Monthly Archives: November 2009

Otacilia Severa Antoninianus

Otacilia Severa Antoninianus, wife of Philip I (Emperor AD 244-249), RIC 116b, RSC 64,  4.38 gms, Obverse:  diademed and draped bust of Otacilia Severa facing right, resting on a crescent and wearing a stephane in her beautifully styled hair, OTACIL SEVERA AVG, Reverse:  A hippopotamus standing right, looking up (as opposed to a similar issue with the hippo looking down!), SAECVLARES AVGG, IIII in exergue, struck to commemorate the games put on by Philip to mark the 1,000 anniversary of the founding of Rome, very lustrous coin, gorgeous and superb portrait of the empress, detailed hippo on the reverse, full and clear legends on both sides, an exceptional example of this issue by any measure, a gem in my opinion and well deserving of its Choice EF grade, Asking price:  $975 includes priority shipping and insurance, registered to other countries (please see shipping information page)000_5062000_5056000_5061000_5059

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Macrinus Denarius

Macrinus Denarius, Emperor AD 217-218, minted at Antioch, RIC 53, RSC 2, Obverse:  laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Macrinus facing right, IMP C M OPEL SEV MACRINVS AVG, Reverse:  Aequitas standing left, holding a scales in her right hand and cradling a cornucopia in her left arm, AEQVITAS AVG, very lustrous coin, an absolutely and nothing less than superb portrait of Macrinus, detailed Aequitas on the reverse, full and clear legends on both sides, a well centered and struck coin that is a gorgeous example of Macrinus’s coinage, Asking price:  $650 includes priority shipping and insurance, registered to other countries (please see shipping information page)000_4998000_4992000_4996000_4994

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Caracalla Denarius

Caracalla Denarius, Emperor AD 198-217, RIC 251, RSC 302, Obverse:  laureate bust of Caracalla facing right, ANTONINVS PIVS AVG GERM, Reverse:  Aesculapius standing facing, his head turned left, holding a staff entwined with a snake, a globe at his feet to the right, PM TR P XVIII COS IIII PP, very lustrous coin, wonderful and sharp portrait of Caracalla, detailed Aesculapius on the reverse, very nice serpent entwined staff, full and clear legends on both sides with the exception of the T on the reverse not fully struck up, a lovely and sharp coin that is well struck and centered, Asking price:  $250 includes priority shipping and insurance, registered to other countries (please see shipping information page)000_4967000_4961000_4965000_4963

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Trajan Denarius

Trajan Denarius, Emperor AD 98-117, struck AD 112, RIC 266, RSC 648,  2.97 gms, Obverse:  laureate bust of Trajan facing right with drapery over his left shoulder, IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC PM TR P COS VI PP, Reverse:  A woman reclining left on rocks, holding a branch in her left arm and a wheel in her right, VIA TRAIANA below her, SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI, struck to commemorate the completion of the road, the Via Trajan, built to link Beneventum and Brundisium in AD 109, very lustrous coin with just the tiniest (tiniest) bit of attractive toning, great portrait of Trajan, detailed female figure and devices on the reverse, part of the obverse legend not full struck up but very legible, full and complete legends on the reverse, a beautiful coin with just a touch of wear on the highest points, lovely and attractive, Asking price:  $425 includes priority shipping and insurance, registered to other countries (please see shipping information page) 000_5075000_5064000_5072000_5068

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Gordian III Antoninianus

Gordian III Antoninianus, Emperor AD 238-244, struck at Rome mint AD 243-244, RIC 142,  4.53 gms, Obverse:  radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Gordian III facing right, IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, Reverse:  Felicitas facing half-left, holding a long caduceus in her right hand and cradling a cornucopia in her left arm, FELICITAS TEMPORVM, very lustrous coin, superb portrait of Gordian III, detailed Felicitas and devices on the reverse, full and clear legends on both sides with the exception of the S in PIVS not full struck up on the obverse, a well struck and centered coin that is a beauty indeed, Asking price:  $195 includes priority shipping and insurance, registered to other countries (please see shipping information page)000_5097000_5088000_5096000_5093

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Gordian III Antoninianus

Gordian III Antoninianus, Emperor AD 238-244, struck at Rome AD 243-244, RIC 154,  4.09 gms,  Obverse:  radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Gordian III facing right, IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, Reverse:  Victory standing left, holding a palm branch in her left arm and with her right resting a shield on a captive at her feet, VICTOR AETER, very lustrous coin, just a great portrait of Gordian III, detailed Victory on the reverse, full and clear legends on both sides, a beautiful coin that is well struck and centered, Asking price:  $190 includes priority shipping and insurance, registered to other countries (please see shipping information page)000_5078000_5085000_5081000_5083

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Philip I Antoninianus

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Philip I Antoninianus, Emperor AD 244-249, struck at Rome mint AD 245, RIC 2b, RSC 120,  23 mm, 4.3 gms, Obverse:  radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Philip I facing right, IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, Reverse:  Philip I seated left on a curule chair, holding a globe and a short scepter, PM TR P II COS P P, lustrous coin with just a touch of attractive toning, great portrait of Philip, detailed Philip and devices on the reverse, full and clear legends on both sides, a lovely coin that is well struck and centered on a broad flan, Asking price:  $185 includes priority shipping and insurance, registered to other countries (please see shipping information page)

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Severus Alexander Denarius

Severus Alexander Denarius, Emperor AD 222-235, struck at Rome, RIC 252, RSC 508a, 3.06 gms, Obverse:  laureate bust of Severus Alexander facing right, IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG, Reverse:  Providentia facing half-left, holding grain ears over a modius in her right hand and an anchor in her left, PROVDENTIA AVG, very lustrous coin, superb and chiseled portrait of Alexander, detailed Providentia and devices on the reverse, full and clear legends on both sides, a beauty of a coin well struck and centered.  Note:  what appear to be scratches on the reverse with the light shining from the left are not apparent in hand, as the photo of the reverse with the light shining from the right shows.  I really have no explanation!  Asking price:  $217 includes priority shipping and insurance, registered to other countries (please see shipping information page)

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Severus Alexander Denarius

Severus Alexander Denarius, Emperor AD 222-235, minted at Rome, RIC 246, RSC 161,  3.31 gms, Obverse:  laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Severus Alexander facing right, IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG, Reverse:  Mars advancing right, holding a spear and a shield, MARS VLTOR, very lustrous coin, superb portrait of Alexander, detailed Mars on the reverse, full and clear legends on both sides, a lovely, lovely coin that is well struck and centered, Asking price:  $225 includes priority shipping and insurance, registered to other countries (please see shipping information page)

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Philip II Antoninianus

Philip II Antoninianus, Caesar AD 244-247, Emperor AD 247-249, minted as Caesar at Rome AD 244-246, RIC 217, RSC 59,  3.56 gms, Obverse:  radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Philip II facing right, M IVL PHILIPPVS CAES, Reverse:  Philip II standing right in military attire holding a globe and a spear, with a soldier standing behind him, PRINCIPI IVVENT, very lustrous coin, just a superb and expressionistic portrait of the young caesar, detailed Philip and soldier and devices on the reverse, full and clear legends on both sides, a beautiful coin well struck and centered on a broad flan, Asking price:  $385 includes priority shipping and insurance, registered to other countries000_4908000_4911000_4906000_4912

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