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Matching on priestly implements.


Julius Caesar AR Denarius.
Military mint travelling with Caesar, 49-48 BC.
Elephant advancing to right, trampling on serpent; CAESAR in exergue / Emblems of the pontificate: simpulum, aspergillum, securis (surmounted by wolf's head), and apex. Crawford 443/1; CRI 9; BMCRR Gaul 27-30; RSC 49. 3.26g, 20mm, 2h.
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Shahis of Ohind AE Jital of Vakka Deva around 870 AD

Diameter 18mm and 1.9 grams.

Obv. Elephant facing left with the name "Sri Vakka Deva" above in Nagari.

Rev. Lion to the right with gaping mouth, tongue out and one front paw raised. Diamond symbol in the rump.

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Faustina II Denarius, 145-161image.png.2bf106a2c0677bad7305fca02594760a.pngRome. Silver, 18mm, 2.68g. Bust of Faustina the Younger, band of pearls round head, hair waived and coiled on back of head, draped, right; FAVSTINAE AVG PII AVG FIL. Venus, draped, standing left, holding apple in right hand and rudder set on dove, in left; VENVS (RIC III, Antoninus Pius 515A (denarius)). Found Rossington, near Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Portable Antiquities Scheme: SWYOR-D8E6A8

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Faustina Junior. Augusta, AR Denarius

Struck under Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus, AD 161-164

AD 147-175

Rome mint

Diameter: 18 mm

Weight: 3.35 grams

Obverse: Draped bust right, wearing stephane

Reverse: Draped and ornamented throne on which are two infant boys

Reference: RIC III 712 (Aurelius); MIR 18, 27-4b Diad.; RSC 191

Other: 12h … Good VF, toned

Ex-stevex6 … From the Dr. George Spradling Collection


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Faustina Major (138-140) Lifetime issue Denarius (2,81g, c. 16/18mm), Rome mint, 139-140 AD.
Obv.: FAVSTINA - AVGVSTA, draped bust right.
Rv.: IVNONI - REGINAE, Juno standing, facing, head left., holding patera and sceptre, peacock at feet.
RIC 338, RSC 215.


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Julia Domna (under Septimius Severus) Denarius, 196-202
image.png.c2ee8b10a839d265201288a60233484a.pngLaodicea ad Mare, Syria. Silver, 16mm, 2.15g. Bust of Julia Domna, hair waved and coiled at back, draped, right; IVLIA AVGVSTA. Juno, veiled, draped, standing left, holding patera in extended right hand and sceptre in left hand; at feet, left, peacock; IVNO REGINA (RIC IV, 640). Found Hertfordshire.

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Γ in the reverse field

Julia Domna AD 193-217.
Roman provincial AE triassarion, 8.75 gm, 24.4 mm, 6 h.
Moesia Inferior, Tomis, AD 193-211.
Obv: ΙΟVΛΙΑ ΔΟΜΝΑ CE, bare-headed and draped bust, r.
Rev: ΜΗΤ ΠΟΝ ΤΟΜΕΩC, Nike advancing l., holding wreath and palm, retrograde Γ (=3) to left.
Refs: Varbanov 4857; AMNG 2811.

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Vonones I Drachm, AD10
Ekbatana. Silver, 19.5mm, 3.82g. Diademed head of Vonones I to left, wearing earring; BACIΛEYC ONΩNHC (King Vonones). Nike standing to right, holding wreath in her right hand and palm in her left; in inner right field, monogram; BACIΛEΥ[C O]NΩNHC NEIKHCAC APTABANON (King Vonones, conqueror of Artabanos) (Sellwood 60.5).

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Link patera 

Selinus tet.

 Ob:   Σ – Ε – Λ Ι – NO – TI – ON River god Hypsas holding branch and patera pouring libation over altar, rooster on left below. Parsley leaf on right and statue of bull on base of altar Rev: Apollo to left shooting with bow from quadriga driven by Artemis. Corn-ear in exergue W. Schwabacher. Die Tetradrachmenpràgung von Selinunt, MENG 43 (1925), 23, 36f. Rizzo pl. 33. 4 (these dies. De Nanteuil 100, 315.
17.1gm  27 mm



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Ionia. Leukai 350-300 BCE
16.06mm 3.00g
Obverse: Laureate head of Apollo left
Reverse: •ΛOKPOΣ / ΛE-O, swan standing left, head reverted
SNG Copenhagen 801 type (legends)
Ex Marc Breitsprecher

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Roman Republic, C. [Caius/Gaius] Calpurnius Piso L.f. [son of Lucius] Frugi [son-in-law of Cicero, married to Tullia], AR Denarius, 67-59 BCE, Rome Mint. Obv. Laureate head of Apollo right in high relief, hair long and in ringlets; behind, control symbol ɸ (Greek letter phi) (Crawford obverse die 32; Hersh 1976 obverse die O-33) / Rev. Naked horseman galloping right wearing shaped conical cap, holding reins but carrying no palm branch or other object; above, control symbol sword [Crawford] or knife [Hersh 1976] with curved blade [Crawford reverse die 43, Hersh 1976 reverse die R-1038]; beneath horse, C• PISO• L• F• FRVG [with VG blurred on die]. Crawford 408/1a [Apollo laureate rather than wearing fillet]; BMCRR Rome 3774 [this die combination]; Hersh 1976 at p. 32, Corpus No. 89 [this die combination]; RSC I Calpurnia 24j [Apollo laureate/horseman wearing conical cap & carrying no palm branch or other object]; Harlan, Michael, Roman Republican Moneyers and their Coins 63 BCE - 49 BCE (2d ed. 2015) (“Harlan RRM II”), Ch. 7 at pp. 54-59; Sear RCV I 348; Sydenham 846. 18 mm., 3.86 g. 6 h.  [Double die-match to Ira & Larry Goldberg Auction 80, Lot 3048, 03.06.2014 (see https://www.acsearch.info/image.html?id=2012900), previously sold by LHS Numismatik AG, Auction 100, Lot 398, 23/04/2007. ] [Footnotes omitted.]

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Asia Minor, Troas
AE13, 4th Century B.C.
Obv.: horseman galloping right, wearing petasos and chlamys flying behind
Rev.: cock standing right, ∆AP downward on right
AE, 2.739g, maximum diameter 12.7mm, die axis 180deg
Ref.: SNG Cop 293; SNGvA 1504; SNG München 177; SNG Tübingen 2582; BMC Troas p. 49, 8; McClean 7812; Weber 5363

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Rooster as a main design element on the reverse.

Antioch Pisidia pseudo-autonomous assarion.jpg
Roman provincial Æ 13 mm, 1.2 g.
Antioch, Pisidia, time of Antoninus Pius, AD 138-161.
Obv: ANTIOCH, draped bust of Mercury/Hermes (head assimilated to portrait of Marcus Aurelius as Caesar), left; to right, caduceus.
Rev: COLONI, chicken walking right.
Refs: RPC IV.3, 7350 (temporary); BMC 19.176,1 (pl. XXXI, 1); SNG von Aulock 4916; Krzyżanowska 140–1, VII.7–9; cf. SNG BN 1067.

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Link: Bust of Hermes


Mysia, Pergamon
Obv.: Draped bust of Hermes to right; wing on head.
Rev.: ΠΕΡΓΑΜΗΝΩΝ; winged kerykeion.
AE, 17mm, 2.70g
Ref.: unpublished type
(Same obverse (die match) as H. v. Fritze. - Berlin, 1910, pl. III, 26, but with kerykeion instead of tree/serpent on the reverse)

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Link caduceus



Ionia, Ephesus
Cistophorus (ca. 28 BC).
Rev.: PAX, Pax standing left, holding caduceus; to right, serpent rising left from altar; all within wreath.
Ag, 11.51g, 26mm
Ref.: RIC² 476, RPC I 2203, CRI 433.

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