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RIC 318 var.4 viewsDenarius, 114-117
Laur. r., dr. and cuirassed
Fortuna seated l., holding rudder and cornucopiae.

19mm, 3.06g
Woytek 526h (35 specimen)
1 commentsklausklage10/14/19 at 19:57quadrans: Nice piece.. , and nice bust,
PB Seal – Bulla Hadrian12 viewsReference
Cf. Rostovtsew & Prou p. 159, 7.

Laureate and draped bust of Hadrian right, seen from rear

8.48 gr
17x25.5 mm
1 commentsokidoki10/12/19 at 19:47quadrans: Wow, nice piece...
ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Brutus with Casca Longus, AR Denarius - Crawford 507/219 viewsRome, The Imperators.
Brutus with Casca Longus. 42 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.88g; 21mm).
Military mint, 42 BCE.

Obverse: CASCA LONGVS; Neptune's head facing right; trident below.

Reverse: BRVTVS IMP; Victory advancing right on broken scepter, holding filleted diadem and palm.

References: Crawford 507/2; HCRI 212; Sydenham1298 (R6); BMCRR (East) 63; Junia 44; Servilia 35.

Provenance: Ex V.L. Nummus Auction 12 (15 Sep 2019) Lot 68; Brüder Egger Auction 45 (12 Nov 1913) Lot 871.

Publius Servilius Casca Longus was one of the leading conspirators against Julius Caesar, and he was Tribune of the Plebs at the time of the assassination. Plutarch reports that a nervous Casca was the first to stab Caesar on the Ides of March with a glancing blow: “Casca gave him the first cut, in the neck, which was not mortal nor dangerous, as coming from one who at the beginning of such a bold action was probably very much disturbed. Caesar immediately turned about and laid his hand upon the dagger and kept hold of it. And both of them at the same time cried out, he that received the blow, in Latin, ‘Vile Casca, what does this mean?’ and he that gave it, in Greek, to his brother [Gaius] ‘Brother, help!’” [Plutarch: Lives of the noble Grecians and Romans, Arthur Clough (Ed.)] After Caesar’s assassination, Casca was given command of Brutus’ fleet. Nothing is known of Casca following the Battle of Philippi in October 42 BCE, where he likely perished or committed suicide in the aftermath.

The Neptune obverse refers to Casca’s naval command and the naval superiority of the conspirators before Philippi. Coins of the conspirators are replete with depictions of liberty and victory, and this coin is no exception. The reverse, with its broken scepter, clearly alludes to the assassins’ hope to eliminate monarchy in the Roman state and restore the Republic. Some authors have speculated that Victory is breaking the regal diadem on this type, although I don’t think that is abundantly clear.
7 commentsCarausius10/12/19 at 19:44quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
Macedonian Kingdom. Philip II, Amphipolis mint31 viewsMacedonian Kingdom. Philip II, 359-336 BC. Silver Tetradrachm, Amphipolis mint. Early posthumous issue, struck under Kassander.
O: Zeus right wearing laurel wreath with berries.
R: Φ I Λ I Π - Π OY (Of Philip) Naked youth on horse prancing right holding long palm branch and reins; aplustre below; Γ under foreleg. Rider pl. 46, 18; SNG ANS 740. Light golden toning.

Plutarch (Alex., 3)
"To Philip, however, who had just taken Potidaea, there came three messages at the same time:
the first that Parmenio had conquered the Illyrians in a great battle, the second that his race-horse had won a victory at the Olympic games, while a third announced the birth of Alexander. These things delighted him, of course, and the seers raised his spirits still higher by declaring that the son whose birth coincided with three victories would be always victorious."

Plutarch (Alex., 4.10)
"...and (Philip) took care to have the victories of his chariots at Olympia engraved upon his coins..."

The reverse-types of Philip’s coins are nearly all agonistic, and refer either to the games celebrated by him at Dium in
honour of the Olympian Zeus (Müller, Mon. d'Alex., pp. II and 344), or, preferably, to the great Olympian games where his
chariots were victorious. We have, indeed, the direct assertion of Plutarch (Alex., c. 4) in favour of the latter
hypothesis, τας εν ‘Ολυμπια νικας των αρματων εγχαραττων τοις νομισμασιν. Philip was also successful at Olympia with the
race-horse (ιππω κελητι νενικηκέναι; Plut., Alex., 3), a victory of which he perpetuated the memory on his tetradrachms. The horseman
with kausia and chlamys is less certainly agonistic, and may (perhaps with a play upon his name) represent the king
himself as a typical Macedonian ιππευς.
Philip’s coins were struck at many mints in various parts of his empire. For the various mint-marks which they bear see
Müller’s Num. d'Alex. le Grand, the local attributions in which are, however, to be accepted with great caution. They
continued to circulate in Europe long after his death, and the Gauls, when they invaded and pillaged Greece, took vast
numbers of them back into their own land, where they long continued to serve as models for the native currency of Gaul and
Britain. (Historia Numorum, Barclay V. Head, 1887)

It is clear that, trying hard to show off, to pass and ultimately to impose his Greek character, Philip was especially
interested in the aesthetic aspect of his coins and also in the propaganda and psychological effects they would have
on the rest of the Greek world, and especially on "those sarcastic, democratic Athenians" and on "the more barbarian" people than himself...

Demosthenes (19, 308)
"And as for Philip,—why, good Heavens, he was a Greek of the Greeks, the finest orator and the most thorough—going
friend of Athens you could find in the whole world. And yet there were some queer, ill-conditioned fellows in Athens who
did not blush to abuse him, and even to call him a barbarian! "
4 commentsNemonater10/12/19 at 19:41quadrans: Nice piece..
RIC 0280 Domitian Sestertius30 viewsIMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG GERM COS XI
Laureate head right with Aegis

Domitian riding right on horseback with shield, striking with spear at falling German

Rome, 85 AD


RIC 280 (C)

Ex-Calgary Coin

A scarcer type
4 commentsJay GT410/12/19 at 19:36quadrans: Interesting piece..
County of Tripoli, Raymond III (1152-87), Æ Pougeoise12 viewsCounty of Tripoli, Raymond III (1152-87), Æ Pougeoise
Crescent and eight-pointed star with pellets between the rays, TRIPLIS (sic!)
Cross with arrows in the angles, no legend. 1.17 g.
Metc. 515, Schlumb. IV, 7 var., MPS p. 170, 10 var., Sabine 204 var.
Ex Münzen und Medaillen AG Basel Lagerliste 507, Feb. 1988, Nr. 358.
Ex Erich Wäckerlin collection
Ex Münzen & Medaillen GmbH
Auction 47 lot 45

Unpublished legend variant TRIPLIS
1 commentsVladislav D10/12/19 at 19:33quadrans: Nice one
County of Tripoli, Raymond III (1152-87), Æ Pougeoise10 viewsCounty of Tripoli, Raymond III (1152-87), Æ Pougeoise

CVA TRIPOLIS crescent and eight pointed star.
Cross pommettée, arrow touching annulet in each angle.
16 mm, 1.40 g
CCS 10 ; Metcalf 513ff ;Wäckerlin 45

Ex Leu Numismatik web auction 8, lot 1803
1 commentsVladislav D10/12/19 at 19:32quadrans: Interesting piece..
County of Tripoli .Bohemond VII AD 1275 - 1287 . AR.Gros12 viewsCounty of Tripoli .Bohemond VII AD 1275 - 1287 . AR.Gros
4.24 g.
Cross in twelve-foil, +SEPTIMVS: BOEMVNDVS: COMES Rv. Castle in twelve-foil, +CIVITAS: TRIPOLIS: SYRIE
Metc. 497, Schl. IV, 21, MPS p.175, 26. Pressure mark.
Ex Jan Lis, London 1973.
Ex Erich Wäckerlin collection
Ex Münzen & Medaillen GmbH
Auction 47 lot 71
1 commentsVladislav D10/12/19 at 19:32quadrans: Wow, nice piece..
1377 - 1399, Richard II, AR Halfpenny struck at London, England4 viewsObverse: + RICARD : REX : ANGL. Crowned facing bust of Richard II within circle of pellets. Cross pattée in legend.
Reverse: CIVITAS LONDON. Long cross pattée dividing legend around inner circle of pellets into quarters, trefoil in each quarter of circle.
Type II, intermediate style, lombardic n's in 'LONDON'
Diameter: 13mm | Weight: 0.55gms | Die Axis: 1
SPINK: 1699 | North: 1331b

Richard II was King of England from 1377 until he was deposed in 1399. Edward III's heir, Edward the Black Prince, was Richard's father but he died in 1376, leaving Richard as heir apparent. When Edward III died the following year, the 10-year-old Richard succeeded to the throne.
During Richard's first years as king the government was in the hands of a series of regency councils which were under the control of Richard's uncles John of Gaunt and Thomas of Woodstock. England then faced various problems, most notably the Hundred Years' War. Another major challenge of the reign was the Peasants' Revolt in 1381, a crisis which the young king played a central part in suppressing.
Richard sought to restrain the power of the aristocracy and this caused so much discontent that, in 1387, a group of aristocrats known as the Lords Appellant took control of the government. But by 1389 Richard had regained control and for the next eight years governed in apparent harmony with his former opponents. However, in 1397, Richard took his revenge on the Appellants, many of whom were executed or exiled. In 1399, after John of Gaunt died, the king disinherited Gaunt's son, Henry of Bolingbroke, who he had previously exiled. Henry invaded England in June 1399 with a small force that quickly grew in numbers. Meeting little resistance, Bolingbroke deposed Richard and had himself crowned as King Henry IV.
Henry had agreed to let Richard live after his abdication but this all changed when Henry discovered that Lord Despenser, the earls of Huntingdon, Kent and Salisbury, and possibly also the Earl of Rutland, who had all been demoted from the ranks they had been given by Richard, were conspiring to murder him and restore Richard to the throne. Although averted, the plot highlighted the danger of allowing Richard to live and he is reported to have been starved to death in captivity in Pontefract Castle on or around 14 February 1400.
Richard's body was then taken south from Pontefract and displayed in the old St Paul's Cathedral, London until the 6th of March after which it was taken for burial in King's Langley Priory, Hertfordshire. Sometime later, by the order of King Henry V, Richard's body was moved from the Priory to Westminster Abbey.
1 comments*Alex10/12/19 at 19:28quadrans: Nice piece..
Carausius7 viewsAE-Antoninianus
IMP CARAVSIVS PF AVG; Radiate bust in imperial mantle to right.
PAX AVG; Pax stg. left, holding scepter and branch; F O in fields.
Ex: ML
3 commentsJulianus of Pannonia10/12/19 at 19:22quadrans: Nice piece..
1199-1216, John, AR Penny, Struck 1207 – 1211 at Dublin, Ireland7 viewsObverse: IOHANNES REX around triangle enclosing a crowned and draped facing bust of King John holding, in his right hand, a sceptre tipped with a cross pommée which extends through the side of the triangle into the legend. Quatrefoil to right of bust.
Reverse: ROBERD ON DIVE around triangle containing sun over crescent moon and a star in each angle. Cross pattée at apex of each point of the triangle and above legend on each of the three sides. Moneyer: Roberd, cognate to the modern English name of Robin.
Third issue “REX” coinage, struck to the same weight and fineness as the English standard.
This was the only coinage struck by King John in his own name.
Diameter: 18mm | Weight: 1.2gms | Die Axis: 4
SPINK: 6228

John was King of England from 1199 until his death in 1216. The baronial revolt at the end of John's reign led to the sealing of the first Magna Carta, a document sometimes considered an early step in the evolution of the constitution of the United Kingdom.
John, the youngest of the five sons of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, was not expected to inherit significant lands which resulted in him being given the nickname John Lackland. However, after the failed rebellion of his elder brothers between 1173 and 1174, John became Henry's favourite child. He was appointed Lord of Ireland in 1177 and given lands in England and on the continent. John's elder brothers William, Henry and Geoffrey died young and when Richard I became king in 1189, John was the potential heir to the throne. John unsuccessfully attempted a rebellion against Richard's administration whilst his brother was participating in the Third Crusade but despite this, after Richard died in 1199, John was proclaimed King of England.
King John contracted dysentery at Lynn in 1216 but, just before his death, he managed to dictate a brief will. This will still survives and as part of it John requested: "I will that my body be buried in the church of St. Mary and St. Wulfstan of Worcester".
Some of King John's favourite hunting grounds were in Worcester, at Kinver and Feckenham, and he had a special affection for Saint Wulfstan, one of the two great Anglo-Saxon saints whose shrines and tombs were also at Worcester. Both Saint Wulfstan and Saint Oswald can be seen in miniature beside the head of the effigy of King John on his tomb.
Medieval effigies usually show the subject in the prime of life, however the effigy on King John's tomb is unique in that not only is it a life-like image of him, it is also the oldest royal effigy in England.
King John's tomb has been opened twice, once in 1529 and again in 1797. At the first opening it was said that John's head was covered with a monk's cowl, however it is now thought that this was probably his coronation cap. When the tomb was opened for the second time the antiquarians responsible discovered that a robe of crimson damask had originally covered the king's body but, by 1797, most of the embroidery had deteriorated. They also found the remains of a sword which lay down the left side of the body along with parts of its scabbard.
3 comments*Alex09/16/19 at 13:29quadrans: Wow, nice piece..
1272 - 1307, EDWARD I, AR Penny, Struck 1296 - 1306 at Berwick-on-Tweed, England7 viewsObverse: + EDWAR ANGL DNS HYB. Crowned bust of Edward I facing within circle of pellets. Cross pattée in legend.
Reverse: VILLA BEREVVICI. Long cross dividing legend into quarters, trefoil in each quarter of inner circle.
Undated Penny, Class 10 Berwick Type II (Local dies). Issues from this mint are quite rare.
Diameter: 21.5mm | Weight: 1.0gms | Die Axis: 2
SPINK: 1415

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

In September 1290, upon the death of Margaret, Maid of Norway, there arose a number of claimants to the throne of Scotland. The Guardians of Scotland, who were the de facto heads of state until a king was chosen, asked Edward I of England to conduct the court proceedings in the dispute because the late King Alexander III had been married to Edward's sister, Margaret of England.
John Balliol, a descendant of King David I, was chosen and he was inaugurated at Scone, on St. Andrew's Day, 30 November 1292. But Edward I treated both Baliol and Scotland with contempt and demanded military support for his war against France. The Scottish response was to form an alliance with the French, invade England, and launch an attack on Carlisle.
After the failure of the Scottish attack on Carlisle, Edward I marched north and, on 28th March 1296, he crossed the river Tweed which borders the two countries, with his troops. On the following day he marched on the town of Berwick, which was Scotland's most important trading port and second only to London in economic importance in medieval Britain at that time.
Contemporary accounts of the number slain range anywhere from 4,000 to 20,000. ”When the town had been taken in this way and its citizens had submitted, Edward spared no one, whatever the age or sex, and for two days streams of blood flowed from the bodies of the slain, for in his tyrannous rage he ordered 7,500 souls of both sexes to be massacred...So that mills could be turned by the flow of their blood.” - Account of the Massacre of Berwick, from Bower’s Scotichronicon.
Berwick's garrison was commanded by William the Hardy, Lord of Douglas, whose life and those of his garrison were spared after he surrendered and the English took the castle.
Berwick was recaptured by the Scots in 1318 but the town changed hands between the two countries several times during the following years until it was finally captured for the English by Richard, Duke of Gloucester, the future Richard III of England, in 1482. The Scots however, did not accept this conquest for at least two centuries after this date as is evidenced by innumerable charters.
2 comments*Alex09/16/19 at 13:29quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
Messana6 viewsSicily, Messana. 412-408 BC. AR Tetradrachm (16.8 gm). Biga of mules driven l. by nymph Messana, Nike overhead with wreath & taenia. Ex: two dolphins meeting. / Hare bounding l., grain ear below, dove above. Ex: ΜΕΣΣΑΝΙΩΝ. VF. Pegasi 127 #53. ex-William N. Rudman Coll., Triton V #1193 (this coin). SNG ANS 4 #367/378. Same dies: SNG Cop 1 #405; Caltabiano series XV 623 (D223/R249); Nantueil 303; Triton XX #62. Same obv. die: HGC 3 #801; ACNAC Davis 40; Kraay-Hirmer pl. 19 #61; Pozzi 492; Rizzo pl. XXVII, 7; SNG Fitzwilliam 1081; SNG Lockett 831. SNG Munchen 660; NAC 33 #78 & 52 #45. cf. Boeringer SNR 57 p. 136f. 1 commentsAnaximander08/29/19 at 19:02quadrans: Another nice piece
Messana6 viewsSicily, Messana. 480-462/1 BC. AR Tetradrachm (17.14 gm). Biga of mules r. with seated charioteer; laurel leaf in ex. / Hare bounding r., pellet below. ΜΕSSΕ-N-ΙΩN (both sigmas and nus retrograde). VF. Pegasi V #63. SNG ANS 4 #314; Caltabiano 1993 Series IIb 52 similar to (D28/R22 or R38); Dewing 641 (same obv. die)/636. HGC 3 #779 (same obv. die). SNG Fitzwilliam 1067. Cf SNG Cop 1 #390 (no pellet); Bement 405 (SS not retrograde); Randazzo 105-106 (same). 1 commentsAnaximander08/29/19 at 19:01quadrans: Nice piece..
RPC-1672-Domitian39 viewsAR Didrachm, 6.47g
Rome mint (for Cappadocia), 93-94 AD
Obv: AYT KAI ΔOMITIANOC CЄBACTOC ΓЄPM; Head of Domitian, laureate, r.
Rev: ЄTO ΙΓ; Mt Argaeus; on summit, radiate figure standing l., globe in r. hand, sceptre in l. hand
RPC 1672 (17 spec.).
Acquired from Praefectus Coins, August 2019.

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

In good style and well centred.
4 commentsDavid Atherton08/29/19 at 19:01quadrans: Great, Interesting coin ...
ROMAN REPUBLIC, M. Porcius Cato, AR Quinarius - Crawford 343/2b12 viewsRome, The Republic.
M. Porcius Cato, 89 BCE.
AR Quinarius (2.08g; 14mm).
Rome Mint.

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

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

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

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

The precise identity of the moneyer is uncertain. Crawford believes the obverse head of Liber alludes to the Porcian Laws which broadened the rights of Roman citizens with respect to punishments and appeals. This issue of quinarii was huge, with Crawford estimating 400 obverse and 444 reverse dies. The obverse appears in two varieties: one with control marks below the head, and one without. The control marks include Greek and Latin letters, numbers and symbols.
4 commentsCarausius08/27/19 at 19:34quadrans: Wow, nice piece...
12 Caesars Tray17 viewsUpdated 12 Caesars Tray4 commentsMat08/27/19 at 19:29quadrans: Wow, nice ...
6070 EGYPT, Alexandria Sabina Hemidrachm 134-35 AD Dikaiosyne standing15 viewsReference.
RPC III, 6070; Köln 1268; Emmett 1337.19; Dattari-2067; K&G-33.9


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

Dikaiosyne standing facing, head l., holding scales and cornucopia

12.26 gr
30 mm
4 commentsokidoki08/26/19 at 19:23quadrans: Wow, nice piece...
Himera11 viewsSicily, Himera. 440-430/425 BC. AR Tetradrachm (16.93 gm). Slow biga driven l. by charioteer crowned by Nike flying r. Ex: IMEPAION (retrograde) and cock walking l. / Nymph Himera holding patera over altar to l.; satyr to r. stdg below fountain w/ lions-head spout; ear of grain above.  gVF.   Boston MFA 254 (same dies); de Luynes 976 (same dies); Rizzo pl. XXI, 12 (same dies); Arnold-Biucchi, Monetazione, Group III, 15 (Q4/H12); Gutmann & Schwabacher 10; SNG Ashmolean 1765 (same dies). cf. HGC 2 #434 (crane in ex); Jenkins Sicily 30; CNG 100 #1268 & Triton XI #37 (same dies). Very rare. 4 commentsAnaximander08/26/19 at 19:23quadrans: Great coin , and details,
Tiberius, 14-37 AD8 viewsSilver Denarius, Lugdunum Mint (Modern Day Lyon, France)

Obv: TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTV[S], Laureate Bust Right.
Rev: PONTIF MAXIM, Female figure seated right on chair with ornamented legs, holding inverted spear and branch; single exergual line below.
RIC 30, (3.70 g, 19.0 mm)
3 commentsVacolony08/25/19 at 17:09quadrans: Interesting piece..
Vespasian 69-79 AD7 viewsSilver Denarius, Rome Mint & Stuck under Titus 80AD

Obv: Legend with Laureate Bust Right. DIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS

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

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

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

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

RIC 118, (3.35 g, 19.0 mm)
1 commentsVacolony08/25/19 at 17:08quadrans: Nice piece..
Parthian Kingdom. Gotarzes II. Ca. A.D. 40-51. Tetradrachm.13 views(26 mm, 12 h). Seleukeia on the Tigris, S.E. 360 (A.D. 48/9).
Diademed and draped bust of Gotarzes II left /
King seated right, receiving wreath from Nike standing left, holding cornucopiae; above, date (??), month off flan.
Cf. Sellwood 65.20-24; cf. Shore 361.
1 commentsRuslan K08/25/19 at 17:07quadrans: Nice piece..
Domitian 81-96 AD10 viewsSilver Denarius, Rome 88 AD

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

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

RIC 591, (3.58 g, 19.0 mm)
4 commentsVacolony08/25/19 at 17:06quadrans: Nice one
Cr. 517/2, Octavian, Mark Antony14 viewsOctavian and Mark Antony
Denarius 41 BC
Obv.: CAESAR·IMP·PONT·III·VIR·R·P·C: Head of Octavian right, bearded; around, inscription. Border of dots.
Rev.: M·ANT·IMP·AVG·III·VIR·R·P·C·M·BARBAT·Q·P: Head of M. Antonius right; around, inscription. Border of dots.
Ag, 3.81g, 18.1mm
Ref.: Crawford 517/2
Ex Christoph Gärtner 44. Auktion Numismatik, Lot 4055 D
4 commentsshanxi08/25/19 at 12:05quadrans: Great piece ...
Gela11 viewsGela. (CEΛAΣ) c. 490/485-480/475 BC. AR Didrachm (8.57 gm). Horseman galloping right, brandishing spear overhead. / Forepart of river god Gelas as man-headed bull r. (Ε-ΛΑ before.  nEF.  Triton V #1167. Ex William N. Rudman Coll. SNG ANS 4 mule: #7 (same ob. die) / #5 (same rev. die); Jenkins Gela Gp Ib 42 (O13'/R17); SNG Cop 1 #256; SNG Klagenfurt 430; HGC 2 #363.
480-470 BC.  Rule of tyrant Gelon, born in Gela, who won a crushing victory over the Carthaginians and ruled Syracuse for a time.
3 commentsAnaximander08/25/19 at 11:14quadrans: Nice piece..
Sicily20 viewsGreek colonies dotted the island of Sicily from about the mid-8th C. BC onward, sometimes conflicting with the native tribes (Sikels to the east, Sikanians in central Sicily, and Elymians to the west) and several Phoenician colonies. The largest issuance of coinage by the city-states often came amidst conflict among themselves and later arrivals, the Carthaginians and Romans. While Greek coin types and denominations predominated, the local litra and its fractions of onkiai survived down to the Roman conquest in 212 BC, when local striking withered. Major mints include Akragas, Gela, Himera, Kamarina, Katane, Leontini, Messene, Naxos, Segesta, Selinos, Syracuse, and the siculo-punic mints of Entella and Lilybaion.
2 commentsAnaximander08/25/19 at 11:14quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
Akragas12 viewsAkragas. 420-410 BC. Hemidrachm (2.07 gm). Eagle standing l. atop hare. / Crab, tunny l. below. ⤹ A-K-P-A around. VF. CICF 2005 Ponterio 134 #1368. SNG ANS 3 #1009; SNG Cop 1 #57-58; SNG Lloyd 826; HGC 2 #104; BMC 2 p. 12, #65.
2 commentsAnaximander08/25/19 at 11:13quadrans: Nice piece..
010 Hadrian Denarius Roma 117 AD Fortuna14 viewsReference
Strack 14; RIC 10; C. 749; BMC 20

Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder, seen from front.

Fortuna, veiled, enthroned left, rudder in right hand, cornucopiae in left, FORT RED in exergue.

4.02 gr
19 mm
3 commentsokidoki08/25/19 at 11:12quadrans: Great coin , and details,
Maximinus I (235 - 238 A.D.)18 viewsBillon Tetradrachm
O: AVTO MAΞIMINOC EVC CEB, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right .
R: Nike walking left, wearing long chiton, carrying wreath and palm; LΓ in left field. Y 3 = AD 236-237.
Dattari 4583; Emmett 3288.3

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

Published on Wildwinds!
3 commentsMat08/18/19 at 22:30quadrans: Nice piece..
1542 - 1567, Mary I “Queen of Scots”, AR billon Bawbee (sixpence), Struck 1542 - 1558 at Edinburgh, Scotland20 viewsObverse: +MARIA•D•G•R•SCOTORVM. Crowned thistle, M to left, R to right, beaded circles and legend surrounding. Greek cross in legend.
Reverse: OPPIDVM•EDINBVRGI, retrograde N in legend. Crown over voided saltire cross, cinquefoil on either side, beaded circles and legend surrounding, fleur-de-lis within legend above.
Diameter: 22mm | Weight: 1.8gms | Die Axis: 10
SPINK: 5433

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

Mary I is one of the most well known, romantic and tragic figures in Scottish history. She was the only surviving child of King James V of Scotland and became queen on the death of her father when she was only six or seven days old. Mary was brought up in the Catholic faith and educated in France along with the French royal children, while Scotland was ruled in her name by regents, principally the Earl of Arran. In 1558 Mary married the French Dauphin, Francis, and following his accession in 1559 she became Queen consort of France and he King consort of Scotland. However, when Francis died in 1560 Mary was devastated and in 1561 she returned to Scotland. Four years later, in 1565, she married her half-cousin, Lord Darnley and the following year she bore him a son, who would later become James I of England. When in 1567, Darnley's house in Edinburgh was destroyed by an explosion and he was found murdered in the grounds, suspicion implicated Mary and her favourite, the Earl of Bothwell. When later that same year Mary married Bothwell those suspicions were not allayed, and following an uprising against her, she was imprisoned in Loch Leven Castle and forced to abdicate in favour of her one year old son. After an unsuccessful attempt to regain her throne and defeat at the battle of Langside in 1568, Mary fled south to England, only to be imprisoned by Elizabeth I who perceived her as a threat to the throne of England. For over eighteen years Elizabeth had Mary confined in various castles and manor houses throughout England until, in 1587, after being accused of numerous intrigues and plots against Elizabeth, Mary was beheaded at Fotheringhay Castle.
3 comments*Alex08/17/19 at 19:23quadrans: Great piece...
RIC 0057A Titus45 viewsObv: IMP T CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS VII (counterclockwise), Laureate head right
Rev: PAX AVGVST / S C (in field), Pax standing left holding branch and cornucopia
AE/Sestertius (33.90 mm 25.98 g 6h) Struck in Rome 79 A.D. (Group 1)
RIC unpublished (provisionally assigned n. 57A)
ex Numismatik Naumann Auction 80 Lot 527
6 commentsFlaviusDomitianus08/16/19 at 18:58quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
Cleopatra III and Ptolemy IX Soter II12 viewsCleopatra III and Ptolemy IX Soter II. 116/107 BC AR Tetradrachm (13.20 gm) of Alexandria, 108/107 BC. Diademed head of Ptolemy I r. / Eagle standing l. on thunderbolt. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ | ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ, L| to l. (RY 10), ΠΑ to r. VF. SNG Cop 8 #356-357; Svoronos 1671 (Ptolemy X of Paphos) pl. 57 #12; DCA 60; Morkholm PPCH XXI #961. cf Heritage Auction 231813 #65071.
1 commentsAnaximander08/15/19 at 20:54quadrans: Nice piece..
Vespasian-RIC-1426(5A)342 viewsAR Denarius, 3.25g
Ephesus mint, 71 AD
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: PACI ORB TERR AVG; Turreted and draped female bust, r.; no mintmark
RIC 1426(5A)3 (R3). BMC -. RPC -. BNC -.
Acquired from Forvm Ancient Coins, May 2019.

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

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

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

Struck in high relief with the reverse slightly off centred.

NB: This coin shares a reverse die with my Titus Caesar example of the type.
5 commentsDavid Atherton08/15/19 at 15:17quadrans: Great coin , and details,
1169 - 1214, William I “the lion”, AR Penny, Struck 1205 - 1230 at Perth or Edinburgh, Scotland19 viewsObverse: + LE REI WILAM•: Head of William I facing left, wearing crown of pellets, sceptre to left, within inner circle of pellets. All surrounded by outer circle of pellets. Cross potent in legend.
Reverse: + hVE WALTER: Voided short cross, six pointed star in each angle, within inner circle of pellets. All surrounded by outer circle of pellets. Cross potent in legend. (No mint name on coin. Moneyers: Hue (cognate to the modern English name of Hugh) and Walter, the Edinburgh and Perth moneyers working jointly)
Short cross, phase B. Late William I and posthumous issue struck c.1205 to c.1230.
William I died in 1214 but it would appear that although Alexander II was 16 years old when he came to the throne he continued his father's issues for some 15 years and struck no coins in his own name until around 1230.
Diameter: 21mm | Weight: 1.3gm | Die Axis: 6
SPINK: 5029

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

William I was crowned on 24th December 1165, he came to the throne when his elder brother Malcolm IV died at the age of 24 on 9th December 1165.
Early in his reign William attempted to regain control of Northumbria which had been lost, in 1157 during the reign of Malcolm IV, to the Anglo-Normans under Henry II. He thereby lent support to the English barons who rebelled against Henry II in 1173. In 1174 however, while actively assisting the rebels at the Battle of Alnwick, William was captured by Henry's forces and taken to Falaise in Normandy. He was forced, under the terms of the Treaty of Falaise which he signed in December, to do homage for the whole of Scotland and also to hand over the castles of Roxburgh, Berwick and Edinburgh. Edinburgh, however, was later returned to him as part of the dowry of Ermengarde, a cousin of Henry II, whom William married in 1186.
The Treaty of Falaise remained in force for the next fifteen years until the new English King Richard the Lionheart, needing money for the Third Crusade, agreed to terminate it in return for 10,000 marks. William also attempted to purchase Northumbria from Richard, however his offer of 15,000 marks was rejected due to him wanting all the castles within the lands, something Richard was not willing to concede.
Relations between Scotland and England remained tense during the first decade of the 13th century and in August 1209 King John decided to exploit the weakening leadership of the ageing Scottish monarch by marching a large army to Norham on the south side of the River Tweed. William bought John off with the promise of a large sum of money, and later, in 1212, he agreed to his only surviving son Alexander, marrying John's eldest daughter, Joan.
William I died in Stirling in 1214 and lies buried in Arbroath Abbey, which he is credited with founding in 1178. He was succeeded by his son, who reigned as Alexander II.
3 comments*Alex08/13/19 at 22:49quadrans: wow, great coin,
Ptolemy VI Philometor10 viewsPtolemy VI Philometor, poss. in joint reign w/ Ptolemy VIII (or Ptolemy V alone). 180-145 BC. AR Tetradrachm (14.24 gm) of Alexandria. Diademed head of Ptolemy I r. / Eagle standing l. on thunderbolt. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ | ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ. nEF. Unmarked series. CNG 51 #605; Ex Numismatic Arts 10/18/1990 #1012. SNG Cop 8 #244-245 and 262-268; Svoronos 1231 & 1489; Dewing 2761 (Ptolemy V); Noeske 176-177 & 192-193.1 commentsAnaximander08/13/19 at 06:14quadrans: Nice piece..
Maximianus Antoninianus - CONSERVATOR AVGG - •XXI•KOY•20 viewsMaximianus Antoninianus

Radiate and cuirassed bust right

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


RIC 580, RCV13118
3 commentsHarry G08/11/19 at 18:57quadrans: Nice piece..
OBV Full length figure of Christ standing on a dais, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; right hand raised high in benediction holds Gospels in l. hand. Pellets in each limb of nimbus cross.

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

Size 19.6mm

Weight 3.0

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

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

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

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

Issue L ΔΕ = year 10

Laureate head of Hadrian I in front

Rev: L ΔE

1.00 gr
12 mm
1 commentsokidoki08/11/19 at 07:54quadrans: Nice piece..
Domitian RIC-36760 viewsÆ Dupondius, 11.64g
Rome mint, 85 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XI CENS POT P P; Head of Domitian, radiate, bearded, r., with aegis
Rev: ANNONA AVG; S C in exergue; Annona, std r., holding open on lap by two ends bag full of corn-ears; in front of her stands a small figure, l., also holding two ends of bag, and in the background, stern of ship
RIC 367 (C). BMC 347. BNC 364.
Ex eBay, August 2019.

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

Flatly struck on one side, but in fine style.
7 commentsDavid Atherton08/11/19 at 07:54quadrans: Nice find...
Roman Imperial, Trajan Decius as Augustus, AR Antoninianus.11 viewsRome 250 A.D. 5.08g - 23.5mm, 12h.

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

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

RIC IV 21b, RSC 86.
2 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/10/19 at 15:32quadrans: Nice one
Domitian RIC-83354 viewsÆ Dupondius, 12.14g
Eastern Mint (Thrace?), 81 AD
Obv: IMP D CAES DIVI VESP F AVG P M TR P P P COS VII; Head of Domitian, radiate, bearded, r.
Rev: ROMA; S C in exergue; Roma std. l. on cuirass, with wreath and parazonium
RIC 833 (R). BMC 513. RPC 528. BNC 549.
Ex eBay, July 2019.

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

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

Handsome dark patina and honest wear.
3 commentsDavid Atherton08/10/19 at 09:34quadrans: Nice find...
Punic, Carthage, Billon 2 Shekels23 viewsZEUGITANA, Carthage. Time of the First Punic War. Circa 264-241 BC.

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

SNG Copenhagen 190; Müller 104
3 commentsTanit08/10/19 at 09:34quadrans: Great coin , and details,
Ptolemy III Euergetes14 viewsPtolemy III Euergetes. 246-221 BC. AR Tetradrachm (14.18 gm) of Tyre, RY 2, 246/5 BC. Diademed head of Ptolemy I wearing aegis, r. / Eagle stdg l., M between legs. ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ | ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ. ΤΥΡ monogram above club to l., year β over Ι to r. gVF. DCA 30. cf. SNG Cop 8 #499 (Θ b/w legs); Svoronos 1013 (same); CNG EA375 #47 & A90 #772 (same dies).
2 commentsAnaximander08/10/19 at 09:07quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
Thrace, Byzantion, Artemis, crescent, star 12 viewsByzantion
Late 1st century AD.
Obv.: Draped bust of Artemis to right
Rev.: ΒΥΖΑΝΤΙΩΝ, crescent moon above star
AE, 2.99g, 18mm, 6h
Ref.: Schönert-Geiss 1957
Ex Thrax Collection
Ex Roma Numismatics, E-Sale 58, Lot 552
(Normally, the crescent points up and the star is in the center, here it points down and the star is below.)
1 commentsshanxi08/10/19 at 09:03quadrans: Interesting piece..
Siglos Xerxes II to Artaxerxes II Engraved Reverse Die61 views
Persian Empire, Xerxes II to Artaxerxes II. Ca. 420-375 B.C. AR siglos (15 mm, 5.67 g).
O: Persian king or hero in kneeling/running stance right, holding dagger and bow; bankers marks.
R: Helmet facing within reverse incuse punch.
- Carradice plate XIII, 34; BMC Arabia p. 165, 124, pl. XXVI, 21.
3 commentsNemonater08/10/19 at 08:08quadrans: Nice piece..
Asia Minor, Aiolis, Kyme, Tyche12 viewsAiolis, Kyme
AE 17
3rd century AD
Obv.: KVMH, Turreted and draped bust of Tyche (or Kyme?) left
Rev.: ΚΥΜΑΙΩΝ, Tyche standing left, holding rudder and cornucopia.
AE, 17mm, 3.43g
Ref.: BMC 120
(Probably all examles of this type are from the same die pair)
1 commentsshanxi08/09/19 at 18:35quadrans: Nice piece..
Probus29 viewsAE-Antoninianus
VIRTVS PROBI AVG; Radiate, helmeted, draped and cuirassed bust to right, holding spear and shield seen from inner side.
SOLI INVICTO; Sol in spread quadriga, holding globe and whip in left hand, waves below.
Ex: -
RIC 779var
2 commentsJulianus of Pannonia08/08/19 at 19:32quadrans: Nice piece..
Gotarzes II (44 - 51 AD)26 viewsAR Drachm
O: Diademed bust left.
R: (OΛCIΛCΩC) OΛCIΛ(EΩN) (Λ)I(3 dots)IΛNO(V) ΔIXΛIOV I(3 dots)VI(3 dots)PΓI.TO(V) (EΠ)IΦΛNOVC (ΦIΛEΛ)ΛHXO(C), / Archer (Arsakes I) seated right on throne, holding bow; monogram below bow.
 Ekbatana mint
Sellwood 65.33; Sunrise –; Shore 364
3 commentsMat08/07/19 at 09:03quadrans: wow, great coin,
Probus75 viewsAE-Antoninianus
VIRTVS PROBI AVG; Radiate, helmeted and cuirassed half length bust to right, raising right hand and holding victory on globe in left.
MARS VICTOR; Helmeted Mars with spear walking right, holding trophy over shoulder.
Ex: II
RIC - ; B222 pl. XXVII; 3ex.
6 commentsJulianus of Pannonia08/05/19 at 21:52quadrans: wow, great bust,
2501 PHRYGIA, Cadi Sabina, cult statue of Artemis Ephesia standing16 viewsReference.
RPC III, 2501; SNG von Aulock 8388

Draped bust of Sabina, right

Cult statue of Artemis Ephesia with supports

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

Issue Year 2

Laureate head right.

Rev. ET B
Club in wreath

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

Draped bust of Sabina, right

Cult statue of Artemis Ephesia, with supports, between two stags

3.90 gr
18 mm
2 commentsokidoki08/05/19 at 15:11quadrans: Nice piece..
Tacitus80 viewsAE-Antoninianus
IMP C M CL TACITVS AVG; Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust to right.
SPES PVBLICA; Spes advancing left, holding Flower and raising skirt.
RIC 94
5 commentsJulianus of Pannonia08/04/19 at 18:46quadrans: wow, great coin,
RIC 0322 Domitianus51 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P IIII, Laureate head right, with aegis
Rev: IMP VIIII COS XI CENSORIA POTESTAT P P (anticlockwise, from low right), Minerva standing left, with spear
AR/Denarius (20.31 mm 3.466 gr 6h) Struck in Rome 85 A.D. (2nd issue)
RIC 322 (R2) - BMCRE, BNF unlisted
ex Roma Numismatics E-Sale 59 Lot 796, ex Spink Auction 18055 Lot 107, from the Michael Kelly Collection of Roman Silver Coins
7 commentsFlaviusDomitianus08/04/19 at 08:45quadrans: Wow, nice piece...
Probus20 viewsAE-Antoninianus
IMP C M AVR PROBVS P AVG; Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, holding javelin in right hand and shield with two
plumbatae in left.
PROVIDENT AVG; Providentia standing left, holding globe and sceptre; T in right field.
RIC 723var.
1 commentsJulianus of Pannonia08/03/19 at 20:48quadrans: wow, great coin,
Probus18 viewsAE-Antoninianus
VIRTVS PROBI AVG; Radiate, cuirassed bust right, holding spear in right hand, and reins in left.
VIRTVS AVG; Soldier standing left, holding Victory and spear and leaning on shield.
RIC 437var. / HO 677
1 commentsJulianus of Pannonia08/03/19 at 20:47quadrans: Nice piece..
Probus13 viewsAE-Antoninianus
IMP C PROBVS P F AVG; Radiate, cuirassed bust left,.holding spear and shield.; Cuirass decorated with a large gorgoneion
SOLI INVICTO; Sol in quadriga, holding whip, driving left.
RIC 771
1 commentsJulianus of Pannonia08/03/19 at 20:46quadrans: Great coin , and details,
Probus14 viewsAE- Antoninianus
IMP C PROBVS PF AVG; Radiate bust left in imperial mantle, holding eagle tripped scepter, and branch or flowers
PAX AVGVSTI ; Pax standing left, holding olive-branch and sceptre./ T in right field
RIC 712var.
Note: This interesting bust type probably celebrates the second consulate of Probus in A.D 278.
The branch in his hand could be a symbol for his consulship or the symbol of peace.
1 commentsJulianus of Pannonia08/03/19 at 20:45quadrans: Interesting piece..
Probus13 viewsAE-Antoninianus
IMP C M AVR PROBVS P AVG; Radiate, helmeted, heroically nude bust left, holding spear and shield, seen from back.; Shield decorated with a battle scene: Emperor riding right, spearing enemy.
CONSERVAT AVG; Sol standing left, right hand raised, left holding globe.
RIC 672var.
1 commentsJulianus of Pannonia08/03/19 at 20:45quadrans: Another nice piece
Probus14 viewsAE-Antoninianus
IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG; Radiate, cuirassed bust left, holding pugio in right hand.
CONCORD MILIT; Emperor standing right, clasping hand of Concordia.
RIC 650var.
1 commentsJulianus of Pannonia08/03/19 at 20:44quadrans: Wow, nice piece..
Probus13 viewsAE-Antoninianus
IMP C M AVR PROBVS P AVG; Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust to left, holding shield.
VIRTVS PROBI AVG; Mars walking right, holding spear and trophy.
RIC 816var.
1 commentsJulianus of Pannonia08/03/19 at 20:44quadrans: Great bust..
Antiochos III Drachm23 views1 commentsMark R107/29/19 at 18:11quadrans: I like this one...
MARONEIA (Thrace) AR Tetradrachm. EF-/VF+. Dyonisos15 viewsObverse: Head of Dionysos right, wearing ivy wreath.
Reverse: ΔIONYΣOY ΣΩTHPOΣ / MAPΩNITΩN, Dionysos standing slightly left, holding grape bunch and narthex stalks; in fields, two monograms.

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

BMC 252. Maroneia (Thrace) mint, circa late 2nd to early 1st Century BC. 16,6 g - 31 mm
1 commentsMark R107/29/19 at 18:10quadrans: Nice piece..
Vespasian RIC-28242 viewsÆ Dupondius, 14.36g
Rome mint, 71 AD
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS III; Head of Vespasian, radiate, r.
Rev: TVTELA AVGVSTI; S C in exergue; Tutela std. l., with a child either side
RIC 282 (R2). BMC 596. BNC 572.
Acquired from Praefectus Coins, July 2019. Ex The Morris Collection.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NB: BMC 527 records the type with an obverse reading COS II, however, the obverse has been tooled from an original COS III die. Its reverse die is also known to be paired with other COS III obverses.
7 commentsDavid Atherton07/22/19 at 20:05quadrans: Interesting piece..
Asia Minor, Mysia, Pergamon, Owl, Athena, A Π monogram17 viewsMysia, Pergamon
AE17, 200-133 BC
Obv.: Head of Athena right, wearing Attic helmet with star
Rev.: Owl with spread wings standing on palm, ΑΘΗΝΑΣ ΝΙΚΗΦΟΡΟΥ above and below, monograms A Π below
AE, 3.93g, 18mm
1 commentsshanxi07/22/19 at 20:04quadrans: Nice one
Julia Domna (Augusta) Coin: Bronze AS 22 viewsIVLIA PIA FELIX AVG - Diademed, draped bust right.
VESTA, SC in ex. - Sacrificial scene before the temple of Vesta.
Exergue: SC

Mint: Rome (214 AD)
Wt./Size/Axis: 10.66g / 26mm / 6h
RIC Caracalla 607
Cohen 234
BMC 232
Naville Numismatics
Acquisition/Sale: Naville Numismatics Internet 51 #594 $0.00

From CNG: During the last five years of her life, following the murder of her younger son Geta in AD 212, Julia Domna virtually ran the government while Caracalla embarked on various military adventures. The emperor was much troubled by illness throughout his sole reign. On his way to the Parthian War in AD 214, he even visited the great shrine of Aesculapius at Pergamum in the hopes of finding a cure, an occasion marked by the striking of a remarkable series of medallic bronzes at the city.

This rare and attractive As of Julia Domna, issued at Rome in AD 214, is on the same theme and records vows for the health of Caracalla undertaken by the Vestal Virgins in a ceremony before the Temple of Vesta. The four Vestals are accompanied by two children and the sanctuary itself appears as a small domed structure in the background. Over the centuries no fewer than seven temples of Vesta occupied the site in the Forum at the northern corner of the house of Vestals. Most were the victims of fire, the sixth temple having been destroyed late in the reign of Commodus (AD 191). Julia Domna herself built the seventh, and the partially reconstructed ruins of this building are still to be seen today.
2 commentsGary W207/21/19 at 23:43quadrans: Nice piece..
Julius Caesar, (c.46-45 BC), AR Denarius, mint in North Africa.15 viewsObv. diademed head of Venus right,
Rev. Aeneas walking left carrying his father Anchises and holding Palladium. caesar behind
References: (Cr. 458/1; Syd. 1013)
1 commentsCanaan07/21/19 at 23:42quadrans: Nice Caesar
Freiburg im Breisgau, 1387, AR Brakteat, Raven20 viewsFreiburg im Breisgau
AR Brakteat
Stebler or Hälbling = 1/2 Rappen
AD 1387
Obv.: ​Head of raven left, crescent? to left
Rev.: -
AR, 0.162g, 16mm (max)
Ref.: Freiburger Münzen und Medaillen No. 10, Jubiläumsschrift des Freiburger Münzsammelvereins 1997, No. 18
ex CNG e-auction 247 (12 Jan 2011)
ex FORVM ANCIENT COINS shop (2019)
2 commentsshanxi07/21/19 at 14:29quadrans: Wow, nice piece...
260a25 viewsQuietus 260-1 AD
AR antoninianus
Eastern mint
Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Spes standing left, holding flower and raising skirt
RIC 11
1 commentsmauseus07/21/19 at 09:24quadrans: Nice piece..
Calabria. Taras. c. 240-228 BC. Nomos27 views6.57g.
Obv: Hippokontist in close fitting lorica hurling javelin on horseback. ΟΛΥΜΠΙΣ beneath horse; wreath in left field.
Rx: ΤΑΡΑΣ Taras on dolphin holding cornucopiae and kantharos; tripod to his left.
Vlasto Coll. 943 (same dies). HN Italy 1055. EF.
2 commentsLeo07/21/19 at 06:48quadrans: Great coin , and details,
Cilician Armenia. Levon I, the Great (1199-1219)14 viewsVardanyan Group D; Nercessian 303 var. (rev. legend), Bedoukian 746 var. (rev. legend, per 737)

AE tank. Sis (now Kozan, Turkey) mint. 7.14 g., 29.63 mm. max., 180°

Obv: + ԼԵՒՈՆ ԹԱԳԱՒՈՐ ՀԱՅՒՈ (= Lewon Tagawor Haywots = Levon, King of Armenians), leonine head of the king, six dots on the crown, pendilium and hair represented by vertical row of three large dots; and the mane/beard by an irregular juxtaposition of smaller dots.

Rev: + ՇԻՆՍԼ Ի ՔԱՂՍՔՍ Ի ՍԻՍ [Type 4 letter Ք] (= Shineal i kaghakn i Sis = Struck in the city of Sis), patriarchal cross with six-pointed star on each side.

The sequence of issuance of the four groups is unknown.
1 commentsStkp07/21/19 at 06:43quadrans: Another nice piece
Cilician Armenia. Levon I, the Great (1199-1219)15 viewsVardanyan Group C; Nercessian 304 var. (obv. legend), Bedoukian 720 var. (obv. legend)

AE tank. Sis (now Kozan, Turkey) mint. 6.80 g., 28.19 mm. max., 180°

Obv: + ԼԵՒՈՆ ׀ ԹԱԳԱՒՈՐ ՀԱՅՒՈՑ (= Lewon Tagawor Haywots = Levon, King of Armenians), leonine head of the king, seven dots on the crown, pendilium and hair represented by vertical row of six dots; and the mane/beard by a semi-irregular juxtaposition of dots.

Rev: + ՇԻՆԵԱԼ Ի ՔԱՂԱՔՍ Ի ՍԻՍ [Type 2 letter Ք] (= Shineal i kaghakn i Sis = Struck in the city of Sis), patriarchal cross with five-pointed star on each side.

There are three varieties of the obverse legend among the Group C coins in the collection of the History Museum of Armenia. The obverse legend on this coin, which bears a letter/symbol between the words ԼԵՒՈՆ and ԹԱԳԱՒՈՐ, is not represented. This obverse letter variation is also not recorded in Bedoukian and Nercessian.

The sequence of issuance of the four groups is unknown.
1 commentsStkp07/21/19 at 06:42quadrans: Great piece ...
Mamluk (Bahri). Sha`ban II (al-Ashraf Nasir al-Din Sha`ban) (764-778 A.H. = 1363-1377 A.D.)15 viewsBalog 458, Plate XVII, Nos. 458a-458b; Album 958

AE fals; Dimashq/Damascus mint, undated; 2.89 g., 19.43 mm. max., 0°

Obv.: Circular line border. Clockwise circular legend, السلطان الملك الا شرف شعبان (= al-Sultan al-Malik al-Ashraf Sha`ban), in the center, spindle-shaped cartouche with fleur-de-lis edges; in it حسن بن (= bin Hasayn).

Rev.: Circular line border. Concave-sided linear octolobe with floweret on the edges. Pellets between the flowerets. In the center: ضرب / مشق بد (= darab=struck / in Dimashq).

Sha'ban II was a grandson of Muhammad I, being the son of one of Muhammad's sons who never held office. In 1363, the senior Mamluk emirs, led by Emir Yalbugha, deposed Sultan Muhammad II on charges of illicit behavior and installed ten-year-old Sha'ban as his figurehead replacement. In 1366 Sha'ban, who sought to wield power, supported a successful revolt against Yalbugha. One year later, Sha'ban, who still had few mamluks of his own but was supported by the common people, quelled a rebellion. Again in 1373, the commoners assisted Sha'ban in defeating a rebellion. Because of their loyalty and key support during these revolts, Sha'ban treated the commoners well throughout his reign, including efforts to provide food for the poor during a two-year famine in Egypt. In 1376, Sha'ban went on the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. In his absence emirs again rebelled against Sha'ban, which was followed by a rebellion of Sha'ban's own mamluk guard, who murdered him in 1377.
1 commentsStkp07/21/19 at 06:41quadrans: Interesting piece..
ROMAN REPUBLIC, "Anonymous" Staff and Club Series, AE Semis - Crawford 106var16 viewsRome, The Republic.
Anonymous Staff and Club Series, 208 BCE.
AE Semis (16.22g; 28mm).
Etrurian Mint.

Obverse: Laureate head of Saturn, facing right; S (mark-of-value) behind

Reverse: Prow right; S (mark-of-value) above; ROMA below.

References: Crawford106/5 var (no symbol above prow); McCabe Group E1.

Provenance: Ex Naville 48 (7 Apr 2019) Lot 326; Otto Collection [Hess (Dec 1931), Lot 822]; Niklovitz Collection [L. Hamburger 76 (19 Oct 1925), Lot 240].

In "Roman Republican Coinage", Michael Crawford recognized many silver “symbol” Republican series for which there were parallel “anonymous” types omitting the symbols. In his article “Unpublished Roman Republican Bronze Coins” (Essays Hersh, 1998), Roberto Russo noted that the parallel issue of anonymous silver coins to series with symbols applies equally to the bronze coins. (Essays Hersh, 1998, p. 141). Andrew McCabe takes this approach much further in his article “The Anonymous Struck Bronze Coinage of the Roman Republic” (Essays Russo, 2013) in which he links many of the anonymous Republican bronzes to symbol series based on precise style considerations. The takeaway from all this is that for many of the Roman Republican symbol series of the late Second Punic War and early 2nd Century BCE, there are parallel anonymous series identifiable by style. The rationale for these parallel issues is unclear, though possibly related to (a) governmental approvals for the issue or (b) mint control of the metal source from which the issue was struck or (c) workshop identification.

This coin is an anonymous version (missing symbol) of the Staff and Club Semis of the Crawford 106 series, produced in Etruria. It is identical in style to the Etrurian Staff and Club coins and only misses the symbols. Not surprisingly, these coins are commonly misattributed as Crawford 56 anonymous bronzes.
1 commentsCarausius07/21/19 at 06:36quadrans: Nice piece..
ROMAN REPUBLIC, Roma/Wheel Series, Aes Grave Semis - Crawford 24/423 viewsRome, The Republic.
Roma/Wheel Series, c. 230 BCE.
AE Aes Grave Semis (103g; 49mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Bull leaping to left; S (mark of value) below.

Reverse: Wheel with six spokes; S (mark of value) between two spokes.

References: Crawford 24/4; ICC 67; Sydenham 60.

Provenance: Ex H.D. Rauch Auction 95 (30 Sep 2014), Lot 272; Tkalec 2006, Lot 93.

The Roma/Wheel Series of aes grave is an interesting series for its types. This Semis depicts a leaping bull, a device that would be used on later Republican struck bronzes with a snake below the bull (see Crawford 39/2 and 42/2). The wheel on the reverse of this series is previously unseen on Roman coinage. There were several series of Etrurian aes grave bearing spoked wheels produced in the 3rd century BCE (see HN Italy 56-67; ICC 145-190). It is unclear whether these Etrurian aes grave were inspired by or inspiration for the Roman wheel series.

This example is on the light side of reported weights in Haeberlin; however, as museums and collectors tend to favor heavier examples of Aes Grave, Haeberlin’s reported weight range (based on museum and major private collections) is likely “overweight” in heavier specimens.
2 commentsCarausius07/21/19 at 06:35quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
ROMAN REPUBLIC, Janus/Prow Series, Aes Grave Semis - Crawford 35/215 viewsRome, The Republic.
Janus/Prow Series, circa 225-217 BCE.
AE Aes Grave Semis (135.3g; 52mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Laureate head of Saturn, facing left; S (mark of value) below neck; all on raised disk.

Reverse: Prow facing right; S (mark of value) above; all on raised disk.

References: Crawford 35/2; ICC 76; Sydenham 73; BMCRR 23-29.

Provenance: Ex Munzen und Medaillen GmbH, Auction 40 (4 Jun 2014), Lot 455; Auctiones AG Auction 13 (1983), Lot 505.

The prow series of libral Aes Grave was a very large issue. E.J. Haeberlin included over 300 examples of the Semis in the weight analysis within his monumental "Aes Grave". The Prow series Aes Grave was initially based on an As of about 270 grams. The iconography likely refers to the role of Rome's new and powerful navy in the victory over Carthage in the First Punic War. Both obverse and reverse iconography from the various denominations of this series would continue through the Republican struck bronze coinage.
1 commentsCarausius07/21/19 at 06:34quadrans: Wow, great coin,
Roman Empire, Domitian, AR Denarius55 viewsDOMITIAN, (A.D. 81-96), silver denarius, Rome mint, issued A.D. 86, Second Issue
(3.47 g),
Obv. laureate head of Domitian to right, around IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V, Rev. around IMP XII COS XII CENS P P P, Minerva standing to right, fighting, holding javelin and shield,
RIC 435, RSC 201b BMC 93.
Attractive blue and gold patina, extremely fine.
Ex Dr V.J.A. Flynn Collection. With old dealer's ticket.
Noble Numismatics Auction 120 Lot 3217 April 4, 2019.
6 commentsorfew07/21/19 at 06:14quadrans: wow, great coin,
Cr 206/1 AR Denarius S Afra23 views150 BCE Rome mint
o: Helmeted head of Roma right, X behind
r: Victory in biga right, SAFRA below horses, ROMA in exergue
Afrania 1 3.67 gm 19.00 mm
A "controversial" coin, if one is a bit of a pedant. Both Crawford and Sear note that the absence of a period/dot/stop after the "S" must lead to the conclusion that this is not issued by a "Spurius Afranius", but rather someone else. Indeed, Sear, due to his system, repeats the assertion for each of the seven types in this issue, from denarius to uncia, using up roughly a half-page of type, net. However, Sear makes no attempt to identify "S Afra", and Crawford cops out with "Safra" representing an unknown cognomen. I personally find it a bit difficult to hang such an argument on the absence of a dot but disregarding a usually distinct space between S and A. The Afranii were a fairly prolific bunch; one of them may have felt a need to be a bit hip-er than others. Plus, "Safra" does not seem to mean anything in Latin, which would be a bit unusual for a cognomen.
So, which explanation fits best: omission of a dot in a design versus a meaningless cognomen used by an unknown person who is not one of the members of a sound-alike gens that was sometimes of tertiary importance .....?

This coin is in wonderful condition for the type.
2 commentsPMah07/19/19 at 18:10quadrans: Another nice piece
S.6205 John27 viewsHalfpenny of John, Lord of Ireland (1190-1199)
Mint: Dublin
First coinage, second issue

Ex- K.Brosz
1 commentsNap07/19/19 at 18:10quadrans: Wow,
Cr 293/1 AR Denarius L. Philippus24 views113 to 111-ish BCE
o: Head of Philip of Macedon right, wearing royal Macedonian helmet; under chin, Φ; behind, ROMA monogram
r: Equestrian statue right, base inscribed L. PHILIPPVS; below horse, flower; in exergue, XVI [mono]
Marcia 12. 3.92 gm 21.00 mm
The obverse oddly depicts Philip V of Macedon, sometime ally and sometime opponent of Rome, and seems to point to an earlier claim by the Marcii Philippi to a connection to the Macedonian dynasty. The reverse likely depicts a statue of another Marcius in the Roman Forum. There are monograms, flowers, and other elements to round out an array of meanings. The bronze issues, a quadrans and uncia, are also a bit busy and a bit scarcer.

This is a really nice coin, with a bit of deposit at 9:00 obverse, but I just can't get enthusiastic about the type.
3 commentsPMah07/19/19 at 18:09quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
RIC 052872 viewsTitus as Caesar AR Denarius
Rome mint 73 CE
Obv: TCAES IMP VESP PON TR POT CENS; Laureate Head of Titus right
Rev: FIDES PUBL; Hands clasped over caduceus, 2 poppoies and 2 corn ears
RIC 528 (R)[VESP] BMC 91a RSC 87b
Purchased from Ebay July 18, 2019
5 commentsorfew07/19/19 at 18:09quadrans: wow, great coin,
Claudius (Augustus) Coin: Bronze Quadrans16 viewsTI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG - Hand holding scales, PNR in field
PON M TR P IMP PP COS II around S C. - Legend around S C
Mint: Rome ( 1-4 January AD 42))
Wt./Size/Axis: 2.71g / 18mm / 7h
Rarity: R3
RIC I 91
Cohen 73
BMC 181
London Ancient Coins (LAC)
Acquisition/Sale: London Ancient Coins (LAC) Internet LAC Price List 2 #441 $0.00 07/19
Notes: Jul 19, 19 - The Gary R. Wilson Collection

There were eight different issues of quadrans under Claudius:
PON M TR P IMP COS DES IT (modius)-41AD-Common
PON M TR P IMP COS DES IT (scales)-41AD -Common
PONT MAX TR POT IMP (modius)-41AD-Rare
PONT MAX TR POT IMP (scales)-41AD-Rare
PON M TR P IMP COS II (modius)-42AD- R3
PON M TR P IMP COS II (scales)-42AD- R3 -This Coin
PON M TR P IMP P P COS II (modius)-42AD- Common
PON M TR P IMP P P COS II (scales)-42AD- Scarce

Quadrantes, like quinarii, were issued only occasionally, perhaps exclusively for imperial distributions. Suetonius reported that, from the roof of the Basilica Julia "Caligula threw coins among the people." Perhaps this small coin was thrown to the crowd by Claudius himself at a similar event.

The most common theme for the quadrans was the modius, a Roman grain container. This coin was probably redeemable for a modius of grain.

Per CNG: Very rare. Struck 1-4 January AD 42.
2 commentsGary W207/19/19 at 18:08quadrans: Nice one
1410 Hadrian, Cistophorus Uncertain mint in Asia Minor, Bundle of grain four ears16 viewsReference.
RPC III, 1410; Metcalf 66; (same die pair as M303 plate)

Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder,

Rev. COS III (across top)
Poppy and four grain stalks in bundle

9.26 gr
28 mm
1 commentsokidoki07/19/19 at 18:07quadrans: Nice piece..
Vespasian-RIC-113757 viewsÆ Sestertius, 25.51g
Lyon mint, 71 AD
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.; globe at point of bust
Rev: S P Q R / •P•P• / OB CIVES / SERVATOS within oak wreath
RIC 1137 (R). BMC p. 198 note ‡. BNC 800.
Ex Leu Web Auction 8, 29-30 June 2019, lot 1008.

During the great bronze issue of 71 a sestertius reverse type was struck at both Rome and Lyon (Lugdunum) which commemorates the Senate awarding the corona civica to Vespasian. The corona civica was originally a military honour bestowed upon a Roman who had saved a fellow citizen's life in battle. It was one of the greatest public honours. In the imperial era the honour developed from a coveted military decoration into an imperial emblem granted by the Senate to the emperor. The wreath was made of oak leaves and is sometimes called a corona quercea after the common name for the oak. Artistically it is sometimes depicted with acorns scattered amongst the leaves. Plutarch believed the oak was chosen for this highest of honours for several reasons. The tree was easily found throughout the countryside and was quite convenient for fashioning a wreath when the need arose. Also, the oak is sacred to Jupiter and Juno and thus was an appropriate symbolic honour given to one who has saved the life of a fellow Roman citizen, or indeed the state. Finally, the early settlers of Rome, the Arcadians, were nicknamed 'acorn-eaters' in an oracle of Apollo.

The Wreath was awarded to Vespasian by the Senate for rescuing the Roman people from civil war and bringing about peace. The legend within the wreath S P Q R / P P / OB CIVES / SERVATOS translates as: 'The Senate and the Roman People / Father of the Nation / For Having Saved the Citizens'. This rare Lugdunese specimen commemorating the award was struck during the first bronze issue at that mint.

Cleaned surfaces with brass toning.
5 commentsDavid Atherton07/17/19 at 22:24quadrans: Nice one
1784 LYDIA, Stratonicea Pseudo-autonomous under hadrian 128-30 AD Roma bust17 viewsReference.
RPC III, 1784; LS 10-11; Tübingen SNG 3831; Mu SNG 559

Magistrate Candidus (strategos)

Draped bust of Senate, right

Draped bust of Roma, right

1.47 gr
15 mm
1 commentsokidoki07/17/19 at 22:14quadrans: Nice piece..
ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Marcus Aemilius Lepidus, AR Denarius - Crawford 495/2d42 viewsRome. The Imperators.
Marcus Aemilius Lepidus and Octavian, 42 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.70g; 20mm).
Military Mint in Italy.

Obverse: LEPIDVS· PONT· MAX· III· V· R· P· C; bare head of Lepidus facing right.

Reverse: C· CAESAR· IMP· III· VIR· R ·P· C; bare head of Octavian facing right.

References: Crawford 495/2d; HCRI 140a; Sydenham 1323var (rev legend); Aemilia 35var (rev legend); BMCRR (Africa) 29-31var (rev legend); Banti & Simonetti 7 (this coin illustrated).

Provenance: Ex Leu Numismatik Auction 8 (30 Jun 2019) Lot 949; Bank Leu 7 (9 May 1973) Lot 317; Joseph Martini Collection [Baranowsky (25 Feb 1931) Lot 1273] and [Rodolfo Ratto Auction (24 Feb 1930) Lot 1334]; Rodolfo Ratto Fixed Price List (1927) Lot 629; Dr. Bonazzi Collection a/k/a Riche Collection [Rodolfo Ratto Auction (23 Jan 1924) Lot 1352].

This reverse die differs from most of this denarius issue in that the inscription begins with the initial “C” for Octavian's first name (Caius), while the remainder of the issue begins, simply, "CAESAR." The coins appear to celebrate the formation of the Second Triumvirate, although it is unclear why Lepidus did not also strike coins with Antony’s portrait.

This particular example appeared in a remarkable number of important Roman Republican coin sales between 1924-1931, including sales of the collections of Dr. Bonazzi and Joseph Martini.
4 commentsCarausius07/17/19 at 21:27quadrans: Nice piece..
Mithradates II (121 - 91 B.C.)32 viewsAR Drachm
O:  Long-bearded bust left wearing diadem.
R: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ − ΒΑΣΙ − ΛΕΩΝ − ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ / ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ / ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ Archer (Arsakes I) seated right on throne, holding bow.
Ekbatana mint. Struck 109-96/5 B.C.
Sellwood 27.2; Sunrise 294; Shore 86.
4 commentsMat07/17/19 at 21:22quadrans: Wow, nice piece..
Asia Minor, Mysia, Pergamon, Asklepios, snake, omphalos, c/m owl20 viewsMysia, Pergamon
AE 21, 200-133 BC
Obv.: laureate head of bearded Asklepios
Rev.: ΑΣΚΛΗΠΙΟΥ ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ, snake coiled around omphalos, without monogram, countermark owl

AE, 10.6g, 20.5mm
Ref.: SNG France 1815 (with countermark)
1 commentsshanxi07/13/19 at 20:24quadrans: Nice piece.. , and great owl...
Titus RIC-49843 viewsÆ Sestertius, 24.38g
Eastern Mint (Thrace?), 80-81 AD
Obv: IMP T CAES DIVI VESP F AVG P M TR P P P COS VIII; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: PAX AVGVST; S C in field; Pax stg. l., with branch and cornucopiae
RIC 498 (C). BMC 309. RPC 501. BNC 323.
Acquired from Munthandel G. Henzen, June 2019.

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

Good style with dark brown patina.
3 commentsDavid Atherton07/13/19 at 20:23quadrans: Great portrait,...
Roman, Domitian, AR Denarius28 viewsDOMITIAN, (A.D. 81-96), silver denarius, Rome mint, issued A.D. 86, Second Issue
(3.47 g),
Obv. laureate head of Domitian to right, around IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V, Rev. around IMP XII COS XII CENS P P P, Minerva standing to right, fighting, holding javelin and shield,
RIC 435, RSC 201b BMC 93.
Attractive blue and gold patina, extremely fine.
Ex Dr V.J.A. Flynn Collection. With old dealer's ticket.
Noble Numismatics Auction 120 Lot 3217 April 4, 2019.
2 commentsorfew07/13/19 at 20:21quadrans: Wow, nice piece...
Titus RIC-22070 viewsÆ As, 9.10g
Rome mint, 80-81 AD
Obv: IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P COS VIII; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, l.
Rev: AETERNIT AVGVST; S C in field; Aeternitas stg. r., l. foot on globe, with sceptre and cornucopiae
RIC 220 (R). BMC p. 266 note. BNC 212.
Acquired from eBay, June 2019.

Aeternitas, the personification of eternity, as a coin type was first introduced during the reign of Vespasian and would be periodically struck until the 4th century. This As featuring Aeternitas was struck during Titus' second and largest bronze issue in 80-81. Mattingly in BMCRE II speculates the type here refers to the consecration of Vespasian - 'Aeternitas holds sceptre and cornucopiae, the attributes of majesty and prosperity, while the globe under her foot shows that the application is world-wide. Stress is laid more on the great future than on the great past of the Flavian line.' A most fitting interpretation for a coin that declares 'The eternity of the Augustus'.

Honest wear with greenish-brown patina.
3 commentsDavid Atherton07/13/19 at 07:34quadrans: Nice one
S.835 Anglo-Saxon sceat27 viewsEclectic Anglo-Saxon sceat
Type 30a
Abramson 105-40
O: Facing bust, possibly Wodan/Odin
R: Two figures wearing hats and clothes and holding staves to the side. Female figure left, male right

This type, which features an obverse similar to the series X continental (Ribe) type, has two figures on the reverse. Both characters seem to be wearing hats, one with some sort of sunburst above it (possibly representing a halo) The figures seem to be representing a man and woman, which can be noted with crude anatomical features

Ex- TimeLines
1 commentsNap07/13/19 at 07:31quadrans: Interesting piece..
RIC 0791 Domitian denarius71 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TRP XV
Laureate head right

Minerva, winged, flying left with spear and shield

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


RIC 791 (C)

Ex-Savoca 21st Blue Auction lot 1060
6 commentsJay GT407/13/19 at 07:30quadrans: Interesting piece..
ROMAN REPUBLIC, Anonymous Post Semi-Libral AE Uncia - Crawford 41/1026 viewsRome, The Republic.
Anonymous (Post Semi-libral Series), 215-212 BCE.
AE Uncia (7.87g; 24mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma facing right; pellet (mark-of-value) behind.

Reverse: Prow facing right; ROMA above; pellet (mark-of-value) below.

References: Crawford 41/10; McCabe Group A1; RBW 135.

Provenance: Ex Nomisma E-Live Auction 10 (18 Jun 2019) Lot 12.

This series is the second of the “prow” struck bronze series. It is most easily recognized by the left side of the prow device which has a clearly delineated edge, while on later series the left side of the prow appears to extend off the side of the coin. The series was issued during the Second Punic War and reflects the continued reduction in weight standard of the Roman bronze coinage during the conflict; this issue having occurred on the heels of the “semi-libral reduction” of 217-215 BCE. It would soon be followed by further weight reductions.
2 commentsCarausius07/13/19 at 07:30quadrans: Nice one
Crusaders . Principality of Antioch, Late Anonymous 1250-1268 AE 34 viewsCrusaders . Principality of Antioch, Late Anonymous 1250-1268 AE
15.4 mm , 0.32 g.
A-N-T-V counterclockwise in the angles of a long cross pattée
blundered A-N-T-I in the angles of a long cross pattée
Seltman, NC 1966, p. 61, 2 var.; CCS 132 var.
Ex Slocum Collection, Sotheby's, London, Auction of March 6th, 1997, lot 164 ; ex collection of Alex G. Malloy ; Forum Ancient Coins,April 2013 ; Ex Erich Wäckerlin collection
Ex Münzen & Medaillen GmbH
Auction 47 lot 160 .
1 commentsVladislav D07/13/19 at 07:29quadrans: Interesting piece..
RIC 1235 Vespasianus55 viewsObv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS VIII P P, laureate head right
Rev: PROVIDENT / S C (in exergue), Great altar with six panels
AE/As (27.78 mm 9.950 g 6h) Struck in Lugdunum 77-78 A.D.
RIC 1235 (C), BMCRE-BNF unlisted
purchased on eBay from alora
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/13/19 at 07:29quadrans: Another nice piece
RIC 0731 Vespasianus49 viewsObv: IMP CAESAR VESP AVG COS V CENS, Laureate head left
Rev: S-C, in field; Spes standing left, holding flower
AE/As (29.72 mm 10.17 g 6h) Struck in Rome 74 A.D.
RIC 731 (C), BMCRE unlisted, BNF 722
purchased on eBay from alora
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/13/19 at 07:29quadrans: Nice piece..
Vespasian-RIC-1431 (Countermarked)169 viewsAR Denarius, 3.06g
Ephesus Mint, 71 AD; Countermarked under Vespasian at Ephesus, circa 74-79 AD
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.; c/m: IMP·VES (ligate)
Rev: PACI AVGVSTAE; Victory, draped, advancing r., holding wreath extended in r. hand and palm over l. shoulder. EPHE lower r.
RIC 1431 (C). BMC 457. RSC 276. RPC 833 (14 spec.). BNC 352; c/m: GIC 839
Acquired from Ancient Imports, November 2016.

In the mid to late 70's AD, Ephesus stamped older, worn Republican and early Imperial denarii circulating in the region with the IMP·VES countermark. Here is an exceptionally rare appearance of that Vespasian countermark on a denarius struck for Vespasian. I know of less than half a dozen other Vespasianic denarii similarly stamped. Of course the coin does not require any such countermark, therefore it is a remarkable mint error. The terminus post quem for the countermarking is 74, based on the discovery of another Vespasian countermarked Ephesian denarius dated COS IIII (CNG 78, lot 1753). RPC speculates that these countermarked coins represent a later 'issue' of silver from Ephesus struck sometime after 74 and before Vespasian's death in 79.

The mint workers applying the countermark were kind enough not to obliterate the portrait.
7 commentsDavid Atherton07/12/19 at 18:50quadrans: Interesting piece..
Sikyon, Sikyonia29 views330-280 B.C.
Silver Hemidrachm (or Triobol)
2.67 gm, 16.3 mm
Obv.: Chimaera standing left, right forepaw raised; ΣI beneath
Rev.: Dove flying left; ΔI in field to right.
HGC 5, 213; SNGuk_0300_2338;
BMC 112 var. (initials); Sear 2767 var. (intials);
[SNG Copenhagen 61; BCD Peloponnesos 299]

NGC certified (94282063-009 Ch VF), but removed from holder.
4 commentsJaimelai07/09/19 at 17:28quadrans: Nice piece..
SELEUKID EMPIRE. Antiochos VI Dionysos. 144-142 BC. 17 viewsSELEUKID EMPIRE. Antiochos VI Dionysos. 144-142 BC. AR Drachm (18mm, 4.23 g, 1h). Antioch on the Orontes mint. Dated SE 169 (144/3 BC). Radiate and diademed head right / Apollo, testing arrow and resting hand on bow, seated left on omphalos; Φ between Apollo’s feet, [Θ]ΞP (date) and ΣT[A] in exergue. SC 2002.1a; HGC 9, 1036a; DCA 182. Beautifully toned and lustrous.1 commentsMark R107/09/19 at 17:27quadrans: Nice piece..
Roman Empire, Herennius Etruscus 249-250AD48 viewsHerennius Etruscus 249-250AD
Silver Antoninianus
Clasped Hands reverse
Click for larger image,you could see the fingernail~
20mm, 3.87g
Ex silbury 2019
1 commentsXLi07/08/19 at 17:31quadrans: Nice piece..
Facing Head of Larissa29 viewsThessaly Greece, the City of Larissa

Obv: Head of the nymph Larissa 3/4 facing l., wearing ampyx flanked by two hornlike locks, round curl to the l. of the head1; earring on the r. (?), wearing wire necklace (?). Border of dots.
Rev: Horse crouching r., l. foreleg raised and bent (parallel with the lower part of the hind legs), preparing to roll, ΛAPIΣ above horse and AIΩN in the exergue.
Denomination: Silver Drachm; Mint: Larissa; Date: c. 356 - 346 BC2; Weight: 6.05g; Diameter: 19mm; Die axis: 130º; References, for example: Lorber Hoard, Phase L-III; SNG COP 121.

1On p. 10 of Lorber Hoard Catharine Lorber observes that on later Phase L-III head types the round curl to the left of the head “...tends to evolve into a long wavy lock scarcely different from the others above and below it.” Therefore, perhaps this coin falls earlier in Phase L-III.
2This is the date range given in Lorber Hoard, p. 11. She states that the Third Sacred War must have been the historical context for the intensive Phase L-III drachm production.
The city of Larissa was named after the local water nymph, said to be the daughter of Pelasgos. He was said to be the ancestor of the pre-Greek Pelasgians. According to myth Larissa drowned while playing ball on the banks of the Peneios river. (HGC p. 130).

Provenance: ex. Pegasi Auction, A22, lot 117

Photo credits: Harlan J. Berk Ltd.


HGC: Hoover, Oliver D. Handbook of Coins of Northern and Central Greece: Achaia Phthiotis, Ainis, Magnesia, Malis, Oita, Perrhaibia, Thessaly, Akarnania, Aitolia, Lokris, Phokis, Boiotia, Euboia, Attica, Megaris, and Corinthia, Sixth to First Centuries BC, The Handbook of Greek Coinage Series, Vol. 4. Lancaster/London: Classical Numismatic Group, Inc, 2014.
Lorber Hoard: Lorber, Catharine C. “A Hoard of Facing Head Larissa Drachms” in Schweizerische Numismatische Rundschau, vol. 79 (2000): 7 - 15.
SNG COP: Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, The Royal Collection of Coins and Medals, Danish National Museum: Thessaly - Illyricum. Copenhagen: Einar Munksgaard, 1943.
4 commentsTracy Aiello07/08/19 at 16:54quadrans: wow, great coin,
Vespasian / Shield Within Wreath RIC 139352 viewsVespasian; 69-79 AD, Ephesus, c. 69-70 AD, Denarius, 2.80g.
O: IMP CAES - VESPAS AVG Head laureate r.; on neck rectangular countermark IMP VES with IMP and VE ligate (Howgego-839).
R: AVG on round shield within oak wreath; rectangular countermark IMP VES with IMP and VE ligate.

Extremely rare, apparently the second recorded specimen, the first having appeared in Schenk-Behrens 76, 26 Nov. 1998, lot 186, as reported but not illustrated by RIC-1393. I believe this is the only example of a Vespasian denarius mistakenly countermarked not just once, but twice!

The attribution of this reverse type to Ephesus, suggested by the use on later marked coins of that mint of a simplified version of the same type, AVG within oak wreath but without the shield, is confirmed by the countermark of Vespasian on this specimen, since the few Flavian denarii known to have been marked with that countermark are all coins of the Ephesus mint.
5 commentsNemonater07/07/19 at 07:01quadrans: Interesting piece..
Akarnania Leukas AR Stater circa 320-280 BC 19.5 mm 8.53g 1h Pegasi 13234 viewsPegasos flying left/Helmeted head of Athena left,stylis behind.
ex Dr Erik Miller collection.purchased from C.J Martin 18 June 1974,Sotheby 15 May 1974 lot 31
2 commentsGrant H07/05/19 at 04:03quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
Macedonia, Terone, Tetrobol, 424-422 BC21 viewsMacedonia, Terone, Tetrobol, 424-422 BC, , Silver, HGC:3.1-696
Quadripartite incuse square
T - E
PATINA dark patina
PATINA ancient patina
FLAN well-centered flan
YEAR 424-422 BC
HGC 3.1-696
1 commentsMark R107/05/19 at 04:03quadrans: Nice piece..
3803 SELEUCIS Laodicea ad Mare. Hadrian Tetradrachm 121-22 AD Tyche31 viewsReference.
RPC III, 3803.5; Prieur 1107; Adra 1555-7

Issue Year 168

Laureate and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, right

Turreted and draped bust of Tyche, r.; in field, r., ΗΞΡ

13.55 gr
25.5 mm

From the Michel Prieur Collection, purchased privately from Joselito Eechtout, May 2013.
3 commentsokidoki07/05/19 at 04:02quadrans: Wow, nice piece..
RIC 0144 Titus30 viewsObv: IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P P P COS VIII, Laureate head leftt
Rev: FELICIT PVBLIC / S C (in field), Felicitas standing left holding sceptre and cornucopia
AE/Sestertius (32.31 mm 22.58 g 6h) Struck in Rome 80-81 A.D. (Group 2)
RIC 144 (C2), BMCRE 158-9, BNF 154
Purchased on eBay from Münzhandlung Ritter
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/02/19 at 16:39quadrans: Nice find...
RIC 033660 viewsDomitian, 81-96. Denarius 85 CE Fourth Issue
(Silver, 20 mm, 3.32 g, 6 h), Rome.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P IIII Laureate head of Domitian to right, wearing aegis.
Rev. IMP VIIII COS XI CENS POT P P Minerva standing front, head to left, holding thunderbolt in her right hand and a spear in her left; behind her, shield.
RIC 336 (R2) BMC 79. Cohen 178 var. (without aegis). .
Leu Numismatic E-Auction 8 Lot 1038 June 30, 2019.

I was absolutely thrilled to win this coin in an auction. There are 2 reasons I wanted it. First, it has CENS POT in the reverse legend. I am actively seeking out denarii with this legend. Secondly, have a close look at the bust on the obverse. Far down on the neck is an Aegis. In this case the Aegis is a Gorgon. While the Aegis does occur on both bronze and silver coins of Domitian, its use is quite rare on denarii. Usually these coins are misattributed in auctions. It is worth buying the reference book RIC II Part 1 if you are going to chase these coins. One reason is that many of these rare coins do not appear in any other reference.

If you see a denarius of Domitian appear that has Aegis on the breast such as this one above, grab it before someone else notices it. There are a few sharp eyed Flavian fanatics out there who consistently scour the auction listings looking for rarities such as this one. I should know, I am one of them.

I would like to have the other Aegis coins from this issue but they do not appear very often.
4 commentsorfew07/01/19 at 14:43quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
Mn. Cordius Rufus, Denarius24 viewsMn. Cordius Rufus, Denarius

RRC 463/1a
46 bc
3,62 gr

Av: Jugate heads of the dioskuri.
Rv: Venus standing left, holding scales and sceptre.

Ex Münzen & Medaillen GmbH, Auktion 46, lot 677.
Reported as ex L. Schulman, Auktion 24 (2000), Nr. 1435.
2 commentsNorbert06/30/19 at 18:20quadrans: Great coin
RPC - Thrace, Augusta Traiana, Faustina II, Demeter27 viewsFaustina Junior
Thrace, Augusta Traiana
Obv.: ΦΑVСΤΕΙΝΑ СΕΒΑСΤΗ, draped bust of Faustina II right.
Rev.: ΑVΓΟVСΤΗС ΤΡΑΙΑΝΗС, veiled Demeter standing, facing, head, l., holding two ears of corn and long torch
Ae, 7.87g, 25 mm
Ref.: RPC Vol. 4, № 9375 (temporary)
1 commentsshanxi06/30/19 at 18:19quadrans: Nice one
Nero Billon Tetradrachm23 viewsNero Billon Tetradrachm.
Alexandria. Year 13 = 66/67 AD.
12,77 g.
Obv. NEΡΩ KΛAV KAIΣ ΣEB ΓEΡ AV, radiate bust of Nero left wearing aegis
Rev. LIΓ to left / ΔIOΣ OΛYMΠIOY, laureate head of Zeus Olympius right.
RPC I 5297
2 commentsMarsman06/29/19 at 21:39quadrans: Nice piece..
Justinian I (527 - 565 A.D.)40 viewsÆ Follis
O: DN ISTINI-ANVS PP AVG Helmeted and cuirassed bust of Justinian facing, holding globus cruciger and a shield.
R: Large M, cross above, ANNO left, regnal year XXXI right, G ( = officina 3 ) below, THEUP in ex.
Theoupolis - Antiochia 
SB 220
2 commentsMat06/29/19 at 06:27quadrans: Nice piece..
RIC 0539 variant Domitian denarius63 viewsCAES AV DOMIT COS II
Laureate head right

Domitian on horse left; right hand raised, sceptre in left

Rome? 73 AD


RIC 539 (R2) variant?: Missing G and F in legend.

Ex-Jerusalem Haydaya

Stylistically this coin resembles some others of this type but without the legend errors. The fabric is similar to those from Antioch. Is this an ancient imitation or perhaps an apprentice cut the legend? Or is it an unknown type from Antioch?
3 commentsJay GT406/29/19 at 06:27quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
RIC 0364 Vespasian denarius76 viewsDIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS
Laureate head right

Victory advancing left placing shield on trophy; below, Judaea seated left

Rome 80-81 AD, after the deification of Vespasian


RIC 364 (C)

Ex-Manfred Olding 2019 no 180; Ex-Paul Schürer (1890-1976); Ex-Fritz Reusing (1874-1956) with handwritten tag.

Reusing was a German portrait painter of the early 20th Century whose portraits included Richard Strauss, Igor Strawinsky, Max Planck, and Albert Einstein. After Reusing's death his nephew Paul Schürer inherited and curated the collection.

Heavy black patina with old scratches beneath.
6 commentsJay GT406/29/19 at 06:26quadrans: Nice one
Domitian RIC-28180 viewsÆ Sestertius, 26.14g
Rome mint, 85 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG GERM COS XI; Bust of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r., with aegis
Rev: S C in exergue; Domitian stg. r., clasping hands over altar with officer stg. l.; behind officer, one soldier with standard and one soldier at r. with spear and shield
RIC 281 (R). BMC 301. BNC 321.
Acquired from Olding, MA Shops, June 2019 = Olding, List 96, March 2019, Sammlung Fritz Reusing, no. 182. From the collection of Fritz Reusing (1874-1956), acquired from the Heynen Collection; inherited and continued by Reusing's nephew Paul Schürer (1890-1976).

In 85 Domitian struck a fairly impressive issue of sestertii, M. Grant hyperbolically called it the most 'ambitious' of any one reign or year. The series is the first major aes issue of Domitian's reign and is dominated by panoramic types commemorating his greatest military victory over the Germanic tribe the Chatti. The Germanic triumph received a certain amount of ridicule from ancient writers who thought the whole thing was a sham (Dio goes so far as to say Domitian raided the palace's furniture stores for his fake spoils!), no doubt the numismatic propaganda for the victory was likely viewed in the same manner by contemporary senatorial elites. This rare sestertius depicts a rather ambiguous scene showing Domitian, the much larger figure on the left, clasping hands with a legate over an altar while two legionaries stand by. What exactly is going on here is a mystery. Mattingly in BMCRE II believed it to be 'the taking of the sacramentum, the military oath'. Others have postulated the scene shows Domitian greeting Agricola upon his return from Britannia. The Agricola connection is highly unlikely. The type is struck for several more years, so it cannot be referring to one single 'event'. It's an intriguing scene in the context of the Germania Capta series, perhaps depicting a post victory ceremony. Whatever the meaning, the reverse strongly underscores Domitian's bond with the military.

This wonderful old cabinet toned piece is from the collection of the German portrait painter Fritz Reusing.

3 commentsDavid Atherton06/29/19 at 06:26quadrans: Great coin
5294 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Drachm 120-21 AD Nike advancing28 viewsReference.
RPC III, 5294.3; Dattari-Savio Pl. 86, 7726 (this coin) and Pl. XXXXVI (this rev. Illustrated).); Emmett 1007.5

Issue L E = year 5

Laureate head of Hadrian, r., drapery on l. shoulder

Rev. L Ε
Trophy with standing captive; to r., Nike advancing l. holding wreath and palm-branch; between, kneeling captive

17.51 gr
34 mm
1 commentsokidoki06/29/19 at 06:25quadrans: Interesting piece..
Asia Minor, Kilikia, Tarsos - Tyche, Sandan, Pyramid21 viewsKilikia, Tarsos
Æ 26, 164-27 BC
Obv: Turreted bust of Tyche right
Rev: TAPΣEΩN, Sandan standing right on horned, winged animal, within a pyramidal monument surmounted by an eagle; to left monograms.
Æ, 26.4mm, 18.3g
SNG Levante 961
Ex Numismatik Naumann, auction 44, Lot 485
1 commentsshanxi06/29/19 at 06:13quadrans: Nice one
Phoenicia, Arados, Tyche, Nike27 viewsPhoenicia, Arados
Dated year 193 (67/66 BC)
Obv.: Turreted, veiled and draped bust of Tyche right
Rev.: Nike standing to right, holding aplustre and palm, Γ P(retrograde)Ρ (= year 193), phoenician letter Gimel and MΣ below, AΡAΔIΩN in right field; all within wreath.
Ref.: BMC 271, Duyrat, Arados 97, 3837
Ex CNG (Jan. 1999)
2 commentsshanxi06/29/19 at 06:09quadrans: Nice piece..
Egypt, Alexandria, AD 164/165, Lucius Verus, Armenia31 viewsLucius Verus
Obv.: Λ AYPHΛIOC OYHPOC CEB, laureate head right
Rev.: APMENIA, Trophy of arms, at base of which Armenian captive seated right, head left, wearing pointed cap, hands tied behind back, L - E = year 5 (164/165).
Billon, 13.88g, 21,8mm
Ref.: Dattari-Savio pl. 197, 3692 var. Cologne 2163 var. Oxford 2519 var.
[var: APMENIA left and right, not in circular legend]
2 commentsshanxi06/29/19 at 06:00quadrans: Another nice piece
Egypt, Alexandria, AD 128/129, Hadrian, Sabina43 viewsHadrian
Egypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
Obv.: AVT KAI TPAI AΔPIA CEB, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind
Rev.: CABINA CEBACTH, Draped bust of Sabina right.
Billon, 13,32 g, 25.8mm
Ref.: Geissen 90, 997. Dattari 1249. Kampmann-Ganschow 135, 32. 469
2 commentsshanxi06/29/19 at 05:59quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
RPC - Egypt, Alexandria, AD 153/154, Faustina II, Nilus26 viewsFaustina II
Æ Drachm
Obv.: ΦΑVСΤΙΝΑ СƐΒΑС(С)ΤΗ (legend starting at 1 o'clock), draped bust right
Rev.. Nilus, with crocodile beside him, reclining, l., holding reed and cornucopia; (below, water plants)
L IZ= year 17 of Antoninus Pius (153/154).
Æ, 22.11g, 34mm
Ref.: RPC IV online 14755 (temporary)
1 commentsshanxi06/29/19 at 05:58quadrans: Nice one
Kamarina - Onkiai34 viewsKamarina
Obv. Gorgoneion facing
Rev. KAMA. Owl standing right, clutching lizard in talons. Value mark . (dot) in exergue
Struck ca. 420 - 410 BC.
0.95 Gr.
CNS III, 47, 2-3; HGC 2, 552
3 commentsnummis durensis06/28/19 at 05:18quadrans: Nice piece..
Avar belt strap end - Griffin scene29 viewsA bronze Avar belt strap end depicting two griffins and a deer, dating to approximately the 8th century CE.

Height: 1 1/2 in
Length: 4 in
1 commentsSalaethus06/25/19 at 18:12quadrans: Nice piece..
Hadrian Denarius 125-28 AD Roma seated left Eastern Mint32 viewsReference.
RIC -; BMC -; Strack *-- cf (Taf. XIX, 40 und XX, 14).

Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right.

Roma seated left on curule chair holding Victory and sceptre

2.82 gr
17 mm

Same obverse die as
3 commentsokidoki06/24/19 at 17:24quadrans: Wow, nice piece...
Facing Head of Larissa47 viewsThessaly Greece, the City of Larissa

Obv: Head of the nymph Larissa facing slightly r., wearing ampyx, pendant earring, and wire necklace. Border of dots.
Rev: reverse horse crouching l., l. foreleg raised, preparing to roll and lie down. ΛAPI above horse and ΣAIΩN in the exergue.
Denomination: Silver Drachm; Mint: Larissa; Date: c. 380 - 365 BC1; Weight: 5.812g; Diameter: 20.8mm; Die axis: 90º; References, for example: BCD Thessaly I 1149; BCD Thessaly II 283; McClean 4623; HGC 4 441; Lorber - Shahar, Middle Series 1 Type A (O1/R42

1This is the date range stated in BCD Thessaly I.
2Unfortunately this website no longer functions and it will not be brought back up (Catharine Lorber, personal communication, September 7, 2018).
The city of Larissa was named after the local water nymph, said to be the daughter of Pelasgos. He was said to be the ancestor of the pre-Greek Pelasgians. According to myth Larissa drowned while playing ball on the banks of the Peneios river. (HGC p. 130).

Photo credits: Forum Ancient Coins


BCD Thessaly I: Nomos AG, Auction 4. Coins of Thessaly, the BCD Collection. (10 May 2011, Zurich).
BCD Thessaly II: Classical Numismatic Group, Inc. The BCD Collection of the Coinage of Thessaly. Triton XV Auction. (3 January 2012, New York).
HGC: Hoover, Oliver D. Handbook of Coins of Northern and Central Greece: Achaia Phthiotis, Ainis, Magnesia, Malis, Oita, Perrhaibia, Thessaly, Akarnania, Aitolia, Lokris, Phokis, Boiotia, Euboia, Attica, Megaris, and Corinthia, Sixth to First Centuries BC, The Handbook of Greek Coinage Series, Vol. 4. Lancaster/London: Classical Numismatic Group, Inc, 2014.
Lorber, Catharine and Shahar C. “The Silver Facing Head Coins of Larissa.” 2005. Note: this website no longer functions.
McClean: Grose, S. W. Catalogue of the McClean Collection of Greek Coins, Volume II The Greek Mainland, The Aegaean Islands, Crete. London: Cambridge University Press, 1926.
3 commentsTracy Aiello06/22/19 at 23:10quadrans: Great coin , and details,
Roman Empire, Vespasian, Sestertius107 viewsObv. IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG P M T P P P COS III, laureate head right.
Rev. S C, Mars, helmeted, naked except for cloak around waist, advancing right, holding transverse spear in right hand and trophy over left shoulder in left hand.
Mint: Rome, 71 AD.

34mm 25.46g

RIC 113

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

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

The reverse type of Mars advancing (and likely an image of Mars Ultor) is common to all three Flavians. The representation of Mars is different from the Augustan types but likely has a similar inference – here being that of avenging the rebellion of the Jews. Even so the connection to earlier Augustan issues was probably well recognized at the time. (NAC)
5 commentskc06/22/19 at 21:28quadrans: wow, great coin,
Aurelian Antoninianus - RESTITVT ORBIS33 viewsAurelian Antoninianus

Radiate, cuirassed bust right

Aurelian standing left on right, holding scepter, being crowned by Orbis to left. K•A•B• in exergue.

RIC Vi 298f, C 197
1 commentsHarry G06/22/19 at 21:16quadrans: Nice piece..
Roman Empire, Vespasian, Sestertius with As 116 viewsObv. IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG P M TR POT P P COS III, laureate head right.
Rev. FORTVNAE REDVCI S C, Fortuna standing left, holding cornucopiae and rudder on globe.
Mint: Rome, 71 AD.

32/33mm 26.61g

Cohen- RIC II¹- (cf. 422) RIC II²- (cf. 73) BMC- Sear- (cf. 2323

Ex Münzhandel Henzen, MA-Shops, 2019.

This is an extremely rare Sestertius of Vespasian which obverse was strucked with a die of an As.
A similar piece with the same As die but reverse type "LIBERTAS PVBLICA" is in the Mazzini collection, listed under no. 255.
This coin is uncommonly sharp for example looking at the SC.
It is an interesting coin, I will be pleased for additional informations.

Thank you to Curtis Clay for the excellent following write-up:

"Not a trial strike or a mint error in my opinion, but an intentional sestertius obv. die, though why the portrait and legend were cut in middle-bronze size is anyone's guess!

The mint of Rome may have begun its bronze coin production of 71 with two short issues, of which this was the second, before settling on its main first obv. legend of the year,


The latest obv. legend on bronzes of the preceding year, 70 AD:

IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG P M T P P P COS II DES III on sestertii (only 1 die), the same but CAES VESPASIAN and COS II D III on middle bronzes (also only 1 die, with bust laureate, draped, cuirassed r.). RIC 32-38. The middle bronzes of this issue might be dupondii or asses or both, since Vespasian had not yet restored the radiate crown as a denominational mark for his dupondii, as we will soon see. Kraay, a very competent practical numismatist, considered them asses; Carradice and Buttrey suggest dupondii, though without being able to assure us that at least one example is definitely in yellow orichalcum rather than red copper. Hopefully renewed examination of the few surviving specimens, or new specimens that are clearly either yellow or red, will eventually clarify the question.

My proposed first short issue of bronze coins in 71: with obv. legend omitting COS III, just

IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG P M TR P, RIC 50-65. Three such obv. dies are known on sestertii. The middle bronzes all have laureate busts, and at least one type definitely occurs both as a yellow dupondius and as a red As (RIC 64 with note), showing that by the beginning of 71 Vespasian had not yet reintroduced the radiate crown as a mark of his dupondii.

The second short issue of early in 71, to which KC's new acquisition belongs: obv. legend

IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG P M TR POT P P COS III on sestertii (only 1 die, with portrait and legend in middle-bronze size, RIC 137-140 and KC's new piece).

On middle bronzes two slight variants of the same legend were used,

(a) CAES not CAESAR on the one known dupondius, RIC 141, Kraay plaster cast in Oxford, with Head radiate r. on obv., so Vespasian had now reintroduced the radiate crown as a mark of his dupondii, proving that this short issue was later than the other one that omits COS III.

(b) CAES not CAESAR as on the dupondius, but also T P instead of TR POT, Head laureate r., apparently an As, RIC 31, a unique coin in Oxford, formerly in my collection, ex Lanz Graz IV, 1974, Hohenkubin middle bronzes, lot 134. The obv. legend might appear to end just COS II, and Buttrey accepted this reading in RIC, though I had informed him that I believed it was just a slightly tooled COS III.

Coming at last to the point, the sestertius obv. die with middle-bronze-size portrait and legend cannot originally have been cut as an As obv. die, because the one certain As of this issue has a variant, slightly shorter, obv. legend, and because in that case no sestertius obv. dies at all would have been engraved for use in this short issue. I also suspect that the broad ring of empty space outside the dotted border on this obv. die, shown clearly by RIC pl. 20, 137, suggests that it was always meant to be a sestertius not a middle-bronze die.

The Fortuna Redux rev. die of KC's new coin had earlier been used in the COS II DES III issue of late 70 AD, RIC pl. 15, 33, giving some support to my suggestion that this second small issue of bronzes in 71 was probably produced quite early in the year. The same rev. die, as Kraay observed, was also used a little later with an obv. die of the main VESPASIANVS issue of 71, Paris pl. XLIV, 486. But it is not certain, of course, that these two small issues of bronze coins were produced one after the other early in 71, before the main VESPASIANVS issue had started, as I have here suggested. Perhaps they were instead produced early in 71 indeed, but as isolated experiments alongside the main VESPASIANVS issue."

Thanks to Alberto "FlaviusDomitianus"

"Your coin is apparently unpublished and belongs to a small issue of Sestertii described in RIC 2.1 page 69:

"(d) Variant group of sestertii with small (as) die ending VESPASIAN AVG P M TR POT COS III - Pl. 20".

As noted by Carradice and Buttrey the obverse die has not be found on any As.

They are numbered from 137 to 141; since your reverse would be the first one in alphabetical order, it would probably get number 136A.

This small series is also discussed in the introduction (page 23)."

5 commentskc06/22/19 at 10:25quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
Pergamon, Mysia (133 - 67 B.C)45 viewsAR Cistophoric Tetradrachm
O:  Cista mystica with half-open lid, from which a snake emerges, all within wreath of ivy with berries.
R: Two serpents entwined around bow and bowcase; above, ME, prytaneis monogram, and A (controls), (Pergamon monogram) to left, serpent-entwined thyrsos to right.
Kleiner, Hoard 40; SNG BN 1744

Ex. Glenn Schinke, March 1995
4 commentsMat06/22/19 at 07:24quadrans: Nice one
ARCADIA. Cleitor. Ca. 370-350 BC. AR obol (12mm, 0.85 gm, 3h). 30 viewsARCADIA. Cleitor. Ca. 370-350 BC. AR obol (12mm, 0.85 gm, 3h). NGC MS 4/5 - 3/5. Head of Athena right wearing crested Attic helmet with upturned cheek flap; Λ behind / Κ-Λ-H, horse galloping right, trailing rein. BCD Peloponnesos 1420-1. 2 commentsMark R106/21/19 at 23:52quadrans: Wow, nice piece..
PAMPHYLIA. Side. Ca. 5th century BC. AR stater (18mm, 10.81 gm, 9h)50 viewsPAMPHYLIA. Side. Ca. 5th century BC. AR stater (18mm, 10.81 gm, 9h). About VF. Ca. 430-400 BC. Pomegranate, beaded border / Head of Athena right, wearing Corinthian helmet pushed back on head, all within shallow incuse square. SNG France 628-9. SNG von Aulock 4765. 3 commentsMark R106/21/19 at 23:52quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
RIC 0555 Domitianus86 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VII, Laureate head right
Rev: COS XIIII, across field, Minerva standing left, with spear
AR/Denarius - 20.86 mm 3.560 g 6h - Struck in Rome 88 A.D. (1st group)
RIC 555 (R2) - RSC 66 - BMCRE unlisted - BNF 113
ex Rauch Auction 108 Lot 160
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus06/21/19 at 23:51quadrans: Nice piece..
RIC 0554 Titus92 viewsT CAES IMP VESP CENS
Laureate bust right

Vespasian seated right on curule chair, with sceptre and branch

Rome, 73 AD

RIC 554 (R) A mule with reverse type of Vespasian


Ex-Jerusalem Haydaya
7 commentsJay GT406/19/19 at 21:38quadrans: Interesting piece..
Bruttium Kroton AR Nomos / Tripod36 viewsAttribution: SNG ANS 264
Date: 480-430 BC
Obverse: Tripod with legs terminating in lions feet
Reverse: Incuse of obverse
Size: 19.07mm
Weight: 7.94 grams
Description: A nice nomos with sharp detail
2 commentsMark R106/19/19 at 20:15quadrans: Another nice piece
Thrace. PANTIKAPAION. Ae 21. 310-303 B.C.36 viewsObverse: Bearded head of Satyr (or Pan) right.

Reverse: Forepart of griffin left, sturgeon below.

Weight: 6.91 grams.

Diameter: 21.69 mm.
3 commentsMark R106/19/19 at 20:15quadrans: Interesting piece..
Baktria, Indo-Greek kingdom. MENANDER I Soter AR Drachm. EF+. Bust to left holding spear.63 viewsObverse: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣΟΤΗΡΟΣ / ΜΕΝΑΝΔΡΟΥ. Diademed heroic bust of Menander I to left, seen from behind, wearing aegis over shoulder and brandishing spear.
Reverse: Athena Alkidemos advancing left, shield decorated with aegis over arm, hurling thunderbolt; monogram to right; Karosthi inscription around.

Issued by the mythic king Menander I, the most poweful ruler of the indo-greek kingdom of Baktria and the first western ruler to be converted to Buda´s faith.

EF+ condition, practically uncircullated, conserving absolutely full details in both sides, very bold relief relief and high quality silver.

Bopearachchi 7B. Circa 155-130 b.C. 2,4 g - 16,5 mm
5 commentsMark R106/19/19 at 20:15quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
Argolis. Argos AR Hemidrachm / Wolf37 viewsAttribution: BCD Peloponnesos 1177
Date: 90-40BC
Obverse: Forepart of wolf left
Reverse: Large A, eagle standing right below
Size: 13.66 mm
Weight: 1.91 grams
Description: VF off center strike
3 commentsMark R106/19/19 at 20:14quadrans: Wow, nice piece..
Nero (54 - 68 A.D.)80 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm 
O: NEΡΩ KΛAY KAIS SEBA GEP AVTO, laureate head right.
R: NEO AGAQ DAIM, Agathodaemon serpent, coiled with head up, holding poppies and grain ears, L ς (date) to right. Year 6.
Milne 203; Emmett 106.6 (R4) ; RPC 5260

The Agathodaemon was a good spirit/demon that was worshipped by the ancient Egyptians. 
He had the shape of a serpent with a human head. 
The Greek inscription on the reverse of this coin shows that this is the "neo" or "new" agathodaemon serpent, or, in other words, the new good spirit (of rule by Nero). 

Pending Wildwinds Publishing!
8 commentsMat06/18/19 at 14:34quadrans: Wow, nice...
27 Anonymous issues. Time of Hadrian to Antoninus Pius. Rome Quadrans 117-161 AD50 viewsReference.
RIC 27; C. 39

Griffin seated right

Rev. S-C

2.49 gr
15 mm
2 commentsokidoki06/15/19 at 22:51quadrans: Wow, great Griffin,
06g. Constantine as Caesar: Treveri follis.39 viewsFollis, Summer 307, Treveri mint.
Obverse: FL VAL CONSTANTINVS NOB C / Laureate bust of Constantine.
Reverse: GENIO POP ROM / Genius standing, holding patera and cornucopia. S in left field; A in right field.
Mint mark: PTR
7.75 gm., 27 mm.
RIC #719b; PBCC #122; Sear #15520.
1 commentsCallimachus06/15/19 at 17:49quadrans: Nice piece..
Vologases III (105–147 A.D.) (Sellwood; Shore)/Pacorus I (Assar)52 viewsAR Drachm
O: Diademed bust left, wearing longer pointed, beard.
R: ⧠ΛIIΛͰΛC ⧠ΛIIΛͰΛͶ ΛͰIΛNO(V) ΛIXΛIOV (E)ΠIΦΛͶOVC (ΦI)ΛIΛΛHX(OC), Archer (Arsakes I) seated right on throne, holding bow; monogram below bow.
Ekbatana mint
Sellwood 78.5 (Vologases III); Sunrise –; Shore 415 (Vologases III).
2 commentsMat06/15/19 at 12:43quadrans: Nice
Sextus Pompey -- Pompey the Great and Neptune with Catanaean Brothers36 viewsSextus Pompey, Imperator and Prefect of the Fleet
[Youngest Son of Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus (Pompey the Great)]

Obv: [MAG⦁PIVS⦁IMP⦁ITER]; portrait of Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus r.; behind jug; before lituus. Border of dots.
Rev: above, [PRAE (AE ligatured) F]; in exergue, CLAS⦁ET⦁[ORAE (AE ligatured)⦁MAR (ligatured) IT⦁EX⦁S⦁C]; Neptune standing l., wearing diadem, aplustre in r. hand, cloak over l. arm, r. foot on prow,; on either side a Catanaean brother bearing one of his parents on his shoulders1. Border of dots.
Denomination: silver denarius; Mint: Sicily, uncertain location2; Date: summer 42 - summer 39 BC3; Weight: 3.68g; Diameter: 17mm; Die axis: 30º; References, for example: Sear CRI 334; BMCRR v. II Sicily 7, 8, 9, and 10; Sydenham 1344; Crawford RRC 511/3a.



1Grueber BMCRR v. II Sicily appears a bit hesitant in his pronouncement that the representation of the Catanaean brothers in fact refers to Sextus’ title Pius (p. 561), but Sear CRI appears to have no such hesitation when he states “...the type illustrates the theme of ‘Pietas’ in connection with the assumption of the name Pius.” (p.203). DeRose Evans (1987) goes further (pp. 115 - 116), arguing that Sextus chose the Catanaean brothers (“...he consciously identifies himself with the south Italian heroes”) as a way to deliberately contrast his Pietas with that of Octavian’s.
2Grueber BMCRR v. II Sicily tentatively suggests Catana as a possible location and Sear CRI follows suit.
3This is the date range argued for in Estiot 2006 (p. 145). Estiot recommends returning to Crawford’s proposal of 42 - 40 BC. Crawford RRC, p. 521 suggests the period in 42 BC after Sextus Pompey defeated Q. Salvidienus Rufus. Grueber BMCRR v. II Sicily, p.560 proposes 42 - 38 BC and Sydenham, p. 210 follows suit. DeRose Evans (1987), p. 129 offers a time between late summer 36 and September 36 BC.

Provenance: From the collection of W. F. Stoecklin, Amriswil, Switzerland, acquired from Hess AG in Luzern prior to 1975. Ex Dr. Jacob Hirsch 33, 17 November 1913, lot 1058

Photo credits: Shanna Schmidt Numismatics


BMCRR: Grueber, H. A. Coins of the Roman Republic in the British Museum v. II. London: 1910.
Crawford, Michael H. Roman Republican Coinage v. I. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019 reprint with the 1982 corrections.
DeRose Evans, Jane. "The Sicilian Coinage of Sextus Pompeius (Crawford 511)" in Museum Notes (American Numismatic Society), vol. 32 (1987): 97 - 157.
Estiot, Sylviane. “Sex. Pompée, La Sicile et La Monnaie: Problèmes de Datation.” In Aere Perennivs, en hommage á Hubert Zehnacker, édité par Jacqueline Champeaux et Martine Chassignet. Paris: L’Université Paris - Sorbonne, 2006.
Sear, David R. The History and Coinage of the Roman Imperators 49 - 27 BC. London: Spink, 1998.
Sydenham, Edward A. The Coinage of the Roman Republic. New York: Arno Press, 1975, rev. ed.
2 commentsTracy Aiello06/15/19 at 12:41quadrans: Great
Diocletian Antoninianus37 viewsDiocletian Antoninianus

Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right

Emperor receiving Victory on globe from Jupiter holding sceptre. KΓ between


RIC VI Cyzicus 16A

2 commentsHarry G06/15/19 at 12:39quadrans: I agree...
Roman Empire, Maximus, Sestertius176 viewsObv. MAXIMVS CAES GERM, draped bust right.
Rev. PRINCIPI IVVENTVTIS S C, emperor standing left, holding baton and spear, at the right two standards.
Mint: Rome, 236-238 AD.

32mm 21.38g

RIC 13; Cohen 14; BMC 213

Ex Münzenhandlung Manfred Olding, Lagerliste
Ex Reusing /Schürer Collection
Ex Münzenhandlung A. Riechman 1930 (65 Reichsmark)

Princeps Juventutis was a name of dignity even in the most flourishing days of the republic. It was an honorary appellation given to him who took the lead of the greater and lesser boys appointed to perform a part in the game of Troy (ad ludum Troja). The prince of the youth was, in the earlier times, the chief of the Equestrian Order. Under the empire, and from the very commencement of that monarchical form of government, this title, although simply honorary, appears to have been given, as an apanage, to such young princes of the imperial family as were destined to reign, and was sometimes conferred on them at a very early age. (Numiswiki, FAC)
6 commentskc06/13/19 at 21:42quadrans: Nice one
Antigonos I Monophthalmos, AR Drachm33 viewsAntigonos I Monophthalmos, 306–301 BC.

Abydos Mint, c. 310-301 BC

17mm., 4.12g.

Head of Alexander III assimilated to Herakles right, wearing lionskin, knotted at base of neck

AΛEΞANΔΡOY, Zeus seated left, nude to waist, holding eagle in out-stretched hand, and sceptre, MY monogram in left field, ivy leaf beneath chair.

References: Price 1527

1 commentsRL06/10/19 at 18:22quadrans: Nice one
BCC MA3929 viewsEnameled Plate Fibula
Caesarea Maritima
Roman 2nd - 3rd Century CE
Rectangular bronze plate fibula
with two sections of brick-red
enamel separated by waviform
partition.  Rounded triangular
end pieces topped by circular
design with incised concentric
circles.  The missing pin was
articulated with a dual plaque
hinge and iron axis-pin.  
A hooked pin-catch extends
perpendicular from the foot,
parallel to the length of the fibula.
Length: 3.8 x 1.3cm. Weight:3.20gm.
Surface find, 1970
(click for larger pic)
1 commentsv-drome06/10/19 at 18:21quadrans: Nice piece..
RIC 036248 viewsVespasian 72-73
AR Denarius
3,24 g.
Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG PM COS IIII; Head laureate right
Rev: VICTORIA AVGVSTI; Victoria stg r ; crowning standard and holding palm.
RIC 362 Cohen 618
Ex-Paul Schürer (1890-1976);
Ex-Fritz Reusing (1874-1956)
Purchased from Manfred Olding Munzenhandlung June 4, 2019
2 commentsorfew06/10/19 at 18:20quadrans: Nice one
Freiburg im Breisgau, 1300, AR Brakteat, Raven, Cross33 viewsFreiburg im Breisgau
AR Brakteat
AD ca. 1300
Obv.: ​Head of raven/eagle left, cross to the left
Rev.: -
AR, 0.41g, 16mm
Ref.: Freiburger Münzen und Medaillen No. 2; Slg. Ulmer 1472; Wielandt 46
1 commentsshanxi06/10/19 at 18:20quadrans: Interesting piece..
Freiburg im Breisgau, 1425, AR Brakteat, Raven, Coat of arms 27 viewsFreiburg im Breisgau
AR Brakteat
AD ca. 1425
Obv.: ​Coat of arms with head of raven within ring
Rev.: -
AR, 0.41g, 18mm
Ref.: Berstett 127, Becker p.17/5; Freiburger Münzen und Medaillen No. 11; 25. Jahre Freiburger Münzsammelverein Abb.19
1 commentsshanxi06/10/19 at 18:20quadrans: Nice piece..
Severus II (305 - 307 A.D.)74 viewsÆ Follis
O:SEVERVS NOB C, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
R:  GENIO POP-VLI ROMANI, Genius standing left, holding patera and cornucopiae; altar left, star right: PLC in exergue.
Lugdunum (Lyon) mint
Seltz Hoard 9; RIC VI Lyons 193 var (star type)

Ex CNG Electric Auction, Lot 372, 1/10/2008

Ex. Gordon S. Parry Collection

Published on Wildwinds
4 commentsMat06/10/19 at 18:13quadrans: Great piece ...
RPC II 1119A Domitianus59 viewsObv: ΔOMITIANOΣ KAIΣAP, laureate head right
Rev: MAΣTAYPEITΩN, Dionysus standing left, holding thyrsus and cantharus.
AE19 (19.33 mm 4.600 g 12h) Struck in Mastaura (Lydia)
RPC II 1119A (newly recorded)
purchased from Lanz on eBay
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus06/08/19 at 22:16quadrans: Another nice piece
ISTROS AR Drachm. EF-/EF. Eagle over Dolphin.33 viewsObverse: Facing male heads, the left inverted
Reverse: IΣTPIH. Sea-eagle left, grasping dolphin with talons.

in EF-/EF condition, conserving full details in both sides, very bold reliefs and high quality silver.

SNG BM Black Sea 237. Istros (Thrace) mint, 400-350 BC. 5,0 g - 17,5 mm
3 commentsMark R106/08/19 at 21:55quadrans: Nice one
bmc74var27 viewsElagabalus
Edessa, Mesopotamia

Obv: Radiate head right.
Rev: MHKOC..., turreted, veiled and draped bust of Tyche right.
14 mm, 2.25 gms

BMC 74 variant (bust type and orientation of reverse bust)
1 commentsCharles M06/08/19 at 06:47quadrans: Interesting piece..
RIC 0686 Vespasian71 viewsIMP CAESAR VESP AVG
Laureate head right

Winged cauduceus

Rome, 74 AD


RIC 686 (R)

Ex-Jerusalem Haydaya
6 commentsJay GT406/08/19 at 06:24quadrans: Great piece ...
Syracuse, Sicily49 views317-289 BC (Reign of Agathokles)
AE17 (16mm, 3.29g)
O: Head of Persephone left, wreathed in grain.
R: Bull charging right; club and ΛY above, IE (magistrate) in exergue.
HGC 2, 1498; CNS II, 200
ex Praefectus Coins

A rare variant with the bull charging right.

2 commentsEnodia06/07/19 at 22:00quadrans: Nice piece..
RIC 0143 Vespasianus102 viewsObv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III, laureate head right
Rev: CAES AVG F DES IMP AVG F COS DES IT / S C (in field), Titus standing right with spear and parazonium, confronting Domitian standing left with spear
AE/Sestertius (34.44 mm 25,40 gr 6h) Struck in Rome 71 AD (2nd issue)
RIC 143 R, BMCRE 528, BNF 473
Purchased on eBay in 2004
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus06/07/19 at 21:50quadrans: Great coin ,
Greece29 viewsGreece - Central, Peloponnesos, Crete & The Cyclades.
Thessaly, Akarnania, Boeotia, Euboia, Attica, Corinthia, Sikyonia, Peloponnesos, Argolis, Phokaia, Arkadia, Lokris.
2 commentsChristian T06/07/19 at 21:49quadrans: Nice piece..
3732 SYRIA, Seleucis and Pieria. Antioch. Pseudo-autonomous. under Hadrian Trichalkon. 128-29 AD Ram Γ above44 viewsReference.
RPC III, 3732; McAlee 125c; BMC 102; SNG Copenhagen 117.

Issue Civic bronze coins dated Year 177

Turreted, veiled and draped bust of Tyche right.

Ram leaping right, head left; star within crescent and in field, l., Γ

4.36 gr
18 mm
1 commentsokidoki06/07/19 at 20:00quadrans: Interesting piece..
Laureate head right with Aegis

Mars advancing left with Victory and trophy

Rome, 85 AD


RIC 387 (C)

Holed in antiquity and plugged in the late 19th century?

Ex-Manfred Olding 2019 n 184; Ex-Sammlung Heynen 1976;Ex-Paul Schürer (1890-1976); Ex-Fritz Reusing (1874-1956)

Comes with old tag probably from Heynen or Schürer. Olding tag incorrectly attributed to RIC 420 (different ending to legend)

Reusing was a German portrait painter of the early 20th Century whose portraits included Richard Strauss, Igor Strawinsky, Max Planck, and Albert Einstein. After Reusing's death his nephew Paul Schürer inherited and curated the collection. Heynen was a friend of Reusing's, and at an earlier date had evidently sold or exchanged or given a substantial number of coins to Reusing, this being one of those coins!

Thanks to David Atherton and Curtis Clay for the brief biography and info.
9 commentsJay GT406/06/19 at 21:06quadrans: Wow, nice piece..
Mátyás Hunyadi (Matthias Corvinus) - King of Hungary (1458-1490 A.D.) - H# 720, ÉH# 566i, CNH II# 233A, Frynas# H.34.37, Pohl# 222-932 viewsAR Denar
Struck in: 1479-1486 (Pohl), 1482-1490 (Huszár, Unger)
n—crossed hammers - Nagybánya mint, Bürgertum
Mass: 0.52 g , Diameter: 16.16 mm

Fourfold Hungarian coat of arms: Hungarian Árpád stripes, Hungarian double cross, Dalmatian leopard heads, Bohemian lions. In chest shield Hunyadi crow with ring in peak
Lettering: M MAThIE R hVnGARIE
Translation: Money of Mátyás, King of Hungary

Crowned Madonna looking left holds baby Jesus in her right arms, divides mintmark
Lettering: PATROn — VnGARIE
Translation: Patron of Hungary
2 commentsreebeezlee06/06/19 at 18:27quadrans: Nice one
ROMAN EMPIRE, THEODOSIUS I. AE4 of Siscia. Struck c.A.D.379 - 38342 viewsObverse: D N THEODOSIVS P F AVG. Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Theodosius facing right.
Reverse: VOT V MVLT X in four lines within laurel wreath; in exergue, ASISC.
RIC IX : 292
1 comments*Alex06/06/19 at 18:27quadrans: Nice piece..
ROMAN EMPIRE, THEODOSIUS I. AE2 of Siscia. Struck c.A.D.379 - 38340 viewsObverse: D N THEODOSIVS P F AVG. Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Theodosius facing right.
Reverse: REPARATIO REIPVB. Theodosius standing facing, head left, raising kneeling turreted female figure with his right hand holding Victory on globe in his left. In exergue, *BSISC•.
RIC IX : 26d
1 comments*Alex06/06/19 at 18:27quadrans: Great reverse,
Claudius, 41 - 54 AD.  Billon Tetradrachm with high silver content.  Alexandria.  Year 6 = 45/6. 46 viewsObv. Laur. bust rt. 
Rev. Messalina stg. left resting on a column, extending her rt. hand in which she holds two small figures, and ears of corn in her left hand. 
Sear 1869 var
3 commentsCanaan06/06/19 at 18:14quadrans: Nice piece..
RIC 002876 views Domitian AR Denarius 81 CE
3.2 g
Obv: Head laureate r; IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PM
Rev: Minerva adv r with spear and shield; COS VII DES VIII PP
RIC 28 (R2)

At first glance this might seem like any regular coin of Domitian featuring Minerva on the reverse. However, this coin is special for when it was struck. It was minted in the first few months of Domitian's rule as Augustus. It is a part of what RIC calls group 3 denarii of 81 CE. Group 2 denarii are all very rare coins. Group 3 denarii are close to being as rare as group 2 coins. What separates these issues is the reverse legend. In the case of Group 2 denarii the reverse legends begins with PP. In the case of Group 3 denarii the reverse legend ends with PP. Though I have been looking for a couple of years I have only seen 1 Group 2 denarius available in the marketplace. Groups 3 denarii are not much easier to find.

I really like the youthful portrait on this coin. The reverse features an early Minerva. It would not be until 83 CE that the Minerva reverses would come to dominate the denarii issues of Domitian. My previous blog post concerned a denarius with "PONT" in the obverse legend. It so happens that this coin also has a version with "PONT" in the obverse legend. At the time the new RIC was published there was only one of these known. I would love to find one of these. In the meantime I will enjoy having the above rarity in my collection.

3 commentsorfew06/06/19 at 17:59quadrans: Nice one
Danubian Celts, Carpathian Region28 viewsCelts, Danubian, Carpathian Region, Uncertain Tribe. 1st c. BC. AR Tetradrachm (14.83 gm). Imitating Thasos Celticized and degraded head of Dionysos right, wearing ivy wreath / Celticized Herakles, standing facing, holding club and lionskin. Legend degraded to mere dots. VF. CNG 51 #19. Göbl OTA Class V; cf Kostial Lanz 983-994.2 commentsChristian T06/05/19 at 20:53quadrans: Interesting piece..
Islands off Attica. Aegina circa 550-456 BC, Stater50 views21 mm., 12,27 g.
Sea-turtle, head turned sideways, with row of dots down back, and an additional dot on each side at front / Incuse square divided by broad bands into a conventional pattern of five compartments.
very fine
HGC 6, 435; Meadows Group IIIa; Milbank pl. 1, 13; SNG Lockett 1970.
2 commentsLeo06/05/19 at 20:51quadrans: Nice one
Bull Wrestling Drachm91 viewsThessaly Greece, the City of Larissa

Obv: The hero Thessalos1 to r. naked, except for chlamys around his shoulders and petasos, flying in the air, attached to his neck by a cord, holding with both hands a band that is around the forehead of a bull leaping r. All within a border of dots (not here visible).
Rev: ΛΑΡΙ above, Σ to the r. (not here visible), ΙΑ below (not here visible), bridled horse with trailing rein prancing r., no ground line. All within incuse square.
Denomination: Silver Drachm; Mint: Larissa; Date: c. 420 - 400 BC2; Weight: 6.06g; Diameter: 18mm: Die axis: 270º; References, for example: HGC 4, 423 (same obv.); Lorber 2008, pl. 43, 59 (same dies); BCD Thessaly II 372.7 (same dies).

1Considered the ancestor of all Thessalians. The figure is also sometimes considered to be Jason (of Jason and the Argonauts), who according to one tradition was the father of Thessalos (HGC 4, p. 132).
2This is the date given in HGC 4. According to Lorber 2008 this coin should be placed in the revived bull wrestling drachm coinage, beginning c. 450 - 440 BC.

This type is related to the Thessalian sport of bull wrestling (taurokathapsia) “...regularly showcased at the Taureia games honoring Poseidon Taureios.” (HGC 4, p. 132).

Provenance: from the BCD collection, reportedly found 8 kms west of Pharsalus, May 1997.

Photo credits: Shanna Schmidt Numismatics


BCD Thessaly II: Classical Numismatic Group, Inc. The BCD Collection of the Coinage of Thessaly. Triton XV Auction. (3 January 2012, New York).
HGC: Hoover, Oliver D. Handbook of Coins of Northern and Central Greece: Achaia Phthiotis, Ainis, Magnesia, Malis, Oita, Perrhaibia, Thessaly, Akarnania, Aitolia, Lokris, Phokis, Boiotia, Euboia, Attica, Megaris, and Corinthia, Sixth to First Centuries BC, The Handbook of Greek Coinage Series, Vol. 4. Lancaster/London: Classical Numismatic Group, Inc, 2014.
Lorber, Catharine C. “Thessalian Hoards and the Coinage of Larissa” in American Journal of Numismatics, second series 20 (2008): 119 - 142.
7 commentsTracy Aiello06/05/19 at 05:14quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
Laureate head left

Genius standing left with patera over altar and cornucopiae

Rome, 80-81 AD

RIC 226 (R)

3 commentsJay GT406/05/19 at 05:13quadrans: Nice piece..
Roman Imitative Issue, (4th century A.D.)44 viewsÆ12
Minima Class
O.: Bust right.
R.: Falling Horseman // TC?
RIC VIII Arles 224
2 commentsMat06/03/19 at 20:50quadrans: Interesting piece..
Island off Attica. AEGINA AR Stater.79 viewsCirca 456/45-431 B.C. (12.23gm, 21mm). Obverse: land tortoise with segmented shell. Reverse: large incuse square of heavy skew pattern. Milbank pl.2, 12; SNG Copenhagen 516; Dewing 1683; BMC Attica p. 137, 146; HGC 6, 437. Near EF, attractive light cabinet tone. Very desirable example of the type.

Ex Roma Numismatics (featured as a cover for e-Auction 57). Ex Shanna Schmidt Numismatics. Ex Munzenhandlung Harald Moller, Auction 72, 1 November 2018, lot 20.

Early commerce within the Aegean area include metal ingots used in trade. They had a distinctive plano-convex shape and were colloquially called "turtles" especially in Aegina. With the development of the concept of money, it is natural for the maritime island-state to design their coins with an image of a turtle since they had already been accustomed by the earlier ingots whose shape resembled the animal. Aegina was considered the first state to introduce money to the West that was first invented in either Ionia or Lydia. As maritime power, it rivaled Athens. Early obverse designs always feature a sea turtle. Why the inclusion of a land tortoise (testudo graeca) beginning in the middle of the 5th century B.C. is still unresolved. Few theories had been put forward: the most common was Aegina's defeat from its rival Athens, and the land tortoise symbolized sovereignty of Athens over Aegina.
6 commentsJason T06/03/19 at 20:23quadrans: Nice piece..
Robert of Anjou (1309 - 1343 A.D.)51 viewsAR Gigliato
O: + ROBЄRTUS DЄI GRA IЄRL ЄT SICIL RЄX. King enthroned holding sceptre in right hand and globus cruciger in left, cross at neck.
R: + ҺOҺOR RЄGIS IUDICIU DILIGIT., cross fleury with lys in each quarter.
Naples Mint, Italy
Biaggi 1634 MIR (Varesi) 28
3 commentsMat06/02/19 at 13:49quadrans: Nice piece..
RPC II 0364 Domitianus45 viewsObv: AYTOK KAIΣAP ΔOMITIANOΣ ΣEB ΓΕΡ - Laureate head of Domitian right.
Rev: ΠΕΡΥΝΘΙΩΝ - Dionysus standing, left, holding cantharos and thyrsus; panther to left.
AE27 (27.31 mm 8.794 g 6h) Struck in Perinthus (Thrace)
RPC II 364
ex Emporium Hamburg Auction 85 Lot 331
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus05/21/19 at 14:07quadrans: Nice one
Titus RIC-21571 viewsÆ As, 9.73g
Rome mint, 80-81 AD
Obv: IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P COS VIII; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, l.
Rev: AEQVITAS AVGVST; S C in field; Aequitas stg. l., with scales and rod
RIC 215 (C). BMC 204. BNC 207.
Ex eBay, 10 May 2019.

Titus produced a sizeable bronze issue in 80-81. He did not renew the consulship in 81, so it is difficult to pin down a precise date. Owing to the issue's large size it is likely many of the coins did indeed spill over into 81. Here we see a common Aequitas type from that large issue which was originally struck under Vespasian, who in turn copied it from Galba. Aequitas likely represents fairness in issuing out the corn dole.

Honest wear with a dark olive green patina.
5 commentsDavid Atherton05/21/19 at 06:03quadrans: Nice piece..
Vespasian RIC-35157 viewsÆ Quadrans, 2.54g
Rome Mint, 71 AD
Rev: P M TR PPP COS III; S C in field; Vexillum
RIC 351 (R). BMC 618. BNC -.
Acquired from numis-kimel, eBay, May 2019.

During Vespasian's great bronze issue of 71 the Rome mint produced a series of quadrantes. Their rarity today is likely a result of them being of low value and typically not hoarded. Mimicking the larger bronze, the Jewish War victory was celebrated on them as well. Because of the small flan size brevity is called for: a palm representing Judaea on the obverse, and a Vexillum symbolising military victory on the reverse - straight and to the point! Ironically, despite their rarity today, more of the plebeian population would have seen these quadrantes than their more famous 'Judaea Capta' silver cousins.

Struck with full legends and sporting a fetching 'Tiber' patina.
3 commentsDavid Atherton05/20/19 at 16:03quadrans: Nice piece..
M. Antony leg. denarius49 viewsMark Antony denarius. Circa 32-31 BC. Eastern military moving mint.
3.85 grs.
Chortis Speculatorum type.
Cr. 544/12.
9 commentslabienus05/19/19 at 18:09quadrans: Nice piece..
Phoenicia, Arados, (c.138.7-44.3 B.C.), AR-Tetradrachm, BMC 273, Nike advancing left, #1 121 viewsPhoenicia, Arados, (c.138.7-44.3 B.C.), AR-Tetradrachm, BMC 273, Nike advancing left, #1
avers: Veiled, draped, and turreted bust of Tyche right.
reverse: APAΔIΩN, Nike advancing left, holding wreath and palm frond; in left field, ςЧP (date) above Aramaic H above AΣ; all within wreath.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 26,5-27,5mm, weight:14,88g, axes:0h,
mint: Phoenicia, Arados, date: c. 196 = 64/3 B.C., ref: BMC 273, SNG Cop-, Duyrat 3964 (D91/R650), Rouvier 327, HGC10-72,
8 commentsquadrans05/17/19 at 17:21quadrans: Thank you Pekka,
5959 EGYPT, Alexandria Hadrian Drachm 134-35 AD Asclepius standing with olive-branch25 viewsReference.
Emmett 918.19; RPC III, 5959.3; Dattari-Savio Pl. 76, 1624 (this coin). Dattari 1624 and Pl. X (this rev. illustrated).

Issue L ƐΝΝƐΑΚ·Δ = year 19

Laureate draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from rear

Asclepius standing facing head right, holding long serpent-staff, holding olive-branch

25.18 gr
33.5 mm
2 commentsokidoki05/13/19 at 20:54quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
Phraates IV (38 - 2 B.C.)62 viewsAR Tetradrachm
O: Diademed and draped bust left, wart on forehead, wearing pointed beard and torque with no end visible; all within pelleted border.
R: BACILE[WS] BACILEWN ARSAKO[U] EUERGETOU DIKAIOU EPIFANOU[S] FILELLHN[OS], Phraates seated right on throne, Tyche standing left before him, presenting a palm and holding cornucopiae; year between throne legs, [month in exergue]
Seleukeia on the Tigris mint.
Sellwood 51
6 commentsMat05/12/19 at 19:17quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
RIC 3, p.069, 343 - Faustina I, Temple19 viewsFaustina Senior
Obv.: DIVA - FAVSTINA, draped bust right
Rev.: AED DIV FAVSTINAE, front of temple of Diva Faustina with six columns, in the center statue of Faustina.
Ag, 3,28g, 19mm
Ref.: RIC 343 [S], CRE 126 [C]
1 commentsshanxi05/11/19 at 17:39quadrans: Great reverse,
S.802 Anglo-Saxon sceat40 viewsSecondary phase Anglo-Saxon sceat
Mint: ?York
Series J
Type 85
Abramson 18-20
O: Bust right
R: Large bird on cross

Ex- Silbury Coins
4 commentsNap05/11/19 at 17:38quadrans: wow, great coin,
1174 - L. Calpurnius Piso Frugi, Denarius 57 viewsRome mint, 90 BC
Laureate head of Apollo right, Δ below chin
Naked horseman galloping right, holding whip; above swan. L.PISO.FRUGI / ROMA at exergue
3,93 gr - 18,8 mm
Ref : RCV # 235, RSC # 12b, RRC # 340/1-Calpurnia 12b-symbol 166
Ex. Naville Numismatics
5 commentsPotator II05/11/19 at 17:22quadrans: Wow, nice piece..
RIC 0117 Vespasianus90 viewsObv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG P M TR P P P COS III, Laureate head right, with aegis, globe below neck
Rev: S C (across field), Tetrastyle temple of Isis with semi-circular pediment. Between the columns an inner shrine with the statue of Isis; two other statues on right and left side; on pedment Isis on dog running right.
AE/Sestertius (35.56 mm 26.14 g 6h) Struck in Rome 71 A.D. (1st issue)
RIC 117 (R2), BMCRE 780, BNF unpublished
ex Artemide Auction LI lot 269
7 commentsFlaviusDomitianus05/11/19 at 06:20quadrans: Wow, nice piece..
SELEUKID EMPIRE. Antiochos II Theos AR Tetradrachm42 viewsCirca 261-246 B.C. 16.87gms, 28mm, 11h. Obverse: diademed head of Antiochos I to right. Reverse: weary Herakles seated left on rock, lion skin draped over rock, holding club set on ground, cup to outer left, AP monogram below royal title. Secondary monograms in exergue. Side mint. SC 505.2. Slight smoothing on obverse field. Otherwise, extremely fine. Rare.

Please click image for better resolution.

Ex Roma Numismatics. Ex private French collection.

This is an example of a rare coin of Antiochos II depicting Herakles on the reverse. Most of Antiochos' coins show a sitting effeminate, smooth-bodied Apollo on an omphalos. This coin is a rare departure on the iconography of the reverse side showing an exceptionally elegant but masculine demigod-hero Herakles rendered artistically celebrating strength, self-sacrifice, heroism and ideal male beauty. Truly a sculptural art in miniature.
3 commentsJason T05/10/19 at 18:45quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
Vespasian RIC-23876 viewsÆ Sestertius, 25.68g
Rome mint, 71 AD
Obv: IMP CAES VESPAS AVG P M TR P P P COS III; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: MARS VICTOR; S C in field; Mars, armoured, adv. l., with Victory and trophy
RIC 238 (C). BMC 552. BNC 509.
Ex CNG E443, 1 May 2019, lot 530.

A sestertius struck in Vespasian's great bronze issue of 71. The reverse features the first Mars type coined for the new emperor, copied from one previously struck for Vitellius. Mars is seen here in full military dress instead of the heroic nude he is normally depicted as on the contemporary denarii. This MARS VICTOR type pays proper respect to the god of war for granting Flavian success in the recently concluded Jewish War (an open display of celebration for defeating Vitellius would be taboo on the coinage). The portraits from this aes issue can be quite extraordinary. C.H.V. Sutherland in his book Roman Coins writes: 'Vespasian's aes, however, and not merely the sestertii, developed a full magnificence of portraiture ... The beauty of this work lay in it's realism, strong in authority and yet delicate in execution ...' (p. 189). Perhaps, a portrait such as this is what Sutherland had in mind when he wrote that passage.

The minor porosity does not detract from the superb veristic portrait and beautiful dark brown patina.
5 commentsDavid Atherton05/10/19 at 18:43quadrans: Wow, great piece..
1699 8 Reales16 views1699 8 Reales
Potosi, Bolivia
King Carlos II
Assayer: F (Tomas Fernandez de Ocana)
24.00 grams
Sedwick type: P42
1 commentscmcdon092305/09/19 at 06:11quadrans: Interesting piece..
1641 Lion Daalder19 viewsNetherlands: Gelderland
1641 Lion Daalder
Obv: Knight facing, looking to his left, above shield w/ lion rampant; MO.ARG.PRO.CO.FO.BELG.GEL
Rev: Rampant lion facing left; CONFIDENS.DNO.NON.MOVETVR.1641.
26.88 grams; xx.xx mm
1 commentscmcdon092305/09/19 at 06:09quadrans: Nice piece..
Julian of Pannonia40 viewsJulian of Pannonia, Usurper (284-285).
BI Antoninianus, Siscia mint.
Obv: IMP C M AVR IVLIANVS PF AVG. Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: FELICITAS TEMPORVM. Felicitas standing facing, head left, holding caduceus and sceptre; in field, S-B; in exergue, XXI.
RIC 2., C. 1 (Fr. 150). BI. g. 3.14 RRR. Very rare.

Notes from the seller (Artemide LI, Lot 322):
"A superb example. Deep brown patina. Minor areas of weakness, otherwise about EF/Good VF."
4 commentsMark Z05/09/19 at 05:34quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
2450 LYDIA, Blaundus Sabina, Demeter standing15 viewsReference.
RPC III, 2450; SNG von Aulock -; SNG Copenhagen 92; BMC 73; SNG München 90; Waddington 4920.

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

Demeter veiled standing l., holding ears of corn and poppy-head in her r. hand, resting with l. on sceptre

5.47 gr
21 mm
1 commentsokidoki05/08/19 at 05:40quadrans: Another nice piece
2621 PHRYGIA, Palaeobeudus. Hadrian, Mên standing19 viewsReference.
RPC III, 2621; vA, Phryg. I, 851-3; BMC 2

Laureate and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, r., with paludamentum, seen from rear.

Mên standing l., wearing short chiton and cloak, with crescent behind shoulders, holding pine-cone in his r. hand, resting with l. on spear

5.40 gr
23 mm
2 commentsokidoki05/08/19 at 05:40quadrans: Nice piece..
Byzantine Empire: Leo V the Armenian (813-820) AR Miliaresion, Constantinople (Sear 1628; DOC 4)17 viewsObv: IҺSЧS XRISTЧS ҺICA; Cross potent on three steps
Dim: 2.13 g
1 commentsQuant.Geek05/08/19 at 05:39quadrans: Another nice piece
Byzantine Empire: Michael I Rhangabe (811-813) AR Miliaresion, Constantinople (Sear 1616; DOC 3)16 viewsObv: IhSЧS XRIS-tЧS ҺICA; Cross potent on three steps; triple border
Rev: +MIXA/HL S ΘЄOFV/LACtЄ ЄC Θ'/ bASILIS RO/mAIOҺ legend in five lines; triple border
Dim: 2.16 g
1 commentsQuant.Geek05/08/19 at 05:38quadrans: Nice piece..
Gallienus Antoninianus, APOLLINI CONS AVG22 viewsGallienus Antoninianus

Radiate bust right

Centaur walking right, drawing bow

RIC 163(s)
1 commentsHarry G05/08/19 at 05:26quadrans: Nice piece..
Caracalla (Augustus) Coin: Silver Denarius 15 viewsANTONINVS PIVS AVG GERM - Laureate head right
INDVLGENTIAE AVG - Indulgentia seated left, patera in extended right hand, transverse scepter in left hand, feet on small stool
Mint: Rome (213 - 217 A.D)
Wt./Size/Axis: 3.09g / 20.2mm / 360
RIC IV 300 (S)
BMCRE V p. 444, 68
Hunter p. 87, 48
SRCV II 6808
Forvm Ancient Coins
Acquisition/Sale: Forvm Ancient Coins Internet $0.00 11/17
Notes: Jun 13, 18 - The Gary R. Wilson Collection

Indulgentia is the personification of clemency, leniency, grace, or favor. This coin may refer to some specific permission or clemency given, or some privilege bestowed by the emperor.
2 commentsGary W205/07/19 at 19:40quadrans: Nice piece..
Caligula (Augustus) Coin: Bronze Quadrans39 viewsC CAESAR DIVI AVG PRON AVG SC - Pileus flanked by S C
PON M TR P IIII P P COS QVAT - Legend surrounding RCC large in center of field

Mint: Rome (41AD)
Wt./Size/Axis: 3.19g / 18mm / 180
Rarity: Rare
BMC 78,80
Paris 126-7
Cohen 8
BMCRE I, no. 79
RIC I (first ed.) 41

The Gary R. Wilson Collection

The last quadrans minted by Caligula with the mint date January 1-January 24, 41AD.

There were four different issues of quadrans from Caligula:
PON M TR P IIII P P COS QVAT-January 1-24, 41AD-This Coin


The purpose of the pileus and the (related or not) meaning of the RCC inscription remain in dispute and have led to differing hypotheses since the late 18th century, with most modern observers echoing the original hypotheses of Eckel from 1796, who thought that the RCC inscription referred to Caligula's remission of the 0.5% sales tax (hence remissa ducentesima), with the pileus a reference to restored liberty deriving from return of elections to the popular comitia from the Senate. Eckel thus thought the obverse and reverse commemorated separate distinct acts of the emperor.

David Woods' interpretation of the Caligula quadrans is that the liberty it celebrates is the liberty of all free Roman citizens, with the pileus as a their symbol. He reasons that it was Caligula's crackdown on those illegally claiming citizenship that is the focus of the coin's commemoration. This proper enforcement of the rules of citizenship would theoretically play well among the greater masses of the population who normally encounter the quadrans in everyday exchange.

As for the meaning of the RCC reverse inscription, Woods posits that it could be Res Civium Conservatae (The interests of the citizens has been preserved), or something closely related to this.

From The Dictionary of Roman Coins:
R CC Remissa Ducentesima. - Initial letters inscribed on the reverse of a third brass coin of Caligula, commemorative of a tax having been abolished by that Emperor. - The treasury of the state having been exhausted by the civil wars, Augustus, to assist in replenishing the public revenues, had established an impost of the hundredth denarius on all sales. But this burden in the year AD 17, Tiberius, yielding to the petitions of the people, had reduced on-half, that is to say to one denarius for 200. At length, in the year A.D. 39, the whole tax was taken off by Caligula as the inscription, on this small brass coin, of Remissa CC. plainly tells; and Suetonius confirms the fact in saying ducentesimun auctionum Italia remisit, although he does not specify the time.

And that this act of liberality was permanent is proved by medals struck in subsequent years of Caligula's reign, on which the memory of this benefit is gratefully renewed by the Senate. - The obverse is in scribed C CAESAR DIVI AVG PRON AVG S C (Caius Caesar Augustus, great grandson of the Divine Augustus) and the type is the pileus or cap of liberty, an allusion made to the right of suffrage granted to the people in the year AD 38.

Per Curtis Clay:
Simply overlooked by Sutherland in his second edition, it would appear.

This quadrans with COS QVAT is scarce, struck only between 1 Jan. 41 and Caligula's assassination on 24 Jan., but well known and unquestionably authentic: BMC 79-80 has two, similarly Paris 126-7, quoted by Cohen 8 from Paris, the first ed. of RIC quotes it from Cohen as you say.

Sutherland (Preface, p. X) says he couldn't supply a concordance to the first edition because that edition frequently "subsumed two or more varieties under the same entry." I don't see how that fact excludes a concordance; and in any case drawing up a concordance would have helped by alerting Sutherland to varieties he had overlooked, such as this one!

From CNG:
A coin with significant historical connections.
On January 1, 41 AD, Caligula became consul for
the fourth time. On January 24 of that year, a
group of conspirators, led by the Praetorian
Prefect, Cassius Chaerea, assassinated the emperor
in an underground tunnel on the Palatine.
The editors of the revised edition of RIC I
neglected to include this issue in the corpus.

From COINWEEK: Small Change
Perhaps the most enigmatic coin of Caligula’s reign was the smallest regular Roman denomination, the quadrans. It took 64 of these little coppers to equal the value of one silver denarius – a day’s pay for a manual worker. On the obverse, the emperor’s name and titles surround a “liberty cap” – the felt hat worn by freed slaves – bracketed by the letters “SC”. The reverse inscription continues the emperor’s titles, surrounding the large letters “RCC”.

For many years, the consensus of numismatic scholars was that this abbreviation stood for remissa ducentesima, celebrating Caligula’s repeal of an unpopular one-half percent sales tax (“one part in two hundred” – “CC” being the Roman numeral for 200). A brilliant 2010 study by David Woods argues that this interpretation is unlikely, and RCC probably stands for something like res civium conservatae (“the interests of citizens have been preserved”).

The quadrans is probably the most affordable coin of Caligula, with decent examples appearing at auction for under $100.

4 commentsGary W205/07/19 at 19:37quadrans: Nice one
Constantine I (Augustus) Coin: Bronze Follis 25 viewsIMP CONSTANTINUS PF AVG - Bust laureate, cuirassed right
SOLI INVIC-TO COMITI - Sol standing left raising right and holding globe in left
Mint: Ticinum (313AD)
Wt./Size/Axis: 4.55g / 22mm / 180
Acquisition/Sale: martyschmitt Ebay $0.00 7/17
Notes: Jun 13, 18 - The Gary R. Wilson Collection
3 commentsGary W205/07/19 at 19:36quadrans: Agree, great Sol on the reverse..
Ruler: Philip I (Augustus) Coin: Silver Antoninianus 26 viewsIMP PHILIPPVS AVG - Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
SAECVLARES AVGG - Lion walking right; I (officina 1) in exergue.
Exergue: I

Mint: Rome (248 AD)
Wt./Size/Axis: 3.45g / 24.4mm / 7h
RSC 173
From the D. Thomas Collection.
Agora Auctions
Acquisition/Sale: Agora Auctions Internet 85 #120 $0.00 05/19
Notes: May 5, 19 - The Gary R. Wilson Collection

Secular Games Issue.

From CNG: Continuing the tradition of Claudius and Antoninus Pius before him, the celebration of the Secular Games at the end of every century since the founding of Rome culminated during the reign of Philip I, as the city celebrated her 1,000th anniversary in AD 248. The legends on these issues almost exclusively read SAECVLARES AVGG, and feature a similar iconography from previous games, such as the she-wolf suckling the twins, the various wild beasts paraded through the amphitheater, and a cippus inscribed for the preservation of the memory of these events.

From Wikipedia: The Saecular Games (Latin: Ludi saeculares, originally Ludi Terentini) was a Roman religious celebration involving sacrifices and theatrical performances, held in ancient Rome for three days and nights to mark the end of a saeculum and the beginning of the next. A saeculum, supposedly the longest possible length of human life, was considered as either 100 or 110 years in length.

According to Roman mythology, the Secular Games began when a Sabine man called Valesius prayed for a cure for his children's illness and was supernaturally instructed to sacrifice on the Campus Martius to Dis Pater and Proserpina, deities of the underworld. Some ancient authors traced official celebrations of the Games as far back as 509 BC, but the only clearly attested celebrations under the Roman Republic took place in 249 and in the 140s BC. They involved sacrifices to the underworld gods over three consecutive nights.

The Games were revived in 17 BC by Rome's first emperor Augustus, with the nocturnal sacrifices on the Campus Martius now transferred to the Moerae (fates), the Ilythiae (goddesses of childbirth), and Terra Mater ("Mother Earth"). The Games of 17 BC also introduced day-time sacrifices to Roman deities on the Capitoline and Palatine hills. Certain sacrifices were unusually specified to be performed by married women. Each sacrifice was followed by theatrical performances. Later emperors held celebrations in AD 88 and 204, after intervals of roughly 110 years. However, they were also held by Claudius in AD 47 to celebrate the 800th anniversary of Rome's foundation, which led to a second cycle of Games in 148 and 248. The Games were abandoned under later Christian emperors.

2 commentsGary W205/07/19 at 19:35quadrans: Nice one
1617 MYSIA, Hadriani ad Olympum Hadrian, Asclepius standing16 viewsReference.
RPC III, 1617; von Fritze 511/2

Laureate, draped bust right with paludamentum, seen from rear.

Asclepius standing facing, head left, leaning upon serpent-entwined staff.

21.07 gr
31 mm
1 commentsokidoki05/06/19 at 18:53quadrans: Nice piece..
Mn. Acilius Glabrio - Salus with Valetudo holding Snake (Crawf. 442/1a)65 viewsAR Denarius
Rome, 49 BC

Obv: Laureate head of Salus (R), SALVTIS upward in field.

Rev: Valetudo standing (L), resting l. arm on column and holding snake in r. hand

Crawford 442/1a; Acilia 8; Syd. 922

NAC Auction 114 - Part 1, 06/05/2019, Lot 475
ex. NAC 73, Student and his Mentor part II, 18/11/2013, Lot 176
ex. Nicolas Collection, Etienne-Paul Nicolas (1904-1981), Leu 17, 03/05/1977, Nicolas, Lot 648.
8 commentsOptimo Principi05/06/19 at 17:25quadrans: Great coin , and details,
Moesia inferior, Nikopolis ad Istrum, 14. Septimius Severus, HrHJ (2018) (rev. only)14 viewsSeptimius Severus, AD 193-211
AE 17, 3.25g, 16.67mm, 15°
obv. AV - L C - CEVHROC
Laureare head r.
Snake in 4 Coils erecting r.
ref. a) not in AMNG:
cf. AMNG I/1, 1419 (for the type only)
b) not in Varbanov
c) not in Hristova/Hoeft/Jekov (2018):
rev. No. (same die)
obv. e.g. No. (same die)
F+, dark green patina
1 commentsJochen05/06/19 at 16:26quadrans: great reverse
Constantius II AE321 viewsConstantius II. 337-361 AD.

Unknown Mint. 348-351 AD.

18mm., 2.13g.

D N CONSTAN-TIVS P F AVG. Type: Bust of Constantius II, pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed, right

FEL TEMP REPARATIO. Phoenix, radiate, standing right on globe. Star in right field.

References: RIC VIII

1 commentsRL05/06/19 at 16:24quadrans: Great Phoenix,
Titus RIC-50391 viewsÆ Dupondius, 12.49g
Eastern Mint (Thrace?), 80-81 AD
Obv: IMP T CAES DIVI VESP F AVG P M TR P P P COS VIII; Head of Titus, radiate, bearded, r.
Rev: ROMA; S C in exergue; Roma std. l. on cuirass, with wreath and parazonium
RIC 503 (R). BMC 314. RPC 507. BNC 325.
Acquired from eBay, April 2019.

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

Beautifully toned with an extraordinarily decadent portrait.
10 commentsDavid Atherton05/05/19 at 21:14quadrans: Interesting piece..
RIC 0377 Vespasian Dupondius71 viewsDIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS
Radiate head right

Pax standing left, leaning on column, with caduceus and branch; SC in field

Rome 80-81 AD


RIC 377 (R2) Titus; very rare, only one on coinarchives.


Although the issue is undated it was likely struck on the occasion of Vespasian's deification in 80 AD.
8 commentsJay GT405/03/19 at 23:55quadrans: Nice piece..
imitation 267 Hadrian Denarius Roma 134-38 AD Salus standing16 viewsReference.
cf RIC. 267d; cf Strack 264; cf C 1336

Bare head right

Salus standing right, holding patera and feeding serpent rising from altar.

3.10 gr
17 mm
1 commentsokidoki05/03/19 at 17:35quadrans: Interesting piece..
Phoenicia, Arados 171-170 B.C13 viewsAE 20.88mm (Thickness 3.16mm), weight 7.34g, die axis = 11h (350 degrees), denomination B.

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

Reverse: Poseidon seated left on prow of galley holding wreath in right hand and trident in left, Athena figurehead (Ἀθηνᾶ Πρόμαχος), Phoenician letter shin (SH) in right field, in left field yodh (Y). Aradian era date 89 below.
1 commentsArados05/01/19 at 13:42quadrans: Sweet...
Athens New Style Tetradrachm 160/59 BC42 viewsObv: Athena right in tri-form helmet
Thompson issue 5 16.97 Gm 32 mm
Thompson Catalogue: Obs:New : Rev:New
Rev:ΑΘΕ ethnic
Owl standing on amphora
2 Magistrates monograms beside each a single palm.
Symbol: 2 Palms
All surrounded by an olive wreath
4 commentscicerokid05/01/19 at 13:40quadrans: Wow, nice piece..
BOEOTIA. Thebes. Ca. 395-338 BC. AR stater (12.05 gm). NGC XF 5/5 - 3/526 viewsBOEOTIA. Thebes. Ca. 395-338 BC. AR stater (12.05 gm). NGC XF 5/5 - 3/5. Kalli(machus?), magistrate, ca. 363-338 BC. Boeotian shield / Amphora; KA-ΛΛI across fields; all within concave circle. BCD Boiotia 555.3 commentsMark R105/01/19 at 04:16quadrans: Nice piece..
Titus as Caesar RIC 44464 viewsÆ As, 10.20g
Rome mint, 72 AD (Vespasian)
Obv: T CAES VESPASIAN IMP P TR P COS II; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: FIDES PVBLICA; S C below; Hands clasped over caduceus and corn ears
RIC 444 (R). BMC 642. BNC 632.
Acquired from Gert Boersema, April 2019.

The clasped hands type had been introduced during Vespasian's great bronze issues of 71. It perhaps symbolises good faith in the corn supply (corn ears), trade (caduceus), and agricultural abundance. From the moment coins were issued in Titus Caesar's name in 72 he shared many of the reverses struck for his father, such as this clasped hands type. It must have contained a very important message for the regime since it was also produced in silver.

A fine early style portrait of the young prince with a dark greenish-grey patina.
7 commentsDavid Atherton04/30/19 at 18:30quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
2155a Anonymous3 (Magn.) AE Tetarteron – SBCV-2155 DOC IV 7 Type E 26 viewsOBV ICXC Cross decorated with pellets.

REV Two B's back to Back . Pellets in the loops on r.

Size 17mm

Weight. 2.78gm

Doc lists 8 examples from weights 1.81 to 2.55gm , Sizes from 16mm to 21mm
1 commentsSimon04/30/19 at 18:17quadrans: Nice piece..
Vespasian (69 - 79 A.D.)55 viewsAntioch, Syria
AR Tetradrachm
O: AYTOKPAT KAIΣA OYEΣΠAΣIANOY; Head of Vespasian, laureate head right.
R: (T) ΦΛAYI OYEΣΠ KAIΣ ETOYΣ NEOY IEPOY; Laureate Head of Titus, r.; in r. field, B=Year 2 ( 69-70 AD)
RPC 1941 (2 spec.)., Cf. Prieur 107-107A

A RPC group 2 tetradrachm attributed to Antioch, but style wise very similar to Alexandria. RPC speculates the Alexandria style tetradrachms were either struck in Alexandria and then shipped to Antioch, or less likely Alexandrian mint workers were sent to Antioch and produced the coins there. Kevin Butcher speculates these Alexandria style tetradrachms were ordered by the southern Syrian cities from the Alexandria mint for circulation in that part of the province. Of note, Galilee, Samaria, and Judaea were a part of the province of Syria at the time. Interestingly, these tetradrachms in which Titus' portrait is featured on the reverse may have been circulating in the very region where he commanded the legions fighting the Jewish War. Most likely they were struck during the massive military build up before the siege of Jerusalem, providing strong evidence of the important role Titus Caesar held at the time.

This regnal year 2 type is more commonly seen with a star behind Titus' portrait on the reverse. This is the rarer variant lacking the star.
9 commentsMat04/29/19 at 05:12quadrans: Ohh, nice...
Egypt, Alexandria, AD 222/223, Severus Alexander, Eagle11 viewsSeverus Alexander
Obv.: A KAI MAP AYP CEY AΛEΞANΔPOC, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind
Rev.: LB (year 2 = 222/223), Eagle standing left, head turned right, holding wreath in beak
Billon, 14.22g, 23mm
Ref.: Dattari 4407 var. (legend)
Ex Art Institute of Chicago
1 commentsshanxi04/28/19 at 11:11quadrans: Nice one
Gallienus, Griffin30 viewsAe

Radiate bust right

Griffin walking left L in exergue

Delta below

RIC 165
4 commentsRobin Ayers04/28/19 at 08:42quadrans: Another nice piece
Gallienus, Hippocamp33 viewsGALLIENVS AVG,
radiate head right

hippocamp springing right

mintmark N

RIC 245, RSC 667; Sear 10292
5 commentsRobin Ayers04/28/19 at 08:42quadrans: Nice piece..
Carthage, Tanit, Horse, O to right20 viewsCarthage
Circa 300-264 BC. Æ 18
Obv: Wreathed head of Tanit left
Rev.: Horse’s head right; O to right.
Æ, 5.25g, 18mm
Ref.: SNG Copenhagen 151
3 commentsshanxi04/27/19 at 20:11quadrans: Nice piece..
39 viewsslands off Attica. Aegina circa 350-338 BC. Drachm AR
Islands off Attica. Aegina circa 350-338 BC.
Drachm AR

17mm., 5,53g.

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

Milbank pl. III, 5; SNG Copenhagen 525; HGC 6, 444.
3 commentspaul188804/27/19 at 09:51quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
38 viewsVespasian, 69-79
Denarius 79, AR 3.52 g. Laureate head r. Rev. Capricorn l; below, globe. C 554. RIC 1058.
Ex CNG 42, 1997 lot 860; Triton VI, January 14, 2003 lot 836, Numismatica Ars Classica NAC AG, Auction 92, May 23, 2016 lot 2140, Heritage Auction 3060, 1/16/2018 lot 33400, CNG Web Store (841947); NGC certification 4244139-018
5 commentspaul188804/27/19 at 09:48quadrans: Great coin , and details,
ROMAN EMPIRE, Constans, RIC VIII Cyzicus 6647 viewsObverse: D N CONSTANS P F AVG. Pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constans
Reverse: FEL TEMP REPARATIO. Emperor in military dress stg. l. on galley going l., holding phoenix on globe and standard; in the stern sits Victory steering ship.
In exergue SMKepsilon
3 commentsagord04/27/19 at 08:32quadrans: Nice piece..
Constantine II AE follis21 viewsConstantine II. 337 - 340 AD.

Trier. 333-334 AD.

17mm., 1.97g.

CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C. Bust of Constantine II, laureate, cuirassed, right

GLOR-IA EXERC-ITVS. Two soldiers, helmeted, draped, cuirassed, standing facing each other, each holding spear in outer hand and resting inner hand on shield; between them, two standards. MintMark: (palm branch)//TRP

References: RIC VII Treveri 556

2 commentsRL04/27/19 at 07:43quadrans: Nice piece..
Thessaly, Larissa, Nymph Larissa, Horse, Dichalkon14 viewsLarissa, Thessaly
Dichalkon Æ
Obv.: Head of the nymph Larissa right, her hair rolled up, wearing a triple pendant earring resembling a bunch of grapes, all within border of dots
Rev: ΛΑΡI- above, -ΣAIΩN in exergue, horse standing right, preparing to lie down.
Ag, 4.04g, 18mm
2 commentsshanxi04/25/19 at 14:38quadrans: Nice piece..
Antioch ad Orontem, Syria, Semi-autonomous, AE19. 65-66 AD21 viewsObv. Turreted head of Tyche right.
Rev. Lighted garlanded altar, date ET HP
19mm , 5.64Grams.
BMC 76. 
1 commentsCanaan04/24/19 at 19:22quadrans: Nice one
Vespasian RIC-98996 viewsÆ Sestertius, 21.45g
Rome mint, 77-78 AD
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN COS VIII; Head of Vespasian, laurerate, l.
Rev: ANNONA AVGVST; S C in field; Annona std. l., with sack of corn ears
RIC 989 (R3). BMC -. BNC 766.
Ex eBay, 13 April 2019.

The bronze issue of 77-78 struck at Rome was quite small, all the sestertii from it are considered rare. The 'IMP CAESAR' left facing obverse portrait with Annona reverse is listed in RIC as unique with one specimen cited from the Paris collection. None are listed in the RIC II Addenda. This then is the second known specimen, a double die match with the Paris coin.

A classic severe portrait (B. Levick called them 'straining' portraits) combined with a beautiful dark olive green patina.
7 commentsDavid Atherton04/24/19 at 05:20quadrans: Interesting piece..
RIC 078835 viewsDomitian as Caesar Denarius 75 CE
18mm., 3,21g.
Obv: Head leaureate r; CAES AVG F DOMIT COS III
Rev: Spes stg l with flower; PRINCEPS IVVENTVT
RIC 788 [Vesp] (C) BMC 156
Ex: Savoca Blue 19th auction April 21, 2019 Lot 1143

I am interested in the minor variations that occur in the Minerva series for Domitian. I have a lot of fun tracking down the attributions by deciphering the legends on these coins. Every once in a while I find a rarity others have overlooked because of the seemingly monolithic nature of the Minerva denarii. So, when I find a coin like this one that does not feature Minerva, I am motivated to grab it. The figure on the reverse of this coin is SPES or "Hope" with a flower in her hand. The legend announces Domitian as the Prince of Youth.

I also find that I like the portraits on these coins for Domitian as Caesar. They are of a completely different character than the later portraits. Not that the later portraits are not good, in fact some are spectacular. Please see other posts on this blog for some examples.

RIC lists this as a common coin but I do not think they appear very often at all. While I really like the Minerva series I will always take the opportunity to add a non Minerva denarius to my collection.
1 commentsorfew04/22/19 at 07:23quadrans: Nice piece..
RIC 108549 viewsDomitian as Caesar Denarius 79 to 24 June
18mm., 3,15g.
Rev: Salus stg r resting on column feeding snake out of patera; PRINCEPS IVVENTUTIS
RIC 1085 [Vesp] (R2) BMC page 47 note. RSC 385.
Ex: Savoca Blue 19th auction April 21, 2019 Lot 1138

On first glance this looks like just another Domitian denarius and a very worn one at that. However, there is one large difference between this denarius and most other Domitian denarii-it has a left facing portrait. Left facing portraits occur on Domitian's bronze coins but for some unknown reason they are very rare on his silver coinage. Also, both Titus and Vespasian used left facing portraits on their denarii. Though in many cases these instances are rare they are not as generally rare as left facing denarii for Domitian. Again the reason is unknown. I have wanted a left facing Domitian denarius for a few years and finally found this one in a recent auction. Sometimes when you are chasing rarities condition becomes a secondary consideration. With some coins you have to ask yourself should I buy a coin in poorer condition or should I do without.

The other interesting fact about this denarius concerns the reverse. For coins minted when Domitian was Caesar there are several interesting reverses. One of these is the Salus reverse seen here. The reverse legend PRINCEPS IVVENTUTIS occurs on a number of different coins for Domitian as Caesar. Most of these are quite common, this one is an exception.
4 commentsorfew04/22/19 at 07:23quadrans: Great...
Caria. Mylasa. Eupolemos Æ15 / Overlapping Shields42 viewsAttribution: SNG Copenhagen (Macedonia) 1166
Date: circa 295-280 BC
Obverse: Three overlapping shields with spear heads on bosses
Reverse: EYΠO / ΛEMOY; Sword in sheath, monogram below
Size: 15.67 mm
Weight: 4.09 grams
Description: EF with choice silky patina
6 commentsMark R104/21/19 at 20:06quadrans: Nice piece..
208 Hadrian Denarius Roma 134-138 AD Felicitas standing21 viewsReference.
Strack 336; RIC --; C. --

Laureate head of Hadrian, right, slight drapery over left shoulder

Felicitas, draped, standing facing, head to left, holding caduceus in right hand, and cornucopiae in left.

3,34 gr
19 mm
2 commentsokidoki04/21/19 at 07:38quadrans: Nice piece..
L. Papius Denarius Serratus (2) - Juno Sospita with Griffin (Crawf. 384/1) 30 viewsAR Denarius
Rome, 79 BC

Obv: Head of Juno Sospita right, wearing goat's skin; symbol (tall cup) behind

Rev: Griffin springing right; symbol (one handled jug) below; L• PAPI in exergue.

Crawford 384/1; RSC Papia 1, Grueber type 11

Roma Numismatics E-Sale 52, Lot 679
From the R.C. Vermeer Collection;
Naville Numismatics 34, 17 September 2017, lot 422.
ex. Elvira Clain Stefanelli (1914-2001) collection, curator of the National Numismatics Collection at the Smithsonian
3 commentsOptimo Principi04/18/19 at 20:49quadrans: Wow, nice piece...
Trajan Denarius - Vesta Seated (RIC 9)37 viewsAR Denarius
Rome 98-99 AD

Obv: Laureate head of Trajan (R), wearing aegis.

Rev: Vesta seated (L), holding patera and torch.

RIC 9; BMC 26; RSC 203

Roma Numismatics E-Sale 55, Lot 756, 18/04/19
ex. Michael Kelly Collection of Roman Silver Coins
ex. Numismatica Ars Classica 40, Lot 696, 16/05/07
2 commentsOptimo Principi04/18/19 at 20:46quadrans: Great coin , and details, and very nice bust...
RPC II 2540 Domitianus48 viewsObv: AYT KAIΣAP ΔOMITIANOΣ ΣEB ΓΕΡM, Laureate head right
Rev: ETOYS EBΔOMOY, Bust of Zeus-Ammon right
AE/Diobol (24.66 mm 8.232 g 12h) Struck in Alexandria (Egypt) 87-88 A.D.
RPC II 2540, Missing in Dattari Collection
ex Savoca 32nd Silver Auction Lot 276
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus04/18/19 at 18:51quadrans: Nice piece..
Greek Ptolemee I - Tetradrachm30 viewsPtolémée I Soter (le sauveur), Alexandrie 323-283 BC Tétradrachme 14,35g
A:/ Tête diadermée de Ptolémée à dr.
R/ BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΠTOΛEMAIOY. Aigle debout à g. sur un foudre les ailes déployées ; devant : P au dessus d'un monogramme.
SNG Cop 70, Svoronos 255
1 commentsBrennos04/18/19 at 14:45quadrans: Nice piece..
Titus AR Denarius52 viewsTITUS Auguste (79-81), AR denier, 80, Rome.
Rev: TR P IX IMP XV- COS VIII PP Siège carré dr., avec un dossier triangulaire, décoré de cinq palmettes.
BMC 233, 61; RIC 124 A (R3).
Beau à Très Beau/Beau (Fine - Very Fine/Fine)
Purchased from Jean Elsen April 18, 2019

4 commentsorfew04/18/19 at 14:45quadrans: Nice one
GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa 480-470 BC 25mm 17.05g 3h Jenkins 181 O48/R10426 viewsCharioteer holding kentron and reins,driving slow quadriga right,above Nike flying right crowning horses with wreath/Forepart of man-headed bull right.1 commentsGrant H04/18/19 at 14:44quadrans: Nice piece..
Gaul, Massalia, Artemis Lion14 viewsGaul, Massalia (Marseille)
AR Drachm or Tetrobol
Obv.: Diademed and draped bust of Artemis left, bow and quiver over shoulder
Rev.: Lion standing left, raising foreleg; A below raised foreleg, ΛΛ below, MAΣΣA above
Ag, 2.52g
Ref.: F&P DRM-43-4; Depeyrot, Marseille 43/– (unlisted variety), Same reverse die as CNG Electronic Auction 441, Lot 6
Ex Künker eLive auction 53, Lot 8008
1 commentsshanxi04/18/19 at 10:57quadrans: Great coin , and details,
Vespasian RPC 243053 viewsEgypt, Alexandria. Dattari. Vespasian, 69-79 Diobol circa 70-71 (year 3), Æ 26.5mm., 9.15g. Laureate head r. Rev. Bust of Isis r.; in front, LΓ. RPC 2430 (this coin cited). Dattari-Savio Pl. 14, 382 (this coin).
Brown tone. Very Fine.
From the Dattari collection.
Naville Numismatics Auction #30, Lot 283, April 02, 2017.

What attracted me to this coin was the bust of ISIS on the reverse. This is just one of the many interesting reverses that appears on the Roman coins of Alexandria.

Another reason this coin was interesting was the provenance. It was a part of the famous Dattari collection of Egyptian coins. Dattari assembled one the most complete collections of Roman-Egyptian coins ever known. In the last several decades quite of number of coins from this collection have come to market. In the last year alone there have been several auctions featuring Ex Dattari coins. These have been very popular with collectors.

I do not buy coins just for provenance, however. In this case I really liked the look of the coin. A nice grumpy looking bust and a culturally significant figure on the reverse were enough to convince me to buy this coin. There was another fact about this coin which led to my purchase. This coin is plate coin. It is the coin depicted in a published collection of Ex Dattari coins. This coin was also cited by Roman Provincial Coins, and is on the database.

In short, there are many reasons to like this coin. What might appear at first glance to be a rather rough looking coin is far more interesting than mere appearance might suggest. This is one of just 3 bronze coins I currently own. All the rest of my posted coins are silver. A bronze coin has to be special to make it into my collection.
3 commentsorfew04/18/19 at 04:50quadrans: Interesting piece..
Titus as Caesar RIC 91461 viewsÆ As, 11.03g
Rome mint, 76 AD (Vespasian)
Obv: T CAESAR IMP COS V; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: S C in field; Spes stg. l. with flower
RIC 914 (R). BMC 728. BNC -.
Acquired from eBay, April 2019.

A small issue of bronze was struck by the Rome mint in 76. The asses of this issue were produced on larger than normal flans (27-28mm) and at a slightly heavier weight. Surprisingly, this Spes type from 76 struck for Titus Caesar is fairly rare with many specimens sharing this coin's die combination. Spes was a fairly common reverse type of the dynasty and was likely copied from a well known cult statue. As the goddess of hope, she is the perfect 'heir apparent' personification for a future emperor. As Mattingly put it in BMCRE II - 'The flower is an opening bud, she is raising her skirt in order to hasten forward.'

Although the patina has been largely stripped away, the piece has a pleasingly rich coppery hue.
3 commentsDavid Atherton04/18/19 at 04:49quadrans: Nice piece..
Severus Alexander (222 - 235 A.D.)61 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: Α ΚΑΙ ΜΑΡ ΑΥΡ СƐΥ ΑΛƐΞΑΝΔΡΟС ƐΥ laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Severus Alexander, r., seen from rear.
R: Nilus bust r., draped and wearing lotus wreath; to l., cornucopia on shoulder, r.; in front, palm branch L I = 10
Alexandria Mint
Emmett 3122.10 (R3), Milne 3031; Dattari 4331


Published on Wildwinds!
9 commentsMat04/18/19 at 04:37quadrans: Great piece ..
Elagabalus, Nikopolis ad Istrum19 viewsElagabalus
Nikopolis ad Istrum, Legate Rufus
Ae 27mm; 12.32g

laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right

Serapis standing left, holding sceptre and raising right hand

Moushmov 1443
2 commentsRobin Ayers04/16/19 at 05:17quadrans: Nice patina and great reverse...
Julia Domna, Amorion23 viewsJulia Domna
Phrygia, Amorion
Ae 24-25mm; 7.83g

draped bust right

Nemesis spitting into her bosom; wheel at feet

2 commentsRobin Ayers04/16/19 at 05:16quadrans: Sweet...
Byzantine Theodosius 1/3 Siliqua15 viewsTheodosius, son of Maurice Tiberius (590-602).
1/3 Siliqua (200 Nummi). Carthage, 592-597.
AR 0.3 gr.
DNTHEODO SIVSPPA. Bust facing, wearing cuirass and crown with trefoil ornament above circle.
Rv. Large N • M; above, +; beneath, CC, all within circle of dots surrounded by wreath.

BNC Maurice Tiberius 6; MIB Maurice Tiberius 62; Sear 615A.

Extremely rare.
1 commentsTanit04/16/19 at 01:53quadrans: Great piece ...
Hadrian Denarius Antioch 119-22 AD Aequitas standing10 viewsReference.
Strack *-- ; RIC II, --; BMCRE --; C. --; BMC --

Laureate, cuirassed bust right, baldric strap over shoulder and across chest, seen from front

Aequitas standing left, holding scales and cornucopia

3.40 gr
17 mm
2 commentsokidoki04/16/19 at 01:52quadrans: Nice bust, Interesting coin...
Asia Minor, Phyrgia, Eucarpia, Maximinus, Artemis12 viewsMaximinus
Phyrgia, Eucarpia
Obv.: ΑΥΤ Κ Γ ΙΟΥ ΟΥΗΡ ΜΑΞΙΜƐΙΝΟС, laureate and cuirassed bust of Maximinus, r.
Rev.: ƐΥΚΑΡΠƐΩΝ, Artemis standing facing, looking l., holding bow and placing hand on quiver; stag left, looking right; priestess right
AE, 26 mm, 7,22 g
Ref.: SNG Cop. 372, RPC VI, № 5604 (temporary)
1 commentsshanxi04/14/19 at 16:00quadrans: Nice piece..
Vespasian-RIC-101589 viewsÆ Quadrans, 2.31g
Rome Mint, 77-78 AD
Obv: IMP VESPASIAN AVG; Rudder on globe
Rev: P M TR P P P COS VIII; S C in field; Caduceus, winged
RIC 1015 (R). BMC 740A. BNC 780.
Acquired from Numismatica Prada, April 2019.

The quadrans in the early imperial period typically lacked an imperial portrait. Possibly the denomination was deemed so lowly by mint officials that a portrait was considered improper. They were struck haphazardly and functioned primarily as an urban low value coinage in Rome and central Italy. The quadrans was the typical fee for entry into the baths, a urinal, or for a tryst in a cheap brothel. Being of rather low value quadrantes were not typically hoarded and thus are relatively scarce today. The rudder over globe suggests Vespasian's continued steady hand guiding the empire.

Nicely centred and well preserved for the type.
5 commentsDavid Atherton04/14/19 at 07:16quadrans: Nice one
RIC 3, p.074, 395Ca - Faustina I, Pietas12 viewsFaustina Senior
AR Denarius after 141
Obv.: DIVA AVG FAVSTINA, Bust of Faustina I right
Rev.: PIETAS AVG, Pietas, veiled, draped, standing left, with right hand dropping incense on lighted candelabrum and holding box in left hand
Ag, 3.19g, 17mm
Ref.: RIC III 395Ca, CRE 117 [C]
1 commentsshanxi04/12/19 at 21:26quadrans: Nice piece..
Titus as Caesar RIC 44957 viewsÆ As, 10.92g
Rome mint, 72 AD (Vespasian)
Obv: T CAES VESPASIAN IMP P TR P COS II; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: S C in field; Aquila between two standards
RIC 449 (R). BMC 644. BNC 635.
Acquired from Praefectus Coins, April 2019. Ex Savoca Silver 30, 27 January 2019, lot 337.

The aquila between two standards type was struck early in Vespasian's reign to honour the loyalty of the legions, seen here on the reverse of this rare Titus as Caesar As. The aquila, which featured an eagle clutching a thunderbolt, was the most important standard of any legion. With the recent successful completion of the Civil War and Jewish rebellion Vespasian and Titus knew which side their bread was buttered on! The type was later revived under Titus and Domitian for their cistophori.

Solid portrait with a fetching dark patina.
6 commentsDavid Atherton04/12/19 at 05:34quadrans: Nice piece..
Ptolemy I Soter Tetradrachm as Satrap47 viewsPtolemy I Soter. Silver Tetradrachm (15.65 g, 30mm), as Satrap, 323-305 BC. Alexandria, in the name of Alexander III
O: Diademed head of the deified Alexander right, wearing elephant's skin headdress.
R: AΛEΞANΔPOY in left field, Athena Alkidemos advancing right, wielding javelin and holding forth shield;in right field, monogram, Corinthian helmet above and eagle standing right on thunderbolt.
Overstruck, traces of undertype visible.

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

Ptolemy was feeling the financial burden of repelling Antigonus’ invasion and supporting Rhodes through a thirteen-month siege. The government needed extra currency and Egypt produced little or no silver. The recall of the heavy issues meant 8 tetradrachms were restruck into 9 “Crisis Issues” but with no change in the appearance of the dies.
4 commentsNemonater04/12/19 at 05:31quadrans: Interesting piece..
Ptolemy I Soter Tetradrachm as Satrap35 viewsPtolemy I Soter. Silver Tetradrachm (15.68 g, 26mm), as Satrap, 323-305 BC. Alexandria, in the name of Alexander III. Overstruck on earlier Alexander tetradrachm, 306-305 BC.
O: Diademed head of the deified Alexander right, wearing elephant's skin headdress, aegis around neck with tiny Δ in scales.
R: AΛEΞANΔPOY in left field, Athena Alkidemos advancing right, wielding javelin and holding forth shield;in right field, monogram, Corinthian helmet right above ΔI and eagle standing right on thunderbolt.
Overstruck, undertype beading visible on obverse just above elephant's ear; on the reverse, portrait of Alexander above eagles head into Athena's shield.

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

Ptolemy was feeling the financial burden of repelling Antigonus’ invasion and supporting Rhodes through a thirteen-month siege. The government needed extra currency and Egypt produced little or no silver. The recall of the heavy issues meant 8 tetradrachms were restruck into 9 “Crisis Issues” but with no change in the appearance of the dies.
3 commentsNemonater04/12/19 at 05:29quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
Tacitus Antoninianus12 viewsTacitus Antoninianus

Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right

Fides standing right, holding standard in each hand, facing Sol,
raising hand and holding globe. KA followed by officina mark A in ex.

Serdica (AD 275-6)

RIC 196-7 (var.)
Sear 11796 (var.)
1 commentsHarry G04/10/19 at 21:07quadrans: Interesting piece..
6435 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Nome Obol 126-27 AD Khonsou-Harakhte standing11 viewsReference.
RPC III, 6435.26; Dattari-Savio Pl. 307, 11069; Emmett 1270

Issue Xoite

Laureate head of Hadrian, r., drapery on l. shoulder

Khonsou-Harakhte/Heracles standing, facing, head l., wearing pschent, holding club in l. hand, and ram, l., in r. hand

4.95 gr
19 mm
3 commentsokidoki04/10/19 at 21:07quadrans: Nice one
Taras, Calabria 20 views302-228 BC
AR Diobol (11mm, 0.82g)
O: Head of Athena right, wearing crested Attic helmet decorated with wing.
R: Herakles standing right, wrestling the Nemean lion; club behind, TAPAN above.
cf Vlasto 1365; HN Italy 976
ex Savoca Coins

2 commentsEnodia04/10/19 at 21:06quadrans: Nice piece..
Phoenicia, Arados 89-88 B.C12 viewsAE 21.88mm (Thickness 2.73mm), weight 5.42g, die axis = 12h (0 degrees), denomination B.

Obverse: Veiled bust of Astarte-Europa right, wearing stephane, border of dots.

Reverse: Humped bull galloping left, head facing, monograms above, Aradian era date 170 (POA) & Greek letter M with Phoenician letter gimel (G) below.
2 commentsArados04/10/19 at 21:05quadrans: Wow, interesting piece...
The Bretti Æ Didrachm49 viewsHead of Ares left, wearing crested Corinthian helmet decorated with a griffin; grain ear below.

Nike standing left, placing wreath on trophy to left and cradling palm in her left arm; caduceus between.

Bruttium, 214-211 BC


SNG ANS 34. HN Italy 1975; Scheu 6

Rare with caduceus

Ex-Artemide Kunstauktionen e-Live auction 7 lot 48
3 commentsJay GT404/10/19 at 18:01quadrans: Nice piece..
Philip III Tetradrachm102 viewsHead of Herakles right, wearing Nemean Lion skin, scalp over head, forepaws tied at neck

Zeus Aëtophoros enthroned left, nude to the waist, himation around hips and legs, eagle in right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, right leg drawn back, ΦIΛIΠΠOY downward on right, BAΣIΛEΩΣ in exergue, radiate head of Helios facing on left, KY under throne

Struck under Archon, Dokimos, or Seleukos I,

c. 323 - 317 B.C

Babylon mint, 17.056g, 29.2mm, die axis 90o,

Price P205, Müller Alexander P117, SNG Cop 1083, SNG Alpha Bank -, SNG Saroglos -


Coins from this issue were struck in the names of both of Alexander the Great's co-ruling heirs. Most, including this example, were struck in the name of his brother Philip III, but some were struck in the name of his son Alexander IV. During this period, Archon, Dokimos, and Seleukos I ruled in succession as Macedonian satraps in Babylon. Archon was appointed satrap of Babylonia after the death of Alexander the Great in 323 B.C. Perdiccas suspected Archon of colluding in the theft of Alexander's corpse and, in 321 B.C., sent Dokimos to replace him. Archon was defeated and died from battle wounds. Seleucus, was made satrap by Perdiccas' rival Antipater, arrived in Babylon in October or November 320 B.C. and defeated Dokimos.

7 commentsJay GT404/10/19 at 18:01quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
RIC 2, p.389, 413a - Sabina, Vesta seated9 viewsSabina
AR Denarius, AD 128-136
Obv: SABINA AVGVSTA HADRIANI AVG P P, draped bust of Sabina to right, her hair piled on top of her head above an elaborate stephane
Rev: Vesta seated to left, holding Palladium in her extended right hand and transverse scepter with her left.
Ag, 3.26g, 20mm
Ref.: RIC 413a [S], CRE 67 [R]
1 commentsshanxi04/09/19 at 18:43quadrans: Another nice piece
Denar, RIC 3, p.270, 697 - Faustina II, Juno, IVNONI REGINAE15 viewsFaustina Minor
AR-Denar, Rome
Obv.: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, draped bust right
Rev.: IVNONI REGINAE, IVNONI REGINAE, Juno seated left on throne, holding patera and sceptre; to left, peacock standing left.
Ag, 3.34 g, 18mm
Ref.: RIC III 697, CRE 185
2 commentsshanxi04/09/19 at 18:43quadrans: Nice piece..
ATTICA, Athens. 449-413 BC. AR Tetradrachm (17.24 gm; 22 mm)30 viewsHelmeted head of Athena right / Owl standing right, head facing; olive sprig and crescent behind. SNG Cop. 31; Starr pl. XXII, 7. Nicely struck on a compact flan. Elegant style with a full crest. Shallow marks on Athena's cheek. Choice Extremely Fine. Not from the recent hoards. Nice old-cabinet toning. 4 commentsMark R104/09/19 at 18:42quadrans: Another nice piece
Capitoline Wolf11 viewsBronze
65 mm x 35 mm
1 commentsTanit04/09/19 at 18:42quadrans: Nice one
ISLANDS OF THRACE, THASOS. Ca. 480-463 BC.41 viewsSilver Stater (8.52 gm; 21 mm). Satyr advancing right, carrying off protesting nymph / Quadripartite incuse square. Le Rider, Thasiennes 5; SNG Ashmolean 3661-2; SNG Cop. 1010-1. Well struck on a nice broad flan. Choice EF. Toned. 6 commentsMark R104/09/19 at 18:41quadrans: Nice piece..
RIC 4a, p.270, 370 - Plautilla, Concordia13 viewsPlautilla
AR Denarius, Laodicea
Obv.: PLAVTILLAE AVGVSTAE, draped bust of Plautilla right
Rev.: CONCORDIAE, Concordia seated left on backless throne, holding patera and double cornucopiae.
Ref.: RIC IVa 370, CRE 426 [S]
AR, 3.20g
Ex Freeman & Sear, Manhattan Sale I, Lot 371 (2010)
Ex A. Lynn Collection
Ex Leu Numismatik AG, Auction 83, Lot 794, (2002)
2 commentsshanxi04/09/19 at 18:41quadrans: Great coin , and details,
5452 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Drachm 123-24 AD Nilus reclining on hippopotamus13 viewsReference.
RPC III, 5452.9; Dattari-Savio Suppl. Pl. 11, 113; Emmett 1015.8

Issue L H = year 8

Laureate head of Hadrian, r., drapery on l. shoulder

Rev. L Η
Nilus reclining on hippopotamus, l., holding reed and cornucopia, with lotus flowers below

17.24 gr
34 mm
2 commentsokidoki04/09/19 at 18:40quadrans: Nice one
5578 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Tetradrachm 125-26 AD Canopus van Osiris10 viewsReference.
Emmett 827.10; Köln 903; Dattari 1325; Milne 1151; SNG Cop 318v; RPC III, 5578

Issue L ΔΕΚΑΤΟΥ = year 10

Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind.

Canopus of Osiris right.

12.04 gr
27 mm
1 commentsokidoki04/09/19 at 18:40quadrans: Nice piece..
RIC 043592 viewsDOMITIAN, (A.D. 81-96), silver denarius, Rome mint, issued A.D. 86, Second Issue
(3.47 g),
Obv. laureate head of Domitian to right, around IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V,
Rev. around IMP XII COS XII CENS P P P, Minerva standing to right, fighting, holding javelin and shield,
RIC 435 R, RSC 201b BMC 93
Attractive blue and gold patina, extremely fine.
Ex Dr V.J.A. Flynn Collection. With old dealer's ticket.
Noble Numismatics Auction 120 Lot 3217 April 4, 2019.

This coin was part of the second issue of Domitian for 86 CE. Most of the denarii for 86 CE are rare and this coin is no exception. However, that was only one of the considerations I had for buying this coin. The other is the amazing condition of this coin. There is very little wear on this coin at all. I find this remarkable for a coin that is more than 1900 years old. The quality of the portrait is superb and the condition helps to highlight this. Having said that, the reverse is no slouch either. the rendering of the Minerva is artistic and extremely well preserved.

I like worn coins as well because they tell a story. One wonders who has touched the coin, what did they buy with it? Coins like the one above were hardly used by anyone at all. So in one way the worn coin has the advantage of having a story that connects it to the people who used it. However, this is also something special about an artifact that is so well preserved that it can take you back to an earlier time. You are seeing the coin much as your ancestors saw it almost 2000 years ago. I would argue that this connect us to history as well. All ancient coins have a history and it is fascinating to speculate about that history.

I know that this coin looks like just another Minerva reverse for Domitian, but for me it is a special coin that shall take an honoured spot in my collection.
10 commentsorfew04/05/19 at 05:19quadrans: Wow, interesting piece...
RIC 0467 Domitianus45 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XII CENS PER P P, Laureate head right with aegis
Rev: S C, Domitian standing left, sacrificing with patera over altar in frot of shrine containing cult statue of Minerva.
AE/Sestertius (35.55 mm 22.47 g 6h) Struck in Rome 86 A.D.
RIC 467 (C), BMCRE 376, BNF 398
Purchased on Ebay from felicitas.perpetua
1 commentsFlaviusDomitianus04/03/19 at 05:26quadrans: Interesting piece..
RIC 0355 Domitianus47 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XI CENS POT P P, Laureate haed right with aegis
Rev: S C, Domitian standing left, sacrificing with patera over altar in frot of shrine containing cult statue of Minerva.
AE/Sestertius (34.63 mm 26.83 g 6h) Struck in Rome 85 A.D. (2nd issue)
RIC 355 (C), BMCRE 332, BNF 356
ex Inasta Auction 35 Lot 703
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus04/03/19 at 05:26quadrans: Great coin
RIC 0277 Domitianus51 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG GERM COS XI, Laureate haed right with aegis
Rev: S C, Domitian standing left, sacrificing with patera over altar in frot of shrine containing cult statue of Minerva.
AE/Sestertius (35.22 mm 26.98 g 6h) Struck in Rome 85 A.D. (1st issue)
RIC 277 (C2), BMCRE 296, BNF 316
ex Aes Rude Auction 64 Lot 278
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus04/03/19 at 05:26quadrans: Nice piece..
31. Eadwig.11 viewsPenny, 955-959, possibly minted in York.
Obverse: +E-A-DǷIG REX / Small cross.
Reverse: HERIG / +++ / 'ER MO
Moneyer: Heriger.
1.40 gm., 21 mm.
North #724; Seaby #1122.

Provenance: Tetney Hoard, 1945.
E.J. Winstanley Collection.
1 commentsCallimachus04/03/19 at 05:25quadrans: Great coin , and details,
Vespasian-RIC-121155 viewsÆ Dupondius, 13.42g
Lyon mint, 77-78 AD
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS VIII P P; Head of Vespasian, radiate, r.; globe at point of bust
Rev: FIDES PVBLICA; S C in field; Fides stg. l., with patera and cornucopiae
RIC 1211 (R). BMC 831. BNC -.
Ex eBay, 23 March 2019.

FIDES PVBLICA, the good faith of the state, was a common personification on Vespasian's coinage. The figure on the reverse is likely based on a cult statue of the goddess whose annual sacrifice occurred on 1 October. Important documents of state and treaties were store in her temple for safe keeping. The Fides type came into common imperial use during the Flavian era and was an important part of Vespasian's numismatic propaganda. This dupondius was struck at the Lyon mint in 77-78 in a fairly large issue that presumably addressed a shortage of bronze coinage in the Western provinces. Oddly enough, dupondii are more commonly encountered in this issue with a laureate bust instead of the usual radiate one as seen here.

Well centred with a fetching dark chocolate patina.
5 commentsDavid Atherton04/03/19 at 05:24quadrans: Nice piece..
Commodus (177 - 192 A.D.)33 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: Μ Α ΚΟΜ ΑΝΤω СƐΒ ƐVСƐΒ, Laureate head right.
R:Commodus, togate, standing left, holding branch and sceptre, crowned by Alexandria, turreted, standing left behind him, holding corn ears. LK H to left. RY 28 (AD 187/8)
Dattari (Savio) 3854; Emmett 2537.28

Published on Wildwinds!
5 commentsMat04/03/19 at 05:02quadrans: Nice piece..
Struck A.D.253 - 254 under Valerian I. DIVA MARINIANA. Commemorative AR Antoninianus of Rome8 viewsObverse: DIVAE MARINIANAE. Diademed and veiled bust of Mariniana, resting on crescent, facing right.
Reverse: CONSECRATIO. Mariniana being borne to heaven seated on the back of a peacock flying right.
Diameter: 21mm | Weight: 2.18gms | Die Axis: 6
RIC V i : 6

Mariniana was the wife of Valerian I but it would seem that she must have died before he became emperor because all of her coins are posthumous commemoratives.
1 comments*Alex03/30/19 at 06:38quadrans: Nice one
5893 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Drachm 133-34 AD Isis Pharia advancing22 viewsReference.
RPC III, 5893; Emmett 1000.18; Köln 1117

Issue L IH = year 18

Laureate draped and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, r., seen from rear

Rev. L ΙΗ
Isis Pharia advancing, right, holding sistrum and sail

22.41 gr
32 mm
3 commentsokidoki03/29/19 at 07:08quadrans: Nice piece..
Thrace, Maroneia, Stater, 385-360 BC17 viewsMetrodotos, magistrate, , Silver
Free horse rearing right
Grape arbor in linear square; ΕΠΙ / ΜΗΤ - ΡΟΔ - ΩΡΟ around; all within shallow incuse square
MINT NAME Not Applicable
YEAR 385-360 BC
2 commentsMark R103/29/19 at 07:06quadrans: Nice one
RIC 544(2)61 viewsVespasian. AR denarius. Rome. AD 73. 3.15 gr. – 18.9 mm.
Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG CENS, laureate head right.
Rev: PONTIF MAXIM, Winged Nemesis standing right, holding caduceus over serpent and drawing out the neck of her robe.
RIC 544; BMCRE 97; RSC 385; Sear 2304. VF\\\\XF
Purchased from Ars Coin Wien, March 26, 2019
5 commentsorfew03/27/19 at 20:03quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
MYSIA,Pergamon (200 - 133 B.C.)51 viewsÆ16
O: Helmeted head of Athena right.
R: AΘΗ-ΝΑΣ ΝΙΚΗΦΟΡΟΥ, owl standing facing on palm, with wings spread, A monogram left and AP right.
SNG von Aulock 1375-6 var; SNG Copenhagen 388 var
6 commentsMat03/27/19 at 06:09quadrans: Nice one
Titus as Caesar RIC 42351 viewsÆ Sestertius, 23.43g
Rome mint, 72 AD (Vespasian)
Obv: T CAES VESPASIAN IMP PON TR POT COS II; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: PAX AVGVSTI; S C in field; Pax stg. l., with branch and cornucopiae
RIC 423 (C). BMC 633. BNC 619.
Ex Holding History, eBay, 16 March 2019.

After the recent Civil War and Jewish and Batavian rebellions this common Pax reverse type from 72 had special propaganda value for the new Flavian regime: peace and prosperity. It would be one of the more popular themes of Vespasian's coinage. Unsurprisingly, this Pax type is shared with Vespasian.

Worn, but in fine style with a nice dark chocolate patina.
5 commentsDavid Atherton03/27/19 at 06:08quadrans: Nice piece..
RIC 016752 viewsDomitian AR Denarius
83 CE (Second Issue) March – 13 September
20.0 mm 3.04 g
Obv:IMP CAES DOMITIANUS AVG PM; head leaureate r
Rev:TR POT II COS VIIII DES X P P, Minerva stg l with thunderbolt and spear; shield at her side.
RIC 167 (R2); BMC 43
Ex: Artemide Aste E-Live Auction 7 March 24, 2019 Lot 216
4 commentsorfew03/24/19 at 18:34quadrans: Nice piece..
3855 PHOENICIA Berytus Hadrian 128-138 AD two legionary Aquilae6 viewsReference.
RPC III, 3855; Rouvier 532; SNG Cop 101; BMC Phoenicia 99 (p. 66)

Laureate bust of Hadrian, draped and cuirassed, right

Rev. COL / BER
Two legionary aquilae (eagles) flanking inscription in two lines, all within laurel wreath, pellet between eagles.

12.37 gr
23 mm
1 commentsokidoki03/24/19 at 06:36quadrans: Interesting piece..
RPC II 1605A Titus48 viewsObv: T CAES IMP PONT, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rev: ANT COL, Priest holding vexillum ploughing with two oxen, right; above, crescent
AE22 (22.01 mm 7,272 g 12h) Struck in Antiochia (Pisidia) 76 A.D.
RPC II Unpublished, it will get 1605A
ex Leu Numismatik Web Auction 7 Lot 759
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus03/22/19 at 20:46quadrans: Great coin , and details,
France, Charles III Teston16 viewsObv: CAROL . D . C . LOTH . B . GEL . DVX; armored bare headed bust of Charles III, facing right, with short beard.

Rev: MONETA . NOVA . NANCEII . CVSA; crowned shield of arms, above, Lotharingian cross.

Silver Teston, Mint: Nancy, Date: ND (c. 1545-1608)

Weight: 8.5 gm. Diameter: 28 mm
1 commentsMatt Inglima03/22/19 at 06:45quadrans: Nice piece..
Faustina Senior, Ceres 25 viewsFaustina I
Ar denarius; 3.18g; 17mm

draped bust right

Ceres standing left, holding short torch and sceptre

RIC 362var (veil);RSC104a
3 commentsRobin Ayers03/19/19 at 18:08quadrans: Nice piece..
RIC 010119 viewsDomitian AR Denarius Rome mint
82 CE (First Issue)
18.5 mm, 3.09 g
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M, laureate head right
Rev: TR P COS VIII P P, winged thunderbolt on draped table
RIC 101 (R); RSC 597; BMC 26.

Yes, the coin is a bit rough, but it is a type one does not see everyday. This coin is from the first precious metal issue of 82 CE. This coin was struck in the early months of 82 CE before the coinage reform which would see the fineness of the denarii increase to near 100%. According to RIC "The denarii of the first issue of 82 use the same eight main reverse designs as the last issues of 81..."

I find the reverse interesting. There is a draped seat with a winged thunderbolt above it. The obverse portrait is okay but the obverse legend is poor. It is lucky that the reverse legend is readable so that an attribution could be made.

I added this one because it is an unusual type and because I liked the overall appearance.
2 commentsorfew03/19/19 at 07:08quadrans: Nice one
RIC 0644 Titus60 viewsObv: T CAESAR IMP PON TR P COS II CENS, Laureate head right
Rev: VICTORIA NAVALIS / S C (in field), Victory advancing right on prow of ship holding wreath and palm
AE/As (28.51 mm 10.406 g 6h) Struck in Rome 73 A.D.
RIC 644 (R), BMCRE 677, BNF 691 (Vespasian)
From the Shlomo Moussaieff collection
ex Gorny & Mosch e-auction 263 Lot 3614
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus03/19/19 at 06:50quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
RIC 0272 Domitianus61 viewsObv: CAESAR DIVI F DOMITIANVS COS VII, Laureate head right
Rev: VICTORIA AVGVST, Victory advancing right, holding wreath and palm
AR/Quinarius (15.08 mm 1.409 g 6h) Struck in Rome 80.81 A.D.
RIC 272 (R), BMCRE 104, BNF 81 (Titus), RSC 620
From the Shlomo Moussaieff collection
ex Gorny & Mosch e-auction 263 Lot 3616
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus03/19/19 at 06:50quadrans: Nice piece..
Domitian RIC-821102 viewsAR Denarius, 3.42g
Rome mint, 96 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P XVI; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: IMP XXII COS XVII CENS P P P; Minerva, winged, flying l., with spear and shield
RIC 821 (R2). BMC 237D. RSC 297b. BNC - .
Ex jerusalemhadaya2012, eBay, 4 March 2019.

Domitian achieved tribunician power for the 16th time on 14 September 96 AD. He was assassinated in a palace plot four days later on 18 September. In between those two dates the mint struck only one issue of denarii recording Domitian as TR P XVI, needless to say they are extremely rare! The Senate decreed Damnatio Memoriae within a day of Domitian's assassination which would have quickly halted production at the mint for his coinage. The months leading up to Domitian's assassination saw the mint at Rome experimenting with many new reverse designs (altar, winged Minerva, Maia, temple reverses), breaking the monotony of the four standard Minerva types that had previously dominated the denarius. These new types are exceedingly rare and were perhaps experimental in nature. This denarius shows one of these new reverse types, Minerva Victrix, a more warrior like attribute of the goddess. The fact that this new type which originally appeared on the denarius when Domitian was TR P XV carried over to the briefly struck TR P XVI issue alongside the Maia and the M1, M3, and M4 Minerva types may hint that there was indeed change in the air at the mint. Perhaps the mix of new types with the older ones hint at a transition regarding the typology on his precious metal coinage? Regardless, the experiment was cut short by an assassin's blade, so we shall never know. This denarius may very well be the last coin ever struck for Domitian.

Fine late style with good natural toning. Same dies as the BM specimen.
10 commentsDavid Atherton03/19/19 at 06:44quadrans: Great,
RIC 0357 Vespasian denarius 45 viewsDIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS
laureate head of Vespasian right

SC on circular shield supported by two capricorns back to back, globe below

Rome 80 AD

RIC 357 (C2);Sear 2569

19mm 3.4g


Issued by Titus in honour of his father Divus Vespasian
2 commentsJay GT403/19/19 at 06:06quadrans: I love this type
RIC 1579 Domitian50 viewsCAESAR DOMIT COS II
Laureate head left

in laurel wreath

Rome, 74 AD


RIC 1579 (C)

These orichalcum coins were minted in Rome and circulated predominantly in Syria. A scarce coin with a fantastic portrait and lovely patina. Even nicer in hand.
8 commentsJay GT403/19/19 at 06:05quadrans: Great piece
0746 THRACE. Philippopolis Hadrian, Herbus reclining, with city goddess standing21 viewsReference.
RPC III, 746.7; Mouchmov 12-14, Varbanov 636; BMC -. SNG Cop. -. Slg. Lindgren - ; SNG Tübingen - ; SNG Evelpidis - ; Mionnet -

Laureate and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, r. with paludamentum seen from rear

Female figure wearing polos standing l., holding patera in r. hand and poppy and two ears of corn in l. hand; on l., river-god (Hebrus) reclining

25.44 gr
33 mm

Gorny & Mosch Giessener Münzhandlung auction 224 lot 353 2014
4 commentsokidoki03/17/19 at 12:52quadrans: Nice piece..
RPC II 0311 Titus - Domitianus33 viewsObv: T CAESAR IMP DOMITIANVS CAESAR, Draped and laureate bust of Titus right, facing bare head of Domitian left
Rev: MVNICIPI STOBENSIVM, Tetrastyle temple; inside cult figure; globe on the pediment
AE/25 ( 6.867 g 6h) Struck in Stobi (Macedonia)
RPC II 311
ex Savoca 31th Silver Auction Lot 274
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus03/15/19 at 21:50quadrans: Nice piece..
Asia Minor, Ionia, Ephesos, Domitia, two Nemeses15 viewsDomitia
Ionia, Ephesos
Obv: ΔΟΜΙΤΙΑ CΕ-ΒΑCΤΗ, Draped bust right
Rev: OMONOIA ANΘY KAICEN ΠΑΙΤΟΥ / ZMYP - EΦΕ, Two Nemeses standing facing one another.
Ae, 4.30g, 20 mm
Ref.: RPC 1092
2 commentsshanxi03/15/19 at 19:56quadrans: Great bust..., I like it...
RIC 033344 viewsDomitian AR Denarius
(20.5 mm 3.22 g)
Rev: Minerva stg r on capital of rostral column, with spear and shield; to r owl
RIC 333 (R2); BMC 78(cross symbol), Cohen 180
Purchased from Phillipe Saive Numimatique March 15, 2019

This coin marks debasement in the fineness of Domitian's coinage. The previous 2 issues of 85 CE with the legends CENSORIA POTESTATE and CENS POTES are very rare and mark the end the the near 100% fineness of the silver denarii. This coin, RIC 333, is the first issue that returns the fineness to the post reform Neronian standards.

I wanted this for the legend variation. Most Minerva reverses have CENS P PP in the legend. The fact that this one does not is part of what attracted me to the coin. Of course the other factor was the appearance of the coin. This photo does not do the coin justice. It is struck on a large flan and there is actually very little wear to the coin. The outstanding feature for me is the portrait. Of course this is a rare coin and that also added to the allure. It is hard to tell from the photo but this coin has a lovely grey toning on both the obverse and the reverse.

I am very pleased that I could add this one to my collection.
4 commentsorfew03/15/19 at 18:35quadrans: Nice piece..
Gaul Massalia drachm DLT 973.pxm16 viewsGaul, Massalia. Civic issue. AR drachm (17.2 mm, 2.75 g, 5 h). Diademed and draped bust of Artemis right wearing earring and necklace, bow and quiver over shoulder / MAΣΣA // ΛIHTΩN, ethnic above and beneath lion walking right, Δ / K before. Depeyrot, Marseilles 43/1; DLT 973; SNG Cop. 761; S. 77 var. Good VF, slightly irregular flan, exceptionally nice style, slate-gray patina.

From the D. Thomas Collection.

Ex Agora Auctions, 3/12/19
1 commentsSosius03/14/19 at 22:19quadrans: Great coin , and details,
Antoninus Pius - Denarius, Felicitas COS IIII16 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Era: After c. 148-49 AD
Metal: AR
Obverse: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS PP TRP XII; Laureate head of Antoninus r.

Reverse: COS IIII; Felicitas stg. Facing l. holding long caduceus in r., cornucopia in L

Mint: Rome
Reference: RIC Vol III, 178
Provenance: Purchased at Spink & Sons, London, June 25, 1981.

GVF, Early die state both Obv, and Rev. Perfect old gray cabinet toning.
3 commentsSteve B503/14/19 at 04:39quadrans: Nice piece..
Celtic Britain, Durotriges (Circa 58 BC-45 AD)17 viewsStater, Abstract (Cranborne Chase) type


Obverse: Devolved head of Apollo right

Reverse: Disjointed horse left; pellets above, [pellet below], pellet in lozenge above tail, [zigzag and pellet pattern between two parallel exergue lines].

Van Arsdell 1235-1; BMC 2525-54.

The Durotriges ("dwellers by the water" or, perhaps, "water-rat kings") were well known for their continental trade and hill forts. They were the only tribe who did not add inscriptions to their coins, perhaps indicative of decentralized rule among multiple hill-fort based tribes using a common currency, and the only tribe to strike a stater in silver.

The history of the Durotriges can be divided into two broad phases, an early phase, roughly 100-60 B.C. and a late phase from 60 B.C. until the Roman conquest. The early phase was a time of rapid development brought about by overseas trade, while the late phase was a time of retraction, isolation and economic impoverishment. The economic decline is dramatically portrayed by the progressive debasement of their coinage, particularly when you compare the magnificent white-gold Craborne Chase staters of ca. 50-40 B.C. with the crude cast bronze Hengistbury coins of ca. A.D. 10-43.

The Durotriges resisted Roman invasion in AD 43, and the historian Suetonius records some fights between the tribe and the second legion Augusta, then commanded by Vespasian. By 70 AD, the tribe was already Romanised and securely included in the Roman province of Britannia.
2 commentsNathan P03/14/19 at 04:38quadrans: Nice piece..
3689 SELEUCIS Antioch. Hadrian Tetradrachm 119 AD Eagle standing26 viewsReference.
Prieur 157; McAlee 534 (this coin illustrated); RPC III 3689.7 (this coin)

Laureate and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, right

Eagle standing l. on leg and thigh of animal

13.96 gr
24 mm

From the Michel Prieur Collection. Ex Richard McAlee Collection; Classical Numismatic Group XVII (29 September 1993), lot 1301
5 commentsokidoki03/14/19 at 04:38quadrans: Wow, interesting piece...
Caligula (37-41 A.D.)43 viewsAR Drachm
O: C CAESAR AVG GERMANICVS Bare head of Caligula to right.
R: IMPERATOR PONT MAX AVG TR POT Simpulum and lituus.
BMC 102. RIC 63 Sear 1798
5 commentsMat03/13/19 at 17:42quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
RIC 0490 Domitianus46 viewsObv: CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS COS DES II, laureate head right
Rev: S C, Vespasian standing right, with branch and sceptre, in quadriga right
AE/As (27.88 mm 10.71 g 6h) Struck In Rome 72 A.D.
RIC 490 (R2), BMCRE 646, BNF 639 (Vespasian)
ex iNumis VSO 9 lot 137
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus03/13/19 at 06:15quadrans: Another nice piece
RIC 0388 Vespasianus53 viewsObv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS IIII, Laureate head right
Rev: S C, Vespasian standing right, with branch and sceptre, in quadriga right
AE/Sestertius (32.89 mm 26.97 g 6h) Struck in Rome 72-73 A.D.
RIC 388 (R2), BMCRE 623, BNF 611
ex Meister & Sonntag Auktion 14 Lot 599
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus03/13/19 at 06:15quadrans: Nice piece..
22048 Licinius I/Jupiter18 viewsLicinius I/Jupiter
laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Jupiter standing left, chlamys across left shoulder, holding Victory on globe and sceptre, eagle with wreath at foot left.
I in right field.
ANT in Exergue
Mint: Antioch 19.0mm 4.0 g
RIC VII Antioch 17; Sear 15253. R3
2 commentsBlayne W03/13/19 at 05:56quadrans: Nice piece..
Probus Antoninianus22 viewsProbus Antoninianus

Radiate bust right

Felicitas standing left with long cadeus, 'B' to left

2 commentsHarry G03/13/19 at 05:41quadrans: Nice piece..
Aurelian Antoninianus20 viewsAurelian Antoninianus

Radiate bust right

Fides standing left with two standards, Sol standing left with globe. QXXT in exergue.


RIC 152
2 commentsHarry G03/13/19 at 05:41quadrans: Nice piece..
Claudius II Gothicus Antoninianus21 viewsClaudius II Gothicus Antoninianus

Radiate head right

Altar, lit. 'T' in exergue
2 commentsHarry G03/13/19 at 05:40quadrans: I agree nice...
GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa 480-470 BC 23mm 17.19 g Jenkins 115 O34/R6833 viewsCharioteer driving walking quadriga right,above Nike flying right crowning the horses/Forepart of man-headed bull {Gelas}right.3 commentsGrant H03/12/19 at 06:53quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
Caracalla, Stobi17 views Caracalla, Stobi
Ae 25mm; 6.9g

Laureate head right

Nike advancing right holding wreath and palm

Josifovski 383 (V83, R95),
1 commentsRobin Ayers03/11/19 at 06:29quadrans: I always like the Stobi coins
Julia Paula, Concordia24 viewsAr denarius, 2.892g, 19.6mm, 0o, Rome mint, 220 A.D.

bare-headed, draped bust right, hair in horizontal ridges, small looped plait bun at back

CONCORDIA (harmony),
Concordia seated left, patera in right hand, left elbow resting on arm of throne, star in left field;

from the Jyrki Muona Collection, ex Harlan J. Berk (purchased FORVM ancient Coins)

BMCRE V 172, RSC III 6a, RIC IV 211, Hunter III 1, Eauze Hoard 376 (29 spec.), SRCV II 7655
3 commentsRobin Ayers03/11/19 at 06:28quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
Julia Domna, Liberalitas18 viewsJulia Domna
Ar 18mm; 4.02g
Emesa Mint

draped bust right

Liberalitas standing left holding cornucopia and abacus

RIC 627, RSC 103
2 commentsRobin Ayers03/11/19 at 06:28quadrans: Nice one
LUCANIA. Sybaris. AR Stater49 viewsCirca 550-510 B.C. (28mm, 8.43 g, 12h). Obverse: bull standing left, head reverted; VM in exergue. Reverse: incuse bull standing right, head reverted. S & S Class B, pl. XLVIII, 4-8 Gorini 2; HN Italy 1729. VF, toned.

Ex. Volteia Collection

This coin was minted before the destruction of Sybaris by its neighboring city state Kroton in 510 B.C. We do not know the exact nature why Kroton destroyed this prosperous city. Ancient sources provided us several accounts of Sybaris being a place of hedonism and excess to the point that the very name Sybaris became a byword for opulent luxury, and its destruction was a result of some divine punishment (Diodorus Siculus, Strabo, Aelianus, Athenaeus). Modern revisionist view of the possible demise of Sybaris might be the result of its vast natural wealth and successful trade with its neighbors, which gave Kroton the economic reason to subjugate it. The Sybarites established a new city called Thourioi (Thurii/Thurium) with the help of Athenian settlers. However, the Sybarites were again expelled by the Athenians in 445 B.C. and founded another city for the last time called Sybaris on the Traeis.
Sybaris might be the first to mint coins with an incuse reverse and this practice spread to other Greek city states like Kroton, Metapontion, and Poseidonia. The similar weight and technique in producing these incuse-type coins facilitated trade between the cities mentioned. The bull might represent the river god Crathis or Sybaris, or both: each deity could represent either the obverse or reverse of the coin. The ethnic VM (or YM) in exergue are the first two Greek letters of Sybaris spelled retrogradely. A curious placement of the letter sigma sideways made it appear as letter M on most coins of Sybaris.
5 commentsJason T03/11/19 at 06:12quadrans: Nice piece..
S.2200 Henry VII42 viewsGroat of Henry VII (1485-1509)
Mint: London
Mintmark: cross-crosslet
Class IVa
S. 2200

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

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

4 commentsNap03/09/19 at 21:41quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
Elgabalus, Nikopolis25 viewsElgabalus
Ae 26mm; 12.05g

Laureate head right

O-N in fields
Herakles standing, facing, head left, leaning on club in right hand, lion skin draped over left forearm

HrHJ (2018) (same dies)
2 commentsRobin Ayers03/09/19 at 13:32quadrans: Interesting piece..
Septimius Severus, Nikopolis14 viewsSeptimius Severus
Ae 18-19mm; 3.33g

Laureate head right

Apollo with chlamys over l. shoulder, holding bow and patera

HrHJ (2018) (same dies)
2 commentsRobin Ayers03/09/19 at 13:31quadrans: Nice piece..
RIC 056864 viewsDomitian AR Denarius. Rome 88 CE Group 2
Rev: Minerva Minerva stg l with thunderbolt and spear; CENS P.P.P.
RIC-568 (R2) BMC 139 RSC 27
Jesus Vico Mail bid auction # 153 Lot 3133 March 7, 2019

I was very excited to win this one. It took a little over one month to receive the coin. It required export paperwork and this can be a slow process.

There is an interesting feature of the obverse legend on this coin. It is very common to see GERM in the obverse legend on coins of Domitian. What is not common is to see GERMANIC in the legend. That alone makes this coin special and worth collecting.

This coin is also special because of the reverse. Note that there is no typical edge lettering. The only legend is across the fields of the coin. This is not a typical Domitian Minerva denarius. In fact, there are only 2 types of Domitian denarii with CENS PPP on the reverse. There is RIC 568 like this coin which is rated R2 for rarity, and there is RIC 569 which is rated R. I have wanted this type for a while but because of the rarity I had to wait until one appeared on the market. When this one did appear I bid aggressively and won the coin.

The other special characteristic is the condition. I loved the portrait on this one. The photo does not do it justice. The portrait is in very high relief and is in fine style.

6 commentsorfew03/09/19 at 13:03quadrans: Another nice piece
RIC 034261 viewsDomitian. Denarius. Rome 85 CE. (Fifth Issue)
Obv: Head laureate r; IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TR P V
Rev: Minvera advancing r with spear and shield; IMP VIIII COS XI CENS POT PP
RIC-342. (R2)
Jesus Vico Mail bid auction # 153 Lot 3136 March 7, 2019

This is yet another rare coin of Domitian. It is so scarce that even the British museum does not have an example. What makes it rare is the legend on the reverse.Note that instead of CENS PPP the legend reads CENS POT PP. There were only 2 issues that used this legend on denarii, the fourth and the fifth. All of the coins in this issue are rare. They are all either R2 (very few examples known) or R3 (unique).

The fourth and fifth issues of Domitian's denarii for 85 CE are important because the mark a reform to the coinage. According to RIC this reform took place between the third issue (CENS POTES) and the fourth issue (CENS POT). This reform reduced the fineness of the denarii to post reform Neronian standards.

For me the above does increase the interest of the coin, but I bought it because I loved the look of it. I love the way the CENS POT legend on the reverse frames the figure of Minerva. and I find the portrait well done and attractive.
3 commentsorfew03/09/19 at 13:03quadrans: Nice one
RIC 014555 viewsDomitian. Denarius. Rome 82-83 CE .
Obv: head laureate r; IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PM
Rev: Salvs std l with corn ears and poppy; SALVS AVGVST.
RIC 145 (R).
Jesus Vico Mail bid auction # 153 Lot 3135 March 7, 2019

There are many who believe that the denarii of Domitian are boring. This is because the denarii of Domitian are dominated by the ubiquitous Minerva reverse. There are however denarii without the typical Minerva reverse. This is one of those. On the reverse you can see SALVS seated with corn ears and poppy. SALVS is a Roman goddess associated with safety and health. This applied to both the individual and the state in general.

Another interesting feature of this denarius is the portrait on the obverse. Although it looks rather flat in the photo, the portrait is in quite high relief. I also like that all of the devices on the coin are clear and that the legends are clear and readable.

In short, I think that this is a very attractive coin and that was enough for me to want to add it to my collection.

3 commentsorfew03/09/19 at 13:02quadrans: Great piece .
Ba'Alshillem II - AR 1/16 Shekel 15 viewsSidon
c. 371-370 BC
galley left, waves below
king of Persia standing right slaying erect lion with dagger
O ('ayin)
Elayi 2004 851 ff.; HGC 10 240; Betlyon 27 (Abd'astart, Straton I); BMC Phoenicia p 146, 36 (same); SNG Cop 197 ff. (same)

ex Naumann
2 commentsJohny SYSEL03/06/19 at 19:47quadrans: Nice piece..
Sextus Pompey -- Pharos and Scylla66 viewsSextus Pompey, Imperator and Prefect of the Fleet
[Youngest Son of Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus (Pompey the Great)]
Obv: MAG⦁PIVS⦁IMP⦁ITER; Pharos of Messana, Neptune on top standing r. with r. hand on a trident and l. hand on a rudder, resting l. foot on prow. Galley sailing l., aquila atop a tripod placed in prow and a scepter tied with a fillet in stern. Border of dots.
Rev: PRAEF⦁ORAE⦁MARIT⦁ET⦁CLAS⦁S⦁C [AEs and MAR ligatured]; Scylla attacking l. wielding a rudder in both hands, the torso of a nude woman with two fishtails and the foreparts of three dogs as the lower body. Border of dots.
Denomination: silver denarius; Mint: Sicily, uncertain location1; Date: summer 42 - summer 39 BC2; Weight: 3.566g; Diameter: 19.8mm; Die axis: 225º; References, for example: BMCRR v. II Sicily 20 variant3, Sydenham 1349 variant3; Crawford RRC 511/4d; Sear CRI 335b.



1Grueber BMCRR v. II Sicily, p.557 and Sear CRI, p. 203 suggest Messana as a possible mint location. DeRose Evans (1987), p. 124 hesitatingly suggests Mitylene (on the island of Lesbos).

2This is the date range suggested by Estiot 2006, p. 145, as she recommends going back to Crawford’s proposal of 42 - 40 BC. Crawford RRC, p. 521 suggests the period in 42 BC after Sextus Pompey defeated Q. Salvidienus Rufus. Grueber BMCRR v. II Sicily, p.556 proposes 38 - 36 BC. Sydenham, p.211 follows Grueber. DeRose Evans (1987), p. 129 submits 35 BC.

3Grueber BMCRR v. II Sicily 20 and Sydenham 1349 list MAR (ligatured) I but the coin here is clearly MAR (ligatured) IT. Neither Grueber nor Sydenham record MAR (ligatured) IT as part of this reverse legend for this coin type. Crawford and Sear do.

Photo credits: Forum Ancient Coins


Crawford, Michael H. Roman Republican Coinage v. I. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001 reprint with the 1982 corrections.
DeRose Evans, Jane. "The Sicilian Coinage of Sextus Pompeius (Crawford 511)" in Museum Notes (American Numismatic Society), vol. 32 (1987): 97 - 157.
Estiot, Sylviane. “Sex. Pompée, La Sicile et La Monnaie: Problèmes de Datation.” In Aere Perennivs, en hommage á Hubert Zehnacker, édité par Jacqueline Champeaux et Martine Chassignet. Paris: L’Université Paris - Sorbonne, 2006.
Grueber, H. A. Coins of the Roman Republic in the British Museum v. II. London: 1910.
Sear, David R. The History and Coinage of the Roman Imperators 49 - 27 BC. London: Spink, 1998.
Sydenham, Edward A. The Coinage of the Roman Republic. New York: Arno Press, 1975, rev. ed.
7 commentsTracy Aiello03/06/19 at 17:38quadrans: Great coin , and details,
Denar, RIC 3, p.094, 506b - Faustina II, Laetitia109 viewsFaustina Minor
AR-Denar, Rome, AD 147-148
Obv.: FAVSTINAE AVG. PII AVG. FIL. Draped bust right, the hair coiled in the back of the head in a chignon and decorated with string of pearls.
Rev.: LAETITIAE PVBLICAE, Laetitia, draped and diademed, standing left, holding long scepter in her left hand, wreath in her outstretched right hand.
Ag, 2.81g, 18mm
Ref.: Kamp. 38.9, RIC 506b, CRE 195 [S]

for the same type, but bust with stephane click here
4 commentsshanxi03/06/19 at 17:32quadrans: Nice piece..
RIC 067543 viewsDomitian AR Denarius (19mm, 3.23g, 6h). Rome mint, struck c. Sept 14, 88 - c. Sept 13, 89 (Sixth Issue).
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII, head laureate right;
Rev: IMP XXI COS XIIII CENS P P P, Minerva stg. R on capital of rostral column, with spear and shield; to r. owl. (M2).
RIC 675 (R2), BMC--, RSC –

This coin has a very expressive portrait featuring an interesting nose. Unfortunately, I have been unable to compare this coin to many coins because of its rarity. The 2 examples I found online reside in the collection of the American Numismatic Society, and in a private collection displayed on Forvm Ancient Coins. There does not appear to be an example in the British Museum collection.

This coin is rare because of the dating combination of the imperial titles. All of the coins in the sixth issue for 88-89 CE are rare but 2 of them are rarer than the other 2 coins. This issue is made up of only 4 coins. Each one is one of the 4 types of Minerva reverse.

I wanted this coin for 2 reasons. First I had never seen one before and second I liked the look of it. I have really enjoyed the process of finding these rare variations for the Minerva denarii. It involves hours of researching online and in print references and this is a great deal of fun.
3 commentsorfew03/06/19 at 05:05quadrans: Nice find...
Caracalla (198 - 217 A.D.)49 viewsAR Tetradrachm
Mesopotamia, Carrhae
O: AVT·K·M·A ANTONЄINOC ·C-EB · ·, laureate head of Caracalla right; two pellets beneath rear truncation.
R: ΔΗΜΑΡΧ ΕΞ ΥΠΑΤΟ Δ, eagle standing facing on bucranium, dot to each side, wings spread, head right, wreath in beak.
Prieur 820, Bellinger 160, SGI 2701

Ex. Agora Auctions, lot 184, Sale 81
5 commentsMat03/05/19 at 20:28quadrans: Nice piece..
RPC II 1944 Vespasianus24 viewsObv: AYTOKPAT KAIΣA OYEΣΠAΣIANOY, Laureate head of Vespasian, left, with drapery on far shoulder, above eagle
standing left, left wing extended
Rev: T ΦΛAYI OYEΣΠ KAIΣ ETOYΣ NEOY IEPOY, Laureate head of Titus, right; in left field, lituus; in right field B
Silver Tetradrachm mm 25.96 g 14.709 die axis 12 h - Struck in Antiochia ad Orontem (Syria, Seleucis and Pieria) 69-70 A.D.
RPC II 1944 - Prieur 109
Purchased on eBay from Dionysos
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus03/05/19 at 12:35quadrans: Nice one
01 Constans32 viewsAe 24 5.5g
DN CONSTA-NS PF AVG, pearl and rosette diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right / FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, horseman standing left, spearing a fallen horseman who is bearded, clutching the horse's neck. ALEA in ex.
4 commentsRandygeki(h2)03/05/19 at 05:21quadrans: Nice one
23 viewsSouthern Lucania, Metapontion, c. 540-510 BC. AR Stater (28mm, 7.97g, 12h). Barley ear. R/ Incuse barley ear. HNItaly 1479; SNG ANS 209-16.2 commentspaul188803/04/19 at 16:27quadrans: Great coin , and details,
ROMAN EMPIRE, FAUSTINA II (JUNIOR). Commemorative denarius of Rome. Struck A.D.176-180 under Marcus Aurelius16 viewsObverse: DIVA FAVSTINA PIA. Draped bust of Faustina Junior facing right.
Reverse: CONSECRATIO. Peacock standing facing right.
Diameter: 18mm | Weight: 3.2grms | Die Axis: 12
RIC III : 744

Annia Galeria Faustina was the youngest daughter of Antoninus Pius and Faustina Senior. She married Marcus Aurelius in A.D.145 and was given the title of Augusta on the birth of her first child in A.D.146. She went on to have several more children, one of whom was the future emperor Commodus. In A.D.175 Faustina accompanied Marcus Aurelius on his journey to the East but she died at Halala, a village at the foot of the Taurus Mountains.
1 comments*Alex03/04/19 at 16:26quadrans: Nice piece..
Roman Empire, GALERIUS. Commemorative AE Follis of Siscia. Struck A.D.312 under Licinius17 viewsObverse: DIVO GAL VAL MAXIMIANO. Veiled head of Galerius facing right.
Reverse: FORTI FORTVNAE. Fortuna standing facing left holding rudder on globe and cornucopiae, wheel behind at her feet; in right field, star on crescent over B; in exergue, SIS.
Weight: 4.75gms
RIC VI : 226
1 comments*Alex03/04/19 at 16:26quadrans: Nice one
5206 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Tetradrachm 119-20 AD Isis9 viewsReference.
RPC III, 5206.3; Emmett 866.4; Kampmann & Ganschow 32.116.;Köln--; Milne 937; Dattari-Savio Pl. 67, 1396 (this coin).

Issue L Δ = year 4

Laureate bust r., drapery on l. shoulder

Rev. L-Δ
Draped bust of Isis, crowned with taenia, disc and horns, right

13.89 gr
23 mm
1 commentsokidoki03/04/19 at 16:25quadrans: Another nice piece
5544 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Tetradrachm 124-25 AD Zeus standing14 viewsReference.
RPC III, 5544.3 (this coin). Dattari-Savio Pl. 70, 1511 (this coin); Emmett 904.9

Issue ΕΤ Θ = year 9

Laureate draped and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, r., seen from rear

Rev. ΕΤ Θ
Zeus standing facing, head l., holding thunderbolt and sceptre

12.20 gr
24 mm
3 commentsokidoki03/04/19 at 16:25quadrans: Nice one
5849 EGYPT, Alexandria Hadrian Hemidrachm 132-33 AD Zeus Ammon standing10 viewsReference.
RPC III, 5849.4; Dattari-Savio Pl. 93, 7820 (this coin); Emmett 1110.17

Issue L IZ = year 17

Laureate draped and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, r., seen from rear

Rev. L ΙΖ
Ammon standing facing, head l., holding atef crown and sceptre; to l., ram

12.64 gr
29 mm
1 commentsokidoki03/04/19 at 16:25quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
Alexander III - AR tetradrachm6 viewsstruck by Kassander in the name of Alexander III

317-314 BC
head of young Heracles in lionskin right
Zeus Aëtophoros enthroned left, holding eagle and scepter
boeotian shield left; snake under the throne
Price 249; SNG Copenhagen 728. Muller 754

ex CNG
ex Aurea auction 49
1 commentsJohny SYSEL03/04/19 at 16:24quadrans: Great coin , and details,
Philip II - Deultum7 views244-247 AD
laureate head right
lion right
Draganov 1931 (O175/R663); Youroukova 508; Varbanov 3129
ex Aureo & Calicó
ex CNG
1 commentsJohny SYSEL03/04/19 at 16:23quadrans: Nice
Eryx? - AE7 views400-340 BC
head of Tanit left
horse right
CNS I S.287.22; HGC 30

ex Gorny & Mosch
1 commentsJohny SYSEL03/04/19 at 16:22quadrans: Nice piece..
ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, L. Valerius Acisculus, AR Denarius - Crawford 474/1b - SEAR PLATE COIN!13 viewsRome, The Republic.
L. Valerius Acisculus, 45 BCE.
AR Denarius (4.17g; 21mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Filleted head of Apollo facing right; star above; pick-axe and ACISCVLVS behind; all within a wreath border.

Reverse: Europa riding bull to right with billowing veil; L VALERIVS in exergue.

References: Crawford 474/1b; HCRI 90a; Sydenham 998a; BMCRR 4102; Sear RCV I 469/2 (this coin illustrated); Banti 35/2 (this coin illustrated); Valeria 16.

Provenance: Ex Student and his Mentor Collection [NAC 83 (2015) Lot 442]; Credit de la Bourse (1995) Lot 1146; Munzen und Medaillen Liste 412 (1979), Lot 43; E.J. Haeberlin Collection [Cahn-Hess (17 Jul 1933) Lot 2800].

L. Valerius Acisculus issued an interesting series of types in 45 BCE. Not much is known about the moneyer except that he was also a Tribune of the Plebs. The pick-axe on obverse of these types is a punning allusion to the moneyer’s name, as the Latin word for pick-axe is “acisculus”. Scholars have long debated the meanings of the other devices, some going to great lengths to argue connections to the moneyer’s family. However, more recently, Crawford and Sear both concluded that the types, including the laurel wreath border on the obverse of this coin, likely allude to Julius Caesar’s military successes against Pompey and in the East.
2 commentsCarausius03/03/19 at 06:41quadrans: Nice one
Roman Empire, MARCUS AURELIUS. Commemorative AR denarius of Rome. Struck A.D.180 under Commodus16 viewsObverse: DIVVS M ANTONINVS PIVS. Bare head of Marcus Aurelius facing right.
Reverse: CONSECRATIO. Eagle facing left, head turned right, standing on bar.
RIC III : 266
Ex Harlan J Berk. Ex D. Clark Collection. This coin is featured on Wildwinds.
1 comments*Alex03/02/19 at 15:30quadrans: Great bust ..I like it..
Byzantine, MANUEL COMNENUS, Billion Aspron Trachy SBCV-1966 DOC IV -13c 72 viewsOBV Christ, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion, seated upon throne without back; holds Gospels in l. hand. Pellet in each limb of nimbus cross

REV Full length figure of emperor, bearded on l., crowned by Virgin nimbate. Emperor wears stemma, divitision, collar piece, jeweled loros of a simplified type ; holds in right hand labarum-scepter, and inl. Gl cr.Virgin wears tunic and maphorion.

Size 31mm

Weight 4.63gm

A nearly perfect strike and that is exceptional. If you notice Christs head you will see the nimbus dots ever so slightly out of alignment. The dies were fresh when struck. Truly Exceptional.
2 commentsSimon03/01/19 at 21:39quadrans: Great coin , and details,
RIC 006752 viewsDomitian AR Denarius 81 CE (Group 4)
Obv: Laureate head right, IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PM
Rev: Seat draped, above semi-circular frame decorate with three crescents TR P COS VII DES VIII PP
RIC 67 (R); BMC 17
Purchased from
March 1, 2019

This coin is rare with this reverse legend. I really like the denarii from groups 1-4 of 81 CE because this was Domitian's first coinage as Augustus. There is some discussion about the production order of these 4 groups of coins. Domitian's denarii would become dominated by the Minerva reverse so these early issues are interesting for the variety of reverses they display. Many of the reverse were carried over from the denarii of his brother Titus.

Though worn, I still think this coin has lots of charm, especially the portrait. this combined with this reverse made this coin must have.

3 commentsorfew03/01/19 at 21:37quadrans: Nice one
S.1257 William I the Conqueror (PAXS penny, London)15 viewsWilliam I the Conqueror, king of England (1066-1087)
PAXS penny (moneyer: Alfred, mint: London, 1083-1086?)

A/ +PILLELM RE; crowned bust facing, sceptre to right; clasp on shoulder
R/ +IELFRE ON LVNDN; cross with the letters PAXS in circles in the angles

silver, 1.40 g, diameter 18 mm, die axis 6h

This type may have been struck by William II, son of William I.

2 commentsDroger03/01/19 at 01:02quadrans: Nice piece..
050 Hadrian Denarius Roma 134-38 AD Fortuna23 viewsReference.
cfRIC 360;cf C 724; cf BMCRE 516; Strack 26*

Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right

Fortuna seated left, holding rudder on globe and cornucopia.

3.01 gr
18 mm
3 commentsokidoki03/01/19 at 01:00quadrans: Nice piece..
03 Constantius II38 viewsConstantius II
5.2 g / 24 mm
obverse D N CONSTAN-TIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right;
reverse FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, Gamma in left, soldier spearing Horseman,hair in braids, bearded, reaching back towards soldier

ANZ Antioch 122
Sear 18170
5 commentsRandygeki(h2)03/01/19 at 01:00quadrans: Nice piece..
5628 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Dichalkon 125-26 AD Jug23 viewsReference.
RPC III, 5628; Emmett 1207.10; Dattari 1977;

Issue L ΔΕ = year 10

Laureate head right, drapery on left shoulder.

Rev. L ΔΕ

2.55 gr
16 mm
2 commentsokidoki02/28/19 at 14:50quadrans: Nice piece..
Stratonikeia, Caria47 viewscirca 100 BC
AE 20 (20mm, 6.38g)
O: Lareate head of Hekate right, wearing crescent moon crown.
R: Nike advancing right, holding palm and wreath; ΣTPATO above, [NIK]EΩN below.
cf SNG Cop 489; cf Sear 4942; BMC 151,31
ex Aegean Numismatics

Stratonikeia was located in SW Asia Minor, about 11km from Lagina, the largest known sanctuary of the goddess Hekate, "whom Zeus honored above all others" (Hesiod). It is likely that the cult of Hekate originated in this area a millennium or more before Her introduction into Greek religion at the conclusion of the Titanomachy, the legendary battle between the Titans and Olympians.
During an annual ritual the Priestess would lead a procession from the polis to Lagina where she would open the sanctuary with a sacred key. This key would eventually become one of the attributes depicted on later images of Hekate.
5 commentsEnodia02/28/19 at 03:51quadrans: Nice piece..
Vespasian-RIC-26068 viewsÆ Sestertius, 27.35g
Rome mint, 80-81 AD (Titus)
Obv: DIVVS AVGVSTVS VESP; Deified Vespasian std. l., with branch and sceptre
Rev: IMP T CAES DIVI VESP F AVG P M TR P P P COS VIII; S C, large, in centre
RIC 260 (R2). BMC 224. BNC 232.
Ex eBay, 21 February 2019. Ex Tom Cederlind, 1996.

The funeral Titus held for his father Vespasian in the early summer of 79 was a lavish affair. Suetonius says it reportedly cost 10 million sestertii! B. Levick in her Vespasian biography speculates the procession was closely modelled on the one held for Divus Augustus by Tiberius. Vespasian's body was borne by leading senators on a funerary couch of ivory and gold with the body hidden from view, instead onlookers saw a wax image of Vespasian in triumphal gear. A cult statue of the dead emperor was also displayed in a triumphal chariot - the same statue of Vespasian that is likely commemorated on the obverse of this rare sestertius struck by Titus for the deified Vespasian. Two variants of the obverse legend occur: one with 'VESPASIAN' (seated on a curule chair) and this coin's 'VESP' - which seems to be slightly rarer. Only one obverse die has been recorded for this variant.
The seated emperor with branch and sceptre was also struck for Divus Augustus in a restoration issue by Titus. Minting the same type for both Divus Augustus and Divus Vespasian was a way to stress a parallel between the two emperors, a parallel that Vespasian had earlier emphasised with his own coinage. The date with Titus as COS VIII places the coin between 80-81, at least a full six months after Vespasian's death on 24 June 79 (assuming the coins were produced contemporaneously with Vespasian's deification). Epigraphic evidence shows Vespasian had been deified sometime before 29 May 80. Why they were struck so late remains a mystery. Perhaps the delay for deification was an attempt on Titus' part to avoid his father becoming a court joke as Claudius had become, or so B. Levick has asserted. She believes the famous 'Woe's me ...' quip attributed to Vespasian is likely a later cruel jest parodying Claudius' last utterance 'Woe's me, I think I've messed myself'. Regardless, the political expediency of having a deified father likely overruled any such qualms.

Beautiful dark brown patina. A fine piece in hand!
4 commentsDavid Atherton02/27/19 at 18:36quadrans: Great find
Russia. Peter I Alekseevich, the Great (1689-1725)19 viewsGrishin-Kleshchinov __ (Knight die __, text die __), Group __

AR wire kopek; Moscow mint, dated 1701 (Variety IV; ЯѱЯ): .24 g., 11.66 mm. max., 90◦

Obv: Knight on horseback with spear, ~ / ЯѱЯ (= 1701) below.

Rev.: Cyrillic legend in six lines,~ / [ЦР]Ь-И-[ВЕ] / [ЛИ]КІИ-К[НЯ] / [ЗЬ]-ПЕТPЬ-[A] / [ЛЕ]ЗИЕB[ИЧЬ] / [ВС]ЕЯ-[РѠ] / [ССІИ](= Tsar and Grand Prince Peter Alekseevich of All Russia)
2 commentsStkp02/27/19 at 05:13quadrans: Nice piece..
Julia Mamaea Sestertius8 viewsJulia Mamaea AE Sestertius. Rome Mint 224 AD.

Obverse: IVLIA MAMAEA AVGVSTA, draped bust right, wearing stephane.
Reverse: VENVS FELIX, SC in exergue, Venus seated left, holding Cupid in right hand, scepter in left.

RIC IV: 701
1 commentsTanit02/27/19 at 05:12quadrans: Nice
Faustina Junior Sestertius8 viewsFaustina II (wife of M. Aurelius) Æ Sestertius. Rome, AD 162.

Obv.: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, diademed and draped bust right
Rev.: IVNO, Juno standing left, holding patera and sceptre, peacock at her feet; S-C across fields.

RIC 1646.
1 commentsTanit02/27/19 at 05:11quadrans: Nice piece..
22108 Constantius II/Campgate17 viewsConstantius II/Campgate
Constantius II AE3 ""Campgate"" Constantius II AD 324-361 AE3
Laureate bust left, draped and cuirassed.
Two turrets and a star over Campgate.
(delta) SIS (double crescent) in Exergue
Mint:Siscia 19.2mm 3.17g
RIC VII Siscia 217; Sear 17638
2 commentsBlayne W02/27/19 at 05:11quadrans: Nice one
AE Dupondius, RIC 3, p.194, 1405 (a) - Faustina II, Diana20 viewsFaustina II
Dupondius or As, AD 145-161
Obv.: FAVSTINA AVG PII AVG FIL, draped bust right
Rev.: S - C, Diana standing left with bow and arrow.
AE, 12.4g, 26mm
Ref.: RIC 1405 (a) [C]
This coin was found in 2006 close to the Fleischstraße in Trier, Germany. The find was presented to the Landesmuseum (State Museum).

for the same type, with different hairstyle, click here
3 commentsshanxi02/25/19 at 17:10quadrans: Good news thanks,
AE Dupondius, RIC 3, p.194, 1405 (a) - Faustina II, Diana20 viewsFaustina II
Dupondius or As, AD 145-161
Obv.: FAVSTINA AVG PII AVG FIL, draped bust right
Rev.: S - C, Diana standing left with bow and arrow.
AE, 12.4g, 26mm
Ref.: RIC 1405 (a) [C]
This coin was found in 2006 close to the Fleischstraße in Trier, Germany. The find was presented to the Landesmuseum (State Museum).

for the same type, with different hairstyle, click here
3 commentsshanxi02/25/19 at 17:01quadrans: Nice bust, I have two type of bust in my Marc Aur/...
Ayyubid. Branch at Halab/Aleppo. al-Nasir Yusuf II (Emir of Syria, 634-658 A.H. = 1236-1260 A.D.)12 viewsAlbum 845; Balog 760

AE fals; Halab/Aleppo mint, dated 655 A.H. = A.D. per Balog but undated per Album: 2.53 g., 24.61 mm. max., 180°

Obv.: Circular line border in a dotted circle, within which there is a square in dotted square; border segment inscription and al-Malik / al-Nasir in center.

Rev.: Circular line border in a dotted circle, within which there is a square in dotted square; border segment inscription and al-Imam / al-Musta'sim in center.

Attribution courtesy of newcoins and legends courtesy of mazdaro.
1 commentsStkp02/25/19 at 16:57quadrans: Nice one
Asia Minor, Phrygia, Acmonea, Volusian , Artemis 10 viewsVolusian
Phrygia, Acmonea
Obv.: ΑVΤ Κ ΟVΙΒ ΑΦ ΓΑΛΛΟϹ ΟVΟΛΟVϹΙΑΝΟϹ, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: ΑΚΜΟΝЄΩΝ, Artemis, with head right and drawing arrow from quiver, seated facing on stag running right.
Æ, 9.15g, 28 mm.
Ref.: RPC IX 847.1 = SNG von Aulock 847.
Ex Numismatik Naumann, Auction 74, Lot 207
1 commentsshanxi02/25/19 at 11:54quadrans: Nice piece..
D.511 Eudes (denier, Limoges, immobilization)17 viewsEudes, king of the Franks (888-898)
Denier (Limoges)

Silver, 1.77 g, 20 mm diameter, die axis 2h

O/ +GRΛTIΛ DI RE; odonic monogram + / ◊D◊ / + (legend beginning at 5h)
R/ +LIM◊VICΛS CIVIS ; cross pattée

This type was immobilized for 50 years ('til the middle of the 10th century).
2 commentsDroger02/24/19 at 19:32quadrans: Interesting piece..
S.1169 Harthacnut34 viewsPenny of Harthacnut, king of England 1040-1042 and Denmark 1035-1042
Moneyer: Leofwine
Mint: Thetford
Arm-and-scepter type
S. 1169

The arm-and-scepter type in the name of "Cnut" was produced during the reign of Harthacnut

Ex- Mark Rasmussen, Morton & Eden Auction 91 (lot 43), Archbishop John Sharp
2 commentsNap02/24/19 at 19:31quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
220 Hadrian Denarius Roma 132-34 AD Roma13 viewsReference.
Strack 350;BMCRE 569; RIC 220

Bare bust right, drapery on left shoulder

Roma seated left on curule chair holding branch and sceptre.

3.13 gr
17 mm
2 commentsokidoki02/24/19 at 19:31quadrans: Great coin , and details,
226 Hadrian Denarius Roma 134-38 AD Hadrian & Roma standing8 viewsReference.
RIC II 226; Strack 220; C. 80

Laureate head right

Roma standing right, holding reverted spear and clasping hands with Hadrian standing left and holding roll.

3.16 gr
18 mm
1 commentsokidoki02/24/19 at 19:30quadrans: Nice piece..
3300 CILICIA, Tarsus, Pseudo-autonomous under Hadrian, Tuche and Zeus12 viewsReference.
RPC III, 3300; SNG France 1424-1429; SNG Levante -; SNG Pfalz 133

Zeus seated, l., holding Victory and resting on sceptre

Tyche of the City, turreted and veiled, seated, r., on seat decorated with foreleg and wing of sphinx, holding ears of corn and poppy-head; at her feet, river-god Kydnos,
crowned with sedge, swimming, r.; the whole in wreath

11.99 gr
27 mm

ex Slg. Dr. Theodor Grewer
1 commentsokidoki02/24/19 at 19:29quadrans: Interesting piece..
20 views1 commentsQuant.Geek02/24/19 at 19:29quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
11 views1 commentsQuant.Geek02/24/19 at 19:28quadrans: Nice piece..
Tyre half shekel62 viewsLaureate bust of Melkart right

ΤΥΡΟΥ ΙΕΡΑΣ ΚΑΙ ΑΣΥΛΟΥ (of Tyre the holy and inviolable)
Eagle standing left on prow; palm over shoulder, club to the left, flanked by date LM (40) and monogram ΔP to the right.

Tyre; Year 40= 87/86 BC

Sear 5921; BMC 225

Ex-HJB Buy or Bid Sale 206, lot 103 (Nov 15, 2018); Ex-Calgary Coin

Removed from NGC holder prior to HJB.
NGC graded Strike 4/5, Surface 3/5; NGC 4278263-010

According to the Mosaic law, every year, Jewish males over the age of 20, paid a half shekel tax in silver to the Temple in Jerusalem. Mention of this tax can be found in the Bible at Exodus 30:15 Of course, at the time of writing there were no coins in circulation and this tax was paid by weight in silver. By the 1st century BC the tax was paid in either the Tyrian shekel (enough for two people) or half-shekel (for himself). The Jewish Talmud required the tax to be paid with a coin of high purity silver. The only ones that conformed to this high standard were the 94% pure silver Tyrian shekels. Even though these coins depict images of Melkart (Phoenician Hercules) and an eagle, they were still accepted at the temple because of the silver content.
4 commentsJay GT402/24/19 at 19:01quadrans: Ohh, Jay this one is great
Zangid of Syria. al-‘Adil Zangi (of Sinjar), in Halab/Aleppo only (577-579 A.H. = 1181-1183 A.D.)11 viewsBalog 329 (Ayyubid, al-‘Adil Abu Bakr); Album 1855

AE fals; Halab/Aleppo mint, dated 578 A.H. = 1182/3 A.D.: 3.23 g., 19.77 mm. max., 0°

Obv. Dotted border. al-Malik / al-'Adil, in Kufic script.

Rev.: Two dotted borders, Kufic circular legend between; al-Imam / al-Nasir. in Kufic script in center.

Album rarity RR

Attribution courtesy of mazdaro.
1 commentsStkp02/24/19 at 09:33quadrans: Nice piece..
RIC 000266 viewsDomitian, Denarius, 81 Rome
Obv: Laureate head of Domitian right., IMP CAESAR DOMITIANVS AVG
Rev: Dolphin coiled around anchor.,TR P COS VII
RIC:2 (R); BMC 3
Purchased from Numiscorner on Vcoins
February 23, 2019

Here is an interesting coin. It is an early Domitian as Augustus issue. The 4 groups of coins in the first issue were minted in the first 3.5 months of Domitian's rule. What is interesting about this one is not the titles that are present but what is absent. The only titles here are TR P, IMP and COS. Notice that PP is nowhere to be seen. This means that group 1 denarii such as this must have been issued first of all 4 groups of 81 CE. This was not an easy coin to find. I have RIC 3 and RIC 3 Var, but these were my only group 1 denarii until now. Coins of this group are not as rare as group2 and group 3 denarii.

There are a few things I really like about this coin. First, the portrait has a very engaging style. Next, the reverse has really interesting devices. Lastly, the wear does not distract too much from the appeal of the coin. Although worn, I bought this coin because I did not know when I would see another. I would rather have a worn coin than no coin at all.
7 commentsorfew02/23/19 at 19:57quadrans: Nice piece..
Postumus Antoninianus20 viewsPostumus Antoninianus

Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right

Moneta standing left, holding scale and cornucopia
1 commentsHarry G02/23/19 at 17:35quadrans: Nice one
Vespasian - Denarius 14 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Era: After c. 75 AD
Metal: AR
Obverse: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANUVS AVG; Laureate head of Vespasian R.

Reverse: PON MAX TRP COS VI Pax seated l. holding brangch in r.

Mint: Rome
Reference: RIC Vol II, 90
Provenance: Purchased from Tom McKenna, Sept 6, 1984.

2 commentsSteve B502/23/19 at 06:02quadrans: Great piece ..
583b Hadrian Sestertius, Roma 119-21 AD Libertas14 viewsReference
RIC 583b; C 948. BMC 1190A.

Laureate head right

Libertas, draped, seated left on throne, holding branch in right hand, which rests on lap, and vertical sceptre in left
in exergue, S C.

24.24 gr
34 mm

ex Münzzentrum Köln, Auktion 45, 1981, Los 554
3 commentsokidoki02/22/19 at 20:18quadrans: Great piece ..
Mamluk (Burji). Barquq (al-Zahir Sayf al-Din Abu Sa`id Barquq) (1st reign 784-791 A.H. = 1382-1389 A.D.; 2nd reign 792-801 A.H. = 1390-1399 A.D.)27 viewsBalog 562 Plate XXIII 562; SNAT Damascus __; Album 975

AE fals; Dimashq/Damascus mint, dated 790 A.H.? = 1388 A.D.? (1st reign); 2.63 g., 17.92 mm. max., 270°

Obv.: Apparently no border. السلطان / الملك الظاهر / ابو سعيد سيف / الدنيا و الدين (al-Sultan / al-Malik al-Zahir / Abu Sa'id Sayf / ______) in center; Clockwise marginal legend الدنيا و الدين ضرب بدمشق سنة ثسعين وسبعماية (= ___________ duriba bi-Dimashq sanat thaseayn wasabeimaya = ________ struck in Damascus in the year 90)

Rev.: Solid linear border. Circle of big dots, برقوق (= Barquq) in center.

Barquq, who was of Circassian origin and acquired as a slave, became the first sultan of the Mamluk Burji dynasty. A member of the faction behind the throne during the reigns of Sha'ban II's young sons, 'Ali II and Hajji II, Barquq consolidated power and siezed the throne in 1382. He was deposed in 1389 and Hajji restored as sultan. By early 1390, Barquq reclaimed his title. During his second reign, the Mongol warlord Timur invaded and defeated the Mamluks at Damascus and sacked it along with Aleppo in 1399.

Attribution courtesy of altaycoins and Alex Koifman.
3 commentsStkp02/22/19 at 18:16quadrans: I have difficulty reading it, great
Cleopatra VII hemiobol27 viewsLaureate head of Zeus

Statue of Zeus Salaminos standing, holding stalks of grain, star above

Paphos mint c. 35 BC


Nicolaou, Paphos II, 469-509; Cox, Exc. at Curium 128; Museum of the History of Cypriot Coinage ch. 11, 35

Notes from Forum:

While not noted in Svoronos, this type is fairly common on Cyprus and many have been found in the excavations at Neopaphos. The lack of a central depression indicates they were struck after 96 B.C. Recent Cypriot numismatic publications date them to the time when Cleopatra VII of Egypt was the ruler of the island

Sold Forum Auction March 2019
1 commentsJay GT402/22/19 at 17:59quadrans: Interesting piece..
Maximianus Rare AE Quinarius13 viewsMaximianus 296-305
Obv: IMP MAXIMIANVS P F AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right,
Rev: IOVI CONSERVAT AVGG, Jupiter standing left, holding thunderbolt and scepter.
RIC Rome 519, struck 286.
2 commentsOldMoney02/22/19 at 01:25quadrans: Great coin , and details,
132 - Probus - RIC 030 - Bust Type F var (Lugdunum) (III in exe)14 viewsObv:–IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG, Radiate, cuirassed bust right
Rev:– FIDES VICTOR, Fides standing left, holding two ensigns
Minted in Lugdunum (III) Emission 6, Officina 3. A.D. 278 - 279
Reference(s) – Bastien -

4.48 gms, 22.92 mm. 0 degrees
3 commentsmaridvnvm02/21/19 at 20:53quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
RIC 086352 viewsTitus AR Denarius.Under Vespasian 76 CE (first issue)
3.14 g
Obv:Leaureate head right, T CAESAR IMP VESPASIAN
Rev:Jupiter standing facing with patera over altar, IOVIS CUSTOS
RIC 863 [VESP] (R2)
4 commentsorfew02/21/19 at 17:23quadrans: Nice one
Lucius Verus Sestertius47 viewsL VERVS AVG ARM PARTH MAX
Laureate head of Lucius Verus right

Victory standing right holding palm in right hand and shield inscribed VIC PAR

Rome 166 AD


Sear 5384 RIC 1456


Sold Forum Auction June 2019
3 commentsJay GT402/21/19 at 17:18quadrans: Great piece
Lucania, Heraclea: AR Diobol45 viewsHead of Athena right, wearing crested helmet decorated with Hippocamp

Herakles kneeling right, strangling the Nemean Lion.

Heraclea, Ca. 432-420 BC


Van Keuren 38; HN Italy 1360


Beautiful glossy black patina
5 commentsJay GT402/21/19 at 16:57quadrans: Nice piece..
092 - Philip II Antoninianus - RIC 22712 viewsAntoninianus
Obv:– IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, Radiate, draped, cuirassed bust right
Rev:– PAX AETERNA, Pax standing left, holding olive branch & transverse scepter
Minted in Rome.
Reference(s) – RIC 227, Cohen 24

3.94 gms, 22.83 mm. 180 degrees
1 commentsmaridvnvm02/21/19 at 07:09quadrans: Nice piece.. , nice toning,
26816 viewsClaudius II 268-70 AD
AE tetradrachm
Alexandria in Egypt
Obv Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rev "LB"
Eagle standing right, head forwards, holding wreath in beak
2 commentsmauseus02/21/19 at 07:08quadrans: Nice
26815 viewsClaudius II 268-70 AD
AE tetradrachm
Alexandria in Egypt
Obv Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rev "LB"
Eagle standing right, head turned back, holding wreath in beak
2 commentsmauseus02/21/19 at 07:08quadrans: Nice one
Phoenicia, Arados 328-320 B.C35 viewsAR 17.32mm (Thickness 1.57mm), weight 4.16g, die axis = 1h (30 degrees). Drachm.

Obverse: Alexander III The Great; Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin headdress.

Reverse: AΛEΞANΔΡOΥ, Zeus Aëtophoros seated left, feet on ground (represented by line), lower limbs wrapped in Himation, Eagle in right hand, sceptre in left hand, Aradian monogram AP under throne, caduceus in left field.

Lifetime issue.
3 commentsMartin Rowe02/21/19 at 07:03quadrans: Nice
Phoenicia, Arados 217-216 B.C34 viewsAR 28.89mm (Thickness 3.23mm), weight 16.77g, die axis = 12h (0 degrees). 4 drachmae = Tetradrachm.

Obverse: Alexander III The Great; Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin headdress.

Reverse: AΛEΞANΔΡOΥ, Zeus Aëtophoros seated left, footstool beneath feet, lower limbs wrapped in Himation, Eagle in right hand, sceptre in left hand, palm tree in left field, Aradian monogram AP under throne and era date 43 in exerque.

Posthumous issue.
2 commentsMartin Rowe02/21/19 at 07:02quadrans: Interesting piece..
Phoenicia, Arados 92-91 B.C44 viewsAR 28.87mm (Thickness 4.13mm), weight 15.02g, die axis = 12h (0 degrees), Tetradrachm.

Obverse: Veiled and turreted bust of Tyche, border of dots.

Reverse: Nike advancing left holding aphlaston and palm branch, in left field Aradian era date HΞP 168, below Phoenician letter qoph (Q) with Greek letters ΔC far bottom, AΡAΔIΩN in right field, all within wreath.
2 commentsMartin Rowe02/21/19 at 07:02quadrans: Great coin , and details,
Phoenicia, Arados (ex.Byblos) 320-315 B.C31 viewsAR 28.38mm (Thickness 2.51mm), weight 17.11g, die axis = 12h (0 degrees). 4 drachmae = Tetradrachm.

Obverse: Alexander III The Great; Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin headdress.

Reverse: AΛEΞANΔΡOΥ, Zeus Aëtophoros seated left, footstool beneath feet, lower limbs wrapped in Himation, Eagle in right hand, sceptre in left hand, AP monogram in left field.
2 commentsMartin Rowe02/21/19 at 07:01quadrans: Nice one
Phoenicia, Arados 131-130 B.C42 viewsAE 20.75mm (Thickness 2.86mm), weight 6.32g, die axis = 1h (30 degrees), denomination B.

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

Reverse: Poseidon seated left on prow of galley holding wreath in right hand and trident in left, Athena figurehead (Ἀθηνᾶ Πρόμαχος), Phoenician letters nun (N) and aleph (´) above, Aradian era date 129 with gimel (G) below.
3 commentsMartin Rowe02/21/19 at 07:01quadrans: Another nice piece
Phoenicia, Arados 119-118 B.C71 viewsAR 13.47mm (Thickness 1.64mm), weight 1.84g, die axis = 12h (0 degrees), Hemidrachm.

Obverse: Turreted head of Tyche right, palm frond over shoulder, border of dots.

Reverse: Prow of galley left with stem rising forward, ΘC, B (beth) monogram above, border of dots, Aradian era date AMP (141) below.
5 commentsMartin Rowe02/21/19 at 07:00quadrans: Nice piece..
LUCANIA, Velia, 300-280 BC134 viewsDidrachm, 7.51 g

O - Head of Athena to right, wearing Attic helmet adorned with a wing.
R - ΥΕΛΗΤΩΝ /Φ Ι / Π Lion walking to right; above, ear of wheat.

HN III 1309. Williams 470-489.

Ex Rauch 86, 2 May 2010, Lot 103
Ex Nomos, Auction 5, Lot 107, 25 October 2011
7 commentsrobertpe02/21/19 at 05:46quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
1558 - 1603, ELIZABETH I, AR Sixpence struck in 1594 at London, England17 viewsObverse: ELIZAB•D•G•ANG•FR•ET•HIB•REGI• Crowned bust of Elizabeth I of England facing left. Tudor rose behind bust and mintmark (woolpack) in legend above.
Reverse: POSVI DEV:ADIVTOREM:MEV: Square topped shield, bearing the arms of England and France, quartered by long cross fourchee; 1594 above; mintmark (woolpack) in legend above.
Diameter: 26mm | Weight: 2.5gms | Die Axis: 2
SPINK: 2578A

The sixpence was first introduced during the reign of Edward VI in 1551, it had a facing portrait of the king with a rose to the left and the denomination VI to the right.
1 comments*Alex02/21/19 at 05:45quadrans: Nice piece..
Roman Empire, Vespasian Denarius155 viewsAD 69-79. AR Denarius (17mm, 3.03 g, 6h). Judaea Capta - Rome mint. Struck circa 21 December AD 69-early AD 70. Laureate head right / IVDAEA in exergue, palm tree; to right, Jewess, arms bound behind, seated right. RIC II 4; Hendin 1480; RSC 229.
From the Sierra Collection. Ex Gorny & Mosch 142 (10 October 2005), 2350.

This example clearly shows the ropes binding her wrists.
7 commentsNemonater02/21/19 at 05:20quadrans: Great coin , and details,
England, Charles I, 1625-164916 viewsShilling, Tower Mint under Parliament, 1642-48
Type 4/4, mintmark (P), 1643-4.
1 commentsMatt Inglima02/20/19 at 18:28quadrans: Nice piece..
22114 Domitian/Pegasus19 viewsDomitian/Pegasus struck under Vespasian 76-77 AD
Head of Domitian, laureate, right
Pegasus standing right, left foreleg raised, wings curling up on back
Mint: Rome 18mm., 3,24g
RIC II, Part 1 (second edition) Vespasian 921-922
Ex Savoca Auctions 16th Blue Auction
2 commentsBlayne W02/20/19 at 18:28quadrans: Nice piece..
Henry II (1154-1189 A.D.)44 viewsAR Penny
Short Cross coinage, class G or I.
O: ҺЄNRICVS • R ЄX, crowned facing bust, holding scepter.
R: + GOCELM • ON • WINC, voided cross; quatrefoils in angles.
Wincester mint; Gocelm, moneyer, 1180 AD
North 962/1; SCBC 1343A/1343 (obv./rev.).
6 commentsMat02/20/19 at 18:04quadrans: Great piece ...
Gordian III Antoninianus23 viewsGordian III Antoninianus

Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right

Felicitas standing left, holding caduceus and cornucopia

RIC IViii 142, C 81
2 commentsHarry G02/19/19 at 15:13quadrans: Nice piece..
Domitian RIC-25182 viewsÆ Quadrans, 3.32g
Rome Mint, 84-85 AD
Obv: (No legend) Rhinoceros stg. l.
Rev: IMP DOMIT AVG GERM; S C in centre
RIC 251 (R). BMC -. BNC 542.
Acquired from Marc Breitsprecher, February 2019.

A few years into Domitian's reign an extraordinary issue of quadrantes were struck featuring a rhinoceros. Although the coins are undated, their production can be narrowed down between late 83 when he assumed the title Germanicus and 85 when the consular date XI appeared on the quadrantes. The type is highly unusual and breaks with the standard obverses that were normally featured on the quadrans. One may ask, why a rhinoceros? Certainly the animal was rare in Rome and most difficult to obtain. The rhinoceros depicted on the coin is the African species, identified by the two horns. Martial in his book 'On Spectacles' tells of such a rhinoceros in the Colosseum. Presumably, these coins were struck with that very 'star performer' in mind. Ted Buttrey wrote about this coin type in his article Domitian, the Rhinoceros, and the Date of Martial's "Liber De Spectaculis": "it is wrong to write off the rhinoceros of Domitian's coin casually, as if the coin were a picture postcard from the zoo: 'This is a rhinoceros'. No, coin types are pointed. Everything has to do with imperial advertisement and with its importance at the moment of issue: 'This is my rhinoceros'. Domitian's rhinoceros, in its supremacy in the arena might well stand as a metaphor for the invincible success of the emperor conquering general who had recently assumed the historically-weighted title of Germanicus." Coming back to Martial, he also speaks of tokens being showered upon the cheering crowds - could these quadrantes struck cheaply and in massive quantities have been gifts to the cheering mob at the arena? In essence, can this coin double as currency and a souvenir from a long ago day at the games in the Colosseum?

This variant of the famous rhinoceros quadrans is somewhat rare (no examples in the BM) because of the obverse legend beginning in the upper right, more commonly it begins in the lower left. Artistically, most of the rhinos depicted on these coins have a lot to be desired. Some look like wild boars with horns added for effect. Happily, the animal depicted on this coin's obverse indeed looks every part the powerful and fearsome beast which awestruck Roman audiences - as a matter of fact, it appears to be charging with its head down. Perhaps the engraver was a witness to the very games martial describes?

As mentioned above, the rhino depicted on the coin is the two-horned African species. In contrast, the Indian rhino has one horn. Pliny in his Natural Histories describes the rhinoceros as a one horned creature (although confusingly he confirms its Ethiopian origins), Martial said it had two. The rhino was so rare in Rome, Pliny had to go all the way back to the games of Pompey the Great in 55 BC to find a reference for the animal on display in the city, apparently it was a one-horned Indian rhino. At any rate, both the numismatic evidence and Martial's description coincide rather nicely to confirm that Domitian, at great expense no doubt, brought to Rome an African rhinoceros for his shows in the new Colosseum. The surviving coins featuring this fantastic beast prove how important a feat this was to the emperor.

Well centred with a lovely green patina and fine style.
3 commentsDavid Atherton02/19/19 at 14:32quadrans: Nice piece..
Byzantine, Alexius I Comnenus, AE TETARTERON SBCV-1931 DOC 40 CLBC 2.4.7 163 viewsOBV Jeweled radiate Cross, decorated at the end of each limb with one large globule and two smaller, all on two steps.

REV. Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision and jeweled loros of traditional type; holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. Globus cruciger. Complete Inscription

Size 19mm

Weight 3.08

This is a perfect example , nicely centered and a full legend for Alexius, choice in all aspects.
1 commentsSimon02/18/19 at 05:39quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
Mamluk (Bahri). Hasan (al-Nasir Nasir al-Din Abu'l-Mahasin) (1st reign, 748-752 A.H. = 1347-1351 A.D.; 2nd reign 755-762 A.H. = 1354-1361 A.D.)13 viewsBalog 250 (Muhammad I); SNAT Hamah 526-527; Album 947

AE fals; Hamah mint, undated (2nd reign); 2.04 g., 17.84 mm. max., 0°

Obv.: Linear circle border in border of dots. Field on both sides divided by two horizontal lines into three segments (fesse): ضرب (= duriba/struck) in upper segment; الملك الناصر (= al-Malik al-Nasir/King Nasir) in central segment; بحماة (= Hamah) in lower segment.

Rev.: Shield divided by horizontal band into three horizontal segments (fesse). The central band is bendy of thirteen pieces to the left. Upper and lower segment contains a floral arabesque.

Hasan was the seventh son of Muhammad I to hold office. Upon the death of his half-brother, Sultan Hajji, in 1347, Hasan was raised to the sultanate at age 12 by senior Mamluk emirs formerly belonging to his father. Upon his accession, he disavowed his given (Turkic) name and assumed the Arabic name, Hasan. He was toppled by the emirs in 1351 when he attempted to assert executive authority, and reinstated by them three years later during a coup against his half-brother, Sultan Salih. During his second reign, he pursued a policy of minimizing the role of the mamluk emirs in the state and relying instead on the descendants of mamluks, known as awlad al-nas. Hasan was killed in 1361 at age 27 by one of his own mamluks, who led a faction opposed to Hasan's policy of elevating the awlad al-nas to positions of authority. Hasan was the only descendant of Muhammad to have had a significant impact on events in the sultanate, and was referred to by a Mamluk-era historian as one of the "best kings of the Turks."

Atribution courtesy of Alex Koifman
1 commentsStkp02/18/19 at 05:32quadrans: Nice one
Mamluk (Bahri). Sha`ban II (al-Ashraf Nasir al-Din Sha`ban) (764-778 A.H. = 1363-1377 A.D.)17 viewsBalog 466 Plate XVII 466; SNAT Hamah 574-580; Album 958

AE fals, Hamah mint, dated (76)4 A.H. = 1363 A.D.: 2.58 g., 20.55 mm. max., 180°

Obv.: Rigid cable to left border between two circular lines. In center: الاشرف (al-Ashraf) / سنة بحماة (sanat bi-Hamah) / ضرب (duriba) / أربعة (arbe/four)

Rev.: Fleur-de-lis with wide basis, between two small rings. Top flanked by two pellets.

Sha'ban II was a grandson of Muhammad I, being the son of one of Muhammad's sons who never held office. In 1363, the senior Mamluk emirs, led by Emir Yalbugha, deposed Sultan Muhammad II on charges of illicit behavior and installed ten-year-old Sha'ban as his figurehead replacement. In 1366 Sha'ban, who sought to wield power, supported a successful revolt against Yalbugha. One year later, Sha'ban, who still had few mamluks of his own but was supported by the common people, quelled a rebellion. Again in 1373, the commoners assisted Sha'ban in defeating a rebellion. Because of their loyalty and key support during these revolts, Sha'ban treated the commoners well throughout his reign, including efforts to provide food for the poor during a two-year famine in Egypt. In 1376, Sha'ban went on the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. In his absence emirs again rebelled against Sha'ban, which was followed by a rebellion of Sha'ban's own mamluk guard, who murdered him in 1377.
1 commentsStkp02/18/19 at 05:31quadrans: Interesting piece..
Russia. Ivan IV Vasilyevich, the Terrible (1530-1584)17 viewsGrishin-Kleshchinov 60 (Knight die 11, text die 16), Group III

AR wire denga; Moscow mint, struck ca. 1547: .34 g., 11.09 mm. max., 180◦

Obv: Knight on horseback with saber, ДЕ (= DE =moneyer's initials) below.

Rev.: Cyrillic legend in four lines,~ / • ЦРЬ • / [I]KHЯSЬ / [BE]ЛIKI / [• IBA]N (=Tsar / and Grand / Prince / Ivan)

Attribution and transcription assistance courtesy of Alex Koifman and cmcdon0923.
2 commentsStkp02/17/19 at 16:33quadrans: Nice one
ROMAN REPUBLIC - Didrachm - Crawford 25/118 viewsRome. The Republic.
Anonymous, 241-235 BCE.
AR Didrachm (6.62g; 19mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Helmeted head of beardless Mars with crested Corinthian helmet decorated with gryphon, facing right.

Reverse: Bridled horse head facing right; sickle to left; ROMA below.

References: Crawford 25/1; Sydenham 24; BMCRR (Romano-Campanian) 57.

Provenance: Ex Ed Waddell inventory #7484 (c. 1985).

This didrachm series is the first Roman silver coinage to bear the inscription ROMA, a change from the earlier ROMANO inscriptions. The early ROMANO inscriptions may have been either an abbreviation of the genitive plural ROMANORVM (“of the Romans”) or dative ROMANO (“by the Romans”) either of which would be similar grammar to Greek coin inscriptions. The move to the nominative case ROMA, may have been a simple shift to Roman/Latin usage consistent with the coinage taking on a more “Roman” character, as minting activity had moved from southern Italy to Rome many years before. The sickle symbol on the reverse, as well as common devices across denominations, links this didrachm issue to contemporaneous Roman bronze coinage also bearing the sickle. This marks the first time in the emerging Roman coinage that a clear-intentioned, bi-metallic series emission can be established.
3 commentsCarausius02/17/19 at 07:48quadrans: Great coin , and details,
ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Octavian, AR Denarius29 viewsRome. The Imperators.
Octavian, 44-27 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.92g; 20mm).
Italian Mint, Summer 30-29 BCE.

Obverse: Octavian’s bare head, facing right.

Reverse: Roman Senate House; IMP CAESAR on architrave.

References: RIC 266; HCRI 421; BMCRR 4358; Julia 161.

Provenance: Ex Heritage Auction 3063 (16 Jan 2018) Lot 33381; Spink Num. Circ. Vol LXXVIII, No. 6 (June 1970), inv. #6871, pl. 11.

The coin celebrates the dedication of the Curia Julia, a new meeting house for the Roman Senate, construction of which was commenced under Julius Caesar and completed by Octavian circa 29 BCE. Julius Caesar was assassinated at the Theater of Pompey where the Senate was meeting while construction of this new Senate house was underway. It is both ironic and politically astute that Octavian should commemorate this new Senate house on a coin, given that his hold on power made the Senate effectively irrelevant. The structure still stands today, having been restored through the imperial period and later converted to a church.
3 commentsCarausius02/17/19 at 07:48quadrans: Another nice piece
ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Octavian, AR Denarius - Crawford 538/120 viewsRome. The Imperators.
Octavian, 44-27 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.79g; 20mm).
Italian Mint, Summer 37 BCE.

Obverse: IMP CAESAR-DIVI·F·III·VIR·ITER R·P·C; Octavian’s bare head, bearded and facing right.

Reverse: COS·ITER·ET·TER·DESIG; Simpulum, aspergillum, jug and lituus.

References: Crawford 538/1; Sydenham 1334; HCRI 312; BMCRR (Gaul) 116.

Provenance: Ex Ernst Ploil Collection [NAC 101 (24 Oct 2017), Lot 41]; Peus 386 (26 Apr 2006), Lot 663; Astarte 5 (1999), Lot 703.

The obverse inscription records the renewal of the second triumvirate in 37 BCE.
4 commentsCarausius02/17/19 at 07:47quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
Punic occupation half shekel73 viewsNude youth on horseback to left, crowning horse with wreath; IΩ to right, ΣΩΓENHΣ below

Taras astride dolphin to left, holding cornucopiae and Nike who crowns him with wreath; TAPAΣ below.

Calabria, Tarentum ; Punic occupation, circa 212-209 BC

AR Reduced didrachm or Half-Shekel.

2.69g chipped otherwise VF+

Vlasto 975-7; HN Italy 1079.



The climax of the Carthaginian invasion of Italy was reached when Tarentum changed sides in 212 BC. The takeover of the city was a carefully planned coup by Hannibal and members of the city's democratic faction who opened the gates to Hannibal's army. The Carthaginians failed to take the citadel, but subsequent fortifications around this enemy stronghold enabled the city to remain under Punic control. Hannibal installed his own magistrates and struck coinage based on the Punic half shekel standard.
8 commentsJay GT402/16/19 at 21:51quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
096 - Trajan Decius - RIC 02617 viewsObv:– IMP C M Q TRAIANVS DECIVS AVG, Radiate, cuirassed bust right
Rev:– PANNONIAE, The two Pannoniae facing each other, holding a standard between them
Minted in Rome. A.D. 249 - 25
Reference(s) – RIC 26. RSC 81

3.41 gms, 21.54mm x 180mm.
1 commentsmaridvnvm02/16/19 at 18:35quadrans: I like this....
091 - Otacilia Severa Antoninianus - RIC 13013 viewsObv:– OTACIL SEVERA AVG, Diademed draped bust right on crescent
Rev:- PIETAS AVGVSTAE, Pietas standing left, raising right hand and holding box of perfume
Minted in Rome. A.D. 248-249
Reference(s) – RIC 130

4.54 gms, 23.56mm. 180 degrees
1 commentsmaridvnvm02/16/19 at 18:34quadrans: Nice piece..
098 - Herennius Etruscus, Antoninianus - RIC 01412 viewsObv:– Q HER ETR MES DECIVS NOB C, Radiate draped bust right
Rev:– PIETAS AVGVSTORVM, Whip, ladle, jug, patera and lituus
Minted in Rome. Jan-Dec A.D. 250
Reference:– RIC 143. RSC 14

2.99 gms, 21.67mm. 180 degrees
1 commentsmaridvnvm02/16/19 at 18:34quadrans: Nice one
3695 SELEUCIS Antioch. Hadrian. As Єς below23 viewsReference.
RPC III, 3695; CRS 232; McAlee 536(c); SNG Cop. 209

Laureate head of Hadrian, r., with drapery on l. shoulder

Rev. S C
In laurel wreath; beneath: ƐϚ

13.77 gr
26 mm

W H on obverse?
2 commentsokidoki02/16/19 at 11:02quadrans: Nice one
Bithynia, Nikaia, Caracalla, cf. Mionnet suppl. V, 60116 viewsCaracalla, AD 197-218
AE 15, 2.09g, 15.47mm, 0°
obv. ANTWNINOC AVGOVC (NINO between rays of crown)
Bust, draped and cuirassed, radiate, r.
Prize basket with palm branch
ref. cf. Mionnet Suppl. V, 601 (for Severus); not in Mionnet, Rec. Gen., Weiser, SNG von Aulock, SNG Copenhagen, BMC, Imhoof, Jürgling
very rare, about SS, nice green patina

The Severeia were games in honour of Severus and his sons, frequently testified by incscriptions and coins in the entire eastern half of the empire, especially in Athens and Asia minor, but in Mauretania too, often together with other deities (Pauly)
2 commentsJochen02/16/19 at 09:50quadrans: Great coin , and details,
Phoenicia, Arados 106-107 A.D12 viewsAE 20.96mm (Thickness 2.48mm), weight 7.14g, die axis = 12h (0 degrees).

Obverse: Bust of Astarte-Europa right with laureate head of Trajan.

Reverse: Humped bull galloping left, head facing, Phoenician letter beth (B) beneath bulls head, Aradian era date 365 (ΣΞT) above, ΑΡΑΔΙWΝ (Arados) below.
2 commentsArados02/16/19 at 09:50quadrans: Interesting piece..
RIC 0338 Domitian denarius57 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P IIII
Laureate bust right

Minerva standing left with spear

Rome; 85 AD


RIC 338 (R2)


Starting with this issue, the precious metal coinage was reduced again and the fineness of silver and weight of gold were reduced to standards approximating those under Nero.
6 commentsJay GT402/15/19 at 18:06quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
S.808F Anglo-Saxon sceat39 viewsSecondary phase Anglo-Saxon sceat
Mint: East Anglia
Series Q I F
Type 71
Abramson 63-80
O: Figure facing holding two crosses
R: Bird left

Ex- Lockdales 162 (lot 1413), J Cross, M Vosper
2 commentsNap02/14/19 at 15:19quadrans: Nice one
S.834 Anglo-Saxon sceat19 viewsEclectic Anglo-Saxon sceat
"Saltire stanard" type
Abramson 13-180
O: Saltire in beaded standard
R: Standard with surrounding crosses

Ex- Lockdales 162 (lot 1430), J Cross
1 commentsNap02/14/19 at 15:18quadrans: Interesting piece..
S.809 Anglo-Saxon sceat36 viewsSecondary phase Anglo-Saxon sceat
Mint: East Anglia
Series Q variety
S.809 (unlisted variety)
Abramson 64-60
O: Bird right
R: Bird left

An unlisted variety, not really QIIIC (which is typically a quadraped on one side, bird on other).

Ex- Lockdales 162 (lot 1419), J Cross, Morton and Eden Auction 83-83 (Dec 2016) lot 900, EMC 1986.0097
1 commentsNap02/14/19 at 15:17quadrans: Nice piece..
S.947 Eadwald (Lul)40 viewsPenny of Eadwald, king of East Anglia, ca. 798
Moneyer: Lul
Mint: Unknown
S. 947
R: +L V L

Nothing is known about Eadwald, who was king in East Anglia for a short time after the death of Offa of Mercia. Mercia had dominated East Anglia, but a dysnastic struggle after Offa's death seems to have allowed an independent East Anglia to re-emerge. It would not last, and within a few years it was again a Mercian protectorate.

We don't know who Eadwald was or when exactly he lived. He did produce coins, and these very rare pieces give insight into an otherwise forgotten period.

Ex- Lockdales, J Cross, Spink, EMC 2011.0178
1 commentsNap02/14/19 at 15:17quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
Sarmatia, Olbia, Nieczitajlo 23910 viewsOlbia, 350-330 BC
AE 9, 0.66g, 8.99mm, 315°
obv. Laureate head of Apollo r.
rev. OLBIO
Dolphin l., above grain ear
ref. Nieczitajlo 239
F+, small flan as usually
1 commentsJochen02/14/19 at 05:48quadrans: Nice piece..
Vespasian-RIC-1170 Engraver's Error87 viewsÆ As, 8.58g
Lyon mint, 71 AD
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG COS III; Head of Vespasian, r.; globe at point of bust
Rev: Retrograde S C in field; Eagle stg. front on globe, wings outstretched, head r.
RIC 1170 var. BMC 811 var. BNC -.
Ex Ibercoin 25, 30 January 2019, lot 385.

The reverse is the main attraction here. The 'S C' is mistakenly struck retrograde, a major error on the engraver's part. I wonder how many of these were struck until the mistake was noticed? It's the first one I've come across. Errors like this are quite rare in the Flavian era, which would probably indicate there aren't many examples of this reverse die that survived. This As was struck in 71 when both Rome and Lyon produced a massive issue of bronze, which may somewhat excuse the error. Rare even without the retrograde 'S C'. Also of note, the 'S C' on this type is normally placed on either side of the eagle's wings, here it is on either side of its claws.

Rough, but the all important reverse is decently struck and nicely centred.
6 commentsDavid Atherton02/14/19 at 05:47quadrans: Nice piece..
RIC 1407 Vespasian Eastern Denarius72 viewsIMP CAES VESPAS AVG
Laureate head of Vespasian right

Turreted and draped female bust right below, horizontal Φ

Ephesus, 69-70 AD


RIC V1407 (R); RPC 813


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

The Flavians as bringers of peace to the world.

New photo
8 commentsJay GT402/14/19 at 05:35quadrans: Great coin , and details,
Thessalonica, wolf & twins18 viewsCity Commemorative
AE follis; 1.59g; 17-18mm
Thessalonica 330-333 AD

helmeted, cuirassed bust of Roma left

she-wolf standing left, suckling twins Romulus and Remus, two stars above,

Mintmark SMTS epsilon

RIC VII Thessalonica 187; Sear 16516.
2 commentsRobin Ayers02/13/19 at 11:27quadrans: Great She-wolf
Salonina, Venus16 viewsSalonina
Ae Ant; 3.65g; 21mm

diademed bust right on crescent

Venus standing left, holding helmet and spear
1 commentsRobin Ayers02/13/19 at 11:26quadrans: Nice bust
Salonina, Concordia17 views Salonina, Concordia
Bust right on crescent

Concordia seated left, holding patera and cornucopia

RIC V-1 71 Siscia var (no mintmark); Cunetio hoard 1812, Appleshaw hoard 134, Göbl 1455mm, (Milan)
1 commentsRobin Ayers02/13/19 at 11:25quadrans: Nice one
Phillip II, Double unit20 views Philip II
Macedon, uncertain mint
AE21, Double Unit; 8.98g; 20mm
359-336 BC

Young male head, hair bound with taenia, facing right

ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΥ, Naked youthful horseman advancing right; right hand raised; fulmen below; E control mark to right of horse

SNG ANS 839; Drama 85; HGC 3, 881
1 commentsRobin Ayers02/13/19 at 11:25quadrans: Nice piece..
Salonina, Venus18 viewsSalonina, Sole reign of Gallienus. AD 260-268
AE antoninianus; 2.64g; 18-21mm
Milan mint

diademed, draped bust right on crescent

Venus standing left, holding helmet and sceptre, elbow on shield at her side

Mintmark MS in exergue

RIC V-1, 67 Milan; Göbl 1368o.
2 commentsRobin Ayers02/12/19 at 19:48quadrans: Interesting piece..
Salonina, Aequitas12 viewsSalonina, Sole Reign, 267 AD
Antoninianus; 5.17g; 21-22mm
Antioch mint

diademed, draped bust right on crescent

Aequitas standing left, holding scales and cornucopiae, crescent in left field

Mintmark VIIC

RIC 87; Göbl 1648d; Sear 10625.
1 commentsRobin Ayers02/12/19 at 19:47quadrans: Nice piece..
Probus22 viewsDetail of bust I81 commentsJulianus of Pannonia02/11/19 at 20:22quadrans: Great bust..., I like it...
Thessaly. Thessalian League13 viewsSear GCV 2238; SNG Cop. 324 ff.; Rogers 44-47; BCD Thessaly II 904 ff.

AE dichalkon. Late 2nd to mid 1st centuries B.C.; 3.48 g., 18.04 mm. max., 0°

Obv: Helmeted head of Athena right in crested Corinthian helmet, magistrate's name (obscure) above.

Rev: Horse trotting right, ΘEΣ / ΣAΛΩ-N above and below.
1 commentsStkp02/11/19 at 20:21quadrans: Nice one
Macedonian Kingdom. Philip V (221-179 B.C.) or Perseus (179-168 B.C.)11 viewsSear GCV --; HGC 3.1 334 var. (no monograms or lower ornaments); SNG Cop. 1298-1299 var. (same); AMNG III 54 var. (same)

AE unit. Amphipolis mint, 187-168 B.C.; 7.90 g., 18.43 mm. max., 180°

Obv: Head of river-god, Strymon, right, with short horns and crown of reeds.

Rev: Trident head, scroll-like ornaments between the prongs, MAKE -- ∆ONΩN flanking.

This coin is an apparently uncommon variation of the type in that there are no ornaments flanking the shaft of the trident nor monograms below the trident.
1 commentsStkp02/11/19 at 20:20quadrans: Interesting piece..
Levon I, Armenia19 viewsCilician Armenia
Levon I 1198-1219 AD
Ae Tank;Sis

Crowned bust of leonine king. Six dots in the crown. Armenian legend around

Greek cross, with stars in the field beneath. Armenian legend around
3 commentsRobin Ayers02/11/19 at 13:59quadrans: Nice piece..
Sasanian, Kauad I19 viewsSasanian
Kauad I
484-531 AD
Ar Drachm

Bust to Right

Fire altar and guards

GOBL 187
2 commentsRobin Ayers02/11/19 at 13:58quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
RIC 124c50 viewsTitus AR Denarius. Rome Mint
79-81 CE
(17 mm 3.15 g)
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M, laureate head right
Rev: TR P IX IMP XV — COS VIII P P, draped processional chair, triangular frame by decorated with nine Palmattes Lituus under triangular frame.
RIC 124c
Ex: Savoca 16th Blue auction Lot 978 February 10, 2019
5 commentsorfew02/10/19 at 23:58quadrans: Nice Titus
Medieval Spain Jaime II21 viewsJaime II Aragon 1291-1327
Dinero (Billon) Approx 18mm diameter - 1.17gr
Obverse - Crowned portrait facing left..Legend around ARA - GON
Reverse - Double cross..Legend around IACOBUS REX
Mint Jaca...Cru-364
2 commentsPaul R302/10/19 at 23:57quadrans: Nice piece..
RIC 1, p.273, 103 - Vitellius, Vitellius Germanicus and Vitellia27 viewsVitellius
Denarius, Rome, AD 69
Obv.: A VITELLIVS GERM IMP AVGVST TR P, laureate head right
Rev.: LIBERI IMP GERM AVG, confronted draped busts of Vitellius' son (on left) and daughter (thought to have been named Vitellius Germanicus and Vitellia)
Ag, 3.090g, 18.1mm, 180o
Ref.: RIC² 103, RSC II 2, BMCRE I 29, BnF III 62

3 commentsshanxi02/10/19 at 18:53quadrans: Wow, interesting piece...
Bohemond III (1163 - 1201 A.D.)35 viewsBI Denier
O: +B(•)AHVHDVS, helmeted and mailed bust left; crescent before, star behind.
R: + ANTI ♣ OCHIA, Cross pattée; crescent in second quadrant, trefoil in legend.
Metcalf Crusades 400; CCS 69 Class E or F. Malloy 69/70
5 commentsMat02/09/19 at 20:41quadrans: Another nice piece
Huszár 569 var., Pohl 114-1 var., Unger 443a var., Réthy II 116 var., Frynas H.26.4 var.10 viewsHungary. Maria/Mária (1382-1387 solo reign; 1387-1395 with husband Sigismund/Zsigmond of Luxembourg)

AR denar, .51 g., 14.95 mm. max., 270°.

Obv: + mARIE • D • R • VnGARIE [Gothic-style letters A], crown with interior cross hatching.

Rev: + mO ... n ... mARIE • REI [Gothic-style letters A with interior bar], Patriarchal cross with pellets [overstrike].

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

The type was struck in 1384-1395 (per Huszár, with Unger and Frynas agreeing that it incepted in 1384) or in 1385-1395 (per Pohl), and is traditionally viewed as the last of three denarii struck by Maria. More recently, it has been viewed as the second type struck by her (after Huszár 565 and before Huszár 566), in 1383-1385 (per Gyöngyössi and Toma).

Toma notes fifteen legend variations among 45 coins of this type within the Cluj-Mănăştur Hoard, found in Cluj-Napoca, Romania (formerly, Kolozsvár, Hungary), in 1934. They differ mainly in terms of completeness of legends, spelling of the queen's name, presence of pellets, and the styles of the letter A. Toma lists seven variations among seventeen coins without a privy mark (Pohl 114-1). The precise legend combination on this coin cannot be discerned due to the reverse over-strike.

Toma further notes four versions of the crown and four versions of the patriarchal cross. There are six obverse/reverse design combinations appearing among 41 coins in the hoard, one of which occurs among two identified coins without a privy mark (Pohl 114-1). Neither the crown nor the cross comport with any recorded by Toma.
Huszár/Pohl rarity 5, Frynas rarity C. The legend combination described/depicted in Huszár and Pohl; in Unger and Réthy, and in Frynas, all differ. This coin is an unusual variety both in terms of the cross-hatching on the obverse and the style of crown and cross
1 commentsStkp02/09/19 at 16:01quadrans: Nice one
107 Hadrian Quinarius Roma 119-22 AD Victory18 viewsReference.
RIC 107c; C.1135; Strack 133 (same reverse die as plate)

Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right, seen from rear

Victory standing right, resting foot on helmet, ready to inscribe shield attached to palm tree

1.45 gr
14 mm
2 commentsokidoki02/08/19 at 17:42quadrans: Interesting piece..
Struck A.D.276 - 282. PROBUS. Silvered AE Antoninianus of Rome. 16 viewsObverse: IMP PROBVS P F AVG. Radiate bust of Probus, wearing imperial mantle and holding eagle tipped sceptre, facing left.
Reverse: SOLI INVICTO. Radiate Sol in quadriga galloping left; in exergue, R thunderbolt Γ.
Diameter: 23mm | Weight: 5.0gms | Die Axis: 12
RIC V ii : 200.
2 comments*Alex02/08/19 at 05:05quadrans: Nice one
Siglos Xerxes II to Artaxerxes II Engraved Reverse Die79 viewsPersian Empire, Xerxes II to Artaxerxes II. Ca. 420-375 B.C. AR siglos (14 mm, 5.57 g).
O: Persian king or hero in kneeling/running stance right, holding dagger and bow; roaring lion left countermark.
R: Incuse punch; stylized facing lion in reverse punch.
3 commentsNemonater02/08/19 at 04:17quadrans: Interesting piece..
Caracalla AR-Denarius, Not in RIC IV-I, Not in RSC,16 viewsCaracalla AR-Denarius, Not in RIC IV-I, Not in RSC,
1 commentsKaroly K202/07/19 at 17:27quadrans: Rare and interesting piece...
1794 AE Halfpenny Token. Chichester, Sussex13 viewsObverse: QUEEN ELIZABETH •. Three-quarter facing crowned bust of Queen Elizabeth I right, sceptre resting on her right shoulder.
Reverse: CHICHESTER HALFPENNY •. View of Chichester Cross; in exergue, 1794.
Diameter 29mm | Die Axis 6
Dalton & Hamer: 15

This token was manufactured by Peter Kempson in Birmingham and the dies were engraved by Thomas Wyon. Little is known about the issuer of the token, seemingly to have been Dally and Son who were drapers in Chichester in the 18th century.

Chichester Cross is an elaborate perpendicular market cross standing at the intersection of the four principal streets in the centre of the city of Chichester, West Sussex. According to the inscription upon it, this cross was built by Edward Story, Bishop of Chichester from 1477 to 1503, but little is known for certain and the style and ornaments of the building suggest that it may date from the reign of Edward IV. It was apparently built so that the poor people should have somewhere to sell their wares, and as a meeting point. An earlier wooden cross had been erected on the same site by Bishop Rede (1369-1385). The stone cross, which underwent repairs during the reign of Charles II and again in 1746, still stands to this day.
3 comments*Alex02/07/19 at 17:26quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
Caracalla AR-Denarius, Not in RIC IV-I, 21 viewsCaracalla AR-Denarius, Not in RIC IV-I,
2 commentsKaroly K202/07/19 at 17:25quadrans: Another nice piece
Caracalla AR-Antoninianus, Not in RIC IV-I,27 viewsCaracalla AR-Antoninianus, Not in RIC IV-I,
3 commentsKaroly K202/07/19 at 17:23quadrans: Terrible expression on his face, the killer, great...
RIC 0804 Domitianus29 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XVII CENS PER P P, Radiate head right
Rev: VIRTVTI AVGVSTI / S C, Virtus standing right, foot on helmet, with spear and parazonium.
AE/Dupondius (27.88 mm 14.720 6h) Struck in Rome 95-96 A.D.
RIC 804 (C), BMCRE 479, BNF 512
Purchased from Henzen on MA Shops
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus02/07/19 at 17:11quadrans: Nice piece..
Aemilian, Antoninianus29 viewsAemilian Antoninianus

Radiate, draped bust right

Spes advancing left, holding wreath and palm.

RIC IViii 10, C 47
3 commentsHarry G02/07/19 at 05:26quadrans: Great find...
Thasos, Islands off Thrace 33 viewsPurchased from FORVM
Silver obol, SNG Cop 1020 - 1021; SNG Lockett 1224; SNG Fitz 1811; Rosen 146; HGC 6 337; Traité II 1750; Le Rider Thasiennes 9 var. (dolphins reversed), gVF, nice metal for issue, 0.512g, 10.46mm, 180o, Thasos mint, c. 435 - 411 B.C.; obverse dolphin right above dolphin left; three pellets around; reverse quadritpartite incuse square; ex CNG auction 231 (14 Apr 2010), lot 18
5 commentsRobin Ayers02/06/19 at 06:53quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
Julia Domna, Ceres20 viewsAr Denarius; 3.35g; 17-18mm

draped bust right

Ceres standing left, holding two corn ears and lighted torch

RIC 616A; RSC 13a
Emesa Mint
2 commentsRobin Ayers02/06/19 at 06:53quadrans: Nice one
Huszár 569, Pohl 114-3, Unger 443c, Réthy II 116, Frynas H.26.416 viewsHungary. Maria/Mária (1382-1387 solo reign; 1387-1395 with husband Sigismund/Zsigmond of Luxembourg)

AR denar, .49 g., 15.12 mm. max., 0°

Obv: + mARIE • R • VnGARIE [antiqua-style letters A without interior bar], crown with interior cross hatching. A with an interior crossbar below.

Rev: + mOnETA • mARIA [antiqua-style letters A without interior bar], Patriarchal.

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

The type was struck in 1384-1395 (per Huszár, with Unger and Frynas agreeing that it incepted in 1384) or in 1385-1395 (per Pohl), and is traditionally viewed as the last of three denarii struck by Maria. More recently, it has been viewed as the second type struck by her (after Huszár 565 and before Huszár 566), in 1383-1385 (per Gyöngyössi and Toma). This coin, with an antiqua-style letter A with interior bar privy mark below the crown, was struck in Székesfehérvár/Alba Regia in 1386-1395 (per Pohl).

Toma notes fifteen legend variations among 45 coins of this type within the Cluj-Mănăştur Hoard, found in Cluj-Napoca, Romania (formerly, Kolozsvár, Hungary), in 1934. They differ mainly in terms of completeness of legends, spelling of the queen's name, presence of pellets, and the styles of the letter A. Toma lists just one coin with the A with interior bar privy mark (Pohl 114-3). The legend combination on this coin is not recorded by Toma.
Toma further notes four versions of the crown and four versions of the patriarchal cross. There are six obverse/reverse design combinations appearing among 41 coins in the hoard, one of which occurs among two identified coins without a privy mark (Pohl 114-1). The design combination on this coin appears to be Toma A/b (crown A is linked only with crosses a and b; cross b is linked only with crowns A and B).

Huszár/Pohl rarity 5, Frynas rarity C. The legend combination described/depicted in Huszár and Pohl; in Unger and Réthy, and in Frynas, all differ.
1 commentsStkp02/06/19 at 06:52quadrans: Nice...
ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Antony Legion II Denarius16 viewsRome. The Imperators.
Marcus Antonius, 44-31 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.64g; 17mm).
Military Mint traveling with Antony, 32-1 BCE.

Obverse: ANT AVG III VIR R P C; galley facing right.

Reverse: LEG II; Aquilia between two standards.

References: Crawford 544/14; Sydenham 1216; HCRI 349; BMCRR East 190-92; Antonia 105.

Provenance: Ex Pat Coyle Coll. [Goldberg Auction 69 (29 May 2012) Lot 3471]; NAC 40 (16 May 2007), Lot 624.

Produced by Antony in the lead-up to his final defeat at Actium by Octavian’s navy (commanded by Agrippa), the legionary series was a huge issue that recognized 23 legions under Antony’s command. These coins would continue to circulate throughout the Empire for several centuries after Antony’s loss, partly because their notoriously debased silver discouraged hoarding. Forty examples of the LEG II variety appeared in the 1905 Delos hoard of 604 Antony Legionary denarii, making it one of the most common varieties of the series.

The Legio II was likely a legion that was disbanded after Actium.
2 commentsCarausius02/05/19 at 20:42quadrans: Great piece ..
Tiberius tribute penny43 viewsTI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTVS
Laureate head of Tiberius right

Livia seated right holding scepter and branch, legs on char ornamented, feet on footstool

Lugdunum after 16 AD


Sear 1763, RIC 26

Ex-Numismatica Prados

Sold to Calgary Coin Feb 2019
1 commentsJay GT402/05/19 at 20:41quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
Domitian RIC-623b85 viewsÆ As, 10.13g
Rome mint, 88 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII CENS PER P P; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: COS XIIII LVD SAEC FEC; S C in exergue; Domitian stg. l., sacrificing over altar; to l., flute player and lyre player stg. r.; in background, temple, wreath in pediment
RIC 623b (C2). BMC 434. BNC 471.
Acquired from Künker, January 2019. Ex Heinrich Pilartz Münzhandlung.

In October 88 AD Domitian held the Secular Games, a festival featuring theatrical performances and circus games accompanied by six various daytime and nighttime religious ceremonies. The games marked the transition from one era (saeculum) to another and were supposedly held once every 110 years, or the maximum span of a human lifetime, making them a 'once in a lifetime' event. Domitian conducted his games on the Augustan calculation, rejecting the formula for the Claudian games held in 47 AD. The festival was important enough to interrupt the normal striking of reverse types on the coinage and for the mint to produce a new unique issue commemorating the event both in precious metal and bronze. The precious metal designs tended to be symbolic while the bronze were more narrative in nature, focusing on the various religious sacrifices that were at the heart of the games.

The reverse on this as features a daytime victimless sacrifice of cakes to Apollo and Diana on the sixth and last day of the celebrations, held in front of an unidentified hexastyle temple somewhere on the Palatine. The stylised nature of the reverse's design makes it difficult to pinpoint the temple in question. The generic decorative wreath in the pediment offers no clues. Another variant of the type (RIC 623a) has an eagle in the pediment, perhaps an indication the engravers were not intending to depict a specific temple at all. The scene could stand alone and be an excellent representation for all the religious ceremonies of the games. The main message of the design is to show the Roman people that Domitian provided and responsibly held the Secular Games. The fact this type was struck in fairly large quantities hints it was an important piece of Domitianic propaganda.

Struck on a large flan in fine style.
6 commentsDavid Atherton02/05/19 at 10:23quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
Struck A.D.361 - 363. JULIAN II as Augustus. AE3 of Siscia21 viewsObverse: D N FL CL IVLIANVS P F AVG. Helmeted, pearl-diademed and cuirassed bust of bearded Julian facing left, holding spear and shield.
Reverse: VOT X MVLT XX in four lines within laurel-wreath; in exergue, ASIS .
RIC VIII : 422
2 comments*Alex02/03/19 at 12:49quadrans: Interesting redisch patina...
Probus16 viewsDetail of Bust B10 var. 11 commentsJulianus of Pannonia02/03/19 at 09:41quadrans: Nice bust !!!
1987A ANDRONICUS AE TETARTERON S-1987 DOC 6 CLBC 5.4.2 21 views

OBV Bust of Virgin nimbate orans, wearing tunic and maphorion; beardless, nimbate head of Christ on breast.

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

Size 21.96 mm

Weight 5.1gm

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

DOC lists 6 examples with weights ranging from 2.54 gm to 4.91 gm with sizes from 20mm to 23mm

One of my first tetartera, still a favorite.
1 commentsSimon02/03/19 at 07:09quadrans: Nice piece..
Hadrian, sestertius18 viewsHadrian, sestertius.
Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, laureate head right.
Rev. FELICITATI AVG, SC across field, COS III P P in exergue, galley sailing left, composed of five rowers and hortator (steersman) in stern cabin.
25,05 g.
RIC II 719.
1 commentsMarsman02/03/19 at 07:08quadrans: Nice one
RIC 073849 viewsDomitian AR Denarius Rome mint struck 92 CE (second issue)
18.5 mm 3.25 g
Obverse: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG-GERM P M TR P XI, laureate head of Domitian right
Reverse: IMP XXII COS XVI CENS P P P, Minerva standing facing, helmeted head left, vertical spear in right hand
RIC 738 (R2) BMC--
Purchased from Germania Inferior Numsmatics on Vcoins February 1, 2019

Here is another rarity. It is the second issue of 92 CE. The coin was minted between January and mid September.

Here is what RIC says about this issue.
"The second issue incorporates Domitian's final imperatorial acclamation (IMP XXII) which, on the basis of the extreme rarity of these coins, probably took place shortly before the change in his tribunician numeration on September 14th."

I am really enjoying the process of researching these coins. It is interesting and rewarding to find a little gem once in a while. I must admit though that I feel lucky to have found several rarities in the past few days. Of course the question is "Who cares?" They are just minor variations of a repetitive reverse. The answer is I do and I am fine with that. The nice thing is that I have made connections with a couple of people who have interesting coins of Domitian. Being able to discuss these coins with fellow enthusiasts makes the acquisition of these coins more fun.
4 commentsorfew02/02/19 at 17:56quadrans: Nice piece..
Struck A.D.255 - 256 under Gallienus. DIVUS VALERIAN II CAESAR. Commemorative AR Antoninianus of Lugdunum28 viewsObverse: DIVO VALERIANO CAES. Radiate and draped bust of Valerian II facing right.
Reverse: CONSACRATIO. Valerian II being borne to heaven seated on the back of an eagle flying right.
Diameter: 20mm | Weight: 2.4gms | Die Axis: 2
RIC V i : 9
3 comments*Alex02/02/19 at 15:16quadrans: Nice piece..
Thebai, Thessaly31 views302-286 BC
AE 19 (19 mm, 5.53g)
O: Wreathed and veiled head of Demeter left, within dotted border.
R: Bridled horse prancing right; ΘHBAIΩN above, X below.
Rogers 552; BCD Thessaly II, 762.1-2; SNG Munchen 185
From the BCD collection; ex Aegean Numismatics
3 commentsEnodia02/02/19 at 09:00quadrans: Nice one
Ohrmazd (Hormizd) IV (579-590 A.D.)35 viewsAR Drachm
O: Facing bust, head right, wearing crown with tassel to left and surmounted by crescent with vertical lines; single-dotted border, crescent with star at 3, 6 and 9 o'clock.
R: Fire altar with two attendants, wearing tall headgear, inside single-dotted border; no marks outside border.
GW (Gurgan) mint, dated regnal year 9 = 587/8 CE.
Göbl, Sasanian Numismatics, Hormizd IV, crown type I, reverse type 1
5 commentsMat02/02/19 at 08:59quadrans: Nice piece..
RIC 1477A Vespasian denarius70 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG
Head of Vespasian, laureate, r., a small 'o' mint mark below neck

PON MAX TR P COS VII (from high l.)
Winged caduceus

Unknown "O" mint, 76 AD

Ex-Numismatica Prados

A unique specimen of the caduceus type from the rare and mysterious 'O' mint. This rare variant has the reverse legend starting from the upper left, all other known examples start from the lower right. Die matched to David Atherton's example and purchased through his recommendation.

Ted Buttrey has assigned it 1477A in the upcoming RIC II.1 Addenda.
7 commentsJay GT402/02/19 at 08:58quadrans: Nice piece..
BCC G540 viewsRoman Gem Stone
Caesarea Maritima
Intaglio 1st-2nd century CE
Intricately detailed War Galley
to left, including three helmeted
soldiers w/ shields, two vexilla,
commander (Mars?) standing at
prow, and rows of oars.
Transparent red/orange Carnelian
or Garnet? Profile:F2/F3v.
Truncated cone, horizontal oval,
flat bottom and slightly convex top.
10.25 x 8.5 x 2.75mm 0.45gm.
Extremely rare type, previously
unpublished from Caesarea.
Surface find, 1972
(Click for larger pic)
2 commentsv-drome02/01/19 at 14:29quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
Kings Of Persis. Pakor I (early to mid first century A.D.)26 viewsSear GI 5946; Klose & Müseler 4/29; Tyler-Smith 178 (Pakor II); Alram 597-598 (Pakor II); Sunrise 608-610; BMC Arabia pg. 229, 3

AR Hemidrachm, Persepolis (Fars Province, Iran) mint; .52 g., 10.21 mm. max., 90°

Obv: Bearded bust left, wearing diadem.

Rev: Triskeles with Aramaic inscription around.
2 commentsStkp02/01/19 at 14:29quadrans: Nice one
Byzantine, MANUEL COMNENUS AE HALF TETARTERON SBCV-1980 DOC 23 CLBC 4.4.9 61 viewsOBV Bust of St. George, beardless and nimbate, wearing tunic, breastplate, and Saigon; holds in r. hand spear, and in l. shield.

REV Bust of emperor, bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, and jeweled loros of simplified type; holds in r. hand labarum headed scepter, and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 17.30 mm

Weight 2.4gm

This example is beautiful . I would grade aEF Manuel's nose is rubbed away but patina is consistant , rarity 1/5 Common coin , uncommon condition.

3 commentsSimon02/01/19 at 14:28quadrans: Great coin , and details,
Augustus Æ As by Tiberius58 viewsDIVVS AVGVSTVS PATER
Radiate head left.

Eagle standing on globe, head right., wings half spread

Rome, c. AD 34-37


Minted under Tiberius

RIC 82; Cohen 247; BMC 155

Ex-Indalo colecciones

4 commentsJay GT401/29/19 at 20:34quadrans: Nice piece..
107 - Gallienus - RIC 628 var34 viewsAntoninianus
Obv:– GALLIENVS AVG, Radiate draped and cuirassed bust left (seen from the front)
Rev:– AETERNITAS AVG, She-wolf standing right, suckling twins
Minted in Antioch. Palm branch in exe. A.D. 265-266
Reference:– C. 47 var.; RIC 628 var. Göbl 1628b

Weight 3.58g. 21.80mm. 0 degrees
3 commentsmaridvnvm01/29/19 at 19:12quadrans: Another nice piece
Caracalla, denarius19 viewsCaracalla, denarius
19 mm, 2.28 g.
Obv. ANTONINVS PIVS AVG / Laureate, draped bust right.
Rev. ADVENTVS AVGVSTOR / Galley sailing left, four rowers in centre, three seated figures under canopy at right, mast with sail on prow, two standards on stern, waves below.
RIC 121.
2 commentsMarsman01/29/19 at 19:10quadrans: Great coin , and details,
Aurelius Rufus24 viewsAurelius Rufus, denarius.
4.00 g, 21 mm.
Obv. Helmeted head of Roma right; X (mark of value) behind.
Rev. Jupiter in galloping quadriga right, holding thunderbolt in right hand, holding sceptre and reins in left hand; AN RVF below, ROMA in linear border in exergue.
Crawford 221/1 (T. Annius Rufus).

4 commentsMarsman01/29/19 at 19:10quadrans: Nice piece..
Lead seal - unknown eunuch 36 viewsUncertain. 7th-8th centuries. PB Seal (22mm, 10.95 g, 12h). Cross above monogram / +/KOVB[I]/KOVΛA[P]/ BACIΛIH/ XAPTOV/ΛAP in five lines. BLS –; DOCBS –. VF.

A koubikularios was a eunuch who served the emperor.

3 commentsSosius01/29/19 at 19:08quadrans: Nice one
Vespasian-RIC-121569 viewsÆ Dupondius, 12.97g
Lyon mint, 77-78 AD
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS VIII P P; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.; globe at point of bust
Rev: FORTVNAE REDVCI; S C in field; Fortuna stg. l., with rudder on globe and cornucopiae
RIC 1215 (C3). BMC 833. BNC 829.
Acquired from GB Collection, January 2019.

A possible shortage of bronze coinage in the Western provinces late in Vespasian's reign likely prompted the Lyon mint to temporarily reopen in 77-78 and strike a fairly substantial issue of coinage. Curiously, as seen here, the dupondii are commonly unradiated but can be told apart from the asses by their heavier weight. The reverses are standard types copied from Rome. This common Fortuna REDVCI reverse featuring her with a steady hand steering the rudder of the world was a familiar propaganda type both at Rome and Lyon that continued to commemorated the safe return of Vespasian and Titus from the East at the beginning of the reign.

A fantastic high relief portrait in distinctive Lyonnais style.
4 commentsDavid Atherton01/29/19 at 19:06quadrans: Nice piece..
6031 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Drachm 134-35 AD Sarapis31 viewsReference.
RPC III, 6031.5; Dattari-Savio Pl. 90, 1835 (this coin); Emmett 1046

Issue L ƐΝΝƐΑΚ·Δ = year 19

Laureate head of Hadrian, left

Sarapis seated, left, holding sceptre; to left, Cerberus

25.32 gr
34 mm
3 commentsokidoki01/29/19 at 19:05quadrans: Great piece ..I like it..
RIC 065564 viewsDomitian Minerva. Rome, AD 88. Silver denarius.
19mm. 3.28g.
Obv: Laureate head right, IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TR P VIII, beaded border.
Rev:Minerva standing left holding spear, IMP XVI COS XIIII CENS P P P.
RIC 655 (R2)
Good VF

Lately I have been spending a few hours a night checking the Flavian coins for sale on different sites. I deliberately check the attributions. Looks like it paid off this time. This coin was misattributed by the seller. I am so happy that I bought RIC II Part 1. It has more than paid for itself in its usefulness.

Domitian definitely had a thing for Minerva. She dominates the reverses of the denarii of Domitian. However, this is not an ordinary Domitian Minerva. What makes this coin special is the dating. The most amazing part to me is that IMP XVI (on the reverse) was only in production for 4 days between Oct 30 and Nov 2 of 88 CE. " A diploma dated 7 November 88 proves that IMP XVII had already been proclaimed by then..". According to RIC Part II the hoard evidence reveals that there were only 2 of these counted. This coin was minted just after the secular games issue.

This coin is very rare. There are no examples in the British Museum, Paris collection, or Berlin. There is one in the Vienna Kunthistorisches museum and there is one in the coin catalogue of the Grenoble library.

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BMC: 0

I am very happy to add this one to my collection. Thanks to a friend and fellow Flavian enthusiast for confirming my attribution. It is very useful to have another pair of eyes you can trust when you suspect a misattribution.

Please forgive the poor photo. This coin is very shiny and thus very difficult to photograph.
2 commentsorfew01/29/19 at 19:04quadrans: Interesting piece..
Mamluk (Bahri). Sha`ban II (al-Ashraf Nasir al-Din Sha`ban) (764-778 A.H. = 1363-1377 A.D.)20 viewsBalog 462 Plate XVII 462 var. (orientation of bendy); SNAT Hamah 615-616; Album 958

AE fals; Hamah mint, undated 776-778 A.H. = 1374-1377 A.D.; 1.62 g., 17.81 mm. max., 90°

Obv.: Solid border, circular border within; الملك الاشرف (= al-Malik al-Ashraf) between arabesque ornaments in center.

Rev.: Field divided into three horizontal segments, the central fesse segment bendy with seven pieces to left; بحما (= bi-Hamah) in upper segment, ضرب (= duriba/struck) in lower.

Sha'ban II was a grandson of Muhammad I, being the son of one of Muhammad's sons who never held office. In 1363, the senior Mamluk emirs, led by Emir Yalbugha, deposed Sultan Muhammad II on charges of illicit behavior and installed ten-year-old Sha'ban as his figurehead replacement. In 1366 Sha'ban, who sought to wield power, supported a successful revolt against Yalbugha. One year later, Sha'ban, who still had few mamluks of his own but was supported by the common people, quelled a rebellion. Again in 1373, the commoners assisted Sha'ban in defeating a rebellion. Because of their loyalty and key support during these revolts, Sha'ban treated the commoners well throughout his reign, including efforts to provide food for the poor during a two-year famine in Egypt. In 1376, Sha'ban went on the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. In his absence emirs again rebelled against Sha'ban, which was followed by a rebellion of Sha'ban's own mamluk guard, who murdered him in 1377.
1 commentsStkp01/28/19 at 21:59quadrans: Interesting piece..
Reverse of Pegasi 102-102GR.17 views1 commentsGrant H01/28/19 at 21:59quadrans: Nice piece..
Vitellius RIC 010168 viewsVitellius (AD 69). AR denarius
(18mm, 2.95 gm, 5h).
NGC VG 4/5 - 4/5. Rome.
Obv: A VITELLIVS GERM IMP AVG TR P, laureate head of Vitellius right
Rev: LIBERI IMP GERM AVG, bareheaded and draped busts of the children of Vitellius (Aulus Vitellius Germanicus Junior and Vitellia), facing one another.
RIC I 101. Rare.
Ex: Heritage Auctions November 29, 2018 Lot 65074
5 commentsorfew01/28/19 at 21:58