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                                                ANCIENT ROMAN COINS

                                            THE META SUDANS

    A remarkable coin of great historical interest,        condition and rarity.

             

                         

1. Titus. Dupondius. 27mm, 17.19 gm, 6h. Rome mint. Obv: IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P COS VIII. His radiate head, left. Rev: S-C flanking the Meta Sudans. Recesses in its mid-section contain statues of male figures. Athletes?. RIC II.1, #205, p.211.

                                             The British Museum example:

                  

A third, and only other example, is in the Bibliothque nationale de France "Paris."

This remarkable coin was purchsed in the Mediterranian area over 50 years ago and it is time to pass it on. The image was shown to experts at the British Museum, London and the Fitzwilliam museum at Cambridge.They both said it is authentic.

The British Museum expert wrote:

(Quote) What a splendid thing! In the new RIC II.1 it is #205, p.211. The (inferior condition) BM specimen is: http://tinyurl.com/yckcthhk

It has the following comment: "Coin is possibly ancient but the reverse has been re-engraved ('tooled') in modern times to show the Meta Sudans."

Of course if another specimen came along with detail showing it had clearly been created from exactly the same die pair it would disprove the tooling theory (as far as changing the type is concerned).

I have removed the tooling comment from our specimen's record and [sent a] copy [to] the author of RIC II.1 for his interest! (End quote}.

The Fitzwilliam Museum (author of RIC II.1) wrote:

(Quote) The two pieces, RIC 205 = L195A and [this] piece, were struck from the same obverse die; while Paris was struck from a very similar die by the same engraver (the way the wreath ends terminate at CO and OS respectively. However the reverses were struck from three separate dies (the nature and placing of the arches below the steeple).

It is certainly beyond belief that an evil modern craftsman, attempting to create an un-struck type for Titus, would have -- or even could have -- stretched out his hand toward the mountains of random asses and dupondii still surviving, and come up with three pieces to work on which had been produced virtually at the same moment at the Rome mint amid the abundant bronze coinages of 80-81 AD.

I think we have to accept it as genuinely ancient. (End quote).

However, it was also examined by a major auction house in the U.S., who studied it for over a month, and sought the opinion of others. This speaks well of their caution, but also indicates their inability to pronounce the coin definitively as authentically ancient or a renaissance creation. They concluded that, in their opinion, it was made in the renaissance period.[c. 1500-1600 A.D.] A second, European, auction house agreed with their opinion after one days examination. Neither added any explanation upon which their opinion was based.

I agree with the well thought-out and, in my opinion, conclusive analysis by the Fitzwilliam Museum that the coin is indeed ancient.

The coin is far rarer than the Colosseum coins, of which many examples are known. It is offered at the price shown, with the proviso that, with conclusive proof that it is not ancient, i.e., not of 1st century A.D., contradicting British Museum and Fitzwilliam Museum conclusions, not differing opinions, it may be returned for a refund......................................................................(Image) $145,000

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2. Julius Caesar. Late 48-47 BC. AR Denarius (18mm, 3.81 g, 6h). Military mint traveling with Caesar in North Africa. Diademed head of Venus right / Aeneas advancing left, holding palladium and bearing Anchises on his shoulder. Crawford 458/1; CRI 55; Sydenham 1013; RSC 12. Good VF, attractively toned, small die break in Venus hair. From the Bruce R. Brace Collection....................(Image) $2650

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3. Pompey, the Great; d.48 BC. As; 36 x34 mm, 23.4 gm. Obv: Head of Janus. Rev: Prow, r. CN MAG above, IMP below. RRC 1040, rarity "r4".........(Image) $425   

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4. Augustus; 27 BC - 14 AD. Cistophoric tetradrachm (Silver, 11.85 g 12), Ephesos, c. 25 BC. Obv: IMP CAESAR. Bare head of Augustus to right. Rev. AVGVSTVS Bunch of six ears of grain, tied together. RIC 478. RPC 2214. Sutherland 186. Very rare in this condition! Attractive and with a nice toning. Extremely fine. Ex Nomos Auction 5, #229. A splendid example!...........................................................(Image) $9,750

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5. Augustus; 27 BC - 14 AD. AR Denarius (3.80 gm); Lyon mint.  Obv: CAESAR AVGVSTVS - DIVI F PATER PATRIAE Laureate head r. Rev. AVGVSTI F COS DESIG PRINC IVVENT / F L CAESARES. Gaius and Lucius Caesars, togate, standing facing, holding clipeus virtutis and spear; between their heads, simpulum and lituus. RSC 43, RIC 55, 207 (2 BC - 12 AD). EF, and of the finest style............(Image)  $1275

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6. Agrippa. Died 12 BC. As. Struck under Gaius Caligula, 37-41 AD. Obv: M AGRIPPA L F COS III , head left, wearing rostral crown. Rev: S-C across field, Neptune standing left, holding small dolphin and trident. RIC 58 (Gaius); BMCRE 161 (Tiberius); Cohen 3.......................................................................(Image) $825

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7. Tiberius; 14 - 37 AD. AR denarius (4.0 gm); the "Tribute Penny" of the Bible. The Temple priests,  testing Jesus, asked Him: 
"Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar , or not? But He, knowing their hypocrisy, said unto them, Why tempt ye me? Bring me a penny (denarius) that I may see it. And they brought it. And He said unto them, Whose is this image and inscription? And they said unto Him, Caesar's. And Jesus, answering, said unto them, Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's and unto God the things that are God's." (Mark 12:14-17). Obv: Laureate head of Tiberius, r. Rev:  Livia, as Pax,  seated r. EF. RSC16b......................................................................................... (Image) $1750

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8. Another, as #2 above RSC 16b. VF..........................................................(Image) $675

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9. Tiberius; 14-37 AD. As, struck at Lugdunum under Augustus, 12-14 A.D. Obv: His laureate head., right. Rev: Altar of the cult of Roma and Augustus at Lugdunum, flanked by two columns, each of which is  surmounted by the statue of Victory. Green-brown patina. SM 1756.......................................................(Image) $455

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10. Gaius (Caligula), with Divus Augustus. 37-41 AD. AR Denarius (3.8 gm). Rome mint. Struck 37-38 AD. Obv: Laureate head of Gaius (Caligula) right. Rev: Radiate head of Divus Augustus right. RIC I, 16; RSC 2..................................(Image) $6750

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11. Caligula; 37- 41 AD. As. Obv: His bare head r.; Rev: Vesta std., l. VF+. Dark, brownish black patina, excellent surfaces. SM 1803..........................(Image)  $775

                    

 12.  Gaius (Caligula), with Divus Augustus. AD 37-41. AR Denarius (3.63 gm), Rome, 37-38 . Obv: C CAESAR AVG GERM P M TR POT Laureate head of Caligula to right. Rev. DIVVS AVG PATER PATRIAE Radiate head of Augustus to right. BMC 17. RSC 2. RIC 16. Attractive coin. Good portraits. Reverse legend partly off the flan, otherwise, good VF. Ex Nomos Auction 5, #233........................(Image) $8750

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13. Claudius. 41-54 AD. Sestertius Restitution issue. Rome mint. Struck under Titus, 80-81 AD. Obv: TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P P P , laureate head of Claudius right. Rev: IMP T VESP AVG REST, S C across field, Spes advancing left, holding up flower in right hand and raising hem of skirt with left. RIC II 472 (Titus); BMCRE 297 (Titus); BN 308; Cohen 103. aVF, green patina, Rare.........................................................................................................(Image) $1375 

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14. Claudius; 41-54 AD. As; "CONSTANTIAE  AVGVSTI"; Constantia stg. l, r. hand raised, scepter in l. VF, dark green patina. SM 1858...................... (Image) SOLD

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15. Nero; 54-68 AD. AR Denarius (3.4 gm).  Obv: his lar. hd. r. Rev: "IVPPITER CVSTOS"; Jupiter std. l. holding scepter and thunderbolt. EF/VF. Deposits (lower l.) and abrasion on rev. RIC 64; SM1930 (var).............................................(Image) $1475

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16. Nero. 54-68 AD. Sestertius. Lugdunum mint. Obv: Laureate head left, globe at point of bust. Rev: Roma seated left on cuirass, holding Victory and parazonium; shields behind. RIC I, 443.............................................................(Image) $1575

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17. Otho; 69 AD. AR Denarius. He ruled for only 90 days! Obv: His bare head, r. Rev: SECURITAS P. R.; Securitas standing l., holding wreath and scepter. RSC 15 or 17. VF, excellent portrait.............................................................................(Image) $1500 

                     

18. Vespasian; 69-79 AD. AR denarius; Rev: "PACI AVGVSTAE," Victory walking right, holding wreath and palm, with "EPHE" in monogram in the field, signifying the Ephesos mint in Asia Minor. Most Roman silver coins were minted in Rome, but a small handful of provincial mints were granted the honor of minting silver coinage; those of Ephesos and Amisos being the scarcest.  Near EF, the obverse being struck from a slightly worn die. RSC 276; RIC 333.....................(Image) $825
     

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19. Vespasian; 69-79 AD. AR denarius (3.2 gm); Dynastic issue. Ephesos mint. Obv: His laur. hd., r. Rev: Titus and Domitian standing l., each veiled and holding a patera. EPHE in exergue. RPC 832; RIC 331; RSC 250. VF+....................(Image) $675 

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20. Vespasian. 69-79 AD. AR  Denarius (3.6 gm). Obv: His laur. hd. r. Rev: Vesta std. l. TRI - POT on either side. RIC 37; SM2312. Lustrous EF..................(Image) $325

                     

20a. Vespasian. 69-79 AD. AR Denarius (3.26 gm). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, Laureate head right. Rev: COS ITER - TR POT,  Aequitas standing left. RIC II 5; RSC 94a. Dark tone................................................................................(Image) $255

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21. Vespasian and Titus; AR didrachm (7.1 gm); Caesareia, Cappadocia. Obv: Laur. hd of Vespasian, r. Rev: Laur. hd. of Titus, r. VF, but struck slightly off center. Die break before hd. of Titus. Syd 102. Rare..................................(Image) $675

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22. Titus, as Caesar; 69-79 AD. AR denarius. Obv: His laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust r. Rev: No legend. Titus Standing r. and captive Judaea seated on the ground, r., at the base of a palm tree. The coin was struck by some round, peen-shaped object, probably metal, at the base of the palm tree, in ancient times, which flattened the palm trunk and Titus' left leg. The impact carried through to flatten slightly Titus' head above the ear. Also, the coin is struck a bit off center. The coin is otherwise in a sharp, extremely fine condition. Note, for example, Titus' beard, and on the reverse, the palm branches, fruit, Titus and Judaea, etc. Virtually no wear. Sear 2434, Antioch mint; BMC (Vespasian) 367............................(Image) $2000

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23. Titus; 79-81 AD.  AR denarius (3.6 gm); Obv: His laureate head, r. Rev: Venus stg. r., seen from behind, leaning on a column, holding helmet in r. hand and transverse spear in l. hand. Good VF. SM 2507; RIC II 9; RSC 268...........(image) $575 

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24. Titus; 79-81 AD.  AR denarius (3.5 gm). Obv: His laureate head, r. Rev: Dolphin entwined around anchor. VF+. SM 2517.......................................(Image) $1250

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25. Titus; 79-81 AD.  AR denarius (3.5 gm). Obv: His laureate head, r. Rev: Wreath on curule chair. VF+. SM 2516........................................................................(Image) SOLD

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26. Titus; 79-81 AD.  AR denarius (3.5 gm). Obv: His laureate head, r. Rev: Tripod, upon which is a wreath and two ravens facing in opposite directions. Above, dolphin r. aEF. SM 2518....................................................................................(Image) SOLD

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27. Titus, as Caesar; 69-79 AD. Sestertius. "JUDAEA CAPTA" issue. Rome mint. Struck 72 AD. Obv: Laureate head right. Rev: Titus standing in triumphal quadriga right, holding scepter and branch. The chariot is ornamented with Nike standing r. holding wreath in outstretched arm. S.C in ex.. RIC II, 611 (Vespasian); Hendin 790, fourth  edition, except differing obverse legend. VERY  RARE!...(Image) $5250 

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28. Titus. 79-81 AD. Sestertius. Uncertain mint in Thrace. Struck 80-81 AD. Obv: IMP T CAES DIVI VESP F AVG P M TR P P P COS VIII, laureate head right. Rev: PAX AVGVST, Pax standing left, holding olive branch and cornucopia; S C across field. RIC II 498; RPC 501. As it came out of the ground - some earthen deposits remain. Some light scratches in the field to right of Titus' neck......................(Image) $3250

                    

28a. Another.............................................................................................(Image) $1850

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29. Trajan; 98-117 AD. AR denarius (2.8 gm). Restoration of Q. Fabius Maximus. Obv: ROMA (Q) FAB MAXIMUS (......?). Laur. hd. of Apollo, r., "star" under chin, lyre before. Rev: IMP CAES TRAIAN AVG GE(R) (D)AC PP REST. Cornucopia upon thunderbolt, all within wreath. Restoring RSC Fabia 6. All coins of this series are exceedingly rare, and rarely listed for auction. When they are, they command very high prices. This coin is apparently UNIQUE, as verified by the British Museum on 17 August 2004. Fine/Fair............................................................................(Image) $9500

This coin has been studied and published in a 2007 paper by Dr. Gunnar Seelentag (Universitat Zu Koln), entitled "Bilder und Betrachter. Eine neue Rettitutionsmunze Traians." Pages 161-183. It can be found online at:
http://tinyurl.com/y9xsg9kd
 

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30. Danube Bridge. Trajan. 98-117 AD. Sestertius  Rome mint. Struck circa  104-107 AD. Obv: Laureate bust right, slight drapery. Rev: Arched, single-span bridge with seven posts across Danube River; single-bay arches at either end, surmounted by statues; boat sailing left in river below. RIC II 569; Banti 262. Excellent green patina. A bit of patina roughness under bridge. Minor earthen deposits on obverse..........................................................................................(Image) $3250

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31. Trajan. 98-117 AD. Sestertius. Rome mint. Struck circa 103 AD. Obv: Laureate bust right, slight drapery on neck and far shoulder. Rev: Roma standing left, holding Victory and spear. RIC II 483; Banti 119..............................(Image) $775

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32. Hadrian; 117-138 AD. AR denarius; Salus (3.1 gm). Not listed in RIC. Like RIC 46, but Aegis with serpents instead of "drapery" on left shoulder. BM 87 has this coin with aegis, from a different obv. die with break H - ADRIANVS. A scarce variety. VF+ .............................................................................................................(Image)$545

                    

32a. Hadrian. 117-138 AD. Quadrans (19mm, 2.49 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck circa 122-125 AD. Obv: Eagle standing right, head left, with wings spread. Rev: Winged thunderbolt. RIC II 625.................................................................................(Image) $115

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33. Antoninus Pius. 138-161 AD. Sestertius. Obv: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P. laureate head right. Rev:TEMPLVM DIV AVG REST, octastyle temple surmounted by quadriga; figures in pediment; Victories on angles; Statues of Divus Augustus and Diva Julia Augusta seated facing on bases within; statue on base in front of temple columns. S - C in left and right fields; COS IIII in exergue. RIC III, 787, rated "R." C.810...........................................................................................................(Image) $1950 

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34. Diva Faustina Sr.; w/Antoninus Pius; AR den. (3.6 gm); Rev: Ceres; anepigraphic. VF. RIC 404B. RARE.............................................................................(Image) $375

                    

34a. Diva Faustina Sr. Died 140/1 AD. AR Denarius (3.52 gm). Rome mint. Obv: Draped bust right. Rev: Ceres or Aeternitas standing left, holding torch and scepter. RIC III 356 (Pius); RSC 96.....................................................................(Image) $135 

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35. Diva Faustina Sr., wife of Antoninus Pius. Died 141 AD. Sestertius. Struck under Pius, after 146 AD. Obv: Draped bust right. Rev: Aeternitas standing left, holding phoenix on globe and raising hem of skirt. RIC III 1105 (Pius); BMCRE 1490 (Pius); Cohen 12.....................................................................................(Image) $1950

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36. Antoninus Pius; ALEXANDRIA HARBOR SCENE! Alexandria, Egypt; dated 154/155 AD (year 18). drachm (32 MM). Obv: Bust of Antoninus Pius, l. Rev: Isis Euploia standing facing, head left, three grain ears upward in right hand, reversed rudder in left; to her l., prow of galley with billowing sail, r., behind her, another similar galley to l. (neither visible in Emmett specimen);  Euthenia reclining r. to her  l and  river-god Nilus holding rudder, reclining left on the right at her feet. Date L IH across upper  fields.

Reverse like Emmett 1589; Milne 2290 variant; BMC 1173 variant; Dattari 2899, but obverse bust left. Traces of drapery on obverse bust, so Dattari-Savio 8776. Probably from the same obverse die. As such, the second known variety. Remarkably interesting motif which is far sharper and complete in condition, and all details compared to Emmett and BMC! Excellent  patina............... (Image) $4400

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37. Marcus Aurelius; 161-180 AD.; AR denarius (3.6 gm). Rev: Aequitas stg. l. Lustrous EF. RIC 171, RSC 882..............................................................(Image) $475

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38. Marcus Aurelius. 161-180 AD. Sestertius Rome mint. Struck 164 AD. Obv: Laureate head right. Rev: Mars standing right, holding reversed spear and shield set on ground. RIC III. 861; MIR 18, 87-6/30; Banti 449..............................(Image) $595

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39. Faustina Jr. Dupondius or As. Obv: FAVSTINA AVG PII AVG FIL, draped bust right. Rev: PIETAS S-C, Pietas standing left, holding cornucopiae, child at her feet, left. RIC 1402, Cohen 174, BMC 2189......................................................(Image) $625

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40. Faustina Jr. Sesterius. Obv: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, draped bust right. Rev: VENVS VICTRIX S-C, Venus standing left, holding Victory in right hand and shield in left. Dioscuri on shield. RIC 1688, Cohen 283, BMC 960.......................(Image) $645.

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41. Lucius Verus. 161-169 AD. Sestertius Struck 162 AD. Obv: IMP CAES L AVREL VERVS AVG, bare-headed and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind. Rev: CONCORD AVGVSTOR TR P, COS II in exergue, S-C across fields, Marcus Aurelius standing right, clasping hands with Lucius Verus standing left. RIC III, 1311 (Marcus Aurelius)..........................................................................................(Image) $445

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42. Lucius Verus. 161-169 AD. Sestertius Rome mint. Struck 164 AD. Obv: L AVREL VERVS AVG ARMENIACVS, laureate head right. Rev: TR P IIII IMP II COS II, Mars advancing right, holding transverse spear and trophy over shoulder; S-C across field. RIC III 1379 (Aurelius); MIR 18, 78-16/10; Banti 153...........(Image) $725

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43. Commodus. As Caesar, 166-177 AD. Sestertius.  Rome mint. Struck  175-176 AD. Obv: Bare headed and draped bust right. Rev: Spes advancing left, holding flower and raising hem. RIC III 1530 (Aurelius); MIR 18, 344-16/13; Banti 385.  Extremely rare variety, only the BMC specimen noted by Banti. Another is a CNG coin shop example. This is apparently the third known.........(Image) $1275 

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44. Manlia Scantilla (wife of Didius Julianus - 193 AD.); AR denarius (2.9 gm). Obv: Her draped bust, r. Rev: IVNO REGINA; Juno stg. l, peacock at feet.
RSC III, 2. VF. Very rare .......................................................................(Image) $1850

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45. Julia Domna; wife of Septimius Severus; Sestertius. Obv: Her bust, r. Rev: MAT AVGG MAT SEN M PATR: "Mother of the two Augusti, Mother of the Senate, Mother of the Fatherland;" in ex: SC. Julia Domna seated l. holding branch and scepter. Mint of Rome 211-217 A.D. RIC 588. Wonderful Patina. Rare..(Image) $1425

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46. Macrinus. 217-218 AD. AR denarius (3.33 gm). Obv: His laur., draped and cuir. bust, r. Superb, full-bearded portrait! Rev: AEQVITAS AVG. Aequitas stg. l., holding scales and cornucopia. Sear RC&V (Millenium edition) 7329. aEF.........(Image) $645

                    

46a. Macrinus. 217-218 AD. AR Denarius (20mm, 3.14 gm, 12h). Rome mint, 5th officina. 3rd emission, 218 AD. Obv: Laureate and draped bust right. Rev: Macrinus seated left on curule chair, holding globe and short scepter. RIC IV 27; Szaivert series 11-12; RSC 51a..................................................................................(Image) $180

                    

46b. Macrinus. 217-218 AD. AR Denarius (20mm, 3.57 gm, 6h). Rome mint, 3rd officina. 1st emission, May-August AD 217. Obv: IMP C M OPEL SEV MACRINVS AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right. Rev: PONTIF MAX TR P COS P P, Jupiter standing left, holding thunderbolt in right hand, scepter in left. RIC IV 2; Szaivert series 2; RSC 70............................................................................................(Image) $245

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47. Elagabalus; 218-222 AD.; AR denarius (3.0 gm); Antioch mint. Obv: His laur., draped and cuirassed bust, r. Rev: SANCT DEO SOLI around, ELAGABAL in ex; slow quadriga r., bearing conical stone of Elagabalus of Emesa, on the front of which, an eagle, above it four parasols. RIC 195, RSC III, 268. VF.........(Image) $1250

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48. Severus Alexander. 222-235 AD. Sestertius Struck 231 AD. Obv: IMP SEV ALE-XANDER AVG, laureate bust right, draped on far shoulder. Rev: ANNONA AVGVSTI S-C, Annona standing left, holding grain ears and anchor; modius at her feet. RIC IV 549; BMCRE 678; Cohen 36..........................................................(Image) $650

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49. Julia Mamaea, mother of Severus Alexander. Augusta, 222-235 AD. Sestertius Rome mint. 4th emission of Severus Alexander, 224 AD. Obv: Draped bust right, wearing stephane. Rev: Venus standing right, holding scepter and Cupid. RIC IV 694 (Alexander); Banti 16..................................................................(Image) $525

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50. Julia Mamaea, mother of Severus Alexander. Augusta, 222-235 AD. Sestertius. Obv: IVLIA MAMAEA AVGVSTA, diademed and draped bust right. Rev: VENVS FELIX, S C in exergue, Venus seated left on throne, holding statuette and sceptre. RIC IV 701; Cohen 69..........................................................................(Image) $345

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51. Julia Mamaea, mother of Severus Alexander. Augusta, 222-235 AD. Sestertius. Obv: IVLIA MAMA-EA AVGVSTA, diademed and draped bust right. Rev: FELICI-TAS PVBLICA, S-C across field, Felicitas standing left, legs crossed, leaning on column and holding caduceus. RIC IV 676 (Sev. Alexander); BMCRE 487 (Sev. Alexander); Cohen 21. Wonderful patina; some soil deposits; as it came out of the ground................................................................................................(Image) $675

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52. Julia Maesa. Augusta, 218-224/5 AD . Sestertius . Rome mint. Struck  218-220 AD. Obv: Diademed and draped bust right. Rev: Pudicitia seated left on throne, holding scepter. RIC IV 420; Thirion 417; Banti 8........................................(Image) $425

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53. Maximinus I. 235-238 AD. Sestertius Rome mint. 3rd emission, 236-237 AD. Obv: Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right. Rev: Fides standing left, holding signum in either hand. RIC IV 78; BMCRE 139; Banti 4............................(Image) $375

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54. Maximinus I. 235-238 AD. Sestertius Rome mint. 3rd emission, 236-237 AD. Obv: Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right. Rev: Fides standing left, holding signum in either hand. RIC IV 78; BMCRE 139; Banti 4...........................(Image) $525

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55. Maximinus I. 235-238 AD. Sestertius Struck 236 AD. Obv: IMP MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right. Rev: P M TR P II COS P P, 
S- C across fields, Emperor standing facing, holding scepter; three standards around. RIC IV 33; BMCRE 80; Cohen 58.....................................................(Image) $745

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56. Maximinus I. 235-238 AD. Sestertius Rome mint, 5th officina. 4th-6th emissions, autumn 236-spring 238 AD. Obv: MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG GERM, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind. Rev: SALVS AVGVSTI, Salus seated left on throne, feeding serpent rising from altar to left; SC in exergue. RIC IV 85; Banti 24...................................................................................(Image) $645

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57. Diva Paulina. Wife of Maximinus. Died before 235 AD. Sestertius. Rome mint. 2nd emission, 236 AD. Obv: DIVA PAULINA; Veiled and draped bust right. Rev: CONSECRATIO around; S - C across field. Diva Paulina, raising hand and holding scepter, reclining left on peacock flying right. RIC IV 3 (Maximinus I)....(Image) $775

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58. Maximus, Caesar; 235-238 AD. AR denarius (3.4 gm). Obv: His bare hd, draped bust, r. Rev: Emperor stg. l., holding spear and scepter, two standards to right. RSC III, 10. Lusterous EF, worn reverse die. Rare......................................(Image) $775

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59. Maximus. Caesar, 235/6-238 AD. Sestertius. Rome mint. 3rd emission of Maximinus, 236-237 AD. Obv: Bare headed and draped bust right. Rev: Maximus standing left, holding baton and spear; two signa behind. RIC IV 13; BMCRE 213-7; Banti 6. Excellent patina!..............................................................................(Image) $925 

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60. Maximus. Caesar, 235/6-238 AD.  Sestertius . Rome mint. 2nd emission of Maximinus I, 236 AD. Obv: Bareheaded and draped bust right. Rev: Maximus standing left, holding baton and spear; two signa behind. RIC IV 9; BMCRE 123-4 (Maximinus); Banti 5..................................................................................(Image) $875

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61. Gordian III; 238-244 AD.; Sestertius. Obv: His laureate, draped and cuirassed bust, r. Rev: SECURIT PERPET, S-C across field. Securitas, stg. l., legs crossed, holding scepter and resting l. arm on column. RIC 335 (RIC incorrectly refers the reverse type to 157. It should be 151) EF. Splendid patina!........(Image) $1200

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62. Gordian III. 238-244 AD. Sestertius. Rome mint, 3rd-6th officinas. Special emission, 239 AD. Obv: Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right. Rev: VOTIS/DECENNA/LIBVS/S C in four lines within laurel wreath. RIC IV 263a; Banti 132. One of the rarest of Gordians sestertii. Untouched surfaces! Some soil deposits, as it came out of the ground. Wonderful dark green patina.........................................................................................................(Image) $2450

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63.  Gordian III. 238-244 AD. Sestertius. Rome mint, 1st officina. 13th emission, January-February 244 AD. Obv: IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind. Rev: FELICIT TEMPOR, Felicitas standing facing, head left, holding long caduceus and cornucopia; S-C across field. RIC IV 328; Banti 27. Excellent patina...............................................(Image) $425

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64. Gordian III. 238-244 AD. Sestertius . Rome mint, 3rd officina. 8th-11th emissions, late 240-early 243 AD. Obv: IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind. Rev: LAETITIA AVG N, Laetitia standing facing, head left, holding wreath and anchor; S-C across field. RIC IV 300a; Banti 38. Excellent patina.......................................................(Image) $425

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65. Gordin III. 238-244 AD. Sestertius. Obv: Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right. Rev: Mars walking right, holding spear and shield. RIC IV 339a; Cohen 281. Excellent patina........................................................................................(Image) $445

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66. Gordian III. 238-244 AD. Sestertius . Rome mint, 3rd officina. 13th emission, January-February 244 AD. Obv: IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind. Rev: SECVRIT PERPET, Securitas standing facing, head left, holding scepter and leaning upon column to right; S-C across field. RIC IV 335. Very thin surface crack on rev. left field........(Image) $845

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67.  Gordian III. 238-244 AD. Sestertius. Rome mint, 2nd officina. 2nd emission, 239 AD. Obv: Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right. Rev: Roma seated left, holding Victory and scepter; at side, shield set on ground. RIC IV 264a; Banti 61. VF.  Banti records three examples. This is the 5th example known! Rare, thus! Excellent patina!...............................................................................................(Image) $525

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68. Philip I; 244-249 AD. AE Sestertius. Obv: Bust, laureate, draped, and cuirassed, r. Rev: Felicitas stg. l., holding long caduceus and cornucopia. P. M. TR. P. III COS. P.P., S.C. in field. Like RIC 149, but no "II" after COS. RIC is incorrect in showing COS II, which only appears with TRP IIII. Spectacular EF. Magnificent patina. Dirt from the original find site has not been removed..................................... (Image) $1950

                      

68a. Philip I. 244-249 AD. Sestertius (30mm, 17.75 gm, 12h). Commemorating the 1000th anniversary of Rome. Rome mint, 1st officina. 10th emission, 249 AD. Obv: Laur. draped, and cuirassed bust right. Rev: Elephant advancing l., led by mahout, holding staff and goad. RIC IV 167a; Banti 8. EF. Premium dark green patina. Minor soil deposits...as it came out of the ground...............................................(Image) $8500

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69. Otacilia Severa. Augusta, 244-249 AD. Sestertius Rome mint. 5th-7th emissions of Philip I, 246-247 AD. Obv: Draped bust right, wearing stephane. Rev: Concordia seated left, holding patera and double cornucopia. RIC IV 203e (Philip I); Banti 2. Excellent patina, but slight roughness on cheek..................(Image) $1450

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70. Philip II. 247-249 AD. Sestertius. Rome mint, 3rd officina. 7th emission, 247 AD . Obv: Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right. Rev: Pax standing facing, head left, holding transverse scepter and olive branch. RIC IV 268a. Superb patina............................................................................................................(Image) $650

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71. Philip II. 247-249 AD. Sestertius. Rome mint, 3rd officina. 9th emission, 248 AD. Obv: IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind. Rev: SAECVLARES AVGG, goat standing left; SC in exergue. RIC IV 264; Banti 16............................................................................................(Image) $625

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72. Herennia Etruscilla. Augusta, 249-251 AD. Sestertius Rome mint, 6th officina. 5th emission of Trajan Decius, early 251 AD. Obv: Draped bust right, wearing stephane. Rev: Fecunditas stg. left, holding cornucopia and placing hand over child to l., stg. right with hands raised. RIC IV 134a; Banti 3.........(Image) $1275

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73. Herennius Etruscus. As Caesar, 249-251 AD. Sestertius . Rome mint, 1st officina. 3rd emission of Trajan Decius, spring 250-mid 251 AD. Obv: Draped bust right. Rev: Mercury standing left, holding purse and caduceus. RIC IV 167a corr. (cuirassed); Banti 1...................................................................................(Image) $625

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74. Hostilian. As Caesar, 250-251 AD. Sestertius. Rome mint, 4th officina. 5th emission of Trajan Decius, 251 AD. Obv: Bareheaded and draped bust right. Rev: Apollo std. l. holding branch and resting elbow on lyre. RIC IV 215a..(Image) $675

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75. Trebonianus Gallus. 251-253 AD . Sestertius. Rome mint, 4th officina. 1st emission, 251 AD. Obv: Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right. Rev: Roma std left, holding Victory and spear; shield at side. RIC IV 120. Splendid portrait and patina, but the reverse leaves much to be desired.....................................(image) $375

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76. Volusian. 251-253 AD. Sestertius. Obv: IMP CAE C VIB VOLVSIANO AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind. Rev: IVNONI MARTIALI, S-C across fields. Juno seated facing, holding wheat-ears and scepter in r. hand; all within domed distyle temple, set on three-tiered base. RIC IV 253a; Hunter 30. aEF, nice green patina. Exceptionally sharp rev. Scarce...(Image) $2250 

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77. Carus. 282-283 AD. Double Antoninianus. Siscia mint. 1st emission, November  282 AD . Obv: DEO ET DOMINO CARO AVG, radiate and draped bust of Sol right and radiate and cuirassed bust of Carus left, vis--vis. Rev: FELICITA S REIPVBLICAE, Felicitas standing facing, head left, leaning left elbow upon column to right, holding caduceus in right hand and transverse scepter in left; (XI) in ex. RIC V 99; Pink VI/2 p. 42. Very rare. Earthen deposits...as it came out of the ground....(Image) $2450

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78. Constantius I, as caesar; period of 294-May 305 AD; AR argenteus (3.3 gm). Obv: CONSTANT-IVS CAESAR; his laureate head, right. Rev: VIRTVS MILITVM. The four princes sacrificing over tripod before archway in eight-turreted enclosure. Not listed in RIC but a close variant of RIC VI, p.460, #44a, Siscia mint. A spectacular coin in a true FDC condition, with mint luster in the fields. Further, this coin is free of the usual flan cracks found in many other examples........................(Image) $2150

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79. Martinian. Usurper, AD 324. Follis. Nicomedia mint, 1st or fourth officina. Obv: D N M MARTINIANVS P F AVG.  Radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right. Rev: IOVI CONS ERVATORI Jupiter standing left, holding Victory on globe in right hand, scepter in left; to left, eagle standing right, holding wreath in its beak; to right, bound captive kneeling right; in field r.: X/IIΓ. In ex.: SMNA (rarity r5 ) or SMNΔ (rarity r4). RIC VII 45. Brown patina. Extremely rare. Earthen deposits...as it came out of the ground.............................................................................................(Image) $6850

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