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ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Brutus with Casca Longus, AR Denarius - Crawford 507/222 viewsRome, The Imperators.
Brutus with Casca Longus. 42 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.88g; 21mm).
Military mint, 42 BCE.

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

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

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

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

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

The Neptune obverse refers to Casca’s naval command and the naval superiority of the conspirators before Philippi. Coins of the conspirators are replete with depictions of liberty and victory, and this coin is no exception. The reverse, with its broken scepter, clearly alludes to the assassins’ hope to eliminate monarchy in the Roman state and restore the Republic. Some authors have speculated that Victory is breaking the regal diadem on this type, although I don’t think that is abundantly clear.
7 commentsCarausius10/09/19 at 15:39*Alex: Excellent. Nice addition to your gallery.
ROMAN REPUBLIC, C. Vibius C.f. C.n. Pansa Caetronianus, AR Denarius27 viewsC. Vibius C.f. C.n. Pansa Caetronianus. 48 BC. AR Denarius (17mm, 4.03 g). Mask of Pan right / Jupiter Axurus (or Anxurus) seated left, holding patera and scepter. Crawford 449/1a; CRI 20; Sydenham 947; Vibia 18. VF, toned, minor deposits.

From the Karl Sifferman Collection
1 commentsFabiusMaximus10/05/19 at 15:33*Alex: Superb portrait. Great coin.
ROMAN REPUBLIC, L Lucretius Trio, AR Denarius43 viewsL Lucretius Trio Denarius. 74 BC. Laureate head of Neptune right, trident over shoulder, numeral above / L LVCRETI TRIO in two lines, infant Genius riding dolphin right.

This coin may refer to an ancestor, C. Lucretius Gallus, who in 181 BC was created duumvir navalis, and later commanded the fleet against Perseus of Macedon.
1 commentsFabiusMaximus10/05/19 at 14:59*Alex: Beautiful. Gorgeous tone and wonderful reverse.
1154 - 1189, HENRY II, AR 'Tealby' Penny, Struck 1158 - 1163 at Canterbury (?), England31 viewsObverse: (HE)NRI • R(EX• A -). Crowned facing bust of Henry II, his head facing slightly to the left, holding sceptre tipped with a cross potent in his right hand. Crown has three vertical uprights each topped by a fleur-de-lis.
Reverse: + (ROGI)ER : ON : (C)A(NT) surrounding short cross potent within beaded circle, small cross potents in each quarter. Moneyer: Rogier, cognate with the modern English name of Roger. Mintmark: Cross potent.
Uncommonly clear Class A bust
Diameter: 20mm | Weight: 1.3gms | Die Axis:1
Flan chipped and cracked
SPINK: 1337

For the first few years of Henry II's reign the coins of King Stephen continued to be produced, but in 1158, in order to restore public confidence in the currency, a new 'cross and crosslet' coinage was introduced in England which was of sufficient importance for the contemporary chroniclers to record that 'a new money was made, which was the sole currency of the kingdom.' While this coinage was acceptable in terms of weight and silver quality, it is notorious for its ugly appearance, bad craftsmanship and careless execution. In fact the 'Tealby' coinage is among the worst struck of any issue of English regal coinage, so much so that collectors consider it something of a bonus if they are able to make out the name of the moneyer, or the mint, from the letters showing.
The cross and crosslet type coinage of King Henry II is more often called 'Tealby' because of the enormous hoard of these coins which was found in late 1807 at Bayons Manor farm near Tealby in Lincolnshire. This hoard, which originally amounted to over 5,700 pieces, was first reported in the Stamford Mercury of the 6th November 1807, but unfortunately the majority of the coins, more than 5,000 of them, were sent to be melted at the Tower of London and only some 600 pieces were saved for national and important private collections.
A total of 30 mints were employed in the initial 'Tealby' recoinage, however once the recoinage was completed only 12 mints were permitted to remain active and this marks the beginning of the gradual decline in the number of mints which were used to strike English coins.
The 'Tealby' issue continued until 1180 when a new style coin of much better workmanship, the short-cross penny, was introduced.
2 comments*Alex09/18/19 at 11:10*Alex: .. but not pretty.
1189 - 1199, RICHARD I (the lionheart), AR Denier minted at Melle, Poitou, France42 viewsObverse: +RICARDVS REX. Cross pattée within braided inner circle, all within braided outer circle.
Reverse: PIC / TAVIE / NSIS in three lines within braided circle.
Diameter: 20mm | Weight: 1.0gms | Die Axis: 2
SPINK: 8008 | Elias: 8

Poitou was an Anglo-Gallic province in what is now west-central France and its capital city was Poitiers, the mint at this time was however located at Melle. Melle was an active centre of minting during the early Middle Ages due to the important silver mines located under and around the city. This is the only coin issue struck during the reign of Richard I to bear his own name and titles as King of England.

Richard I was King of England from 1189 until his death on 6th April 1199. He also ruled several territories outwith England, and was styled as Duke of Normandy, Aquitaine and Gascony, Lord of Cyprus, Count of Poitiers, Anjou, Maine, and Nantes, as well as being overlord of Brittany at various times during the same period. He was the third of five sons of King Henry II of England and Duchess Eleanor of Aquitaine. He was known as Richard the Lionheart (Richard Cœur de Lion) because of his reputation as a great military leader and warrior when, at the age of 16 and commanding his own army, he had put down rebellions against his father in Poitou.
Richard was a commander during the Third Crusade, and led the campaign after the departure of Philip II of France. However, although he scored several notable victories against the Muslims led by Saladin, he failed to retake Jerusalem from them.
Although Richard was born in England and spent his childhood there before becoming king, he lived most of his adult life in the Duchy of Aquitaine. Following his accession, his life was mostly spent on Crusade, in captivity, or actively defending his lands in France. Rather than regarding England as a responsibility requiring his presence as ruler, he appears to have used it merely as a source of revenue to support his armies. Nevertheless, he was seen as a pious hero by his subjects and he remains one of the few kings of England who is remembered by his epithet rather than by his regnal number, and even today he is still an iconic figure in both England and France.
3 comments*Alex09/18/19 at 11:08*Alex:
S.2200 Henry VII42 viewsGroat of Henry VII (1485-1509)
Mint: London
Mintmark: cross-crosslet
Class IVa
S. 2200

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

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

4 commentsNap09/13/19 at 13:41*Alex: Superb portrait. Great coin.
S.2492 Mary I31 viewsGroat of Mary I (1553-1558)
First issue (1553-1554)
Mintmark: Pomegranate

Mary, daughter of Henry VIII by his first wife Catherine of Aragon, is a controversial figure in English history because of her religious persecutions against Protestants. She gets the moniker "Bloody Mary" because under her watch several hundred Protestants were burned at the stake. Mary's husband, Philip II of Spain, was also unpopular in England. Mary died childless and her sister Elizabeth undid pretty much all of her political and religious changes.

Coins of Mary take two flavors- in just her name prior to her marriage to Philip, and after 1554 with Philip's name. This coin belongs to the earlier issue. These coins frequently demonstrate large scratches across the queen's face, done intentionally as Mary was not liked in her time. This particular example is remarkable free of surface marks.

Ex- Heritage auction 3073 (lot 31062), Spink 11039 (lot 345), F Brady, Seaby, R Carlyon-Britton, WC Boyd
2 commentsNap09/13/19 at 13:40*Alex: Exceptional.
S.2155 Edward V32 viewsGroat of Edward V, king of England 1483
Mint: London
Mintmark: boar's head 1 over sun and rose 1/sun and rose 1

This issue was probably struck under Richard III but before Edward's death in the tower. The coin's obverse depicts the boar's head mint-mark, which replaced the halved sun-and-rose, which was in use probably from the end of Edward IV's reign until Richard. The sun and rose groats in the name of Edward cannot conclusively be attributed to either Edward IV or Edward V. On the other hand, coins with the boar's head are presumably from Richard's time, since the boar's head was Richard's symbol.

This leads to a confusing coinage of 1483, where major events occurred during a period of 3 months. Edward IV died on April 9. His eldest son Edward was styled Edward V, though never had a coronation. The 12 year-old Edward unfortunately became a political pawn, and his uncle Richard, unsatisfied with his role as Lord Protector, managed to have Edward and his brother Richard of Shrewsbury declared illegitamate and marginalized. Uncle Richard became King Richard III on June 26. Edward and his brother were prisoners in the tower, and it is likely that they were murdered that year, though nobody really knows when they died. Bones purporting to be the two princes were found in the 17th century, but have never been analyzed by modern DNA testing.

So we are left with a coin in the name of Edward, but depicting Richard III's badge. The Edward could be Edward IV, and there are plenty of situations of coinage continuing in the name of the recently deceased king (coins of Richard I in the name of Henry II, coins of Edward I in the name of Henry III, and Edward VI in the name of Henry VIII). It could also be Edward V, since Richard was trying, at least initially, to appear to be ruling in Edward V's name as Lord Protector. It can possibly be considered that ths coin was struck by Richard in Edward V's name before the demise of the young king, perhaps during Richard's protectorate. Or it could be a posthumous issue as it seems to be contemporaneous with other coins in the name of Richard himself.

My take is that the Edward written on the coin is most likely to be Edward V, making this one of the very few coins that come from that reign.

Ex- DNW 3 Jul 2019 (lot 802), M Lessen, Spink, SNC Jan/Feb 1926 (lot 49003)
2 commentsNap09/13/19 at 13:38*Alex: Outstanding.
S.1455 Edward II10 viewsPenny of Edward II, king of England 1307-1327
Mint: London
Class 11a

Ex- eBay
1 commentsNap09/13/19 at 13:33*Alex: Great portraits like that are difficult to find.
Moesia Inferior. Nicopolis. Elagabalus. Inferior. Nicopolis. Elagabalus.9 viewsMoesia Inferior. Nicopolis. Elagabalus. 11.6gm, AMNG 1982,HrHJ (2018) Cult statue (Serapis) within temple seen in perspective, shield in pediment, trees in background.2 commentsAncient Aussie09/04/19 at 11:18*Alex: Great reverse.
Bronze. AD 238-244.
26 mm. 12,11 g.
Diademed and draped bust right.
Tetrastyle temple seen in perspective to left ΠΥΘΙΑ below.
Cf. Varbanov 4657.
1 commentsAncient Aussie09/04/19 at 11:16*Alex: Nice temple.
Divus Romulus.5 viewsDIVUS ROMULUS (Died 309). Follis. Ostia.
Bare head right.
Domed hexastyle temple; on roof, eagle standing right, head left.
Weight: 6.0 g. Diameter: 25 mm.
RIC 33.
1 commentsAncient Aussie09/04/19 at 11:13*Alex: Very nice example of the type.
Augustus, Posthumous12 viewsAugustus, Posthumous as struck under the reign of Tiberius
DIVVS AVGVSTVS PATER, Radiate head of Augustus left
PROVIDENT, Altar, S C in field
11.02 gr
Ref : Cohen #228, RCV #1789, RIC I # 81
2 commentsAncient Aussie09/04/19 at 11:11*Alex: I agree, very nice coin.
Antoninus Pius 7 viewsAntoninus Pius Sestertius temple of Augustus and Livia
Catalog: Temple of Divus Augustus
weight 28,6gr. | bronze Ĝ 32mm.
obv. Laureate head right ANTONINVS AVG PIVS PP TR P XXII
rev. Octastyle temple of Divus Augustus, containing cult-statues of Augustus

The Temple of Divus Augustus was a major temple originally built to commemorate the deified first Roman emperor, Augustus. It was built between the Palatine and Capitoline Hills, behind the Basilica Julia, on the site of the house that Augustus had inhabited before he entered public life in the mid-1st century BC. The temple′s construction took place during the 1st century AD, having been vowed by the Roman Senate shortly after the death of the emperor in AD 14. It is known from Roman coinage that the temple was originally built to an Ionic hexastyle design. However, its size, physical proportions and exact site are unknown. During the reign of Domitian the Temple of Divus Augustus was destroyed by fire but was rebuilt and rededicated in 89/90 with a shrine to his favourite deity, Minerva. The temple was redesigned as a memorial to four deified emperors, including Vespasian and Titus. It was restored again in the mid 150s by Antonius Pius, and that was the reason for this coinage. The last known reference to the temple was on 27 May 218 | at some point thereafter it was completely destroyed and its stones were presumably quarried for later buildings. Its remains are not visible and the area in which it lay has never been excavated.

Cohen 805 | RIC 1004 | BMC 2063 | Sear 4235 R
1 commentsAncient Aussie09/04/19 at 11:09*Alex: Excellent coin. Interesting commentary too.
Louis XIV 16816 viewsCatalog: Feuardent 12708
Material: Brass, Weight: 7.3gm.
Diameter: 27.00 mm
LOUIS XIV - Alsace Propaganda jeton struck in 1681 to celebrate the surrender of Strasbourg. On reverse: the temple of Janus, closed, to mean it is now peace time. Legends LOUIS LE GRAND ROY DE FRANCE IEN AY LA CLEF (='j'en ai la clé', i.e. I keep its key) Uneven color on reverse.
1 commentsAncient Aussie09/04/19 at 11:05*Alex: Interesting and nice. I have a few of his jetons a...
GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa 465--450 BC17.22 g 11h Jenkins 220 {O58/R118} The Randazzo Hoard no.41 this coin49 viewsCharioteer in quadriga moving slowly left,column behind marking the turning point of the race,in exergue sea monster {pistrix}
Rev forepart of man-headed bull with Nike flying right to crown flan.
The Numismatic Chronicle 1894 page 212 contributions to Sicilian Numismatics by Arthur.J.Evans.These coins of Syracusan show the pistrix in the exergue of there reverse types,the introduction of which on the Syracusan dies Dr.Head has reasonably connected with Hierons great sea victory off Cumae of 474.I am inclined to go still further than Dr. Head,and to suggest that the symbol of sea power survived on the issues of the Syracusan democracy for another two decades or more.One of the novelties supplied by the present find is the appearance of the same sea-monster in the exergual position on a coin of Gela.It may ,therefore,be reasonably brought into connection with the same historical occasion,and may be regarded as a complimentary allusion to the great citizen of Gela who now ruled at Syracuse.It is possible that a Geloan contingent participated in the naval victory over the Etruscans,the victorious occasion of the present piece is ,indeed,accentuated and brought into direct relation with Gela itself by the obverse design,on which almost alone among the coins of this city,a flying Nike is seen crowning the head of the River-God.
1 commentsGrant H08/29/19 at 11:38*Alex: Nice coin and interesting commentary.
Baktria, Antimachos I13 viewsAntimachos I. 171-160 BC. AR Drachm (3.77 gm) of Baktra. Draped and diademed bust of Antimachos r., wearing kausia. / Poseidon stg facing, holding trident & palm branch. ΑΝΤΙΜΑΧΟΥ-ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΘΕΟΥ, N monogram to r. VF. SNG ANS 280; Bopearachchi 184 serie 2B, Michiner 74; HGC 109 R1.2 commentsChristian T08/21/19 at 10:09*Alex: I have always liked that type. Nice.
Thrace, Islands of Thrace, Thasos, (412-404 B.C.), BMC 53var.(with symbol), AR-Trihemiobol, ΘΑΣ/ΙΩΝ, Amphora, Rare! #148 viewsThrace, Islands of Thrace, Thasos, (412-404 B.C.), BMC 53var.(with symbol), AR-Trihemiobol, ΘΑΣ/ΙΩΝ, Amphora, Rare! #1
avers: No legend, Nude satyr kneeling left, holding kylix/Amphora, grasshopper as a symbol to left (very rare!).
reverse: ΘΑΣ/ΙΩΝ, Amphora/kylix.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 9,6-11,0mm, weight: 0,82g, axes:3h,
mint: Thrace, Islands of Thrace, Thasos, date: 450-425 B.C.,
ref: BMC 53var., SNG Cop. 1030var.,
2 commentsquadrans08/14/19 at 10:16*Alex: Great amphora. Nice coin, I like it.
Medieval England, King Henry III, Silver Short Cross Penny, Class 7b, Moneyer: Ioan. 9 viewsCanterbury 1216-1247 A.D. 1.00g - 17mm, Axis 2h.

Obv: hENRICVS REX - Crowned bust of king holding sceptre.

Rev: +IOAN ON CANTE - Short cross voided with quatrefoil in each angle.

Spink 1356b.
2 commentsChristian Scarlioli08/11/19 at 14:23*Alex: Nice
Punic, Carthage, Billon 2 Shekels26 viewsZEUGITANA, Carthage. Time of the First Punic War. Circa 264-241 BC.

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

SNG Copenhagen 190; Müller 104
3 commentsTanit08/10/19 at 21:30*Alex: Superb coin, really nice.
033 Albert., King of Hungary, (1437-1439 A.D.) AR Denarius, H-592, C2-135B, U-461.h., P-127-07, #0149 views033 Albert., King of Hungary, (1437-1439 A.D.) AR Denarius, H-592, C2-135B, U-461.h., P-127-07, #01
avers: ✠ m•ALBЄRTI•R•VnGARIЄ••, Patriarchal Cross, K-R over +, in a circle, line border.
reverse: Four-part shield (Hungarian stripes in the middle, Czech lion, Austrian band, Moravian eagle around), the border of dots,
exergue, mint mark: K/R over +//-- , diameter: 14,0-14,5mm, weight: 0,47g, axis: 1h,
mint: Hungary, Körmöcbánya (Kremnitz, today Slovakia: Kremnica, Konrad Rudel by Pohl), date:1439 A.D. (by Pohl), ref: Huszár-592, CNH-2-135B, Unger-461.h., Pohl-127-07,
This coin was struck under the Interregnum I. (1439-1440 A.D.) with the name of Abert!
2 commentsquadrans07/20/19 at 12:41*Alex: Nice addition to your gallery.
020 Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC² 1431, Ephesus, AR-Denarius, PACI AVGVSTAE, Victory, draped, advancing right, #168 views020 Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC² 1431, Ephesus, AR-Denarius, PACI AVGVSTAE, Victory, draped, advancing right, #1
avers: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P, Laureate head right.
reverse: PACI AVGVSTAE, Victory, draped, advancing right, holding wreath extended in right hand and palm over the left shoulder. EPHE lower right.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 17,0-18,0mm, weight: 3,41 g, axis: 0h,
mint: Ephesus, date: 71 A.D., ref: RIC² 1431, RPC II 833, BMC 457, RSC 276,
5 commentsquadrans07/13/19 at 12:07*Alex: great eye appeal. Nice.
049p Septimius Severus (193-211 A.D.), Pisidia, Antioch, SNG BN 1117-8, AE-22, ANTIOCH MENCIS CO, Mên wearing a long robe and Phrygian cap,66 views049p Septimius Severus (193-211 A.D.), Pisidia, Antioch, SNG BN 1117-8, AE-22, ANTIOCH MENCIS CO, Mên wearing a long robe and Phrygian cap,
avers: IMP CAES SEP SEV PER A, Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust left.
reverse: ANTIOCH MENCIS CO, Mên (Lunus), wearing a long robe and Phrygian cap, crescent on the left shoulder, standing slightly right, left foot resting on bucranium, holding Nike with the trophy in left hand and spear in right, rooster at foot left.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 22,0mm, weight: 5,25g, axis: 0h,
mint: Pisidia, Antioch, date: 193-211 A.D., ref: SNG BN 1117-8, Krzyźanowska obv. die XIX.
3 commentsquadrans06/30/19 at 17:10*Alex: Nice in a naive sort of way.
Sicily Akragas circa 400-380 BC AE hemilitron 26mm 17.66g 12h SNG ANS 1097-110142 viewsAfter the desrtruction of the city by the Carthaginians in 406BC,the striking in new issues in Akragas virtually ceased until the citys refoundation by Timoleon,circa 339 BC.the sole exception was the bronze River god/Eagle on Ionic column issue[CNS 89}
Information from CNGCOINS.COM
1 commentsGrant H06/25/19 at 15:38*Alex: Interesting coin.
Crusaders, Antioch, Roger de Pins, (1355-1365 A.D.), Metcalf, Crusades, 1194 var., AR-Gigliato, St.John, Order, Rhodes, ✠ OSPITAL•S•IOHIS•IRLNI•QT'•RODI•, Cross Fleury with the arms, #162 viewsCrusaders, Antioch, Roger de Pins, (1355-1365 A.D.), Metcalf, Crusades, 1194 var., AR-Gigliato, St.John, Order, Rhodes, ✠ OSPITAL•S•IOHIS•IRLNI•QT'•RODI•, Cross Fleury with the arms, #1
avers: ✠ F•ROGIERIUS•D•PINIBUS•DI•GRA•M•, The Grand Master kneeling before the cross, no symbols.
reverse: ✠ OSPITAL•S•IOHIS•IRLNI•QT'•RODI•, Cross Fleury with the arms of the order at the ends.
diameter: 27,0mm, weight: 3,8g, axis: 11h,
mint: St.John, Order, Rhodes, mint mark:-,
date:1355-1365 A.D., ref: Metcalf, Crusades, 1194 var., Schlumb. IX, 20 var., Beckenb. 1001 var.,
1 commentsquadrans06/25/19 at 14:38*Alex: Great coin. I really like it.
Roman Empire, Vespasian, Sestertius with As 116 viewsObv. IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG P M TR POT P P COS III, laureate head right.
Rev. FORTVNAE REDVCI S C, Fortuna standing left, holding cornucopiae and rudder on globe.
Mint: Rome, 71 AD.

32/33mm 26.61g

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

Ex Münzhandel Henzen, MA-Shops, 2019.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks to Alberto "FlaviusDomitianus"

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

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

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

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

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

5 commentskc06/22/19 at 10:45*Alex: Interesting coin.
29. Trebonianus Gallus.56 viewsAntoninianus, ca 252 AD, Rome mint.
Obverse: IMP CAES VIB TREB GALLVS AVG / Radiate bust of Gallus.
Reverse: APOLL SALVTARI / Apollo standing, holding branch and a lyre set on a rock.
3.82 gm., 20 mm.
RIC #32; Sear #9627.

In his book The Fate of Rome: Climate, Disease, & the End of an Empire, author Kyle Harper suggests the plague described by Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage, was not a localized plague of some sort, but was one and the same with the plague that ravaged the Roman Empire during the reign of Trebonianus Gallus and several of his successors.

The plague was first reported in Alexandria in 249 AD, and by 251 AD it had made its way to Rome where the boy emperor Hostilian died from it. Harper says (p, 138), “The Plague of Cyprian is in the background of imperial history from ca. AD 249 to AD 262, possibly with even later effects around AD 270.”

Harper also presents a case that the plague was either pandemic influenza (similar to that of 1918) or a viral hemorrhagic fever (similar to the Ebola virus of today).

Coins with the reverse legend APOLL SALVTARI (“Apollo the Healer”) exist on coins of Trebonianus Gallus, Volusian, Aemilian, and Valerian I. This reverse type is certainly to be interpreted as an appeal to Apollo for deliverance from the plague that was spreading through the Empire at this time.
3 commentsCallimachus06/20/19 at 11:04*Alex: Interesting commentary on a great coin.
Sextus Pompey -- Pompey the Great and Neptune with Catanaean Brothers36 viewsSextus Pompey, Imperator and Prefect of the Fleet
[Youngest Son of Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus (Pompey the Great)]

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



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

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

Photo credits: Shanna Schmidt Numismatics


BMCRR: Grueber, H. A. Coins of the Roman Republic in the British Museum v. II. London: 1910.
Crawford, Michael H. Roman Republican Coinage v. I. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019 reprint with the 1982 corrections.
DeRose Evans, Jane. "The Sicilian Coinage of Sextus Pompeius (Crawford 511)" in Museum Notes (American Numismatic Society), vol. 32 (1987): 97 - 157.
Estiot, Sylviane. “Sex. Pompée, La Sicile et La Monnaie: Problèmes de Datation.” In Aere Perennivs, en hommage á Hubert Zehnacker, édité par Jacqueline Champeaux et Martine Chassignet. Paris: L’Université Paris - Sorbonne, 2006.
Sear, David R. The History and Coinage of the Roman Imperators 49 - 27 BC. London: Spink, 1998.
Sydenham, Edward A. The Coinage of the Roman Republic. New York: Arno Press, 1975, rev. ed.
2 commentsTracy Aiello06/15/19 at 10:56*Alex: Superb coin.
Roman Empire, Commodus, Bronze Medallion122 viewsObv. M AUREL COMMODUS ANTONINVS AVG PIVS, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev. P M TR P VIIII IMP VI COS IIII P P / TEMPORVM FELICITAS, Pomona seated right, holding corn ears and poppy in left hand, right hand raised to grapevine, below which two children in tub, and a third at feet of goddess.
Mint: Rome, 183 AD.

40mm 65.92g

Ex Tradart Sale 21, 15th February 2018, Lot 139.
Ex Ars Classica XVIII, Lucerne 1938, Lot 292.
Ex Dr. Jacob Hirsch, Auction 18, 27th May 1907, Lot 1031.
Ex Collection Dr. Friedrich Imhoof-Blumer.

Pomona, a goddess among the Romans, presiding over fruit -trees. Her worship was of long standing at Rome, where there was a Flamen Pomonalis who sacrificed to her every year for the preservation of the fruit. She lived in the time of Procas, king of Alba, devoted to the culture of gardens, to which she confined herself and shunning all society with the male deities.
Vertumnus, under various shapes, tried to win her hand, sometimes he came as a reaper, sometimes as a haymaker, another time as a ploughman or a wine-dresser, a soldier and a fisherman, but to equally little purpose. At length, under the guise of an old woman, he won the confidence of the goddess. And, by enlarging on the evils of a single life and the blessings of the wedded state, by launching out into the praises of Vertumnus, and relating a tale of the punishment of female cruelty to a lover, he moved the heart of Pomona; whereupon, resuming his real form, he obtained the hand of the no longer reluctant nymph.

Felicitas Temporum ("Prosperity of the Times"), reflecting a Golden Age ideology, was among the innovative virtues that began to appear during the reigns of Trajan and Antoninus Pius. Septimius Severus, whose reign followed the exceedingly brief tenure of Pertinax and unsatisfactory conditions under Commodus, used coinage to express his efforts toward restoring the Pax Romana, with themes such as Felicitas Temporum and Felicitas Saeculi, "Prosperity of the Age" (saeculum), prevalent in the years 200 to 202. Some Imperial coins use these phrases with images of women and children in the emperor's family.
6 commentskc06/15/19 at 10:54*Alex: Fantastic!
002 Augustus (63 B.C.-14 A.D.), RIC I 480, Pergamum, AR-Cistophoric-Tetradrachm, AVGVSTVS, Capricorn right, laurel wreath around, #186 views002 Augustus (63 B.C.-14 A.D.), RIC I 480, Pergamum, AR-Cistophoric-Tetradrachm, AVGVSTVS, Capricorn right, laurel wreath around, #1
avers: IMP•CAE SAR, Bare head of Augustus right.
reverse: AVGVSTVS, Capricorn right with head left, holding cornucopiae, laurel wreath around.
exergue: -/-//AVGVSTVS, diameter: 26,2-27,2mm, weight: 11,52g, axes: 12h,
mint: Pergamum, date: 27-26 B.C.,
ref: RIC I 480, RSC 16, BMCRE 696, RPC I 2211,
4 commentsquadrans06/09/19 at 10:07*Alex: Very nice! I like these cistophoric tetradrachms, ...
033 Sabina (???-136 A.D.), RIC II 1019, Rome, AE-Sestertius, No legends, -/-//SC, Ceres seated left, Scarce! #1133 views033 Sabina (???-136 A.D.), RIC II 1019, Rome, AE-Sestertius, No legends, -/-//SC, Ceres seated left, Scarce! #1
avers: SABINA•AVGVSTA HADRIANI•AVG P P, Her bust diademed draped bust right with hair coiled on top of the head.
reverse: No legends/SC, Ceres seated left on basket holding corn-ears and torch.
exergue: -/-//SC, diameter: 34,0-35,0mm, weight: 22,34g, axes: 6h, Scarce!
mint: Roma, date: 128-134 A.D.,
ref: RIC II 1019, Cohen 69, BMC 1879, Sear 3939, Strack II, 858,
6 commentsquadrans06/07/19 at 13:54*Alex: Superb coin. I love it.
Titus RIC-50391 viewsĈ Dupondius, 12.49g
Eastern Mint (Thrace?), 80-81 AD
Obv: IMP T CAES DIVI VESP F AVG P M TR P P P COS VIII; Head of Titus, radiate, bearded, r.
Rev: ROMA; S C in exergue; Roma std. l. on cuirass, with wreath and parazonium
RIC 503 (R). BMC 314. RPC 507. BNC 325.
Acquired from eBay, April 2019.

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

Beautifully toned with an extraordinarily decadent portrait.
10 commentsDavid Atherton05/30/19 at 12:57*Alex: Superb portrait, and I like the reverse too. Great...
M. Antony leg. denarius49 viewsMark Antony denarius. Circa 32-31 BC. Eastern military moving mint.
3.85 grs.
Chortis Speculatorum type.
Cr. 544/12.
9 commentslabienus05/20/19 at 14:24*Alex: Exceptional coin. Well done!
Phoenicia, Arados, (c.138.7-44.3 B.C.), AR-Tetradrachm, BMC 273, Nike advancing left, #1 121 viewsPhoenicia, Arados, (c.138.7-44.3 B.C.), AR-Tetradrachm, BMC 273, Nike advancing left, #1
avers: Veiled, draped, and turreted bust of Tyche right.
reverse: APAΔIΩN, Nike advancing left, holding wreath and palm frond; in left field, ςЧP (date) above Aramaic H above AΣ; all within wreath.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 26,5-27,5mm, weight:14,88g, axes:0h,
mint: Phoenicia, Arados, date: c. 196 = 64/3 B.C., ref: BMC 273, SNG Cop-, Duyrat 3964 (D91/R650), Rouvier 327, HGC10-72,
8 commentsquadrans05/17/19 at 11:47*Alex: Great coin.
1174 - L. Calpurnius Piso Frugi, Denarius 57 viewsRome mint, 90 BC
Laureate head of Apollo right, Δ below chin
Naked horseman galloping right, holding whip; above swan. L.PISO.FRUGI / ROMA at exergue
3,93 gr - 18,8 mm
Ref : RCV # 235, RSC # 12b, RRC # 340/1-Calpurnia 12b-symbol 166
Ex. Naville Numismatics
5 commentsPotator II05/12/19 at 17:04*Alex: Nice!
SELEUKID EMPIRE. Antiochos II Theos AR Tetradrachm42 viewsCirca 261-246 B.C. 16.87gms, 28mm, 11h. Obverse: diademed head of Antiochos I to right. Reverse: weary Herakles seated left on rock, lion skin draped over rock, holding club set on ground, cup to outer left, AP monogram below royal title. Secondary monograms in exergue. Side mint. SC 505.2. Slight smoothing on obverse field. Otherwise, extremely fine. Rare.

Please click image for better resolution.

Ex Roma Numismatics. Ex private French collection.

This is an example of a rare coin of Antiochos II depicting Herakles on the reverse. Most of Antiochos' coins show a sitting effeminate, smooth-bodied Apollo on an omphalos. This coin is a rare departure on the iconography of the reverse side showing an exceptionally elegant but masculine demigod-hero Herakles rendered artistically celebrating strength, self-sacrifice, heroism and ideal male beauty. Truly a sculptural art in miniature.
3 commentsJason T05/10/19 at 15:50*Alex: Wow!
Byzantine, JOHN II HYPERPYRON NOMISMA IV DOC 3 Constantinople Third Coinage Variation B SBCV-1940 62 viewsOBV IC XC in upper field.

Christ bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion, seated upon throne without back: , holds gospels in l. Pellet in each limb of the cross.

REV Full length figure of emperor on l. , crowned by Virgin. Emperor wears stemma, divitision. Collar piece, and paneled loros of a simplified type; holds in r. hand labarum on long shaft, and in l., anexikakia. Virgin wears tunic and maphorion.

Size 30.57mm

Weight 4.3gm

DOC lists 5 examples of type B with weights from 4.22gm to 4.43gm and sizes from 30 mm to 31mm
1 commentsSimon05/10/19 at 11:40*Alex: Nice addition to the gallery.
RIC 0117 Vespasianus90 viewsObv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG P M TR P P P COS III, Laureate head right, with aegis, globe below neck
Rev: S C (across field), Tetrastyle temple of Isis with semi-circular pediment. Between the columns an inner shrine with the statue of Isis; two other statues on right and left side; on pedment Isis on dog running right.
AE/Sestertius (35.56 mm 26.14 g 6h) Struck in Rome 71 A.D. (1st issue)
RIC 117 (R2), BMCRE 780, BNF unpublished
ex Artemide Auction LI lot 269
7 commentsFlaviusDomitianus05/10/19 at 11:34*Alex: Congratulations. Great coin. Never seen that one b...
Alexander (Tyrannus) of Carthage29 viewsAlexander of Carthage. Usurper, AD 308-310.
Ĉ Follis (21.5mm, 5.26 g, 6h). Carthago (Carthage) mint.
IMP ALEXANDER P F AVG, laureate head right
[S P Q R OPT]IMO PRINCIPI, aquila between two signa, one on left surmounted by hand, one on right surmounted by wreath; PK.
RIC VI 72 (R3); Salama type X, portrait style G. VF, green patina, earthen encrustation. Very rare reverse type.

CNG Coins Triton XXII Auction, Lot 1170.
3 commentsMark Z05/09/19 at 12:55*Alex: Nice rarity.
Julian of Pannonia40 viewsJulian of Pannonia, Usurper (284-285).
BI Antoninianus, Siscia mint.
Obv: IMP C M AVR IVLIANVS PF AVG. Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: FELICITAS TEMPORVM. Felicitas standing facing, head left, holding caduceus and sceptre; in field, S-B; in exergue, XXI.
RIC 2., C. 1 (Fr. 150). BI. g. 3.14 RRR. Very rare.

Notes from the seller (Artemide LI, Lot 322):
"A superb example. Deep brown patina. Minor areas of weakness, otherwise about EF/Good VF."
4 commentsMark Z05/09/19 at 12:53*Alex: Congratulations on finding such a nice coin Mark.
115 Carinus (282-283 A.D. Caesar 283-285 A.D. Augustus), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 314F, Siscia, B//SMSXXI, VIRTVS AVG G, Emperor, and Jupiter, #196 views115 Carinus (282-283 A.D. Caesar 283-285 A.D. Augustus), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 314F, Siscia, B//SMSXXI, VIRTVS AVG G, Emperor, and Jupiter, #1
avers: IMP C M AVR CARINVS P F AVG, Radiate and cuirassed bust right (F)
reverse: IOVI CONSER, Carinus standing right receiving Globe from Jupiter standing left.
exergue: B//SMSXXI, diameter: 21,0-23,0mm, weight: 3,57g, axes: 0h,
mint: Siscia, 6th. em., date: 284 A.D., ref: RIC V-II 314F,
3 commentsquadrans05/06/19 at 09:38*Alex: Great coin. Nicely struck.
ROMAN EMPIRE, Constans, RIC VIII Cyzicus 6647 viewsObverse: D N CONSTANS P F AVG. Pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constans
Reverse: FEL TEMP REPARATIO. Emperor in military dress stg. l. on galley going l., holding phoenix on globe and standard; in the stern sits Victory steering ship.
In exergue SMKepsilon
3 commentsagord04/27/19 at 11:12*Alex: Very nice, and a great addition to the BOT gallery...
16.10. Béla III., King of Hungary, (1172-1196 A.D.), AR-Denarius, CÁC I. 16.10./b1.17./49., H-066, CP-19, U--, #0180 views16.10. Béla III., King of Hungary, (1172-1196 A.D.), AR-Denarius, CÁC I. 16.10./b1.17./49., H-066, CP-19, U--, #01
avers: BELA, anchor-like mark amongst three dots above and below; border of dots.
reverse: Rx (Monogram), line border.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 13,0 mm, weight: 0,19g, axis: 4h,
mint: Esztergom, date: A.D., ref: Huszár-066, CP-19, Unger--,
Tóth-Kiss-Fekete: CÁC I.(Catalog of Árpadian Coinage I./Opitz I.), Privy-Mark/Szigla: 16.10./b1.17./49.,
1 commentsquadrans04/14/19 at 11:13*Alex: Nice. I like this one.
CÁC II., Anonymous II. (Béla III., King of Hungary, (1172-1196 A.D.)?), AR-Denarius, H-111, CNH I.-109, U-112, #01114 viewsCÁC II., Anonymous II. (Béla III., King of Hungary, (1172-1196 A.D.)?), AR-Denarius, H-111, CNH I.-109, U-112, #01
avers: Illegible legend, the ornament of Kufic letters, the border of dots.
reverse: Cross, between four crosses and four dots, line border.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 12,5 mm, weight: 0,32g, axis: h,
mint: , date: 1172-1196 A.D., ref: Huszár-111, CNH I.-109, Unger-112,
Kiss-Toth, Sigla:,
1 commentsquadrans04/11/19 at 12:45*Alex: Lovely condition.
Titus as Caesar RIC 44957 viewsĈ As, 10.92g
Rome mint, 72 AD (Vespasian)
Obv: T CAES VESPASIAN IMP P TR P COS II; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: S C in field; Aquila between two standards
RIC 449 (R). BMC 644. BNC 635.
Acquired from Praefectus Coins, April 2019. Ex Savoca Silver 30, 27 January 2019, lot 337.

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

Solid portrait with a fetching dark patina.
6 commentsDavid Atherton04/11/19 at 12:43*Alex: Great coin.
Macrinus and Diadumenian, Thrace, Marcianopolis,13 viewsMacrinus and Diadumenian, Thrace, Marcianopolis, Triumphal arch with for statues. 25.46mm, 11.91, 217-218 AD, struck under governor Furius Pontianus
confronted heads of Macrinus, laureate, r., and Diadumenianus, bare-headed, l.
Triumphal arch with three doors, the door in the midth much higher, four figures
on postaments above. The outer two are Victories holding wreath in upraised
hand, the other two male figures, draped, the left holding up his r. hand, the
right one holding spear in his l. hand.
E in l. field (for pentassarion)
Varbanov (engl.) 1220
Hristova/Jekov (2013) No.
Price/Trell p.51, fig. 85 var.
1 commentsAncient Aussie04/02/19 at 14:23*Alex: Superb. These coins give a great insight into thos...
Divus Romulus.17 viewsDivus Romulus. Died AD 309. Ĉ Quarter Follis (17mm, 2.01 g, 12h). Rome mint, 3rd officina. Struck under Maxentius, circa AD 310. Bare head right / Domed shine with doors ajar, surmounted by eagle; RT. RIC VI 239. VF, dark green patina, flan flaws on obverse.1 commentsAncient Aussie04/02/19 at 14:19*Alex: I like this reverse. You have a nice collection of...
Anonymous, AE Uncia (after 217 B.C.), Rome, Republic, AE-25, Crawford 38-6, Prow of galley right, #1105 viewsAnonymous, AE Uncia (after 217 B.C.), Rome, Republic, AE-25, Crawford 38-6, Prow of galley right, #1
avers: Helmeted head of Roma left, one pellet (mark of value) behind the neck.
reverse: ROMA, Prow of galley right, one pellet (mark of value) below.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 24,5-26,0mm, weight: 12,81g, axis: 0h,
mint: Rome, Sicily, date: after 217-215 B.C., ref: Crawford 38-6, Syd. 86, BMC 88,
5 commentsquadrans04/01/19 at 15:48*Alex: That really is a beauty Joe.
022b Titus (69-79 A.D. Caesar, 79-81 A.D. Augustus), RIC 0030, RIC II(1962) 0011, AR-Denarius, Rome, TR P VIIII IMP XIIII COS VII P P, Male captive kneeling right, #1135 views022b Titus (69-79 A.D. Caesar, 79-81 A.D. Augustus), RIC 0030, RIC II(1962) 0011, AR-Denarius, Rome, TR P VIIII IMP XIIII COS VII P P, Male captive kneeling right, #1
avers: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M, Laureate head right.
reverse: TR P VIIII IMP XIIII COS VII P P, Male captive kneeling right at the base of the trophy.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 17,5-19,5mm, weight: 3,46g, axis: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 79 A.D., ref: RIC 0030, RIC II(1962) 0011, BMC 15, RSC 274,
6 commentsquadrans04/01/19 at 08:05*Alex: Great portrait. Nice.
CITY-GATE, Gordian III (238-244 AD), Moesia Inferior, Nicopolis ad Istrum29 viewsRoman Provincial, Moesia Inferior, Nicopolis ad Istrum, Gordian III (238-244 AD) Ĉ 27 (12.43g) Sabinius Modestus, legatus consularis., City Gate, Obv.: Laureate and draped bust right. Rev.: Arched gate flanked by two roofed towers with arched windows in uppermost story. Varbanov 4182. Rare! NGC XF.1 commentsAncient Aussie03/30/19 at 13:25*Alex: Nice gate. I really like those detailed types.
Domitian RIC-821102 viewsAR Denarius, 3.42g
Rome mint, 96 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P XVI; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: IMP XXII COS XVII CENS P P P; Minerva, winged, flying l., with spear and shield
RIC 821 (R2). BMC 237D. RSC 297b. BNC - .
Ex jerusalemhadaya2012, eBay, 4 March 2019.

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

Fine late style with good natural toning. Same dies as the BM specimen.
10 commentsDavid Atherton03/20/19 at 14:34*Alex: Wow, well done David and great write-up too.
090p Gallienus (253-268 A.D.), Cilicia, Seleucia ad Calycadnum, SNG Levante 789, AE-27, Athena and the serpent-legged giant, #165 views090p Gallienus (253-268 A.D.), Cilicia, Seleucia ad Calycadnum, SNG Levante 789, AE-27, Athena and the serpent-legged giant, #1
avers: AY K Π Λ K ΓAΛΛIHN/OC, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
reverse: CEΛEYKEΩN K A/ΛYK/ΛΔ, Athena standing right, wielding spear at a serpent-legged giant at her feet which is about to throw a stone at her.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 25,5-28,3mm, weight:12,41g, axes: 6h,
mint: Cilicia, Seleucia ad Calycadnum, date: 253-268 A.D., ref: SNG Levante 789, SNG Pfalz 1086,
1 commentsquadrans03/14/19 at 15:43*Alex: Nice one.
RIC 0388 Vespasianus53 viewsObv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS IIII, Laureate head right
Rev: S C, Vespasian standing right, with branch and sceptre, in quadriga right
AE/Sestertius (32.89 mm 26.97 g 6h) Struck in Rome 72-73 A.D.
RIC 388 (R2), BMCRE 623, BNF 611
ex Meister & Sonntag Auktion 14 Lot 599
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus03/14/19 at 12:48*Alex: Great coin.
Mariniana, Peacock69 viewsMariniana AR Antoninianus

veiled & draped bust right on crescent

peacock flying right, carrying Mariniana, veiled, with raised hand & scepter

2 commentsarizonarobin03/11/19 at 15:04*Alex: Lovely.
Septimius Severus, Nikopolis14 viewsSeptimius Severus
Ae 18-19mm; 3.33g

Laureate head right

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

HrHJ (2018) (same dies)
2 commentsRobin Ayers03/09/19 at 21:29*Alex: Very nice.
CÁC II. 27., Anonymous III. (Géza II., King of Hungary, (1141-1162 A.D.)?), AR-Denarius, H-160, CNH I.-150, U-062, New Sigla variation! #0164 viewsCÁC II. 27., Anonymous III. (Géza II., King of Hungary, (1141-1162 A.D.)?), AR-Denarius, H-160, CNH I.-150, U-062, New Sigla variation! #01
avers: Cross with H in the center, crescents in the angles; border of dots.
reverse: Four crescents and four dots around cross; border of line.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 12,2 mm, weight: 0,22 g, axis: 2h,
mint: Esztergom , date: A.D., ref: Huszár-160, CNH I.-150, Unger-062,
Kiss-Toth, Sigla: 27., New Sigla variation!
2 commentsquadrans03/06/19 at 13:02*Alex: Very nice.
Severus Alexander11 viewsSeverus Alexander.
Bronze of Nicaea in Bithynia.
20-21mm; 4.86g; 8h.
Obv. M AVP CЄV AΛЄΞANΔPOC AVΓ, Laureate, draped & cuirassed head right.
REv. NIKAIEΩN between 3 standards, center one with wreath, flanked on either side by standards topped with Capricorns.
Reference: Unlisted Type.
This is part of the A.K. collection of Roman provincial coins recently purchased from CNG.
1 commentsMarsman03/06/19 at 13:01*Alex: Very nice.
050 Hadrian Denarius Roma 134-38 AD Fortuna23 viewsReference.
cfRIC 360;cf C 724; cf BMCRE 516; Strack 26*

Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right

Fortuna seated left, holding rudder on globe and cornucopia.

3.01 gr
18 mm
3 commentsokidoki03/05/19 at 15:17*Alex: Congratulations on a nice find.
ROMAN EMPIRE, Licinius I252 viewsAE follis. Aquileia, 317 AD. 3.50 grs. Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right. IMP LICINIUS PF AVG / Jupiter standing left, holding thunderbolt and leaning on sceptre. IOVI CONSERVATORI. In exergue AQS.
RIC 6.
7 commentsbenito03/04/19 at 23:45*Alex: Great coin. Coins in that condition are extremely ...
050 Julia Domna (170-217 A.D.), RIC IV-I 574, Rome, AR-Denarius, PIETAS PVBLICA, Pietas standing left, #381 views050 Julia Domna (170-217 A.D.), RIC IV-I 574, Rome, AR-Denarius, PIETAS PVBLICA, Pietas standing left, #3
avers: IVLIA AVGVSTA, Bust draped right.
reverse: PIETAS PVBLICA, Pietas standing left, raising both hands at the garlanded altar.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter:17,5-19,0mm, weight: 3,39g, axis:0h,
mint: Rome, date: 203 A.D., ref: RIC IV-I 574, p-170, RSC-156, BMC-69, Sear-6601,
2 commentsquadrans03/02/19 at 16:06*Alex: Lovely reverse.
050 Julia Domna (170-217 A.D.), RIC IV-I 559, Rome, AR-Denarius, IVNO, Juno standing left, #369 views050 Julia Domna (170-217 A.D.), RIC IV-I 559, Rome, AR-Denarius, IVNO, Juno standing left, #3
avers: IVLIA AVGVSTA, Bust draped right.
reverse: IVNO, Juno standing left, holding patera and scepter, at feet, left, a peacock.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 17,7-18,5mm, weight: 3,42g, axis: 1h,
mint: Rome, date: 209 A.D., ref: RIC IV-I 559, p-168, RSC 082, BMC 038, Sear 6588,
2 commentsquadrans03/02/19 at 16:05*Alex: Great coin.
Vespasian-RIC-26068 viewsĈ Sestertius, 27.35g
Rome mint, 80-81 AD (Titus)
Obv: DIVVS AVGVSTVS VESP; Deified Vespasian std. l., with branch and sceptre
Rev: IMP T CAES DIVI VESP F AVG P M TR P P P COS VIII; S C, large, in centre
RIC 260 (R2). BMC 224. BNC 232.
Ex eBay, 21 February 2019. Ex Tom Cederlind, 1996.

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

Beautiful dark brown patina. A fine piece in hand!
4 commentsDavid Atherton02/27/19 at 12:50*Alex: Nice coin, excellent commentary.
Roman Empire, Titus, AE-As, RIC II 126, RIC-New 226, Roma.1407 views022 Titus (69-79 A.D. Caesar, 79-81 A.D. Augustus), AE-As, RIC II 126, RIC-New 226, Roma, GENI P R, S-C, Scarce!,
avers:- IMP-T-CAES-VESP-AVG-P-M-TR-P-COS-VIII, Laureat head left.
revers:- GENI-P-R, Genius standing left holding cornucopia and patera. S-C across the field.
exe: S/C//--, diameter: 27-29mm, weight: 12,76g, axis:- h,
mint: , date: , ref: RIC-II-126, p-130, RIC-New-226, C-96,
18 commentsquadrans02/23/19 at 15:51*Alex: Superb reverse.
123 Galeria-Valeria (?-315 A.D.), Serdica, RIC VI 041, */A//•SM•SD•, AE-Follis, VENERI VICTRICI, Venus standing left, 404 views123 Galeria-Valeria (?-315 A.D.), Serdica, RIC VI 041, */A//•SM•SD•, AE-Follis, VENERI VICTRICI, Venus standing left,
Galeria-Valeria, daughter of Diocletian and wife of Galerius,.
avers:- GAL-VALERIA-AVG, Diademed, draped bust right.
revers:- VENERI-V-ICTRICI, Venus standing left, holding apple and raising skirt, * left, A right.
exergo: */A//•SM•SD•, diameter: 26mm, weight: 6,08g, axis: h,
mint: Serdica, date: 307-308 A.D., ref: RIC-41-1st-off., C-,
2 commentsquadrans02/23/19 at 15:50*Alex: Lovely.
040 Mátyás Hunyadi., (Matthias Corvinus), King of Hungary, (1458-1490 A.D.) AR Denarius, H-706, C2-228, U-556.a., P-206-01, #0165 views040 Mátyás Hunyadi., (Matthias Corvinus), King of Hungary, (1458-1490 A.D.) AR Denarius, H-706, C2-228, U-556.a., P-206-01, #01
avers: ✠•mONЄTA•mAThIЄ•D•ЄI•G•, Two-part shield (Hungarian (Árpádian) stripes, a raven with ring) in a circle; border of dots.
reverse: RЄGIS•hV nGARIAЄ, Patriarchal cross in a circle, mint-mark on each side (B-Є); border of dots.
exergue, mint mark: B/Є//-- were struck by Johannes Ernuszt (by Pohl), diameter: 14,5-15,5mm, weight: 0,712g, axis: 6h,
mint: Hungary, Buda (by Pohl), date: 1463 A.D., ref: Unger-556.a., CNH-2-228, Huszár-706, Pohl-206-01,
2 commentsquadrans02/21/19 at 21:48*Alex: Nice one.
Phoenicia, Arados 217-216 B.C34 viewsAR 28.89mm (Thickness 3.23mm), weight 16.77g, die axis = 12h (0 degrees). 4 drachmae = Tetradrachm.

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

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

Posthumous issue.
2 commentsMartin Rowe02/21/19 at 11:45*Alex: This one's my favourite of the three.
Phoenicia, Arados 131-130 B.C42 viewsAE 20.75mm (Thickness 2.86mm), weight 6.32g, die axis = 1h (30 degrees), denomination B.

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

Reverse: Poseidon seated left on prow of galley holding wreath in right hand and trident in left, Athena figurehead (Ἀθηνᾶ Πρόμαχος), Phoenician letters nun (N) and aleph (´) above, Aradian era date 129 with gimel (G) below.
3 commentsMartin Rowe02/21/19 at 11:43*Alex: Nice sandy patina.
Phoenicia, Arados 119-118 B.C71 viewsAR 13.47mm (Thickness 1.64mm), weight 1.84g, die axis = 12h (0 degrees), Hemidrachm.

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

Reverse: Prow of galley left with stem rising forward, ΘC, B (beth) monogram above, border of dots, Aradian era date AMP (141) below.
5 commentsMartin Rowe02/21/19 at 11:43*Alex: Great coin.
Julia Domna, Corcyra52 viewsCorcyra, Epirus
25mm; 10.18gm

draped bust right with hair waived and coiled at back

KORKY-RAIWN above and beneath Pegasus flying right

Sear in GIC, no. 2326, BMC 7.163.669, Lindgren II (European Mints), no. 1481, Chaix 238
Wildwinds Example (this coin)
4 commentsRobin Ayers02/21/19 at 11:42*Alex: Great Pegasus.
Julia Domna, Thessalonica55 viewsJulia Domna
Bronze AE 25; 6.050g, 19.8mm, 225o,

draped bust right

Ares advancing right in military garb, spear in right, shield in left

Thessalonica mint, c. 196 - 211 A.D.;

Unpublished; Varbanov III -; SNG Cop -; SNG ANS -; BMC -; AMNG III -; Lindgren -; Weber -; SNG Righetti -,
Wildwinds example

Prov. Forum Ancient Coins
Information from Forum purchase:
This reverse is known for Septimius Severus from Moushmov 6737, but it is not in the plates. Varbanov lists the Severus coin (4351, referencing Moushmov, printed in 1912) but apparently never having seen an example, he was unable to identify the diameter and did not list rarity. Our coin, entirely unpublished, has this extremely rare war god reverse inappropriately on the reverse of the empress
2 commentsarizonarobin02/21/19 at 11:41*Alex: Well, there's another view - and 5 stars. :lo...
Julia Domna, Vesta126 viewsJulia Domna
10.4 gr; Ae 26mm; struck in Rome AD 214

Diademed and draped bust right

sacrifice scene before temple of Vesta

RIC 607, Cohen 234, RCV 7137 /Prov. Ex Potator II Collection
5 commentsarizonarobin02/21/19 at 11:39*Alex: Now that's one I haven't seen before. Supe...
Fausta, Constantinople383 viewsFLAV MAX-FAVSTA AVG
Mantled and bareheaded bust right with waved hair

Empress (as Salus) standing facing, looking left, head veiled, and holding two children in her arms

CONS / A in left field

RIC 12 ; Minted Late 326 AD
AE 19-20mm; 3.10g
Ex-CNG 69 lot 151, Ex- K. Kline
11 commentsarizonarobin02/21/19 at 11:37*Alex: Lovely coin, beautiful patina.
Phoenicia, Arados (ex.Byblos) 320-315 B.C32 viewsAR 28.38mm (Thickness 2.51mm), weight 17.11g, die axis = 12h (0 degrees). 4 drachmae = Tetradrachm.

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

Reverse: AΛEΞANΔΡOΥ, Zeus Aëtophoros seated left, footstool beneath feet, lower limbs wrapped in Himation, Eagle in right hand, sceptre in left hand, AP monogram in left field.
2 commentsMartin Rowe02/21/19 at 11:34*Alex: Great coin.
Henry II (1154-1189 A.D.)44 viewsAR Penny
Short Cross coinage, class G or I.
O: ҺЄNRICVS • R ЄX, crowned facing bust, holding scepter.
R: + GOCELM • ON • WINC, voided cross; quatrefoils in angles.
Wincester mint; Gocelm, moneyer, 1180 AD
North 962/1; SCBC 1343A/1343 (obv./rev.).
6 commentsMat02/20/19 at 16:01*Alex: Indeed. Nice.
Domitian RIC-25182 viewsĈ Quadrans, 3.32g
Rome Mint, 84-85 AD
Obv: (No legend) Rhinoceros stg. l.
Rev: IMP DOMIT AVG GERM; S C in centre
RIC 251 (R). BMC -. BNC 542.
Acquired from Marc Breitsprecher, February 2019.

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

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

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

Well centred with a lovely green patina and fine style.
3 commentsDavid Atherton02/19/19 at 14:46*Alex: Excellent.
Otacilia Severa, antoninianus, 24824 viewswife of Philip I the Arab
3 commentsWesly V02/18/19 at 12:46*Alex: Great coin.
Roman Diocletian Follis18 viewsBillon Follis

Rev.: FELIX ADVENT AVGG NN ; Africa stg. facing, hd. l., holding standard and elephant's tusk, lion holding bull's hd. at feet to l. / I in field

SEAR 12754
2 commentsTanit02/18/19 at 12:45*Alex: Nicely toned too.
030 Lajos I. -Nagy Lajos-, (Lodovicus I. (the great) of Anjou, Angevin)., King of Hungary, (1342-1382 A.D.) AR-Denarius, H-542, C2-94A, U-429.a., P 79-01, #0165 views030 Lajos I. -Nagy Lajos-, (Lodovicus I. (the great) of Anjou, Angevin)., King of Hungary, (1342-1382 A.D.) AR-Denarius, H-542, C2-94A, U-429.a., P 79-01, #01
avers: ✠ LODOVICI•R•VnGARIЄ, Anjou-Hungarian shield in the circle of dots, a lily on each side and above, a border of dots.
reverse: •S•LADIS LAVS•R•, Saint Ladislas standing facing, holding halberd and orb, mint-mark on the right side, a border of dots.
exergue, mint mark: -/-//-- were struck by "?" (by Pohl), diameter: 15,0mm, weight: 0,43g, axis: 8h,
mint: Hungary, "?", (by Pohl), date: 1358-1371 A.D. (by Pohl), ref: Huszár-542, CNH-2-094A, Unger-429.a., Pohl-79-01,
2 commentsquadrans02/18/19 at 12:38*Alex: I really like this one. Great reverse.
032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0094b, Rome, AR-Denarius, P M TR P COS III, Pax standing left,76 views032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0094b, Rome, AR-Denarius, P M TR P COS III, Pax standing left,
avers: IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder.
reverse: P M TR P COS III, Pax standing left, holding the branch in right hand, scepter in left.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 18,0-19,0mm, weight: 3,34g, axes: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 119-122 A.D., ref: RIC II 94b, Strack 117,
3 commentsquadrans02/16/19 at 11:22*Alex: Nice portrait of Hadrian.
RIC 1407 Vespasian Eastern Denarius72 viewsIMP CAES VESPAS AVG
Laureate head of Vespasian right

Turreted and draped female bust right below, horizontal Φ

Ephesus, 69-70 AD


RIC V1407 (R); RPC 813


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

The Flavians as bringers of peace to the world.

New photo
8 commentsJay GT402/14/19 at 10:53*Alex: What a difference. New photo shows what a great co...
CÁC II., Anonymous I. (Béla II., (Béla II. the Blind), King of Hungary, (1131-1141 A.D.)?), AR-Denarius, H-082, CNH I.-069, U-051, #0160 viewsCÁC II., Anonymous I. (Béla II., (Béla II. the Blind), King of Hungary, (1131-1141 A.D.)?), AR-Denarius, H-082, CNH I.-069, U-051, #01
avers: Central point with small crosses above and below, vertical columns to the left and right, horizontal lines outside the columns, crescents at ends of the columns and the lines, crosses in the fields formed by the columns and lines, points at top and bottom.
reverse: Lines and crescents instead of a legend, cross with points.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 10,3-10,6mm, weight: 0,22, axis: 0h,
mint: Esztergom, date: A.D., ref: Huszár-082, CNH I.-069, Unger-051,
Kiss-Toth, Sigla:,
2 commentsquadrans02/08/19 at 22:13*Alex: Another great coin Joe.
RIC 0623b Domitianus.43 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII CENS PER P P, laureate head right
Rev: COS XIIII LVD SAEC FEC / S C (in exergue), Domitian standing left, sacrificing over altar; Flute and lyre players standing right (the second is near the altar); in background temple.
AE/As (28.88 mm 11.11 g 6h) Struck in Rome 88 A D
RIC 623a (C2), BMCRE 434-436, BNF 471-474
ex CNG Auction #84 lot 1007, from the John Bitner Collection
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus02/07/19 at 13:29*Alex: Spectacular.
Struck A.D.361 - 363. JULIAN II as Augustus. AE3 of Siscia21 viewsObverse: D N FL CL IVLIANVS P F AVG. Helmeted, pearl-diademed and cuirassed bust of bearded Julian facing left, holding spear and shield.
Reverse: VOT X MVLT XX in four lines within laurel-wreath; in exergue, ASIS .
RIC VIII : 422
2 comments*Alex02/03/19 at 16:15*Alex: It is a strange colour, I've not seen a patina...
Byzantine, MANUEL COMNENUS AE HALF TETARTERON SBCV-1980 DOC 23 CLBC 4.4.9 61 viewsOBV Bust of St. George, beardless and nimbate, wearing tunic, breastplate, and Saigon; holds in r. hand spear, and in l. shield.

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

Size 17.30 mm

Weight 2.4gm

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

3 commentsSimon02/01/19 at 14:11*Alex: Superb. Fantastic patina too.
029 Károly Róbert., (Charles Robert of Anjou, Angevin)., King of Hungary, (1307-1342 A.D.) AR-Denarius, H-488, CNH-2-044, U-385, P-45, #0172 views029 Károly Róbert., (Charles Robert of Anjou, Angevin)., King of Hungary, (1307-1342 A.D.) AR-Denarius, H-488, CNH-2-044, U-385, P-45, #01
avers: ✠ M REGIS KARVLI, Inside of the line circle, a shield with Angevin fleur-de-lis and Árpádian stripes, annulets flanking and above, line border.
reverse: Winged dragon advancing right the cross above, the border of dots.
exergue, mint mark: -/-//--, diameter: 11,0mm, weight: 0,33g, axis:2h,
mint: Hungary, date: 1335 (by Pohl) A.D., ref: Huszár-488, CNH-2-044, Unger-385, Pohl-45,

Charles Robert of Anjou
2 commentsquadrans01/27/19 at 21:32*Alex: Cool dragon. I assume the picture is of Károly Róbert? ...
106 Aurelianus (270-275 A.D.), T-3099, RIC V-I 366, Cyzicus, AE-Antoninianus, RESTITVTOR EXERCITI, Є//XXI, Mars and Emperor, #167 views106 Aurelianus (270-275 A.D.), T-3099, RIC V-I 366, Cyzicus, AE-Antoninianus, RESTITVTOR EXERCITI, Є//XXI, Mars and Emperor, #1
avers: IMP AVRELIANVS AVG, Radiated and cuirassed bust right. (B1)
reverse: RESTITV TOR EX ERCITI, Mars in military dress standing right, holding the spear in left hand, giving globe to Emperor standing left, holding long scepter in left hand. (Mars and Emperor 1)
exergue: Є//XXI, diameter: 21,5-22,5mm, weight: 4,08g, axes: 0h,
mint: Cyzicus, off-5, iss-10, phase-2, date: 275 A.D., ref: T-3099 (Estiot), RIC V-I 366, LV 10761-73,
3 commentsquadrans01/27/19 at 10:04*Alex: Another nice coin! ✔
3303 CILICIA, Tarsus, Pseudo-autonomous under Hadrian, Perseus standing27 viewsReference.
RPC III, 3303; SNG BN 1437-41;

Head of bearded Heracles r., crowned with oak-leaves, club on l. shoulder

Perseus, wearing winged sandals, standing, l., holding cult statue of Apollo holding wolves in r. hand, chlamys and harpe in l.; at his feet, lion, l., attacking bull kneeling, l.; in field, l., ΒΟΗ/ΘΟΥ disposed either vertically, either horizontally

16.01 gr
30 mm
3 commentsokidoki01/25/19 at 14:01*Alex: Very nice. I like the bust of Herakles.
Henry VIII (1509-1547 A.D.)46 viewsAR Groat
Third Coinage
O:  D. G. AnG. FRA. Z hIB. RЄX, , crowned bearded bust half right, rose after rex. , Laker bust A.
R:  C[IVI] TAS BRIS TOLIЄ, royal coat-of-arms over long cross fourchée; lis in forks; pellet below third quarter of shield; rose after TAS, lis before BRIS; pellet on inner border.
Bristol mint; im: -/WS “monogram of William Sharrington” Struck circa 1546-1547.
North 1846; SCBC 2372
4 commentsMat01/25/19 at 13:58*Alex: Well done! It is very hard to get such a good port...
England. Plantagenet. Henry III (1216-1272)12 viewsNorth 988; Spink 1364

AR penny, voided long cross coinage, Lawrence System class 3c (struck 1248-1250), refined by Churchill and Thompson as class 3d1 (struck 1250) Type L446, London mint, by moneyer Nicholas of St. Albans. 1.38 g., 18.35 mm. max., 0°.

Obv: Initial mark: [Six-pointed star with rounded or angular points (MM4)], hENRICVS REX : III apostrophe (NR ligated; wedge-footed R [R1]; pellet in S), Crowned facing bust with pointed chin, pellets above lower hair curls (PL4), beard of pellets, no scepter.

Rev: NIC-OLE ON L-VND (ON and ND ligated, pellets on Ns in third and fourth quadrants), voided long cross with trefoil of pellets in each angle, eight pellets per quadrant in inner circle.

Note: There were 711 class 3d1 coins issued by Nicholas of St. Albans from the London mint in the Brussels Hoard, spread between 11 Churchill and Thompson types. Type L446 coins were the most common type, represented by 520 coins.
1 commentsStkp01/24/19 at 14:05*Alex: Nice. Mine was struck by Nicole at London too, but...
England. Plantagenet. Edward I (1272-1307)54 viewsNorth 1018-19; Spink 1389-90

AR penny, new coinage (struck post 1279), Fox System class 3c-d, (1280-1281), London mint. 1.43 g. 19.59 mm. max., 180°.

Obv: + (cross potent) EDW R’ ANGL’ DNS hyB (round E; barred A; normal barred Ns; composite S; incurved tail on h; thin-wedge contractive marks), Crowned facing bust (crown with straight trifoliate side-fleurs; arrowhead intermediate ornaments; drapery of two triangular pieces).

Rev: CIVI-TAS LON-DON (rounded C; barred A; composite S; normal barred Ns), Long cross; trefoil of three pellets in each quarter.
2 commentsStkp01/24/19 at 13:58*Alex: Yes, it is a very nice example.
England, John Lackland, (1199-1216 A.D.), Seaby 1352, AR-Penny, London mint, Moneyer: Abel, Short cross, #166 viewsEngland, John Lackland, (1199-1216 A.D.), Seaby 1352, AR-Penny, London mint, Moneyer: Abel, Short cross, #1
Short Cross type, with scepter, Class Vc,
avers: Scepter hENRICVS R• EX, Crowned bust facing, crowned, with a beard, two curls on each side of the head, scepter in right hand.
reverse: ✠ABELON•LVN•DE•, Short cross voided, cross botonnée in each angle.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 18,0-19,0mm, weight: 1,33g, axis: 4h,
mint: London mint, Moneyer: Abel, date: c.1204-1209 A.D., ref: Seaby 1352, N. 971,
3 commentsquadrans01/23/19 at 21:02*Alex: Very nice!
Greek, Italy, LUCANIA, Velia. Circa 300-280 BC. AR Nomos41 views22mm, 7.46 g, 11h
Philistion Group. Helmeted head of Athena right, griffin on bowl / Lion standing right; die erasure below. Williams 394 (O197/R278); HN Italy 1301; SNG ANS 1397; SNG Ashmolean 1392; BMC 110; McClean 1470 (all from the same dies). VF, toned.
Ex Seaby Coin & Medal Bulletin 818 (March 1987), no. B34.
3 commentsLeo01/21/19 at 14:49*Alex: Beautiful coins. Great additions to the gallery.
969 Hadrian Sestertius Roma 134-38 AD Fortuna27 viewsReference.
Strack 628; RIC 969h; C 727; Banti 399 (one specimen)

Laureate, draped bust left, seen from rear

Rev. COS III, FORT RED in exergue. S-C across fields.
Fortuna seated left, holding cornucopiae and rudder on globe.

23.00 gr
33 mm.
3 commentsokidoki01/19/19 at 14:14*Alex: Attractive coin, I like it.
GREEK, Italy, Calabria, Tarentum, AR Didrachm circa 344-340 BC 22mm 7.18g 5h Fischer-Bossert 67967 viewsHelmeted warrior standing facing,head right, holding spear and shield, behind horse standing right, before horses foreleg 90 degree t. Rev TARAS Phalanthos riding dolphin left, holding trident and shield, A below and above waves. Overstruck on another Tarentum stater?
ex Hanbery
ex Frank Kovacs 1990.
1 commentsGrant H01/18/19 at 11:51*Alex: Nice coin, terrible picture.
021. H-248 András II., (Andreas II.), King of Hungary, (1205-1235 A.D.), H-216, CNH I.-180, U-166, AR-Obulus, #0167 views021. H-248 András II., (Andreas II.), King of Hungary, (1205-1235 A.D.), H-216, CNH I.-180, U-166, AR-Obulus, #01
avers: Trellised rectangle between two columns, patriarchal cross between two circles, amongst six dots between the columns, the border of dots.
reverse: Patriarchal cross, amongst six dots, line border.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 14,0 mm, weight: 0,37 g, axis: 1h,
mint: Esztergom , date: A.D., ref: Huszár-216, CNH I.-180, Unger-166,
2 commentsquadrans01/16/19 at 15:43*Alex: I like the obverse. Nice one!
Roman Empire, Trajan, Quadrans Struck 114-117 A.D.53 views22077 Trajan/Wolf at Bay
Trajan/Wolf at Bay
Head of Trajan, laureate, right
Rev:S C
She-wolf walking left, at Bay
Rome 17mm 3.03g
RIC 694; Woytek 600b.

Ex Triskeles Auction sale 334
2 commentsBlayne W01/12/19 at 11:31*Alex: Nice addition to the gallery.
Henry II AR Tealby penny43 viewsHenry II. 1154-1189. AR Tealby penny. 1.43 gm. 21 mm. Facing bust with scepter, curl on right / Large cross potent with a small cross potent in each angle; WIL…. S. 1339. N. 956. Very Fine; central parts clear as struck with a rusty die; no legends visible; good metal. The Douglas Bayern Collection. Ex: Davissons Printed Auction 37 Lot 135. Feburary 21, 2018.3 commentsorfew01/09/19 at 21:58*Alex: Excellent portrait, great example of this type. My...
Frederick IV “the Simple”, (1355-1377 A.D.)35 viewsPierreale d’argento
ITALY, Kingdom of Sicily
O:  FRIDЄRICUS · DЄI · G · RЄX · SICIL · Crowned eagle standing left, his head turned to right, with his wings displayed; all within octolobe; annulet in each external void; double annulet stops.
R:  + · AC · ATЄnAR · 2 · nЄOPATRIЄ · DU Crowned coat-of-arms; G - L either side.
5 commentsMat01/09/19 at 21:46*Alex: I like it too ...
RIC 0162 Domitianus76 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M, Laureate head right
Rev: TR POT II COS VIIII DES X P P, Minerva standing right holding spear and shield
AR/Denarius (19.36 mm 3.512 g 6h) Struck in 83 A.D. (2nd issue)
RIC 162 (R), RSC, BMCRE, BNF unlisted - L 1988-5-10-1
ex Leu Numismatik Web Auction 6 Lot 926
9 commentsFlaviusDomitianus01/09/19 at 14:42*Alex: Beautifully detailed reverse. Wonderful.
0223 - Denarius Vespasian 79 AC41 viewsObv/ Laureate bust of V. r., around IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG.
Rev/ Victory standing l., togate and placing shield over trophy, with captive at its feet; around, TR POT X COS VIIII.

Ag, 18.5 mm, 3.36 g
Mint: Roma
RIC II.1/1068 [C] – BMCRE III/246
ex-NAC, auction 101, lot 195
4 commentsdafnis01/08/19 at 14:12*Alex: Great coin.
0208 - Denarius Considia 57 BC36 viewsObv/ Laureate and diademed bust of V. r., behind C CONSIDI NONIANI; before, SC.
Rev/ Tetrastyle temple on hill, surrounded by walls and gate, with ERVC above.

Ag, 18.7 mm, 3.75 g
Mint: Roma
RRC 424/1 [
3 commentsdafnis01/08/19 at 14:10*Alex: Great coin, and one I haven't seen before.
021. H-248 András II., (Andreas II.), King of Hungary, (1205-1235 A.D.), H-215, CNH I.-179, U-165, AR-Denarius, #0174 views021. H-248 András II., (Andreas II.), King of Hungary, (1205-1235 A.D.), H-215, CNH I.-179, U-165, AR-Denarius, #01
avers: Trellised rectangle between two columns, patriarchal cross between two circles, amongst six dots between the columns, the border of dots.
reverse: Patriarchal cross, between two circles, amongst six dots, line border.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 17,0 mm, weight: 0,84 g, axis: 2h,
mint: Esztergom , date: A.D., ref: Huszár-215, CNH I.-179, Unger-165,
3 commentsquadrans01/03/19 at 12:37*Alex: Another superb coin.
ROMAN REPUBLIC, Q. Cassius Longinus99 viewsRome
55 BC
head of young Jupiter (or Bonus Eventus or Genius Populi Romani)* right, scepter behind
eagle on thunderbolt right, lituus on left and jug on right
SRCV I 391, Sydenham 916, Crawford 428/3, BMCRR 3868, RSC I Cassia 7
ex Aurea Numismatika

* The sceptrum, fulmen and aquila point to this being the bust of a young Jupiter, for whom such insignia are normally reserved. The priestly implements on the reverse likely allude to an ancestor who belonged to the college of pontiffs, and if we take the symbolism of this coin to be in reference to Jupiter, then it is probable that this coin is in reference to a family member who was once Flamen Dialis, (high priest of Jupiter), a position of great importance and privilege in Rome that entitled the holder of that office to many honours, including the right to a lictor, the toga praetexta, the sella curulis, and to a seat in the Senate. (ROMA NUMISMATICS historical articles)
4 commentsJohny SYSEL01/01/19 at 13:13*Alex: Beautiful.
ROMAN REPUBLIC, L. Appuleius Saturninus, AR Denarius - Crawford 317/213 viewsRome, The Republic.
L. Appuleius Saturninus, 101 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.92g; 18mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Saturn driving fast quadriga right, holding harpa; ROMA in exergue.

Reverse: Saturn driving fast quadriga right, holding harpa; ·V below; L·SATVRN in exergue.

References: Crawford 317/2; Sydenham 580 (R6); BMCRR 1561-3; Appuleia 3.

Provenance: Ex P&P Santamaria (4 May 1961) Lot 150.

The type is one of an interesting series of three types by Saturninus, two of which depict Saturn as a naming pun. The first of the three types is a standard Roma head/quadriga; the second has Roma heads on both sides of the coin; the third (this coin) has quadrigae on both sides of the coin. The letter control marks on this double-quadriga type are unique to each die.  Crawford attributed Saturninus' coinage to 104 BCE; but H.B. Mattingly, in Essays Hersh (1998), argues for a slightly later date based on a consensus that Saturninus was Quaestor in 104 BCE. 

Saturninus was Quaestor in 104 BCE and Tribune of the Plebs in 103 and 100 BCE. He was a supporter of Marius and as Tribune he engaged in a series of aggressive political maneuvers including introducing land grants for Marius’ veterans. During an election, he arranged the brutal murder of the political rival of one of his allies, and this proved to be his downfall. Cornered and captured by a militia assembled by Marius himself, Saturninus and his conspirators were ultimately killed by a lynch mob.
1 commentsCarausius01/01/19 at 13:00*Alex: 👍 Nice
024. H-342 István V., (Stephen V.), King of Hungary, ((1245)1270-1272 A.D.), H-342, CNH I.-284, U-270, AR-Denarius, Very Rare!65 views024. H-342 István V., (Stephen V.), King of Hungary, ((1245)1270-1272 A.D.), H-342, CNH I.-284, U-270, AR-Denarius, Very Rare!
avers: STЄPAN RЄGIS, King seated facing on the arch in a circle of dots, holding a cross, border of dots
reverse: Patriarchal cross amongst circles, dots, and M - O / ͶЄ - TA, the border of dots.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 15,0mm, weight: 0,61g, axis: 1h,
mint: , date: 1270-1272 A.D., ref: Huszár-342, CNH I.-284, Unger-270, Very Rare!
3 commentsquadrans01/01/19 at 12:58*Alex: Congratulations on a nice find.
Christina, Queen  of Sweden (1632 - 1654 A.D.)22 viewsBI Solidus
O: CHRISTINA D G R S, Monogram of Christina under crown, Vasa royal crown within monogram.
R: SOLIDVS · CIVI : RIG, Crossed keys in ornamented shield surrounded by legend, 37.
Minted in Riga 1637
KM 21
4 commentsMat12/31/18 at 22:31*Alex: Lovely little coin - I like it.
042 Lajos II. (Lodovicus II., Jagellion)., King of Hungary, (1516-1526 A.D.) AR Denar, U-673a., Madonna and child, A/V//HK, 1526, #0174 views042 Lajos II. (Lodovicus II., Jagellion)., King of Hungary, (1516-1526 A.D.) AR Denar, U-673a., Madonna and child, A/V//HK, 1526, #01
avers: LVDOVICVS ᵒRᵒVNGARI*1626*, Hungarian shield, four-part shield with Hungarian arms (Árpádian (Hungarian) stripes, patriarchal cross, Dalmatian leopard heads, Bohemian lion). Polish eagle in the inner shield. The date (1526) above the shield between two flowers, and flower with five petals, the border of dots.
reverse: PATRONA HK VNGARIE, Crowned Madonna seated facing, holding infant Jesus in her right arm, mint-mark (A-V) on each side, HK below, the border of dots.
exergue/mint mark: A/V//HK, diameter: 14,5-15,0mm, weight: 0,56g, axis: 8h,
mint: Hungary, Visegrád (Pohl), date: 1526 A.D. (Pohl), ref: Huszar-841, CNH-2-306A, Unger-673a., Pohl-255-32,
1 commentsquadrans12/30/18 at 13:22*Alex: I like this one.
CÁC II., Anonymous I. (Béla II., (Béla II. the Blind), King of Hungary, (1131-1141 A.D.)?), AR-Denarius, H-102, CNH I.-090, U-053, #0170 viewsCÁC II., Anonymous I. (Béla II., (Béla II. the Blind), King of Hungary, (1131-1141 A.D.)?), AR-Denarius, H-102, CNH I.-090, U-053, #01
avers: E's and lines in place of the legend, cross in a circle of dots with dots in the angles; border of dots.
reverse: Lines in place of the legend; cross in a circle with wedges between the angles; border of line.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 12,0mm, weight: 0,28g, axis: 10h,
mint: Esztergom, date: A.D., ref: Huszár-102, CNH I.-090, Unger-053,
Kiss-Toth, Sigla:,
3 commentsquadrans12/28/18 at 22:05*Alex: Super grade.
Roman Empire, Constans, AE2, Antioch. AD 348-350.55 viewsDN CONSTA-NS PF AVG, Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust left, holding globe / FEL TEMP REPA-RATIO, Helmeted soldier, spear in left hand, walking right, looking left; leading a small bare-headed figure from a hut beneath a tree with branches like sprays of millet. The spear points downwards, between the soldier's legs. Star in upper centre. Mintmark AN&Delta. RIC VIII Antioch 128; Sear 18700.1 commentsBritanikus12/27/18 at 12:15*Alex: Very nice. Love the reverse details.
ROMAN EMPIRE, Constans, RIC VIII Siscia 211109 viewsObverse: D N CONSTANS P F AVG. Pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constans
Reverse: FEL TEMP REPARATIO.Soldier spearing fallen horseman. GammaSIS in exergue.
9 commentsagord12/24/18 at 14:16*Alex: Very, very nice example.
Vespasian RIC-32269 viewsĈ As, 10.55g
Rome mint, 71 AD
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS III; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: S C in field; Eagle stg. facing on globe, wings open, head r.
RIC 322 (R). BMC 612. BNC 589.
Ex eBay, 20 November 2018. Ex Heritage.

The eagle on globe type was sparingly struck at Rome on the As issues. Introduced during the great bronze mintage of 71, the type harkens back to a similar reverse struck for Divus Augustus under Tiberius and symbolises Vespasian as Augustus' worthy successor. The type was struck much more frequently at Lugdunum.

Strong Roman portrait with a lovely olive green patina.
5 commentsDavid Atherton12/18/18 at 11:41*Alex: Great eagle. I like that type.
Macedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 356-323 B.C.), Price 3275, Akko (Tyre?), AR-Tetradrachm, Zeus Aëtophoros seated on throne left, date in left field, –|O above ||| |||= / |||,106 viewsMacedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 356-323 B.C.), Price 3275, Akko (Tyre?), AR-Tetradrachm, Zeus Aëtophoros seated on throne left, date in left field, –|O above ||| |||= / |||,
avers: No legends, Young Herakles' head right, clad in Nemean lion scalp headdress tied at the neck.
reverse: Zeus Aëtophoros seated left, holding eagle and scepter, to left, –|O above ||| |||= / ||| (date), ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ to right.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 25,5-26,0mm, weight: 17,24g, axes: 10h,
mint: (Akko ?, Asia-Syria-Phoenicia ?), Kings, Alexander III, The Great, ‘Tyre’ mint, to left, –|O above ||| |||= / ||| (date).
date: Dated RY 29 of 'Ozmilk (321/0 BC), by Price: c. 318-317 B.C., ref: Price(1991) 3275, HGC 3.1, 941 (Alexander IV).
3 commentsquadrans12/16/18 at 12:01*Alex: Nice reverse.
Turkey, Kizilcakuyu (Euromus, Caria) The Temple of Zeus Lepsinos104 viewsThe Temple of Zeus Lepsinos at Euromus was built on the site of an earlier Carian temple in the 2nd century AD during the reign of the emperor Hadrian.1 commentsJoe Sermarini12/15/18 at 12:18*Alex: Nice photography.
Turkey, Dalyan - The rock tombs of Kaunos57 viewsOutside the official Kaunos archeological site, near Dalyan, Turkey there are six rock tombs on the Dalyan river (4th – 2nd century BC). The façades of the rock tombs resemble the fronts of Hellenistic temples with two Ionian pillars, a triangular pediment, an architrave with toothed friezes, and acroterions shaped like palm leaves.1 commentsJoe Sermarini12/15/18 at 12:16*Alex: Great. Never seen these before.
England, Henricus-III., (1216-1272 A.D.), North-988, AR-Penny, Canterbury mint, #1211 viewsEngland, Henricus-III., (1216-1272 A.D.), North-988, AR-Penny, Canterbury mint, #1
Long Cross type, without scepter; portrait class 3c issue. Moneyer, Nicole.
avers: *hENRICVS REX:III', (NR are ligate), Around central beaded circle enclosing a crowned and bearded face frontal.
reverse: NIC OLE ONC ANT, ( ON and AN are ligate), Spaced around arms, long voided cross with pellet center and finials, over central beaded circle, with pellet trefoil in each angle.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 18-18,5mm, weight: 1,36g, axis: 2h,
mint: Canterbury, Moneyer: Nicole, date: 1247-1272 A.D., ref: Seaby-1364, North-988,
1 commentsquadrans12/14/18 at 13:13*Alex: Nice one.
Macedonia, Neapolis, (c.375-350 B.C.), AR-Hemidrachm, #1105 viewsMacedonia, Neapolis, (c.375-350 B.C.), AR-Hemidrachm, #1
avers: Facing gorgoneion.
reverse: Ν-Ε/Π-Ο, Head of the nymph right.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 12,0mm, weight: 1,8g, axes: h,
mint: Macedonia, Neapolis, date: c.375-350 B.C., ref: SNG ANS 428-54, HGC 3.1, 588.,
4 commentsquadrans12/12/18 at 10:03*Alex: Very nice, I especially like the nymph.
Byzantine, MANUEL Comnenus I, METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON SBCV-1969 DOC 16 CLBC 4.4.3 88 views
OBV Full length figure of Christ standing on a dais, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; right hand raised high in benediction holds Gospels in l. hand. Pellets in each limb of nimbus cross.

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

Size 19.6mm

Weight 3.0

DOC lists 11 examples with weights from 2.76 to 4.14 gm and sizes from 18mm to 20mm
4 commentsSimon11/27/18 at 13:16*Alex: Nice sharp details. Great.
029 Károly Róbert., (Charles Robert of Anjou, Angevin)., King of Hungary, (1307-1342 A.D.) AR-Denarius, H-473, CNH-2-029, U-374.b, #01128 views029 Károly Róbert., (Charles Robert of Anjou, Angevin)., King of Hungary, (1307-1342 A.D.) AR-Denarius, H-473, CNH-2-029, U-374.b, #01
avers: ✠•M•REGIS KARVLI, King, facing, helmeted; border of dots.
reverse: Large Lily, L-I, line border.
exergue, mint mark: L/I//--, diameter: 14,5-14,8mm, weight: 0,63g, axis:6h,
mint: Hungary, Lipa, (today Lipova, Romania), date: 1330 (by Pohl) A.D., ref: Huszár-473, CNH-2-029, Unger-374.b, Pohl-31-03,

Charles Robert of Anjou
2 commentsquadrans11/26/18 at 21:47*Alex: Another nice coin. There's no stopping you. :...
552 Hadrian Orichalcum Sestertius, Roma 118 AD Hadrian and Liberalitas 54 viewsReference.
RIC 552; Strack 516; Hunter II 324, BMCRE III 1137, Cohen II 914, SRCV II 3606 var. (band over shoulder, S - C at sides); Banti 488

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

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

25.81 gr
35 mm

The generosity and munificent largesses of Hadrian, after having been recorded many times on various coins and in diverse ways, are on the reverse of a first brass medal of great rarity, glorified altogether by the above splendid title, "The Benefactor of the World," a superlative the more remarkable, inasmuch as, neither before nor afterward, is it found conferred on any other emperor. -- Dictionary| of Roman| Coins|
FORVM coin
5 commentsokidoki11/25/18 at 12:20*Alex: Great coin all round. Nice patina as well.
Aeolis, Kyme, (c. 350-250 B.C.), BMC 16-20, AE-11, Eagle standing right, #1112 viewsAeolis, Kyme, (c. 350-250 B.C.), BMC 16-20, AE-11, Eagle standing right, #1
avers: K-Y to left and right of a cup with one handle.
reverse: Eagle standing right.
exergue: K/Y//--(in avers), diameter: 10,5-11,3mm, weight: 1,32g, axes: 5h,
mint: Aeolis, Kyme, date: c. 350-250 B.C., ref: BMC 16-20, SNG von Aulock 1625, SNG Newcastle SNGuk,1301 0449.
2 commentsquadrans11/23/18 at 21:55*Alex: I like the simple design of this one. Nice.
782 Hadrian Sestertius Roma 134-38 AD Hadrian standing35 viewsReference.
RIC 782; C 1384;

Bare head right

Rev. S-C
Hadrian, bare-headed, in military dress, standing right, resting left foot on crocodile, holding vertical spear in right hand and parazonium in left

29.33 gr
33 mm
4 commentsokidoki11/21/18 at 12:02*Alex: Congratulations, nice coin.
Caracalla brought to life53 viewsAs far as colorizing ancient busts goes, this is the best I've ever seen - Caracalla, face to face.1 commentsSteven H11/20/18 at 12:57*Alex: Fantastic!
Macedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 356-323 B.C.), Price 0093, Amphipolis, AR-Tetradrachm, Zeus Aëtophoros seated on throne left, bucranium in left field,103 viewsMacedonia, Kings, 016 Alexander III., (The Great, 356-323 B.C.), Price 0093, Amphipolis, AR-Tetradrachm, Zeus Aëtophoros seated on throne left, bucranium in left field,
avers: No legends, Young Herakles' head right, clad in Nemean lion scalp headdress tied at the neck.
reverse: Zeus Aëtophoros seated left, holding eagle and sceptre, bucranium in left field, ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ to right.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 24,0-28,5mm, weight: 17,08g, axes: 3h,
mint: Macedonia, Kings, Alexander III, The Great, ‘Amphipolis’ mint, bucranium,
date: c.c. 336-323 B.C., ref: Price(1991) 93, HGC 3.1, 910a.
2 commentsquadrans11/20/18 at 12:49*Alex: Lovely.
112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 922-3-8, Antioch, Bust:C(A2), H//XXI, CLEMENTIA TEMP, Emperor and Jupiter with Victory, #173 views112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 922-3-8, Antioch, Bust:C(A2), H//XXI, CLEMENTIA TEMP, Emperor and Jupiter with Victory, #1
avers: IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from back. (C/A2),
reverse: CLEMENTIA TEMP, Emperor standing right, holding sceptre, receiving Victory from Jupiter standing left, holding sceptre.
exergue: H//XXI, diameter: 19,0-21,0 mm, weight: 3,99g, axis: 11h,
mint: Antioch, 3rd., emiss., "dotless series" 8th., off., date: 280 A.D., ref: RIC V-II 922-3-8, p-120,
1 commentsquadrans11/10/18 at 16:07*Alex: Nice sharp details.
RIC 0144 Domitian Denarius 95 viewsIMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M
Laureate head of Domitian right

Eagle standing front on thunderbolt, wings outspread, head left

Rome 82-83 AD

RIC 144 (R)

Ex-inumis France
11 commentsJay GT411/10/18 at 16:01*Alex: Nice coin. Great eagle and lovely tone.
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Hadrian, Cistophorus Uncertain mint in Asia Minor, Eagle75 viewsReference.
RPC III, --; Metcalf --

Laureate bust left.

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

10.15 gr
28 mm
5 commentsokidoki11/09/18 at 11:53*Alex: Great coin.
035 Antoninus Pius (138-161 A.D.), RIC III 0290a, Rome, AR-Denarius, TEMPLVM DIV AVG REST, COS-IIII, Temple, Scarce!,261 views035 Antoninus Pius (138-161 A.D.), RIC III 0290a, Rome, AR-Denarius, TEMPLVM DIV AVG REST, COS-IIII, Temple, Scarce!,
avers:- ANTONINVS-AVG-PIVS-P-P-TR-P-XXII, Laureate head right
revers:- TEMPLVM-DIV-AVG-REST, Octastyle temple, in which are seated figures of Divus Augustus & Livia, COS-IIII inexergo.
exe: -/-//COS-IIII, diameter: 18mm, weight: 3,21g, axis: h,
mint: Rome, date: 159 A.D., ref: RIC-III-290a, C-804,
3 commentsquadrans11/03/18 at 13:00*Alex: Much, much nicer than mine.
Egypt, Alexandria, 092 Valerianus-II. (256-258 A.D.), Bi-Tetradrachm, G-2991, D-5373, L/Δ//--, Eagle left, #1139 viewsEgypt, Alexandria, 092 Valerianus-II. (256-258 A.D.), Bi-Tetradrachm, G-2991, D-5373, L/Δ//--, Eagle left, #1
avers: Π ΛΙΚ ΚΟΡ ΟΩΑΛΕΡΙΑΝΟC KAIC CEB, Bare head right.
reverse: Eagle left, head right, his beak wreath, L-Δ, across the field (year 4 Valerianus-I.),
exergue: L/Δ//--, diameter: 20,5-21,5 mm, weight: 10,44g, axes: 11 h,
mint: Egypt, Alexandria, date: 256-257 A.D., L-Δ, across the field (year 4 Valerianus-I.), ref: Geissen-2991, Dattari-5373, Kapmann-Ganschow-92.2-p324,
2 commentsquadrans11/03/18 at 12:57*Alex: Great coin.
142 Crispus (317-326 A.D.), Siscia, RIC VII 123, AE-3 Follis, S/F over HL/ΔSIS*, VIRTVS EXERCIT, R3!!!129 views142 Crispus (317-326 A.D.), Siscia, RIC VII 123, AE-3 Follis, S/F over HL/ΔSIS*, VIRTVS EXERCIT, R3!!!
avers:- IVL-CRIS-PVS-NOB-CAESS (5,G8.l.), Laureate, couirassed bust left with spear pointing forward, shield on arm.
revers:- VIRTVS-EXERCIT, Standard inscribed VOT/X, captive seated on ground on either side.
exerg: S/F over HL/ΔSIS*, diameter: 20,5mm, weight: 3,½7g, axes: 6h,
mint: Siscia, 4th-off, date: 320 A.D., ref: RIC-VII-123-p439, R3!!!
1 commentsquadrans11/03/18 at 12:54*Alex: Superb.
142 Crispus (317-326 A.D.), Siscia, RIC VII 130, AE-3 Follis, S/F over HL/ΓSIS*increscent, R1! #2170 views142 Crispus (317-326 A.D.), Siscia, RIC VII 130, AE-3 Follis, S/F over HL/ΓSIS*increscent, R1! #2
avers:- IVL-CRIS-PVS-NOB-CAESS (5,G8.l.), Laureate, couirassed bust left with spear pointing forward, shield on arm.
revers:- VIRTVS-EXERCIT, Standard inscribed VOT/X, captive seated on ground on either side.
exerg: S/F over HL/ΓSIS*in crescent, diameter: 17,4-18,7mm, weight: 2,56g, axes: 0h,
mint: Siscia, 3rd-off, date: 320 A.D., ref: RIC-VII-130-p-440, R1!
3 commentsquadrans11/03/18 at 12:53*Alex: ... and a nice patina too.
B 004 Justinianus I. (527-565 A.D.), SB 0243, -/-//--, AE-Pentanummia, Antioch, Large Є, #1123 viewsB 004 Justinianus I. (527-565 A.D.), SB 0243, -/-//--, AE-Pentanummia, Antioch, Large Є, #1
avers: D N IVSTINI ANVS P P AVG, Pearl diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right .
reverse: Large Є with cross at centre, large small letter Ϫ to right.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 16,0-17,0mm, weight: 2,58g, axis: 0h,
mint: Antioch, date: A.D., ref: SB 0243, p-75,
1 commentsquadrans11/03/18 at 12:52*Alex: Very rare to see examples of this type which are a...
024a Domitian (69-81 A.D. Caesar, 81-96 A.D. Augustus), RIC 0921, RIC II(1962) 0238(Vespasian), AR-Denarius, Rome, COS IIII, Pegasus, Scarce!, #3164 views024a Domitian (69-81 A.D. Caesar, 81-96 A.D. Augustus), RIC 0921, RIC II(1962) 0238(Vespasian), AR-Denarius, Rome, COS IIII, Pegasus, Scarce!, #3
avers: CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS, Laureate head of Domitian right.
reverse: COS IIII, Pegasus walking right.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 17,5-18,0mm, weight: 3,11g, axis: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 76 A.D., ref: RIC-II(1962)-0238, p-42, RIC-New-0921 (Vespasian), RSC 47, BMC 193,
5 commentsquadrans11/03/18 at 12:48*Alex: Nice Pegasus.
147 Constantius II. (324-337 A.D. Caesar, 337-361 A.D. Augustus), Constantinopolis, RIC VIII 106, AE-2 Follis, Γ/•//CONSΘ, FEL TEMP REPARATIO, Soldier spearing fallen horseman, #1121 views147 Constantius II. (324-337 A.D. Caesar, 337-361 A.D. Augustus), Constantinopolis, RIC VIII 106, AE-2 Follis, Γ/•//CONSΘ, FEL TEMP REPARATIO, Soldier spearing fallen horseman, #1
avers: D N CONSTAN TIVS P F AVG, (Cs1,D3,) Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
reverse: FEL TEMP RE PARATIO, Soldier standing left, right knee raised, spearing fallen horseman, who is wearing a Phrygian helmet, no beard, clutching horse's neck, Γ left, • right.
exergue: Γ/•//CONSΘ, diameter: 22,0-22,5mm, weight: 5,39g, axis: 6h,
mint: Constantinopolis, date: 351-355 A.D., ref: RIC VIII 106,
2 commentsquadrans11/03/18 at 12:44*Alex: Indeed. Very nice example of the type.
038b Faustina (II) Filia (128-175 A.D.), RIC III 0711 (Marc.Aur.), Rome, AR-Denarius, SAECVLI FELICIT, Throne with two children, #1138 views038b Faustina (II) Filia (128-175 A.D.), RIC III 0711 (Marc.Aur.), Rome, AR-Denarius, SAECVLI FELICIT, Throne with two children, #1
"Daughter of Antoninus Pius and Faustina Sr. and wife of Marcus Aurelius. She was also the mother of Commodus and Lucilla, wife of Lucius Verus."
avers: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, Draped bare-headed, bust right.
reverse: SAECVLI FELICIT, Throne with two children.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 16,7-17,0mm, weight: 3,35g, axis: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 161 A.D., ref: RIC III 711 (Marcus Aurelius), p-271 , RSC 191, BMC 139,
1 commentsquadrans11/03/18 at 12:43*Alex: Beautifully detailed reverse. Great coin all round...
Misterium Plakett, Lead, Romae, Thrakia, #12 92 viewsMisterium Plakett, Lead, Romae, Thrakia, #12
diameter: 76x80mm,
mint: Thrakia,
date: cc. 2nd.-3rd. centuries..
3 commentsquadrans11/03/18 at 12:36*Alex: Wonderful piece. Superb condition.
CÁC II., Anonymous I. (Béla II., (Béla II. the Blind), King of Hungary, (1131-1141 A.D.)?), AR-Denarius, H-095, CNH I.-079, U-047, #01154 viewsCÁC II., Anonymous I. (Béla II., (Béla II. the Blind), King of Hungary, (1131-1141 A.D.)?), AR-Denarius, H-095, CNH I.-079, U-047, #01
avers: Cross with dots and wedges between two crescents in the angles; border of dots.
reverse: Lines in place of the legend; cross in a circle with wedges in the angles; border of line.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 10,3mm, weight: 0,21g, axis: 2h,
mint: Esztergom , date: A.D., ref: Huszár-095, CNH I.-079, Unger-047,
Kiss-Toth, Sigla:,
2 commentsquadrans11/03/18 at 12:34*Alex:
EB0647 Gallienus / Selene16 viewsGallienus, 253-268 AD, AE tetradrachm of Alexandria, year 15 (267/8 AD).
Obverse: AVT K Π ΛIK ΓAΛΛIHNOC CEB, Laureate, cuirassed bust right.
Reverse: Diademed draped bust of Selene right, regnal year LIE to left, large upright crescent [and palm branch?] right.
References: Milne 4157; Emmett 3834(15).
Diameter: 21mm Weight: 8.81g
1 commentsEB10/31/18 at 22:58*Alex: Great portraits.
EB0629 Faustina II / Tyche21 viewsFaustina II, Billon Tetradrachm of Alexandria. Year 15 (or 16) of Antoninus Pius = 151-152.
Obv: FAVCTINA CEBACTH, draped bust right.
Rev: IE-L (or IC-L) Tyche standing front, head turned right (her left), holding rudder in right hand and Nike in left.
References: Dattari 3270 sim.
Diameter: 23mm, Weight: 13.399 grams.
1 commentsEB10/31/18 at 22:57*Alex: Nice Faustina.
EB0621 Antoninus Pius / Temple26 viewsAntoninus Pius 138-161 AD, AE Drachm of Alexandria. Year 17 = 153-154 AD.
Obv: V _ AVT K T AI AΔPI ANTWNINOC CEVE, laurate and bearded bust right of Antoninus Pius.
Rev: Altar (Temple) of Caesareum (or Agathodaimon) as seen from the front, with six columns, garlanded front, set on two-tiered base, fire altar (pyre of burning pinecones) atop, aplustre (aphlaston) at each corner, Z in exergue and across L-I ( LIZ = year 17 ).
References: Dattari 3011, Emmett 1448-17.
Diameter: 38mm, Weight: 28.302 grams.
2 commentsEB10/31/18 at 22:55*Alex: Great coin. I like this one a lot.
035p Antoninus Pius (138-161 A.D.), Egypt, Alexandria, G-1680, D-2297, AR-Tetradrachm, L-IS/-//--, Nilus reclining left, #174 views035p Antoninus Pius (138-161 A.D.), Egypt, Alexandria, G-1680, D-2297, AR-Tetradrachm, L-IS/-//--, Nilus reclining left, #1
avers: ANTωNINO C CЄB ЄVCЄB, Laureate head right.
reverse: Nilus reclining left, holding reed and cornuopiae from which emerges small Genius; small Genius inscribes Nilometer before, crocodile below.
exergue: L-IS/-//--, diameter: 21,5-22,0mm, weight: 14,02g, axis: 0h,
mint: Egypt, Alexandria, date: L-IS, Year=16, 152-152 A.D., ref: Geissen-1680, Dattari-2297, Kapmann-Ganschow-35.548-p186,
2 commentsquadrans10/29/18 at 09:54*Alex: Yes, nice one indeed.
RIC 0247 Vespasian sestertius108 viewsIMP CAES VESPAS AVF TR P P P COS III
Laureate head of Vespasian right

SC in field
Mars advancing right with spear and trophy

Rome, 71 AD


RIC 247 (C2)

Kraay counted 12 reverse dies used for this obverse type.

Ex-CNG; Ex-Calgary Coin

Some old cleaning scratches in fields
9 commentsJay GT410/28/18 at 14:55*Alex: Great portrait.
110 Tacitus (275-276 A.D.), T-3408, RIC V-I 145, Ticinum, AE-Antoninianus, MARTI PACIF, -/-//S, Bust-D1., Mars advancing left, #1100 views110 Tacitus (275-276 A.D.), T-3408, RIC V-I 145, Ticinum, AE-Antoninianus, MARTI PACIF, -/-//S, Bust-D1., Mars advancing left, #1
avers: IMP C M CL TACITVS AVG, Bust right, radiate, cuirassed and draped with paludamentum, (D1).
reverse: MART I P ACIF, Mars in military dress walking left, holding an olive branch in right hand, transverse spear and long oval shield in left hand, (M1c).
exergue: -/-//S, diameter: 21,5-23,0mm, weight: 3,75g, axes: 7h,
mint: Ticinum, issue-2., off-2., date: 276 A.D., ref: RIC V-I 145, T-(Estiot)-3408, LV 1565-604,
1 commentsquadrans10/25/18 at 17:21*Alex: Great bust.
110 Tacitus (275-276 A.D.), T-4032, RIC V-I ???, Cyzicus, AE-Antoninianus, CLEMENTIA TEMP, -/-//T, Bust-D1, Mars and Emperor, #178 views110 Tacitus (275-276 A.D.), T-4032, RIC V-I ???, Cyzicus, AE-Antoninianus, CLEMENTIA TEMP, -/-//T, Bust-D1, Mars and Emperor, #1
avers: IMP C M CL TACITVS AVG, Bust right, radiate, cuirassed and draped with paludamentum. (D1).
reverse: CLEMENTIA TEMP, Mars in military dress standing right, holding the spear in left hand, giving globe to Emperor standing left, holding long sceptre in left hand. (Mars and Emperor 1).
exergue: -/-//T, diameter: 21,5-23,0mm, weight: 3,95g, axes: 0h,
mint: Cyzicus, 3rd.issue,, date: 276 AD., ref: RIC-??., T-(Estiot)-4032, C-, LV 2421-2,
1 commentsquadrans10/25/18 at 17:20*Alex: I can only give it 5 stars.
Wheel serratus, Crawford 79/123 viewsDenomination: Denarius
Era: c. 209-208 BC
Metal: AR
Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma r. with peaked visor; “X” behind; Border of dots
Reverse: Dioscuri r.; below, wheel symbol; in linear frame, “ROMA”.
Mint: Sicily (?)
Weight: 4.22 gm.
Reference: Crawford 79/1
Provenance: Nigrini Asta Publica auction 35, JUN-2012, lot 145

Comments: Crawford 79/1 is the earliest issue to use the serrated edge. The serrations are cut into the edge of the flan prior to striking. This practice was first used with this issue but was abandoned for about 100 years until it was again routinely used in the minting of denari. It has been speculated that the purpose of the serrations was to discourage counterfeiting; however, many plated serrati exist. This in itself is not strong evidence of counterfeiting as plated coins are known to be struck with the same dies of fine silver official coins.

Michael Harlan in his book “Roman Republican Moneyers And Their Coins 81 BCE-64 BCE” suggest that the purpose of the serrations were to discourage mint workers from swallowing denari for later retrieval.

Both of these purpose theories are plausible. Some suggested theories of manufacturing techniques are not plausible. Mint workers could not have applied these serrations manually with a chisel. The economics of this are unbelievable as the cost in effort to apply serrations manually to each coin would increase more than 20 times. There must have been some sort of primitive machine that flans were fed into that cut the serrations.

The present coin has a small flan crack across Roma’s chin and very minor corrosion from 9 to 11 on obverse. Otherwise it is well centered and EF.
2 commentsSteve B510/24/18 at 14:04*Alex: Indeed. A great coin.
RIC 0842 Domitianus90 viewsObv: IMP CAESAR DOMITIANVS AVG, Laureate head of Domitian, right
Rev : CA-PIT (across field) RESTIT (in exergue), Temple of Capitoline Jupiter with 4 columns enclosing figures of Juno, seated Jupiter and Minerva
AR/Cistophorus (27.56 mm 11.122 g 7h) Struck in Rome for circulation in Asia Minor 82 A.D.
RIC 842 (R), RSC-BMCRE-BNF unlisted, RPC II 867
ex Numismatik Naumann GmbH Auction 70 Lot 462
8 commentsFlaviusDomitianus10/19/18 at 22:09*Alex: Great reverse.
Charles I (1625 - 1649)32 viewsAR Shilling
O: CAROLVS D G MAG BRI FRA ET HIB REX (Charles, by the Grace of God, King of Great Britain, France and Ireland), crowned bust left, XII (value mark) behind.
R: CHRISTO AVSPICE REGNO (I reign under the auspices of Christ), cross moline over square-topped shield coat-of-arms. Triangle-in-circle mintmark.
Tower Mint
SCBC 2799, North 2231

Possibly holed in history as a "Touch Piece", AKA a Good Luck Charm
2 commentsMat10/16/18 at 14:00*Alex: Nice coin. I am on the lookout for a decent Charle...
1037 Sabina As Roma 128-136 AD Concordia55 viewsReference.
RIC 1037; BMC 1891; C. 19; Strack 863

Diademed and draped bust right

Concordia seated left on throne, holding patera and resting elbow upon statue of Spes; cornucopia below throne.

11.13 gr
27 mm
5 commentsokidoki10/10/18 at 12:45*Alex: Beautiful coin.
Edward I AR Penny 28 viewsEngland, Plantagenet Kings
ND AR Penny Edward I
1272-1307 London
(19.1 mm 1.4 g)
Class III g, late “S”.
North 1022
Purchased from H. J. Berk May 15, 2017
1 commentsorfew10/08/18 at 21:23*Alex: Great coin. Good portraits like that are hard to f...
Richard I Anglo-Gallic Denier27 viewsRichard I (1189-1199)
Anglo-Gallic Poitou
(19.48 mm 1.09 g 1h)
Elias 8b, W 343a , S 8008
Obv: Cross Pattee + RICARDVS REX
Rev: Inscription in three lines” PIC TAVIE NSIS
Dix Noonan Webb Online Auction September 13, 2017 Lot 163
1 commentsorfew10/08/18 at 21:22*Alex: Really nice example of the type.
Edward IV AR Groat30 viewsGreat Britain, House Of York, ND, Groat,
Edward IV, First Reign, 1461-70.
Light coinage. London mint. 25.2mm, 2.9g.
No marks by neck. S-2002. Nice grumpy portrait. Dark toning.
Purchased from Harlan J Berk 201st Bid or Buy sale July 14, 2017
2 commentsorfew10/08/18 at 21:21*Alex: Great grumpy portrait too.
England, Aethelred II 978 – 1016, Silver Penny24 viewsObv. Diademed bust right, without scepter.

Rev. Hand of providence between alpha & omega, issuing from cloud composed of parallel lines
S-1144 - First hand type

Ĉthelred the Unready, or Ĉthelred II (c. 968 – 23 April 1016), was king of England (978–1013 and 1014–1016). He was son of King Edgar and Queen Ĉlfthryth. Ĉthelred was only about 10 (no more than 13) when his half-brother Edward was murdered. Ĉthelred was not personally suspected of participation, but as the murder was committed at Corfe Castle by the attendants of Ĉlfthryth, it made it more difficult for the new king to rally the nation against the military raids by Danes, especially as the legend of St Edward the Martyr grew. Later, Ĉthelred ordered a massacre of Danish settlers in 1002 and also paid tribute, or Danegeld, to Danish leaders from 991 onwards. His reign was much troubled by Danish Viking raiders. In 1013, Ĉthelred fled to Normandy and was replaced by Sweyn, who was also king of Denmark. However, Ĉthelred returned as king after Sweyn died in 1014.

"Unready" is a mistranslation of Old English unrĉd (meaning bad-counsel) – a twist on his name "Ĉthelred" (meaning noble-counsel). A better translation would be Redeless - without counsel (Rede).

Purchased on eBay

NGC AU-55 – An exceptional grade

Cost $438
1 commentsRichard M1010/07/18 at 14:14*Alex: Exceptional grade indeed.
Anglo-Gallic Coinage, Edward The Black Prince, 1355-1375 Aquitaine31 viewsPoitiers Mint

Hardi d'Argent (type of coin) - Roberts #6832

Edward of Woodstock, Prince of Wales, Duke of Cornwall, Prince of Aquitaine, KG (1330 –1376) was the eldest son of King Edward III of England and his wife Philippa of Hainault as well as father to King Richard II of England.

He was called Edward of Woodstock in his early life, after his birthplace, and has more recently been popularly known as the Black Prince. He was an exceptional military leader, and his victories over the French at the Battles of Crécy and Poitiers made him very popular during his lifetime. In 1348 he became the first Knight of the Garter, of whose Order he was one of the founders.

Edward died one year before his father, becoming the first English Prince of Wales not to become King of England. The throne passed instead to his son Richard II, a minor, upon the death of Edward III.

Edward was created Earl of Chester on 18 May 1333, Duke of Cornwall on 17 March 1337 (the first creation of an English duke) and finally invested as Prince of Wales on 12 May 1343 when he was almost thirteen years old.

The seller of this coin sent it to me in the dealer envelope it was purchased in many decades ago. The price on the envelope was $2.25 and it was graded UNC.

Purchased on eBay

NGC XF-45 – An exceptional grade

Cost $315
1 commentsRichard M1010/07/18 at 14:12*Alex: Great coin.
Henry VIII AR Groat45 viewsEngland. House of Tudor. Henry VIII (1509-1547). Second Coinage, 1526-1544. Groat, mm rose. Laker bust D, rev. Shield over cross fourchee. S.2337E. PCGS Genuine, Cleaned - XF Detail. Spink USA, The Numismatic Collectors' Series Sale
Sale Date: 04/17/2018
2 commentsorfew10/06/18 at 00:51*Alex: Great coin.
England. King John Penny66 viewsJohn (1199-1216), Penny, class VIa2, London,
Walter, walter · on · lvn, 1.40g/4h
(SCBI Mass 1755, this coin; N 974/2; S 1353).
Good fine, dark-toned
J.D. Brand Collection [from Baldwin October 1960];
J.P. Mass Collection, Part I, DNW Auction 61, 17 March 2004, lot 355 (part);
J. Sazama Collection, Part I, DNW Auction 93, 26 September 2011, lot 1140 (part)
The collection of the late ray Inder
DNW Auction Coins tokens and Historical Medals September 18-20 2018, lot 192.
5 commentsorfew10/06/18 at 00:48*Alex: Well done! Nice coin.
Edward II (1307-1327 A.D.)33 viewsAR Penny
Class 15b
O: EDWAR R ANGL DNS HYB, Crowned facing bust.
R:VILL SCI EDMVNDI, Voided long cross pattée; three pellets in quarters
Bury St Edmunds (1320 - c.1333)
Spink # 1462. North 1067.
4 commentsMat10/04/18 at 22:06*Alex: Great coin. Great portrait.
Trajan Decius - the Divi series71 viewsYou can find a full description of the series here : commentsPotator II10/01/18 at 11:37*Alex: Superb, a great collection. Well done.
Titus / Eagle67 viewsTitus as Caesar. 70-79 AD. Denarius, Rome, 76 AD.
O: T CAESAR IMP - VESPASIANVS Head laureate left.
R: COS - V across field, Eagle with raised wings standing right on garlanded altar, head left.
- RIC 873 (R2), pl. 10 (different dies). BMC 192 note (citing Cohen). Cohen 60 (Rollin).
Very rare with portrait left: not in BM by 1976, not in the Paris catalogue nor in the Reka Devnia hoard, since the reported seven specimens in Sofia were doubtless actually Cohen 59 with portrait right. RIC 873 cites two specimens with portrait left. David Atherton notes in his example of this type, "RIC generically describes the reverse as eagle with 'thunderbolt in claws', so this coin without thunderbolt should be regarded as a variant."
5 commentsNemonater09/27/18 at 00:40*Alex: I love those coins with the eagles. Nice one.
Henry VI (1422 - 1461 A.D.)32 viewsAR Groat
O: +HENRIC DI GRA REX ANGL Z FRANC / Crowned bust facing, with annulet on each side of neck.
R: +POSVI DEVM ADIVTORE MEVM VILLA CALISIE / Long cross with three pellets in each angle, annulet in two quarters and after POSVI.
Annulet issue. Calais mint; im: pierced cross 2. Struck 1422-1427.
North 1424; SCBC 1836
5 commentsMat09/21/18 at 13:40*Alex: Nice.
Augustus RIC 047786 viewsAugustus (27 BC-AD 14). AR cistophorus
(28 mm, 10.86 gm, 12h).
NGC VG 5/5 - 2/5.
Pergamum, ca. 27-26 BC.
Obv: IMP •-CAE-SAR, bare head of Augustus right
Rev: AVGVSTVS, Capricorn right, head left, bearing cornucopia on back; all within laurel wreath.
RIC I 477. RPC 2211.
Heritage Auctions August 30, 2018 Lot 231835
 I love the portrait on this coin. It is a large silver coin called a Cistophorus and had the value of 3 silver denarii. the obverse is quite simple with a portrait of Augustus and the legend "IMP CAESAR". The reverse is more detailed and depicts a sign often associated with Augustus- the Capricorn. It spells out "Augustus" and the device are all surrounded by a laurel wreath.

I wanted a Cistophorus for my 12 Caesars collection. I already have a denarius and by chance this coin also features a Capricorn on the reverse. I love the heft of this coin. there is nothing quite like handling an ancient chunk of silver like this.

The coin will make an excellent addition to my 12 Caesars collection.
6 commentsorfew09/04/18 at 13:12*Alex: Nice coin, one I'd be happy to have too.
554 Hadrian Dupondius 118 AD Roma & Hadrian35 viewsReference.
RIC 554. C. 92. BMC 1138. Hill 57

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

Helmeted figure of Roma seated right on cuirass, holding spear and clasping hands with Hadrian, who stands left.

13.80 gr
29 mm

Ex Lanz 94 lot 505 1999
Ex Lanz 106 lot 391 2001
Ex Lanz 114 lot 362 2003
2 commentsokidoki09/02/18 at 10:20*Alex: ... and I like it too. Nice one.
Roman Empire, Vespasian, AR denarius75 viewsRoman Empire, Vespasian 69-79, Denarius,
(17.49 mm 3.24g)
Obv: Laureate head of Vespasian right "IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS II TRPPP" Rev: "AVG" within an wreath, Phi-Alpha monogram above ties. "AVG" in the center. RIC 1414. Ephesos mint, Some roughness on the reverse.
Ex Savoca Auction #9, lot 533 8/21/16
Lot 152 Aegean Nuismatics Agora Auctions July 20. 2017.
Coin depicted in the database
3 commentsorfew08/29/18 at 16:50*Alex: Indeed!
Mary (1553 - 1554 A.D.)39 viewsAR Groat
O: mΛRIΛ : (pomegranate) D’. G’. ΛnG'. FRΛ’. Z : hIB’. RЄGI’, crowned bust left; double and single annulet stops.
R: VЄRITΛ S (pomegranate) TЄm PORIS FILIΛ, royal coat-of-arms over long cross fourchée.
Tower (London) mint; im: pomegranate
North 1960; SCBC 2492
3 commentsMat08/23/18 at 10:28*Alex: Nice coin, even with the scratch.
66. Elizabeth I.36 viewsShilling, 1592-1595; London mint.
Obverse: ELIZAB D G ANG FR ET HIB REGI / Crowned bust, left.
Reverse: POSVI DEV ADIVTOREM MEV / Royal shield over cross.
Mint mark: tun (small barrel) on both sides.
5.95 gm., 29 mm.
North #2014; Seaby #2577.

Dating: Fifth issue = 1582-1600; tun mint mark = 1592-1595.
2 commentsCallimachus08/22/18 at 16:10*Alex: Great piece.
PARTHIA/PERSIA, Sasanian Ardashir I25 viewsSASANIAN KINGDOM: Ardashir I, 224-241, AR drachm (4.30g), G-10, pellet to right of the king's crown1 commentsarash p08/19/18 at 22:18*Alex: Both the Obverse and Reverse of coins are required...
PARTHIA/PERSIA, Arab Sasanian Abd Allah b. al-Zubayr23 viewsARAB-SASANIAN: 'Abd Allah b. al-Zubayr, 680-692, AR drachm (3.93g), DA+P (Fasa), YE60, A-16, pellet at 11:30 in reverse margin
Some traces of horn silver
1 commentsarash p08/19/18 at 22:16*Alex: Both the Obverse and Reverse of coins are required...
5314 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Tetradrachm 121-22 AD Demeter standing14 viewsReference.
RPC III, 5314; Emmett 830.6 (unknown year); Dattari 1330; Milne --

issue L Ϛ = year 6

Laureate head of Hadrian, r., drapery on l. shoulder; to r crescent

Rev. L Ϛ
Demeter standing facing, head r., holding ears of corn and torch.

13.10 gr
25 mm
1 commentsokidoki08/17/18 at 14:33*Alex: Nice coin Eric.
Italy, Rome, Temple of Antoninus and Faustina, with the church of San Lorenzo in Miranda, view from Palatine Hill, May 2005.65 viewsTemple of Antoninus and Faustina, with the church of San Lorenzo in Miranda, view from Palatine Hill, May 2005. The Temple of Antoninus and Faustina is an ancient Roman temple in Rome, adapted as a Roman Catholic church, Chiesa di San Lorenzo in Miranda. It is in the Forum Romanum, on the Via Sacra, opposite the Regia. The temple was begun by Antoninus Pius in 141 and was initially dedicated to his deceased and deified wife, Faustina the Elder. When Antoninus Pius was deified after his death in 161 AD, the temple was re-dedicated jointly to Antoninus and Faustina at the instigation of his successor, Marcus Aurelius. The ten monolithic Corinthian columns of its pronaos are 17 metres high. The rich bas-reliefs of the frieze under the cornice, of garlanded griffons and candelabri, were often copied from the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries.

Source: Photograph released to the public domain.
1 commentsJoe Sermarini08/07/18 at 13:39*Alex: Excellent photo.
1445 Hadrian, Cistophorus Uncertain mint in Asia Minor 128 AD Roma seated49 viewsReference
RPC III, 1445; Metcalf 95; RIC 511

Bare head r., with draped l. shoulder

Roma seated l. on cuirass and shield holding Victory in extended r. and vertical spear in l.

10.66 gr
26 mm
5 commentsokidoki08/05/18 at 21:46*Alex: Superb coin. I love it.
Domitia RIC 847110 viewsAR Cistophorus
Rome mint (for Asia), 82 AD (Domitian)
Obv: DOMITIA AVGVSTA; Bust of Domitia, draped r., hair massed in front and in long plait behind
Rev: VENVS AVG; Venus stg. r., leaning on column, with helmet and spear
RIC 847 (R). BMC 256. RSC 19. RPC 870 (8 spec.). BNC 226.
Ex CNG E424, 11 July 2018, lot 471.

A brief issue of cistophori were struck for Domitia as Augusta under Domitian in 82. Venus leaning on column was the sole reverse type chosen for her rare cistophori. The style and six o'clock die axis point to Rome as the home mint. K. Butcher and M. Ponting's metal analysis reveal they were struck from a different stock of metal than contemporary Rome mint denarii, possibly from recycled older denarii. At 80% silver fineness these early cistophori were likely struck before Domitian's major coinage reform of 82 when the denarius was raised to nearly 100% fineness.

Domitia Longina was the daughter of the famed Roman general Gnaeus Domitius Corbulo who was commanded to commit suicide by Nero for alleged treason. Domitian courted and married Domitia soon after Vespasian's accession, despite her already being the wife of Aelius Lamia. It was a good match - distancing the Flavians from the reign of Nero and uniting them to a beloved general's family. Soon after Domitian become emperor, Suetonius tells us he briefly divorced Domitia because of an adulterous affair she had with the actor Paris. Dio claims Domitian actually considered executing her but was persuaded from doing so by the praetorian prefect Ursus. He soon reunited with her after a brief separation alleging the people demanded it. Where this coin fits into that time frame is hard to tell. We don't know exactly when the divorce occurred or how long it lasted. However, it is likely this coin was struck after their reconciliation and can be seen as symbolically strengthening Domitia's position at court.

Struck in fine early style.
9 commentsDavid Atherton07/25/18 at 09:58*Alex: Nice coin. Congratulations on getting it.
Turkey, Istanbul, Hagia Sophia , picture from 2nd Floor54 views1 commentsSimon07/23/18 at 12:54*Alex: Good photo, indicates just how big the building is...
GREEK, Mytilene, Lesbos, c. 521 - 478 B.C.34 viewsSH86292. Electrum hekte, Bodenstedt 13, SNGvA 1685, SNG Cop 301, Boston MFA 1679; BMC Lesbos p. 157, 20; HGC 6 938 (S), Choice EF, Mytilene mint, weight 2.547g, maximum diameter 10.3mm, die axis 0o, c. 521 - 478 B.C.; obverse roaring lion's head right; reverse incuse calf's head left1 commentsJoe Sermarini07/15/18 at 12:53*Alex: Great coin. Superb details.
Byzantine, MANUEL COMENUNUS, METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON SBCV-1968 DOC 15 CLBC 4.4.2 159 viewsOBV Full length figure of the Virgin, nimbate, orans, wearing tunic, and maphorion turned to the r. Manus Dei (Hands of God) in upper field to r.

REV Full length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, jeweled loros of a simplified type and Saigon; holds in right hand scepter cruciger and in l. anexikakia

Size 20.53mm

Weight 4.2gm

Cosmopolitan Issue were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of 3% and were also issued with a very light silver wash (Silver traces are common on Cosmopolitan issues but intact fully silvered coins are very rare.) These more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. Cosmopolitan issue are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues

DOC lists 34 examples with weights from 2.32 to 4.9gm and size from 17mm to 22mm

The coins only flaw, wear on the Virgins face. Other that near perfect centering and a wonderful reverse strike.
6 commentsSimon07/14/18 at 10:51*Alex: It is a beauty Simon.
ROMAN REPUBLIC - L Series Victoriatus - Crawford 97/1b43 viewsRome. The Republic.
L Series, 211-208 BCE
AR Victoriatus (3.13g; 18mm).
Luceria mint

Obverse: Laureate head of Jupiter facing right; bead-and-reel border.

Reverse: Victory crowns trophy; L between; ROMA in exergue.

References: Crawford 97/1b; RBW 395; Sydenham 121; BMCRR (Italy) 157-8.

Provenance: Ex Andrew McCabe Collection; ex RBW Collection (not in prior sales); private purchase from H.J. Berk 15 May 1994.

About 212 BCE, when the Romans introduced the denarius system, they also introduced a collateral denomination of silver coin, the victoriatus. As evidenced by its different weight standard, debased metal, iconography and missing denominational mark, the victoriatus was not integral to the denarius system but was produced for a special purpose. While the denarius and its fractions, the quinarius and sestertius, all depicted Roma and the Dioscuri, victoriati depicted Jupiter and Victory crowning a trophy. Further, while denarii were produced from nearly pure silver, victoriati were made from debased silver of about 70% purity. Based on the weight standard of Magna Graecia drachms, victoriati were likely designed specifically for payments to Greek cities of southern Italy and hoard evidence supports circulation largely in southern Italy.

Like the LT Series victoriati that were also struck in Luceria, Crawford notes that the L Series Victoriati went through three obverse phases: the first, with bead-and-reel border and Jupiter with scraggly hair; the second, with bead-and-reel border and Jupiter with neat ringlets; and the last, with dot border. This coin clearly belongs to the second phase.

Rome ceased issuing victoriati circa 170 BCE. Perhaps because of their debased metal (which discouraged hoarding), victoriati continued to circulate in Gaul for many years until they functioned as de facto quinarii due to metal loss from wear. Their continued popularity caused Rome to later issue quinarii bearing the same devices (Jupiter/Victory and trophy).
3 commentsCarausius07/08/18 at 10:39*Alex: Excellent.
ROMAN IMPERATORIAL - Julius Caesar - AR Denarius58 viewsRome, The Imperators.
Julius Caesar, 48 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.71g; 20mm).

Obverse: Head of Venus facing right; LII behind.

Reverse: Trophy with Gallic shield, carnyx and axe; CAESAR below.

References: Crawford 452/2; Sydenham 1009; HCRI 11; RSC 18.

Provenance: Ex Student/Mentor Collection [NAC 83 (15 May 2015) Lot 407]; ex Glendining's October 1965, Lot 22.

The Roman numeral LII behind the goddess' head on the obverse of this coin is accepted as a reference to Caesar's age at the time of the issue. There is some disagreement on the identity of the obverse goddess. Crawford identifies her as Venus, who is often depicted on Caesar's coins. Sear, in History and Coinage of the Roman Imperators, suggests Clementia (clemency) as the goddess, and a reference to Caesar's fairness to his countrymen following the defeat of Pompey at Pharsalus.
4 commentsCarausius07/08/18 at 10:38*Alex: Nice one.
ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Antony Legion III Denarius24 viewsRome, The Imperators.
Mark Antony, 31 BCE.
Mint travelling with Antony.
AR Denarius (3.69g; 18mm).

Obv: ANT AVG III VIR R P C; Galley right.

Rev: LEG III; Aquilia between two standards.

Reference: Crawford 544/15; HCRI 350; Syd 1217; Viereck, Die Römische Flotte (1975), p. 292 (this coin illustrated).

Provenance: ex CNG Classical Numismatic Review (Jul 2017); ex Triton IV (5 Dec 2000), Lot 432; ex Sternberg XII (18 Nov 1982), Lot 512; ex H.D.L. Viereck Collection (bef. 1975).

Produced by Antony in the lead-up to his final defeat at Actium by Octavian’s navy (commanded by Agrippa), the legionary series was a huge issue that recognized 23 legions under Antony’s command. These coins would continue to circulate throughout the Empire for several centuries after Antony’s loss, partly because their notoriously debased silver discouraged hoarding.
2 commentsCarausius07/08/18 at 10:37*Alex:
ROMAN REPUBLIC, C. Antestius, 146 BCE - Crawford 219/1e27 viewsRome, The Republic.
C. Antestius, 146 BCE.
AR Denarius (4.07g; 20mm).
Rome Mint.

Obv: Helmeted head of Roma facing right; C ANTESTI behind; X (mark-of-value) below chin.

Rev: Dioscuri galloping right with couched spears; puppy below, with front feet raised; ROMA in exergue.

References: Crawford 219/1e; Sydenham 411; BMCRR 860; Antestia 1.

Provenance: Ex Artemide Auction 2 (1996), Lot 411.

The moneyer is unknown. Grueber suggests he may have been the son of C. Antestius Labeo, who was a Senator and ambassador to Macedonia circa 167 BCE. Crawford disputes this assertion.
1 commentsCarausius07/08/18 at 10:35*Alex: Great details. I love the dog . Very nice ind...
ROMAN REPUBLIC, L. Scipio Asiagenus, 106 BCE - Crawford 311/1a31 viewsRome, The Republic.
L. Scipio Asiagenus, 106 BCE.
AR Serrate Denarius (3.95g; 19mm).
Rome Mint.

Obv: Laureate head of Jupiter facing left; R● (control mark) behind.

Rev: Jupiter in quadriga galloping right, hurling thunderbolt and holding scepter; L●SCIP●ASIAG in exergue.

References: Crawford 311/1a; Sydenham 576; BMCRR 1372; Cornelia 24

Provenance: Ex Gemini XII (11 Jan 2015), Lot 287; HJB 163 (25 March 2009), lot 224; ex A.K. Collection [Triton XII (6 Jan 2009), lot 462 (part)]; Münzhandlung E. Button Auction 101 (28-29 October 1959), Lot 149.

Each control mark in this series is a single die. The reverse recalls the moneyer's ancestor, L. Cornelius Scipio (son of Africanus), who had a victory against the Syrians in 190 BCE and took the name Asiagenus. The moneyer was likely the L. Cornelius Asiaticus that became consul in 83 BCE. He served in the Social War and was allied with Marius at the time of his consulship. He was imprisoned by Sulla and released. However he was later proscribed by Sulla and fled Rome.
3 commentsCarausius07/08/18 at 10:33*Alex: Superb. Great strike, great tone, great coin.
ROMAN REPUBLIC, Didrachm - Quadrigatus (Crawford 30/1)57 viewsRome, The Republic.
Anonymous, 225-214 BCE.
AR Didrachm/Quadrigatus (6.29 g; 21mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Janiform head with irregular neck truncaction.

Reverse: Jupiter and Victory in fast quadriga, galloping right; ROMA incuse on trapezoidal tablet below.

Reference: Crawford 30/1; Sydenham 64b; BMCRR 95; Gentilehomme I.E.3-4.

Provenance: From an American collection; privately purchased from Tom McKenna in 1980's.

The last few series of Roman silver didrachm coinage, produced from 225-214 BCE, are nicknamed "quadrigati" because of the common reverse type of Jupiter and Victory in a fast quadriga. Crawford's arrangement of quadrigati into distinct series requires a great amount of study to understand. Collectors and dealers alike often misattribute quadrigati among Crawford's series.

The Crawford 30 series of quadrigati, to which this example belongs, have a distinct obverse style, notably a thick, single sideburn between the janiform heads with various neck truncation styles ranging from straight – wavy – convex. On the reverse, Victory stands further back, on the backboard of the chariot with more of her garment visible. ROMA legend is always incuse on this series, though tablets range from square to trapezoidal.
5 commentsCarausius07/08/18 at 10:30*Alex: Lovely tone.
ROMAN REPUBLIC - AR Didrachm - Crawford 26/162 viewsRome, The Republic.
Anonymous, 234-231 BCE.
AR Didrachm (6.74g; 20mm).

Obv: Laureate head of Apollo facing right.

Rev: Horse rearing left; ROMA above.

Reference: Crawford 26/1; Sydenham 27.

Provenance: Ex Kuenker (25 Sep 2017) Lot 508; ex Bernhard Terletzkli Collection; ex Dr. Hagen Tronnier Collection; ex Kunker Auction 94 (2004), Lot 1650; ex Auctiones 10 (1979), Lot 303.
4 commentsCarausius07/08/18 at 10:28*Alex: Nice!
ROMAN REPUBLIC - Didrachm - Crawford 20/142 viewsRome, The Republic.
Anonymous, 269-266 BCE.
AR Didrachm (7.28g; 21mm).
Uncertain mint.

Obv: Diademed head of youthful Hercules facing right, with lion skin and club over shoulder.

Rev: She-Wolf suckling the twins, Romulus & Remus; ROMANO in exergue.

References: Crawford 20/1; Sydenham 6; BMCRR (Romano-Campanian) 28-33.

Provenance: Ex Dr. Walter F. Stoeklin Collection [Nomos AG eSale 9 (25 Mar 2018) Lot 2]; Adolph Hess Auction (19 Dec 1933), Lot 3.

The earliest Roman Didrachm coinage commenced in the late fourth century BCE. While earliest didrachms bore the inscription ROMANO, they were not struck in Rome and didn’t really circulate in Rome! The earliest didrachms were likely produced in Naples or some other nearby mint. Kenneth Harl, in "Coinage in the Roman Economy" theorizes that Roman didrachms were likely valued at 10 asses and were possibly called “denarii” in their day.

This coin is from the large, third issue of didrachms produced around the time of the Pyrrhic War, circa 269 BCE. In "Natural History", Pliny wrote that the Romans first struck silver coins “in the 485th year of the city, when Q. Ogulnius and C. Fabius were consuls, five years before the First Punic War [=269 BC].” (NH 33.42-44) Some surmise that Pliny’s now infamous text refers to the above coin type. Pliny’s text confounded for generations the determination by Roman numismatists of the introduction date for the denarius, with many scholars interpreting his statement as evidence for an early introduction; that “literal” theory having been disproven by Thomsen’s analysis in “Early Roman Coinage” and the indisputable evidence of the destruction level finds at Morgantina.

In "Roman Republican Coinage", Michael Crawford assigned this type to the Rome mint, but Crawford turned non-committal regarding the mint in his later book, Coinage and Money Under the Roman Republic. Previous scholars (Babelon, Grueber, Sydenham) had attributed this series to Campania. The reverse bears the first depiction of the she-wolf and suckling twins on a Roman coin, representing the mythical founding of Rome. The emblematic nature of this scene likely influenced the mint assignment by some researchers. Indeed, subsequent coins bearing this scene have similarly been assigned to Rome by some authors, perhaps without justification, based on the “Roman” character of the scene – notably the Eagle/Wolf and Twins AE Sextans (Crawford 39/3) of the semi-libral reduction in 217-215 BCE, which I believe is likely a Campanian product. There would be countless more such depictions of the wolf and twins on Roman coins during the ensuing centuries [Crawford 183; Crawford 235/1; Antoninus Pius; Maxentius; Constantine “commemoratives”, etc.]. According to Pliny, Q. Ogulnius was a consul when this coin was likely first produced, and the reverse may allude to the wolf and twins statue erected in Rome by Ogulnius’ grandfather and great uncle, the brothers Quintus and Gnaeus Ogulnius, in 296 BCE.
2 commentsCarausius07/08/18 at 10:28*Alex: Great coin all round.
ROMAN REPUBLIC - AE Aes Grave Sextans - Crawford 21/519 viewsRome, The Republic.
Anonymous, circa 265 BCE.
AE Aes Grave Sextans (43.28g; 35mm).

Obverse: Scallop shell seen from outside; two pellets (mark-of-value=two unciae) below.

Reverse: Scallop shell seen from inside.

References: Crawford 21/5; Vecchi, ICC 45.

Provenanc: Numismatica Ars Classica 40 (2007), Lot 365.

Aes Grave were a significant departure from the previous Roman bronze money in that they were denominated with marks of value, and thus did not require weighing. At least three separate series of Roman Aes Grave use shells as types on sextantes (see Crawford 14/5 sextans in this gallery). This is likely a traditional nod to the shell shaped Aes Formatum that were used for monetary exchange prior to the adoption of Aes Grave by Rome. The old Aes Formatum astragaloi (knuckle bones) are similarly re-used on Aes Grave Unciae which depict both sides of a knuckle bone (See Crawford 14/6, 21/6 and 25/9).
1 commentsCarausius07/08/18 at 10:27*Alex: Nice shell.
Probus Antoninianus170 viewsIMP CM AVR PROBVS P AVG
Radiate and cuirassed bust of Probus right

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

Bust type B

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


RIC 880 (C).

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

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

Published on
14 commentsJay GT406/25/18 at 14:52*Alex: Wow!
Athens Tetradrachm157 viewsArchaic head of Athena r., with almond shaped eye, wearing crested helmet
ornamented with three olive leaves and floral scroll, wire necklace, round

ΑΘΕ right
owl standing right, head facing, erect in posture, prong tail, to left olive twig
and crescent, all within incuse square

Athens 449-413 BC


SNG Copenhagen 31; Sear 2526

Ex-Calgary Coin

Sold back Feb 2019
8 commentsJay GT406/24/18 at 21:11*Alex: Great coin. I didn't realise that you had such...
Lucania, Metapontom stater85 viewsRaised barley corn

Incuse barley corn

Metapontom, 440-510 BC


Tight flan series NOE 243-256; HN Italy 1485

Ex-DM collection, Ex-HJB, Ex-Calgary coin

An Achaean colony of great antiquity, Metapontion was destroyed and refounded early in the 6th century by colonists from Sybaris under the leadership of Leukippos. The city occupied an exceptionally fertile plain on the Gulf of Tarentum, which explains the use of the barley ear as its civic badge. Metapontion, along with Sybaris and Kroton produced the earliest coinage in Magna Graecia. The coins of these cities share three features: weight standard, broad and thin flans, and incuse reverses. These features were then adopted by neighboring mints at Kaulonia and elsewhere in southern Italy. While the reasoning behind the choice of these shared features is not clear, the common weight and style facilitated circulation between the cities of south Italy. The mixed contents of the earliest hoards from the region support this idea of free circulation of currency. It is interesting that these common features, indigenous to south Italy, also tended to keep the coins in south Italy. They are rarely found elsewhere in Italy, not even in Sicily. After approximately 510 B.C., the date of the destruction of Sybaris by Kroton, the fabric of the coins throughout south Italy became smaller and thicker, though still with incuse reverses. In the years between 480 and 430 B.C., sooner in Tarentum and later in Metapontion, the incuse issues were replaced by a two sided coinage.
6 commentsJay GT406/24/18 at 21:09*Alex: Very nice. Congratulations.
Roman Empire, Marcus Aurelius, Ruled 161-180 AD67 viewsAE26 As, Rome Mint, Struck 145 AD
Obverse: AVRELIVS CAESAR AVG P II F COS II, Bare head right
Reverse: [No legend], Minerva standing right, holding spear and resting hand on shield, S-C in field.
References: RIC III (A. Pius) 1264, C 573
Size: 26.22mm, 11.47g
3 commentsJustin L06/20/18 at 12:26*Alex: Nice Minerva.
Domitian Denarius - Eagle Grasping Thunderbolt (RIC 144)47 viewsAR Denarius
Rome, 82-83 AD

Obv: Laureate head (R), IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M

Rev: Eagle standing facing, with open wings, head turned L, grasping thunderbolt in its talons.

RIC 144, BMC 52, C. 320

From the Ernst Ploil collection, Vienna
NAC Auction 101 (Ploil) 24 October 2017, lot 228
ex Lanz sale 102, 2001, 522.
4 commentsKained but Able06/16/18 at 17:04*Alex: Great coin.
GREEK, Italy, Calabria, Taras (c. 344-340 B.C.), Silver Stater.89 views8.03g., 2h
Naked youth on a horse pacing right, crowning the horse with a wreath held in his extended right hand, K(KAA?) and an upright club below the horse, rev. TAP-A-Σ, Phalanthos riding on a dolphin left, holding a kantharos in his extended right hand, and a trident and a shield in his left, Ω below dolphin's tail, waves below.
Fischer-Bossert, Group 49, 685 (V260/R532); Vlasto 509 (these dies); SNG Lloyd 173 (these dies); SNG ANS 960; HN Italy 887. An exceptional example, well-struck from fresh dies and perfectly centred on a flan of good metal, extremely fine and most attractive.
From Sovereign Rarities (2018)

The "K" or "KAL" engraver was one of the finest Greek masters working in the 4th century. His work though rare, can also be found on coins from Heraklea, Metapontion, and Thouroi.
3 commentsLeo06/15/18 at 12:47*Alex: Beautiful coin. Great strike.
Athlit Bronze War Galley Ram59 viewsThe Athlit ram, found in 1980 off the coast of Israel near at Athlit Bay (just south of Haifa), is the one of a few surviving ancient war galley rams. Carbon 14 dating of timber remnants date it to between 530 BC and 270 BC. It was once fit on the prow of an ancient oared warship. This would be driven into the hull of an enemy ship in order to puncture it and thus sink, or at least disable, the ship. It is made of a single casting of bronze weighing 465kg and measures about 2.10m long. The ram is thus one of the largest bronze objects to survive from the ancient world and is currently on display in the National Maritime Museum, Haifa, Israel. Captured rams were once used to ornament Octavian's battle monument at Actium, Greece. Only the sockets that held them remain. The valuable bronze was melted long ago.


For other recovered galley rams see:
1 commentsJoe Sermarini05/12/18 at 17:21*Alex: Fantastic preservation.
ROMAN EMPIRE, CONSTANTIUS II, Light miliarense RIC 252, Ferrando II plate coin342 viewsArles mint (Arelate), 3d officina
DN CONSTAN TIVS PF AVG, Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constantius right
VIRTVS EXERCITVS, Constantius (soldier) facing holding spear and shield. TCON at exergue
4,54 gr ; 22,6 mm
Ref : RIC VII # 252, Ferrando II # 1026 (this coin), Cohen #326, RC #3993v
5 commentsPotator II04/24/18 at 12:06*Alex: Great coin.
Sicily, Syracuse94 viewsΣVRA
Head of Arethusa right

Octopus; 3 Pellets around


466-405 BC
Second Democracy

Very rare denomination AR tetronkion

5 commentsJay GT403/10/18 at 12:42*Alex: Great octopus, I love it.
RIC 0627 Domitianus81 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII CENS PER P P, laureate head right
Rev: COS XIIII LVD SAEC FEC / S C (in exergue), Domitian standing left, sacrificing over altar; River God (Tiber) reclining right; Flute and lyre players standing right; in background double temple showing nine columns.
AE/As (29.43 mm 12.361 g 6h) Struck in Rome 88 A D
RIC 627 (C), BMCRE 438A, BNF ---
Purchased from Thesaurus in february 2018
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus03/07/18 at 19:49*Alex: Very interesting.
Nero with Divus Claudius75 viewsNERO CLAVD DIVI CLAVD F CAESAR AVG GERMA
Laureate head of Nero right

Laureate head of Divus Claudius right.

Caesarea, Cappadocia

63-64 AD


RPC I 3648; RIC 622.

From the collection of K.M. Germany. Ex-Roma E-sale 43 lot 334

Nicely centered drachm with double portraits of Claudius and Nero and full Latin legends.
8 commentsJay GT402/28/18 at 19:20*Alex: I'm jealous ...
Byzantine, Anonymous (Magn.) AE Tetarteron – SBCV-2154 DOC IV 6 Type D 135 viewsOBV Cross radiate, with lunate ornaments, decorated with pellets , at ends.

REV Half length figure of Virgin, nimbate, orans wearing tunic.

Size 20mm

Weight 2.61gm

DOC lists 4 examples. weight vary 1.32gm to 2.52gm and 19 to 22mm
4 commentsSimon02/23/18 at 23:28*Alex: Very Nice!
5940 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Tetradrachm 134-35 AD Hermanubis standing28 viewsReference.
RPC III, 5940; Köln 1146; D1387; Emmett 858

Issue L ƐΝΝƐΑΚ·Δ = year 19

Laureate head of Hadrian, left

Hermanubis standing facing, head r., holding caduceus and palm-branch; to l., jackal

13.51 gr
24 mm

(Münzhandlung) Kobe von Koppenfels. und aus Auktion AUCTIONES AG, Basel 26 (1996),401.
3 commentsokidoki02/23/18 at 20:17*Alex: Excellent coin!
Macedonian Kingdom. Philip II (359-336 B.C.)30 viewsSear 6696-6698 var.; SNG ANS 850-851.

AE unit, 6.25 g., 18.16 min. max., 0°

Obv.: Diademed head of Apollo right.

Rev.: Youth on horseback riding right, ΦIΛIΠΠOY above, spearhead below.

The obverse features the head of Apollo, who became the tutelary deity of Philip in 353 B.C. during the Third Sacred War. Vowing he would fight on behalf of the god, whose sacred Treasury at Delphi had been stolen, precipitating the conflict, he used the war as an opportunity to expand his control in Greece. The rider on the reverse, similar to the reverse of his tetradrachms, ostensibly extols his victory in the horse race at the Olympic Games in 356 B.C. However, the reverse also recalls the earlier Macedonian royal types, possibly an attempt to emphasize his Macedonian ancestry.
2 commentsStkp02/19/18 at 09:19*Alex: Yes, I like this one too.
French Jeton of Louis XV17 viewsFeuardent 13230

AE, 4.75 g., 24.65 mm max., 180°

Minted in Nuremberg.

Obv: LVD. XV. D. G. -- FR. ET. N. REX., laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Louis XV to left.

Rev: VIS ANIMICUM CORPORE CRESCIT (=The strength of the mind grows at the same time as the body/courage grows with the body), Apollo standing facing, looking to right, right hand on hip, left on bow, trampling on a winged monster.
1 commentsStkp02/19/18 at 09:04*Alex: I have this one in my own gallery, same dies, but ...
Jeton, Brass, 1.11 g.,21.66 mm max., 0°.17 viewsMinted in Nuremberg by Ernest Ludwig Sigmund Lauer (active 1783-1833).

Obv: MINE --RVA, bust of Minerva facing left.

Rev: I. EL S LAUER RECHEN PFENING, two birds standing right on branch.
1 commentsStkp02/19/18 at 08:59*Alex: A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush do you...
Roman Imperial: Julian II (360-363) Ĉ3, Heraclea (RIC 106; LRBC 1909)19 viewsObv: D N FL CL IVLIANVS PF AVG; helmeted and cuirassed bust left, holding spear and shield
Rev: VOT X MVLT XX; legend in four lines within wreath; HERACL·B in exergue
1 commentsQuant.Geek01/30/18 at 21:22*Alex: I'll happily give that one five stars.
ROMAN EMPIRE, Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D.42 viewsSH34690. Gold aureus, Calico 1309 var. (obv legend break), RIC II 70 var. (same plus portrait and spear vice scepter); BMC 117 - 118 var. (same); SRCV II -, VF, some circulation marks, weight 7.129 g, maximum diameter 19.7 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 119 - 122 A.D.; obverse IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HA-DRIANVS AVG, laureate and draped bust right from behind; reverse P M TR P COS III, Minerva standing facing, helmeted head left, long scepter in left hand, right hand pointing to Spanish olive tree on left, rabbit right at the base of the tree; ex Munzhandlung Basel, 6 March 1936 (Dr. H St. S & Prince Waldeck); very rare2 commentsJoe Sermarini01/28/18 at 22:33*Alex: Great reverse type.
GREEK, Arsinoe II, Wife of Ptolemy II Philadelphos, 285 - 246 B.C., Gold oktodrachm40 viewsSH24847. Gold oktodrachm, Svoronos 475; BMC Ptolemies p. 43, 10 and pl. VIII, 4; SGCV II 7768, gVF, weight 27.702 g, maximum diameter 28.4 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, c. 253 - 246 B.C.; obverse diademed and veiled head or Arsinoe II right, K behind; reverse APΣINOHΣ ΦIΛA∆EΛΦOY, double cornucopia bound with fillet1 commentsJoe Sermarini01/28/18 at 22:27*Alex: Beautiful coin.
ROMAN EMPIRE, Aurelian, August or September 270 - October or November 275 A.D., Gold aureus37 viewsSH24849. Gold aureus, MER-RIC 1584, Göbl MIR 127q, pl. 74 (O96/R298); BnF XII 424, pl. 13 (same dies); Estiot 1999-I 58 (same dies); RIC V 15, aEF, edge bump at 10 o'clock, weight 4.459 g, maximum diameter 21.4 mm, die axis 180o, Mediolanum (Milan, Italy) mint, issue 3, mid 272 – end 272; obverse IMP CL DOM AVRELIANVS P F AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right, wearing aegis across chest with small Medusa head in center; reverse VIRTVS AVG (the valor of the Emperor), Virtus, helmeted, cloaked, holding spear in right and trophy across left shoulder, walking right, captive before; ex Harlan Berk1 commentsJoe Sermarini01/28/18 at 22:16*Alex: WoW!!!!
Helena. Augusta, AD 324-328/30. Ĉ Follis 43 viewsHelena. Augusta, AD 324-328/30. Ĉ Follis (19mm). Siscia mint
Diademed and mantled bust right / Securitas standing left, holding branch and raising robe; ЄSIS(double crescent).
RIC VII 218.
Superb golden brown patina. Ch aEF.
6 commentsSam01/22/18 at 12:09*Alex: Very nice coin all round.
170 - Constantius II - AE2 - RIC VIII Constantinople 10639 viewsAE2
Obv:– D N CONSTANTIVS P F AVG, Pearl diademed, draped & cuirassed bust right
Rev:– FEL TEMP REPARATIO, Helmeted soldier to left, shield on left arm, spearing falling horseman; shield on ground at right. Horseman is bearded and falls forward clutching his horse. his hair is tied in a top-knot.
Minted in Constantinople (G | dot | _ //CONSI).
Reference:- RIC VIII Constantinople 106

Unusual 3 dimensional wave effect created on shield.
4 commentsmaridvnvm01/21/18 at 08:06*Alex: Great coin.
136 Constantinus I. (306-309 A.D. Caesar, 309-910 A.D. Filius Augustorum, 307-337 A.D. Augustus), Trier, RIC VII 318, AE-3 Follis, -/-//PTR, BEATA TRANQVILLITAS, Altar, Rare! #1147 views136 Constantinus I. (306-309 A.D. Caesar, 309-910 A.D. Filius Augustorum, 307-337 A.D. Augustus), Trier, RIC VII 318, AE-3 Follis, -/-//PTR, BEATA TRANQVILLITAS, Altar, Rare! #1
avers:- CONSTANT INVS AVG, Laureate head right, wearing trabea, eagle-tipped scepter in right hand.
revers:- BEATA TRAN QVILLITAS, Globe set on altar inscribed VOT/IS/XX, above three stars.
exerg: -/-//PTR, diameter: 18,5-20,0mm, weight: 3,40g, axes: 6h, Rare!
mint: Treveri, date: 321 A.D., ref: RIC VI 318, p-191,
1 commentsquadrans01/20/18 at 08:09*Alex: Nice glossy patina.
ROMAN EMPIRE, Severus Alexander, 13 March 222 - March 235 A.D.71 viewsSilver denarius, RIC IV 250b; RSC III 501b; BMCRE VI p. 201, 875; Hunter III 74; SRCV II 7922, Choice EF, excellent portrait, superb reverse detail, small edge cracks, Rome mint, weight 2.841g, maximum diameter 20.0mm, die axis 160o, 231 - 235 A.D.; obverse IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG, laureate bust right, slight drapery on left shoulder; reverse PROVIDENTIA AVG (the foresight of the Emperor), Providentia (or Annona) standing left, grain downward in right hand over modius overflowing with grain at feet on left, cornucopia in left hand.

Annona was the goddess of harvest and her main attribute is grain. When Severus Alexander was away on his Persian and German campaigns (231-235) he continuously struck Annona types. With the legend PROVIDENTIA AVG, "The Foresight of the Emperor," he assured that, though he was away, he would be carefully monitoring Rome's grain supply!

FORVM Ancient Coins./ The Sam Mansourati Collection.
3 commentsSam01/18/18 at 13:51*Alex: Great coin, lovely details. ✴✴ϫ...
115 Carinus (282-283 A.D. Caesar 283-285 A.D. Augustus), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 295c, Ticinum, -/-//TXXI, FELICIT PVBLICA, Felicitas standing left, #2137 views115 Carinus (282-283 A.D. Caesar 283-285 A.D. Augustus), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 295c, Ticinum, -/-//TXXI, FELICIT PVBLICA, Felicitas standing left, #2
avers:- IMP CARINVS P F AVG, Radiate draped and cuirassed bust right (C)
revers:- FELICIT PVBLICA, Felicitas standing left, legs crossed, leaning on column, holding caduceus.
exerg: -/-//TXXI, diameter: 22,0mm, weight: 3,55g, axes: 6h,
mint: Ticinum, date: A.D., ref: RIC V-II-295c, p-175,
3 commentsquadrans01/18/18 at 08:50*Alex: Very nice indeed.
5845 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Drachm 132-33 AD Hadrian & Serapis51 viewsReference.
RPC III 5845/2; Köln 1084; Dattari (Savio) 1946 (this coin); K&G 32.554; Emmett 1042.17; Staffieri, Alexandria In Nummis 69 (this coin)

Issue L IZ = year 17

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

Rev. L ΙΖ
Temple (classical) with two columns enclosing Sarapis standing, r. holding sceptre and presenting globe; to r., Emperor (Hadrian), laureate-headed, wearing toga, standing l.,
holding sceptre; between, altar inscribed ΑΔΡ/ΙΑ/ΝΟΝ

23.82 gr
34 mm

From the Giovanni Maria Staffieri Collection, purchased from Renzo Canavesi, Sagno, 1996. Ex Renzo Canavesi Collection (Sagno); Dr. Piero Beretta Collection (Milan); Giovanni Dattari Collection, no. 1946.

A rare variety with Sarapis holding a globe instead of saluting the emperor. The authors of RPC cite two coins: this coin, and the one in the Köln collection. There is also an example in the Ashmolean Museum collection (Milne 1380).
8 commentsokidoki01/17/18 at 13:10*Alex: Wonderful coin. I love it.
Czech Republic, Morava region - Brno - V-shaped ditch of Roman temporary camp70 viewsV-shaped ditch of Roman temporary camp in Brno watching ford crosing on Svratka River in area of Marcoman tribe for while sometimes from 172 - 180 AD in time of Marcus Aurelius' Marcomannic Wars.
Dec 2017 excavated
1 commentsBohemian01/17/18 at 08:34*Alex: Interesting.
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Tetradrachm 125-26 AD Mars, wearing crested Corinthian helmet, RPC 556844 viewsReference.
RPC III, 5568; D1271 = Staffieri; Emmett 810.10

Issue L ΔΕΚΑΤΟΥ or L ΔΕ = year 10

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

Helmeted half-length nude bust left of Mars (Ares), seen from behind, wearing crested Corinthian helmet

12.87 gr
25 mm

From the Giovanni Maria Staffieri Collection. Ex Münz Zentrum 29 (27 April 1977), lot 126; Giovanni Dattari Collection, no. 1271.

In the aforementioned article by Giovanni, he compares the reverse of this coin to the statue found at Hadrian’s villa (Fig. 7 in his article).
See G.M. Staffieri, ‘Sulla testimonianza di un Ares policleteo nella monetazione imperiale alessandrina’, NAC 22 (1993), pp. 187-99, where the design is compared to the statue found at Hadrian’s villa.
3 commentsokidoki01/17/18 at 08:31*Alex: Great coin.
Phrygia, Apameia. Cira 100-50 BCE, Artemis w/bow & quiver24 viewsPHRYGIA, Apameia. Circa 100-50 BC. Ĉ 18mm (4.5 g,
Aristo- and Kephis-, magistrates. Turreted head of Artemis right; bow and quiver over shoulder /
Marsyas advancing right, playing double flute; downwards to left, APIΣTΩ and KHΦIC.
SNG von Aulock 3472; SNG Copenhagen 191. VF, desert patina.
sold 2-2018
2 commentsNORMAN K01/16/18 at 12:29*Alex: Attractive, like a cameo.
0083 - Republic, Didrachm (Quadrigatus)53 viewsRome or other italian mint, c 215-211 BC
Laureate janiform head of Dioscuri
ROMA in relief in linear frame at exergue, Jupiter, holding thunderbolt in right hand and scepter in left, in fast quadriga driven right by Victory.
6,69 gr - 20-21 mm
Ref : RCV #33, RSC # 24
3 commentsPotator II01/16/18 at 12:28*Alex: I agree, very nice coin.
13829 viewsAntoninus Pius 138-61 AD
AE dupondius
Radiate bust right
Britannia seated left
Rome mint
RIC 930
4 commentsmauseus01/16/18 at 12:26*Alex: Superb. Congratulations on finding it.
160 - Constantine the Great - RIC VI Trier 85530 viewsFollis
Obv:– IMP CONSTANTINVS P F AVG, Laureate cuirassed bust right
Rev:- MARTI CON-SERVATORI, Mars helmeted, in military dress, spread cloak, standing, right, holding reversed spear, left hand leaning on shield
Minted in Trier (T | F / PTR). A.D. 310 - 313
Reference(s) – RIC VI Trier 855 (S).

3.64g. 23.95 mm. 180 degrees.
2 commentsmaridvnvm01/04/18 at 19:32*Alex: Great detailed reverse.
PARTHIA/PERSIA, Mithradates II, ca.123-88 BC79 viewsAR dr., 4,09gr, 21,2mm; Sellwood 24.10, Shore 70, Sunrise --;
mint: Ekbatana or Rhagai, axis 12h;
obv.: bare-headed, left, w/diadem, knot and 2 ribbons; short cap-like hair, mustache, medium-long beard; earring, torque w/griffin or horse finial; dotted border 9 to 14h;
rev.: archer, right, on omphalos, w/bow in right hand; 4-line legend beginning on left and forming square: BAΣIΛEΩΣ MEΓAΛoY APΣAKoY EΠIΦANoY(Σ); exergual line;
iridescent "rainbow" tone;
a portrait of the young king who was probably the greatest of the Parthian rulers.
3 commentsSchatz12/27/17 at 12:36*Alex: Beautiful coin, great portrait.
RIC 0021 Vespasian Denariius75 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG
laureate head right

Aequitas standing left holding scales and sceptre

Rome 70 AD


RIC II 21 (C), BMC 17, RSC 94a, Sear 2284

Another early portrait that has Vitellius' features.

New Photo
5 commentsJay GT412/26/17 at 19:31*Alex: Excellent!
PARTHIA/PERSIA, Unknown King, 80 - 70 BC63 viewsAR tdr., 15,82gr., 28,2mm;
Sellw. 30.4, Sh --, Sunrise 312 (this coin; Arsakes XVI., 78/77 - 62/61 BC;
mint: Seleukia, axis: 12H;
obv.: bare-headed, left, w/diadem, knot, and ribbon; medium h-long hair in 4 waves, mustache, short beard; cuirass; dotted border 18:30 - 13h; young face;
rev: archer, right, on throne, w/bow; monogr. above bow; 7-line legend: BAΣIΛEΩΣ MEΓAΛOY APΣAKOY (ΘEO)ΠATOPOΣ (EY)EPΓETOY EΠIΦANOYΣ ΦIΛEΛΛHNO(Σ);

ex: The New York Sale, Baldwin Auction XXXvii (5. Jan. 2016),
ex: The Sunrise Collection, p.182, #312.

A Sunrise plate coin, also in:, Les Différents Types.
2 commentsSchatz12/25/17 at 14:53*Alex: Great portrait!
106 Aurelianus (270-275 A.D.), T-1442, RIC V-I 143, Mediolanum, AE-Antoninianus, VICTORIA AVG, -/-//T, Victory running right, 145 views106 Aurelianus (270-275 A.D.), T-1442, RIC V-I 143, Mediolanum, AE-Antoninianus, VICTORIA AVG, -/-//T, Victory running right,
avers:-IMP AVRELIANVS AVG, Bust right, radiate, cuirassed and draped with paludamentum. (D1)
revers:-VICTORIA AVG, Victory running right, holding wreath in right hand and palm against left shoulder. (Victory 8)
exerg: -/-//T, diameter: 21,0mm, weight: 3,15g, axes: 6h,
mint: Mediolanum, iss-2, off-3, date: 271 A.D., ref: T-1442 (Estiot), RIC V-I 143,
1 commentsquadrans12/22/17 at 15:03*Alex: Nice!
113 Hadrian Denarius 134-38 AD Galley right Eastern Mint41 viewsReference
Strack *55 (same die pair);Cohen 445.

Laureate head of Hadrian to right.

Galley with five oarsmen to right; at stern, arched cabin under a curved aplustre.

3.35 gr
19 mm
2 commentsokidoki12/15/17 at 10:18*Alex: I saw this coin on the "Armada of ships" thread an...
239 Hadrian Denarius Roma, 134-38 AD Galley left41 viewsReference. rare.
RIC 239; C. 651; Strack 235

Head of Hadrian, laureate, right.

Galley left with pilot under arch of stern and rowers

3.20 gr
18 mm
3 commentsokidoki12/15/17 at 10:12*Alex: super coin.
5520 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Tetradrachm 124-25 AD Zeus standing34 viewsReference.
RPC III, 5520 (this coin illustrated). Dattari-Savio Pl. 71, 1513 (this coin); Emmett --

Issue L ΕΝ = year 9

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

Zeus standing facing, head l., holding Nike and sceptre; to l., eagle

13.26 gr
24 mm

From the Dattari collection. Apparently unique.
4 commentsokidoki12/05/17 at 11:57*Alex: Great coin all round.
084 Volusian (251-253 A.D.), AR-Antoninianus, RIC IV-III 177, Rome, IVNONI MARTIALI, Juno seated left, Very Rare!156 views084 Volusian (251-253 A.D.), AR-Antoninianus, RIC IV-III 177, Rome, IVNONI MARTIALI, Juno seated left, Very Rare!
avers: IMP CAE C VIB VOLVSIANO AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
reverse: IVNONI MARTIALI, Juno seated left, wearing kalathos, holding corn-ears and globe.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 21,0-22,0 mm, weight: 3,04 g, axis: 1h, Very Rare!
mint: Rome, date: 251-253 A.D., ref: RIC IV-III 177, p-,
4 commentsquadrans12/03/17 at 22:56*Alex: Superb
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, MACRINUS, Mysia, Parium56 viewsParium. Macrinus (217-218).
22mm // 5,86g.
Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: C G I H P.
Capricorn right, with globe between hooves and cornucopia over shoulder.
BMC 111.
2 commentsXLi12/03/17 at 14:32*Alex: Nice coin
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, CARACALLA, THRACE. Hadrianopolis. AE Unit91 viewsTHRACE. Hadrianopolis.
Caracalla. 198-217 AD.
AE Unit (3.52 gm; 17 mm).
Laureate head right / Eros on dolphin right.
Youroukova 386 var. (unlisted dies); SNG Copenhagen -; BMC Thrace pg. 119, 22.
3 commentsXLi12/03/17 at 14:31*Alex: Great reverse.
5737 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Tetradrachm 129-30 AD Helios40 viewsReference.
Emmett 852.14; Köln 1002; Dattari 1384; Milne 1280; Curtis 429; RPC III, 5737

Issue L IΔ = year 14

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

Rev. L-IΔ date across field.
Radiate and draped bust right of Helios; wearing a paludamentum

13.28 gr
25 mm
3 commentsokidoki12/03/17 at 09:01*Alex: Superb. Helios almost looks like Antinous.
327 Hadrian Denarius Roma 134-38 AD Hadrian & Hispania40 viewsReference.
RIC 327; C.1260; Strack 321; var. no rabbit

Head of Hadrian, laureate, right.

Hadrian, togate, standing right, holding roll in left hand and extending right hand to raise up Hispania, kneeling in front of him and holding branch in left hand; "No rabbit center."

3.23 gr
18 mm
3 commentsokidoki12/03/17 at 08:55*Alex: Great portrait, great coin.
5778 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Drachm 130-31 AD Alexandria, standing head bowed33 viewsReference.
Emmett 964.15; RPC III, 5778; Köln 1035; Dattari (Savio) 7545; K&G 32.508

Issue L IE = year 15

Laraureate draped and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, r., seen from front

Rev. L ΙΕ
Alexandria, head bowed, standing, r.; to r., Emperor (Hadrian), laureate-headed, wearing toga, standing facing, head l., holding sceptre.

26.84 gr
33 mm

Ex Steve P
CNG 388, Lot: 339
3 commentsokidoki12/03/17 at 08:54*Alex: Really nice. Outstanding for the type.
Byzantine, Leo V and Constantine 813-820 AD, AE Follis, SBCV - 163565 viewsOBV Facing Busts of Leo on l. and Constantine

REV Λ K ( Initials of Leon and Konstantine ) Cross above

3.86gm and 22.4mm

Ex Forum Coin
1 commentsSimon11/24/17 at 15:34*Alex: Great coin. Five stars.
Roman Empire, Magnentius79 viewsCentenionalis
Obv.: D N MAGNENTIVS PF AVG, draped and cuirassed bust right. A behind
Rev.: GLORIA ROMANORVM, Magnentius on horseback right, thrusting spear at man kneeling; TRS crescent.
RIC 271
Ex lodge-hill 2017
3 commentsXLi11/22/17 at 11:37*Alex: You need to do your other Magnentius too.
RIC 0051A Domitianus84 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG PONT, Laureate head right
Rev: TR P COS VII DES VIII P P, Dolphin coiled round anchor
AU/Aureus (19.28 mm 7.145 g 6h) Struck in Rome 81 A.D. (4th group)
RIC unpublished (will be given 51A), BMCRE-BNF unpublished
Ex Martì Hervera & Soler Y Llach Auction 1099-1 Lot 136
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus11/22/17 at 11:28*Alex: Wow!
Roman Empire, Magnentius79 viewsCentenionalis
Obv.: D N MAGNENTIVS PF AVG, draped and cuirassed bust right. A behind
Rev.: GLORIA ROMANORVM, Magnentius on horseback right, thrusting spear at man kneeling; TRS crescent.
RIC 271
Ex lodge-hill 2017
3 commentsXLi11/21/17 at 15:02*Alex: Nice coin XLi, but with such a basic attribution y...
RPC-1666-Domitian87 viewsAR Didrachm, 6.38g
Rome mint (for Cappadocia), 93-94 AD
Obv: AYT KAI ΔOMITIANOC CЄBACTOC ΓЄPM; Head of Domitian, laureate, r.
Rev : No legend; emperor in quadriga, r., holding laurel branch in r. hand, sceptre in l. hand
RPC 1666 (18 spec.).
Ex Lanz, eBay, November 2017.

This is a fairly rare Cappadocian didrachm of Domitian struck late in the reign. The pronounced 'Roman' style and six o'clock die axis are clear evidence it was produced in Rome for circulation in the province. Remarkably, this reverse is the only instance of Domitian in a quadriga that was struck in silver for either the imperial or provincial issues. Naturally, one may ask for what reason is Domitian triumphing here? In May 92 Domitian left Rome for a military campaign along the Danube against the Sarmatians known as the Second Pannonian war. The conflict lasted eight months and Domitian was back in Rome by January 93. He was awarded only an ovation but not a full triumph, so it is unclear what triumph this reverse refers to.

Struck in fine late Domitianic style.
7 commentsDavid Atherton11/16/17 at 11:23*Alex: Congratulations on a nice find David.
Byzantine, JOHN II, METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON SBCV-1945 DOC 12 CLBC 3.4.1 240 views
OBV Full length figure of Christ standing on a dais, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds Gospels in l. hand.

REV Full length figure of Emperor wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece and jeweled loros of a simplified type. Holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. hand gl. cr.

Size 21mm


6 commentsSimon10/29/17 at 10:18*Alex: Great coin.
ROMAN EMPIRE, Hadrian Dupondius 117 AD Concordia154 viewsReference.
RIC 538b; C. 260; BMC 1107; Strack 502

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

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

28 mm

CNG Sale 11/09.
From the Estate Collection of Dr. Richard Doty
8 commentsokidoki08/23/17 at 08:56*Alex: Wow.
Kingdom of Thrace, Lysimachos, 305 - 281 B.C., Portrait of Alexander the Great138 viewsSilver tetradrachm, Apparently unpublished; Thompson -, Müller -, SNG -, Armenak Hoard -, Black Sea Hoard - , et al. -, gVF, nice style, a few bump, small test cut in edge, Lysimachia(?) mint, weight 17.024g, maximum diameter 30.0mm, die axis 90o, c. 297 - 281 B.C.; obverse diademed head of Alexander the Great wearing the horn of Ammon; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΛYΣIMAXOY, Athena seated left on prow-like throne, Nike crowning king's name in right, rests left arm on round shield behind, ΠA monogram over AP monogram left, lion head left in exergue; possibly unique;

EX; FORVM Ancient Coins ' Shop.

We were unable to find another example with this combination of control symbols. Thompson lists the lion head and AP monogram control symbols for Lysimachia, but not together. The ΠA monogram is not listed for not for Lysimachia but is listed for other mints.

*With my sincere thank , Photo and Description courtesy of FORVM Ancient Coins Staff.

From The Sam Mansourati Collection.
3 commentsSam08/18/17 at 19:25*Alex: Beautiful coin Sam.
Octavian AR Denarius. Rome.104 viewsBare head of Octavian right / Arch surmounted by facing Quadriga bearing Octavian.
aF. 3.31 Gr.
Ref; RSC I: 123.

8 commentsSam08/12/17 at 10:16*Alex: RSC I: 123. Nice coin Sam.
ROMAN EMPIRE, Caracalla, Rome mint, struck 214 AD, AE Sestertius117 viewsM AVREL ANTONINVS PIVS AVG BRIT laureate-headed, draped and cuirassed bust right
P M TR P XVI IMP COS IIII P P, S-C Mars standing left
RIC IV: 496b
3 commentsdupondius08/12/17 at 09:15*Alex: Well spotted imperator! Dupondius is no longer a F...
Domitian as Caesar RIC-517115 viewsAR Cistophorus, 10.77g
Rome mint (for Asia), 80-81 AD (Titus)
Obv: CAES DIVI F•DOMITIANVS COS VII; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: DIVO VESP across field; Altar shrine
RIC 517 (R). BMC 150. RSC 95. RPC 862 (6 spec.). BNC 112.
Acquired from NumisCorner, July 2017.

A fairly scarce Domitian Caesar cistophorus struck under Titus. The reverse honours the divine Vespasian and shows what catalogues have traditionally called a 'large altar' - in fact what the reverse depicts is a shrine in the shape of an altar. The doors, columns, and steps are strong evidence that what we are seeing is a building and not an altar. How the shrine related to the Temple of the Divine Vespasian is unknown.

Struck in good metal and fine Roman style.
9 commentsDavid Atherton08/09/17 at 08:33*Alex: I agree, a very nice coin.
RIC 0640 Domitianus139 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XIIII CENS PER 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 (35.88 mm 27.28 g 6h) Struck in Rome 88-89 A.D.
RIC 640 (R), BMCRE 410, BNF unlisted
Purchased from Dr. Busso Peus on MA-Shops
14 commentsFlaviusDomitianus08/07/17 at 11:11*Alex: A beautiful coin, superb piece of art.
RIC 141448 viewsRoman Empire, Vespasian 69-79, Denarius, 3.24g:
Obv: Laureate head of Vespasian right "IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS II TRPPP" Rev: "AVG" within an wreath, Phi-Alpha monogram above ties. "AVG" in the center.
RIC 1414.
Ephesos mint, Some roughness on the reverse.
Ex Savoca Auction #9, lot 533 8/21/16
Lot 152 Aegean Nuismatics Agora Auctions July 20. 2017.

Yes, this is yet another denarius of Vespasian. I like his coins for the variety they offer. There are many interesting reverses on his coinage. this one has an exceptional portrait. You might notice a difference in the portrait style of the denarius when compared to other denarii of Vespasian. This coin was minted in Ephesus. Apparently, the engravers that worked in that mint included some masters of the art. Compare the portrait style to the Rome mint denarii in this gallery.

The other interesting thing abut this coin is the reverse. It only has very simple design elements, the wreath and the title AVG forAugustus. Yet there is a real elegance to this reverse for all of its simplicity. There are other Vespasian denarii with this reverse, but my example is one of the rare examples.

As long as there are interesting and artistic example such as this one, I will continue to add Vespasian's denarii to my collection.
4 commentsorfew07/31/17 at 09:20*Alex: Nice!
GREEK, Macedonia, Neapolis AR Hemidrachm circa 424-350 BC 13mm 1.90g 1h67 viewsFacing Gorgoneion,Rev Head of nymph to right.1 commentsGrant H07/28/17 at 09:50*Alex: Wow. Beautiful coin.
Byzantine Empire / Basil II. And Constantine VIII.61 viewsAnonymous AE of Christ 976 - 1025 AD , uncertain mint.
Obverse : + Emma NOVHL / IC - XC, Christ bust.

Reverse : + IhSVS / XRISTVS / BASILEV / BASILE, top & Below vegetal ornament.

Ch VF ,10.14 gr 28.5 mm

Sear 1813
4 commentsSam07/25/17 at 08:07*Alex: Great coin Sam. Five stars.
BYZANTINE, ISAAC II ANGELUS, METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON S-2004 DOC 4 CLBC 7.4.1 86 viewsOBV Full length figure of Virgin nimbate, orans, standing on dais, wearing tunic and maphorion; beardless, nimbate head of Christ on breast.

REV Full length figure of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. anexikakia. Manus Dei in upper right field


Weight 5.3 1gm

DOC lists 16 examples with weights from 1.70gm to 4.36 and sizes 19mm to 24x18mm

Nicest example I have ever seen, just added to my collection, almost perfect except for wear on the Virgins face VF/EF
1 commentsSimon07/20/17 at 10:30*Alex: Very nice example indeed.
Titus RIC-516147 viewsAR Cistophorus, 10.55g
Rome mint (for Asia), 80-81 AD
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: Aquila between two standards, one surmounted by a banner, the other by a hand
RIC 516 (R). BMC 149. RSC 398. RPC 861 (4 spec.). BNC -.
Ex CNG E400, 28 June 2017, lot 609.

A small issue of Asian cistophori were struck under Titus in 80 or 81 AD. Style and the six o'clock die axis point to Rome as the likely mint. Two types were coined for Titus - Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus and Aquila between two standards. These are the only coins of Titus that are identifiable as being struck after the fire of 80 since one of the types commemorates the restoration of the Capitoline Temple. The issue continued into Domitian's reign with the same two reverse types. The fact that Titus' cistophori are much rarer than those of Domitian may indicate they were struck near the end of Titus' reign in 81 rather than 80. The aquila between two standards copies similar reverse types from Nero's denarii and the bronze of Galba. The portraits on Titus' cistophori are in the same style as his pulvinaria denarii.

Struck in fine Roman style. Golden toned with hints of a rainbow hue.
11 commentsDavid Atherton07/14/17 at 08:35*Alex: Great coin David.
Egypt, Alexandria: Nero (54-68 CE) BI Tetradrachm, RY14 (Köln 203-204; Dattari (Savio) 244; Milne 298-299; Emmett 129)41 viewsObv: NEΡΩ KΛAV KAIΣ ΣEB ΓΕΡ AV; radiate head of Nero left, wearing aegis; LI∆ to left
Rev: ΠΟΣEIΔWN IΣΘMIΟΣ; bust of Poseidon right, wearing taenia, slight drapery on left shoulder; trident behind, star to right
3 commentsQuant.Geek05/24/17 at 12:39*Alex: I agree.
Roman Empire, Caracalla Bimetallic Sestertius216 viewsObv. M AVR ANTONINVS PIVS FELIX AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right.
Rev. P M TR P XVII IMP III COS IIII P P, emperor, accompanied by two officiers, standing r. on platform, haranguing soldiers behind, standards, in ex. S C.
Mint: Rome, 214 A.D.

32mm 32.71g

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

Before a battle, or on parade, the emperor would address his troops in an event known as an adlocutio cohortium (address to the cohorts). This was an important opportunity for the emperor to be present among his troops and inspire morale and esprit de corps among them. A sestertius of Gaius (Caligula), issued on behalf of a donative for the Praetorian Guard, was the first to employ the adlocutio as a reverse type. Similar subsequent issues were minted to emphasize the emperor's perceived, if not actual, role as military commander. The present specimen commemorates Caracalla's victory against the Germans and his preparations for a Persian war. Caracalla idolized Alexander the Great and, as other emperors before him, wished to recreate his successes in the east. Thus, in 214 AD, after having been proclaimed "Alexander" at Philippopolis in Thrace, he assembled his troops, who had been outfitted as Macedonians, and proceeded into Asia Minor. Caracalla's ambitions were, however, hampered by his own unfit physical and mental state; over the next three years the campaign degeneratged into near-chaos and ended with Caracalla's murder.
(written by CNG, 2003)
7 commentskc05/14/17 at 08:20*Alex:
Roman Empire, Magnentius, The horseman attack the soldier110 viewsAE centenionalis
350-351 AD.
Bare-headed,draped and cuirassed bust rigtht. D N MAGNEN TIVS PF AVG. A behind. / Magnentius on horseback galloping right,spearing enemy,broken spear and shield below horse. Star above. GLORIA ROMANORVM
In exergue SAR[dot]
Not in RIC,Cohen,BMC.
Ex lucernae 2014
4 commentsXLi05/13/17 at 07:45*Alex: Indeed.
RIC 0278 Domitianus174 viewsObv: CAESAR DIVI AVG F DOMITIANVS COS VII, Laureate head right, bust draped
Rev: CERES AVGVST / S - C (in field), Ceres standing left, with corn ears and torch
AE/Dupondius (28.16 mm 8.480 g 6h) Struck in Rome 80-81 A.D. (Group 1)
RIC 278 (R2, Titus), BMCRE- BNF unlisted
ex Bertolami Auction 29 lot 464
13 commentsFlaviusDomitianus04/12/17 at 08:34*Alex: Superb portrait indeed.
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, HADRIAN, EGYPT, Alexandria, Dichalkon 126-27 AD Crocodile standing right145 viewsReference.
Emmett 1291; RPC III, 6297; Köln 3383; Dattari 6212

Issue Arsinoite

Laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder

Rev. ΑΡС, L ΙΑ
Crocodile, wearing sun disk, right

2.76 gr
15 mm
5 commentsokidoki03/27/17 at 10:24*Alex: Very nice! I like it.
Roman empire provincial, Macrinus, Billon-Tetradrachm, Antioch Syria68 viewsMacrinus, 217-218 AD., Antioch mint in Syria.
Obverse: AYT K M OP CE MAKRINOC CEB, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Reverse: DHMARC EX UPA TO, eagle standing facing with open wings, head right standing on a leg and thigh of a sacrificial animal.
Dot (delta ?) dot at top left, dot epsilon dot at top right.
Sear Greek 2948, Prieur 246, weight 14,27gr., 26.17 mm.
sold 2-2018
2 commentsNORMAN K03/20/17 at 09:39*Alex: Nice portrait.
Quinarius for Vespasian. RIC 1071.127 viewsQuinarius for Vespasian. Rome mint. 1st half 79 AD.
1.56 gr & 15 mm.
Observe : IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG COS IX. Laureate head right.
Reverse : VICTORIA AVGVST. Victory stg. right with wreath & palm.
RIC 1071.
Extremely rare (R3). Known only at Budapest and missing from all other places.
Perfect centering and complete legends. Lovely patina.
9 commentslabienus03/07/17 at 19:19*Alex: Superb.
MEDIEVAL, ENGLAND, Edward I (1272-1307), AR Penny, Class 3g, London.102 viewsEdward I, Plantagenet king of England (1272-1307)

Obverse: +EDW R ANGL DNS HYB, Facing small neat bust of Edward I with narrow face and spread crown.
Reverse: CIVITAS LONDON, Long cross with trefoil of pellets in each angle.
Weight: 1.35g.
N.1022; SPINK.1393

New coinage, class 3g penny (struck 1280 to 1281) London mint.

2 commentsAnemicOak03/06/17 at 12:03*Alex: Nicely centred too.
Roman Empire, Constantius I. Chlorus (293-305 A.D. Caesar, 305-306 A.D. Augustus), Siscia, RIC VI 109a, -/Γ//SIS, AE-Follis, GENIO POPVLI ROMANI, Genius standing left, #1339 views121 Constantius-I. Chlorus (293-305 A.D. Caesar, 305-306 A.D. Augustus), Siscia, RIC VI 109a, -/Γ//SIS, AE-Follis, GENIO POPVLI ROMANI, Genius standing left, #1
avers:- CONSTANTIVS-NOB-CAES, Laureate head right.
revers:- GENIO-POP-VLI-ROMANI, Genius standing left, holding patera and cornucopia.
exergo: -/Γ//SIS, diameter: 28-29mm, weight: 9,26g, axis: 11h,
mint: Siscia, date: 299 A.D., ref: RIC-VI-109a, p-467,
6 commentsquadrans02/23/17 at 19:38*Alex: Superb coin quadrans!
Greek, Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum Lockett parts 1-5,GREEK, Satraps of Caria, Maussolos, AR Tetradrachm circa 377-353 BC 24 mm 15.25g 12h92 viewsRichard Cyril Lockett plate 9,2382,Prof.S.Pozzi,Plate LXXVII,2624.
Head of Apollo facing slightly right.Rev MAUSSOLLOS, Zeus Labraundos standing right holding double axe {labyrs} and lotus tipped scepter me monogram behind.
EX Harlan Berk 4-023-2005
EX Lockett lot 2382 1955
EX Dr. Pozzi lot 2624 4-4-1921 sold for 340 francs
1 commentsGrant H02/16/17 at 12:04*Alex: I love the reverse. Nice.
MYTHOLOGICAL CREATURES COLLAGE118 viewsTop row: Agathodaemon; Griffin; Centaur
Row 2: Capricorn; Sphinx; Hippocamp; Kerberos
Row 3: Gorgon; Horned Panther; Phoenix
Bottom row: Pegasos; Pan; Horned Lion; Chimaera
(examples from my collection)
2 commentslaney02/16/17 at 12:00*Alex: Nice collage!
Greek, Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum Lockett parts 1-5,GREEK, Satraps of Caria Maussolos AR Tetradrachm circa 377-353 BC 24 mm 15.25g 12h130 viewsRichard Cyril Lockett plate 9,2382,Prof.S.Pozzi,Plate LXXVII,2624.3 commentsGrant H02/16/17 at 11:50*Alex: Thanks Grant. I have added your info to the descri...
PLOTINE sesterce PLOTINA Sestertius104 viewsAttention !! cette monnaie a été volée. Me contacter si elle réapparaît. Merci.
Be carefull!! this coins has been stolen. Contact me if it reappears. Thanks!

Please add your coin to the lost or stolen gallery.
1 commentsJean-Claude C02/16/17 at 11:44*Alex: Please add your coin to the lost or stolen gallery...
GREEK, Boeotia, Thebes, AR Drachm circa 304-294 BC 18mm 5.42 g115 viewsBoeotian shield.Rev Amphora within incuse square.
EX Glendning 20June 1984
EX Lockett lot 1613 27 May 1959
EX Helbing Munich 1928.
2 commentsGrant H02/14/17 at 11:52*Alex: What is the book or reference this coin is in? Cer...
Greek, Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum Lockett parts 1-5,GREEK, Satraps of Caria Maussolos AR Tetradrachm circa 377-353 BC 24 mm 15.25g 12h130 viewsRichard Cyril Lockett plate 9,2382,Prof.S.Pozzi,Plate LXXVII,2624.3 commentsGrant H02/14/17 at 09:09*Alex: What is the book or reference this coin is in? Cer...
Brutus Gold Stater 183 viewsRoman Consul Brutus in center accompanied by two lictors
KOΣΩN in ex. BR monogram on left.

Eagle standing left on scepter, wings open raising wreath in left claw.

Eastern mint, Dacia? 43-42 B.C.


Choice aUNC

RPC I 1701; BMC Thrace p. 208, 1; BMCRR II 48; Crawford 433/1


Clickable for larger image

For an excellent write up/ theory on these coins including a fascinating metalurgy report:

And of course the numiswiki article:
15 commentsJay GT401/27/17 at 08:33*Alex: Really nice example Jay. Congratulations.
GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa 465-450 BC 25 mm 17.20g 2h Jenkins 230 O61/R12298 viewsCharioteer driving slow quadriga right, in back ground column with Ionic capital. Rev forepart of man-headed bull river god right.
Jenkins Gela Group 111 230 O61/R122, HGC 2,339, SNG ANS 50 same dies, SNG Ashmolean 1733
1 commentsGrant H12/27/16 at 09:49*Alex: Superb coin but you placed in the wrong gallery. I...
Domitian RIC-84486 viewsAR Cistophorus, 10.66g
Rome mint (for Asia), 82 AD
Obv: IMP CAESAR DOMITIANVS AVG; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: Aquila between two standards, one surmounted by a banner, the other by a hand
RIC 844 (R). BMC p. 352. RSC 668. RPC 868 (3 spec.). BNC 224.
Ex. Harlan J. Berk 144, 13 July 2005, lot 572.

Rare with undated obverse legend. Struck contemporaneously or subsequently with COS VIII dated cistophori. Style and 6h die axis point to a Rome mint issue.

Good Titus-like portrait in fine early style.
6 commentsDavid Atherton11/01/16 at 21:01*Alex: I agree with Jay, I love those coins too.
Phillip II Macedon AE17.jpg
GREEK, Macedonian kingdom, Philip II, AE17104 viewsobv: Head of Apollo right
rev: Rider on horseback right
Struck 359-336 B.C. under Philip II, father of Alexander the Great
2 commentsJericho10/23/16 at 14:57*Alex: Beautiful, like a cameo.
ROMAN EMPIRE, TITUS, AV Aureus44 viewsTITUS, as Caesar. 69-79 AD. AV Aureus (7.06 gm).
Rome mint. Struck 77-78 AD.

Obv: Laureate head right T CAESAR IMP - VESPASIANVS
Rev: Roma seated right on shields, foot on helmet, holding spear; birds flying on either side; wolf and twins at feet.

RIC I 194 (Vespasian); BMCRE 223 (Vespasian); Calico 738; Cohen 64.
1 commentsanthivs09/23/16 at 10:18*Alex: Great reverse - taken from one of the nicer denari...
Roman Empire Provincial, Quintillus, Egypt, Alexandria, AD 270108 viewsQuintillus
Obv.: A K M A KΛ KVINTIΛΛOC CEB, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rev.: L–A (year 1), Eagle standing right, head left, holding wreath in beak (no palm on wing)
AE, 8.52 g, 20mm
Ref.:Keith Emmett #3907. Scarcer variety
1 commentsNathan L08/24/16 at 19:49*Alex: Nice one!
ROMAN EMPIRE, Caracalla, AR Denarius94 viewsCARACALLA AR silver denarius. Struck at Rome, 213 AD. ANTONINVS PIVS AVG BRIT, laureate head right. Reverse - PROFECTIO AVG, Caracalla standing right, holding a transverse spear, accompanied by signifer, standard behind him. RCV 6877, scarce. 19mm, 3.5g. Good Very Fine2 commentssseverus08/14/16 at 14:00*Alex: Unusual reverse too.
136 Constantinus I. (306-309 A.D. Caesar, 309-910 A.D. Filius Augustorum, 307-337 A.D. Augustus), Siscia, RIC VII 007, AE-3 Follis, -/B//SIS, IOVI CONSERVATORI, Jupiter, R3!!!174 views136 Constantinus I. (306-309 A.D. Caesar, 309-910 A.D. Filius Augustorum, 307-337 A.D. Augustus), Siscia, RIC VII 007, AE-3 Follis, -/B//SIS, IOVI CONSERVATORI, Jupiter, R3!!!
avers:- IMP CONSTANTINVS AVG, Laureate head right.
revers:- IOVICON SERVATORI, Jupiter standing left, holding Victory on globe and scepter, eagle with wreath in beak to left. B in the right field.
exergo: -/B//SIS, diameter: mm, weight: g, axis: h,
mint: Siscia, 2nd. off., date: 313-315 A.D., ref: RIC VII 7, R3!!!
1 commentsquadrans08/10/16 at 07:34*Alex: Great coin, made even more attractive by the nice ...
GREEK, Macedonian kingdom, Alexander III the Great, AR Drachm, Struck 323 – 317 BC at Lampsakos, Mysia.89 viewsObverse: No legend. Head of Herakles, wearing lion-skin knotted at base of neck, facing right.
Reverse: AΛEΞANĐPOY. Zeus Aëtophoros seated facing left, right leg drawn back, feet on stool, eagle in right hand, sceptre in left; buckle in left field; Λ above Ω below throne.
Diameter: 18mm | Weight: 4.16gms | Die Axis: 7 | Cut mark above eyebrow on obverse.
Price: 1376

Alexander the Great reigned from 336 to 323 BC but this coin was struck shortly after his death, in around 323 to 317 BC under Leonnatos, Philip III Arrhidaios, or Antigonos I Monophthalmos.
2 comments*Alex08/08/16 at 07:41*Alex: Thanks Sam.
Mazaios, Satrap of Cilicia AR Stater256 viewsCILICIA, Tarsos. Mazaios. Satrap of Cilicia, 361/0-334 BC., 10.78g. AR Stater
O: Baaltars seated left, head and torso facing, holding eagle, grain ear, and grape bunch in extended right hand, lotus-tipped scepter in left; TN (in Aramaic) to left, M (in Aramaic) below throne, B’LTRZ ("Baal of Tarsos" or "Baaltars" in Aramaic) to right
R: Lion attacking bull left; MZDY (Mazaeus in Aramaic) above, monogram below.
- Casabonne Series 2, Group C; SNG France –; SNG Levante 106.

The obverse of this coin depicts the Baal of Tarsos.

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

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

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

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

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

Mazaios fought Alexander the Great at the Battle of Gaugamela in 331 BC. After this loss, he fled to Babylon. With the Great King Darius III of Persia also fleeing Alexander's army, Mazaios was the person who surrendered the capital of the Persian Empire, Babylon, to Alexander later in 331 BC, which prevented the sack of the city. For doing this without a fight, Alexander appointed him governor of Babylon, which at the time was the world's largest city. Mazaios died in 328 BC.
10 commentsNemonater08/08/16 at 07:32*Alex: Magnificent!
ROMAN EMPIRE / Emperor Gordian III , AD ( 238 – 244 )85 viewsAR Antoninianus (Max Dia 22 mm, 4.57 gr , Die Axis 0).
OBVERSE: radiate bust of Gordian III right IMP CAES M ANT GORDIANVS AVG
REVERSE: Gordian III standing at tripod-altar PM TRP II COS PP
Rome mint. 3rd emission, mid AD 239. Choice EF.
RIC 37, RSC 210, SR (2005) 8637.

From The Sam Mansourati Collection.
2 commentsSam08/08/16 at 07:30*Alex: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Commemorative Series67 viewsCommemorative Series. AD 330-354. Ĉ Follis (17mm, 2.61 g, 6h).
Treveri (Trier) mint, 2nd officina. Struck under Constantine I, AD 332-333. Helmeted and mantled bust of Roma left / She-wolf standing left, head right, suckling the twins Romulus and Remus; two stars above; TR•S. RIC VII 542; LRBC 65. EF, gray-brown patina.

From the collection of the MoneyMuseum, Zurich. Ex Münz Zentrum Köln 104 (6 September 2000), lot 613.
1 commentsLeo08/06/16 at 12:45*Alex: Very nice example. Note the crescent mint-mark on ...
Roman Empire, Constantius II, AE2 - RIC VIII Siscia 225 134 viewsAE2
Obv:– D N CONSTANTIVS P F AVG, Pearl diademed, draped, cuirassed bust left, globe in hand
Rev:– FEL TEMP REPARATIO, Emperor bare headed & in military dress standing, holding standard with chi-rho on banner in his right hand, resting left hand on shield, two bound captives in Phrygian helmets standing, facing each other before him
Minted in Siscia (* | _ // BSISM). A.D. 348-350.
Reference:– RIC VIII Siscia 225 (Rated C2)
3 commentsmaridvnvm07/25/16 at 21:13*Alex:
Sikyon, Peloponnesos, Greece, c. 335 - 330 B.C.210 viewsSilver stater, BCD Peloponnesos 218; SNG Cop 48; Traité III 776; BMC Peloponnesus p. 40, 57; HGC 5 201, gVF, well centered, toned, light marks areas of porosity, 12.150g, 24.7mm, Sikyon mint, c. 335 - 330 B.C.; obverse chimera advancing left on exergue line, right fore-paw raised, wreath above, SE below; reverse dove flying left, N left, all within olive wreath tied on right.

Sikyon was located in the northern Peloponnesos between Corinth and Achaea. Sicyon was known in antiquity for its industries including wood sculpture, bronze work, and pottery. Its central location meant it was frequently involved in the wars of its neighbors, Thebes, Corinth, Athens and Sparta.

From The Sam Mansourati Collection / FORVM Ancient Coins.

7 commentsSam06/23/16 at 12:15*Alex: Then here's another one. Superb coin Sam.
Roman Empire, Otho, Denarius CERES AVG 109 viewsSH79667. Silver denarius, Muona Otho 10b; Butcher-Ponting-Muona 6; ANSCD 1958.217.1; BnF III 1; RIC I 1 (7 spec. known, all minted with the same die-pair), Nice VF, the best portrait and most attractive of the seven known specimens, light rose toning, a few light marks and spots of porosity, Rome mint, weight 3.272g, maximum diameter 17.5mm, die axis 180o, 9 Mar - 17 Apr 69 A.D.; obverse IMP OTHO CAESAR AVG TRP, bare head right; reverse CERES AVG, Ceres standing left, grain-ears raised in right hand, cornucopia in left hand; from the Jyrki Muona Collection

This is the rarest Otho denarius type and one of the rarest 1st century Roman denarii. Only two museums, Paris and ANS, hold examples. A further specimen was found in archeological context in Denmark in 1990s. Besides these, four additional specimens are known. This coin has the best portrait and is clearly the most attractive of the seven known. Jyrki Muona obtained it in 2002 at the NYINC from Glenn Woods.

Otho minted three separate issues. The first and second issues followed Galba's standard of 90% silver. Otho's third issue was debased to 80% silver. All coins of the third issue share the reverse legend PONT MAX, perhaps to make it easy to distinguish the debased coins. One might think our rare coin is simply a reverse legend error for Otho's third issue, PONT MAX Ceres type. However, as Butcher et al. have shown, this is not the case. If CERES AVG was a simple reverse legend error, the flan would be 80% silver. This CERES AVG type was struck on second issue 90% silver flans, probably during planning for the third issue, and perhaps only for testing. The type was apparently not distributed, and was withdrawn, and melted when it was decided to debase the coinage and use the PONT MAX legend. It appears a small number were released, most likely by mistake.
4 commentsJoe Sermarini06/11/16 at 08:34*Alex: Great portrait of Otho.
5920 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Drachm 134-35 AD Triptolemos in chariot62 viewsReference.
Emmett 1060.18; RPC III, 5920; Köln 1143

Issue L IH = year 18

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

Rev. L ΙΗ
Triptolemos in chariot, right, pulled by two winged serpents.

25.62 gr
32 mm
4 commentsokidoki06/11/16 at 08:31*Alex: Attractive coin.
Ionia, Ephesos, (c.4th.-3rd.cent.B.C.), AE-11, BMC Ionia p.55,68-70, Bee with straight wings, E-Φ,181 viewsIonia, Ephesos, (c.4th.-3rd.cent.B.C.), AE-11, BMC Ionia p.55,68-70, Bee with straight wings, E-Φ,
avers:- Turreted head of Tyche left.
revers:- Bee with straight wings E-Φ left and right.
exerg: E/Φ//--, diameter: 10,3-10.6mm, weight: 1,31g, axes: 0h,
mint: Ionia, Ephesos, date:c.4th.-3rd. centuries B.C., ref: BMC Ionia p.55,68-70, SNG Cop 256, SNGvA 1839,
2 commentsquadrans06/09/16 at 07:06*Alex: It's the bee's knees.
Roman empire, Gratian, RIC 015c Siscia53 viewsObverse: DN GRATIANVS PF AVG, diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Reverse: SECVRITAS REIPVBLICAE, Victory advancing left, holding wreath and palm. D in left field
ASIS in ex. Siscia mint. 20.01 mm, 2.7 g.
1 commentsNORMAN K05/27/16 at 07:46*Alex: Nice details and attractive patina.
GREEK, Attica, Athens, 465-454 BC, AR Tetradrachm413 viewsObv. Head of Athena to right, wearing crested Attic helmet adorned with three olive leaves and palmette, round earring and pearl necklace.
Rev. Owl standing right with head facing, ΑΘΕ to right, crescent and olive sprig to left; all within incuse square.
Mint: Attica, Athens, ca. 465-454 BC.

17.10g, 24mm, 10h.

Starr Group V.B.

Ex Roma Numismatics, E-Sale 19, 1. August 2015, lot 95
9 commentskc05/15/16 at 10:54*Alex: Beautiful!
B 001 Anastasius ( 491-518 A.D.), SB-0016var., AE-Follis, (40 Nummia), Constantinopolis, Large M with two stars, Δ//CON, #1,118 viewsB 001 Anastasius ( 491-518 A.D.), SB-0016var., AE-Follis, (40 Nummia), Constantinopolis, Large M with two stars, Δ//CON, #1,
avers: D N ANASTASIVS P P AV(G), Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
revers: Large M, star to left, cross above, star to right, Δ below. Mintmark CON, all in wreath (!).
exe: Δ//CON, diameter: 24-25mm, weight: 9,15g, axis:7h,
mint:Constantinopolis, date: A.D., ref: SB 16 var., p-37, DOC 20a,
1 commentsquadrans05/07/16 at 09:39*Alex: Great addition. Never seen one with the wreath bef...
Claudius, RIC 103, for Agrippina Junior, Sestertius of AD 50-5498 viewsĈ Sestertius (27,0g, Ĝ 33mm, 6h). Thracien mint. Struck AD 50-54 (under Claudius).
Obv.: AGRIPPINA·AVG·GERMANICI·F·CAESARIS·AVG, Agrippina Jr. draped bust right, hair in long plait.
Rev.: no legend, Carpentum left, drawn by two mules, the cover supported by standing figures at each corner and with ornamented side.
RIC Claudius 103 (R3); BMC p195*; Cohen unlisted
Ex Cayón Subastas, speed auction 32, Feb. 2016; ex Ex Cayón, Dec. 2006.
8 commentsCharles S03/30/16 at 19:51*Alex: Congratulations Charles on obtaining such a superb...
SYRIA, SELEUCIS AND PIERIA. Tetradrachm of Nero and Claudius I.128 viewsObverse : NERO CLAVD DIVI CLAVD F CAESAR AVG GER
Laureate head of Nero right; behind, star
Laureate head of Divus Claudius right.
Mint : Syria, city of Antioch 63-68 AD.
Choice VF.
Ref : McAlee 270 .Prieur 48.

From The Sam Mansourati Collection.
10 commentsSam03/24/16 at 10:34*Alex: I love this coin. Congratulations for getting such...
Eagle141 viewsA limestone sculpture of an Eagle, (representing Jupiter) clutching a Snake in its beak (representing Death). Was found in September 2013 during building work in the Minories area of the City of London. It was made in what is now the Cotswolds area of England around 1900 years ago and would have sat in an alcove of a tomb, just outside the city boundary of Londinium. I was lucky to see this back in November 2013 as it is now no longer on display.3 commentsMasis03/11/16 at 10:10*Alex:
Eagle141 viewsA limestone sculpture of an Eagle, (representing Jupiter) clutching a Snake in its beak (representing Death). Was found in September 2013 during building work in the Minories area of the City of London. It was made in what is now the Cotswolds area of England around 1900 years ago and would have sat in an alcove of a tomb, just outside the city boundary of Londinium. I was lucky to see this back in November 2013 as it is now no longer on display.3 commentsMasis03/08/16 at 07:22*Alex: You were very lucky. It is a superb example. Do yo...
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Macrinus. AE 30. Nicopolis Ad Istrum.113 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 10:06*Alex: Superb portrait.
ROMAN, Emperor Claudius II Gothicus ( AD 268-270 )168 viewsAE Antoninianus , with a superb portrait , (as found patina)
Obverse: IMP CLAVDIVS P F AVG, radiate and draped bust right 
Reverse: FIDES MILIT, Fides ( goddess of trust )standing left holding two Legionary ensigns. S in Exergue.
Mediolanum ( Milan ) mint AD 268-270.
Weight: 3.4 gr. Max Diameter: 18 mm.
Reference: RIC VI 149 Mediolanum.

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

From The Sam Mansourati Collection.
4 commentsSam02/03/16 at 10:26*Alex: Nice coin all round.
ROMAN EMPIRE, Antoninus Pius AE Sestertius - RIC 583109 viewsĈ Sestertius (25,9g, Ĝ 32mm, 6h). Rome, AD 139.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head right.
Rev.: MAVRETANIA around, COS II in ex., S | C, Mauretania, bare-headed, standing l, in short tunic, holding crown and sceptre (normally a spear).
RIC 583 (R2); BMCRE 1190 note; Cohen 551 (40 fr.); Strack 789; Banti 235 (this specimen illustrated).
Ex Mike R. Vosper, October 2015; ex Vinchon sale, 1973.
3 commentsCharles S10/19/15 at 14:07*Alex: Superb portrait.
Aspendos, Pamphylia.156 viewsCirca 380/75-330/25 BC.
With the influence of the Olympics games , Silver Stater.
Obverse : Two wrestlers grappling; LΦ between, below.
Reverse : Slinger in throwing stance right; EΣTFEΔIIYΣ to left, counterclockwise triskeles of legs to right , Small eagle's head banker mark.
Mint : Aspendos (in our days , Antalya province of Turkey).
Ref ; Tekin Series 4; Arslan & Lightfoot 61–72 (same dies); Izmir 413 (same dies); SNG von Aulock 4565; SNG France 105 (same obv. die); SNG Copenhagen 227.
Extremely fine . 10.86 Gr . Max Dia 23 mm . Struck from fresh , artistic and well executed dies.

The Sam Mansourati Collection.
3 commentsSam10/03/15 at 10:03*Alex: Superb coin. I love it. Congratulations Sam.
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Trajan AR Tetradrachm, Phoenicia Tyre. AD 98-117.131 viewsStuck AD 103-109.
Ar 14,0 g.
2 commentsYuriy D08/20/15 at 08:56*Alex: Nice coin, and a great addition to the gallery Yur...
Antoninus Pius, RIC 655, Sestertius of AD 140-144 (Victoria flying with open wreath)59 viewsĈ Sestertius (25,48g, Ĝ 31mm, 5h). Rome, AD 140-144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate head right.
Rev.: VICTORIA AVGVSTI around, S | C low in field, Victoria wearing towered headdress, winged, draped, flying left, holding an open wreath in both hands..
RIC 655 (S); BMC 1329; Cohen 1087 (6 fr.); Strack 867; Banti 513 (4 spec.)
Ex Nomos, July 2015
4 commentsCharles S08/06/15 at 11:19*Alex: Great Victory!
Diocletian, 284-305 AD. AR Argenteus, Thessalonica105 viewsObverse: DIOCLETI-ANVS AVG - Laureate bust of Diocletian Facing Right
Reverse: VIRTVS MILITVM - 3 Turreted Campgate With No Doors , .T.S.B. in ex.

Thessalonica mint, struck c. 302 AD.
Attribution: R.I.C. VI Thessalonica 15a , Rare.
Weight: 2.96 Gr , Max Diameter:  20 mm
Die Axis: 11 H , Ch gVF.

From The Sam Mansourati Collection./ NO. RI 3001
5 commentsSam08/01/15 at 22:02*Alex: Nice coin!
Emperor PHILIP I , Commemorating the 1000th Anniversary of Rome.136 viewsPHILIP I , The Syrian (244–249). Silver Antoninianus. Rome.
Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Reverse : SAECVLARES AVGG / I. Lion walking right.

Rome mint , year AD 248

4.28 g. Max Diameter 23 mm. ChVF . RIC 12.

EX Pecunem 33 Lot 566

Philip I was the first Roman emperor believed in Christianity.
While Roman emperor Constantine the Great or the first was the first Roman emperor
believed in Christianity and announced it as the religion of the Roman empire.

From The Sam Mansourati Collection.
5 commentsSam08/01/15 at 22:00*Alex: Great lion. Great coin all round.
Probus Stlyes Montage366 viewsmaridvnvm posted this on the discussion board July 17, 2006:

One of my specialist areas is Probus and I thought I would share a little montage that I have put together. We must remember that stylistic changes occur within a mint over the time of a single emperor as well as between mints and it is often necessary to become as familiar as we can with these style differences to be able to determine the correct mint placement for some coins.

Here are some Bust Type Cs (Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right (seen from the rear)) for arrange of mints under Probus including some examples from different periods of output from these mints where I have examples to show. I hope it is evident that there are marked differences to be seen between the mints but also within a single mint just for this short period of production. I have taken a random sample of coins and there are different styles notable between dies from the same period but they are all generally evident that they come from a particular mint at a particular period.

The output of Antioch and Tripolis are notably more crude and eccentric than the output of the other mints,

Similar stylistic differences can be seen for the other

3 commentsJoe Sermarini07/25/15 at 09:31*Alex: Great example Joe and nicely done Martin.
ROMAN EMPIRE, ANTONINUS PIUS sestertius, RIC 891 74 viewsĈ Sestertius (27,0g, Ĝ 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 Jesús Vico, S.A., auction 142, June, 2015.
2 commentsCharles S07/04/15 at 08:45*Alex: Superb portrait and great cleaning job. What a dif...
RIC 0270 Domitianus121 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 07:22*Alex: Superb eagle!
Domitian RIC-656103 viewsAR Denarius, 3.44g
Rome mint, 88-89 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: IMP XVII COS XIIII CENS•P•P•P•; Minerva adv r., with spear and shield (M1)
RIC 656 (R). BMC 147. RSC 246. BNC -.
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 09:30*Alex: Great coin David. Congratulations.
Diocletian, Tetradrachm46 viewsAlexandria mint, year 9 (AD 292/293)
DIOKLETIANOCCEB, Laureate and cuirassed bust right
L - ENATOY, Nike flying right, A in exergue
7.91 gr
Ref : Emmett # 4064 (R3)
2 commentsPotator II06/29/15 at 09:35*Alex: Well above average for the type.
1343 - M. Aemilius Scaurus and P. Plautius Hypsaeus. Denarius73 viewsRome mint, 58 BC
M SCAVR AED CVR In two lines above camel, EX | SC, in exergue REX ARETAS, King Aretas of Nabataea, kneeling right beside a camel, holding an olive branch
P HVPSAEVS AED CVR in two lines, CAPTVM in the right field, C HVPSAE COS PREIVER in two lines, Jupiter driving a quadriga left, holding a thunderbolt
Ref : RCV #379
3 commentsPotator II06/29/15 at 09:33*Alex: ★★★★★
022b Titus (69-79 A.D. Caesar, 79-81 A.D. Augustus), RIC 0025, RIC II(1962) 0012, AR-Denarius, Roma, TR P VIIII IMP XIIII COS VII P P, Quadriga left, #1637 views022b Titus (69-79 A.D. Caesar, 79-81 A.D. Augustus), RIC 0025, RIC II(1962) 0012, AR-Denarius, Roma, TR P VIIII IMP XIIII COS VII P P, Quadriga left, #1
avers: IMP-TITVS-CAES-VESPASIAN-AVG-P-M, Laureate head right.
revers: TR-P-VIIII-IMP-XIIII-COS-VII-P-P, Quadriga left with corn ears in car.
exe: -/-//--, diameter: 18-18,5mm, weight: 2,90g, axis: 5h,
mint: Rome, date: 79 A.D., ref: RIC 0025, RIC II(1962) 0012 p-117, RSC-278, BMC 18, BN 15, C 277,
7 commentsquadrans06/03/15 at 07:22*Alex: Nice one!
Syria, Antioch, Philip I, Eagle36 viewsPhilippus I.
Syria, Antiochia
Billon tetradrachm
Obv.: ΑΥΤΟΚ Κ Μ ΙΟΥΛΙ ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟC CΕΒ, radiate and cuirassed bust left
Rev.: ΔΗΜΑΡΧ ΕΞ ΟΥCΙΑC ΥΠΑΤΟ Γ, eagle standing right, with wings spread, holding wreath in beak.
Billon, 11.35g, 26x27mm
Ref.: Prieur 354
3 commentsshanxi06/01/15 at 12:20*Alex: Great looking coin!
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.
Ĉ (33mm, 25.11 g, 6h).

EX CNG e- 349 lot 264.
From The Sam Mansourati Collection. / NO. RI 2035
10 commentsSam05/02/15 at 09:00*Alex: Great coin Sam. Congratulations.
M. Plaetorius M.f. Cestianus – Plaetoria-642 viewsROMAN REPUBLIC M. Plaetorius M.f. Cestianus. 57 BC. AR Denarius (18mm, 3.91 g, 9h). Rome mint. Draped female bust (Ceres?) right; simpulum to left / Upright winged caduceus. r., M PLAETORI; on l., CEST EX S C Crawford 405/3b; Sydenham 805; Plaetoria 6; RCV 3422 commentsBud Stewart05/02/15 at 08:53*Alex: It is indeed. Congratulations Bud.
Moesia, Markianopolis, 055 Diadumenian (217-218 A.D. as Caesar, 218 A.D. as Augustus), Moesia, Markianopolis, Hristova-Jekov (2014), AE-18, MAPKIANO ΠOLEIΤΩN, Eagle,373 viewsMoesia, Markianopolis, 055 Diadumenian (217-218 A.D. as Caesar, 218 A.D. as Augustus), Moesia, Markianopolis, Hristova-Jekov (2014), AE-18, MAPKIANO ΠOLEIΤΩN, Eagle,
avers: M-OΠEΛΛI-ANTΩNEINO (NE are ligate), Bare, draped bust right.
revers: MAPKIANO-ΠOLEIΤΩN, Eagle, standing front, head right, in its beak wreath.
exe: -/-//--, diameter: 17-18mm, weight: 3,47g, axis: 0h,
mint: Moesia, Markianopolis, date: 217-218 A.D., ref: Hristova/Jekov (2014) No.,
2 commentsquadrans05/02/15 at 08:50*Alex: Nice strike and nice patina, I like it.
RPC-1650-Vespasian109 viewsAR Didrachm, 7.22g
Caesarea, Cappadocia mint, 76-77 AD
Obv: AYTOKPA KAICAP OYЄCΠACIANOC CЄBACTOC; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: AYTO KAI OYЄCΠACIANOC CЄBACTOY YIOC, Head of Titus, laureate, r.
RPC 1650 (38 spec.).

Caesarea, Cappadocia struck a fairly large issue of silver coins in 76/77 AD. There are two distinct styles: "Roman" (6 o'clock die axis) struck at Rome for Cappadocia , and "local" (12 o'clock die axis) struck at Caesarea. This didrachm, struck in local style, features a portrait of Titus on the reverse and probably is the most common type minted at Caesarea. This reverse emphasised Vespasian's desire to found a dynasty with Titus as his heir and mirrors those minted at Antioch and Alexandria, evidence of how important this message was to the imperial authorities.

A coin in very fine style (similar to denarii struck at Ephesus) and struck on a thick flan with dark toning.
8 commentsDavid Atherton03/31/15 at 09:04*Alex: Great coin! The two portraits are superb.
Athena. Classical Beauty Fifth century BC190 viewsc 431/ 415 BC
"Archaic style" head of Athena, wearing crested helmet ornamented with olive leaves and floral scroll, on Athen tetradrachm

I consider this coin as historical to the extent that athenian owl tetradrachm was the first widely used international coinage.

Here, all the coin :
2 commentsmoneta romana03/21/15 at 17:02*Alex: Beautiful example.
Matidia, niece of Trajan, mother of Sabina165 viewsĈ Sestertius (25.51g, Ĝ35mm, 6h), Rome mint. Struck AD 113-117.
MATIDIA AVG DIVAE MARCIANAE F, draped diademed bust of Matidia facing right.
PIETAS AVGST (around) S C (in ex.), Pietas standing left, placing her hands on the heads of two children.
RIC (Trajan) 761 [R3]; Cohen 11 (350 Fr.); Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 107:112
ex Ibercoins, Madrid

Matidia was the daughter of Trajan's sister Marciana and thus niece of Trajan, born about AD 68. She assumed the title of Augusta upon the death of her mother in 112. On reverse, Matidia, as Pietas, with her daughters Matidia the younger and Sabina, future wife of Hadrian. After her death in 119, a temple was dedicated to her on the forum of Trajan.
3 commentsCharles S02/26/15 at 09:34*Alex: I agree, great portrait.
ROMAN EMPIRE, Claudius I, Fourree Denarius106 viewsClaudius 31-54 A.D.

1 commentsBarry02/24/15 at 10:25*Alex: Very nice, especially as it is a fouree.
Gaius ("Caligula"), RIC 43, for Germanicus, As of AD 39-4015 viewsĈ As (11.9g, Ĝ 28mm, 6h), Rome mint, struck AD 37-38
Obv.: GERMANICVS CAESAR TI AVG F DIVI AVG N, bare head of Germanicus left.
RIC (Gaius) 43 (R2) (but incorrect legends: see note below); BMCRE p.156 n.‡; not in Cohen
Ex G.Henzen (1996)

Germanicus adopted by Tiberius, father of Caligula, lived 15BC-19AD.

Note: Both obverse and reverse legends are wrong in the revised edition of RIC Vol1 (1984) no. 83. The obverse is quoted as "GERMANICVS CAESAR TI AVGvst F DIVI AVG N"; the reverse as "C CAESAR DIVI AVG PRON AVG PM TR Pot III P P": the parts in lower case are incorrect and should be deleted. The 1923 issue of RIC, no. 46 had these legends correct.
1 commentsCharles S02/24/15 at 10:17*Alex: Nice coin and helpful description of RIC's err...
Penannular Fibulae, Omega fibula, Fibula #169, AE with iron pin,336 viewsFibula #169, AE Penannular Fibulae, Omega fibula,
type: Omega fibula, Pennanular fibula,
A Roman annular brooch or ring buckle. Remained iron Pin. Stops formed by raised studs. Decorated with engraved lines.
size: 63,5x56,5mm, weight:30,96g,
date: A.D., ref: ., distribution: ,
3 commentsquadrans01/21/15 at 11:47*Alex: Superb!
Roman Empire, CALIGULA - Ori. Sestertius, c37-8AD144 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 v01/17/15 at 10:51*Alex: Not true.
GREEK, Macedon, Neapolis141 viewsAR hemidrachm. Neapolis ( Macedon). c. 424-350 BC. 1,70 grs. Facing gorgoneion, protruding tongue / Head of Artemis Parthenos right, hair rolled up and tied in taenia. N-E / Π-O around. All within circular incuse.
SNG ANS 430-459.
3 commentsbenito01/16/15 at 23:03*Alex: Very nice coin indeed.
Julia Domna34 viewsJulia Domna. Augusta, AD 193-217. Ĉ As (27mm, 9.59 g, 11h). Rome mint. Struck under Caracalla, circa AD 214. Diademed and draped bust right / Four Vestal Virgins sacrificing over altar in front of the Temple of Vesta. RIC IV 607a (Caracalla). Near VF, dark green patina with light earthen highlights and touches of red, a few cleaning marks.

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

This rare and attractive As of Julia Domna, issued at Rome in AD 214, is on the same theme and records vows for the health of Caracalla undertaken by the Vestal Virgins in a ceremony before the Temple of Vesta. The four Vestals are accompanied by two children and the sanctuary itself appears as a small domed structure in the background. Over the centuries no fewer than seven temples of Vesta occupied the site in the Forum at the northern corner of the house of Vestals. Most were the victims of fire, the sixth temple having been destroyed late in the reign of Commodus (AD 191). Julia Domna herself built the seventh, and the partially reconstructed ruins of this building are still to be seen today.

Description from CNG
1 commentsecoli01/16/15 at 10:34*Alex: Interesting and informative write up.
05 Constantius II65 viewsBGN353 - Constantius II (A.D. 337-361), Pre-Magnentian Revolt, AE Centenionalis, 21mm, 5.14g., Arles mint, first officina, A.D. 348-350, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of the Emperor right, A behind head, rev., FEL TEMP REPARATIO, PARL in exergue, helmeted soldier spearing fallen horseman, A in field, (RIC 119/121-22; Bridgnorth Report #79), very fine. RIC Arles 118

Ex Bridgnorth Hoard, Shropshire, England, buried circa A.D. 355, discovered 2007.

"On October 10th, 2007 a metal detectorist discovered a large scattered hoard of late Roman coins that had been disturbed by deep plowing in a potato field near Bridgnorth, Shropshire. His subsequent actions are praised in the UK government 2007 Portable Antiquities and Treasure Annual Report, where local finds officer Peter Reavill states: “The finder is to be congratulated on the careful plotting and speedy reporting of this hoard as it enabled the excavation to take place and vital depositional information recorded. In turn, this minimised the impact to the landowner and his farming activity.” The majority of hoards that come to light are found outside of planned archaeological excavations, the original owner having selected a secluded spot to conceal his or her wealth away from human habitation, leading to loss of information on the archaeological context of the hoard. In this instance, swift action and close cooperation by the finder and the local Finds Liaison Officer led to an excavation of the findspot. The results of which showed that the hoard had been contained in a large pottery vessel (broken by the plow), most probably previously used as a cooking pot as evidenced by burns marks on the outer edges. The pot had been buried in a U-shaped gulley or ditch that formed part of an otherwise unknown late Roman site.

The hoard consisted of 2892 coins, ranging in date from a Reform Antoninianus of Probus to post Magnentian issues of Constantius II up to A.D. 355. The majority of the hoard was issues of Magnentius and Decentius (75%), followed by pre-Magnentian issues of Constantius II and Constans (18%) and closing with post Magnentian issues of Constantius II and Gallus (7%)."
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1 commentsRandygeki(h2)01/16/15 at 10:28*Alex: Very interesting. I enjoyed reading that. Nice coi...
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Hadrian, Tetradrachm 125-26 AD Agathodaemon133 viewsReference.
Emmett 804.10; Köln 894 Dattari: 1552

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 commentsokidoki01/09/15 at 09:35*Alex: Very nice. I like it.
INDIA, Kushan-Huviska-oHpO142 viewsKushan Empire, Huvishka, Gold Dinar, 21 mm, 7.80g, OhPo (Oesho) or Shiva type (with 4-arms)

Obv: Bearded King's bust emerging from clouds holding a short mace/goad in right hand and a sceptre/sword in left hand, flames coming out from the right shoulder. The King is wearing beautiful clothes and ornaments but the overall look of the King, bearded and with heavy jowl, is nomadic, barbaric and fierce. If the desire was to convey an image of a fierce and uncompromising warrior, then the same has been communicated very well by the die engraver. The King rising from the clouds and with flames coming out from shoulders indicate the King's claim to divinity.

Rev: 4-arm Shiva, nimbate and wearing a 'dhoti' (Indian loin cloth), holding in various arms, Damru or the celestial drum (upper right), Kamandla or water-pot with water pouring forth (lower right), Trishul or trident (upper left) and a Mrig or antelope held by its horns (lower left). The kamandla with water pouring forth symbolizes the blessing of the God on the King's investiture featured on the Obv while the Mrig held by its horns symbolizes the control of (an ascetic) Shiva over sensory perceptions, desires etc of which a fast moving and easily agitated deer/antelope is a symbol. Shiva is also known by various other names with the most popular ones being "Maha Yogi" (Great Ascetic) where Shiva is shown with matted hair and ash smeared over body sitting in "Padmasana" (Padma - Lotus, Asana - yogic posture). He is also termed as "Pashupatinath" (Lord of Animals or Wild Beasts) where the reference to animals/wild beasts is to the wild passions/desires etc that leads mere mortals astray but over which Shiva has mastery and full control. Shiva is also called "Mahadeva" (The Great God), "Mahakaal" (The Great (controller of) Death, Destruction or Time, a reference to Shiva's ability to destroy (evil/ignorance) for new creation and creativity), "Neelkanth" (Blue Throated Lord, a reference to Shiva's selfless act of consuming poison generated from the churning of the ocean to elicit the elixir of life that the Gods drank to become immortal), "Rudra" (Fierce, Mighty, Terrifying etc, a reference to Shiva's ability to eliminate evil and usher peace), etc.

A very fine piece of art in which the swaying 'rudraksha mala' (garland) around the neck of Shiva conveys the necessary vigour and motion together with the other objects shown in the iconography viz vibrating drum, pouring water etc. The facial features of both the King and the Deity complement each other symbolizing common association with the King claiming his right to rule as a "Dev-putra" (Son of God) with the blessing of the God. A powerful iconographic symbol.
2 commentsmitresh12/25/14 at 11:19*Alex: Great coin. I assume this one dates from around 15...
Anglesey 1960 viewsObv: Head of a Druid facing left within an oak wreath (acorn at tie below the ribbon).

Rev: A monogram cipher P. M. Co. WE PROMISE TO PAY THE BEARER ONE PENNY • 1787 (curved 1 that points to the last limb of N. The lower flourish ends over E).


Penny Conder Token

Dalton & Hamer: Anglesey 19
2 commentsSPQR Coins12/20/14 at 12:20*Alex: Very nice example, and one I don't have.
Kings of Thrace, Lysimachos, 305-281 BC, AR Tetradrachm - Magnesia ad Maeandrum27 viewsDiademed head of deified Alexander right, with horn of Ammon.
BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΛYΣIMAXOY Athena enthroned facing left, left arm resting on shield, spear behind, Nike on extended right hand crowning the first letter of Lysimachos’ name, encircled ΓYP monogram inner left field.

Thompson 116.
Magnesia ad Maeandrum 293-287 BC.

(28.3 mm, 17.08 g, 12 h).
Glenn W Woods.
2 commentsn.igma12/20/14 at 12:18*Alex: Superb!
Vespasian RIC 356 and RIC 1553204 viewsAR denarius
Rome mint, 72-73 AD
RIC 356 (C3), BMC 64, RSC 45
Antioch mint, 72-73 AD
RIC 1553 (R3), BMC - , RSC - , RPC -

The first denarius is the common Rome mint example of the priestly implements type. The second coin is the same type struck at Antioch. Notice how the Antioch specimen has the trademark crude lettering style of that mint. Also, the second coin's portrait is reminiscent of contemporary tetradrachms struck in the 'Antioch' style.
3 commentsDavid Atherton12/16/14 at 10:00*Alex: Interesting and informative.
ROMAN EMPIRE, Gordian I Sestertius132 viewsRIC IVb 12
20.53 g, 27 mm x 29 mm
IMP CAES M ANT GORDIANVS AFR AVG, laureate, draped & cuirassed bust right, seen from behind
VICTORIA AVGG S-C, Victory advancing left, holding wreath & palm
1 commentsMark Z12/07/14 at 08:06*Alex:
ROMAN EMPIRE, Gordian I, RIC 1.65 viewsDenarius, March - April 238, Rome mint.
Obverse: IMP M ANT GORDIANVS AFR AVG / Laureate bust of Gordian I.
Reverse: P M TR P COS P P / Gordian I standing, togate, holding branch, and wearing parzonium.
2.88 gm., 20 mm.
RIC #1; Sear #8446.

The third century saw numerous usurpers in various parts of the Empire. However, the local revolt in Africa which brought Gordian I and his son to power was the first and only time the cause of a usurper was taken up by the Senate before a current emperor was dead. Thus the Gordiani became legitimate Roman emperors, and their coinage, all minted at the imperial mint in Rome, became legitimate coinage of the Empire.

ex Gillardi Collection.
Tinchant sale (1962).
2 commentsCallimachus12/07/14 at 08:03*Alex: Wow! Nice one.
PERGAMENE KINGDOM - Philetairos (282-263 BC)41 viewsAR tetradrachm (30mm, 17.21 gm, 12 h). Pergamum, 266-263 BC. Laureate head of Philetairos right / ΦIΛETAIPOY, Athena enthroned left, holding shield in right hand, left elbow resting on sphinx seated right; spear diagonally in background, ivy leaf above knee, bow to outer right, A on throne. Westermark grp. II; SNG BN 1604-5 (Eumenes I). A few light deposits and minor marks, flan flaw on jaw, otherwise sharply struck and well centered. Extremely fine.

Westermark attributed this issue to Eumenes I. However, a more recent analysis of hoard evidence has indicated that this coinage is actually struck during the lifetime of Philetairos, near the end of his reign, following the limited issue of tetradrachms bearing the portrait of Seleukos I. See A. Davesne, G. Le Rider, Gülnar II. Le trésor de Meydancikkale (Paris, 1989), pp. 334-9.
2 commentsRobertBohn11/21/14 at 10:40*Alex: Wonderful.
Drusus. Caesar, AD 19-23. Ĉ As (28mm, 10.63 g, 12h). Rome mint. Struck under Tiberius, AD 22-23. Bare head left / Legend around large S · C. RIC I 4525 viewsJoe Geranio Collection (anyone may use as long as credit is given) Drusus. Caesar, AD 19-23. Ĉ As (28mm, 10.63 g, 12h). Rome mint. Struck under Tiberius, AD 22-23. Bare head left / Legend around large S · C. RIC I 45 (Tiberius).1 commentsJoe Geranio11/08/14 at 15:46*Alex: Nice coin Joe. I like the portrait.
Antoninus Pius denarius Italia33 viewsAR Denarius
Antoninus Pius, 138-161 CE
Diameter: 18mm, Weight: 3.24 grams, Die axis: 7h

Laureate head to right.

Reverse: ITALIA
Italia towered, seated left on globe, holding cornucopiae and sceptre.

Mint: Rome

- This coin can be dated between 140 to 143 CE.
- A scarcer issue of Antoninus, alluding to Italian domination over the world. The cornucopiae symoblises the Roman belief in the prosperity and good fortune they had brought the world
- Denarii minted under the reign of Antoninus Pius had a target weight of 3.4 grams and an average silver content of 88%.

Ex Mike Vosper Coins, 2006
1 commentsPharsalos10/24/14 at 11:48*Alex: Beautiful little coin.
Roman, PLOTINA144 viewsThe Sestertius was minted in c. 112 AD in honour of Pompeia PLOTINA, the wife of TRAJAN (emperor from 98 to 117). Maybe the finest examples of its type to survive from ancient times. It is struck on a broad full flan and the only Plotina Sestertius in the SARTI 1906 sale from the BOLSENA HOARD of the 1890's. This specima sold in 1906 for Liire 1400 an incredible price for a Roman Bronze or any coin at this time. www.petitioncrown.com2 commentssunwukong10/01/14 at 10:14*Alex: Outstanding coin. Thank you for letting us see it.
Roman, Severus Alexander, Silver Denarius163 views59850. Silver denarius, SRCV II 7923, RIC IV 252, RSC III 508a, BMCRE VI 813, VF, scratches, 3.143g, 19.8mm, 0o, Rome mint, 231 - 235 A.D.; obverse IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG, laureate bust right with drapery on left shoulder

Combined photo of coin with bust of Alex for comparison. Love the detail in the hair, eye, and beard. He looks a bit concerned.
2 commentsColby S09/16/14 at 09:32*Alex: Nice presentation.
Roman Empire, Augustus, Posthumous As273 viewsDivus Augustus Ĉ As. Commemorative by Tiberius. DIVVS AVGVSTVS PATER, radiate head left / Eagle standing on globe facing, wings spread, head right, S C at sides. RIC 82

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4 commentsRandygeki(h2)09/09/14 at 13:39*Alex: I like this coin, and it is nicely photographed.
Antoninus Pius, RIC 615a, Sestertius of AD 140-144 (Aeneas) 114 viewsĈ Sestertius (26.15g, Ĝ33mm, 11h). Rome mint. Struck AD 140-44.
Obv/ ANTONINVS · AVGVSTVS PIVS, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right, aegis on left shoulder.
Rev/ P P TR P COS III (in field) [S C (in ex.)], Aeneas wearing a short tunic and cloak, advancing right, looking back, carrying Anchises on his shoulder and holding Ascanius by the hand. Anchises (veiled and draped) carries a box in left hand, Ascanius wears a short tunic and Phrygian cap and caries a pedum (shepherd's crook) in left hand.
RIC 615a (R2), BMCRE 1264, Cohen 655 (80 Fr.), Strack 904 (3 specimens found); Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 309 (same obv. and rev. dies, 3 specimens found).
ex Numphil (Paris, june 2014 auction)

This type is part of a series figuring scenes from ancient Roman legends. The scene depicts Aeneas leaving Troy with his son Ascanius and his father Anchises. According to the legend, Aeneas, son of Venus and the Trojan Anchises, fled by boat with some inhabitants of Troy as it fell to the Greeks, taking the Palladium - the ancient sacred statue of Athena - and eventually made their way west to resettle in Italy. They intermarried with the local inhabitants and founded the town of Lavinium, and became the nucleus of the future Roman people. One of the descendants of Aeneas'son Ascianus was Rhea Silvia, the mother of the twins Romulus and Remus.

Numismatic note: This issue has been struck from a single obverse die with the unique obverse legend "ANTONINVS AVGVSTVS PIVS" found nowhere else in the coinage of Antoninus Pius. This obverse die was used exclusively with two reverse dies with slightly different legends: the one in the photo above, and a similar one with the legend "P P TR POT COS III". The use of the aegis on the bust is not exclusive for this issue, but very rare for Antoninus Pius.
2 commentsCharles S09/05/14 at 10:01*Alex: Very desirable coin, even without the addition of ...
Antoninus Pius, RIC 753, Sestertius of AD 144 (Salus)321 viewsĈ Sestertius (23.55g, Ĝ 31mm, 12h), Rome mint, Struck AD 144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laurate head Antoninus Pius facing right
Rev.: TR·POT COS·III·DES·IIII (around) S C (in ex.), Salus seated left, holding feeding a snake coiling around an altar and resting her left elbow on .
RIC 753; Cohen 929; BMC 1651 note; Strack (*)
ex Cayón auction, May 2013; ex NAC 64, May 2012.

* Very rare variant which Strack did not include in his catalogue (1937) questioning the Cohen record (see Strack: p.347, no. +83). See also the detailed comment of Curtis Clay below.
15 commentsCharles S09/02/14 at 08:56*Alex: Superb portrait, a gorgeous coin. Congratulations.
002p Augustus (63 B.C.-14 A.D.), (Time of Claudius or Nero, circa AD 41-68.??? ), Macedon, Phillipi, RPC I 1651, AE-18, (AE Semis), COHOR-PRAE-PHIL, Three military standards,108 views002p Augustus (63 B.C.-14 A.D.), (Time of Claudius or Nero, circa AD 41-68.??? ), Macedon, Phillipi, RPC I 1651, AE-18, (AE Semis), COHOR-PRAE-PHIL, Three military standards,
Augustus Macedon Phillipi Ĉ18 / Struck to Commemorate the Battle of Actium
avers:- VIC-AVG, Nike standing left holding wreath and palm branch.
revers:- COHOR-PRAE-PHIL, Three military standards.
exe: VIC/AVG//--, diameter:18mm, weight: , axis: h,
mint: Macedon, Phillipi, Pseudo-autonomous issue, date: Time of Claudius or Nero, circa AD 41-68., ref: RPC I 1651, SNG ANS 677; SNG Copenhagen 305, BMC 23, SGI 32.
"This coin has traditionally been attributed to Augustus, but due to its copper composition, RPC attributes it as likely from Claudius to Nero; Philippi probably did not issue copper coins during the reign of Augustus."
1 commentsquadrans08/20/14 at 11:24*Alex: Nice one!
Thrace, Hadrianopolis, 051 Caracalla (196-198 A.D. Caesar, 198-217 A.D. Augustus ), Varbanov (Engl) 2-3554, AE-26, AΔPIANO ΠOΛEITΟN, Homonia left,72 viewsThrace, Hadrianopolis, 051 Caracalla (196-198 A.D. Caesar, 198-217 A.D. Augustus ), Varbanov (Engl) 2-3554, AE-26, AΔPIANO ΠOΛEITΟN, Homonia left,
avers:- AYT-K-M-AYP-CEV-ANTΩ-NEINOC, Laureate, bust right.
revers:- AΔPIANO-ΠOΛEITΩN, Homonia left, holding patera and cornucopia, altar in left.
exe: -/-//--, diameter: 26-27,5 mm, weight: 12,25g, axis:1h,
mint: Thrace, Hadrianopolis, date: A.D., ref:Varbanov (Engl) 2-3554,
1 commentsquadrans08/12/14 at 12:24*Alex: Beautiful patina, a very attractive coin.
Moesia inferior, Nikopolis ad Istrum, 18. Caracalla, HrHJ (2018) (plate coin)31 viewsCaracalla, AD 198-217
AE 26, 10.10g, 25.89mm, 195°
struck under governor Ovinius Tertullus
Bust, draped and cuirassed, laureate, r.
Hermes, nude, chlamys over l. shoulder, stg. frontal, head l., holding kerykeion in l. arm
and in extended r. hand purse
ref. a) AMNG I/1, 1521 (1 ex., Löbbecke)
b) Varbanov (engl.) 3120 (cites AMNG 1521)
c) Hristova/Hoeft/Jekov (2018) No. (plate coin)
rare, F+, dark green patina

In all references the end of the rev. legend is unreadable! Here it is obviously ROC I, a legend error!
1 commentsJochen06/28/14 at 16:52*Alex: Great reverse and a nice find!
ROMAN EMPIRE, City Commemorative, Time of Maximinus II. AD 310-313. Ĉ (16mm, 1.60 g,). ‘Persecution’ issue. 67 viewsTime of Maximinus II. AD 310-313. Ĉ (16mm, 1.60 g,). ‘Persecution’ issue. Antioch mint, 6th officina. Jupiter seated left on throne, holding globe and scepter / Victory advancing left, holding wreath in outstretched hand; Z in right field (= officina 6) . Van Heesch, Last, 2.

J. van Heesch has provided the latest chronology for these anonymous civic bronzes of the fourth century AD. An active campaign of persecution against local Christians, abetted by Maximinus II, reached its height in Nicomedia, Antioch, and Alexandria. Churches were closed and property was seized from Christians who were expelled from many cities. These three major mint cities struck a series of small bronzes honoring the old Greco-Roman gods, Jupiter, Apollo, Tyche, and Serapis being among them. The persecutions subsided in AD 313, possibly as a result of concerns expressed by Constantine and Licinius, the emperors in the west.
1 commentsAdrian W06/28/14 at 16:44*Alex: Superb. Far, far better than mine.
Roman Empire, Domitian.93 viewsAR denarius. 92 AD. 3,18 grs. Laureate head right. IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P XI / Minerva standing right on capital of rostral column,brandishing javelin and armed with shield. Owl at feet. IMP XXI COS XVI CENS P P P.
Old RIC 167a. New RIC 730. RSC 273.
2 commentsbenito06/14/14 at 11:31*Alex: I have amended the RIC attribution to that provide...
2014.141.1048 viewsLugdunum 3.71 g

Obverse: IMP C PROBVS AVG; Radiate, cuirassed bust, right.
Reverse: PA-X - A-VG; IIII, in exegure; Pax, standing left, holding olive branch and scepter.
Ref: RIC 91; Bastien 367;
2 commentsgordian_guy05/22/14 at 22:42*Alex: Great Reverse. Great coin.
Roman Empire, Plotina109 viewsA REMARKABLE PLOTINA SESTERTIUS IN AN Untouched STATE for 1800 years.
This Sestertius was minted in c. 112 AD in honour of Pompeia PLOTINA, the wife of TRAJAN (emperor from 98 to 117). Maybe the finest examples of its type to survive from ancient times.
5 commentssunwukong05/19/14 at 14:03*Alex: Wonderful coin. Superbly detailed.
Macedonia: bronze AE15 of Alexander III ("The Great"), ca. 323-315 BC21 viewsObverse- facing gorgon at center of ornamented Macedonian shield.
Reverse- B-A to left and right of Macedonian helmet, caduceus below.

15 mm, 4.1 g., 5/15/14. Lot# B-G587.
1 commentslordmarcovan05/15/14 at 14:13*Alex: Nice sandy patina too.
CLAUDIUS (41-54 AD), AE as, LIBERTAS75 viewsObverse- TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP P P, bare head left.
Reverse- LIBERTAS AVGVSTA/ S-C, Libertas standing facing with pileus, extending left hand.
RIC 113, 28 mm, 9.03 g.
NGC Ch F ("sand patina", Strike 3/5, Surface 3/5), cert. #4094567-003.
Ex-?, probably eBay, July 2011, purchased raw.
Comments: I've always liked "sandy" or "desert" patina on late Roman coins from the eastern empire, but have hardly ever seen it on earlier Imperial coins like this. I've forgotten who I bought this from, though I think it was off eBay. I saved some partial notes, though unfortunately they didn't include the seller's name or the exact cost. I do remember being happy with the price. The seller said this was struck at Tarraco, circa 50-54 AD. I'm not entirely sure of the attribution.

5 commentslordmarcovan05/15/14 at 14:09*Alex: Very nice patina.
DOMITIAN (81-96 AD), AR denarius, Minerva, struck ca. 92 AD70 viewsObverse- IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P P TR P XI, laureate head right.
Reverse- IMP XXI COS XVI CENS P P P, Minerva standing right on capital of rostral column, holding spear and shield, owl at feet.
RIC 730, RSC 274, 18.2 mm, 3.63 g.
NGC Ch VF (Strike 5/5, Surface 3/5), cert. #4095350-005.
Ex-Zuzim Judaea, January 2011, through VCoins store (purchased raw).
Comments: I think this type is relatively common but the coin is a really bright and lustrous example and grabbed my eye. I was frankly surprised it didn't grade XF or better, but I don't really care so much about technical grades anyway- I slabbed my Twelve Caesars coins mostly for display purposes. NGC did recognize the super sharp strike on this piece. I see they attribute the object Minerva is standing on as a "prow", while Wildwinds has it as the "capital of (a) rostral column". Eh, whatever. I really like this piece and it will serve my set for quite some time unless a similarly attractive and lustrous piece with a more interesting reverse comes along.

4 commentslordmarcovan05/15/14 at 14:08*Alex: Lovely coin.
Thessaly: Rhodian Mercenaries, silver drachm of King Perseus of Macedon, ca. 175-170 BC45 viewsObverse: head of Helios three-quarter facing right.
Reverse: rose, bud right.

2.54 g. Ex- "SmEagle1795" (Collectors Universe), 3/18/2014. Prior provenance to Harlan J. Berk, Ltd., Buy or Bid Sale #186, Lot 90, with description"Ex-Philip Davis Collection. Some iridescent toning. Choice Mint State."

HJB attribution & notes: "Price, KME-pp.241-2, SNG Keckman-794. Although the attribution of this issue has been debated, it seems likely that it was struck by Perseus to pay Cretan mercenaries, who would have been familiar with Rhodian issues, in the Third Macedonian War against the Romans (see R. Ashton, NC 1988, pp. 29-30)".
3 commentslordmarcovan05/15/14 at 14:05*Alex: Fantastic tone. I love it.
ROMAN EMPIRE, Eugenius.72 viewsAR siliqua. Lugdunum 392-394 AD. 1,94 grs. Pearl diademed,draped and cuirassed bust right. D N EVGENIVS PF AVG. / Roma seated left on cuirass holding Victory in right hand and inverted spear in left. VRBS ROMA. In exergue LVG PS.
RIC 46. RSC 18a.
3 commentsbenito05/15/14 at 13:46*Alex: Not the best example of the die engraver's art...
Middlesex 522a27 viewsObv: ST. PAULS COVENT GARDEN, a view of a church, JAMES below, LONDON in exergue.

Rev: DESTROY’D, BY, FIRE, SEPR: 17TH, a view of the same church in ruins, 1795 in exergue.

Edge: Milled

Half Penny Conder Token

Dalton & Hamer: Middlesex Skidmore's 522a
1 commentsSPQR Coins05/12/14 at 20:11*Alex: Great token. One of my favourites.
Queen Victoria (1819 - 1901)72 viewsAR British Crown
O: Crowned and veiled (Jubilee) bust left.
R: St. George on horseback right, slaying dragon.
4 commentsMat05/05/14 at 10:04*Alex: Lovely coin Mat! A nice big lump of silver!
Roman Empire, Vespasian, RIC 1559115 viewsVespasian. AD 69-79. Denarius, 18mm, 3.34g. Antioch mint. Struck AD 72-73.
O: IMP CAES VESP AVG P M COS IIII; laureate head of Vespasian right.
R: Vespasian in slow quadriga right, holding branch and scepter. RIC II 1559; RPC II 1931; RSC 643

The reverse commemorates Vespasian and Titus' Judaean triumph celebrated in Rome.
1 commentsNemonater05/03/14 at 14:52*Alex: Nice!
Domitian RIC-591115 viewsAR Denarius, 3.45g
Rome mint, 88 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VII; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: IMP XV COS XIIII CENS P P P; Minerva adv r., with spear and shield (M1)
RIC 591 (R2). BMC 129. RSC 242. BNC 119.
Acquired from Praefectus Coins, April 2014.

88 was a busy year for Domitian. A war against the Dacians was being fought to avenge the defeat of Cornelius Fuscus (earlier in 86) by Domitian's legate Tettius Julianus, resulting in a victory at the Dacian capital of Tapae late in the year. Also, the Secular Games were held mid to late year and commemorated on the coinage after September. On 1 January 88 Domitian still held his 14th imperial acclamation, but soon he was to rack up three more by the year's end. This coin is dated by his 15th imperial acclamation, presumably from the Dacian campaign, awarded sometime in late summer just before the new title TR P VIII is recorded on the coinage in mid September. The issue this coin is from is quite rare, indicating a very small period of time it could have been struck.

A rare coin in excellent style and condition.
4 commentsDavid Atherton05/03/14 at 09:18*Alex: Interesting write up David. I enjoyed reading it.
Thessalonica, 165 Arcadius (384-408 A.D.), RIC IX 062c, AE-4, Γ/-//TES, GLORIA REI PVBLICE, Campgate with two turrets, #178 viewsThessalonica, 165 Arcadius (384-408 A.D.), RIC IX 062c, AE-4, Γ/-//TES, GLORIA REI PVBLICE, Campgate with two turrets, #1
avers: D N ARCADIVS P F AVG, Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
reverse: GLORIA REI PVBLICE, Campgate with two turrets, closed gate, 6 layers of stone.
exergue: Γ/-//TES, diameter: 12 mm, weight: 1.15g, axis: 5h,
mint: Thessalonica, date: 383-388A.D., ref: RIC IX 062c, p-,
2 commentsquadrans04/25/14 at 11:01*Alex: Very nice example of the type.
Posthumus / Winged Caduceus / Silvered Antoninianus82 viewsObverse: IMP C POSTVMVS P P AVG, Radiate cuirassed bust right
Reverse: SAECVLO FRVGIFERO, Winged caduceus
20.35 mm , 3.08 grams , VF ( XF according to auction house ?) , Rare
Treveri (Trier) mint , AD 266

RIC Vii 84 Trier, Zschuke 140, Cunetio 2426, Elmer 381 , AGK 78; RSC 333.
Pin sharp detail with natural darkly toned hoard patina.

Emperor Posthumus was the first Emperor of the breakaway Gallic Empire. He seized this area from Gallienus and ruled it for almost 10 years before his disgruntled troops killed him.
EX VAuctions Sale 304 / Lot 412

From The Sam Mansourati Collection.

5 commentsSam03/08/14 at 19:40*Alex: Nice details. I love the caduceus.
074 Philippus I. (244-249 A.D.), RIC IV-III 0058, Rome, AR-Antoninianus, AETERNITAS AVG G, Elephant walking left, #1102 views074 Philippus I. (244-249 A.D.), RIC IV-III 0058, Rome, AR-Antoninianus, AETERNITAS AVG G, Elephant walking left, #1
avers:- IMP PHILIPPVS AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
revers:- AETERNITAS AVG G, Elephant walking left bearing driver who holds goad and wand.
exergo: -/-//--, diameter: 21-22mm, weight: 4,11g, axis:5h,
mint: Rome, date: 248-249 A.D., ref: RIC-IV-III-058, p-, RSC 17, Sear 2552,
1 commentsquadrans03/08/14 at 19:39*Alex: Great reverse!!!!!
2014.061.245 viewsSiscia, 3.80 g

Obverse: IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG; Radiate, cuirassed bust right.
Reverse: SISCIA PROBI AVG; XXIT in exergue; Siscia, seated left, holding out the ends of her drapery, flanked by two river gods (Savus and Colapis) holding urns and emerging from the water.
Ref: RIC 765; Alfoldi Type 69, no 3;
3 commentsgordian_guy03/08/14 at 19:37*Alex: Superb, and rare.
2014.061.738 viewsSiscia, 3.25 g

Obverse: IMP C M AVR PROBVS PF AVG; Radiate, cuirassed bust left; spear in right hand over right shoulder; shield on left shoulder.
Reverse: P M TRI P COS II PP; XXIS in exergue; Lion, radiate, walking right with thunderbolt in mouth.
Ref: RIC 611; Alfoldi Type 45, no. 10;
2 commentsgordian_guy03/08/14 at 19:35*Alex: ..... So do I.
Sri Lankan Stylus40 views3 commentsSpongeBob03/01/14 at 11:36*Alex: Interesting items Spongebob. How old would they be...
Muy atractivo antoniniano de Galieno. Roma, 32 viewsSECVRIT PERPET. M.
Bonita pátina verde. 3,26 gm., 20 mm. _2161
2 commentsAntonivs Protti03/01/14 at 11:33*Alex: Precioso moneda.
Roman Dark blue Glass-bracelet #001,161 viewsRoman Dark blue Glass-bracelet #001,
type: Glass-bracelet,
size: 54,5-70,0x10,0mm,
weight: 31,19g,
date: A.D.,
ref: .,
distribution: ,
2 commentsquadrans02/28/14 at 20:45*Alex: Superb. Nice one quadrans.
0175 - Denarius Mussidia 42 BC41 viewsObv/Head of Concordia r.; behind CONCORDIA.
Rev/Shrine of Venus Cloacina, inscribed CLOACIN; L MVSSIDIVS LON(GVS) around.

Ag, 16.2mm, 4.46g
Moneyer: L. Mussidius Longus.
Mint: Rome.
RRC 494/42 [dies o/r: 87/97 (all var.)] - RSC Mussidia 6 - Syd. 1093 - Sear Imp. 188
ex-VAuctions 303, lot 388 (ex-Ivar Gault colln., CNG e-auction 271, lot 397)
3 commentsdafnis02/25/14 at 14:10*Alex: Very nice, I like it too.
Caligula AE As51 views37-38 AD
Obv.: C CAESAR AVG GERMANICVS PON M TR POT - Bare head of Caligula.
Rev.: Vesta seated, holding patera and sceptre.
RIC 38
1 commentsMinos02/20/14 at 09:20*Alex: Congratulations, a really nice example.
TEMPLE, Volusian, AE25, SNGCop 295129 viewsOBV: AVTOK K G AFIN GAL OVEND OVOLOCCIANOC CEB, radiate and draped bust right
REV: ANTIOXEWN MHTRO KOLWN D-e, SC below, Tyche seated facing within tetrastyle temple, the river-god Orontes swimming beneath her, ram leaping right above

Struck at Syria-Antioch, 251-253 AD
2 commentsLegatus02/20/14 at 09:16*Alex: Super coin, and nicely photographed as well.
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III the Great, Tetradrachm147 viewsGreece, Alexander III 'The Great' of Macedon, Silver Tetradrachm, 17.23g, Babylon mint, struck ca 317-311 BC
2 commentsmitresh02/20/14 at 09:13*Alex: Great reverse - nice details on Zeus and his thron...
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Lysimachos, Drachm, Thrace80 viewsGreece, Kings of Thrace, Lysimachos, 305-281 BC, Silver Drachm, 19mm, 4.05g, Lampsakos mint1 commentsmitresh02/19/14 at 12:29*Alex: Lovely coin, nice control marks.
Roman Empire, Vespasian, AR Denarius204 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 commentsbenito02/15/14 at 13:33*Alex: Superb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Roman, Claudius964 views10 commentstunaonrye002/13/14 at 11:53*Alex: In this gallery it is the portrait that is importa...
Athens, Greece, Old Style Tetradrachm, 449 - 413 B.C.462 viewsSilver tetradrachm, SNG Cop 31 ff., SGCV I 2526, EF, light scuff on cheek, 17.184g, 25.6mm, 180o, Athens mint, obverse head of Athena right, almond shaped eye, crested helmet with olive leaves and floral scroll, wire necklace, round earring, hair in parallel curves; reverse AQE right, owl standing right, head facing, erect in posture, olive sprig and crescent left, all within incuse square;

A superb beauty ex FORVM .

The old-style tetradrachm of Athens is famous for its almond shaped eye, archaic smile and charming owl reverse. Around 480 B.C. a wreath of olive leaves and a decorative scroll were added to Athena's helmet. On the reverse a crescent moon was added.

During the period 449 - 413 B.C. huge quantities of tetradrachms were minted to finance grandiose building projects such as the Parthenon and to cover the costs of the Peloponnesian War.

*With my sincere thank , Photo and Description courtesy of FORVM Ancient Coins Staff.

From The Sam Mansourati Collection.
9 commentsSam02/03/14 at 11:29*Alex: Lovely coin and the lack of a test cut is a bonus ...
Roman Empire, Vespasian AR Denarius / Vesta238 viewsROMAN IMPERIAL

Vespasian AR Denarius ( 3.49gr) AD 71 July – December. IMP CAES VES-P AVG [PM] Laureate head of Vespasian to right. Rev. Vesta seated to left, holding simpulum; in field TRI – POT.

BMC p. 10, 58 and pl. 1.20; C. 561; RIC p. 62, 46.

Ex G. Hirsch 26, Munich 11-13 Jan 1961, 1850.

From the Sam Mansourati collection.
14 commentsSam02/03/14 at 11:27*Alex: Superb portrait. Congratulations Sam.
AE-dice160 viewsAE-dice4 commentsquadrans01/16/14 at 14:16*Alex: Great photo quadrans.
Laureate head right

Moneta standing left, holding scales and cornucopiae

Weight:10,79g; Ĝ: 28mm; Reference: RIC II² /756;
ROME mint; struck: 92 A.D. - 94 A.D.
1 commentssulcipius01/10/14 at 20:23*Alex: Nice coin, lovely patina.
Roman Empire, Julia Mamaea, Felicitas333 views IVLIA MA-MAEA AVG
Draped bust right

Felicitas standing left, leaning on column with legs crossed, holding caduceus

RIC 335, S 8209 Rome Mint (year 222-235)
Ar Denarius; 2.80g;19mm
8 commentsRobin Ayers12/23/13 at 19:29*Alex: It is a great coin Robin, beautifully struck.
Byzantine Empire: Ĉ Anonymous Class D Follis, Attributed to Constantine IX (1042-1055), (Sear-1836)89 viewsObv: IC - XC.
Christ seated facing on throne with back, wearing nimbus cruciger, pallium and colobium, and holding book of Gospels with both hands.
Rev: IS XS / bASILE / bASIL.
Legend in 3 lines.
2 commentsSpongeBob11/12/13 at 08:23*Alex: Your whole Byzantine collection is superb.
Byzantine Empire: Nicephorus II Phocas (963-969), Miliaresion, Constantinople (Sear-1781)64 viewsObv: + IhSVS XRI-STVS nICA *.
Cross crosslet set on globus above two steps; in central medallion, crowned bust of Nicephorus facing.
Legend in five lines.
4 commentsSpongeBob11/12/13 at 08:21*Alex: Very nice, I like it too.
Byzantine Empire: Theophilus (829-842) Ĉ Follis, Constantinople (Sear-1667)44 viewsObv: ΘEOFIL bASIL Three-quarter length figure facing, wearing loros and crown surmounted by tufa, holding labarum and globus cruciger.
Rev: + ΘEOFILE AVGOVSTE SV hICAS. Legend in 4 lines.
1 commentsSpongeBob11/12/13 at 08:20*Alex: Nice coin, great details.
23. Lysimachos.104 viewsTetradrachm, 287 - 282 BC, Pergamum mint.
Obverse: Diademed head of Alexander, wearing the Horn of Ammon. K under bust.
Reverse: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΟΣ ΛΥΣΙΜΑΧΟΥ / Athena seated, with spear and shield, holding Nike. A crescent and archaic xoanon at left, ΘΞ monogram in exergue.
17.29 gm., 30 mm.
Thompson #221; S. #6816 var.

The mint at Pergamum was open for only 5 years from 287 - 282 BC. This coin was issued by Philetareus who was Lysimachus' governor at Pergamum. One of the most striking portraits on Greek coinage !
4 commentsCallimachus11/01/13 at 08:48*Alex: Beautifully toned. Superb coin.
Constantinus I. follis69 viewsGLORIA EXERCITVS
Antiochia mint
2 commentsTibsi10/31/13 at 10:12*Alex: Fabulous.
Julia Domna, Stobi52 viewsAe 23mm; 6.05g

draped bust right

Nike advancing right with wreath and palm

V74, unlisted reverse die
5 commentsRobin Ayers10/31/13 at 10:08*Alex: Nice patina and lovely details.
02. Persian Empire: Province of Cilicia: City of Tarsos.63 viewsDouble shekel, ca. 351 BC.
Obverse: Baal of Tarsos seated, holding eagle, ear of wheat, bunch of grapes, and sceptre.
Reverse: Lion attacking bull.
10.51 gm., 24 mm.
S. #5650; series V in Myriandros Katisson (E.T. Newell).
2 commentsCallimachus10/31/13 at 10:03*Alex: Superb! The details on the coin are fantastic. :s...
51 viewsPhilip I. AD 244-249. AR Antoninianus. Rome mint. Struck AD 248. Radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Stag advancing left; V in exergue. RIC IV 20; RSC 185.3 commentspaul188810/28/13 at 22:18*Alex: Not an antelope. It is a stag. Great coin though, ...
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Philip I, Syria: Seleucis and Pieria. Antioch, Billon Tetradrachm94 viewsAD 244 – 249
12.11 grams
Obv. AYTOK K M IOYLI FILIPPOC CEB, laureate, draped & cuirassed bust right, seen from behind
Rev. DHMARC EXOVCIAC VPATO G, eagle standing right with wreath in its beak, ANTIOXIA SC below.
Prieur 368, Similar to Sear #3956
2 commentsRichard M1010/05/13 at 20:43*Alex: An attractive coin. Nice eagle.
Roman, Galerius as Caesar 233 viewsROMAN EMPIRE / Galerius, as Caesar (AD 293-305) Argenteus
Obverse : Laureate head of Galerius right
Reverse : Tetrarchs sacrificing before six-turreted enclosure, Gamma in exe.
Rome mint, 3rd officina Struck AD 295-297
MS (according to auction house), RIC 35b. RSC 183b.

**I believe there is an unusual misspelling of reverse legend.

From the Sam Mansourati collection.
2 commentsSam09/28/13 at 08:51*Alex: Superb coin, and nicely photographed as well.
Roman Empire Provincial, Trajan AE28114 viewsTrajan 98-117 AD. AE 28 (Struck on medallic flarn). Caesarea (Cappadocia). 98-99 AD. (13.82gr, 28.13mm). Obv: AYTOKP KAIC NER TPAIANOC CEB ΓEPM, Laureate head right. Rev: ΔHMAΡX/EΞ ΥΠAT B in two lines within wreath.

BMC (Cappadocia) 91-99
3 commentsPaddy09/21/13 at 20:07*Alex: Attractive coin.
ISLAMIC, India, Mughals, Shah Jahan, Nazrana Mohur64 viewsMughal Empire, Shihab ud-din Muhammad Shah Jahan( AH 1037-1068 / AD 1628-1658), Gold Mohur, 24 mm, 10.88g, Akbarabad mint, AH 1052 (AD 1642), RY 15, Quatrefoil type

Reference: Lane-Poole 547; KM 258.1

Obverse: Centre (within Quatrefoil): Kalima. Margins: bi-sudq Abu Bakr / wa 'adl 'Umar / bi-azram 'Uthman / wa 'ilm 'Ali (name and attributes of the Four Caliphs - Ali, Usman, Omar and Abu Bakr)

Reverse: Centre (within Quatrefoil): Badshah Ghazi Shah Jahan 1052 / 15. Margins: Shihab ud-din / Muhammad Sahib / Qiran Sani / Zarb Akbarabad. (The title 'Badshah or Padshah' is a Persian title meaning Great King (literally meaning Lord or Master of Kings), often translated as Emperor, while 'Ghazi' means an Islamic warrior. 'Sahib Qiran Sani' means the splendid or guiding light, as 'Qiran' in Urdu means light and 'Sani' means brilliant or bright. 'Sahib' means lord, master or owner. 'Zarb' means mint.

Shah Jahan ascended the throne following the death of his father, Jahangir in AH 1037 (1627 AD). He maintained the fine numismatic tradition of his father but did not introduce any innovation. Shah Jahan concentrated more on the grandeur, design and architecture of monuments and fine buildings, Taj Mahal being the most well known.

Akbarabad was a name given to the city, and Mughal capital, of Agra by Shah Jahan in honour of his grandfather Akbar. This changeover of name happened in RY2/3 of Shah Jahan's reign.

The featured coin depicts fine calligraphy within a perfectly centred Quatrefoil (Obv/Rev) and alongside the margins. The complete die impression with legends is fully visible on the broad flan. A well struck specimen befitting its status as a Nazrana or presentation coin from the builder of one of the present wonders of the world.
1 commentsmitresh09/17/13 at 10:06*Alex: Deserves 5 stars for your interesting description ...
PHOENICIA, Aradus. Trajan with Astarte42 views116-117 AD (date EOT, year 375)
Ĉ22, 9.65 g
Obv: draped bust of Astarte-Europa right, wearing stephane and veil falling from chignon; before, small laureate bust of Trajan
Rev: bull charging left
Ref: SNG Copenhagen 81; BMC 374

It seems unusual to have the emperor depicted smaller than the deity. I really like the coin and am happy to have it in my collection. Nice sandy patina.
5 commentsTIF09/15/13 at 19:23*Alex: Very nice, I like it too.
Greek, Calabria, Tarentum, AR litra66 viewsStruck circa 430 B.C.

The obverse with scallop shell.

The reverse with profile female head, wearing earring, facing left.

Vlasto 1162.

Diameter: 10 mm

Weight: 0.65 g
4 commentssuperflex09/15/13 at 19:20*Alex: You made a mistake, your attribution is for a diff...
032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0133b, Rome, AR-Denarius, P M TR P COS III, PRO-AVG, Providentia standing left,197 views032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0133b, Rome, AR-Denarius, P M TR P COS III, PRO-AVG, Providentia standing left,
avers:-IMP-CAESAR-TRAIAN-HADRIANVS-AVG, Laureate head right, with draped left shoulder.
revers:-P-M-TR-P-COS-III, Providentia standing left, holding right hand above globe at feet and holding a transverse scepter.
exerg: PRO/AVG//--, diameter: 17-17,5mm, weight: 3,41g, axes: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 121 A.D., ref: RIC II 133b, p-365, C-1198,
7 commentsquadrans09/14/13 at 14:08*Alex: It is indeed. The portrait is exceptional.
Roman Empire, Constantin I - Buste equestre212 views Ae3 Follis réduit Constantin Ier A/ IMP CONSTANTINVS A-VG, buste lauré, casqué et cuirassé à gauche, un cheval à sa droite, tenant une lance par dessus l’épaule de sa main droite et un bouclier orné d’un cavalier terrassant un ennemi de sa main gauche, R/ SOLI INVIC-TO COMITI, Soleil debout à gauche levant la main droite et tenant un globe, T/F dans le champ (TEMPORVM FELICITAS, la Félicité du temps), PLG à l'exergue - Lyon - 314/315 – RIC. manque avec ce type de buste – 3,6 g
5 commentsnemesis2509/13/13 at 08:04*Alex: Grande avers! Je l'aime.
PUNIC, Zeugitana, Carthage, BI Tridrachm - Second Punic War Issue, struck ca. 215-210 BC 120 viewsYouthful head of Tanit left, wreathed with corn, wearing single drop pendant earring.
Horse standing right, palm tree behind.
Lorber Group 2; MAA 79; SNG Copenhagen 351.
(26 mm, 10.48 g, 12h)

Lorber in analysing a 1995 commerce hoard (CH 9.690) of Second Punic War billon tridrachms that was closed around 205 BC, concluded that this youthful portrayal of Tanit was most probably introduced in the aftermath of Hannibal’s victory over the Romans at Cannae in 216 BC. She inferred a Barcid propaganda association with the youthful portrayal, one that was later overturned as the tide of war turned against the Barcid generals, accompanied by the reversion to the traditional portrayal of Tanit on the coinage of Carthage in the closing years of the Second Punic War.
6 commentsLloyd09/08/13 at 07:44*Alex: Wow! That is a fantastic coin! Magnificent horse a...
Roman Empire, VICTORINUS. Commemorative AE antoninianus of Cologne. Struck A.D.271 under Tetricus I.48 viewsObverse: DIVO VICTORINO PIO. Radiate head of Victorinus facing right.
Reverse: CONSACRATIO. Eagle facing right, head turned left, standing on globe and holding wreath in beak.
Diameter: 18mm | Weight: 2.4gms | Die Axis: 6
RIC Vii : 85 | AGK 1 | Elmer 785 | Cunetio 2633

Early in this year Victorinus was assassinated by Attitianus, an actuarius (regimental quartermaster), reportedly for reasons of personal revenge but more likely part of an officer coup. The most likely interpretation of the evidence is that Domitianus II was involved in this officer coup and, having presumably been hailed as Emperor by some of the troops, managed to secure temporary control of one of the 'Gallic' mints. However, those forces favouring Tetricus I as the new Emperor were able to assert themselves so swiftly and decisively that Domitianus’s elevation was unlikely to have lasted more than a few days. This coin, deifying Victorinus, was struck by Tetricus I towards the end of the year.
This year too, Aurelian, the central emperor, pushed the Vandals back from Pannonia and forced them to withdraw over the Danube. He also pursued the Alamanni who had entered Lombardy, closed the passes in the Alps and encircled the invaders near Pavia. The Alamanni were destroyed and Aurelian received the title Germanicus Maximus.
Also this year, Felicissimus, financial minister of the state treasury, led an uprising of mint workers in Rome against Aurelian but he was defeated and killed on the Caelian Hill.
3 comments*Alex09/04/13 at 08:37*Alex: Thanks Sam.
Roman Empire, Claudius I (41-54), Quadrans, Rome (RIC-91)110 viewsRoman Imperial: Claudius (41-54) Quadrans, Rome (RIC-91)

Obv: CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG II. Hand left, holding scales; PNR below.
Rev: TR P IMP P P COS II PON M. S • C; legend around.
5 commentsSpongeBob09/01/13 at 20:03*Alex: Nice one Spongebob! Is that Sqidler on the obverse...
GREEK, THRACE, Lysimachos Drachm (305-281 BC )143 viewsAR Drachm (17mm, 4.18 g, 8h). Ephesos mint. Struck circa 294-287 BC. Diademed head of the deified Alexander right, with horn of Ammon / Athena Nikephoros seated left, left arm resting on shield, spear behind; lyre to inner left, A on throne. Thompson 174; Müller 355. XF. Drachms of this type are Rare.

From The Sam Mansourati Collection
4 commentsSam08/31/13 at 16:47*Alex: Beautiful.
GREEK, ISLANDS of THRACE / Thasos145 viewsCirca 500-480 BC. AR Stater (19mm, about 8.14 g). Satyr running right, carrying off protesting nymph / Quadripartite incuse square. Le Rider, Thasiennes 2; SNG Copenhagen 1009; HGC 6, 331. VF, toned, minor roughness.

From The Sam Mansourati Collection
3 commentsSam08/31/13 at 16:44*Alex: Yes! ✰✰✰✰✰...
Greek, Macedonian Kingdom, Lysimachos [unlisted rev. die]472 viewsKINGS of THRACE, Macedonian. Lysimachos. 305-281 BC. AR Tetradrachm (28mm, 16.83 g, 1h). Alexandreia Troas mint. Struck circa 297/6-282/1 BC. Diademed head of the deified Alexander right, with horn of Ammon / Athena Nikephoros seated left, left arm resting on shield, transverse spear in background BAΣIΛEΩΣ , ΛYΣIMAXOY ; monogram to inner left, ligate ΘE on throne. Meadows, Earliest 22 (A13/R– [unlisted rev. die]); Thompson 161; Müller –; SNG Berry 438 (same obv. die). Good VF, toned, some porosity, a few minor marks under tone. Rare.

From The Sam Mansourati Collection
Classical Numismatic Group, Inc.
12 commentsSam08/10/13 at 14:20*Alex: Beautifully toned. Superb coin.
Baal or Zeus (Interpretatio Graecia) on Cilician Stater of Satrap Mazaios261 viewsCirca 361-334 B.C. AR Stater (10.88g, 24mm, 5h). cf. SNG Levant-106; SNG Paris-. Obverse Baal of Tarsos enthroned left, head facing, holding club, bunch of grapes, wheat ear, and eagle in right hand, lotus-headed scepter in left hand, B’LTRZ (Baaltarz) in Aramaic behind, M below throne, all within a circle of dots. Reverse lion bringing down bull, attacking with teeth and claws, MZDI (Mazdai) in Aramaic above, unlisted ankh symbol, wheat ear below, all within a circle of dots. Sharply struck on an excellent metal with areas of flat strikes on high points. Choice superb EF/EF. Toned, lustrous.

Ex Ponterio and Associates Sale No. 84, November 1996, lot 141. Ex Stacks Bowers and Ponterio Sale No. 172, November 2012, lot 11680. Ex Pars Coins.

The depiction of Phoenician-Canaanite god Baal on Cilician coinage suggests the preeminence of his cult in Tarsos. He is shown enthroned, most probably on Mount Zaphon. The symbols corn-ear/barley and grapes suggest Baal’s capacity as a god involved in the seasonal cycles of life and death, or a more specific reference to Cilicia’s fertile plains. The iconography of this late coinage is also a syncretic mixture of other cultures, including Greek. The treatment of the god’s body gives us a hint of the extent of influence of Hellenic culture exerted in Eastern Asia Minor long before Alexander’s conquest, and it is said that Baal could be equated with Zeus in the Greek context. After the conquest of Alexander III of the East, Mazaios was appointed governor of Babylon. The new coinage of Alexander was strongly influenced by Mazaios’ pre-Alexandrine coinage (the Zeus Aetophoros commonly found on the reverses of his tetradrachmai is a direct descendant of this). The reverse depicts the City’s Emblem and clearly has an underlying meaning now lost to us. Some say it symbolizes the victory of Day over Night, while others suggest military conquest and subjugation of the enemies by the Persian Empire. Marvin Tameanko has persuasively argued (see Celator, Jan. 1995, pp. 6-11) that the kneeling bull (without the lion) is symbolic of Zeus, as attested on scores of later Greek and Roman coins; and the lion is symbolic of the supreme god Baal of the Cilicians. This concludes the lion-over-bull motif on this coin delivers a message that is blatantly direct and simple, if the argument put forward is to be believed.
4 commentsJason T08/08/13 at 13:51*Alex:
IBERIA, Belikio. Circa 100-70 BC. Ĉ Unit 211 viewsIBERIA, Belikio. Circa 100-70 BC. Ĉ Unit ( 22 mm ,10.39 gm). Bearded male head
right; letter behind / Horseman right, carrying lance. Villaronga page. 214,
ACIP 1433; CNH 4; SNG BM Spain 763-70. , mottled green-red patina.
An exceptional fine example of this struck issue ,well centered on a pleasant flan.

From The Sam Mansourati Collection
4 commentsSam08/07/13 at 19:41*Alex: Great details and a lovely patina too. Nice.
ROMAN EMPIRE, Claudius I, AE Quadrans. RIC 84163 viewsClaudius. 41-54 AD. Ĉ Quadrans (3.70 gm). Struck 41 AD. TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG,
three-legged modius / PON M TR P IMP COS DES IT around large S·C. RIC I 84
8 commentsHELEN S08/01/13 at 11:32*Alex: Very nice coin Helen.
GREEK, Baktrian Kingdom, Eukratides Megas - Tetradrachm169 viewsObv: Within a circular bead-and-reel border, Diademed and draped bust right, wearing crested helmet adorned with bull's horn and ear.

Rev: Dioskouroi on rearing horses right, holding palm fronds and spears; monogram in lower right field, Greek semi-circular legend on top "BAΣIΛEΩΣ MEΓAΛOY" and at bottom "EYKPATIΔOY" meaning '(of) Great King Eucratides'.

Bopearachchi 6W, SNG ANS 469-471

The helmeted Eucratides tetradrachm is one of the most popular and sought-after coins of the Bactrian series. Certainly it boasts one of the best Hellenistic portrait of all times. Eukratides also minted the largest known Gold Coin of Antiquity, a massive 20 Stater coin weighing 169.2g with a huge flan size of 58mm. Perhaps it was a commemorative victory medal to celebrate Eucratides's conquest of "India," presumably some land south of the Hindu Kush, perhaps Gandhara.
4 commentsmitresh07/31/13 at 15:35*Alex: Lovely coin, but can you tell us a bit more about ...
GREEK, Baktrian Kingdom, Demetrious I Aniketos - Tetradrachm203 viewsObv: Within a circular dotted border, Diademed and draped bust of Demetrios right, wearing elephant skin head dress.

Rev: Herakles standing facing, crowning himself, holding club and lion skin; PK monogram to inner left; ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΔHMHTPIOY (of King Demetrios) written in Greek on either side.

Bopearachchi Series 1C; SNG ANS 187; Mitchiner 103d; Qunduz 28-33; Sear 7526.

At 35mm and weighing nearly 17g, this specimen is one of the best extant examples with a huge flan size complete with dotted border.
4 commentsmitresh07/31/13 at 15:34*Alex: I agree, a bit more attribution would be nice. :-...
AUGUSTUS30 viewsAR denarius. Spanish mint (Colonia Patricia ?). 18 BC. 3,81 grs. 7 h. Laureate head right. CAESARI AVGVSTO / Temple of Mars Ultor: round-domed, hexastyle temple with acroteria ,set on podium of three steps. Within, aquila between two signa. MAR VLT across field.
RIC I 105a. RSC 190
2 commentsbenito07/26/13 at 11:06*Alex: Nice example.
Julia Domna, Venus62 viewsSilver denarius, Laodicea ad Mare mint, 198 - 202 A.D.
3.326g, 22.0mm, die axis 0o,

draped bust right

Venus standing slightly left, head left, apple in raised right, scepter vertical behind in left

RIC IV 646, RSC III 197, BMCRE IV 620,
Prov. Forvm Ancient coins
6 commentsRobin Ayers07/23/13 at 08:21*Alex: Very, very nice coin. Congratulations.
Roman Empire, CLAUDIUS II Gothicus. Commemorative AE Posthumous Antoninianus of Mediolanum, struck 270 - 271.499 viewsDivus Claudius Gothicus
Radiate head right,
Altar, with flame above, divided in four squares with a dot inside of each square.
Base Antoninianus, traces of silvering (3.09g).
RIC Milan 264; Normanby 1141; Cunetio 2317; [Online RIC temp. #1272].
Quite possibly the finest known!
5 commentsOldMoney06/14/13 at 09:16*Alex: Superb coin. Beautiful strike. Great addition to t...
VIA TRAIANA, TRAJAN588 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 commentsbenito06/13/13 at 10:08*Alex: Great coin and great presentation. ★★&...
titus as caesar eagle l. and base.jpg
Titus as Caesar RIC 872150 viewsAR Denarius, 3.10g
Rome Mint, 76 AD (Vespasian)
Obv: T CAESAR IMP VESPASIANVS; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: COS V across field; Eagle head l. standing on thunderbolt, on Altar. Very uncommon with thunderbolt showing.
RIC 872 (C). BMC 192. RSC 60. BNC 168.
Acquired from Incitatus Coins April 2008.

I'm not quite certain what the meaning is behind the reverse (Vespasian also issued the type). The BMCRE hints that it might be a reference to the death of Mucianus which occurred around 76 AD. Mucianus was the governor of Syria who helped Vespasian rise to the purple. The interpretation here would be the eagle as a symbol of the after-life.
I've always had my doubts about Mattingly's reading of this reverse type.
the eagle when depicted on a funeral pyre or altar would represent an apotheosis type. Here there is no such pyre or altar. The eagle sits upon a garlanded base, clutching a thunderbolt (missing here), with no legend referring to the eagle specifically. The following are the three main symbolic meanings of the eagle in the Roman world: as an attribute of Jupiter, a symbol of the Roman legions, a funerary type. In the case of the above coin, my guess would be the eagle is in the guise of Jupiter since a thunderbolt is clutched. Variant version missing the thunderbolt.
2 commentsVespasian7005/28/13 at 11:33*Alex: Fantastic!
Constantine I, RIC VI, Trier 89390 viewsConstantine I the Great 307-337
AE - Follis, 3.88g, 22mm
Trier 310-313
bust of the emperor, cuirassed, laureate, r.
bust of Sol, radiate, draped, seen from rear, r.
RIC VI, Trier 893
good VF, nice black patina with some green around the devices
ex coll. Tony Hardy
added to

There is a similar type with the bust of Mars on the reverse.
5 commentsJochen05/12/13 at 10:58*Alex: Really nice example of this type.
Maximinus I RIC IV, 23110 viewsMaximinus I Thrax 235 - 238
AR - Denar, 2.83g, 19mm
Rome AD 235/236
draped bust, laureate head r.
Victory standing l., holding laurel-branch in r. hand
and palmbranch in l. arm; to her feet sitting captured German
RIC IV, 23; C.105
EF mint-state

VICTORIA GERM, due to his ruthless revenge campaigns against the Germans on the northern frontiers of the empire AD 235.
3 commentsJochen05/12/13 at 10:43*Alex: Great coin, let down by the photo.
Faustina Filia RIC III, 677109 viewsFaustina Filia, died 175, wife of Marcus Aurelius
AR - Denar, 3.67g, 18mm
draped, diademed bust r.
Fecunditas standing frontal, head r., holding sceptre in r.
and little child in l. hand
RIC III, 677; C.99
nice EF

From Curtis Clay: The child could be Annius Verus or
another male child that died early.
3 commentsJochen05/12/13 at 10:30*Alex: Superb details. I've never seen a better one.
Commodus RIC III, 64985 viewsCommodus 177 - 192, son of Marcus Aurelius
AR - Denar, 3.65g, 16mm
Rome (?) AD 178
draped, cuirassed bust, laureate head r.
Salus seated l. on throne, holding r. poppy to snake coming
out of altar, resting l. arm on chair
RIC III, Marcus Aurelius 649; C. 762 var.; BMCR 777
added to

There is an oddity in the description of this coin between RIC and Cohen:
RIC: holding branch, snake to her feet
Cohen: holding poppy to snake coming out of altar

POPPY, because of the freedom with which it flowers (or the thousands of
semen it produces?) the poppy is sometimes used as a symbol of fertility or prosperity
1 commentsJochen05/12/13 at 10:21*Alex: The light seems to have got to the photo after nea...
Claudius RIC I, 38781 viewsClaudius, AD 41 - 54
AV - Aureus, 7.71g, 18mm
Rome 46/47
laureate head r.
Pax/Nemesis walking r., holding with l. hand caduceus
and point with it at snake at her feet; holding fold of the
robe before her chin
RIC I, 38; C.57; von Kaenel 628 (this specimen!)
R2; about VF
One of my favorite coins due to its pedigree:
ex. coll. Moritz Simon, Berlin
ex. Glandining & Co., London 1929, Nr.666
ex. Cahn, Ffm. 1930, Nr.232
ex. M&M, Basel

from Curtis Clay: Herbert Cahn, one of the greatest
German coin houses, had to flee from the Nazis to Switzerland

1 NEMESIS, Goddess of rightful distribution
2 CADUCEUS, holding caduceus to snake = welfare
3 The interpretation of N.'s gesture, holding fold of the robe to the chin as spitting in the neck and symbol for happiness, is doubtful. Rossbach thinks it may be a gesture of modesty!
This all stands for the politics of Claudius!
15 commentsJochen05/12/13 at 10:09*Alex: Great coin. I really like it.
030a Hadrian. AR Denarius 3.5gm39 viewsobv: HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS laur. bust r.
rev: COS III Pudicitia enthroned l. adjusting her veal
with r. hand and resting l. on lap
3 commentshill13205/12/13 at 09:34*Alex: Beautifully detailed coin.
002 Augustus (63 B.C.-14 A.D.), RIC I 119, Spain, AR-Denarius, Temple with four columns, S•P-Q•R across the field,319 views002 Augustus (63 B.C.-14 A.D.), RIC I 119, Spain, AR-Denarius, Temple with four columns, S•P-Q•R across the field,
avers:- CAESARI-AVGVSTO, Laureate head right.
revers:- No legend, Temple with four columns, currus with legionary eagle within, S•P-Q•R across the field.
exe:S•P/Q•R//--, diameter: 18-19mm, weight: 3,35g, axis: 7h,
mint: Spain, date: 18 B.C., ref: RIC I 119, C-279,
1 commentsquadrans05/11/13 at 19:44*Alex: Great historical type.
7 Maxentius40 viewsMAXENTIUS
AE Follis, Rome Mint, 306-308AD
(27mm, 6.9g)

IMP C MAXENTIVS P F AVG, Lareate head right / CONSERV-VRB SVAE, Roma seated facing, head left, in hexastyle temple, right hand holding globe, left a sceptre, shield at left side; Victories as acroteria; wreath in pediment. RQ in exergue, H in left field.

RIC VI 202a (4th worksop), RCV 3779, Van Meter 018 EF
3 commentsSosius05/11/13 at 13:05*Alex: It is an attractive coin. Nice temple.
ROMAN EMPIRE, PLAUTILLA Denarius RIC 362105 viewsRome mint, AD 202
PLAVTILLAE AVGVSTAE, draped bust right, hair coiled in ridges and fastened in bun
PROPAGO IMPERI, Caracalla and Plautilla face to face, shaking hands
3.45 gr, 18 mm
Ref : RCV # 7073, Cohen # 21, RIC IV # 362
Ex CNG-from the J.S. Vogelaar collection
3 commentsPotator II05/09/13 at 16:23*Alex: Shame about the striking crack, great coin neverth...
Faustina Senior, Aeternitas59 viewsDIVA AVG FAVSTINA
Veiled bust draped right

Eight rayed star

Ar Denarius; 2.8g
Rome mint: AD 142; RIC 355
Ex-/jean Elsen
7 commentsRobin Ayers05/06/13 at 09:33*Alex: Very, very nice.
Roman Empire, Galerius Maximianus (293-305 A.D. Caesar, 305-311 A.D. Augustus), AE-Follis, RIC VI 224, Siscia, FORTI FORT(I)NAE, legend error FORTVNAE!!!,Fortuna standing left by wheel,390 views122 Galerius Maximianus (293-305 A.D. Caesar, 305-311 A.D. Augustus), AE-Follis, RIC VI 224, Siscia, FORTI FORT(I)NAE, legend error FORTVNAE!!!,Fortuna standing left by wheel,
avers:- DIVO-GAL-VAL-MAXIMIANO, Veiled head right.
revers:- FORTI-FOR-T(I)NAE, legend error FOR-TVNAE!!!, Fortuna standing left by wheel, right holding rudder on globe, left cornucopiae.
exergo: -/B/μ//SIS, diameter: 24-26mm, weight: 4,68g, axis: 6h,
mint: Siscia, date: 312 A.D., ref: RIC-VI-224, p-483,
1 commentsquadrans05/05/13 at 08:51*Alex: Nice. I like the Roman commemorative issues.
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Philip III Arrhidaios, 323-317 BC, AR Tetradrachm – Babylon under Seleukos as satrap 170 viewsHead of Herakles right wearing lion-skin headdress.
ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ФIΛIΠΠOY Zeus Aëtophoros seated left, ancient Greek Zeta beneath throne, circled ΣIEP monogram above grape bunch to left.
SC Ad 43.13; Price P155 (Arados).
Babylon II workshop 317/16 BC under Seleukos as Satrap 320- 315 BC.
(26 mm, 17.16 g, 8h)
8 commentsLloyd T05/04/13 at 00:53*Alex:
GREEK, Seleukid Kingdom, Seleukos I Nikator, 312-281 BC, AR Hemidrachm - Babylonia, Uncertain Mint 6A 114 viewsHead of Herakles right wearing lion skin.
AΛΕΞANΔPOY Zeus Aetophoros seated left, inverted anchor to left, EP beneath throne.
SC 70.1; HGC 9, 42; Price 3442 (Marathus); Müller 1493; Houghton Group III, Series A, 127.
Issued by Seleukos in the name of Alexander from Babylonia Uncertain Mint 6A, 311-305 BC.
(13 mm, 2.15 g, 7h)

Judge this coin remembering it is a hemidrachm of 13 mm diameter. It does not possess the large palette of a tetradrachm!

This coin is the best of four known examples of this emission and the only one known outside of a museum. It is an obverse die match to an example from the Hersh Collection, now housed in in the British Museum (BM 2002,0101.796). The progression of the die break on Herakles neck indicates that this coin was struck after the Hersh coin.
4 commentsLloyd T04/29/13 at 11:30*Alex: Congratulations on achieving one of your goals. :...
Medals of Numismatists86 viewsJouko Voionmaa, (1912 - 1991).
Curator of Coin Cabinet in National Museum.
AE, 70 mm, 371 g, (1972).
5 commentsPekka K04/28/13 at 13:40*Alex:
81. George IV.62 viewsPenny, 1826.
Obverse: GEORGIUS IV DEI GRATIA 1826 / Larueate bust, left.
Reverse: BRITANNIAR REX FID DEF / Britannia seated, right.
19.39 gm., 33 mm.
Seaby #3823.
2 commentsCallimachus04/27/13 at 15:05*Alex: This coin is superb. You have a nice collection of...
71. James-II.32 viewsShilling, 1685.
Obverse: IACOBVS II DEI GRATIA / Laureate bust, left.
Reverse: MAG BR FRA ET HIB REX 1685 / Four crowned shields.
6.07 gm., 26 mm.
Seaby #3410.
1 commentsCallimachus04/27/13 at 14:51*Alex: Very nice!
TEMPLE, Nero, AE27 As (65 AD)107 viewso/ NERO CAESAR AVG GERM IMP, laureate head right.
r/ PACE P R VBIQ PARTA IANVM CLVSIT//S|C, the Temple of Janus, latticed window to left, garland hung across closed double doors on the right.
10,79g. 27mm. Rome mint.
RIC 306

The main Temple of Janus stood in the Roman Forum. It had doors on both ends, and inside was a statue of Janus, the two-faced god of boundaries. The Temple doors were closed in times of peace and opened in times of war.
1 commentsAugustin Caron04/16/13 at 14:51*Alex: Nicely centred, lovely patina, sharp details, grea...
ROMAN EMPIRE, Valentinian II Solidus56 viewsRIC IX 67b.2 Constantinople, Depeyrot 47/5
4.43 g, 21 mm
Rosette-diademed, draped and cuirassed, r.
Constantinopolis, helmeted, seated facing, head r., holding globe and partly seen spear; r. foot on prow
2 commentsMark Z04/15/13 at 14:15*Alex: I think the coin probably looks better in hand tha...
Aurelian and Vabalathus 34 viewsAurelian & Vabalathus
BI Tetradrachm of Alexandria.
Laureate & draped bust of Aurelian right / Laureate, draped & cuirassed bust of Vabalathus right.
Milne 1735; Sear 3293
Ex Conan-Doyle Collection
2 commentsSosius04/15/13 at 13:58*Alex: Really nice example, it's not often you can so...
GREEK, Mysia, Kyzikos AR obol (450-400 BC)121 viewso/ Forepart of boar left, tunny upward behind.
r/ Head of roaring lion left within incuse square.
0,85g. 10mm.
SNG France 361-372; SNG Kayhan 54.
Ex Barry P. Murphy
4 commentsAugustin Caron04/10/13 at 12:00*Alex: Really nice addition to the gallery.
Roman, LUCIUS VERUS176 views1 commentsbenito04/04/13 at 15:25*Alex: I like these coin with the bust portrayals, they a...
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Commodus AE36 Medallion106 viewsHierocaesarea mint
Magistrate (archon) Artemidoros
BMC Lydia -, SNG Cop -, SNGvA -, Imhoof-Blumer -
24.976 g, maximum diameter 36.4mm, die axis 180o,
Obverse AVT KAI Λ AVPH KOMMO∆O, laureate and cuirassed bust right;
Reverse ΕΠΙ[...]ΟΥ[...] ΑΡΤΕΜΙ∆ΟΡΟΥ ΑΡΧ[...] ΙΕΡΟΚΑΙCΑΡΕΩΝ, Artemis standing half-right wearing chiton; Leto standing half-left holding patera; Apollo standing half-left, naked, resting left hand on lyre; nice armored bust.

An interesting reverse depicting a mythological scene: Leto and her children Artemis and Apollo. The two were fathered by Zeus, arousing Hera's jealousy. Leto was banned from giving birth on earth or sea, but found the island of Delos, which supposedly was not connected to either.

(all notes from FORVM website)

Extremely rare with no other specimens found on, or, or in Loebbecke, Scholz or all the Imhoof additions.

[One same size, same obv. die as {this coin}, same magistrate (archon) Artemidoros, but different rev. type (river god reclining), in RPC temp. (online) 8174 = Peus 365, 2000, Burstein 696, there stated to be unpublished and apparently unique.

(Many thanks to Mr. Curtis Clay and Ms. Dane Kurth "Helvetica" for further information)
3 commentsMark Z03/28/13 at 13:23*Alex: Very nice acquisition Mark!
9,3 grams, 27mm. Green patina. 27BC-14BC. Time of Augustus.
Obv: Female helmeted head right. Latin legend C.S.B.L.C.M.Q in front
Rev. Pegasus with very curved wings foward to right. Laurel above(? Sobre la grupa laurea)
Latin legend EMPORIT below.
Found in an unclean lot from France.
I was able to identify it thanks to *Alex and Pekka K and Benito. My eternal thanks!!!!

Re: MYSTERY COIN. Roman Republican? Pegasus/Female head.
Ğ Reply #1 on: Today at 08:46:14 am ğ
Spain, Emporiae. RPC I 237 - 257, depending
on obverse legend etc.
Pekka K

Re: MYSTERY COIN. Roman Republican? Pegasus/Female head.
Ğ Reply #2 on: Today at 09:42:06 am ğ
As Pekka writes the ID depends on factors I can not see in the coin. IMO an AS ,late 1rst century BC. Emporiton.
Here a catalogue of coins minted in Ampurias and Rosas (two important greek colonies in Spain until the Romans arrived and bashed them).
Unfortunately only in Spanish, but many PICS.
Andrew can find some nicely slashed coins IMO.

Uploaded to "Identification help"
4 commentsAntonivs Protti03/20/13 at 12:23*Alex: Okay, I have posted it for you on the identificati...
9,3 grams, 27mm. Green patina. 27BC-14BC. Time of Augustus.
Obv: Female helmeted head right. Latin legend C.S.B.L.C.M.Q in front
Rev. Pegasus with very curved wings foward to right. Laurel above(? Sobre la grupa laurea)
Latin legend EMPORIT below.
Found in an unclean lot from France.
I was able to identify it thanks to *Alex and Pekka K and Benito. My eternal thanks!!!!

Re: MYSTERY COIN. Roman Republican? Pegasus/Female head.
Ğ Reply #1 on: Today at 08:46:14 am ğ
Spain, Emporiae. RPC I 237 - 257, depending
on obverse legend etc.
Pekka K

Re: MYSTERY COIN. Roman Republican? Pegasus/Female head.
Ğ Reply #2 on: Today at 09:42:06 am ğ
As Pekka writes the ID depends on factors I can not see in the coin. IMO an AS ,late 1rst century BC. Emporiton.
Here a catalogue of coins minted in Ampurias and Rosas (two important greek colonies in Spain until the Romans arrived and bashed them).
Unfortunately only in Spanish, but many PICS.
Andrew can find some nicely slashed coins IMO.

Uploaded to "Identification help"
4 commentsAntonivs Protti03/19/13 at 14:44*Alex: Have you posted this coin in the identification he...
ROMAN EMPIRE, Trajan Decius, AD 249-251. AR Antoninianus Rome mint, 3rd officina. 3rd-4th emissions, AD 25058 viewsTrajan Decius. AD 249-251. AR Antoninianus Rome mint, 3rd officina. 3rd-4th emissions, AD 250. IMP C M Q TRAIANVS DECIVS AVG Radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right /PANNONIAE The two Pannoniae standing facing, each with head turned outward and holding signum. RIC IV 21b; RSC 86..
The Pannonians (Pannonii) were probaof Illyrian origin. They were a brave and warlike people, and were conquered by the Romans in the time of Augustus (about B.C. 33). In A.D. 7 the Pannonians joined the Dalmatians and the other Illyrian tribes in their revolt from Rome, but were conquered by Tiberius after a struggle which lasted three years (A.D. 7-9). Pannonia was originally only one province, but was afterwards divided into two provinces, called Pannonia Superior and Pannonia Inferior. The principal towns were Carnuntum, Siscia (Sissek), Poetovio (Pettau), Sopianae (Fünfkirchen), and Aquincum (Altofen). - Harry Thurston Peck. Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities. New York. Harper and Brothers. 1898.
3 commentsAdrian W03/11/13 at 15:40*Alex: Superb portrait.
Magnus Maximus AR Siliqua44 viewsRIC IX 84b1 Trier, RSC 20a
2.07 g, 17 mm
D N MAG MAX-IMVS P F AVG, diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right
VIRTVS ROMANORVM, Roma enthroned facing, head left, holding globe & spear
TRPS in ex.
EX: Roma Numis.
2 commentsMark Z03/09/13 at 10:43*Alex: Great example! Very nice.
Claudius AE As163 viewsRIC 100, Cohen 83, BMC 149
12.04 g, 29 mm
S-C across fields, Minerva standing r., brandishing spear and holding shield on l. arm
Ex: HD Rauch Auction 87 Lot 353 (08-12-10); Roma Numis.
9 commentsMark Z03/09/13 at 10:42*Alex: Great portrait, and the reverse is not too shabby ...
ROMAN EMPIRE, Domitian denarius, RIC 326.199 viewsA rare high silver content issue coin with a regal portrait and great detail on reverse. One of the finest Domitian silver coins I have ever seen. If someone has a better one, I would love to see it!
Photo courtesy of Barry Murphy.
11 commentsjmuona03/07/13 at 14:41*Alex:
ROMAN EMPIRE, Domitian RIC 601213 viewsAR denarius
Rome mint, 88 AD
RIC 601 (C), BMCRE 135, RSC 73
Obv - IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev - COS XIIII LVD SAEC FEC inscribed on column; to r., incense burner, further r., Herald stg. l., with wand and shield
10 commentsDavid Atherton03/06/13 at 10:08*Alex: Great coin and, unusually for Domitian, not a Mine...
GREEK, Thrace, Aigospotamoi, ca. 300 BC, Ĉ 20 114 viewsHead of Demeter left wearing stephane decorated with a laurel wreath and vine.
AIΓΟΣΠΟ Goat standing left, eight-rayed star beneath.
BMC Thrace, p. 187, 2 var. (star); SNG Copenhagen 850 var. (star).
(20 mm, 7.76 g, 12h).
Unique with the star symbol beneath goat and amongst the finest examples known of the single coinage emission from Aigospotamai.

Aigospotamoi (Goat Streams) is the site of two small rivulets flowing across a small plain from the hinterland of Gallipoli peninsula into the southwestern corner of the Sea of Marmara (the ancient Propontis) at its junction with the northern mouth of the Hellespont, a few kilometres to the northeast of the modern day township of Gallipoli (Gelibolu). In late summer of 405 BC it was the site of a naval engagement between the Peloponnesian and Athenian fleets. The Peloponnesian fleet lead by the brilliant Spartan general Lysander destroyed the Athenian fleet. The destruction of the Athenian navy at Aigospotamoi enabled the Peloponnesians to place a stranglehold on the Black Sea grain trade to Athens. The resultant starvation of the city brought to an end the 27 year long Peloponnesian War within six months.
5 commentsLloyd T03/01/13 at 09:58*Alex: Wonderfully detailed coin. Is their lettering hidd...
ROMAN EMPIRE, Agrippina the Elder (ca. 14 B.C.-33 A.D)1777 viewsAgrippina the Elder (ca. 14 B.C.-33 A.D)
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 commentsPetitioncrown02/23/13 at 11:19*Alex: Perfect. Incomparable.
45 -Rheskuporis II Sestertius~0.JPG
GREEK, QUASI-AUTONOMOUS, Bosporus, Rhescuporis II, Sestertius667 viewsAE 48 Nummi or Sestertius. 69-93 AD
Obv: King Rhescuporis II standing right, left foot on prisoner kneeling; on right, trophy; on left, another kneeling prisoner, hands tied behind his back.
Rev: Nike standing left, holding wreath and palm.
RPC 473
2 commentsjdholds02/23/13 at 11:06*Alex: Great coin. I really like it.
Domitian RIC 20156 viewsAR Denarius, 3.02g
Rome mint, 81 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: COS VII DES VIII P P; Altar, garlanded and lighted
RIC 20 (R2). BMC -. RSC -. BNC -.
Ex Gemini X, 13 January 2013, Harry N. Sneh Collection, lot 707. Acquired from Freeman & Sear in 2009, from the A. Lynn Collection. Ex. Hauck & Aufhauser 17, 18 March 2003, lot 258. Ex G. Hirsch 3, April 1954, lot 323.

This type is quite rare with the legend omitting TR P. Only two specimens are cited by RIC, this coin from the Hauck & Aufhauser 17 auction and another in a private collection.
The reverse type of an Altar with Flame is part of the "pulvinaria" series issued by Titus and Domitian as part of the commemorative issue for the opening games of the Colosseum. It is a carry-over reverse from Domitian as Caesar.

Toned and in excellent condition. An exquisite example of early Domitianic coinage.
11 commentsDavid Atherton02/18/13 at 14:11*Alex: Fantastic coin and a breath of fresh air seeing a ...
Roman Empire, Titus RIC II 108218 viewsTitus. 79-81 A.D. Rome Mint. 80 A.D. 1 Jan.-30 June. (3.24g, 18.6mm, 5h). Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M, laureate head r. Rev: TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P, curule chair, above wreath. RIC II 108, BMC 66, RSC 318.

2 commentsLucas H02/11/13 at 12:40*Alex: Great addition to the gallery!
TRAJAN'S COLUMN.209 viewsAR denarius. 112-115 AD. 3,62 grs. Laureate and draped bust right. IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS VI P P / Trajan's column. Statue of Trajan on column on square base; two eagles at base of column. / S P Q P OPTIMO PRINCIPI.
RIC 292. RSC 588.
1 commentsbenito02/07/13 at 08:57*Alex: Nice presentation.
ROMAN EMPIRE, Marcian AE4, Monogram within wreath50 viewsMarcian AE4
DN MARCIANVS PF AVG - Pearl diademed draped & cuirassed bust right
No reverse legend - Monogram 2A within wreath
Cyzicus (450-457)
RIC X 563
Incredibly nice coin. Very hard to find with a sharp monogram and full legends!
1 commentsHolding_History02/02/13 at 19:47*Alex: "Very hard to find with a sharp monogram and full ...
Countermark on coin of Septimius Severus887 viewsSeptimius Severus AE45 medallion of Acrasus, Lydia. 43.5 gr.

AYT KAI L CEP CEOYHROC PER, laureate, draped cuirassed bust
right, countermark of Artemis Ephesia standing facing (Howgego 234.)
with statue of Artemis Ephesia standing half right with supports.

SNG von Aulock 2883; Hirsch Collection 1571; [2] SNG Cop 6.

From The Sam Mansourati Collection
2 commentsSam01/23/13 at 18:55*Alex: Excellent description!
GREEK, Ptolemaic Egypt, Ptolemy VI, 204-181 B.C851 viewsMasterpiece portrait. SNG Cop lists a simliar coin in the same year, with an owl in the left field, for the mint of Citium, Cyprus (SNG Cop 588). At Salamis, the owl was also used in the left field on a coin of the Selukid king, Antiocus IV, 170-168 B.C. Our coin is unpublished in references held by FORVM.7 commentssalem01/20/13 at 19:42*Alex: Salem - Your attribution is incorrect. Wrong dates...
GREEK, Achaean League, Messene, 175-168 BC, AR Hemidrachm 165 viewsLaureate head of Zeus Hamarios left.
Large AX monogram; N - Φ across fields, M below; all within wreath.
HGC 5, 597 (this coin); Benner 23 (this coin); BCD Peloponnesos 723 (this coin); Agrinon 323g (same dies); Clerk 216 (Megalopolis); SNG Copenhagen 315.
(15 mm, 2.44 g, 5h)
ex- BCD Collection: LHS 96 (8-9 May 2006) Lot 723
3 commentsLloyd T12/10/12 at 11:48*Alex: Superb coin. I particularly like the anepigraphic ...
Turkey, Istanbul - Alexander III in Lion Skin Head Dress - a frontal view - from the Alexander Sarcophagus in the Istanbul Museum354 viewsWe are accustomed to seeing the lion skin head dress in profile on coinage. Rarely are we afforded a more frontal view. I took this photo of Alexander the Great portrayed on the Alexander Sarcophagus in the Istanbul Museum. The head dress in nicely portrayed in three dimensions 2 commentsLloyd T11/28/12 at 15:10*Alex: Very informative, great photo.
GREEK, Macedonian kingdom, Philip III Arrhidaios AE Unit323 viewsMiletos mint (323-319 BC).
Obv.: Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin.
Rev.: Bow in bow case and club; grain ear below. With the name and types of Alexander III ‘the Great’.
Price 2102.
5 commentsMinos11/25/12 at 14:34*Alex: Superb!
Roman Empire, Constantine I (307-337 AD.) AE-3 Follis, SARMATIA DEVICTA, Sirmium, #2,1035 viewsConstantinus-I (307-337 AD.) AE-3 Follis, SARMATIA DEVICTA,
avers:- CONSTAN-TINVS-AVG, 1,B1, Laureate head right.
rever:- SARMATIA-DEVICTA, Victory advancing right, stepping on captive, holding trophy and palm.
exergo: SIR M,
diameter: 18-19,5mm,
weight: 3,18g,
mint: Sirmium,
axis: 6h,
date: 324-325 AD.,
ref: RIC-VII-48-p475,
2 commentsquadrans11/05/12 at 10:14*Alex: Fantastic. A great addition to the BOT.
Roman Empire, Domitian156 viewsDenarius circa 88-96, AR 3.51 g. IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M Laureate head r. Rev. DIVVS CAESAR IMP DOMITIANI F Infant seated on globe, raising both hands; around him, seven stars. RIC 209a (hybrid). BMC –. C –. CBN –.

Extremely rare. Good very fine
Ex NFA sale XXVII, 1991, 118.

Throughout the course of Imperial Roman coinage seven children were honored posthumously, with five of them being presented as gods. One of these divine children was an infant son born to Domitia, the wife of Domitian. Virtually nothing is known about him, and if he had not appeared on this rare coin type, he would have been little more than a footnote in the historical record. We may deduce from a passage in Suetonius, from historical circumstances, and from his infantile appearance on memorial coins that he probably was born in 83 and died soon thereafter. Regrettably, his name is nowhere recorded. Since the boy usually appears on the reverse of coins of Domitia, and Domitian seems to have divorced her in about 83 (roughly the time she would have given birth to the boy), it seems obvious that he died in infancy and that Domitian immediately deified him and celebrated him on coinage before he exiled his wife. Domitian’s grief must have been profound, for the boy’s presentation ranks among the most inventive on all Roman coinage; he is shown as a young Jupiter seated on a globe with his hands raised toward seven stars that represent the constellation of the Great Bear (Ursa Major). The boy is also represented on two other rare issues: denarii inscribed PIETAS AVGVST that show him standing before Domitia in the guise of Pietas, and sestertii with a similar scene but inscribed DIVI CAESAR MATRI or DIVI CAESARIS MATER. This particular denarius is a notable rarity, and is considered to be a muling of a Domitian obverse with a Domitia reverse.
5 commentscarthago11/02/12 at 11:49*Alex: Wow. Superb coin.
Antoninus Pius, AD 138-16169 viewsAR denarius, 17.99 mm (3.41 gm).

ANTONINVS AVG PI-VS P P TR P COS III, laureate head right / PROVIDENTI-AE DEORVM, winged thunderbolt. Rome mint, struck AD 140-143.

RIC III, 080a (pg. 35); BMCRE IV, 225; RSC II, 681.
5 commentssocalcoins10/27/12 at 15:15*Alex:
0095 - Denarius Porcia 110-9 BC43 viewsObv/ Head of Roma in winged helmet r., (above, ROMA), P. LAECA l., X below.
Rev/ Military governor standing l., placing hand over citizen before him; after him, attendant standing r. and holding rods; in ex., PROVOCO.

Ag, 19.1 mm, 3.91 g
Moneyer: P. Porcius Laeca.
Mint: Rome.
RRC 301/1 [dies o/r: 88/110] - Syd. 571 - RSC Porcia 4
ex-AENP Coin Convention Valencia, feb 2011
1 commentsdafnis10/27/12 at 15:01*Alex: Fantastic reverse!
0099 - Denarius Coelia 104 BC46 viewsObv/ Head of Roma l.
Rev/ Victory in biga left, C COIL below horses: above, A with point below; CALD in ex.

Ag, 19.0 mm, 3.94 g
Moneyer: C. Coelius Caldus.
Mint: Rome.
RRC 318/1a [dies o/r: 72/90] - Syd. 582 - Bab. Coelia 2
ex-Jesús Vico, auction 125, lot 208
1 commentsdafnis10/27/12 at 15:00*Alex: Great tone, great details, lovely coin.
Corinth24 viewsAR Stater
40-345 BC
1 commentsSamson L210/27/12 at 14:47*Alex: ✩✩✩✩✩
Roman Empire, City Commemorative, Urbs Roma, VRBS ROMA108 viewsAnonymous AE Follis
VRBS ROMA - Roma helmeted, wearing imperial mantle
No reverse legend - She wolf suckling Romulus and Remus, wolf right
SMAN Theta mint mark, Antioch mint (330-335 AD)
RIC VII Antioch 91/113

Stunning EF coin, nicest I have ever seen. Bust is sharp, reverse has incredible details on the wolf, and wonderful facial details on Romulus and Remus. Flan is problem free with no flan cracks.
2 commentsHolding_History10/23/12 at 19:53*Alex: Great coin Nathan.
George IV, 1820-183017 viewsAE Farthing.

Laureate head left, GEORGIUS IV DEI GRATIA / Britannia seated right, holding trident, with shield bearing saltire of arms, BRITANNIAR: REX FID: DEF:.


2 commentssocalcoins10/22/12 at 10:39*Alex: Superb!
Vespasian-RIC-1422AC150 viewsAR Denarius, 2.64g
Ephesus mint, 71 AD
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: CONCORDIA AVG; Ceres std. l., on ornate high-backed chair, with corn ears and poppy and cornucopiae; in exergue BY
RIC 1422AC (R2). BMC -. RSC -. RPC -. BNC -.
Ex Harry N. Sneh Collection.

An unlisted type for Vespasian's Ephesus Group 5 denarii. In the upcoming RIC II addenda this type should be assigned 1422AC. The confronting heads of Titus and Domitian is now the only type not known for this series, which Harry Sneh pointed out to me is likely waiting to be discovered. As far as rarity is concerned - one other example is known, ex Lynn collection, so R2. Both share the same dies.

Not only is this a very rare type, stylistically it is quite stunning. One of the best portraits of Vespasian I've seen on a coin.

9 commentsDavid Atherton10/18/12 at 10:53*Alex: Superb!
Caligula, AD 37-4179 viewsAE As, 28.29mm (11.75 gm).

C CAESAR AVG GERMANICVS PON M TR POT, bare head left / VESTA, S-C in field; Vesta, veiled, draped, seated left on throne with ornamental back and legs, holding patera in right hand and long transverse sceptre in left; VESTA above, S-C to left and right. Rome mint, struck AD 37-38.

RIC I, 038; BMCRE I, 046.
5 commentssocalcoins10/12/12 at 14:57*Alex: BOT
Roman Empire, Jovinus AR Siliqua. c 411-13 A.D55 viewsRIC X 1716 (Rare) Lugdunum (Lyons), RSC4†c
c 411-13 A.D.
14mm, 1.5g.
D N IOVIN – VS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right
VICTOR – IA AVGG, Roma seated left on throne, holding Victory on globe and reversed spear.
SMLDV in exergue
Notes: Rated Rare but no other examples found on either WW or acsearch. One example on coinarchives.
1 commentsMark Z10/09/12 at 13:53*Alex: ✩✩✩✩✩ Nice, and...
ROMAN EMPIRE, Domitan, As, Fides120 viewsObverse: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XII CENS PER PP - Laureate and bearded bust right with aegis.
Reverse: FIDEI PVBLICAE S C - Fides standing right, with corn-ears, poppy and a basket of fruits.
mm. 28 - g. 10,15 - die axis 6
RIC 2 486 C2 - Cohen 111/2 - Struck in Rome 86 a.D.
Hard to see beard and/or sideburns on Domitian's adult portraits, especially on bronze.
6 commentsFlaviusDomitianus09/27/12 at 09:25*Alex: Superb coin, beautiful patina.
Greece, Delphi - overlooking the Temple of Apollo280 views1 commentsLloyd T09/23/12 at 14:07*Alex: Lovely photo with the flowers in the foreground.
28 BC Colony established at Nemausus by Augustus' army417 viewsmedium bronze (dupondius or as?) (12.6g, 25mm, 2h) Nemausus mint. Struck 10 BC - 10 AD.
IMP DIVI F Agrippa laureate head left and Augustus laureate head right, back to back
COL NEM crocodile chained to palm tree top bent to right, wreath at top.
RIC (Augustus) 158

Denomination uncertain. COL NEM stands for COLONIA AVGVSTA NEMAVSVS (present Nîmes, France), built by Augustus' army after their conquest and return from Egypt. The crocodile chained to the palm tree symbolizes the defeat of the Cleopatra and Marc Antony at Actium.
2 commentsCharles S09/21/12 at 08:13*Alex: Great portraits.
Jovinus AR Siliqua216 viewsRIC X 1716 (Rare) Lugdunum (Lyons), RSC4†c
c 411-13 A.D.
14mm, 1.5g.
D N IOVIN – VS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right
VICTOR – IA AVGG, Roma seated left on throne, holding Victory on globe and reversed spear.
SMLDV in exergue
Notes: Rated Rare but no other examples found on either WW or acsearch. One example on coinarchives.
4 commentsMark Z09/21/12 at 07:41*Alex: ✩✩✩✩✩ ✔ ...
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Philip II, Tetradrachm, 323-315 BC 383 viewsPhilip II (359-336 BC), Tetradrachm, 14.31 g., 24 mm

O - Laureate head of Zeus r.
R - ΦΙΛΙΠΠOΥ / Π Horseman with palm r, flower.

Le Rider pl. 46, 3.

Provenance: Ex A.Tkalec AG, Auction 10/27/2011, Lot 58
7 commentsrobertpe09/15/12 at 15:05*Alex: Beautiful.
PRECOLUMBIAN57 viewsStatuette. Peru central coast ( Chancay-Huacho area) .c. XIII-XIV century AD. 53 cms.3 commentsbenito09/15/12 at 00:14*Alex: Great preservaton. Looks like it was just made yes...
Roman Empire, Augustus, Posthumous Sestertius103 viewsĈ Sestertius, 26,9g, Ĝ 35-36mm, 12h, Rome, AD 22-23
Obv.: DIVVS AVGVSTVS PATER, Augustus radiated seated left, feet on stool, holding laurel branch and long sceptre, altar in front
RIC (Tiberius) 49 (R); Cohen 74; Sear (RCV I) 1782; Foss (Roman Historic Coins) Tiberius:5

This type, issued under Tiberius, refers to the consecration of Augustus after his death in AD 14. According to Sear (RCV I) this type may represent the statue of Divus Augustus set up near the Theatre of Marcellus in Rome.
1 commentsCharles S09/02/12 at 13:15*Alex: Wonderful coin. I'm green with envy!
ROMAN EMPIRE, Zeno AV Tremissis62 viewsRIC X 914, Constantinople, Depeyrot 108/4 (second reign)
14 mm, 1.42 g, 6h
D N ZENO PERP AVG, diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right
VICTORIA AVGVSTORVM, Victory walking right, head left, holding wreath and globus cruciger, star in right field
CONOB in exergue
1 commentsMark Z08/26/12 at 19:18*Alex: Nice coin, Mark.
GREEK, Caria, Satrap Pixodaros, ca 341-336/5132 viewsAR didrachm
Ob: Laureate Apollo, three quarters facing, right, himation fastened with brooch at neck
Rx: ΠIXΩΔAPOY; Zeus of Labraunda standing right, holding spear in left hand & double-bladed axe over right shoulder.
7.02g 21mm

SNG Keckman I, 280, Sammlung Karl 35-40

ex Pegasi Numismatics Auction XXII (20.04.2010) lot 167
3 commentsDino08/20/12 at 16:25*Alex: That's three great coins you've added to t...
Roman, Eastern Mediterranean, Glass Bottle, Late 2nd - 4th Century A.D.83 viewsOlive-green bottle; Isings Form 102a, cf. Ontario Museum 209
12.7 cm (5") tall
Choice, clear olive-green, cylindrical body widening slightly from shoulder to base,
flat shoulder, cylindrical short neck, flared rim
intact with some cracks, attractive weathering
Ex: FORVM, Alex Malloy Collection
(Notes and Picture from FORVM website)
3 commentsMark Z08/15/12 at 14:28*Alex: Nice!
Vespasian - [RIC II 357 (Titus), RSC 497] 101 viewsSilver denarius, VF, toned, 2.89g, 18mm, 0 degree, Rome mint, Struck under Titus 80-81 A.D.

Obv. - DIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS, laureate head right

Rev. - Capricorns set on globe supporting clippeus inscribed S C

Reverse slightly off center

Purchased from Holyland Numismatics
3 commentsrenegade322008/15/12 at 14:22*Alex: Nice coin, better than mine.
ROMAN EMPIRE, Vespasian, Rome mint, struck 74 AD, Ĉ Dupondius212 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 commentsdupondius07/29/12 at 13:48*Alex: Wonderful portrait, great condition, fantastic pat...
ROMAN EMPIRE, Maximinus II Follis 347 viewsRIC VI 34 Cyzicus 308-309 A.D.
26 mm, 6.86 gm
GAL VAL MAXIMINVS NOB CAES, laureate head right
GENIO CA-ESARIS, Genius standing left, modius on head, naked except for chlamys over left shoulder, holding patera from which liquid flows & cornucopiae, MKΓ in exergue
5 commentsMark Z07/29/12 at 13:46*Alex: Very, very nice.
ROMAN EMPIRE, Claudius I, AE As382 viewsRIC 100, Cohen 83, BMC 149
12.04 g, 29 mm
S-C across field, Minerva standing right, brandishing spear and holding shield on left arm
Ex: HD Rauch Auction 87 Lot 353 (08-12-10)
6 commentsMark Z07/29/12 at 13:42*Alex: Nice portrait, impressive.