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RIC 267 Domitian15 viewsCAESAR DIVI F DOMITIANVS COS VII
Laureate head right

PRINCEPS IVVENTVTIS
Goat standing left in laurel wreath

Rome, 80-81 AD after the deification of Vespasian.

3.37g

RIC 267 (C)

Ex-Jerusalem Haydaya

This is a nice example of the legend ending with a pronounced dot.
4 commentsJay GT409/16/19 at 22:50David Atherton: Good example!
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Augustus AR Tetradrachm26 viewsSELEUCIS and PIERIA, Antioch. Augustus. 27 BC-AD 14. AR Tetradrachm
(27mm, 14.56 g, 12h). In the name and types of the Seleucid king Philip I Philadelphus. Dated year 26 of the Caesarean Era (24/23 BC).
Obv: Diademed head of Philip I right within fillet border
Rev: Zeus Nicephorus seated left; monogram to inner left and below throne, ςK (date) and thunderbolt in exergue; all within wreath.
Prieur 19; McAlee 19 (this coin illustrated); RPC I 4142; SC 2491.16; HGC 9, 1360p. Toned, some porosity and surface striations. Fine. Rare, seven known to Prieur, and two in CoinArchives.
From the Michel Prieur Collection, purchased privately from Richard McAlee.
CNG E-Auction 451 Lot 272 September 4, 2019
2 commentsorfew09/05/19 at 02:38David Atherton: Wonderful!
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Domitian AR denarius 81 CE (group 4)28 viewsDomitian AR Denarius
(3.13gr 18mm)
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG PONT; laureate head right
Rev: TR P COS VII DES VIII P P; seat, draped, above, a winged thunderbolt placed horizontally.
RIC 68 (R2)
Ebay: August 24, 2019
2 commentsorfew08/25/19 at 02:25David Atherton: Wonderful!
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Roman Civil Wars, Revolt of Galba, Governor of Spain17 viewsSilver denarius, Tarraco(?) mint, Apr - Jun 68 A.D.
O: BON EVENT, young female head (Bonus Eventus) right, fillet around forehead.
R: ROM RENASC, Roma standing right in military garb, Victory on globe in right hand, eagle-tipped scepter over left shoulder in left, implying the restoration of the Republic.
- RIC I 9 (R4), RSC II 396, BMCRE I 9, SRCV I 2072.

Galba lived in Tarraco for eight years. This coin was issued by Galba as governor of Spain in revolt against Nero. The obverse is copied from Republican denarii struck in 62 B.C. by the moneyer L. Scribonius Libo.
2 commentsNemonater08/19/19 at 03:16David Atherton: Utterly fantastic!
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RIC 0057A Titus42 viewsObv: IMP T CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS VII (counterclockwise), Laureate head right
Rev: PAX AVGVST / S C (in field), Pax standing left holding branch and cornucopia
AE/Sestertius (33.90 mm 25.98 g 6h) Struck in Rome 79 A.D. (Group 1)
RIC unpublished (provisionally assigned n. 57A)
ex Numismatik Naumann Auction 80 Lot 527
6 commentsFlaviusDomitianus08/17/19 at 00:58David Atherton: Stunning coin!
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020b Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC² Titus 0359a, RIC II(1962) (Titus) 0062, AR-Denarius, Rome, E-X, SC on round shield set on the column, #159 views020b Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RIC² Titus 0359a, RIC II(1962) (Titus) 0062, AR-Denarius, Rome, E-X, SC on round shield set on the column, #1
avers: DIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS, Laureate head right.
reverse: E-X, SC on round shield set on the column, upon which an urn sits, laurel branch to each side.
exergue: E/X//SC, diameter: 17,0-18,0mm, weight: 3,24g, axes: 5h,
mint: Rome, date: 80-81 A.D., ref: RIC² (Titus) 0359a, RIC II(1962) (Titus) 0062 p-123, RSC 149, BMC 125,
Q-001
4 commentsquadrans08/11/19 at 00:13David Atherton: Decent example!
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COS II denarius (RIC 680 for Vespasian) for Domitian38 viewsDenarius for Domitian. Rome mint. 73 AD. 2.89 grs.
Observe : Laureate head right. CAES AVG F DOMIT COS II. From low right.
Reverse : Domitian on horse left. Right hand raised and sceptre in left.

Weight is low but the coin is not plated.
Superb style.
3 commentslabienus08/08/19 at 18:47David Atherton: Decent example!
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Domitian AR denarius 81 CE (group 3)49 viewsDomitian AR Denarius 81 CE September 13-December 31
Rome
Obv: Laureate Head right: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PONT
Rev: Curule chair, above wreath; COS VII DES VIII PP
RIC 21, RSC 58, BMC 7* p. 299
4 commentsorfew08/06/19 at 11:32David Atherton: Nice rarity!
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Probus56 viewsAE-Antoninianus
VIRTVS PROBI AVG; Radiate, helmeted and cuirassed half length bust to right, raising right hand and holding victory on globe in left.
MARS VICTOR; Helmeted Mars with spear walking right, holding trophy over shoulder.
Ex: II
Lugdunum
RIC - ; B222 pl. XXVII; 3ex.
5 commentsJulianus of Pannonia08/05/19 at 23:08David Atherton: Awesome!
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Tacitus79 viewsAE-Antoninianus
IMP C M CL TACITVS AVG; Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust to right.
SPES PVBLICA; Spes advancing left, holding Flower and raising skirt.
Ex: XXIE
Rome
RIC 94
5 commentsJulianus of Pannonia08/04/19 at 23:15David Atherton: Superb!
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Carausius20 viewsAE-Antoninianus
CARAVSIVS ET FRATRES SVI; Jugate, radiate and cuirassed busts of Maximianus, Diocletian and Carausius to left.
PAX AVGGG; Pax standing left, holding olive-branch and vertical sceptre; S/P in fields.
Ex: C
Camulodunum
RIC V,II; 1
1 commentsJulianus of Pannonia07/31/19 at 20:56David Atherton: Nice rarity!
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RIC 0322 Domitianus51 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P IIII, Laureate head right, with aegis
Rev: IMP VIIII COS XI CENSORIA POTESTAT P P (anticlockwise, from low right), Minerva standing left, with spear
AR/Denarius (20.31 mm 3.466 gr 6h) Struck in Rome 85 A.D. (2nd issue)
RIC 322 (R2) - BMCRE, BNF unlisted
ex Roma Numismatics E-Sale 59 Lot 796, ex Spink Auction 18055 Lot 107, from the Michael Kelly Collection of Roman Silver Coins
7 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/25/19 at 23:07David Atherton: Stunning coin!
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RIC 0776 Vespasian42 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG.
Laureate head right.

PON MAX TR P COS VI.
Victory standing left upon cista mystica, holding wreath and palm frond; coiled serpent to left and right.

Rome 75 AD

3.25g

RIC² 776 (R).
Only 5 specimens in the Reka Devnia hoard


Minted in Rome but likely intended for circulation in the East. The reverse copies the earlier quinarii of Augustus and the Cistophoric tetradrachms of Ephesus.

Ex-Jerusalem Haydaya
5 commentsJay GT407/25/19 at 09:43David Atherton: Not a very common type. A solid upgrade. Congrats!
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RIC 0674 Domitianus46 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII, Laureate head right
Rev: IMP XXI COS XIIII CENS P P P, Minerva advancing right, with spear and shield
AR/Denarius (19668 mm 3.344 g 6h) Struck in Rome 88-89 A.D. (6th issue)
RIC 674 (R), RSC 254c - BMCRE 157 - BNF unlisted
Purchased from Münzhandlung Ritter
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/24/19 at 14:08David Atherton: Glad you got one! Different dies than my own examp...
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Vespasian RIC-28241 viewsÆ Dupondius, 14.36g
Rome mint, 71 AD
RIC 282 (R2). BMC 596. BNF 572.
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS III; Head of Vespasian, radiate, r.
Rev: TVTELA AVGVSTI; S C in exergue; Tutela std. l., with a child either side
Acquired from Praefectus Coins, July 2019. Ex The Morris Collection.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NB: BMC 527 records the type with an obverse reading COS II, however, the obverse has been tooled from an original COS III die. Its reverse die is also known to be paired with other COS III obverses.
7 commentsDavid Atherton07/22/19 at 21:31David Atherton: Thanks for the additional provenance info Curtis!
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RIC 1235 Vespasianus55 viewsObv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS VIII P P, laureate head right
Rev: PROVIDENT / S C (in exergue), Great altar with six panels
AE/As (27.78 mm 9.950 g 6h) Struck in Lugdunum 77-78 A.D.
RIC 1235 (C), BMCRE-BNF unlisted
purchased on eBay from alora
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/12/19 at 22:28David Atherton: Nice example.
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Vespasian / Shield Within Wreath RIC 139348 viewsVespasian; 69-79 AD, Ephesus, c. 69-70 AD, Denarius, 2.80g.
O: IMP CAES - VESPAS AVG Head laureate r.; on neck rectangular countermark IMP VES with IMP and VE ligate (Howgego-839).
R: AVG on round shield within oak wreath; rectangular countermark IMP VES with IMP and VE ligate.

Extremely rare, apparently the second recorded specimen, the first having appeared in Schenk-Behrens 76, 26 Nov. 1998, lot 186, as reported but not illustrated by RIC-1393.

The attribution of this reverse type to Ephesus, suggested by the use on later marked coins of that mint of a simplified version of the same type, AVG within oak wreath but without the shield, is confirmed by the countermark of Vespasian on this specimen, since the few Flavian denarii known to have been marked with that countermark are all coins of the Ephesus mint.
5 commentsNemonater07/07/19 at 12:08David Atherton: Utterly fantastic!
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Domitian AR Denarius55 viewsDomitian, 81-96. Denarius 85 CE Fourth Issue
(Silver, 20 mm, 3.32 g, 6 h), Rome.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P IIII Laureate head of Domitian to right, wearing aegis.
Rev. IMP VIIII COS XI CENS POT P P Minerva standing front, head to left, holding thunderbolt in her right hand and a spear in her left; behind her, shield.
BMC 79. Cohen 178 var. (without aegis). RIC 336 (R2).
Leu Numismatic E-Auction 8 Lot 1038 June 30, 2019.
4 commentsorfew07/01/19 at 14:32David Atherton: Wonderful aegis on that one!
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RIC 0364 Vespasian denarius75 viewsDIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS
Laureate head right

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

Rome 80-81 AD, after the deification of Vespasian

2.91g

RIC 364 (C)

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

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

Heavy black patina with old scratches beneath.
6 commentsJay GT406/28/19 at 19:46David Atherton: Nice addition!
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Augustus AR Denarius41 views
Octavian as Augustus, 27 BC – 14 AD Denarius
Lugdunum circa 13-14,
18mm., 3.56g.
Obv: Laureate head r.
Rev. Tiberius in triumphal quadriga r., holding laurel branch and eagle-tipped sceptre.
RSC 301. RIC 224.
Ex: Naville Numismatics Live auction 50 Lot 439 June 23, 2019
3 commentsorfew06/28/19 at 02:40David Atherton: Wonderful!
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RIC 0555 Domitianus86 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VII, Laureate head right
Rev: COS XIIII, across field, Minerva standing left, with spear
AR/Denarius - 20.86 mm 3.560 g 6h - Struck in Rome 88 A.D. (1st group)
RIC 555 (R2) - RSC 66 - BMCRE unlisted - BNF 113
ex Rauch Auction 108 Lot 160
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus06/23/19 at 12:19David Atherton: A beauty.
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Roman Empire, Vespasian, Sestertius105 viewsObv. IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG P M T P P P COS III, laureate head right.
Rev. S C, Mars, helmeted, naked except for cloak around waist, advancing right, holding transverse spear in right hand and trophy over left shoulder in left hand.
Mint: Rome, 71 AD.

34mm 25.46g

RIC 113

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

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

The reverse type of Mars advancing (and likely an image of Mars Ultor) is common to all three Flavians. The representation of Mars is different from the Augustan types but likely has a similar inference – here being that of avenging the rebellion of the Jews. Even so the connection to earlier Augustan issues was probably well recognized at the time. (NAC)
5 commentskc06/22/19 at 23:51David Atherton: Exceptional!
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Nero (54 - 68 A.D.)79 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm 
O: NEΡΩ KΛAY KAIS SEBA GEP AVTO, laureate head right.
R: NEO AGAQ DAIM, Agathodaemon serpent, coiled with head up, holding poppies and grain ears, L ς (date) to right. Year 6.
23mm
13.11g
Milne 203; Emmett 106.6 (R4) ; RPC 5260

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

Pending Wildwinds Publishing!
8 commentsMat06/21/19 at 13:07David Atherton: Love the reverse!
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RIC 0554 Titus92 viewsT CAES IMP VESP CENS
Laureate bust right

PONTIF MAXIM
Vespasian seated right on curule chair, with sceptre and branch

Rome, 73 AD

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

3.03g

Ex-Jerusalem Haydaya
7 commentsJay GT406/19/19 at 21:57David Atherton: Wonderful!
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RIC 0686 Vespasian69 viewsIMP CAESAR VESP AVG
Laureate head right

PONTIF MAXIM
Winged cauduceus

Rome, 74 AD

3.21g

RIC 686 (R)

Ex-Jerusalem Haydaya
6 commentsJay GT406/07/19 at 23:06David Atherton: Nice rarity!
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Domitian AR Denarius72 views Domitian AR Denarius 81 CE
3.2 g
Obv: Head laureate r; IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PM
Rev: Minerva adv r with spear and shield; COS VII DES VIII PP
RIC 28
3 commentsorfew06/06/19 at 23:29David Atherton: Excellent find.
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RIC 0387 Domitian As89 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XI CENS POT P P
Laureate head right with Aegis

SC
Mars advancing left with Victory and trophy

Rome, 85 AD

13.67g

RIC 387 (C)

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

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

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

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

Thanks to David Atherton and Curtis Clay for the brief biography and info.
9 commentsJay GT406/06/19 at 21:08David Atherton: Awesome provenance!
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Vespasian RIC-31574 viewsÆ As, 9.84g
Rome mint, 71 AD
RIC 315 (R). BMC - . BNF - .
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS III; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: PROVIDEN in exergue; S C in field; Altar
Acquired from Dr. Claus W. Hild, May 2019.

Originally, Tiberius struck the Provident altar type for Divus Augustus. The altar depicted is dedicated to Providentia, the personification of the emperor's divine providence. Although the type is commonly described as an altar, Marvin Tameanko has convincingly argued it is actually a sacellum, or small shrine. This popular type was later revived during the Civil War by Galba and Vitellius. Vespasian began striking it early in his reign both at Rome and Lyon, confining the type to the as issues. This example is the rare Rome mint variant with the unique abbreviated 'PROVIDEN' legend struck during the great bronze issue of 71. It is missing from the BM's extensive collection. The variant spellings can range the gamut from 'PROVID' to 'PROVIDENT'.

Well centred with a nice dark coppery patina.
3 commentsDavid Atherton06/05/19 at 21:26David Atherton: Thank you for your observations Curtis. On mine th...
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RIC 0133 Vespasianus94 viewsObv: IMP CAES VESPASIANVS AVG COS III, Laureate head right, drapery on left shoulder
Rev: FELICITAS PVBLICA / S C (in field), Felicitas standing left with caduceus and cornucopia
AE/As (27.77 mm 12.685 g 5h) Struck in Rome 71 A.D.
RIC 133 (R2, same dies), BMCRE-BNF unlisted
Purchased on eBay from angainor*numis
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus06/05/19 at 21:18David Atherton: Excellent find.
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Domitian AR Denarius73 viewsRoman empire - Domitian (81-96 AD.) silver denarius
(2.87 g 18 mm). Rome. 81 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITANVS AVG PONT, laureate head right
Rev: TR P COS VII DES VIII P P, seat, draped, above, a winged thunderbolt placed horizontally.
RIC II 40. (R2)
Purchased from Lucernae on Catawiki auctions May 2019
2 commentsorfew06/02/19 at 11:39David Atherton: Congrats!
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Vespasian AR Denarius 73 viewsVespasian AR Denarius. Rome, AD 70.
3.18g, 18mm, 6h.
Obv: IMP CAESAR V[ESPASIANV]S AVG, laureate head right
Rev: COS ITER TR POT, Pax standing left, holding olive branch and caduceus.
RIC 27.
Roma Numismatics E-Sale 57 Lot 840 May 30, 2019
4 commentsorfew06/02/19 at 11:38David Atherton: Superb!
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RIC 0604 Domitian Denarius69 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII
Laureate head right

COS XIIII across field; Column inscribed LVD SAEC FEC;
all within laurel wreath

3.09g

Rome; September 14-December 31, 88 AD

RIC 604 (C) Scarce

Ex-Praefectus

Rated as common in RIC but actually quite difficult to find. Beautiful in hand with a nice dark old cabinet toning developing.
5 commentsJay GT405/24/19 at 11:59David Atherton: Beautifully toned.
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RIC 0059 Domitianus47 viewsObv: IMP CAES DIVI VESP F DOMITIAN AVG P M, Laureate head right
Rev: TR P COS VII DES VIII P P, Minerva advancing right, with spear and shield
AR/Denarius (19.28 mm 3.001 g 6h) Struck in Rome 81 A.D. (4th group)
RIC 59 (R2), RSC-BMCRE-BNF unlisted
purchased on eBay from deldor3
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus05/24/19 at 11:02David Atherton: Nice and rare!
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RIC 0737 Domitianus22 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P XI, Laureate head right
Rev: IMP XXII COS XVI CENS P P P, Minerva standing left, with thunderbolt and spear; shield at her left side
AR/Denarius (19.05 mm 3.296 g 6h) Struck in Rome 92 A.D. (2nd issue)
RIC 737 (R), RSC, BMCRE, BNF unlisted
ex Jesus Vico Online Auction 5 Lot 113
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus05/13/19 at 16:12David Atherton: Appears to be from different dies than mine. Nice ...
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Caligula (Augustus) Coin: Bronze Quadrans39 viewsC CAESAR DIVI AVG PRON AVG SC - Pileus flanked by S C
PON M TR P IIII P P COS QVAT - Legend surrounding RCC large in center of field
Exergue:


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

The Gary R. Wilson Collection

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

There were four different issues of quadrans from Caligula:
PON M TR P III P P COS DES III- 39AD
PON M TR P III P P COS TERT-39-40AD
PON M TR P IIII P P COS TERT-40-41AD
PON M TR P IIII P P COS QVAT-January 1-24, 41AD-This Coin

ODERINT, DUM METUANT (LET THEM HATE, SO LONG AS THEY FEAR). — CALIGULA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4 commentsGary W205/11/19 at 15:25David Atherton: Fantastic rarity! Excellent write-up too!
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1174 - L. Calpurnius Piso Frugi, Denarius 56 viewsRome mint, 90 BC
Laureate head of Apollo right, Δ below chin
Naked horseman galloping right, holding whip; above swan. L.PISO.FRUGI / ROMA at exergue
3,93 gr - 18,8 mm
Ref : RCV # 235, RSC # 12b, RRC # 340/1-Calpurnia 12b-symbol 166
Ex. Naville Numismatics
5 commentsPotator II05/11/19 at 15:21David Atherton: Lovely coin!
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RIC 0478A Domitianus47 viewsObv : IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XII CENS PER P P, Radiate head right, with aegis
Rev : FIDEI PVBLICAE / S C, Fides standing left, with plate of fruits and corn ears
AE/Dupondius (27.62 mm 10.845 g 6h) Struck in Rome 86 A D
RIC, BMCRE, BNF unpublished; it took 478A (R3) in the RIC 2.1 A&C; second known example
Purchased on eBay from Lanz
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus05/11/19 at 14:47David Atherton: Nice portrait. Perhaps it has been (or needs to be...
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Titus AR Denarius20 viewsTitus AR Denarius 79 after July 1
18 mm 3.16 g
Obv: Head laureate l; IMP TITUS CAES VESPASIAN AVG PM
Rev: Venus stg r leaning on column, with helmet and spear; TR P VIII IMP XIIII COS VII PP
RIC 35 (R) BMC--
Purchase from Silbury Coins April 23, 2019
Submitted to wildwinds
1 commentsorfew05/10/19 at 16:30David Atherton: Nice rarity!
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Vespasian 'O' mint denarius15 views
Vespasian (69 - 79 A.D.) silver denarius.
Unknown ‘o’ mint Ephesus?, (‘O’ beneath bust in obverse.
76 A.D.
19mm., 3,00g
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right.
Rev: FIDES PVBL, hands clasped over caduceus. two poppies and two corn-ears.
Ric 1475
Catawiki auction May 7, 2019 Sold by Lucernae
1 commentsorfew05/10/19 at 16:30David Atherton: Lovely example.
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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 16:17David Atherton: Very nice.
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Titus under Vespasian Fourée Denarius24 viewsTitus under Vespasian Fourée Denarius

Obverse:
T CAES IMP VESP POИ TR POT CENS
Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right

Reverse:
NEP RED
Neptune standing left, resting foot on globe, holding acrostolium and scepter
1 commentsHarry G05/09/19 at 15:35David Atherton: Very interesting!
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RIC 0377 Vespasian Dupondius70 viewsDIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS
Radiate head right

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

Rome 80-81 AD

12.18g

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

Ex-ANE

Although the issue is undated it was likely struck on the occasion of Vespasian's deification in 80 AD.
8 commentsJay GT405/03/19 at 23:57David Atherton: Fantastic rarity!
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Vespasian (69 - 79 A.D.)55 viewsAntioch, Syria
AR Tetradrachm
O: AYTOKPAT KAIΣA OYEΣΠAΣIANOY; Head of Vespasian, laureate head right.
R: (T) ΦΛAYI OYEΣΠ KAIΣ ETOYΣ NEOY IEPOY; Laureate Head of Titus, r.; in r. field, B=Year 2 ( 69-70 AD)
11.37g
25mm
RPC 1941 (2 spec.)., Cf. Prieur 107-107A

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

This regnal year 2 type is more commonly seen with a star behind Titus' portrait on the reverse. This is the rarer variant lacking the star.
9 commentsMat04/29/19 at 04:16David Atherton: Superb!
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34 viewsVespasian, 69-79
Denarius 79, AR 3.52 g. Laureate head r. Rev. Capricorn l; below, globe. C 554. RIC 1058.
Ex CNG 42, 1997 lot 860; Triton VI, January 14, 2003 lot 836, Numismatica Ars Classica NAC AG, Auction 92, May 23, 2016 lot 2140, Heritage Auction 3060, 1/16/2018 lot 33400, CNG Web Store (841947); NGC certification 4244139-018
5 commentspaul188804/27/19 at 15:54David Atherton: Superb example!
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Titus as Caesar AR Denarius38 viewsTitus as Caesar 75 CE
20 mm 3.30 g
Obv: Head laureate r; T CAESAR IMP VESPASIAN
Rev: Securitas seated l; head resting on raised arm; PONTIF TR P COS IIII
Ric 784 (R2) [Vespasian] BMC--, RSC--
Purchased from Zurqieh on vcoins; April 18, 2019
2 commentsorfew04/19/19 at 22:12David Atherton: Rare as hen's teeth!
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Titus AR Denarius51 views
TITUS Auguste (79-81), AR denier, 80, Rome.
D/ IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG PM· T. l. à d.
R/ TR P IX IMP XV- COS VIII PP Siège carré dr., avec un dossier triangulaire, décoré de cinq palmettes.
BMC 233, 61; RIC 124. 3,23g. Beau à Très Beau/Beau (Fine - Very Fine/Fine)
Purchased from Jean Elsen April 18, 2019

4 commentsorfew04/18/19 at 16:15David Atherton: Glad you got one!
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Domitian AR Denarius39 viewsDomitian as Caesar AR Denarius 73 CE
(3.04 gm). Rome
Obv: Leaureate head r: CAES AVG F DOMITIAN COS II
Rev: Domitian on horseback, rearing left, right hand raised adlocutio, scepter in left.
RIC 539 [Vesp]
2 commentsorfew04/11/19 at 22:41David Atherton: Glad you got one!
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Egypt, Alexandria. Domitian. A.D. 81-96. AE drachm.36 views
Egypt, Alexandria. Domitian. A.D. 81-96. AE drachm (34.7 mm, 23.61 g, 11 h). Alexandria mint, Struck A.D. 95/6. [AVT KAIC ΘЄ] OVIOC ΔOMIT [CЄB ΓЄPM], laureate head of Domitian right / Frontal elevation of triumphal arch; L - IE ( yr. 15 = A.D. 95/6 ). Emmett 257.15. Near VF / VF, very dark green smooth patina. Scarce (Emmett "frequency" 2).
From the D. Thomas Collection; Wz Group CEM; Ex Walter Niggeler Collection; Ex Bank Leu/Munzen und Medallien.
3 commentsAncient Aussie04/11/19 at 22:41David Atherton: Neat type!
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Philip III Tetradrachm102 viewsHead of Herakles right, wearing Nemean Lion skin, scalp over head, forepaws tied at neck

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

Struck under Archon, Dokimos, or Seleukos I,

c. 323 - 317 B.C

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

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

Ex-Forum!

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

7 commentsJay GT404/10/19 at 00:49David Atherton: Beautiful!
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Domitian AR Denarius89 viewsDOMITIAN, (A.D. 81-96), silver denarius, Rome mint, issued A.D. 86, Second Issue
(3.47 g),
Obv. laureate head of Domitian to right, around IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V,
Rev. around IMP XII COS XII CENS P P P, Minerva standing to right, fighting, holding javelin and shield,
(RIC 435, RSC 201b BMC 93).
Attractive blue and gold patina, extremely fine.
Ex Dr V.J.A. Flynn Collection. With old dealer's ticket.
Noble Numismatics Auction 120 Lot 3217 April 4, 2019.
10 commentsorfew04/08/19 at 16:24David Atherton: Excellent style!
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Commodus (177 - 192 A.D.)32 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: Μ Α ΚΟΜ ΑΝΤω СƐΒ ƐVСƐΒ, Laureate head right.
R:Commodus, togate, standing left, holding branch and sceptre, crowned by Alexandria, turreted, standing left behind him, holding corn ears. LK H to left. RY 28 (AD 187/8)
12.5g
25mm
Dattari (Savio) 3854; Emmett 2537.28

Published on Wildwinds!
5 commentsMat04/03/19 at 05:39David Atherton: Nice example.
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RIC 0277 Domitianus51 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG GERM COS XI, Laureate haed right with aegis
Rev: S C, Domitian standing left, sacrificing with patera over altar in frot of shrine containing cult statue of Minerva.
AE/Sestertius (35.22 mm 26.98 g 6h) Struck in Rome 85 A.D. (1st issue)
RIC 277 (C2), BMCRE 296, BNF 316
ex Aes Rude Auction 64 Lot 278
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus04/03/19 at 02:16David Atherton: Lovely example.
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Vespasian AR Denarius 59 viewsVespasian. AR denarius. Rome. AD 73. 3.15 gr. – 18.9 mm.
Obv: IMP CAES VESP AVG CENS, laureate head right.
Rev: PONTIF MAXIM, Winged Nemesis standing right, holding caduceus over serpent and drawing out the neck of her robe.
RIC 544; BMCRE 97; RSC 385; Sear 2304. VF\\XF
Purchased from Ars Coin Wien, March 26, 2019
5 commentsorfew03/27/19 at 13:08David Atherton: Nice solid example!
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MYSIA,Pergamon (200 - 133 B.C.)51 viewsÆ16
O: Helmeted head of Athena right.
R: AΘΗ-ΝΑΣ ΝΙΚΗΦΟΡΟΥ, owl standing facing on palm, with wings spread, A monogram left and AP right.
3.6g
16mm
SNG von Aulock 1375-6 var; SNG Copenhagen 388 var
6 commentsMat03/27/19 at 09:45David Atherton: What a lively owl!
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Sextus Pompey -- Pharos and Scylla66 viewsSextus Pompey, Imperator and Prefect of the Fleet
[Youngest Son of Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus (Pompey the Great)]
Obv: MAG⦁PIVS⦁IMP⦁ITER; Pharos of Messana, Neptune on top standing r. with r. hand on a trident and l. hand on a rudder, resting l. foot on prow. Galley sailing l., aquila atop a tripod placed in prow and a scepter tied with a fillet in stern. Border of dots.
Rev: PRAEF⦁ORAE⦁MARIT⦁ET⦁CLAS⦁S⦁C [AEs and MAR ligatured]; Scylla attacking l. wielding a rudder in both hands, the torso of a nude woman with two fishtails and the foreparts of three dogs as the lower body. Border of dots.
Denomination: silver denarius; Mint: Sicily, uncertain location1; Date: summer 42 - summer 39 BC2; Weight: 3.566g; Diameter: 19.8mm; Die axis: 225º; References, for example: BMCRR v. II Sicily 20 variant3, Sydenham 1349 variant3; Crawford RRC 511/4d; Sear CRI 335b.

Notes:

Obverse legend: MAG[NUS]⦁PIVS⦁IMP[ERATOR]⦁ITER[UM]
Reverse legend: PRAEF[ECTUS]⦁ORAE⦁MARIT[IMAE]⦁ET⦁CLAS[SIS]⦁S[ENATUS]⦁C[ONSULTO]

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

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

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

Photo credits: Forum Ancient Coins

Sources

Crawford, Michael H. Roman Republican Coinage v. I. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001 reprint with the 1982 corrections.
DeRose Evans, Jane. "The Sicilian Coinage of Sextus Pompeius (Crawford 511)" in Museum Notes (American Numismatic Society), vol. 32 (1987): 97 - 157.
Estiot, Sylviane. “Sex. Pompée, La Sicile et La Monnaie: Problèmes de Datation.” In Aere Perennivs, en hommage á Hubert Zehnacker, édité par Jacqueline Champeaux et Martine Chassignet. Paris: L’Université Paris - Sorbonne, 2006.
Grueber, H. A. Coins of the Roman Republic in the British Museum v. II. London: 1910.
Sear, David R. The History and Coinage of the Roman Imperators 49 - 27 BC. London: Spink, 1998.
Sydenham, Edward A. The Coinage of the Roman Republic. New York: Arno Press, 1975, rev. ed.
7 commentsTracy Aiello03/25/19 at 08:44David Atherton: Spectacular coin!
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Domitian AR Denarius50 viewsDomitian AR Denarius
83 CE (Second Issue) March – 13 September
20.0 mm 3.04 g
Obv:IMP CAES DOMITIANUS AVG PM; head leaureate r
Rev:TR POT II COS VIIII DES X P P, Minerva stg l with thunderbolt and spear; shield at her side.
RIC 167; BMC 43
Ex: Artemide Aste E-Live Auction 7 March 24, 2019 Lot 216
4 commentsorfew03/24/19 at 22:40David Atherton: Nice rarity!
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RIC 0573 Domitian Denarius60 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERMAN P M TR P VIII
Laureate head right

IMP XIIII COS XIIII CENS P P P
Minerva advancing right with spear and shield

Rome, January 1-September 13, 88 AD

3.17g

RIC 573 (R2)

Ex-Cameleon coin e-bay

A rare variant with GERMAN on the obverse legend rather than the common GERM.
4 commentsJay GT403/22/19 at 22:26David Atherton: Fantastic! Beautifully toned too.
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RPC II 1605A Titus48 viewsObv: T CAES IMP PONT, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rev: ANT COL, Priest holding vexillum ploughing with two oxen, right; above, crescent
AE22 (22.01 mm 7,272 g 12h) Struck in Antiochia (Pisidia) 76 A.D.
RPC II Unpublished, it will get 1605A
ex Leu Numismatik Web Auction 7 Lot 759
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus03/22/19 at 12:53David Atherton: Superb coin.
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Domitian RIC-821101 viewsAR Denarius, 3.42g
Rome mint, 96 AD
RIC 821 (R2). BMC 237D. RSC 297b. BNF - .
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
Ex jerusalemhadaya2012, eBay, 4 March 2019.

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

Fine late style with good natural toning. Same dies as the BM specimen.
10 commentsDavid Atherton03/19/19 at 14:48David Atherton: Thanks for the suggestion Curtis! I ammended the w...
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RIC 0644 Titus60 viewsObv: T CAESAR IMP PON TR P COS II CENS, Laureate head right
Rev: VICTORIA NAVALIS / S C (in field), Victory advancing right on prow of ship holding wreath and palm
AE/As (28.51 mm 10.406 g 6h) Struck in Rome 73 A.D.
RIC 644 (R), BMCRE 677, BNF 691 (Vespasian)
From the Shlomo Moussaieff collection
ex Gorny & Mosch e-auction 263 Lot 3614
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus03/19/19 at 04:05David Atherton: Great coin with a neat provenance.
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RIC 1579 Domitian49 viewsCAESAR DOMIT COS II
Laureate head left

SC
in laurel wreath

Rome, 74 AD

5.63g

RIC 1579 (C)

These orichalcum coins were minted in Rome and circulated predominantly in Syria. A scarce coin with a fantastic portrait and lovely patina. Even nicer in hand.
8 commentsJay GT403/19/19 at 02:33David Atherton: Beautiful.
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RPC II 0311 Titus - Domitianus33 viewsObv: T CAESAR IMP DOMITIANVS CAESAR, Draped and laureate bust of Titus right, facing bare head of Domitian left
Rev: MVNICIPI STOBENSIVM, Tetrastyle temple; inside cult figure; globe on the pediment
AE/25 (25.mm 6.867 g 6h) Struck in Stobi (Macedonia)
RPC II 311
ex Savoca 31th Silver Auction Lot 274
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus03/16/19 at 12:44David Atherton: Great example.
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RIC 0388 Vespasianus53 viewsObv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS IIII, Laureate head right
Rev: S C, Vespasian standing right, with branch and sceptre, in quadriga right
AE/Sestertius (32.89 mm 26.97 g 6h) Struck in Rome 72-73 A.D.
RIC 388 (R2), BMCRE 623, BNF 611
ex Meister & Sonntag Auktion 14 Lot 599
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus03/13/19 at 07:18David Atherton: Nice example.
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RPC II 1944 Vespasianus24 viewsObv: AYTOKPAT KAIΣA OYEΣΠAΣIANOY, Laureate head of Vespasian, left, with drapery on far shoulder, above eagle
standing left, left wing extended
Rev: T ΦΛAYI OYEΣΠ KAIΣ ETOYΣ NEOY IEPOY, Laureate head of Titus, right; in left field, lituus; in right field B
Silver Tetradrachm mm 25.96 g 14.709 die axis 12 h - Struck in Antiochia ad Orontem (Syria, Seleucis and Pieria) 69-70 A.D.
RPC II 1944 - Prieur 109
Purchased on eBay from Dionysos
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus03/11/19 at 07:13David Atherton: Very nice example! Different dies than my example ...
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Titus AR Denarius56 viewsTitus, 79 - 81 n. Chr. Denar (2.96g). 80 n. Chr. Mzst. Rom.
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M, Kopf mit Lorbeerkranz n. l.
Rev.: TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P, zwei Gefangene sitzen Rücken an Rücken an einem Tropaeum.
RIC 103 (R2)
Ex Sammlung Shlomo Moussaieff, London, 1948 - 2000.
Condition: Dunkle Tönung, partiell Auflagen, ss
Ex: Gorny und Mosch e-auction 263 - 07.03.2019: Lot 3615
3 commentsorfew03/09/19 at 12:42David Atherton: Nice rarity!
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Domitian AR Denarius62 viewsDomitian AR Denarius. Rome 88 CE Group 2
Obv: Head laureate r; IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERMANIC COS XIII
Rev: Minerva Minerva stg l with thunderbolt and spear; CENS P.P.P.
RIC-568 (R2) BMC 139 RSC 27
Jesus Vico Mail bid auction # 153 Lot 3133 March 7, 2019
6 commentsorfew03/09/19 at 12:39David Atherton: Superb portrait!
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Domitian AR denarius 81 CE (group 4)47 viewsDomitian AR Denarius 81 CE (Group 4)
Obv: Laureate head right, IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PM
Rev: Seat draped, above semi-circular frame decorate with three crescents TR P COS VII DES VIII PP
RIC 67; BMC 17
Purchased from Romanrum.com
March 1, 2019
3 commentsorfew03/02/19 at 07:24David Atherton: Nice rarity!
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Domitian AR denarius 81 CE (group 1)62 viewsDomitian, Denarius, 81 Rome
Obv: Laureate head of Domitian right., IMP CAESAR DOMITIANVS AVG
Rev: Dolphin coiled around anchor.,TR P COS VII
RIC:2; BMC 3
Purchased from Numiscorner on Vcoins
February 23, 2019
7 commentsorfew03/02/19 at 07:24David Atherton: Glad you got one.
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Philip I Antoninianus22 viewsPhilip I Antoninianus

Obverse:
IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG
Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right

Reverse:
ANNONA AVGG
Annona standing left, holding grain ears over galley prow and cornucopia
2 commentsHarry G02/21/19 at 03:55David Atherton: Fine style portrait!
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Galerius Antoninianus26 viewsGalerius Antoninianus
295-296 AD.

Obverse:
GAL VAL MAXIMIANVS NOB CAES
Bust Radiate, draped, cuirassed, right.

Reverse:
CONCORDIA MILITVM
Emperor, standing right, receiving Victory on globe from Jupiter.
2 commentsHarry G02/21/19 at 03:54David Atherton: Eye catching!
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024c Domitian (69-81 A.D. Caesar, 81-96 A.D. Augustus), RIC 0250, RIC II(1962) 0435, AE-Quadrans, Rome, Rhinoceros walking left, Scarce!, #188 views024c Domitian (69-81 A.D. Caesar, 81-96 A.D. Augustus), RIC 0250, RIC II(1962) 0435, AE-Quadrans, Rome, Rhinoceros walking left, Scarce!, #1
avers: Rhinoceros walking left.
reverse: IMP DOMIT AVG GERM around large SC.
diameter: 16,518mm, weight: 2,24, axis: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 84-85 A.D., ref: RIC 0250, RIC II(1962) 0435 p-208, BMCRE 498, C-674,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans02/19/19 at 14:55David Atherton: Very nice example!
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RIC 1407 Vespasian Eastern Denarius72 viewsIMP CAES VESPAS AVG
Laureate head of Vespasian right

PACI ORB TERR AVG
Turreted and draped female bust right below, horizontal Φ

Ephesus, 69-70 AD

3.23g


RIC V1407 (R); RPC 813

Rare

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

The Flavians as bringers of peace to the world.

New photo
8 commentsJay GT402/14/19 at 03:40David Atherton: Superb style.
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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 commentsFlaviusDomitianus02/12/19 at 09:37David Atherton: Awesome!
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Titus AR Denarius48 viewsTitus AR Denarius. Rome Mint
79-81 CE
(17 mm 3.15 g)
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M, laureate head right
Rev: TR P IX IMP XV — COS VIII P P, draped processional chair, triangular frame by decorated with nine Palmattes Lituus under triangular frame.
RIC 124c
Ex: Savoca 16th Blue auction Lot 978 February 10, 2019
5 commentsorfew02/12/19 at 09:35David Atherton: Awesome coin Andrew! NB: 124c is the variant liste...
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RIC 0299 Domitianus33 viewsObv : IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG GERM COS XI, Radiate head right, with aegis
Rev : VIRTVTI AVGVSTI / S C, Virtus standing leftt, foot on helmet, with parazonium and spear
AE/Dupondius (27.55 mm 12.190 g 6h) Struck in Rome 85 A D (1st issue)
RIC 299 (C), BMCRE 313, BNF 335
Purchased from Kölner Münzkabinett on Ma Shops
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus02/07/19 at 12:06David Atherton: Nice example.
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Vitellius AR denarius67 viewsVitellius (AD 69). AR denarius
(18mm, 2.95 gm, 5h).
NGC VG 4/5 - 4/5. Rome.
Obv: A VITELLIVS GERM IMP AVG TR P, laureate head of Vitellius right
Rev: LIBERI IMP GERM AVG, bareheaded and draped busts of the children of Vitellius (Aulus Vitellius Germanicus Junior and Vitellia), facing one another.
RIC I 101. Rare.
Ex: Heritage Auctions November 29, 2018 Lot 65074
5 commentsorfew01/29/19 at 01:28David Atherton: Awesome type!
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RIC 0162 Domitianus75 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 12:50David Atherton: Superb.
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RIC 0317 Domitianus30 viewsObv : CAES DIVI VESP F DOMITIAN COS VII, Laureate head right
Rev : S C, Spes standing left, holding flower
AE/As (27.33 mm 11.522 g 6h) Struck in Rome 80-81 A.D.
RIC 317 (C, Titus), BMCRE 248 (Titus), BNF 257
Purchased from L.A.C. on VCoins
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus01/05/19 at 22:51David Atherton: I agree, looks Thracian. Is the flan convex?
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RIC 0254 Vespasianus44 viewsObv: IMP CAES VESPAS AVG P M TR P P P COS III, Laureate head right
Rev: S P Q R / OB / CIVES / SERVATOS, Within oak wreath
AE/sestertius (32.52 mm 24.59 g 6h) Struck in Rome 71 A.D. (3rd issue)
RIC 254 R2, BMCRE 573, BNF 551
Purchased on eBay from Mulcrow
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus01/02/19 at 14:50David Atherton: Very nice.
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RIC 2, p.222, 388 - Julia Titi Flavia, Venus 14 viewsJulia Titi Flavia
Augusta AD 178-182
AR Denarius
Obv.: : IVLIA AVGVSTA TITI AVGVSTI F.,Draped bust right.
Rev.: VENVS AVGVST, Venus standing right, back facing, leaning upon column to left, holding helmet and sceptre.
Ag, 3.20g, 20mm
Ref.: RIC II 388 [C2], CRE 8 [S]
1 commentsshanxi01/01/19 at 07:50David Atherton: Nice example.
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0972 Hadrian, Cistophorus BITHYNIA Koinon of Bithynia mint 128 AD Octastyle temple31 viewsReference.
RPC III, 972; RIC II 459a; RSC 241

Issue Reverse legend includes COM BIT

Obv. IMP CAES TRA HADRIANO AVG P P
Bare head of Hadrian, right

Rev. COM - BIT (in field), ROM S P AVG (in entablature)
Tetrastyle temple on podium of three steps; within, togate male standing r. holding spear in r. and Victory in left

9.89 gr
25 mm
6h
3 commentsokidoki01/01/19 at 07:49David Atherton: Utterly superb!
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0970 Hadrian, Cistophorus BITHYNIA Koinon of Bithynia mint, Octastyle temple31 viewsReference.
RPC III, 970; Metcalf B3; RSC 240; RIC II 461c

Issue Reverse legend includes COM BIT

Obv. IMP CAES TRA HADRIANO AVG P P
Laureate and draped bust of Hadrian r., seen from rear

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

10.76 gr
25 mm
6h
4 commentsokidoki01/01/19 at 07:49David Atherton: Tremendous!
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Asia Minor, Ionia, Ephesus, Domitia, Venus20 viewsDomitia
Ionia, Ephesus
Cistophorus (AD 82-96).
Obv.: DOMITIA AVGVSTA, Draped bust right.
Rev.: VENVS AVG, Venus standing right, back facing, leaning upon column to left, holding helmet and sceptre.
Ag, 10.39g, 26mm
Ref.: RIC² 847 (Domitian); RPC II 870.
2 commentsshanxi01/01/19 at 07:49David Atherton: Nice rarity!
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RIC 1542 Vespasian denarius66 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG
Laureate head right

VIRTVS AVGVST
Virtus standing right, left foot on prow, with spear and parazonium

Antioch, 70 AD
3.24g

RIC 1542 (R);RPC 1916 (5 spec.)

Ex-Noble Roman Coins

Ragged flan typical for the Antioch series. A very rare type!
8 commentsJay GT412/28/18 at 12:35David Atherton: Glad you got one!
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RPC II 1262A Domitianus - Domitia48 viewsObv: ΔOMITIANOC KAICAP ΔOMITIA CEBACTH, confronted busts of Domitian and Domitia
Rev: EПI APXIEPEΩC KΛAY BIANTOC / KI BY (in field), Zeus seated right, extending right hand and holding sceptre with left hand
AE27 (26.87 mm 8.401 g 6h) Struck in Cibyra (Phrygia)
RPC II 1262A.2 S3 Supplement, this coin (2 specs cited)
ex Artemide Auction 45E lot 306, ex Lanz Auction 147 Lot 304
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus12/26/18 at 08:10David Atherton: Lovely obverse.
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RIC 0641 Titus34 viewsObv: T CAESAR IMP PON TR P COS II CENS, Laureate head right
Rev: VICTORIA AVGVST / S C (across field), Victory standing right on prow, with wreath and palm
AE/As (26,37 mm 9,079 g 6 h) Struck in Rome 73 A.D.
RIC 641 (R, Vespasian), BMCRE 675 (Vespasian), BNF 690 (Vespasian)
ex Artemide Auction 45E lot 296
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus12/26/18 at 08:09David Atherton: Superb!
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RPC II 1808 Titus52 viewsObv: AYTOKPATΩP TITOC KAICAP, Laureate head left
Rev: ETOYC NEOY IEPOY Θ, Zeus Salaminios standing facing, holding patera in right hand, left hand resting on a short sceptre; eagle on left arm
AR/Tetradrachm (20.25 mm 5.672 g 12h) Struck in Uncertain Cypriot mint (or Antiochia ad Orontem for Cyprus) 76-77 A.D.
RPC 1808 (12 specs), Prieur 1572 (5 specs)
ex Emporium Hamburg Alpha Auction 1 Lot 352
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus12/18/18 at 12:21David Atherton: Rare as hen's teeth!
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RIC 0429 Domitian Denarius76 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V
laureate head right.

IMP XI COS XII CENS P P P
Minerva standing left, holding thunderbolt and spear; shield at feet to right.

Rome, 86 AD
3.4g

RIC II 429 (C).

Ex-Coast to Coast coins 2006; Ex-Ancient & Medieval Coins Canada Auction 1, Lot 175
8 commentsJay GT412/13/18 at 23:12David Atherton: This coin should reads as follows: TR P V• IMP XI ...
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Cn. Pompeius Magnus and Terentius Varro89 viewsCn. Pompeius Magnus and Terentius Varro. Denarius, mint moving with Pompey 49 BC, 4 grs.
Obs. : (VARRO·PRO – Q) Terminal bust of Jupiter r., wearing diadem.
Rev. : Sceptre between dolphin and eagle; in exergue, MAGN·PRO / COS.
Babelon Terentia 15 and Pompeia 7. Sear Imperators 8. C 3. Sydenham 1033 var. Woytek Arma et Nummi p. 558. RBW –. Crawford 447/1a.
5 commentslabienus12/13/18 at 03:01David Atherton: Fantastic!
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RIC 0429 Domitian Denarius76 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V
laureate head right.

IMP XI COS XII CENS P P P
Minerva standing left, holding thunderbolt and spear; shield at feet to right.

Rome, 86 AD
3.4g

RIC II 429 (C).

Ex-Coast to Coast coins 2006; Ex-Ancient & Medieval Coins Canada Auction 1, Lot 175
8 commentsJay GT412/12/18 at 02:13David Atherton: After looking at your coin again, it appears to be...
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RIC 0463 Domitianus32 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XII CENS PER P P - Laureate head of Domitian right, with aegis.
Rev: GERMANIA CAPTA / S C - Trophy; to right, German captive standing right, hands bound, head left; to left, Germania seated left; around, arms.
AE/Sestertius - mm 35,73 mm 25,84 die axis 6 - Struck in Rome 86 a.D.
RIC 463 (C), BMCRE 372, BNF 395
Purchased from L'Art Des Gents
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus12/11/18 at 13:52David Atherton: Great historical type!
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020p Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RPC II 1312, Lydia, Sardis, AE-21, Men standing left, holding pine cone and scepter,118 views020p Vespasian (69-79 A.D.), RPC II 1312, Lydia, Sardis, AE-21, Men standing left, holding pine cone and scepter,
avers: AYTOK KAIC OYЄCΠACIANΩ, Laureate head of Vespasian right.
reverse: ЄΠI ΦΛ ЄICΓONOV CAPΔIANΩN, Men standing left, holding pine cone and scepter, to left, monogram above lighted altar.
T. Fl. Eisigonos, strategos.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 20,0-21,0mm, weight: 6,97g, axis: 6h,
mint: Lydia, Sardis, date: 69-79 A.D., ref: RPC II 1312, Waddington 5248,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans12/11/18 at 07:02David Atherton: Terrific portrait!
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RIC 0429 Domitian Denarius76 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V
laureate head right.

IMP XI COS XII CENS P P P
Minerva standing left, holding thunderbolt and spear; shield at feet to right.

Rome, 86 AD
3.4g

RIC II 429 (C).

Ex-Coast to Coast coins 2006; Ex-Ancient & Medieval Coins Canada Auction 1, Lot 175
8 commentsJay GT412/11/18 at 04:31David Atherton: Better than my chipped example. Congrats!
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Vespasian (69 - 79 A.D.)46 viewsAR Denarius
O:  IMP CAES VESP AVG P M COS IIII, laureate head right.
R: VICTORIA AVGVSTI, Victory advancing right, holding palm and crowning standard with wreath.
Rome Mint (72-73 A.D.)
3.45g
19mm
RIC 362 (C2), BMCRE 74, RSC 618
9 commentsMat12/03/18 at 22:53David Atherton: Wow!
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EB0084 Herakles / Zeus21 viewsAlexander III, Babylon, MACEDONIA, AR Tetradrachm, 325-317 BC.
Obverse: Head of Herakles wearing lionskin headdress right.
Reverse: AΛEΞANΔΡOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ to right and beneath Zeus seated left, holding eagle and sceptre; M in left field, ΛY beneath chair above the strut.
References: Price 3692; Mueller 1272.
Diameter: 25.5mm Weight: 17.202g. Axis: 240°.
1 commentsEB11/22/18 at 11:28David Atherton: Nice toning.
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Trajanus29 viewsTrajanus, sestertius.
33 mm, 27,36 g.
Obv. IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P: Bust of Trajan, laureate, right with aegis.
Rev. S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI S C: Victory, naked to waist, standing right, left foot on helmet, holding stylus in right hand and with left hand attaching shield inscribed VIC DAC to palm-tree.
Ex. Lanz 76/1996/ Los 504;
RIC 528
3 commentsMarsman11/22/18 at 11:28David Atherton: Fantastic!
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RIC 0065A Vespasianus36 viewsObv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG P M TR P P P COS III, laureate head right
Rev: AETERNITAS P R / S C (in exergue), Victory advancin right with palm, offering Palladiun to Vespasian, standing left with spear.
AE/Sestertius (35,27 mm 25,59 g 6h) Struck in Rome 71 A.D. (1st issue)
Unpublished; same reverse die as RIC 32.
ex Artemide Auction L Lot 369
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus11/21/18 at 03:07David Atherton: Superb!
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RPC II 1665 Domitianus100 viewsObv: AYT KAI ΔOMITIANOC CЄBACTOC ΓЄPM, laureate head of Domitian right
Rev: ΔOMITIA CEBACTH, Draped bust of Domitia right
AR/Didrachm (22.27 mm 6.380 gr 6h) Struck in Rome for circulation in Cappadocia in 93-94 A.D.
RPC II 1665, Metcalf 27.
ex Numismatik Naumann Auction 71 Lot 370
7 commentsFlaviusDomitianus11/19/18 at 22:56David Atherton: Awesome addition!
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RIC 0144 Domitian Denarius 94 viewsIMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M
Laureate head of Domitian right

IVPPITER CONSERVATOR
Eagle standing front on thunderbolt, wings outspread, head left

Rome 82-83 AD
3.37g

RIC 144 (R)

Ex-inumis France
11 commentsJay GT411/10/18 at 22:46David Atherton: Nice toning and excellent portrait!
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RIC 0961 Domitian denarius82 viewsCAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS
Laureate head of Domitian right

COS V
Wolf and twins; in exergue boat

Rome, 77-78 AD

3.45g

RIC 961 (C2)

Ex-Calgary Coin
5 commentsJay GT410/28/18 at 02:14David Atherton: Nice example of the type!
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RIC 0247 Vespasian sestertius107 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

26.95g

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 02:13David Atherton: Beautiful patina with a wonderful portrait!
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361 Hadrian Denarius Roma 134-38 AD Indulgentia40 viewsReference.
RIC 361; C. 845

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate, head right

Rev. INDVLGENTIA AVG COS III
Indulgentia, draped, seated left on throne, holding out right hand and holding transverse sceptre in left

3.29 gr
18 mm
6h
4 commentsokidoki10/24/18 at 10:07David Atherton: Beautiful coin!
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032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0306, Rome, AR-Denarius, HISPANIA, Hispania draped, reclining left, #1138 views032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0306, Rome, AR-Denarius, HISPANIA, Hispania draped, reclining left, #1
avers: HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, Laureate head right.
reverse: HISPANIA, Hispania draped, reclining left, holding the olive branch and leaning on a rock.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 18,5mm, weight: g, axes: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 136 A.D., ref: RIC II 306, RSC-349, BMC-361,
Q-001
8 commentsquadrans10/24/18 at 10:06David Atherton: Excellent!
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Vespasian / Titus and Domitian on Horseback65 viewsVespasian AR Denarius, Rome Mint, 69-70 AD
O: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
R: TITVS ET DOMITIAN CAES PRIN IV; Titus and Domitian riding r., hands outstretched
- RIC 5 (R). BMC p. 7, RSC 539.

One of the rarest of the dynastic types.
5 commentsNemonater10/24/18 at 01:05David Atherton: Same dies as my example - evidence of its rarity.
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EB0937 Cleopatra VII / Eagle 17 viewsCleopatra VII, Alexandreia mint, 51-30 BC.
Obverse: Diademed & draped bust right.
Reverse: Eagle standing left on thunderbolt, cornucopiae in left field, M (denomination=40) in right field.
References: Svoronos 1872, SNG Cop 422.
Diameter: 21mm, Weight: 8.2g.
Ex: Numismatic Art and Ancient Coins
1 commentsEB10/21/18 at 21:10David Atherton: Very nice!
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51 viewsTitus denarius

Ex: Auktionshaus H. D. Rauch GmbH; Auction 73, lot 598, 5/17/2004
5 commentspaul188810/21/18 at 21:09David Atherton: Superb example!
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Titus / Bearded Captive88 viewsTitus AR Denarius. Rome mint, AD 79. 3.1g, 18mm.
O: IMP T CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right
R: TR POT VIII COS VII, bearded captive, wearing trousers and cape, kneeling right at base of trophy.
- RIC 1; RSC 334a; BMCRE 1.

Only two specimens in the Reka Devnia Hoard, not in the Paris collection or Cohen. An attractively toned issue dated to the first week of Titus' reign, between Vespasian's death on 23 June 79 AD and the beginning of Titus' ninth tribunician year on 1 July. The reverse type was carried on from Titus' last issue as Caesar, see http://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-89575
5 commentsNemonater10/16/18 at 05:00David Atherton: Beautiful toning!
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Vespasian AR denarius113 viewsVespasian (69-79). AR Denarius
(18.5mm, 2.77g, 6h).
Ephesus? , c. AD 76.
Obv: Laureate head r.
Rev: Pegasus stepping r.
RIC II 1473; RSC 114a; RPC II 1451.
Rare, Good Fine
St Paul Antiquities Auction 18 Lot 347 October 13, 2018


I knew when I saw this coin that I wanted it. I already have the Domitian with the Pegasus reverse. When I saw this Vespasian with a Pegasus reverse I wondered why this reverse would be on a coin of Vespasian. It appears as if this coin is a mule. The obverse portrait is muled with the Domitian Pegasus reverse.

The mysterious 'O' mint is one mint where this practice is known. There is an 'O' on these coins but little else is known about this mint. In RIC II Part one, the authors tentatively assign this group of denarii to Ephesus. The truth is the location of the 'O' mint is unknown.

This coin is another example of where the obverse is not the most attractive side of the coin. Imho the reverse is not only more interesting but features a very well rendered depiction of Pegasus. The engraving is truly artistic.

This leads me to another aspect of these coins-the legends are often blundered for this mint. Why the celators would take so much care with the devices and not as much with the legends is another 'O' mint mystery.

Mysterious or not, I was immediately attracted to this coin. I feel very lucky to have landed it because it is one of only a handful of examples I have seen or know about.
8 commentsorfew10/16/18 at 04:35David Atherton: Tremendous!
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RIC 1445 Domitian Ephesus denarius73 viewsDOMITIANVS CAESAR AVG
Bare-headed and cuirassed bust of Domitian to right, wearing aegis.

AVG and mint mark EPE within oak wreath.

Ephesus 71 AD

3.28g

RIC 1445 (R). RPC 846.
7 commentsJay GT410/13/18 at 12:57David Atherton: Good example of a rare type!
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RIC 0215 Domitianus95 viewsObv : IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG GERM COS X, Radiate bust right, with aegis
Rev : FIDEI PVBLICAE / S-C in field; Fides standing left, with plate of fruits and corn ears
AE/Dupondius (27.47 mm 12.667 g 5h) Struck in Rome 84 A.D.
RIC 215 (C), BMCRE unlisted, BNF 299
ex Artemide Auction 44E Lot 299
7 commentsFlaviusDomitianus09/28/18 at 23:18David Atherton: Very nice!
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Titus / Eagle66 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 commentsNemonater09/26/18 at 03:22David Atherton: Awesome find! I have two examples, one is a double...
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Titus / Pontif Maxim Mule98 viewsTitus. As Caesar, AD 69-79. AR Denarius, Rome mint. Struck under Vespasian, AD 73.
O: Laureate head right; T CAES IMP VESP CENS
R: Vespasian seated right on curule chair, feet on footstool, holding scepter and olive branch.
- RIC II 554 (R) (Vespasian); BMC 113; RSC 158. Struck from the same obverse die as the aureus illustrated for Calicó 746.

An interesting mule. When this coin was struck, Titus was only Pontifex not Pontifex Maximus. The same reverse type was also struck for Titus with his correct titles, PONTIF TRI POT.
The reverse type clearly copies the PONTIF MAXIM Livia seated type of Tiberius. Vespasian may have copied this and other earlier aureus and denarius reverse types as restorations, since he was melting down and recoining the originals to take advantage of Nero's debasement of 64 AD. According to CClay, "Use of the SAME dies for both aurei and denarii was the rule up until Titus and continued in some issues until about Hadrian. Thereafter the style and size of the two denominations diverged, though gold and silver QUINARII often continued to be struck from the same dies."
5 commentsNemonater09/26/18 at 03:18David Atherton: Fantastic!
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Q. Metellus Pius Scipio w/ Vespasian Countermark34 viewsQ. Metellus Pius Scipio. Silver Denarius 47-46 BC. Military mint traveling with Scipio in Africa.
O: Q METEL above, PIVS below, laureate head of Jupiter right, c/m: IMP VES (ligate) in incuse rectangle.
R: SCIPIO above, IMP in exergue, elephant advancing right.
- Crawford 459/1; HCRI 45; Sydenham 1050; Caecilia 47.

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

The countermark applied during Vespasian's rule is interesting proof that this older coinage continued in circulation.
3 commentsNemonater09/19/18 at 11:05David Atherton: A Vespasian c/m along with a banker's mark - e...
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Vespasian / Temple of Aphrodite34 viewsCYPRUS, Koinon of Cyprus. (Antioch mint) Vespasian.AD 69-79. AR Tetradrachm (24mm, 12.59 g, 1h). Dated RY 8 (AD 75/6).
Obv: AYTOKPATΩP OYЄCΠACIANOC KAICAP; Laureate head of Vespasian left. c/m Head of Marcus Aurelius left within incuse circle.
Rev: ЄTOYC NЄOY IЄPOY; H in exergue, conical cult xoanon of Aphrodite of Paphos within central distyle tower, central crossbeam of tripartite entablature above; tristyle porticoes flanking; the entire structure set on low basis.
- RPC 1803; Tziambazis 16; Countermark: Howgego 844 i.
2 commentsNemonater09/19/18 at 11:02David Atherton: Awesome find with a c/m!
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Vespasian / Pax Ephesus Mint43 viewsVespasian AR Denarius, 3.33g, Ephesus Mint, 71 AD
O: Laureate head right, IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P
R: Turreted and draped female bust right; PACI ORB TERR AVG [EPHE below]
- RIC 1433 (C). BMC 459. RSC 293. RPC 835 (14 spec.).
Minted to celebrate the Flavian Pax Romana. I was able to confirm the attribution with matching dies.
3 commentsNemonater09/19/18 at 11:01David Atherton: Fine style!
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Caligula (Gaius) AR Denarius85 viewsGaius (Caligula), with Divus Augustus. AD 37-41. AR Denarius
(17.5mm, 3.26 g, 5h).
Lugdunum (Lyon) mint. 1st emission, AD 37.
Obv :Bare head of Gaius (Caligula) right C. CAESAR. AVG. GERM. P. M. TR. POT. COS
Rev: Radiate head of Divus Augustus right, between two stars.
RIC I 2; Lyon 157; RSC 11.
Fine, toned, deposits, chipped at edges, a few scratches.
CNG E-auction 428 Lot 344 September 5, 2018

This is my third denarius of Caligula. Yes, I know the coin has a few problems. The is a chip on the reverse, and there are deposits on both sides of the coin. Having said that, the quality of the silver is very good and the coin feels nice and solid to the touch.

I bought this coin for the artistic portrait of Caligula. I was really quite taken by it. I also like that most of the legend is present and readable. I did not need another denarius of Caligula, but when I saw the coin I had to have it. This coin will make an excellent addition to my 12 Caesars set.

Denarii of Caligula are scarce and they are sought after. It is the perfect storm as far as prices for these are concerned. It is not only the 12 Caesars collectors that drive up the prices for these denarii it is also the reputation of the man. Who would not like to have a coin of this murderous and insane monster that also happens to be a fascinating historical figure?

If you do not want to shell out the money for a denarius, the Vesta reverse As is available quite readily and for very reasonable prices. Everyone should have a coin of this remarkable and storied individual.
5 commentsorfew09/06/18 at 07:06David Atherton: Honest wear and well centred. Congrats!
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Galba AR Denarius75 viewsGalba. AD 68-69. AR Denarius (17mm, 3.15 g, 6h). Uncertain mint in Gaul (Narbo?).
Struck circa April-late autumn AD 68.
Obv: Laureate head right SER IMPERATOR GALBA
Rev:Concordia standing left, holding branch and cornucopia. CONCORDIA PROVINCIARUM
RIC I 105; RSC 34. Fine, toned, porous.
Ex Meister & Sonntag Quick Auction 2007 (25 March 2007), lot 214.
CNG E-auction Lot 353 September 5, 2018.
4 commentsorfew09/06/18 at 07:05David Atherton: Superb!
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Augustus AR Cistophorus84 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 493. 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 commentsorfew09/05/18 at 10:14David Atherton: Very nice!
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Vespasian AR denarius23 viewsVespasian AR Denarius. Rome mint, circa 21 December AD 69 - early AD 70.
RIC 2; Cohen 226; BMC 35; Hendin 1479.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right.
Rev: Judea seated right on ground in attitude of mourning, trophy set on shields behind her; IVDAEA in exergue.
Ex: Charles Euston
Purchased at the RCNA August 8, 2018 Toronto
1 commentsorfew08/15/18 at 10:40David Atherton: Noteworthy that Judaea's legs are stretched ou...
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Domitian RIC 04100 viewsAR Denarius, 3.18g
Rome mint, 81 AD
RIC 4 (C). BMC 1. RSC 554.
Obv: IMP CAESAR DOMITIANVS AVG; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR P COS VII; Seat, draped; above, thunderbolt

The early issues of Domitian show a progression of the titles he assumed soon after his accession. This denarius is part of the first issue, evident by Domitian's sparse titles of IMP, AVG and TRP only, he is not yet Pontifex Maximus (PONT or PM) or Pater Patriae (P P). The reverse is a pulvinaria type carried over from Titus. The style is identical to the Domitian as Caesar denarii struck under Titus as well. NB: Thunderbolt is not winged.

A good example of the early portrait style.
4 commentsDavid Atherton08/03/18 at 22:22David Atherton: Jim, the upcoming RIC II.1 Addenda deletes 'wi...
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RIC 0922 Domitianus49 viewsObv: CAES AVG F DOMITIANVS, Laureate head right
Rev: COS IIII, Pegasus right
AE/Denarius - 20.33 mm 2.953 g 6 h - Struck in Rome 76-77 A.D.
RIC 922 Vespasian (R2) - RSC-BMCRE-BNF unpublished
ex Savoca 8th Blue Auction lot 967
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/24/18 at 22:21David Atherton: Honest wear and well centred. Congrats!
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RIC 0392b Iulia Titi29 viewsObv: IVLIA IMP T AVG F AVGVSTA, Draped bust right, hair piled high in front and coiled in small bun at back
Rev: CERES AVGVST / S - C, Ceres standing left, with corn ears and torch
AE/Dupondius (28.44 mm 11.816 g 6h) Struck in Rome 80-81 A D
RIC 392b (R), BMCRE 255, BNF 265
ex Numismatik Naumann Auction 74 lot 475
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/13/18 at 22:30David Atherton: Nice rarity.
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RIC 0277 Vespasianus30 viewsObv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS III, Radiate head right.
Rev: ROMA / S C (in exergue); Roma seated left on cuirass, holding wreath and parazonium, shields behind her back
AE/Dupondius (27.19 mm 13.771 g 6h) Struck in Rome 71 A.D.
RIC 277 (C), BMCRE 594 - BNF 568
ex Inasta Auction 74 Lot 638
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/13/18 at 22:30David Atherton: Lovely piece.
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, C. Piso Frugi, AR Denarius20 viewsRome. The Republic.
Caius Calpurnius Piso Frugi, 61-59 BCE
AR Denarius (3.96g; 18mm).
Rome Mint.

Obverse: Laureate head of Apollo facing right; wheel with four spokes (control mark), behind.

Reverse: Horse with rider carrying palm, galloping right; II or П above; C PISO L F FRVG, below.

References: Crawford 408/1a (O17/R31); Sydenham 850f; Hersh O-17/R-1023; Banti 245/2 (this coin illustrated); Calpurnia 24.

Provenance: Ex Naville Numismatics 39 (29 Apr 2018), Lot 472; Munzen und Medaillen XVII (2-4 Dec 1957), Lot 185.

Caius Piso Frugi, was the son of Lucius Piso Frugi who produced a huge coinage during the Social War in 90 BCE. Caius was son-in-law to Cicero, marrying Cicero’s daughter Tullia in 63 BCE. He was quaestor in 58 BCE, during which time he fought hard for repeal of Cicero’s exile. He died in 57 BCE, just before Cicero returned to Rome. Cicero thought very highly of him.

Crawford dated Caius’ coinage to 67 BCE, the year of his engagement to Tullia. The near mint state condition of Caius’ coins in the Mesagne Hoard caused Hersh and Walker to bring down the date of Caius’ mint magistracy toward the close of the hoard material, circa 61 BCE. In “Roman Republican Moneyers and Their Coins” (2nd ed.), Michael Harlan suggests a slightly later date of 59 BCE, which would be the latest possible date for the series given the hard dates of Caius’ quaestorship in 58 and death in 57.

With his coinage, Caius reissued the coin types of his father which allude to the celebration of the Ludi Apollinares instituted by Frugi's ancestor during the Second Punic War. These games were held at the Circus Maximus in July of each year and lasted 8 or 9 days, consisting of horse racing and performances.

While his father’s 90 BCE coinage was hurriedly and sloppily produced due to wartime exigency (dies were often used to the brink of destruction), Caius’ coinage was considerably well made – struck in high relief and good style. Reverse dies were convex – resulting in characteristic “cupped” reverses – to fully-strike the high relief obverses. Obverses are in two varieties: the first, with Apollo’s hair bound with a fillet or taenia; the second with his hair laureate. Hersh (1976) knew of 204 obverse dies. Laureate dies are considerably fewer than fillet/taenia dies. The reverses are quite varied, depicting the horsemen wearing various caps or capless and carrying whip, torch, palm or nothing. Hersh knew of 232 reverse dies. Obverse and reverse dies bear a series of control marks consisting of symbols, letters, Greek and Roman numbers and fractional signs. The obverse/reverse die links in the series are very random within the estimated three workshops, and are considered evidence for the “die box” method of die management by the mint officials.
1 commentsCarausius07/08/18 at 22:49David Atherton: Beautiful coin!
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Lucania, Metapontom stater85 viewsRaised barley corn

Incuse barley corn

Metapontom, 440-510 BC

7.72g

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 22:25David Atherton: Lovely piece.
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hhj8.26.23.0318 viewsElagabalus
Nicopolis

Obv: AVT M AVPH ANTONINOC, laureate draped cuirassed bust right, seen from behind.
Rev:VΠ NOBIOV POVΦOV NIKOΠOΛIT →Π-POC/ICT, Triptolemos nude, chlamys waving behind, riding right in biga drawn by two winged serpents, reins in left hand, raised right hand.
27 mm, 12.98 gms

Hristova-Hoeft-Jekov 8.26.23.3, ex CNG Electronic Auction 422, lot 382 (misattributed but corrected here)
1 commentsCharles M06/23/18 at 02:55David Atherton: Love that reverse!
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24 viewsSilver antoninianus, RIC IV 22 (R2), RSC IV 188, SRCV III 8959 var. (antelope left), Hunter III 48 var. (same), Choice aEF, excellent centering on a broad flan, excellent portrait, light toning, some luster, strike slightly soft/flat, some die wear, 6th officina, Rome mint, weight 4.402g, maximum diameter 23.8mm, die axis 0o, 248 A.D.; obverse IMP PHILIPPVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse SAECVLARES AVGG, antelope walking right, VI in exergue; very rare with antelope right (only two on Coin Archives and one sold for $700!; ex Beast Coins; Ex Forum coin and picture1 commentspaul188806/23/18 at 02:54David Atherton: Very nice!
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Akarnania. Leukas39 viewsAkarnania. Leukas circa 320-280 BC.
Stater AR

20mm., 8,10g.

Head of Athena left, wearing Corinthian helmet / Pegasos flying left, Λ below.

very fine

Cf. BMC 101.
3 commentsRandygeki(h2)06/22/18 at 04:00David Atherton: Nice Pegasus!
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03 Constantius II59 viewsConstantius II
Antioch
5,4 g / 24.1 mm
obverse D N CONSTAN-TIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right;
reverse FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO, Gamma in left, soldier spearing Horseman,hair in braids, bearded, reaching back towards soldier

ANZ Antioch 122
Sear 18170
4 commentsRandygeki(h2)06/22/18 at 03:59David Atherton: Yes, lovely patina indeed.
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Domitian Denarius - Eagle Grasping Thunderbolt (RIC 144)47 viewsAR Denarius
Rome, 82-83 AD
3.59g

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.
IVPPITER CONSERVATOR

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 Able06/21/18 at 05:49David Atherton: Fantastic example!
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Roman Republic - Anonymous Denarius - Crawford 19838 viewsRome. The Republic.
Anonymous, 157-156 BCE.
AR Denarius (4.18 g; 18 mm).
Rome mint.

Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma facing right with peaked visor and earring of long, single drop; X (mark-of-value = 10 asses), behind.

Reverse: The Dioscuri galloping right holding spears; two stars above; ROMA below in linear frame.

References: Crawford 198/1; BMCRR (Italy) 390; Brinkman 43.

Provenance: Acquired with an Italian export permit.

This is the last variety of fully anonymous denarii struck by the Roman Republic, and it is often mistaken for the earlier and more common Crawford 53/2. Both types depict Roma in a peaked-visor helmet. The most obvious differences are that the rider's cape on Cr. 198 is longer at the top than the bottom - looking almost wing-like - and the horse's tail extends straight-out on Cr. 198. The variety is rarely so well centered as this specimen which clearly shows that the ROMA legend is within a three-sided frame (most examples showing only two sides of the frame).
2 commentsCarausius06/20/18 at 15:25David Atherton: Lovely piece.
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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 commentsCarausius06/20/18 at 15:23David Atherton: Absolutely stunning!
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RIC 1102 Domitianus108 viewsObv: CAESAR AVG F DOMITIAN COS VI, Laureate head right, bust draped
Rev: PRINCEPS IVVENTVTIS, S-C in left field; Domitian on horseback, raising right hand and holding sceptre
AE/Dupondius (27.91 mm 12.869 g 6h) Struck in Rome 79 A D
RIC 1102 (R2, Vespasian), BMCRE unlisted - BNF 795 (same dies)
ex Naville Live Auction 40 Lot 662 (Ex NAC sale O, 05/2004, lot 1960, NAC Auction 72, 05/2013, lot 1556)
6 commentsFlaviusDomitianus06/14/18 at 04:27David Atherton: Nice toning.
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Trajan Denarius - Virtus (RIC 354)45 viewsAR Denarius
Rome, 116 AD
3.21g

Obv: Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust (R)

Rev: VIRTUS standing (R) with bare left breast and foot on helmet, holding spear and parazonium.
PM TRP COS VI PP SPQR

RIC 354, RSC 274var, Woytek 524f, citing only six specimens.

Acquired by a collector from Rino Barzan, Turin in October 1966

Naville Numismatics Auction 40
3 commentsKained but Able06/13/18 at 04:37David Atherton: Superb!
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001 Julius Caesar AR Lifetime Denarius143 viewsJulius Caesar. AR Denarius, 44 BC.
(19.00 mm 3.68 g)
Obv:. Laureate head right; before, CAESAR IMP; behind, star of eight rays.
Rev: P. SEPVLLIVS MACER. Venus standing left, holding Victory and sceptre (resting on star?).
Cr. 480/5b RSC 41 BMC 4165 Syd 1071Sear (2000) 1412
A very elegant portrait. Perfectly struck on broad flan. Areas of flatness and scratch on obverse, otherwise about VF.
Ex: Artemide Asti E-Auction 43 E, June 9, 2018.

This coin features a lifetime portrait of Julius Caesar as dictator. It took me a while to find one that I liked. When these come up for auction there is much competition for them. It is not that they are particularly rare, one can find numerous examples for sale at any given time, it is the fact that these are sought after by many collectors. A lifetime portrait of Julius Caesar is a major purchase (at least for me), and would be the centerpiece of many ancient coin collections.

This particular coin features a portrait of Julius Caesar on the obverse with the legend “Caesar Imp”, meaning Julius Caesar Imperator. At this time “Imperator” did not exactly mean emperor it was more like victorious general. On the reverse we see Venus standing and the name of the moneyer who issued the coin. Venus is important as Julius Caesar claimed he was a descendant of Venus. The moneyer’s name is P. Sepullius Macer. On some other lifetime denarii the obverse legend is “Dict Perpetuo” or dictator for life. For some Romans this was too much to stand for. The Romans had a troubled history with their kings and did not want to return to those times. Some believe that this coin so troubled high ranking Romans that it led to the assassination of Ceasar.

One fascinating aspect of these lifetime denarii is that they were minted before the assassination. This coin in particular was issued near the end of February which means it was minted mere weeks before the death of Julius Caesar on March 15. One of the ideas that attracted me to ancient coins in the first place concerned holding a piece of important history in one’s hand. It can be argued that the life and death of Caesar were very important to history. Holding one of these coins takes us back to an important and fascinating historical period.

As to the coin itself, it is struck on a large flan, the portrait is well centered, the obverse legend is very easy to read, and the reverse is quite pleasing as well with good details preserved. The obverse portrait has a deep scratch across the head. However, given the other qualities of the coin this was easy to overlook.
7 commentsorfew06/13/18 at 04:36David Atherton: Awesome addition!
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2 Constantius II46 viewsConstantius II AE2. D N CONSTANTIVS P F AVG, laureate, rosette-diademed, draped & cuirassed bust left, holding globe / FEL TEMP REPARATIO, emperor bare headed & in military dress standing, holding labarum in his right hand, resting left hand on shield, two bound captives in Phrygian helmets kneeling, facing each other before him, ALEB in ex. Alexandria
RIC VIII 55
4 commentsRandygeki(h2)06/13/18 at 04:35David Atherton: Good eye appeal!
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Domitian (81 - 96 A.D.)61 viewsSYRIA, Seleucis and Pieria. Antioch
AR Tetradrachm
O: AVT KAISAR DOMITIANOS SEB GERM, laureate head right; aegis at point of bust.
R: ETOUS NEOV IEROV H, eagle standing facing right on thunderbolt; palm in right field. RY 8 (88/9 AD)
14.77g
26mm
Prieur 145; RPC II 1978; Wruck 108
8 commentsMat06/08/18 at 22:52David Atherton: Great style!
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Domitian as Caesar / Pegasus83 viewsAR Denarius, Rome mint, 76-77 AD
Obv: CAES AVG F DOMITIANVS, laureate head right
Rev: COS IIII, Pegasus pawing ground right
- RIC V922 (R2). BMC - . RSC -

A rare obverse legend variant with CAES rather than Caesar, struck for Domitian Caesar under Vespasian.
6 commentsNemonater06/07/18 at 07:45David Atherton: Great example!
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Lucius Aelius Caesar43 viewsAelius. Caesar, AD 136-138. AR Denarius (17mm, 3.15 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck under Hadrian, AD 137.
O: L AELIVS CAESAR, Bare head left
R: TR POT COS II around, PIE-TAS across, Pietas standing right, dropping incense onto lighted and garlanded altar to right and holding acerrum.
-RIC II 439c (Hadrian) R2; RSC 36a.

"The life of Ceionius Commodus, also called Aelius Verus, adopted by Hadrian after his journey through the world, when he was burdened by old age and weakened by cruel disease, contains nothing worthy of note except that he was the first to receive only the name of Caesar." - Historia Augusta
5 commentsNemonater06/06/18 at 09:49David Atherton: Stunning portrait!
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RPC 1950 Vespasian Tetradrachm103 viewsAYTOKPAT KAIΣA OVEΣΠAΣIANOY
Laureate head right

ETOYΣ Δ IEPOY
Eagle standing to left on club; palm branch in field.

Dated "New Holy Year" 4, AD 71-72

Antioch, Seleucis and Pieria

10.47g

Prieur 116; McAlee 338; RPC 1950

Ex-Zurqieh

Glossy black patina
9 commentsJay GT405/29/18 at 22:51David Atherton: Eye catching!
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RIC 0255 Domitianus79 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG GERMANIC, laureate head right
Rev: P M TR POT IIII IMP VIII COS XI P P, Minerva advancing right holding spear and shield
AU/Aureus (20.22 mm 7.373 g 6h) Struck in Rome 85 A.D. (1st issue)
RIC 255 (R2), BMCRE 70, BNF unlisted
ex Monnaies d'Antan Auction 23 Lot 835
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus05/29/18 at 06:24David Atherton: Special indeed.
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RIC 0092 Domitianus33 viewsObv: IMP CAES DIVI VESP F DOMITIAN AVG P M, Laureate head right
Rev: IMP CAES DIVI VESP F DOMITIAN AVG P M, Laureate head right
AE/As (mule, 26.37 mm 10.921 g 1h) Struck in Rome 81 A.D.
RIC 92 (R2), BMCRE-BNF unlisted
ex Bertolami E-Live Auction 59 Lot 631
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus05/28/18 at 12:16David Atherton: Nice rarity.
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Peroz (459 - 484 A.D.)32 viewsAR Drachm
O: Crowned bust right, crescent on forehead.
R: Fire altar with attendants and ribbon, star and crescent flanking flames; mint to right. (Stuck years 3-8 of reign)
26mm
4g
Gobl Type II
4 commentsMat05/26/18 at 22:48David Atherton: Interesting coin.
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Trajan (98 - 117 A.D.)43 viewsSYRIA, Seleucis and Pieria. Antioch.
AR Tetradrachm
O: AYTOKΡ KAIC NEΡ TΡAIANOC CEB ΓEΡM ΔAK, laureate bust right
R: ΔHMAΡX EX IΣ YΠAT Σ, Eagle standing facing on club, wings spread, head left, palm branch right. Struck 110 -111 A.D.
13.94g
25mm
McAlee 439; Prieur 1504 (Tyre).
5 commentsMat05/26/18 at 22:47David Atherton: Lovely toning.
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RIC 0276 Domitianus70 viewsObv: CAESAR DIVI AVG F DOMITIANVS COS VII, laureate head left
Rev: PAX AVGVST / S C (in field), Pax standing left holding branch and cornucopia
AE/Sestertius (34.96 mm 27.28 g 6h) Struck in Rome 80-81 AD (Group 1)
RIC 276 (R2, Titus), BMCRE unlisted, BNF 237 (Titus same reverse die)
Purchased on eBay from duplette
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus05/23/18 at 10:38David Atherton: Fantastic!
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RIC 0331A Domitianus82 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P IIII, Laureate head right
Rev: IMP VIIII COS XI CENS POT P P, Minerva advancing right, with spear and shield
AR/Denarius (21.13 mm 3.583 g 6h) Struck in Rome 85 A D (4th issue)
RIC unlisted, RSC 179, BMCRE p. 315 Note, BNF unlisted
ex Naville Live Auction 39 lot 551
7 commentsFlaviusDomitianus05/10/18 at 22:47David Atherton: Superb!
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Alexander III the Great (336 - 323 B.C.)63 viewsLifetime Issue
AR Tetradrachm
O: Head of Alexander as Hercules right, wearing lion-skin headdress.
R: AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus enthroned left, right leg forward (archaic lifetime style), eagle in extended right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, bow on left.
Salamis mint, struck 332-323 B.C.
16.95g
25mm
Price 3139 ; SNG Alpha Bank 662; Newell. Salamis 7.
5 commentsMat05/10/18 at 02:05David Atherton: Nice coin! I agree with Jay, it's better to ha...
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Elagabalus Siver Denarius57 viewsElegabalus...218-222 AD
Silver Denarius
Minted: 221 AD
Obv: IMP ANTONINVS PIVS AVG, Draped bust right, laureate, horned
Rev: PM TR P IIII COS III P P, Emperor standing left sacrificing out of patera over lighted altar, holding branch in right hand, star in left.
Ric 46 Sear 7536

Blast white with a superb portrait.
4 commentsTravis C05/02/18 at 12:17David Atherton: Awesome coin!
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Nero / Caius Cestius Gallus57 viewsSELEUCIS and PIERIA, Antioch. Nero. AD 54-68. Æ As (30.5mm, 15.36 g, 12h).
Caius Cestius Gallus, legatus Syriae. Dated year 115 of the Caesarean Era (AD 66/7).
O: Laureate head right; coiled serpent to right. IM • NER • CLAV • CAESAR
R: ЄΠI ΓAIOY KЄCTIO Y ΛNTIO ЄT • ЄIP in five lines within wreath (In the magistracy of Gaius Cestius, Antioch, year 115)
- McAlee 294 = Superior, (9 December 1989), lot 2827 (same dies); RPC I – Extremely rare, the second known.

Josephus lays much of the blame for the Jewish revolt at the feet of Florus, the Roman procurator of Judaea. Florus was notorious for his cruelty and greed. In 66 C.E. he demanded 17 talents from the temple treasury, using the pretense that it was needed by the Emperor. The Jews refused, ridiculing his request by taking up a mock collection for the “poor Florus.”

Florus responded by sending troops to loot and pillage the Upper-Marketplace in Jerusalem. Thousands of Jews were killed, including woman and children. Rather than bringing the city under control, Josephus reasons, “What more need be said? It was Florus who constrained us to take up war with the Romans, for we preferred to perish together rather than by degrees. The war in fact began in the second year of the procuratorship of Florus and in the twelfth of Nero's reign.”

The Sicarii, or “dagger-men,” took the fortress of Masada and killed the Roman garrison stationed there, establishing the first rebel stronghold. The fortress of Antonia was also captured and the Roman soldiers stationed there were slain. The remaining Roman holdouts surrendered under the agreement that their lives would be spared but they too were slaughtered. At the same time, the daily sacrifices for the Emperor were discontinued. A mixture of elation and fear gripped Jerusalem as they awaited the inevitable Roman response.

Gaius Cestius Gallus, Legate of Syria in 66 C.E., was the response. On Nero’s order, he assembled a force at Antioch comprised of legio XII Fulminata, detachments from the three other legions based in Syria, six cohorts of auxiliary infantry and four alae of cavalry. He also had military support from the Jewish ruler Herod Agrippa II and two other client kings, Antiochus IV of Commagene and Sohaemus of Emesa.

Within three months Gallus, with his force of over 30,000 troops, began working their way down from Galilee to Jerusalem, attacking key cities such as Chabulon, Joppa and Antipatris. Although enduring successful raids from the rebels, the Romans finally enter and set fire to the suburbs of Jerusalem as the rebels retreated to the safety of the temple fortress.

After setting fire to Bezetha, north of the temple, Gallus encamped in front of the royal palace, southwest of the temple. At that time, Josephus says he could have easily taken the city since pro-Roman Jews were ready to open the gates of the city for him. A six day delay, however, strengthened the insurgents. The zealots attacked and killed the pro-peace faction in the city, murdering their leaders, then assaulted the Romans from the wall. The advance units of the Romans employ the Testudo, overlapping their shields over themselves like the back of a tortoise, and began undermining the walls. After five days they are on the verge of success when, for an undetermined cause, Gallus called off the attack. In History of the Jews, Professor Heinrich Graetz suggests: “[Cestius Gallus] did not deem it advisable to continue the combat against heroic enthusiasts and embark on a lengthy campaign at that season, when the autumn rains would soon commence . . . and might prevent the army from receiving provisions. On that account probably he thought it more prudent to retrace his steps.” Whatever the reason, Gallus decided to abruptly leave Jerusalem.

Gallus, with evidently little battlefield experience, suffered one humiliating defeat after another during the retreat. By the battles end the losses amounted to 5,300 infantry, 480 cavalry, all the pack animals, artillery and the eagle standard of the legio XII Fulminata. With the rebels emboldened by their shocking victory, the stage is set for the Romans to return in greater force. This time, however, Nero would send general Vespasian.

Cestius Gallus died a broken man in 67 C.E. Tacitus described the outbreak of the revolt to Gallus death as follows: “the endurance of the Jews lasted till Gessius Florus was procurator. In his time the war broke out. Cestius Gallus, legate of Syria, who attempted to crush it, had to fight several battles, generally with ill-success. Cestius dying, either in the course of nature, or from vexation.” - The Histories V
4 commentsNemonater05/01/18 at 22:31David Atherton: Fantastic!
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Titus (79 - 81 A.D.)43 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: AVTOK TITOV KAIΣ OYEΣΠAΣIANOY ΣEBA, laureate head right.
R:  [NIΛOΣ], bust of Nilus with lotus flower, star behind LΓ=year 3 (80/81 A.D.).
24mm
11.4g
RPC.2470,  Dattari 425, Emmett 234.3

Very Rare

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5 commentsMat05/01/18 at 11:37David Atherton: Nice and rare! It should be RPC 2470 with star l. ...
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Gordian III Denarius, RIC 113, RSC 12036 viewsGordian III AR Denarius. IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, laureate, draped & cuirassed bust right / LAETITIA AVG N, Laetitia standing facing with wreath & rudder.1 commentsBritanikus04/20/18 at 12:55David Atherton: Very nice!
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Gordian III Silver Antoninianus, Pax, 238 AD, RIC 336 viewsGordian III Silver Antoninianus, RIC 3, 22mm, 4.19g June - Dec, 238 AD. IMP CAES M ANT GORDIANVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right / PAX AVGVSTI, Pax standing front, head left, holding olive branch & scepter.

Ex Holding History 04.08.2018
2 commentsBritanikus04/20/18 at 12:55David Atherton: What a lovely portrait!
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ROMAN IMPERATORIAL, Marc Antony, 32 BCE54 viewsRome, The Imperators.
Marcus Antonius, 32 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.72g; 18mm).
Athens Mint.

Obv: ANTON AVG IMP III COS DES III III V R P C. Bare head of Antony facing right.

Rev: ANTONIVS AVG IMP III, in two lines.

References: Crawford 542/2; HCRI 347; Sydenham 1209.

Provenance: Ex Andrew McCabe Collection [CNG eSale 385 (26 Oct 2016) Lot 470]; CNG 49 (17 Mar 1999), Lot 1316; Reinhold Faelten Collection [Stack's (20 Jan 1938) Lot 1495].

On the obverse, behind Antony’s ear, a small letter P, likely an engraver’s signature, is hidden within the hair line. This coin was struck in Athens in 32 BCE, while Antony and Cleopatra lived extravagantly among the Greeks. The coin’s inscription refers to a designated third consulship that Antony was supposed to share with Octavian in 31 BCE. Around the time this coin was minted, Antony notified his wife, Octavia (Octavian’s sister), in Rome that he was divorcing her. Octavian was outraged. Cleopatra’s growing influence over Antony was soon used by Octavian as progaganda to unite Italy and the West against Antony. Thus, the designated third consulship referenced on this coin never occurred, as the designated consuls went to war instead, ending with Antony’s naval defeat at Actium in September 31 BCE.
5 commentsCarausius04/18/18 at 12:55David Atherton: Wonderful!
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RIC 1088 Domitianus58 viewsObv: CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS COS VI, Laureate head left
Rev: PRINCEPS IVVENTVTIS, Vesta veiled seated left, with Palladium and sceptre
AR/Denarius (17.75 mm 3.619 g 6h) Struck in Rome 79 A.D.
RIC 1088 (R3 Vespasian), RSC- BMCRE-BNF unlisted, Mazzini 379 (same obverse die)
ex Savoca 6th Blue Auction Part 2 Lot 801
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus04/18/18 at 03:12David Atherton: Additional attribution: RSC 379, BMC p. 46 note.
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RPC II 1656 Domitianus60 viewsObv: ΔOMITIANOC KAICAP CEBACTOY YOC, Laureate head right
Rev: EYΘHNIA CEBACTH ET / Θ, Euthenia seated right, holding two corn-ears in right head
AR/Drachm (17.33 mm 3.462 gr 12h) Struck in Caesarea Eusebia (Cappadocia) 76-77 A.D.
RPC II 1656, Metcalf 15
ex Numismatik Naumann Auction 64 lot 348
6 commentsFlaviusDomitianus04/17/18 at 20:52David Atherton: Very nice!
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RIC 0530 Domitianus51 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XIII CENS PER P P, Laureate head right, with aegis
Rev: S-C in exergue; Domitian riding right with shield, striking with spear at falling German
AE/Sestertius (35.27 mm 26.31 g 6h) Struck n Rome 87 A.D.
RIC 530 (R2), BMCRE-BNF unlisted
purchased on eBay from onesilverkitten
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus04/13/18 at 11:56David Atherton: Love that reverse.
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Vitellius (69 A.D.)42 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: ΩΛΟΥ ΟΥΙΤ ΚΑΙΣ ΣΕΒ ΓΕΡΜ ΑΥΤ, laureate head right.
R: Nike advancing left, holding wreath with her extended right hand and palm frond with her left; LA (date) to left.
26mm
12.1g
RPC 5372; Köln 260-2; Dattari 340; K&G 19.1. Emmett 196.1
6 commentsMat04/12/18 at 02:14David Atherton: Love the portrait!
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Vespasian from Tarraco or uncertain Spanish mint. 89 viewsDenarius for Vespasian from a Spanish mint. Circa 69-70 AD.
3.44 grs & 17 mm.
Obs. : laureate head left. IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG.
Rev. : Libertas stg left with pileus & rod. LIBERTAS PVBLICA.
RIC 1339 (R2).
See very precise description in David's own exemplar.
8 commentslabienus04/11/18 at 12:08David Atherton: Fantastic portrait!
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Faustina Jr. (147 - 175 A.D.)33 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: Draped bust right
R:Isis Pharia standing right, holding sistrum and billowing sail; L I Z (Year 17) across field.
Stuck 153-154 A.D.
12g
23mm
Dattari (Savio) 3250; K&G 38.86; Emmett 1949.17.

Ex. Roma Numismatics E-Sale 16; Lot 306. Feb. 28, 2015
Ex. Gorny & Mosch Giessener Münzhandlung Auction 247; Lot 4627. March 10, 2017
4 commentsMat04/09/18 at 12:13David Atherton: Great coin!
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RIC 0739 Domitian denarius82 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P XII
Laureate head right

IMP XII COS XVI CENS P P P
Minerva advancing right with spear and shield

Rome, September 14th, 92 AD-September 13th, 93 AD

3.02g

RIC 739 (C3)

Ex-ANE
4 commentsJay GT404/03/18 at 05:08David Atherton: Nicely centred! The issues after 90 AD have a dist...
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01 Constantius II81 viewsConstantius II
DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG Constantius II pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO soldier spearing Horseman, bearded, bare-headed, reaching,
ALEA in ex. Γ in left field

Alexandria 72 var (headwear)

From the E.E. Clain-Stefanelli collection.
8 commentsRandygeki(h2)03/29/18 at 04:27David Atherton: Perfect!
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Otho (69 A.D.)96 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: AYTOK MAPK OΘΩNOΣ KAIΣ ΣEB, laureate head right, LA (year 1) lower right.
R: EΛEY-ΘEPIA, Eleutheria (Liberty) standing left, wreath in extended right hand, scepter in left hand, leaning with left elbow on column, simpulum (ladle used for tasting and pouring sacrificial libations) left in lower left field.
12.58g
24.4mm
Milne 359; RPC I 5354 (5 spec.); Dattari 327; BMC Alexandria p. 25, 208; Curtis 238; Kampmann 18.6; Emmett 184

Ex. Jyrki Muona Collection

This variety with a simpulum on the reverse is much rarer than the same type without this control symbol. RPC reports only 5 specimens with the simpulum and 17 specimens without it. This variety is missing from the important collections in Cologne, Paris, and Milan, and we know of only one example offered at auction in the past two decades (CNG 76, 12 Sep 2007, lot 3152, VF, $430 plus fees).


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6 commentsMat03/20/18 at 21:00David Atherton: What a lovely coin!
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Domitian AR Denarius52 viewsDomitianus (81 - 96 AD).
Denarius. 83 AD Rome.
(20 mm 3.47 g)
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M. Head with laurel wreath on the right.
Rev: TR POT II COS VIIII DES XP P. Minerva with lance and shield on capital standing to the right, in front of it an owl.
RIC 164 (R2); C.606; BMC 41
Ex: Silbury Coins January 28 2018



On first glance this looks like just another Minerva reverse denarius. However, there are 2 features which make it interesting. Firstly, it was minted in 83 CE. This makes it a first issue Minerva denarius. The Minerva series would dominate the denarii issues for the rest of Domitian's rule. Another piece of information which makes this coin interesting is that the silver of which it is composed is nearly 100% fine. This was due to monetary reforms instituted by Domitian.

Of course this coin is interesting for other reasons as well, including its rarity and condition. The new RIC II Part 1 (2007) designates this coin as R2 which means very few examples known. The other factor which needs to be considered is its condition. Personally I am not obsessed with the grades of ancient coins as I find grades to be difficult and not very useful at all. The portrait on the obverse is striking. Just look at that full head of hair. Of course it is the reverse where this coin really shines. The depiction of Minerva is fully detailed and quite sharp over 1900 years after it was minted. The full legends on both sides of the coin also make this coin both attractive and desirable. I was very fortunate to find this one.

This coin shall have an important place in my 12 Caesars collection.
4 commentsorfew03/20/18 at 06:27David Atherton: Nice details on the reverse.
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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,
Q-003
5 commentsquadrans03/16/18 at 13:10David Atherton: Wonderful!
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RIC 0659 Domitianus31 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII, Laureate head right
Rev: IMP XVII COS XIIII CENS P P P, Minerva standing left, with thunderbolt and spear; shield at her left side
AR/Denarius (19.73 mm 3.254 g 6h) Struck in Rome 88-89 A.D. (2nd issue)
RIC 659 (R), RSC 245, BMCRE 149, BNF 140
ex Mart^ Herbera - Soler y Llach Auction 1101-2 lot 2534
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus03/12/18 at 14:08David Atherton: You got one! Nice portrait too.
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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 17:41David Atherton: Neat addition!
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004 Gaius (Caligula) AR Denarius72 viewsSH86638. Silver denarius, RIC I 16 (R2, Rome), RSC I 2, Lyon 167, BnF II 21, BMCRE I 17, cf. SRCV I 1807 (aureus), VF, toned, attractive portraits, bumps and marks, some pitting, lamination defects, ex jewelry, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, weight 3.443g, maximum diameter 18.2mm, die axis 180o, 2nd emission, 37 - 38 A.D.; obverse C CAESAR AVG GERM P M TR POT (counterclockwise from lower right), laureate head of Caligula right; reverse DIVVS AVG PATER PATRIAE (counterclockwise from lower right), radiate head of Divus Augustus right; ex Classical Numismatic Group, e-auction 69 (23 July 2003), lot 90
Ex: Forum Ancient coins, March 2, 2018.


This is my second denarius of Gaius. I was extremely happy to get this one. I know the surfaces are a bit rough, but it is still a VF example of a rare coin. Denarii of Caligula do not show up for sale very often outside of large auction houses. When they do appear they are often very expensive. I waited for about 2 1/2 years for a coin like this to show up. As soon as it did I bought it.

I want to share a quick word about where I bought this coin. It was a purchase from Forum Ancient Coins. Coins are guaranteed authentic for eternity, and the service is second to none. Forum is also an incredible source of information concerning ancient coins. If you have a question about ancient coins, chances are that question has been asked and answered on Forum Ancient Coins. Many experts frequent this site and they are always willing to share their expertise.

Anyone trying to assemble a set of the 12 Caesars in silver will need to find a denarius of Gaius. His is one of the most difficult to add along with denarii of Claudius and Otho. It has also been suggested by some that it is the fault of 12 Caesars collectors that drives the prices so high. While true that there is a lot of competition for these coins when they appear, it is also true that there are alternatives to the denarii of Gaius. One popular choice is the Vesta As. These are quite common and can be had in nice condition for reasonable prices.

On the obverse we have the typical portrait of Gaius, while on the reverse we see a portrait of his great grandfather Augustus. Augustus is depicted as a Divus or god. The reverse legend "Pater Patriae" refers to Augustus as the father of the country. One reason Augustus was on the reverse was to remind the people of Rome of their emperor's connection to the Julio-Claudian ruling dynasty.

Why are denarii of Gaius so scarce? One explanation is has to do with Gresham's law or bad money drives out good money. The theory is that the monetary reforms of Nero, which debased to coinage in both weight and fineness, caused people to hoard the older more valuable coins of emperors like Caligula and Claudius. The problem with this explanation is that there are plenty of "tribute penny" denarii of Tiberius. The other possibility is that perhaps smaller numbers of Gaius' denarii were originally minted. Maybe there was already enough silver coinage circulating and therefore fewer were needed. Whatever the real reason, we are unlikely to ever get a satisfactory answer.
5 commentsorfew03/05/18 at 01:30David Atherton: A very notable addition to your collection!
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RIC 0462A Domitianus79 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XII CENS PER P P, Laureate head right, with aegis
Rev : ANNONA AVGVSTI / S C (in exergue); Annona standing right, with cornucopiae, facing Ceres, seated left, with corn ears and torch; in the background, modius on altar and prow
AE/Sestertius (35.19 mm 22.56 g 5h) Struck in Rome 86 A D
Unpublished RIC 462 variant (reverse legend ends with AVGVSTI instead of AVGVST)
ex Solidus Numismatik Premium Auction 26 Lot 127, ex Roma Numismatics E-Sale 29 lot 497
6 commentsFlaviusDomitianus03/04/18 at 08:19David Atherton: Nice rarity!
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Electrum hekté from Phokaia.68 viewsElectrum hekte, Bodenstedt em. 32, 7 (d/γ); Weber III 5736 (= Bodenstedt 7); Boston MFA 1906, SNG Kayhan -; SNG Cop -, SNGvA -, BMC Ionia -, Rosen -, EF, superb archaic style, well struck, tight flan, 2.529g, 10.1mm, 0o, Phokaia (Foca, Turkey) mint, c. 521 - 478 B.C.; obverse archaic style head of Athena right, wearing Corinthian helmet, almond shaped eye, slight smile, long hair in rows of dots, dotted necklace, seal upward behind; reverse quadripartite incuse square;6 commentslabienus03/03/18 at 19:34David Atherton: Fantastic!
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Nero with Divus Claudius74 viewsNERO CLAVD DIVI CLAVD F CAESAR AVG GERMA
Laureate head of Nero right

DIVOS CLAVD AVGVST GERMANIC PATER AVG
Laureate head of Divus Claudius right.

Caesarea, Cappadocia

63-64 AD

2.95g

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 19:40David Atherton: Fantastic coin! Both portraits are superb.
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RPC II 1970 Vespasianus50 viewsObv: AYTOKPATΩP KAICAP CEBACTOC OYECΠACIANOC, laureate head right
Rev: ETOYΣ NEOY IEPOY A, Eagle with wreath in beak on a club to left; in left field, palm branch
AR/Tetradrachm (26.42 mm 12.000 g 12 h) Struck in Antiochia ad Orontem (Syria, Seleucis and Pieria) 69 A.D.
RPC 1970 - Prieur 132
ex Roma Numismatics E-Sale 43 Lot 343
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus02/21/18 at 19:40David Atherton: Good example!
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Augustus, with Agrippa  (27. B.C. 14 A.D.)49 viewsGAUL, Nemausus
Æ As
O:  Heads of Agrippa left, wearing rostral crown and laurel wreath, and Augustus right, wearing oak wreath, back to back.  IMP above, DIVI F below.
R: Crocodile right chained to palm branch with long vertical fronds; above, wreath with long ties, palms below; COL NEM flanking vertical palm.
Nemausus mint, 9-3 B.C
10.26g
27mm
RPC I 524; RIC 1 158
3 commentsMat02/21/18 at 09:09David Atherton: Nice example!
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Domitian RIC-585102 viewsAR Denarius, 3.04g
Rome mint, 88 AD
RIC 585 (R2). BMC - . RSC - .
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERMAN P M TR P VII; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: IMP XIIII COS XIIII CENS P P P; Minerva stg. l., with spear (M4)
Ex Private Collection

This denarius is from a very common issue struck in 88 which is peppered with exceedingly rare variants. Here we have an obverse legend spelling of 'GERMAN' instead of the much more common 'GERM'. The experimental nature of the scarce variants perhaps ties them with the Secular Games which were held later the same year. After 88, new legends and reverse designs did not make another appearance on Domitian's denarius issues until the last year (or months) of his reign in 95-96.

Fine portrait on a broad flan.
6 commentsDavid Atherton02/21/18 at 05:22David Atherton: Thaks andi89 for informing me of the mistake. It i...
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077 - Severus Alexander denarius - RIC 19317 viewsDenarius
Obv:– IMP SEV ALEXAND AVG, laureate head right
Rev:– FIDES MILITVM, Fides seated left holding two standards
Minted in Rome.
Reference:– RIC 193. RSC 51
1 commentsmaridvnvm02/07/18 at 10:16David Atherton: Lovely double-struck portrait.
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03 Constantius II28 viewsConstantius II
DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG, pearl diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
FEL TEMP-REPARATIO, soldier spearing Horseman, bearded, two braids, clutching
ANZ / M left
Antioch 191
4 commentsRandygeki(h2)02/07/18 at 10:16David Atherton: Very attractive piece.
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RIC 0770 Vespasianus28 viewsObv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, Laureate head right
Rev: PAX AVG, Pax seated left holding sceptre and olive branch
AU/Aureus (21.19 mm 6.99 gr 6h) Struck in Rome 75 A.D.
RIC 770 (C), BMCRE 280, BNF 271
ex I.C.E. Auction 2 Lot 29
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus02/05/18 at 20:26David Atherton: A very beautiful coin!
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RIC 0743 Domitianus35 viewsObv: DOMITIANVS AVGVSTVS, Laureate head right
Rec: GERMANICVS COS XVI, Minerva advancing right with spear and shield
AU/Aureus (19.13 mm 7.425 gr 6h) Struck in Rome 92-94 A.D.
RIC 743 (R2), BMCRE-BNF unlisted
ex Gorny & Mosch Auction 181 lot 2112
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus02/05/18 at 20:26David Atherton: Superb!
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RIC 0450 Domitianus27 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VI, Laureate head right
Rev: IMP XIII COS XII CENS P P P, Minerva advancing right with spear and shield
AR/Denarius (19.12 mm 3.38 gr 6h) Struck in Rome 86 A.D. (4th issue)
RIC 450 (R2), RSC-BMCRE-BNF unlisted
ex H.D. Rauch Sommerauktion 2012 Lot 897
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus02/05/18 at 20:25David Atherton: Nice rarity! Same reverse die as my specimen.
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5216 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Tetradrachm 119-20 AD Dikaiosyne standing21 viewsReference.
Dattari (Savio) 1353-4; K&G 32.111; RPC III 5216; Emmett 833.4.

Issue L Δ = year 4

Obv. ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ ΤΡΑΙ - ΑΔΡΙΑ СƐΒ
Laureate head of Hadrian, r., drapery on l. shoulder; to r. crescent

Rev. L Δ
Dikaiosyne standing facing, head l., holding scales and cornucopia

13.68 gr
24 mm
12h
3 commentsokidoki02/01/18 at 09:09David Atherton: Good Alexandrian style.
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Septimius Severus58 viewsSEVERVS PIVS AVG
Laureate head of Severus right

FVNDATOR PACIS
Severus, togate standing left holding branch and scroll

Rome 201 AD
3.6g

RIC IV: 265, Sear 6282, RSC 205

Ex-Calgary Coins

SOLD Forum Auction April 2019
3 commentsJay GT401/25/18 at 00:27David Atherton: Superb!
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82-83 BC* Q ANTONIUS BALBUS102 viewsLaureate head of Jupiter right; S•C behind

Victory in quadriga right; I below horses, Q ANTO BALB/PR in two lines in exergue.

Rome, 83 BC

3.99g

Crawford 364/1d; Sydenham 742b; Antonia 1. Sear 279

Lustrous Choice VF. Slight Flan flaw (weight reduction) on obverse in field.

ex-ANE

Anti Sullan Issue Struck by Order of the Senate SC.
Q. Antonius Balbus was a member of the Marian party, and in 82 BC was appointed praetor of Sardinia. Before leaving for Sardinia, this issue was struck by order of the Senate which was dominated by members of the Marian party to pay the army preparing to resist the return of Sulla. The reverse imagery reflects the expectations of Q. Antonius Balbus. Sulla was victorius in the battle of the Colline gate, and in 82 BC, Q. Antonius Balbus was removed from his position as praetor by L. Philippus and killed.

New photo of the very first denarius I bought.


5 commentsJay GT401/24/18 at 23:50David Atherton: Great coin with a neat 'al marco' weight r...
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M. Sergius Silus (116-115 B.C.)35 viewsAR Denarius
O: Helmeted head of Roma right; mark of value behind.
R: Soldier on horseback rearing left, holding sword and severed head of barbarian; Q below.
Rome Mint
21mm
3.74g
Crawford 286/1; Sydenham 534; Sergia 1.
5 commentsMat01/22/18 at 20:38David Atherton: Good example!
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Vespasian AR Denarius43 viewsVespasianus, 69-79. Denarius Minted 69/70, Tarraco (Tarragona).
3.41 g.
Obv: Bust Laureate right, IMP CAESAR VESPASIANUS AVG
Rev; Pax Seated with branch and Caduceus., COS ITER TR POT
RIC II/1, 1312 (R3)
Dr. Busso Peus Nachf. E-Auctions 6 Lot 259. January 13, 2018.


On first glance this coin looks like a typical Pax seated reverse. This type of reverse is perhaps the most common of reverses for denarii of Vespasian. However, one needs to look more carefully at the portrait side. This portrait of Vespasian seems quite different than portraits on the Rome mint Pax seated denarius. It is true that on this issue, there ca be very dramatic difference in portrait styles for the Rome mint, but this one is so distinctive that RIC II Part one tentatively ascribes this issue to a Spanish mint like Tarraco. It is important to note that this attribution is tentative. The authors of RIC II were not sure that this coin was minted in Tarraco.

Checking other examples of coins minted in Tarraco, there is a similar look to this coin. The authors of RIC II have designated this coin as RIC 1312 rather than the much more common RIC 29. They have also described its rarity as R3. R3 means that only one example was known at the time of publication. However, I have found at least 3 other examples in collections I am aware of. One expert has commented on my coin that it appears to be an obverse die match to the RIC plate coin. This would seem to strengthen the attribution of this coin to RIC 1312.

3 commentsorfew01/17/18 at 08:47David Atherton: Lovely example.
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RPC II 1978 Domitian tetradrachm91 viewsAVT KAIΣAΡ ΔOMITIANOΣ ΣEB ΓEΡM
Laureate head right; aegis at point of bust

ETOYΣ NEOY IEPOY H (date; year 8)
Eagle standing right on thunderbolt, with wings spread; palm frond to right.

SYRIA, Seleucis and Pieria. Antioch, 88/89 AD

13.61g; 29 mm

McAlee 398; Prieur 145; RPC II 1978.

Ex-Zurqieh

Wonderful style with fine detailed Aegis/Gorgon head

7 commentsJay GT401/10/18 at 20:33David Atherton: Superb portrait!
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Vespasian / Pax Aureus73 viewsVespasian. Gold Aureus (7.14 g), AD 69-79. Judaea Capta type. Rome, AD 72/3.
O: IMP CAES VESP AVG P M COS IIII, laureate head of Vespasian right.
R: VIC AVG across field,Victory standing right on globe, holding wreath and palm branch.
- RIC 361; BN 57; BMC 72; Calicó 699

In describing Vespasian's triumph in Rome, following the defeat of Judaea, Josephus says, "Many people were carrying statues of Victory; everything was constructed of elephant [ivory] and gold."
7 commentsNemonater01/09/18 at 11:01David Atherton: Fantastic!
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Vespasian / Titus and Domitian Rome46 viewsVespasian, 69-79. Denarius (Silver, 16mm, 3.06 g 7), Rome, 70.
O: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG Laureate head of Vespasian to right.
R: CAESAR AVG F COS CAESAR AVG F PR Bare heads of Titus and Domitian facing each other.
BMC 2. BN 21 Cohen 5. RIC 2
3 commentsNemonater01/09/18 at 10:54David Atherton: Solid example of the type.
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Titus/Clasped Hands70 viewsAR Denarius Ephesus (?) mint, 76 AD
Obv: T CAES IMP VESP CENS; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r. 'o' mint mark below neck
Rev: PVBL FIDES; Hands clasped over caduceus, two poppies and two corn ears
- RIC 1485 (R). BMC p. 102 note. RSC 87. RPC 1459 (2 spec.).
5 commentsNemonater01/09/18 at 10:49David Atherton: Rare and fine style!
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Vespasian / Titus and Domitian69 viewsVespasian AR Denarius, Tarraco mint, 70 AD
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Vespasian, Laureate right.
Rev: CEASAR AVG F COS CAESAR AVG F PR; Confronting heads of Titus right, and Domitian left.
- RIC 1302 (R). BMC 351A. RSC 5. From the Gordon S. Parry Collection; Ex Lanz Auction 68 (6 June 1994) lot 360, sold for 420 DM on an estimate of 700; CNG E-auction 196 lot 263.

Below are the photos and description from Lanz Auction 68:

4 commentsNemonater01/09/18 at 10:48David Atherton: Simply awesome!
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008 Hadrian Denarius Roma 117 AD Pietas standing38 viewsReference.
RIC 8a; BMCRE 15; RSC 1024; Strack 17 (bust RIC II 8b)

Obv. IMP CAES TRAIAN HADRIAN OPT AVG GER DAC
Bust of Hadrian, laureate, draped on left shoulder, right

Rev. PARTHIC DIVI TRAIAN AVG F P M TR P COS P P PIETAS
Pietas, veiled, standing left, raising her right hand

3.13 gr
19 mm
6h
4 commentsokidoki12/27/17 at 16:39David Atherton: Superb coin!
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RIC 0021 Vespasian Denariius75 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG
laureate head right

COS ITER TR POT
Aequitas standing left holding scales and sceptre

Rome 70 AD

3.51g

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


Another early portrait that has Vitellius' features.

New Photo
5 commentsJay GT412/27/17 at 01:23David Atherton: I love these early transition style denarii. Very ...
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Severina (274 - 275 A.D.)38 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Potin Tetradrachm
O:  OVLP CEVHPINA CEB, diademed and draped bust right.
R: Eagle standing right, palm across shoulder, holding wreath in beak; ETOVC (around) and S in right field. Year 6 = 275-276 AD
8.58g
20mm
Köln 3102; Dattari 5504; Milne 4453; Emmett 3965.6
3 commentsMat12/20/17 at 00:00David Atherton: Very cool!
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RIC 0844 Domitian Cistophoric100 viewsIMP CAESAR DOMITIANVS AVG
Laureate head right

Aquila between two standards, one surmounted by a banner, the other by a hand

10.60g

Rome mint for circulation in the East. 82 AD

RIC 844 (R); RPC 868

Ex-Roy's Coin
Roughness (die rust?) around features not visible in hand.
8 commentsJay GT412/12/17 at 00:44David Atherton: Fine style example!
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RIC 0056 Domitianus53 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PONT, Laureate head right
Rev: TR P COS VII DES VIII P P, Minerva advancing right, with spear and shield
AR/Denarius (17.61 mm 3.398 g 6 h) - Struck in Rome 81 A.D. (4th Group)
RIC 56 (R2), RSC 560a, BMCRE-BNF unlisted
Purchased on eBay from numis-kimel
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus11/25/17 at 11:24David Atherton: Great rarity! Same obverse die as my specimen.
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RIC 0051A Domitianus83 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 commentsFlaviusDomitianus11/23/17 at 00:17David Atherton: Fantastic coin!
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RIC 0393 Domitian denarius98 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V
Laureate head right

IMP XI COS XI CENS P P P
Minerva standing left with spear

Rome 85 AD (6th issue)

3.49g

RIC 393 (R)

Ex-Calgary Coin
7 commentsJay GT411/18/17 at 20:07David Atherton: Superb coin!
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075c Hadrian Denarius Roma 119-22 AD Oceanus reclining26 viewsReference.
RIC 75c; Strack 104; C.1110

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

Rev. P M TR P COS III
Oceanus reclining left, holding anchor in right hand and resting left arm on dolphin

3.33 gr
20 mm
12h
2 commentsokidoki11/15/17 at 20:54David Atherton: Good style.
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RIC 0126 Titus59 viewsObv: T DIVO AVG DIVI VESP F VESPASIANO, Deified Titus seated, leftt, on curule chair, with branch and sceptre
Rev: Legend clockwise, inwardly, from high right: MP CAES DIVI VESP F DOMIT AVG P M TR P P P / S C (center field)
AE/Sestertius 32.98 mm 23.42 g 6 h - Struck in Rome 81-82 A.D.
RIC 126 (R2 Domitian) - BMCRE 284 (Domitian) - Paris 293 (Domitian)
Purchased from Numismeo
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus11/13/17 at 18:53David Atherton: Classic rarity. Congrats!
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Domitian - AS As, Rome Mint - VIRTUTI AUGUSTI - 10.92 Grams49 viewsAncient Rome.
Emperor Domitian(81 - 96 AD), AE As.
Latin titles;
obv: Laureate crowned bust of Emperor Domitian facing right.
rev:" VIRTUTI AUGUSTI " - Virtus standing right in military dress, holding vertical spear in one hand, parazonium in other arm. One knee slightly raised.
" SC " in fields, to either side of Virtus.

Weight 10.92 Grams
4 commentsrexesq11/08/17 at 04:58David Atherton: Congrats!
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Titus/Salus92 viewsAR Denarius, Rome mint, 73 AD
O:Head of Titus right, laureate, bearded; T CAES IMP VESP CENS
R: SALVS AVG; Salus seated left with patera
- RIC 518 (R2)
4 commentsNemonater11/07/17 at 10:29David Atherton: Superb portrait!
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5462 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Drachm 123-24 AD Triumphal arch 24 viewsReference.
Emmett 1061.8; RPC III, 5462; Cf. Dattari 1895-1898

Issue L H = year 8

Obv. ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ ΤΡΑΙ - ΑΔΡΙΑ СƐΒ
Laureate head of Hadrian, r., drapery on l. shoulder

Rev. L Η
Triumphal arch surmounted by Quadriga with statue of Emperor

17.51 gr
35 mm
12h
1 commentsokidoki10/28/17 at 19:52David Atherton: Interesting reverse.
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Septimius Severus, Denarius, LIBERALITAS AVG VI20 viewsAR Denarius
Septimius Severus
Augustus: 193 - 211AD
Issued: 209AD
21.0 x 19.0mm 3.60gr
O: SEVERVS PIVS AVG; Laureate head, right.
R: LIBERALITAS AVG VI; Liberalitas standing left, holding coin dispenser and cornucopia.
Rome Mint
RIC 278a; RSC 298; Sear 6306; BMC 349.
Aorta: 783: B3, O81, R178, T108, M4.
treewalk123/John Tucker 132175418074
10/19/17 10/27/17
2 commentsNicholas Z10/28/17 at 07:27David Atherton: Very nice.
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3267 CILICIA, Tarsus Hadrian Tridrachm Sandan standing63 viewsReference.
RPC III, 3267; Levante 996; Prieur 768

Obv. ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ ΘΕ ΤΡΑ ΠΑΡ ΥΙ ΘΕ ΝΕΡ ΥΙ ΤΡΑΙ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟϹ ϹΕ
Laureate head of Hadrian, r. with balteus and drapery on l. shoulder.

Rev. ΤΑΡϹΕΩΝ ΜΗΤΡΟΠΟΛΕΩϹ
Sandan, wearing tall headdress and long cloak, standing, r., on horned lion; he wears on his l. side bow-case and sword crossing the bow-case; his r. hand is raised and he holds bipennis and wreath in left.

9.94 gr
26 mm
12h

Note.
Sandan (or Sandon or Sandas) was an ancient Anatolian god associated with both war and the weather, and was known in the area of Tarsos from Hittite times (the second half of the 2nd millenium BC). The figure of Sandan on a lion first appears on the coinage of Tarsus in the 2nd century BC, but it was certainly much older. The shrine to Sandan in Tarsus existed at least until the 3rd century AD
6 commentsokidoki10/28/17 at 07:26David Atherton: Tremendous piece! Wow.
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3269A CILICIA, Tarsus Hadrian Tridrachm Apollo standing vis à vis with Perseus 42 viewsReference.
RPC III -, cf. 3269-70 (both with differing bust type). Prieur 770 var. (differing bust type).
same bust type as 3267

Obv. ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ ΘΕ ΤΡΑ ΠΑΡ ΥΙ ΘΕ ΝΕΡ ΥΙ ΤΡΑΙ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟϹ ϹΕ
Laureate head of Hadrian, r. with balteus and drapery on l. shoulder.

Rev. ΤΑΡϹΕΩΝ ΜΗΤΡΟΠΟΛΕΩϹ
Apollo, naked and on left, standing right, holding laurel branch in his left hand, left elbow resting on tripod snake inside, clasping right hands with Perseus, naked and on right, standing left, holding harpa in his left hand.

10.61 gr
27 mm
12h
3 commentsokidoki10/28/17 at 07:25David Atherton: Fantastic coin!
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161 - Constantine the Great (posthumous) - AE4 - RIC VIII 3237 viewsAE4
Obv: DV CONSTANTINVS PT AVGG, veiled bust right
Rev: VN | MR, Emperor veiled standing right
Minted in Alexandria (//SMALD) 337 - April 340 A.D
Reference:– RIC VIII Alexandria 32
3 commentsmaridvnvm10/28/17 at 07:24David Atherton: A lovely coin.
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Gordian III (238 - 244 A.D.)62 viewsAR Antoninianus
O: IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG; radiate draped bust right.
R: SECVRIT PERP; Securitas standing left with scepter, leaning on column.
Rome Mint
25mm
6.2g
RIC IV Rome 151

Very Heavy!
3 commentsMat10/28/17 at 07:23David Atherton: Lovely reverse.
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Honorius (392 - 395 A.D.)38 viewsÆ2
O: DN HONORIVS P F AVG; pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
R: GLORIA ROMANORVM; Emperor standing, facing head right, holding standard and globe. ANTΓ in ex.
Antioch Mint
22mm
5.8g
RIC IX Antioch 68e
3 commentsMat10/28/17 at 07:22David Atherton: Beautiful coin!
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Caracalla Denarius - Sol Rector Orbis (RIC 39a)44 viewsAR Denarius
Rome, 199-200 AD
3.43g

Obv: Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
ANTONINVS AVGVSTVS

Rev: Sol, radiate, standing left, holding globe in his right hand and inverted spear with his left
RECTOR ORBIS

BMC 165, RSC 542, RIC 39a

Leu Numismatik Auction 1
3 commentsKained but Able10/27/17 at 03:48David Atherton: Wow! Fantastic portrait.
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RIC 0402 Domitianus117 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XI CENS PER P P, Laureate head right, with aegis
Rev: S-C in exergue; Domitian standing right clasping hands over altar with officer standing left; behind officer, one soldier with standard, and one soldier at right with spear and shield.
AE/Sestertius (37,08 mm 28,10 g 6h) Struck in Rome 85 A.D. (3rd issue)
RIC 402 (R2), BMCRE - BNF unpublished
ex Roma Numismatics Auction XIV lot 709
12 commentsFlaviusDomitianus10/03/17 at 20:02David Atherton: Nice rarity with an excellent portrait.
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RIC 0048 Domitian denarius135 viewsIMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PM
Laureate head right

TR P COS VII DES VIII
Curule chair, wreath above

Rome, September 13-December 31, 81 AD

3.5g

RIC 48 (C)

Ex- RM Collection, Ex-Calgary Coin
8 commentsJay GT410/01/17 at 20:32David Atherton: Unusual portrait on that one. Very intersting!
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RIC 0847 Vespasian denarius108 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG
Laureate head right

COS VII
Eagle standding front on garlanded base, thunderbolt in claws, wings open, head left

Rome, 76 AD

3.5g

RIC 847 (C2)

Ex-RM collection, Ex-Calgary Coin
6 commentsJay GT410/01/17 at 20:31David Atherton: Great example!
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RIC 0022 Titus denarius 92 viewsIMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG PM
Laureate head right

TR P VIIII IMP XIIII COS VII P P
Ceres seated left with corn ears, poppy and torch

Rome, after July 1, 79 AD

3.19g

RIC 22 (C)

Ex-RM collection, Ex-Calgary Coin
6 commentsJay GT410/01/17 at 20:31David Atherton: Lovely coin!
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Augustus portrait denarius40 viewsAugustus. 27 BC-AD 14. AR Denarius (21mm, 3.67 g, 6h). Uncertain Spanish mint (Colonia Caesaraugusta?). Struck circa 19-18 BC. Bare head left / Oak wreath with the two ties drawn up across center. RIC I 40b; RSC 211. Near EF, banker’s mark on obverse, fine style.4 commentsTiberiusClaudius09/28/17 at 20:20David Atherton: A very beautiful coin!
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Marc Antony and Octavian denarius portraits45 viewsMARK ANTONY and OCTAVIAN. Silver denarius. Moneyer: M. Barbatius Pollio, quaestor pro praetore. Ephesus, Spring-Summer 41 BC. Obv: M ANT IMP AVG III VIR R P C M BARBAT Q P. Bare head of Mark Antony right. Rev: CAESAR IMP PONT III VIR R P C. Bare head of Octavian right. Crawford 517/2; CRI 243. Weight: 3.91 g. Diameter: 13 mm.
This coin was struck to pay Antony's troops shortly after he and the young Octavian completed their defeat of Caesar's assassins. Several months later would come his first meeting with Cleopatra.
3 commentsOctavianus09/28/17 at 20:20David Atherton: Fantastic!
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0678 Hadrian AS Roma 125-28 AD Salus standing49 viewsReference.
RIC 678

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

Rev. SALVS AVGVSTI / COS III / S - C in field
Salus standing left, holding sceptre and feeding snake coiled round altar

10.59 gr
27 mm
6h

Note.
Ex col. Frans Pouwel, Netherlands, collected since the ‘80’s.
2 commentsokidoki09/28/17 at 20:18David Atherton: Great portrait!
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Vespasian/Pax COS VII32 viewsAR Denarius, Rome mint, 76 AD, likely struck in the first few weeks of the year.
O: Head of Vespasian, laureate, right, IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG
R: Pax, bare to the waist, seated left, holding branch extended in right hand, PON MAX TR P COS VII
- RIC 852 (C), BMC 184A, RSC 373
1 commentsNemonater09/28/17 at 00:03David Atherton: Awesome addition!
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01 Constantius II69 views6,31 g. 22 mm.
DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG Constantius II pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right
FEL TEMP RE-PARATIO soldier spearing Horseman, bearded, Phrygian helmet, reaching
ALEB in ex. Γ in left field

Alexandria 72 var (headwear)
4 commentsRandygeki(h2)09/26/17 at 12:10David Atherton: Love the details on the reverse.
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Trajan Denarius - Virtus (RIC 203)53 viewsAR Denarius
Rome, 103-105 AD
3.03g

Obv: Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P.

Rev: Virtus, goddess of bravery, standing (R) holding upturned spear and parazonium, right foot on helmet.
SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI

RSC 402c RIC 203 (?) Woytek 197f (9 spec. known)

Rare variant with cuirassed bust.
ex. Silbury Coins
4 commentsKained but Able09/26/17 at 12:01David Atherton: A very beautiful coin!
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Domitian RIC 5683 viewsAR Denarius, 3.22g
Rome mint, 81 AD
RIC 56 (R2). BMC p. 299, ‡. RSC 560a.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG PONT; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR P COS VII DES VIII P P; Minerva adv r., with spear and shield (M1)
Ex eBay, September 2017.

Here is a rare Domitian 'PONT' denarius with the legend variant of DOMITIANVS fully spelled out. Denarii with 'PONT' instead of PM in the obverse legend come very early in the reign. Historically, PONT did not stand for Pontifex Maximus under Augustus, but did so under Nero (PONT was used after Nero was already Pontifex Maximus, BMC 9). It is possible Domitian followed Nero's example and used PONT as an abbreviation for Pontifex Maximus. Conversely, it is also possible he followed in Augustus' footsteps and used the temporary title 'PONT' until the ceremony electing him to the position was completed. We simply do not know. The records of the Arval brothers do not show Domitian as Pontifex Maximus by 30 October, so presumably he acquired the title in either November or December. The office seems to have had no fixed date of appointment. Knowing how much of a stickler Domitian was to keeping to the proper forms, the mint likely waited until his election as Pontifex Maximus before the title was displayed on the coinage. Whether or not that title on the coinage after the election was abbreviated as 'PONT' for a brief time is a mystery.

Struck in fine early style with a well centred obverse.
6 commentsDavid Atherton09/18/17 at 14:13David Atherton: Thank you Curtis for the clear explanation of PONT...
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MARCUS ANTONIUS AR Legionary Denarius26 viewsOBVERSE: ANT AVG III VIR R P C, Praetorian galley, thyrsos behind prow
REVERSE: LEG XIV Legionary eagle between two standards
Patrae 32-31 BC
3.5g, 18mm
Cr544/29; Syd 1234
ex. Germania Inferior Numismatics
2 commentsLegatus09/14/17 at 00:53David Atherton: Sweet addition!
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RIC 0469 Domitianus39 viewsObv : IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG GERM COS XII CENS PER P P. Laureate head right, with aegis
Rev : S-C in field; Domitian standing left, with spear; to left, German captive, kneeling right, presenting shield; in exergue, broken spear
AE/Sestertius (36.02 mm 26.15 g 6h) Struck in Rome 86 A.D.
RIC 469 (R), BMCRE 379, BNF 402.
Purchased from Sebastian Sänn on MA-Shops
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus09/08/17 at 12:16David Atherton: Pretty patina.
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MARCUS ANTONIUS AR Legionary Denarius 28 viewsOBVERSE: ANT AVG III VIR R P C, Praetorian galley, thyrsos behind prow
REVERSE: CHORTIS SPECVLATORVM, three legionary standards
Patrae 32-31 BC
3.52g, 18.mm
Cr544/12; Syd 1214
ex. Marti Classical Numismatics
3 commentsLegatus08/30/17 at 19:36David Atherton: Wonderful!
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RIC 0591 Domitian denarius 86 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VII
Laureate head right

IMP XV COS XIIII CENS P P P
Minerva advancing right with spear and shield

January 1- September 13, 88 AD

Rome

3.2g

RIC 591 (R2)

Ebay
8 commentsJay GT408/30/17 at 19:26David Atherton: Stylish and rare. congrats!
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3098 CAPPADOCIA, Caesaraea Hadrian Didrachm 128-138 AD Mount Argaeus one star31 viewsReference.
RPC III, 3098; S 268a, Metcalf Conspectus 95b

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

Rev. ΥΠΑΤΟС Γ ΠΑΤΗΡ ΠΑΤΡ
Mount Argaeus surmounted by star

6.11 gr
21 mm
6h
3 commentsokidoki08/23/17 at 22:25David Atherton: Sweet coin!
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Hadrian Dupondius 117 AD Concordia154 viewsReference.
RIC 538b; C. 260; BMC 1107; Strack 502

Obv. IMP CAES DIVI TRAIAN AVG F TRAIAN HADRIAN OPT AVG GER
Radiate, laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right, baldric strap over shoulder and across chest, seen from front

Rev. DAC PARTHICO P M TR P COS P P S C
Concordia enthroned facing left, holding patera in right hand, left elbow resting on small statue of Spes on small column, cornucopiae below throne.

12.31gr
28 mm
12h

Note.
CNG Sale 11/09.
From the Estate Collection of Dr. Richard Doty
8 commentsokidoki08/23/17 at 22:23David Atherton: Fantastic!
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Augustus12 viewsAugustus. 27 BC-AD 14. AR Denarius (19mm, 3.33 g, 7h). Rome mint; Q. Rustius, moneyer. Struck 19-18 BC. Jugate, draped busts right of Fortuna Victrix, wearing round helmet, and Fortuna Felix, diademed, set on bar with ram’s head finials / Ornamented altar inscribed FOR RE. RIC I 322; RSC 513. Fine, toned, light porosity, areas of weak strike.
2 commentsecoli08/23/17 at 22:23David Atherton: Awesome coin!
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003 Pompeius Rufus AR Denarius 21 viewsQ. Pompeius Rufus, 54 v.Chr.,
AR Denar.
3.83 g
Obv: Curule chair between arrow and laurel branch.
Rev: .Curule chair between lituus and wreath.
Alb.1364, Craw.434/2
Emporium Hamburg Numismatics E-auction 532 Lot 50 August 18, 2017
1 commentsorfew08/22/17 at 12:08David Atherton: Love the toning.
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Valerian I (253 - 260 A.D.)19 viewsAR Antoninianus
O: IMP C P LIC VALERIANVS AVG, radiate, draped bust right.
R: CONCORDIA EXERCIT, Concordia standing left holding patera and double cornucopiae.
21mm
3g
RIC 81, Cohen 39; Sear 9929.
1 commentsMat08/22/17 at 12:07David Atherton: Nice portrait.
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Vespasian Ad 69-67.AR Denarius37 viewsVespasian. AD 69-79. AR Denarius (17.5mm, 3.25 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck January-June AD 70. Laureate head right / Pax seated left, holding olive branch and winged caduceus. RIC II 29; RSC 94h. Good VF, toned.

From the collection of a Texas Wine Doctor, purchased from Marshall Fields, Chicago, 22 November 1966.
3 commentsBritanikus08/22/17 at 12:06David Atherton: Nicely toned with an interesting provenance!
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Septimius Severus, Denarius, BONI EVENTVS21 viewsAR Denarius
Septimius Severus
Augustus: 193 - 211AD
Issued: 194 - 195AD
18.5 x 17.0mm 3.00gr
O: IMP CAE L SEP SEV PERT AVG COS II; Laureate head, right.
R: BONI EVENTVS; Boni Events standing left holding a dish of fruit in right hand and grain ears in her left hand.
Emesa Mint
RIC 369; RSC 68; Sear 6267; BMC 343.
Aorta: 346: B3, O20, R47, T75, M2.
distinctivecoins 232427572799
8/17/17 8/21/17
1 commentsNicholas Z08/22/17 at 12:03David Atherton: Nice example.
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Galba AR denarius54 viewsGALBA, A.D. 68-69. AR Denarius (3.38 gms), Rome Mint, ca. A.D. July 68-January 69.
Obv: "IMP SER GALBA CAESAR AVG PM" Laureate bust of Galba facing right;
Rev:: Virtus standing facing, holding parazonium upwards and leaning on vertical spear.
NGC Ch F, Strike: 5/5 Surface: 4/5.
RIC-236
Provenance: From the Graywood Collection.



This denarius is quite rare. One aspect that makes it rare is the addition of "PM" in the obverse legend. Their are other examples similar coins without the "PM" that are somewhat more available than this one.

I was attracted to 2 aspects of this denarius. First was the portrait. Portraits of Galba vary widely across his denarii, but this one is quite unusual. It does not look like the portraits on most of his denarii. The other aspect that attracted me to this coin was the use of Virtus on the reverse. According to one expert, Virtus is female, so the figure on the reverse is the nude emperor Galba himself taking on the attributes of Virtus. Apparently, nude representations of the emperor are unusual on imperial coins.

5 commentsorfew08/18/17 at 20:34David Atherton: Wonderful!
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Decimus Caelius Calvinus Balbinus56 viewsBalbinus AR Antoninianus. 4.86g, 22mm Rome, AD 238.
O: IMP CAES D CAEL BALBINVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right
R: FIDES MVTVA AVGG, (Mutual Fidelity of the Augusti) clasped right hands.
- RIC 11; RSC 6.
3 commentsNemonater08/16/17 at 07:51David Atherton: Awesome portrait!
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RIC 0966 Vespasianus78 viewsObv : CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, Laureate head left.
Rev : ANNONA AVG, Annona seated left, with sack of corn ears.
AR/Denarius 17.95 mm 2.996 g 6 h - Struck in Rome 77-78 AD
RIC 966 (R), RSC 30, BMCRE 298, BNF 260
ex Naville Numismatics Live Auction 33 lot 447 - From The Apostolo Zeno Collection - ex Dorotheum Auktion 1 13-06-1955 Lot 392 (parte of)
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus08/09/17 at 09:16David Atherton: Wonderful provenance!
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VESPASIAN AR Denarius21 viewsOBVERSE: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right
REVERSE: COS ITER TR POT, Pax seated left, holding branch and caduceus
Struck at Rome, 69-71 AD
3.31g, 18mm
RIC 29; RSC 94h; Sear 2285
3 commentsLegatus08/09/17 at 06:42David Atherton: Nice example!
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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 11:06David Atherton: Beautiful style!
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Bruttium, Rhegion, 415-387 B.C., Drachm 24 views14mm, 3.89 grams
Reference: Sear 502; B.M.C.1.38
Lion's scalp facing.
PHΓINON, Laureate head of Apollo right, olive-sprig behind.

"Dionysios I, after concluding a peace with the Carthaginians, went about securing his power in the island of Sicily. His troops, however, rebelled against him and sought help from, among others, the city of Rhegion (Diod. Sic. 14.8.2). In the ensuing campaigns, Dionyios I proceeded to enslave the citizens of Naxos and Katane, with whom the Rhegians shared a common history and identity (Diod. Sic. 14.40.1). This association was a source of anger and fear for the inhabitants of Rhegion. The Syracusan exiles living there also encouraged the Rhegians to go to war with Syracuse (Diod. Sic. 14.40.3). The overarching strategy of Dionysios I included extending his power into Italy by using Rhegion as a stepping stone to the rest of the peninsula. In 387 BC, after a siege that lasted eleven months, the Rhegians, on the brink of starvation, surrendered to Dionysus. Indeed, we are told that by the end of the siege, a medimnos of wheat cost about five minai (Diod. Sic. 14.111.2). Strabo remarks that, following Dionysios' capture of the city, the Syracusan “destroyed the illustrious city” (Strabo 6.1.6).

The next decade or so of the history of Rhegion is unclear, but sometime during his reign, Dionysios II, who succeeded his father in 367 BC, rebuilt the city, giving it the new name of Phoibia (Strabo 6.1.6). Herzfelder argues that this issue was struck by Dionysios II of Syracuse after he rebuilt the city, and dates it to the period that Dionysios II is thought to have lived in the city. Due to civil strife at Syracuse, Dionysios II was forced to garrison Region, but was ejected from the city by two of his rivals circa 351 BC (Diod. Sic. 16.45.9).

The coin types of Rhegion, founded as a colony of Chalcis, are related to its founding mythology. Some of the earliest tetradrachms of the city, from the mid-5th century BC, depict a lion’s head on the obverse, and a seated figure on the reverse. J.P. Six (in NC 1898, pp. 281-5) identified the figure as Iokastos, the oikistes (founder) of Rhegion (Diod. Sic. 5.8.1; Callimachus fr. 202). Head (in HN), suggested Aristaios, son of Apollo. Iokastos was one of six sons of Aiolos, ruler of the Aeolian Islands. All of the sons of Aiolos secured their own realms in Italy and Sicily, with Iokastos taking the region around Rhegion. Aristaios, born in Libya, discovered the silphium plant, and was the patron of beekeepers (mentioned by Virgil), shepherds, vintners, and olive growers. He also protected Dionysos as a child, and was the lover of Eurydike. The replacement of the seated figure type with the head of Apollo circa 420 BC also suggests the figure could be Aristaios. An anecdote from the first-century BC geographer Strabo (6.1.6 and 6.1.9), which connects Rhegion’s founding to the orders of the Delphic Oracle and Apollo, as the reason for the advent of the new type could be simply serendipitous.

Different theories exist for the lion’s head on the coins of Rhegion. The lion’s head (or mask as it is sometimes described) first appeared on the coinage of Rhegion at the start of the reign of Anaxilas, in about 494 BC. E.S.G. Robinson, in his article “Rhegion, Zankle-Messana and the Samians” (JHS vol. 66, 1946) argues that the lion was a symbol of Apollo. He makes a comparison to the coinage of the nearby city of Kaulonia, “At Kaulonia Apollo’s animal was the deer; if at Rhegion it was the lion, the early appearance and persistence of that type is explained. The lion is a certain, though infrequent, associate of Apollo at all periods.” The link, he suggests, is that the lion was associated with the sun, as was Apollo himself.

The lion’s head could also relate to the exploits of Herakles, who had some significance for the city. The extant sources tell us that Herakles stopped at southern Italy near Rhegion on his return with the cattle of Geryon (Diod. Sic. 4.22.5). It was here that supposedly a bull broke away from the rest of the herd and swam to Sicily (Apollod. 2.5.10). Though but a passing reference in Apollodorus, it is very possible that the Rhegians venerated Herakles. Indeed, Herakles was a very important figure throughout the entire area. Dionysios of Halicarnassus says that “in many other places also in Italy [besides Rome] precincts are dedicated to this god [Herakles] and altars erected to him, both in cities and along highways; and one could scarcely find any place in Italy in which the god is not honoured” (I.40.6). As the skin of the Nemean Lion was one of the main attributes of Herakles, the lion’s head may refer to him through metonymic association."
1 commentsLeo08/03/17 at 06:20David Atherton: Nice coin!
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Roman Civil Wars 68-6991 viewsNero, Vindex, Galba, Otho, Vitellius x2 and Vespasian x38 commentsNemonater08/01/17 at 02:53David Atherton: Utterly fantastic!
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010 Vespasian AR Denarius46 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 10:23David Atherton: A superb specimen.
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Octavian AR Denarius. Rome.103 viewsBare head of Octavian right / Arch surmounted by facing Quadriga bearing Octavian.
aF. 3.31 Gr.
Ref; RSC I: 123.

8 commentsSam07/29/17 at 10:47David Atherton: Wow! A very desirable denarius. Congrats!
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2954 CAPPADOCIA, Tyana. Hadrian 120-21 AD Athena standing37 viewsReference.
RPC III 2954.7; vA 6537

Issue Year 5

Obv. ΕΤ Ε
Laureate head of Hadrian, right

Rev. ΤΥΑΝΕωΝ
Athena standing l., holding Nike in her r. hand, l. resting on shield and spear

4.23 gr
16 mm
12h

Note.
Gorny and Mosch 212, 2 March 2013, lot 2512
3 commentsokidoki07/27/17 at 08:19David Atherton: Nice looking coin!
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Roman Republic / C. POSTUMIUS Denarius.67 viewsObverse : Bust of Diana draped right, bow and quiver on shoulder.
Reverse : Hound running right, hunting spear below, C.POSTVMI
TA or AT in exergue
Moneyer : Caius Postumius. Struck 74 BC , Max Diameter 17mm , 4.03 Gr.
EF , well centered and struck and attractive dark toning.
References ; Syd 785.

The hound was a constant companion of Diana in her capacity as the huntress.

The Sam Mansourati Collection.
8 commentsSam07/26/17 at 09:31David Atherton: Incredible reverse!
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Vespasian / Victory Antioch Mint60 viewsAR Denarius, Antioch mint, 72-73 AD
O: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, l.
R: VICTORIA AVG; Victory stg. r., on globe, with wreath and palm
-RIC 1547 (R2), BMC 498, RSC 588, RPC 1921 (2 spec.)
3 commentsNemonater07/25/17 at 23:55David Atherton: Very nice!
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Titus RIC-124A113 viewsAR Denarius, 3.20g
Rome mint, 80 AD
RIC 124A (R3). BMC 61. RSC 313a.
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P; Seat, draped; above, triangular frame with five palmettes, lituus within triangle
Acquired from eBay, May 2017.

A rare variant of the common seat with triangular frame 'pulvinar' type showing a lituus within the triangle. The upcoming RIC II.1 Addenda notes that some specimens of the 3 and 9 palmettes variants show a lituus - with this coin we can now see the 5 palmettes variant does as well.

*Update - This type with lituus has been assigned its own unique RIC number - 124A.*

This denarius was struck possibly to commemorate the religious ceremonies connected to the opening games of the Colosseum.

Despite the wear, a good, solid denarius.
5 commentsDavid Atherton07/23/17 at 10:55David Atherton: Yes Jim, Domitian's first issue also has a the...
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Aurelian (270 - 275 A.D.)38 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Potin Tetradrachm
O: A K Λ ΔOM AVΡHΛIANOC CEB, Laureate and cuirassed bust right.
R: Eagle standing right on wreath, head turned left; star above right, L D right. Dated RY 4 (272/3 AD)
11.25g
21mm
Köln 3076; Dattari 5492; Milne 4398 var. (no star); Emmett 3933 var. (same)
4 commentsMat07/19/17 at 12:11David Atherton: Beautiful tet!
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RIC 1085 Domitianus52 viewsObv: CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS COS VI, Laureate head left
Rev: PRINCEPS IVVENTVTIS, Salus standing right, resting on column, feeding snake aout of patera
AR/Denarius (17.40 mm 3.220 g 6h) Struck in Rome 79 A.D.
RIC 1085 (R2 Vespasian), RSC 385, BMCRE unlisted, BNF 238 (Vespasian)
Purchased on eBay from Ian Roper
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/18/17 at 04:41David Atherton: Excellent!
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3831 PHOENICIA Tripolis Hadrian Ae 15 117 AD caps of Dioscuri22 viewsReference.
RPC III 3831; BMC 56; Rouvier 1696

Issue Year 428

Obv. ΑΥΤΟΚΡ ΚΑΙСΑΡ ΤΡΑΙΑΝΟС ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟС
Laureate head of Hadrian, r., with drapery on shoulder

Rev. ΤΡΙΠΟΛƐΙΤΩΝ ΗΚΥ
Caps of Dioscuri (pilei), each surmounted by star

4.15 gr
15 mm
12h
1 commentsokidoki07/12/17 at 04:35David Atherton: Nice piece!
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The Adoptive Emperors77 views***Click To Expand***4 commentsNemonater07/04/17 at 00:13David Atherton: Well done!
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RIC 0817 Vespasianus133 viewsObv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M T P P P COS VI, Laureate head right
Rev: S C (in exergue), The temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus: Hexastyle temple within which, statue of Jupiter seated facing flanked by statues of Juno and Minerva standing facing; on either side of the temple, a statue. The pediment is decorated with statues of the Capitoline Triad and other figures; roof surmounted by quadriga on top, and eagles on either side.
AE/Sestertius (33.19 mm 24.39 gr 6h) Struck in Rome 75 A.D.
RIC 817 (R3, same obverse die), BMCRE-BNF unisted
ex N.A.C. Auction 100 part 2 lot 1810
8 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/02/17 at 20:03David Atherton: The light smoothing doesn't detract from the o...
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RPC II 2313 Titus42 viewsObv: AYTOKP TITOΣ KAIΣAP, laureate head right
Rev.: IOYΔAIAΣ EAΛWKYAΣ, trophy; at foot, left, a crouching captive with arms tied behind; omn right, a pelta shaped shield
AE24 (24.33 mm 11.249 g 12h) Struck in Caesarea Maritima (Syria, Decapolis)
RPC II 2313
ex Naville Numismatics Live Auction 32 Lot 209
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus06/29/17 at 19:54David Atherton: Very nice!
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Domitian AR Denarius65 viewsDomitian. AR denarius (3.02 g,). Rome mint, struck A.D. 81.
Obv: IMP CAESAR DOMITIANVS AVG, laureate head right
Rev: TR P COS VII, draped throne, back decorated with grain ears Lituus beneath
the frame.
RIC 3 Var; RSC 554a.
Ex: Akropolis Ancient Coins




At first glance, this denarius looks exactly like Domitian (RIC 3). See my example in this gallery. There is one significant difference. Take a look at the reverse on this coin below, and the reverse on RIC 3 that I referred to above. On the in the photo below you will see the same triangular frame as RIC 3, but below the frame you will see a strange shape. It is a Lituus, a device like a crooked wand, used in augury.

As is true with RIC 3, this coin was issued very early in Domitian's reign as Augustus. As such, the portrait on this coin has the same interesting nose as RIC 3. As for cataloguing, this variation does not appear in the major references. I think it makes sense to therefore call it RIC 3 Var (Variant).

Note also that this type of reverse was also issued for Domitian's brother Titus. On the Titus denarii the variants with and without Lituus also exist.
4 commentsorfew06/29/17 at 19:10David Atherton: I love the early portrait!
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RIC 1496 Domitian denarius131 viewsCAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS
laureate head right, small 'o' below neck truncation

PON MAX TR P COS IIII
winged caduceus.

Uncertain eastern "O" mint
76 AD

3.24g

RIC II 1496 (R2); BMCRE II, 489; RSC II, 369; RPC II, 1469.

Apart from the COS IIII, these titles are appropriate for Vespasian, not Domitian as Caesar

7 commentsJay GT406/29/17 at 00:50David Atherton: Fantastic!
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RIC 1495 Domitian denarius 138 viewsCAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS
Laureate head right

FIDES PVBL
Hands clasped over caduceus, two poppies and two corn ears

Uncertain eastern "O" mint

76 AD

3.21g

RIC 1495 (R)

Ex-Den of Antiquity; Ex-TC collection, Ex-Calgary Coin
9 commentsJay GT406/29/17 at 00:48David Atherton: A fine example!
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Denar, RIC 3, p.269, 677 - Faustina II, Fecunditas, Child 42 viewsFaustina Minor
AR-Denar, Rome, AD 161-175
Obv: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, diademed, draped bust right
Rev.: FECVNDITAS, Fecunditas standing right holding scepter in right and infant in left
Ag, 3.47g, 19mm
Ref.: RIC III 677 var. (diademed), CRE 177 [R]
Ex Numismatik Naumann, auction 53, lot 753

For this type I have three other versions in my gallery > click:

bust with band of pearls

bust with bare head

bust with double band of pearls
2 commentsshanxi06/21/17 at 18:26David Atherton: Sharp coin!
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2695 PAMPHYLIA, Perga Hadrian AE 20 Artemis standing left22 viewsReference.
RPC III, 2695; SNG France 397-8

Obv. ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟС ΚΑΙСΑΡ
Laureate, bust right, with drapery on l. shoulder and across back of neck, seen from front

Rev. ΑΡΤΕΜΙΔΟС ΠΕΡΓΑΙΑС
Artemis, with quiver and bow in raised hands, running l., head r.; above, crescent

4.81 gr
20 mm
6h

Note.
Reverse legend is counter clockwise.
1 commentsokidoki06/21/17 at 18:26David Atherton: Very nice!
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Augustus Plated Denarius - Bearded Barbarian Offering Vexillum (Hybrid, RIC 288/416)45 viewsPlated Denarius
After 12 BC
3.16g

Obv: Diademed and draped bust of Feronia, r.
FERON TVRPILIANVS IIIVIR

Rev: Bearded barbarian, with cloak over shoulder, kneeling r. and offering vexillum.
CANINIVS GALLVS III VIR

RIC – For obverse: C 484. RIC 288 and for reverse: C 383. RIC 416.

ex. Elvira Clain Stefanelli (1914-2001) collection, curator of the National Numismatics Collection at the Smithsonian
ex. V.J.E. Ryan Collection, Valentine John Eustace Ryan (1883-1947) sold by Glendining & Co., 2nd April 1952, 5th Part, Lot 2060 (Plate coin)
ex. Haeberlin Collection, Ernst Justus Haeberlin (1847-1925), Cahn & Hess, Frankfurt, 17th July 1933, Lot 3259 (Plate coin) Sold to Spink for 26 Reichmarks.
ex. Lawrence Collection, Cyrus Jay Lawrence (1832-1908) and his son, Richard Hoe Lawrence (1858-1936) of Westchester, New York.


3 commentsKained but Able06/21/17 at 18:25David Atherton: Fantastic!
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Trajan21 viewsRoman Empire, Trajan 98-117, Denarius, 3.09g: Obv: Laureate head of Trajan right "IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC PM TR P COS VI PP" Rev: Trajan's column "SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI". RSC 558a.2 commentsecoli06/21/17 at 18:24David Atherton: Good example.
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61 viewsDomitian Denarius4 commentspaul188806/18/17 at 12:22David Atherton: Superb portrait!
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RIC O679 Domitianus46 viewsObv: CAES AVG F DOMIT COS II (outwardly from low right), Laureate head right
Rev: (no legend), Domitian riding left, right hand raised, holding sceptre.
AU/Aureus (19.69 mm 6.941 g 6 h) Struck in Rome 73-75 a.D.
RIC 2 679 (C) (Vespasian) - BMCRE 124-127 (Vespasian) - BNF 100-104 (Vespasian)
Purchased from Patrick Guillard on eBay in 2009
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus06/18/17 at 12:22David Atherton: Fantastic!
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RIC 0164v2 Domitianus81 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M, Laureate head right with aegis (?)
Rev: TR POT II COS VIIII DES X P P, Minerva standing right on capital of rostral column, with spear and shield; to right, owl
AR/Denarius (19.30 mm 3.308 g 6h) Struck in 83 A.D. (2nd issue)
possible variant of RIC 164 (R2), RSC 606, BMCRE 41, BNF 39
ex Solidus Numismatik Online Auction 15 Lot 175
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus06/08/17 at 07:08David Atherton: Nice coin with a little mystery.
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RPC II 2547 Domitianus37 viewsObv: AVT ΚΑΙΣΑΡ ΔΟΜΙΤΙΑΝΟΣ ΣΕΒ ΓΕΡΜ, Laureate head right
Rev: L H (across field), Canopus jar of Osiris to right
BIL/Tetradrachm (25.23 mm 8.554 g 12h) Struck in Alexandria (Egypt) 88-89 A.D.
RPC 2547, Dattari-Savio 436-437, SNG France 4 914
ex Naville Numismatics Live Auction 31 Lot 191 From the Giovanni Dattari Collection
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus05/30/17 at 12:46David Atherton: Awesome rarity.
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Trajan Decius (249 - 251 A.D.)40 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Potin Tetradrachm
O: A K G M K TΡAIANOC ΔEKIOC E, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
R: L-A, eagle standing left, head right, holding wreath in beak.
Dated Year 1 = 249/250 AD
23mm
14.7g
Köln 2808, Emmett 3634
5 commentsMat05/23/17 at 01:45David Atherton: Lovely reverse!
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RIC 1554 Vespasian denarius145 viewsIMP CAES VESP AVG PM COS IIII
Laureate head right

CONCORDIA AVGVSTI
Concordia seated left with patera and cornucopiae

Antioch, 72-73 AD

3.11g

RIC 1554 (R2)
9 commentsJay GT405/20/17 at 20:28David Atherton: Good eye!
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RIC 0854 Domitianus96 viewsObv : IMP CAES DOMITIANVS, Laureate head right
Rev : ROME ET AVG (in entablature), Temple with two columns, enclosing Augustus, standing front, to left, with spear, crowned by Roma to right, with cornucopia
AR/Cistophorus (26.21 mm 10.008 g 6h) Struck in Rome for circulation in Asia Minor 95 A.D.
RIC 854 (R2), RSC-BMCRE- BNF unlisted, RPC II 875
ex Roma Numismatics E-Sale 35 Lot 804
7 commentsFlaviusDomitianus05/18/17 at 12:30David Atherton: Excellent!
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RIC 1493 Domitianus36 viewsObv: CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS, Laureate head right; small "o" below neck
Rev: COS IIII (across field), Minerva standing right on capital of rostral column, with spear and shield; to right, owl
AR/Denarius (18.76 mm 2.397 g 6h) Struck in Uncertain Asia Minor mint 76 A.D.
RIC 1493 (R2, Vespasian), RPC 1468, BMCRE-RSC-BNF unlisted
purchased from Ian Roper on eBay
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus05/08/17 at 10:49David Atherton: 'O' my, that is an excellent addition, reg...
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RIC 0020 Domitianus53 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M, Laureate head right
Rev: COS VII DES VIII P P, Altar, garlanded and lighted
AR/Denarius (18.74 mm 3.274 g 6h) Struck in Rome 81 A.D. (3rd Group)
RIC 20 (R2), BMCRE-RSC-BNF unlisted
Purchased on MA-Shops from Kölner Münzkabinett
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus05/08/17 at 10:41David Atherton: Oh gosh, that is a lovely coin.
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022a Titus (69-79 A.D. Caesar, 79-81 A.D. Augustus), RIC 0874, RIC II(1962) 0176 (Vespasian), AR-Denarius, Roma, IOVIS CVSTOS, Jupiter standing facing, #1154 views022a Titus (69-79 A.D. Caesar, 79-81 A.D. Augustus), RIC 0874, RIC II(1962) 0176 (Vespasian), AR-Denarius, Roma, IOVIS CVSTOS, Jupiter standing facing, #1
avers:- T CAESAR IMP VESPASIANVS, Laureate head right.
revers:- IOVIS CVSTOS. Jupiter standing facing, sacrificing from patera over lit altar to left and holding scepter.
exerg: -/-//--, diameter: 18,5-19,0mm, weight: 3,04g, axes: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 76 A.D., ref: RIC 0874, RIC II(1962) 0176 (Vespasian) p-36, RSC 106, BMC 305,
Q-001
3 commentsquadrans05/01/17 at 23:07David Atherton: A nice example with the smaller portrait type.
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RIC 0762 Domitian denarius83 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P XIII
Laureate head right

IMP XXII COS XVI CENS P P P
Minerva standing right on capital of rostral column, with spear and shield; owl to right (M2).

Rome, Sept 14 93 AD-Sept 13, 94 AD

3.40g

RIC 762 (C3)

Ex-ANE from an old collection. EF with wonderful dark patina.
5 commentsJay GT404/26/17 at 02:23David Atherton: I know others are commenting on the toning, but it...
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Egypt, Alexandria Vespasian AE Diobol52 viewsEgypt, Alexandria. Dattari. Vespasian, 69-79 Diobol circa 70-71 (year 3), Æ 26.5mm., 9.15g. Laureate head r. Rev. Bust of Isis r.; in front, LΓ. RPC 2430 (this coin cited). Dattari-Savio Pl. 14, 382 (this coin).
Brown tone. Very Fine.
From the Dattari collection.
Naville Numismatics Auction #30, Lot 283, April 02, 2017.




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

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

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

In short, there are many reasons to like this coin. What might appear at first glance to be a rather rough looking coin is far more interesting than mere appearance might suggest. This is one of just 3 bronze coins I currently own. All the rest of my posted coins are silver. A bronze coin has to be special to make it into my collection.
3 commentsorfew04/25/17 at 04:20David Atherton: Very nice!
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Trajan Sestertius Trajan on Horseback Trampling Dacian95 viewsObv.
IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC PM TRP COS V P P
Laureate head right, slight drapery on far shoulder

Rev.
SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI
S C in exergue
Trajan on horseback right, spearing Dacian below horse

33mm 26.25g

RIC 543
6 commentsancientdave04/23/17 at 10:14David Atherton: Fantastic!
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Titus AR Denarius80 viewsTitus AR Denarius 79 AD Rome,
Judaea Capta issue.
(3.12 gram, 18 mm).
Obv: IMP T CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, Laureate head right)
Rev: TR POT VIII COS VII Captive kneeling right before trophy.
RIC 1, RSC 334a, Sear RCV (2000) 2505



Here is another interesting coin of Titus. First it is catalogued as RIC 1. This coin was probably minted in the first few weeks of Titus' rule as Augustus.
Take a look at the reverse. You will see a Jewish captive kneeling at the foot of a trophy. Titus' father Vespasian famously put a Jewish captive on the reverse of his own coinage. Since Titus was very involved with the suppression of the Jewish people in Jerusalem and the subsequent looting of the city, I suppose it makes sense that this subject would be continued on his coins.

I like this coin mostly for the reverse. However, I also think the portrait has some charm to it as well. One can clearly see his resemblance to his father.
4 commentsorfew04/22/17 at 20:12David Atherton: Lovely example!
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RIC 0369 Titus denarius78 viewsT CAES IMP VESP PON TR POT
Laureate head of Titus right

Titus sanding right, left foot on helmet, holding spear and parazonium, Palm tree before him at foot of which Judaea, as a mourning captive, is seated right, on ground

Rome 72 AD
3.32g

RIC II 369 (R2)

Ex-Canadian Coin

The reverse celebrates the success of Vespasian and Titus in quelling the First Jewish Revolt. Also commonly known as Judea Capta denarius.

Wildwinds example
4 commentsJay GT404/21/17 at 18:31David Atherton: The rarer 'Rome' version of the type. Very...
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RIC 1560 Titus Antioch Denarius89 viewsT CAES IMP VESP PON TR POT
Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.

CONCORDIA AVGVSTI.
Concordia seated left on throne, holding patera.

Antioch, 72-73 AD
3.42g

RIC² 1560 (Vespasian)(R2); RPC II 1932 (5 spec.); RSC 44.

Ex-TC collection; ex-Tom Vossen
6 commentsJay GT404/15/17 at 22:03David Atherton: Awesome coin!
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Civil Wars of 68-69 Clasped Hands71 viewsCivil Wars of 68-69 AD AR denarius. 3.49 g. Minted by pro-Vitellian forces in Southern Gaul.
O: FIDES EXERCITVVM, two clasped hands.
R: FIDES PRAETORIANORVM, two clasped hands.
-BMC 65; Martin 7; RIC² 121 (Group IV) , Ex Jonathan P. Rosen, Ex Auktion Myers/Adams 7, New York 1974, Nr. 269.

The message of a unified fidelity, or loyalty, of the 'armies' (FIDES EXERCITVVM) and the praetorians (FIDES PRAETORIANORVM) would only be an effective propaganda tool if it was distributed among the praetorians.

David R Sear, writing in RCV, agrees with Kraay (Num. Chron 1949, pp 78.) that this interesting, anonymous civil war issue was produced on behalf of Vitellius, to be used as 'bribe money' to suborn the soldiers, as well as the Praetorian Guard, loyal to Otho in the capital. "In March 69 AD, Vitellian commander Fabius Valens entered Italy from Southern Gaul at the head of a small band of secret agents. Their mission was to infiltrate the capital, especially the ranks of the Praetorians, with the object of disseminating pro-Vitellian propaganda and dissociating the guards from their allegiance to Otho. These coins, struck in advance in Southern Gaul, would thus have played a vital role as 'bribe money'. Despite these covert activities, the Praetorians remained loyal to their Emperor, though all was to be for naught, as the following month, the invading army of Vitellius was victorious at the battle of Bedriacum, and Otho took his own life" - David R Sear

Here is the ad from the New york times December 1, 1974 page 208, advertising the Myers/Adams auction 7:
Several thousand foreign coin collectors are expected here next weekend for the biggest event on their winter calendar, the third annual New York International Numismatic Convention. The three‐day show will be held in the Albert Hall of the Americana Hotel, Seventh Avenue between 52d and 53rd Streets. It will open at 11 A.M. on Friday, with the exhibit area and the dealer bourse to remain open till 8 P.M. On Saturday the hours are 10 A.M. to 8 P.M., and on Sunday from 11 A.M. to 6 P.M. There will be an admission charge of 50 cents, for which a badge will be issued that will be good for all three days.
As its title indicates, the show emphasizes foreign numismatics to the point of almost excluding U.S. material. This holds true in exhibits as well as in the bourse and throughout the convention program. All of the exhibits are, again, invitational—noncompetitive—and were selected to assure representation of a wide range of international numismatic interests.

One symbol of the convention's success is that the, number of exhibitors and dealers has grown each year. This year there will be 67 bourse tables, roughly a quarter of them occupied by dealers from Europe and Canada; the remainder will be taken by leading U.S. dealers who have established reputations as specialists in ancient and foreign coins.
The convention will have two auctions, both described in some detail in this column a couple of weeks ago. The first, a “prologue” to the convention, will he the Myers/ Adams auction of ancient Greek and Roman coins at 7 P.M. on Thursday. The second, a two‐session sale of foreign coins and paper money, will be conducted by Henry Christensen, Inc., at 7 P.M. on Friday and 1:30 P.M. on Saturday.
3 commentsNemonater04/14/17 at 11:00David Atherton: Utterly fantastic!
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RIC 0278 Domitianus173 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 commentsFlaviusDomitianus04/14/17 at 02:30David Atherton: What a gem for your collection!
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022a Titus (69-79 A.D. Caesar, 79-81 A.D. Augustus), RIC 0783, RIC II(1962) 0185 (Vespasian), AR-Denarius, Roma, PONTIF TR P COS IIII, Pax seated left, #1180 views022a Titus (69-79 A.D. Caesar, 79-81 A.D. Augustus), RIC 0783, RIC II(1962) 0185 (Vespasian), AR-Denarius, Roma, PONTIF TR P COS IIII, Pax seated left, #1
avers:- T CAESAR IMP VESPASIANVS, Laureate head right.
revers:- PONTIF TR P COS IIII, Pax seated left, holding olive branch.
exerg: -/-//--, diameter: 18,5-19,5mm, weight: 3,24g, axes: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 75 A.D., ref: RIC 0782, RIC II(1962) 0185 (Vespasian) p-36, RSC 162, BMC 172,
Q-001
6 commentsquadrans04/11/17 at 00:32David Atherton: Beautiful!
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RPC II 2463 Titus47 viewsObv: AYTOK TITOY KAIΣ OYEΣΠAΣIANOY ΣEB, Laureate head right
Rev: OMONOIA - LB (low left), Homonoia seated left, with olive branch.
BIL/Tetradrachm (24.35 mm 11.831 g 12h) Struck in Alexandria (Egypt) 79-80 A.D.
RPC 2463, SNG France 845, Dattari 422
ex Inasta Auction 67 lot 1279
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus04/09/17 at 10:03David Atherton: Nice example.
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Domitian77 viewsAR Denarius.

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

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

Dr. Buttrey's notes: "A die carried over from a rather earlier issue (184-187), here muled with obv. TR P V. Since that tribunician era obtained for several issues of aurei and denarii the striking of this piece cannot be exactly placed: insertion as 344A is chosen as its earliest possible production. R3 Downie's 323 15/03/2017 2055 = Telford coll."
5 commentssocalcoins04/05/17 at 04:39David Atherton: Awesome rarity with a very fine portrait!
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RIC 0026 Domitian denarius170 viewsIMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M
Laureate head right

COS VII DES VIII P P
Dolphin coiled round anchor

Rome 81 A.D. (3rd group)

3.3g

RIC 26 (R), RSC 63


Ex-Enrico collection

Extra fine portrait!
12 commentsJay GT404/03/17 at 10:41David Atherton: Fine syle beauty!
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RIC 0184 Domitianus43 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG GERMANIC, Laureate head right
Rev: P M TR POT III IMP V COS X P P, Minerva standing left, with thunderbolt and spear; shield at her left side
AR/Denarius (19.14 mm 3.428 g 6h) Struck in Rome 84 A.D. (2nd issue)
RIC 184 (R2), RSC-BMCRE-BNF unlisted
Purchased from Tinia Numismatica
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus03/29/17 at 23:38David Atherton: Better than my example. Congrats!
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RIC 1492 Domitianus56 viewsObv: CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS, Laureate head right, small 'o' below neck truncation (out of flan)
Rev: COS IIII, Eagle standing facing on garlanded basis, wings open, head right
AR/Denarius (19.29 mm 3.092 g 6h) Struck in Uncertain Asia Minor mint 76 A.D.
RIC 1492 (R, Vespasian), RSC 45C, RPC 1466
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus03/28/17 at 18:40David Atherton: Impressive!
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RIC 0335 Domitianus30 viewsObv : CAES DIVI AVG VESP F DOMITIANVS COS VII, Laureate head right
Rev : CONCORDIA AVG / S C (in exergue), Concordia seated left, holding patera and cornucopia
AE/Dupondius (27.24 mm 12.489 g 6h) Struck in rome 80-81 A.D. (3rd group)
RIC 335 (C, Titus), BMCRE 238 (Titus), BNF unlisted
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus03/20/17 at 10:16David Atherton: That is a great portrait.
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Augustus RIC 21258 views27 BC-AD 14. AR Denarius. Lugdunum mint. Struck 2 BC-AD 4.
O: CAESAR AVGVSTVS DIVI F PATER PATRIAE Head, laureate, to right
R: AVGVSTI F COS DESIG PRINC IVVENT; C L CAESARES in ex; Gaius and Lucius Caesar standing facing, each resting a hand on a shield. Crossed spears behind the shields. Lituus on l. and Simpulum on r., X below.
- RIC 212 (R)

"The brothers, Caius and Lucius, were the sons of Agrippa and Julia, daughter of Augustus. They were due to succeed Augustus but predeceased him in 4 and 2 A.D. respectively. Gaius, the elder of the two brothers has his shield placed in front of that of his younger brother and the ladle above him marking him as Pontifex. Lucius has lituus above marking him as augur. Gaius should have the more prestigious position on the left but this variety has him on the right." - Forum
2 commentsNemonater03/20/17 at 10:15David Atherton: Beautiful denarius!
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RIC 0909 Titus Dupondius90 viewsT CAESAR IMP COS V
Radiate head right

FELICITAS PVBLICA
Felicitas, wearing long dress and cloak, standing facing, diademed head turned left, holding cornucopiae in her left hand, laurel branch in her raised right hand. SC in field

Rome, 76 AD

12.17g

RIC 909 Vespasian (R)

Rare.

Ex-ANE

Gemini notes: "COS V bronzes of Titus are scarce: only one such As, no dupondii or sestertii, in the BM collection by 1976."
7 commentsJay GT403/17/17 at 10:12David Atherton: Great portrait!
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RIC 1421 Vespasian Ephesus denarius104 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS II TR PPP
Laureate head right

PACI AVGVSTAE
Victory advancing left holding wreath and palm.

70 AD, Ephesus

2.03g

Rare

RIC 1421 (R), BMCRE 446, RSC 278 determined by die match.

Ex-FLAN (1999), Ex-ANE

Much better in hand, not as porous looking with a dark patina

Sold March 2018
7 commentsJay GT403/17/17 at 10:11David Atherton: Wonderful style!
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RIC 1081 Domitian Denarius73 viewsCAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS COS VI
Laureate head right

PRINCEPS IVVENTVTIS
Clasped hands holding legionary eagle set on prow.

Rome 79 AD

3.48g

RIC II 1081 (Vespasian)(C2); BMCRE 269 (Vespasian); RSC 393.

Ex-Ancient Treasures (2002), Ex-ANE
6 commentsJay GT403/08/17 at 22:07David Atherton: Nice example.
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RIC 0657 Domitian Denarius96 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII
Laureate head right

IMP XVII COS XIIII CENS P P P
Minerva standing right on capital of rostral column, with spear and shield; to right, owl

Rome, Sept 14, 88 AD- Sept 13, 89 AD

3.28g

RIC 657 (R). RSC 247. A scarce reverse variant.

Ex-Ancient Treasures (1999), Ex-ANE
5 commentsJay GT403/08/17 at 22:07David Atherton: Wonderful style!
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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 commentslabienus03/08/17 at 09:03David Atherton: Utterly fantastic!
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Tiberius, AD 14-3725 viewsAR denarius, 18mm, 3.4g, 9h; Lugdunum, AD 15-16
Obv.: TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTVS; Laureate head right.
Rev.: TR POT XVII; Tiberius in quadriga right, holding laurel-branch and eagle-tipped scepter // IMP VII
Reference: RIC I 4
From the Orfew Collection / 17-30-115
2 commentsJohn Anthony03/01/17 at 02:35David Atherton: Nice coin!
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RIC 0361 Vespasian denarius by Titus88 viewsDIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS
Laureate head of Divus Vespasian to right.

EX S C
Empty quadriga advancing left, ornamented with a miniature quadriga flanked by Victories at the top and two standing figures on the side.

Rome, 80-1 AD
3.24g

RIC II 361 (C),(Titus); BMCRE 119 (Titus); RSC 146

Ex-ANE
5 commentsJay GT402/27/17 at 10:14David Atherton: Awesome reverse!
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RIC 1407 Vespasian Eastern Denarius128 viewsIMP CAES VESPAS AVG
Laureate head of Vespasian right

PACI ORB TERR AVG
Turreted and draped female bust right below, horizontal Φ

Ephesus, 69-70 AD

3.23g

RIC 1407 (R); V1407, RPC 813

Rare

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

The Flavians as bringers of peace to the world.
8 commentsJay GT402/27/17 at 10:13David Atherton: A fine example from the series. Congrats!
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Titus Dupondius Felicitas Publica76 viewsObv.
T CAESAR IMP COS V
Radiate head right

Rev.
FELICITAS PVBLICA
SC
Felicitas standing left with caduceus and cornucopia
6 commentsancientdave02/22/17 at 06:45David Atherton: Beautiful piece!
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Titus Denarius Pax Seated Left68 viewsObv.
T CAESAR IMP VESPASIAN
Laureate head right

Rev.
PONTIF TR P COS III(I)
Pax seated left holding branch
8 commentsancientdave02/22/17 at 05:36David Atherton: Fantastic coin Dave! Rarer than Vespasian's ve...
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Gordian II Africanus / Victory59 viewsGordian II Africanus. Silver Denarius, AD 238. Rome.
O: IMP M ANT GORDIANVS AFR AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Gordian II right.
R: VICTO-RIA AVGG, Victory advancing left, holding wreath and palm.
- RIC 2; BMC 28; RSC 12.

Gordian II (Marcus Antonius Gordianus Sempronianus Romanus Africanus Augustus), was Roman Emperor for one month with his father Gordian I in 238, the Year of the Six Emperors. The double "GG" in "AVGG" (Augustus) on the reverse was to show that power was shared between the two men although Gordian II did not receive the additional title of high priest or Pontifex Maximus. He died in battle outside of Carthage.

Confronted by a local elite that had just killed Maximinus's procurator, Gordian's father (Gordian I) was forced to participate in a full-scale revolt against Maximinus in 238 and became Augustus on March 22.

Due to his advanced age, Gordian I insisted that his son, Marcus Antonius Gordianus (Gordian II), be associated with him. A few days later, Gordian entered the city of Carthage with the overwhelming support of the population and local political leaders. Meanwhile in Rome, Maximinus' praetorian prefect was assassinated and the rebellion seemed to be successful. Gordian in the meantime had sent an embassy to Rome, under the leadership of Publius Licinius Valerianus, to obtain the Senate’s support for his rebellion. The senate confirmed the new emperor on 2 April and many of the provinces gladly sided with Gordian.

Opposition would come from the neighboring province of Numidia. Capelianus, governor of Numidia, loyal supporter of Maximinus Thrax, and who held a grudge against Gordian, renewed his alliance to the former emperor and invaded Africa province with the only legion stationed in the region, III Augusta, and other veteran units. Gordian II, at the head of a militia army of untrained soldiers, lost the Battle of Carthage and was killed, and Gordian I took his own life by hanging himself with his belt. The Gordians had reigned only twenty-two days.
3 commentsNemonater02/20/17 at 21:49David Atherton: Excellent portrait!
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Titus / Titus with Captive40 viewsTitus (Caesar, 69-79). Denarius. Antioch.
O: T CAES IMP VESP PON TR POT; Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
R: Palm tree; to left, Titus standing right with spear and parazonium, foot on helmet; to right, mourning Judaea seated right.
- RIC 1562.

A Judaea Capta type which copies a reverse from Rome. The easiest way to tell the mints apart is by the bust type, Antioch always shows Titus with a draped bust.
2 commentsNemonater02/20/17 at 21:48David Atherton: Still a not so common coin ...
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Vespasian / Emperor seated41 viewsVespasian AR Denarius, Rome Mint, 74 AD
O: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Vespasian laureate right
R: PON MAX TR P COS V; Vespasian, togate, seated right on curule chair, feet on stool, holding scepter in right hand, branch in left
- RIC 702 (C), BMC 136, RSC 364
4 commentsNemonater02/20/17 at 21:44David Atherton: Beautiful toning.
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RIC 0941 Vespasian denarius96 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG
Laureate head right

COS VIII
Prow of galley right, star above.

Rome 77-8 AD

3.39g

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

Rated common but tough to find on the market.

Ex-Ancient Treasures, Ex-ANE.

This reverse type copied from aurei and denarii of Ahenobarbus struck for Mark Antony in 40 BC, Crawford 521 .
7 commentsJay GT402/20/17 at 15:57David Atherton: Good example!
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RPC II 2601A Domitianus34 viewsObv: AYT KAICAP ΔOMIT CEB ΓEΡΜ, Head of Domitian wreathed with grain, right, aegis by neck
Rev: L IA, Demeter standing left, holding torch and corn-ears
AE/Hemidrachm (29.15 mm 11.748 gr 12h) Struck in Alexandria (Egypt) 91-92 A.D.
RPC II 2601 (variant: portrait type is Ed3 not E)
Purchased from Dionysos Numismatik on eBay
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus02/16/17 at 20:21David Atherton: Outstanding portrait.
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RPC II 2664 Domitianus28 viewsObv: AVT KAICAP ΔΟMIT CEB ΓEPM, Laureate head right
Rev: L IA, Agathodaimon serpent coiled left, with Apis Bull head-dress
AE/Obol (19.21 mm 4.697 gr 12h) Struck in Alexandria (Egypt) 91-92 A.D.
RPC II 2664, Dattari 627
Purchased from Dionysos Numismatik on eBay
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus02/16/17 at 20:21David Atherton: Utterly fantastic!
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RIC 0574 Domitianus33 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VII, Laureate head right, with aegis
Rev: IMP XIIII COS XIIII CENS P P P, Minerva advancing right, with spear and shield
AR/Denarius (19.57 mm 2.804 g 6h) Struck in Rome 88 A.D. (1st issue)
RIC 574 (R2), RSC-BMCRE-BNF unlisted
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus02/15/17 at 23:34David Atherton: You got one! Well done.
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RIC 0318 Vespasianus41 viewsObv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS III, Laureate head right.
Rev: RO - MA / S C (in field); Roma standing left, in military dress, holding spear and parazonium.
AE/As (28.38 mm 10.152 g 6h) Struck in Rome 71 A.D.
RIC 318 (R3), BMCRE-BNF unlisted
ex Naville Numismatics Live Auction 28 lot 544
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus02/09/17 at 20:01David Atherton: Tremendous!
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RIC 0841 Vespasian denarius 74 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG
Laureate head right.

COS VII
Bull standing right.

Rome, 76 AD.

3.21g

RIC II 841 (C)

Scarce

Ex-Numisantique
6 commentsJay GT402/08/17 at 18:07David Atherton: Nice example!
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Nerva Tetradrachm - Eagle Standing (Dattari 639)45 viewsEgypt, Alexandria, 96-98 AD (year 1)
12.57g

Obv: Laureate head of Nerva, AVT NEPOVA KAIΣ ΣEB

Rev. Eagle standing R, in field, L-A.

Dattari 639. Geissen 429.
5 commentsKained but Able02/01/17 at 18:22David Atherton: Fantastic!
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RPC II 0699 Domitianus28 viewsObv: ΔOMITIANOΣ KAIΣAP ΣEBAΣTOY YIOΣ, Laureate head of Domitian, right
Rev: EΠI M ΣAΛOYIΔHNOY ΠPOKΛOY ANΘIΠATOY / TIOΣ (Across field); Head of Zeus Tios (?) right
AE21 (21.19 mm 5.250 gr 6h) Struck in Tium (Bythinia) under Vespasian
RPC II 699 (possibly ex Spink, SNC, May 1979, 5081)
Purchased from Mike R. Vosper
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus01/22/17 at 10:06David Atherton: Different portrait for Domitian.
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538 Hadrian Dupondius 117 AD Concordia125 viewsReference.
RIC 538b; C. 260; BMC 1107; Strack 502

Obv. IMP CAES DIVI TRAIAN AVG F TRAIAN HADRIAN OPT AVG GER
Radiate, laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right, baldric strap over shoulder and across chest, seen from front

Rev. DAC PARTHICO P M TR P COS P P S C
Concordia enthroned facing left, holding patera in right hand, left elbow resting on small statue of Spes on small column, cornucopiae below throne.

12.31gr
28 mm
12h
.
Note.
CNG Sale 11/09.
From the Estate Collection of Dr. Richard Doty
10 commentsokidoki01/17/17 at 22:38David Atherton: Fantastic!
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Edward III (1327 - 1377 A.D.)44 viewsAR Groat
Pre-Treaty
O: Plain Cross, HENRIC' DI' GRA' REX ANGLIE Z FRANC, crowned facing bust, rosette and mascle stops.
R: CIVI (mascle)TAS LONDON(pinecone), long cross pattée; three pellets in angles, pinecone and double saltire stops
London Mint - 1351-1352
28mm
4.03g
SPINK 1565
4 commentsMat01/17/17 at 22:35David Atherton: Awesome coin!
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Ivan “The Terrible” (1533 - 1584)44 viewsAR Kopeck
O: Tsar on horseback advancing right, thrusting spear downward.
R: Legend in Cyrillic.
Pskov mint
18mm
.69g
3 commentsMat01/17/17 at 22:35David Atherton: Now, that is a cool coin!
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RIC 0218 Domitianus35 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG GERM COS X, Laureate head right, with aegis
Rev: IOVI CONSERVAT / S-C in field; Jupiter standing left, with thunderbolt and sceptre
AE/As (28.83 mm 9.656 g 6h) Struck in Rome 84 A.D.
RIC 218 (C), BMCRE unlisted, BNF 302
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus01/16/17 at 22:09David Atherton: Nice portrait.
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RIC 0937 Vespasian Mars denarius131 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG
laureate head left

COS VIII
Mars standing left, holding spear and trophy

Rome, 77-8 AD

2.97g

RIC II 937 (C2) ; RSC 125

Amazing iridescent rainbow toning.

Ex-Ancient treasures

8 commentsJay GT401/11/17 at 00:53David Atherton: A gorgeous coin!
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205 Maximinus I 29 viewsMaximinus I Denarius. 236 AD. 2.81g
IMP MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right. / P M TR P II COS P P, Maximinus standing between two legionary standards RIC 3, RSC 55, BMC 77
3 commentsRandygeki(h2)01/10/17 at 19:50David Atherton: Excellent coin!
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Tiberius & Drusus ( 14 - 37 A.D.)47 viewsAR Drachm
CAPPADOCIA, Caesarea-Eusebia
O: [TI C]AES AVG PM TRP XXXV, Laureate head of Tiberius right.
R: DRVSVS CAES TI] AVG F COS II R P, Head of Drusus left.
Caesarea in Cappadocia mint 33- 34 A.D.
3.47g
19mm
RIC I 87; RPC I 3622. Syd 46
5 commentsMat01/09/17 at 11:56David Atherton: A really neat coin!
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RIC 0468 Domitianus45 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XII CENS PER P P, Laureate head right, with aegis
Rev: S-C (in field); Domitian standing left, with parazonium and spear; to left river-god (Rhenus) reclining
AE/Sestertius (35,23 mm 23.29g 6h) Struck in Rome 86 A.D.
RIC 468 (C), BMCRE 377-378, BNF 399-400
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus12/21/16 at 10:00David Atherton: Superb type!
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1741 MYSIA, Pergamon AE 18 Pseudo-autonomous under Hadrian 134 AD nude male25 viewsReference.
RPC 3, 1741; BMC 227-30, Cop 448-50, SNG France 1953-6

Magistrate I. Pôlliôn (strategos)

Obv. ΠΕΡΓΑΜΗΝΩΝ
Helmeted head of Athena, right; with snake aegis

Rev. CTP I ΠOΛΛIΩNOC
Nude male youth standing facing, his r. hand raised, holding uncertain object in l.

2.59 gr
17 mm
12h
2 commentsokidoki12/19/16 at 10:42David Atherton: Pretty patina and interersting type.
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Alexander tetradrachm Price 302545 viewsAlexander lifetime Tarsos. Plough to the left. Bunch of grapes under the throne.2 commentsChance Vandal12/19/16 at 10:41David Atherton: That is a stunning coin!
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Julia Maesa (218 - 225 A.D.)54 viewsAR Antoninianus
O: IVLIA MAESA AVG, Draped bust right, wearing stephane and set on crescent.
R: PIETAS AVG, Pietas standing facing, head left, extending hand and holding acerrum; lighted and garlanded altar to lower left.
Rome Mint
23mm
4.58g
RIC IV(part 2), pg 50, #264 (Elagabalus).
3 commentsMat12/18/16 at 20:12David Atherton: Lovely portrait!
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Tiberius Pax Group 4134 viewsTiberius denarius Group 4, c. 18 - 35 A.D. Lugdunum mint, 17.5mm., 3.79g.
O: TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTVS; One of the ribbons of Tiberius' laurel wreath falls over his neck.
R: PONTIF MAXIM; No base under the throne (just the single exergual line), Pax usually holds scepter (or rarely a reversed spear), her feet rest on a low footstool.

Baptiste Giard divides Tiberius' PONTIF MAXIM coins (aurei and denarii), into six groups, based on what he believes is the evolution of style over time.1 To some extent the portraits also reflect Tiberius' aging over a period of about 22 years. An excellent writeup can be found at http://www.forumancientcoins.com/numiswiki/view.asp?key=tribute%20penny.
4 commentsNemonater12/18/16 at 10:28David Atherton: Fantastic. Love the golden tone highlights.
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Titus / Neptune45 viewsTitus as Caesar AR Denarius, Rome Mint, 72-73 AD, 18mm., 3.13g.
O: T CAES IMP VESP PON TR POT; Titus, bearded, laureate, right.
R: NEP RED; Neptune standing left, right foot on globe, with acrostolium and sceptre
- RIC V366 (C), BMC V80, RSC 121

Not the easiest coin to find, only four specimens in Reka Devnia hoard. This type of "Neptune the Returner" refers to the sea voyages of Vespasian and Titus from the East to Rome in 70 and 71 AD respectively .
Researchers have long recognized that many of Vespasian's and Titus' reverse types recall types from earlier reigns, most especially those from the age of Augustus. Attempts have been made to connect his ‘Augustan’ types with the centenaries of the Battle of Actium (ending in 70) and the ‘foundation’ of the empire (ending in 74), but all seem to have failed, as the relevant types are strewn throughout Vespasian’s ten-year reign. It is perhaps better to view his recycling of types as a political strategy favored by Vespasian and Titus, but subsequently abandoned by Domitian. In this case we have a depiction of the sea-god Neptune that certainly is derived from Octavian’s pre-Imperial coinage struck in commemoration of Actium.
4 commentsNemonater12/18/16 at 10:28David Atherton: A most excellent specimen!
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RIC 0845 Domitianus78 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG P M COS VIII, Laureate head of Domitian right
Rev: DOMITIA AVGVSTA, Draped bust of Domitia right, hair massed in front and in long plait behind
AR/Cistophorus (26.73 mm 10.707 g 6h) Struck in Rome (fo Asia) 82 A.D.
RIC 845 (R), RSC 2 (Domitian and Domitia). BMCRE 255, RPC II 866
ex Moruzzi Arsantiqua, ex Busso Peus Auction 409 lot 805
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus12/15/16 at 12:05David Atherton: Terrific!
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Vespasian / Victory on Globe 63 viewsAR Denarius, Uncertain Spanish mint, 69-70 AD
O: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Laureate head left.
R: VICTORIA IMP VESPASIANI; Victory standing left on globe, with wreath and palm
- RIC 1340 (R), BMC 362, RSC 630

A very pleasing dark chocolate patina with bronze highlights. A nice compliment to my Civil Wars denarius with the same Victory on globe reverse. http://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-130882
3 commentsNemonater12/14/16 at 10:37David Atherton: What fine style! These Spanish issues are indeed s...
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Vespasian / Eagle Tetradrachm, Antioch63 viewsVespasian AR Tetradrachm, 14.43g, Antioch mint, 69-70 AD
O: AYTOKPAT KAIΣA OYEΣΠAΣIANOY; Bust of Vespasian, laureate right, wearing aegis.
R: ETOYΣ NEOY IEPOY B; Eagle on thunderbolt right, B (date) above wing, palm branch in right field.
- RPC 1937, Prieur 104
3 commentsNemonater12/13/16 at 23:30David Atherton: Gosh, I love these Syrian tets. Yours is a beauty.
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Moesia, Istros. 4th century B.C. AR drachm.137 viewsMoesia, Istros. 4th century B.C. AR drachm (17 mm, 5.68 g). Facing male heads, the right inverted / IΣTPIH, sea-eagle left, grasping dolphin with talons; between eagle and dolphin, Δ; below dolphin, monogram. SNG BM 243; SNG Stancomb 146. Nice old toning. Good very fine.
EX VAuctions - Sale 322 - Lot 65.

From The Sam Mansourati Collection.
6 commentsSam12/13/16 at 23:29David Atherton: Fantastic!
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RIC 0596 Domitian Denarius103 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII
laureate head right.

COS XIIII LVD SAEC FEC
herald advancing left, wearing feathered cap, holding wand with right hand and shield with left.

Rome mint.
Struck 14 September-31 December 88 AD

3.5g

RIC II 596 (C2); BMCRE 131-2; BN 120-1; RSC 76/77.

Ex-Tom Vossen
9 commentsJay GT412/08/16 at 01:56David Atherton: Great example! Glad you got one.
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RPC II 2646 Domitianus30 viewsObv: AVT KAICAP ∆OMIT CEB ΓERM, Laureate head left
Rev: L IA, Sfinx right
AE/Obol (18.49 mm 2.989 g 12 h) Struck in Alexandria (Egypt) 91-92 A.D.
RPC II 2646, SNG France 4 945
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus12/07/16 at 22:47David Atherton: Wonderful!
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Q. Marcius Libo Denarius - Dioscuri Galloping (Syd 395)42 viewsAR Denarius
Rome, 148 BC
3.65g

Obv: Helmeted head of Roma R, behind, LIBO and below chin, X

Rev: The Dioscuri, Castor and Pollox, galloping R below horses,
Q·MARC and ROMA in partial tablet.

Sydenham 395. Crawford215/1. RBW 915

ex. Elvira Clain Stefanelli (1914-2001) collection, curator of the National Numismatics Collection at the Smithsonian
Stacks 1979 LOT 1113
Bequeathed to James Madison University after Sawhill's death and sold again by Stacks.
Stacks March 5/6 1971 LOT 409 sold to John A. Sawhill (1892-1976) of James Madison University.
ex. Massachusetts Historical Society
ex. Adams Presidential Family Numismatic Collection
4 commentsKained but Able12/01/16 at 02:04David Atherton: Beautiful piece!
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Antoninvs Pivs53 viewsDenarius for Antoninvs Pivs. Rome end of 138 AD.
3.31 grs & 18 mm.
Observe : IMP T AEL CAES ANTONINVS. Bare head looking right.
Reverse : Pallas standing left, holding a victory and a spear. On the right, a shield.
TRIB POT COS DES II.
Cohen 1068 (but a mistake in the description as the spear is described as a shield).
2 commentslabienus11/25/16 at 10:43David Atherton: Awesome coin!
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RIC 0907 Titus38 viewsObv: T CAES VESPASIAN IMP PON TR POT COS V, Laureate head right
Rev: PAX AVGVSTI / S - C (in exergue); Pax seated left, holding sceptre and olive branch
AE/Sestertius (32.62 mm 22.01 g 6h) Struck in Rome 76 A.D.
RIC 907 (R3, Vespasian), BMCRE-BNF unlisted
ex Thesaurus Auction Drakon lot 248
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus11/25/16 at 10:32David Atherton: Nice rarity.
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3151B CAPPADOCIA, Caesaraea Hadrian Triassarion Helios on Mt Argaeus22 viewsReference
RPC III, 3151B

Issue ΕΤ ΙΘ=Year 19

Obv. AYTo TPAI AΔPIANOC CEBACTOC
Laureate bust of Hadrian to right, drapery on left shoulder.

Rev. ΚΑΙ TωN ΠIΡ ΑΡΓΑΙω ΕΤ ΙΘ
Mt Argaeus surmounted by Helios standing l., holding globe in r. hand, sceptre in left

11.49 gr
24 mm
h
1 commentsokidoki11/24/16 at 05:57David Atherton: I love that reverse type!
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RIC 0757 Vespasian Dupondius114 viewsIMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVG
Laureate head of Vespasian right

PON MAX TR POT P P COS V CENS
winged caduceus between two cornucopiae

10.79g

74 AD
Probably minted in Rome for the Syrian monetary circulation.

RIC II 757 (C2); RIC II 759; RPC 1983

Ex-Tater's
4 commentsJay GT411/22/16 at 23:35David Atherton: Oh, that is a nice one!
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0999 BITHYNIA Koinon of Bithynia Hadrian AE 22 Octastyle temple21 viewsReference.
RPC III, 999; RG 48 var., SNG Copenhagen 327 var. and SNG von Aulock 287 var. (one pellet in pediment).

Issue I. 3

Obv. ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙС ΤΡΑΙ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟС СΕΒ
Laureate head of Hadrian, right

Rev. ΚΟΙ-ΝΟΝ ΒΕΙΘΥΝΙΑС
Octastyle temple on podium of two steps; 3 pellets in pediment

6.73 gr
22 mm
6h
1 commentsokidoki11/22/16 at 09:30David Atherton: Superb!
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Asia Minor, Lydia, Hierocaesarea, Agrippina Junior, Artemis right, stag 23 viewsLydia. Hierocaesaraea
Agrippina Junior (Augusta, 50-59)
Bronze, AE 18
Obv.: AΓPIΠΠINAN ΘЄAN CЄBACTHN, draped bust right, hair in long plait down back of neck and looped at end
Rev: IЄPOKAICAPЄωN ЄΠI KAΠITωNOC, Artemis standing right, holding bow, stag standing right.
Æ, 18.1mm, 4.43g
Ref.: RPC I 2388, SNG von Aulock 2959
1 commentsshanxi11/22/16 at 09:29David Atherton: Almost has a cameo like appearance. Very nice!
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Claudius (41 - 54 A.D.)75 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: TI KLA[UDI KAIS SEBA GERMANI AUTOKR], laureate head of Claudius right; LB to right.
R: ANTWNIA SEBASTH, draped bust of Antonia right, wearing hair in long plait.
Dated RY 2 (41/2 AD)
23mm
11.62g
Dattari 114; Milne 61-64; Emmett 73.
7 commentsMat11/22/16 at 07:05David Atherton: Lovely tet.
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Claudius Thracian Mint Dupondius Ceres83 viewsObv.
TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP P P
Bare head left

Rev.
CERES AVGVSTA
SC

This coin is part of a rare and little understood issue thought to be from a provincial mint in Thrace, which copy contemporary Roman AE issues. These Thracian issues show unusually good style, rivaling that of the official Roman mint. The Thracian Ceres dupondius of Claudius is notable for having a 12 o'clock die axis, and centration dimples which immediately show it cannot be a product of the official Roman mint. The style is typically good enough though that these issues are often mis-attributed as normal Roman issues, as was the case with my coin.

This thread from 2009 has served as the best reference for these Thracian AE coins of Claudius that I have been able to find:

http://www.forumancientcoins.com/board/index.php?topic=57292.0

3 commentsancientdave11/22/16 at 04:36David Atherton: Superb coin!
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RIC 0676 Domitianus30 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII, Laureate head right
Rev: IMP XXI COS XIIII CENS P P P, Minerva standing left, with thunderbolt and spear; shield at her left side
AR/Denarius (18.42 mm 3.040 g 6h) Struck in Rome 88-89 A.D. (6th issue)
RIC 676 (R2), BMCRE-RSC unlisted, BNF 151
1 commentsFlaviusDomitianus11/19/16 at 10:24David Atherton: From different dies than my example.
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Trajan Denarius Column 246 viewsObv.
IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC PM TRP COS VI P P
Laureate, draped bust right

Rev.
SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI
Trajan's column surmounted by statue of Trajan, two eagles at base of column

RIC 292
2 commentsancientdave11/18/16 at 10:52David Atherton: My favourite type struck for Trajan!
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Elagabalus / RIC 172.44 viewsDenarius, 219 AD, Antioch mint.
Obverse: ANTONINVS PIVS FEL AVG . . / Laureate bust of Elagabalus.
Reverse: PONT MAX T P II COS II / Mars walking left, holding laurel branch and trophy.
3.81 gm., 20 mm.
RIC #172 var.; Sear unlisted.

The reverse legend has only a T P in it rather than the normal TR P. That is why I listed it as a variety of RIC #172.
3 commentsCallimachus11/17/16 at 00:47David Atherton: Awesome!
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Asia Minor, Phrygia, Hierapolis, Selene, Nemesis 29 viewsHierapolis
Asia Minor, Phrygia
Æ 17
Obv.: Draped bust of Selene right on crescent
Rev.: IEPAΠOΛEITΩN, winged Nemesis standing left, holding bridle and drawing drapery away from her neck
Æ, 17.6mm, 5.16g
Ref.: SNG Cop 420, SNG Muenchen 220
3 commentsshanxi11/17/16 at 00:44David Atherton: The obverse bust is superb!
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Vespasian Denarius Standing Vesta84 viewsObv.
IMP CAES VESP AVG P M COS IIII
Laureate head right

Rev.
VES-TA to either side of Vesta standing left, holding simpulum & scepter

*Small scratch on reverse*


Minted 72-73 A.D.
3 commentsancientdave11/16/16 at 06:22David Atherton: Excellent portrait!
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RIC 0421 Domitianus51 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XI CENS PER P P, Laureate head right, with aegis
Rev: S-C (in field); Victory flying left, with shield inscribed SPQR
AE/As (28.33 mm 10.667 g 6h) Struck in Rome 85 A.D. (3rd issue)
RIC 421 (R2), BMCRE 366
ex Aureo & Calicò (Auction 282-1 lot 1028
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus11/08/16 at 18:19David Atherton: Beautiful!
RICc_0720_RIC-II_0153,_024_Domitian_(69-81ADCaes__81-96ADAug_),_AR-Den,_IMP-CAES-DOMIT-AVG-GERM-P-M-TR-P-X,_IMP-XXI-COS-XV-CENS-PPP,_Roma,_90-91-AD_Q-003_6h_18mm_3,09g-s.jpg
024c Domitian (69-81 A.D. Caesar, 81-96 A.D. Augustus), RIC 0720, RIC II(1962) 0153, AR-Denarius, Rome, IMP XXI COS XV CENS P P P, Minerva standing right, #3171 views024c Domitian (69-81 A.D. Caesar, 81-96 A.D. Augustus), RIC 0720, RIC II(1962) 0153, AR-Denarius, Rome, IMP XXI COS XV CENS P P P, Minerva standing right, #3
avers:- IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P X, Laureate head of Domitian right.
revers:- IMP XXI COS XV CENS P P P, Minerva standing right on capital of rostral column, brandishing thunderbolt and shield; owl at her feet.
exe: -/-//--, diameter: 17,8-18,8mm, weight: 3,09g, axis: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 90-91 A.D., ref: RIC 0720, RIC II(1962) 0153 p-172, RSC 266, BMC 179,
Q-003
6 commentsquadrans11/05/16 at 01:18David Atherton: Well detailed coin!
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RPC II 0345B Domitianus35 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XVI P P. Laureate head of Domitian left.
Rev: COL AVG IVL PHILIPP, Three bases; on middle one, statue of Augustus in military dress crowned by statue of Divus Julius wearing toga. DIVVS/AVG on base.
AE28 (28.16 mm 10.804 g 12h) Struck in Phiippi (Macedonia) 92-94 A.D.
RPC II 345B (S3 Supplement, same obverse die)
ex Gorny & Mosch Auction 241 lot 1816
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus11/02/16 at 18:31David Atherton: Interesting rarity!
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RIC 0343 Domitianus28 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V, Laureate head right
Rev: IMP VIIII COS XI CENS POT P P. Minerva standing right on capital of rostral column, with spear and shield; to right, owl
AR/Denarius (20.18 mm 3.264 g 6h) Struck in Rome 85 A.D. 85th issue)
RIC 343 (R2), RSC 187, BMCRE p. 317 * (citing Cohen), BNF unlisted
1 commentsFlaviusDomitianus10/30/16 at 05:43David Atherton: Lovely rarity.
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Julius Caesar Elephant Denarius56 viewsJulius Caesar. 49-48 BC. AR Denarius. Military mint traveling with Caesar.
O: Elephant right, trampling on serpent
R: Emblems of the pontificate - Simpulum, sprinkler, axe and priest's hat.
- Crawford 443/1; Sear (History and Coinage of the Roman Imperators) 9; Sydenham 1006; BMCRR (Gaul) 27; Cohen/RSC 49; Babelon (Voconia) 1; Sear (Roman Coins & Their Values I) 1399. Ex HJBerk 90th Buy or Bid Sale, 4/17/96, Lot 232, listed as Mint state.

Julius Caesar and his armies assembled on the banks of the Rubicon River on 10 January 49 BC, ready to invade Italy. Since large quantities of denarii were necessary to pay Caesar's military expenses, the mint traveled with them. This issue was ordered, not by a moneyer, as was usual, but by Julius Caesar himself. In all likelihood, this type was used by Caesar's military forces at least until the decisive battle of Pharsalus.

"It is the inscription CAESAR in the exergue that has led to the modern identification of the elephant as Caesar. But the exergue is the traditional place for the moneyer’s name and Caesar is separated from the field by the ground line. When Hirtius minted, he put his own name there. Presumably the Caesarian message remained the same with or without CAESAR inscribed on the coin. So whatever that message was, it had to be using symbols easily recognized by the people he was speaking to.

The main problem with a Good over Evil interpretation is that the snake was not a symbol of evil in the pagan Roman mind. As for the elephant, the most frequent use of the elephant on coinage had been by the Metelli. Of all the families of Rome they had done more to connect their name with the elephant image than any other family line. And Metellus Scipio himself even used the elephant again (without snake, of course) after Caesar minted his coin.

As others have pointed out, the other side of the coin with the implements of the pontifex maximus makes an unmistakable reference to Caesar with or without the name Caesar. But that also got me to thinking. Why did he want to advertise that position? Simply put, the main concern of the Roman state religion was the Salus of the state, hence it was Caesar’s chief concern as Pontifex Maximus. If the Metellan elephant was trampling on the Salus of the state, it was his duty as Pontifex Maximus to protect and restore Salus." - mharlan, http://www.forumancientcoins.com/board/index.php?topic=88757.0
2 commentsNemonater10/20/16 at 05:42David Atherton: Lovely example and good write-up.
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Hadrian Libertas Denarius64 viewsHADRIAN (117-138). Denarius. Rome.
O: HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, Laureate bust right, with slight drapery.
R: COS III, Libertas standing left, holding pileus and sceptre.
- RIC 175.

The pileus liberatis was a soft felt cap worn by liberated slaves of Troy and Asia Minor. In late Republican Rome, the pileus was symbolically given to slaves upon manumission, granting them not only their personal liberty, but also freedom as citizens with the right to vote (if male). Following the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 B.C., Brutus and his co-conspirators used the pileus to signify the end of Caesar's dictatorship and a return to a Republican system of government. The pileus was adopted as a popular symbol of freedom during the French Revolution and was also depicted on some early U.S. coins. - FAC
3 commentsNemonater10/20/16 at 05:41David Atherton: Nice portrait and pretty toning!
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RIC 0581 Domitianus72 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERMAN P M TR P VII. Laureate head right
Rev: IMP XIIII COS XIIII CENS P P P, Minerva standing left, with thunderbolt and spear; shield at her left side
AR/Denarius (20.59 mm 3.276 g 6h) Struck in Rome 88 A.D. (1st Issue)
RIC 581 (R2), RSC-BMCRE-BNF unlisted
Ex Numismatik Naumann Auction 46 lot 577
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus10/19/16 at 18:26David Atherton: Awesome rarity!
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003 Tiberius AR Denarius73 viewsTiberius, 14-37 Denarius Lugdunum circa 15-16, AR (18.55 mm., 3.85 g).
Obv: TI CAESAR DIVI - AVG F AVGVSTVS Laureate head r.
Rev: TR POT XVII IMP VII Tiberius holding branch and eagle-tipped scepter in triumphal quadriga r.
RIC 4. C 48.
Ex: Naville Numismatics Auction #25 Lot #407 September 25, 2016




Tiberius was the third of "The Twelve Caesars" as described in the Lives of the Caesars by Suetonius. He is well known as the emperor who would groom the next emperor, Gaius (more commonly known as Caligula).The denarii of Tiberius are sometimes referred to as boring by some collectors. One reason is that there were only a few types of denarii issued. By far the most common is the one that many refer to as "The Tribute Penny" of the bible.It must be said however that there are minor variations in the design of the reverse on the Tribute Penny and there are collectors who try to get as many variations as possible. The denarius below is much less common.

The reverse is very similar to a reverse on a coin of Augustus. This coin features Augustus on the obverse and Tiberius on the reverse in a quadriga. These denarii of Tiberius do appear from time to time, but when they do there is quite a bit of competition for them as they represent an alternative denarius to the Tribute Penny.
4 commentsorfew10/12/16 at 04:01David Atherton: A really beautiful piece. Congrats!
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RIC 0023 Domitianus53 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG PONT, Laureate head right
Rev: COS VII DES VIII P P, Curule chair; above, wreath
AR/Denarius (18.58 mm 3.366 g 6h) Struck in 81 A.D. (3rd Group)
RIC 23 (R3), RSC-BMCRE-BNF unlisted
ex Bertolami Fine Arts E-Live Auction 36 lot 544
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus10/11/16 at 17:36David Atherton: I love these rare early denarii. Congrats on a gre...
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RIC 0941 Vespasianus31 viewsObv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, Laureate head right
Rev: COS VIII, Prow right; above, eight pointed star
AR/Denarius (18.38 mm 2.954 g 6h) Struck in Rome 77-78 AD
RIC 941 (C), RSC 136, BMCRE 210, BNF 186
ex Naville Numismatics Live Auction 25 lot 424, from the E.E. Clain-Stefanelli collection
1 commentsFlaviusDomitianus10/06/16 at 03:07David Atherton: This is a great example of a worn coin with a lot ...
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RIC 0433 Domitianus54 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V, Laureate head right
Rev: IMP XI COS XII CENS P P P, Victory avancing right, with wreath and palm
AR/Quinarius (15.21 mm 1.305 g 6h) Struck in Rome 86 A.D. (1st issue)
RIC 433 (C), RSC 19, BMCRE 92, BNF 94
ex L.A.C. Auction 54 lot 177
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus09/23/16 at 11:45David Atherton: Very nice!
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Trajan Denarius - Abundantia (RIC 165)43 viewsAR Denarius
Rome, 103-111 AD
3.24g

Obv: IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P.
Laureate bust right, wearing aegis.

Rev: S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI.
Abundantia standing left, holding cornucopia and grain ears over modius to left; garlanded prow to right.

Woytek 212c; RIC 165.

Numismatik Naumann (formerly Gitbud & Naumann), Auction 46, Lot 597, 11/09/16
1 commentsKained but Able09/15/16 at 10:51David Atherton: Magnificent!
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RIC 0026 Titus50 viewsObv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M, Laureate head of Titus, left
Rev: TR P VIIII IMP XIIII COS VII P P, Quadriga left, with corn ears
AR/Denarius (19.27 mm 3.100 g 6h) Struck in Rome 79 A.D. (2nd issue)
RIC 26 (R2), RSC 278a
ex Nomisma Auction 54 lot 159
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus09/15/16 at 06:19David Atherton: A very rare coin indeed! Oddly enough, considering...
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Trajan Fourrée Denarius - Victory31 viewsFourree Denarius
Imitating Rome, 103-111 CE

Obv: Laureate draped bust of Trajan (R)
IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPIMO AVG [...].

Rev:Victory advancing left above Dacian shields, holding wreath and palm.
COS V P P S P O R OPTIMO PRIMC

Cf. Woytek 282 (for prototype); cf. RIC 131 (same).

The slightly blundered legends, muling of types and appearance of a more base metal core leads to the conclusion of a likely fourrée.


Imitating RIC 131
1 commentsKained but Able09/13/16 at 04:26David Atherton: Decent style for a fourrée!
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Roman Empire, Galba, RIC 19395 viewsGalba AR denarius,  VF, Rome mint, ( 3.512g, 19.0mm,  180o), Nov 68 - Jan 69 A.D.; 
elegant style, light toning on nice surfaces, high-points flatly struck,
Obv: IMP SER GALBACAESAR AVG, laureate head right; 
Rev: HISPANIA (counterclockwise starting on left), Hispania advancing left, draped, poppy and two stalks of grain in extended right hand, round shield and two transverse spears in left hand;
RIC I 193 (R2), BMCRE I 16, RSC II 83, BnF III 89, Hunter I 1 var. (no CAESAR, Aug - Oct 68), SRCV I 2103 var. (same)
Ex: the Jyrki Muona Collection; Ex: Forum Ancient Coins
3 commentsorfew09/13/16 at 04:14David Atherton: Awesome!
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Civil Wars RIC 12172 viewsCivil Wars 68-69 CE. AR Denarius (17.50 mm, 3.39 g). Spanish mint, April-June 68 CE.
O: BONI EVENTVS, Female bust right, wearing fillet; hair rolled and looped above neck
R: VICTORIA P R, Victory standing left on globe, holding wreath in right hand and palm in left
- BMCRE I 292 Note + Taf 50.2; P.-H. Martin, the anonymous coins of the year 68 AD (1974) 82 # 99 PL 9; E. P. Nicolas, De Néron à Vespasien (1979) 1308 No. 31; 1435 f 1456 # 107 Taf 14.107 B; RIC I² Nr. 12 (Spain, 68 n. Chr.) R5 (Group I). Evidently the second known. The above references are all to one example found in Münzkabinett Berlin.

Likely struck by Galba in Spain between April 6 and early June, 68 AD, that is, between the dates of his acceptance of the offer from Vindex and of his receiving news of his recognition by the Senate.

The civil wars at the end of Nero’s reign began with the revolt of the governor of Gallia Lugdunensis, Gaius Julius Vindex, probably around the beginning of March of AD 68. Vindex had claimed that he had a force of 100,000 men, and a substantial coinage was certainly needed to pay them.

Vindex offered the leadership of the revolt to Servius Sulpicius Galba, then governor of Hispania Tarraconensis, who was hailed imperator by the Spanish legions at Carthago Nova in April of the same year. The title was cautiously refused, but Galba did declare himself the legatus of the senate and people of Rome. Just a month later, Galba’s confidence would be shaken by the crushing defeat of Vindex near Besançon by the general Lucius Verginius Rufus, governor of Germania Superior. By 9 June Nero was dead, having taken his own life. Galba began his march to Rome, and his brief reign was underway.

Without an emperor to strike in the name of (save for that in honor of the “model emperor” of Roman history, Augustus) the coinage was struck with messages suiting the political climate. The coinage under Vindex possesses a more aggressive air that underscores the militant nature of his revolt, while Galba’s tends to be more constitutional and optimistic in tone. Originally struck in large numbers, as indicated by the number of types employed, the coins of the civil wars are all rare today, having been recalled after the final victory of Vespasian in 69 AD.
5 commentsNemonater09/03/16 at 07:02David Atherton: A most envious coin! It doesn't hurt that the ...
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Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III The Great, 336 - 323 B.C., Lifetime Issue148 viewsSilver Drachm, Müller Alexander 763; SNG Cop 895; SNG Alpha Bank 629; SNG Saroglos 771; SNG München - ; Price 2090, Choice good Very Fine , as found Superb Fine Style, toned, centered, bumps and marks, Ionia, Miletos mint, weight 4.004g, maximum diameter 18.0mm, die axis 0o, struck between 325 - 323 B.C.,.
Obverse ; head of Alexander the Great as Herakles right, clad in Nemean Lion scalp headdress tied at neck.
Reverse ; AΛEΞAN∆POY ( means " Of Alexander " in Ancient Greek ), Zeus seated left on throne without back, nude to the waist, himation around hips and legs, feet on footstool, right leg forward, eagle in extended right hand, long scepter topped with lotus vertical behind in left hand, ∆H monogram left.

*Lifetime issue. This coin was issued during the lifetime and rule of Alexander the Great. Most Alexander coins were issued after his death.

*Alexander the great believed if the world ruled by one king or leader , will be better for all.
Alexander the great was considered a god after his death.

Coin is also listed at ; Superb and Masterpiece Portraits Gallery ;

http://www.forumancientcoins.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-131066



FORVM Ancient Coins. / From The Sam Mansourati Collection.
3 commentsSam08/29/16 at 11:04David Atherton: Beautiful.
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Caligula Sestertius Pietas-Caligula Sacrificing at Temple of Augustus162 viewsObv.
C CAESAR AVG GERMANICVS P M TR POT
PIETAS in ex
Pietas, veiled, seated left and holding patera, elbow resting on statue

Rev.
DIVO AVG S-C
Gaius sacrificing before hexastyle temple; attendants with bull and patera at sides
6 commentsancientdave08/29/16 at 11:03David Atherton: What a neat coin!
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RIC 0840 Domitianus48 viewsObv: IMP D CAES DIVI VESP F AVG P M TR P P P COS VIII, Laureate head right
Rev: CERES AVGVST / S C (in field); Ceres standing left, with corn ears and torch
AE/As (27.69 mm 10.434 g 6h) Struck in Thrace (?) 82 A.D.
RIC 840 (R2), BMCRE 520, BNF unlisted, RPC II 533
1 commentsFlaviusDomitianus08/19/16 at 10:04David Atherton: Very nice!
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ROMAN, Maximinus I (AD 235 - 238) Silver Denarius Salus 207 viewsMaximinus I, 235 - 238 AD
Silver Denarius, Rome Mint, struck Mar 235 - Jan 236 A.D.
20mm, 3.22 grams
Obverse: IMP MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Maximinus right.
IMP[erator] MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG[vstvs] Emperor Maximinus Dutiful Augustus

Reverse: SALVS AVGVSTI ( [Dedicated to] To the health of the Emperors ) , Salus ( Hygieia - Greek - ), seated left, feeding snake rising up from altar, from Patera in right hand, resting left elbow on throne.

References ; RIC 85
A superb Choice EF masterpiece example , artistic and well executed dies.

From The Sam Mansourati Collection./ NO. RI 20450.
Given as a souvenir to a dear friend. ( 8/18/2016 )


Salus was the Roman goddess of health. She was Hygieia to the Greeks ( Her name is the source of the word "hygiene." ), who believed her to be the daughter of Aesculapius, the god of medicine and healing, and Epione, the goddess of soothing of pain. Her father Asclepius learned the secrets of keeping death at bay after observing one serpent bringing another healing herbs. Woman seeking fertility, the sick, and the injured slept in his temples in chambers where non-poisonous snakes were left to crawl on the floor and provide healing.

*The logo of Pharmacology was taken from Salus 's Patera and snake .
5 commentsSam08/14/16 at 10:41David Atherton: Wonderful all around!
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Tarentum AR Nomos155 viewsITALY. Calabria , Taras (c.380-340 B.C.), Silver Nomos, 7.65g.
Naked ephebos, holding a small round shield and a lance, vaulting from a cantering horse left, ├ below horse. Rev. TAPAΣ , Taras as an ephebos seated astride dolphin to left, holding a Corinthian helmet in his right hand and leaning on the back of the dolphin with his left, I and waves below (Fischer-Bossert 657 (V252/R509); Vlasto 437 (these dies); SNG ANS 929 (these dies); SNG Lloyd 169). An almost invisible metal-flaw on reverse, of charming style, attractively toned, about extremely fine.
Ex:The Prospero Collection (The New York Sale, Auction XXVII, 2012)

The city of Tarentum was renowned throughout the ancient world for the quality of its horsemen, who served as mercenary cavalry for many foreign kings including Antigonos I, Demetrios I and Alexander of Epirus. The horsemen of Tarentum served as hippokontistai (mounted javelinmen), or in their specific case, elaphroi (skirmishing cavalry which throw javelins and dismount for hand to hand combat), but such was their fame that the term Tarantinoi came to mean any such skirmishing cavalry unit, regardless of their origin. Indeed, Asklepiodotos mentions Tarantinarchos (leader of Tarentines) as a military rank in Hellenistic Athens.
The scene depicted here is from an equestrian event of the Hyakinthia (the ceremonial games of Hyakinthian Apollo) which celebrated those special skills necessary in war. The armed rider would dismount at full gallop, run alongside his horse, and then remount in stride.
4 commentsLeo08/03/16 at 23:02David Atherton: Wow! What a stunning coin.
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BRUTTIUM, Rhegion. Circa 450-445 BC. AR Drachm.127 viewsAR Drachm (16.5mm, 3.64 g, 12h). Facing lion scalp; pellet to right / Iokastos seated left, holding scepter; all within laurel wreath. Herzfelder 19 (D12/R16); HN Italy 2478. VF, lightly toned, rough and scratched surfaces on reverse.

Ex Classical Numismatic Group Electronic Auction 379 / Lot 38.

From The Sam Mansourati Collection.
4 commentsSam07/28/16 at 20:14David Atherton: Agreed, the obverse is great!
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Domitian (as Caesar)23 viewsSilver Denarius
Roman Imperial - The Principate

Domitian
(As Caesar)

Rome mint, early 76 - early 77 A.D
Fine, toned.
17.9 mm / 3.282 g / 180°

Obverse: "CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS", laureate head right.
Reverse: "COS IIII", Pegasus standing right, only near wing showing, raising left foreleg.

Ex Forvm Ancient Coins 2016 (70170)

RIC II, part 1, Vespasian 921 (C2); RSC II 47; BMCRE II Vespasian 193; BnF III Vespasian 169; SRCV I 2637

MyID: 029A

Image Credit: Forvm Ancient Coins
2 commentsTenthGen07/27/16 at 04:18David Atherton: Nice example.
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Hadrian Denarius Aequitas36 viewsObv.
IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate head right

Rev.
P M TR P COS III
Aequitas standing left with scales and cornucopiae

RSC 1119
1 commentsancientdave07/24/16 at 10:52David Atherton: Nice portrait!
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Agrippa (Died 12 B.C.)46 viewsÆ As
O: M. AGRIPPA. F. COS. III, head left, wearing rostral crown.
R: Neptune standing left, holding small dolphin and trident; S-C across field.
Rome mint. Struck under Gaius (Caligula)
27mm
9.72g
RIC I 58 (Gaius); MIR 3, 24-6; BMCRE 161 (Tiberius); Cohen 3
2 commentsMat07/19/16 at 04:01David Atherton: Love the portrait!
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RPC II 2801v Vespasianus39 viewsObv: AYTOKPATΩP (KAIΣ OYEΣПASIANOΣ) ΣEBAΣTAΣ, Laureate head right
Rev: ETOYΣ (A), Laureal wreath
AE26 (26.45 mm 12.146 g 12h) Struck in Uncertain City in 69 A.D.
RPC II 2801 (variant on obverse legend: the recorded specimens end with ΣEBA; the last A instead of O (it should be ΣEBAΣTOΣ) is an engraver's error
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/14/16 at 10:57David Atherton: Awesome find!
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Vespasian / Vespasian seated right27 viewsVespasian. AD 69-79. AR Denarius (19mm, 3.32 g, 1h). Rome mint. Struck AD 73.
O: IMP CAES VESP AVG CEN, laureate head right
R: PONTIF MAXIM, Vespasian, togate, seated right, feet on stool, holding vertical scepter in right hand, branch in left.
- RIC 545; RSC 387a; BMCRE 98; BN 86. Hard to find obverse legend variant, CEN rather than CENS.
1 commentsNemonater07/14/16 at 05:50David Atherton: Nice example with a good portrait.
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RIC 0590 Domitianus41 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VII, Laureate head right
Rev: IMP XIIII COS XIIII CENS P P P, Victory seated left, with wreath and palm
AR/Quinarius (15.51 mm 1.587 g 6h) Struck in Rome 88 A.D. (1st issue)
RIC 590 (C), RSC 240, BMCRE 128, BNF 118
ex Rauch ex Rauch e-Auction 20 lot 291
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/12/16 at 08:51David Atherton: A respectable example.
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Vespasian / Victory Orichalcum Sestertius122 viewsVespasian, 69-79. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 34mm, 23.49 g 6), Rome, 71.
O: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III Laureate head of Vespasian to right.
R: VICTORIA AVGVSTI, S C in ex, Victory standing right, left foot set on helmet, writing on shield; in right field, mourning Judea seated beneath palm tree.
- BMC 582. BN 560. Cohen 625. RIC 468. Ex Oblos webauction 3 11/15 lot 292, Astarte S.A. XIX '06 Lot 956, UBS Gold & Numismatics '06 Auction 64 lot 173, Auction Numismatica Genevensis 1, Geneva, 27 November 2000, lot 147.
8 commentsNemonater07/10/16 at 10:50David Atherton: Awesome coin with a great provenance!
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RIC 0339 Domitianus (2)89 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P IIII - Laureate head of Domitian right, with aegis
Rev: IMP VIIII COS XI CENS POT P P - Minerva standing left with spear
AR/Denarius (mm 21,03 g 3,2194 6h) Struck in Rome 85 A.D. (fourth issue)
RIC 339 (R2), RSC 180a, BMCRE 80, BNF 83
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/08/16 at 20:12David Atherton: Love the portrait!
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GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III the Great, AR Tetradrachm, Babylon, Price 362641 viewsMACEDONIA. Alexander the Great. Tetradracma . Therma ( Thessalonica ) . 334-300 B.C. Cab. Alexander with Leonte . Zeus enthroned with eagle.
17'01 g . Hairlines in rev.
Price 3626.
Lifetime issue struck in Babylon
1 commentschance v07/06/16 at 19:17David Atherton: Nice example!
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RIC 0248 Titus32 viewsObv: IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P COS VIII, Laureate head right
Rev: VICTORIA AVGVST / S - C (in field), Victory standing right, on prow,with wreath and palm
AE/As (28.46 mm 12.356 g 6h) Struck in Rome 80-81 A.D.
RIC 248 (C), BMCRE 217, BNF 222
ex Eugubium list 26 lot 112
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/06/16 at 00:23David Atherton: Excellent portrait.
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3169 CAPPADOCIA, Hierapolis (Comana). Hadrian Drachm Tyche28 viewsReference. Very rare
RPC III, 3169; S 278a, Metcalf Conspectus 113a

Obv: ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟС СЄΒΑСΤΟС.
Laureate head right.

Rev: ΥΠΑΤΟС Γ ΠΑΤΗΡ ΠΑΤΡΙ.
Tyche seated left on throne, holding rudder and cornucopia.

3.09 gr
18 mm
12h
1 commentsokidoki07/06/16 at 00:23David Atherton: Very nice!
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Vespasian Denarius Pax52 viewsObv.

IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG
Laureate head right

Rev.

PON MAX TR P COS VI
Pax seated left holding branch

Minted 75 A.D. Rome

RIC 772 RSC 366
3 commentsancientdave07/04/16 at 17:23David Atherton: At this point in time the Rome mint was settling i...
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RIC 0855 Domitianus55 viewsObv : IMP CAES DOMITIANVS, Laureate head right
Rev : ROME ET AVG (in entablature) / G (in exergue), Temple with two columns, enclosing Augustus, standing front, to left, with spear, crowned by Roma to right, with cornucopia
AR/Cistophorus (25.89 mm 10.24 g 6h) Struck in Rome for circulation in Asia Minor 95 A.D.
RIC 855 (R2), RSC 407, BMCRE unlisted, BNF 223, RPC II 875
ex HJB Buy or Bid sale 145 lot 465
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/02/16 at 20:29David Atherton: Beautiful.
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RIC 0841 Domitianus45 viewsObv : IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG P M COS VIII, Laureate head right
Rev : CAPIT (across field) RESTIT (in exergue), Temple of Capitoline Jupiter with 4 columns enclosing figures of Juno, seated Jupiter and Minerva
AR/Cistophorus (25.02 mm 10.596 g 6h) Struck in Rome for circulation in Asia Minor 82 A.D.
RIC 841 (C), RSC 23, BMCRE 251, BNF 221, RPC II 864
ex CNG Electronic Auction 125 lot 227
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus07/02/16 at 20:29David Atherton: Love the reverse!
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RIC 0747 Domitianus85 viewsObv: DOMITIANVS AVGVSTUS, Laureate head right
Rev: GERMANICVS COS XVI
AU/Aureus (19.44 mm 7.435 g 6h) Struck in Rome 92-94 A.D.
RIC 747 (C), BMCRE 211, BNF 187
ex Inasta Auction 11 lot 339
6 commentsFlaviusDomitianus06/28/16 at 10:50David Atherton: Elagant portrait.
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RIC 1111 Vespasianus80 viewsObv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG TR P, Laureate head right
Rev: COS III FORT RED, Fortuna standing left, holding globe and caduceus
AU/Aureus (19.42 mm 7.190 g 6h) Struck in Lugdunum 71 A.D.
RIC 1111 (R), BMCRE unlisted, BNF 292
ex Inasta Auction 38 lot 626
6 commentsFlaviusDomitianus06/28/16 at 10:49David Atherton: Spectacular!
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1311 - M. Plaetorius M.f. Cestianus. Denarius54 viewsRome mint, c. 69 BC
Male head right (Mercury ?) with flowing hair. Behind symbol
M·PLAETORI – CEST·EX·S·C Winged caduceus
18 mm, 3,86 gr
Ref : RCV #344, RSC Plaetoria # 5, Sydenham # 807, RBW # 1453, Crawford # 405/5
From the E.E. Clain-Stefanelli collection
2 commentsPotator II06/24/16 at 17:31David Atherton: Lovely style.
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1093 - L. Flaminius Chilo, Denarius 64 viewsRome mint, 109 or 108 BC
Helmeted head of Roma right, ROMA behind head and X below chin
L·FLAMINI/CILO in two lines at exergue. Victory in prancing biga right
19 mm, 3,83 gr
Ref : RCV # 179, RSC Flaminia # 1, Sydenham #540, RBW # 1144, Crawford # 302/1.
From the E.E. Clain-Stefanelli collection
3 commentsPotator II06/24/16 at 17:31David Atherton: Very nice!
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Titus / Neptune46 viewsTitus. As Caesar, AR Denarius (19mm, 3.16 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck under Vespasian, AD 73.
O: Laureate bust right, T CAES IMP VESP PON TR POT CENS.
R: Neptune standing left, with right foot on globe, nude except for cloak hanging down behind from shoulders, holding acrostolium and scepter, NEP RED.

Unpublished with CENS in the obverse legend. This type, reported by Harry Sneh to the RIC authors, will be 528A in the RIC II Addenda. This coin is the ex-Moonmoth example mentioned in the Gemini X catalog describing lot 637.
3 commentsNemonater06/22/16 at 22:27David Atherton: A good, strong portrait.
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Vespasian / Neptune81 viewsVespasian. AD 69-79. AR Denarius (19mm, 3.29 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck January-June AD 70.
O: Laureate head right, IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG.
R: Neptune standing left, with right foot on prow, holding dolphin and trident, COS ITER TR POT.
- RIC 25 (R)
4 commentsNemonater06/22/16 at 22:26David Atherton: Fabulous! That reverse is amazing.
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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 commentsSam06/22/16 at 01:03David Atherton: Fantastic!
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RIC 0439 Domitianus33 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V, Laureate head right
Rev: IMP XII COS XII CENS P P P, Minerva standing left, with thunderbolt and spear, shield at her left feet
AR/Denarius (20.21 mm 3.250 g 6h) Struck in Rome 86 A.D. (2nd issue)
RIC 439 (R), RSC 202, BMCRE unlisted, BNF 98
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus06/20/16 at 17:02David Atherton: A very beautiful example.
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RIC 0425 Domitianus35 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V, Laureate head right
Rev: IMP XI COS XII CENS P P P, Minerva advancing right, with spear and shield
AR/Denarius (19.27 mm 3.147 g 6h) Struck in Rome 86 A D (1st issue)
RIC 425 (R), RSC 194, BMCRE 88, BNF unlisted
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus06/20/16 at 17:01David Atherton: Elagant portrait.
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Macedonian Kingdom, Antigonos I Monophthalmos, 320 - 306 B.C., In the Name and Types of Alexander the Great.71 viewsUnder Study by President Joseph Sermarini - ( very rare ).


Antigonos I Monophthalmos ("the One-eyed") (382 B.C. - 301 B.C.) was a nobleman, general, and governor under Alexander the Great. Upon Alexander's death in 323 B.C., he established himself as one of the successors and declared himself King in 306 B.C. The most powerful satraps of the empire, Cassander, Seleucus, Ptolemy and Lysimachus, answered by also proclaiming themselves kings. Antigonus found himself at war with all four, largely because his territory shared borders with all of them. He died in battle at Ipsus in 301 B.C. Antigonus' kingdom was divided up, with Seleucus I Nicator gaining the most. His son, Demetrius I Poliorcetes, took Macedon, which the family held, off and on, until it was conquered by Rome in 168 B.C. -- Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

From The Sam Mansourati Collection.
2 commentsSam06/20/16 at 11:15David Atherton: Awesome aquisition my friend!
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Trajan, Silver Denarius, RIC 128 Rome30 viewsObverse: IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P, Laurel bust of Trajan right, drape over the left shoulder.
Reverse: COS V P P S P Q R OPTIMO PRINC. Victoria Standing left, holding a Crown in the right hand and a palm in the left.
RIC.128 - BMC/RE.328 - St.1128 - H1/471
17.9 mm., 3.4 g.
sold 3-2018
1 commentsNORMAN K06/20/16 at 11:15David Atherton: Good eye appeal despite the wear!
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LEG XVIII LYBICAE41 viewsMarcus Antonius. Denarius mint moving with M. Antony circa 32-31, AR 18mm., 3.61g. ANT AVG – III·VIR·R·P·C Galley r., with sceptre tied with fillet on prow. Rev.
LEG·XVIII·LYBICAE Aquila between two standards. Crawford 544/11.

From the E.E. Clain-Stefanelli collection.
5 commentsAldo06/18/16 at 20:41David Atherton: Very nice!
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Domitian/Minerva 92 AD63 viewsDomitian AR denarius, Rome mint, 92 AD
O: Laureate head of Domitian right, IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P XI.
R: Minerva left with thunderbolt, spear and shield, IMP XXII COS XVI CENS P P P
- RIC 737 (R2), BMC (Specimen acquired 1977), RSC -
3 commentsNemonater06/18/16 at 20:21David Atherton: The portrait reperesents the best work the engrave...
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Domitian/Minerva 86 AD56 viewsDomitian AR Denarius, Rome mint, 86 AD
O: Laureate head of Domitian right; IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P V.
R: Minerva right with spear and shield; IMP XI COS XII CENS P P P.
- RIC 425 (R), BMC 88, RSC 194
3 commentsNemonater06/18/16 at 20:20David Atherton: Superb portrait!
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Anonymous Didrachm / Quadrigatus43 viewsAnonymous. Silver Didrachm (6.80g, 22.5mm), ca. 225-214 BC. Uncertain mint.

RRC 28/3 or similar (Is there any resource to further discuss the anonymous quadrigati?)

O: Laureate head of Janus (Dioscuri?), two annulets atop head.
R: ROMA incuse on solid tablet in exergue, Jupiter, hurling thunderbolt and holding scepter, in galloping quadriga right driven by Victory.

ex Asta del Titano M3, lot#91
4 commentsNorbert06/16/16 at 07:29David Atherton: Really nice example.
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Vespasian / Titus Didrachm106 viewsVespasian AR Didrachm, Caesarea, Cappadocia mint, 76-77 AD
O: Laureate head of Vespasian right, AYTOKPA KAICAP OYЄCΠACIANOC CЄBACTOC. (Emperor Vespasian Caesar Augustus)
R: Laureate head of Titus right, AYTO KAI OYЄCΠACIANOC CЄBACTOY YIOC. (The Son of Emperor Vespasian Caesar Augustus)
- RPC 1650
6 commentsNemonater06/15/16 at 09:36David Atherton: Outstanding portraits!
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Hadrian Denarius - Adoptio (RIC 3c)61 viewsAR Denarius
Rome, late 117 AD
3.24g

Obv: Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Hadrian (R)
IMP CAES TRAIAN HADRIANO OPT AVG GER DAC

Rev: Hadrian and Trajan standing facing each other
clasping hands in sign of adoption of Hadrian.
ADOPTIO in exergue.
PARTHIC DIVI TRAIAN AVG F P M TR P COS PP

RIC 3c RSC 4

NAC Auction 92 part II, Lot 2196, 23/05/16
ex. CNG Webshop

The circumstances surrounding Hadrian's adoption and ultimate accession have long been clouded in mystery. Trajan never made a public endorsement of him, or any other potential candidate as heir. Dio Cassius reported that Trajan's widow Plotina actually secured Hadrian's adoption, announcing the adoption posthumously through letters signed in her own hand rather than Trajan's. Either way, ADOPTIO was announced on August 9, AD 117, though the emperor's death was still kept secret from the public. Two days later, on the 11th, when Trajan's death was finally declared, the Syrian legions hailed Hadrian as the new emperor and the matter was reduced to a mere formality awaiting Senatorial approval.
5 commentsKained but Able06/08/16 at 12:15David Atherton: What a superb coin!
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Augustus Denarius - Butting Bull (RIC 167a)53 viewsAR Denarius
Lugdunum, 15-13 BC
3.77g

Obv: Bare head of Augustus (R)
AVGVSTVS DIVI F

Rev: Bull butting (R)
IMP X in exergue

RIC 167a BMC 451

In 15 BC Augustus was acclaimed Imperator for the tenth time on behalf of Drusus and Tiberius' victories in Raetia.

Ex. Baldwin's Auction 65, 4 May 2010, lot 1166
Ex. Alfred Franklin Collection
Ex. Baldwin's Auction 99. 6 May 2016, lot 276
5 commentsKained but Able06/08/16 at 12:14David Atherton: Impressive!
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Moesia, Markianopolis, 054 Macrinus (217-218 A.D.), Hristova-Jekov (2014) 06.24.03.07, AE-27, Pentassarion, VΠ ΠONTIANOV MAPKIA NOΠOΛEITΩN•, Hera and peacock,149 viewsMoesia, Markianopolis, 054 Macrinus (217-218 A.D.), Hristova-Jekov (2014) 06.24.03.07, AE-27, Pentassarion, VΠ ΠONTIANOV MAPKIA NOΠOΛEITΩN•, Hera and peacock,
avers:- AV K OΠΠ CEVH MAKPEINOC • M OΠEΛ ANTΩNEINOC KAI •, Laureate draped and cuirassed bust of Macrinus facing bare-headed draped and cuirassed bust of Diadumenian.
revers:- VΠ ΠONTIANOV MAPKIA NOΠOΛEITΩN•, Hera in long garment and mantle, standing left, holding patera in outstretched right hand and
resting with raised left hand on scepter, Peacock at foot in left down, E in right field.
exe: -/-//E, diameter: 26,7-27,7mm, weight:12,24g, axis: 6h,
mint: Moesia, Markianopolis, date: 217-218 A.D., ref: HrJ (2014) 06.24.03.07, Pfeiffer (2013) 226, 12 (294), Varbanov (2005) Not in -,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans06/08/16 at 10:51David Atherton: Beautiful green patina!
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RPC II 0676 Domitianus35 viewsObv: AYT ΔOMITIANΩΣ KAICAP ΣEBAΣTOΣ ΓEPM, Laureate head of Domitian right
Rev: ΣEBAΣTE ΟMONOIA, Eirene (?) standing left, holding branch and cornucopia.
AE34 (34.07 mm 26.30 g 5h) Struck in Prusias ad Hypium (Bithynia) ?
RPC 676 (published in S3 Supplement page 72)
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus06/06/16 at 18:48David Atherton: Rare and with an awesome portrait!
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Claudius AR Denarius43 viewsClaudius, with Nero as Caesar. 41-54 AD. AR Denarius. Struck 50-54 AD.
(17.68 mm, 2.78 g, 6h)
Obv: TI CLAVD CAESAR AVG GERM P M TRIB POT P P Laureate head of Claudius right
Rev: NERO CLAVD CAES DRVSVS GERM PRINC IVVENT Draped bust of Nero Left
RIC I 83 (R2) ; RSC 5.
Ex: CNG e-auctions 356, Lot: 469. Closing Jul 29, 2015
Ex: Holding History Coins Agora Auctions Lot 07-158 April 21, 2016




This denarius of Claudius is interesting because it has 2 portraits. the obverse depicts Claudius and on the reverse we see a very young portrait of Nero as Caesar or successor to Claudius. The portrait of Nero looks nothing like the "Fat tyrant" of Neros' later days.

Denarii of Claudius are scarce to rare. When Nero debased the coinage in 64 CE people hoarded or melted down the finer denarii of decades past. However, this does not explain why there appears to be plenty of earlier denarii available of figures such as Tiberius and Augustus but very few of Claudius and Gaius. We may never have a satisfactory answer.

I like this coin for its 2 portraits and especially for its depiction of a young Nero who seems so full of promise as the next ruler of Rome. I also like this coin because it reminds me that although Claudius was an improbable choice for ruler of Rome, he led the empire in a period of relative stability.

I know the coin is rather worn, but for me, that is part of its charm. It is obvious that this coin circulated and was used by those who lived in ancient Rome. It is interesting to think of who could have handled this coin and what it could have bought almost 2ooo years ago.
2 commentsorfew06/06/16 at 18:46David Atherton: Good rarity!
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012 Domitian AR Denarius37 viewsDomitian. AR denarius (18.15 mm, 3.36 g, 7 h). Rome mint, struck A.D. 81.
Obv: IMP CAESAR DOMITIANVS AVG, laureate head right
Rev: TR P COS VII, draped throne, back decorated with grain ears. RIC 3; BMCRE 2; RSC 554a.
Ex: William Rosenblum Coins Ex:Agora Auctions March 22, 2016 lot 52-174
Purchased from Agora Auctions March 22, 2016.




Domitian was the son of Vespasian. He became emperor after the death of Vespasian's other son Titus. Domitian was the last of the Flavian dynasty. Take a look at the obverse portrait on this coin. Domitian's Roman nose is quite prominent. On later issues the nose has been made less prominent. This is a good example of how emperors controlled their image by controlling their representation on the coinage.

Thiis coin is also interesting because some of Domitian titles are missing. The reason is that these had not been added by this point in his position as emperor. The use of COS VII dates this coin to the first month or so of his reign.
1 commentsorfew06/06/16 at 18:45David Atherton: Nice and rare with triangular frame!
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RPC II 1947v Vespasianus25 viewsObv: AYTOKPAT KAIΣA OYEΣΠAΣIANOY, Laureate head of Vespasian, right
Rev: ETOYΣ IEPOY / Γ, Eagle standing, left, on club; in left field, palm branch (Γ reingraved over B)
Silver Tetradrachm mm 25.22 g 14.76 die axis 12 h - Struck in Antiochia ad Orontem (Syria, Seleucis and Pieria) 70-71 A.D.
RPC II 1947 - Prieur 113A (1 example mentioned in the book)
ex CGB E-auction 163 lot 99794
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus06/01/16 at 22:50David Atherton: Nice acquisition!
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Galba94 viewsIMP SER GALBA AVG
Laureate head right

DIVA AVGVSTA
Livia standing left holding patera and sceptre

Rome, November 68 AD-January 69AD

RIC 150, BMC 5, RSC 52a

2.94g

Rare with this short obverse legend

Ex-Incitatus
5 commentsJay GT405/30/16 at 19:03David Atherton: Wonderful!
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RIC 0372 Vespasianus31 viewsObv: DIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS, Laureate head right
Rev: S C, (in field) Spes standing left, holding flowerand raising her robe.
AE/Sestertius (35.46 mm 26.51 g 6h) Struck in Rome 80-81 A.D.
RIC 372 (R2, Titus), BMCRE 249, BNF 261
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus05/30/16 at 09:48David Atherton: Fantastic portrait!
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Vespasian AR Denarius50 viewsVespasian. AD 69-79. AR Denarius Rome mint. Struck AD 74.
(18.47 mm, 3.39 g, 6h).
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESP AUG Laureate head right
Rev: PONTIF MAXIM Vespasian seated right, holding scepter and branch.
RIC II 685; BMCRE pg. 27 ; RSC 386.
Ex: J. Eric Engstrom Collection
Ex: CNG E-auction 373, Lot 366 April 20, 2016




I like collecting interesting coins of Vespasian. While not as rare as my examples already posted, this one is certainly not all that easy to find either. What attracted me to this coin was the dark toning. I really like the way the highlights on the portrait and the figure on the reverse seem to come to life against the darker background.

This coin is an example where the emperor is featured on both sides of the coin. His portrait is on the obverse, but he is pictured seated on the reverse. This coin has plenty of detail left on both sides. I also really like that the full legend on both the obverse and reverse are preserved. The legend "Maxim Pontiff" refers to Vespasian's role as chief priest of the empire.
1 commentsorfew05/17/16 at 18:59David Atherton: Nice example of the type!
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RIC 1446 Domitianus35 viewsObv : DOMITIANVS CAESAR AVG F, Laureate head right, bust draped and cuirassed.
Rev : CONCORDIA AVG, Ceres seated left, on ornate high-baked chair, with corn ears and poppy and cornucopiae; in exergue "EPE" (out of flan)
AR/Denarius (18,46 mm 3.192 gr 6h) Struck in Ephesus (Ionia) 71 A.D. (6th group)
RIC 1446 (C, Vespasian), RSC 38, RPC 847, BMCRE-BNF unlisted
ex Numismatik Naumann Pecunem Auction 43 lot 869
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus05/14/16 at 20:31David Atherton: Nice. Better than my example.
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Trajan Denarius - Providentia (RIC 364)50 viewsAR Denarius
Rome, 114-117 AD
3.00g

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

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

RIC 364 Coh 315

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

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

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

Elvira Clain Stefanelli (1914-2001) collection, curator of the National Numismatics Collection at the Smithsonian
2 commentsKained but Able05/12/16 at 19:19David Atherton: Neat provenance and very beautiful.
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RIC 1512 Titus29 viewsObv: T CAESAR IMPER PONT, Laureate head of Titus, right
Rev: TR POT COS VI CENSOR / S C, (in exergue) Eagle standing right on thunderbolt, wings spread, head left
AE/Denomination 2 (25.35 mm 7.374 gr 6h) Struck in Uncertain Asia Minor mint in 77-78 A.D.
RIC 1512 (R2 Vespasian), BMCRE 893A, RPC II 1481
1 commentsFlaviusDomitianus05/12/16 at 19:09David Atherton: Utterly fantastic!
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RIC 0262 Vespasianus26 viewsObv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS III, Radiate head right
Rev: CONCORDIA AVG / S C, (in field); Concordia standing left, with olive branch in right hand, caduceus in left
AE/Dupondius (27.61 mm 13.668 gr 7h) Struck in Rome 71 A.D.
ex Naville Numismatics Live Auction 22 lot 529
1 commentsFlaviusDomitianus05/12/16 at 19:07David Atherton: Nice 'straining' portrait.
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Q. CAECILIUS METELLUS PIUS ROMAN REPUBLIC; GENS CAECILIA AR Denarius29 viewsOBVERSE: Diademed head of Pietas right, stork before
REVERSE: IMPER in exergue, lituus and jug, all within laurel wreath
Spanish Mint 81 BC
3.8g; 20mm
Crawford 374/2; Sydenham 751; Caecilia 44
Ex: Barry Murphy
3 commentsLegatus05/11/16 at 06:54David Atherton: Lovely coin.
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165 Hadrian Denarius Roma 125-28 AD Roma26 viewsReference.
Strack 174; RIC II 165d; BMCRE 374; RSC 341

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS
laureate head right, slight drapery on left shoulder.

Rev. C-OS III
Roma seated left on bench, branch upward in right hand, scepter in left, oval shield leaning against bench (sella)

2.92 gr
18 mm
6h
2 commentsokidoki05/11/16 at 06:53David Atherton: Nice denarius!
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Caracalla (198 - 217 A.D.)44 viewsAR Tetradrachm
Laodicea ad Mare, Seleucis and Pieria
O: AYT K M A ANTΩNEINOC CEB, laureate head right.
R: ∆HMAPX EΞ YΠATOC TO ∆, facing eagle, head left holding wreath in beak, star between legs.
27mm
12.5g
Prieur 1179
2 commentsMat05/10/16 at 11:36David Atherton: I bet this is a hefty silver coin in hand!
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RIC 0174 Titus36 viewsObv: IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P P P COS VIII, Laureate head left
Rev: S-C, in field; Victory advancing left, with wreath and palm
AE/Sestertius (34.61 mm 26.36 g 6h) Struck in Rome 80-81 A.D. (2nd group)
R.I.C.2 174 R. BMCRE 187-188, BNF 178-179
ex Cayòn Speed Auction 32 Lot 14, ex Cayòn Auction 06/2004 lot 387
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus05/10/16 at 11:35David Atherton: Love the portrait!
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RPC II 1960 Vespasianus43 viewsObv: AYTOKPA KAIΣA OYEΣΠAΣIANOY, Laureate head of Vespasian right
Rev: T ΦΛAYI OYEΣΠ KAIΣ ETOYC NEOY IEPOY B, Laureate head of Titus right
AR/Tetradrachm (26.83 mm 13.985 g 12h) Struck in 69-70 A.D. in Antiochia ad Orontem (Syria, Seleucis and Pieria) 5th Group
RPC 1960, Prieur 111
ex CGB Live Auction 4/2016 bpv_141599
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus05/03/16 at 11:08David Atherton: Splendid!
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Vespasian Hemidrachm48 viewsCAPPADOCIA, Caesarea-Eusebia. Vespasian. AD 69-79. AR Hemidrachm (15mm, 1.7 g, 12h). O: Laureate head right, AVTOKP KAICAP OYЄCΠACIANOC CЄBA around.
R: Nike advancing right, holding wreath and palm frond.
-Metcalf, Caesarea 17; Sydenham, Caesarea 94; RPC II 1659.
1 commentsNemonater04/30/16 at 10:11David Atherton: Finding hemidrachms of Vespasian in such good cond...
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Kings of Macedon, Alexander III The Great, 336-323 BC, AR Tetradrachm – Damaskos c. 326/5BC54 viewsHead of Herakles right in lion-skin headdress, paws tied at neck.
ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡOΥ Zeus Aëtophoros seated left on a backless throne; in left field forepart of ram right; beneath throne two pellets above strut, ΔA below.

Taylor AJN 29, Damaskos, Series 2.2.2, 202 (this coin), Pl.11, 202 (this coin), dies A14/P7; Price 3204. Damaskos c. 326/5 BC.

(25 mm, 17.01 g, 11h).

Reference: Taylor. L. W. H. "The Damaskos Mint of Alexander the Great." AJN Second Series 29 (2017): 47-100.

The Alexander mint at Damaskos (Damascus) opened for a brief period in the mid 320’s. The reason and purpose behind its brief operation have not been established. However, its coinage was the fourth most abundant in the Demanhur Hoard with all Damaskos issues represented. The reverse of the Damaskos iissues, bearing a portrayal of Zeus seated with parallel legs and a legend absent the royal title suggests that the mint closed before the death of Alexander III the Great
3 commentsn.igma04/22/16 at 20:35David Atherton: Utterly fantastic!
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Julius Caesar156 viewsJulius Caesar. 49-48 BC. AR Denarius (18.07 mm, 3.87 g). Military mint traveling with Caesar.
O: Elephant right, trampling on serpent
R: Emblems of the pontificate - Simpulum, sprinkler, axe and priest's hat.
- Crawford 443/1; Sear (History and Coinage of the Roman Imperators) 9; Sydenham 1006; BMCRR (Gaul) 27; Cohen/RSC 49; Babelon (Voconia) 1; Sear (Roman Coins & Their Values I) 1399.

Julius Caesar and his armies assembled on the banks of the Rubicon River on 10 January 49 BC, ready to invade Italy. Since large quantities of denarii were necessary to pay Caesar's military expenses, the mint traveled with them. This issue was ordered, not by a moneyer, as was usual, but by Julius Caesar himself. In all likelihood, this type was used by Caesar's military forces at least until the decisive battle of Pharsalus.

"It is the inscription CAESAR in the exergue that has led to the modern identification of the elephant as Caesar. But the exergue is the traditional place for the moneyer’s name and Caesar is separated from the field by the ground line. When Hirtius minted, he put his own name there. Presumably the Caesarian message remained the same with or without CAESAR inscribed on the coin. So whatever that message was, it had to be using symbols easily recognized by the people he was speaking to.

The main problem with a Good over Evil interpretation is that the snake was not a symbol of evil in the pagan Roman mind. As for the elephant, the most frequent use of the elephant on coinage had been by the Metelli. Of all the families of Rome they had done more to connect their name with the elephant image than any other family line. And Metellus Scipio himself even used the elephant again (without snake, of course) after Caesar minted his coin.

As others have pointed out, the other side of the coin with the implements of the pontifex maximus makes an unmistakable reference to Caesar with or without the name Caesar. But that also got me to thinking. Why did he want to advertise that position? Simply put, the main concern of the Roman state religion was the Salus of the state, hence it was Caesar’s chief concern as Pontifex Maximus. If the Metellan elephant was trampling on the Salus of the state, it was his duty as Pontifex Maximus to protect and restore Salus." - mharlan, http://www.forumancientcoins.com/board/index.php?topic=88757.0
5 commentsNemonater04/22/16 at 20:35David Atherton: What a beauty!
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5738 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Drachm 129-30 AD Athena standing with Owl36 viewsReference.
Emmett 923.14; RPC III, 5738; Köln 1007

http://rpc.ashmus.ox.ac.uk/coins/3/5738/10/

Issue L IΔ = year 14

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

Rev. LΙ Δ
Athena standing facing, head l., holding owl and shield

26.60 gr
35 mm
11h
1 commentsokidoki04/22/16 at 20:28David Atherton: Good eye appeal with that one.
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RIC 0544 Vespasian Nemesis144 viewsIMP CAES VESP AVG CENS
Laureate head of Vespasian right

PONTIF MAXIM
Nemesis advancing right holding caduceus over snake

Rome 73 AD

2.94g

RIC 544 (R), BMC 97, RSC 385.

Rare

Ex-Indalo

The reverse is copied from a denarius of Claudius
7 commentsJay GT404/22/16 at 20:24David Atherton: Awesome addition!
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Trajan, RIC 535, Sestertius of AD 104-107111 viewsÆ Sestertius (28,58g, Ø 34mm, 6h). Rome, AD 104-107.
Obv.: IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P, laureate 3/4 frontal left, paludament & balteus.
Rev.: , Trajan, in military dress, cloak floating behind, on horse prancing right, riding over Dacian fallen in front of horse.
RIC 535 (scarce); Strack 360; Banti 218; MIR 203q+
7 commentsCharles S04/20/16 at 06:42David Atherton: A most fabulous coin! Congrats!
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Vespasian RIC-793131 viewsAR Quinarius, 1.41g
Rome mint, 75(?) AD
RIC 793 (R). BMC 288 var. RSC 614a var.
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: VICTORIA AVGVST; Victory adv. r., with wreath and palm
Acquired from CGB, April 2016.

Vespasian revived the quinarius after a long hiatus going back to the time of Augustus. Striking this denomination was quite in keeping with the antiquarian flavour of the Rome mint during the reign. The largest issue of quinarii, of which this coin is part of, was minted in 75. Keeping to tradition, Vespasian employed two Victory types (advancing and seated) for the reverses. They are all quite rare. Dating this undated issue is a little tricky. The quinarii struck before 75 have AVGVSTI in the reverse legend, while those struck after 75 use the shorter AVGVST. This undated issue employs both forms, therefore it fits neatly to 75.

This example is in exceedingly fine condition and style for the series.
9 commentsDavid Atherton04/15/16 at 10:01David Atherton: The weight is 1.41g.
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RIC 0333 Domitianus26 viewsObv : CAES DIVI VESP F DOMITIAN COS VII, Laureate head right
Rev: CERES AVGVST, S-C in field; Ceres standing left, with corn ears and torch
AE/Dupondius (28.16 mm 12.702 g 6h) Struck in Rome 80-81 A.D. (3rd Group)
RIC 333 (R, Titus), BMCRE - BNF unlisted
ex Künker elive Auction 39 lot 228
1 commentsFlaviusDomitianus04/14/16 at 20:14David Atherton: Very pleasing portrait.
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RIC 1054 Domitianus34 viewsObv: CAESAR AVG F DOMITIAN COS V, Laureate head right, bust draped
Rev: S-C in field; Spes advancing left, with flower
AE/As (27.89 mm 9.682 g 6h) Struck in Rome 77-78 A.D.
RIC 1054 (R2, Vespasian), BMCRE-BNF unlisted
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus04/14/16 at 09:23David Atherton: Superb rarity!
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RIC 0098A Domitianus114 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M, Laureate head right
Rev: TR POT COS VIII P P, , Minerva standing left, with Victory and sceptre; at feet, shield
AU/Aureus (19.39 mm 6.919 g 6h) Struck in Rome 82 A.D (1st issue)
RIC, BMCRE, BNF unpublished; one example in the Trier Hoard (#1856 of the catalog, found 1993)
ex Emporium Hamburg eAuction 526 lot 15
6 commentsFlaviusDomitianus04/13/16 at 17:58David Atherton: Awesome aureus!
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 175 ("C")23 viewsObverse: laureate head, right
Legend: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XII

Reverse: Annona standing facing, head left, with grain-ears over modius and anchor.
Legend: COS IIII

1 commentsAquilaSPQR04/12/16 at 12:24David Atherton: Nice portrait.
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239 Hadrian Denarius Roma, 134-38 AD Galley left41 viewsReference. rare.
RIC 239; C. 651; Strack 235

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

Rev. FELICITATI AVG
Galley left with pilot under arch of stern and rowers

3.20 gr
18 mm
6h
3 commentsokidoki04/07/16 at 10:58David Atherton: Fantastic coin!
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61 viewsROME
PB Tessera (16mm, 2.53 g, 12h)
Victory standing right, foot on helmet, inscribing shield set on palm tree
Apex; palm frond to left
M. & B. Overbeck, “Romische Bleimarken als Zeugnis des Ersten Jüdischen Krieges,” in Helas und der Grechen Osten, p. 211-216, 1; Rostovtsev 1840, pl. VII, 37; BMC 802-4

The similarities between the obverse of this piece and the Judaea Capta issues of Caesarea Maritima cannot be overstated. This type, as well as a few others that bear the portrait of Vespasian or palm trees, undoubtedly played some role in the triumph that followed the conclusion of the First Jewish War.
2 commentsArdatirion04/07/16 at 10:33David Atherton: OK, now that's a tessera I can enjoy! Wow.
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RPC II 0632 Domitianus39 viewsObv: AYT ΔOMITIANΩΣ KAIΣAP ΣEB ΓEP, Laureate head of Domitian right
Rev: NKA ПP (in monograms, across field); Ares walking right, with trophy and spear
AE36 (36.05 mm 23.96 g 5h) Struck in Nicaea (Bithynia)
RPC 632, SNG Von Aulock 539
From the François Righetti Collection, ex Auctiones eAuction 46 (03/2016) lot 21, ex CNG 64 (09/2003) lot 592
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus04/05/16 at 10:05David Atherton: Nice rarity!
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RIC 0278 Domitianus44 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG GERM COS XI, Laureate head right, with aegis
Rev: S-C (across field), Domitian standing left, with parazonium and spear; to left river-god (Rhenus) reclining
AE/Sestertius (35.01 mm 27.79 g 6h) Struck in Rome 85 A.D. (1st issue)
RIC 278 (C), BMCRE 298, BNF 318-319
ex Dr. Busso Peus Nachfolger
5 commentsFlaviusDomitianus03/31/16 at 10:13David Atherton: Marvelous!
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RIC 0837 Domitianus32 viewsObv: CAESAR AVG F DOMITIAN COS III, Laureate head right, bust draped
Rev: S-C in field; Spes advancing left, with flower
AE/As or Dupondius (26.34 mm 10.822 g 6h) Struck in Rome 75-76 A.D.
RIC 837 (R2 Vespasian), BMCRE unlisted, BNF 737 (Vespasian)
1 commentsFlaviusDomitianus03/28/16 at 12:29David Atherton: Rare and with a good portrait.
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Fouree 191 Hadrian Denarius 124-28 AD Eagle left Eastern mint22 viewsReference,
Cf. RIC II 191 (different obverse legend); cf. BMCRE 442 (same); cf. RSC 430 (same)

Obv. IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG
Laureate head right, draped on left shoulder.

Rev. COS III
Eagle standing on thunderbolt, head turned left

2.34 gr
18 mm
h
1 commentsokidoki03/22/16 at 11:38David Atherton: Interesting style!
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Emperor Severus Alexander, 13 March 222 - March 235 A.D.124 viewsThis coin was struck in the last months of Alexander's reign, and is the sole dated type among those of his last issue.
Rare last issue of reign.

Silver denarius, RSC 453a, BMCRE VI 962, SRCV II 7917, RIC IV 125 var. (no cuirass), Hunter III -, Choice EF, excellent portrait, excellent centering and strike, slightly irregular flan, tiny edge cracks, Rome mint, weight 3.48g, maximum diameter 19.9mm, die axis 180o, Jan - Mar 235 A.D., (18th emission); obverse IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, from the front; reverse P M TR P XIIII COS III P P, Sol advancing left, radiate, nude but for chlamys over shoulders, left arm and flying behind, raising right hand commanding the sun to rise.
EX FORVM ; *With my sincere thank and appreciation , Photo and Description courtesy of FORVM Ancient Coins Staff.

By the time Alexander and his mother arrived to face his German enemies, the situation had settled, and so his mother convinced him that to bribe the Germans and avoid violence was the more sensible course. Though they were not yet expected to personally fight in battle during Alexander's time, emperors were increasingly expected to display general competence in military affairs. Alexander's taking of his mother's advice, his dishonorable method of dealing with the Germanic threat, and the relative failure of his earlier military campaign against the Persians were all deemed highly unacceptable by the soldiers. Alexander was assassinated on 19 March 235, together with his mother, in a mutiny of the Legio XXII Primigenia at Moguntiacum (Mainz) while at a meeting with his generals. The assassinations secured the throne for Maximinus.

From The Sam Mansourati Collection.
4 commentsSam03/22/16 at 11:36David Atherton: Stunning coin!
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Trajan Didrachm - Mount Argaeus40 viewsAR Didrachm
Cappadocia, 98-99 CE
6.92g, 21.5mm

Obv: Laureate bust of Trajan (R)

Rev: Mount Argaeus surmounted by Helios (?), holding orb and sceptre.

Syd 167 (?)
4 commentsKained but Able03/17/16 at 07:18David Atherton: One of my favourite provincial reverse types. Exce...
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Vespasian / Titus and Domitian51 viewsAR Denarius
Vespasian Rome mint, 3,26g 69-70 AD
O: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Laureate head right.
R: TITVS ET DOMITIAN CAES PRIN IV; Titus and Domitian, togate, seated on curule chairs, each holding branch extended in right hand, left hands at sides.
- RIC 6, BMC 46, RSC 541
3 commentsNemonater03/17/16 at 07:14David Atherton: A superb addition and very rare! Also, it's a ...
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1633 - Mark Antony, Denarius93 viewsStruck in a travelling mint, moving with Mark Antony in 41 BC
ANT AVG IMP III VI R P C, Head of Mark Antony right
Fortuna standing left, holding rudder in right hand and cornucopiae in left; at feet, stork; below, PIETAS COS
3,82 gr - 20 mm
Ref : Crawford # 516/2, Sydenham # 1174, HCRI # 241, C # 77
Ex. Auctiones.GmbH

The following comment is copied from NAC auction # 52/294 about the very rare corresponding aureus :
The year 41 B.C., when this aureus was struck at a mint travelling in the East with Marc Antony, was a period of unusual calm for the triumvir, who took a welcomed, if unexpected, rest after the great victory he and Octavian had won late in 42 B.C. against Brutus and Cassius at the Battle of Philippi. Antony’s original plan of organising an invasion of Parthia was put on hold after he sailed to Tarsus, where he had summoned Cleopatra VII, the Greek queen of Egypt. She was to defend herself against accusations that she had aided Brutus and Cassius before Philippi, but it is generally agreed that the summons was merely a pretext for Antony’s plan to secure aid for his Parthian campaign. Their meeting was anything but a source of conflict; indeed, they found much common ground, including their agreement that it was in their mutual interests to execute Cleopatra’s sister and rival Arsinoe IV, who had been ruling Cyprus. In addition to sharing political interests, the two agreed that Antony would winter in Egypt to share a luxurious vacation with Cleopatra that caused a further postponement of Antony’s designs on Parthia. Thus began another of the queen’s liaisons with noble Romans, a prior having been Julius Caesar (and, according to Plutarch, Pompey Jr. before him). During the course of his stay in Egypt Cleopatra was impregnated, which resulted in twins born to her in 40 B.C. But this care-free period was only a momentary calm in the storm, for trouble was brewing in both the East and the West. Early in 40 B.C. Syria was overrun by the Parthians, seemingly while Antony travelled to Italy to meet Octavian following the Perusine War, in which Octavian defeated the armies of Antony’s wife and brother. The conflict with Octavian was resolved when they signed a pact at Brundisium in October, and Syria was eventually recovered through the efforts of Antony’s commanders from 40 to 38 B.C.{/i]

5 commentsPotator II03/15/16 at 06:49David Atherton: A most envious purchase with a wonderful portrait!
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Thasos, Thrace128 viewsafter 148 BC
AR Tetradrachm (33mm, 16.86g)
O: Head of young Dionysus right, wreathed in ivy and flowers.
R: Herakles standing nude left, holding club and lion's skin; ΣΩTHPOΣ left, HPAKΛOYΣ right, ΘAΣIΩN in ex.
SNG Cop 1040; Sear 1759

Inhabited since prehistoric times, the island of Thasos is said to be the mythological home of the Sirens.
Phoenician traders occupied Thasos by the late ninth century BC, drawn by her prolific gold mines. A hundred years later Greek colonists from Paros settled on the island and prospered from Thasos’ gold and marble production, as well as her fertile vineyards. Thasian wine was renowned throughout the Mediterranean, for which they honored Dionysus on their coinage.
A brush with the Persian army under King Darius at the beginning of the fifth century caused Thasos to increase her production of war ships, and after the defeat of Xerxes in 480 BC Thasos joined the Delian League. However a dispute with Athens over mining interests on the Thracian mainland led Thasos to revolt in 465 BC, only to submit after the Athenians destroyed her ships and razed the city walls.
The island was occupied by Sparta from 404 until 393 BC, when Thasos fell to Athens, who eventually granted her independence. Thasos then came under the control of Phillip II of Macedonia around 340 BC, who immediately seized the gold mines. Thasos remained a part of the Macedonian Empire until falling under Roman rule in 197 BC.
4 commentsEnodia03/13/16 at 20:19David Atherton: Utterly fantastic!
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RIC 0883 Vespasianus43 viewsObv: IMP CAES VESPAS AVG P M TR P P P COS VII, Laureate head right
Rev: PAX AVGVST / S C (in exergue; Pax seated left holding branch and sceptre
AE/Sestertius (34.19 mm 27.08 g 6h) Struck in Rome 76 A.D.
RIC 883 (R), BMCRE unlisted, BNF 747
ex Pecunem Auction 41 Lot 680
4 commentsFlaviusDomitianus03/11/16 at 10:53David Atherton: Looks like it would be a wonderful coin in hand!
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051 Caracalla (196-198 A.D. Caesar, 198-217 A.D. Augustus ), RIC IV-I 005, Rome, AR-Denarius, SPEI PERPETVAE, Spes walks left, 113 views051 Caracalla (196-198 A.D. Caesar, 198-217 A.D. Augustus ), RIC IV-I 005, Rome, AR-Denarius, SPEI PERPETVAE, Spes walks left,
avers: M-AVR-ANTO-NINVS-CAES, Bare-headed and draped bust of Caracalla, at about ten years old, facing right.
revers: SPEI-PERPETVAE, Spes, personifying hope, walks left, holding a flower and a fold of her dress.
exe:-/-//--, diameter: 17,5-19mm, weight: 3,56g, axis: 6h,
mint: Rome, date: 196 A.D., ref: RIC-IV-I-5, p-212, RSC-594, BMC-190,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans03/11/16 at 10:51David Atherton: Neat portrait.
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RIC 1555 Vespasian Neptune176 viewsIMP CAES VESP AVG P M COS IIII.
Laureate bust right.

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

Antioch mint

3.35g

RIC² 1555(C); RPC 1928

Ex-Ancient Treasures
10 commentsJay GT403/09/16 at 19:32David Atherton: Nicely toned with a very muscular Neptune!
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RIC 0430 Titus62 viewsObv : T CAES VESPASIAN IMP PON TR POT COS II, Laureate head right
Rev : S-C in field; Titus on horseback right, spearing enemy
AE/Sestertius (33.16 mm 27.40 g 6h) Struck in Rome 72 A.D.
RIC 430 (R, Vespasian), BMCRE 634 (Vespasian), BNF 622 (Vespasian)
6 commentsFlaviusDomitianus03/08/16 at 18:44David Atherton: Rare and with an awesome portrait!
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RIC 0097 Domitianus31 viewsObv: CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS COS VII, Laureate head right
Rev: PRINCEPS IVVENTVTIS, Salus standing right, resting on column, feeding snake out of patera
AR/Denarius (18.32 mm 3.332 g 6h) Struck in Rome 80 A.D.
RIC 97 (C, Titus), RSC 386, BMCRE 84 (Titus), BNF unlisted
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus03/08/16 at 18:44David Atherton: Nice addition!
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RIC 0477A Domitianus74 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XII CENS PER P P, Radiate head right, with aegis
Rev: ANNONA AVGVSTI / S C (in exergue) Annona seated right, with bag of corn ears; to right small figure standing left, and in the backgound, stern of ship
AE/Dupondius (29.05 mm 13.153 g 6h) Struck in Rome 86 A.D.
RIC 477A (R3, this coin), BMCRE-BNF unlisted
ex CGB Live Auction 2016-03 brm_381525 (ex Astarte Auction 2007-09 lot 218)
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus03/08/16 at 07:25David Atherton: Very pretty patina on that one!
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Vespasian / Cista Mystica62 viewsVespasian AR Denarius 3.1g Rome Mint, 75 AD
O: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Laureate head of Vespasian right.
R: PON MAX TR P COS VI; Victory, draped, holding wreath extended in right hand, palm in left, standing left on 'cista mystica', serpents rising on both sides.
-RIC 776 (R), BMC 169, RSC 369

Well worn but still handsome to my eye.
5 commentsNemonater03/07/16 at 10:28David Atherton: I've always had a great interest in this '...
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Cherronesos, Thrace, c. 400 - 350 B.C. Silver Hemidrachm.107 viewsObverse ; lion forepart right, head turned back left.
Reverse ; Quadripartite incuse square with alternating raised and sunken quarters; X and pellet in one , Λ and pellet in opposite sunken quarter.
Cherronesos mint. Circa ; 400 - 350 B.C.; 2,28 gr 17 mm. Superb Choice Extremely Fine.

SNG Cop 824-843var (Beizeichen). Very Rare.

From The Sam Mansourati Collection.
2 commentsSam03/07/16 at 10:26David Atherton: Wow! That is a fantastic coin!
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L. SCIPIO ASIAGENUS AR Serrate Denarius21 viewsOBVERSE: Laureate head of Jupiter left, R dot below chin
REVERSE: Jupiter holding sceptre and thunderbolt in quadriga right, L SCIP ASIAG in ex.
Struck at Rome, 106 BC
3.5g, 20mm
Cornelia 24c, Crawford 311/1a-b
1 commentsLegatus02/25/16 at 20:38David Atherton: Neat addition!
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Hadrian Denarius Roma 119-22 AD Providentia standing180 viewsHadrian Denarius Roma 119-22 AD Providentia standing

Reference.
Strack 76; RIC 134; BMC 307;

Obv. IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG
Head of Hadrian, laureate, right.

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

3.50 gr
19 mm (max)
7h
7 commentsokidoki02/25/16 at 20:38David Atherton: Beautiful!
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ROMAN EMPIRE / Emperor Gordian III , AD ( 238 – 244 )73 viewsSilver Denarius, Gordian in military dress.

Obverse: IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG
Laureate draped and cuirassed bust right.

Reverse: P M TR P III COS II P P
Gordian standing right, in military dress, holding transverse spear and globe.

Mint : Rome, 8th Emission, 240 A.D., RIC 115.
2.88 grams,20.5 millimeters
The Roman Imperial Coinage, Vol. 4, Part 3,, #115.
2 commentsSam02/17/16 at 19:23David Atherton: Sharp example!
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MYLASA, CARIA AR Tetartemorion21 viewsOBVERSE: Lion's head left with reversed foreleg below
REVERSE: Lion's scalp facing, flanked by leg on both sides, in incuse circle
Struck at Mylasa, 392-376 BC
.2g, 6mm
SNG Keckman I 837-846 (lion left)
1 commentsLegatus02/16/16 at 10:33David Atherton: A tiny treasure!
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Vespasian Denarius Eagle on Cippus 256 viewsObv.
IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG
Laureate head right

Rev.
COS VII
Eagle standing on Cippus, head to left
3 commentsancientdave02/14/16 at 10:14David Atherton: Lovely coin!
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RIC 0496v Domitianus37 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GEM COS XII CENS PER P P - Laureate head of Domitian right, with aegis
Rev: S C - Mars advancing left, with Victory and trophy
AE/As - mm 29,64 g 11,209 die axis 6 - Struck in Rome 86 A.D.
RIC 496 (variant GEM instead of GERM; cfr Note 49 page 299) BMCRE 392 (variant)
ex Pecunem Auction 40 lot 550
1 commentsFlaviusDomitianus02/12/16 at 10:06David Atherton: Noble portrait.
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SYRIA, SELEUCIS AND PIERIA. Tetradrachm of Nero and Claudius I.127 viewsObverse : NERO CLAVD DIVI CLAVD F CAESAR AVG GER
Laureate head of Nero right; behind, star
Reverse : DIVOS CLAVD AVG GERMANIC PATER AVG
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 commentsSam02/10/16 at 18:55David Atherton: Fantastic! What a gorgeous portrait.
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Titus Sestertius Spes68 viewsObv.
IMP T CAES VESP AVG PM TR P P P COS VIII
Radiate head right

Rev.
SC
Greek archaic statue of Spes (Elpis) walking left, holding flower and raising hem of skirt

RIC 168

34mm 25.50g
5 commentsancientdave02/02/16 at 06:14David Atherton: Fine style portrait. Lovely all around!
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Otho (A.D. 69)22 viewsAR Denarius, A.D. 69, Rome, 18mm, 2.90g, 180°, RIC I 8.
Obv: IMP M OTHO CAESAR AVG TR P. Bare head right.
Rev: SECURITAS P R. Securitas standing left, holding wreath and scepter.
1 commentsMarti Vltori02/02/16 at 03:18David Atherton: Very nice!
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RIC 0841 Domitian Cistophorus132 viewsIMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG P M COS VIII
laureate head of Domitian to right

CA PIT across field, RESTIT in exergue
tetrastyle temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus Capitolinus, containing statues of the Capitoline Triad, Jupiter seated left between standing figures of Juno and Minerva

Ephesus or more likely Rome for circulation in the East
A.D. 82

Rare
10.83g

RIC 841 (C), S.2715, BMC 251, RSC 23, RPC 864

From the MS collection
Ex-G&M auction 147 lot 1813 March 2006
Ex-Calgary Coin
4 commentsJay GT402/01/16 at 18:48David Atherton: Fantastic coin! Good early style portrait from Rom...
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Diocletian65 viewsIMP DIOCLETIANVS AVG
Laureate head right

GENIO POPVLI ROMANI
Genius standing left holding patera and Cornucopiae SF in fields PTR in ex.

Trier 294 AD

9.74g

29 mm

RIC 582
EF
2 commentsJay GT401/30/16 at 10:30David Atherton: Great coin all around!
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RIC 0475 Domitianus119 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XII CENS PER P P, Laureate head right, with aegis
Rev: S-C, Victory standing right, inscribing DE GER on shield set on trophy; to right Germania seated right
AE/Sestertius (34.66 mm 27.53 mm 6h) Struck in Rome 86 A.D.
RIC 475 (R), BMCRE 375, BNF unlisted
ex Münz Zentrum Rheinland Auction 175 lot 565
10 commentsFlaviusDomitianus01/27/16 at 00:38David Atherton: Superb portrait.
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RIC 0585 Domitianus55 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERMAN P M TR P VII, Laureate head right
Rev: IMP XIIII COS XIIII CENS P P P, Minerva standing left, with spear
AR/Denarius (20.71 mm 3.404 g 6h) Struck in Rome 88 A.D.
RIC 585 (R2), RSC 233a, BMCRE-BNF unlisted
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus01/26/16 at 22:53David Atherton: A rare obv. legend variant! I love these portraits...
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Trajan Denarius - Arabia iii (RIC 244)44 viewsAR Denarius
Rome, 112 CE

Obv: Laureate head of Trajan (R)

Rev: ARABIA standing (L) holding olive branch and cinnamon, Camel at her feet. ARAB(IA) ADQ(UISTA) in exergue.
SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI

"Arabia Acquired" rather than "conquered".

After the death of client king Rabel II Soter in 106AD, the Roman emperor Trajan faced practically no resistance and conquered the Nabataean kingdom on 22 March 106. It became the Roman province of Arabia Petraea, with Bosra becoming its provincial capital.


RIC II 245 RSC 26
3 commentsKained but Able01/26/16 at 19:02David Atherton: Superb!
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RIC 0169 Vespasianus134 viewsObv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III, Laureate bust left
Rev: IVDEA CAPTA / SC, (in exergue); to left Vespasian standing right, left foot on helmet, holding spear and parazonium; to right, Jewess, in attitude of mourning, seated right on cuirass; palm tree between.
AE/Sestertius (34.16 mm 23.02 g 6h) Struck in Rome 71 A.D. (2nd issue)
RIC 169 (R3 this coin), BMCRE-BNF unlisted
ex ACR Auctions E-Auction 32 lot 741, ex Nomisma Auction 14 11/1999 lot 273
9 commentsFlaviusDomitianus01/25/16 at 09:59David Atherton: A really great addition Alberto!
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Domitian Cistophoric Tetradrachm Domitia98 viewsObv.
IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG P M COS VIII
Laureate head right

Rev.
DOMITIA AVGVSTA
Draped bust of Domitia right

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

26mm 10.55 g

RIC II 845 RPC II 866 RSC 2
7 commentsancientdave01/23/16 at 20:38David Atherton: Fantastic coin! Love the double portrait.
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RIC 0387 Domitianus66 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XI CENS POT P P - Laureate head of Domitian right, with aegis
Rev: S C (across field) - Mars advancing left, with Victory and trophy
AE/As - mm 28,67 g 10,27 die axis 6 - Struck in Rome 85 a.D. (2nd issue)
RIC 387, BMCRE unlisted, BNF 375
8 commentsFlaviusDomitianus01/21/16 at 01:01David Atherton: Beautiful.
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Vespasian As Aequitas 257 viewsObv.
IMP CAESAR VESP AVG COS V CENS
Laureate head right

Rev.
AEQVITAS AVGVST
SC
Aequitas standing left with scales & staff
5 commentsancientdave01/20/16 at 04:48David Atherton: The patina is lovely.
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1472A Hadrian, Cistophorus Uncertain mint in Asia Minor 138 AD Bundle of six grain ears46 viewsReference.
RPC III, 1472A; RIC 480; Pinder 88; BMCRE p. 391; cf Metcalf 93

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

Rev. COS III.
Bundle of six grain ears, pellet in middle.

8.58 gr
27 mm
6h
1 commentsokidoki01/16/16 at 10:44David Atherton: Fantastic coin!
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Vespasian Antioch Dupondius Caduceus & Cornucopii76 viewsObv.
IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG
Laureate head right

Rev.
PON MAX TR POT P P COS V CENS
Winged caduceus between crossed cornucopii
5 commentsancientdave01/15/16 at 09:36David Atherton: Superb coin!
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Gaius Caligula COS IIII Denarius152 viewsGaius (Caligula). AD 37-41. AR Denarius, 3.67 g. Rome mint. Struck January AD 41.
O: C CAESAR • AVG • PON • M • TR • POT IIII COS • IIII, laureate head right
R: S • P• Q • R •/P P/OB • C • S • in three lines within oak wreath.
- RIC I -; RIC I (1st ed.) 7 = BMCRE 32 = RSC 23a.

Extremely rare denarius of Caligula's fourth consulship, which only lasted from 1 January 41 until his assassination on 24 January. The fourth known.

Although the first of these three rare coins, the British Museum piece, was cataloged in the first edition of RIC I, it was left out of the revised edition. In that edition, Giard notes (p. 110, note *) that the BM piece was a misreading of TR POT III COS III. In fact, the first edition was correct, the piece was not misdescribed. The second known example of this type was sold as lot 56 in the Bourgey sale of 17 December 1913. Ironically, Bourgey misdescribed that coin as TR POT III COS III. A third example sold through CNG, printed auction 78 lot 1723.

"On the ninth day before the Kalends of February at about the seventh hour he hesitated whether or not to get up for luncheon, since his stomach was still disordered from excess of food on the day before, but at length he came out at the persuasion of his friends. In the covered passage through which he had to pass, some boys of good birth, who had been summoned from Asia to appear on the stage, were rehearsing their parts, and he stopped to watch and to encourage them; and had not the leader of the troop complained that he had a chill, he would have returned and had the performance given at once. From this point there are two versions of the story: some say that as he was talking with the boys, Chaerea came up behind, and gave him a deep cut in the neck, having first cried, "Take that," and that then the tribune Cornelius Sabinus, who was the other conspirator and faced Gaius, stabbed him in the breast. Others say that Sabinus, after getting rid of the crowd through centurions who were in the plot, asked for the watchword, as soldiers do, and that when Gaius gave him "Jupiter," he cried "So be it," and as Gaius looked around, he split his jawbone with a blow of his sword. As he lay upon the ground and with writhing limbs called out that he still lived, the others dispatched him with thirty wounds; for the general signal was "Strike again." Some even thrust their swords through his privates. At the beginning of the disturbance his bearers ran to his aid with their poles, and presently the Germans of his body-guard, and they slew several of his assassins, as well as some inoffensive senators. (Suetonius - Life of Caligula 58).
10 commentsNemonater01/13/16 at 18:18David Atherton: Brilliant! Fantastic all around.
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Phillip I Billion Tetradrachm Eagle22 viewsObv.
AYTOK K M IOYLI FILIPPOC CEB
Radiate, draped & cuirassed bust right, seen from front

Rev.
DHMAPX EXOYCIAC YPATO G
ANTIOXIA SC in ex.
Eagle standing left, wings spread, head and tail left, wreath in beak

Prieur 379
1 commentsancientdave01/11/16 at 22:45David Atherton: Outstanding! Lovely patina too.
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Augustus (27 BC-14 AD)77 viewsAugustus (27 BC-14 AD)
AR Tetradrachm
Syria-Antiochia ad Orontem
O: KAIΣAPOΣ ΣEB_AΣTOY, Laureate head right
R: ETOYΣ-ZK-NIKHΣ, Tyche seated right on rocks, palm branch in left hand, river god Orontes swimming right below, YPA monogram, IB / ANT monogram in right field Regnal Year 27 (5/4 BC), COS 12.
27mm
14.06g
Prieur 51; RPC 4152; McAlee 181
Ex David Hendin, 2004

Note: The ZK breaking the reverse legend is the regnal year 27, IB is for consulship 12. Minted in what is possibly the year of the birth of Jesus Christ.
5 commentsMat01/11/16 at 21:55David Atherton: Classic!
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Divus Vespasian / Quadriga52 viewsDivus Vespasian. Died AD 79. Denarius struck under Titus, 80-81.
O: DIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS. Laureate head of Divus Vespasian to right.
R: EX S C Empty quadriga advancing left, ornamented with a miniature quadriga flanked by Victories at the top and two standing figures on the side.
- BMC 119. BN 94. RIC 361 (all under Titus).
3 commentsNemonater01/06/16 at 22:35David Atherton: Nice, bold portrait.
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Titus / Tripod, Ravens, Dolphin RIC 13193 viewsTitus AR Denarius Rome Mint, 80 AD
O: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
R: TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P; Tripod, with fillets streaming out l. and r., on which are ravens r. and l., and in the center, dolphin over wreath: ('exuviae' of Apollo, for 'pulvinar' of Apollo and Diana (?)).
- RIC 131 (R), BMC 82, RSC 323a

Reka Devnia hoard, recording only 3 specimens with ravens and the dolphin and 24 specimens of the regular type with only the dolphin. The dolphin, ravens, laurel and tripod are all symbols of Apollo. His most famous attribute is the tripod, the symbol of his prophetic powers. It was in the guise of a dolphin that Apollo brought priests from Crete to Delphi, explaining Apollo's cult title "Delphinios" and the name of the town. He dedicated a bronze tripod to the sanctuary and bestowed divine powers on one of the priestesses, and she became known as the "Pythia." It was she who inhaled the hallucinating vapors from the fissure in the temple floor, while she sat on a tripod chewing laurel leaves. After she mumbled her answer, a male priest would translate it for the supplicant.
4 commentsNemonater01/06/16 at 22:34David Atherton: Brilliant example!
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Tiberius / Pax Group 255 viewsTiberius Group 2 Denarius, c. 15 - 18 A.D. Lugdunum mint.
O: TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTVS; One of the ribbons of Tiberius' laurel wreath falls over his neck.
R: PONTIF MAXIM; Triple line under throne, two above the exergue line (sometimes represented by a single base), Pax usually holds a reversed spear (as is the case in this example) instead of a scepter, the legs of the throne are ornately decorated, no footstool.

Baptiste Giard divides Tiberius' PONTIF MAXIM coins (aurei and denarii), into six groups, based on what he believes is the evolution of style over time. To some extent the portraits also reflect Tiberius' aging over a period of about 22 years. An excellent writeup can be found at http://www.forumancientcoins.com/numiswiki/view.asp?key=tribute%20penny.
2 commentsNemonater01/06/16 at 17:12David Atherton: Superb example!
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RPC II 1720 Titus32 viewsObv: AYTOKPATOPOΣ TITOY OYEΣΠAΣIANOY, Bare head of Titus right
Rev: ΔOMITIANOY KAIΣAPOΣ, Bare head of Domitian left
AE24 (24.13 mm 13.19 g 6h) Struck in Olba (Cilicia Tracheia)
RPC 1720
ex CNG Electronic Auction 257 lot 271, From the Sierra Collection
3 commentsFlaviusDomitianus01/05/16 at 17:17David Atherton: In Flavian circles you can't beat ex. Harry Sn...
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Macedon under Roman Rule. First Meris AR Tetradrachm.44 viewsMacedon under Roman Rule. First Meris AR Tetradrachm. Amphipolis, 158-146 BC.
O: Diademed and draped bust of Artemis right, bow and quiver at shoulder; all within tondo of Macedonian shield
R: ΜΑΚΕΔΟΝΩΝ ΠΡΩΤΗΣ, horizontal club, monograms above and below; all within oak wreath tied at left; thunderbolt in outer left field.
2 commentsNemonater01/05/16 at 17:03David Atherton: Fantastic!
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RPC II 1959 Vespasianus55 viewsObv: AYTOKPA KAIΣA OYEΣΠAΣIANOY, Laureate head right
Rev: ETOYC NEOY IEPOY B, Eagle standing left on club, with wings spread and wreath in beak; palm to left, crescent between legs
AR/Tetradrachm (26.54 mm 14.52 g 12h) Struck in Antiochia ad Orontem (Syria, Seleucis and Pieria) 79-80 A.D.
RPC 1959, Prieur 123
7 commentsFlaviusDomitianus01/05/16 at 10:35David Atherton: Great portrait!
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Titus as Caesar RIC II V055485 viewsTitus as Caesar. 69-79 A.D. AR Denarius. Rome Mint. 73 A.D. (3.16g, 19.9mm, 0h). Obv: T CAES IMP VESP CENS; laureate head right. Rev: PONTIF MAXIM, Vespasian std. r. on curule chair, with scepter and branch. RIC II 554 (R), BMC V113, RSC 158. Ex Incitatus/Steve McBride.

This coin is considered a mule for Titus as the reverse title POINTIF MAXIM was reserved for the Emperor. There are two types (V553 with CEN instead of CENS), and both seem to have been minted in fairly large quantities which seems unusual for a mule. This example has a die axis of 0 hours which is also unusual for the Rome mint. The Flavians used previous reverse types, and this was the ubiquitous reverse from Tiberius’ reign where the reverse figure was interpreted as Liva as Pax. Many mysteries here.
3 commentsLucas H12/30/15 at 18:33David Atherton: Unusual that your die axis is 'off'. I'...
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Caracalla111 viewsCaracalla. AD 198-217. AR Denarius 19.5mm, 3.3 g. Rome mint. 201 / 202 AD.
O: ANTONINVS PIVS AVG, Laureate and draped beardless young bust right
R: PART MAX PM TR P X, trophy; at base, bound captive seated at either side.
- RIC 322

A rare mule with a reverse meant for Septimius Severus.

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

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

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

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

Another is reported by Cohen 174 (10 francs) from the Turin collection; and there were two more in the Reka Devnia hoard.
5 commentsNemonater12/27/15 at 10:26David Atherton: Perfect coin.
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Athens, Greece, Old Style Tetradrachm, c. 454 - 404 B.C.198 views*In honor of Christmas and Chanukah , from FORVM , new to my collection ;
A masterpiece example of group Copenhagen 31 .

My best wishes to all of you.


Silver tetradrachm, SNG Cop 31, SNG München 49, Kroll 8, Dewing 1611, Gulbenkian 519, HGC 4 1597, SGCV I 2526, EF, fabulous owl, well centered on a tight flan, no test cuts, a little obverse die wear, contact marks, 17.168g, 25.0mm, 90o, Athens mint, c. 454 - 404 B.C.; 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.

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.
EX FORVM .
The Sam Mansourati Collection.
4 commentsSam12/24/15 at 08:00David Atherton: Love the owl!
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5160 EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Tetradrachm 118-19 AD Zeus18 viewsReference.
Emmett 903.3; cf Dattari 1500; RPC III, 5160; Milne 905

Issue L Γ = year 3

Obv .ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙС ΤΡΑΙΑΝΟС ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟС СƐΒ
laureate head of Hadrian, r., drapery on l. shoulder; to r., star

Rev. L Γ = year 3
Draped bust of Zeus, r., with taenia

12.73 gr
23 mm
12h
2 commentsokidoki12/24/15 at 07:59David Atherton: Nice tet!
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Domitian RIC 95753 viewsAR Denarius (19mm 2.76g)
ob. CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS
laureate head of Domitian right
rev. COS V
soldier on horseback rearing right, extending arm
Rome mint under Vespasian AD 77-78
RIC 957
2 commentsHolgerG12/24/15 at 07:57David Atherton: Nice early portrait.
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Hieron II of Syracusa. Bronze.91 viewsHieron II. 275-215 BC. Syracusa mint.
8.54 grs and 22 mm.
Observe : diademed head of Poseidon left. Reverse : ornamented trident head flanked by two dolphins.
Calciati II pg. 370, 194, R1 9. SNG ANS 968.
8 commentslabienus12/23/15 at 07:48David Atherton: Amazingly beautiful coin!
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Shekel Tyre CY 20 (107/106 BC)87 viewsPHOENICIA, Tyre. 126/5 BC-AD 65/6. AR Shekel Dated CY 20 (107/6 BC).
O: Bust of Melkart right, wearing laurel wreath, lion skin around neck
R: Eagle standing left on prow; palm frond in background; to left, LK (date) above club; monogram to right, Phoenician Bet between legs; TYPOY IEPAΣ KAI AΣYΛOY around.
- Rouvier 1997 var. (letter between legs); HGC 10, 357; DCA 919; BMC 91–2.
1 commentsNemonater12/22/15 at 23:12David Atherton: Oh, I like this one!
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DIADUMENIAN66 viewsDIADUMENIAN (Caesar, 217-218). Denarius. 2.53 g. 20mm, Rome mint.
O: M OPEL DIADVMENIAN CAES, Bareheaded, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: PRINC IVVENTVTIS, Diadumenian standing left, holding baton; two signa to right.
-RIC 107.

1st emission of Macrinus, AD 217, only three examples in the Reka Devnia hoard.

Diadumenian's three main types as Caesar exactly correspond to Macrinus' three issues, which for their part can be approximately dated on the basis of the titles they bear and their volumes of issue as revealed by the Reka Devnia hoard. So Diadumenian's dates derive from those estimated for Macrinus.

Marcus Opellius Diadumenianus was born in 208. According to Aelius Lampridius, quoted below, the boy was so named because he was born with a diadem formed by a rolled caul.

“Now let us proceed to the omens predicting his imperial power — which are marvellous enough in the case of others, but in his case beyond the usual wont. 4 On the day of his birth, his father, who then chanced to be steward of the greater treasury, was inspecting the purple robes, and those which he approved as being brighter in hue he ordered to be carried into a certain chamber, in which two hours later Diadumenianus was born. 2 Furthermore, whereas it usually happens that children at birth are provided by nature with a caul, which the midwives seize and sell to credulous lawyers (for it is said that this bring luck to those who plead), 3 this child, instead of a caul, had a narrow band like a diadem, so strong that it could not be broken, for the fibres were entwined in the manner of a bow-string. 4 The child, they say, was accordingly called Diadematus, but when he grew older, he was called Diadumenianus from the name of his mother's father, though the name differed little from his former appellation Diadematus.”

His father Macrinus was hailed as Augustus on April 8, 217. Dio Cassius tells us that Diadumenian was named Caesar and Prince of the Youth by the Senate in May 217 as soon as news of Macrinus' accession reached Rome. A little later, Dio continues, news arrived that Diadumenian had independently been proclaimed Caesar by the soldiers at Zeugma, as he was on his way from Antioch to join Macrinus in Mesopotamia, and that he had also assumed Caracalla's name Antoninus. Hence this first short issue of coins in Rome is with the titles Caesar and Prince of the Youth, but still without Antoninus.

When the armies of Elagabalus revolted at Emesa on May 16, 218, Macrinus traveled to the praetorian fortress at Apamaea to shore up (buy) support and to raise Diadumenian to the rank of Augustus. Still, Macrinus’ armies were defeated outside Antioch in less than a month.

10 year old Diadumenian was captured while fleeing to Zeugma and executed shortly thereafter. He reigned as Caesar for 13 months and as Augustus for less than one.

Although the Senate never confirmed Diadumenian’s title as Augustus, there is extremely rare silver (one or two pieces?) with Diadumenian as emperor. It is believed that a large issue was struck, only to be immediately recalled and melted down when the news of Macrinus’ defeat reached Rome.
5 commentsNemonater12/16/15 at 02:32David Atherton: Good write-up and excellent coin. Bravo!
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Antiochos VIII Epiphanes (Grypos)195 views121/0-97/6 BC. AR Tetradrachm (30mm, 16.72 g, 11h). Sidon mint. Dated SE 196 (117/6 BC). Diademed head right / BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOY EΠI-ΦANOYΣ, Zeus Ouranios standing left, holding star in extended right hand and scepter in left; to outer left; ΣIΔΩ/IEP/AΣ in three lines above monogram; C9P (date) in exergue. SC 2330.1; CSE 723; HGC 9, 1197g; DCA 268. Near EF, lightly toned. In 121 BCE, a very rare astronomical event occurred in the sky. The moon had eclipsed Jupiter, a significant celestial body of the ancient world. This phenomenon was visible from Antioch, the capital of the then-collapsing Seleucid Empire. Antiochos VIII saw this as a good omen, a harbinger that a great leader would come to Syria, so he struck symbols of the eclipse on the reverse side of Tetradrachms. The crescent above Zeus' head is the moon, and the star hovering above his hand is Jupiter.
5 commentsThatParthianGuy12/16/15 at 01:38David Atherton: Wow!
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Lucius Verus62 viewsLucius Verus. AD 161-169. AR Denarius. Rome mint. Struck AD 166.
O: L VERVS AVG ARM PARTH MAX, Laureate head right.
R: TR P VI IMP IIII COS II, PAX in ex. Pax standing left, holding branch and cornucopia.
- RIC III 561; RSC 126.

In 166 the war with Parthia ended in victory. The Parthians left Armenia and eastern Mesopotamia, which both became Roman protectorates. The resulting triumph was accompanied by a donativum and fourth Imperial acclaim for Lucius Verus and Marcus Aurelius.

Unfortunately the Antonine plague (perhaps smallpox) came from the East with the returning soldiers. It spread throughout the Empire, lasted for roughly twenty years, and killed about 5 million people, probably including Lucius Verus.
3 commentsNemonater12/14/15 at 22:18David Atherton: Very nice!
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Philippus I, Tetradrachm58 viewsAntioch mint 244 AD
ΑΥΤΟΚ Κ Μ ΙΟΥΑ ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟC CΕΒ , Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right
ΔΗΜΑΡΧ ΕΞΟΥCΙΑC, Eagle facing, head left, holding wreath in beak, tail left. SC at exergue
10,66 gr, 27-28 mm
Ref : Prieur # 319, Mc Alee # 887
3 commentsPotator II12/14/15 at 22:17David Atherton: Fantastic portrait!
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Elagabalus, AD 218-22216 viewsAR denarius, 3.5g, 19mm, 6h; Rome mint, AD 219.
Obv.: IMP ANTONINVS AVG, laureate and draped bust right, from behind.
Rev.: PM T R P II COS II P P, Providentia standing facing, head left, legs crossed, leaning with left arm on column, rod in right over globe at feet, cornucopia in left.
Reference: RIC IVb Elagabalus 23 (p. 29)
Notes: sold to Eng, 12/2015
1 commentsJohn Anthony12/12/15 at 20:32David Atherton: Nice portrait!
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Vespasian / Neptune Denarius70 viewsVespasian. 69-79 AD. Denarius, 3.10g. 18mm. Lyon Mint, 70 AD.
O: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG TR P; Laureate head of Vespasian right.
R: COS ITER TR POT; Neptune standing left, foot on prow, holding dolphin.
- RIC 1109 (R), BMC 375 note, RSC 93.
2 commentsNemonater12/12/15 at 09:56David Atherton: Nice catch!
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Titus / Quadriga59 viewsTitus. As Caesar, AD 69-79. AR Denarius, 17mm, 3.25 g. Judaea Capta commemorative. Rome mint. Struck under Vespasian, AD 72-73.
O: T CAES IMP VESP PON TR POT; Laureate head right.
R: Titus standing right, holding branch and scepter, in quadriga right.
- RIC II 371 (Vespasian); Hendin 1483; RSC 394.
2 commentsNemonater12/11/15 at 20:39David Atherton: Awesome! Nice rarity.
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Aegina Tortoise 25 viewsISLANDS off ATTICA, Aegina. Circa 350-338 BC. Drachm (Silver, 18mm, 5.23 g 2). Tortoise seen from above. Rev. Incuse square divided into five compartments; A-IΓI in upper two, dolphin in lower left section. Milbank Pl. III, 5. SNG Delepierre 1548-9. Very fine. 1 commentsJBGood12/10/15 at 02:04David Atherton: Love this one. Turtle power!
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Elagabalus, 218 - 222 AD22 viewsObv: IMP CAES M AVR ANTONINVS AVG, laureate, draped bust of Elagabalus facing right.

Rev: MARS VICTOR, Mars, helmeted, with a cloak floating at his waist, advancing right, holding a spear in his right hand, and carrying a trophy over his left shoulder.

Silver Denarius, Rome mint, 218 - 219 AD

3 grams, 19.14 mm, 0°

RIC IVii 123, RSC III 113b, S7526, VM 44
1 commentsMatt Inglima12/10/15 at 02:03David Atherton: Very nice!
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Domitian AR Denarius AD 85131 viewsDomitian. AD 81-96. AR Denarius, 20mm, 3.50g. Rome mint. Struck AD 85
O: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P IIII; Laureate bust Domitian right with aegis
R: IMP VIIII COS XI CENS POT P P; Minerva standing right on capital of rostral column with spear and shield; aegis draped over back with snakes around; owl to right.
- RIC 334

Minerva was clearly the favorite goddess and patroness of Domitian, evidenced here by his wearing of her aegis.
In the Thebaid Minerva is represented as a terrifying battle goddess, entrusted with Jupiter's horrible aegis, that terrifies the Thebans. The popular perception of Domitian as cruel and capricious was entirely consistent with the wanton destructiveness of Minerva in the epic.

What scene is portrayed on the center of the capital?
From Dressel, Berlin Medallions (published 1973), p. 14, note 1: 'Cohen 237 note says, "a standing figure and a seated figure". Gnecchi, Medaglioni I, p. 43, 4 says "two small figures, the one on the left seated and the second one kneeling before the seated figure". As can be seen on many of the more carefully engraved specimens [Dressel continues], the first figure is shown seated right, while the second figure kneels before the first figure, with arms raised in entreaty.'
6 commentsNemonater12/09/15 at 23:12David Atherton: Fantastic! What a gorgeous portrait and detailed r...
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Macrinus AE19 Antioch SC29 viewsObv.
AVT K M O C MAKRINOC C

Rev.
Large SC within laurel wreath with five pairs of leaves, dot in angled circle and delta above, epsilon below

1 commentsancientdave12/09/15 at 06:09David Atherton: Lovely patina! It really makes the designs stand o...
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RIC 0362v Domitianus38 viewsObv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XI CENS POT P P, Laureate head right, with aegis
Rev: S-C, in exergue; Domitian standing left, with thunderbolt and spear, crowned by Victory, standing right
AE/Sestertius (35.49 mm 26.94 g 6h) Struck in Rome 85 A.D. (2nd issue)
RIC 362 (R3) variant, BMCRE - BNF unlisted
ex Heritage Auctions Europe Auction 48 Lot 225 (ex Triton XVI lot 1072)
2 commentsFlaviusDomitianus12/09/15 at 06:05David Atherton: Superb rarity!
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Iovi Propugnatori Blsd duplicate56 viewsObverse: IMP ALEXANDER PIUS AVG
Bust radiate right, left shoulder slightly draped
Reverse: IOVI PRO_PUGNATORI SC left and right in field
Jupiter naked except for cloak over left arm and shoulder, standing front, body turned left, right knee bent, head turned back right, upraised thunderbolt in right hand, eagle in left hand.
BM 827* note (Naville 1924 Bement 1265) RIC 632
Weight, 11.492g; die axis, 12h.
1 commentsmix_val12/07/15 at 12:02David Atherton: Nice sharp detail in good style.
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RIC 0079v Vespasianus96 viewsObv : IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG P M T P P P COS III, Laureate draped bust right
Rev : HONOS TE VIRTVS / SC, (in exergue); Honos standing right with sceptre and cornucopia, facing Virtus standing left with spear and parazonium
AE/Sestertius (34.98 mm 25.71 g 6h) Struck in Rome 71 A.D. (1st issue - b)
RIC 79 (R2, variant: See Note 28 pg. 65, this coin), BMCRE 760 var. (same obv. die), BNF unlisted
ex Inasta Auction 62 lot 84, ex Thesaurus Auction 1 (12/2006) lot 457
6 commentsFlaviusDomitianus11/30/15 at 20:44David Atherton: A great portrait on an interesting coin! Bravo!
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Elagabalus (218 - 222 A.D.)51 viewsSYRIA, Seleucis and Pieria. Antioch
Billon Tetradrachm
Obv.: AVT K M A ANTWNEINOC, Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right
Rev.: ΔHMAPX EΞYΠATOC TOB, Eagle standing facing, head and tail left, holding wreath in beak, Δ Є above wings, star between legs.
Billon, 14.46g,
24mm
Ref.: Prieur 264
2 commentsMat11/28/15 at 20:26David Atherton: Wonderful! Love these big tets.