Augustus Coins: Roman coins, Greek coins, Byzantine coins, and other ancient coins for sale
Interesting ancient coins, offered by Augustus Coins.
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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: 2020, Nov. 26: Tiberius "Tribute Penny" authenticated and graded by NGC (at the top).
2020, Nov. 19: Five coins of Persis, at the top of the Greek page. Reduced most prices on the numismatic literature page. Take a look at some well-illustared books and catalogs.
Nov. 14: A possibly unique variety of the now-common first stater type of Aspendos on the Greek page. A quarter-follis on the inexpensive page.
Nov. 11: Another dozen, at the top, added since the eleven yesterday. Also, two at the top of the inexpensive page.
Nov. 10: Eleven new additions (at the top)
Nov. 1: Augustus/Rhometalkes (client King of Thrace), Byzantine very large AE37-35 of Tiberius II, outstanding Byzantine Cherson anonymous Delta denomination from the time of Maurice. Limes-Falshung dupondius (very rare as a dupondius) on the "ancient imitations" page.
2020, Oct. 11 and 10: Arab-Sasanian of Tabaristan, Hephthalite quarter-drachm, eight Sasanian kings (Edit: some sold), top of this page.
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Prices are in brackets: [$xx].
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Purple means "SOLD" and no longer available
Newest first (down to the second horizontal line.)
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
The famous so-called "Tribute Penny"
"XF" according to NGC
The surface shows corrosion on the upper and right part of the rim on the reverse
Nice portrait of Tiberius.
The relief is a tiny bit higher (better) in real life than I captured in the photo.
It is almost Christmas. If any Roman emperor is most-closely associated with Christ, it is Constantine or Tiberius.
NGC slabbed as XF. [$449 + $10 shipping]
Septimius Severus, 193-211
Denarius. 18-16 mm.
VICT AVGG COS II PP
Victoring advancing left with wreath and palm
L SEPT SEV PERT AVG IMP X
Dated by "IMP X" to 198
Sear Roman Coins 6370
Eastern mint of Laodicea. [$33]
XXI in exergue and VII in the right field
RIC Siscia 661
Sear Roman Coins 11966
Antoninianus. 22-21 mm.
PM TRP V COS III PP
Two emperors (Valerian and his son Gallienus)
Explicitly dated to 257 AD by "TRP V".
Tetricus I, 270-273
Sear Roman Coins 11255
Excellent portrait piece! Look at that face! [$35 SOLD]
Tetricus II, 270-273
Sear Roman Coins 11292
c. 465-430 B.C. The very first issue of Aspendos (Aspendus, Pamphylia, Turkey)
Silver stater. 19-16 mm. 10.82 grams.
Very thick (5 mm) archaic flan.
Hoplite warrior with spear and shield right
Triskeles of three human legs running right.
SNG France 3, #1 (the very first type of Aspendos) c. 465-430 BC.
Sear Greek 5381. A hefty chuck of archaic silver. I find it amazing that you can buy an archaic silver stater from well before 400 BC for only [$65].
Galerius as Augustus, 3-5-310-313
GENIO AVGVSTI CMH monogram
Less green than the photo. Nice obverse legend [$25]
c. 400 BC.
11 mm. Obol. 0.82 grams.
Satyr kneeling left holding vase
Vase on reverse.
Naked with penis showing.
AE2. 22 mm.
Good portrait detail. [$19]
Please compare prices with those on acserach and vcoins and any other sites you use. I intend my prices to be below the prices for comparable coins anywhere else. I do not expect you can find one as good or better for less at any other fixed-price site.
Sasanian King Ardashir I (224-241), AE 8 chalkoi.
AE 27 mm. 9.40 grams
Ardashir facing his son Shapur I
Göbl, VII/220 "unit". Mitchner ACW, 807-808; Sellwood 11. Very rare.
Two on vcoins as I write, each much less nice, at $295 and $345. A third in terrible shape with no facial details at all, at $125. Better than any acsearch example for details, especially the portraits, and with lots of corrosion which other examples also have.
This one. Rare. [$185] The New York Sale "Sunrise" example in F without corrosion was estimated at $1000.
Sasanian King Shapur II, 309-379
(Julian II died during a battle against him)
22 mm. The smaller size. 3.69 grams. Drachm.
Fire altar and two attendants.
Sellwood 28. Gobl 14.
Sasanian King Peroz = Firuz. 459-484
27 mm. 4.13 grams.
Third crown, 467-484
Mint WH = VH = Veh Ardashir = Seleucia
Sellwood 49, page 127. Gobl 51.
Boldly struck with fewer weak spots than most. Nicely centered.
A very nice example. [$59]
Sasanian King Khavad I, 488-496 and 498-531
27 mm. 3.57 grams.
double border on reverse
Mint mint be Ray (Sellwood 52)
The date mint be "4" but see Sellwood page 38ff.
Peus auction catalog 363 (Gobl collection) type of #5311
Types with a double border are unusual. [$85]
Aspendos, c. 465-430 BC.
A stater, silver, 10.74 grams. 21-19 mm. As thick as a stack of three US cents.
Ancient Greek Silver selected from a hoard of the formerly-rare first-issue of the city of Aspendos on the south-central coast of modern Turkey. Struck 465-430 BC.
Obverse: Hoplite warrior right with spear and shield
Reverse: triskeles, the symbol of the city which has three human legs around a central point running left.
EΣ abbreviating "Espendos" in Pamphylian above.
Sear Greek Coins and Their Values 5381 at 750 pounds in VF.
A remarkable piece of very early ancient money.
The encrustation on the obverse is very hard. I would not attempt to remove it. Thus, the price is much lower. The type is there anyway and many collectors don't mind a bit of encrustation. That's how it came out of the ground! Chunky. Archaic. Old. Neat type! [$95]
For more pieces, see the Greek page.
core of a fourree denarius, with all the silver plate gone.
Prototype, L. Torquatus, 113-112 BC
18-17 mm. 2.54 grams
horseman charging left with big circular shield
Sear 172. Crawford 295/1.
Unusual. Ex Baldwin's in London, March 9, 1988 (no ticket)
[$16, reduced to $14]
***** I also have a page of numismatic literature (ancient-coin auction catalogs, books) for sale.
Roman Imperial Silver and AE
Early Imperial Fourree
A fourree with an especially remarkable reverse. 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 this good type again.
Fourree (counterfeit plated with silver in ancient times) 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.
[$59, extremely rare (unique?) and hisorical type as an ancient counterfeit]
Augustus (27 BC - 14 AD)
Augustus, DIVVS, struck under Tiberius, c. 22/3 - 30 AD.
29 mm. 8.59 grams. (A little light.)
Small backwards S incuse mark at 7:00 on the obverse.
DIVVS AVGVSTVS PATER (PATER = father)
PROVIDENT below altar with paneled door, above flames(?)
RIC Tiberius 81. BMC Tiberius 147.
Overstruck on a coin with something like "AESA" close together at 7:00 on the obverse.
Could this be a very well done ancient imitation? If so, it is much better than the 13 illustrated in Banti and Simonetti.
I like the surfaces. Nice. [$125]
ex Vecchi [London] auction 12, lot 1092 (June 5, 1998)
Augustus/Rhometalkes (Client King of Thrace)
11 BC - AD 12
SNG Copenhagen Thrace 1193
A two-headed coin.
Sear Greek Imperial 5395 variety (different diameter)
Kingdom of the Bosporus
(Northern Black Sea area)
Aspurgus/Tiberius c. 35-37 AD
Bust of Tiberius right, TIBEPIΩY KAΣIAPOΣ legible
22 mm. 9.75 grams.
MacDonald Bosporus 300
Claudius, 41-54 AD.
[$95, reduced to $69]
22-18 mm. 2.61 grams. Light weight.
IMP CAE DOMIT AVG GERM PM TRP VII
IMP XXI COS XV CENS P PP
Minerva standing left
BMC reverse of 168, plate 65.2, page 333 "AD 90", but the normal obverse ends TRP VIIII not VII, which is from AD 88.
TRP VII is on obverses of 87 and 88, e.g. RIC 521, but IMP XXI COS XV does not appear there until Sept. 90, page 315, e.g. 692
Extremely rare. Possibly an ancient imitation, but awfully nice for an imitation. [$149, reduced to $129].
ex CNG 61 lot 1774 (part)
18 mm. 3.28 grams.
IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG GERM V
IMP SV COS XIIII CENS ...
Minerva fighting right, owl at feet.
BMC -- for this obverse legend. IMP XV COS XIIII is "second issue" AD 88, page 326, types 129 only, but not with this obverse.
RIC II.1 cf. 592 page 305 for the reverse, but this obverse legend is shorter.
Extremely rare. Possibly an ancient imitation, but awfully nice for an imitation. [$149, reduced to $129].
ex CNG 61 lot 1774 (part)
18 mm. 3.10 grams.
IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG PM counterclockwise
IMP XX COS XVI CENS PPP
Minerva standing left with thunderbolt in right and spear in left with shield below.
Cf. BMC 181, page 335, plate 65.9 which has this reverse, but obverse clockwise. The reveres is of 90-91. RIC II.1 Domitian --, reverse as 726 but obverse legend lacks their ending "TRP XI" and reads outwards, a legend of 91, 14 Sept. to 31 Dec.
Extremely rare. Possibly an ancient imitation, but awfully nice for an imitation. [$149, reduced to $129]
ex CNG 61 lot 1774 (part)
Small. 15 mm. 3.21 grams. (Thick)
Hercules right, with legend of Trajan
IMP CAES TRAIANO AVG GERM
RIC 702 "S" page 294
Glossy patina. Excellent boar with curly tail [$35, reduced to $29 SOLD]
Antoninus Pius (138-161)
Faustina II, Diva
as. 28 - 26 mm.
crescent moon and stars.
RIC III 1714, struck after 176
Nicer than many (compare to vcoins) but notice the pit on the forehead.
[$89, reduced to $55]
Roman provincial from Nikopolis ad Istrum.
eagle, wings half spread
Glossy dark patina [$33, reduced to $21 SOLD]
[$59, reduced to $39] 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.
Poseidon (Neptune) holds dolphin and trident. BER to right.
L&K 2264. BMC Berytus 130. SNG Copenhagen Phoenicia 107. [$59, reduced to $39]
ex Joel Malter XXXIV lot 587 Decemeber 1986 with ticket.
The three graces
on a coin of Julia Domna from Marcianopolis
Mouchmov 418. BMC --
ex Atlantis in 2004
The three graces, nude, dancing together, the left one holds a wreath, the right one tips a jug.
There is a 2004 book, "The Three Graces and their Numismatic Mythology" by Mark A. Staal. all about all the coins with this theme. The book is 181 pages including 17 B&W page plates and 10 color page plates (as well as other photographs) with many examples and a complete list of types and lots of cataloging of the cities and rulers that issued it.
19 mm. 2.78 grams.
Mint at Ladoicea ad Mare
Struck 198 as Augustus
RIC Caracalla 337d "Scarce"
Uncommon mint. Neat type. [$95, reduced to $79]
Links: Caracalla, Elagablal, Severus Alexander, Gordian III, Philip, Valerian, Gallienus, Gallo-Roman, Claudius II, Aurelian, Probus, Tacitus, Carus and Family
CONCORDIA MILIT, two standards and two eagles.
Sear 7505. RIC IV-2 187. Antioch mint, A.D. 218-219. High grade portrait and interesting military connection with four standards.
[$85, reduced to $69 SOLD]
Severus Alexander (222-235)
Severus Alexander, 222-235
Denarius. 20-18 mm.
Mars walking right
PM TRP VI COS II PP
Dated to 227 by the TRP number.
Gorgeous Very high grade. [$89, reduced to $79 SOLD]
Gordian III (238-244)
Philip II. 244-249.
25 mm. 10.40 grams.
AVTOK K M IOVΛI ΦIΛIΠΠOC CЄB
(Autokrater Caesar Marcus Julius Philippus Sebastos)
The same legend is used by both Philip I and II.
Philip I is bearded and Philip II, a child, was not. However, they can be hard to distinguish if the beard is unclear, so Nisibis did it by having Philip face right and Philip II face left.
Sear GI 4157. BMC Mesopotamia Nesibi [sic] 21, attributed there to Philip I, with a footnote "Some of these may be of Philip Junior, especially nos. 21-4 on which the face appears to be beardless."
ex CCE Sept. 1981 lot 159.
The city is mentioned in Acts 7:2. Nice dark green patina. [$65, reduced to $45]
Trajan Decius (249-251)
Trebonianus Gallus. A.D. 251-253
[Rare. $65, reduced to $45] Valerian (253-260)
Struck at Heliopolis, Coele-Syria
25-23 mm, thick, 11.70 grams.
agnostic urn on table with ornamental legs
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 --
[$65, reduced to $43] Ex Colosseum Coin Exchange, list of April 1988, lot 106, with ticket.
[$95, reduced to $69] 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?)
[$75, reduced to $65]
Central Empire, Claudius II (268-270) and later:
For a page of ancient imitations from the third century, see here.
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
Providentia standing left holding wand over globe.
RIC 68 very rare type of an unusual denomination. You have seen his "Victory" reverse denarius, but likely not this type [$85]
Carinus, 282-285, as Augustus
RIC V.II 214 page 166.
Excellent portrait detail. [$69, reduced to $55 SOLD]
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