, and , October 49 - 15 March 44 B.C.
was the Roman goddess of love, beauty, desire, sex, fertility, prosperity and . claimed direct descent from the goddess through her son, , who survived the fall of Troy and fled to Italy. sacrificed to her and believed she would ensure he was victorious. The small at the base of Venus' is symbolic of her divinity. The on the was likely intended to advertise the beginning of a new age.SH84760. Silver , 480/5b, 1071, 41, I 4165, Imperators 106a, 1412, F, light , slightly off center on a tight oval , right side of unstruck, scratches, light , 3.603 g, maximum 18.3 mm, 270o, mint, moneyer P Sevullius , Jan - Feb 44 B.C.; IMP, wreathed of right, with eight rays around a central pellet behind; P SEPVLLIVS , standing left, in her right hand, long with a at base behind in her left hand, facing left, holding in both ; $1210.00 (€1076.90)
Seleukid Kingdom, Alexander I Balas, 152 - 145 B.C.
Alexander Balas, of humble origin, claimed to be Antiochus IV's son and heir to the Seleukid throne. and accepted his claims. He married Thea, daughter of Ptolemy of . With his father-in-law's , he defeated Demetrius and became the Seleukid . After he abandoned himself to debauchery, his father-in-law shifted his support to Demetrius II, the son of Demetrius . Balas was defeated and fled to where he was murdered.GS84619. Silver , II 1781.3a, 118, 875a, EF, excellent Hellenistic , lightly , slightly off center, some die wear, light marks, light deposits on , 16.950 g, maximum 28.9 mm, 45o, Antioch on the (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 152 - 146 B.C.; diademed right, ; BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞAN∆POY ΘEOΠATOPOΣ EYEPΓETOY, Zeus enthroned left, chest bare, around hips and legs and over left shoulder, offering him in his right hand, in his left hand, (control symbol) outer left, ΓΞP ( year 163) and (control symbol) in ; ex CNG e-auction 386 (9 Nov 2016), lot 328; $540.00 (€480.60)
, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D.
Issued to commemorate in Britain. Between 208 and 210 A.D., and his son campaigned into Scotland (then Caledonia) and also Hadrian's Wall. The victories in the pacified the island for the remainder of the century, but the aged Septimius died at Eburacum (York) in 211 A.D.SH83529. Silver , 332 (S); 727; p. 366, 51; 108; 6382, gVF, some luster, perfect centering, nice portrait, light , small edge cracks, 3.369 g, maximum 19.3 mm, 180o, mint, 210 - 211 A.D.; SEVERVS AVG , laureate right; (victories over the British), advancing right, raising in extended right hand, frond in left hand over left shoulder; ; $450.00 (€400.50)
Lot of 20 Roman Empire City of Constantinople Bronzes 330 - 346 A.D.
On 11 May 330, refounded , renamed it after himself, and moved the capital of the Roman Empire from to his new city. Coins were issued with types for and Constantinople to advertise the importance of the new capital.LT85420. Bronze reduced , 16444 ff. (various mints), VF, all nice coins, 330 - 346 A.D.; , laureate and helmeted of left, wearing imperial cloak, over left shoulder; standing left, right foot on prow, in right hand, resting left hand on grounded , in ; unattributed mint or issue, correction: one of the 20 coins is a commemorative, no flips or tags, the actual coins in the photographs, , ; $340.00 (€302.60)
Lot of 20 Roman Empire City of Constantinople Bronzes 330 - 346 A.D.
On 11 May 330, refounded , renamed it after himself, and moved the capital of the Roman Empire from to his new city. Coins were issued with types for and Constantinople to advertise the importance of the new capital.LT85418. Bronze reduced , 16444 ff. (various mints), all VF, nice coins, 330 - 346 A.D.; , laureate and helmeted of left, wearing imperial cloak, over left shoulder; standing left, right foot on prow, in right hand, resting left hand on grounded , in ; one with soldiers with , unattributed mint or issue, no flips or tags, the actual coins in the photographs, , ; $300.00 (€267.00)
Parthian Empire, Vonones I, c. 8 - 12 A.D.
The commemorates Vonones' temporary over Artabanos, the who would in time defeat him. Unlike most , the is not the usual seated archer and the king's personal name appears in the Greek .GS85455. Silver , 60.5, 407, 329, 146 - 147, gVF, light , slightly off center on a broad , 4.052 g, maximum 20.3 mm, 0o, Ecbatana (Hamedan, Iran) mint, c. 8 - 12 A.D.; BACIΛEYC ONWNHC, diademed left, medium tapering square cut beard, ear visible, wearing earring, diadem with four bands, loop behind, three diadem ends, torque without visible end; BACIΛEYC ONWNHC NEIKHCAC APTABANON ( Vonones, conqueror of Artabanos, squared around), standing right, extending frond in right hand, in left hand, Ekbatana mint TA dot below ; from the L3 Collection, ex CNG e-auction 155 (3 Jan 2007), lot 118; $255.00 (€226.95)
Seleukid Kingdom, , 93 - 83 B.C.
was the fourth son of Antiochus Grypus. He took the diadem in 95 BC together with his older brother (probably twin) Antiochus XI , after the eldest son Seleucus VI was killed by their cousin Antiochus X Eusebes. He established himself in after 92 B.C. and survived attacks from younger brother Demetrius III . His rule ended in 83 B.C. when Tigranes conquered , or earlier. He disappears from history at that point, but coins bearing his portrait were issued later by local and Roman authorities.GS85162. Silver , II 2463(1), 436, VF, , rose , bumps and marks, die damage at neck on , low indicates likely issue, 14.766 g, maximum 27.0 mm, 0o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, probably , c. 69 - 57 B.C.; diademed right, ; BAΣIΛEΩΣ / ΦIΛIΠΠOY EΠIΦANOYΣ / ΦIΛA∆EΛΦOY, Zeus enthroned left, in right hand, long in left hand, offering Zeus a , N/A outer left, laurel ; $250.00 (€222.50)
, 7 March 161 - February 169 A.D.
In 166, appointed his sons as caesars, while he and traveled to Germany.RB83531. Bronze as, MA1448 (S), 282, 1307, 18 129, 5416, VF, , nice green , marks and scratches, some light corrosion, 8.821 g, maximum 25.8 mm, 180o, mint, Dec 165 - summer 166 A.D.; L VERVS AVG ARM PARTH MAX, laureate right; VI IMP IIII , standing facing, left, crowning a of arms with right hand, frond in left hand, ( ) flanking low across ; ; $225.00 (€200.25)
, Augusta c. 164 - 182 A.D., Wife of
in a dream first saw with the weapons of as and made her his personal patroness. In the night before the battle of 48 B.C. Pompey dreamed of - seemingly a lucky sign. sacrificed to , but issued as watchword 'Venus Victrix', and defeated Pompey!RS85213. Silver , 786, 89, 353, 18, 5492, EF, and struck, edge cracks, 3.282 g, maximum 18.9 mm, 0o, mint, 166 - 169 A.D.; LVCILLA , draped right; (victorious ), standing half left, right breast bare, in right hand, left hand on grounded ; $220.00 (€195.80)
, 22 May 337 - 3 November 361 A.D., Issued by
In 312 A.D., Constantine dreamed he saw a in the sky and heard the words IN HOC SIGNO ERIS, meaning in Latin "In this sign, you will be the ." He ordered the sign of Christ on his legions standards and shields. He won a great and later became the first Christian Roman Emperor.RL90446. heavy maiorina, 286 (S), II 1173, 51, 18203, VF, , slightly rough green , coppery high-points, 4.749 g, maximum 22.5 mm, 180o, 1st , (Sisak, Croatia) mint, issued by , 1 Mar - 25 Dec 350 A.D.; D N CONSTANTIVS , pearl-diademed, draped, and right, A behind, before; HOC SIGNO ERIS, Constantius standing facing left, holding ( ) and spear, right crowning him, A left, •ASIS• in (A's often appear as H in this period); ; $215.00 (€191.35)
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