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Today marks my 40th trip around Sol. It's been a wild ride to say the least. 


In honor of this most glorious of days, share your best coins depicting Sol! 🙂

Here is a Claudius II, Gothicus with a skinny Sol on the reverse


Claudius II
268-270 AD
AE Antoninianus
Antioch Mint
Obverse: IMP C CLAVDIVS AVG, radiate head left
Reverse: SOL AVG, Sol standing left raising hand and holding whip


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Happy birthday FF! I wish you many more trips around Sol. 🙂

I think this is my only coin with Sol (at least, the only one I've photographed.)


AR Denarius (20.28mm, 3.95g, 6h)
Struck AD 233. Rome mint
Obverse: IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG, laureate and draped bust of Severus Alexander right
Reverse: P M TR P XII COS III P P, Sol, radiate with cloak over left shoulder, advancing left, holding whip in left hand and raising right hand
References: RIC IV 120, RCV 7915
A superb specimen, with lovely old cabinet toning, sharply struck on a broad and heavy flan.


And just for you, here is a coin with Victory: 😉


TRAJAN, AD 98-117
AE Sestertius (34.59mm, 24.59g, 5h)
Struck AD 103-111. Rome mint
Obverse: IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P, laureate head of Trajan right, slight drapery on far shoulder
Reverse: SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI, Victory, draped, stepping left holding palm in left hand and with right hand setting a trophy upright left; trophy has two oblong shields at base; S C in exergue
References: RIC II 523
Lightly toned orichalcum color.

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Happy Birthday. You share a festivity from Ancient Rome. May 14: anniversary of the Temple of Mars Invictus (Mars the Unconquered). In honour of your celebration

GALLIENUS Antoninianus. 259-260 Lugdunum mint.
 GALLIENVS (dot) P (dot) F (dot) AVG, radiate, cuirassed bust right / DEO MARTI, distyle temple with Mars standing left within, left hand holding inverse spear and resting right hand on shield. RIC 10 var (dots in legend). Goebl 889g. Elmer 85; RSC 149; Cohen 615. Sear5 10195.  2,2 g - 21 mm


Have a great day.

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Happy birthday!

These are my only coins with Sol.


Valerian I
AR Antoninianus 3.25g, 23mm, 6h
Colonia Agrippinensis, 257 CE
VALERIANVS P F AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust to right / ORIENS AVGG, Sol advancing to left, raising hand and holding globe
RIC V.1 12 (Lugdunum) var. (bust type); MIR 868h; RSC 143a var. (same)



Serdica mint 276 CE
Antoninianus 22mm, 3.79 gm, 12h
Obv: IMP C M ANN FLORIANVS AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: PRO-VIDEN DE - OR, Providentia on left standing right, holding ensign in either hand, facing Sol on right, standing left, raising right hand and holding globe in left; ✴ in lower field; KAB in exergue.
RIC V 112



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Happy Birthday!!





Caria, Rhodes. Early 1st century AD. AE20.

Obv: Radiate head of Helios to right.
Rev: EΠITYXHΣ / P - O Rose seen from above; below, winged kerykeion to right.
Epityches, magistrate.



Lydia, Tripolis. Tiberius AE20

Obv: TIBEΡION KAIΣAΡA TΡIΠOΛEITAI, laureate head right.
Rev: MENANΔΡOΣ ΦIΛOKAIΣAΡ TO Δ, radiate, draped bust of Helios right.
Magistrate Menandros Metrodoros.
RPC I 3056.



Phrygia, Peltae. AE14. AD 138-192.

Obv: Radiate and draped bust of Helios right.
Rev: ΠEΛ-TH-NΩN legend in three lines within wreath.
BMC 8–10.



Pisidia, Termessus Major, Pseudo-autonomous AE18mm.

Obv: ΤЄΡΜΗϹϹЄΩΝ Radiate and draped bust of Helios to right.
Rev: MЄΙΖΟΝΩΝ Dionysos standing front, head to left, holding kantharos in his right hand and thyrsos in his left; at feet to left, panther seated left, head right.



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Here's a Constantine I Ae Follis with Sol from Thessalonica (RIC 71):


Obv: CONSTANTINVS AVG; Laureate bust right

Rev: VIRT EXERC: Sol standing left in center of plan of Roman camp extending hand and holding globe; TSB below

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A very Happy 40th Birthday, @Furryfrog02. I didn't realize that you're still so young! Here are a few of my Sol coins, both Roman Republican and Imperial, all minus any footnotes. And skipping coins of Helios for now.

Roman Republic, Mn. Aquillius, AR Denarius, Rome Mint, 109-108 BCE [Crawford], or 108-107 BCE [Mattingly]. Obv. Radiate head of Sol right; beneath chin, X [old mark of value used here (& on several other issues) despite revaluing of denarius from 10 to 16 asses in 136 BCE] / Rev. Luna in biga of galloping horses right, holding reins in both hands; above horses, crescent moon and three stars; beneath horses, a fourth star; MN • AQVIL [MN ligate] below; in exergue, ROMA. Crawford 303/1; RSC I (Babelon) Aquillia 1 (ill. p. 16); BMCRR II Italy 645 (ill. Pl. xcv no. 11); Sear RCV I 180; Albert 1094 (ill. p. 154) [Albert, Rainer, Die Münzen der Römischen Republik (2011)]; RBW Collection - [not included]; for date of issue, see also Mattingly, Harold B., "The Management of the Roman Republican Mint," p. 258 Table 3, in From Coins to History: Selected Numismatic Studies (2004). 18x19 mm., 3.82 g. Purchased 30 Sep. 2023 from Divus Numismatik (Philipp Krüger), Vienna, Austria; ex Marc Walter, Vienna, Austria; ex Numismatica Tintinna, Scandiano, Emilia Romagna, Italy [I couldn't find auction date online]; ex Mario Ratto, Milan, Italy, Fixed Price List Fall 1995, No. 56 [see Richard Schaefer Roman Republican Die Project at http://numismatics.org/archives/ark:/53695/schaefer.rrdp.processed_300-399#schaefer_clippings_output_303_sd, Col. 3, Row 11].*


Roman Republic, L. Lucretius Trio*, AR Denarius, 76 or 74 BCE.** Obv. Radiate head of Sol right / Rev. Crescent moon surrounded by seven 8-pointed stars (three above and two on each side); TRIO between horns of crescent***; L• LVCRET[I] below crescent.  Crawford 390/1, RSC I Lucretia 2 (ill.), BMCRR I Rome 3245 (ill. BMCRR III, Pl. XLII No. 11), Sear RCV I 321 (ill.), Sydenham 783, Harlan, RRM 1 Ch. 16 at pp. 98-100 [Michael Harlan, Roman Republican Moneyers and their Coins, 81 BCE-64 BCE (Vol. I) (2012)]. 18 mm., 3.83 g.****


Probus, silvered billon Antoninianus, 278-280 AD, Rome Mint [4th Emission, 2nd Officina]. Obv. Radiate bust left in imperial mantle, holding eagle-tipped scepter, IMP PRO-BVS AVG / Rev. Sol in quadriga leaping left, with right hand raised and holding globe and whip in left hand, SO-L-I INVIC-TO; in exergue, R- ᴗ [crescent]-B [Rome Mint, Officina 2]. RIC V-2 202B, Sear RCV III 12038, Cohen 644, see also https://www.probuscoins.fr/coin?id=11. 


Probus, billon Antoninianus, AD 280-281, Serdica [Sofia, Bulgaria] Mint, 1st Officina, 4th emission (Pink*). Obv. Radiate bust right, seen from three-quarters front, wearing consular mantle (no sceptre) (Bastien bust code: H7), IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG  / Rev. Sol standing facing in spread quadriga, with right hand raised and holding whip in left hand, SOLI INVICTO; in exergue, KA•A• [KA= XXI = 20/1 copper/silver ratio of alloy; A = 1st Officina]. RIC V.2 861 (var. obv. bust type); probuscoins.fr 3939 (this coin) [see https://probuscoins.fr/coin?id=3939]. 23 mm., 3.87 g., 6 h. "Extremely Fine. Very Rare right facing consular bust without sceptre. This coin published at Probus Coins Online (https://probuscoins.fr/) (since conserved).” Purchased at Roma Numismatics Ltd. E-Sale 107, 16 Mar. 2023, Lot 1474; ex Collection of Barnaba Skibniewski, Warsaw; ex Savoca Coins, 25 Feb. 2018.


Constantine I, AE Follis or Nummus, 1/72 to the pound, mid-310 to late 311 AD, Londinium Mint. Obv. Laurate and cuirassed bust right, IMP CONSTANTINVS PF AVG / Rev. Radiate Sol standing facing, head left, with weight on right foot, left shoulder draped in chlamys, right hand raised, and banded globe (representing cosmos) held in left palm, SOLI INVIC-TO COMITI around, T - F across fields, PLN [mint mark for Londinium Mint]* in exergue. 24 mm., 4.90 g., 6 h. RIC VI Londinium 121a (Group III, p. 133), Sear RCV IV 16046 (p. 462) (dating the type to AD 310). Purchased from London Ancient Coins, 2 Jan. 2023, ex CGB.fr; ex Chitry Hoard (discovered 2007), Coin no. 46.**


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Happy birthday, @Furryfrog02! I hope you celebrate this day properly, and I wish you all the best for the many trips around sol that are yet to come.


Constantine I, Roman Empire, AE3, 312–313 AD, Rome mint. Obv: IMP CONSTANTINVS P F AVG; bust of Constantine I, laureate, draped, cuirassed, r. Rev: SOLI INVICTO COMITI; Sol, chlamys hanging behind, standing l., raising r. hand and holding up globe in l. hand. 20mm, 2.96g. Ref: RIC VI Rom 323a. Ex AMCC 2, lot 244.



Caria, Rhodes, AR plintophoric drachm, 88–84 BC, magistrate: Nikephoros. Obv: head of Helios, radiate, r. Rev: NIKHΦOPOΣ; rosebud and ethnic R-O in incuse; in field l., hand holding grain ear. 14mm, 2.81g. Ref: Jenkins, Rhodian, Group E, 249; HGC 6, 1461.

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Belated congratulations!

This is Sol, sort of


INDIA. Kushan Empire. Kanishka I, ca. 127-152. Ae tetradrachm (8.41 g, 22 mm), Kapisha (Begram?). Kanishka, diademed and crowned, standing facing, head left, holding goad and scepter, sacrificing over altar to left; flame at shoulder. Rev. HΛIOC Radiate and diademed Helios, left hand on hip, standing left, raising right hand in benediction; tamgha to left. ANS Kushan 391-402. Gobl 766


And life begins at 40 Nummi



And life begins at 40 nummi


This type, Sear 1697, minted in Syracuse,  has a claim to be the last issued by the Roman Empire in Italy. If Byzantine counts, which of course it does.


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Many happy returns and happy 40th!

This is a common follis of Constantine I, one of three folles that recently arrived.  While the reverse is encrusted and quite rough, I am pretty sure that RS is in the exergue, making it a follis minted in Rome.

Constantine I, AE follis, Rome RS, 315 AD.


2.99 grams

Obverse: IMP CONSTANTINVS P F AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.

Reverse.: (S)OLI (INVI)CTO COMI(TI), Sol standing left holding globe and raising right hand, R-F//RS.



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Happy birthday!


Here is one of my nicer Postumus with Sol.


Postumus, 260-269AD, antoninianus

Obverse: IMP C POSTVMVS P F AVG - Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust facing right.

Reverse: ORIENS AVG - Sol running left, with right hand raised and holding whip in left hand, cloak flies out behind; P in left field.




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Happy Birthday @Furryfrog02 (belated, of course)! 🥳

I enjoy seeing all these posts of Sol, none more so than the exquisite example of @CPK, the fascinating plentiful examples of @DonnaML , and the near-twin of my first SOL coin from @expat.  The coins below were all collected by me more than 20 years ago, when you were still a teenager, Monsieur Frog! Do you remember ever being so young? Reminiscing, at that age, I myself was agog at the rich culture and history of Europe as a student at a Lycée in France, near Paris. 

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Going back further in time, to 1980 -yes, before you were born- there was a cool Blues Brothers movie and soundtrack (aka earworm), Soul Man.  Close your eyes and mouth the words, and voilà, it's Sol Man.  Not third century, but it must seem ancient to the likes of you. 

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