Featured Just checking in with some Julio-Claudians

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  1. jamesicus

    jamesicus Supporter! Supporter

    I haven’t posted for quite awhile - but I visit and lurk here at CT every day in order to soak up the great wit, wisdom - and information. It is very enjoyable!

    I have disposed of my vintage woodworking tools, Samurai swords, and antique firearms collections in a very satisfactory manner and now I am enjoying every day doing calligraphy, reading about Roman history - and researching Roman Imperial coins.

    Life doesn’t get any better than this!

    The coins that I retained to admire, fondle and study for the remainder of my days remains at fifteen. Here are the representative Julio-Claudian coins:



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    Denarius, Crawford, Roman Republican Coins (RRC), No. 480/8 (March 44 BC - Alfoldi)
    Coin obverse depiction: Julius Caesar wreathed head facing right
    Inscription clockwise from right: CAESAR DICT PERPETVO (Dictator in Perpetuity)
    Coin reverse depiction: Venus Victrix standing, facing left, holding statuette of victory on palm of right hand and supporting vertical scepter with left hand
    Inscription vertical to right: L BVCA (L. Aemilius Buca, Moneyer)
    Weight: 3.5g

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    AUGUSTUS AS, TITUS RESTORATION ISSUE, 80-81 AD
    (27mm, 10.71 gm)

    BMCRE Volume II, Rome, Titus No. 273-275
    RIC Volume II, Part 1 (second edition), Titus, No. 462
    Obverse depiction: Augustus, radiate head facing left
    Inscription: DIVVS AV GVSTVS PATER
    Reverse depiction: Eagle with wings spread standing on Globe
    Inscription: IMP T CAES AVG RESTITVIT - S C (above, left and right)

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    TIBERIUS, SESTERTIUS, RIC, Vol. I, Rome, No. 68, AD 36-37
    (35mm, 22.6gm)
    Cataloged in Wildwinds under Augustus - Sear 1784
    Cataloged in BMCRE under Tiberius - No. 126
    Obverse depiction: Augustus, radiate, togate, holding laurel branch in r. hand and long sceptre in l., seated on throne, placed on a car, drawn l. by four elephants, each bearing a mahout on its neck. The side of the car is ornamented with shields.
    Inscription across top in three lines DIVO AVGVSTO SPQR
    Reverse depiction: Large, centered S C
    Inscription clockwise from top: TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVST PM TR POT XXXIIX

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    CAIUS (CALIGULA), SESTERTIUS, BMCRE Vol. I, Rome, No. 41, (Pl. 28.6)
    CAIUS (CALIGULA), SESTERTIUS, RIC Vol. I, Rome, No. 51

    (40-41AD, 35mm, 26.2gm)
    Obverse depiction: Personification of Pietas, draped, seated left
    Inscription: C CAESAR DIVI AVG PRON AVG PM TRP IIII PP in exergue: PIETAS
    Reverse depiction: Caligula standing left holding patera over altar - attendants (victimarius) on either side holding bull for sacrifice - hexastyle temple of Divus Augustus festooned
    with garlands in background.
    Reverse Horizontal Inscription: {small lettering} DIVO AVG and below: S C (left and right)

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    CLAUDIUS, SESTERTIUS, BMCRE Vol. I, Rome, No. 185, (Pl. 36.1)
    CLAUDIUS, SESTERTIUS, RIC Vol. I, Rome, No. 112

    (50-54AD, 36mm, 28.2gm)
    Obverse depiction: Claudius, laureate head facing right
    Inscription: TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG PM TRP IMP PP
    Reverse depiction: Civic Oak Wreath
    Inscription in four lines:

    EX SC
    P P
    OB CIVES
    SERVATOS

    (within Civic wreath)

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    NERO, SESTERTIUS, BMCRE Vol. I, Rome, No. 114
    NERO, SESTERTIUS, RIC Vol. I, Rome, No. 356

    (66-67AD, 36mm, 24.8gm)
    Obverse depiction: Nero, laureate head facing right
    Inscription: IMP NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GERM PM TRP XIII PP
    Reverse depiction: Personification of Roma seated left on cuirass
    resting elbow on shield and holding spear, helmet behind
    Inscription: ROMA (in exergue) S C (left and right)

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    RIC Vol. I, CLAUDIUS, SESTERTIUS, Rome, No. 109, 42-43AD (38mm, 28.0gm)
    Obverse depiction: Nero Claudius Drusus, bare head facing left
    Inscription: NERO CLAVDIVS DRVSVS GERMANICVS IMP
    Reverse depiction: Claudius seated left on curule chair holding olive branch,
    weapons and armor beneath
    Inscription: TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG PM TRP IMP PP - S C (exergue)
    Nero Claudius Drusus was the father of Claudius

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    BMCRE Vol I, CLAUDIUS, As, Rome, No. 206 (Pl. 36.6)
    RIC Vol I, CLAUDIUS, As, Rome, No. 113

    (AD 50)
    Obverse: Claudius, bare headed facing left
    Inscription clockwise from bottom: TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP P P
    Reverse: Personification of Liberty, standing, facing right
    Inscription clockwise from bottom: LIBERTAS AVGVSTA | S -------- C (left and right)

    I was a little sneaky with the Titus restoration Augustus As - I did it because, well, I like Titus and his restoration coinage. I included multiple Claudius coins because he is my favorite Emperor.
     
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  3. Ocatarinetabellatchitchix

    Ocatarinetabellatchitchix Supporter! Supporter

    Wonderful selection. You certainly have great taste sir! I'm sure any members of CT would enjoy having one of these coins in their collection.
     
  4. Alegandron

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

    Super selection of great coins @jamesicus ! Very nice.

    I tell ya, I have been looking EVERYWHERE for a Claudius coin that has a stutter and a limp. Rats, no luck. Just have these...

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    RI Claudius 41-54 Ae As 28mm LIBERTAS AVGVSTA holding pileus S-C RIC 100

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    RI Claudius Ae As 28mm Minerva S-C RIC 100
     
  5. jamesicus

    jamesicus Supporter! Supporter

    Thank you @Alegandron

    That is a pretty good description of my own physical condition these days :) - but thanks for posting the pics of those nice coins!
     
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  6. Alegandron

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

    Lol, thank you. And, you are an awesome man, James.
     
  7. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    Keep looking, compared to most rulers of the century there are more Claudius portraits that look a bit impaired in some manner. This is a bit Neanderthal.
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  8. jamesicus

    jamesicus Supporter! Supporter

    Here are the rest of the coins that depict Caesars and Augusti who campaigned in Britain:


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    Septimius Severus, Denarius, RIC Vol. IV, No. 335
    Obverse: Septimius Severus,, Laureate head facing right
    Inscription clockwise from bottom: SEVERVS PIVS AVG BRIT
    Reverse: Victory (Britannia?) seated left writing on shield
    Inscription: VICTORIAE BRIT

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    Caracalla, Denarius, RIC Vol. IV, No. 231a
    Obverse: Caracalla, Laureate head facing right
    Inscription clockwise from bottom: ANTONINVS PIVS AVG BRIT
    Reverse: winged Victory advancing right holding trophy
    Inscription: VICTORIAE BRIT

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    Geta, Denarius, RIC Vol. IV, No. 91
    Obverse: Geta, Laureate head facing right
    Inscription clockwise from bottom: P SEPT GETA PIVS AVG BRIT
    Reverse: Victory standing left holding wreath and palm branch
    Inscription: VICTORIAE BRIT

    Carausius, Antoninianus, RIC V (2), No. 475:

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    IMP C CARAVSIVS PF AVG ......................................... PA - X - AVG | S .....P

    Draped, radiate, bust facing right
    London Mint.
    3.9 gm.

    Allectus, Antoninianus, RIC V (2), No. 33:

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    IMP C ALLECTVS P F AVG ............................. PA - X - AVG ..... S (Pax standing left) A
    M L in reverse exergue.

    Cuirassed, radiate, bust facing right
    London Mint.
    3.8 gm.

    RIC Volume VI, Lugdunum, No. 17a, Constantius, Caesar of the West:

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    FL VAL CONSTANTIVS NOB C .............................. GENIO POPV -- LI ROMANI

    Earliest obverse legend
    10.1 gm.
    Britannia invasion coinage produced in Gaul at unknown Continental mint

    RIC VI, Londinium, No. 47, Constantius, Augustus of the West:
    CT (Cloke & Toone), No. 4.02.003, 1 May 305 - 26 July 306, Rarity: S

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    IMP CONSTANTIVS PIVS FEL AVG ....................... GENIO POPV -- LI ROMANI

    Cuirassed, laureate, bust facing right
    London Mint.
    10.0 gm.

    RIC VI, Londinium, No. 89b, Constantine, Caesar of the West:
    CT (Cloke & Toone), No. 5.03.004, c. November - December AD 307, Rarity: R

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    FL VAL CONSTANTINVS NOB C ........................... GENIO - POP ROM
    PLN in reverse exergue

    Draped, laureate, bust facing right
    Genius with head towered and loins draped
    Issued shortly after the death of Constantius following recognition as Caesar of the West by Galerius
    9.3 gm.
     
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  9. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    I absolutely love that Tiberius sestertius! The elephants are beautiful. I hope you have many many more days to enjoy your coins and the rest of your hobbies. Thank you for taking the time to share your coins with us.
     
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  10. jamesicus

    jamesicus Supporter! Supporter

    Thank you FF (I know you meant Tiberius Sestertius) it is one of my favorites also.
     
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  11. jamesicus

    jamesicus Supporter! Supporter

    Thank you @Ocatarinetabellatchitchix (great user name!).
     
  12. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    I did mean that! Oops...surfing on my phone while getting the kids to sleep and not qc’ing my typing...either way, beautiful coin and thanks again for sharing :)
    Edit: Fixed the original post for what it’s worth haha.
     
  13. Alegandron

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

    LOL, yup. Kinda runs in that family...

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    RI Nero and Drusus Caesar under Tiberius Carthago Nova mint AE As 14-37 CE
     
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