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PTOLEMAIC KINGS of EGYPT. Kleopatra III & Ptolemy X Alexander I. 107-101 BC. AR Tetradrachm (23mm, 12.90 g, 12h). Alexandreia mint. Dually dated RY 12 of Kleopatra and RY 9 of Ptolemy (106/5 BC). Diademed head of Ptolemy I right, wearing aegis / Eagle with closed wings standing left on thunderbolt; to left, LIB (Kleopatra’s RY date) above Θ (Ptolemy’s RY date); ΠΑ to right. Svoronos 1728; SNG Copenhagen 359; DCA 61. Toned, G/VG.
M. Aurelius Scaurus. 118 BC, Narbo, Denarius, 3.81g. Cry-282/1, Syd-523, RSC Aurelia-20. Obv: Head of Roma r., wearing Phrygian helmet; M AVRELI before, ROMA and mark of value behind. Rx: Gallic warrior, perhaps Bituitus, in biga r., holding shield and carnyx and hurling spear; SCAVRI below, L LIC CN DOM in exergue. Nancy Walsh Collection.
Mark Antony 32-31 BC. Military mint moving with M.Antony
17 mm., 3,41 g.
ANT • AVG III VIR • R • P C, praetorian galley to right / Aquila between two signa, [LEG XVII CLASSI or LEG XVIII LYBI]CAE above.
Cf. Crawford 544/10 (LEG XVII CLASSICAE) & 11 (LEG XVIII LYBICAE).
Hadrian (AD 117-138), Silver Denarius, AD 117, IMP CAES TRAIAN HADRIAN OPT AVG GER DAC, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, rev PARTHIC DIVI TRAIAN AVG F P M TR P COS P P, Justitia seated left, holding patera and sceptre, IVSTITIA in exergue, 3.47g (RIC 6; RSC 875; RCV 3500). Attractively toned, good very fine.
Of the highest rarity and possibly one of finest specimen known. Struck in high relief on a large flan.
Helmeted head of Roma r.; behind, X. Rev. The Dioscuri galloping r.;
below, ROMA totally incuse on tablet. Sydenham 166. Crawford 45/1. We believe that, logically speaking, this denarius must be the first to have been struck. It is reasonable to assume that this new issue would start with a totally incuse legend, moving to a partially incuse one, before settling on a legend in relief. Our assumption is corroborated by two features: the style and the flan diameter of the very few specimens known, among which this is by far the best.
The rare fully incuse ROMA issue is often confused with the relatively common semi-incuse denarius.
Gorgeous coin, outstanding strike and eye appeal.
Trajan, 98-117 AD, Rome, 112-5 AD Denarius, 3.13g. BM-500, C-140 (25 Fr.), RIC-252. Obv: IMP TRAIANVS AVG GERDAC P M TR P COS VI P P Head laureate r. with fold of cloak on front shoulder and behind neck. Rx: DIVVS PATER TRAIAN Cult statue of Trajan’s natural father seated l. on curule chair, holding patera and scepter.