Late Roman Silver
  including argentei, siliquae, and miliarensa


Roman Silver Coins, volume V, by Cathy King. Hardcover, 214 pages, with 74 pages of introduction and then a list of known types by emperor, beginning with Carausius, typically with two or three photos per page. It attempts to be complete, but, of course, missed a few types.

Of course, RIC VIII and IX and X are virtually complete for their time periods.

The Sisak Hoard of Argentei of the Early Tetrarchy, by Aleksander Jelocnik, 1961, Situla 3, paperback, 91 pages (5-41 in Croatian and 42-86 in English) plus XIII plates of coins plus 2 plates showing the hoard vessel. This is the most famous hoard of argentei.


Antiqua (Steve Rubringer, Woodland Hills, California) fixed price list XVII, September 2013: 300 HV ancients including 100 siliquae from the "Gussage All Saints Hoard," including  2 of Constantius II, 2 of Julian II, 1 Jovian, 2 of Valentinian, 8 of Valens, 11 of Gratian, 9 of Valentinian II, 10 of Theodosius, 11 of Magnus Maximus, 4 of Flavius Victor, 12 of Eugenius,  14 or Arcadius,  11 of Honorius, and 4 barbarous.
    siliquae (100)

M&M Basel
XIII (17-19 June 1954) VHV. MQP. 1051 ancients among 1225 on 36 ppl + 2 E among 48. A spectacular collection of coins of the tetrarchy, inluding very many rare copper fractional pieces and many silver argentei and many antoniniani.  Also some late Roman gold, 99 outstanding PR, 260 G.
    Tetrarchy (345), including late Roman fractions (78) and silver argentei (129 regular and 20 irregular) 
XVII  (1957, 2-4 Dec.)  HV. MQP. 520 ancients among 1031 on 17 ppl among 46 + 1 E among 2. 195 RR, 312 RI (including 32 argentei and 55 late Roman gold), 10 contorniates,194 RP,  31 Carolingian, 130 early German.  
    Contorniates (10), argentei (32) and late Roman gold (55)

3  (2011, May 10)  VHV. VHQP. 259 ancients among 263. 2 Celtic, 159 G, 10 RR, 79 RI including 41 argentei from "the tetrarchy collection", 6 Byz, 3 Merovingian
    late Roman argentei (41)

Freeman and Sear
11  (23 Nov. 2004) MV. HQP. 479 ancients among 490, illustrated throughout, some with enlargements, plus 8 ppl of color enlargements. 2 Celtic, 218 G, 19 RP, 44 RR, 179 RI (including 35 argentei), 16 Byz
    late Roman silver argentei (35)
12  (2005, Oct. 28)  MV. HQP. 656 ancients among 684.  B&W photos thoughout with some enlargements, plus 7 ppl of color enlargements. 12 Celtic, 240 G, 13 RP, 257 RR, 118 RI (including 38 argentei of the tetrarchy), 11 Byz
    Roman Republican (257), argentei of the tetrarchy (38)
16  (2009, June 5) MV. MQP. 469 ancients, plus some unpictured large lots, in B&W thoughout with many enlargements plus 6 color ppl E. 257 G, 12 India, 27 RR, 142 RI including 47 argentei, 25 Byz.
    late Roman silver argentei (47)  

Manhattan Sale  (Freeman and Sear's NYI sales are called "Manhattan" sales)
16  (2009, June 5) MV. MQP. 469 ancients, plus some unpictured large lots, in B&W thoughout with many enlargements plus 6 color ppl E. 257 G, 12 India, 27 RR, 142 RI including 47 argentei, 25 Byz.
    late Roman silver argentei (47)  

I  (2005, Jan. 11-12)  HV. HQP. 530 ancients among 618. B&W throughout, some with enlargements of one side, plus 6 ppl of color enlargements. 10 Celtic, 260 G, 47 RR, 1 Marc Antony forger's die, 1 military diploma, 199 RI (including 21 late Roman argentei), 28 Byz, 1 DA.
    late Roman argentei (21)
III (2007, Jan. 9)  HV. HQP. 564 ancients among 600, plus some large lots. All in color with some color enlargements. 24 Celtic, 251 G, 46 RR, 170 RI (including 29 late Roman silver and 13 cistophori of Hadrian), 72 Byz (including 33 silver)
     late Roman silver (29), Byzantine silver (33)

(11/73)  [#1, unnumbered] MV. HQP.  500 ancients, all Roman. 21 ppl + 3 ppl of enlargements + 1 in color.
    late Roman silver (17 argentii and 34 siliquae)

Leu and M&M
Sammlung Niggler, part 3:  (11/67) VHV Roman "after Augustus". 526 Roman on 32 ppl.
    Trajan, Hadrian, and Antoninus Pius sestertii, several AE medallions, late Roman argentei (19), late Roman silver and gold, 17 contorniates.

Bendall, Simon. Some comments on the anonymous silver coinage of the fourth to sixth centuries A.D.    RN 2002, p.139-159 and plates 11-12. Concerns the anonymous siliqua with P, K and R.
  Justinian*, siliqua, Constantinople commemorative  
Callu, J.  Silver Hoards and emissions from 324 to 392.        BARIS 76, 1980 Ed. C. King Imp. Rev....4th C. 213-254.
  4th C.*; siliqua; argenteus   
Carson, R. Gold and silver coin hoards and the end of Roman Britain*.          The BM Yearbook 1: The Classical Tradition 67-82 date?
  siliqua (clipped), Britain*, hoards        
Johns, C. and R. Bland,   The Hoxne Late Roman Treasure               Britannia 25 (1994) 165-173
 siliqua, 4th C., late Roman
   [There is a pamphlet and a book on the Hoxne hoard too.]
Kent, J.  An introduction to the coinage of Julian* the Apostate         (AD 360-363)             NC 1959, 109-117 and plates 10-11.
  Julian II*, beard, siliqua   
King, C.  Fifth century* silver coinage in the western Roman empire:  The usurpations in Spain and Gaul.
            Melanges d Num Pierre Bastien (1987) 285-295, plate 22
  5th C., Constantine III, Jovinus, Maximus (of Spain)
King, Cathy. Fifth century* silver issues in Gaul.                Studia Numismatica Labacensia 1988, 197-211
 5th C.*  siliqua
King, C.  A hoard of clipped siliqua in the Preston museum.                       NC* 1981, 64.
  siliqua; clipping; late Roman*; portraits
King, C.  Late Roman silver hoards in Britain and the problem of clipped siliquae                 BNJ 51 (1981) 5-31
  clipping, siliqua, Britain, 4th C.*, 5th C.

Paulsen, T-E. Notes on the reverse inscriptions and the motifs on argentei during the first tetrarchy*
            NNF-NYTT no. 1, 1987
  argenteus, denominational names, tetrarchy*

Other books illustrating late Roman silver:

"Hunter VRoman Imperial Coins in the Hunter Coin Cabinet, volume V, by Anne S. Robinson. 1982. Hardcover. 530 pages plus 96 page plates. A collection covering the period from Diocletian's reform to Zeno, with numerous argentei and some siliquae.  166 late Roman silver illustrated of an actual collection, not a hoard. Diocletian 11, Maximian 6, Constantius I 6, Galerius 2, Severus II 0, ... Constantine 1, Constans 3, Constantius II 12, Magnentius 0, Gallus 1, Julian II 16, Valentinian I 11, Valens 10, Procopius 1, Gratian 7, Valentinian II 8, Theodosius 4, Magnus Maximus 3, Flavius Victor 4, Eugenius 2, Honorius 4, Constantine III 2, Jovinus 1, Priscus Attalus 1, Valentinian III 1, Arcadius 4, Zeno 2.

Coin Hoards from Roman Britain, volume X, edited by Bland and Orna-Ornstein, 1997.  480 pages plus 48 pages plates of which the last few illustrate 244 late Roman silver coins found in hoards--almost all siliquae and miliarensa, not argentei. Many are clipped.

The Hoxne Late Roman Treasure: Gold Jewellery and Silver Plate, by Catherine Johns, a big book (not a similar pamphlet), which I have not seen.

Not particularly recommended, but they may come to your attention elsewhere:

The Hoxne Treasure: An illustrated Introduction, by Roger Bland and Catherine Johns. A 32 page pamphlet. Colorful, with one page listing the coin denominations and the number of each for each emperor (e.g. The hoard had 892 reduced siliua fo Julian II.).

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