Interesting ancient coins, offered by Augustus Coins. 

If you want to buy ancient coins, you are beginning at the right page. My coins are inexpensive; all cost much less than $1000. If you want to learn more about ancient coins, visit my educational ancient-coin website (begun in 1997 and expanded very many times since then). If you like to learn from books, visit my page of ancient-coin literature.  For more about me, see see here.

Contents: This is the main page with Roman coins and some of newest listings from other series too, at the top.  For late Roman, Byzantine, or Greek coins, or books about them, use the links to the left.         

Skip down to Republican, 1st C, 2nd C, or 3rd C 
      3rd C. more precisely: Septimius SeverusCaracalla, Elagablal, Severus Alexander,
      Gordian III, PhilipValerian, Gallienus, Gallo-Roman, Claudius II, Aurelian,
      ProbusTacitus, Carus and Family 

Recent:  2021, Sept. 10:  Maximian VICTORIA AVGG
Sept. 5: Jovian AE3, Constantius II CONCORDIA MILITVM and HOC SIGO VICTOR ERIS (Extremely historical! The first Christian legend!), Alexandrian tetradrachm of Diocletian, year 10, and a Byzantine Justin II "K" from Nicomedia (all at the top).  
Sept. 1: Galerius follis (at the top).
August 9:  Pantikapaion, Star of Bethlehem, Trajan Arabia, Augustus from Philippi, Constantius II SPES REIPVBLICAE, DIVVS AVGVSTVS restored (all at the top of this page).  Byzantine coins and Turkoman figural bronze added on their page: Rare Justin and Justinian, joint reign of only 4 months. Other Justinian. Turkoman figural bronze. Most of the Byzantine coins moved to chronological order.
July 30:  Saladin! On the Byzantine page.
2021, July 23: Anastasius small module, Nicephorus II, Tiberius II XXX, on the Byzantine page.
2021, July 21 and 20:  More books on the literature page.
July 16:  Many important Byzantine and ancient-coin books at the top of the literature page.
July 15:  Three non-Roman coins from Italy during the time of the Romans (at the top). Two ancient imitations from Spain of Republican semisses.

July 2: Roman Republican Janus/prow as.
June 28:  Gallienus. One Roman and one Roman provincial, at the top.
June 27:  Alexius III, at the top of the Byzantine page.
2021, June 21:  Silver drachms of Trajan struck at Bostra, Arabia (at the top).
June 18: Galerius follis (at the top)
June 1:  CONSTANTINOPOLI commemorative.
May 30: Oriental Greek, Hephthalite 1/4 drachm, at the top of the Greek page. Kushan, Vima Kadphises (top of this page). On the Byzantine page: Anonymous Class G. Justinian 10-nummi at Antioch. Constantine IV from Sicily. Arcadius, Theodosius, and Valentinian III, at the top of the late Roman page.
2021, May 26:  Heraclius and two of Constans II, at the top of the Byzantine page.
May 24: Sestertius of Severus Alexander and Republican victoriatus (at the top).
May 18: A major AE rarity of Theodosius (first listing on this 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. 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


Maximian, aurelianus. 286-291.
25-23 mm. Very large for type. 

Emperor on left holding baton in left (parazonium?) and receiving Victory on globe from Diocletian on right holding transverse scepter. B in field, XXI in exergue.
RIC V.II Maximian 585, page 288 "Siscia, 291."
Sear 13179.
Large, full, flan [$69]



Jovian, 363-364
AE3. 19 mm.
BSISC in exergue
RIC VIII Siscia 426 "scarce"
Obverse with lovely even green patina and name fully on the flan. [$39]

[Please compare to vcoins prices.]

Constantius II, 324-337-361
BSIS in exergue
Emperor standing holding two standards with chi-rho Christian symbols.
III in field left
RIC VIII Siscia 301, page 371 "25 Dec. 350-August 351"
Bold portrait and bold chi-rhos. Dark green patina [$49]
[Please compare to vcoins prices.]


Constantius II, 324-337-361
HOC SIGNO VICTOR ERIS, the first Christian legend!
Victory crowing emperor holding standard with the Christian symbol, chi-rho.  III in field left. 
ЄSIS<crecent> in exergue
RIC Siscia 304
Some corrosion on the obverse. Clear Victory, emperor, and chi-rho on the reverse. Legend fully on the flan. [$59]  [Please compare to vcoins prices.]  An extremely historical coin type. 

Diocletian, 284-305
20-19 mm. 6.21 grams.
Tetradrachm of Roman Egypt, stuck at Alexandria
Year 10 (293/4)

Elpis (= SPES = hope) standing left, holding flower
Emmett 4046 year 10
Sear IV 12876 (different year)
On these you want the name on the flan (they are often too crowded to have the whole name on) and the reverse design clear. This one is much better than usual.  [$47 SOLD]
Bought in 2005 from a man who bought it in 1980 from "John H. Terry". His ticket included. 

Constantius II, 324-337-361
23 mm. 5.04 grams.
HOC SIGNO VICTOR ERIS, the first Christian legend!
Victory crowing emperor holding standard with the Christian symbol, chi-rho.  A in field left, which marks the first issue during the time of Vetranio, March 1 - Dec. 25, 350.
in exergue
RIC Siscia 304
A large and beautiful example. Legend fully on the flan. Bold portrait, Victory and chi-rho (a really important part!) and much silvering in the fields. This one is a beauty! [$125 SOLD]  [Please compare to vcoins prices.] An extremely historical coin type. 

Byzantine emperor Justin II and Sophia, 565-578
23-22 mm. 6.75 grams.
20-nummi piece struck at Nicomedia
Sear 370 year 11 (575/6)
40-nummi pieces (with "M") are common from Nicomedia. The "K" pieces are less so.
Full flan. Reverse clear with "NI" for Nicomedia below the "K". 
(For more Byzantine coins, see here.)



Galerius, 293-305-310
27 mm. 8.53 grams.
As Caesar. Struck at Cyzicus, the only mint for this rverse legend which was struck only for the Caesars.
RIC Cyzicus 9b "c. 295-6"
Excellent portrait. Lovely even dark green patina. [$75 SOLD]




Pantikapaion, North Black Sea region
150-140 BC.
14-13 mm. 2.07 grams.
Head of Pan, unbearded, left
Bow, arrow
ΠAN  below
Anokhin (Money of the Bosporus) 167, plate 5
Small. Virtually no wear. Extremely nice for type.  [$59 SOLD]
The squared lug at 11:00 (obverse) and 12:30 (reverse) is where the flan was separated from the next flan after the flans were cast in a open row of depressions. That is nice evidence for how the flans were made.



Syria, Antioch. Struck 13/14 AD under Augustus
The famous "Star of Bethlehem" type 
(which is not accepted by most scholars as actually the Star of Bethlehem)
20-19 mm. 7.71 grams.
Head of Zeus right
Ram leaping right, looking back, star in upper left field
ΔM (44) below - 13/14 AD in Actian dating
RPC I 4269
McAlee 99
Please compare with the vcoins examples. This is significantly better than the $200 examples there.
[$145 SOLD]


Augustus, 27 BC-AD 14
18-17 mm. 5.16 grams.
Struck at Philippi, Macedonia
Bare head right, AVG behind
Two figures plowing right
RPC 1656 p.309-310.
Banti and Simonetti VII p.219, 1514 (1522 is the same design, but 21 mm)
Grant FITA plate IV, p. 113 attributes it to Philippi.
[That city should ring a bell if you read his history.]
The same design was issued for Tiberius, however with legend TI AVG


Trajan, 98-117
Drachm. 18 mm. 3.18 grams.

Silver drachm struck at Bostra, Arabia
in celebration of Trajan's acquisition of Arabia (including Petra and Bostra, the capital of the new province).
obv. Laureate bust of Trajan to right, with slight drapery on his left shoulder
rev. Arabia standing left holding branch and bundle of cinnamon sticks
at feet, camel  ΔHMAPX ЄΞ YΠAT S

Struck Jan. 1-Dec. 9, 112.
RPC III 4073
W. Metcalf, ANSMN 20 (1975) "Tel Kalek Hoard"

These are never full flan. They are always very crowded or crowded. This one is less crowded than most. [$95 SOLD]

The settlement of Bostra (or Bosra) was first mentioned in the documents of Thutmose III and Akhenaten (14th century BC). Bosra was the first Nabatean city in the 2nd century BC. The Nabatean Kingdom was conquered by Cornelius Palma, a general of Trajan, in 106 AD. Bosra was made capital of the Roman province of Arabia Petraea and renamed Nova Trajana Bostra. It was the home base of the legio III Cyrenaica. The city flourished and became a major metropolis at the juncture of trade routes including the Via Traiana Nova, a Roman road that connected Damascus to the Red Sea. It became an important center for food production. Soon after the Roman occupation, Bosra began to mint its own coins.

Constantius II, struck 355-361
at Nicomedia
16-15 mm. 1.87 grams.
If you just want a very nice Constantius II there are many post-reform FEL TEMP REPARATIO coins available. However, if you want some of his rarer types, this is one of the finest examples of his post FTR issues.
Emperor standing left holding globe and reversed spear.
RIC VIII Nicomedia 112
Sear V 18319
I have followed this type for decades and in 1982 paid highly for a great example. This is the second best I have seen (I'm keeping the 1982 example).
Look at the details. [$68  SOLD] You can get the type cheaper, but not with this outstanding quality. 

DIVVS AVGVSTVS restored by Titus
27 mm. 12.36 grams.
Radiate head left
Vicory left holding shield with SP/QR, SC high in fields
IMP T VESP AVG REST   (restored)
BMC Titus 265
RIC II.1 Titus 446 dupondius, dated 80-81
ex Imperator Coins (Joe Mastrario) in 2006
ex Ancient Arts and Treasures (Winter Park, FL) before 2006, with their ticket
Hard dark green patina. [$245]

Three non-Roman coins from Italy during the time of the Romans.

Early Italian, late 3rd C. BC before 217 BC.
25 mm. 11.70 grams.
Apulia, Luceria
Head of Ahtena right in Corinthian helmet with 
5 dots above (for the denomination, a "quincunx")
Large wheel of 8 spokes with (weak) inscription between.
Sear Greek 587
Weber 460
Crawford, CMRR plate 20 on page 65. 
Coinage in Italy contemporary with the expansion of Rome. 
Very worn, as copper of the era tends to be.
Very slightly larger than a US quarter and twice as thick.  [$49]


LUCANIA, Paestum (formerly Poseidonia).
16 mm. 3.81 grams
Second Punic War. 218-201 BC.
Æ Sextans
Female head right; •• (mark of value) to left /
Forepart of boar right; •• (mark of value) below.
Crawford, Paestum 12/1; HN Italy 1218.  Weber 839
"The mint had the unique priviledge in Italy of being allowed to issue its own bronze coins right down to the time of Augustus and Tiberius." Sear Greek p. 66.
Worn, as usual. [$25]


LUCANIA, Paestum (formerly Poseidonia).
268-89 BC.
16 mm. 3.36 grams.
Æ Quadrans.
Diademed male head r.  
Dolphin r.  three dots for the denomination (3 out of 12 = a quadrans, 4 to an as)
"The mint had the unique priviledge in Italy of being allowed to issue its own bronze coins right down to the time of Augustus and Tiberius." Sear Greek p. 66.
Crawford, Paestum 6/2; HNItaly 1197. Crawford, Paestum 6/2; HN Italy 1197.
[$27 SOLD]


Roman Republican semis imitation from Spain
(which rarely had its own mint so locals issued imitations to supply the need for small change)
First century BC. c. 100-25 BC.
Small. 17-15 mm. 2.19 grams.
Head of Saturn right; S (mark of value) behind
Prow right; horizontal S (mark of value) above. Cf. Burgos R46. 
cf CNG
for a very similar coin, not as nice, for $60 plus fees. 
Crawford "Unoffical imitations and small change under the Roman Republic" AIIN 29 (1982) plate XI, 21. Also, plate II 19 (same dies!)
"Found almost always in the south of Spain, near Seville"
Better than the CNG piece. [$49]

Roman Republican semis imitation from Spain
(which rarely had its own mint so locals issued imitations to supply the need for small change)
16-14 mm. 1.67 grams.
Very crude head left, no legend
a crude ships prow, right

Crawford ""Unoffical imitations and small change under the Roman Republic" AIIN 29 (1982) plate II, 16 is very similar including the best left and reverse design, which he says is crudest he has seen. See also plate XI, 40.
ex. Peter Beirne, Cumberland Coin Fair, March 2, 1996. [no ticket]  [$47 SOLD]



Roman Republican as
Massive 32 mm and 32.79 grams.
Strck (shortly) after 211 BC.
Janus/Prow, "I" above (for 1 as)
Crawford 56/2
Lovely green patina.
[$195, reduced to $175]



Gallienus, 253-268
Many coins of Gallienus have serious flaws like weak strikes, poor dies, corrosion, etc. Some are pretty nice but for a signifcant flaw here or there. This one is rare for being nearly perfect. No flaws. Good strike. Excellent centering. 
For someone who appreciates a coin in outstanding condition.  [$145 SOLD]

Bought at London Coin Galleries, Mission Viejo, California, in Jan. 1997 (no ticket)



Coins from Medieval Hungary:

Medieval Hungary. Anonymous. 12th C. 1141-1161
Tiny!  Silver 12 mm. 0.33 grams.
The denomination is called a "denar"" It is sometimes called a "penny."

Cross and crescents/cross in circles
Huszar 92. Rethy-Probszt 88, plate V group V p. 57, between 1141 and 1161.
Small, well-struck, and cute. [$27]


Medieval Hungary. Stephan II. 1114-1131
Tiny! Silver. 11 mm. 0.33 grams.

The denomination is called a "denar"" It is sometimes called a "penny."
Rethy-Probszt 66, plate V, Stephan II 1114-1131
Excellent centering on a small silver coin  [$27]


Medieval Hungary. Anonymous. 
Tiny! 13 mm. Silver. 0.33 grams.

The denomination is called a "denar"" It is sometimes called a "penny."
Time of Beles III, Emmerichs, and Andreas II" c. 1173-1235
according to Rethy-Probszt X-146 group D, plate IX page 64 and page 62.
Wonderful multiple crosses. Very well struck and centered. Rare. Have you ever seen a coin with this many crosses? [$79]

Pamphlyia, Aspendos
465-430 BC
(Later the city has the well-known Slinger and wrestlers type)
Thick silver 20-19 mm. 10.95 grams.

Hoplite warrior right holding spear horizontal and shield in left, turtle between legs
Triskeles (three human legs running) 
lion standing left behind lower leg [What an interesting type!]
EΣT  (an abbreviation in Pamphylian script of the city name) all well-centered in an incuse square
A very old dumpy thick archaic coin! [$355, reduced to $325]


Please compare prices with those on acsearch and vcoins and any other sites you use. I intend my prices to be below the prices for comparable coins anywhere else.

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

Roman Republican  

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 

Augustus (27 BC - 14 AD)

North Black Sea area
Phanagoria in the name of Agrippia, 14-12 BC
Honorific name for the city adopted 14-12 BC because Agrippa under Augustus intervened in support of Polemo I.
late 1st C.  BC.
21 mm. 5.79 grams.
Veiled female head right (Aphrodite Aptura, according to MacDonald)
AΓPIΠ-ΠEΩN  prow left
H  (H indicates value 8)
MacDonald 275/1 (is slightly worse). RPC I 1935 (is equal quality).
[$95] Very nice quality. The published coins I found are not better.
Not an imperial portrait, but issued in the time of Augustus. 



Kingdom of the Bosporus
(Northern Black Sea area)
Aspurgus/Tiberius c. 35-37 AD
Aspurgus right
Bust of Tiberius right, TIBEPIΩY KAΣIAPOΣ  legible
22 mm. 9.75 grams.
MacDonald Bosporus 300 

Claudius/Agrippina Jr.

Kingdom of the Bosporus
(Northern Black Sea area)
Under Kotys I, 45-63 AD.
22 mm. 5.96 grams.
Βust of Claudius right
Bust of Agrippina II left, monogram before neck 
MacDonald 327 (photo has shorter obv. legend variety, quality about the same) 
Anokhin 349 (worse)
Stancomb 970 (worse)
Smoothed and tooled. (Look on acsearch and you will see almost all are smoothed and tooled) There are not any on vcoins. 
Rare and two imperial portraits. [$149]

Claudius, 41-54


Claudius, 41-54 AD.
Roman Alexandria.
26-25 mm.
Good portrait/eagle
[$95, reduced to $69]




 Nero (54-68)


Vespasian (69-79)

Titus (79-81) 




Domitia, wife of Domitian
17-16 mm. 2.61 grams.
Provincial coin from Magnesia ad Sipylum

RPC II 986 plate 43 (Their photo is of a smaller coin, only 14 mm, and equal on the obverse but slightly worse on the reverse, so this is a very good one "for type")
Her imperial coins are extremely rare, so this rare lady is usually found on a provincial coin.
[$119, reduced to $109 SOLD]


Second Century

Trajan (98-117)



Hadrian (117-138) 




Antoninus Pius (138-161)




Commodus  (177-193)

Third Century:

Septimius Severus


  [$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.
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 Decem





Trajan Decius (249-251)

Herennius Etruscus, 250-251 under Trajan Decius




Trebonianus Gallus. A.D. 251-253


Valerian (253-260)

 [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 $45]  Ex Colosseum Coin Exchange, list of April 1988, lot 106, with ticket.


Rare 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?)  
[$75, reduced to $65] 



Tetricus II, 270-273
Gallo-Roman Empire.
20-18 mm. 
RIC 270
Sear Roman Coins 11292
[$29 SOLD]


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


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.  [$25 SOLD]



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. You have seen his "Victory" reverse denarius, but likely not this type [$95]


  Probus (276-282)

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


Probus, 276-282
XXI in exergue and VII in the right field
RIC Siscia 661
Sear Roman Coins 11966


Probus, 276-282
Antoninianus. 21-20 mm.
Probus in consular robes left, hlding eagle-tipped scepter.
RIC 234
Sear Roman Coins 12063
Struck 277-8 (The robes indicate it was a year he was Consul)
Beautiful detail in the robes. [$69]







Carus and Family

Numerian, 283-4 as Augustus.
22-21 mm. 3.83 grams.
Fides seated left holding standards
SMSXXI in exergue

RIC V.II Siscia 460

Attractive. Lovely patina. Good portrait. Long mintmark. [$79, reduced to $69]   

Carinus (283-285)



Go to, on this page, Republican, 1st C, 2nd C, or 3rd C  

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

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Roman: Diocletian through Licinius (the tetrarchy) or
with Constantinian coins,

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