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Camp Gates

Although traditionally called camp gates, the type may not actually depict the gates to a Roman camp. Most probably depict watch towers, fortresses, or city gates. Camp gates are a very popular collecting theme. Popular varieties include those with visible open or closed doors, unusual turrets or towers, windows, decorated bricks, those with an unusually large or small number of brick rows, and of course those issued by rarer emperors.


Maximian, 286 - 305, 306 - 308, and 310 A.D.

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The Sisak Hoard of more than 2000 silver argentei, most of them mint-state, plus silver vessels, was found in 1953 near Siscia (Croatia). Still today, nearly all the high grade early argentei of the early tetrarchy on the market came from this hoard. The deposition of the hoard can be placed in the year 295/296.
SH53585. Silver argenteus, Sisak Hoard 2, RIC VI 32b, RSC V 625f, Superb EF, weight 3.092 g, maximum diameter 18.1 mm, die axis 180o, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 294 A.D.; obverse MAXIMIANVS AVG, laureate head right; reverse VIRTVS MILITVM (courage of the soldiers), the four princes sacrificing over tripod before the gate of an eight-turreted enclosure; ex H. S. Perlin Co., 1988; small flan crack, fabulous rainbow iridescent toning, near perfect centering, from the 1953 Sisak hoard; SOLD


Constantius I, May 305 - 25 July 306 A.D.

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SH56952. Silver argenteus, RIC VI Serdica 11a, RSC V 304A corr., Cohen VII -, Choice aEF, weight 3.326 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 0o, 4th officina, Serdica (Sofia, Bulgaria) mint, as Augustus, 305 - 306 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTIVS AVG, laureate head right; reverse VIRTVS MILITVM (courage of the soldiers), campgate with three turrets,SMSD∆ in exergue; near full circles strike; rare (R4); SOLD


Constantius I, May 305 - 25 July 306 A.D.

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SH34978. Silver argenteus, RIC VI 42a, RSC V 314a, Cohen VII 314 (12 Fr.), Choice EF, weight 3.545 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 0o, 1st officina, Rome mint, as caesar, 295 - 297 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTIVS CAES, laureate head right; reverse VIRTVS MILITVM (courage of the soldiers), the four tetrarchs sacrificing in front of six-turreted enclosure (city or castrum), A in exergue; full circles strike, fine style portrait, mint luster, die damaged below bust, ex Glenn Woods; scarce; SOLD


Galerius, 1 March 305 - 5 May 311 A.D.

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The Sisak Hoard of more than 2000 silver argentei, most of them mint-state, plus silver vessels, was found in 1953 near Siscia (Croatia). Still today, nearly all the high grade early argentei of the early tetrarchy on the market came from this hoard. The deposition of the hoard can be placed in the year 295/296.
RB35001. Silver argenteus, RIC VI Rome 29b (R2), RSC V 219a, Hunter V 14, SRCV IV 14264, Choice EF, weight 3.365 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 294 A.D.; obverse MAXIMIANVS CAES, laureate head right; reverse VIRTVS MILITVM (courage of the soldiers), the four tetrarchs sacrificing over tripod in front of gated enclosure with six turrets; ex Glenn Woods, full circles strike, well detailed reverse; rare; SOLD


Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D., Emerita, Hispania Lusitania

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Mrida, Spain was founded by P. Carisius in 25 B.C., as Emerita Augusta, the name referring to the discharged soldiers who populated the city, by order of Augustus to protect a pass and a bridge over the Guadiana river. The city became an important city in the Roman Empire and the capital of Lusitania province. Mrida preserves more important ancient Roman monuments than any other city in Spain (including a triumphal arch of the age of Trajan).
SH84707. Silver denarius, RIC I 9b, RSC I 398, BMCRE I 291, BMCRR Spain 128, BnF I 1039, Hunter I 124, SRCV I 1627 var. (head right), gVF, full circle centering on a broad flan, mint luster, weak strike areas, die wear, small edge cracks, weight 3.775 g, maximum diameter 21.8 mm, die axis 90o, Emerita Augusta (Merida, Spain) mint, P. Carisius, c. 25 - 23 B.C.; obverse IMP CAESAR AVGVST, bare head left; reverse P CARISIVS LEG PRO PR (P. Carisius Legatus [Augusti] pro Praetore), bird's-eye view of town with walls around, EMERITA inscribed above gateway in front with three battlements over two arched entrances; from the Marcelo Leal Collection; SOLD


Diocletian, 20 November 284 - 1 May 305 A.D.

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SH21638. Silver argenteus, RIC VI Rome 27a (R), RSC V 516e, cf. SRCV IV 12617 (Siscia, Rome noted), Hunter V -, Choice aMS, weight 3.064 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 294 A.D.; obverse DIOCLETI-ANVS AVG, laureate head right; reverse VIRTVS MILITVM (courage of the soldiers), the four princes sacrificing over tripod before archway of six-turreted enclosure; lustrous, full circle strike on both obverse and reverse; SOLD


Diocletian, 20 November 284 - 1 May 305 A.D.

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In theory, the Roman Empire was not divided by the dual imperium of Diocletian and Maximian. Each emperor had his own court, army, and official residences, but these were matters of practicality, not substance. Imperial propaganda insisted on a singular and indivisible Rome, a patrimonium indivisum. Legal rulings were given and imperial celebrations took place in both emperors' names, and the same coins were issued in both parts of the empire. Diocletian sometimes issued commands to Maximian's province of Africa; Maximian could presumably have done the same for Diocletian's territory.
SH04615. Silver argenteus, RIC VI Antiochia 37a (R4), RSC V 520g, cf. SRCV IV 12618 (Serdica, Antioch noted), Hunter V -, superb aEF, weight 3.24 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 350o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 297 A.D.; obverse DIOCLETIANVS AVG, laureate head right; reverse VIRTVS MILITVM (courage of the soldiers), Campgate with three turrets and no doors, *ANTH in exergue; very rare (R4); SOLD


Crusaders, Principality of Antioch, Raymond Roupen or Later, Anonymous Gate Series, 1216 - 1268

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer for 40 years and co-author of Coins of the Crusader States.

Ex John J. Slocum Collection. Mr. Slocum was in the American diplomatic service in the Holy Land where he collected rare and unique coins in the early 1960's.

Antioch existed for over 1500 years, was one of the three most important cities in the ancient world, and in the 1st century had a population of about 500,000 (not counting women and slaves). On 18 May 1268, Antioch surrendered to Baibars on the condition that the lives of the citizens would be spared. As soon as his troops were within the gates, Baibars ordered the gates shut and brutally massacred everyone in the city. Lamenting that Antioch's ruler had not been present either for the siege or the ransacking and murder, Baibars wrote a detailed letter describing exactly what had been done, concluding with the phrase, "Had you been there, you would have wished you had never been born."

SH32272. Bronze AE 18, Malloy Crusaders -, Metcalf Crusades -; See Malloy Crusaders p. 196 ff. for discussion of the Anonymous Gate Series, F, weight 1.557 g, maximum diameter 18.1 mm, obverse gate containing pellets, four horizontal bars and four vertical bars; reverse six spoked wheel wending in center with each spoke ending in the center with an annulet; unique!; SOLD


Maximian, 285 - 305, 306 - 308, and 310 A.D.

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SH32813. Silver argenteus, RIC VI Thessalonica 15b, Choice EF, weight 3.004 g, maximum diameter 20.0 mm, die axis 195o, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, 302 A.D.; obverse MAXIMIANVS AVG, laureate head right; reverse VIRTVS MILITVM (courage of the soldiers), campgate with three turrets, TSΓ in exergue; full circles strike; rare (R4); SOLD


Maximian, 285 - 305, 306 - 308, and 310 A.D.

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SH34717. Silver argenteus, RIC VI Thessalonica 15b, Choice EF, weight 3.004 g, maximum diameter 20.0 mm, die axis 195o, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, 302 A.D.; obverse MAXIMIANVS AVG, laureate head right; reverse VIRTVS MILITVM (courage of the soldiers), campgate with three turrets, TSΓ in exergue; full circles strike; rare (R4); SOLD




  




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