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Constantine II as Caesar, AE, Trier Mint, AD323-324  

ObverseCONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C, laureate head right

Reverse: CAESARVM NOSTRORVM, laurel wreath around VOT X. mintmark STR crescent

19mm, 2.83g

Grade: VF

Ref: RIC VII 441,S



£45 SOLD

Nerva, AE As , Fortuna Reverse, AD 96-98

Obverse: laureate head of Nerva, right, IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR P COS II P

Reverse: Fortuna standing left holding rudder and cornucopia, FORTVNA AVGVST S-C

28mm, 12.58g

Ref: RIC 60

Grade: Fair



£55 (P&P FREE to UK, other locations ask)

Pupienus AE Sestertius, Pax Reverse, Rome AD238

Obverse: Laureate and draped bust right, IMP CAES M CLOD PVPIENVS AVG

Reverse: Pax seated left holding branch and septre, SC in exergue

Ref: RIC 22a

32mm, 16.9g

Grade: VF, a few flan splits but very nice reverse, Ex L. Rose collection


£430 (P&P FREE to UK other locations please ask)


Philip I, Silver Antoninianus, Annona, AD245-7

Obverse: Radiate bust right, IMP PHILIPPVS AVG

Reverse: Annona standing left, holding corn stalks and cornucopia, modius to left by feet

24mm, 4.77g

Ref: S8922, RIC 28c

Grade: EF



£45 (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 (P&P FREE to UK, other locations ask) #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)


Caracalla, Silver Denarius, Hercules, Rome, AD 213

Obverse: Laureate head of Caracalla, right, ANTONINVS PIVS AVG BRIT


Reverse: P M TR P XVI COS IIII P P: Hercules, naked except for lion-skin draped over left arm, standing left, holding branch in right hand and club in left hand

Grade: VF+

Prov: Ex DNW

3.78g, 18mm

Ref: RIC IV 95




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

Trajan Silver Denarius, Abundantia Seated, AD 98-99


Obverse: laureate head right, IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG GERM

Reverse: Abundantia seated left on a chair formed from crossed cornucopiae, holding sceptre, PONT MAX TR POT COS II

19.5mm, 3.17g

Grade: AVF

Ref: RIC 11 var


£80 (P&P FREE to UK, other locations ask) #495d

Trajan Silver Denarius, Vesta Seated, AD 98-99


Obverse: laureate head right, IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG GERM

Reverse: Vesta seated left, holding patera and torch, PONT MAX TR POT COS II

Ref: RSC 288, RIC Trajan 20

17mm, 3.16g

Grade: AVF


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

Trajan Silver Denarius, Victory Standing to Front, AD 100


Obverse: laureate head right, IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG GERM

Reverse: Victory standing to front, looking left, half-draped, holding wreath and palm, PM TRP COS IIII P P

Ref: RIC 58

19mm, 2.55g

Grade: VF, slight damage to reverse


£85 (P&P FREE to UK, other locations please ask) #495a

Trajan, Silver Denarius, Victory Walking, Rome Mint, AD 103-111




Obverse: Head of Trajan, laureate, right, IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P

Reverse: Victory, draped, walking left over a round and oblong shield, holding up wreath in right hand and palm, sloped up to right, in left COS V P P S P Q R OPTIMO PRINC

19.7mm, 3.34g

Grade: AVF, few examples on RIC and all poor

Ref: RIC 131


£110 (P&P FREE to UK, other locations ask)

Trajan, Silver Denarius, Fortuna Seated, AD 114




Obverse: Bust of Trajan, laureate, draped, right, IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GER DAC


Reverse: Fortuna, draped, veiled, seated left on chair without back, holding rudder set on ground in right hand and cornucopiae in left, P M TR P COS VI P P S P Q R, FORT RED beneath

17.7mm, 3.02g

Grade: Fine

Ref: RIC 218

£55 SOLD

Claudius, Bronze Dupondius, Ceres Reverse, Rome Mint, AD 50-54



Obverse: bare headed bust, left, TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG PM TR P IMP P P

Reverse: Ceres seated left, holding grain stalks and long torch, SC below, CERES AVGVSTA




Grade: VF

Ref: RIC 110 , S1856

29mm, 11.93g



£80 (P&P FREE to UK, other location please ask first)

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)

Augustus, Silver Denarius, Lugdunum (Lyon), Bull Butting Right, c15BC





Obverse: Head of Augustus right, AVGVSTVS DIVI.F

Reverse: Bull butting right, lashing its tail; IMP. X in exergue

Ref: S1610, RIC 167a; RSC 137

Grade: VF+, wonderful portrait, light toning, reverse slightly off centre

3.8g, 19mm


£660 (P&P FREE to UK, other locations please ask first)


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

Antoninus Pius, Brass Sestertius, AD 141-143, Rome Mint, Italia Seated, SCARCE


Obverse:  ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III; laureate head of Antoninus Pius to the right

 Reverse: [ITALIA] below; Italia, towered and draped, seated to the left on globe, holding cornucopia and sceptre; in fields: SC

Grade: VF/ AVF dark patina, rubbed in places, Scarce coin. 25.75g, 32.96mm

Ref: RIC 746a

Prov: Ex Hansons, previously Essex coins

£120 (P&P FREE to UK, other locations please ask) #114

Geta as Caesar, Silver Denarius, Rome Mint, 203AD




Obverse: P SEPT GETA CAES PONT, bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust right

Reverse: FELICITAS PVBLICA, Felicitas standing left, holding caduceus and cornucopia

Ref: S7173, RIC9a

Grade: EF slight porosity

19mm, 3.26g


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

Geta as Caesar Under Caracalla, Silver Denarius, Laodicea Mint, 200AD




Obverse: P SEPT GETA CAES PONT, bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust right

Reverse: VICT AETERN, Victory flying left, holding open wreath with both hands over shield set on base

Ref: S7205, RIC23

Grade: EF+

19mm, 2.9g


£250 (P&P FREE to UK, other locations please ask)

Drusus, Son of Tiberius, Restitution Issue Struck Under Titus, Rome Mint, As



Obverse: DRVSVS CAESAR TI AVG F DIVI AVG N, bare head of Drusus, left

Reverse: IMP T CAES DIVI VESP F AVG REST around large SC

Ref: RIC 437, S2594

24mm, 8.71g

Grade: Very Fine, SCARCE



£200 (+P&P)

Diva Faustina Senior, Silver Denarius, Rome After 147AD, Peacock on Sceptre


Obv: Draped bust of Faustina Senior, right; DIVA FAUSTINA


Ref: RSC 32

Rev: Peacock standing r., head l., on sceptre with knobs on both ends.


EF/AEF, Good silver and toned

2.9g, 17mm


£120 (+P&P)


Divus Antoninus Pius, 161AD, Crematorium, Denarius



Obverse: Head of deified Antoninus, right


Ref: RIC 436, Cohen 164




3.12g, 18mm



£65  (+P&P)

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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