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ROMAN EMPIRE, Pupienus, denarius, RIC 1781 viewsIMP C M CLOD PVPIENVS AVG.Laureate bust of Pupienus
CONCORDIA AVGG.Concordia seated left,holding patera and two cornucopia
RIC-001, RSC-6, sear 2413, Rome mint April - June AD 238
8 commentsthe_Apostate11/07/08 at 16:28ROMA: Oh man what a nice coin!
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Julian II, AE1 Antioch661 viewsJulian II. 360-363 AD. AE1 (8.89 gm). Antioch mint, 4th officina. DNFLCLIVLI-ANVSPFAVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right / SECVRITAS REIPVB, bull standing right, two stars above; (palm) ANTD (palm).
RIC VIII 216; LRBC 2640.
Grade: good VF, dark brown patina.
BEAUTIFUL PORTRAIT STYLE!
I can not understand why the coin was graded as gVF only - there are no any visible traces of circulating.
The most perfect portrait of Julian which I have seen ever. If you do not agree, show me better!
13 commentsIVLIANVS11/07/08 at 16:23ROMA: Incredibly sharp coin! The actual die has a qualit...
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ACHAIA, Achaean League, Tegea. 88-30 BC. 137 viewsAR Hemidrachm (2.49 g, 8h). Laureate head of Zeus right / XA monogram; T-E across field; all within wreath. Clerk 223; BCD 1744; SNG Copenhagen 293; Benner-Tegea-4. Toned.

From Collection C.P.A. Ex Tkalec (24 October 2003), lot 94.

exCNG 78, lot 695.
4 commentsCGPCGP11/03/08 at 15:47ROMA: I saw this exact coin for sale, CNG Mail Bid Sale ...
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Titus RIC-112499 viewsAR Denarius, 2.87g
Rome mint, 80 AD
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P; Dolphin coiled around anchor
RIC 112 (C2). BMC 72. RSC 309. BNC 60.
Ex Harlan J Berk 143, 18 May 2005, lot 177.

Another in Titus' pulvinaria series commemorating the opening of the Colosseum.

Easily one of the best portraits of Titus I have ever seen. The condition of the obverse is excellent.
A coin I'm very proud to have.
11 commentsVespasian7004/20/08 at 18:09ROMA: beautiful toning, along with a strong portrait, ve...
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Nerva, Antoninianus129 viewsRome mint AD 250/251
DIVO NERVE (sic !) Radiate head right
CONSECRATIO Eagle facing
4.45 gr
Ref : RIC IV # 83b, Cohen # 152, RCV # 9467
in qblay's catalog : NE06/A052
See G&M auction # 170/2123, same dies
4 commentsPotator II03/22/08 at 21:56ROMA: I really want one of these!
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Nero, Denarius 360 viewsRome mint, AD 64/65
NERO CAESAR, laureate head of Nero right
AVGVSTVS GERMANICVS, Nero standing facing, holding branch and victory on globe
3,32 gr
Ref : RCV #1941, Cohen #45, RIC # 47
The following comment, from NFA, auction XX catalog, # 118 :
Nero's coinage reform of A.D. 64 saw a reduction in the weight standard of both the aureus and denarius denominations. A whole new range of reverse types was introduced with an unmistakably imperial flavor, in marked contrast to the senatorial types of the pre-reform coinage. This coin depicts a standing figure of the emperor, wearing the radiate crown of the sun god Sol, holding a branch of peace and a small figure of Victory. An allusion to the settlement of the Parthian question, following Corbulo's successes in Armenia in A.D. 63, seems unmistakable. It is tempting to identify this reverse type with the statue of the sun god, with the facial features of the emperor, erected by Nero in front of his Domus Aurea (Golden House), which was one of the principal features of the reconstruction following the Great Fire of Rome in A.D. 64. The Flavian Amphitheatre (Colosseum) was later erected on the site of the Domus Aurea's ornamental lake, and received its popular name from its close proximity to Nero's statue
7 commentsPotator II03/22/08 at 21:54ROMA: You dont see 'em much nicer!
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1550 - Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, Denarius289 viewsDenarius minted in 43 BC
M ANTO IMP RPC, Head of Mark Antony right, lituus behind him
CAESAR DIC, Head of Caesar right, jug behind him
3.76 gr
Ref : HCRI # 123, RCV #1465, Cohen #3
6 commentsPotator II03/22/08 at 21:52ROMA: Very Nice!
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1638 - Mark Antony and Octavian, Denarius202 viewsDenarius minted in Asia minor c.41 BC
M ANT IMP AVG III RPCM BARBAT QP, Bare head of Mark Antony right
CAESAR IMP PONT III VIR RPC, Bare head of Octavian right
3.62 gr
Ref : HCRI # 243, RCV #1504, Cohen #8
Ex Coll Alain M.
4 commentsPotator II03/22/08 at 21:51ROMA: Nice bust of Antony
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Alexander III The Great, Macedonian Kingdom, 336 - 323 B.C., Lifetime Issue, Silver tetradrachm, Price 3599 (same dies) 168 viewsSilver tetradrachm
Obv:- Head of (Alexander the Great as) Herakles right, wearing lion skin headdress knotted at base of neck
Rev:- ALEXANDROU, Zeus seated left, holding eagle in right hand and scepter in left, monogram and M below throne;
Price 3599 (same dies), Mller 67, 17.206g, 25.9mm, 255o, Babylon mint, lifetime issue, c. 325 - 323 B.C.;
EF, obverse off-center;

Dies by 'The Alexander Dekadrachm Master'. From the same highly-skilled hand as the famous dekadrachms, including Price 3598, with which this shares all symbols and their arrangement. A massive issue of coinage was struck for the mass-weddings of the soldiers of Alexander the Great to Persian women, and their subsequent return to Macedonia. The best style of the lengthy issue of Alexander coinage
3 commentsmaridvnvm03/20/08 at 18:05ROMA: It looks like his chin is coming right off the fla...
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Lucius Verus Denarius493 viewsLucius Verus Denarius

Attribution: RIC 491, Rome
Date: AD 163
Obverse: IMP L VERVS AVG,
bare head r.
Reverse: PROV DEOR TRP III
COS II, Providentia stg. l. holding
globe and cornucopiae
Size: 18 mm
Weight: 3.2 grams
4 commentsNoah02/29/08 at 06:00ROMA: Great coin!
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Crawford 312/1, Roman Republic, C. Sulpicius Galba, Denarius serratus87 viewsRoman Republic (Rome mint 106 BC.), C. Sulpicius Galba.
AR Denarius serratus (3.90 g, 18-19 mm).
Obv.: D.P.P (abbreviation of Dei Penates Publici) , before jugate, laureate heads of Dei Penates l. .
Rev.: C. SVLPICI. C. F. Two male figures (the Dei Penates) standing facing each other, each holding spear in l. hand and with r. hand pointing at sow which lies between them; above, control mark C.
Crawford 312/1 . Syd. 572 . Bab. Sulpicia 1 .

Crawford interprets this type as Aeneas landing in Lanuvium (home of Sulpicia gens) with the Penates and the subsequent miracle of the white sow that foretold the founding of Alba Longa. (David Sear, RCV 2000).

The reverse of this coin shows the sow that led Aeneas to the place, where he founded Lavinium, the mother city of Alba Longa. The cult of the Penates was closely connected with Lavinium as the Romans believed that these godheads were brought first to Lavinium by Aeneas before they came to Rome. The Penates belonged to the original gods of Rome and were not imported from the Etruscans or Greeks. The original Roman religion personified all events connected with growing, harvesting and processing the products of the field. The Penates were responsible for protecting the larder in the house of every family. There also existed Penates for the whole of Rome. They were kept at the temple of Vesta together with the palladium, the statue of Athena coming from Troy, and the holy fire. Only once a year, on June 9, the married women in Rome were allowed to see them. They came barefoot on that day to sacrifice fruits and cake.

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2 commentsArminius02/17/08 at 16:46ROMA: Not too bad, for a second I thought this coin was ...
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147 - Constantius I Chlorus - RIC VI Lugdunum 26469 viewsAE Follis
Obverse Legend DIVO CONSTANTIO PIO. Laureate, veiled and cuirassed head right
Reverse Legend MEMORIA FELIX. Lighted altar; eagle to left and right
Minted in Lugdunum (PLC). Autumn A.D. 307 - Summer A.D. 308
Reference:- RIC VI Lugdunum 264 (Scarce). Bastien XI 499

Weight:- 5.87 gms
Size:- X-Axis 26.98mm, Y-Axis 23.81mm
3 commentsmaridvnvm02/13/08 at 19:49ROMA: interesting portrait
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Titus RIC-131495 viewsAR Denarius, 3.40g
Rome Mint, 80 AD
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: 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
RIC 131 (R). BMC 82. RSC 323a. BNC 66.
Acquired from Beast Coins, April 2007.

This denarius was part of a series struck for the lectisternium (religious ceremony) celebrating the opening of the Colosseum in 80 AD.

Each god had its own sacred couch, in latin they are known as 'pulvinaria', brought out in pairs, probably in the Forum. The coins in question commemorates the sacred couches which were set out with 'exuviae' (emblems) representing the gods. This example is most likely the 'pulvinar' of Apollo.

There are two different types of the Tripod reverse: The common one with just a dolphin above the Tripod, another with a wreath and ravens added. The Reka Devina hoard records 24 specimens of the more common type and only 3 of the raven/wreath variant. Cohen and the RIC do not have seperate listings for the scarce variant, the BMCRE and RSC do record it however.

Needless to say it took a bit longer for me to acquire this less common specimen, but it was worth the wait. Wonderfully centered with gunmetal toning.
4 commentsVespasian7002/13/08 at 19:10ROMA: Nice example, and a pleasing photo!
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Titus RIC-115312 viewsAR Denarius, 3.40g
Rome Mint, 80 AD
Obv: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P; Elephant, stg. l.
RIC 115 (C2). BMC 43. RSC 303. BNC 37.
Acquired from Old Roman Coins, May 2003.

A reverse type that records the opening games of the Flavian Amphitheater.

The coin looks much better in hand than the pic shows. Some very nice toning is starting to develop on both the obv and rev.
5 commentsVespasian7002/13/08 at 19:09ROMA: Great coin, id re photo this one, i can tell its s...
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148 - Galerius - RIC VI Heraclea 37a85 viewsObv: IMP C GAL VAL MAXIMIANVS P F AVG, Laureate bust right
Rev: GENIO IMPERATORIS, Genius standing left
Minted in Heraclea mint (.HTA.) Group IV between A.D. 308-309
References: RIC Heraclea 37a (Common)
1 commentsmaridvnvm02/13/08 at 19:05ROMA: niice detailed portrait
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146 - Maximianus - RIC VI London 1738 viewsObv: IMP C MAXIMIANVS P F AVG, Laureate, cuirassed bust right
Rev: GENIO POPVLI ROMANI, Genius standing left, modius on head, naked but for chlamys over left shoulder, left hand holding cornucopiae and right hand holding patera
Minted in London (No Marks). Spring A.D. 307
Reference: RIC VI London 17.
2 commentsmaridvnvm02/13/08 at 19:05ROMA: Nice Portrait
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Caracalla, AE 27 Tetrassaria68 viewsIM C M AVRE ANTONINVS
Bust laureate, draped, cuirassed, right, seen from behind
[MVNI] STOBEN
Hades carrying away Persephone in galloping quadriga, right
Cohen IV 725, Gaebler AMNG 12, NBRM 36
Josifovski 291, same dies (V13, R14)
Kuzmanovic Collection 1040
1 commentswhitetd4902/11/08 at 06:46ROMA: Neat coin, ive never ran across this one before, i...
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Postumus SALVS AVG RIC V/2 85170 viewsAnt, 23mm, 3.49g.

Obverse: IMP C POSTVMVS PF AVG, Radiate, draped & cuirassed bust R.

Reverse: SALVS AVG, Salus standing L feeding snake over altar with flame, & leaning on anchor.

RIC V/2 85, Common.
3 commentsRobert_Brenchley02/10/08 at 07:18ROMA: You might want to reassign this coin, its in your ...
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Irregular Pax34 viewsCarausius 287-93AD
Antoninianus
Obv [.....]AVSIVS P AVG
Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rev PO AVG
Pax standing left holding transverse sceptre
Irregular mint

1 commentsmauseus02/07/08 at 10:20ROMA: interesting portrait
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82658 viewsCarausius 287-93AD
Antoninianus
Obv "VIRTVS CARAVSI"
Helmeted, radiate cuirassed bust left with spear & shield
Rev "LAETITIA AVG"
Laetitia stg left
Unmarked mint?
-/-//?
RIC 826?
1 commentsmauseus02/07/08 at 10:18ROMA: great bust
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673 viewsPostumus
260-269
AE 42 mm
Trier Mint (?)
1 commentsmauseus02/07/08 at 08:33ROMA: powerful image
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Licinius II RIC VII, Siscia 11578 viewsLicinius II 317-324 Caesar, son of Licinius I
AE - AE 3, 3.08g, 19mm
Siscia 4. officina AD 320
obv. [L]IC - NIVS IVN NOB CAES
draped, cuirassed bust, laureate head l., holding Victory on globe l. and mappa li., on cuirass head of Medusa
rev. VIRTVS - EXERCIT
standard with VOT/X between two captives
field: S and F
exergue: Delta SIS star
RIC VII, Siscia 115
R3; VF, from a hoard in Croatia 2004
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3 commentsJochen02/04/08 at 19:50ROMA: Very sharp!
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Claudius RIC I, 38785 viewsClaudius, AD 41 - 54
AV - Aureus, 7.71g, 18mm
Rome 46/47
obv. TI CLAVD CAESAR AVG PM TRP VI IMP XI
laureate head r.
rev. PACI AVGVSTAE
Pax/Nemesis walking r., holding with l. hand caduceus
and point with it at snake at her feet; holding fold of the
robe before her chin
RIC I, 38; C.57; von Kaenel 628 (this specimen!)
R2; about VF
One of my favorite coins due to its pedigree:
ex. coll. Moritz Simon, Berlin
ex. Glandining & Co., London 1929, Nr.666
ex. Cahn, Ffm. 1930, Nr.232
ex. M&M, Basel

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

1 NEMESIS, Goddess of rightful distribution
2 CADUCEUS, holding caduceus to snake = welfare
3 The interpretation of N.'s gesture, holding fold of the robe to the chin as spitting in the neck and symbol for happiness, is doubtful. Rossbach thinks it may be a gesture of modesty!
This all stands for the politics of Claudius!
15 commentsJochen02/04/08 at 19:49ROMA: Her spitting into her bosom (spuere in sinu) is ap...
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M. Junius Brutus, Crawford 433/1156 viewsM. Junius Brutus, 85 BC - 42 BC, the most famous of Caesar's assassins
AR - Denar, 3.96g, 19mm
54 BC
obv. Bust of Liberty r., no jewels in hair above forehead.
LIBERTAS to l.
rev. The consul L. Junius Brutus walking l. between two lictores preceded by an
accensor.
exergue: BRVTVS
Crawford 433/1; Sydenham 906a; Junia 31a
EF

The rev. type recalls the expulsion of Tarquinius Superbus, the last King of Rome, by L. Junius Brutus, the moneyer's ancestor, who in 509 BC was elected the first consul of the newly formed Republic. 'Libertatem et consulatum L. Brutus instituit.' (Tacitus Ann. 1, 1)
This type illustrates the strong republican view of M.Junius Brutus! Caesar should had know that
4 commentsJochen02/04/08 at 19:46ROMA: An underappreciated coin, a favorite Republican is...
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C. Clovius, Crawford 476/1a132 viewsAE - Orichalcum-Dupondius, 14.87g, 27mm
struck 45 BC for Julius Caesar, mint in northern Italy (probably Milano)
obv. bust of Victoria, winged, draped and with ear-ring, r.
CAESAR.DIC.TER before
rev. Minerva, wearing Korinthian helmet, advancing l., holding trophy over r.
shoulder, spear and shield decorated with head of Medusa; behind her feet a
snake, erecting in front of her.
C.CLOVI before, PRAEF behind
Crawford 476/1a; Sydenham 1025; C.7; RPC I 601/1; CRI 62; Julia 17; BMRR 4125
about VF, attractive yellow-olive patina (so-called river-patina!)
Pedigree:
ex Glendining 25.June 1997, lot 45
ex CNG

An exceptional issue: It is the first Roman coin struck from Orichalcum (brass). Probably this type was struck after the victory over the sons of Pompeius at Munda 17.March AD 45 to serve as donation at his triumph in Rome. The depiction is unusual and is a symbol of Caesar's military abilities. Brass was used probably to make the look of the coin more valuable.
4 commentsJochen02/04/08 at 19:43ROMA: I like the portrayal of Minerva on these
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ROMAN EMPIRE, HADRIANVS BRITANNICVS1180 viewsSestertius of Hadrian, AD 122. EXERC BRITANNICVS SC ("For the army of Britain, by order of the Senate") RIC 913. Coin currently in the British Museum Department of Coins and Medals (gallery 49, case 14).
Obv. HADRIANVS AVG COS 111 PP ("Hadrian Augustus, three times consul, father of his country")
21 commentsPetitioncrown02/02/08 at 03:51ROMA: A masterpiece...your collection is a remarkable!
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087 - Gordian III Antoninianus - RIC 14847 viewsObv: IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rev: PROVID AVG, Providentia standing left, holding a baton over the globe at her feet; left hand grasps perpendicular scepter
Minted in Rome. 14th and last Issue, 4th Officina. A.D. 244
Reference: RIC 148, RSC 296
Weight 4.16 gms
Dimensions 23.70mm
1 commentsmaridvnvm01/29/08 at 20:32ROMA: Nice Portrait
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Carausius, Diocletian & Maximianus - Antoninianus4223 viewsObv.: CARAVSIVS ET FRATRES SVI, jugate, radiate & cuirassed busts of Maximianus, Diocletian & Carausius left Rev.:PAX A-VGGG, Pax standing left, holding olive-branch & vertical scepter; S P/C. Mint Camulodunum. (Struck circa 292-293 AD)59 commentspostumus01/27/08 at 04:59ROMA: Agreed, although i suppose i could forget finishin...
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69-07 - GORDIANO III (238 - 244 D.C.)59 viewsAR Antoniniano 25 x 20 mm 3.5 gr.

Anv: "IMP CAES M ANT GORDIANVS AVG" - Busto radiado, vestido y acorazado, viendo a derecha. Visto ligeramente desde atrs.
Rev: "CONCORDIA AVG" - Concordia sentada a izquierda, portando una patera en mano de brazo derecho extendido y doble cornucopia en mano izquierda.

Acuada 3ra. Emisin 239 D.C.
Ceca: Roma (Off.3ra.)

Referencias: RIC Vol.IVc #35 Pag.19, Sear RCTV Vol.III #8604 Pag.117, Cohen Vol.V #50 Pag.27, RSC Vol. IV #50 Pag.2, DVM #4 Pag.223, Hunter P.LXXXIII
1 commentsmdelvalle01/20/08 at 18:34ROMA: Nice large flan
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Licinius I SECURITAS London mint72 viewsIMP LICINIVS P F AVG
Laureated and cuirassed bust right

SECVRI - TAS AVGG
Securitas standing left, leaning on short column, right hand on head; *//PLN

RIC VI 275;
4,24g -- 22,5mm
6 commentsgb2940001/19/08 at 15:26ROMA: I had only seen this type for MAXIMINUS II before,...
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Marcus Aurelius P M TR P XVIII IMP II COS III / ARMEN129 viewsANTONINVS AVG - ARMENIACVS
Laureated head right

R/ P M TR P XVIII IMP II COS III / ARMEN
Armenia steated left, mourning, left hand resting on bow and quiver; before her, vexillum and shield

Denarius struck 164 in Rom

C. 7 - RIC.81 - BMC.274
5 commentsgb2940001/19/08 at 15:20ROMA: Super condition, and a great coin too
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Lucius Verus denar PAX61 viewsL VERVS AVG ARM - PARTH MAX
Laureate head right

R/ PAX in ex. TR P VI IMP IIII COS II
Pax standing left holding branch and cornucopiae

Denar, struck 166 in Rom
19 mm , 3,27g axis 180

RIC.561 Cohen.126

nice patina

1 commentsgb2940001/19/08 at 15:19ROMA: Nice coin, maybe photoshop the lighting to bring s...
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Elagabalus denarius MARS VICTOR83 viewsIMP CAES M AVR - ANTONINVS AVG
Laureate bust, draped right
R/ MARS VICTOR
Mars, nacked except for cloak floating benind waist, advancing right, holding spear transversely and trophy over shoulder.

Denarius struck 218 in Rom
RIC.123

3 commentsgb2940001/19/08 at 15:18ROMA: excellent detail, nice photo
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Bactria, Graeco-Baktrian Kings, Demetrios, Æ29, ca. 200-185 BC.89 viewsBactria, Graeco-Baktrian Kings, Demetrios,
29, Hemi-obol / Triple Unit / Trichalkon (28-29 mm / 12.41 g), ca. 200-185 BC.,
Obv.: Head of elephant slightly right with raised trunk, wearing bell.
Rev.: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΔHMHTPIOY, either side of large caduceus (with serpent heads at the upper ends), monogram ΔPI... in field to left.
SNG ANS 209-11 ; Bopearachchi Srie 5C ; MIG 108a ; cf. Sear GC 7533 .

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3 commentsArminius01/15/08 at 22:23ROMA: Nice
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Gallienus, Gbl 827q (Viminacium)90 viewsGallienus 253 - 268
AR - Antoninianus, 4.24g, 22mm, 45
Viminacium, AD 257
obv. IMP GALLIENVS P AVG
draped bust, radiate head r.
rev. SPES PVBLICA
Spes advancing l., holding flower r. and lifting robe with l.
Gbl 827q (Viminacium); RIC V, 403 (Mediolanum); C.990
about VF, flan crack at 6 o'clock
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99% of the types with P AVG are from Viminacium. Spes depicted antique-like as usual.
3 commentsJochen01/09/08 at 19:45ROMA: Quality coin
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Diadumenianus Antoninianus163 viewsM OPEL DIADVMENIANVS CAES
Radiate bust right draped and cuirassed

R/ PRINC IVVENTVTIS
Prince standing half-left, holding baton and spear, to right , two standards

C. 11 Ric.106

good portrait
rare coin
8 commentsgb2940001/06/08 at 20:15ROMA: Very rare and valuable coin!
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Valentinian I RIC IX, Thessalonica 3(a)554 viewsValentinian I 364-375, brother of Valens
AV - Solidus, 4.49g, 21.3mm, 0
Thessalonica 25 Aug.364 - 24 Aug.367
obv. DN VALENTINI - ANVS PF AVG
Emperor in consular robe, holding mappa and short sceptre, pearl-
diademed head l.
rev. SALVS - REI P
Emperor standing frontal, head r., holding labarum r. and Victory on globe l.,
spurning captive kneeling l. before him
field: 2 stars r. (type 2)
exergue: SMTES
RIC IX, Thessalonica 3(a) type 2; C.32
R2; about EF, die break on upper rev.
6 commentsJochen01/01/08 at 14:10ROMA: Extraordinary portrait
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Theodosius I RIC IX, Mediolanum 8(b)357 viewsTheodosius I the Great, AD 379-395
AV - Solidus, 4.46g, 21mm
Mediolanum, Aug 25. 383 - summer 387
obv. DN THEODO - SIVS PF AVG
bust draped and cuirassed, head pearl-diademed r.
rev. VICTOR - IA AVGG
Theodosius I and Valentinianus II, both nimbated, each holding
mappa, sitting frontal, holding together globe, between them
palmbranch. Above them Victory, wings over their heads, hands
on the emperor's shoulders
exergue: COM
RIC IX, Mediolanum 8(b); C.37
Rare; good VF
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COM, from Comes Auri or Comes Obryzi. The abbreviated title of the official who is known to have supervised the imperial gold supplies in the western part of the Empire, the 'Count of Gold'. Not used in the eastern part of the Roman Empire.
4 commentsJochen01/01/08 at 11:59ROMA: Very nicely detailed, especially the reverse
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Honorius RIC X, Ravenna 1310159 viewsHonorius AD 393-423
AV - Solidus, 4.37g, 21mm
Ravenna, after the death of Arcadius AD 408-423
obv. DN HONORI - VS PF AVG
Bust helmeted r., draped, cuirassed and diademed, bearded, helmet with three stars
rev. VICTORI - A AVGGG
Emperor stg. facing, holding long staff topped by Tau-Rho and placing l. hand on hilt of
sword; he is crowned by the Hand of God and places r. foot on neck of prostrate
serpent-tailed lion.
in field: R/V
exergue: COB
RIC X, Ravenna 1310; C.43
Rare; nearly EF
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This type was struck probably soon after the death of Arcadius. The uncharacteristically warlike effigy of Honorius may bee seen as a response to the threat posed by the usurpation of Constantine III and the mutinous state of the army. He is bearded, perhaps in mourning for his brother Arcadius. (RIC X)
3 commentsJochen01/01/08 at 11:58ROMA: A nice changeup from the treading on captive solid...
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ROMAN EMPIRE, AGRIPPA AS1465 viewsObverse: M AGRIPPA L F COS III - Head left. Reverse: SC - Neptune standing, holding trident and dolphin. Rome Mint: AD 37-41. RIC I Caligula 58, Cohen 313 commentspostumus12/29/07 at 21:17ROMA: Unimprovable, really!
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Caracalla, Nicopolis ad Istrum1175 viewsMOESIA INFERIOR, Nicopolis ad Istrum. Caracalla. 198-217 AD. 26mm (11.90 gm). Ovinius Tertullus, magistrate. Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind / Apollo Sauroktonos ("Lizardslayer") standing right, holding branch and watching lizard on tree. AMNG I 1518; SNG Copenhagen -. 16 commentsthe_Apostate12/29/07 at 21:16ROMA: COOL!
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Postumus PM TRP IIII COS III PP RIC V/2 5796 viewsAnt, 23mm, 2.46g.

Obverse: IMP C POSTVMVS PF AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust R.

Reverse: PM TRP IIII COS III PP, Mars walking R with spear and trophy.

Trier, Officina B, Issue 3.

AD 262. RIC 57, Common.

The flan is very thin, hence the low weight.

2 commentsRobert_Brenchley12/23/07 at 16:05ROMA: I was going to say the exact same thing as Massanu...
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VBERITAS AVG RIC V/2 330190 viewsAnt, 21mm, 3.76g.

Obverse: IMP C POSTVMVS PF AVG, Radiate, draped & cuirassed bust R.

Reverse: VBERITAS AVG, Uberitas standing L with purse and cornucopia.

Trier, Issue 4, Officina B.

RIC V/2 330, Common.

The scarcer variant with VBERITAS spelt correctly.
6 commentsRobert_Brenchley12/23/07 at 16:04ROMA: Nice specimin!
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Postumus VICTORIA AVG RIC V/2 8998 viewsAnt, 20mm, 3.37g.

Obverse: IMP C POSTVMVS PF AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust R.

Reverse: VICTORIA AVG, Victory walking L with palm, trampling captive.

Trier, Officina B, Issue 1

RIC V/2 89, Common.

This is an early example with the very short beard (Phase B Style 1) characteristic of these.
2 commentsRobert_Brenchley12/23/07 at 16:03ROMA: Wow the shorter beard took years off!
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Postumus DIANAE LVCIFERAE RIC V/2 29963 viewsAnt, 20mm, 4.11g.

Obverse: IMP C POSTVMVS PF AVG, Radiate, draped & cuirassed bust R.

Reverse: DIANAE LVCIFERAE, Diana walking R with torch and quiver.

Trier, Officina B, Issue 4.

RIC v/2 299, Common.
2 commentsRobert_Brenchley12/23/07 at 16:01ROMA: Nice portrait, and a sharp crown!
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Commodus * Mt. Argaeus & Helios * Cappadocia, Caesarea * AR Didrachm155 views
Marcus Aurelius Commodus Antoninus 177-192 AD

Obv: Commodus, Laureate bust, right facing. Legend: AY M AYP KOMO ANT (omega)NEINOC CE
Rev: Mt. Argaeus, surmounted by Helios, holding globe in right hand, scepter in left hand. Legend: Y (Pi)ATOC (Gamma) (Pi)AT (Pi)AT

Exergue: (Blank)

Mint: Caesarea
Struck: COS III 181-182 AD.

Size: ca. 20 mm.
Weight: ca. 4.0 grams
Die axis: 0 degs.

Condition: Beautiful, clear, bright & very lustrous

Refs:*
Metcalf 146c
Sydenham 370a
SNG Copenhagen 250

5 commentsTiathena12/19/07 at 16:20ROMA: Dont see these often! Very nice
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071 - Elagabalus denarius - RIC 04067 viewsObv: IMP ANTONINVS PIVS AVG, Laureate, horned, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rev: SACERD DEI SOLIS ELAGAB, Elagabalus standing right, holding club and patera over lit altar; star in field right
References: RIC 131

I believe that this is the only coin to contain the title "ELAGAB" which is how we know this emperor today. A nicely struck example with plenty of detail.
2 commentsmaridvnvm12/18/07 at 07:35ROMA: RIC 37,131 is the only ELAGAB containing legend co...
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055 - Commodus denarius - RIC 66667 viewsObv: L AVREL COMMODVS AVG, Young Laureate head right
Rev: TR P IIII IMP III COS II P P, Victory seated left, holding patera and palm-branch
Minted in Rome in Spring A.D. 179
Reference RIC III (Marcus Aurelius) 666, Cohen/RSC 775. BMCRE 801. Szaivert, MIR 18 457-14/30;
Commodus, as joint Augustus with Marcus Aurelius
2 commentsmaridvnvm12/18/07 at 07:29ROMA: Nice young image of Commodus
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051 - Marcus Aurelius denarius - RIC 259290 viewsObv: M ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXVI, Laureate, cuirassed bust right, seen from the rear
Rev: IMP VI COS III, Roma seated left, holding Victory and spear, large shield at side
Reference RIC 259
4 commentsmaridvnvm12/18/07 at 07:28ROMA: Excellent portrait image!
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Constantius II, Antioch RIC 60, R3, 325 AD88 viewsObv: Anepigraphic
Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust left.
Rev: CONSTANTIVS CAESAR
Legend in three lines. Star above, dot below.
2.2 gm, 17.1 mm, Ae3, Exergue: */ /SMANTA/ /
3 commentsMassanutten12/17/07 at 13:32ROMA: Nice Anepigraphic obverse
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Postumus SAECVLI FELICITAS RIC V/2 8376 viewsAnt, 22mm, 4.30g.

Obverse: IMP C POTVMVS PF AVG, Radiate, draped & cuirassed bust R.

Reverse: SAECVLI FELICITAS, Emperor standing R with globe & spear, in military dress.

Trier, Officina C, Issue 4.

RIC V/2 83, Common.
2 commentsRobert_Brenchley12/15/07 at 18:50ROMA: Nice detailed rev., not easy to find with Postumus...
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Domitian as Caesar RIC-271172 viewsAR Denarius, 2.74g
Rome Mint, 80 AD (Titus)
Obv: CAESAR DIVI F DOMITIANVS COS VII; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: PRINCEPS IVVENTVTIS; Square seat, draped with cloth hanging in folds, with tassels: on it, crested Corinthian helmet
RIC 271 (C2). BMC 98. RSC 399a. BNC 79.
Acquired from Et Tu Antiquities, November 2007.

Domitian as Caesar issued this denarius under Titus in 80 AD. The reverse is part of the pulvinaria series which commemorates the opening of the Colosseum in 80 AD.

Pulvinaria were sacred couches of the gods which had symbolic attributes set upon them. In this case, the Corinthian helmet and table are attributes of Minerva, the patron goddess of Domitian.

A wonderful denarius with a good portrait in a fine style.

6 commentsVespasian7012/15/07 at 08:28ROMA: I like these Corinthian helmet reverses, sharp coi...
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Vespasian RIC-941191 viewsAR Denarius, 3.39g
Rome Mint, 77-78 AD
Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: COS VIII; Prow r. : above, star of eight rays
RIC 941 (C). BMC 210. RSC 136. BNC 186.
Acquired from Glenn W. Woods, November 2003. Ex unspecified CNG MBS.

A reverse type which copies one from Marc Antony's coinage.

Obviously a major feature of Vespasian's coinage was his recoining of many past reverse types. I don't think they were chosen at random and many of these must have had some sort of contemporary meaning.

This has always been an intriguing reverse type in my opinion. I'm not quite sure what a star and prow have to do with one another, but they do create an eye appealing reverse design.
5 commentsVespasian7012/13/07 at 07:57ROMA: Nice find, dont see it often!
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Constantine, Two Captives94 viewsCONSTANT-INVS AVG
helmeted and cuirassed bust of Constantine facing right

VIRTVS EXERCIT
standard inscribed VOT XX, two bound captives below, S-F and ligated HL in fields

ASIS(star within crescent)
Siscia mint, minted ca.320 AD, RIC 127
Fully Silvered

Okay not in my collecting area but some coins you just fall in love with =)
2 commentsarizonarobin12/12/07 at 20:27ROMA: I have one of these too, wasn't looking for one, b...
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Fausta, Constantinople386 viewsFLAV MAX-FAVSTA AVG
Mantled and bareheaded bust right with waved hair

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

CONS / A in left field

RIC 12 ; Minted Late 326 AD
AE 19-20mm; 3.10g
Ex-CNG 69 lot 151, Ex- K. Kline
11 commentsarizonarobin12/12/07 at 20:22ROMA: Wow, Fausta looks very pretty in the example, nice...
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Severina, Concordia81 viewsSeverina, 270-275,
Antoninianus, Rome

SEVERI-N-A AVG
Diademed, draped bust right on crescent

CONCORDIAE MILITVM
Concordia standing left, ensign in each hand

XXIR in exergue
E in right field

21-22mm
RIC 4
1 commentsarizonarobin12/12/07 at 20:20ROMA: I like coin, outside of the corrosion on the back ...
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Galeria Valeria, Alexandria90 viewsGaleria Valeria. Augusta, AD 293(?)-311. Follis (24mm, 7.21 g). Alexandria mint. Struck AD 308-310. Diademed and draped bust right / Venus standing facing, head left, holding up apple and raising drapery over shoulder; K-G/P//ALE. RIC VI 110. Good VF, dark brown patina, some green encrustation on the obverse.

The style of this portrait is my favorite of Galeria Valeria.
Ex-CNG
wildwinds example (this coin)
4 commentsarizonarobin12/12/07 at 20:19ROMA: No doubt this is from an Eastern mint!
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ROMAN EMPIRE, FAUSTINA JUNIOR Denarius. RIC III : 712. 757 viewsObv: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA. Diademed bust of Faustina facing right.
Rev: SAECVLI FELICIT. Two children, Commodus and Antoninus, seated on throne, with globe between them.
8 commentsthe_Apostate11/07/07 at 18:42ROMA: Wow! Mine doesnt compare!
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MEDIEVAL, Spain, Castile and Leon, Alfonso VIII507 viewsAlfonso VIII (November 11, 1155 October 5, 1214), king of Castile and grandson of Alfonso VII, is a great name in Spanish history, for he led the coalition of Christian princes and foreign crusaders who broke the power of the Almohades at the battle of the Navas de Tolosa in 1212.
The gold maravedi of Alfonso VIII is a strange blend of Muslim and Christian worlds. It has a Cross surrounded by Arabic writings!

Is there anyone who can read Arabic?
1 commentsgoldcoin11/07/07 at 18:38ROMA: Great coin! I have a silver pepion from alfonso VI...
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Antoninus Pius, Alexandria, Drachm475 views-Drachme, Alexandria (Aegyptus);

Dattari 2862 and 8723 is this same rev. type for Ant. Pius, LKB = Year 22 = 158/9 AD.
Diameter: 32 mm
Weight: 21 g
Obv.: AVT K TPAIAN AEL ANTWNINOC CE; laureate-headed bust of Antoninus Pius wearing cuirass and paludamentum, r.
Rev.: Sarapis seated, l., holding sceptre; at his feet, Cerberus; to l., Demeter standing, r., holding torch; to r., Tyche holding rudder and cornucopia; all wearing kalathos, all on galley with oars

"Definitely a rare type. Not in the rich Cologne collection for Ant. Pius, and Dattari, in the best collection of Alexandrian coins ever assembled, had only two worn specimens." Curtislclay.
6 commentsTanit11/07/07 at 18:34ROMA: Great coin, id really like to see an artists rendi...
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Crispus providentiae caess195 views Follis
AE 18 mm 3.2 g 317-326 AD
DN FL IVL CRISPVS NOB CAES laureated and draped bust right
PROVIDENTIAE CAESS Jupiter holding nike on globe raised in right hand. leaning on scepter. Palm branch at feet to left. DOT over S in right field
SMN in ex
RIC 32 Nicomedia
from uncleaned lot 10/07

6 commentsJohnny11/06/07 at 02:21ROMA: Vey nice!
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141 - Diocletian - RIC V pt II Lugdunum 43 Bust Type C103 viewsObv: IMP C C VAL DIOCLETIANVS P F AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust seen from the rear.
Rev: IOVI CONSERVAT AVGG, Jupiter standing left with thunderbolt & scepter
Minted in Lugdunum (B in left field) Emission 2, Officina 2. Spring to Summer A.D. 286
References: Cohen 240. RIC V part II Lugdunum 43 Bust Type C. Bastien 54.
2 commentsmaridvnvm11/04/07 at 01:13ROMA: This is a great portrait!
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132 - Probus - RIC 123 - Bust Type C (Lugdunum) (B in right field)68 viewsObv: IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from rear
Rev: SALVS AVG, Salus standing left, feeding serpent rising from altar, holding patera and sceptre
Minted in Lugdunum (B in right field) Emission 9, Officina 2. January to August A.D. 282
Reference: Cohen 567. Bastien 392. RIC 123 Bust type C.
1 commentsmaridvnvm11/04/07 at 01:11ROMA: Nice details!
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132 - Probus - RIC 064 - Bust Type G (Lugdunum) (IIII)217 viewsObv: VIRTVS PRO-BI AVG, Radiate, helmeted, cuirassed bust left, holding spear and shield, decorated with emperor riding past row of soldiers with shields
Rev: ADVENTVS PROBI AVG, Emperor riding left, right hand raised, left holding sceptre; at foot, captive
Minted in Lugdunum (IIII) Emission 5 Officina 4. End A.D. 277 to Early A.D. 278
References: Cohen 69. Bastien 256 (2 examples). RIC 64 Bust Type G (S)
Appears to be an obverse die match to the plate example in Bastien.
12 commentsmaridvnvm11/04/07 at 01:10ROMA: An incredible example!
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020 - Nero Denarius - RIC 28 (Pre-reform)61 viewsObv: NERO CAESAR AVG IMP, Bare head right
Rev: PONTIF MAX TR P VII COS IIII P P, Oak leaves, surrounding EX SC
Minted in Lugdunum. A.D. 60-61
References: RIC II 28 (R3)
1 commentsmaridvnvm11/04/07 at 01:05ROMA: I believe this is RIC 22, RIC 28 features Roma sta...
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Claudius II RIC V-1 Antioch 212 110 viewsAE 20- 21 mm 3.6 grams 268-270 AD
OBV :: IMP C CLAVDIVS AVG. Radiated head left
REV :: IVNO REGINA . Juno standing left holding patera and sceptre, peacock at feet
EX :: NONE
RIC V (1) 212 Antioch
Purchased from e-bay auction 09/2007
5 commentsJohnny11/01/07 at 03:04ROMA: Interesting portrait image of Gothicus
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Postumus Double sestertius FELICITAS Triumphal arch146 viewsIMP C M CASS LAT POSTIMVS P F AVG
Draped, cuirassed and radiated bust right
R/ FELICITAS on entablature of elaborate triumphal arch. AVG in ex. , two captives seated either side of trophy on roof of arch.

Double Sestertius uncertain mint

C.47 - RIC.118 - Bastien 142,156

rare reverse
4 commentsgb2940010/31/07 at 15:20ROMA: Very cool!
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Agrippina the Elder (ca. 14 B.C.-33 A.D)1783 viewsAgrippina the Elder (ca. 14 B.C.-33 A.D)
Sestertius
Daughter of Julia and Marcus Agrippa, wife of Germanicus and mother of Emperor Caligula. The most beautiful woman of all Caesars in the most incredible condition. The finest known specimen orriginally from the Morreti Collection.
Obv. Posthumous portrait ordered by Caligula to commemorate his mother who had tragically died in exile. Rev.The carpentum drawn by two mules, the vehicle reserved for the use of the women of the imperial family in the city.
Cohen 1 ; RIC 42
25 commentsPetitioncrown10/31/07 at 15:19ROMA: This is a wonderful example. Usually you run acros...
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Philip I antoninianus34 viewsPhilip I AD 244-249 Silver Antoninianus
Obv: IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: LIBERALITAS AVGG II - Liberalitas standing left, holding cornucopia and abacus.
Rome mint: AD 245 (4th Issue, 5th Officina) = RIC IV iii, 38b, page 72 - Cohen 87

Comment: This donative was given to celebrate the arrival of the Imperial family in Rome in AD 245.
1 commentsNico10/30/07 at 23:55ROMA: Sharp image of Liberalitas
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Caracalla, AR Denarius67 viewsCARACALLA. 198-217 AD. AR Denarius. Struck 206-207 AD.

19mm (2.78 g). Struck 206-207 AD. Laureate head right / Victory in galloping biga right. RIC IV 170; BMCRE 518; RSC 622. VF, porous
1 commentsNico10/28/07 at 18:29ROMA: Nice reverse!
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Aelia Flaccilla AE2. Constantinopolis. RIC IX : 551427 viewsObv: AEL FLAC-CILLA AVG. Diademed and draped bust right.
Obv: SALVS REI-PVBLICAE. Victory seated right on throne, writing Christogram on shield held on small column. In exergue, CON Epsilon (fifth officina).
11 commentsthe_Apostate10/23/07 at 21:37ROMA: Excellent detail in the hair styling
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074. Theodosius II, 402-450AD. AV Solidus.506 viewsAV Solidus. Constantinople mint. Obv: DN THEODO-SIVS PF AVG - Three-quarters bust right, draped, cuirassed, holding spear over right shoulder and shield in left hand Rev: VOT XXX MVLT XXXXS - Constantinopolis seated left, holding cross on globe and scepter, her left foot sits on the prow of a galley and at rear of her throne, a shield sits; in right field, a 'star'. Exe: CONOB : AD 430-440, RIC X, 257 (s) Scarce, page 259/ 4.48 g. Choice FDC.
15 commentsLordBest10/18/07 at 20:12ROMA: Now that is detailed!
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051. Carinus, 283-285AD. BI Antoninianus56 viewsAE Antoninianus. Siscia.

Obv. Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right M AVR CARINVS NOB CAES

Rev. Fides standing left holding two standards, star P in right field FIDES MILITVM, XXI in ex.

CHEF. Rare, possibly unpublished variant.
2 commentsLordBest10/18/07 at 20:11ROMA: Great coin!
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6. Faustina Sr. silver Denarius, Rome Mint201 viewsChoice gVF, 3.48g., 12.1 mm, 0, Rome Mint 147-161 AD
O: DIVA FAVSTINA, minted by husband Antoninus Pius after her death
R: CERES, Ceres holding heads of grain and a torch
5 commentsZam10/16/07 at 18:01ROMA: Now that is sharp!
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3.3 Vespasian IUDAEA denarius123 views69 - 70 AD
Rome Mint
rev. IVDAEA, captive Jew seated below a trophy
commemorates the reconquest of Judaea by Vespasian and Titus, after the four year revolt against Rome.
3 commentsZam10/16/07 at 17:47ROMA: I like this portrait. Vespasian looks more like a ...
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Augustus RIC I, 322682 viewsAugustus 27 BC - AD 14
AR - Denar, 3.83g, 20mm, Rome 19 BC, by moneyer Q Rustius
obv. Q RVSTIVS - FORTVNA, ANTIAT (in ex., hard to see!)
Busts, draped, jugate, r., of Fortuna Victrix, helmeted, holding patera in l.
hand, and Fortuna Felix, wearing stephane;
both busts rest on bar terminating at each end in a ram' s head
rev. CAESARI . AVGVSTO
A highly ornamented rectangular altar with a bowl on it, inscribed in front
FOR.RE
ex.: EX.S.C.
RIC I, 322; BMCR 2
R2; about VF, toned

FORTVNA ANTIATIS, Fortuna of Antium, one of the most important places of Fortuna worshipping, as two goddesses, sisters, FORTVNA VICTRIX, more male, and FORTVNA FELIX, more female. Or as two aspects of only one goddess?
On the rev. the altar of FORTVNA REDVX, erected by the Senatus for the lucky return of Augustus 19BC with the 53 standards from the Parthians in Rome near the Porta Capuana.
Q Rustius celebrates Augustus and his own hometown Antium.
4 commentsJochen10/13/07 at 21:19ROMA: Cool coin, first time ive seen it too!
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Caracalla RIC IV, 253 var.364 viewsCaracalla AD 198-217
AR - Denar, 3.30g, 20.3mm
Rome AD 215
obv. ANTONINVS PIVS AVG GERM
bust laureate r.
rev. PM TRP XVIII COS IIII PP
Aesculapius, naked to waist, standing front, head front, holding serpent-wreathed
wand, resting on ground, in r. hand, l. hand across body, wrapped in fold of drapery; at
feet, r., globe, at feet l. small hooded figure (Telesphorus), standing front, hands on
breast
RIC IV/1, 253 var.; C.307; BMC 105
MS, lustrous
from Forum Ancient Coins, thanks!

RIC has listed this type only with Aesculapius head l.
12 commentsJochen10/07/07 at 01:12ROMA: This is a real beauty!
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Constantine I588 viewsCONSTANTINUS I, THE GREAT, 307-337 AD. Centenional (2,5 gr.; = 17,40 mm.; 6:00 hs.). Mint of Siscia, 1st officina, ca. 334-335 AD. Obv. DN CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG. Diademated militar bust right. Rev. GLORIA EXERCITVS. Two soldiers besides two militar standars; ex.: ASIS. RIC VII (Sis.) #235; Salgado MRBI #8276.f. Mint State. Shiny dark patina.
4 commentsRicardo08/24/07 at 02:39ROMA: wow! nice patina
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Crispus Solidus - "Heroic bust"408 viewsGold solidus, RIC 20, gVF, ex jewelry, 4.046g, 18.5mm, 0o, Cyzicus mint, 324 A.D.; obverse FL IVL CRISPVS NOB CAES, laureate, nude bust left holding spear and shield; reverse CONCORDIA AVGG NN, Concordia seated left holding caduceus and cornucopia, SMKE in ex; very rare. Ex J. Kern, ex FORVM.3 commentspaulo08/24/07 at 02:38ROMA: Excellent portrait!
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Julian II solidus118 viewsObserve: D.N. IVLINVS NOB. CAES.
Reverse: GLORIA REI PUBLICAE.
Mint: SMANZ
Weight: 4,4 gr.
4 commentsCorduba08/22/07 at 06:27ROMA: Very nice detailed reverse
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Claudius, AD 41-54113 viewsAE As, 29.63mm (10.10 gm).

TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP P P, bare head left / Minerva standing right, helmeted and draped, hurling javelin, round shield on left arm, S - C to left and right. Rome mint, struck AD 42.

RIC I, 116 (pg. 130); BMCRE I, 207.
3 commentssocalcoins08/21/07 at 14:20ROMA: I wish mine was this nice!
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Nero Denarius120 viewsLaureate head right, NERO CAESAR AVGVSTVS / Salus seated left on throne, holding patera in right hand, left arm resting at her side, SALVS in exergue. Rome mint, AD 65 - 66. RIC I 60 (pg. 153).3 commentssocalcoins08/21/07 at 14:20ROMA: nice portrait image of Nero
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Septimius Severus395 viewsSEPTIMIUS SEVERUS - AR Tetradrachm - LAODICEE, 202-2115 commentsAlwin08/19/07 at 23:01ROMA: Very nice eastern style portrait of Septimius!
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Probus - RIC 877 var - Bust Type H (Serdica) (KAΔ) (unlisted with this bust type)331 viewsObv: IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG, Radiate and cuirassed bust left wearing imperial mantle and holding eagle tipped scepter
Rev: VIRTVS PROBI AVG, Emperor galloping right, spearing enemy whose shield lies beneath horse
Minted in Serdica (KAΔ in exe) Emission 4 Officina 4. A.D. 277
Reference: RIC 877 var. Bust type H. (RIC does not list this entry with this bust type)
2 commentsmaridvnvm08/19/07 at 23:00ROMA: Awesome reverse!
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, Marcia - L. Marcius Phillippus. Denarius 56 B.C.1895 viewsObv: Diademed head of King Ancus Marcius right, lituus behind, ANCVS below.
Rev: Aqueduct (the Aqua Marcia) represented as an arcade of five arches surmounted by equestrian statue right, AQVA MAR (MAR in monogram) within arches, PHILIPPVS on left.
RCV I : 382 | RSC I : Marcia 28.

This moneyer was the step-brother of Octavian, who was just seven years old at the time of this issue. The reverse of this coin commemorates the construction, in 144 B.C., of the Aqua Marcia by Q. Marcius Rex, whose statue appears above the aqueduct.
18 commentsthe_Apostate08/19/07 at 22:58ROMA: A coin for the ages... very nice
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Constantine I, Siscia RIC 84680 viewsAE3, 319 AD
Obv: CONSTANT-INVS AVG, Cuirassed bust left wearing high crested helmet and holding shield and spear.
Rev: VICT(dot) LAETAE PRINC PERP, Two Victories holding shield inscribed VOT/PR over alter.
(dot) ASIS(dot) in exergue.
19mm, 3.8 gm.
RIC 84, Rated R1
5 commentsjdholds08/19/07 at 22:56ROMA: One of my favorites of Constantine, great coin
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Roman Empire, Lucius Verus AE Sestertius291 viewsLucius Verus AE Sestertius. IMP CAES L AVREL VERVS AVG, bare headed, cuirassed bust right / CONCORD AVGVSTOR COS II, Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus standing opposite, clasping hands. SC in ex.

POSSIBLY UNIQUE

Apparently this arrangement of the rev. legend is rare: usually it's COS II in exergue and S - C in field. Of seven specimens in the British Museum, only one has the arrangement like this one, with COS II in circular legend and SC in exergue.

That BM coin, no. 862, has a cuirassed bust like this, but head laureate rather than bare.

THIS COIN IS CERTAINLY UNPUBLISHED, IF NOT UNIQUE.
EXTREMELY FINE
Ex Knker 2007

- Thanks to Curtis Clay for his invaluable assistance.
1 commentsTrajan08/18/07 at 23:03ROMA: Cool find, plus Verus is one tough lookin dude
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Nicomedia, Diocletian145 viewsDiocletian 284-305 AD
AR Argenteus 3.16 gm

DIOCLETI-ANV AVG
Laureate head right

VICTORIAE-SARMATI CAE
Camp-gate with open doors, four turrets above; star above door

SMN(gamma)
Nicomedia mint. Struck 295-296 AD

RIC VI 25a; RSC 492b
5 commentsarizonarobin08/11/07 at 04:37ROMA: nice portrait image
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TEMPLE, Q.Cassius Longinus, Temple of Vesta846 viewsQ. Cassius Longinus -- AR Denarius. Head of Libertas right; LIBERT left, Q. CASSIVS right / Curule chair within temple of Vesta; urn to left and voting tablet inscribed AC to right. Crawford 428/2; Sydenham 918; Cassia 8.9 commentsfeatherz08/03/07 at 08:52ROMA: Beautiful color, with a sharp portrait!
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CAMPGATE, CONSTANTIUS II, AE3296 viewsRIC VII 217 of Siscia ΔSIS double cresent2 commentscscoppa08/03/07 at 08:50ROMA: Great portrait image!
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Carausius, Diocletian & Maximianus - Antoninianus4223 viewsObv.: CARAVSIVS ET FRATRES SVI, jugate, radiate & cuirassed busts of Maximianus, Diocletian & Carausius left Rev.:PAX A-VGGG, Pax standing left, holding olive-branch & vertical scepter; S P/C. Mint Camulodunum. (Struck circa 292-293 AD)59 commentspostumus07/15/07 at 07:55ROMA: Noah, did you stop and think that someone that can...
 
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