Monthly Archives: July 2008

Trajan Decius Antoninianus

000_2467.JPG000_2465.JPG000_2461.JPG000_2458.JPG000_2457.JPG000_2455.JPG000_2454.JPG000_2430.JPG000_2429.JPG000_2428.JPG000_2427.JPG000_2424.JPG000_2422.JPG000_2421.JPG000_2418.JPG000_2417.JPG000_2415.JPGTrajan Decius Antoninianus, Emperor AD 249-251, struck AD 249 at Rome, RIC IV 4b; RSC 63; Van Meter 12, Obverse: radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Trajan Decius facing right, IMP TRAIANVS DECIVS AVG, Reverse: Genius (of the legions of Illyria) facing right, holding a patera in his right hand and cradling a cornucopia in his left arm, a standard to his right, GENIVS EXERCITVS ILLVRICIANI, very lustrous coin, a superb and detailed portrait in very high relief of Trajan Decius, detailed Genius on the reverse, full and clear legends on both sides, a beautiful and lovely coin with an incredible portrait. My researches tell me this is a very scarce to rare type for Decius: it’s a coin whose reverse commemorates his home province but in one of his first issues (which doesn’t carry the C M Q in the obverse legend), Asking price: $450 includes priority shipping and insurance000_2414.JPG

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Philip I Antoninianus

000_2413.JPG000_2412.JPG000_2410.JPG000_2409.JPG000_2408.JPG000_2407.JPG000_2405.JPG000_2403.JPG000_2402.JPG000_2400.JPG000_2399.JPG000_2398.JPG000_2397.JPGPhilip I Antoninianus, Emperor AD 244-249, struck at Rome AD 247-249, RIC IV, Part III, 38b; RSC 87; Van Meter 20, Obverse: radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Philip I facing right, IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, Reverse: Liberalitas standing left, holding an abacus (coin counter?) in her right hand and cradling a cornucopia in her left arm, LIBERALITAS AVGG II, very lustrous coin, a detailed, sharp, and exceptionally striking portrait of Philip I in very high relief, high relief and very detailed Liberalitas on the reverse, full and crisply clear legends on both sides, a well centered and struck coin that is very lovely with a fantastic portrait of Philip. Note: that is not a scratch or other flaw of any type of Philip’s nose in the photos with the light shining onto the coin from the left, some sort of reflective feature on the lobe of that extraordinarily masterful nose on this coin! A beauty (the nose and the coin), Asking price: $150 includes priority shipping and insurance000_2395.JPG

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Probus Antoninianus

000_2320.JPG000_2319.JPG000_2318.JPG000_2315.JPG000_2313.JPG000_2312.JPG000_2311.JPG000_2310.JPG000_2307.JPG000_2306.JPG000_2305.JPGProbus Antoninianus, Emperor AD 276-282, minted at Antioch, RIC 922, Obverse: radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Probus facing right, IMP C M AVR PROBVS PF AVG, Reverse: Jupiter standing left, holding his scepter, handing Victory perched on a globe to Probus, who is holding a scepter in his left hand and stretching out his right to receive Victory, CLEMENTIA TEMP, Delta between them in the field, XXI in exergue, very lustrous coin with nearly full if not complete silvering with subtle highlights of golden toning, wonderful and detailed portrait of Probus in high relief, detailed reverse, full and crisply clear legends on both sides, the spot on Probus’s nose is a tiny touch of the light toning similar to that on his cheek, hardly perceptible in hand and no detraction (he’s got a full Roman nose!), this is partly also a light feature of the light source shining into his face, a well centered and struck coin that is very lovely, Asking price: $260 includes priority shipping and insurance000_2303.JPG

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Probus Antoninianus

000_2327.JPG000_2326.JPG000_2324.JPG000_2293.JPG000_2291.JPG000_2290.JPG000_2332.JPG000_2331.JPG000_2330.JPG000_2297.JPG000_2295.JPG000_2337.JPG000_2335.JPG000_2334.JPG000_2300.JPG000_2299.JPG000_2321.JPG000_2287.JPG000_2285.JPGProbus Antoninianus, Emperor AD 276-282, struck at Cyzicus, RIC 911, Obverse: radiate and cuirassed bust of Probus facing left, holding an eagle-tipped scepter, IMP C M AVR PROBVS PF AVG, Reverse: Sol standing facing, his head left, raising his right hand in greeting and holding a whip in his left, driving a split quadriga, SOLI INVICTO, CM below, XX in exergue, light attractive chocolate brown toning that is very(!) lustrous and glossy (making photography difficult for this coin), wonderful and sharp portrait of Probus with an especially long scepter and cuirass (mantle), detailed and sharp reverse, full and crisp legends on both sides, a beautiful coin that is very detailed and well centered and struck, Asking price: $190 includes priority shipping and insurance000_2284.JPG

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Maximinus II Follis

000_2355.JPG000_2354.JPG000_2352.JPG000_2350.JPG000_2349.JPG000_2346.JPG000_2345.JPG000_2344.JPG000_2343.JPG000_2341.JPG000_2340.JPGMaximinus II Follis, Emperor AD 309-313 (after serving as Filius Augustorum AD 308-309), struck at Siscia AD 311, RIC VI, 222b; Van Meter 16 but with obverse legend 23, 24 mm, 7.18 gms, Obverse: laureate bust of Maximinus II facing right, IMP MAXIMINVS PF AVG, Reverse: Jupiter standing left, holding his scepter and a thunderbolt, a chlamys hanging from his left shoulder, an eagle at his feet holding a wreath in its beak, IOVI CONSERVATORI, SIS in exergue, exceedingly (in my opinion) lovely sandy/desert patina as a background for the darker patina of the portrait and reverse, wonderful portrait of Maximinus II in a cameo-like effect, detailed Jupiter, full and mostly clear obverse legend, reverse legend missing letters as shown, a beautiful coin with a lovely and very striking patina, Asking price: $83 includes priority shipping and insurance000_2339.JPG

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Maximinus II Follis

000_2375.JPG000_2373.JPG000_2371.JPG000_2367.JPG000_2364.JPG000_2363.JPG000_2361.JPG000_2360.JPG000_2359.JPGMaximinus II Follis, Emperor AD 309-313 (after Filius Augustorum AD 308-309), struck at Cyzicus AD 311-313, RIC VI, 91a; Van Meter 16, 4.6 gms, Obverse: laureate bust of Maximinus II facing right, IMP C GAL VAL MAXIMINVS PF AVG, Reverse: Jupiter standing left, holding Victory perched on a globe in his upraised right palm and a scepter in his left hand, IOVI CONSERVATORI, Gamma in left field, MKV in exergue, lustrous coin with very dark brown to light black patina, wonderful and sharp portrait of Maximinus II in high relief, very detailed Jupiter and Victory on the reverse, full and sharp legends on both sides, a well centered and struck coin that was very difficult for me to capture accurately, especially the legends and finer details which are all very apparent in hand, the black luster got in the way (at least as my skills are concerned!), the coin is darker than my photos show yet the details are pin sharp in hand, graded About EF by the numismatist/dealer from whom I purchased the coin, Asking price: $83 includes priority shipping and insurance000_2356.JPG

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Elagabalus Denarius

000_2264.JPG000_2262.JPG000_2261.JPG000_2260.JPG000_2259.JPG000_2258.JPG000_2257.JPG000_2256.JPG000_2255.JPG000_2254.JPG000_2251.JPG000_2250.JPG000_2249.JPG000_2247.JPGElagabalus Denarius, Emperor AD 218-222, minted at Rome AD 220-222, RIC 131; RSC 246; Sear Millennium 7542; Van Meter 56, 18 mm, 2.47 gms, Obverse: laureate and draped bust of Elagabalus facing right, IMP ANTONINVS PIVS AVG, Reverse: Elagabalus standing right, holding a branch/club/rod and sacrificing from a patera over a burning altar, a star in right field, SACERD DEI SOLIS ELAGAB, very lustrous coin with a superb portrait of Elagabalus in very high relief, very detailed reverse with Elagabalus in high relief, full and sharp reverse legend, a beautiful and sharp coin with its only detractor in my opinion being a very slight off center strike and parts of the obverse legend softly struck. An interesting type for Elagabalus with its telltale horn on the emperor’s portrait, graded About EF by the numismatist/dealer from whom I purchased the coin, Asking price: $190 includes priority shipping and insurance000_2246.JPG

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Gordian III Antoninianus

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Licinius II AE18

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Probus Antoninianus

000_2207.JPG000_2204.JPG000_2203.JPG000_2202.JPG000_2200.JPG000_2199.JPG000_2198.JPG000_2196.JPG000_2195.JPG000_2192.JPG000_2191.JPG000_2188.JPGProbus Antoninianus, Emperor AD 276-282, minted at Cyzicus, RIC 911, Obverse: radiate and cuirassed (mantled) bust of Probus facing left, holding an eagle-tipped scepter, IMP C M AVR PROBVS PF AVG, Reverse: Sol facing, his head turned left, raising his right hand in salute and holding a whip in his left, driving a split quadriga, SOLI INVICTO, CM below, XXI(Gamma) in exergue, very lustrous coin with subtle highlights of golden toning, superb and sharp portrait of Probus, very detailed reverse, wonderful hosses, full and clear legends on both sides, tiny hairline flan crack at one o’clock on the obverse, no detraction in my opinion and of no importance to the integrity of the coin, a beautiful and pin sharp antoninianus graded Nice EF by the numismatist/dealer from whom I purchased it and who notes of it: “Choice detail and silvering.” Nearly fully silvered and lovely, Asking price: $215 includes priority shipping and insurance000_2187.JPG

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