Roman Republic Litrae

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  1. Alegandron

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

    I have posted some of these before. I feel these little coins minted prior to the Denarius Reform of 211 BCE are an interesting aspect of the Roman Republic, and its relationship with the Italian Allies.

    I am curious who have or even collects the Anonymous Roman Republic Litrae? They are said to be relatively common, however I do no see too many being posted. The seem to be afterthought type of purchases.

    Here are some of mine:

    PLEASE POST ANY ROMAN REPUBLIC LITRAE YOU HAVE!

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    RR Anon AE Litra Minerva ROMANO Horse Head 17.1g 270-269 BCE Sear 592


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    RR Anon AE Litra 260 BCE Minerva star ROMANO Horse Hd Craw 17.1g Sear 593


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    RR Anon AE Litra 241-235 BCE Mars Beardless Horse Head GREEN Craw 25-3 Sear 594


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    RR Anon AE Litra 234-231 BCE Apollo Horse Rearing Craw 26-3 Sear 595


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    RR Anon AE Litra 230-226 BCE Mars Club Galloping Horse Craw 27-2 Sear 596


    PLEASE POST ANY ROMAN REPUBLIC LITRAE YOU HAVE!
     
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  3. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    ..kool koins Brian!...i fear i haven't any those types...yet :)(you influencer you :p)
     
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  4. Alegandron

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

    LOL, yeah, these coins get NO RESPECT!

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  5. Ancient Aussie

    Ancient Aussie Supporter! Supporter

    I'm happy with mine I purchased from Warren a while back, I agree they are interesting as they were in the first early Roman struck coinage. 273-270 BC.jpg
    ROMAN REPUBLIC 273-269 BC, AE Litra, Head of Minerva, ROMANO horses head. RRC 17/1a, 18.5mm, 6.02gm Early struck coinage.
     
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  6. Ryro

    Ryro You'll never be lovelier than you are now... Supporter

    Some really fun coins Gandy (LOVE the minty patina on #3!)
    Wish I had one. Here are a couple, 1 afterthought/snack and then a whole meal, from that neighborhood:


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    Anonymous after 276 BC. Mint in southern Italy
    Bronze Æ
    22 mm., 7.25 g.
    nearly very fine

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    ROMAN REPUBLIC. Anonymous. AE Aes Grave Triens (92.37 gms), Rome Mint, ca. 225-217 B.C. VERY FINE.
    Cr-35/3a; TV-53. Obverse: Helmeted head of Minerva left; four pellets (mark of value) below; all set upon raised disk; Reverse: Prow right; four pellets (mark of value) below; all set upon raised disk. A pleasing specimen despite its crudeness, with charming green surfaces. A test cut across Minerva's face is noted for completeness.
    Ex Stacks & Bowers
     
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  7. akeady

    akeady Well-Known Member

    I have a few - one of the last coins I received is a litra:


    Bronze Litra
    Obv. Laureate head of Apollo right
    Rev. ROMA - Horse galloping left, with bridle
    Mint: Rome (ca. 234-231 BC)
    Wt./Size/Axis: 3.20g / 15mm / -
    References:
    • Sydenham 29
    • Crawford 26/3
    • BMCRR Romano-Campanian 70-74
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    Bronze Litra
    Obv. Helmeted head of beardless Mars right; behind, club
    Rev. ROMA - Horse galloping right; above, club
    Mint: Rome (ca. 230-226 BC)
    Wt./Size/Axis: 2.96g / 16mm / -
    References:
    • Sydenham 24
    • Crawford 27/2
    • RBW 53
    • HN Italy 315
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    A half litra:


    Bronze Half Litra
    Obv. Head of Roma right, wearing Phrygian helmet
    Rev. Dog walking right
    Exergue: ROMA
    Mint: Rome (ca. 234-231 BC)
    Wt./Size/Axis: 1.73g / 13.5mm / 9h
    References:
    • Sydenham 30
    • Crawford 26/4
    • RBW 51
    • HN Italy 309
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    And a double litra:

    Bronze Double Litra
    Obv. Female head right
    Rev. Lion walking right, usually holding spear in mouth and touching spear with left forepaw
    Exergue: ROMANO
    Mint: South Italy (ca 275-270 BC)
    Wt./Size/Axis: 11.33g / 22mm / 2h
    References:
    • Crawford 16/1a
    Provenances:
    • Ex. Thersites Collection

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    These three I've had for years and still haven't added to Tantalus. I need to dig them out again and weigh them and attribute them properly - I got as far as taking photos in May.

    This should be Cr. 25/3, with sickle behind the horse's head - unfortunately, the obverse patina has chipped quite a bit:

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    I believe this is a Cr. 17/1 litra - it's heavier than the previous example, as far as I recall and I believe the reverse legend is behind the horse's head - mostly off the flan.

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    I'm not even certain this is Roman, but it might be Cr. 17/1a (Minerva head left, horse's head right):
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    ATB,
    Aidan.
     
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  8. Alegandron

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

    Wow, everyone, great posts!

    Here is a Half-Litra:

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


    And a COUPLE Double-Litrae:

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    RR AE Double Litra 235 BCE 19.5mm 6.54g Rome mint Hercules r club - Pegasus r club ROMA Cr 27-3 HN Italy 316 S 591


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    RR Anon AE Double-Litra 275-270 BC Apollo Lion S 590 Cr 16-1a
     
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  9. Alegandron

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

    Very nice!
     
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  10. Alegandron

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

    @Ryro Nice that you "discovered" a RR Litra, and great looking Aes Grave, too.
     
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  11. Alegandron

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

    And, those are KILLER examples of Litrae, @akeady ! Nice. I knew you would come through... we share a lot of collecting interests! Thank you for tossing them out there!
     
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  12. SorenCoins

    SorenCoins Well-Known Member

    I have not ever seen these before. Thanks everyone for posting and teaching me a little something. I really love the horse design on the reverse. So regal.
    I love this minty patina too!
     
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  13. dadams

    dadams Well-Known Member

    Read your first post and figured I needed to add a Litrae to the want list. Now you’re posting halves and doubles!!! :banghead:
     
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  14. Alegandron

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

    Pre-Denarius Reform Roman Republic coinage is the DARKER Side of the Dark Side.

    We don’t have cookies... we have Brownies.
     
  15. Andrew McCabe

    Andrew McCabe Well-Known Member

    Here's one of mine. Does anyone know its Crawford number? Not sure Screenshot_20200712-113939_Flickr.jpg
     
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  16. Carausius

    Carausius Brother, can you spare a sestertius?

    Lion seems confused or frightened. Heading wrong direction.
     
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  17. Andrew McCabe

    Andrew McCabe Well-Known Member

    Yep.

    Headed in wrong direction.
     
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  18. Alegandron

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

    I was going to go look it up, as I am very interested in that one. Unfortunately, I am traveling and not near my resources. Then, lol, I saw it was YOU, and thought... “wait, this guy knows this series WAY more than I do!”.

    What a super coin! My ugly Dopple-Litra that I posted is walking in the opposite direction. Yours has great detail with the lion’s mane. I see a cut across the obverse, is that someone trying make it a Litra for change?

    Great coin! I really like that one. Thanks for posting.
     
  19. Alegandron

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

    LOL, naw, he is cutting his OWN path!
     
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  20. Carausius

    Carausius Brother, can you spare a sestertius?

    A early struck bronzes from my collection:

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

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