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C for Commodus


Denar, Rome
Obv.: COMMODO CAES AVG FIL GERM SARM, draped bust right from behind
Rev.: PRINC IVVENT, Commodus standing, head left, holding branch, reversed spear in left, trophy with shield.
Ag, 3.21g, 18x19mm
Ref.: RIC III M. Aurelius 616, RSC 609, Kamp. 41.14.

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C for Claudius Gothicus


Claudius II Gothicus
AR-Antoninian, 268-270 AD, Antioch
Obv.: IMP C CLAVDIVS AVG Bust radiate, draped, cuirassed right
Rev.: DIANAE - VICTR Diana standing r. holding bow and drawing arrow from quiver, before her stag standing r. and looking back at her, H = officina 8 in exergue.
Ag, 21mm, 4.24g, 12h
Ref.. RIC 205

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SICILY. AKRAGAS. Ca. 500-470 BC.

Having some trouble  pasting the obscure script but of slight note  AKRA-ΓΑΣ is written in the archaic, epichoric script. Coins of "Agrigentum" have the specialty of having the name of the city in nominative sometimes. Obscure fact of the day from me...


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NOTE to SOLI types (Sol standing, holding globe or whip): Sol's stance can differ slightly from engraver to engraver and from mint to mint. Sometimes he is standing front, with one leg or knee slightly left or slightly right. These variations appear to be at the whim of the engraver and do not constitute unpublished types.

Constantine I. AE 3 half nummus, Trier AD 310-311, under Constantine I


Laureate and cuirassed, right.


Sol facing forward looking right, raising right hand and holding globe in left.

PTR in exergue

21.1mm, 2.98g

Riv VI Treveri 899

Puchased from Castellet Classical Numismatics

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Ric number corrected
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C is for Cassius

Ar Denarius of  L. Cassius Longinus Obv Head of Libertas right Rv Priestly implements Crawford 500/3 CRI 221 3.57 grms 20 mm Photo by W Hansen500-c.jpg.e05608e47d2d2cbb299a944e07158364.jpgThe situation with the Liberators is rather unusual. Cassius was clearly the more experienced  of the two leaders however it is Brutus that appears to be the most active that is at least in the production of coinage.   

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C is for Cyprus:


Lusignan Kingdom of Cyprus, under Henry II, AR gros grand (second series 1b), 1285-1324 AD (probably struck after 1310 AD),  Famagusta (?) mint. Obv: + hЄnRI RЄI DЄ (triple pellet stops), Henry seated facing on throne decorated with lions, holding lis-tipped scepter and orb. Rev: + IЄRuSAL'M Є DЄ ChIPR; Jersualem cross. 26.5mm, 4.50g. Ref: Metcalf; The Gros grand and the Gros petit of Henry II of Cyprus, part 2 (1983), no. 279–280; CCS 52.


Lusignan Kingdom of Cyprus, under Janus, AE sezin, 1398–1432 AD. Obv: + IA[nU]S . R[OI D]Є . , lion of Cyprus rampant l., pellet to l. of lion.  Rev: [+ IЄR]LM [Є D]Є C[IP]; cross of Jerusalem. 20mm, 1.45g. Ref: CCS 124b.

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11 minutes ago, Victor_Clark said:


Trier 900 is laureate, draped and cuirassed and seen from rear; while yours is laureate and cuirassed-- so Trier 899

Thankyou. The dealer had no attributions for the 3 coins I purchased. Thought I had that one. I have ammended my records.

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Constantine the Great GLORIA EXERCITVS AE-3 from Trier


Constantine AE follis. Struck AD 330-335. CONSTANTI-NVS MAX AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right. / GLOR-IA EXERC-ITVS, two soldiers holding spears and shields with two standards between them, standards with thin pointed banners. Mintmark TR dot P.


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Caracalla. 198-217 AD. AR Denarius (2.82 gm, 19mm). Laodicea mint. Struck 200/1 AD.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVGVSTVS, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev.: SAL GEN HVM, Salus standing left, holding serpent-entwined scepter, and raising kneeling figure personifying the human race. RIC #350; BMC 701; RSC 558a. gVF.

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Constantine II AE3 Antioch



Constantine II. AE 3, Antioch AD 330-335, under Constantine I


Laureate and cuirassed, right


Two soldiers, each with spear and shield, flanking two banners. Dots above and within both banners.

SMANS in exergue.

16.8mm, 2.72g.

Ric VII Antioch 87,s

Purchased from Castellet Classical Numismatics

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C for Concordia


Faustina II
AR-Denar, Rome
Obv.: FAVSTINA AVG ANTONINI AVG PII FIL, draped bust right, unbroken legend
Rev.: CONCO-RDIA, Concordia standing, head right, holding cornucopia and raising skirt with her right hand
Ag, 17.5mm, 3.08g
Ref.: RIC III 500b6, RSC 44, CRE 163 [S]

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Constantius II


Constantius II AE reduced. Rome AD 352-355, under Constantivs II.


Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed, right. B behind bust.


Soldier, helmeted, draped and cuirassed advancing left and spearing fallen horseman with right hand and wearing shield on left arm. Shield on ground to right of horseman wearing pointed cap, falling forward clutching horse’s neck.

Gamma in left field, R wreath Z in exergue.

22mm, 5.21g

Ric VIII Rome 256.

Purchased from Castellet Classical Numimatics

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Divus Antoninus Pius. Died 161 AD. AR Denarius (3.21 gm, 18mm). Rome mint. Struck under Marcus Aurelius, 161 AD. Obv.: DIVVS ANTONINVS, bareheaded bust right, slight drapery.
Rev.: CONSECRATIO, funeral pyre of four tiers, decorated with garlands, surmounted by facing quadriga.
RIC 438 (Aurelius); MIR 18, 27/4-12 (Aurelius); RSC 164a. VF.

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