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Indo-Greek; Menander BCE 160-145



AR Drachm 2.26g, Pushkalavati mint?

M. 215l; Bopearachchi Serie 13i (monogram transposed)

OBS: BAΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣΟΤΗΡΟΥ MENANΔΡΟΥ Diad. Bust of Menander rt. Inscription around

REV: Kharoshthi legend “Menadrasa Maharajasa Tratarasa”

Monograms.

Athena left.


Ex: York Coins
Acquisition: 2006



Philip I CE 244-249



AR Antoninianus 4.06g, CE 244-245 Rome Mint,
RCV 8965,
OBS: IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG;
REV; SALVS AVG
Ex: Ancient Byways

Philip I CE 244-249


AR Antoninianus, Rome Mint, CE 245(?) 3.76g
RCV 8937
O IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG
R: LIBERALITAS AVGG II
Ex: Ancient Byways

Constantius II CE 337-361


AE Centenionalis, 4.65g 21mm, Minted in Sirmium c. CE 351-354
OBS: Diad. Draped bust right Δ behind head DN CONSTAN-TIVS PF AVG
REV: Constantius stg between two labarums each with a ΧΡ on them.
CONCORDIA MILITVM/ASIRM
RIC VIII SIRMIUM 33 Scarce, CHK 1592
Ex: Ancient Byways

Caracalla CE 198-217 Provincial Thrace



AE 28 Serdica, Thrace 15.47g
Moushmov 4877
OBS: AYT K M AYP CEV ANTΩNEINOC
REV: OYΛΠIA CEPΔIKHC Homonoia l. sacrificing over altar.
Ex: Ancient Byways

Philip I CE 244-249


AR Antoninianus, Rome Mint, CE 247, 3.9g
RCV 8918
O: IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG
R: AEQVITAS AVGG
Ex: Ancient Byways

Galerius CE 305-311


AE Follis, Cyzicus Mint, CE 305-307, 7.52g Scarce
O: IMP C GAL VAL MAXIMIANVS PF AVG
R: GENIO POPV-LI ROMANI/* in right field/KA
Ex: Ancient Byways

Diocletian CE 284-305



AE Follis, Carthage Mint, CE 299-303, 9.28g

C. 438, RIC VI 31a Scarce

O: IMP DIOCLETIANVS PF AVG

R: SALVIS AVGG ET CAESS FEL KART/A


Ex: Ancient Byways

This coin has "museum numbers" apparently painted in the right field adjacent to FEL KART "325"? I had never noticed these after purchase of the coin many years ago. I actually didn't notice them until I had enlarged the photo just taken recently.

Licinius CE 308-324




AE Follis, 21mm 5.18g Cyzicus Mint. Minted c. CE 311-312


O: VAL LICINNIANVS LICINNIVS PF AVG
R: GENIO AVGVSTI CMH/MKVΓ

RIC VI, 76 Scarce


Ex: Ancient Byways

Acquisition: 2007

Close up of the portrait of Licinius on this coin.

Licinius CE 308-324


AE Follis circa CE 312 Nicomedia Mint 4.52g 21mm
0: IMP C VAL LICIN LICINIVS PF AVG, laur bust rt.
R: GENIO A-VGVSTI/ SMN/Δ in field, Genius left emptying patera holding cornucopia, Eagle to left at feet.
RIC VI, Nicomedia 72a; struck c. CE 312 (earlier); scarce
Ex: Nemesis

Constantine I CE 307-337


AE 3, 18mm, 3.31g Antioch mint, c. CE 324-330
OBS: Diad. bust right CONSTAN-TINVS AVG
REV: camp gate with · in the doorway PROVIDEN-TIAE AVGG/SMANTЄ
RIC VII ANTIOCH 71 R2, CHK 1333
Ex: Ancient Byways

Julian II CE 360-363

AE 4 2.5g 15mm Arles mint ca. 360-361?
OBS: diademed hd draped bust right DN FL CL IVLI-ANVS PF AVG
REV: virtus left with orb and spear SPES REI-PVBLICAE */ PCON
RIC 301 variety rated RARE


Ex: Ancient Coins Canada

Byzantine; Tiberius Constantine CE 578-582


Bronze follis, S 430 var, DO 14e (obv legend var), aVF, 5th officina, Constantinople mint, 12.06g, 30.7mm, 45o, 581 - 582 CE.;
obverse Dm TIb[] -TANTANT PP AVI (or similar, blundered), crowned bust facing, wearing consular robes and holding mappa and eagle-tipped scepter, cross right;
reverse large m, cross above, ANNO right, s/II (year 8) left, CONЄ (= Constantinople officina 5) in ex
Ex: Forum Ancient Coins
Sold: 2007

Victorinus CE 269-271


AE Antoninianus; Cologne Mint 3.92g 22mm
IMP C VICTORINVS P F AVG, radiate, draped & cuirassed bust right.
Reverse - INVICTVS, Sol advancing left with whip

RIC 114, Cohen 49, RCV 11170

Ex: Incitatus

Otho CE 69 Provincial Egypt


Billon Tetradrachm, Alexandria mint, 8.37 g 24 mm (Yr. 1= January -April CE 69)

OBS: laur. Hd right AYTOK MAPK [OΘΩNOΣ KAIΣ ΣEB] L A

REV: head of Alexandria right AΛΕΞAN[ΔPEA]


Emmett 182(2), RCV 2167, RPC 5358, BMCG 212, Cologne 245, Milne 368


Ex: Ancient Byways
Acquisition: 2006

Antoninus Pius CE 138-161

Billon Tetradrachm, Alexandria mint, 10.13g 22.3mm
OBS: laur bust. Left ANTωNINOC CEB EYCEB
REV: hd of Serapis right[ L I ] Z

Emmett 1426 (Year 17= rated 1 )


Type not listed in RPC and submitted for inclusion.


Ex: Amphora

Trajan CE 98-117 Provincial Egypt


Bronze dichalcon, Alexandria Mint, 1.60g, 15.4mm, Yr. 16= 29 Aug 112 - 28 Aug 113 CE.; obverse laureate head right;

reverse oinochoe (cf. illustration below) or wine pitcher, L - Iς
(EMMETT RATED 5-Highest Rarity)

Emmett 726, Milne--, S--, VF

Ex: Forum Ancient Coins



Photo of a oinochoe from Egypt, circa CE 75-250 (in the Egypt Museum please visit their site for more information on this item)



















Vespasian CE 69-79 Provincial Egypt


Billon Tetradrachm, Alexandria mint, 12.06g 24.1mm (Yr. 2= CE 69-70)
OBS: laureate Hd. right ΑΥΤΟΚ ΚΑΙΣ ΣΕΒ ΟΥΕΣΠΑΣΙΑΝΟΥ/ LB
REV: Nike flying left with wreath

Emmett 205(1), RCV 2376 , Milne 393

Ex: Glenn Woods

It is possible that since this same type was issued for Vitellius during his short lived period of coinage from Alexandria, and the fact that he had issued the first Judea Capta related issues according to Hendin, it is possible that this issue was also Judea Capta related with Nike presenting a wreath.

Postumus CE 259-268



Billon Antoninianus, 3.16g., Colonia Agrippina mint (Cologne, Germany),

Obs: radiate draped and cuirassed bust of Postumus right, IMP C POSTVMVS .P. F. AVG,

Rev: Sol advancing left, right hand raised, whip in left hand, P in field left, ORIENS AVG,

RCV 10964, CE 265-268

provenance: Ex: York Coins, Baldwin's Auctions (42), 26 September 2005, William C. Boyd (1840-1906) Collection.


Acquired by Boyd from the Salbris Hoard (Sologne, Loir-et-Cher, Centre, France).

This type is considered rare as it was unlisted among the types found in the Cunetio hoard.


I have recently encountered two sources....one being Boyd himself regarding this hoard. The first appears in the 1905 Jahresberichte der Geschichtswissenshaft (Berlin, F. B Abraham etal) that notes "...700 denaren v. Valerianus bis Aurelianus in Salbris (Loire)" and notes the source as being the "Archaeologischer Anzeiger" (1903).

More importantly is a note found when I searched the Numismatic Chronicle for 1903. In there in the Proceedings for January 15, 1903 I found the following "Mr. Boyd gave an account of a find of Roman coins made at Salbris, near Romorantin in the Department of the Loire. The find consisted of six to seven hundred base denarii extending from the reign of Valerian to that of Aurelian, AD 253-275, and included many pieces of Gallienus, Postumus, Victorinus and Tetricus I and II" (page 10).

It appears that the hoard was likely found in or around 1902.

I think this information will finally end the quandry those of us have had who have been seeking information on this hoard. It also explains why it did not appear in Blanchet (his work being published several years before in 1900) (Les trésors de monnaies romaines et les invasions germaniques en Gaule) --update by JG 4 May 2008.

Please see the Numiswiki article written by yours truly located at:
http://www.forumancientcoins.com/numiswiki/view.asp?key=Salbris%20hoard


Boyd's Cabinet Card for this coin.



William C. Boyd, photograph from Baldwin's Auction Catalogue, 2005

Greece/Seleucid; Antiochus I Soter BCE 280-261





AE 15mm, 8.33 g, 4mm thick, Uncertain Mint 22 coining for Edessa and Anthemous*

THIS COIN IS A NEW VARIETY OF SC 361.3b and unrecorded. (per email from Arthur Houghton in Sept. 2008, whom I thank very much for the information)

This coin is SC 361.3b/ ex-Houghton (CSE 893) sold by CNG in 2005, cf link below:
http://cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=71421 This coin is shown here for illustrative and comparative purposes only. It is not part of this collection.


Houghton & Lorber, 361.3b v , CSE 893 v (though examples have insc. opposite and down),


WSM 801 v, CSE II, 115 has inscription proceeding in same direction as my example but Basileus on r. and Antiochou on left.




This example is heavier than the range provided which was 4.75-7.47 g.


*H & L pp. 135-136 (part 1 vol 1) "Distinguishing features of the Athena/trophy bronzes include dumpy flans, strongly concave reverses, and variations in epigraphy and the disposition of the legend. Provenances reflect a broad area of dispersion, from northeast Syria to Lebanon and Israel. The southernmost finds may signal that these bronzes travelled south with a military expedition, perhaps when Antiochus I captured Damascus, perhaps in the Fifth Syrian War (implying reattribution to Antiochus III)."



Obs: Hd of Athena r in crested Corinthian helmet, dotted border.

Rev: Trophy & Monogram in circle lower rt field. BAΣIΛEΩΣ going up on the left ANTIOXOY going up on the right, split by trophy in ctr of field


Lingren example has Basileus on right and Antiochou on left.


ANS example is about 5+ g.





Found in Israel




Ex: Amphora (David Hendin)
Acquisition: 2006
Tantalus ID#35544