Monthly Archives: March 2008

Gordian III Denarius

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Maximinus Denarius

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Philip II Tetradrachm

000_8249.JPG000_8245.JPG000_8244.JPG000_8243.JPG000_8240.JPG000_8239.JPG000_8236.JPG000_8235.JPG000_8233.JPG000_8232.JPG000_8231.JPG000_8228.JPG000_8227.JPG000_8226.JPG000_8225.JPG000_8224.JPG000_8222.JPG000_8218.JPGAD 247-249, minted at Antioch during those years, SGI 4146; BMC 559, 26.17 mm, 12 gms, Obverse: laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Philip II facing right, AVTOK K MIOUAI Q (for PH) ILIPPOC CEB, Reverse: Eagle standing left, holding a wreath in its beak, DHMARXEZOVCIACVPATOD, ANTIOXIA below the eagle, a very attractively toned coin, and much more lustrous than my photography captures, well struck and centered with a superb and sharp portrait of the young Augustus that is000_8217.JPG very detailed, a very detailed and superb eagle on the reverse, a very lovely and impressive coin indeed, Asking price: $625 includes priority shipping and insurance in the U.S., registered to other countries (please see shipping information page)

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Severus Alexander Denarius

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Gordian III Antoninianus

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Valerian Antoninianus

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Gordian III Antoninianus

000_8105.JPG000_8104.JPG000_8103.JPG000_8102.JPG000_8101.JPG000_8098.JPG000_8094.JPG000_8092.JPG000_8091.JPG000_8089.JPG000_8088.JPG000_8087.JPG000_8085.JPG000_8084.JPG000_8081.JPG000_8080.JPG000_8079.JPG000_8078.JPG000_8077.JPG000_8076.JPG000_8073.JPG000_8072.JPG000_8071.JPGAD 238-244, minted AD 238-239, one of the very first issues, RIC IV 6; RSC 381; Van Meter 62, 23 mm, 5.0 gms, Obverse: laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Gordian III facing right, IMP CAES M ANT GORDIANVS AVG, Reverse: Virtus standing left, holding a spear and resting his hand on a shield, VIRTVS AVG, very lustrous coin, absolutely superlative and Balbinus-featured portrait of Gordian, high relief to boot, reverse very detailed and in high relief, full and clear legends on both sides of the coin, very well centered and struck coin on a very large and very heavy flan, just a beauty. Note: in my researches there seems to be some disagreement as to whether Virtus is holding a spear or a scepter. The attributions above declare it’s a spear, but I’ve come across sources which describe it as a long scepter with knobbed ends and declare it a variant. Hardly earthshaking, and I don’t know the answer. Any ideas appreciated! Whether spear or scepter, a gorgeous coin, and I must comment again on the portrait: a stunning one indeed, Asking price: $360 includes priority shipping and insurance000_8070.JPG

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Gallienus Antoninianus

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Trajan Decius Antoninianus

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Philip II Antoninianus

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