ROMAN IMPERIAL BRONZE

Tiberius, 14-37 A.D., ex: Voirol and Pr. Waldeck
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Tiberius, 14-37 A.D., ex: Voirol and Pr. Waldeck

AE As, 11.44g. 28mm.  Rome, 35-36 A.D.  TI CAESAR DIVI F AVGVST IMP VIII. Laureate head of Tiberius to left.  Rev. PONTIF MAX TR POT XXXVII S C. Rudder across large banded globe; small globe below.  RIC 58. BMC 117.  BN 109. Attractive brown patina. 

Provenance/Pedigree:
Ex: August Voirol(1884-1967) collection, Münzen und Medaillen, Basel, Auction 38, 1968, lot 346.
Ex: Christian August, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont(1744-1798) collection, Münzhandlung Basel, Auction 3, 1935, lot 151.

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Extremely Fine/about Extremely Fine $3,500.
Nero, 54-68 A.D.
Nero, 54-68 A.D.

AE Semis, 3.79g. 17mm.  Rome, c.62-68 A.D. NERO CAES AVG IMP.  Laureate head of Nero to right.  Rev.  CERT QVINQ ROM CO S C.  Urn and wreath on table; shield below; S for denomination above.    RIC 237.  Fine green patina.

The reverse legend is an abbreviation for certamen quinquennale.  This refers to games that were established in 60 by Nero and scheduled to be repeated every five years but there is no evidence of them continuing beyond his death in 68.  The games consisted of musical, athletic, and equestrian events. 

Provenance/Pedigree
Ex: EJW Ltd, List 74, 1999, no. 107.

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about Extremely Fine $1,750.
Nero, 54-68 A.D. Macellum dupondius
Nero, 54-68 A.D. Macellum dupondius

AE Dupondius, 15.00g. 30 mm. Lugdunum mint, c.64-67 A.D.  NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP PP. Laureate head of Nero to left. Rv. MAC AVG S C. Frontal View of the Macellum Magnum with a large domed central building (tholos)  with winged two- story  porticos; male statue in central intercolumniation above flight of steps; decorative columns in the shape of fish flanking the steps. BMC 336. RIC 400. Light green patina with some roughness and minor patina flaking.

The Macellum Magnum (large market) was built by Nero on the Caelian Hill and dedicated in 59 A.D.  It was rebuilt or refrubrished after the fire in 64 A.D.  The central domed area or tholus is designated for the sale of fish in a typcial Macellum and would have contained a water source and drains.   The flanking porticos would have contained a variety of shops on two levels.   (See: Richardson, A New Topographical Dictionary of Ancient Rome, pp.240-242 and Caradini, The Atlas of Ancient Rome, p.348.)

Provenance/Pedigree:
Ex: Gorny & Mosch, Auction 232, Munich, October 5, 2015, lot 414

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Very Fine $2,500.
Antoninus Pius, 138-161 A.D.
Antoninus Pius, 138-161 A.D.

AE Sestertius, 22.18g. 31mm. Rome, 151/152 A.D. IMP CAES T AEL HADR ANTONINVS AVG PIVS PP. Laureate head of Pius to right. Rv. TR POT XV COS IIII ANNONA AVG S C. Annona seated to left holding corn ears in right hand over modius and cornucopia in left hand. RIC 891. Dark brown patina

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about Extremely Fine $800.
Antoninus Pius, 138-161 A.D.  Rev. ASIA
Antoninus Pius, 138-161 A.D. Rev. ASIA

AE Sestertius, 26.28g. 31mm. Rome, c.139 A.D. ANTONINVS AVG PIVS PP. Laureate head of Antoninus Pius to right. Rev. COS II S C; ASIA below. Personification of Asia standing to left wearing a mural crown; she holds wreath in right hand and a long anchor with left hand; prow of ship below to left. BMC 1184. RIC 579. Cohen 65(40 Fr). Scarce reverse type and with a lovely reddish-brown patina.

Provenance/Pedigrees

Ex: Bankhaus Aufhauser, Munich, Auction 9, October 7, 1992, lot 324.

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good Very Fine $3,750.
Commodus, 177-192 A.D.
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Commodus, 177-192 A.D.

AE Sestertius, 23.04g. 30mm.  Rome, 178 A.D.  L AVREL COMMODVS AVG TR P III.  Laureate head of Commodus to right.  Rev. LIBERTAS AVG IMP II COS PP S C.  Libertas standing to left holding scepter and liberty cap.  RIC 1588(Aurelius).  BMC 1684. Dark olive patina.

Provenance/Pedigree:
Ex: Rauch, Vienna, Auction 91, 2012, lot 420
Ex: NAC, Zurich, Auction 106, 2018. lot 1563.

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about Extremely Fine/Very Fine $750.
Geta, 209-211 A.D. ex: Hess-Leu and Ratto
Geta, 209-211 A.D. ex: Hess-Leu and Ratto

AE Sestertius, 29.02g. 32mm. Rome, 211 A.D. P SEPTIMIVS GETA PIVS AVG BRIT. Laureate head of Geta to right. Rev. FORT RED TR P III COS II PP S C. Fortuna seated to left holding rudder on globe with right hand and cornucopia in left hand. BMC 427, 40. RIC 168a. Superb style portrait on a full heavy flan and attractive brown patina.

Provenance/Pedigrees

Ex: Erich von Schulthess-Rechberg (ESR) collection, Hess-Leu, Lucern, Auction 17, March 23, 1961, lot 273.
Ex: Ratto, Auction January 19, 1956, lot 218.

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about Extremely Fine $8,500.
Geta, 209-211 A.D.
Geta, 209-211 A.D.

AE As, 10.21g. 25mm. Rome, 211 A.D. P SEPTIMIUS GETA PIVS AVG BRIT. Laureate and draped bust of Geta to right. Rev. FORT RED TR P III COS II S C. Fortuna seated to left holding rudder and globe with her right and and cornucopia in her left hand.; wheel beneath throne. RIC IV, 175b. BMC 276. Dark green patina

Provenance/Pedigrees

Ex: EJ Waddell, List 71, July 1997, lot 131.

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Extremely Fine $1,500.
Maximinus I, 235-238 A.D.
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Maximinus I, 235-238 A.D.

AE Sestertius, 23.38g.  32mm.   IMP MAXIMINVS PIUS AVG.  Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Maximinus to right.  Rev. VICTORIA AVG S C.  Victory walking to right carrying palm branch and wreath.  RIC 145,67.  Reddish-brown and green patina.

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Extremely Fine $2,750.
Pupienus, 238 A.D.
Pupienus, 238 A.D.

AE Sestertius, 16.97g.  30mm.  IMP CAES M CLOD PVPIENVS AVG.  Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Pupienus to right.  Rev. VICTORIA AVGG S C.  Victory standing to left holding palm branch and wreath.  RIC 175, 23a.  BMC 255, 58. Excellent strike with an attractive green patina and completely natural un-cleaned surfaces.

Provenance/Pedigree:

Ex: NAC, Zurich, Auction 4, February 27, 1991, lot 433
Ex: Baldwins, NY Auction XXIII, January, 6, 2010, lot 202.

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Extremely Fine $10,000.
Pupienus, 238 A.D.
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Pupienus, 238 A.D.

AE Sestertius, 19.60g. 29mm. IMP CAES M CLOD PVPIENVS AVG. Larueate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Pupienus to right. Rev. CONCORDIA AVGGG S C. Concordia seated to left holding patera and cornucopia. BMC 43. RIC 20.  Excelent portrait and lovely dark reddish-brown patina.

Provenance/Pedigree:
Ex: Künker, Auction 288, Osnabruck, March 13, 2017, lot 238

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about Extremely Fine/Very Fine $2,250.
Gordian III, 238-244 A.D.,
Gordian III, 238-244 A.D.,

AE Sestertius, 20.81g,   28mm.  Rome, c. 240-243 A.D.   IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG.  Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Gordian to right.   Rev. LAETITIA AVG N S C.  Laetitia standing to left holding anchor and wreath.     RIC 300a.  Attractive brown patina.

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good Very Fine/Very Fine $125.
Philip I, 244-249 A.D.
Philip I, 244-249 A.D.

AE Sestertius, 16.26g. 28mm. Struck in 246 A.D. IMP CAES M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG. Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Philip to right. Rev. ANNONA AVG S C. Annona standing to left holding corn grains and cornucopia; moidus at her feet; hairline flan crack at 6:30 obv. RIC 168. Green patina with some light encrustation and virtually as struck

Provenance/Pedigree:
Ex: CNG, Auction 96, Lancaster, PA, May 14, 2014, lot 854

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Extremely Fine/Very Fine $950.
Philip I, 244-249 A.D.
Philip I, 244-249 A.D.

AE Sestertius, 28mm.  IMP M PHILIPPVS AVG.  Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Philip to right. Rev. FIDES EXERCITVS SC.  Military standards. RIC 171a. 16.95g.   Brown patina.

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Extremely Fine $900.
Philip I, 244-249 A.D.
Philip I, 244-249 A.D.

AE Sestertius, 15.58g. 28mm. IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG. Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Philip to right. Rev. TRANQVILLITAS AVGG S C. Tranquilitas standing to left holding capricorn and scepter. RIC 156.

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about Extremely Fine $375.
Valerian II, 253-255 A.D., ex: Tinchant and Conte
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Valerian II, 253-255 A.D., ex: Tinchant and Conte

AE Sestertius, 11.91g. 27mm. Commemorative coin struck after his death, 258 A.D.   DIVO CAES VALERIANO. Bare-headed, draped, and cuirassed bust of Valerian II to right.  Rev. CONSECRATIO S C.  Funeral monument decorated with swags and figures and surmounted by a quadriaga.  RIC 35. Gobl, MIR 43, plate 25,264o.   Very rare; green and brown patina with some light smoothing in the fields and on reverse. 

Provenance/Pedigree:
Ex: Tinchant collection, Brussels, c.1930-1965
Ex; UBS, Zurich, Auction 78, 2008, lot 1884.
Ex: William Conte collection, NAC, Zurich, Auction 52, 2009, lot 561.

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Extremely Fine/good Very Fine $10,000.
Postumus, 259-268 A.D.
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Postumus, 259-268 A.D.

AE Double Sestertius, 17.67g. Cologne, c.261 A.D. IMP C M CASS LAT POSTVMVS P F AVG. Radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Postumus to right. Rv. P M TR P COS II PP S C. The emperor in military dress standing to left holding globe and spear. Bastien 63. RIC 106. Excellent style for this issue and with an attractive brown patina

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good Very Fine $2,750.
Postumus, 259-268 A.D.
Postumus, 259-268 A.D.

AE Sestertius, 22.90 g. 31mm. Lugdunum, c.261 A.D. IMP C POSTVMUS P F AVG. Radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Postumus to right. Rv. VICTORIA AVG S C. Victory walking to left holding wreath and palm; captive below. RIC 170. Bastien 94. Brown and green patina; Excellent style and strike for Postumus

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about Extremely Fine $2,500.
Fausta, wife of Constantine I
Fausta, wife of Constantine I

AE Follis, 2.83g. 19mm. Sirmium mint, c.324-325 A.D.  FLAV MAX FAVSTA AVG.  Draped bust of Fausta to right.  Rev. SALVS REIPVBLICAE; SIRM in exergue. Fausta holding two children.  RIC VII, 475,55.  Toned with full silvering and with an exceptional portrait.

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Mint State $500.
Licinius I, 308-324 A.D.
Licinius I, 308-324 A.D.

AE Follis, 3.96g.  21mm.  Siscia mint, 313 A.D.   IMP LICINIVS P F AVG.  Laureate head of Licinius to right.  Rev. IOVI CONSERVATORI; SIS in exergue. Jupiter standing to left holding scepter and victory; eagle below to left; B in field to right. RIC 233a; hairline flan crack at 7:00 obv.  Dark brown patina.

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Extremely Fine $100.
Licinus II, 317-324 A.D.   RR
Licinus II, 317-324 A.D. RR

AE Follis, 3.29g.  18mm.  Rome, 318-319 A.D. LICINIVS IVN NOB CAES. Laureate,. draped, and cuirassed bust of Licinius to right.  Rev. SAECVLI FELICITAS P R R T.  Wreath inscribed AVG on decorated cippus.  RIC VII,315,162. Rare and among the best preserved examples of this significant historical type; dark green and brown patina.

This type celebrates a short-lived peace treaty between Constantine I  and Licinius I, proclaiming a "Happy Age."  The treaty took place on March 1, 317 at Serdica.   At that time Crispus, Constantine II, and Licinius II who were the sons of Constantine and Licinius were elevated to the rank of Caesar.   ( See RIC VII, pp. 67 and 280.)

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Extremely Fine $3,250.
Licinius II, 317-324 A.D.
Licinius II, 317-324 A.D.

AE Silvered Follis, 2.89g.  20mm.  Herakleia, 317 A.D.  D N VAL LICIN LICINIVS NOB C. Laureate bust of Licinius to left in consular attire; he wear cuirass and holds a mappa in his right hand and a scepter over his left shoulder.  Rev. PROVIDENTIAE CAESS; MHT "delta"' in exergue.  Camp gate.  RIC 19; hairline flan crack at 11:00 obv.

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Extremely Fine/about Extremely Fine $125.
Divus Maximianus under Constantine I, 317-318 A.D.
Divus Maximianus under Constantine I, 317-318 A.D.
AE 1/4 Follis, 2.26g. 15mm. DIVO MAXIMIANO SEN FORT IMP. Rome mint. Laureate, and veiled head of Maximianus to right. Rev. MEMORIAE AETERNAE; R T in exergue. Lion walking to right; club above. RIC 120. Scarce and unusually nice for the type; glossy brown patina. See more detailed image
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Martinian, 324 A.D. pedigreed to 1975
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Martinian, 324 A.D. pedigreed to 1975

AE Follis, 4.08g. 21mm. Nicomedia mint. D N MARTINIANO P F AVG. Radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Martinian to right. Rev. IOVI CONSERVATORI; SMNB in exergue. Jupiter standing to left holding Victory on globe and scepter; eagle with wreath in beak to left; bound captive seated to right; X/II"gamma" in field to right. RIC VII, 608, 46. C 3. Dark brown patina. Rare, especially in this quality.   Dark green and brown patina.

Provenance/Pedigrees:
Ex: Münzen und Medaillen, Basel, Auction 52, 1975, lot 762
Ex: Numismatic Fine Arts, New York, Auction XXV, 1990, lot 488
Ex: NAC, Zurich, Auction 38, 2007, lot 229
Ex: Ira and Larry Goldberg, Los Angeles, Auction February 5, 2013, lot 4218.


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good Very Fine $10,000.
Constantine II as Caesar, 316-337 A.D. ex: Mazzini
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Constantine II as Caesar, 316-337 A.D. ex: Mazzini

AE Follis, 1.91g. 18mm.  Cyzicus mint, 326 A.D.  No legend.  Laureate, draped, and curiassed bust of Constantine II to left.  CONSTANTINVS CAESAR SMKC in four lines; star above.  RIC 32.  Medium brown patina with some light encrustation.

Provenance/Pedigree:
Ex: Mazzini (188.3-1961)  collection, volume 5, plate  XXXVI, 83
Ex: Harlan J Berk, MBS 211, June 30, 2020, lot 301.
Ex: Dr. Lars Ramskold collection, Stockholm

 

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Extremely Fine $575.
Constantius II as Caesar,  324-337 A.D.
Constantius II as Caesar, 324-337 A.D.

AE Follis, 2.28g.  20mmm.  Trier, 325- 326 A.D.  FL IVL CONSTANTIVS NOB C.  Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Constantius to left.  Rev. PROVIDENTIAE CAESS; STR and crescent in exergue.  Camp gate.    RIC 464.  Dark brown patina.

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Magentius, 350-353 A.D.
Magentius, 350-353 A.D.

AE Follis or Maiorina, 5.29g. 22mm. Trier mint.  IM CAE MAGNENTIVS AVG. Draped and cuirassed bust of Magnentius to right.  Rev. FELICITAS REIPVBLICAE; A in field to right; TRP in exergue.   Emperor standing to left holding Victory and labarum emblazoned with a Christogram. RIC VIII,264. Bastien 24. Attractive brown patina and nearly as struck. 

Provenance/Pedigree:
Ex: Mülller, Solingen, Auction 117, 2016, lot 559.

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Extremely Fine $750.

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