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L_Verus_Armenia_3a.jpg
Lucius Verus * Armenia - AR Denarius * 161-169 AD.161 views
Lucius Verus * Mourning Armenia - Silver Denarius

Obv: Bare head, right: L VERVS AVG ARMENIACVS
Rev: Armenia seated on the ground left-facing, in attitude of mourning, weight placed on left arm, accoutered with bow and quiver, shield to front leaning and resting against raised right leg, vexillum behind: TRP III IMP II COS II

Exergue: ARMEN

Mint: Rome
Struck: 163 AD.

Size: 18 mm.
Weight: 3.3 gms.
Die axis: 180°

Condition: Superb! Near mint. Very clean with bright, silvery luster.

Refs:*
RSC 6
RIC III, 501
MIR 18, 62-14/10
Sear RCV 1537 (1988 ).
6 commentsTiathena09/08/17 at 23:31Vincent: Beautiful sharp details and style
Trajan_Parth_Felicitas.jpg
Trajan * "PARTHICO-Felicitas" AD 98-117 * Silver Denarius92 views
"Trajan begins his last campaign, the conquest of Parthia"

Obv: IMP CAES NER TRAIAN OPTIM AVG GER DAC- Laureate bust right, draped.
Rev: PARTHICO P M TR P COS VI P P SPQR - Felicitas standing left, holding caduceus and cornucopia.

Mint: Rome
Struck: 103-111 AD.

Size: 18.4 mm.
Weight: 3.8 grams
Die axis: 180 degs.

Beautiful luster, untarnished by the gentle wear.

RIC II, 332, page 268
Cohen 191
BMCRE 626
RSC 191
Sear RCATV (RCV 2000 Edition), #3141
(Van Meter 28/7, VB2)

2 commentsTiathena06/08/12 at 19:34Kained but Able: Dramatic, fully draped portrait style, love it.
Julia_Domna_Vesta-1a.jpg
Julia Domna * Vesta, Silver Denarius * 193-217 AD.152 views
Julia 'the Loyal' Felix Augusta * Vesta * AR Denarius

Obv: IVLIA PIA FELIX AVG, draped bust right
Rev: VESTA, Vesta standing left, holding palladium and scepter.

Mint: Rome
Struck: 213 AD.

Size: 19 mm.
Weight: 3.6 grams
Die axis: 180 degs.

Condition: Beautiful clear, bright luster.

Refs:*
RIC IV 390 (Antoninus Bassianus * Caracalla)
BMCRE 29 (same)
RSC 230

5 commentsTiathena06/05/12 at 19:09Mat: Gorgeous coin!
Hadrian_Fortuna_1b.jpg
Hadrian * Fortuna, 117-138 AD. AR Denarius146 views
Hadrian * Fortuna, Silver Denarius
FORTUNA REDUX
"Return to us, victorious and alive, patron to all of Rome Hadrian."

Obv: IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG - Laureate head right-facing, draped left shoulder.
Rev: P M TR P COS II - Fortuna seated left, gaze apparently fixed on the rudder which is held in her right hand, arm partially extended, and holding cornucopia in left hand and arm.

Exergue: FORT RED

Mint: Rome
Struck: 118 AD.

Size: 19 mm.
Weight: 3.18 grams
Die axis: 180°

Condition: Stunning. Brilliant, radiant luster, perfect clarity. Exceedingly beautiful and much-nicer in hand than any photo can portray.

Refs:*
Cohen, 745
RIC II, 41a, page 345
SEAR RCV II (2002), 3493, page 146

2 commentsTiathena06/27/11 at 14:52rexesq: My favorite style of Hadrian bust on Denarii, very...
Divus_Antoninus-Pius_1a.jpg
Antoninus Pius, Divus * Eagle on Altar, 161 AD. AR Denarius143 views
Commemorative Divus Antoninus Pius * Eagle on Altar, Silver Denarius
Struck by Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus in 161 AD, on the death of Antoninus Pius in memory of the latter and commemoration of his deification by Will of the people &nd the Senate.

Obv: DIVVS ANTONINVS * bare head right.
Rev: CONSECRATIO, eagle standing right, head turned left, on garlanded altar.

Exergue: (Blank)

Mint: Rome
Struck: 161 AD.

Size: 18 mm.
Weight: 3.41 grams
Die axis: 180°

Condition: Beautiful, clear, bright luster, great details and high-relief. Nicely centered and well-struck.

Refs:*
Sear, 1301
Cohen, 154
RSC, 155/6.
Van Meter, 136
RIC III, 430 (Marcus Aurelius)
BMCRE, 48 (Marcus Aurelius)
Sear RCV II (2002), 5190, page 335

3 commentsTiathena06/27/11 at 14:51rexesq: Great looking eagle.
Caracalla_Fides_2c.jpg
Caracalla | Fides * Rome * AR Denarius - 198-217 AD.96 views
Caracalla | Fides * Silver Denarius

Obv: Laureate bust right. ANTONINVS PIVS AVG GERM
Rev: Fides Militum facing, head left, standing between and holding two standards either side in left and right hands. PM TR P XVIII COS IIII PP

Exergue: Clear

Mint: Rome
Struck: 198-217

Size: 20.40 mm.
Weight: 2.83 grm.
Die axis: 0°

Condition: Excellent. Clean, clear, well centered and struck, superb images and good legends. Lustrous silver with some light toning on the obverse.

Refs:*
Sear, 1937
Van Meter, 63/11

Status: TCJH, Private Collection.
3 commentsTiathena06/27/11 at 14:50rexesq: Beautiful coin, great detail on fides, the standar...
DT_Probus_Rome.jpg
Probus * Eternal Rome, Hexastyle Temple, Γ† Antoninianus * 276-282 AD208 views
Probus * Eternal Rome, Bronze Antoninianus

Obv: IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG * Radiate and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: ROMAE AETERNAE * Roma seated facing within hexastyle temple, surmounted by three ‘Nike’s.’

Exergue: R Γ

Mint: Rome
Emission: 2
Officina: 3 (Unlisted in RIC)*
Bust type: F
Struck: 277 AD.

Size: 24.5 mm.
Weight: 4.20 grams
Die axis: 0°

Condition: Beautiful coin in hand. Lovely gold-brown patina, excellent details and fine relief. Some partial-wear to the reverse legend and the Γ in exergue.

Refs:*
RIC 190(v) *(unlisted officina)

5 commentsTiathena06/27/11 at 14:50rexesq: Beautiful example, and quite a striking portrait o...
Elagabalus_EmpPriest1a.jpg
Elagabalus, AD 218-222 * Silver Denarius - (Scarce)97 views
AR Denarius "May your future be filled with victory and success"

Obv: IMP ANTONINVS PIVS AVG - Laureate bust right, draped and cuirassed * (hornless type)
Rev: PM TR P V COS IIII PP - Elagabalus standing left, holding patera over altar sacrificing and a Cypress branch (or club? / parazonium?) in left hand; single star in left field.

Mint: Rome
Struck: February-March, 222 AD.

Size: 19 mm.
Weight: 2.75 grams
Die Axis: 0 degs.

Beautiful luster

RIC IVii, 52 (s), page 32 * Scarce
Cohen 213
RSC 213a, BMC 268


The scarcity of this coin may owe in some part to the late date of its being struck – January-March 222 AD, in the very brief period just preceding his assassination, along with his mother and the purge of his followers – his ‘creatures’ (to note Gibbons’ term).
So being, that these coins were not held from release & circulation at the mints, to be melted down to strike new coinage for his successor, his cousin Severus Alexander.
1 commentsTiathena12/31/10 at 02:00Noah: nice coin with a wonderful portrait
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Septimius Severus | Apollo - Nikopolis ad Istrum, AE18 - 193-211 AD.98 views
Septimius Severus | Apollo - Nikopolis ad Istrum, AE18

Obv: Laureate head right: AV KAI CE . CEVHPOC
Rev: Apollo (or Bonus Eventus), nude, standing left, holding shallow patera in outstretched right & laurel branch in lowered left hands: NIKOPOΛEITΩN ΠPOC ICTP

Exergue: Blank.

Mint: Nikopolis ad Istrum
Struck: 193-211 AD.

Size: 19.80 x 16.87 mm.
Weight: 2.66 grm.
Die axis: 160°

Condition: Very fine for all extant devices, beautiful dark-olive patina. Irregular flan.

Refs:*
Pick, AMNG 1356
2 commentsTiathena03/21/10 at 18:48Jochen: H/J 8.14.7.6
Macrinus_Tyche_1a.jpg
Macrinus * Tyche, Marcianopolis, Moesia Inferior - Γ†26, 217-218 AD.134 views
Macrinus * Tyche, Marcianopolis, Moesia Inferior – Bronze, 26 mm.

Obv: AVT K OPE/\/\ICEVH MAKPEINOC Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: /\ MARKIANOPOLEITWN Tyche standing left, holding cornucopia in left hand/arm, and rudder in her right.

Exergue: (N/A)

Mint: Marcianopolis
Struck: 217-218 AD.

Size: 26 mm.
Weight: 10.42 grams
Die axis: 170°

Condition: Showing the wear of time and usage, a bit worn, but quite clear, strong & distinct images and a lovely brass-colored patina, slightly more-brown on the reverse with some small green-colored spots of oxidation, particularly around the upper form of Tyche.

Refs:*
Moushmov 527
SNGCop 221

3 commentsTiathena02/16/10 at 18:07Jochen: Hristova/Jekov No.6.23.38.1
Considia_Paetus_Apollon_3b.jpg
Apollon | Curule chair - C. Considius Paetus, AR Denarius 46 B.C.71 views
Apollon | Curule chair * Silver deanrius.

Obv: Laureate head of Apollon, right; A in left field (behind).
Rev: Sella Curulis (Curule chair), garlanded, on which lies a laurel wreath: C CONSIDI, above, PAETI below.

Exergue: PAETI

Mint: Rome
Struck: 46 BC.

Size: 19.335 mm.
Weight: 3.396 grm.
Die axis: 90°

Condition: Very fine. Bright, clear, beautiful lustre and quiet toning. Beautiful coin in hand.

Refs:*
RRC 991.
CR 465/2a.
Sydham, 991
Sear, (RCV 2000 Edition) Number 455.
1 commentsTiathena01/04/10 at 01:30Noah: very good toning on this one
Master_Set_Piece_2c.jpg
Vespasian * Victory, Byzantium, 70-74 AD. * AR Denarius155 views
Vespasian * Victory, Eastern Mint - Byzantium, Silver Denarius
PACI AVGVSTAE * ‘To the Augustan Peace.’

Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS II TR P P P * Vespasian, laureate, head right facing.
Rev: PACI AVGVSTAE * Victory standing left, holding wreath in right hand, arm raised and extended, holding palm frond vertical in left hand and crossing left-shoulder, arm straight down to side. Thighs together, left knee slightly bent in classical pose. Mint mark in lower left field - ligate BY.

Exergue: (Blank)

Mint: Byzantium
Struck: 70-74 AD.

Size: 17.51 x 17.26 mm.
Weight: ca. 3.0 grams
Die axis: 355°

Condition: Utterly superb & beautiful, notwithstanding the notable wear to the Victory reverse. Gorgeous, bright, clear and gleaming luster. Nicely struck, and superb relief over-all, to images and extant legends.

Refs:*
RSC, 278
BMCRE, 446
RIC II, 323, pg. 53

4 commentsTiathena01/04/10 at 01:28Noah: Brilliant!! Spectacular portrait of the man!!!
DT_Probus_Rome.jpg
Probus * Eternal Rome, Hexastyle Temple, Γ† Antoninianus * 276-282 AD208 views
Probus * Eternal Rome, Bronze Antoninianus

Obv: IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG * Radiate and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: ROMAE AETERNAE * Roma seated facing within hexastyle temple, surmounted by three ‘Nike’s.’

Exergue: R Γ

Mint: Rome
Emission: 2
Officina: 3 (Unlisted in RIC)*
Bust type: F
Struck: 277 AD.

Size: 24.5 mm.
Weight: 4.20 grams
Die axis: 0°

Condition: Beautiful coin in hand. Lovely gold-brown patina, excellent details and fine relief. Some partial-wear to the reverse legend and the Γ in exergue.

Refs:*
RIC 190(v) *(unlisted officina)

5 commentsTiathena01/04/10 at 01:27Noah: I love it...temple reverses are among my favorite ...
Domitianavs_x-2b.jpg
Domitian * Minerva with Owl, 81-96 AD. AR Denarius585 views
Domitianvs * Minerva with Owl, 88 AD. Silver Denarius
" ~ My service to the state is listed here ~ "

Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VI * Domitian, Laureate head right facing.
Rev: IMP XIIII COS XIIII CENS P P P – Minerva helmeted & armed right-facing, surmounting Rostrum, holding thunderbolt (or javelin) in right hand, arm raised to throwing position, and shield at the ready on left arm, her owl, facing, at her feet to the right.

Exergue: Occupied by capital-piece of rostrum column.

Mint: Rome
Struck: January-August 88 AD.

Size: 22 mm.
Weight: 2.96 grams
Die axis: 180°

Condition: Absolutely gorgeous. Beautiful bright, clear luster with tri-colored cabinet toning (rainbow effect) on the reverse.

Refs:*
RSC 236
RIC II, 108a
BMC 103(v)
Cohen 218(v)
Sear RCV I (2000), 2730(v), page 495

12 commentsTiathena01/04/10 at 01:26Noah: super duper lustrous sheen...with all the comments...
Antoninus_Pius_purple.jpg
Antoninus Pius * Salus, Copper As, 138-161 AD316 views
"May Pius' health and mind be preserved during his 4th Consulship"

Obv: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XV - Laureate head right
Rev: SALVS AVG COS IIII S-C - Salus standing left, feeding snake rising from altar left, and holding a scepter

Exergue: Empty

Mint: Rome
Struck: 151-152 AD.

Size: 26.59 mm.
Weight: 8.88 grams
Die axis: 180 degs.

Condition: Very fine with a lovely dark patina.

Refs:*
RIC III, 900, pg. 138,
Cohen 729

2 commentsTiathena01/04/10 at 01:22Noah: what a super attractive coin...these copper ones h...
Caracalla_~1.jpg
Caracalla * Lucius Septimius Bassianus * & Agathedaemon Serpent * 196-217 AD. Γ† 28mm230 views
THRACE, Serdica. Caracalla. 198-217 AD. Ζ 28mm

Obv: AVT K M AVP CEV ANTWNEINOC, laureate and cuirassed bust right; viewed from behind
Rev: OULPIAC CEPDIKHC, Agathedaemon serpent, coiled and erect.

BMC Thrace pg. 174, 23.
Moushmov 4860
Rate F+

Glossy darkish-brown patina


"The elder of the two sons of the emperor Septimius Severus, Caracalla is best-known for arranging the murder of his brother Geta after the two engaged in a power struggle in the months after their father's death. The murder offended contemporaries and colored the following five years of Caracalla's reign, a reign that ended on a Syrian road with the emperor's own murder."

~ DIR USC, Michael L. Meckler
8 commentsTiathena01/04/10 at 01:20Noah: a smashing example with desirable patina
Julia_Domna_Vesta-1a.jpg
Julia Domna * Vesta, Silver Denarius * 193-217 AD.152 views
Julia 'the Loyal' Felix Augusta * Vesta * AR Denarius

Obv: IVLIA PIA FELIX AVG, draped bust right
Rev: VESTA, Vesta standing left, holding palladium and scepter.

Mint: Rome
Struck: 213 AD.

Size: 19 mm.
Weight: 3.6 grams
Die axis: 180 degs.

Condition: Beautiful clear, bright luster.

Refs:*
RIC IV 390 (Antoninus Bassianus * Caracalla)
BMCRE 29 (same)
RSC 230

5 commentsTiathena01/04/10 at 01:19Noah: such a regal portrait of the woman!
Septimius_Severus-Virtus~0.jpg
Septimius Severus * Virtus, 193-211 AD. Silver Denarius85 views
SEVERVS AVG * AR Denarius

Obv: PART MAX, laureate head right
Rev: VIRTVS AVGG: Virtus standing left, holding Victory in right hand, spear and shield in left hand.

Mint: Rome
Struck 200-201 AD.

Size: 19 mm.
Weight: 3.53 grams
Die axis: 170 degs.

Condition: Stunning luster, appears virtually un-circulated.

RIC IV 171
RSC 761.
BMCRE 211

1 commentsTiathena01/04/10 at 01:18Noah: Stunning coin indeed...nice full strike, incredibl...
Iulia_Maesa_1a.jpg
Julia Maesa * Pietas Augusta, Silver Antoninianus 218-223 AD.114 views
"Julia Maesa solemnly vows to take her position as Augusta with respect to Rome."

Obv: IVLIA MAESA AVG - Draped bust, right facing
Rev: PIETAS AVG - Pietas standing left, raising both hands up, grain basket in left arm & hand, to the left at feet, a lit altar

Mint: Rome
Struck: 218-222 AD.

Size: 19 mm.
Weight: 3.38 grams
Die axis: 180 degs.

Condition: Beautiful, clear, bright luster.

Refs:*
RIC IVii, 266, page 50
Ashmolean collection
SEAR RCV II (2002), #7755, page 631

2 commentsTiathena01/04/10 at 01:17Noah: splendid...such a pretty lady
Hadrian_Fortuna_1b.jpg
Hadrian * Fortuna, 117-138 AD. AR Denarius146 views
Hadrian * Fortuna, Silver Denarius
FORTUNA REDUX
"Return to us, victorious and alive, patron to all of Rome Hadrian."

Obv: IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG - Laureate head right-facing, draped left shoulder.
Rev: P M TR P COS II - Fortuna seated left, gaze apparently fixed on the rudder which is held in her right hand, arm partially extended, and holding cornucopia in left hand and arm.

Exergue: FORT RED

Mint: Rome
Struck: 118 AD.

Size: 19 mm.
Weight: 3.18 grams
Die axis: 180°

Condition: Stunning. Brilliant, radiant luster, perfect clarity. Exceedingly beautiful and much-nicer in hand than any photo can portray.

Refs:*
Cohen, 745
RIC II, 41a, page 345
SEAR RCV II (2002), 3493, page 146

2 commentsTiathena07/03/09 at 06:58Kained but Able: What a beauty. This must be the most Trajanic look...
Gordian_III_Aequitas_.jpg
Gordian III * Aequitas, 238-244 AD. AR Antoninianus83 views
Gordian III * Aequitas, Silver Antoninianus
"The Emperor is a fair and honorable leader."

Obv: IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG - Radiate draped and cuirassed bust, right-facing.
Rev: AEQVITAS AVG - Equity standing left, holding cornucopia and scales.

Exergue: (Blank)

Mint: Rome
Struck: 240-241 AD. * (5th and 6th Issue, 1st Officina)

Size: 19 mm.
Weight: 4.82 grams
Die axis: 170°

Condition: Quite fine. Lovely bright, clear, sparkling luster. Some light wear to the highest relief points of the obverse portrait.
In-all, a beautiful example of this type.

Refs:*
Cohen, 25
RIC IViii, 63, page 23
1 commentsTiathena06/16/09 at 00:13Noah: wonderful luster
Caracalla_Serapis_6f.jpg
Caracalla * Serapis, 196-217 AD. AR Denarius138 views
Caracalla * Serapis, Silver Denarius

Obv: ANTONINVS PIVS AVG GERM * Laureate head right.
Rev: P M TR P XX COS IIII P P Serapis * wearing polos standing left, holding bound-wreath(?) in right hand and scepter in his left hand, arm slightly raised.

Exergue: (Blank)

Mint: Rome
Struck: 217 AD.

Size: 19 mm.
Weight: 2.53 grams
Die axis: 300°

Condition: Beautiful. Bright, clear luster. Small flan crack on reverse.

Refs:*
RIC 289c, pg. 255

2 commentsTiathena08/25/08 at 14:24taurisker: great portrait of Caracalla ... strong, but not br...
Philippi_3-Standards_2b.jpg
Victory | Three Military Standards, COHOR PRAE PHIL * Philippi, Macedonia, Γ†19 - 27 B.C. - 14 A.D.291 views
Victory | Three Military Standards * Philippi Commemorative

Obv: Victory, striding left, holding frond in left hand over left shoulder, closed laurel wreath in outstretched right hand: VIC AV[G]
Rev: Three Military Standards: COHOR PRAE PHIL (to left, right and exergue, repectively).

Exergue: PHIL

Mint: Philippi (Mint moving with Octavian and/or Antonius?).
Struck: 27 B.C. - 14 A.D.
*(See note below regarding dating)

Size: 19.245 mm.
Weight: 4.31 grm.
Die axis: 180°

Condition: Quite fine, considerably better in hand than my best photos can portray.

Refs:*
S 521
BMC 23
RPC 1651
Vagi / CHRE 347

COHOR PRAE PHIL - '(Honoring) the Praetorian Guard of Philippi.'

* This issue may date rather to the reign of Claudius or Nero.
1 commentsTiathena08/20/08 at 23:24Titus Pullo: I got to get me one of these!
Trajan_Parth_Felicitas.jpg
Trajan * "PARTHICO-Felicitas" AD 98-117 * Silver Denarius92 views
"Trajan begins his last campaign, the conquest of Parthia"

Obv: IMP CAES NER TRAIAN OPTIM AVG GER DAC- Laureate bust right, draped.
Rev: PARTHICO P M TR P COS VI P P SPQR - Felicitas standing left, holding caduceus and cornucopia.

Mint: Rome
Struck: 103-111 AD.

Size: 18.4 mm.
Weight: 3.8 grams
Die axis: 180 degs.

Beautiful luster, untarnished by the gentle wear.

RIC II, 332, page 268
Cohen 191
BMCRE 626
RSC 191
Sear RCATV (RCV 2000 Edition), #3141
(Van Meter 28/7, VB2)

2 commentsTiathena08/12/08 at 11:29divvsavgvstvs: Great "eye appeal", an attractive coin despite the...
VRBS_Roma_3a.jpg
Roma | She-wolf with Legendary twins * VRBS ROMA * Thessalonica, Γ†3 Follis - 4th C. AD.172 views
Roma | She-wolf & Twins * Thessalonica, Bronze Follis

Obv: Roma helmeted, draped and cuirassed bust, left: VRBS ROMA
Rev: She-wolf standing left, head lowered, looking back & downwards to the twins, Romulus and Remus
suckling below, two stars above.

Exergue: SMTS Ε

Mint: Thessalonica
Struck: 4th C. AD

Size: 17.94 mm.
Weight: 1.57 grm.
Die axis: 0°

Condition: Quite fine. As shown in photo which is quite faithful to the coin in hand.

Refs:*
RIC VII 229
(VII 229, Thessalonica)
1 commentsTiathena08/12/08 at 11:26divvsavgvstvs: I like these coins with the enigmatic symbols on t...
Justinian_1b.jpg
Justinian I * 527-539-565 AD113 views
Justinian I, Ζ Follis

Obv: Emperor Justinian I, facing, diademed, helmeted and cuirassed bust, holding globus-cruciger in raised right hand, shield covering heart and left shoulder, cross in right field. Legend, D N IVSTINI [ANV]S PP AVI
Rev: Large M in center, cross above, ε below; (A)NNO in left field, XX (Regnal year 20) in right field.

Exergue: CON

Mint: Constantinople
Struck: 546-547 AD.

Size: 31.89 x 32.49 mm.
Weight: 19.11 gms.
Die axis: 180°

Condition: As shown. Surprisingly to me, the present photograph is remarkably faithful to the appearance of the coin in hand. Overall, a lovely dark-olive patina covering both sides, and all details where present are quite strong & distinct.

Refs:*
MIB 95a
DOC 45e
BMC 80; Tolstoi 131
Ref: SEAR BCV, #163, page 60
2 commentsTiathena08/12/08 at 11:22divvsavgvstvs: Very nice example of this type.
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Julian II, 355-363 AD AE3 * Vows173 views
Julian II*, 355-363 AD AE3 * Scarce
"Vows X Mult XX"

Obv: FL CL IVLI-ANVS P F AVG - Helmeted, diademed bust left, cuirassed holding spear and shield.
Rev: VOT X MVLT XX – ("I promise ten years and perhaps twenty." Obv: D N) Within wreath on four lines.

Exe: HERACL . A

Mint: Heraclea
Struck: Between November 3rd 361 and June 26th 363 AD.
Workshop A

Size: (c) 20mm
Weight: 2.95 grams

Patina: Very dark green, near-black: beautiful.
Grade: VF

RIC VIII, 106. Scarce, page 438
- LRBC #1908.3.55g

* Conqueror

6 commentsTiathena08/12/08 at 11:21divvsavgvstvs: Great coin, but poor Julian has been given a face ...
Julia_Domna_Vesta-1a.jpg
Julia Domna * Vesta, Silver Denarius * 193-217 AD.152 views
Julia 'the Loyal' Felix Augusta * Vesta * AR Denarius

Obv: IVLIA PIA FELIX AVG, draped bust right
Rev: VESTA, Vesta standing left, holding palladium and scepter.

Mint: Rome
Struck: 213 AD.

Size: 19 mm.
Weight: 3.6 grams
Die axis: 180 degs.

Condition: Beautiful clear, bright luster.

Refs:*
RIC IV 390 (Antoninus Bassianus * Caracalla)
BMCRE 29 (same)
RSC 230

5 commentsTiathena08/12/08 at 11:19divvsavgvstvs: Superb portrait on a superb coin.
Commodus_Caesaria_1.jpg
Commodus * Mt. Argaeus & Helios * Cappadocia, Caesarea * AR Didrachm154 views
Marcus Aurelius Commodus Antoninus – 177-192 AD

Obv: Commodus, Laureate bust, right facing. Legend: AY M AYP KOMO ANT (omega)NEINOC CE
Rev: Mt. Argaeus, surmounted by Helios, holding globe in right hand, scepter in left hand. Legend: Y (Pi)ATOC (Gamma) (Pi)AT (Pi)AT

Exergue: (Blank)

Mint: Caesarea
Struck: COS III 181-182 AD.

Size: ca. 20 mm.
Weight: ca. 4.0 grams
Die axis: 0 degs.

Condition: Beautiful, clear, bright & very lustrous

Refs:*
Metcalf 146c
Sydenham 370a
SNG Copenhagen 250

5 commentsTiathena08/12/08 at 11:16divvsavgvstvs: What a beautiful little coin!
Divus_Antoninus-Pius_1a.jpg
Antoninus Pius, Divus * Eagle on Altar, 161 AD. AR Denarius143 views
Commemorative Divus Antoninus Pius * Eagle on Altar, Silver Denarius
Struck by Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus in 161 AD, on the death of Antoninus Pius in memory of the latter and commemoration of his deification by Will of the people &nd the Senate.

Obv: DIVVS ANTONINVS * bare head right.
Rev: CONSECRATIO, eagle standing right, head turned left, on garlanded altar.

Exergue: (Blank)

Mint: Rome
Struck: 161 AD.

Size: 18 mm.
Weight: 3.41 grams
Die axis: 180°

Condition: Beautiful, clear, bright luster, great details and high-relief. Nicely centered and well-struck.

Refs:*
Sear, 1301
Cohen, 154
RSC, 155/6.
Van Meter, 136
RIC III, 430 (Marcus Aurelius)
BMCRE, 48 (Marcus Aurelius)
Sear RCV II (2002), 5190, page 335

3 commentsTiathena08/12/08 at 11:12divvsavgvstvs: Superb coin, and another one that is missing from ...
Domitianavs_x-2b.jpg
Domitian * Minerva with Owl, 81-96 AD. AR Denarius585 views
Domitianvs * Minerva with Owl, 88 AD. Silver Denarius
" ~ My service to the state is listed here ~ "

Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VI * Domitian, Laureate head right facing.
Rev: IMP XIIII COS XIIII CENS P P P – Minerva helmeted & armed right-facing, surmounting Rostrum, holding thunderbolt (or javelin) in right hand, arm raised to throwing position, and shield at the ready on left arm, her owl, facing, at her feet to the right.

Exergue: Occupied by capital-piece of rostrum column.

Mint: Rome
Struck: January-August 88 AD.

Size: 22 mm.
Weight: 2.96 grams
Die axis: 180°

Condition: Absolutely gorgeous. Beautiful bright, clear luster with tri-colored cabinet toning (rainbow effect) on the reverse.

Refs:*
RSC 236
RIC II, 108a
BMC 103(v)
Cohen 218(v)
Sear RCV I (2000), 2730(v), page 495

12 commentsTiathena08/09/08 at 01:26fordicus: I'm a sucker for rainbow toning on a great coi...
Domitianavs_x-2b.jpg
Domitian * Minerva with Owl, 81-96 AD. AR Denarius585 views
Domitianvs * Minerva with Owl, 88 AD. Silver Denarius
" ~ My service to the state is listed here ~ "

Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VI * Domitian, Laureate head right facing.
Rev: IMP XIIII COS XIIII CENS P P P – Minerva helmeted & armed right-facing, surmounting Rostrum, holding thunderbolt (or javelin) in right hand, arm raised to throwing position, and shield at the ready on left arm, her owl, facing, at her feet to the right.

Exergue: Occupied by capital-piece of rostrum column.

Mint: Rome
Struck: January-August 88 AD.

Size: 22 mm.
Weight: 2.96 grams
Die axis: 180°

Condition: Absolutely gorgeous. Beautiful bright, clear luster with tri-colored cabinet toning (rainbow effect) on the reverse.

Refs:*
RSC 236
RIC II, 108a
BMC 103(v)
Cohen 218(v)
Sear RCV I (2000), 2730(v), page 495

12 commentsTiathena08/07/08 at 20:33Jochen: Wow! What a patina!
Domitianavs_x-2b.jpg
Domitian * Minerva with Owl, 81-96 AD. AR Denarius585 views
Domitianvs * Minerva with Owl, 88 AD. Silver Denarius
" ~ My service to the state is listed here ~ "

Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VI * Domitian, Laureate head right facing.
Rev: IMP XIIII COS XIIII CENS P P P – Minerva helmeted & armed right-facing, surmounting Rostrum, holding thunderbolt (or javelin) in right hand, arm raised to throwing position, and shield at the ready on left arm, her owl, facing, at her feet to the right.

Exergue: Occupied by capital-piece of rostrum column.

Mint: Rome
Struck: January-August 88 AD.

Size: 22 mm.
Weight: 2.96 grams
Die axis: 180°

Condition: Absolutely gorgeous. Beautiful bright, clear luster with tri-colored cabinet toning (rainbow effect) on the reverse.

Refs:*
RSC 236
RIC II, 108a
BMC 103(v)
Cohen 218(v)
Sear RCV I (2000), 2730(v), page 495

12 commentsTiathena08/07/08 at 15:53moneta romana: fantastic patina superb coin!
Marcus_Antonius_Leg-X_3a.jpg
Marcus Antonius Galley | Legion X, AR Denarius, 49-27 BC.82 views
Marcus Antonius Galley | Legion X, Silver Denarius

Obv: Manned Galley right, banner at prow, ANT AVG III VIR [R P C].
Rev: Two military standards with Legionary Eagle between them, LEG X.

Exergue: None.

Mint: Moving mint, perhaps Patrae.
Struck: 32-31 BC.

Size: 17.44 mm.
Weight: 3.24 grm.
Die axis: 0°

Condition: Quite good. Beautiful to me! As shown by the photo, in any event, which is quite faithful to the coin in hand.

Refs:*
Sear I, pg. 283, 1479
Crawford Vol. I, pg. 540, 544/24
3 commentsTiathena08/04/08 at 18:03Titus Pullo: I need a 10th...great find!
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Caracalla, Silver Denarius "Mars, the defender" * 196-217 AD *348 views
Caracalla, "Mars*, the defender."
AR Denarius
Obv: ANTONINVS PIVS AVG BRIT - Laureate head right
Rev: MARTI PROPVGNATORI – Mars advancing left, holding spear and trophy

Mint: Rome
Struck: 213 AD

Size: 18 mm.
Weight: 4.5 grams(?)
Die axis: 180 deg.

RIC IVi, 223 (s) Scarce; Cohen 150; D. Sear II, 6819; pg. 521
SCARCE

* Olympian
6 commentsTiathena08/04/08 at 18:01Titus Pullo: How did I ever miss this one? Fantastic coin!
Macrinus_Tyche_1a.jpg
Macrinus * Tyche, Marcianopolis, Moesia Inferior - Γ†26, 217-218 AD.134 views
Macrinus * Tyche, Marcianopolis, Moesia Inferior – Bronze, 26 mm.

Obv: AVT K OPE/\/\ICEVH MAKPEINOC Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: /\ MARKIANOPOLEITWN Tyche standing left, holding cornucopia in left hand/arm, and rudder in her right.

Exergue: (N/A)

Mint: Marcianopolis
Struck: 217-218 AD.

Size: 26 mm.
Weight: 10.42 grams
Die axis: 170°

Condition: Showing the wear of time and usage, a bit worn, but quite clear, strong & distinct images and a lovely brass-colored patina, slightly more-brown on the reverse with some small green-colored spots of oxidation, particularly around the upper form of Tyche.

Refs:*
Moushmov 527
SNGCop 221

3 commentsTiathena06/30/08 at 20:56Noah: the patina is outstanding
Caracalla_~1.jpg
Caracalla * Lucius Septimius Bassianus * & Agathedaemon Serpent * 196-217 AD. Γ† 28mm230 views
THRACE, Serdica. Caracalla. 198-217 AD. Ζ 28mm

Obv: AVT K M AVP CEV ANTWNEINOC, laureate and cuirassed bust right; viewed from behind
Rev: OULPIAC CEPDIKHC, Agathedaemon serpent, coiled and erect.

BMC Thrace pg. 174, 23.
Moushmov 4860
Rate F+

Glossy darkish-brown patina


"The elder of the two sons of the emperor Septimius Severus, Caracalla is best-known for arranging the murder of his brother Geta after the two engaged in a power struggle in the months after their father's death. The murder offended contemporaries and colored the following five years of Caracalla's reign, a reign that ended on a Syrian road with the emperor's own murder."

~ DIR USC, Michael L. Meckler
8 commentsTiathena06/08/08 at 15:22rjc311: I think I just got one of these in my cleaning con...
Commodus_Caesaria_1.jpg
Commodus * Mt. Argaeus & Helios * Cappadocia, Caesarea * AR Didrachm154 views
Marcus Aurelius Commodus Antoninus – 177-192 AD

Obv: Commodus, Laureate bust, right facing. Legend: AY M AYP KOMO ANT (omega)NEINOC CE
Rev: Mt. Argaeus, surmounted by Helios, holding globe in right hand, scepter in left hand. Legend: Y (Pi)ATOC (Gamma) (Pi)AT (Pi)AT

Exergue: (Blank)

Mint: Caesarea
Struck: COS III 181-182 AD.

Size: ca. 20 mm.
Weight: ca. 4.0 grams
Die axis: 0 degs.

Condition: Beautiful, clear, bright & very lustrous

Refs:*
Metcalf 146c
Sydenham 370a
SNG Copenhagen 250

5 commentsTiathena12/19/07 at 15:20ROMA: Dont see these often! Very nice
Domitianavs_x-2b.jpg
Domitian * Minerva with Owl, 81-96 AD. AR Denarius585 views
Domitianvs * Minerva with Owl, 88 AD. Silver Denarius
" ~ My service to the state is listed here ~ "

Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VI * Domitian, Laureate head right facing.
Rev: IMP XIIII COS XIIII CENS P P P – Minerva helmeted & armed right-facing, surmounting Rostrum, holding thunderbolt (or javelin) in right hand, arm raised to throwing position, and shield at the ready on left arm, her owl, facing, at her feet to the right.

Exergue: Occupied by capital-piece of rostrum column.

Mint: Rome
Struck: January-August 88 AD.

Size: 22 mm.
Weight: 2.96 grams
Die axis: 180°

Condition: Absolutely gorgeous. Beautiful bright, clear luster with tri-colored cabinet toning (rainbow effect) on the reverse.

Refs:*
RSC 236
RIC II, 108a
BMC 103(v)
Cohen 218(v)
Sear RCV I (2000), 2730(v), page 495

12 commentsTiathena12/07/07 at 02:25Titus Pullo: WOW!
M_Aurelius_Concordia.jpg
Marcus Aurelius, 161-180 AD., Silver Denarius83 views
AR Denarius

Obv: IMP M AVREL ANTONINVS AVG * Bare head, right (handsome portrait)
Rev: CONCORD AVG TR P XVI; Concordia seated left, holding patera in right hand; cornucopia beneath her seat.
COS III in exergue

Mint: Rome
Struck: Dec. 161 to Dec. 162 AD.

Size: 18 mm.
Weight: 3.4 grams.
Die axis: 0 degs.

RIC III, 35
Cohen 35
Sear 1408(v)

1 commentsTiathena04/19/07 at 03:40Ardatirion: Very nice!
Septimius_Apollon_6b.jpg
Septimius Severus | Apollo - Nikopolis ad Istrum, AE18 - 193-211 AD.98 views
Septimius Severus | Apollo - Nikopolis ad Istrum, AE18

Obv: Laureate head right: AV KAI CE . CEVHPOC
Rev: Apollo (or Bonus Eventus), nude, standing left, holding shallow patera in outstretched right & laurel branch in lowered left hands: NIKOPOΛEITΩN ΠPOC ICTP

Exergue: Blank.

Mint: Nikopolis ad Istrum
Struck: 193-211 AD.

Size: 19.80 x 16.87 mm.
Weight: 2.66 grm.
Die axis: 160°

Condition: Very fine for all extant devices, beautiful dark-olive patina. Irregular flan.

Refs:*
Pick, AMNG 1356
2 commentsTiathena04/13/07 at 21:02Tiathena: Wonderful & much-cherished gift from a very dear f...
Caracalla_Mars-Right.jpg
Caracalla, Silver Denarius "Mars, the Aggressor" * 196-217 AD *83 views
Caracalla, "Mars,* the Aggressor"
AR Denarius

Obverse: ANTONINVS PIVS AVG, laureate head right.
Reverse: PONTIF TR P X COS II, Mars advancing right carrying trophy over left shoulder and spear in right hand.

Mint: Rome
Struck: 213 AD

Size: 18 mm.
Weight: 2.85 grams
Die axis: 180 deg.

Beautiful luster.

RIC 88, RSC 431

* Olympian

1 commentsTiathena03/26/07 at 21:11Aamil Qureshi: Beautiful!
VRBS_ROMA_X_1a.jpg
VRBS ROMA Γ†3 Follis * Commemorative280 views
VRBS ROMA * Commemorative - Founding of the City of Rome

Obv: VRBS ROMA - Roma wearing plumed & crested helmet with visor, draped in Imperial robe and cuirassed bust left.
Rev: No legend: She-wolf standing left, suckling Romulus and Remus; two stars above.

Exergue: R (Wreath) Q

Mint: Rome
Struck: 333-335 AD.

Size: 16.12 mm.
Weight: c. 2.5 gms.
Die axis: 180°

Condition: In good condition, well struck, nicely-centered and a rather pretty dark-olive green patina overall.

Note: Coin not in my private collection. Birthday gift to my niece, February 2006.

Ref: RIC VII Rome 354
2 commentsTiathena03/25/07 at 01:43Noah: Strangely enough, my first coin was this popular o...
Commodus_Caesaria_1.jpg
Commodus * Mt. Argaeus & Helios * Cappadocia, Caesarea * AR Didrachm154 views
Marcus Aurelius Commodus Antoninus – 177-192 AD

Obv: Commodus, Laureate bust, right facing. Legend: AY M AYP KOMO ANT (omega)NEINOC CE
Rev: Mt. Argaeus, surmounted by Helios, holding globe in right hand, scepter in left hand. Legend: Y (Pi)ATOC (Gamma) (Pi)AT (Pi)AT

Exergue: (Blank)

Mint: Caesarea
Struck: COS III 181-182 AD.

Size: ca. 20 mm.
Weight: ca. 4.0 grams
Die axis: 0 degs.

Condition: Beautiful, clear, bright & very lustrous

Refs:*
Metcalf 146c
Sydenham 370a
SNG Copenhagen 250

5 commentsTiathena03/25/07 at 01:40Noah: a beauty through and through
Caracalla_Serapis_6f.jpg
Caracalla * Serapis, 196-217 AD. AR Denarius138 views
Caracalla * Serapis, Silver Denarius

Obv: ANTONINVS PIVS AVG GERM * Laureate head right.
Rev: P M TR P XX COS IIII P P Serapis * wearing polos standing left, holding bound-wreath(?) in right hand and scepter in his left hand, arm slightly raised.

Exergue: (Blank)

Mint: Rome
Struck: 217 AD.

Size: 19 mm.
Weight: 2.53 grams
Die axis: 300°

Condition: Beautiful. Bright, clear luster. Small flan crack on reverse.

Refs:*
RIC 289c, pg. 255

2 commentsTiathena03/25/07 at 01:39Noah: that is one of the handsomest portraits of his I h...
Titus_Ceres_Master_2a.jpg
Titus | Ceres * Rome - AR Denarius, 79-81 AD.80 views
Titus | Ceres * Rome - Silver Denarius

Obv: Laureate head right: IMP TITVS CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG P M
Rev: Ceres seated left, holding poppy and corn ears in outstretched right and torch vertical in left hand, cradled in crook of her left arm: TR P VIIII IMP XIIII COS VII

Exergue: Clear

Mint: Rome
Struck: 1 July – ca. 15 July, 79 AD.

Size: 17.88 mm.
Weight: 3.45 gms.
Die axis: 180°

Condition:

Refs:*
BMC, 7
Cohen 270 -
RIC II, 8D, page 117 -
SEAR RCV I (2000), 2508, page 465
RSC, 270a - Similar, but without PP at end of reverse legend.

Rare, as an issue struck for a very brief period (see above).
Struck 55-40 days prior to the eruption of Vesuvius which destroyed Pompeii, Herculaneum, et al. (24 August, 79 AD.)

Status: TCJH, Private Collection.

My gratitude to Curtis Clay for his kind assistance with dating & clarifications.
3 commentsTiathena03/22/07 at 10:24Dave A: A fabulous coin Tia with an interesting background...
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Helmeted Roma | Hercules with Nemean Lion, AR Serrate Denarius, 80 BC. Poblicia.81 views
Helmeted Roma | Hercules and Nemean Lion, Serrate Silver Denarius.

Obv: Roma draped, in twin-feathered plumed Phrygian-styled helmet, right facing; ROMA behind, control mark S above.
Rev: Hercules standing left, wrestling and strangling the Nemean lion, club below, encased bow with two arrows in left field; S, above; C POBLICI Q F in right field.

Exergue: None.

Mint: Rome
Struck: 80 BC.

Size: 18.73 mm.
Weight: 3.8 grm.
Die axis: 90°

Condition: Quite fine. Beautiful, bright, clear and lustrous silver. Excellent surfaces and devices in superb relief.

Refs:
Sydenham, 768
Crawford, 380/1
2 commentsTiathena02/13/07 at 07:10maridvnvm: Very nice indeed
Poblicia_Den_2a.jpg
Helmeted Roma | Hercules with Nemean Lion, AR Serrate Denarius, 80 BC. Poblicia.81 views
Helmeted Roma | Hercules and Nemean Lion, Serrate Silver Denarius.

Obv: Roma draped, in twin-feathered plumed Phrygian-styled helmet, right facing; ROMA behind, control mark S above.
Rev: Hercules standing left, wrestling and strangling the Nemean lion, club below, encased bow with two arrows in left field; S, above; C POBLICI Q F in right field.

Exergue: None.

Mint: Rome
Struck: 80 BC.

Size: 18.73 mm.
Weight: 3.8 grm.
Die axis: 90°

Condition: Quite fine. Beautiful, bright, clear and lustrous silver. Excellent surfaces and devices in superb relief.

Refs:
Sydenham, 768
Crawford, 380/1
2 commentsTiathena02/12/07 at 10:30Potator II: Lovely coin
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Marcus Antonius Galley | Legion X, AR Denarius, 49-27 BC.82 views
Marcus Antonius Galley | Legion X, Silver Denarius

Obv: Manned Galley right, banner at prow, ANT AVG III VIR [R P C].
Rev: Two military standards with Legionary Eagle between them, LEG X.

Exergue: None.

Mint: Moving mint, perhaps Patrae.
Struck: 32-31 BC.

Size: 17.44 mm.
Weight: 3.24 grm.
Die axis: 0°

Condition: Quite good. Beautiful to me! As shown by the photo, in any event, which is quite faithful to the coin in hand.

Refs:*
Sear I, pg. 283, 1479
Crawford Vol. I, pg. 540, 544/24
3 commentsTiathena02/11/07 at 18:03Tiathena: Thanks for the catch Zach! I'd passed that over, h...
Marcus_Antonius_Leg-X_3a.jpg
Marcus Antonius Galley | Legion X, AR Denarius, 49-27 BC.82 views
Marcus Antonius Galley | Legion X, Silver Denarius

Obv: Manned Galley right, banner at prow, ANT AVG III VIR [R P C].
Rev: Two military standards with Legionary Eagle between them, LEG X.

Exergue: None.

Mint: Moving mint, perhaps Patrae.
Struck: 32-31 BC.

Size: 17.44 mm.
Weight: 3.24 grm.
Die axis: 0°

Condition: Quite good. Beautiful to me! As shown by the photo, in any event, which is quite faithful to the coin in hand.

Refs:*
Sear I, pg. 283, 1479
Crawford Vol. I, pg. 540, 544/24
3 commentsTiathena02/11/07 at 17:42Zach Margulies: great coin! I thought these coins were struck at ...
Apollon-Cupid-Goat_Fonteius_3a.jpg
Vejovis | Cupid riding Goat, MN. Fonteius, AR Denarius, 84 BC.86 views
Vejovis | Cupid riding Goat, MN. Fonteius, Silver Denarius

Obv: Laureate head of Vejovis right, [C F] below chin, thunderbolt below head, MN.FONTEI.[C.F] behind.
Rev: Winged Cupid seated on goat, both right facing, twin caps of the Dioscurii above, thyrsus of Bacchus below, all within enclosing laurel wreath.

Exergue: Thyrsus

Mint: Rome
Struck: 84 BC.

Size: 22 mm.
Weight: 3.8 grm.
Die axis: 120°

Condition: Quite fine. Bright, clear lustrous silver with nice toning, particularly on the obverse. Clear, sharp devices and excellent relief.

Refs:*
Sear, 271
Sydham, 724a
Crawford, 353/1c
1 commentsTiathena02/11/07 at 17:00Pscipio: Much better than just "quite fine" and from beauti...
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Maximinus I 'Thrax' * Salus - AR Denarius * 235-238 AD.111 views
Maximinus I 'Thrax' * Salus - Silver Denarius

Obv: Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right. IMP MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG
Rev: Salus seated left, feeding serpent arising from altar to front from patera extended in right arm, left elbow resting on seat: SALVS AVGVSTI

Exergue: Clear

Mint: Rome
Struck: 235-238 AD.

Size: 20.07 mm.
Weight: 3.16 gms.
Die axis: 180°

Condition: Beautiful: clear, sharp, distinct images and legends in superb relief, with some notable wear to the serpent.
Lovely silver luster overall.

Refs:*
RIC 14. RSC. 85a.
BMCRE 99, pl. 36.

Status: TCJH * Private Collection
Gift from a very dear friend.
4 commentsTiathena08/30/06 at 10:32Maxentius: Great portrait!
Domitianavs_x-2b.jpg
Domitian * Minerva with Owl, 81-96 AD. AR Denarius585 views
Domitianvs * Minerva with Owl, 88 AD. Silver Denarius
" ~ My service to the state is listed here ~ "

Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VI * Domitian, Laureate head right facing.
Rev: IMP XIIII COS XIIII CENS P P P – Minerva helmeted & armed right-facing, surmounting Rostrum, holding thunderbolt (or javelin) in right hand, arm raised to throwing position, and shield at the ready on left arm, her owl, facing, at her feet to the right.

Exergue: Occupied by capital-piece of rostrum column.

Mint: Rome
Struck: January-August 88 AD.

Size: 22 mm.
Weight: 2.96 grams
Die axis: 180°

Condition: Absolutely gorgeous. Beautiful bright, clear luster with tri-colored cabinet toning (rainbow effect) on the reverse.

Refs:*
RSC 236
RIC II, 108a
BMC 103(v)
Cohen 218(v)
Sear RCV I (2000), 2730(v), page 495

12 commentsTiathena08/13/06 at 01:42Gavignano: Unusual toning - and beautiful - maybe it was in a...
Titus_Ceres_Master_2a.jpg
Titus | Ceres * Rome - AR Denarius, 79-81 AD.80 views
Titus | Ceres * Rome - Silver Denarius

Obv: Laureate head right: IMP TITVS CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG P M
Rev: Ceres seated left, holding poppy and corn ears in outstretched right and torch vertical in left hand, cradled in crook of her left arm: TR P VIIII IMP XIIII COS VII

Exergue: Clear

Mint: Rome
Struck: 1 July – ca. 15 July, 79 AD.

Size: 17.88 mm.
Weight: 3.45 gms.
Die axis: 180°

Condition:

Refs:*
BMC, 7
Cohen 270 -
RIC II, 8D, page 117 -
SEAR RCV I (2000), 2508, page 465
RSC, 270a - Similar, but without PP at end of reverse legend.

Rare, as an issue struck for a very brief period (see above).
Struck 55-40 days prior to the eruption of Vesuvius which destroyed Pompeii, Herculaneum, et al. (24 August, 79 AD.)

Status: TCJH, Private Collection.

My gratitude to Curtis Clay for his kind assistance with dating & clarifications.
3 commentsTiathena07/29/06 at 22:23Vespasian70: Very nice coin Tia. A stately portrait of the new ...
VRBS_ROMA_X_1a.jpg
VRBS ROMA Γ†3 Follis * Commemorative280 views
VRBS ROMA * Commemorative - Founding of the City of Rome

Obv: VRBS ROMA - Roma wearing plumed & crested helmet with visor, draped in Imperial robe and cuirassed bust left.
Rev: No legend: She-wolf standing left, suckling Romulus and Remus; two stars above.

Exergue: R (Wreath) Q

Mint: Rome
Struck: 333-335 AD.

Size: 16.12 mm.
Weight: c. 2.5 gms.
Die axis: 180°

Condition: In good condition, well struck, nicely-centered and a rather pretty dark-olive green patina overall.

Note: Coin not in my private collection. Birthday gift to my niece, February 2006.

Ref: RIC VII Rome 354
2 commentsTiathena07/18/06 at 08:55Ginolerhino: Funny you gave it as a gift to your niece. My aunt...
Maximinus_Thrax_Salus_3b.jpg
Maximinus I 'Thrax' * Salus - AR Denarius * 235-238 AD.111 views
Maximinus I 'Thrax' * Salus - Silver Denarius

Obv: Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right. IMP MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG
Rev: Salus seated left, feeding serpent arising from altar to front from patera extended in right arm, left elbow resting on seat: SALVS AVGVSTI

Exergue: Clear

Mint: Rome
Struck: 235-238 AD.

Size: 20.07 mm.
Weight: 3.16 gms.
Die axis: 180°

Condition: Beautiful: clear, sharp, distinct images and legends in superb relief, with some notable wear to the serpent.
Lovely silver luster overall.

Refs:*
RIC 14. RSC. 85a.
BMCRE 99, pl. 36.

Status: TCJH * Private Collection
Gift from a very dear friend.
4 commentsTiathena07/16/06 at 15:10Potator II: Very, very nice coin, and I guess the picture dese...
Titus_Ceres_Master_2a.jpg
Titus | Ceres * Rome - AR Denarius, 79-81 AD.80 views
Titus | Ceres * Rome - Silver Denarius

Obv: Laureate head right: IMP TITVS CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG P M
Rev: Ceres seated left, holding poppy and corn ears in outstretched right and torch vertical in left hand, cradled in crook of her left arm: TR P VIIII IMP XIIII COS VII

Exergue: Clear

Mint: Rome
Struck: 1 July – ca. 15 July, 79 AD.

Size: 17.88 mm.
Weight: 3.45 gms.
Die axis: 180°

Condition:

Refs:*
BMC, 7
Cohen 270 -
RIC II, 8D, page 117 -
SEAR RCV I (2000), 2508, page 465
RSC, 270a - Similar, but without PP at end of reverse legend.

Rare, as an issue struck for a very brief period (see above).
Struck 55-40 days prior to the eruption of Vesuvius which destroyed Pompeii, Herculaneum, et al. (24 August, 79 AD.)

Status: TCJH, Private Collection.

My gratitude to Curtis Clay for his kind assistance with dating & clarifications.
3 commentsTiathena07/16/06 at 08:12Bacchus: Really excellent coin.....
Maximinus_Thrax_Salus_3b.jpg
Maximinus I 'Thrax' * Salus - AR Denarius * 235-238 AD.111 views
Maximinus I 'Thrax' * Salus - Silver Denarius

Obv: Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right. IMP MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG
Rev: Salus seated left, feeding serpent arising from altar to front from patera extended in right arm, left elbow resting on seat: SALVS AVGVSTI

Exergue: Clear

Mint: Rome
Struck: 235-238 AD.

Size: 20.07 mm.
Weight: 3.16 gms.
Die axis: 180°

Condition: Beautiful: clear, sharp, distinct images and legends in superb relief, with some notable wear to the serpent.
Lovely silver luster overall.

Refs:*
RIC 14. RSC. 85a.
BMCRE 99, pl. 36.

Status: TCJH * Private Collection
Gift from a very dear friend.
4 commentsTiathena07/16/06 at 06:49Pscipio: A wonderful portrait!
Maximinus_Thrax_Salus_3b.jpg
Maximinus I 'Thrax' * Salus - AR Denarius * 235-238 AD.111 views
Maximinus I 'Thrax' * Salus - Silver Denarius

Obv: Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right. IMP MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG
Rev: Salus seated left, feeding serpent arising from altar to front from patera extended in right arm, left elbow resting on seat: SALVS AVGVSTI

Exergue: Clear

Mint: Rome
Struck: 235-238 AD.

Size: 20.07 mm.
Weight: 3.16 gms.
Die axis: 180°

Condition: Beautiful: clear, sharp, distinct images and legends in superb relief, with some notable wear to the serpent.
Lovely silver luster overall.

Refs:*
RIC 14. RSC. 85a.
BMCRE 99, pl. 36.

Status: TCJH * Private Collection
Gift from a very dear friend.
4 commentsTiathena07/16/06 at 01:23Noah: Nice expression on his face. It looks as if he is...
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Caracalla | Fides * Rome * AR Denarius - 198-217 AD.96 views
Caracalla | Fides * Silver Denarius

Obv: Laureate bust right. ANTONINVS PIVS AVG GERM
Rev: Fides Militum facing, head left, standing between and holding two standards either side in left and right hands. PM TR P XVIII COS IIII PP

Exergue: Clear

Mint: Rome
Struck: 198-217

Size: 20.40 mm.
Weight: 2.83 grm.
Die axis: 0°

Condition: Excellent. Clean, clear, well centered and struck, superb images and good legends. Lustrous silver with some light toning on the obverse.

Refs:*
Sear, 1937
Van Meter, 63/11

Status: TCJH, Private Collection.
3 commentsTiathena07/15/06 at 18:52Tiathena: Thanks Ecoli! TCJH, initials of my full name.
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Caracalla | Fides * Rome * AR Denarius - 198-217 AD.96 views
Caracalla | Fides * Silver Denarius

Obv: Laureate bust right. ANTONINVS PIVS AVG GERM
Rev: Fides Militum facing, head left, standing between and holding two standards either side in left and right hands. PM TR P XVIII COS IIII PP

Exergue: Clear

Mint: Rome
Struck: 198-217

Size: 20.40 mm.
Weight: 2.83 grm.
Die axis: 0°

Condition: Excellent. Clean, clear, well centered and struck, superb images and good legends. Lustrous silver with some light toning on the obverse.

Refs:*
Sear, 1937
Van Meter, 63/11

Status: TCJH, Private Collection.
3 commentsTiathena07/15/06 at 08:57ecoli: Nice...tcjh means?
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Caracalla * Lucius Septimius Bassianus * & Agathedaemon Serpent * 196-217 AD. Γ† 28mm230 views
THRACE, Serdica. Caracalla. 198-217 AD. Ζ 28mm

Obv: AVT K M AVP CEV ANTWNEINOC, laureate and cuirassed bust right; viewed from behind
Rev: OULPIAC CEPDIKHC, Agathedaemon serpent, coiled and erect.

BMC Thrace pg. 174, 23.
Moushmov 4860
Rate F+

Glossy darkish-brown patina


"The elder of the two sons of the emperor Septimius Severus, Caracalla is best-known for arranging the murder of his brother Geta after the two engaged in a power struggle in the months after their father's death. The murder offended contemporaries and colored the following five years of Caracalla's reign, a reign that ended on a Syrian road with the emperor's own murder."

~ DIR USC, Michael L. Meckler
8 commentsTiathena07/10/06 at 18:21Arminius: Oh - I like coins like this one !!!
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Lucius Verus * Armenia - AR Denarius * 161-169 AD.161 views
Lucius Verus * Mourning Armenia - Silver Denarius

Obv: Bare head, right: L VERVS AVG ARMENIACVS
Rev: Armenia seated on the ground left-facing, in attitude of mourning, weight placed on left arm, accoutered with bow and quiver, shield to front leaning and resting against raised right leg, vexillum behind: TRP III IMP II COS II

Exergue: ARMEN

Mint: Rome
Struck: 163 AD.

Size: 18 mm.
Weight: 3.3 gms.
Die axis: 180°

Condition: Superb! Near mint. Very clean with bright, silvery luster.

Refs:*
RSC 6
RIC III, 501
MIR 18, 62-14/10
Sear RCV 1537 (1988 ).
6 commentsTiathena06/12/06 at 13:13Maxentius: Extraordinary portrait. Who was his haidresser??
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Lucius Verus * Armenia - AR Denarius * 161-169 AD.161 views
Lucius Verus * Mourning Armenia - Silver Denarius

Obv: Bare head, right: L VERVS AVG ARMENIACVS
Rev: Armenia seated on the ground left-facing, in attitude of mourning, weight placed on left arm, accoutered with bow and quiver, shield to front leaning and resting against raised right leg, vexillum behind: TRP III IMP II COS II

Exergue: ARMEN

Mint: Rome
Struck: 163 AD.

Size: 18 mm.
Weight: 3.3 gms.
Die axis: 180°

Condition: Superb! Near mint. Very clean with bright, silvery luster.

Refs:*
RSC 6
RIC III, 501
MIR 18, 62-14/10
Sear RCV 1537 (1988 ).
6 commentsTiathena06/09/06 at 12:46Potator II: Holly cow !! as you would write yourself, what a c...
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Lucius Verus * Armenia - AR Denarius * 161-169 AD.161 views
Lucius Verus * Mourning Armenia - Silver Denarius

Obv: Bare head, right: L VERVS AVG ARMENIACVS
Rev: Armenia seated on the ground left-facing, in attitude of mourning, weight placed on left arm, accoutered with bow and quiver, shield to front leaning and resting against raised right leg, vexillum behind: TRP III IMP II COS II

Exergue: ARMEN

Mint: Rome
Struck: 163 AD.

Size: 18 mm.
Weight: 3.3 gms.
Die axis: 180°

Condition: Superb! Near mint. Very clean with bright, silvery luster.

Refs:*
RSC 6
RIC III, 501
MIR 18, 62-14/10
Sear RCV 1537 (1988 ).
6 commentsTiathena06/09/06 at 11:22Noah: Wonderful coin Tia! BTW, nice photo quality too!!...
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Lucius Verus * Armenia - AR Denarius * 161-169 AD.161 views
Lucius Verus * Mourning Armenia - Silver Denarius

Obv: Bare head, right: L VERVS AVG ARMENIACVS
Rev: Armenia seated on the ground left-facing, in attitude of mourning, weight placed on left arm, accoutered with bow and quiver, shield to front leaning and resting against raised right leg, vexillum behind: TRP III IMP II COS II

Exergue: ARMEN

Mint: Rome
Struck: 163 AD.

Size: 18 mm.
Weight: 3.3 gms.
Die axis: 180°

Condition: Superb! Near mint. Very clean with bright, silvery luster.

Refs:*
RSC 6
RIC III, 501
MIR 18, 62-14/10
Sear RCV 1537 (1988 ).
6 commentsTiathena06/09/06 at 08:47maridvnvm: I agree, 5 stars almost doesn't seem enough. A gem...
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Lucius Verus * Armenia - AR Denarius * 161-169 AD.161 views
Lucius Verus * Mourning Armenia - Silver Denarius

Obv: Bare head, right: L VERVS AVG ARMENIACVS
Rev: Armenia seated on the ground left-facing, in attitude of mourning, weight placed on left arm, accoutered with bow and quiver, shield to front leaning and resting against raised right leg, vexillum behind: TRP III IMP II COS II

Exergue: ARMEN

Mint: Rome
Struck: 163 AD.

Size: 18 mm.
Weight: 3.3 gms.
Die axis: 180°

Condition: Superb! Near mint. Very clean with bright, silvery luster.

Refs:*
RSC 6
RIC III, 501
MIR 18, 62-14/10
Sear RCV 1537 (1988 ).
6 commentsTiathena06/09/06 at 08:41b70: I wish I could give more than 5 stars!
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Caracalla * Dionysus - Hadrianopolis, Γ†23 - 198-217 AD.124 views
Caracalla * Dionysus - Hadrianopolis, Thrace * Provincial bronze.
2 or 3 assaria.

Obv: Laureate, right facing, seen from behind. AVT K M AVP CEV ANTΩNEINOC
Rev: Dionysus standing left holding bunch of grapes in outstretched right, & thyrsus which he grasps near the top in his upraised left. AΔRIANOΠO | ΛEITΩN

Exergue: None

Mint: Hadrianopolis, Thrace
Struck: 211-217 AD.

Size: 23.56 mm.
Weight: 7.12 grm.
Die axis: 0°

Condition: Quite much as shown in image but cleaner and less rough viewed in hand. Quite lovely patina considerably darker than shown here and towards a deep olive-green.

Refs:*
Jurukova, no. 373, pl. XXXV

One of three known specimens.
Two in Bulgaria, Sofia & Sliven respectively.

(Much thanks to Curtis Clay for this reference, & to Whitetd49 for his numerous kind clarifications).
2 commentsTiathena06/06/06 at 15:53Tiathena: Thanks, Bacchus! He does look in a rather dangero...
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Caracalla * Dionysus - Hadrianopolis, Γ†23 - 198-217 AD.124 views
Caracalla * Dionysus - Hadrianopolis, Thrace * Provincial bronze.
2 or 3 assaria.

Obv: Laureate, right facing, seen from behind. AVT K M AVP CEV ANTΩNEINOC
Rev: Dionysus standing left holding bunch of grapes in outstretched right, & thyrsus which he grasps near the top in his upraised left. AΔRIANOΠO | ΛEITΩN

Exergue: None

Mint: Hadrianopolis, Thrace
Struck: 211-217 AD.

Size: 23.56 mm.
Weight: 7.12 grm.
Die axis: 0°

Condition: Quite much as shown in image but cleaner and less rough viewed in hand. Quite lovely patina considerably darker than shown here and towards a deep olive-green.

Refs:*
Jurukova, no. 373, pl. XXXV

One of three known specimens.
Two in Bulgaria, Sofia & Sliven respectively.

(Much thanks to Curtis Clay for this reference, & to Whitetd49 for his numerous kind clarifications).
2 commentsTiathena06/06/06 at 14:56Bacchus: Great Portrait - very angry !
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Caracalla * Nemesis - Pessinus * Γ† 29, 198-217 AD.90 views
Caracalla * Nemesis – Pessinus, Galatia * Bronze Provincial

Obv: Caracalla, Laureate, cuirassed (and draped?) bust, left facing. ANTONINOC AVΓOVCTOC
Rev: Nemesis standing, left facing, holding measuring rod in right hand, bridle in left. ΠΕCCI N OVNTIΩN

Exergue: N/A

Mint: Pessinus (Galatia).
Struck: 198-217 AD.

Size: 29.79 mm.
Weight: 14.6 gms.
Die axis: 0°

Condition: As seen here, marginally nicer in hand and considerably more to the brown than the green side in the patina.
All in all a very pleasant coin.

Refs: (?) ~ Not Found in the following *
Lindgren I, II or III
Sear
BMC (at least from the time when Wroth's volume on Galatia, Cappadocia, and Syria was published).
SNG France 3
Coll Pozzi
SNG Pal
SNG Righetti
SNG Hunterian
ANS
Gorny & Mosch – nor in –
Wheaton College Col.

Apparently an unknown issue.
2 commentsTiathena06/06/06 at 05:20Potator II: It's the first time I see Caracalla looking wise. ...
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Caracalla * Nemesis - Pessinus * Γ† 29, 198-217 AD.90 views
Caracalla * Nemesis – Pessinus, Galatia * Bronze Provincial

Obv: Caracalla, Laureate, cuirassed (and draped?) bust, left facing. ANTONINOC AVΓOVCTOC
Rev: Nemesis standing, left facing, holding measuring rod in right hand, bridle in left. ΠΕCCI N OVNTIΩN

Exergue: N/A

Mint: Pessinus (Galatia).
Struck: 198-217 AD.

Size: 29.79 mm.
Weight: 14.6 gms.
Die axis: 0°

Condition: As seen here, marginally nicer in hand and considerably more to the brown than the green side in the patina.
All in all a very pleasant coin.

Refs: (?) ~ Not Found in the following *
Lindgren I, II or III
Sear
BMC (at least from the time when Wroth's volume on Galatia, Cappadocia, and Syria was published).
SNG France 3
Coll Pozzi
SNG Pal
SNG Righetti
SNG Hunterian
ANS
Gorny & Mosch – nor in –
Wheaton College Col.

Apparently an unknown issue.
2 commentsTiathena06/05/06 at 08:39Maxentius: Nice portrait
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Diana and Victory * Roman Republican, Serrate AR Den., 79 BC.136 views
Diana with Bow and Quiver | Victory in Biga * Republican, Serrate AR Den., 79 BC.

Obv: Diana, diademed and draped bust facing right, hair pulled up and bound behind, bow and quiver over her shoulder; S.C. before.
Rev: Victory driving a charging biga to the right, holding reins and palm-branch in left hand and wreath in her right, control mark A . XI below.

Exergue: Off flan. [ TI. CLAVD TI. F. APN ].

Mint: Rome
Struck: 79 BC.

Size: 18.50 mm. (Flan circ. at largest).
Weight: 3.9 gms.
Die axis: 190°

Condition: Exceptional. Bright, clear, radiant luster. Both sides well struck though slightly off-center and with a very slight bend near the rim (ca. 190° obverse). Excellent relief and details on both sides.

Refs:
Sear, 310.
Claudia 6.
Crawford 383/1
Sydenham, 770a
BMCRR, Rome 3103
Kestner, 3233 var. (control numeral)
*
5 commentsTiathena03/17/06 at 18:03Potator II: Lovely coin, I like those "flying" horses
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VRBS ROMA Γ†3 Follis * Commemorative257 viewsVRBS ROMA * Commemorative - Founding of the City of Rome

Obv: VRBS ROMA - Roma wearing plumed & crested helmet with visor, draped in Imperial robe and cuirassed bust left.
Rev: No legend: She-wolf standing left, suckling Romulus and Remus; two stars above.

Exergue: . Δ SIS .

Mint: Siscia
Struck: 330-346 AD.

Size: 17.88 x 16.55 mm.
Weight: c. 2.5 gms.
Die axis: 350°

Condition: In fine condition, nicely struck, well-centered and a lovely deep copper-gold patina overall.

Note: Coin not in my private collection. Birthday gift to my niece, February 2006.

Ref: RIC 240 D
2 commentsTiathena02/27/06 at 07:54Pscipio: Indeed, maybe that helps her getting interested in...
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VRBS ROMA Γ†3 Follis * Commemorative257 viewsVRBS ROMA * Commemorative - Founding of the City of Rome

Obv: VRBS ROMA - Roma wearing plumed & crested helmet with visor, draped in Imperial robe and cuirassed bust left.
Rev: No legend: She-wolf standing left, suckling Romulus and Remus; two stars above.

Exergue: . Δ SIS .

Mint: Siscia
Struck: 330-346 AD.

Size: 17.88 x 16.55 mm.
Weight: c. 2.5 gms.
Die axis: 350°

Condition: In fine condition, nicely struck, well-centered and a lovely deep copper-gold patina overall.

Note: Coin not in my private collection. Birthday gift to my niece, February 2006.

Ref: RIC 240 D
2 commentsTiathena02/27/06 at 07:00Maxentius: Nice gift to your niece!
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Diana and Victory * Roman Republican, Serrate AR Den., 79 BC.136 views
Diana with Bow and Quiver | Victory in Biga * Republican, Serrate AR Den., 79 BC.

Obv: Diana, diademed and draped bust facing right, hair pulled up and bound behind, bow and quiver over her shoulder; S.C. before.
Rev: Victory driving a charging biga to the right, holding reins and palm-branch in left hand and wreath in her right, control mark A . XI below.

Exergue: Off flan. [ TI. CLAVD TI. F. APN ].

Mint: Rome
Struck: 79 BC.

Size: 18.50 mm. (Flan circ. at largest).
Weight: 3.9 gms.
Die axis: 190°

Condition: Exceptional. Bright, clear, radiant luster. Both sides well struck though slightly off-center and with a very slight bend near the rim (ca. 190° obverse). Excellent relief and details on both sides.

Refs:
Sear, 310.
Claudia 6.
Crawford 383/1
Sydenham, 770a
BMCRR, Rome 3103
Kestner, 3233 var. (control numeral)
*
5 commentsTiathena02/27/06 at 06:56Maxentius: Very nice coin with great details!
Diana_Victory_1a.jpg
Diana and Victory * Roman Republican, Serrate AR Den., 79 BC.136 views
Diana with Bow and Quiver | Victory in Biga * Republican, Serrate AR Den., 79 BC.

Obv: Diana, diademed and draped bust facing right, hair pulled up and bound behind, bow and quiver over her shoulder; S.C. before.
Rev: Victory driving a charging biga to the right, holding reins and palm-branch in left hand and wreath in her right, control mark A . XI below.

Exergue: Off flan. [ TI. CLAVD TI. F. APN ].

Mint: Rome
Struck: 79 BC.

Size: 18.50 mm. (Flan circ. at largest).
Weight: 3.9 gms.
Die axis: 190°

Condition: Exceptional. Bright, clear, radiant luster. Both sides well struck though slightly off-center and with a very slight bend near the rim (ca. 190° obverse). Excellent relief and details on both sides.

Refs:
Sear, 310.
Claudia 6.
Crawford 383/1
Sydenham, 770a
BMCRR, Rome 3103
Kestner, 3233 var. (control numeral)
*
5 commentsTiathena02/26/06 at 22:56Vespasian70: I love it! Wonderful coin Tia.
Diana_Victory_1a.jpg
Diana and Victory * Roman Republican, Serrate AR Den., 79 BC.136 views
Diana with Bow and Quiver | Victory in Biga * Republican, Serrate AR Den., 79 BC.

Obv: Diana, diademed and draped bust facing right, hair pulled up and bound behind, bow and quiver over her shoulder; S.C. before.
Rev: Victory driving a charging biga to the right, holding reins and palm-branch in left hand and wreath in her right, control mark A . XI below.

Exergue: Off flan. [ TI. CLAVD TI. F. APN ].

Mint: Rome
Struck: 79 BC.

Size: 18.50 mm. (Flan circ. at largest).
Weight: 3.9 gms.
Die axis: 190°

Condition: Exceptional. Bright, clear, radiant luster. Both sides well struck though slightly off-center and with a very slight bend near the rim (ca. 190° obverse). Excellent relief and details on both sides.

Refs:
Sear, 310.
Claudia 6.
Crawford 383/1
Sydenham, 770a
BMCRR, Rome 3103
Kestner, 3233 var. (control numeral)
*
5 commentsTiathena02/26/06 at 09:27Jerome Holderman: Superb! One of the nicest Republicans I have seen!...
Diana_Victory_1a.jpg
Diana and Victory * Roman Republican, Serrate AR Den., 79 BC.136 views
Diana with Bow and Quiver | Victory in Biga * Republican, Serrate AR Den., 79 BC.

Obv: Diana, diademed and draped bust facing right, hair pulled up and bound behind, bow and quiver over her shoulder; S.C. before.
Rev: Victory driving a charging biga to the right, holding reins and palm-branch in left hand and wreath in her right, control mark A . XI below.

Exergue: Off flan. [ TI. CLAVD TI. F. APN ].

Mint: Rome
Struck: 79 BC.

Size: 18.50 mm. (Flan circ. at largest).
Weight: 3.9 gms.
Die axis: 190°

Condition: Exceptional. Bright, clear, radiant luster. Both sides well struck though slightly off-center and with a very slight bend near the rim (ca. 190° obverse). Excellent relief and details on both sides.

Refs:
Sear, 310.
Claudia 6.
Crawford 383/1
Sydenham, 770a
BMCRR, Rome 3103
Kestner, 3233 var. (control numeral)
*
5 commentsTiathena02/26/06 at 06:51b70: A very nice coin Tiathena. Congrats.
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Justinian I * 527-539-565 AD113 views
Justinian I, Ζ Follis

Obv: Emperor Justinian I, facing, diademed, helmeted and cuirassed bust, holding globus-cruciger in raised right hand, shield covering heart and left shoulder, cross in right field. Legend, D N IVSTINI [ANV]S PP AVI
Rev: Large M in center, cross above, ε below; (A)NNO in left field, XX (Regnal year 20) in right field.

Exergue: CON

Mint: Constantinople
Struck: 546-547 AD.

Size: 31.89 x 32.49 mm.
Weight: 19.11 gms.
Die axis: 180°

Condition: As shown. Surprisingly to me, the present photograph is remarkably faithful to the appearance of the coin in hand. Overall, a lovely dark-olive patina covering both sides, and all details where present are quite strong & distinct.

Refs:*
MIB 95a
DOC 45e
BMC 80; Tolstoi 131
Ref: SEAR BCV, #163, page 60
2 commentsTiathena02/22/06 at 06:04Maxentius: Beautiful coin, considering the average grading of...
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Macrinus * Tyche, Marcianopolis, Moesia Inferior - Γ†26, 217-218 AD.134 views
Macrinus * Tyche, Marcianopolis, Moesia Inferior – Bronze, 26 mm.

Obv: AVT K OPE/\/\ICEVH MAKPEINOC Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: /\ MARKIANOPOLEITWN Tyche standing left, holding cornucopia in left hand/arm, and rudder in her right.

Exergue: (N/A)

Mint: Marcianopolis
Struck: 217-218 AD.

Size: 26 mm.
Weight: 10.42 grams
Die axis: 170°

Condition: Showing the wear of time and usage, a bit worn, but quite clear, strong & distinct images and a lovely brass-colored patina, slightly more-brown on the reverse with some small green-colored spots of oxidation, particularly around the upper form of Tyche.

Refs:*
Moushmov 527
SNGCop 221

3 commentsTiathena02/05/06 at 17:16Jericho: Great coin... done in good style... I very much li...
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Caracalla * Hermes, Trajanopolis. 209-217 AD. Γ† 17 As.136 views
Caracalla * Hermes - Bronze Assarion.

Obv: AVT K M AVP CE ANTWNEINOC . Laureate bust right.
Rev: TPAIANOPOLEITWN. Nude Hermes standing facing, head turned left, holding purse in right hand partially extended, and caduceus in his left hand, traverse across left bicep; drapery over left arm.

Exergue: (N/A) Exergual line only.

Mint: Trajanopolis
Struck: 209-217 AD.

Size: 17 mm.
Weight: 3.62 grams
Die axis: 178°

Condition: Morphologically rough & somewhat worn, yet showing the strong, clear strike it received in creation. Good, clear, high relief on virtually all areas still intact. On the whole, stronger clarity than evidenced in the image.
Dark green patina & really quite lovely.

Rare.

Refs:*
BMC 10v
Moushmov 5049

1 commentsTiathena02/04/06 at 08:57Pscipio: Tia, that is a really nice coin! Sure, the flan is...
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Caracalla * Lucius Septimius Bassianus * & Agathedaemon Serpent * 196-217 AD. Γ† 28mm230 views
THRACE, Serdica. Caracalla. 198-217 AD. Ζ 28mm

Obv: AVT K M AVP CEV ANTWNEINOC, laureate and cuirassed bust right; viewed from behind
Rev: OULPIAC CEPDIKHC, Agathedaemon serpent, coiled and erect.

BMC Thrace pg. 174, 23.
Moushmov 4860
Rate F+

Glossy darkish-brown patina


"The elder of the two sons of the emperor Septimius Severus, Caracalla is best-known for arranging the murder of his brother Geta after the two engaged in a power struggle in the months after their father's death. The murder offended contemporaries and colored the following five years of Caracalla's reign, a reign that ended on a Syrian road with the emperor's own murder."

~ DIR USC, Michael L. Meckler
8 commentsTiathena02/04/06 at 08:48areich: VERY nice!
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Julian II, 355-363 AD AE3 * Vows173 views
Julian II*, 355-363 AD AE3 * Scarce
"Vows X Mult XX"

Obv: FL CL IVLI-ANVS P F AVG - Helmeted, diademed bust left, cuirassed holding spear and shield.
Rev: VOT X MVLT XX – ("I promise ten years and perhaps twenty." Obv: D N) Within wreath on four lines.

Exe: HERACL . A

Mint: Heraclea
Struck: Between November 3rd 361 and June 26th 363 AD.
Workshop A

Size: (c) 20mm
Weight: 2.95 grams

Patina: Very dark green, near-black: beautiful.
Grade: VF

RIC VIII, 106. Scarce, page 438
- LRBC #1908.3.55g

* Conqueror

6 commentsTiathena01/22/06 at 03:00ecoli: I half expect him to peel off the beard...
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Julian II, 355-363 AD AE3 * Vows173 views
Julian II*, 355-363 AD AE3 * Scarce
"Vows X Mult XX"

Obv: FL CL IVLI-ANVS P F AVG - Helmeted, diademed bust left, cuirassed holding spear and shield.
Rev: VOT X MVLT XX – ("I promise ten years and perhaps twenty." Obv: D N) Within wreath on four lines.

Exe: HERACL . A

Mint: Heraclea
Struck: Between November 3rd 361 and June 26th 363 AD.
Workshop A

Size: (c) 20mm
Weight: 2.95 grams

Patina: Very dark green, near-black: beautiful.
Grade: VF

RIC VIII, 106. Scarce, page 438
- LRBC #1908.3.55g

* Conqueror

6 commentsTiathena01/21/06 at 21:55Jochen: An awful beard!
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Commodus * Mt. Argaeus & Helios * Cappadocia, Caesarea * AR Didrachm154 views
Marcus Aurelius Commodus Antoninus – 177-192 AD

Obv: Commodus, Laureate bust, right facing. Legend: AY M AYP KOMO ANT (omega)NEINOC CE
Rev: Mt. Argaeus, surmounted by Helios, holding globe in right hand, scepter in left hand. Legend: Y (Pi)ATOC (Gamma) (Pi)AT (Pi)AT

Exergue: (Blank)

Mint: Caesarea
Struck: COS III 181-182 AD.

Size: ca. 20 mm.
Weight: ca. 4.0 grams
Die axis: 0 degs.

Condition: Beautiful, clear, bright & very lustrous

Refs:*
Metcalf 146c
Sydenham 370a
SNG Copenhagen 250

5 commentsTiathena01/21/06 at 21:52Jochen: Yes, a real Sol on the summit!
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Caracalla * Lucius Septimius Bassianus * & Agathedaemon Serpent * 196-217 AD. Γ† 28mm230 views
THRACE, Serdica. Caracalla. 198-217 AD. Ζ 28mm

Obv: AVT K M AVP CEV ANTWNEINOC, laureate and cuirassed bust right; viewed from behind
Rev: OULPIAC CEPDIKHC, Agathedaemon serpent, coiled and erect.

BMC Thrace pg. 174, 23.
Moushmov 4860
Rate F+

Glossy darkish-brown patina


"The elder of the two sons of the emperor Septimius Severus, Caracalla is best-known for arranging the murder of his brother Geta after the two engaged in a power struggle in the months after their father's death. The murder offended contemporaries and colored the following five years of Caracalla's reign, a reign that ended on a Syrian road with the emperor's own murder."

~ DIR USC, Michael L. Meckler
8 commentsTiathena01/11/06 at 07:43Potator II: I think the celator knew Caracalla quite well and ...
Caracalla_Libertas.jpg
Caracalla, Silver Denarius * "Lady Liberty" * 196-217AD * "Romans are free to be Roman"72 views
Caracalla, Silver Denarius * "Lady Liberty" * 196-217AD * "Romans are free to be Roman"

Obv: ANTONINVS PIVS AVG - Laureate bust right, draped
Rev: LIBERTAS AVG - Libertas standing left, holding pileus and rod-scepter.

Mint: Rome
Struck: 209 AD.

Size: ca. 18 mm.
Weight: 3.67 grams
Die axis: 0 degs.

RIC IVi, p. 235, 161
D. Sear II, p. 520 6817
Cohen 143; RSC 143
1 commentsTiathena01/11/06 at 07:41Potator II: Nice sideburns. Was Elvis the model ?
S_Severus_Carthage-Lion.jpg
Septimius Severus * Dea Caelestis Riding Lion * African 'Tour,' 206AD * AR Denarius121 views
SEVERVS, Silver Denarius

When Septimius with his Imperial family took their tour of Rome's African possessions, most notably Carthage and Lepcis, in addition to many works of beautification, he also built a new aqueduct in Carthage and improved, with perhaps another, the water supply in Lepcis. This coin commemorates Septimius the indulgent benefactor, showing Dea Caelestis riding a lion which leaps over water cascading from the aqueduct.


Obv: SEVERVS PIVS AVG - Laureate head right
Rev: INDVLGENTIA AVGG - Dea Caelestis riding right on lion, leaping over water gushing from rock to the left, and holding a thunderbolt and scepter.

Exergue: IN CARTH

Mint: Rome
Struck: 204 AD.

Size: 19 mm.
Weight: 3.5 grams
Die axis: 0 degs.

Condition: Beautiful, bright clear luster

Refs:*
RIC IVi, p. 125, 266D
Cohen 222
D. Sear II, p. 459, 6285

3 commentsTiathena01/02/06 at 23:12Jochen: Caelestis was the city-goddess of Carthago!
DT_Probus_Rome.jpg
Probus * Eternal Rome, Hexastyle Temple, Γ† Antoninianus * 276-282 AD208 views
Probus * Eternal Rome, Bronze Antoninianus

Obv: IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG * Radiate and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: ROMAE AETERNAE * Roma seated facing within hexastyle temple, surmounted by three ‘Nike’s.’

Exergue: R Γ

Mint: Rome
Emission: 2
Officina: 3 (Unlisted in RIC)*
Bust type: F
Struck: 277 AD.

Size: 24.5 mm.
Weight: 4.20 grams
Die axis: 0°

Condition: Beautiful coin in hand. Lovely gold-brown patina, excellent details and fine relief. Some partial-wear to the reverse legend and the Γ in exergue.

Refs:*
RIC 190(v) *(unlisted officina)

5 commentsTiathena01/02/06 at 23:09Jochen: You have noticed the Gorgoneion on the breastplate...
Julian_II_Vows~0.jpg
Julian II, 355-363 AD AE3 * Vows173 views
Julian II*, 355-363 AD AE3 * Scarce
"Vows X Mult XX"

Obv: FL CL IVLI-ANVS P F AVG - Helmeted, diademed bust left, cuirassed holding spear and shield.
Rev: VOT X MVLT XX – ("I promise ten years and perhaps twenty." Obv: D N) Within wreath on four lines.

Exe: HERACL . A

Mint: Heraclea
Struck: Between November 3rd 361 and June 26th 363 AD.
Workshop A

Size: (c) 20mm
Weight: 2.95 grams

Patina: Very dark green, near-black: beautiful.
Grade: VF

RIC VIII, 106. Scarce, page 438
- LRBC #1908.3.55g

* Conqueror

6 commentsTiathena09/18/05 at 23:26Laetvs: Amazing armor detail!
Master_Set_Piece_2c.jpg
Vespasian * Victory, Byzantium, 70-74 AD. * AR Denarius155 views
Vespasian * Victory, Eastern Mint - Byzantium, Silver Denarius
PACI AVGVSTAE * ‘To the Augustan Peace.’

Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS II TR P P P * Vespasian, laureate, head right facing.
Rev: PACI AVGVSTAE * Victory standing left, holding wreath in right hand, arm raised and extended, holding palm frond vertical in left hand and crossing left-shoulder, arm straight down to side. Thighs together, left knee slightly bent in classical pose. Mint mark in lower left field - ligate BY.

Exergue: (Blank)

Mint: Byzantium
Struck: 70-74 AD.

Size: 17.51 x 17.26 mm.
Weight: ca. 3.0 grams
Die axis: 355°

Condition: Utterly superb & beautiful, notwithstanding the notable wear to the Victory reverse. Gorgeous, bright, clear and gleaming luster. Nicely struck, and superb relief over-all, to images and extant legends.

Refs:*
RSC, 278
BMCRE, 446
RIC II, 323, pg. 53

4 commentsTiathena09/18/05 at 08:08Potator II: Really nice coin Tia !! show us more, PLZ
Caracalla_~1.jpg
Caracalla * Lucius Septimius Bassianus * & Agathedaemon Serpent * 196-217 AD. Γ† 28mm230 views
THRACE, Serdica. Caracalla. 198-217 AD. Ζ 28mm

Obv: AVT K M AVP CEV ANTWNEINOC, laureate and cuirassed bust right; viewed from behind
Rev: OULPIAC CEPDIKHC, Agathedaemon serpent, coiled and erect.

BMC Thrace pg. 174, 23.
Moushmov 4860
Rate F+

Glossy darkish-brown patina


"The elder of the two sons of the emperor Septimius Severus, Caracalla is best-known for arranging the murder of his brother Geta after the two engaged in a power struggle in the months after their father's death. The murder offended contemporaries and colored the following five years of Caracalla's reign, a reign that ended on a Syrian road with the emperor's own murder."

~ DIR USC, Michael L. Meckler
8 commentsTiathena07/26/05 at 14:29septimus: Impressive!
Iulia_Maesa_1a.jpg
Julia Maesa * Pietas Augusta, Silver Antoninianus 218-223 AD.114 views
"Julia Maesa solemnly vows to take her position as Augusta with respect to Rome."

Obv: IVLIA MAESA AVG - Draped bust, right facing
Rev: PIETAS AVG - Pietas standing left, raising both hands up, grain basket in left arm & hand, to the left at feet, a lit altar

Mint: Rome
Struck: 218-222 AD.

Size: 19 mm.
Weight: 3.38 grams
Die axis: 180 degs.

Condition: Beautiful, clear, bright luster.

Refs:*
RIC IVii, 266, page 50
Ashmolean collection
SEAR RCV II (2002), #7755, page 631

2 commentsTiathena04/12/05 at 01:17Massanutten: I think Sear 7755 is a Denarius
Julia_Domna_Vesta-1a.jpg
Julia Domna * Vesta, Silver Denarius * 193-217 AD.152 views
Julia 'the Loyal' Felix Augusta * Vesta * AR Denarius

Obv: IVLIA PIA FELIX AVG, draped bust right
Rev: VESTA, Vesta standing left, holding palladium and scepter.

Mint: Rome
Struck: 213 AD.

Size: 19 mm.
Weight: 3.6 grams
Die axis: 180 degs.

Condition: Beautiful clear, bright luster.

Refs:*
RIC IV 390 (Antoninus Bassianus * Caracalla)
BMCRE 29 (same)
RSC 230

5 commentsTiathena04/12/05 at 00:58Massanutten: Hi Tia!! Wonderful coin!!!
Geta-Caesar_Arms.jpg
Geta * Trophy of Arms, Silver Denarius "The young prince" * 198-212 AD149 views
Geta as Caesar, AR Denarius, "The young prince."

Obv: P SEPT GETA CAES PONT - Bare head bust, draped and cuirassed
Rev: PRINC IVVENTIS - Geta standing left holding branch and spear; behind him at right, trophy and shield.

Exergue: Empty

Mint: Rome
Struck: 200-202 AD

Size: 18 mm.
Weight: 3.82 grams
Die axis: 180 degs.

Condition: Exceptionally bright, clear luster.

Refs:*
RIC IVi, 18, page 316
Cohen 157
SEAR RCV II (2002), #7196, page 565
RCV 7196
BMCRE 198, 234

2 commentsTiathena03/30/05 at 05:02Vespasian70: Lovely portrait of the youth. Emo Geta!
Master_Set_Piece_2c.jpg
Vespasian * Victory, Byzantium, 70-74 AD. * AR Denarius155 views
Vespasian * Victory, Eastern Mint - Byzantium, Silver Denarius
PACI AVGVSTAE * ‘To the Augustan Peace.’

Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS II TR P P P * Vespasian, laureate, head right facing.
Rev: PACI AVGVSTAE * Victory standing left, holding wreath in right hand, arm raised and extended, holding palm frond vertical in left hand and crossing left-shoulder, arm straight down to side. Thighs together, left knee slightly bent in classical pose. Mint mark in lower left field - ligate BY.

Exergue: (Blank)

Mint: Byzantium
Struck: 70-74 AD.

Size: 17.51 x 17.26 mm.
Weight: ca. 3.0 grams
Die axis: 355°

Condition: Utterly superb & beautiful, notwithstanding the notable wear to the Victory reverse. Gorgeous, bright, clear and gleaming luster. Nicely struck, and superb relief over-all, to images and extant legends.

Refs:*
RSC, 278
BMCRE, 446
RIC II, 323, pg. 53

4 commentsTiathena03/30/05 at 04:58Vespasian70: Wonderful!!! I love that portrait!
Master_Set_Piece_2c.jpg
Vespasian * Victory, Byzantium, 70-74 AD. * AR Denarius155 views
Vespasian * Victory, Eastern Mint - Byzantium, Silver Denarius
PACI AVGVSTAE * ‘To the Augustan Peace.’

Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS II TR P P P * Vespasian, laureate, head right facing.
Rev: PACI AVGVSTAE * Victory standing left, holding wreath in right hand, arm raised and extended, holding palm frond vertical in left hand and crossing left-shoulder, arm straight down to side. Thighs together, left knee slightly bent in classical pose. Mint mark in lower left field - ligate BY.

Exergue: (Blank)

Mint: Byzantium
Struck: 70-74 AD.

Size: 17.51 x 17.26 mm.
Weight: ca. 3.0 grams
Die axis: 355°

Condition: Utterly superb & beautiful, notwithstanding the notable wear to the Victory reverse. Gorgeous, bright, clear and gleaming luster. Nicely struck, and superb relief over-all, to images and extant legends.

Refs:*
RSC, 278
BMCRE, 446
RIC II, 323, pg. 53

4 commentsTiathena03/29/05 at 23:35Massanutten: Fantastic portrait!! You could almost believe tha...
Hadrian_Salus-1a.jpg
Hadrian * Salus, Γ† Dupondis, 117-138 AD140 views
Publius Aelius Hadrianus * Salus, Bronze Dupondis

Obv: IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG P M TR P COS III, radiate bust right, light drapery on far (left) shoulder.
Rev: SALVS PVBLICA / S C, Salus standing left, right foot on globe, holding patera in right hand, and rudder in her left.

Exergue: Empty

Mint: Rome
Struck: 117-138 AD.

Size: 26.56 mm.
Weight: 12 grams
Die axis: 180 degs.

Condition: Apparent in photo. Some unfortunate wear & perhaps some shock damage to the portrait face, but in all, a rather lovely bronze with good, clear strike on both sides.

Refs:*
Cohen 1358
Sear 2668
BMC 1237
RIC 604a

1 commentsTiathena03/21/05 at 04:37Tiathena: ~ SOLD in FORVM Auction ~
Probus_Alexandria_4ex.jpg
Probus * Eagle, Alexandria, Egypt * 276-282 AD. Billon Tetradrachm216 views
Probus * Eagle with wreath, Alexandria, Egypt *

Obv: A Κ M AYP ΠΡOBOC CΕB * Laureate, draped and cuirassed, right facing.
Rev: Eagle standing right facing, wings partially extended, bound wreath in beak. L and Z to left and right fields, respectively.

* Legend: A K M AYP ΠΡOBOC CΕΒ * (Autokrator Kaisaros Markos Aurelios Probos Sebastos).

L Z * Year VII of the Emperor's Reign.

Exergue: (Clear)

Mint: Alexandria
Struck: 281-282 AD.

Size: 18 mm.
Weight: 7.09 grams
Die axis: 0°

Condition: Superbly well preserved. Clear and sharp in its relief and details with strong images both sides from an apparently well centered and forceful strike on this notably thick billon planchet. Very lovely, dark-ash patina.

Refs:*
BMC, 2436
Milne, 4649
Curtis, 1873
Dattari, 5558
Emmett, 3982
Geissen, 3154

6 commentsTiathena03/20/05 at 16:27Tiathena: Thanks very-much, indeed, Potator II! Appreciably...
Probus_Alexandria_4ex.jpg
Probus * Eagle, Alexandria, Egypt * 276-282 AD. Billon Tetradrachm216 views
Probus * Eagle with wreath, Alexandria, Egypt *

Obv: A Κ M AYP ΠΡOBOC CΕB * Laureate, draped and cuirassed, right facing.
Rev: Eagle standing right facing, wings partially extended, bound wreath in beak. L and Z to left and right fields, respectively.

* Legend: A K M AYP ΠΡOBOC CΕΒ * (Autokrator Kaisaros Markos Aurelios Probos Sebastos).

L Z * Year VII of the Emperor's Reign.

Exergue: (Clear)

Mint: Alexandria
Struck: 281-282 AD.

Size: 18 mm.
Weight: 7.09 grams
Die axis: 0°

Condition: Superbly well preserved. Clear and sharp in its relief and details with strong images both sides from an apparently well centered and forceful strike on this notably thick billon planchet. Very lovely, dark-ash patina.

Refs:*
BMC, 2436
Milne, 4649
Curtis, 1873
Dattari, 5558
Emmett, 3982
Geissen, 3154

6 commentsTiathena03/20/05 at 08:21Potator II: Very Nice, One more reference : Emmett #3982
Probus_Alexandria_4ex.jpg
Probus * Eagle, Alexandria, Egypt * 276-282 AD. Billon Tetradrachm216 views
Probus * Eagle with wreath, Alexandria, Egypt *

Obv: A Κ M AYP ΠΡOBOC CΕB * Laureate, draped and cuirassed, right facing.
Rev: Eagle standing right facing, wings partially extended, bound wreath in beak. L and Z to left and right fields, respectively.

* Legend: A K M AYP ΠΡOBOC CΕΒ * (Autokrator Kaisaros Markos Aurelios Probos Sebastos).

L Z * Year VII of the Emperor's Reign.

Exergue: (Clear)

Mint: Alexandria
Struck: 281-282 AD.

Size: 18 mm.
Weight: 7.09 grams
Die axis: 0°

Condition: Superbly well preserved. Clear and sharp in its relief and details with strong images both sides from an apparently well centered and forceful strike on this notably thick billon planchet. Very lovely, dark-ash patina.

Refs:*
BMC, 2436
Milne, 4649
Curtis, 1873
Dattari, 5558
Emmett, 3982
Geissen, 3154

6 commentsTiathena03/18/05 at 21:03Tiathena: Thanks much for the kind comments guys, I do appre...
Probus_Alexandria_4ex.jpg
Probus * Eagle, Alexandria, Egypt * 276-282 AD. Billon Tetradrachm216 views
Probus * Eagle with wreath, Alexandria, Egypt *

Obv: A Κ M AYP ΠΡOBOC CΕB * Laureate, draped and cuirassed, right facing.
Rev: Eagle standing right facing, wings partially extended, bound wreath in beak. L and Z to left and right fields, respectively.

* Legend: A K M AYP ΠΡOBOC CΕΒ * (Autokrator Kaisaros Markos Aurelios Probos Sebastos).

L Z * Year VII of the Emperor's Reign.

Exergue: (Clear)

Mint: Alexandria
Struck: 281-282 AD.

Size: 18 mm.
Weight: 7.09 grams
Die axis: 0°

Condition: Superbly well preserved. Clear and sharp in its relief and details with strong images both sides from an apparently well centered and forceful strike on this notably thick billon planchet. Very lovely, dark-ash patina.

Refs:*
BMC, 2436
Milne, 4649
Curtis, 1873
Dattari, 5558
Emmett, 3982
Geissen, 3154

6 commentsTiathena03/17/05 at 19:07maridvnvm: Nice coin indeed. Additional Refs... Curtis 1873, ...
DT_Probus_Rome.jpg
Probus * Eternal Rome, Hexastyle Temple, Γ† Antoninianus * 276-282 AD208 views
Probus * Eternal Rome, Bronze Antoninianus

Obv: IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG * Radiate and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: ROMAE AETERNAE * Roma seated facing within hexastyle temple, surmounted by three ‘Nike’s.’

Exergue: R Γ

Mint: Rome
Emission: 2
Officina: 3 (Unlisted in RIC)*
Bust type: F
Struck: 277 AD.

Size: 24.5 mm.
Weight: 4.20 grams
Die axis: 0°

Condition: Beautiful coin in hand. Lovely gold-brown patina, excellent details and fine relief. Some partial-wear to the reverse legend and the Γ in exergue.

Refs:*
RIC 190(v) *(unlisted officina)

5 commentsTiathena03/17/05 at 02:20Massanutten: Gonna add it to the unlisted/published album? It's...
Probus_Alexandria_4ex.jpg
Probus * Eagle, Alexandria, Egypt * 276-282 AD. Billon Tetradrachm216 views
Probus * Eagle with wreath, Alexandria, Egypt *

Obv: A Κ M AYP ΠΡOBOC CΕB * Laureate, draped and cuirassed, right facing.
Rev: Eagle standing right facing, wings partially extended, bound wreath in beak. L and Z to left and right fields, respectively.

* Legend: A K M AYP ΠΡOBOC CΕΒ * (Autokrator Kaisaros Markos Aurelios Probos Sebastos).

L Z * Year VII of the Emperor's Reign.

Exergue: (Clear)

Mint: Alexandria
Struck: 281-282 AD.

Size: 18 mm.
Weight: 7.09 grams
Die axis: 0°

Condition: Superbly well preserved. Clear and sharp in its relief and details with strong images both sides from an apparently well centered and forceful strike on this notably thick billon planchet. Very lovely, dark-ash patina.

Refs:*
BMC, 2436
Milne, 4649
Curtis, 1873
Dattari, 5558
Emmett, 3982
Geissen, 3154

6 commentsTiathena03/16/05 at 21:20Massanutten: Tia! What can I say, but WOW!!!
Probus_Alexandria_4ex.jpg
Probus * Eagle, Alexandria, Egypt * 276-282 AD. Billon Tetradrachm216 views
Probus * Eagle with wreath, Alexandria, Egypt *

Obv: A Κ M AYP ΠΡOBOC CΕB * Laureate, draped and cuirassed, right facing.
Rev: Eagle standing right facing, wings partially extended, bound wreath in beak. L and Z to left and right fields, respectively.

* Legend: A K M AYP ΠΡOBOC CΕΒ * (Autokrator Kaisaros Markos Aurelios Probos Sebastos).

L Z * Year VII of the Emperor's Reign.

Exergue: (Clear)

Mint: Alexandria
Struck: 281-282 AD.

Size: 18 mm.
Weight: 7.09 grams
Die axis: 0°

Condition: Superbly well preserved. Clear and sharp in its relief and details with strong images both sides from an apparently well centered and forceful strike on this notably thick billon planchet. Very lovely, dark-ash patina.

Refs:*
BMC, 2436
Milne, 4649
Curtis, 1873
Dattari, 5558
Emmett, 3982
Geissen, 3154

6 commentsTiathena03/14/05 at 12:29whitetd49: Great coin, great presentation!
DT_Probus_Rome.jpg
Probus * Eternal Rome, Hexastyle Temple, Γ† Antoninianus * 276-282 AD208 views
Probus * Eternal Rome, Bronze Antoninianus

Obv: IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG * Radiate and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: ROMAE AETERNAE * Roma seated facing within hexastyle temple, surmounted by three ‘Nike’s.’

Exergue: R Γ

Mint: Rome
Emission: 2
Officina: 3 (Unlisted in RIC)*
Bust type: F
Struck: 277 AD.

Size: 24.5 mm.
Weight: 4.20 grams
Die axis: 0°

Condition: Beautiful coin in hand. Lovely gold-brown patina, excellent details and fine relief. Some partial-wear to the reverse legend and the Γ in exergue.

Refs:*
RIC 190(v) *(unlisted officina)

5 commentsTiathena03/12/05 at 14:35Strength And Honour: Beautiful observe. I love the details of the breas...
Manuel_I_2b.jpg
Manuel I * Virgin crowning Emperor, Γ† Billon Trachy, 1143-1180 AD.141 views
Manuel I * Virgin crowning Emperor, Billon Trachy

Obv: Bearded Xristos, seated facing on throne without back, wearing nimbus cruciger, pallium and colobium, in left hand book of Gospels; to left, IC with bar above and to right XC with bar above. Two stars, one in left and right fields respectively.
Rev: MANα HA ΔεCΠOT (or similar). The Virgin, nimbate to the right of Manuel on left, both standing facing; The Virgin wears pallium and maphorium and with her right hand crowns the emperor, who wears divitision and loros, and holds labarum and gl. cruciger; between the heads, M or MP with bar above; to right V with bar above.

Exergue: (Blank)

Mint: Constantinople
Struck: 1143-1180 AD.

Size: 30 mm.
Weight: 4.03 grams
Die axis: 180°

Condition: Worn as evident in photo, but retaining moderately strong images on both sides.

Refs:*
Sear, BCATV, 1966
(Common)

3 commentsTiathena03/07/05 at 15:33Lawrence Woolslayer: Nice coin and good photo
Manuel_I_2b.jpg
Manuel I * Virgin crowning Emperor, Γ† Billon Trachy, 1143-1180 AD.141 views
Manuel I * Virgin crowning Emperor, Billon Trachy

Obv: Bearded Xristos, seated facing on throne without back, wearing nimbus cruciger, pallium and colobium, in left hand book of Gospels; to left, IC with bar above and to right XC with bar above. Two stars, one in left and right fields respectively.
Rev: MANα HA ΔεCΠOT (or similar). The Virgin, nimbate to the right of Manuel on left, both standing facing; The Virgin wears pallium and maphorium and with her right hand crowns the emperor, who wears divitision and loros, and holds labarum and gl. cruciger; between the heads, M or MP with bar above; to right V with bar above.

Exergue: (Blank)

Mint: Constantinople
Struck: 1143-1180 AD.

Size: 30 mm.
Weight: 4.03 grams
Die axis: 180°

Condition: Worn as evident in photo, but retaining moderately strong images on both sides.

Refs:*
Sear, BCATV, 1966
(Common)

3 commentsTiathena03/07/05 at 01:38Tiathena: Thanks very much... I appreciate that.
Manuel_I_2b.jpg
Manuel I * Virgin crowning Emperor, Γ† Billon Trachy, 1143-1180 AD.141 views
Manuel I * Virgin crowning Emperor, Billon Trachy

Obv: Bearded Xristos, seated facing on throne without back, wearing nimbus cruciger, pallium and colobium, in left hand book of Gospels; to left, IC with bar above and to right XC with bar above. Two stars, one in left and right fields respectively.
Rev: MANα HA ΔεCΠOT (or similar). The Virgin, nimbate to the right of Manuel on left, both standing facing; The Virgin wears pallium and maphorium and with her right hand crowns the emperor, who wears divitision and loros, and holds labarum and gl. cruciger; between the heads, M or MP with bar above; to right V with bar above.

Exergue: (Blank)

Mint: Constantinople
Struck: 1143-1180 AD.

Size: 30 mm.
Weight: 4.03 grams
Die axis: 180°

Condition: Worn as evident in photo, but retaining moderately strong images on both sides.

Refs:*
Sear, BCATV, 1966
(Common)

3 commentsTiathena03/03/05 at 11:38Massanutten: Really excellant writeup on your attribution!! And...
Caracall_Mars_Def_~0.jpg
Caracalla, Silver Denarius "Mars, the defender" * 196-217 AD *348 views
Caracalla, "Mars*, the defender."
AR Denarius
Obv: ANTONINVS PIVS AVG BRIT - Laureate head right
Rev: MARTI PROPVGNATORI – Mars advancing left, holding spear and trophy

Mint: Rome
Struck: 213 AD

Size: 18 mm.
Weight: 4.5 grams(?)
Die axis: 180 deg.

RIC IVi, 223 (s) Scarce; Cohen 150; D. Sear II, 6819; pg. 521
SCARCE

* Olympian
6 commentsTiathena03/03/05 at 11:24Massanutten: One of the best I've seen on Forum!! Very, very n...
Divus_Antoninus-Pius_1a.jpg
Antoninus Pius, Divus * Eagle on Altar, 161 AD. AR Denarius143 views
Commemorative Divus Antoninus Pius * Eagle on Altar, Silver Denarius
Struck by Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus in 161 AD, on the death of Antoninus Pius in memory of the latter and commemoration of his deification by Will of the people &nd the Senate.

Obv: DIVVS ANTONINVS * bare head right.
Rev: CONSECRATIO, eagle standing right, head turned left, on garlanded altar.

Exergue: (Blank)

Mint: Rome
Struck: 161 AD.

Size: 18 mm.
Weight: 3.41 grams
Die axis: 180°

Condition: Beautiful, clear, bright luster, great details and high-relief. Nicely centered and well-struck.

Refs:*
Sear, 1301
Cohen, 154
RSC, 155/6.
Van Meter, 136
RIC III, 430 (Marcus Aurelius)
BMCRE, 48 (Marcus Aurelius)
Sear RCV II (2002), 5190, page 335

3 commentsTiathena03/03/05 at 11:16Massanutten: Tia, what a wonderful coin...congratulations on a ...
Constans_Victory-Galley_2b.jpg
Constans * Emperor and Victory, Γ†2 * 324-350 AD.135 views
Constans * Emperor and Victory, Bronze.

Obv: DN CONSTANS PF AVG * Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust, right-facing.
Rev: FEL TEMP REPARATIO - Emperor standing facing on galley, holding phoenix on a globe in right hand, arm little extended from waist, and holding labarum with Chi-Rho in right hand, arm partially-extended and slightly raised; in ship's stern seated Victory is steering the ship.

Exergue: TESB

Mint: Thessalonica
Struck: 348-351 AD.

Size: 19.4 mm.
Weight: 2.54 grams
Die axis: 0°

Condition: Modestly worn but a well centered and forceful strike with good clear images both sides. Very dark olive-green, near-black patina. In all, an attractive coin.

Refs:*
RIC VIII, 120, pg. 412

1 commentsTiathena02/27/05 at 19:31Gunner: Nice AE2 Tia!
Domitianavs_x-2b.jpg
Domitian * Minerva with Owl, 81-96 AD. AR Denarius585 views
Domitianvs * Minerva with Owl, 88 AD. Silver Denarius
" ~ My service to the state is listed here ~ "

Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VI * Domitian, Laureate head right facing.
Rev: IMP XIIII COS XIIII CENS P P P – Minerva helmeted & armed right-facing, surmounting Rostrum, holding thunderbolt (or javelin) in right hand, arm raised to throwing position, and shield at the ready on left arm, her owl, facing, at her feet to the right.

Exergue: Occupied by capital-piece of rostrum column.

Mint: Rome
Struck: January-August 88 AD.

Size: 22 mm.
Weight: 2.96 grams
Die axis: 180°

Condition: Absolutely gorgeous. Beautiful bright, clear luster with tri-colored cabinet toning (rainbow effect) on the reverse.

Refs:*
RSC 236
RIC II, 108a
BMC 103(v)
Cohen 218(v)
Sear RCV I (2000), 2730(v), page 495

12 commentsTiathena02/25/05 at 21:19Gunner: less than 5? Someone just don't like you Tia....T...
Commodus_Caesaria_1.jpg
Commodus * Mt. Argaeus & Helios * Cappadocia, Caesarea * AR Didrachm154 views
Marcus Aurelius Commodus Antoninus – 177-192 AD

Obv: Commodus, Laureate bust, right facing. Legend: AY M AYP KOMO ANT (omega)NEINOC CE
Rev: Mt. Argaeus, surmounted by Helios, holding globe in right hand, scepter in left hand. Legend: Y (Pi)ATOC (Gamma) (Pi)AT (Pi)AT

Exergue: (Blank)

Mint: Caesarea
Struck: COS III 181-182 AD.

Size: ca. 20 mm.
Weight: ca. 4.0 grams
Die axis: 0 degs.

Condition: Beautiful, clear, bright & very lustrous

Refs:*
Metcalf 146c
Sydenham 370a
SNG Copenhagen 250

5 commentsTiathena02/25/05 at 19:52Gunner: Who gave this less than 5? Are you BAKED? NICE ...
Julia_Mamaea_VESTA_2b.jpg
Julia Mamaea * Vesta, Silver Denarius * 222-235 AD.90 views
Julia Mamaea * Vesta, AR Denarius
* Mother of Severus Alexander &nd Cousin of Elegabalus *

Obv: IVLIA MAMAEA AVG * Diademed and draped bust, right facing.
Rev: VESTA * Vesta standing left, holding patera in right hand, arm partially extended, and transverse scepter in her left hand.

Exergue: (None)

Mint: Rome
Struck: 227 AD.

Size: 18 mm.
Weight: 3.32 grams
Die axis: 180°

Condition: Tellingly aged and circulation worn, but still in possession of quite lovely luster on the whole with some subtle toning.

Refs:*
Cohen, 85
BMC, 440
RIC IVii, 362, page 99
SEAR RCV II (2002), 8218, page 679

2 commentsTiathena02/25/05 at 11:41Tiathena:
Julia_Mamaea_VESTA_2b.jpg
Julia Mamaea * Vesta, Silver Denarius * 222-235 AD.90 views
Julia Mamaea * Vesta, AR Denarius
* Mother of Severus Alexander &nd Cousin of Elegabalus *

Obv: IVLIA MAMAEA AVG * Diademed and draped bust, right facing.
Rev: VESTA * Vesta standing left, holding patera in right hand, arm partially extended, and transverse scepter in her left hand.

Exergue: (None)

Mint: Rome
Struck: 227 AD.

Size: 18 mm.
Weight: 3.32 grams
Die axis: 180°

Condition: Tellingly aged and circulation worn, but still in possession of quite lovely luster on the whole with some subtle toning.

Refs:*
Cohen, 85
BMC, 440
RIC IVii, 362, page 99
SEAR RCV II (2002), 8218, page 679

2 commentsTiathena02/25/05 at 00:29wolfgang336: I like that!: " Tellingly aged "
Caracall_Mars_Def_~0.jpg
Caracalla, Silver Denarius "Mars, the defender" * 196-217 AD *348 views
Caracalla, "Mars*, the defender."
AR Denarius
Obv: ANTONINVS PIVS AVG BRIT - Laureate head right
Rev: MARTI PROPVGNATORI – Mars advancing left, holding spear and trophy

Mint: Rome
Struck: 213 AD

Size: 18 mm.
Weight: 4.5 grams(?)
Die axis: 180 deg.

RIC IVi, 223 (s) Scarce; Cohen 150; D. Sear II, 6819; pg. 521
SCARCE

* Olympian
6 commentsTiathena02/23/05 at 23:35racerx: wow, Brilliant!
Domitianavs_x-2b.jpg
Domitian * Minerva with Owl, 81-96 AD. AR Denarius585 views
Domitianvs * Minerva with Owl, 88 AD. Silver Denarius
" ~ My service to the state is listed here ~ "

Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VI * Domitian, Laureate head right facing.
Rev: IMP XIIII COS XIIII CENS P P P – Minerva helmeted & armed right-facing, surmounting Rostrum, holding thunderbolt (or javelin) in right hand, arm raised to throwing position, and shield at the ready on left arm, her owl, facing, at her feet to the right.

Exergue: Occupied by capital-piece of rostrum column.

Mint: Rome
Struck: January-August 88 AD.

Size: 22 mm.
Weight: 2.96 grams
Die axis: 180°

Condition: Absolutely gorgeous. Beautiful bright, clear luster with tri-colored cabinet toning (rainbow effect) on the reverse.

Refs:*
RSC 236
RIC II, 108a
BMC 103(v)
Cohen 218(v)
Sear RCV I (2000), 2730(v), page 495

12 commentsTiathena02/18/05 at 09:07Tiathena: Thank you guys... &nd thanks for the correctio...
Domitianavs_x-2b.jpg
Domitian * Minerva with Owl, 81-96 AD. AR Denarius585 views
Domitianvs * Minerva with Owl, 88 AD. Silver Denarius
" ~ My service to the state is listed here ~ "

Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VI * Domitian, Laureate head right facing.
Rev: IMP XIIII COS XIIII CENS P P P – Minerva helmeted & armed right-facing, surmounting Rostrum, holding thunderbolt (or javelin) in right hand, arm raised to throwing position, and shield at the ready on left arm, her owl, facing, at her feet to the right.

Exergue: Occupied by capital-piece of rostrum column.

Mint: Rome
Struck: January-August 88 AD.

Size: 22 mm.
Weight: 2.96 grams
Die axis: 180°

Condition: Absolutely gorgeous. Beautiful bright, clear luster with tri-colored cabinet toning (rainbow effect) on the reverse.

Refs:*
RSC 236
RIC II, 108a
BMC 103(v)
Cohen 218(v)
Sear RCV I (2000), 2730(v), page 495

12 commentsTiathena02/18/05 at 04:03Alex: Nice Tia! One correction: the coin was minted Jan...
Caracall_Mars_Def_~0.jpg
Caracalla, Silver Denarius "Mars, the defender" * 196-217 AD *348 views
Caracalla, "Mars*, the defender."
AR Denarius
Obv: ANTONINVS PIVS AVG BRIT - Laureate head right
Rev: MARTI PROPVGNATORI – Mars advancing left, holding spear and trophy

Mint: Rome
Struck: 213 AD

Size: 18 mm.
Weight: 4.5 grams(?)
Die axis: 180 deg.

RIC IVi, 223 (s) Scarce; Cohen 150; D. Sear II, 6819; pg. 521
SCARCE

* Olympian
6 commentsTiathena02/14/05 at 15:45Jochen: The portrait is really very nice!
Geta-Caesar_Arms.jpg
Geta * Trophy of Arms, Silver Denarius "The young prince" * 198-212 AD149 views
Geta as Caesar, AR Denarius, "The young prince."

Obv: P SEPT GETA CAES PONT - Bare head bust, draped and cuirassed
Rev: PRINC IVVENTIS - Geta standing left holding branch and spear; behind him at right, trophy and shield.

Exergue: Empty

Mint: Rome
Struck: 200-202 AD

Size: 18 mm.
Weight: 3.82 grams
Die axis: 180 degs.

Condition: Exceptionally bright, clear luster.

Refs:*
RIC IVi, 18, page 316
Cohen 157
SEAR RCV II (2002), #7196, page 565
RCV 7196
BMCRE 198, 234

2 commentsTiathena02/10/05 at 16:52pax: Absolutely beautifull
Domitianavs_x-2b.jpg
Domitian * Minerva with Owl, 81-96 AD. AR Denarius585 views
Domitianvs * Minerva with Owl, 88 AD. Silver Denarius
" ~ My service to the state is listed here ~ "

Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VI * Domitian, Laureate head right facing.
Rev: IMP XIIII COS XIIII CENS P P P – Minerva helmeted & armed right-facing, surmounting Rostrum, holding thunderbolt (or javelin) in right hand, arm raised to throwing position, and shield at the ready on left arm, her owl, facing, at her feet to the right.

Exergue: Occupied by capital-piece of rostrum column.

Mint: Rome
Struck: January-August 88 AD.

Size: 22 mm.
Weight: 2.96 grams
Die axis: 180°

Condition: Absolutely gorgeous. Beautiful bright, clear luster with tri-colored cabinet toning (rainbow effect) on the reverse.

Refs:*
RSC 236
RIC II, 108a
BMC 103(v)
Cohen 218(v)
Sear RCV I (2000), 2730(v), page 495

12 commentsTiathena02/03/05 at 20:49Bolayi: Thats a first for me, thanks for sharing
Domitianavs_x-2b.jpg
Domitian * Minerva with Owl, 81-96 AD. AR Denarius585 views
Domitianvs * Minerva with Owl, 88 AD. Silver Denarius
" ~ My service to the state is listed here ~ "

Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VI * Domitian, Laureate head right facing.
Rev: IMP XIIII COS XIIII CENS P P P – Minerva helmeted & armed right-facing, surmounting Rostrum, holding thunderbolt (or javelin) in right hand, arm raised to throwing position, and shield at the ready on left arm, her owl, facing, at her feet to the right.

Exergue: Occupied by capital-piece of rostrum column.

Mint: Rome
Struck: January-August 88 AD.

Size: 22 mm.
Weight: 2.96 grams
Die axis: 180°

Condition: Absolutely gorgeous. Beautiful bright, clear luster with tri-colored cabinet toning (rainbow effect) on the reverse.

Refs:*
RSC 236
RIC II, 108a
BMC 103(v)
Cohen 218(v)
Sear RCV I (2000), 2730(v), page 495

12 commentsTiathena02/03/05 at 13:04jimwho523: Gotta love that rainbow toning!!! First class coin...
Domitianavs_x-2b.jpg
Domitian * Minerva with Owl, 81-96 AD. AR Denarius585 views
Domitianvs * Minerva with Owl, 88 AD. Silver Denarius
" ~ My service to the state is listed here ~ "

Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VI * Domitian, Laureate head right facing.
Rev: IMP XIIII COS XIIII CENS P P P – Minerva helmeted & armed right-facing, surmounting Rostrum, holding thunderbolt (or javelin) in right hand, arm raised to throwing position, and shield at the ready on left arm, her owl, facing, at her feet to the right.

Exergue: Occupied by capital-piece of rostrum column.

Mint: Rome
Struck: January-August 88 AD.

Size: 22 mm.
Weight: 2.96 grams
Die axis: 180°

Condition: Absolutely gorgeous. Beautiful bright, clear luster with tri-colored cabinet toning (rainbow effect) on the reverse.

Refs:*
RSC 236
RIC II, 108a
BMC 103(v)
Cohen 218(v)
Sear RCV I (2000), 2730(v), page 495

12 commentsTiathena02/02/05 at 23:05whitetd49: Great picture, greater coin! Tia, that would grac...
Caracalla_~1.jpg
Caracalla * Lucius Septimius Bassianus * & Agathedaemon Serpent * 196-217 AD. Γ† 28mm230 views
THRACE, Serdica. Caracalla. 198-217 AD. Ζ 28mm

Obv: AVT K M AVP CEV ANTWNEINOC, laureate and cuirassed bust right; viewed from behind
Rev: OULPIAC CEPDIKHC, Agathedaemon serpent, coiled and erect.

BMC Thrace pg. 174, 23.
Moushmov 4860
Rate F+

Glossy darkish-brown patina


"The elder of the two sons of the emperor Septimius Severus, Caracalla is best-known for arranging the murder of his brother Geta after the two engaged in a power struggle in the months after their father's death. The murder offended contemporaries and colored the following five years of Caracalla's reign, a reign that ended on a Syrian road with the emperor's own murder."

~ DIR USC, Michael L. Meckler
8 commentsTiathena01/29/05 at 16:28ecoli: I like your snake better...Mine looks like a road ...
Caracalla_~1.jpg
Caracalla * Lucius Septimius Bassianus * & Agathedaemon Serpent * 196-217 AD. Γ† 28mm230 views
THRACE, Serdica. Caracalla. 198-217 AD. Ζ 28mm

Obv: AVT K M AVP CEV ANTWNEINOC, laureate and cuirassed bust right; viewed from behind
Rev: OULPIAC CEPDIKHC, Agathedaemon serpent, coiled and erect.

BMC Thrace pg. 174, 23.
Moushmov 4860
Rate F+

Glossy darkish-brown patina


"The elder of the two sons of the emperor Septimius Severus, Caracalla is best-known for arranging the murder of his brother Geta after the two engaged in a power struggle in the months after their father's death. The murder offended contemporaries and colored the following five years of Caracalla's reign, a reign that ended on a Syrian road with the emperor's own murder."

~ DIR USC, Michael L. Meckler
8 commentsTiathena01/26/05 at 23:50Jericho: Great coin!
Antoninus_Pius_purple.jpg
Antoninus Pius * Salus, Copper As, 138-161 AD316 views
"May Pius' health and mind be preserved during his 4th Consulship"

Obv: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XV - Laureate head right
Rev: SALVS AVG COS IIII S-C - Salus standing left, feeding snake rising from altar left, and holding a scepter

Exergue: Empty

Mint: Rome
Struck: 151-152 AD.

Size: 26.59 mm.
Weight: 8.88 grams
Die axis: 180 degs.

Condition: Very fine with a lovely dark patina.

Refs:*
RIC III, 900, pg. 138,
Cohen 729

2 commentsTiathena01/26/05 at 23:49Jericho: Gorgeous type, lovely executed reverse!
Caracall_Mars_Def_~0.jpg
Caracalla, Silver Denarius "Mars, the defender" * 196-217 AD *348 views
Caracalla, "Mars*, the defender."
AR Denarius
Obv: ANTONINVS PIVS AVG BRIT - Laureate head right
Rev: MARTI PROPVGNATORI – Mars advancing left, holding spear and trophy

Mint: Rome
Struck: 213 AD

Size: 18 mm.
Weight: 4.5 grams(?)
Die axis: 180 deg.

RIC IVi, 223 (s) Scarce; Cohen 150; D. Sear II, 6819; pg. 521
SCARCE

* Olympian
6 commentsTiathena01/23/05 at 19:29ecoli: Very Nice!
Valens_Victory.jpg
Valens * "Victory" * "Securing and making safe, the state." 364-378 AD. Γ† 3154 views
Obv: D N VALENS PF AVG. Bust pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed, right.
Rev: SECVRITAS REIPVBLICAE. Victory advancing left, holding wreath and palm; B SIS C, in exe.

Mint: Siscia
Struck: 364-367 AD.

Size: 18 mm.
Weight: 3.58 grams
Die axis: 180 degs.

Patina: lovely dark-olive green.

RIC IX, 7b, page 146
Cohen 37
RIC 7b, Siscia

2 commentsTiathena01/22/05 at 10:24Tiathena: I'm really not able to see anything that looks to ...
S_Severus_Carthage-Lion.jpg
Septimius Severus * Dea Caelestis Riding Lion * African 'Tour,' 206AD * AR Denarius121 views
SEVERVS, Silver Denarius

When Septimius with his Imperial family took their tour of Rome's African possessions, most notably Carthage and Lepcis, in addition to many works of beautification, he also built a new aqueduct in Carthage and improved, with perhaps another, the water supply in Lepcis. This coin commemorates Septimius the indulgent benefactor, showing Dea Caelestis riding a lion which leaps over water cascading from the aqueduct.


Obv: SEVERVS PIVS AVG - Laureate head right
Rev: INDVLGENTIA AVGG - Dea Caelestis riding right on lion, leaping over water gushing from rock to the left, and holding a thunderbolt and scepter.

Exergue: IN CARTH

Mint: Rome
Struck: 204 AD.

Size: 19 mm.
Weight: 3.5 grams
Die axis: 0 degs.

Condition: Beautiful, bright clear luster

Refs:*
RIC IVi, p. 125, 266D
Cohen 222
D. Sear II, p. 459, 6285

3 commentsTiathena01/14/05 at 20:52wolfgang336: Never seen that reverse before! Nice!
S_Severus_Carthage-Lion.jpg
Septimius Severus * Dea Caelestis Riding Lion * African 'Tour,' 206AD * AR Denarius121 views
SEVERVS, Silver Denarius

When Septimius with his Imperial family took their tour of Rome's African possessions, most notably Carthage and Lepcis, in addition to many works of beautification, he also built a new aqueduct in Carthage and improved, with perhaps another, the water supply in Lepcis. This coin commemorates Septimius the indulgent benefactor, showing Dea Caelestis riding a lion which leaps over water cascading from the aqueduct.


Obv: SEVERVS PIVS AVG - Laureate head right
Rev: INDVLGENTIA AVGG - Dea Caelestis riding right on lion, leaping over water gushing from rock to the left, and holding a thunderbolt and scepter.

Exergue: IN CARTH

Mint: Rome
Struck: 204 AD.

Size: 19 mm.
Weight: 3.5 grams
Die axis: 0 degs.

Condition: Beautiful, bright clear luster

Refs:*
RIC IVi, p. 125, 266D
Cohen 222
D. Sear II, p. 459, 6285

3 commentsTiathena01/14/05 at 17:48whitetd49: Always wanted one of those!
Julian_II_Vows~0.jpg
Julian II, 355-363 AD AE3 * Vows173 views
Julian II*, 355-363 AD AE3 * Scarce
"Vows X Mult XX"

Obv: FL CL IVLI-ANVS P F AVG - Helmeted, diademed bust left, cuirassed holding spear and shield.
Rev: VOT X MVLT XX – ("I promise ten years and perhaps twenty." Obv: D N) Within wreath on four lines.

Exe: HERACL . A

Mint: Heraclea
Struck: Between November 3rd 361 and June 26th 363 AD.
Workshop A

Size: (c) 20mm
Weight: 2.95 grams

Patina: Very dark green, near-black: beautiful.
Grade: VF

RIC VIII, 106. Scarce, page 438
- LRBC #1908.3.55g

* Conqueror

6 commentsTiathena01/11/05 at 02:06Bolayi: You have got to love this guys beard.
Julian_II_Vows~0.jpg
Julian II, 355-363 AD AE3 * Vows173 views
Julian II*, 355-363 AD AE3 * Scarce
"Vows X Mult XX"

Obv: FL CL IVLI-ANVS P F AVG - Helmeted, diademed bust left, cuirassed holding spear and shield.
Rev: VOT X MVLT XX – ("I promise ten years and perhaps twenty." Obv: D N) Within wreath on four lines.

Exe: HERACL . A

Mint: Heraclea
Struck: Between November 3rd 361 and June 26th 363 AD.
Workshop A

Size: (c) 20mm
Weight: 2.95 grams

Patina: Very dark green, near-black: beautiful.
Grade: VF

RIC VIII, 106. Scarce, page 438
- LRBC #1908.3.55g

* Conqueror

6 commentsTiathena01/10/05 at 21:59jimwho523: Absolutely lovely !!!
Caracall_Mars_Def_~0.jpg
Caracalla, Silver Denarius "Mars, the defender" * 196-217 AD *348 views
Caracalla, "Mars*, the defender."
AR Denarius
Obv: ANTONINVS PIVS AVG BRIT - Laureate head right
Rev: MARTI PROPVGNATORI – Mars advancing left, holding spear and trophy

Mint: Rome
Struck: 213 AD

Size: 18 mm.
Weight: 4.5 grams(?)
Die axis: 180 deg.

RIC IVi, 223 (s) Scarce; Cohen 150; D. Sear II, 6819; pg. 521
SCARCE

* Olympian
6 commentsTiathena01/10/05 at 21:54jimwho523: wonderful portrait and reverse. Awesome coin!
Julia_Domna_Vesta-1a.jpg
Julia Domna * Vesta, Silver Denarius * 193-217 AD.152 views
Julia 'the Loyal' Felix Augusta * Vesta * AR Denarius

Obv: IVLIA PIA FELIX AVG, draped bust right
Rev: VESTA, Vesta standing left, holding palladium and scepter.

Mint: Rome
Struck: 213 AD.

Size: 19 mm.
Weight: 3.6 grams
Die axis: 180 degs.

Condition: Beautiful clear, bright luster.

Refs:*
RIC IV 390 (Antoninus Bassianus * Caracalla)
BMCRE 29 (same)
RSC 230

5 commentsTiathena01/03/05 at 08:07whitetd49: Great JD portrait!
Valens_Victory.jpg
Valens * "Victory" * "Securing and making safe, the state." 364-378 AD. Γ† 3154 views
Obv: D N VALENS PF AVG. Bust pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed, right.
Rev: SECVRITAS REIPVBLICAE. Victory advancing left, holding wreath and palm; B SIS C, in exe.

Mint: Siscia
Struck: 364-367 AD.

Size: 18 mm.
Weight: 3.58 grams
Die axis: 180 degs.

Patina: lovely dark-olive green.

RIC IX, 7b, page 146
Cohen 37
RIC 7b, Siscia

2 commentsTiathena12/19/04 at 22:56wolfgang336: Is that silvering I see?
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