help to id some ancient ones!

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by ziggy!, Aug 14, 2019.

  1. ziggy!

    ziggy! New Member

    Hello fellow collectors,
    I just bought these Roman (plus some others) coins, could you help?
    *first image*
    Diameter: around 17 mm

    and these:
    *second image*

    Characteristics for the left one:
    Diameter: ~20mm
    Weight: 5g

    Characteristics for the right one:
    Diameter: ~15mm
    Weight: 2g

    Could you identify??

    Could you help me?

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  3. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    The first coin is Roman, but that is nearly all I can say. It's much too worn. I can make out the letters "LIC" on the reverse and perhaps and AVG on the obverse. Someone more knowledgeable than me might be able to put the reverse with a specific emperor.

    The other image is of coins out of my area so I can offer nothing to help you.
  4. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    On the first coin, the AVGG in FELICITAS AVGG narrows it down to reigns with two augusti. Radiate crown and plump of face. Maybe I'm seeing "IMP VAL" in the first part of the inscription. I'm guessing Valerian I.

    Can't help you with the Asian coins, I'm afraid.
  5. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & avid numismatist Moderator

    Could the portrait on the first coin be that of an empress rather than emperor? Looks vaguely female to me.
  6. gsimonel

    gsimonel Supporter! Supporter

    That was my first thought, too. It doesn't look like a denarius. The size suggests 3rd - 4th century billon or bronze. But there's no crescent under the bust, so it's not an antoninianus. And I don't know of any coins of 4th -5th century empresses with a Felicitas reverse, so I'm stumped.
  7. shanxi

    shanxi Well-Known Member

    Could be a cast AE-denarius (sometimes called limes denarius). For these unusual obverse and reverse combinations are possible. The Felicitas reverse is e.g. common for Caracalla or Sept.Sev..
    The only regular Denar with a female bust I know of is Julia Domna RIC 591
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  8. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    It's not an empress. The obverse inscription begins with IM (IMP) and ends with VG (AVG). It has a radiate crown. Moreover, the AVGG inscription on the reverse significantly limits the possibilities to the dual reigns. I'm about 85% certain it's Valerian I.

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  9. ziggy!

    ziggy! New Member

    Could you provide me with a reference code, of the specific coin?
  10. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    I can't, because it would imply an accuracy that just isn't there. There are different varieties of that Valerian coin, such as one from Rome and another from Antioch and it's impossible to say which one it might be because it's too worn.
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