ANCIENT ROMAN COINS. Circa 250 BC to 200 AD.

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BOOK. A Dictionary of Ancient Roman Coins by John Melville Jones. Hardback, 329 pages, brand new. Fascinating, packed with information about various aspect of Ancient Roman coinage. Sold

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A selection of  SINGLE Roman coins.

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Roman Republic. Anonymous. Circa 280 BC.  Ć Aes Grave Quadrans (39mm, 64.02 g). Libral standard. Rome mint. Two barley grains; ••• (mark of value) between / Open right hand; ••• (mark of value) to left. Crawford 14/4; Thurlow & Vecchi 4a; Haeberlin pl. 40, 3-4; HN Italy 271. Fine, dark brown patina, earthen encrustation, a few small casting pits. Rare.
Ex Bruce R Brace collection.
     $950   

Roman Republic. Anonymous. 206-195 BC.  Ć As (33mm, 35.77 g). Rome mint. Laureate head of bearded Janus; I (mark of value) above / Prow of galley right; I (mark of value) to right, meta above. Crawford 124/3; Sydenham 260. Near VF, greenish brown patina, roughness.
Ex Bruce R Brace collection.
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, T. Quinctius Flaminius, (126 B.C.), (18mm, 3.82 g), Rome mint, obv. Roma helmeted head to right, * below chin, flamen's cap behind, rev. Dioscuri to right, Macedonian shield between T and Q below, ROMA in exergue, (S.143, Cr.267/1, Syd.505) Near Very Fine. Sold
ROMAN REPUBLIC, L.Cornelius Scipio Asiatcus (106 B.C.) silver serrated denarius, (18mm, 3.82 g), Rome mint, obv. Laureate Head of Jupiter left/Jupiter in Quadriga brandishing thunderbolt. Seaby Millennium 188, RSC Cornelia 24-c. Near Very Fine with a pleasing antique tone.$135

Republic. A. POSTUMIUS A.F.SP. n. Albinus, (81 B.C.), silver denarius. Rome Mint, (3.99 g), obv. head veiled of Hispania to right, with dishevelled hair, HISPAN downwards, border of dots, rev. togate figure to left with right hand raised, standing between legionary eagle and fasces with axe, in field AL(ligated)BIN /A to left, and .S.N to right, POST.A.F in exergue, serated edge, (S.297, C.372/2, Syd 746, BMC 2839, RSC Postumia 8 [p.82]). Toned, very fine, scarce.

Ex Dr V.J.A. Flynn Collection and previously from Noble Numismatics Sale 107 (lot 3570) and coming from an old Hungarian collection. Also former C. Pitchfork Collection and previously from Wayne Woolmer Collection, March 23, 1980.
The moneyer is presumably a grandson of Sp.Postumius Albinus a Consul in 110 B.C. and probably the adoptive father of Crawford 450. The reverse alludes to civilian and military imperium. The obverse type is a reference to the Spanish command of L. Postumius Albinus a Praetor in 80 B.C. It also relates to the successful expeditions against the Vaccaei and Lusitani and the levying of troops for this campaign.

$225
Roman Republic. Ti. Claudius Ti.f. Ap.n. Nero. 79 BC. Silver Serrate Denarius. (17mm, 3.75 g). Rome mint. Diademed and draped bust of Diana right; quiver and bow terminating in stag’s head over shoulder / Victory driving galloping biga right, holding wreath, reins, and palm frond; A • XXII below. Crawford 383/1; Sydenham 770; Claudia 5. Serrated edge, VF. Sold

Roman Republic. M. Volteius M.f. 75 BC.Silver Denarius. (19mm, 3.73 g). Rome mint. Head of young Hercules right, wearing lion-skin headdress / Erymanthian Boar running right. Crawford 385/2; Sydenham 775; Volteia 2. VF, toned.
From the Archer S Huntington collection, ANS 1001.1.12858.
$350

Roman Republic. L. Aemilius Lepidus Paullus and L. Scribonius Libo. 62 BC. Silver Denarius (18.4mm, 3.94 g). Rome mint. Veiled and diademed head of Concordia right / Puteal Scribonianum (Scribonian well), decorated with garland and two lyres; hammer at base. Crawford 417/1a; Sydenham 927; Aemilia 11; Type as RBW 1503. EF, toned.
From the Andrew McCabe Collection. Ex Vecchi 15 (15 June 1999), lot 753.
$395


Roman Republic.
L. AEMILIUS LEPIDUS PAULLUS, 62 B.C. Silver denarius. Rome mint, (3.98 g), obv. Concord head veiled to right, wearing diadem, around PAVLLVS LEPID[VS CON]CORDIA, rev. TER above trophy, L. Aemilius Paullus on right, Perseus of Macedon and his two sons as prisoners on left, L. PAVLLVS in exergue, (S.366, Cr.415/1, Syd.926, RSC Aemilia 10). Off centred, good very fine with traces of golden patination, scarce. Ex Terry Naughton collection.
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Q. CAECILIUS METELLUS PIUS SCIPIO (IMPERATOR), (47-46 B.C.), silver denarius. African Mint, (3.88 g), obv. head of Africa to right, smaller than usual, wearing elephant skin, to right a corn stalk, plough below to left SCIPIO IMP, to right Q METELL, rev. Hercules standing facing with club, EPPIVS on right LEG F C to left (Legatus flandum curavit), (S.1380, C.461/1, BMC Africa 12, RSC Caecilia 50a [p.22]). Nearly very fine and rare.

Ex Dr V.J.A. Flynn Collection and previously from Noble Numismatics Sale 107 (lot 3647) and also coming from an old Hungarian collection.

$495


Roman Imperatorial. JULIUS CAESAR, issue of C. Clovius Praetor, (45 B.C.), AE dupondius, uncertain mint, (27mm, 14.62 g), obv. Victory draped bust to right, around CAESAR DICTER before, star behind, rev. Minerva advancing left, holding trophy, spears and shield, snake at feet, C. CLOVI PRAEF around, (S.1417, Cr.476/1, RPC 601, C. Julius Caesar 7). Nearly very fine with rough surface, very scarce with dealer's card description.  

Ex RJM Collection and acquired from Alex G. Malloy.
The type is rarely found in good condition and more so with the star on the obverse behind the shoulder.
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Roman Imperatorial. Modern copy of 44BC Ides of March denarius. (20mm, silvered base metal) the original worth about $750,000

The ‘Ides of March’ denarius, struck in 42 B.C., is the only Roman coin to openly celebrate an act of murder, the only Roman coin to mention a specific date and one of the very few ancient coins to enter the popular imagination.

The event celebrated on the coin is the assassination of Julius Caesar on the “Ides of March,” March 15, 44 BC. The coin depicts the head of Marcus Junius Brutus, one of the ringleaders of the assassination plot, on its obverse. The reverse depicts a dome-shaped liberty cap, flanked by two drawn daggers, and the Latin inscription EID MAR.

In the 21 centuries since the “Ides of March,” Brutus has been hailed as both a champion of liberty and damned as a traitor. Born about 85 BC, Brutus was from a long line of Romans famous for resisting tyranny and defending Republican liberty. He was a close friend and protégé of Julius Caesar, but when Caesar seized power as Dictator in 49 BC, Brutus joined the Republican forces opposed to him.

Most of these coins were melted by the victors of Brutus (Antony & Octavian) and very few have survived.

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Roman Imperatorial. The Caesarians. Julius Caesar. March-April 44 BC. Silver  Denarius. (18mm, 3.91 g). Rome mint; M. Mettius, moneyer. Laureate head right / Venus Victrix standing left, holding Victory and scepter, resting her left elbow on shield set on celestial globe; B to left. Crawford 480/17; Alföldi Type XVI; CRI 101; Sydenham 1055; RSC 35. VF, toned, weakly struck in areas, as usual for type. Nice metal for type with a good portrait. $2500

Moneyer issues of Imperatorial Rome. P. Clodius M.f. Turrinus. 42 BC. Silver Denarius (17.7mm, 3.89 g). Rome mint. Laureate head of Apollo right; lyre to left / Diana Lucifera standing right, bow and quiver over her shoulder, holding torch with each hand. Crawford 494/23; CRI 184; Sydenham 1117; Claudia 15; Type as RBW 1727. Good VF, toned.
From the Andrew McCabe Collection. 
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ROME - AUGUSTUS, (27 B.C. - A.D. 14), silver denarius, Lyons mint, issued 2 B.C. - A.D. 12. (20mm, 3,62 grams) Laureate head right / Caius and Lucius Caesars standing facing, two shields and two spears between them; above, on left, simpulum right, and on right, lituus left. RIC I 207; Lyon 82; RSC 43. VF, lightly toned.
His remarkable political career, which spanned nearly six decades, began when he was adopted as heir by his great-uncle, Julius Caesar in 63BC.  Following the death of Caesar, Octavian, Marc Antony & Lepidus formed a political alliance known as the second Triumvirate. This was aimed at defeating the power of the Republicans, led by Brutus and Cassius, which was achieved at the battle of Philippi in 42 BC. By careful political intrigues and a fair share of luck, Octavian gradually came to dominate the triumvirate. Lepidus died in 36 BC, whilst the confrontation between Octavian & Marc Antony was postponed until 31 BC, and was much facilitated by Marc Antony 's intimate relationship with Cleopatra VII, queen of Egypt, a liaison viewed with deep suspicion by the Roman people. Octavian eventually became Augustus, the first Emperor of Rome (27 BC-14AD). Under his rule, much public works, many reforms and new building was carried out. Octavian had a long life and died peacefully in 14 AD, aged 77 years, having transformed the Roman state and left it in a peaceful and prosperous condition. Octavian once said "I found Rome made of brick and left it made of marble" - a fitting quote to one of the greatest Romans, whose passing at the time caused universal grieving.
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ROME, Livia, wife of Augustus, 27BC to 14 AD. Bronze Sestertius, S 546. 23.8 grams. 32mm diameter. Carpentum drawn by two mules, Reverse SC with legend around. Minor surface chip under leg of mule, otherwise attractive, VF. 

$375    

ROME - TIBERIUS, (A.D. 14-37) Silver denarius, Lugdunum mint, (18mm, 3.70 g), obv. laureate head of Tiberius to right, around TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTVS, rev. PONTIF MAXIM, Livia (as Pax) seated to right on chair with plain legs, holding vertical sceptre and branch, double line below, (S.1763, RIC 26, BMC 48, RSC 16). Reverse scrape, Fine. 
Of Biblical importance as the issue is often described as the Tribute Penny (Mark 12: 14-17).
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ROME - CAPPADOCIA,  Caesarea. Tiberius & Drusus. AD 33-34. Silver Drachm.  (18mm, 3.16 g). Laureate Head of Tiberius/Bare Head of Drusus. Syd 47, Cohen 219.2, Sear 329. Fine & scarce. $275

ROME - CAPPADOCIA, Caesarea-Eusebia. Tiberius. AD 14-37. Silver Drachm.  (19mm, 3.80 g). Struck AD 17-32. Laureate head right / Statue atop Mt. Argaeus. Sydeham, Caesarea 42; RPC I 3620. VF, darkly toned. The earliest Roman silver issue from this city.
Tiberius was born in 42 B.C. After the death of Agrippa, Augustus became increasingly dependant on his step-son in military matters and Tiberius spent much of his time campaigning on the frontiers of the Empire. His marriage with Augustus' daughter Julia was not a happy one and in 6 A.D. he retired to the island of Rhodes where he spent the next eight years. Augustus never had any affection for Tiberius and it was only after the death of his two grandsons, Caius & Lucius, that he grudgingly recognized Tiberius as probable successor. Tiberius as Emperor proved a capable administrator and the Empire prospered under his rule, but there was much tragedy within the Emperor's family and treason trials grew more common. In 26 A.D. Tiberius retired to Capreae and never again returned to Rome. he died at Misenun in 37 A.D. at age 78. The Ministry and Crucifixion of Jesus Christ occurred in this reign.
 $500

ROME, Germanicus, father of Gaius (Caligula), brother of Claudius. Died 19 AD.  Ć Dupondius (27mm, 12.71 g). Struck under Gaius (Caligula), 37-41 AD. Germanicus in ornamented quadriga right / Germanicus standing left, raising hand and holding legionary eagle. RIC I 57 (Gaius); Cohen 7. Fine, brown patina, a little rough.   From the John F. Sullivan collection.

$295    

ROME. Antonia, daughter of Mark Antony and Octavia,  (grandmother of Caligula, mother of Claudius), (died A.D. 37), Brass dupondius, issued after her death by Claudius 41-42, Rome mint, (30mm, 15.90 g), obv. draped bust to right of Antonia, around traces of ANTONIA AVGVSTA, rev. Claudius, standing to left, holding simpulum, around traces of TI CLAVDIVS [CAESAR AVG P M] TR P IMP, S C across field, (S.1902, BMC 166, RIC 92) Near Fine.Sold

ROME. ANTONIA, daughter of Mark Antony and Octavia, (grandmother of Caligula, mother of Claudius), (died A.D. 37) AE dupondius, issued after her death by Claudius 41-42, Rome mint, (30mm, 12.09 g) Obv. draped bust to right of Antonia, around traces of ANTONIA AVGVSTA, rev. Claudius, standing to left, holding simpulum, around traces of TI CLA[VDIVS CAE]SAR AVG P M TR P IMP, S C across field, (S.1902, BMC 166, RIC 92). Near Fine, slightly rough in the field, rare.
Ex RJM Collection together with dealer ticket, c.1994.

Antonia Major also known as Julia Antonia Major was born August/September 39 B.C., she was also known as Antonia the Elder and was a daughter of Triumvir Mark Antony and Octavia the Younger and a relative of the first Roman emperors of the Julio-Claudian dynasty. She was a niece of the first emperor Augustus, step cousin of the emperor Tiberius, paternal great-aunt of the emperor Caligula, maternal aunt and great-aunt-in law of the emperor Claudius, and paternal grandmother and maternal great-great aunt of the emperor Nero. She was born in Athens, Greece and after 36 B.C. her mother, along with her siblings and herself were brought to Rome. She was raised by her mother, her uncle and her aunt Livia Drusilla. According to Cassius Dio after her father died, Augustus allowed her and her younger sister Antonia Minor to benefit from their father's estate in Rome. Although little is known of her, Antonia was held in high regard like her sister Antonia Minor, the mother of the emperor Claudius, who was celebrated for her beauty and virtue.
$150

GAIUS (CALIGULA), AE quadrans. (3.22 g) issued 39-40, obv. C CAESAR DIVI AVG PRON AVG around S C divided by pileus, rev. PON M TR P III P P COS DES III around RCC, (cf.S.1804, RIC 139). Toned, good very fine and very scarce.

Ex Dr V.J.A.Flynn Collection and previously Status International Sale 310 (lot 8099).

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GAIUS (CALIGULA), (A.D. 37-41), AE as. Rome mint, issued A.D. 37-38, (10.53 g), obv. bare head of Caligula to left, around C CAESAR AVG GERMANICVS PON M TR POT, rev. VESTA above, Vesta seated to left, veiled and draped seated on ornamental throne, holding patera and transverse sceptre, S C across field, (S.1803, RIC 38, C.27, BMC 46). Attractive dark green patina, very fine.
Ex Dr. V.J.A. Flynn Collection and previously from Noble Numismatics Sale 105 (lot 4143).

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ROME. Gaius (Caligula). AD 37-41. Ć Sestertius.  (34mm, 24.71 g). Rome mint. Struck AD 37-38. Pietas seated left, holding patera, resting arm on small draped figure standing facing on basis / Gaius standing left, holding patera over garlanded altar; victimarius holding bull for sacrifice and attendant holding a patera flanking; in background, garlanded hexastyle temple of Divus Augustus surmounted by acroteria and statues of Romulus and Aeneas, pediment decorated with sacrificial scene. RIC I 36. Near VF, rough, dark patina, lighter highlights.  

The accession of Gaius (Caligula) to the imperial throne on the death of his great-uncle Tiberius signalled a kind of "golden age" in that for the first time, not only did a direct biological descendant of Augustus become emperor, but one who could also claim a direct link with several important Republican figures. Through his mother, Agrippina Sr., Gaius was descended from Augustus, and also Agrippa, the victor of Actium. Gaius' father Germanaicus was the son of Nero Claudius Drusus and nephew of Tiberius, sons of Augustus' widow, Livia. Through his mother Antonia, Germanicus was the grandson of Mark Antony and Octavia, the sister of Augustus. Accordingly, many of his coins recall his dynastic connections to both the Julians and the Claudians as well as his own family, and included in their designs his mother and his three sisters. Unfortunately, after promising beginnings, Caligula proved himself to be one of the most evil and vicious of all Roman Emperors and his murder in 41 AD was widely applauded.

$1250  

ROME. Claudius, (A.D. 41-54), AE dupondius. Rome mint, issued 41-42, (14.98 g), obv. bare head of Claudius to left, around TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG PM TR P IMP, rev. CERES AVGVSTI, Ceres enthroned to left, holding corn-ears and torch, SC in exergue, (S.1855, RIC 94, BMC 136.) Fine.Sold

ROME. Claudius. AD 41-54. Ć As.  (28mm, 11.35g). Rome mint. Struck AD 41-42. Bare head left / Libertas standing right, holding pileus. (S.1860, RIC 113, BMC 202). VF, dark brown patina, earthen highlights.
The younger son of Drusus and Antonia, Claudius was born in 10 B.C. A childhood attack of infantile paralysis had left him with a grotesque appearance and it was generally assumed that he was also feeble-minded. He took little part in public life, devoting himself to studies until the death of his nephew Caligula, when he was proclaimed Emperor by the Praetorian guard. It soon became clear that Claudius was an intelligent man and a capable administrator. In 43 A.D. he personally took part in the invasion of Britain. He married his niece Agrippina Junior in 49 A.D. and the following year adopted her son Nero. He died in 54 A.D. possibly as the result of poison administered on the orders of Aggripina.
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ROME - NERO, (A.D. 54-68), AE dupondius. Lugdunum mint, issued A.D. 67, (29mm, 11.82 g), obv. laureate head to right, with globe at point of neck, around NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GERM PM TR P IMP PP, rev. SECVRITAS AVGVSTI around, Securitas seated right, resting her head on hand, holding sceptre, lighted altar and torch resting on bucranium at feet, S-C across fields, barred II in exergue, (S.1967, RIC 406, WCN 505). Toned, fine, scarce.Sold
ROME - NERO, (A.D. 54-68), silver denarius. Issued 64-65 A.D, Rome Mint, (18mm, 3.13 g), obv. laureate head of Nero bearded to right around NERO CAESAR AVGVSTVS, rev. IVPPITER CVSTOS, Jupiter, bare to waist, seated left on throne, right hand holds thunderbolt, left hand long sceptre, (S.1930, RSC 119, BMC 74, RIC 53. Circulated, Fine
Nero was born at Antium in 37 A.D. He succeeded to the throne in 54 A.D. and at first the government was in the capable hands of Senecca and Burrus. The young Emperor soon decided to free himself of all restraints, however, and after the death of Burrus in 62 A.D. and the retirement of Senecca, Nero's conduct became unrestrained. He was very enthusiastic about art and sport but his waste and vanity made him most unpopular and it was rumoured that he had started the great fire which destroyed half of Rome in 64 A.D.  In 68 A.D. revolt broke out in Gaul, Africa and Spain. The Praetorians in Rome deserted him and Nero fled and committed suicide.
$195

GALBA, (July 68 - January 69 A.D.), silver denarius. Rome Mint, (3.21 g), obv. Head of Galba bare-headed to right around IMP SER GALBA AVG, rev. SPQR/ OB/ C S. in three lines in oak wreath, (S.2109, RSC 287, BMC 34, RIC 70). Fine, rare.
Ex Dr V.J.A. Flynn Collection and previously from Noble Numismatics Sale 107 (lot 3570) and also coming from an old Hungarian collection
$495
GALBA, (July 68 - January 69 A.D.), silver denarius. Rome Mint, (3.21 g), issued July 68 - 15 January 69, Rome mint, (3.37 g), obv. laureate head to right of Galba, around IMP SER GALBA CAESAR AVG, rev. around SALVS GEN HVMANI, Salus standing left, right foot on globe, sacrificing out of patera in right hand over lighted altar, holding rudder in left hand, (S.2108, BMC 43, RIC 211, RSC 238), Toned, near very Fine. 
Ex Dr V.J.A. Flynn Collection and previously from Noble Numismatics Sale 117 (lot 4679) and ex CNG and Davissons with tickets.
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OTHO, (Jan 15 - Mar 9, 69 A.D.), silver denarius. Rome Mint, (3.30 g), obv. bare head of Otho to right around [IMP M OTHO C]AESAR AVG TR P, rev. SECV RI [TA]S P R, Securitas draped standing left with right hand holding wreath, left hand with sceptre, (Cf.S.2162, RSC 17, BMC 18-20, RIC 8). Weak in places, nearly fine and rare.

Ex Dr V.J.A. Flynn Collection and previously from Noble Numismatics Sale 107 (lot 3692) and also coming from an old Hungarian collection.

$750
ROME - Otho. AD 69. Silver Denarius. 

Issued Jan-Feb 69, Rome mint, (3.19 g), obv. bare head to right of Otho, around [IMP M OTH]O CAESAR AVG TR [P], rev. Securitas standing to left, holding wreath and sceptre, around SECUR[I]TAS P R, (S.2162, BMC 17, RIC 8, RSC 17). Attractive old cabinet toning, nearly very fine, very rare with a strong portrait.
Ex Dr V.J.A.Flynn Collection and previously Status International Sale 301 (lot 8336).

$1250

ROME - Otho. AD 69. Silver Denarius.  (18mm, 3.54 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck January-April. Bare head right / Securitas standing left, holding wreath and scepter. RIC I 8; RSC 17. Good VF and rare this grade.
Born in A.D. 32, a close friend of Nero who appointed him Governor of Lusitania. He supported Galba in his revolt in the hope of being adopted by Galba and eventually becoming Emperor. Galba, however, adopted L Calpurnius Piso, whereupon Otho conspired against the pair, had himself proclaimed Emperor and put both Galba & Piso to death. Defeated in battle by Vitellius, who had also been proclaimed Emperor by the legions of Lower Germany, Otho committed suicide on April 17th, 69 A.D.
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ROME - Vitellius. AD 69. Silver Denarius.  (18mm, 2.96 g). Tarraco mint, issued A.D. 69, obv. laureate head of Vitellius to left, around A VITELLIVS [IMP GERMAN], rev. Victory draped with shield inscribed SPQR walking to left, around [VICTORIA AVGVSTI], (S.2191, RIC 36, C.101, BMC 94). Toned, nearly fine, scarce.$195
ROME - Vitellius. AD 69. Silver Denarius.  (18mm, 2.96 g). Rome mint. Laureate head left / Clementia seated. RIC I 18; RSC 7a. Sear 2189. Some roughness, decent portrait, Fine, scarce.$250

ROME - Vitellius. AD 69. Silver Denarius.  (18mm, 3.14 g). Rome mint. Struck circa late April-20 December. Laureate head right / Concordia seated left, holding patera and cornucopia. RIC I 73; RSC 20. Near VF/Fine, toned.
From the Archer S Huntington collection, ANS 1001.1.30183.
Born in 15 AD and proconsul of Africa. At the end of 68 AD, Galba, to the general astonishment of the military, appointed Vitellius to command the armies in Germany. Vitellius was proclaimed Emperor in April 69 AD after the armies of the Rhine refused to renew allegiance to Galba. His reign of eight months was unremarkable and marred by corruption, gluttony and cruelty. Killed by soldiers loyal to Vespasian on 22nd December 69 AD.
 $450
ROME, Vespasian, 69-79AD. Silver Denarius. 18mm, 3.11 grams. Pax seated holding olive branch and caduceus. S 2285, RSC 94h. Reverse earthen deposits, Fine. Sold


ROME, Vespasian, 69-79AD. Silver Denarius. 17mm, 2.91 grams. Simpulum, sprinkler, jug & lituus, emblems of the pontificate. S 2282, RSC 45. Fine.
Born A.D. 9, the son of a tax gatherer. His military skill carried him to a series of important posts and he commanded part of the forces which invaded Britain in A.D. 43. In A.D. 67 Nero appointed him to quell the Jewish rebellion and he successfully prosecuted the Jewish wars in the troubled period following Nero's death. Proclaimed Emperor by both the legions of Alexandria and Danube, Vespasian defeated the forces of Vitellius in the Battle of Cremona. Vespasian reached Rome in A.D. 70 and quickly set about repairing the damage caused by the Civil Wars. He proved to be a just and industrious ruler and the condition of the State soon improved. He died on June 24th, 79 A.D. and was deified by the Senate.
$100
ROME, Vespasian. AD 69-79. Silver  Denarius. (19mm, 2.95 g). Rome mint. Pax seated holding olive branch. RIC 90, RSC 366. Sear 2301. Good Fine. $125

ROME, Vespasian. AD 69-79. Silver  Denarius. (18mm, 3.09 g). Rome mint. Struck AD 76. Laureate head right / Eagle standing facing, head right, on low cippus, holding thunderbolt in talons, wings open. Cf. RIC 845; cf. RSC 122. VF, lightly toned, minor scratch on obverse. Sold
Rome Titus 79-81 AD. As Caesar, struck under Vespasian, Silver denarius. 17mm, 2.85 grams. Venus standing right, holding helmet & spear. RSC 332. RIC 205. Fine, scarce ruler.$150

Rome Titus 79-81 AD. As Caesar, struck under Vespasian, Silver denarius. 20mm, 3.06 grams. Ceres standing, holding ears of corn.  RSC 31. RIC V219, BMC V321. Slight roughness, VF, scarce ruler.
(Titus Flavius Vespsianus) Born in A.D. 41. The eldest son of Vespasian. Served in Germany & Britain & commanded a legion in his father's Jewish campaign. When Vespasian left to assume the purple, he carried on the Jewish War and captured Jerusalem in A.D. 70. On his return to Rome, Vespasian made him his colleague in the Government and his succession in A.D. 79 was smooth. Titus  proved a most benevolent Emperor and his premature death in A.D. 81 caused great sorrow.
$175
ROME, Domitian 81-96 AD. Silver denarius. (18mm, 2.94 g) Minerva standing left, holding spear. Sear 2731, Very Fine.$135
ROME, Domitian 81-96 AD. Silver denarius. (18mm, 3.11 g) Minerva standing left, holding thunderbolt. Sear 2732, RSC 251. Nice grey tone, VF.$150

ROMAN CILICIA, Flaviopolis-Flavias. Domitian. AD 81-96.  AE 23mm (7.95 g). Dated CY 17 (AD 89/90). Laureate head right / Tyche of Flaviopolis seated right, holding grain ears; at feet, river-god Pyramus swimming right; to left, waterbird standing right. RPC II 1758; SNG Levante 1530; SNG France 2168. Fine or better, brown surfaces. 

Younger son of Vespasian, born A.D. 51. During the reigns of his father & brother, Domitian was kept very much in the background, but on the death of his brother Titus, his succession was not disputed. At first, he showed great promise, but he was very unpopular with the Senatorial Nobility and numerous plots & conspiracies were made against him. Domitian, suspicious by nature, reacted violently and the last years of his reign were ones of terror and oppression. Domitian was murdered on Sept 18th, 96 A.D. as a result of a palace plot involving his wife and chamberlain.

$135    


ANCIENT ROMAN AE Larger sized issues, including, Nerva (A.D. 96-98), AE sestertius, Rome mint, (17.34 g), rev. Liberalitas, (RIC II 64); Trajan, (A.D.98-117), AE sestertius, Rome mint, (24.99 g), (RIC 500); Hadrian, (A.D. 117-138), AE 32, Bithynia mint, (20.95 g), rev. octastyle temple, (SNG Von Aulock 284, SNG Cop 324); another AE 25, (9.10 g); Lucius Verus, (A.D. 161-169), AE dupondius, (12.08 g), rev. Victory, (RIC 1478); Thrace, Pautalia, Caracalla, (198-217 A.D.), AE 28, (15.46 g), rev. Athena standing left, holding spear and resting on shield, (Varbanov 5022); Moesia Superior, Viminacium, Trajan Decius, (249-251 A.D.), AE 26, (9.96 g), rev. Moesia standing facing, head left, bull standing right, lion standing left, AN XII (date) in exergue, (Varbanov 166);  Toned, poor - fine, some scarce. (7)$180

ROME, Nerva. 96-98 AD. Ć As. (27mm, 10.14 gm). Struck 97 AD. Laureate head right / Aequitas standing left holding scales and cornucopiae. RIC II 77; BMCRE 127; Cohen 7. Near VF, glossy dark brown surfaces, some smoothing.

Born in A.D. 32, he became a distinguished lawyer and was consul with Vespasian in A.D. 71 & with Domitian in A.D. 90. Upon Domitian's assassination, he was proclaimed Emperor and in his short reign, he did much to improve the condition of the State. However, he lacked the capacity to command and had only half-hearted support from the Army. This led them to adopt Trajan and on the death of Nerva, Trajan succeeded to Emperor.
$275 
ROME, Trajan 98-117 AD.
Silver Denarius. Rome mint, struck 108AD. 19mm, 3.10 gramsObv. laureate bust draped to right of Trajan, around IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V PP, rev. Aequitas standing to left, holding scales and cornucopiae, around S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI, (S.3157, RIC 169, RSC 462). About Very Fine.
$100
ROME, Trajan 98-117 AD.
Silver Denarius. Rome mint, struck 116-117 AD. (18mm, 3.22 g).Trajan Portrait/Felicitas stg, holding caduceus & cornucopiae, globe at feet. RSC II 178. Some reverse earthen depoits, VF.
$85
ROME, Trajan 98-117 AD.
Silver Denarius. Rome mint, struck 103-111 AD. (18mm, 3.09g). Trajan Portrait/Roma holding Victory. RSC 69. Old grey tone, VF.
$125
ROME, Trajan 98-117 AD.
Silver Denarius. Rome mint. (18mm, 3.11g). Trajan Portrait/Providence holding globe and sceptre. RSC 313 RIC II 361. Old grey tone, VF.
$120
ROME, Trajan 98-117 AD.
Silver Denarius. Rome mint, struck 103-111 AD. (18mm, 3.02 g).Trajan Portrait/Roma seated holding Victory. RIC II 116. VF.
$95
ROME, Trajan 98-117 AD.
Silver Denarius. Rome mint, struck 98-99 AD. (18mm, 2.93 g). Trajan portrait &
Concordia wearing stephane, holding double cornucopiae. Sear 3153, RSC 302. Attractive, gVF.
$150
ROME, Trajan 98-117 AD.
Silver Denarius. Rome mint. (18mm, 2.76 g). Trajan portrait/tropy of arms, Dacian captive below. RSC 537. VF.
$100
ROME, Trajan 98-117 AD.
Silver Denarius. Rome mint. (19mm, 3.49 g) Trajan portrait/Pax holding olive branch & cornucopiae. RSC 484, RIC 186. VF.
Born in Spain circa A.D. 52. He had several important military posts and was appointed Governor of Upper Germany by Nerva who later adopted him as heir to the throne. Trajan conquered Dacia, which then became a Roman Province. The famous column which was erected to mark Trajan's Dacian Wars still stands in Rome today. He also undertook a large building and repair programme throughout the Empire. In the later part of his reign, Trajan fought several campaigns in the East and added new provinces to the Roman Empire, but these were beset by revolts. Trajan died on a journey in Cilicia whilst directing operations against these revolts in August A.D. 117.
$120
ROME, Trajan 98-117 AD.
Silver Denarius. Rome mint. (18mm, 3.39 grams). Trajan portrait/Pax holding olive branch & cornucopiae. RSC 484, RIC 186. VF.
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Roman Provincial. Egypt. Hadrian 117-138 AD. Bronze Drachm. 34mm, 19.2g. Dated RY 2 = struck 117-118 AD. Hadrian in Quadriga of horses, r. holding laurel branch & eagle tipped sceptre. S 3749. Near Fine.

$100

ROME, Hadrian. AD 117-138. Silver denarius. (20mm, 2.87 g). Rome mint. Struck 124-128 AD. Hadrian portrait/Simpulum, Aspergillum, Ewer & Littus. RSC II 198. Some reverse earthen deposits, VF.
P. Aelius Hadrianus was born in A.D. 76 and having lost his father at the age of ten, was placed under the care of guardians, one of whom was the future emperor Trajan. Soon embarked on a military career and was appointed governor of Syria during Trajan's Parthian war.  Much of Hadrian's career was spent visiting the frontiers and he greatly improved the defences, including supervising the building of the remarkable Hadrian's Wall in Britain which ran from the Tyne to the Solway. One of the most capable of all the Roman Emperors and spent much of his life dedicated to the improvement of the Roman State. His rule was firm & humane & he was also a patron of the arts. Died July 10th, A.D. 138, after a long illness
$100
ROME, Hadrian. AD 117-138. Silver denarius. (18mm, 3.25 g). Rome mint. Struck 124-128 AD. Hadrian portrait/Pax holding branch & sceptre. RSC II40, RIC II 94. Very Fine. Sold
ROME, Hadrian. AD 117-138. Silver denarius. (18mm, 3.21 g). Rome mint. Struck 119-125 AD. Hadrian portrait/Pax holding Victory. RIC 95 RSC 162. Very Fine.$130
ROME, Hadrian. AD 117-138. Silver denarius. (18mm, 3.15 g). Rome mint. Struck 117 AD. Hadrian portrait/Fortuna holding rudder & cornucopiae. RIC 10. 1st year of reign. Very Fine.Sold
ROME, Hadrian. AD 117-138. Silver denarius. (18mm, 3.15 g). Rome mint. Laureate, draped & cuirassed bust right rev Clementia standing left sacrificing over altar & holding sceptre. S-3463. Nicely toned aEF. Sold

ROME. Faustina Senior. After AD 141. Silver Denarius.
(Wife of A.Pius) 18mm, 3.21 grams. Juno standing holding sceptre, peacock to left base. RSC 212a. Fine.
$65
ROMAN PROVINCIAL. EGYPT - 148 AD. Antoninius Pius.  AE Drachm (34mm, 26.1 g). Struck Year 11. Rev Dikaiosyne standing holding scales. M 1958. Boldly struck reverse and a reasonable portrait, gF.$175

ROME. Antoninus Pius. AD 138-161. Memorial Silver Denarius.  (18mm, 3.30 g). Rome mint. Struck under Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus, circa AD 161. Bare-headed bust right, slight drapery on shoulders / Column of Antoninus Pius: column on low base surmounted by statue of Divus Antoninus, holding scepter. RIC III 440 (Aurelius); RSC 353. VF, toned.
Born A.D. 86. He adopted a senatorial career and was consul in A.D. 120, later distinguishing himself as proconsul in Asia. Adopted by Hadrian as his heir in early A.D. 138. The history of his reign is almost a blank in the records, owing to the tranquility and prosperity the Roman world enjoyed under his patient, judicious and impartial rule.  The series of commemorative coins issued after his death were the largest since the reign of Augustus.
$225

ROME - Marcus Aurelius, (A.D. 161-180) AE dupondius, Rome mint, issued Summer - December A.D. 166, (25mm, 11.88 g), obv. radiate head of Marcus Aurelius to right, around [M AVREL] ANTONINVS AVG ARM PA[RTH MAX], rev. around traces of TR P XX IMP IIII COS III, s c across field, Roma seated to left holding Victory and spear, shield below, (cf.S.4977, BMC -, RIC 928, C.-). Dark patination, surface roughness, otherwise nearly very fine/fine.$95

ROME - Marcus Aurelius 161-180 AD.  AE As. 27mm, 12.58 grams. Bare head right, rev Mars standing right holding spear.  Seaby 5002. Original green-brown patina VF.
Born in A.D. 121, Hadrian had recognized the fine qualities of this youth and he was given the title of Caesar in A.D. 139. His succession to Emperor in A.D. 161 was smooth, although his reign was disturbed by many frontier wars and the legions returning from the Parthian War in A.D. 165 bought with them  a plague which spread through much of the empire and left many districts almost depopulated. Marcus Aurelius spent much of the later period of his reign campaigning on the lower Danube and it was here that he wrote the celebrated "Meditations" Immediately deified upon his death on 17th March A.D. 180. He was a careful, generous and conscientious ruler and is best remembered for his devotion to Stoic philosophy. 
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ROME - Faustina Junior, wife of Marcus Aurelius 161-180 AD.  Silver denarius, (17mm, 2.96 g). Faustina stg, between two children, two more children in her arms. Very Fine. RIC 676. RSC 95 Sear 5251. $100

ROME - Lucius Verus. AD 161-169. AE As.   (25mm, 9.8 g). Rome mint. Laureate head right / Victory standing. Nice portrait coin, VF.$100

ROME - Lucius Verus. AD 161-169. AE As.   (25mm, 9.78 g). Rome mint. Laureate head right / Fortuna seated. Nice portrait coin, VF.$125
ROME - Commodus. AD 177-192. AE Dupondius. Rome mint, issued A.D. 183, (13.04 g), obv. laureate head of Commodus to right, around [M COMMODVS] ANTONINVS AVG PIVS, rev. around TR P VIII IMP [VI COS IIII P P], S C across field, Mars standing left, leaning on shield and holding spear reversed, (S.-, RIC 55, cf.C.-, ASFN Pg 342, 3). Attractive Patina, some wear, near Fine. $50

ROME - Commodus. AD 177-192. AE As.   (24mm, 11.21g). Rome mint. Struck AD 178. Laureate head right / Comodus sacrificing over altar. VF.

The son of Marcus Aurelius, born in A.D. 161. Made co-emperor in A.D. 177, he accompanied his father to the second Germanic War. Upon becoming Emperor, Commodus concluded a peace treaty with the Germans and hurried back to Rome. Proved the most unworthy son of a noble father, he soon withdrew from public life leaving the administration of the Empire to a number of favourites. In later years, he seems to have become quite insane, fighting wild beasts in the amphitheatre,  believing himself to be the re-incarnation of Hercules and demanding the worship of the people. After numerous plots against his life, he was eventually murdered on the night of Dec 31 A.D. 192.

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ROME - Commodus 177-192AD. Silver denarius, Rome mint, issued A.D. 186, (18mm, 2.59 g), obv. laureate head of Commodus to right, around M COMM ANT F PEL AVG BRIT, rev. around P M TR P XI IMP VII COS [V P P], Jupiter seated to left holding thunderbolt and sceptre, (cf.S.5672, RIC 117, RSC 486) Toned, flan crack, VF.$125

ROME - Commodus 177-192AD.

Silver Denarius (18mm) Rome 182AD Laureate head right rev Salus standing feeding snake arising from altar holding sceptre. S-5713, RSC-845, VF.
 
Septimus Severus 193-211 AD. Silver Denarius (18mm) Rome 208AD Laureate head right rev Salus seated left before altar holding patera & sceptre. RSC-517 VF.
$150






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ROME - Septimus Severus. Silver Denarius.   (18mm, 2.86g). Rome mint. Roma standing left holding Victory & spear. S6244. Very Fine.

Born in A.D. 146 in Africa, Severus was a soldier of outstanding ability, holding a series of increasingly important commands. Expressed his allegiance to Pertinax, but upon the murder of Pertinax and the shameful elevation of Didius Julianus, he was saluted Emperor by the troops at Carnuntum. He rapidly disposed of Julianus and Niger and soon attacked a third rival, Clodius Albinus in A.D. 197. Severus spent much of his reign campaigning in different parts of the empire & visiting many of the provinces. In A.D. 208 he came to Britain and carried out repairs to Hadrian's wall and campaigned in Northern Britain. This proved too much, however and he died at York on Feb 4th, A.D. 211.

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ROME, Julia Domna, 193-211 AD.  Bronze Sestertius. Approx 29mm and 23.3 grams, showing her portrait, reverse shows Juno standing, peacock at feet. Seaby 4th ed 1875. Fine/VG. Minor roughness, attractive brown colour. 

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ROME - Julia Domna. Augusta, AD 193-217. Silver Denarius.  (18mm, 3.29g). Rome mint. Diana standing left holding torch. RSC 27, S6578. Very Fine. $100

ROME - Julia Domna. Augusta, AD 193-217. Silver Denarius.  (18mm, 3.09g). Rome mint. Struck AD 211-215. Draped bust right / Vesta standing facing, head left, holding palladium and scepter. RIC IV 390 (Caracalla); RSC 230. Good VF.
Came to Rome in A.D. 173 and married Septimus Severus as his second wife. She was a woman of brilliant intellect and was often consulted by Severus on important matters.  After the murder of her son Caracalla in A.D. 217 she committed suicide by a voluntary abstinence from food.
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ROME - Geta. As Caesar, AD 198-209. Silver Denarius.  (18mm, 3.76g). Rome mint. Struck AD 200-202. Bareheaded and draped bust right / Geta standing left, holding baton and scepter; trophy to right. RIC IV 18; RSC 157b. Good VF, some minor deposits.  

The younger son of Severus and Julia Domna, Geta was born in Rome in A.D. 189. In A.D. 198 he was given the title of Caesar at the same time as his brother, Caracalla, was raised to the title of Augustus. He assisted in the campaigns in Britain and it was the intention of Severus that Geta & Caracalla should serve as co-Emperors. The savage and jealous nature of Caracalla would, however, admit of no such arrangement and Geta was murdered in February A.D. 212 after only three months of joint rule. Their followed a vigorous persecution of all the adherents of Geta in which, it is said, not less than twenty thousand people met their deaths. 

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ROME. Caracalla, 198-217 AD.  Silver Denarius, 19mm, 2.96 grams. Sol standing, holding orb & sceptre. RSC 547. Good Fine.$85
ROME. Caracalla, 198-217 AD.  Silver Denarius, 18mm, 2.81 grams. Securitas enthroned holding sceptre. S6823. Very Fine.$100

ROME. Caracalla, 198-217 AD.  Provincial issue, Moesia, Marcianopolis. AE27, 10.22 grams. Rx Homonoia. VF/aVF.

$65

KINGS of BOSPORUS. Rhescuporis II, with Caracalla. AD 211/2-226/7. Electrum Stater. (19mm, 7.61 g). Dated BE (AD 215/6). Diademed and draped bust of Rhescuporis right / Laureate head of Caracalla right; trident before, BIΦ (date) below. MacDonald 555/6. VF.
Ex Marc Melcher Collection (Classical Numismatic Group 61, 25 September 2002), lot 1038.
M. Aurelis Antoninus, originally named Bassianus, was born at Lugdunum on April 6th A.D. 188 the elder son of Severus & Julia Domna. Created Augustus in A.D. 198 and accompanied his father & brother in the campaigns in Britain. Upon the death of Severus, Caracalla & Geta ruled jointly for three months before Caracalla had Geta assassinated. His reign was marked by extravagance and cruelty and in his wars he acheived more by treachery than by force of arms. Eventually murdered by Macrinus, April 8th, A.D. 217.
$950

ROME. Plautilla. Augusta, AD 202-205.  Wife of Caracalla, Silver Denarius (20mm, 3.27g). Rome mint. Struck under Caracalla, AD 202-203. Draped bust right / Venus standing facing, head left, holding apple and palm, and leaning upon round shield to right; to left, Cupid standing left, holding helmet. RIC IV 369 (Caracalla); RSC 25. Good VF, toned.
Ex Bruce R Brace collection.
 $275 

Licinius Follis

Arcadius AE4

Const Gallus

Gratian AE3

Theodosius I AE4

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Licinius I (308-324AD) Follis, VG/F $30

Crispus (317-326 AD) AE3, Two victories, F/aVF $35 

Constantine II, (317-337AD) Victory on Prow, light corrosion, Fine $20 

Constans (337-350 AD) AE4, S 3970 gF $25  

Constantius Gallus (351-354 AD) AE4 Fine $20 

Theodosius II (378-395AD) AE 4 aVF $25

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