Monthly Archives: August 2009

Valerian Antoninianus

000_4729.jpg000_4727.jpg000_4731.jpg000_4726.jpgValerian I Antoninianus, Emperor AD 253-260, minted at Antioch, RIC 292, RSC 277, Obverse:  radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Valerian I facing right, IMP C P LIC VALERIANVS AVG, Reverse:  Valerian standing right, holding a globe and a long scepter, facing his son Gallienus who is holding Victory in his right hand and a transverse spear in his left, VIRTVS AVGG, very lustrous coin, great portrait of Valerian, detailed emperors on the reverse, right down to that little Victory, full and clear legends on both sides, an especially well struck and centered coin for the issue, very, very attractive and lustrous, Asking price:  $95 includes priority shipping and insurance, registered to other countries (please see shipping information page)

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Gordian III Antoninianus

000_4746.jpg000_47441.jpg000_4747.jpg000_4741.jpgGordian III Antoninianus, Emperor AD 238-244, minted at Antioch, RIC 210, RSC 98, Obverse:  radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Gordian III facing right, IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, Reverse:  Fortuna seated left, holding a rudder in her right hand and cradling a cornucopia in her left arm, FORTVNA REDVX, very lustrous coin, glitteringly so, sharp and beautiful, superb (yes, with a capital S) portrait of Gordian III, detailed Fortuna and devices on the reverse, full and clear legends on both sides, well struck and centered, the numismatist/dealer from whom I purchased the coin remarks of it:  “Nice Extremely Fine, good metal, on a large flan.”  A truly lovely coin with a fantastic portrait, Asking price:  $225 includes priority shipping and insurance, registered to other countries (please see shipping information page)

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Maximinus II Follis

000_4692.jpg000_4690.jpg000_4694.jpg000_4688.jpgMaximinus II Follis, Emperor AD 305-313, minted at Thessalonica AD 312, RIC 50a, Obverse:  laureate bust of Maximinus II facing right, MAXIMINVS PF AVG, Reverse:  Jupiter standing half left, holding a globe in his upturned right palm and a long scepter in his left arm, IOVI CONSERVATORI, SMTS with three dots in exergue, a wreath in the left field, Delta in the right field, a large follis, well struck and centered and silvered lustrous, magnificent and sharp portrait of Maximinus, detailed Jupiter and devices on the reverse, clear and full legends on both sides, one heck of a very attractive and lovely coin!  Asking price:  $127 includes priority shipping and insurance, registered to other countries (please see shipping information page)

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Probus Antoninianus

000_4667.jpg000_4665.jpg000_4669.jpg000_4662.jpgProbus Antoninianus, Emperor AD 276-282, minted at Cyzicus, RIC 907, Obverse:  radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Probus facing right, IMP C M AVR PROBVS PF AVG, Reverse:  Victory standing right, holding a palm branch, presenting a wreath to Probus standing left with outstretched right hand and holding a spear in his left arm, CONCORDIA MILITVM, XXIMC in exergue, mintmark P between the two figures, lustrous coin with very light toning, great bull necked portrait of Probus, detailed Victory and Probus and devices on the reverse, full and clear legends on both sides, graded Nice VF by the numismatist/dealer from whom I purchased it, a beautiful coin with a superb portrait especially, Asking price:  $132 includes priority shipping and insurance, registered to other countries (please see shipping information page)

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Aurelian Antoninianus

000_4674.jpg000_4672.jpg000_46771.jpg000_4671.jpgAurelian Antoninianus, Emperor AD 270-275, minted at Serdica, RIC 278,  4.3 gms, Obverse:  radiate and cuirassed bust of Aurelian facing right, IMP C AVRELIANVS AVG, Reverse:  Sol advancing left, holding his right hand up and holding a globe in his left, trampling on a captive below him in his way, with another captive at his left foot, ORIENS AVG, T in exergue, fantastic and sharp portrait of Aurelian, detailed Sol and captives on the reverse, full and clear legends on both sides, lustrous and silvered coin with golden highlights:  this is accentuated by very attractive reddish toning in the fields, a very, very pretty coin with its multitude of colors, well struck and centered and pin sharp, Asking price:  $165 includes priority shipping and insurance, registered to other countries (please see shipping information page)

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Geta Denarius

000_4625.jpg000_4622.jpg000_4627.jpg000_4620.jpgGeta Denarius, Emperor AD 209-212, struck as Caesar AD 202, RIC 26, RSC 228,  3.42 gms, Obverse:  bareheaded and draped bust of Geta facing right, GETA CAES PONTIF, Reverse:  Geta, togate and veiled, standing left and sacrificing from a patera over a lighted altar, VOTA PVBLICA, sharp, bold, and very expressive portrait of Geta, detailed emperor and devices on the reverse, full and clear legends on both sides, a beautiful and well struck and centered coin that shows some wear on the very highest points of the reverse, and just a bare touch on the tip top point of the obverse, lovely and graded Nice VF by the numismatist/dealer from whom I purchased it, Asking price:  $125 includes priority shipping and insurance, registered to other countries (please see shipping information page)

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Carinus Antoninianus

000_4617.jpg000_4615.jpg000_4618.jpg000_4613.jpgCarinus Antoninianus, Emperor AD 283-285, struck at Ticinum as Caesar AD 282-283, RIC 182, RSC 97, Obverse:  radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Carinus facing right, M AVR CARINVS NOB C, Reverse:  Carinus standing left, holding a globe in his right hand and a spear in his left, a bound captive at this feet, PRINCIPI IVVENTVT, either T or Gamma in exergue followed by XXI (any enlightenment on that appreciated), glossy and toned coin with attractive reddish highlights, sharp portrait of Carinus, detailed emperor and captive on the reverse with the globe looking like it’s going to leap out at you with its high relief, full and clear legends on both sides with the exception of M AVR on the obverse, though very clearly legible, a beautiful coin that my photography doesn’t do full justice to, Asking price:  $135 includes priority shipping and insurance, registered to other countries (please see shipping information page) 

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Philip I Antoninianus

000_4638.jpg000_4640.jpg000_4637.jpg000_4643.jpgPhilip I Antoninianus, Emperor AD 244-249, struck at Rome AD 244-247, RIC 48b, RSC 215,  23 mm, 5.2 gms, Obverse:  radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Philip I facing right, IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, Reverse:  Securitas seated left, holding a scepter in her right hand and resting her head on her left arm, SECVRIT ORBIS, very lustrous coin, great and bold portrait of Philip I, detailed Securitas, full and clear legends on both sides, a well struck and centered coin on a large and heavy flan, just a bit of wear on the highest point of the obverse, a lovely, lovely coin, Asking price:  $140 includes priority shipping and insurance, registered to other countries (please see shipping information page)

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Philip I Antoninianus

000_4632.jpg000_4631.jpg000_4634.jpg000_4629.jpgPhilip I Antoninianus, Emperor AD 244-249, minted at Rome AD 244-247, RIC 53, RSC 240,  22 mm, 3.8 gms, Obverse:  radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Philip I facing right, IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, Reverse:  Virtus seated left on a cuirass, holding a branch in her right hand and a spear in her left, a shield behind the cuirass, VIRTVS AVG, very lustrous coin, great sharp portrait of Philip very amply bearded, detailed Virtus and devices on the reverse, full and clear legends on both sides, a well struck and centered coin with the exception of M IVL on the reverse not fully struck out (minor to me, the legend is as struck), a beautiful and sharp coin, Asking price:  $165 includes priority shipping and insurance, registered to other countries (please see shipping information page)

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Probus Antoninianus

000_4590.jpg000_4593.jpg000_4589.jpg000_4595.jpgProbus Antoninianus, Emperor AD 276-282, struck at Cyzicus, RIC 911-C,  22 mm, 4.62 gms, Obverse:  radiate bust of Probus facing left, wearing his imperial mantle, holding a scepter surmounted by an eagle, IMP C M AVR PROBVS PF AVG, Reverse:  Sol facing, his head turned left, raising his right hand and holding a whip and a globe in his left, driving a spread quadriga, SOLI INVICTO, CM below, XXIV in exergue, a beautiful and sharp coin, and I can do no better than quote the numismatist/dealer from whom I purchased it:  “A choice specimen that is well centered and struck with deep brown toning.  Attractive.”  Graded by him as Near EF.  My photography doesn’t do the coin full justice!  Asking price:  $140 includes priority shipping and insurance, registered to other countries (please see shipping information page)

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