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Damnatio Memoriae

Caligula, 16 March 37 - 24 January 41 A.D.

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It appears that, in accordance with his damnatio, the identity of Caligula was removed in the legend through the effacement of the first C and perhaps additional letters. To "improve" the coin, the letter was re-engraved in modern times (19th c.?).
SH65419. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC I 46, BMCRE I 58, Cohen I 25, SRCV I 1801, VF, smoothing, tooling of the beginning of the obv legend, mottled mahogany brown patina, fantastic portrait, weight 28.852 g, maximum diameter 35.9 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 39 - 40 A.D.; obverse C CAESAR DIVI AVG PRON AVG P M TR P III P P, laureate head left; reverse S P Q R / P P / OB CIVES / SERVATOS, inscription in four lines inside oak wreath (Corona Civica); ex Stack's Bowers and Ponterio, sale 173; rare; SOLD


Caracalla [and Geta], 198 - 212 A.D., Stratonicea, Caria, Damnatio Memoriae

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After Geta's murder, Caracalla damned his memory, Damnatio Memoriae, requiring the destruction of every reference to his younger brother. Both Geta's portrait and legend were intentionally erased from this coin. The countermark shows an older Caracalla.
SH60677. Bronze AE 36, SNGvA 2687, SNG Cop -; countermark: Howgego 84, aF, flan crack, weight 19.254 g, maximum diameter 36.4 mm, die axis 0o, Stratonicea mint, 198 - 212 A.D.; obverse [MAP ANTΩNINON CE...], confronted laureate and draped busts of Caracalla and Geta [the bust of Geta erased]; countermark: laureate bearded bust of Caracalla right in round punch; reverse [EΠI EΠITYNXANONTOΣ TOY ΦIΛΩNOΣ ΣTPATONIKEN], Hekate standing facing, head left, patera in right hand, torch in left hand, altar at feet left; rare; SOLD


Caracalla, 28 January 198 - 8 April 217 A.D., Stratoniceia, Caria, Geta Damnatio Memoriae

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After Geta's murder, Caracalla damned his memory, Damnatio Memoriae, requiring the destruction of every reference to his younger brother. Both Geta's portrait and legend were intentionally erased from this coin. Rare.
RP01474. Bronze AE 36, SNG Cop -, SNGvA -, Lindgren -, SGICV -, aF, radiate bust countermark, weight 18.54 g, maximum diameter 36.2 mm, die axis 180o, Stratoniceia mint, 209 - 212 A.D.; obverse AVT K M AVP ANTΩNEINOC, 2nd half of legend (referring to Geta) removed, laureate bust of Caracalla right, bust of Geta on right intentionally erased; reverse Hekate standing half left, holding patera over altar in right hand, torch in left hand; SOLD


Nero, 13 October 54 - 9 June 68 A.D., Thessalonica, Macedonia

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RPC I plate 78, 1592A/2 is similar to our type, also with Nero's bust defaced. On that coin a countermark is clear, with ΘEC in a rectangular incuse. While not part of any official Damnatio, it seems the official responsible for application of the countermarks on this type did not care for Nero.
BB60543. Bronze AE 23, Touratsoglou 15 (V9/R13); RPC I 1594, F, obverse hammered, countermarks, weight 9.257 g, maximum diameter 22.6 mm, die axis 0o, Thessalonika (Salonika, Greece) mint, obverse NEPWN - KAICAP, bare head left, defaced and two countermarks; reverse ΘEXXA/ΛONIKE/WN, inscription in three lines, eagle left with wings closed and head right above, all within oak wreath; very rare; SOLD


Caracalla [and Geta], 198 - 212 A.D., Stratonicea, Caria, Damnatio Memoriae

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After Geta's murder, Caracalla damned his memory, Damnatio Memoriae, requiring the destruction of every reference to his younger brother. Both Geta's portrait and legend were intentionally erased from this coin. The countermark shows an older Caracalla.
CM57755. Bronze AE 39, SNGvA 2684, SNG Cop -; countermark: Howgego 84, coin Fair, countermark F, weight 23.433 g, maximum diameter 39.0 mm, die axis 0o, Stratonicea mint, 198 - 212 A.D.; obverse confronted laureate and draped busts of Caracalla and Geta [the bust of Geta erased]; countermark: laureate bearded bust of Caracalla right in round punch; reverse Nike advancing left, wreath in right hand, palm frond in left; huge 39 mm bronze, great story coin!; rare; SOLD


Sejanus, Pretorian Prefect of Tiberius, Damnatio Memoriae, Bibilis, Spain

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Among the finest 'Seianus as' we have seen. On this specimen the name of the famous Pretorian Prefect of Tiberius was obliterated following his execution.
RP08927. Copper as, RPC I 398, Burgos 196, Choice gVF, weight 10.87 g, maximum diameter 28.3 mm, die axis 180o, Bilbilis mint, 31 A.D.; obverse TI CAESAR DIVI AVGVSTI F AVGVSTVS, laureate head right; reverse MVN AVGVSTA BILBILIS TI CAESARE V L AELIO SEIANO, COS in wreath; Damnatio Memoriae!; rare; SOLD








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