Res Publica Coin Gallery

Ancient coins in the collection of Jordan Montgomery, focused on the Roman Republic and related series. The attributions and information are all verified to the best of my ability but, if I have made a mistake, please leave a comment and I'll do my best to rectify it. For more information about the reference works listed, a bibliography is provided. Additionally, this site is made available purely for informational purposes and none of the coins are currently for sale.

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Cr. 44/7 anonymous sestertius, after 211 BC

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Roman Republic AR Sestertius(12.75 mm, 1.14 g, 2h). Anonymous, first anonymous denarius coinage series. Circa 211 B.C. Rome mint. Helmeted head of Roma right; behind, IIS. Border of dots / Dioscuri galloping right; in linear frame, ROMA. Line border. Crawford 44/7; Sydenham 142; RSC 4; Russo RBW 176-177.

Purchased from Apollo Numismatics(Merrill Gibson) via VCoins, 1/1/2016. Reportedly ex Serop Simonian

Most collectors of Roman coins think of the sestertius as a large bronze coin, however when the denarius coinage was introduced circa 211 B.C. the sestertius was a tiny silver coin worth one-quarter of a denarius. This coin bears the same devices as a denarius, save for the mark of value of "IIS" for "two and a half" asses. The silver sestertius was minted a handful of times throughout the Republican period and then saw a short revival near the end of the Republic before finally officially becoming a bronze coin as part of the coinage reform of Augustus.