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The Roman Republic

Little is known of the period before the formation of the Roman Republic and what is known is largely based on myths and legends, but around 509BC the citizens of Rome decided to govern themselves. This overthrow took probably decades and was unlikely to have been bloodless, but until the fall in 27BC with the establishment of the Roman Empire, Rome went on to conquer all of Italy and much of the Mediterranean as well. Coinage as a means of exchange appeared in the early 3rd century and was cast not struck, silver and gold struck coinage appeared about 280BC and the denarius around the end of the 2nd century. 

C. Licinius L. F Macer, Silver Denarius, Rome Mint, 84 BC

 

Obverse: Diademed and draped bust of Apollo Veiovis left, seen from behind, hurling thunderbolt

Reverse: Minerva driving galloping quadriga right, brandishing spear and shield; C.LICINIVS.L.F.MACER in exergue

20mm, 3.79g

Grade: Nearly extremely fine

Ref: Crawford 354/1

Prov: Ex Roma sales, previously a European collection

 

£199 (P&P free to UK, other locations please ask first) #152

Mn. Aquillius Mn.F. N, Silver Serrated Denarius, Rome Mint, 71 BC

 

Obverse: Helmeted head of Virtus, right; VIRTVS III VIR around

 

Reverse: The consul Manius Aquillius standing facing, holding shield and raising slumped Sicilian by arm; MN AQVIL, and MN.F MN N. to fields left and right, [SICIL] in exergue

 

Ref: Crawford 401/1

19mm, 3.74g

Grade: VF+ small crack to edge, slight flan flaw to reverse

Prov: Ex Roma, previously Ex Savoca, prior to that a priavte European collection.

 

 

£220 (P&P free to UK, other locations please ask) #150

L. Calpurnius Piso Frugi, SIlver Denarius, Rome Mint, 90BC

 

Obverse: Laureate head of Apollo, right; control mark behind and below chin

Reverse: Horseman galloping to right, holding palm frond and reins; L.PISO FRVGI and control mark in two lines below

18mm, 3.94g

Grade: VF+, few slight scratches on obverse, cabinet toned

Prov: Ex Roma, previously a private German collection.

Ref: RSC Calp 11, Crawford 340/1

 

£165 (P&P FREE to UK, other locations please ask first) #178

A. Postumius A  Albinus, SIlver Serrated Denarius, Rome MInt, 81BC

 

 

Obverse: Draped bust of Diana, right, with bow and quiver over shoulder; bucranium above; bankers marks

Reverse: Togate figure on rock, left, holding aspergillum over bull; flaming altar between them; A.POST.A.F.S.N.ALBIN around

20mm, 3.89g

Ref: Crawford 372/1

Grade: VF

Pro: Ex Roma, previously a private UK collection

 

£185 (P&P FREE to UK, other locations ask) #175

M Volteius M f, Silver Denarius, 78 BCE, Erymanthian Boar, SCARCE

 

Obverse: Head of young Hercules, clad in lion's skin headdress

 

Reverse: The Erymanthian boar running right

Ref: S 313

Grade: Fine+/Very fine, obverse has some deliberate graffiti and banker's marks on head and boars hind quarters, slightly off centre.

 

It was the fourth labour of Hercules to capture this huge animal and deliver it to King Eurystheus of the Mycenae.

 

 

£95 (+ P&P)  SOLD

C. Sevillius Vatia, Silver Denarius, 127BC, Two Horseman

 

Obv: Helmeted head of Roma; behind, lituus; before, denomination mark XVI as monogram (Ӿ); below, ROMA

Reverse:  Battle on horseback between two warriors, the shield of horseman on right inscribed M; C•SERVEIL in exergue. 

18mm, 3.8g

Ref: S140, RRC 264/1

Prov: ex Lockdales sale

Grade: Fine + 

 

£190 (+P&P, non-UK locations please ask first)

Dei Penates denarius, Silver Denarius, 47 BC, C. Antius C. f. Restio, The Dei Penates

 

 

Obverse: Diademed jugate heads of the Dei Penates right; DEI PENATES behind

 

Reverse: Naked Hercules advancing right, brandishing club and holding trophy; C ANTIVS (CF)

Grade: Fine, slightly off centre and scrapes.

17-19mm, 3.5g

Reference: S435; CRR 971  

 

Rarely offered coin in affordable state! Honouring the household gods.

 

£150 (+P&P, non-UK locations please ask)

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