Romano-British Empire, Carausius, Mid 286 - Spring or Early Summer 293 A.D..
Overstruck over a denarius of Severus Alexander, which suggests that the new coin was worth at least as much of the old one. Otherwise, it would have made more sense to melt the denarius.RA73221. Silver antoninianus, cf. RIC V 287 (S), Webb Carausius 336, SRCV IV 13629, VF, toned, weight 2.664 g, maximum diameter 23.8 mm, die axis 225o, Camulodunum (Colchester, England) mint, c. 290 - 291 A.D.; obverse IMP CARAVSIVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse MONETA AVG, Moneta standing left, scales in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, mintmark obscured by over-strike effects; undertype bust (Severus Alexander?) visible; from the Charles Peters Carausius Collection, ex Forum (2010); scarce;
$145.00 SALE PRICE $131.00 Marcus Aurelius, 7 March 161 - 17 March 180 A.D., Magnesia ad Sipylum, Lydia
Magnesia ad Sipylum was a city of Lydia, situated about 65 km northeast of Smyrna (now Izmir) on the river Hermus (now Gediz) at the foot of Spil Mount. Nowadays this is the location of Manisa in Turkey. It became a city of importance under the Roman dominion and, though nearly destroyed by an earthquake in the reign of Tiberius, was restored by that emperor and flourished through the Roman Empire.
Ploutos the personification of wealth is the son of Eirene, goddess of peace. GB85348. Bronze AE 15, RPC Online VI 1330 (13 spec.); BMC Lydia p. 147, 59; SNG Cop 262; SNG Mun 268; SNG Leypold 1040; Waddington 5082; Mionnet IV 406; SNGvA -; SNG Tub -, VF, porous, die break obverse lower left, weight 2.788 g, maximum diameter 15.1 mm, die axis 180o, Magnesia ad Sipylum (Manisa, Turkey) mint, as caesar, c. 140 A.D.; obverse KAI AYPHΛIOC, bare-headed, draped bust right, slight beard; reverse MAΓNHTΩN XIΠYΛOY, child (Ploutos) standing left, clad in short chiton, which he raises in front above his waist with both hands, he carries fruit in its folds;
$120.00 SALE PRICE $108.00 Philip I the Arab, February 244 - End of September 249 A.D.
Liberality is personified by the image of a woman, holding in one hand a counting board, or square tablet with a handle on which are cut a certain number of holes. These boards were used to quickly count the proper number of coins or other items for distribution to each person. It appears they were held over a container, covered with coins and the excess swept away back into the container. The proper number of coins would fill the holes and then would be dumped out to the recipient. On coins this symbol indicated the prince had given to the people money, grain, or other articles of consumption. In the other hand she holds a cornucopia, to indicate the abundance of wheat contained in the public graineries.RS72573. Silver antoninianus, RIC IV 38b, RSC IV 87, Hunter III 21, SRCV III 8937, VF, well centered, rose gold toning, weight 4.364 g, maximum diameter 21.9 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 245 A.D.; obverse IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse LIBERALITAS AVGG II, Liberalitas standing left, counting board in right hand, cornucopia in left hand;
$100.00 SALE PRICE $90.00 Domitian, 13 September 81 - 18 September 96 A.D.
In 93 A.D., Pliny the Younger was named a praetor. On 24 August 79, he along with his uncle, Pliny the Elder, witnessed the eruption of Vesuvius, during which his uncle died. Pliny rose through the cursus honorum, a series of Imperial civil and military offices, and was an imperial magistrate under Trajan. He wrote hundreds of letters, many of which still survive, that are of great historical value for the time period. Some are addressed to reigning emperors or to notables such as the historian Tacitus. His letters to Trajan provide one of the few surviving records of the relationship between the imperial office and provincial governors.RB73715. Copper as, RIC II, part 1, 756; BMCRE II 469; BnF III 500; Cohen I 333; Hunter I -; cf. SRCV 2807 (COS XV), VF, centered, green patina, light scratches and corrosion, weight 10.417 g, maximum diameter 29.1 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 92 - 94 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XVI CENS PER P P, laureate head right; reverse MONETA AVGVSTI, Moneta standing left, scales in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field;
$95.00 SALE PRICE $85.50 Elagabalus, 16 May 218 - 11 March 222 A.D.
Liberalitas coin types attest to occasions when the emperor has displayed his generosity towards the people by a distribution to them, in money, provisions, or both. The first mention of Liberalitas was on coins of Hadrian. It was a type frequently repeated by the succeeding emperors. Indeed these instances of imperial generosity are more carefully recorded on coins than they are by history. This coin advertises that Elagabalus has made his third distribution to the people. Liberality is personified by the image of a woman, holding in one hand a counting board, or square tablet with a handle on which are cut a certain number of holes. These boards were used to quickly count the proper number of coins or other items for distribution to each person. In the other hand she holds a cornucopiaRS74122. Silver denarius, RIC IV 103; RSC III 86; Hunter III 60; SRCV II 7522; BMCRE V p. 563, 216 var. (star right), VF, well centered on a tight flan, coppery spots, reverse legend weak, weight 3.032 g, maximum diameter 18.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 221 A.D.; obverse IMP ANTONINVS PIVS AVG, laureate and draped bust right, from behind; reverse LIBERALITAS AVG III, Liberalitas standing left, counting board in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, star lower left;
$70.00 SALE PRICE $63.00 Julia Domna, Augusta 194 - 8 April 217 A.D.
In 194, Septimius Severus marched with his army of 12 legions to Cilicia and defeated Pescennius Niger, governor of Syria, at the Battle of Issus. Pescennius retreated to Antioch where he was executed by Severus' troops.RS77483. Silver denarius, RIC IV S610, RSC III 144, BMCRE V S329, F, dark toning, scratches, edge cracks, weight 2.407 g, maximum diameter 18.8 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 194 A.D.; obverse IVLIA DOMNA AVG, draped bust right; reverse MONETA AVG, Moneta standing slightly left, head left, scales in right hand, cornucopia in left hand; rare;
$70.00 SALE PRICE $63.00 Commodus, March or April 177 - 31 December 192 A.D.
This type has the earliest depiction of the Three Monetae on coinage.RB63622. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC III 500, Fair, weight 19.208 g, maximum diameter 30.1 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 187 A.D.; obverse M COMMODVS ANT P FELIX AVG BRIT, laureate head right; reverse P M TR P XII IMP VIII COS V P P (high priest, tribune of the people for 12 years, imperator the 8th time, consul the 5th time, father of the country), three Monetae standing left, each holding scale in right and cornucopia in left, MON AVG over S C in exergue;
$50.00 SALE PRICE $45.00 Severus Alexander, 13 March 222 - March 235 A.D.
This interesting mint error mixes the legend LIBERTAS (liberty) with the figure of Liberalitas (generosity). Libertas usually hold a pileus and rod, symbols of liberty. On this coin, Liberalitas holds an abacus (counting board) and cornucopia, symbolic of a distribution of money to the people. The mint officials at Antioch apparently did not speak Latin and did not know the difference between the names and images of Libertas and Liberalitas.BB85090. Silver denarius, cf. Reka Devnia p. 133; RSC III 145a (refs R.D. coin), RIC IV 284 note (same), F, bent, cracked, lamination defects, corrosion, possibly a plated counterfeit but we cannot see a base core in any of the cracks, weight 2.457 g, maximum diameter 19.9 mm, die axis 0o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, c. 223 A.D.; obverse IMP C M AVR SEV ALEXAND AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right from behind; reverse LIBERITAS AVG, Liberalitas standing left, counting board in right hand, cornucopia in left; extremely rare;
$50.00 SALE PRICE $45.00 Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D.
Three Monetae are depicted, one for each metal: gold, silver and copper.RB65851. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC IV 670, SRCV II 6404, Fine/Fair, flan crack, weight 19.409 g, maximum diameter 30.4 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 194 A.D.; obverse L SEPT SEV PERT AVG IMP III, laureate head right; reverse MONET AVG COS II P P S C, three Monetae standing facing, each with head left, scales in right hand, cornucopia in left; big 30mm brass; scarce;
$32.00 SALE PRICE $28.80
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