Monthly Archives: December 2007

Trajan Denarius

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Victorinus Antoninianus

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Commodus Denarius

000_6036.JPG000_6035.JPG000_6034.JPG000_6033.JPG000_6032.JPG000_6031.JPG000_6030.JPG000_6029.JPG000_6028.JPG000_6026.JPG000_6024.JPG000_6023.JPG000_6022.JPG000_6021.JPG000_6019.JPG000_6018.JPG000_6017.JPG000_6015.JPG000_6014.JPG000_6013.JPG000_6011.JPG000_6010.JPG000_6009.JPGAD 177-192, minted at Rome AD 190, RSC 22, RIC III 205, Van Meter 4, 17.59mm, 1.9 gms, Obverse: laureate bust of Commodus facing right, M COMM ANT P FEL AVG BRIT PP, Reverse: nude Apollo, standing right, with his legs crossed, his right hand resting on the top of his head, his left arm resting on a column, APOL MONET PM TR P XV, COS VI across the field, the numismatist/dealer from whom I purchased the coin grades it EF for obverse, Good VF for reverse (and this when Good VF denoted a VERY nice coin!), and states of it: “A beautiful denarius with splendid portrait,” very well struck on a thin flan, and the bust of Commodus is indeed splendid, and high relief and detailed, and a wonderful strike of Apollo, a lustrous coin with light, light toning, an exceptional specimen from my observations, and a real little gem with a rather mystifying reverse of Apollo that is found only on coins of Commodus (from my research), the Reka Devnia hoard yielded only six coins of this type, a scarce to very scarce example for Commodus, Asking price: $385 includes priority shipping and insurance000_6008.JPG

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Septimius Severus Denarius

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Septimius Severus Denarius

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Maximinus Denarius

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Gordian III Antoninianus

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Probus Antoninianus

000_5853.JPG000_5852.JPG000_5851.JPG000_5850.JPG000_5849.JPG000_5848.JPG000_5846.JPG000_5845.JPG000_5843.JPG000_5842.JPG000_5839.JPG000_5836.JPG000_5835.JPG000_5834.JPG000_5833.JPG000_5832.JPG000_5830.JPG000_5829.JPG000_5828.JPGProbus Antoninianus, Emperor AD 276-282, minted at Cyzicus, RIC V Pt. 2: 905, 22.5 x 23 mm, 3.6 gms, Obverse: radiate and draped bust of Probus facing right, IMP CM AVR PROBVS AVG, Reverse: Probus, standing right, holding an eagle tipped scepter, receiving a globe from Jupiter, CLEMENTIA TEMP, XXIQ in exergue, the numismatist dealer from whom I purchased this coin and who graded it EF says of it, “nearly completely silvered; great detail.” A very lustrous coin (more than my photography can capture) and a beautiful one with sharp detail on both obverse and reverse, and clear and full legends on both sides, a superior example of this issue and an especially superb portrait, Asking price: $260 includes priority shipping and insurance000_5827.JPG

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Philip II Tetradrachm

000_5825.JPG000_5823.JPG000_5822.JPG000_5820.JPG000_5819.JPG000_5818.JPG000_5814.JPG000_5813.JPG000_5812.JPG000_5811.JPG000_5810.JPG000_5808.JPG000_5806.JPG000_5805.JPG000_5804.JPG000_5803.JPG000_5802.JPG000_5801.JPG000_5800.JPG000_5799.JPG000_5798.JPGStruck AD 247-249 at Antioch in Syria, SGI 4146, 25-27 mm, 11.7 gms, Obverse: laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Philip II facing right, Reverse:  Eagle standing left, a wreath in its beak, ANTIOXIA in exergue, SC below, the numismatist dealer from whom I purchased this coin grades it EF/Good VF (and this was back when Good VF denoted a VERY nice coin indeed!) and states of it: “Well centered with an exceptionally bold portrait-quite scarce in this condition.” A lustrous coin, more than my photography shows, and a truly beautiful example, with a sharp, detailed, and expressionistic portrait of Philip and a superbly detailed eagle on the reverse, Asking price: $625 includes priority shipping and insurance000_5797.JPG

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Gordian III Denarius

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