Coin Catalogue

Manlia Scantilla ? A.D

Wife of Didius Julianus.   AU Aureus RIC 7 (Didius Julianus), BMC 10 (Didius Julianus), C 1 Aureus Obv: MANLIASCANTILLAAVG - Draped bust right. Rev: IVNOREGINA - Juno standing left, holding patera and scepter. March - June 193 (Rome). $16,295 12/5/02. AR Denarius RIC 7 (Didius Julianus), BMC 11 (Didius Julianus), C 2 Denarius Obv: MANLIASCANTILLAAVG - Draped bust right. Rev: IVNOREGINA - Juno standing left, holding patera and scepter. March - June 193 (Rome). $11,000 1/13/03. AE Sestertius RIC 18a (Didius Julianus), BMC 32 (Didius Julianus) Sestertius Obv:...

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Julia Mamaea c.190 – 235 A.D.

Mother of Severus Alexander. Mamaea was made Augusta by Severus shortly after his accession and she shared his fatal fate on the night of the coup started by Maximinus.   AU Aureus RIC 342 (Severus Alexander), BMC 42, C 36 Aureus Obv: IVLIAMAMAEAAVG - Draped bust right. Rev: IVNOCONSERVATRIX - Juno, diademed and veiled, standing left, holding patera and scepter; at her feet, peacock. $32,591 12/5/02. AR Denarius RIC 331, (Severus Alexander), S 8207, C 5 Denarius Obv: IVLIAMAMAEAAVG - Diademed, draped bust right. Rev: FECVNDAVGVSTI - Fecunditas standing left, holding her hand...

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Majorian 457 – 461 A.D.

Majorian ruled for a comparatively lengthy four-year reign at the end of the Roman empire. Having been associated in his youth with Aetius, the commander slain by Valentinian III, his imperial title came at the disposition of the general Ricimer with whom he was also involved. Ricimer would have loved to make himself emperor but his barbarian blood prevented him from the post. His discretion in not forcing the issue meant he wouldn't have to quell any revolts within Italy and his choice to appoint his friend Majorian would have been the next best thing. Majorian himself appears to have had a commendable...

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Magnus Maximus 383 – 388 A.D

It's uncertain exactly how Magnus Maximus came to power. At the time he was a general in Britain and whether by his own will or that of his troops he was hailed as emperor. Gratian moved quickly to put down the revolt and bring Maximus to justice but, his troops mutinied, switched sides and had Gratian executed instead. Maximus then sought to have his claim recognized throughout the rest of the empire and to this end he sent a delegation to the court of Theodosius. If not outright enthusiastic, Theodosius was at least initially cooperative and accepted Maximus. However, the situation changed when...

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Magnia Urbica ? A.D

Wife of Carinus.   AU Aureus RIC 336, C 10 Aureus Obv: MAGNIAVRBICAAVG - Diademed, draped bust right. Rev: VENVSGENETRIX - Venus standing left, holding apple and scepter. July 284 (Lugdunum). $11,000 1/12/04. RIC 340, C 8 Aureus Obv: MAGNIAVRBICAAVG - Diademed, draped bust right. Rev: VENERIVICTRICI - Venus standing right, pulling dress off shoulder and holding apple. c.283 (Rome). $12,222 12/5/02. RIC 348, C 1 Aureus Obv: MAGNIAEVRBICAEAVG - Diademed, draped bust right. Rev: CONCORDIAAVGG - Concordia seated left, holding patera and two cornucopiae. c.283 (Siscia)....

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Magnentius 350 – 353 A.D.

Magnentius was one of the generals under the command of Constans. Early in the year 350 he gathered that the tide of wars was turning against the dominion of the Constantines and declared himself emperor. On hearing of the news Constans was dispossessed and took flight. He found temporary shelter in a temple he hoped would be his sanctuary. Magnentius sent a few of his men for him, tracked him down then breached the temple and murdered him. The rule of the whole western empire was now under his control. Constantius II was thousands of miles away embroiled in a difficult war with the Parthians in Syria...

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Julia Maesa ? – 223 A.D

  Grandmother of Elagabalus and Severus Alexander.   AR Antoninianus RIC 264 (Elagabalus) Antoninianus Obv: IVLIAMAESAAVG - Diademed, draped bust right on crescent. Rev: PIETASAVG - Pietas standing left, sacrificing over altar and holding incense box. AR Denarius RIC 249 (Elagabalus), C 8 Denarius Obv: IVLIAMAESAAVG - Draped bust right. Rev: FECVNDITASAVG - Fecunditas standing left, raising hand over child and cornucopia. 218-222 (Rome). RIC 249v (Elagabalus), C 8 Denarius Obv: IVLIAMAESAAVG - Draped bust right. Rev: FECVNDITASAVG - Fecunditas seated left,...

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Macrinus 217 – 218 A.D

Macrinus was well respected in the military circles and he eventually gained the position of Praetorian Prefect under Caracalla, which was the highest military position short of Imperator (otherwise equivalent to Emperor). In the spring of 217 it is believed that Caracalla consulted a soothsayer who told him the next emperor would be Macrinus. As soon as Macrinus heard of this, he understood that Caracalla would kill him at the first chance he got just to remove any validity to the prophesy. Gaining the support of his closest guardsmen, a plot to assassinate Caracalla was put together as a preemptive...

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Macrianus 261 A.D

  The story of Macrianus is intimately connected with that of his brother Quietus. The two were sons of Macrianus Sr. who was one of Valerian's highest-ranked generals. After Valerian was kidnapped by a Persian king whom he was seeing on business of discussing war settlements the elder Macrianus chased the Persians away and the soldiers offered him the post of Augustus. He, in turn, declined and bestowed the titles jointly upon Macrianus Jr. and Quietus. It was decided that Macrianus would now lead an expedition to depose Gallienus back in Rome while Quietus would stay in the east to secure...

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Clodius Macer 68 A.D

Clodius Macer was an opportunist who took advantage of a revolt following Nero's death and the power struggle that ensued. He gambled that by appropriating northern Africa, Rome's food supply, he would strongarm the senate into accepting him as the next Augustus. Instead, Galba's fortunes improved and he consolidated power instead. Galba then suppressed Macer's small army and had him executed. Curiously, he stands alone in the long roster of men who usurped the throne but not the imperial title. All of Macer's coins are exceedingly rare. In fact, there are only about 85 known to date, only 20 of which...

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