The Sestertius denomination
The Sestertius was an ancient Roman coin. During the Roman Republic it was a small, silver coin issued only on rare occasions. During the Roman Empire it was a large brass coin.

The name sestertius means "two and one half", referring to its nominal value of two and a half asses, a value that was useful for commerce because it was one quarter of a denarius, a coin worth ten asses. The name is derived from semis, "half" and "tertius", "third", in which "third" refers to the third as: the sestertius was worth two full asses and half of a third.

The brass sestertius typically weighs in the region of 25 to 28 grammes, is around 32–34 mm in diameter and about 4 mm thick.

Sestertii continued to be struck until the late 3rd century, although there was a marked deterioration in the quality of the metal used and the striking even though portraiture remained strong.
Sestertius
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An AE Sestertius struck 253 AD in Viminacium
Obverse: laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right; IMP C M AEMIL AEMILIANVS A

Reverse: Moesia facing, head left between bull walking right on left and lion walking left on right; PMS C_OL VII / AN XIV

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 8 g
No notes for this coin
AMNG 179; Pick-Martin 6'01'28
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An AE Sestertius struck 143-144 AD in Rome
Obverse: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, Head of Antoninus facing right, wearing laurel wreath

Reverse: IMPERATOR II, Winged victory facing right, holding trophy in both hands; SC in fields

Diameter: 32 mm
Die Orientation: 6 H
Weight: 25.29 g
"Antoninus Pius received his second imperial acclamation, as recorded in this coin’s reverse legend, for the victory by his governor in Britannia, Lollius Urbicus, over the Brigantes. It was Urbicus that also constructed the Antonine Wall in Scotland from Forth to Clyde." - CNG

The obverse translates to "Antoninus Augustus Pius, Father of the Fatherland, Holding the power of the Tribune of the Plebs, Consul for the third time"

The reverse translates to "Commander-in-Chief for the second time" SC stands for "senatus consultum", a decree of the senate.
RIC III Antoninus Pius 717a
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An AE Sestertius struck 140-144 AD in Rome
Obverse: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, Head of Antoninus facing right, wearing laurel wreath

Reverse: IVNONI SISPITAE, Juno Sospita walking right, wearing goatskin, preceded by serpent on ground, brandishing spear and holding long shield; SC in fields

Diameter: 33 mm
Die Orientation: 11 H
Weight: 27.55 g
Pius was born in Lanuvium and had temples built there and restored, probably including Juno Sospita, this is a rare type that probably commemorates that taking place.

CNG dates to 141-143 AD
RIC III Antoninus Pius 608
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An AE Sestertius struck 138-161 A.D. in Rome
Obverse: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS PP IMP II, laureate head right

Reverse: TR POT XXI COS IIII, Roma seated left on cuirass, foot on helmet, holding Victory and parazonium; shield behind. S-C in exergue.

Diameter: 30 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 28 g
No notes for this coin
RIC III 979a
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An AE Sestertius struck 147 AD in Rome
Obverse: laureate and draped bust right seen from behind; ANTONINVS__AVG PIVS P P TR P

Reverse: Pax holding cornucopia set weapons on fire; COS__II_II / PAX_AVG / S C

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 26.33 g
No notes for this coin
RIC 777; Cohen 594
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An AE Sestertius struck 140 AD in Rome
Obverse: laureate head right; ANTONINVS AVG PI_VS P P TR P COS III

Reverse: Apollo standing left holding lyre and patera; APOLLI_NI__AVGVSTO / S C

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 19.4 g
No notes for this coin
RIC III 598a, Cohen 62
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An AE Sestertius struck 140-144 AD in Rome
Obverse: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III / laureate head right

Reverse: SALVS AVG, SC below / Salus seated left by altar, holding patera, feeding a serpent rising from altar and resting left arm on the back of the chair

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 22.78 g
No notes for this coin
RIC 637; Cohen 724.
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An AE Sestertius struck AD 153-154 in Rome
Obverse: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XVII, laureate head right

Reverse: LIBERTAS COS IIII, Libertas standing facing, head right, holding pileus in left hand and with right arm outstretched; S-C across fields

Diameter: 32 mm
Die Orientation: 11 H
Weight: 22.92 g
No notes for this coin
RIC 916a; C. 535
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An AE Sestertius struck 140-144 AD in Rome
Obverse: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III - Head of Antoninus Pius facing right, wearing laurel wreath

Reverse: SALVS AVG - Salus, draped, standing facing, head left, feeding snake coiled round altar, and holding rudder on globe; SC in exergue

Diameter: 32 mm
Die Orientation: 11 H
Weight: 24.96 g
CNG dates to 141-143 AD
RIC III Antoninus Pius 636
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An AE Sestertius struck 145-161 AD in Rome
Obverse: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS IIII - Head of Antoninus Pius facing right, wearing laurel wreath

Reverse: - Mars, draped, naked but for cloak hanging behind him, advancing right, holding transverse spear in right hand and trophy over left shoulder in left; S-C in fields

Diameter: 31 mm
Die Orientation: 11 H
Weight: 23.57 g
CNG specifically dates to 147 AD
RIC III Antoninus Pius 778
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An AE Sestertius struck 140-144 AD in Rome
Obverse: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III - Head of Antoninus Pius facing right, wearing laurel wreath

Reverse: SALVS AVG - Salus, draped, standing left, feeding out of patera in right hand snake coiled round altar left and holding vertical sceptre in left; S-C in fields

Diameter: 33 mm
Die Orientation: 5 H
Weight: 22.15 g
NAC AG dates specifically to 144 AD and has this to say "Note To the extent that coin types are a reflection of imperial interests, we can assume there was a concern for the health of the emperor early in 144, when this sestertius was issued. The concern appears to have been reduced by the year’s end, but still lingered in the years immediately following. The inscription SALVS AVG (‘the health of the emperor’) and the image of Salus, the goddess of health, feeding from a patera a snake that rises from the flaming altar, reflect vows made on behalf of Pius’ well-being. It perhaps is no coincidence that in this same year a significant coinage was issued for the emperor’s principal heir, Marcus Aurelius, who is celebrated as ‘Princeps Iuventutis,’ the leader of young men being trained in the arts of war and peace. This emphasis on dynasty is reinforced in this year’s coinage with the celebration of Antoninus Pius and Marcus Aurelius having been designated as the consuls of 145."
RIC III Antoninus Pius 635a
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An AE Sestertius struck 143-144 AD in Rome
Obverse: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III - Head of Antoninus Pius facing right, wearing laurel wreath

Reverse: IMPERATOR II - Fides, draped, standing, right, holding two corn-ears downwards in right hand and dish of fruit on raised left hand; S-C in fields

Diameter: 32 mm
Die Orientation: 11 H
Weight: 22.88 g
CNG dates to 141-143 AD
RIC III Antoninus Pius 716a
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An AE Sestertius struck 161 AD in Rome
Obverse: DIVVS ANTONINVS - Bare head of Antoninus Pius facing right

Reverse: CONSECRATIO - Pyre in four tiers, decorated with swagged hangings and garlands, surmounted by facing quadriga; S-C in fields

Diameter: 32 mm
Die Orientation: 12 H
Weight: 23.28 g
No notes for this coin
RIC III Marcus Aurelius 1266
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An AE Sestertius struck 159-160 AD in Rome
Obverse: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XXIII - Head of Antoninus Pius, laureate, right

Reverse: PIETATI AVG COS IIII - Pietas, draped, standing left, holding globe on extended right hand and child in left arm: to left and right, a small child standing, left, each raising right hand; S-C in fields

Diameter: 31 mm
Die Orientation: 11 H
Weight: 22.97 g
No notes for this coin
RIC III Antoninus Pius 1031
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An AE Sestertius struck 140-144 AD in Rome
Obverse: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, Head of Antoninus Pius facing right, wearing laurel wreath

Reverse: TIBERIS, Tiber, crowned with reeds, reclining left, resting left elbow on rock, from which water flows and resting right hand on forepart of boat, on left; in left hand, a reed; SC in exergue

Diameter: 32 mm
Die Orientation: 12 H
Weight: 22.08 g
CNG dates to 141-143 AD
RIC III Antoninus Pius 643a
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An AE Sestertius struck 158-159 AD in Rome
Obverse: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XXII, Head of Antoninus Pius, laureate, right

Reverse: COS IIII, Togate figure standing, front, head left, on cippus in shrine of two arches, with semi-circular top: he extends right hand and holds vertical scepter in left; SC in exergue

Diameter: 32 mm
Die Orientation: 11 H
Weight: 25.54 g
"The temple depicted on the reverse is uncertain, but the attributes of the figure within suggest it is a statue of Genius Senatus or an Emperor as 'pacifer.'" -CNG In looking at "GENIO SENATVS" issues of Pius the figure is most definitely the same
RIC III Antoninus Pius 999
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An AE Sestertius struck 148-149 AD in Rome
Obverse: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XII, Head of Antoninus Pius facing right, wearing laurel wreath

Reverse: COS IIII, Aequitas, draped, standing facing, head left, holding scales in extended right hand and cornucopia in left; S-C in fields

Diameter: 32 mm
Die Orientation: 12 H
Weight: 23.31 g
No notes for this coin
RIC III Antoninus Pius 855
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An AE Sestertius struck 147-148 AD in Rome
Obverse: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XI, Head of Antoninus Pius facing right, wearing laurel wreath

Reverse: ANNONA AVG, Annona standing facing, head left, holding grain ears and anchor; modius at left; SC in fields; COS IIII in exergue

Diameter: 31 mm
Die Orientation: 12 H
Weight: 29.17 g
No notes for this coin
RIC III Antoninus Pius 840
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An AE Sestertius struck 148-149 AD in Rome
Obverse: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P, Head of Antoninus Pius facing right, wearing laurel wreath

Reverse: PAX AVG COS IIII, Pax, draped, standing facing, head left, with torch in right hand setting fire to heap of arms on ground at left, and holding cornucopia in left hand; SC in exergue

Diameter: 30 mm
Die Orientation: 11 H
Weight: 24.58 g
No notes for this coin
RIC III Antoninus Pius 777
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An AE Sestertius struck 138 AD in Rome
Obverse: IMP T AELIVS CAESAR ANTONINVS, Bare head of Antoninus Pius, right

Reverse: TRIB POT COS DES II, Pietas, veiled, standing left, raising hand and holding incense box; to left, altar; S-C in fields; PIETAS in exergue

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 22 g
Minted circa February 25th-July 10th, 138 AD
RIC II, Part 3 (second edition) Hadrian 2768; (1st edition RIC II 1083a)
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An AE Sestertius struck 138 AD in Rome
Obverse: IMP T AELIVS CAESAR ANTONINVS, Bare head of Antoninus Pius, right

Reverse: TRIB POT COS DES II, Pietas, veiled, standing left, raising hand and holding incense box; to left, altar; S-C in fields; PIETAS in exergue

Diameter: 30 mm
Die Orientation: 12 H
Weight: 22.77 g
Minted circa February 25th-July 10th, 138 AD
RIC II, Part 3 (second edition) Hadrian 2768; (1st edition RIC II 1083a)
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An AE Sestertius struck 145-161 AD in Rome
Obverse: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, Head of Antoninus Pius, laureate, right

Reverse: TR POT COS IIII LIBERALITAS AVG V, Antoninus Pius, seated left on platform on right; in front, attendant, seated left, and another, standing left, holding up account board; on steps to platform, citizen standing right, holding out fold of toga; S-C in fi

Diameter: 31 mm
Die Orientation: 12 H
Weight: 23.02 g
No notes for this coin
RIC III Antoninus Pius 790
(23) Augustus
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An AE Sestertius struck 15 BC in Rome
Obverse: corona civica, two laurel branches around; OB / CIVES / SERVATOS

Reverse: legend around S C; •CN•PIƧO•C N F•III VIR•A•A•F•F

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 15.8 g
Cn. Piso Cn. f. moneyer
RIC I 380 (R2), BMCRE I 139, Cohen I 377, SRCV I 1649
(24) Claudius
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An AE Sestertius struck 42 AD in Rome
Obverse: laureate head right; TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP P P

Reverse: legend within corona civica; EX S C / P P / OB CIVES / SERVATOS

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 21.4 g
No notes for this coin
RIC I 112, BMCRE I 185, Cohen 38, SRCV I -
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An AE Sestertius struck 193 – 195 AD in Rome
Obverse: D CL SEPT ALBIN CAES / bare head right

Reverse: FORT REDVCI COS II / Fortuna seated left, holding rudder & cornucopiae, wheel beneath chair.

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 17.13 g
No notes for this coin
RIC 53
(26) Commodus
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An AE Sestertius struck 190 AD in Rome
Obverse: Laureate head right

Reverse: Libertas standing facing, head left, holding pileus and rod.

Diameter: 30 mm
Die Orientation: 6 H
Weight: 24.99 g
VF, dark brown patina, some weakness of strike on the reverse. Struck AD 190.
RIC III 562; MIR 18, 798-6/30; Banti 169.
(27) Commodus
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An AE Sestertius struck 181 A.D. in Rome
Obverse: M COMMODVS ANTONINVS AVG, laureate head right

Reverse: FEL AVG TR P VI IMP IIII COS III P P, Felicitas standing left holding scepter & caduceus.

Diameter: 29 mm
Die Orientation: 0 H
Weight: 22.67 g

40

RIC 308b
(28) Commodus
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An AE Sestertius struck AD 181 in Rome
Obverse: M COMMODVS ANTONINVS AVG, laureate head right

Reverse: IVPPITER CONSERVATOR TR P VI IMP IIII COS III P P, Jupiter standing left, extending thunderbolt and cloak over small figure of Commodus at his feet and holding sceptre; S-C across fields

Diameter: 31 mm
Die Orientation: 5 H
Weight: 24.77 g
One of my favourite additions in 2016. Double-struck on the reverse.
RIC 308c; BMC 448; Sear 5763
(29) Commodus
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An AE Sestertius struck 190-191 AD in Rome
Obverse: M COMMOD ANT P FELIX AVG BRIT P P, Head of Commodus facing right, wearing laurel wreath

Reverse: CONCOR COMMODI P M TR P XVI COS VI, Concordia, draped, standing facing, head left, holding patera in extended right hand and scepter in left hand; S-C in fields

Diameter: 30 mm
Die Orientation: 6 H
Weight: 22.71 g
Smoothing in fields ex. CNG eAuction 456 Lot 407
RIC III Commodus 579
(30) Decius
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An AE Sestertius struck 249-250 AD in Rome
Obverse: laureate, cuirassed bust right from behind; IMP C M Q TRAIANVS DECIVS AVG

Reverse: Dacia standing left holding staff topped with an wolf's head; D_A_CIA / S C

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 14.23 g
Rome, 2nd - 3rd emission?, 249-250 AD small flan
SRCV III 9399, RIC IV 112a, Cohen 18
(31) Domitian
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An AE Sestertius struck 85 AD in Rome
Obverse: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XI CENS PER P P, Bust of Domitian facing right, wearing laurel wreath and aegis

Reverse: No inscription, Domitian standing in military attire, head left, holding thunderbolt and spear, being crowned by Victory at right standing with head left; SC in exergue

Diameter: 36 mm
Die Orientation: 6 H
Weight: 24.9 g
No notes for this coin
RIC II Part I (2nd Ed.) Domitian 404
(32) Drusus I
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An AE Sestertius struck 41-42 AD in Rome
Obverse: NERO CLAVDIVS DRVSVS GERMANICVS IMP / bare head left

Reverse: TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP / Claudius, togate, seated left on curule chair, holding branch; arms lying around; SC in ex.

Diameter: 35 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 26.8 g
Nero Claudius Drusus AE Sestertius, struck by Claudius, 41-42 AD. NNF, ex Kjell Ruud
RIC 93
(33) Drusus I
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An AE Sestertius struck 41-50 AD in Rome
Obverse: NERO CLAVDIVS DRVSVS GERMANICVS IMP, Bare head of Drusus facing left

Reverse: TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP S C, Claudius, togate, seated left on curule chair, holding branch in right hand; various arms around

Diameter: 34 mm
Die Orientation: 6 H
Weight: 23.46 g
No notes for this coin
RIC I (2nd Ed.) Claudius 93
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An AE Sestertius struck ca. 146-161 AD in Rome
Obverse: DIVA FAVSTINA, Bust of Faustina I, draped, right, hair elaborately waved and coiled in bands across head and drawn up at back and piled in a round coil on top

Reverse: Reverse: AETERNITAS (S-C in fields), Aeternitas, draped, standing left, holding phoenix (nimbate right) on globe in right hand and with left hand holding out fold of skirt

Diameter: 33 mm
Die Orientation: 6 H
Weight: 25.16 g
No notes for this coin
RIC III Antoninus Pius 1105a
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An AE Sestertius struck ca. 146-161 AD in Rome
Obverse: DIVA FAVSTINA, Bust of Faustina I, draped, right, hair elaborately waved and coiled in bands across head and drawn up at back and piled in a round coil on top

Reverse: AETERNITAS (S-C in fields), Aeternitas, draped, seated, left on low seat, holding phoenix on globe on right hand and transverse scepter in left

Diameter: 32 mm
Die Orientation: 12 H
Weight: 26.17 g
No notes for this coin
RIC III Antoninus Pius 1103B
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An AE Sestertius struck 161-164 AD in Rome
Obverse: diademed and draped bust right; FAVSTINA__AVGVSTA

Reverse: Juno standing left, holding patera and long scepter, peacock left at her feet; IVNONI__REGINAE / S__C

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 23.5 g
No notes for this coin
RIC III MA1651, Cohen III 142
(37) Galba
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An AE Sestertius struck 68 AD in Rome
Obverse: IMP SER GALBA AVG TRP / Laureate and draped bust of Galba right

Reverse: SPQR OB CIV SER in three lines within oak-wreath

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 26.25 g
No notes for this coin
No references provided for this coin
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An AE Sestertius struck 242 AD in Rome
Obverse: IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, Bust of Gordian facing right, wearing laurel wreath, cuirass, and drapery

Reverse: PM TR P V COS II P P, Gordian in military attire, standing facing right, holding spear and globe; SC in fields

Diameter: 32 mm
Die Orientation: 11 H
Weight: 15.02 g
RIC dates this issue 241-244 AD, several auction houses, most notably CNG, have dated this issued specifically to 242 AD.
RIC IV Gordian III 307
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An AE Sestertius struck 241-244 AD in Rome
Obverse: IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG / Bust of Gordian III, laureate, draped, cuirassed, right

Reverse: IOVI STATORI S C / Jupiter, nude, standing front, head left, holding long sceptre in right hand and thunderbolt in left hand

Diameter: 30 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 20.63 g
No notes for this coin
RIC 298a
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An AE Sestertius struck 238-239 AD in Rome
Obverse: IMP CAES M ANT GORDIANVS AVG, laureate, draped & cuirassed bust right

Reverse: VICTORIA AVG S-C, Victory advancing left carrying wreath & palm

Diameter: 0 mm
Die Orientation: 0 H
Weight: 25.35 g
No notes for this coin
RIC 258a, Cohen 358
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An AE Sestertius struck 241-243 AD in Rome
Obverse: laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right from behind; IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG

Reverse: Jupiter standing, facing, holding scepter and thunderbolt; IOVI__STATORI / S__C

Diameter: 29 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 15.45 g
9th - 11th emission 241 - early 243 AD my first sestertius
RIC 298a; Cohen 111
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An AE Sestertius struck 240 AD in Rome
Obverse: laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right from behind; IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG

Reverse: Pax walking left, holding branch and scepter; PAX_AETERNA / S__C

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 19.46 g
7th emission
RIC IV-3, 319a
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An AE Sestertius struck 239-240 AD in Viminacium
Obverse: radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right from behind; IMP CAES M ANT GORDIANVS AVG

Reverse: Moesia facing, head left between bull walking right on left and lion walking left on right; P M S CO_L VIM / AN·I·

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: -
No notes for this coin
H-J Viminacium 2 (R2), Varbanov I 104
(44) Hadrian
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An AE Sestertius struck 134-138 AD in Rome
Obverse: HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P Laureate, draped bust to right

Reverse: MAVRE-TANIA, Mauretania standing to l., holding two javelins and bridle of horse with raised r. foreleg. S C in exergue

Diameter: 32 mm
Die Orientation: 0 H
Weight: 22 g
No notes for this coin
RIC 859
(45) Hadrian
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An AE Sestertius struck AD 119-120 in Rome
Obverse: IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG P M TR P COS III, laureate bust right, slight drapery on left shoulder

Reverse: MONETA AVGVSTI, Moneta standing left holding scales and cornucopiae

Diameter: 33 mm
Die Orientation: 5 H
Weight: 24.01 g
Ex. Roma Numismatics E-Sale 37; Lot 412
RIC 586c; BMC 1196; Sear 3611
(46) Hadrian
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An AE Sestertius struck 134-138 A.D. in Rome
Obverse: HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, Laureate head right

Reverse: SALVS AVG S C, Salus standing left with sceptre and feeding out of patera a snake coiled around an altar.

Diameter: 30 mm
Die Orientation: 0 H
Weight: 23.4 g

65

RIC 786
(47) Hadrian
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An AE Sestertius struck 117 - 138 AD in Rome
Obverse: IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG P M TR P COS III / laureate bust right

Reverse: PIETAS AVGVSTI S-C / Pietas standing right, sacrificing over altar

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: -
No notes for this coin
RIC 587
(48) Hadrian
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An AE Sestertius struck AD 134-138 in Rome
Obverse: HADRIANVS AVG CO[S III P P], laureate head right with drapery on far shoulder

Reverse: Diana standing left, holding bow and arrow; S-C across fields

Diameter: 32 mm
Die Orientation: 6 H
Weight: 25.22 g
No notes for this coin
RIC II.3 2399; BMCRE 1543; Sear 3645
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An AE Sestertius struck 250-251 AD in Viminacium
Obverse: draped and cuirassed bust right from behind; C VAI HOST M QVIHTVS CAE

Reverse: Moesia facing head left, bull right, lion left; P M S C_OL VIM AN XII

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 11.8 g
mid 250 - XI 251 AD
Pick-Martin Ref.:4
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An AE Sestertius struck 230 AD in Rome
Obverse: draped bust right; IVLIA MAMA_EA AVGVSTA

Reverse: Felicitas seated left holding caduceus and cornucopiae; FELICI_TAS PVBLICA / S C

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 19.84 g
No notes for this coin
RIC IV Sev. Alex. 679; Cohen 26, BMC 661
(51) Lucilla
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An AE Sestertius struck 164-166 AD in Rome
Obverse: draped bust right; LVCILLAE AVG__ANTONINI AVG F

Reverse: Venus facing, head left, holding apple and scepter; VENVS / S__C

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 22.8 g
No notes for this coin
RIC III MA 1763; SRCV II 5507, BMCRE IV 1172, Cohen III 77
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An AE Sestertius struck 38-37 BC in Achaea
Obverse: M ANT • IMP TER COS DES ITER ET TER III VIR R• P • C •, bare head of Antony right vis-à-vis head of Octavia left.

Reverse: M • OPPIVS • CAPITIO • P[R) • PR • PRAEF • CLASS • F • C • - Mark Antony and Octavia in quadriga of hippocamps; in l. field, HS and below, Δ and astragalos.

Diameter: 40 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 30.16 g
Provenance: Aste Bolaffi, Auction 33 (29 November 2018), lot 310.
RPC I 1462
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An AE Sestertius struck 171-172 AD in Rome
Obverse: M ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXVI, Head of Marcus facing right, wearing laurel wreath

Reverse: IMP VI COS III, Victory placing a shield inscribed VIC GER in two lines on trunk of palm; SC in fields

Diameter: 30 mm
Die Orientation: 5 H
Weight: 25.22 g
No notes for this coin
RIC III Marcus Aurelius 1029
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An AE Sestertius struck 158 AD in Rome
Obverse: AVRELIVS CAES ANTON AVG PII F / Head bare right

Reverse: TR POT XII COS II S C / Felicitas standing left, leaning on column and holding caduceus and scepter

Diameter: 30 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 15.21 g
Reverse has S CC in field, apparently from doublestriking. Notably underweight specimen.
BM-2049, C-728, RIC-1345
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An AE Sestertius struck 167-168 AD in Rome
Obverse: laureate head right; M ANTONINVS AVG ARM__PARTH MAX

Reverse: Fortuna Redux seated left holding rudder and cornucopiae; TR POT XXII•IMP V COS III / S__C / FORT RED

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 23.4 g
XII 167 - XII 168 AD
RIC 957; Cohen 211
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An AE Sestertius struck 177-178 AD in Rome
Obverse: laureate head right; M AVREL ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXXII

Reverse: Felicitas standing left holding caduceus and scepter; FELICITAS__AVG__IMP VIIII COS III P P / S__C

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 20.55 g
XII 177 - XII 178 AD
RIC 1227, Cohen 184v.
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An AE Sestertius struck 165 AD in Rome
Obverse: Laureate head of Marcus Aurelius facing right, text (M•AVREL•ANTONINVS•AVG•ARMENIACVS•PM)

Reverse: Providentia standing, head left, wand in right hand, globe at feet to left, scepter in left hand, SC across fields, text (TR•POT•XIX•IMP•III•COS•III)

Diameter: 34 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: -
No notes for this coin
RIC III 906
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An AE Sestertius struck AD 180 in Rome
Obverse: DIVVS M ANTONINVS PIVS, bare head right

Reverse: [C]O[NSECRA]TIO, eagle flying right, bearing aloft Marcus Aurelius, holding sceptre; S C across fields

Diameter: 31 mm
Die Orientation: 5 H
Weight: 23.95 g
No notes for this coin
RIC 659; Szaivert 488
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An AE Sestertius struck ~164 AD in Rome
Obverse: Laureate head right.

Reverse: Providentia standing left, holding wand over globe and sceptre.

Diameter: 31 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 24 g
Obverse legend off flan and worn off, but likely to be M AVREL ANTONINVS AVG ARMENIACVS P M or similar. Reverse legend also off flan, but likely to be TR POT XIX IMP III COS III / S - C or similar.
No references provided for this coin
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An AE Sestertius struck 174 AD in Rome
Obverse: M ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXVIII, Bust of Marcus Aurelius facing right, wearing laurel wreath, cuirass, and drapery

Reverse: IMP VII COS III, Roma, helmeted, draped, standing facing, head left, holding Victory in extended right hand and vertical spear in left hand; S-C in fields

Diameter: 33 mm
Die Orientation: 5 H
Weight: 24.89 g
ex. CNG eAuction 457 Lot 289
RIC III Marcus Aurelius 1116
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An AE Sestertius struck 170-171 AD in Rome
Obverse: IMP M ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXV, Head of Marcus Aurelius, laureate, right

Reverse: VOTA SVSCEP DECENN II, Marcus Aurelius, veiled, togate, standing left, sacrificing out of patera in right hand over a tripod and holding scroll in left hand; COS III in exergue; S-C in fields

Diameter: 31 mm
Die Orientation: 6 H
Weight: 21.24 g
No notes for this coin
RIC III Marcus Aurelius 1017
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An AE Sestertius struck 236-238 AD in Rome
Obverse: MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG GERM, Bust of Maximinus facing right, wearing laurel wreath, cuirass, and drapery

Reverse: VICTORIA GERMANICA, Victory standing facing, wearing drapery, head left, holding wreath and palm; bound captive at left; SC in fields

Diameter: 30 mm
Die Orientation: 5 H
Weight: 23.15 g
No notes for this coin
RIC IV Maximinus Thrax 90
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An AE Sestertius struck 236-238 AD in Rome
Obverse: MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG GERM / Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right

Reverse: FIDES MILITVM S-C, Fides standing left holding two standards

Diameter: 33 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 22.65 g
No notes for this coin
RIC 78
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An AE Sestertius struck 235-236 AD in Rome
Obverse: laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right from behind; IMP MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG

Reverse: Victory advancing right holding wreath and palm; VICTORIA AVG / S C

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: -
III 235 - I 236 AD 2nd emission
RIC IV 67
(65) Maximus
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An AE Sestertius struck 236 AD in Rome
Obverse: draped bust right from behind; C IVL VERVS MAXIMVS CAES

Reverse: Maximus standing left, holding baton and spear, two legionary standards behind; PRINCIPI IVVENTVTIS / S__C

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 24.35 g
2nd emission ex CNG
RIC 9, Cohen 12, BMC 123
(66) Nero
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An AE Sestertius struck 65 AD in Rome
Obverse: Laureate head left

Reverse: Temple of Janus with latticed window on left and garlanded and closed double doors on right

Diameter: 35 mm
Die Orientation: 6 H
Weight: 27.96 g
VF, brown and tan patina, light roughness.
RIC I 265; WCN 153.
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An AE Sestertius struck 247 AD in Rome
Obverse: draped bust right; OTACIL SEVERA AVG

Reverse: Concordia seated left holding patera and double cornucopia; CONCORDIA AVGG / S C

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 15.77 g
Rome 7th emission, 247 AD ex CNG
RIC 203e, Cohen 5
(68) Philip I
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An AE Sestertius struck 244-249 AD in Samosata
Obverse: laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right; AVTOK K M IOVΛI ΦIΛIΠΠOC CEB

Reverse: City goddess left seated on rocks, holding grain ears, facing eagle standing on her right hand, below pegasos left; ΦΛ CAMOCATEWN METPOΠ KOM

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 20.9 g
No notes for this coin
BMC Galatia pg. 122, 47; SNG Copenhagen -
(69) Philip I
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An AE Sestertius struck 246-247 AD in Viminacium
Obverse: laureate draped and cuirassed bust right from behind IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG

Reverse: Moesia facing, head left between bull walking right on left and lion walking left on right P M S C_OL VIM AN VIII

Diameter: 28 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 16.72 g
No notes for this coin
Boric-Brescovic 827ff; AMNG I 104; SNG Hungary 322ff; Jekov and Hristova 31
(70) Philip I
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An AE Sestertius struck 247-248 AD in Viminacium
Obverse: laureate draped and cuirassed bust right from behind; IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG

Reverse: Moesia facing, head left between bull walking right on left and lion walking left on right; P M S C_OL VIM AN VIIII

Diameter: 28.5 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 18.88 g
18,88g 29-28mm
H-J Viminacium 32 (R2); Varbanov I 138 (R3); AMNG I/I 105; BMC Thrace p. 17, 25
(71) Philip I
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An AE Sestertius struck 247-249 A.D. in Rome
Obverse: IMP M IVL PHILIPVS AVG

Reverse: ANNONA AVGG S-C

Diameter: 28.5 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 17.5 g
50
RIC 168a
(72) Philip I
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An AE Sestertius struck 249 AD in Rome
Obverse: laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right from behind; IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG

Reverse: Roma sitting in octastyle temple, holding ? and scepter; SAECVLVM NOVVM / S C

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 16.8 g
10th emission
RIC IV 164; Banti 52
(73) Philip I
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An AE Sestertius struck 246 - 247 AD in Rome
Obverse: IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG / laureate bust right

Reverse: FELICITAS TEMP S-C / Felicitas standing left with caduceus & cornucopiae

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 18.98 g
No notes for this coin
RIC IV 169a; Cohen 44
(74) Philip I
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An AE Sestertius struck AD 244 in Rome
Obverse: IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right

Reverse: LAET FVNDATA, Laetitia standing left, holding wreath and rudder set on globe

Diameter: 29 mm
Die Orientation: 12 H
Weight: 18.45 g
No notes for this coin
RIC 175a; Sear 8997
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An AR Sestertius struck 211-210 BC in Rome
Obverse: head of Roma right wearing winged helmet; IIS

Reverse: Dioscuri on horses riding right holding spears and reins, stars over pilei; ROMA

Diameter: 12 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 1.2 g
No notes for this coin
Crawford 44/7
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An AE Sestertius struck 195-196 A.D. in Rome
Obverse: L SEP SEV PERT AVG IMP VII, laureate head right

Reverse: PM TRP III COS II PP, S-C, Jupiter standing left, holding Victory and sceptre, eagle at foot left.

Diameter: 27.5 mm
Die Orientation: 0 H
Weight: 19.7 g

40

RIC 704
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An AE Sestertius struck 231-235 AD in Rome
Obverse: IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right.

Reverse: MARS V-LTOR, S-C across field, Mars advancing right, holding spear and shield.

Diameter: 28 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 19.18 g
No notes for this coin
RIC IV 635d, BMCRE 847, Cohen 169
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An AE Sestertius struck 231-235 AD in Rome
Obverse: IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG, Bust of Alexander facing right, wearing laurel wreath, slight drapery on far shoulder

Reverse: SPES PVBLICA - Spes walking left, holding flower, lifting skirt with left hand; SC in fields

Diameter: 31 mm
Die Orientation: 12 H
Weight: 22.26 g
No notes for this coin
RIC IV Severus Alexander 648b
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An AE Sestertius struck 226 AD in Rome
Obverse: laureate draped bust right from behind; IMP CAES M AVR SEV ALEXANDER AVG

Reverse: Mars holding spear and trophy, wearing chalmys, walking right; P M TR P__V__COS II P P / S__C

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 18.57 g
No notes for this coin
RIC IV 440c; BMCRE 357-8; Banti 66
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An AE Sestertius struck 226 AD in Rome
Obverse: laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right from behind; IMP CAES M AVR SEV__ALEXANDER AVG

Reverse: Mars holding spear and trophy, wearing chalmys, walking right; P M TR P V__COS II P P / S__C

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 18.46 g
No notes for this coin
RIC IV 440d; BMCRE 357; Cohen 282
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An AE Sestertius struck 231-235 AD in Rome
Obverse: laureate head right; IMP ALEXAN_DER PIVS AVG

Reverse: Providentia of Annona standing front, head left, holding anchor and grain ears over modius; PROVIDENTIA AVG / S__C

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 18.56 g
No notes for this coin
RIC IV 645, BMCRE V 815, Cohen 509, SRCV 8013
(82) Titus
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An AE Sestertius struck AD 80-81 in Rome
Obverse: IMP TITVS CAES VESP AVG P M TR P PP COS VIII, laureate head left

Reverse: Spes advancing left, holding flower and raising skirt; S-C across field

Diameter: 34 mm
Die Orientation: 7 H
Weight: 25.03 g
One of the earliest coins in my collection is also one of the rarest. This sestertius of the emperor Titus has an obverse legend beginning with ‘IMP TITVS CAES’, which was soon shortened to ‘IMP T CAES’ on later coins. The full version is far harder to come by, with the revised 2007 edition of the Roman Imperial Coinage citing very few examples known (the book cites one example which is currently in the Staatliche Museum in Berlin).
RIC² 171
(83) Titus
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An AE Sestertius struck AD 80-81 in Rome
Obverse: DIVO AVG VESP, the deified Vespasian seated to right, holding sceptre and Victory in cart drawn by a quadriga of elephants with riders; SPQR in exergue

Reverse: IMP T CAES DIVI VESP F AVG P M TR P P P COS VIII around large S C

Diameter: 32 mm
Die Orientation: 6 H
Weight: 24.59 g
Struck by Titus to commemorate his father; the deified Vespasian. Ex. Roma Numismatics E-Sale 31; Lot 414
RIC (Titus) 257 (same obverse die); Sear 2572
(84) Trajan
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An AE Sestertius struck 103-111 A.D. in Rome
Obverse: IMP CAES TRAIANO AVG GER DAC PM TR P COS V PP

Reverse: SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIP

Diameter: 34 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 24 g
65
Ric 530
(85) Trajan
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An Sestertius struck 114 AD in Rome
Obverse: IMP CAES TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS VI P P, laureate and draped bust right.

Reverse: SENATVS POPVLVSQVE ROMANVS S C, Felicitas standing left, caduceus in right hand, cornucopia in left hand.

Diameter: 33.5 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 25.9 g
In 114, Trajan defeated the Parthians and overran Armenia and northern Mesopotamia. The kingdom of Osroene became a vassal kingdom of the Roman Empire. Orichalcum sestertius, struck late summer - fall 114 A.D.
Woytek 499v, RIC II 671, BnF IV 840, BMCRE III 1015, Strack I 451, Cohen II 351
(86) Trajan
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An AE Sestertius struck 116 AD in Rome
Obverse: laureate draped bust right; IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS VI P P

Reverse: Fortuna Redux seated left holding rudder and cornucopiae; SENATVS POPVLVSQVE ROMANVS FORT RED / S C

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 26.46 g
No notes for this coin
SRCV II 3193, RIC II 652, Cohen 158
(87) Trajan
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An AE Sestertius struck 108-110 AD in Rome
Obverse: laureate bust right, draped left shoulder; IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P

Reverse: Annona standing left holding cornucopiae and grain ears; modius on left and prow of galley right; S•P•Q•R•OPTIMO PRINCIPI / S C

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 21.24 g
No notes for this coin
Woytek 323bD, Banti 118, RIC II 492, BMCRE III 782, Cohen 469
(88) Trajan
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An AE Sestertius struck 108-110 AD in Rome
Obverse: laureate bust right, draped left shoulder; IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P

Reverse: Annona standing left holding cornucopiae and grain ears; modius on left and prow of galley right; S•P•Q•R•OPTIMO PRINCIPI / S C

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 24.15 g
No notes for this coin
Woytek 323bD, Banti 118, RIC II 492, BMCRE III 782, Cohen 469
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An AE Sestertius struck 71 AD in Rome
Obverse: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG PM TR PPP COS III, laureate head right

Reverse: S-C, Mars walking right, carrying spear and trophy.

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: -
No notes for this coin
RIC II 199; BMC 777; Paris 539.
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An AE Sestertius struck 71 AD in Rome
Obverse: laureate head right; IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III

Reverse: Roma standing left, holding spear and Victory; ROMA / S__C

Diameter: -
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 27.35 g
No notes for this coin
RIC II 190, BMCRE II 560, Cohen 419