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My wife and son gave me four interesting coins for Christmas this year! They knew what I wanted because of my wish list at VCoins, so the coins fit right in with my collecting interests. 

A medium bronze of Sabina with an anepigraphic reverse:

SabinaSCCeresseatedMB.jpg.01350599ae5385d981a23b8518a9513e.jpg
Sabina, 128-136 CE.
Roman Æ as or dupondius, 11.76 g, 26.2 mm, 6 h.
Rome, 128-129 CE.
Obv: 
SABINA AVGVSTA HADRIANI AVG P P, draped bust, right, hair coiled and piled on top of head above a double stephane.
Rev: S C, Ceres, veiled, draped, seated facing left on a modius, holding poppy and corn-ears upwards in her right hand and a torch in her left hand.
Refs: RIC II.3, 2494; BMCRE 1900-01; Cohen 70; Strack 869; RCV 3949; Hill UCR 362.

A lovely sestertius of Faustina II, which is an upgrade of the specimen in my collection:

FaustinaJrVENVSSCandruddersestertius2.jpg.bc483fc991ba0cec1837174bf7433230.jpg
Faustina II, 147-175 CE.
Roman orichalum sestertius, 24.94 g, 32.2 mm, 6 h.
Rome, early 148 - March 149 CE.
Obv: FAVSTINAE AVG PII AVG FIL, bare-headed and draped bust, right (Beckmann Type 1 hairstyle).
Rev: VENVS S C, Venus standing left, holding apple and rudder, about which a dolphin is entwined.
Refs: RIC 1388c; BMCRE 2148-50; Cohen 268; Strack 1305; RCV 4720.

Notes: RIC uses obsolete terminology to describe the bust types. The "band of pearls" is really a braid of hair. The so-called "bare-headed" busts (RIC 1388a, nominative case and RIC 1388b, dative case) feature the Beckmann type 2 hairstyle.

An as-sized provincial of Faustina II from Docimeum in Phrygia:

FaustinaJrDocimeumTemplePraefectus.jpg.491144c6c4b5444f56a0e28ddde5843b.jpg
Faustina II, 147-175 CE.
Roman provincial Æ 25.1 mm, 10.04 g, 5 h.
Phrygia, Docimeum, c. 163-165 CE.
Obv: 
ΦΑVСΤЄΙΝΑ СЄΒΑСTH, bare-headed and draped bust, right.
Rev: 
ΜΑΚЄ-ΔΟΝΩΝ, hexastyle temple with phiale in pediment, the cornice of which is adorned with numerous antefixa, and with acroteria at the angles; ΔΟΚΙΜЄ/ΩΝ in exergue.
Refs: RPC IV.2, 1975; BMC 25.192, 22; RG 5958-59; SNG Cop 357.
Notes: Docimeum was a Macedonian colony in Phrygia.

A beautiful centenionalis of Crispus with the BEATA TRANQVILLITAS reverse and an interesting bust type:

CrispusBEATATRANQVILLITASAE3Trier.jpg.663c59c6ff359c299504ba7f793429c0.jpg
Crispus, 316-326 CE.
Roman billion centenionalis, 2.83 g, 19.1 mm, 1 h.
Trier, 322-323 CE.
Obv: IVL CRISPVS NOB CAES, laureate bust, right, wearing trabea, holding eagle-tipped scepter.
Rev: BEATA TRAN-QVILLITAS, globe set on altar inscribed VO/TIS/XX; above, three stars; in exergue, •PTR•.
Refs: RIC vii, p. 198, 376.

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20 hours ago, Roman Collector said:

My wife and son gave me four interesting coins for Christmas this year! They knew what I wanted because of my wish list at VCoins, so the coins fit right in with my collecting interests. 

A medium bronze of Sabina with an anepigraphic reverse:

SabinaSCCeresseatedMB.jpg.01350599ae5385d981a23b8518a9513e.jpg
Sabina, 128-136 CE.
Roman Æ as or dupondius, 11.76 g, 26.2 mm, 6 h.
Rome, 128-129 CE.
Obv: 
SABINA AVGVSTA HADRIANI AVG P P, draped bust, right, hair coiled and piled on top of head above a double stephane.
Rev: S C, Ceres, veiled, draped, seated facing left on a modius, holding poppy and corn-ears upwards in her right hand and a torch in her left hand.
Refs: RIC II.3, 2494; BMCRE 1900-01; Cohen 70; Strack 869; RCV 3949; Hill UCR 362.

A lovely sestertius of Faustina II, which is an upgrade of the specimen in my collection:

FaustinaJrVENVSSCandruddersestertius2.jpg.bc483fc991ba0cec1837174bf7433230.jpg
Faustina II, 147-175 CE.
Roman orichalum sestertius, 24.94 g, 32.2 mm, 6 h.
Rome, early 148 - March 149 CE.
Obv: FAVSTINAE AVG PII AVG FIL, bare-headed and draped bust, right (Beckmann Type 1 hairstyle).
Rev: VENVS S C, Venus standing left, holding apple and rudder, about which a dolphin is entwined.
Refs: RIC 1388c; BMCRE 2148-50; Cohen 268; Strack 1305; RCV 4720.

Notes: RIC uses obsolete terminology to describe the bust types. The "band of pearls" is really a braid of hair. The so-called "bare-headed" busts (RIC 1388a, nominative case and RIC 1388b, dative case) feature the Beckmann type 2 hairstyle.

An as-sized provincial of Faustina II from Docimeum in Phrygia:

FaustinaJrDocimeumTemplePraefectus.jpg.491144c6c4b5444f56a0e28ddde5843b.jpg
Faustina II, 147-175 CE.
Roman provincial Æ 25.1 mm, 10.04 g, 5 h.
Phrygia, Docimeum, c. 163-165 CE.
Obv: 
ΦΑVСΤЄΙΝΑ СЄΒΑСTH, bare-headed and draped bust, right.
Rev: 
ΜΑΚЄ-ΔΟΝΩΝ, hexastyle temple with phiale in pediment, the cornice of which is adorned with numerous antefixa, and with acroteria at the angles; ΔΟΚΙΜЄ/ΩΝ in exergue.
Refs: RPC IV.2, 1975; BMC 25.192, 22; RG 5958-59; SNG Cop 357.
Notes: Docimeum was a Macedonian colony in Phrygia.

A beautiful centenionalis of Crispus with the BEATA TRANQVILLITAS reverse and an interesting bust type:

CrispusBEATATRANQVILLITASAE3Trier.jpg.663c59c6ff359c299504ba7f793429c0.jpg
Crispus, 316-326 CE.
Roman billion centenionalis, 2.83 g, 19.1 mm, 1 h.
Trier, 322-323 CE.
Obv: IVL CRISPVS NOB CAES, laureate bust, right, wearing trabea, holding eagle-tipped scepter.
Rev: BEATA TRAN-QVILLITAS, globe set on altar inscribed VO/TIS/XX; above, three stars; in exergue, •PTR•.
Refs: RIC vii, p. 198, 376.

Those are very nice and interesting gifts @Roman Collector! I really like to temple reverse of provincial Faustina II issue (of course ;-)) 

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