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Lot # 487 - Augustus (27 BC - 14 AD). AE As. Emerita mint. P. Carisius, legatus pro praetore. Struck c. 25-23 BC. Obv. CAESAR AVGV TRIB POTEST. Bare head right. Rev. P CARISIVS/ LEG/ AVGVSTI in three lines. RIC I (2nd ed.) 20; ACIP 4436i. AE. 8.06 g. 25.50 mm. R. Attractive coin with a lovely emerald green patina with light deposits. Good VF.
Treasure from Roman Empire
Lot # 488 - Augustus (27 BC - 14 AD). AV Aureus. Tarraco mint. Struck 18-17/16 BC. Obv. Bare head left. Rev. Capricorn right, holding globe attached to rudder between front hooves; cornucopia above its back; below, AVGVSTVS. RIC I (2nd ed.) 129 (R4); BMCRE p. 62 note var. (Capricorn left); Biaggi 83 var. (head right); ACIP 4342; Calicó 166. AV. 7.79 g. 20.00 mm. RRR. Extremely rare, only one example offered in public sale (Roma Numismatics 27, 2023, 636) in over 20 years. Coin of enchanting beauty, sharply struck from fresh and masterfully engraved dies. Wonderful light patina over perfect and bright surfaces. Good EF.
Lot # 489 - Augustus (27 BC - 14 AD). AV Aureus. Lugdunum mint, 2 BC - 12 AD. Obv. CAESAR AVGVSTVS DIVI F PATER PATRIAE. Laureate head right. Rev. C L CAESARES (in exergue) AVGVSTI F COS DESIG PRINC IVVENT. Gaius and Lucius Caesar, on left and right, standing facing, each togate and resting a hand on one of two shields set on ground between them; behind the shields, two spears; above, on left, simpulum right, and on right, lituus left. RIC I (2nd ed.) 206; C. 42; Calicó 176. AV. 7.64 g. 19.00 mm. R. Faint scratches on reverse. VF. On the 21st of February 4 AD, Gaius Caesar, the eldest son of Augustus’ daughter Julia, died in Anatolia aged twenty-three. Despite his vast inexperience, the emperor had called upon his young grandson when a revolt had been staged in Armenia, giving him proconsular powers and trusted advisors to combat the unrest. Gaius had invaded Armenia in 2 CE and come away injured, eventually succumbing to the sickness it caused him. Gaius’ younger brother, Lucius, had been similarly unfortunate. In mid-2 CE, aged only eighteen, he had fallen sick in Gaul and died shortly after. The deaths of both he and his elder brother left Augustus in a difficult position: he was now heirless, with no sons of his own. Gaius and Lucius—sons of not only Augustus’ daughter Julia, but his trusted general and childhood friend, Marcus Agrippa—had been adopted by Augustus as his own son in 17 BC.
Phalera Depicting Augustus
Lot # 490 - Time of Augustus (27 BC - 14 AD). Fragment of Billon boss (phalera). Obv. Laureate head of Augustus left; before, lituus; behind, Victory who crowning him. Gilded BI. 12.95 g. 42.00 mm. Absolutely interesting item from military Roman world. Traces of gilding, broken and holed, otherwise. good VF.
Lot # 491 - Divus Augustus (died 14 AD). AE Sestertius, Rome mint, struck under Tiberius, 22-23 AD. Obv. DIVVS AVGVSTVS PATER. Augustus, radiate and togate, seated left on throne, his feet on a stool, holding laurel branch in right hand and long scepter in left; altar to left. Rev. TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVST P M TR POT XXIIII, around large S C. RIC I (2nd ed.) (Tib.) 49. AE. 25.44 g. 35.00 mm. R. Rare and superb example of this fascinating issue. Enchanting brown patina with reddish hues. Good VF.
Lot # 492 - Augustus (27 BC - 14 AD) with Agrippa. AE As, Nemausus mint, c. 20-10 BC. Obv. Heads of Agrippa, wearing combined rostral crown and laurel wreath, to left and Augustus, with bare head, to right, back to back; IMP above, [DIVI F below]. Rev. Crocodile right, chained to palm tree; above, wreath with long ties; COL NEM across field. RIC I (2nd ed.) 155 (for weight; but one wreath); RPC I 523 (for weight). AE. 9.29 g. 26.00 mm. A nice example in coarse style, with green earthy patina. Scratches on obverse, as usual for this issue. Good VF.
Lot # 493 - Augustus (27 BC - 14 AD) with Agrippa. AE As, Nemausus mint, c. 10 BC-10 AD. Obv. Heads of Agrippa, wearing combined rostral crown and laurel wreath, to left and Augustus, with oak wreath, to right, back to back; IMP above, DIVI F below. Rev. Crocodile right, chained to palm tree; above, wreath with long ties; COL NEM across field. RIC I (2nd ed.) 158; RPC I 524. AE. 11.25 g. 28.00 mm. A choice example with green earthy patina. Minor patina flaws. Scratches on obverse, as usual for this issue. Good VF/About EF.
Lot # 494 - Agrippa (died 12 BC). AE As. Rome mint. Struck under Caligula, 37-41 AD. Obv. M AGRIPPA L F COS III. Head left, wearing rostral crown. Rev. S C. Neptune, cloaked, standing left, holding dolphin in right hand and trident in left. RIC I (2nd ed.) (Gaius) 58. AE. 10.54 g. 28.50 mm. A superb example. Lovely emerald green patina. Fields very gently smoothed, otherwise. EF.
Spectacular "Tribute Penny" Denarius
Lot # 495 - Tiberius (14-37). AR Denarius 'Tribute Penny' type. Lugdunum mint, 36-37 AD. Obv. TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTVS. Laureate head right. Rev. PONTIF MΛXIM. Livia as Pax, seated right, holding reversed spear and olive branch. RIC I (2nd ed.) 28. AR. 3.76 g. 19.00 mm. A superb example, sharply struck and virtually uncirculated. Enchanting brilliant old cabinet tone, with iridescent highlights. Good EF. The tribute penny was the coin that was shown to Jesus when he made his famous speech 'Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and unto God the things that are God's.' The phrase comes from the King James Version of the gospel account: Jesus is asked, 'Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not?' (Mark 12:14) and he replies, 'bring me a penny, that I may see it' (Mark 12:15).
The "Tribute Penny" Aureus
Lot # 496 - Tiberius (14-37). AV Aureus 'Tribute Penny' type. Lugdunum mint, 36-37 AD. Obv. TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTVS. Laureate head right. Rev. PONTIF MΛXIM. Livia (as Pax) seated right on chair, feet on footstool, holding sceptre and olive branch. RIC I (2nd ed.) 29; SNG BN 22-7; Lyon 149; Calicò 305 b; Biaggi 169. AV. 7.62 g. 18.50 mm. R. A choice and brilliant example, with a superb Tiberius' portrait. About EF/Good VF.
Lot # 497 - Gaius (Caligula) (37-41). AE Sestertius. Rome mint, c. 37-38 AD. Obv. C·CAESAR·AVG·GERMANICVS·PON·M·TR·POT. Laureate head left. Rev. S·P·Q·R / P·P / OB·CIVES / SERVATOS within oak wreath. RIC I (2nd ed.) 37; C. 24. AE. 28.26 g. 36.50 mm. R. Rare and in exceptional state of preservation. A bold portrait, masterfully engraved. Superb glossy green-brown patina, nearly as struck. FDC.
Lot # 498 - Gaius (Caligula) (37-41). AE Sestertius. Rome mint, 40-41 AD. Obv. C CAESAR DIVI AVG PRON AVG PM TR P IIII PP. Pietas veiled seated left, holding patera and resting elbow on figure of Spes; in exergue, PIETAS. Rev. DIVO-AV[G]/ S-C. Hexastyle garlanded temple surmounted by quadriga before which, Caligula veiled and togate standing left sacrificing from patera over garlanded altar, one attendant leads bull to altar, a second attendant holds patera. RIC I (2nd ed.) 51; C. 11 (Fr.15). AE. 29.74 g. 35.50 mm. RR. Rare and superb example of this fascinating issue. Enchanting reddish brown patina. Slightly rough surfaces. Good VF.
Lot # 499 - Claudius (41-54). AV Aureus. Rome mint, 49-50 AD. Obv. TI CLAVD CAESAR AVG PM TR P VIIII PP IMP XVI. Laureate head right. Rev. [PACI] AVGVSTAE. Pax-Nemesis, winged and draped, advancing right, with right hand holding out fold of drapery below chin, with left hand holding winged caduceus, pointing down at erect snake, gliding right. RIC I (2nd ed.) 46; Calicò 369; Lyon 54; BN 61; BMCRE 51. AV. 7.67 g. 18.50 mm. RR. Rare. Choice and brilliant, with underlying luster. Impressive portrait. Reverse slightly off centre, otherwise. about EF/Good VF.
Claudius with Agrippina Jr. Aureus
Lot # 500 - Claudius (41-54) with the wife Agrippina Junior. AV Aureus. Rome mint, c. 50-54 AD. Obv. TI CLAVD CAESAR AVG GERM P M TRIB POT P P. Laureate head of Claudius right. Rev. AGRIPPINAE AVGVSTAE. Draped bust of Agrippina right, wreathed in grain ears. RIC I (2nd ed.) 80; C. 6. AV. 7.69 g. 19.00 mm. R. A superb example of this historically significant and fascinating issue. Underlying luster. EF. Once installed in power, the supposedly oafish Claudius surprised everyone by ruling with intelligence and moderation. He erred only in his obsession with detail, his reliance on freedmen and cronies, and his atrocious taste in women. Messalina, his promiscuous third wife, ran wild as Empress and nearly brought down his regime with a sex-crazed conspiracy in AD 48. His next wife, Agrippina the Younger, depicted on the reverse of this aureus, used her wiles to enhance her own power and advance Nero, her son by a previous marriage, in the succession arrangements. This done, she fed Claudius a dish of poisoned mushrooms in October, AD 54 and brought his 13-year reign to an end. (Heritage 3015, 23304).
Lot # 501 - Nero (54-68). AE Sestertius, c. 64 AD. Obv. NERO CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG GER PM TR P IMP PP. Laureate head right, wearing aegis. Rev. ANNONA AVGVSTI CERES SC. Annona standing right, holding cornucopia, facing Ceres seated left, holding grain ears and torch; between them, modius on garlanded altar, ship’s stern in background. RIC I (2nd ed.) 139. AE. 26.20 g. 36.50 mm. Outstanding example with fascinating, solid green patina. Minor smoothing. EF. Sold but not paid in Artemide LIX, 2023, lot 553. The fascinating reverse of this issue, so rich in symbolic elements, refers to one of Rome's main and most vital organizational problems, the annual grain supply for its inhabitants. Annona, of whom this is the first imperial monetary representation, was responsible for storing and distributing the grain, while Ceres was the protector of the harvest. Between them, in the center of the scene is the modus, the measure for grain, placed on an altar. In the background is the stern of a navis frumentaria, to whose owners Nero had granted special privileges so that the capital could be regularly supplied. The same theme inspired the issue with the Congiarium, representing one of the periodic imperial handouts to the people, and probably the type with the port of Ostia, where, in addition to that of Pozzuoli, grain arrived from the provinces.
Lot # 502 - Nero (54-68). AE Sestertius, 64 AD. Obv. NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P. Laureate head right, wearing aegis. Rev. S C. View of triumphal arch, showing front and left hand side; above, the Emperor in a quadriga escorted by Victory; arch is heavily ornamented and decorated with statues of Pax, Mars and two soldiers. RIC I (2nd ed.) 143. AE. 27.35 g. 35.00 mm. A superb example. Lovely orichalcum toned surfaces. Gently smoothed, otherwise. about EF.
Lot # 503 - Nero (54-68). AE Dupondius. Rome mint, 65 AD. Obv. NER[O CLAV]D CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P. Radiate head right. Rev. ROMA S C. Roma, helmeted, in military dress, seated left on cuirass, holding wreath in right hand and in left a parazonium; around and behind are various arms. RIC I (2nd ed.) 296. AE. 12.79 g. 29.00 mm. Excellent example, with a suggestive portrait. Enchanting green-brown patina. Minor area of flat strike on obverse, otherwise. EF.
Lot # 505 - Nero (54-68). AE Sestertius. Lugdunum mint, c. 65 AD. Obv. NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER PM TR P IMP PP. Laureate head left. Rev. DECVRSIO SC. Nero prancing right on horseback, holding spear; beyond and behind him, mounted soldier prancing right, holding vexillum. RIC I (2nd ed.) 397. AE. 27.47 g. 36.00 mm. RR. Very rare Lugdunum' Sestertius. Impressive portrait and enchanting earthen light olive green patina. Good VF.
Choice Nero Tetradrachm
Lot # 506 - Nero (54-68). AR Tetradrachm, Antioch mint, Seleucis and Pieria, Syria, c.62-63 AD. Obv. ΝΕΡΩΝ ΚΑΙΣΑΡ ΣΕΒΑΣΤΟΣ. Laureate bust right, wearing aegis. Rev. AIP • Θ. Eagle standing right on thunderbolt, wings open; to right, palm branch. RPC I 4184; Prieur 84. AR. 14.96 g. 25.50 mm. R. Rare. Sound metal, brilliant, superb and lightly toned, with golden hues. About EF.
Lot # 507 - Nero with Agrippina II. AE 20.5 mm. Smyrna mint, Ionia, c. 54-59 AD. Obv. [NЄPΩNA ΣЄBAΣTON] AΓPIΠΠINA ΣЄBAΣ[THN]. Draped bust of Agrippina II right facing laureate head of Nero left. Rev. [AY] ΓЄΣΣIOΣ ΦIΛOΠATPIΣ]. Nemesis standing right, with caduceus; before, snake; in right field, ZMIP. RPC I 2479. AE. 5.03 g. 20.50 mm. R. Rare and choice example. Superb deep green patina. Good VF. Ex Astarte XVI, 2004, 1720.
Lot # 508 - Galba (68-69). AE Sestertius. Rome mint. June-August, 68 AD. Obv. SER GALBA IMP CAES AVG TR P. Laureate and draped bust right. Rev. ROMA (in exergue) SC. Roma, helmeted and draped, seated left on cuirass, holding vertical spear and resting on shield. RIC I (2nd ed.) 241. AE. 26.71 g. 35.00 mm. Superb example with a lovely brown patina.. About EF/Good VF.
Lot # 509 - Galba (68-69). AR Denarius, Africa (Carthage?) mint. Struck circa June-October 68 AD. Obv. SER GALBA IMP AVG. Laureate head right, globe at point of bust. Rev. VICT-ORIA PR S C across field. Victory standing left on globe, holding wreath in right hand and palm in left hand. RIC I (2nd ed.) 520 var. AR. 3.38 g. 18.00 mm. An apparently unpublished variety of a very rare type. Choice, brilliant and lightly toned. EF.
Lot # 511 - Vespasian (69-79). AE Dupondius. Rome mint, 75 AD. Obv. IMP CAES VESP AVG PM TP COS VI. Radiate head right. Rev. FELICITAS PVBLICA SC. Felicitas standing left, holding caduceus and cornucopiae. RIC II-p. 1 (2nd ed.) 818. AE. 10.18 g. 27.00 mm. A superb example. Lovely toned orichalcum surfaces. Insignificant area of flatness on obverse legend and minor corrosion spots on reverse legend, otherwise. EF.
Lot # 512 - Vespasian (69-79 AD). AR Denarius, Ephesus mint, July-December 69 AD. Obv. IMP CAES VESPAS AVG. Laureate head right. Rev. PACI ORB — TERR AVG. Turreted and draped female bust right, long ringlet on side of neck. RIC II-p. 1 (2nd ed.) 1397; RPC 807. AR. 2.46 g. 19.00 mm. R. Hairline flan crack. Rare and superb, brilliant with underlying luster and lightly toned. About EF.
Spectacular DIVI TITI FILIA's Peacock in Splendor
Lot # 513 - Julia Titi, daughter of Titus (Augusta 79-91 AD). AR Denarius, Rome mint. Obv. IVLIA AVGVSTA. Diademed and draped bust right, hair in long plait down back. Rev. DIVI TITI FILIA. Peacock standing facing, tail ‘in splendor’. RIC II-p. 1 (2nd ed.) (Domit.) 683 (Aureus) and note 72 ; RIC II (Domit.) 218 ; Mazzini 7 (Domitian). AR. 3.05 g. 20.00 mm. RRR. Extremely rare. Brilliant and superb, with underlying luster and golden highlights. Insignificant minor area of soft striking on obverse, otherwise. EF. This issue is well known as aurei, but the denarii have had a mixed history. At the time of the first edition of RIC II in 1926, the type was cataloged alongside the aurei, without question. By the time the second edition of BMCRE appeared in 1976, though, there apparently were doubts about the authenticity of the denarii, as the footnote referencing them simply stated, “authority?” Nonetheless, the issue was revisited in the second edition of RIC II in 2007, in which the authors state: “Such denarii were previously doubted (modern forgeries of this issue exist, e.g. Becker, also ancient plated copies) though the presence of a denarius for the parallel Domitia issue suggests denarii of this type may be possible.”Though Julia was an Augusta, she was secondary in importance to Domitia, the wife of her uncle Domitian, who was then the reigning emperor. None the less, the future was brimming with hope for Julia, a woman who has come down to us in the historical tradition as less than scrupulous. She was young enough to hope for an elevation from her position of honor to one of actual authority, especially since she was having a secret affair with her uncle Domitian, who was childless and in a difficult marriage. In 83 Julia’s prospects brightened considerably: Domitian exiled his wife and Julia could pursue her affair with Domitian more completely by living with him in the palace. This did not bode well for Julia’s unfortunate husband, her second cousin Flavius Sabinus, who Domitian soon executed on an invented charge. The incestuous couple shared their lives until 90 or 91, when Julia died of a failed abortion attempt. (NAC 33, 461 note).
Lot # 514 - Domitian as Caesar (69-81). AV Aureus, Rome mint, struck under Vespasian, 69-81 AD. Obv. CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS. Laureate head right. Rev. Parthian kneeling right, extending left hand and holding out signum, with vexillum attached, in right; in exergue, COS V. RIC II-p. 1 (2nd ed.) (Vespas.) 959. AV. 7.42 g. 19.50 mm. Superb example of this fascinating and historically significant issue. About EF.
Lot # 515 - Domitian (81-96 AD). AE Sestertius. Ludi Saeculares issue. Rome mint. Struck 14 September-31 December 88 AD. Obv. IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TR P VIII CENS PERP P. Laureate bust right. Rev. [COS XIIII] LVD SAEC A POP, FRVG AG on platform, S C in exergue. Domitian seated right on platform, holding patera, approached by two citizens holding parerae over vessels set on platform; in background, tetrastyle temple. RIC II-p. 1 (2nd ed.) 608. AE. 27.58 g. 36.00 mm. R. Rare and interesting issue. Choice sestertius, well struck on broad flan, charming portrait and deep green patina. Obverse legend partially restored. EF.
Lot # 516 - Domitian (81-96). AE Sestertius. Rome mint, 95-96 AD. Obv. IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XV CENS PER PP. Laureate head right. Rev. IOVI VICTORI SC. Jupiter seated left, holding Victory and sceptre. RIC II-p. 1 (2nd ed.) 702; C. 314 (FR.4). AE. 26.85 g. 35.50 mm. R. Rare. A choice example, with a superb portrait. Lovely glossy green brown patina. Slightly worn on obverse high points, otherwise. about EF/Good VF.
Lot # 518 - Trajan (98-117). AR Denarius, Rome mint, 103-111 AD. Obv. IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC PM TR P. Laureate bust right, slight drapery on far shoulder. Rev. COS V P P S P Q R OPTIMO PRINC. Victory standing left, holding wreath and palm. RIC II 128. AR. 3.13 g. 20.00 mm. Hairline flan crack. Darkly toned, underlying luster. EF.
Lot # 519 - Trajan (98-117). AE Sestertius, Rome mint, 101-102 AD. Obv. IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG GERM PM. Laureate head right, with traces of drapery on left shoulder. Rev. TR POT COS IIII PP / SC. Pax seated left, holding branch and sceptre. RIC II 432; C. 636. AE. 28.98 g. 35.00 mm. A choice expressive portrait. Glossy deep green brown patina. Slightly worn high points, otherwise. about EF.
Danube and Dacia
Lot # 520 - Trajan (98-117). AE Sestertius, Rome mint, c. 104/5-107 AD. Obv. IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC PM TR P COS V PP. Laureate head right. Rev. SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI / SC. The river-god Danube, holding reed in his left hand and with billowing drapery above his head, standing left, placing knee on Dacia, whom he forces to the ground. RIC II 556-559 var. (differing bust types). AE. 28.54 g. 37.00 mm. R. Rare. A spectacular example of this fascinating issue, sharply struck on a broad medallic flan, from masterly engraved and detailed dies. Superb portrait and enchanting emerald green patina. Fields slightly and gently smoothed, otherwise. about EF.
Lot # 521 - Trajan (98-117 AD). AE Sestertius, Rome mint, 116-117 AD. Obv. IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GER DAC PARTHICO P M TR P COS VI P P. Laureate and draped bust right. Rev. PROVIDENTIA AVGVSTI S P Q R S C. Providentia standing front, head left, holding long sceptre with her left hand and pointing with her right at globe on ground. RIC II 663; C. 320. AE. 25.07 g. 33.50 mm. R. Rare. Sharply struck and superb, with an outstanding expressive portrait. Lovely deep green patina, with brown hues. Minor traces of gently smoothing. EF. Ex Artemide LV, 2021, 443.
Lot # 522 - Marciana, sister of Trajan (died 112 AD). AR Denarius. Struck under Trajan, c. 112-117 AD. Obv. DIVA AVGVSTA MARCIANA. Draped bust right, hair elaborately dressed, above which crescent-shaped diadem. Rev. CONSECRATIO. Eagle with spread wings perched left on sceptre, head right. RIC II (Traj.) 743. AR. 3.45 g. 19.00 mm. RRR. Very rare and in excellent condition for issue. A superb example, with a wonderful portrait and lovely light cabinet tone, with golden hues. About EF. There is very little in the historical record of Ulpia Marciana, Trajan's sister. She was the wife of C. Salonius Matidius, by whom she had one doughter, Matidia. Unlike many other imperial relatives during the Empire, she is reputed to have been of very high character. During Trajan's reign, after Mathidius death, Marciana lived as a widow, and did not take another husband. She was a close friend of Trajan's wife, Plotina, and both jointly accepted the title of Augusta in 105 AD (which they had both rejected in 100 AD). The date of her death is debatable, and although some scholars believe she died in the year she was hailed Augusta, her death is commonly placed in 112 or 114 AD. (Triton XVIII, 1078 note).
Lot # 523 - Hadrian (117-138). AV Aureus, Rome mint, c. 119-125 AD. Obv. IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG. Laureate and cuirassed bust right. Rev. P M TR P COS III. Jupiter seated left on throne, holding thunderbolt and sceptre. RIC II 64; Calicó 1304. AV. 7.43 g. 19.00 mm. Minor edge bump. Sharply struck in high relief. Attractive red-gold toning. Insignificant dark spot on reverse legend. Good VF.
Exceptional Hadrian's Denarius
Lot # 524 - Hadrian (117-138). AR Denarius, Rome mint, 125-128 AD. Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS. Laureate head right, with drapery on far shoulder. Rev. COS III. Veiled Pudicitia, standing left. RIC II 176. AR. 3.40 g. 19.00 mm. An outstanding example, sharply struck from masterly engraved dies. A bold portrait of excellent style and an enchanting well detailed reverse. Lovely light tone, with golden highlights. Very rare as such. Good EF/About FDC.
Lot # 525 - Hadrian (117-138). AE Sestertius, Rome mint, 119 AD. Obv. IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG. Laureate bust right with slight drapery on far shoulder. Rev. PONT MAX TR POT COS III SC. Roma seated left on cuirass, right foot on helmet, holding Victory and spear; behind her, shield. RIC II 562b; C. 1188. AE. 26.36 g. 33.00 mm. Impressive portrait with enchanting green patina and brown hues. Minor earthy deposits. Insignificant flan crack and metal flaw on reverse. EF.
Lot # 526 - Hadrian (117-138). AE Sestertius, Rome mint, 125-128 AD. Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS. Laureate bust right, with slight drapery on far shoulder. Rev. COS III S-C. Neptune standing left, right foot set on prow, mantle on thigh, holding dolphin and trident. RIC II 634; C. 311. AE. 27.84 g. 32.50 mm. A choice example with solid dark patina. Good VF/VF.
Lot # 527 - Hadrian (117-138). AE As, Rome mint, 134-138 AD. Obv. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P. Laureate bust right. Rev. FELICITAS AVG SC. Felicitas standing facing, head left, holding branch and cornucopiae. RIC II 808; C. 647. AE. 10.35 g. 25.00 mm. A choice example with fascinating brown patina. Minor encrustations and metal flaw on obverse, otherwise. EF/About EF.
Lot # 528 - Hadrian (117-138). AE Sestertius. Rome mint, c. 128-132 AD. Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P. Laureate bust right, slight drapery on left shoulder. Rev. HILARITAS P R S C. Hilaritas standing left, holding palm and cornucopiae, nude infant and small girl at feet on either side; in exergue, COS III. RIC II 970c; C. 819. AE. 29.84 g. 33.00 mm. A choice example with a bold portrait. Minor metal flaws on obverse. Good VF/About EF.
Lot # 529 - Hadrian (117-138). BI Tetradrachm, Alexandria mint, Dated RY 18 (AD 133/4). Obv. ΑVΤ ΚΑΙС ΤΡΑΙΑΝ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟС СЄΒ. Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind. Rev. Serapis enthroned left, holding scepter, extending his right hand toward Kerberos seated at his feet; L I H (date) across field. RPC online 5871; K&G 32.571; Dattari 1479. BI. 13.53 g. 23.00 mm. A choice and fascinating example. Slightly rough surfaces. Good VF.
Lot # 530 - Sabina, wife of Hadrian (died in 137 AD). AE Denarius. Struck under Hadrian. Obv. SABINA AVGVSTA HADRIANI AVG P P. Laureate, diademed bust right, wearing tiara. Rev. Ceres seated left on basket, holding corn ears and torch. RIC II (Hadr.) 411a; C. 91. AE. 3.37 g. 18.50 mm. R. Rare. A choice and perfectly centred example. About EF.
Lot # 534 - Antoninus Pius (138-161). AE As, Rome mint, 140-144 AD. Obv. ANTONINVS AVG PIVS PP TR P COS III. Laureate head right. Rev. FELICITAS A[VG] SC. Felicitas standing front, holding caduceus and branch. RIC III 679; C. 366. AE. 11.74 g. 28.00 mm. Choice and superb, with a wonderful portrait. Lovely light olive green patina. Insignificant minor areas of weakness beside the border, otherwise. EF.
Ex Magnaguti Collection
Lot # 535 - Antoninus Pius (138-161). AE Sestertius, Rome mint, 145-161 AD. Obv. [AN]TONINVS AVG PIVS PP T[R P] Laureate head right. Rev. COS IIII [SC] (in exergue). Antoninus driving slow quadriga left, extending hand and holding eagle-tipped sceptre. RIC III 767; C. 320 (Fr. 12). AE. 27.15 g. 32.00 mm. R. Rare. Superb portrait. Toned orichalcum surfaces. Minor areas of flatness, otherwise. good VF.
Lot # 536 - Antoninus Pius (138-161). AE Sestertius, Rome mint, 149-150 AD. Obv. ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XIII. Laureate head right. Rev. COS IIII SC. Aequitas standing facing, head left, holding scales and cornucopiae. RIC III 865; C. 244 (Fr. 40). AE. 23.96 g. 32.50 mm. RR. Very rare and choice. Lovely glossy brown patina, slightly worn at high points, otherwise. about EF.
Lot # 537 - Antoninus Pius (138-161). AE Sestertius, Rome mint, c. 153-154 AD. Obv. ANTONINVS AVG PIVS PP TR P XVII. Laureate head right, with drapery on left shoulder. Rev. INDVLGENTIA AVG COS IIII SC. Indulgentia seated left, extending hand and holding scepter. RIC III 914; C. 454. AE. 29.83 g. 33.00 mm. Superb example with light brown patina. Virtually as struck. Minor metal flaw on reverse. EF.
Lot # 538 - Divus Antoninus Pius (after 161 AD). AR Denarius. Obv. DIVVS ANTONINVS. Bare headed bust right, with drapery on far shoulder. Rev. CONSECRATIO. Four-tiered funeral pyre, surmounted by facing quadriga. RIC III (M. Aurel.) 438; C. 164. AR. 3.27 g. 17.50 mm. Virtually as struck. Bright fields with brown hues. About FDC.
Lot # 539 - Antoninus Pius (138-161) and Marcus Aurelius Caesar. AR Denarius, Rome mint, 141-143 AD. Obv. ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P. Bare head of Antoninus Pius right. Rev. AVRELIVS CAESAR AVG PII F COS DES. Bare head of Marcus Aurelius right. RIC III 412a. AR. 3.08 g. 18.50 mm. An outstanding example, superb and prettily toned, with iridescent hues. Light graffiti on reverse fields, otherwise. EF. This dynastic denarius depicting Antoninus Pius and Marcus Aurelius illustrates the adoptive system of succession employed by emperors from Hadrian through Antoninus Pius as a means of ensuring a smooth transition of power to individuals prepared for rule. Dynastic succession through bloodlines tended to provide inexperienced leadership and could lead to civil war. While the system worked well for the so-called Adoptive Emperors, it should be noted that Nerva, Trajan, Hadrian, and Antoninus Pius all lacked sons that survived into adulthood, so the principle that adoption of the 'best man' should prevail over blood descent was never truly tested. In any case, it fell apart under Marcus Aurelius when he left the empire to his own son, the unstable Commodus. Diocletian (AD 284-305) took another stab at setting up a system of imperial succession absent blood descent, but it, too, broke down when two of his chosen colleagues favored their own natural sons. (Heritage 3012, 2011, 24695 note).
Enchanting Faustina I
Lot # 540 - Diva Faustina I, wife of Antoninus Pius (died 141 AD). AR Denarius. Struck under Antonius Pius, after 141 AD. Obv. DIVA FAVSTINA. Draped bust right, hair coiled on top of the head. Rev. AVGVSTA. Throne, on which is a wreath with a sceptre in front. RIC III (A. Pius) 377; C. 1\31. AR. 3.19 g. 18.00 mm. An outstanding example, brilliant and lightly toned, with golden hues. Virtually as struck. Good EF.
Lot # 541 - Diva Faustina I, wife of Antoninus Pius (died 141 AD). AE Sestertius. Struck under Antoninus Pius, after 141 AD. Obv. DIVA FAVSTINA. Draped and veiled bust right. Rev. AETER[NI]TAS SC. Aeternitas seated left, holding phoenix on globe and sceptre. RIC III (A. Pius) 1103A; C. 17. AE. 22.45 g. 30.50 mm. Delicate portrait. Roughness on reverse. Nice dark patina. About EF.
Lot # 542 - Diva Faustina I, wife of Antoninus Pius (died 141 AD). AE Sestertius, struck under Antoninus Pius, c. 141-146 AD. Obv. DIVA AVGVSTA FAVSTINA. Draped bust right, hair waved and coiled on top of head.. Rev. PIETAS AVG SC. Pietas standing left, dropping incense over lighted altar and holding perfume box. RIC III (A. Pius) 1146A; C. 240. AE. 23.48 g. 31.50 mm. Enchanting and nicely detailed portrait. Lovely light brown patina with minor green deposits. Good VF/About EF.
Lot # 543 - Diva Faustina I, wife of Antoninus Pius (died 141 AD). AE Sestertius, struck under Antoninus Pius, c. 141-146 AD. Obv. DIVA AVGVS-TA FAVSTINA. Veiled and draped bust right. Rev. PIETAS AVG SC. The Temple of Antoninus Pius and Faustina: hexastyle temple façade set on two-tiered base; ornate pediment decorated with figures; roof line surmounted by quadriga; figures with billowing veils at ends; S C in exergue. RIC III (A. Pius) 1148. AE. 30.58 g. 32.50 mm. R. Rare and superb example. Fascinating portrait and interesting architectural reppresentation. Dark patina, minor cleaning marks on obverse. EF/Good VF. The building depicted on the reverse of this important and rare sestertius is the temple that the Senate dedicated to Faustina in 141 A.D. in the Roman Forum. Its remains are now incorporated into the church of San Lorenzo in Miranda.
Lot # 544 - Marcus Aurelius (161-180). AV Aureus, Rome mint, 165 AD. Obv. ΛNTONINVS ΛVG ΛRMENIΛCVS. Laureate and cuirassed bust right. Rev. P M TR P XIX • IMP II COS III, Victory standing right, holding stylus in right hand, placing left on shield inscribed VIC/AVG and set on palm tree. RIC III 128; C. 475. AV. 7.25 g. 19.50 mm. Superb example with an enchanting portrait. Slightly bright fields. About EF/EF.
Lot # 545 - Marcus Aurelius (161-180). AE Sestertius. Rome mint. Struck Mar.-Dec. 161 AD. Obv. IMP CAES M AVREL ANTONINVS AVG. Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right. Rev. CONCORD AVG TR P XV COS III, S C. Concordia seated left, holding patera; left arm on chair; below chair, cornucopiae. RIC III 794. AE. 23.67 g. 34.00 mm. Scarce. Scarce and choice example. Gently smoothed. VF. Ex NAC I, 1999, 2040.
Marcus Aurelius Profectio
Lot # 546 - Marcus Aurelius (161-180). AE Sestertius, Rome mint, 169-170 AD. Obv. M ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXIIII. Laureate head right. Rev. COS III. Aurelius, wearing cuirass, on horse right, holding spear; in front, soldier with spear and shield, three soldiers holding standards behind; PROFECTIO AVG S C in exergue. RIC III 977. AE. 25.08 g. 30.50 mm. RR. Very rare and fascinating issue. An outstanding example, with a superb portrait and a spectacular reverse. Enchanting emerald green patina. EF. The profectio ('setting forth') was the ceremonial departure of a consul in his guise as a general in Republican Rome, and of an emperor during the Imperial era.
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