Monthly Archives: February 2011

Maximus Denarius

Maximus Denarius, son of Maximinus (Emperor AD 235-238) and Caesar under him AD 235-238, struck as Caesar at Rome AD 236, RIC 1, RSC 1,  19 mm, 3.3 gms, Obverse:  bare-headed and draped bust of Maximus facing right, IVL VERVS MAXIMVS CAES, Reverse:  Roman sacrificial implements, from left to right:  lituus (curved wand, like a crozier), secespita (knife), capis (jug, pitcher, water vessel), simpulum (large spoon, ladle), and aspergillum (whisk, sprinkler), PIETAS AVG, a very lustrous coin with just the tiniest, tiniest touch of attractive and very subtle lovely golden toning, a fabulous, sharp, and expressive portrait of Maximus in high relief, superlatively detailed reverse with the implements as sharply struck and detailed as I’ve ever seen, full and clear legends on both sides, a beautiful coin indeed well struck and centered and graded EF by the numismatist/dealer from whom I purchased it, Asking price:  $1,390 includes priority shipping and insurance in the U.S., registered to other countries (see shipping information page)

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Caracalla Antoninianus

Caracalla Antoninianus, Emperor AD 198-217, minted at Rome AD 215, RIC 264c, RSC 287,  4.74 gms, Obverse:  radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Caracalla facing right, ANTONINVS PIVS AVG GERM, Reverse:  Sol standing half-right, his head turned left, raising his right hand in the air and holding a globe in his upraised left palm, P M TR P XVIII COS IIII P P, a very lustrous coin with just the tiniest, tiniest touch of attractive gray toning, a superlative portrait of Caracalla with a stern though not his usual scowling visage, with just a touch of wear to the high point of the portrait, a very detailed Sol on the reverse, and full and clear legends on both sides, a beautiful coin indeed that is well struck and centered and represents the first year of this issue for Caracalla, Asking price:  $565 includes priority shipping and insurance in the U.S., registered to other countries (please see shipping information page)

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Macrinus Denarius

Macrinus Denarius, Emperor AD 217-218, minted at Rome AD 218, RIC 26, RSC 47a, 19mm, 3.23 gms, Obverse:  laureate and draped bust of Macrinus facing right, IMP C M OPEL SEV MACRINVS AVG, Reverse:  Annona standing half-left, holding grain ears in her right hand over a modius and cradling a cornucopia in her left arm, PM TR P II COS P P, a very lustrous coin well struck and centered with a nothing short of a wonderful and sharp portrait of Macrinus in high relief, a sharp and detailed Annona and devices on the reverse, and full and clear legends on both sides, a very beautiful coin indeed with an impressive portrait and a bold Annona, Asking price:  $795 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, minted at Rome AD 215-217, RIC 311c, RSC 608a, 23 mm, 4.37 gms, Obverse:  radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Caracalla facing right, ANTONINVS PIVS AVG GERM, Reverse:  Venus standing half-left, her head turned left, resting Victory in her outstretched right palm before her and holding a long scepter in her left arm which is resting on a shield set upon a helmet on the ground behind her, VENVS VICTRIX, a very lustrous coin well centered and struck with nearly full circles on both sides, a superlative portrait of Caracalla in high relief and a detailed Venus and devices on the reverse with full and clear legends on both sides, a gorgeous coin struck on a broad flan and graded Superb EF by the numismatist/dealer from whom I purchased it and a scarce issue from my researches, Asking price:  $695 includes priority shipping and insurance in the U.S., registered to other countries (please see shipping information page)

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Julia Maesa Antoninianus

Julia Maesa Antoninianus, grandmother of the emperors Elagabalus (Emperor AD 218-222) and Severus Alexander (Emperor AD 222-235), minted circa AD 218-219, RIC 264 (R), RSC 30, 23 mm, 4.7 gms, Obverse:  diademed and draped bust of Julia Maesa facing right, resting on a crescent, IVLIA MAESA AVG, Reverse:  Pietas standing left, holding her extended right hand over a lighted altar and cradling a box of incense in her left arm, PIETAS AVG, a very lustrous coin very well struck and centered on a broad and heavy flan, sharp, superb and superbly nosed portrait of Julia on the obverse in high relief, very detailed Pietas and devices on the reverse, full and clear legends on both sides, a beautiful and impressive coin, and a scarce issue from my researches, Asking price:  $725 includes priority shipping and insurance in the U.S., registered to other countries (see shipping information page)

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Orbiana Denarius

Orbiana Denarius, wife of Severus Alexander (Emperor AD 222-235), minted at Rome circa AD 226, RIC 319, RSC 1,  3.37 gms, Obverse:  draped bust of Orbiana facing right, wearing a stephane in her hair, SALL BARBIA ORBIANA AVG, Reverse:  Concordia seated left, holding a patera in her outstretched right hand and cradling two cornucopiae in her left arm, CONCORDIA AVGG, very lustrous coin with just the tiniest touch of attractive toning, a fetching and pretty portrait of Orbiana in very (very!) high relief, detailed Concordia on the reverse, and full and clear legends on both sides, just a jewel of an example of the denarius of this beautiful and ill-fated empress, graded Mint State by the numismatist/dealer from whom I purchased it, and a real gem with one of the cutest portraits of Orbiana I’ve ever seen, but that’s my opinion, Asking price:  $1,450 includes priority shipping and insurance in the U.S., registered to other countries (see shipping information page) 

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Balbinus Antoninianus

Balbinus Antoninianus, Emperor AD 238, minted at Rome, RIC 12, RSC 17,  22.26 mm, 5.02 gms, Obverse:  radiate and draped bust of Balbinus facing right, IMP CAES D CAEL BALBINVS AVG, Reverse:  Clasped hands, PIETAS MVTVA AVGG, a very lustrous coin well centered and struck with a superb and high relief portrait of Balbinus, detailed hands on the reverse, full and clear legends on both sides, graded Extremely Fine by the numismatist/dealer from whom I purchased it and a very beautiful and impressive coin on a large flan with almost full circles on both sides, Asking price:  $1,215 includes priority shipping and insurance in the U.S., registered to other countries (see shipping information page)

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Aurelian Antoninianus

Aurelian Antoninianus, Emperor AD 270-275, minted at Rome, or is it Serdica?  Rome:  RIC 62 (with P in exergue), RSC 154.  Serdica:  RIC 279 (with P in exergue), RSC 145.  23.11 mm, 4.09 gms, Obverse:  radiate and cuirassed bust of Aurelian facing right, IMP AVRELIANVS AVG, Reverse:  Sol standing left rasing his right hand and holding a globe in his left palm behind him, two captives at his feet, one of whom he is treading upon, ORIENS AVG, P in exergue, a gorgeous coin graded Mint State by the numismatist/dealer from whom I purchased it, with full silvering that is toned and lovely, a superlative portrait of Aurelian, detailed Sol and devices on the reverse, and full and clear legends on both sides, full circles on both sides and perfectly struck with the exception of the G in AVG on the reverse not quite fully struck up, a real beauty indeed, Asking price:  $375 includes priority shipping and insurance in the U.S., registered to other countries (see shipping information page)

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Caracalla Denarius

Caracalla Denarius, Emperor AD 198-217, minted at Rome AD 206-207, RIC 170, RSC 622,  2.69 gms, Obverse:  laureate bust of Caracalla facing right, ANTONINVS PIVS AVG, Reverse:  Victory in a biga right, holding the reins and a whip, VICTORIAE above, AVGG below, a very lustrous coin well centered and struck with a superlative portrait in high relief of Caracalla, more clementine and reflective that we are used to seeing him, a detailed Victory and biga on the reverse which captures the movement of the galloping horses in wonderful detail, full and clear legends on both sides, a very scarce/rare issue for Caracalla graded Near Mint State by the numismatist/dealer from whom I purchased it, a gorgeous coin, Asking price:  $785 includes priority shipping and insurance in the U.S., registered to other countries (see shipping information page)

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