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590 Hadrian Sestertius Roma 119-21 AD Lictor standing54 viewsReference.
RIC 590b; Banti 620; Strack 555; C 1210

Obv. IMP CAES TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG P M TR P COS III
Laureate heroic bust right, slight drapery

Rev. RELIQVA VETERA HS NOVIES MILL ABOLITA / S - C
Lictor standing left, holding fasces, setting fire to heap of bonds with torch.

25.59 gr
32 mm
6h

Notes.
https://www.forumancientcoins.com/numiswiki/view.asp?key=RELIQVA%20VETERA%20HS%20NOVIES%20MILL%20ABOLITA

From the estate of Thomas Bentley Cederlind. Ex Classical Numismatic Group 47 (16 September 1998), lot 1611.

In July of AD 118 Hadrian made his first appearance in Rome as emperor to celebrate a Parthian triumph in the name of Trajan. He was quickly called away to Moesia to subdue the Sarmatians and Roxolani. While away, four high ranking senators Lucius Quietus, Cornelius Palma, L. Publius Celsus and C. Avidius were executed by the senate for an alleged conspiracy against Hadrian, despite a promise by Hadrian not to execute members of the Senate. To calm a suspicious public, Hadrian held a week long gladiatorial show, granted an extra public largesse, and, as this coin advertises, relinquished the public debt to the state equaling 900 million sestertii. This event culminated in an elaborate ceremony held in the Forum of Trajan where all records of these debts were set on fire.
4 commentsokidoki10/08/16 at 10:12Charles S: Very nice; interesting historical type
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Macrinus. AE 30. Nicopolis Ad Istrum.106 viewsMacrinus (217-218), Bronze,Moesia Inferior: Nicopolis ad Istrum, c. AD 217-218; AE (g 14,28; mm 30; h 1); AYT K M OΠEΛ - CEY MAKPINOC, laureate and cuirassed bust r., Rv. VΠ CTA ΛONΓINOY NIKOΠOΛITΩN ΠPOC IC / TPON, Athens standing r., holding spear and shield. Varbanov -; AMNG I, 1476. Green patina, extremely fine.3 commentsRuslan K03/01/16 at 13:19Charles S: This coin really belongs in this BOT gallery *****
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Vespasianus51 viewsAE-Sestertius
Ov: Laureate head to right.
Leg: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III
Rv: Spes standing left, offering flower to two helmeted Roman soldiers, third soldier in group armed with parazonium standing right behind.
Leg: SPES AVGVSTA
Ex: S C
RIC 206
2 commentsJulianus of Pannonia02/11/16 at 05:07Charles S: Most interesting and very rare type. Congratulati...
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Septimius Severus, 193 - 211 AD79 viewsObv: SEVERVS PIVS AVG, laureate head of Septimius Severus facing right.

Rev: INVICTA VIRTVS (unconquered valor), Septimius Severus in military dress, cloak floating behind, on a horse galloping right, brandishing a spear at a fallen enemy who is wearing a Parthian cap.

Silver Denarius, Rome mint, 207 AD

3.062 grams, 20.6 mm, 180

RIC IVi 269, RSC III 229, S6287

Ex: FORVM
5 commentsMatt Inglima02/09/16 at 23:23Charles S: Very nice
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Nero, RIC 147, Sestertius of AD 64 (Triumphal arch)59 views Sestertius (27.30g, 33mm, 6h), Rome mint, struck AD 64.
Obv.: NERO CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P, laureate head of Nero facing right with aegis.
Rev.: S C (in field), Triumphal arch is surmounted by a quadriga facing with, standing on the left, Pax and on the right, winged Victory. At the angles of the entablature are soldiers. The front piers of the arch are decorated with sculptures in three tiers of panels; in the niche on the left is a statue of Mars.
RIC 147; Cohen 308; BMC 185; Sear 2000 (RCV) 1962var.; Foss (RHC) 67:14

Nero erected a triumphal arch on the Capitoline Hill while the Parthian war was in progress in Mesopotamia and Armenia, with Corbulo capturing the Armenian capital Artaxata in AD 58. The arch was rededicated or completely dismantled after Nero's death in AD 68, and this monument is only known from coins.
3 commentsCharles S02/06/16 at 10:38Charles S: thank you!
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888 Hadrian Sestertius Roma 134-38 AD Hadrian standing vis--vis Italia61 viewsReference.
RIC 888c, Banti 34; Strack 751

Obv. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P
Bust of Hadrian, bare-headed, draped, right.

Rev. ADVENTVI AVG ITALIAE S C
Hadrian, togate, on left, standing right, holding roll in left hand and raising right to Italia, standing left, facing him, on right, sacrificing over altar in center with right hand and holding cornucopiae in left; bull next to altar

23.00 gr
32 mm
6h
3 commentsokidoki02/06/16 at 10:35Charles S: interesting reverse
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RIC 0475 Domitianus113 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XII CENS PER P P, Laureate head right, with aegis
Rev: S-C, Victory standing right, inscribing DE GER on shield set on trophy; to right Germania seated right
AE/Sestertius (34.66 mm 27.53 mm 6h) Struck in Rome 86 A.D.
RIC 475 (R), BMCRE 375, BNF unlisted
ex Mnz Zentrum Rheinland Auction 175 lot 565
10 commentsFlaviusDomitianus01/26/16 at 12:20Charles S: wonderful
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RIC 0169 Vespasianus132 viewsObv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III, Laureate bust left
Rev: IVDEA CAPTA / SC, (in exergue); to left Vespasian standing right, left foot on helmet, holding spear and parazonium; to right, Jewess, in attitude of mourning, seated right on cuirass; palm tree between.
AE/Sestertius (34.16 mm 23.02 g 6h) Struck in Rome 71 A.D. (2nd issue)
RIC 169 (R3 this coin), BMCRE-BNF unlisted
ex ACR Auctions E-Auction 32 lot 741, ex Nomisma Auction 14 11/1999 lot 273
9 commentsFlaviusDomitianus01/25/16 at 08:11Charles S: Congratulations, fantastic piece.
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RIC 0387 Domitianus62 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 commentsFlaviusDomitianus01/24/16 at 09:28Charles S: stunning and sharp portrait with beautiful aegis
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Domitian Cistophoric Tetradrachm Domitia96 viewsObv.
IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG P M COS VIII
Laureate head right

Rev.
DOMITIA AVGVSTA
Draped bust of Domitia right

Minted in Rome for circulation in Asia 82 A.D.

26mm 10.55 g

RIC II 845 RPC II 866 RSC 2
7 commentsancientdave01/24/16 at 09:25Charles S: very nice double portait
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Trajan Aureus35 viewsIMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC PM TRP COS V PP, laureate bust right with aegis
SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI, Trajan on horseback right, hurling spear at fallen Dacian
Woytek 202cB, RIC 209, BMC 245 note, Strack 80, Calico 1109
circa 104/105-107 AD, 7.14g
3 commentsSchwami01/24/16 at 07:42Charles S: A real beauty!
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RIC 0079v Vespasianus93 viewsObv : IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG P M T P P P COS III, Laureate draped bust right
Rev : HONOS TE VIRTVS / SC, (in exergue); Honos standing right with sceptre and cornucopia, facing Virtus standing left with spear and parazonium
AE/Sestertius (34.98 mm 25.71 g 6h) Struck in Rome 71 A.D. (1st issue - b)
RIC 79 (R2, variant: See Note 28 pg. 65, this coin), BMCRE 760 var. (same obv. die), BNF unlisted
ex Inasta Auction 62 lot 84, ex Thesaurus Auction 1 (12/2006) lot 457
6 commentsFlaviusDomitianus11/30/15 at 10:30Charles S: Fantastic
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RIC 0469V Domitianus33 viewsObv : IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG GERM COS XII CEN PER P P. Laureate head right, with aegis
Rev : S-C in field; Domitian standing left, with spear; to left, German captive, kneeling right, presenting shield; in exergue, broken spear
AE/Sestertius (34.46 mm 21.64 g 6h) Struck in Rome 86 A.D.
Variant (CEN instead of CENS in obverse legend) of: RIC 469 R, BMCRE 379, BNF 402. The obverse is a die-match with the variant of RIC 471 mentioned in RIC page 297 Note 42.
ex Tintinna Auction 50 lot 2023
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus11/16/15 at 10:35Charles S: very interesting and rare
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5789 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Tetradrachm 131-32 AD Sarapis54 viewsReference.
RPC III, 5789; cf Emmett 892.16; Kln 1044; Dattari (Savio) 1477; K&G 32.514

Issue L IϚ = year 16

Obv. ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ - ΤΡΑΙ ΑΔΡΙΑ СƐΒ
laureate draped and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, r., seen from behind

Rev. L ΙϚ (year 16)
Sarapis seated left on ornate throne decorated with crowning Nikai, extending right hand over seated Cerberus, holding long scepter in left.

13.09 gr
24.50 mm
12h
3 commentsokidoki11/03/15 at 10:13Charles S: really nice portrait
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5768 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Tetradrachm 130-31 AD Hadrian-Alexandria30 viewsReference.
RPC III, 5768; Emmett 845.15; Kln 1026; Dattari 1268.

Issue L IE = year 15

Obv. AVT KAI TPAI ADPIA CEB
Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right

Rev. L-IE
Hadrian standing to left holding scepter receiving corn ears from Alexandria

12.16 gr
25 mm
12 h

Note.
Struck to commemorate the emperors visit to Alexandria in AD 130. It was during this visit that Hadrians favorite, the Bithynian youth Antinous, drowned in the Nile.
Ex CNG Auction 322, 2014
2 commentsokidoki11/03/15 at 10:10Charles S: Excellent acquisition !
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5895 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Drachm 133-34 AD Isis Pharia standing38 viewsReference.
Emmett 1002.18; RPC III, 5895; Kln 1121-2; Dattari (Savio) 1768; K&G 32.588

Issue L IH = year 18

Obv. ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙС ΤΡΑΙΑΝ - ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟС СƐΒ
Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind.

Rev. L IH
Isis Pharia, holding billowing sail, sailing right before the Pharos of Alexandria, which is surmounted by a statue and two Tritons.

22.63 gr
33 mm
1 commentsokidoki11/02/15 at 18:58Charles S: I just love that reverse
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Tiberius AE Sestertius, Temple of Concordia53 viewsTiberius AE Sestertius. Rome , 36-37 A.D. Facade of the Temple of Concordia: hexstyle temple, Concordia enthroned left at center above an altar; statues of Hercules to left & Mercury to right; statues of Jupiter, Juno, Minerva & Victories on pediment above / CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVST P M TR POT XXXII, Legend around large SC. Cohen 69. RIC I 67 2 commentsHolding_History11/02/15 at 13:33Charles S: Very nice and rare. Rev. legend beginning TI and ...
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Pupienus (RIC 20; Coin #692)27 viewsRIC 20 (Common), AE Sestertius, Rome 238 AD.
OBV: IMP CAES M CLOD PVPIENVS AVG; Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
REV: CONCORDIA AVGG; Concordia seated left, holding flower and double cornucopiae.
SIZE: 31.7mm, 14.44g
1 commentsMaynardGee10/31/15 at 20:07Charles S: good portrait
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952 Hadrian Sestertius Roma 134-38 AD Hispania37 viewsReference.
Strack 777; RIC 952; Spink 3633; C. 1272.

Obv. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P
Bust of Hadrian, laureate, draped, right

Rev. RESTITVTORI HISPANIAE in ex.S C
Hadrian, togate, standing left, on right, holding roll in left hand and extending right hand to raise up Hispania, kneeling, facing him, on left, holding branch in left hand; rabbit in center

25.40 gr
1 commentsokidoki10/31/15 at 12:34Charles S: Excellent!
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594 Hadrian Sestertius Roma 119-21 AD ORBIS TERRARVM58 viewsReference. Rare
RIC 594b; Spink 3637 var C. 1285; Banti 678

Obv. IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG P M TR P COS III
Bust of Hadrian, laureate, draped on left shoulder, right

Rev. RESTITVTORI ORBIS TERRARVM in ex. S C
Hadrian, togate, standing left, holding roll in left hand and extending right hand to woman, draped, kneeling right and holding globe in left hand.

24.23 gr

Ex ureo 22/10/1997, n 2070
2 commentsokidoki10/31/15 at 10:11Charles S: very nice and impressive
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RIC 0609 Domitianus84 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII CENS PER P P, Laureate head right
Rev: COS XIIII LVD SAEC - SVF P D on platform; S-C in exergue; Domitian seated left on platform, extending right hand to citizen, standing right, extending right hand also; between them, child standing right, raising hands; in background, four-column temple
AE/Sestertius (35.89 mm 21.59 g 6h) Struck in Rome 88 A.D.
RIC 609 (C), BMCRE 428, BNF 462
ex CNG eAuction 361 Lot 922
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus10/30/15 at 12:39Charles S: impressive sestertius
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RIC 0326 Domitianus61 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 commentsFlaviusDomitianus10/28/15 at 12:46Charles S: wonderful coin
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611 Hadrian Sestertius Roma 121-22 AD Minerva standing40 viewsReference.
Strack 574; RIC 611b; C. 1066

Obv. IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG:
Laureate draped and cuirassed bust right

Rev. P M TR P COS III in field. S C
Minerva, draped, helmeted, standing left, dropping incense with right hand on a candelabrum left and holding vertical spear in left; against her left side rests a shield, up which climbs a snake.

27.30 gr
33 mm
11 h
1 commentsokidoki10/19/15 at 13:29Charles S: beautiful sestertius
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0616 Hadrian AS Roma 121-122 AD Pax standing50 viewsReference.
RIC 616a; Strack 575

Obv. IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate head right.

Rev. P M TR P COS III in field S-C
Pax standing left, holding branch and cornucopia.

11.22 gr
27 mm
6h

CNG Auction 320 Lot 426
3 commentsokidoki09/04/15 at 07:02Charles S: Very nice
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RPC II 1079 Domitianus64 viewsObv: ΔOMITIANOC KAICAP CεBACTOC ΓεPMANIKOC - Laureate head of Domitian, right, with drapery and aegis on left shoulder
Rev: EПI ANΘYПATOY POYCΩNOC OMONOIA - Cult statue of Artemis (with supports) between two Nemeses; above εΦε; below ZMYP
AE (32.62mm 21.43g 6h) Struck in Ephesus (Ionia) 92-94 A.D. Ruso proconsul - Alliance between Ephesus and Smyrna
RPC 1079
Ex Triton XIII lot 1446
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus08/28/15 at 10:13Charles S: Fantastic coin !
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Severus Alexander173 viewsSEVERUS ALEXANDER, A.D. 222-235. AR Denarius 3.17 gm., Rome Mint, 16th emission, ca. A.D. 223.

O: IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG; Laureate and draped bust of Severus Alexander facing right.
R: P M TR P XII COS III P P; Sol standing left, radiate, nude but for cloak on shoulders billowing behind, raising right commanding the sun to rise, whip vertical behind in left. 
- RIC IV 120; BMCRE 930-1; RSC 440.

From the Leo & Paula Gorelkin Collection

Nice luster throughout with beautiful, impossible to photograph, toning.
7 commentsNemonater08/26/15 at 16:50Charles S: beautiful
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0968 Hadrian, Cistophorus BITHYNIA Koinon of Bithynia mint, Octastyle temple49 viewsReference.
RPC III, 968; RIC II 461b; Metcalf, Cistophori, type B1; RSC 240b; Pinder 100

Issue Reverse legend includes COM BIT

Obv. IMP CAES TRA HADRIANO AVG P P
Laureate head right

Rev. COM - BIT (in field), ROM S P AVG (in entablature)
Octastyle temple on podium of three steps

10.52 gr
27 mm
6 h

Note.

The temple depicted is that of Roma and Augustus erected by the koinon of Bithynia at Nicomedia, of which no archaeological remains have been discovered.

Cistophori were produced in the name of the Commune Bithyniae only once, under Hadrian. The inscription on the frieze, reconstructed as ROM(ae) S(enatui) P(opulo) AVG(usto) and translated as "To Rome, the Senate, the People, and Augustus" tentatively identifies the building as a temple of Rome and Augustus at Nicomedia. No archaeological remains of this structure have as yet been found, and reconstructions of it are based entirely on the second century numismatic evidence. Both Tacitus and Dio Cassius report that in 19 BC Augustus did authorize the construction of a temple to Rome and himself at Pergamum, an event commemorated on his cistophori there. No such evidence for a temple at Nicomedia occurs earlier than this cistophorus.
1 commentsokidoki08/26/15 at 16:48Charles S: superb !
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Trajan Denarius - Fortuna 103-105 AD45 viewsSame coin as in previous, but scan, not photo.1 commentsYuriy D08/24/15 at 21:54Charles S: Scans: excellent for showing details, but I find p...
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Roman Empire, Vespasian Sestertius378 viewsObv. IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III, laureate head right.
Rev. ROMA VICTRIX S C; Roma standing right, holding spear and parazonium, foot set on prow.
Mint: Rome, 71 AD.

33mm 27.01g

RIC 196

Ex Gorny & Mosch, Auction 228, 9th March 2015, lot 595.
9 commentskc08/24/15 at 21:51Charles S: Super sestertius
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5755 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Diobol 129-30 AD Agathodaimon serpent44 viewsReference.
Emmett 1111.14; Dattari 1986; Milne 1289; RPC III, 5755; Kln 1004

Issue L IΔ = year 14

Obv. ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ - ΤΡΑΙ ΑΔΡΙΑ СƐΒ
aureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind.

Rev. "L-IΔ"
serpent (Agathodaemon) erect, r., crowned with pschent, enfolding caduceus and stalk of corn

9.23 gr
25 mm
12h
3 commentsokidoki08/24/15 at 21:49Charles S: Very nice portrait, impressive snake
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0680 Hadrian half AS Roma 124-28 AD Tyche of Antioch56 viewsReference. Rare.
RPC III, 3756; RIC II 680; BMCRE 1350; cf. Cohen 401; McAlee 544; Strack 622

Issue
Orichalcum coinage struck at Rome for circulation in Syria; Asses

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS.
laureate and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, with paludamentum, seen from rear, r.

Rev. COS III in field S-C
Tyche of Antioch seated on rocks, l., holding in her r. hand ears of wheat and poppy-head; at her feet, river-god Orontes swimming l., looking r.; In field, l. And r., S C

7.61 gr
24 mm
6h
3 commentsokidoki08/11/15 at 04:34Charles S: I placed a bid on this coin too but you won . Con...
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RPC - Thrace, Plotinopolis, Faustina II42 viewsFaustina Junior
Thrace, Plotinopolis
AE23
Obv: ΦAVCTEINA CEBACTH, Draped bust right.
Rev: ΠΛΩΤΕΙΝΟΠΟΛΕΙΤΩΝ, Hera? standing left, holding patera and sceptre.
AE, 8.19g, 22.7mm
Ref.: BMC 5
Ex Pecunem Gitbud&Naumann auction 32, Lot 285
3 commentsshanxi08/06/15 at 15:43Charles S: Elegant portrait and beautiful patina
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RPC - Thrace, Philippopolis, Faustina II, Demeter21 viewsFaustina Junior
Thrace, Philippopolis
Obv: ΦΑΥCTEINA CEBACTH, Draped bust right.
Rev: ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΠΟΛΕΙTΩΝ, Demeter standing left, holding two grain ears and long torch.
AE, 12.93g, 25.6mm
Ref.: Mouchmov, Philip. 133, 139-40 and 142
Ex Pecunem 33, Lot 292
2 commentsshanxi08/06/15 at 15:42Charles S: Very nice
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Julius Caesar; 46 - 44BC39 views Sestertius (poss. Dupondius)
Struck ca. 38BC, generally attributed to an unknown "Southern Italian" mint.
Rev. - Wreathed head of Julius Caesar right, DIVOS JVLIVS around
Obv. - Bare head of Octavian right, wearing slight beard CAESAR (DIVI), around
13.82 grams
28 mm

While obviously Julius Caesar does not qualify as a First Century Roman Emperor, I figured that a coin depicting his posthumous image might technically allow me to complete a "12 Caesars" set until a lifetime portrait in bronze can be found.
1 commentscmcdon092308/06/15 at 11:35Charles S: Still a nice bronze with a decent and honest portr...
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Vespasian-RIC-1465106 viewsAR Denarius, 3.02g
Ephesus mint, 74 AD
RIC 1465 (R2). BMC - . RSC - . RPC - .
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS V TR P P P; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: PACI AVGVSTAE; Victory adv. r., with wreath and palm; at lower l., annulet, at lower r., star
Ex Ancient Treasures, eBay, 26 July 2015.

The various mint marks found on the denarii struck for the Flavians at Ephesus are somewhat mysterious in purpose and meaning. There is no blatant reason why they are present in the issue. This denarius struck for Vespasian in 74 towards the end of the series has not one, but two mint marks on the reverse, an annulet and star. Perhaps they were internal mint control marks?

A victorious peace bestowed by the emperor is advertised on the reverse, while a severe looking Vespasian on the obverse demands you love and accept that peace, or else.
5 commentsDavid Atherton08/03/15 at 16:52Charles S: very nice coin
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605 Hadrian Dupondius Rome 119 21 AD Virtus standing36 viewsReference.
RIC 605;

Obv: IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG P M TR P COS III.
Radiate head right, slight drapery on far shoulder.

Rev: VIRTVTI AVGVSTI / S - C.
Virtus standing right with spear and parazonium, foot set on helmet.

12.5 gr
27 mm
6h
2 commentsokidoki08/01/15 at 06:10Charles S: Excellent, very sharp, especially the reverse
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582 Hadrian Sestertius, Roma 119-20 AD Hadrian seated59 viewsReference.
RIC 582c; C 930 rare.

Obv. IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG P M TR P COS III:
Laureate, draped bust right, seen from front.

Rev. LIBERALITAS AVG III in Ex. S C
Hadrian, togate, seated left on platform, on right, extending right hand; behind, an officer standing left; in front, on his right, an attendant holding up coin counter; at foot of platform, citizen standing right, holding out fold of toga in both hands.

24.93 gr.
33 mm.
Note.
Comment on Tablet by Curtis Clay.
The object in question was a tablet with a set number of shallow coin-size depressions drilled into it, say 50 depressions. It was dipped into the chest of coins like a scoop, and shaken until one coin had settled into each depression. Any excess coins were then swept back into the chest with the official's other hand, and the full board containing exactly fifty coins was then emptied into the outstretched toga of the recipient. So the object in question was a coin scoop/coin counter, meant to rapidly and accurately distribute the required number of coins to each recipient.
2 commentsokidoki08/01/15 at 05:52Charles S: Rare and attractive, interesting donative scene
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027 Traianus (98-117 A.D.), RIC II 0540, Rome, AE-Dupondius, S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI /S-C, Trajan riding right,356 views027 Traianus (98-117 A.D.), RIC II 0540, Rome, AE-Dupondius, S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI /S-C, Trajan riding right,
avers:- IMP-CAES-NERVAE-TRAIANO-AVG-GER-DAC-P-M-TR-P-COS-V-P-P, Laureate, head right with aegis.
revers:- S-P-Q-R-OPTIMO-PRINCIPI, Trajan riding right spearing Dacian enemy.
exerg: -/-//S-C, diameter: 27,5-28mm, weight: 14,01g, axis: 7h,
mint: Rome, date: 103-111 A.D., ref: RIC-II-540-p-, C-,
"Woytek, MIR 208cB, 15 specimens in his photofile, c. 105-7 A.D." by Curtis Clay, thank you!
Q-001
8 commentsquadrans07/29/15 at 05:15Charles S: Minos said it all. Superb 5*
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027 Traianus (98-117 A.D.), RIC II 0540, Rome, AE-As, S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI /S-C, Trajan riding right,142 views027 Traianus (98-117 A.D.), RIC II 0540, Rome, AE-As, S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI /S-C, Trajan riding right,
avers:- IMP-CAES-NERVAE-TRAIANO-AVG-GER-DAC-P-M-TR-P-COS-V-P-P, Laureate, head right with aegis.
revers:- S-P-Q-R-OPTIMO-PRINCIPI, Trajan riding right spearing Dacian enemy.
exerg: -/-//S-C, diameter: 27,5-28mm, weight: 10,77g, axis: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 103-111 A.D., ref: RIC-II-540-p-, C-,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans07/29/15 at 03:16Charles S: nice patina.
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RIC 0528 Domitianus49 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XIII CENS PER P P, Laureate head right, with aegis
Rev: SC (across field), Domitian standing left, with parazonium and spear; to left river-god (Rhenus) reclining
AE/Sestertius (36.27 mm 29.02 g 6h) Struck in Rome 87 A.D.
RIC 528 (R), BMCRE 396 (same dies), BNF unlisted
ex ACR Auctions - Auction 16 lot 514
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/27/15 at 09:02Charles S: Great sestertius, beautifully centered obv. intere...
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Roman, Domitian, RIC 507283 viewsObverse: CAES DIVI AVG VESP F DOMITIANVS COS VII - Laureate head right
Reverse: PAX AVGVST S C - Pax standing left with branch and cornucopiae.
mm. 34 - g. 25,93
RIC2 507 R (Titus) - RPC II 504 - 80 a.D. Thracian mint
A realistic powerful portrait of the last of the Twelve Caesars
8 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/25/15 at 05:40Charles S: I really like this one ! Strong powerful portrait...
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RIC 0078A Domitianus31 viewsObv: IMP CAES DIVI VESP F DOMITIAN AVG P M, Laureate head right, with drapery on left shoulder
Rev: TR P COS VII DES VIII P P / S-C in field; Minerva standing left, with spear
AE/Sestertius (33.64 mm 28.06 g 6h) Struck in 81 A.D.
RIC 78A (R3), BMCRE, BN unlisted
ex Nomisma Auction 43 lot 102
1 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/25/15 at 04:02Charles S: Special and beautiful.
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RIC 0106A Domitianus44 viewsObv: IMP CAES DIVI VESP F DOMITIAN AVG P M, Laureate head right, with drapery on left shoulder
Rev: TR P COS VIII DES VIIII P P / S-C in field; Minerva standing left, with spear
AE/Sestertius (34.45 mm 26.96 g 6h) Struck in Rome 82 A.D.
RIC, BMCRE, BN unlisted - it will be referenced as RIC 106A
ex ACR Auctions Auction 16 lot 513
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/25/15 at 03:58Charles S: Excellent ! wonderful detail
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Hercules of the Theatre of Pompey160 viewsThe Hercules of the Theatre of Pompey, from the 2nd Century A.D., was discovered in 1864. It had been carefully buried under protective tiles, incised FCS (fulgor conditum summanium), indicating that it had been struck by lightning, and had been carefully interred on the spot. The figure supports himself lightly on his grounded vertical club; the skin of the Nemean Lion is draped over his left forearm, he holds the apples of Hesperides in his left hand. The sculpture is now in the round room area of Museo Pio-Clementino.2 commentsJoe Sermarini07/24/15 at 02:30Charles S: A stunning beauty. I suppose the vine leaf has be...
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Hercules of the Forum Boarium161 viewsHercules of the Forum Boarium is a gilded 2nd century B.C. slightly over-lifesize bronze statue, which was found in the Forum Boarium in Rome. This statue is probably the one mentioned by Pliny, which originally stood in the Temple of Hercules Victor, by the Tiber. It lacks the lion skin. Perhaps a actual lion skin was once draped on it. The sculpture is now in the Musei Capitolini, Rome.1 commentsJoe Sermarini07/24/15 at 02:25Charles S: Fabulous masterpiece! Absolutely intact too !
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0822 Hadrian AS Roma 134-38 AD Pietas standing26 viewsReference.
RIC II 822

Obv. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P
Bare head and draped bust right

Rev. PIETAS AVG S C in field
Pietas standing facing, head left, raising both hands in prayer; to left, garlanded altar; to right, stork standing right.

11.76 gr
26mm.
6h
1 commentsokidoki07/23/15 at 18:54Charles S: Excellent !
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Taras, Calabria46 views325-280 BC
AR Diobol (12mm, 1.14g)
O: Head of Athena right, wearing crested Attic helmet decorated with a hippocamp.
R: Herakles kneeling right, strangling the Nemean lion; EY above.
Vlasto 1302 (this coin); HN Italy 976
From the M.P Vlasto collection. ex MNS

Vlasto plate coin, #1302.
2 commentsEnodia07/16/15 at 20:43Charles S: Gorgeous reverse, a classic masterpiece
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ROMAN EMPIRE, ANTONINUS PIUS, AE AS (Britannia mint)69 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: 9.4gms | Die Axis: 7h
RIC III: 934 | RCV: 4296 | Cohen: 117
SCARCE

The bronze coins of Antoninus Pius struck c.A.D.154 - 155 and 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 was not far distant.
Since the coins proposed to have been struck in Britannia are typically smaller, lighter, and somewhat inferior to those issued from Rome this coin, due to it's somewhat irregular flan and light weight would probably be considered to be a product of a mint in Britannia.
1 comments*Alex07/13/15 at 01:40Charles S: interesting example
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ROMAN EMPIRE, ANTONINUS PIUS AE AS (Roman Mint)69 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
SCARCE

The bronze coins of Antoninus Pius struck c.A.D.154 - 155 and 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.
Bearing that in mind, this coin, because of it's excellent style, size and weight, would probably be attributed to a Roman mint or at least to dies produced there.
1 comments*Alex07/13/15 at 01:39Charles S: Nice example, interesting info
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The Severan Period - Click to Enlarge56 viewsSeptimius Severus; Caracalla; Geta; Macrinus; Diadumenian; Elagabalus; Severus Alexander1 commentsNemonater07/09/15 at 01:43Charles S: superb collection
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Hadrian As Salus 235 viewsObv.
HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS
Laureate head right

Rev.
COS III
SC
Salus standing right, cradling serpent that she feeds from a patera

RIC 669
2 commentsancientdave07/08/15 at 08:49Charles S: yes, indeed, very nice portrait
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ROMAN EMPIRE, ANTONINUS PIUS sestertius, RIC 891 68 views Sestertius (27,0g, 30mm, 6h). Rome, AD 151-152.
Obv.: IMP CAES T AEL HADR ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head right.
Rev.: TR POT XV COS IIII around, ANNONA AVG in ex., S | C, Annona seated left holding corn ears above modius and holding cornucopiae.
RIC 891 (common); BMCRE 1891; Cohen 50; Strack 1069; Banti 29 (34 spec.)
Double struck reverse.
Ex Jess Vico, S.A., auction 142, June, 2015.
2 commentsCharles S07/04/15 at 14:49Charles S: Thank you Alex
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ANTONINUS PIUS49 viewsAE sestertius. 140-144 AD. 26,52 grs. Laureate head right. ANTONINVS AVG PIVS PP TR P COS III / Mars standing right, holding reversed spear and resting hand on shield. MARTI VLTORI. S C in fields.
RIC 609. BMCRE 1252. Cohen 550.
2 commentsbenito07/03/15 at 17:18Charles S: This is the nicest sestertius I have seen of this ...
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614 Hadrian Sestertius, Roma 122-25 AD Virtus standing29 viewsReference.
Strack 571; RIC 614a; Banti 775; C.1466

Obv. IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right

Rev. PM TR P COS III in field VIRT - AVG S-C
Virtus, helmeted, in military dress, standing left, resting right foot on helmet, holding vertical spear in left hand and parazonium upright in right

23.90 gr
33 mm
5h
2 commentsokidoki07/02/15 at 12:30Charles S: A classical beauty, clearly inspired by Greek styl...
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2817 PISIDIA, Timbriada. Hadrian. 16 Mn standing32 viewsReference. very rare
RPC III, 2817
unpublished in the standard references.
CNG eAuction 354 lot 342; Gitbud & Naumann Auction 29 lot 468 ; Heidelberger Mnzhandlung Herbert Grn Auction 64 lot 2119

Obv. TPA AΔPIA
Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right.

Rev. TIMBPIAΔЄΩN
Mn standing left with phrygian cap , holding pine cone and sceptre.

3.06 gr
16 mm
6h
2 commentsokidoki07/02/15 at 12:29Charles S: Typical style, very nice example
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5780 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Drachm 130-31 AD Hadrian and Alexandra standing19 viewsReference.
Emmett 966.15; Kln 1037; Dattari (Savio) 1595; K&G 32.510; RPC III, 5780

Issue L IE = year 15

Obv. AVT KAI TPAI A∆PIA CEB
Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right

Rev. L IE (date) in exergue.
Hadrian, holding scepter, in quadriga right, being hailed by Alexandra standing before the horses.

22.96 gr
34 mm
11h
1 commentsokidoki07/02/15 at 12:27Charles S: Very impressive large bronze with nice reverse.
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RIC 0270 Domitianus120 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG GERMANIC, laureate head right
Rev: P M TR POT IIII IMP VIII COS XI P P, Eagle standing front on thunderbolt, wings outspread, head left
AR/Denarius (20.08 mm 3.38 g 6 h) Struck in Rome 85 A.D. (1st issue)
RIC 270 (R2), RSC 368, BMCRE 75
ex Nummus et Ars Auction 89 lot 268, ex Asta del Titano 13 (02/2003) lot 167
8 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/02/15 at 12:05Charles S: Oh wow, another beauty !
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Italy, Ravenna, Mausoleum of Galla Placidia116 viewsit is describbed as "the earliest and best preserved of all mosaic monuments, and at the same time one of the most artistically perfect"

The building was formerly the oratory of the Church of the Holy Cross and now contains three sarcophagi. The largest sarcophagus was thought to contain the remains of Galla Placidia (died 450). Other is attributed to her husband, Emperor Constantius III. The last sarcophagus is attributed to Galla's son, Emperor Valentinian III, or to her brother, Emperor Honorius.
1 commentsJohny SYSEL07/01/15 at 12:16Charles S: Great
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Italy, Ravenna, Mausoleum of Galla Placidia115 viewsit is describbed as "the earliest and best preserved of all mosaic monuments, and at the same time one of the most artistically perfect"

The building was formerly the oratory of the Church of the Holy Cross and now contains three sarcophagi. The largest sarcophagus was thought to contain the remains of Galla Placidia (died 450). Other is attributed to her husband, Emperor Constantius III. The last sarcophagus is attributed to Galla's son, Emperor Valentinian III, or to her brother, Emperor Honorius.
1 commentsJohny SYSEL07/01/15 at 12:15Charles S: Awesome beauty
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ANTONINUS PIUS34 viewsAE sestertius. Rome 145 AD. 27,16 grs. 0 h. Laureate head right. ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P /
Honos standing facing,togate,head left,holding branch in right hand,cornucopiae in left. SC across fields.
HONORI AVG COS IIII.
RIC 772. Cohen414.
Ex Frum Ancient Coins
1 commentsbenito06/30/15 at 17:51Charles S: Nice addition. However, I have doubts about the 5 ...
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Roman Empire, Balbinus (238 A.D.), AR-Antoninianus, RIC V-I 010, Rome, CONCORDIA AVG G,1028 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,
Q-001
11 commentsquadrans06/30/15 at 05:28Charles S: wow!
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Domitian RIC-656100 viewsAR Denarius, 3.44g
Rome mint, 88-89 AD
RIC 656 (R). BMC 147. RSC 246.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: IMP XVII COS XIIII CENSPPP; Minerva adv r., with spear and shield (M1)
Ex Solidus Numismatics, eBay, 17 June 2015.

Domitian did not take the consulship in 89, so this rare denarius is dated by TR P VIII between September 88 and September 89. The date can be further narrowed down by the 17th imperial acclamation. A military diploma dated 7 November, 88 records Domitian as IMP XVII, so this issue must have been struck briefly at the end of 88, perhaps just a month or so due to the rarity of the acclamation number on the denarii. Domitian's imperial acclamations were piling up fairly rapidly during this time period due to increased military activity along the Danube.

A solid denarius in fine style.
7 commentsDavid Atherton06/30/15 at 02:26Charles S: A wonderful coin !
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Gordian III Bronze Military Diploma 241/242 CE130 viewsThe two faces, A and B, are duplicate copies of the first half of a diploma of Gordian III addressed to veterans of the ten Praetorian Cohorts, cohortibus praetoris Gordianis decem (numerals 1 10) piis vindicibus, granting them Roman right of marriage (conubium) with their wives even if of non-Roman status (peregrinae), provided they are their first and only wife. The evidence of date is contained in the third line of Face B (the equivalent text is lost from A), which describes Gordian as TRIB POT V COS II. This is the year which ran from 10 December 241 to 9 December 242.
4 commentsNemonater06/29/15 at 03:57Charles S: A beauty !
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Gordian III Bronze Military Diploma 241/242 CE Highlighted Script151 viewsThe two faces, A and B, are duplicate copies of the first half of a diploma of Gordian III addressed to veterans of the ten Praetorian Cohorts, cohortibus praetoris Gordianis decem (numerals 1 10) piis vindicibus, granting them Roman right of marriage (conubium) with their wives even if of non-Roman status (peregrinae), provided they are their first and only wife. The evidence of date is contained in the third line of Face B (the equivalent text is lost from A), which describes Gordian as TRIB POT V COS II. This is the year which ran from 10 December 241 to 9 December 242.
7 commentsNemonater06/29/15 at 03:55Charles S: Very interesting !
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Phrygia, Laodiceia ad Lycum, Dionysos / mask of Silen, A20264 viewsAE 20, 5.48g
under Antoninus Pius, magistrate P. Ailios Dionysios Sabinianos
Obv: ΛΑΟΔΙΚΕΩΝ; draped bust of Dionysus right, with ivy-wreath
Rev: ΑΙΛ - ΔΙΟΝV - CΙΟC; mask of Silenus with ivy-wreath lying on cista mystica, around which a serpent twines, with both tail and crested and bearded head right; at left, pedum over which a pair of cymbals hangs
BM 96, pl. 35,6 (same obverse die). SNG Copenhagen 532

Ex Dr. Stephen Gerson Collection, ex Gemini 2010, lot 623
6 commentsareich06/27/15 at 08:00Charles S: What a wonderful coin!
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3912 Phoenicia, Acco-Ptolemas. Hadrian. 21 Hadrian, as founder plowing42 viewsReference.
RPC III, 3912; Kadman 103; cf. Rosenberger 48 (head right); cf. Rouvier 1000 (same).; Hendin 819

Obv. IMP TRA HADRIA[NO CAESAR]
Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from front.

Rev. DIVOS CLAV above, C-O-L/PT-OL in two lines across field. (COL PTOL=Colonia Ptolemais)
Claudius, as founder plowing right with yoked bull and cow; in background, four standards.

11.02 gr
21 mm
12 h

Agora Auctions.
From the Kenneth Miller Collection of Ake-Ptolemas and Related Biblical Coins.
2 commentsokidoki06/24/15 at 14:34Charles S: Very nice indeed, especially the reverse
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Domitian RIC-51963 viewsAR Denarius, 3.14g
Rome mint, 87 AD
RIC 519 (C). BMC 113. RSC 223a.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VII; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: IMP XIIII COS XIII CENS P P P; Minerva stg. l., with thunderbolt and spear; shield at her l. side (M3)

Denarii with TR P VII struck in 87 are a bit less common than those with TR P VI, due to the shorter time frame the coins were minted (14 Sept - 31 Dec). No military campaigns are known for 87, hence no new imperial acclamations are recorded on the denarii. The issues for this year are strictly dated by the COS and TR P numbers. The style is similar to the denarii from 86.

Nicely toned with a neat and fine stately portrait.
3 commentsDavid Atherton06/24/15 at 10:34Charles S: very nice addition
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943 Hadrian Sestertius Roma 134-38 AD Arabia34 viewsReference.
Strack 770; RIC 943 var. (bust left); C. 1233 var.

Obv. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P
Laureate, draped bust left, seen from back.

Rev. RESTITVTORI ARABIAE S C
Hadrian, togate, standing right, on left, holding roll in left hand and extending right hand to raise up Arabia, kneeling, facing him, on right, holding bundle of canes (?) in left hand; camel left, in center.

25.60 gr
32 mm
1 commentsokidoki06/21/15 at 11:35Charles S: A very interesting and rare type, even more so wit...
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027 Traianus (98-117 A.D.), RIC II 0606, Rome, AE-Sestertius, S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI, S/C//ALIM ITAL, Abundantia standing left, 354 views027 Traianus (98-117 A.D.), RIC II 0606, Rome, AE-Sestertius, S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI, S/C//ALIM ITAL, Abundantia standing left,
avers:- IMP-CAES-NERVAE-TRAIANO-AVG-GER-DAC-P-M-TR-P-COS-VI-P-P, Laureate bust right, draped left shoulder.
revers:- S-P-Q-R-OPTIMO-PRINCIPI, Abundantia standing left, holding grain ears over child and cornucopia.
exerg: S/C//ALIM ITAL, diameter: 33mm, weight:26,46g, axis: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 112-117 A.D., ref: RIC-II-604-p-, C-11,
Q-001
7 commentsquadrans06/16/15 at 18:40Charles S: Great coin, very nice patina
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Ionia, Smyrna, Antoninus Pius, BMC 34234 viewsAntoninus Pius, AD 138-161
AE 35, 25.20g, 34.91mm, 0
struck under strategos Theudianos, c.147 AD
obv. [AV KAI T]I AI.ADRI - ANTWNEINOC
laureate head l.
rev. QEV[DIANOC] CTRA [ANEQHKE] CMYR - NAIOIC
Hippodameia, in long garment and veiled, stg. r., with l. hand lifting garment from her breast, with r. hand holding r.
hand of Pelops, who nude stg. frontal, ead turned l. and resting with raised l. hand on sceptre; both in slow Biga r.
in upper r. field PELO[PS]
ref. Klose series A (Sechser), 9; BMC Ionia, 342; SNG von Aulock 2213
scarce, F, stripped

The rev. legend is a standard formula meaning: The strategos Theudianos has this dedicated to the inhabitants of Smyrna.
2 commentsJochen06/14/15 at 03:18Charles S: Never mind the bit of wear, it is still an impress...
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RIC 0509 Domitianus54 viewsObv: CAES DIVI AVG VESP F DOMITIANVS COS V(II), Laureate head right
Rev: S-C in field; Mars with cloak over shoulders, advancing right, with spear and trophy
AE/Sestertius (34.92 mm 24.48 g 6h) Struck by uncertain Eastern Mint (Thrace?) 80-81 A D
RIC 0509 (R2 - Titus), RPC 0505, Paris 326
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus06/10/15 at 07:14Charles S: Superb style
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2955 CAPPADOCIA, Tyana. Hadrian 135-36 AD Tyche seated on throne37 viewsReference.
RPC III, 2955; SNG von Aulock 6538-9; Lindgren I 1735; cf SNG Cop 316.

Issue Year 20

Obv. AVTO KAIC TPAIA AΔPIANOC CЄBACTOC.
Laureate head right.

Rev. TVANЄΩN TΩN T T IЄP ACV AVT. ЄT K (date) across field
Tyche seated left on throne decorated with sphinx, holding grain ears and bunch of grapes; below, river god swimming left, head facing, holding club

11.04 gr
25 mm
12h

Note.
ex Lindgren 1735
1 commentsokidoki06/10/15 at 07:11Charles S: Most wonderful the way the patina enhances the coi...
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CALIGULA84 viewsAE sestertius. 40-41 AD. 28,07 grs. 6h. Laureate head left. C CAESAR DIVI AVG PRON AVG P M TR P IIII P P // S P Q R / P P / OB CIVES / SERVATOS in four lines within oak wreath.
RIC I 53.
7 commentsbenito06/07/15 at 09:55Charles S: Fantastic coin, great portrait
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Septimius Severus Nicopolis ad Istrum100 views MOESIA INFERIOR, Nicopolis ad Istrum. Septimius Severus. AD 193-211. 26mm (11.93 g, 7h). Aurelius Gallus, consular legate. Struck AD 201-202. Laureate head right / Fortuna standing left, holding rudder and cornucopia. AMNG 1319; SNG Budepest -. Ex. CNG5 commentsfordicus06/05/15 at 18:43Charles S: beautifully detailed on both sides and impressive ...
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Roman Empire, Hadrian, AS Roma 125-28 AD Salus leaning on Column91 viewsReference.
cf. RIC 669 unlisted in RIC BMC OR Strack Hill

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS
Laureate, cuirassed bust right, seen from front

Rev. COS III in field S-C
Salus standing right "next to column", holding and feeding snake from patera in left.

10.19 gr
24x26 mm
1 commentsokidoki06/04/15 at 19:36Charles S: great find
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RIC 0662 Domitianus57 viewsObv : CAESAR AVG F DOMITIAN COS II, Laureate head right, bust draped.
Rev : PRINCIP IVVENT / S C (IN LOW FIELD); Domitian riding left, right hand raised, holding sceptre
AE/Dupondius (27,87 mm 10,97 g 6h) Struck in Rome 73-74 A.D.
RIC 662 (R, Vespasian), BMCRE 686 (Vespasian), BNF 696 (Vespasian)
EX Tintinna Electronic Auction 46 lot 2026
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus06/04/15 at 19:28Charles S: wonderful reverse!
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217 Hadrian Denarius Roma 134-38 AD Liberalitas standing.36 viewsReference.
RIC 217; BMC 926

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS
Bare head, bust right, drapery on left shoulder, and around neck

Rev. LIBERALITAS AVG P P in ex COS III
Liberalitas, draped, standing right, holding cornucopiae in both hands as if about to empty it.

3.64 gr
2 commentsokidoki05/28/15 at 10:44Charles S: excellent quality
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654 Hadrian Dupondius Roma 125-28 AD Aequitas standing28 viewsReference.
RIC 654; C. 386

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS
Radiate bust right, drapery on far shoulder.

Rev. COS III in field S-C
Aequitas standing left holding scales and cornucopiae.

13.12 gr
26 mm
6h
1 commentsokidoki05/28/15 at 10:11Charles S: lovely desert patina
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RIC 0536 Domitianus56 viewsObv : IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XIII CENS PER P P, Radiate head right, with aegis
Rev : FORTVNAE AVGVSTI / S-C in field; Fortuna standing left, with rudder and cornucopiae
AE/Dupondius (29.94 mm 14.07 g 6h) Struck in Rome 87 A.D.
RIC 536 (R), BMCRE 397, BNF unlisted
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus05/28/15 at 02:49Charles S: beautiful portrait and with attractive aegis
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035 Antoninus Pius (138-161 A.D.), RIC III 0915, Rome, AE-Sestertius, LIBERALITAS VII, Antoninus seated left on platform, S-C, R!221 views035 Antoninus Pius (138-161 A.D.), RIC III 0905, Rome, AE-Sestertius, LIBERALITAS VII, Antoninus seated left on platform, S-C, R!
avers:- ANTONINVS-AVG-PIVS-P-P-TR-P-XVII, Laureate head right.
revers: LIBERALITAS-VII, Antoninus seated left on platform on right: in front of him, Liberalitas satnding left, holding account-board and cornucopiae: below citizen standing right holding out fold of toga, S-C across the field, COS IIII in exergo.
exe:S/C//COS IIII, diameter: 32-33mm, weight: 29,37g, axis: 0h,
mint: Rome, date: 152-153 A.D., ref: RIC-III-915-p-140, C-525-526, Rare !
Q-001
4 commentsquadrans05/25/15 at 12:03Charles S: Quite rare and interesting. Congratulations !
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RIC 0280 Domitianus48 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG GERM COS XI, Laureate head right, with aegis
Rev: S-C in exergue; Domitian riding right with shield, striking with spear at falling German
AE/Sestertius (34.92 mm 26.19 g 5h) Struck n Rome 85 A.D. (1st issue)
RIC 280 (C), BMCRE 300A, BNF 317
ex Gitbud & Naumann Pecunem 31 lot 508
1 commentsFlaviusDomitianus05/12/15 at 12:50Charles S: Beautiful and interesting coin! Nice aegis.
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Roman Empire, Hadrian Denarius Roma 117 AD Concordia139 viewsReference.
RIC-; C. -; Strack-

Obv. IMP CAES TRAIAN HADRIANO AVG DIVI TRA
Laureate, cuirassed bust right, baldric strap over shoulder and across chest, seen from front

Rev. DIVI NER NEP PM TRP COS CONCORD in exergue.
Concordia seated left, patera in right hand, resting left elbow on statue of Spes, cornucopiae under chair

3.19 gr

Note.
Obv. like RIC 9c or BMC 17 or Strack 13
Rev. like RIC 14 or BMC 33 or Strack 18
4 commentsokidoki05/10/15 at 07:08Charles S: Strack 13 and 18 for obv. and rev. respectively. ...
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Roman Empire, Vespasian, AR Denarius198 viewsAR denarius 3.49 grs , struck under Titus, 80-81 AD. Laureate head of Vespasian right. DIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS / . Empty quadriga advancing left, ornamented with a miniature quadriga flanked by Victories at the top and two standing figures on the side. EX SC in exergue. BMC 119. RIC ( Titus) 361

7 commentsbenito05/10/15 at 06:55Charles S: Breathtaking !
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GREEK, Attica, Athens, 449-413 BC, AR Tetradrachm - Starr pl. xxii, 61129 viewsHead of Athena right, wearing helmet ornamented with vine scroll and laurel leaves.
Owl facing standing right, head facing, AΘE to right, olive sprig and crescent to left, all within incuse square.
Starr pl. xxii, 6; SNG Copenhagen 33; Sear 2526.
(22 mm, 17.18 g, 10h)
17 commentsLloyd T05/09/15 at 12:47Charles S: Superb 5* coin
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Phrygia, Akmoneia, Caracalla, cf. Imhoof RSN (1923), p. 311, 344, unpublished?28 viewsCaracalla, AD 198-217
AE 30, 11.09g, 29.91mm, 180
obv. AYT K M A AYR - ANTWNEINOC
Bust, cuirassed, seen from behind, aegis over l. shoulder, sword belt over back, laureate, r.
rev. A - KMONEWN (NE ligate)
Heros Akmon with waving chlamys, wearing boots, holding whip in r. hand, galloping r. toward hill of Dindymos, on
which 2 nymphs (Oreiads), diademed, are stg. l., the posterior pointing with r. hand to the Heros, the anterior with r.
hand at breast; beneath river god (Sindros?) leaning l., r. hand on r. knee, holding in l. hand long water plant and
resting with l. arm on rocks and overturned vase from which water flows l.; above eagle flying r.
ref. a) cf. Imhoof RSN (1923) , p. 311, 344 (Lbbecke, but Caracalla bearded, only one nymph and different rev. leged)
b) rev. cf. Septimius Severus, Imhoof RNS (1923), p. 311, 342, pl. XI, nr.13 (only for depiction)
very rare, about VF, green Patina
Pedigree:
ex Bankhaus Hauck & Aufhuser
ex coll. Wenninger

The rev. shows a scene from an otherwise unknown founder myth of Akmoneia.
2 commentsJochen05/08/15 at 07:13Charles S: Fantastic beauty !
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0002 Mule Hadrian Denarius Roma 117 AD Concordia63 viewsReference.
RIC-; C. -;

Obv. IMP CAES TRAIAN HADRIANO AVG DIVI TRA
Laureate, cuirassed bust right, baldric strap over shoulder and across chest, seen from front

Rev. DIVI NER NEP PM TRP COS CONCORD in exergue.
Concordia seated left, patera in right hand, resting left elbow on statue of Spes, cornucopiae under chair

3.19 gr
20 mm
6h

Note.
Obv. like RIC 9c or BMC 17
Rev. like RIC 14 or BMC 33
4 commentsokidoki05/08/15 at 07:10Charles S: Excellent condition for such a rarity! It is also...
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0900 Hadrian AS Roma 134-38 AD Mauretania28 viewsReference.
RIC 900f; C. 69

Obv. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P
Bust of Hadrian, laureate, draped, right

Rev. ADVENTVI AVG MAVRETANIAE in Ex S C
Hadrian, togate, on left, standing right, holding roll in left hand and raising right to Mauretania, wearing elephant-skin headdress, standing left, facing him, on right, sacrificing over altar in center with right hand and holding vexillum in left; bull? next to altar.

14.26 gr
27 mm
5h
1 commentsokidoki05/01/15 at 07:10Charles S: Nice !!! Nicely detailed Mauritania on reverse. ...
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Seleukid Kingdom, Antiochos I Soter, 281-261 BC, 15 36 viewsThree quarter right facing laureate head of Apollo.
ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ANTIOXOY Nike right erecting a trophy; controls outer left and right indecipherable or off-flan.

SC 389; HGC 9, 178 (R1).

Seleukia on the Tigris mint.

(15 mm, 2.67 g, 6h).

Gorny & Mosch 216, 16 October 2013, 2618.

Wonderfully rendered head of Apollo accompanied by a very dynamic Nike; a delightful little bronze!
3 commentsn.igma04/28/15 at 11:37Charles S: so small, so lovely
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BITHYNIA, Koinon of Bithynia. Hadrian. AD 117-138. 96 viewsObverse : AVT KAIC TPAI AΔΡIANOC CEB Laureate head right .
Reverse : KOI-NON Octastyle temple; BEIΘYNIAC in exergue, prow of galley right. SNG von Aulock 283 var. (bare head); SNG Copenhagen 324 var. (same). Good a VF, brown patina, some roughness.
(33mm, 25.11 g, 6h).

EX CNG e- 349 lot 264.
From The Sam Mansourati Collection. / NO. RI 2035
10 commentsSam04/25/15 at 10:59Charles S: Very nice, especially the reverse
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Roman Empire, Antoninus Pius, Sestertius of AD 142 (Genius of the senate) 103 views Sestertius (23,09g, 33mm, 11h). Rome mint. Struck AD 142.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate head left.
Rev.: GENIO SENATVS around, S C across field, Genius of the Senate, togate, standing facing, head left, holding branch and short sceptre.
This is an unlisted, left-headed variety of RIC 605 (head right); BMCRE 1241 (idem); Cohen 400 (idem); Strack 834 (none listed for head left) and Banti 164 (head right)
Ex Sondermann Numismatics (April, 2015).

2 commentsCharles S04/25/15 at 10:00Charles S: Thank you rexesq. By the way, the bust is from th...
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Roman Empire, Diadumenian denarius Ric 102209 viewsDiadumenian, as Caesar. 218 AD. AR Denarius 3.04 g.

O: M OPEL ANT DIADVMENIAN CAES, bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust right
R: PRINC IVVENTVTIS, Diadumenian standing half-left, head right, holding standard and sceptre; two standards behind. RIC IV 102 (Macrinus); BMCRE 87 (Macrinus); RSC 3.
4 commentsNemonater04/24/15 at 08:28Charles S: Superb !
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746 Hadrian Orichalcum sestertius, Roma 134-38 AD Hadrian51 viewsReference. Rare
RIC 746;

Obv. HADRIANVS AVG. COS. III. P. P
Laureate and draped bust right

Rev. DISCIPLINA AVG. S. C.
Hadrian advancing right, holding roll, followed by three soldiers carrying standards and an officer holding a staff.

23.04 gr
33 mm
6h
3 commentsokidoki04/22/15 at 09:17Charles S: Interesting piece. Gold plated in the past, perhap...
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779 Hadrian Sestertius, Roma 134-38 AD Nemesis advancing29 viewsReference.
RIC 779d; C. 1374; BMC 1549; Strack 704

Obv. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P
Laureate head right.

Rev. S. C.
Nemesis advancing right, holding fold of dress and olive branch.

29.32 gr
32 mm
2 commentsokidoki04/20/15 at 14:53Charles S: I like that word "apotropaic". Nice double-toned ...
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Hadrian, AE sestertius46 viewsSesterce, Hadrien, 117-138 (Bronze)
RIC 610, Cohen 1075 250
Avers : Buste dHadrien cuirass droite.
Revers : Ceres debout gauche, tenant des pis de bl de la main droite et une longue torche de la main gauche . P M TR P - COS III/ S|C
3 commentsbgaut04/20/15 at 14:50Charles S: very nice indeed
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RPC-1978-Domitian123 viewsAR Tetradrachm, 14.44g
Antioch mint, 88-89 AD
RPC 1978 (7 spec.).
Obv: AYT KAIΣAP ΔOMITIANOΣ ΣEB ΓEPM; Bust of Domitian, laureate, r., with aegis
Rev: ETOYΣ NEOY IEPOY H; Eagle with wings spread on thunderbolt to r.; in r. field, palm branch
Acquired from Mnzhandlung Ritter, April 2015.

This tetradrachm of Domitian from Antioch was struck in "New Holy Year 8" of his reign and represents an excellent example in fine Antioch style. Earlier Domitian tetradrachms were either struck or engraved in Alexandria in a slightly cruder fashion. These year 8 tetradrachms are artistically much more pleasing. RPC speculates the whole Domitianic series is "Alexandrian". It's of interest to note that the Alexandrian coinage underwent a vast stylistic improvement around year 10 or 11, perhaps corresponding with the better style seen in the Antiochene tets from year 8 onward. The use of "Σ" instead of "C" is an Alexandrian trait as well.

A lovely regal portrait with beautiful chocolate toning.
7 commentsDavid Atherton04/18/15 at 09:28Charles S: Great coin !
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RPC II 1937 Vespasianus70 viewsObv : AYTOKPAT KAIΣA OYEΣΠAΣIANOY, Laureate head of Vespasian, right, with aegis
Rev : ETOYΣ NEOY IEPOY B, Eagle standing, right, on thunderbolt; in right field, palm branch
AR/Tetradrachm (25.83 mm 14.11 g 12h) Struck in Antiochia ad Orontem in 69-70 A.D. (1st group)
RPC 1937, Prieur 104
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus04/18/15 at 09:24Charles S: Great !
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Tostedt, 50 Pfenning172 viewsTostedt, 50pf, jews handing from tree.1 commentsMolinari04/12/15 at 08:46Charles S: Disgusting ! Already in 1921 !!!!
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ANTONINUS PIUS45 viewsAE dupondius. Rome. 145-147 AD. 12,82 grs. 0 h. Radiate head right. ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P / Honos standing facing,head left,togate,branch in right cornucopiae in left. HONORI AVG COS IIII.
RIC 802. Cohen 415.
1 commentsbenito04/06/15 at 07:48Charles S: superb specimen, great addition
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GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Lysimachos, 323-281 BC Thrace1245 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 commentsalexB04/04/15 at 14:57Charles S: Superb !
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Roman Ephesus36 viewsIonia, Ephesus, Claudius, 41-54, AR Cistophoric Tetradrachm

TI. CLAVD CAES AVG. Claudius bare head, facing left.
DIAN-EPHE Cult statue of Diana (Artemis) of Ephesus inside a tetra style temple, set on three tiered base; pediment decorated by figures flanking three windows.

RIC I 118; RPC I 2222; BMCRE 229; RSC 30; Sear Millennium 1839. Ephesus ca. 41-42 AD.

(25 mm, 11.14 g, 6h).

The Temple of Artemis (Diana) at Ephesus was one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. Depicted on this coin, which was minted shortly after Claudius accession to the throne, there remains no trace of the temple other than some recently stacked column remnants to mark the location. Pliny The Elder described the temple as 115 meters in length, 55 meters in width, made almost entirely of marble; consisting of 127 Ionic style columns 18 meters in height. The original temple, which stood on the site from about 550 BC, was destroyed by arson in 356 BC. It was rebuilt at the direction of Alexander III the Great around 330 BC, in the form depicted on the coin, only to be destroyed by the Goths in 262 AD. Again rebuilt, it was destroyed for the final time by Christians in 401 AD. The marble of the temple was used to construct other buildings. Some of the columns found their way into the church of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople (Istanbul).

The site of the temple was rediscovered in 1869 by an expedition sponsored by the British Museum, but little remains to be seen today. A Christian inscription found at Ephesus reads Destroying the delusive image of the demon Artemis, Demeas has erected this symbol of Truth, the God that drives away idols, and the Cross of priests, deathless and victorious sign of Christ. This Christian zeal explains why so little remains of the site despite its repute in the ancient pre-Christian world.

This coin is rare with a few dozen examples known. In contrast to most examples, which show a four-tiered temple base, the reverse of this coin shows a three-tiered temple base, the same as that found on the Parthenon. The rectangles visible on the pediment of the temple are frequently identified as depictions of tables, or altars attended by flanking figures. However, architectural reconstructions of the temple show these rectangles as windows permitting light into the temple interior, a fact supported by the presence of pediment window frame moldings amongst the remains of other temples from the period in Asia Minor. The Ionic style of the temples columns, as described by Pliny, is clearly visible in the reverse image.
4 commentsn.igma04/04/15 at 05:28Charles S: Beautiful coin. A pleasure to read the additional...
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"Obol" As of Marcus Aurelius113 viewsThis as of Marcus Aurleius with reverse of Providentia holding wand over globe has a layer of thick blue crystals on both sides. Many believe that this kind of patina comes from contact with the dead and such coins are therefore know as "obol" coins from the practice of placing payment for the afterlife in the deceased's mouth. It is not certain if there is any truth to these rumours. When coins, like this one, come from ploughed field contexts it is impossible to determine what their original deposition context was. 2 commentsotlichnik04/01/15 at 08:42Charles S: Excellent example of how research can make this ho...
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970 Hadrian Sestertius, Roma 128-32 AD Hilaritas47 viewsReference.
Strack 629; RIC 970; C. 819

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
laureate head of Hadrian right

Rev. HILARITAS P R, COS III in exergue, S C across field
Hilaritas standing facing, head left, holding long palm branch and cornucopiae; to either side, small child standing facing her.

25.56 gr
32 mm
6 h

Charles Darrah Collection of Flavian and Antonine Bronzes.
1 commentsokidoki04/01/15 at 08:37Charles S: Nice coin
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RPC II 1317 Domitianus55 viewsObv: ΔOMITIANOC KAICAP CEBACTOC ΓEPMANIKOC, Laureate head right, with aegis
Rev: ΔHMOC CAPΔIANΩN ΔHMOC ZMYPNAIΩN, Demos of Sardis standing, right, clasping right hand of Demos of Smyrna standing, left
AE26 (26.39 mm 10.76 12h) Struck in Sardes (Lydia)
The coin celebrates the goodwill (OMONOIA in greek) among the cities of Sardes and Smyrna
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus04/01/15 at 08:35Charles S: Interesting reverse
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610 Hadrian Sestertius, Roma 121-22 AD Ceres standing52 viewsReference.
Strack 573; RIC 610c; C 1075

Obv. IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right, seen from front

Rev. P M TR P COS III, S C across field.
Ceres standing, facing, head left, holding grain ears and torch.

26,13 gr
34 mm
6 h

From the Charles Darrah Collection of Flavian and Antonine Bronzes.
2 commentsokidoki04/01/15 at 08:07Charles S: Great coin! Elegant reverse
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Achaea sestertius27 views1 commentsRobert R803/29/15 at 11:07Charles S: Fantastic coin, nicely detailed reverse
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Bithyniae sestertius22 views1 commentsRobert R803/29/15 at 09:42Charles S: Wonderful coin, worthy of a much better photograph...
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Mauretania sestertius31 views2 commentsRobert R803/29/15 at 09:40Charles S: very nice!
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Nilus sestertius35 views1 commentsRobert R803/29/15 at 09:40Charles S: a bit tooled but still very attractive reverse!
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5739 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Drachm 129-30 AD Athena standing with Nike39 viewsReference.
Emmett 925.14; Milne 1286; Dattari 1632; RPC III, 5739

Issue L IΔ = year 14

Obv. AVT KAIC TPAINA∆PIANOC CEB
Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind.

Rev. L I Δ (Year 14)
Athena standing left, Nike in extended right, resting left on shield.

23.49 gr
35 mm
10h
1 commentsokidoki03/26/15 at 13:45Charles S: outstanding with the contrasting patina
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2608 PHRYGIA, Acmoneia Hadrian AE 20 Kybele17 viewsReference. Rare
RPC III, 2608; BMC PHRYGIA, 54 (pag. 12); Sr GIC 1190

Obv.: AΔPIANOC KAICAP
laureate bust right, aegis tied at shoulder.

Rev. AKMO NEΩN
Cybele wearing polos chitos and peplos, enthroned right, holding in left tympanum, and in right sceptre; beside her, Lion right.

4.29 gr
20 mm
6h
1 commentsokidoki03/24/15 at 09:22Charles S: I love the heroic bust of Hadrian on this coin
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0812 Hadrian As Roma 134-38 AD Fortuna standing28 viewsReference.
RIC812f; C. 771

Obv. HADRIANVS AVG.COS III P P
Laureate, draped bust right

Rev. FORTVNA AVG in Field S-C
Fortuna standing l., holding patera and cornucopiae

11.27 gr
26 mm
6h
1 commentsokidoki03/24/15 at 09:21Charles S: Very well preserved coin with good portrait
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0850 Hadrian AS Roma 134-38 AD Dacia35 viewsReference. Scarce
RIC 850;

Obv. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P
Laureate, draped bust right, seen from back.

Rev. in ex. DACIA S-C in field
Dacia seated left on rock, holding vexillum and curved sword (Falx); r. foot rests on globe?

11.52 gr
26 mm
6h

Note.
At the time of the Dacian wars researchers have estimated that only ten percent of Spanish and Gallic warriors had access to swords, usually the nobility. By contrast Dacia had rich resources of iron and were prolific metal workers. It is clear that a large percentage of Dacians owned swords, greatly reducing Rome's military advantage.[7]
Marcus Cornelius Fronto described the large gaping wounds that a falx inflicted, and experiments have shown that a blow from a falx easily penetrated the Romans' lorica segmentata, incapacitating the majority of victims.
1 commentsokidoki03/23/15 at 10:10Charles S: very interesting write-up
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Alexander III Lifetime Tetradrachm -- Amphipolis -- 332-326 BC52 views17.08 g, 24 mm, 220
Amphipolis Mint
Silver Tetradrachm; Old Cabinet Toning
Minted during reign of Alexander III; Struck Under Antipater
Price 36; Troxell, Studies, Group C1

Obverse: Head of Herakles Wearing Nemean Skin Headdress Right.
Reverse: ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ (Of Alexander). Zeus Atophoros Enthroned Left Holding Eagle and Staff. Caduceus with Fillets in Left Field.
4 commentsHydro03/20/15 at 11:48Charles S: wow
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GREEK, Attica, Athens, AR tetradrachm, 431-415 B.C.94 views Circa 431/415 BC
25,5mm / 17,16 grms ; die axis 9h
Obverse: "Archaic style" head of Athena, wearing crested helmet ornamented with olive leaves and floral scroll.
Reverse: ΑΘΕ / Owl, olive twig, and crescent moon.
S. #2526.
3 commentsmoneta romana03/20/15 at 11:47Charles S: quite an attractive coin, beautiful toning
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6239 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Diobol Nilus26 viewsReference.
Emmett 1140.21; BMC 781 pag. 92; RPC III, 6239

Issue L KA = year 21

Obv. AUT KAIC - TRA ADRIANOC CEB
Laureate, draped cuirassed bust right seen from behind.

Rev. L KA
Bust Nilus right with lotus crown and curnucopiae right.

10.36 gr
25 mm
1h
2 commentsokidoki03/20/15 at 11:45Charles S: love the colourful patina
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Greece, Amphipolis: The Lion of Amphipolis159 viewsThe first pieces of this rather grand monument were discovered near the banks of the River Strymon in 1912 by Greek soldiers during the Second Balkan War. Further finds were made in 1916 and in 1930-32 during the creation of Lake Kerkini. The Lion was restored (and partly reconstructed) in 1937.

The sculpted Lion itself is 5.3m tall, on its base it stands over 8m high. It is plausibly dated to the late 4th century BCE. Recent work on the Kasta Tomb, which is about 4km distant, has revealed further fragments also apparently belonging to the Lion and it may be the case that the Lion originally surmounted that tomb and was only later moved to its present location.

Nobody knows what or who the monument commemorates; perhaps ongoing work on the Kasta Tomb will illuminate matters. A quite similar, somewhat smaller, statue, the The Lion of Chaeronea, honours the Sacred Band of Thebes, which was wiped out at the battle of Chaeronea in 338 BCE. But while several ancient sources (including Pausanias and Strabo) mention the Chaeronea lion and the circumstances of its construction, there is no ancient record of the Amphipolis lion.
1 commentsAbu Galyon03/20/15 at 11:43Charles S: nice reading
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Anonymous - Quadrigatus/Didrachm144 viewsAnonymous. Silver Didrachm (6.80g, 22.5mm), ca. 225-214 BC. Uncertain mint.

O: Laureate head of Janus (Dioscuri?), two annulets atop head.
R: ROMA incuse on solid tablet in exergue, Jupiter, hurling thunderbolt and holding scepter, in galloping quadriga right driven by Victory. - Described in listing as Cr. 29, 3 Syd. 65
6 commentsNemonater03/11/15 at 07:56Charles S: A real beauty
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17 Antoninus Pius51 viewsAntoninus Pius. A.D. 138-161. sestertius (34.0 mm, 25.29 g, 11 h). Rome mint, Struck A.D. 145-161. ANTONINVS AVG PIVS PP TR P COS IIII, laureate head right / FELICITAS AVG, SC, Felicitas standing left, holding capricorn and long caduceus. RIC 770; BMCRE 1677. aVF.
Ex 1030, sale 53, lot 106. Ex- Dave Surber Collection.
Ex Agora Auction 28, lot 87
4 commentsSosius03/10/15 at 17:48Charles S: nice sestertius with beautiful patina
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Sumeria: Third Dynasty of Ur (ca. 2150-2000 BCE) Cuneiform Clay Tablet29 viewsThis tablet measures about 5" and hence is about the size of my hand.1 commentsSpongeBob03/08/15 at 12:49Charles S: impressive !
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RIC 0878 Vespasianus56 viewsObv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS VII, Laureate head right
Rev: FORTVNAE REDVCI / S C (in field), Fortuna standing left holding rudder on globe and cornucopia
AE/Sestertius (33.63 mm 26.48 g 7h) Struck in Rome 6 A.D.
RIC 878 (R2), BMCRE unlisted, BNF 744
ex Naville Numismatics eAuction 13 Lot 168
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus03/06/15 at 09:42Charles S: nice colors in the patina
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7 Galba47 viewsGalba AE Sestertius (34mm, 24.69g).
Rome mint. Struck AD 68.
SER GALBA IMP CAES AVG TR P. Laureate and draped bust right / SPQR OB CIV SER within oak wreath.
RIC I 405

Ex Artifact Man Ancient Coins
2 commentsSosius03/06/15 at 09:39Charles S: impressive sestertius
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977 Hadrian Quadrans, Roma 134-38 AD three standards27 viewsReference.
RIC 977 var (drapery)

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder

Rev. COS III
three standards, S-C across field

3.67 gr
17mm
6h
1 commentsokidoki03/01/15 at 15:33Charles S: beautiful coin with this lovely desert patina
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Nero AE Sestertius143 viewsNero, Lugdunum circa 67, AE Sestertius. IMP NERO CAESAR AVG P MAX TR P P P Laureate head r., with globe at point of neck. Rev. S C Roma, helmeted and in military attire, seated l. on cuirass, holding Victory in r. hand and l. resting on parazonium; behind, three shields. In exergue, ROMA. C 266. BMC 326. CBN . RIC 591.

22.30g
35mm
2 commentsTrajan02/25/15 at 10:41Charles S: Fantastic coin!
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0572 Hadrian AS Roma 119-22 AD Victory standing.49 viewsReference.
RIC 572 var.

Obv. IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG.
Bust of Hadrian, laureate, draped, right

Rev.: PONT MAX TR POT COS III in field S-C
Victory advancing right, holding wreath and palm

9.8 gr
26 mm
6h
2 commentsokidoki02/25/15 at 07:16Charles S: Attractive copper coin
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TEMPLE, Hadrian.181 viewsAR cistophoric tetradrachm . Nicomedia , after 128 AD. 10,74 grs. Laureate head right . IMP CAES TRA HADRIANO AVG PP. / Octastyle temple set on three tiered podium,pellet within. ROM SP AVG across frieze. COM BIT across fields.
RIC 461b. RSC 240b. Unrecorded reverse die.
The construction of this temple dedicated to Roma and Augustus was started after the visit of the latter to the city in 29 BC. In 121 AD the city was destroyed by an earthquake so the image on the reverse is possibly that of the temple reconstructed under Hadrian who visited Nicomedia in 123 or 124 AD.

3 commentsbenito02/22/15 at 16:29Charles S: Potrait and reverse, both are fantastic
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TEMPLE, FAUSTINA SENIOR, Temple of Faustina and Antoninus Pius.159 viewsAR denarius. c.146 AD. 3.60 g, 6h. Draped bust right. DIVA FAVSTINA. / Hexastyle temple; with figure within; surmounted by a central facing quadriga, winged Victories on corners; statues on lower left and right; fencing in front. AED DIV FAVSTINAE. RIC III 343 (A.Pius). RSC 1.
The building was built after the death of Empress Faustina (141 A.C.) and was dedicated by the Senate to the deceased, who they declared a divinity. It was also dedicated to Emperor Antoninus Pio, as is stated on its facade. Around the seventh and eighth centuries, it became a Christian church, but its appearance today is mostly a result of the baroque modifications of Orazio Torriani (1601-14).
2 commentsbenito02/22/15 at 16:22Charles S: Great presentation
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VIA TRAIANA, TRAJAN553 viewsAR denarius. 112-114 AD. 3,36 grs. Laureate bust right, slight drapery on far shoulder. IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS VI P P / Via Traiana reclining left, left elbow on rock, holding wheel and reed. S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI. In exergue VIA TRAIANA.
Minted to commemorate the construction of the Via Traiana from Beneventum to Brindisium. On the left a pic of part of the road,and on the right a miliaria ( milia passuum, "one thousand paces", 4,841 feet ) or milestone.
The stone, besides the titles of the emperor, reports that it was constructed at the emperor's expense ( PECVN SVA FECIT ).

4 commentsbenito02/22/15 at 16:21Charles S: I fully agree: great coin and presentatio
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TEMPLE, TRAJAN, Sestertius.175 viewsObv.
IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P
Laureate head right, slight drapery

Rev.
SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI
SC
Lofty octastyle temple containing female diety standing right on pedestal holding long scepter & cornucopiae; triangular entablature above with male figure seated facing, sacrificing over altar, flanked by smaller kneeling figures; more statues on roof

This coin is now thought to represent the Temple of Divus Plotina & Trajan in the Forum of Trajan, which is thought to have been begun by Trajan and completed by Hadrian. This temple was situated directly behind the column of Trajan, at one end of his forum.
2 commentsancientdave02/22/15 at 16:13Charles S: Nice patina all over and very nice reverse. The de...
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Silver denarius of Q. Marcius Libo, 148 B.C.772 views22 commentsRomaVictor02/21/15 at 19:21Charles S: So this is what these denarii looked like when the...
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GREEK, Mysia, Kyzikos AR obol (450-400 BC)93 viewsMYSIA. Kyzikos. Obol (Circa 450-400 BC).

Reference.
SNG France 378.

Obv: Forepart of boar left, E (retrograde) on shoulder; tunny behind.
Rev: Head of roaring lion left.

Weight: 0.79 g.
Diameter: 12 mm.
2 commentsokidoki02/21/15 at 17:20Charles S: Another beauty !
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Hadrian, Tetradrachm 125-26 AD Agathodaemon118 viewsReference.
Emmett 804.10; Kln 894 Dattari: 1552

Obv. ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ - ΤΡΑΙAN ΑΔΡ CΕΒ
Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind.

Rev. L ΔEKATOY (year 10=125/26 AD)
Agathodaemon erect right at left, wearing skhent and enfolding caduceus, facing Uraeus erect left at right, wearing disk and horns, enfolding sistrum, their tails knotted together and holding a club erect

13.35 gr
23 mm
5 commentsokidoki02/21/15 at 17:18Charles S: I like it too !
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Roman Empire, CALIGULA - Ori. Sestertius, c37-8AD135 viewsCALIGULA - Ori. Sestertius, c37-8AD
Ori. Sestertius, c37-8, c34mm, c25.3g.

Roma. Gaius Caligula (37-41 AD). Sestertius. 40-41 AD.
C CAESAR DIVI AVG PRON AVG P M TR P IIII PP Pietas veiled and draped, seated left, holding patera in right hand, left arm resting on small facing figure on basis;
in exergue, PIETAS. R/ Hexastyle garlanded temple surmounted by quadriga, before which Gaius veiled and togate, sacrifices with patera over garlanded altar; one attendant leads bull to the altar; a second attendant holds patera; on left,
[D]IVO and big S; on right, AVG and big C. RIC I, 51; BMCRE 69
7 commentsronald v02/21/15 at 17:17Charles S: Especially the reverse is beautifully sharp
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1020 BITHYNIA Koinon of Bithynia Hadrian AE 26 Octastyle temple39 viewsReference.
RPC 3, 1020; SNG Von Aulock 289; BMC 25

Obv : AVT KAIC TPAI AΔΡIANOC CEB
Radiate bust right, drapery on far shoulder.

Rev : KOI-NON BEIΘYNIAC
octastyle temple on podium of two steps; pellet between middle columns; star in the pediment; below, prow right

12.50 gr
26 mm
2 commentsokidoki02/21/15 at 13:58Charles S: I agree: beautiful reverse
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035 Antoninus Pius (138-161 A.D.), RIC III 0989, Rome, AE-Dupondius, COS IIII, S-C, Emperor standing left, Scarce!232 views035 Antoninus Pius (138-161 A.D.), RIC III 0989, Rome, AE-Dupondius, COS IIII, S-C, Emperor standing left, Scarce!
avers:- ANTONINVS-AVG-PIVS-P-P-TR-P-XXI, Radiate head right.
revers:-COS-IIII, Emperor (Antoninus?) standing left in shrine, holding branch and standard.
exe: -/-//SC, diameter: 25,5mm, weight: 11,07g, axis: 11h,
mint: Rome, date: 157-158 A.D., ref: RIC-III-989-p-, C-, Scarce!
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans02/21/15 at 08:47Charles S: Very nice patina, hard to find in this condition
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Byzantine Period, Empire of Nicaea: John III Ducas-Vatazes (1222-1254) BI Trachy, Magnesia Mint (Sear-2093; DOC 39.2)171 viewsObv: Bust of Christ Emmanuel, beardless and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; hold scroll in left hand. Pellets in each limb of nimbus cross
Rev: Full-length figure of emperor on left, and of St. Constantine bearded, holding between them patriarchal cross at the base of which, three steps. Emperor wears stemma, divitision, jeweled loros of simplified type, and sagion; holds labarum-headed scepter in right hand. Saint similarly dressed, holds scepter cruciger in left hand

Plate Coin from the Catalogue of the Byzantine Coins in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection and in the Whittemore Collection
2 commentsSpongeBob02/16/15 at 03:49Charles S: Very nice !
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GREEK. Ephesos AR Tetradrachm. Hecatomnus Hoard (1977).99 viewsCirca 405-390 BC (21mm, 14.95 g, 12h). Aristainetos, magistrate. Hecatomnus 53b (O11/R48 this coin); SNG Kayhan ; Winterthur 2904 (same obverse die). Obverse: bee with curved wings. Reverse: forepart of stag right, head left; palm tree to left (off flan), APIΣTAINETO[Σ] to right. Toned, VF. Struck on a tight flan.

Ex Hecatomnus Hoard (CH V, 17; CH VIII, 96; and CH IX, 387). Ex CNG Electronic Auction 338, lot 85.

The bee, palm tree and the stag are emblems of Ephesos. This city was an important center of worship of the Greek goddess Artemis, and the images on Ephesian coinage represent her. Ephesos also used the bee on its coins since it was a producer of honey, so the bee advertised their most famous product. The bee was also mythologically connected to Ephesos because, according to Philostratos, the colonizing Athenians were led to Ephesos in Ionia by the Muses who took the form of bees. Ephesos occupied the alluvial plain of the lower Cayster, but it owed its chief wealth and renown less to the produce of its soil than to the illustrious sanctuary of the old Anatolian nature-goddess, whom the Ionian Greeks identified with Artemis, the Goddess of Hunt. It is noteworthy that the high-priest of the temple of Artemis was called Ηεσσην, the king bee, while the virgin priestesses bore the name of melissai or Honey-Bees. The stag was regarded as sacred to her and stag figures were said to have flanked the cult statue of Artemis in her temple at Ephesos. The palm tree alludes to Artemis birthplace, the island of Delos, where the goddess Leto gave birth to Artemis and her twin brother Apollo underneath a palm tree. Therefore, the coin might represent the citys origin as well.

The earlier type tetradrachmae of Ephesos could be identified by the curved pair of wings of the bee on the obverse side of these coins. It is roughly estimated that a total of about less than a hundred of these tetradrachmae exist as compared to the straight wing bee variant of later emissions, which are believed to be seven to eight times more common than the former. These estimates are based on the findings and studies made after the discoveryof the Hecatomnus and Pixodarus hoards in 1977 and 1978, respectively. Prior to their discovery, there were only about 35 of these curved wing tetradrachmae recorded in existence.
1 commentsJason T02/16/15 at 03:25Charles S: As a bee keeper I really appreciate this beautiful...
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P. Clodius M.f. Turrinus32 viewsMoneyer issues of Imperatorial Rome. P. Clodius M.f. Turrinus. 42 BC. AR Denarius (19mm, 3.89 g, 1h). Rome mint. Laureate head of Apollo right; lyre behind / Diana Lucifera standing right, bow and quiver on her shoulder, holding torch in each hand. Crawford 494/23; CRI 184; Sydenham 1117; Claudia 15. Good VF, toned, a few minor scratches beneath the toning.

From the RAJ Collection. Ex CNG Inventory 914993 (2012 NYINC); Sincona 4 (25 October 2011), lots 4160 or 4161 (part of), includes ticket from a French Collectio
1 commentsecoli02/14/15 at 22:33Charles S: Well toned , very nice coin
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RPC-1801-Vespasian164 viewsAR Tetradrachm, 11.50g
Antioch mint (for Cyprus), 75-76 AD
RPC 1801 (16 spec.).
Obv: AYTOKPATΩP OYЄCΠACIANOC KAICAP; Head of Vespasian, laureate, l.
Rev: ЄTOYC NЄOY IЄPOY H; Zeus Salaminios standing facing, holding patera in r. hand, l. hand resting on a short sceptre; eagle on l. arm
Acquired from Herakles Numismatics, February 2015.

Style and legend format link this Cypriot series to Antioch's tetradrachm and bronze issues. RPC II proposes these coins were actually struck in Antioch and then sent to Cyprus for circulation. Very likely this is the case since the minting of silver was highly centralised and controlled by the imperial government. The date off flan should read year 8 (H). Obverse die match with Gorny & Mosch Auction 134, 11 October 2004, lot 2079.

This coin has one of the most extraordinary portraits of Vespasian I've ever seen. The engraver has depicted the emperor as an elderly, overweight glutton - it's utterly fantastic!
10 commentsDavid Atherton02/14/15 at 05:06Charles S: Remarkable portrait. Very nice indeed !
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Tetricus I48 viewsAE-Aureus-Offstrike
IMP TETRICVS P F AVG; Laureate bust right.
AETERNITAS AVGG; Aternitas standing left, holding globe with phoenix, her left hand holds the train of her dress.
Ex:-
Trier
RIC -, Schulte - (cf. 72, IMP C TETRICVS P F AVG), de Witte -; Cohen -; Elmer - (cf. 835); Sondermann 8.3.
Note:
- Ex Blackmoor Hoard 19862A (Coin Hoards from Roman Britain Volume III, this specimen). The hoard was discovered on 30th October 1873 during trenching operations on the estate of Lord Selborne at Blackmoor, about six miles south east of Alton in Hampshire. The hoard contained 28.802 coins from Gordianus III. - Constantius I.
- Ex Roundell Palmer, 1st Earl of Selborne, collection. Wikipedia
- Numismatic Chronicle 2nd series, vol. XVll (1877), pp 90-156, number 22 (this specimen)
- H. Gilljam, AETERNITAS AVGG, Ein neuer Aureus fr Tetricus I, NNB 4 1982 (this specimen)
- H. Gilljam, AETERNITAS AVGG - Ein Nachtrag, NNB 8 1985 (this specimen)
- S. Sondermann, Neue Aurei, Quinare und Abschlaege der Gallischen Kaiser, Bonn 2010, Kat.-Nr. 8.3 (this specimen).
2 commentsJulianus of Pannonia02/14/15 at 02:30Charles S: extraordinary coin
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Carus62 viewsAE-Antoninianus
Ov: Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Leg: IMP C M AVR CARVS AVG.
Rv: Victory on globe left with wreath and palm.
Leg: VICTORIA AVGG / A.
Ex: -
Lyon
RIC 24.
3 commentsJulianus of Pannonia02/14/15 at 02:27Charles S: very nice coin !
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ANTONINUS PIUS52 viewsAE sestertius. 140-144 AD. 26,52 grs. Laureate head right. ANTONINVS AVG PIVS PP TR P COS III / Mars standing right, holding reversed spear and resting hand on shield. MARTI VLTORI. S C in fields.
RIC 609. BMCRE 1252. Cohen 550.
4 commentsbenito02/14/15 at 02:24Charles S: what a beauty!
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RIC 0362 Domitianus105 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XI CENS POT P P, Laureate head right, with aegis
Rev: S-C, in exergue; Domitian standing left, with thunderbolt and spear, crowned by Victory, standing left
AE/Sestertius (34.49 mm 28.75 g 6h) Struck in Rome 85 A.D. (2nd issue)
RIC 362 (R3, only one known, in Oxford collection), BMCRE - BNF unlisted
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus02/12/15 at 08:59Charles S: Fantastic ! *****
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Byzantine Empire: Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus (913-959) Follis, Constantinople (Sear 1760; DOC 25)48 viewsObv: RWMAN bASILEVS RWM; Crowned, bearded, facing bust of Romanus, wearing chlamys, holding labarum and cross on globe
Rev: RWMA - N EN QEW bA - SILEVS RW-MAIWN; Legend in four lines
1 commentsSpongeBob02/12/15 at 08:58Charles S: very nice!
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Aztec Anonymous (ca. 1300-1500 CE) Primitive Copper Axe Currency (Hosler Type-3a)24 viewsReferences
Hingston Quiggin A. (1949), A Survey Of Primitive Money: The Beginnings of Currency, London:Methuen & Co. Ltd
Hosler, Dorothy et al (1990), Axe-Monies and their Relatives, Studies in Pre-Columbian Art and Archaeology, No. 30
1 commentsSpongeBob02/12/15 at 08:03Charles S: Very interesting
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ANONINUS PIUS38 viewsAE dupondius. Rome. 145-147 AD. 12,82 grs. 0 h. Radiate head right. ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P / Honos standing facing,head left,togate,branch in right cornucopiae in left. HONORI AVG COS IIII.
RIC 802. Cohen 415.
Ex. Forum Ancient Coins
3 commentsbenito02/12/15 at 08:02Charles S: A beauty
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Greek, Alexander III the Great - Tetradrachm - Amphipolis, Macedon539 viewsDate: 332-326 BC (lifetime)
Size: 25 mm
Weight: 17.4 g
Obv: Head of Herakles wearing lion's scalp right
Rev: Zeus Atophoros seated left, legs open, ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ to right; amphora in left field
Price 13
5 commentsViriathus02/12/15 at 07:59Charles S: Outstanding indeed
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583a Hadrian Sestertius, Roma 119-21 AD Libertas44 viewsReferentc.
RIC 583a; C 948. BMC 1190A.

Obv. IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG P M TR P COS III
Laureate head right

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

26.50 gr
2 commentsokidoki02/07/15 at 11:35Charles S: Nice coin. I like the desert patina
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Trajan AE27 Zeus 86 viewsObv.
AYTOKP KAIC NEP TPAIANO CEB GEPM DAK
Laureate head right

Rev.
DHMARC EX UPAT
Head of Zeus Ammon right
3 commentsancientdave02/05/15 at 04:19Charles S: very nice coin
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Imperial China: Ming (ca. 400-255 BCE) Knife Money (Hartill-4.40)24 viewsObv: 明 Ming
Rev: Typically 左五 Zuo Wu (Left Five)
1 commentsSpongeBob02/04/15 at 16:15Charles S: Nice, never seen this before.
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Hadrian - Restitutori Phrygiae66 viewsHadrian Sestertius
c. 134-138

OBV: HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P
REV: RESTIVITORI PHRYGIAE SC
Hadrian togate standing left holding roll and extending hand to raise kneeling figure of Phrygia wearing a Phrygian cap and holding a curved sword

RIC 962

EX Robert O Ebert Collection, EX Hausman Collection
3 commentsmarcvs_traianvs02/01/15 at 18:01Charles S: Love it!
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GREEK, Boutin, Collection Pozzi 2945 (this coin); Holt A6.4 (this coin); Kritt A6 (plate 2 A6 this coin); CSE 1294 (this coin); SNG Lockett 3109 (this coin ID: SNGuk_0300_3109); Pozzi 2945 (this coin); ESM 717α (this coin)151 viewsBaktrian Kingdom, Diodotos I, ca. 255/250-240 BC, AR Tetradrachm

Diademed head of Diodotos I right.
ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ANTIOXOY Zeus advancing left hurling thunderbolt, eagle at feet, ΙΔΤ (Iota, Delta, Sampi) monogram in inner left field.

Holt A6.4 (this coin); Kritt A6 (plate 2 A6 this coin); CSE 1294 (this coin); SNG Lockett 3109 (this coin ID: SNGuk_0300_3109); Pozzi 2945 (this coin); ESM 717α (this coin); SNG ANS 77; SC 631.a; Bopearachchi 2E; Mitchiner 64d; Qunduz 6; HGC 9, 24. Mint "A" - Ai Khanoum

(26 mm, 15.73 g, 6h).
Herakles Numismatics, July 2013; ex- Houghton Collection (CSE 1294); ex- Lockett Collection (SNGLockett 3109); ex-Pozzi Collection: Naville Sale I (1921), 2945.

This coin has a very distinguished provenance and has been published as plate coin in four reference works.
It was cleaned after the CSE 1294 image resulting in removal of surface deposits and 0.1 g lower weight than CSE, Holt and SNG Lockett listings
3 commentsn.igma02/01/15 at 17:53Charles S: Fantastic coin ! the miniature sculpture on the r...
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Misterium Plakett, Lead, Romae, Thrakia, #01 236 viewsMisterium Plakett, Lead, Romae, Thrakia, #01
diameter: 96x122mm,
weight:
mint: Thrakia,
Q-001
4 commentsquadrans02/01/15 at 16:37Charles S: Superb
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Misterium Plakett, Lead, Romae, Thrakia, #10 262 viewsMisterium Plakett, Lead, Romae, Thrakia, #10
diameter: 74x76mm,
weight:134,60g
mint: Thrakia,
date: cc. 2nd.-3rd. centuries..
Q-010
4 commentsquadrans02/01/15 at 14:40Charles S: beautiful! Anything known on the date?
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Elrathia Kingi Trilobite43 viewsThis is a Elrathia Kingi trilobite from the Wheeler Shale Formation in Utah. These buggers roamed the seas around the Mid-Cambrian era (about 505 million years ago)4 commentsSpongeBob01/31/15 at 18:33Charles S: superb
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Teotihuacan, Mexico: Anonymous (ca. Late Metepec 650-750 CE) Half-Conical Moldmade Figurine (cf Berrin-95)33 viewsFigurine depicts an important member of the ruling elite. He is lavishly adorned with a fancy headdress, multiple necklaces and large ear ornaments. Rare red pigment still present in the grooves of the figurine.

References
Berrin, Kathleen. Teotihuacan: Art from the City of the Gods. Thames and Hudson, 1993
1 commentsSpongeBob01/28/15 at 10:18Charles S: nice!
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RIC 0608 Domitianus56 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII CENS PER P P, Laureate head right
Rev: COS XIIII LVD SAEC A POP / FRVG AC (on platform) / S C (in exergue), Domitian seated right on platform, with patera, approached by two citizens also holding pateras; in background four-column temple.
AE/Sestertius (37.18 mm 24.87 g 6h) Struck in Rome 88 A.D.
RIC 608 (C), BMCRE 422-3, BNF 458-9
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus11/14/14 at 09:22Charles S: Interesting reverse. Hard to believe this is comm...
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IONIA, Ephesos AR Tetradrachm.63 viewsCirca 405-390 BC. AR Tetradrachm (21mm, 14.95 g, 12h). Aristainetos, magistrate. Hecatomnus 53b (O11/R48 this coin); SNG Kayhan ; Winterthur 2904 (same obverse die). Obverse: bee with curved wings. Reverse: forepart of stag right, head left; palm tree to left (off flan), APIΣTAINETO[Σ] to right. Toned, VF. Struck on a tight flan.

Ex Hecatomnus Hoard (CH V, 17; CH VIII, 96; and CH IX, 387). Ex CNG Electronic Auction 338, lot 85.

The bee, palm tree and the stag are emblems of Ephesos. This city was an important center of worship of the Greek goddess Artemis, and the images on Ephesian coinage represent her. Ephesos also used the bee on its coins since it was a producer of honey, so the bee advertised their most famous product. The bee was also mythologically connected to Ephesos because, according to Philostratos, the colonizing Athenians were led to Ephesos in Ionia by the Muses who took the form of bees. Ephesos occupied the alluvial plain of the lower Cayster, but it owed its chief wealth and renown less to the produce of its soil than to the illustrious sanctuary of the old Anatolian nature-goddess, whom the Ionian Greeks identified with Artemis, the Goddess of Hunt. It is noteworthy that the high-priest of the temple of Artemis was called Ηεσσην, the king bee, while the virgin priestesses bore the name of melissai or Honey-Bees. The stag was regarded as sacred to her and stag figures were said to have flanked the cult statue of Artemis in her temple at Ephesos. The palm tree alludes to Artemis birthplace, the island of Delos, where the goddess Leto gave birth to Artemis and her twin brother Apollo underneath a palm tree. Therefore, the coin might represent the citys origin as well.

The earlier type tetradrachmai of Ephesos could be identified by the curved pair of wings of the bee on the obverse side of these coins. It is roughly estimated that a total of about less than a hundred of these tetradrachmai exist as compared to the straight wing bee variant of later emissions, which are believed to be seven to eight times more common than the former. These estimates are based on the findings and studies made after the (unofficial/looted) discovery of the Hecatomnus and Pixodarus hoards in 1977 and 1978, respectively. Prior to their discovery, there were only about 35 of these curved wing tetradrachmai recorded in existence.
4 commentsJason T11/09/14 at 09:06Charles S: Beautiful honey bee
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Nero, RIC 189var., Dupondius of AD 64 (Macellum Magnum)165 views dupondius (13.4g, 28mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 64.
Obv.: NERO CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG GERM PM TR P IMP P P, radiate head right
Rev.: MACELLVS AVGVSTI (left and right border) S C (below, left end right of the steps) II (in ex.), Frontal view of the Macellum Magnum.
RIC 189 var [R2] (reverse legend differs); Cohen 130var (reverse legend differs), Sear RCV II 1963 var; Foss (Roman Historic Coins) 12b.

ex G.Henzen (Netherlands, 1995)

The Macellum (or Macellus) Augusti, also known as the Macellum Magnum, was Rome's Great Provision Market located on the Caelium Hill. It was completed in AD 59. Part of it was later transformed to church S.Stefano Rotundo by Pope Simplicius.

This is a very rare full legend instead of the usual abbreviation "MAC AVG". In addition, the variant "MACELLVS" is used instead of the usual "MACELLVM". This is a variant of a type (with legend MAC AVG) listed as extremely rare (R2) in RIC. A coin with the same reverse die in EF condition was auctioned by Numismatica Ars Classica, 2 April 2008, Auction 45, Lot number: 91
2 commentsCharles S10/11/14 at 13:11Charles S: MACELLVS appears to be indeed a correct alternativ...
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CAST COPY OF: Trajan, RIC 577, Sestertius of AD 107 (Octastyle temple flanked by porticoes)80 viewsCast copy of
Sestertius (26.4g, 33mm, 7h). Rome mint. Struck AD 107.
Obv/ IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P laureate bust of Trajan facing right.
Rev/ SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI [around] S C [in ex.], Octastyle temple with porticoes on either side with steps between them leading to the central temple; A seated cult figure in centre of the temple; tympanon with seated figure in the centre flanked by reclining figures; on the roof top a central figure flanked by winged Victories on the corners.
RIC 577 [R]; Cohen 549 (20 Fr.); BMC 863; Strack 393; Foss 102:44
(Netherlands, 2001)

In the absence of any specific reverse legend, it is difficult to know for sure which temple is depicted on this coin. According to Clive Foss (1990) it is the temple of Venus Genetrix of the Forum of Julius Caesar. Since the statue in the centre of the building appears to be that of Jupiter, most assume that it is the temple of Jupiter Victor. In that case, this issue could celebrate the restoration of that temple by Trajan which event was celebrated in conjunction with the tenth anniversary of his reign. Later this temple was rededicated to Divus Traianus, and later still by Elegabalus to Sol-Elagabal. Strack however carefully studied all evidence and examined the best preserved specimens of this and related issues and concludes that the best guess is that the central figure represents the Genius Augusti and that the temple is dedicated to Divus Nerva.
3 commentsCharles S09/14/14 at 09:15Charles S: I'll post it on authentication discussion boar...
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Trajan AE sestertius, Octastyle temple with portico on either side RIC 577v88 viewsTrajan. AD 98-117. Sestertius (33mm, 22.90 g). Rome mint. Struck circa AD 107-111. Laureate bust right, slight drapery on far shoulder / Octastyle temple with portico on either side; in center, Jupiter seated; architrave adorned with figure of Jupiter and other figures; on roof, figure holding spear between two Victories; small altar before. RIC II 577 var. (no altar); BMCRE 863 note; RCV 3210, Cohen 549; Banti 287. Fair, patina stripped. Very rare with the altar before the steps.
The temple of Jupiter Victor was dedicated on the Palatine Hill 13 April 294 (or 293) BC. This octastyle Corinthian order temple makes its first numismatic appearance on denarii of Domitian struck in AD 94, probably marking the re-building of the temple after the devastating fire of AD 80. Trajan used the temple to symbolize his military victories at the time of his decennalia, at which time the large courtyard altar and side colonnades may have been added. Elagabalus later re-dedicated the building to his eastern god Sol-Elagabal, and in the 10th century the sacred site saw new use as the church of St. Maria de Palladio.
3 commentsmattpat09/13/14 at 20:21Charles S: The reverse still shows interesting details. The ...
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Massalia, priode Hellenistique, -125/-9014 viewsDrachme MAΣΣA//A//ΠA
Argent, 2,60 g, 15,5 mm
Av./ Tte d'Artmis diadme gauche, arc et carquois derrire.
Rv./ Lion passant gauche, MAΣΣA dessus, A devant et ΠA en exergue.
Rfs : Dicomon DRM-43-3
1 commentsGabalor09/10/14 at 13:45Charles S: very attractive coin
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Silver phalera. Roman, 1st-3rd centuries AD34 viewsSilver phalera. Roman, 1st-3rd centuries AD. Phalera with long tang decorated with a facing head (Eros?) within scallop border. Dimensions: 24x25mm. Light scrapes and nicks, traces of gilding around head.2 commentsTLP09/08/14 at 12:16Charles S: very nice
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Gaius ("Caligula"), RIC 49, for Nero & Drusus, Dupondius of AD 40-4195 views Dupondius (16.0g, 31mm, 6h), Rome mint, struck AD 40-41.
Obv.: NERO ET DRVSVS CAESARES, Nero and Drusus riding right, cloaks flying.
Rev.: C CAESAR DIVI AVG PRON AVG P M TR P IIII P P P EX round large SC.
RIC 49 (R2) var. (see note below); BMCRE 70 var (idem); Cohen 2 var (idem); Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 61:10b

This type celebrates the memory of Caligula's family: bringing back the ashes of his brothers Nero and Drusus.

Note: The legend on this coin is unusual, because it ends with TR P IIII P P P EX instead of just TR P IIII P P. A coin with the same rev. die was auctioned through CNG eAuction 280 lot 131. Also note that RIC 49 gives the erratic reverse legend ending with TR POT IIII P P instead of TR P IIII P P, compare Cohen 2 where it is correct.
5 commentsCharles S09/28/12 at 18:26Charles S: Joe: I see what you mean... there is indeed a thir...
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Gaius ("Caligula"), RIC 49, for Nero & Drusus, Dupondius of AD 40-4195 views Dupondius (16.0g, 31mm, 6h), Rome mint, struck AD 40-41.
Obv.: NERO ET DRVSVS CAESARES, Nero and Drusus riding right, cloaks flying.
Rev.: C CAESAR DIVI AVG PRON AVG P M TR P IIII P P P EX round large SC.
RIC 49 (R2) var. (see note below); BMCRE 70 var (idem); Cohen 2 var (idem); Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 61:10b

This type celebrates the memory of Caligula's family: bringing back the ashes of his brothers Nero and Drusus.

Note: The legend on this coin is unusual, because it ends with TR P IIII P P P EX instead of just TR P IIII P P. A coin with the same rev. die was auctioned through CNG eAuction 280 lot 131. Also note that RIC 49 gives the erratic reverse legend ending with TR POT IIII P P instead of TR P IIII P P, compare Cohen 2 where it is correct.
5 commentsCharles S09/07/12 at 14:15Charles S: I believe P P simply stands for Pater Patriae, sin...
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Galba, AE Sestertius, RIC 256181 viewsMint: Roma between the beginning of August and the end of September 68 AD.
Dimensions:35mm/25,13grms, Rf: RIC 256
Obverse: SER GALBA IMP CAES AVG
Head right,laurate,bust draped of Galba.
Revers: S-C
Victory on left with palm branch and"palladium"
RRR
6 commentsmoneta romana07/18/12 at 18:15Charles S: Very nice indeed!
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Vespasian, Rome mint, struck 74 AD, Dupondius206 viewsCAESAR VESPASIAN AVG laureate-headed bust left
PON MAX TR POT PP COS V CENS winged caduceus between crossed cornucopiae
RIC 798b, Cohen 377
10 commentsdupondius07/18/12 at 11:37Charles S: This is Rome mint, not Commagene: see RIC II part ...
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Nero, RIC 143, Sestertius of AD 64-66 (Triumphal arch) 82 views Sestertius (24.3g, 35mm, 6h), Rome mint, struck AD 64-66.
Obv.: NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P, laureate head of Nero facing right with aegis.
Rev.: S C (in field), Triumphal arch is surmounted by a quadriga facing with Pax, standing on the left, and winged Victory, on the right. At the angles of the entablature are soldiers. The front piers of the arch are decorated with sculptures in three tiers of panels; in the niche on the left is a statue of Mars.
RIC 143; Sear 2000 (RCV) 1962var.; Foss (RHC) 67:14

Nero erected a triumphal arch on the Capitoline Hill while the Parthian war was in progress in Armenia, with Corbulo capturing the Armenian capital Artaxata in AD 58. The arch was rededicated or completely dismantled after Nero's death in AD 68, and this monument is only known from coins.
2 commentsCharles S07/10/12 at 09:58Charles S: Yes indeed! See also wonderful example here: http...
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ANTONINUS PIUS56 viewsAE sestertius. 139 AD. 24,62 grs. Laureate head right. ANTONINVS AVG PIVS PP / Africa standing half-left, wearing elephant's skin headdress, holding crown and cornucopiae. AFRICA. In fields S C. COS II in exergue.
RIC 574, C 24, BMCRE 1175.
1 commentsbenito07/09/12 at 10:58Charles S: This is a magnificent example of a very rare type....
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P. Satrienus, Denarius120 viewsRome mint, 77 BC
Head of helmeted Mars right, XXX behind
ROMA, She wolf passing left, [P] SATRI[E/NUS] at exergue
3.79 gr
Ref : RCV #319, RSC, Satriena # 1
6 commentsPotator II06/28/12 at 19:11Charles S: Fantastic! Very detailed wolf, you even see its ri...
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RIC 39034 viewsSestertius, 98-99
Obv: IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG GERM P M
Laur. r.
Rev: TR POT COS II / S C
Pax seated l., holding branch and sceptre.

Sold on eBay for 8.50 (jinali850, June 12, 2012)
1 commentsklausklage06/28/12 at 19:03Charles S: does not even try to look like authentic!
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16150 viewsMarcus Aurelius 161-80 AD
AE as
Obv: "M ANTONINVS AVG TRP XXIX"
Laureate bust right.
Rev: "IMP VII COS III SC"
River-god Tiber, nude to waist, reclining l., resting his r. hand on side of boat, holding reed in his l. hand, his l. arm resting on urn of which water flows.
Rome mint
RIC 1142
2 commentsmauseus06/28/12 at 19:01Charles S: I love this coin, nicely detailed reverse too
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NERO33 viewsAR denarius 64-65 AD, 3.41 g. Laureate head right. NERO CAESAR AVGVSTVS / Nero radiated and wearing toga, holding patera and long sceptre, standing left, beside empress, veiled, holding holding patera and cornucopiae. AVGVSTVS AVGVSTA .
C 43. RIC 45.
2 commentsbenito06/26/12 at 09:31Charles S: Superb
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Vespasian, RIC 1215, Dupondius of AD 77-78 (Fortuna)43 views Dupondius (13.1g, 30mm, 6h) Lugdunum mint. Struck AD 77-78.
Obv.: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS VIII P P, laureate head right, globe at tip of bust.
Rev.: FORTVNAE REDVCI around, S C across field, Fortuna standing left, holding rudder and cornucopiae.
RIC 1215 (C3); Cohen 181
3 commentsCharles S06/21/12 at 04:42Charles S: A Dupondius indeed and correction made, thank you ...
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ROMAN EMPIRE, SEVERUS ALEXANDER sestertius RIC 558466 viewsRome mint AD 231
IMP SEV ALEXANDER AVG, Laureate bust of Severus Alexander righ, with light drapery on left shoulder
IOVI CONSERVATORI, Jupiter standing left, holding thunderbolt and sceptre, with a small figure of the emperor at his feet, SC in field
14.75 gr
Ref : RIC # 558, RCV #7966, Cohen # 74
9 commentsPotator II06/18/12 at 19:44Charles S: A real beauty, both sides are stunning.
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Faustina II - AE dupondius186 viewsRome
147-150 AD
draped bust right
FAVSTINAE AVG PII AVG FIL
Pudicitia seated left, pulling veil and holding scepter
PVDICITIA
S C
RIC 1404 (b). C. 187 var. BMC 2159
13,54 g 25 mm
4 commentsJohny SYSEL06/18/12 at 19:36Charles S: Outstanding
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Decorated arretine bowl57 viewsArretine bowl (ca. 9cm x 19.5cm) ca. 2nd cent. A.D.. Repeating pattern of cloaked male figure blowing horn while engaged in a sexual act with a female bending forward and looking back. Elaborate floral spacing design followed by a cherub on a pedestal within an arch supported by spiral fluted columns.

additional information from Harlan J. Berk: Erotic bowls of this type are extremely rare and this example appears to be unrecorded. Restored from many fragments, but only two significant loses to the rim with one extending into the design.
3 commentsCharles S06/17/12 at 22:56Charles S: I have no information whether it is Banassac or no...
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Herennius Etruscus, RIC (Trajan Decius) 167a, sestertius of AD 250-25133 views Sestertius (12.57g, 27mm, 12h), Rome mint, Struck AD 250-251
Obv.: Q HER ETR MES DECIVS NOB C, bare, draped bust of Herennius Etruscus facing right.
Rev.: PIETAS AVGG (around edge) S C (in field), Mercury standing left, holding a purse and a caduceus.
RIC (Trajan Decius) 167a (R2); Cohen 12
ex Gorny & Mosch auction Nov. 2010
3 commentsCharles S06/16/12 at 07:42Charles S: Got it from Gorny & Mosch who identified it as dup...
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Domitan, Dupondius, Ceres317 viewsObv:

CAES DIVI AVG VESP F DOMITIAN COS VII
Laueate head of Domitian to right

Rev:

CERES AVGVST
S C
Ceres standing left with grain stalks and long torch
7 commentsancientdave06/15/12 at 19:51Charles S: A gem!
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Vespasian, Rome mint, struck 74 AD, Dupondius206 viewsCAESAR VESPASIAN AVG laureate-headed bust left
PON MAX TR POT PP COS V CENS winged caduceus between crossed cornucopiae
RIC 798b, Cohen 377
10 commentsdupondius06/15/12 at 14:27Charles S: Superb coin, beautiful obverse clearly visible now
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Nerva Denarius - Diana the Huntress (RIC 11)146 viewsAR Denarius
Rome Oct - Dec 96 AD
3.28g

Obv: Laureate bust of Nerva (R).
IMP NERVA CAES AVG PONT MAX TR P

Rev: Diana advancing right, head facing,
drawing arrow from quiver & holding bow, hound running behind.
COS II DESIGN III P P

RIC 11, RSC 40.
Coin on Wildwinds.
CNG 84, Lot 1011, 5th May 2010
Helios Auction 4, Lot 346, 14th Oct 2009
H.D. Rauch, Auktion 75, Lot 403, 6th May 2005 (Not this coin - mistakenly attributed by Helios)
CNG 58, Lot 1177, 19th Sept 2001
ex. Aloysius Lynn Collection (A. Lynn)
The rarest Nerva denarius.
No examples in Reka Devnia hoard.

This type was minted between October and December in the year 96 AD. This can be ascertained from the reverse legend that states Nerva is Consul for the 2nd time but has already been designated a third term in office, which would commence in the New Year. The symbolism of the reverse itself has been questioned perhaps Nerva had held some venationes (beast hunts) early in his reign to endear himself to the people?
5 commentsKained but Able06/13/12 at 18:26Charles S: Superb. Lovely reverse
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L. PAPIUS CELSUS.21 viewsAR denarius. 45 BC. 3,74 grs. Head of Juno Sospita right, wearing goat's skin headdress / She-wolf standing right, dropping stick on incipient fire while eagle, standing left, fans flames with wings. CELSVS III VIR above. L.PAPIVS in exergue.
Craw 472/1. RSC Papia 2.

1 commentsbenito06/08/12 at 13:24Charles S: There must be a fascinating story behind this inte...
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Thracia, Lampsakos, Lysimachos, Thompson 47524 viewsLysimachos, 323-281 BC
AR - tetradrachm, 28.8mm, 16.85g
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, std. l. on throne, l. arm resting on shield decorated with lion's-head, spear pointing downwards behind her r. shoulder, holding in outstretched r. hand winged Nike who is crowning the name with a wreath.
in l. Field monogram HP (ligate)
in ex. crescent with cavity l.
ref. Thompson 47; Mller 401; SNG Paris 2542
about EF, a small scratch before the crescent, wonderful style, a Hellenistic artwork! For sure one of the 5% most beautiful specimens of this type!
Pedigree:
ex Ancient Auction House (2003)
ex coll. Pete Burbules (2004)
ex coll. AlexB, Hongkong (2007)
ex Forum Ancient Coins (2008), thanks!
Now this gem has its place for some years at my home. Curious where it will go then!

According to Thompson Lampsakos was the biggest mint of Lysimachos in Asia Minor with c. 150 different obv. dies. When Amphipolis began about 288 BC its extensive coinage the issue from Lampsakos decreased.
13 commentsJochen06/08/12 at 05:27Charles S: A dream...
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Claudius / Minerva44 views41-42 AD
AE As (26mm, 10.22g)
O: Bare head left; TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG PM TR P IMP P P.
R: Minerva advancing right, wielding javelin and holding shield; S-C.
RIC 116 / Cohen 84 / BMC 149 / Sear 639
ex Francis J. Rath

"No one is free who does not lord over himself."
1 commentsEnodia06/07/12 at 20:00Charles S: Interesting and unusual portrait.
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PRECOLUMBIAN40 viewsCopador tetrapod vase. La Libertad Dpt. El Salvador. Late classic. 18,9 cms h.1 commentsbenito05/31/12 at 14:31Charles S: I absolutely love your collection of Precolumbian ...
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Q.FUFIUS CALENUS and M.CORDIUS48 viewsAR denarius. 70 BC. 3,96 grs. Jugate heads of Honos, laureate, and Virtus, helmeted, right. HO to left, VIRT to right. KALENI below / Italia, holding cornucopiae, and Roma, holding spear, standing vis vis shaking hands. Caduceus and ITAL to left, RO to right. CORDI in exergue.
Crawford 403/1. RSC Fufia 1.
2 commentsbenito05/31/12 at 12:32Charles S: lovely coin
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ANTONINUS PIUS32 viewsAE sestertius. 139 AD. 24,62 grs. Laureate head right. ANTONINVS AVG PIVS PP / Africa standing half-left, wearing elephant's skin headdress, holding crown and cornucopiae. AFRICA. In fields S C. COS II in exergue.
RIC 574, C 24, BMCRE 1175.
1 commentsbenito05/31/12 at 08:09Charles S: really superb coin and hard to find
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PRECOLUMBIAN40 viewsSalua group cylinder vase. Late classic, 600-900 AD. h 21,7 cms.2 commentsbenito05/31/12 at 07:35Charles S: superb
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modern Slavey fake of a Otacilia Severa Denarius 71 viewsmodern Slavey fake of a AR Denarius (3.0g, 18mm, 6h) of Rome mint, struck AD 244-246.
Obv.: MARCIA OTACIL SEVERA AVG, diademed draped bust of Otacilia Severa facing right.
Rerv.: PVDICITIA AVG Pudicitia seated cross-legged left, veiled, drawing the veil near her face with her right hand and holding scepter in her left.
RIC (Philip I) 123b, Cohen 52
2 commentsCharles S05/30/12 at 18:23Charles S: Thank you for spotting this and letting me know, M...
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PRECOLUMBIAN64 viewsFigurine. Late Classic. Eastern El Salvador. 10,2 cms.1 commentsbenito05/30/12 at 07:30Charles S: Very nice indeed. I was told they were fertility ...
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PRECOLUMBIAN57 viewsCopador vase. Late Classic. "El Paraiso", Chalatenango, El Salvador. 22,3 cms.2 commentsbenito05/29/12 at 20:36Charles S: Really beautiful and rare.
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ROMAN EMPIRE, OTHO, Denarius RIC 8682 viewsDenarius minted in Rome in 69 AD
IMP M OTHO CAESAR AVG TR P, Bare head of Otho right
SECURITAS PR, Securitas standing left
3.50 gr
Ref : RIC # 8, RCV # 2162, Cohen #17
11 commentsPotator II05/29/12 at 19:32Charles S: worth at least *****
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Marcus Aurelius - SALVTI AVGVSTOR1101 viewsSestertius Obv.: IMP CAES M AVREL ANTONINVS AVG P M, laureate head right Rev.:SALVTI AVGVSTOR TR P XVII S-C, COS III below, Salus standing left offering a patera to snake arising from altar, and holding scepter. Cohen 564. 23 commentspostumus05/27/12 at 20:10Charles S: This is no doubt the most refined Salus I have see...
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Trajan Denarius - Danuvius (RIC II 100)96 viewsAR Denarius
Rome 113-112AD
3.29g

Obv: Laureate bust of Trajan (R), draped far shoulder.
IMP TRAIANO AUG GER DAC PM TRP

Rev: DANUVIUS (The River Danube) naked to waist, reclining on rocks (L), hand on prow of ship, reeds over arm.
COS V PP SPQR OPTIMO PRINC

RIC II 100 RSC 136
3 commentsKained but Able05/27/12 at 19:22Charles S: super reverse!
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Trajan Tridrachm - Grain Ears - Year 6244 viewsAR Tridrachm
Caesarea, Cappadocia or Bostra, Arabia, "Year 6" 112-117 AD
10.76g

Obv: Laureate draped bust of Trajan (R)
AYTOKP KAIC NEP TPAIANO CEB GERM DAK

Rev: Six ears of grain bound at stalk
DHMARC EX UPATO V

SNG ANS -; Metcalf, "The Tell Kalak Hoard and Trajan's Arabian Mint,"
ANSMN 20 (1975), 6 var.

VAuctions Auction 266, Lot 180, 07/07/11
4 commentsKained but Able05/27/12 at 19:21Charles S: A real beauty
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TEMPLE, Maxentius, AE Follis of Rome135 views Maxentius. 306-312 AD. Follis (9.00 gm). Struck 308-310 AD. Rome mint. IMP C
MAXENTIVS P F AVG, laureate head right / CONSERV-VRB SVAE, Roma seated facing, head
left, in hexastyle temple;
Mintmark: RBT. RIC VI 210.
XF
1 commentsAntonio Protti05/27/12 at 19:07Charles S: awsome reverse, very sharp Roma statue inside
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TEMPLE, Philip II, AR Antoninianus - Temple of Roma - Antioch153 viewsPhilip II AR Antoninianus - AD249 - Antioch Mint

obv: IMP M JUL PHILIPPUS AUG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
rev: SAECULUM NOVUM - Hexastyle temple of Roma with figure inside.
4.2grams
2 commentsrexesq05/27/12 at 19:05Charles S: extraordinary relief, lovely very sharp temple rev...
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TEMPLE, CARACALLA, (Temple of Diana)323 viewsCaracalla --AE32, Augusta Trajana. R: Temple of Diana, tree on each side. cf. SNG Evelpedis 1037 3 commentsfeatherz05/27/12 at 19:01Charles S: lovely reverse and nice patina
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GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Lysimachos, 323-281 BC Thrace1245 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 commentsalexB05/27/12 at 14:01Charles S: Stunningly beautiful and unbelievable detail espec...
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Hadrian - Cappadocia94 viewsHadrian As
c. 134-138

OBV: HADRIANVS AVG COS III PP
REV: CAP-PA-DOCIA
Cappadocia standing left, holding miniature of Mt. Argaeus and signum

RIC II 848

EX CNG
2 commentsmarcvs_traianvs05/27/12 at 11:04Charles S: very nice portrait and scarce interesting reverse
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TEMPLE, CLAUDIUS, (Temple of Artemis at Ephesus) 210 viewsIonia, Ephesus, Claudius, AD 41-54, AR Cistophoric Tetradrachm
TI. CLAVD CAES AVG. Claudius bare head, facing left. / DIAN-EPHE Cult statue of Diana (Artemis) of Ephesus inside a tetra style temple, set on three tiered base; pediment decorated by figures flanking three windows.
RIC I 118; RPC I 2222; BMCRE 229; RSC 30; Sear Millennium 1839. Ephesus ca. 41-42 AD.
(25 mm, 11.14 g, 6h)
5 commentsLloyd T05/26/12 at 17:31Charles S: absolutely superb, especially the reverse
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Artemis, (Diana of Ephesus), in her Temple125 viewsTI. CLAVD CAES AVG. Claudius bare head, facing left. / DIAN-EPHE Cult statue of Diana (Artemis) of Ephesus inside a tetra style temple, set on three tiered base; pediment decorated by figures flanking three windows.
RIC I 118; RPC I 2222; BMCRE 229; RSC 30; Sear Millennium 1839. Ephesus ca. 41-42 AD.
(25 mm, 11.14 g, 6h)

The statue of Artemis (Diana) at Ephesus was one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. Depicted on this coin, which was minted shortly after Claudius accession to the throne, there remains no trace of the statue, or the temple that housed it, other than some recently stacked column remnants to mark the location. Pliny The Elder described the temple as 115 meters in length, 55 meters in width, made almost entirely of marble; consisting of 127 Ionic style columns 18 meters in height. The original temple, which stood on the site from about 550 BC, was destroyed by arson in 356 BC. It was rebuilt around 330 BC in the form depicted on the coin, only to be destroyed by the Goths in 262 AD. Again rebuilt it was destroyed for the final time by Christians in 401 AD. The columns and marble of the temple were used to construct other buildings. Some of the columns found their way into the church of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople (Istanbul).

The site of the temple was rediscovered in 1869 by an expedition sponsored by the British Museum, but little remains to be seen today. A Christian inscription found at Ephesus reads Destroying the delusive image of the demon Artemis, Demeas has erected this symbol of Truth, the God that drives away idols, and the Cross of priests, deathless and victorious sign of Christ. This Christian zeal explains why so little remains of the site despite its repute in the ancient pre-Christian world.

This coin is rare with a few dozen examples known. In contrast to most examples, which show a four tiered temple base, the reverse of this coin shows a three-tiered temple base. The rectangles on the pediment of the temple are frequently identified as tables, or altars. However, it is more likely that these are windows in the pediment to facilitate lighting of the statue in the interior of the temple. The Ionic style of the columns, as described by Pliny, is clearly visible in the reverse image.
1 commentsLloyd T05/26/12 at 17:27Charles S: splendid monumental reverse with excellent detail
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Aphrodite483 viewsAphrodite is the greek goddess of beauty and love. She is much older and more primordial than Venus. Venus was a more local goddess and came to Rome not before the 4th century. Aphrodite is melted together of indoeuropean-hellenistic, aegaean-anatolean and semitic-oriental elements. The origin of her name is unknown, perhaps it is related to the sem.*asthart. Her relation to Cyprus is referring to that origin. Possibly the name of the month April comes from etruscan *aprodita. So there could be an etruscan intermediation. She seems to be a conglomerate of old fertility goddesses. Her attributes dolphin and shell points to marine, dove, sparrow and and swane to caelestic and apple, rose and pomegranat to herbal sexual spheres. With Homer Aphrodte replaces the dark weird deities as a light goddess of charm and gracefulness. She was called 'philommeides', the smiling, and she was the mistress of the Graces.
On the rev. of this coin we see Aphrodite as a later depiction as goddess of grace and seduction. She holds a mirror as the symbol of vanity. Her companions are two Erotes with torches to ignite love.
2 commentsJochen05/26/12 at 13:04Charles S: Superb reverse
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Pan318 viewsAE27 Elagabalus (218-222)
Nikopolis ad Istrum, consular legate Novius Rufus
Obv: AVT K M AVPH ANTΩNINOC. Laur. draped and cuir. bust r.R
Rev: VΠ NOBIOV ROVΦOV NIKOΠOΛITΩN ΠPO; In ex: CICTPΩ Pan, stg.r., horned, holding rabbitcatcher (lagobalon) over shoulder, flute in hand, foot on panther lying supile on the ground.
27 mm / Porosity
Moushmov 1436
4 commentsGert05/26/12 at 07:22Charles S: I love this Pan figure. Would love to have one in...
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Hercules279 viewsThis medallion of Gordian III represents the third labour of Hercules. This labour was to capture the Hind of Cerynaea, the hind was known as Cerynitis. Eurystheus bestowed this task upon Heracles knowing full well that the animal was the sacred property of Artemis, that meant he would be committing impiety against the goddess. Artemis found a small herd of five while out hunting, she captured four to harness to her chariot, but the fifth escaped to Mount Cerynaea which borders Arcadia and Achaea. The animal was larger than a bull, brazen-hoofed also with huge golden horns or antlers of a stag.
With the hind being swift of foot it took Heracles a whole year to get close to the creature. He tracked the hind through Greece and into Thrace, (in some versions it says the chase took Heracles as far as Istria and the northern lands of the Hyperboreans). Never daunted by the long chase, Heracles was waiting for the hind to tire, this was not to be, and the hind seemed to have plenty of stamina and agility left.
Heracles knew he must disable the creature in some way, then by chance the hind stopped to drink at a river. Taking an arrow and removing the blood of the Hydra from the tip, Heracles took aim and hit the hind in the leg, making it lame, this made catching the creature much easier. Heracles bound the wound and then set off on his long journey home. On the way to the palace of Eurystheus he was met by the goddess Artemis and her twin brother Apollo. On seeing the Ceryneian Hind, the huntress accused Heracles of sacrilege. Heracles pleaded with them, saying it was a necessity to return the sacred hind to the court of king Eurystheus, as he was bound by the labor imposed on him. Artemis granted Heracles forgiveness and he was allowed to carry the hind alive to the palace.
Upon bringing the hind to Eurystheus, he was told that it was to become part of the King's menagerie. Heracles knew that he had to return the hind as he had promised, so he agreed to hand it over on the condition that Eurystheus himself come out and take it from him. The King came out, but the moment Heracles let the hind go, it sprinted back to its mistress, and Heracles left saying that Eurystheus had not been quick enough

5 commentsbenito05/26/12 at 06:58Charles S: wonderful medaillon, artistic reverse. Size of me...
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Dupondius; AQVA TRAIANA, RIC 46422 viewsTrajan Dupondius. IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P, radiate bust right with draped far shoulder / SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI S-C, River god reclining left in arched grotto, resting on urn & holding reed, AQVA TRAIANA in ex. Cohen 22, RIC 464, Hill 636. 9,4g 21,1mm. Trajan's aqueduct restored a small river that had disappeared and redirected its flow to Rome, where it fed his baths and greatly increased the capital's supply of fresh water. The aqueduct was dedicated in 109 and commemorated on coins beginning the following year. The design depicts the waterworks at the end of the aqueduct with the personification of the river reclining below. -There are reports that the actual rev scene has recently been rediscovered. Ex Ferenc G2 commentsPodiceps05/25/12 at 13:44Charles S: Is there any more information on the rediscovery o...
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Lucius Verus sestertius REX ARMEN DAT392 viewsRoma, 163-164
L AVREL VERVS AVG ARMENIACVS
REX ARMEN DAT / TR P IIII IMP II COS II / SC
RIC 1371 (R); Cohen 161 (30 fr.)
Frederic Weber's collection
2 commentsfrederic W05/25/12 at 13:37Charles S: I like this sestertius very much, nice patina and ...
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Antoninus Pius denarius108 viewsAnnona reverse3 commentsmarandnumiz05/25/12 at 12:16Charles S: beauty
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Antoninus Pius, sestertius, RIC 100464 viewsOrichalcum sestertius (22.23g,30mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 159.
ANTONINVS AVG [-] PIVS P P TR P XXII laureate head right
TEMPLVM DIV AVG REST [around] COS IIII [in ex.] S C [in field] Octastyle temple of Divus Augustus with statues of Augustus and Livia
ex Triton VI (2003)
The second temple of Divus Augustus, was restored under Antoninus Pius in 158. The reliefs on the pediment cannot be identifed with certainty, but the statuary on the roof can be identified as Augustus in quadriga flanked by Romulus on the left and Aeneas carrying Anchises on the right.
2 commentsCharles S05/24/12 at 12:35Charles S: Alex: I had not seen it on the RNG site. Thanks f...
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Domitian sestertius saecular games329 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TR P VIII CENS POT PP
COS XIIII LVD SAEC A POP / FRVG AC / SC
RIC 375a (R2), Cohen 83 (50 fr.),
Show a scene of the saecular's games, a distribution to people of fruits from harvest.
Collection Frederic Weber
1 commentsfrederic W05/24/12 at 08:52Charles S: Interesting reverse. I'll add another scene f...
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Agrippina the Elder (ca. 14 B.C.-33 A.D)1138 viewsAgrippina the Elder (ca. 14 B.C.-33 A.D)
Sestertius
Daughter of Julia and Marcus Agrippa, wife of Germanicus and mother of Emperor Caligula. The most beautiful woman of all Caesars in the most incredible condition. The finest known specimen originally from the Morreti Collection.
Obv.Posthumous portrait ordered by Caligula to commemorate his mother who had tragically died in exile. Rev.The carpentum drawn by two mules, the vehicle reserved for the use of the women of the imperial family in the city.
Cohen 1 ; RIC 42
10 commentsPetitioncrown05/24/12 at 07:52Charles S: This must be the best example of this type in the ...
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AUGUSTUS. AR Cistophorus (3 denarii) of Pergamum. Struck c.19 - 18 B.C.560 viewsObverse: IMP IX TR PO V. Bare head of Augustus facing right.
Reverse: Triumphal arch surmounted by Augustus in facing triumphal quadriga; IMP IX TR POT V on architrave; S P R SIGNIS RECEPTIS in three lines within arch opening, standards at either side.
RIC I : 510 | BMC : 703 | RSC : 298.

This coin commemorates Augustus' triumphant agreement with the Parthians in 20 B.C. under which they returned the legionary standards captured from Crassus who was defeated and killed at Carrhae thirty-three years earlier (53 B.C.) Augustus installed these standards in the Temple of Mars Ultor.
The reverse of the coin shows the triumphal arch which was awarded to Augustus on the occasion of his recovery of the standards. This was the second triumphal arch awarded to Augustus and, like the earlier arch which had been constructed in 29 BC to honour his victory over Cleopatra, this second arch, which archaeological evidence suggests may actually have incorporated the first arch, stood in close proximity to the Temple of Divus Julius at the southern entrance to the Roman Forum.

This is the rarest cistophorus struck during the reign of Augustus with the exception of the exceedingly rare issues featuring a sphinx.
6 commentsdivvsavgvstvs05/24/12 at 07:47Charles S: beautiful and historically significant coin. I es...
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Caracalla, Nicopolis ad Istrum1125 viewsMOESIA INFERIOR, Nicopolis ad Istrum. Caracalla. 198-217 AD. 26mm (11.90 gm). Ovinius Tertullus, magistrate. Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind / Apollo Sauroktonos ("Lizardslayer") standing right, holding branch and watching lizard on tree. AMNG I 1518; SNG Copenhagen -. 16 commentsthe_Apostate05/23/12 at 17:14Charles S: Especially the reverse is beautiful.
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Carausius, Diocletian & Maximianus - Antoninianus4089 viewsObv.: CARAVSIVS ET FRATRES SVI, jugate, radiate & cuirassed busts of Maximianus, Diocletian & Carausius left Rev.:PAX A-VGGG, Pax standing left, holding olive-branch & vertical scepter; S P/C. Mint Camulodunum. (Struck circa 292-293 AD)59 commentspostumus05/23/12 at 09:08Charles S: Superbly superb museum piece. One of the best of ...
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SABINA. Wife of Hadrian.227 viewsAR denarius. 126-137 AD. 3.54 g. Draped bust right. SABINA AVGVSTA HADRIANI AVG P P / Pudicitia, veiled, standing l., raising veil with right. hand PVDICITIA . RIC Hadrian 407
2 commentsbenito05/23/12 at 01:00Charles S: Very good presentation
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Philippus I., Rome mint, struck 249 AD, Æ Sestertius636 viewsIMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right
AETERNITAS AVGG, SC elephant advancing left, led by cornak, holding staff and goad
RIC 167a; Cohen 18
2 commentsdupondius05/22/12 at 23:53Charles S: The wonderful chocolate coloured patina adds to th...
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Iulia Mamaea, AR-Denarius, VENVS GENETRIX, 191 viewsIulia Mamaea, AR-Denarius,
avers:-IVLIA-MA-MAEA-AVG,
revers:-VENVS-GE-N-ETRIX,
diameter: 19-20mm
weight: 2,94g
mint:
date:
ref: RIC-355, C-72,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans05/22/12 at 21:51Charles S: Lovely coin, beautiful portrait
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Faustina II. Daughter of Antoninus Pius. Wife of M.Aurelius.194 viewsAE sestertius. 161-164 AD. 23.57 gr.6h . Diademed and draped bust right. FAVSTINA AVGVSTA. / Salus seated left, holding patera from which she feeds snake coiled around altar. SALVTI AVGVSTAE, in exergue SC. RIC III 1668 (M.Aurelius). Cohen 200.
3 commentsbenito05/22/12 at 20:52Charles S: Very neat sestertius, a real beauty
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OTACILIA SEVERA151 viewsAE sestertius. 244-245 AD. 20,53 grs.12h . Diademed bust,draped,right. MARCIA OTACIL SEVERA AUG. / Pudicitia seated left,drawing veil fron face and holding transverse sceptre. PVDICITIA AVG .In exergue SC.
s 9169. RIC IV 209a.

2 commentsbenito05/22/12 at 20:38Charles S: What a nice portrait! A true work of art...
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Roman, GALBA SESTERTIUS.388 viewsGalba 68-69 AD Bronze Sesterce. A true classic head of Galba, powerful and Roman with all the Republican virtues. Beatifull natural patina. Purchased Leu 1980. Ex Sartige 1938 and dating back to the beginning of 1900's

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11 commentssunwukong05/22/12 at 20:36Charles S: Strong powerful portrait, wonderful patina, nice p...
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Trajan Decius - FELICITAS SAECVLI1121 viewsObv.:IMP C M Q TRAIANVS DECIVS AVG, radiate & cuirassed bust right Rev.: FELICITAS SAECVLI S-C, Felicitas standing left, holding caduceus & cornucopiae. 15 commentspostumus05/22/12 at 19:54Charles S: A real beauty!
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Trajan AE Sestertius1233 viewsTrajan Sestertius with Trajan on horseback on the reverse. Rather nice green patina.8 commentsJan Terje Rafdal12/05/10 at 17:38Charles S: A coin this nice deserves a much better photograph
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VOLUSIAN305 views As 252 AD. 9.59 gr. 12h . Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right. IMP CAE C VIB VOLUSIANO AVG. / Juno seated front within garlanded round shrine; peacock at her side. IVNONI MARTIALI. SC in fields. RIC IV 252b.2 commentsbenito12/03/10 at 09:52Charles S: Nicely detailed reverse. I just bought the sester...
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AGRIPPINA the elder162 viewsAE Sestertius. 28.08 gm, 7h. Rome mint. Struck under Claudius, 42-54 AD. Draped bust right . AGRIPPINA M F GERMANICI CAESARIS / TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG GERM PM TRP IMP PP around large S C . RIC I 102 (Claudius); von Kaenel Type 78; BMCRE 219 (Claudius); Cohen 3.
CNG 69 Lot 1519.
CNG photograph.
4 commentsbenito12/03/10 at 09:32Charles S: Excellent portret, great detail
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Roman Empire, Antoninus Pius AE As784 viewsAs of Antoninus Pius. Minted between 155 and 156 A.D. 10,7 gr. 25
mm. Choice Very Fine. Strong strike. Well centered. Choice high relief
portrait and reverse. Dark-green patina. Rare.

Obverse: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS PP IMP II. Laureate head right with
drapery on left shoulder.

Reverse: TR POT XIX COS IIII SC. Pax standing left holding branch
and cornucopiae.

Unlisted in BMC, Cohen, RIC and Sear !
4 commentsMiguel Diaz12/02/10 at 12:17Charles S: SearII#4249=RIC 945 refers to a sestertius, not an...
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249 viewsFree at last, free at last.5 commentsrexesq12/02/10 at 10:34Charles S: Yes, set them free! The coins are so much nicer t...
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Roman, Claudius936 views10 commentstunaonrye012/02/10 at 07:46Charles S: Beautiful sestertius.
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Roman, Faustina Sr., Augusta 25 February 138 - Early 141, wife of Antoninus Pius431 viewsSH33181. Gold aureus, SRCV II 4553 (same dies), Cayon 1765 (same), RIC III 356d, Cohen 98, BMCRE IV 398, Choice EF, Rome mint, weight 6.923g, maximum diameter 19.8mm, die axis 180o, 147 - 161 A.D.; obverse DIVA FAVSTINA, diademed, draped and veiled bust left; reverse AVGVSTA, Ceres standing left, torch in right, scepter in left; very light hairline scratches; ex Lanz, Auction 135, lot 745 (misattributed); hints of red toning, bold and beautiful, struck with elegant dies!; scarce

Gold aurei are about the same size as silver denarii but they were not struck with the same dies. The finest work of the mint's top master engravers was reserved for striking gold. The difference between the artistry of the gold and silver is not always so striking, but no denarius equals the beauty of this coin.
8 commentsJoe Sermarini12/01/10 at 19:24Charles S: The whole coin, the portrait - look at the ear! - ...
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Roman, Hadrian Sestertius579 viewsThis is one of my favourite coins because it has one of the best portraits of Hadrian that I have ever seen.4 commentspeterpil1912/01/10 at 15:43Charles S: nice portrait indeed and beautiful patina
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Roman, Commodus, March or April 177 - 31 Dec 192 A.D.439 viewsSH40551. Bimetallic medallion, Cohen 376 var (300 fr., bust right, central reverse figure hand downward); Gnecchi II p. 57 No. 52 - 53 var (same), aEF, dark brown patina, Rome mint, weight 59.635g, maximum diameter 39.6mm, die axis 0o, 188 A.D.; obverse COMMODVS ANTONINVS PIVS FELIX AVG BRIT, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse P M TR P XIII IMP VIII COS V P P, MON AVG, three monetae standing slightly left, each with a scale in right and cornucopia in left, the center figure is smaller, right hand upward and standing on a short round base; ex Gorney & Mosch, auction 180, lot 404; ex Helios Numismatik auction 3, 155; possibly unique5 commentsJoe Sermarini12/01/10 at 12:00Charles S: fabulous coin! and stunningly beautiful portait of...
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TEMPLE, Antoninus Pius, AE Dupondius430 viewsRome
158-159 AD
radiate head right
ANTONINVS AVG_PIVS P P TR P XXII
Antoninus Pius standing on cippus within distyle arch temple,
holding scepter with eagle atop
COS_IIII
S C
RIC 1014 var; C. 334 var; Bauten 87 var
13,04g 24,5-23,5 mm

this variation has vary high cippus and column bases
1 commentsJohny SYSEL12/01/10 at 10:02Charles S: I like the second pair of columns very clearly vis...
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HADRIANVS BRITANNICUS884 viewsSestertius of Hadrian, AD 122. EXERC BRITANNICVS SC ("For the army of Britain, by order of the Senate") RIC 913.
The reverse shows Hadrian addressing the troops in England, standing on a low plinth, clearly showing the Roman soldiers with their standards.
Coin currently in the British Museum Department of Coins and Medals (gallery 49, case 14).
Obv. HADRIANVS AVG COS 111 PP ("Hadrian Augustus, three times consul, father of his country")
5 commentsPetitioncrown01/29/09 at 07:47Charles S: A dream, this coin... wonderful style, beautiful p...
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Agrippina the Elder (ca. 14 B.C.-33 A.D)1723 viewsAgrippina the Elder (ca. 14 B.C.-33 A.D)
Sestertius
Daughter of Julia and Marcus Agrippa, wife of Germanicus and mother of Emperor Caligula. The most beautiful woman of all Caesars in the most incredible condition. The finest known specimen orriginally from the Morreti Collection.
Obv. Posthumous portrait ordered by Caligula to commemorate his mother who had tragically died in exile. Rev.The carpentum drawn by two mules, the vehicle reserved for the use of the women of the imperial family in the city.
Cohen 1 ; RIC 42
25 commentsPetitioncrown01/28/09 at 22:47Charles S: Especially the portrait is superb, truely a work o...
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