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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. 

 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 (FREE P&P to UK)

 

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.

 

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 (+ P&P)

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 (P&P FREE to UK)

Q. Marcius Libo, Denarius, 148BC

 

 

Obverse: helmeted head of Roma right, LIBO behind, X before

 

Rev: Q. MARC., ROMA in ex, the dioscuri galloping right, stars above.

20mm, 3.87g

Grade: Good very fine.

Ref: S90, Crawford 215/1

 

 

£175 (+ P&P)   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 (+P&P)

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)

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 (P&P FREE to UK)                                                               Grade Fine/VF, scraped. 

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)

Slightly off centre. 17-19mm, 3.5g

Reference: S435; CRR 971  

 

Rarely offered coin in affordable state! A must for any serious collector. Honouring the household gods.

 

£150 (SALE was £200)

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.

 

 

   £70 

 

 

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

L. Cassius Q.F Longinus, 78BC, SIlver Denarius

Obv: Head of Bacchus wreathed with ivy, right, thrysus over shoulder

Rev: Head of Libera (Prosperina) with ivy, left,  L CASSI QF behind

18mm, 3.67g Grade considered almost VF, bankers mark on portrait, nice tone and clear inscriptions.

£95 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

Q. Philippus, 129BC Silver Denarius

 

Obv: head of Roma wearing winged helmet, earring and necklace

Rev: Macedonian horseman galloping carrying spear, emblem behind.

19mm, 3.91g, grade VF+ 

 

£150 SOLD

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