Aspendos, , c. 380 - 325 B.C.
Aspendos is about 40 km east of Antalya, Turkey about 16 km inland on the Eurymedon River. In 546 B.C. it fell to . After a Persian defeat in 467, the city joined the Attic-Delos League. took it again in 411 B.C., Alexander in 333 B.C., and in 190 B.C. Although often subject to powerful empires, the city usually retained substantial autonomy.
GS85145. Silver , Series 4, 105, 227, 4565, EF, and struck, beautiful , 10.958 g, maximum 23.8 mm, 0o, Aspendos mint, c. 380 - 325 B.C.; two wrestlers, nude, the left one holds the wrist of his opponent with his right hand and right forearm with his left hand, LΦ between their legs; EΣTΦE∆IIYΣ on left, slinger discharging to right, wearing short , triskeles on right with feet clockwise, no trace of an square; the nicest Aspendos ever handled by !; $2000.00 (€1780.00)
, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D., ,
Mérida, Spain was founded by P. Carisius in 25 B.C., as Augusta, the name referring to the discharged soldiers who populated the city, by order of 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 province. Mérida preserves more important ancient Roman monuments than any other city in Spain (including a triumphal arch of the age of ).
SH84707. Silver , 9b, 398, 291, Spain 128, 1039, 124, 1627 var. ( right), gVF, full centering on a broad , mint luster, areas, die wear, small edge cracks, 3.775 g, maximum 21.8 mm, 90o, Augusta (Merida, Spain) mint, P. Carisius, c. 25 - 23 B.C.; IMP , left; P CARISIVS (P. Carisius Legatus [ ] pro Praetore), bird's-eye view of town with walls around, inscribed above gateway in front with three battlements over two arched entrances; from the Marcelo Leal Collection; $1500.00 (€1335.00)
, and , October 49 - 15 March 44 B.C.
This issue was minted to pay for Caesar's military operation against the Pompeians in . The campaign ended with the dictator's at Thapsus on 6 April 46 B.C. The depicts carrying his father and the away from burning Troy and refers to the mythical descent of the from Iulus, the son of .
SH85104. Silver , 458/1, 12, 1013, East 31, 1402, gVF, bold strike, 3.799 g, maximum 18.3 mm, 180o, mint, 47 - 46 B.C.; diademed of right, wearing necklace, hair rolled back, in a knot behind, two locks down neck; , walking left, nude, carrying his father, , on his left shoulder, in right hand; $1500.00 (€1335.00)
, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D.
built the temple of the Avenger on the Capitol to house the recovered legionary eagles, which had been lost by Crassus and Antony to the .
SH85107. Silver , 105b, 375, 4421, 1205, 192, 1623 var. ( right), EF, light tone on mint luster, on a , some die wear, 3.844 g, maximum 17.8 mm, 180o, (Cordoba, Spain) mint, 18 B.C.; CAESARI AVGVSTO, laureate left; Temple of Ultor ( the Avenger), domed round shrine with , set on podium of three steps, containing between two , divided across the ; $1500.00 (€1335.00)
, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D., VAR Quinctillus Varus
The of and the Sanctuary of the Three Gauls was dedicated by on 1 August 10 B.C., the very same day Drusus' son, the future emperor , was born in . All the notable men of Gaul were invited. Julius Vercondaridubnus, a member of the Aedui tribe, was the first priest of the new imperial cult. The , which was with the names of 60 Gallic tribes, was featured prominently on coins from the mint for many years.
CM84471. Copper as, 1485 (with c/m), 230, 549, 1690, 240; : 52e (Publius Quinctilius Varus), aF, rough, edge crack, c/m: aF, 8.852 g, maximum 27.0 mm, 180o, ( , France) mint, c. 10 - 6 B.C.; , laureate right; : VAR (Varus) in a rectangular punch; (in ), the of , the front decorated with the corona civica between laurels and figures; flanked on each side by a on a column standing facing center, raising a and holding a frond; $900.00 (€801.00)
Roman Republic, M. Plaetorius Cestianus, 69 B.C.
The moneyer, M. Plaetorius Cestianus, was from , in , 23 miles east-southeast of , home of the great temple to . Her sanctuary was an immense complex of buildings rising up the hillside on five vast terraces, connected with each other by grand staircases, visible even from the sea. The likely depicts a in the sanctuary. The epithet of means "Original." She was represented suckling two babes, said to be and , and she was especially worshiped by matrons. The oracle continued to be consulted down to Christian times, until Constantine the Great, and again later I, forbade the practice and closed the temple.SH76980. Silver , 3524 (same wheel control); 405/1b; 800a; 340, F, banker's mark, 3.563 g, maximum 19.5 mm, 135o, mint, 69 B.C.; diademed and draped of right, hair in net, wheel (control symbol) behind; temple , ornamented with sculpture of an anguipede (snake legged) giant holding a club(?) in his left hand, M PLAETORI (AE ) on the , S C in ; very ; $720.00 (€640.80)
, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D.
In 146, received the imperium proconsular and the Younger was given the title Augusta.SH73156. , 1669, 767a, 974, 320, 709, 4168, VF, nice green , nice portrait, light scratches, , 22.051 g, maximum 31.5 mm, 0o, mint, c. 146 A.D.; ANTONINVS AVG - P P TR P, laureate right; Antoninus in slow left, eagle-tipped in left, reins in right, / S C in two lines in ; $600.00 (€534.00)
, , 1 March 317 - 326 A.D.
This with a is unlisted in but p. 379, 135, notes that recorded the in RIN 1921, p. 118; citing a specimen in the with a PT (first ), and another in the Collection with a TT (third ). The note goes on to say the should be expected since the other rulers have parallel types in the issue, one of which is . We know of eight total specimens of this , but the coin is the only other first example known to .RL84331. , RIN 1921, p. 118 (citing the ); Ticinum 134 var. (laureate , noted on p. 379), EF, excellent bold and well-centered strike, attractive green , a few light marks, 2.947 g, maximum 19.1 mm, 0o, 1st , Ticinum (Pavia, Italy) mint, 320 A.D.; CRISPVS , right; DOMINORVM NOSTRORVM CAESS, VOT * V in two lines, the in center, all within tied at the bottom, PT in ; extremely ; $600.00 (€534.00)
, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D.
This commemorates the naval at in which won a decisive over and on 2 September 31 B.C. paid special honors to Actius, whose temple at commanded a view of the bay where the combat took place. After his , he enlarged both this sanctuary and the town of . Across the straight from , on the site of his campsite prior to the naval engagement, founded the city of Nicopolis. At Nicopolis, to his , he erected a war memorial and established games known as Actia or Actiaci. The Actiaca was established as the new local era with dates computed from the time of the battle.
SH85109. Silver , 1399 (same die), 171a, 144, 461, 201, 1611, EF, much mint luster, attractive portrait, broad , a little flat center, flaw lower , 3.849 g, maximum 21.2 mm, 180o, ( , France) mint, 15 - 13 B.C.; ( son of god), right; standing slightly left, left, in right hand pointed at feet, in left hand, IMP - •X ( 10 times) divided low across , ACT• ( ) in ; $600.00 (€534.00)
, , Dionysius I, 405 - 367 B.C.
The model for the on the is derived from the facing Arethusa by Kimon. This issue is usually attributed to Exakestidas with examples signed E or EΞ. Stylistic differences suggest other engravers also worked the issue. This example, signed EE, is of the very finest and clearly the of Exakestidas. EΞ was probably intended. No other examples of the signed EE are known to .SH83659. Bronze tetras, cf. II p. 59 ff., 29 (unlisted dies); 385; 679; 1107; 1432 (R1, 415-405 B.C.); -; -, aEF, the finest , nice green , light corrosion, edge flaws, 2.23 g, maximum 14.7 mm, 90o, mint, c. 400 B.C.; of nymph Arethusa facing slightly left, wearing , earring, and necklace, , EE (master engraver signature, blundered EΞ for Exakestidas) lower left below hair; octopus; ex Savoca Numismatik GmbH & Co. KG, auction 6 (9 Apr 2015), lot 68; $560.00 (€498.40)
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