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 Posted 12/18/2017  4:22 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Finn235 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Too much to upload all at once, so I hope the mods won't be upset if I post in a few batches over the next couple of weeks.

All coins are sourced either from major auction houses, or are recently upgraded pieces from my personal collection. All coins carry a lifetime guarantee of authenticity!

All prices are flexible - feel free to make an offer!

Part 1 - Some recent upgrades and lot bycatch

1. $25
Antoninus Pius 138-161
AR Denarius
Rev: Winged thunderbolt, PROVIDENTIAE DEORVM
A very popular and scarce type!


2. $18
Faustina I, wife of Antoninus Pius
Posthumous AR Denarius
Rev: Ceres raising right hand and holding torch, AVGVSTA


3. $25
Marcus Aurelius, 161-180
AR Denarius
Rev: Aequitas seated, holding scales and cornucopiae; TR P XXIII IMP V COS III
There are some flan issues, but the coin is sturdy. This is just about the nicest Marcus Aurelius portrait that can be found at this price point, which is why I bought it!



4. $30
Philip I "The Arab" 244-249
AR Antoninianus (double denarius)
Rev: Annona standing with wheat-ears over Modius (a type of container used to ration flour)
This one is "good" (about 40%) silver, but it picked up a golden honey tone while shipping from Europe. A nice respectable Philip I coin with a strong portrait, clear lettering, and a good reverse type. This coin was a piece of propaganda to reassure the people of Rome that their grain supply was safe, despite the riots in Egypt over increasing taxes.


5. $25
Herennia Etruscilla, wife of Trajan Decius (249-251)
Rev: Pudicitia (modesty) standing, raising veil
This one is in nearly mint state with a superb portrait for this empress, but as was becoming common at the time, the reverse die was used several times longer than it should have been, resulting in a mushy, indistinct image. This is an excellent budget coin for a portrait collection, or a good hole filler for a scarce empress.



6. $45
Trebonianus Gallus, 251-253
Billon Antoninianus (~20% silver)
Rev: Annona AVGG
This coin is very scarce from a scarce emperor! Trebonianus Gallus ruled with his son Volusian for just two years, wrecked Rome's economy, allowed the Sassanian empire and barbarians to walk all over them, and were killed for it. This coin is not even listed on Wildwinds.com, and has a strong portrait to boot! Practically giving this one away.



7. $28
Volusian, son of Trebonianus Gallus
BI Antoninianus
Rev: Genius (of the senate?) standing with branch and scepter, P M TR P IIII COS II
Like his father, Volusian is a scarce emperor, and although somewhat corroded, this example has some very nice detail, especially in the face of the reverse figure.


8. $5
Gallienus, 253-268
AE Antoninianus
Rev: Stag standing left, DIANAE CONS AVG
The reverse has seen much better days, but this has a respectable portrait. Nice coin as a starter. Called the "zoo series" this coin was part of a large special issue minted to invoke the protection of the gods against the barbarians; in this case Diana, goddess of the hunt.


9. $5
Gallienus
BI Antoninianus (10% silver or less)
Rev: Laetitia standing with wreath (or purse?) and anchor
This one looks a little nicer in hand. These were the final "silver" issues of the antoninianus, before silver content dipped low enough for the coins to appear bronze.


10. $5
Gallienus
BI Antoninianus
Rev: VIRTVS AVG, soldier standing with shield and spear
As above, this one looks okay in hand with a decent obverse, but indistinct reverse.


11. $5
Salonina, Wife of Gallienus
AE Antoninianus
Head right on crescent
Rev: Juno standing left with patera and scepter, IVNO REGINA
This one is pretty rough, but the portrait, reverse and legends are all discernable.



12. $10
Salonina, Wife of Gallienus
AE Antoninianus
Head right on crescent
Rev: Juno standing left with patera and scepter, IVNO REGINA
Marked improvement over the above, this one is much nicer in hand with a glossy greyish-black patina


13. $25
Severina, Wife of Aurelian (270-275), Ruled alone briefly in 275
AE Antoninianus
Head right on crescent
Rev: CONCORDIA AVGG, Aurelian and Severina clasping hands. Mintmark GXXIR
Severina seems to be unique among all of the women of ancient Rome. While Roman empresses ranged from the power behind the throne to meek figures in the shadow of their husbands, Severina openly shared power with her husband Aurelian, demonstrated by the plural AVGG on this coin - normally designating the rule of joint emperors, not Augustus & Augusta. Aurelian was assassinated in 275 by a disgruntled soldier, and while Roman sources hint at an "interregnum" of several months before the Senate elected Tacitus, numismatic evidence suggests that Severina attempted to maintain her position by herself. Despite her illustrious husband, Severina is not known to history outside of her coins; perhaps indicating that her stand-off warranted an order to erase her from all records.



14. $40
Tacitus, c. October 275 - June 276
AE Antoninianus
Radiate, draped bust right
Rev: CONSERVAT MILIT, Mars presenting globe to Tacitus
Tacitus was the first Emperor to be elected by the Senate since the elevation of Pupienus and Balbinus in 238, and was the last person ever elected to that position by the Senate. He was an elderly career politician, active since the Severan period (Born in 199 or 200, he and his brother were the last emperors to have been born before the Crisis) and was universally respected. He campaigned successfully against the barbarians for several months, but then fell ill, went off-the-rails crazy, and died, having reigned only 9 months.
Despite some surface corrosion, this is a beautifully patinated coin, glossy and lustrous in hand with patches of the original silver plating behind the bust.




15.$75
Florian, c.July - September 276
AE Antoninianus
Rev: CONCORDIAE MILITVM, Emperor receiving wreath from Victory
Florian is one of the toughest Roman emperors to collect, due to his extremely short reign. He had just succeeded his brother Tacitus to the throne, when he received news that Probus had declared himself emperor in the East. Florian Marched to meet the usurper, was defeated in several key battles, and was killed, having ruled 88 days. All of his coins are rare.



16. $15
Probus, 276 - 282
AE Antoninianus
Radiate bust left in swag suit Imperial mantle, holding eagle-tipped scepter
ROMAE AETER, Statue of Roma in temple, RV-Delta beneath
Florian was deposed by Probus in 276, who was the first emperor since Decius to get on top of the Barbarian raids and begin reconstruction. His soldiers did not like being made to lay roads and build fortifications, so they mutinied and killed him. This coin has some corrosion, but looks nicer in hand, a nice glossy charcoal color.



17. $30
Carinus, 283-285
AE Antoninianus
Radiate bust right
AEQVITAS AVGG, Aequitas standing with scales and cornucopiae, mintmark KHZ
Probus was replaced by Carus, who died after a short but successful rule, succeeded by his sons Carinus and Numerian. Numerian also died of illness and Carinus found himself at odds with the new claimant, Diocletian. Diocletian kicked off a civil war and begun a smear campaign, which is the only surviving record of this emperor whose own records were destroyed. Per Diocletian, Carinus was a tyrant and a womanizer, marrying nine women in less than a year.




18. $15
Fausta, wife of Constantine the Great (died 326)
AE3 Follis
FLAV MAX FAVSTA AVG, Bust right
Rev: SPES REIPVLICAE (Hope of the Republic), Fausta standing, holding infants Constantine II and Constantius II, mintmark SMTSB, Thessalonica
One of the more colorful of the Roman empresses, Fausta's marriage to the much older Constantine was a political one, orchestrated by her father Maximian to cement the fractured Tetrarchy back together. Constantine had an older son, Crispus, by a woman named Minervina, and continued to groom him as his successor. Sometime around 325 or 326, Fausta seems to have gone full evil stepmother on Crispus, although the details were erased from history. The leading theory is that she told her husband that Crispus (who was not much younger than herself) had made unwanted advances on her--Constantine was spurred into a rage and executed his son on charges of incest. Not long after, Constantine seems to have realized what had transpired, and ordered his wife killed, then ordered her memory erased from history. Her biological children would go on to become the later Constantinian dynasty - three emperors and at least two empresses.



That's all for now! I'll try to update on a somewhat rolling basis. You can look forward to:
- High grade (XF-BU) Roman denarii of Trajan, Hadrian, Aurelius, Faustina II, Maximinus Thrax, Severus Alexander, and Gordian III
- Medium to high grade Greek silver and bronze, ranging from about 525 BC until the 1st century BC
- High grade antoninianii, mostly of Gordian III, Philip the Arab, Trebonianus Gallus, Volusian, Valerian, and Gallienus
- Parthian, Sassanian, Persis, Huns and other "non-classical" coins

If there is specific interest, feel free to request pictures here or reach out via IM.

Thanks for looking and see you again soon!
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Antoninus pius #1 is sold!

Also, my apologies for not including earlier... domestic shipping anywhere in the US is $3; orders over $50 ship free! Message me for international shipping; some countries are more expensive than others.
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Severina #13 is gone!
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Email sent Finn... :)
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Thanks Finn... (check your email)
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Gallienus #9 and Salonina #12 are sold!
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I'm going to mull this over a bit, okay?

BTW, package received yesterday. Really above & beyond.

I know he'll be gratefull for these types, thanks again.
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 Posted 12/22/2017  11:54 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Finn235 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks to all for those who have bought or perused so far!

Let's add a few more, shall we? I've got a nice assortment of very high grade Romans to offer.
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$150
Trajan AR Denarius from second year of reign (98-99)
IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG GERM, laureate head right
PM TRP COS II P P, Victory seated left holding patera and palm.
RIC 10

This one in particular is noteworthy not only for the superb portrait and lettering, but also for a sharp, clear reverse strike, showing Victory's facial details, folds of her robe, and even the details of the chair. This one is stunning in hand!
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$95
As above, but with a weaker reverse strike

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$110
HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, laureate head right, drapery on far shoulder
COS III, Victory standing right, right hand on head & holding palm.
RIC 182

Same type in slightly higher grade recently sold for $500:
https://www.numisbids.com/n.php?p=l...2177&lot=192
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$95
HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, bare head right
VICTORIA AVG, Victory/Nemesis advancing right, drawing out neck of robe, and pointing downward with branch.
RIC 282

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$85
HADRIANVS (AVG COS III PP), bare head right
PROVIDENTIA AVG, Providence standing left, holding baton over a globe and sceptre.
RIC 261

Really super portrait on this one, in deep relief! Coin is unusually toned, I suspect from contact with water or soil when it was buried.
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$110
Marcus Aurelius
M ANTONINVS AVG, bare head right
CONCORD AVG TR P XVI, COS III in exergue, Concordia seated left, holding patera, resting left elbow on statuette of Spes set on base.
RIC 33

Superb coin from the second year of Marcus Aurelius' joint reign with Lucius Verus, 162 AD.

That's it for now, I'll try to get more imaged and uploaded soon!
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 Posted 12/22/2017  3:59 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add MikeF to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Do you have any BC coins for sale?
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Yes, I have a number of Greek coins ranging from about 525-100 BC. Are you looking for anything in particular?
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nothing in particular. Just curious if you offered or are going to have a sale on those. Or perhaps coins that could be traced back to Christ's life. Like the type of silver coins that Judas was paid with. I don't know much about coinage from back then but I would be interested in stuff like that.
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I do actually have a few Biblical coins, but not many from recent lots. Perhaps of interest is this coin from Nabatea (Jordan) minted under king Aretas IV and his wife Shuquailat. He ruled from 9BC - 40 AD, was the father in law to Herod Antipas, until Antipas divorced his wife in favor of his brother's... an event that led to the execution of John the Baptist. Paul related in 2 Corinthians 32 that Aretas was assisting in the early persecution of Christians, leading to Paul having to escape capture through a window.



It's a common coin, but usually found in very rough shape. This one features Aretas and his wife, busts jugate; the reverse shows crossed cornucopiae and their names in Aramaic.

I'd take $45 for this one, or I have one with a better preserved reverse but rougher portraits.
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 Posted 12/22/2017  4:58 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add MikeF to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Did they ever determine what type of silver coins Judas was paid with?
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Not concretely, but most consider it to be a "Shekel of Tyre". Because of the Biblical connection, these tend to cost several hundreds or thousands of dollars:

https://www.vcoins.com/en/stores/at...Default.aspx
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Thanks for the info! I've been looking at them online and actually found one coming up for auction through Heritage. https://coins.ha.com/itm/ancients/g...752-64091.s#
You weren't kidding about being expensive but they do seem to be easily found for those with the $$.

I also took a liking to some of the gold byzantine issues that feature Christ. This issue in particular: https://coins.ha.com/itm/byzantine/...ption-071515
I bid on one these awhile back and quickly got my rear end handed to me.

Sorry to highjack your post but I find these interesting. Maybe I'll buy a book on ancients for some weekend reading.
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Got my coins in today, Thank you again! They look so great in person
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