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, Jan. 24: Small Syracuse Octopus (top of this page).
2023, Jan 8: Three coins of Justinian on the Byzantine page.
2022, Dec. 28: Two rarities. Pentanummia of Maurice not in DOC and one not even in Sear! On the Byzantine page.
2022, Dec. 18: Postumus by Aureolus from the EQVIT series.
2022, Dec. 15:  Three Byzantine at the top of the Byzantine page. Unusual denomination coins of Aurelian and Severina and a Republican denarius at the top of this page.
2022, Dec. 13: Almost all prices on the Greek page reduced and one Aspendos stater added. 
2022, Dec. 12: Many prices on this page reduced slightly. Many sold coins removed entirely from this page and from other pages. Some coins moved from this page to the page with the series they belong to (e.g. Greek or Tetrarchal). 
2022, Nov. 30: Five new Byzantine coins on the Byzantine page. Many lousy Byzantine-coin photos replaced with better photos on a gray background. Most Byzantine-coin prices reduced. If you like Byzantine coins, please look again at all the coins on the Byzantine page. The coins are better than the old photos showed and the prices are now less. 
2022, Nov. 21:  Gallienus as, Constantius post-reform radiate "radiate fraction." 
2022, Nov. 19: Some spectacular auction catalogs on the literature page, including on with over 400 river gods and one with an EID MAR in gold. Many others, too. Many sold coins removed. 
2022, Nov. 17: Tiny Hadrian chalcous or unicia, the smallest Roman denomination (third coin down).
2022, Nov. 15: Turkoman figural bronze of the first Seljuq to issue them (on the Byzantine page)
2022, Nov. 11: Eudoxia, wife of Arcadius. Justin II pentanummia on the Byzantine page.
2022, Nov. 2:  Julian the Apostate, at the top of this page. 
2022, Nov. 2:  Trajan, Probus, Licinius, and Valentinian, on this page at the top. Heraclius with 3 standing figures 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).
After I confirm I still have the coin:
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

Shipping in the US is $2 for orders under $25, $3 up to $50, $4 up to $100, and an additional $2 for each hundred thereafter. 
Shipping to other countries: See about new (Jan. 2021) very high shipping costs here.
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
 

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

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. 
[$59]


 

 


Postumus, by Aureolus, in the time of Gallienus.
Struck 268
20 mm. 3.73 grams.
IMP POSTVMVS PF AVG
PAX EQVITVM, Pax standing left with olive branch and transverse scepter
RIC 381. Sear III 10968
Milan mint. 
Part of the "EQVIT" series and part of the series issued by Aureolus. "Aureolus destroyed Ingenuus and Macrian and was in command of 'the whole country'" RIC p. 327. 
ex PMV list 9 (Sept. 1983) lot 124
ex Tom Cederlind, list 61, lot 132. 
[$65 SOLD]

 



Severina, the scarce as denomination.
25-24 mm.
Wife of Aurelian (270-275)
SEVERINA AVG
IVNO REGINA
Juno standing left with patera and scepter, peacock to left
Γ below. RIC Severina 7 "Scarce"
Sear III 11711
Nicer than the $170 examples on vcoins.  [$95 SOLD]


Aurelian, 270-275. The scarce as denomination. 
23 mm. 6.90 grams.
Bust laureate

CONCORDIA AVG
Aurelian and Severina clasping hands, between them radiate head of Sol.
Rome mint.

Sear III 11646
RIC Aurelian 80, page 275.
ex Arnold Saslow at the summer ANA in August 1991 at $50.  [$73 SOLD]
(A companion piece to the Severina above.) 
The vast majority of Aurelian coins are antoniniani (aureliani), but he also issued denarii and asses. 



 


Roman Republican
82 BC.
C. Valerius Flaccus, proconcul in Gaul
Bust of Victory right (see the wing?)
eagle between two standards
C VAL FLA up left
IMPERAT up right
EX SC across bottom
"Struck at Massalia by special decree of the Senate while Flaccus was proonsul in Gaul" Sear p. 126
"associated with the first moves made by Sulla against Q. Sertorius in Spain" Crawford p. 381
Scarce. Sear I 288. Crawford 365/1, page 379. [$125 SOLD] (As I write the least expensive one on vcoins is $350 and the other is $1500.)


 



 

Gallienus as, unusual denomination. 253-268.
Laureate head right
IMP C P LIC GALLIENVS PF AVG
ORIENS AVGG Sol standing left holdin up hand and whip in left
S C across field.
22-21 mm. 6.07 grams. Thicker than thed antoninianus. 
RIC 273. Sear III 10521 ($100 in F, $250 in VF)
As you know, ants of Gallienus are common, but asses are not. I din't find any on vcoins or MA-Shops. [$53 SOLD]


 



Constantius, 293-205-306, as Caesar
20 mm. 3.19 grams. 
Post-reform radiate from Antioch.
FL IVL CONSTANTIVS NOB CAES
CONCORDIA MILITVM
<Crescent>
      Z
    ANT

RIC VI Antioch 61a "c. 296"
Well-centered (most "radiate fractions" are) [$23 SOLD]  


 

 
 
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 make compared to those of Trajan. This one is nice "for type."

Trajan, 98-117
The smallest Roman denomination! Sometimes called an "uncia." It is much smaller than a quadrans. I have seen it called a "half quadrans." 
Struck very near the end of his reign, c. 117.
11.7-11.3 mm. 1.24 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! Lovely surfaces. [$63, reduced to $59]  (There is a second example below
It is beautiful and clear considering it is so small. PRC III 3681 Antioch "chalkous" "product of Rome." "Struck for circulation in Syria" 



 

Greek stater. City of Aspendos in southern Asia Minor. Their very first coin type.
c. 465 - 430 BC.  Old!
10.79 grams. 20-17 mm. Thick.

Hoplite striding right holding spear low
Triskeles (symbol of Aspendos, often seen on the later "wrestlers and slinger" type)
Sear Greek 5381
A chunk of silver!  [$79 SOLD]  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".

 



Cappadocia
Caesarea
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 https://cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=270492
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.
 

Roman Republican as
Massive 32 mm and 32.79 grams.
Struck (shortly) after 211 BC.
Janus, "I" above (for 1 as)
Crawford 56/2
Prow right, "I" above. 
Lovely green patina. [$195, reduced to $145 SOLD]

 


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Roman Imperial Silver and AE 
 

Augustus (27 BC - 14 AD)


[sold] 
 

Tiberius


[sold]
 
 

Claudius, 41-54

 


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

 

 

 Nero (54-68)

[SOLD]

Vespasian (69-79)
 

[SOLD]

Titus (79-81) 

[SOLD]
 

Domitian
 
[SOLD] 
 


Second Century

Trajan (98-117)

[SOLD]

Hadrian (117-138)

Second Century Imitations:

 

[$29]
19 mm fourré. (ancient imitation) 2.53 grams.
Hadrian, 117-138                                                          
IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG 
    /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) 
TRIB POT COS
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)
 
[SOLD]  
 


Third Century:

Septimius Severus

[sold]

Caracalla (196-198-217)
 


Severus Alexander (222-235)
 
 

Maximinus Thrax (235-238)
 

[SOLD] 
 

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. 
AYTOK KMIOYΛI ΦIΛIΠΠOC CEB
IOΛ CEΠKOΛΩ NECIBI MHT
Sear Greek Imperial 4157
BMC Mesopotamia Nesibi 23
Lindgren and Kovacs 2604
[$45, reduced to $39 SOLD]

 
 


Trajan Decius (249-251)

[sold]
 
Herennius Etruscus, 250-251 under Trajan Decius

[sold]
 

Trebonianus Gallus. A.D. 251-253
 

[SOLD] 
 

Valerian (253-260)

 
[SOLD] 
 
 

Gallienus (253-268)

 [SOLD] 

 
 
Gallo-Roman: 
 

[SOLD]

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



[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. 
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
PROVIDEN AVG
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.
VICTORIA GERM
Trophy of arms with two captives
R<thunderbolt>A
[$28 SOLD]


 

   

Tacitus

  [sold]

Florian 

  [sold]

 
Carus and Family
 
  [sold]
 
 

Carinus (283-285)

  [sold]

 

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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with Constantinian coins,

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