters on the truncation at the king's shoulder. The reverse, which was also designed by Kuchler has the raised initial K in the triangular space between the shield, cornucopia, and Britannia's dress. Kuchler moved to Birmingham in 1795 and designed many of the coins and medals which were struck at Matthew Boulton's SOHO mint.

Note on George III Bank of England Silver Dollars
Although George III reigned for sixty years from 1760 to 1820, the only crowns issued were in the last three years of his reign, apart from these Bank of England dollars issued as an emergency measure.
There had been a persistent shortage of silver coins throughout most of George's reign, and the Bank of England attempted to alleviate this by counter-marking Spanish colonial 8-Reale pieces (the “pieces of eight” of pirate legend) with a punch bearing the head of George III. When this counter-mark was enthusiastically counterfeited, the bank resorted to counter-stamping the entire coin. Most survivors were struck on Mexican or Peruvian 8-Reale pieces, though a few have been found to be struck on issues from Spain proper. Although these Bank of England dollars are all dated 1804, they were issued every year until 1811, and occasionally the dates of Spanish 8 Reales minted after 1804 can be discerned on them. In 1811, to take account of the increase in the value of silver, the Bank of England dollar coins were revalued at 5s6d and they stayed at this value until they were withdrawn from circulation in 1817, by which time a massive silver re-coinage was being undertaken.
2 comments*Alex08/28/18 at 16:15curtislclay: Fine coin, informative commentary! Was the date 18...
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1676 Charles II AR "Pattern Farthing"13 viewsObverse: CAROLVS•A•CAROLO•. Laureate and cuirassed bust of Charles II with long hair facing left, 1676 below.
Reverse: QVATVOR•MARIA VINDICO•. Britannia seated facing left, holding laurel branch and spear; BRITANNIA in exergue. No pellet between MARIA and VINDICO.
Diameter: 26mm | Weight: 5.9gms | Die Axis: 12h
Peck : 492
PATTERN OR MEDALET - RARE

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

It was Montagu who called this a Roettier pattern farthing of Charles II which, until the discovery in 1903 of 89 specimens in the cabinet of the Marquis of Ailsbury, had hitherto been considered the rarest of the “pattern farthings” of this type.
Peck, however, rejected Montagu's idea that these were patterns and wrote that it was much more likely that they were official medalets. In support of this view it should be noted that not only was this issue struck on a broader flan than usual, it was produced some four years after the issue of regular farthings had begun. It is perhaps also significant that this issue is unknown in copper and that it's die orientation is 12h (medallic orientation), against the 6h orientation which is the norm for the regular farthing coinage of the period. Incidentally, the silver value of this "farthing" would have been equivalent to one shilling and sixpence, that is 72 times the face value of a farthing at the time.
2 comments*Alex08/28/18 at 16:03curtislclay: A very intriguing coin, with excellent commentary!
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Vespasian RIC 02 (2)52 viewsAR Denarius, 2.80g
Rome Mint, 69-70 AD
RIC 2 (C2). BMC 35. RSC 226.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: IVDAEA in ex.; Jewess (as type of Judaea), draped and veiled, seated r. on ground in attitude of mourning, legs extended, head resting on l. hand, which is propped on knees, r. arm on lap; behind, trophy, consisting of helmet, cuirass, oblong and round shield, greaves, and two round shields
Acquired from eBay, August 2018.

My second example of the common Judaea Capta denarius. Here Judaea's legs are extended instead of the more common 'knees drawn up'. Mattingly notes the distinction in the BMCRE II catalogue, it is largely uncommented upon elsewhere. Most likely these denarii commemorating the defeat of the Jews in the Judaean War were struck after news had reached Rome of Titus' capture of Jerusalem in late August 70. The portraits still do not resemble Vespasian, who arrived in Rome in October 70. Vespasian had to have been very proud of his Judaean victory because this Capta denarius type was one of the first struck in Rome in such vast quantities. The Flavian propaganda resulting from this war proved to be very valuable in legitimising the dynasty's reign. Although a very common type, these command premium prices in trade because of the Judaean War connection.

This portrait features a lean Vespasian with short, stubbly hair.

3 commentsDavid Atherton08/28/18 at 08:36Canaan: Lovely!!!
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EB0643 Philip II Caesar / Zeus24 viewsPhilip II Caesar, billon tetradrachm of Alexandria, year 7 of Philip I (249 AD).
Obverse: A K M IOV ΦΙΛIΠΠΟC ЄVCЄ, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right.
Reverse: Laureate bust right of Zeus, slight drapery; L Z (date) across field.
References: Köln –; Dattari (Savio) 5063; K&G 76.81; Emmett 3612.7 (R3 Scarce to Very Scarce).
Diameter: 23mm Weight: 13.47g
2 commentsEB08/28/18 at 04:39Jay GT4: I like the reverse portrait
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EB0640 Philip I / Nike23 viewsPhilip I, 244-249 AD, billon tetradrachm of Alexandria, year 5 = 247/8.
Obverse: A K M IOV FILIPPOC EV C, Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right.
Reverse: Nike advancing right, holding palm and wreath; L Є (date) to right.
References: Dattari (Savio) 10855; K&G 74.83.
Diameter: 23.5mm Weight: 12.57g
1 commentsEB08/28/18 at 04:39Jay GT4: Lovely reverse
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EB0614 Hadrian / Isis Pharia, AE drachm31 viewsHadrian, AE drachm of Alexandria, Dated year 17 (132-133).
Obv: AVT KAIC TΡAIAN AΔΡIA(NOC CEB?) Laureate draped bust right.
Rev: Isis Pharia standing right, holding billowing sail, LI Z (year 17) to left.
References: Milne 1412 sim; Emmett 1000 sim.
Diameter: 31.5mm, Weight: 27.21 grams
1 commentsEB08/28/18 at 04:39Jay GT4: Nice big coin
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Cr 334/1 AR Denarius L. Pomponius Molo 5 viewsL. Pomponius Molo, 97 BCE Denarius (20 mm, 3.81 g, 6 h), Rome.
L.POMPON.MOLO Laureate head of Apollo to right.
NVMA POMPIL Numa standing before altar, sacrificing. Babelon (Pomponia) 6. Crawford 334/1. Sydenham 607.
1 commentsPMah08/28/18 at 04:30Enodia: great reverse scene.
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Cr 53/1 AR Victoriatus Anonymous 12 viewsafter 211 BC. AR Victoriatus (17mm, 3.14g, 11h) Rome mint
O: Laureate head of Jupiter r.
R: Victory standing r., crowning trophy
Crawford 53/1; RBW 191; RSC 9
[my opinion: Although Victoriati can be seen as excruciatingly repetitive, with good reason, the obverse of this coin shows considerable artistry in execution.]
3 commentsPMah08/28/18 at 04:29Enodia: a very cool coin!
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Cr 386/1 AR Denarius L. Cassius Q. f. Longinus 14 viewsRome, 78 BCE
o: Head of Liber (or Bacchus) right, wearing ivy wreath; thyrsus over shoulder
r: Head of Liber left, wearing vine wreath; L•CASSI•Q•F behind
Crawford 386/1; RSC Cassia 6.
(3.88g, 14mm, 9h)
An unusual type, with heads on both sides there is some dispute as to the identity of the images. If both are manifestations of Bacchus, then this moneyer apparently really liked to have a good time and wanted his future constituents to know it.
2 commentsPMah08/28/18 at 04:23Jay GT4: Really great type
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Cr 401/1 AR Denarius Mn. Aquillius Mn.f. Mn.n9 viewso: VIRTVS - III VIR Helmeted and draped bust of Virtus to right, with large head
r: MN F MN N / MN AQVIL / SICIL. Mn. Aquilius (Cos. 101) raising fallen Sicily
65 BCE  Denarius Serratus (19 mm, 3.82 g, 6 h), Rome.
Babelon (Aquilia) 2. Crawford 401/1. Sydenham 798. Toned and struck on a broad flan.
This coin is somewhat unintentionally ironic. The moneyer's honored grandfather was accused of fleecing the people of Sicily, when he was governor of the province after the slave revolts. He later managed to antagonize Mithridates VI of Pontus, leading to widespread slaughter of Romans in Asia.
As Wikipedia summarizes the aftermath: "Mithridates defeated Aquillius in 88 near Protostachium. Aquillius was attempting to make his way back to Italy and managed to make it to Lesbos, where he was delivered to Mithridates by the inhabitants of Mytilene. After being taken to the mainland, he was then placed on a donkey and paraded back to Pergamon. On the trip, he was forced to confess his supposed crimes against the peoples of Anatolia. Aquillius's father, the elder Manius Aquillius, was a former Roman governor of Pergamon and was hated for the egregious taxes that he imposed. It was generally thought that Manius Aquillius the younger would follow in the footsteps of his father as a tax profiteer and was hated by some of the local peoples."
Grandpa was thereafter killed by Mithridates by having molten gold poured down his throat.
2 commentsPMah08/28/18 at 04:22Jay GT4: Love the toning
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Cr 329/1b AR Denarius P. Cornelius Lentulus M.f. 12 viewsRome, 100 BCE
o: Bust of Hercules right, seen from behind, holding club, shield in left field, K below pellet in right field, ROMA below
r: Roma standing facing, holding spear and wearing triple-crested helmet, Genius of the Roman People right crowning her and holding cornucopiae, K below pellet in left field, LENT•MAR•F in ex, all within laurel-wreath
Crawford 329/1b; Cornelia 25a
(3.94g, 20mm, 12h)
A somewhat busy design.
4 commentsPMah08/28/18 at 04:21Jay GT4: Great coin
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Cr 296/1d AR Denarius Cn. Blasio Cn.f. 13 viewso: Helmeted male head (Mars or Scipio Africanus?) right; [mark of value] above, prow stem behind
r: Jupiter standing facing, holding scepter and thunderbolt, crowned by Juno on left and Minerva on right
Cn. Blasio Cn.f. 112-111 BC. AR Denarius (17mm, 3.86 g, 6h). Rome mint. Helmeted male head (Mars or Scipio Africanus?) right; [mark of value] above, prow stem behind / Jupiter standing facing, holding scepter and thunderbolt, between Juno on left and Minerva on right, crowning Jupiter with wreath; Π between Jupiter and Minerva. Crawford 296/1d; Sydenham 561b; Cornelia 19.
2 commentsPMah08/28/18 at 04:21Jay GT4: Wonderful
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Cr 344/4a AE As L. Titurius L.f. Sabinus 5 viewsRome, 89 BC. (31mm, 11.94g, 9h)
o: Laureate head of Janus
r: Prow right, L TITVRI L F above, [SABINVS] below, I before
Crawford 344/4a; RBW 1304
1 commentsPMah08/28/18 at 04:17Carausius: Attractive coin that I nearly bid on myself!
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Cr 390/1 AR Denarius L. Lucretius Trio 15 viewsRome, 74 BCE
o: Radiate head of Sol right
r: Crescent moon surrounded by seven stars; TRIO above, L•LVCRETI below
Crawford 390/1; Lucretia 2.
(3.85g, 16mm, 12h)
4 commentsPMah08/28/18 at 04:16Carausius: Very attractive example.
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Cr 448/1a AR Denarius L. Hostilius Saserna 6 viewsRome, 48 BCE
o: Female head right, wearing laurel wreath
r: Victory walking right, holding trophy over left shoulder and caduceus in right hand; L•HOSTILIVS downwards before, SASERNA upwards behind. Crawford 448/1a; RSC Hostilia 5.
3.90g, 18mm, 10h.
1 commentsPMah08/28/18 at 04:12Carausius: Lovely coin. I prefer this of your two specimens....
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, L. Scipio Asiagenus, 106 BCE12 viewsRome, The Republic.
L. Scipio Asiagenus, 106 BCE.
AR Serrate Denarius (3.95g; 19mm).
Rome Mint.

Obv: Laureate head of Jupiter facing left; R● (control mark) behind.

Rev: Jupiter in quadriga galloping right, hurling thunderbolt and holding scepter; L●SCIP●ASIAG in exergue.

References: Crawford 311/1a; Sydenham 576; BMCRR 1372; Cornelia 24

Provenance: Ex Gemini XII (11 Jan 2015), Lot 287; HJB 163 (25 March 2009), lot 224; ex A.K. Collection [Triton XII (6 Jan 2009), lot 462 (part)]; Münzhandlung E. Button Auction 101 (28-29 October 1959), Lot 149.

Each control mark in this series is a single die. The reverse recalls the moneyer's ancestor, L. Cornelius Scipio (son of Africanus), who had a victory against the Syrians in 190 BCE and took the name Asiagenus. The moneyer was likely the L. Cornelius Asiaticus that became consul in 83 BCE. He served in the Social War and was allied with Marius at the time of his consulship. He was imprisoned by Sulla and released. However he was later proscribed by Sulla and fled Rome.
3 commentsCarausius08/28/18 at 03:44Steve B5: Not to mention the fine style obverse and detail o...
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Cn. Baebius Tampilus, 194-190 BCE15 viewsRome, The Republic.
Cn. Baebius Tampilus, 194-190 BCE.
AR Denarius (4.02g; 19mm).
Rome Mint.

Obv: Helmeted head of Roma, facing right; X value mark behind.

Rev: Dioscuri riding right with couched spears; TAMP monogram above; ROMA in linear frame below.

References: Crawford 133/2b; Sydenham 334; Banti 1/2 (this coin illustrated); BMCRR 557-8; Baebia 1.

Provenance: Ex Stoeklin Collection [Nomos 14 (17 May 2017) Lot 220]; ex E.J. Haeberlin Collection [Cahn-Hess (17 Jul 1933) Lot 345].

The identity of the moneyer is not entirely clear, as there are several family member possibilities, based on prosopographical evidence. There are two sub-varieties of this denarius, one with the monogram above the Dioscuri as this coin, and the other with the monogram below the horses. Both types are scarce.
1 commentsCarausius08/28/18 at 03:40Steve B5: Excellent coin
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Roman Republic - Anonymous Denarius - Crawford 1989 viewsRome. The Republic.
Anonymous, 157-156 BCE.
AR Denarius (4.18 g; 18 mm).
Rome mint.

Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma facing right with peaked visor and earring of long, single drop; X (mark-of-value = 10 asses), behind.

Reverse: The Dioscuri galloping right holding spears; two stars above; ROMA below in linear frame.

References: Crawford 198/1; BMCRR (Italy) 390; Brinkman 43.

Provenance: Acquired with an Italian export permit.

This is the last variety of fully anonymous denarii struck by the Roman Republic, and it is often mistaken for the earlier and more common Crawford 53/2. Both types depict Roma in a peaked-visor helmet. The most obvious differences are that the rider's cape on Cr. 198 is longer at the top than the bottom - looking almost wing-like - and the horse's tail extends straight-out on Cr. 198. The variety is rarely so well centered as this specimen which clearly shows that the ROMA legend is within a three-sided frame (most examples showing only two sides of the frame).
2 commentsCarausius08/28/18 at 03:38Steve B5: Correct attribution and probably the best I've...
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, C. Vibius Pansa Denarius23 viewsRome, The Republic.
C. Vibius Pansa, 90 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.87g).

Obv: PANSA; mask of Pan, facing right.

Rev: C. VIBIV[S C F]; mask of Silenus, facing right.

Reference: Crawford 342/2; Sydenham 688 (R6); BMCRR Rome 2309

Provenance: ex E.E. Clain-Stefanelli (d. 2001) Collection [NAC 92 (23 May 2016), Lot 308]; ex Munzen und Medaillen 61 (7-8 Oct 1982), Lot 266; ex Auctiones 7 (1977), Lot 554.

Naming puns on ancient coins became popular early with the Greeks (i.e. celery plant on coins of Selinos) and continued with the Romans. C. Vibius Pansa liked to joke about his name by depicting Pan on his coins. This denarius is a rare variety with the names beneath the portraits, rather than behind. Silenus’ portrait has a characteristic die break in the eye socket that nearly all coins struck from this die share - see Crawford's plate coin and RBW's coin for other examples of this die break. Either the die failed early, or most extant specimens were struck late.
3 commentsCarausius08/28/18 at 03:36Steve B5: Really exceptional
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Cr 53/1 AR Victoriatus Anonymous 12 viewsafter 211 BC. AR Victoriatus (17mm, 3.14g, 11h) Rome mint
O: Laureate head of Jupiter r.
R: Victory standing r., crowning trophy
Crawford 53/1; RBW 191; RSC 9
[my opinion: Although Victoriati can be seen as excruciatingly repetitive, with good reason, the obverse of this coin shows considerable artistry in execution.]
3 commentsPMah08/28/18 at 03:31Steve B5: These anonymous victoriatii are really tough to at...
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Cr 329/1b AR Denarius P. Cornelius Lentulus M.f. 12 viewsRome, 100 BCE
o: Bust of Hercules right, seen from behind, holding club, shield in left field, K below pellet in right field, ROMA below
r: Roma standing facing, holding spear and wearing triple-crested helmet, Genius of the Roman People right crowning her and holding cornucopiae, K below pellet in left field, LENT•MAR•F in ex, all within laurel-wreath
Crawford 329/1b; Cornelia 25a
(3.94g, 20mm, 12h)
A somewhat busy design.
4 commentsPMah08/28/18 at 03:20Steve B5: Really nice collection of RR coins. All are good ...
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Crawford 53/2 Denarius Group 8 (Tall X), Extended visor8 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Metal: AR
Obverse: Head of Roma with Peaked extended visor, X mark of value behind (tall and narrow)
Reverse: Dioscuri riding r., streaming cape., ROMA in 3-line rectangular frame.
Weight: 4.12 gm
Reference: Crawford 53/2
Provenance: Artemide Asta 9E, 3-July-2011

Comments: Group 8 denarius has a unique style in Roma’s profile with a long straight nose. The helmet has fewer and more widely separated griffon tufts than previous groups but this is also true of group 9. The reverse is stylistically indistinguishable from group 9, and these are often difficult to differentiate. The group 8 RRC plate coin X.19, displays visor on Roma’s helmet that is rather extended at the top. This is not seen on group 9 coins and would be a distinguishing characteristic but fewer than half of the group 8 dies have this characteristic. This is an example with an extended visor. The most reliable distinguishing characteristic is the tall “X” mark of value (taller than wide), always seen on coins of this style and never on other groups of 53/2.
1 commentsSteve B508/28/18 at 00:59Jay GT4: Great coin, love the toning
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1804 GEORGE III AR BANK OF ENGLAND DOLLAR 21 viewsObverse: GEORGIUS III DEI GRATIA REX. Laureate and draped bust of George III facing right.
Reverse: BANK OF ENGLAND 1804. Britannia, seated left, holding a branch and spear, her left arm resting on a shield which in turn rests on a cornucopia, a beehive is in the background to the left; all within a garter inscribed FIVE SHILLINGS DOLLAR. The garter is surmounted by a castellated "crown" of five circular stone turrets.
On this coin there are enough traces of the host coin discernible on the reverse, near the edge between 'BANK' and 'OF', and on the obverse below the bust to make an accurate identification of the undertype possible. It was overstruck on a Spanish Colonial 8 Reales minted at Potosi in Bolivia which bore the date 1806.
Spink 3768; Obverse die A, Reverse die 2
Diameter: 41mm | Weight: 26.7gms | Die Axis: 11
SPINK: 3768

This portrait of George III was designed by Conrad Heinrich Kuchler (c.1740 - 1810), this is marked by C. H. K. in raised letters on the truncation at the king's shoulder. The reverse, which was also designed by Kuchler has the raised initial K in the triangular space between the shield, cornucopia, and Britannia's dress. Kuchler moved to Birmingham in 1795 and designed many of the coins and medals which were struck at Matthew Boulton's SOHO mint.

Note on George III Bank of England Silver Dollars
Although George III reigned for sixty years from 1760 to 1820, the only crowns issued were in the last three years of his reign, apart from these Bank of England dollars issued as an emergency measure.
There had been a persistent shortage of silver coins throughout most of George's reign, and the Bank of England attempted to alleviate this by counter-marking Spanish colonial 8-Reale pieces (the “pieces of eight” of pirate legend) with a punch bearing the head of George III. When this counter-mark was enthusiastically counterfeited, the bank resorted to counter-stamping the entire coin. Most survivors were struck on Mexican or Peruvian 8-Reale pieces, though a few have been found to be struck on issues from Spain proper. Although these Bank of England dollars are all dated 1804, they were issued every year until 1811, and occasionally the dates of Spanish 8 Reales minted after 1804 can be discerned on them. In 1811, to take account of the increase in the value of silver, the Bank of England dollar coins were revalued at 5s6d and they stayed at this value until they were withdrawn from circulation in 1817, by which time a massive silver re-coinage was being undertaken.
2 comments*Alex08/27/18 at 13:38Mat: Very nice!
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Cr 308/1a AR Denarius M. Herennius 10 views 108-107 BCE. AR Denarius M. Herennius, Rome, (19mm, 3.83g, 11h).
O: Diademed head of Pietas r.; control mark before chin;PIETAS behind.
R: M HERENNI, left; Amphinomus carrying his father aloft r., who looks back
Crawford 308/1a; RBW -; RSC Herennia 1.
[The Herennii seem to have adopted the Sicilian image of the brothers who fled Aetna with their parents, but most sources put the origin of the gens in Campania.]
2 commentsPMah08/27/18 at 07:13okidoki: excellent and stylistic
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EB0644 Otacilia Severa / Eusebia9 viewsOtacilia Severa, billon tetradrachm of Alexandria, year 4 = 246/7 AD.
Obverse: M ΩT CEOVHΡA CC M CTPA (or CTIA?), diademed and draped bust right.
Reverse: LΔ to left, Eusebia standing left, dropping incense on altar & holding box.
References: Cf. Köln 2770, Emmett 3549, Dattari 4976 (diff. obv. leg.).
Diameter: 22.5mm Weight: 12.3g
1 commentsEB08/27/18 at 07:12okidoki: Nice reddish
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1866 LYDIA, Hierocaesarea Pseudo-autonomous under Hadrian, Stag 6 viewsReference.
RPC III, 1866; BMC 13-4, LS 18/35-6; vA 2957

Obv. СΥΝΚΛΗΤΟС
Draped bust of Senate, right.

Rev. ΙΕΡΟΚΑΙСΑΡΕΩΝ
Stag advancing right.

2.79 gr
16 mm
12h
1 commentsokidoki08/26/18 at 18:54shanxi: nice example
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Vespasian RIC-847 (1)179 viewsAR Denarius, 3.21g
Rome Mint, 76 AD
RIC 847 (C2). BMC 180. RSC 121.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: COS VII across field; Eagle head l. standing on thunderbolt, on Altar. Very uncommon with thunderbolt showing.
Acquired from Glenn W. Woods, July 2007.

The reverse is possibly a reference to Mucianius' death, which occured around the time the coin was minted. Mucianius was the Governor of Syria when Vespasian made his bid for the purple and helped him secure the throne.

The eagle & base type's original design included a thunderbolt, although not well rendered because of the unwieldiness of the design. Over time, either from laziness or expediency, the engravers began omitting the thunderbolt altogether. It seems most of these were struck without thunderbolts, so they were probably dropped very early in the issue's production. It's rare to find the type with one.

I love the portrait on this coin, Vespasian seems to be smirking...the eagle isn't a bad one either. A few flan flaws and dodgy obverse legends do not detract from the eye appeal.

2 commentsVespasian7008/26/18 at 14:31Britanikus: Nice Coin
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Phoenicia, Arados, Tyche, Nike7 viewsPhoenicia, Arados
Tetradrachm
Dated year 193 (67/66 BC)
Obv.: Turreted, veiled and draped bust of Tyche right
Rev.: Nike standing to right, holding aplustre and palm, Γ P(retrograde)Ρ (= year 193), phoenician letter Gimel and MΣ below, AΡAΔIΩN in right field; all within wreath.
Ref.: BMC 271, Duyrat, Arados 97, 3837
Ex CNG (Jan. 1999)
1 commentsshanxi08/26/18 at 13:44okidoki: great example,
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Anonymous, AR Denarius8 viewsRome, The Republic.
Anonymous, ca. 209-208 BCE
Uncertain Italian Mint
AR Denarius (4.64g; 19mm)

Obv: Head of Roma in peaked-visor helmet, facing right; X (mark of value = 10 asses) behind.

Rev: Dioscuri galloping right with couched spears; two stars above; ROMA, within full trapezoidal frame, below.

Reference: Crawford 53/2.

Provenance: Ex Hess Divo 331 (1 Dec 2016), Lot 75; ex Giesseener Munzhandlung Dieter Gorny Auktion 44 (1989), Lot 525.
1 commentsCarausius08/25/18 at 18:32Steve B5: I think I was under-bidder on this marvelous coin....
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RRC 53/2 Denarius - Group 38 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Metal: AR
Obverse: Head of Roma with Peaked visor, X mark of value behind
Reverse: Dioscuri riding r., streaming cape., ROMA in raised letters in trapezoidal frame.
Weight: 3.97gm
Reference: Crawford 53/2
Provenance: NAC 92 Part 1, May 25, 2016, From the collection of E.E. Clain-Stefanelli.

Comments: Trapezoidal frame group. The hind legs are in a crouched pose with the hock bent further to the left than any other part of the leg (similar pose is seen in 53(A)). Hatched tail between horse’s legs (unique to this variety). Complete and about FDC. One of the finest known specimens of this variety.
2 commentsSteve B508/25/18 at 16:58Carausius: Beautiful coin with wonderful surfaces and metal q...
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Crawford 53/2 Denarius Group 47 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Metal: AR
Obverse: Head of Roma with Peaked visor, X mark of value behind
Reverse: Dioscuri riding r., Scrolling “B” cape., ROMA in raised letters in three-line rectangular frame.
Weight: 4.43 gm
Reference: Crawford 53/2
Provenance: Titano 42, Lot 75, September 15, 2012

Comments: Group 4 with scrolling cape (Cape terminates in a scrolling capital “B”). Large stars. Loop under visor, a characteristic also often seen on group 1 and usually seen on the Sicilian issues RRC 72-78.
1 commentsSteve B508/25/18 at 16:56Carausius: Exceptional detail on the Dioscuri!
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Group 53(A) Not in Crawford8 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Metal: AR
Obverse: Head of Roma with Peaked visor, X mark of value behind
Reverse: Dioscuri riding r., streaming cape., ROMA in raised letters in trapezoidal frame.
Weight: 4.41gm
Reference: Crawford 53/2
Provenance: ROMA Coins, June 1, 2016, Ex. InAsta 21, lot 150.

Comments: 53(A). Early Trapezoidal frame group. Style is not in Crawford plates. Head of Roma with four locks of hair at the back of the neck (Most varieties have 3 locks). The hair binding is clearly visible above the four locks of hair, and this is unique to this variety in the 53/2 series. On the reverse, the horse's hind legs are bent at the hock, so that the hind hooves are ahead of the hock. Very Rare.
1 commentsSteve B508/25/18 at 16:55Carausius: Interesting variety!
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Hadrian portrait sestertius8 viewsDescription: Hadrian, 117-138 Sestertius circa 134-138, Ć 32mm., 26.08g. HADRIANVS AVG COS III PP Laureate and draped bust r. Rev. FELICITAS AVG Hadrian, togate, standing r with scroll, clasping r. hand with Felicitas standing l., holding caduceus. C 636. RIC 754. Ex Glendining , April 1952, 2511. From the Ryan Collection.
Hadrian in the last years of his reign, c. 134 to 138 A.D., after returning to Rome from his lengthy journeys through the Empire.
About Extremely Fine, fine style and patina.
1 commentsTiberiusClaudius08/25/18 at 14:31Steve B5: Exceptional obverse style
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The Amazon Kyme 27 viewsCity of Kyme
Bronze 16mm
2d century BC

Artemis, holding long torch, greeting the Amazon Kyme, holding scepter

KY; Two figures (Apollo and Kyme?) in quadriga right

SNG München 512; SNG Copenhagen 113; SNG von Aulock 7698

I purchased this second coin because the obverse shows better than any example I can find that Kyme has a Scythian gorytos (quiver) hanging from her left hip, underscoring the historical accuracy of the depiction.
1 commentsBlindado08/25/18 at 09:32shanxi: nice, the gorytos is an interesting detail
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Mary (1553 - 1554 A.D.)20 viewsAR Groat
O: mΛRIΛ : (pomegranate) D’. G’. ΛnG'. FRΛ’. Z : hIB’. RЄGI’, crowned bust left; double and single annulet stops.
R: VЄRITΛ S (pomegranate) TЄm PORIS FILIΛ, royal coat-of-arms over long cross fourchée.
Tower (London) mint; im: pomegranate
23mm
1.86g
North 1960; SCBC 2492
3 commentsMat08/24/18 at 13:46quadrans: I like this one...
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ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Julius Caesar, AR Denarius12 viewsRome. The Imperators.
Julius Caesar and Lucius Aemilius Buca, 44 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.77g; 21mm).
Rome Mint, Feb-Mar 44 BCE.

Obverse: CAESAR DICT- PERPETVO; wreathed head of Julius Caesar facing right.

Reverse: Fasces and winged caduceus in saltire; axe, globe, clasped hands and L BVCA in angles.

References: Crawford 480/6; HCRI 103; Sydenham 1063; BMCRR 4157-9; Julia 37; Alföldi, Type XIII, Plate XCVIII, No. 78.

Provenance: Ex Goldberg Auction #104 (12 Jun 2018) Lot 3248.

Caesar was granted the title of Dictator for Life in mid-February, 44 BCE, thus all coins bearing DICT PERPETVO inscriptions can be firmly dated to the final month of Caesar’s life. This was a period of massive coinage output because Caesar was preparing for a campaign against the Parthians for which a substantial war chest would be needed. To meet the production needs, the college of moneyers was expanded from 3 to 4 moneyers. Nevertheless, manufacturing stress is evident by the frequent poor strikes and off-struck coins that survive today from these final Caesar portrait issues.

The moneyer Lucius Aemilius Buca may have been a relative of Sulla. He does not appear to have struck coins after Caesar’s assassination. With its symbolism, the reverse of this coin suggests Caesar’s growing grasp on religious, military and political power.
2 commentsCarausius08/23/18 at 21:14Vincent: Real nice, great historical coin!
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Claudius II Gothicus Antoninianus11 viewsClaudius II Gothicus. 268–270 AD.

Rome. AD 268-AD 270.

21mm., 2.77g.

IMP CLAVDIVS AVG. Bust of Claudius Gothicus, radiate, draped, right or head of Claudius Gothicus, radiate, right.

PAX AVGVSTI. Pax, draped, standing left, holding olive-branch in right hand and sceptre in left hand. Mintmark unread, either A/-//- or H/-//-

References: RIC V Claudius Gothicus 81
1 commentsRL08/23/18 at 17:18okidoki: Nice
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44/6 Quinarius - Dot Variety9 viewsDenomination: Quinarius
Metal: AR
Obverse: Head of Roma with 3-bar splayed visor, V mark of value behind. Dot under neck.
Reverse: Dioscuri riding r. with streaming cape. Horse’s tail hangs down. ROMA in relief.
Weight: 2.22 gms
Reference: Crawford 44/6
Provenance: CNG, eSale 279 lot 209
Comments: Early Quinarius. Group 2, with splayed visor and horse tail hanging downward. Three bar visor. This is the “dot” variety, with dot below the truncation. See P. Debernardi, “The Orzivecchi Hoard and the Beginnings of the Denarius.” NC, 2014 pp. 75-89.
1 commentsSteve B508/23/18 at 12:58Carausius: Your entire group of sestertii is terrific. I'...
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Victoriatus Cr. 44/16 viewsDenomination: Victoriatus
Metal: AR
Obverse: Jupiter L.,
Reverse: Victory holding up wreath in r., Trophy on l. with helmet, shield and spears. Trophy has skirt and base, with two raised rings around column.
Weight: 3.23 gms
Reference: Crawford 44/1
Provenance: Victor England, March 2017
Comments: Obverse head in high style for the issue. Reverse well struck.
1 commentsSteve B508/23/18 at 12:56Carausius: Very attractive example and particularly well stru...
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Mary (1553 - 1554 A.D.)20 viewsAR Groat
O: mΛRIΛ : (pomegranate) D’. G’. ΛnG'. FRΛ’. Z : hIB’. RЄGI’, crowned bust left; double and single annulet stops.
R: VЄRITΛ S (pomegranate) TЄm PORIS FILIΛ, royal coat-of-arms over long cross fourchée.
Tower (London) mint; im: pomegranate
23mm
1.86g
North 1960; SCBC 2492
3 commentsMat08/23/18 at 10:28*Alex: Nice coin, even with the scratch.
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Thrace, Anchialus. Gordian III12 viewsThrace, Anchialus. Gordian III(238-244). AE28 mm, 15.18 gr; Obv. – AVT MANT ГOPDIANOC AVГ - Radiate head to right; Rev. - OULПIANWN AGХIALEWN – Table with purse and prize urn with a palm branch in it, jug below; E in left field. Varbanov bg 1079 var. 2 commentsmaxthrax08/23/18 at 07:35maxthrax: Thank you, Britanikus. You should be proud with yo...
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A. Postumius A.f. Sp.n. Albinus. 81 BC. AR Serrate Denarius (19.4mm, 3.96 g, 11h).13 viewsRome mint. Veiled head of Hispania right / Togate figure standing left, raising hand, between aquila and fasces. Crawford 372/2; Sydenham 746; Postumia 8; Type as RBW 1393. Good VF, toned, obverse die bulge with resulting depression.

From the Andrew McCabe Collection. Ex Roma Special Auction May 2013 (21 May 2013), lot 1237; Bolaffi Ambassador (26 May 2011), lot 37.
The depression on the obverse shows signs of the struck design within the incuse. This may be the result of a die that bulged after it was engraved; impurities in the metal of the die itself caused it to “bubble,” creating the die bulge. Or perhaps the bulge was already on the face of the die, and instead of planing off the face of the die, the engraver simply engraved over it. [KKW]
1 commentsBritanikus08/23/18 at 03:09Jay GT4: Great coin and provenance
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Price 32186 viewsMyriandros or Issos mint. Struck under Menes or Philotas circa 330-325 BC. Scorpion in left field, monogram below throne. Price 3218; Newell, Myriandros 18; ANS 1944.100.34175 (same obv. die).2 commentsChance Vandal08/23/18 at 02:17Jay GT4: High relief!
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Titus AR Denarius 79-81Ad 13 viewsTitus AR Denarius 79-81Ad 3.07gm Ric 25a2 commentsBritanikus08/23/18 at 02:17Britanikus: Thank You
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Titus AR Denarius 79-81Ad 13 viewsTitus AR Denarius 79-81Ad 3.07gm Ric 25a2 commentsBritanikus08/23/18 at 02:13Jay GT4: Wonderful coin!
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Thrace, Anchialus. Gordian III12 viewsThrace, Anchialus. Gordian III(238-244). AE28 mm, 15.18 gr; Obv. – AVT MANT ГOPDIANOC AVГ - Radiate head to right; Rev. - OULПIANWN AGХIALEWN – Table with purse and prize urn with a palm branch in it, jug below; E in left field. Varbanov bg 1079 var. 2 commentsmaxthrax08/23/18 at 02:01Britanikus: Nice Coin Minted in My Hometown Pomorie,Bulgaria "...
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211 B.C., Anonymus AR-Denarius, Crawford 53/2, Rome, Scarce!84 views211 B.C., Anonymus AR-Denarius, Crawford 53/2, Rome, Scarce!
avers: Helmeted head of Roma right, behind X, border of dots.
reverse: Dioscuri galloping right stars over the heads, in exergue ROMA.
exergue: -/-//Roma, diameter: 18mm, weight: 3,86g, axis: 7h,
mint: Rome, date: 211 B.C., ref: Crawford-53/2, Sydenham-229, RSC-2, Scarce!
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans08/23/18 at 00:26Steve B5: This is actually a nice example of Crawford 53/2 w...
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Anonymous43 viewsObv: Helmeted head of Roma facing right, with triple earring, spike above visor, X behind.

Rev: The Dioscuri, Castor and Pollux, on horseback, riding right, ROMA in exergue.

Silver Denarius, Rome mint, c. 211 BC

4.4 grams, 18.5 mm, 180°

RSC Anonymous 2, S38
3 commentsSPQR Matt08/23/18 at 00:21Steve B5: Nice, Well centered example of RRC 53/2
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Anonymous, AR Sestertius34 viewsRome. The Republic.
Anonymous, 212-208 BCE
AR Sestertius (1.0g; 12mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma, right; IIS (mark of value) behind.

Reverse: Dioscuri galloping right with spears; two stars above; ROMA below in linear frame.

References: Crawford 44/7; Sydenham 142; BMCRR 13-18.

Provenance: Ex Volteia Collection [CNG 102 (18 May 2016), Lot 777]; ex August Voirol Collection [Munzen und Medaillen 38 (6-7 Dec 1968), Lot 105].

The IIS mark of value denotes that the coin is worth 2 asses + a semis, or 2.5 asses. This quarter-denarius denomination was part of the introduction of the denarius coinage following the Roman sack of Syracuse. The subsequent reduction in the weight standard and size of the bronze coinage eliminated the need for this tiny silver denomination, and it was soon discontinued. However, the denomination would be resurrected for short times during the Social War and Imperatorial eras.
4 commentsCarausius08/23/18 at 00:18Steve B5: One of the best I've seen of this variety with...
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Semi-incuse Early AR Denarius - Second Punic War23 viewsRome, The Republic.
Anonymous, ca. 212 BCE
Rome Mint
AR Denarius (4.48g)

Obv: Head of Roma in splayed-visor helmet, facing right; X (mark of value = 10 asses) behind.

Rev: Dioscuri galloping right with couched spears; two stars above; ROMA, semi-incused, below.

Reference: Crawford 44/5; Sydenham 167; RSC Anonymous 1a.

Provenance: ex NAC 84 Part II (21 May 2015), Lot 1622.

This example is among the earliest of the very first denarii issue by the Roman Republic, circa 212 BCE. From 218-212 BCE, the excessive cost of the war with Hannibal and Carthage had necessitated debasement of Rome's silver quadrigatus coinage and several weight standard reductions in the bronze coinage. It was possibly the sack of Syracuse in 212 BCE that provided the silver infusion that Rome needed to reform their debased currency and introduce the denarius system. The earliest denarii had a semi-incuse ROMA inscription on the reverse, as seen here, reminiscent of the fully-incuse and semi-incuse inscriptions on the earlier quadrigati coinage. This early-style inscription was soon replaced by a relief inscription within a linear frame.
2 commentsCarausius08/23/18 at 00:17Steve B5: Lovely well-centered example
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EB0343 Roma / Dioscuri riding8 viewsAnonymous Denarius. Rome Mint, after 208 BC.
Obv: Helmeted head of Roma right, peaked visor, earring is long with a bead at the top and a bead at the bottom, and an elongated ornament in-between; X behind.
Rev: The Dioscuri riding right on rearing horses, ROMA legend below in a two sided frame, with lines on top and right.
References: Crawford 167/1 (see note below).
Diameter: 18mm, Weight: 3.542 grams.

Ultimately, style is the key determination with this series. Many distinguishing characteristics of ornamentation are best regarded as “usually the case” because there are seemingly endless exceptions to the rule with most of the distinguishing characteristics.
-http://stevebrinkman.ancients.info/anonymous/index.html#H53-2
1 commentsEB08/23/18 at 00:15Steve B5: This is actually a lovely example of Crawford 167/...
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179-170 B.C.,Anonymus AR-Denarius, Crawford 167/1, Rome, 146 views179-170 B.C., Anonymus AR-Denarius, Crawford 167/1, Rome,
avers: Helmeted head of Roma right, behind X, before staff, border of dots.
reverse: Dioscuri galloping right, in exergue in linear frame ROMA, line border .
exergue: -/-//ROMA, diameter: 17,5-18,5mm, weight: 3,53g, axis: 7h,
mint: Rome, date: 211-208 B.C., ref: Crawford-167/1, Sydenham-311, Anonymous,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans08/23/18 at 00:14Steve B5: This is actually a nice example of Crawford 167/1
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30 viewsAnonymous Denarius - After 211 BC
Obv.: Helmeted head of Roma right, with triple earring, spike above visor, X behind.
Rev.: The Dioscuri riding right, ROMA in linear frame below.
Gs. 3,2 mm. 18,2x19,5
Cr44/5, Sear RCV 38

1 commentsMaxentius08/23/18 at 00:10Steve B5: This is actually Cr 139/1. Note the reverse ROMA ...
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66. Elizabeth I.24 viewsShilling, 1592-1595; London mint.
Obverse: ELIZAB D G ANG FR ET HIB REGI / Crowned bust, left.
Reverse: POSVI DEV ADIVTOREM MEV / Royal shield over cross.
Mint mark: tun (small barrel) on both sides.
5.95 gm., 29 mm.
North #2014; Seaby #2577.

Dating: Fifth issue = 1582-1600; tun mint mark = 1592-1595.
2 commentsCallimachus08/22/18 at 16:10*Alex: Great piece.
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Constantius Gallus, (351 - 354 A.D.)20 views Ć2
O: DN CONSTANT-IVS NOB CAES, Bare, bust draped and cuirassed right.
R: FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, Soldier spearing fallen horseman, who is beared, bare headed, falling forward, clutching his horse.Γ in field left. ANS in exergue.
Antioch Mint
4.78g
23mm
RIC VIII Antioch 137
3 commentsMat08/22/18 at 15:45Randygeki(h2): Great example with nice patina
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Cyrenaica Antony and Cleopatra obverse4 viewsCYRENAICA. Mark Antony and Cleopatra VII.

Summer 31 BC.

Ć 26mm. Cut for change

BACIL/QEA/NE in three lines / ANTW/YPA/G in three
lines.

RPC I 922; Svoronos 1899; Weiser 188. brown patina

Rare
1 commentsjimbomar08/22/18 at 04:03Jay GT4: Nice find, now try and find the other half!
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CANTERBURY mint - pointed helmet type AR penny Cnut the Great - moneyer LEOFNOĐ (=Lēofnōth)11 viewsObverse: ✠ CNVT REX ANGL
Reverse: ✠ LEOFNOĐ M• ON CENT:
Ř = 17,50mm
Weight = 0,96 gram

Provenance:
•Ex Spink (USA) Numismatic Collector's Series Sale - auction 341, lot 226, 27-29 June 2018
•Ex Classical Numismatic Group E-Auction 384, lot 829, 12 October 2016
1 commentsRomaVictor08/22/18 at 02:02Callimachus: Beautiful coin. You've posted some very nice A...
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Anonymous Roman Republic Denarius, Cr46/1(b)64 viewsOBV: Helmeted head of Roma right; behind, X
REV: The Dioscuri galloping right; ROMΛ in exergue in raised letters within linear frame
3.45g, 19.8mm

Minted at Rome, 214-213 BC
1 commentsLegatus08/21/18 at 20:22Steve B5: Bing, This is actually a Cr46/1(b). This very ra...
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EB0002 Celtic Face / Horse11 viewsCeltic billon stater , 58-56 BC
Obverse: Head right.
Reverse: Horse and rider right.
Weight: 6.36 g
Notes (courtesy of Yurii P):
This seems to be class II stater of Unelli (group N of series Z in John Hooker's classification) -- imitation of Coriosolite staters by a neighboring Armorica tribe. Just like other billon staters of this type it was probably minted c. 58-56 BC, before or during Viridovix stand off with Roman invaders of Julius Caesar. http://www.writer2001.com/exp0012.htm
1 commentsEB08/21/18 at 16:52Yurii P: This seems to be class II stater of Unelli (group ...
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1445 Hadrian, Cistophorus Uncertain mint in Asia Minor 128 AD Roma seated25 viewsReference
RPC III, 1445; Metcalf 95

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Bare head r., with draped l. shoulder

Rev. COS III
Roma seated l. on cuirass and shield holding Victory in extended r. and vertical spear in l.

10.66 gr
26 mm
6h
5 commentsokidoki08/21/18 at 13:28Jay GT4: Outstanding
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prieur272_38 viewsElagabalus
Syrian Tetradrachm

Obv: Laureate head right, draped and cuirassed, seen from behind.
Re: Reverse legend appears to end TOC ΓB, Eagle to front, head and tail left, Δ and ε in right and left field, star between legs.
27 mm, 10.60 gms

Prieur 272

This may be a coin of Caracalla but I'm having trouble attributing it. The legends are unclear. Any help appreciated.
1 commentsCharles M08/21/18 at 05:52Pekka K: Elagabalus, McAlee 763.
Dark-Age,_Otrogoth-Gepid,_AR_quarter_Siliqua,_Sirmium_Group,_Anastasius,_Alain_Gennari_38bvar__2_4,_Monogram_(10),_Q-001,_4h,_16-17mm,_0,71g-s.jpg
Ostrogoth, Gepid, (The age of exodus/Dark ages) Sirmium, AR-1/4-Siliqua, "Anastasius or Justin" type, Alain Gennari No: 038bvar., Monogram of Theoderich (Alain Gennari type 10.), Extremely Rare! 77 viewsOstrogoth, Gepid, (The age of exodus/Dark ages) Sirmium, AR-1/4-Siliqua, "Anastasius or Justin" type, Alain Gennari No: 038bvar., Monogram of Theoderich (Alain Gennari type 10.), Extremely Rare!
avers: D II IHVIIƧTAIIWS P P Λ, Diademed and cuirassed bust right.
reverse: ✠ TIVINH * dΩVIIΛ, Stylized "Theoderich" monogram (Alain Gennari type 10.).
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 16,0-17,0mm, weight: 0,71g, axis: 4h,
mint: Sirmium group, date: 491-526 A.D., ref: Alain Gennari, 038bvar. (avers type: 144, reverse type: 181, monogram type 10), Extremely Rare!
Q-001
This coin attributed by the Alain Gennari article:
"The "Sirmium group": about the so-called Gepids siliquae
With a specific catalogue -2ⁿᵈ edition, Parma Oktober 2017"
https://www.forumancientcoins.com/board/index.php?topic=113140.0
2 commentsquadrans08/20/18 at 21:30RomaVictor: A real eyecatcher this one, very nice!
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Ostrogoth, Gepid, (The age of exodus/Dark ages) Sirmium, AR-1/4-Siliqua, "Anastasius or Justin" type, Alain Gennari No: 038bvar., Monogram of Theoderich (Alain Gennari type 10.), Extremely Rare! 77 viewsOstrogoth, Gepid, (The age of exodus/Dark ages) Sirmium, AR-1/4-Siliqua, "Anastasius or Justin" type, Alain Gennari No: 038bvar., Monogram of Theoderich (Alain Gennari type 10.), Extremely Rare!
avers: D II IHVIIƧTAIIWS P P Λ, Diademed and cuirassed bust right.
reverse: ✠ TIVINH * dΩVIIΛ, Stylized "Theoderich" monogram (Alain Gennari type 10.).
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 16,0-17,0mm, weight: 0,71g, axis: 4h,
mint: Sirmium group, date: 491-526 A.D., ref: Alain Gennari, 038bvar. (avers type: 144, reverse type: 181, monogram type 10), Extremely Rare!
Q-001
This coin attributed by the Alain Gennari article:
"The "Sirmium group": about the so-called Gepids siliquae
With a specific catalogue -2ⁿᵈ edition, Parma Oktober 2017"
https://www.forumancientcoins.com/board/index.php?topic=113140.0
2 commentsquadrans08/20/18 at 19:33shanxi: interesting coin
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S.803 Anglo-Saxon sceat9 viewsSecondary phase Anglo-Saxon sceat
Mint: Kent
Series K
Type 33
S.803
Abramson 38-10
O: Bust right facing cross
R: Lion right with long serpent tongue

The sceattas of series K represent a highlight of Anglo-Saon artistic merit. The figure on the reverse was long thought to be a wolf, but is now believed to represent a lion.

Ex- Shanna Schmidt, Triton XXI (lot 1353), Dr. JDR, SNC CIII
1 commentsNap08/20/18 at 18:33quadrans: Another nice piece
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S.814 Anglo-Saxon sceat8 viewsSecondary phase Anglo-Saxon sceat
Mint: ?Essex
Series S
Type 47
S.814
Abramson 68-10
O: Female centaur
R: Clockwise whorl of four wolf heads with interlocked tongues

Originally called series "S" for "Sphinx", the creature is rather a female centaur.

Ex- Shanna Schmidt, Triton XXI (lot 1373), Dr. JDR, CNG 53 (lot 2230)
1 commentsNap08/20/18 at 18:32quadrans: Interesting piece..
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YORK mint - pointed helmet type AR penny Cnut the Great - moneyer ASGOD (= Āsgautr)8 viewsObverse: ✠ CNVT REX AN
Reverse: ✠ ASGOD M-O EOFR
Ř = 19mm
Weight = 1,02 gram

Provenance:
•Ex Baldwin's of St. James's auction 18, lot 105, 7 June 2018
1 commentsRomaVictor08/20/18 at 18:31quadrans: Interesting piece..
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ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Julius Caesar, AR Denarius8 viewsRome. The Imperators.
Julius Caesar and P. Sepullius Macer, 44 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.84g; 20mm).
Rome Mint, Feb-Mar 44 BCE.

Obverse: CAESAR - DICT PERPETVO; wreathed head of Julius Caesar facing right.

Reverse: P SEPVLLIVS – MACER; Venus facing left, holding Victory and staff; shield at feet.

References: Crawford 480/10; HCRI 107a; Sydenham 1073: Julia 48; Alföldi, Plate LXVI, No. 2 (this coin illustrated).

Provenance: Ex Andrew McCabe Collection; privately purchased from Ritter 2010; ex Rauch Auction 85 (26 Nov 2009) Lot 323; ex Professor L. Fontana Collection (bef. 1974).

Caesar was granted the title of Dictator for Life in mid-February, 44 BCE, thus all coins bearing DICT PERPETVO inscriptions can be firmly dated to the final month of Caesar’s life. This was a period of massive coinage output because Caesar was preparing for a campaign against the Parthians for which a substantial war chest would be needed. To meet the production needs, the college of moneyers was expanded from 3 to 4 moneyers. Nevertheless, manufacturing stress is evident by the frequent poor strikes and off-struck coins that survive today from these final Caesar portrait issues.

The moneyer P. Sepullius Macer struck coins during and after Caesar’s lifetime, including one type for M. Antony that also appears in my gallery. His output of coins was particularly high compared to the other three moneyers of 44 BCE. This reverse type, common among the four moneyers, alludes to the descent of the Julia gens from Venus and Anchises.
1 commentsCarausius08/20/18 at 18:09okidoki: excellent and stylistic
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01.3.01 István I., "St. Stephen !", King of Hungary, (997-1038 A.D.), AR-Denarius, CÁC I. 1.3.01var., H-001, U-001, CNH I.-001, + REGIA CIVITAS, #0189 views01.3.01 István I., "St. Stephen !", King of Hungary, (997-1038 A.D.), AR-Denarius, CÁC I. 1.3.01var., H-001, U-001, CNH I.-001, + REGIA CIVITAS, #01
avers: + STEPHANVS•REX• (+ STEPNANVS•REX•, the first dot not behind the S but over the S interesting new legend variation !), Cross within a pearled border, wedges between the arms of the cross.
reverse: + REGIA CIVITAS (REGIA CIVITVS, "V" instead of "A"!), Cross within a pearled border, wedges between the arms of the cross.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 16,0-16,5 mm, weight: 0,70 g, axis: 2h,
mint: Esztergom, date: A.D., ref: Huszár-001, Unger-001, CNH I.-001, Tóth-Kiss-Fekete: CÁC I.(Catalog of Árpadian Coinage I./Opitz I.), Privy-Mark/Szigla: 1.3.01var.,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans08/20/18 at 17:56Stkp: nice coin
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Ostrogoth, Gepid, (The age of exodus/Dark ages) Sirmium, AR-1/4-Siliqua, "Anastasius" type, Alain Gennari No: 090, Monogram of Theoderich (Alain Gennari type 18), Rare!55 viewsOstrogoth, Gepid, (The age of exodus/Dark ages) Sirmium, AR-1/4-Siliqua, "Anastasius" type, Alain Gennari No: 090, Monogram of Theoderich (Alain Gennari type 18), Rare!
avers: D N ANASTASIVS P AV, Diademed and cuirassed bust right.
reverse: VIN VITA ✠ A ROMANI *, Stylized "Theoderich" monogram (Alain Gennari type 18).
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 21,0mm, weight: 0,78g, axis: 1h,
mint: Sirmium ,date: 493-526 A.D., ref: Alain Gennari 090, (avers type: 47, reverse type :64, monogram type: 18), Rare!
Q-001
This coin attributed by the Alain Gennari article:
"The "Sirmium group": about the so-called Gepids siliquae
With a specific catalogue -2ⁿᵈ edition, Parma Oktober 2017"
https://www.forumancientcoins.com/board/index.php?topic=113140.0
2 commentsquadrans08/20/18 at 15:30okidoki: Nice Joe
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Anonymous, AR Sestertius34 viewsRome. The Republic.
Anonymous, 212-208 BCE
AR Sestertius (1.0g; 12mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma, right; IIS (mark of value) behind.

Reverse: Dioscuri galloping right with spears; two stars above; ROMA below in linear frame.

References: Crawford 44/7; Sydenham 142; BMCRR 13-18.

Provenance: Ex Volteia Collection [CNG 102 (18 May 2016), Lot 777]; ex August Voirol Collection [Munzen und Medaillen 38 (6-7 Dec 1968), Lot 105].

The IIS mark of value denotes that the coin is worth 2 asses + a semis, or 2.5 asses. This quarter-denarius denomination was part of the introduction of the denarius coinage following the Roman sack of Syracuse. The subsequent reduction in the weight standard and size of the bronze coinage eliminated the need for this tiny silver denomination, and it was soon discontinued. However, the denomination would be resurrected for short times during the Social War and Imperatorial eras.
4 commentsCarausius08/20/18 at 15:25Enodia: Neat coin!
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ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Julius Caesar, AR Denarius12 viewsRome. The Imperators.
Julius Caesar, 49-44 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.93 g; 19mm).
Military mint travelling with Caesar, 49-48 BCE.

Obverse: Elephant walking right, trampling serpent; CAESAR in exergue.

Reverse: Simpulum, aspergillum, axe and apex.

References: Crawford 443/1: HCRI 9; Sydenham 1006; Julia 9.

Provenance: Ex Ploil Collection [NAC 101 (24 Oct 2017), Lot 10]; privately purchased December 1980.

Caesar’s “elephant” issue was massive, with Crawford estimating 750 obverse and 833 reverse dies. Stylistic variations range from elephants depicted accurately to elephants with pig-like characteristics. The CAESAR inscriptions on the well-executed elephant varieties typically have letters with serifs; while inscriptions on the piggish varieties have letters without serifs. Woytek believes the series was struck in Gallia Narbonensis and Hispania Citerior in circa 49BC during Caesar’s campaign against Pompey loyalists in Spain. Other scholars, like Crawford and Sear, believe the issue was commenced shortly after Caesar invaded Italy in 49 and continued until the defeat of Pompey at Pharsalus in 48 BCE. What’s clear is that Caesar struck these coins without authority, as he did not hold the office of moneyer or legate. As for interpretation of this coin type, many scholars, including Crawford and Sear, interpret the obverse (elephant trampling the serpent) as representing good (Caesar) triumphing over evil. Michael Harlan interprets the obverse as blaming the civil war on Pompey’s faction; the elephant representing Pompey’s supporter, Metellus Pius Scipio (whose family badge, frequently seen on Metellan coins, is an elephant), trampling the snake symbol of Salus, the health and safety of Rome. The reverse clearly depicts the emblems of the priesthood and alludes to Caesar’s office of pontifex maximus.
1 commentsCarausius08/20/18 at 09:18quadrans: Great coin , and details,
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ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Julius Caesar, AR Denarius12 viewsRome. The Imperators.
Julius Caesar and Lucius Aemilius Buca, 44 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.77g; 21mm).
Rome Mint, Feb-Mar 44 BCE.

Obverse: CAESAR DICT- PERPETVO; wreathed head of Julius Caesar facing right.

Reverse: Fasces and winged caduceus in saltire; axe, globe, clasped hands and L BVCA in angles.

References: Crawford 480/6; HCRI 103; Sydenham 1063; BMCRR 4157-9; Julia 37; Alföldi, Type XIII, Plate XCVIII, No. 78.

Provenance: Ex Goldberg Auction #104 (12 Jun 2018) Lot 3248.

Caesar was granted the title of Dictator for Life in mid-February, 44 BCE, thus all coins bearing DICT PERPETVO inscriptions can be firmly dated to the final month of Caesar’s life. This was a period of massive coinage output because Caesar was preparing for a campaign against the Parthians for which a substantial war chest would be needed. To meet the production needs, the college of moneyers was expanded from 3 to 4 moneyers. Nevertheless, manufacturing stress is evident by the frequent poor strikes and off-struck coins that survive today from these final Caesar portrait issues.

The moneyer Lucius Aemilius Buca may have been a relative of Sulla. He does not appear to have struck coins after Caesar’s assassination. With its symbolism, the reverse of this coin suggests Caesar’s growing grasp on religious, military and political power.
2 commentsCarausius08/20/18 at 09:17quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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Tiberius AR Denarius45 viewsTiberius ‘Tribute Penny’. AD16-37. Silver denarius.
17mm. 3.48g.
RCV 1763 RIC 26
bold head, clear Livia.
Found Quidenham hoard, Norfolk, 2014. Recorded as Coin #22,
NMS-480CEE under the portable antiquities scheme.
Purchased from Chris Rudd Numismatics July 23, 2018.


4 commentsorfew08/20/18 at 07:48quadrans: Nice piece..
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151 Vetranio (350 AD.), Siscia, RIC VIII 294A, AE-18 Follis, -/-//ASIS, GLORIA ROMANORVM, Emperor with labarum, Scarce! #165 views151 Vetranio (350 AD.), Siscia, RIC VIII 294A, AE-18 Follis, -/-//ASIS, GLORIA ROMANORVM, Emperor with labarum, Scarce! #1
avers: D N VETRA NIO P F AVG, Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right.
reverse: GLORIA RO MANORVM, Vetranio standing facing, head left, holding labarum and transverse spear in left arm.
exergue: -/-//ASIS, diameter: 17,5-20,0mm, weight: 2,58g, axis: 0h,
mint: Siscia, date: 350 A.D., ref: RIC VIII 294A,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans08/20/18 at 07:00Canaan: Very nice!!!
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Tiberius AR Denarius45 viewsTiberius ‘Tribute Penny’. AD16-37. Silver denarius.
17mm. 3.48g.
RCV 1763 RIC 26
bold head, clear Livia.
Found Quidenham hoard, Norfolk, 2014. Recorded as Coin #22,
NMS-480CEE under the portable antiquities scheme.
Purchased from Chris Rudd Numismatics July 23, 2018.


4 commentsorfew08/20/18 at 06:59okidoki: Congrats very nice
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Tiberius AR Denarius45 viewsTiberius ‘Tribute Penny’. AD16-37. Silver denarius.
17mm. 3.48g.
RCV 1763 RIC 26
bold head, clear Livia.
Found Quidenham hoard, Norfolk, 2014. Recorded as Coin #22,
NMS-480CEE under the portable antiquities scheme.
Purchased from Chris Rudd Numismatics July 23, 2018.


4 commentsorfew08/20/18 at 06:59Canaan: Congrats!!!
tiberius_tribute_penny_small.jpeg
Tiberius AR Denarius45 viewsTiberius ‘Tribute Penny’. AD16-37. Silver denarius.
17mm. 3.48g.
RCV 1763 RIC 26
bold head, clear Livia.
Found Quidenham hoard, Norfolk, 2014. Recorded as Coin #22,
NMS-480CEE under the portable antiquities scheme.
Purchased from Chris Rudd Numismatics July 23, 2018.


4 commentsorfew08/20/18 at 04:40Jay GT4: Very jealous
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11.08 Kálmán., (Koloman the Bibliophile) King of Hungary, (1095-1116 A.D.), AR-Denarius, CÁC I. 11.8.b2.6/24, H-038, CNH I.-046, U-029, #0174 views11.08 Kálmán., (Koloman the Bibliophile) King of Hungary, (1095-1116 A.D.), AR-Denarius, CÁC I. 11.8.b2.6/24, H-038, CNH I.-046, U-029, #01
avers: ✠ CALMAN RE, Crossleted cross in circle of dots with lines in the angles; border of dots.
reverse: ✠ LA(D)I(S)LAVS RE (sometimes, Illegible legend), cross in circle with wedges in the angles; border of line.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 11,2 mm, weight: 0,36 g, axis: 2h,
mint: Esztergom, date: A.D., ref: Huszár-038, CNH I.-046, Unger-029, Tóth-Kiss-Fekete: CÁC I.(Catalog of Árpadian Coinage I./Opitz I.), Privy-Mark/Szigla: 11.8.b2.6/24,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans08/19/18 at 23:46Stkp: great coin
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H-095 Anonymous I. (Béla II., (Béla II. the Blind), King of Hungary, (1131-1141 A.D.)?), AR-Denarius, H-095, CNH I.-079, U-047, #0491 viewsH-095 Anonymous I. (Béla II., (Béla II. the Blind), King of Hungary, (1131-1141 A.D.)?), AR-Denarius, H-095, CNH I.-079, U-047, #04
avers: Cross with dots and wedges between two crescents in the angles; border of dots.
reverse: Lines in place of the legend; cross in circle with wedges in the angles; border of line.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 10,3mm, weight: 0,21g, axis: 2h,
mint: Esztergom , date: A.D., ref: Huszár-095, CNH I.-079, Unger-047, Kiss-Toth: Sigla 18.26.a3.- ,
Q-004
1 commentsquadrans08/19/18 at 23:46Stkp: nice coin
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039 Mátyás Hunyadi., (Matthias Corvinus), King of Hungary, (1458-1490 A.D.) AR Gross, U-550.d-var., Madonna and child, #01107 views039 Mátyás Hunyadi., (Matthias Corvinus), King of Hungary, (1458-1490 A.D.) AR Gross, U-550.d-var., Madonna and child, #01
avers: ✠mOnЄTA•mAThIЄ•RЄIS•hVnOAR, Hungarian shield, four-part shield with Hungarian arms (Árpádian stripes, patriarchal cross, Dalmatian leopard heads(two!!), Crown(!!) and Bohemian lion). Inside of the central shield, the raven standing and turning left. The ring in its beak. (Legends error! "•RЄIS•hVnOAR" instead of "•RЄGIS•hVnGAR" and variation!)
reverse: PATROnA VnGARIЄ, Madonna sitting on a veil on her head, holding infant Jesus in her right arm, mint-mark on each side; border of dots. (Legend variation!)
exergue, mint mark: K/ Shield//--, were struck by Johannes Constorfer, kammergraf, (by Pohl), diameter: 26,5mm, weight: 2,9g, axis: 6h,
mint: Hungary, Körmöcbánya (Kremnitz, today Slovakia: Kremnica) by Pohl,
date: 1469 A.D. (Pohl), ref: Unger-550.d-var., CNH-2-213A-Evar., Huszár-692, Pohl-193-02,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans08/19/18 at 23:45Stkp: Very very nice
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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Sasanian Ardashir I6 viewsSASANIAN KINGDOM: Ardashir I, 224-241, AR drachm (4.30g), G-10, pellet to right of the king's crown1 commentsarash p08/19/18 at 22:18*Alex: Both the Obverse and Reverse of coins are required...
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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Arab Sasanian Abd Allah b. al-Zubayr4 viewsARAB-SASANIAN: 'Abd Allah b. al-Zubayr, 680-692, AR drachm (3.93g), DA+P (Fasa), YE60, A-16, pellet at 11:30 in reverse margin
Some traces of horn silver
1 commentsarash p08/19/18 at 22:16*Alex: Both the Obverse and Reverse of coins are required...
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LONDON mint - pointed helmet type AR penny Cnut the Great - moneyer GODRIC ( = Gōdrīc)12 viewsObverse: ✠ CNVT REX A
Reverse: ✠ GODRIC ON LVNDE:
Ř = 18mm
Weight = 1,03 gram

Provenance:
•Privately purchased from Ingemar Wallin Mynthandel (Sweden), July 2018
•Ex Classical Numismatic Group Auction 87, lot 2079, 18 May 2011
•Ex T.J.H. collection
1 commentsRomaVictor08/19/18 at 11:36quadrans: Another beauty
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COLCHESTER mint - quatrefoil type AR penny Cnut the Great - moneyer BRUNMAN (= Brūnman)9 viewsObverse: ✠ CNVT REX ANGLʘ:
Reverse: ✠ BRVNMAN ʘ CʘL·
Ř = 18mm
Weight = 0,87 gram

Provenance:
•Privately purchased from Mike Vosper, April 2018
•Ex private British collection, Colchester
1 commentsRomaVictor08/19/18 at 11:35quadrans: Great coin..
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Caligula and agripinna10 viewsReference: Prior 67 (13 ex) RPC.4168 RPC.4168 McAlee 226
Weight: 14.65 g
Ex McAlee collection , Ex Numismatic Fine Arts sales 21, 1981, lot 12
1 commentsarash p08/19/18 at 06:01Mat: Wonderful
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Constantius Gallus, (351 - 354 A.D.)20 views Ć2
O: DN CONSTANT-IVS NOB CAES, Bare, bust draped and cuirassed right.
R: FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, Soldier spearing fallen horseman, who is beared, bare headed, falling forward, clutching his horse.Γ in field left. ANS in exergue.
Antioch Mint
4.78g
23mm
RIC VIII Antioch 137
3 commentsMat08/19/18 at 04:23quadrans: Nice...
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Constantius Gallus, (351 - 354 A.D.)20 views Ć2
O: DN CONSTANT-IVS NOB CAES, Bare, bust draped and cuirassed right.
R: FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, Soldier spearing fallen horseman, who is beared, bare headed, falling forward, clutching his horse.Γ in field left. ANS in exergue.
Antioch Mint
4.78g
23mm
RIC VIII Antioch 137
3 commentsMat08/19/18 at 01:58Callimachus: nice "sand" patina.
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Sicily, Akragas. (Circa 425-406 BC)7 viewsAE Tetras

19 mm, 7.6 g

Obverse: AKPA (AKRA) to left, eagle, head lowered, wings spread, standing right on hare

Reverse: Crab, beneath, three pellets (each representing 1/12 of the value of a Litra), in exergue, crayfish left.

CNS I. 178, 50; HGC 2, 140.

Akragas was a wealthy and powerful Greek state on the southern coast of Sicily, second only to Syracuse in importance. The city was famous for its lavish building projects, proudly displaying its wealth in the form of numerous massive temples, many of which still stand today.

The early designs of the coinage of Akragas remained consistent for nearly a century, depicting Zeus’ standing eagle on the obverse and a crab on the reverse. As their societies matured, the aristocratic rulers of Akragas and its surrounding cities became highly competitive in the artistic beauty of the coinage they produced, resulting in a flourishing numismatic arms race.

Around 415 BC, a dramatic shift took place, reinvigorating all denominations of their coinage. The designs became much more intricate, and the new coins have been ranked as some of the most beautiful coinage ever produced.

Unfortunately, the wealth of Akragas was not enough to protect it from the brutality of the Carthaginians, who sacked the city in 406 BC, an attack from which they never fully recovered and which put an abrupt end to this beautiful period of coinage.
1 commentsNathan P08/18/18 at 23:28Ajax: Great coin!
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Probus6 viewsProbus AD 276-282. Rome 281 AD
Antoninianus Ć silvered (19mm., 3,29g.)

PROBVS PF AVG, Radiate bust left, in imperial mantle, holding eagle-tipped sceptre / SOLI INVIC-TO, Sol driving quadriga left, holding whip and globe and raising hand; R thunderbolt Γ.

RIC V 203
1 commentsAjax08/18/18 at 12:02Jay GT4: Great reverse
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Attica, Athens, Athena, Owl, Transitional Pi-Style Tetradrachm6 viewsAttica. Athens
Silver tetradrachm, Ca. 353-297 BC
Transitional Pi-Style
Av: Head of Athena right with profile eye in crested Attic helmet ornamented with three olive leaves above visor
Rv: ΑΘΕ, owl of later style standing three-quarters right, olive sprig and crescent moon behind
AR, 17.01g, 23mm
Ex Pegasi Numismatics, 1999
1 commentsshanxi08/18/18 at 12:01Jay GT4: Great owl
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Attica, Athens, Athena, Owl, New Style Tetradrachm8 viewsAttica. Athens
New Style Tetradrachm
Obv: Head of Athena right, wearing crested Attic helmet
Rev: Owl standing right on amphora, no symbol, A - ΘE flanking owl's head, ΔIOTIMOΣ MAΓAΣ XAPINAYTHΣ magistrates, ΣΦ below amphora, Γ on amphora. All within wreath
AR, 16.47g, 28mm
Ref.: Thompson 656 a,b
Ex Sothebys London, June 2000
1 commentsshanxi08/18/18 at 12:01Jay GT4: Nice one Shanx!
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Byzantine, Alexius I. Comnenus (1081-1118 A.D.), SB 1929, AE-Tetarteron, IC/XC//--, Thessalonica, #1176 viewsB 060 Alexius I. Comnenus (1081-1118 A.D.), SB 1929, AE-Tetarteron, IC/XC//--, Thessalonica, #1
avers: +AΛZI ΔECΠ, crowned bust of Alexius facing, wearing jewelled chlamys, holding cross-tipped sceptre and cross on globe (left picture).
reverse: IC-XC to left and right of nimbate bust of Christ facing, holding book of gospels and raising right hand ( right picture).
exergue: IC/XC//--, diameter: 17,5-19,5mm,weight: g, axis: h,
mint: Thessalonica, date: 1092-1118 A.D., postreform, ref: SB-1929, Grierson-1055,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans08/18/18 at 10:52Canaan: Very nice!!!!
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5314 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Tetradrachm 121-22 AD Demeter standing6 viewsReference.
RPC III, 5314; Emmett 830.6 (unknown year); Dattari 1330; Milne --

issue L Ϛ = year 6

Obv. ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ ΤΡΑΙ - ΑΔΡΙΑ СƐΒ
Laureate head of Hadrian, r., drapery on l. shoulder; to r crescent

Rev. L Ϛ
Demeter standing facing, head r., holding ears of corn and torch.

13.10 gr
25 mm
12h
1 commentsokidoki08/17/18 at 14:33*Alex: Nice coin Eric.
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Kings of Macedon. Alexander III ‘the Great’. (Circa 324/323 BC)8 viewsAR Tetradrachm

25 mm, 17.15 g

Babylon mint. Struck under Stamenes or Archon (Appointed satraps of Babylonia from 328-323 BC)

Obverse: Head of Herakles to right, wearing lion skin headdress, paws tied beneath chin

Reverse: [Α]ΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ (Of Alexander), Zeus seated left on high-backed throne, left leg drawn back, his feet resting on a low foot rest, holding long scepter in his left hand and, in his right, eagle standing right with closed wings, sickle in left field, below throne, monogram above M.

Price 3622.

This coin was minted in or near the time (323 BC) and place (Babylon) of Alexander's (likely) assassination.
1 commentsNathan P08/17/18 at 01:00Stkp: nice coin
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B 005 Justin II. (565-578 A.D.), SB 0369, A/NIKO, AE-Follis (40 Nummia), Nikopolis, Year UI,69 viewsB 005 Justin II. (565-578 A.D.), SB 0369, A/NIKO, AE-Follis (40 Nummia), Nikopolis, Year UI,
avers: D N IVSTI NVS P P AVG, Justin left and Sophia right, seated facing on double-throne, both nimbate, Justin holding cross on globe, Sophia holding sceptre topped by cross.
reverse: "M" ANNO/VI/A, Large M, ANNO to left, Cross above, regnal year to right "VI", officina letter below "A", mintmark NIKO.
exergue: A/N/N/O/VI//NIKO, diameter: 27-28mm, weight: 13,22g, axis: 7h,
mint: Nikopolis, date: 571 A.D., ref: SB 0369, p-94,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans08/17/18 at 01:00Stkp: nice
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Emperor Gordian III, 29 July 238 - 25 February 244 A.D.15 views Silver denarius, RIC IV 115, RSC IV 243, Hunter III 33, SRCV III 8680, Choice aMS, about as struck, light rose tone on luster, full circles centering, nice portrait, sharp reverse detail, radiating flow lines, Rome mint, weight 2.861g, maximum diameter 20.6mm, die axis 180o, 241 A.D.; obverse IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse P M TR P III COS II P P (high priest, holder of Tribunitian power for 3 years, consul 2 times, father of the country), Gordian standing right, wearing military garb, transverse spear in right hand, globe in left; from the Jyrki Muona Collection (purchased from Alan Walker at NYINC early 2000's.

Gordian looks rather smug on the obverse and stands proud with the world in his hands on the reverse.

FORVM Ancient Coins./ The Sam Mansourati Collection.

*Superb
2 commentsSam08/16/18 at 14:42okidoki: great example,
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Republican AR Denarius19 viewsL. Mussidius Longus. 42 BC. AR denarius, Rome mint.
Obv: Diademed and veiled head of Concordia right; CONCORDIA upwards behind
Rev: Shrine of Venus Cloacina: Circular platform surmounted by two statues of the goddess, each resting right hand on cippus, the platform inscribed CLOACIN and ornamented with trellis-pattern balustrade, flight of steps and portico on left; L • MVSSIDIVS • LONGVS around above.
Crawford 494/42a; CRI 188; Sydenham 1093; Kestner 3753-4; BMCRR Rome 4242-3; Mussidia 6b.
Ex: Ancient Numismatic Enterprises
Purchased at the RCNA August 8, 2018 Toronto
3 commentsorfew08/16/18 at 14:41okidoki: Congrats very nice special reverse
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Vespasian RIC 29 (2)51 viewsAR Denarius, 3.28g
Rome Mint, January - June 70 AD
RIC 29 (C3). BMC 26. RSC 94h.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: COS ITER TR POT; Pax, draped, seated l., holding branch extended in r. hand and winged caduceus in l.
Acquired from Aegean Numismatics, August 2018.

This seated Pax is by far the most common type of the 'COS ITER' issue. It may even have been struck well after June 70, evidenced by the vast quantities that have survived and the classic Vespasianic portrait many of them display (Vespasian arrived in Rome c. October 70). COS ITER in the reverse legend is sometimes unusually spaced dependent on where Pax's branch is positioned - here the break occurs between the 'T' and 'E'. Most examples do not have such a break.

An early fine style portrait with true Vespasianic features. Unobtrusive flan flaw.
4 commentsDavid Atherton08/16/18 at 13:57Vincent: He looks handsome...must be the makeup
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Vespasian RIC 29 (2)51 viewsAR Denarius, 3.28g
Rome Mint, January - June 70 AD
RIC 29 (C3). BMC 26. RSC 94h.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: COS ITER TR POT; Pax, draped, seated l., holding branch extended in r. hand and winged caduceus in l.
Acquired from Aegean Numismatics, August 2018.

This seated Pax is by far the most common type of the 'COS ITER' issue. It may even have been struck well after June 70, evidenced by the vast quantities that have survived and the classic Vespasianic portrait many of them display (Vespasian arrived in Rome c. October 70). COS ITER in the reverse legend is sometimes unusually spaced dependent on where Pax's branch is positioned - here the break occurs between the 'T' and 'E'. Most examples do not have such a break.

An early fine style portrait with true Vespasianic features. Unobtrusive flan flaw.
4 commentsDavid Atherton08/16/18 at 12:43Canaan: Nice!!!
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Vespasian RIC 29 (2)51 viewsAR Denarius, 3.28g
Rome Mint, January - June 70 AD
RIC 29 (C3). BMC 26. RSC 94h.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: COS ITER TR POT; Pax, draped, seated l., holding branch extended in r. hand and winged caduceus in l.
Acquired from Aegean Numismatics, August 2018.

This seated Pax is by far the most common type of the 'COS ITER' issue. It may even have been struck well after June 70, evidenced by the vast quantities that have survived and the classic Vespasianic portrait many of them display (Vespasian arrived in Rome c. October 70). COS ITER in the reverse legend is sometimes unusually spaced dependent on where Pax's branch is positioned - here the break occurs between the 'T' and 'E'. Most examples do not have such a break.

An early fine style portrait with true Vespasianic features. Unobtrusive flan flaw.
4 commentsDavid Atherton08/16/18 at 08:24FlaviusDomitianus: Nice specimen
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0014 - Denarius Anonymous 209-8 BC123 viewsObv/Helmeted head of Roma r., X behind.
Rev/Dioscuri riding r., stars above their heads, dolphin below, ROMA in ex.

Ag, 19.0mm, 4.17g
Moneyer: anonymous.
Mint: Rome.
RRC 80/1a [dies o/r: 40/50] - BMCRR 423 - Syd. 214 - Calicó 20 - RCV 39 - RSC 20k
ex-Kuenker, auction 124, lot 8237
8 commentsdafnis08/16/18 at 04:27Steve B5: One of the best I've seen. remarkable style f...
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44cf18 viewsAnonymous; c.211 BC
AR plated quinarius
Obv "V"
Helmeted head of Roma right
Rev "ROMA"
Dioscuri on horseback riding right, stars above heads
Rome mint
cf Crawford 44-8
1 commentsmauseus08/16/18 at 04:20Steve B5: This is actually Crawford 44/6
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Vespasian RIC 29 (2)51 viewsAR Denarius, 3.28g
Rome Mint, January - June 70 AD
RIC 29 (C3). BMC 26. RSC 94h.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: COS ITER TR POT; Pax, draped, seated l., holding branch extended in r. hand and winged caduceus in l.
Acquired from Aegean Numismatics, August 2018.

This seated Pax is by far the most common type of the 'COS ITER' issue. It may even have been struck well after June 70, evidenced by the vast quantities that have survived and the classic Vespasianic portrait many of them display (Vespasian arrived in Rome c. October 70). COS ITER in the reverse legend is sometimes unusually spaced dependent on where Pax's branch is positioned - here the break occurs between the 'T' and 'E'. Most examples do not have such a break.

An early fine style portrait with true Vespasianic features. Unobtrusive flan flaw.
4 commentsDavid Atherton08/16/18 at 04:05Jay GT4: Nice early portrait
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Sicily, Syracuse. Timoleon (Circa 344-338 BC)14 viewsĆ Hemidrachm (24.5mm, 15.84 g).

Timoleontic Symmachy coinage. First series.

Obverse: Laureate head of Zeus Eleutherios right; ZΕΥΣ ΕΛΕΥΘΕΡΙΟΣ (Zeus Eleutherios - deliverer of freedom)

Reverse: Upright thunderbolt; barley grain to right; ΣΥΡΑΚΟΣΙΩΝ (Syracos)

Castrizio Series I, 1β; CNS 71; HGC 2, 1440.

Timoleon was born to an aristocratic family in Corinth in 411 BC. Little is known of his early life, but in 368 BC he fought as a common soldier in the war between Corinth and Argos. Then, still in the mid-360s BC, Timoleon dramatically murdered his brother, the power-mad and unpopular Timophanes, ending his tyranny at Corinth.

Timoleon isn’t heard from again until two decades later when he was chosen to lead an expedition to Syracuse (Corinth’s former colony) in 344 BC against the dual threat of the tyrant Dionysius II and possible invasion from Carthage. With a force consisting of 700 mercenaries and ten ships, Timoleon arrived at Tauromenium in 344 BC and promptly defeated the tyrant of Leontini, Hicetas, in a battle at Adranum. Once further reinforcements arrived Timoleon then led an attack on Syracuse itself. He was supported by several Sicilian cities tired of Dionysius’ oppressive reign over the region. The campaign was a success and Dionysius II was forced to live in exile back at Corinth.

Timoleon was not allowed to enjoy his success for long, though, as an army from Carthage chose this moment of political instability to invade Sicily yet again in 341 BC. Timoleon engaged the enemy near the river Crimisus (or Krimisos) in the west of the island and, by attacking first when their force was divided by the river and for a second time during a violent thunderstorm, managed to defeat the Carthaginians despite having a much smaller army at his disposal (6,000 against 70,000 according to Plutarch). Although defeated and having lost over 12,000 men, the Carthaginians could still field a sizeable army and cause trouble. The result was a bargain between Timoleon and the Carthaginians in 338 BCE which divided the island into two spheres of influence. He would keep to the eastern half of the island if they stayed in the western part.

Timoleon then proceeded to systematically take over the government of the various tyrannies in his domain, gave cities a greater level of autonomy, and established a new constitution at Syracuse. Shortly thereafter he died peacefully of old age in the mid-330s BC after earlier retiring voluntarily from public office when his eyesight failed. He was buried in the agora of Syracuse and the following inscription was made to commemorate his deeds: ‘He overthrew the tyrants, subdued the barbarians, repopulated the largest of the devastated cities, and then restored their laws to the people of Sicily’ (Plutarch, 187).
2 commentsNathan P08/15/18 at 19:09okidoki: Congrats very nice
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Vespasian AR denarius7 viewsVespasian AR Denarius. Rome mint, circa 21 December AD 69 - early AD 70.
RIC 2; Cohen 226; BMC 35; Hendin 1479.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right.
Rev: Judea seated right on ground in attitude of mourning, trophy set on shields behind her; IVDAEA in exergue.
Ex: Charles Euston
Purchased at the RCNA August 8, 2018 Toronto
1 commentsorfew08/15/18 at 10:40David Atherton: Noteworthy that Judaea's legs are stretched ou...
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Claudius II, AE Antoninianus, RIC V, I 252 variation, Normanby hoard 1108A89 viewsClaudius II
Augustus, 268 – 270 A.D.

Coin: AE Antoninianus, commemorating Claudius' victory over the Goths at Naissus in Moesia, which earned him the cognomen "Gothicus".

Obverse: IMP CLAVDIVS P F AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust facing right. ●● beneath.
Reverse: VICTORIAE GOTHIC, two bound Gothic captives, beneath a Trophy.

Weight: 2.95 g, Diameter: 21.2 x 21.5 x 1 mm, Die axis: 200°, Mint: Cyzicus, struck between 269-270 A.D. Officina: 2nd (●●), References: RIC V, I 252 variation (no SPQR in exergue), Normanby hoard 1108A

Note: Bust more in the style of the previous Emperor, Gallienus.
1 commentsMasis08/15/18 at 08:21Metrodorus: Lovely coin!
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Kingdom of Macedon AR Drachm30 viewsKingdom of Macedon Alexander III Posthumous AR Drachm c. 295/4 b.c.
Mint of Miletos
4.8g, 18mm, 1h. VF
O: Head of Herakles wearing lion skin
R: Zeus Aëtophoros seated left. Monogram in left field, double axe below throne.
Ref: M.J Price 2148.
3 commentsAndrew B208/15/18 at 08:09Metrodorus: Beautiful!
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Elagabalus2 viewsSeleukis and Pieria, AE20, Antioch Mint
Obverse: IMP C MAVR ANTONINVS [AVG], laureate bust right, three dots at top of laurel.
Reverse: ΔE across field, star below, all within wreath of 10 elements fastened at top with garland.
Reference: BMC 447-50, McAlee 799
Size: 20mm, 4.64g
1 commentsJustin L08/15/18 at 05:01Jay GT4: Nice desert patina
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Severus Alexander5 viewsAR Denarius, Struck AD 231, Rome mint.
Obv: IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG, laureate and draped bust right.
Rev: PROVIDENTIA AVG, Providentia standing left, holding grain ears over modius in right hand, anchor in left.
Ref: RIC IV 252
1 commentsJustin L08/15/18 at 05:01Jay GT4: Lovely portrait
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Geta5 viewsAR Denarius, Struck early 209 AD, Rome Mint
Obverse: P SEPTIMIVS GETA CAES, Bare headed, partly bearded, draped bust right.
Reverse: PONTIF COS II, Genius, naked standing left, sacrificing out of patera over lighted altar and holding corn ears.
References: BMC p.274, 584; RIC 59a; RSC 114; Sear 7187
1 commentsJustin L08/15/18 at 05:00Jay GT4: Great reverse
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Bruttia Crispina6 viewsAE As, Struck 180-182 AD, Rome Mint
Obverse: CRISPINA AVGVSTA, Draped bust right, hair knotted in a bun in back.
Reverse: LAETITIA S-C, Laetitia standing left, holding wreath & rudder on globe.
References: RIC 683; BMC 435; Cohen 28
Size: 25mm, 11.80g
1 commentsJustin L08/15/18 at 04:59Jay GT4: Nice patina
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Sabina, Wife of Hadrian6 viewsAR Denarius, Rome Mint, Struck 203 AD
Obverse: SABINA AVGVSTA, Bust of Sabina, diademed, draped, right; hair is knotted in back and falls in waves down neck, hair also piled on top, above diadem.
Reverse: VENERI GE-NETRICI, Venus, draped, standing front, head right, holding apple up in left hand and with right hand, drawing a fold of drapery from left shoulder.
References: RIC 396, RSC 73, BMC 944
1 commentsJustin L08/15/18 at 04:59Jay GT4: I like it
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Trajan4 viewsAR Denarius, Struck 114-117 AD, Rome Mint
Obverse: IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GER DAC, Laureate and draped bust right.
Reverse: P M TR P COS VI P P S P Q R, Genius, naked, standing left, holding patera in right hand and corn-ears downwards in left.
References: RIC II 347, BMCRE 549, RSC 276
1 commentsJustin L08/15/18 at 04:58Jay GT4: Nice one Justin
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VITELLIUS (69). Denarius. Rome.21 viewsObv: A VITELLIVS GERM IMP AVG TR P. Laureate head right.
Rev: CONCORDIA P R. Concordia seated left on throne, holding patera and cradling cornucopia.
RIC 90.
Weight: 3.4 g.
Diameter: 19 mm.
4 commentsCanaan08/15/18 at 03:00Jay GT4: Congrats
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Sicily, Syracuse. Timoleon (Circa 344-338 BC)14 viewsĆ Hemidrachm (24.5mm, 15.84 g).

Timoleontic Symmachy coinage. First series.

Obverse: Laureate head of Zeus Eleutherios right; ZΕΥΣ ΕΛΕΥΘΕΡΙΟΣ (Zeus Eleutherios - deliverer of freedom)

Reverse: Upright thunderbolt; barley grain to right; ΣΥΡΑΚΟΣΙΩΝ (Syracos)

Castrizio Series I, 1β; CNS 71; HGC 2, 1440.

Timoleon was born to an aristocratic family in Corinth in 411 BC. Little is known of his early life, but in 368 BC he fought as a common soldier in the war between Corinth and Argos. Then, still in the mid-360s BC, Timoleon dramatically murdered his brother, the power-mad and unpopular Timophanes, ending his tyranny at Corinth.

Timoleon isn’t heard from again until two decades later when he was chosen to lead an expedition to Syracuse (Corinth’s former colony) in 344 BC against the dual threat of the tyrant Dionysius II and possible invasion from Carthage. With a force consisting of 700 mercenaries and ten ships, Timoleon arrived at Tauromenium in 344 BC and promptly defeated the tyrant of Leontini, Hicetas, in a battle at Adranum. Once further reinforcements arrived Timoleon then led an attack on Syracuse itself. He was supported by several Sicilian cities tired of Dionysius’ oppressive reign over the region. The campaign was a success and Dionysius II was forced to live in exile back at Corinth.

Timoleon was not allowed to enjoy his success for long, though, as an army from Carthage chose this moment of political instability to invade Sicily yet again in 341 BC. Timoleon engaged the enemy near the river Crimisus (or Krimisos) in the west of the island and, by attacking first when their force was divided by the river and for a second time during a violent thunderstorm, managed to defeat the Carthaginians despite having a much smaller army at his disposal (6,000 against 70,000 according to Plutarch). Although defeated and having lost over 12,000 men, the Carthaginians could still field a sizeable army and cause trouble. The result was a bargain between Timoleon and the Carthaginians in 338 BCE which divided the island into two spheres of influence. He would keep to the eastern half of the island if they stayed in the western part.

Timoleon then proceeded to systematically take over the government of the various tyrannies in his domain, gave cities a greater level of autonomy, and established a new constitution at Syracuse. Shortly thereafter he died peacefully of old age in the mid-330s BC after earlier retiring voluntarily from public office when his eyesight failed. He was buried in the agora of Syracuse and the following inscription was made to commemorate his deeds: ‘He overthrew the tyrants, subdued the barbarians, repopulated the largest of the devastated cities, and then restored their laws to the people of Sicily’ (Plutarch, 187).
2 commentsNathan P08/14/18 at 23:08RL: Great coin and write up
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Henry VI AR Penny11 viewsHenry VI AR Penny (17mm, 0.84g). Calais mint; im: initial cross V. Struck circa 1422-1430.
Obv:+ henRICVS ReX crowned facing bust; annulets to left and right of neck,
Rev:(saltire stops), long cross pattée; quarters triple pellets; triple pellets around central annulet in first and third
SCBC 1844.F+ toned.
Ex: Geoffery Bell Auctions August 12. 2018
1 commentsorfew08/14/18 at 20:20quadrans: Nice find..
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William I Penny12 viewsWilliam I silver penny, PAX Issue, Spink 1257,
obverse reads:- +PILLELM REX [`MR` ligulate],
reverse reads:- +EDRIC ON LUND
Ex: Ancient Numismatic Enterprises
Purchased at the RCNA August 8, 2018 Toronto
1 commentsorfew08/14/18 at 20:19quadrans: Interesting piece..
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Republican AR Denarius19 viewsL. Mussidius Longus. 42 BC. AR denarius, Rome mint.
Obv: Diademed and veiled head of Concordia right; CONCORDIA upwards behind
Rev: Shrine of Venus Cloacina: Circular platform surmounted by two statues of the goddess, each resting right hand on cippus, the platform inscribed CLOACIN and ornamented with trellis-pattern balustrade, flight of steps and portico on left; L • MVSSIDIVS • LONGVS around above.
Crawford 494/42a; CRI 188; Sydenham 1093; Kestner 3753-4; BMCRR Rome 4242-3; Mussidia 6b.
Ex: Ancient Numismatic Enterprises
Purchased at the RCNA August 8, 2018 Toronto
3 commentsorfew08/14/18 at 20:19quadrans: Great coin ,
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Byzantine, Justinian I. (527-565 A.D.), SB 0205, ANNO/XXXI//NIK, AE-Dekanummia, Nikomedia, 84 viewsJustinian I. (527-565 A.D.), SB 0205, ANNO/XXXI//NIK, AE-Dekanummia, Nikomedia,
avers: D N IVSTINI ANVS A(VG), Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
reverse: Large I, "A/N/N/O" to left, cross above, regnal year "X/X/X/I" to right, in exergue, mintmark NIK.
exergue: ANNO/XXXI//NIK, diameter: 15,5mm, weight: 2,3g, axis:6h,
mint: Nikomedia, date: A.D., ref: SB 0205, p-68
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans08/14/18 at 19:46Canaan: Very nice!!!!
Justin-II-565-578_AE-Follis_DN-IVSTI-NVS-PP-AVG_M_ANNO_VI_NIKO_A_SB-0369-p-94-Nikopolis_Q-001_7h_27-28mm_12,97g-s.jpg
Byzantine, Justin II. (565-578 A.D.), SB 0369, A/NIKO, AE-Follis (40 Nummia), Nikopolis, Year UI,120 viewsJustin II. (565-578 A.D.), SB 0369, A/NIKO, AE-Follis (40 Nummia), Nikopolis, Year UI,
avers: D N IVSTI NVS P P AVG, Justin left and Sophia right, seated facing on double-throne, both nimbate, Justin holding cross on globe, Sophia holding sceptre topped by cross.
reverse: "M" ANNO/VI/A, Large M, ANNO to left, Cross above, regnal year to right "VI", officina letter below "A", mintmark NIKO.
exergue: A/N/N/O/VI//NIKO, diameter: 27-28mm, weight: 13,22g, axis: 7h,
mint: Nikopolis, date: 571 A.D., ref: SB 0369, p-94,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans08/14/18 at 19:46Canaan: Great piece, a real beauty
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Byzantine, Anastasius ( 491-518 A.D.), SB-0013, AE-4, Nummus, Monogram, #1,134 viewsB 001 Anastasius ( 491-518 A.D.), SB-0013, AE-4, Nummus, Monogram, #1,
avers:- Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
revers:- Monogram of Anastasius within wreath.
exe: , diameter: 7-8 mm, weight: 0,57 g, axis: 2h,
mint:Constantinople, date: A.D., ref: Sear-13, p-37,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans08/14/18 at 19:45Canaan: Nice for the issue!!
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VITELLIUS (69). Denarius. Rome.21 viewsObv: A VITELLIVS GERM IMP AVG TR P. Laureate head right.
Rev: CONCORDIA P R. Concordia seated left on throne, holding patera and cradling cornucopia.
RIC 90.
Weight: 3.4 g.
Diameter: 19 mm.
4 commentsCanaan08/14/18 at 19:23quadrans: Nice piece..
B_004_Justinian_I__(527-565_A_D_),_AE-16nummi,_D_N_IVSTINIANVS_P_P_AVG,_Big,_AISP_Chi-Ro_above,_TES,_SB-178,_p-64,_Thessalonica,_Q-001,_6h,_20-23,5mm,_5,94g-s.jpg
B 004 Justinian I. (527-565 A.D.), SB 0178, Chi-Ro/AISP/TES, AE-16-nummi, Thessalonica, 72 viewsB 004 Justinian I. (527-565 A.D.), SB 0178, Chi-Ro/AISP/TES, AE-16-nummi, Thessalonica,
avers: D N IVSTINI ANVS P P AVG, Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
reverse: Large AISP, Chi-Ro above the large I, in exergue, mintmark TES.
exergue: -/-//TES, diameter: 20-23,5mm, weight: 5,94g, axis:6h,
mint: Thessalonica, date: A.D., ref: SB 0178, p-64
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans08/14/18 at 18:36Canaan: Nice portrait
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VITELLIUS (69). Denarius. Rome.21 viewsObv: A VITELLIVS GERM IMP AVG TR P. Laureate head right.
Rev: CONCORDIA P R. Concordia seated left on throne, holding patera and cradling cornucopia.
RIC 90.
Weight: 3.4 g.
Diameter: 19 mm.
4 commentsCanaan08/14/18 at 18:21Enodia: Nice coin, and congratulations on completing your ...
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B 002 Justin I. (518-527 A.D.), SB 0078, */*//THESSOB, AE-Follis, (40 Nummia), Thessalonica, 74 viewsB 002 Justin I. (518-527 A.D.), SB 0078, */*//THESSOB, AE-Follis, (40 Nummia), Thessalonica,
avers: D N IVSTI NVS P P AVG, Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right.
reverse: Large M, Star to left, cross above, star to right.
exergue: */*//THESSOB, diameter: 31,0mm, weight: 6g, axis: h,
mint: Thessalonica, date: A.D., ref: SB 0078,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans08/14/18 at 17:56Canaan: Interesting type
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Titus Denarius. 80 AD. Dolphin coiled around anchor.10 viewsObv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M, laureate head left
Rev: TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P, dolphin coiled around an anchor.
3.2 gm.
1 commentsancientone08/14/18 at 08:37RL: Interesting coin! I like it
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Republican AR Denarius19 viewsL. Mussidius Longus. 42 BC. AR denarius, Rome mint.
Obv: Diademed and veiled head of Concordia right; CONCORDIA upwards behind
Rev: Shrine of Venus Cloacina: Circular platform surmounted by two statues of the goddess, each resting right hand on cippus, the platform inscribed CLOACIN and ornamented with trellis-pattern balustrade, flight of steps and portico on left; L • MVSSIDIVS • LONGVS around above.
Crawford 494/42a; CRI 188; Sydenham 1093; Kestner 3753-4; BMCRR Rome 4242-3; Mussidia 6b.
Ex: Ancient Numismatic Enterprises
Purchased at the RCNA August 8, 2018 Toronto
3 commentsorfew08/14/18 at 06:21Canaan: Very nice!!!
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Kingdom of Hawaii84 viewsKM # 3

AR dime/umi keneta (± 90% AR, ±10% AE), struck 1883-1884 at the San Francisco mint. Designed by Charles E. Barber, 249,921 circulation strikes (250,000 were minted, but 79 were melted), ±2.5 grams, ±17.9 mm. 180°

Obv: KALAKAUA I KING OF HAWAII, bust of King Kalakaua, • 1883 • below.

Rev: UA MAU KE EA O KA AINA I KA PONO [= the life of the land is in righteousness] / • UMI KENETA [= One Dime] • around rim. ONE / DIME surrounded by wreath, crown above.

Edge: Reeded

In 1880, Hawaii's monarch, King Kalakaua, authorized a new coinage that more closely followed United States coinage. His associate Klaus Spreckels contracted the United States Mint to produce silver coins for the islands: 700,000 half-dollars, 500,000 each of quarters and silver dollars and 250,000 dimes. The total was $1 million worth of Hawaiian coins. The Hawaiian Dime was a substitute for the 12-1/2 Cent (Hapawalu) denomination specified in the original application to the U.S. government. The Hapawalu would have required specially made blanks, whereas the Dime denomination was already a standard in the American series. Six Proof Dimes were made in September 1883 at the Philadelphia Mint for inclusion in four-piece sets containing the 10c, 25c, 50c, and $1.00 denominations. 250,000 circulation strikes were struck at the San Francisco Mint (without mintmark) from November 17, 1883 through June 1884. An additional 20 Proof Dimes were made at the Philadelphia Mint in 1884, this time for inclusion in five-piece sets containing the aforementioned denominations, plus the 12-1/2c coin. On June 14, 1900 Hawaii became a territory of the United States, and Congress ordered that a majority of the Hawaiian coins be withdrawn and melted.

Souvenir from my son amd daughter-in-law's honeymoon in Hawaii
1 commentsStkp08/13/18 at 15:09Frans Diederik: That's a coin with a story!
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Claudius As5 viewsClaudius 41-54 AD

28mm./12.8g.

Struck circa 41-50 AD.

TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP, bare head left

CONSTANTIAE AVGVSTI S-C, Constantia, helmeted and in military dress, standing left, holding long spear in left hand.

References: RIC 95, Cohen 14, BMC 140

AACQ
1 commentsRL08/13/18 at 12:11Jay GT4: Nice one
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Elymais. Arsacid dynasty. Prince A (late 2nd to early 3rd centuries A.D.)10 viewsvan't Haaff 19.1.1-1A var. e-g; de Morgan 58-59; BMC plate XLII, 13-18, page 286, 18; Sear GICV 5918-5919; Alram --

AE drachm, 1.78 g., 12.50 mm. max., 0°

Obv: Bust facing left, wearing diadem of two bands, row of dots above, side whiskers as double row of dots, hair tuft at back of head; to right anchor with one crossbar; pellet border.

Rev: Artemis standing right, holding bow in one hand, plucking arrow from her quiver with the other hand; two dots to her right; crescent to the left; pellet border.

According to van't Haaf, the varieties with a hair tuft are "always" accompanied by a dot or star in crescent above and an anchor to the right, although these symbols are often struck off the flan.
1 commentsStkp08/13/18 at 09:51quadrans: Interesting piece..
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Philip II - AR tetrobol2 viewsstruck by Philip III in the name of Philip II
Amphipolis
323-315 BC
head of Apollo wearing tainia right
horseman riding right
ΦIΛIΠΠOY
M in wreath
Le Rider pl. 45, 33; SNG ANS 625-7; SNG Alpha Bank 300
2,52g

ex Helios numismatik
1 commentsJohny SYSEL08/13/18 at 09:47quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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Philip I Philadelphos - AR tetradrachm4 viewsAntioch
88/87 - 76/75 BC
diademed head right
Zeus seated left, holding Nike in right crowning him with wreath, long scepter vertical in left
BAΣIΛEΩΣ / ΦIΛIΠΠOY // EΠIΦANOYΣ / ΦIΛA∆EΛΦOY
N
Houghton-Lorber II 2463(2)i, Newell SMA 441, SNG Spaer 2803; HGC 9, 1319
ex Rauch
1 commentsJohny SYSEL08/13/18 at 09:46quadrans: Nice piece..
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Elagabalus - AR antoninianus4 viewsRome
218 AD
draped and cuirassed radiate bust right from behind
IMP CAES M AVR ANTONINVS AVG
Victory advancing right, holding wreath and palm VICTOR ANTONINI AVG
RSC III 289a, BMCRE V 36, RIC IV 156, cf. SRCV II 7500 (obv legend, no cuirass)
ex Rauch
1 commentsJohny SYSEL08/13/18 at 09:45quadrans: Great coin , and details,
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Marcus Aurelius Denarius4 viewsMarcus Aurelius, Caesar 139-161 AD, Augustus 161-180 AD.

Rome. AD 140 - AD 144

18mm., 3.00g.

AVRELIVS CAESAR AVG PII F COS. Head of Marcus Aurelius, bare, right

IVVENTAS. Juventas, draped, standing left, with right hand dropping incense on candelabrum and holding patera in lowered left

References: RIC III Antoninus Pius 423A (denarius)

AADU
1 commentsRL08/13/18 at 09:42quadrans: Nice portrait,
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Trajan Denarius12 viewsTrajan, 98-117 AD.

Rome, AD 103 - AD 111

18mm., 2.94g.

IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P, Bust of Trajan, laureate, right (sometimes draped on left shoulder)

COS V P P S P Q R OPTIMO PRINC, Victory, naked to hips, standing left, holding up wreath in right hand and palm in left

References: RIC II Trajan 128

AAEZ
1 commentsRL08/13/18 at 09:40quadrans: Nice coin and details...
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Probus, Potin Tetradrachm, NO LEGEND5 viewsPotin Tetradrachm
Roman Provincial: Alexandria, Egypt
Probus
Augustus: 276 - 282AD
Issued: 276 - 277AD
21.0 x 19.5mm 7.60gr 0h
O: AK M AVP ΠΡΟBOC CεB; Laureate, cuirassed bust, right.
R: NO LEGEND; Eagle standing right, head left, holding wreath in beak.
Alexandria, Egypt
Exergue: L, left field; A, right field.
BMC 2425; Sear 3290; Milne ?; Emmett ?; Dattari ?; Koln ?
lovethatcoinguy 372380272448
7/31/18 8/6/18
2 commentsNicholas Z08/13/18 at 03:57Nicholas Z: I don’t know why the green shows up like this eith...
B_059_Anonim-Follis,_SB_1813,_AE-Follis,_Class_A2,_(Constantine_VIII__(976-1025_A_D_)),SB-1818-p-350_Q-001,_0h,_28mm,_10_30g-s.jpg
B 059 Anonymous Follis, SB 1813, AE-Follis, Class A2/F39type, (Constantine VIII. (976-1025 A.D.)), #188 viewsB 059 Anonymous Follis, SB 1813, AE-Follis, Class A2/F39type, (Constantine VIII. (976-1025 A.D.)), #1
Class A2, attributed to joint reign of Basil II and Constantine VIII.
averse: +ЄMMA NOVHΛ, IC-XC, Bust of Christ facing, wearing nimbus cross with various ornaments in each limb.. pallium and colobium, and holding books of Gospels.
reverse: +IhSyS / XRISTUS/ bASILEy/bASILE - in 4 lines, Greek legend, "Jesus Christ, King of Kings".
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 27,5mm, weight: 10,30g, axis: h,
mint: Constantinople though Metclaf states several provincial mints within this group. some with rev legend differences., date: 976-1025 CE, ref:SB 1813, Class A2/F39type,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans08/13/18 at 02:02Stkp: excellent
090a_Gallienus_(253-268_A_D_),_AR-Ant_,_RIC_V-I_--,_IMP_GALLIENVS_AVG,_IOVI_VLTORI,_Göbl_383x,_Q-001,_1h,_20mm,_3,45g-s.jpg
090a Gallienus (253-268 A.D.), AR-Antoninianus, RIC V-I --, Göbl 383x., Roma, S/-//--, IOVI VLTORI, Jupiter standing right, 94 views090a Gallienus (253-268 A.D.), AR-Antoninianus, RIC V-I --, Göbl 383x., Roma, S/-//--, IOVI VLTORI, Jupiter standing right,
avers: IMP GALLIENVS AVG, Radiate cuirassed bust right.
reverse: IOVI VLTORI, Jupiter standing right, head left, holding thunderbolt in right hand, cloak flying right. S in left field.
exergue: S/-//--, diameter: 20,0mm, weight: 3,45g, axis: 1h,
mint: Roma, date: A.D., ref: RIC V-I --, p-, Göbl 383,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans08/13/18 at 02:02Stkp: nice
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Uncertain Early Arsacid Kings15 viewsAR drachm, late 1st century BC to early 2nd century AD
Van''t Haaff 10.4.2-1B
2 commentsRobert L308/13/18 at 01:57Stkp: very nice!!
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Octavianus Augustus - Calagurris5 viewsAE as
14-37 AD
laureate head right
TI AVGVS DIVI AVGVSTI F IMP CAESAR
bull right
L·F(VL)·SPARSO / L·S(AT)VRNINO
M·C·I II / VIR
RPC I 448
ex Aurea
1 commentsJohny SYSEL08/12/18 at 22:28Jay GT4: That patina!
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Provincial, Tyana, Cappadocia, AE28, TYANεΩΝ ΤΡΤ ΙεΡ ΚΑCY KAY8 viewsAE28
Roman Provincial: Tyana, Cappadocia
Septimius Severus
Augustus: 193 - 211AD
Issued: 195 - 196AD (Regnal Year 4)
28.0mm 15.3gr 7h
O: AY K Λ CεΠ CεΟνΗΡΟC; Laureate head, right.
R: [TYANεΩΝ ΤΡΤ ΙεΡ Κ]ΑCY KAY; Zebu bull, standing right.
SNG von Aulock 6542
Numismatik Naumann Auction 66, Lot 327
6/2/18 8/8/18
3 commentsNicholas Z08/12/18 at 18:22Mat: Very nice
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Provincial, Nikopolis ad Istrum, Moesia Inferior, AE16, NIKOΠΟΛΙΤ ΠΡΟC ICTPO4 viewsAE16
Roman Provincial: Nikopolis ad Istrum, Moesia Inferior
Septimius Severus
Augustus: 193 - 211AD
Issued:
16.0mm 2.56gr 2h
O: AV KAI CεΠ CενΗΡΟC; Laureate head, right.
R: NIKOΠΟΛΙΤ ΠΡΟC ICTPO; Grape cluster.
Moushmov 930; AMNG I 1430; Varbanov 2551 var. (obv. and rev. legends)
viktorbak/Viktor Bakman 323309218478
6/26/18 8/6/18
1 commentsNicholas Z08/12/18 at 18:21Mat: Nice little bronze
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Probus, Potin Tetradrachm, NO LEGEND5 viewsPotin Tetradrachm
Roman Provincial: Alexandria, Egypt
Probus
Augustus: 276 - 282AD
Issued: 276 - 277AD
21.0 x 19.5mm 7.60gr 0h
O: AK M AVP ΠΡΟBOC CεB; Laureate, cuirassed bust, right.
R: NO LEGEND; Eagle standing right, head left, holding wreath in beak.
Alexandria, Egypt
Exergue: L, left field; A, right field.
BMC 2425; Sear 3290; Milne ?; Emmett ?; Dattari ?; Koln ?
lovethatcoinguy 372380272448
7/31/18 8/6/18
2 commentsNicholas Z08/12/18 at 18:20Mat: A rare/fairly special coin, congrats
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Numerian - BI antoninianus3 viewsAntioch
II 283 AD
2nd emission
radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right
IMP C M NVMERIANVS NOB C
Numerian standing right, holding scepter, receiving Victory on globe from Jupiter standing left, holding long scepter
VIRTVS AV_GGG
*
ς
XXI
RIC V-2, 378
3,32 g

doublestrike
1 commentsJohny SYSEL08/12/18 at 16:30Mat: very cool
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Denarius Group 36 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Metal: AR
Obverse: Head of Roma with three line splayed visor, X mark of value behind
Reverse: Dioscuri riding r. with streaming cape. ROMA in semi-incuse frame.
Weight: 4.44 gm
Reference: Crawford 44/5
Provenance: Numismatica Tintina Auction, July 27, 2010
Comments: Among the earliest denarii. Group 3, With three line visor, unbound hair, and sharply bent wing, pointing downward on Roma’s helmet. Reverse b. There are three reverses for this variety, one with flag cape and one with a wavy cape, and one with streaming cape. This is the streaming cape variety.

This variety is die-linked to group 1 and group 4.
1 commentsSteve B508/12/18 at 14:14Carausius: Beautiful example with wonderful surfaces.
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44/6 Quinarius group 2 9 viewsDenomination: Quinarius
Metal: AR
Obverse: Head of Roma with 3-bar splayed visor, V mark of value behind
Reverse: Dioscuri riding r. with streaming cape. Horse’s tail hangs down. ROMA in relief.
Weight: 2.21 gms
Reference: Crawford 44/6
Provenance: M&M Gmbh, Auction 40, Lot 485
Comments: Early Quinarius. Group 2, with splayed visor and horse tail hanging downward. Three bar visor
2 commentsSteve B508/12/18 at 14:13Carausius: Lovely coin. Check the marks of value in your qui...
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44/6 Quinarius group 2 9 viewsDenomination: Quinarius
Metal: AR
Obverse: Head of Roma with 3-bar splayed visor, V mark of value behind
Reverse: Dioscuri riding r. with streaming cape. Horse’s tail hangs down. ROMA in relief.
Weight: 2.21 gms
Reference: Crawford 44/6
Provenance: M&M Gmbh, Auction 40, Lot 485
Comments: Early Quinarius. Group 2, with splayed visor and horse tail hanging downward. Three bar visor
2 commentsSteve B508/12/18 at 13:51Jay GT4: Outstanding
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Uncertain Early Arsacid Kings15 viewsAR drachm, late 1st century BC to early 2nd century AD
Van''t Haaff 10.4.2-1B
2 commentsRobert L308/12/18 at 09:05quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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Prince A7 viewsAE drachm, late 2nd to early 3rd century AD
Van’t Haaff 19.1
1 commentsRobert L308/12/18 at 09:04quadrans: Nice portrait,
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44/6 Quinarius group 1 6 viewsDenomination: Quinarius
Metal: AR
Obverse: Head of Roma with 3-bar splayed visor, V mark of value behind
Reverse: Dioscuri riding r. with streaming cape. Horse’s tail extended. ROMA in relief.
Weight: 2.13 gms
Reference: Crawford 44/6
Provenance: Gert Boersema, April 17, 2012
Comments: Early Quinarius. Group 1, with splayed visor and horse tail extended. Three bar visor
1 commentsSteve B508/12/18 at 02:34Jay GT4: Great Quinarius
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Volusian (251 - 253 A.D.)15 viewsSYRIA, Seleucis and Pieria. Antioch
AR Tetradrachm
O:  AYTOK K G AFIN GAL OYEND OYOLOYCCIANOC CEB Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; three pellets below.
R: DHMAPX EXOUCIAC, eagle standing facing, head turned left, wreath in beak; Γ between legs.
12.36g
24mm
Prieur 698

Scarce
2 commentsMat08/12/18 at 02:34Jay GT4: Nice!
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Denarius Group 45 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Metal: AR
Obverse: Head of Roma with three line splayed visor, X mark of value behind
Reverse: Dioscuri riding r. with unique wavy cape. ROMA in semi-incuse frame.
Weight: 4.43 gm
Reference: Crawford 44/5
Provenance: NAC 61, October 5, 2011
Comments: Among the earliest denarii. Group 4, with splayed visor, Unique reverse. There are 3 reverses commonly found for this obverse variety, one with flag cape and one with a wavy cape, and one with streaming cape. Reverse die links are know for these common reverses to groups 1, and 3; however this is an unusual variation not fitting into any of those 3 standard reverse styles.
1 commentsSteve B508/11/18 at 23:33Carausius: Love the style of this coin. Interesting visor a...
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Denarius Group 66 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Metal: AR
Obverse: Head of Roma with splayed visor, X mark of value behind
Reverse: Dioscuri riding r. with streaming cape. Horse’s tail hangs downward. ROMA in relief.
Weight: 3.97 gm
Reference: Crawford 44/5
Provenance: LHS Numismatics, August 16, 2006
Comments: Early Denarius. Group 6, with splayed visor. The latest issues of the Cr. 44/5 groups. No sestertii are known for this variety. Sibling to the early anchor symbol series with griffon tufts on the helmet.
1 commentsSteve B508/11/18 at 23:30Carausius: Great start to an informative gallery, Steve.
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Price 369813 viewsHelios to the left. T under Helios. KY under the throne. Basileus under the KY. Listed in the auction as a 36972 commentsChance Vandal08/11/18 at 19:40Chance Vandal: This had been lost in customs for 34 days ....but ...
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Volusian (251 - 253 A.D.)15 viewsSYRIA, Seleucis and Pieria. Antioch
AR Tetradrachm
O:  AYTOK K G AFIN GAL OYEND OYOLOYCCIANOC CEB Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; three pellets below.
R: DHMAPX EXOUCIAC, eagle standing facing, head turned left, wreath in beak; Γ between legs.
12.36g
24mm
Prieur 698

Scarce
2 commentsMat08/11/18 at 19:30quadrans: Nice one
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2014.105.430 viewsAlexander III, The Great, Uncertain Macedonian Mint (336-323 BC)

AE18; 5.91 g; 6h

Obverse: Head of Heracles right, wearing lion's skin.
Reverse: ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ, between club and bow in case.
Ref: Price 266; SNG Munich Part 10/11 827;
1 commentsgordian_guy08/11/18 at 13:35okidoki: excellent
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, THRACE, Odessus Hadrian Theos Megas reclining7 viewsReference.
RPC III,---; AMNG -, Varbanov -

Obv. ΑΥΤΟ ΝΕΡ ΤΡΑ ΚΑΙ ΣΕ ΓΕΡ - ΔΑ
Laureate head of Hadrian, r. with drapery on l. shoulder

Rev. ΟΔΗССΕΙΤΩΝ
Theos Megas reclining l., holding cornucopia in his r. hand

3.13 gr
15 mm
1 commentsokidoki08/11/18 at 06:45quadrans: Sweet coin,
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Celtic, Danube Region, Uncertain Tribe. Imitating Type of Alexander III of Macedon40 viewsCCCBM I 215; Göbl, OTA Table 43, Type 577-578; Sammlung Lanz 896-897

AR drachm; struck in the Danube region circa second to first centuries B.C.; 3.24 g., 18.48 mm. max., 0°

Obv: Stylized head of Herakles right, wearing lion's skin headdress.

Rev: Stylized Zeus seated left, holding eagle and sceptre; amphora in inner left field.
3 commentsStkp08/11/18 at 06:43quadrans: Very interesting coin...
Taras_didrachm.jpg
Taras didrachm26 viewsHorseman riding left, holding shield and bridle.

Taras seated on dolphin left TAPAΣ beneath.

Tarentum, Calabria 390-385 BC

7.40g

Scarce

Vlasto 384, Period III, 380-345 BC (Age of Archytas); ; Fischer-Bossert 428, gives date of 390-380 and corresponds to SNG ANS 901.

Ex-Calgary Coin; Ex-Alberta Coin;

Tarentum, the only Spartan colony ever to be established, was founded in 706 BC by the Partheniae - Spartan children born to unmarried women as a product of Spartan desperation to ensure the survival and continuation of their demographic during the bloody Messenian wars, who were later disowned and expelled by the state - and Perioeci (subjects, but not citizens of Sparta), under the leadership of the Parthenian Phalanthos. According to legend, Phalanthos consulted the oracle at Delphi, and was told that he should found his new city 'where rain fell from a clear sky'. After much searching, and despairing of finding a suitable location for a city, Phalanthos was consoled by his wife Aethra who laid his head in her lap, and as her tears splashed upon his forehead he understood the oracle's words for his wife's name itself meant 'clear sky', and thus he determined to make the nearby harbour the site of their new home, which they named after Taras, the son of Poseidon and the nymph Satyrion.
3 commentsJay GT408/10/18 at 21:08Enodia: Nice example of an early horseman.
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Caesar elephant denarius37 viewsCAESAR in exergue, elephant advancing right, trampling horned serpent.

Pontifical implements: simpulum, sprinkler, axe and priest's hat.

49-48 BC. Military mint traveling with Caesar.

3.87g

Crawford 443/1; HCRI 9; Sydenham 1006; RSC 49.

Wonderfully struck but was probably bent and straightened at some point

Ex-RCNA coin show; Ex: Charles Euston
6 commentsJay GT408/10/18 at 20:17okidoki: very nice
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Provincial, Tyana, Cappadocia, AE28, TYANεΩΝ ΤΡΤ ΙεΡ ΚΑCY KAY8 viewsAE28
Roman Provincial: Tyana, Cappadocia
Septimius Severus
Augustus: 193 - 211AD
Issued: 195 - 196AD (Regnal Year 4)
28.0mm 15.3gr 7h
O: AY K Λ CεΠ CεΟνΗΡΟC; Laureate head, right.
R: [TYANεΩΝ ΤΡΤ ΙεΡ Κ]ΑCY KAY; Zebu bull, standing right.
SNG von Aulock 6542
Numismatik Naumann Auction 66, Lot 327
6/2/18 8/8/18
3 commentsNicholas Z08/10/18 at 18:48Nicholas Z: Thanks Canaan! It is a precursor to the bull type...
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Provincial, Pontus, Neocaesarea, AE31, KOINΠΟ ΝεΟΚΑΙΜHTPO7 viewsAE31
Roman Provincial: Pontus, Neocaesarea
Septimius Severus
Augustus: 193 - 211AD
Issued: 209 - 210AD (Regnal Year 16)
31.5mm 13.18gr 6h
O: AνK Λ CεΠ CεΟνΗ[ΡΟC]; Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust, right.
R: KOIN ΠΟ ΝεΟ ΚΑΙ ΜHTPO; Tetrastyle temple with pellet in pediment, banners between outside columns, diety or banner in center; flourish at top of pediment; no flourishes on columns.
Exergue: ETPMR (ligate)
Rare
VF
SNG von Aulock 100; BMC 4; RG 147 var. (rev. legend); Waddington Rec. Gen. 13.
Naville Numismatics Auction 40, Lot 150.
5/27/18 8/8/18
2 commentsNicholas Z08/10/18 at 18:47Nicholas Z: Thanks! I really liked it too. I think it might b...
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Provincial, Tyana, Cappadocia, AE28, TYANεΩΝ ΤΡΤ ΙεΡ ΚΑCY KAY8 viewsAE28
Roman Provincial: Tyana, Cappadocia
Septimius Severus
Augustus: 193 - 211AD
Issued: 195 - 196AD (Regnal Year 4)
28.0mm 15.3gr 7h
O: AY K Λ CεΠ CεΟνΗΡΟC; Laureate head, right.
R: [TYANεΩΝ ΤΡΤ ΙεΡ Κ]ΑCY KAY; Zebu bull, standing right.
SNG von Aulock 6542
Numismatik Naumann Auction 66, Lot 327
6/2/18 8/8/18
3 commentsNicholas Z08/10/18 at 08:37Canaan: Great bull!!!
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Provincial, Pontus, Neocaesarea, AE31, KOINΠΟ ΝεΟΚΑΙΜHTPO7 viewsAE31
Roman Provincial: Pontus, Neocaesarea
Septimius Severus
Augustus: 193 - 211AD
Issued: 209 - 210AD (Regnal Year 16)
31.5mm 13.18gr 6h
O: AνK Λ CεΠ CεΟνΗ[ΡΟC]; Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust, right.
R: KOIN ΠΟ ΝεΟ ΚΑΙ ΜHTPO; Tetrastyle temple with pellet in pediment, banners between outside columns, diety or banner in center; flourish at top of pediment; no flourishes on columns.
Exergue: ETPMR (ligate)
Rare
VF
SNG von Aulock 100; BMC 4; RG 147 var. (rev. legend); Waddington Rec. Gen. 13.
Naville Numismatics Auction 40, Lot 150.
5/27/18 8/8/18
2 commentsNicholas Z08/10/18 at 08:36Canaan: Very nice structural type!!
112_Probus_(276-282_A_D_),_Roma,_RIC_V-II_213,_AE-Ant,_IMP_PROB_VS_P_F_AVG_(B),_VICTO_RIA_AVG,_RthundbSzigma,_em-6,off-6,_281AD,_R,_Q-001,_0h,_20-22mm,_2,31g-s.jpg
112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 213, Rome, VICTORIA AVG, Bust F-B, -/-//R thunderbolt ς, Victory walking left, #1104 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 213, Rome, VICTORIA AVG, Bust F-B, -/-//R thunderbolt ς, Victory walking left, #1
avers: IMP PROB VS P F AVG, Radiate, cuirassed bust right. (F-B)
reverse: VICTO RIA AVG, Victory walking left, holding wreath and trophy.
exergue: -/-//R thunderbolt ς, diameter: 20,0-22,0mm, weight: 2,31g, axis: 0h,
mint: Rome, 6th. emission of Rome, 6th.off., date: 281 A.D., ref: RIC V-II 213, p-40, C-,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans08/10/18 at 08:35Canaan: Lovely!!!
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Emperor Gordian III, 29 July 238 - 25 February 244 A.D.15 views Silver denarius, RIC IV 115, RSC IV 243, Hunter III 33, SRCV III 8680, Choice aMS, about as struck, light rose tone on luster, full circles centering, nice portrait, sharp reverse detail, radiating flow lines, Rome mint, weight 2.861g, maximum diameter 20.6mm, die axis 180o, 241 A.D.; obverse IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse P M TR P III COS II P P (high priest, holder of Tribunitian power for 3 years, consul 2 times, father of the country), Gordian standing right, wearing military garb, transverse spear in right hand, globe in left; from the Jyrki Muona Collection (purchased from Alan Walker at NYINC early 2000's.

Gordian looks rather smug on the obverse and stands proud with the world in his hands on the reverse.

FORVM Ancient Coins./ The Sam Mansourati Collection.

*Superb
2 commentsSam08/10/18 at 05:03Jay GT4: A beauty Sam
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L.CORNELIUS SULLA13 viewsAR denarius. Military mint (Italy). 83 BC. 3,97 grs. Head of Venus right,wearing earring and pearl necklace. On right Cupid standing left holding palm. L.SVLLA below / Two trophies. Between ,praefericulum and lituus. Above IMPER,below ITERVM.
Cr. 359/2 RSC Cornelia 30.
Bremens Beleville 26 Nov 2014 ,lot 251. Ex E.M.collection. Dorotheum ( Viena) June 1956,lot
2718. Ex Apostolo Zeno collection.
1 commentsbenito08/10/18 at 04:54Carausius: Wonderful example, well centered on a full flan; a...
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L. LUCRETIUS TRIO38 viewsAR denarius. 76 BC. 3.94 gr. Laureate head of Neptune right; trident and number V behind. / Cupid or genius riding a dolphin right. L LUCRETI / TRIO in two lines below. Toned. Craw 390/2. RSC Lucretia 3. Smyth IX/43. Jean Elsen 89. Lot 921.1 commentsbenito08/10/18 at 04:50Carausius: Beautiful example and unusually well centered!
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Caesar elephant denarius37 viewsCAESAR in exergue, elephant advancing right, trampling horned serpent.

Pontifical implements: simpulum, sprinkler, axe and priest's hat.

49-48 BC. Military mint traveling with Caesar.

3.87g

Crawford 443/1; HCRI 9; Sydenham 1006; RSC 49.

Wonderfully struck but was probably bent and straightened at some point

Ex-RCNA coin show; Ex: Charles Euston
6 commentsJay GT408/10/18 at 02:41Nemonater: Very cool. Was is a bored soldier? Someone trying ...
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Emperor Philip I the Syrian, February 244 - End of September 249 A.D.15 viewsSilver antoninianus, RIC IV 75A (R); RSC IV 130, SRCV III 8945, Hunter III -, EF, superb strike with sharp dies, nice metal, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, weight 4.966g, maximum diameter 22.4mm, die axis 0o, 247 - 248 A.D.; obverse IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse P M TR P IIII COS P P (high priest, holder of Tribunitian power for four years, consul, father of the country), Felicitas standing left, long caduceus in right hand, cornucopia in left hand; from the Jyrki Muona Collection, ex dear friend Barry Murphy.

FORVM Ancient Coins./ The Sam Mansourati Collection.
*Incredible art


Felicitas was the goddess or personification of happiness, good fortune, and success. She played an important role in Rome's state religion during the empire and was frequently portrayed on coins. She became a prominent symbol of the wealth and prosperity of the Roman Empire.
1 commentsSam08/09/18 at 21:46quadrans: Great coin , and details,
Caesar_elephant.jpg
Caesar elephant denarius37 viewsCAESAR in exergue, elephant advancing right, trampling horned serpent.

Pontifical implements: simpulum, sprinkler, axe and priest's hat.

49-48 BC. Military mint traveling with Caesar.

3.87g

Crawford 443/1; HCRI 9; Sydenham 1006; RSC 49.

Wonderfully struck but was probably bent and straightened at some point

Ex-RCNA coin show; Ex: Charles Euston
6 commentsJay GT408/09/18 at 21:23Mat: Its got character and I like it, cool
Taras_didrachm.jpg
Taras didrachm26 viewsHorseman riding left, holding shield and bridle.

Taras seated on dolphin left TAPAΣ beneath.

Tarentum, Calabria 390-385 BC

7.40g

Scarce

Vlasto 384, Period III, 380-345 BC (Age of Archytas); ; Fischer-Bossert 428, gives date of 390-380 and corresponds to SNG ANS 901.

Ex-Calgary Coin; Ex-Alberta Coin;

Tarentum, the only Spartan colony ever to be established, was founded in 706 BC by the Partheniae - Spartan children born to unmarried women as a product of Spartan desperation to ensure the survival and continuation of their demographic during the bloody Messenian wars, who were later disowned and expelled by the state - and Perioeci (subjects, but not citizens of Sparta), under the leadership of the Parthenian Phalanthos. According to legend, Phalanthos consulted the oracle at Delphi, and was told that he should found his new city 'where rain fell from a clear sky'. After much searching, and despairing of finding a suitable location for a city, Phalanthos was consoled by his wife Aethra who laid his head in her lap, and as her tears splashed upon his forehead he understood the oracle's words for his wife's name itself meant 'clear sky', and thus he determined to make the nearby harbour the site of their new home, which they named after Taras, the son of Poseidon and the nymph Satyrion.
3 commentsJay GT408/09/18 at 20:23quadrans: Great coin , and details,
Caesar_elephant.jpg
Caesar elephant denarius37 viewsCAESAR in exergue, elephant advancing right, trampling horned serpent.

Pontifical implements: simpulum, sprinkler, axe and priest's hat.

49-48 BC. Military mint traveling with Caesar.

3.87g

Crawford 443/1; HCRI 9; Sydenham 1006; RSC 49.

Wonderfully struck but was probably bent and straightened at some point

Ex-RCNA coin show; Ex: Charles Euston
6 commentsJay GT408/09/18 at 20:22quadrans: Nice piece..
Caesar_elephant.jpg
Caesar elephant denarius37 viewsCAESAR in exergue, elephant advancing right, trampling horned serpent.

Pontifical implements: simpulum, sprinkler, axe and priest's hat.

49-48 BC. Military mint traveling with Caesar.

3.87g

Crawford 443/1; HCRI 9; Sydenham 1006; RSC 49.

Wonderfully struck but was probably bent and straightened at some point

Ex-RCNA coin show; Ex: Charles Euston
6 commentsJay GT408/09/18 at 20:16Canaan: Lovely!!!
Taras_didrachm.jpg
Taras didrachm26 viewsHorseman riding left, holding shield and bridle.

Taras seated on dolphin left TAPAΣ beneath.

Tarentum, Calabria 390-385 BC

7.40g

Scarce

Vlasto 384, Period III, 380-345 BC (Age of Archytas); ; Fischer-Bossert 428, gives date of 390-380 and corresponds to SNG ANS 901.

Ex-Calgary Coin; Ex-Alberta Coin;

Tarentum, the only Spartan colony ever to be established, was founded in 706 BC by the Partheniae - Spartan children born to unmarried women as a product of Spartan desperation to ensure the survival and continuation of their demographic during the bloody Messenian wars, who were later disowned and expelled by the state - and Perioeci (subjects, but not citizens of Sparta), under the leadership of the Parthenian Phalanthos. According to legend, Phalanthos consulted the oracle at Delphi, and was told that he should found his new city 'where rain fell from a clear sky'. After much searching, and despairing of finding a suitable location for a city, Phalanthos was consoled by his wife Aethra who laid his head in her lap, and as her tears splashed upon his forehead he understood the oracle's words for his wife's name itself meant 'clear sky', and thus he determined to make the nearby harbour the site of their new home, which they named after Taras, the son of Poseidon and the nymph Satyrion.
3 commentsJay GT408/09/18 at 20:15Canaan: Very nice!!!!
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Calabria, Taras; c. 332-302 BC, Stater11 views7.88g. Vlasto-651, HN Italy-941. Obv: Youth on horseback r. crowning horse. Rx: ΤΑΡΑΣ, Taras astride dolphin l., holding palm branch; helmet behind.. Choice VF2 commentsLeo08/09/18 at 20:10Grant H: great boy on the dolphin A+
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Bruttium Uncia33 viewsLaureate and bearded head of Zeus right.

BPET-TIΩN
Eagle standing left with open wings; at left cornucopiae, above double-axe.

214-211 BC

8.30g

Scheu 13; SNG ANS 44; HN Italy 1978

Ex-Ebay
3 commentsJay GT408/09/18 at 20:06okidoki: the eagle has landed
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Carausius32 viewsAE-Antoninianus
IMP CARAVSIVS PF AVG; Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust to right.
LEG (VII CLA); Bull stg. right.
Ex: ML
Londinium
RIC 75
1 commentsJulianus of Pannonia08/09/18 at 03:17Carausius: Exceptional condition example of this rare type.
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Taras, Calabria18 views4th-3rd century BC
AR Diobol (12mm, 1.13g)
O: Head of Athena right, wearing crested Attic helmet decorated with Skylla.
R: Herakles kneeling right, wrestling the Nemean lion; crab above, club behind.
HN Italy 976; Vlasto ----; Cote ---; SNG France ----; McGill ---
Scarce
ex Pavlos S. Pavlou

A scarce variety with the crab control mark, unlisted in most major references.
2 commentsEnodia08/08/18 at 21:57quadrans: Nice little beauty...
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Vespasian RIC-980 (3)50 viewsAR Denarius, 2.92g
Rome mint, 77-78 AD
RIC 980 (C). BMC 217 corr. RSC 219.
Obv: CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, right.
Rev: IMP XIX across field; Modius, standing on three legs, containing one ear of corn upright, then two ears of corn bending r. and l. with poppy in between and two ears of corn hanging over the sides
Acquired from Münzen & Medaillen, July 2018. 'From an old Swiss collection'.

A rare variant of the modius type with poppies in between the corn ears. The variants with poppies tend to have longer corn ears than the common examples without them. The poppy in the Roman world was often a symbol of abundance and fertility, so it is quite fitting to see them symbolically stored in a modius alongside corn ears. NB: BMC 217 has the poppies on either side of the upright corn ear.

Well centred on a ragged flan.
2 commentsDavid Atherton08/08/18 at 11:57Jay GT4: The subtleties
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Domitian as Caesar8 viewsDomitian. As Caesar, AD 69-81. AR Denarius (18 mm, 2.8 gm.) Rome mint. Struck under Vespasian, AD 79.
Laureate head right / PRINCEPS IVVENTTVTIS, clasped hands before legionary eagle.
RIC II 1081 (Vespasian).
1 commentsAjax08/08/18 at 11:56Jay GT4: Someone didn't like Domitian. Nice toning an...
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Vespasian RIC-980 (3)50 viewsAR Denarius, 2.92g
Rome mint, 77-78 AD
RIC 980 (C). BMC 217 corr. RSC 219.
Obv: CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, right.
Rev: IMP XIX across field; Modius, standing on three legs, containing one ear of corn upright, then two ears of corn bending r. and l. with poppy in between and two ears of corn hanging over the sides
Acquired from Münzen & Medaillen, July 2018. 'From an old Swiss collection'.

A rare variant of the modius type with poppies in between the corn ears. The variants with poppies tend to have longer corn ears than the common examples without them. The poppy in the Roman world was often a symbol of abundance and fertility, so it is quite fitting to see them symbolically stored in a modius alongside corn ears. NB: BMC 217 has the poppies on either side of the upright corn ear.

Well centred on a ragged flan.
2 commentsDavid Atherton08/08/18 at 07:29FlaviusDomitianus: Interesting variety, I'll keep an eye on them.
Taras_crab.jpg
Taras, Calabria18 views4th-3rd century BC
AR Diobol (12mm, 1.13g)
O: Head of Athena right, wearing crested Attic helmet decorated with Skylla.
R: Herakles kneeling right, wrestling the Nemean lion; crab above, club behind.
HN Italy 976; Vlasto ----; Cote ---; SNG France ----; McGill ---
Scarce
ex Pavlos S. Pavlou

A scarce variety with the crab control mark, unlisted in most major references.
2 commentsEnodia08/08/18 at 02:36Jay GT4: Great detail
Bruttium~0.jpg
Bruttium Uncia33 viewsLaureate and bearded head of Zeus right.

BPET-TIΩN
Eagle standing left with open wings; at left cornucopiae, above double-axe.

214-211 BC

8.30g

Scheu 13; SNG ANS 44; HN Italy 1978

Ex-Ebay
3 commentsJay GT408/07/18 at 21:19Enodia: Nice one, obviously influenced by Ptolemaic design...
Bruttium~0.jpg
Bruttium Uncia33 viewsLaureate and bearded head of Zeus right.

BPET-TIΩN
Eagle standing left with open wings; at left cornucopiae, above double-axe.

214-211 BC

8.30g

Scheu 13; SNG ANS 44; HN Italy 1978

Ex-Ebay
3 commentsJay GT408/07/18 at 21:15quadrans: Ohh, nice,
112_Probus_(276-282_A_D_),_Siscia,_Alf,_0023_51,_RIC_V-II_666,_AE-Ant,_IMP_PROBVS_P_F_AVG_(A2),_CONCORDIA_MILIT,_XXIVI,_em-6,_off-6,_279AD,_Q-001,_0h,_22mm,_4,11g-s.jpg
112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), Siscia, Alföldi 0023.0051, -/-//XXIVI, Bust C-A2, RIC V-II 666, AE-Antoninianus, CONCORDIA MILIT, Emperor clasping the hand of Concordia, #192 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), Siscia, Alföldi 0023.0051, -/-//XXIVI, Bust C-A2, RIC V-II 666, AE-Antoninianus, CONCORDIA MILIT, Emperor clasping the hand of Concordia, #1
avers: IMP PROBVS P F AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from the back. (C-A2).
reverse: CONCORDIA MILIT, Emperor standing right, clasping the hand of Concordia.
exergue: -/-//XXIVI, diameter: 22,0mm, weight: 4,11g, axis: 0h,
mint: Siscia, 6th. emission, 6th. off., date: 279 A.D., ref: RIC V-II 666, p-89, C-161-169, Alföldi 0023.0051,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans08/07/18 at 20:34Jay GT4: Great portrait
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112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 480, Ticinum, CONCORD MILIT, Bust H2, E/-//PXXI, Concordia standing left, #1108 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 480, Ticinum, CONCORD MILIT, Bust H2, E/-//PXXI, Concordia standing left, #1
avers: IMP C PROBVS AVG, Radiate bust left in imperial mantle, holding sceptre surmounted by eagle. (H2)
reverse: CONC ORD MILIT, Concordia standing left, holding two ensigns.
exergue: E/-//PXXI, diameter: 23,0-24,0mm, weight: 3,88g, axis: 6h,
mint: Ticinum, 9th. emission, 1st. off. date: 282 A.D., ref: RIC V-II 480, p-69,
Q-001
This coin is part of the EQVITI series (E) of Ticinum.
1 commentsquadrans08/07/18 at 20:34Jay GT4: Nice one Q
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Calabria, Taras; c. 302-281 BC, Stater9 views7.73g. Vlasto-699, HN Italy-968. Obv: Youth on horseback galloping l., holding small shield behind him, EY behind, NIKOTTAΣ below. Rx: ΤΑΡΑΣ, Taras astride dolphin l. hurling javelin, trident on shoulder; ΛY behind, hippocamp below.1 commentsLeo08/07/18 at 20:30Jay GT4: Nice
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Calabria, Taras; c. 332-302 BC, Stater11 views7.88g. Vlasto-651, HN Italy-941. Obv: Youth on horseback r. crowning horse. Rx: ΤΑΡΑΣ, Taras astride dolphin l., holding palm branch; helmet behind.. Choice VF2 commentsLeo08/07/18 at 20:30Jay GT4: I love the reverse with the Corinthian helmet
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Calabria, Taras; c. 332-302 BC, Stater9 views7.70g. Vlasto-585, HN Italy-934. Obv: Youth on horseback r., stabbing downward with spear held in r. hand, two spears and round shield held behind him; ΣA below. Rx: ΤΑΡΑΣ, Taras astride dolphin l., holding distaff, prow below.Some porosity in reverse field. VF1 commentsLeo08/07/18 at 20:29Jay GT4: Nice one Leo
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Domitia RIC 84770 viewsAR Cistophorus
Rome mint (for Asia), 82 AD (Domitian)
RIC 847 (R). BMC 256. RSC 19. RPC 870 (8 spec.).
Obv: DOMITIA AVGVSTA; Bust of Domitia, draped r., hair massed in front and in long plait behind
Rev: VENVS AVG; Venus stg. r., leaning on column, with helmet and spear
Ex CNG E424, 11 July 2018, lot 471.

A brief issue of cistophori were struck for Domitia as Augusta under Domitian in 82. Venus leaning on column was the sole reverse type chosen for her rare cistophori. The style and six o'clock die axis point to Rome as the home mint. K. Butcher and M. Ponting's metal analysis reveal they were struck from a different stock of metal than contemporary Rome mint denarii, possibly from recycled older denarii. At 80% silver fineness these early cistophori were likely struck before Domitian's major coinage reform of 82 when the denarius was raised to nearly 100% fineness.

Domitia Longina was the daughter of the famed Roman general Gnaeus Domitius Corbulo who was commanded to commit suicide by Nero for alleged treason. Domitian courted and married Domitia soon after Vespasian's accession, despite her already being the wife of Aelius Lamia. It was a good match - distancing the Flavians from the reign of Nero and uniting them to a beloved general's family. Soon after Domitian become emperor, Suetonius tells us he briefly divorced Domitia because of an adulterous affair she had with the actor Paris. Dio claims Domitian actually considered executing her but was persuaded from doing so by the praetorian prefect Ursus. He soon reunited with her after a brief separation alleging the people demanded it. Where this coin fits into that time frame is hard to tell. We don't know exactly when the divorce occurred or how long it lasted. However, it is likely this coin was struck after their reconciliation and can be seen as symbolically strengthening Domitia's position at court.

Struck in fine early style.
9 commentsDavid Atherton08/07/18 at 17:36Canaan: Very nice!!!!
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Italy, Rome, Temple of Antoninus and Faustina, with the church of San Lorenzo in Miranda, view from Palatine Hill, May 2005.13 viewsTemple of Antoninus and Faustina, with the church of San Lorenzo in Miranda, view from Palatine Hill, May 2005. The Temple of Antoninus and Faustina is an ancient Roman temple in Rome, adapted as a Roman Catholic church, Chiesa di San Lorenzo in Miranda. It is in the Forum Romanum, on the Via Sacra, opposite the Regia. The temple was begun by Antoninus Pius in 141 and was initially dedicated to his deceased and deified wife, Faustina the Elder. When Antoninus Pius was deified after his death in 161 AD, the temple was re-dedicated jointly to Antoninus and Faustina at the instigation of his successor, Marcus Aurelius. The ten monolithic Corinthian columns of its pronaos are 17 metres high. The rich bas-reliefs of the frieze under the cornice, of garlanded griffons and candelabri, were often copied from the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple_of_Antoninus_and_Faustina Photograph released to the public domain.
1 commentsJoe Sermarini08/07/18 at 13:39*Alex: Excellent photo.
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112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 157, Rome, ADVENTVS AVG, Bust G-E1, -/-//R*ς, Emperor riding left, C, #199 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 157, Rome, ADVENTVS AVG, Bust G-E1, -/-//R*ς, Emperor riding left, C, #1
avers: IMP PRO BVS AVG, Radiate, helmeted, cuirassed bust left, holding spear and shield. (G-E1)
reverse: ADVEN TVS AVG, Emperor riding left, right hand raised, left holding scepter, at foot, captive.
exergue: -/-//R*ς, diameter: 23,0-24,5mm, weight: 3,86g, axes: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 278 A.D., 3rd.emission, 6th off. ref: RIC V-II 157, p-35,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans08/07/18 at 12:50Canaan: Very nice!!!!
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Taras, Calabria17 views473-450 BC
AR Drachm (Half Nomos) (16mm, 3.53g)
O: Forepart of hippocamp with pointed wings right; TAPAΣ (retrograde) counterclockwise behind, scallop shell below.
R: Head of nymph Satyra right; TA clockwise behind, all within incuse circle.
Vlasto 157-59; Cote 60; HN Italy 839; SNG France 1610; SNG ANS 846
Rare
ex Savoca Coins

A rare early drachm, sometimes referred to as a 'half nomos'. The hippocamp could be seen as a Pegasus, but that device was unknown in Tarentine coinage while the hippocamp was quite common, and the scallop shell certainly gives credence to that idea.
Alfred Hands places this type much earlier, perhaps as early as 520 BC, while Ratto (the Cote catalog) suggests that the nymph is actually the obverse due to the retrograde ethnic.

1 commentsEnodia08/07/18 at 05:53quadrans: Nice piece..
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bmc393_22 viewsElagabalus
Tyre, Phoenicia

Obv: IMP CAES MAV ANTONINVS AVG, laureate draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: SEP TIM TVR COL, Temple of Astarte with 6 columns, arch over middle with pellet in pediment over arch, Astarte within with right hand on trophy being crowned by Nike standing on column on right. Altar at base of steps with palm tree on left and murex shell on right.
29 mm, 15.96 gms

BMC 393
1 commentsCharles M08/07/18 at 04:57shanxi: nice reverse
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PROBUS RIC 32418 views OBVERSE: IMP PROBO INVICTO AVG
REVERSE: CONCORD AVG
BUST TYPE: F1 = Radiate, cuirassed bust left, holding spear and shield
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: --//SXXT
WEIGHT 3.81g / WIDTH 22mm
RIC: 324
COLLECTION NO. 1268
Note: very rare obverse legend (INVICTO), especially at Ticinum (similar pompous legends with INVICTVS, PIVS, PERPETVO, DEO ET DOMINO etc. were - for the most part - struck only at Serdica); shield decorated with Gorgoneion.

Only the 6th specimen of this type known to me.
3 commentsBarnaba608/07/18 at 03:13quadrans: Nice piece..
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L Titurius L.f. Sabinus5 viewsL Titurius L.f. Sabinus Denarius. 89 BC. (18mm, 3.83g.)
Head of Taitus facing right, SABIN behind, A PV before / two Roman soldiers, each holding a woman in his arms, L.TITVRI in ex.
Cr344/1c, Syd 698b
1 commentsAjax08/06/18 at 22:58Jay GT4: Historic type!
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Athens New Style Tetradrachm 79/8 BC7 viewsObs : Athena Parthenos right in tri-form helmet
30 mm 16.60 gm Thompson issue 86 Thompson catalogue: Obs 1217 Rev: New/Not in plztes?
Rev : ΑΘΕ ethnic
Owl standing on overturned panathenaic amphora
on which month mark ? control ? below
2 magistrates : NESTOR MNASEAS
RF symbol : Stag
All surrounded by an olive wreath
1 commentscicerokid08/06/18 at 22:57Jay GT4: Always liked the new style tets
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1324 Hadrian, Cistophorus MYSIA Pergamum mint Asclepius standing13 viewsReference.
RPC III, 1324; Metcalf 3

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Bare head, draped bust right, wearing paludamentum


Rev. COS III
Asclepius standing l. holding serpent-wreathed rod on ground in r., l. arm at side

10.64 gr
28 mm
6h
2 commentsokidoki08/06/18 at 22:51RL: Another great Hadrian
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062 Alexander Severus ( 221-222 A.D. Caesar, 222-235 A.D. Augustus), RIC IV-II 558, Rome, AE-Sestertius, IOVI CONSERVATORI, Jupiter standing left,114 views062 Alexander Severus ( 221-222 A.D. Caesar, 222-235 A.D. Augustus), RIC IV-II 558, Rome, AE-Sestertius, IOVI CONSERVATORI, Jupiter standing left,
avers: IMP SEV ALEXANDER AVG, Laureate head right, slight drapery on far shoulder.
reverse: IOVI CONSERVATORI, Jupiter standing left, holding thunderbolt and sceptre, protecting Alexander at foot left. S-C across the field.
exergue: S/C//--, diameter: 28,0-30,5mm, weight: 20,81g, axis: 0h,
mint: Rome, date: 231 A.D., ref: RIC IV-II 558, C. 74, BMC 692.
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans08/06/18 at 15:48okidoki: Nice Joe
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S.1158 Cnut (pointed helmet penny, London)3 viewsCnut, king of England (1016-1035)
Pointed helmet penny (moneyer: Edwerd, mint: London)

A/ +CNVT: - RECX A: around central circle enclosing bust in pointed helmet left holding scepter
R/ +ELEDERD ON LV(ND): around central circle enclosing quarters of short voided cross with circles in centre

silver, 1.04 g, diameter 18 mm, die axis 7h

Peck marks are very common on these pennies. A large part of them was minted in order to pay the danegeld (tax raised to pay tribute to Vikings to save a land from their raids). These peck marks are supposed to have been made by Danes when checking the penny was in good silver.

1 commentsDroger08/06/18 at 14:57Callimachus: Another nice coin.
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S.1148 Aethelred II (crux penny, Winchester)4 viewsAethelred II, king of the English (978-1013 and 1014-1016)
Crux penny (moneyer: Brithmaer, mint: Winchester)

A/ +ΛEDELRED REX ΛNGLR X (AE and NG ligated) around central circle enclosing diademed & draped bust left holding a scepter
R/ BYRTHMΛER M-O PIN (AR ligated) around central circle containing voided cross with pellet center, C R V X in angles

silver, 1.65 g, diameter 19 mm, die axis 1h
1 commentsDroger08/06/18 at 14:57Callimachus: Nice coin.
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PROBUS RIC 366 VAR. F19 BUST FIDES TO LEFT10 views OBVERSE: VIRTVS PROBI AVG
REVERSE: FIDES MILIT
BUST TYPE: F19 = Radiate, heroically nude bust left, holding aegis and spear, seen from rear
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: --//VIXXT
WEIGHT 4.10g / DIAMETER: 20mm
RIC: 366 VAR. (F19 BUST UNLISTED)
COLLECTION NO. 1269

NOTE: Scarce and desirable bust type.

REVERSE VARIANT WITH FIDES STANDING LEFT; SEE ALSO MY SPECIMEN NO. 948 WITH MUCH RARER VARIANT OF FIDES STANDING RIGHT (ONLY ONE REVERSE DIE OF THE FIDES STANDING TO RIGHT VARIANT EXISTS).
2 commentsBarnaba608/06/18 at 14:16Barnaba6: Thank you Jay for your comment!
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PROBUS RIC 32418 views OBVERSE: IMP PROBO INVICTO AVG
REVERSE: CONCORD AVG
BUST TYPE: F1 = Radiate, cuirassed bust left, holding spear and shield
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: --//SXXT
WEIGHT 3.81g / WIDTH 22mm
RIC: 324
COLLECTION NO. 1268
Note: very rare obverse legend (INVICTO), especially at Ticinum (similar pompous legends with INVICTVS, PIVS, PERPETVO, DEO ET DOMINO etc. were - for the most part - struck only at Serdica); shield decorated with Gorgoneion.

Only the 6th specimen of this type known to me.
3 commentsBarnaba608/06/18 at 14:16Barnaba6: Thank you Jay for your comment!
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1445 Hadrian, Cistophorus Uncertain mint in Asia Minor 128 AD Roma seated25 viewsReference
RPC III, 1445; Metcalf 95

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Bare head r., with draped l. shoulder

Rev. COS III
Roma seated l. on cuirass and shield holding Victory in extended r. and vertical spear in l.

10.66 gr
26 mm
6h
5 commentsokidoki08/06/18 at 11:53Canaan: Great coin, i love these huge silver coins!!!
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PROBUS RIC 366 VAR. F19 BUST FIDES TO LEFT10 views OBVERSE: VIRTVS PROBI AVG
REVERSE: FIDES MILIT
BUST TYPE: F19 = Radiate, heroically nude bust left, holding aegis and spear, seen from rear
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: --//VIXXT
WEIGHT 4.10g / DIAMETER: 20mm
RIC: 366 VAR. (F19 BUST UNLISTED)
COLLECTION NO. 1269

NOTE: Scarce and desirable bust type.

REVERSE VARIANT WITH FIDES STANDING LEFT; SEE ALSO MY SPECIMEN NO. 948 WITH MUCH RARER VARIANT OF FIDES STANDING RIGHT (ONLY ONE REVERSE DIE OF THE FIDES STANDING TO RIGHT VARIANT EXISTS).
2 commentsBarnaba608/06/18 at 11:33Jay GT4: Interesting bust type
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PROBUS RIC 32418 views OBVERSE: IMP PROBO INVICTO AVG
REVERSE: CONCORD AVG
BUST TYPE: F1 = Radiate, cuirassed bust left, holding spear and shield
FIELD / EXERGUE MARKS: --//SXXT
WEIGHT 3.81g / WIDTH 22mm
RIC: 324
COLLECTION NO. 1268
Note: very rare obverse legend (INVICTO), especially at Ticinum (similar pompous legends with INVICTVS, PIVS, PERPETVO, DEO ET DOMINO etc. were - for the most part - struck only at Serdica); shield decorated with Gorgoneion.

Only the 6th specimen of this type known to me.
3 commentsBarnaba608/06/18 at 11:32Jay GT4: Really great coin and nice rarity
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Gens Fonteia, denarius (114-113 a.C.) 4 viewsC. Fonteius, denario, 114-113 a.C., Roma,
AR, 3.60 gr, 21 mm, qBB
D/ Testa laureata di Giano; a sinistra, M; a destra, una X barrata.
R/ C FONT (legato); ROMA; galea con rostro, cinque remi, due torri, tre rematori e un gubernator al timone.
Crawford 290/1
Provenienza: collezione Berardengo (Roma, Italia, dal 6 agosto 2018, numero catalogo XXX), ex Tinia Numismatica (Follonica, Italia, fino al luglio 2018)
qBB
1 commentspaolo08/06/18 at 11:31Jay GT4: I've always liked this type, congrats
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1324 Hadrian, Cistophorus MYSIA Pergamum mint Asclepius standing13 viewsReference.
RPC III, 1324; Metcalf 3

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Bare head, draped bust right, wearing paludamentum


Rev. COS III
Asclepius standing l. holding serpent-wreathed rod on ground in r., l. arm at side

10.64 gr
28 mm
6h
2 commentsokidoki08/06/18 at 11:30Jay GT4: Great style!
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1445 Hadrian, Cistophorus Uncertain mint in Asia Minor 128 AD Roma seated25 viewsReference
RPC III, 1445; Metcalf 95

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Bare head r., with draped l. shoulder

Rev. COS III
Roma seated l. on cuirass and shield holding Victory in extended r. and vertical spear in l.

10.66 gr
26 mm
6h
5 commentsokidoki08/05/18 at 21:46*Alex: Superb coin. I love it.
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1445 Hadrian, Cistophorus Uncertain mint in Asia Minor 128 AD Roma seated25 viewsReference
RPC III, 1445; Metcalf 95

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Bare head r., with draped l. shoulder

Rev. COS III
Roma seated l. on cuirass and shield holding Victory in extended r. and vertical spear in l.

10.66 gr
26 mm
6h
5 commentsokidoki08/05/18 at 21:39quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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RIC.373 Rome commemorative (AE3, Vrbs Roma, Arles, wreath)7 viewsRome commemorative
AE3 (332-333, Arles mint, 1st officine)

bronze, 18 mm diameter, 1.97 g, die axis: 6 h

A/ VRBS ROMA; helmeted and mantled bust of ROMA, left
R/ She-wolf with twins, two stars above and a wreath between, PCONST in exergue

Ferrando II 962 (C3)
1 commentsDroger08/05/18 at 21:38quadrans: Nice one
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Roman Empire, Marcus Aurelius, Ruled 161-180 AD27 viewsAE26 As, Rome Mint, Struck 145 AD
Obverse: AVRELIVS CAESAR AVG P II F COS II, Bare head right
Reverse: [No legend], Minerva standing right, holding spear and resting hand on shield, S-C in field.
References: RIC III (A. Pius) 1264, C 573
Size: 26.22mm, 11.47g
3 commentsJustin L08/05/18 at 21:34quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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1445 Hadrian, Cistophorus Uncertain mint in Asia Minor 128 AD Roma seated25 viewsReference
RPC III, 1445; Metcalf 95

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Bare head r., with draped l. shoulder

Rev. COS III
Roma seated l. on cuirass and shield holding Victory in extended r. and vertical spear in l.

10.66 gr
26 mm
6h
5 commentsokidoki08/05/18 at 19:05Mat: A real beauty!
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Julia Domna (mother of Caracalla) AR Denarius.4 viewsRome, AD 211-215. IVLIA PIA FELIX AVG, draped bust right / VESTA, Vesta seated left, holding simpulum and scepter. RIC 391 (Caracalla); RSC 226. 2.50g, 19mm, 6h. Good Very Fine. Flan crack at 4h.1 commentsChris C208/05/18 at 18:50okidoki: excellent and stylistic
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Roman, Constantine I607 viewsA truly magnificent portrait. RIC VII, Arles Mint, 3453 commentsMayadigger08/05/18 at 15:30Jack: Strange smirk. Is it nefarious, or fearful?
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Roman, Constans, AE2 Galley Siscia50 viewsConstans AE2 Galley Siscia Mint, silver washed. Best preserved ancient coin I've ever acquired. 1 commentsAleksandar J08/05/18 at 15:25Jack: Exceptional, indeed. Beautiful patina.
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Greek, Bosporus, Panticapaeum.63 viewsIII cent. BC
AE 17 mm, 7.24 gm.
Obv.: Head of Pan, left.
Rev.: Bull’s head left, leg. ПАN
2 commentsseleukoy08/05/18 at 15:21Jack: Stunning portrait. The face looks quite fearsome.
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GREEK, Boeotia, Thebes AR stater (395-338 BC) 401 viewso/ Boeotian shield.
R/ Decorated amphora with two handles; ΚΑ-ΛΛΙ
12.25g. 22.06mm
SNG Cop 340
7 commentsAugustin Caron08/05/18 at 15:18Jack: What a beautiful coin! And excellent photography, ...
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Terina, Bruttium85 viewsTEPINAION
Head of nymph right; triskeles behind

Nike seated left on plinth, holding kerykeion.

Terina, Bruttium. 300 BC

2.04g

Holloway & Jenkins 107; HN Italy 2641

Ex-CNG 396 lot 29; Ex-Aegean

Also called 1/3 Nomos
4 commentsJay GT408/05/18 at 12:15okidoki: very nice
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8 viewsObverse of Alexander Severus Denarius.
Purchased in a Berlin Numismatic Shop.
2 commentsAlex F08/05/18 at 10:45Alex F: Thank you
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8 viewsObverse of Alexander Severus Denarius.
Purchased in a Berlin Numismatic Shop.
2 commentsAlex F08/04/18 at 12:39Jay GT4: Nice one
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Domitia RIC 84770 viewsAR Cistophorus
Rome mint (for Asia), 82 AD (Domitian)
RIC 847 (R). BMC 256. RSC 19. RPC 870 (8 spec.).
Obv: DOMITIA AVGVSTA; Bust of Domitia, draped r., hair massed in front and in long plait behind
Rev: VENVS AVG; Venus stg. r., leaning on column, with helmet and spear
Ex CNG E424, 11 July 2018, lot 471.

A brief issue of cistophori were struck for Domitia as Augusta under Domitian in 82. Venus leaning on column was the sole reverse type chosen for her rare cistophori. The style and six o'clock die axis point to Rome as the home mint. K. Butcher and M. Ponting's metal analysis reveal they were struck from a different stock of metal than contemporary Rome mint denarii, possibly from recycled older denarii. At 80% silver fineness these early cistophori were likely struck before Domitian's major coinage reform of 82 when the denarius was raised to nearly 100% fineness.

Domitia Longina was the daughter of the famed Roman general Gnaeus Domitius Corbulo who was commanded to commit suicide by Nero for alleged treason. Domitian courted and married Domitia soon after Vespasian's accession, despite her already being the wife of Aelius Lamia. It was a good match - distancing the Flavians from the reign of Nero and uniting them to a beloved general's family. Soon after Domitian become emperor, Suetonius tells us he briefly divorced Domitia because of an adulterous affair she had with the actor Paris. Dio claims Domitian actually considered executing her but was persuaded from doing so by the praetorian prefect Ursus. He soon reunited with her after a brief separation alleging the people demanded it. Where this coin fits into that time frame is hard to tell. We don't know exactly when the divorce occurred or how long it lasted. However, it is likely this coin was struck after their reconciliation and can be seen as symbolically strengthening Domitia's position at court.

Struck in fine early style.
9 commentsDavid Atherton08/04/18 at 04:55Randygeki(h2): excellent
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Domitian RIC 1661 viewsAR Denarius, 3.43g
Rome mint, 81 AD
RIC 16 (R2). BMC - . RSC - .
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PONT; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: P P COS VII DES VIII; Seat, draped; above, semicircular frame decorated with three crescents
Acquired from Germania Inferior, June 2018.

Domitian seems to have been somewhat in a hurry to strike coins as Augustus after Titus' death in mid September 81 AD, presumably for a legionary donative. This denarius was struck before Domitian had been awarded the power of the tribunate (TR P) and pontifex maximus (PM). Here his only titles are Augustus (AVG), Imperator (IMP), Consul for the 7th time (COS VII), and pater patriae, father of the country (P P). Perhaps it may have taken a few days for the Senate to award the power of the tribunate to Domitian because they had assembled at the small town of Reate where Titus had died and needed to be in Rome in order to vote him the right. The religious ceremonies required for Domitian to assume the title pontifex maximus had not yet finished by this time either, here he is simply PONT, or in other words a member of the College of Pontiffs. Some have argued that PONT is the same as PM, I disagree. Titus as Caesar early on had also used the title PONT on his denarii and he was never pontifex maximus under Vespasian - only the emperor can be Pontifex Maximus or greatest priest. Although this Group 2 denarius is not part of Domitian's first RIC issue, it is very likely to have been struck within the first few days of him assuming the purple. RIC notes the chronology is not precise with these issues from 81 and they are grouped only for 'convenience'. Judging by the rarity of the Group 2 denarii they could not have been struck for any great length of time.

Dark cabinet toning with a stylish early portrait.
5 commentsDavid Atherton08/04/18 at 04:53Randygeki(h2): Nice!
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Domitian RIC 0480 viewsAR Denarius, 3.18g
Rome mint, 81 AD
RIC 4 (C). BMC 1. RSC 554.
Obv: IMP CAESAR DOMITIANVS AVG; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR P COS VII; Seat, draped; above, thunderbolt

The early issues of Domitian show a progression of the titles he assumed soon after his accession. This denarius is part of the first issue, evident by Domitian's sparse titles of IMP, AVG and TRP only, he is not yet Pontifex Maximus (PONT or PM) or Pater Patriae (P P). The reverse is a pulvinaria type carried over from Titus. The style is identical to the Domitian as Caesar denarii struck under Titus as well. NB: Thunderbolt is not winged.

A good example of the early portrait style.
4 commentsDavid Atherton08/03/18 at 22:22David Atherton: Jim, the upcoming RIC II.1 Addenda deletes 'wi...
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Fulvia34 viewsBust of Fulvia (as Nike) right

Athena standing left, holding shield and spear; ΦOYΛOYIANON in right field, ZMEPTOPIΓOΣ ΦIΛΩNIΔOΥ in two lines in left field.

Phrygia 41, 40 BC

6.69g

Rare

Ex-Savoca

RPC 3139; SNG München –; BMC 21


Fulvia married Mark Antony in 44 BC, and became an outspoken defender of his interests in Rome while he campaigned in the East. The city name of Eumenea in Phrygia was changed to Fulvia on the occasion of Mark Antony's journey to the east in 41 BC. Fulvia was to die at Sicyon the next year, hence this was a short-lived coinage. Sometime afterward these coins struck at "Fulviana" had their ethnic scratched off, and two countermarks were applied: one may be resolved as Eumeneia; the other as Philonidos, (although Zmertorix himself has been suggested). These countermarks suggest that, rather than melting down the coinage of Fulvia and striking new coins, a more expeditious solution was required to keep needed currency in circulation. This coin was not countermarked
5 commentsJay GT408/03/18 at 22:05Mat: One I would like to own
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Fulvia34 viewsBust of Fulvia (as Nike) right

Athena standing left, holding shield and spear; ΦOYΛOYIANON in right field, ZMEPTOPIΓOΣ ΦIΛΩNIΔOΥ in two lines in left field.

Phrygia 41, 40 BC

6.69g

Rare

Ex-Savoca

RPC 3139; SNG München –; BMC 21


Fulvia married Mark Antony in 44 BC, and became an outspoken defender of his interests in Rome while he campaigned in the East. The city name of Eumenea in Phrygia was changed to Fulvia on the occasion of Mark Antony's journey to the east in 41 BC. Fulvia was to die at Sicyon the next year, hence this was a short-lived coinage. Sometime afterward these coins struck at "Fulviana" had their ethnic scratched off, and two countermarks were applied: one may be resolved as Eumeneia; the other as Philonidos, (although Zmertorix himself has been suggested). These countermarks suggest that, rather than melting down the coinage of Fulvia and striking new coins, a more expeditious solution was required to keep needed currency in circulation. This coin was not countermarked
5 commentsJay GT408/03/18 at 22:02Nemonater: Really nice!
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Fulvia34 viewsBust of Fulvia (as Nike) right

Athena standing left, holding shield and spear; ΦOYΛOYIANON in right field, ZMEPTOPIΓOΣ ΦIΛΩNIΔOΥ in two lines in left field.

Phrygia 41, 40 BC

6.69g

Rare

Ex-Savoca

RPC 3139; SNG München –; BMC 21


Fulvia married Mark Antony in 44 BC, and became an outspoken defender of his interests in Rome while he campaigned in the East. The city name of Eumenea in Phrygia was changed to Fulvia on the occasion of Mark Antony's journey to the east in 41 BC. Fulvia was to die at Sicyon the next year, hence this was a short-lived coinage. Sometime afterward these coins struck at "Fulviana" had their ethnic scratched off, and two countermarks were applied: one may be resolved as Eumeneia; the other as Philonidos, (although Zmertorix himself has been suggested). These countermarks suggest that, rather than melting down the coinage of Fulvia and striking new coins, a more expeditious solution was required to keep needed currency in circulation. This coin was not countermarked
5 commentsJay GT408/03/18 at 21:25quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
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Fulvia34 viewsBust of Fulvia (as Nike) right

Athena standing left, holding shield and spear; ΦOYΛOYIANON in right field, ZMEPTOPIΓOΣ ΦIΛΩNIΔOΥ in two lines in left field.

Phrygia 41, 40 BC

6.69g

Rare

Ex-Savoca

RPC 3139; SNG München –; BMC 21


Fulvia married Mark Antony in 44 BC, and became an outspoken defender of his interests in Rome while he campaigned in the East. The city name of Eumenea in Phrygia was changed to Fulvia on the occasion of Mark Antony's journey to the east in 41 BC. Fulvia was to die at Sicyon the next year, hence this was a short-lived coinage. Sometime afterward these coins struck at "Fulviana" had their ethnic scratched off, and two countermarks were applied: one may be resolved as Eumeneia; the other as Philonidos, (although Zmertorix himself has been suggested). These countermarks suggest that, rather than melting down the coinage of Fulvia and striking new coins, a more expeditious solution was required to keep needed currency in circulation. This coin was not countermarked
5 commentsJay GT408/03/18 at 21:21Enodia: Yep, i was about to write the same comment. Nice!