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I am a very big fan of Roman Provincials. Being able to get cool and interesting emperors for cheap has always sparked my interest in them.

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2702601_1649247635.jpgTiberius

2690513_1648679961.jpgClaudius

 

Please post your Early Imperial Provincials to this thread 🙂 I'm interested to see what other people here have.

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@Riley....Nice coins...

Phoenicia, Arados 2 B.C
Aradus mint, year 258 (local Era) = 2/1 BC. 8,9 g - 20mm
Obverse: Bust of Astarte-Europa right with smaller head of Augustus in front.
Reverse: Humped bull galloping left, head facing, Phoenician letters beth (B), taw (TH), zayin (Z) & aleph (´) above, Aradian era date 258 (ΣNH) below.
RPC I 4483.

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9 minutes ago, Spaniard said:

@Riley....Nice coins...

Phoenicia, Arados 2 B.C
Aradus mint, year 258 (local Era) = 2/1 BC. 8,9 g - 20mm
Obverse: Bust of Astarte-Europa right with smaller head of Augustus in front.
Reverse: Humped bull galloping left, head facing, Phoenician letters beth (B), taw (TH), zayin (Z) & aleph (´) above, Aradian era date 258 (ΣNH) below.
RPC I 4483.

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Very cool, I love the size differences of the busts

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How early is early? I imagine anything Julio-Claudian counts. How about a Caligula?

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Caligula, AD 37-41.
Roman provincial Æ 20 mm, 6.74 g.
Peloponnese, Corinthia, Corinth, Ae. P. Vipsanius Agrippa and M. Bellius Proculus, duoviri, AD 37-38.
Obv: C CAESAR AVGVSTV, bare head right.
Rev: M BELLIO PROCVLO IIVIR / COR, Pegasus flying right.
Refs: RPC I 1173; Amandry (1988) XVII; BCD Corinth 405-6.

Some Claudius provincials:

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Claudius, AD 41-54 and Agrippina II, AD 50-59.
Roman provincial Æ 12 Nummia, 9.30 gm, 25.0 mm.
Bosporos, under King Kotys I, AD 50-54.
Obv: ΤΙ ΚΛΑΥΔΙΟΥ ΚΑΙCΑΡΟC, laureate head of Claudius, right.
Rev: ΙΟΥΛΙΑΝ ΑΓΡΙΠΠΙΝΑΝ CΕΒΑCΤΗΝ, head of Agrippina II, left, in loop ponytail; BAK before.
Refs: SGI 5438; RPC 1925; BMC 13.52,7; Anokhin Bosporus 348; SNG Copenhagen 31.

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Claudius, AD 41-54, and Agrippina II, AD 50-59.
Roman provincial Æ 19.6 mm, 4.19 g, 12 h.
Lycaonia, Iconia (as Claudiconium), magistrate M. Annius Afrinus, AD 50-54.
Obv: ΚΛΑΥΔΙΟϹ ΚΑΙϹΑΡ ϹЄΒΑ, laureate head of Claudius, right.
Rev: ϹЄΒΑϹΤΗ ЄΠΙ ΑΦΡЄΙΝΟΥ ΚΛΑΥΔЄΙΚΟΝΙЄѠΝ, bare-headed and draped bust of Agrippina II, right.
Refs: RPC I 3542; von Aulock Lyk. 258–62.

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Claudius, AD 41-54 and Agrippina II, AD 50-59.
Roman provincial Æ 20.2 mm, 5.81 g, 10 h.
Lydia, Thyatira, AD 50-54.
Obv: ΤΙ ΚΛΑYΔΙΟC CЄΒΑCΤΟC, bare head of Claudius right.
Rev: ΑΓΡΙΠΠΙΝΑΝ CЄΒΑCΤΗΝ ΘΥΑΤΙΡΗΝΟΙ, draped bust of Agrippina right.
Refs: Sear 507; RPC I 2380; BMC 22. 301, 57; SNG München 611; SNG von Aulock --; SNG Copenhagen --; Mionnet --; Wiczay --.
 
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Claudius, AD 41-54.
Roman provincial Æ 23.2 mm, 7.13 g, 12 h.
Cilicia, Caesarea (formerly Mopsuestia), AD 50/1.
Obv: ΤΙΒЄΡΙΟϹ ΚΛΑΥΔΙΟϹ ΚΑΙϹΑΡ; bare head of Claudius, right.
Rev: ΚΑΙⳞΑΡΕΩΝ ΕΤΟΥⳞ Ε; veiled Tyche, seated right, on rocks and holding ears of corn; below, river god.
Refs: RPC I 4086; SNG von Aulock 6348 (Caesarea in Cappadocia); SNG Copenhagen 177 (Caesarea in Cappadocia); SNG Schweiz II (Righetti) 1759 (Caesarea in Cappadocia); SNG Österreich (Caesarea in Cappadocia) 2759-60; RG 4744-45; BMC 21.31,4 (Anazarbus?).
 
 
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32 minutes ago, Roman Collector said:

How early is early? I imagine anything Julio-Claudian counts. How about a Caligula?

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Caligula, AD 37-41.
Roman provincial Æ 20 mm, 6.74 g.
Peloponnese, Corinthia, Corinth, Ae. P. Vipsanius Agrippa and M. Bellius Proculus, duoviri, AD 37-38.
Obv: C CAESAR AVGVSTV, bare head right.
Rev: M BELLIO PROCVLO IIVIR / COR, Pegasus flying right.
Refs: RPC I 1173; Amandry (1988) XVII; BCD Corinth 405-6.

Some Claudius provincials:

Claudius and Agrippina II Bosporus.jpg
Claudius, AD 41-54 and Agrippina II, AD 50-59.
Roman provincial Æ 12 Nummia, 9.30 gm, 25.0 mm.
Bosporos, under King Kotys I, AD 50-54.
Obv: ΤΙ ΚΛΑΥΔΙΟΥ ΚΑΙCΑΡΟC, laureate head of Claudius, right.
Rev: ΙΟΥΛΙΑΝ ΑΓΡΙΠΠΙΝΑΝ CΕΒΑCΤΗΝ, head of Agrippina II, left, in loop ponytail; BAK before.
Refs: SGI 5438; RPC 1925; BMC 13.52,7; Anokhin Bosporus 348; SNG Copenhagen 31.

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Claudius, AD 41-54, and Agrippina II, AD 50-59.
Roman provincial Æ 19.6 mm, 4.19 g, 12 h.
Lycaonia, Iconia (as Claudiconium), magistrate M. Annius Afrinus, AD 50-54.
Obv: ΚΛΑΥΔΙΟϹ ΚΑΙϹΑΡ ϹЄΒΑ, laureate head of Claudius, right.
Rev: ϹЄΒΑϹΤΗ ЄΠΙ ΑΦΡЄΙΝΟΥ ΚΛΑΥΔЄΙΚΟΝΙЄѠΝ, bare-headed and draped bust of Agrippina II, right.
Refs: RPC I 3542; von Aulock Lyk. 258–62.

Claudius and Agrippina II Thyateira.jpg
Claudius, AD 41-54 and Agrippina II, AD 50-59.
Roman provincial Æ 20.2 mm, 5.81 g, 10 h.
Lydia, Thyatira, AD 50-54.
Obv: ΤΙ ΚΛΑYΔΙΟC CЄΒΑCΤΟC, bare head of Claudius right.
Rev: ΑΓΡΙΠΠΙΝΑΝ CЄΒΑCΤΗΝ ΘΥΑΤΙΡΗΝΟΙ, draped bust of Agrippina right.
Refs: Sear 507; RPC I 2380; BMC 22. 301, 57; SNG München 611; SNG von Aulock --; SNG Copenhagen --; Mionnet --; Wiczay --.
 
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Claudius, AD 41-54.
Roman provincial Æ 23.2 mm, 7.13 g, 12 h.
Cilicia, Caesarea (formerly Mopsuestia), AD 50/1.
Obv: ΤΙΒЄΡΙΟϹ ΚΛΑΥΔΙΟϹ ΚΑΙϹΑΡ; bare head of Claudius, right.
Rev: ΚΑΙⳞΑΡΕΩΝ ΕΤΟΥⳞ Ε; veiled Tyche, seated right, on rocks and holding ears of corn; below, river god.
Refs: RPC I 4086; SNG von Aulock 6348 (Caesarea in Cappadocia); SNG Copenhagen 177 (Caesarea in Cappadocia); SNG Schweiz II (Righetti) 1759 (Caesarea in Cappadocia); SNG Österreich (Caesarea in Cappadocia) 2759-60; RG 4744-45; BMC 21.31,4 (Anazarbus?).
 
 

I think anything first century would count, nice coins!

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Phrygia, Laodikeia. Gaius Caesar, grandson of Augustus. AE 15mm (3.53 gm). Struck circa 5 AD under the magistrate Antonius Polemon Philopatris.
Obv.: ΓΑΙΟΣ ΚΑΙΣΑΡ (GAIOS KAISAR), bare head right.
Rev.: Eagle with spread wings between two monograms ΠΟΛΕ (left),ΦΙΛΟΠΑΤ (right),("Polemon" and "Philopatris"). ΛΑΟΔΙΚΕΩΝ (LAODIKEON) below. RPC I 2900; BMC 154. VFnormal_gaius_caesar.jpg.610df9412e7b82462fe5efbc3f544e1b.jpg

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circa 10-2 BC
Charinos Grammateus, magistrate.
Obv: ΛΙΒΙΑΝ ΗΡΑΝ ΧΑΡΙΝΟΣ. Draped bust of Livia right.
Rev: ΟΥΛΙΑΝ ΑΦΡΟΔΙΤΗΝ. Draped bust of Julia (as Aphrodite) right.
Æ, 18 mm, 3.38 g
Ref.: RPC 2359

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One of my favorite Provincials is this Augustus from Kyzikos with capricorn reverse

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RPC I, 2245,   F.W. Hasluck, NC 1906, 27, no. 3, AMC 1183

A skinny Nero - AD 60, Sardeis

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ΝΕΡΩΝ ΚΑΙⳞΑΡ, laureate head of Nero r / ΕΠΙ ΜΙΝΔΙΟΥ ⳞΑΡΔΙΑΝΩΝ, laureate head of Heracles, r., with lion skin tied round neck
RPC I, 3002, BMC 120, Cop 522 corr.

A Claudius from Aizanis

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ΚΛΑΥΔΙΟΝ ΚΑΙϹΑΡΑ ΑΙΖΑΝΙΤΑΙ, laureate head of Claudius, r. / ƐΠΙ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ ΜΗΤΡΟΓƐΝΟΥϹ, Zeus standing left with eagle and sceptre
RPC I, 3089

From the same city, a coin with the portrait of Agrippina II

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A rare lady, tough to acquire in Imperial coinage -

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Ionia. Magnesia ad Sipylum. Domitia AD 82-96.
Bronze Æ
15 mm, 2,86 g
ΔΟΜΙΤΙΑ ϹƐΒΑϹΤΗ, draped bust of Domitia, right / ΜΑΓΝΗ ϹΙΠΥ, river god reclining l., holding branch of plant and cornucopia over inverted pot from which flows water
RPC II, 986; BMC 56; Cop 259

One of the most common city to get provincials coins from is Antioch. I don't complain as the portraits are very realistic.

Some of my 1st century coins from Antioch

Claudius

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Otho

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Domitian

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And a Trajan dated 98-99 where I particularily liked another reverse, not the large S C and also the portrait, where it's clear that the engravers had Nerva in mind.

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This semis from Paestum-Poseidonia, Lucania for Tiberius is pretty homely.  It has the distinction of being an ancient where my best source for issue information came from Wikipedia.  There's probably some stuff elsewhere on the web, but this was the best I could find at the time of attribution:

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Tiberius  Æ Semis L. Licinius, Duovir Paestum-Poseidonia, Lucania  (c. 14-37 A.D.) [P]-S [S]-C across fields, laureate head right / [L] LICINI(VS) II[VIR], Victory walking right, holding wreath and palm branch. RPC 613; Crawford 6; SNG Cop 1386. (var. rev. leg.) (3.81 grams / 14 mm) eBay Dec. 2018  Notes:  "The coins of Paestum begin about 550 BC... Issues continue until the reign of Tiberius. For unknown reasons Paestum alone of all the smaller Italian mints, was allowed to continue minting bronze coins by a Senatorial decree of about 89 BC after this had been centralized. Later coins carry "P. S. S. C.", standing for "Paesti Signatum Senatus Consulto" to reflect this." Wikipedia

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Here's a coin that's early enough to hit the trifecta: it's simultaneously catalogued as Roman Republican, Roman Imperial, and Roman Provincial.

Augustus, AR Cistophoric tetradrachm [ = three denarii]*, 27-26 BCE, Province of Asia [NW Asia Minor], Mysia, Pergamum[?] Mint. Obv. Bare head right, IMP•CAESAR downwards behind, lituus before / Rev. Capricorn** swimming right with head turned back to left, cornucopiae on its back, AVGVSTVS below; all within a laurel wreath tied in bow at bottom. RIC I Augustus 488 (2nd ed. 1984) [see http://numismatics.org/ocre/id/ric.1(2).aug.488]; RSC I Augustus 16a (3rd ed. 1978) (ill. p. 132); RPC I Online 2208 [see https://rpc.ashmus.ox.ac.uk/coins/1/2208]; Sear RCV I 1585;  Sutherland Group IIIβ, nos 87–98a [see Sutherland, C.H.V., The Cistophori of Augustus (London, 1970)]; BMCRE I Augustus 698; BMCRR II (East) 287. 26 mm., 11.7 g. Purchased Feb. 2022 from Wessex Coins, UK. [Footnotes omitted.]

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My main interests were for many many years late Roman Empire and feudal coinage. In the last couple of years I have discovered how similar the idea of Greek provincial coinage was to the feudal coinage that appeared after the decentralization of Charlemagne's empire in the late 9th to the 10th century.

Here is L. Servenius Capito and his wife Iulia Severa, Capito was archon of Akmoneia in 65AD during the reign of Nero and he minted for Nero and 'civic issues' for 'Roma at Akmoneia':

 

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Coin is clear yellow brass (or orichalcum).

 

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7 hours ago, Riley said:

I think anything first century would count, nice coins!

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Augustus and Rhoemetalkes, Bronze - Semi autonomous coinage of Thracia, c11BC-12AD
KAISAROS SEBASTOU, Bust of Augustus right
BASILEWS ROIMHTALKOU, Busts of Rhoemetalkes and his wife right
9.82 gr
Ref : Sear #5396

 

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Domitian as Caesar, Roman Empire
AE hemiassarion
Obv: [ΔΟΜΙΤΙΑΝ]ΟC ΚΑΙCΑΡ Laureate head of Domitian to right
Rev: ΚΛΑΥΔEΙ-[ΚΟΝΙEΩΝ], Victory standing on globe to right, holding wreath in her right hand and palm branch over her left shoulder
Mint: Claudioconium (Iconium)
Date: 69-81 AD
Ref: RPC II (unpublished)

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A little late to the party with some 2022 purchases.

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Phrygia, Amorion. Vespasian AE23. AD 69-79.

Obv: OYEΣΠAΣIANON KAIΣAΡ, laureate head right, AM monogram beneath neck.
Rev: EΠI Λ ANTΩNIOY ΛONΓEINOY, eagle standing left on spear.
Magistrate L. Antonius Longinus.
RPC II 1423

 

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Lycaonia, Iconium. Titus AE18

Obv: T CAES IM PONT / laureate head of Titus, r.
Rev: COL - ICO-NIEN, E - Q / two standards; between them, star.
Struck during the reign of Vespasian.

 

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Cilicia, Augusta. Livia AE20

Obv: CEBACTH ΛIOYIA, draped bust right.
Rev: AYΓOYCTANHN ΔΡ, Tyche seated right, holding grain ears; below, half-length figure of river-god Saros swimming right.
SNG Levante 1238; RPC I 4013.

 

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Cilicia, Olba. Æ15. Dated year 2 = AD 11-12.

Obv: Ajax, high priest and toparch. Head of Ajax as Hermes, wearing close-fitting cap right.
Reign: Augustus. Magistrate: Ajax (high priest and toparch)
Rev: ΑΙΑΝ-ΤΟΣE ΤΕY-B-ΚΡΟY.
SNG Levante 633

 

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Cilicia, Mopsouestia-Mopsos. Claudius AE20.

Obv: ΚΛΑΥΔΙΟϹ ΚΑΙϹΑΡ Laureate head of Claudius to right.
Rev: ЄΤΟΥϹ ΚΑΙϹΑΡЄΩΝ - Γ Turreted and veiled bust of the city-goddess to right.
RY 3 = 47/8.

 

 

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One each from four of the the first five emperors (I don't have a Caligula).  The Nero's a rare contemporary forgery from Alexandria. 

 

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AUGUSTUS
AE As. 10.64g, 27.7mm.
SPAIN, Calagurris. Augustus. 27 BC-AD 14. L. Baebius Priscus and C. Gran. Brocchus, duoviri. ACIP 3122a; RPC I 441b.
O: MVCAL IVLIA AVGVSTVS, laureate head right.
R: L BAEB PRISCO C GRAN BROC II VIR, Bull standing right, head facing.
Ex Archer M. Huntington Collection (HSA 1001.1.20771)

 

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TIBERIUS
AE18. 5.35g, 17.5mm.
PHRYGIA, Dionysopolis, circa AD 14-37. Charixenos Char tou Char, magistrate.
RPC I 3120.
O: ΣΕΒΑΣΤΟΣ, Bare head right of Tiberius (?).
R: ΔΙΟΝΥΣΟΠΟΛΙΤΩΝ - ΧΑΡΙΞΕΝΟΣ / ΧΑΡ ΤΟΥ ΧΑΡ, Dionysus standing left, holding bunch of grapes and thyrsus.

 

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CLAUDIUS
AE24. 9.25g, 24.4mm.
JUDAEA, Caesarea Panias, circa before AD 49, pre-royal coinage of Agrippa II. RPC 4842; Meshorer 350; Hendin 1259.
O: [TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR IM P P], laureate head left.
R: [ANTONIA B]RITANN[ICVS OC]TAVIA, the children of Claudius: from left to right, Claudia Antonia, Britannicus, and Claudiua Octavia, the two daughters each holding a cornucopia.

 

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NERO
Contemporary Imitation of Billon Tetradrachm. 10.98g, 23.8mm.
Copying EGYPT, Alexandria, RY 14 (AD 67/8). RPC 5307; Dattari-Savio Pl. 319, 14(this coin); Metcalf, Two Alexandrian Hoards. 1. A Hoard of Forgeries from Luxor," (Revue Belge de Numismatique Vol. CXXII, 1976, pp. 65-69) Obv IX/Rev 17.
O: ΝΕΡΩ ΚΛΑV ΚΑΙΣ ΣΕΒ ΓΕΡ ΑV, radiate bust left, wearing aegis, LΙΔ in left field.
R: ΔΙΟΣ ΟΛΥΜΠΙΟΥ, laureate bust of Zeus Olympios right.
Ex Giovanni Dattari Collection, probably from the E.T. Newell Luxor Hoard (1908)

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I don't specialize in early Provincials but still have a few.  I believe my favorite is the Germanicus and Drusus from Sardis, Lydia, AE25 which is often found (more often than not?) with the circular countermark changing the legends but retaining the original types.  Finding this pair in what most people would consider satisfactory grade will not be easy.  Does anyone know details on when the countermark was added?

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