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Imperial Coinage

Philip I, Silver Antoninianus, Rome, AD 245-247

Obverse: Radiate bust of Philip I, right, IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG



Reverse: ANNONA AVGG holding corn-ears and cornucopiae, modius at feet

Ref: S8922, RIC 28c

3.58g, 22mm

Grade: VF+

Prov: Ex Roma Numismatics



£60 (P&P FREE, other locations please ask first)

Philip I, Silver Antoninianus, Rome, AD 245-247

Obverse: Radiate bust of Philip I, right, IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG



Reverse: AEQVITAS AVGG holding scales and cornucopiae

Ref: S8918, RIC 27b

4.06g, 22mm

Grade: EF/VF

Prov: Ex Roma Numismatics




£65 (P&P FREE, other locations please ask first)

Elagabalus, Silver Denarius, Rome, AD 219, Victory

Obverse: Laureate and draped bust, right, IMP CAES M AVR ANTONINVS AVG


Reverse: Victory advancing right holding wreath and palm

Ref: S7553 var

3.09g, 19mm

Grade: VF

Prov: Ex Dr. Busso Peus Nachf.




£110 SOLD #274

Elagabalus, Silver Denarius, Rome, AD 221-222, Sacrificing, Horned

Obverse:  Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust, right, IMP ANTONINVS PIVS AVG. Horned headdress in this version.


Reverse: Elagabalus in priestly robes, standing left, sacrificing over a tripod-altar holding branch, elongated star to left field, remnants of old star to right, SVMMVS SACERDOS AVG

Ref: S7549, RIC 146

1.94g, 20mm

Grade: VF+ 

Prov: Ex Savoca Coins

Note: The extended star may be Halley's comet which appeared that year. 


£160 (P&P FREE, other locations please ask first) #299

Severus Alexander, Silver Denarius, Annona Reverse, Rome 222-8

Obverse: Laureate and draped bust, right

Reverse: Annona standing facing, head left, holding cornucopia and corn, modius at feet 

Ref: RIC IV 133

Grade: VF/AEF. 19mm, 3.07g

£95 SOLD

Julia Maesa, Silver Denarius, Fecunditas Reverse, 218-222

Julia Maesa was the Grandmother to Elagabalas and Severus Alexander; as the power behind the thrones, she restored the Severan dynasty to power. 

With a Fecunditas reverse, the god of fertility.

2.67g, AEF, RIC249


£65 (P&P FREE to UK other locations ask) #997f

Faustina Junior, Silver Denarius, Rome, AD 161-164

Obverse: Faustina Junior facing right, FAVSTINA AVGVSTA





Reverse: Hilaritas standing left, holding long palm frond and cornucopia


Grade: AEF/EF, slight scrape to face




£95 (P&P FREE to UK, other locations please ask)

Theodosius II & Honorius AE Follis, Two Emperors, c408-423, Constantinople Mint, SCARCE

Obverse: pearl diademed and draped head right, star behind, DN HONORI [VS PF] AVG

Reverse: Two emperors looking at each other, holding shield and spear, GLORIA ROMANORVM, CONS(Gamma) in ex

15mm, 2.19g. Grade: AVF slight edge loss, sandy deposits, a scarce Eastern type

Ref: RIC X 399/400, S21015 

£65 (P&P FREE to UK, other locations ask)

Antoninus Pius Copper As, Clementia, AD140-144

Obverse: ANTONINVS-AVG PIVS P P, laureate head right


Reverse: TR POT-C-OS-III, Clementia standing left, holding patera, S-C across fields

27mm, 10.50g

Grade: avf some smoothing on fields




£70 (P&P FREE to all locations)

Constantine II AE Follis, 323-324, London Mint

Obverse: laureate head right, CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C

Reverse: VOT. X laurel wreath around, CAESARVM NOSTRORVM, PLON u(Control)

20mm, 3.31g

Grade: VF

Ref: RIC 292

£75 (P&P FREE to UK, other locations ask)

Severus Alexander, AE Dupondius, Libertas, Rome, AD232, Rarely Seen

Obverse: Bust of Severus Alexander, radiate, draped and cuirassed, right, IMP CAES M AVR SEV ALEXANDER AVG

Reverse: Libertas, draped, standing left, holding pileus in right hand and cornucopia in left, LIBERTAS AVBVSTI, S-C

24mm, 10.42

Grade: AVF, rarely seen for sale, only 2 on RIC

Ref: S8097, RIC IV 582


£170 (P&P FREE to UK, other locations please ask)

Nero, AE Dupondius (Orichalcum) Rome, Temple of Janus, AD 62-68

Obverse: Head of Nero, radiate, left, IMP NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P P P



Notes: Orichalcum is a naturally occuring, but scarce, alloy of copper which is very hard, often used for armour.

The Temple of Janus had walls and door(s) but no roof. When Rome was not at war the doors were closed (this can't have happened much then!)

Reverse: Temple of Janus, with latticed window to left and double doors to right with garland hung across ('ubique door'), PACE P R VBIQ PARTA IANVM CLVSIT, S-C

29mm, 12.38g

Grade: VF despite some corrosion and deposits, details are still quite good. A very rare example, only one other on RIC.

Ref: RIC I (2nd Ed) 340

£350 SOLD #66

Septimius Severus, Silver Denarius, Emperor Standing, Rome, AD 202-210

Obverse: SEVERVS PIVS AVG, laureate head of Septimius right

Reverse: FVNDATOR PACIS, Septimius Severus, veiled, togate, standing left, holding branch in extended right hand and roll in left hand

3.43g, 18mm

Ref: RIC 265

Grade: VF


£85 (P&P FREE to UK, other locations please ask)


Probus, Billon Antoninianus, Emperor & Jupiter, Ticinum, 276-282, RARE


Obverse: Radiate and draped bust, right, IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG



Reverse: Emperor standing right, holding eagle-tipped sceptre, receiving globe from Jupiter, standing holding sceptre; VXXT in exergue.

22mm, 3.92g

Grade: EF, this silvered bronze example has much of the silvering intact

Note: RIC V Probus 386, this rare coin has only one depicted on RIC with this mint mark for Ticinum



£130 (P&P FREE to Uk other locations please ask)

Antoninus Pius, Bronze Sestertius, Liberalitas, Rome, AD 145

Obverse: Laureate head, right; ANTONINVS AVG P P IMP


Reverse: COS IIII above emperor seated left on curule chair on top of a platform with officer standing behind, Liberalitas  holding abacus and cornucopia, citizen standing right at foot of platform, holding out fold of toga. [LIBERALITAS AVG III] in two lines in exergue. S C either side in field

30mm, 26.54g

Grade: VF, unusual obverse legend of IMP instead of TR P

Ref: RIC III 774, S4187. 

Prov: Ex TimeLine auctions



£300 (+P&P, non-UK locations please ask) #8

The Imperial Coinage continues here

The period between the outbreak of civil war between Caesar and Pompey at the beginning of the 49BC and Octavian becoming Augustus in 27BC, contains the 'Imperatorial' coinage.This was a transitional stage of coinage running alongside that produced by Rome and as yet only had the names of those in power and not their portraits. Julius Caesar was the first to make this innovative step, unfortunately he was assassinated only three months later, but the idea stuck and later issues all had the ruler's portraits on them and the Imperial coinage evolved. The Imperatorial coins of Pompey, Caesar, Octavian and Anthony etc will be added to this area for convenience, when available.

The Imperial Coinage of Rome covers over 500 years, from the establishment of Octavian (Augustus) to the transformation and rise of Constantinople to Byzantinian coinage with Anastasius I. Those coins produced at provincial mints are separated, as are the Byzantine coins.



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