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Imperial Coinage

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 transformation and rise of Constantinople to Byzantinian coinage with Anastasius I. Those coins produced at provincial mints are separated, as are the Byzantine coins.

Divus Lucius Verus (issued by Marcus Aurelius in his honour) Rome 169AD, Denarius

 

Obv: bare headed bust of Lucius Verus, DIVVS VERUS

 

A rare example as only two denominations were produced.

Rev: CONSECRATIO, eagle standing right, head left, wings open

 

Ref: S5204

3.17, 20mm

VF but a little ragged to edge

 

£60 (+P&P)

Faustina Junior (Under Marcus Aurelius) Denarius, Rome, 161-175AD, Hilaritas

 

Obv: draped bust, right

Rev: Hilaritas standing left holding long palm and cornucopiae.

 

VF

3.28g, 18mm

 

£45 (+P&P)

Vespasian Denarius (Regular Series) Rome 72AD, Victory with Standard

 

Obv: laureate bust of Vespasian, right, IMP CAES VESP AVG P M COS III

Rev: Victory advancing right, placing wreath on standard and holding palm

 

Ref: S2317

2.8g, 18mm

 

£120 (+P&P)

Antoninus Pius and Marcus Aurelius Caesar, Rome 141AD, Denarius

 

Obv: laureate head of Antoninius Pius, right, ANTONINVS AVG PIVS PP TR P COS III

Rev: bust of Marcus Aurelius (his adopted son) 

AVRELIVS CAESAR AVG PII F COS

 

Ref: S4524

VF reverse a little off centre

2.98g, 17mm

 

£95 SOLD

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

 

Head of deified Antoninus

 

Ref: RIC 436, Cohen 164

Rev: Pyre, CONSECRATIO

 

VF

3.12g, 18mm

 

£65  (+P&P)

 

Augustus and Agrippa, Gaul, Nemausus, AE As

 

Obverse: Back to back heads of Augustus and Agrippa

Reverse: Crocodile chained to palm.

Near VF pitting, but lovely reverse.

25mm, 12.59g

 

£110 (+P&P)

Augustus Bronze Dupondius, Minted After Death by Tiberius, A RARE Example

 

Obverse: DIVVS AVGVSTVS PATER ratiate bust left

Reverse: large SC within wreath

14.34g, 28mm

Grade: Very fine, slight pitting to ob. RARE coin.

 

£160 SOLD

Claudius (41-54AD) AE As, Rome Mint

 

Obverse: Bear head of Claudius, left

 

28mm, 11.05g

Reverse: Minerva, wearing aegis, advancing right, brandishing spear with right hand and holding shield with left.

 

Grade: VF, brown patina

£95 (+P&P) SOLD

Vespasian (69-79AD) Silver Denarius, Vesta,70-2AD

 

 

Obverse: Laureate head right

 

Reverse: Vesta seated left holding simpulum, TRI - POT

17mm,3.33g

Grade: Very fine

Very dark toning

 

 SOLD

Septimus Severus Silver Denarius, 194AD
Obverse: L SEPT SEV PE-RT AVG IMP III, laureate head right

Reverse: VIRT AVG TR P II COS II P P, Virtus helmeted, standing left, holding Victory and reversed spear. 
Ref:RIC IV 39
17mm, 2.97g, aVF

£70

 

Septimus Severus Silver Denarius, 197-8AD
Obverse: L SEPT SEV PERT AVG IMP X, laureate head right

Reverse: MARTI PACIFERO, Mars standing left, right foot on top of helmet and holding a branch and reversed spear.
Ref: S6311
2.83g, 17mm, aVF/F

SALE

Was £80 now £70

Severus Alexander, Silver Denarius, 223AD, Rome Mint
Obverse: IMP C M AVR SEV ALEXAND AVG,  laureate bust to right, draped and cuirassed

Reverse: P M TR P II COS P P, Pax standing to left, holding olive branch and sceptre. 
2.82g, 18mm, VF
Ref: S7896

£80 SOLD

ROMAN IMPERIAL, VALENTINIAN I, GOLD SOLIDUS, ANTIOCH MINT, 364-375AD

Obv: Emperor's bust facing right, diadem adorned with pearls, DN VALENTINIANVS PF AVG

Rev: Valentinian standing holding Victory on a globe, no cross in field, RESTITVTOR REI PVBLICAE, mint mark ANT (Antioch) in ex, S officina mark = 6. 364AD
S19263
SOLD

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