Roman Gold Coins

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Vitellius, 2 January - 20 December 69 A.D.Lucius Vitellius, depicted on the reverse of this coin, was father of the emperor Vitellius, a Roman senator, three times consul, and governor of Syria from 35 to 39 A.D.

In 36 A.D. Lucius Vitellius fired Pontius Pilate, the infamous prefect of Judaea. A Samaritan, claiming to be Moses reincarnate, gathered an armed following. Pilate dispersed the crowd by killing some and taking many prisoners. After he executed the ringleaders, the Samaritans appealed to Vitellius, complaining that Pilate's response was excessive. Vitellius, agreed, sent Pilate back to Italy and appointed Marcellus.

In support of Claudius and Agrippina, Vitellius invented arguments why the old rule that an uncle and his niece should not marry, did not apply to the emperor. The new empress returned the favor. When Vitellius was accused of high treason by the senator Junius Lupus, she made sure that Claudius exiled the accuser.

Vitellius died unexpectedly from a paralytic stroke and received a statue on the speaker's platform on the Roman Forum, with the inscription "Of unwavering loyalty to the emperor." His unwavering loyalty was later criticized by Tacitus:

"The man, I am aware, had a bad name at Rome, and many a foul story was told of him. But in the government of provinces he acted with the virtue of ancient times. He returned and then, through fear of Caligula and intimacy with Claudius, degenerated into a servility so base that he is regarded by an after-generation as the type of the most degrading adulation. The beginning of his career was forgotten in its end, and an old age of infamy effaced the virtues of youth." [Tacitus, Annals, 6.32; tr. A.J. Church and W.J. Brodribb]

SH37560. Gold aureus, RIC I 94, BMCRE I 23, F, weight 7.029 g, maximum diameter 18.8 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 69 A.D.; obverse A VITELLIVS GERM IMP AVG TR P, laureate head right; reverse L VITELLIVS COS III CENSOR, Lucius Vitellius (emperor's father) togate, seated left on curule chair, extending right, in left eagle-tipped scepter, feet on stool; very rare (RIC R2); $8500.00 (€6375.00)

Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D.
Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear.

This interesting, but damaged, gold aureus, the highest denomination in circulation and the equivalent of 25 silver denarii, dates from the very end of AD 144. This is indicated by the inscription DES IIII which is a continuation of the obverse legend. It records the emperor's designation to a fourth consulship which was taken up on January 1st, AD 145, and was the final consulship held by Antoninus.SH56304. Gold aureus, RIC III 119a (citing Numismatische Zeitschrift 1881, p. 183; BMCRE IV p. 72 * and note (citing Trau sale, lot 1435); Cohen -; Hill 615; SRCV II -, VF, cuts and edge marks, weight 7.456 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, very end of 144 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate bust right, very slight drapery on left shoulder; reverse DES IIII, Jupiter seated left on a facing throne, thunderbolt in right, long scepter vertical in left; ex Ponterio & Associates, NYINC, 8-9 Jan 2010, sale 152, lot 5950; very rare; $3450.00 (€2587.50)

Honorius, 23 January 393 - 15 August 423 A.D. SH53618. Gold solidus, RIC X 38, gVF, weight 4.379 g, maximum diameter 20.7 mm, die axis 180o, Thessalonica mint, 397 - 402 A.D.; obverse D N HONORI-VS P F AVG, helmeted bust facing, diademed, cuirassed, cross on breast plate, spear in right over right shoulder behind head, shield decorated with horseman on left arm; reverse CONCORDIA AVGG, Constantinopolis enthroned facing, head right, holding long scepter and Victory on globe, foot on prow, COMOB in ex; rare (RIC R2); $1675.00 (€1256.25)

Valentinian III, 23 Oct 425 - 16 Mar 455 A.D.As Rome's power decreased, the burden of taxation became more and more intolerable for the remaining western provinces. These higher taxes seriously impaired loyalty of the remaining provinces contributing to downward spiral.SH53623. Gold solidus, RIC X 302, gVF, weight 4.468 g, maximum diameter 20.8 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople mint, c. 443 - 450 A.D.; obverse D N VALENTIN-IANVS P F AVG, diademed, helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, spear over shoulder, shield in left decorated with horseman trampling fallen foe; reverse IMP XXXX II COS XVII P P, Constantinopolis enthroned left, wearing helmet, globus cruciger in right, scepter in left, shield resting at side of throne, star left, COMOB in ex; $1675.00 (€1256.25)

Kingdom of Bosporus, Rheskuporis II (III), 211 - 228 A.D., Caracalla ReverseSH53612. Electrum stater, MacDonald 556/1, aVF, weight 7.656 g, maximum diameter 19.7 mm, die axis 0o, Panticapaeum mint, 216 - 217 A.D.; obverse BACILEWC PHCKOVPOPIDOC, diademed and draped bust right, sword before; reverse laureate and draped bust of Caracalla right, GIF (year 513) below; $795.00