Numerian was the younger son of the emperor Carus and was a man of considerable literary talents and remarkably easy going. So at the time of the aggressive Carus’ death in enemy territory, Persia, he probably was not the man you wanted in charge! Luckily Numerian was partially blinded by an eye infection so the campaign was successfully concluded by his generals in late A.D. 283. But Numerian’s bad health continued, and while the army was slowly progressing back home he travelled all the way in a closed litter. Still alive at Emesa (according to an inscription found by archaeologists) he did not reach Nicomedia and in November A.D. 284 was discovered dead in the litter by the soldiers who apparently noticed the smell! More likely he was murdered, whether by his father in law Arrius Aper, the commander of the Praetorian Guard, or by Diocles, the leader of his personal bodyguard. Diocles won the ensuing popularity contest and slew Arrius Aper on stage as he accepted the purple. He changed his Greek name to the Latin Diocletian and the stage was set for the last great showdown of the Crisis of the Third Century....... The coins we offer are Antoninianus of Numerian which grade Good Very Fine and have a variety of reverses. Only in power two years, his coins are fairly Scarce, this means we have a limited number and it will be a gap in most collections, don’t miss out.
Probus, AD 276-282, AE Antoninianus. Obverse. Radiate and cuirassed bust of Probus facing to right. Reverse. COMES AVG, Minerva standng to left holding olive-branch and spear, shield resting at side. Officina mark A in field to left. Lugdunum AD 282. [S.11962] Extremely Fine with traces of original silvering.
Probus, AD 276-282, AE Antoninianus, Rev. ABVNDANTIA AVG, Abundantia standing right emptying cornucopiae, IIII in exergue. Lugdunum AD 279-280. [S.11949] Good extremely fine condition with traces of original silvering.
Quintillus, AD 270, AE. Antoninianus. Obverse. Radiate draped and cuirassed bust of Quintillus facing right. Reverse. FORTVNA REDVX, Fortuna standing holding rudder set on globe and cornucopiae, Officina mark Z in field. [S.11441] About Extremely Fine
Quintillus, AD 270, AE. Antoninianus. Obv. Radiate draped and cuirassed bust of Quintillus facing to right. Rev. FORTVNA REDVX, Fortuna standing left holding rudder and cornucopiae. (Sear 11441) About Extremely Fine and Scarce
Thinking of starting an ancient Roman coin collection? We are offering a 'starter collection' containing three different genuine bronze coins of different Roman Emperors spanning a 72 year period from AD 306-378, this also makes the coins at least 1640 years old. Each coin will be in nice collectable condition, clearly identifiable with a well defined portrait of the emperor who issued it. The coins you will receive are struck in bronze and are genuine ancient Roman coins which were minted and circulated across the Empire between AD 306-378 issued by the Emperors Constantine The Great, Constantius II and Valens. Each coin comes with an information sheet with a short history of each emperor.
Not sure how to start collecting ancient Roman coins? We have tried to make things easy for you! This collection spans a 125 year period from A.D. 253 to A.D. 378, an era which saw the mighty Roman Empire recover from the edge of decline and disaster back to glory and grandeur. These bronze coins will comprise the emperors Gallienus, Constantine the Great, Constans, Valentinian, Constantius II and Valens. This means the coins will be at least 1640 years old! Each coin will be in nice collectable condition and clearly identifiable with a well-defined portrait of the emperor who issued it. These coins were minted and circulated across the Empire, each will come with an information sheet containing a short history of the emperor. Start collecting ancient Roman coins today with this set, or offer it to your favourite ancient history buff!
This is one of a handful of very interesting commemorative issues struck by Constantine the Great. The type offered here is the other of the more affordable types and was made to reaffirm Rome as the centre of the empire in A.D. 330. They are made from bronze and show the Goddess of the city, ‘Roma’, in a helmet and war gear on the obverse. The reverse shows the She-Wolf suckling the babies Romulus and Remus. This is to symbolise the origin story of the founding of Rome. But what makes these coins so interesting is how well they have survived! At this time bronze coins would circulate so heavily that it is very hard to find them in a good grade. We have a small collection of this commemorative from 1400 years ago in this exceptional About Extremely Fine grade. You can have this well-preserved coin depicting the mythical origins of Rome and the Goddess of the city for just £69.50.
On the 22nd of March 1970, a hoard of choice Constantinian Roman bronze coins was found in a field adjoining the Fosse Way, near Bourton-on-the-Water. The locals called the area the ‘Money Ground’ because so many Roman coins were found there over the years. This time they found the ultimate source, what had been an original sack of coins hidden almost 1,700 years ago. Correctly, the hoard was handed in and declared as Treasure Trove. We are always being asked for Roman coins struck in Britain and especially for those of Constantine the Great, often because he was declared emperor in York in A.D. 306. Our answer? "The only coins you can be sure of will have a London Mintmark", which is usually ‘PLN’. But there are others and these Mintmarks are rarer! From (this declared hoard/the ‘Money Ground’ hoard) we can offer you: ‘MLL’, ‘MSL’ or ‘MLN’. The Mintmark will be of our choice but the first to order will get the rarest of the three: ‘MLL’. They grade Extremely Fine having been buried very soon after they were struck. Remember, this is a bronze coin of Constantine the Great struck 1,700 years ago, in an incredible condition from the ‘Money Ground’ Hoard and with Rarer London Mintmarks. What more can you want?