, Triumvir and , 44 - 30 B.C.,
This may have been a legion raised by Antony and disbanded by . The XI , an old legion of Caesar's, fought for (and won the title Actiaca at the battle of ).SL79267. Silver , 544/25, 1229, II East 203, 39, NGC F, strike 3/5, surface 2/5, banker's marks (2400602-008), , 3.48 g, maximum 15.4 mm, 180o, (?) mint, 32 - 31 B.C.; ANT•AVG / III VIR•R•P•C, galley right with rowers, mast with banners at prow; LEG - XI, ( ) between two legionary standards; NGC certified (slabbed); $450.00 (€400.50)
, , 1 March 317 - 326 A.D.
Certificate of Authenticity issued by .
David notes, "a previously unpublished variant of the series listed by (Le Monnayage de l'Atelier de ) on pages 163 and 164, numbers 155-6 and 159-61 (cf. , p. 134, 202-4)...good F, and interesting as an unpublished variant."RL70838. , unpublished variant; cf. XIII, 155-6 and 159-61; Lyons 202 - 204, gF, 3.451 g, maximum 18.8 mm, 0o, 1st , ( , France) mint, as , 322 - 323 A.D.; IVL CRISPVS , laureate and left, spear pointed forward in right, in left; BEAT TRAN-Q-LITAS, globe on inscribed VOT/IS / XX in three lines, three stars above, PLG in ; from the Dr. Sam Mansourati Collection; $150.00 (€133.50)
, 7 March 161 - February 169 A.D.
In 162, sent to lead the war against . spent most of the campaign in Antioch, though he wintered at and summered at Daphne, a resort just outside Antioch. Critics derided Lucius' luxurious lifestyle. He took up a mistress, enjoyed the company of actors and would "dice the whole night through." The Syrian army was said to spend more time in Antioch's open-air cafés than with their units. The war was, nevertheless, a success. Despite Lucius' minimal personal participation, he was awarded the titles Armeniacus, Medicus and Parthicus and a triumph upon his return to Rome in 166.SL76246. , p. 564, 1116; 249, M. 1396 var. (drapery not mentioned), NGC certified VG, strike 4/5, surface 2/5, lt. scrapes (4094568-014), 22.91 g, maximum 33.0 mm, 315o, Rome mint, Dec 163 - Dec 164 A.D.; VERVS - AVG ARMENIACVS, laureate right, slight drapery on left shoulder; TR P IIII - , standing facing, right, nude to the waist, both wings visible on left, frond in right, resting left on inscribed VIC / AVG in two lines set on tree, flanking in lower fields; from the Sam Mansourati Collection; ; $130.00 (€115.70)
, Augusta c. 164 - 182 A.D., Wife of
a goddess of agriculture, grain crops, fertility and motherly relationships, was listed among the Di Consentes, Rome's equivalent to the Twelve of Greek mythology. The Romans saw her as the counterpart of the Greek goddess Demeter, whose mythology was reinterpreted for in Roman art and literature.SL73983. , M1728; p. 575, 1194; 2; 47; MIR 24; 5496, NGC F, strike 4/5, surface 3/5 (3761245-013), 26.30 g, maximum 29.3 mm, 0o, Rome mint, 2nd issue, c. 166 - 169 A.D.; LVCILLA , draped right, hair elaborately waved and fastened in a ; , seated left on a basket (cista mystica) from which a snake is emerging, two stalks of grain in right hand, torch in left hand, flanking across ; ex Johnathan K. Kern; $110.00 (€97.90)
, Triumvir and , 44 - 30 B.C., LEG XX
Antony's XX must have been disbanded by . The well-known XX Valeria (which later took in the conquest of Britain) was probably constituted by , perhaps after .SL70953. Silver , 544/36, 1243, II East 215, 57, G4 (4756278), maximum 16.9 mm, 90o, (?) mint, 32 - 31 B.C.; ANT•AVG / III VIR•R•P•C, galley right with rowers, mast with banners at prow; LEG - XX, ( ) between two legionary standards; authenticated (slabbed) by ; $100.00 (€89.00)
Sr., Augusta 25 February 138 - Early 141, Wife of
Ceres' known mythology is indistinguishable from Demeter's. Her virgin daughter ( ) was abducted by Hades to be his wife in the underworld. searched for her endlessly lighting her way through the earth with torches. While (Demeter) searched, she was preoccupied with her loss and her grief. The halted; living things ceased their growth, then began to die. Some say that in her anger she laid a curse on the world that caused plants to wither and die, and the land to become desolate. Faced with the extinction of all life on earth, Zeus sent his messenger to the underworld to bring back. However, because she had eaten while in the underworld, Hades had a claim on her. Therefore, it was decreed that she would spend four months each year in the underworld. During these months grieves for her daughter's absence, withdrawing her gifts from the world, creating winter. Proserpina's return brings the spring.SL73986. Silver , 362, 421, 104, 4584, NGC , strike 5/5, surface 3/5, (4162520-008), 3.00 g, maximum 16.6 mm, 180o, Rome mint, , 147 - 161 A.D.; , draped right; , standing facing, left, long torch in right hand, raising drapery with left; $80.00 (€71.20)
Seleukid Kingdom, Demetrius III , c. 96 - 87 B.C.
Demetrius III ("the Timely") was nicknamed ("the Untimely) by the Jews. He defeated the Hasmonaean Priest Alexander Jannaeus but was forced to withdraw from by the hostile population. While attempting to dethrone his brother, , he was defeated by the Arabs and , and taken prisoner. He was held in confinement in by Mithridates II until his death in 88 B.C.SL46356. Bronze AE 17, II 2455(3) (referencing only Spaer); 2851; H44 (this coin), NGC , strike 4/5, surface 3/5 (4161251-008), 3.107 g, maximum 17.4 mm, 0o, mint, 95 - 94 B.C.; diademed, lightly bearded of Demetrius III right; BACIΛEΩC ∆HMHTPIOY ΘEOY ΦIΛOMHTOPOC CΩTHPOC, standing facing, frond in right, in left, N over A outer left, HIΣ (year 218) in ; ex (found of the Sea of Galilee in 1989), NGC Certified (photographed before the coin was slabbed); $60.00 (€53.40)
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