Monthly Archives: January 2008

Julia Mamaea Denarius

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Faustina II (Junior) Denarius

000_6879.JPG000_6878.JPG000_6876.JPG000_6875.JPG000_6874.JPG000_6873.JPG000_6872.JPG000_6871.JPG000_6870.JPG000_6868.JPG000_6867.JPG000_6865.JPG000_6864.JPG000_6861.JPG000_6860.JPG000_6859.JPG000_6858.JPG000_6857.JPG000_6856.JPG000_6855.JPG000_6854.JPG000_6853.JPGWife of Marcus Aurelius AD 145-176, RIC III 696, RSC 139, struck at Rome, 18 mm, 3.6 gms, Obverse:  diademed and draped bust of Faustina Junior facing right, wearing a double circlet of pearls, FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, Reverse: Juno standing left, holding a patera and a scepter, a peacock at her feet, IVNONI REGINAE, very lustrous coin, a beautiful and very, very high relief and sharp bust of Faustina II, reverse extremely detailed and sharp (right down to Juno’s facial features!), full and clear legends on both sides of the coin, a real beauty and very well struck,  Asking price: $445 includes priority shipping and insurance000_6851.JPG

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Tacitus Antoninianus

000_6850.JPG000_6849.JPG000_6848.JPG000_6847.JPG000_6846.JPG000_6845.JPG000_6844.JPG000_6843.JPG000_6842.JPG000_6840.JPG000_6839.JPG000_6838.JPG000_6837.JPG000_6836.JPG000_6834.JPG000_6833.JPG000_6832.JPG000_6831.JPG000_6829.JPG000_6828.JPG000_6824.JPGTacitus Antoninianus, Emperor AD 275-276, minted at Serdica, RIC-V-I-195-C, Officina-Delta, Van Meter 13, 23.5 mm, 3.85 gms, Obverse: radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Tacitus facing right, IMP CM CL TACITVS AVG, Reverse: Providentia (Fides Militum; Concordia) standing right, holding two ensigns, facing Sol standing left, right hand raised, left hand holding a globe, PROVIDEN DEOR, K H Delta in exergue. I quote from the numismatist/dealer from whom I purchased this coin and who grades it EF (and in the days when Extremely Fine denoted an exceptional coin!): “A splendid example with 95+% of the original silvering with little to no actual wear. Highly attractive.” I concur and wholeheartedly, an exquisitely detailed coin and very well centered and struck on a very large flan, very impressive in all respects, especially in hand, Asking price: $375    includes priority shipping and insurance000_6823.JPG

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Carausius Antoninianus

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Faustina I (the Elder) Denarius

000_6762.JPG000_6761.JPG000_6760.JPG000_6758.JPG000_6757.JPG000_6755.JPG000_6752.JPG000_6751.JPG000_6749.JPG000_6748.JPG000_6746.JPG000_6745.JPG000_6744.JPG000_6743.JPG000_6742.JPG000_6741.JPG000_6740.JPG000_6739.JPG000_6738.JPG000_6737.JPGWife of Antoninus Pius, died AD 141 and was consecrated, struck at Rome AD 141, RIC 368, RSC 108, Van Meter 5/5, 17 x 19 mm, 3.5 gms, Obverse: beautifully pearl-diademed and coiffed bust of Faustina facing right, DIVA FAVSTINA, Reverse: Vesta standing half- left, her head turned left, holding a simpulum in her right hand and a palladium (the cult image of Minerva, Pallas Athene) in her left, AVGVSTA, very lustrous coin, superb and superbly coiffed bust of Faustina (great hairdresser), the portrait is very high relief, very detailed Vesta on the reverse, and the detail of the palladium is very attractive and fetching, clear and sharp obverse and reverse legends, the numismatist/dealer from whom I purchased this coin remarks of it: “Superbly detailed, high relief portrait.” He grades the coin EF. It is indeed a beauty, and from my experience an exceptional example of this issue for Faustina Senior, Asking price: $385 includes priority shipping and insurance in the U.S., registered to other countries (please see shipping information page)000_6736.JPG

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Antoninus Pius Denarius

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Lucius Verus Denarius

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Julia Paula Denarius

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Trajan Decius Antoninianus

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Constantine II AE19/Follis/AE3

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