, Augusta 105 - 129 A.D., Amphipolis,
was the wife of , married to him before his succession. She was renowned for her virtue and simplicity. In 100, awarded her with the title of Augusta, but she did not accept the title until 105. did not appear on the coinage until 112. She was largely responsible for Hadrian's succession to the throne after the death of . died in 129 A.D.SH79967. Bronze AE 24, III 645, 1170, 980, -, -, -, -, F, green , pitting, 9.487 g, maximum 24.1 mm, 180o, Amphipolis mint, 105 - 129 A.D.; CEBACTH ΠΛWTEINA, draped right; AMΦIΠOΛTWN, seated left, in right hand; very ; $630.00 (€560.70)
Amisos (as Peiraeos), Pontos, c. 435 - 370 B.C.
Amisos was settled c. 760 - 750 B.C. by people from Miletus, who established a flourishing trade relationship with the ancient peoples of Anatolia. Amisos came under the rule of the Persian Empire, Alexander the Great's Macedonian Empire, and then the Kingdom of . The Romans took control in 47 B.C. and Amisos remained within the after the fall of . In 1200, the city was captured by the Seljuks. Amisos today is Samsun, a city of about half a million people on the coast of Turkey.GS76173. Silver , 1082; 45; p. 14, 9; 229; p. 46, 1; -; -, VF, attractive , , die wear and breaks, bumps and scratches, light corrosion, 5.695 g, maximum 18.9 mm, 45o, Amisos (Samsun, Turkey) mint, c. 435 - 370 B.C.; draped of Hera-Tyche right, hair rolled, wearing a turreted ornamented with palmettes and annulets, triple-drop earrings and pearl necklace; owl standing facing on , facing, wings spread open, MY-ΛΛ (magistrate) divided across below wings, upper left, A(?) lower left (not struck?), ΠEIPA in ; $270.00 (€240.30)
, Augusta 254 - c. September 268 A.D., Roman Provincial
(Greek for luck; the Roman equivalent was ) was the presiding tutelary deity that governed the fortune and prosperity of a city, its destiny. Increasingly during the Hellenistic period, cities had their own specific iconic version of , wearing a (a crown like the walls of the city).SH66838. , 5342; 2982; 91.47; 10716; p. 2266; 4140, aEF, 11.345 g, maximum 23.7 mm, 315o, mint, 29 Aug 266 - 28 Aug 267 A.D.; KOPNHΛIA CAΛWNEINA CEB, draped right, wearing , hair in horizontal ridges and in plait looped below ear; reclining left on couch, on , rudder in right hand, LI∆ (year 14) above; $200.00 (€178.00)
Antioch, Seleucis and Pieria, , 5 - 4 B.C., Legate P. Quinctilius Varus
Publius Quinctilius Varus was a Roman general and politician under . From 7 or 6 B.C. until 4 B.C. he governed where he was known for harsh rule and high taxes. Josephus mentions the action of Varus in 4 B.C., against a revolt in following the death of Herod the Great. Varus occupied Jerusalem and crucified 2000 rebels. Varus is most infamous for losing three Roman legions in an ambush by Germanic tribes led by Arminius in the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest, at which point he took his own life. Upon hearing the news, tore his clothes, refused to cut his hair for months and, for years afterward, was heard, upon occasion, to moan, "Quinctilius Varus, give me back my Legions!" (Quintili Vare, legiones redde!).RP84651. Bronze trichalkon, 87; 50c; 4252; 92; 640; p. 159, 59; 402 (S), F, centered on a , dark with red earthen highlighting, , light corrosion, 5.501 g, maximum 20.0 mm, 0o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, legate P. Quinctilius Varus, 5 - 4 B.C.; laureate of Zeus right; ANTIOXEΩ EΠI OVAPOV, seated right on , turreted, wearing and , frond in her right hand, half-length figure of river-god swimming right below, his turned facing, ZK (Actian Era year 27) in the right ; ; $200.00 (€178.00)
Pontos, Amisos, 300 - 125 B.C.
Amisos was settled c. 760 - 750 B.C. by people from Miletus, who established a flourishing trade relationship with the ancient peoples of Anatolia. Amisos came under the rule of the Persian Empire, Alexander the Great's Macedonian Empire, and then the Kingdom of . The Romans took control in 47 B.C. and Amisos remained within the after the fall of . In 1200, the city was captured by the Seljuks. Amisos today is Samsun, a city of about half a million people on the coast of Turkey.SH71627. Silver , 1110 (same die, reduced ), 233 (R1), -, -, VF, coppery spots, 4.106 g, maximum 17.2 mm, 0o, Amisos (Samsun, Turkey) mint, 300 - 125 B.C.; draped of Hera-Tyche right, wearing a turreted ; owl standing facing on , wings open, C - Ξ / (TAI?) - P flanking under wings; ; $190.00 (€169.10)
, , c. 44 B.C. - 1st Century A.D.
The Latin colony of was founded in 171 B.C. In 27 B.C., when had become emperor, Ulterior was divided into (modern Andalusia) and (modern Portugal, Extremadura, and of Castilla-León). Cantabria and Basque country were also added to Citerior.RP84138. Bronze , 2613, 71, 120, 442, 1347, 210, -, F, green , rough, corrosion, light scratches, 4.234 g, maximum 20.2 mm, 180o, mint, c. 44 B.C. - 1st century A.D.; , of right, wearing crown of turreted city walls; fisherman seated left on , holding rod before him in both , fish on the line, wearing a wide-brimmed hat, D - D flanking across at center; ex ; very ; $180.00 (€160.20)
, 13 March 222 - March 235 A.D., ,
was founded in 399 B.C. by Archelaus (413 - 399 B.C.) as his capital. It was the seat of and of his son, Alexander the Great. In 168 B.C., it was sacked by the Romans, and its treasury transported to . Later the city was destroyed by an earthquake. By 180 A.D., Lucian could describe it in passing as "now insignificant, with very few inhabitants."RB79934. Bronze AE 24, 3735 (R4), 33, 6479, -, F, portrait, attractive green , , 11.112 g, maximum 24.2 mm, 0o, mint, 13 Mar 222 - Mar 235 A.D.; IMP C SEV ALEXANDER AVG, laureate, draped, and right; COL IVL AVG , city-goddess seated left, on , right hand raised to shoulder; $160.00 (€142.40)
, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D., ad Mare, Seleucis and Pieria,
Laodikea ad Mar (Latakia, ) has been inhabited since the second millennium B.C. It was on the Via Maris, a coastal road that ran south from Antioch to and Beirut. The city was renamed by Seleucus I Nicator in of his mother, Laodice and was a major for the Seleukid Kingdom. Laodikea flourished under and was second only to Antioch in the region. Herod the Great, of , furnished Laodikea with an aqueduct, the remains of which stand to the east of the town. The VI Ferrata was probably based in .RP83520. Bronze AE 25, IV 8589 (7 specs., none published); p. 256, 70 var. ( right), VF, fantastic , dark with highlighting earthen fill, both sides off-center, 10.834 g, maximum 25.2 mm, 0o, ad Mare (Latakia, ) mint, 142 - 143 A.D.; AVTO KA TI AI A∆P - ANTΩNEINON CEB, laureate, draped, and left, from behind; IOYΛIEΩN TΩN KAI ΛAO∆IKEΩN, draped of left, wearing fantastic crown of the city gate, walls and towers, bunches of grapes hanging below ear, KPA before neck, ϘP (year 190) behind; ; $160.00 (€142.40)
Alexandreia , , c. Mid 3rd Century A.D.
(modern Eski Stambul) is on the Aegean Sea near the northern tip of the coast of Anatolia, a little south of Tenedos (modern Bozcaada). The city was founded by around 310 B.C. with the name Antigoneia and was populated with the inhabitants of Cebren, Colone, Hamaxitus, Neandria, and Scepsis. About 301 B.C., improved the city and re-named it Alexandreia. Among the few structure ruins remaining today are a bath, an odeon, a theater and gymnasium complex and a stadium. The circuit of the old walls can be traced.RP84498. Bronze AE 22, 478 (9 spec., same dies), 1465 (same dies), 106 (same dies), A495, -, -, gVF, nice green , attractive , 6.754 g, maximum 21.9 mm, 0o, (Eski Stambul, Turkey) mint, c. mid 3rd century A.D.; CO - ALEX TR, turreted of right, with CO over AV on ensign behind; she-wolf right, turned back left, suckling the twins and , COL AVG above, TROA in ; from the Dr. Sam Mansourati Collection; $150.00 (€133.50)
, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D., Petra,
UNESCO describes Petra as "one of the most precious cultural properties of man's cultural heritage." The BBC selected Petra as one of "the 40 places you have to see before you die."RP84854. Bronze AE 25, 32, 19, 2281, -, VF, attractive earthen fill, 10.019 g, maximum 24.9 mm, 0o, Petra mint, 9 Apr 193 - 4 Feb 211 A.D.; AV K Λ CEΠT CEOYHPOC IN ΠEP CEB (or similar), laureate right; METPOΠOΛIC A∆PIAN ΠETRA, seated left on rock, turreted and veiled, right hand extended and open, over shoulder in left; $150.00 (€133.50)
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