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Prof. Henry H. Armstrong Collection

In 1909 and 1910, Prof. Henry H. Armstrong lived in Rome working as a Research Associate of the Carnegie Institution in Archaeology teaching at the American School for Classical Studies in Rome. Professor Armstrong's article "Privernum" from the Jan. - Mar. 1911 issue of the American Journal of Archaeology is included in NumisWiki. This was the first of a series of articles (at least three) about Privernum contributed to the American Journal of Archaeology by Professor H. H. Armstrong. He aquired most of the coins in his collection during his time in Italy. From 1918 until his death in 1935 he taught at Beloit College as head of the Department of Romance Languages. Nicknamed "Sparky" by the students, his death after a two-week illness came as a shock to the college. His coins, inherited by his son, sat in a cigar box for the next 74 years.


Mark Antony, Triumvir and Imperator, 44 - 30 B.C., LEG II

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From the Prof. Henry H. Armstrong collection. In 1909 - 1910, when he acquired this coin, Professor Armstrong lived in Rome working as a Research Associate of the Carnegie Institution in Archaeology teaching at the American School for Classical Studies in Rome. From 1918 until his death in 1935 he taught at Beloit College as head of the Department of Romance Languages. Nicknamed "Sparky" by the students, his death after a two-week illness came as a shock to the college. His coins, inherited by his son, sat in a cigar box for the next 74 years.
SH41420. Silver denarius, Crawford 544/14, Sydenham 1216, BMCRR II East 190, RSC I 27, Sear CRI 349, VF, weight 3.374 g, maximum diameter 17.3 mm, die axis 180o, Patrae(?) mint, autumn 32 - spring 31 B.C.; obverse ANTAVG / III VIRRPC, galley right with rowers, mast with banners at prow; reverse LEG - II, aquila (legionary eagle) between two legionary standards; old "cigar box" collection toning; from the Prof. Henry H. Armstrong collection, handwritten envelope notes, "Purchase, 1909 - 1910"; SOLD


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

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From the Prof. Henry H. Armstrong collection. In 1909 and 1910, Professor Armstrong lived in Rome working as a Research Associate of the Carnegie Institution in Archaeology teaching at the American School for Classical Studies. From 1918 until his death in 1935 he taught at Beloit College as head of the Department of Romance Languages. Nicknamed "Sparky" by the students, his death after a two-week illness came as a shock to the college. His coins, inherited by his son, sat in a cigar box for the next 74 years.

The reverse legend translates, "The gates of Janus' temple are closed because peace (of the Roman people) is set on both land and sea." On the rare occasions when Rome was not at war the doors of the 'Twin Janus' were ceremonially closed, an event Nero commemorated extensively on the coinage of 65 - 67 A.D. -- David R. Sear, Roman Coins and Their Values, Vol 1

SH49966. Copper as, RIC I 349, Choice VF, weight 10.940 g, maximum diameter 30.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, c. 66 A.D.; obverse IMP NERO CAESAR AVG GERM, laureate head right; reverse PACE P R VBIQ PARTA IANVM CLVSIT S C, temple of Janus with closed doors on left, window on right; full circles strike on a broad flan; from the Prof. Henry H. Armstrong collection, handwritten card notes, "Bought off Alcott for 65 80."; SOLD


Vespasian, 1 July 69 - 24 June 79 A.D.

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From the Prof. Henry H. Armstrong collection. In 1910, when he acquired this coin, Professor Armstrong lived in Rome working as a Research Associate of the Carnegie Institution in Archaeology teaching at the American School for Classical Studies in Rome. From 1918 until his death in 1935 he taught at Beloit College as head of the Department of Romance Languages. Nicknamed "Sparky" by the students, his death after a two-week illness came as a shock to the college. His coins, inherited by his son, sat in a cigar box for the next 74 years.
SH41422. Silver denarius, RIC II, part 1, 937; RSC II 125; BMCRE II 200; BnF III 177; SRCV I 2288, VF, weight 2.768 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 77 - 78 A.D.; obverse IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right; reverse COS VIII, Mars standing left, spear in right hand, trophy in left; excellent portrait; old "cigar box" collection rainbow toning; from the Prof. Henry H. Armstrong collection, handwritten envelope notes, "Purchase, Champion, 1910"; scarce; SOLD







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