My Roman Republicans of 2020

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  1. AussieCollector

    AussieCollector Moderator Moderator

    Hi all

    As per my other threads, I have been seeking to expand my Roman Republican collection (beyond my avatar coin) in 2020.

    I have made decent progress, acquiring 5 new RR coins. I have posted some of these individually already. But, I think I have purchased the last for the year now, so am posting them all together.

    Here they are:

    (apologies for the photo on this one, I really did try my best - couldn't quite get it into focus/bring out the detail)
    AE half litra
    REPUBLIC, Anonymous, (c.235-230 B.C.)
    Weight: 1.42g
    Obv: head of Roma right wearing Phrygian helmet
    Rev: dog walking to right with left foreleg raised, ROMA in exergue, (S.598, Cr.26/4, Syd.22, BMC 44). Deep green patina, nearly very fine and rare.

    L. Calpurnius Piso Frugi Denarius - 90 BC
    Obv: Bust of Apollo, banker's mark
    Rev: Rider with palm branch
    Weight: 3.81g
    Stz. Pi. Cr. 340,1 Syd. 663a

    L. JULIUS BURSIO, (c.85 B.C.), denarius
    Rome mint, (3.68 g)
    Obv. Genius (or Apollo Vejovis) bust laureate to right, trident and uncertain symbol behind
    Rev. Victory in quadriga to right, RO above, L.IVLI.BVRSIO in exergue, (S.268, Cr.352/1c, Syd.728c, RSC Julia 5b). Nearly very fine/fine.

    M. Aemilius Scaurus and P. Plautius Hypsaeus AR Denarius. Rome, 58 BC.
    Obv: M•SCAVR AED CVR, kneeling figure right (King Aretas of Nabataea), holding olive branch and reins of camel beside him; EX-S•C across fields, REX ARETA in exergue
    Rev: [P•HVPSAE] AED CVR, Jupiter in quadriga left, holding reins in left hand and hurling thunderbolt with right; scorpion below horses; CAPTV on right; C HVPSAE COS PREIVE in exergue.
    Crawford 422/1b; BMCRR Rome 3878; RSC Aemilia 8 and Plautia 8. 4.07g

    Roman Republic Denarius 46 BC
    (Gaius Considius Paetus)
    Obv: Laurate head of Apollo to right; border of dots
    Rev: Curule chair, garlanded, on which lies wreath; above, C·CONSIDIVS; in exergue, PAETVS; border of dots
    Material: Silver
    Weight: 3.76g

    I have 4 more to add to my RR collection. I doubt this will be achieved this year. The hardest, by a long shot, will be the gold RR coin. I think I'm going to have 9/10 RRs for a looooong time.

    Next major task, beyond acquiring an additional 3 RRs (+1 gold RR), will be the WRE collection (395 to 476 AD).

    Please feel free to share your RRs!

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  3. JayAg47

    JayAg47 Well-Known Member

    Winged ROMA, METELLVS•Q•F around Macedonian shield with the head of the elephant, with chopmarks. 127 BC. I really like how these coins feature Roma as a combination of 3d/2d bust!
    Denarius of Appius Claudius Pulcher, T Manlius Mancius and Q. Urbinius, With Victory in Triga. (I can see a faint T and M under the legs of the lettering APCLTMANLQVR) 110 BC. triga, AP•CL•T•MANL•Q•VR.png
    Pansa/Vibius coin with Apollo and Minerva in Quadriga, 90 BC. However, the legends on both the obv and rev totally went off the flan! PANSA Quadriga.png
    Last but not the least, Mark Antony, LEG-XX. LEG XX.png
    and, I'm still waiting on a Lucius Aemilius Lepidus Paullus coin since August!
  4. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Well-Known Member

    Nice acquisitions, but why limiting yourself to 10 RRs ?
    Is it that you just want an overview for each period ?

    Out of the five you got this year I have just two :

    L. Calpurnius Piso Frugi, Denarius - Rome mint, 90 BC
    Laureate head of Apollo right, Δ below chin
    Naked horseman galloping right, holding whip; above swan (Ibis ?). L.PISO.FRUGI / ROMA at exergue
    3,93 gr - 18,8 mm
    Ref : RCV # 235, RSC # 12b, RRC # 340/1-Calpurnia 12b-symbol 166

    M. Aemilius Scaurus and P. Plautius Hypsaeus. Denarius - Rome mint, 58 BC
    M SCAVR AED CVR In two lines above camel, EX | SC, in exergue REX ARETAS, King Aretas of Nabataea, kneeling right beside a camel, holding an olive branch
    P HVPSAEVS AED CVR in two lines, CAPTVM in the right field, C HVPSAE COS PREIVER in two lines, Jupiter driving a quadriga left, holding a thunderbolt
    Ref : RCV #379

  5. Scipio

    Scipio Well-Known Member

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    This is my last pick,
    Q. Lutatius Cerco denarius 109 BC, Crawford 305/1
  6. Scipio

    Scipio Well-Known Member

    I’ve been looking for this coin for ages, now I’m very proud of it.
    A.Manlius Q.f. Sergianus, issued between 117 and 108 BC, Crawford 309/1.

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  7. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter 3rd Century Usurper

    Great coins AC. You are making a lot of headway with Republican coins.
  8. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member

    Specialists in Republican coins show interest in the long series of types with Roman head and some form of horse reverse. Those of us who only have a few RR coins will want a representative sample of those but not the full list of moneyer abbreviations. I am nearing the end of wanting more RR coins since I have the common ones and am not competitive for the ones I don't have.
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    Even a non-specialist like me can find more coins of interest than the ten image limit on CT can handle.
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  10. Alegandron

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

    Oh, Man! @AussieCollector , I REALLY enjoy your coins!

    Thanks for posting them.


    RR Anon AE Half-Litra 234-231 BCE Roma Phrygian Dog S 598 Cr 26-4

    RR Calpurnius Piso Frugi 90 BCE Social AR Den CXXXII ROM-A monogram Apollo Horseman - Marsic S 235 Cr 340-1

    RR Julius Bursio 85 BCE AR Den Male head, with the attributes of Apollo, Mercury and Neptune EAR behind-Quadriga S 268 Cr 352-1a

    RR Aemilius Scaurus and Plautius Hypsaeus 58 BC AR Denarius camel scorpion quadriga 4.1g 19mm Rome Cr 422-1b

    My Curule is a little earlier than yours, but still shows the seat of power!
    RR P Furius Crassipes 84 BC AR Denarius 19mm 3.84g Rome Turreted head Cybele right foot upward Curule chair Cr 356-1a Syd 735 Furia 20
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  11. Alegandron

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

    Wow, incredible coin! Very tough one to find... CONGRATS! Well done!
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  12. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    AR Denarius
    OBVERSE: Head of Roma, COTA below, X behind
    REVERSE: Hercules holding club in biga of centaurs holding branches. M.AVRELI below, ROMA in ex
    Struck at Rome 139 BC
    4.29g, 16mm
    Aurelia 16, BMC.914, Craw.229/1
    ex. Pliego Numismatics
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    AR Denarius
    OBVERSE: Helmeted head of Roma right, X behind
    REVERSE: Juno Capriotina in biga of goats right, C RENI below goats, ROMA in ex
    Struck at Rome 138 BC
    3.6g, 16mm
    Cr231/1, Syd 432
    AR Denarius OBVERSE: Head of "Minerva or Pallas" (personification of Rome) with winged helmet, earrings and necklace, looking to the right.
    Below the chin, it is the "X" (although its value then was 16 aces) and behind the bust is a small jar
    REVERSE: FOSTuLVS left and Sextus. Pompeius. to the right of the field. She-wolf suckling the twins Romulus and Remus.
    Behind Ruminal fig tree is represented with three birds in their branches. On the left, the pastor Faustulus figure in an attitude of admiration for the wonder he sees. ROMA in ex
    Struck at Rome 137 BC
    3.63g, 19.5mm
    Cr235/1a; Syd 461; Pompeia 1
    AR Denarius
    OBVERSE: Laureate head of Janus; M•FOVRI•L•F around
    REVERSE: Roma standing left erecting trophy, gallic arms around, ROMA to right, PHLI in ex.
    Struck at Rome, 119 BC
    3.81g, 18.35mm
    Crawford 281/1, Syd 529, BMCRR (Italy) 555, Furia 18
    AR Denarius
    OBVERSE: EX S C ROMA *, head of Roma right
    REVERSE: horseman galloping left with sword & severed head held aloft, Q below horses leg, M SERGI below, SILVS in ex.
    Struck at Rome 116 BC
    3.66g, 18mm
    Syd 534, Cr286/1, Sergia 1
    AR Denarius
    OBVERSE: Bust of Hercules left, wearing lion's skin headdress, club over shoulder
    REVERSE: two horses left, rider on the nearer horse, dot X; TI Q and rat below, DOS.S in incuse on tablet in ex.
    Struck at Rome 112-111 BC
    3.92g, 18mm
    Cr297/1;Quinctia 6
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    AR Denarius
    OBVERSE: Young male head (Apollo?) right, wearing oak-wreath; before, mark of value
    REVERSE: Dioscuri standing facing between their horses, each holding spear; L MEMMI in ex.
    Struck at Rome 109-108 BC
    3.86g, 19.05mm
    Syd 558; Cr304/1; Memmia 1
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    AR Denarius
    OBVERSE: Jugate heads of the Dioscuri
    REVERSE: Galley under oar
    Struck at Rome 108-109 BC
    3.9g, 20mm
    Cr.307/1, Fonteia 7

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  13. Michael Stolt

    Michael Stolt Well-Known Member

    I'm still awaiting five coins that haven't arrived, but here is a selection of my 2020 purchases:

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    Anonymous. Ca 210-206 BC. AR Denarius (20mm, 4.36 g). Uncertain Apulian mint.

    Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma right; X (mark of value) behind.

    Reverse: The Dioscuri, each holding spear, on horseback right; two stars above; ROMA in exergue.

    Reference: Crawford 53/2 (Brinkman Group 5).

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    Anonymous. 208 BC. AR Denarius (19mm 4.46 g). Mint in southeast Italy.

    Obverse: Helmeted head of Roma right; X (mark of value) to left.

    Reverse: The Dioscuri, each holding spear, on horseback right; two stars above; club below horses; ROMA in exergue.

    Reference: Crawford 89/2.


    Mark Antony, struck by L. Bibulus M.f., Praetor designatus ca 38-37 BC. Æ Semis (19mm, 4.92g). Uncertain mint in Syria or Cyprus(?).

    Obverse: Bare head of Antony right.

    Reverse: Quinquereme right, with three oars and stern ending in boar's head left.

    Reference: RPC I 4092.


    PHOENICIA, Marathus. Mark Antony. Æ (20mm 9.09 g). Dated CY 223 (37/6 BC).

    Obverse: Bare head of Antony right.

    Reverse: Bull reclining left on ground line; ϹΚΓ Μ (below), ΙΑΝ and kof (above).

    Reference: RPC I 4494.

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    Mark Antony. Summer 32 BC. AR Denarius (20mm, 3.83 g, 5h). Athens mint.

    Obverse: Bare head right; small P (signature) in hair below ear; ANTON • AVG IMP III COS DES III • III V R P C around.

    Reverse: ANTONIVS/AVG • IMP • III in two lines.

    Reference: Crawford 542/2.
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    AMANDA HAVEN New Member

    I have a constantine the great 305 ad bronze coin
  15. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    ..not bad year for RR's AC...:)...i've done that also this year, along with 3rd cent emps & caesars..mostly...i'm about ready to post mine also...:)
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  16. DonnaML

    DonnaML Well-Known Member

    I applaud your interest and efforts, @AussieCollector. And I think everyone else has posted fantastic coins in this thread. Roman Republican coins have gradually become my own favorite type of ancient coins in the months I've been here, and I've certainly posted a lot of them. Some new and some not. But I don't have time right now to pick any out to show again; if you're interested I imagine there's a way of searching for threads I've created and looking at the titles for ones that are relevant.

    So instead I'll just post a photo I took today of the portion of one tray holding all 36 of my Roman Republican coins, all of them denarii, in chronological order. As I've acknowledged before, it's not a large collection, but I like every one of them. Some of them look too dark in the photo and some look too light, but I think you can see all or most of them reasonably well. And can click on the photo to enlarge the coins, of course.

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  17. AussieCollector

    AussieCollector Moderator Moderator

    Great coins all! Thanks for posting. You have also given me some more ideas for the next acquisitions ;)

    The way I've set up my collection is that I have 20 slot coin sleeves, with one slot holding a coin, and the other holding a description - so 10 coins per sleeve. I may not stop at 1 sleeve, but that is my initial RR goal. Combined with the fact I intend to expand into WRE, and 'fix' my ERE sleeve(s), a second sleeve for RR is likely some time away.

    Thank you!

    Thank you and thanks for positing your coins!

    Please do - look forward to seeing them.

    Thanks for posting your RRs @DonnaML

    Again, some great ideas for me to look at when acquiring my last few (for now) in the RR period.
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  18. Clavdivs

    Clavdivs Well-Known Member

    Really nice coins @AussieCollector .. I like the Piso the most - a type I would like to add at some point.

    I have added 2 RR coins in 2020 (doubling my collection in this area :))..

    AR Denarius
    OBVERSE: Helmeted head of Roma right, laurel branch behind, X below chin
    REVERSE: Jupiter driving quadriga right holding thunderbolt & eagle tipped scepter, M CARBO below horses, ROMA in ex.
    Struck at Rome 122 BC
    3.21g, 18mm

    C. Annius T.f T.n and L. Fabius L.f Hispaniensis (moneyers) 82-81 BC
    mint in north Italy or Spain, 19mm, 3.89g
    OBV: Diademed, draped bust of Anna Perenna r, caduceus behind, scales before, plow below. C ANNI TF TN PRO COS EX
    REV: Victory with palm frond, driving galloping quadriga r. Q above, L FABI LF HISP in ex
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  19. MasterVampire

    MasterVampire Active Member

    Wow they look so clean and shiny !
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  20. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Well-Known Member

    Is that intended as a compliment or critical ?

    Just kidding of course : we, ancient coins collectors aren't usually particularly fond of "bright and shiny"

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