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Roman Republican Coins

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. 

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, non-UK locations please ask first)

Roman Republic, L. Thorius Balbus, 105 BC, Silver Denarius, Bull Charging

 
Obverse: Head of Juno Sospita r. wearing goat skin; ISMR downwards behind
 
 
Reverse: Bull charging right, control letter 'A' above; L THORIVS below, BALBVS in exergue
Grade: VF, silver rather porous and small loss to edge but stable
19mm, 3.59g
 
£75 SOLD

Roman Republic, C. Curiatius C f Trigeminus, Silver Denarius, 135BC, Juno in Quadriga

 

Obv: Helmeted head of Roma; X below chin, TRIG behind 

Reverse:  Juno in quadriga, crowned from behind by Victory, right, holding sceptre in right hand and reins in left, C CVR F (VR in monogram), ROMA in exergue

19.5mm, 3.81g

Ref: S117, RRC 223/1

Prov: ex Lockdales sale

Grade: Fine + (imitating his father's coins)

 

£185 (+P&P, non-UK locations please ask first)

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)

LUCIUS MARCIUS PHILIPPUS (step-brother of Augustus) 56BC, Silver Denarius, 20mm, 4.03g

Obv: diademed head of King Ancus Marcius right, lituus behind, ANCVS below
Rev: aqaeduct represented as an arcade of five arches surmounted by equestrian statue right, A-Q-V-A- MAR (monogram) within the arches, PHILIPPVS on left. Near EF, toned.

£200 (+P&P)

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)

M Marcius Mn f Silver Denarius, 134BC (depicting the Modius)

 

Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma right, modius behind, X below chin

Ref: S 122

3.6g, 17mm, Fine                                      

Reverse: Victory with whip in galloping biga right, M MAR C, ROMA below, divided by two grain ears.

Grade: Fine

17mm, 3.57g

 

  £70 SOLD

 

Roman Republic, M Baebius QF Tampilus, Silver Denarius, 137BC, Rome Mint, Apollo Quadriga

 

Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma, left, X before, TAMPIL behind

Rev: MN CORDIVS with Venus Verticordia standing left holding scales and sceptre, Cupid on her shoulder.

 

Ref: S440, Crawford 463/1b

4.07g, 19mm

Grade: VF, comes with old tickets

 

£100 SOLD

Highlighting Coins Depicting the Dioscuri (the Greco-Roman Deities, Castor and Pollux, the Sons of Zeus)

 

MN CORDIUS RUFUS, VENUS DENARIUS, 46BC

 

Ob: RVFVS III VIR with the jugate heads of the Dioscuri, right, each wearing a laureate pileus with stars above.

 

Reverse: Apollo holding bow and arrow, reigns and branch, driving galloping quadriga right, ROMA below and M BAEBI Q F in exergue

3.87g, 19mm

Grade: Extremely fine, nicely toned

Prov: Ex TimeLine Auctions

Ref: S 113, Crawford 236/1c

 

£120 SOLD

C. Servilius M. f, Denarius, Diocuri Riding, Rome, 136BC

 

Ob: head of Roma, right, wearing winged helmet; wreath to left.

Rev: Dioscuri riding in opposite directions, each holding a long spear, stars above.

 

Grade: AEF, beautiful coin

20mm, 3.96g

Crawford 239/1

 

 

£300 SOLD

L. TITURIUS L.f. SABINUS, 89BC, AR Denarius

(Depicting part rape of the Sabine women myth)

Obv: bearded head of King Tatius r., SABIN behind, palm before

Rev: Tarpeia, facing, buried to her waist in shields, with raised hands trying to thrust off two soldiers who are about to cast their shields at her, L TITVRI in ex, star and crescent moon above. 18mm, 3.74g.       £90 SOLD                                                              Grade Fine/VF, scraped. 

 T. Carisia, AR Denarius, 46BC, Rome Mint

 

Obv: Draped bust of Victory, right, wearing pearl diadem and necklace   

Rev: Victory driving biga, right, holding reins and wreath, [T]CARISI in exergue

Ref; Crawford 464/4, Syd 986

17mm, 3.4g

Grade: VF/F, reverse off flan.

 

 

£60 SOLD

 

P. Maenius, Silver Denarius, 194-189BC, Very Scarce

 

 

 

Obverse: helmeted head of Roma, right, X behind

 

Rev: the Dioscuri galloping r.; above, stars; below, P·MAE (MAE ligate) and ROMA in partial tablet.

19mm, 3.6g

Grade: Good very fine.

Ref: Crawford 138/1

Note: Very scarce, ex Baldwin's coin, old ticket

 

£195 SOLD 

Anonymous, AR Denarius, 169-158 BC, Roma/Dioscuri

 

 

 

Obv: Helmeted head of Roma right, X behind

 

Rev: Dioscuri riding right; griffin (gryphon) below, stars above, ROMA in tablet below.

18mm, 4.11g

Ref: S74, Crawford 182/1

Grade: VF+, lovely very dark toning, great reverse

Prov: ex Baldwin's coin

 

£160 SOLD

C. Fundanius 101 BC, Silver Denarius

 

Obv: helmeted head of Roma right, "B" and dot behind

Rev: Marius in a quadriga, youth on horse, C FVNDAN in ex

19mm, 3.91g

Grade almost EF, toned

                                £110 SOLD

C. Vibius C.f. Pansa, 90BC, Rome, Silver Denarius

 

Obv: [PANSA]  behind laureate head of Apollo right, symbol below chin

Rev: Minerva in galloping quadriga right, holding scepter & reins, C VIBIUS CF in ex 

16mm, 3.87g Grade considered VF+ 

                                £150 SOLD

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