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The Fire Hoard - Roman Silver

We have nicknamed this hoard "The Fire Hoard" because it was lost in a fire. We know that because they were found in an amalgamation - melted coins and black silver oxide on the outside formed a solid black ball. Inside the coins were still in nice condition, however, most are wavy and somewhat brittle due to the heat of the fire. We will add the coins here as they are cleaned. If a coin is wavy or bent, we will include that in the description. We can't say how many presentable coins will come out of The Fire Hoard. We expect it will be around 200 coins.


Faustina Sr., Augusta 25 February 138 - Early 141, Wife of Antoninus Pius

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RS14955. Silver denarius, RIC III 335, RSC II 151, F, weight 2.848 g, maximum diameter 18.8 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, lifetime issue, 139 - 141 A.D.; obverse FAVSTINA AVG ANTONINI AVG P P, draped bust right; reverse CONCORDIA AVG (harmony of the Emperor), Concordia standing left, patera in right and double cornucopia in left; fire damaged, frosty and wavy; SOLD


Commodus, March or April 177 - 31 December 192 A.D.

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Nobilitas may have been selected as a reverse type for Commodus because he was the first emperor "born to the purple," whose father was already emperor when Commodus was born in 161, and because he could trace his adoptive pedigree back to Nerva.
RS15000. Silver denarius, RIC III 139, RSC II 382, gVF, weight 3.194 g, maximum diameter 17.8 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 186 A.D.; obverse M COMM ANT P FEL AVG BRIT, laureate head right; reverse NOBILIT AVG P M TR P XI IMP VIII COS V P P, Nobilitas standing right, scepter in right and palladium in left; excellent centering, some minor encrustation; scarce; SOLD


Caracalla, 28 January 198 - 8 April 217 A.D.

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The antoninianus is named for Caracalla, who introduced it. If you are collecting one coin of each emperor, your Caracalla coin should be an antoninianus!
RS15010. Silver antoninianus, RIC IV 285d, RSC III 374, gVF, weight 3.633 g, maximum diameter 24.0 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 217 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS PIVS AVG GERM, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse P M TR P XX COS IIII P P (high priest, tribune of the people for 20 years, consul for the 4th time, father of the country), Jupiter standing left, thunderbolt in right and scepter in left; full circle centering, excellent portrait; but wavy, frosty and brittle flan due to fire damage; scarce; SOLD







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