COINS OF THE ROMAN EMPERORS (The 12 Caesars)

Includes Coins Not Currently For Sale




The 12 Caesars Period coincides roughly with the 1st century A.D. and includes the reigns of Augustus to Domitian. It is a particularly interesting period with many coins bearing fine portraits of the emperors and members of their families all of which are avidly sought by collectors.




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VARIA JULIOCLAUDIANS AUGUSTUS LIVIA JULIA MARCELLUS
AGRIPPA CAIUS LUCIUS AGRIPPA POST ASINIUS GALLUS TIBERIUS
DRUSUS LIVILLA TIB GEMELLUS GERM GEMELLUS SEJANUS NERO C. DRUSUS
ANTONIA GERMANICUS AGRIPPINA SR NERO & DRUSUS C CALIGULA CAESONIA
DRUSILLA JR SISTERS CLAUDIUS VERANIUS VAL MESSALINA AGRIPPINA JR
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VITELLIUS FATHER CHILDREN JULIUS CIVILIS FLAVIANS VESPASIAN
DOMITILLA SR DOMITILLA JR FLAV DOMITILLA ANTONIA CAENIS TITUS JULIA TITI
DOMITIAN DOMITIA SON VESPASIAN JR



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6590. LES CESARS DE L'EMPEREUR JULIEN, Baron Spanheim, 1728. contempory calf boards, rebacked, gilt stamped, marbled. Contains hundreds examples of Roman and provincial coins with choice engravings of most. 7.5 x 9.5". Generally excellent condition.

On sale at: $1750.




9325. ANTIQUARIAN BOOK THE FORUMS OF THE ROMAN EMPERORS. LE FORUM ROMAIN ET LES FORUMS DE JULES CESAR, D'AUGUSTE, DE VESPASIEN, DE NERVA ET DE TRAIAN, Ferdinand Dutert, Paris 1876. Elephant Folio (13.25 x 20 inches). 44+ text pages, + 12 full page engraved plates (some double paged plates are counted as two plates in the index). One additional double page plate has been removed. Some text engravings including a few of Roman coins. A little foxing, mostly on one plate. Marbled boards and end covers, gold stamped burgundy leather spine (small repairs at top & bottom) & triangular burgundy corners. Otherwise internally and externally sound. Rare and interesting.

On sale at; $1450.




8590. RARE LEGIONARY OFFICER'S BRONZE COIN PURSE, ca. 1st-2nd century AD. To avoid loss of coin Roman officers put their coins in these purses, probably wrapping the body with leather, then slipped the purse over their arm where the arm secured the opening. 4.5 x 5 inches. An historically and numismatically significant artifact that is rarely offered. In excellent condition with engraved designs on the handle. This is a rare earlier more substantial style of heavy metal. The few others I've seen on the market are later and of thinner metal.

On sale at: $9500.




THE JULIO-CLAUDIANS
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JULIUS CAESAR [1], 49-44 BC (see Roman Imperatorial coins page)

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AUGUSTUS [2], 27 BC - 14 AD


OCTAVIAN CAESAR AUGUSTUS

11422. ORIGINAL MARBLE BUST OF OCTAVIAN CAESAR AUGUSTUS BY PIETRO TENERANI, Signed and dated "TENERANI FEC ROM 1863.". A beautifully rendered original marble bust of the first Roman emperor Augustus as a young man, perhaps while still known as Octavian before he took the title of Augustus. An original signed and dated work by the famous Neoclassical sculptor Pietro Tenerani. Size bust alone 17.5 inches (44.5cm) high x 11.5 inches (29cm) wide x 9.5 inch (24cm) deep. 21.75 inch (55.5cm) high on socle. Life sized. Provenance: In the collection of a London family for the past 100 years. Front view. Signature. Shown to Christies London which confirmed its authenticity. A serious original artwork by a famous artist.

Pietro Tenerani (1789-1869), Italian neoclassical sculptor, has works displayed in major museums such as his beautiful Psyche in a Faint in the Hermitage. He studied in the studios of both Antonio Canova and Bertel Thorvaldsen and carried a neoclassical style into the mid-nineteenth century. His most prominent commission was for the tomb of Pope Pius VIII in Rome. Wikipedia article.

On sale at: Price on request.




6594. AUGUSTUS, by C. Plotius Rufus, 15BC. As, RIC.389. Bare hd Augustus r./C PLOTIVS RVFVS III VIR A A A FF SC. VF. Scarce.

On sale at: $1450.




10471. AUGUSTUS, SPAIN, EMERITA. Divvus Augustus, AE30 (by Tiberius after 14 AD). Rare. Weight: 11.95 g; Size 30 mm. Obverse: DIVVS AVGVSTVS PATER; bare head of Augustus left. Reverse: COL AVGVSTA EMERITA; city-gate of Emerita with twin portals. A seldom seen type from Emerita, this one is a very nice example and is well centered on both sides. Coin has nice glossy black patina. Rare. Condition: Good F/VF. Reference: RPC 32.

On sale at: $350.




10492. AUGUSTUS RESTITUTION, AE33 mm sestertius issued by NERVA. Sear 532. Bare head of Augustus r., DIVVS AVGVSTVS/IMP NERVA CAES AVG REST around large SC. Near VF. Scarce. Significantly better portrait than photo.

Not currently for sale.




7935. CHOICE AUGUSTUS PORTRAIT BRONZE, 27BC-14AD. AE As. Radiate hd. l./Augustus in curule chair l. Choice EF. Sharply stuck, well centered example. Rare this nice.

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7803. AUGUSTUS, 27 BC-14 AD. Denarius. Bare hd r./Bull pawing the ground r. VF+. Nice sharp example with choice portrait of Augustus of fine style.

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7804. SCARCE AUGUSTUS, CAIUS AND LUCIUS AE OF CORINTH, 27 BC-14 AD. C. Servilius C.f. Primus and M. Antonius Hipparchus, duoviri. Struck circa 2-1 BC. AE21. RPC 1136; Amandry XIa; BCD 338. Bare hd r./Busts Caius and Lucius. F+. Ex. BCD collection.

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8595. AUGUSTUS, 27 BC-14 AD. AR Cistophor, 11.53gm. Suth 552a. Group VII, 19-18BC. /Temple of Mars Ultor with standard. Commemorates the return of captured legionary standards from the Parthians. VF. Scarce.

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9426. AUGUSTUS VICTORY OVER PARTHIA REVERSE, 27 BC- AD 14. AR Denarius, Rome mint. P. Petronius Turpilianus, moneyer. Struck 19-18 BC. Draped bust of Feronia right, wearing stephane / Parthian kneeling right, extending standard to which is attached a vexillum marked X. RIC I 288; RSC 484.

This type commemorates Augustus' diplomatic triumph in securing the restoration of the legionary standards which had been lost by Crassus and Antony in the disastrous campaigns of 53 and 36 BC. VF+. Excellent sharp example much better than photo.

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9427. AUGUSTUS VICTORY OVER PARTHIA REVERSE, 27 BC- AD 14. AR Denarius, RSC 485. By P. Petronius Turpilianus, 18 BC. Bust Liber or Bacchus r./Parthian kneeling with Roman standard.

This type commemorates Augustus' diplomatic triumph in securing the restoration of the legionary standards which had been lost by Crassus and Antony in the disastrous campaigns of 53 and 36 BC. EF.

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9440. EXCELLENT STYLE AUGUSTUS PORTRAIT DENARIUS, Denarius. /Shield within wreath. EF.

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10485. CHOICE AUGUSTUS DENARIUS, 27 BC-14 AD. AR Denarius (18mm, 3.92 g, 1h). Lugdunum (Lyon) mint. Struck 2 BC-AD 12. Laureate head right / Gaius and Lucius Caesars standing facing; shields and spears between; simpulum and lituus above. RIC I 207; RSC 43. Near EF, lightly toned.

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LIVIA, wife of Augustus, mother of Tiberius


10748. LIVIA (Julia Augusta). Augusta, AD 14-29. AE Dupondius (30mm, 12.72 g, 12h). Rome mint. Struck under Tiberius, AD 22-23. Bareheaded and draped bust of Julia Augusta as Salus right / Legend around large S C. RIC I 47 (Tiberius). VF, green patina, areas of encrustation, smoothed and tooled. Scarce.

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9455. DIVINE AUGUSTUS & LIVIA (by Tiberius). AE34 of Colonia Romula (Seville), RPC 73. Obverse: PERM. DIVI AVG. COL. ROM. Radiate head of Divus Augustus right; six-rayed star above; thunderbolt before. Reverse: IVLIA AVGVSTA GENETRIX ORBIS. Head of Livia left on globe of the world; crescent moon above. RPC I, 73. SNG Copenhagen 421. F. Scarce. Livia, the mother of the emperor Tiberius, is honored as mother of the world by him on this exceptional coin.

On sale at: $750.




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JULIA, daughter of Augustus, step-daughter of Livia, wife of Marcellus, Agrippa and Tiberius, mother of Gaius and Lucius caesars, Agrippa Postumus, Julia the Younger and Agrippina Senior


10591. LIVIA AND JULIA. AE17 of Pergamum, Mysia. (4.90 g, 12h). Charinos grammateus. Draped bust of Livia (Julia Augusta) right / Draped bust of Julia right. RPC I 2359; SNG Copenhagen 467. VF, green patina. Very rare and quite an excellent portrait of the daughter of Augustus with a portrait of Augustus' wife as well. Ex CNG.

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MARCELLUS, son-in-law and intended heir of Augustus, son of Octavia (sister of Augustus), first husband and cousin of Julia


MARCELLUS, Phrygia, Cibyra. under Nero(?). AD 54-68. AE 19mm Marcellus, legate(?). MAR KELLOC, bare head of Marcellus right / KIBU RATWN, eagle standing left on altar, head right. RPC I 2890; von Aulock, Phrygiens -; Imhoof-Blumer, KM 27 and pl. VIII, 14; SNG von Aulock 8397 (‘Zeit des Tiberius’); Weber 7060; SNG Copenhagen -. Very rare. Photo courtesy of CNG.

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AGRIPPA, son in-law and intended successor of Augustus, 2nd husband of Julia, father of Gaius and Lucius caesars, Agrippa Postumus, Julia the Younger and Agrippina Senior


10227. AUGUSTUS WITH AGRIPPA, GAUL, NEMAUSUS. Augustus, with Agrippa. 27 BC-AD 14. AE As (28mm, 13.35 g, 12h). Struck circa 9-3 BC. Back to back heads of Agrippa, wearing combined rostral crown and laurel wreath, and Augustus, laureate / Crocodile right, chained to palm frond with wreath at top; two palm fronds at base. RPC I 524; RIC I 158. VF, black patina, some minor roughness and marks. A decent example clearer than most. Ex. CNG.

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9487. CHOICE AGRIPPA PORTRAIT BRONZE (struck by Caligula). Dupondius, RIC58. /Neptune stg. l. EF. Superb example with very sharp reverse and choice patina.

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9488. PUBLISHED CHOICE AGRIPPA PORTRAIT BRONZE (struck by Caligula). Dupondius, RIC58. /Neptune stg. l. EF. Choice example. Published in Agrippa, Ceasar Augustus' Architect of Victory by Lindsay Powell.

On sale at: $2450.




7661. AGRIPPA (struck by Caligula). Dupondius, RIC58. /Neptune stg. l. EF. Choice fine style portrait of the famous Roman general.

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7662. AGRIPPA (struck by Caligula). Dupondius, RIC58. /Neptune stg. l. VF.

On sale at: $750.




7663. AGRIPPA (struck by Caligula). Dupondius, RIC58. /Neptune stg. l. VF.

On sale at: $750.




7664. AGRIPPA (struck by Caligula). Dupondius, RIC58. /Neptune stg. l. VF.

On sale at: $450.




6093. AGRIPPA (struck by Caligula). Dupondius, RIC58. /Neptune stg. l. VF+.

On sale at: $450.




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CAIUS CAESAR, adopted son and intended heir of Augustus, son of Agrippa and Julia


10153. CHOICE RARE PORTRAIT BRONZE OF GAIUS (CAIUS) CAESAR. MACEDON, Thessalonica. Augustus, with Caius Caesar. 27 BC-AD 14. AE 20mm (8.07 g). Struck circa AD 1-4. (TH)ESSALONIKEWN; Laureate head of Augustus right / GAIOS SEBASTOU YIOS; Bare head of Caius Caesar right. RPC 1564; Touratsoglou Em. X, - (V47/R132). EF and one of the finest known examples. Gaius or Caius Caesar was the son of Agrippa, and grandson of Augustus. Choice portrait of a rarely seen Roman caesar.

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LUCIUS CAESAR, adopted son and intended heir of Augustus, son of Agrippa and Julia


10803. AUGUSTUS WITH CAIUS AND LUCIUS CAESARS, Paphlagonia, Sinope. 27 BC-AD 14. AE (21mm, 5.44 g, 12h). Dated CY 39 (8/7 BC). Bare head of Augustus right / Jugate heads of Caius and Lucius right. RPC I 2120; RG 87. VF, coppery brown surfaces. Sharp portrait of a rarely seen Roman caesar.

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10806. CAIUS AND LUCIUS, Caesars 20 BC-AD 4 and 17 BC-AD 2., Lydia, Nicaea. AE (18mm, 2.74 g, 12h). Aratus, grammateus. Jugate bare heads right of Caius and Lucius Caesars / Draped Demos standing left, extending right hand. RPC I 2564; SNG Copenhagen 105-106 (Cilbiani Inferiores); SNG von Aulock -. Fine, black patina.

On sale at: $350.




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AGRIPPA POSTUMUS, son of Agrippa and Julia


AGRIPPA POSTUMUS. Corinth mint. AD, 4 - 5. (AGRIPPA CAESAR) – CORINTH; Bare head of Agrippa Postumus to r. Rev. C EIOPOL / LIONE ITER / C MVSSIO PR / ISCO II VIR in wreath. 7,30 g. RPC 1139-1141. Vagi 400 var. C. 1. Very rare.. Amandry XIIIg4. Dd4 Rg4, 2. (dieses Exemplar). F. Salviat/D. Terrer, Les portraits d’Agrippa Postumus et les monnaies de Corinthe, Revue Archéologique de Narbonnaise XV (1982), S. 239, Fig. 2.6 (dieses Exemplar). 8,26 g, St. 3. Photo courtesy of Numismatik Lanz. There is a nearly identical coin with the portrait and name of Augustus on the right obverse that must be distinguished to identify a coin of Agrippa Postumus.

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ASINIUS GALLUS, proconsul of Asia and potential successor of Augustus


11386. ASINIUS GALLUS. Augustus and C. Asinius Gallus, Proconsul of Asia. AE18 of Temnus, Aeolis. 6-5 BC. Obverse: ACINIOC ΓAΛΛOC AΓNOC, bare head of Gallus right. Reverse: AΠOΛΛAC ΩAINIOY TAMNITAN, head of Dionysos right, wreathed in ivy. Weight: 3.08 grams Rarity: 6 RPC I 2447; SNG Cop. 276.

Asinius Gallus was held in high regard by Augustus as the obverse legend implies in its use of the Greek adjective agnos (pure, chaste, innocent) and considered by him as a potential successor. However after the death of Augustus he was imprisoned and eventually starved to death by Tiberius.

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TIBERIUS [3], 14-37


8176. SUPERB TRIBUTE PENNY OF THE BIBLE IN GOLD. TIBERIUS, 14-37 AD. Gold aureus, H.6a. /Livia std. Same as the silver tribute penny of the Bible but struck as an aureus in gold. FDC. One of the sharpest we've carried. Choice sharp example with mint luster.

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THE TRIBUTE PENNY OF THE BIBLE IN GOLD

8882. TIBERIUS, 14-37 AD. Gold aureus, RIC I 25, HRIC 6a. /PONTIF MAXIM, Livia (as Pax) std. r. This is the same coin type that was the Tribute Penny mentioned in the Bible except stuck in gold as an aureus rather than the usual silver denarius. Good VF with complete legends and all devices clear.

On sale at: $6500




10277. TIBERIUS, 14-37. AE dupondius. Commagene mint. Struck 19/20 AD. 29 mm, 15.8 g. TI CAESAR DIVI AVGVSTI F AVGVSTVS, laureate head. Reverse - PON MAXIM COS III IMP VII TR POT XXII, crossed cornucopia and winged caduceus. RPC 3869, RIC 90. Large 30mm flan, heavy 14.6g. EF with choice glossy black patina. One of the best examples of this type I've carried.

The caduceus was originally the herald's staff carried by Mercury, the messenger of the gods. Although it was adorned with vines at one time, it came to be decorated with intertwined snakes as the result of an incident in which Mercury used the staff to separate two fighting snakes. Thus the caduceus became a representation of the resolution of quarrels, and since snakes were also closely associated with healing, it also became the symbol of the medical profession. Roman gods and goddesses often had multiple duties, and Mercury moonlighted as the god of trade. He is additionally represented on this coin by the two cornucopias which signify commercial prosperity. The obverse inscription TI CAESAR DIVI AUGUSTI F AUGUSTUS (Tiberius Caesar, son of the divine Augustus) was a bit of propaganda by Tiberius to associate himself with his popular stepfather. Bronze coins with Tiberius' portrait are scarce, especially anywhere nearly as nice as this exceptional piece. A beautiful coin with a fine silky black patina.

On sale at: $1250




11419. TIBERIUS. AD 14-37. AE As (27mm, 11.35 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 21-22. Bare head left / Legend around large S . C. RIC I 44. VF, brown surfaces, areas of light roughness. A beautifully styled realistic portrait. Provenance: Robert O. Ebert Collection.

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6596. TIBERIUS. AE As. /SC. EF. Nice example.

On sale at: $650.




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DRUSUS (Drusus II, Drusus Minor) b13BC-d23AD, son of Tiberius


10762. DRUSUS, son of Tiberius, Caesar, AD 19-23. AE As (29mm, 10.40 g, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 22-23. Obverse: DRVSVS CAESAR TI AVG F DIVI AVG N; Bare head of Drusus left. Reverse: Large SC within legend PONTIF TRIBVN POTEST ITER around. RIC 145 (Tiberius), Sear #1794. Near EF. A choice portrait example. Scarce.

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LIVILLA, wife of Gaius Caesar and Drusus, daughter of Nero Claudius Drusus and Antonia, sister of Germanicus and Claudius, mother of Tiberius and Germanicus Gemellus and Livia Julia, granddaughter of Livia, Marc Antony and Octavia


11442. LIVILLA, circa 22-23 AD, AE Dupondius 13.98 g. Veiled bust of Livilla? as Pietas r. Rev. Legend around S C. C 1. RIC Tiberius 43. Brown-green patina, pitting on reverse, otherwise very fine with an excellent style high profile portrait.

David Vagi in his 'Coinage and History of the Roman Empire' has made a convincing case that these Pietas types portray Livilla rather than Livia. Livilla was the sister of both Claudius and Germanicus. She and her ambitious lover Sejanus wielded great power and were involve in poisoning her husband in a failed attempt to bring Sejanus to the throne for which they both eventually lost their lives.

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11008. LIVILLA, Macedon, Dium mint. Pseudo-autonomous issue. temp. Tiberius, AD 14-37 AD. AE As(?) (25mm, 9.04 g, 12h). L. Rusticelius Cordus, duovir quinquennalis. Veiled and draped bust of Livilla? as Pietas right; PIETAS below bust / L . RVSTI/CELIVS/CORDVS/II . VIR/QVINQ/D . D in six lines. RPC 1543 (Pella or Dium); Kremydi-Sicilianou dies E7/O7 (an unlisted die combination); Varbanov -, but cf. 3389 (Dium). Good VF, dark green and olive patina, minor smoothing in fields. From Group CEM. Quite rare and a choice example of the type.

David Vagi in his 'Coinage and History of the Roman Empire' has made a convincing case that these Pietas types portray Livilla rather than Livia. Livilla was the sister of both Claudius and Germanicus. She and her ambitious lover Sejanus wielded great power and were involve in poisoning her husband in a failed attempt to bring Sejanus to the throne for which they both eventually lost their lives.

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TIBERIUS GEMELLUS, son of Drusus and Livilla


11171. TIBERIUS GEMELLUS? Caesar, AD 35-37. Lydia, Philadelphia (as Neocaesarea) mint. AE (14mm, 3.25 g). TIBEPION CEBACTON(?), bare head right / Winged thunderbolt. LS 24 (under Tiberius Gemellus; same obv. die as illustration); RPC I 3017 (under Tiberius; same obv. die as illustrations); Vagi 480 (under Tiberius Gemellus; same obv. die as illustration). VF, dark green patina, light earthen highlights. Rare.

The attribution of this coin is complicated by the celator's recutting of the single obverse die used to strike this issue. While it is possible that the letter traces could read CEBACTON, the authors of RPC note that this reading, as well as the identification with Tiberius Gemellus, is uncertain.

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TIBERIUS GEMELLUS and GERMANICUS GEMELLUS, sons of Drusus and Livilla


11366. TIBERIUS GEMELLUS and GERMANICUS GEMELLUS, sons of Drusus and Livilla. AD 19-37/8 and 19-23/4, respectively. AE Sestertius (26.78 g, 12h). Rome mint. Struck under Tiberius, AD 22-23. Crossed cornucopias, each surmounted by the bust of one of the Gemellus brothers, vis-a-vis; winged caduceus between / Rs. DRVSVS . . TI CAESAR AVG .. F .. DIVI AVG N … PONT TR POT … II, large S C. RIC I 42 (Tiberius), Cohen 1. Rare. Reddish brown patina, rough reverse but disregarding a couple of very small pits the obverse is spectacular with all devices sharp and exceptional sharp portraits of fine style. .

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11027. TIBERIUS GEMELLUS and GERMANICUS GEMELLUS, sons of Drusus and Livilla. AD 19-37/8 and 19-23/4, respectively. AE Sestertius (32mm, 25.97 g, 12h). Rome mint. Struck under Tiberius, AD 22-23. Crossed cornucopias, each surmounted by the bust of a boy, vis-a-vis; winged caduceus between / Large S C. RIC I 42 (Tiberius). Fine, green patina, traces of earthen highlights, tiny pit under the boy's chin on left. Ex Classical Numismatic Group 76 (12 September 2007), lot 1371. Rare.

On sale at: $2950.




10811. TIBERIUS GEMELLUS and GERMANICUS GEMELLUS, sons of Drusus and Livilla. Drusus. Caesar, AD 19-23. AE Sestertius (35mm, 23.96 g, 11h). Rome mint. Struck 22-23 AD. Confronted heads of Drusus' children on crossed cornucopias; caduceus between / Legend around large S C. RIC I 42 (Tiberius). VF, brown patina. From an old collection with faint accession number in India ink under right cornucopia which could be easily removed with a drop of acetone if wished.

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SEJANUS, potential successor of Tiberius


11633. TIBERIUS AND SEJANUS. Pretorian Prefect of Tiberius. AE28, 11.23 g. Mint of Bibilis, Spain, 31 AD. Copper as, RPC I 398, Burgos 196, Vagi 484. Wildwinds RPC 398.1 (this coin). Obverse: TI CAESAR DIVI AVGVSTI F AVGVSTVS; laureate head of Tiberius right. Reverse: MVN AVGVSTA BILBILIS TI CAESARE V L AELIO SEIANO, COS in wreath. Near VF/VF. Very rare and an even rarer example with the name of Sejanus intact. In almost all specimens the name of the famous Pretorian Prefect of Tiberius was obliterated following his execution. Only 19 examples known to RPC.

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NERO CLAUDIUS DRUSUS, younger brother of Tiberius, husband of Antonia, father of Germanicus, Livilla and Claudius


6598. NERO CLAUDIUS DRUSUS. AE Sestertius. EF.

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9470. SCARCE SESTERTIUS OF NERO CLAUDIUS DRUSUS, by Claudius, ca. 50-54 AD. Sestertius, RIC 114. Laur. bust r./Triumphal arch surmounted by equestrian statue spearing downwards between two trophies, NERO CLAVDIVS DRVSVS GERMAN IMP SC. VF. Nice architectural rv. Rare and better than photo.

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ANTONIA (aka Antonia Minor or Antonia the Younger), 3rd daughter of Marc Antony and Octavia, wife of Nero Claudius Drusus, mother of Germanicus, Livilla, and Claudius


10155. ANTONIA - DAUGHTER OF OF MARC ANTONY AND OCTAVIA. Dupondius, RIC (Claudius) 92- Struck under Claudius. 30mm, 12g. Obverse: ANTONIA AVGVSTA; her draped bust right. Reverse: TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG PM TRP IMP; togate figure of Claudius as a priest standing left holding a simpulum. VF with some smoothing of obverse fields. Somewhat better than photo. Scarce.

On sale at: $1850.




11358. ANTONIA MINOR. Augusta, AD 37 and 41. AE Dupondius (31mm, 16.74 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck under Claudius. Draped bust right / Claudius, togate, standing left, holding simpulum. RIC I 104 (Claudius); von Kaenel Type 74. VF, brown patina, porosity. Excellent style portrait with unusually sharp reverse.

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GERMANICUS, son of Nero Claudius Drusus and Antonia


7665. GERMANICUS, father of Caligula, AE As, HRIC 3 ($300-$1000). Germanicusí hd. r./Large SC. VF. Small area of corrosion on forehead. Nice portrait!

On sale at: $450.




6597. CHOICE EF GERMANICUS. AE As by Caligula. /Large SC. EF. Choice example with great detailed portrait.

On sale at: $1450.




7667. CHOICE PORTRAIT BRONZE OF GERMANICUS, father of Caligula, AE As, HRIC 3 ($300-$1000). Germanicusí hd. r./Large SC. EF+. Choice example!

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7668. RARE COIN OF GERMANICUS, AE 22 of BITHYNIA, NIKOMEDIA, RPC 2081. Struck by P. Pasidienus Firmus proconsul under Tiberius. Bare head Germanicus left. /4 line inscription within circular inscription. VF+. Rare and an excellent portrait of Germanicus.

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AGRIPPINA SENIOR, mother of Caligula, wife of Germanicus


11124. AGRIPPINA SENIOR. Died AD 33. AE Sestertius (33mm, 22.31 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck under Gaius (Caligula), AD 40-41. AGRIPPINA • M • F • MAT • C • CAESARIS • AVGVSTI, draped bust of Agrippina, wearing her hair in waves and knotted in a club at the back, a single lock of hair falls free down neck / S • P • Q • R/MEMORIAE/AGRIPPINAE in three lines above and in left field, carpentum drawn left by two mules: the tilt rests on standing female figures, one at each of the three corners; the side shows four compartments with figures dancing(?) in the two lower, and stars in the two upper, wheel of eight spokes. RIC I 55 (Gaius); Trillmich Group I (unlisted dies); BMCRE 86-7 (Caligula); BN 128-9. Near EF, attractive green patina with some areas of red. Provenance: Triton XV, Collection of Princeton Economics acquired by Martin Armstrong. Ex Numismatica Ars Classica 15 (18 May 1999), lot 290. A choice excellent style portrait and excellent detail in the carpentum as well.

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6603. AGRIPPINA. AE Sestertius. /Carpentarium. F+/AVF.

On sale at: $950.




6604. AGRIPPINA. AE Sestertius. /SC. Excellent style EF portrait.

On sale at: $2450.




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NERO (Nero Julius Caesar Germanicus c. AD 6-AD 30) AND DRUSUS (Drusus III, Drusus Julius Caesar, AD 7-AD 33) CAESARS, sons of Germanicus and Agrippina Senior, brothers of Caligula


10858. NERO and DRUSUS CAESARS, AE As of Carthago Nova, Spain. Struck by Tiberius. Obverse: TI CAESAR DIVI AVGVSTI F AVGVSTVS P M, laureate head of Tiberius right. Reverse: NERO ET DRVSVS CAESARES QVINQ C V I N C, confronting heads of Nero & Drusus caesars. SGI 335, RPC 179, SNGCop 500. 12.91g, 29mm. Good F, with especially clear portrait busts of Nero and Drusus caesars. An interesting dynastic issue. Scarce.

These two caesars are not the same persons as the later emperor Nero, and Drusus, the son of Tiberius, of the same names who are listed separately below. Nero and Drusus caesars were eventually accused of plotting against Tiberius and imprisoned. Drusus caesar was starved to death, at the end gnawing on his bedding to survive. Nero caesar was imprisoned on the island of Ponza and also either starved to death or forced to commit suicide.

On sale at: $450.




11315. NERO and DRUSUS CAESARS, AE As of Carthago Nova, Spain. Struck by Tiberius. AD 14-37. AE AS (29mm, 15.49 g, 5h). Struck AD 23-29. Bare head of Tiberius left / Confronted bare-headed and draped busts of Nero and Drusus. ACIP 3149; RPC I 179. Near VF, brown patina. Great example with choice portrait busts of Nero and Drusus caesars for these as well as a fine style bust of Tiberius. An interesting dynastic issue. Scarce.

These two caesars are not the same persons as the later emperor Nero, and Drusus, the son of Tiberius, of the same names who are listed separately below. Nero and Drusus caesars were eventually accused of plotting against Tiberius and imprisoned. Drusus caesar was starved to death, at the end gnawing on his bedding to survive. Nero caesar was imprisoned on the island of Ponza and also either starved to death or forced to commit suicide.

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CALIGULA [4], 37-41


7867. NICE GRAND TOUR BRONZE BUST OF CALIGULA, c. 19th century. Nicely detailed bust of the emperor Caligula togate on a tall marble base. Bust 3.5 x 4 inches, total height 7.25 inches. Excellent condition.

SOLD.




7669. CALIGULA, 37-41 AD. AE As. /Vesta std. l. EF. Choice example as good as they come.

On sale at: $2750.




7805. RARE CALIGULA AND ANTONIA AE OF THESSALONICA. AE21, RPC 1573. Laur. hd. Caligula l. /Veiled hd. Antonia l. EF. Rare. One of the best of the known examples of this issue.

SOLD.




8597. CALIGULA, 37-41. Sestertius. /Caligula, standing on a dais with curule chair or sella castrensis camp chair behind, extending right hand in a gesture of address. Five soldiers wearing crested helmets holding parazonia standards and shields stand before him listening. VF. Rare. Hole neatly plugged but still a wonderful portrait of Caligula and an excellent reverse scene.

Before a battle or on parade, the emperor would address his troops in an event known as an adlocutio cohortium (address to the cohorts). This was an important opportunity for the emperor to be present among his troops to inspire morale. This sestertius was issued on the occasion of a donative for the Praetorian Guard and was the first to employ the adlocutio as a reverse type.

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CAESONIA, fourth wife of Caligula, mother of Drusilla Minor


11289. CAESONIA, Struck under Gaius Caligula, Cn. Atellius Flaccus and Cn. Pompeius Flaccus, duoviri. AE As of Carthago, 39 AD, 29 mm, 11.94 g. Laureate head of Gaius Caligula right. / Draped bust of Caesonia as Salus right. Provenance: From the J.P. Righetti Collection, 6586. RPC I 185, SNG Copenhagen 503. Burgos 613. VF.

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DRUSILLA MINOR, daughter of Caligula and Caesonia


CAESONIA AND DRUSILLA MINOR. Struck by Agrippa I (37 - 44 AD). Mint of Caesarea Maritima. AE (18mm, 11.98 (incorrect weight) gm, 12h). [KAIΣΩNIA ΓYNH ΣYNH ΣE]BAΣTOY (Caesonia, wife of the emperor); head of Caesonia to l. / ΔPOYΣIΛΛH [ΘYΓATPI ΣEBAΣTOY] (for Drusilla the daughter of the emperor); LE (year 5 = 40/41 AD) in l. field; Drusilla (daughter of Caligula) stands l. with a branch over her shoulder, holding a small Victory. Hendin 1241. TJC 117. AJC II 247,3. RPC 4977. Samuels 60. Photo courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

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11396. CAESONIA AND DRUSILLA MINOR. Struck by Agrippa I (37 - 44 AD). Mint of Caesarea Maritima. AE (18mm, 4.82 g). [KAIΣΩNIA ΓYNH ΣYNH ΣEBAΣTOY] (Caesonia, wife of the emperor); head of Caesonia to l. / [ΔPOYΣIΛΛHΘYΓATPI ΣEBAΣTOY] (for Drusilla the daughter of the emperor); LE (year 5 = 40/41 AD) in l. field; Drusilla (daughter of Caligula) stands l. with a branch over her shoulder, holding a small Victory. Hendin 1241. TJC 117. AJC II 247,3. RPC 4977. Samuels 60. Poor. Very rare.

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DRUSILLA MAJOR AND JULIA LIVILLA (with AGRIPPINA JR.), sisters of Caligula, daughters of Germanicus and Agripinna Sr.


11104. CALIGULA (37 - 41) WITH HIS THREE SISTERS AGRIPPINA JR., DRUSILLA, AND JULIA LIVILLA. Sesterius, 37 - 38, Rome. 25.40 g. Obverse: Laureate head left. Reverse: Agrippina, Drusilla and Julia, the three sisters of Caligula as Securitas, Concordia and Fortuna, each standing facing holding a cornucopia, S C below. RIC 33. C. 4, BMC 36. CBN 48. Some smoothing to fields. EF, a beautiful example. Rare, especially this nice.

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CLAUDIUS [5], 41-54


10763. CLAUDIUS, 41-54. AE Sestertius (36mm, 28.36 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck circa AD 50-54. Laureate head right / EX SC, P P, OB CIVES, SERVATOS in four lines within oak wreath. RIC I 112. Near EF, green patina. A choice fine style portrait of Claudius many of whose numismatic portraits are of lesser or provincial style. Scarce.

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8598. CLAUDIUS, 41-54. Sestertius. /EX SC, OB, CIVES, SERVATOS within oak wreath. Fine fierce aquiline EF portrait with sharp detail in the hair. Scarce.

On sale at: $1450.




CHOICE CONTEMPORARY IMITATION

8599. CLAUDIUS, 41-54 AD. Sestertius, 33 mm, 19.78 g. /Spes stg. l. raising skirt. Near EF. As fine a contemporary imitation as I've seen.

On sale at: $750.




6097. CLAUDIUS, 41-54 AD. AE As. /Libertas stg. l. Nice AVF.

On sale at: $450.




7671. CLAUDIUS, 41-54 AD. AE Sestertius. /Spes stg. l. AVF. Struck on a large 36mm flan.

SOLD.




7672. CLAUDIUS, 41-54 AD. AE As. /Liberty std. l. AVF. Nice portrait.

On sale at: $750.




9456. RARE CLAUDIUS PROVINCIAL BRONZE, 41-54. AE22 of Cassandrea, Macedon. RPC 1515. Laur. hd l./Hd. Ammon r. AVG countermark on rv. as in RPC. VF. Rare. Excellent patina.

On sale at: $650.




6600. CLAUDIUS. AE As. /Libertas stg. EF. Choice sharp example.

On sale at: $1250.




CLAUDIUS SESTERTIUS WITH NERO COUNTERMARK

8920. CLAUDIUS, 41-54. Sestertius (with Nero countermark). See HRIC Nero. Fine style portrait Claudius, NCAPR countermark/OB CIVES SERVATOS within oak wreath. AVF.

On sale at: $1250.




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QUINTUS VERANIUS, governor of Lycia (43-48 AD) under Claudius, later governor of Britain in 57 AD.


11632. VERANIUS (under Claudius) Cibyra, RPC 2889. AE 18, 5.28 g. OUHRANIOS; bare head of Veranius? / KIBURATWN; temple with four columns. F. Very Rare. Provenance: Ex CNG.

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VALERIA MESSALINA, 3rd wife of Claudius, mother of Britannicus and Claudia Octavia, stepmother of Claudia Antonia


10809. MESSALINA with ANTONIA (Antonia Minor the deceased mother of Claudius), Augusta, AD 41-48. Cappadocia, Caesarea-Eusebia. AE (17mm, 4.97 g, 12h). Draped bust of Messalina right / Draped bust of Antonia right. Vagi 642, RPC I 3657; Sydenham -. Near VF, brown patina. Very Rare.

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11238. CLAUDIUS, MESSALINA, BRITANNICUS AND CLAUDIA OCTAVIA. Egypt, Alexandria mint. Claudius. AD 41-54. BI Tetradrachm (23mm, 12.93 g, 12h). Dated RY 3 (AD 42/3). Laureate head right; L Γ (date) below chin / Messalina standing facing, head left, holding small figures of her children Britannicus and Claudia Octavia and grain ears; column to right. Koln 75; Dattari (Savio) 123; K&G 12.22; RPC I 5131. VF, toned.

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AGRIPPINA JR., sister of Caligula, niece and 4th wife of Claudius, mother of Nero


9429. EXCEPTIONAL PORTRAIT DENARIUS OF CLAUDIUS AND AGRIPPINA JR., 41-54 AD. AR Denarius, 50-54 AD, RIC 81. Laur. bust Claudius r./bust Agrippina Jr. right. VF+-EF. Agrippina was the wife of Claudius and may have had a hand in his death. Excellent portraits in high relief. Wonderful portrait of Agrippina. Rare and choice!

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11441. AGRIPPINA JR., Augusta, AD 50-59. AE Sestertius (37mm, 27.74 g, 6h). Uncertain Balkan mint. Struck under Claudius, AD 50-54. Draped bust right, hair in long plait / Carpentum left, drawn by two mules. RIC I 103 (Claudius); BMCRE pg. 195, note *; BN -; von Kaenel, "Britannicus, Agrippina Minor und Nero in Thrakien," SNR 63 (1984), type A. Fine, brown patina, roughness. Very rare and pretty good condition for this difficult issue.

Sestertii and dupondii in the name of Agrippina Junior have been found localized in the Balkan region and were most likely struck at a local mint servicing the legions guarding the border. They can be distinguished from sestertii of Agrippina Sr. by the obverse legend AGRIPPINA AVG GERMANICI F CAESARIS AVG and the anepigraphic reverse. The lack of reverse legends on both the sestertius and dupondius, specifically the S C, would be in keeping with a provincial issue not issued under the nominal authority of the Roman Senate.

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BRITANNICUS, son of Claudius by Messalina


11290. BRITANNICUS, AD 41-55, Smyrna, Ionia, son of Claudius and Messalina, 41-54 AD, (18mm, 3.55 g, 12h). Philistos and Eikadios, magistrates. Struck circa AD 50-54. Bareheaded and draped bust right / Nike advancing right, carrying trophy over shoulder. Klose Type XXXI; RPC I 2476 (Nero as Caesar, under Claudius); SNG Copenhagen 1351; SNG von Aulock 7995. EF, dark green patina, scattered roughness. Choice example with portrait of Britannicus rivaling that of his extremely rare sestertii. Provenance: From the Nera Collection.

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11142. BRITANNICUS, AD 41-55, Smyrna, Ionia, son of Claudius and Messalina, 41-54 AD, 3.96 g, struck under Claudius 50-54 AD, 17.0mm. Obv: ZYM; draped bareheaded bust right. Rev: Nike advancing right, carrying trophy. SNG Copenhagen 1349ff; BMC Ionia p270, 283f. Good VF, excellent style portrait for type, better in-hand.

On sale at: $1250.




11138. BRITANNICUS, AD 41-55, son of Claudius. Ionia, Smyrna. AD 41-55. AE (15mm, 3.70 g, 6h). Philistos and Eikadios, magistrates. Struck circa AD 50-54. Bareheaded and draped bust right / Nike advancing right, carrying trophy over shoulder. Klose Type XXXI; RPC I 2476 (Nero as Caesar, under Claudius); SNG Copenhagen 1351; SNG von Aulock 7995. VF, earthen green patina, minor roughness. Attractive for the issue. Provenance: From the Patrick H. C. Tan Collection.

On sale at: $750.




10805. BRITANNICUS, AD 41-55, son of Claudius. Ionia, Smyrna. AE (17mm, 4.44 g, 12h). Philistos and Eikadios, magistrates. Struck circa AD 50-54. Bareheaded and draped bust right / Nike advancing right, carrying trophy over shoulder. Klose Type XXXI; RPC I 2476 (Nero as Caesar, under Claudius); SNG Copenhagen 1351; SNG von Aulock 7995. Near VF. dark green patina.

On sale at: $750.




7938. CLAUDIUS AND HIS SON BRITANNICUS, AE24 of Thessalonica, Macedon struck under Claudius, RPC 1588. Bare head of Claudius l./Draped bust of the youthful Britannicus l. within wreath, countermark probably of bust of Apollo or helmented head as mentioned in RPC. VF. Rare.

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CLAUDIA ANTONIA, daughter of Claudius and Aelia Paetina, half-sister of Britannicus and Claudia Octavia, niece of Sejanus, step-sister of Nero


11235. BRITANNICUS, CLAUDIA OCTAVIA AND CLAUDIA ANTONIA, AD 41-55. Mysia, Cyzicus mint. AE (12mm, 1.74 g, 12h). Bare head of Britannicus right / Confronted, draped busts of Antonia and Octavia. RPC I 2248. Good Fine, green and brown patina, porous. Rare.

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CLAUDIA OCTAVIA, first wife of Nero, daughter of Claudius and Messalina, sister of Britannicus


11239. NERO AND CLAUDIA OCTAVIA, Egypt, Alexandria mint. AD 41-54. BI Tetradrachm (24mm, 13.52 g, 12h). Dated RY 3 (AD 56/7). Laureate head of Nero right / Draped bust of Claudia Octavia right; L Γ (date) below chin. Koln 122; Dattari (Savio) 190; K&G 14.7; RPC I 5202. Good VF, toned. Scarce.

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11252. NERO AND CLAUDIA OCTAVIA, Egypt, Alexandria mint. AD 41-54. BI Tetradrachm (22mm, 13.13 g, 1h). Laureate head of Nero right / Draped bust of Claudia Octavia right; L E; (date) below chin. Koln 122; Dattari (Savio) 190; K&G 14.7; RPC I 5202. Near VF, toned. Scarce. Fine style portraits, especially that of Octavia.

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NERO [6], 50-68, son of Agrippina Jr., adopted son of Claudius


10789. NERO, AD 54-68. AE (38mm, 24.15 g, 12h) of Rhodes, Caria. Radiate head right / Victory standing left on prow, holding wreath and palm frond; [rose] to lower left. RPC I 2772; SNG Keckman 769; SNG von Aulock 2859. VF, dark green patina. Scarce large, heavy AE of Nero. From the HLT Collection.

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STRUCK DURING PAUL'S MINISTRY IN CORINTH - PUBLISHED IN BCD

7674. NERO, 54-68 AD. AE 20 of Corinth, Ex. the BCD collection #475 (this coin). /Nero stg. on podium. VF. Rare.

On sale at: $750.




7218. NERO, 50-68. AE22 of Corinth. Struck 57-59. Duovir T. Cl. Optatus. NERO CLAVD CAES AVG, bare head right. TI CLAVD OPTATVS II VIR, Bellepheron, naked, standing right, looking left, holding shield on arm and holding a rearing Pegasus by the bridle. COR in exergue. RPC 1201; BMC 562; Amandry XXI-1; Milan 1082; Mabbott 858. Rare! Provenance: From the well known BCD Collection, one of the most extensive collections of coins of this city.

On sale at: $350.




7675. NERO, 54-68 AD. AE33 of Perinthos. /PERINQIWN within oak-wreath. VF. Choice example of this scarce sestertius sized provincial bronze of Nero with perfectly centered obverse with sharp legends.

On sale at: $2500.




8600. NERO, 50-68. AR Denarius of 65/6 AD, Crawford 335. His laureate bust r./VESTA, statue within temple of Vesta. Choice EF. Excellent example with classic architectural reverse. See CNG 905768 in near identical condition which sold 9/11 for $3750.

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9492. NERO ARA PACIS ARCHITECTURAL REVERSE, 54-68AD. AE As. /ARA PACIS, the altar of Peace. F+. Rare architectural rv.

On sale at: $1250.




9493. EXCELLENT STYLE NERO PORTRAIT IN SILVER, 54-68AD. Billon silver tetradrachm of Egypt, Geissen 167. /Eagle stg. l., simpulum in field to r. VF. Scarce.

On sale at: $350.




9494. NERO, 54-68AD. Denarius, C119. /Jupiter Custos. Refers to Jupiter's aid during Pisonian conspiracy. AEF.

On sale at: $450.




6101. NERO, 54-68 AD. AE As. /Victory walking l. VF.

On sale at: $750.




10437. NERO, EGYPT, Alexandria. AD 54-68. BI Tetradrachm (23mm, 13.13 g, 12h). Dated RY 13 (AD 66/7). Radiate bust left, wearing aegis; L IΔ (date) before / Galley sailing right. Koln 184-6; Dattari (Savio) 263; K&G 14.99 corr. (obv. legend); RPC 5296. VF, a bit porous.

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7503. NERO, BILLON SILVER TETRADRACHM OF EGYPT. Radiate hd. Nero r./Bust in elephant headdress r.

SOLD.




7505. NERO, BILLON SILVER TETRADRACHM OF EGYPT. Radiate hd. Nero r./Eagle stg. l.

SOLD.




10134. NERO. AE Sestertius. Laureate bust of Nero facing left. / Military scene with Nero in armor on horseback prancing right his cape blowing behind accompanied by a soldier on horseback carrying a spear and vexillum. S C DECVRSIO. AEF. Quite a nice example with detail even in the face of Nero on horseback, perfectly centered with every letter in the legends visible and sharp and an especially nicely rendered animated equestrian scene considerably better than usual. Compare for example 6607 above.

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6610. NERO. AE Sestertius. /Annona & Ceres. EF/VF. Superb portrait!

On sale at: $3500.




6612. NERO & AGRIPPINA JR. Denarius, H3. Bare hd. of the young Nero r. with the draped bust of his mother Agrippina, Jr. r./Quadriga of elephants drawing cult statues of the divine Augustus and divine Claudius. Refers to the funeral held for Claudius of whose poisoning Agrippina his wife was suspected. Choice EF, especially sharp reverse. Old cabinet toning. A very historically important coin as Nero eventually had his mother murdered, fearing her involvement in a plot to kill him also.

SOLD.




7940. NERO, 54-68 AD. Sestertius,. /ANNONA AVGVSTI CERES, Annona stg. l., Ceres std. on r., prow behind. Refers to grain supply to Rome. EF. Choice example.

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EXCEPTIONAL FINE STYLE PORTRAIT

7941. LARGE NERO PROVINCIAL, NERO, 54-68 AD. AE33 of Perinthos, Thrace struck 59-63 AD. [NEPWN K]AISAP ΣEBAΣTO[Σ]. Laureate bust left./[Π]EPIN / ΘIΩN. Apollo, chlayms behind left shoulder, loins draped, standing left, holding patera and sceptre. Schonert 230; RPC 1753; Varbanov 11. AEF. Beautiful young portrait of Nero. Rare.

On sale at: $1750.




NERO SAVED FROM THE PISONIAN CONSPIRACY

8200. NERO, 50-68AD. Denarius, RIC.60. /Salus std. on throne. AVF. Struck by Nero to commemorate his salvation by the goddess Salus (salvation) from a conspiracy to assassinate him.

SOLD.




9471. LARGE NERO PORTRAIT IN SILVER, AR Tetradrachm of Antioch. /Eagle with wreath. VF.

On sale at: $450.




9430. CHOICE NERO QUADRANS, 50-68 AD. AE Quadrans, HRIC 37. Helmet on column, against which rests a shield/Laurel branch. VF+. Rare. Choice example with spectacular perfect glossy jade green patina. Much better than photo.

On sale at: $450.




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POPPAEA, Augusta, AD 62-65. Second wife of Nero, previously wife of Otho, d. 65 AD, mother of Claudia Neronis


A SPLENDID PORTRAIT OF POPPAEA

11449. NERO AND POPPAEA, Koinon of Galatia. AD 54-68. AE (26mm, 12.38 g, 2h). Struck circa AD 62-65. Laureate head of Nero right / Draped bust of Poppaea right. RPC 3562; SNG France 2400; SNG von Aulock 6117; SNG Copenhagen –. VF, brown patina. Provenance: From the Chiltern Collection. Ex Classical Numismatic Groiup 66 (19 May 2004), lot 1217. One of the finest numismatic portraits of Poppaea known. Almost all coin portraits of Poppaea are of much poorer quality. And an excellent fine style portrait of Nero as well.

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11032. NERO AND POPPAEA, AD 54-68. BI Tetradrachm (25mm, 12.51 g, 12h). Dated RY 10 (AD 63/4). Radiate head of Nero right / Draped bust of Poppaea right; L I (date) before. Koln 157; Dattari (Savio) 196; K&G 14.78; RPC I 5275. VF, matte, grayish tone. Scarce and a superior example of the type.

On sale at: $850.




10122. RARE COIN OF NERO AND POPPAEA, Nero and Poppaea, 62 - 65 A.D., Koinon Galatia, Galatia. Bronze AE 25, RPC I 3562, SGICV 662, SNG Von Aulock 6117, aVF, Tavium? mint, weight 16.654g, maximum diameter 26.1mm, die axis 45o, 62 - 65 A.D.; obverse laureate head of Nero right; reverse draped bust of Poppaea right. VF+. Very rare. An excellent example with nice portraits of both Nero and his wife Poppaea. About as nice a portrait of Poppaea as can be found on any Roman coin.

SOLD.




10178. NERO AND POPPAEA, KINGDOM OF BOSPORUS, KOTYS I, 45 - 63 AD. AE as (assarius Nero), Pantikapaion, struck 63 AD, rare. Obv: NEPWNOC KLAYDIOY CEBACTOY KAICAPOC, laureate bust of Nero right. Rev: POPPHIAC CEBACTHC.IB., draped bust of Poppaea left, hair in long plait, monogram "BAK" before, nominal "IB" (12 nummus) below. Weight 4,79 grams, diameter 22,05 mm. Reference: Anokhin 351 (1986 edition), Anokhin 41-8 (1999 edition). Good VF and considerably better than photo.

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CLAUDIA NERONIS, Augusta AD 63, daughter of Nero by Poppaea, d. aged 3 months 63 AD


ONLY COIN OF NERO'S DAUGHTER

11028. CLAUDIA NERONIS, daughter of Nero and Poppaea. Struck AD 65-68 in Judaea, Caesarea Paneas under Agrippa II. Diva Poppaea and Diva Claudia. Died AD 65 and AD 63. AE (20.4 mm, 3.94 g). Statue of Diva Poppaea seated left within distyle temple / Statue of Diva Claudia standing left within hexastyle temple. RPC I 4846; Meshorer 354; Meshorer, Caesarea, pl. 7, H; SNG ANS 858; Hendin 1270. RPC 4846. A superior well centered example unusual in that the entire name of Claudia is visible. Almost all examples are quite worn.

The obverse of this coin honors Poppaea, Nero's (and previously Otho's) wife. In January of AD 63 she gave birth to Claudia, who survived only four months. This is the only coinage issued in the name of Nero's daughter. According to Suetonius, Nero killed Poppaea, while pregnant with another child, by violently kicking her in the abdomen.

One thing that has always raised a question in my mind about this coin is that the statue supposedly of Claudia is clearly an adult woman rather than a 3 month old infant. In this superior example it seems to me that the figure is actually that of a mother holding an infant in her arms. Thus I think it likely the standing figure is that of Poppaea holding the infant Claudia, rather than just the infant Claudia herself as it is usually described in the literature. After all it seems highly unlikely that a 3 month old infant would be portrayed as an adult woman.

SOLD.




11338. CLAUDIA NERONIS, daughter of Nero and Poppaea. Struck AD 65-68 in Judaea, Caesarea Paneas under Agrippa II. Diva Poppaea and Diva Claudia. Died AD 65 and AD 63. JUDAEA, Caesarea Panias. Diva Poppaea and Diva Claudia. Died AD 65 and AD 63. AE (21mm, 5.33 g, 12h). Struck AD 65-68. Statue of Diva Poppaea seated left within distyle temple / Statue of Diva Claudia standing left within hexastyle temple. RPC I 4846; Meshorer 354; Meshorer, Caesarea, pl. 7, H; SNG ANS 858; Hendin 1270. VF, green patina with earthen deposits. A superior well centered example unusual in the clarity of the figures since almost all examples are quite worn.

The obverse of this coin honors Poppaea, Nero's (and previously Otho's) wife. In January of AD 63 she gave birth to Claudia, who survived only four months. This is the only coinage issued in the name of Nero's daughter. According to Suetonius, Nero killed Poppaea, while pregnant with another child, by violently kicking her in the abdomen.

One thing that has always raised a question in my mind about this coin is that the statue supposedly of Claudia is clearly an adult woman rather than a 3 month old infant. In this superior example it seems to me that the figure is actually that of a mother holding an infant in her arms. Thus I think it likely the standing figure is that of Poppaea holding the infant Claudia, rather than just the infant Claudia herself as it is usually described in the literature. After all it seems highly unlikely that a 3 month old infant would be portrayed as an adult woman.

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STATILIA MESSALINA, Augusta AD 66-68. Third wife of Nero


11307. NERO AND STATILIA MESSALINA. Silver Denarius, 17mm (3.41 grams). Rome mint: struck 64-66 A.D. according to the references but almost certainly struck in AD 66 to celebrate her marriage to Nero and her assumption of the title of Augusta in that year. Reference: RIC I 45 and 57; BMCRE 54; BN 201; WCN 55; RSC 43. NERO CAESAR AVGVSTVS, laureate head of Nero right. / AVGVSTVS AVGVSTA, Nero, radiate, on left, holding patera and scepter, and Statilia Messalina on right, holding patera and cornucopiae, both standing facing. Choice example with very fine style portrait of Nero and excellent metal.

On sale at: $1450.




11354. STATILIA MESSALINA. Augusta, AD 66-68. Ionia, Ephesus mint. AE (19mm, 6.92 g, 1h). Draped bust right / Roma standing right, holding scepter and cult statue of Artemis. RPC I 2632. VF, some roughness. Very rare.

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VINDEX, 68


11156. CIVIL WAR. VINDEX, AD 68-69. AR Denarius (17mm, 3.43 g, 1h). Mint in Spain or Gaul. Bare head of Augustus right / Comet with eight rays. RIC I 92; AM A10; RSC 98a; Vagi 775. Near VF, porosity. Rare. Provenance: Property of Princeton Economics acquired by Martin Armstrong. Ex Classical Numismatic Group 49 (17 March 1999), lot 1490.

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CLODIUS MACER, 68


11125. CLODIUS MACER. Usurper, AD 68. AR Denarius (18mm, 3.34 g, 5h). Carthage mint. L CLODIVS MACER, bare head right; S C below neck / PRO/PRAE above, AFRICAE below, galley right, with twelve pairs of oars and seven oarsmen. RIC I 35 corr. (number of oarsmen) and 36; Hewitt group G/5, 53 var. (O-/R35 [unlisted obv. die]) = BMCRE 1; RSC 13. Fine, toned, numerous scratches on both sides, a few deeper scuffs on obverse. Extremely rare. Provenance: Triton XV, Collection of Princeton Economics acquired by Martin Armstrong. Ex Munzen & Medaillen Basel 86 (3 June 1998), lot 144; Auctiones 10 (12 June 1979), lot 581.

Clodius Macer served as legatus Augusti propraetore Africae under Nero. As opposition to the emperor grew and the power of the central government dwindled, Macer acted as little more than a pirate, sweeping the north African coast in an attempt to increase his power by cutting into the grain supplies of Rome. Following Nero’s suicide in early June, he began striking denarii in his own name. All of Macer’s coins are of rather crude style, an indication of the lack of skilled die engravers and the haste at which they were produced. K.V. Hewitt ("The coinage of L. Clodius Macer (AD 68)," NC [1983], pp. 64-80) estimated the output of Macer’s coinage to have been in the range of 1 to 1 1/2 million denarii. The vast majority of coins, however, would have been melted down in antiquity, and Hewitt knew of only 71 total denarii in the name of Macer at the time of his study. Commentary courtesy CNG.

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GALBA [7], 68-69


11443. GALBA, 68-69 AD. AE Sestertius, 27.51 g. circa July 68-January 69, Laureate head r. Rev. Legend within oak wreath. C 60. RIC–. BMC 62. Rare. Reddish-green patina gently smoothed on reverse, otherwise good very fine. A spectacular portrait of the finest style.

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10139. GALBA, 68-69 AD. AE34 Sestertius, RIC 392, BMC 79, Cohen 185, 25.50 g. Obverse: SER GALBA IMP CAESAR AVG TRP; laureate and draped bust right. Reverse: Roma helmeted and in military dress standing holding Victory and spear; SC ROMA across fields. F. Tiber patina. An excellent high contrast and centered portrait for the grade. A very large portrait.

On sale at: $1150.




7807. RARE GALBA EGYPTIAN AE, 68-69 AD. AE26. Laur. hd. Galba r./ Bust Isis r. VF. A very interesting exaggerated portrait of Galba depicted with a huge nose. Rare and a choice sharp well centered example of the type.

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OTHO [8], 69


11009. OTHO, AD 69. Syria, Seleucis and Pieria. Antioch mint. AR Tetradrachm (30mm, 15.27 g, 12h). Dated RY 1 (AD 69). Laureate head right / Eagle standing left on opposed laurel branches, with wings displayed, holding wreath in beak; palm frond to left; ETOYC A (date) in exergue. RPC 4200; McAlee 315; Prieur 102. VF. Well centered on a broad flan. From the Sierra Collection. Ex Ponterio 117 (18 January 2002), lot 328. Excellent style portrait of this superior emperor who unfortunately lasted only three months.

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6613. OTHO, AD 69. AR Denarius. /Securitas stg. l. EF. Sharp portrait! Considerably better than image shows.

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VITELLIUS [9], 69


11444. VITELLIUS, January - December 69, Sestertius late April-December 69, AE 24.76 g. Laureate and draped bust r. Rev. Pax standing l., holding branch and cornucopiae. C 67. RIC 118. Very rare. A bold portrait struck in high relief, green patina gently smoothed, otherwise about extremely fine. Ex Coin galleries August, 2009, 4287 and Stack's January 2009, Golden Horn 2266. From the Golden horn collection.

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7533. VITELLIUS, April-December 69 AD. Sestertius (20.6 gm), 69 AD. Sear 2208-9. /Mars advancing. AVF. Good opportunity to acquire an acceptable Vitellius sestertius portrait at a reasonable price. Obv. photo slightly cropped at top.

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8601. VITELLIUS, 69 AD. Denarius. /Victory std. l. VF+. Rare first issue of Vitellius after he defeated Otho, the coin struck still with the likeness much like Otho on the obverse. Old cabinet toning.

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7808. VITELLIUS, 69 AD. Denarius, H16. /PONT MAXIM, Vesta std r. VF+. Scarce.

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LUCIUS VITELLIUS (Vitellius Pater), father of Vitellius


11436. VITELLIUS PATER, Vitellius and his father. 69 -, Denarius. Laureate head of Vitellius r. Rs: Diademed and draped bust of Lucius Vitellius, the emperor's father facing right: eagle scepter before. Crawford 2; R.I.C. 99. 2.95 g, scratches in fields. Near VF. Very rare.

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VITELLIUS GERMANICUS AND VITELLIA, son and daughter of Vitellius


7274. VITELLIUS AND HIS CHILDREN, 69 AD. AR Denarius, Rome mint, RIC 101. Laur. hd. of Vitellius r., A VITELLIVS GERM IMP TR P/Bust of Vitellius' son Vitellius Germanicus on l. and daughter Vitellia on r., facing each other, LIBERI IMP GERMAN. Near VF. Very rare Vitellius dynastic issue with portraits of two of his children with excellent style portraits. Light iridescent toning.

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JULIUS CIVILIS, rebel 69-70

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VESPASIAN [10], 69-79


PRICE REDUCED! APPARENTLY ONLY THE SECOND KNOWN EXAMPLE AND THE ONLY ONE IN PRIVATE HANDS!

11590. VESPASIAN, 69-79 AD. AE35, 24.54 g. Sestertius. Lugdunum mint. IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG PM TR PPP COS III. Laureate head of Vespasian right. Rv. JUDAEA CAPTA SC; Jewess captive seated right under a palm tree mourning; to left of palm tree a male Jewish captive standing left with hands bound behind back looking left. RIC 1205v with the male Jew looking left rather than right. VF with somewhat rough surfaces. An excessively rare Judaea Capta variant, apparently only the second known of this type, the other in the Ashmoleon Museum at Oxford.

On sale at: $6500.




8059. VESPASIAN, 69-79 AD. Gold Aureus. /COS ITER TR POT, Mars adv. r. F+. Inexpensive example. Struck very early in Vespasian's reign.

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11035. THE SEVEN HILLS OF ROME. VESPASIAN. AD 69-79. AE Sestertius (33mm, 25.37 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 71. Laureate bust right, wearing aegis / Roma seated right on the seven hills of Rome, propping head on hand and holding parazonium; to left, she-wolf and twins; to right, the River Tiber reclining left, holding reed. RIC II 108; BMCRE 774 (Tarraco mint, same dies); BN 523 (same dies); NAC 54, 361 (same dies). Fine, rough brown patina. Extremely rare - all known examples are struck from the same reverse die, indicating a very small output.

A classic reverse type illustrating the myth of the founding of Rome. The figure of Roma represents the city of Rome built on the seven hills of Rome. Romulus and Remus were twin grandsons of the Trojan prince Aeneas who fled Troy after its fall. They were left to die floating in a basket on the Tiber river as infants but Tiberinus the deity of the river caused the basket to be caught on a reed. They were then saved by a she wolf who suckled them. Later they were found by a shepherd and raised by him and his wife. On maturity they went on to found the new city of Rome on the seven hills. This rare and interesting reverse portrays essentially the complete myth of the founding of Rome.

This reverse type was struck to celebrate the resurgent Rome. From AD 68-69 civil war took its toll, but Rome was victorious under the capable leadership of Vespasian. While Galba had claimed that Rome was reborn, Vespasian liked to think of Rome as resurgent and victorious. This issue was initially limited to sestertii alone in the first and second emissions.

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10438. VESPASIAN, 69-79, AE As. (27mm, 11.41 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 76. Laureate head right / Victory standing right on prow, holding wreath and palm. RIC II 897. EF, green patina, some very minor smoothing.

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10884. VESPASIAN, AD 69-79. AE Dupondius (28mm, 12.09 g, 6h). Lugdunum (Lyon) mint. Struck AD 77-78. Laureate head right, small globe at point of bust / Fides standing left, holding patera and cornucopia. RIC II 1210; Lyon 76. Near VF, brown patina, some light porosity. Excellent portrait. Ex D. Heuer Collection.

On sale at: $650.




6102. VESPASIAN, 69-79, AE As. /Aequitas stg. l. VF.

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6615. VESPASIAN. AE Sestertius. /Salus std. l. EF.

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JUDAEA CAPTURED BY THE ROMANS

7545. VESPASIAN, 69-79. Judaea Capta Sestertius, Hendin 773v. Head of the emperor Vespasian r./Palm, bound Jew to l., mourning Jewess to r. AVF. Struck to commemorate the Roman victory in the first Judaean revolt. A rare coin of important historical interest.

On sale at: $2250.




JUDAEA CAPTURED BY THE ROMANS

7677. VESPASIAN, 69-79 AD. AE Sestertius. /JUDAEA CAPTA, Roman soldier stg. with Judaean captive woman beneath palm tree. VF.

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JUDAEA CAPTURED BY THE ROMANS

7678. VESPASIAN, 69-79 AD. AE Sestertius. /JUDAEA CAPTA, Vespasian stg. with Judaean captive woman beneath palm tree. EF.

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JUDAEA CAPTURED BY THE ROMANS

7679. VESPASIAN, 69-79 AD. AE Sestertius. /JUDAEA CAPTA, Vespasian stg. with Judaean captive woman beneath palm tree. EF.

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JUDAEA CAPTURED BY THE ROMANS

8921. JUDEA CAPTA SESTERTIUS. VESPASIAN, 69-79, Sestertius of 71 AD, RIC 427, Hendin 775. /JUDAEA CAPTA SC, Vespasian stg. l. under date palm holding spear and parazonium, foot on helmet, to r. bound Judean female captive std. r. mourning. AVF.

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JUDAEA CAPTURED BY THE ROMANS

10170. VESPASIAN, 69-79, JUDAEA CAPTA with AGRIPPA II. AE27. JUDAEA, Roman Administration. Agrippa II, with Vespasian. Circa 50-100 CE. AE 28mm (15.55 g, 12h). Dated RY 27 (CE 86/7). AYTOKPA OYECPACI KAICAPI CEBACTw, laureate head of Vespasian right / Tyche standing left, holding grain ears and cornucopia; to left, crescent moon; date across field. RPC II 2283; Meshorer 166; Hendin 619. VF, nice contrasty brown and tan patina. Extremely rare, and of comparable quality to the specimens illustrated in RPC and Hendin.

While there is much debate regarding the calculation of Agrippa's regnal dates, both place this issue well within the reign of Domitian. The portrait of Vespasian, who had died seven years earlier, must then represent him as Divus Vespasian. As the obverse legend makes no reference to his divine status, it quite probable that Agrippa II was balancing his avid support for the Flavian dynasty, with whom he had allied upon Vespasian's elevation, along with his respect for Judaic religious restriction regarding perceived idolatry by referring to the late emperor as a god.

On sale at: $750.




10358. VESPASIAN PROVINCIAL SESTERTIUS, 69-79 AD. Vespasian. AD 69-79, Roman Provincial KOINON of BITHYNIA. Struck AD 71-79 M. Salvidenus Asprenas, Proconsul. Diam. 34 mm. Weight 26.6 gr. Obv: Vespasian Laureate head right. Rev: Bithynia seated left, holding patera and cornucopiae. RPC II 611. Good Fine. Beautiful gem-like fine glossy emerald green patina. Rare.

On sale at: $1250.




JUDAEA CAPTURED BY THE ROMANS

9495. VESPASIAN JUDAEA CAPTA REVERSE, 69-79, Denarius. /JUDAEA CAPTA, Female Judaean captive beneath trophy. F+.

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DOMITILLA THE ELDER, wife of Vespasian, mother of Titus and Domitian and Domitilla the younger


10812. DIVA DOMITILLA SENIOR. Died before AD 69. AE Sestertius (33mm, 22.54 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 80-81. Carpentum drawn by two mules / Legend around large S C. RIC II 262 (Titus). Good Fine, green and brown patina, rough encrusted surfaces. Rare.

The carpentum was an ornate Roman two wheeled carriage usually drawn by two mules. It was traditionally used in memorial processions in honor of deceased ladies of the imperial family as shown on this coin.

There has been considerable confusion about the coins of Domitilla Sr. and Domitilla Jr. but it appears that the sesterii were all struck for Domitilla Sr. and the denarii all for Domitilla Jr. Both the elder Domitilla (mother of Titus and Domitian) and the younger Domitilla (daughter of the elder and, so, sister of Titus and Domitian) died before Vespasian became emperor in AD 69. The title AVGVSTA on the denarii proves they must be assigned to the younger Domitilla because Martial attests that Domitian's sister was Augusta, whereas that title is never given to his mother. As to the date of issue, the fineness of denarii of at least the Fortuna reverse type proves that they must have been struck not under Titus, as traditionally thought, but between 82 and 85 when Domitian temporarily raised the fineness of his denarii from ~90% to ~98% (see I. Carradice, Coinage and Finance in the Reign of Domitian, p. 20). The Domitilla for whom Titus struck sestertii in 80-81, in contrast, was his mother, the elder Domitilla, as proven by the variant legend DOMITILLAE IMP CAES VESP AVG on some of these coins (such as this example), that is "For Domitilla, (wife) of the emperor Vespasian. Thus it appears there are no portraits or figures of Domitilla Sr. on Roman coins since her sesterii are all Carpentum types such as this one and there were no other issues struck for her.

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DOMITILLA THE YOUNGER (Flavia Domitilla Minor, c. 45 - c. 66, Augusta posthumously), daughter of Vespasian and Domitilla the elder


10813. DOMITILLA THE YOUNGER. Died before AD 69. Fourree Denarius (18mm, 2.97 g, 7h). Draped bust right / Pietas seated left holding scepter; a child standing left before her. RIC II - (Titus 73 in the old RIC); RSC 4. VF, toned, minor breaks in the plating. All the known examples are plated hybrids like this one. Rare.

At the age of fifteen, Domitilla Minor was married to Quintus Petillius Cerialis, with whom she had a daughter, the later Christian saint Flavia Domitilla. It is perhaps possible that the child shown on the reverse of this type which appears to be a girl could be Flavia Domitilla who later became a Christian saint for protecting Christians and Jews against persecution.

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FLAVIA DOMITILLA III, (Christian Saint), granddaughter of Vespasian and Domitilla the elder, daughter of Domitilla the younger


10813. DOMITILLA THE YOUNGER WITH FLAVIA DOMITILLA III?. Died before AD 69. Fourree Denarius (18mm, 2.97 g, 7h). Draped bust right / Pietas seated left holding scepter; a child standing left before her. RIC II - (Titus 73 in the old RIC); RSC 4. VF, toned, minor breaks in the plating. All the known examples are plated hybrids like this one. Rare.

At the age of fifteen, Domitilla Minor was married to Quintus Petillius Cerialis, with whom she had a daughter, the later Christian saint Flavia Domitilla III. It is perhaps possible that the child shown on the reverse of this type which appears to be a girl could be Flavia Domitilla III who later became a Christian saint for protecting Christians and Jews against persecution. Flavia Domitilla III was also the mother of Vespasian Jr. (see entry below) and Domitian Jr.

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ANTONIA CAENIS, mistress and de facto 2nd wife of Vespasian


11023. VESPASIAN (69-79) WITH ANTONIA CAENIS? Denarius struck 71 AD. Ephesos. Obv: VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P. Laureate bust right. Rev: PACI ORB TERRA AVG. Draped female bust with mural-crown. RIC II 1433. RPC 835. Good VF. Weight: 2.8 gm. Diameter: 17 mm.

Though not certain it is possible that the reverse bust is that of Vespasian's long term and very influential mistress Antonia Caenis. Caenis, a former slave and secretary of Antonia Minor (mother of the emperor Claudius), was the mistress of the Roman emperor Vespasian. It is believed that she was born in Istria, now in Croatia. Suetonius says that after the death of Vespasian's wife Flavia Domitilla c. 69 AD, Caenis was his wife in all but name until her death in AD 74. She had a remarkable memory and considerable influence on the emperor's administration, carried out official business on his behalf, and apparently made a lot of money from her position. However, she was treated with disrespect by Vespasian's son Domitian. Though certainly it would not have been appropriate in Rome itself it is quite possible such an influential and well loved lady would have been honored with her likeness on a coin portrait representing world peace at a provincial mint by Vespasian. The tradition of using likenesses of Imperial ladies to represent personifications on Roman coins is well documented. The fact that Domitian, who is said to have been disrespectful of Caenis, also issued a coin with the same reverse might seem to argue against this however it should be noted that this coin was also issued in 71 AD when Domitian was only Caesar and Vespasian still ruled Rome and controlled its coinage.

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TITUS [11], 69-81


11398. TITUS, AD 79-81. AE Sestertius (35mm, 23.50 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 80-81. Laureate head left / Spes advancing left, holding flower and raising hem of skirt. RIC II 170. VF, dark green patina, edge split, light smoothing, cleaning marks on reverse. A splendid portrait.

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RARE LARGE DYNASTIC BRONZE

6124. VESPASIAN AND TITUS, Alexandria, year 8 (A.D. 75-76). ∆ Drachm (18.03 gm). Obverse laureate head of Vespasian right. Reverse laureate head of Titus right. Koln 307. Dattari 351 var. Milne 443 var. VF, buff-brown patina. Rare and a choice portrait example. Ex. CNG 53, 1201.

On sale at: $1750.




8884. TITUS, 69-81 AD. Gold Aureus, RIC 177. /PONTIF TR POT, Fortuna standing on cippus with rudder and cornucopia. VF+. Scarce.

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8885. TITUS, 69-81 AD. Gold Aureus, HRIC 2. /PONTIF TR POT, Fortuna standing on cippus with rudder and cornucopia. VF. Scarce.

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JULIA TITI, daughter of Titus


7806. JULIA TITI, daughter of Titus. Sestertius, Vagi 1059. Carpentum drawn r. by two mules. /Large SC. AVF. Rare.

On sale at: $2500.




8602. JULIA TITI WITH DAMNATIO, daughter of Titus. Dupondius, RIC.180, HRIC.5. Bust r. with hair in bun/Vesta std. with palladium & scepter. VF. Rare. Damnatio cuts across her face applied by someone in antiquity who obviously didn't like this lady, but still a surprisingly beautiful and youthful likeness much better than the usual worn example.

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9496. CHOICE PORTRAIT BRONZE OF JULIA TITI, daughter of Titus. AE As, HRIC_. Bust r. with hair in bun/Ceres std. l. Rare! Choice EF portrait.

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DOMITIAN [12], 69-96


7680. SUPERB DOMITIAN SESTERTIUS, 81-96 AD. Laureate bust r./Jove std. l. on throne holding Victory. EF with choice patina.

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10513. DOMITIAN SESTERTIUS, AD 81-96. AE Sestertius (36mm - 25.42 g). Rome mint. Struck 90-1 AD. IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XV CENS PER P P, laureate head right / IOVI VICTORI, SC in exergue, Jupiter seated left, holding Victory in outstretched right hand, scepter in left. RIC II 702; BMCRE 439; BN 476. Good VF, brown patina, some light roughness and very minor smoothing. Removed from an NGC holder in which it was photographed where graded XF, 4/3. The smoothing is very minor, hardly worth a mention.

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11157. DOMITIAN, As Caesar, AD 69-81. AE Sestertius (33mm, 23.24 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck under Titus, AD 80-81. Laureate head left / Minerva walking right, brandishing javelin and holding shield. RIC II 296 (Titus). VF, dark green patina, minor marks on reverse. Provenance: Property of Princeton Economics acquired by Martin Armstrong. Ex Cornelius C. Vermeule III Collection (Classical Numismatic Group 50, 23 June 1999), lot 87. An exceptional very large and high profile portrait of fine style and facing left as well.

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10202. DOMITIAN SESTERTIUS, AD 81-96. AE Sestertius (36mm, 25.62 g, 7h). Rome mint. Struck AD 90-91. Laureate head right / Jupiter seated left, holding Victory and scepter. RIC II 702. Near VF, dark green-brown patina, some roughness on reverse. Ex. Collection RW.

On sale at: $750.




11048. DOMITIAN MEDALLION, AD 81-96. Thrace, Philippopolis. AE Medallion (37mm, 25.39 g, 7h). Struck AD 88-89. Laureate head right / Tyche standing facing, head left, holding grain ears; to lower left, river god Hebrus reclining right, leaning on overturned urn and holding branch. Mouchmov, Philippopolis 3; Varbanov 620; RPC II 351. VF, green patina. Scarce. A nice example.

On sale at: $2450.




THE SECULAR GAMES

7681. NICE QUALITY DOMITIAN SECULAR GAMES DENARIUS, 81-96 AD. Denarius of 88 AD, RIC 116 (R), Ludi Saeculares. Laureate hd. r. / Herald wearing feathered cap standing l. with shield and sword, before him a candelabrum, at l. cippus with legend: COS XIIII LVD. SAEC. FEC. VF+ and Rare!

In 88 AD, Domitian initiated the Saecular Games (LVDI SAECVLVM), a celebration to mark the commencement of a new age, or Saeculum. The games were first celebrated in either 348 or 249 BC and were supposed to be held every 100 to 105 years; however, after 146 BC the schedule was thrown off track by civil wars and disruptions, and the next Saeculum was not celebrated until Augustus did so in 17 BC. Claudius, using the earlier formula, celebrated a new set in 47 AD, but Domitian dated his Saeculum from the Augustan games 105 years previous.

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7682. RARE DOMITIAN DENARIUS. AR denarius. Ephesos mint. AD 77-78. DOMITIANVS CAESAR AVG F, bare-headed, draped, cuirassed bust right. PACI AVGVSTAE (from top right), Victory advancing right, holding wreath and palm branch. EPE at lower right. RIC 1447 (Vesp); RPC 848. Near VF. Rated Rare.

On sale at: $350.




7942. CHOICE DOMITIAN DENARIUS, 69-79 AD. /Helmet on throne r. Choice sharp well centered example. EF+.

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8603. DOMITIAN, 69-96 AD. Dupondius. /Mars walking l. with Victory and trophy. AEF. Scarce. Beautiful coin.

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THE SECULAR GAMES

10146. DOMITIAN, Caesar: 69-81 A.D. Emperor: 81-96 A.D. Bronze As 32mm (11.31 grams) Rome mint: 14 Sep - 31 Dec, 88 AD. Reference: RIC 623; Sear'88 #910. Obverse: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII CENS PER P P, laureate head right. Reverse: COS XIIII LVD SAEC FEC, Domitian standing left sacrificing from patera over altar, with hexastyle temple in background, two attendants playing harp and pan pipes to left, SC in emerge.

In 88 AD, Domitian initiated the Saecular Games (LVDI SAECVLVM), a celebration to mark the commencement of a new age, or Saeculum. The games were first celebrated in either 348 or 249 BC and were supposed to be held every 100 to 105 years; however, after 146 BC the schedule was thrown off track by civil wars and disruptions, and the next Saeculum was not celebrated until Augustus did so in 17 BC. Claudius, using the earlier formula, celebrated a new set in 47 AD, but Domitian dated his Saeculum from the Augustan games 105 years previous. The reverse of this handsome coins shows Domitian opening the games with a sacrifice before the Temple of Jupiter Stator, attended by two flute-playing musicians. AVF, a rare and interesting reverse.

On sale at: $1750.




JUDAEA CAPTURED BY THE ROMANS

11172. JUDAEA CAPTA SERIES. DOMITIAN, Caesar: 69-81 A.D. Emperor: 81-96 A.D. JUDAEA, Roman Administration. AD 81-96. AE (27mm, 16.23 g). Judaea Capta Series. Caesarea Maritima mint. Struck 92 CE. Radiate bust right, wearing aegis / Palm tree with date clusters hanging from either side. Meshorer 394; Hendin 1458; RPC II 2307. Good VF with an especially sharp EF palm tree, green and dark brown patina with some earthen highlights.

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9458. DOMITIAN LEGIONARY STANDARDS CISTOPHOR, 69-96 AD. AR26 Cistophorus, Crawford 667. Bust r./Legionary standards. Nice VF. Scarce.

On sale at: $2500.




7934. DOMITIAN AS CAESAR, 69-81. AE20. Koinon of Bithynia, Proconsul M. Salvidenus Asprenas, RPC II 614. Obverse: Bare head right; DOMITIANOC KAICAP CEBAC YI. Reverse: EPI M CALOYIDH[NOY ACPRH]N around ANThY / PATOY. The two lines of legend reading 'proconsul' within circular legend. Near VF. Very rare.

On sale at: $750.




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DOMITIA LONGINA, wife of Domitian


11212. DOMITIAN AND DOMITIA, AD 81-96 AE38 tetrassarion. Cilicia. Anazarbus mint. (38mm, 19.19g). Dated CY 113 (AD 94/5). Laureate bust of Domitian right, aegis at point of bust / Draped bust of Domitia left, wearing hair in elaborate coiffure with plait down back. RPC II 1752. Ziegler 95. VERY RARE. VF. Likely the largest numismatic portrait of Domitia the wife of Domitian.

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9459. DOMITIAN AND DOMITIA PORTRAITS, AE22 Assarion of Cilicia, Anazarbus. Laur. hd. Domitian r./Bust Domitia l. VF. Very rare. Nice patina. Nicely executed and clear portrait of Domitia, the wife of Domitian. Better than photo.

On sale at: $750.




7197. DOMITIA, AE15 of RPC II 945, Thyatira mint, Obverse: ΔOMITIA CEBACTH, draped bust of Domitia right. Reverse: θYATEIPHNΩN, tripod altar. Good F. Scarce. Somewhat better than photo.

On sale at: $350.




10175. DOMITIA, IONIA. EPHESUS. Domitia, wife of Domitian. Augusta, 82-96 AD. AE 21mm (5.27 g). In alliance with Smyrna. Caesennius Paetus, Proconsul, 91-95 AD. Draped bust of Domitia right / Two Nemeses standing facing one another. RPC II 1092; Franke-Nolle 220 (Vs. A/Rs. 45); SNG Copenhagen 545. Nice VF, mostly green patina, some light cleaning scratches around the devices. Rare.

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DEIFIED SON OF DOMITIAN, son of Domitian and Domitia who died while a boy


APPARENTLY THE FINEST KNOWN EXAMPLE

11656. DOMITIA AND HER SON BY DOMITIAN, AR Denarius. Rome, AD 82-3. DOMITIA AVGVSTA IMP DOMIT, draped bust right, with hair massed in front and in long plait behind / DIVVS CAESAR IMP DOMITIANI F, Domitian's son as naked infant boy seated on a globe surrounded by seven stars. RIC 153. 3.49g, 19mm, 5h. Extremely Fine. Extremely Rare, and so far as I know the finest known example.

Domitia was the daughter of the general Gnaeus Domitius Corbulo, and wife of Domitian. It is attested that Domitia bore a daughter and then a son, whose name is unknown, and who died in his infancy. Domitian subsequently deified the boy, and the reverse type illustrates this with the legend DIVVS CAESAR IMP DOMITIANI F and the depiction of the boy seated on a globe surrounded by the seven stars of the Ursa Major. Shortly after this type was struck, in AD 83 there was a brief hiatus in the marriage when Domitian exiled Domitia for unknown reasons. Suetonius relates that Domitia's exile was a result of her affair with an actor named Paris, who was murdered on the orders of Domitian. Cf. Suetonius, Domitianus 3.

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11024. DOMITIAN (81-96). Dupondius struck 86 AD. Rome. Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XII CENS PER P P. Radiate bust right, wearing aegis. Rev: ANNONA AVG/ S C. Annona seated right, holding on lap by two ends a bag full of grain ears; in front of her stands a small boy left, also holding two ends of bag; in background on right, ship's stern left. RIC 477. VF. Weight: 10.2 gm. Diameter: 28 mm. While it is tempting to think the boy with Annona might be Domitian's son and the apparent age of the figure is consistent with the age Domitian's son would have been (around 13) when this coin was struck the identification is questionable since he is thought to have died much younger as he is depicted as a young child on the DIVI coins showing him entering the heavens. However it should be noted that these DIVI coins were probably not issued until around 83 - 85 (see below) or so when he would have been at least 10 - 12 so it is perhaps possible he died older and the DIVI depiction is merely an iconographic representation and the boy on this dupondius is actually the lost son of Domitian. It should be noted that Annona only rarely appears with a child on Roman coins and one wonders who or what this boy might represent if not Domitian's son.

Domitian and his wife Domitia had two children, a daughter and a son both of whose names have been lost to history. It is known that the boy died while still young and some speculate his death may have been the cause of the temporary rift between Domitian and Domitia however there are better political as well as romantic explanations for that. Suetonius says that the son was born during Vespasian's reign, in 73 AD, but his consecration doubtless took place only after Domitian's accession to the throne in 81. The consecration must have occurred early in the reign, since an aureus and denarius depicting him were struck at the elevated standard which Domitian introduced in mid-82 but reduced again in 85. One of the types in which the deified Caesar is seated among the stars refers to the Roman belief that consecrated humans became stars in the heavens when they died. It is accepted that the son appears on several coins of Domitia and at least one of Domitian (though that may be a mule of a Domitian obverse with a Domitia reverse) issued only slightly earlier than this dupondius, thus it is reasonable though not at all certain to assume that the child who appears here could also be the same child.

Throughout the course of Imperial Roman coinage seven children were honored posthumously, with five of them being presented as gods. One of these divine children was the infant son born to Domitia, the wife of Domitian. The boy is certainly represented on four known rare issues: denarii of Domitia with him seated on the globe of the Earth raising his hands to the stars of Heaven, denarii of Domitian with the same reverse, denarii of Domitia inscribed PIETAS AVGVST that have him standing before Domitia in the guise of Pietas and sestertii of Domitia with a similar scene but inscribed DIVI CAESAR MATRI or DIVI CAESARIS MATER.

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VESPASIAN JUNIOR, adopted son and heir apparent of Domitian


11341. VESPASIAN JR., c. 88-95 AD, struck 94/95 AD at Smyrna, Ionia. AE 3.67 g. Obverse: OYHΣΠAΣIANOΣ NEOTEPOC bare headed bust of Vespasian Junior right. Reverse: ΣMYPNAIΩN, Nike advancing left holding palm branch. BMC 316; RPC II 1029; Kose Plate 31 V4/R7; Vagi 1164. Dark green patina. VF. Extremely rare. RR! Only a few examples known, this one of the best.

After Domitian's own son died in 82 AD a successor to the throne was lacking. In order to have heirs for his title, Domitian adopted two sons of his cousin Flavius Clemens and Flavia Domitilla III (see entry above) who were his great-nephews. They were renamed Vespasianus and Domitianus. Vespasianus Jr. was originally named Titus Flavius Domitianus. However he soon realized that having potential heirs meant a potential rival and possible assassination. So he had their father Flavius Clemens executed in 95 AD and their mother Domitilla III banished and the two boys either killed or exiled though their exact fate is unknown. This act recoiled on him as he was soon murdered by Stefanus, the steward of Flavia Domitilla III. There are no known coins bearing a name or portrait for Domitian Jr., and only this single issue for Vespasian Jr. Provenance: The W.B. and R.E. Montgomery Collection.

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11355. VESPASIAN JR., c. 88-95 AD, struck 94/95 AD at Smyrna, Ionia. AE (16 mm, 2.81 g, 12h). Obverse: OYHΣΠAΣIANOΣ NEOTEPOC bare headed bust of Vespasian Junior right. Reverse: ΣMYPNAIΩN, Nike advancing right holding palm branch. BMC 316; RPC II 1028; Kose Plate 31 V4/R7; Vagi 1164. Dark green patina. VF. Extremely rare. RR! Only a few examples known.

After Domitian's own son died in 82 AD a successor to the throne was lacking. In order to have heirs for his title, Domitian adopted two sons of his cousin Flavius Clemens and Flavia Domitilla III (see entry above) who were his great-nephews. They were renamed Vespasianus and Domitianus. Vespasianus Jr. was originally named Titus Flavius Domitianus. However he soon realized that having potential heirs meant a potential rival and possible assassination. So he had their father Flavius Clemens executed in 95 AD and their mother Domitilla III banished and the two boys either killed or exiled though their exact fate is unknown. This act recoiled on him as he was soon murdered by Stefanus, the steward of Flavia Domitilla III. There are no known coins bearing a name or portrait for Domitian Jr., and only this single issue for Vespasian Jr.

On sale at: $1750.




11517. VESPASIAN JR., c. 88-95 AD, struck 94/95 AD at Smyrna, Ionia. AE (17 mm, 2.321 g, 12h). Obverse: OYHΣΠAΣIANOΣ NEOTEPOC bare headed bust of Vespasian Junior right. Reverse: ΣMYPNAIΩN, Nike advancing right holding palm branch. BMC 316; RPC II 1028; Kose Plate 31 V4/R7; Vagi 1164. Dark green patina. VF. Extremely rare. RR! Only a few examples known, this one of the better ones.

After Domitian's own son died in 82 AD a successor to the throne was lacking. In order to have heirs for his title, Domitian adopted two sons of his cousin Flavius Clemens and Flavia Domitilla III (see entry above) who were his great-nephews. They were renamed Vespasianus and Domitianus. Vespasianus Jr. was originally named Titus Flavius Domitianus. However he soon realized that having potential heirs meant a potential rival and possible assassination. So he had their father Flavius Clemens executed in 95 AD and their mother Domitilla III banished and the two boys either killed or exiled though their exact fate is unknown. This act recoiled on him as he was soon murdered by Stefanus, the steward of Flavia Domitilla III. There are no known coins bearing a name or portrait for Domitian Jr., and only this single issue for Vespasian Jr.

On sale at: $3750.