Monthly Archives: August 2010

Caracalla Denarius

Caracalla Denarius, Emperor AD 198-217, minted at Rome AD 213, RIC 206a, RSC 220, 19.5 mm, 3.2 gms, Obverse:  laureate bust of Caracalla facing right, ANTONINVS PIVS AVG BRIT, Reverse:  Hercules standing half-left, holding a branch in his right hand and his club and lionskin in his left, PM TR P XVI COS IIII PP, a very lustrous coin well struck and centered with a sharp and stern portrait of Caracalla and a detailed Hercules on the reverse, with full and clear legends on both sides, graded EF by the numismatist/dealer from whom I purchased it, a beautiful coin with an especially terrific reverse with facial features very evident (and not just on Hercules:  that lion has a clearly ironic look on his face), little (if any, I don’t think so) wear on both obverse and reverse, Asking price:  $285 includes priority shipping and insurance in the U.S., registered to other countries (see shipping information page)

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Philip II Antoninianus

Philip II Antoninianus, Caesar AD 244-247, Emperor AD 247-249, struck at Rome as Caesar AD 244-246, RIC 218d, RSC 48, 21.85 mm, 4.46 gms, Obverse:  radiate and draped bust of Philip II facing right, M IVL PHILIPPVS CAES, Reverse:  Philip standing half-left, a globe resting in his right palm and holding an inverted spear in his left arm, PRINCIPI IVVENT, a well struck and centered coin that is just pin sharp, a very lustrous coin graded Uncirculated by the numismatist/dealer from whom I purchased it with a wonderful portrait of Philip and a detailed caesar on the reverse, full and clear legends on both sides, a lovely, lovely coin, Asking price:  $275 includes priority shipping and insurance in the U.S., registered to other countires (please see shipping information page)

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Gordian III Antoninianus

Gordian III Antoninianus, Emperor AD 238-244, struck at Rome AD 238-239, RIC 4, RSC 302, 4.69 gms, Obverse: radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Gordian III facing right, IMP CAES M ANT GORDIANVS AVG, Reverse: Providentia standing facing, her head turned left, holding a globe in her upright right palm and a transverse scepter in her left arm, PROVIDENTIA AVG, a just plain beautiful coin well struck and centered on a nice round flan with a fantastic portrait of Gordian and a sharp and detailed Providentia on the reverse, full and clear legends on both sides, a lovely example of this early issue with Gordian featuring facial characteristics of his unlucky predecessor Balbinus, graded Good Extremely Fine by the numismatist/dealer from whom I purchased it. Note: the “marks”, and I put that in quotes purposely, on Gordian’s cheek need you to twist and turn the coin in bright lamplight to even make out. They are miniscule and of insignificant, if any, depth, and are not detractors in my opinion. I saw them in the dealer’s photos before I purchased the coin, and an email from him told me what I just told you, and my own examination in hand even in bright sunlight confirms it. A lovely coin indeed. Asking price: $365 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, minted at Rome AD 248, RIC 15, RSC 178, 4.83 gms, Obverse:  radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Philip I facing right, IMP PHILIPPVS AVG, Reverse:  She-wolf standing left, suckling the twins Romulus and Remus, SAECVLARES AVGG, II in exergue, a very lustrous coin that is well centered and struck with a wonderful portrait of Philip, a detailed lupa and twins, and full and clear legends on boths sides, a scarce issue for Philip that commemorates the thousandth anniversary of the founding of Rome, a very beautiful coin indeed, Asking price:  $485 includes priority shipping and insurance, registered to other countries (see shipping information page)

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Philip II Antoninianus

Philip II Antoninianus, Caesar AD 244-247, Emperor AD 247-249, struck at Rome as Caesar AD 244-246, RIC 218d, RSC 48, 4.41 gms, Obverse:  radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Philip II facing right, M IVL PHILIPPVS CAES, Reverse:  Philip, wearing military attire, standing facing, his head turned left, holding a globe in his upright right palm and an inverted spear in his left arm, PRINCIPI IVVENT, a well struck and centered coin that is pin sharp, lovely, and very lustrous with a superb portrait of this young son of Philip I, a detailed caesar on the reverse, and full and clear legends on both sides, a real beauty of a coin and graded Extremely Fine by the numismatist/dealer from whom I purchased it, Asking price:  $240 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 Antioch AD 238-239, RIC 202, RSC 357, 24 mm, 4.23 gms, Obverse:  radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Gordian III facing right, IMP CAES M ANT GORDIANVS AVG, Reverse:  Victory advancing left, holding her wreath in her right hand and her palm branch in her left arm, VICTORIA AVG, a well struck and centered coin on a large flan that is very lustrous, with a fantastic with a capital F portrait of Gordian with early emission features of the recently departed Balbinus, a sharply detailed Victory on the reverse, and full and clear legends on both sides, a very sharp and beautiful coin on an impressively large flan that I would term almost medallic in its visual effect, graded Extremely Fine by the numismatist/dealer from whom I purchased it and well deserving of the grade (and this was back when Extremely Fine denoted a superlative coin!), Asking price:  $485 includes priority shipping and insurance in the U.S., registered to other countries (see shipping information page)

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Julia Maesa Denarius

Julia Maesa Denarius, sister of Julia Domna (the wife of Septimius Severus) and grandmother of the emperors Elagabalus and Severus Alexander, struck AD 219 at Rome, RIC 254, RSC 16, 20 mm, 3.67 gms, Obverse:  draped bust of Julia Maesa facing right, IVLIA MAESA AVG, Reverse:  Juno standing half-left, holding a patera in her right hand and a long vertical scepter in her left arm, IVNO, a very lustrous coin well struck and centered with very light attractive toning, an absolutely superb, sharp, and BOLD (!) portrait of this empress who played a large role in her grandsons’ futures, a very detailed Juno on the reverse, and full and clear legends on both sides, a very lovely coin struck on a large flan and again, what a detailed and bold portrait, Asking price:  $315 includes priority shipping and insurance in the U.S., registered to other countries (see shipping information page)

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Macrinus Denarius

Macrinus Denarius, Emperor AD 217-218, minted at Rome, RIC 19, RSC 56, 21 mm, 3.62 gms, Obverse:  laureate and cuirassed bust of Macrinus facing right, IMP C M OPEL SEV MACRINVS AVG, Reverse:  Annona seated left, holding grain ears in her right hand over a modius and cradling a cornucopia in her left arm, PONTIF MAX TR P COS PP, a very lustrous coin well struck and centered with very, very light attractive toning, a wonderful and sharp portrait of Macrinus, a detailed Annona and devices on the reverse, and full and clear inscriptions on both sides, a very, very attractive coin struck on a large flan, and a scarce issue for Macrinus, Asking price:  $395 includes priority shipping and insurance in the U.S., registered to other countries (please see shipping information page)

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Caracalla Antoninianus

Caracalla Antoninianus, Emperor AD 198-217, struck at Rome AD 215-217, RIC 311c, RSC 608, 22 mm, 5.43 gms, Obverse:  radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Caracalla facing right, ANTONINVS PIVS AVG GERM, Reverse:  Venus standing half-left, her head turned left, holding Victory in her upright right palm and cradling a long transverse scepter in her left arm, her left elbow resting on a shield which is resting on a helmet at her foot, VENVS VICTRIX, a very lustrous coin, shimmeringly so, with a portrait of exquisite detail of Caracalla, a sharp and detailed Venus and devices on the reverse, and full and clear legends on both sides, a nothing less than gorgeous coin that is well struck and centered, graded Mint EF by the numismatist/dealer from whom I purchased it, Asking price:  $695 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 247-249, RIC 58, RSC 17, 3.8 gms, Obverse:  radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Philip I facing right, IMP PHILIPPVS AVG, Reverse:  Elephant walking left, guided by a rider holding a goad and a wand, AETERNITAS AVGG, a very lustrous coin well centered and struck with a wonderful portrait of Philip, a sharp and detailed elephant and driver in especially high relief, full and clear legends on both sides, a really beautiful coin indeed that is graded Extremely Fine by the numismatist/dealer from whom I purchased it, and aside from the well struck portrait, a much better struck reverse than most by far I’ve seen of this issue with a fine piece of pachyderm from tusk to tail, a scarce issue for Philip, Asking price:  $675 includes priority shipping and insurance in the U.S., registered to other countries (see shipping information page)

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