Caracalla, AD 198-217, AR Denarius, Rome AD 212. Obverse. Laureate head of Caracalla facing to right. Reverse. Serapis standing to left, polos on head, holding a transverse sceptre with right arm raised. Good Extremely Fine, old cabinet tone, well centred and fully struck up. A very pleasing coin. (RIC 193-4)
Caracalla, AD 198-217. AR Denarius Rome AD 202. Obverse. Laureate draped and cuirassed bust of Caracalla facing to right, juvenile portrait. Reverse, VOT SVSC DEC PON TR P V COS, Caracalla, togate standing to left holding a patera and sacrificing over a lighted altar. Good Very Fine+, flan cracks at top and bottom. (Sear 6908)
Born of humble origin around A.D. 245 in Dalmatia near Split, Diocletian bought order to the Roman world after nearly 60 years of chaos. Like many of his predecessors, he had a military career, rising through the ranks to high command. Following the murder of the emperor Numerian, Diocletian was proclaimed emperor by his troops. Then the defeat of Carinus (brother of Numerian) left Diocletian in undisputed control of the Empire. Having realised the empire was too big for one person alone he quickly appointed an old army colleague, Maximian, as co-emperor. He also settled the problem of succession by the appointment of two junior Caesars, one for himself and Maximian. Diocletian spent much of his reign campaigning against Rome’s enemies on the Danube frontier, in North Africa, Egypt and Syria. Although there were Christians at all levels of society at this time, Diocletian worshipped the old Roman gods and was responsible for A savage persecution of Christians. Diocletian was a prolific builder and did much to overhaul the tax system and reform the coinage in an attempt to counter inflation. He abdicated in A.D. 305 and retired to his palace in Split. He died there in A.D. 311 a broken man, having watched his reforms trampled to death by the likes of Constantine the Great and Licinius. The coins we offer here are Billon Antoninianus in Extremely Fine condition with various reverses
Commodus, AD177-192, AR Denarius, Rome AD 192. Obverse. Laureate head of Commodus facing to right. Reverse. P M TR P XVII IMP COS VII P P. Fides standing to left holding a branch (?) and Cornucopiae, star in field to left. Good Very Fine (Sear 5684 var.)
Constantius II. A.D. 337-361. Arles - A.D. 357-361. AR Siliqua. Diademed, draped & cuirassed bust right / 'VOTIS XXX MVLTIS XXXX' in four lines within wreath; 'P CON' in ex. About Extremely Fine & Scarce. With this coin the emperor is celebrating his 30th anniversary & hoping for a 40th.
Fausinia Senior, Wife Of Antoninus Pius. AR Denarius, Rome AD 143. Issued by Antoninus Pius in honour of his deified wife who died in AD 141. Obv. DIVA FAVSTINA draped bust right. Rev. AETERNITAS, Aeternitas standing holding globe and sceptre. Very Fine (Sear 4575, RIC 350a)
Gallienus. A.D. 253-268. Roman Egypt - A.D. 265. Billon Tetradrachm. Laureate head right / Tyche seated left holding rudder & cornucopiae; palm behind. Extremely Fine & Rare in this grade. Roman Egyptian coins don't get much better than this.
Macrinus, AD 217-218, AR Denarius, Rome AD 217. Obverse. Laureate and cuirassed bust of Macrinus facing to right. Reverse: SECVRITAS TEMPORVM, Securitas standing facing to left holding a sceptre and leaning on a column [Sear 7365] Extremely Fine and Scarce.
Nero (A.D. 54-68) is one of the most famous Roman Emperors. His mother married Claudius (A.D. 41-54) and manoeuvred Nero as his successor. He was under better influences at the start of his reign but as he managed to rid himself of these he devolved into the tyrant famous today! Eventually, after repeated revolts, Nero committed suicide but legends of his survival persisted for hundreds of years! We offer a billon silver Tetradrachm of Nero from Alexandria in Egypt, there are various reverses which will come described on the ticket with each coin. They grade Good Fine meaning they have circulated but you can see the design. A famous and Scarce emperor’s coin from Egypt, an unusual province; this bargain will sell fast!
Philip I, AD 244-249, AR Antoninianus, Rome AD 245. Radiate draped and cuirassed bust of Philip I facing to right. Reverse. LIBERALITAS, Liberalitas standing to left holding an abacus and Cornucopiae. Extremely Fine (Sear 8937)
In A.D. 208 Septimius Severus set off for Britannia to conquer the island but he would never see Rome again! The people and the landscape of Caledonia (Scotland) proved too much and Septimius Severus, exhausted by his efforts, fell ill and died in York in early A.D. 211. His dying words to his sons were ‘stay friends, be generous to the soldiers and no one else matters’. In his reign he had increased a soldiers pay from 375 to 500 silver Denari a year, a good wage in those days! This meant he created over 1000 different denarius reverse types. We offer you these silver Denari with the head of Septimius Severus on the obverse and various reverses from the Roman Emperor who died in York. Offered here in Fine grading.
Septimius Severus was Roman Emperor from AD 193-211. In AD 208 he travelled to Britain to strengthen Hadrian’s Wall and went on to invade Scotland that same year but his plans were cut short when he became ill and died in York in AD 211. We have a few silver denarius in Very Fine Condition minted during his reign. There are different types but all have his portrait on the obverse, and usually a standing or seated figure on the reverse. PHOTOGRAPH IS REPRESENTATIVE OF COIN SUPPLIED.
Septimius Severus. A.D. 193-211. AR Denarius, Rome - A.D. 201. Obverse: Laureate head right,.Rev. 'FVNDATOR PACIS' Severus togate standing left holding branch and scroll. Good Very Fine, ragged edges (Sear 6282, RIC 265)
Severus Alexander, AD 222-235. AR Denarius, Rome AD 227. Obverse. Laureate bust of Severus Alexander facing to right. Reverse. PM TR P VI COS II P P. Pax advancing to left holding an olive branch and a sceptre. Near Extremely Fine, excellent portrait on a wide flan. (Sear 7904, RIC 67)
Severus Alexander. A.D. 222-235. Alexandria, Roman Egypt - A.D. 228. Billon Tetradrachm. Laureate bust right / Helmeted bust of Athena Parthenos right. Good Very Fine & Scarce. This has particularly refined detail for Egyptian coins, pleasing bust of Athena.
Trajan Decius' (A.D. 249-251) 'Divi' series commemorating past emperors. Augustus. 27 B.C. - A.D. 14. Rome - A.D. 251. AR Ant. Radiate head of Augustus right / 'CONSECRATIO' Altar-enclosure with flames atop. Very Fine & Rare. Very interesting series of 11 that are hard to find, the choices of who were honoured are very curious by modern standards.
Trajan has one of the best legacies, ancient or modern, of any Roman emperor! When later emperors were sworn in it was wished they be ‘luckier than Augustus and better than Trajan’. He literally set the bar for what the Romans saw as a good ruler. Today he is one of the ‘Five Good Emperors’. Trajan was born in A.D. 53 at Italica, in Spain, his father had been a consul and governor of Syria. Trajan rose quickly and because he was so popular, importantly with the army, he was adopted in A.D. 97 by the reigning emperor Nerva. Following the death of Nerva the next year, Trajan became emperor. His 19 year reign saw three major conflicts which led to the territory of the Roman Empire being increased to its greatest size. Within the Empire Trajan was a great builder, to name a few projects: the Forum Traiani, Trajan’s Market, an amphitheatre for sea battles and a new harbour at Ostia. He also established a number of Colonies for retired soldiers and in Italy set up a charity to help orphans and poor children called the Alimentia, shown on one of his rare coins. His most famous and lasting monument is perhaps Trajan’s Column which can still be seen in Rome. When he died he was buried beneath it with Hadrian becoming emperor. We have not been able to offer a group of Trajan’s coins for many years, especially his silver Denarius! They are becoming increasingly hard to find, as he is such a popular emperor, but with much searching and persistence we are able to offer them to you here at a Fine grade with various reverses.
Pearl-diademed, draped & cuirassed bust right / 'VOT / X / MVL / XX' in four lines; all within wreath; 'ANT' in ex. Flan crack, About Extremely Fine & Scarce. Valens was annihilated by the Goths at Hadrianopolis.