Interesting ancient coins

Contents
: 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 
  (Links: Caracalla, Elagablal, Severus Alexander, Gordian III, Philip, Valerian, Gallienus, Gallo-Roman, Claudius II, Tacitus)


This site: Dec. 8: Titus provincial Judaea Capta (this page, at the top). Caracalla at Stobi (at the top). Three Greek AE. Two coins of India (not anceint).
Dec. 7:  Two new Constantine (this page) [Contantine's coins are mostly on this page]
Dec. 5: Byzantine double strike, Medieval Colombus era, Licinius, Constantius I, Roman procurators of Judaea, inexpensive Constantine, scarcer Constantine MARTI PATRI PROPVGNATORI.  20% off the prices of the magnificent NAC catalogs. A sale catalog with coins of Maxentius and Romulus. 
Other:  Elagabalus with "horn". Three Greek silver fractions. Roman Republican voting scene (top of this page). Greek Sikyon stater. Coins of the Roman procurators of Judaea, including Pontius Pilate.  New Byzantine (scarcer types in nice shape), very nice Turkoman (S/S 59), Greek AE coins (Thessalian League, Thrace, the Great God, Aksum = Axum).
New "inexpensive" page of $5-$15 coins (mostly Roman, some sestertii, and Byzantine). Remarably excellent Constantine commemorative and a rarer type FEL TEMP REPARATIO on the page with Constantinian coins.

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




Newest.

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

 

 


Caracalla, 196-217
23 mm.
City of Stobi
Victory advancing right
[$14] 

 

 

Constantine I, 307-337
"camp gate" larger than some at 20 mm, 3.04 grams.
Antioch mint
SMANTΔ  [$14]

 

 

Constantine, 307-337, commemorative of his death in 337
Struck 337-340
VN MN
Very sharp obverse veiled portrait
DV CONSTANTINVS PT AVGG   [the last Divus piece]
Look at the obverse details!  [$29]

 

 
Roman provincial coin.
Uncertain emperor and city
temple
some letters
Buy it and it becomes your problem!  [$8 SOLD]

 

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]

 

 
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]
 
 
Alexander the Great, 336-323 BC
Head of yoiung Hercules in lionskin right
thunderbolt above name above blow and quiver beneath
Sear Greek 6739
Weber Collection 2140 "Amphipolis c. BC 328"
[$23 SOLD]

 

 

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 [$65 +$4 in the US]

 

 

Elagabalus, 218-222.
[$85]
Denarius. 20-19 mm. 2.92 grams.
IMP ANTONINVS PIVS AVG, bust right, laureate with "horn", draped and cuirassed right
PM TRP IIII COS III PP
Emperor holding out patera with right hand over flaming altar and cradling cyprus branch [How do we know that is what it is?] in left,
* in field left.
Struck year IIII, as all of these with a horn apparently are.
Sear II 7536, AD 221. 

 

 

Jovian silver siliqua, AD 363-364.
18 mm. 2.05 grams. Not clipped.
VOT V MVLT X, SMN
RIC Nicomedia 127 "27 June 363 - 16 Feb. 364"  [less than one year!]
King RSC V 33Ae
Rare, well-struck, and high grade. [$375 + $7 shipping in the US]
 

 

 

Under the Roman Republic there were yearly elections. Two types of denarii have voting scenes and this is one. It is far more explicit as to what happened when voting than the other type (which is Crawford 413/1 of L. Cassius Longinus 60 BC):
P. Lininius Nerva, 113/112 BC. Denarius. 17 mm. 3.79 grams.
Helmeted bust of Roma left, with spear and shield, horseman on shield
Voting scene with two citizens, one casting his ballot and the other being handed his ballot by an attendant. P. NERVA (NE in monogram).
Crawford 292/1. Sear 169.
Lovely toning and centering. Excellent detail. Clear action. [$295 + $7 shipping in the US]

Please compare prices elsewhere, if you can find examples. None on vcoins as I write. Remember, auction coins have "buyer's fees" and really cost more than the hammer price.

One just came up Nov. 14 on MA_Shops:
https://www.ma-shops.com/henzen/item.php5?id=15336&lang=en&ref=favMA1
 

 

 
 

Begin Roman coins in chronological order
     Links:  Caracalla, Elagablal, Severus Alexander, Gordian III, Philip, Valerian, Gallienus, Gallo-Roman, Claudius II, Tacitus 


Roman Republican

C

[$79, reduced to $75] 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, reduced to $75. Very well centered, with Victory on the flan and all four horse heads too.]


 

[$75, reduced to $69]  Republican. Saturninus, 104 BC

Helmeted hd of Roma left
Saturn in quadriga right, holding harpa in right,
L.SATVRN in esergue, V with three dots above
Sear 193. Crawford 317/3a. Appileia 1v in RSC.

 

 

[$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 AE

RRRR

  [$17, reduced to $15] 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]

 

 


Republican Fourrees


RRRR
  [$17, reduced to $12] 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.


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] 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.

 

 

 



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Roman Imperial Silver and AE 

AA
  [$23] Augustus, RIC 439 of moneyer SEX NONIVS QVINCTILIAN III VIR AAA FF
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 $19]

 

 

AA

[$19]
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 $15]

 

[$75] Early Christian interest.
Tiberius (AD 14-37) at Corinth. 22-21 mm. Struck 32-33(?) according to RPC.
Radiate head of Augustus left, legend [obscure on this coin] L ARRIO PEREGRINO II VIR
Six-column temple, legend L FVRIO LABEONE II VIR COR (in exergue)
RPC 1151
The legends name the two duoviri of the Roman colony Corinth.
The date and place of this coin are interesting in an early Christian context, given the connection between Paul, Corinth, and the New Testament. Paul could have handled this coin. Paul would have seen this building.
None remotely similar on vcoins or MA-Shops as I write this. It is rare.

 

 

foo   
[$13, reduced to $11]  Claudius, 41-54 AD  Large  28-25 mm ancient British imitation.  6:00.  5.48 grams.
Good style for an imitation, but shallow strike, and now black encrusted.
Can barely make out TI CLA[VDIVS CAESAR AVG] PM TRP IMP  [$25, reduced to $13]
ex CICF London Coin Gallery, 1991  

 

 

 

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.

 

 


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

 

 

 

 



Second Century

[$125]  Trajan, 98-117
AE31-30 mm. 23.91 grams.
Sestertius-sized provincial from a rare region. 
Koinon of Galatia.
Countermark with stasr 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.
[$125, reduced to $115]

 

 

[$69] Trajan, 98-117
AE31 mm. 22.34 grams.
Sestertius-sized provincial from a rare region. 
Koinon of Galatia.
BMC Galatia 9
hexastyle temple of Rome and Augustus at Ancyra.
L&K --. Lindren III 941 (is worse). SNG Copenhagen VII plate 3 #105.
A search of "Trajan Galatia" produces none on vcoins or MA-Shops as I write.
A hard to find architectural type. [$85, reduced to $75]

 

 

 

[$98, reduced to $75. Lovely hard green patina. Type worn, but historical.]
Trajan (98-117) sestertius with AQVA TRAIANA
Water god reclining in arch of aquaduct,
AQVA TRAIANA below.
 

 

 

 

[$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.

 

[$75]  Antoninus Pius, 138-161
denarius. 18 mm. 
LIBERALITAS VII COS III
Liberalitas pouring bounty of coins from corncopia
RIC 234 "Scarce" BMC 816
very nice portrait with almost no wear.
Look at the hair detail over the ear. [$75]

 

 

 

[$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.  [$95, reduced to $85]

 

 

 

[$45, reduced to $39] Syria, Seleucis and Pieria. Antiochia ad Orontem. Antoninus Pius. A.D. 138-161. Æ as (23 mm, 7.68 g, 12 h). A.D. 145-147. AVT KAI TI AI AΔP ANT-ΩNЄINOC CЄ ЄV, laureate head of Antoninus Pius right; below chin, star / S · C; above, uncertain letter; below, eagle; all within laurel wreath. Cf. McAlee 560; Butcher 314; RPC IV temp. 7004. Dark green patina with light earthen deposits. Very fine.  [$45]

 

 

[$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 $69]

 

 

 
 

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

 

 

Skip to Republican, 1st C, 2nd C, or 3rd C 
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Third Century:

Septimius Severus

 

SSSS
[$45, reduced to $39 SOLD] Septimius Severus, 193-211
Denarius. 18 mm.
ADVENTI AVG FELISSIMO
refers to "triumphal entry into Rome" [RIC p. 67]
RIC 74. Struck 196  [Hill number 232]  [$55, reduced to $45, reduced to $39 SOLD]

 

 





SSSS

 [$27, reduced to $25] Septimius Severus at Nicopolis. eagle.
  18 mm. SGI --. Lindgren II --, III --, Nikopolis page 50 8.14.1.30-34, closest to 31 "R2" 
  Quite well-struck. [$27]

 

 

 

 

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]

 

 

 

 



Caracalla:

Caracalla, 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]

 

 

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 $69]

 

 


CC

  [$19, reduced to $16] Caracalla. Carrhae, Mesopotamia.
  AE21. 6.17 grams. veiled and turreted bust of City-goddess right. 
  Sear GI 2702.
  A very famous city associated with Crassus's failed invasion of Mesopotamia  [$19]

 

 


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]

 




lionC

  [$39, reduced to $35]  Caracalla, 198-211-217 AD.  denarius.  19 mm.
PM TRP XVIII COS IIII PP
radiate lion with thunderbolt in mouth
RIC 273e scarce, page 252.  BMC 151, page 459.  [$69, reduced to $35 SOLD]




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]

 

 

 

 



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]

 

 


E

Elagabalus 218-222, Marcianopolis, Lower Moesia. 17 mm. 3.05 grams.
Nice green patina. Clear reverse.  Concordia Standing with patera and cornucopiae.  [$29, reduced to $15]

 

 

 

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 $29 SOLD]



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. Nearly very fine.Ex Triskeles 19, 337 (buyer never paid). [$59, reduced to $55]

 

 

 



Severus Alexander (222-235)

 

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 $25]

 



SASA

Severus Alexander, 222-235. Bostra, Arabia. bust right/bust of Tyche left. BMC 22. Cast type. Not many official ancients were cast, but this type, minted for Severus Alexander and Julia Mamaea, was officially cast. Very unusual for that. Excellent for type. [$59, reduced to $49, reduced to $42]

 

 


Serverus Alexander, 222-235 AD
Roman Provincial coin from Nicaea, Bithynia (in modern Turkey)
AE 22. 12:00. 4.09 grams.
three standards  [$19, reduced to $12]

 

 

 

 




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  (238-2440


E

Gordian III, 238-244. Silver drachm of Caesarea, Cappadocia. 18 mm.
Much like a denarius, but from the East and with Greek lettering.
Mt. Argeaus. ETEpsilon = year 5   [$45
, reduced to $41]

 

 


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]

 

 

 

P2P2

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 SOLD]

 

 

 

Great style and quality!
Otacilia Severa, wife of Philip I, 244-249.
AR27-26. Struck 244.
Not in Prier because of a minor legend variant:  KIC has no lambda within. McAlee mentions this variant in a footnote 276, page 361, as being in "Gorny 92, lot 425", 20-21 Nov. 1998. In spite of the beauty, condition, and rarity I am pricing this much less than the vcoins coins. Very rare variety. Excellent portrait.  [$265, reduced to $245]  Slabbed, but you can easily crack it out. There is no preimium for the slab.



Trajan Decius (249-251)

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, very well-centered on the obverse. [$85, reduced to $49]

 

 

LEAD copy of a sestertius of 
Trajan Decius
28-26 mm. 23.00 grams.
GEN ILLVRICI prototype
Genius of Illuricum standing
Sear 3.9403 prototype.
RIC 116a.
This one is puzzling. Why would someone make a fake in lead? 
It is quite thick and the edges look filed, so it was cast. If you buy it, you can stew about it.  [$29, reduced to $16]

 

 


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]

 



TG
Trebonianus Gallus. Viminiacium  25 mm.  [$23, reduced to $13] ANN XIV
Bull and lion

 

 


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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]

 

 

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.

IM C V AF GAL VEND
is the beginning of the legend and for most collectors that does not help.
It continues
VOLVSIANO AVG
which solves the mystery.
RIC Volusian 234c, Antioch, page 185 "R"
Lovely Antioch black&tan patina
[$24, reduced to $19 SOLD]

 

 

Valerian (253-260)

VV

Valerian, 253-260
FIDES MILITVM
RIC 89. Sear 9938.
Very good size--22 mm-- and nice toning over good metal. [$75, reduced to $42] Nice flan size and centering.

 

 

[$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.

 

 


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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 $39 SOLD]
Historical reference type.

 

 


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 (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, reduced to $59]

 

 

 

GG

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

 

 

G

SOLI CONS AVG
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 $55--below the 1995 price] A rare type from his "zoo series".
 

 

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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]

 

 

 



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

Coins of Roman Egypt.
 



GG
Gallienus German Victory.
Gallienus, 253-268
IMP GALLIENVS AVG
VICTORIA GERMAN Good type. Some silvering. Very well 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.

 

 

 

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]

 

 


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, reduced to $19]

 

 


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]

 

 

Tacitus

[sold]

 

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