, , Hieron II, 275 - 215 B.C., Portrait of Queen Philistis
Hieron II placed his wife and son on coins during his long reign. Those of Queen Philistis are eagerly sought after by collectors.SH84601. Silver 5 litrae, 221 (D2/R2), 893, 1546, 827, 959, 2918, 1708, 1557 (R2) (all from the same dies), aEF/gVF, , light marks, 4.441 g, maximum 18.0 mm, 180o, mint, c. 218 - 215 B.C.; veiled and diademed of Queen Philistis left, frond behind; galloping left, holding reins with both , E• in front of horses' legs, BAΣIΛIΣΣAΣ above, ΦIΛIΣTI∆OΣ ; from the Woolslayer Collection; Numismatica Ars Classica auction 27 (12 May 2004), lot 129; ex A.D.M. Collection; ex Collection, 1929 sale, lot 213; ; $3000.00 (€2670.00)
, and , October 49 - 15 March 44 B.C.
"The coin that killed ." The declares is "Dictator for Life" and he wears the veil, symbolic of his life-term position as . would be both the and high priest of Rome for the remainder of his life, but his life would end only a few weeks after this coin was struck. For to put his image on coins and in effect declare himself was too much for and his republican allies. On the Ides of March (15 March) 44 B.C. was stabbed to death by as many as 60 conspirators, led by and Cassius. According to Plutarch, a seer had warned that harm would come to no later than the Ides of March. On his way to the Theater of Pompey, where he would be assassinated, passed the seer and joked, "The ides of March have come," meaning to say that the prophecy had not been fulfilled, to which the seer replied "Aye, ; but not gone." This meeting is famously dramatized in William Shakespeare's play , when is warned by the soothsayer to "beware the Ides of March."
Minted for Caesar's planned Parthian war, this was often carelessly struck indicating the mint was working under great pressure.SH84733. Silver , 480/13, 1074, 107d, 39, I Rome 4173, 1414, 56, VF, full centering on a broad , all on (highly desirable), , slightest , 3.685 g, maximum 20.1 mm, 45o, Rome mint, moneyer P Sepullius , Feb - Mar 44 B.C.; DICT PERPETVO, veiled and wreathed of right; P SEPVLLIVS , standing left, in extended right, long in left hand, at feet right; from the Marcelo Leal Collection; $2000.00 (€1780.00)
, , Italy, 320 - 300 B.C.
Naples is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Bronze Age Greek settlements were established in the second millennium B.C. The city was refounded as in the sixth century B.C. and became an important hub of Magna , playing a key role in the merging of Greek culture into Roman society. Naples remained influential under Rome and more so after the fall of the Western Roman Empire, serving as the capital city of the Kingdom of Naples between 1282 and 1816. Thereafter, it became the capital of the Two Sicilies until the unification of Italy in 1861.SH79834. Silver nomos, 325; 450; p. 99, 53; 571; -; -, VF, finest , and struck on a , , scratches and bumps, small edge splits, 7.252 g, maximum 18.9 mm, 180o, (Naples, Italy) mint, magistrate Olympios, 320 - 300 B.C.; diademed of nymph right, wearing pendant earring and pearl necklace, no legends or ; standing right, turned facing, above flying right and placing on bull's , OΛ−YM−ΠI below, NEOΠOΛITHΣ ; ex Fritz Rudolf GmbH & Co. KG, auction 216 (8 Oct 2012), lot 48; ; $750.00 (€667.50)
, 7 March 161 - 17 March 180 A.D.
In late summer or fall of 161, Vologases IV of captured the Roman client Kingdom of , expelled its and installed his own; Pacorus, an Arsacid like himself. In 162, began the war to recover and exact vengence. Rome recovered the Armenian capital Artaxata in 163. At the end of 163, took the title Armeniacus, despite having never personally seen combat. initially declined to accept the title, but accepted it in 164. Unfortunately the victorious army returned bringing a pandemic known as the Antonine Plague, which significantly depopulated and greatly weakened the Roman Empire.RB83578. , 1092; 890 ( & r.), 984 (same), 95, III 464, 5013, -, VF, on a , green , light scrape on high point, some corrosion, 23.68 g, maximum 31.6 mm, 0o, Rome mint, Dec 164 - Aug 165 A.D.; M AVREL ANTONINVS AVG ARMENIACVS P M, laureate right; TR P XVIII , standing half right, transverse upward to right in both , mourning Armenian captive at feet on right, captive seated right with propped on right hand and left hand on ground, ( ) flanking low across ; $580.00 (€516.20)
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. Rome 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, Rome 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)
, 3 April 68 - 15 January 69 A.D.
In the spring of 68, was informed of Nero's intention to put him to death. On 2 April 68, at , declared himself the "representative of the Roman people" and received salutation by the troops as . This was not quite a claim to the throne, but was clearly rebellion. This is from a small issue struck in Gaul during the period after Galba's salutation as , but before his recognition as in mid-June. On the claims he will achieve for the Roman people.BB76887. Silver , 111 (R2), 227, 322, -, -, -, aVF, , scratch, light corrosion, 3.352 g, maximum 18.8 mm, 180o, uncertain Gaul (Narbo?) mint, c. 10 April - mid Jun 68 A.D.; SER (counter-clockwise from lower right), laureate and draped right; (counter-clockwise from upper left), standing left on globe, in right hand, frond in her left; ; $360.00 (€320.40)
, 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)
Kingdom of , Rhoemetalkes I, c. 11 B.C. - 12 A.D.
When the Cotys VII, of , died about 48 B.C. Rhoemetalces I became the guardian of his nephew Rhescuporis I, his brother's young son and heir. In 13 B.C., Rhescuporis I was defeated and slain in battle by Vologases, chief of the Thracian Bessi, who was leading a revolt against Rome. As Rhescuporis I had left no heir, Rhoemetalces became . An ally of , the Roman Historian described Rhoemetalces as attractive and civilized. After his death, divided his realm, half for his son Cotys and the other half for Rhoemetalces' brother Rhescuporis II. states that Cotys received the cultivated parts, most towns and most Greek cities of , while Rhescuporis received the wild and savage portion with enemies on its frontier.RP72883. Bronze AE 15, 159, 1707, -, -, -, VF, 1.999 g, maximum 14.6 mm, 225o, c. 11 B.C. - 12 A.D.; K ΣEBAΣTOY, capricorn right, globe upper right between legs; POIMH, advancing right, raising in extended right, grounded frond before her in left; ; $200.00 (€178.00)
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 Rome. 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; $200.00 (€178.00)
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