Normally I would've kept these at the shop, at least for a while (I selected some of these with a client in mind), but since the shop is not open (for appointments only) and because this is the very first ancient coins update of the year, and yes, also because we have been selling them rather well on our website, I'm going to make them available to you: our collectors online... I guess one person's loss is another person's gain, right?
Arabia Felix - Himyarites. Amdan Bayyin Yanaf. Ca. 80-100 A.D. AR Scyphate Quinarius. Male head right within torc / 'MDNIBYN' around small head right with 'RYDN' in ex. sceptre to right & 'YNF' monogram to left. Good Very Fine & Scarce. Arabia Felix was wealthy in the ancient world thanks to a near monopoly of the trade in cinnamon & spices.
Heraclius. A.D. 610-641. Constantinople - A.D. 631-635. GOLD Solidus. Heraclius stg. between Heraclius Constantine on R. & Heraclonas on L., holding globus cruciger / 'VICTORIA – AVGYB' Cross with mintmark R. field. 'CONOB' in exergue. Very Fine for the issue & Scarce.
Caracalla. A.D. 198-217. Rome - A.D. 214. AR Denarius. Laureate head right / 'LIBERAL VIIII' Libertas standing left holding abacus & cornucopiae. Good Very Fine. The year Caracalla defeats the Germans, as shown by 'GERM' on obverse.
Cilicia, Mallos. Ca. 440-390 B.C. AR Stater. Bearded & winged male deity (Kronos?) in kneeling-running stance to right, holding solar disc with both hands / 'MA?' swan standing left, with wings uplifted. About Very Fine, archaic & Scarce. Mallos had an oracle where people would dream in the temple to receive the gods instructions. The Swan is most likely for Apollo.
Constantine I 'the Great'. A.D. 307-337. Heraclea - A.D. 312. Æ Follis. 'IMP C FL VAL CONSTANTINVS P F INV AVG' Laureate head right / 'IOVI CONSERVATORI AVGG' Jupiter standing left wearing chlamys, holding globe & sceptre; wreath in left field, 'A' in right. As Struck & Very Scarce. 'INV' on obverse is Very Scarce & stands for 'Invictus' meaning unconquered. An exemplary coin of Constantine the Great.
Constantine I 'the Great'. A.D. 307-337. Rome - A.D. 326. Æ 3. Laureate head right / 'PROVIDENTIAE AVGG' Two turreted military camp gateway; above, star. Extremely Fine & Scarce in this grade. This was made the year Constantine founded Constantinople.