Interesting ancient coins, offered by Augustus Coins 

If you want to buy ancient coins and you are in the US, 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: 2023, March 20:  Class G anonymous follis on the Byzantine page. Diocletian follis, Constantinus ant, Constans hut, on this page.
2023, March 9
: Roman and Early Byzantine Gold Coins found in Britain and Ireland and Morgantina Studies, Volume II: The Coins and The History of Coins and Symbols in Ancient Israel and The Coinage of the Bar Kokhba War and Monnaies grecques en Gaule on the literature page.
2023, Feb. 28:  Tancred, Crusader at Antioch.
2023, Feb. 27: Roman Republican denarius. Three late Roman Constantinian AE. Diocletian follis.
2023, Feb. 25: Almost every price on the Greek page reduced.
2023, Feb. 23:  Constantine on the Constantinian page

2023, Feb. 19: At the top of the literature page: Books on coins of Domitian, Greek coins, and coins of Aurelian and Florian.
2023, Feb. 18: Byzantine coins. Rare Nicephorus I (802-811). Class I anonymous follis. Removed entirely many sold Byzantine coins. 
2023, Feb. 15: Class F anonymous follis. Constantine X, 1059-1067 on the Byzantine page.
2023, Feb. 13: Two radiate Licinius coins of the "12 1/2" denomination . Chunky Aspendos stater. (Top of this page.)
2023, Jan. 24: Small Syracuse Octopus (top of this page).
2023, Jan 8: Three coins of Justinian on the Byzantine page.

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Terms of Sale. I prefer to sell to customers in the US.  Please tell me if you are not in the US (I might not be able to ship it inexpensively. It changes shipping costs a lot).
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If you are in the US you can pay with Zelle (preferred) or PayPal to my e-mail address. (I also accept checks.) (Why I prefer Zelle.)
If you are outside the US, a VERY BIG CHANGE as of Jan. 21, 2021. Last time I mailed to an address outside the US the price jumped from the previous $3 to $17.25. Wow! The new Post Office software no longer allows me to mail an envelope as a letter if it has coins in it. See more here

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All coins are guaranteed genuine.

Reminder:  When you buy a coin you must add in the shipping cost. Don't think a coin offered at $20 elsewhere will cost you $20. It won't. Shipping could easily be $6 or more. In contrast, I charge only $2 for shipping a $20 coin in the US.

Purple means "SOLD" and no longer available

Newest first. 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

Constantius, 293-305 as Caesar.
22 mm. 3.57 grams.
This antoninianus denomination was discontinued in 294, so this is a scarce one-year type for Constantius. 
XXI<dot> in exergue.


Constans, Augustus 337-350
21 mm. 3.95 grams.
FEL TEMP REPARATIO type of the coin refrom of 348.
Soldier leads barbarian from crude hut.
[$19 SOLD]


Diocletian, 284-305
26.5-25 mm. 10.77 grams,
Follis of Alexandria
With fieldmark
proclaiming it is the same alloy as the XXI coins of Aurelian: 20 parts copper and 1 part silver.
Nearly black. Little wear, as you can see.
Over 100 ants of Diocletian on vocins have "XXI" on them, but only four folles. 

Crusader. Tancred, 1104-1112, regent at Antioch.
Bohemond I, techically the ruler, was absent in the East and Tancred was effective rulerm(as the coins show). 
22-21 mm. 3.75 grams.
Bust of St. Peter facing. scroll in left and long cross in right.
Four-line legend
"Oh Lord come to the aid of thy servant Tancred"

Metcalf Coinage of the Crusades and the Latin East, plate 3, #49-62.
This coin is a good as any of those.  
There are many on vcoins, but, as I write, the lowest price one nicer is $188.
Very good quality for its type.  [$38]

Roman Republican denarius, BC 108-107
L. Valerius Flaccus
Crawford 306/1. 
18-16 mm. 3.91 grams. 
In hand, my eyes don't see the obverse porosity.
Victory, bust right, partial wing at 7-8:00.
Mars walking left, holding trophy, flamen's cap with very long pointed top. 
"The type appears to record three events connected with the Valeria gens – 1) the successes of L Valerius Flaccus to the north of Italy against the Gauls in BC 194, 2) the colonization of Placentia and Cremonia, by the triumvirate of the same name in BC 190, referred to by the corn stalk, 3) the appointment of L. Valerius, Flaccus, the counsel of BC, 131 as Flamen Martialis." RSC p.90-91.  The legend is on the flan, as if the top of her head, nose, and the wing. It has pretty large dies and it would have been easy to strike some important parts off of the flan. This one has nice centering. [$67] 


Constantine II as Caesar, 317-337
20 mm.

XIIΓ for 12 1/2 (the denomination)
He looks like a boy, which he was.



Constantine, 307-337
19 mm.
Constantine cuirassed in dramatic helmet right
Trier mint.
VO/TIS/XX in base holding globe.

Nice helmet [$26]



Constantine, 307-337
18 mm. Small.

Siscia mint
Two Victories holding shield with VOT/PR
over cippus.
Well-centered with full legend.




Books!  Coinage and Finances in the Reign of Domitian: A.D. 81-96 (BAR International) Paperback, 1983. Beautifully hardbound in heavy red cloth covers. Somebody did a nice job having it covered. The original cardcover book and its cover is all there after a flyleaf. Title in black on the spine. Unmarked and seems nearly new. [ $119+$5 shipping.] 
   (For other books and catalogs, see ]

Book.  The large two-volume book by Estiot on coins of Aurelian and Florian, "Monnaies de l'Empire Romain, D' Aureline a Florien, 270-276", with 456 pages in French (most lists, tables, and coin IDs, easy to read), plus 100 page plates and 16 pages of color enlargements and many tables. This copy is excellent.
None on Amazon. AddAll at $199 or $220 but shipped from Europe.
Here, a very good copy at $180 including shipping in the US only.

Book. Massive. Greek coins. SNG France 6.1 "Italie, Étrurie - Calabre" Paris 2003. 141 page plates of excellent photographs (better than older SNGs). Nearly new [$79 shipping in the US included]  12" x 8 1/2" by 1 1/2". Heavy glossy paper. 

Licinius I, 308-324
21-19 mm. 2.79 grams.
Radiate 12 1/2 denomination.
Jupiter holding Victory, eagle and captive below.
X/IIΓ in field (12 1/2)

RIC Antioch 35
Lovely rust and black patina. [$26]


Licinius I, 308-324
21-19 mm. 2.79 grams.
Radiate 12 1/2 denomination.
Jupiter holding Victory, eagle and captive below.
X/IIΓ in field (12 1/2)
SMHB  (Sacra Monet Heraclea Beta)

RIC Heraclea 52
Lots of detail. [$27]


Syracuse, Sicily.
12-11 mm. 1.77 grams.
c. 435-415 BC
Head of Arethusa right

Hoover HC Sicily 1434, page 373.
Sear Greek 1184 variety (that one is a 3-unkia piece; this one is smaller)
ex Holding History with their ticket. 

Hadrian, 117-138. Struck c. 117. The smallest Roman denomination! Sometimes called an "uncia." It is much smaller than a quadrans.
Struck very near the beginning of his reign, c. 117. (The only other coin of a similar type is of Trajan, which is distinguished only by its portrait of Trajan. See the next coin.)
10.5-9.5 mm. 1.15 grams. Tiny!
His bust right with no legend.
 "SC" in wreath.
Sear II 3250, page 170 "Rome, 112-117"
RIC Hadrian 629b.
Sear II 3705 page 170
Tiny! Good portrait for the small size. [$39, reduced to $35]   PRC III 3681 Antioch "chalkous" "product of Rome." "Struck for circulation in Syria". It seems these of Hadrian are poorly made compared to those of Trajan. This one is nice "for type."

c. 465-430 B.C.  The very first issue of Aspendos (Aspendus, Pamphylia, Turkey)
Silver stater.  19-18 mm. 10.69 grams.
Thick  archaic flan.
Hoplite warrior with spear and shield right
Triskeles of three human legs running left
Triskeles (symbol of Aspendos, often seen on the later "wrestlers and slinger" type)
Sear Greek 5381

[$135, reduced to $99]  

Old!  Thick. A chunk of silver!  It is remarkable to find a coin this heavy and this old for this little.


Trajan, 98-117
The smallest Roman denomination! Sometimes called an "uncia." It is much smaller than a quadrans.
Struck very near the end of his reign, c. 117.
11.2-10.5 mm. 1.10 grams. Tiny!
His bust right with no legend.
 "SC" in wreath.
Sear II 3250, page 170 "Rome, 112-117"
RIC Trajan 443, probably 101-103 (unlikely, since there is a short-lived similar type of Hadrian)  
BMC 1883. p. cvi "Very probably of Roman mintage--possibly Antioch."
The only other coin of a similar type is of Hadrian, distinguished only by its portrait of Hadrian.
Clearly recognizable bust of Trajan and clear "SC" in wreath. Tiny! Nice natural earthen cover. [$63, reduced to $59]  
It is beautiful and clear considering it is so small. PRC III 3681 Antioch "chalkous" "product of Rome." "Struck for circulation in Syria".


Severus Alexander (222-235AD)
26 mm. 10.98 grams, dated  (225/6AD)
 laureate and draped bust right
Mount Argaeus on base, ETΔ in exergue
[$24, reduced to $21] (The one on vcoins is $119, a bit better)



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  

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]
This coin cited in Rippolès and Witschonke, "The unofficial Roman Republican semisses struck in Spain" in Studies in Ancient Coinage in Honor of Andrew Burnett, 2015. #116h, not illustrated.

*****   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)




Claudius, 41-54


Claudius, 41-54 AD.
Roman Alexandria.
26-25 mm.
Good portrait/eagle
[$69, reduced to $65 SOLD]



 Nero (54-68)


Vespasian (69-79)


Titus (79-81) 



Second Century

Trajan (98-117)


Hadrian (117-138)

Second Century Imitations:


19 mm fourré. (ancient imitation) 2.53 grams.
Hadrian, 117-138                                                          
    /PM TRP COS III, Victory right holding trophy forward 
plated piece: 19 mm. 6:00. 2.53 grams 
Remarkably nice reverse.
Prototype:  RIC 101 "AD 119-122", BMC 212, plate 51.1. Hill 237 "AD 123"



Antoninus Pius (138-161)

Antoninus Pius, 138-161
Denarius 18 mm. 3.09 grams.
without the title Augustus ("as Caesar")
Antonius Pius and Marcus Aurelius were designated heirs of Hadrian. When the senate declined to deify Hadrian, Antoninus Pius declined to take the title Augustus. The senate caved to the pressure. 
IMP T AEL CAES ANTONINVS  (His name included "Titus" and he used "Aelius," one of the names of Hadrian) 
Pietas standing by altar raising right hand
bare head right
RIC II.3 Hadrian 452a
Old RIC 2 (the Hadrian volume) Hadrian 445 "138, Feb. 25 - July 19) 
Pietas has a component of caring for your parents and Antoninus Pius says, with this coin, that he expects Hadrian, his adoptive father, to be cared for by deification. 
This coin is early in the first year as can be seen by TRIB POT without a number and not even "DES II" which is used near the end of the year to assert he is designated to be TRIB POT II next year. [$145, reduced to $139]

Commodus  (177-193)

Third Century:

Septimius Severus


Caracalla (196-198-217)

Severus Alexander (222-235)

Maximinus Thrax (235-238)


Philip, 244-249.

Philip I, 244-249
Sestertius-diameter coin from the
Samosata mint on the Euphrates
31 mm. 16.55 grams. 
Radiate bust right
City goddess seated left on rocks, holding out eagle, Pegasus leaping at her feet.
Butcher Coinage in Roman Syria, page 475, Philip 31 radiate
BMC Syria, Commagene, Samosata 51 (laureate)
[$35, reduced to $29]





Philip II, 244-249

Philip II, 244-249
Roman Provincial from Nisibis
an outpost in upper Mesopotamia that features many times in the history books as the Romans and Sasanians battle over it.
25-24 mm. 9.26 grams. 
Sear Greek Imperial 4157
BMC Mesopotamia Nesibi 23
Lindgren and Kovacs 2604
[$45, reduced to $39 SOLD]


Trajan Decius (249-251)

Herennius Etruscus, 250-251 under Trajan Decius


Trebonianus Gallus. A.D. 251-253


Valerian (253-260)


Gallienus (253-268)




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


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. 
18 mm. 1.36 grams.
As I write, none on vcoins and 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. These are all before the recent price rises. 
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. A real rarity! [$125 SOLD]


  Probus (276-282)

Probus, 276-282
23 mm. 3.60 grams.
Trophy of arms with two captives
[$28 SOLD]







Carus and Family

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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