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Added: May 23: Cripsus, at the top.
2018, May 9: rearranged into chronological order. Some prices reduced.

Newest:  

Crispus, 317-324
VOT V
Thessalonca mint
[$18, reduced to $15]
 

 

 

 

Chronological order:

RRRRRoman Republican

  [$29, reduced to $17, reduced to $15] anonymous quadrans with star. 19 mm. 169-158 BC.
Crawford 196/4
Hercules head right, three dots.
Prow right, three dots below, star to right. 

 

 

Mysia, Pergamon
9-17 mm.
Roma head
Head of the Senate
BMC 2051
[$10]

 

 

 

Lydia, Sardis
2nd-1st C. BC
16 mm. Thick
head right
Apollo standing left
clear legend to the right of Apollo: ΣAPΔIANΩN
Sear Greek 4734
[$15 SOLD]

 

 

Uncertain. The envelope says
Mysia, Pergamon
19 mm.
Roma bust right
Senate bust right

Resembles, but not the same as, Sear Greek Imperial 4910
Nice light earthen highlights
This can be identified, however, I didn't do it for
[$12 SOLD]

 

 

Massive Domitian (AD 81-96)  sestertius, worn nearly flat. Could make a "pocket piece." 33 mm. 19.30 grams.
[$9, reduced to $7]

 

 

Domitian Rhinoceros quadrans!
Rare and a special animal. 
[$15, reduced to $13]

 

Antoninus Pius, 141-160
17 mm. 
uncertain mint--you figure it out.
[$9, reduced to $8]

 

 

 

 

 

Septimius Severus
Provincial of Marcianopolis

26-24 mm.
[$15 SOLD]

 

 

Julia Domna?
Buste right
/Eagle
18 mm.
[$6]

 

 

 

 

 


Severus Alexander, 222-235 AD
Roman Provincial coin from Nicaea, Bithynia (in modern Turkey)
AE 22. 12:00. 4.09 grams.
three standards  [$19, reduced to $12 SOLD]

 

 

LEAD copy of a sestertius of 
Trajan Decius
28-26 mm. 23.00 grams.
GEN ILLVRICI prototype
Genius of Illuricum standing
Sear 3.9403 prototype.
RIC 116a.
This one is puzzling. Why would someone make a fake in lead? 
It is quite thick and the edges look filed, so it was cast. If you buy it, you can stew about it.  [$29, reduced to $15]

 

 

 

10 mm.
Bust right
Emperor standing holding long staff (looks like a caduceus)
cross in field left
I first thought this might be a Leo I, but now I wonder if it isn't a "barbarous radiate"
from c. AD 270, partially because the head looks bearded and I can see an "S", possibly for Tetricus I.
Buy it and it becomes your problem!  [$8, reduced to $5]

 

 

Claudius II, 268-270
21-20 mm.
PROVIDENTIA AVG

[$5]

 

 

Tacitus, 275-276
SPES PVBLICA 
23-21 mm. Much irregular silvering
[$14, reduced to $12]

 

 

 

Diocletian, 284-305
VOT XX FK
Post-reform radiate
struck at Carthage
Vows for twenty years reign fulfilled, 303 AD
[$10]

 

 

 

 

Maximian, 286-305
post-reform radiate
21 mm.
CONCORDIA MILITVM
[$15]

 

 
 

Licinius I, 308-324
24-22 mm. (Larger than an AE3)
GENIO AVGVSTI 
MKVE  Cyzicus mint
[$10]

 

 

 

Licinius, 308-324
IOVI CONSERVATORI AVGG
Alexandria mint
Many control marks! 
A very nice coin! [$15]

 

 

 

 

CONSTANTINOPOLIS commemorative of 330-340
Her helmeted bust left
Victory on prow
TRP for Trier

[$7]

 

 

 

Constans. 337-350
scarcer reverse
VIRTVS AVGG NN
soldier standing.  [$8, reduced to $6]

 

 

Constantius II, CONCORDIA MILITVM
AE2  23-22 mm. [small photo]

[$5]

 

 

 

[$8]  Constantius II
AE2.  20 mm.
FEL TEMP REPARATIO

Emperor and two captives with cross on standard
 

 

 
 


Valentinian II. A halved coin found in Spain.  The mintmark seems to be TCON for Arelate.  This piece is 27x13 mm, 6:00, and 1.84 grams.
Presumably it was halved to make smaller change.
Earthen cover. [$12]

What do you do when you want to buy something not worth as much as your coin? Cut it in half!

 

 

 


Valentinian II
12 mm. 1.67 grams
VOT X MVLT XX
ALEB
RIC Alexandria 13b
mm: ALEB
[$9]
 

Valentinian II
14 mm. 1.67 grams
RIC IX Rome 51c "scarce"
VOT XV MVLT XX 
SMR
[$12]

 

 

 

Valentinian II, 375-392
13 mm. 6:00. 1.40 grams.
   RIC Thessalonica 62a3 
[$15]

 

 

 

Valentinian II, 375-392
13 mm. 12:00. 1.39 grams
RIC Aquileia 58a
mm: AQ[--] weak
cross-rho in field left
The coin is sharper and bettter than the photo. If you almost like the coin in the photo, you will like the coin. 
[$15]  It is not worth my while to try to take a better photo.

 

 

Valentinian II,
11 mm. 
VOT XV MVLT XX
(vows dates for Gratian which are scarce for Valentinian II. Only one on vcoins as I write, at $45)
Rome mint  [$12] 

 

Valentinian II
12-11 mm. 1.05 grams
RIC Antioch 57b
mm: ANT
Δ (?)
[$7]

 

 

 

Theodosius I
15 mm. 0.88 grams
RIC Cyzicus 21cB
mm: SMKB
Glossier surface than shows in the photo. Nice!  [$14]

 

 

 

TT

[$7] Theodosius I. AE4. 14-13 mm.
SALVS REIPVBLICE
at Constantinopolis.  [$12, reduced to $7]

 

 

 


[$12] Arcadius.
VOT V in wreath
RIC Nicomedia 37c
[$17, reduced to $12]

 

 

Arcadius AE4
13 mm.
SALVS REIPVBLICAE
SMKΓ
This coin is better on the obverse than the photo. 
[$14]

 

 

 



Byzantine


AA

Anastasius. Sear 29. 5-nummia. 12 mm. 2.05 grams. DO 26. [$15, reduced to $5 SOLD]

 

 


5353

[$4] Anastasius 5 nummia. Not in DOC. Sear Byz 53. AE13.  AAN vertically in front of epsilon.
Ugly (if you collect Byzantine coins, you are used to this) but rare. [$19, reduced to $4]

 

 



112112 

 [$10] Justin I. Sear 112 (has no photo). MIBE 68. 16-15 mm. 4.05 grams. 12-nummia. I+B/ Alexandria mint. very scarce. [$19, reduced to $10]

 

 

JJ
[$2] Justin I, 518-527
chipped 13-1 mm. 1.77 grams.
Unlisted officina. MIBE 66 plate 9.
5-nummia, E with NBA upwards to right 
(should be ABN with AN for Antioch and B for the officina. B is not listed.)
Antioch mint. Sear 110.  [$12, reduced to $5
, reduced to $2]

 

 

 Justinian, 527-565
Reform. Large 33-31 mm. 17.65 grams.
Year XXXIIII = 34
Sear Byzantine 163, Constantinople.
[$17, reduced to $15 SOLD] (Please compare with vcoins prices.)

 

 

 


A
31 mm. Justinian. The rare early mintmark from Antioch: ANTIX. This made a one-year type.
Blundered obverse legend (probably due to the disruption caused by the giant earthquake). [$45, reduced to $12 SOLD] Bumpy obverse with thick patina. (This type is almost always over $100 if the mintmark is legible.

 

 

382
Justin II, 565-578. AE18.  Ten nummia. ANNO/ I /* I *
Rare (35 pounds in Fine in Sear!) but terrible shape. Sear 382. Year 1. A rarity for [$12, reduced to $4
, reduced to $3]

 

 

 

363363

Justin II, 565-578
15-12 mm
Sear 363  Gamma. [$12, reduced to $7]

 

 


363363

Justin II, 565-578
16-12 mm. Deep green patina.
Sear 363 Alpha.  [$15, reduced to $6]

 

 

439439

Date not in Dumbarton Oaks. Tiberius II, 20 nummia, 21-19 mm. DO(26) Sear Byz 439. Tiberius and Anastasia. poor obverse, but not in DO! scarce [$15, reduced to $6, reduced to $3]

 

 

 


10041004

[$9] Constans II, 641-668. Sear 1004. 22 x 18 mm. A nice rectangle! This type is year 3 only. DO thought is was of Heraclonas (DO II.II.5), but later scholars reassigned it to Constans II. [$15, reduced to $9]

 

 

 


10571057

[$9] Constans II at Carthage

Sear Byz 1057. Large and thick at 21 mm. The mint mark appears again at 1:00, it was clearly struck twice. The obverse figure is slightly rotated in the photo, the top is at 11:30.  [$19, reduced to $14]

 

 



S 1011
[$3] Constans II , 641-668.  21 mm. Standing with long beard (high on flan)/three figures.  Very scarce. Sear 1011. [$13, reduced to $3]

 

 

 

 

17611761

[$14] Constantine VII, 913-959.  overstrike. Overstruck letters clear on obverse. Sear Byz 1761. ex 7 Seas, Oct. 1980 [$25, reduced to $17, reduced to $14]

 


 

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Left:  possibly Bulgarian imitative. cf. Hendy plate 25:1-5.  24-20 mm. Bold faces. [$4, plus I'll add in a second coin with it much like the one on the right, but I don't have a photo of it.]
Right:  unidentified cup-shaped. 26-23 mm. [$3]

 

End of Byzantine

 

Medieval Spain.  13 mm. Thin.
Old ticket says "1500's 
Castille & Leon" I don't know these coins, so I hope you do! [$5]

 

 
 

 

Pair #1 of photos. $5, your choice.  

top left sold, top second from left sold, bottom row, third from left sold, top right sold.


Pair #2:  [sold]

 


Pair #3 of photos:  Lower left, $14 SOLD. Upper right, $15, reduced to $14 (it is a nice coin!). The rest, $8, reduced to $7 to pick.

Botttom left SOLD.

 


Pair #4 of photos: $5 to pick. Lower right has ANTIX mintmark!

 

 


Pair #5 of photos:  Upper coin is a Claudius sestertius badly corroded and cleaned, $5.   

Claudius sestertius [$5 SOLD]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Byzantine Justin (AD 518-527) $4 SOLD
Large 31 mm. 

 

 

 


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