Ancient Roman coin reverse types that are unique to a particular emperor.
It is possible to tell which emperor issued the coin just by looking at the reverse.
See if you know who issued the type. Then click on the image to see both sides and commentary.
Introduction: Many collectors do not pay much attention to reverses because they are most interested in the imperial portrait. However, after acquiring a few portrait pieces of a given emperor, they may decide to look for his interesting and historical reverse types. Some reverse types are used by only one emperor, and this page is devoted to them.
For reference books that emphasize historical reverse types, see here.
The most recent additions (Nov. 27, Oct. 1, and before that May 7, 2018) are listed first.
SAECVLAES AVGG, lion. 22 mm.
LAETITIA/AVG, 23-22 mm.
VIC PART PM TRP XX COS IIII PP. 23-22 mm.
MATRI DEVM. Denarius.
GENIO FIL AVGG, 24 mm.
INDVLGENTIAE AVG. Denarius.
SECVRITAS REIPVB, bull. 30-28 mm.
(The picture omits the mintmark. Extra credit if you can identify the mint as well as the emperor.)
VICTORIA GOTHIC, 21-20 mm.
ROMVLO CONDITORI, denarius
SAECVLARES AVGG, sestertius
VICTOR ANTONINI AVG, 22 mm.
VICTORIA CARPICA, 22 mm.
DAC CAP, denarius.
HERCVLI ROMANO AVG, denarius.
TELLVS STABIL, denarius
ADOPTIO in exergue, denarius.
XV VIR SACR FAC, denarius
VRBS ROMA, 18 mm
GLORIA NOVI SAECVLI, 19 mm.
LIBERTAS PVBLICA, 19 mm.
PIETAS ROMANA, 14 mm.
GLORIA ROMANORVM, 20 mm.
CONCORDIA EXERCITVM, denarius.
ASIA RECEPTA, 15-13 mm.
VIRTVS ROMANORVM, 18 mm.
SPES REIPVBLICAE, 19 mm.
PANNONIAE, 23-21 mm.
VNDIQVE VICTORES, 23 mm.
PAX FVNDATA CVM PERSIS, 25-22 mm.
column, surmounted by a statue.
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