Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Alegandron, Jan 2, 2021.
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That is a very interesting sestertius, zumbly. I didn't know Antoninus Pius issued one of this type. Here is one of Commodus that is very similar - perhaps the same cult statue?
Commodus Æ Sestertius
M COMMODVS ANT P FELIX AVG BRIT, laureate head right / [P M TR P XI IMP VII] around, COS V PP below, domed distyle temple w. Janus standing facing, holding sceptre, SC across fields.
RIC 460; Cohen 489; Sear 5780.
(24.77 grams / 30 mm)
Always love sharing this guy!
Anonymous. Circa 225-217 BC. Æ Aes Grave As (63mm, 266.40 g, 12h). Libral standard. Rome mint. Head of bearded Janus; – (mark of value) below; all on a raised disk / Prow of galley right; | (mark of value) above; all on a raised disk. Crawford 35/1; Thurlow & Vecchi 51; Haeberlin pl. 10, 1-16, 4; HN Italy 337; Sydenham 71; Kestner 111-5; BMCRR Rome (Aes Grave) 1-16.
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Cool! I wouldn't be at all surprised if it was the same statue. However, take a look at this one issued by Hadrian (not my coin below):
Janus appears to have not two but three visible faces. RIC calls this "Janus quadrifons"... ie., FOUR-faced!
(and i dont have one)
Roman Republic AR Denarius(19mm, 3.86g). Marcus Furius Lucii filius Philus, moneyer, 119 BC, Rome mint. Laureate head of Janus;around, M·FOVRI·L·F, Border of dots. / Roma (wearing Corinthian helmet) standing left, holding sceptre in left hand and crowning trophy with right hand; above, star; behind, ROMA upwards; the trophy is surmounted by a helmet in the form of a boar's head and flanked by a carnyx and shield on each side; in exergue, (PHI)LI. Crawford 281/1, Sydenham 529; RSC Furia 18; BMCRR (Italy) 555; Russo RBW 1105.
Ex Roma Numismatics Auction XVIII, 29 September 2019, lot 822, ex Numismatica Ars Classica Auction 114, 6 May 2019, lot 1283, ex RVP Collection, CNG e-Auction 309, 21 August 2013, lot 204.
RImp Pompey 42-38 BC AE As Janus Prow Magnus S 1394 Cr 479-1
RR Anon AE As after 211 BC Janus I Prow Cr 56-2 Sear 627
Rhegium, Bruttium Æ 25 Pentonkion
(c. 215-150 B.C.)
Janiform female head / Asklepios seated left by tripod holding sceptre; PHΓINΩN to right [Π above tripod to left, serpent in exergue].
SNG ANS 745; HN Italy 2551.
(10.05 grams / 25 mm)
Wow. That is a cool coin. Leave it to Hadrian to turn it up to 11. His dentist must make a fortune off all those teeth.
One of my favorites is a prow left As I picked up at last year's NYINC with a page from Haeberlin in the back.
A more modest coin is also on my favorites list.
The seller's description was:
Collezione J. Baptiste; Lot 56; Serie anonima sestantale. Asse, dopo il 211 a.C. Cr. 56/2. AE. g. 32.56 mm. 33.00 Forato MB.I had to google Forato and found it meant hole. It is also a place.
Monte Forato is a mountain (1,230 m) in the Alpi Apuane, in Tuscany, central Italy.
The selection of early Republican aes grave shown in this thread is simply fantastic. I don't have any coins from this period, but here are two of my later Roman Republican Janus favorites:
Roman Republic, As (uncial standard), 169–158 BC, moneyer: C. Cluvius Saxula, Rome mint. Obv: head of Janus, I above. Rev: prow right, C·SAX (ligated) above, ROMA below. 35mm, 25.98g. Ref: RRC 173/1.
Roman Republic, moneyer: M. Furius L. f. Philus, AR denarius, 119 BC, Rome mint. Obv: M. FOVRI. L. F; head of Janus. Rev: ROMA; Roma standing l., holding sceptre, crowns trophy with carnyx and two shields; in exergue, PHL I. 19mm, 3.81g. Ref: RRC 281/1.
I hadn't searched for that as I was only interested in Roman. She suggested it may possibly be Alexander?? This was one of those 'Ebay' 'dealers' who had it covered in thick black lacquer. (My photography is bad I know and the spot in the middle is reflection). Any guess?
Obol AR 7 mm., 0,52 g.
Islands off Troas, Tenedos AR Obol. Circa 5th Century BC. Janiform head of female, facing left, and bearded male (Philonome and Tenes), facing right / Labrys (double axe) within shallow incuse; T-E across fields. SNG München 340; SNG Copenhagen 509; HGC 6, 387; SNG von Aulock 7666.
I have seen numerous examples of this coin but what I find most interesting about this example is the refined style of the obverse and the broad diameter of the coin. These coins are contemporaries of the nomos coinage out of Taras and more or less the same weight standard but they are so different
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