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Chariots on Ancient Coins

Syracuse, Sicily, Second Democracy, 466 - 405 B.C.

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Following Heron's death, democracy was restored in 466 B.C. Similar to at Athens, the polis was governed by a council and popular assembly with an executive consisting of elected generals or strategoi. Syracuse fought against Athens 427 - 424 B.C. and again 415 - 413 B.C.; ultimately Syracuse was victorious. With further reforms by Diocles, the democratic nature of Syracuse's political structure was further strengthened.
SH85694. Silver tetradrachm, Boehringer Series XXII, 672 (V338/R459); SNG ANS 222 (same dies); BMC Sicily, p. 162, 123 (same); Jameson 778 (same); Pozzi 586 (same); HGC 2 1320, VF, fine classical style, obverse die wear, bumps and scratches, somewhat ragged tight flan, weight 16.769 g, maximum diameter 26.7 mm, die axis 90o, Syracuse mint, c. 430 - 420 B.C.; obverse slow quadriga driven right by male charioteer holding kentron and reins, Nike above flying right crowning horses; reverse ΣYPAKOΣION, head of Arethusa right, earring, necklace, hair bound with taenia and wound four times around; four dolphins swimming around; $900.00 SALE PRICE $810.00


Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D.

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In 146, Marcus Aurelius received the imperium proconsular and Faustina the Younger was given the title Augusta.
SH73156. Orichalcum sestertius, BMCRE IV 1669, RIC III 767a, Strack III 974, Cohen II 320, Hill UCR 709, SRCV II 4168, VF, nice green patina, nice portrait, light scratches, tight flan, weight 22.051 g, maximum diameter 31.5 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, c. 146 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS AVG - PIVS P P TR P, laureate head right; reverse Antoninus in slow quadriga left, eagle-tipped scepter in left, reins in right, COS IIII / S C in two lines in exergue; $540.00 SALE PRICE $486.00


Syracuse, Sicily, Roman Rule, 212 - c. 189 B.C.

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Overcoming formidable resistance and the ingenious devices of Archimedes, the Roman General Marcus Claudius Marcellus took Syracuse in the summer of 212 B.C. Archimedes was killed during the attack. The plundered artworks taken back to Rome from Syracuse lit the initial spark of Greek influence on Roman culture.
GB69016. Bronze AE 22, Calciati II p. 424, 227; SNG ANS 1066 ff.; SNG Cop 900; SNG Munchen 1472 ff.; HGC 2 1474 (S), gVF, nice green patina, unusual style, weight 7.757 g, maximum diameter 21.8 mm, die axis 45o, Syracuse mint, 212 - c. 189 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Zeus left; reverse Nike in galloping in a biga right, whip(?) in right, reins in left, crescent above, ΣYPAKOΣIΩN in exergue; scarce; $115.00 SALE PRICE $104.00


Geto-Dacian, Roman Republic Imitative, 106 B.C. - 1st Century A.D.

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CE76909. Silver denarius, cf. Davis A/II M14 (possibly same prototype but not very similar), cf. possible prototype: Crawford 313/1 (Rome mint, L. Memmius Galeria, 106 B.C.), F, scratches, uneven strike with some areas unstruck, weight 3.596 g, maximum diameter 19.7 mm, die axis 45o, obverse stylized head of Saturn(?) right; reverse biga right, MEΛΛIVS (or similar) in exergue; $100.00 SALE PRICE $90.00


Roman Republic, C. Vibius C.F. Pansa, 90 B.C.

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In 90 B.C., the Etruscans received Roman citizenship.
RR85475. Silver denarius, Crawford 342/6a, Sydenham 687, BMCRR I Rome 2308, RSC I Vibia 5, Russo RBW 1290, SRCV I 244, F, toned, uneven strike with weak areas, scratches, reverse off center, weight 3.701 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, die axis 270o, Rome mint, 90 B.C.; obverse Minerva in a fast quadriga left, trophy over shoulder in right hand, spear and reins in left hand, PANSA in exergue; reverse Minerva in a fast quadriga right, trophy over shoulder in right hand, spear and reins in left hand, CVIBIVSCF in exergue; scarce; $100.00 SALE PRICE $90.00 ON RESERVE


Syracuse, Sicily, Roman Rule, 212 - c. 189 B.C.

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Overcoming formidable resistance and the ingenious devices of Archimedes, the Roman General Marcus Claudius Marcellus took Syracuse in the summer of 212 B.C. Archimedes was killed during the attack. The plundered artworks taken back to Rome from Syracuse lit the initial spark of Greek influence on Roman culture.
GB69015. Bronze AE 21, Calciati II p. 424, 227; SNG ANS 1066 ff.; SNG Cop 900; SNG Munchen 1472 ff.; HGC 2 1474 (S), VF, well centered, green patina, light corrosion and marks, weight 9.230 g, maximum diameter 22.1 mm, die axis 0o, Syracuse mint, 212 - c. 189 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Zeus left; reverse Nike in galloping in a biga right, whip(?) in right, reins in left, crescent above, ΣYPAKOΣIΩN in exergue; scarce; $95.00 SALE PRICE $85.50


Menaion, Sicily, Roman Rule, c. 200 - 150 B.C.

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Mineo, Sicily (ancient Menaion) is inland about 64 km southwest of Catania. It was a Sikel city, founded around 458 B.C. by King Douketios. In 396 B.C. it was captured by Dionysios I of Syracuse. Under Roman rule Cicero mentions Menaion among the "civitatis decumanae," cities that pay one tenth of their annual harvest to Rome. Today it has about 5,600 residents.
GI73159. Bronze pentonkion, Calciati III p. 183, 2; SNG ANS 292; SNG Cop 379; SNG Munchen 610; HGC 2 757, Choice VF, centered, nice green patina, weight 3.677 g, maximum diameter 16.5 mm, die axis 0o, Menaion (Mineo, Sicily, Italy) mint, Roman Rule, c. 200 - 150 B.C.; obverse laureate and draped bust of Serapis right, wearing atef crown; reverse Nike in biga charging right, Π (mark of value) below, MENA/INΩN divided in two lines above and below; scarce; $95.00 SALE PRICE $85.50


Syracuse, Sicily, Roman Rule, 212 - c. 189 B.C.

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A simulacrum is a sculpture of a person or a god, sometimes without detail forming only a vague semblance.
GI74374. Bronze AE 27, Calciati II p. 428, 230; SNG Cop 897; SNG ANS 1059; SNG Morcom 835, F/aF, well centered, small flan cracks, weight 14.806 g, maximum diameter 26.6 mm, die axis 0o, Syracuse mint, 212 - c. 189 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Zeus right; reverse simulacrum in slow quadriga right, ΣYPAKO/ΣION divided in two lines, one above and one below; rare; $75.00 SALE PRICE $67.50


Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D.

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RB73732. Orichalcum sestertius, BMCRE IV 1670, Hunter II 373, RIC III 767a, Cohen II 320, SRCV II 4168, aF, green patina, weight 23.646 g, maximum diameter 31.6 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 145 - 7 Mar 161 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS - AVG PIVS P P TR P, laureate head right; reverse Antoninus in slow triumphal quadriga left, right hand extended, transverse eagle-tipped scepter in left, COS IIII / S C in two lines in exergue; ex Forum (2006); $50.00 SALE PRICE $45.00


Constantine the Great, Early 307 - 22 May 337 A.D.

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Manus Dei, the hand of God, reaches down to take Constantine up to heaven.
BB85507. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VIII Heraclea 14 (S), LRBC II 943, SRCV V 17483, Voetter 46, Cohen VII 760, F, small flan, rough, edge crack, weight 0.998 g, maximum diameter 13.7 mm, die axis 135o, Heraclea (Marmara Ereglisi, Turkey) mint, posthumous, 9 Sep 337 - Apr 340 A.D.; obverse DV CONSTANTINVS PT AVGG, veiled bust right; reverse Constantine in a quadriga right, veiled, the hand of God reaches down to take him to heaven, star above, SMH[A?] in exergue; very scarce; $12.00 SALE PRICE $10.80







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