78 A.D. Roman Empire Silver Denarius, Emperor Vespasian (r. 69-79 A.D.). Moderate wear and a strong strike. Well-centered on both sides. Steel-grey toning. 17mm diameter, 3.4g weight, silver.
In 68 AD, the Julio-Claudian imperial dynasty founded by Emperor Augustus collapsed after the suicide of Emperor Nero. Nero had been forced to flee the capital after the Praetorian Guard threw their support to the usurper Galba (governor of Spain). His suicide shortly thereafter was followed by another period of civil war, with four different men vying for the Empire.
Galba was murdered by the supporters of Otho (a rich noble who paid off the Praetorian Guard to orchestrate a coup), who was defeated by Vitellius (governor of Germany), who was defeated by Vespasian (commander in Judaea).
Vespasian’s decade-long reign was recounted positively by most ancient writers, though it’s possible his generous patronage of writers and academics helped gild his reputation. He is most well-known for suppressing the Jewish revolt, for expanding the Empire’s northern frontier to Scotland, and for hating philosophers.
c. 1190 A.D. Byzantine Empire Silver Aspron Trachy, Emperor Isaac II Angelus (r. 1185-1195 A.D.). Moderate wear, moderate strike, well-centered, multicolored toning. 27mm diameter, 4.1g weight, silver. ...View full product details
120 A.D. Roman Empire Silver Denarius, Emperor Hadrian (r. 117-138 A.D.). Light wear and a strong strike. Well-centered obverse, slightly off-center reverse. Dark, glossy toning on obverse and light...View full product details
165 A.D. Roman Empire Silver Denarius, Emperor Marcus Aurelius (r. 161-180 A.D.). Light wear and a strong strike. Well-centered obverse, slightly off-center reverse. Bright rainbow toning on...View full product details