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 SeverusCaracalla, Elagablal, Severus Alexander,
      Gordian III, PhilipValerian, Gallienus, Gallo-Roman, Claudius II, Aurelian,
      ProbusTacitus, Carus and Family 

Recent:   Jan. 16:  Added ten coins to my $5-$15 "inexpensive" page.
Jan. 14:  Elagabal tetradrachm (top of this page)
Jan. 13, 2020. Diocletian aurelianus on the tetrarchy page.

2020, Jan. 9:  Nine important books at the top of the literature page, especially for Byzantine and Crusader coins, but also Greek and Roman. If I didn't have them, I would buy them at these prices. But, I do have them and use them a lot!
Jan. 6, 2020: Top condition coins of Gallienus and Salonina. Tetradrachms from Antioch of Herrenius Etruscus and Trebonianus Gallus. 
Jan 4, 2020.  Happy New Year! Coins of Rheseana, Mesopotamia, under Trajan Decius. All SOLD
Dec. 30: Vespasian Judaea Capta denarius [SOLD].
Dec. 27:  Republican denarius of 104 BC (at the top of this page) [SOLD].  Byzantine of Constantine V and Leo IV.
Dec. 26:  Constantinian coins have many prices reduced. 
Dec. 20: Important early Christian type of Vetranio [top of this page. SOLD]
Dec. 18:  Very nice coins of Procopius [SOLD], Valentinian, Valens, and Valentinian II (at the top of the late Roman page). Leo VI and Alexander (on the Byzantine page).  BCD Thessaly (Nomos 4, on the literature page), 
Rare "XI" denomination of Tacitus, at the top of this page.
Dec. 12:  Scarce Basil I and Constantine, 867-886.
Dec. 2:  Lovely Maximus (235-238) sestertius with green patina (at the top, with a pedigree to 1976.)
Nov. 29:  An excellent early Christian type of Constantius II (top of this page). Two coins of Valentinian II (at the top of the late Roman page). Byzantine anonymous Class A2 and a scarce Basil I and Constantine scarce type (Sear 1721) [SOLD] in nice shape.
Nov. 3: Staters of Aspendos--the first type from the city. A group of formerly-rare staters from the recent hoard. A chunky rare, old, stater for a very low price. Several on the Greek page.
Nov. 1: Various, at the top of this page. Rare Leo I AE2. 
Oct. 31:  Diocletian ant [SOLD], Constantius I post-reform radiate [SOLD] on the Tetrarchy page.

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Newest first (down to the second horizontal line.)
After that, Roman coins before the 4th century are in chronological order below.
  (Greek, Byzantine, and other coins are on their own 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.

Elagabalus, 218-222, tetrdrachm of Antiocn likely struck at Emesa
(where his revolt against Macrinus began) according to Prier.  
Prier Antioch 249 page 47 "Emesan issue" 7 pieces known to him.
This coin is large-- 29-26mm and 15.55 grams.

Excellent portrait on a large flan. You won't find a bigger silver of Elagabal. [$65]

A recent eBay sale:


Superb! Gallienus, 253-268
RIC (sole reign) 212 "Scarce" Rome mint, page 149
24-21 mm. 4.08 grams.
Very large flan. Fully silvered, toning nicely. 
A splendid coin. No wear. Look at the portrait detail! One of the very highest grade Gallienus pieces out there--not just of this type. Suberb!   [$95] 



Salonina, wife of Gallienus
21 mm. 3.60 grams.
VENVS AVG with PXV in exergue
Venus standing holding helmet and transverse spear
RIC (sole reign) 86, page 200.

Wonderful portrait with no wear--look at the hairline!
Large crescent--larger than usual.
Look at the bold strike of her name.
One of the best.  [$95]



Herrenius Etruscus, 250-251 under Trajan Decius
27-26 mm. 11.43 grams. Tetradrachm of Antioch.
Prier 635, page 79
Sear Greek Imperial 4282
Eagle right, wreath in beak.
five dots below the obverse bust (for officina 5)
Look at the hari detail. Full legend. Feather detail on the eagle.
Full flan and excellent centering. Even strike. [$135]



Trebonianus Gallus
26 mm. 12.75 grams. Tetradrachm.
Prier 658 of Antioch
Sear Greek Imperial 4349
I have had this coin since 2003 and decided tnot to try to clean it. The light cover highlights the type and legend and I doubt cleaning would make it better.




All of these next three from Rhesaena have sold: For a decade I was interested in coins of Roman Mesopotamia. There are several good books on the Roman East and its interactions with the Persians, and I got them. I even got The Coinage of Rhesaena in Mesopotamia, by Castlin, a small volume in the ANSNNM series, number 108.  6 1/2" by 4 1/2", 111 pages plus XIII page plates of coins plus 4 more plates of mosaics and a statue of Tyche from the city. Now I am passing along some of the coins I got. I think it is fair to say they are rare, but the types are never in great shape. I don't know how many people collect them.  Here is where Rhesaesa is:

Rhesaena, spelled Resaina on this map, barely right of the middle.




Trajan Decius, 249-251
Rhesaena, Mesopotamia
26 mm. 13.00 grams.

Mentions Legion III Parthia explicitly!
Septimia Colonia Rhesaena Legion III Parthia

Two females standing wearing turreted crowns, joining right hands, lighted altar between, eagle above, on left a small statue on column, in exergue swimming river-god half figure
Castelin Rhesaena 81. Lindgren and Kovacs 2620
[$95 SOLD]


Trajan Decius, 249-251
Rhesaena, Mesopotamia
25 mm. 12.05 grams.

Septimia Colonia Rhesaena Legion III Parthia

Mentions Legion III Parthia explicitly!


Castelin Rhesaena 133.
[$75 SOLD]



Trajan Decius, 249-251
Rhesaena, Mesopotamia
26-255 mm. 11.31 grams.

Founder plowing with yoke of oxen, eagle with wings half spread above right, 

Septimia Colonia Rhesaena Legion III Parthia
Mentions Legion III Parthia explicitly!

Castelin Rhesaena 108.
[$55 SOLD]


Vespasian. Denarius.

IVDAEA The famous Judaea Capta denarius. 

Vespasian, 69-79. Denarius (Silver, 19 mm, 2.46 g.), Rome, 69-70. [IMP C]AESAR VESPASIANVS A[VG] Laureate head of Vespasian to right. Rev. IVDAEA Judaea seated to right in attitude of mourning, resting her head on her left hand; behind, trophy. BMC 35. RIC 2. Toned. 
Full name of emperor, excellent portrait, with "IVDAEA" clear and reverse figure nice.  [$195]



Roman Republican denarius. 20 mm. 3.825 grams.
104 BC
L. Appuleius Saturninus
Roma head left
Jupiter in quadriga right
control mark  Z•
L•SATVRN in exergue
Crawford 317/3b.
Sear 193
Well-centered with even wear. [$95]



Vetranio, March 25-Dec. 25, 350.  (Less than one year.)
23-22 mm.
A very important early Christian type.
The first overtly Christian legend.
A small chi-rho on a standard (a "labarum") held by the emperor who is being crowned by Victory, with the legend consisting of the famous words reportedly said by God to Constantine in his vision before the decisive battle of the Milvian bridge:
HOC SIGNO VICTOR ERIS (beginning at 7:00)
("With the sign, you will be victorious").
RIC Siscia 287  Excellent sportrait with lots of hair detail. Beautiful light green patina.  [$155 SOLD] 


The chi-rho, , (also called a christogram, or, rarely in numismatics, a chrismon) is formed from the first two letters of "Christ" in Greek (chi = X and rho = P).
This is a reference to the famous vision of Constantine before the momentous Battle of the Milvian Bridge against Maxentius just outside Rome on October 28, 312. The ancient author Lactantius who was tutor to Crispus (appointed either 311 or 313) wrote in "On the Deaths of the Persecutors" (c.318-321, Chapter 44, a.k.a. "On the Manner in which the Persecutors died"):

"Constantine was directed in a dream to cause the heavenly sign to be delineated on the shields of his soldiers, and so to proceed to battle. He did as he had been commanded, and he marked on their shields the letter X, with a perpendicular line drawn through it and turned round thus at the top (P), being the cipher of CHRISTOS. Having this sign, his troops stood to arms."


Tacitus, 275-6.  CLEMENTIA TEMP
Bold "XI" in exergue
Rare denomination:  XI (ten to one silver) as opposed to the usual XXI (twenty to one silver).  Sometimes called a "double antoninianus" but better called a "double aurelianus" as it double s the value of the reformed aurelianus.
See my academic article on the silver content of these: AlloyXI.pdf
CNG summarized it this way, "
An interesting and peculiar mark, the ‘XI’ on the coinage of Tacitus appears to have signified a higher silver content than the usual issue of Antoniniani. The study by Esty, Equall, and Smith (“The Alloy of the ‘XI’ Coins of Tacitus,” in NC 1993) corroborates the earlier study by Callu, Brenot, and Barrandon (“Analyses de Séries Atypiques,” in QT 8) showing that, though the consistency of the latters findings were not as universal, the series with this notation does exhibit a far higher silver content than the common ‘XXI’ marked coinage and represented an issue tariffed at a higher rate."

I have followed this denomination closely for thirty years and it is seldom offered. There are none on vcoins or MA-Shops as I write. One, nicer, at acsearch went for $669 plus fees. Rare denomination. [$135]


[Wonderful green patina. $175] 
Maximus, son of Maximus Thrax, the Giant. 235-238.
Sestertius. 28 mm. 16.99 grams.
PIETAS AVG, priestly implements
(Jug with lituus, knife, patera to left, simpulum and sprinkler to right)
Ref: Sear III 8409.  BMC 204, page 239, plate 40 "Late 236-7" (because the title GERM was awarded in late 236). 

ex Owl (John Barton) list 2.2 "Spring-Summer 1976" lot 90 at $165 (in 1976!)
He wrote, "Our records show that this type is, in fact, many times rarer than the PRINCIPI type. The specimen has splendid blue-green patina and good surfaces; as such it is rare and most desirable."
    I think everyone who has seen a coin with green patina in hand thinks they are really special. Do you have a coin with green patina?  If you do, you know how wonderful that can be. 

Constantius II, 337-361
AE2. 23-22 mm. 5.57 grams.
The famous 
("With the sign, you will be victorious").
reverse, the first explict Christian legend!
Victory crowning emperor holding standard with Christian bold and clear chi-rho.
RIC VIII Siscia 283, struck Jan. 25, 350 to Dec. 25, 350.
EF or better. Surfaces even slightly better (less dry) than the photo. Really nice. Look at the crisp detail on the diadem!  [$69]




Aspendos, c. 465-430 BC.
A stater, silver, 10.84 grams. 20-17 mm. Thicker than 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. [$165]
For more pieces, see the Greek page.




Greek Messembria on the Black Sea coast
AE. 11 mm.
400-350 BC.
facing helmet
MEEA in the arms of a wheel

Sear Greek 1675, but smaller



Greek Cilicia, city of Aigeai
Turreted head of Tyche right
bridled horse's head left
20 mm. Thick. 7.94 grams.




Licinius II in consular robes left, holding mappa
globe in his left hand with scepter
18 mm.  AE3.
cresent and B is fields
RIC Alexandria 25 "r2" page 707
for this exact variety.  Struck 317-320 [$14]



Leo I, 457-474
AE2. Yes AE2!  20 mm. 4.45 grams.
DN LEO P-RPET AC   (perpetual Augustus)
emperor holding globe and spruning captive
CON in exergue.
RIC 663 "R4". 
When I bought this coin in 1995 from Dmitry Markov the type was extremely rare with only a few known. When the Iron Curtain came down and commerce with Ukraine commenced, more of this type became available in the West. However, it is still rare. They are all found in Crimea, leading many to question whether the "CON" mintmark really means they were minted in Constantinople and shipped to the Crimea, or it the mintmark is immobolized and the were minted at Cherson or Kersh. 
Most Leo AE coins are tiny monogram pieces. Most of these Leo AE2's are in poor metal with chips or corrosion. Worst of all, most are tooled (Coins from Crimea are often skillfully tooled). This one is does not have the usual detractions, although the strike is weak in places.
Rare and (as I write) the best on the market for the type (but not the most expensive!) [$275] 

Significant rarity!
Procopius not in RIC
--Not listed in RIC, but the ANS has one. Extremely rare. First reported in 1952 from a single example (not illustrated) found in excavations at Antioch. Then the type was published in MoneyTrend in 1977 (in German) by Wolfram Weiser. I have a printout of a vcoins offering from July 2005 for one, worse than this, at 1,450 euros. More have appeared since then, but not in excellent condition. The metal is usually poor and it seems to corrode easily. This one is better than almost all the others. 

 Procopius, usurper 28 Sept. 365-27 May 366, under Valentinian
RIC unlisted for the whole type, not just the mintmark of some minor detail. The whole type!

Sear V 19880 with no price, rather listed as "(Extremely rare)"
Green patina. Extremely rare. [$165 SOLD]




Claudius, 41-54
Struck at Beruit (Berytus)
23 mm.
Head of Claudius left
priest plowing right  COL IVL above 
Bought in London in 1988
BMC Phoenicia Berytus 72
RPC 4546
[$49 SOLD]



Claudius (41-54) and Agrippina Jr. 
17 mm.
struck c. AD 50 at Crete, the community of Crete
Claudius head left
Agrippina head right
RPC 1034.
Nice rusty color  [$95 SOLD]  [Please check out the much higher prices elsewhere.]



Leo I, 457-474
AE4. Small. 10 mm.
"LEO" clear on the nice obverse, which is unusual
Emperor standing, standard in right and holding small captive with his left



Zeno, 474-491
AE4. Small. 10-9 mm.
head right
monogram of Zeno (monogram 3 in Carson, Hill, and Kent)
Well-centered. Lovely yellow-green patina.  [$49]

For more coins of this late Roman era, see this page.



Claudius, 41-54
One of the twelve Caesars
27-25 mm. 9.77 grams.
Struck 41-50
head left
Minerva brandishing spear and shield right
Lots of drapery details.
Excellent portrait (look at it closely) in high grade with hair details and no tooling. (Many Roman AE with hair details that look this sharp are actually tooled, but this one is not.)  A special coin. [$345]

RIC 100. BMC 149. 
Bought in December 1975 from "Hyland" (by the man I bought it from) with a ticket (included) that says it is from the "1884 Croston Hoard."

C. Naevius Balbus, 79 BC
17 mm. 3.52 grams. Serrate.
hd of Venus right, SC down behind
Vicoy in triga right,
C NAE BALB in exergue (some ligate)
Crawford 382/1a. Sear 309.
"The only other occurance of a triga as a Republican type is on an issue of Ap. Claudius, Cr. 299" (Crawford p.398).
Toned. Nice Victory on the flan. [$79 SOLD]



Republican. 88 BC.
C. Censorinus
Apollo right
horse racing right, wreath above
Monogram below
Crawford 346/2b. Sear 257.



Republican, 82 BC
P. Crepusius
(The most studied Republican issue of all. It has reverse dies labeled by Roman numerals 1-519.)
This one is 107.
Lauraeate head (Apollo) right, scepter and N behind, bunch of grapes before
horseman right brandishing spear downwards.
P CREPVSI in exergue
Crawford 361/1c. Sear 283
Nice bold Roman numeral with the whole type on the flan [$109 SOLD]

Valerian II, 21-20 mm. 3.18 grams.
Child Zeus on goat right

Thus Jupiter with a goat and the legend "The growing Jupiter" therefore are an appropriate type for an imperial successor. 

Sear III 1073. RIC 13 "253-5, Rome"
Good metal for the era [$37 SOLD]


Trajan, 98-117
Small. 15 mm. 3.21 grams. (Thick)
Hercules right, with legend of Trajan
boar right
SC below.

RIC 702 "S" page 294
Glossy patina. Excellent boar with curly tail [$35]






Begin Roman coins in chronological order
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Roman Republican  


Roman Republican denarius
L. Pomponius, 118 BC
naked bearded warrior in biga right, carnyx and reigns in left
Struck at Narbo, commemorating its foundation. One of the very first Republican types to reference a current event, since it was founded c. 120 BC.
19 mm. 3.85 grams. Serrated.
Crawford 282/4. Sear 158
Well-centered. Gallic reference. [$109]



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]



Roman Republican denarius
L. Flaminius Clio
109/108 BC
18 mm. 3.44 grams,
Victory in biga right
Crawford 302/1. Sear 179




Roman Republican denarius
C. Coelius Caldus, 104 BC.
Roma head left
Victory in biga left
Control makr F above.
Crawford 318/1. Sear 196.
Nicely centered [$72]





Roman Republican denarius
C. Fabius C.f. Hadrianus, 102 BC
21-20 mm. (large) 3.75 grams.
veiled head of Cybele right, wearing turetted crown
Victory in biga right, heron in front
name in exergue
ex Harlan J. Berk with ticket  [$55]




Roman Republican
Ti. Veturius, 137 BC
oath-taking scene. Two warriors face each 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
Nice toning. Reverse figures fully on the flan. Pig clear. [$119]




Roman Republican AE



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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.


  [$69, reduced to $59, reduced to $49] 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, reduced to $45, SOLD] 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.   [$45, SOLD]

More fourrees here.



Augustus (27 BC - 14 AD)

Augustus/Rhoematalkes, c. 11 BC = AD 12.
19 mm. 4.10 grams.
RPC 1718. SGI -- but 5395 is thic type as 25 mm.
Stancomb 908, plate 42.
ex CNG mbs 34 lot 580 (part)
[$39, reduced to $35]



11 BC - AD 12
19 mm.
SNG Copenhagen Thrace 1193
A two-headed coin. 
Sear Greek Imperial 5395 variety (different diameter)



Augustus, DIVVS, struck under Tiberius, c. 22/3 - 30 AD.
29 mm. 8.59 grams.  (A little light.)
Small backwards S countermark at 7:00 on the obverse.
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, reduced to $115]

ex Vecchi [London] auction 12, lot 1092 (June 5, 1998)




Claudius, 41-54

Claudius, 41-54 AD.
Roman Alexandria.
26-25 mm.
Good portrait/eagle
[$95, reduced to $85]




 Nero (54-68)


[$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 $49 SOLD]
This coin is provincial, not imperial.
LIΔ gives the year.



Vespasian (69-79)



Titus (79-81) 

Titus, IVDAEA CAPTA provincial type
Hendin 4th edition 743. AJC II 288,2
Struck at Caesarea
[$29, reduced to $25] A historical type. 


Three excellent Domitian imitations are here.

Domitian, 81-96. Prototype struck 76.
Limes denarius. 19 mm. 2.56 grams.
Pegasus, COS IIII above.
A desirable type, but this one is in base metal-- a "limes" denarius.
Sear I 2637. BMC (Vespasian) 193.

An ancient imitation from the borderlands. [$39 SOLD]




Links: Caracalla, Elagablal, Severus Alexander, Gordian III, Philip, Valerian, Gallienus, Gallo-Roman, Claudius II, Aurelian, ProbusTacitus, Carus and Family 

Second Century

Trajan (98-117)

TTrajan, 98-117 AD
small dichalcon. 11 mm.
Roman Alexandria, Egypt
poor obverse/elephant reverse, LI Δ above
Emmet 701 "R5".
Very rare, but terrible obverse. The reverse (the interesting part) is visible. If it were nice all around, it would cost far more. [$25, reduced to $23]





[$125] Trajan, 98-117
AE31-30 mm. 23.91 grams.
Large 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. Big. Countermark. Well-centered. Good color. That's a lot to like on a provincial. [$125]


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, reduced to $17]




Hadrian (117-138) 
Hadrian, 117-138 AD.
dichalcon. 14 mm. Tiny!
Roman Alexandria, Egypt
his head right/pomegranate
struck for the Pelusium nome.
Good portrait. Some letters, which is about as good as they come. Emmett 1321
Nome coins are rare [$65]



[$119, reduced to $95] 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 flaking 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 $109+$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)


Antoninus Pius. 138-161.
Large AE34. Milne 2293 var. year 18.
eagle standing front, wings half spread, head left   LI   H
Ex. Berk, August 2000. 
Large.  [$55, reduced to $49]


 Commodus  (177-193)

Denarius. 19 mm. Young Commodus. Struck as Caesar 175-6.
PRINC IVVENT (Prince of Youth)
Standing left beside trophy, holding branch and scepter.
Dark toning. Nice style youthful portrait. 
ex Empire Coins, list 23, lot 116, July 11, 1984.
[$95, reduced to $85]




[$149, reduced to $129] Commodus 190-193
Liberalitas type
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]




Commodus, 180-193
19-18 mm.
Roman provincial from Nikopolis ad Istrum.

eagle, wings half spread
Moushmov 895
Glossy dark patina  [$33, reduced to $27]




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Third Century:

Septimius Severus

Septimius Severus
Roman Provincial
at Anchialus, Thrace
23 mm.
Artemis right with bow
[$25, reduced to $21]






Geta, Roman provincial, ancient Thrace
City of Pautalia
21-19 mm.
Lovely green patina. CEΠ for Septimius clear [$19, reduced to $17]





  [$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.
  L&K 2264. BMC Berytus 130. SNG Copenhagen Phoenicia 107. [$59, reduced to $45]




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, 196-198-217
20 mm. 
beautiful young bust
Liberalitas standing left holding up counting board with coins (to count the coins handed out to each citizen)
RIC Caracalla 135 "Scarce" 
Sear II 6814 variety (different year) Good metal. Very high grade. A specific historical occasion. Look at the detail and style! Nearly perfect. Letters bold. Portrait great. Stunning! [$145. Not reduced, nor should it be! It is an outstanding coin.]



Caracalla, 196-198-217
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 $85]




Caracalla, 196-198-217
19 mm. 3.08 grams
Struck 216
Jupiter standing right, head left, holding thunderbolt and long scepter
EF+ from fresh dies. Super detail. Every letter bold. Hair and mustache detail is all there. Jupiter's face has detail!  A great coin!  [$155, reduced to $135]





[$69, reduced to $39] Caracalla, Tarsos mint
26 mm. 8.70 grams
AH / MI in wreath
Sear Greek Imperial --, SNG Danish Tarsos 369. SNG France 2:1560   




  [$23] Caracalla and Julia Domna/ Serapis head reverse
  Moushmov 47b
  AE27-26    [$29, reduced to $253




 [$19, reduced to $17] Caracalla, 196-198-217
  at Nicopolis ad Istrum, Moushmov 1077
  Serapis head reverse. Good detail.
  AE19-16.  2.67 grams
  Head of Serapis 




Macrinus, 217-218


Macrinus, 217-218
19 mm.
Excellent portrait of the short-beard varietyRIC 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 SOLD]



Links: Caracalla, Elagablal, Severus Alexander, Gordian III, Philip, Valerian, Gallienus, Gallo-Roman, Claudius II, Aurelian, ProbusTacitus, Carus and Family 

Elagabal (218-222)





Elagabal at Antioch on Orontes. 19 mm. 4.53 grams. Sear GI --. Butcher, CRS 470 but bust left, page 385, plate 14.  High grade [$27, reduced to $23]


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.  [$49, reduced to $45]




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. 
[$85, reduced to $75]



Severus Alexander (222-235)

Severus Alexander, 222-235
Sear III 7816
Full flan. Good surfaces. Lots of detail. Nice portrait. [$75, reduced to $65 SOLD]



Severus Alexander, 222-235
Denarius. 20-18 mm.
Mars walking right
Dated to 227 by the TRP number.
Gorgeous Very high grade. [$89, reduced to $79]



Samaria, Neapolis.  Holy Land coin.
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.
[$22, reduced to $19]




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 $25]





Maximus, son of Maximinus Thrax, the Giant.


Gordian III  (238-244)

Gordian III and Serapis, 238-244
27 mm. 14.06 grams.
Struck at Marcianopolis, Lower Moesia.
legate Tullius Menophilus
Naked Apollo standing, facing, head right, grasping a tree, around which a serpent coils, & holding his right arm over his head; to left, cloak on quiver. 
Sear GI --, SNG Cop II 255, Marcianopolis (obv legend variety) None on vcoins. [$119]
Nice surface. Nice even very dark patina.  [$125, reduced to $85]




Gordian III, 238-244, of Roman Alexandria, Egypt
Emmett 3401 (rarity 1) page 170
eagle standing left, head right
Sear 3.8832 variety with year S for B.
Unusual lovely reddish surface color  [$39, reduced to $27]




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   
Silver from a mint that is not Rome [$59, reduced to $55]





Gordian III, 238-244. AE 27. Hadrianopolis. Fortuna = Tyche with rudder. smoothing. Fully legible legends. [$25, reduced to $21]







[$65] 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.; cf. Varbanov 4244 (rev. legend). Nice green patina with moderate earthen deposits. Very fine.  [$65, reduced to $59]



Philip (244-249)


Philip, 244-249
Wonderful large flan, fully centered.
Felicitas standing holding caduceus and cornucopia
Sear III 8946. RIC 4, AD 247
Look at the detail on Felicitas! An excellent portrait!
[$65, reduced to $49 SOLD]



   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]


[$55 SOLD] 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. Surface porosity, green deposits on reverse.   





Philip II at Antioch in Pisidia, AE27. 970 grams. SGI --, McClean 8964. BNC Pisidia Antioch 120 (no photo)  [$27, reduced to $25]




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. [$59, reduced to $49]



Gordian III, 238-244
Provincial, struck at Nicaea (City of the Christian Nicaean Creed)
19 mm. 
Lots of good detail.
All legible. Well-centered. 
[$25, reduced to $23]



Rare middle bronze of Otacilia Severa, wife of Philip I (244-249)
25-24 mm. as. 9.55 grams.
Denarii and sestertii of her are common--asses are not.
SC in exergue.
Sear III 9172. RIC 203b.
A clear example of an unusual denomination. [$129, reduced to $109]




Trajan Decius (249-251)

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. [$55, reduced to $47]



Herennius Etruscus, 250-251
tetradrachm of Antioch
27-24 mm. 12.13 grams.

Three dots below the bust for 3rd officina. Dark toning. Some corrosion. High grade.  Well-centered. All his hair. Powerful eagle. Prier 633
[$65, reduced to $59]





Cilicia, Hierapolis-Castabala.
Trebonianus Gallus. A.D. 251-253. Large 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.
Large. Rare variety.  [$39, reduced to $35]



Valerian (253-260)

 [Rare. $65, reduced to $55] Valerian (253-260) 

Struck at Heliopolis, Coele-Syria
253)-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]  Ex Colosseum Coin Exchange, list of April 1988, lot 106.




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 typeRare [$35, reduced to $29]  (This reverse type is sometimes on Maximinus I.)



Gallienus (253-268)

[$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?)  



[$59, reduced to $55] 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  Large provincial at 32 mm





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)  [$69, reduced to $59]




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.  [$39, reduced to $35]




[$69] Salonina, wife of Gallienus
Struck at Roman Alexandria, Egypt
22-21 mm. 10.35 grams
Year 13 = 265/6
Sear 10713, no photo.
Emmett 3853
Nice details. [$69 SOLD]
With Pegasi ticket at $275!





Tetricus I, 270-273.
Larger and heavier than usual at 22-20 mm and 3.29 grams.
RIC 80, page 408.
Sear III 11237




Barbarous Radiates from the Gallo-Roman Empire:

Victorinus, (but the legend is not there to prove it)
18 mm.
O T  C V

Nice portrait with the curved nose with distinguishes Victorinus
and some other pieces from the hoard did have the name and the good size 
is typical for his barbarous radiates



Claudius II, 268-270, postumus barbarous radiate

Remarkably good style for this small 13-11 mm coin.
[$15, reduced to $12]




Central Empire, Claudius II (268-270) and later:


Claudius II, 268-270.
SPQR mint.  (Many say it is Cyzicus, but I have not seen the proof.)
22 mm. 3.79 grams.
Fortuna standing left holding rudder and cornucopia
RIC V.I 233.
Nice rust color on the surfaces and the unusual "SPQR" mintmark.
[$45 SOLD]




Claudius II, 268-270
21 mm.
Sear 11334
Lovely light green with some silvering
[$45, reduced to $32]




[$79] Claudius II, Gothicus
17 mm. 2.66 grams
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. Don't expect to find one full flan. This one is nice for having the rare title GOTHICO on the flan.
[$79, reduced to $69]



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.  [$23, reduced to $19]



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

Aurelian (270-275)





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 [$85 +$4 in the US, reduced to $79 + $4]


 Probus (276-282)


Probus, 276-282
22-20 mm.
RIC 706 Siscia. Sear III 12000 [$44, reduced to $39] ex Berk in 1994







Carus and Family

Carus, 282-283
22-20 mm.
RIC 49
A balding emperor, as you can see before the radiate crown.
Struck by lightning and commemorated by his sons [$55, reduced to $49]




Carinus (283-285)

Carinus, 282-285, as Augustus
21 mm.
RIC V.II 214 page 166.
Excellent portrait detail. [$69, reduced to $59]



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