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Hadrian Denarius

Hadrian Denarius, Emperor AD 117-138, minted at Rome AD 123, RIC 80, RSC 1120, 3.40 gms, Obverse:  laureate bust of Hadrian facing right, slight drapery on his left shoulder, IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, Reverse:  Aequitas standing half-left, her head turned left, holding her scales in her right hand and cradling a cornucopia in her left arm, PM TR P COS III, a very lustrous coin with just the slightest hint of subdued and even toning, just a touch and very attractive, a superlative and sharp portrait of Hadrian in very high relief, a sharp and detailed Aequitas on the reverse, and full and clear legends on both sides, a well struck coin and well centered (with the exception of the very first letters of the obverse legend and the CO in COS in the reverse legend slightly off the flan), this is one very, very lovely coin. “Every detail in place, not a trace of wear, as good as these get”, thus and so noted, and graded Mint State, by the numismatist/dealer from whom I purchased it (my photography, especially of the reverse, does not do the coin justice), a beauty indeed, Asking price:  $890 includes priority shipping and insurance in the U.S., registered to other countries (see shipping information page)

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Trajan Denarius

Trajan Denarius, Emperor AD 98-117, minted at Rome AD 103-111, RIC 118, RSC 85, 18 mm, 3.1 gms, Obverse:  laureate bust of Trajan facing right, slight drapery on left shoulder, IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC PM TR P, Reverse:  Aequitas standing left, holding her scales with her right hand and cradling a cornucopia in her left arm, COS V PP SPQR OPTIMO PRINC, a very lustrous coin, sharp and bright, with a superb and high relief portrait of Trajan, a sharp and detailed Aequitas on the reverse, and full and clear legends on both sides, a well struck and centered coin that is just beautiful, a real gem in my opinion, Asking price:  $670 includes priority shipping and insurance in the U.S., registered to other countries (please see shipping information page)

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Faustina I Senior Denarius

Faustina I Senior Denarius, wife and empress of Antoninus Pius (Emperor AD 138-161), but Faustina died in AD 141, struck at Rome AD 148-161, RIC 362, RSC 104, 3.36 gms, Obverse:  draped and pearl-diademed bust of Faustina I facing right, DIVA FAVSTINA, Reverse:  Ceres standing facing, her head turned left, holding a long torch in her right hand, her left hand at her side, and with her left arm holding a drapery of her robe from her elbow, AVGVSTA, a beautiful with a capital B coin that is well struck and centered, lustrous with very (very) light toning with areas of very light irridescent green highlights that are very lovely, a superb portrait of the empress, a detailed and sharp Ceres on the reverse, full and clear legends on both sides, graded Superb Extremely Fine by the numismatist/dealer from whom I purchased the coin, a real gem in my opinion, Asking price:  $495 includes priority shipping and insurance in the U.S., registered to other countries (see shipping information page)

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Marcus Aurelius Denarius

Marcus Aurelius Denarius, Emperor AD 161-180, struck AD 170-171, RIC 248, RSC 1031, 18 mm, Obverse:  laureate bust of Marcus Aurelius facing right, IMP M ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXV, Reverse:  Marcus Aurelius veiled as a priest sacrificing with a patera over a lighted tripod altar, the carcass of a bull at his feet, VOT SOL DECENN, COS III in exergue, a lustrous coin with light gray toning, more than decent detail in the portrait and the reverse, Asking price:  $44 includes priority shipping and insurance, registered to other countries (see shipping information page)

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Commodus Denarius

Commodus Denarius, Emperor AD 177-192, struck AD 187-188, RIC 169, RSC 544, 16 mm, Obverse:  laureate bust of Commodus facing right, M COMM ANT P FEL AVG BRIT, Reverse:  Salus seated left, feeding a serpent rising from an altar, PM TR P XIII IMP VIII COS V P P, a lustrous coin with just a touch of attractive toning, a very nice and detailed portrait of Commodus, more than decent detail on the reverse, and the legends on both sides are full and clear, a scarce issue for Commodus according to my researches, Asking price:  $95 includes priority shipping and insurance in the U.S., registered to other countries (see shipping information page)

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Antoninus Pius Denarius

Antoninus Pius Denarius, Emperor AD 138-161, struck AD 154-155, RIC 240, Obverse:  laureate bust of Antoninus Pius facing right, ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XVIII, Reverse:  Fortuna standing right, holding a rudder in her right arm and cradling a cornucopia in her left, COS IIII, a lustrous coin with a touch of attractive toning, a wonderful portrait of Pius and a detailed Fortuna and devices on the reverse with, believe it or not, full and clear legends on both sides, despite its irregular and ugly duckling flan, and actually a swan of a coin with its detail, Asking price:  $75 includes priority shipping and insurance, registered to other countries (see shipping information page)

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Antoninus Pius Denarius

Antoninus Pius Denarius, Emperor AD 138-161, struck AD 152-153, RIC 222, RSC 270, 18 mm, Obverse:  laureate bust of Antoninus Pius facing right, ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XVI, Reverse:  Fortuna standing right, holding a rudder in her right arm that is resting on a globe, and holding a cornucopia in her left, COS IIII, a lustrous coin with a very nice portrait of Pius, a more than decently detailed Fortuna and devices on the reverse, and full and clear legends on both sides, Asking price:  $46 includes priority shipping and insurance in the U.S., registered to other countries (please see shipping information page)

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Antoninus Pius Denarius

Antoninus Pius Denarius, Emperor AD 138-161, RIC 219, RSC 197, 18 mm, Obverse:  laureate bust of Antoninus Pius facing right, ANTONINVS AVG PIVS PP TR P XVI, Reverse:  Vesta standing left, holding a simpulum in her right hand and cradling a palladium in her left arm, COS IIII, a well struck coin on lightly toned silver, lustrous, good detail in high relief on both sides, Asking price:  $59 includes priority shipping and insurance, registered to other countries (please see shipping information page)

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Faustina II (The Younger) Denarius

Faustina II Denarius, wife of Marcus Aurelius (Emperor AD 161-180), minted at Rome AD 161-175, RIC 695, RSC 140, 18 mm, 3.2 gms, Obverse:  diademed bust of Faustina II facing right, her hair gathered in a bun at the top of her neck, wearing a single circlet of pearls, FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, Reverse:  Juno standing half-left, holding a patera in her right hand and a long scepter in her left arm, a peacock at her feet, IVNONI REGINAE, a very lustrous coin with just the barest touch of attractive toning, an excellent and very (!) bold and sharp portrait of the empress, detailed Juno on the reverse and full and clear legends on both sides, the EG in REGINAE slightly off the flan on the reverse, a lovely coin with an especially fetching portrait, and an exceptional example of this issue of Faustina’s, Asking price:  $365 includes priority shipping and insurance, registered to other countries (please see shipping information page)

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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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