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Aurelian (270 - 275 A.D.)39 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Potin Tetradrachm
O: A K Λ ΔOM AVΡHΛIANOC CEB, Laureate and cuirassed bust right.
R: Eagle standing right on wreath, head turned left; star above right, L D right. Dated RY 4 (272/3 AD)
Kln 3076; Dattari 5492; Milne 4398 var. (no star); Emmett 3933 var. (same)
5 commentsMat10/15/19 at 00:06NORMAN K: Nice.....great collection!
Julia Mamaea (222 - 235 A.D.)42 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: IOV MAMAIA CЄB MHTЄ CЄ K CTPA, draped bust right, wearing stephane.
R: Bust of Athena right, wearing Athenian helmet; LIA in left field, palm in right field.
Alexandria Mint, Year 11, 230/231 AD
Emmett 3093; Dattari (Savio) 10051; BMC 1729; SNG Copenhagen 654.

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5 commentsMat10/15/19 at 00:05NORMAN K: A+++
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


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9 commentsMat10/15/19 at 00:02NORMAN K: great coin!
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 Tbingen - ; 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 Mnzhandlung auction 224 lot 353 2014
4 commentsokidoki03/17/19 at 12:58NORMAN K: nice patina beautiful coin
Lucius Verus, Denarius8 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Era: After c. 163-64 AD
Metal: AR
Obverse: L VERVS AVG ARMENIACVS; bust cuirassed r. head bare

Reverse: TRP IIII IMP II COS II; Mars stdgr., holding spear; l. hand on shield

Mint: Rome
Reference: BMC Vol IV 284; Not in RIC w/bare headed bust.
Provenance: Purchased from CNG Aug 14, 1997

Superb EF, Medium gray and irridescent toning., Luster. For some reason, after several attempts, Ive never been able to capture the beauty of this coin photographically
1 commentsSteve B503/17/19 at 12:57NORMAN K: Beautiful coin. Know the feeling about photos it ...
Paphlagonia. Sinope25 views
Sinope, Paphlagonia. Circa 85-65 BC.Head of Athena right in helmet decorated with pegasos / Perseus standing, facing, holding harpa & head of Medusa, whose decapitated body lies at his feet.
29mm., 18,65g.
4 commentsRandygeki(h2)03/10/19 at 00:54NORMAN K: Has a great LOOK. Beautiful obverse portrait
ROMAN EMPIRE, Gordian III, Rome mint, struck 241-242AD, AE Sestertius90 viewsIMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG laureate-headed and draped bust right
P M TR P IIII COS II P P, S-C Gordian standing right
RIC 306a, Cohen 254
3 commentsdupondius03/10/19 at 00:52NORMAN K: Whats not to like. Beautiful coin
ROMAN EMPIRE, Constans, RIC VIII Siscia 211109 viewsObverse: D N CONSTANS P F AVG. Pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constans
Reverse: FEL TEMP REPARATIO.Soldier spearing fallen horseman. GammaSIS in exergue.
9 commentsagord01/16/19 at 12:49NORMAN K: wonderful coin
RIC 1399 var. Vespasian denarius76 viewsIMP CAES VESPAS AVG
Laureate head right

AVG within laurel wreath, ΘI monogram above ties.

Ephesus mint. AD 69-70.


RIC 1399 unlisted variant (laurel wreath rather than oak) this coin, footnote in the upcoming RIC II addenda ; RPC 808; RSC 37.

Ex Gorny & Mosch 152 (10 October 2006), lot 2071; Ex-Cheesman collection; Ex-CNG 433 Lot 379
9 commentsJay GT401/11/19 at 17:39NORMAN K: very nice great detail
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Hadrian, Cistophorus Uncertain mint in Asia Minor, Eagle72 viewsReference.
RPC III, --; Metcalf --

Laureate bust left.

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

10.15 gr
28 mm
5 commentsokidoki01/09/19 at 02:39NORMAN K: great coin.
112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 911-3d-5, Cyzicus, SOLI INVICTO, Bust-H2/H, CM//XXIV, Sol left in spread quadriga, #180 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 911-3d-5, Cyzicus, SOLI INVICTO, Bust-H2/H, CM//XXIV, Sol left in spread quadriga, #1
avers: IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG, Bust Type H2/H, Radiate bust left in imperial mantle, holding scepter surmounted by an eagle.
reverse: SO LI INVICT O, Sol left in spread quadriga, raising right hand and holding the whip in left hand. No exergual line.
exergue: CM//XXIV, diameter: 22,5mm, weight: 3,90g, axis: 5h,
mint: Cyzicus, 3rd. emission, 5th. officina, date: 280 A.D., ref: RIC V-II 911-3d-5, p-118,
4 commentsquadrans12/29/18 at 03:03NORMAN K: nice example!
112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 573, Ticinum, SECVRIT PERP, Bust-B/F, -/-//ʕXXI, Securitas standing left, #176 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 573, Ticinum, SECVRIT PERP, Bust-B/F, -/-//ʕXXI, Securitas standing left, #1
avers: IMP C PROBVS AVG, Bust of Probus right, radiate, cuirassed. (B/F)
reverse: SECVRIT PERP, Securitas standing left, leaning on column, legs crossed, hand raised to head.
exergue: -/-//ʕXXI, diameter: 20,5-22,5mm, weight: 3,20g, axes: 0h,
mint: Ticinum, 6th. emission (phase b), 6th. officina, date: 279 A.D., ref: RIC V-II 573,
3 commentsquadrans12/29/18 at 03:02NORMAN K: great coin.
ROMAN EMPIRE, Maxentius, Ae Follis, AD 306-31256 viewsMaxentius (306-312), AE follis, 307, Aquileia.
Obverse: IMP C P F AVG MAXENTIVS the head. right.
Reverse: CONSERV VRB SUAE. Roma seated facing left in a tetrastyle temple, holding a scepter and globe; Maxentius standing facing right, holding scepter and stepping on captive. Wolf and twins on temple pediment; in exergue, AQS. RIC 113. 6.17 g
Jean Elsen auc 120 lot 320
2 commentschance v12/29/18 at 03:02NORMAN K: nice example! EXCELLENT DETAIL.
552 Hadrian Orichalcum Sestertius, Roma 118 AD Hadrian and Liberalitas 54 viewsReference.
RIC 552; Strack 516; Hunter II 324, BMCRE III 1137, Cohen II 914, SRCV II 3606 var. (band over shoulder, S - C at sides); Banti 488

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

Hadrian seated left on raised platform, before him sits an attendant distributing coins to a togate citizen climbing steps of platform, Liberalitas standing left on far side of attendant, holding coin counter, LIBERALITAS AVG / S C (senatus consulto) in exergue

25.81 gr
35 mm

The generosity and munificent largesses of Hadrian, after having been recorded many times on various coins and in diverse ways, are on the reverse of a first brass medal of great rarity, glorified altogether by the above splendid title, "The Benefactor of the World," a superlative the more remarkable, inasmuch as, neither before nor afterward, is it found conferred on any other emperor. -- Dictionary| of Roman| Coins|
FORVM coin
5 commentsokidoki11/29/18 at 12:32NORMAN K: fantastic great bust
Vespasian RIC-19090 views Sestertius, 25.22g
Rome mint, 71 AD
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: ROMA; S C in field; Roma stg. l., with Victory and spear
RIC 190 (C3). BMC 560. BNC 525.
Ex Pegasi 39, 13 November 2018, lot 467. Ex Bonhams, 11 June 2018, group lot 3. Ex Superior 2-3 June 1998, The J. B. Parker Collection, lot 7023.

In 71 AD the Rome and Lugdunum mints struck a massive iconic issue of aes coinage for Vespasian, setting the tone for the bronze coinage for the remainder of the reign. One of the commonest sestertius types struck for the issue was Roma holding Victory. Roma is depicted in the guise of an Amazon warrior, a typical attribute for her on the coinage during the Flavian era.

Fantastic portrait in good style.
5 commentsDavid Atherton11/29/18 at 12:31NORMAN K: very nice! well centered and great strike
RIC 0144 Domitian Denarius 95 viewsIMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M
Laureate head of Domitian right

Eagle standing front on thunderbolt, wings outspread, head left

Rome 82-83 AD

RIC 144 (R)

Ex-inumis France
11 commentsJay GT411/13/18 at 12:32NORMAN K: great coin.
5717 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Drachm 127-28 AD Nilus reclining on hippopotamus 46 viewsReference.
Emmett 1015.12; RPC III, 5717 Dattari 7750. BMC 787, p.92; Milne 1267; Kln 992

Issue L ΔWΔƐΚΑΤΟΥ = year 12

laureate draped and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, right, seen from behind.

Nilus reclining left on hippopotamus, holding reed in left and cornucopia with small Genius in right hand; above ΙϚ

26.69 gr
35 mm
Note Jay gt4
The Greek numeral sixteen (Iς) above Nilus refers to what was considered the ideal height of the annual Nile flood, sixteen cubits. Less could mean drought or famine. Even in modern times grand celebrations were held when the flood reached 16 cubits. In years when the flood failed to reach 16 cubits, the celebrations were canceled, and prayers and fasting were held instead. The peak flood occurred at the end of August, which explains why the Egyptian year began on 29 August.
1 commentsokidoki11/13/18 at 12:30NORMAN K: Like this type. nice
LYCAONIA. Iconium. Pseudo-autonomous. Time of Claudius to Hadrian 41-138 AD, Female seated22 viewsReference.
Aulock, Lykaonien 252; RPC II, 1608B

Facing gorgoneion, dotted border

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

2.60 gr
17 mm
3 commentsokidoki11/13/18 at 12:27NORMAN K: definitely unusual. nice
53 viewsTitus denarius

Ex: Auktionshaus H. D. Rauch GmbH; Auction 73, lot 598, 5/17/2004
5 commentspaul188811/11/18 at 02:26NORMAN K: beautiful coin excellent elephant!
0 Constantius II (Gaming Token?)33 viewsConstantius II, AE3, 22mm, Rome mint. DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust left, holding globe, N behind bust / FEL TEMP REPARATIO, Emperor nimbate and in military dress, with shield on left arm, on horseback galloping right, thrusting his spear at two barbarians wearing Phrygian helmets, who kneel before him with their arms raised towards him. N in right field. Mintmark R dot S. RIC VIII Rome 184 var (unlisted officina, RIC lists only officina T for this "R dot.. officina" issue.)4 commentsRandygeki(h2)11/11/18 at 02:22NORMAN K: interesting
GREEK, Lucania, Sybaris, AR Stater circa 550-510 BC 29mm 8.13g 12 h71 viewsBull standing left looking back,on exergual line composed of pellets between two lines VM retrograde in exergue,border of lines and pellets similar to exergue line. Rev similar to Obverse but the type is incuse and reversed the legend is omitted,and the incuse border is composed of square segents.
Some numismatist believe that Pablo Picasos was influenced by this coin in his art work,and that Pythagoras the Greek mathematician was responsible for this relief-incuse design.Sybaris was the richest and most important of the Greek colonies in Italy until its destruction by Kroton in 510 BC.
1 commentsGrant H11/11/18 at 02:19NORMAN K: great coin.
GREEK, Metapontum, AR Stater circa 500-480 BC 22mm 7.83g 12h medium spread flan.92 viewsMET to left of six grained ear small lizard to right head upwards guilloche border.Rev incuse seven grained ear.
EX Moneta Nova,EX Hirsch 2-19-11,EX Kricheldorf.
2 commentsGrant H11/11/18 at 02:18NORMAN K: nice example!
032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0306, Rome, AR-Denarius, HISPANIA, Hispania draped, reclining left, #1138 views032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0306, Rome, AR-Denarius, HISPANIA, Hispania draped, reclining left, #1
avers: HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, Laureate head right.
reverse: HISPANIA, Hispania draped, reclining left, holding the olive branch and leaning on a rock.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 18,5mm, weight: g, axes: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 136 A.D., ref: RIC II 306, RSC-349, BMC-361,
8 commentsquadrans10/26/18 at 03:06NORMAN K: great bust. Nice
106p Aurelianus/Vaballathus (270-275 A.D.), Egypt, Alexandria, Bi-Tetradrachm, G-3056, D-, -/LA//--, L/Δ//--, Vaballathus bust left, #1112 views106p Aurelianus/Vaballathus (270-275 A.D.), Egypt, Alexandria, Bi-Tetradrachm, G-3056, D-, -/LA//--, L/Δ//--, Vaballathus bust left, #1
avers: A K Λ ΔOM AVPHΛIANOC CEB, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, LA in left down.
reverse: I A C OVABAΛΛAΘOC AΘHN V AVT C P, Laureate and diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Vaballathus right, L-Δ across the field.
exergue: -/LA//--, L/Δ//--, diameter: 21,5mm, weight: 10,28g, axes:0 h,
mint: Egypt, Alexandria, date: 270-271 A.D., LA/ LΔ Year 1 for Aurelianus, and Year 4 for Vaballathus, ref: Geissen-3056, Dattari-, Kapmann-Ganschow-106.67-p334,
3 commentsquadrans10/17/18 at 23:24NORMAN K: very nice!
Maximianus Herculius20 viewsMaximianus Herculius, silvered antoninianus
21 mm, 3.93 g, Kyzikos.
Obv. IMP C M A MAXIMIANVS AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust to right.
Rev. CONCORDIA MILITVM, Emperor in military dress receiving globe from Jupiter; S in field, XXI (dot) in exergue.
RIC 607.
2 commentsMarsman09/19/18 at 21:12NORMAN K: excellent coin!
Q. Metellus Pius Scipio w/ Vespasian Countermark34 viewsQ. Metellus Pius Scipio. Silver Denarius 47-46 BC. Military mint traveling with Scipio in Africa.
O: Q METEL above, PIVS below, laureate head of Jupiter right, c/m: IMP VES (ligate) in incuse rectangle.
R: SCIPIO above, IMP in exergue, elephant advancing right.
- Crawford 459/1; HCRI 45; Sydenham 1050; Caecilia 47.

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

The countermark applied during Vespasian's rule is interesting proof that this older coinage continued in circulation.
3 commentsNemonater09/19/18 at 21:10NORMAN K: a wonderful piece of history
Caesar elephant denarius77 viewsCAESAR in exergue, elephant advancing right, trampling horned serpent.

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

49-48 BC. Military mint traveling with Caesar.


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

Wonderfully struck but was probably bent and straightened at some point

Ex-RCNA coin show; Ex: Charles Euston

Sold Forum Auction Oct 2018
6 commentsJay GT409/09/18 at 04:06NORMAN K: interesting coin
Cr 312/1 AR Denarius C. Sulpicius C.f. Galba21 views Rome, 106 BCE
o: Jugate heads of Dei Penates left, DPP before
r: Two soldiers swearing oath over sow, L above, C SVLPICI. C F in ex.
Crawford 312/1. Sulpicia 1
Serrated, 3.85g. (12h)
Penates were both personal and public gods, and this obverse emphasizes that these are the public form, "Publici", as it would be quite unusual to emphasize the private aspect of household gods. The oath scene on reverse likely refers to the founding myth of the white sow at Alba Longa in the Aeneid. The Sulpicii gens eventually culminated (and terminated) with the emperor Galba.
1 commentsPMah09/09/18 at 04:01NORMAN K: very nice!
Probus Antoninianus170 viewsIMP CM AVR PROBVS P AVG
Radiate and cuirassed bust of Probus right

Emperor on horseback trampling enemy, a shield in left hand, spear in right. A shield on the ground under the horse.

Bust type B

Serdica mint, 280-281 AD
4th emission, 3rd officina


RIC 880 (C).

EF with wonderful smooth dark brown/black glossy patina. Even nicer in hand.

Ex-Calgary Coin; Ex-George W. La Borde collection

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14 commentsJay GT407/30/18 at 13:19NORMAN K: great coin all around
bmc396_322 viewsElagabalus
Tyre, Phoenicia

Obv: IMP CAES MAV AN-TONINVS AVG, laureate draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind. Oval countermark of a male head right.
Rev: TV RI O RVM, Astarte wearing turreted crown and short chiton and himation, standing front left foot on prow, right hand on trophy and holding in left arm transverse scepter and is being crowned by Nike standing on column on right. Palm tree on left and murex shell on right.
32 mm, 14.14 gms

BMC 396, Countermark: Howgego 65
1 commentsCharles M07/30/18 at 13:14NORMAN K: love the countermark! interesting coin
Struck c.1726 - 1741, Louis XV (1715 - 1774), Gilt AE (Brass) Jeton13 viewsObverse: LUDXVDGFRETNREX. Laureate, draped and cuirassed juvenile bust of Louis XV facing left.
Reverse: VIS ANIMI CUM CORPORE CRESCIT. Apollo standing facing, head right, right hand on hip, bow in left hand, his right foot trampling the dragon that he has just defeated. Die flaw obscuring Apollo's face and in the left field of the reverse. Exergue, blank.

Struck at Nuremburg, Germany.
Die engraver: Although it is known that Michael Leykauff (Leichkauff or Leikauf)
was mint-master at Nuremburg from 1724 until he retired in 1768 the actual engraver of this jeton (which dates from around 1726 to 1741) is uncertain.
Dimensions: 23.78mm | Weight: 4.8gms | Die Axis: 6
Ref. Feuardent: 13230

This jeton was issued while Louis was still young. Louis reigned from the age of 5 under the regency of his uncle Philippe, son of Louis XIV's younger brother, also Philippe. The regency ran from 1715 until 1723, the year Louis attained his majority and which was also the year of Philippe's death.
The reverse inscription, which translates as The strength of the mind grows with the body is an almost exact quote from Lucretius' work On the nature of things which was popular in France at this time.
1 comments*Alex07/27/18 at 00:30NORMAN K: very nice!
09 Constantius II59 viewsConstantius II
pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
Soldier spearing falling horseman, Phrygian helmet, reaching
dot SMN gamma in ex, gamma left
Nicomedia 84
5 commentsRandygeki(h2)05/08/18 at 11:32NORMAN K: Very nice photo
Vespasian-RIC-1368130 viewsAR Denarius, 3.60g
Uncertain mint, 69-71 AD
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: IMPER below; Vespasian riding l., r. hand raised
RIC 1368 (R2). BMC 419. RSC 221. BNC 378.
Ex Knker 304, 19 March 2018, lot 1085.

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

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

Struck in high relief on a large flan.
9 commentsDavid Atherton04/19/18 at 11:42NORMAN K: impressive
037b Marcus Aurelius (139-161 A.D. as Caesar, 161-180 A.D. as Augustus), RIC III 0103, Rome, AR-Denarius, TR P XVIII COS III, Minerva standing left,125 views037b Marcus Aurelius (139-161 A.D. as Caesar, 161-180 A.D. as Augustus), RIC III 0103, Rome, AR-Denarius, TR P XVIII COS III, Minerva standing left,
avers: M ANTONINVS AVG IMP II, Bare-headed, cuirassed bust right.
reverse: TR P XVIII COS III, Minerva standing left, branch and spear, resting on shield.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 17,0-18,0mm, weight: 2,93g, axis: 0h,
mint: Rome, date: 163-164 A.D., ref: RIC III 103, p-, RSC 847,
3 commentsquadrans04/19/18 at 11:41NORMAN K: wonderful coin. great bust
Roman Imperial: Constantine I (307-337) Follis, Heraclea (RIC VII 16)30 viewsObv: IMP CONSTA-NTINVS AVG; Laureate and draped bust left, holding mappa in right hand and globe with scepter in left hand
Rev: PROVIDEN-TIA AVGG; Campgate with seven layers, three turrets, no doors, no star above; MHTB in exergue
3 commentsQuant.Geek04/19/18 at 11:39NORMAN K: interesting portrait. nice
020b Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC Titus 0357, RIC II(1962) (Titus) 0063, AR-Denarius, Rome, Two Capricornus, Large shield version!, SC, #1183 views020b Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC Titus 0357, RIC II(1962) (Titus) 0063, AR-Denarius, Rome, Two Capricornus, Large shield version!, SC, #1
avers: DIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS, Laureate head right.
reverse: No legend, Shield reading SC held by two capricornii, globe below.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 17,5-18,5mm, weight: 3,33g, axes: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 80-81 A.D., ref: RIC (Titus) 0357, RIC II(1962) (Titus) 0063 p-123, RSC 497, BMC 129, BM-129, Paris 101,
6 commentsquadrans04/19/18 at 11:38NORMAN K: nice coin & interesting history
Neapolis Campania Didrachm84 viewsHead of Parthenope left, wearing earing and beaded necklace. Tripod to right.

Man-headed bull standing right being crowned by winged nymph/victory; IΣ between legs NEOΠOΛITΩN in exergue

Neapolis, Campania
300-241 BC

Sambon 517; Glasgow 57; BMC 129

Very rare!

Ex-HJB ebay

Dark toning; a few remaining deposits. Much nicer in hand with almost black toning.

Thanks to Molinari's research this is one of 6 known examples. The others are found in BMC, 129, Dati web, Glasgow 57, Leningrad 1014, Torino RDC17508.
4 commentsJay GT404/15/18 at 15:32NORMAN K: Great find. Also would like to have one of this t...
ROMAN IMPERATORS, Octavian, Triumvir and Imperator, Silver Denarius, SRCV I 1558, RSC I 123, RIC I 267, Sear CRI 422, BMCRR 4348127 viewsSH16777. Silver denarius, SRCV I 1558, RSC I 123, RIC I 267, Sear CRI 422, BMCRR 4348, EF, lustrous, weight 3.781g, maximum diameter 20.9mm, die axis 180o, Italian (Rome?) mint, obverse bare head of Octavian right; reverse IMP CAESAR on architrave of the Actian arch, depicted as a single span surmounted by a large statue of Octavian in a facing triumphal quadriga; mirror luster, slight rainbow toning, struck flat on the top edge of the reverse, banker's marks
3 commentsJoe Sermarini04/02/18 at 17:53NORMAN K: wonderful type and nice detail & toning
Roman Empire, CONSTANTIUS I CHLORUS, FOLLIS RIC 30a Aquileia, 300 CE 76 viewsObverse: CONSTANTIVS NOB CAES, Laureate head right.
Reverse: SACRA MONET AVGG ET CAESS NOSTR, Monet standing left holding scales and cornucopia.
AQT in ex. 9.4 g, 36 mm
2 commentsNORMAN K04/02/18 at 15:01NORMAN K: Very happy to find this in a batch of uncleaned co...
Roman Empire, Probus Antoninianus 276-282 CE RIC 809 var. 84 viewsObverse - IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG. Radiate bust left, wearing Imperial mantle and holding eagle tipped scepter.
Reverse - VIRTVS AVGVSTIN. Probus on horseback right, riding over fallen enemy and spearing kneeling enemy before him with arms raised.
Mintmark XXIB Sisica mint with unlisted officinal (B)
21 mm diam., 4.2 g
3 commentsNORMAN K04/02/18 at 14:58NORMAN K: Knowing that it s in a great Probus collection mak...
01 Constantius II82 viewsConstantius II
DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG Constantius II pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO soldier spearing Horseman, bearded, bare-headed, reaching,
ALEA in ex. Γ in left field

Alexandria 72 var (headwear)

From the E.E. Clain-Stefanelli collection.
8 commentsRandygeki(h2)03/27/18 at 12:23NORMAN K: great coin
1001 Hadrian AS Roma 124-28 AD Hadrian bust39 viewsReference.
RIC 1001; C. 808; Strack C. Hybrid 56 pag. 221

Bust of Hadrian, laureate, draped, cuirassed, right

Bust of Hadrian, laureate, draped on left shoulder, right

11.62 gr
27 mm
3 commentsokidoki03/19/18 at 12:30NORMAN K: very unusual coin. ery nice
Thrace, Deultum, 062 Alexander Severus ( 221-222 A.D. Caesar, 222-235 A.D. Augustus), Varbanov II. 2265, AE-23, COL F L PAC DEVLT, Artemis walking right, 120 viewsThrace, Deultum, 062 Alexander Severus ( 221-222 A.D. Caesar, 222-235 A.D. Augustus), Varbanov II. 2265, AE-23, COL F L PAC DEVLT, Artemis walking right,
avers: IMP C M AVR SEV ALEXAND AVG, Laureate, draped bust right.
reverse: COL F L PAC DEVLT, Artemis walking right, holding the bow, reaching behind to grab an arrow from her quiver, hound between her feet.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 23,0-25,0 mm, weight: 6,50 g, axis:7h,
mint: Thrace, Deultum, date: A.D., ref: Varbanov II. 2265,
3 commentsquadrans03/19/18 at 12:26NORMAN K: Nice coin and beautiful green patina
4 Constantius II31 viewsConstantius II. AE17, Arles. DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG, pearl diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right / FEL TEMP REPARATIO, radiate phoenix standing right on rocky mound. Mintmark SARL palm branch. RIC VIII Arles 110.4 commentsRandygeki(h2)01/16/18 at 00:46NORMAN K: like it
Struck A.D.348 - 350. CONSTANS as Augustus. AE Majorina or Centenionalis of Antioch20 viewsObverse: D N CONSTANS P F AVG. Pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constans holding globe facing left.
Reverse: FEL TEMP REPARATIO. Soldier advancing right, dragging small barbarian from hut beneath tree; in exergue, ANΔ.
RIC VIII : 126.

This coin is one of the vast issues struck for several years following a reform of the bronze coinage by Constantius II and Constans in conjunction with the 1100th anniversary of Rome in A.D.348. The coins depict historical events associated with these emperors. This reverse type, though struck for both emperors, was in the East struck in greater numbers for Constans, even though this part of the Empire wasn't under his jurisdiction. It is therefore more than likely representative of Constans' defeat and settlement of the Franks in Toxandria, (part of Belgium) in A.D.342.
2 comments*Alex01/10/18 at 11:00NORMAN K: very interesting info. nice coin
Struck A.D.270 - 271. AURELIAN. Silvered Antoninianus of Siscia13 viewsObverse: IMP AVRELIANVS AVG. Radiate and cuirassed bust of Aurelian facing right.
Reverse: GENIVS ILLVR. Genius standing facing left beside standard to right, outstretched right hand holding patera, left holding cornucopiae; in left field, star; in exergue, Q.
Diameter: 22mm | Weight: 4.6gms | Die Axis: 12
RIC V i : 223

This coin is one of the issues which were struck on Aurelian's accession in celebration of the Danube provinces whose troops had brought him to power.
1 comments*Alex01/10/18 at 10:58NORMAN K: very nice. great find
154 - 155, ANTONINUS PIUS, AE AS21 viewsObverse: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XVIII, laureate and draped bust of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Reverse: BRITANNIA COS IIII, Britannia seated facing left on rock, shield and vexillum in background; in exergue, S C.
Diameter: 26mm | Weight: 12.7gms | Die Axis: 6h
RIC III: 934 | RCV: 4296 | Cohen: 117 | BMC: 1971

The bronze coins of Antoninus Pius bearing the "Britannia" reverse type have been found in considerable quantities in Britain, but are not generally recorded from Roman sites in France and Germany. The old theory that the "Britannia" issues of Antoninus Pius were minted in Britain is therefore not improbable, though it is possible that the issue was both issued at Rome and produced locally in Britannia. The many "Britannia" issues of Antoninus Pius found in Coventina's Well, Carrawburgh, seem to have come from only a few dies, suggesting that the place of mintage for them was not far distant.
The reverse type of Britannia seated on a rock, eventually adorned Great Britain's coinage many centuries later when the design was reintroduced by Charles II in 1672.

Dedications to Coventina and votive deposits were found in a walled area, now called Coventina's Well, which had been built to contain the outflow from a spring near the site of a Roman fort and settlement, on Hadrian's Wall. Now called Carrawburgh, the site is named as Procolita in the 5th century Notitia Dignitatum. The remains of a Roman Mithraeum and Nymphaeum were also found near the site.
1 comments*Alex01/06/18 at 23:40NORMAN K: very interesting
Struck A.D.323. CRISPUS CAESAR. AE3 of Sirmium12 viewsObverse: FL IVL CRISPVS NOB CAES. Laureate head of Crispus facing right.
Reverse: ALAMANNIA DEVICTA. Victory carrying trophy advancing right, left foot on seated captive; in exergue, SIRM.
RIC VII : 49

This coin was struck to commemorate the victories of Crispus in Germany.
2 comments*Alex01/06/18 at 23:35NORMAN K: love the patina
Probus Antoninianus 276-282 CE RIC 809 var.113 viewsObverse - IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG. Radiate bust left, wearing Imperial mantle and holding eagle tipped scepter.
Reverse - VIRTVS AVGVSTIN. Probus on horseback right, riding over fallen enemy and spearing kneeling enemy before him with arms raised.
Mintmark XXIB Siscia mint with unlisted officinal (B)
21 mm diam., 4.2 g
Sold Jan 2018
3 commentsNORMAN K01/05/18 at 19:26NORMAN K: Sadly I have to admit that I have sold this coin. ...
Roman Empire, Probus Antoninianus 276-282 CE RIC 809 var. 84 viewsObverse - IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG. Radiate bust left, wearing Imperial mantle and holding eagle tipped scepter.
Reverse - VIRTVS AVGVSTIN. Probus on horseback right, riding over fallen enemy and spearing kneeling enemy before him with arms raised.
Mintmark XXIB Sisica mint with unlisted officinal (B)
21 mm diam., 4.2 g
3 commentsNORMAN K01/05/18 at 19:23NORMAN K: Sadly I have to admit that I have sold this coin. ...
Domitian RIC-769110 viewsAR Denarius, 3.77g
Rome mint, 94 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P XIIII; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: IMP XXII COS XVI CENS P P P; Minerva stg. l., with spear (M4)
RIC 769 (C). BMC 221. RSC 284a. BNC 197.
Acquired from Forvm Ancient Coins, December 2017. Ex G&N 14, 2 March 2017, lot 602.

Struck between mid September and 31 December. Although the frequency rating in RIC rates this denarius as 'common' it is a fairly rare dating combination, owing to the fact it was minted for just a few months.

Superb style and in fantastic condition.
6 commentsDavid Atherton12/27/17 at 01:23NORMAN K: excellant coin
Struck A.D.222. SEVERUS ALEXANDER. Billon Tetradrachm of Alexandria12 viewsObverse: A KAI MAP AYP CEYHP AΛEΞANΔPOC EYCEB. Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Severus Alexander facing right.
Reverse: No legend. Tyche, holding rudder, reclining facing left on garlanded couch; above, L A (= regnal year 1 = A.D 222).
Diameter: 22mm | Weight: 11.91gms | Die Axis: 12
Geissen: 2405. | Dattari: 4381
Ex Dionysos (VCoins)
1 comments*Alex12/27/17 at 01:22NORMAN K: nice reverse
Constantine 8.07.01227 viewsConstantine
(Sol raising right hand, holding up globe with left)
S |P
MSL in ex
RIC VII 70 CT 8.07.012 (S)
1 commentsNoviomagus12/08/17 at 13:14NORMAN K: Beautiful coin.
EB0544 Geta / Cybele24 viewsGeta, AE 28 of Ancyra, Phrygia, 198-209 AD.
Obv: [Λ CEΠT] ΓETAC KAI, Draped bust right.
Rev: EΠI ΛΠOΛΛOP' NOVC ΛOV AP A AΓKVP A NΩN, Cybele enthroned, holding patera in right hand with lion at her feet.
References: SNG AUL 3442, SLG WADDINGTON 5653.
Diameter: 27mm, Weight: 9.831 grams.
1 commentsEB12/08/17 at 13:13NORMAN K: love the reverse. great coin
EB0553 Gallienus / Three prize purses32 viewsGallienus, AE decassarion of Perga, Pamphylia 253-268 AD.
Obv: AVT K ΛI ΠO A-I ΓAΛΛIHN-O CЄB, Laureate and draped bust right; in right field, denominational mark (I).
Rev: ΠEΡ ΓAI ΩN, chest with three prize purses on top.
References: SNG von Aulock 4725, SNGCop 355.
Diameter: 30.5mm, Weight: 14.894 grams.

The reverse has an interesting feature consisting of two concentric slightly raised disks, most likely marks left from flan preparation.
2 commentsEB12/08/17 at 13:12NORMAN K: very interesting coin. nice
Roman Empire , Magnentius AE 2343 viewsObverse : DN MAGNENTIVS P F AVG, bare head, draped bust right.
Reverse : SALVS DD NN AVG ET CAES, Chi Rho flanked by A , and ω .
Superb early Christian A Chi-Rho ω .VF. Struck AD 350-353.

The first fully Christian design coin in history.
"I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End."

The Sam Mansourati Collection.
Under study.
3 commentsSam12/08/17 at 13:11NORMAN K: love it, great patina and detail
Struck A.D.276 - 282. PROBUS. AE ANTONINIANUS of Rome13 viewsObverse: PROBVS P F AVG. Radiate and cuirassed bust of Probus with aegis, facing right.
Reverse: MARTI PACIF. Mars advancing left, holding olive-branch in raised right hand, spear and decorated shield in left; in exergue, R Q Γ.
Diameter: 21mm | Weight: 3.4gms | Die Axis: 6
RIC V ii : 177.
Part of the "AEQVITI" series of Rome, this coin = "Q".
1 comments*Alex12/08/17 at 13:09NORMAN K: nice
Roman Civil Wars 68-6991 viewsNero, Vindex, Galba, Otho, Vitellius x2 and Vespasian x38 commentsNemonater12/08/17 at 13:07NORMAN K: amazing set of hard to find coins
Constantine II 8.12.00920 viewsConstantine II
(R .laur, draped, cuir, seen from back)
(Sol raising right hand, holding up globe with left)
Crescent | *
PLN in ex
RIC VII 153 CT 8.12.009 (S)

2 commentsNoviomagus12/02/17 at 01:41NORMAN K: great detail
Domitian RIC 2691 viewsAR Denarius, 3.53g
Rome mint, 81 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: COS VII DES VIII P P; Dolphin coiled around anchor
RIC 26 (R). BMC spec. acquired 1987. RSC 63. BNC -.
Acquired from CGB, November 2017. Ex CGB Live Auction, 1 August 2017, lot brm_440753 (unsold).

An interesting denarius from Domitian's Group 3 denarii, a carry-over type from Titus' pulvinaria series. Curiously, the reverse legend lacks a TRP date (a title Domitian was awarded upon accession), yet it is matched with an obverse legend employed later in the year. This reverse legend is more appropriate chronologically paired with the early 'PONT' obverse dies with which it also shares a link. RIC notes the chronology is not precise with these issues from 81 and they are grouped only for 'convenience'. A possible explanation for such an odd legend pairing would be the mint workers continuing to use old reverse dies with newly engraved obverses. With that in mind, it is not surprising die links between Groups 2, 3, and 4 are known. Generally, denarii with the reverse legend lacking TRP are quite scarce - all of the types in the group have a frequency rating of rare or very rare. The dolphin and anchor reverse is probably the most common one in the issue.

A pleasing 'pinched' portrait in fine metal.
7 commentsDavid Atherton11/30/17 at 00:32NORMAN K: beautiful portrait great detail. wow
Bruttium Vibo Valentia Semis78 views Bronze semis

head of Juno (Hera) right, wearing stephane, S (mark of value) behind

Double cornucopia overflowing with grain and grapes, carnyx (control symbol) and S (mark of value) on right

Vibo Valentia mint, 193 - 150 B.C.

3.57g, 18.1 mm 270o

Mensitieri Valentia 211; HN Italy 2263; SNG ANS 483, SNG Cop 1849; BMC Italy p. 361, 16 (control described as staff ending in boar's head)

Ex-Forum from the Andrew McCabe Collection
6 commentsJay GT411/30/17 at 00:30NORMAN K: connection makes it an even better nice find.
Date: C, 309 AD
Rev: PRINCIPI IVVENTVTIS, Constantine standing facing, head right, holding spear and globe; T-F//PTR
Size: 26 mm
Weight: 6.69g
Ref: RIC VI 841a
4 commentsXLi11/18/17 at 21:20NORMAN K: amazing coin great strike
RIC 0048 Domitian denarius137 viewsIMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PM
Laureate head right

Curule chair, wreath above

Rome, September 13-December 31, 81 AD


RIC 48 (C)

Ex- RM Collection, Ex-Calgary Coin
8 commentsJay GT410/29/17 at 23:28NORMAN K: Beautiful coin.
RIC 0070 Domitian Denarius Fake107 viewsIMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PM
Laureate head right

Seat draped, above winged thunderbolt

Rome, September 13- December 31, 81 AD

RIC 70 (C)



Lipanoff fake from struck dies

Published: Sofia 2004, no.38

7 commentsJay GT410/29/17 at 23:26NORMAN K: nice find
ROMAN EMPIRE, Hadrian Dupondius 117 AD Concordia154 viewsReference.
RIC 538b; C. 260; BMC 1107; Strack 502

Radiate, laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right, baldric strap over shoulder and across chest, seen from front

Concordia enthroned facing left, holding patera in right hand, left elbow resting on small statue of Spes on small column, cornucopiae below throne.

28 mm

CNG Sale 11/09.
From the Estate Collection of Dr. Richard Doty
8 commentsokidoki10/19/17 at 03:55NORMAN K: VERY NICE
Trilobite 24 viewsOrder: Asaphida
Superfamily: Asaphoidea
Family: Asaphidae
Species: Homotelus bromidensis
2 commentsRandygeki(h2)08/29/17 at 02:52NORMAN K: Really nice. I used to have a nice one but my son...
3 Constans55 views
Billon centenionalis of Constans
Antioch, officina 3; 348-350 CE
4.4 g, 22 mm
D N CONSTA-NS P F AVG Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust left, globe in right hand.
FEL TEMP REPA-RATIO Helmeted soldier, spear in left hand, advancing right, head left; with his right hand he leads a small bare-headed figure from a hut beneath a tree. The spear points downwards, between the soldier's legs. Star in upper left field, AN Gamma in ex
RIC VIII Antioch 128; LRBC 2615
6 commentsRandygeki(h2)08/26/17 at 10:01NORMAN K: Great coin.
16 Constantius II imitation59 views Constantius II imitation
Blundered legend pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right,
Blundered legend soldier spearing Horseman
AMB in ex
4 commentsRandygeki(h2)08/26/17 at 09:58NORMAN K: great detail on the reverse. nice
Mysia, Pergamon, (200-0 B.C.), AE-17, SNG Cop-360, ΠERΓAMH, Nike walking right,381 viewsMysia, Pergamon, (200-0 B.C.), AE-17, SNG Cop-360, ΠERΓAMH, Nike walking right,
avers: Helmeted head of Athena right, with Owl countermark.
revers: ΠERΓAMH, Nike walking right, holding wreath and palm branch.
exerg:-/-//--, diameter: 17mm, weight: 5,06g, axes: 0h,
mint: Mysia, Pergamon,
date: 200-0 B.C., ref: SNG Cop-360, Weber 5182-5183, BMC 135-138, Sear Greek 3974,
3 commentsquadrans08/26/17 at 09:56NORMAN K: counter-marks certainly make the coin more interes...
Mysia, Pergamon, (200-0 B.C.), AE-18, SNG France 1803, AΣKΛHΠIOY ΣΩTHPOΣ, Serpent entwined around omphalos,146 viewsMysia, Pergamon, (200-0 B.C.), AE-18, SNG France 1803, AΣKΛHΠIOY ΣΩTHPOΣ, Serpent entwined around omphalos,
avers: Laureate head of Asklepios right.
revers: AΣKΛHΠIOY ΣΩTHPOΣ, Serpent entwined around omphalos.
exerg:-/-//--, diameter: 17,5-18mm, weight: 6,00g, axes: 11h,
mint: Mysia, Pergamon, date: after 133 B.C., ref: SNG France 1803, SNGvA 1372, BMC Mysia p-129, 158,
1 commentsquadrans08/26/17 at 09:54NORMAN K: beautiful patina good strike and well centered. gr...
Mysia, Kyzikos, 002 Augustus (63 B.C.-14 A.D.), AE-16, RPC I 2244, K-Y/Z-I, Torch, all within wreath, Rare ! 80 viewsMysia, Kyzikos, 002 Augustus (63 B.C.-14 A.D.), AE-16, RPC I 2244, K-Y/Z-I, Torch, all within wreath, Rare !
avers:- No legend, bare head right, border of dots.
revers:- K-Y Z-I in two lines to left and right of torch, all within wreath of corn-ears.
exe: K-Y/Z-I//--, diameter: 15-16mm, weight: 2,59g, axis: 1h,
mint: Mysia, Kyzikos, 002 Augustus, date: 63 B.C.-14 A.D., ref: RPC I 2244, SNG Tbingen 2277, BMC 210, SNG France 621, SNG von Aulock 7368,
1 commentsquadrans08/26/17 at 09:52NORMAN K: interesting coin. nice.
ROMAN EMPIRE, Septimius Severus, Silver Denarius66 viewsStruck 203 A.D., Rome mint, 19mm, 3.4g, EF, RIC IV 189b

OBVERSE: Laureate head of Severus, bearded, right. SEVERVS PIVS AVG[USTUS] (Severus Pius, the Revered One).

REVERSE: Goddess of luck, Fortuna, seated left, holding rudder and cornucopia, wheel below seat. P[ONTIFEX] M[AXIMUS] TR[IBUNICIA] P[OTESTATE] XI COS III P[ATER] P[ATRIAE] (Highest Priest, Tribune of the People for the 11th time, Consul for the 3rd time, Father of the Country).
3 commentsMichael H408/16/17 at 18:05NORMAN K: wonderful almost no wear
Roman Empire , Maximinus I. AD 235-238. AR Denarius.45 viewsRome mint. 2nd emission, AD 236. Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Victory advancing right, holding wreath and palm frond. RIC IV 16; gVF, .
2.98 Gr.
2 commentsSam08/12/17 at 07:12NORMAN K: Beautiful coin.
538 Hadrian Dupondius 117 AD Concordia127 viewsReference.
RIC 538b; C. 260; BMC 1107; Strack 502

Radiate, laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right, baldric strap over shoulder and across chest, seen from front

Concordia enthroned facing left, holding patera in right hand, left elbow resting on small statue of Spes on small column, cornucopiae below throne.

28 mm
CNG Sale 11/09.
From the Estate Collection of Dr. Richard Doty
10 commentsokidoki07/03/17 at 01:39NORMAN K: very nice coin and a fantastic collection
ROMAN EMPIRE, Constans AD 337-350 Trier (TRS)83 viewsObv: CONSTAN-SPFAVG
Rev: Two Victories with Wreaths, Leaf between Victories
2 commentsLaetvs06/12/17 at 07:26NORMAN K: Yes very unusual with that symbol. Great coin
0844 Hadrian AS Roma 134-38 AD Alexandria reclining44 viewsReference.
Strack 711; RIC II 844; C 161.

Bareheaded and draped bust r. wearing paludamentum

Alexandria reclining l., holding ears of corn and vine branch; in front of her, ears of corn growing.
snake gliding from lap

11.44 gr
28 mm

Ex NAC sale 78, 2014, 2249.
2 commentsokidoki06/09/17 at 22:35NORMAN K: very interisting really like this coin.. nice
706 Hadrian Sestertius Roma 132-34 AD Galley left57 viewsReference
RIC 706; Strack 837; C. 657; Banti 337

Laureate head right.

Galley moving left with stearman and five rowers; vexillum on prow.

23.61 gr
31 mm

Stack's Bowers Galleries January 2013 N.Y.I.N.C. lot 5210

An acrostolium is an ornamental extension of the stem post on the prow of an ancient warship. Often used as a symbol of victory or of power at sea. (numiswiki)
1st-4th Century AD:
The Ship in Imperial Rome

Realizing its importance, Augustus established the Roman navy along lines similar to that of the legions. In addition to a number of key harbors, from which ships could be deployed, he stationed several fleets (Latin classes) in key areas throughout the empire. Among these, the classis Britannica patrolled the channel between Gaul and Britannia, protecting the shipping lanes. Its strategic regional importance is commemorated in the coinage of several of the period usurpers from the area. M. Aurelius Postumus was the first to do so (lots 676-679). His bronze ship issues carry the legend LAETITIA AVG, emphasizing the source of imperial well-being resides in a strong navy. The usurper M. Aurelius Carausius, commander of the classis Britannica under Diocletian, struck coins commemorating, in part, his control of that fleet and its abilities in keeping the sea lanes open (lot 680). His short-lived successor, Allectus, continued the type (lots 681-684).

One important function of the navy was the transportation of the imperial family on state visits. From the time of Augustus, vessels were dispatched to carry the emperor between the capital and the provinces. One such instance is commemorated in a rare bronze as, struck at Patrae in AD 66/7 (lot 609). The reverse depicts the quinquereme used to carry Nero on his infamous tour of Greece. Hadrians extensive travels were recorded with a wide variety of ship types struck at Rome (lots 610-622), and in the East (lot 623). An inscription from Ephesus (Syll. III 3241), records that a local captain, L. Erastus, used his ship to transport the emperor while he was in that area. A coin struck at Alexandria (lot 624) is of particular importance for, in the same year as the coin was struck Antinos drowned as the imperial party was sailing up the Nile. Hadrians successors continued to travel, now to shore up border conflicts or prepare for one of the periodic wars with Persia (lots 625-627; 631-675). By the middle of the third century AD local issues, rather than those minted at the imperial capital, recorded these events, a sign that the center of power was drifting away from Rome itself.

Warships were not the exclusive vessel of the Roman navy. Providing the empire with an uninterrupted supply of grain, as well as other necessary supplies, necessitated the construction of ship for such a purpose. Unlike the warship, which required speed and strength for ramming, the merchantman (Greek nau~ stroggulh; Latin navis oneraria) was of broader beam. Many of these vessels, like the ponto or more common actuaria resembled the shape of a trireme and could be powered by both oars and sails. Since ships of this type were used to transport vital commodities such as wine and grain, they, like the large ponto, are often those shown on coins from the Black Sea (lots 655 and 664-666). The great Roman merchantman, or corbita, often seen in part on imperial issues commemorating the annona, is more familiar (lots 607-608). Powered by two large sails, it featured a rear cabin in the shape of a swan and was the true workhorse of Roman merchant vessels; its type continued well into the Byzantine period.
3 commentsokidoki06/09/17 at 22:30NORMAN K: wonderful type. nice coin
Gallienus, Antoninianus84 viewsRome mint, 7th officina, AD 267-268
GALLIENVS AVG, radiate head right
APOLLINI CONS AVG, Centaur walking right, drawing bow. Z at exergue
2.41 gr
Ref : Cohen # 72, RCV # 10177, Gbl # 735b, RIC # 163, Cmr # 2a7
5 commentsPotator II06/09/17 at 22:29NORMAN K: very interesting reverse. nice
2 Constantius II61 viewsConstantius II
A.D. 348- 350
20x23mm 4.5gm

DN CONSTAN-TIVS P F AVG, pearl-diadem, draped, cuirassed, globe in hand.

FEL TEMP-REPARATIO, Emperor bare headed and in military dress standing, holding standard with cross on banner in his right hand, resting left hand on shield. Two bound captives standing to the left before him; ✶in left field.
In ex. SMKE

RIC VIII Cyzicus 84
6 commentsRandygeki(h2)06/09/17 at 22:28NORMAN K: great detail. nice coin
160 - Constantine the Great - RIC VI Ticinum 124a37 viewsFollis
Obv: CONSTANTINVS P F AVG, Laureate cuirassed bust right
Rev:. MARTI CONSERVATORI. Mars helmeted, in military dress, spread cloak, standing, right, holding reversed spear, left hand leaning on shield
Minted in Ticinum (//TT). A.D. 312-313
Reference: RIC VI Ticinum 124a (S)
3 commentsmaridvnvm06/09/17 at 22:25NORMAN K: superb coin
636 Hadrian Sestertius, Roma 124-28 AD Roma33 viewsReference.
RIC 636; BMC 1294; C. 342; Strack 611

Laureate head right, slight drapery on far shoulder.

Rev: COS III / S C.
Roma seated left on cuirass, resting right foot on helmet, holding Victory and cornucopia; shield behind

23.53 gr
33 mm

Ex Collection Freimut Hther (1935-2016)
1 commentsokidoki06/09/17 at 16:32NORMAN K: Nice example, large coin
Macrinus, Antioch. Brockage36 viewsMacrinus, Antioch.
Brockage AE20 cf. McAlee-723

18.5 - 20.0 mm, 4.37 g.

ex. Forvm Ancient Coins & Molinari collection
1 commentsPekka K06/09/17 at 16:31NORMAN K: Nice brockage. I find them very interesting
Gotarzes II52 views(14.16 gm; 28 mm). Minted at Seleucia on the Tigris in month Apellaios, year 358 SE (AD. 46). Diademed bust left / Gotarzes seated right, receiving wreath from Tyche standing left, holding cornucopia; (year) above. Sellwood 65.8var.; Shore 361; Sunrise 416.

Upon the death of their father Artabanos III, Vardanes I (the principal heir) and Gotarzes II contested for the kingship. Vardanes was eventually successful, but was murdered shortly thereafter. Like his father, Gotarzes subsequent rule was primarily consumed with internal strife. Also like his father, his primary rivals were supported by Rome as well as some of the Iranian nobility. He was ultimately successful, but his rule accomplished little, as the constant strife continued the overall slow decline of the Parthian kingdom.
2 commentsThatParthianGuy06/08/17 at 03:21NORMAN K: Beautiful coin.
Arsakes II65 viewsAR Drachm (16mm, 4.09 g, 12h). Rhagai-Arsakeia(?) mint. Struck circa 211-209 BC. Head left, wearing bashlyk and earring / Archer (Arsakes I) seated right on throne, holding bow; to right, eagle standing facing, head left, with wings displayed; APΣAKY downward to left. Sellwood 6.1; A&S Type 6, obv. 6/1, rev. 6/2; Shore 4; Sunrise 241-3.

Arsakes II, son of Arsakes I, ascended the Parthian throne about 210 BC. At roughly the same time, the Seleukid king Antiochos III (223-187 BC) marched out of Ecbatana to recover the eastern Seleukid provinces that were lost to the young Parthian kingdom. Justin (41.5.7) comments that Arsakes II fought with admirable gallantry against Antiochos, and finally became his ally. Whether the Parthians resumed minting after the return of Antiochos returned to Ekbatana in 205 BC, after his Baktrian expedition, cannot be ascertained. It is possible that, until his defeat by the Romans at the Battle of Magnesia in 190/189 BC, Antiochos held sway over Iran at least as far east as the Baktrian frontiers and thus suppressed the circulation of non-Seleukid currencies. Unfortunately, the exact date and circumstances of the death of Arsakes II are unknown. The superb condition of the great majority of S6 drachms of Arsakes II implies that they were minted and almost immediately interred at around the time of Antiochos IIIs eastern expedition to Parthia and Baktria in 209 BC (from CNG).
3 commentsThatParthianGuy06/08/17 at 03:20NORMAN K: very nice
Antiochos III Megas49 viewsAR Tetradrachm (28mm, 17.04 g, 12h). ΔI mint, in Southern or Eastern Syria. Struck circa 197-187 BC. Diademed head right / Apollo Delphios, testing arrow and placing hand on grounded bow, seated left on omphalos; ΔI in exergue. SC 1112; HGC 9, 447y. 1 commentsThatParthianGuy06/08/17 at 03:20NORMAN K: Beautiful coin.
Tiberius, RIC 90 Dupondis29 views76217. Orichalcum dupondius, RPC I 3869, RIC I 90 (R2), Cohen I 8,
BMCRE I 175, SNG Munchen -, SNG Hunterian -, BMC Syria -, F,
nice dark patina with earthen deposit highlighting, reverse double struck,
17.303g, 30.2mm, 0o, Commagene mint, 20 - 21 CE
Obverse: TI CAESAR DIVI AVGVSTI F AVGVSTVS, laureate head right;
(high priest, consul the 3rd time, imperator the 7th time,
tribune of the people for 22 years), caduceus flanked by branch at
each side, between two crossed cornucopias;
2 commentsNORMAN K06/07/17 at 15:37NORMAN K: Forum Photo
Tiberius, RIC 90 Dupondius29 views76217. Orichalcum dupondius, RPC I 3869, RIC I 90 (R2), Cohen I 8,
BMCRE I 175, SNG Munchen -, SNG Hunterian -, BMC Syria -, F,
nice dark patina with earthen deposit highlighting, reverse double struck,
17.303g, 30.2mm, 0o, Commagene mint, 20 - 21 CE
Obverse: TI CAESAR DIVI AVGVSTI F AVGVSTVS, laureate head right;
(high priest, consul the 3rd time, imperator the 7th time,
tribune of the people for 22 years), caduceus flanked by branch at
each side, between two crossed cornucopias;
1 commentsNORMAN K06/07/17 at 15:35NORMAN K: my photo
RIC 3, p.276, 792 - Lucilla, VOTA PVBLICA round wreath40 viewsLucilla
Obv.: LVCILLAE AVG ANTONINI AVG F, draped bust right
Rev.: VOTA PVBLICA, Wreath surrounded by legend, in centre, a dot
Ag, 18mm, 2.98g
Ref.: RIC III, p.276, 792, CRE 276 [R3]
2 commentsshanxi05/30/17 at 10:09NORMAN K: great addition. Nice
Pakoros II53 viewstetradrachm, 79 - 105 AD
Sellwood 73.7-8

Ex-Parthicus Collection
5 commentsRobert L305/26/17 at 15:31NORMAN K: outstanding coin
Titus as Caesar RIC 861 (1)84 viewsAR Denarius, 3.33g
Rome mint, 76 AD (Vespasian)
Obv: T CAESAR IMP VESPASIAN; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: COS V across field; Eagle head l. standing on thunderbolt, on Altar. Very uncommon with thunderbolt showing.
RIC 861 (C). BMC 191. RSC 59. BNC 166.
Acquired from Sphinx Numismatics, May 2017.

The more uncommon variant of the type showing the eagle clutching a thunderbolt in its talons.

A decent denarius with the 'large head' portrait.
6 commentsDavid Atherton05/25/17 at 22:39NORMAN K: very bold
Roman Empire, Constantine I, Follis. Constantinople (328-9) 111 viewsConstantine I. Follis. Constantinople (328-9)
Obv: CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG, rosette-diademed, draped bust right
Rev: CONSTANTINIANA DAFNE, Victory seated left on cippus, looking right, holding palm branch in each hand, trophy in background, captive seated left at foot.
Officina letter B in left field. Mintmark CONS star.
RIC VII 38 (R4). EF-/EF. Very scarce.
Ex: Dattari Collection
Jesus Vico Auction 147 March 9, 2017
6 commentsorfew05/25/17 at 22:38NORMAN K: Beautiful coin.
Roman Empire, Maximinus I Thrax Sestertius243 viewsObv. MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG GERM, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev. SALVS AVGVSTI S C, Salus seated left on throne, feeding, with her right hand, snake rising right from altar to left.
Mint: Rome, 235-238 AD.

20mm 20.18g

RIC 85, BMC 175, Cohen 92

Ex Nomos 1, 6 May 2009, 159.
Ex Bank Leu 18, 5 May 1977, 368. From the collection of Ph. S.

Salus was considered since the time of the Flavians as one of the most important ideals of the Roman Empire and embodied health and safety. Salus is here not only to express the personal health of the ruler, but also connected to the well-being of the people and a general sense of security.
Although Maximinus led successful campaigns against the Jazygen tribe and against the Dacians (title GERMANICVS), he was not particularly popular in the Senate, because he denied the Senate in Rome probably the usual voice and his rule largely based on the Rhine and Danube regions. Other reasons for the resistance in the Senate played the (historians controversial) origin of the Maximinus from Thrace and also from very simple conditions, which the nobiles did not think befitting.
In addition, his campaigns were so costly that he allegedly even had to take money from the poor and grain supply of Rome. Although he pushed forward not only military expenditure but also the development of the road network, the ruler's budgetary planning attempt to remedy the foreign policy problems of Rome through elaborate campaigns met with general misunderstanding, which was especially prevalent in the south and east of the empire, where only the increased tax pressured but the people did not notice the successes. Maximinus evidently did not understand how to efficiently promote his policy. For these reasons, it came after only three years in office to surveys against the Emperor, which ultimately led to his murder by his own troops.
7 commentskc05/25/17 at 22:37NORMAN K: WOW!
Egypt, Alexandria: Nero (54-68 CE) BI Tetradrachm, RY14 (Kln 203-204; Dattari (Savio) 244; Milne 298-299; Emmett 129)41 viewsObv: NEΡΩ KΛAV KAIΣ ΣEB ΓΕΡ AV; radiate head of Nero left, wearing aegis; LI∆ to left
Rev: ΠΟΣEIΔWN IΣΘMIΟΣ; bust of Poseidon right, wearing taenia, slight drapery on left shoulder; trident behind, star to right
3 commentsQuant.Geek05/25/17 at 22:34NORMAN K: wonderful in many ways
Kingdom of Macedonia, Alexander the Great. AE Hemiobol (4 Chalkoi). Struck 325 310 BC at an uncertain mint in Macedonia.16 viewsObverse: No legend. Head of Herakles facing right, wearing lion-skin knotted at base of neck.
Reverse: A quiver (arrow case) placed on top of a bow and below it a club, large B A between; mint-mark, below the club, is a laurel branch.
Diameter: 17mm | Weight: 5.1gms | Die Axis: 7
Price: 385 | Sear: 6742

This coin is a subtype of the quiver type (Type 1B), with the inscription now reading B A (for BAΣIΛEOΣ AΛEΞANΔPOY = KING ALEXANDER). Price believed this coin type was minted both during and after Alexander's lifetime.
1 comments*Alex05/25/17 at 22:33NORMAN K: nice detail and patina
Augustus silver denarius RIC 4325 viewsSilver denarius, RIC II, part 1, 43; RSC II 43; BMCRE II 50;
BnF III 36; Hunter I 21, weight 3.3 g, maximum diameter 18.2 mm,
Rome mint, Jul - Dec 71 CE.
Obverse: IMP CAES VESP AVG P M, laureate head right.
Reverse simpulum, sprinkler, jug and lituus, AVGVR above, TRI POT below
Roman emperor Vespasian was most famous for building the Flavian
Amphitheater, also known as the Colosseum. Like many Roman emperors,
Vespasian rose in prominence because of his military skills and work ethics.
Following his ten year rule, he left behind a record of restored order,
stability and good government. He was succeeded by his son Titus in 79 CE,
who had been sent to quell the Jewish revolt of 66-70 CE.
2 commentsNORMAN K05/21/17 at 09:57NORMAN K: new photo w/light filter
Roman Imperial: Allectus (295-296 CE) BI Quinarius, London (Burnett 111; RIC 55; Webb 89)17 viewsObv: IMP C ALLECTVS P F AVG; radiate and cuirassed bust right
Rev: VIRTVS AVG; galley left, with mast and five oars; QL in exergue
1 commentsQuant.Geek05/19/17 at 12:27NORMAN K: Beautiful
Egypt, Alexandria: Commodus (177-192 CE) BI Tetradrachm, RY 21 (Kln 2204; Dattari (Savio) 3852; K&G 41.24; Emmett 2536.21)19 viewsObv: Μ ΑVΡΗ ΚΟΜΜ ΑΝΤωΝΙΝΟС; Laureate head right
Rev: Emperor driving quadriga right, holding scepter and reins; L KA above
1 commentsQuant.Geek05/19/17 at 12:26NORMAN K: Very nice. Great collection of coins
Parthian Empire: Mithradates II (121-91 BCE) AR Drachm, Ekbatana (Sellwood 27.2; Sunrise 294; Shore 86)29 viewsObv: Long-bearded bust left wearing diadem; circular border of pellets
Rev: Beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; empty cloak arm ending in a point; flan widespread and design much larger than usual; no border; five-line Greek inscription - ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ − ΒΑΣΙ − ΛΕΩΝ − ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ / ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ / ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ
1 commentsQuant.Geek05/19/17 at 12:24NORMAN K: Amazing detail. Lovely coin
Constantine I, AD 306-337.14 views Follis, 20mm, 2.8g, 1h; Lugdunum mint, AD 316.
Obv.: IMP CONSTANTINVS AVG; laureate, cuirassed bust right.
Rev.: SOLI INVIC-TO COMITI; Sol standing right, looking left, chalmys spread, holding globe / A - S // PLG
Reference: Not in RIC, compare to VII 62 with different obverse legend.
1 commentsJohn Anthony05/19/17 at 12:22NORMAN K: Great patina, nice coin
11.5 Julia Titi39 viewsJulia Titi, Daughter of Titus (A.D. 79-80). Augusta, A.D. 79-90/1. AE dupondius. Rome mint, struck A.D. 79/80 by Titus. From the RJM Collection.
Julia Titi, Daughter of Titus (A.D. 79-80). Augusta, A.D. 79-90/1. AE dupondius (27.82 mm, 10.08 g, 5 h). Rome mint, struck A.D. 79/80 by Titus. IVLIA IMP T AVG F AVGVSTA, draped bust of Julia right, hair drawn-up in bun / Vesta seated left holding palladium and scepter; S - C // VESTA. RIC 398 (Titus); BN (Titus) 270, 271; BMC (Titus) 256, 257. Fine, green patina, cleaning marks.

From the RJM Collection.

Ex Agora Auctions, 5/9/2017
3 commentsSosius05/19/17 at 12:21NORMAN K: nice find
GAUL, Nemausus. Augustus, with Agrippa. 27 BC-AD 14. 29 views Dupondius, 26mm, 12.3g, 2h; Nemausus mint. Struck circa AD 10-14.
Obv.: Heads of Agrippa left and Augustus right, back to back, that of Agrippa wearing combined rostral crown and laurel wreath, that of Augustus laureate.
Rev.: COL NEM; Crocodile right chained to palm-branch; wreath with long ties above.
Reference: RPC I 525; RIC I 159 / 17-144-225
2 commentsJohn Anthony05/19/17 at 12:19NORMAN K: Absolutely wonderful coin
3 Constans55 viewsCoin Type: Billon centenionalis of Constans, Caesar 333-337 CE, Augustus 337-350 CE
Mint and Date: Constantinople, officina 1; 348-351 CE
Size and Weight: 20mm x 21mm, 4.30g
Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust left, globe in right hand.
Helmeted soldier, spear in left hand, advancing right, head left; with his right hand he leads a small bare-headed figure from a hut beneath a tree. The spear points downwards, between the soldier's legs.
Exergue: CONSA

Ref: RIC VIII Constantinople 86; LRBC 2012
BW Ref: 115 024 080

Ex Moonmoth
4 commentsRandygeki(h2)05/19/17 at 12:11NORMAN K: very nice
35 viewsGAUL: Anonymous, circa 80-52 BC, AE15, cf. D&T 2638 (for style), stylized Alexandrian head right // YLLYCCV (?) around sylized eagle standing left; pentagram and pellets-in-annulets to right1 commentsQuant.Geek05/19/17 at 12:07NORMAN K: very interesting . Nice coin
GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa 450-440 BC 25 mm 1723 g 9h Jenkins group 4 [O66/R133,342. 4?,SNG ANS 63,SNG Lockett 771,Gulbenkian 197,Dewing 603,82 viewsQuadriga driven slowly to right by bearded charioteer,above Nike flying right to crown the horses,in exergue palmette with tendrils.Rev Forepart of man-headed bull to right,within compass drawn circle around edge of die.2 commentsGrant H05/19/17 at 11:45NORMAN K: Beautiful coin. Love it A++++
RIC 0854 Domitianus97 viewsObv : IMP CAES DOMITIANVS, Laureate head right
Rev : ROME ET AVG (in entablature), Temple with two columns, enclosing Augustus, standing front, to left, with spear, crowned by Roma to right, with cornucopia
AR/Cistophorus (26.21 mm 10.008 g 6h) Struck in Rome for circulation in Asia Minor 95 A.D.
RIC 854 (R2), RSC-BMCRE- BNF unlisted, RPC II 875
ex Roma Numismatics E-Sale 35 Lot 804
7 commentsFlaviusDomitianus05/19/17 at 11:44NORMAN K: without a doubt
Roman Empire, Magnentius, The horseman attack the soldier110 viewsAE centenionalis
350-351 AD.
Bare-headed,draped and cuirassed bust rigtht. D N MAGNEN TIVS PF AVG. A behind. / Magnentius on horseback galloping right,spearing enemy,broken spear and shield below horse. Star above. GLORIA ROMANORVM
In exergue SAR[dot]
Not in RIC,Cohen,BMC.
Ex lucernae 2014
4 commentsXLi05/19/17 at 11:38NORMAN K: Best I have seen. Nice
Roman Empire, Caracalla Bimetallic Sestertius216 viewsObv. M AVR ANTONINVS PIVS FELIX AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right.
Rev. P M TR P XVII IMP III COS IIII P P, emperor, accompanied by two officiers, standing r. on platform, haranguing soldiers behind, standards, in ex. S C.
Mint: Rome, 214 A.D.

32mm 32.71g

RIC 525c var. (draped bust); Banti 59

Before a battle, or on parade, the emperor would address his troops in an event known as an adlocutio cohortium (address to the cohorts). This was an important opportunity for the emperor to be present among his troops and inspire morale and esprit de corps among them. A sestertius of Gaius (Caligula), issued on behalf of a donative for the Praetorian Guard, was the first to employ the adlocutio as a reverse type. Similar subsequent issues were minted to emphasize the emperor's perceived, if not actual, role as military commander. The present specimen commemorates Caracalla's victory against the Germans and his preparations for a Persian war. Caracalla idolized Alexander the Great and, as other emperors before him, wished to recreate his successes in the east. Thus, in 214 AD, after having been proclaimed "Alexander" at Philippopolis in Thrace, he assembled his troops, who had been outfitted as Macedonians, and proceeded into Asia Minor. Caracalla's ambitions were, however, hampered by his own unfit physical and mental state; over the next three years the campaign degeneratged into near-chaos and ended with Caracalla's murder.
(written by CNG, 2003)
7 commentskc05/19/17 at 11:37NORMAN K: Beautiful coin. Love it A++++
169 - Constans - AE3 - RIC VIII Trier 23437 viewsAE3
Obv:- DN CONSTA-NS PF AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right,
Rev: FEL TEMP REPARATIO, Nimbate Phoenix standing right on globe
Minted in Trier; (//TRS .),
Reference: RIC VIII Trier 234 (C2)
3 commentsmaridvnvm05/19/17 at 11:35NORMAN K: Great detail
Pisidia, Termessos Major. 3064 viewsObv: TEΡMHCCEΩN AVTONOMWN Θ, laureate head of Zeus right.
Rev: TΩN MEIZONΩN, Tyche standing left, wearing kalathos, holding rudder and cornucopiae, Θ in left field.
AD 238-268.
3 commentsancientone05/19/17 at 11:33NORMAN K: Nice patina and interesting coin. A+
Syria, Laodicea ad Mare. Elagabalus AE18. 59 viewsObv: Laureate head right.
Rev: Turreted bust of Tyche in distyle arched shrine.
BMC 101, Lindgren I 2100A .
3 commentsancientone05/19/17 at 11:31NORMAN K: Very nice
Denar, RIC 3, p.269, 688 - Faustina II, Juno standing37 viewsFaustina Minor
Augusta AD 146 - winter 175/176
Obv.: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, bust right
Rev.: IVNO, Juno, veiled, standing left, patera in right, long scepter in left, peacock at feet
Ag, 3.45g, 18mm
Ref.: RIC III (Marcus Aurelius) 688, CRE 190 [S]

I have two other versions of this type in my gallery:

bust with band of pearls:

different hairstyle:
3 commentsshanxi05/19/17 at 11:30NORMAN K: Great bust
LEG XXIII51 viewsMark Anthony Denarius - 32-31BC
Ref Crawford 544/39
Size/g 19mm, 3.64g

ANT AVG III VIR RPC, praetorian galley right thyrsos behind prow / LEG XXIII, eagle between standards.

Ex. E E Clain-Stefanelli Collection
4 commentsAldo05/19/17 at 11:29NORMAN K: love these coins. Great addition
RIC.28a Gratian (siliqua, Virtvs Romanorvm)38 viewsGratian, western roman emperor (367-383)
Siliqua: Virtvs Romanorvm (378-383, Aquilee mint)

silver, 18 mm diameter, 1.82 g, die axis: 1 h

A/ D N GRATIA-NVS P F AVG; pearl diademed, draped & cuirassed bust right
R/ VIRTVS RO-MANORVM/AQPS in exergue; Roma seating on throne, head left holding globe and spear
3 commentsDroger05/19/17 at 11:27NORMAN K: great reverse
048 Hadrian Denarius Roma 118 AD Aeternitas standing29 viewsReference.
RIC 48; C. 219;

Bust of Hadrian, laureate, draped on left shoulder, right

Aeternitas standing left, holding the faces of the Sun and Moon

3.51 gr
19 mm
12 h
2 commentsokidoki05/19/17 at 11:25NORMAN K: great detail. Nice coin
Clashed die of Lucilla (wife of Lucius Verus) Struck 164 - 169 C.E.31 viewsObverse - LVCILLAE AVG ANTONINI AVG FB. Draped bust right.
Reverse - PIETAS. Pietas standing left, right hand over lighted altar and holding box of incense in left. SC in field
30 mm diam. 19.8g. RIC 1756
Reverse clearly shows an inverse portrait caused by a clashed die
sold 1-2018
2 commentsNORMAN K05/16/17 at 13:13NORMAN K: thanks. I have been trying to upgrade my photos a...
3 Constans36 viewsConstans, Rome, AE3, D N CONSTA-NS P F AVG, Laurel and rosette diademed, draped, cuirassed bust left, globe in right hand. N behind bust. / FEL TEMP REPARAT-I-O, Helmeted soldier, spear in left hand, advancing right, head left; with his right hand he leads a small bare-headed figure from a hut beneath a tree. The spear points downwards, between the soldier's legs, N in right field. Mintmark RT

Ref: RIC VIII Rome 159; LRBC 596
2 commentsRandygeki(h2)05/14/17 at 07:49NORMAN K: Excellant
3118 CAPPADOCIA, Caesaraea Hadrian Didrachm 128-138 AD Crescent on Mt Argaeus55 viewsReference.
RPC III, 3118; Metcalf Conspectus 104; Sydenham 252b corr. (bust type).

Obv. ΠΑΤΗΡ ΠΑΤΡΙ ΥΠΑΤΟС ΤΟ Γ (retrograde).
Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust left.

Rev. ΠΑΤΗΡ ΠΑΤΡΙ ΥΠΑΤΟС / Γ (retrograde).
Mt Argaeus surmounted by crescent

5.84 gr
21 mm
6 commentsokidoki05/14/17 at 07:30NORMAN K: very nice
Rare Nero provincial "sestertius"187 views
Laureate head of Nero right

Emperor riding right with lance, behind him a soldier riding right with Vexillum

16.78g, 32 mm

RPC 2104; countermark Howgego GIC 557 Prusa ad Olympum

Extremely rare (RPC cites 2 examples).

This provincial "sestertius" copies the DECVRSIO issues of Nero.

Ex-Londinium coin

Sold to Calgary Coins November 2016
6 commentsJay GT405/05/17 at 13:36NORMAN K: Interesting and nice find. Like the countermark
Roman Empire, Constantius II, AE2 - RIC VIII Siscia 225 134 viewsAE2
Obv: D N CONSTANTIVS P F AVG, Pearl diademed, draped, cuirassed bust left, globe in hand
Rev: FEL TEMP REPARATIO, Emperor bare headed & in military dress standing, holding standard with chi-rho on banner in his right hand, resting left hand on shield, two bound captives in Phrygian helmets standing, facing each other before him
Minted in Siscia (* | _ // BSISM). A.D. 348-350.
Reference: RIC VIII Siscia 225 (Rated C2)
3 commentsmaridvnvm04/05/17 at 08:12NORMAN K: strong strike, well centered. Nice coin
RIC 1407 Vespasian Eastern Denarius128 viewsIMP CAES VESPAS AVG
Laureate head of Vespasian right

Turreted and draped female bust right below, horizontal Φ

Ephesus, 69-70 AD


RIC 1407 (R); V1407, RPC 813


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

The Flavians as bringers of peace to the world.
8 commentsJay GT404/01/17 at 21:15NORMAN K: great coin.
RIC 0029 Vespasian denarius161 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG

Laur. head of Vespasian right


Pax seated left holding olive branch and caduceus

Rome 70 AD

RIC 29 (C3), BMC 26, RSC 94h, Sear 2285


Interesting early portrait looks very much like Vitellius
4 commentsJay GT404/01/17 at 21:14NORMAN K: nice toning
RIC 1076 Titus denarius246 viewsT CAESAR IMP VESPASIANVS
laureate head right

bound Jewish captive kneeling right in front of trophy

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

Choice aVF

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


Thought to be minted to remind the Romans of Titus' spectacular victory over Jerusalem 9 years earlier.
9 commentsJay GT404/01/17 at 21:12NORMAN K: great coin. Love this gallery. Hard to stop look...
RIC 1464 Vespasian Ephesus denarius180 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS V TR PPP
Laureate head right

Concordia seated left, annulet below, star in Exergue


Ephesus 74 AD

RIC 1464 (R2)


Ex-Calgary coin

about XF
10 commentsJay GT404/01/17 at 21:07NORMAN K: especially nice reverse
ROMAN EMPIRE, Domitian, denarius173 viewsIMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M
Laureate head right

Dolphin coiled round anchor

Rome 81 A.D. (3rd group)


RIC 26 (R), RSC 63

Clickable for larger image
4 commentsJay GT404/01/17 at 21:05NORMAN K: interesting reverse.. Nice coin
Domitian82 viewsAR Denarius.

IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V, laureate head right / P M TR POT III IMP V COS X P P (M3)

RIC II.1, unlisted (R3 - assigned 344A by Dr. Buttrey in the RIC II.1, Addendum); BMCRE II, unlisted; RSC II, unlisted

Dr. Buttrey's notes: "A die carried over from a rather earlier issue (184-187), here muled with obv. TR P V. Since that tribunician era obtained for several issues of aurei and denarii the striking of this piece cannot be exactly placed: insertion as 344A is chosen as its earliest possible production. R3 Downie's 323 15/03/2017 2055 = Telford coll."
5 commentssocalcoins04/01/17 at 21:03NORMAN K: excellent details on the face of this portrait. V...
ROMAN EMPIRE, Lucilla (162 - 182 A.D.)78 viewsAR Denarius
O: LVCILLAE AVG ANTONINI AVG F, Draped bust right.
R: CONCORDIA, Concordia standing facing, head left, holding patera and double cornucopiae.
Rome Mint
RIC III 760.

Ex. Cabinet Numismatique, Genve.

4 commentsMat04/01/17 at 10:11NORMAN K: Very nice portrait
LEG X38 viewsMark Antony Legionary Denarius. 32-31 BC. ANT AVG III VIR R P C, Praetorian galley to the right / LEG X, legionary eagle (aquila) between two standards. 18.5mm, 3.48g Ex E.E. Clain-Stefanelli collection3 commentsAldo03/04/17 at 04:35NORMAN K: very nice near complete detail
RIC 0941 Vespasian denarius96 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG
Laureate head right

Prow of galley right, star above.

Rome 77-8 AD


RIC II 941 (C); BMCRE 210; RSC 136.

Rated common but tough to find on the market.

Ex-Ancient Treasures, Ex-ANE.

This reverse type copied from aurei and denarii of Ahenobarbus struck for Mark Antony in 40 BC, Crawford 521 .
7 commentsJay GT402/21/17 at 19:24NORMAN K: love galley coins this one is very interesting
ROMAN REPUBLIC, Ti Claudius Ti.f. Ap. n. Nero136 viewsAR Denarius, Rome mint, 79 BC
Obv: Diademed and draped bust of Diana right, bow and quiver over shoulder. S.C. before. Border of dots
Rev: Victory in biga right, holding palm branch and reins in left hand, and laurel wreath in right hand. Control-mark A.IIII above exergue. TI.CLAVD.TI.F/ APN in exergue. Border of dots.
Weight: 3.88g
Crawford 383/1 | Sear RCV I 310 | RSC Claudia 6
ex F Sternberg Auction VII, Zurich, November 1977, Lot 378
3 commentsnemesis02/18/17 at 21:03NORMAN K: striking example
Rome Mint struck under Caligula
1 commentsAdrian W02/17/17 at 21:57NORMAN K: nice coin. a better photo would improve it a lot
Mosasaur52 viewsMosasaurs (from Latin Mosa meaning the 'Meuse river', and Greek sauros meaning 'lizard') are large extinct marine lizards.
from Morocco--about 70 to 135 million years old

edit: about 2cm.
5 commentsRandygeki(h2)01/21/17 at 21:17NORMAN K: Nice.. I also have some fossil pictures in my gal...
35i. Delmatius: Alexandria.59 viewsAE 3/4, 335 - 337, Alexandria mint.
Obverse: FL DELMATIVS NOB C / Laureate bust of Delmatius.
Reverse: GLORIA EXERCITVS / Two soldiers, each holding spear and shield, one standard between them.
Mint mark: SMALB
1.76 gm., 17 mm.
RIC #69; LRBC #1439; Sear #16902.
3 commentsCallimachus12/04/16 at 10:38NORMAN K: nice Delmatius
35i. Delmatius: Alexandria.59 viewsAE 3/4, 335 - 337, Alexandria mint.
Obverse: FL DELMATIVS NOB C / Laureate bust of Delmatius.
Reverse: GLORIA EXERCITVS / Two soldiers, each holding spear and shield, one standard between them.
Mint mark: SMALB
1.76 gm., 17 mm.
RIC #69; LRBC #1439; Sear #16902.
3 commentsCallimachus12/04/16 at 10:37NORMAN K: nice Delmatius
175 - Constantius Gallus - AE3 - RIC VIII Siscia -33 viewsAE3
Obv: DN CONSTANTIVS IVN NOB C, Bare, bust draped and cuirassed right; A behind bust
Rev: FEL TEMP REPARATIO, Soldier spearing fallen horseman, who is wearing a Phrygian cap, reaching backwards
Minted in Siscia (// BSIS),
Reference: It would appear to be unlisted unless I am missing something.

It measures 19.20 mm and weighs 2.44 gms
3 commentsmaridvnvm12/04/16 at 00:58NORMAN K: excellent
RIC 0848 Julia Titi Cistophorus Tetradrachm190 viewsIVLIA AVGVSTA DIVI TITI F
Draped bust of Julia right

Vesta seated left, holding Palladium and sceptre

Rome mint for Eastern circulation, 82 AD


Sear 2914, RIC II 848 (Domitian) (R), RPC II 871, RSC 15, BMCRE Domitian 258


Ex-CNG, Ex-Calgary Coins

Julia was the daughter of Titus and lived with her uncle Domitian as his mistress from 84 AD until her death in 89 AD. Suetonius said she died as a result of an abortion which was forced on her by Domitian. After her death she was deified which is commemorated on this coin.
6 commentsJay GT411/05/16 at 23:19NORMAN K: Just noticed this c0in. Very nice
Vitellius52 viewsVitellius, denarius.
RIC 107
Obv. A VITELLIVS GERM IMP AVG TR P, laureate head right.
Rev. PONT MAXIM, Vesta seated right, holding scepter and patera.
3 commentsMarsman11/05/16 at 23:12NORMAN K: nice detail on a rare coin
CONSTANTIUS I (As Caesar, 293-305). Follis. Heraclea.31 viewsObv: FL VAL CONSTANTIVS NOB CAES.
Laureate head right.
Genius standing left, holding cornucopia and patera.
RIC 18a.
Condition: Extremely fine.
Weight: 10.8 g.
Diameter: 29 mm.
3 commentsFatih K11/05/16 at 23:10NORMAN K: impressive coin
Marcus Lepidus Imperator128 viewsLaureate head of Roma (?) right

Below equestrian statue of M. Aemelius Lepidus (consul 187 and 175 BC) right, carrying trophy

Rome, 61 BC



Sear 371, RPC 419/1, CRR 827-828b

Freed from a NGC Holder, graded strike 4/5; surface 4/5.

Marcus Lepidus strikes this coin early in his career as moneyer. After Julius Caesar's assassination he became Pontifex Maximus and formed the Second Triumvirate with Antony and Octavian. He would keep his post as Pontifex Maximus until his death. The office then became the sole procession of the Emperors.
7 commentsJay GT408/03/16 at 05:46NORMAN K: great coin. dont understand why anyone would put t...
Gallienus, RIC 245 Rome 253-268 CE58 viewsBronze antoninianus
Obverse: GALLIENVS AVG, radiate & cuirassed bust right.
Reverse: NEPTVNO CONS AVG, Hippocamp right, N in ex
RIC V 245 (sole reign), Rome mint, 2.7g, 19.2mm
Reverse translation: Neptune god of the seas, preserver Augustus
3 commentsNORMAN K07/27/16 at 20:16NORMAN K: Again, Thanks.
Gallienus Striped Tigress, RIC VI 230 Rome 253-268 CE60 viewsGallienus, AE Antoninianus. Rome mint, sole reign.
Obverse - GALLIENVS AVG, radiate head right.
Reverse - LIBERO P CONS AVG, striped tigress walking left.
Officina B, Rome 19 mm diam. 3.1 g
3 commentsNORMAN K07/27/16 at 20:04NORMAN K: Thanks.
145 Constantinus-II. (316-337 A.D. Caesar, 337-340 A.D. Augustus), Siscia, RIC VII 253, AE-3 Follis, -/-//ЄSIS, GLORIA EXERCITVS, Two soldiers with one standard, R3!124 views145 Constantinus-II. (316-337 A.D. Caesar, 337-340 A.D. Augustus), Siscia, RIC VII 253, AE-3 Follis, -/-//ЄSIS, GLORIA EXERCITVS, Two soldiers with one standard, R3!
avers:- CONSTANTINVS-IVN-NOB-C-(7-B5), Laureate, cuirassed bust right.
revers:- GLORI-A-EXER-CITVS, Two soldiers holding spears and shields with one standard between them.
exe: -/-//ЄSIS, diameter: 16,5mm, weight: 1,62g, axis: 7h,
mint: Siscia, date: 335-336 A.D., ref: RIC-VII-253, p-458, R3!
1 commentsquadrans07/23/16 at 20:49NORMAN K: remarkable coin. NIce
Bithynia, Nikaia, 050 Julia Domna (170-217 A.D.), AE-24, Not Listed, ΝΙΚΑΙΕΩN, Legionary standards, Rare!178 viewsBithynia, Nikaia, 050 Julia Domna (170-217 A.D.), AE-24, Not Listed, ΝΙΚΑΙΕΩN, Legionary standards, Rare!
avers:- IOYΛIA-AΥΓΟΥCT, Draped bust left.
revers:- ΝΙΚΑ-Ι-ΕΩN, To left, above and right of legionary eagle between two standards.
exe: -/-//--, diameter: 24-25mm, weight: 7,73g, axis: 7h,
mint: Bithynia, Nikaia, date: 17` - 217 A.D., ref: RecGen -, Not listed, Rare!
3 commentsquadrans07/23/16 at 20:47NORMAN K: beautiful patina and great detail. Love the roman...
Persia, Achaemenid Empire, Time of Darios I. to Artaxerxes II, (cc. 490-375 B.C.) AR-Siglos, Type IIIb., 179 viewsPersia, Achaemenid Empire, Time of Darios I. to Artaxerxes II, (cc. 490-375 B.C.) AR-Siglos, Type IIIb.,
avers: Persian king or hero in kneeling/running stance to right, holding spear and bow.
reverse: Incuse punch.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 12,5x16mm, weight: 5,20g, axes: h,
mint: Achaemenid Empire, Typ:III, date: cc. 485-420 B.C., ref: Carradice type IIIb, pl.XII, 16-19, (Countermarks on rev. No:14 and 34),
1 commentsquadrans07/22/16 at 10:16NORMAN K: very nice.
112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 880v., Serdica, VIRTVS PROBI AVG, Bust-C, -/-//KAB, Emperor riding right, Scarce!148 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 880v., Serdica, VIRTVS PROBI AVG, Bust-C, -/-//KAB, Emperor riding right, Scarce!
avers:- IMP-C-M-AVR-PROBVS-P-AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from back. (C)
revers:- VIRTVS-PROBI-AV, Emperor riding right, spearing enemy, shield beneth the horse.
exergo: -/-//KAB, diameter: 21,5-23,7mm, weight: 4,15g, axes:0h
mint: Serdica 4ht emission, date: 277 A.D., ref: RIC-V-II-880v., p-114, Scarce,
2 commentsquadrans07/22/16 at 00:39NORMAN K: love the type.
Vespasian-RIC-1399123 viewsAR Denarius, 3.18g
Ephesus mint, 69-70 AD
Obv: IMP CAES VESPAS; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: AVG and horizontal Φ; in oak-wreath
RIC 1399 (C). BMC 434. RSC 37. RPC 808 (10 spec.). BNC 332.
Ex Roma E-Sale 28, 2 July 2016, lot 456. Ex Thersites Collection.

Vespasian's undated Ephesian Group 2 denarii are all fairly scarce. The AVG in oak-wreath type is probably the most common of the issue. These early undated issues were most likely struck in late 69 or early 70.

Despite the strange flan shape, struck in fine style and darkly toned.
9 commentsDavid Atherton07/19/16 at 14:45NORMAN K: interesting shape as well
Roman Empire, Severina (270-275 A.D.), T-3084 (Estiot), RIC V-I 018, Cyzicus, AE-Antoninianus, CONCORDIAE MILITVM, -/-//XXI, Concordia standing left, #1323 views107 Severina (270-275 A.D.), T-3084 (Estiot), RIC V-I 018, Cyzicus, AE-Antoninianus, CONCORDIAE MILITVM, -/-//XXI, Concordia standing left, #1
avers:- SEVERINA-AVG, Diademed, draped bust right on crescent. (E2)
revers:- CONCORD-IAE-M-ILITVM, Concordia standing left, holding standard in each hand. (Concordia 3)
exerg: -/-//XXI, diameter: 22mm, weight: 4,47g, axes: 11h,
mint: Cyzicus, Issue 10, ph-2, date: 275 A.D., ref: RIC-18, T-3084 (Estiot), C-7,
3 commentsquadrans07/12/16 at 06:33NORMAN K: long neck beauty.. Great coin
Antioch Billon Tetra Prieur 443cf.jpg
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Philip I Antioch Billon Tetradrachm630 viewsPhilip I Billon Tetradrachm of Antioch, Syria. Radiate, draped & cuirassed bust right, seen from behind / Eagle standing left, wreath in its beak, ANTIOXIA S C in exergue. Antioch Tetradrachm Prieur 448
9 commentsmwilson60306/27/16 at 08:10NORMAN K: stunning
ROMAN EMPIRE, Constantine I. AD 307/310-337. Follis Antioch mint, GLORIA EXERCITVS SUPERB EXAMPLE303 viewsConstantine I. AD 307/310-337. Follis (17.3mm, 2.43 g,). Antioch mint, 4th officina. Struck circa AD 333-335.CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG Rosette-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right / GLORIA EXERCITVS Two soldiers standing facing one another, each holding spear; two signa between; SMANΔ. RIC VII 86
4 commentsAdrian W06/23/16 at 14:59NORMAN K: Very nice Portrait Adrian
Otacilia Severa, (244 - 249 A.D.)48 viewsAR Antoninianus
O: M OTACIL SEVERA AVG, diademed and draped bust right, resting on a crescent.
R: IVNO CONSERVAT, Juno standing left, holding patera and scepter.
Rome, 246 - 248 A.D.
RIC 127; RSC 20

2 commentsMat06/23/16 at 09:44NORMAN K: Nice. You have a nice variety of the ladies in yo...
Galeria Valeria (293 - 311 A.D.)67 views Follis
O: GAL VAL-ERIA AVG, diademed and draped bust right.
R: VENERI V-ICTRICI, Venus standing facing, head left, holding up apple and raising drapery; K-Γ/P, ALE in exergue.
Alexandria Mint
RIC VI 110
5 commentsMat06/23/16 at 09:41NORMAN K: good eye appeal
Sabina (128 - 136 A.D.) 99 viewsAR Denarius
O: SABINA AVGVSTA, Diademed and draped bust of Sabina right.
R: CONCOR-DIA AVG, Concordia seated left, holding patera and scepter.
RIC 391; RSC 24

Ex A. Lynn Collection (Freeman & Sear E16), 89.
Ex. VAuctions ACCG 4th Annual Benefit Auction : 271 Lot: 68
7 commentsMat06/23/16 at 09:38NORMAN K: great coin
ROMAN EMPIRE, Constantius I, Argenteus1429 viewsArgenteus struck in Antioch, 8th officina, c.299-305 AD
CONSTANTIVS CAESAR, Laureate head of Constantius right
VIRTVS MILITVM, Campgate, *ANTH* at exergue
3.40 gr
Ref : Cohen #318
Argentei struck in Antioch often give a larger head of the emperor than other mints
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For those who feel uncomfortable with this coin, there is also a discussion about it on the "classical numismatics board" :
20 commentsPotator II06/22/16 at 21:09NORMAN K: What can you say. Perfect
ROMAN EMPIRE, Constantine I Campgate Follis RIC VII 291102 viewsOBV:constantinvs avg,Bare-headed and cuirassed bust right
REV:virtvs avgg
campgate, 4 turrets, 5 layers, star above, open panelled doors
Aquilea mint
2 commentsAdrian W06/22/16 at 20:58NORMAN K: really nice and unusual coin
4083 Arabia, Bostra Hadrian Arabia bust44 viewsReference.
RPC III, 4083; Spijkerman 2, Kindler 16, BMC Arabia 3.

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

Bust of Arabia, r., wearing turreted crown and mantle blown out by the wind; in each arm, she holds a small figure of seated children

8.38 gr
22 mm
2 commentsokidoki06/22/16 at 04:29NORMAN K: good eye appeal nice
RIC VIII Constantinople 81


8 commentsAdrian W06/02/16 at 19:13NORMAN K: amazing coin. beautiful
Troas, Alexandria, 090 Gallienus (253-268 A.D.), BMC 177, AE-21, COL AVG TRO, Eagle flying right, #1121 viewsTroas, Alexandria, 090 Gallienus (253-268 A.D.), BMC 177, AE-21, COL AVG TRO, Eagle flying right, #1
avers: IMP LICIN GALLIENV, Laureate, draped bust right.
reverse: COL AVG TRO, Eagle flying right, bucranium in talons.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 21mm, weight:5,25g, axes: h,
mint: Troas, Alexandria, date: 264-265-A.D., ref: BMC 177; SNG Cop 207.,
2 commentsquadrans05/26/16 at 18:28NORMAN K: Striking detail. Very nice
Gallienus - Tigress Left42 viewsObverse:- GALLIENVSAVG, Head right with radiate crown (both ties hanging freely)
Reverse:- LIBEROPCONSAVG, Tigress left
Exergue:- B
RIC 230 GOBL 713f CUNETIO 1341
2 commentsnogoodnicksleft05/25/16 at 14:39NORMAN K: Excellent. Very nice Gallienus collection.
Gallienus - Hippocamp Right41 viewsObverse:- GALLIENVSAVG, Head right with radiate crown
Reverse:- NEPTVNOCONSAVG, Hippocamp right
Exergue:- N
RIC 245 GOBL 743b CUNETIO 1392
1 commentsnogoodnicksleft05/25/16 at 14:37NORMAN K: Very interesting reverse, nice
Vespasian RIC-688226 viewsAR Denarius, 2.84g
Rome mint, 74 AD
Obv: IMP CAESAR in exergue; Vespasian stg. r., with branch and sceptre, in quadriga r.
Rev: VESP AVG across field; Victory on prow r., with wreath and palm
RIC 688 (R). BMC 147. RSC 569. BNC 121.
Ex Nomos Obolos 4, 21 February 2016, lot 575. Ex GH Collection. Ex Superior Galleries, The Moreira sale, Part II, 10-11 December 1988, lot 2374.

A major feature of Vespasian's coinage is in its use of antiquarian styled types and recycled ones from previous eras. K. Butcher and M. Ponting in The Metallurgy of Roman Silver Coinage have shown that a big component of Vespasian's silver bullion consisted of recycled denarii from the republic and early empire. Vespasian's moneyers were removing the older worn coinage and replacing them with brand new coins and in the process keeping some of the familiar reverse designs that the Roman public had grown accustomed to.

With that in mind, this very rare coin which copies not only the reverse design from a denarius of Octavian, it also copies the obverse. The only change is with the reverse legend VESP AVG to indicate Vespasian's authority. Being undated, it is difficult to correctly place in the series. RIC assigns it to 74 AD based on the legends. D. Hendin to 71-72, just after Vespasian and Titus' joint triumph for the Jewish War.

This denarius is so rare I have only been able to locate six other examples, all of which are in public collections: BM 3 examples (one plated), Paris (BNC 121, obv die match with mine), Berlin (rev die match with mine), and ANA NY. Curtis Clay has kindly informed me of several other examples offered at auction: "Glendining, 1952, Ryan Part 5, part of lot 2147, not illustrated, 'only fine but rare.' Perhaps the same coin as Trau Sale, 1935, lot 625, pl. 8: a worn example. Stack's, Knobloch, May 1980, lot 300. VF, but small edge chip (the ANA NY coin). Leu, April 1982, lot 327, VF."

I think the RIC frequency rating of 'rare' really underestimates the rarity of the type.

Fantastic old cabinet toning on a large 20mm flan.
17 commentsDavid Atherton05/25/16 at 14:20NORMAN K: Great acquisition.
Domitian RIC-392A113 viewsAR Denarius, 2.90g
Rome mint, 85 AD
Obv: IMPCAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: IMP XI COS XI CENS P PP; Minerva stg. l., with thunderbolt and spear; shield at her side (M3)
RIC 392A (R2). BMC -. RSC -. BNC -.
Acquired from Incitatus Coins, May 2016.

A previously unknown Minerva type 3 from Domitian's rare sixth issue of denarii for 85. Until this coin recently surfaced only three of the four standard Minerva types were known for this issue, now all four are accounted for. Ted Buttrey was notified of this coin's existence and he has assigned it as RIC 392A in the Flavian RIC Addenda. In the Flavian RIC Addenda another specimen is now noted - Hurston list 43, 1985, lot 10.

Well toned with rainbow hints and a stylish portrait.
6 commentsDavid Atherton05/25/16 at 14:17NORMAN K: Very nice
Shekel Tyre CY 159, 33-34CE124 viewsShekel Tyre CY 159, 33-34CE
PHOENICIA, Tyre. 126/5 BC-AD 65/6. AR Shekel (14.29 g g, 12h). Dated CY 159 (AD 33/4).
O: Bust of Melkart right, wearing laurel wreath.
R: Eagle standing left on prow, palm frond over right wing; to left, PNΘ (date) above club; to right, KP above monogram; Phoenician letter between legs; TYPOY IEPAΣ KAI AΣYΛOY around.
- Rouvier 2107 var. (monogram); RPC 4663; SNG Copenhagen -; BMC 204 var. (monogram & letter between legs); HGC 10, 357; DCA 920.

Perhaps the most desirable date in the 191 year series due to 33 C.E. being the most widely accepted year for Jesus execution.

Tacitus, a Roman historian who lived during the latter part of the first century C.E., wrote: Christus [Latin for Christ], from whom the name [Christian] had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus.The Complete Works of Tacitus (New York, 1942), The Annals, Book 15, par. 44.
2 commentsNemonater05/25/16 at 14:11NORMAN K: Beautiful coin with important history references
JULIAN II34 viewsAE 3. Sirmium, 361-363 AD. 2,75 grs. 1 h. Pearl diademed, helmeted and cuirassed bust left, holding shield and spear. DN FL CL IVLIANVS PF AVG / VOT / X / MVLT / XX in four lines,all within wreath. BSIRM in exergue.
RIC 108. LRBC 1619.
2 commentsbenito05/24/16 at 16:36NORMAN K: Super nice. Great coin!!!!
Antony & Octavia tetradrachm114 viewsM ANTONIVS IMP COS DESIG ITER ET TERT
Conjoined heads of Antony and Octavia right, Antony wearing an ivy wreath

Dionysus standing left, holding cantharus and thyrsus on cista mystica flanked by two interlaced snakes

Ephesus, summer-autumn 39 BC


Imperators 263, RPC 2202, Babelon Antonia 61, Syndenham 1198, BMCRR east 135

Punch mark on the obverse protrudes onto the reverse


This series of Cistophori from Asia commemorates the marriage of Antony and Octavia and celebrate's Antony's divine status in the east as the "New Dionysus" which was bestowed on him when he arrived in Ephesus in 41 BC. Antony's titulature of "Imperator and Consul designate for the second and third times" fixes the period of issue to the latter part of 39 BC after the Pact of Misenum in July and before Antony's second Imperatorial acclamation in the winter of 39-38BC
7 commentsJay GT405/22/16 at 13:04NORMAN K: Love the dual portraits coins. Nice
Roman Empire, Titus Denarius RIC 131109 viewsTitus AR Denarius Rome Mint, 80 AD
O: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
R: TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P; Tripod, with fillets streaming out l. and r., on which are ravens r. and l., and in the center, dolphin over wreath: ('exuviae' of Apollo, for 'pulvinar' of Apollo and Diana (?)).
- RIC 131 (R), BMC 82, RSC 323a

Reka Devnia hoard, recording only 3 specimens with ravens and the dolphin and 24 specimens of the regular type with only the dolphin. The dolphin, ravens, laurel and tripod are all symbols of Apollo. His most famous attribute is the tripod, the symbol of his prophetic powers. It was in the guise of a dolphin that Apollo brought priests from Crete to Delphi, explaining Apollo's cult title "Delphinios" and the name of the town. He dedicated a bronze tripod to the sanctuary and bestowed divine powers on one of the priestesses, and she became known as the "Pythia." It was she who inhaled the hallucinating vapors from the fissure in the temple floor, while she sat on a tripod chewing laurel leaves. After she mumbled her answer, a male priest would translate it for the supplicant.
4 commentsNemonater05/19/16 at 13:41NORMAN K: Gets your attention, extremely nice coin
ROMAN IMPERATORS, Julius Caesar, Denarius93 views- Denier, Jules Csar, Gaule ou Italie, 49 avant J.-C (Argent) RRC. 443/1
Avers : CAESAR lexergue. Elphant passant droite ; ses pieds un serpent (ou carnyx, trompette gauloise).
Revers : Anpigraphe. Instrument pontificaux.
3 commentsbgaut05/19/16 at 13:28NORMAN K: Really nice, love the elephant.
Greek, Lysimachos, Unrecorded with the dolphin317 viewsKINGS of THRACE. Lysimachos.305-281 BC. AR Drachm (18mm, 4.14 g, 5h). Kolophon mint. Struck 299/8-297/6 BC. Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin / Zeus Atophoros seated left; in left field, dolphin above forepart of lion left; torch below throne. Thompson -; Mller -; Price -. Good VF, lightly toned, minor marks, small flaw on edge. Unrecorded with the dolphin.

From The Sam Mansourati Collection.
Classical Numismatic Group, Inc. ( CNG e- 296 , Lot 25)
9 commentsSam05/17/16 at 19:09NORMAN K: Amazing coin
Elagabalus, AD 218-22216 views18, 2.0g, 12h; Marcianopolis mint.
Obv.: AVT K M AVR ANTΩNINOC; Laureate head r.
Reference: Varbanov 1429, 16-124-35
1 commentsJohn Anthony05/07/16 at 16:30NORMAN K: excellent reverse and nice patina
Trajan Denarius - Providentia (RIC 364)50 viewsAR Denarius
Rome, 114-117 AD

Obv: Laureate draped and cuirassed bust of Trajan (R)

Rev: Providentia standing l., holding scepter, resting elbow on column,
pointing toward globe at feet.

RIC 364 Coh 315

From the Adams family collection, John Quincy Adams, 6th President of the United States

Stacks March 5,6 1971 - sold to John A. Sawhill (1892-1976) of James Madison University.

Bequeathed to James Madison University and sold by Stacks in March 1979.

Elvira Clain Stefanelli (1914-2001) collection, curator of the National Numismatics Collection at the Smithsonian
2 commentsKained but Able05/07/16 at 16:29NORMAN K: wonderful history and beautiful coin especially th...
Macedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 356-323 B.C.), Price 3158, Salamis, AE-15, (Half Unit), -/B/A//Caduceus, Macedonian helmet, #1146 viewsMacedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 356-323 B.C.), Price 3158, Salamis, AE-15, (Half Unit), -/B/A//Caduceus, Macedonian helmet, #1
avers: Facing gorgon at the center of ornamented Macedonian shield.
reverse: B-A (ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ), to left and right of Macedonian helmet, Caduceus left below.
exergue: -/B/A//Caduceus, diameter: 15-15,5mm, weight:3,53g, axes:0h,
mint: Macedonia, Kings, Salamis mint, date: c. 323-315 B.C., ref: Price 3158,
1 commentsquadrans05/07/16 at 16:26NORMAN K: Interesting coin, wonderful patina
RIC 1555 Vespasian Neptune176 viewsIMP CAES VESP AVG P M COS IIII.
Laureate bust right.

Neptune standing left, foot set on globe, holding sceptre and acrostolium.

Antioch mint


RIC 1555(C); RPC 1928

Ex-Ancient Treasures
10 commentsJay GT405/07/16 at 01:18NORMAN K: Powerful reverse. nice, Not seen anything quite l...
Roman Empire, CLAUDIUS II Gothicus. Commemorative AE Posthumous Antoninianus of Mediolanum, struck 270 - 271.494 viewsDivus Claudius Gothicus
Radiate head right,
Altar, with flame above, divided in four squares with a dot inside of each square.
Base Antoninianus, traces of silvering (3.09g).
RIC Milan 264; Normanby 1141; Cunetio 2317; [Online RIC temp. #1272].
Quite possibly the finest known!
5 commentsOldMoney05/01/16 at 10:01NORMAN K: amazing coin
Thrace, Philippopolis. Domitian AE22. Ares45 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XIIII CENS PERP P, radiate head right.
Rev: ΦIΛIΠΠOΠOΛITΩN, Ares, in full armor, stg. l. with shield at his feet.
Varbanov III, no. 691.
2 commentsancientone04/19/16 at 04:54NORMAN K: interesting coin. Nice
Domitian RIC-45444 viewsAR Denarius, 3.46g
Rome mint, 86 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VI; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: IMP XIIII COS XII CENS P P P; Minerva adv. r., with spear and shield (M1)
RIC 454 (R). BMC p. 320, . RSC 208. BNC 103.
Acquired from Forvm Ancient Coins, October 2015. Ex Jyrki Muona Collection.

This denarius from the rare fifth issue struck after mid September 86 at a time when Domitian's imperial acclamations were piling up rather quickly due to campaigns along the Danube. These issues tend to be superb in style and craftsmanship.

A nicely toned coin with a regal portrait.
1 commentsDavid Atherton04/07/16 at 03:02NORMAN K: excellant coin
105 Hadrian Denarius 128 AD Seven stars Eastern Mint36 viewsReference. very rare
RIC - . C. - . BMC - (cf. S. 380, 26-27 and Taf. 70, 4 und 6). Strack - (cf. Taf. XVIII, *50).

Laureate head right, draped on left shoulder.

Seven stars within crescent.

3.03 gr
19 mm
1 commentsokidoki04/07/16 at 03:00NORMAN K: Very nice find.
239 Hadrian Denarius Roma, 134-38 AD Galley left41 viewsReference. rare.
RIC 239; C. 651; Strack 235

Head of Hadrian, laureate, right.

Galley left with pilot under arch of stern and rowers

3.20 gr
18 mm
3 commentsokidoki04/07/16 at 02:58NORMAN K: Very nice. love the reverse
RIC 0278 Domitianus44 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG GERM COS XI, Laureate head right, with aegis
Rev: S-C (across field), Domitian standing left, with parazonium and spear; to left river-god (Rhenus) reclining
AE/Sestertius (35.01 mm 27.79 g 6h) Struck in Rome 85 A.D. (1st issue)
RIC 278 (C), BMCRE 298, BNF 318-319
ex Dr. Busso Peus Nachfolger
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus04/03/16 at 14:09NORMAN K: Very nice coin.
RIC 0387 Domitianus66 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XI CENS POT P P - Laureate head of Domitian right, with aegis
Rev: S C (across field) - Mars advancing left, with Victory and trophy
AE/As - mm 28,67 g 10,27 die axis 6 - Struck in Rome 85 a.D. (2nd issue)
RIC 387, BMCRE unlisted, BNF 375
8 commentsFlaviusDomitianus03/03/16 at 09:11NORMAN K: super! beautiful patina
Agrippina Orichalcum Sestertius131 viewsAGRIPPINA M F GERMANICI CAESARIS
Draped bust of Agrippina right

around large SC

Rome circa 42 AD

Issued by Claudius


RIC 102; C. 3; BMC 219.


6 commentsJay GT402/29/16 at 00:20NORMAN K: love to have one. nice
Domitian, AD 81-9653 viewsAR denarius.

IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII, laureate head right / IMP XIX COS XIIII CENS P P P, Minerva standing right, with spear and shield. Rome mint, struck AD 88-89.

RIC II.1, 667; BMCRE II, 151; RSC II, 252.
1 commentssocalcoins02/26/16 at 06:52NORMAN K: impressive
ROMAN EMPIRE, Hadrian Denarius Roma 119-22 AD Providentia standing180 viewsHadrian Denarius Roma 119-22 AD Providentia standing

Strack 76; RIC 134; BMC 307;

Head of Hadrian, laureate, right.

Rev. P M TR P COS III in field PRO AVG
Providentia standing left, resting on column, pointing at globe with Zodiac belts and holding sceptre.

3.50 gr
19 mm (max)
7 commentsokidoki02/26/16 at 06:45NORMAN K: very nice
laureate head right

R wreath S in ex.
Moneta standing left with scales and cornucopiae

Rome 306 AD
Rome RIC VI 132b
See notes below

This is the Wildwinds example

Notes: RIC lists these types as being produced in two periods,
the second period (coins are identical in all respects) being struck in Autumn 306, and also listed as RIC 158a and
3 commentsJay GT402/21/16 at 17:15NORMAN K: Really like this style of coin
RIC 0002 Vespasian denarius404 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG
Laur. head of Vespasian right

Judaea as mourning captive seated right on ground at foot of trophy.

Celebrating the success of Vespasian and Titus in quelling the first Jewish Revolt. Portrait looks like a cross between Otho and Vitellius

Rome 69-70 AD

RIC 2 (C2); Sear 2296


Ex-Maridvnvm; Ex-Forum!

8 commentsJay GT402/21/16 at 01:51NORMAN K: Portrait does look a little different. Nice coin
Domitian RIC 99147 viewsAR Denarius, 3.40g
Rome mint, 82 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR POT COS VIII P P; Minerva stg. l., with Victory and sceptre; at feet, shield
RIC 99 (R). BMC 25. RSC 592a. BNC -.
Acquired from Pars Coins, eBay, 20 January 2016.

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

Struck with new dies in superb veristic style. A really beautiful denarius showcasing the fine technical and artistic craftsmanship of the Rome mint.
8 commentsDavid Atherton02/20/16 at 15:53NORMAN K: No imagination necessary on this coin. Its all th...
Constantine the Great, early 307 - 22 May 337 A.D.43 viewsSilvered AE 3, RIC VII 92, EF, 3.456g, 18.1mm, 0o, Heraclea mint, 327 - 329 A.D.; Obverse: CONSTAN-TINVS AVG, diademed head right, eyes to God; Reverse: D N CONSTANTINI MAX AVG, VOT XXX in wreath, SMHB in exergue.

As leading numismatist Joseph Sermarini notes, "The 'looking upwards' portraits of Constantine are often described as 'gazing to Heaven (or God).' The model of these portraits is of course that of the Deified Alexander the Great

The Emperor Constantine I was effectively the sole ruler of the Roman world between 324 and 337 A.D.; his reign was perhaps one of the most crucial of all the emperors in determining the future course of western civilization. By beginning the process of making Christianity the religious foundation of his realm, he set the religious course for the future of Europe which remains in place to this very day. Because he replaced Rome with Constantinople as the center of imperial power, he made it clear that the city of Rome was no longer the center of power, and he also set the stage for the Middle Ages. His philosophical view of monarchy, largely spelled out in some of the works of Eusebius of Caesarea, became the foundation for the concept of the divine right of kings which prevailed in Europe.

Constantine was not a "Christian convert" in any traditional sense. He was not baptized until close to death, and while that was not an uncommon practice, the mention of Christ in his speeches and decrees is conspicuous by its absence. Eusebius, Church historian and Constantine biographer, is responsible for much of the valorization of Constantine as the Christian Emperor. The somnambulant "sign" in which Constantine was to become victor at the Milvian Bridge is, not so surprisingly, revealed to posterity long after the "fact." Throughout his reign, Constantine continues to portray himself on coins as a sun god (Freeman, Charles. Egypt, Greece and Rome: Civilizations of the Ancient Mediterranean; Second Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004. 582). Above all, Constantine was a pragmatist. It would be cynical to egregiously disavow his commitment to Christianity, but it would be equally wrong to think that he would allow Christianity to meddle in the governance of his empire. As he reputedly told a group of bishops, "You are bishops of those within the church, but I am perhaps a bishop appointed by God of those outside." Whatever the motives for his decision to support Christianity, Christianity benefitted from the arrangement; so, too, did Constantine. It was a match made in heaven.

Which brings us to Crispus.
Whenever I am engaged in any discussion concerning Constantine I, Crispus is never far from my mind. As historian Hans Pohlsander from SUNY notes, "Crispus' end was as tragic as his career had been brilliant. His own father ordered him to be put to death. We know the year of this sad event, 326, from the Consularia Constantinopolitana, and the place, Pola in Istria, from Ammianus Marcellinus. The circumstances, however, are less clear. Zosimus (6th c.) and Zonaras (12th c.) both report that Crispus and his stepmother Fausta were involved in an illicit relationship." And Pohlsander continues with, "There may be as much gossip as fact in their reports, but Crispus must have committed, or at least must have been suspected of having committed, some especially shocking offense to earn him a sentence of death from his own father. He also suffered damnatio memoriae, his honor was never restored, and history has not recorded the fate of his wife and his child (or children)(Copyright (C) 1997, Hans A. Pohlsander. Published on De Imperatoribus Romanis;An Online Encyclopedia of Roman Emperors and their Families:

But there is something terribly illogigical about Constantinian apologetics. In 294 BC, prior to the death of his father, Seleucus I; Antiochus married his step-mother, Stratonice, daughter of Demetrius Poliorcetes. His elderly father reportedly instigated the marriage after discovering that his son was in danger of dying of lovesickness. If this is the way a "Pagan" father is able to express love for his son, then would not a saintly Christian love his son in at least similar measure? This particular Christian father, about whom St. Nectarios writes, "Hellenism spread by Alexander, paved the way for Christianity by the Emperor Constantine the Great," is unique. It is important to our discussion to take note of the fact that in the Greek Orthodox Church, Constantine the Great is revered as a Saint.

Now would be an appropriate time to recall what Joseph Sermarini noted above, "The 'looking upwards' portraits of Constantine are often described as 'gazing to Heaven (or God).' The model of these portraits is of course that of the Deified Alexander the Great(

Isnt it all too possible--even probable--that Constantine had been growing obsessively jealous of his ever more successful and adulated son? It is completely out of character for Constantine to merely acquiesce to being Philip to Crispus' Alexander. Remember the Constantine who has proven time and again (recall Constantine's disingenuous promise of clemency to Licinius) that he is a completely self-serving liar and a murderer, and Constantine decides to murder again. Why "must we, "as Pohlsander adamantly suggests, "resolutely reject the claim of Zosimus that it was Constantine's sense of guilt over these deeds which caused him to accept Christianity, as it alone promised him forgiveness for his sins? A similar claim had already been made by Julian the Apostate [Philosopher]."

Perhaps it is time to cease being apologists for the sometime megalomaniacal Constantine. As Michael Grant notes, "It is a mocking travesty of justice to call such a murderer Constantine the Great . . ." (Grant, Michael. The Emperor Constantine. London: Phoenix Press, 1998. 226).

Keep in mind that the obverse device of this coin shows Constantine I "gazing toward God" and was struck within a year or possibly two of Constantine I murdering his first-born son and condemning him to damnatio memoriae.

Edited by J. P. Fitzgerald, Jr.
1 commentsCleisthenes02/14/16 at 13:32NORMAN K: EXACTLY!
RIC 0326 Domitianus64 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, Germania seated right on shield; below, broken spear
AR/Denarius (20.13 mm 3.23 g 6h) Struck in Rome 85 A.D. (2nd issue)
RIC 326 (R2), RSC 183, BMCRE unlisted, BNF 85
ex Inasta Auction 18 lot 2791
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus02/12/16 at 18:39NORMAN K: Great coin
Probus RIV VII 618, Siscia45 viewsAntoninian, Ae, 276-282 CE, Siscia mint
Obverse: IMP C PROBVS P F AVG, Radiate, cuirassed bust right.
Reverse: ABVNDANTIA AVG, Abundantia standing left, emptying cornucopia; XXIS in ex. Siscia
24.6 mm., 3.71g
2 commentsNORMAN K02/12/16 at 01:44NORMAN K: Thanks for the correction
Macedonia, Kings, 019 Kassander, (319-297 B.C.), SNG Cop 1151, Macedonian, AE-18, BAΣIΛEΩΣ /KAΣΣANΔPOY, Horseman riding right, #1153 viewsMacedonia, Kings, 019 Kassander, (319-297 B.C.), SNG Cop 1151, Macedonian, AE-18, BAΣIΛEΩΣ /KAΣΣANΔPOY, Horseman riding right, #1
avers: Head of Herakles right, wearing lionskin.
reverse: BAΣIΛEΩΣ /KAΣΣANΔPOY, Horseman riding right, grape cluster between legs.
exergue: -/-//KAΣΣANΔPOY, diameter: 17,7mm, weight:5,35 g, axes:2h,
mint: Macedonian mint, date: 336-323 B.C., ref: SNG Cop 1151,
1 commentsquadrans02/04/16 at 08:14NORMAN K: very nice and well centered
Macedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 356-323 B.C.), Price 0386, Macedonian, AE-18, (Unit), Quiver on bow and club, trident, #1124 viewsMacedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 356-323 B.C.), Price 0386, Macedonian, AE-18, (Unit), Quiver on bow and club, trident, #1
avers: Head of beardless Heracles right wearing lion-skin headdress.
reverse: Β(ΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ) Α(ΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ) between quiver on bow and club, trident head right below.
exergue: B/A//Trident, diameter: 18-18,5mm, weight:5,78g, axes:4h,
mint: Macedonian mint, date: c. 325-310 B.C., ref: Price 386, SNG Alpha Bank 796,
3 commentsquadrans02/04/16 at 08:12NORMAN K: Love detail and overall beautiful coin
ROMAN, Emperor Claudius II Gothicus ( AD 268-270 )168 viewsAE Antoninianus , with a superb portrait , (as found patina)
Obverse: IMP CLAVDIVS P F AVG, radiate and draped bust right
Reverse: FIDES MILIT, Fides ( goddess of trust )standing left holding two Legionary ensigns. S in Exergue.
Mediolanum ( Milan ) mint AD 268-270.
Weight: 3.4 gr. Max Diameter: 18 mm.
Reference: RIC VI 149 Mediolanum.

**TheGolden Legendof 1260 AD recounts how St. Valentine refused to deny Christ before the "Emperor Claudius" in 270 AD ( in some ref ; 269 AD as he was beheaded in that year 269 AD ,per Sam) and as a result was beheaded.Since then, February 14 marksValentine's Day, a day set aside by the Christian church in memory of the Roman priest and physician.

From The Sam Mansourati Collection.
4 commentsSam02/03/16 at 21:05NORMAN K: very nice
ROMAN EMPIRE, Constantine the Great (Follis)25 viewsObverse:Laureate head facing right
Reverse:Campgate with 2 turrets and star above

Size: Approx. 18.5mm
Material: Bronze I presume but it might be copper
1 commentsDave M201/29/16 at 11:57NORMAN K: Good start. let me know your contact info. will s...
ROMAN EMPIRE, Diocletian AE Follis 112 views302-303 AD. Aquileia mint.
Obv.: IMP DIOCLETIANVS P F AVG - Laureate head of Diocletian.
Rev.: SACR MONET AVGG ET CAESS NOSTR - Moneta holding scales and cornucopiae. AQP in ex. VI in r. field.
RIC 35a
2 commentsMinos01/28/16 at 13:16NORMAN K: direct from the mint perfect. Nice
Imitative of Tetricus II antoninianus. AE 14mm . Brockage mint error.33 viewsImitative of Tetricus II antoninianus. Brockage mint error.

Metal detector find from Northern France.
3 commentsLee S01/23/16 at 00:57NORMAN K: Wonderful find A++
142 Crispus (317-326 A.D.), AE-Follis, Brockage, Incuse,161 views142 Crispus (317-326 A.D.), AE-Follis, Brockage, Incuse,
avers:- IVL CRISPVS NOB CAE S, Laureate, cuirassed bust left, holding spear and shield.
revers:- Probably VIRTVS EXERCIT,...
exe: , diameter: 20mm, weight: 2,90g,
mint: probably Siscia, date: probably 320 A.D., ref: probably RIC VII Siscia 130,
2 commentsquadrans01/17/16 at 14:30NORMAN K: wonderful well centered brockage coin, great examp...
ROMAN EMPIRE, Aurelian, silvered antoninianus67 viewsSerdica
early 274 AD
Issue 5, Phase 2
radiate, cuirassed bust right
Sol facing, head left, with right hand raised and holding globe in left; at feet to left a bound and captive in oriental dress.
LV 9885-9; RIC 276
1 commentsJohny SYSEL01/10/16 at 09:43NORMAN K: Really nice coin
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III the Great AR Tetradrachm103 viewsAmphipolis mint (315-294 BC).
Price 481
1 commentsMinos01/07/16 at 12:41NORMAN K: A joy to look at. Very bold coin.
Roman Empire, Plotina109 viewsA REMARKABLE PLOTINA SESTERTIUS IN AN Untouched STATE for 1800 years.
This Sestertius was minted in c. 112 AD in honour of Pompeia PLOTINA, the wife of TRAJAN (emperor from 98 to 117). Maybe the finest examples of its type to survive from ancient times.
5 commentssunwukong01/07/16 at 12:38NORMAN K: Some coins just jump out to you. This is one of t...
GREEK, Macedon, Neapolis141 viewsAR hemidrachm. Neapolis ( Macedon). c. 424-350 BC. 1,70 grs. Facing gorgoneion, protruding tongue / Head of Artemis Parthenos right, hair rolled up and tied in taenia. N-E / Π-O around. All within circular incuse.
SNG ANS 430-459.
3 commentsbenito01/07/16 at 12:36NORMAN K: Gets your attention, very nice
Roman Empire Provincial, Septimius Severus, AE17, Issue of Nikopolis ad Istrum 89 viewsAD 193 211
2.88 grams
Obv. AV L CEVHROC, laureate head right
Rev. NIKOPOLI PROC IC, around a large Club of Hercules.
Moushmov 970, AMNG 1425; Varbanov 2256
2 commentsRichard M1001/07/16 at 12:34NORMAN K: Strange looking guy but very. Nice coin
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, VALERIAN I105 viewsAE 33. Corycus. 253-260 AD. 22,18,grs. Radiate,draped and cuirassed bust right. AVT K ΠO ΛIK OVAΛEPIAN-OC. / Dionysus standing facing, head left, holding grape cluster and thyrsus, before marked prize crown of which emerge palm branch, aplustre and caduceus, resting on three-legged table. Panther with head reverted towards grapes standing left at his feet . KIΩTΩN AV NAVAP around ,KΩPV in exergue. PX IC in right field.
SNG Levante 819. Same dies.
3 commentsbenito01/07/16 at 12:32NORMAN K: Beautiful, I really like the variety in provincial...
Roman Empire, Caracalla, Denarius88 views201 - 206 AD


Laureate and draped bust right

Dea Caelestis riding lion springing right, holding thunderbolt & scepter

3.09g, 19mm

RSC 97
1 commentsZaph0dd01/07/16 at 12:30NORMAN K: Very interesting reverse, nice
ROMAN EMPIRE, Claudius I, AE Quadrans. RIC 84163 viewsClaudius. 41-54 AD. Quadrans (3.70 gm). Struck 41 AD. TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG,
three-legged modius / PON M TR P IMP COS DES IT around large SC. RIC I 84
8 commentsHELEN S01/07/16 at 12:28NORMAN K: Really nice coin ,Helen, love the patina
ROMAN EMPIRE, Aurelianus (270-275 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, T-2206, RIC V-I 216, Siscia, -/-//*T, CONCORDIA MILITVM, Emperor and Cocordia,279 views106 Aurelianus (270-275 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, T-2206, RIC V-I 216, Siscia, -/-//*T, CONCORDIA MILITVM, Emperor and Cocordia,
avers:- IMP-C-AVRELIANVS-AVG, Radiate, cuirassed bust right. (B1)
revers:- CONCORDIA-MILITVM, Emperor togate standing right, clasping the hand of Concordia standing left. (Emperor and Cocordia 1)
exerg: -/-//*T, diameter: 21mm, weight: 3,42g, axes: 0h,
mint: Siscia, iss-6, off-4, date: 272-73-A.D., ref: RIC-V-216-p-, T-2206 (Estiot),
2 commentsquadrans01/07/16 at 12:22NORMAN K: Really nice coin
Medals of Numismatists54 viewsAhto Linja, (1912 - 1986)
Author of: Finnish Ladies on medals, 1977.
AE, 103 mm, 890 g, (1982).
1 commentsPekka K01/03/16 at 13:14NORMAN K: very nice. Amazing perception of depth as you coul...
Parthia - Vologases IV (147-191 AD)55 viewsMetal/Size: AR 29; Weight: 12.41 grams; Denomination: Tetradrachm; Mint: Seleucia-on-the-Tigris; Date:153 AD (465 ΕΞΥ ΔΙΟΥ); Obverse: Bust left with long, tapered beard with square cut end; wearing diadem and tiara with hooks on crest, horn on side and long, curved earflap. Lock of hair representing royal wart on forehead; earring visible, B behind head. Diadem with loop at top and four ends. Reverse: Male wearing tiara with "hooks" round crest and diadem seated left on throne, extending right hand, grasping hilt of sword in left; to his left, Tyche stands right presenting diadem in right hand, holding scepter in left; above diadem, Greek letters ΣΞΥ; below baseline, Greek letters ΔΙΟΥ; seven-line Greek inscription (L84i); no border - ΒΑΣΙΛΣΩΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΣΩΝ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΟΛΑΓΑΣΟΥ ΔΙΚΑΙΟΣ ΣΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΣΛΛΗΝΟΣ (King of Kings Arsaces, Vologases the Just the Noble, the Greek Loving). References: Sellwood #84.16; Shore #428.2 commentsmuseumguy12/31/15 at 11:09NORMAN K: wonderful coin great description
Parthia - Artabanus V (216-224 AD) Reverse/Vologases VI (208-228 AD) Obverse - MULE58 viewsMetal/Size: AR20; Weight: 3.5 grams; Denomination: Drachm; Mint: Ecbatana; Date: 208-228 AD; Obverse: King facing left with long pointed beard and wearing helmet with earflap with designs on front left of helmet and earflap and sporting a row of "pellets on stalks" according to Sellwood. Wears diadem with two strands and torque around neck. Beaded border surrounds portrait allowing space for beard to poke through. Reverse: Seated archer (Arsaces)on throne holding bow, right. X with line connecting top of each line - unusual for this type and likely represents a mule (Vologases VI on obverse and Artabanus V on reverse). Legend surrounds in blundered Greek. References: Sellwood #88.18/Sellwood #89.3.2 commentsmuseumguy12/29/15 at 10:08NORMAN K: Very interesting coin in your great collection. T...
Seleukid King of Syria. Antioch on the Orontes. Antiochos VI Dionysos.144-142 BC. Serrate AE21 viewsReference.
SC 2007a; HGC 9, 1048.

Radiate and diademed head of Antiochos VI right

Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΛNTIOXOY in two lines above, EΠIΦANOYΣ ΔIONYΣOY in two lines below, ΣTA above panther's back.
Panther standing left, with broken spear in jaws; to right, cornucopia to right.

4.79 gr
17 mm
2 commentsokidoki12/29/15 at 10:00NORMAN K: Great coin.
Augustus AR Denarius. Caesaraugusta? mint. Wreath. 40 viewsAugustus Denarius. Spanish (Caesaraugusta?) mint, 19-18 BC.
CAESAR AVGVSTVS, bare head right / OB CIVIS above, SERVATOS below, rostral wreath with ties pointing upwards.
RIC 40a. _45500
1 commentsAntonivs Protti12/29/15 at 09:58NORMAN K: Nice bold obverse & well centered
GREEK, Ptolemaic Egypt, Ptolemy VI Philometor752 viewsSilver Tetradrachm
Alexandria mint
Struck c. 170-164 B.C.
27mm 14.2g
Obv: Diademed head of Ptolemy I right, wearing aegis.
Rev: PTOLEMAIOU BASILEWS, eagle standing left on thunderbolt.

Svoronos 1489; SNG Copenhagen 265

8 commentsmihali8412/25/15 at 17:02NORMAN K: absolutely amazing. I can only wish to have a coin...
Mazaios, Satrap of Cilicia AR Stater256 viewsCILICIA, Tarsos. Mazaios. Satrap of Cilicia, 361/0-334 BC., 10.78g. AR Stater
O: Baaltars seated left, head and torso facing, holding eagle, grain ear, and grape bunch in extended right hand, lotus-tipped scepter in left; TN (in Aramaic) to left, M (in Aramaic) below throne, BLTRZ ("Baal of Tarsos" or "Baaltars" in Aramaic) to right
R: Lion attacking bull left; MZDY (Mazaeus in Aramaic) above, monogram below.
- Casabonne Series 2, Group C; SNG France ; SNG Levante 106.

The obverse of this coin depicts the Baal of Tarsos.

"Baal" is a Semitic word for "Lord" or "God." The symbols of an eagle, wheat stalk, grapes, and a scepter may represent Baals capacity as a god involved in the seasonal cycles of life and death.

The reverse features a lion-and-bull motif as did earlier Anatolian coins of Kroisos/Croesus. But here, on the reverse, the full bodies of both lion and bull are shown, and the lion is ferociously jumping on the back of the bull, who's kneeling.

If you assume that a kneeling bull (without a lion) on the scores of later Greek and Roman coins is symbolic of Zeus, a position that Marvin Tameanko has persuasively argued for (Celator, Jan. 1995, pp. 6-11), and that the lion is symbolic of the supreme god, or Baal, of the Celicians, the symbolism of this coin, may be direct and simple: Our god is more powerful than your god.

The Baal obverse of Mazaios' coinage may have been used as the model for the Zeus reverse of Alexander the Great's huge output of silver coinage, though Martin Price believed that both coinages were based on similar models. Price did feel, however, that the celator who engraved the latter Mazaios staters also engraved Alexander III's Tarsos tetradrachms.

Mazaios (also referred to as "Mazaeus" and "Mazday") was the Persian satrap of Celicia beginning c. 361 BC, then the satrap of both Celicia and the larger territory of Transeuphratesia/Transeuphrates (Syria and Palestine, also known as Abar Nahara) beginning c. 345 BC.

Mazaios fought Alexander the Great at the Battle of Gaugamela in 331 BC. After this loss, he fled to Babylon. With the Great King Darius III of Persia also fleeing Alexander's army, Mazaios was the person who surrendered the capital of the Persian Empire, Babylon, to Alexander later in 331 BC, which prevented the sack of the city. For doing this without a fight, Alexander appointed him governor of Babylon, which at the time was the world's largest city. Mazaios died in 328 BC.
10 commentsNemonater12/23/15 at 01:45NORMAN K: Beautiful coin with a strong strike.
Lysimachos AE142 viewsObv: Athena, created helmet adorned with skylla and palmette.
Rev: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΛIΣMAXOY - Leaping lion; spearhead below.
Year: 323-281 BC
Weight: 5.04g
Diam: 20mm
Cat #: SNG Cop 1149
3 commentsoa12/23/15 at 01:35NORMAN K: I have a similar coin but yours is outstanding!!
Griffin - Gallienus149 viewsObverse:- GALLIENVSAVG, Head right with radiate crown
Reverse:- APOLLINICONSAVG, Griffin left
Exergue:- Delta
1 commentsnogoodnicksleft11/24/15 at 13:15NORMAN K: very nice
ROMAN EMPIRE, Constantine I, Posthumous Commemorative, Hand of god403 viewsConstantine I the Great Posthumous death commemorative coin
Obverse: Constantine veiled
Reverse: Constantine riding quadriga reaching up towards the hand of God, star above.
Beautiful rainbow iridescent toning
Great detail and very clean surface.
10 commentsmihali8411/11/15 at 13:07NORMAN K: magnificent
009 Germanicus (15 B.C.-19 A.D.), RIC I 057, Rome, AE-Dupondius, SIGNIS RECEPT/DEVICTIS GERM, Germanicus advancing left, 676 views009 Germanicus (15 B.C.-19 A.D.), RIC I 057, Rome, AE-Dupondius, SIGNIS RECEPT/DEVICTIS GERM, Germanicus advancing left,
"My Father received the title as conqueror of Germany from the Senate and people of Rome".
avers:- GERMANICVS CAESAR, Germanicus in triumphal quadriga right.
revers:- SIGNIS-RECEPT/DEVICTIS-GERM, large S-C across field, Germanicus advancing left holding eagle-tipped sceptre.
date: Struck under Caligula 40-41AD.
mint: Rome
diameter: 27mm
weight: 12,77g
ref: RIC-57, C-7, BMC-94,
12 commentsquadrans11/07/15 at 15:02NORMAN K: very interesting coin, Nice!
Republic Denarius43 viewsRepublic Denarius
20 mm 4.37 gm
O: Helmeted head of Roma right, X behind
R: Dioscuri riding right, crescent above horses; ROMA in linear frame
3 commentsKoffy11/01/15 at 21:17NORMAN K: unbelievably nice, good strike
Agrippina Junior36 viewsAgrippina Junior
17 mm 2.46 gm
O: Draped bust of Agrippina Junior right
R: Draped bust of Artemis right
Provincial of Phrygia, Cadi
1 commentsKoffy11/01/15 at 21:15NORMAN K: very nice
Kingdom of Thrace, Lysimachos, 305 - 281 B.C., Portrait of Alexander the Great31 viewsReference. this is the only example of this type known to Forum; possibly unique
Unpublished variety; Meydancikkale - (cf. 2691, different controls, same engraver), Mller -, SNG Cop -, Thompson -, Black Sea Hoard -, Armenak -

Note. Thrace, Ainos (Enez, Turkey) mint, likely posthumous, c. 282 - 272 B.C

diademed head of Alexander the Great wearing the horn of Ammon

Athena enthroned left, holding Nike and resting left elbow on shield decorated with lions head, spear resting to her right; ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ to right, ΛΥΣΙΜΑΞΟΥ crowned by Nike to left, monogram in inner left field, monogram in exergue

16.503 gr
28.6 mm

Barry Murphy identified the mint for this coin as Ainos, noting, "Not the same dies or the same monograms, but clearly the same engraver as Meydicikkale 2691."

A subject ally of Athens, Aenus provided peltasts at the Battle of Sphacteria in 425 B.C. and sent forces to the Sicilian Expedition in 415. It was in the possession of Ptolemy Philopator in 222 B.C., of Philip V of Macedon in 200, of Lysimachos in 283, and later of Antiochus the Great, who lost it to the Romans in 185 B.C., whereupon the Romans declared Aenus a free city. It was still a free city in the time of Pliny the Elder.
2 commentsokidoki10/30/15 at 00:02NORMAN K: absolutly beautiful!!
Severus Alexander,AE20 of Nicaea, Bithynia. SGI 3287 var. 58 viewsObverse: M AYP CEV AΛEΞAΔΡOC AVΓ; laureate head right
Reverse: NIKA-IEWN to left and right of three standards.
20 mm diam., 4.3 g
SGI 3287 var.
2 commentsNORMAN K08/10/15 at 02:08NORMAN K: Thanks for the info. I hope I have it corrected
Macedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 356-323 B.C.), Price 0311, Macedonian, AE-18, (Unit), Bow in bow-case and club, #1620 viewsMacedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 356-323 B.C.), Price 0311, Macedonian, AE-18, (Unit), Bow in bow-case and club, #1
avers: Head of beardless Heracles right wearing lion-skin headdress.
reverse: AΛEΞAN(Δ)POY, (Legend error "Δ" are missing) Quiver on bow and club, Π below.
exergue: -/-//Π, diameter: 18mm, weight:6,01 g, axes:6h,
mint: Macedonian mint, date: 336-323 B.C., ref:Price 311,
5 commentsquadrans07/10/15 at 11:56NORMAN K: Very nice. Really like these coins
Orodes II., 57 38 BC47 viewsAR tdr., 15,19gr, 29,3mm; Sellwood 48.1, Shore 212, Sunrise 375 - 377;
mint: Seleukia; axis: 12h;
obv.: bare-headed, left, w/broad diadem, knot and 2 broad ribbons; medium-long hair in 3 waves, mustache, short beard; wart in center of forehead; multi-turn torque w/ horse(?) finial; star in left; cuirass w/griffin on chest; dotted border 14:30 to 20h;
rev.: king, left, seated on throne, holding staff in left hand; pellet between throne legs; on kings outstretched arm Nike offering diadem; 7-line legend: BACIΛE(ΩC) BACIΛEΩ(N) APCAKO(Y) EVERΓEToY ΔIKAIOY EΠIΦANOC ΦIΛEΛΛHNOC; long exergual line.
2 commentsSchatz07/10/15 at 11:51NORMAN K: You could almost imagine what it might be like to ...
B 007 Tiberius II. Constantine (578-582 A.D.), SB 0441, -/NIKOB, AE-Follis (40 Nummia), Nicomedia, Year UI,295 viewsB 007 Tiberius II. Constantine (578-582 A.D.), SB 0441, -/NIKOB, AE-Follis (40 Nummia), Nicomedia, Year UI,
avers:- Dn TIb CONS TANT P P AVG, Facing bust of Tiberius, holding mappa and eagle tipped scepter, wearing consular robes.
revers:- Large M Exe: NIKO-B - Cross above, regnal date to right (6-th year, 579/80 A.D.) and ANNO to left. (Nicomedia).
exe: A/N/N/O/VI//NIKOB, diameter: 36mm, weight: 17,06g, axis-h,
mint: Nicomedia, date: 579-80 A.D., ref: SB-441,
3 commentsquadrans06/07/15 at 11:29NORMAN K: Really nice especially for coins minted in this p...
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Lysimachos, 323-281 BC Thrace1298 viewsAR - Tetradrachm struck in Lampsakos, 286-281 BC
Obv. Head of Alexander the Great, wearing taenia and horn of Ammon
Rev. BASILEWS LYSIMAXOY Athena, wearing Corinthian helmet, in long robe, seated facing left on throne, left arm resting on shield decorated with lion's-head, spear pointing downwards behind her right shoulder, holding in outstretched right hand winged Nike who is crowning the name with wreath. In left field monogram HP (ligate); in exergue, crescent with cavity left.
28.8mm, 16.85g
Ref. Thompson 47; Mller 401; SNG Paris 2542
23 commentsalexB04/11/15 at 22:04NORMAN K: Wonderful coin, I am enveious
AGRIPPINA I320 viewsAE Sestertius. 28.08 gm, 7h. Rome mint. Struck under Claudius, 42-54 AD. Draped bust right .
Obverse: AGRIPPINA M F GERMANICI CAESARIS, bare-headed and draped bust right.
RIC I 102 (Claudius); von Kaenel Type 78; BMCRE 219 (Claudius); Cohen 3.
3 commentsbenito04/02/15 at 10:42NORMAN K: Very nice! Been trying to find one myself.
Roman Empire, Hadrian, AE As, Rome mint, struck 132-134 AD57 viewsHADRIANVS AVGVSTVS. Bare-headed and draped bust right.
FELICITATI AVG, COS III P P, S - C.. Galley sailing left.
RIC 719c; Cohen 660
1 commentsdupondius03/29/15 at 02:20NORMAN K: Beautiful detail and patina. One of my favorite c...
Roman Empire, Balbinus (238 A.D.), AR-Antoninianus, RIC V-I 010, Rome, CONCORDIA AVG G,1061 views070 Balbinus (238 A.D.), AR-Antoninianus, RIC V-I 010, Rome, CONCORDIA AVG G,
avers:- IMP-CAES-D-CAEL-BALBINVS-AVG, Radiate, draped bust right.
revers:- CONCORDIA-AVG-G, Hands, in handshake.
exerg: , diameter: 23mm, weight: 3,82g, axis: h,
mint: Rome, date: 238 A.D., ref: RIC-10, C-3,
11 commentsquadrans03/28/15 at 12:04NORMAN K: excellent
75. Orbiana denarius.67 viewsDenarius, ca 225 AD, Rome mint.
Obverse: SALL BARBIA ORBIANA AVG / Diademed bust of Orbiana.
Reverse: CONCORDIA AVGG / Concordia seated, holding patera and double cornucopiae.
4.10 gm., 18.5 mm.
RIC #319; Sear #8191.
2 commentsCallimachus12/05/14 at 00:40NORMAN K: Nice coin. hHope to find one like it.
Titus denarius with the Quadriga reverse97 viewsTitus/Quadriga denarius. Minted in Rome. 79 AD.
Grs 3,24 and 18 mm.
Observe : IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M. Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, looking right. Reverse : TR P VIIII IMP XIIII COS VII P P. Quadriga left, with corn ears.
RIC 25. Cohen 278.
Rarity : C.
4 commentslabienus11/20/14 at 15:34NORMAN K: One of my favorite reverses. Very nice
Vespasian denarius AVGVR PON MAX103 viewsDenarius for Vespasian. Rome mint. H2 71 AD.
3.45 grs and 18 mm.
Obs. : laureate head right. IMP CAES VESP AVG PM.
Rev. : priestly instruments. AVGVR (above) PON MAX (below).
RIC 42.
Rarity : R.
Not an absolute rarity but much rarer than the classic RIC 43 with the AVGVR TRI POT rev.
6 commentslabienus11/20/14 at 15:29NORMAN K: very nice strike. Beautiful
ROMAN EMPIRE, Augustus & Agrippa, AE As, COL NEM2608 viewsAugustus & Agrippa, AE As, 28mm (12.83 gm). Addorsed heads of Agrippa on left, wearing combined rostral crown and laurel wreath, and Augustus on right, wearing oak wreath, IMP above and DIVI F below / Crocodile chained to palm tip, wreath in upper left and COL - NEM above. Nemausus, c. 10 BC - AD 10. RIC I 158 (pg. 51).
29 commentssocalcoins11/19/14 at 00:51NORMAN K: My dream coin!!
CAMPGATE, CONSTANTIUS II, AE3296 viewsRIC VII 217 of Siscia ΔSIS double cresent2 commentscscoppa03/03/14 at 22:36NORMAN K: love the patina and wonderful campgate example!
Gratian Siscia RIC 14c41 viewsGratian, Siscia, 367 - 383 AD, 17mm, 3.04g, RIC IX pg 147, 14c
OBV: D N GRATIANVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right
REV: GLORIA RO-MANORVM, Gratian standing right, holding labarum inscribed with Chi-rho and holding captive by hair,
M in left field, star over P to right, ΔSISC in ex.
1 commentsRomanorvm12/21/13 at 07:45NORMAN K: Beautiful patina on this coin. Very nice
151 Vetranio (350 AD.), Thessalonica, RIC VIII 135, AE-2 Follis, -/-//--; A/Δ//TSA, CONCORDIA MILITVM, Emperor with two standard, R2 !295 views151 Vetranio (350 AD.), Thessalonica, RIC VIII 135, AE-2 Follis, -/-//--; A/Δ//TSA, CONCORDIA MILITVM, Emperor with two standard, R2 !
avers:- D N VETRAN IO P F AVG, Diademed (pearls), draped and cuirassed bust right.
revers:- CONCORDIA MILITVM, A left field, Delta right field, Vetranio standing, facing, holding labarum in each hand; star above.
exerg: -/-//--; A/Δ//TSA, diameter: 23.24mm, weight: 4,58g
mint: Thessalonica, date: 350 A.D., ref: RIC VIII 135 (V2,D3,C), R2!
1 commentsquadrans12/14/13 at 16:51NORMAN K: Very nice green patina, wonderful coin.
Phraataces and Musa118 viewsdrachm, 2 BC - 4 AD
Sellwood 58.9
6 commentsRobert L311/23/13 at 22:35NORMAN K: Beautiful and very nice presentation
Augustus Carteia Tyche and Neptune71 viewsAugustus, Carteia Spain, AE Semis, 27 BC - 14 AD, 21.36mm, 7.2g, RPC I 122, Villaronga 71, Burgos 662,
OBV: CARTEIA, Turreted bust of Tyche right
REV: D D, Neptune standing left, foot on rock, holding dolphin and trident

The Latin colony of Carteia was founded in 171 B.C. In 27 B.C., when Augustus had become emperor, Hispania Ulterior was divided into Baetica (modern Andalusia) and Lusitania (modern Portugal, Extremadura, and part of Castilla-Len). Cantabria and Basque country were also added to Hispania Citerior.
3 commentsRomanorvm10/22/13 at 22:16NORMAN K: thanks. This is exactly like my coin I was trying...
ROMAN EMPIRE, CARACALLA RECTOR ORBIS285 viewsCaracalla, 199-200 AD. A superb Caracalla denarius with a youthful bust and a reverse, where the emperor is depicted as the fixer of the world. ANTONINVS AVGVSTVS, laureate, draped & cuirrassed bust right / RECTOR ORBIS, Caracalla as Sol standing front, head left, holding globe and spear reversed. RIC 39b12 commentsHELEN S09/01/13 at 17:13NORMAN K: Definitely five stars, very nice
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