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Stobi, Macedonia

Stobi (now Gradsko, Macedonia) was an ancient town of Paeonia, conquered by Macedonia, and later made the capital of the Roman province of Macedonia Salutaris. Stobi prospered under Rome and in 69 A.D. was designated a municipium. Citizens of Stobi enjoyed Ius Italicum and were citizens of Rome. Theodosius I stayed in Stobi in 388. In 479, Stobi was sacked by the Ostrogothic king Theodoric. The town was rebuilt, but in 518 was struck by a powerful earthquake. Avaro-Slavic invasions in the 6th century ruined the city's economy and infrastructure. Stobi is perhaps the most important archaeological site in the Republic of Macedonia.


Julia Domna, Augusta 194 - 8 April 217 A.D., Stobi, Macedonia, The Rape of Persephone

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Beautiful Persephone lived a peaceful life far away from the other deities, a goddess within Nature herself before the days of planting seeds and nurturing plants. She was innocently picking flowers when Hades, god of the Underworld, burst through a cleft in the earth and abducted her. While Demeter searched desperately for her daughter she neglected the earth and caused nothing to grow. Zeus, pressed by the cries of hungry people, determined to force Hades to return Persephone. However, Hades had tricked Persephone into eating pomegranate seeds, and because anyone who consumed food or drink in the Underworld was doomed to spend eternity there, she is forced return to the underworld for a period each year. Explaining the seasons, when Demeter and her daughter are reunited, the Earth flourishes with vegetation and color, but for the months each year when Persephone returns to the underworld, the earth becomes barren.
RP55006. Bronze AE 26, Josifovski 153, Varbanov III 3934, Mionnet Supp III 691, AMNG III -, SNG Cop -, aVF, weight 9.766 g, maximum diameter 26.3 mm, die axis 180o, Stobi mint, obverse IVLIA AVGVSTA, draped bust right; reverse MVNICIPI STOBEN, Hades driving quadriga right, Persephone in right hand, scepter in left hand; scarce; SOLD


Caracalla, 28 January 198 - 8 April 217 A.D., Stobi, Macedonia

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RP53795. Bronze AE 24, Kuzmanovic 760, Josifovski Stobi 389 var. (obv. legend), Varbanov III 3990 var. (obv legend and bust), Choice gVF, weight 7.311 g, maximum diameter 24.4 mm, die axis 225o, Stobi mint, 211 - 217 A.D.; obverse M AVR L ANTO-NINVS PI AVG, laureate head right; reverse MVNIC - S-TOBE, Victory advancing right, wreath extended in right, palm frond over shoulder in left; attractive coin with a fantastic portrait, nice surfaces; rare variety; SOLD


Caracalla, 28 January 198 - 8 April 217 A.D., Stobi, Macedonia

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RP82167. Bronze AE 24, Varbanov III 4046, VF, weight 6.848 g, maximum diameter 24.0 mm, die axis 0o, Stobi mint, obverse M AVREL ANTONIN, laureate head right; reverse MVNICI STOBENSI, Victory flying left, wreath extended in right, palm frond over shoulder in left; near full circles strike; SOLD


Julia Domna, Augusta 194 - 8 April 217 A.D., Stobi, Macedonia

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This issue comes in a bewildering number of reverse legend abbreviations.
RP38145. Bronze AE 23, Varbanov III 3901 var. (MVNICI), VF, weight 6.504 g, maximum diameter 22.9 mm, die axis 45o, Stobi mint, obverse IVLIA AVGVSTA, draped bust right; reverse MVNICIP STOBE, Victory walking left, palm extended in right, palm frond over shoulder in left; beautiful green patina; SOLD


Caracalla, 28 January 198 - 8 April 217 A.D., Stobi, Macedonia

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RP53788. Bronze AE 26, Josifovski 421, Varbanov III 3943 var. (legends), VF, nice green patina, weight 5.791 g, maximum diameter 25.9 mm, die axis 180o, Stobi mint, obverse M AVREL ANTONINVS AV, laureate head right; reverse MVNI STOB, Victory standing left, wreath extended in right hand, palm frond in left hand; SOLD


Julia Domna, Augusta 194 - 8 April 217 A.D., Stobi, Macedonia

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Stobi (now Gradsko, Macedonia) was an ancient town of Paeonia, conquered by Macedonia, and later made the capital of the Roman province of Macedonia Salutaris. Stobi prospered under Rome and in 69 A.D. was designated a municipium. Citizens of Stobi enjoyed Ius Italicum and were citizens of Rome.
RP18560. Silver AE 24, BMC Macedonia 7 var. (Victory right and legend), Weber 2281 var. (same), VF, weight 6.444 g, maximum diameter 23.9 mm, die axis 45o, Stobi mint, 196 - 211 A.D.; obverse IVLIA AVGVSTA, draped bust right; reverse MVNIC STOB, Victory advancing right, holding wreath and palm; scarce; SOLD


Titus, 24 June 79 - 13 September 81 A.D., Stobi, Macedonia

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SH59925. Bronze AE 27, RPC II Supp. 310/4, Varbanov 3802, SNG Cop 328, SNG ANS -, Tooled, weight 9.277 g, maximum diameter 26.9 mm, die axis 180o, Stobi mint, as caesar, 77 - 78 A.D.; obverse T IMP VESPASIANVS AVG F COS VI, laureate head right; reverse MVNICIPIVM STOBENSIVM, tetrastyle temple, Zeus standing facing within, eagle at his feet right, globe in pediment; smoothing and some detail re-engraved; very rare; SOLD


Julia Domna, Augusta 194 - 8 April 217 A.D., Stobi, Macedonia

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Stobi (now Gradsko, Macedonia) was an ancient town of Paeonia, conquered by Macedonia, and later made the capital of the Roman province of Macedonia Salutaris. Stobi prospered under Rome and in 69 A.D. was designated a municipium. Citizens of Stobi enjoyed Ius Italicum and were citizens of Rome.
RP25029. Silver AE 26, cf. BMC Macedonia 7, F, weight 10.059 g, maximum diameter 26.0 mm, die axis 180o, Stobi mint, 196 - 211 A.D.; obverse IVLIA AVGVSTA, draped bust right; reverse MVNICIP STOB or similar, Victory walking left, holding wreath and palm; scarce; SOLD


Marcus Aurelius, 7 March 161 - 17 March 180 A.D., Stobi, Macedonia

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RP25240. Bronze AE 27, cf. Varbanov III 3841, F, weight 9.212 g, maximum diameter 26.8 mm, die axis 180o, Stobi mint, obverse IMP M AVR ANTONINVS (or similar), laureate head right; reverse STOBENSIVM (or similar), Nike-Nemesis? advancing left, holding wreath and rod in right, palm in left, wheel at feet; very rare; SOLD


Julia Domna, Augusta 194 - 8 April 217 A.D., Stobi, Macedonia

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Stobi (now Gradsko, Macedonia) was an ancient town of Paeonia, conquered by Macedonia, and later made the capital of the Roman province of Macedonia Salutaris. Stobi prospered under Rome and in 69 A.D. was designated a municipium. Citizens of Stobi enjoyed Ius Italicum and were citizens of Rome.
RP63359. Bronze diassarion, Josifovski Stobi 236 var. (MVNIC STOBE); Varbanov 3881 var. (MVNI STOBEN); SNG Cop -; BMC Macedonia -, F, weight 5.251 g, maximum diameter 23.3 mm, die axis 180o, Stobi mint, obverse IVLIA A-VGVSTA (starting at 2:00), draped bust right; reverse MVNI - STOB, Nike (Victory) standing right, with both hands holding an oval shield resting on her left knee, left foot resting on a globe; rare; SOLD




  




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