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An homage to Veteran’s Day 2023


Please post your coins featuring the same Roman Emperor on both sides of the coin —

not necessarily in a battle situation although since it’s Veteran’s Day weekend,

that would certainly be appropriate.




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As the Byzantines considered themselves to be Roman emperors, I'll offer up one of these.  Nicephorus II was a very successful veteran, earning the cool nickname 'The White Death', meaning his enemies would go pale when he showed up.

Here's another, earlier, veteran who fared less well.TrebonianusGallus-251-253-AESestertius-29mm19.76g12h-253-RxemperorstglsacrificingRIC100.jpg.edc52c0f4b61bec040e284d2263c4735.jpg


Trebonianus Gallus - 251-253 - AE Sestertius - 29mm, 19.76g, 12h - 253 - Rx emperor stg l sacrificing RIC 100



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256-260 AD. Uncertain Syrian mint. Obv: IMP C P LIC VALERIANVS AVG legend with radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right. Rev: PIETAS AVGG legend with Valerian and Gallienus standing, facing each other, sacrificing over altar, one holding eagle-tipped sceptre, the other a parazonium. RIC 285; Sear 9955 (obverse variant").3.64 grams. ("). From the private collection of a retired Suffolk gentleman; with old faded handwritten collection ticket. Valerian was born to a distinguished Roman family and had experience as a general and an administrator. Once emperor, he arguably faced a more critical situation than any previous regime. He attempted to negotiate peace with Shapur and the Sasanids at a conference in 260 AD, but he was attacked and taken into captivity in Persia, the first Roman emperor ever to fall into the hands of a foreign power. At this point, Rome was on the brink of collapse.

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Philip II

Marcus Julius Severus Philippus (Philip the younger). Struck under Philip I

Philip II, AR antoninianus. 22.4 mm, 4.91 g.(Thick flan), Rome mint, 249AD.
IMP PHILIPPVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right. / LIBERALITAS AVGG III, Philip I, holding short sceptre, and Philip II seated left on curule chairs, extending right hands. RIC 230; RSC 17, Sear 9265.


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Trajan: a Soldier's Emperor, through-and-through!

I love the impression of movement and motion in the reverse scene: the rearing warhorse, Trajan's military cloak flowing in the wind behind him. It feels like a snapshot in the moment of action.


TRAJAN, AD 98-117

AE As (27.45mm, 11.29g, 5h)

Struck AD 107. Rome mint.

Obverse: IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P, laureate bust of Trajan right, with aegis on far shoulder

Reverse: SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI, Trajan, bare-headed in military dress, riding right, thrusting spear at Dacian below horse; S C in exergue

References: OCRE II 543, RCV 3234
An interesting issue, vividly depicting the triumphant emperor defeating his fallen enemy - a reference to Trajan's victories in the Dacian Wars.

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Constantine I
A.D. 306
28mm   8.7g
CONSTANTINVS NOB CAES; laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from rear.
VIRTVS AVGG ET CAESS N N; Constantine with shield on left arm, galloping right and spearing kneeling foe; second foe (holding sword?) prostrate on ground; A in left field.
In ex. T T
RIC VI Ticinum 72





Constantine I
A.D. 311- 312
22x23mm   4.3gm
CONSTANTINVS P AVG; laureate and cuirassed bust right.
ADVENTVS AVG; Constantine mounted l., raising r. hand and holding spear; horse pawing seated captive; ✶ in right field.
in ex. PLN
RIC VI London 137; LMCC 7.01.009


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