ROMAN IMPERATORIAL COINS


UNCERTAIN SCIPIO AFRICANUS Q. FLAMININUS SULLA
F.c.SULLA GABINIUS CRASSUS Q. SCIPIO
POMPEY MAGNUS CN POMPEY JR SEXTUS POMPEY JULIUS CAESAR
CAESARION RESTIO ALBINUS BRUTI BRUTUS
CASSIUS ARRIUS SECUNDUS MARCUS LURIUS REGULUS
AHENOBARBUS LABIENUS GAIUS SOSIUS TRIUMVIRATE
MARC ANTONY FULVIA OCTAVIA LUCIUS ANTONY
CAIUS ANTONY MARC ANTONY JR CLEOPATRA OCTAVIAN
ATRATINUS STATILIUS LIBO LYSANIAS ZENODORUS
VEDIUS POLLIO CICERO MINOR FABIUS MAXIMUS AFRICANUS F.M.


UNCERTAIN IMPERATORIAL PORTRAIT, Last half 1st century BC

SCIPIO AFRICANUS, 209 BC

FIRST NUMISMATIC PORTRAIT OF A LIVING ROMAN?

11397. SCIPIO AFRICANUS, after 209 BC. Roman occupation of Cathago Nova in Spain. AE 23, 10.41 g. Villaronga class XI, 282. Obverse: Bare head of Scipio Africanus? Left. Reverse: Horse standing right in front of date palm. VF and good for these. Very rare.

The coins of Robinson's Series 7 are of two styles, one Punic in character, the other more Roman in character. Robinson suggested that the latter represents the coinage of Carthago Nova after its sudden capture by Scipio in 209 BC, and that the head on the obverse is a portrait of Scipio himself, while the heads of Punic type basically reflect the features of Hannibal. Villaronga simply calls both male heads.

$450



TITUS QUINCTIUS FLAMININUS, 198 BC, consul (only 10 gold portrait staters known, 4 in museums)

SULLA, Dictator, 82-79 BC

AULUS GABINIUS, Legatus Syriae, 57-55 BC

11216. AULUS GABINIUS, Legatus Syriae, 57-55 BC. Syria, Decapolis. Nysa-Scythopolis mint. AE (19mm, 7.53 g, 12h). Wreathed head of Gabinius right; ΓA behind / Nike advancing left, holding wreath and palm. Barkay 1; RPC I 4826. Near VF, attractive bluish-green patina with earthen highlights. Scarce.

$450.



CRASSUS (Marcus Licinius Crassus), Proconsul, 54-53 BC

SCIPIO, Imperator, 47-46 BC

POMPEY THE GREAT, IMPERATOR, 48-34 BC

10727. Cn. Pompeius Magnus Pius (Sextus Pompey, son of Pompey the Great), Imperatorial General, 42-38 BC. AE As (30mm, 21.54 g, 12h). Mint in Sicily. Laureate head of Janus with the features of Cn. Pompeius Magnus / Prow of quinquereme right. Crawford 479/1; CRI 336; Sydenham 1044; RPC I 671, B. Pompeia 20. Cohen 16. Good VF, dark greenish-brown patina, minor roughness. Obverse janiform male head, with the features of Pompey the Great, inscription MAGN above. Reverse prow of ship right, inscription PIVS above and IMP below.

Most of the coins of this issue are rather vague but on this example especially where the features are quite clear it appears to be that the two janiform heads are those of different individuals. The one on the left is clearly Pompey The Great, however the one on the right appears considerably younger with similar but different features. My guess is that this is actually the head of Sextus Pompey who struck the coin, the son of the elder Pompey. If I'm correct the usual description of this coin may require revision.

$1450.



DUAL PORTRAITS OF POMPEY THE GREAT

6582. Cn. Pompeius Magnus Pius (Sextus Pompey, son of Pompey the Great), Imperatorial General, 48-34 BC. bronze As, 31mm. 21.96 g. Struck in Spain or Sicily about 45 BC. Obverse janiform male head, with the features of Pompey the Great, inscription MAGN above. Reverse prow of ship right, inscription PIVS above and IMP below. Cr. 479/1. Syd. 1044. B. Pompeia 20. Cohen 16. F+, but better detail in faces than image shows. Inexpensive example. Excellent glossy apple green patina.

$350.



3939. SICILY, THE HISPANI?, SPANISH MERCENARIES UNDER POMPEY, 1st century BC. AE22, Copenhagen_. Laur. hd. Zeus r./Horseman with spear r., HISPANORVM? below. EF. Label says Hispani and what little I can read of the legend is consistent but the attribution is uncertain. Provenance: The Thomas Virzi collection 1907.

$850.



11042. POMPEY THE GREAT OR LATER, Cilicia, Soloi-Pompeiopolis mint (the city named after Pompey). Circa 66-27 BC. AE (20mm, 7.82 g, 11h). Bare head of Pompey right / Nike advancing right, holding wreath and palm; to right, AΘ above monogram. SNG von Aulock 5887. Good VF, dark green patina. A choice example with an especially nice clear portrait for these.

Though usually identified as Pompey, the bust does not look like him and may well be a portrait of some other Roman associated with him. A strong possibility is Marc Antony.

$850.



CNAEUS POMPEY JR., Imperator 46-45 BC, son of Pompey The Great, brother of Sextus Pompey

SEXTUS POMPEY, Imperator, 45-44 BC, son of Pompey The Great, brother of Pompey Jr.

JULIUS CAESAR, 47-44 BC, Imperator

CAESARION (PTOLEMY XV), son of Julius Caesar and Cleopatra VII

C. ANTIUS C.F. RESTIO, 47 BC, Tribune

SCARCE PORTRAIT OF A ROMAN TRIBUNE

11373. C. ANTIUS C.F. RESTIO. Denarius, 3.55g. (8h). Rome, 47 BC. Obv: Head of the tribune Antius Restio right, RESTIO behind. Rx: Hercules walking right, with club and trophy, lion's skin over arm, C ANTIVS CF to right. Crawford 455/1a. Sydenham 970. RSC Antia 1. Sear, Imperators 34. Beautifully toned; minor area of weak strike on head. VF, a very nice example. Provenance: Ex Randy Haviland Collection. Ex Triton VI, 14 January 2003, lot 768. Ex Tony Hardy Collection.

$1250.



ALBINUS BRUTI F. (born Decimus Junius Brutus), not the more famous Brutus (his distant cousin) but another of the assassins of Caesar

BRUTUS (Marcus Junius Brutus the Younger), imperator 43-42 B.C., assassin of Caesar, brother-in-law of Lepidus and Cassius

BRUTUS, ASSASSIN OF CAESAR, IN GOLD

9343. BRUTUS, ASSASSIN OF CAESAR, Minted at Thrace, Koson, 1st century BC. Gold Stater, Sear 1733. Brutus, the assassin of Caesar, and 2 lictors walking l./Eagle with wreath. EF. Struck after Caesar's death by the command of Brutus.

$1250.



BRUTUS, ASSASSIN OF CAESAR

7931. BRUTUS, Denarius of Spring to early Summer 42 BC, RSC 11. struck at a military mint in the East moving with Brutus & Cassius. Veiled draped bust of Libertas r./Tripod between axe and simpulum. Important historical coin struck shortly before Brutus and Cassius were defeated at Philippi. Near EF. Much better and less contrasting coloration than photo.

$850.



CASSIUS, imperator 43-42 B.C., assassin of Caesar, brother-in-law of Brutus

M. ARRIUS SECUNDUS, moneyer 43 B.C.

MARCUS LURIUS, Governor of Sardinia under Octavian, and an admiral of Octavian's fleet at Actium.

L. LIVINEIUS REGULUS, Praetor 42 BC

AHENOBARBUS, 41-40 BC

THIS COIN PUBLISHED AND PLATED IN 'AUGUSTUS' WARS AND THE GENERALS WHO FOUGHT THEM'

10761. CN. DOMITIUS L.f. AHENOBARBUS. 41-40 BC. AR Denarius (17mm, 3.66 g, 3h). Uncertain mint along the Adriatic or Ionian Sea. Bare head of Ahenobarbus right / Military trophy on prow right. Crawford 519/2; CRI 339; Sydenham 1177. VF, lightly toned, light scratch and banker's mark on obverse. Good metal. Obverse especially better than photo. Rare. Published in 'Augustus' Wars and the Generals Who Fought Them', (Pen and Sword Books) by Lindsay Powell.

Gnaeus Domitius Ahenobarbus accompanied his father at Corfinium and Pharsalus on the side of Pompey. After his pardon by Julius Caesar, he retired to Rome in 46 BC. After Caesar's assassination, Ahenobarbus supported Brutus and Cassius, and in 43 BC was condemned under the terms of the Lex Pedia for complicity in the assassination. Ahenobarbus achieved considerable naval success against the Second Triumvirate in the Ionian theater, where this denarius was certainly minted, but finally, through the mediation of Gaius Asinius Pollio, he reconciled with Mark Antony, who thereupon made him governor of Bithynia. He participated in Antony's campaign against the Parthians, and was consul in 32 BC. When war broke out between Antony and Octavian, Ahenobarbus initially supported Antony, but, disgusted by Antony's relationship with Cleopatra, sided with Octavian shortly before Actium. His only child, Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus, was married to Antonia Minor, the daughter of Mark Antony and Octavia. Their son, Gnaeus Domitius Ahenobarbus, married Agrippina Minor, the sister of the emperor Caligula, and was the father of the emperor Nero. (Commentary courtesy CNG.)

$3500.



LABIENUS, Imperator Parthicus, 40/39 BC

GAIUS SOSIUS, Quaestor (official in charge of public revenues and expenditures), c. 38 BC. THE TRIUMVIRATE: OCTAVIAN, MARC ANTONY & LEPIDUS

MARC ANTONY,

PORTRAIT OF MARC ANTONY

6091. MARC ANTONY, 42-30 BC, AR Denarius. Portrait bust of Antony r./Winged caduceus. F+-AVF. Ancient counter stamp at 7 o'clock.

$650.



ROMAN LEGION X OF JUDAEA

7800. FAMOUS LEGION X JEWISH REVOLT LEGIONARY DENARIUS. MARC ANTONY, 42-30 BC, Legionary Denarius. Galley/Legionary standards. Legion X. Legion X Fretensis was the famous Roman legion stationed in Judaea that quelled the Jewish revolt including taking Masada in 73 AD. F+.

$250.



FULVIA, 44-40 BC, third wife of Marc Antony

10808. FULVIA, third wife of Mark Antony, 44-40 BC. Phrygia, Eumeneia (as Fulvia). Circa 41-40 BC. AE (20mm, 6.98 g, 12h). Zmertorix, the son of Philonides, magistrate. Bust of Fulvia (as Nike) right / Athena standing left, holding shield and spear. RPC I 3139; SNG Munchen -; BMC 21; SNG Copenhagen -. Near VF, green patina.

$350.



OCTAVIA, 44-40 BC, fourth wife of Marc Antony, sister of Octavian

LUCIUS ANTONY, Roman consul, brother of Marc Antony

7273. MARC ANTONY & LUCIUS ANTONY (Roman consul and brother of Marc Antony). AR Denarius, early 41 BC, Craw. 517/5b. Bare hd. M. Antony r./Bare hd. Lucius Antony r., L. ANTONIVS COS. VF. Very RARE and desirable Roman portrait coin!

$2250.



CAIUS ANTONY, Proconsul of Macedonia, younger brother of Marc Antony

MARC ANTONY JR., son of Marc Antony

MARC ANTONY WITH CLEOPATRA (issues of Cleopatra alone are to be found on our Greek Coins of Egypt page)

MARC ANTONY WITH OCTAVIAN (LATER AUGUSTUS)

OCTAVIAN (LATER AUGUSTUS)

L. SEMPRONIUS ATRATINUS, c. 39 BC, Consul in the East

CNAEUS STATILIUS LIBO, prefect (governor) in Southern Spain

11334. STATILIUS LIBO, prefect. Spain, Uncertain southern mint in Hispania. Cn. (Cnaeus) Statilius Libo. Prefect, circa 43-36 BC or later. AE Semis (20mm, 5.53 g, 10h). Bare head of Statilius Libo right / Patera and praefericulum. ACIP 2645; RPC I 483. Near VF, brown patina, porosity. The prefect Cn. Statilius Libo is only known from this issue of coinage. About as good as this coin comes with good portrait and entire name clear as are both reverse devices.

$350.



LYSANIAS, tetrarch and high priest in Syria, son of Ptolemy I of Syria, father of Zenodorus

ZENODORUS, tetrarch and archereus of Syria under Octavian, son of Lysanias

VEDIUS POLLIO, c. 30 BC, famous equestrian and friend of Octavian

CICERO MINOR (Marcus Tullus Cicero minor), after 30 BC, Proconsul of Lydia under Augustus, son of the famous orator Cicero

FABIUS MAXIMUS (Paullus Fabius Maximus), Proconsul of Asia under Augustus

AFRICANUS FABIUS MAXIMUS Proconsul of Africa 6/5 BC under Augustus