ANCIENT ROMAN COINS. Circa 250 BC to 200 AD.

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A selection of  SINGLE Roman coins.



Roman Republic. Anonymous. Circa 280 BC.   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.

Roman Republic. Anonymous. 206-195 BC.   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.

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.


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 stags 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.

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


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; Alfldi 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. $2750

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

AUGUSTUS, (27 B.C. - A.D. 14), AE As. Nemausus mint, issued A.D. 10-14, (12.66 g), obv. laureate head of Agrippa to left and laureate head of Augustus to right, above IMP across P P, below DIVI F, dotted border, rev. COL NEM on either side of palm-shoot, chained crocodile to right below, wreath above, two palm branches below, (S.1731, RIC 155, RPC 523). Fine and scarce.
Ex Dr. V.J.A. Flynn Collection and previously from Noble Numismatics Sale 107 (lot 3411).

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.


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. 


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.

ROME, Germanicus, father of Gaius (Caligula), brother of Claudius. Died 19 AD.  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.


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.

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.

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).


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).


ROME. Gaius (Caligula). AD 37-41. 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.


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. 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.

ROMAN PROVINCIAL, THRACE, Abdera. NERO. AD 54-68. (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 Fine.$150

ROME - 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.


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.


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.


OTHO, (Jan 15 - Mar 9, 69 A.D.), silver denarius. Rome Mint, (3.31 g), obv. Bare head of Otho to right around IM[P M OTHO C]AESAR AVG TR P, rev. SECV RI TAS 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). Fine or better and rare.
Ex Dr V.J.A. Flynn Collection and previously from Noble Numismatics Sale 107 (lot 3689) and also coming from an old Hungarian collection.


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).


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.

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 April20 December. Laureate head right / S P Q R/OB/C S in three lines within wreath. RIC I 83; RSC 86. VF, toned.
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.
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.

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.

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. $225

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.

ROME, Domitian 81-96 AD. AE As, 26mm, 10.89 grams, Rome Mint. S 2693. Spes Advancing left, holding flower. Fine.$65

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.


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. 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 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.

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.
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.

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.


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, 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.

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. 

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.

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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.

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.


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.

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.

Licinius Follis

Arcadius AE4

Valens AE3

Const Gallus

Gratian AE3

Theodosius I AE4

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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 $25  

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










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