Do you have any coins you can narrowly date?

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  1. Orfew

    Orfew Supporter! Supporter

    Last year I bought this denarius of Titus. It is RIC II part 1 (1). I have always thought it could be dated to the first few weeks of Titus' rule as Augustus. After doing some more reading tonight I found out that the legend TR POT VIII COS VII can be dated more accurately. Apparently, according to RIC II part 1, this coin was minted in the period between the death of Vespasian on June 24th of 79 CE and July 1 when Titus became TR P VIIII. I think it is very interesting to have a coin that can be dated to within 8 days over 1900 years ago.

    Please post your coins that can be dated narrowly whether it is a specific year, month or week.

    Titus AR Denarius

    Judea Capta Issue

    (18 mm 3.12 g,)

    Obv: IMP T CEASAR VESPASIANUS AUG Laureate head right

    Rev: TR POT VIII COS VII Captive knelling right at foot of trophy

    RIC 1, RSC 334a, Sear RCV (2000) 2505.


    April 20, 2017
    Titus RIC 1 new.jpg
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  3. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    These denarii of Nerva can be dated on the basis of their inscriptions to October through December, AD 96 and October through December, AD 97, respectively:


    Nerva IVSTITIA AVGVST denarius RIC 6.jpg
    Nerva, AD 96-98
    Roman AR denarius; 3.38 g, 18.0 mm, 6 h
    Rome, Oct - Dec AD 96
    Obv: IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR P COS II P P, laureate head, right
    Rev: IVSTITIA AVGVSTI, Justitia seated right, holding scepter and branch
    Refs: RIC 6; BMCRE 13; CBN 9; Cohen 99; RCV 3033.

    Nerva IVSTITIA AVGVST denarius RIC 30.jpg
    Nerva, AD 96-98
    Roman AR denarius, 3.37 g, 16.5 mm, 7 h
    Rome, Oct-Dec AD 97
    Obv: IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR P II COS III P P, laureate head right
    Rev: IVSTITIA AVGVST: Justitia, draped, seated right on low backed chair, feet on stool, holding long straight scepter in right and branch extended in left
    Refs: RIC 30; Cohen 103.

    Notes: The IVSTITIA AVGVSTI reverse type was used throughout Nerva's reign and is also found on denarii bearing the obverse inscription IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR P COS III P P (RIC 18; Cohen 101).
  4. MontCollector

    MontCollector Well-Known Member

    I have one that could be dated to a particular year.

    The TR P XVI COS III on the reverse of this Marcus Aurelius puts it at AD 162
    I have ordered my 1st coin of Elagabalus that can be dated to AD 221. Should be getting it sometime this week.
  5. randygeki

    randygeki Coin Collector

    Great coin. It's really neat to be able to know things like this about our coins.
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  6. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Here is an easy one

    Galba 2.jpg
    AE Dupondius
    OBVERSE: SER GALBA IMP CAES AVG TR P laureate head right
    REVERSE: PAX AVGVST, Pax standing, head left, holding branch and cornucopia, SC in fields
    Struck at Rome, Oct/Nove 68 AD
    13.2g, 27mm
    RIC 283
  7. Justin Lee

    Justin Lee I learn by doing

    This recent MA purchase, and previously shared, was struck only in the year 145 AD.

    pjimage (26).jpg
    Marcus Aurelius, Ruled 161-180 AD
    AE26 As, Rome Mint, Struck 145 AD

    Obverse: AVRELIVS CAES-AR AVG P II F COS II, Bare head right
    Reverse: [No legend], Minerva standing right, holding spear and resting hand on shield, S-C in field.
    References: RIC III (A. Pius) 1264/1265(?), C 573
    Size: 26.22mm, 11.47g
  8. David Atherton

    David Atherton Flavian Fanatic

    I think this Domitian denarius qualifies.

    D820.JPG Domitian
    AR Denarius, 2.99g
    Rome mint, 96 AD
    RIC 820 (R2). BMC - . RSC - .
    Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P XVI; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
    Rev: IMP XXII COS XVII CENS P P P; Minerva stg. l., with spear (M4)
    Ex Savoca Numismatik, eBay, 10 April 2015.

    This very rare denarius, part of Domitian's last issue, was struck in the span of just a few days between 14 September 96, when he assumed TR P XVI, and 18 September 96, the date of his assassination. Most likely the mint immediately halted production once word reached them of the assassination, melting down all the new coinage that had not already been issued because of the Damnatio Memoriae decreed by the Senate against Domitian.
  9. Orfew

    Orfew Supporter! Supporter

    Wow David, that is a great coin and an amazingly narrow dating range. Thanks for posting that one.
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  10. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    Wow, cool coin and great zero'ed in dating for your Titus Denarius! Congrats, and agreed: it is pretty amazing to confine a mintage 1900 years ago to basically a week's production time!

    I have a similar situation with mine. I kinda knew this was a late issue when I captured it, but did a little more research and found that this Denarius was produced between "Early March" 1-14 Mar 44 BCE...

    RImp Julius Caesar Lifetime P Sepullius Macer AR Den Jan-Mar 44 BCE 4.03g. CAESAR – DICT PERPETVO Veiled - Venus Victory sceptre star Syd 1074a Sear Imperators 107e Cr 480-14 Rare

    Andrew Alföldi arranges Crawford 480 series coins in (44 BC) month order as follows:

    RRC 480/1, Buca - January
    RRC 480/2, DICT QVART - early February
    RRC 480/3/4/5, CAESAR IMP - late February
    RRC 480/6/7/8/9/10/11/12/13/14, DICT PERPETVO - early to mid March14
    RRC 480/17/18, CAESAR IMPER - late March
    RRC 480/19/20, PARENS PATRIAE - April
    RRC 480/15/16, MARIDIANVS - April
    RRC 480/21/22, CLEMENTIAE CAESARIS and Mark Antony - April
  11. Eduard

    Eduard Supporter** Supporter

    Here is another easy one: As or Dupondius of Pertinax, struck during his brief reign January 1. to 28. March 193.

    PERTINAX. 193 AD. Æ As or Dupondius. Rome.
    Laureate head right / Pertinax standing left, sacrificing out of patera over altar.
    RIC IV 31A. FRIC IV 39; Woodward, Pertinax, pg. 95 var. (radiate bust); Cohen-.

    Pertinax Dupondius - Obv - 1.jpg Pertinax Dupondius - Rev - 1.jpg
  12. Orfew

    Orfew Supporter! Supporter

    Nice one Brian. That is a great coin!
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  13. Orfew

    Orfew Supporter! Supporter

    Nice portrait @Eduard
  14. Cheech9712

    Cheech9712 Every thing is a guess

    Yeah. Thought you'd never ask. I have a una peseta 1953. Not able to see year on star (reverse) any ID MARKS to help me when this 53 was minted
  15. Cheech9712

    Cheech9712 Every thing is a guess

    Don't get mad at me. Ok.. Topic said narrow right. Is narrow less then 500 years
  16. Cheech9712

    Cheech9712 Every thing is a guess

    This should be easy for you members. Do my una petesta 1953. (far less then mint)
  17. Pellinore

    Pellinore Supporter! Supporter

    Here's a tetradrachm of the emperor Gordian III as caesar. His father and grandfather were usurpators against Maximinus Thrax in the Six Emperor Year of 238 ('Profession?' '- Usurpator.'). One was killed, the other despaired and committed suicide.
    The only unblemished hope of the whole of the Roman Empire at that moment was the son of Gordian II, thirteen-year-old Marcus Antonius Gordianus.

    He was pushed forward reluctantly as Caesar and thus Imperial Heir on April 22, 238, by the two unwilling, elderly emperors Balbinus and Pupienus, who had been compelled to assume the purple.
    Maximinus and his son were killed by his dissatisfied troops, and so were Balbinus and Pupienus, by the Praetorian Guard - on July 29, 238.
    That innocent lamb, young Gordian, was the only one left to reign the vast Empire and so the youthful Caesar was made Emperor on that sunny Lion's day, the 29th of July.

    This short period as Caesar, three months and a week, led me to seek this coin and now I acquired it. A billon Alexandrian tetradrachm of Gordian III as caesar: KAIS, not SEB, sebastes for Emperor. He doesn't wear a headdress on this coin: no laurels or other crown. And he doesn't look like his emperor portraits: an amorphous head, like the celators didn't yet know he possessed that good-natured smile and tip-tilted nose, that we all know from Gordian's antoniniani, denarii and sestertii.

    Tetradrachm Alexandria. Year 1 (=238). Obv. Bare head, draped and cuirassed, t.r., M ANT GORDIANOS KAIS. Rev. Nike seated t.l., holding wreath, year A at the left side of the coin. Greyish billon with slightly silvery patina. 21 mm, 12.23 gr.

    3283 Gordianus caes.jpg
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  18. Orfew

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  19. Cheech9712

    Cheech9712 Every thing is a guess

    Wow not even a sniff. Can't be bothered i see. Good digging yauh
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