Monthly Archives: September 2009

Severus Alexander Denarius

000_4785.jpg000_4783.jpg000_4788.jpg000_4781.jpgSeverus Alexander Denarius, Emperor AD 222-235, minted at Rome AD 231-235, RIC 254, RSC 546, Obverse:  radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Severus Alexander facing right, IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG, Reverse:  Spes walking left, holding a flower in her raised right hand and lifting her skirt with her left, SPES PVBLICA, very lustrous coin, superb (!) portrait of Alexander, detailed Spes on the reverse, full and clear legends on both sides of the coin, just nothing short of a beauty of a gem of a coin, well struck and centered, Asking price:  $315 includes priority shipping and insurance, registered to other countries (please see shipping information page)

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Probus Antoninianus

000_4770.jpg000_4767.jpg000_4771.jpg000_4766.jpgProbus Antoninianus, Emperor AD 276-282, minted at Serdica AD 277, RIC 845, RSC 472,  4.41 gms, Obverse:  radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Probus facing right, IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG, Reverse:  Providentia (Fides?) standing right, holding two standards, facing Sol standing left with his right hand raised and holding a globe in his upraised left palm, a star between them, KA (Gamma) in exergue, PROVIDEN DEOR, very lustrous coin, superb portrait of Probus, detailed Providentia and Sol and devices on the reverse, full and clear legends on both sides, a beautiful coin that is well struck and centered, Asking price:  $145 includes priority shipping and insurance, registered to other countries (please see shipping information page)

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Probus Antoninianus

000_4753.jpg000_4751.jpg000_4755.jpg000_4750.jpgProbus Antoninianus, Emperor AD 276-282, minted at Siscia (?), RIC 670 (?) 22.5 mm, 3.85 gms, Obverse:  radiate and cuirassed (mantled) bust of Probus facing left, holding an eagle tipped scepter in his right hand, IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG, Reverse:  Sol standing half-right, his head turned left, holding a globe in his upraised left palm and raising his right hand, CONSERVAT AVG, P in lower right field, XXI in exergue, a well struck and centered coin with a splendid and sharp portrait of Probus, detailed Sol on the reverse, full and clear legends on both sides, graded Choice About Extremely Fine by the numismatist/dealer from whom I purchased it and who remarks of it:  “Nicely toned silvering, great Sol.”  A beautiful coin that my photography is not doing justice to, Asking price:  $230 includes priority shipping and insurance, registered to other countries (please see shipping information page)

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Postumus Antoninianus

000_4684.jpg000_4681.jpg000_4687.jpg000_4679.jpgPostumus Antoninianus, Emperor (of the Gallic Secessionist Empire) AD 260-269, RIC 311, RSC 161a, 19 mm, Obverse:  radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Postumus facing right, IMP C POSTVMVS P F AVG, Reverse:  Jupiter standing facing, his head turned right, hurling a thunderbolt with his right arm and holding a long scepter in his left hand, IOVI VICTORI, lovely coin with even medium brown toning, superb portrait of Postumus, detailed Jupiter on the reverse, full and clear legends on both sides with the exception of AVG on the obverse and the TO in VICTORI partly off the flan, graded About Extremely Fine by the numismatist/dealer from whom I purchased the coin and who remarks of it:  “No wear, bold portrait and well struck overall.”  Asking price:  $92 includes priority shipping and insurance, registered to other countries (please see shipping information page)

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Philip I Antoninianus

000_4826.jpg000_4824.jpg000_4827.jpg000_4821.jpgPhilip I Antoninianus, Emperor AD 244-249, minted at Rome AD 244-247, RIC 28c, 3.48 gms, Obverse:  radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Philip I facing right, IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, Reverse:  Annona standing half-left, holding grain ears over a modius with her right hand and cradling a cornucopia with her left arm, ANNONA AVGG, very lustrous coin with a great and sharply detailed portrait of Philip with an especially beaked nose, a very bold and very detailed Annona and devices on the reverse, full and clear legends on both sides, a lovely coin well centered and struck, 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_4810.jpg000_4808.jpg000_4811.jpg000_4805.jpgPhilip I Antoninianus, Emperor AD 244-249, minted at Rome, RIC 44b, RSC 169,  24 mm, 3.5 gms, Obverse:  radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Philip I facing right, IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, Reverse:  Roma seated left, holding Victory in her right palm and a long scepter in her left arm, ROMAE AETERNAE, very lustrous coin with a great portrait of Philip I, detailed Roma and devices on the reverse, full and clear legends on both sides, a beautiful coin on a large flan, Asking price:  $118 includes priority shipping and insurance, registered to other countries (please see shipping information page)

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Tacitus Antoninianus

000_4710.jpg000_4708.jpg000_4711.jpg000_4706.jpgTacitus Antoninianus, Emperor AD 275-276, minted at Ticinum, RIC 152,  24.12 mm, 3.8 gms, Obverse:  radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Tacitus facing right, IMP C M CL TACITVS AVG, Reverse:  Providentia facing half-left, holding a globe in her upraised right palm and a long scepter in her left arm, PROVIDE AVG, Q in exergue, a lovely coin with even light black toning (made photographing a bit challenging for me), great portrait of Tacitus, detailed Providentia on the reverse, full and clear legends on both sides, well struck and centered on a very large flan, the numismatist/dealer from whom I purchased the coin grades it EF/EF and remarks of it:  “A beautiful ant with a bit of silvering still remaining.”  A beauty indeed, and my photography does not do it justice, Asking price:  $145 includes priority shipping and insurance, registered to other countries (please see shipping information page)

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Trajan Decius Antoninianus

000_4872.jpg000_4870.jpg000_4874.jpg000_4869.jpgTrajan Decius Antoninianus, Emperor AD 249-251, minted at Rome AD 250, RIC 29c, Obverse:  radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Trajan Decius facing right, IMP C M Q TRAIANVS DECIVS AVG, Reverse:  Victory advancing left, holding a wreath and palm branch, VICTORIA AVG, very lustrous coin, great portrait of Decius, detailed Victory on the reverse, with full and clear legends on both sides, a lovely coin, and the evident roughness on the portrait with the light shining into Decius’s face is not apparent in hand, a well struck and centered coin, Asking price:  $97 includes priority shipping and insurance, registered to other countries (please see shipping information page)

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Gordian III Antoninianus

000_4856.jpg000_4854.jpg000_4859.jpg000_4852.jpgGordian III Antoninianus, Emperor AD 238-244, struck at Rome End of July AD 238-End of July AD 239, RIC 1c,  3.83 gms, Obverse:  radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Gordian III facing right, seen from behind, IMP CAES M ANT GORDIANVS AVG, Reverse:  Fides standing facing, her head turned left, holding a standard in her right hand and a long scepter in her left arm, FIDES MILITVM, very lustrous coin, a beautiful and nothing less than fantastic portrait of Gordian III early in his reign, detailed Fides on the reverse (though she is ever (ever!) so slightly softly struck), full and clear legends on both sides, a lovely coin indeed, Asking price:  $145 includes priority shipping and insurance, registered to other countries (please see shipping information page)

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Elagabalus Denarius

000_4658.jpg000_4657.jpg000_4660.jpg000_4655.jpgElagabalus Denarius, Emperor AD 218-222, minted at Rome AD 219, RIC 100,  2.53 gms, Obverse:  laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Elagabalus facing right, IMP ANTONINVS PIVS AVG, Reverse:  Liberalitas standing half-left, holding an abacus (coin counter or distributive device?) in her right hand and cradling a cornucopia in her left arm, LIBERALITAS AVG II, very lustrous coin with just a tiny touch of attractive toning, superb portrait of Elagabalus, detailed Liberalitas and devices on the reverse, full and clear legends on both sides with the exception of part of the obverse legends off the flan, a beautiful coin well struck and centered with the exception noted above, Asking price:  $140 includes priority shipping and insurance, registered to other countries (please see shipping information page)

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