Augustus Coins: Roman coins, Greek coins, Byzantine coins, and other ancient coins for sale
Interesting ancient coins, offered by Augustus Coins
If you want to buy ancient coins and you are in the US, you are beginning at the right page. My coins are inexpensive; all cost much less than $1000. If you want to learn more about ancient coins, visit my educational ancient-coin website (begun in 1997 and expanded very many times since then). If you like to learn from books, visit my page of ancient-coin literature. For more about me, see see here.
Contents: This is the main page with Roman coins and some of newest listings from other series too, at the top. For late Roman, Byzantine, or Greek coins, or books about them, use the links to the left.
Skip down to Republican, 1st C, 2nd C, or 3rd C
3rd C. more precisely: Septimius Severus, Caracalla, Elagablal, Severus Alexander,
Gordian III, Philip, Valerian, Gallienus, Gallo-Roman, Claudius II, Aurelian,
Probus, Tacitus, Carus and Family
Recent: 2023, June 8: Every coin on this page had its price reduced today. Most coins on the Tetrarachy page had their prices reduced today. Constantine on the Constantinian page.
2023, June 4: Crusader of Tancred, two late Byzantine tetartera on the Byzantine page.
2023, June 2: Very nice M. CATO Republican denarius (top of this page). Very nice Class F anonymous follis on the Byzantine page.
2023, May 25: First Crusade: Tancred of Antioch (top of this page).
Prices are in brackets: [$xx].
To order, or simply to ask me questions, write me, Warren, at .
(I am on Pacific time, so if you are in the east and write me at 8:00 am it is only 5:00 am where I am.)
My page of terms, which are essentially repeated here:
Terms of Sale. I prefer to sell to customers in the US. Please tell me if you are not in the US (I might not be able to ship it inexpensively. It changes shipping costs a lot).
After I confirm I still have the coin:
If you are in the US you can pay with Zelle (preferred) or PayPal to my e-mail address. (I also accept checks.) (Why I prefer Zelle.)
If you are outside the US, a VERY BIG CHANGE as of Jan. 21, 2021. Last time I mailed to an address outside the US the price jumped from the previous $3 to $17.25. Wow! The new Post Office software no longer allows me to mail an envelope as a letter if it has coins in it. See more here.
Shipping in the US is $2 for orders under $25, $3 up to $50, $4 up to $100, and an additional $2 for each hundred thereafter.
Shipping to other countries: See about new (Jan. 2021) very high shipping costs here.
All coins are guaranteed genuine.
Reminder: When you buy a coin you must add in the shipping cost. Don't think a coin offered at $20 elsewhere will cost you $20. It won't. Shipping could easily be $6 or more. In contrast, I charge only $2 for shipping a $20 coin in the US.
Purple means "SOLD" and no longer available
Newest first. After that, Roman coins before the 4th century are in chronological order below. Later Roman coins are on other pages linked in the sidebar.
(Greek, Byzantine, and other coins are on their own pages with links at the top left.)
Newest next. Skip the newest coins and go down to Roman coins in chronological order
Roman Republican denarius
18.7-18.0 mm. 3.82 grams.
Diademed female bust right
ROM M CATO (AT ligate)
Victory seated right, plam over shoulder
VICTRIX (TR ligate)
Sear I 246
Nice centering (all the obverse legend is on and VICTRIX is all on, too) and good surfaces. [$225, reduced to $185 SOLD]
Do you want a better one? Here's one that went for $3,300 plus fees, in spite of the "MCATO" not being fully on the flan!
17-16 mm. "half follis"
Struck late 312-early 313
Pax standing holding branch and standard
RP in exergue
XII in field left RIC VI Rome 356. Only at Rome, page 391.
[$125, reduced to $95]
Rare. Please compare to prices elsewhere.
ex Esty collection.
ex Aegis-Argos Feb. 11, 1983.
Arcadius (383-408). AE.
4.65 g. 22mm.
Obv: D N ARCADIVS P F AVG. Bust of Arcadius, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed, right, holding spear and shield in front; above, hand of God holding wreath.
Rev: GLORIA ROMANORVM SMKB (I think)
Emperor, head left, standing facing, holding standard in right hand and resting left on shield; to left, captive seated left, head turned right.
Ref: RIC Cyzcius 15 "scarce" 19 Jan. 383 - 25 Aug. 383. (At Cyzicus it was a short issue.)
Nice earthen cover and clear hand-of-God. [$37, reduced to $35] Please compare to comparable coins on vcoins which are at least $65.
Look at the details! His right arm. The broach at his right shoulder. The pearls in the diadem. The spear. Wow!
Sear 20484 at $150 in EF and this one is EF. [$87, reduced to $79]
Compare to this one which sold for $220 plus fees:
Books! Coinage and Finances in the Reign of Domitian: A.D. 81-96 (BAR International) Paperback, 1983. Beautifully hardbound in heavy red cloth covers. Somebody did a nice job having it covered. The original cardcover book and its cover is all there after a flyleaf. Title in black on the spine. Unmarked and seems nearly new. [ $119+$5 shipping.]
(For other books and catalogs, see http://augustuscoins.com/numislit.html ]
Book. The large two-volume book by Estiot on coins of Aurelian and Florian, "Monnaies de l'Empire Romain, D' Aureline a Florien, 270-276", with 456 pages in French (most lists, tables, and coin IDs, easy to read), plus 100 page plates and 16 pages of color enlargements and many tables. This copy is excellent.
None on Amazon. AddAll at $199 or $220 but shipped from Europe.
Here, a very good copy at $180, reduced to $165, including shipping in the US only.
Book. Massive. Greek coins. SNG France 6.1 "Italie, Étrurie - Calabre" Paris 2003. 141 page plates of excellent photographs (better than older SNGs). Nearly new [$79 shipping in the US included] 12" x 8 1/2" by 1 1/2". Heavy glossy paper.
Please compare prices with those on acsearch and vcoins and any other sites you use. I intend my prices to be below the prices for comparable coins anywhere else.
***** I also have a page of numismatic literature (ancient-coin auction catalogs, books) for sale.
Roman Imperial Silver and AE
Augustus (27 BC - 14 AD)
Hadrian, 117-138. Struck c. 117. The smallest Roman denomination! Sometimes called an "uncia." It is much smaller than a quadrans.
Struck very near the beginning of his reign, c. 117. (The only other coin of a similar type is of Trajan, which is distinguished only by its portrait of Trajan. See the next coin.)
10.5-9.5 mm. 1.15 grams. Tiny!
His bust right with no legend.
"SC" in wreath.
Sear II 3250, page 170 "Rome, 112-117"
RIC Hadrian 629b.
Sear II 3705 page 170
Tiny! Good portrait for the small size. [$39, reduced to $33] PRC III 3681 Antioch "chalkous" "product of Rome." "Struck for circulation in Syria". It seems these of Hadrian are poorly made compared to those of Trajan. This one is nice "for type."
19 mm fourré. (ancient imitation) 2.53 grams.
IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG
/PM TRP COS III, Victory right holding trophy forward
plated piece: 19 mm. 6:00. 2.53 grams
Remarkably nice reverse.
Prototype: RIC 101 "AD 119-122", BMC 212, plate 51.1. Hill 237 "AD 123"
[$29, reduced to $27]
ex Esty collection of ancient imitations (old photo taken with a scanner back in the day).
Antoninus Pius (138-161)
Antoninus Pius, 138-161
Denarius 18 mm. 3.09 grams.
without the title Augustus ("as Caesar")
Antonius Pius and Marcus Aurelius were designated heirs of Hadrian. When the senate declined to deify Hadrian, Antoninus Pius declined to take the title Augustus. The senate caved to the pressure.
IMP T AEL CAES ANTONINVS (His name included "Titus" and he used "Aelius," one of the names of Hadrian)
TRIB POT COS
Pietas standing by altar raising right hand
bare head right
RIC II.3 Hadrian 452a
Old RIC 2 (the Hadrian volume) Hadrian 445 "138, Feb. 25 - July 19)
Pietas has a component of caring for your parents and Antoninus Pius says, with this coin, that he expects Hadrian, his adoptive father, to be cared for by deification.
This coin is early in the first year as can be seen by TRIB POT without a number and not even "DES II" which is used near the end of the year to assert he is designated to be TRIB POT II next year. [$145, reduced to $125]
Diva Faustina I (died 141 AD).
AE As (26mm, 11.41 g),
DIVA FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, draped bust right.
AETERNITAS / S - C,
Providentia standing left, holding long sceptre and globe.
[$39, reduced to $35] Much larger than a denarius. Orichalcum.
Maximinus Thrax (235-238)
Philip I, 244-249
Sestertius-diameter coin from the
Samosata mint on the Euphrates
31 mm. 16.55 grams.
Radiate bust right
City goddess seated left on rocks, holding out eagle, Pegasus leaping at her feet.
Butcher Coinage in Roman Syria, page 475, Philip 31 radiate
BMC Syria, Commagene, Samosata 51 (laureate)
[$35, reduced to $29 SOLD]
Philip II, 244-249
Roman Provincial from Nisibis
an outpost in upper Mesopotamia that features many times in the history books as the Romans and Sasanians battle over it.
25-24 mm. 9.26 grams.
AYTOK KMIOYΛI ΦIΛIΠΠOC CEB
IOΛ CEΠKOΛΩ NECIBI MHT
Sear Greek Imperial 4157
BMC Mesopotamia Nesibi 23
Lindgren and Kovacs 2604
[$45, reduced to $39 SOLD]
Trajan Decius (249-251)
Trebonianus Gallus. A.D. 251-253
Central Empire, Claudius II (268-270) and later:
For a page of ancient imitations from the third century, see here.
Vabalathus and Aurelian.
Antoninianus. 19mm, 3.5 g.
Antioch mint, Struck A.D. 270-272.
VABALATHVS V C R IM D R, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Vabalathus right, seen from behind
IMP C AVRELIANVS AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust of Aurelian right // H.
[$45, reduced to $39]
Go to, on this page, Republican, 1st C, 2nd C, or 3rd C
Caracalla, Elagablal, Severus Alexander, Gordian III, Philip, Valerian, Gallienus, Gallo-Roman, Claudius II, Aurelian, Probus, Tacitus, Carus and Family
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Roman: Diocletian through Licinius (the tetrarchy) or
with Constantinian coins,
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To order, or simply to ask me questions, write me, Warren, at