Monthly Archives: November 2007

Elagabalus Denarius

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Philip II Antoninianus

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Philip I Antoninianus

000_4920.JPG000_4918.JPG000_4911.JPG000_4907.JPG000_4906.JPG000_4902.JPG000_4898.JPGAD 244-249, struck in Rome AD 248, RIC 70, 19; Cohen 182; Van Meter 37/10, 3.8 gms, Obverse: radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Philip facing right, IMP PHILIPPVS AVG, Reverse: Stag walking right, SAECVLARES AVGG, in exergue V, one of the series of coins minted to celebrate the thousandth anniversary of Rome in AD 248, very lustrous coin, superb portrait of Philip, detailed reverse, full and clear legends on both sides of the coin, well centered and struck on a large flan, just a gorgeous beauty of a coin in all respects and well earns, and easily, a grade of EF from the well known dealer/numismatist from whom I purchased it.  And I just must reiterate what a wonderful portrait of Philip, and on the reverse as fine a piece of venison as ever I’ve seen on this issue of Philip’s, an exceptional example.000_4895.JPG Asking price: $535 includes priority shipping and insurance

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Numerian Antoninianus

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Aurelian and Vabalathus Antoninianus

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Balbinus Antoninianus

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Galba Denarius

000_4722.JPG000_4719.JPG000_4712.JPG000_4711.JPG000_4705.JPG000_4704.JPG000_4701.JPG000_4700.JPGAD 68-69, struck at Rome, RIC I 167; BMC 34; RSC 287; Van Meter 28,  17-18mm, 3.4 gms, Obverse: bare head of Galba facing right, IMP SER GALBA AVG, Reverse: legend in three lines across field, enclosed by an oak wreath, SPQR/ OB/ C S, lustrous coin, more than my photography shows, but with just the lightest touch of attractive toning (very light touch), superb high relief portrait, with some wear on its high points, clear and sharp obverse legend with the exception of the IMP worn (or, more likely, not fully struck up), reverse very detailed and sharp with very crisp legends, well centered and struck coin, and very lovely indeed, striking in hand with its sharpness and crispness of detail, and (again!), what a superb portrait, and an exceptional reverse, Asking price: $750 includes priority shipping and insurance

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Caracalla Denarius

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Geta Denarius

000_4645.JPG000_4640.JPG000_4634.JPG000_4632.JPG000_4629.JPG000_4626.JPG000_4621.JPGAD 198-212, minted AD 198-200 to commemorate Geta’s appointment to the priesthoods in AD 198, RIC 3, RSC 188, Van Meter 40, Obverse: draped and bare headed bust of Geta facing right, L SEPTIMIVS GETA CAES, Reverse: priestly implements: lituus, secespita, praeferculum, simpulum, and aspergillum, SEVERI PII AVG FIL, lustrous coin (more than my photography shows), superlative and charming boyish portrait of Geta with his mop of hair, very sharp, clear, and detailed reverse, full and clear legends on both sides of the coin, a very beautiful coin well struck and centered, and from my researches a scarce type for Geta, and an exceptional example of this issue for him, a real jewel, Asking price: $375 includes priority shipping and insurance in the U.S., registered to other countries (please see shipping information page)000_4618.JPG

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Severus Alexander Denarius

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