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Trajan, RIC 535, Sestertius of AD 104-107102 views Sestertius (28,58g, 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 SApr 18, 2016
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Claudius, RIC 103, for Agrippina Junior, Sestertius of AD 50-5489 views Sestertius (27,0g, 33mm, 6h). Thracien mint. Struck AD 50-54 (under Claudius).
Obv.: AGRIPPINAAVGGERMANICIFCAESARISAVG, Agrippina Jr. draped bust right, hair in long plait.
Rev.: no legend, Carpentum left, drawn by two mules, the cover supported by standing figures at each corner and with ornamented side.
RIC Claudius 103 (R3); BMC p195*; Cohen unlisted
Ex Cayn Subastas, speed auction 32, Feb. 2016; ex Ex Cayn, Dec. 2006.
8 commentsCharles SMar 30, 2016
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 580, Sestertius of AD 139 (Aurum Coronarium: Cappadocia)34 views Sestertius (25,31g, 33mm, 6h). Rome, AD 139.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: CAPPADOCIA (around) COS II (in ex.) S | C, Cappadocia, wearing towered headdress, short tunic and short cloak, standing left, holding diadem and vexillum, Mons Argaeus with star above at left of her feet.
RIC 580 (R); BMC 1185; Cohen 120 (fr.25); Strack 784; Banti 51 (var.)
ex Ex Rauch, 19th live e-Auction, Feb. 2016.

Extremely rare: only 2 specimens in ACSearch.info and missing from WildWinds.com
1 commentsCharles SMar 06, 2016
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Trajan, RIC 617, Sestertius of AD 112-114 (Basilica Ulpia)47 views Sestertius (21,28g, 32,8mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 112-114.
Obv.: IMP CA[ES NERVAE] TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR [P COS VI P P], laureate draped bust right.
Rev.: BASILICA VLPIA / S C in ex. S P [Q R OPTI]MO PR[INCIPI] around, faade of Trajan's forum showing main entrance flanked by a double-collonade on a podium of three steps; the columns support one central pier and two smaller side piers; above, sculptured frieze with quadriga in the centre facing, flanked by bigae.
RIC 617 (R2); BMC 983; Cohen 44; Strack 424; Banti 36 (5 spec.); MIR 464v; rev. die seems to match MIR 464vf & 464v1 and pl.92.
Ex Calgary Coin (Robert Kokotailo), Jan., 2016; ex old Calgary collection (MS) from 1980's or earlier.
Charles SMar 03, 2016
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Trajan AE Sestertius, RIC 549 var.94 views Sestertius (27,23g, 33,5mm, 6h). Rome, AD 107.
Obv.: IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P, laureate draped cuirassed bust right.
Rev.: S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI around, S C in ex., Trajan crowned by Victory.
RIC 549 var. ; BMC 825 var.; Cohen 516 var.; Strack 359 (Mailand, Castello Sforza (1929) for this bust type); Banti 221 var.; MIR 14/320 (unlisted bust type [h])
Ex cgb.fr, Sept. 2015
3 commentsCharles SFeb 23, 2016
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 676, As of AD 141-143 (Bonus Eventus) 39 views As (9,91g, 26mm, 11h). Rome, AD 141-143.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: BONO EVENTI (around), S | C (in field), Bonus Eventus, naked, standing left, sacrificing out of patera over altar and holding grain ears.
RIC 676; Cohen 106; Strack 823
Ex CNG eAuction 368, Feb., 2016.
2 commentsCharles SFeb 21, 2016
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Nerva, RIC 89, Sestertius of AD 97 (modius with corn ears and poppy)45 views Sestertius (22,95g, 34mm, 6h). Rome, AD 97.
Obv.: IMP NERVA CAES AVG PM TR P COS III P P, laureate head right.
Rev.: PLEBEI VRBANAE FRVMENTO CONSTITVTO, Modius on three legs, containing six stalks of grain and one poppy in the middle.
RIC 89 (S); BMC 115; Cohen 127; Banti 38 (10 spec.); Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 96/5
Ex CNG eAuction 367, January 2016.

The reverse legend translates "fixing the grain quota for the plebs of Rome" . The poppy is associated with the ears of corn, also dedicated to Ceres
1 commentsCharles SFeb 10, 2016
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Trajan, RIC 567, Sestertius of AD 107 (Trajan ploughing)41 views Sestertius (22,55g, 33mm, 6h). Rome, AD 107.
Obv.: IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P, laureate head right.
Rev.: S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI around, S C in ex., Trajan as priest, veiled, togate, ploughing right with two oxen (or cow and ox).
RIC 567 (R); BMC 829; Cohen 539 (fr.40); Strack 384; Banti 257 (4 spec.); Roman Historical Coins 102/45; MIR 14: 310
Ex Boule (Paris), Mail Bid Auction 107, Oct. 2015.

The ritual act of founding by drawing the sulcus primigenius (original furrow): Trajan as city founder
Charles SJan 23, 2016
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Faustina Junior, RIC (M. Aurelius) 1717, Sestertius of AD 176-180 (biga)58 views Sestertius (28,76g, 32mm, 12h). Rome, AD 176-180.
Obv.: DIVA FAVSTINA PIA, draped bust right, hair knotted behind.
Rev.: SIDERIBVS RECEPTA around, S | C, Faustina, with veil flying behind head, in biga right.
RIC Marcus Aurelius 1717 (R); BMC 1591; Cohen 217 (25 fr.); Banti 123 (5 spec.)
Ex Boule (Paris), Mail Bid Auction 107, Oct. 2015

"Received amongst the stars".
1 commentsCharles SJan 23, 2016
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Faustina Sr, RIC (A. Pius) 1141, sestertius of AD 145 (carpentum) 27 views Sestertius (23,53g, 31mm, 12h). Rome, AD 145.
Obv.: DIVA AVGVSTA FAVSTINA, draped bust right with hair waived & coiled on top head.
Rev.: EX S C in ex., ornamented carpentum drawn right by two mules.
RIC Antoninus Pius 1141 (R2); Cohen 199 (40 fr.); Strack 683 (P (carpentum w. 5 statues)); Banti 66 (2 spec.)
Ex Boule (Paris), Mail Bid Auction 107, Oct. 2015.
Portrait tooled
1 commentsCharles SJan 23, 2016
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Domitian, RIC 717, for Julia Titi, Sestertius of AD 92-94 (Carpentum)27 views Sestertius (23,63g, 32mm, 6h). Rome, AD 92-94.
Obv.: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XVI CENS PER P P around large SC, .
Rev.: DIVAE IVLIAE AVG DIVI TITI F around, SPQR in ex, Carpentum right drawn by two mules right; the tilt rests on standing figures at each corner, three corners showing; draperies or guirlands on the side of the body of the carpentum; six spokes in wheel.
RIC Domitian 717; BMC 458; Cohen (Julia) 9 (15fr); Roman Historical Coins 93/40
Ex Boule (Paris), Mail Bid Auction 107, Oct. 2015.

Issued in honour of the consecration of Julia Titi, daughter of Titus, in AD 91.
Charles SJan 23, 2016
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 542, Sestertius of AD 139 (Liberalitas)82 views Sestertius (25,57g, 33mm, 11h). Rome, AD 139.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head right.
Rev.: TR POT COS II around, LIBERALITAS / [AVG] in ex., S | C, Antoninus seated left on platform on the right; before him man seated left, distributing to citizen right, mounting steps of platform; beside him, official standing, holding counting board.
RIC 542 (R2) (but hd. laureate, not bare); BMC 1143 variant of rev. (note); Cohen 482 (50 fr.) (var.: head laureate, not bare; Cohen reading PM in error in obv. legend); Strack 816; Banti 204 (1 spec.); Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 124:4b
Ex Boule (Paris), Mail Bid Auction 107, Oct. 2015

Issued on the occasion of the first largesse of Antoninus Pius at his accession.
5 commentsCharles SJan 22, 2016
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Claudius, RIC 103, for Agrippina Junior, Sestertius of AD 50-5431 views Sestertius, 25,70g, 34mm, 6h, Thracien mint, AD 50-54
Obv.: AGRIPPINA AVG GERMANICI F CAESARIS AVG, Agrippina Jr. draped bust right, hair in long plait.
Rev.: no legend, Carpentum left, drawn by two mules.
RIC (Claudius) 103 (R3); BMC p.195*; Cohen unlisted; RCV 1910
Ex Boule (Paris), Mail Bid Auction 107, Oct. 2015
Charles SJan 22, 2016
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Antoninus Pius, Medaillon of AD 13957 views Medaillon (51,03g, 40,5mm, 10h). Rome, AD 139.
Obv.: IMP T AEL CAES HADR ANTONINVS AVG PIVS, laureate head left.
Rev.: P M TR POT / COS II in two lines low in field, Victory in prancing biga right.
Cohen 647 (300 fr.) var. (bust type); BMCRM 3, p.7 and Pl.VIII,2 var. (bust type), Strack 523 var. (bust type); Banti 303 var. (bust type); Gnecchi 1912 Vol II 36, p.13 var.; and Pl.46,8 var. (bust type)
Ex Naville Numismatics Live Auction 18, November, 2015; ex Kunst und Munzen 29 (Lugano 20-21 May 1993), lot 409.

All references above point to a single specimen in the British Museum. The present specimen has been struck from the same reverse die, but the obverse bust type is completely different: laureate head left, while the BM specimen has draped, cuirassed laureate bust right.
2 commentsCharles SNov 14, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 716b, Sestertius of AD 143-144 (Fides, rare left head variety)28 views Sestertius (25,85g). Rome, AD 143-144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate head left.
Rev.: IMPERATOR II around, S | C, Fides standing right, holding corn-ears and basket of fruit.
RIC 716b; BMCRE 1608 note; Cohen 427; Strack 933; Banti 176 (2 spec.; same obv. die as plate)
Ex Artemide Aste s.r.l. auction 31E Nov. 2015.
Charles SNov 03, 2015
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TEMPLE, Vespasian, Sestertius - temple of Jupiter Capitolinus110 views Sestertius (27,72g, 33mm, 6h). Rome, AD 76.
Obv.: [IMP CAES] VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS VII, laureate head right.
Rev.: SC in ex., Temple of Jupiter Capitolinus with six columns on podium of three steps; between the columns in the center on a pedestal, the statue of Jupiter seated on a throne, holding a scepter in l. hand; right and left statues of Juno and Minerva standing; outside the columns two statues standing. The pediment is decorated with Jupiter seated between two figures and groups in the corners; on the roof are statues and eagles at the corners left and right.
RIC 886; BMC 721; Cohen 488
Ex Calgary Coin (Robert Kokotailo), Sept. 2015; from an old time Calgary collection (MS), CNG Sale 58 (September 19, 2001), lot 1139.
1 commentsCharles SNov 02, 2015
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TEMPLE, Tiberius, sestertius - temple of Concordia108 views Sestertius (26,50g, 35mm, 12h). Rome, AD 36-37.
Obv.: TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVST PM TR POT XXXIIX around large S C.
Rev.: Hexastyle temple on podium of five steps with flanking walls to r. and l.; Concordia seated within, holding patera and cornucopiae, flanked by the statues of Hercules and Mercurius; Jupiter, Juno, Minerva, Victories and other figures above empty pediment.
RIC 67 (R); BMC 133; Cohen 70; RCV 1766
Ex Varesi Numismatica Auction 65, 10 Feb. 2015; ex Ex Astarte XII, 12 Sep. 2003, lot 485.

The temple of Concordia in the Roman Forum was restored and embellished under Tiberius. It housed so many antique statues that Pliny the Elder called it a museum of art and Greek sculpture.
1 commentsCharles SNov 02, 2015
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Domitilla, RIC (Titus) 262, Sestertius of AD 80-8131 views Sestertius (23.92g, 34mm, 6h). Rome, AD 80-81
Obv.: MEMORIAE DOMI-TILLAE in three lines high in field S.P.Q.R in ex., Carpentum drawn right by two mules.
Rev.: IMP T CAES DIVI VESP F AVG P M TR P P P COS VIII around large S C.
RIC Titus 262 (C); BMC 270:228; Cohen 1
Ex Jean Elsen, Auction 98, Dec. 2008
1 commentsCharles SOct 28, 2015
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Faustina Junior, RIC (M. Aurelius) 1702, Sestertius of AD 176-18070 views Sestertius (26,18g). Rome, AD 176-180.
Obv.: DIVA FAVSTINA PIA, draped bust right, hair knotted behind.
Rev.: CONSECRATIO around, S | C Faustina, veiled, holding scepter, seated on peacock flying right.
RIC (M. Aurelius) 1702 (S); BMC 1570; Cohen 69; Banti 38 (24 spec.)
Ex Knker eLive Auction 37, Oct. 2015
4 commentsCharles SOct 27, 2015
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Antoninus Pius AE Sestertius - RIC 583102 views Sestertius (25,9g, 32mm, 6h). Rome, AD 139.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head right.
Rev.: MAVRETANIA around, COS II in ex., S | C, Mauretania, bare-headed, standing l, in short tunic, holding crown and sceptre (normally a spear).
RIC 583 (R2); BMCRE 1190 note; Cohen 551 (40 fr.); Strack 789; Banti 235 (this specimen illustrated).
Ex Mike R. Vosper, October 2015; ex Vinchon sale, 1973.
3 commentsCharles SOct 19, 2015
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Roman Empire, A. Pius sestertius. Banti plate coin87 views Sestertius (25,9g, 32mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 139.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head right.
Rev.: MAVRETANIA around, COS II in ex., S | C, Mauretania, bare-headed, standing l, in short tunic, holding crown and sceptre.
RIC 583 (R2); BMC 1190 note; Cohen 551 (40 fr.); Strack 789; Banti 235 (this specimen illustrated, Vinchon sale, 1973)
Ex Mike R. Vosper, Oct. 2015; ex Ex Vinchon sale, 1973.

Plate in: Alberto Banti, Florence, 1984, "I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali", vol.II-3, no.235, p.153
1 commentsCharles SOct 18, 2015
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Trajan, RIC 558, Sestertius of AD 104-10722 views Sestertius (26,37g, 35mm, 6h). Rome, AD 104-107.
Obv.: IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P, laureate bust w. aegis.
Rev.: S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI around, S C in ex., River god Danube left, pushing Dacia down.
RIC 558 (S); BMC 793 note; Cohen 526 (fr.25); Strack 383; MIR 199c; Banti 233.
Ex Knker, Auction 270; ex Auktion Mller 41, Solingen 1983, Nr. 240.
Charles SOct 17, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 644, Sestertius of AD 140-144 (Janus)19 views Sestertius (27,56g, 33mm, 12h). Rome, AD 140-144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head right.
Rev.: TR POT COS III around, S | C, Janus standing front, holding long sceptre.
RIC 644 (S); BMC 1317; Cohen 881; Strack 886; Banti 435 (3 spec.)
Ex Knker, Auction 270; ex Auktion Hirsch Nachf. 166, Mnchen 1990, Nr. 939.
Charles SOct 17, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 577, Sestertius of AD 139 (Crown series: Alexandria)22 views Sestertius (27,06g, 33mm, 6h). Rome, AD 139.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head right.
Rev.: ALEXANDRIA around, COS | II, S | C, Alexandria, with lotus flower on head, standing left, holding crown and ibis.
RIC 577 (R); BMC 1181; Cohen 26; Strack 775; Banti 15 (1 spec. (BMC))
Ex Knker, Auction 270.
Charles SOct 17, 2015
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Antoninus Caesar, RIC (Hadrian) 1082, Sestertius of AD 138 (Pietas)27 views Sestertius (26,10g, 31mm, 6h). Rome, AD 138.
Obv.: IMP T AELIVS CAESAR ANTONINVS, bare head right.
Rev.: TRIB POT COS around, PIETAS in ex., S | C, Pietas standing right before adorned lighted altar, raising right hand and holding incense box.
RIC (Hadrian) 1082 (scarce); BMC 1942; Cohen 602; Strack 901 (Hadr); Banti 268 (2 spec.)
Ex Knker, Auction 270.
Charles SOct 17, 2015
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Faustina Sr, RIC (A. Pius) 1129A, Sestertius of AD 145 (Concordia)17 views Sestertius (31,79g, 33mm, 12h). Rome, AD 145.
Obv.: [DIVA A]VGVSTA FAVST[INA], draped bust right with hair waived & coiled on top head.
Rev.: CONCORDIA around,, S C in ex., Marcus Aurelius and Faustina Jr. clasping hands over altar, between large statues - also clasping hands - on pedestal of Antoninus, holding Fortuna statuette, and Faustina Sr. holding sceptre.
RIC (A. Pius) 1129A (R3); BMCRE p.230/*; Cohen 161; Strack 1232; Banti 51 (2 spec.)
Ex Knker, Auction 270.
1 commentsCharles SOct 17, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 584, Sestertius of AD 139 (Crown series: Mauretania)17 views Sestertius (27,27g, 33.5mm, 6h). Rome, AD 139.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head right.
Rev.: MAVRETANIA around, COS II in ex., S | C, Mauretania standing l, in short tunic, holding crown and two javelins pointing downwards.
RIC 584 (R2); BMC 1190 note; Cohen 552 (40 fr.); Strack 790 (Vienna collection); Banti 236 (1 spec.)
Ex Knker, Auction 270; ex Auktion Mnzzentrum 85, Kln 1996, Nr. 555.
Charles SOct 17, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 583 var., Sestertius of AD 139 (Crown series - Mauretania)41 views Sestertius (25,9g, 32mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 139.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head right.
Rev.: MAVRETANIA around, COS II in ex., S | C, Mauretania, bare-headed, standing l, in short tunic, holding crown and sceptre (normally a spear).
RIC 583 (R2); BMCRE 1190 note; Cohen 551 (40 fr.); Strack 789; Banti 235 (this specimen illustrated).
Ex Mike R. Vosper, October 2015; ex Vinchon sale, 1973.
1 commentsCharles SOct 16, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 947, Sestertius of AD 155-156 (wreath)24 views Sestertius (27,09g, 33mm, 6h). Rome, AD 155-156.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PI-VS P P IMP II, laureate, draped bust right.
Rev.: TR POT XIX COS IIII SC in four lines within wreath of corn ears.
RIC 947 (scarce); BMCRE 2002; Cohen 998; Strack 1127; Banti 469 (1 spec.)
Ex cgb, Sept. 2015.
2 commentsCharles SOct 16, 2015
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Trajan, RIC 549 v., Sestertius of AD 107 (Victory crowning Trajan)47 views Sestertius (27,23g, 33,5mm, 6h). Rome, AD 107.
Obv.: IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P, laureate draped cuirassed bust right.
Rev.: S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI around, S C in ex., Trajan crowned by Victory.
RIC 549 v. ; BMCRE 825 v.; Cohen 516 v.; Strack 359 (Mailand, Castello Sforza (1929) for this bust type); Banti 221 var. (32 spec.); MIR 14/320 (unlisted bust type [h])
Ex cgb.fr, Sept. 2015

This bust type is mentioned but not listed by Woyteck as the specimen seen by Strack was not located.
2 commentsCharles SOct 16, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 706, Sestertius of AD 132-13534 views Sestertius (28,30g, 35mm, 12h). Rome, AD 132-135.
Obv.: HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, bare, draped bust left.
Rev.: FELICITATI AVG in two lines in field above, COS III P P field below, S | C, Galley left with six oarsmen: at the bow a mast raking forward with flag and sails attached, at the stern is a hortator and an arched cabin between two standards.
RIC 706; Cohen 677; Strack 837; Banti 385
Ex Hesss Divo, The Lugdunum Sale 12, Sept. 2015; ex List SKA Monetarium 48, Zurich 1989, lot n178.
1 commentsCharles SOct 15, 2015
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Vespasian, RIC 886, Sestertius of AD 76 (Temple of Jupiter Capitolinus)39 views Sestertius (27,72g, 33mm, 6h). Rome, AD 76.
Obv.: [IMP CAES] VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS VII, laureate head right.
Rev.: SC in ex., Temple of Jupiter Capitolinus with six columns on podium of three steps; between the columns in the centre on a pedestal, the statue of Jupiter seated on a throne, holding a sceptre in l. hand; right and left statues of Juno and Minerva standing; outside the columns two statues standing. The pediment is decorated with Jupiter seated between two figures and groups in the corners; on the roof are statues and eagles at the corners left and right.
RIC 886 (rare); BMCRE 721; Cohen 488
Ex Calgary Coin (Robert Kokotailo), Sept. 2015; from an old time Calgary collection (MS), CNG Sale 58 (September 19, 2001), lot 1139.
3 commentsCharles SOct 15, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 616, Sestertius of AD 140-144 (Pax)28 views Sestertius (23,29g, 32mm, 6h). Rome, AD 140-144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate head right.
Rev.: PAX AVG around, S| C, Pax standing left, holding olive branch and cornucopiae.
RIC 616 (scarce); BMC 1265; Cohen 589; Strack 843; Banti 259 (16 spec.)
Ex Aureo & Calic, auction 270, Sept. 2015.
3 commentsCharles SOct 15, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 519 var., Sestertius of AD 138 (Pax)31 views Sestertius (26,19g, 30mm, 6h). Rome, AD 138.
Obv.: IMP CAES AELIVS ANTONINVS AVG, laureate head right.
Rev.: PONT MAX TR POT COS DES II, Pax standing left, holding olive branch and cornucopiae.
The reverse legend is unlisted in the standard references. Without the DES II, at the end of the rev. legend, it would correspond to RIC 519, Cohen 660, Strack 744 and Banti 31.
Ex ureo & Calic, auction 270, September 2015; ex ureo &, Calic 27/09/2012, n 142.
2 commentsCharles SOct 15, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 636, Sestertius of AD 140-144 (Salus)15 views Sestertius (20,09g, 31mm, 11h). Rome, AD 140-144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate head left.
Rev.: SALVS AVG around, S | C, Salus standing left, feeding snake arising from altar out of patera and holding rudder on globe.
RIC 636 (C); BMC 1308; Cohen 715; Strack 855; Banti 347 (4 spec.)
Ex Roma Numismatics E-Sale 20, August, 2015.
Charles SSep 05, 2015
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Roman Repubic, As, Rome 169-158 BC11 views As (22.73g, 30mm, 6h). Rome, 169-158 BC.
Obv.: Laureate head of Janus; above, mark of value.
Rev.: MVRENA above; mark of value to right, Prow of galley right.
Crawford 186/1

Ex Roma Numismatics E-sale 29, August, 2015; ex Andrew McCabe Collection.
1 commentsCharles SAug 26, 2015
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Roman Republic, 208 BC12 viewsAE Triens (4.12g, 23mm, 5h). Staff and Club Series Triens. Etruria, 208 BC.
Obv.: four pellets above, helmeted head of Minerva right.
Rev.: above, ROMA ad staff; below, four pellets, Prow right.

Ex Roma Numismatics E-sale 29, August 2015; ex Andrew McCabe Collection.

Crawford 106/6 var; McCabe Group E1; Essays Russo pg. 146, plate E1. Tr. 2
1 commentsCharles SAug 26, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 780, Sestertius of AD 145-147 (Roma)17 views Sestertius (26,1g, 30mm, 12h). Rome, AD 145-147.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS PP TR P COS IIII, laureate head right.
Rev.: S | C, Helmeted Roma seated left with Victory on globe & transverse scepter, shield at side.
RIC 780 (C); BMC 1711; Cohen 753; Strack 1006; Banti 365 (11 spec.)
Ex Gilliscoins, August, 2015.
Charles SAug 25, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 716, Sestertius of AD 143-144 (Fides, rare left facing bust)11 views Sestertius (25.5g, 32.5, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 143-144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS PP TR P COS III, laureate head left.
Rev.: IMPERATOR II around, S | C, Fides standing, head right, holding corn ears and basket with fruit.
RIC 716 (C); BMC 1608; Cohen 427; Strack 933; Banti 176 (same obv. die as plate; 2 spec.)
Ex Gilliscoins, August, 2015.
Charles SAug 25, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 946, Sestertius of AD 155-156 (Providentia)26 views Sestertius (25,98g, 32mm, 12h). Rome, AD 155-156.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P IMP II, laureate head right and draped left s..
Rev.: TR POT XIX COS IIII around, S | C, Providentia standing left, extending right hand over globe, holding scepter in left hand.
RIC 946 (C); BMC 2000; Cohen 976; Strack 1124; Banti 460 (1 spec.)
Ex Gitbud & Naumann, Auction 34, August 2015

Although rated common in RIC, there is no example in WildWinds and only one in ACSearch.
1 commentsCharles SAug 24, 2015
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Trajan, RIC 569, Sestertius of AD 107-110 (bridge)23 views Sestertius (22,96g, 33mm, 6h). Rome, AD 107-110.
Obv.: IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P, laureate bust 3/4 frontal right, Paludament left shoulder.
Rev.: SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI around, S C below, Single-span bridge with fortified towers with stairs and statues on top at each end; below a boat.
RIC 569 (C); BMC 489 (var.: bust type); Cohen 542 (8 fr.); Strack 385 (var.: bust type)); MIR 314 (unlisted bust type x); Banti 261 (25 spec. (var.: bust type)); RCV 3207; RHC 100/21; Hill (The monuments of Ancient Rome as Coin Types) 201.
Ex cgb, August 2015.
Charles SAug 10, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 655, Sestertius of AD 140-144 (Victoria flying with open wreath)57 views Sestertius (25,48g, 31mm, 5h). Rome, AD 140-144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate head right.
Rev.: VICTORIA AVGVSTI around, S | C low in field, Victoria wearing towered headdress, winged, draped, flying left, holding an open wreath in both hands..
RIC 655 (S); BMC 1329; Cohen 1087 (6 fr.); Strack 867; Banti 513 (4 spec.)
Ex Nomos, July 2015
4 commentsCharles SAug 06, 2015
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Vespasian, RIC 1497 var., orichalcum coin of AD 77-78 (Spes)24 viewsVespasian, orichalcum coin (11,1g, 30mm, 6h), mint of Asia Minor (Ephesus?), AD 77-78
Obv.: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANAVGVST, laureate head right
Rev.: PONT MAX TR POT P PCOSVIIICENS around, S | C, Ceres, veiled, standing left with two corn ears and cornucopiae.
RIC 1497 var. (obv. legend ends in AVGVST (B-type) not AVGVSTVS (A-type)). The coin as a B-type is probably unpublished so far in combination with this reverse.

RIC 1497 matches with RPC II 1470 and was R3 (only one known). The recent RPC S3 Supplement reports of another example found in during excavations Athens, 2006.
2 commentsCharles SAug 05, 2015
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Galba, RIC 79, As of Sept-Dec. 68, Spanish mint (Tarraco?)18 views As (10,5g, 18mm, 10h). Spanish mint (Tarraco?), struck Sept-Dec. 68 AD.
Obv.: SER GALBA IMP AVGVSTVS, laureate head left, globe at point of bust.
Rev.: QVADRAGENS REMISSAE, around, S C in ex., triumphal arch with two equestrian statues to left, three prisoners with hands tied behind their backs, advancing right, the foremost under the arch, second and third walking towards the arch, followed by officer.
RIC 079 (S); BMC 205 var. (obv. legend); BNC 40 var. (obv. legend); RCV 2136; RHC 75:20
Ex John Jencek, Oct., 2002
Charles SAug 05, 2015
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Galba, RIC 81, As of Sept-Dec. 68, Spanish mint (Tarraco?), 15 views As (9.7g, 18mm, 6h). Spanish mint (Tarraco?). Struck Sept-Dec. 68 AD.
Obv.: SER GALBA IMP [...AVGVSTVS?], laureate head right, globe at point of bust.
Rev.: QVADRAGENS REMISSAE around, S C in ex., triumphal arch with 2 equestrian statues, 3 prisoners followed by officer below.
RIC 81 (R) (in Wildwinds.com as RIC 80 var.)
Ex Walter C. Holt, April 2003

This is apparently an extremely rare coin. The portrait on this coin has suffered some damage, probably as damnatio memoriae following his murder at the hands of the Praetorians.

The reverse legend on this coin refers to the abolition of the 2% (1/40th of 100) customs duty, a reward to Gaul and Spain for their support. According to Walter Holt, The relationship between captives and the remission of a tax is unclear. The identities of the captives on this type are unknown but they may refer to his predecessor Nero, Clodius Macer, his rival for the purple, and the fallen rebel Vindex, though their depiction as captives (as all are dead by now) causes some problems.
According to Clive Foss ("Roman Historical Coins"), the captives probably represent financial officials of Nero who plundered the province and denounced Galba.
Charles SAug 05, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 781(f), Sestertius of AD 134-138 (Nilus)21 views Sestertius (22.9g, 31mm, 12h). Rome, AD 134-138.
Obv.: HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, laur. dr. bust right.
Rev.: S C, Nilus reclining r., crocodile in water below; above three children, the one on the right riding a hippopotamus.
RIC 781(f) (R); BMC 1773; Cohen 1377; Strack 738; Banti 727 (1 spec.)
Ex D.Ruskin, Oxford, Aug. 1994
1 commentsCharles SAug 04, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 587, Sestertius of AD 139 (Crown series: Phoenicia)34 views Sestertius (27,11g, 34mm, 6h). Rome, AD 139.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head right.
Rev.: PHOENICE around, COS II in ex., S | C, Phoenicia, with turreted head-dress, standing left, holding diadem as crown and short sceptre, palm tree behind; prow by left foot.
RIC 587 (R); BMC 1193; Cohen 596; Strack 794; Banti 265 (3 spec.); RCV 4202
Ex ArtCoins Roma E-Auction 28, July 2015.
1 commentsCharles SAug 01, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 881, As of AD 150-151 (Justitia)22 views As (10,46g, 29mm, 6h). Rome, AD 150-151.
Obv.: IMP CAES T AEL HADR ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head right.
Rev.: TR POT XIIII COS III around, IVSTITIA in ex., S | C, Justitia seated left, holding patera and sceptre.
RIC 881 (C); Cohen 474; Strack 1059
Ex ArtCoins Roma E-Auction 28, July 2015
1 commentsCharles SAug 01, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 530b var., sestertius of AD 139.43 views Sestertius (24,97g, 32mm, 5h). Rome, AD 139.
Obv.: IMP T AEL CAES HADR ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head right.
Rev.: P M TR POT COS II around, S | C, Fides standing facing, head right, holding grain ears and basket of fruit.
RIC 530b var. (obv. legend without P P) ; BMC 1135 var. (same); Cohen 849 var. (same); Strack 756 var. (same); Banti 306 var. (same)
Ex CNG EAuction 355, lot 535, July 2015.
This is an extremely rare variant with the title P P added to the long obv. legend used in 138 to early 139, before the title Pater Patriae was awarded. The first sestertius with this obv. legend appeared in the Garonne Hoard of 1965 and 1970, published in 1984, no. 3569, pl. LVIII. Additional sestertii were collected by Curtis Clay in 1996 and 2012. This specimen is the fourth known. Until now, all these sestertii have the Fides standing reverse type.
2 commentsCharles SJul 29, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 717a, Sestertius of AD 143-144 (Victoria)10 views Sestertius (27,12g, 32mm, 12h). Rome, AD 143-144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate head right.
Rev.: IMPERATOR II around, S | C, Victoria standing right holding transverse trophy with both hands.
RIC 717a (C); BMC 1610; Cohen 433; Strack 941; Banti 178 (13 spec.)
Ex CNG Electronic Auction 355, July, 2015.

Issued as part of a series celebrating Antoninus Pius' second triumph, awarded to him in honour of the victory won over the rebellious British tribes by Governor Lollius Urbicus in 143 A.D.
Charles SJul 29, 2015
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Circus Maximus - Trajan115 views Sestertius (24.27g, 32.95mm, 5h). Rome mint. Struck AD 103-104.
Obv.: IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P laureate bust of Trajan right with aegis.
Rev.: SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI around, S C in ex., bird's-eys view on the Circus Maximus in Rome, as seen from the Forum Boarium, showing portico in foreground with eleven arched entrances and monumental gate surmounted by quadriga on right, two additional arches, each surmounted by quadriga behind the portico at both ends, the central spina adorned with tall obelisk of Rameses II at center flanked by equestrian statue of Trajan on left and shrine of Cybele on right , the two metae (turning posts) placed at the extremities; at the far side of the Circus, a curved wall incorporating a tetra-style shrine of Sol.
RIC 571 [R] and pl. x, 187 (rev. only); Cohen 546 (Fr.60); Strack 391; BMC 856; Banti 275 (4 spec.); MIR 175c and pl. 28 (citing 20 examples of this variety; same obv. die as plate 175c1; same rev. die as 175a3); RCV 3208 var. (different bust type).

ex G. Henzen (Netherlands, 2000)

The reverse of this sestertius commemorates the completion in AD 103 of a major restoration of the Circus Maximus, following a great fire that had severely damaged the famous arena in the time of the Flavian emperors. The origin of the Circus Maximus, situated in the Murcia valley between the Palatine and Aventine hills, is quite obscure. An enclosure for chariot racing, it had parallel sides and one semicircular end, all fitted with seats for spectators, and an axial rib (spina) marked at each end by turning-posts (metae) dividing the arena into two runs. At the open end were the curved stables (carceres) sufficient to accommodate twelve teams of horses. Traditionally founded by King Tarquinius Priscus, it does not seem to have become a permanent structure until 329 BC (Livy viii. 20.1). In later times, it was much embellished, notably by Augustus who erected on the spina the great Egyptian obelisk of Rameses II from Heliopolis (it now stands in the Piazza del Populo). The vast arena was frequently damaged by the fires that afflicted the imperial capital; on several occasions, there was loss of life when structural failure occurred under the weight of the huge crowds that attended the events. Trajan was himself an ardent fan of the Circus so it is scarcely surprising that he took on the task of restoring the arena. The present specimen is a good example of the rare issue that commemorated the completion of this undertaking. More than a century later (AD 213), the Emperor Caracalla issued a similar type to record his own restoration work on the Circus Maximus. The last recorded games in this celebrated arena took place under the Ostrogothic king Totila in AD 550.
1 commentsCharles SJul 28, 2015
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Antoninus Caesar, RIC (Hadrian) 1083(a), Sestertius of AD 138 (Pietas)57 views Sestertius (28,44g, 32mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 138 (under Hadrian).
Obv.: IMP T AELIVS CAESAR ANTONINVS, bare head right.
Rev.: TRIB POT COS around, PIETAS in ex., S | C, Pietas standing left extending hand above lighted altar and holding incense box.
RIC Hadrian 1083(a) (S); Cohen 605 (4 fr.); Strack 899 (BPW); Banti 270 (5 spec.)
Ex Klassische Muenzen, Dr. Michael Brandt, July, 2015; ex Bayerische Vereinsbank, Mnzschtze 9, Nr. 174 / 26.6.1975.
1 commentsCharles SJul 25, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 991 var., Dupondius of AD 158 (Liberalitas)13 views Dupondius (12.7g; 25mm; 4h). Rome, AD 158.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS PP IMP II, radiate head right.
Rev.: TR POT XXI COS IIII around, LIB | VIII / S | C across fields, Liberalitas standing left, holding account board and cornucopiae..
RIC 991 (var.) (S); Cohen 529; Strack 1151
Ex coll. F.Diederik, July, 2015.
Charles SJul 25, 2015
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Tiberius, RIC 67, Sestertius of AD 36-37 (temple of Concordia)16 views Sestertius (26,50g, 35mm, 12h). Rome, AD 36-37.
Obv.: TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVST PM TR POT XXXIIX around large S C.
Rev.: No legend, Hexastyle temple on podium of five steps with flanking walls to r. and l.; Concordia seated within, holding patera and cornucopiae, flanked by the statues of Hercules and Mercurius; Jupiter, Juno, Minerva, Victories and other figures above empty pediment.
RIC 67 (R); BMC 133; Cohen 70; RCV 1766
Ex Varesi Numismatica Auction 65, 10 Feb. 2015; ex Ex Astarte XII, 12 Sep. 2003, lot 485.

The temple of Concordia in the Roman Forum was restored and embellished under Tiberius. It housed so many antique statues that Pliny the Elder called it a museum of art and Greek sculpture.
Charles SJul 25, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 935(b), As of AD 154-155 (Hercules)15 views As (8.1g, 25mm, 12h). Rome, AD 154-155.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XVIII, laureate and draped bust right.
Rev.: COS IIII S C, Hercules standing right right holding club. left bow and arrow and lion skin on arm.
RIC 935(b) (S); BMC 1978; Cohen 210; Kankelfitz 153/73
Ex Ancient Times, Oxford, 1995.

The reverse depicts the statue of Hercules of the Theatre of Pompey, 2nd century, now in the round room area of Museo Pio-Clementino
Charles SJul 24, 2015
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Commodus, RIC 570, As of AD 190 (emperor ploughing)16 views As (8,48g, 24mm, 6h). Rome, AD 190.
Obv.: M COMM ANT P FELIX AVG [BRIT P P], laureate head right.
Rev.: COL LAN [COM P M TR P XV IMP VIII] around, COS VI / SC in ex., Commodus, veiled and togate, as priest, ploughing right with yoke of two oxen.
RIC 570 (R2); Cohen 40 (20 fr.); RCV 5856
Ex Naville Numismatics Live Auction 16, July 2015

Issued to mark the elevation of Commodus' birthplace Lanuvium from municipium to the rank of colony: COLonia LANuvina COMmodiana.
Charles SJul 24, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 835f, As of AD 134-138 (Tellus)5 views As (13.7g, 27mm, 6h). Rome, AD 134-138.
Obv.: HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, laureate draped bust right.
Rev.: TELLVS STABIL around, S C in ex., Tellus reclining left.
RIC 835f (S); Cohen 1433
Ex G. Henzen, Amerongen, May 1997
Charles SJul 20, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 719(c), As of AD 133-134 (Galley)8 views As (8.1g, 26mm, 6h). Rome, AD 133-134.
Obv.: HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, bare and draped bust right.
Rev.: FELICITATI AVG around, COS III P P in ex., S | C, Galley left with steersman and rowers.
RIC 719(c) ; Cohen 660; RHC 119/108c
Ex G.Henzen, Amerongen, Nov. 1996
Charles SJul 20, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 717(f), As of AD 132-134 (Emperor galloping)11 views As (10.8g, 27mm, 6h). Rome, AD 132-134.
Obv.: HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, bare and draped bust right.
Rev.: COS III PP around, S C in ex., Hadrian on horseback galloping right, holding spear.
RIC 717(f) (C); Cohen 495; Kankelfitz 139/101
Ex D.Ruskin, Oxford, Feb. 1995
Charles SJul 20, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 849, Sestertius of AD 134-138 (Dacia)20 views Sestertius (22.76g, 30mm, 6h). Rome, AD 134-138.
Obv.: HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, laureate draped bust right.
Rev.: DACIAin ex., S | C, Dacia seated left on rocks, foot on rock, holding standard and a falx (=curved sword).
RIC 849 (S); BMC 1740; Cohen 528; Banti 237 (14 spec.)
Ex CNG eAuction 65 lot 69, May 2003
1 commentsCharles SJul 20, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 841, As of AD 134-138 (Africa)9 viewsAs (9.4g, 28mm, 6h). Rome, AD 134-138.
Obv.: HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, laureate and draped bust right.
Rev.: AFRICA around, S C in ex., Africa reclining left, holding scorpion and cornucopiae, basket of fruit at feet.
RIC 841 (S); Cohen 143; RHC 117/81
Ex Holleman, Enschede, Jan. 1997

Issued to ark Hadrian's visit to Africa in 128, seen as new military departure
Charles SJul 20, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 975, As of AD 117-138 (Salus)4 views As (12.1g, 27mm, 6h). Rome, AD 117-138.
Obv.: HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P, laureate head right.
Rev.: COS III around, S | C, Salus standing holding snake, feeding it from patera.
RIC 975 (C); Cohen 731
Ex G.Henzen, Amerongen, 1997
Charles SJul 20, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 974, Dupondius of AD 138-139 (Hilaritas)8 views Dupondius (12.6g, 26mm, 6h). Rome, AD 138-139.
Obv.: HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P, radiate head right; drapery on l. shoulder
Rev.: HILARITAS P R around, COS III in ex., S | C, Hilaritas standing left, holding palm branch and cornucopiae; left a little boy, right, a girl.
RIC 974 (C); Cohen 820
Ex D.Ruskin, Oxford, 1994; from old British collection.
Charles SJul 20, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 519a, Sestertius of AD 138 (Pax) 16 views Sestertius (22,19g, 30mm, 6h). Rome, AD 139.
Obv.: IMP CAES AELIVS ANTONINVS AVG, laureate head right.
Rev.: PONT MAX TR POT COS around, S | C, Pax standing left holding olive branch and cornucopiae.
RIC 519a (S); BMCRE p.169/; Cohen 660; Strack 744; Banti 312 (3 spec., this specimen illustrated)
Ex Klassische Muenzen , Dr. Michael Brandt, 2015/07/10; ex Ex Bayerische Vereinsbank, Mnzschtze 9, Nr. 175 / 26.6.1975.
Charles SJul 19, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 519c, Sestertius of AD 138 (Pax)38 views Sestertius (26,51g, 31mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 138.
Obv.: IMP T AEL CAES HADRI ANTONINVS AVG PIVS, laureate head right.
Rev.: PONT MAX TR POT COS around, S | C, Pax standing left holding olive branch and cornucopiae.
RIC 519c (scarce); BMCRE BMCp169; Cohen unlisted; Strack 745 (R); Banti 313 (1 spec. coll. Gnecchi)
Ex ArtCoins Roma, 2015/07/07.

This coin is a mule, combining an obverse of Issue 3, late AD 138, which includes the title "PIVS", with an older reverse of Issue 2 which normally has obv. legend without this title: IMP CAES AELIVS ANTONINVS AVG .
1 commentsCharles SJul 19, 2015
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Roman Empire, ANTONINUS PIUS. Banti plate coin 67 views Sestertius (22,19g, 30mm, 6h). Rome, AD 139.
Obv.: IMP CAES AELIVS ANTONINVS AVG, laureate head right.
Rev.: PONT MAX TR POT COS around, S | C, Pax standing left holding olive branch and cornucopiae.
RIC 519a (S); BMCRE p.169/; Cohen 660; Strack 744; Banti 312 (3 spec., this specimen illustrated)
Ex Klassische Muenzen , Dr. Michael Brandt, 2015/07/10; ex Ex Bayerische Vereinsbank, Mnzschtze 9, Nr. 175 / 26.6.1975.
Charles SJul 19, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 594b, Sestertius of AD 120-12230 views Sestertius (24,23g, 33mm, 6h). Rome, AD 120-122.
Obv.: IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG P M TR P COS III, laureate head right.
Rev.: RESTITVTORI ORBIS TERRARVM around, S C in ex., Hadrian standing left; holding roll and extending hand to raise turreted woman kneeling left, holding globe.
RIC 594b (R); Cohen 1285; Strack 559; Banti 678 (27 spec.)
Ex Naville Numismatics Live Auction 16, 2015/07/12.
1 commentsCharles SJul 19, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 784, Sestertius of AD 145-147 (Salus)13 views Sestertius (28,07g, 34mm, 12h). Rome, AD 145-147.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS IIII, laureate head right.
Rev.: SALVS AVG around, S | C, Salus standing left, holding patera to feed snake coiled around lighted altar and holding a rudder on a globe.
RIC 784 (C); BMC 1303; Cohen 718; Strack 998; Banti 340 (43 spec.)
Ex H.D.Rauch E-Auction 17, 2015/07/10
Charles SJul 18, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 714, As of AD 128-138 (Clementia)8 views As (11.3g, 27mm, 6h). Rome, AD 128-138.
Obv.: HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, bare and draped bust right.
Rev.: CLEMENTIA AVG COS III P P around, S | C, Clementia standing left, holding patera and sceptre.
RIC 714 var (patera); Cohen 512; Strack 826; Kankelfitz 139/104a
Ex D.Ruskin, Oxford, Nov. 1996 (from an old British collection).
Charles SJul 15, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 974j, Dupondius of AD 128-1329 views Dupondius (12,9g, 28mm, 6h). Rome, AD 128-132.
Obv.: HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P, radiate bust right drapery left shoulder.
Rev.: HILARITAS P R around, COS III in ex., S | C, Hilaritas standing left, holding palm branch and cornucopiae left left small boy right small girl.
RIC 974j (C); Cohen 820; Strack 629
Charles SJul 15, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 970(b), Sestertius of AD 138-139 (Hilaritas)16 views Sestertius (21.8g, 33mm, 6h). Rome, AD 138-139.
Obv.: HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P, laureate head right.
Rev.: HILARITAS P R around, COS III in ex., S C, Hilaritas standing left, holding palm branch and cornucopiae; left a little boy, right, a girl.
RIC 970(b) (C); BMC 1372; Cohen 817; Strack 630; Banti 441 (35 spec.)
Ex D.Ruskin, Oxford, June 1994.
Charles SJul 15, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 662, As of AD 125-128 (Janus)6 views As (10.3, 17mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 125-128.
Obv.: HADRIANVS AVGUSTVS, laureate head right.
Rev.: COS III around, S | C, Janus standing holding sceptre in right hand left hand on hip.
RIC 662 (C); Cohen 281; Strack 601; RHC 117/75

Issued on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the reign in 127 AD, celebrated as the renewal of the golden age (Foss, RHC)
Charles SJul 15, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 657(j), Dupondius of AD 125-128 (Salus)7 views Dupondius (14.8g, 27mm, 6h). Rome, AD 125-128.
Obv.: HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, radiate head right, aegis.
Rev.: COS III around, S C in ex., Salus seated left right holding patera to feed snake rising from altar.
RIC 657(j) (C); Cohen 370; Strack 612
Ex D.Ruskin, Oxford, June, 1995.
Charles SJul 15, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 655, Dupondius of AD 125-128 (Aequitas)9 views Dupondius (14.6g, 27mm, 6h). Rome, AD 125-128.
Obv.: HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, radiate head right.
Rev.: COS III around, S C in ex., Aequitas seated left, holding scales and cornucopiae.
RIC 655 (c); Cohen 387; Strack 607; Kankelfitz 139/99d.
Ex D.Ruskin, Oxford, August 1995, from old British collection.
Charles SJul 15, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 617, As of AD 121-122 (Fortuna Redux)5 views As (12.0g, 26mm, 5h). Rome, AD 121-122.
Obv.: IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, laureate, draped bust right
Rev.: P M TR P COS III, around, FORT RED in ex., S | C, Fortuna seated left, holding rudder and cornucopiae.
RIC 617 (C); Cohen 748; Strack 570
Ex D.Ruskin, Oxford, Aug. 1995.
Charles SJul 15, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 604a, Dupondius of AD 119-121 (Salus)4 views Dupondius (11.8g, 25mm, 6h). Rome, AD 119-121.
Obv.: IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG PM TR P COS III, radiate bust right and draped l.s..
Rev.: SALVS PVBLICA around, S | C, Salus standing left, holding patera and rudder.
RIC 604a (C); Cohen 1358; Strack 561; Kankelfitz nr. 141/149
Ex G.Henzen, Amerongen, Nov. 1995
Charles SJul 14, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 570, Dupondius of AD 119-121 (Annona)9 views Dupondius (15.1g, 29mm, 6h). Rome, AD 119-121.
Obv.: IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG, radiate bust right.
Rev.: PONT MAX TR POT COS DES III around, ANNONA AVG in ex., S | C, Annona standing left, holding cornucopiae and corn ears above modius, ship behind.
RIC 570
Ex Holleman, Enschede, Febr. 1998
Charles SJul 14, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 571, Dupondius of AD 119 (Fortuna)8 views Dupondius (10.2g, 26mm, 6h). Rome, AD 119.
Obv.: IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG, radiate bust right and draped l.s..
Rev.: PONT MAX TR POT COS III around, FORT RED in ex., S | C, Fortuna seated left, holding rudder and cornucopiae.
RIC 571 (S); Cohen 759; Kankelfitz 140/114a
Ex D.Ruskin, Oxford, Dec. 1994, from old British collection.
Charles SJul 14, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 555, Dupondius of AD 118 (Annona)7 views Dupondius (12.5g, 27mm, 6h). Rome, AD 118.
Obv.: IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS - HADRIANVS AVG, radiate head left.
Rev.: PONT MAX TR POT COS II around, ANNONA in ex., S | C, Annona standing left holding corn ears over modius; holding cornucopiae; ship's prow in back.
RIC 555 ; Cohen 179; Strack 512; Kankelfitz 138/92a
Ex G.Henzen, Amerongen, June 1996
Charles SJul 14, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 554, dupondius of AD 118 (Roma and Hadrian)14 views dupondius (12.3g, 26mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 118.
Obv.: IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG, radiate head right, drapery on left shoulder.
Rev.: PONT MAX TR POT COS II around, ADVENTVS AVG / S C in ex., Roma seated right on cuirass, spear, clasping hands with Hadrian togate, standing left.
RIC 554 (S); Cohen 92; Strack 511; RHC 111/13
Ex G.Henzen, Amerongen, Sept. 1998
Charles SJul 14, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 1012, Quadrans, undated (extremely rare coin of the mines)14 views quadrans (3,4g, 17mm, 6h). PINCVM mint, AD 119-138.
Obv.: HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P, laureate head right.
Rev.: AELIANA / PINCEN/ SIA, in three lines within oak wreath.
RIC 1012 (R2); Cohen 120; Strack 455a
Ex D. Ruskin, Oxford, March, 2003
Charles SJul 14, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 688, Semis, AD 121-122 (lyre)8 views Semis (3,86g, 20mm, 6h), Rome, A.D. 121-122
Obv.: HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, laur. dr. bust r.
Rev.: COS III around, S | C, lyre.
Ex Forum Ancient Coins, 2014-09
RIC 688(C); Cohen 443
Struck at Rome for use in Syria
Charles SJul 13, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 718(d), As of AD 132-134 (Galley)12 views As (10.9g.; 16mm; 12h). Rome, AD 132-134.
Obv.: HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, laureate head right.
Rev.: FELICITATI AVG around, COS III P P in ex., S | C, Galley moving to right with steersmen and rowers.
RIC 718(d) (C); Cohen 691; Strack 838
ex Vosper, 1999
Charles SJul 12, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 719(d), As of AD 132-134 (Galley)9 views As (12.2g, 26mm, 12h). Rome, AD 132-134.
Obv.: HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, laureate head right.
Rev.: FELICITATI AVG around, COS III P P in ex., S | C, Galley moving to left with steersmen and rowers.
RIC 719(d) (C); Cohen 659; Strack 837
Ex D.Ruskin, Oxford, Sept., from old collection.
Charles SJul 12, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 719(d), As of AD 132-134 (Galley)10 views As (9.6g, 27mm, 12h). Rome, AD 132-134.
Obv.: HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, laureate head right.
Rev.: FELICITATI AVG around, COS III P P in ex., S | C, Galley left with steersman and rowers.
RIC 719(d) (C); Cohen 659; Strack 837
Ex Laurens Schulman b.v., Bussum, Feb. 1998
Charles SJul 12, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 805(d), as of AD 134-138 (Emperor & Felicitas)7 views as (6h). Rome , AD 134-138.
Obv.: HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, laureate head right.
Rev.: FELICITAS AVG around, SC in ex., Hadrian shaking hands with Felicitas.
RIC 805(d) (C); Cohen 631
Ex G.Henzen, April 2002.
Charles SJul 12, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 803 var., As of AD 134-138 (Felicitas)12 views As (10.4g, 27mm, 6h). Rome, AD 134-138.
Obv.: HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, bare head right.
Rev.: FELICITAS AVG around, S | C, Felicitas standing left holding caduceus and patera.
RIC 803 var. (Felicitas holding patera instead of branch) (C); Cohen 617 var. (same); Strack 663 var. (same)
Ex D. Ruskin, Oxford, March, 1997
Charles SJul 12, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 832, As of AD 134-138 (Salus)9 views As ( 27mm, 6h). Rome, AD 134-138.
Obv.: HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, laureate head right.
Rev.: SALVS AVG around, S | C, Salus standing right, feeding snake coiled around altar.
RIC 832 (C); Cohen 1338
Ex Mike R. Vosper, Dec., 2000
Charles SJul 12, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 850, Dupondius of AD 134-138 (Dacia)43 views Dupondius (28mm, 6h). Rome, AD 134-138.
Obv.: HADRIANVS - AVG COS III P P, laureate and draped bust right.
Rev.: DACIA in ex., S | C, Dacia seated left on rocks, holding legionary eagle and falx (=curved sword).
RIC 850 (S)
2 commentsCharles SJul 11, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 848, As of AD 134-138 (Cappadocia)9 views As (12.97g, 27mm, 12h). Rome, AD 134-138.
Obv.: HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, laureate head right.
Rev.: CAPPADOCIA around, S | C, Cappadocia standing left, holding miniature of Mt. Argaeus and vexillum.
RIC 848 (S); Cohen 203
Ex CNG eAuction 87, April 2004; ex Lakeview Collection.
Charles SJul 11, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 852, Dupondius of AD 1329 views Dupondius (13.21g, , 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 132.
Obv.: HADRIANVS - AVG, laureate head right.
Rev.: HISPANIA around, S C in ex., Hispania reclining left holding branch, rabbit to right in front of the rock.
RIC 852 (S); BMC 1754 note; Cohen 841 (5 fr.); Strack 717
Ex Harlan J. Berk, Buy/Bid Sale 132, May 2003
Charles SJul 11, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 857, As of AD 134-138 (Mauretania)27 views As (11.43g, 17mm, 6h). Rome, AD 134-138.
Obv.: HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, Bare headed draped bust, right.
Rev.: MAVRETANIA around, SC in ex., Mauretania wearing tunic standing left, leading a horse by the reins and holding a spear..
RIC 857 (S); Cohen 960; Strack 721
Ex Aegean Numismatics (Dec., 2008)
2 commentsCharles SJul 11, 2015
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Faustina Sr, RIC (A. Pius) 1163a(b), As of AD 145-ca.1559 views As (11,10g, 27mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 145-ca.155
Obv.: DIVA AVGVSTA FAVSTINA, veiled and draped bust right.
Rev.: AETERNITAS around, S | C, Providentia standing left holding globe and scepter.
RIC (A.Pius) 1163a(b) (S); Cohen 38; BMC 1459; Strack 1230; RCV 4635.
Ex Gorny & Mosch, Stuttgarter Mnzauktion 1, 2010
Charles SJul 09, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 953, Dupondius of AD 155-156 (Providentia)15 views Dupondius (10.3g, 26mm, 12h). Rome, AD 155-156.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P IMP II, radiate head right.
Rev.: TR POT XIX COS IIII around, S C in field, Providentia standing left holding scepter and pointing at globe.
RIC 953 (S); BMC 2003 (f); Cohen 978; Strack 1124.
Ex Silenoscoins, 2003
Charles SJul 08, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 921, As of AD 153-154 (Annona)9 views As (11.49g, 18mm, 6h). Rome, AD 153-154.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XVII, laureate head right.
Rev.: ANNONA AVG COS IIII around, S | C, Annona standing right with branch, between modius with corn ears left and large basket with fruits right.
RIC 921 (C); BMC 1951; Cohen 45; Strack 1089.
Ex Knker, 1st e-Auction, 2008
Charles SJul 08, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 880, As of AD 150-151 (Annona)14 views As (10.4g, 27mm, 6h). Rome, AD 150-151.
Obv.: IMP CAES T AEL HADR ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head right.
Rev.: TR POT XIIII COS IIII around, ANNONA AVG in ex., S | C across field, Annona seated left, holding corn ears above modius filled with corn ears and holding cornucopiae in left hand.
RIC 880 (common); Cohen 49; Strack 1058
Ex Mike R. Vosper
Charles SJul 08, 2015
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Vitellius, sestertius, RIC 141182 views sestertius (25.02g, 36mm, 6h). Rome, AD 69.
Obv.: A VITELLIVS GERMAN IMP AVG P M TR P, laureate draped bust right.
Rev.: S C, Mars, helmeted, naked, cloak over left shoulder, advancing right with spear and legionary standard.
RIC 141 (R); BMC 58; Cohen 79 (80 fr.); RCV 2208
Ex Edgar L. Owen, Andover, NJ, 1997
8 commentsCharles SJul 05, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 1036, Dupondius of AD 158 (Roma)14 views Dupondius (10.5g, 25mm, 6h). Rome, AD 158.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P IMP II, radiate head right.
Rev.: TR P[OT XXI] COS IIII around, S C in ex., Helmeted Rome seated left on cuirass right holding victory figurine left resting on parazonium, foot set on helmet.
RIC 1036 (S) (error in rev. legend); Cohen 1050 (same); BMC 2043 (d); Strack 1147; Kankelfitz 156/123
Ex G.Henzen, Amerongen, 1995.

Cohen and hence RIC, have rev. legend TR P XXIII instead of TR P XXI in error: See Strack Appendix IV p.349, no.95
Charles SJul 04, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 862a, As of AD 148-149 (elephant) 20 views As (12.16g, 27mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 148-149.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XII, laureate head right.
Rev.: MVNIFICENTIA AVG around, COS IIII / [S C] in two lines in ex., Elephant walking right.
RIC 862a (C); Cohen 565
Ex Old Roman Coins , 2001; ex Bullowa, 8/49.

MVNIFICENTIA AVG = "The generosity of the Emperor"; struck when games and donative were held in conjunction with the celebration of the 900th anniversary of the founding of Rome on April 21st, AD.147.
1 commentsCharles SJul 04, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 853b, As of AD 148 (Corona civica)11 views As (9.0g, 25mm, 12h). Rome, AD 148.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XI, laureate bust right.
Rev.: PRIMI DECEN - NALES COS IIII S C, within oak wreath.
RIC 853b (S); BMC 1817; Cohen 675; Strack 1012; RHC 139/71
Ex G. Henzen, Amerongen, 1995.

Issued on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the emperor's accession.
Charles SJul 04, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 831, As of AD 145-1479 views As (11.2g, 27mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 145-147.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate bust right.
Rev.: TR POT COS IIII around, S | C, Minerva standing right brandishing javelin and holding shield.
RIC 831 (C); Cohen 932; Strack 967
Charles SJul 04, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 827a, As of AD 145-147 (corona civica) 13 views As (11.5g, 27mm, 12h). Rome, AD 145-147.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS IIII, laureate head right.
Rev.: SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI SC in four lines within oak wreath.
RIC 827a (C); BMC 1762; Cohen 791; Kankelfitz 156/119; RHC 128/49
Ex D.Ruskin, Oxford, 1995.
Issued to on the occasion of the fourth consulate of Antoninus Pius in AD 145
Charles SJul 04, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 823, As of AD 145-161 (Pietas)17 views As (9.9g, 27mm, 12h). Rome, AD 145-161.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS IIII, laureate head right.
Rev.: PIETAS AVG around, S | C, Pietas standing left, extending her right hand; left arm in fold of dress.
RIC 823 (S); BMC 1753; Cohen (unlisted); Strack 997
Ex D.Ruskin, Oxford, 1995 (from an old collection)
Charles SJul 04, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 728, As of AD 143-144 (Libertas)18 views As (11.1g, 27mm, 12h). Rome, AD 143-144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate head right.
Rev.: IMPERATOR II S C, Libertas standing left, holding pileus and sceptre.
RIC 728 (S); Cohen 446;
Ex D.Ruskin, Oxford (1994, found in Norfolk).
Charles SJul 04, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 679, As of AD 140-144 (Felicitas) 8 views As (10.6g, 29mm, 6h). Rome, AD 140-144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: FELICITAS AVG (around), S | C, Felicitas standing front, head turned left, holding a caduceus and a laurel branch.
RIC 679; BMC 1362; Cohen 366; Strack 829.
Ex Henzen, 1997
Charles SJul 04, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 746, Sestertius of AD 140-144 (Italia)19 views Sestertius (29.2, 35mm, 7h). Rome, AD 140-144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate head right.
Rev.: ITALIA in ex., S | C, Italia seated left on globe holding scepter and cornucopiae.
RIC 746 (C); Strack 836
Ex Cayn Numismtica, Auction 26, June, 2015.
Charles SJul 03, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 618, Sestertius of AD 140-144 (thunderbolt with 4 lightnings)22 views Sestertius (26,82g, 34mm, 6h). Rome, AD 140-144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS PP TR P COS III, laureate head right.
Rev.: PROVIDENTIAE DEORVM around, S | C, Winged thunderbolt with pair of four lightnings up and down.
RIC 618 (S); BMC 1266; Cohen 682 (4 fr.); Strack 845; Banti 318 (13 spec.); RCV 4208.
Ex Jean Elsen & ses Fils , Auction 125, June 2015.
1 commentsCharles SJul 03, 2015
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ROMAN EMPIRE, ANTONINUS PIUS sestertius, RIC 891 70 views Sestertius (27,0g, 30mm, 6h). Rome, AD 151-152.
Obv.: IMP CAES T AEL HADR ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head right.
Rev.: TR POT XV COS IIII around, ANNONA AVG in ex., S | C, Annona seated left holding corn ears above modius and holding cornucopiae.
RIC 891 (common); BMCRE 1891; Cohen 50; Strack 1069; Banti 29 (34 spec.)
Double struck reverse.
Ex Jess Vico, S.A., auction 142, June, 2015.
2 commentsCharles SJul 03, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 891, Sestertius of AD 151-152 (Annona)39 views Sestertius (27,0g, 30mm, 6h). Rome, AD 151-152.
Obv.: IMP CAES T AEL HADR ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head right.
Rev.: TR POT XV COS IIII around, ANNONA AVG in ex., S | C, Annona seated left holding corn ears above modius and holding cornucopiae.
RIC 891 (common); BMCRE 1891; Cohen 50; Strack 1069; Banti 29 (34 spec.)
Double struck reverse.
Ex Jess Vico, S.A., auction 142, June, 2015.

2 commentsCharles SJun 30, 2015
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Faustina Sr, RIC (A. Pius) 1081, Sestertius of AD 139 (life time issue)21 views Sestertius (25,78g, 33mm, 6h). mint. Struck AD 139 (under Antoninus Pius).
Obv.: FAVSTINA AVG ANTONINI AVG PII P P, draped bust right with hair waived & coiled on top head.
Rev.: VENERI AVGVSTAE around, S | C, Venus, semi-nude, standing right, holding cloak over shoulders with r. hand and holding apple l.
RIC (A.Pius) 1081; Strack 1224; BMCRE 1120; Cohen 282 (8 fr.); Banti 107 (23 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins and their Values) 4677
Ex cgb.fr, june 2015
Charles SJun 24, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 587, Sestertius of AD 139 (Aurum Coronarium: Phoenicia) 18 views Sestertius (25,03g, 32mm, 6h). Rome, AD 139.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head right.
Rev.: [PH]OENI[CE] around, [COS II] in ex., S | C, Phoenicia, with turreted head-dress, standing left, holding crown and short sceptre, palm tree (and prow) behind.
RIC 587 (rare); BMCRE 1193; Cohen 596; Strack 794; Banti 265 (3 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins and their Values) 4202
Ex Lucernae Coins (June 2015)
Charles SJun 24, 2015
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Faustina Sr, RIC (A. Pius) 1168, As of AD 145-ca.15522 views As (13,94g, 28mm, 6h). Rome, AD 145-ca.155.
Obv.: DIVA FAVSTINA, draped bust right.
Rev.: AETER-NITAS l. & r. around, S C in ex., Hexastyle temple on podium with steps; in front lattice-work; in centre, seated figure holding sceptre; on roof center, quadriga and Victories on angles left and right; in front of outer columns, statues on pedestals right and left.
RIC (A. Pius) 1168; BMCRE 1562; Cohen 66; Strack 1259
Ex Naville Numismatics Auction 15, June 2015
Charles SJun 14, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 1009a, Sestertius of AD 158-159 (Pius sacrificing)24 views Sestertius (22,35g, 33mm, 6h). Rome, AD 158-159.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XXII, laureate head right, aegis.
Rev.: VOTA SVSCEP DECENN III around, COS IIII in ex. S | C, Emperor standing left, sacrificing out of patera over tripod.
RIC 1009a; BMCRE 2070; Cohen 1119 v.; Strack 1172; App. IV 102a; Banti 527 (1 spec., no aegis).
Ex Pecunem Auction 32 by Gitbud & Naumann, June 2015.

This type was issued at the end of 20 years reign - a very rare event during the Roman Empire - and vows were undertaken to the gods for continuation in the third decennium: VOTA SVSCEPta DECENNalia III.

This is an unrecorded bust type with aegis. Four snakes are there attached to the line of the aegis in front of the medusa head.
Charles SJun 12, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 751, Sestertius of AD 144 (Salus)13 views Sestertius (30,81g, 32mm, 12h). Rome, AD 144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate head right.
Rev.: DES IIII around, S C in ex., Salus seated left, feeding snake coiled around altar from patera ; leaning with left elbow on rudder behind.
RIC 751; BMCRE 1650; Cohen 350 v.; Strack 950; Banti 139 (3 spec.)
Ex ACR E-Auction27, May 2015
Charles SJun 12, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 549, Sestertius of AD 139 (Pax)28 views Sestertius (27,16g, 33mm, 6h). Rome, AD 139.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head left.
Rev.: TR POT COS II around, PAX in ex., S C across field, Pax standing left, holding olive branch and cornucopiae.
RIC 549; BMCRE 1147; Cohen 576; Strack 817; Banti 238 (3 spec.)
Ex ACR E-Action 27, May, 2015
Charles SJun 12, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 640, Sestertius of AD 12657 views Sestertius (27,44g, ). Rome, AD 126.
Obv.: HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, bare head right.
Rev.: COS III around, S C in ex., Hadrian togate, standing left, on the rostra, addressing a group of six citizens who raise their hands in greeting, temple showing four columns in the background.
RIC 640 ; BMCRE 1309; Cohen 418 (100 fr.); Strack 599; Banti 201 (2 spec. (same rev. die)); David Sear (Roman Coins and their Values) 3588.
Ex Jos A. Herrero, Subasta Num. Mayo 15
3 commentsCharles SMay 28, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 612(c), Sestertius of AD 142 (Ops, very rare left headed variety)45 views Sestertius (26,62g, 34mm, 6h). Rome, AD 142.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TRP COS III, laureate head left.
Rev.: OPI AVG around, S C (in ex.), Ops seated left, holding sceptre and with other hand drawing back drapery..
RIC 612(c); BMCRE 1262; Cohen 570; Strack 842; Banti 250 (1 spec)
Ex Jos A. Herrero, Subasta Num. Mayo 15.
1 commentsCharles SMay 28, 2015
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Commodus, RIC 570, As of AD 190 (refounding Lanuvium)25 views As (11,21g, 27mmmm, 6h). Rome, AD 190.
Obv.: M COMM ANT P FELIX AVG BRIT P P, laureate head right.
Rev.: COL LAN COM P M TR P XV IMP VIII around COS VI ex. SC field, Commodus, veiled and togate, as priest, ploughing right with yoke of two oxen..
RIC 570 [R2]; BMCRE 659; Cohen 40 (20 fr.); Sear (Roman Coins and their Values) 5856.
Expanding the reverse legend to COLonia LANuvina COMmodiana, this issue commemorates Commodus' elevation of his birthplace Lanuvium from municipium to the rank of colony.
Ex Jos A. Herrero, Subasta Num. Mayo 15.
Charles SMay 28, 2015
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Faustina Sr, RIC (A. Pius) 1104 var., Sestertius of AD 146-16111 views Sestertius (24,56g, 33,6mm, 11h). Rome, AD 146-161.
Obv.: DIVAE AVSTINAE, draped bust right with hair waived & coiled on top head.
Rev.: AETERNITAS around, S C in ex., Aeternitas seated left, holding scepter and globe surmounted by phoenix.
RIC (A. Pius) 1104 (var.: obv. legend); BMCRE 1606; Cohen 19 (var.: same); Strack 1255 (only in B.M.); Banti 11 (2 spec.)
Ex FORVM (April 2015).

This is a very rare variant with obv. legend DIVAE FAVSTINAE. Cohen 19 and RIC 1104 describe a veiled bust with this legend; all specimens kown with this legend and bust type, are from the same obverse die: e.g. British Museum, Gadoury (Banti plate) and the Wildwinds (RIC 1104 from Roma Numismatics, 2010).
Charles SMay 26, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 598a, Sestertius of AD 140-144 (Apollo)13 views Sestertius (26,22g, 32mm, 6h). Rome, AD 140-144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate head right.
Rev.: APOLL[INI] AVGVSTO around, S C across field, Apollo, laureate, draped to feet, standing front, head left, holding patera and lyre.
RIC 598(a); BMCRE 1229; Cohen 62 (10 fr.); Strack 822; Banti 34 (45 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins and their Values II) 4149.
Ex CNG e-auction 350 (May 2015).
Charles SMay 23, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 590, Sestertius of AD 139 (Crown series - Syria)25 views Sestertius (22,40g, 31mm, 6h). Rome, AD 139.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head right.
Rev.: SYRIA around, COS II in ex., S C across field, Syria, towered, draped, standing left, holding crown (diadem) on extended right hand and cornucopiae in left; river Orontes swimming at her feet.
RIC 590; BMCRE 1200; Cohen 794 (fr. 15); Strack 797; Banti 401 (1 spec. (=BMC table 27.3, same rev. die)); Sear (Roman Coins and their Values II) 4234.
Ex Comptoir des Monnaies (May 2015).
Charles SMay 22, 2015
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Faustina Junior, RIC (M. Aurelius) 1697 v., Sestertius of AD 176-18045 views Sestertius (22,2g, 31mm, 6h). Rome, AD 176-180.
Obv.: DIVA FAVSTINA PIA, draped bust right, hair knotted behind.
Rev.: AETERNITAS around, S C in field below, Faustina, seated left on throne with canopy, holding sceptre, between two dancing girls with veils flying above their heads.
RIC (Aurelius) 1697 var. (no canopy); BMCRE 1568 var. (same); Cohen 10 (30 fr.) var. (same); Banti 7 (5 spec.)
Ex ArtCoins Roma s.r.l. Auction 15 (April 2015).
2 commentsCharles SMay 19, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 540, Sestertius of AD 139 (Liberalitas)43 views Sestertius (26,3g, 33mm, 12h). Rome, AD 139.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head right, drapery on left shoulder.
Rev.:[TR POT] COS II around, LIBERALITAS / [AVG] in two lines in ex., S C across field, (far left and right, near the edge), Antoninus, togate, seated right on curule chair on platform on left; beside him Liberalitas, draped, standing right, emptying coins from cornucopiae held in both hands into toga of citizen standing below, right of the platform.
RIC 540 (R2); BMCRE 1142; Cohen 480 (50 fr.) (rev. legend differs); Strack 816a (note p.344 №50a); Banti 203 var.; Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 124:4b
Ex Comptoire des Monnaies Anciennes, Lille (May 2015).

First largesse of Antoninus Pius on the occasion of his accession.

Extremely rare type, only three other specimens known: B.M. (ex Lawrence coll., 1937), Vienna, and Int. Titano Auction 6, 1980.
1 commentsCharles SMay 17, 2015
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Faustina Junior, RIC (M. Aurelius) 1703, Sestertius of AD 175-176 (Peacock)24 views Sestertius (21,34g, 31mm, 8h). Rome mint. Struck AD 175-176.
Obv.: DIVA FAVSTINA PIA, draped bust right, hair knotted behind.
Rev.: CONSECRATIO around, S C across field, Peacock turned left, spreading its tail.
RIC (M. Aurelius) 1703; BMCRE 1573; Cohen 72; Banti 41 (3 spec.)
Ex Roma Numismatics E-Sale 17 (April 2015).
Charles SMay 12, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 651(b), Sestertius of AD 141-143 (Temple of Venus & Roma)43 views Sestertius (25,45g, 30mm, 7h). Rome mint. Struck AD 141-143.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate draped bust right.
Rev.: VENERI FELICI around, S C in ex., Decastyle temple with statues on roof and pediment; pellet between columns in the centre.
RIC 651(b); Cohen 1075 (4 fr.); Strack 864); Banti 504 (Paris spec.); Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 125:23
Ex Roma Numismatics E-Sale 17 (April 2015).
2 commentsCharles SMay 12, 2015
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Marcus Aurelius, RIC 869, Sestertius of AD 163-164 (Minerva)18 views Sestertius (22.5g, 31mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 163-164.
Obv.: M AVREL ANTONINVS AVG P M, bare, cuirassed and draped bust right.
Rev.: TR P XVIII IMP II COS III around, S C across field, Minerva, draped, helmeted, standing left, holding olive branch, leaning on shield, spear resting on left arm.
RIC 869; BMCRE 1076 var. (bust type); Cohen 844; Banti 454 (1 spec., same obv. die); Sear (Roman Coins and their Values II) 5003 var. (bust type).
Ex D.Ruskin, (1994, from old collection).
Charles SMay 05, 2015
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Marcus Aurelius, RIC 979, Sestertius of AD 169-170 (Salus)18 views Sestertius (29.0g, 32mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 169-170.
Obv.: M ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXIIII, laureate head right.
Rev.: SALVTI AVG COS III around, S C low in field, Salus, draped, standing left, holding long sceptre, feeding snake rising from altar.
RIC 979; BMCRE 1376; Cohen 547; Banti 269 (30 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins and their Values II) 4998var. (bust type).
Ex G.Henzen (1995).
Charles SMay 05, 2015
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Marcus Aurelius, RIC 964, Sestertius of AD 168-169 (Salus)15 views Sestertius (23.2g, 33mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 168-169.
Obv.: M ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXIII, laureate head right.
Rev.: SALVTI AVG COS III around, S C low in field, Salus and draped standing left holding long sceptre, feeding out of patera a snake coiled around altar.
RIC 964; BMCRE 1351; Cohen 544; Banti 267 (18 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins and their Values) 4998.
Ex G.Henzen (1997).
Charles SMay 05, 2015
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Mariniana, RIC (Valerian) 10, Sestertius of AD 253-2608 views Sestertius (12,96g, 28mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 253-260
Obv.: DIVAE MARINIANAE, Veiled and draped bust right, w. stephane & set on crescent.
Rev.: CONSECRATIO around, S C below, Peacock standing right, with tail spread.
RIC (Valerian) 10 ; Banti 5
Ex CNG Electronic Auction 349 (2015); ex Wayne C. Phillips estate.
Charles SMay 05, 2015
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Herennius Etruscus, RIC (Trajan Decius) 171(a), Sestertius of AD 250 24 views Sestertius (16,34g, 30mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 250
Obv.: Q HER ETR MES DECIVS NOB C, bare draped bust right.
Rev.: PRINCIPI IVVENTVTIS, Herennius standing left, holding baton and spear.
RIC (Trajan Decius) 171(a); Banti 6
Ex CNG Electronic Auction 349 (2015); ex J. S. Wagner Collection.
1 commentsCharles SMay 05, 2015
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Marcus Aurelius, RIC 1128a, Sestertius of AD 174-175 (Annona)27 views Sestertius (24.2g, 30mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 174-175.
Obv.: M ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXIX, laureate head right.
Rev.: IMP VII COS III around, S C across field, Annona, draped, standing left, holding cornucopiae left and corn ears right above modius with poppy and corn-ears.
RIC 1128a; BMCRE 1491var. (dr. bust); Cohen unlisted; Banti 159 (1 spec.)
Ex D.Ruskin (Oxford, 1994, found in Norfolk, UK)
A note at BMCRE 1491 refers to bare head variant Rotto Sale, May 1925, lot 1314. This same specimen is the only one listed by Banti and illustrated under no. 159
Charles SMay 03, 2015
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Marcus Aurelius, RIC 1075, Sestertius of AD 173 (Mercury temple)13 views Sestertius (21.7g, 30mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 173.
Obv.: M ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXVII, laureate head right.
Rev.: RELIG AVG IMP VI COS III S C left and right of temple, Tetrastyle temple with Mercury standing on pedestal within, holding a purse and caduceus, the columns in the form of herms supporting semicircular pediment containing reliefs of a tortoise, cock, ram, caduceus, and purse.
RIC 1075; Cohen 535; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali III-1) 256 (22 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins and their Values) 4996; Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 139/47b
Ex D.Ruskin (Oxford, 1995)
Coin struck in honour of incidents in the Danubian campaigns in 173: the siege works of the enemy were destroyed by lightning: a miraculous cloudburst saved the Roman army which was believed to be thanks to the prayers of an Egyptian Priest to Mercury.
Charles SMay 03, 2015
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Marcus Aurelius, RIC 1076, Sestertius of AD 173 (Mercury temple)24 views Sestertius (25.1g, 30mm, 11h). Rome mint. Struck between Dec. 172 and Dec. 173.
Obv.: M ANTONINVS AVG TR P [XXVII], laureate and cuirassed bust right.
Rev.: [REL]IG AVG in ex., [IMP VI COS III] around, S C across field, Tetrastyle temple with Mercury standing on pedestal within, holding a purse and caduceus, the columns in the form of herms supporting semicircular pediment containing reliefs of a tortoise, cock, ram, caduceus, and purse.
RIC 1076; BMCRE 1446; Cohen 534; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali III-1) 259 (8 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins and their Values II) 4996; Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 139/47b
Ex D.Ruskin (Oxford, 1995).

The temple of Mercury, which was founded in 495 BC and stood on the northern sloes of the Aventine, is depicted on this type in honour of an incident, known as the "rain miracle of the Thundering Legion". During the Danubian campaigns in AD 173, while battling Quadi forces along the Danube, the Legio XII Fulminata, exhausted by thirst, was close to falling to their opponents. Defeat seemed eminent until a sudden rain storm reinvigorated the Roman troops while frightening the enemy. A miraculous cloudburst, believed to be thanks to the prayers of an Egyptian Priest to Mercury, destroyed the enemy siege works struck by lightning. While Marcus attributed the storm to the grace of Mercury, an alternative Christian version, one that appears to have been established quite early, gave credit to the prayers of Christian soldiers serving in the legion. See also RELIG AVG in Numiswiki.
Charles SMay 02, 2015
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Marcus Aurelius, RIC 826, Sestertius of AD 161-16216 views Sestertius (25.8g, 33mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD Dec.161-Dec.162.
Obv.: IMP CAES M AVREL ANTONINVS AVG P M, laureate head right.
Rev.: CONCORD AVGVSTOR TR P XVI COS III S C, Marcus Aurelius, holding scroll, and Lucius Verus, both togate, standing facing each other, clasping hands.
RIC 826; Cohen 54; Banti 34 (29 spec.); Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 136/11
Ex G.Henzen, 1995.
Issued to commemorate the accession to the throne in 161 in association with Lucius Verus as co-emperor.
Charles SMay 02, 2015
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Faustina Jr, RIC (A. Pius) 1367, sestertius of AD 16115 views Sestertius (26g, 31mm). Rome mint. Struck AD 156-161 (under Antoninus Pius).
Obv.: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, bust right draped.
Rev.: A[VGVSTI] PII FIL around, S C across field, Venus-Genetrix standing left, holding Victory and leaning on shield set on helmet.
RIC (A. Pius) 1367; BMCRE 2195; Cohen 16; Strack 1333; Banti 11 (2 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins and their Values II) 4709
Ex Pannonii (Slovenia, 2009).
Charles SMay 02, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, drachm of AD 148-14920 views Drachm (21,42g, 35mm, 11h). Alexandria mint. Struck AD 148-149.
Obv.: AYT K T AIΛ AΔP ANTΩNINOC CEB EYC, radiate head right.
Rev.: L TPIC - KAIΔ (regnal year 13), Dikaiosyne (=Aequitas) enthroned left, holding scales and cornucopiae.
Dattari 2518; BMCG 1063; Cologne 1634; Milne 2051; Sear (Roman Coins and their Values) 4441
Ex J.Jencek (2010).
1 commentsCharles SMay 02, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, drachm of AD 150-15112 views drachm (21,68g, 33mm, 12h). Alexandria mint. Struck AD 150-151.
Obv.: AYT K T AIΛ AΔP ANTΩNINOC CEB EYC, radiate head right.
Rev.: L IΔ (regnal year=14), Triptolemos in biga drawn by winged serpents.
Dattari 2907; BMCG 1027; Cologne 1661; Milne 2103; Sear (Roman Coins and their Values) 4445
Ex J.Jencek (2010)
Charles SMay 01, 2015
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Faustina Sr, RIC (A. Pius) 1103A, Sestertius of AD 146-16113 views Sestertius (26,11g, 32mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 146-161 (under Antoninus Pius).
Obv.: DIVA FAVSTINA, draped bust right with hair adorned with strings of pearls, waived & coiled on top head.
Rev.: AETERNITAS around, S C in ex., Aeternitas seated left, holding scepter and globe surmounted by phoenix.
RIC (Antoninus Pius) 1103A; BMCRE 1484; Cohen 15; Strack 1265; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali III-1) 7 (32 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins and their Values II) 4606
Ex CNG Electronic Auction 349 (April 2015); ex Wayne C. Philips.
Charles SMay 01, 2015
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Antoninus Pius AE Sestertius - RIC 86588 views Sestertius (28.74g, 32mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 149-150.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XIII, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: COS IIII around, S C across field, Aequitas standing left, holding scales and cornucopiae.
RIC 865 (R2); Cohen 244 (40 fr.); BMCRE p.306 ( "Dupondius of this rev., obv., head, radiate, r."); Strack 1047 (3 spec.); Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 102 (2 specimens; this specimen illustrated on p.83); Sear (Roman Coins & their Values II) 4162 var. (earlier issue)
ex Emporium Hamburg Mnzhandelsgesellschaft mbH, auction 68 (2012); ex Cat. Baranowsky, 1929
3 commentsCharles SMay 01, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 840, Sestertius of AD 148 (Annona)21 views Sestertius (22.8g, 32mm), 12h), Rome minted struck AD 148.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR [P XI], laureate head right
Rev.: ANNONA AVG around, COS IIII in ex., S C across field, Annona standing left, holding anchor and two corn ears above a modius filled with corn ears.
RIC 840; Cohen 39; BMCRE 1312; Strack 1011; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 22 (12 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins & Their Values II) 4147 var. (earlier issue).
ex Tom Cederlind (2001)
Wildwinds "plate coin" at RIC 840.1
Charles SMay 01, 2015
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Faustina Sr, RIC (A. Pius) 1143, sestertius of AD 147-161 16 views Sestertius (25.5g, 32mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 141-161 (under Antoninus Pius).
Obv.: DIVA - FAVSTINA, Draped bust of Diva Faustina senior right with hair waved, adorned with pearls and curled on top.
Rev.: IVNO around, S C across field, Juno standing left right holding patera left long sceptre.
RIC (Antoninus Pius) 1143; Cohen 210; Sear (Roman Coins and their Values II) 4629.
Charles SApr 30, 2015
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Faustina Jr, RIC (A. Pius) 1388(b), Sestertius of AD 148-15233 views Sestertius (23.5g, 33mm, 5h). Rome mint. Struck AD 148-152 (under Antoninus Pius).
Obv.: FAVSTINAE AVG PII AVG FIL, Draped bust right; hair waved and coiled on the back of the head.
Rev.: VENVS around, S C across field, Venus standing left, holding apple and rudder around which is entwined dolphin.
RIC (Antoninus Pius) 1388(b); BMCRE 2147; Cohen 268; Strack 1306; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali, III-2) 135; Sear (Roman Coins and their Values II) 4720.
Ex Roma Numismatics Ltd., 2008; ex Knker, 2006.
2 commentsCharles SApr 29, 2015
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Faustina Jr, RIC (A. Pius) RIC 1388(b), Sestertius of AD 148-15214 views Sestertius (23.4g, 31mm, 11h). Rome mint. Struck AD 148-152 (under Antoninus Pius).
Obv.: FAVSTINAE AVG PII AVG FIL, Draped bust right; hair with locks on forehead and coiled on the back of the head.
Rev.: VENVS around, S C across field, Venus standing left, holding apple and rudder around which is entwined dolphin.
RIC (Antoninus Pius) 1388(b); BMCRE 2147; Cohen 268; Strack 1306; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali, III-2) 137; Sear (Roman Coins and their Values II) 4720.
Ex D.Ruskin (Oxford, 1994); from an old British collection.
Charles SApr 29, 2015
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Marcus Aurelius, RIC (Antoninus Pius) 1309(a), Sestertius of AD 15332 views Sestertius (26,62g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 153 (under Antoninus Pius).
Obv.: AVRELIVS CAESAR AVG PII FIL, bare head right.
Rev.: TR POT VII [COS II] around, S C in ex., Minerva, helmeted, draped, seated right holding vertical spear and drawing out aegis on breast; round shield rests against seat.
RIC Antoninus Pius 1309(a); BMCRE 1935; Cohen 655; Strack 1087; Banti 326 (3 spec.)
Ex Knker Auction 153.
1 commentsCharles SApr 28, 2015
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Marcus Aurelius, RIC (Antoninus Pius) 1281a, Sestertius of AD 14822 views Sestertius (26.8g, 31mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 148 (under Antoninus Pius).
Obv.: AVRELIVS CAE-SAR AVG P II F, bare head right.
Rev.: TR [POT] III COS II around, [PIE]TAS in ex., S C across field, Faustina (as Pietas) draped, standing left, holding a long sceptre in left hand and placing hand on head of a small girl standing left.
RIC Antoninus Pius 1281a; BMCRE 1849; Cohen 446; Strack 1032; Banti 227 (7 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins and their Values) 4807; Foss (Roman Historical Coins) see 149/7
Ex D.Ruskin (Oxford, 1994).
This type depicts the two-year old first child of Marcus Aurelius and Faustina Jr., born in 146 AD: (Annia Galeria Aurelia) Faustina
Charles SApr 28, 2015
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Marcus Aurelius, RIC (Antoninus Pius) 1280, Sestertius of AD 14915 views Sestertius (25.0g, 32mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 149 (under Antoninus Pius).
Obv.: AVRELIVS CAESAR AVG P II F, bare head right.
Rev.: TR [POT III COS II] around, PIETAS in ex., S C across field, Faustina (as Pietas) standing left, holding a baby and setting a hand on head of small child
RIC Antoninus Pius 1280; BMCRE 1854; Cohen 444; Strack 1030; Banti 225 (2 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins and their Values) 4807; Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 135/7
Ex G.Henzen (1994).
Issued to celebrate the birth of Lucilla, second daughter of Aurelius and Faustina, born A.D. 149. The girl standing besides Faustina is her first daughter (Annia Galeria Aurelia) Faustina.
Charles SApr 28, 2015
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Marcus Aurelius, RIC (Antoninus Pius) 1248, Sestertius of AD 14722 views Sestertius (24,35g). Rome mint. Struck AD 147 (under Antoninus Pius).
Obv.: AVRELIVS CAESAR AVG PII F, bare head right.
Rev.: TR POT COS [II] around, S C across field, Helmeted and draped Minerva standing right holding spear and resting left hand on round shield set on ground.
RIC (Antoninus Pius) 1248; BMCRE 1803; Cohen 596; Strack 1010; Banti 299 (20 spec.)
Ex Knker Auction 153.
Charles SApr 28, 2015
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Marcus Aurelius, RIC (Antoninus Pius) 1234(b), Sestertius of AD 140-14413 views Sestertius (26,10g). Rome mint. Struck AD 140-144 (under Antoninus Pius).
Obv.: [AVRELIVS] CAESAR A[VG PII F COS], bare draped bust right.
Rev.: [PIETAS AVG] around, S C in ex., Priestly emblems: Knife, sprinkler, jug, lituus and simpulum.
RIC (Antoninus Pius) 1234(b); BMCRE 1406; Cohen 457; Strack 922; Banti 232/3
Ex Knker Auction 153.
Charles SApr 28, 2015
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Marcus Aurelius, RIC (Antoninus Pius) 1280, Sestertius of AD 149 22 views Sestertius (25.1g, 33mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 149 (under Antoninus Pius).
Obv.: AVRELIVS CAESAR AVG P II F, bare head right.
Rev.: TR POT III COS II around, PIETAS in ex., S C across field, Pietas standing left holding baby, and right hand above a second child standing besides her.
RIC (Antoninus Pius) 1280; BMCRE 1854; Cohen 444; Strack 1030; Banti 225 (2 spec.); Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 135/7
Ex G.Henzen (Netrherlands, 1995).

The reverse celebrates the growing family of Marcus Aurelius: Faustina Jr. is represented as Pietas with the child standing at her side, young Faustina, born 146, and holding the baby, Lucilla, born 149.
1 commentsCharles SApr 27, 2015
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Marcus Aurelius, RIC (Antoninus Pius) 1233b, Sestertius of AD 140-144 16 views Sestertius (26.8g, 34mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 140-144 (under Antoninus Pius).
Obv.: AVRELIVS CAESAR AVG PII F COS, bare and draped bust right.
Rev.: I-VENTAS around, S C across field, Juventas standing left holding branch; left, trophee with shield below.
RIC Antoninus Pius 1233b; BMCRE 1404; Cohen 396; Strack 921; Banti 203 (3 spec.)
Ex Holleman (Netherlands, 1996)
Charles SApr 27, 2015
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Antoninus Pius AE Sestertius - RIC 77890 views Sestertius (24.5g, 30.5mm, 6h). Minted AD 145-161, Rome.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS IIII, laureate head right.
Rev.: S C (in field), Mars, helmeted and wearing a cloack, advancing right, carrying a spear and a trophy.
RIC 778, Coh. 751, BMCRE 1705; Strack 1003; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 363 (14 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins & their Values II) 4219.
ex Knker (Osnabrck), Coin Auction 143 (2008); ex Knker Auction 71, Osnabrck, 2002
2 commentsCharles SApr 25, 2015
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Antoninus Pius AE Sestertius - RIC 59758 views Sestertius (29.84g, 31mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 140-44.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate and draped bust of Antoninus Pius facing right, wearing paludamentum.
Rev.: ANNONA AVG (around) S C (in field), Annona, standing right between modius and ship's prow, holding two corn ears and a cornucopiae.
RIC 597; BMCRE IV 1228; Cohen 34; Strack 821 (3 coll.); Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 19 (8 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins & Their Values II) 4147
ex CNG,2010
Charles SApr 25, 2015
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Roman Empire, Antoninus Pius, Sestertius of AD 142 (Genius of the senate) 103 views Sestertius (23,09g, 33mm, 11h). Rome mint. Struck AD 142.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate head left.
Rev.: GENIO SENATVS around, S C across field, Genius of the Senate, togate, standing facing, head left, holding branch and short sceptre.
This is an unlisted, left-headed variety of RIC 605 (head right); BMCRE 1241 (idem); Cohen 400 (idem); Strack 834 (none listed for head left) and Banti 164 (head right)
Ex Sondermann Numismatics (April, 2015).

2 commentsCharles SApr 24, 2015
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ROMAN EMPIRE, ANTONINUS PIUS sestertius, RIC 749 var.63 views Sestertius (26.0g, 31mm, 12h), Rome mint, Struck AD 144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PI-VS P P TR P COS III, laurate head Antoninus Pius facing right
Rev.: DES IIII (around) S C (in field), Salus standing left, holding a long sceptre and feeding a snake coiling around an altar.
RIC 749var.(*); Strack 949; Banti 138 var.
Ex D. Ruskin, 1998; ex Mike R. Vosper (Colchester, UK)

(*) This is a rare variant only recorded by Strack (found only in the Vienna and Lckger collections) but not by RIC, Cohen, BMC nor Banti. The reverse type differs from RIC 749 ("Salus standing l., [...] holding rudder on globe") while a long sceptre is depicted on this coin. BM Catalogue, 1968 (see pp 265-266, Pl 39.13, 39.14 ).
Charles SApr 23, 2015
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ROMAN EMPIRE, ANTONINUS PIUS sestertius, RIC 61961 views sestertius (23.57g, 31mm, 11h). Rome mint. Struck AD 143-144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: REX ARMENIIS DATVS [around] S C [in ex.] Antoninus Pius, togate, standing facing, head turned left, placing a tiara on the head of the Armenian king, standing left, wearing short tunica and cloak, his right hand raised and holding a roll in his left.
RIC 619 [R]; BMC 1272; Cohen 686; Strack 851; Banti 322 (22 spec.); Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 126:42; Sear (Roman Coins & Their Values II) 4209.
ex The New York Sale XX jan 2009; ex Gorny & Mosch, Auction 147 lot 2159, March 2006
Charles SApr 23, 2015
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ROMAN EMPIRE, ANTONINUS PIUS sestertius, RIC 60788 views Sestertius (25,67g, 33mm, 11h). Rome mint. Struck AD 142.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate head right.
Rev.: IOVI STATORI (around) S C (field), Jupiter, naked, standing front, holding long sceptre and thunderbolt.
RIC 607 (rare); BMCRE 1247 var. (hd. left; note: variant with hd. right not in B.M.); Cohen 460; Strack 835 (3 spec. for hd. r.); Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 188 (3 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins and their Values II) 4184.
Ex CNG 91
2 commentsCharles SApr 23, 2015
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ROMAN EMPIRE, ANTONINUS PIUS sestertius , RIC 626 169 views Sestertius (23.82g, 33mm, 11h), Rome mint, Struck AD 140-144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS II!, laurate head right
Rev.: S C, Spes advancing left, holding a flower and raising her dress.
RIC 626; BMC 1289; Cohen 754; Strack 871; Banti 367 (10 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins & Their Values II) 4223.
ex Lodge Antiquities (UK, 2015)
Charles SApr 23, 2015
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Faustina Sr, RIC (A. Pius) 1146A(b), sestertius of AD 14122 views Sestertius (27.4g, 33-35mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 141.
Obv.: DIVA AVGVSTA FAVSTINA, veiled and draped bust right.
Rev.: PIETAS AVG around, S C across field, Pietas standing left, putting incense on a burning candelabrum-altar, holding incense box.
RIC (Antoninus Pius) 1146A(b); BMCRE 1445; Cohen 240; Strack 1241; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali III-1) 90 (3 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins and their Values II) 4631.
Ex D.Ruskin (Oxford, 1995).
Charles SApr 20, 2015
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Faustina Sr, RIC (A. Pius) 1146A(a), sestertius of AD 14116 views Sestertius (24.0g, 33mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 141 (under Antoninus Pius).
Obv.: DIVA AVGVSTA FAVSTINA, draped bust right.
Rev.: PIETAS AVG around, S C across field, Pietas standing l., dropping incense on a burning candelabrum-altar, holding incense box.
RIC Antoninus Pius 1146A(a); BMCRE 1443; Cohen 240 var. (obv. veiled bust); Strack 1241; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali III-1) 85 (22 spec.) Sear (Roman Coins and their Values II) 4631
Ex G.Henzen (Amerongen, 1994).
Charles SApr 20, 2015
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Faustina Sr, RIC (A. Pius) 1128, sestertius of AD 147-161 21 views Sestertius (24.8g, 32mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 141-161 (under Antoninus Pius).
Obv.: DIVA FAVSTINA, draped bust right.
Rev.: CERES around, S C across field, Ceres standing left, holding corn ears right and long torch left.
RIC Antoninus Pius 1128(a); BMCRE 1526; Cohen 137; Strack 1273; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali III-1) 44 (10 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins and their Values II) 4641 v. (veiled bust)
Ex D.Ruskin (Oxford, 1995).
Charles SApr 20, 2015
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Faustina Sr, RIC (A. Pius) 1116, sestertius of AD 147-161 18 views Sestertius (23.9g, 32mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 147-161 (under Antoninus Pius).
Obv.: DIVA FAVSTINA, draped bust right.
Rev.: AVGVSTA around, S C across field, Ceres, veiled, standing left, holding two corn ears and torch.
RIC (Antoninus Pius) 1116; Cohen 79; BMCRE 1509; Strack 1286; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali III-1) 35 (12 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins and their Values II) 4614.
Charles SApr 20, 2015
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Antoninus Pius Sestertius, RIC 60865 views Sestertius (28.89g, 31mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 140-144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right
Rev.: IVNONI SISPITAE around, S C across field, Juno Sospita wearing goat skin advancing right preceded by a snake, brandishing javelin and holding shield which is pinched in the middle.
RIC 608; Cohen 473; BMCRE 1248; Strack 837; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 201 (7 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins and their Values II) 4186
ex iNumis, Paris, March 2009

This issue is part of a series of coins struck in preparation of the 900th anniversary of Rome, figuring scenes from Ancient Roman legends. Juno Sospita was the goddess of Lanuvium, the birthplace of Pius, and one of the most ancient figures in the Roman pantheon.
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Antoninus Pius Sestertius, RIC 85550 views Sestertius (25.7g, 32mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 149.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XII, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: COS IIII (around) S C (low across field), Aequitas standing left, holding scales and cornucopiae.
RIC 855; BMCRE 1823; Cohen 232; Strack 1019; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 100 (53 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins and their Values II) 4162
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 576, Sestertius of AD 139 (crown series - Africa)28 views Sestertius (26,92g, 33mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 139.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head right.
Rev.: AFRICA around, COS II in ex., S C in field, Africa wearing elephant headdress, standing left, holding wreath and cornucopiae, scorpion at her feet.
RIC 576 (*) var. (rev. Africa holding 'basket' instead of wreath); BMCRE 1175 var. (no scorpion on reverse); Cohen 21 (*) (15 fr); Strack 772 (4 collections); Banti 12 (2 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins and their Values) 4145 var.
Ex Almanumis (Grard Krebs, Nmes, France) (2015)

Part of a series celebrating Antoninus' remission of half of the special tax (aurum coronarium) normally levied on the provinces at the time of the accession of an emperor.
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(*) the term "lion's head" and "tte de lion" in the description of the reverse in RIC 576 and Cohen 21 respectively is based on a misinterpretation of the reverse representation of the Paris specimen by Cohen and should be changed to "scorpion". It is correct in Strack 771.
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Trajan Decius, RIC 112a, Sestertius of AD 249-2519 views Sestertius (16.41g, , 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 249-251.
Obv.: IMP C M Q TRAIANVS DECIVS AVG, laureate draped bust right.
Rev.: DACIA around, S C low in field, Dacia, wearing robe reaching her feet, standing left, holding staff with ass's head.
RIC 112a; Cohen 18
Ex Jean Elsen & Fils, Auction 98 (dec. 2008)
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Valerian, RIC 157, Sestertius of AD 253-2606 views Sestertius (14,58g, 29mm, 5h). Rome mint. Struck AD 253-260.
Obv.: IMP C P LIC VALERIANVS P F AVG, laureate head right.
Rev.: FELICITAS AVGG, S C, Felicitas standing left, holding long caduceus and cornucopiae..
RIC 157
Ex Nomisma Numismatic Auction no.46, 2012.
Charles SApr 17, 2015
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Lucilla, RIC (M. Aurelius) 1740, Sestertius of AD 164-169 (Hilaritas)21 views Sestertius (25.34g, 31mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 164-169 (under Marcus Aurelius).
Obv.: LVCILLAE AVG ANTONINI AVG F, draped bust of Lucilla (wife of Lucius Verus), right, with hair elaborately waved and fastened in chignon low on back of head.
Rev.: HILARITAS around, S C across field, Hilaritas standing left holding long palm branch and cornucopiae.
RIC (M. Aurelius) 1742; BMCRE (Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus) 1147; Cohen 31; Sear (Roman Coins & their Values II) 5500.
Ex Jean Elsen, Auction 98 (Dec. 2008)
Charles SApr 15, 2015
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Antoninus Pius, sestertius, RIC 753240 views Sestertius (23,55g, 31mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS - AVG PIVS P P, laureate head right.
Rev.: TRPOT COSIIIDESIIII, Salus seated left, feeding snake coiled around altar and resting left elbow on chair.
RIC 753; BMCRE 1651 note; Cohen 929 (coll. Elberling); Strack note on p.347, +83
Ex Cayn auction, May 2013

The only other specimen recorded seems to be that of Dr. Elberling, published by him with a drawing of the reverse in 1864, then taken over by Cohen 929 in his second edition, and repeated from Cohen by RIC 753, BMC 1651 note, and Strack p. 347, no. +83.
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Antoninus Pius, sestertius, RIC 615a154 views Sestertius (26,15g, 33mm, 11h). Rome mint. Struck AD 140-144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVGVSTVS PIVS, laureate head right, aegis on left shoulder.
Rev.: P P TR P COS III around, [S C in ex.], Aeneas, wearing short tunic and cloak, advancing right, looking back, carrying his father Anchises on his shoulder and holding his son Ascanius by the hand. Anchises, veiled and draped, carries a box (or crown?) in left hand, Ascanius wears a Phrygian cap and holds a pedum.
RIC 615a; BMCRE 1264; Cohen 655 [80Fr.]; Strack 904; Banti 309; Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 128:57b.
Ex Numphil, june 2014 auction.

This very rare type has been struck from a single obverse die, with a bust with aegis and with the unique obverse legend "ANTONINVS AVGVSTVS PIVS" found nowhere else in the coinage of Antoninus Pius. This die was used exclusively with two very similar reverse dies differing only in the legend: TR P COS III (this specimen) and TR POT COS III.
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 1212, Sestertius of AD 140 (A. Pius & M. Aurelius)15 views Sestertius (25.3g, 34mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 140.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate head of Antoninus Pius right.
Rev.: AVRELIVS CAESAR AVG P II F COS around, S C below bust, bare, draped bust of Marcus Aurelius right.
RIC 1212; BMCRE 1209; Cohen 34; Strack 912; Sear (Roman Coins and their Values) 4526; Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 125/21
Ex G.Henzen, Amerongen (1997).

Issued to mark the joint consulate with Marcus Aurelius in A.D. 140, celebrated with a second donative (first one was in A.D. 139).

Charles SApr 15, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 612(c), Sestertius of AD 142 (Ops, very rare left-head var.)26 views Sestertius (27,06g, 31mm). Rome mint. Struck AD 142.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate head left.
Rev.: OPI AVG around, S C (ex.), Ops seated left, holding sceptre and drawing back drapery with left hand, a flower on the sleeper of the throne.
RIC 612(c); BMCRE 1262; Cohen 570; Strack 842 (found in 3 collections for hd. l.)); Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 250 (1 spec (BM) for hd. l.)
Ex Sondermann Numismatics (April, 2015).

rare left headed variety
Charles SApr 09, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 605 var., Sestertius of AD 142 (Genius of the senate)34 views Sestertius (23,09g, 33mm, 11h). Rome mint. Struck AD 142.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate head left.
Rev.: GENIO SENATVS around, S C across field, Genius of the Senate, togate, standing facing, head left, holding branch and short sceptre.
RIC 605 var. (head right); BMCRE 1241 var. (idem); Cohen 400 var. (idem); Strack 834v. (none for head left); Banti 164 var. (head right)
Ex Sondermann Numismatics (April, 2015).

extremely rare, unlisted, left-headed variety
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Marcus Aurelius, RIC (Antoninus Pius) 1271[var.], Sestertius of AD 147-14827 views Sestertius (25,03g, 33mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 147-148 (under Antoninus Pius).
Obv.: AVRELIVS CAESAR AVG PII F, bare head right of Marcus Aurelius, draped left shoulder.
Rev.: TR POT II COS II around, HO - NOS / S C (in two lines across field), Honos facing. head turned r., holding long sceptre and cornucopiae.
RIC (Antoninus Pius) unlisted (1271 only as dupondius and as); BMCRE p.296 (footnote); Cohen unlisted; Strack 1017 (only As; sestertius unlisted); Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali III-1) 117 ("Collezione P. Tinchant", no plate, no other spec.).
Ex Jean Elsen, Auction 112 (2012).
Extremely rare, only mentioned in a footnote BMCRE IV p. 296 : "P. Tinchant Coll.".
Charles SApr 08, 2015
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Divus Antoninus, RIC (Marcus Aurelius) 1266, Sestertius of AD 161 (Funeral pyre)16 views Sestertius (23.8g, 32mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 161 (under Marcus Aurelius in joint reign with Lucius Verus).
Obv.: DIVVS ANTONINVS, bare head right.
Rev.: CONSE-CRATIO around edge; S C in ex., Pyre of four tiers surmounted by a statue of the emperor in quadriga. Third tier has three niches with figures.
RIC (M. Aurelius) 1266; BMCRE (M. Aurelius) 872; Cohen 165; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 73 (15 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins and their Values II) 5198; Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 136/15
Ex D.Ruskin (Oxford, 1995).
Charles SApr 08, 2015
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Divus Antoninus, RIC (Marcus Aurelius) 1269, Sestertius of AD 161-169 (Column)19 views Sestertius (23.6g, 33-34mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 161-169 (under Marcus Aurelius).
Obv.: DIVVS ANTONINVS, bare head right.
Rev.: DIVO PIO / S C, Column, set on base, within fence, surmounted by statue of Divus Antoninus standing l., holding eagle right and scepter left.
RIC (M. Aurelius) 1269; BMCRE (M. Aurelius) 880-884; Cohen 354; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 144 (74 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins and their Values II) 5199; Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 136/18
Ex D.Ruskin (Oxford, 1997).
Charles SApr 08, 2015
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Divus Antoninus, RIC (Marcus Aurelius) 1272, Sestertius of AD 161-169 (Altar)12 views Sestertius (26.30g, , 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 161-169 (under Marcus Aurelius).
Obv.: DIVVS ANTONINVS, bare head right.
Rev.: DIVO PIO around, S C across field, rectangular altar set on five steps, with double panelled door and horns l. and r. above.
RIC (Marcus Aurelius) 1272; BMCRE (M. Aurelius) 886; Cohen 358; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 147 (14 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins & their Values II) 5200; Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 136/19
Ex Jean Elsen, Auction 95 (2008); ex coll. A. Senden: l'architecture des monnaies Romaines.

Coin issued posthumously by Marcus Aurelius commemorating the funeral & deification of Antoninus Pius.
Charles SApr 08, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 629, Sestertius of AD 140-144 (Sow)39 views Sestertius (24,30g, 32mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 140-144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate head right.
Rev.: S C in ex, Sow standing under holm-oak, suckling seven young, an eighth to right.
RIC 629; BMCRE 1298; Cohen 775; Strack 870 (3 coll.); Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 385 (11 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins & Their Values II) 4226
Ex Numphil (June 2014)

This is part of a series that was minted to commemorate the 900th anniversary of the founding of Rome (April 21, A.D. 147). According to Vergil, The Trojan exile Aeneas sailed up the Tibur until he came upon a white sow nursing thirty piglets, and was to found a settlement on the site of this good omen, the town of Lanuvium, the precursor to Rome. See also scrofa
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 601, Sestertius of AD 144 (betrothal M. Aurelius & Faustina Jr.)36 views Sestertius (24.28g, 32mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate head right.
Rev.: CON-COR-DIAE around, [S C in ex.,] Marcus Aurelius & Faustina Jr. clasping hands before large statues of Antoninus & Faustina.
RIC 601; BMCRE 1236; Cohen 146 (fr.40); Strack 826 (4 coll.); Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 60 (14 spec.); Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 127/45a
Ex Knker Auction 262
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Nero, RIC 334, Sestertius of AD 66 (Roma)19 views Sestertius (26,3g, 34mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 66.
Obv.: IMP NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER PM TR P P P, laureate head left.
Rev.: ROMA in ex., S C across field, Roma seated left holding Victory and spear.
RIC 334
Ex CNG Triton XI; ex Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
Charles SApr 06, 2015
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Titus, RIC 89, Sestertius of AD 80 (Felicitas)13 views Sestertius (20.9g, 34mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 80.
Obv.: IMP T CAES VESP AVG PM TR P P P COS VIII, laureate head left.
Rev.: FELICIT PVBLIC around, S C across field, Felicitas standing left holding long scepter and cornucopiae.
RIC II-1 144; Cohen 74 (4 fr.); Sear (Roman Coins and their Values) 2523.
Ex G.Henzen (Netherlands, 1997).
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Titus, RIC 498, Sestertius of AD 80-81 (Pax)13 views Sestertius (25.7g, 35mm, 6h). Eastern mint (Thrace?). Struck AD 80-81.
Obv.: IMP T CAES DIVI VESP F AVG P M TR P P P COS VIII, laureate head right.
Rev.: PAX AVGVST around, S C across field, Pax standing left with olive branch and cornucopiae.
RIC II-1 498; Cohen 141 (4 fr.); Sear (Roman Coins and their Values I) 2526 var. (obv. legend).
Ex G.Henzen (Netherlands, 1997).
Charles SApr 06, 2015
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Nerva, RIC 93, sestertius of AD 97 (Vehiculatione Italiae remissa)21 viewsNerva. 96-98 AD. Sestertius (24.7g, 32-33mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck 97 AD.
Obv.: IMP NERVA CAES AVG PM TR P COS III P P, laureate head right,
Rev.: VEHICVLATIONE ITALIAE REMISSA around, S C in ex., two mules grazing back to back, cart behind with shaft pointing upwards.
RIC 93; Cohen 143; BMC 119; Banti 44 (14 spec.).

One of the measures which Nerva took to reduce the burden of the citizens was the assumption by the government of the costs of imperial post, formerly assumed by the municipalities. See also the NumisWiki article on this subject.
Charles SApr 06, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 952, Sestertius of AD 136 (Hispania)17 views Sestertius (28.0g, 33mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 136.
Obv.: HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, laureate draped bust right.
Rev.: RESTITVTORI HISPANIAE around, S C in ex., Hadrian, togate, standing left on right, raising kneeling Spain holding an olive branch (in the centre usually a rabbit).
RIC 952; BMCRE III 1816; Cohen 1263 (15 fr.); Strack 777; Sear (Roman Coins and their Values II) 3633; Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 115/49
Charles SApr 06, 2015
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Domitian, RIC 78, Sestertius of AD 81 (Minerva)21 views Sestertius (21.0g, 33mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 81.
Obv.: IMP CAES DIVI VESP F DOMITIAN AVG PM, laureate head right.
Rev.: TR P COS VII DES VIII P P around, large S C across field, Minerva, helmeted, draped, standing left, holding spear and left hand on hip.
RIC II-1 78 ; BMCRE II 261; Cohen 555 (4 fr.); Sear (Roman Coins and their Values I) 2780 var. (legend).
Ex D.Ruskin (Oxford 1996).
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Domitian, RIC (Titus) 295, Sestertius of AD 81 (Minerva)12 views Sestertius (25.8g, 34mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 81 (under Titus).
Obv.: CAES DIVI AVG VESP F DOMITIAN COS VII, laureate head right.
Rev.: Large S C across field, Minerva, helmeted, draped, advancing right brandishing javelin and holding round shield.
RIC (Titus) 295; BMCRE II (Titus) 232; Cohen 439 var. (obv. legend DOMITIANVS); Sear (Roman Coins & their Values I) 2778 var. (rev. legend)
Ex D.Ruskin (Oxford, 1994).
Charles SApr 06, 2015
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Domitian, RIC (Titus) 288, Sestertius of AD 80-81 (Pax)13 views Sestertius (26.2g, 34mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 80-81 (under Titus).
Obv.: CAES DIVI AVG VESP F DOMITIANVS COS VII, laureate head of Domitian right.
Rev.: PAX AVGVST around, S C across field, Pax standing left, holding olive branch out sideways in right hand and cornucopiae in left.
RIC II-1 (Titus) 288 (rare); BMCRE II (Titus) 315 var. (obv. legend DOMITIAN); Cohen 343 (4 fr.); Sear (Roman Coins & their Values I) 2767var. (obv. legend COS VIII)
Ex D.Ruskin (from old collection, Oxford, 1995)
Charles SApr 04, 2015
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Domitian, RIC 105, Sestertius of AD 82 (Minerva)19 views Sestertius (20.3g, 33mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 82.
Obv.: IMP CAES DIVI VESP F DOMITIAN AVG P M, laureate head right.
Rev.: TR P COS VIII DES VIIII P P around, S C across field, Minerva standing l, holding spear, left hand on side.
RIC II-1 105; BMCRE II 274; Cohen 581; Sear (Roman Coins and their Values I) 2780 var. (hd. left)
Ex G.Henzen, (Netherlands, 1998).
Charles SApr 04, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 598var., Sestertius of AD 140-143 (Apollo, left bust variety)23 views Sestertius (27.6g, 33mm, 5h). Rome mint. Struck AD 140-143.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing left.
Rev.: APOLLINI AVGVSTO (around) S C (in field), Apollo, standing left, holding a lyre and a patera.
RIC 598 var. (head right); BMCRE IV 1929 var. (idem; footnote); Cohen 62 var. (idem); Strack 822 var. (idem); Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 36 (2 spec.)
ex G. Henzen

This is a extremely rare left head variant of the Apollo sestertius. The references for RIC, Cohen and Strack are all for bust types with head right. BMCRE 1229 footnote mentions a variant with laureate head l. (Mnzhandlung Basel, 22 March, 1937, lot 736), which turns out to be a different specimen struck from the same obverse die. Banti 36 reports 2 specimens of this variant, the illustrated specimen has the same obv. and rev. dies.
Charles SApr 04, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 929, Sestertius of AD 154-155 (Libertas)20 views Sestertius (24,68g, 34,68mm, 11h). Rome mint. Struck AD 154-155.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XVIII, laureate head right.
Rev.: LIBERTAS COS IIII around, S C in field, Libertas, draped, standing left, holding pileus and long sceptre.
RIC 929; BMCRE IV 1963; Cohen 543; Strack 1106; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 227 (11 spec.)
Ex Marc Breitspecher (Vcoins sale 310, 2014).
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 579, Sestertius of AD 139 (Aurum Coronarium: Asia)11 views Sestertius (25.43g, 31mm, 5h). Rome mint. Struck AD 139.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: COS II (around) S C (across field), ASIA (ex.) Asia, towered headdress, standing left, holding crown and anchor, prow at feet.
RIC 579 (R2); Cohen 64 (fr.40); BMCRE IV 1184; Strack 779 (listed in 5 collections); Banti 41 (2 spec.); RCV 4150
ex Flavius (Lakeville, MN, 2008)

Part of a series celebrating Antoninus' remission of half of the special tax (aurum coronarium) normally levied on the provinces at the time of the accession of an emperor.
Charles SApr 03, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 779, Sestertius of AD 134-138 (Victoria-Nemesis)34 views Sestertius (26.0g, 32mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 134-138.
Obv.: HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, laureate head right.
Rev.: S C, winged Pax (Nemesis) advancing right holding an olive branch and lifting upper front of dress which covers her breast.
RIC 779; Cohen 1374; Strack 704
Ex G.Henzen, Amerongen (1995).

RIC II, p. 327 and Strack III p.132-4, provide historical background for this coin type. The Jewish war from 132-135 was finally subdued after Hadrian sent his best generals, especially Julius Severus. Around 134-5, the Senate orders the bronze types Victoria-Nemesis (at the same time as the denarius type Victoria Augusti) which, according to RIC, implies respect for justice in the hour of triumph.
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Nerva, RIC 108, Sestertius of AD 98 (clasped hands)39 views Sestertius (26.2g, 34mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 98, Jan. 1 to 28 (Nerva's death).
Obv.: IMP NERVA CAES AVG GERM P M TR P II, laureate head right.
Rev.: IMP II COS IIII P P around S C in field, Clasped hands holding legionary eagle set on prow.
RIC 108 (ref. B.M.; scarce; error in rev. legend: COS III should be COS IIII); Cohen unlisted; BMCRE III p.27 (contradicts the B.M. ref. of RIC 108: it is not in B.M.); Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-1) 27 (1 spec.).
Ex Roma Numismatics Ltd (2009); ex Ex Knker 2007.

Even though the BMCRE note seems to invalidate the RIC 108 record, the correct source of RIC 108 could be one of the numerous articles by Gnecchi on unpublished pieces in the Gnecchi collection (=Museo delle Terme, Rome), which is the reference for the single specimen listed in Banti 27 (Curtis Clay, personal communication, who also reports another specimen from the same dies: NAC K, 30 March 2000, lot 1719). This type with the COS IIII reverse legend is extremely rare with a total of only two other known specimens. The indication "Scarce" at RIC 108 is misleading.

This type, more common with rev. legend CONCORDIA EXERCITVVM (=harmony with the army), was issued in an effort to secure the good will of the praetorians (who nevertheless remained hostile).
Charles SMar 27, 2015
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Nerva, RIC 52, Sestertius of AD 96 (Annona & Ceres)15 views Sestertius (22.3g, 32mm, 7h). Rome mint. Struck AD 96.
Obv.: NERVA CAES AVG P M TR P COS II P P, laureate head right.
Rev.: ANNONA AVGVST around, S C in ex., Annona standing right, holding cornucopiae, facing Ceres seated left, holding corn-ears and torch, modius on garlanded altar between them, prow of ship in background..
RIC 52 (scarce); BMCRE p14, (listed but not in B.M.); Cohen 12; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-1) 2 (2 spec.; same obv. die as illustrated spec.); Sear (Roman Coins and their Values) 3041
Ex D.Ruskin (Oxford, 1996).
Charles SMar 26, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 652, Sestertius of AD 141-143 (Temple of Venus and Roma)25 views sestertius (24.06g, 33, 12h). Rome mint struck AD 141-143.
ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right
VENERI FELICI (around) S C (in ex.) decastyle temple on podium of four steps; statue of seated figure (Venus) in center space between columns; in pediment three standing figures in the center flanked by reclining figures; on roof, seated figure in the center flanked by two smaller kneeling figures; on angles, Victories standing front, holding wreaths in both hands.
RIC 652 (rare); Cohen 1074 (12 fr.); BMCRE 1324 var. (no statue between columns); Strack III 865 (listed in 3 collections: Berlin, Paris, Vienna; plate X 864: same obv. & rev. dies); Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 507 (3 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins & Their Values II) 4257; Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 125:23
ex Nomisma auction 46 (2012)

This commemorates the completion in AD 141 of the celebrated double-temple of Venus and Roma designed by Hadrian and begun two decades before. The two sanctuaries were placed back to back and the complex formed the largest temple in Rome. A parallel issue depicts the other element of the structure, the temple of Roma.
Charles SMar 26, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 1004, Sestertius of AD 159 (Temple of Divus Augustus)25 views Sestertius (22.23g, 30mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 159.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XXII laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: TEMPLVM DIV AVG REST (around) COS IIII (in ex.) S C (in field), Octastyle temple of Divus Augustus with statues of Augustus and Livia. The temple stands on a podium of three steps. Both statues in the centre, standing on a base, have the right arms raised. There are statues to the left near the foot of the steps and other statues of soldiers on pedestals at each side of the top step. The statuary on the roof can be identified as Augustus in quadriga flanked by Romulus on the right and Aeneas carrying Anchises on the left. Unidentified statuary in the pediment.

RIC 1004 (S); BMCRE 2063; Cohen 805; Strack 1167; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 406; Sear (Roman Coins and their Values II) 4235.
ex Triton VI (2003)

The second Temple of Divus Augustus, commenced under Tiberius and dedicated by Caligula in August AD 37, suffered during the great fire of 80 which began on the Capitoline Hill and spread into the Forum and onto the Palatine. It was possibly restored or rebuilt under Domitian, although it is not mentioned in the Chronographia, and it certainly received further restoration under Antoninus Pius in 158. The temple under Antoninus was Corinthian octastyle and contained the seated figures of Divus Augustus and Livia within, generally drawn on the coinage at an elevated level to suggest perspective.
Charles SMar 24, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 1003A, Sestertius of AD 158-159 (Temple of Divus Augustus) 17 views Sestertius (25.4g, 32mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 158-159.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XXII, laureate head of Antoninus Pius right.
Rev.: TEMPL DIVI AVG REST (around) COS IIII (ex.) S C (field), Octastyle temple of with statues of Divus Augustus and Livia. Both statues in the centre, standing on a base, have the right arms raised. There are statues to the left near the foot of the steps and other statues of soldiers on pedestals at each side of the top step. In the roof is a quadriga in the centre, and statues at each corner; further statues in the pediment.
RIC 1003A (S); BMCRE 2063 var. (rev. legend TEMPLVM DIV); Cohen 797; Strack 1168; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 404 (2 specimens); Sear (Roman Coins and their Values II) 4235 var. (different rev. legend); Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 132:88a
ex D. Ruskin, Oxford, 1995 ("found in Reigate (Surrey), 1864")

Coin issued on the occasion of the restoration of the temple of Divus Ausustus and Diva Augusta (Livia) in AD 158. he temple was probably situated in the valley between the Palatine and Capitoline Hills, behind the Basilica Julia. No trace has survived.
Charles SMar 24, 2015
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Antoninus Pius AE Sestertius - RIC 598 left hd. variety115 views Sestertius (27.6g, 33mm, 5h). Rome mint. Struck AD 140-143.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing left.
Rev.: APOLLINI AVGVSTO (around) S C (in field), Apollo, standing left, holding a lyre and a patera.
RIC 598var. (head right); BMCRE 1929 var. (idem,; footnote); Cohen 62 var. (idem); Strack 822 var. (idem); Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 36 (same obv. and rev. dies)
ex G. Henzen

The references for RIC, Cohen and Strack are all for the variant with head right. BMCRE 1229 footnote mentions a variant with laureate head l. (Mnzhandlung Basel, 22 March, 1937, lot 736), which turns out to be a different specimen struck from the same obverse die. Banti 36 illustrates this variant with same die pair and reports 2 other specimens.
1 commentsCharles SMar 23, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 767a, Sestertius of AD 145-147 (Slow quadriga)28 views Sestertius (25.2g, 31mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 145-147.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P, draped laureate bust right.
Rev.: COS IIII / S C (in two lines in ex.), Emperor in slow quadriga left, holding eagle-tipped sceptre.
RIC 767a; BMCRE 1669; Cohen 320; Strack 974; Sear (Roman Coins and their Values II) 4168
ex D. Ruskin (1998)
Charles SMar 23, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 607, Sestertius of AD 142 (Jupiter Stator)68 views Sestertius (25,67g, 33mm, 11h). Rome mint. Struck AD 142.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate head right.
Rev.: IOVI STATORI (around) S C (field), Jupiter, naked, standing front, holding long sceptre and thunderbolt.
RIC 607 (rare); BMCRE 1247 var. (hd. left; note: variant with hd. right not in B.M.); Cohen 460; Strack 835 (3 spec. for hd. r.); Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 188 (3 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins and their Values II) 4184.
Ex CNG 91

According to Strack, this type was issued to thank Jupiter Stator for his help in the victory by Quintus Lollius Urbicus over the Brigantes in Britannia in 142.
4 commentsCharles SMar 22, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 580, Sestertius of AD 139 (Aurum Coronarium: Cappadocia)47 views Sestertius (29.1g, 33mm, 5h). Rome mint. Struck AD 139.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: CAPPADOCIA (around) COS II (ex.) S C (field), Cappadocia, wearing towered headdress, short tunic and short cloak, standing left, holding crown and vexillum, Mons Argaeus at left of her feet.
RIC 580 (R); BMCRE IV 1185; Cohen 120 (fr.25); Strack 783 (lists 5 collections); Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 51 (3 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins and their Values II) 4155
ex GAA Inc. ("s*p*q*r", eBay, 2008)

Part of a series celebrating Antoninus' remission of half of the special tax (aurum coronarium) normally levied on the provinces at the time of the accession of an emperor.
Charles SMar 22, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 622c, Sestertius of AD 140-144 (Temple of Venus & Roma)33 views Sestertius (29,1g, 33mm, 10h). Rome mint. Struck AD 140-144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate head left.
Rev.: ROMAE AETERNAE (around) S C (ex.), decastyle temple on podium of four steps with statues on roof and in pediment.
RIC 622(c) (scarce); BMCRE 1345v. (hd. r.); Cohen 702 (12 fr.); Strack 848 (2 spec. for left-headed var.); Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 335 (1 spec. w/o illustration); Sear (Roman Coins and their Values II) 4212v. (hd. r.)
Ex Guy BRAUN collection (France, 2015).
very rare left headed variety

The temple of Roma, designed by Hadrian in 121 and completed by Antoninus Pius in 141, facing the forum, was built back to back with the temple of Venus, which faced the Flavian Amphitheater. The building containing the two temples was referred to as the Temple of Venus and Roma ("Templum Veneris et Romae"). The remains are still visible and show that both temples consisted of ten colums. The coins suggest many decorative details.
Charles SMar 22, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 623, Sestertius of AD 141-144 (Temple of Venus and Roma)34 views sestertius (25.11g, 31.5mm 6h) Rome mint. Struck AD 141-144.
ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right
ROMAE AETERNAE (around) S C (ex.) ornamented dekastyle temple with the statue of Roma inside; tympanum adorned with high relief statues; quadriga (suggested) at top and statues at each side.
RIC 623 (scarce); Cohen 703 (12 Fr.); BMCRE 1279; Strack 849; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 336 (4 spec.); Sear(Roman Coins and their Values II) 4212 var. (rev. no figure of Roma); Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 125:24a
ex CNG EAuction 52 (2002)

The temple of Roma was designed by Hadrian (himself) in AD 121 and completed by Antoninus Pius in 141. It stood facing the forum, and was built back to back with the temple of Venus, which faced the Flavian Amphitheater. The building with the two temples was referred to as the Temple of Venus and Roma ("Templum Veneris et Romae"). Hadrian had to have the colossal statue of Nero (Colossus) removed in order to make room for the temples, which were built on the site of the vestibule of Nero's golden house. (He had the Colossus placed near the entrance to the amphitheater, and this provided the nickname, "Colosseum".) The ruins show that both temples consisted of ten colums, and the coins suggest many decorative details.
1 commentsCharles SMar 21, 2015
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Nerva, RIC 86, Sestertius of AD 97 (Libertas)28 views Sestertius (27.0g, 34mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 97.
Obv.: IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR P COS III P P, laureate head right.
Rev.: LIBERTAS PVBLICA (around) S C (field), Libertas, draped, standing left, holding pileus right, and scepter left.
RIC 86; Cohen 14 (5 fr.); BMCRE III 112; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-1) 33 (13 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins and their Values II) 3050
Ex D.Ruskin (Oxford, 1994)
1 commentsCharles SMar 21, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 838, Sestertius of AD 132 (Aegyptos)32 views Sestertius (26.46g, 32mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 132.
Obv.: HADRIANVS AVG COS IIII P P, laureate draped bust right.
Rev.: AEGYPTOS around S C in ex., Aegyptos, draped, reclining left, holding sistrum in right hand and resting elbow on basket of fruit; ibis standing right on low column at her feet.
RIC 838; BMCRE 1695; Cohen 112 (8 fr.); Strack 707
Ex Harlan J. Berk, Buy/Bid Sale 132, lot 715 (May 2003).
1 commentsCharles SMar 20, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 786, Sestertius of AD 134-138 (Salus)24 views Sestertius (26,3g, 31mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 134-138.
Obv.: HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, laureate head right.
Rev.: SALVS AVG (around) S C (field), Salus standing left holding staff, feeding out of patera a snake coiled around an altar.
RIC 786; Cohen 1333
Ex Holleman (Netherlands 1999).
2 commentsCharles SMar 19, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 897, Sestertius of AD 134-138 (Mauretania)19 views Sestertius (24,54g, 33mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 134-138.
Obv.: HADRIANVS AVG COS III PP, laureate head right.
Rev.: ADVENTVI AVG MAVRETANIAE (around) S C (ex.), Hadrian standing right raising right hand; opposite Mauretania in short tunic standing left, holding patera and vexillum; between them an altar, bull behind.
RIC 897; BMCRE 1664; Cohen 64; Strack 758; Banti 50 (5 spec.)
Ex Leipziger Mnzh. 70. Auktion 12/2010, Lot 663; ex Auktion Hirsch 16/372.
1 commentsCharles SMar 19, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 761(f), Sestertius of AD 134 (Fortuna redux)14 views Sestertius (24.7g, 31mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 134.
Obv.: HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, laureate draped bust right.
Rev.: FORTVNAE REDVCI (around) S C (ex.), Hadrian standing right holding scroll in left hand, clasping right hands with Fortuna, draped, standing left , holding cornucopiae in left hand.
RIC 761(f); BMCRE 1515; Cohen 793; Strack 646; Bant 434 (10 spec.); Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 118/106

One of the issues marking Hadrian's return to Rome and end of his travels in AD 133
Charles SMar 19, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 859, Sestertius of AD 134-13830 views Sestertius (23,65g, 33mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 134-138.
Obv.: HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, draped bare-headed bust left.
Rev.: MAVRETANIA around, S C in field, Mauretania, in short tunic, standing in front of a horse pacing left, holding it by the reins and holding a javelin pointing downwards in left hand.
RIC 859 (S); BMCRE 1763; Cohen 957; Strack 721
Ex Gorny & Mosch Auction 176, lot 2287 (march 2009).

Mauretania (modern Morocco and NW Algeria) was home to the Numidians or Mauri (the "Moors"), the ancestors of today's Berber people. Since the annexation of Mauretania by Claudius in AD 44, light cavalry (equites Maurorum or Numidarum) were recruited into the regular Auxilia. These dreaded Mauri horsemen had been involved in many Roman wars, and from the Second Punic War until the 3rd century AD, the bulk of Rome's light cavalry (apart from mounted archers from Syria) consisted of Mauri horsemen. On Trajan's Column, they are depicted with long hair in dreadlocks, riding small horses bare-back and unbridled, with a simple braided rope round their mount's neck for control. They wear no body or head armour, carrying only a small, round leather shield. Their weaponry consisted of several short javelins. Numidian cavalry would harass the enemy by hit-and-run attacks, riding up and loosing volleys of javelins, then scattering faster than any opposing cavalry could pursue.
1 commentsCharles SMar 14, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 634, Sestertius of AD 125-128 (Neptune)24 views Sestertius (24,3g, 32mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 125-128.
Obv.: HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, laureate head right (drapery on left shoulder).
Rev.: COS III (around) S C (field), Neptune standing left, holding trident and dolphin right foot on prow.
RIC 634; Cohen 311; Strack 603.
Ex G.Henzen (1998)

Return to Rome in AD 126 after travels to Greece and Sicily, with sacrifice of thanks to Neptune, who safely brought Hadrian back across the sea.
1 commentsCharles SMar 14, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 636, Sestertius of AD 125-128 (Roma)15 views Sestertius (30.7g, 32mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 125-128.
Obv.: HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, laureate head right; drapery on left shoulder.
Rev.: COS III (around) S C (ex.), Roma seated left holding Victory & cornucopiae, shields behind.
RIC 636; Cohen 342
Ex D.Ruskin (1994).
Charles SMar 14, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 650, Sestertius of AD 126-128 (Neptune)25 viewsObv.: HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, laureate head right; drapery on lleft shoulder
Rev.: COS III (around) NEP RED / S C (in two lines in field), Neptune standing right holding trident and dolphin; left foot on ships' prow.
RIC 650; BMCRE 1317; Cohen 981; Strack 595; RIC 631b; BMCRE 1281Cohen 316; Strack 600; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-2) 553 (4 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins and their Values, II) 3612 var. ; Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 116/67
Ex G.Henzen (1995)

Return to Rome in AD 126 after travels to Greece and Sicily, with sacrifice of thanks to Neptune, NEPtunus REDux, who safely brought Hadrian back across the sea.
1 commentsCharles SMar 14, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 710c, Sestertius of AD 132-134 (Justitia)16 viewsObv.: HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, bare headed draped bust right.
Rev.: IVSTITIA AGG COS III P P around, S C in ex., Justitia seated left holding patera and sceptre.
RIC 710c; Cohen 885; Strack 818.
Ex Knker Auktion 153
Charles SMar 14, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 710f, Sestertius of AD 130 (Justitia)20 views Sestertius (22.7g, Ø 33mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 130.
Obv.: HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, draped, bare-headed bust left.
Rev.: IVSTITIA AVG COS III P P (around) S C (ex.), Justitia seated l, holding patera and sceptre.
RIC 710 f ; BMCRE 1425; Cohen 887; Strack 818.
Ex G.Henzen (1997).
Charles SMar 14, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 631b, Sestertius of AD 125-128 (Diana) 17 views Sestertius (22.8g, 33mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 125-128.
Obv.: HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, laureate head right, drapery on left shoulder.
Rev.: COS III (around) S C (field), Diana standing right holding bow and arrow.
RIC 631b; BMCRE 1281Cohen 316; Strack 600; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-2) 177 (35 spec.).
Charles SMar 13, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 612b, Sestertius of AD 119-121 (Spes)16 views sestertius (22.8g, 34mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 119-121.
Obv.: IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG, laureate cuirassed draped bust right.
Rev.: P M TR P COS III (around) S C (field), Spes advancing left, holding flower.
RIC 612; Cohen 1154; Strack 576; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-2) 595 (40 spec.).
ex D.Ruskin (1994).
Charles SMar 11, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 614c, Sestertius of AD 119-122 (Virtus)21 views sestertius (24.96g, 31.5mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 119-121.
Obv.: IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG, laureate draped bust right.
Rev.: P M TR P COS III (around) VIRT AVG / S C (field), Virtus standing left holding inverted spear and parazonium, right foot on helmet.
RIC 614c; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-2) missing; Cohen 1466; Strack 571
ex G.Henzen (2009).
Charles SMar 11, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 645, Sestertius of AD 128 (Hadrian riding)37 views sestertius (27.7g, 33.5mm, 5h). Rome mint. Struck AD 128.
Obv.: HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, laureate head right (drapery on left shoulder).
Rev.: P M TR P COS III (around) VIRT AVG / S C (field), Hadrian, on horse prancing left, raising right hand.
RIC 645; BMCRE 1313; Cohen 590; Strack 590; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-2) 298 (23 spec.); Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 117/78
ex Holleman (1998).

Commemorates Hadrians' visit to Africa in 128, seen as a new military departure.
1 commentsCharles SMar 11, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 706f, Sestertius of AD 133-134 (Galley)40 views sestertius (24.4g, 33mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 133-134.
Obv.: HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, laureate and draped bust right.
Rev.: FELICITATI AVG (around) COS III P P (field below galley) S C (l. & r. of galley), Galley left with eight oarsmen: Triton on the bow, at the stern is a hortator and an arched cabin between two standards..
RIC 706f; Cohen 657; Strack 837; Banti 370; Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 119/108c
ex G.Henzen (1995).

Commemorates Hadrian's return to Rome and the end of his travels in A.D.133.
2 commentsCharles SMar 11, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 631b, Sestertius of AD 125-128 (Diana) 26 views Sestertius (27.4g, 33mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 125-128.
Obv.: HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, laureate head right, drapery on left shoulder.
Rev.: COS III (around) S C (low across field), Diana (=Artemis) standing right holding bow and arrow.
RIC 631b; BMCRE 1281Cohen 316; Strack 600; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-2) 177 (35 spec.).
1 commentsCharles SMar 10, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 613b, Sestertius of AD 119-121 (Hadrian riding) 39 views Sestertius (22.52g, 32mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 119-121.
Obv.: IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, laureate draped, cuirassed bust right.
Rev.: P M TR P COS III (around) EXPED AVG / S C (in two lines in ex.), Hadrian in military dress, on horse prancing left raising right hand, holding spear with banner (bandum) in left.
RIC 613b (scarce); Cohen 590; BMCRE 1260; Strack 591; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-2) 310 (same rev. die as plate, 3 spec.)
ex G.Henzen (2008).

EXPEDitio: Departure of Hadrian on his travels in 121 AD.
2 commentsCharles SMar 10, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 596, Sestertius of AD 119-121 (Victory with trophy)40 views sestertius (26.3g, 33mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 119-121.
Obv.: IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG P M TR P COS III, laureate, heroic bust right, drapery on far shoulder.
Rev.: VICTORIA AVGVSTI (around) S C (field), Victory advancing right, holding trophy.
RIC 596; Cohen 1462; Strack 561; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-2) 767 (1 spec.)
ex G.Henzen (1997).

In AD 117, Hadrian successfully repressed a revolt in Britain. Even though one legion was lost, the senate issued a number of coins celebrating the victory from AD 119 onwards. This issue with Victoria holding a trophy was one of these.
2 commentsCharles SMar 10, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 594, Sestertius of AD 118 (Restitutori Orbis Terrarum)23 views sestertius (27.2g, 34mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 118.
Obv.: IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG P M TR P COS III, laureate bust right, drapery on far shoulder.
Rev.: RESTITVTORI ORBIS TERRARVM (around) S C (ex.) Hadrian standing left, holding a scroll, raises woman with turreted crown who holds globe.
RIC 594b; BMCRE 1213; Cohen 1285 (25 fr.); Strack 559; Banti 678 (27 spec.); RCV 3637
ex D.Ruskin (1998)
David Sear: "This type, from an earlier period of the reign than the other 'restitutor' types, depicts a personification of the 'circle of lands', i.e. the world".
Charles SMar 09, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 561a, Sestertius of AD 119 (Jupiter Victor)26 views Sestertius (23.9g, 33mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 119.
Obv.: IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG, laureate bust of Hadrian facing right, drapery on far shoulder.
Rev.: PONT MAX TR POT COS III (around) S C (in ex.), Jupiter seated left holding Victory statuette and sceptre.
RIC 561; BMCRE 1146; Cohen 1185; Strack 533; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-2) 599 (30 spec.).
ex G. Henzen (1994).

This issue is connected with the suppression of a revolt in Britain in AD 117 (see Strack p.70 : Expeditio Britannica)
Charles SMar 08, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 560, Sestertius of AD 118 (Annona)25 views Sestertius (26.9g, 32mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 118.
Obv.: IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG, laureate bust of Hadrian facing right, drapery on far shoulder.
Rev.: PONT MAX TR POT COS DES III (around) ANNONA AVG (in ex.) S C (field), Annona standing left between modius and ship's prow, holding corn ears right, cornucopiae left.
RIC 560; BMCRE 1143; Cohen 180; Strack 520; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-2) 106 (15 spec.).
ex D. Ruskin(1995).

Soon after his arrival in Rome, Hadrian ordered an extraordinary distribution of grain to the people, an act which the senate, like the other donations, advertised on coin issues in the years 118 and 119.
Charles SMar 08, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 551a, Sestertius of AD 118 (Fortuna Redux)32 views sestertius (25.8g, 34mm, 4h). Rome mint. Struck AD 118.
Obv.: IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG laureate bust right, drapery on far shoulder.
Rev.: PONT MAX TR POT COS II (around) FORT RED / S C (in two lines in ex.) Fortuna seated left holding branch right and cornucopiae left.
RIC 551; BMCRE 1132; Cohen 756; Strack 515; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-2) 414 (15 spec.)
ex Numismatik Lanz - Hubert Lanz (2009)

This FORTuna REDux issue celebrates the first arrival to Rome of Hadrian as emperor on 9 july 118, returning from travel. Hadrian had spent his first winter as emperor in Asia Minor and pacified the Danube frontier the following spring.
Charles SMar 08, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 534a, Sestertius of AD 117 (Accession)55 views sestertius (23.78g, 34mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 117.
Obv.: IMP CAES DIVI TRAIAN AVG F HADRIAN OPT AVG GER laureate draped cuirassed bust right.
Rev.: DAC PARTHICO P M TR P COS P P (around) S C (ex.) Trajan right handing globe to Hadrian left, both togate and standing.
RIC 534a [R]; Cohen 523; BMCRE 1101; Strack 500; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-2) 234 (4 spec.); Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 111:4
ex G.Henzen (2009)

The reverse is a symbolic representation of the adoption of Hadrian by Trajan in 117 (on his death bed while in Silicia and in the absence of Hadrian). The rare "accession" reverse type of Hadrian's first issue gives him titles of OPTimus, GERmanicus, DACicus, PARTHICus, and Pater Patriae, which the Senate had decreed to him in his absence. Hadrian however refused these titles and they were omitted from subsequent issues.
Charles SMar 08, 2015
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Trajan, RIC 564, Sestertius of AD 106-111 (Dacia mourning)48 views Sestertius (26.8g, 33mm, 6h), minted AD 106-111, Rome
Obv.: IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P, laureate head right
Rev.: SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI (around) S C (ex)., Dacia, wearing a peaked cap, resting head on right hand, mourning, seated left on shield and arms before trophy with captured arms including curved sword and spear.
RIC 564; Cohen 534; Sear (Roman Coins & their Values, II)3296; Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 101/28e
2 commentsCharles SMar 06, 2015
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Domitian, RIC 705, Dupondius of AD 90-91 (Fortuna)17 views Dupondius (13.1g, 28mm, 6h), Rome, AD 90-91
Obv.: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XV CENS PER P P, radiate head of Domitian right
Rev.: FORTVNA AVGVSTI (around) S | C, Fortuna standing left holding rudder and cornucopiae.
RIC II,1 705; Cohen 132
ex G.Henzen, May, 1997
1 commentsCharles SMar 02, 2015
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Vespasian RIC 1053, for Domitian, As minted Rome, AD 77-78 (Spes)9 views As (9.4g, 29mm, 6h), Rome, AD 77-78
Obv.: CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS COS V, laureate head of Domitian right
Rev.: S C (field), Spes standing left, holding flower and raising dress.
RIC Vespasian II,1:1053; Cohen 453
ex D.Ruskin (Oxford, 1997)
Charles SMar 02, 2015
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Titus RIC 398, for Julia Titi, Dupondius minted Rome, AD 80-81 (Vesta)19 views Dupondius (__g, __mm, 6h), Rome, AD 80-81
Obv.: IVLIA IMP T AVG F AVGVSTA, draped bust of Julia Titi right
Rev.: VESTA (ex.) S C (field), Vesta seated left, holding palladium and sceptre.
RIC II,1 (Titus) 398; Cohen 18
ex Edgar Owen auction (1998).
1 commentsCharles SMar 02, 2015
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Domitian, RIC 414, As minted Rome, AD 85 (Fides)11 views As (11.49g, __, 6h), Rome, AD 85
Obv.: IMPCAESDOMITAVGGERM COS XI CENS PER P P, laureate head of Domitian right, aegis
Rev.: FIDEI PVBLICAE (around) S C (field), Fides standing left, holding basket of fruits and corn ears.
RIC II,1:414 [R2]; Cohen unlisted
ex Knker Auction 153 (2009).
Charles SMar 02, 2015
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Domitian, RIC 385, As minted Rome, AD 85 (Altar)11 views As (9,80g, __, 6h), Rome, AD85
Obv.: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XI CENS POT P P, laureate head of Domitian right, aegis
Rev.: SALVTI AVGVSTI in twolines above & below altar, S C (field), Altar.
RIC II,1 385; Cohen 418
ex Knker Auction 153 (2009).
Charles SMar 02, 2015
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Domitian, RIC 479, Dupondius minted Rome, AD 86 (Fortuna)13 views Dupondius (13.6g, 28mm, 6h), Rome, AD 86
Obv.: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XII CENS PER P P, radiate head of Domitian right, aegis
Rev.: FORTVNAE AVGVSTI S C, Fortuna standing left right rudder left cornucopiae.
RIC II,1 479; Cohen 123
ex G.Henzen, (1995)
Charles SMar 02, 2015
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Domitian, RIC 300, Dupondius of AD 88 (Virtus)17 views Dupondius (10.8g, 27.5mm, 6h), Rome, AD 88
Obv.: IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG GERM COS XI, radiate head right (aegis)
Rev.: VIRTVTI AVGVSTI (around) S C (field), Virtus standing right, foot on helmet left holding parazonium right spear.
RIC II,1:300[R2]; Cohen unlisted
Charles SMar 01, 2015
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Domitian, RIC 478 & 493, As of AD 86 (double reverse)51 views As (11,2g, 30mm, 6h), Rome, AD 86
Obv.: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM.COS XII CENS PER P P, laureate head right, aegis
Rev.: M[ONETA] AVGVSTI, Moneta standing left, holding scales and cornucopiae, struck over [F]IDEI [PVBLICAE] (around), S C (field), Fides standing right with corn ears and plate of fruits (of which only the head is visible).
RIC II,1:478 & 493
ex G.Henzen (1998)

The double struck reverse is composed of parts from two different dies: upper left third: (F)IDEI (PVBLICAE) and head of Fides turned r. (RIC 478); other two thirds: M(ONETA) AVGVSTI (RIC 493). Curtis Clay gives a plausible and interesting explanation for this strange phenomenon: "Roman imperial bronze coins with perfect obverses, but two dies of the same or different types overstruck on each other on the reverse, occur with some regularity; large public collections like BM or Vienna probably possess 50-100 of them each and I've been able to buy maybe 10-15 for my personal collection over a period of about 30 years. What I don't doubt is the correct explanation which was suggested to me by Colin Kraay c. 1972, when showing me an As of Caracalla of that sort that the Ashmolean Museum had just acquired: might it not have been quicker to employ two mobile rev. dies alternately at each obv. die set in its anvil, so that while one worker was removing his coin and getting a new blank, the second would be striking his own coin at the same obv. die? The overstrikes in question resulted from failure to remove the coin from the obv. die after the first strike! Robert Kokotailo suggested to me a year or two ago that such an alternation might also have prevented the reverse dies from overheating. Many modern scholars have proposed that different rev. types were struck at different officinae or workshops within the mint, so it's rather neat to be able to point out that in fact different types were often struck alternately at one and the same obverse die, Fides-Moneta-Fides-Moneta-Fides-Moneta and so on until there was some reason to stop work or replace the dies!"
1 commentsCharles SMar 01, 2015
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Domitian, RIC 493, As of AD 86 (Moneta)13 views As ((10.2g, 26-28mm, 6hh), Rome, AD 86
Obv.: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM.COS XII CENS PER P P, laureate head right, aegis
Rev.: MONETA AVGVSTI (around) S C (field), Moneta standing left, holding scales right and cornucopiae left.
RIC II,1:493; Cohen 327; Foss(Roman Historical Coins) 92/25

According to Foss, this type was issued on the occasion of the establishment of a new site near the Colosseum for the Roman mint in 84, to replace that in the temple of Juno Moneta which was destroyed by fire shortly before; it is the first appearance of Moneta Augusti.
Charles SMar 01, 2015
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Nero, RIC 523, Dupondius of c.AD 66 (Victory)10 views Dupondius (15.2g, 28mm, 6h). Lugdunum mint. Struck c.AD 66.
Obv.: IMP NERO CAESARAVG PM MAX TR P P P, laureate head right, globe
Rev.: VICTORIA AVGVSTI (around) S C (field), Victoria walkingholding palm branch.
RIC 523; BMC 356; Cohen 344
ex G.Henzen (1997)
Charles SFeb 27, 2015
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Nero, RIC 450, Dupondius of c.AD 65 (Victory)23 views Dupondius (13.1g, 31mm, 6h). Lugdunum mint. Struck c.AD 65.
Obv.: NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P, laureate head left (globe)
Rev.: VICTORIA - AV-GVSTI (around) S C (field), Victory walking left, holding wreath and palm branch.
RIC 450; BMCRE 352
ex D. Ruskin (1998).
1 commentsCharles SFeb 27, 2015
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Nero, RIC 450, Dupondius of c.AD 65 (Victory)10 views Dupondius (13.2g, 30mm, 6h). Lugdunum mint. Struck AD 65.
Obv.: NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P, laureate head left (globe)
Rev.: VICTORIA AVGVSTI (around) S C (field), Victory walking left, holding wreath and palm branch.
RIC 450; BMCRE 352
ex Holleman (1996)
Charles SFeb 27, 2015
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Nero, RIC 410, Dupondius of c.AD 65 (Victory)16 views Dupondius (12.7g, 28mm, 6h). Lugdunum mint. Struck c.AD 65.
Obv.: NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P, laureate head left (globe)
Rev.: VICTORIA AVGUSTI (around) II (ex.) S C (field), Victory walking left, holding wreath and palm branch.
RIC 410; Cohen 341
ex G.Henzen (1996)
Charles SFeb 27, 2015
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Nero, RIC 379, Dupondius of c.AD 64 (Victory)13 views Dupondius (13.2g, 30mm, 6h). Lugdunum mint. Struck c.AD 64
Obv.: NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P, radiate head right (w. globe)
Rev.: VICTORIA AVGVSTI (around) S C (field) II (ex.), Victoria walking left holding wreath and palm.
RIC 379
Charles SFeb 27, 2015
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Nero, RIC 204, Dupondius of c.AD 64 (Victory)13 views Dupondius (12.8g, 28mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck c.AD 64.
Obv.: NERO CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P, radiate head right
Rev.: VICTORIA AVGVSTI (around) S C (field) II (ex.), Victory walking right.
RIC 204
Ex D.Ruskin (Oxford, 1995)
Charles SFeb 27, 2015
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HARBOUR, NERO, AE Sestertius (Portus Claudii)117 views sestertius (22.54g, maximum 34.24mm, 6h), Lugdunum mint, struck AD 66.
Obv.: IMP NERO CAESAR AVG P MAX TR P P P, laureate head of Nero right, globe below tip of bust.
Rev.: PORT AVG (below) S C (above), aerial view of the harbour of Ostia, showing pier, breakwaters, lighthouse surmounted by the statue of Neptune, seven ships, and the figure of Tiber reclining left in foreground, holding rudder and dolphin.
Mac Dowall (The western Coinages of Nero, ANS SSN 161) 476; RIC 586 (R2); BMCRE 323 var. (different obv. legend); Cohen 253 var. (emperor's head to left); CBN 74 var. (different obv. legend); Sear (RCV) 1953var.

Rome's original harbour was Ostia, situated at the mouth of the Tiber. It could not easily handle large sea-going vessels such as those of the grain fleet. Therefore, Claudius initiated the construction of a new all-weather harboru at Portus, about 4 km north of Ostia. The project was completed under Nero who renamed the harbour "Portus Augusti".

It was a huge project enclosing an area of 69 hectares, with two long curving moles projecting into the sea, and an artificial island, bearing a lighthouse, in the centre of the space between the moles. The foundation of this lighthouse was provided by filling with concrete and sinking one of the massive ships that Caligula had used to transport an obelisk from Egypt for the Circus Maximus. These giant ships had a length of around 100m and displaced a minimum of 7400 tons. The harbour opened directly to the sea on the northwest and communicated with the Tiber by a channel on the southeast. However, it was very exposed to the weather and under Trajan was superseded by a new land-locked inner basin linked to the Tiber by a canal.
3 commentsCharles SFeb 26, 2015
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HARBOUR, TRAJAN, AE Sestertius (Portus Trajani)149 viewsPortus Trajani
Sestertius (26.66g, 35mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 104-111.
Obv.: IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P laureate draped bust of Trajan facing right.
Rev.: (PORTVM TRAIANI around, S C in ex.), Basin of Trajan's harbour (Portus Traiani), near Ostia, surrounded by warehouses, ships in centre.
RIC 471 (R2); Cohen 305; BMC 770A; Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 104:59
ex Jean Elsen Auction 95; ex coll. A. Senden: "L'architecture des monnaies Romaines".

Due to the vulnarability of Portus Claudii, witness the events of 62 AD when a violent storm destroyed some 200 ships in the port, Trajan built a second one farther inland behind the port of Claudius. The work was carried out in the years 100-112 AD, and included improvements of the Claudian harbour. It was a hexagonal basin enclosing an area of 39 hectares, and communicating by canals with the harbour of Claudius, with the Tiber directly, and with the sea. The capacity of the harbour was much enlarged, and many new warehouses were built around it, remains of which may still be seen: The fineness of the brickwork of which they are built is remarkable. The sides of the hexagonal basin were over 350 m, the maximum diameter more than 700 m., and 5m deep. The bottom was covered with stones, at the north end gradually sloping upwards, to reach a depth of only one meter at the edge of the basin.

The basin could contain more than 100 ships that did not moor alongside the quays, but at a straight angle. It was surrounded by a few wide treads (total width c. 6 m.). On the quays was a wall, with five narrow doorways (1.80) on each side of the hexagon. The doorways are too narrow for wagons. Apparently the goods were unloaded and carried by slaves. This can also be seen on several reliefs and mosaics. The wall facilitated the control of the flow of goods, for the Customs Service and the levying of import duties (the portorium).

The hexagon may have been designed by Apollodorus of Damascus, the architect of Trajan's Market in Rome. No other harbours are known with this shape, suggesting that it was chosen not only for practical purposes, but also for aesthetic reasons.

Portus was the main port of ancient Rome for more than 500 years and provided a conduit for everything from glass, ceramics, marble and slaves to wild animals caught in Africa and shipped to Rome for spectacles in the Colosseum.
3 commentsCharles SFeb 26, 2015
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Matidia, niece of Trajan, mother of Sabina150 views Sestertius (25.51g, 35mm, 6h), Rome mint. Struck AD 113-117.
MATIDIA AVG DIVAE MARCIANAE F, draped diademed bust of Matidia facing right.
PIETAS AVGST (around) S C (in ex.), Pietas standing left, placing her hands on the heads of two children.
RIC (Trajan) 761 [R3]; Cohen 11 (350 Fr.); Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 107:112
ex Ibercoins, Madrid

Matidia was the daughter of Trajan's sister Marciana and thus niece of Trajan, born about AD 68. She assumed the title of Augusta upon the death of her mother in 112. On reverse, Matidia, as Pietas, with her daughters Matidia the younger and Sabina, future wife of Hadrian. After her death in 119, a temple was dedicated to her on the forum of Trajan.
3 commentsCharles SFeb 25, 2015
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Trajan, RIC 569, Sestertius of AD 107-110 (bridge)35 views Sestertius (27.1g, 34mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck 107-110.
Obv.: IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P laur. bust of Trajan right, paludamentum on l. shoulder.
Re.: SPQROPTIMO PRINCIPI [around] S C [in ex.] Single-span bridge with tower at each end, below a boat.
RIC 569; BMC 848; Cohen 542; Strack 385; Banti 261 (25 spec.); MIR 314(bD2); RHC 100:21.
ex CNG, 2001

According to Hill, the bridge represented on the reverse could well be the ancient Pons Sublicus.
1 commentsCharles SFeb 25, 2015
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Trajan, RIC 624, Sestertius of AD 112-114 (Felicitas)23 views Sestertius (24.9g, 34mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck 112-114.
Obv.: IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC PM TR P COS VI P Plaureate head of Trajan right.
Rev.: FELICITAS AVGVST [around] S C [ex.] Felicitas standing left holding caduceus and cornucopiae.
RIC 624; Cohen 142 (4 Fr.)
ex Jesu Vico S.A., Auction 140 (2014)
Charles SFeb 25, 2015
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Trajan, RIC 558, Sestertius of AD 106-11127 views Sestertius (23.50g, 32mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 106-111.
Obv.: IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P laureate bust of Trajan with aegis, facing right.
Rev.: S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI [around,] S C [ex.] The Danube river god standing left, cloak billowing behind, holding reed and forcing Dacia to the ground with his knee.
RIC 558 [scarce]; Cohen 525 (fr.25); BMCRE 793 (note); Foss (Roman Historical Coins): 100/23
ex Gitbud & Naumann Auction 23 lot 777 (2014)

Historical background: In 106 A.D., Trajan besieged Sarmizegetusa, the Dacian capital. With the aid of a Dacian traitor, the Romans found and destroyed water pipes supplying the city. Running out of water and food the city fell and was burned to the ground. Decebalus fled but, followed by the Roman cavalry, committed suicide rather than face capture. The river-god on the reverse is usually described as Tiber, however, the reverse likely personifies the impact of the Roman destruction of the Dacian's water supply. Dacia's own water supply has betrayed her, knocked her to the ground, and is choking her.
Charles SFeb 25, 2015
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Tiberius, RIC 81, for Divus Augustus, As of AD 22-30 (Altar) 5 views As (10,0g, 29mm, 6h) Rome mint, struck AD 22-30.
Obv.: DIVVS AVGVSTVS PATER, radiate portrait of Augustus left.
Rev.: PROVIDENT (ex.), S C left & right of ornamented altar enclosure with double panelled door.
RIC (Tiberius) 81; Cohen (Augustus) 228
ex. D.Ruskin (1994)
Charles SFeb 25, 2015
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Tiberius, RIC 82, for Divus Augustus, As of AD 34-37 (Eagle on globe) 8 views As (__g, __mm, 12h) Rome mint, struck AD 34-37.
Obv.: DIVVS AVGVSTVS PATER, radiate portrait of Augustus left.
Rev.: S C left & right of eagle standing on globe, head right, wings half spread.
RIC (Tiberius) 82; BMCRE 155; Cohen (Augustus) 247
ex. J.Jencek, 2000
Charles SFeb 25, 2015
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Tiberius, RIC 44, As of AD 22 (large S C) 10 views As (10.8g, 30mm, 6h) Rome mint. Struck AD 22.
Obv.: TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVST IMP VIII, bare head of Tiberius left.
Rev.: PONTIF MAXIM TRIBVN POTEST XXIIII round large S C.
RIC 44; BMCRE 91; Cohen 19.
Charles SFeb 25, 2015
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Augustus, RIC 347, Dupondius of 19-4 BC (oak wreath) 8 views Dupondius (10.7g, 25mm, 2h) Lugdunum mint. Struck 19-4 BC.
Coinage of P. Licinius Stolo.
Obv.: AVGVSTVS / TRIBVNIC / POTEST, with tall T in AVGVSTVS, in three lines in oak wreath
Rev.: P STOLO III VIR A A A F F round large S C
RIC 347 (R2)
ex Medierranean Coins (2001)
Charles SFeb 25, 2015
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Augustus, RIC 237, for Tiberius, As of AD 10-14 (Altar of Ludunum)11 views As (10.2g, 25mm, 2h) Lugdunum mint. Struck AD 10-14.
Obv.: TI CAESAR AVGVST FIMPERAT V, bare head of Tiberius left
Rev.: ROM ET AVG (ex.), Altar of Lugdunum decorated with the corona civica between laurel branches flanked by stylized male figures; left and right of the altar, Victories on columns facing one another.
RIC (Augustus) 237; Cohen (Tiberius) 31; Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 56/1
ex D.Ruskin (Oxford, 1994)
Dedication of the altar in Ludugnum (Lyon) presided over by Tiberius together with Augustus in 10 BC.
Charles SFeb 25, 2015
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Augustus, RIC 245, for Tiberius, As of AD 10-14 (Altar of Lugdunum) 7 views As (8.5g, 24mm, 4h) Lugdunum mint. Struck AD 10-14.
Obv.: TI CAESAR AVGVST F IMPERAT VII, laureate head of Tiberius right.
Rev.: ROM ET AVG (ex.), Altar of Lyons decorated with the corona civica between laurel branches flanked by stylized male figures; left and right of the altar, Victories on columns facing one another.
RIC (Augustus) 245; Cohen (Tiberius) 37; BMCRE 585; Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 56/1
ex G.Henzen, 1995
Dedication of the altar in Ludugnum (Lyon) presided over by Tiberius together with Augustus in 10 BC.
Charles SFeb 25, 2015
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Tiberius, RIC 83, for Divus Augustus, As of AD 34-37 (thunderbolt) 16 views As (10.7g, 29mm, 7h) Rome mint, struck AD 34-37.
Obv.: DIVVS AVGVSTVS PATER, radiate portrait of Augustus left.
Rev.: S C left & right of winged thunderbolt.
RIC (Tiberius) 83; BMCRE 158; Cohen 249
ex. M.R. Vosper (2000)
2 commentsCharles SFeb 24, 2015
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Gaius ("Caligula"), RIC 43, for Germanicus, As of AD 39-4014 views As (11.9g, 28mm, 6h), Rome mint, struck AD 37-38
Obv.: GERMANICVS CAESAR TI AVG F DIVI AVG N, bare head of Germanicus left.
Rev.: C CAESAR DIVI AVG PRON AVG PM TR P III P P round large SC.
RIC (Gaius) 43 (R2) (but incorrect legends: see note below); BMCRE p.156 n.; not in Cohen
Ex G.Henzen (1996)

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

Note: Both obverse and reverse legends are wrong in the revised edition of RIC Vol1 (1984) no. 83. The obverse is quoted as "GERMANICVS CAESAR TI AVGvst F DIVI AVG N"; the reverse as "C CAESAR DIVI AVG PRON AVG PM TR Pot III P P": the parts in lower case are incorrect and should be deleted. The 1923 issue of RIC, no. 46 had these legends correct.
1 commentsCharles SFeb 24, 2015
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Gaius ("Caligula"), RIC 34, for Nero & Drusus, Dupondius of AD 37-3812 views Dupondius (13.2g, 28.5mm, 12h), Rome mint, struck AD 37-38.
Obv.: NERO ET DRVSVS CAESARES, Nero and Drusus riding right, cloaks flying.
Rev.: C CAESAR AVG GERMANICVS PON M TR POT round large SC.
RIC 34 BMCRE 44; Cohen 1; Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 61:10b

This type celebrates the memory of Caligula's family: bringing back the ashes of his brothers Nero and Drusus.
Charles SFeb 24, 2015
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Augustus, RIC 233, As of AD 9-14 (Altar of Lugdunum) 10 views As (10.7g, 25mm, 2h) Lugdunum mint. Struck AD 9-14.
Obv.: CAESAR AVGVSTVSDIVI FPATER PATRIAE, laureate head right
Rev.: ROM ET AVG (ex.), Altar of Lugdunum decorated with the corona civica between laurels flanked by stylized male figures; left and right of the altar, Victories on columns facing one another.
RIC 233; Cohen 237; Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 53/92
ex D.Ruskin (Oxford, 1995)
Dedication of the altar of Lugdunum (at present Lyons) and creation of the community of the Gauls in 10 BC
Charles SFeb 23, 2015
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Augustus, RIC 230, As of 15-10 BC (Altar of Lugunum)7 views As (11.4g, 27mm, 11h) Lugdunum mint. Struck 15-10 BC.
Obv.: CAESAR PONT MAX, laureate head right
Rev.: ROM ET AVG (ex.), Altar of Lugdunum decorated with the corona civica between laurels; l. and r. Victories on columns facing one another.
RIC 230; BMCRE 550
Charles SFeb 23, 2015
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Claudius, RIC 101, for Germanicus, Dupondius of AD 41-50 13 views Dupondius (16.4g, 31,5mm, 6h). Rome mint, struck AD 41-50.
Obv.: DIVVS AVGVSTVS, head of Augustus facing left between S C.
Rev.: DIVA AVGVSTA, Livia seated left holding corn ears with poppy and a long torch
RIC (Claudius) 101 (R2); Cohen (Octave Auguste) 93; BMCRE 224
Charles SFeb 23, 2015
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Tiberius, RIC 58, As of AD 35-369 views As (10.2g, 28.5mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 35-36.
Obv.: TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVST IMP VIII, bare head of Tiberius left.
Rev,: PONTIF MAX TR POT XXXVII (round) S C (in field), rudder placed vertically across banded globe, small globe at base of rudder.
RIC 58 (R2); BMCRE 117
Charles SFeb 23, 2015
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Tiberius, RIC 64, As of AD 36-37 8 views As (13.9g, 28mm, 7h). Rome mint. Struck AD 36-37.
Obv.: TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVST IMP VIII, bare head of Tiberius left
Rev,: PONTIFMAXTRPOTXXXIIX (round) S C (in field), rudder before banded large globe, small globe left at the base of the rudder.
RIC 64 (scarce); BMCRE 135
Charles SFeb 23, 2015
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Gaius ("Caligula"), RIC 35, for Germanicus, As of AD 37-387 views As (10.4g, 28mm, 6h), Rome mint, struck AD 37-38
Obv.: GERMANICVS CAESAR TI AVGVST F DIVI AVG N, bare head of Germanicus left.
Rev.: C CAESAR AVG GERMANICVS PON M TR POT round large SC.
RIC 35; Cohen 1
Charles SFeb 23, 2015
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Tiberius, RIC 82, for Divus Augustus, As of AD 34-37 (Eagle on globe)26 views As (10,80g, 29mm, 6h) Rome mint, struck AD 34-37.
Obv.: DIVVS AVGVSTVS PATER, radiate portrait of Augustus left.
Rev.: S C left & right of eagle standing on globe, head right, wings half spread.
RIC (Tiberius) 82; BMCRE 155; Cohen 247
ex. G.Henzen (2015)
1 commentsCharles SFeb 22, 2015
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Gaius ("Caligula"), RIC 44, Sestertius of AD 3920 views Sestertius (28.5g, 35.5mm, 6h) Rome mint, struck AD 39.
Obv.: C CAESAR DIVI AVG PRON P M TR P III P P around, PIETAS in ex., Pietas, veiled and draped, seated left, holding patera and resting left arm on small statue on pedestal.
Rev.: DIVO AVG / S C (in two lines in field left & right of the temple), Hexastyle guirlanded temple, surmounted with quadriga and statues, before which Gaius, veiled and togate, standing left, sacrifices with patera over garlanded altar; at left, an attendant leading bull to altar; at right, another attendant holding patera.
RIC 44 (R); Sear (Roman Coins & their Values I) 1802; Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 60:2a
ex G.Henzen (1999).

Explanation of the legend: obverse: CAIVS CAESAR DIVI AVGVSTI PRONEPOS AVGVSTVS PONTIFEX MAXIMVS TRIBVNICIA POTESTATE III PATER PATRIAE : Gaius Caesar, great-grandson of Divine Augustus, emperor, High Priest, with tribunician power for the third time, father of the fatherland. reverse: DIVO AVGVSTO SENATVS CONSVLTO: to Divine Augustus by decree of the Senate.
This architectural type commemorates the dedication of the temple to Divus Augustus in August, 37 AD. There were two temples in Rome honoring Augustus, one on the Palatine, the other of uncertain location, possibly behind the Basilica Julia in the depression between the Palatine and the Capitoline Hills. The latter, built under Tiberius, was the one dedicated by Caligula in 37 AD.
Charles SFeb 21, 2015
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ROMAN EMPIRE, ANTONINUS PIUS sestertius, RIC 618 263 views Sestertius (24.83g, 33mm, 11h), Rome mint, Struck AD 140-144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laurate head Antoninus Pius facing right
Rev.: PROVIDENTIAE DEORVM (around) S C (in field), winged thunderbolt with six lightnings.
RIC 618; Coh.684; BMC 1266 note (six barbs instead of four); Strack 845; Banti 321 (same rev. die as illustrated, 2 spec.)
ex CNG eAuction 202 (2009); ex White Mountain Collection
4 commentsCharles SFeb 21, 2015
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Trajan, RIC 521, As of AD 103-111 (Victoria with branch and palm)14 views As (10,33g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 103-111.
Obv.: IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P, laureate head of Trajan facing right (aegis).
Rev.: S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI (around), S C (in field), advancing left, with branch and palm.
RIC 521; Cohen 436.
ex Knker auction 153 (2009)
Charles SFeb 21, 2015
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Trajan, RIC 563, Dupondius of AD 106-111 (Dacia mourning)19 views Dupondius (10.5g, 25mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 106-111.
Obv.: IIMP CAES NERVAE TRAIA NO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P, radiate head of Trajan right.
Rev.: SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI (around), S C (in ex.), Dacia seated left, mourning, on shield and arms, before trophy.
RIC 563; Cohen 533
ex D.Ruskin (Oxford, 1993)
Charles SFeb 21, 2015
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Trajan, RIC 675, As of AD 116-117 (Victory) 27 views As (11.7g, 25-27mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 116-117.
Obv.: IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS VI P P, laureate and draped bust right
laureate head of Trajan right.
Rev.: SENATVS POPVLVSQUE ROMANVS (around), S C (in field), Victory holding wreath and palm branch advancing right.
RIC 675; Cohen 355
ex D.Ruskin (Oxford, 1996)
1 commentsCharles SFeb 21, 2015
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Trajan, RIC 591, As of AD 103-111 (Victory) 10 views As (11.4g, 28mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 98-99.
Obv.: IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC PM TR P COS V P P, laureate head of Trajan right; aegis on chest.
Rev.: S P Q R OPTIMO PRICIPI (around), S C (in field), Victory advancing left, with branch and palm.
RIC 591; Cohen 436
ex Knker auction 153 (2003)
Charles SFeb 21, 2015
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Trajan, RIC 550, Dupondius of AD 103-111 (Trajan crowned by Victory)18 views Dupondius (6h) Rome mint. Struck AD 103-111.
Obv.: IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P, radiate head of Trajan right.
Rev.: SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI (around) S C (in ex.), Trajan crowened by Victory, both standing.
RIC 550; Cohen 518
Charles SFeb 19, 2015
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Trajan, RIC 393, As of AD 98-99 (Pietas)16 views As (11.4g, 28mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 98-99.
Obv.: IMP NERVA CAES TRAIAN AVG GERM P M, laureate head of Trajan right.
Rev.: TR POT COS II (around), S C (in field), Pietas standing left, by lighted altar right hand raised; left hand on breast.
RIC 393; Cohen 612
ex D.Ruskin (Oxford, 1994)
Charles SFeb 19, 2015
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Trajan, RIC 434, As of AD 101-102 (Victory with shield)16 views As (11.4g, 26mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 101-102.
Obv.: IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG GERM P M, laureate head of Trajan right.
Rev.: TR POT COS IIII P P (around), S C (in field), Victory advancing left, holding shield insribed SPQR.
RIC 434; Cohen 640
Charles SFeb 19, 2015
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Trajan, RIC 492, Dupondius of AD 103-111 (Annona)15 views Dupondius (12.4g, 27-28mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 103-111.
Obv.: IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC PM TR P COS V P P, laureate head of Trajan facing right; draped left shoulder with aegis.
Rev.: SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI (around), S C (in ex.), Annona standing left right corn ears left cornucopiae, modius at feet, ship's prow behind.
RIC 492; Cohen 470
Charles SFeb 19, 2015
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Trajan, RIC 510, As of AD 106-111 (Pax with Dacian supplicating)26 views As (11.5g, 29mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 106-111.
Obv.: IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC PM TR P COS V P P, laureate head of Trajan facing right; with aegis.
Rev.: SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI (around), S C (in ex.), Pax seeted left with olive branch, at her feet a Dacian kneeling, supplicating.
RIC 510 var. (no sceptre); Cohen 420 var. (idem); Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 101:37
ex D. Ruskin (Oxford, 1997)
Issued to mark the triumph over the Dacians in AD 106
Charles SFeb 19, 2015
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Trajan, RIC 676, Dupondius of AD 116 (Trajan between trophies)12 views Dupondius (14.3g, 27mm, 6h) Rome mint. Struck AD 116.
Obv.: IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GER DAC PARTHICO PM TRP COS VI PP, radiate head of Trajan right.
Rev.: SENATVS POPVLVSQUE ROMANVS (around) S C (in ex.), Trajan standing between two trophies.
RIC 676; Sear (Roman Coins & their Values II) 3219
ex D. Ruskin (Oxford, 1997)
Charles SFeb 19, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 541, Dupondius of AD 117 (Fortuna)25 views dupondius (11.6g, 26mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 117.
Obv.: IMP CAES DIVI TRA PARTH F DIVI NER NEP TRAIANO HADRIANO AVG radiate bust of Hadrianus right, drapery on left shoulder.
Rev.: PONT MAX TR POT COS (around), FORT RED / S C (in two lines in ex.), Fortuna seated left, holding rudder and cornucopiae.
RIC 541; Coh. 752; Strack 505
ex G. Henzen (Netherlands, 1996)

FORTuna REDux, is the personification of the safe and successful return of the Roman emperor departing for travel. Hadrian was on travel when he became emperor and would arrive in Rome in april 118.
Charles SFeb 18, 2015
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Trajan, RIC 385, Dupondius of AD 98-99 (Abundantia)23 views Dupondius (14.3g, 29mm, 6h) Rome mint. Struck AD 98-99.
Obv.: IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG GERM P M, radiate head of Trajan right.
Rev.: TR POT COS II (around) S C (in ex.), Abundantia holding a sceptre, seated left, on a chair formed by two cornucopiae.
RIC 385; Cohen 595; Sear (Roman Coins & their Values II) 3225
Charles SFeb 18, 2015
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Trajan, RIC 386, Dupondius of AD 98-99 (Abundantia)24 views Dupondius (11.7g, 28mm, 6h) Rome mint. Struck AD 98-99.
Obv.: IMP NERVA CAES TRAIAN AVG GERM P M, radiate head of Trajan right.
Rev.: TR POT COS II (around) S C (in ex.), Abundantia seated left on a chair formed by two cornucopiae, holding a sceptre.
RIC 386; Cohen 595 var. (obv. legend IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN ...); Sear (Roman Coins & their Values II) 3225
Charles SFeb 17, 2015
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Faustina Sr, RIC (A. Pius) 1148, sestertius of AD 14223 views sestertius (23.9g, 31mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck under Antoninus Pius, AD 1421.
Obv.: DIVA AVGVSTA FAVSTINA Draped bust of Diva Faustina senior right with hair waved, adorned with pearls and curled on top.
Rev.: PIETAS AVG (around) S C (in ex.), hexastyle temple with stairs, central dot between the columns; on the roof a quadriga and victories holding a globe above their heads on each side; four standing and two reclining figures in the pediment.
RIC (A. Pius) 1148 (R), Cohen 254, BMCRE 1454; Strack 1245; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali III-1) 96 (7 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins and their Values II) 4632; Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 126:34e

ex Jos A. Herrero, S.A., auction dec. 14 (2014).

Issued on the dedication of a temple to Faustina upon her death in A.D. 141
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Trajan, RIC 577, Sestertius of AD 103-4 (Octastyle temple w. portico)19 views Sestertius (25.89g, 33mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 103-4.
IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P, laureate head of Trajan right
Rev. SPQROPTIMO PRINCIPI (around,) S C (in field below steps, l. & r. of altar), Octastyle temple on podium with steps with portico on either side, cult statue seated on pedestal in centre between the columns; architrave and roof adorned with figures; in front an altar adorned with guirlands
RIC 577 var. (without altar in front); Cohen 549 (one entry with or without altar); Strack 394; Banti 287/288; MIR 253 and pl. 50 (5 spec.); RCV 3210 var. (without altar in front); RHC 102:44; van Meter: 54/16.

Ex Soler y Llach auction 1083 (2014).

According to P. Hill, this is the temple of Jupiter Victor at the north-eastern corner of the Palatine. It was erected by Quintus Fabius around 295 BC. It was reconstructed by Domitian after it was destroyed by fire in AD 80 and rededicated by Trajan in 113. Strack believes it is most likely the temple of Divus Nervae. According to others (eg.. Clive Foss; David van Meter) it represents the temple of Venus Genetrix of the Forum of Julius Caesar with the fountain of Appiades in front. Woytek (2010) however concurs with Hill and tentatively identifies it as the temple of Jupiter Victor.
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Roman Empire, ANTONINUS PIUS. Banti plate coin75 views Sestertius (22.43g, 32mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 139.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: AFRICA (around) COS II (in ex.) S C (in field), Africa, draped, wearing elephant skin headdress, standing left, holding a diadem of pearls and cornucopiae.

RIC 574 (R); BMC 1177; Cohen 24; Strack 773; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali : Aelivs - Antoninvs Pivs) 10 (1 specimen, this one illustrated on p.37)

ex CNG printed auction 93; ex Robert O. Ebert Collection; ex Walter Niggeler Collection (Part 3, Leu: Mnzen und Medaillen AG, 2 November 1967, lot 1290).
(photo: CNG)
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Roman Empire, ANTONINUS PIUS. Banti plate coin75 views Sestertius (28.74g, 32mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 149-150.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XIII, laureate head of Antoninus Pius right.
Rev.: COS IIII (around) S C (low in field), Aequitas standing left, holding scales and cornucopiae.
ex Emporium Hamburg Mnzhandelsgesellschaft mbH, auction 68 (2012); ex cat. Baranowsky, 1929.

RIC 865 (R2); Cohen 244; BMCRE p.306 ( "Dupondius of this rev., obv., head, radiate, r."); Strack 1047 (3 spec.); Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 102 (2 specimens; one, this one, illustrated on p.83)
Charles SFeb 15, 2015
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Roman Empire, HADRIAN. Mazzini plate coin76 viewsRoman, HADRIAN, Mazzini plate coin
Sestertius (24.91g, 34mm, 6h), Rome mint, struck AD 119-121.
Obv.: IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG P M TR P COS III, laureate bust right, drapery on far shoulder
Rev.: RELIQVA VETERA IIS NOVIES MILL ABOLITA [around] S C [left and right in field], lictor standing left, holding fasces, setting fire to heap of bonds on the ground to left with brand.
ex CNG; ex White Mountain Collection

RIC 590(b); G. Mazzini (Monete Imperiali Romane, Milano 1957, 5 voll.) 1210 (this coin)
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Roman Empire, TRAJAN, Sear plate coin81 views Sestertius (26.15g, 32mm, 6h), Rome mint, struck AD 110.
Obv.: IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC PM TR P COS V P P laureate bust of Trajan right, drapery on left shoulder.
Rev.: AQVA TRAIANA [in ex.] SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI [around] S C [left and right in ex.] Genius of Aqua Traiana (river god Tiber) reclining l. in grotto supported by two columns; holding a reed right and resting on left elbow; rocks below with water flowing from pipe. RIC 463.
This coin illustrated in David R. Sear "Roman coins and their values II", number 3179 page 107-8
Charles SFeb 15, 2015
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Faustina Jr, RIC (A. Pius) RIC 1386, Sestertius of AD 16127 views Sestertius (22,98g, 31mm, 5h). Rome mint. Struck AD 161.
Obv.: FAVSTINAE AVG PII AVG FIL, draped bust of Faustina Jr right, hair waved and coiled back adorned with pearls and band of pearls round head.
Rev.: VENERI GENITRICI (around) S C (in field), Venus, draped, standing left holding apple and baby.
RIC (Antoninus Pius) 1386(a); BMCRE IV 2146 (note); Cohen 237; Strack 1306; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali III-2) 128 (4 spec.).

ex Varesi auction 65, lot 208 (2014); Ex Ghiglione 27, lot 117.
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Roman Empire, Vespasian, unpublished variant of RIC 1497 and RPC II 147084 viewsDescription: Vespasian medium bronze, 11,1g, 30mm, 6h
Obv.: IMP CAESAR VESPASIAN AVGVST, laureate head right
Rev.: PONT MAX TR POT P P.COS.VIII.CENS (around) S C (field), Ceres, veiled, standing left with two corn ears and cornucopiae.
RIC 1497 (not Roman mint, possibly Ephesus, AD 77-78) var. (obv. legend ends in AVGVST (B-type) not AVGVSTVS (A-type)). The coin as a B-type is probably unpublished so far in combination with this reverse.
RIC 1497 matches with RPC II 1470 and was R3 (only one known). The recent RPC S3 Supplement reports of another example found in Athens during excavations (To Mouseio kai anaskaph. Eurmata apo ton chro anegerss tou neou mouseiou ts Akropols (Athens, 2006), p. 45, n 90.)

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Hadrian, RIC 706, Sestertius of AD 132-134 (Galley)52 views Sestertius (27.0g, 34.5mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 132-134.
Obv.: HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, laureate draped bust right.
Rev.: FELICITATI AVG (around above) COS III P P (below) S C (left and right in field), Galley left, with steersman and rowers.
RIC 706f; Cohen 657; Strack 837.

ex Holleman (Netherlands, 1999).
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Hadrian, RIC 938, Sestertius of AD 134-138 (Restitutor Achaea)23 views sestertius (26.58g, 31mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 134-138.
Obv.: HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P laureated draped bust right.
Rev.: RESTITVTORI ACHAIAE (around) S C (ex.), Hadrian standing left raising kneeling Achaea, vase with palm between them.
RIC 938f [R]; Cohen 1218 (20 Fr.); BMCRE 1872; Strack 767
Ex Harlan J. Berk ltd, Chicago Buy/Bid Sale 132 (2005)
photo by Harlan J. Berk
Charles SFeb 14, 2015
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Hadrian, RIC 884, Sestertius of AD 134-138 (Adventus - Gaul)22 views sestertius (26.67g, 31mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 134-138.
Obv.: HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P bare draped bust right.
Rev.: ADVENTVI AVG GALLIAE (around) S C (in ex.), Hadrian, togate, standing right, raising right hand, greeting Gaul standing left, holding patera over altar; sacrificed calf at her feet.
RIC 884[S]; Cohen 31; Strack 749; Banti 26; Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 112:15

Ex CNG eAuction 65 lot 68 (2003)
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Hadrian, RIC 611b, Sestertius of AD 121-122 (Minerva)50 views Sestertius (22.52g, 32mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 121-122.
Obv.: IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, laureate,cuirassed bust right with drapery on l. shoulder.
Rev.: PM TR P COS III (around) S C (in field), Minerva standing left, dropping incense on a candelabrum, holding spear in left hand; against her left side rests a round shield from which a snake arises.
RIC 611b; Cohen 1067; BMCRE 1253; Strack 574; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-2) 582 (12 spec.).

ex Tom Cederlind (Portland, 2001); ex-Empire Coins Auction XIII (13 September, 1991, lot 1353).
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Vespasian, RIC 1166, as, Lugdunum mint, AD 71 (Altar)16 views As (10.7g, 27mm, 6h). Lugdunum mint, AD 71
Obv.: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS III, laureate head right
Rev.: PROVIDENT (in ex.) S C (field), Altar with double panelled door..
RIC 1166 (R2); Cohen 396

ex D.Ruskin (Oxford, 1996)
Charles SFeb 13, 2015
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Vespasian, RIC 581, dupondius, Rome mint, AD 73 (Felicitas)14 views Dupondius (12.1g, 28mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 73
Obv.: IMP CAES VESP AVG P M TR P COS IIII CENS, radiate head left
Rev.: FELICITAS PVBLICA (around) S C (field), Felicitas standing left, holding caduceus and cornucopiae.
RIC 581; Cohen 151

ex D. Ruskin (Oxford, 1995)
Charles SFeb 13, 2015
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Nero, RIC 519, Dupondius of AD c.66 (Securitas)32 views Dupondius (13.4g, 30mm, 6h), Lugdunum mint, struck AD c.66.
Obv.: IMP NERO CAESAR AVG P MAX TR P P P, laureate head of Nero left; globe below at tip of bust.
Rev.: SECVRITAS AVGVSTI (around) S C (in ex.), Security seated right on throne, resting head on right arm resting on throne, holding sceptre in left hand; lighted altar and lighted torch in front of her.
RIC 519; Cohen 325

Double struck reverse. Ex D. Ruskin (UK, 1994)

This is an orichalcum dupondius with laureate head and without mark of value corresponding to issue IV.
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Nero, RIC 586, Sestertius of AD 66 (Portus Augusti)70 views sestertius (22.54g, maximum 34.24mm, 6h), Lugdunum mint, struck AD 66.
Obv.: IMP NERO CAESAR AVG P MAX TR P P P, laureate head of Nero right, globe below tip of bust.
Rev.: PORT AVG (below) S C (above), aerial view of the harbor of Ostia, showing pier, breakwaters, lighthouse surmounted by the statue of Neptune, seven ships, and the figure of Tiber reclining left in foreground, holding rudder and dolphin.
Mac Dowall (The western Coinages of Nero, ANS SSN 161) 476; RIC 586 (R2); BMCRE 323 var. (different obv. legend); Cohen 253 var. (emperor's head to left); CBN 74 var. (different obv. legend); Sear (RCV) 1953var.

Certificate of Authenticity: David R Sear / A.C.C.S. Ref. 100CR/RI/C/V (January 6, 2015): "Grade: F and very rare, one of the most interesting types of Nero's sestertius series "

Extract of Sear's Historical and Numismatic Note: "This example commemorates the completion of the great harbor project to serve the needs of the imperial capital initiated by Claudius and completed under Nero. Ostia is situated at the mouth of the Tiber, but could not easily handle large sea-going vessels such as those of the grain fleet. Accordingly, Claudius initiated the construction of a new all-weather harbor at Portus, about two miles along the coast line to the north. This was a huge project, involving the construction of two great moles jutting out into the sea. The lighthouse erected at the end of one of these moles was built on foundations formed by sinking a large ship that Caligula had used to transport an obelisk from Egypt. This harbor, however, was very exposed to the weather and under Trajan was superseded by a new land-locked inner basin linked to the Tiber by a canal (cf. P.Connolly and H.Hodge, The Ancient City. Life in Classical Athens and Rome, pp. 128-30)"
3 commentsCharles SFeb 12, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 747a, Sestertius of AD 140-144 (Italia)32 views Sestertius (26.0g, 31mm, 12h), Rome mint, Struck AD 144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laurate head Antoninus Pius facing right
Rev.: TR POT COS III (around) ITALIA (below) S C (in field), turreted, draped Italia seated left on globe adorned with stars, holding cornucopiae and long sceptre.
RIC 747; Cohen 470; BMC 1645; Strack 882; Banti 197; Sear 4185; Foss 128/59a

Type belonging to series: Scenes from ancient Roman legends, struck just prior to 900th anniversary of Rome in 147.

Ex cgb.fr auction dec 2014; ex Elsen 76 (2003); ex Prof M. Caselli collection.
Charles SFeb 08, 2015
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Commodus, RIC 560, Sestertius of AD 190 (Ploughing)40 views Sestertius (16,57g, 30mm, 7h). Rome mint. Struck AD 190.
Ob.: M COMMOD ANT P FE-LIX AVG BRIT P P, laureate head right
Rev.: COL LAN COM PM TR P XV IMP VIII (around) COS VI (in ex.) S C, Commodus, veiled, as priest, ploughing right with two oxen.

RIC 560; BMC 643; Cohen 39(60fr.); Sear (RCV) 5737

This is a very rare type, found occasionally as -As, but extremely rare as a sestertius. It probably refers to the refounding of Lanuvium, the birthplace of Commodus and the place where he displayed his skills as Hercules by killing lions in the arena.

There has been speculation about the meaning of the first part of the reverse legend COLLANCOM. The traditional expansion of this legend is based on Eckhel (1796), reading the legend as COLonia Lucia ANtoniana COMmodiana, in order to try to relate it to the refounding of Rome. This was followed by Cohen and many other references. The British Museum and RIC expand it slightly differently: "The depiction of the ritual ploughing of the furrow marking out a new foundation refers to Commodus' refounding of Rome as COLonia Lucia ANnia COMmodiana."

Curtis Clay in Forum's discussion board, points to a powerful objection of this interpretation: "Since Commodus still calls himself Marcus on the obverse and was not to switch his praenomen back to Lucius until 191, a year later, why, on the reverse, does he name Rome Lucia and not Marcia?

Chantraine in 1971, following a suggestion of Renier in 1872, proposed what seems to be the solution to the problem: the legend is to be expanded COLonia LANuvina COMmodiana and commemorates Commodus' elevation of his birthplace Lanuvium, which had been a municipium, to the rank of colony.

Commodus did refound Rome too, and this deed is commemorated on very rare mediallions, sestertii, and dupondii struck late in 192, just before his assassination on 31 december. These coins have the same rev. type of emperor plowing, but the legend HERCuli ROMano CONDITORI P M TR P XVIII COS VII P P, 'To the Roman Hercules, the Founder'."

ex cgb.fr (2014).
1 commentsCharles SFeb 08, 2015
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Tripod jar from El Salvador8 viewsMonochrome tripod jar from El Salvador, height: 10.5cm. The three feet represent human heads. Incisions as decorations. Unknown style and period, probably Maya, pre-classic formative period.Charles SFeb 06, 2015
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Precolumbian figurines from El Salvador30 viewsThese type of clay figurines, probably Maya, are found in large quantities in the soil in west, central and eastern parts of El Salvador. They date from the classic period. Their use is unknown, but due to the large quantities found in agricultural soil and the fact that they are practically all female - clearly pregnant females in older figurines from the pre-classical period - it seems likely that they were used as fertility dolls in agriculture.
[A] height: 17 cm. Adorned with headdress, earrings and neck-less. Hollow body with two holes on the legs and two on the back. Back of the head restored.
[B] height: 11.5 cm. Adorned with headdress, earrings and neck-less. Massive body.
[C] height: 11 cm. Adorned with headdress and earrings. Massive body. Remnants of white and red-orange paint.
[D] height: 10 cm. Adorned with with headdress, earrings and neck-less. Massive body. Black paint
[E] height: 11 cm. Remnants of white, red and black paint
[F] height: 9 cm.
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Commodus, RIC 640, Sestertius of AD 192 (Roman Hercules)16 views Sestertius (27.69g, 31.5mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 192.
Obv.: LAELAVRELCO-MMAVG P FEL, laureate head right.
Rev.: HERCVLI ROMANO AVG (around) S C (in ex.), Commodus as Hercules, naked, standing left, placing hand on trophy and holding club and lion skin in left hand.

RIC 640; Cohen 203 (15 Fr.); BMC 714; Sear 5752

ex cgb.fr (2014)

One of the issues confirming the megalomania of Commodus, especially during the last years of his reign, identifying himself as the 'Roman Hercules'
Charles SFeb 05, 2015
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Commodus, RIC 501, Sestertius of AD 187 (Nobilitas)23 views Sestertius (27.83g, 32.5mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 187.
Obv.: M COMMODVS ANTP FELIX AVG BRIT, laureate head right.
Rev.: NOBILITAS AVG P M TR P XIIIMP VIII COS V P P (around) S C (in field), Nobilitas draped, standing right holding long sceptre and Palladium on extended left hand.

RIC 501; Cohen 381 (6 Fr.); BMC 594; Sear 5772

ex cgb.fr (2014); ex coll. Prof. M.Caselli
Charles SFeb 05, 2015
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Commodus, RIC 641, Sestertius of AD 192 (Providentiae)36 views Sestertius (26.15g, 30mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 192.
Obv.: LAELAVRELCO-MMAVGPFEL, laureate head right.
Rev.: P M TR P X IMP VII COS IIII (around) S C (in ex.), Commodus as Hercules, naked, standing left, foot on prow, holding club left resting on tree trunk or rock(s), receiving corn-ears from Africa, standing right, togate, wearing elephant-skin head-dress, holding sistrum (brass rattle, an Egyptian musical instrument) in left, lion at her feet.

RIC 641 (R); Cohen 644 (15fr.); BMC 718; Sear 5796

During the last year of his reign, the megalomania of Commodus reached insane levels. He renamed many things of importance after himself including the twelve months year, even the city Rome, the citizens of Rome, the Senate and so on. This issue marks the renaming of the African grain fleet to "Commodiana Herculea"

ex cgb.fr (2014); ex Alessandra Brunetti (London, 2010); ex coll. Prof. M. Caselli.
2 commentsCharles SFeb 04, 2015
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Trajan, RIC 463, Sestertius of AD 110 (Aqua Traiana)40 views Sestertius (26.15g, 32mm, 6h) Rome mint. Struck AD 110.
Sear plate coin.
Obv.: IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC PM TR P COS V P P laureate bust of Trajan right, drapery on left shoulder.
Rev.: AQVA TRAIANA [in ex.] SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI [around] S C [left and right in ex.] Genius of Aqua Traiana (river god Tiber) reclining l. in grotto supported by two columns; holding a reed right and resting on left elbow; rocks below with water flowing from pipe.

RIC 463 [S]; Cohen 20; Strack 407; Banti 15 (30 spec.); MIR 359 (b-2 variant, 30 spec.); RCV 3179 (this coin); RHC 103:53.
NGC graded VF, strike 4/5, surface 3/5, NGC #3599685-020 (decapsulated).

Commemorates the improvement of Rome's water supply by the construction of the Aqua Traiana, financed entirely by Trajan personally and dedicated on 20 June 109. It was a valuable addition to the water supply to the expanding west bank suburbs of Rome (presently called Trastevere) which it connected to water sources from nearby lake Sabatinus (Bracciano lake) at 30 km north west of Rome. The total length of the aquaduct was around 58 km and had a capacity of 118,200 m3 water supply per day. The terminal castellum was surmounted by the statue depicted on this coin type.

ex Vilmar Numismatics, 2014
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Nero, RIC 147, Sestertius of AD 64 (Triumphal arch)59 views Sestertius (27.30g, 33mm, 6h), Rome mint, struck AD 64.
Obv.: NERO CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P, laureate head of Nero facing right with aegis.
Rev.: S C (in field), Triumphal arch is surmounted by a quadriga facing with, standing on the left, Pax and on the right, winged Victory. At the angles of the entablature are soldiers. The front piers of the arch are decorated with sculptures in three tiers of panels; in the niche on the left is a statue of Mars.
RIC 147; Cohen 308; BMC 185; Sear 2000 (RCV) 1962var.; Foss (RHC) 67:14

Nero erected a triumphal arch on the Capitoline Hill while the Parthian war was in progress in Mesopotamia and Armenia, with Corbulo capturing the Armenian capital Artaxata in AD 58. The arch was rededicated or completely dismantled after Nero's death in AD 68, and this monument is only known from coins.
3 commentsCharles SFeb 03, 2015
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Mayan polychrome vessel12 viewsMayan polychrome vessel, Ulua Valley, Late Classic, Ca. 600 to 900 AD.
Richly painted ritual vessel with a feathered serpent head on either side separated by a large floral motif. Geometric pattern on foot, monkey tails on lip and a band of (pseudo-)glyphs below rim.
Diameter 10cm; height 9.5cm. Good brushwork, intact.
Ex Florida Collection Mr. K.C.. Acq. early 1980's
Charles SFeb 02, 2015
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Maya polychrome bowl8 viewsMaya polychrome bowl from red clay. From El Salvador, unknown style, late classic period (?).
On the exterior two large panels with a stylized monkey with feather headdress alternated with two smaller panels filled with diagonal lines in two directions. Above, a row of four elongated panels with birds alternated with four smaller panels with (pseudo-)glyphs.
On the inside, geometrical patterns consisting of a dark-red circle, orange circle, octagonal pattern, two orange circles, nine double monkey-tales, orange circle and a dark-red circle at the rim.

Height 6,5 cm; Diameter 15,5 cm.

Condition: Repaired.
Charles SFeb 01, 2015
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Southern Maya polychrome painted bowl42 viewsSouthern Maya polychrome painted bowl (Copador*), El Salvador, classic period (AD 250-900).
The outside of the bowl is decorated with a row of ten right seated figures making offerings. These figures may represent one of the Maya hero twins (Hunahp) which, in the classic period, was believed to be reborne as the Maize God.

The inside of the bowl has in the center a pattern of two double-crossing angled bands within a circle (the earth?) with, outside the circle, seven left standing bird-like animals carrying double-bodied fruits in their beaks.

Height: 10cm; Diameter: 23cm

Photo upper left: condition of the bowl as it was found. Scanned from an old slide and accidentally in mirror image;
Middel left: repaired bowl viewed from outer side;
Right: Inside view of the bowl;
Below: Rollout photo of the outer side.

(*) The term "Copador" is a contraction of Copn (Honduras) and El Salvador, because ceramics of this same style are found in these regions dating from the classic period.
2 commentsCharles SFeb 01, 2015
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Mayan Polychrome Painted Cylinder17 viewsMaya, late Classic, ca. 600 to 900 AD.
Two panels with the Maize God and Bundle seated on a throne. Between the panels symbols which represent water (the tapering horizontal lines) followed by symbols below representing the earth (with elements from the Caban glyph). These symbols may refer to the Maize God's rebirth.
Well rendered brushstrokes from a master scribe. Excellent condition with overall slip in orange, tan and red, nice root marks and minor chips to rim at one side.
Height: 15 cm; Diameter: 11 cm; Circumference: 34.5 cm

Ex Private Miami Beach Florida Collector. Archived on Mayavase.com, Kerr number 9204. Roll-out photograph by Justin Kerr.
Charles SJan 31, 2015
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Mayan carved cylinder33 viewsMaya carved orangeware cylinder, Copanec/Western Honduras - southern Belize region, early classic, ca. 350 - 550 A.D.
Wide and deep ritual cylinder with four panels - two are figural - two are interwoven mesh patterns. The figural scenes depict a seated Mayan elite, wearing an elaborate feathered headdress, beaded necklace and spotted skirt. Spoken word leaving the mouth is suggested in one panel. Strong mineral deposits on the surface.
17cm high
2 commentsCharles SJan 28, 2015
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Mayan cylinder37 viewsMayan Pottery Polychrome Dynastic Cylinder, Late Classic Ca. 600 - 900 A.D. Two elite figures wearing headband and feathered cloak holding staff with obsidian celt attached. The glyphs inscribed under the rim are a variant of Michael Coe's Primary Standard Sequence (PSS) which speaks of and, perhaps, names the artist who painted the vessel and its contents.

Height: 18 cm; diameter: 12 cm; circumference: 41.2 cm.

Ex Florida Private Collector. Registered in the Kerr Maya Vase Data Base (research.mayavase.com) under Kerr number 9293. Roll-out photograph by Justin Kerr.
2 commentsCharles SJan 28, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 610 & 635, Sestertius of AD 140-144 (Salus overstruck with Moneta)23 views Sestertius (25.21g, 35mm, 12h & 6h), Rome mint, struck in AD 140-144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate head of Antoninus Pius right.
Rev.: undertype (seen upside down on right 1/3 of the reverse): 12h SALV[S AVG] (around) [S C (in field)], [Salus standing left, holding sceptre and] patera, feeding snake coiled around altar.
RIC 610
overtype (seen upright on left 2/3 of the reverse): 6h MONET[A AVG] (around) S C (in field), Moneta standing left holding scales and cornucopiae.
RIC 635

ex Jos A. Herrero, S.A. (2014)

This is an example of an overstruck reverse. For explanation of this anomaly see: Clay, Curtis: "Colin Kraay's Explanation of the Phenomenon of Overstruck Reverses on Roman Imperial and Provincial Coins". The Journal of Ancient Numismatics, vol 1 issue 2, June/July 2008 . AKA Clay-Kraay
Charles SJan 28, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 626, Sestertius of AD 140-144 (Spes) 29 views Sestertius (23.82g, 33mm, 11h), Rome mint, Struck AD 140-144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS II!, laurate head right
Rev.: S C, Spes advancing left, holding a flower and raising her dress.
RIC 626; BMC 1289; Cohen 754; Strack 871; Banti 367 (10 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins & Their Values II) 4223.
ex Lodge Antiquities (UK, 2015)
Charles SJan 28, 2015
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 546, Sestertius of AD 139 (Fides)40 views Sestertius (29.08g, 32mm, 6h), Rome mint, struck in AD 139.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head of Antoninus Pius right.
Rev.: TR POT COS II (around) S C (in field), Fides, draped, standing right, holding two corn-ears downwards and plate of fruit on raised l. hand.
RIC 546; Cohen 846; BMCRE IV 1145; Strack 804; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 423 (18 spec.)
ex Art Coins Roma auction 12 (2014)
Charles SNov 26, 2014
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Hadrian, RIC 552, Sestertius of AD 118 (Liberalitas)42 views Sestertius (24.7g, 34mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 118.
Obv.: IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG, laureate bust of Hadrian facing right.
Rev.: PONT MAX TR POT COS II (around) LIBERALITAS AVG / S C (in ex.), Hadrian seated left on a platform, extending his right hand; in front of him, an attendant seated left, giving something to a citizen who is mounting the steps to the platform; In the background, Liberalitas standing l., holding a tessera.
RIC 552; BMCRE 1137; Cohen 914 (30 fr.); Strack 516; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-2) 488 (42 spec.); Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 112:15

ex Gorny & Mosch, 2010

This type refers to the donative to the people of Rome to celebrate Hadrian's accession upon his first arrival as emperor in Rome in AD 118.
1 commentsCharles SNov 09, 2014
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Caracalla, sestertius of AD 210, two emperors crowned by Victories34 viewsObv.: M AVREL ANTONINVS PIVS AVG, laureate bust of Caracalla facing right.
Rev.: CONCORDIAE AVGG (around) S C (in ex.), Caracalla and Geta clasping hands above tripod altar, both holding spears, each crowned by Victory.
RIC -; Cohen -
ex Henzen (1995, "found during dredging in Lagliari harbour, Sardinia" ).
The reverse has been badly double struck but the representation can clearly be seen.

This type is not listed in RIC nor Cohen. Cohen reports a medallion of Caracalla with the same reverse representation. The same reverse is listed in RIC, Cohen and BMC but only for Geta and Septimius Severus. Another related type is listed in RIC 459 (R2) and Cohen 28: Caracalla and Geta clasping hands and holding spears, being crowned by Apollo and Hercules, minted A.D. 210.

A sestertius of Caracalla with the same reverse was in the Santamaria sale of 1938 but was overlooked for inclusion in RIC. It was purchased by Curtis Clay in 1967 and is in the British Museum since 1993. Thus this coin is the second specimen known of this type for Caracalla.
Curtis Clay noted that the obv. and rev. dies of this specimen are both different from the Santamaria-BM specimen. The rev. die was entirely new to him and unknown in combination with a Geta obv. either; the obv. die of this coin is known with TR P XIII (thus dating this coin to AD 210): three emps. sacrificing rev. dies, one being BMC pl. 62.1. (That BM coin has been tooled, and the tribunician number altered to XIIII.).
1 commentsCharles SOct 04, 2014
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Commodus, RIC 308c, Sestertius of AD 181 (Jupiter)37 views Sestertius (25.9g, 33mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 181.
Obv.: MCOMMODVS ANTONINVS AVG, laureate head of Commodus facing right.
Rev.: IVPPITER CONSERVATORTR P VI IMP IIII COS III P P (around) S C (across field), Jupiter naked standing l. holding thunderbolt and long sceptre holding cloak over Commodus, togate, standing l. holding a branch and a sceptre.
RIC 308c (scarce); Cohen 273 (12fr).
ex Jesus Vico S.A. (2012)
1 commentsCharles SOct 03, 2014
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Nero, RIC 388, Sestertius of AD 65 (Nero Addressing Soldiers)61 views sestertius (31.35g, 37mm, 6h), Lugdunum mint, struck AD 65.
Obv.: NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER PM TR P IMP P P, laureate head of Nero facing left with globe at tip of bust.
Rev.: ADLOCVT COH (in ex.), S C (across field), Nero, standing left on low platform, praetorian prefect behind, Nero raising his right hand, addressing three soldiers, the first two holding standards; in the background, a pillared building (the praetorian camp).
RIC 388; BMCRE 303 var. (head right); BN 67 var. (same); WCN 411; Cohen 2 (30 Fr.) var. (same); Sear (Roman Coins and their Values I) 1951 var.
ex Triton IV lot 475 (dec. 2000)
1 commentsCharles SOct 01, 2014
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Trajan, RIC 581, As of AD 104 (Hercules' club on lion skin)22 views As (9.7g, 27mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 104.
Obv.: IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P, laureate head of Trajan facing right.
Rev.: S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI (around), S C (in field), Hercules' club resting on lion's skin draped over pedestal.
RIC 581; Cohen 565 (10 Fr.); Strack 389; Sear (II) 3237.
ex D.Ruskin (Oxford, 1994)

Possibly struck prior to the games held in honour of Hercules in AD 108 (Strack).
Charles SSep 14, 2014
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Trajan, RIC 600, As of AD 112-114 (Trajan's column)25 views As (11.2g, 29mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 112-114.
Obv.: IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS VI P P, laureate and draped bust of Trajan facing right.
Rev.: S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI (around), S C (in field), Trajans' column with emperor's statue on top and two eagles at the base
RIC 600; Cohen 562 (5 Fr.); Strack 433; Sear (II) 3237.
ex Holleman (Enschede, 1997)
Charles SSep 14, 2014
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Trajan, RIC 602, Sestertius of AD 113-114 (Trajan's column)33 views Sestertius (33mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 113-114.
Obv/ IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS VI P P, laureate draped bust of Trajan facing right.
Rev/ S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI[around] S C [in field], Trajan's column surmounted by statue of the emperor; the column stands on a rectangular base decorated with guirlands with a door at the base and on top two eagles flanking the column.
RIC 602 (var. : bust type); Cohen 561 (20 Fr.); Strack 433; MIR 472v (13 examples of this bust type); Banti 298 (4 spec.).
ex Edgar L. Owen Ltd. (NJ, 1999)
Charles SSep 14, 2014
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Trajan, RIC 604, Sestertius of AD 112-114 (Annona with child)30 views Sestertius (24.4g, 33mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 116.
Obv/ IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS VI P P, laureate head of Trajan facing right.
Rev/ S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI[around] ALIM ITAL [in ex] S C [in field], Annona standing left, child at feet, holding two corn ears and a cornucopiae.
RIC 604; Cohen 10; Strack 419
ex Bolaffi Ambassador Auction (2008)

Expansion of Nerva's charity to poor children
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Trajan, RIC 663, Sestertius of AD 116 (Providentia)24 views Sestertius (24.4g, 33mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 116.
Obv/ IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GER DAC PARTHICO P M TR P COS VI P P, laureate draped bust of Trajan facing right.
Rev/ PROVIDENTIA AVGVSTI S P Q R[around] S C [in field], Providentia standing l., resting elbow on column; pointing to globe at her feet.
RIC 663; Cohen 320; BMC 1041; Strack 471; Banti 89; Sear 2000 (RCV) 3189
ex CNG eAuction 2001
Charles SSep 14, 2014
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CAST COPY OF: Trajan, RIC 577, Sestertius of AD 107 (Octastyle temple flanked by porticoes)81 viewsCast copy of
Sestertius (26.4g, 33mm, 7h). Rome mint. Struck AD 107.
Obv/ IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P laureate bust of Trajan facing right.
Rev/ SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI [around] S C [in ex.], Octastyle temple with porticoes on either side with steps between them leading to the central temple; A seated cult figure in centre of the temple; tympanon with seated figure in the centre flanked by reclining figures; on the roof top a central figure flanked by winged Victories on the corners.
RIC 577 [R]; Cohen 549 (20 Fr.); BMC 863; Strack 393; Foss 102:44
(Netherlands, 2001)

In the absence of any specific reverse legend, it is difficult to know for sure which temple is depicted on this coin. According to Clive Foss (1990) it is the temple of Venus Genetrix of the Forum of Julius Caesar. Since the statue in the centre of the building appears to be that of Jupiter, most assume that it is the temple of Jupiter Victor. In that case, this issue could celebrate the restoration of that temple by Trajan which event was celebrated in conjunction with the tenth anniversary of his reign. Later this temple was rededicated to Divus Traianus, and later still by Elegabalus to Sol-Elagabal. Strack however carefully studied all evidence and examined the best preserved specimens of this and related issues and concludes that the best guess is that the central figure represents the Genius Augusti and that the temple is dedicated to Divus Nerva.
3 commentsCharles SSep 13, 2014
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 889, Sestertius of AD 151-152 (Emperor crowned by Victory)37 views Sestertius (24.2g, 33mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 151-152.
Obv.: IMP CAES T AEL HADR ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head right.
Rev.: TR POT XV COS IIII (around), S C (in ex.), Emperor seated l. on curucle chair, holding globe in r. hand and scroll in l., crowned by Victory behind.
RIC 889 (S); BMC 1887; Cohen 969; Strack 1066; Banti 455 (18 spec.)
ex iNumis 18

The obverse legend using Antoninus full name: IMP CAES T AEL HADR ANTONINVS PIVS', only found in this form in the period (AD 151-152), reminds of the earliest title of Antoninus Pius: 'IMP T AEL CAES HADR ANTONINVS AVG PIVS', used during the very beginning of his reign in AD 139 soon after divinsation of his adoptive father Hadrian.
1 commentsCharles SSep 13, 2014
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 819, As of AD 145-147 (fourth donative)67 views As (12.2g, 28mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 145-147.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS IIII, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: LI BERA LIT AS IIII (around), S C (in ex.) Emperor seated in a chair on platform; before is standing Libertas holding an abacus ("counting board") and cornucopiae; below in front of the platform is standing a citizen holding is toga.
RIC 819(*); Cohen 500(*); BMC 1750; Strack 991
* both Cohen as well as RIC ommit COS IIII from the obverse legend for this type. BMC and Strack have the complete obverse legend.
ex D. Ruskin (Oxford, 1996)

Issued on the occasion of the marriage of Marcus Aurelius with Faustina Jr. celebrated with a fourth donative
Charles SSep 10, 2014
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 820, As of AD 145-147 (fourth donative)63 views As (11.0g, 26mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 145-147.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS IIII, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: LIBER ALI TAS IIII (around), S C (in ex.) Emperor seated in a curul chair on platform; before is standing Libertas holding an abacus "counting board") and cornucopiae; behind is standing an officer; below in front of the platform is standing a citizen holding is toga.
RIC 820(*); Cohen 501(*); BMC 1751; Strack 992
* both Cohen as well as RIC ommit COS IIII from the obverse legend for this type. BMC and Strack have the complete legend.
ex G. Henzen (Netherlands, 1998)

Issued on the occasion of the marriage of Marcus Aurelius with Faustina Jr. celebrated with a fourth donative
Charles SSep 10, 2014
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 738, As of AD 143 (Libertas)32 views As (10.1g, 29mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 143.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: IMPERA TOR II (around), LIBERT (in ex.) S C Libertas standing holding pileus and rod ("vindicta" according to RIC) or sceptre (according to Cohen and Strack).
RIC 738, BMC 1633; Cohen 533; Strack 931
ex G. Henzen (Netherlands, 1998)
Charles SSep 08, 2014
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 705a, As of AD 140-144 (crossed cornucopiae & caduceus)19 views As (10.5g, 27mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 140-144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: TRPOTCOS III (around), S C (below), Winged caduceus upright between two crossed cornucopiae.
RIC 705a (scarce), BMC 1380-83; Cohen 924; Strack 893
ex G. Henzen (Netherlands, 1997)
Charles SSep 08, 2014
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 615a, Sestertius of AD 140-144 (Aeneas) 113 views Sestertius (26.15g, 33mm, 11h). Rome mint. Struck AD 140-44.
Obv/ ANTONINVS AVGVSTVS PIVS, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right, aegis on left shoulder.
Rev/ P P TR P COS III (in field) [S C (in ex.)], Aeneas wearing a short tunic and cloak, advancing right, looking back, carrying Anchises on his shoulder and holding Ascanius by the hand. Anchises (veiled and draped) carries a box in left hand, Ascanius wears a short tunic and Phrygian cap and caries a pedum (shepherd's crook) in left hand.
RIC 615a (R2), BMCRE 1264, Cohen 655 (80 Fr.), Strack 904 (3 specimens found); Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 309 (same obv. and rev. dies, 3 specimens found).
ex Numphil (Paris, june 2014 auction)

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

Numismatic note: This issue has been struck from a single obverse die with the unique obverse legend "ANTONINVS AVGVSTVS PIVS" found nowhere else in the coinage of Antoninus Pius. This obverse die was used exclusively with two reverse dies with slightly different legends: the one in the photo above, and a similar one with the legend "P P TR POT COS III". The use of the aegis on the bust is not exclusive for this issue, but very rare for Antoninus Pius.
2 commentsCharles SSep 05, 2014
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Antoninus Caesar, RIC (Hadrian) 1086, As of AD 138 (Concordia) 45 views As (9.4g, 26mm, 6h), Rome mint, struck under Hadrian between 25 February and 10 July, 138 AD.
Obv.: IMP T AELIVS CAESAR ANTONINVS, bare draped bust of Antoninus facing right.
Rev.: CONCORDIA EXERCITVVM (around) TR P COS (in ex.) S C (in field), Concordia standing left holding eagle and signum.
RIC (Hadrian) 1086 var. (bare hd.); Cohen 144 var. (idem); BMCRE (Hadrian) p.551 * (note) ; Strack (Hadrian) 897 var. (1 coll., bare hd.)
ex Silenos Coins (2001)

Extremely rare: all references refer to a single specimen in the Paris Cabinet des Mdailles (illustrated in Strack, Vol.II, plate XVII, 897). That specimen is bare hd. and from different die pair. Wildwinds lists a specimen with draped bust from the same obv. die.
1 commentsCharles SSep 02, 2014
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 753, Sestertius of AD 144 (Salus)317 views Sestertius (23.55g, 31mm, 12h), Rome mint, Struck AD 144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laurate head Antoninus Pius facing right
Rev.: TRPOT COSIIIDESIIII (around) S C (in ex.), Salus seated left, holding feeding a snake coiling around an altar and resting her left elbow on .
RIC 753; Cohen 929; BMC 1651 note; Strack (*)
ex Cayn auction, May 2013; ex NAC 64, May 2012.

* Very rare variant which Strack did not include in his catalogue (1937) questioning the Cohen record (see Strack: p.347, no. +83). See also the detailed comment of Curtis Clay below.
15 commentsCharles SSep 02, 2014
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 952(=dup.), As of AD 155-156 (Pax)18 views As (9.3g, 24.7mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 155-156.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P IMP II, laurate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: TR POT XIX COS IIII (around), S C (in field), Pax standing left holding branch and cornucopiae.
RIC 952(=dupondius)*
ex Forum Ancient Coins
*This type is not listed in RIC, Cohen, BMC nor Strack. These references all list this type as Sestertius and Dupondius only. Another example of this As-issue is listed in this Forum's "Gallery of Unlisted and Unpublished Coins". It was also published by Bakes, James R. (2003): An Apparently Unpublished As of Antoninus Pius, The Journal of the Classical and Medieval Numismatic Society 4.3 (September 2003), pp. 127-128, illus. : (The author describes a new as of Antoninus Pius with Pax reverse and the legends ANTONINVS AVG PI VS PP IMP II and TR POT XIX COS IIII SC. (Oliver D. Hoover))
Charles SSep 01, 2014
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 822 , As of AD 145-147 (Pax)21 views As (8.6g, 25mm, 12h), minted AD 145-147, Rome
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS IIII, laurate head right
Rev.: PAX AVG around S C in field, Pax, draped, standing left, setting fire to pile of arms with torch and holding cornucopiae.
RIC 822 (scarce); Cohen 593; Strack 996; BMC 1752

ex Mediterranean coins (eBay, 2001)
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Balbinus, RIC 22, Sestertius of AD 23828 views Sestertius (24.11g, 31mm, 12h), Rome mint, Struck AD 238
Obv.: IMP CAES D CAEL BALBINVS AVG, laurate, draped cuirassed bust of Balbinus facing right.
Rev.: CONCORDIA AVGG (around), S C (in ex.), Concordia seated left, holding a patera and cornucopiae.
RIC 22; Cohen 4
ex G. Henzen
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Faustina Sr, RIC (A. Pius) 1113, sestertius of AD 147-161 (elephant chariot)42 views Sestertius (28.64g, 36mm, 5h). Rome mint. Struck AD 147-161.
Obv.: DIVA FAVSTINA, draped bust of Diva Faustina Maior facing right with hair waived and curled on top.
Rev.: AETERNITAS (from left to top) S C(in ex.), Faustina as Cybele seated left holding a sceptre, seated on top of a triumphal chariot drawn left by two elephants with riders.
RIC (A. Pius) 1113 (rare); BMCRE 1503; Cohen 57 (40 fr.); Strack 1256; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali III-1) 25 (13 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins and their Values II) 4611
ex Numphil
Struck on medallic flan.

Commemorating the funeral of Faustina in A.D. 141
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 620, Sestertius of AD 143-144 (king of the Quadi)32 views sestertius (22.4g, 31mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 143-144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate and draped bust of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: REX QVADIS DATVS [around] S C [in ex.] Antoninus Pius, togate, standing left, placing a diadem in the hand of the king of the Quadi, standing right.
RIC 620 [R2]; BMC 1275; Cohen 688; Strack 852; Banti 323 (2 spec.); Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 126:42; Sear (Roman Coins & Their Values II) 4210
ex Cayn Numismtica Live Auct.15.

In A.D. 143, Antoninus Pius appointed kings for the Armenians and the Quadi and dedicated separate issues for both events.
Charles SAug 30, 2014
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 717a, Sestertius of AD 143-144 (Victoria)35 views Sestertius (26.9g, 33mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 143-144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: IMPERATORII (around), S C (in field), Victory, winged, draped, flying right holding trophy pointing upwards in both hands.
RIC 717a; Cohen 433; BMC 1610; Strack 941
ex G. Henzen

This type commemorates Antoninus Pius' second triumph, awarded to him in honour of the victory won over the rebellious British tribes by Governor Lollius Urbicus in 143 A.D.
Charles SAug 30, 2014
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 574, Sestertius of AD 139 (Aurum Coronarium: Africa)61 views Sestertius (22.43g, 32mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 139.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: AFRICA (around) COS II (in ex.) S C (in field), Africa, draped, wearing elephant skin headdress, standing left, holding a diadem of pearls and cornucopiae.
RIC 574 (R); BMCRE IV 1177; Cohen 24; Strack 773 (4 collections); Banti 10 (1 specimen: this one illustrated); Sear (Roman Coins and their Values II) 4145 var.

ex CNG printed auction 93; ex Robert O. Ebert Collection; ex Walter Niggeler Collection (Part 3, Leu: Mnzen und Medaillen AG, 2 November 1967, lot 1290).

Part of a series celebrating Antoninus' remission of half of the special tax (aurum coronarium) normally levied on the provinces at the time of the accession of an emperor.
(photo: CNG)
Charles SAug 30, 2014
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 719, Sestertius of AD 143-144 (Victoria - Britan)32 views Sestertius (25.41g, 33mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 143-144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: IMPERATOR II (around), BRITAN / S C (in field), Victoria standing left on globe holding wreath and palm branch.
RIC 719; BMCRE 1613; Cohen 114; Strack 928; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 45 (6 spec.).
ex Harlan J. Berk, 185th Buy Bid Sale (2013)
Charles SAug 29, 2014
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 652, Sestertius of AD 141-143 (Temple of Venus and Roma)31 views sestertius (24.06g, 33, 12h). Rome mint struck AD 141-143.
ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right
VENERI FELICI (around) S C (in ex.) decastyle temple on podium of four steps; figure (of Venus) in the center in space between columns seated front; in pediment three standing figures in the center flanked by reclining figures; on roof, seated figure in the center flanked by two smaller kneeling figures; on angles, Victories standing front, holding wreaths in both hands.
RIC 652 (rare); Cohen 1074 (12 fr.); BMCRE 1324 var. (but no figure in space between columns); Strack 865 (3 specimens); Sear (Roman Coins & Their Values II) 4257; Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 125:23;
ex Nomisma

This commemorates the completion in AD 141 of the celebrated double-temple of Venus and Roma designed by Hadrian and begun two decades before. The two sanctuaries were placed back to back and the complex formed the largest temple in Rome. A parallel issue depicts the other element of the structure, the temple of Roma.
1 commentsCharles SAug 29, 2014
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 906, Sestertius of AD 152-153 (Salus)16 views Sestertius (22.43g, 31mm, 5h). Rome mint. Struck AD 152-153.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XVI, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: SALVS AVG COS IIII (around) S C (in field), Salus, draped, standing left, feeding out of a patera a snake coiled round an altar l. and holding a long sceptre.
RIC 906; BMC 1925; Cohen 732
ex Cayn
Charles SAug 29, 2014
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 776, Sestertius of AD 148-161 (Liberalitas)86 views Sestertius (24.57g, 31mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 148-161.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS IIII, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: LIBERALITASAVGV (around) S C (in field), Liberalitas, draped, standing left, holding an abacus and cornucopiae.
RIC 776; BMC 1695; Cohen 508; Strack 994; Banti 213 (11 spec.).
ex Cayn auction May 2013
Charles SAug 29, 2014
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 716, Sestertius of AD 143-144 (Fides)32 views Sestertius (25.87g, 32mm, 11h), Rome mint, Struck AD 143-144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PI-VS P P TR P COS III, laurate head Antoninus Pius facing right
Rev.: IMPERATOR II (around) S C (in field), Fides standing right, holding two corn ears and a plate with fruits.
RIC 716a; BMC 1608; Cohen 426; Strack 933
ex Cayn
Charles SAug 29, 2014
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 598var., Sestertius of AD 140-143 (Apollo, extremely rare left headed variety)40 views Sestertius (27.6g, 33mm, 5h). Rome mint. Struck AD 140-143.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing left.
Rev.: APOLLINI AVGVSTO (around) S C (in field), Apollo, standing left, holding a lyre and a patera.
RIC 598 var. (head right); BMCRE IV 1929 var. (idem; footnote); Cohen 62 var. (idem); Strack 822 var. (idem); Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 36 (2 spec.)
ex G. Henzen

This is a extremely rare left head variant of the Apollo sestertius. The references for RIC, Cohen and Strack are all for bust types with head right. BMCRE 1229 footnote mentions a variant with laureate head l. (Mnzhandlung Basel, 22 March, 1937, lot 736), which turns out to be a different specimen struck from the same obverse die. Banti 36 reports 2 specimens of this variant, the illustrated specimen has the same obv. and rev. dies.
1 commentsCharles SAug 29, 2014
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 865, Sestertius of AD 149-150 (Aequitas)42 views Sestertius (28.74g, 32mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 149-150.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XIII, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: COS IIII (around) S C (in field), Aequitas standing left, holding scales and cornucopiae.
RIC 865 (R2); Cohen 244 (40 fr.); BMCRE p.306 ( "Dupondius of this rev., obv., head, radiate, r."); Strack 1047 (3 spec.); Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 102 (2 specimens; one, this one, illustrated on p.83); Sear (Roman Coins & their Values II) 4162 var. (obv. legend TR P XII)
ex Emporium Hamburg Mnzhandelsgesellschaft mbH, auction 68 (2012); ex Cat. Baranowsky, 1929

It is the only sestertius type issued between Dec. 149 and Dec. 150.
1 commentsCharles SAug 28, 2014
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 607, Sestertius of AD 140-144 (Jupiter)49 viewsorichalcum sestertius (25.67g, 33mm, 11h) Rome mint. Struck AD 142.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PI VS P P TR P COS III laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right
Rev.: IOVI STATORI (around) S C (in field) Jupiter, naked, standing front, holding long sceptre and thunderbolt.
RIC 607 (rare), Cohen 460, BMC 1247 note, Strack 835; Banti 188 (3 spec.)
ex CNG 91
(photo: CNG)

This issue is probably part of a series of coins struck in preparation of the 900th anniversary of Rome, figuring scenes from Ancient Roman legends.

1 commentsCharles SAug 27, 2014
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Roman Empire, Faustina Junior, Sestertius of AD 161, RIC (M.Aurelius) unlisted 140 views Sestertius (25.86g, 33mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 161.
Obv.: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, draped bust of Fautina Junior facing right.
Rev.: FECVND AVGVSTA (around) S C (in field), Fecunditas standing left, holding a child in her arms, two more standing left and right of her raising their right hands.
RIC (Aurelius) unlisted, legend corresponds to RIC 1635 and the representation to RIC 1649
ex Aeternitas Coins & Antiquities (via VCoins)

This type refers to the growing family of Marcus Aurelius and Faustina Jr. The three girls represent the three surviving children (of a total of 7 born) around end of 159 to early 160: Annia Galeria Aurelia Faustina (age 14), Lucilla (12) and Fadilla (1).

Additional information provided by Curtis Clay (19 july 2012): "This type commemorating the birth of a third survivng daughter usually has the legend IVNONI LVCINAE, whereas the type FECVND AVGVSTAE commemorates the birth of the next daughter about a year or so later and shows Fecunditas/Faustina holding two children in her arms while two more stand at her feet.

Strack 1335 knew a sestertius like yours in only one specimen, in Naples, but unfortunately does not illustrate the coin.

The Naples collection was stolen in 1977. Your coin is of nice quality, and has an old-collection look, lightly cleaned on the reverse. I would not be at all surprised if it is the actual Naples coin! ..."
Charles SJul 19, 2012
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Faustina Junior, RIC (M. Aurelius) 1649, Sestertius of AD 161 (Emperor's growing family)53 views Sestertius (23.38g, 31mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 161.
Obv.: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, draped bust of Fautina Junior facing right.
Rev.: IVNONI LVCINAE (around) S C (in field), Faustina as Juno, standing left, holding a child in her arms, two more standing left and right of her raising their right hands.
RIC (Aurelius) 1649; Sear 2000 (RCV) 5277
ex Byzantine Coin Store (via VCoins)

This type refers to the growing family of Marcus Aurelius and Faustina Jr. The three girls represent the three surviving children (of a total of 7 born) around end of 159 to early 160: Annia Galeria Aurelia Faustina (age 14), Lucilla (12) and Fadilla (1).
Charles SJul 19, 2012
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Faustina Junior, RIC (M. Aurelius) 1635, Sestertius of AD 161 (Emperor's growing family)40 views Sestertius (28.3g, 35mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 161.
Obv.: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, draped bust of Fautina Junior facing right.
Rev.: FECVND AVGVSTA (around) S C (in field), Fecunditas standing left, holding two infants in her arms, two more standing left and right of her raising their right hands.
RIC (Aurelius) 1635; BMC 902; Cohen 96; Foss (RHC) 143:8

This type refers to the growing family of Marcus Aurelius and Faustina Jr. The four children are four surviving girls (of a total of 8 children born) around late 160: they were at the time the dies were designed: Annia Galeria Aurelia Faustina (age 14), Lucilla (12) and Fadilla (1) and Cornifica (0).
Charles SJul 19, 2012
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Faustina Junior, RIC unlisted, Sestertius of AD 161 (Emperor's growing family)75 views Sestertius (25.86g, 33mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 161.
Obv.: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, draped bust of Fautina Junior facing right.
Rev.: FECVND AVGVSTA (around) S C (in field), Fecunditas standing left, holding a child in her arms, two more standing left and right of her raising their right hands.
Strack 1335 (1 coll.: Naples); RIC (Aurelius) unlisted (legend corresponds to RIC 1635 and the representation to RIC 1649); Cohen: (idem with nos. 96 and 136)
ex Aeternitas Coins & Antiquities (via VCoins)

This type refers to the growing family of Marcus Aurelius and Faustina Jr. The three girls represent the three surviving children (of a total of 7 born) around end of 159 to early 160: Annia Galeria Aurelia Faustina (age 14), Lucilla (12) and Fadilla (1).

Additional information from Curtis Clay through the forum discussion group: "This type commemorating the birth of a third survivng daughter usually has the legend IVNONI LVCINAE, whereas the type FECVND AVGVSTAE commemorates the birth of the next daughter about a year or so later and shows Fecunditas/Faustina holding two children in her arms while two more stand at her feet.

Strack 1335 knew a sestertius like yours in only one specimen, in Naples, but unfortunately does not illustrate the coin.

The Naples collection was stolen in 1977. Your coin is of nice quality, and has an old-collection look, lightly cleaned on the reverse. I would not be at all surprised if it is the actual Naples coin! "
Charles SJul 18, 2012
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Vitellius, RIC 162, As of AD 6955 views Dupondius (10.5g, 27mm, 6h), Rome mint, struck AD 69
Obv.: A VITELLIVS GERMA IMP AVG P M TR P, laureate draped bust of Vitellius facing right.
Rev.: CONCORDIA AVGVSTI (around) S C (in ex.), Concordia seated left holding cornucopiae and offering from a patera over an ornamented altar.
RIC 162
ex Numismatik Lanz (via eBay, 2008)
Charles SJul 18, 2012
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Vitellius, RIC 46, As of AD 6938 views As (_._g, __mm, 6h), Tarraco mint, struck AD 69
Obv.: A VITELLIVS IMP GERMAN, bare head of Vitellius facing left.
Rev.: VICTORIA AVGVSTI (around) S C (in field), Victoria advancing left holding shield.
RIC 46; BMC 107
Charles SJul 18, 2012
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Vitellius, RIC 42, As of AD 6972 views as (9.5g, 28mm, 12h), Tarraco mint, struck AD 69
Obv.: A VITELLIVS IMP GERMAN, laureate head of Vitellius facing left, globe at tip of bust.
Rev.: FIDES /EXERCITVVM (in two lines in field above and below) two clasped hands; S C below.
RIC 42; BMC 103; Cohen 34
Charles SJul 18, 2012
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Galba, RIC 370, As of AD 68-69 (Pax)30 views As (11.6g, 27mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 68-69.
Obv.: IMP SER GALBA CAES AVG TR P, laureate head of Galba facing right.
Rev.: PAX AVGVST (around) S C (field) Pax standing left holding branch and cornucopiae.
RIC 370 (S); BMCRE 124; Sear (Roman Coins & their Values) 2135
Charles SJul 18, 2012
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Roman Empire, VESPASIAN, AE Dupondius.116 views Dupondius (13.2g, 22mm, 7h). Rome mint. Struck AD 74.
Obv.: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head left
Rev.: TRPOTCOS IIICENSOR, winged caduceus between two crossed cornucopiae
obv.: RIC 759 x rev.:RIC 761/2 (near RIC 760 (R2))
ex G.Henzen

This is an unlisted mule with the obverse corresponding to RIC 759 (Vespasian) and reverse corresponding to RIC 761-762 (Titus). RIC 760 is also a mule using the same Titus reverse, but with obverse legend VESPASIAN (RIC 757), not VESPASIANVS like this one. Belongs to issues associated with bronzes of smaller denominations minted for Syria.
1 commentsCharles SJul 18, 2012
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Galba, RIC 302, As of AD 68 (legionary eagle between standards)25 views As (10.2g, 28mm, 7h). Rome mint. Struck AD 68.
Obv.: SER GALBA IMP CAES AVG TR P, laureate draped bust of Galba right.
Rev.: S C (field), Legionary eagle left on thunderbolt between two standards.
RIC 302; BMCRE 150; Sear (Roman Coins & their Values I) 2137
Charles SJul 18, 2012
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Galba, RIC 285, Dupondius of AD 68 (Pax)31 views Dupondius (13.4g, 28mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 68.
Obv.: SER GALBA IMP CAES AVG TR P, laureate head of Galba facing right.
Rev.: PAX AVGVST (around) S C (field), Pax standing left, holding caduceus and cornucopiae.
RIC 285 (R); Sear (Roman Coins & their Values I) 2135
Charles SJul 18, 2012
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Galba, RIC 240, Sestertius of AD 68 (Roma)92 views Sestertius (24.3g, 36mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 68.
Obv.: SER GALBA IMP CAES AVG, laureate draped bust of Galba facing right.
Rev.: ROMA (ex.) S C (field), Roma, helmeted and draped, seated left on cuirass, holding vertical spear and leaning on shield.
RIC 240; BMCRE 88; Kraay 257 (officina D, obv.A55; rev.P104); Sear (Roman Coins and Values) 2119
ex G.Henzen (Netherlands, 1995)
broken flan chip restored at 8h (obv.) 10h (rev.)
3 commentsCharles SJul 17, 2012
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Galba, RIC 267, Sestertius of AD 68 (oak wraeth)38 views Sestertius (26.4g, 34mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 68.
Obv.: SER GALBA IMP CAES AVG, laureate draped bust of Galba facing right.
Rev.: S P Q R / OB / CIV SER in three lines within an oak wreath.
RIC 267 (S); Cohen 289; Sear (Roman Coins & their Values I) 2125; Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 74:15a
ex D.Ruskin (Oxford, 1997)

This type was issued to celebrate the recognition of Galba by the Senate in June 68. The legend stands for : SENATVS POPVLVSQVE ROMANVS OB CIVES SERVATOS meaning: The Senate and the People of Rome to the Saving of the Citizens
Charles SJul 17, 2012
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Galba, RIC 387, Sestertius of AD 68-69 (Libertas)36 views Sestertius (25.5g, 34mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 68-69.
Obv.: SERGALBAIMPCAESARAVG TR P , laureate head of Galba facing right.
Rev.: LIBERTAS PVBLICA (around) S C (iield), Libertas standing left, holding pileus (liberty cap) and staff.
ex D.Ruskin (Oxford, 1995)
RIC 387; Cohen 108; Sear (Roman Coins & their Values I) 2134var
Charles SJul 17, 2012
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3 Augustae - Plotina, Marciana and Matidia265 viewsFrom left to right: Plotina, wife of Trajan; Marciana, sister of Trajan; Matidia, daughter of Marciana and mother of the empress Sabina, wife of Hadrian.2 commentsCharles SJul 17, 2012
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Roman Empire, Galba, unrecorded sestertius of AD 68-69 180 views Sestertius (25.2g, 33mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 68-69.
Obv.: IMP SER GALBA CAES AVG P M TR P, laureate draped bust of Galba facing right.
Rev.: LIBERTAS PVBLICA (around edge) S C (in field), Libertas standing left, holding pileus (liberty cap) and staff.
ex D.Ruskin (Oxford, 1997)

Not listed in RIC nor Cohen. Curtis Clay confirms that this is a new variety, giving the following additional information: "The obv. die is Kraay's A88, Aes of Galba pl. VII, known to him with rev. Victory holding Palladium, one spec., Paris = Giard 173, pl. XII = RIC 353. That's the only obv. die Kraay or RIC knew with this exact obv. legend and the laureate, draped bust. ... This LIBERTAS PVBLICA rev. die was apparently unknown to Kraay in any combination."


1 commentsCharles SJul 16, 2012
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Nero, RIC 391, Sestertius of AD 65 (Annona & Ceres)33 views sestertius (22.8g, 35mm, 6h), Lugdunum mint, struck AD 65.
Obv.: NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P, laureate head of Nero facing left, globe below bust.
Rev.: ANNONA AVGVSTI CERES (around) S C (in ex.), Annona standing right, Ceres seated left holding a sceptre; Modius on altar between them; ship in the background.
RIC 391; Cohen 15; Sear 2000 (RCV) 1952v.
ex Roma Numismatics Ltd; ex Knker 2008
Charles SJul 15, 2012
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Trajan, RIC 632, Sestertius of AD 112-114 (Portus Traiani)194 views Sestertius (26.66g, 35mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 112-114.
Obv.: IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P CO[S VI P P] laureate draped bust of Trajan facing right.
Rev.: [PORTVM TRAIANI] around, S C in ex., Basin of Trajan's harbour at Portus Traiani, near Ostia, surrounded by warehouses, ships in centre.
RIC 632 (R2); Cohen 305; STrack 438; MIR 470v (18 spec.; same die pair as Woytek Plate 94-470v3); BMC 770A (but COS V must be COS VI); RHC 104:59
ex Jean Elsen Auction 95; ex coll. A. Senden: "L'architecture des monnaies Romaines".
2 commentsCharles SJul 14, 2012
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Trajan, RIC 534, Sestertius of AD 107 (Trajan spears Dacian)46 views Sestertius (24.3g, 34mm, 6h) Rome mint. Struck AD 107.
Obv.: IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC PM TR P COS V P P laureate head of Trajan right wearing aegis.
Rev.: SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI (around) S C (in ex.), Trajan on horseback galloping right, thrusting spear at fallen Dacian.
RIC 534 [S]; Cohen 503; Sear 2000 (RCV) 3204; Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 101:25

This type celebrates the victory over the Dacians in AS 106.
1 commentsCharles SJul 13, 2012
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Trajan, RIC 523, Sestertius of AD 103-111 (Victory)47 views Sestertius (25.3g, 35mm, 6h) Rome mint. Struck AD 103-111.
Obv.: IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P laureate head of Trajan right
Rev.: SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI (around) S C [in ex.] Winged Victory standing left, placing a wreath on a trophy.
RIC 523 [S]; Cohen 444
Charles SJul 13, 2012
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Trajan, RIC 459, Sestertius of AD 108-111 (Alim Ital)59 views Sestertius (27.6g, 32mm, 6h) Rome mint. Struck AD 110.
Obv.: IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P laureate head of Trajan right; draped over left shoulder.
Rev.: SPQROPTIMO PRINCIPI (around) ALIMITAL (in ex.) S C (in field), Annona standing left, a cornucopiae and holding two corn ears above a child standing at left.
RIC 459 [S]; Cohen 7; Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 103:53

This type advertises Trajan's expansion of Nerva's charity to the poor children of Italy.
Charles SJul 13, 2012
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Trajan, RIC 412, Sestertius of AD 99-100 (Concordia)62 views Sestertius (24.8g, 34mm, 6h) Rome mint. Struck AD 99-100.
Obv.: IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG GERM P M, laureate head of Trajan right
Rev.: TR POT COS III PP (around) S C (in ex.), Concordia seated left, with patera and cornucopiae.
RIC 412; Cohen 623
Charles SJul 13, 2012
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Trajan, RIC 390, Sestertius of AD 98-99 (Pax)82 views Sestertius (20.7g, 33mm, 6h) Rome mint. Struck AD 98-99.
Obv.: IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG GERM P M, laureate head of Trajan right.
Rev.: TR POT COS II (around) S C (in ex.), Pax seated left, holding a branch and a sceptre.
RIC 390; Cohen 611
Charles SJul 13, 2012
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Nero, RIC 179, Sestertius of AD 64 (port of Ostia) 108 views sestertius (26.8g, 33mm, 5h), Rome mint, struck AD 64.
Obv.: NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P, laureate head of Nero facing left.
Rev.: AVGVSTI (around above) S POR OST C (around below), Bird's-eye view of the harbour of Ostia, with at the top a statue of Neptune on pharos; at the bottom reclining Tiber river-god holding a dolphin; to left, crescent-shaped pier with portico; to right, crescent shaped row of breakwaters; in the centre, eight ships.
RIC 179 (S); Cohen 40; BMC 223
ex Knker Auction 153
1 commentsCharles SJul 13, 2012
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Nero, RIC 265, Sestertius of AD 66 (Temple of Janus) 109 views sestertius (28.86g, 35.95mm, 6h), Rome mint, struck ca. AD 65.
Obv.: NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P, laureate head of Nero facing left.
Rev.: PACE P R TERRA MARIQ PARTA IANVM CLVSIT (around) S C (in field), Janus temple with closed double doors right.

RIC 265; BMCRE 160; CBN 373; Cohen 144; Mac Dowall (The Western Coinages of Nero, ANS NNM 161) 153; cf. Sear (Roman Roins & Their Values I) 1958 - for a similar issue from Lugdunum with a variant form of obverse type

Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear, Ancient Coin Certification Service (A.C.C.S.) on November 3, 2014, Ref 061CR/RI/CR/E .

Historical background (by David Sear): The reverse depicts the "Twin Janus" (IANVS GEMINVS) and relates to the achievements of the celebrated Roman general Gnaeus Domitius Corbulo. His victories in the East led to a settlement with Parthia over the vexed Armenian question, occasioning the ceremonial closing of the doors of the "Twin Janus" signifying peace throughout the empire (AD 65). The nature of this curious structure, situated in the Roman Forum, is best explained by John Melville Jones in A Dictionary of Ancient Coins - "It consisted of two arched gateways joined by walls, without a roof. When the Roman went to war, the gates were opened and when they were at peace, the gates were shut. The structure was not a temple in the strict sense of the word and was referred to as "the Janus". It is represented on coins of Nero, some of which show it from one side and others from the opposite side, so that it is clear it had gates at each end. The accompanying inscription translates to: "Peace being provided on land and sea for the Roman People, he closed the Janus"
2 commentsCharles SJul 13, 2012
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Claudius, RIC 98, Sestertius of AD 4239 views sestertius (27.5g, 34mm, 6h), Rome mint, struck AD 42.
Obv.: TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP, laureate head of Claudius facing right.
Rev.: NERO CLAVDIVS DRVSVS GERMAN IMP (around) S C (in field), Triumphal arch surmounted by equestrial statue right, between two trophies.
RIC 98 (S); Cohen 48; Sear 2000 (RCV) 1851; Foss (RHC) 63:9

This issue honours Nero Claudius Drusus, the father of Claudius
Charles SJul 13, 2012
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Claudius, RIC 99, Sestertius of AD 41-50 34 views sestertius (27.5g, 34mm, 6h), Rome mint, struck AD 41-50.
Obv.: TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP P, laureate head of Claudius facing right.
Rev.: SPES AVGVSTA (around) S C (in ex.), Spes advancig left, holding flower and raising her dress.
RIC 99 (C); Cohen 88; Sear 2000 (RCV) 1853
1 commentsCharles SJul 11, 2012
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Claudius, RIC 96, Sestertius of AD 41-50 37 views sestertius (26.7g, 34mm, 6h), Rome mint, struck AD 41-50.
Obv.: TICLAVDIVS CAESARAVGPM TR P IMP , laureate head of Claudius facing right.
Rev.: EX SC / OB / CIVES / SERVATOS in four lines within an oak wreath.
RIC 96; BMC 115; Cohen 39; Sear 2000 (RCV) 1849; Foss (RHC) 63:3

This coin was first struck in the year of Claudius' accession, 41 AD. "OB CIVIS SERVATOS" means "For saving all the citizens". Claudius had revoked the law of maiestas, which had allowed emperors like Tiberius to destroy opponents by accusing them of treason. Claudius also recalled exiles, reduced taxes, and awarded the Praetorian Guard the largest monetary gift (Donativum) ever given by an emperor. Therefore, he was considered worthy of the civic wreath (corona civica) and clupeus virtutis.
1 commentsCharles SJul 11, 2012
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Claudius, RIC 115, Sestertius of AD 50-54 48 views sestertius (24.6g, 37mm, 6h), Rome mint, struck AD 50-54.
Obv.: TI CLAVDIVS CAESARAVG P M TR P IMP P P, laureate head of Claudius facing right.
Rev.: SPES AVGVSTA / S C (in ex.), Spes advancig left, holding flower and raising her dress.
RIC 115 (C); Cohen 85; Sear (RCV 2K) 1854
Charles SJul 11, 2012
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Claudius, RIC 109, for Nero Claudius Drusus, Sestertius of AD 50-54 50 views Sestertius (24.2g, 34mm, 6h), Rome mint, struck AD 50-54.
Obv.: NERO CLAVDIVS DRVSVS GERMANICVS IMP, bare head of Nero Claudius Drusus facing left.
Rev.: TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP P P / S C, Claudius seated left on curule chair, holding branch; weapons lying around.
RIC (Claudius) 109 (S); BMC 208; Sear (RCV 2000) 1897
Charles SJul 11, 2012
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Claudius, RIC 93, for Nero Claudius Drusus, Sestertius of AD 41-4251 views Sestertius (28.8g, 34mm, 6h), Rome mint, struck AD 41-42.
Obv.: NEROCLAVDIVSDRVSVSGERMANICVSIMP, bare head of Nero Claudius Drusus facing left.
Rev.: TICLAVDIVSCAESARAVGPMTRPIMP [/] S C, Claudius seated left on curule chair, holding a branch; weapons lying around.
RIC (Claudius) 93 (C); Cohen 8; BMC 157; Sear (RCV 2K) 1896
Charles SJul 11, 2012
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Nero, RIC 326, Sestertius of AD 66 (Temple of Janus) 66 views sestertius (26.2g, 34mm, 6h), Rome mint, struck AD 66.
Obv.: IMP NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P P P, laureate head of Nero facing left.
Rev.: PACE P R TERRA MARIQ PARTA IANVM CLVSIT (around) S C (in field), Janus temple with closed double doors on the right.

RIC 326 (R2); Coh. 162
ex MPO (Netherlands, 2007)

The full reverse legend would read: PACE POPVLO ROMANO TERRA MARIQUE PARTA IANVM CLVSIT, which means "Peace having been given to the Roman people on the land and on the sea, he closed the Janus temple".
2 commentsCharles SJul 10, 2012
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Nero, RIC 144, Sestertius of AD 64-66 (Triumphal arch)63 views Sestertius (24.9g, 35mm, 6h), Rome mint, struck AD 64-66.
Obv.: NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P, laureate head of Nero facing left.
Rev.: S C (in field), Triumphal arch, surmounted by a quadriga facing with Pax, standing on the left, and winged Victory, on the right. At the angles of the entablature are soldiers. The front piers of the arch are decorated with sculptures in three tiers of panels; in the niche on the left is a statue of Mars.
RIC 144; Cohen 306; Sear 2000 (RCV) 1962var.; Foss (RHC) 67:14

Nero erected a triumphal arch on the Capitoline Hill while the Parthian war was in progress in Armenia, with Corbulo capturing the Armenian capital Artaxata in AD 58. The arch was rededicated or completely dismantled after Nero's death in AD 68, and this monument is only known from coins.
1 commentsCharles SJul 10, 2012
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Nero, RIC 143, Sestertius of AD 64-66 (Triumphal arch) 82 views Sestertius (24.3g, 35mm, 6h), Rome mint, struck AD 64-66.
Obv.: NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P, laureate head of Nero facing right with aegis.
Rev.: S C (in field), Triumphal arch is surmounted by a quadriga facing with Pax, standing on the left, and winged Victory, on the right. At the angles of the entablature are soldiers. The front piers of the arch are decorated with sculptures in three tiers of panels; in the niche on the left is a statue of Mars.
RIC 143; Sear 2000 (RCV) 1962var.; Foss (RHC) 67:14

Nero erected a triumphal arch on the Capitoline Hill while the Parthian war was in progress in Armenia, with Corbulo capturing the Armenian capital Artaxata in AD 58. The arch was rededicated or completely dismantled after Nero's death in AD 68, and this monument is only known from coins.
2 commentsCharles SJul 10, 2012
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Nero, RIC 164, Sestertius of AD 64-66 (Decursio)92 views Sestertius (28.7g, 37mm, 6h), Rome mint, struck AD 64-66.
Obv.: NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER PM TR P IMP P P, laureate head of Nero left.
Rev.: DECVRSIO (in ex.) S C (in field), Nero on horseback riding left, holding spear; behind mounted soldier riding left with vexillum.
RIC 164 (S); Cohen 92; Sear (RCV 2K) 1957var.
ex G.Henzen

The reverse legend DECVRSIO derives from DECVRRO (=run downwards, charge), a word applied to military or equestrian manoeuvres. On this type, it refers Nero leading a formal cavalry parade in the Circus Maximus.
1 commentsCharles SJul 10, 2012
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Nero, RIC 509, Sestertius of AD 66 (Decursio)75 views sestertius (24.7g, 36mm, 7h), Lugdunum mint, struck AD 66.
Obv.: IMP NERO CAESAR AVG PONTIF MAX TRIB POT P P, laureate head of Nero facing right, globe below bust.
Rev.: DECVRSIO (in ex.) S C (in field), Nero on horseback riding right, holding spear; behind mounted soldier riding right with vexillum.
RIC 509 (S); BMCRE 318; Sear (Roman Coins & their Values I) 1957var.
ex D.Ruskin (Oxon, UK, 1994)

The reverse legend DECVRSIO derives from DECVRRO (=run downwards, charge), a word applied to military or equestrian manoeuvres. On this type, it refers Nero leading a formal cavalry parade in the Circus Maximus.
Charles SJul 10, 2012
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Nero, RIC 402, Dupondius of AD 65 (Macellum Magnum)81 views dupondius (14.5g, 31mm, 6h). Lugdunum mint. Struck AD 65.
Obv.: NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P, laureate head of Nero facing left
MAC AVG (around, left and right) S C (in field, left and right of the steps). Frontal view of a building with a domed central section and
approached by steps, flanked by two-storied wings of unequal height, with porticoes adorned with guirlandes; above the steps, in the center, a statue of a standing male figure holding a long scepter.
RIC 402; BMCRE 336; Cohen 129; Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 67:59

This type was issued upon the completion in A.D. 59 of the restoration of the Great Provision Market, the Macellum Augusti, also known as the Macellum Magnum. It was built by Augustus and located on the Caelium Hill. Part of it was later transformed to church S. Stefano Rotundo by Pope Simplicius.
1 commentsCharles SJul 09, 2012
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Nero, RIC 189var., Dupondius of AD 64 (Macellum Magnum)165 views dupondius (13.4g, 28mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 64.
Obv.: NERO CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG GERM PM TR P IMP P P, radiate head right
Rev.: MACELLVS AVGVSTI (left and right border) S C (below, left end right of the steps) II (in ex.), Frontal view of the Macellum Magnum.
RIC 189 var [R2] (reverse legend differs); Cohen 130var (reverse legend differs), Sear RCV II 1963 var; Foss (Roman Historic Coins) 12b.

ex G.Henzen (Netherlands, 1995)

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

This is a very rare full legend instead of the usual abbreviation "MAC AVG". In addition, the variant "MACELLVS" is used instead of the usual "MACELLVM". This is a variant of a type (with legend MAC AVG) listed as extremely rare (R2) in RIC. A coin with the same reverse die in EF condition was auctioned by Numismatica Ars Classica, 2 April 2008, Auction 45, Lot number: 91
2 commentsCharles SJul 09, 2012
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Nero, RIC 187, Dupondius of AD 64 (Macellum Magnum)54 views dupondius (15.2g, 29mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 64.
Obv.: NERO CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG GER PM TR P IMP P P, radiate head right
Rev.: MAC AVG / S C / (II [in ex.]), frontal view of the Macellum Magnum, with a domed central section in two stories and approached by steps, flanked by two-storied wings of unequal height, with porticoes adorned with guirlandes; above the steps, in the centre, a statue of a standing male figure holding a long sceptre.
RIC 187; BMC 195; Cohen 130; Foss (Roman Historic Coins) 67:12b

This type was issued upon the completion in A.D. 59 of the restoration of the Great Provision Market, the Macellum Augusti, also known as the Macellum Magnum. It was built by Augustus and located on the Caelium Hill. Part of it was later transformed to church S. Stefano Rotundo by Pope Simplicius.
1 commentsCharles SJul 09, 2012
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Nero, RIC 184, Dupondius of AD 64 (Macellum Magnum)57 views dupondius (15.9g, 31mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 64.
Obv.: NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER PM TR P IMP P P, radiate head right
Rev.: MAC AVG (around edge above) S C (in field) II (in ex.), frontal view of the Macellum Magnum, with a domed central section in two stories and approached by steps, flanked by two-storied wings of unequal height, with porticoes adorned with guirlandes; above the steps, in the center, a statue of a standing male figure holding a long sceptre.
RIC 184 (S); Sear 2000 (RCV) 1963v

This type was issued upon the completion in A.D. 59 of the restoration of the Great Provision Market, the Macellum Augusti, also known as the Macellum Magnum. It was built by Augustus and located on the Caelium Hill. Part of it was later transformed to church S. Stefano Rotundo by Pope Simplicius.
Charles SJul 09, 2012
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Nero, RIC 459, As of AD 65 (Ara Pacis) 51 views As (10.8g, 28mm, 6h), Lugdunum mint, struck AD 65.
Obv.: NERO CLAVD CAESARAVG GERP MTRPIMPP, bare head of Nero left; globe below at tip of bust.
Rev.: ARA PACIS (below) S C (left and right in field), Ara Pacis: the Altar of Peace, with decorated front panels and central double doors.
RIC 459

The Ara Pacis was built by Augustus and inaugurated in 9 BC, one year after the inauguration of the great altar in Lugdunum. The reverse shows the walled enclosure surrounding the altar.
Charles SJul 08, 2012
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Trajan, RIC 750, for Marciana, Sestertius of AD 113-117 (Elephant biga)127 views Sestertius (23.87g, 33mm, 6h), Rome mint. Struck AD 113-117.
Obv.: DIVA AVGVSTA MARCIANA, draped diademed bust of Marciana facing right.
Rev.: EX SENATVS CONSVLTO (around), S C (in ex.), Statue of Marciana seated on elephant biga advancing left.
RIC (Trajan) 750 [R3]; Cohen 13; BMC 1086; Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 104:61
ex Knker Auktion 204; exemplar der Auktion Fritz Rudolf Knker 136, Osnabrck 2008, Nr. 1009.

This type was issued to commemorate the funeral and consecration in AD 112 of Ulpia Marciana, the sister of Trajan, mother of Matidia, grandmother of the empress Sabina. Like Trajan's wife Plotina, she refused the title of Augusta when it was offered to her when Trajan became emperor, but accepted it in AD 105, together with Plotina. She died in AD 112 and was immediately consecrated
3 commentsCharles SJul 08, 2012
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Pupienus, RIC 22a, sestertius of AD 238161 views Sestertius (17.1g, 30mm, 12h), Rome mint, Struck AD 238
Obv.: IMP CAES M CLOD PVPIENVS AVG, laurate, draped bust of Pupienus facing right.
Rev.: PAX PVBLICA (around), S C (in ex.), Pax seated left, holding an olive branch and a sceptre.
RIC 22a(S); Cohen 24
ex kc (FORVM)
6 commentsCharles SJul 07, 2012
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Trajan, RIC 761, for Matidia, Sestertius of AD 112-117 (Pietas)192 views Sestertius (25.51g, 35mm, 6h), Rome mint. Struck AD September 112-117.
MATIDIA AVG DIVAE MARCIANAE F, draped diademed bust of Matidia facing right.
PIETAS AVGST (around) S C (in ex.), Pietas standing left, placing her hands on the heads of two children.
RIC (Trajan) 761 [R3]; Cohen 11 (350 fr.); BMC 1088; MIR 730 var.1 (33 spec.); Strack 521; Banti 1 (20 spec.); Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 107:112
ex Ibercoins, Madrid

Matidia was the daughter of Trajan's sister Marciana and thus niece of Trajan, born about AD 68. She assumed the title of Augusta upon the death of her mother in 112. On reverse, Pietas symbolizes Matidia with her daughters Matidia the younger and Sabina, future wife of Hadrian. After her death in 119, a temple was dedicated to her on the forum of Trajan.
5 commentsCharles SJul 06, 2012
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Claudius, RIC 106, for Germanicus, As of AD 50-5461 views As (10.8g, 29mm, 6h). Rome mint, struck AD 50-54.
Obv.: GERMANICVS CAESARTI AVG F DIVI AVG, head of Germanicus facing right.
Rev.: TI CLAVDIVS CAESARAVG GERM PM TR P IMPP P around large SC
RIC (Claudius) 106; Cohen 9

Germanicus was the brother of Claudius and the father of Gaius ("Caligula")
2 commentsCharles SJul 05, 2012
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Gaius ("Caligula"), RIC 58, for Agrippa, As of AD 37-41 (Neptune)150 views As (11.5g, 28mm, 6h). Rome mint, struck under Gaius, AD 37-41.
Obv.: MAGRIPPALFCOSIII head of Agrippa with rostral crown facing left
Rev.: S C Neptune standing facing left, holding dolphin and trident
RIC (Gaius) 58; Cohen 3; BMC (Tiberius) 161

Perhaps struck under Caligula in memory of his maternal grandfather Agrippa, although Caligula hated him; perhaps under Tiberius starting as early as 14 AD.
6 commentsCharles SJul 05, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 600, Sestertius of AD 142 (Concordia Exercituum) 89 views Sestertius (30.1g, 32.5mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 142.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: CONCORDIA EXERCITVVM (around) S C (in field), Concordia standing left, holding Victory and a legionary standard.
RIC 600; Cohen 139 (6 fr.); BMC 1232; Strack 827 (3 coll.); Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 54 (2 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins & their Values II) 4157
ex G.Henzen (2012)

Although RIC 600 rates it as "C" (common), in reality it is very rare: Strack 827 lists it for 3 (of a total of 30) collections only: British Museum, Paris, and Vienna; Banti cites two specimens only.
2 commentsCharles SJul 05, 2012
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Gaius ("Caligula"), RIC 38, As of AD 37-38 (Vesta)281 views As (11.5g, 30mm, 6h), Rome mint, struck AD 37-38.
Obv.: C CAESAR AVG GERMANICVS PON M TR POT bare head of Gaius facing left.
Rev.: VESTA S C Vesta veiled and draped, seated left on a throne, holding a patera in her right hand and a long sceptre in her left
RIC 38 (C); Cohen 27
ex CNG, 2000 ("nr EF, warm brown patina, exceptional surfaces")
7 commentsCharles SJul 04, 2012
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Vespasian, RIC 243, Sestertius of AD 71 (Pax) 32 viewsVespasian, RIC 243, Sestertius of AD 71 (Pax)
Sestertius (26.15g, 34.5mm, 6h). Roman mint. Struck AD 71.
Obv.: IMP CAES VESPAS AVG P M TR P P P COS III, laureate head right.
Rev.: PAX AVGVSI (around) S C (in field), Pax standing left, holding olive branch ad cornucopiae.
RIC 243 (C3); Cohen 327
Charles SJun 29, 2012
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Titus, RIC (Vespasian) 427, Sestertius of AD 72 (Mars) 48 views Sestertius (24.9g, 33mm, 6h). Roman mint. Struck AD 72.
Obv.: T CAES VESPASIAN IMP PON TR POT COS II, laureate head of Titus right.
Rev.: S C (field), Mars advancing right, holding spear and carrying a trophee over his left shoulder.
RIC (Vespasian) 427; Cohen 199
1 commentsCharles SJun 29, 2012
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Vespasian, RIC 760 (var.), mule using Titus reverse, Dupondius of AD 7457 views Dupondius (13.2g, 22mm, 7h). Rome mint. Struck AD 74.
Obv.: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head left
Rev.: TRPOTCOS IIICENSOR, winged caduceus between two crossed cornucopiae
obv.: RIC 759 x rev.:RIC 761/2 (near RIC 760 (R2))
ex G.Henzen

This is a mule with the obverse corresponding to RIC 759 (Vespasian) and reverse corresponding to RIC 761-762 (Titus). RIC 760 is also a mule using the same Titus reverse, but with obverse legend VESPASIAN (RIC 757), not VESPASIANVS like this one. This issue is associated with bronzes of smaller denominations minted in Rome for use in Syria. A record of this coin has been added to Forum's Gallery "Unlisted and Unpublished Coins"
1 commentsCharles SJun 28, 2012
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Vespasian, RIC 1172, As of AD 71 (Securitas)59 views As (10.8g, 28mm, 6h). Lugdunum mint. Struck AD 71.
obv.: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS III laureate head right, globe at tip of bust.
rev.: SECVRITAS AVGVSTI (around) S C (ex.), Securitas seated right, resting head on raised arm, holding a sceptre; altar before.
RIC 1172 (C); Cohen 506
1 commentsCharles SJun 28, 2012
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Domitian, RIC 78, Sestertius of AD 81 (Minerva)62 views Sestertius (24.7g, 35mm, 6h), Rome, AD 81 (13 Sept.-31 Dec.)
Obv.: IMP CAES DIVI VESP F DOMITIAN AVG P M, laureate head right
Rev.: TR P COS VII DES VIII P P (around) S C (in field), Minerva, helmeted, draped, standing left with a spear, left hand on hip.
RIC II-1 78 ; BMCRE II 261; Cohen 555 (4 fr.); Sear (Roman Coins and their Values I) 2780 var. (legend).
ex. Edgar L. Owen Ltd.
Charles SJun 27, 2012
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Vespasian, RIC 159, Sestertius of AD 71 ((Judea capta) 51 views Sestertius (24.0g, 34mm, 6h). Roman mint. Struck AD 71.
Obv.: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG PM TR P P P COS III laureate head right
Rev.: IVDAEA CAPTA (around) S C (in ex.), to the right, Judea seated right, mourning under palm, shield before her; to the left, a captive standing right with hands tied behind.
RIC 159 (C3); Cohen 232

ex G.Henzen (Netherlands, 1996)

This issue commemorates the defeat of the Jewish revolt and the fall of Jerusalem in AD 70.
1 commentsCharles SJun 27, 2012
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Titus, RIC 499, Sestertius of AD 80-81 (Mars) 55 views Sestertius (25.5g, 34.5mm, 6h). Eastern mint (Thrace?). Struck AD 80-81.
Obv.: IMP T CAES DIVI VESP F AVG P M TR P P P COS VIII, laureate head of Titus right.
Rev.: S C (field), Mars, with cloak, advancing right, carrying spear and trophy over his shoulder.
RIC 499 (C); Cohen 203
1 commentsCharles SJun 27, 2012
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Titus, RIC (Vespasian) 425, Sestertius of AD 72 (Roma)75 views Sestertius (23.8g, 33mm, 6h). Roman mint. Struck AD 72.
Obv.: T CAES VESPASIAN IMP PON TR POT COS II laureate head of Titus right.
Rev.: ROMA; S C (in field), Roma standing left, holding spear and a Victory figurine.
RIC (Vespasian) 425 (R2); Cohen 181
Charles SJun 27, 2012
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Vespasian, RIC 1208, Sestertius of AD 77-78 (Salus) 64 views Sestertius (25.2g, 36mm, 6h). Lugdunum mint. Struck AD 77-78.
Obv.: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG PM TR P P P COS VIII, laureate head right.
SALVS AVGVSTA (around) S C (ex.), Salus seated left, holding patera and sceptre.
RIC 1208 (C)
1 commentsCharles SJun 27, 2012
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Vespasian, RIC 179, Sestertius of AD 71 (Pax)46 views Sestertius (26.15g, 34.5mm, 6h). Roman mint. Struck AD 71.
Obv.: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG PM TR P P P COS III laureate head right.
Rev.: PAX AVG (around) S C (ex.), Pax standing right, setting fire to a pile of arms; to the left, a column with a statue of Minerva on top and a shield against it; to the right, a lighted altar.
RIC 179 (R2); BMCRE 553; Cohen 239
ex Jean Elsen (Bruxelles); ex coll. A.Senden: l'architecture des monnaies romaines.

This issue is dedicated to the defeat of the Jewish revolt and fall of Jerusalem in AD 70.
1 commentsCharles SJun 27, 2012
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Hadrian, RIC 950, Sestertius of AD 134-138 (Restitutori Galliae)33 views Sestertius (27.13g, 33mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 134-138.
Obv.: HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P laureate head of Hadrian facing right.
Rev.: RESTITVTORI GALLIAE (around) S C (in ex.), Hadrian, togate, standing right, holding roll in left hand and extending right hand to raise up kneeling Gaul extending her right hand to him.
RIC 950 (S); Cohen 1249 (Fr.15); Strack 776; Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 115:39
ex Gorny & Mosch auction Nov. 2010

This issue refers to Hadrian's visit to Gaul in AD 121
Charles SJun 27, 2012
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Hadrian, RIC 941, Sestertius of AD 135-138 (Restitutori Africae)64 views Sestertius (24.9g, 33mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 135-138.
Obv.: HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P laureate draped bust of Hadrian facing left.
Rev.: RESTITVTORI AFRICAE (around) S C (in ex.), Hadrian, togate, standing left, holding roll in left hand and extending right hand to raise up kneeling Africa extending her right hand to him; Africa wears elephant trunk head-dress and holds corn ears in her left hand; in the centre, corn ears growing.
RIC 941(R); Cohen 1228; Strack 769; Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 117:80
ex Mike R. Vosper

This issue refers to Hadrian's visit to Africa in AD 128, where he passed laws to stimulate agriculture.
Charles SJun 27, 2012
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Faustina Sr, RIC (A. Pius) 1140, Sestertius of AD 14250 views Sestertius (25.74g, 31mm, 11h). Rome mint. Struck AD 142.
Obv.: DIVA AVGVSTA FAVSTINA, veiled and draped bust of Diva Faustina Maior facing right
Rev.: EXSC(in ex.), Statue of Faustina, holding grain ears, seated on top of a triumphal chariot drawn by two elephants with riders.
RIC (A. Pius) 1140 (rare); BMCRE 1435; Cohen 202 (25 fr.); Strack 685 (3 collections for veiled bust type); Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali III-1) 71 (6 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins and their Values II) 4627; Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 125:25b
ex CNG 85 lot 918 (2010)

Commemorating the funeral of Faustina in A.D. 141
1 commentsCharles SJun 26, 2012
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Marcus Aurelius, RIC (Antoninus Pius) 1351, Sestertius of AD 158-15934 views Sestertius (28.8g, 32mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 158-159.
Obv.: AVRELIVS CAES AVG PII F, bare head of Aurelius Caesar, facing right.
Rev.: TR POT XIII COS II (around) S C (in field), Virtus standing right, foot on helmet, holding inverted spear and parazonium.
RIC (Antoninus Pius) 1349B(a) (rev. legend CAESAR in error); Cohen 748; Strack 1189; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali III-1) 380 (3 spec.).
Charles SJun 26, 2012
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Marcus Aurelius, RIC (Antoninus Pius) 1270, Sestertius of AD 147-14832 views Sestertius (19.6g, 31mm, 11h). Rome mint. Struck AD 147-148.
Obv.: AVRELIVS CAESAR AVG PII F, bare-headed, draped bust of Aurelius Caesar, facing right.
Rev.: TR POT II COS II around, S | C, Fides standing right, holding corn ears and a basket of fruits.
RIC (A.Pius) 1270; Cohen 614; Strack 1016; Banti 304 (5 spec.)
1 commentsCharles SJun 26, 2012
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Faustina Jr, RIC (A. Pius) 1383, sestertius of AD 155-15651 views Sestertius (25.09g, 31mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 155-156.
Obv.: FAVSTINA AVG PII AVG FIL, draped bust of Faustina Minor, facing right.
Rev.: S C (in field), Diana standing left, holding arrow and resting bow on ground.
RIC 1383; BMCRE 2180; Cohen 206; Strack 1325; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali III-2) 112 (4 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins and their Values II) 4717.
ex Numis.be Eeckhout Joselito auction, May 2012
2 commentsCharles SJun 26, 2012
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Maximinus I, RIC 64, Sestertius of AD 235-236 27 views Sestertius (22.6g, 30mm, 12h), Rome mint, Struck AD 235-236
Obv.: IMP MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG, laurate, draped bust of Maximinus I facing right.
Rev.: SALVS AVGVSTI (around) S C (in ex.), Salus seated left, holding a patera, feeding a snake arising from an altar.
RIC 64; Cohen 88
Charles SJun 26, 2012
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Maximinus I, RIC 90, Sestertius of AD 236-238 9 views Sestertius (23.8g, 31mm, 12h), Rome mint, Struck AD 236-238
Obv.: MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG GERM, laurate, draped bust of Maximinus I facing right.
Rev.: VICTORIA GERMANICA (around) S C (in field), Victoria standing left, holding wreath and palm branch; captive at her feet.
RIC 90; Cohen 109; Foss (RHC) 199:9

Issued to celebrate the victories in Germany during the years AD 236-238.

Charles SJun 26, 2012
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Pupienus, RIC 20, Sestertius of AD 23810 views Sestertius (16.76g, 31mm, 12h), Rome mint, Struck AD 238
Obv.: IMP CAES M CLOD PVPIENVS AVG, laurate, draped bust of Pupienus facing right.
Rev.: CONCORDIA AVGG (around), S C (in ex.), Concordia seated left, holding a patera and a double cornucopiae.
RIC 20; BMC 254:43; Cohen 7
ex Jean Elsen auction 98
Charles SJun 26, 2012
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Philip I, RIC 150c, Sestertius of AD 244-24913 views Sestertius (17.75g, 28.4mm, 12h), Rome mint, Struck AD 244-249
Obv.: IMP PHILIPPVS AVG, laurate, draped bust of Philip I facing right.
Rev.: PM TR P IIII COS III P P (around) S C (in field), Felicitas standing left, holding a long caduceus and cornucopiae.
RIC 150c (S); Cohen 140
ex cgb.fr
Charles SJun 26, 2012
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Postumus, RIC 143, double sestertius of AD 259-268 25 views Double sestertius (11.3g, 28mm, 8h), Rome mint, Struck AD 259-268
Obv.: IMP C M CASS LAT POSTVMVS P P AVG, radiate, draped bust of Postumus facing right.
Rev.: LETITIA AVG (around) S C (in ex.), Galley travelling.
RIC 143; Cohen 177 var.
Charles SJun 26, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 533a, As of AD 139 (Fortuna) 147 views As (10.6.02g, 27m, 12h), minted AD 139, Rome
Obv.: IMP T AEL CAES HADR ANTONINVS AVG PIVS, bare head right
Rev.: P M TR POT COS II around, S C in field, Fortuna standing left, holding rudder and cornucopiae.
RIC 533; Cohen 651; Strack 753; BMCRE IV 1137.
ex old British collection (1996)

This type belongs to the second issue after the accession of Antoninus Pius. The names of Aelius and Hadrianus were added to his title to honour his adoptive father who had been deified on Antoninus' insistence and which earned him the title "Pius". In later issues the names of Aelius and Hadrianus will be dropped in later issues to reappear in his fourteenth to fifteenth tribunician year.
Charles SJun 26, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 553, Dupondius of AD 13935 views Dupondius (12.6g, 27mm, 6h), minted AD 139, Rome
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, radiate head of Antoninus Pius right
Rev.: TR POT COS II around, S C in field, Fides, draped, standing right, holding two cornears downwards and plate of fruit on raised l. hand.
RIC 553; Cohen 847; BMC 1164; Strack 804 (3 collections: Berlin, Paris, Vienna).
ex WCNC (2001)
Charles SJun 26, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 772, Sestertius of AD 145-147 (Honos) 51 views Sestertius (22.8g, 31mm, 10h), Rome mint, Struck AD 145-147, Rome
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PI-VS P P TR P, laurate head of Antoninus Pius facing right
Rev.: HONORI AVG COS IIII (around), S C (in field), Honos standing left, holding branch and cornucopiae.
RIC 772 (S); Cohen 414; Strack 983
ex Numismatik Lanz (2009)

Charles SJun 26, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 609, Sestertius of AD 140-144 (Mars Ultor) 58 views Sestertius (21.9g, 33mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 140-144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right
Rev.: MARTI VLTORI (around) S C (in field), Mars, helmeted and in military dress, standing right, holding inverted spear, resting left hand on a shield.
RIC 609; Cohen 550; BMCRE IV 1252, Strack 839 (3 coll.); Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 232 (10 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins and their Values II) 4193

ex D. Ruskin (Oxford, UK, 1995)

Marti Ultori = "to Victorious Mars"
1 commentsCharles SJun 26, 2012
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Trajan, RIC 586, Dupondius of AD 107 (Trophy)30 views Dupondius (12.9g, 26mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 107.
Obv.: IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC PM TR P COS V P P, radiate head of Trajan facing right.
Rev.: SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI (around), S C (in field), Trophy with shields at base.
RIC 586; Cohen 573; Sear 2000 (RCV) 3224
Charles SJun 25, 2012
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Trajan, RIC 551, Sestertius of AD 106-111 (Trajan's triumph)49 views Sestertius (22.66g, 34mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 106-111.
Obv.: IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P, laureate head of Trajan, facing right.
Rev.: S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI (around) S C (in ex.), Trajan standing facing on throne, holding an olive branch and a sceptre, being crowned by a flying Victory; on each side a nude figure stretches his arms towards him; the throne is placed on a podium ornamented with guirlands on which four emblems are placed with an eagle seated in front of each.
RIC 551 [R2]; Cohen 519 (fr.50); Strack 364; MIR 184; Banti 224 (2 spec.); Roman Historical Coins: 101/35
ex Bolaffi Ambassador Auction 313

This issue celebrates Trajan's triumph in first Dacian war. The nude figures represent Dacians in imploring gesture; the four eagles represent the four victorious legions.
Charles SJun 25, 2012
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Trajan, RIC 571, Sestertius of AD 103-4 (Circus Maximus)133 views Sestertius (24.27g, 32.95mm, 5h). Rome mint. Struck AD 103-4.
Obv/ IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P laureate bust of Trajan facing right wearing aegis on chest.
Rev/ SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI [around] S C [in ex.], bird's-eys view on the Circus Maximus in Rome, as seen from the Forum Boarium, showing portico in foreground with eleven arched entrances and monumental gate surmounted by quadriga on right, two additional arches, each surmounted by quadriga behind the portico at both ends, the central spina adorned with tall obelisk of Rameses II at center flanked by equestrian statue of Trajan on left and shrine of Cybele on right , the two metae (turning posts) placed at the extremities; at the far side of the Circus, a curved wall incorporating a tetra-style shrine of Sol.
RIC 571 [R] and pl. x, 187 (rev. only); Cohen 546 (Fr.60); Strack 391; BMC 856; Banti 275 (4 spec.); MIR 175c and pl. 28 (citing 20 examples of this variety; same obv. die as plate 175c1; same rev. die as 175c1); RCV 3208 var. (bust draped instead of aegis)

ex G. Henzen (Netherlands, 2000)

Certificate of Authenticity issued by David Sear / A.C.C.S. Ref. 104CR/RI/C/CR, January 10, 2015 graded F, very rare and of considerable historical interest

Extract of the Certificates' Historical & Numismatic Note: "The reverse of this orichalcum sestertius commemorates the completion in AD 103 of a major restoration of the Circus Maximus, following a great fire that had severely damaged the famous arena in the time of the Flavian emperors. The origin of the Circus Maximus, situated in the Murcia valley between the Palatine and Aventine hills, is quite obscure. An enclosure for chariot racing, it had parallel sides and one semicircular end, all fitted with seats for spectators, and an axial rib (spina) marked at each end by turning-posts (metae) dividing the arena into two runs. At the open end were the curved stables (carceres) sufficient to accommodate twelve teams of horses. Traditionally founded by King Tarquinius Priscus, it does not seem to have become a permanent structure until 329 BC (Livy viii. 20.1). In later times, it was much embellished, notably by Augustus who erected on the spina the great Egyptian obelisk of Rameses II from Heliopolis (it now stands in the Piazza del Populo). The vast arena was frequently damaged by the fires that afflicted the imperial capital; on several occasions, there was loss of life when structural failure occurred under the weight of the huge crowds that attended the events. Trajan was himself an ardent fan of the Circus so it is scarcely surprising that he took on the task of restoring the arena. The present specimen is a good example of the rare issue that commemorated the completion of this undertaking. More than a century later (AD 213), the Emperor Caracalla issued a similar type to record his own restoration work on the Circus Maximus. The last recorded games in this celebrated arena took place under the Ostrogothic king Totila in AD 550."
3 commentsCharles SJun 25, 2012
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Trajan, RIC 469, Sestertius of AD 107-111 (Third donative)72 views Sestertius (24,33g, 34mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 107-111.
Obv.: IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P laureate bust of Trajan draped over left shoulder facing right.
Rev.: CONGIARIVM TERTIVM (around) S C (in ex.), Trajan seated left on platform, officer seated on a second, lower platform, with Liberalitas statue and tripod; man in toga on steps before the second platform.
RIC 469 [R]; BMC 769; Cohen 45 (Fr.20); MIR 312b (21 spec.); Strack 415; Banti 37 (14 spec.); RHC 102:48
ex Bolaffi Ambassador auction

This issue commemorates the third donative upon Trajan's return to Rome in AD 107 after the second Dacian war.
2 commentsCharles SJun 25, 2012
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Nero, RIC 391, Sestertius of AD 65 (Annona & Ceres)46 views sestertius (25.6g, 35mm, 6h), Lugdunum mint, struck AD 65.
Obv.: NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P, laureate head of Nero facing left, globe below bust.
Rev.: ANNONA AVGVSTI CERES (around) S C(in ex.), Annona standing right, Ceres seated left holding a sceptre; Modius on altar between them; ship in the background.
RIC 391; Cohen 15; Sear 2000 (RCV) 1952v.
1 commentsCharles SJun 25, 2012
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Nero, RIC 390, Sestertius of AD 65 (Annona & Ceres)45 views sestertius (19.7g, 33mm, 6h), Lugdunum mint, struck AD 65.
Obv.: NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P, laureate head of Nero facing right.
Rev.: ANNONA AVGVSTI CERES (around) S C(in ex.), Annona standing right, Ceres seated left holding a sceptre; Modius on altar between them; ship in the background.
RIC 390; BMC 305; Cohen 14ff; Sear 2000 (RCV) 1952v.
1 commentsCharles SJun 25, 2012
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Elagabalus, RIC 402, for Julia Maesa, Sestertius of AD 222 15 views Sestertius (20.02g, 32.5mm, 12h), Rome mint, Struck AD 222
Obv.: IVLIA MAESA AVG, diademed and draped bust of Julia Maesa, mother of Elagabalus, facing right.
Rev.: PVDICITA (around) S C (in ex.), Pudicita seated left, raising veil and holding sceptre.
RIC (Elagabalus) 417 (S); Cohen 40
ex cgb.fr
Charles SJun 25, 2012
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Elagabalus, RIC 402, for Julia Soaemias, Sestertius of AD 220-221 10 views Sestertius (26.90g, 30mm, 12h), Rome mint, Struck AD 220-221
Obv.: IVLIA SOAEMIAS AVG, diademed and draped bust of Julia Soaemias facing right.
Rev.: VENVS CAELESTIS (around) S C (in field), Venus caelestis standing left, holding apple and long sceptre; star in field.
RIC 402 (R); Cohen 11
ex CNG 85 (2010) lot 964

Venus Caelestis is a Roman adaptation of a Syrian goddess brought by princesses from the east to Rome. The only coins with this reverse type are of the Severan empresses.
Charles SJun 25, 2012
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Marcus Aurelius, RIC 1029, Sestertius of AD 171-172 (VIC GER)65 views sestertius (23,6g, 30mm, 12h) Rome mint, struck AD 171.
Obv.: M ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXVI, laureate head of Marcus Aurelius facing right.
Rev.: IMP VI COS III (around) S C (in field), winged Victoria standing right attaching to a tree a shield inscribed VIC GER
RIC 1029; Cohen 272

"VIC GER" stands for "Victoria Germanica". This type was issued to celebrate the first victories over de Germans in AD 171
Charles SJun 25, 2012
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Commodus, RIC (Marcus Aurelius) 1524, Sestertius of AD 175-17658 views Sestertius (24.8g, 33mm, 5h), Rome mint, struck AD 175-176.
Obv.: L.AVREL.COMMODO CAES AVG FIL GERM SARM, bare headed draped bust of young Commodus facing right.
Rev.: IOVI CONSERVATORI (around) S C (in field), Large figure of Jupiter standing left holding long sceptre and thunderbolt over smaller figure of Commodus, standing left and holding a trophy.
RIC (Marcus Aurelius) 1524 (R)
ex Jesus Vico S.A.
Charles SJun 25, 2012
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Antoninus Caesar, RIC (Hadrian) 1088, As of AD 138 (Clasped hands) 59 views As (10.2g, 27mm, 6h), Rome mint, struck under Hadrian during Feb.25th-July 10th, 138 AD.
Obv.: IMP T AELIVS CAESAR ANTONINVS, bare head of Antoninus facing right.
Rev.: TRIB POT COS (around ) S C (in field), clasped hands, caduceus with two corn ears behind.
RIC (Hadrian) 1088a (S); Cohen 1066; BMC (Hadrian) 1948; Strack (Hadrian) 906 (3 coll.: Berlin, Paris, and Vienna)
ex G. Henzen (2004)
Charles SJun 23, 2012
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Faustina Jr, RIC (A. Pius) RIC 1410, As of AD 152-154 (Venus) 88 views As (5.99g, 25mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 152-154.
Obv.: FAVSTINA AVG (PII AVG FIL), draped bust of Faustina Minor facing right, one string of pearls in hair.
Rev.: VENVS (around) S C (in field), Venus standing right holding apple and drawing cloak over her right shoulder.
RIC 1410; BMC 2169; Cohen 257
ex iNumis, Paris
Charles SJun 23, 2012
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Faustina Jr, RIC (A. Pius) RIC 1404a, As of AD 148-152109 views As (11.41g, 28mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 148-152.
Obv.: FAVSTINAE AVG PII AVG FIL, draped bust of Faustina Minor with one string of pearls in hair, facing right.
Rev.: PVDICITA (around) S C (in ex.), Pudicita seated left, holding her veil.
RIC 1404a; BMCRE 2159; Cohen 187; Strack 1302 var. (rev. S C across field); Sear (Roman Coins & Their Values II) 4731
ex Jean Elsen auction
3 commentsCharles SJun 23, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 1021, As of AD 158-15942 views As (10.92g, 26mm, 7h). Rome mint. Struck AD 158-159.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XXII, laureate head right, draped left shoulder.
Rev.: AEDE DIVI AVG REST (around) COS IIII (in ex.) S C (in field), Octastyle temple with the statues of Divus Augustus and Livia inside; soldiers on pedestal left and right before outer columns; statuary in pediment; on roof, quadriga facing and standing figures on angles.
RIC 1021a (S); BMCRE IV p.355 *; Cohen 12; Strack 1162
ex Jean Elsen (Bruxelles), Auction 97; ex coll. A. Senden: l'architecture des monnaies Romaines

Issued to celebrate the completion of the restauration of the temple of Augustus and Livia
Charles SJun 23, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 934, As of AD 154-155 (Britannia) 66 views As (11.26g, 27mm, 12h). Rome or British(?) mint. Struck AD 154-155.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XVIII, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: BRITANNIA COS IIII (around), S C (in e.), Britannia seated left on a rock, resting her head upon her hand; shield and vexillum in background.
RIC 934 (S); Cohen 117
ex CNG eAcution; ex J.S. Vogelaar Collection of Romano-British
Charles SJun 23, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 706a, As of AD 143-144 (Tiberis)39 views As (11.5g, 28mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 140-144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: TR POT COS III (around), TIBERIS / S C (in ex.), Rivergod Tiberis reclinig left, elbow on rock, right had on prow and reed in left hand.
RIC 706a (S)
ex M.R. Vosper

Type issed as part of a series depicting scenes from ancient Roman legends, struck just prior to the 900th anniversary of Rome celebrated in AD 147.
Charles SJun 23, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 694a, As of AD 140-144 (Mars descending on Rhea Silvia)43 views As (7.9g, 29mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 140-144.
Obv.: (ANTO)NINVS - AVG PIVS P P, laureate head right.
Rev.: TR POT COS (III around) S C (in field), Mars holding spear and shield descends on sleeping Rhea Silvia.
RIC 694a
ex Nomisma (SanMarino, 2001 auction)

This coin is part of a series that was struck just prior to 900th anniversary of Rome in AD 147 and which depict scenes from anctient Roman legends. This type depicts the story where Rhea Silva, the daughter of Numitor, king of Alba Longa and descendant of Aeneas, who had been forced to become a Vestal Virgin, was seduced in the forest by the god Mars. She conceived twins Romulus and Remus who would become the founders of Rome.
Charles SJun 23, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 679, As of AD 140-144 (Felicitas)18 views As (10.6g, 29mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 140-144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TRP COS III, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: FELICITAS (around), S C (in field), Felicitas standing front, head turned left, holding a caduceus and a laurel branch.
RIC 679; BMC 1362-64; Cohen 366
Charles SJun 23, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 679, As of AD 140-144 (Felicitas)60 views As (10.9g, 28mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 140-144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: FELICITAS AVG (around), S C (in field), Felicitas standing front, head turned left, holding a caduceus and a laurel branch.
RIC 679; BMC 1362-64; Cohen 366; Strack 829
Charles SJun 23, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 693a, As of AD 140-144 (Janus) 27 views As (9.8g, 27mm, 5h). Rome mint. Struck AD 140-144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: TR POT COS III (around), S C (in field), Janus draped, naked to waist, standing front, holding long sceptre.
RIC 693a (S); BMC 1369; Cohen 882

Type belonging to a series depicting scenes from ancient Roman legends, struck just prior to 900th anniversary of Rome in AD 147. Janus was supposedly the first king of Italy, and inventor of civilisation before he became a god. He also stands here as a symbol of the new, golden, age.
Charles SJun 23, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 688b var., As of AD 140-144 (Salus) 37 views As (10.7g, 26mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 140-144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: SALVS AVGVSTI (around), S C (in ex.), Salus seated left, holding a patera in front of a snake coiled around an altar.
RIC 688b (var.: SALVS AVG instead of SALVS AVGVSTI) (S); BMC 1368; Cohen 713 var.; Strack 856
Charles SJun 23, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 967, Sestertius of AD 156-157 (Securitas) 27 views Sestertius (17.9g, 29mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 156-157.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P IMP II, laureate head of Antoninus Pius right.
Rev.: TR POT XX COS IIII (around) (S C in ex.), Securitas seated left on a chair formed by two crossed cornucopiae, holding a sceptre.
RIC 967; BMCRE 2016; Cohen 1008; Strack 1130; Banti 475
Charles SJun 23, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 855, Sestertius of AD 149 (Aequitas) 25 views Sestertius (23.9, 32mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 149.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XII, laureate head of Antoninus Pius right.
Rev.: COS IIII (around) S C (in field), Aequitas standing, holding scales and cornucopiae.
RIC 855
ex Jesus Vico S.A. auction (2012)
Charles SJun 23, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 777, Sestertius of AD 145-161 (Pax) 52 views Sestertius (27.6g, 30mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 145-161.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: COS III (around) PAX AVG / S C (in two lines in field), Pax standing left, holding a cornucopiae and a torch, setting fire to a pile of arms.
RIC 777; BMC 1698; Cohen 594; Strack 985; Banti 263 (23 spec.).
Charles SJun 23, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 601, Sestertius of AD 144 (betrothal M.Aurelius & Faustina) 55 views Sestertius (22.3g, 33mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: CON COR DIAE (around) S C (in ex.), Marcus Aurelius, left and Faustina Filia, right, as small figures, clasping hands over altar and before large statues on pedestals of Antoninus Pius and the Faustina Mater (died AD 141). The statues also clasp hands, and that of Antoninus holds a Victory figurine.
RIC 601 (S); BMCRE IV 1236-40; Cohen 146; Strack 826 (5 collections); Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 60 (14 spec.); Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 127:45a; Sear (Roman Coins and their Values II) 4158

This type was issued on the occasion of the betrothal of Marcus Aurelius and Faustina II, which probably took place during the Hilaria festival celebrated on 25 March 144. According to the Life of Marcus, ch. 6, the real betrothel took place as early as 139, but this may refer to the private arrangement, the coin to the public ceremony (see RIC).
1 commentsCharles SJun 23, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 601, Sestertius of AD 144 (betrothal M.Aurelius & Faustina)51 views Sestertius (28.4g, 35mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: CON COR DIAE (around) S C (in ex.), Marcus Aurelius, left and Faustina Filia, daughter of Antoninus Pius and Faustina Mater, right, as small figures, clasping hands over altar and before large statues on pedestals of Antoninus Pius and the Faustina Mater (died AD 141). The statues also clasp hands, and the that of Antoninus holds a Victory figurine.
RIC 601 (S); BMCRE IV 1236-40; Cohen 146; Strack 826 (5 collections); Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 60 (14 spec.); Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 127:45a; Sear (Roman Coins and their Values II) 4158

This type was issued on the occasion of the betrothal of Marcus Aurelius and Faustina II, which probably took place during the Hilaria festival celebrated on 25 March 144. According to the Life of Marcus, ch. 6, the real betrothel took place as early as 139, but this may refer to the private arrangement, the coin to the public ceremony (see RIC).
Charles SJun 23, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 598b, Sestertius of AD 140-143 (Apollo)62 views Sestertius (26.1g, 33mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 140-143.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate and draped bust of Antoninus Pius facing right, wearing paludamentum.
Rev.: APOLLINI AVGVSTO (around) S C (in field), Apollo, standing left, holding a lyre and a patera.
RIC 598b; Cohen 63; BMCRE IV 1231; Strack 822 (5 coll.); Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 35 (2 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins & Their Values II) 4149
ex Alex Kalman (Philadelphia, 2003)
Charles SJun 23, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 600, Sestertius of AD 142 (Concordia Exercituum) 26 views Sestertius (25.47g, 32.4mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 142.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: CONCORDIA EXERCITVVM (around) S C (in field), Concordia standing left, holding Victory and a legionary standard.
RIC 600; BMC 1235; Cohen 141; Sear 2000 (RCV) 4157
ex Forvm Ancient Coins (photo: Forvm)
Charles SJun 23, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 872, Sestertius of AD 150-151 (Moneta) 40 views sestertius (23.3g, 34mm, 6h), Rome mint, struck AD 150-151.
Obv.: IMP CAES T AEL HADR ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: TR POT XIIII COS IIII (around) MON (in ex.) S C (in field), Moneta standing facing, head turned left, holding scales and a cornucopiae.
RIC 872; Cohen 554
ex Heidelberg Mnzhandlung Herbert Grn e.K.

The imperial title 'IMP CAES T AEL HADR ANTONINVS AVG PIVS', is only found in the period AD 150-152, the 15th anniversary of the reign or immediately prior to it. It refers to the earliest imperial title of A. Pius 'IMP T AEL CAES HADR ANTONINVS AVG PIVS' used on coins issued in AD 138-139.
Charles SJun 23, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 914, Sestertius of AD 153-154 (Indulgentia) 31 views sestertius (26.1g, 33mm, 12h), Rome mint, struck AD 153-154.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XVII , laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: INDVLGENTIA AVG COS IIII (around) (S C in ex.), Indulgentia seated left, holding patera and sceptre.
RIC 914; Cohen 454
ex Forum Ancient Coins

This type celebrates Antoninus Pius' disposition to acts of indulgence and favour. See indvlgentia in Dictionary of Roman Coins.
Charles SJun 23, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 888, Sestertius of AD 151-152 (Fortuna) 28 views sestertius (23.3g, 34mm, 6h), Rome mint, struck AD 151-152.
Obv.: IMP CAES T AEL HADR ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: TR POT XV COS IIII (around) S C (in field), Fortuna standing facing, head turned right, holding a rudder on a globe and a cornucopiae.
RIC 888; BMC 1885-86; Cohen 958

The imperial title 'IMP CAES T AEL HADR ANTONINVS AVG PIVS', is only found in the period AD 150-152, the 15th anniversary of the reign or immediately prior to it. It refers to the earliest imperial title of A. Pius 'IMP T AEL CAES HADR ANTONINVS AVG PIVS' used on coins issued in AD 138-139.
Charles SJun 23, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 999, Sestertius of AD 158-159 (Statue in tetrastyle shrine) 43 views sestertius (22.5g, 30mm, 12h), Rome mint, struck AD 158-159.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XXII , laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: COS IIII (around) S C (in field), statue holding a branch and a standard standing on a short column in terastyle shrine.
RIC 999 (S); BMC 2053-57; Cohen 332; Foss (RHC) 132:87
found in Louth (Lines, UK).

According to Foss (Roman Historic Coins), this coin was issued at the twentieth anniversary of the reign when a statue of Antoninus Pius was dedicated. Jencek on the other hand argues that the statue is not the emperor but the Genius of the Senate, honoured by a ciborium or aedicula, a four columned open structure with a highly ornamented dome. This issue thus could perhaps commemorate the 900th anniversary of the Roman Senate, 10 years after the foundation of Rome.

(I'm looking for a more attractive example!)

Charles SJun 23, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 1001, Sestertius of AD 158-159 (Fortuna Opsequens)64 views sestertius (22.4, 31mm, 12h), Rome mint, struck AD 158-159.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XXII , laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: FORTVNA OPSEQVENS (around) COS IIII (in ex.) S C (in field), Fortuna standing left, with patera, rudder and cornucopiae.
RIC 1001 (C); BMC 2059-60; Cohen 393; Strack 1163 (4 spec.); Banti 163; Foss (RHC) 130:68

The cult of this divinity, not celebrated previously on imperial coinage, goes back to ancient times and was established by Servius Tullius, Rome's sixth king.

Even though according to RIC this coin is common, it may be scarcer. Strack found 4 specimens, but there is no example in Wildwinds nor Acsearch.info; Banti records only 1 other specimen.

Charles SJun 22, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 1002, Sestertius of AD 159 (Pietas)40 views sestertius (22.3, 30mm, 12h), Rome mint, struck AD 159.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XXII , laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: PIETATI AVG COS IIII (around) S C (in field), Faustina as Pietas standing left, holding apple and, on her left arm, an infant; two children beside her.
RIC 1002 (C); BMC 2061-62; Cohen 620; Strack 1164; Foss (RHC) 132:89

This type refers to the growth of the family of Aurelius and Faustina Filia: Faustina holding new born infant Fadilla, while Faustina and Lucilla, age 13 and 10 respectively, stand beside her.
Charles SJun 22, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 1211, Sestertius of AD 140 (Marcus Aurelius) 29 views Sestertius (25.8g, 34mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 140.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: AVRELIVS CAESAR AVG PII F COS S C, bare head of Marcus Aurelius facing right.
RIC 1211; BMC 1208; Cohen 28; Strack 911.
(note error in RIC 1211 for rev.: "Head, laureate r." instead of "Head, bare r.")
Charles SJun 22, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 964, Sestertius of AD 156-157 (Annona)50 views Sestertius (26.1, 32mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 156-157.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P IMP II, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: TR POT XX COS IIII (around) S C (in field), Annona standing right, left foot on prow, holding a sceptre over a rudder and a modius on her left knee.
RIC 964; Cohen 1017
ex Lanz
1 commentsCharles SJun 22, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 939, Sestertius of AD 155-156 (Fides)51 views Sestertius (22.9g, 31mm, 11h). Rome mint. Struck AD 155-156.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XIX, laureate head of Antoninus Pius right.
Rev.: FIDES EXCERC COS IIII (around) S C (in ex.), Fides standing, holding two military standards.
RIC 939 (S); BMC 1990; Cohen 377
Charles SJun 22, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 928, Sestertius of AD 154-155 (Libertas)66 views Sestertius (26.0g, 33mm, 7h). Rome mint. Struck AD 154-155.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XVIII, laureate head of Antoninus Pius right.
Rev.: LIBERTAS COS IIII (around) S C (in field), Libertas, draped, standing front, head turned right, holding pileus and extending left hand.
RIC 928; Cohen 540; BMCRE IV 1962; Strack 1105 (4 collections); Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 226 (4 specimens)
ex Aurea Numismatica s.r.o. auct. 19
Charles SJun 22, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 904, Sestertius of AD 152-153 (Indulgentia) 40 views Sestertius (27.39g, 34mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 153-154.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XVI, laureate head of Antoninus Pius right.
Rev.: INDVLGENTIA AVG COS IIII (around) S C (in ex.), Indulgentia seated left, extanding a hand and holding a sceptre.
RIC 904; BMC 1920; Cohen 452; Strack 1083; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 180 (23 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins & their Values II) 4183
ex Roma Numismatics; ex Knker.
Charles SJun 22, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 891, Sestertius of AD 151-152 (Annona)37 views Sestertius (22.23, 30mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 151-152.
Obv.: IMP CAES T AEL HADR ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head of Antoninus Pius right.
Rev.: TR POT XV COS IIII (around), ANNONA AVG (in ex.), S C (in field), Annona seated left holding corn ears above modius and cornucopiae.
RIC 891; BMC 1891-94

The imperial title 'IMP CAES T AEL HADR ANTONINVS PIVS', is only found in the period AD 151-152, the 15th anniversary of the reign. It reminds of the earliest title of Antoninus Pius: 'IMP T AEL CAES HADR ANTONINVS AVG PIVS' used in the first issue of ad 139.
Charles SJun 22, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 889, Sestertius of AD 151-152 (Emperor crowned by Victory)27 views Sestertius (22.5, 32mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 151-152.
Obv.: IMP CAES T AEL HADR ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head right.
Rev.: TR POT XV COS IIII (around), S C (in ex.), Emperor seated l. on curucle chair, holding globe, crowned by Victory behind.
RIC 889 (S); BMC 1887; Cohen 969

The special imperial title: 'IMP CAES T AEL HADR ANTONINVS PIVS', only found in this period (AD 151-152), reminds of the earliest title of Antoninus Pius: 'IMP T AEL CAES HADR ANTONINVS AVG PIVS', used in the beginning of the reign of Antoninus in AD 139 when the title was used to honour his adoptive father Hadrian who had been made divine upon insistence of Antoninus Pius.
Charles SJun 22, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 916a, Sestertius of AD 153-154 (Libertas)47 views Sestertius (27.39g, 34mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 153-154.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XVII, laureate head of Antoninus Pius right.
Rev.: LIBERTAS COS IIII (around) S C (in field), Libertas, draped, standing front, head turned right, holding a pileus and extending left hand.
RIC 916a; BMC 1944; Cohen 535
ex Roma Numismatics; ex Knker.
Charles SJun 22, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 1003, Sestertius of AD 158-159 (Temple of Divus Augustus)24 views Sestertius (25.4g, 32mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 158-159.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XXII, laureate head of Antoninus Pius right.
Rev.: TEMPL DIVI AVG REST (round) COS IIII (in ex.) S C (in field), Octastyle temple of with statues of Divus Augustus and Livia. Both statues in the centre, standing on a base, have the right arms raised. There are statues to the left near the foot of the steps and other statues of soldiers on pedestals at each side of the top step. In the roof is a quadriga in the centre, and statues at each corner; further statues in the pediment.
RIC 1003 (S); BMC 2063-66; Cohen 797; Foss (RHC) 132:88a
ex D. Ruskin, Oxford: found in Reigate (Surrey), 1864

Coin issued on the occasion of the restoration of the temple of Divus Ausustus and Diva Augusta (Livia) in AD 158.
Charles SJun 22, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 765, Sestertius of AD 146 (Emperor in military dress)41 views Sestertius (29.09g, 31mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 146.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: COS IIII (around) S C (in field), Emperor with nimbus standing left in military dress holding branch and sceptre.
RIC 765 (S); Cohen 318; Strack 972
ex G. Henzen (Netherlands, from river bed)
Charles SJun 22, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 717a, Sestertius of AD 143-144 (Victoria)25 views Sestertius (26.9g, 33mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 143-144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: IMPERATOR II (around), S C (in field), Victoria standing right holding trophee.
RIC 717a; Cohen 433

ex G. Henzen
Charles SJun 22, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 755, Sestertius of AD 159 (Temple of Divus Augustus) 42 views Sestertius (19.91g, 33mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 159.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: AED DIVI AVG REST (around) COS IIII (below) S C (in field), Octastyle temple with statues of Divus Augustus and Livia inside.
RIC 755 (R); BMC 1652; Cohen 3 (20Fr.); Strack 1174.
ex Jean Elsen (Bruxelles) auction 97; ex coll. A.Senden: L'architecture des monnaies Romaines.
Charles SJun 22, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 716, Sestertius of AD 143-144 (Fides) 21 views Sestertius (26.9g, 33mm, 12h), Rome mint, Struck AD 143-144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PI-VS P P TR P COS III, laurate head Antoninus Pius facing right
Rev.: IMPERATOR II (around) S C (in field), Fides standing right, holding two corn ears and a basket of fruit.
RIC 716; BMC 1608; Cohen 426
Charles SJun 22, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 635, Sestertius of AD 140-144 (Salus)59 views Sestertius (31.93g, 34mm, 7h). Rome mint. Struck AD 140-44.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: SALVS AVG (round) S C (in field), Salus standing left, holding a long sceptre and feeding from a patera a snake coiled around an altar right of her.
RIC 635; BMC 1303; Cohen 711; Strack 854; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 340 (43 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins & Their Values II) 4214.
ex Numismatic Lanz

This is a very thick and heavy example, the heaviest sestertius in my collection
Charles SJun 22, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 640, Sestertius of AD 142 (Securitas)39 views Sestertius (20.01g, 34mm, 12h), Rome mint, struck in AD 142.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: SECVRITAS AVG (around) S C (in field), Securitas with long sceptre standing left, leaning on a column.
RIC 640; Cohen 780; Strack 860; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 390 (9 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins & Their Values II) 4231.
ex Leipziger Mnzh. 70 Auktion
Charles SJun 22, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 1228, As of AD 140-144 (Marcus Aurelius)46 views As (11.2g, 28mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 140-144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate and draped bust of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: AVRELIVS CAES(AR AVG P II F COS) (around), S C (below), draped bare-headed bust of Marcus Aurelius facing right.
RIC 1228; Cohen 41; Strack 916
ex Cayn Auction June 2009
Charles SJun 22, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 824a, As of AD 145-146 (Apollo)35 views As (8.8g, 26mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 145-146.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS IIII, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: S C (in field), Apollo standing left, holding patera and lyre.
RIC 824a; Cohen 748
ex CNG eAuct. 234; ex CNG eAuct.95
Charles SJun 21, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 1017, Dupondius of AD 159 (Temple of Divus Augustus)43 views Dupondius (14.77g, 25mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 159 .
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XXII, radiate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: TEMPLVM DIV AVG REST (around), COS IIII (in ex.) S C (in field), Octastyle temple with the statues of Augustus and Livia.
RIC 1017; Cohen 807; Strack 1167
ex Old Roman Coins

This type was issued to celebrate the restoration of the temple of Divus Augustus in AD 158.
This specimen is listed in Wildwinds
Charles SJun 21, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 733, As of AD 143-144 (Great Sow)62 views As (8.87g, 24.5mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck 143-144 AD.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate head right.
Rev.: IMPERATOR II (around) S C (in ex.), Great Sow, seated right under oak suckling her young; in front, two more.
RIC 733; BMC 1624; Cohen 450; 942
ex iNumis, Paris

This issue belongs to a series minted in preparation of the 900th anniversary, on April 21st, AD 147, of the founding of Rome. This series depict scenes from ancient Roman legends.
2 commentsCharles SJun 20, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 677, As of AD 140-144 (Bonus Eventus) 77 views As (11.42g, 28mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 140-144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: BONO EVENTI (around), S C (in field), Bonus Eventus, naked, standing left, sacrificing out of patera over altar and holding a cornucopiae.
RIC 677; Cohen 107; Strack 824
ex Artcoins Roma auct.5
Charles SJun 20, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 664, Dupondius of AD 141-144 (Temple of Venus and Roma)68 views Dupondius (13.2g, 25mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 141-144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, radiate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: ROMAE AETERNAE (around), S C (in ex.), decastyle temple with statues in pediment and on the roof.
RIC 664 (S); BMC 1345; Cohen 701; Strack 848

ex Artcoins Roma

In AD 141, Antoninus Pius completed the temple of Venus and Roma which had been designed by Hadrian (in person) twenty years earlier. A series of coins was issued to celebrate this event. The temple consisted actually of two temples built back to back to form a single building. The ruins, which can still be seen today, prove that both temples consisted of ten colums. The coins suggest many decorative details.
Charles SJun 20, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 656, Dupondius of AD 140-14444 views Dupondius (14.5g, 16mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 140-144
Obv.: ANTONINVS PIVS P P TR P COS III, radiate head right
Rev.: ANNONA AVG (around) S C (in field), Annona standing right, holding corn ears above modius and holding a cornucopiae; prow behind.
RIC 656, Cohen 36, BMCRE IV 1330, Strack 821 (3 collections: Berlin, B.M., Vienna)
ex D. Ruskin (Oxford, 2002)
Charles SJun 20, 2012
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Vespasian, RIC 1215, Dupondius of AD 77-78 (Fortuna)43 views Dupondius (13.1g, 30mm, 6h) Lugdunum mint. Struck AD 77-78.
Obv.: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS VIII P P, laureate head right, globe at tip of bust.
Rev.: FORTVNAE REDVCI around, S C across field, Fortuna standing left, holding rudder and cornucopiae.
RIC 1215 (C3); Cohen 181
3 commentsCharles SJun 20, 2012
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Trajan, RIC 575a, As of AD 10647 views As (10.1g, 29mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 106.
Obv.: IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC PM TR P COS V P P, laureate head of Trajan facing right.
Rev.: SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI (around), S C (below), octastyle temple, statue standing between columns.
RIC 575a (S); BMC 955; Cohen 553; Sear 2000 (RCV) 3236; Foss (RHC) 102:43
ex CNG auction

According to some, this was issued on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the reign with celebration of temples which Trajan had restored. In fact it is unknown. The temple which is represented here has been a source of many speculations: Honos, Jupiter Victor, Pax and Venus Genetrix have all been proposed. Strack has many convincing arguments that the statue represents Genius and the temple is the one that Trajan dedicated to Divus Nerva.
1 commentsCharles SJun 20, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 663, Dupondius of AD 140-144 (Providentiae Deorum)59 views Dupondius (11.7g, 27mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 140-144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, radiate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: PROVIDENTIAE DEORVM (around), S C (in field), winged thunderbolt.
RIC 663; Cohen 685; BMC 1342-44; Strack 845

ex Mike R. Vosper (2001)
Charles SJun 19, 2012
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Nero, RIC 184, Dupondius of AD 64 (scan)26 views dupondius (15.9g, 31mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 64.
Obv.: NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER PM TR P IMP P P, radiate head right
Rev.: MAC AVG (around edge above) S C (in field) II (in ex.), frontal view of the Macellum Magnum, with a domed central section in two stories and approached by steps, flanked by two-storied wings of unequal height, with porticoes adorned with guirlandes; above the steps, in the centre, a statue of a standing male figure holding a long sceptre.
RIC 184 (S); Sear 2000 (RCV) 1963v

The Macellum Magnum was Rome's Great Provision Market located on the Caelium Hill. It was completed in AD 59. Part of it was later transformed to church S.Stefano Rotundo by Pope Simplicius.
Charles SJun 19, 2012
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Nero, RIC 187, Dupondius of AD 64 (scan)13 views dupondius (15.2g, 29mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 64.
Obv.: NERO CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG GER PM TR P IMP P P, radiate head right
Rev.: MAC AVG / S C / (II [in ex.]), frontal view of the Macellum Magnum, with a domed central section in two stories and approached by steps, flanked by two-storied wings of unequal height, with porticoes adorned with guirlandes; above the steps, in the centre, a statue of a standing male figure holding a long sceptre.
RIC 187; BMC 195; Cohen 130; Foss (Roman Historic Coins) 67:12b

Charles SJun 19, 2012
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Tiberius, RIC 79, for Divus Augustus, dupondius of AD 22-26 (large S C)47 views dupondius (14.8g, 30mm, 12h) Rome mint, struck AD 22-26.
Obv.: DIVVS AVGVSTVS PATER, radiate portrait of Augustus facing left.
Rev.: Large S C within an oak wreath.
RIC (Tiberius) 79; Cohen 252
1 commentsCharles SJun 19, 2012
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Tiberius, RIC 45, for Drusus Junior, As of AD 22 (large S C)24 views As (10.7g, 29mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 22.
TObv.: DRVSVS CAESAR TIAVGFDIVIAVGN, bare head of Drusus facing left
Rev,: PONTIFTRIBVNPOTESTITER around large SC.
RIC (Tiberius) 45; Cohen 2; Foss (RHC) 58:22

On this type, the titles of Drusus appear on the obverse. His titles also appear on the reverse of the Pietas dupondius and on the sestertius with the twins heads on crossed cornucopiae. Drusus died in A.D. 23, poisoned by his wife, Livilla. The reverse of this coin refers to Tiberius' award of the tribunician power in A.D. 22.
Charles SJun 18, 2012
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Tiberius, RIC 34, As of AD 15-1634 views As (10.5g, 27mm, 1h). Rome mint. Struck AD 15-16.
Obv.: TI CAESARDIVI AVG F AVGVSTIMPVII, bare head of Tiberius facing left
Rev,: PONTIF MAXIM TRIBVNPOTESTXVII (round) S C (in field), Veiled Livia seated right, feet on stool, holding patera and long sceptre.
RIC 34 [scarce]; Cohen 18
Charles SJun 18, 2012
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Tiberius, RIC 43, for Livilla, dupondius of AD 22-23 (Pietas)34 views dupondius (12.7g, 31mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck under Tiberius, AD 22-23.
PIETAS, veiled bust of Livilla as Pietas, facing right
DRVSVS CAESAR T AVGVSTI F TR POT ITER [around large] S C around large S C
RIC (Tiberius) 43 (scarce); Cohen (Livia) 1

Vagi argues that this is not Livia, wife of Caesar but Livilla, sister of Germanicus, wife of Drusus. This is supported by the fact that the title AVGVSTA is absent on the obverse and the titles of Drusus appear on the reverse. Together with the Drusus as and the twin's heads sestertius these types form the family bronzes of Drusus.
1 commentsCharles SJun 18, 2012
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Tiberius, RIC 46, for Antonia or Agrippina, dupondius of AD 22-23 (Justitia)59 views dupondius (13.2g, 30mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck under Tiberius, AD 22-23.
IVSTITIAE, diademed bust of of Antonia or Agrippina as Justitia, facing right
TI CAESAR DIVIAVGFAVGPMTRPOTXXIIII around large SC
RIC (Tiberius) 46 (S); Cohen (Livia) 9
ex G. Henzen (1997)

Vagi argues that this type commemorates the justice achieved on behalf of the murdered Germanicus. Since Germanicus was very popular in Rome, his murder lead to a public outcry in Rome. The portret on this coin is not Livia's (it would have been followed by AVGVSTAE as for the Salus dupondius) but a stylized portret probably referring to Germanicus' mother Antonia or his wife Agrippina Senior.
1 commentsCharles SJun 18, 2012
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Trajan, RIC 573, Sestertius of AD 103-104 (Triumphal arch)53 views Sestertius (20.83g, 33mm, 6h), Rome mint, Struck AD 103-104.
IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P laureate, draped bust of Trajan right.
SPQROPTIMO PRINCIPI [round border] S C [in ex.] monumental richly decorated triumphal arch; in the panel above pediment inscribed IOM (= Iovi Optimo Maximo)(nearly invisible on this specimen)
RIC 573 [R]; BMC 844; Cohen 547; Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 100:18
Ex Hirsch Auction 269

This issue celebrates the triumph of Trajan in the first Dacian war and the dedication of a triumphal arch to Jupiter Optimus Maximus in AD 102
Charles SJun 16, 2012
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Julia Mamaea, sestertius of AD 23522 views Sestertius (17.02g, 31mm, 12h), Rome mint, Struck AD 235
Obv.: IVLIA MAMAEA AVGVSTA, diademed and draped bust of Julia Mamaea facing right.
Rev.: VENVS FELIX (around) S C (in ex.), Radiate Venus seated left, holding a statuette and a long sceptre.
RIC (Severus Alexander) 701; Cohen 69
ex Cayn auction (June 2010)

Julia Mamaea was the mother of Severus Alexander
1 commentsCharles SJun 15, 2012
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Balbinus, RIC 15, Sestertius of AD 23817 views Sestertius (24.11g, 31mm, 12h), Rome mint, Struck AD 238
Obv.: CAES D CAEL BALBINVS AVG, laurate, draped bust of Balbinus facing right.
Rev.: LIBERALITAS AVGVSTORVM (around), S C (in ex.), Liberalitas standing left, holding a coin counter and a cornucopiae.
RIC 15
ex CNG eAuction 87; ex Garth R Drewry Collection; ex Gibbs Collection; ex H. Schulman (6 April 1971, lot 959)
Charles SJun 15, 2012
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Herennius Etruscus, RIC (Trajan Decius) 167a, sestertius of AD 250-25133 views Sestertius (12.57g, 27mm, 12h), Rome mint, Struck AD 250-251
Obv.: Q HER ETR MES DECIVS NOB C, bare, draped bust of Herennius Etruscus facing right.
Rev.: PIETAS AVGG (around edge) S C (in field), Mercury standing left, holding a purse and a caduceus.
RIC (Trajan Decius) 167a (R2); Cohen 12
ex Gorny & Mosch auction Nov. 2010
3 commentsCharles SJun 15, 2012
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Herennia Etruscilla, RIC (Trajan Decius) 134a, sestertius of AD 249-2517 views Sestertius (15.6g, 29mm, 6:30h), Rome mint, Struck AD 249-251
Obv.: HERENNIA ETRVSCILLA AVG, diademed and draped bust of Herennia Etruscilla facing right.
Rev.: FECVNDITAS AVG (around) S C (in field), Fecunditas standing left, holding cornucopiae; a child is standing at her feet looking up to her.
RIC (Trajan Decius) 134a (R); Cohen 9

Herennia Etruscilla was the wife of Trajan Decius.
Charles SJun 15, 2012
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Trajan Decius, sestertius of AD 249-251 (Genius)8 views Sestertius (13.9g, 27mm, 12h), Rome mint, Struck AD 249-251
Obv.: IMP C M Q TRAIANVS DECIVS AVG, laurate, draped bust of Trajan Decius facing right.
Rev.: GENIVS EXERCITIVM ILLYRICIANI(around edge) S C (in field), Genius standing left, holding patera and cornucopiae; ar t his left, a military standard.
TIC 117a (S); Cohen 53; Foss (RHC) 211:5a

This type was issued to celebrate the Danube provinces, home of Decius, and of their armies which put him to power.
RIC 121 (S); Cohen 115
ex David Henden (N.Y.) (via eBay)
Charles SJun 15, 2012
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Trebonianus Gallus, sestertius of AD 251-25319 views Sestertius (17.66g, 28.4mm, 12h), Rome mint, Struck AD 251-253
Obv.: IMP CAES C VIBIVS TREBONIANVS GALLVS AVG, laurate, draped bust of Trebonianus Gallus facing right.
Rev.: SALVS AVGG (around edge) S C (in field), Salus standing left, feeding a snake she is holding.
RIC 121 (S); Cohen 115
ex David Henden (N.Y.) (via eBay)
Charles SJun 15, 2012
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Commodus, RIC 452, Sestertius of AD 184-185 (Victory)52 views Sestertius (27.0g, 33mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 184-185.
Obv.: COMMODVS ANTON AVG PIVS BRIT, laureate head of Commodus facing right.
Rev.: P M TR P X IMP VII COS IIII (around) VICT BRIT (in ex.) S C (in field), Victory seated right on shields, holding a branch and a shield.
RIC 452; Cohen 946; Foss (RHC) 153:37

Issued to celebrate the victories in Britain in AD 184.
2 commentsCharles SJun 15, 2012
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Commodus, RIC (Marcus Aurelius) 1530, sestertius of AD 175-176 (Spes)27 views Sestertius (25.0g, 31mm, 7h). Rome mint. Struck AD 175-176.
Obv.: LAVREL COMMODO CAES AVG FIL GERM SARM , bare head of young Commodus facing right.
Rev.: SPES PVBLICA (around) S C (in field), Spes advancing left, holding a flower and raising her dress.
RIC (Aurelius) 1530; Cohen 712
Charles SJun 15, 2012
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Augustus, RIC 158, medium bronze of 10 BC to AD 1065 viewsmedium bronze (dupondius ?) (12.6g, 25mm, 2h) Nemausus mint. Struck 10 BC - 10 AD.
Obv.: IMP DIVI F Agrippa laureate head left and Augustus laureate head right, back to back
Rev.: COL NEM crocodile chained to palm tree top bent to right, wreath at top.
RIC (Augustus) 158

COL NEM stands for COLONIA AVGVSTA NEMAVSVS (now the city of Nmes, France), built by Augustus' army after their conquest and return from Egypt. The crocodile chained to the palm tree symbolizes the defeat of the Cleopatra and Marc Antony at Actium. This symbol is still used as the city's emblem in Nmes today.
3 commentsCharles SJun 15, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 854, Sestertius of AD 149 (Annona)32 views Sestertius (20.6g, 30mm, 7h). Rome mint. Struck AD 149.
Obv.: ANTONINVS PIVS P P TR P XII., laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: ANNONA AVG (around) COS IIII (in ex.) S C (in field), Annona standing left, holding two corn ears above modius and resting her left hand on an anchor.
RIC 854; BMC 1822; Cohen 41; Strack 1020

This type refers to the corn supply being imported over sea to feed the population of Rome.
1 commentsCharles SJun 14, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 855, Sestertius of AD 149 (Aequitas) 49 views Sestertius (25.7g, 32mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 149.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XII, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: COS IIII (around) S C (in field), Aequitas standing left, holding scales and cornucopiae.
RIC 855; BMCRE 1823; Cohen 232; Strack 1019; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 100 (53 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins and their Values II) 4162
ex D. Ruskin, Oxford (1994)
Charles SJun 14, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 857, Sestertius of AD 149 (Temporum Felicitas) 59 views Sestertius (25.4g, 33mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 149.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XII, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: TEMPORVM FELICITAS (around) COS IIII (below) S C (in field), Busts of infants on crossed cornucopiae.
RIC 857(S); BMC 1827; Cohen 813; Strack 1026; Banti 410 (23 spec.); RHC 130:70

Issued to commemorate the birth of the Antoninus Pius' grand children Lucilla and T.Aurelius Antoninus, twins to Marcus Aurelius and Faustina in AD 149. Only Lucilla survived, the boy died that same year. (This legend was used again in the abbreviated form "TEMPOR FELIC" 12 years later, in AD 161 to celebrate the birth of second twins: Commodus and Antoninus).
1 commentsCharles SJun 14, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 865, Sestertius of AD 149-150 (Aequitas)54 views Sestertius (30.4g, 33.2mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 149-150.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XIII, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: COS IIII (around) S C (in field), Aequitas standing left, holding scales and cornucopiae.
RIC 865 (R2); Cohen 244
ex Zuzim Judaea

Exceptionally heavy and thick (5mm) specimen. It is the only sestertius type that was issued with TR P XIII corresponding with the period between Dec. 149 and Dec. 150.
Charles SJun 14, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 767a, Sestertius of AD 145-147 (Slow quadriga)42 views Sestertius (25.2g, 31mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 145-147.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: COS IIII / S C (in two lines in ex.), Emperor in slow quadriga left, holding eagle-tipped sceptre.
RIC 767a; BMC 1669-73; Cohen 320; Strack 974
from old British collection (1998)
Charles SJun 14, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 775, Sestertius of AD 147 (Fifth Donative)31 views Sestertius (22.9g, 33mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 147.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS IIII, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: LIBERALITAS (around) S C (in ex.), Antoninus Pius seated left, on platform; in front Liberalitas standing, holding account board and cornucopiae; below citizen standing right, holding out fold of toga.
RIC 775(R); Cohen 511 (20Fr.); BMC 1693; Strack 995; Banti 214 (6 spec.); RHC 128:54a.
Charles SJun 14, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 779, Sestertius of AD 145-161 (Minerva)40 views Sestertius (25.4g, 33mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 145-161.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS IIII, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: S C, Helmeted Minerva advancing right, holding spear and round shield.
RIC 779; Cohen 745; Strack 1004
ex Jasper Burns (via eBay, 2001)
Charles SJun 14, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 780, Sestertius of AD 145-147 (Roma)45 views Sestertius (24.43g, 32mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 145-147.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS IIII, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: S C (in field), Helmeted Roma seated left, holding Victory statuette and spear, left arm resting on shield set on prow.
RIC 780; Cohen 753; BMC 1711; Strack 1006; Banti 365 (11 spec.)
ex Mart Hervera subasta 70
Charles SJun 14, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 792, Sestertius of AD 158-161 (Vota Soluta)37 views Sestertius (24.43g, 32mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 158-161.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: VOTA SOL DEC II (around) COS IIII (in ex.) S C (across field), Veiled emperor standing with patera and roll before a tripod, bull behind the tripod.
RIC 792 (S); Cohen 1107; Strack 1180; Banti 522 (6 spec.); Foss (RHC) 131:158
ex H.D.Rauch, NY Auction 2009

Issued on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the reign, celebrated in AD 158 with vows to celebrate its completion : VOTA SOLVTA
Charles SJun 14, 2012
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Ancilia31 views As (9.9g, 27mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 143-144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, bare head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: IMPERATO(R II) (around edge) S C (in field), Two ancilia: oval shields with rounded projections above and below).
RIC 736a; BMC 1629-31; Cohen 30

The anicilia were twelve shields which were believed to protect Rome. They consisted of an original, which fell from heaven in the time of Numa. Rome would rule the world as long as the shield was preserved. Numa ordered eleven other identical shields to be made to protect it from theft. These Ancilia were preserved in the temple of Mars, and were committed to the care of twelve priests of Salii, instituted for that purpose. Every year in March they were caried in procession around Rome until they were put back in their place on the 30th.
Charles SJun 14, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 736a, As of AD 143-144 (Ancilia) 33 views As (9.9g, 27mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 143-144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, bare head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: IMPERATOR II (around) ANCILIA (in ex.) S C (in field), Two ancilia: oval shields with rounded projections above and below).
RIC 736a; BMC 1629-31; Cohen 30; Strack 925

Coin belonging to a series struck between AD 140 and 144 depicting scenes from ancient Roman legends, struck in preparation of the 900th anniversary of Rome in AD 147. The anicilia were twelve shields which were believed to protect Rome. They consisted of an original, which fell from heaven in the time of Numa. Rome would rule the world as long as the shield was preserved. Numa ordered eleven other identical shields to be made to protect it from theft. These Ancilia were preserved in the temple of Mars, and were committed to the care of twelve priests of Salii, instituted for that purpose. Every year in March they were caried in procession around Rome until they were put back in their place on the 30th.
Charles SJun 14, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 644, Sestertius of AD 140-144 (Janus) 43 views Sestertius (24.70g, 32mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 140-144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right
Rev.: TR POT COS III (around) S C (in field) Janus standing facing, holding a long sceptre.
RIC 644 (S), Cohen 881, BMC 1317, Strack 886; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 435 (3 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins & Their Values II) 4240.
ex CNG eAuction 233, 2010; ex the John Bitner Collection of Secular Games Coinage; ex Astarte XV, 2004

This issue is part of a series of coins struck in preparation of the 900th anniversary of Rome, figuring scenes from Ancient Roman legends. Janus was believed to have been the first king of Italy. He was elevated to the status of a deity and a temple was dedicated to him.
Charles SJun 13, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 629, Sestertius of AD 140-144 (Sow) 66 views Sestertius (25.9g, 32mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 140-144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right
Rev.: S C (in ex.), Sow standing under holm-oak, suckling seven young, an eighth to right.
RIC 629 (S), Cohen 775, BMC 1298, Strack 870; Banti 385 (11 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins & Their Values II) 4226
ex CNG list sale 74; ex CNG list sale 69; ex Tony Hardy collection.

This is part of a series that was minted to commemorate the 900th anniversary of the founding of Rome (April 21, A.D. 147). A white sow nursing thirty piglets, was a good omen for Aeneas to found a settlement on that site, which became the town of Lanuvium, the precursor to Rome. See also Scrofa
Charles SJun 13, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 628b, Sestertius of AD 140-144 (Pius and Aurelius)53 views Sestertius (25.5g, 33mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 140-144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right
Rev.: S C (in ex.) Pius and Aurelius seated left on platform holding paterae, flanked by lictors.
RIC 628b (R), Cohen 764, BMC 1297, Strack 869, Banti 375 (1 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins & Their Values II) 4225.

Issued on the occasion of the joint consulate with Marcus Aurelius in AD 140, celebrated with a second donative.
Charles SJun 13, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 627, Sestertius of AD 140-144 (Aeneas) 40 views Sestertius (25.15g, 33mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 140-44.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: S C (in field), Aeneas wearing a short tunic and cloac, advancing right, carrying Anchises on his shoulder and holding Ascanius by the hand. Anchises (veiled and draped) carries a box in left hand, Ascanius wears a short tunic and Phrygian cap and caries a pedum (sheperd's crook) in left hand.
RIC 627[R2], BMCRE 1292, Cohen 761; Strack 868; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 373 (4 specimens); Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 128:57b; Sear (Roman Coins & Their Values II) 4224
ex J.Jencek (Jan. 2009)

This issue is part of a series of coins struck in preparation of the 900th anniversary of Rome, figuring scenes from Ancient Roman legends. The scene depicts Aeneas leaving Troy with his son Ascanius and his father Anchises. One of the descendants Ascanius was Rhea Silvia, mother of Romulus and Remus.
Charles SJun 13, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 626, Sestertius of AD 140-144 (Spes) 63 views Sestertius (26.0g, 31mm, 12h), Rome mint, Struck AD 140-144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laurate head Antoninus Pius facing right
Rev.: S C, Spes advancing left, holding a flower and raising her dress.
RIC 626; BMC 1289; Cohen 754; Strack 871; Banti 367 (10 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins & Their Values II) 4223.
ex D. Ruskin (Oxford,1996)
Charles SJun 13, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 608, Sestertius of AD 140-144 (Juno Sospita)54 views Sestertius (28.89g, 31mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 140-144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right
Rev.: IVNONI SISPITAE (around edge) S C (in field) Juno Sospita wearing goat skin advancing right preceded by a snake, brandishing javelin and holding shield which is pinched in the middle.
RIC 608 (Scarce), Cohen 473, BMC 1248; Strack 837; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 201 (7 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins and their Values II) 4186
ex iNumis, Paris, March 2009

This issue is part of a series of coins struck in preparation of the 900th anniversary of Rome, figuring scenes from Ancient Roman legends. Juno Sospita was the goddess of Lanuvium, the birthplace of Pius, and one of the most ancient figures in the Roman pantheon.
Charles SJun 13, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 605, Sestertius of AD 140-144 (Genius of the Senate)59 views Sestertius (27.6g, 34mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 140-44.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: GENIO SENATVS (around) S C (in field), Bearded and togate Genius of the Senate, standing left, holding branch and sceptre.
RIC 605; BMCRE IV 1241; Cohen 400; Strack 834 (6 coll.); Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 164 (35 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins and their Values II) 4177
Charles SJun 13, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 597, Sestertius of AD 140-144 (Annona)73 views Sestertius (29.84g, 31mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 140-44.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate and draped bust of Antoninus Pius facing right, wearing paludamentum.
Rev.: ANNONA AVG (around) S C (in field), Annona, standing right between modius and ship's prow, holding two corn ears and a cornucopiae.
RIC 597; BMCRE IV 1228; Cohen 34; Strack 821 (3 coll.); Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 19 (8 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins & Their Values II) 4147
ex CNG,2010 (photo: CNG)
Charles SJun 13, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 586, Sestertius of AD 139 (Aurum Coronarium: Parthia)80 views Sestertius (24.27g, 33mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 139.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: PARTHIA (round edge) COS II (in ex.) S C (in field), Parthia, towered headdress, standing left, holding crown and bow and quiver with arrows resting on ground.
RIC 586 (R); Cohen 572; BMCRE IV 1191; Strack 792 (4 collections); Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 253 (2 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins and their Values II) 4198
ex Aegean Numismatics

Part of a series celebrating Antoninus' remission of half of the special tax (aurum coronarium) normally levied on the provinces at the time of the accession of an emperor. Remark from Sear: "The remarkable inclusion of a rival state in this series commemorating provincial tax relief would seem to suggest that the Parthians were subject to some form of financial obligation to the Roman government consequent of Trajan's capture of Ctesiphon in AD 115 and the loss of the celebrated golden throne of the Arsacids"
Charles SJun 13, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 581, Sestertius of AD 139 (Aurum Coronarium: Dacia) 71 views Sestertius (24.2g, 33mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 139.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: DACIA (around) COS II (in ex.) S C (in field), Dacia, standing left, holding diadem and dragon standard (signum).
RIC 581 (R2); BMC 1187; Cohen 347; Strack 785; Banti 135 var. (holding crown instead of diadem; 1 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins and their Values II) 4170
ex G.Henzen (1995)

Part of a series celebrating Antoninus' remission of half of the special tax (aurum coronarium) normally levied on the provinces at the time of the accession of an emperor.
Charles SJun 13, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 590, Sestertius of AD 139 (Aurum Coronarium: Syria)88 views Sestertius (24.4g, 31mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 139.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: COS II (around) SYRIA (in ex.) S C (in field), Syria, towered headdress, standing left, holding crown and cornucopiae, river Orontes swimming at her feet.
RIC 590 (R); BMCRE 1199; Cohen 795 (fr.15); Strack 799 (found in 5 collections); Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 403 (2 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins & their Values II) 4234.
ex Holleman Coins (Netherlands, 2001)

Part of a series celebrating Antoninus' remission of half of the special tax (aurum coronarium) normally levied on the provinces at the time of the accession of an emperor.
1 commentsCharles SJun 13, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 589, Sestertius of AD 139 (Aurum Coronarium: Sicilia)64 views Sestertius (24.85g, 32mm, 4h). Rome mint. Struck AD 139.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: SICILIA (around) COS II (in ex.) S C (in field), Sicilia, wearing triskelis, standing left, holding crown with pearls and a bunch of corn (or poppy).
RIC 589 (R2); BMCRE IV 1197; Cohen 786 (fr.30); Strack 796 (found in 5 collections); Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 395 (single spec.); Sear (Roman Coins & their Values II) 4233
ex Old Roman Coins (via eBay, 2001)

Part of a series celebrating Antoninus' remission of half of the special tax (aurum coronarium) normally levied on the provinces at the time of the accession of an emperor.
Charles SJun 13, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 579, Sestertius of AD 139 (Aurum Coronarium: Asia)90 views Sestertius (22.74g, 33mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 139.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: COS II (around) S C (in field), ASIA (in ex.) Asia, towered headdress, standing left, holding crown and anchor, prow at feet.
RIC 579 (R2); Cohen 64 (fr.40); BMCRE IV 1184; Strack 779 (listed in 6 collections); Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 41 (2 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins & their Values II) 4150
ex CNG, eAuction 60 (2003)

Part of a series celebrating Antoninus' remission of half of the special tax (aurum coronarium) normally levied on the provinces at the time of the accession of an emperor.
2 commentsCharles SJun 13, 2012
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Hadrian, RIC 589b, Sestertius of AD 119-12160 views Sestertius (24.83g, 34mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 119-121.
Obv.: IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG P M TR P COS III, laureate draped bust of Hadrian facing right.
Rev.: PROVIDENTIA DEORVM (around) S C (ex.), Hadrian stretches hand to flying eagle bringing him a sceptre.
RIC 589(b)(S); Cohen 1207; BMCRE 1203; Strack 554; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-2) 617 (25 spec.); Foss (Roman Historical Coins) 111:5.
ex Gorny & Mosch (Giessen), Auction 169 (2008)

The reverse depicts the gods' support for Hadrian's adoption and assumption to the throne after the death of Trajan. It was one of the means of Hadrian to contradict the rumors that Plotina had arranged for Hadrian to be proclaimed emperor on the death of Trajan by falsifying her husband's testament. Having Jupiter's eagle flying down with the imperial scepter would be good propaganda to imply that the disputed succession was, in fact, correct and right.
1 commentsCharles SJun 12, 2012
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Hadrian, RIC 568, Sestertius of AD 119 (Libertas restituta)109 views Sestertius (26.40g, 34.5mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 119.
Obv.: IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG, laureate bust of Hadrian facing right.
Rev.: PONT MAX TR POT COS III (around) LIBERTAS RESTI-TVTA (in ex.) S C (in field), Hadrian seated on Sella Curulis on a platform, extending his hand to a child held by a woman standing before him who places her hand on the head of a second child standing beside her.
RIC 568; BMCRE 1160; Cohen 949 (different description of women having one foot on a pedestal); Strack 526; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-2) 517 (33 spec.).

ex H.D. Rauch (Wien), 83rd Coin-Auction (2008); ex. Hess-Divo AG auction 308 (2007)

The reverse legend 'LIBERTAS RESTITVTA' means 'Liberty restored'. The interpretation of this type varies. According to Clive Foss (Roman Historical Coins, 1990, Seaby, London) Hadrian faced considerable unpopularity at the beginning of his reign especially after the Senate, during his absence, had four high-ranking senators executed who were accused of conspiracy (even though he had promised never to execute a senator). He went to great lengths trying to gain the favour of the people. This included the cancellation of public debts and the expansion of Trajan's charity program to the poor children of Italy in AD 118, an act celebrated as the restoration of liberty.
1 commentsCharles SJun 12, 2012
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Galba, RIC unlisted, Sestertius of AD 68-69 (Libertas)101 views Sestertius (25.2g, 33mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 68-69.
Obv.: IMP SER GALBA CAES AVG P M TR P, laureate draped bust of Galba facing right.
Rev.: LIBERTAS PVBLICA (around) S C (field), Libertas standing left, holding pileus (liberty cap) and staff.
ex D.Ruskin (Oxford, 1997)

Not listed in RIC nor Cohen. Curtis Clay confirms that this is a new variety, giving the following additional information: "The obv. die is Kraay's A88, Aes of Galba pl. VII, known to him with rev. Victory holding Palladium, one spec., Paris = Giard 173, pl. XII = RIC 353. That's the only obv. die Kraay or RIC knew with this exact obv. legend and the laureate, draped bust. ... This LIBERTAS PVBLICA rev. die was apparently unknown to Kraay in any combination."
2 commentsCharles SJun 12, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 580, Sestertius of AD 139 (Aurum Coronarium: Cappadocia)68 views Sestertius (29.1g, 33mm, 5h). Rome mint. Struck AD 139.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: CAPPADOCIA (around) S C (field), Cappadocia, towered headdress, standing left, holding crown and vexillum, Mons Argaeus at feet.
RIC 580 (R); BMC 1185; Cohen 120 (fr.25); Strack 783; Banti 51 (3 spec.)
ex s*p*q*r (via eBay, 2008)

Part of a series celebrating Antoninus' remission of half of the special tax (aurum coronarium) normally levied on the provinces at the time of the accession of an emperor.
Charles SJun 12, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 650, Sestertius of AD 140-144 (Romulus and Remus)35 views Sestertius (23.3g, 32mm, 12h), Rome mint. Struck 140-144 AD.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head of Antoninus Pius right.
Rev.: TR POT COS III (around) S C (in ex), wolf in grotto suckling the twins Romulus and Remus.
RIC 650; BMC 1321; Cohen 917 var. (no grotto); Strack 897; Banti 442 (5 spec.); RCV 4241.
ex D. Ruskin (Oxford, 1998)

Coin belonging to a series depicting scenes from ancient Roman legends issued in preparation of the 900th anniversary of Rome in the year 147 AD.
Charles SJun 12, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 624, Sestertius of AD 140-144 (Romulus)55 views Sestertius (25.6g, 33mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 140-144.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: ROMVLO AVGVSTO (around) S C (in field), Romulus, in military dress, advancing right, carrying a spear and trophy.
RIC 624 (R); BMCRE 1286-1287; Cohen 704; Strack 850; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 337 (3 specimens); Sear (Roman Coins & Their Values II) 4213
ex David Ruskin (1995, Oxford, UK, "from old collection")

Issued in preparation of the 900th anniversary of Rome celebrated in 147 AD. This type refers to Romulus, the founder of Rome. He is depicted much like his father, the god Mars.
Charles SJun 12, 2012
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Nero, small bronze from Smyrna, AD54-6853 viewsAE (21mm, 5,2g, 12h). Ionia, Smyrna mint. Struck AD54-68
Obv.: NERΩNA CEBACTON bare head of Nero facing right.
Rev.: EΠI EPMOΓE NOYC KΛAPOΨC ZMYP, Rivergod Hermos reclining left hodling a branch, and resting with his left arm on an urn from which water flows.
Charles SJun 11, 2012
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Nero, RIC 442, Sestertius of AD 65 (Roma)52 views sestertius (28.7g, 37mm, 6h), Lugdunum mint, struck AD 65.
Obv/ NERO CLAVD CAESAR GER PM TR P IMP P P, laureate head of Nero left; globe below at tip of bust.
Rev/ ROMA (in ex.) S C (in field), Helmeted Roma seated left on cuirass, shield behind, holding Victoy and parazonium.
RIC 442; Cohen 261; BMC 324; Sear 2000 (RCV) 1961
1 commentsCharles SJun 11, 2012
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 546, Sestertius of AD 139 (Fides)60 views Sestertius (23.51g, 33mm, 6h), Rome mint, struck in AD 139.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: TR POT COS II (around) S C (in field), Fides, draped, standing right, holding two cornears downwards and plate of fruit on raised l. hand.
RIC 546; Cohen 846; BMCRE IV 1145; Strack 804; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 423 (18 spec.)
ex Rauch NY Auction 2009
Charles SJun 10, 2012
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Antoninus Caesar, RIC (Hadrian) 1093, sestertius of AD 138 (Pietas)76 views Sestertius (29.2g, 30mm, 6h), Rome mint, first issue of Antoninus struck under Hadrian between 25 February and 10 July 138 AD.
Obv.: IMP T AELIVS CAESAR ANTONINVS, bare head of Antoninus facing right.
Rev.: TRIB POT COS DES II (around) PIETA / S C (in two lines across field), Pietas standing left holding right hand above lighted altar and perfume box in left hand.
RIC (Hadrian) 1093; Cohen 610; BMCRE III (Hadrian) 1951; Strack (Hadrian) 908; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 280 (1 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins and their Values II) 4203
ex Ancient Resource (Glendale, CA, 2008).

Numismatic note: Very rare: Strack lists only two collections for this type: B.M. and Paris; Banti only one: B.M.

Historical note: This was the first issue of Pius in 138, issued under Hadrian between February 25th and July 10th. Pietas is invoked to celebrate the adoption of Antoninus by his newly adoptive father Hadrian.
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Antoninus Caesar, RIC (Hadrian) 1093, sestertius of AD 138 (Pietas)72 views Sestertius (29.2g, 30mm, 6h), Rome mint, struck under Hadrian between 25 February and 10 July 138 AD.
Obv.: IMP T AELIVS CAESAR ANTONINVS, bare head of Antoninus facing right.
Rev.: TRIB POT COS DES II (around) PIETAS (in ex.) S C (in field), Pietas standing left holding right hand above lighted altar and perfume box in left hand.
RIC (Hadrian) 1093 (scarce); Cohen 612; BMCRE III (Hadrian) 1950; Strack (Hadrian) 907 (4 collections); Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 279 (2 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins and their Values II) 4203 var.
ex G.Henzen (Netherlands, 2010)

Numismatic note: Rare. Strack found this type in 4 collections (of the 30 studied): Berlin, B.M., Paris, and Naples.

Historical note: This was the first issue of Pius in 138, issued under Hadrian between February 25th and July 10th. Pietas is invoked to celebrate the adoption of Antoninus by his newly adoptive father Hadrian.
Charles SJun 10, 2012
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Septimius Severus for Julia Domna, sestertius of 193-19630 views Sestertius (29.5g, 32mm, 12h), Rome mint, struck under Septimius Severus in AD 193-196.
Obv.: IVLIADOMNAAVG, Draped bust of Julia Domna facing right, hair waved and coiled at back..
Rev.: IVNO REGINA S C, Juno standing left, holding patera and long sceptre; at her feet a peacock.
RIC (Severus) 840 (R); Cohen 99
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Antoninus Caesar, RIC (Hadrian) 1081, sestertius of AD 138 (Concordia)108 views Sestertius (24.81g, 32mm, 12h), Rome mint, struck under Hadrian in AD 138.
Obv.: IMP T AELIVS CAESAR ANTONINVS, bare head of Antoninus facing right.
Rev.: TRIB POT COS (around) CONCORD (in ex.) S C (in field), Concordia seated left and holding a patera; cornucopiae under her seat.
RIC (Hadrian) 1081 var. (draped bust); Cohen 131 (4 fr.); Strack (Hadrian) 898 (2 collections); BMC (Hadrian) p.550 *; Banti 53 (one single specimen - coll. Paris - without plate); RCV 4156

Numismatic note: Even though RIC rates this type as scarce only, in reality it is extremely rare: BMC only refers to C.131 (Paris), there is no specimen in B.M.); Strack lists this type in only 2 of the 30 collections, questioning one: Berlin (?; bare head); the other specimen is in Paris (draped bust, bare head; illustrated in Vol.II, plate XVII-898: same rev. die). This means that, apart from Strack's questionable Berlin specimen, all references refer to a single specimen in the Paris Cabinet des Mdailles. See also Strack Vol.III, p. 316, note 6a, referring to Cohen 637 (RIC Hadr. 1078), which is probably a duplicate of Coh. 131, but without the CONCORD legend visible in exergue (exactly as on this specimen). A special variety exists with Spes figurine on back of throne, noted by Strack in his description: "Concordia s.n.l. (Spes.Fllh.) m. Schale" but not illustrated. However such a specimen now in coll. F. Diederik.

Historical note: After Aelius, the intended successor of Hadrian, suddenly died on New Year's day of AD 138, Hadrian adopted T. Aurelius Antoninus to fill the place. This coin belongs to one of the issues struck between 25 February and the death of Hadrian on 10 July 138 AD which announces the new Caesar.