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)
, 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); ; $190.00 (€169.10)
Amisos, Pontos, c. 85 - 65 B.C.
Amisos was settled c. 760 - 750 B.C. by people from Miletus, who established a flourishing trade relationship with the ancient peoples of Anatolia. Amisos came under the rule of the Persian Empire, Alexander the Great's Macedonian Empire, and then the Kingdom of . The Romans took control in 47 B.C. and Amisos remained within the after the fall of . In 1200, the city was captured by the Seljuks, to be later taken over by the Ilhanlilar. Amisos today is Samsun, a city of about half a million people on the coast of Turkey.
GB76954. Bronze AE 20, p. 20, 72; 1187 var. (different right); 688 ff. var. (different ); 167 ff. var. (same), VF, on usual , nice green , minor adjustment marks, 8.426 g, maximum 19.8 mm, Amisos (Samsun, Turkey) mint, c. 85 - 65 B.C.; with facing of ( ) in center; AMI−ΣOY, advancing right, holding frond across shoulders behind, A∆T lower left, AMTE lower right; $180.00 (€160.20)
, Augusta 19 January 379 - 386 A.D., Wife of I
was a fervent supporter of the Nicene Creed. Sozomen reports her preventing a conference between and Eunomius of Cyzicus who served as figurehead of Anomoeanism, a sect of Arians. Ambrose and Gregory of Nyssa praise her Christian virtue and comment on her role as "a leader of justice" and "pillar of the ." She is commemorated as a saint by the Eastern Orthodox ; her feast day is 14 September.
RL70543. Bronze half , 35.2 (R2), II 1566, 20623, 5, VF, excellent centering, 0.926 g, maximum 13.3 mm, 0o, 2nd , (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 25 Aug 383 - autumn 384 A.D.; AEL FLACCILLA AVG, diademed and draped right; (health of the Republic), seated right inscribing on set on , BSIS• in ; ; $160.00 (€142.40)
, 28 March 364 - 9 August 378 A.D.
was the younger brother of , and he was declared in 364 A.D. He was given command of the Eastern provinces, where he spent much of his time campaigning against the Goths and Persians. In 376 A.D., allowed tribes, who were being driven forward by the Huns to settle in the Danube provinces. The Goths were so badly treated by the Romans that they rebelled. was defeated by the Goths at the catastrophic battle of Hadrianople, where he lost his life and two-thirds of the Roman army was killed.RS84407. Silver , Trier 27(e)1, 109a, 7, 19675, VF, , , , bumps and marks, light corrosion, 1.963 g, maximum 18.5 mm, 0o, (Trier, Germany) mint, 28 Mar 364 - 24 Aug 367 A.D.; D N VALEN-S , pearl-diademed, draped, and right, from the front; (City of ), seated left on throne, on globe in Roma's right hand, or spear without point vertical in her left hand, extends in right hand and holds frond over left shoulder in left hand, TRPS• in ; ; $160.00 (€142.40)
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