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Richard Pearlman Collection

Richard Pearlman is an ancient coin specialist dealer with a great eye for selecting beautiful coins at great prices. He frequently participates in coin shows across the U.S. We are pleased Mr. Pearlman has selected Forum Ancient Coins to provide his online presence by offering a selection from his collection here. The pieces offered on this page will change frequently. We hope you check it regularly or click the notify button just above on the right to be informed by email when Mr. Pearlman adds coins here.

Tiberius, 19 August 14 - 16 March 37 A.D.

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The "Gold Tribute Penny." The Gospel of Thomas 100:1-4 (excluded from the New Testament) tells a slightly different version of the "Tribute Penny" story.."They showed Jesus a gold (coin) and said to him: Caesarís agents demand taxes from us. He said to them: Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar; give to God what belongs to God, and give to me what is mine."
SH56930. Gold aureus, Giard Lyon, group 4, 149; RIC I 29 (R); BMCRE I 46; Calico 305b (S.1); Cohen 15; SRCV I 1760, aVF, weight 7.475 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 270o, Lugdunum (Lyon) mint, c. 18 - 35 A.D.; obverse TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTVS, laureate head right; reverse PONTIF MAXIM (high priest), Pax (or Livia as Pax) seated right on chair with decorated legs, a single line below, long scepter vertical behind in her right hand, branch in left hand, feet on footstool; scarce; SOLD

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

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IMP X SICIL refers to the victory at Naulochus over Sextus Pompey on 3 September 36 B.C.

In the forest of Arcadia, Pan gave Artemis two black-and-white dogs, three reddish ones, and one spotted one Ė these dogs were able to hunt even lions. Pan also gave Artemis seven bitches of the finest Arcadian breed. However, Artemis only ever brought seven dogs hunting with her at any one time.
SH56961. Silver denarius, RIC I 173a, RSC I 146, VF, banker's mark, toned, weight 3.822 g, maximum diameter 19.9 mm, die axis 180o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, 15 B.C.; obverse AVGVSTVS DIVI F, bare head right; reverse IMPē - X / SICIL, Diana standing half-left, looking right, wearing short tunic, spear vertical in right, bow at side in left, dog standing left at feet on left; SOLD

Byzantine Empire, Romanus III Argyrus, 12 November 1028 - 11 April 1034

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Romanus III married Zoe, daughter of Constantine VII. He thought a lot of himself, but in fact, was inept, corrupt and self-absorbed. His government was corrupt and mismanaged. He made the fatal mistake of ignoring his wife Zoe. He was poisoned and drowned.
SH54376. Gold histamenon nomisma, DOC III part 2, 1d, Morrisson BnF 43/Cp/AV/01, Ratto 1972, Sommer 43.2.2, SBCV 1819, Wroth BMC 2, gVF, weight 4.340 g, maximum diameter 23.5 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 12 Nov 1028 - 11 Apr 1034; obverse + IhS XIS REX REGNANTInm (Jesus Christ King of Kings), Christ enthroned, wears nimbus cruciger, pallium, & colobium, raises hand, holds Gospels; reverse ΘCE bOHΘ RWMANW (god-bearer help the Romans), MΘ (mother of God) above center, nimbate Virgin (on right) wears pallium and maphorium, with right hand she crowns Romanus, who is bearded and wears a crown, sakkos and loros, globus cruciger in his right, four pellets in loros end below globus; scarce; SOLD

Tyre, Phoenicia, 76 - 75 B.C., The Temple Tax Coin

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Half Shekel - the currency of the Jerusalem Temple.

At the Great Temple in Jerusalem the annual tax levied on Jews was 1/2 shekel per male. The 1/2 shekel and shekel were not always used in everyday commerce, but were the only coins accepted by the temple. Many taxpayers required a currency exchange, so money changers set up in the Temple court. Jesus found this business and their shouting (advertising rates) offensive, so he threw over their tables.
SH54403. Silver half shekel, BMC Phoenicia p. 251, 230 var. (A right on rev); Rouvier 2036, gVF, obv. die wear, weight 6.906 g, maximum diameter 24.0 mm, die axis 0o, Phoenicia, Tyre mint, 76 - 75 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Melqart right, lion's skin knotted around neck; reverse TYPOY IEPAΣ KAI AΣYΛOY (of Tyre the holy and inviolable), eagle standing left, right foot on ship's ram, palm frond behind, AN (year 51) over club left, monogram right, Phoenician letter beth between legs; rare variant; SOLD

Macedonian Kingdom, Philip III and Alexander IV, c. 322 - 320 B.C., In the Name of Alexander the Great

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Struck after Alexander's death, under either Perdikkas or Antipater, regents during the joint reign of Alexander's mentally disabled half-brother, Philip III, and Alexander's infant son, Alexander IV. Philip was the bastard son of Philip II and a dancer, Philinna of Larissa. Alexander the Great's mother, Olympias, allegedly poisoned her stepson Philip III as a child, leaving him mentally disabled, eliminating him as a rival to Alexander. Neither Philip III nor Alexander IV was capable of actual rule. Both were selected only to serve as pawns. The regents held power, while Philip III was actually imprisoned. In 317, Olympias had Philip murdered to ensure the succession of her grandson. But Alexander IV would never rule. In 311 B.C., he and his mother Roxana were executed by the regent Kassander.
GS54408. Silver tetradrachm, Price 129; MŁller Alexander 280; SNG Alpha Bank 511; SNG Saroglos 251; SNG Cop 689; SNG MŁnchen 289; Ehrhardt Amphipolis 13, EF, toned, small mark reverse inner right field, weight 16.960 g, maximum diameter 27.4 mm, die axis 0o, Macedonia, Amphipolis mint, c. 320 - c. 317 A.D.; obverse head of Herakles right, wearing Nemean Lion skin, scalp over head, forepaws tied at neck; reverse Zeus AŽtophoros seated left on throne without back, right leg forward (archaic lifetime style), nude to the waist, himation around hips and legs, eagle in extended right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, AΛEΞAN∆POY downward behind, apluster left, Πo under throne; SOLD

Byzantine Empire, Justinian I, 4 April 527 - 14 November 565 A.D.

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In 538, Arthur, war leader of the Britons, was mortally wounded at the Battle of Camlann. According to legend he was carried to Avalon where he died. -- Wikipedia
SH56970. Gold solidus, Morrisson BnF I 4/Cp/AE/5, Hahn MIB I 6, SBCV 113, DOC I 8 (officina not listed), Wroth BMC -, Tolstoi -, Ratto -, gVF, weight 4.332 g, maximum diameter 20.8 mm, die axis 180o, 6th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 538 - 545 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTINIANVS P P AVG, helmeted, diademed and cuirassed bust facing, globus in right, shield decorated with horseman; reverse VICTORIA AVGGG S (victory of the three emperors, 6th officina), Angel standing facing in tunic and pallium, long staff topped with P in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand, star right, CONOS in exergue; SOLD

Ptolemaic Kingdom, Cleopatra VII Thea Philopator, 51 - 30 B.C.

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Struck in the year of Caesar's death.
SH54400. Silver tetradrachm, Svoronos 1823, SNG Cop 403, SNG Milan 418 - 420, SGCV II 7952, VF, weight 12.966 g, maximum diameter 26.6 mm, die axis 0o, Paphos mint, 44 - 43 B.C.; obverse diademed bust right (feminized bust of Ptolemy I or Cleopatra?), wearing aegis; reverse ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, eagle standing left on thunderbolt, wings closed, palm behind over right wing, LΘ (year 9) over crown of Isis left, ΠA right; SOLD

Vitellius, 2 January - 20 December 69 A.D.

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SH56931. Silver denarius, RIC I 59, RSC II 90, BMCRE I 121, F, toned, weight 3.173 g, maximum diameter 18.0 mm, die axis 180o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, c. Mar - Jul 69 A.D.; obverse A VITELLIVS GERMAN, laureate head right; reverse VESTA PR QVIRITVM, Vesta, veiled, draped, seated left on throne, patera in right hand, torch in left hand; rare; SOLD

Lucius Verus, 7 March 161 - February 169 A.D; Roman Provincial Egypt

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Lucius Verus' coins struck at Alexandria are scarcer than might be expected based on the availabliltiy of his coins struck at Rome.
SH56971. Billon tetradrachm, Dattari 3694, Kampmann-Ganschow 39.22, cf. Emmett 2337, Geissen -, Curtis -, Milne -, BMC Alexandria -, aVF, porous, weight 9.013 g, maximum diameter 23.6 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 162 A.D.; obverse Λ AYPHΛIOC OVHPOC CEB, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse Eagle standing right, with spread wings, head left, palm to right, L B (year 2) across fields; very rare variant; SOLD

Gallienus, August 253 - September 268 A.D., Magydus, Pamphylia

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The first ever coin from Magydus handled by Forum!

Magydus was a small town on the coast between Attaleia and Perga, occasionally mentioned by ancient geographers, and on numerous coins of the imperial era. Its site was probably at modern Lara in the Ottoman vilayet of Konia, where there are ruins of a small man-made harbor.
SH54378. Bronze AE 30, SNGvA 4645; SNG BnF 321; SNG Cop 298; BMC Lycia p. 117, 9, Choice gVF, weight 17.889 g, maximum diameter 30.3 mm, die axis 180o, Magydus mint, obverse AYT KAI ΠO ΛI ΓAΛΛIHNO CEB, laureate and draped bust right, from behind, globe below; reverse MAΓY−∆EΩN, Tyche standing slightly left, modius on head, rudder in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, I upper left field, M - A across fields; an attractive large bronze from a rarer city; rare; SOLD


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