Monthly Archives: June 2010

Philip II Antoninianus

Philip II Antoninianus, Caesar AD 244-247, Emperor AD 247-249, struck as Caesar at Rome AD 244-246, RIC 218d, RSC 48, 23 mm, 3.89 gms, Obverse:  radiate and draped bust of Philip II facing right, M IVL PHILIPPVS CAES, Reverse:  Philip standing left in military dress, holding a long scepter in his left hand and a globe in his right, PRINCIPI IVVENT, a lustrous coin with attractive very light gray even toning throughout, a very nice portrait of Philip, detailed Philip on the reverse, and full and clear legends on both sides, a lovely coin well struck and centered with just a little wear on the high points of the obverse,  Asking price:  $82 includes priority shipping and insurance in the U.S., registered to other countries (see shipping information page)

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Diocletian Follis

Diocletian Follis, Emperor AD 284-305, struck at Heraclea AD 297-298, RIC 19a, Obverse:  laureate bust of Diocletian facing right, IMP C C VAL DIOCLETIANVS P F AVG, Reverse:  Genius standing facing, his head turned left, wearing a modius on his head and pouring liquid from a patera in his right hand, GENIO POPVLI ROMANI, HTA in exergue, an attractive coin with steel gray patina, a very bold and detailed portrait of Diocletian, a more than decently detailed Genius on the reverse, full and clear obverse legend, GENIO in the reverse legend worn/not fully struck up, a very nice follis, Asking price:  $42 includes priority shipping and insurance, registered to other countries (see shipping information page)

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Herennia Etruscilla Antoninianus

Herennia Etruscilla Antoninianus, wife of Trajan Decius (Emperor AD 249-251), RIC 58b, RSC 17, 4.26 gms, Obverse:  draped bust of Herennia Etruscilla facing right, resting on a crescent, and wearing a stephane in her waved hair, HER ETRVSCILLA AVG, Reverse:  Pudicitia standing left, pulling her veil from her face with her right hand and holding a long scepter in her left arm, PVDICITIA AVG, a very lustrous coin with a superb and very fetching portrait of the empress, a detailed though ever so slightly softly struck Pudicitia (typical from my experience) on the reverse, full and clear legends on both sides, with that exception a well struck (and as struck) and centered coin that is a beauty, graded Spectacular Extremely Fine (I agree with all of that!) for the obverse and Almost Extremely Fine for the reverse, Asking price:  $165 includes priority shipping and insurance in the U.S., registered to other countries (see shipping information page)

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Gordian III Antoninianus

Gordian III Antoninianus, Emperor AD 238-244, minted at Rome AD 240, RIC 68, RSC 216, 3.91 gms, Obverse:  radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Gordian III facing right, IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, Reverse:  Gordian, wearing a toga and veil as a priest, sacrificing from a patera over an altar and holding a baton in his left hand, PM TR P II COS P P, a very lustrous and beautiful coin well struck and centered with a fabulous portrait of Gordian, a detailed Gordian as priest on the reverse (right down to facial features), and full and clear inscriptions on both sides, a lovely example of this issue and graded Extremely Fine by the numismatist/dealer from whom I purchased it,  Asking price:  $175 includes priority shipping and insurance in the U.S., registered to other countries (see shipping information page)

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Gordian III Antoninianus

Gordian III Antoninianus, Emperor AD 238-244, struck at Rome AD 241-243, RIC 84, RSC 109, 4.22 gms, Obverse:  radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Gordian III facing right, IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, Reverse:  Jupiter standing facing, his head turned right, holding a long scepter in his right hand and his thunderbolt in his left arm, IOVI STATORI, a very lustrous coin with a wonderful portrait of a sideburned Gordian, detailed Jupiter, and full and clear legends on both sides, a well centered and struck coin, and a lovely one.  There is a hairline flan crack at seven o’clock on the obverse, of no significance to the integrity of the coin.  Asking price:  $120 includes priority shipping and insurance, registered to other countries (see shipping information page)

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Gordian III Antoninianus

Gordian III Antoninianus, Emperor AD 238-244, minted at Rome AD 241-243, RIC 88, RSC 250, Obverse:  radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Gordian III facing right, IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, Reverse:  Apollo seated left, holding a branch in his right hand and leaning with his left arm upon his lyre, PM TR P IIII COS II P P, a very lustrous coin with just a tiny touch of attractive toning, a very nice portrait of Gordian and a detailed Apollo on the reverse, with full and clear legends on both sides, well centered and struck with the only flaw among its otherwise sterling and stellar attributes the touch of verdigris on Gordian’s neck.  Nearly everywhere I see verdigris mentioned on silver coins I read that it is easily removed, and among the coins I’ve bought with that observation I’ve never attempted it!  I’ve never found it a distraction, though here it could be said to be one.  Whether removing it is possible on this coin, I don’t know.  This is one of those coins I think of as an ugly duckling, but a swan otherwise!  Asking price:  $80 includes priority shipping and insurance in the U.S., registered to other countries (see shipping information page)

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Philip I Antoninianus

Philip I Antoninianus, Emperor AD 244-249, struck at Rome AD 247, RIC 38b, RSC 87, 4.18 gms, Obverse:  radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Philip I facing right, IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, Reverse:  Liberalitas standing half-left, her head turned left, holding an abacus in her right hand and cradling a cornucopia in her left arm, LIBERALITAS AVGG II, a very lustrous coin with a wonderful portrait of Philip, a beautiful reverse with much detail, a well struck and centered coin with full and clear legends on both sides, a lovely example indeed and graded Extremely Fine by the numismatist/dealer from whom I purchased it, Asking price:  $195 includes priority shipping and insurance in the U.S., registered to other countries (see shipping information page)

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Gordian III Antoninianus

Gordian III Antoninianus, Emperor AD 238-244, minted at Rome AD 241-243, RIC 92, RSC 253, 3.87 gms, Obverse:  radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Gordian III facing right, IMP GORIDANVS PIVS FEL AVG, Reverse:  Gordian standing right, holding a transverse spear in his right hand and a globe in his left, PM TR P IIII COS II P P, a very lustrous coin well struck and centered with a fabulous and sharp portrait of Gordian, a reverse I think is astounding in its pin-sharp detail, right down to Gordian’s facial features, full and clear legends on both sides, a beautiful  coin graded Extremely Fine by the numismatist/dealer from whom I purchased it, Asking price:  $295 includes priority shipping and insurance in the U.S., registered to other countries (please see shipping information page)

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Probus Antoninianus

Probus Antoninianus, Emperor AD 276-282, struck at Rome, RIC 214, 21.5 mm, 3.77 gms, Obverse:  radiate, helmeted, and cuirassed bust of Probus facing left, holding a spear over his shoulder with his right hand and a shield in his left, IMP PROBVS AVG, Reverse:  Victory advancing left, holding her wreath and a trophy, VICTORIA AVG, R (thunderbolt) Gamma in exergue, an attractive coin with dark toning, a clear portrait and reverse and full and clear legends on both sides, well centered, Asking price:  $42 includes priority shipping and insurance, registered to other countries (see shipping information page)

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Philip I Antoninianus

Philip I Antoninianus, Emperor AD 244-249, minted at Rome AD 244-247, RIC 32, RSC 55, Obverse:  radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Philip I facing right, IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, Reverse:  Fides standing standing half-left, holding a standard in each hand, FIDES MILIT, a very lustrous coin, a fantastic portrait of Philip, detailed Fides and standards on the reverse, a well struck and centered coin with full and clear legends on both sides, an impressive and beautiful example, Asking price:  $165 includes priority shipping and insurance, registered to other countries (see shipping information page)

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