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Coins are listed in order of Emperors and then by price.

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Copper Quadrantes

The smallest roman coin of the early Empire at 15-17 mm, a copper Quadrans was the Widow's Mite of the Bible.
Quadrantes
were not normally inscribed with the Emperor's name until the reign of Claudius. The coin was in general use in the late Republic and the reign of Augustus (from 9 BC) but, after the reign of Nero, quadrantes were probably only produced for Imperial largesse (public handouts)None were issued after the reign of Antoninus Pius
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RC 2987 - anonymous issue (1st- 2nd century AD)

obverse - Minerva?
reverse - large SC

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Brass Semis

Semis were issued infrequently and were worth two quadrantes. Augustus issued them in brass, then none were issued until the reign of Nero who issued them in brass and copper. Vespasian and his sons issued brass semis, as did Trajan and Hadrian. None were issued after the reign of Hadrian.

RC 3253 - Hadrian - brass semis


RC 3253 - Hadrian (117-138 AD) - brass semis of 125-128 AD (17 mm)
obverse - HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS
reverse - COS III SC - a lyre.
SOLD

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Dupondii and Asi
 

A copper As was worth four quadrantes or two semis. A brass Dupondius (the same size as the as) was worth two asi.  Two dupondii (or 4 asi) made one sestertius. On the dupondius, the Emperor was shown wearing a radiate crown (representing the rays of the sun), as opposed to the usual laurel wreath, to help distinguish it from the similar sized (but different coloured) as.

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Augustus, 27 BC to 14 AD

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RC 3247 - Augustus (27 BC - 14 AD) copper as


RC 3247 - Augustus (27 BC - 14 AD) copper as of 6 BC, moneyers' series
obverse - CAESAR AVGVST PONT MAX TRIBVNIC POT
reverse - VOLVSVS VALER MESSAL III VIR AAA FF - large SC
SOLD

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Tiberius, 14 to 37 AD

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RC 3243 - Tiberius (14 -37 AD) bronze of 29mm of Utica


RC 3243 - Tiberius (14 - 37 AD) bronze of 29mm of Utica (27-28 AD)
obverse - TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVST IMP VIII
reverse -
C VIB MARSO PR COS DR CAE Q PR T G RVFVS F C -  D D P P - Livia (his mother) seated.
Utica was the main city in the Roman Province of Africa until its port silted up and it lost its pre-eminence to nearby Carthage.
N.B. This coin has been holed in two places.
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RC 3245 - Tiberius (14 -37 AD) copper as


RC 3245 - Tiberius (14 - 37 AD) copper as of 15-16 AD
obverse - TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVST IMP VIII
reverse -
PONTIF MAXIM TRIBVNICA POTEST XXIIII -  large SC.
95

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Caligula, 37 to 41 AD

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RC 2985 - Caligula (37-41 AD) copper as in honour of Marcus Agrippa


RC 2985 - Caligula (37 - 41 AD) copper as of 37-41 AD in honour of his grandfather Marcus Agrippa
obverse - M AGRIPPA L F COS III - head of Agrippa
reverse - no legend - Neptune (with dolphin and trident)
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RC 2942 - Caligula (37-41 AD) copper as in honour of Marcus Agrippa


RC 2942 -  Caligula (37 - 41 AD) copper as of 37-41 AD in honour of his grandfather Marcus Agrippa
obverse - M AGRIPPA L F COS III - head of Agrippa
reverse - no legend - Neptune (with dolphin and trident)
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RC 3242 - Caligula (37 - 41 AD) copper as in honour of Marcus Agrippa


RC 3242 - Caligula (37 - 41 AD) copper as of 37-41 AD in honour of his grandfather Marcus Agrippa
obverse - M AGRIPPA L F COS III - head of Agrippa
reverse - no legend - Neptune (with dolphin and trident)
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RC 2739 - Caligula (37-41 AD) copper as in honour of Marcus Agrippa


RC 2739 - Caligula (37 - 41 AD) copper as of 37-41 AD in honour of his grandfather Marcus Agrippa
obverse - M AGRIPPA L F COS III - head of Agrippa
reverse - no legend - Neptune (with dolphin and trident)
175

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Claudius, 41 to 54 AD

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RC 2935 - Claudius (41-54 AD) - copper as

 
RC 2935 - Claudius (41-54 AD) - copper as (Rome 42 AD)
obverse - TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG
reverse - no legend - Minerva standing brandishing spear and shield
possibly a contemporary copy possibly issued by the Roman army.
The coin has an attractive patina.
SOLD

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Vespasian, 69 to 79 AD

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RC 2741 - Vespasian (69-79 AD) - 'brass' dupondius


RC 2741 - Vespasian (69-79 AD) - 'brass' dupondius
obverse - [IMP CAES] VESP AVG [PM . . .]
reverse - [ROMA] SC - Roma seated
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RC 2906 - Vespasian (69-79 AD) - copper as


RC 2906 - Vespasian (69-79 AD) - copper as of 71 AD
obverse - IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS III
reverse - AEQVITAS AVGVSTI - Equity (fair dealing) with scales and staff

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RC 2907 - Vespasian (69-79 AD) - copper as


RC 2907 - Vespasian (69-79 AD) - copper as of 74 AD
obverse - IMP CAESAR VESP AVG COS V CENS
reverse - (no legend) - Spes (hope) holding flower and raising skirt.
Hope is always shown as a young girl going out in adult dress for the first time, raising her skirt clear of the mud.
SOLD

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Domitian, 61 to 96 AD

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RC 483 - Domitian (81-96 AD) - copper as


RC 483 - Domitian (81-96 AD) - copper as (as Caesar under Vespasian 69-79 AD)
obverse - [VESP] AVG F DOMITIANVS  . . .
reverse - no legend - Spes (hope) advancing, holding flower and raising skirt.
Hope is always personified as a young girl going out in adult dress for the first time, raising her skirt clear of the mud.
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RC 3246 - Domitian (81-96 AD) - copper as


RC 3246 - Domitian (81-96 AD) - copper as of 90-91 AD
obverse - IMP CAES DOMITIANVS  AVG GERM COS XII CENS PER PP
reverse - MONETA AVGVST - Moneta (money supply) with cornucopia and scales
95

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Trajan, 98 to 117 AD

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RC 3240 - Trajan (98-117 AD) - brass dupondius


RC 3240 - Trajan (98-117 AD) - brass dupondius of 101 AD
obverse - IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG GERM P M
reverse - TR POT COS III PP - Justice seated holding sceptre.
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