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Philip I Antoninianus

Philip I Antoninianus, Emperor AD 244-249, minted at Rome AD 244, RIC 47, RSC 205, 4.36 gms, Obverse:  radiate and draped bust of Philip I facing right, IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, Reverse:  Salus standing half-left, feeding a serpent rising from an altar from a patera in her right hand, and holding a rudder in her left, SALVS AVG, a very lustrous coin well struck and centered on a broad flan, full/near full circle of beads on both sides, a superb and expressionistic portrait of Philip in high relief, a high relief Salus on the reverse, and full and clear legends on both sides, a very beautiful coin indeed with an especially wonderful portrait of Philip, graded Mint State by the numismatist/dealer from whom I purchased it, Asking price:  $350 includes priority shipping and insurance in the U.S., registered to other countries (see shipping information page)

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Trebonianus Gallus Antoninianus

Trebonianus Gallus Antoninianus, Emperor AD 251-253, minted at Rome, RIC 33, RSC 37, 21.5 mm, 3.94 gms, Obverse:  radiate and draped bust of Trebonianus Gallus facing right, IMP CAE C VIB TREB GALLVS AVG, Reverse:  Felicitas standing half-left, holding a long caduceus in her right hand and cradling a cornucopia in her left arm, FELICITAS PVBLICA, a very lustrous coin very well struck and centered with a nothing less than a truly superb and sharp portrait of Gallus in high relief, a detailed and sharp Felicitas on the reverse, and full and clear legends on both sides of the coin.  This is a true gem of this issue for Gallus, just gorgeous.  I’m itching to grade it despite my own rule not to give a grade unless the dealer from whom I purchased the coin grades it.  This coin is very scarce to rare for Gallus, and especially so when in this nice a condition.  Again, a superlative portrait of Gallus, enhanced by a very regal and elegant flare of his nostril.  My photography does not do full justice to this coin.  Asking price:  $475 includes priority shipping and insurance in the U.S., registered to other countries (please see shipping information page)

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Gordian III Antoninianus

Gordian III Antoninianus, Emperor AD 238-244, struck at Rome AD 242, RIC 92, RSC 253,  22.2 x 22.3 mm, 4.52 gms, Obverse:  radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Gordian III facing right, IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, Reverse:  Gordian standing right in military attire, holding a spear and a globe, PM TR P IIII COS II P P, a very (very) lustrous coin well struck and centered (exceptionally so) with a full ring of beads on both sides giving it a medallic-like strike, a superb portrait of Gordian and an exquisitely detailed emperor and devices on the reverse, full and clear legends on both sides, graded Good XF by the numismatist/dealer from whom I purchased it, an impressive and exceptional example of this issue indeed, Asking price:  $395 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, RIC 95, RSC 404, Obverse:  radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Gordian III facing right, IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, Reverse:  Hercules standing right, his right hand on his club which is set on a rock, and his patented lion’s skin beside the club/draped over his forearm, VIRTVTI AVGVSTI, a lustrous coin with just the tiniest touch of attractive toning, a wonderful portrait of Gordian with some wear to its highest points but nevertheless clear and sharp, a detailed Hercules with a full face amply bearded, full and clear legends on both sides, a well centered and stuck and attractive coin, Asking price:  $80 includes priority shipping and insurance in the U.S., registered to other countries (please see shipping information page)

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Philip I Antoninianus

Philip I Antoninianus, Emperor AD 244-249, minted at Rome, RIC 36b, RSC 80, Obverse:  radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Philip I facing right, IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, Reverse:  Laetitia standing left, holding a wreath in her right hand and steadying a rudder with her left, LAETIT FVNDAT, a very lustrous coin well centered and struck, a superb stern faced and wonderfully-nosed portrait of Philip, a detailed Laetitia on the reverse, full and clear legends on both sides, for accuracy’s sake a few small spots of verdigris are noted on the reverse, which to me are no detraction from a very lovely coin, Asking price:  $120 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 244-247, RIC 49b, RSC 227, Obverse:  radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Philip I facing right, IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, Reverse:  Victory advancing right, holding a wreath in her right hand and a palm branch over her shoulder with her left, VICTORIA AVG, a very lustrous coin with a tiny touch of attractive toning, an ugly duckling coin if ever I saw one with a nevertheless great portrait of Philip and a detailed Victory on the reverse and well struck and centered, somehow managing a nearly full beaded circle on its obverse, full and clear legends on both sides, a hairline flan crack is noted for accuracy, though of no significance to the structural integrity of the coin, Asking price:  $92 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, RIC 39, RSC 383,  4.79 gms, Obverse:  radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Gordian III facing right, IMP CAES M ANT GORDIANVS AVG, Reverse:  Virtus standing half-left wearing military attire and a crested helmet, holding a branch in his upraised right hand and a reversed spear in his left arm, his shield resting on the ground against his leg before him, VIRTVS AVG, a very lustrous coin with the tiniest touch of attractive subdued toning, a wonderful and expressive portrait of Gordian, a detailed Virtus on the reverse right down to his beard and facial features, a well centered and sharply struck coin with just a bit of wear to the high points of the portrait, Asking price:  $105 includes priority shipping and insurance in the U.S., registered to other countries (see shipping information page)

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Otacilia Severa Antoninianus

Otacilia Severa Antoninianus, wife of Philip I (Emperor AD 244-249), minted at Rome AD 244-246, RIC 119b, RSC 9,  23mm, 3.8 gms, Obverse:  diademed and draped bust of Otacilia Severa facing right, resting on a crescent, a stephane in her hair, MARCIA OTACIL SEVERA AVG, Reverse:  Concordia seated left, holding a patera in her right hand and cradling two cornucopiae in her left arm, CONCORDIA AVGG, a very lustrous coin with just a tiny hint of attractive toning, a sharp and wonderful portrait of Otacilia, very detailed Concordia on the reverse, full and clear legends on both sides with the exception of the latter part of the long and tight obverse legend not fully struck up, but very legible, a beautiful coin struck on a broad flan with an especially pretty portrait of Otacilia, 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 I Antoninianus

Philip I Antoninianus, Emperor AD 244-249, minted at Rome circa AD 248, RIC 41, RSC 102,  23 mm, 4.4 gms, Obverse:  radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Philip I facing right, IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, Reverse:  Pax advancing left, holding a branch in her upraised right hand and a long transverse scepter in her left arm, PAX AETERN, a very lustrous coin well struck and centered on a large flan, super portrait of Philip and a detailed Pax on the reverse, full and clear legends on both sides, a very beautiful coin, Asking price:  $185 includes priority shipping and insurance in the U.S., registered to other countries (please see shipping information page)

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Aurelian Denarius

Aurelian Denarius, Emperor AD 270-275, struck at Rome AD 275, RIC 73, RSC 257,  19mm, 2.30 gms, Obverse:  laureate and curiassed bust of Aurelian facing right, IMP AVRELIANVS AVG, Reverse:  Victory advancing left, holding her wreath in her upraised right hand and her palm branch in her left arm, a bound captive at her feet in front, A in exergue, VICTORIA AVG, a glossy/lustrous coin well struck and centered with attractive medium toning with some silvering, a superb and sharp portrait of Aurelian, a very sharp and detailed Victory and devices on the reverse, full and clear legends on both sides, a very beautiful coin in its glossiness and detail, a scarce/rare denomination for Aurelian and graded EF by the numismatist/dealer from whom I purchased it, a hairline flan crack at ten o’clock on the obverse is noted for accuracy, but of no significance to the integrity of the coin and no detraction in my opinion, a difficult (for me) coin to photograph because of its gloss and silvering and it’s, indeed, even nicer in hand, an exceptional example from my researches of this issue of Aurelian’s, Asking price:  $295 includes priority shipping and insurance in the U.S., registered to other countries (see shipping information page)

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