Interesting ancient coins

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: This is the main page with Roman coins and some of newest listings from other series too, at the top.  For late Roman, Byzantine, or Greek coins, or books about them, use the links to the left.         If you want $5000 or $1000 coins, shop somewhere else. 

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This site: July 17: Excellent Turkoman Figural bronze, s/s 59. Pagan civic coinage of Antioch. Constantine bronze "two Victories" type . AE29 Philip I at Viminacium. (All at the top of this page).  Byzantine on the Byzantine page including very late Michael VIII and Empire of Nicaea. 
July 15: Greek silver. A double shekel (dishekel) of Sidon and a didrachm of Rhodes. 
July 13: Greek page reorganized and prices reduced (includes Parthian, Sasanian, and Jewish). There are ome high-quality coins there.  Scarce emperor: Macrianus SOLD, in very nice condition, at the top of this page. Three Tetricus pieces, too (Gallo-Roman emperor). A high-quality Constantius Gallus on the Constantinian page. Most prices on that page reduced. That includes some very nice coins. Also, priced reduced on almost all the already-low-priced coins on "inexpensive $5-$15" page.


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Some especially interesting items:  Pertinax denarius.

Newest first (down to the second horizontal line.) After that, Roman coins are in chronological order below and other coins are on the appropriate pages--with links at the top left).




Newest.     Skip the newest coins and coins of the Republic to go down to those of the empire.

Constantine, 307-337
19 mm

Struck 319
Bust left, helmeted, spear over far shoulder, shield on left shoulder.
(Some people would call those decorations on the helmet crosses, but I don't think so.) 
VICT LAETAE PRINC PERP
Two victories inscribing shield "VOT/PR"
ASIS
RIC Siscia 82 "r5" (but there are many similar varieties)
Even wear. Good surfaces. [$29]

 

 

Here is a lovely Turkoman bronze:

Qutb al-Din Mawdud
Zengid Atabeg of Mosul, 1149-1170
Large. 29-28 mm.
Male bust facing slightly left, two winged figures above, legend in Kufic either side
legend in four lines with smaller lines above and either side.

Spengler and Sayles II type 59   
Excellent condition and surfaces. Very clear reverse legend. Worthy of a fine collection. [$119] 

 

 

 

 

Autonomous Civic pagan coinage struck under Maximinss II
Struck c. end 310-June 311.
15-14 mm. 

GENIO AN-TIOCNENI, Antioch seated facing, river god swimming below
APOLLONI-SANCTO, Apollo holding patera and lyre
E for the fifth officina) in the right field. SMA in exergue (Sacra Moneta Antioch).
Vagi 2954.  van Heesch, type 3, plate 11.3.  

Not in RIC, but common anyway.  [$33]
ex Dan Clark in 1987 at $25.

 

PP

Philip I, 244-249
Viminacium, year V.
Large: 29 mm.
Sear Greek Imperial Coins 3874

bull left, lion right (symbols of the local legions)
Large, Dark green patina. [$34] 

 

 

Macrianus, Summer 260 - early Summer 261.
21 mm. 3.54 grams.
IOVI CONSERVATORI

RIC 9. Sear III 10803

Very nice for these. Often the eye is not well struck and this one is. As I write, there is no Macrianus this nice on vcoins below $300.  [$175 SOLD]

 

 
Tetricus I, 270-273.
Large and heavy at 22-20 mm and 3.29 grams.
HILARITAS AVGG
RIC 80, page 408.
Sear III 11237
[$19]

 

 

Tetricus I, 270-273
PAX AVG
RIC 100, page 409.
Sear III 11243
Very nice portrait on a warm brown coin [$15]

 

 

 

Tetricus II, 270-273
C PIV ESV TETRICVS CAES
SPES AVGG
RIC 270, page 424

Sear III 11292   
ex Victor England (now CNG) catalog of Feb. 1981 at $23. Now, [$23]

 

Septimius Severus limes denarius
193-211
One of the nicest quality examples you can find.

18 mm. 2.76 grams.
COS III PP, RIC 125 page 106 "perhaps only found at the eastern mint"
BMC (S&C) 656 at "Eastern mint" 198-202

I think this is a cast "limes" piece, in base metal.  
Outstanding condition  [$35]

 

 

 

Macrinus and Diadumenian, 217-218
Beautiful two-headed coin with one of the longest inscriptions.
Struck at Marcianopolis in Lower Moesia
Aequitas standing holding balance and cornucopia
21 around: AVK OΠΠEΛ CEVH MAKPEINOC 
(Autok[rater] Oppel[ius] Seve[rus] Macrinus)
24 in three lines below the busts
K M OΠΠEΛAN/TΩNINOC ΔI/AΔOYME
C[aesar] M[arcus] Oppel[ius] Di/adume[nian]
Reverse: 24 around VΠΠONTIANOV MAPKIANOΠOΛIT 
[moneyer] Ponitianus Marcianopolis
2 below: ΩN (of)
 in field right: E (denomination, 5 asserion)
Excellent heads. Wonderful inscription naming both emperors in full [$185]

 

 

 

Clodius Albinus, 193-195-197
19-18 mm. 
RIC 2. As Caesar.

COS II, Aesculapius naked to waist, snake around staff
May represent Apollo Grannus, the Gallic god of healing.

Ex Lepczyk auction 37, Dec. 9, 1980, lot 65, with ticket. 

Sear II 6140 "Rome 195" [$119 SOLD]

 

 

Septimius Severus, 193-211
18 mm. 2.44 grams.
LIBERA AVG  (for his first Liberalitas, 194)

ex Barry Murphy collection "SEV-276" Sear II 6305, RIC 399 "Scarce"
BMC 375

high grade with excellent surfaces (many have detail but the surace is stripped--not this one, which has very good metal)  [$109]

 

 

Caracalla, 198-217
18 mm. 2.86 grams.
INDVLG FECVNDAE
Julia Domna seated on curule chair
Struck 211 at Rome
Sear II 6805. RIC 214 "Scarce", BMC (S, C & G) 74

Unusual type. Very nice portrait. [$89]
 

 

 

Macrinus, 217-218
19 mm.
VOTA PVBL PM TRP
Excellent portrait of tehe short-beard variety

RIC 6. Rare. More so than other types according to CLay in NZ 93 (1979) page 21.
ex Argos, list 27 lot 29, July 16, 1984. [$169]

 

 

Severus Alexander, 222-235
Denarius. 20-18 mm.
Mars walking right
PM TRP VI COS II PP
Dated to 227 by the TRP number.

Sear II 7906 variety (VII for VI there)
BMC 409 "issue 7, 227"
Super detail and portrait, excellent metal. [$89]

 

 

Tiny Greek silver fraction, uncertain mint, possibly in Ionia.

6-4 mm. Tiny! 0.14 grams.

Likely 5th century BC, but I could not find it in my extensive reference library.  [$12] 
Take it on as a challenge!

 

 

Ostrogothic. Baduila

Ostrogothic. Baduila, 541-552 at Ticinum
11-10 mm. (small)
Facing bust in Ostrogothic helmet
lion (wiht long vertical neck) standing left with one foreleg raised, in wreath.

MEC I -- but mentioned on page 38
Wroth WPBC Baduila 51, page 94, plate XII.5
Metlich COI 99  "Totila-Baduila, minimus, 2 or 2 1/2 nummia"
[$89]

 

 

For many new Byzantine coins, see the Byzantine page.

 


Septimius Severus
Roman Provincial
at Anchialus, Thrace
23 mm.
Artemis right with bow
AΓXIAΛЄΩN
[$23]

 

 

Domitian, 81-96
ex CNG V (Dec. 1988) lot 379 estimated at $450 with PR $370 + 10%
TRP COS VII DES VIII PP
RIC 22 They said "toned XF" and I agree.
Here only [$275]

 

 

 

  Postumus, 
  FIDES MILITVM
  Study that portrait!
  What a great portrait!  [$39]
  Sear III 10940. RIC 59. 

 

 

 

Philip, 244-249
Wonderful large flan, fully centered.
PM TRP IIII COS II PP
Felicitas standing holding caduceus and cornucopia
Sear III 8946. RIC 4, AD 247
Look at the detail on Felicitas! An excellent portrait!
[$65]

 

 

Magnentius
GLORIA ROMANORVM
22 mm. 
Horseman spearing kneeling foe
TRS, Trier mint
Nice portrait, hair detail, horeman and foe.
[$37 SOLD]


 

 

 

Justinian, 527-565
Large AE 32-30
Struck at Antioch as "Theopolis" after the giant earthquake and before the coin reform of year 12.
Sear 216. 
+THEUP+ mintmark
[$35] 

For more about Antioch under Justinian, see my site:  http://augustuscoins.com/ed/interesting/Justinian.html

For many more coins of Justinian, see my Byzantine page.

 
 
 

 


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Roman Republican


[$89, reduced to $79] Roman Republican
L. Sentius C.f., 101 BC
Roma right, ARG PVB  "public silver" down behind
Jupiter in quadriga right
L SENTI D F in exergue

3.84 grams. Large diameter: 21 mm.
[$89, reduced to $79]

 

 

 

Roman Republican
Ti. Veturius, 137 BC
oath-taking scene. Two warriors face ech other, each holds a spear in l. and sword in r.
touches pig held by a figure kneeing between them
Crawford 234/1. Sear I 111
Nive toning. Reverse figures fully on the flan. Pig clear. [$110]

 

 

 

Roman Republican AE

[sold]

 

 



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Roman Imperial Silver and AE 
 

Early Imperial Fourrees

Fourrees with especially remarkable reverses. The original would be a very expensive coin, and finding an imitation of it is extremely unusual and the imitation may well be unique of its type.
Search vcoins under "fouree" and "fourree" to see what dull reverse types are offered for. You will probably never see these good types again.


AA

  [$69, reduced to $59] Augustus/receiving standards back from the Parthians "Signus Receptus"  CAESAR AVGVSTVS SIGN RECE hybrid.  
    This reverse does not normally have a portrait obverse. BMC 71 plate 3.1 for obverse legend and portrait. BMC plates 1.7-9, 2.2, 2.11-12 for obverse. Reverse of RIC 288, plate 5.  [$159 reduced to $69, reduced to $59]

 

 

AA

  [$59, now $49] Augustus, prototype of 15-13 BC commemorating Actium. IMP X ACT in exergue.
The Actian Apollo standing left holding plectrum and lyre.
Sear 1611, RIC 171a.   [$115, reduced to $59, reduced to $49]

More fourrees here.

 

 
 

Augustus (27 BC - 14 AD)


Augustus/Rhometalkes
11 BC - AD 12
19 mm.
SNG Copenhagen Thrace 1193
A two-headed coin. 
Sear Greek Imperial 5395 variety (different denomination)
[$25]

 

 

 Nero (54-68)

NN

[$49] Nero, 54-68 AD, at Caesarea Maritima (now in Israel)
Struck 68 AD, his last year.
23 mm. Head of Nero right/ Figure standing left holding human head and standard
PRC 4862 plate 176, Hendin 4th ed. 834 plate 34.  See Acts 18:22.  [$85, reduced to $45]
This coin is provincial, not imperial.

 

 


Nero
Cast Nero imitation as. 24 mm. 6.12 grams. Prototype is old Sear 690.

[Much rarer than imitation denarii. $59. In many years I have not seen another Nero limefalsa.]
RIC I 312-316 don't have head left and usually the type is 2 mm larger. (Casts tend to be smaller than the originals).
Cast after a prototype of 65-66 AD: NERO CAESAR AVG GERM/Victory standing left holding shield, S  C.  Like a "limesfalschung" it is cast and the details are weak.  It is very uncommon to find these as early as Nero. They usually have second century prototypes.  Heavy green patina. I have seen nothing else like it (and I have been paying attention for 30 years). [Much rarer than imitation denarii. $49. In many years I have not seen another Nero limefalsa.]  See the George Boon article on ancient imitations including limes-falsa.

 

Vitellius 
Here is a very nice tetradrachm of Roman Alexandria for Vitellius (one of the twelve Caesars and one of the short-lived emperors of the "year of the four emperors"-- AD 69).

 

Vitellius, AD 69.
24-23 mm (larger than late tetradrachms). 12.40 grams.
ex CNA (= CNG) auction IV, lot 264, September 21, 1988 (with ticket)
and before that, ex Malter (lot 40, uncertain catalog, with a ticket for $425).
Emmett 196 (one of only two types of tetradrachms for Vitellius at Alexandria)
[$349, reduced to $329 + shipping] Shipping $8 in the US, $11 elsewhere. I accept checks and PayPal and TransferWise.

 

 Titus 

Titus, IVDAEA CAPTA provincial type
IOVΔA IAΣ EAΛWKYIAΣ
Hendin 4th edition 743. AJC II 288,2
Struck at Caesarea
[$49, reduced to $32] A historical type. 

 

 

 

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Second Century

Trajan (98-117)

[$125]  Trajan, 98-117
AE31-30 mm. 23.91 grams.
Sestertius-sized provincial from a rare region. 
Koinon of Galatia.
Countermark with star in circle. 
Zeus seated left. 
BMC Greek Galatia 1.
Struck at Ancyra.
A search of "Trajan Galatia" produces none on vcoins or MA-Shops as I write.
Rare. Nice orichalcum color. [$125, reduced to $115]

 


 


Trajan, 98-117
quadrans, 16 mm.
Not his portrait, but a portrait of Hercules
IMP CAES TRAIAN AVG GERM
boar right, SC below.
RIC II 702v, page 294. 
[$27 SOLD]

 

 
Quadrans. Anonymous. early 2nd century AD
13 mm (small). 3.07 grams. 
Bust of Venus right
Dove standing right, S C
Sear I 2924
[$19]

 

 
Hadrian (117-138) 

[$119, reduced to $98] Here is a Hadrian sestertius of a good type:
RESTVTITVTORI ORBIS TERRARVM
Hadrian raising the restored world.The picture captures the coin well. The patina is mostly lovely but flacking around the rim so the much of the legend is only partly there. 
32 mm (a large coin). 
RIC 594a. Foss 21 [AD 118] [$149 + $5 in the US, reduced to $119+$5]
Please compare this sestertius and its price with others of Hadrian on your favorite sites. This one has a good type, good portrait, and good color.

 

 

  

Antoninus Pius (138-161)

 

[$95, reduced to $85] Antoninus Pius. A.D. 138-161. AR denarius (19 mm, 3.32 g, 6 h). Rome, A.D. 151/2. IMP CAES T AEL HADR [AN]-TONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head of Antoninus Pius right / TR POT XIIII COS IIII around, PAX in exergue, Pax standing facing, head left, holding olive-branch and scepter. RIC 200c; BMC 729; RSC 582. Very gentle toning. Extremely fine. Look at the (lack of) wear!  [$95, reduced to $85]

 

 

[$79, reduced to $69]  Faustina II, wife of Marcus Aurelius
CONCORDIA
BMC (Antoninus Pius) 1086, page 164 "c.152-156"
Hair bun on the back of her head making an uncommon hairstyle for her.   [$79, reduced to $65]

 

 

 
 Commodus  (177-193)

[$149, reduced to $129] Commodus 190-193
Liberalitas type
LIB AVG IIII TRP VI IMP IIII COS II
databable to a single year -- 181.
BMC 53, Sear --, but close to 5655.
RIC 22, page 368.
Light beard. Outstanding surfaces. Looks just like the photo.

Excellent type with lots of references--to his Liberality (IIII), victories (IMP IIII) Tribune power (TRP VI) consulship (II).  [$129]

 

 

 

Pertinax, 86 days in 193 AD, Jan 1 - March 28. 

Pertinax[$995 SOLD+12] Denarius. 18 mm. 3.29 grams. 12:30 die axis.
IMP CAES P HELV PERTIN AVG
nicely centered and excellent surfaces.
VOT DECEN TRP COS II
Pertinax standing left over tripod altar.
RIC 13a (R2 = very rare).  BMC 24, plate 1.20.
Excellent portrait, centering, metal, toning, and surfaces. A rarity you can appreciate forever.
Guaranteed genuine, of course.  Even at this magnification this coin looks great! That is because it is!
[$995, SOLD reduced to $895 SOLD + $12 shipping. Sale only in the US! You can get a Pertinax for less, but not with this quality. You must admit this is a very nice coin!] 

 

 

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Third Century:

Septimius Severus

[sold]

Geta


GG
  [$39, reduced to $34] Geta, 198-212.
AE18-16. Marcianopolis, Lower Moesia.
tripod with rising snake.
SGI obverse of 2781, but not the reverse
Ex Schinke at 1995 CICF. Lovely patina [$85, reduced to $39]
 


SCSC

  [$59, reduced to $49] Septimius Severus (on right) and Caracalla (on left) at Beruit (Berytus). Two heads!
  AE23-22, 8.16 grams. SGI city and obverse of 2301, different reverse.
  L&K 2264. BMC Berytus 130. SNG Copenhagen Phoenicia 107. [$59]

 

 

 

Geta, Serdica. 19 mm. 
His bust right/CEP ΔON (for "of Serdica")
Asclepius standing left with attribute snake-coiled staff.
BMC --. Good lettering and centering. [$23]

 

 

 



Caracalla:

C

[$69, reduced to $55] Caracalla, Tarsos mint
26 mm. 8.70 grams
AH / MI in wreath
Sear Greek Imperial --, SNG Danish Tarsos 369. SNG France 2:1560   [$95, reduced to $59]

 

 


CC

  [$23, reduced to $19] Caracalla and Julia Domna/ Serapis head reverse
  Marcinopolis 6.19.6.5
  Moushmov 47b
  AE27-26    [$29, reduced to $23]

 

 


CC

 [$19, reduced to $16] Caracalla, 196-198-217
  at Nicopolis ad Istrum, Moushmov 1077
  Serapis head reverse. Good detail.
  AE19-16.  2.67 grams
  Head of Serapis  [$19]

 




CC

[$55, reduced to $47] Caracalla, 196-198-217
AE27-25
Struck at Marcianopolis, Lower Moesia
eagle standing front, head right
well-centered and fully legible with nice even surface.  [$95, reduced to $55]
ex Fred Shore, 1991 Chicago ANA

 

 


CC

  [$37, reduced to $33] Caracalla.  24 mm.
Minted at Stobi, Macedon
Victory with wreath right
SGI --, Lindgren Europe -- (reverse of 1147 for Julia Domna), Lindgren III --, SNG Copenhagen II plate 8.335 variety, Weber II 2281 variety. Deep olive green patina.  [$49, reduced to $37]

 

 

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Elagabal (218-222)


  


[$95, reduced to $85]  Elagabalus, 218-222
LIBERTAS AVG
Libery standing with cap of liberty
Sear 7523. RIC 107
Lovely portrait with his large eyes.
Very high grade well-centered, and excellent portrait. Well-struck on the whole flan. A really good coin. [$89]

 



SASA Elagabal at Antioch on Orontes. AE19. 4.53 grams. Sear GI --. Butcher, CRS 470 but bust left, page 385, plate 14.  High grade [$39, reduced to $29]

 

 

 


EE

Elagabalus at Tyre, Phoenicia. large: 30 mm.  Astarte standing left, placing her hand on trophy, holds transvers scepter, crowned by Nike on column right, palm to left SEPT IM TYRO SGI 3117 BMC Phoenicia, Tyre, 389.  rev. illustrated plate XXXIII.1. small figure "Marysas of the forum" to the right.  Large and quite clear.  [$65, reduced to $49]

 

 

E

Elagabalus, 218-222.
CONCORDIA MILIT, two standards and two eagles.
18-16 mm.
Sear 7505. RIC IV-2 187.  Antioch mint, A.D. 218-219.  High grade portrait and interesting military connection with four standards.  [$125, reduced to $79]

 

 
 

[$59] Moesia Inferior, Marcianopolis. Elagabalus. A.D. 218-222. Æ (26 mm, 10.75 g, 1 h). A.D. 222. Sergius Titianus, consular legate. AVT K M AVPH ANTΩNEINOC, laureate head of Elagabalus right / VP CEPΓ TITIANOV MAPKIANOΠOλIT-Ω-N, Hera standing facing, head left, holding patera and scepter. Hristova & Jekov 6.226.3.14; Varbanov 1459. Attractive multi-hued green patina, small flan flaw on obverse. Very fine. Ex Triskeles 19, 337 (buyer never paid). [$59, reduced to $55]

 

 

 



Severus Alexander (222-235)

Severus Alexander at Alexandria, Egypt
222-235, struck year 2. 24-23 mm. 13.35 grams.
Lovely glossy dark surfaces with just the right amount of lighter highlighting.
Emmett 3099. Milne 2896.
ex Gert Boersema in 2006. [$125]
 

 

 

Samaria, Neapolis
Mt. Gerizim with a temple on top, columnade across the bottom, steps up it.
Severus Alexander, 222-235
23 mm. 12.88 grams. 
BMC 113 is similar without the c/m.
Sear Greek Imperial 3375.
[$29, reduced to $22]

 

 


SASA

Severus Alexander AE26-24 at Marcianopolis. Governor Julius Fetus named.
eagle with half-spread wings.  Sear GI obverse of 3269, same reverse legend. Moushmov 714 photo on the web (that one is slightly worse and was $85) [$35, reduced to $27]

 

 

 

 

a

Syria, Seleucis and Pieria. Antiochia ad Orontem. Severus Alexander. A.D. 222-235. Large. AE octoassarion (32 mm, 17.01 g, 11 h). AVT KAIC MAP AVP CEO AΛEΞANΔPOC CEB, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / ANTIOXЄΩN MHTPO KOΛΩ, turreted, draped, and veiled bust of Tyche right; above, ram leaping right, head left; Δ-Є and S-C across field. McAlee 845c; BMC 484; Butcher 493. Fine, rough.  [$59, reduced to $47]

 

 

J


Julia Mamae imitation
IVNO CONSERVATRIX
19 mm.
RIC prototype 343. BMC 43
[$29] Rare to find her as an imitation.  


 


Maximus, son of Maximinus Thrax, the Giant.

[sold]



Gordian III  (238-244)
 

Gordian III, 238-244. Silver drachm of Caesarea, Cappadocia. 18 mm.
Much like a denarius, but from the East and with Greek lettering.
Supplement your Gordian III group with something different!
Mt. Argeaus, well-centered. ET
Δ = year 4   [$59]

 

 

 

GG

Gordian III, 238-244. AE 27. Hadrianopolis. Fortuna = Tyche with rudder. smoothing. Fully legible legends. [$39, reduced to $27]

 

 

 

 

 

 

[$75] Moesia Inferior, Nicopolis ad Istrum. Gordian III. A.D. 238-244. Æ (28 mm, 14.20 g, 1 h). A.D. 241-244. Sabinus Modestus, consular legate. AVT K M ANTΩNIOC ΓOPΔIANOC · (sic), radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Gordian III right / [VΠ] CAB MOΔЄCT(OV) N-IKOΠOΛЄIT(ΩN) (ΠΡ)OC I/C/T, Tyche standing facing, head left, holding rudder and cornucopiae. Hristova & Jekov -, but cf. 8.36.38.1-8; cf. Varbanov 4244 (rev. legend). Green patina with moderate earthen deposits. Very fine.  [$75, reduced to $65]

 

 



Philip (244-249)


PP

  Philip, 244-249
  28 mm.
  Struck at Viminacium, Moesian Superior
  Sear GI 3874
  28 mm. 15.30 grams. Large
  The bull and the lion were the emblems of legions VII and IV which were quartered in the province.
  Even dark green patina. [$49, reduced to $36]
 

 

[$69, reduced to $59] Syria, Seleucis and Pieria. Antiochia ad Orontem. Philip I. A.D. 244-249. BI tetradrachm (26 mm, 10.92 g, 7 h). Cos. III (A.D. 247). AVTOK K M IOVΛI ΦIΛIΠΠOC CЄB, radiate and cuirassed bust of Philip I left, gorgoneion on breastplate / ΔHMAΡX ЄΞOVCIAC VΠA TO Γ, eagle, wings displayed, standing right, holding wreath in beak; in exergue, ANTIOXIA/S C in two lines. McAlee 919a; Prieur 354. Usual surface porosity, green deposits on reverse. Very fine.  

 

 

 

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Philip I, 244-249. 23 mm radiate.
AEQVITAS AVGG  High grade. Better metal than shows in the photo. Look at the crispness of detail on Aequitas [$69, reduced to $53]

 

 

PP

Philip II at Antioch in Pisidia, AE27. 970 grams. SGI --, McClean 8964. BNC Pisidia Antioch 120 (no photo)  [$35, reduced to $23]

 

 

 

PA

Philip II at Antioch in Pisidia. AE25. 10.22 grams. SGI --. L&K I 1235 for Philip I. [$39, reduced to $29]
 

 

 

 

 

 

P2P2
Philip II, 244-249
Struck at Nisibis, Mesopotamia, the easternmost city of the Roman empire, and much in the history books as a city under siege by Sasanians or Romans.
Sear GI 4157. BMC Mesopotamia Nesibi [sic] 23
City goddess seated facing, ram running right bove, head back, in temple with four colums with spiral fluting, city god swimming right below.
Bust left
ex CCE Sept. 1981 lot 159. The city is mentioned in Acts 7:2. Nice dark green patina. [$95, reduced to $59]

 

  


Trajan Decius (249-251)

 

Trajan Decius, 249-251
23-21 mm.
PANNONIAE, the two Pannoniae standing with standards.
RIC 21b.
ex PMV Coins, August 20, 1982 "Late summer list, lot 94"  which said "ex Dorset Museum Collection" at $45 [in 1982!]

A nice location reference.  [$49]

 

 


TDTD

Trajan Decius, 249-251
23 mm. Struck at Nikomedia in Bithynia
SNG von Aulock 7128 Sear GI --, SNG Copenhagen --
Equitas, Gamma (3) in left field.
Fully legible, well-centered. [$85, reduced to $55]

 

 


TDTD

Trajan Decius, 249-251.  13.27 grams. 26 mm. PMS COL VIM Viminacium, year XI. SGI-- but similar to 4164, but with longer obverse legend. BMC Thrace 28,  [$39, reduced to $23]

 

 
 


a

Cilicia, Hierapolis-Castabala.
Trebonianus Gallus. A.D. 251-253. AE 30 (29.8 mm, 13.82 g, 5 h). AVT K ΓAΛΛOC CEBAC, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind / KACTABAΛEΩN IEPOΠOΛEI, turreted and draped bust of Tyche right. SNG France -; SNG Levante 1596 var (obv and rev legends); BMC -; SNG von Aulock -. Fine, rough surfaces. Rare variety.  [$59, reduced to $39]

 

 
 

Valerian (253-260)

 [$79, reduced to $65] Valerian (253-260) 

Struck at Heliopolis, Coele-Syria
253)-23 mm, thick, 11.70 grams.
agnostic urn on table with ornamental legs
COL HEL
Sear Greek Imperial --
L&K --, Lindgren III 1283variety (legend), Weber --, McClean 9440 variety, BMC Syria --
SNG Copenhagen Syria -- (439 has urn with no table, SNG Righetti --
[$79, reduced to $69]  Ex Colosseum Coin Exchange, list of April 1988, lot 106.

 

 


VV

Valerian at Flaviopolis, Cilicia. 253-260 AD. AE27-26. 11.99 grams. bust right/bust of Zeus right (not the usual Serapis w.  slightly larger flan).  Sear GI --, SNG France --, SNG Cop--, SNG von Aulock --, Lindgren & Kovacs --, L III --, SNG Righetti 1558, very similar. Note how few collections have this type.  Rare [$49, reduced to $39]  (This reverse type is sometimes on Maximinus I.)

 

 

Gallienus (253-268)



[$95, reduced to $79] Gallienus, 30 mm.
Struck at Side in Pamphylia
E countermark over the original "IA" at the neck.
E = 5 assaria. Howgego Countermark 805
Sear Greek Imperial --,
von Aulock -- cf, plate 158, volume II for Valerian
L&K 1174 for obverse
SNG Copenhagen VI Pamphlia -- Supplement 523
Weber III --, SNG Righetti 1309 variety
ex Cederlind at $100, his #345 (list date uncertain, maybe 1990s?)  
[$95, reduced to $75] 

 

 
 

[$69, reduced to $59] Pamphylia, Perga. Gallienus. A.D. 253-268. Æ decassarion (32 mm, 17.18 g, 1 h). AVT KAI [ΠΟ Λ] ΓAΛΛΠHNO CЄB (sic), laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Gallienus right, before, I / ΠЄΡ-ΓΑΙΩΝ, Elpis advancing left, holding flower and raising hem of skirt. SNG BN 579 (same obv. die); SNG von Aulock 4728 (same obv. die). Dark brown patina, some porosity. Very fine  [$69]

 

 

 

GG

Gallienus, Antioch in Pisidia.
29 mm. 13.02 grams.
It is less green than the image and more black.
Roman wolf and twins right.
SGI 4601. SNG France 3, 1326  (This one is slightly better than theirs)  [$109, reduced to $89
, reduced to $69]

 

 


a

Troas, Alexandria Troas. Gallienus. A.D. 253-268. AE 21 (20.8 mm, 4.22 g, 6 h). IMP LICIN GALLIENV, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / COL AVG TRO, horse grazing right. SNG Turkey 9 182; Bellinger A 451; SNG Cop 204. VF, blue-green patina.  [$59, reduced to $49] Nice quality.




Civic

Troas, Alexandria Troas. Civic issue. Mid-late 3rd century A.D. AE 23 (23.0 mm, 5.85 g, 7 h). CO ALEX TRO, turreted and draped bust of Tyche right; vexillum behind / COL AVG TROA, she-wolf right, head left, suckling the twins Remus and Romulus. cf. Bellinger A495; SNG Copenhagen 104-7. VF.  [$49, reduced to $39]

 

 

 

Gallo-Roman:
 

[$225] Marius, Gallo-Roman emperor for a very short period (ancient literature says two days! However, numismatists think it must be more like a month or more, c. May 269- August)
IMP C M MAVR MARIVS AVG
VICTORIA AVG
Sear III.11124
RIC 17
Number 128 on the ERIC II revised list of frequencies. A rare emperor!
[$225, reduced to $195 + $6 shipping in the US, $9 abroad]

 

 

 

Central Empire, Claudius II and later:

[$89, reduced to $79] Claudius II, Gothicus
268-270
17 mm. 2.66 grams
DIVO CLAVDIO GOTHICO
altar
CONSECRATIO
ex Empire list 23 lot C198 July 1984 at $50
The best obverse legend with his famous "GOTHICO" title.
RIC 264, Foss Quintillus 2 
Good portrait and strong GOTHICO
[$89]

 

 

Claudius II, 268-270
19 mm.
VIRTVS AVG, Mars walking right
RIC 172. Sear III 11385 [$25] ex Malter in 1980

 


CC

Claudius II, 268-270.
Double strike minting oddity.
19 mm. 1.95 grams.
VIRTVS AVG
One strike 50% off-center. A clear example of the striking process.
Sear 11383.  [$21]

 

 

For a page of ancient imitations from the third century, see here.

 

Claudius II, 268-270, posthumus
23-21 mm.
CONSECRATIO
eagle
RIC 266.
ex Harlan J. Berk at the Philadelphia ANA August 8, 2000, at $30.
Here, full silvering, which is very unusual. 
[$47]

 

 

Claudius II, 268-270
21 mm. 2.72 grams.
AEQVITAS AVG
RIC --.  Reverse type is common, but not with this obverse legend.
Sear III 11316 variety (no "PF")
Cunetio Treasure has this obverse legend only at Milan.
Large flan with excellent centering and very will struck reverse from a fresh die. This is unusual for Claudius II, whose coins are often considered the nadir before the reform of Aurelian.  
This one is really special. vcoins has 600 hits on "Claudius II" and none have this combination of full flan, good strike, good dies, and rarity. [$89]

 

 


Aurelian

 

Aurelian usually comes as a radiate, either pre-reform or post reform. He also comes as a scarcer "denarius"--however almost always VICTORIA AVG. Far rarer, offered less than once a year, I think, is this PROVIDEN AVG denarius type. 
None on vcoins. None at MA-Shops. 
Roma had one, not better, in e-sale 27 for $143 including fees + shipping. CNG had one in 2010 for $185 + 12% + shipping. Elsen had one in 2011 for $207 + fees + shipping.
IMP C AVRELIANVS AVG laureate bust right
PROVIDEN AVG
Providentia standing left holding wand over globe.
RIC 68 rare denomination [$65 +$4 in the US]


VV

Aurelian/Vabalathus. 271-272 AD
ex Schulman Dec. 1974, lot 1696.
Aurelian radiate bust right/ Vabalathus laureate bust right 
Clear name [$33, reduced to $21 SOLD]

 

 

 

 Probus (276-282)

 

Probus, 276-282
25-22 mm. 4.03 grams.
Bust left in imperial mantle holding eagle-tipped scepter
SOLI INVICTO
RIC 202 Rome

ex Aegis Coins, list 8, lot 89, January 1982, at $35. Here [$47]
 

 

 

  

Probus, 276-282
22-21 mm. Struck for his arrival in Rome in 276
ADVENTVS AVG   (ADVENTVS = Arrival)
RIC 158v (no "S" in field)
Sear III 11953 with bust right

Lovely rust toning [$39]

 

 

Probus, 276-282
22 mm.
SALVS AVG
RIC V.II 748Q, Sear III 12029
Lovely glossy brown. Lots of detail. Well-struck. Dan Clark auction July 31, 1990, lot 43, at $72. Here only [$49] 

 

 

Probus, 276-282
22-20 mm.
PAX AVG
RIC 706 Siscia. Sear III 12000 [$44] ex Berk in 1994

 

 
 

Probus, 276-282
23 mm
SOLI INVICTO with gorgeous spread quadriga facing
RIC 911. Sear III 12041.
ex Dan Clark auction June 13, 1984, lot 83. [$59 SOLD]

 

 

 

Tacitus

[sold]

Florian 

 

Florian, 276 (less than one year), after Aurelian and before Probus
CONCORDIA MILITVM
Sear III 11853. RIC 116 Cyzicus mint.
Some silvering. Well-centered. Lovely. High grade. Good portrait. [$155 SOLD]

 

 
Carus and Family

Numerian, 283-284
VIRTVS AVGG
RIC 466. Sear III 12257
Look at the hair detail. Thin gray silvering. Lots of detail on the reverse figures.
High grade!  [$65]

 

 

 

Carinus (283-285)

Carinus, 282-285, as Augustus
21 mm.
SAECVLI FELICITAS
RIC V.II 214 page 166.
Excellent portrait detail. [$85]

 

 

Numerian, 282-283-284
Struck as Caesar at Antioch
21 mm.
VIRTVS AVGGG   (three G's, for Carus, Carinus, and Numerian)
ex Dan Clark auction, July 2, 1997, lot 341, at $50.
Good portrait. Here [$63]
 

 

 
 

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