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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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selection of SINGLE Roman coins.
|Roman Republic. Anonymous. Circa 280 BC. Æ
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. Æ
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.
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.
||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. ||$175|
|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.
||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.
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.
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.
|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
|Roman Imperatorial. FULVIA, wife of Mark Antony, (43 B.C.) Silver
quinarius, Lugdunum mint, (13mm, 1.74 g), obv. III VIR R.P.C., bust of
Victory right, with likeness of Fulvia, rev. lion walking right,
between A and [XLI] (year 41), ANTONI above, IMP in exergue, (S.400,
Cr.489/6, Syd.1163, C. Fulvia 3). Toned, with banker's marks, VG and rare. |
Ex RJM Collection and Dmitry Markov c.1995 with tickets.
|ROME - AUGUSTUS, (27 B.C. - A.D. 14), AE quadrans, Rome
mint, issued 9 B.C. by Lamia, Silius and Annius, the IIIviri monetales,
(16mm, 2.99 g), obv. LAMIA SILIVS ANNIVS around clasped hands holding
caduceus, rev. III VIR A A A F F around S C, (S.1693, RIC 420, BMC
200); Fine/Very Fine.||$65|
||ROME - AUGUSTUS, (27 B.C. - A.D. 14), silver
denarius, Lyons mint, issued 2 B.C. - A.D. 4 and later, (3.02 g), obv.
laureate head of Augustus to right, CAESAR AVGVSTVS DIVI F PATER
PATRIAE around, rev. Caius and Lucius Caesars standing facing, shields
and spears between them, above on left simpulum to right, and on the
right a lituus to left, (S.1597, RIC 207, RSC 43, BMC 519) Interesting contemporary counterfeit.|| $75|
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.
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.
||ROME - TIBERIUS, (A.D. 14-37) Silver
denarius, Lugdunum mint, (18mm, 3.63 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). Lightly toned, nearly extremely fine and of fine style. Ex Noble Numismatics. Of Biblical importance as the issue is often described as the Tribute Penny (Mark 12: 14-17).||$950|
|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.
| $550 |
Germanicus, father of Gaius (Caligula), brother of Claudius.
Died 19 AD. Æ
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.
the John F. Sullivan collection.
|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.||$75|
|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.
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
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.
ROME. Gaius (Caligula). AD 37-41. Æ 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
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.
|ROME. Claudius, (A.D. 41-54), AE As. Rome mint, issued A.D.
42, (24mm, 8.40 g), obv. bare head to left of Claudius around [TI
CL]AVDIVS CAES[AR AVG P M TR P] IMP P P, rev. LIBERTAS AVG[VSTA], S C
across field, Libertas standing right holding pileus, (S.1860, RIC 113,
C.47); Fine. ||$75|
||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.||$135|
|ROME. Claudius. AD 41-54. Æ 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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|ROMAN PROVINCIAL, THRACE, Abdera. NERO. AD 54-68. Æ (19mm, 4.01 g). Bare head of
Nero left / Bare head of Augustus left. RPC I 1730; AMNG 244; SNG Copenhagen
382-3. Near VF, reddish-brown patina. ||$125 |
|ROMAN EGYPT, Alexandria, Nero, (A.D. 54-68),
billon tetradrachm, year 11 = A.D. 64-65, (23mm, 12.81 g), obv. radiate
bust of Nero to right wearing aegis, around traces of NEP**W KLA[U
KAI]S SEB GER*, rev. LIA to left, eagle standing to left, holding palm,
around AY TOKPA, (S.-, BMC 165, Milne 228ff., Koln 163-6). Toned, Very
- NERO, (A.D. 54-68), silver denarius. Issued
c.67-68, Rome mint, (3.216 grams), obv. laureate head to right
of Nero, around IMP [NERO CAESA]R AVG P P, rev. Jupiter seated
left on throne, holding thunderbolt and sceptre, IVPPITER CVSTOS
around, (cf.S.1943, RIC 47, BMC 80, RSC 123). Fine and scarce.|
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.
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.
||ROME - Otho. AD 69.
Silver Denarius. ||$1250|
|ROME - Otho. AD 69.
(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.
|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.
|ROME - Vitellius. AD 69. Silver Denarius. (17mm,
3.18 g). Rome mint. Struck circa late April–20 December. Laureate head
right / S P Q R/OB/C S in three lines within wreath. RIC I 83; RSC 86.
From the Archer S Huntington collection, ANS 1001.1.22538.
|ROME - Vitellius. AD 69. Silver Denarius. (18mm,
2.90 g). Rome mint. Struck circa late April-December. Laureate head
right / Jupiter seated left, holding Victory and scepter. RIC I 93; RSC
42. Near VF/Fine, toned.|
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.
|ROME, Vespasian, 69-79AD. Silver Denarius. 17mm, 2.91 grams. Simpulum, sprinkler, jug & lituus, emblems of the pontificate. S 2282, RSC 45. Fine. |
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
|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
|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.|
Flavius Vespsianus) Born in A.D. 41. The eldest son of Vespasian. Served in
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
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.
|ROME, Domitian 81-96 AD. AE As,
26mm, 10.89 grams, Rome Mint. S 2693. Spes Advancing left, holding flower. Fine.||$65|
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
|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. Silver denarius. (18mm, 3.13 gm). Laureate head right / Clasped hands. RSC 98 RIC 49. Near VF, scarce ruler.||Sold|
|ROME, Nerva. 96-98 AD. Æ 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.
|ROME, Trajan 98-117 AD.|
Silver Denarius. Rome mint, struck 108AD. 19mm, 3.10 grams. Obv.
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.
|ROME, Trajan 98-117 AD.|
Silver Denarius. Rome mint, struck 115AD (in honour of his deceased father). 18mm, 2.99 grams. Laureate &
draped bust right rev Trajan Senior left on curule chair holding patera
& sceptre. S-3323. Fine.
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.
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.
|ROME, Hadrian. AD 117-138. Bronze sestertius. (33mm, 23.21 grams). Rome mint. Hadrian portrait/Pietas standing right, altar at feet. Worn, but with a clear portrait of Hadrian and a large coin, Fine/VG. |
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
|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.
|ROME. Antoninus Pius. AD 138-161. Silver Denarius.|
18mm, 3.28 grams. Clementia standing left holding sceptre and patera. RSC 122a. Fine.
|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|
|ROMAN PROVINCIAL. EGYPT
- 143-144 AD. Antoninius Pius. AE
Drachm (33mm, 27.7g). Struck 143-144 AD. Sarapis in Biga, Koln 1451, BMC 1100, about VF.||Sold|
|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,
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
|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. |
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.
|ROME - Lucius Verus. AD 161-169. AE As. (25mm, 9.8g). Rome mint. Laureate head right / Victory standing. Nice portrait coin, VF.||$100|
|ROME - Lucius Verus. AD 161-169. AE As. (25mm, 9.78g). Rome mint. Laureate head right / Fortuna seated. Nice portrait coin, VF.||$125|
|ROME - Commodus. AD 177-192. Silver Denarius. (18mm, 3.01g). Rome mint. Commudus standing left holding egle tipped sceptre. RSC 397. Good Fine/Fine.||$100|
|ROME - Commodus. AD 177-192. AE As. (24mm, 11.21g). Rome mint. Struck AD 178. Laureate head right / Comodus sacrificing over altar. VF.|
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.
|ROME - Commodus 177-192AD.|
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.
|ROME - Septimus Severus. Silver Denarius. (18mm, 2.86g). Rome mint. Roma standing left holding Victory & spear. S6244. Very Fine.|
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.
Julia Domna, 193-211
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.
|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
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.
|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.
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.
|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,
Ex Bruce R Brace collection.
| $275 |
Theodosius I AE4
selection of Cheaper Ancient Roman Coins.
packets or capsules.
to save yours.
Numerian (282-283 AD) Antoninianus VG/F $25
Licinius I (308-324AD) Follis, VG/F $30
Crispus (317-326 AD) AE3, Two victories, F/aVF $35
Constantine The Great Memorial coinage. Struck after death, veiled portrait, (c340 AD) AE4, delightful little coin, VF, $35
Constantine II (317-337 AD) AE3, nice portrait gF, $25
Constantine II, (317-337AD) Victory on Prow, light corrosion, Fine $20
Constans (337-350 AD) AE4, S 3970 gF
Constantius Gallus (351-354 AD) AE4 Fine $20
Valens (364-378AD) AE 3 Fine $20
Gratian (375-383 AD) AE3 Fine $20
Theodosius II (378-395AD) AE 4 aVF $25
Arcadius (383-408 AD) AE 4 gF $25
|NUMISMATIC SOCIETY OF SA.|
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