Interesting ancient coins

: This main page has Roman coins and some of newest listings from other series too, at the top.  For late Roman, Byzantine, or Greek coins, or ancient-coin books, use the links to the left.

Skip down to Republican, 1st C, 2nd C, or 3rd C

This site:  April 24:  Rare Justinian Sear 213 with mintmark ANTIX on the Byzantine page.
April 22: Three coins of the quarter-follis denomination of 305-306 AD on the tetrarchy page. I added a "junk box" which you may pick from if you order anything else from this group of pages. That is, with any order, visit the junkbox and see if there is anything else you want at those low prices. 
April 17:  Almost all prices on this page reduced. Licinius collection added to the tetrarchy page. They are some really nice coins! Take a look! All prices on the page with coins of Roman Alexandria reduced


Prices are in brackets: [$xx].

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Purple means "SOLD" and no longer available.

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Some especially interesting items:  Pertinax denarius,  extremely rare denomination of Tacitus.

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

  Skip coins of the Republic to go down to those of the empire.


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.





Maximins II, 310-313
AE27-24.  Large.
RIC Cyzicus 43. 
ex Empire, 7 Oct. 1985 at $42.

Lovely surfaces and great portrait detail.



Phraates IV, 38-2 BC
28-27 mm
Sellwood 52
CΠC in the upper middle field
Sellwood 51.19

Large and with lots of the legend visible. It has two lines all around and many clip one of the two entirely.
When you compare prices, be sure to compare legends, too.  [$145, reduced to $125]


Here is a Hadrian sestertius of a good type:
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 $129+$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.


Diocletian, 284-305
28 mm. Lovely large green follis.
I bought it for the gorgeous green color.
RIC Antioch 52a "c. 299-300"
Good centering and detail (even abs on Genius) and remakably nice patina. [$69]



Diocletian, 284-305
21-20 mm.
Post-reform radiate from Alexandria
RIC VI Alexandria 46
Lovely chocolate brown surfaces


Diocletian (284-305)
27-25 mm. London mint. RIC London 28a. "c. 303 onward"
ex Stoffel Vogelaar Collection, CNG 204, lot 295 (part) [$65, reduced to $59]




Diocletian, 284-305.
27 mm. Struck at Heraclea, c. 297-8. RIC Heraclea 17a. High quality with excellent details, for example the beard on the portrait and the cape on Genius. [$69]







Tancred of Antioch AD 1104-1112. 24 mm. 
Bust facing with spear over shoulder. IC XC NI KA in a cross, copying the usual Byzantine anonymous bronze Class C reverse. 
Coins of the Crusader States Tancred 4a [$59 + 4 shipping in the US SOLD]





Valens, 365-378. Fomous for lsing the Battle of Adrianople. Siliqua. 18 mm. 2.09 grams. Visible stains and flan crack. RIC Antioch 34b8. RSC 96s.
Well struck with a good portrait and legend.

[$159 + $5, reduced to $149+$5]





Elagabal, 218-222.
17-16 mm. 
Struck at Marcianopolis.
Bunch of grapes hanging.
Appropriate for all you wine drinkers, for that is surely the reference.
Moushmov 620.
BMC Thrace page 35 #55.
[The bit of white on the reverse photo is not there. The coin does not have that white. It is a nice and even warm brown.
[$39, reduced to $35]


Can you guess who this is?
The general time period is clear, but the coin was minted at Antioch with an unusual obverse legend, making it hard to identify.

is the beginning of the legend and for most collectors that does not help.
It continues
which solves the mystery.
RIC Volusian 234c, page 185 "R"
Lovely Antioch black&tan patina
[$24, reduced to $21]


JDecentius, brother of Magnentius
22-18 mm. 
VOT/V/MVLT/X on shield held by two Victories.
R S in exergue. RIC Rome 219. "C. Spring 351-26 Sept. 352" Failmezger 440
Lovely. Strong portrait.
Full mintmark. [$59 SOLD]


Julia Mamae fourree
19 mm.
RIC prototype 343. BMC 43





Septimius Severus, 193-211. Tetradrachm stuck at Laodicea.
Prier "The Syro-Phoenician Tetradrachms" 1148 [possibly the same dies] 11 examples noted. Dated to 208-209.
Feel free to crack it out of the slab.  [$175, reduced to $155] . Please compare with vcoins prices. I am not charging more for the slab. (Search: Septimius tetradrachm )


Begin Roman coins in chronological order

Roman Republican


Roman Republican. 123 BC. 18-17 mm. 3.92 grams.
M. Fannius C.F.
Sear 150. Crawford 275/1. RSC Fannia 1
Helmeted head of Roma right, ROMA behind.
Victory in quadriga right
M FAN C F . in exergue. [$89, reduced to $79]


A Roman Republican denarius of P. Nerva, 113 or 112 BC with a famous voting scene:
Crawford 292/1. Sear 169. 18-6 mm. ROMA left with spear over far shoulder.
Only 2.77 grams. Light, but official anyway. P NERVA.
Voter crossing bridge stoops to get ballot from attendant while a second voter casts his into the voting urn on the right.
The coin itself is much more silvery than the grey photo. I need to take a new photo, or you can be pleased when you get it. Well-centered. You can see the horseman on the shield, and all the elements of the voting scene. [$119 + $5 shipping in the US SOLD]



P. Crepuius, with C. Limetan and L. Censorin.  82 BC.  17 mm. 3.54 grams.
Crawford 360/1b. Sear 284,
Bust of Venus right with L CENSORIN down on left
Venus in biga right, C LIMETA (ligate) below horses

P CREPVSI below. Roman numeral VIII = 8 above.
Three moneyers for the price of one!   [$69, reduced to $55]


SCRIBRoman Republican. 62 or 63 BC.
Scribonia 8a.
Head of Bonus Eventus, the God of good fortune
The Puteal was in the forum near the arch of Fabius.
The reverse refers to money lending and the debt crisis of 63 BC [according to Harlan]
Crawford 416/1a.  high grade, lovely toning. 3.81 grams. [$195, reduced to $169 SOLD]



L. Aemilius Lepidus Paullus. AR Denarius, 62 BC.
Veiled and diademed head of Concord right; PAVLLVS LEPIDVS CONCORDIA around.
TER above trophy, L. Aemilius Paullus on right, Perseus and his two sons as prisoners on left, PAVLLVS in exergue. Crawford 415/1. Sear 366. Stained (could be cleaned?), but historical and well-centered with all the legends. 3.63 grams. Well-centered with full legends. [$75, reduced to $65 SOLD]

Roman Republican, 58 BC.
REX ARETAS kneeling before camel
The submission of King Aretas
Crawford 422/1b. Sear 379
M. Aemilius Scarus and P. Hypaesus Aed Cur
There are lots of stories about this type which refers to an event in the life of the moneyer (the first such type). Often the key legend "REX ARETAS" is not clear, but this one is.  [$125, reduced to $75 SOLD]


Roman Republican AE


20 mm. Anonymous semiuncia. c. 217-215 BC  (Hanniballic war period)
Head of Mercury with winged helmet right.
ROMA above prow right.
Crawford 38/7.
Weber 181. [$45, reduced to $29 SOLD]


Anonymous triens. 23 mm. 7.47 grams.
"after 211 BC"
Crawford 56/4
Roma helmeted right with four dots above (denoting it a triens, 3 make 12)
prow right, four dots below, ROMA above. [$49 , reduced to $29]


anonymous quadrans with star. 19 mm. 169-158 BC.
Crawford 196/4
Hercules head right, three dots.
Prow right, three dots below, star to right. [$29, reduced to $17]

Next are Spanish ancient imitations. Crude semis imitations are sometimes found in Spain. These are cute!


Semis imitation. 19 mm. Spanish find.  3.04 grams.
Saturn head right. Prow right. "ROMA" bungled below. [$39, reduced to $25 SOLD]

Semis imitation. 16-15 mm. Spanish find. 1.83 grams.
Saturn head right. Prow right. "ROMA" bungled below. [$35, reduced to $21 SOLD]

Republican Fourrees

Minucia 1. Q. Min Rufus 
122 BC
Crawford 277/1 prototype. [$25, reduced to $15 SOLD]

Cipia 1. M. Cipi M.F.  115 or 114 BC
17 mm. 2.95 grams.
Helmeted head of Roma right, M.CIPI.M.F upwards
Victory driving biga right, rudder below.
Crawford 289/1 prototype. [$27, reduced to $17]


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.


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]


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]

More fourrees here.


*****   I also have a page of numismatic literature (ancient-coin auction catalogs, books) for sale.

Roman Imperial Silver and AE 


Three coins of Augustus with countermarks:

Augustus with countermarks.  27 mm dupondius. 8.73 grams.
Struck c. 17 BC or earlier.
within wreath
Large SC with moneyer's legend around. P.P in oval, TICA in rectangle, AVC in rectangle    BMC I Augustus page 96
TICA is on coins through Claudius  p. xxxv  [$79, reduced to $45, reduced to $33]

with countermark monogram abbreviating CAESAR
applied in lower Germany (Netherlands) or a bit south along the Rhine in the early part of Tiberius's reign. See BMC xxxiii and xxix and Grant RIM p. 124ff plate VII.5  [$39, reduced to $29, reduced to $23]


Augustus with four countermarks     25-23 mm. 9.84 grams.
TICA   Head?  AVG   dolphin in rectangle.
Said to be "From the Balkans"    [$29, reduced to $19]



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 $49]
This coin is provincial, not imperial. I am thinking of listing the provinicial coins by emperor here, rather than putting them on the Roman Provincial page. Most are there now.



Vespasian, 69-79 AD.  5 mm thick!  22 mm.
Struck at Askalon, Judaea
His head right/Tyche-Astarte standing on galley holding scepter and ashlaston, at her right a dove, the city emblem,.
Lindgren-Kovacs 2453. Probably struck at the time of the Jewish War.
Ex Berman, 1996.  [$49, reduced to $39 SOLD]

Second Century


Trajan dupondius of Antioch in Syria with countermark of bull's head facing. 24 mm.
William Metcalf, ANSMN 22, pages 67-70 and plates 8-9 identify this type and mint.
BMC 1095 page 232 thought it was from Cyprus, but Melcalf reattributed it to Syria. This coin is better than the BMC or ANS specimens.  [$85, reduced to $49 SOLD]


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

Denarius. 18 mm. 3.29 grams. 12:30 die axis.
nicely centered and excellent surfaces.
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!
[$1245 + $12 registered postage. Reduced to $995 + $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!] 

Third Century:

Septimius Severus, 193-211
Denarius. 18 mm.
refers to "triumphal entry into Rome" [RIC p. 67]
RIC 74. Struck 196  [Hill number 232]  [$55, reduced to $45]




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 $45]


Moesia Inferior, Marcianopolis. Septimius Severus. A.D. 193-211. AE tetrassarion (27.4 mm, 11.01 g, 6 h). struck A.D. 207-210. Julius Faustinianus, consular legate. AV Λ CEΠTI CEVHPOC, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / VI ΦAVCTIANOV MAPKIANOΠO-ΛITΩN, Cybele seated left, holding patera and resting arm on drum, two lions lie on either side. Varbanov 782; AMNG 565; H&J VF, black patina with green highlights.  [$69, reduced to $59 SOLD]



Caracalla, tetradrachm of Tyre. 198-217.
11.71 grams. 27-26 mm. A big coin.
Marvelous scowling portrait.
Prier "The Syro-Phoenician Tetradrachms" 1548. [This one is much better than his illustrated coin]  [$89, reduced to $85]

CCCaracalla, 195-198-217 AD.  Denarius.
More lustrous and and sharper obverse than the photo, not so white, but more metallic, but if you look hard you can see the detail is there and sharp. (I should take another photo.)
3.88 grams.
Sear 2.6814. RIC 302
His 9th liberality! Struck 214 AD.  [$125, reduced to $75]


Caracalla, 198-211-217 AD.  denarius.  19 mm.
radiate lion with thunderbolt in mouth
RIC 273e scarce, page 252.  BMC 151, page 459.  [$69, reduced to $39]


Caracalla, Nikopolis, AE17. 3.18 grams.
Moushmov 1086a. Sear GI -- 
Bunch of grapes (a reference to wine production)
 [$29, reduced to $17 SOLD]


Caracalla. Serdica mint. Thrace. 22 mm. 4.34 grams.
Sear GI --, but 2490 for the sity. Mosshmov 4887 .
Lindrgem Europe --, Lindren III 76, SNG Copenhagen Thrace --, BMC --
Serdica is only 17 mm and much smaller, so this is unlisted there.  [$37, reduced to $23 SOLD]



Caracalla, 196-198-217
struck before 205 at Pautalia, Thrace
Ulpias Pautalia (the city's name)
SGI -, SNG Copenhagen 718 is a similar coin of Geta, Lindgren III --, Lindgren Europe -- 
Snake rising.  Really nice reverse (snake reverses are cool!), better than the photo.  [$55, reduced to $33 SOLD]


Caracalla, 196-198-217
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


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]



 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 $95]

Elagabalus, 218-222.  20 mm. 2.92 grams.
RIC 68, p. 33. BMC 15, plate 85.8, page 532. "218-219 AD"  [$55, reduced to $42]


Elagabalus, 218-222.
Struck at Antioch, Syria
Tetradrachm, 26-24 mm.
Sear GI 3096. BMC 417.
Scarcer than many other rulers as a tetradrachm. Very nice portrait. [$79, reduced to $67]


Phoenicia, Tyre. Elagabalus. A.D. 218-222. Large. AE 30 (30.6 mm, 16.58 g, 11 h). IMP CAES M AV ANTONINVS AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / SEPT IM T VRO COLO, Astarte standing facing, placing right hand on trophy and holding scepter in left, being crowned by Nike on column; Marsyas to inner left, murex shell to inner right. Rouvier 2358; BMC 390. Fine. Scarce.  [$59, reduced to $49]


Severus Alexander, 222-235
PM TRP VI COS II PP  Nice grade [$65, reduced to $35]

Severus Alexander, 222-235
18 mm. denarius.
ANNONA AVG, Annona standing holding grain ears over modius.
RIC 188a.
Nicely centered and struck. Little wear. Nicely toned. An excellent coin. [$59, reduced to $41]


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 $49]


Gordian III, 238-244. Antoninianus. 21 mm. 3.95 grams.
AEQVITAS AVG, Aequitas with her scales and cornucopia.  
RIC 34, page 19, plate 1.10.  Struck "Jan. 1, 240 - March(?)" in hte thrid issue.
High grade. All letters on the flan. Nice portrait of the young emperor. Good artistry on the neck drapery. [$49, reduced to $43]  A very nice coin.


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 $32]


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]



Otacilia Severa, bust left, tetradrachm of Antioch, Syria. Wife of Philip I, who reigned 244-249.
Eagle right, ANTIOCXIA SC in exergue.  Prier 390 [11 pieces known to him]  [$225, reduced to $185]
Please compare to prices on vcoins and elsewhere. You may crack it out of the slab to better enjoy it.


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 $65]

Philip II, 244-249
Struck at Heliopolis, Coele-Syria
LEG V MACED VIII AVG (beginning at 11:00, tthe "LEG" is at 11:00 and the "V" is above the right standard)  COL HEL in exergue
priest plowing with two oxen, two standards
A numbered legion on a coin. That is quite unusual and demands a big premium in other series.
Holed at 12:00.
Lindgren I, 2168, tyoe of CNG 37 (1996) lot 1139. Rare and special. [$85, reduced to $55]


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, very well-centered on the obverse. [$85, reduced to $55]

Herennius Etruscus, 250-251. Son of Trajan Decius
AR 23-20 mm. 3.79 grams.
RIC (Trajan Decius) 143, page 139, struck as Caesar.
Sharp hair detail.  Very good portrait.  [$79, reduced to $59]


Volusian, 251-253.  23-21 mm. 2.83 grams.
RIC 179, page 178.
Teriffic portrait!  Look very closely at it. A treasure for your portrait series.  [$65, reduced to $55]


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 $49]


Valerian, 253-260
RIC 89. Sear 9938.
Very good size--22 mm-- and nice toning over good metal. [$75, reduced to $39]


Valerian I. A.D. 253-260. AR antoninianus (23.9 mm, 3.84 g, 1 h). Rome mint, struck A.D. 256-257. IMP C P LIC VALERIANVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / RESTITVTOR ORBIS, Valerian standing left, holding spear and raising female kneeling right. Gobl 111b; RIC 117; RSC 183. aVF.  [$59, reduced to $44]



Bull right.
RIC 285. Cunetio, 1405. 
Ex Cederlind in 1995 at $60 at the CICF. I will include the Cederlind ticket. 
Please compare the prices to your favorite site elsewhere. [$69, reduced to $60--the 1995 price] A rare type from his "zoo series".

Gallienus, 233-268.
Found in 1991 in England with a hoard of mostly barbarous radiates.
You can see the tong marks where it was gripped too tightly, clipping some of the edge.
No wear. This coin illustrates some of the minting process. [$35, reduced to $23]
(See also the next coin.)

Gallienus, 233-268.
Found in 1991 in England with a hoard of mostly barbarous radiates. Reverse struck off center so you can see the strike of the edge of the die, which was about 2 mm larger than the beading on each side.
This coin illustrates some of the minting process. [$29, reduced to $15]  (see also the previous coin from the same hoard.)


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]


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]



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

A page with Roman provincial coins. Coins of Roman Egypt.


Gallienus German Victory.
Gallienus, 253-268
VICTORIA GERMAN Good type. Some silvering. Very wel centered and legible. [$34, reduced to $31]
In 1930 Alfoldi wrote "The Victories of the Empeor Gallienus" for the Numismatic Chronicle (61 pages and 10 page plates) and it was reprinted as a pamphlet. Gallienus types with reference to specific victories would make an interesting theme collection.



Claudius II, 268-270. CONCOR EXERCI. RIC 26 variety (standing right). Full obverse legend. Pensive portrait. Lovely pastel color [$22, reduced to $19]


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


Aurelian/Vabalathus. 271-272 AD
ex Schulman Dec. 1974, lot 1696.
Aurelian radiate bust right/ Vabalathus laureate bust right 
Clear name [$33, reduced to $23]


Tacitus, 275-6.  CLEMENTIA TEMP
Extremely rare denomination:  XI (ten to one silver) as opposed to the usual XXI (twenty to one silver).
See my academic article on the silver content of these: AlloyXI.pdf
This coin was analyzed for silver content and found to have 13.43%, 12.07%, and 11.88% by EDX core and 51.78% on the surface. To the left of the left figure on the back there is now a small area of bright copper showing where the surface was scraped to get below the surface for care analysis. I'll include a copy of the article. The two sides have different surfaces with the obverse quite silvered and the reverse lightly encrusted, as in the photo, which is pretty true (except for the 2 mm copper circle where it looks a bit rough behind the thigh of the standing figure on the left).
I have followed this denomination closely for twenty five years and it is very seldom offered. I don't think there have been any at vcoins or MA-Shops in the last few years. The one at acsearch went for $669 plus fees.   Extremely rare. Plus, you get the results on this coin of expensive alloy testing. [$175, reduced to $155]

Tacitus, 275-6.  CLEMENTIA TEMP
Extremely rare denomination:  XI (ten to one silver) as opposed to the usual XXI (twenty to one silver).
See my academic article on the silver content of these: AlloyXI.pdf
I have followed this denomination closely for twenty five years and it is very seldom offered. I don't think there have been any at vcoins or MA-Shops in the last few years. The one at acsearch went for $669 plus fees.   Extremely rare. [$145, reduced to $139]


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