Monthly Archives: July 2009

Maximinus Denarius

000_4099.jpg000_4098.jpg000_4097.jpg000_4096.jpg000_4095.jpg000_4094.jpg000_4093.jpg000_4092.jpg000_4091.jpg000_4090.jpg000_4089.jpg000_4088.jpgMaximinus Denarius, Emperor AD 235-238, struck at Rome AD 237,  RIC 3, RSC 55,  21 mm, 3.14 gms, Obverse:  laureate and draped bust of Maximinus facing right, IMP MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG, Reverse:  Maximinus in military attire standing left between two standards, raising his right hand and holding a long scepter in his left, PM TRP II COS PP, very lustrous coin, superb with a capital S portrait of Maximinus, detailed and sharp reverse and devices, full and clear legends on both sides, just a gem of a coin well centered and struck on a large flan, graded Mint EF by the numismatist/dealer from whom I purchased it, Asking price:  $375 includes priority shipping and insurance, registered to other countries (please see shipping information page)

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Macrinus Denarius

000_4087.jpg000_4086.jpg000_40851.jpg000_4084.jpg000_4083.jpg000_4082.jpg000_4081.jpg000_4080.jpg000_4079.jpg000_4078.jpg000_4077.jpg000_4076.jpgMacrinus Denarius, Emperor AD 217-218, struck at Rome December, AD 217, RIC 27, RSC 51a, 19.1 mm, 3.24 gms, Obverse:  laureate and draped bust of Macrinus facing right, IMP C M OPEL SEV MACRINVS AVG, Reverse:  Macrinus seated left on a curule chair, holding a globe in his outstretched right palm and a short scepter in his left hand, PM TRP II COS PP, very lustrous coin, superb and sharp portrait of Macrinus, detailed and sharp emperor and devices on the reverse, full and clear legends on both sides, a beautiful and pin-sharp coin very well struck and centered and graded Nice Extremely Fine by the numismatist/dealer from whom I purchased it.  A scarce issue and a gorgeous example indeed, Asking price:  $845 includes priority shipping and insurance in the U.S., registered to other countries (please see shipping page information)

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Valerian II Antoninianus

000_4063.jpg000_4062.jpg000_4061.jpg000_4060.jpg000_4059.jpg000_4057.jpg000_4056.jpg000_4055.jpg000_4054.jpg000_40531.jpg000_4052.jpg000_4051.jpgValerian II Antoninianus, Son of Gallienus, Caesar AD 256-258, RIC 49, RSC 67,  21 mm, 4.0 gms, Obverse:  radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Valerian II facing right, VALERIANVS NOBIL CAES, Reverse:  Valerian II facing left, holding a spear and shield in his left hand and crowning a trophy with his right, PRINC IVVENTVTIS, lightly and attractively toned coin with some silvering, great portrait of the young caesar, detailed reverse and devices, full and clear legends on both sides, a well struck and centered coin that is much better struck than most I’ve seen, a lovely coin indeed that my researches tell me is a scarce issue for Valerian II, Asking price:  $187 includes priority shipping and insurance in the U.S., registered to other countries (please see shipping information page)

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Plautilla Denarius

000_4038.jpg000_4037.jpg000_4036.jpg000_4035.jpg000_4034.jpg000_4033.jpg000_4032.jpg000_4031.jpg000_4030.jpg000_4029.jpg000_4028.jpg000_4027.jpgPlautilla Denarius, wife of Caracalla (Emperor AD 198-217) from AD 202 to 211, when he had her executed, struck AD 202-205, RIC 367, RSC 16,  20 mm, 3.3 gms, Obverse:  draped bust of Plautilla facing right, PLAVTILLA AVGVSTA, Reverse:  Pietas standing right, holding a scepter in her right hand and a child (evidently referring to a child born to Caracalla and Plautilla) in her left arm, PIETAS AVGG, lustrous coin with just the tiniest hint of attractive toning, a sharp, wonderful and pretty portrait of Plautilla, detailed Pietas and child on the reverse, full and clear legends on both sides, a beautiful coin indeed that is struck much better than many I’ve seen of this issue, a real beauty well struck and centered on a nice round flan, Asking price:  $365 includes priority shipping and insurance in the U.S., registered to other countries (please see shipping information page)

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Diadumenian Denarius

000_4012.jpg000_4011.jpg000_4010.jpg000_4008.jpg000_4007.jpg000_4005.jpg000_4004.jpg000_4003.jpg000_4002.jpg000_4001.jpg000_4000.jpg000_3999.jpgDiadumenian Denarius, Caesar AD 217-218, Augustus AD 218, struck as Caesar in Rome AD 217-218, RIC 102, RSC 3,  20 mm, 3.16 gms, Obverse:  bareheaded and draped bust of Diadumenian facing right, M OPEL ANT DIADVMENIAN CAES, Reverse:  Diadumenian standing facing, his head turned right, holding a standard in his right hand and a scepter in his left arm, two more standards behind him, PRINC IVVENTVTIS, very lustrous coin, a gorgeous portrait of Diadumenian, detailed reverse, full and clear legends on both sides, a gorgeous coin, the portrait is especially expressionistic, graded EF by the numismatist/dealer from whom I purchased it (though violating my own rule not to assign a grade myself, I would say that I think this is a conservative grade!), Asking price:  $1,150 includes priority shipping and insurance, registered to other countries (please see shipping page information)

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Macrinus Denarius

macrinus-fides.jpgmacrinus-fides-militvm-rev.jpg000_3998.jpg000_3997.jpg000_3996.jpg000_3994.jpg000_3993.jpg000_3990.jpg000_3989.jpgMacrinus Denarius, Emperor AD 217-218, struck at Rome, RIC 67, RSC 23,  19 mm, 3.27 gms, Obverse:  laureate and cuirassed bust of Macrinus facing right, IMP C M OPEL SEV MACRINVS AVG, Reverse:  Fides standing facing, her head turned right, her right foot resting on a helmet, and holding a standard in each of her hands, FIDES MILITVM, very lustrous coin, superb and sharp with a capital S portrait of Macrinus, incredibly detailed and sharp Fides and devices on the reverse, full and clear legends on both sides, a well struck and centered coin that is just a beauty, the coin is holdered (slabbed) by NGC, and I know many collectors’ feelings run high concerning the holdering of coins, and I happen personally to prefer coins that are not slabbed.  NGC grades this coin Choice About Uncirculated, and I think the photos bear out the truth of this grade.  By the way, coins are easily and safely removed from these holders.  The numismatist/dealer from whom I purchased this coin remarks of it:  “Choice AU, with a superbly detailed portrait of the finest style, mounted in NGC holder with a designation of 4/5 for Strike and 5/5 for Surface.  A superlative coin!”  I concur wholeheartedly, and this coin is an exceptional example of this issue of Macrinus’s.  Asking price:  $1,150 includes priority shipping and insurance in the U.S., registered to other countries (please see shipping information page)

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Philip I Antoninianus

000_3963.jpg000_3962.jpg000_3961.jpg000_3960.jpg000_3959.jpg000_3958.jpg000_3957.jpg000_3956.jpg000_3955.jpg000_3951.jpg000_3952.jpgPhilip I Antoninianus, Emperor AD 244-249, struck AD 247, RIC 2b, RSC 120,  4.58 gms, Obverse:  radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Philip I facing right, with drapery on his far shoulder, IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, Reverse:  Philip seated left on a curule chair, holding a globe in his upraised right palm and a short scepter in his left hand, PM TRP II COS PP, very lustrous coin, fantastic portrait of Philip, detailed Philip on the reverse, full and clear legends on both sides, a well struck and centered coin that is a beauty, graded Extremely Fine by the numismatist/dealer from whom I purchased it, Asking price:  $225 includes priority shipping and insurance in the U.S., registered to other countries (please see shipping information page)

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Caracalla Antoninianus

000_36351.jpg000_3633.jpg000_3632.jpg000_3631.jpg000_3627.jpg000_3626.jpg000_3625.jpg000_3624.jpg000_3623.jpg000_3621.jpg000_3617.jpg000_3616.jpg000_3615.jpgCaracalla Antoninianus, Emperor AD 198-217, struck at Rome AD 215-217, RIC 312c, RSC 612b, 22 mm, 5.8 gms, Obverse:  radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Caracalla facing right, ANTONINVS PIVS AVG GERM, Reverse:  Venus standing left, leaning on a shield, holding a helmet in her upraised right palm and cradling a long scepter in her left arm, two captives at her feet, VENVS VICTRIX, very lustrous coin, superb portrait of Caracalla in high relief, very detailed Venus and devices on the reverse, the reverse is just ever so slightly softly struck but sharper than my photography shows, full and clear legends on both sides of the coin, a very lovely coin on a full and heavy flan, a beauty, Asking price:  $245 includes priority shipping and insurance in the U.S., registered to other countries (please see shipping information page)

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Elagabalus Antoninianus

000_3924.jpg000_3923.jpg000_3922.jpg000_3921.jpg000_3919.jpg000_3918.jpg000_3917.jpg000_3916.jpg000_3915.jpg000_3914.jpgElagabalus Antoninianus, Emperor AD 218-222, RIC 122, RSC 113,  4.11 gms, Obverse:  radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Elagabalus facing right, IMP CAES M AVR ANTONINVS AVG, Reverse:  Mars advancing right, holding a spear in his right hand and a trophy over his shoulder with his left, MARS VICTOR, very lustrous coin, a beautiful and stylistically fetching portrait of Elagabalus in high relief, very detailed Mars on the reverse, full and clear legends on both sides, a well struck and centered coin, and a lovely one, graded Near Extremely Fine by the numismatist/dealer from whom I purchased it (and this was back when Near EF denoted a superlative coin), Asking price:  $585 includes priority shipping and insurance in the U.S., registered to other countries (please see shipping information page)

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Philip I Antoninianus

000_3977.jpg000_3976.jpg000_3975.jpg000_3974.jpg000_3973.jpg000_39721.jpg000_3970.jpg000_3969.jpg000_3967.jpg000_3966.jpg000_3965.jpg000_3964.jpgPhilip I Antoninianus, Emperor AD 244-249, struck AD 247, RIC 41, RSC 102, 3.79 gms, Obverse:  radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Philip I facing right, IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, Reverse:  Pax running left, holding a branch aloft with her right hand and cradling a transverse scepter in her left arm, PAX AETERN, sharp and expressionistic portrait of Philip, detailed reverse, full and clear legends on both sides, a well centered and struck coin, the numismatist/dealer from whom I purchased it states of it:  “Fully lustrous and Mint State.”  A lovely, lovely coin.  Asking price:  $195 includes priority shipping and insurance within the U.S., registered to other countries (please see shipping information page)

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