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Matching coins of any Roman emperor and his wife make a nice pair. Severina was the wife of Aurelian (270-275). Most coins of theirs are radiate. However, both has asses issued in their names. I have had the Severina as below for a long time and recently picked up this reasonably well-matched Aurelian. The mini-set is complete.


Aurelian. 25-24 mm. 5.91 grams..
Laureate and cuirassed bust right.
Aurelian and Severina clasping hands, between the a radiate bust of Sol right. Δ in exergue.
RIC Aurelian 80. Sear III 11646.



Severina. 26-23 mm.
Diademed and draped bust right.
Juno standing left holding patera and scepter, small peacock at left. Γ in exergue.
RIC Severina 7. Sear III 11711.

Show us a pair of coins that complement each other!


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Antiochos III Megas and Euthydemos I Tetradrachms make a nice pair. Antiochos III tried to retake the wayward province of Baktria from Euthydemos after the Diodotids declared independence from the Seleukids. Euthydemos's justification for holding onto the Greco-Baktrian kingdom was that he killed the rebel Diodotos II, so he was not actually a rebel of the Seleukid Empire. Euthydemos lost the Battle of the Arius, retreating to the city of Baktra. Antiochos III besieged Baktra for 3 years, but eventually signed a peace treaty with Euthydemos. In exchange for war elephants, Antiochos betrothed his daughter to Euthydemos's son, Demetrios I Aniketos, known for his cool elephant hat and his campaigns in India.


Antiochos III Megas. 222-187 BC. AR Tetradrachm (28 mm, 17.06 g, 12h). Soli mint. Struck circa 197 BC. Diademed head right (Type Cii) / Apollo, testing arrow and resting hand on grounded bow, seated left on omphalos; to outer left, ΣA monogram above head of Athena left, wearing crested Corinthian helmet; ΣE monogram to outer right. SC 1019.2a; Houghton, Royal, Group C, 17–8 (A3/P5); HGC 9, 20; SNG Spaer 654 (same dies)


Euthydemos I, circa 225-200 BC. AR Tetradrachm (26 mm, 16.55 g, 12 h), mint B (Baktra?). Diademed head of Euthydemos I to right. Rev. BAΣΙΛΕΩΣ - EYΘYΔHMOY Herakles seated left on rock, placing his right hand on club set his right leg and leaning left on rocky seat; behind, monogram of PK. Bopearachchi 9A. HGC 12, 42.


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My favorite is this husband-wife pair with mirror-image depictions of Hercules wrestling with the Nemian lion.

Septimius Severus, AD 193-211.
Roman provincial Æ 18.6 mm, 4.37 g, 7 h.
Moesia Inferior, Marcianopolis, AD 193-211.
Obv: ΑV Κ CΕΠΤΙ CΕΥΗΡΟC Π, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: MAPKIA-NOΠOΛITΩ-N, Herakles standing left, wrestling the Nemean lion.
Refs: AMNG I 585 v.; Varbanov 710; Moushmov 397; H&J; Mionnet Suppl. 2, 126.

Julia Domna, AD 193-217.
Roman provincial Æ 16.8 mm, 4.33 g, 1 h.
Moesia Inferior, Marcianopolis, AD 193-211.
Obv: IOVΛIA ΔO-MNA CEB, bare-headed and draped bust right.
Rev: MAPKIANOΠOΛITΩN, Herakles standing right, wrestling the Nemean lion.
Refs: AMNG I 606; Varbanov 673; Moushmov 419; SNG Copenhagen --; SNG Budapest --.
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Marcus Aurelius and Faustina II


Marcus Aurelius
AR Denar, Rome
Obv.: AVRELIVS CAESAR AVG PII F, bare head right
Rev.: TR POT XV COS III, Pietas standing left, holding child in either arm, with two more children standing at her side.
Ag, 3.42g, 17.1mm
Ref.: RIC III (A.P.) 490



Faustina Minor
AR-Denar, Rome
Obv.: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, draped bust right, hair tied in bun with pearls
Rev.: FECVND AVGVSTAE, Fecunditas standing left between two children, holding two more in arms
Ag, 18.5mm, 3.3g.
Ref.: RIC III 676, CRE 178 [C]

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Loving brothers...


 Denarius RIC IV#179

Marcus Aurelius Severus Antoninus Caracalla
Denarius of the Roman Imperial Period 206 AD
Material: Silver
Diameter: 20mm
Weight: 3.23g
Mint: Rome
Reference: RIC IV Caracalla 179
Provenance: Ex InAsta Numismatics San Marino

You can see the right-facing bust of Caracalla with a laurel wreath. The inscription reads: ANTONINVS PIVS AVG for Antoninus Pius Augustus.

Caracalla is shown standing left, veiled and dressed in a toga. In his outstretched right hand he holds a patera (sacrificial bowl) over an altar. The inscription reads: VOTA SVSCEPTA X for Vota Suscepta Decennalia (vows for the coming ten years of reign).


Geta, Denarius.RIC 38b

Geta, as Caesar, AR Denarius. Rome, AD 203-208.( Minted AD 205 )
Ob- GETA CAES PONT COS, bare-headed and draped bust right.
Rev- VOTA PVBLICA, Geta standing left, sacrificing out of patera over tripod & holding roll.
RIC 38b. 3.57g, 14mm, 7h.


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Pictured below are a pair of plate coins from the Michel Prieur collection depicting the husband & wife pair of Philip I & Otacilia Severa. Both coins were struck at the Syrian mint at Antioch. 

1. Philip I, AD 244-249. Billon Tetradrachm: 13.55 gm, 25.5 mm, 6 h. McAlee 901f.

2 Otacilia Severa, AD 244-249. Billon Tetradrachm: 13.55 gm, 27.5 mm, 8 h. Prieur 383.



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I have a few that I hung on to for the purpose of having a "pair"

My favorite- a matching pair of Pupienus and Balbinus handshake antoninianii - ironic because it was their inability to work together that prevented them from uncovering the plot against their lives.



A matching pair of Marcus Aurelius + Faustina limes denarii - the Father & Mother of the Camp


Matching reverse on an as and a dupondius from Decius' Liberalitas


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AR Denarius Septimius Severus 193-211 AD ..3.37g. 18mm. 202-210 AD Rome mint.
Obverse- SEVERVS PIVS AVG, laureate head right
Reverse- FELICITAS AVGG, Felicitas standing facing, head left, holding caduceus and cornucopiae
RIC IV #261


Julia Domna. Augusta, AD 193-217. AR Denarius (3,84g). Rome mint.
Struck under Septimius Severus, circa AD 200-207.
Obverse.JVLIA AVGVSTA Draped bust right
Reverse.PIETAS AVGG Pietas standing left, holding acerrum (incence box) and dropping incense onto lighted and garlanded altar to left.
RIC IV# 572 (Septimius); RSC 150.

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Jovian and his successor Valentinian I with the same reverse type from the Sirmium mint


Jovian, 363-364 A.D., AE follis (21 mm, 3.79 g), Sirmium. D N IOVIA-NVS P F AVG Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Jovian to right. Rev. VOT / V / MVLT / X in four lines within laurel wreath; in exergue, ASIRM. RIC 118.  From the collection of Dipl.-Ing. Adrian Lang.

Valentinian I, circa 364 A.D., (19mm, 3.37g), Sirmium, AE Follis, Bust of Valentinian I to right. Rev.VOT / V / MVLT / X in four lines within laurel wreath; in exergue, BSIRM. RIC 8.

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Trajan & Plotina...



Lydia. Thyateira. Trajan. 98-117 AD. AE 25mm (9.14 gm).
Obv.: ΑΥ ΝΕΡ ΤΡΑΙΑΝΟΝ CΕ ΓΕΡ ΔΑΚΙ , laureate head right.
Rev.: ΘΥΑΤΕΙΡΗΝΩΝ; Athena in long chiton standing facing, head left, holding patera in her extended right hand, resting with left on shield placed on ground beside her, behind which upright spear. RPC III 1823. 


Plotina, AE18 of Gordus-Julia, Lydia. 98-117. Magistrate Poplios.
Obverse..ΠΛΩTEINA CEBACTH, draped bust right
Reverse..EΠI ΠOΠΛIOY ΓOΡΔHNΩ, Zeus seated left, holding patera and sceptre.
BMC 18.

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Probably not what was meant in the OP but this is the sort of pair that I like.

Identical coin descriptions (legends, types etc.) but different mints.

Septimius Severus denarius

Obv:- L SEPT SEV AVG IMP XI PART MAX, Laureate head right
Rev:- MARTI VICTORI, Mars standing right, holding spear and leaning on shield set on helmet
Minted in Rome, A.D. 198-200
References:- RIC 134, RSC 321a


Obv:– L SEPT SEV AVG IMP XI PART MAX, Laureate head right
Rev:– MARTI VICTORI, Mars standing right, holding spear and leaning on shield set on captive
Minted in Laodicea-ad-Mare, A.D. 198 – 202
References:– RIC 509 (Common), RSC 321


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Nice pairs from all and a fun post from @Valentinian.  Here's an interesting pair - a tale of two Catos

This Cato could have come from an important French wine making family, and/or have been the son of an ex-praetor or perhaps a (younger) son of C. Cato M.f.M.n., cos. 114.


And a coin from his better known relative: Cato the Younger minted in 47/46 BCE in North Africa. Cato took his own life (it wasn't pretty, see: https://www.sullacoins.com/post/cato-the-younger) and became the symbol of "give me liberty or give me death" - preferring death to a life under Caesar and forgiven by Caesar.  He died April 12, 46 BC.


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Julia Mamaea. Augusta, 222-235 AD. AR Denarius (2,81 gm, 19mm). Rome mint. Struck 222 AD.
Obverse: IVLIA MAMAEA AVG, bare headed, draped bust right.
Reverse: IVNO CONS-E-RVATRIX, Juno standing slightly left, holding patera and scepter; to left, peacock standing left.
RIC IV 343 (Severus Alexander); BMCRRE 43-5 (Severus Alexander); RSC 35. gVF.


JULIA SOAEMIAS, mother of Elagabalus. AR Denarius (18mm, 2.87 gm).
Obverse..IVLIA SOEMIAS AVG, draped bust right.
Reverse..VENVS CAELESTIS, Venus standing left, holding apple and sceptre; star in left field.
RIC IV 241; BMCRE 45; RSC 8.

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Great coin and post @Valentinian!

Mini–collections are fun. They are the building blocks of my collection and completing one always gives me a feeling of accomplishment. I started out collecting the Five Good Emperors followed by the Five Julias. Next were the New Testament emperors Augustus, Tiberius, Claudius, and Nero (I’m still working on Claudius). After them I turned my attention to the Severans and so on.

Here are a few pairs.



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