Saturday, 2 January 2010

New Coins....

Well it's been a while since I posted anything of my own collection so I thought I would share a few new images with you, both of my own coins and new coins for my store.

Firstly my own coins which are, as usual, almost all Severan and almost all Denarii.

Severus Alexander AR denarius. SPES 232 AD. RIC 246
AR Denarius of Severus Alexanders (222-235AD) minted at Rome 232AD
Obv: "IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG", laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rev: "MARS VLTOR", Mars advancing right, holding shield and spear
RIC 246, 19mm, 2.77g
RIC IV 14; BMCRE 19; RSC 272

This type celebrates Severus Alexander's "victories" over the Parthians in the East.

Septimius Severus, AR Denarius: - 198-200 AD "Moneta"
Septimius Severus AR Denarius. 198-200 AD.
Obverse: "L SEPT SEV AVG IMP XI PART MAX" laureate head right
Reverse: "MONETA AVGG" Moneta seated left holding scales and cornucopia
RIC 510a. 3.72g 18mm
Laodicea Ad Mar mint.

A nice example of a "new style" denarii from Laodicea Ad Mar in the East. Although the style is clearly inferior to the Rome mint it is a huge improvement on the early style.

Septimius Severus, AR Denarius: - 193 AD "LEG XIIII GEM MV"
AR Denarius of Septimius Severus minted 193AD
Obv: "IMP CAE L SEP SEV PERT AVG", laureate head right
Rev: "LEG XIIII GEM M V, TR P COS" in exergue, legionary eagle between two standard
RIC IV 14; 3.13g, 17mm
Ex HD Rauch 85. Coins Auction, 26-28.11.2009

I have been trying for a while to convince myself to dip into my pocket for Severan legionary denarii and this one was a complete accident. I love it though even in this low grade it's probably my favorite coin.

This particular type honors the XIIII legion Gemina Martia Victrix, who were the first to declare Septimius Augustus. They also received aureii and sestertii for the troubles, but I don't eel quite rich enough for them yet.

Finally from my collection something non Severan...

Histiaia, Euboia AR Tetrobol
Obverse: Head of the Nymph Histiaia right, wearing sphendone.
Reverse: Histiaia sitting on galley right. Head of fork below. Legend: IΣTIAIEΩN.
Weight: 2.14 grams. Diameter: 15-18 mm

I bought this as it just looked beautiful, unfortunately my poor photography skills don't do it justice but it is a lovely coin in the hand with the most wonderful toning.

Now a few new coins for my shop.....

Antoninus Pius AR denarius. 146AD.
Obverse: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, Laureate head of Antoninus Pius right
Reverse: COS IIII Clasped right hands holding caduceus between corn-ears
RIC 135, 18mm, 3.05g

I posted this one as I love the cabinet tone on it. The contrast between the dark toning and silver raised portions is truly beautiful.

Titus Denarius. 80 AD.Tarraco
Obverse: IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M, laureate head right
Reverse: TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P, elephant left
RIC 115, 18mm, 3.19g

A slightly more affordable example of this rare type. I love the stern face of Titus and the elephant reverse.

Anyway I'm not going to clog my blog with spam for myself so I won't post any more just now. I will however be back soon with some more of my research shortly.


  1. Wow, history is beautiful so does these coins. You have pretty good collection of it, thank you for sharing it with us and keep posting more posts.

  2. love this look. I've always wanted a denim shirt but haven't gotten one yet.