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Vespasian, 1 July 69 - 24 June 79 A.D.

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In 72 A.D. the Roman governor Lucius Flavius Silva laid siege to Masada, a desert fortress, the last outpost of Jewish rebels after the First Jewish Revolt ended in 70 A.D. Legio X Fretensis surrounded the mountain fortress with a 7-mile long siege wall and built a rampart of stones and beaten earth against the western approach. In the spring of 73 A.D., when defeat became imminent, 960 Zealots under the leadership of Eleazar ben Ya'ir committed mass suicide.
SH64148. Gold aureus, Calico I 656, RIC II 1180, BMCRE II 403, Cohen I 284, F, ding at 12 o, weight 7.128 g, maximum diameter 13.9 mm, die axis 270o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, c. 72 - 73 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES VESPAS AVG P M TR P IIII P P COS IIII, laureate head right; reverse PACI AVGVSTI, winged Pax-Nemesis advancing right, pulling out a fold of drapery below her neck with her right hand, holding caduceus downward in left over snake at feet; ex January 2013 N.Y.I.N.C Auction, lot 2033; SOLD


Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D.

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This type, depicting Nemesis, the avenger of crimes and punisher of wicked doers, likely refers to the final subjugation of the Bar Kochba rebellion which was brutally crushed in the summer of 135 A.D.
SH05278. Silver denarius, RIC II 282a, RSC II 1454, BMCRE III 757, Strack II 280, SRCV II 3547, aMS, weight 3.32 g, maximum diameter 17.4 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 135 A.D.; obverse HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, bare head right; reverse VICTORIA AVG (the victory of the Emperor), Victory-Nemesis walking right, drawing out fold of drapery and holding branch pointed downward; SOLD


Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D.

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This type, depicting Nemesis, the avenger of crimes and punisher of wicked doers, likely refers to the final subjugation of the Bar Kochba rebellion which was brutally crushed in the summer of 135 A.D.
RS84761. Silver denarius, RIC II 282d, RSC II 1455, BMCRE III 761, Strack II 280, SRCV II 3547 var. (bare head), Choice VF, dark iridescent toning, well centered, nice portrait, weight 3.179 g, maximum diameter 17.4 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 135 A.D.; obverse HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, laureate head right; reverse VICTORIA AVG (the victory of the Emperor), Victory-Nemesis walking right, drawing out fold of drapery at neck with right hand, branch in left hand; SOLD


Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D.

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This type, depicting Nemesis, the avenger of crimes and punisher of wicked doers, likely refers to the final subjugation of the Bar Kochba rebellion which was brutally crushed in the summer of 135 A.D.
RS77390. Silver denarius, RIC II 282d, RSC II 1455, BMCRE III 761, Strack II 280, SRCV II 3547 var. (bare head), gVF, excellent portrait, light toning, bumps and marks, ragged flan, edge splits, weight 2.995 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 135 A.D.; obverse HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, laureate head right; reverse VICTORIA AVG (the victory of the Emperor), Victory-Nemesis walking right, drawing out fold of drapery and holding branch pointed downward; SOLD


Smyrna, Ionia, Homonoia with Athens, 180 - 192 A.D.

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RP56918. Bronze AE 28, Franke-Nolle 2095; BMC Ionia p. 301, 480; Klose 328; SNGvA -, F, weight 9.107 g, maximum diameter 28.0 mm, die axis 180o, Smyrna (Izmir, Turkey) mint, time of Commodus, 180 - 192 A.D.; obverse IEPA CVNKΛHTOC, youthful bust of Senate right; reverse CTP HPA K ΛEI∆OV OMO AΘ CMVP, winged Nemesis, plucking chiton at neck, holding bridle, wheel at feet, facing Athena holding phiale, resting left on shield; well centered, nice green patina; rare; SOLD


Elagabalus, 16 May 218 - 11 March 222 A.D.

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The Romans believed that Fortuna, after deserting the Persians and Assyrians, took flight over Macedonia and saw Alexander perish as she passed into Egypt and into Syria. At last arriving on Mount Palatine, she threw aside her wings and casting away her wheel, entered Rome where she took up her abode forever. It appears, however, she kept her wheel. She just hid it under her seat.
RS68504. Silver denarius, SRCV II 7529, BMCRE V 96, RSC III 149, RIC IV 19, aEF, nice style, toned, weight 2.775 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 219 A.D.; obverse IMP ANTONINVS AVG, laureate and draped bust right, from behind; reverse P M TR P II COS II P P, Fortuna seated left, holding rudder on globe by tiller in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, wheel under seat; from the Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren with Antioch Associates tag; SOLD


Caracalla and Julia Domna, 28 January 198 - 8 April 217 A.D., Marcianopolis, Moesia Inferior

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When Severus died in 211, Julia became the mediator between their two quarreling sons, Caracalla and Geta, who were to rule as joint emperors. Caracalla convinced his mother to call Geta for a reconciliation meeting in her residence. It was a trick. In his mother's house, Caracalla's soldiers attacked and Geta died in their mother's arms. afterward, Julia's relationship with Caracalla was understandably difficult. Nevertheless, she accompanied him on his Parthian campaign in 217. During this trip, Caracalla was assassinated, after which Julia committed suicide. Her body was brought to Rome and she was later deified.
RP27310. Bronze pentassarion, AMNG I/I 677, aVF, weight 11.020 g, maximum diameter 26.5 mm, die axis 0o, Markianopolis (Devnya, Bulgaria) mint, consular legate Quintilianus, 215 A.D.; obverse ANTΩNINOC AYΓOYCTOC IOΛIA ∆OMNA, laureate bust of Caracalla right facing draped bust of Julia Domna left; reverse YΠ KYNTIΛIANOY MAPKIANOΠOΛITΩN, Nemesis standing left, scales in right hand, short torch? in left, wheel at side, E (mark of value) in field; SOLD


Geta, 209 - c. 26 December 211 A.D., Cremna, Pisidia

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RP08713. Bronze AE 21, SGICV 2878, Lindgren 1294, SNGvA 5097, F, weight 4.53 g, maximum diameter 20.7 mm, die axis 180o, Cremna (in Bucak district, Turkey) mint, as caesar, 197 - 209 A.D.; obverse P SEP GETA FOR CAES, bare-headed, draped bust right, from behind; reverse VLTRI COL CR, Nemesis standing facing, head left, drawing fold of drapery from breast and holding cubit-rule, griffin at feet; rare; SOLD


Commodus, March or April 177 - 31 December 192 A.D.

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Fortuna Redux, one of the many aspects of Fortuna, was in charge of bringing people home safely, primarily from wars - redux means "coming back" or "returning." She may be one of the later aspects of Fortuna, as the earliest mention of her is on an altar dedicated by the Senate in 19 B.C. for the safe return of Emperor Augustus.
RS68994. Silver denarius, RIC III 6b, RSC II 786b, BMCRE IV 6, SRCV II 5705 var. (IMP III), aVF, toned, weight 2.802 g, maximum diameter 17.6 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 180 A.D.; obverse M COMMODVS ANTONINVS AVG, laureate head right; reverse TR P V IMP IIII COS II P P, Fortuna seated left, holding rudder by tiller in right hand, scepter in left hand, wheel under seat; SOLD


Elagabalus, 16 May 218 - 11 March 222 A.D., Nikopolis ad Istrum, Moesia Inferior

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The reverse legend translates:
YΠ = Consular Legate (Governor)
NOBIOY POYΦOY = Nobius Rufus
NIKOΠOΛITΩN ΠPOC ICTPON = (coin) of the citizenry of Nicopolis on the Istrus (Danube)

The governor's name was T. Flavius Novius Rufus, he is also known from inscriptions.
RP76504. Bronze AE 26, H-H-J Nikopolis 8.26.35.9 (R4), Varbanov I 4047 (R3), AMNG I/I 1959, F, dark green patina, scratches, central cavities, weight 12.697 g, maximum diameter 26.4 mm, die axis 0o, Nicopolis ad Istrum (Nikyup, Bulgaria) mint, cos. legate Ti. Flavius Novius Rufus, 218 - 222; obverse AYT K M AYPH ANTΩNEINOC, radiate bust right, slight drapery on far shoulder, from the front; reverse YΠ NOBIOY POYΦOY NIKOΠOΛITΩN ΠPOC IC,TP−ON (the last four letters divided across the lower field), Nemesis-Aequitas standing facing, head left, scales in right hand, cubit rule in left; ex Ancient Imports (Marc Breitsprecher); SOLD




  




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