Orichalcum (brass) Sestertii

One 'brass' (or 'orichalcum') sestertius represented one quarter of a silver denarius.
A sestertius was a substantial coin -  measuring about 30-35 mm across and about 3-4 mm thick.

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Claudius, 41 to 64 AD

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RC 2937 - Claudius (41-54 AD) - brass sestertius - 35mm
 obverse - TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG PM TR P IMP
 reverse - [SPES] AVGVSTA - Spes (Hope) advancing holding flower and holding 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.
 This is probably a contemporary copy issued by the Roman army.  
The coin has a good green patina.
 £90


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RC 2903 - Claudius (41-54 AD) - brass sestertius - 35mm
 obverse - TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG PM TR P IMP
 reverse - [SPES] AVGVSTA - Spes (Hope) advancing holding flower and holding skirt.
 This is probably a contemporary copy issued by the Roman army.
 The coin has a good green patina.
£125


Hadrian, 117 to 138 AD

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RC 1753 - Hadrian (117-138 AD) - brass sestertius of 33 mm (Rome, 125 AD)
 
obverse - IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG
 reverse - PM TR P COS III - VIRT AVG (across field) - Virtus (strength) standing with ceremonial dagger.
 This coin has an attractive patina.
 £48


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RC 1754 - Hadrian (117-138 AD) - brass sestertius of 30 mm (Rome, 137 AD)
 
obverse - HADRIANVS AVG COS III PP
 reverse - SPES AVG  - Spes (Hope) advancing, holding a flower and raising her 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.
 £58


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RC 1109 - Hadrian (117-138 AD) - brass sestertius of 30 mm (Rome, 137 AD)
obverse - HADRIANVS AVG COS III PP
reverse - SPES AVG  - Spes (Hope) advancing, holding a flower and raising her 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.
£68


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RC 1106 - Hadrian (117-138 AD) - brass sestertius of 30 mm (Rome, 126 AD)
obverse - HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS
reverse - COS III  - Diana  standing with bow and arrow.
£72


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RC 1100 - Hadrian (117-138 AD) - brass sestertius of 30 mm (Rome, 136 AD)
obverse - HADRIANVS AVG COS III PP
reverse - ADVENTI AVG [GALLIAE?]   - Hadrian standing facing Gaul (?) sacrificing over altar.
£98


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RC 2911 - Hadrian (117-138 AD) - brass sestertius of 125AD (33 mm)
obverse -  IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG
reverse -  PONT MAX TR POT COS III - LIBERTAS RESTITVTA (in exergue)
Hadrian seated on dais, his arm outstretched towards woman and child.
A coin with an attractive green patina.
£165


Aelius Caesar, adopted son of Hadrian

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RC 2742 - Aelius Caesar - sestertius of 137 AD (31 mm)
Aelius was Hadrian's first adopted heir who died in January 138 AD, six months before Hadrian
obverse - AELIVS CAESAR
reverse - (no legend) - Spes (Hope) advancing, holding a flower and raising her 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.
£60


Antoninus Pius, 138 to 161 AD

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RC 288 - Antoninus Pius (138-161 AD) - brass sestertius
obverse - ANTONINVS AVG PIVS TR P PP
reverse - AEQUITAS (Equity)
£45


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RC 2791 - Antoninus Pius (138-161 AD) - brass sestertius (Rome Mint, 139 AD)
obverse - ANTONINVS AVG PIVS PP
reverse - TR POT COS II - Pax (peace) or Fortune holding cornucopia and olive branch
£52


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RC 1687 - Antoninus Pius (138-161 AD) - brass sestertius (Rome Mint, 158-9 AD)
obverse - ANTONINVS AVG PIVS PP
reverse - VOTA SOL DEC II - Antoninus sacrificing over a tripod altar.
This coin has an attractive patina.
£58


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RC 1633 - Antoninus Pius (138-161 AD) - brass sestertius (Rome Mint, 151-1 AD)
obverse - ANTONINVS AVG PIVS PP
reverse - TR POT XXI [COS II?] - Fortune, with upturned cornucopia, steering the ship of state.
£60


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RC 3140 - Antoninus Pius (138-161 AD) - brass sestertius (Rome Mint, 151-2 AD)
obverse - IMP CAES T AEL HADR ANTONINVS AVG PIVS PP
reverse - no legend - Antoninus seated with globe, being crowned with a laurel wreath by Victory hovering behind.
£62


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RC 2790 - Antoninus Pius (138-161 AD) - brass sestertius (Rome Mint, 153-4 AD)
obverse - ANTONINVS AVG PIVS PP TR P XVII
reverse - LIBERTAS COS IIII - Liberty holding Cap of Liberty.
The Pileus or Cap of Liberty was a red conical cap given to freed slaves (presumably to wear while their hair grew back).
Much later it was adopted as a symbol by the American and French Revolutionaries of the late 18th century.
£65


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RC 3237 - Antoninus Pius (138-161 AD) - brass sestertius of 146 AD
obverse - ANTONINVS AVG PIVS TR P TR P COS IIII
reverse - no legend - Roma seated with spear and shield, holding Nike (Spirit of Victory).
£85


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RC 2690 - Antoninus Pius (138-161 AD) - brass sestertius of 156-7 AD
obverse - ANTONINVS AVG PIVS [PP IMP II]
reverse - TR POT XX COS IIII - Justicia or Securitas seated.
This coin has an attractive patina.
£100


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RC 616 - Antoninus Pius (138-161 AD) - brass sestertius of 155-6 AD
obverse - ANTONINVS AVG PIVS [PP IMP II]
reverse - TR POT XIX [COS IIII] - Roma helmeted seated on pile of shields, holding globe and sceptre.
This coin has an attractive patina.
£100


Marcus Aurelius, 161 to 180 AD

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RC 1634 - Marcus Aurelius (as Caesar, 139-161 AD) - sestertius of 30 mm
obverse - AVRELIVS CAES ANTON AVG . . .
reverse - TR POT XVI COS II - Felicitas standing with wand and staff.
This coin has an attractive patina.
£120


Faustina Junior,
daughter of Antoninus Pius, wife of Marcus Aurelius

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RC 1714 - Faustina Junior - brass sestertius
obverse - FAVSTINA AVGVSTA
reverse - LAETITIA - Laetitia (happiness) holding olive wreath and sceptre.
A coin with an attractive patina.
£58


Severus Alexander, 222 to 235 AD

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RC 1631 - Severus Alexander (222-235 AD) - brass sestertius
obverse - IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG
reverse - PM TR P XII COS III PP - Sol (sun god) advancing with whip
£60


If you are interested in buying any of the coins featured on this page,
please
email us to check that it is still available, quoting our reference number (beginning RC_).