I had a really good look at our website and decided that there were not enough coins for our online collectors. To be honest, all ancient coins have been selling quite well since the pandemic started, and with the shop now open and visitors to the British Museum back again, I've had to allocate more coins to the shop. That's why the ancient coin uploads have not been as regular as I would like them to be.
But I know that many of you because of Covid regulations or simply due to the distance between us will not be able to visit our shop any time soon, and it would be unfair for you to miss out on our coins, just because you cannot come and visit. So the coins that follow are for you.
Antoninus Pius. A.D. 138-161. Rome - A.D. 153. Æ Sestertius. Laureate head right / 'COS IIII' Salus standing left, holding sceptre and feeding arising from altar, 'S-C' in fields. Extremely Fine and scarce in this grade with a pleasing patina and wonderful bold portrait.
Persia, Achaemenid Empire. Darius II. Ca. 423-404 B.C. AR Siglos. Persian king kneeling holding bow & spear / Incuse punch. Very Fine & Scarce archaic issue. He took advantage of the Peloponnesian War between Sparta and Athens to play both sides, ultimately choosing to fund Sparta who won.
Galba. A.D. 68-69. Rome - October A.D. 69. Æ Sestertius. Laureate head right / 'LIBERTAS PVBLICA' Libertas standing left, holding pileus & Vindicta. About Very Fine & Rare. Well centred with an expressive frowning portrait. Libertas represents Galba liberating the Roman people from Nero's tyranny.
Gallienus. A.D. 253-268. Antioch - A.D. 267. Silvered Æ Ant. Radiate bust right / 'SOLI INVICTO' Sol standing facing, head left, with arm raised & holding globe. Silvered, Good Extremely Fine & Scarce. One of very few types that depict Sol wearing any clothes.
Marius, Billon Antoninianus. Obverse: Radiate draped and cuirassed bust of Marius facing to right. Reverse: SAEC FELICITAS, Felicitas standing left holding caduceus and cornucopiae. About Extremely Fine for issue, slightly ragged edges but a very rare emperor. [Sear 11120]