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Severus Alexander / RIC 302 or 215.58 viewsDenarius, ca 222-223 AD, Antioch mint.
Obv: IMP SEV ALEXAND AVG / Laureate bust of Severus Alexander.
Rev: VICTORIA - AVG / Victoria running, holding wreath and palm.
3.45 gm., 18 mm.
RIC #302 and/or #215.

The obverse legend is the shortened legend that was occasionally used in Antioch. However, the style of the portrait and lettering is very "Roman." The obverse legend is enough, though, to attribute this coin to Antioch. Also, the wedge-shaped dash between the words on the reverse legend never happens at Rome.
1 commentsCallimachus07/23/18 at 09:32Michael K5: This is a beautiful coin. I would attribute it to ...
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Caracalla105 viewsCaracalla. AD 198-217. AR Denarius 19.5mm, 3.3 g. Rome mint. 201 / 202 AD.
O: ANTONINVS PIVS AVG, Laureate and draped beardless young bust right
R: PART MAX PM TR P X, trophy; at base, bound captive seated at either side.
- RIC 322

A rare mule with a reverse meant for Septimius Severus.

The workmen can be excused for mixing up the dies, for in 201-202 exactly the same PART MAX Trophy type was being struck for both emperors, distinguished only by their titles in the continuation of the rev. legend, so easy to confuse:

PART MAX P M TR P VIIII or X or X COS III P P for Septimius,

PART MAX PONT TR P IIII or V or V COS for Caracalla.

Two others from the same rev. die, but different obv. dies: RIC 322 = BMC p. 385, 163, pl. 64.13; and CClay collection from eBay, Jan. 2007.

Another is reported by Cohen 174 (10 francs) from the Turin collection; and there were two more in the Reka Devnia hoard.
5 commentsNemonater12/26/15 at 16:19Michael K5: Fascinating mule gives insight into the humanity o...
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Elagabalus aka Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus aka Varius Avitus Bassianus159 viewsElagabalus denarius
O: Laureate bust of Elagabalus, draped, horn. "IMP ANTONINVS PIVS AVG"
R: Elagabalus standing left holding patera over altar. Club in left hand, star in right field."SACRED DEI SOLIS ELAGAB" - RSC 252

ExKunker auction 136, lot 1118; Ex Auktion Auctiones A. G. 23, Basel 1993, Nr. 535.


This is the rare, initial, SACERD DEI SOLIS ELAGABAL type, with the emperor sacrificing left not right, and with the star erroneously behind him rather than before him. The star apparently stood for his sun god, to whom the emperor was depicted sacrificing, and therefore it should have been placed before him, above his patera and the altar.

We know that the star behind the emperor was wrong, because on quite a few dies of all four emperor-sacrificing types the star was eradicated from behind the emperor and re-engraved in front of him. Note that on the obverse Elagabalus is still unbearded, confirming the early date (c. summer 221).

The normal type, emperor sacrificing right, star before him, was represented by 181 specimens in the Reka Devnia hoard, compared to 3 specimens for this early variety. (Thanks to CClay for these details.)

At the age of fourteen, Elagabalus became high priest of the sun-god Elagabalus at Emesa in Syria. The cult was represented by a sacred stone, and in AD 219 when he moved from Emesa to Rome, he took the stone, probably a meteorite, with him. During his reign, Elagabalus devoted his efforts to the promotion of his cult god, building a lavish temple to house the stone. The reverse type and legend promote his position as high priest of the sun-god Elagabalus.
5 commentsNemonater08/25/15 at 17:24Michael K5: Intriguing type with star behind, but also a wonde...
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Abraham Lincoln 1862 Indian Peace Medal64 viewsObv: ABRAHAM LINCOLN, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, draped bust of Abraham Lincoln (16th President) facing right, 1862 below.

Rev: In the center, within a circle is a village scene including children playing baseball in front of a school and a church steeple; in the foreground an Indian, wearing full chief's feathered head-dress, operates a horse-drawn plough; in the outer ring, an Indian pulls the hair of a foe, preparing to scalp him with a knife; below and to the left is a quiver of arrows, on the right is a crossed bow and a peace pipe; below center is the head of an Indian princess with eyes closed.

Engravers: Salathiel Ellis (obverse), Joseph Willson (reverse).

Mint: Philadelphia, Date: 1862 (20th Century Restrike), Bronze, Diameter: 76 mm
1 commentsMatt Inglima05/14/15 at 15:52Michael K5: Nice restrike of a fascinating medal!
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Gallienus - Centaur Left64 viewsObverse:- GALLIENVSAVG, Head right with radiate crown
Reverse:- APOLLINICONSAVG, Centaur facing left with globe & rudder
Exergue:- H
3 commentsnogoodnicksleft07/25/13 at 01:01Michael K5: I love this type. Great centaur.
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Salonina (254 - 268 A.D.)59 viewsAR Antoninianus
O: CORN SALONINA AVG, Draped bust right, wearing stephane, set on crescent.
R: VESTA, Vesta standing left, holding patera and scepter.
3.4g
23mm
RIC V 39A ; RSC 137
5 commentsMat05/21/13 at 15:56Michael K5: the portrait has a lot of character!
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011 Agrippa72 viewsAgrippa, Ć As. Agrippa. Struck under Caligula, 37-41 AD. M AGRIPPA L F COS III, head left wearing rostral crown / S-C, Neptune standing facing, head left, naked except for cloak draped behind him & over both arms, holding small dolphin in right hand & vertical trident in left. RIC 58 [Caligula], Cohen 3, BMC 161 [Tiberius]


It's a bit glossy and hard to get a great shot
7 commentsRandygeki(h2)05/06/13 at 23:27Michael K5: nice patination. pretty coin!
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Julia Domna, Ceres95 viewsJulia Domna

IVLIA-AVGVSTA
Draped bust right

CERERI-FRVGIF
Ceres seated left, holding corn-ears and long torcha

Hill 424. RIC 546. BMC 10. C. 14.
Ar Denarius
6 commentsRobin Ayers05/06/13 at 04:50Michael K5: wonderful portrait in high relief
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Julia Domna, Antioch108 viewsJulia Domna
Bronze AE 23; 6.773g, 24.1mm; Pisidia, Antiocheia mint

IVLIA AV-GVSTI
draped bust right

ANTIOCH CE NI COL CAES
Tyche standing left, branch in right, cornucopia in left

SNG Paris 1126 var (IVLIA AVGVSTA vice IVLIA AV-GVSTI)
Prov. FORVM Ancient Coins

wildwinds example (this coin); thank you dane for the detailed attribution!
Krzyzanowska DOM17.40 var (obv. legend with AVGVSTA); SNG Cop 35 var; SNG Tuebingen 4362 var
5 commentsarizonarobin05/06/13 at 04:49Michael K5: beautiful!
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Julia Mamaea (222 - 235 A.D.)52 viewsAR Denarius
O: IVLIA MAMAEA AVG, Diademed and draped bust right.
R:VENVS GENETRIX, Venus standing left, head left, holding scepter and apple; at feet to left, Cupid standing right with hands raised.
Rome
3.6g
20mm
RIC 355 (Severus Alexander), RSC 072
4 commentsMat04/02/13 at 01:28Michael K5: Nice portrait and interesting reverse!
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051 Caracalla (196-198 A.D. Caesar, 198-217 A.D. Augustus ), RIC IV-I 275b, Rome, AR-Antoninianus, P M TR P XVIIII COS IIII P P, Jupiter Standing, Scarce!,89 views051 Caracalla (196-198 A.D. Caesar, 198-217 A.D. Augustus ), RIC IV-I 275b, Rome, AR-Antoninianus, P M TR P XVIIII COS IIII P P, Jupiter Standing, Scarce!,
avers:- ANTONINVS-PIVS-AVG-GERM, Radiate, draped bust right, seen half from back.
revers:- P-M-TR-P-XVIIII-COS-IIII-P-P, Jupiter standing, facing, holding thunderbolt and scepter.
exe:-/-//--, diameter: 23mm, weight: 4,22g, axis:- h,
mint: Rome, date: 215-216 A.D., ref: RIC-IV-I-275b, p-252,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans03/29/13 at 01:35Michael K5: Masterful figure of Jupiter!
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050 Julia Domna (170-217 A.D.), RIC IV-I 577, Rome, AR-Denarius, SAECVLI FELICITAS, Isis standing right, #298 views050 Julia Domna (170-217 A.D.), RIC IV-I 577, Rome, AR-Denarius, SAECVLI FELICITAS, Isis standing right, #2
avers:- IVLIA-AVGVSTA, Bust draped right.
revers:- SAECVLI-FELICITAS, Isis, wearing peaked head-dress, standing right with left foot on prow, nursing infant Horus at her breast, altar at left against which rests a rudder.
exe: , diameter: 18-19mm, weight: 2,63g, axis: 11h,
mint: Rome, date: 196-211 A.D., ref: RIC-IV-I-577, p-170, C-174,
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2 commentsquadrans03/29/13 at 01:34Michael K5: Beautiful style and interesting type.
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049 Septimius Severus (193-211 A.D.), RIC IV-I 417, Emesa (Antioch), AR-Denarius, SAECVL FELICIT • ,133 views049 Septimius Severus (193-211 A.D.), RIC IV-I 417, Emesa (Antioch), AR-Denarius, SAECVL FELICIT • ,
avers:- IMP-CAEL-SEP-SEV-PERT-AVG-COS-II, Laurate bust right.
revers:- SAECVL-FELICIT •, Crescent, seven stars above.
exe: -/-//--, diameter: 16,5mm, weight: 2,47g, axis: 6h,
mint: Emesa (Antioch), date: 194-95 A.D., ref: RIC-IV-I-417, p-147, C-628a, S,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans03/29/13 at 01:32Michael K5: Nice example of this type.
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049 Septimius Severus (193-211 A.D.), RIC IV-I 266, Rome, AR-Denarius, INDVLGENTIA AVG G, INCARTH, 117 views049 Septimius Severus (193-211 A.D.), RIC IV-I 266, Rome, AR-Denarius, INDVLGENTIA AVG G, INCARTH,
avers:- SEVERVS-PIVS-AVG, Laurate bust right.
revers:- INDVLGEN-TIA-AVG-G, The Dea Caelestis, wearing elaborate headdress, looking right, riding right on lion, holding thunderbolt and sceptre, below, water gushing from rocks at left.
exe: -/-//INCARTH, diameter: 17-19mm, weight: 3,79g, axis: 1h,
mint: Rome, date: 203-04 A.D., ref: RIC-IV-I-266, p-125, C-222, BMCRE-335,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans03/29/13 at 01:31Michael K5: Excellent detail!
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049 Septimius Severus (193-211 A.D.), RIC IV-I 226, Rome, AR-Denarius, P M TR P XVII COS III P P, Jupiter standing left, 106 views049 Septimius Severus (193-211 A.D.), RIC IV-I 226, Rome, AR-Denarius, P M TR P XVII COS III P P, Jupiter standing left,
avers:- SEVERVS-PIVS-AVG, Laurate bust right.
revers:- P-M-TR-P-XVII-COS-III-P-P, Jupiter standing left, holding thunderbolt and scepter; two boys at his feet, one left, one right..
exe: -/-//--, diameter: 19mm, weight: 3,42g, axis: ,
mint: Rome, date: 209 A.D.,ref: RIC-IV-I-226, p-120, C-525,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans03/29/13 at 01:31Michael K5: Great beard and nice reverse!
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049 Septimius Severus (193-211 A.D.), RIC IV-I 211, Rome, AR-Denarius, P M TR P XV COS III P P, Victory, #1149 views049 Septimius Severus (193-211 A.D.), RIC IV-I 211, Rome, AR-Denarius, P M TR P XV COS III P P, Victory, #1
avers:- SEVERVS-PIVS-AVG, Laurate bust right.
revers:- P-M-TR-P-XV-COS-III-P-P, Victory standing right, foot on globe, inscribing shield set on palm,
exe:-/-//--, diameter: 19mm, weight: 3,29g, axis: 0,
mint: Rome, date: 207 A.D., ref: RIC-IV-I-211, p-118, C-489,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans03/29/13 at 01:30Michael K5: Fantastic coin!
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Crispina (178 - 182 A.D.)67 viewsAR Denarius
O: CRISPINA AVGVSTA, Draped bust right.
R: HILARITAS, Hilaritas standing left, holding palm and cornucopiae.
Rome
16mm
2.95g
RIC III 282 (Commodus); RSC 18
4 commentsMat03/29/13 at 01:24Michael K5: Cool hair texture!
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Crispina (178 - 182 A.D.)181 viewsVirtual Tray of completed set!

Thanks Jay GT4
14 commentsMat03/29/13 at 01:23Michael K5: Nice collection, congratulations!
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Volusianus (251-253 d.C.), sesterzio (Boyd collection)79 viewsVOLUSIANO, 251-253 d.C. sesterzio
AE, 28 mm, 19.61 gr, 12h, VF (BB)
D/ IMP CAE VIB VOLVSIANO AVG, busto laureato, drappeggiato e corazzato a dx
R/ FELICITAS PVBLICA SC, Felicitas stante a sx, appoggiata a una colonna regge caduceo e scettro
RIC IV 251a; Cohen 35.
Provenienza: collezione Berardengo, Roma Italia (25 gennaio 2009, numero catalogo 33), ex Kovacevic collection (ANE, Toronto Canada, 2007), ex CNG Electronic Auction 131, (Lancaster PA Usa - London, 18 gennaio 2006, lotto 185), ex Baldwin's auction 42 (London, 2005, parte del lotto 628), ex W.C.Boyd collection (London, 16 dicembre 1889).
1 commentspaolo03/12/13 at 01:48Michael K5: nice portrait and fascinating provenance!
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Geta, 198 - 212 AD51 viewsObv: P SEPT GETA PIVS AVG BRIT, laureate head of Geta facing right.

Rev: TRP III COS II PP, Janus, with two faces, standing facing, holding a reversed spear and a thunderbolt.

Silver Denarius, Rome mint, 211 AD

3.4 grams, 19 mm, 0°

RIC IVi 79, RSC 197, S7251, VM 44/1
4 commentsSPQR Coins02/15/13 at 22:24Michael K5: I love this coin. I'm looking for the same typ...
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020 Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), AR-Denarius, Portrait, 311 viewsVespasian (69-79 A.D.), AR-Denarius, Portrait, 3 commentsquadrans02/14/13 at 18:13Michael K5: nice range of artistic interpretations for Vespasi...
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020 Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC 0937, RIC (1962) 103, Rome, AR-Denarius, COS VIII, Rome standing left,176 views020 Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC 0937, RIC (1962) 103, Rome, AR-Denarius, COS VIII, Rome standing left,
avers:- IMP-CAESAR-VESPSIANVS-AVG, Laureate head right.
revers:- COS-VIII, Mars standing left, holding spear and trophy.
exe: -/-//--, diameter: 17,5-19 mm, weight: 2,99g, axis: 5h,
mint: Rome, date: 77-78 A.D., ref: RIC 0937, RIC (1962) 103, BMC 200, RSC 125,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans02/14/13 at 18:11Michael K5: another nice portrait!
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019 Vitellius (69 A.D.), RIC I 0109, Rome, AR-Denarius, XV VIR SACR FAC, Tripod and dolphin,343 views019 Vitellius (69 A.D.), RIC I 0109, Rome, AR-Denarius, XV VIR SACR FAC, Tripod and dolphin,
avers:- A-VITELLIVS-GERM-IMP-AVG-TR-P, Laureate head right.
revers:- XV-VIR-SACR-FAC, Tripod-lebes with dolphin lying right on top and raven standing right below.
exerg: - , diameter: 18mm, weight: 3,23g, axes: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 69 A.D., ref: RIC-I-109_p-272,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans02/14/13 at 18:10Michael K5: nice portrait!
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Titus RIC II 0112126 viewsTitus. 79-81 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 80 A.D. 1 Jan- 30 June. (3.46 g, 18.87 mm, 6h). Obv: r. to l, out-IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M. Rev: l. to r., in-TRP IX IMP XV COS VIII PP, dolphin coiled around anchor. RIC 112, RSC 309, BMC 72, Sear 2517. Ex David Hendin.

This type may have been issued as a part of a series to commemorate the opening of the Flavian Amphitheater, or Colosseum which was begun under Vespasian and financed, at least in part, by the treasure plundered from the Jewish Temple during the sack of Jerusalem.
8 commentsLucas H02/11/13 at 15:18Michael K5: I love the reverse. Great portrait with a lot of c...
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Agrippina maior, grand daughter of Augustus, daughter of Agrippa, wife of Germanicus, mother of Gaius ("Caligula"), 14 BC- 33 AD216 viewsOrichalcum sestertius (26.9g, 36mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck under Gaius, AD 37.
AGRIPPINA·M·F·MAT·C·CAESARIS·AVGVSTI, draped bust right
S·P·Q·R· in field above, MEMORIAE / AGRIPPINAE in two lines
Carpentum drawn by two mules moving left. The Carpentum's cover is supported by standing figures at the corners and its sides are ornamented.
Gaius had the ashes of his mother returned to Rome soon after he came to power in 37 AD. He celebrated the memory of his mother, father and brothers, all murdered by Tiberius, with a series of coins. The sestertius issue was reserved for the memory of his mother. Note the lack of S C on this issue which has S P Q R instead.
RIC 55; Cohen 1
2 commentsCharles S01/28/13 at 00:42Michael K5: Beautiful, interesting type and style.
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009 Germanicus (15 B.C.-19 A.D.), RIC I 057, Rome, AE-Dupondius, SIGNIS RECEPT/DEVICTIS GERM, Germanicus advancing left, 642 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,
Q-001
12 commentsquadrans12/11/12 at 02:24Michael K5: interesting design!
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FORTUNA REDUX.213 viewsAE sestertius. Rome, 211 AD. 28.05 gr. Laureate head right. P SEPTIMIVS GETA PIVS AVG BRIT. / Fortuna seated left on throne, holding rudder on globe and cornucopiae, wheel under seat. FORT RED TR P III COS II P P S C. BMCRE 40. RIC 168a.
Fortuna is the Roman Goddess of Luck, Fate, and Fortune. Usually depicted holding in one hand a cornucopia, or a horn of plenty, from which all good things flowed in abundance, representing her ability to bestow prosperity; in the other she generally has a ship's rudder, to indicate that She is the one who controls how lives and fates are steered. She could also be shown enthroned, with the same attributes of rudder and cornucopia, but with a small wheel built into the chair, representing the cycles of fate and the ups and downs of fortune.
Fortuna Redux, one of the many aspects of Fortuna, was in charge of bringing people home safely, primarily from wars—redux means "coming back" or "returning". She may be one of the later aspects of Fortuna, as the earliest mention of Her is of an altar dedicated by the Senate in 19 BCE for the safe return of the Emperor Augustus
3 commentsbenito11/02/12 at 14:08Michael K5: All around beautiful coin.
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Septimius Severus (193-211 A.D.), AR Denarius, Rome, INDVLGENTIA AVG G, INCARTH, 672 viewsSeptimius Severus (193-211 A.D.), AR Denarius, Rome, INDVLGENTIA AVG G, INCARTH,
avers:- SEVERVS-PIVS-AVG, Laurate bust right.
revers:- INDVLGEN-TIA-AVG-G, The Dea Caelestis, wearing elaborate headdress, looking right, riding right on lion, holding thunderbolt and sceptre, below, water gushing from rocks at left.
exe: INCARTH,
date: 203-04 A.D.,
mint: Rome,
diameter: 17-19mm,
weight: 3,79g,
axis: 1h,
ref: RIC-IV-I-266, p-, C-222, BMCRE-335,
Q-001
5 commentsquadrans09/01/12 at 01:23Michael K5: I've been looking for an example as nice as th...
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066 - Caracalla denarius - RIC 211a112 viewsObv:– ANTONINVS PIVS AVG BRIT, Laureate bust right
Rev:– P M TR P XV COS III P P (XV over XIIII), Elephant walking right
References:– VM 60/4, RIC 211a (Scarce), RSC 230
3 commentsmaridvnvm08/15/12 at 12:46Michael K5: Great looking coin. I believe this is RIC 199 (RSC...
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Titus (as Caesar), 69 - 79 AD125 viewsObv: (T CA)ES IMP VESP PON (TR POT), laureate, draped bust of Titus facing right, seen from behind.

Rev: No legend, Titus in quadriga right, holding a palm and an eagle-tipped scepter.

Note: The reverse commemorates the triumph of Vespasian and Titus in June 71 AD following their victory in the Jewish War.

Silver Denarius, Antioch mint, 72 - 73 AD

3.15 grams, 18 mm, 180°

RIC II Vespasian 368, RSC 395, S2435 (var.), VM 5
6 commentsSPQR Coins08/04/12 at 15:42Michael K5: Amazing coin. Lovely toning.
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Caracalla, 198–217 CE84 viewsAR denarius, Rome, 210 CE; 3.69g. BMCRE 105, RIC 231, RSC 632. Obv: ANTONINVS – PIVS AVG BRIT; head laureate right. Rx: VICTO – RIAE BRIT; Victory advancing left, holding wreath and palm.

Notes: Second special issue of the joint reign of Severus, Caracalla, and Geta commemorating victories in Britain. Scarce; fewer than thirty specimens in the hoards studied by P.V. Hill (thirteen in Reka Devnia [nine in Sofia, the four Caracalla VICTORIAE BRIT denarii in Varna seem to have the wrong Cohen numbers]).

Provenance: Ex Berk BBS 131 (April 2003), lot 396; from the Curtis L. Clay Collection, acquired from dealer Mario Ratto, Milan (March 1967); from the Mazzini Collection, Turin.

Literature: Ing. G. Mazzini, Moneta Imperiali Romane, ed. Mario Ratto (Milan, 1957–8), vol. 3, pl. 37 (this specimen illustrated).
5 commentsMichael K508/04/12 at 02:12Michael K5: Curtis, thank you for the comment. Unfortunately, ...
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Septimius Severus denarius190 viewsRIC 146a (3,3 gm, 18 mm).
Mint of Rome, 198-200 AD.

Rare "Septimius' VIRTVS" type!
Denarius has a relief much higher
than it seems at photo!

SEVERVS VIRTVS AVG
2 commentsneander05/19/12 at 13:30Michael K5: Beautifully executed reverse.
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