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My current favorite is from the short-lived three-month reign of Pupienus (and Balbinus) where Pupienus' forces were victorious over Maximinus Thrax at Aquileia in Northern Italy. Maximinus had besieged the city when it declared for the senatorial emperors but was killed by his own troops after it had become an unsuccessful endeavor.

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Victory gets everywhere, so it's easy to get numb to her. But then she appealed to everyone from the Celts to the Saxons.

Touto ‘Walking Victory’ Unit, 10-15
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Cantiaci Tribe, Kent. Silve, 14mm, 1.26g. Diademed head left with beard of pellets; TOVTO in front. Winged Victory walking right, holding sword at waist; E-P across field (ABC 432; VA 442; S 116).

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Here's my only Greek victory:

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Coele-Syria. Chalkis ad Libanon. Lysanias
40-36 BCE 19.88mm 4.32g
Obverse: Diademed head of Lysanias right, monogram below chin
Reverse: ΛYΣANIOY TETPAP-ΧOY KAI APXIEPEΩΣ, Athena standing left, holding Victory and resting hand on grounded shield, monogram in right field
RPC I 4770

 

And here's a Roman one.

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Vespasian, 69-79
AR Denarius 18 mm, 3.16 g, 7 h
Rome, 72-73
IMP CAES VESP AVG COS IIII Laureate head of Vespasian to right
Rev. VICTORIA AVGVSTI Victory walking to right, placing wreath on standard
BMC 74. Cohen 618. RIC 362

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Here's a victory over the britts, and my first roman silver ever (40 years ago, and still have it)

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Septimius Severus, Denarius - Rome mint, 210 CE
SEVERVS PIVS AVG BRIT, Laureate head of Sevrus right
VICTORIAE BRIT, Victory facing, holding palm and attaching shield to palm tree
2.72 gr
Ref : RCV #6384, Cohen #729

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Here is my Pupienus Sestertius and a favourite of mine too @Ancient Coin Hunter

 

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Pupienus, 22nd April # 29th July 238. Sestertius April-June 238, Æ 29mm., 18.91g. Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust r. Rev. Victory standing facing, head l., holding wreath and palm branch. C 38. RIC 23a.

Attractive brown tone, Very Fine.  Ex Navilles 2021

 

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Thanks to @Ryrofor enlightening me that Nike and Victoria were the same! Yeah...still learning here...

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Lysimachos
287/281 BCE
Perinthos 17.08g
Kopf des vergöttlichten Alexander / Athena mit Nike-Statuette auf Cippus und Schild, Beiz. Monogramm und 2 gegenläufige Pferdeprotomen.
Thompson in Festschr. Robinson (1968), -, vgl. 256 HGC 1750q; Thompson, Armenak-Hoard (=ANS MN 31, 198 - Müller, Lysimachus - Arnold-Biucchi in Festschr. Price (1998) Unpublished variant(?)

 

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PAPHLAGONIA, Amastris. Circa 285-250 BCE
AR Stater 23mm, 8.88 g, 12h
Head of Mên right, wearing Phrygian cap decorated with laurel branch and star / Aphrodite seated left, holding in extended right hand Nike, who crowns her with wreath, and cradling lotus-tipped scepter in left arm; rose to left.
Callataÿ, Premier, Group 2, 43 (D17/R21 – this coin); RG 5; HGC 7, 356
Ex Sigmund Collection.
Ex CNG March 1999

 

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KINGS OF BITHYNIA. Prusias I Chloros
circa 230-182 BCE
Tetrachalkon (Bronze, 28 mm, 10,27 g)
Laureate head of Apollo to left. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ
ΠΡΟΥΣΙΟΥ Helmeted and winged figure of Athena-Nike standing to left, crowning the king's name with her right hand and resting her left on a shield by her side; in field to left, monogram.
HGC 7, 615. RG 16. SNG von Aulock 6880

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L. Valerius Flaccus, (108 - 107 B.C.)

AR Denarius
O: Winged and draped bust of Victory right, X below chin.
R: LVALERI / FLACCI (downwards on left), Mars walking left, spear in right, trophy in left over shoulder, apex left, head of grain behind.
Rome
20.0mm
3.89g
SRCV I 183, Sydenham 565, Crawford 306/1, RSC I Valeria 11

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Romano Gallic Empire. Postumus, AD 260-269 (struck AD 261). Trier Mint, 3rd emission. AE Sestertius: 25.49 gm, 31.5 mm, 6 h. Obverse: Postumus laureate, draped, cuirassed, IMP C POSTVMVS P F AVG. Reverse: Victory (spaghetti type) advancing to the left with wreath & palm frond, captive at her feet, VICT OR IA AVG. RIC V 170.

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ALWAYS love a good Victory/Nike thread. Thanks @expat!
Everything that has been shared so far has been amazing!
I'm going go ahead an knock things down a peg or 50 with my two latest Victory purchases. 
They aren't pretty by any stretch of the word but I didn't have examples and the price was right (~$10) so I was more than happy to add them.

 

Surprisingly, this is an upgrade from my other Trajan Victory As....
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Trajan
AE As
98-99 AD
Obverse: IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG GERM P M, laureate head right
Reverse: T R POT COS II PP S-C, Victory walking left, holding palm-branch and shield inscribed SPQR


This one is rougher. Marcus Aurelius dupondius with Victory inscribing something on a shield. I can't quite figure it out. 😞

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I have a trio of Victories commemorating victory in Britain in the early 3rd century...

Septimius Severus Denarius, 210-211
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Rome. Silver, 2.21g. Head with laurel wreath from right; SEVERVS PIVS AVG BRIT. Victory with palm branch and wreath from right; VICTORIAE BRIT (Victory in Britain) (RIC IV, 332).

Caracalla Denarius, 210-213

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Rome. Silver, 3.22g. Head with laurel wreath from right; ANTONINVS - PIVS AVG BRIT. Victoria with trophy from right; VICTORIAE BRIT (Victory in Britain) (RIC IV, 231A).

Geta Denarius, 209-211

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Rome. Silver, 2.95g. Head with laurel wreath from right; P SEPT GETA PIVS - AVG BRIT. Victory with palm branch and wreath from left, head from left; VICTORI-AE BRIT (Victory in Britain) (RIC IV, 92).

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I think Severus was going for a total victory over the northern Britons including the Scots and Picts to an extent. Not sure what they would achieve building perhaps another wall north of York (and more northerly than the Antonine wall). It always strikes me on the TV documentaries that no one mentions the Antonine wall just Hadrian's.

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8 minutes ago, Ancient Coin Hunter said:

I think Severus was going for a total victory over the northern Britons including the Scots and Picts to an extent. Not sure what they would achieve building perhaps another wall north of York (and more northerly than the Antonine wall). It always strikes me on the TV documentaries that no one mentions the Antonine wall just Hadrian's.

Yes he died at an unfortunate moment. I'm not sure what was left much further north than the Antonine Wall - it's already 200 miles north of York (the same as York to London). Perhaps a few raiders on Orkney. Although Agricola got to Aberdeenshire.

It used to be that no-one mentioned the Antonine Wall, but these days it seems to be the thing, at least on British TV. "Did you know there was a second wall?" to dramatic music. Too many people know about Hadrian's Wall to say much else about it.

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Otacilia Severa (244 - 249 A.D.)

Egypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: MWTCEOV HPACEMCTPA diademed draped bust right.
R: Nike advancing right. L-B (Year 2) to right.
Alexandria Mint 245 A.D.
23mm
13.28g
Dattari 4989, Emmett 3557.2

Rarity 5

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I won't post a Flavian Victory, rather one of my other favorites the Bretti.  Victory over Romans in the punic wars...

 

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Head of Ares left, wearing crested Corinthian helmet decorated with a griffin; grain ear below.

ΒΡΕΤΤΙΩΝ
Nike standing left, placing wreath on trophy to left and cradling palm in her left arm; caduceus between.

Bruttium, 214-211 BC

11.72g

SNG ANS 34. HN Italy 1975; Scheu 6

Rare with caduceus

 

 

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There are so many coins with reference to Victory that one could certainly fill pages with them. I have therefore tried to find a single coin that I particularly like - and have discovered this Nero with me. I particularly like this coin because this type is not always so well preserved - and Victory has been preserved in extraordinary detail. In addition, the portrait of Nero is almost flawless.

 

 

 

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Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus
Hemidrachm of the Roman Imperial Period 59/60 AD; Material: Silver; Diameter: 14.40mm; Weight: 1.84g; Mint: Caesarea, Cappadocia; Reference: RPC I 3646, Sydenham 86, RIC I (second edition) Nero 618, Sydenham 83; Obverse: Head of Nero, laureate, right. The Inscription reads: NERO CLAVD DIVI [CLAVD F CAESAR AVG GE]RMANI for Nero Claudius Divi Claudii Filius Caesar Augustus Germanicus (Nero Claudius, son of the divine Claudius, Caesar, Augustus, victor over the Germans); Reverse: Victory, naked to waist, standing right with right foot on globe, inscribing round shield resting on her right knee.
 
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