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Roman Republic, Anonymous (Victory and Spearhead), 189 - 179 B.C.
In 188 B.C., through the peace treaty of Apamea (in Phrygia), the Romans forced the Seleucid king, Antiochus III, to surrender all his Greek and Anatolian possessions as far east as the Taurus Mountains, to pay 15,000 talents over a period of 12 years and to surrender to Rome the former Carthaginian general Hannibal, his elephants and his fleet, and furnish hostages, including the king's eldest son, Demetrius. Rome became the master of the eastern Mediterranean while Antiochus III's empire was reduced to Syria, Mesopotamia, and western Iran.RR69079. Bronze triens, Crawford 145/3, Sydenham 293b, SRCV I 957, aVF, flan edge flaw, some corrosion, weight 9.194 g, maximum diameter 24.2 mm, die axis 135o, Rome mint, 189 - 179 B.C.; obverse helmeted head of Minerva right, four pellets above; reverse prow of galley right, Victory with wreath and spearhead above, four pellets right, ROMA below; from the Andrew McCabe Collection; very rare; $60.00 (€53.40)
Roman Republic, TP or PT Monogram (Caius Petronius?), 169 - 158 B.C.
Babelon attributed the monogram as a mintmark for Paestum. BMCRR notes the style and fabric are of Rome and speculates the moneyer may be Caius Petronius.RR69330. Bronze semis, Crawford 177/2, Sydenham 353a (R4), SRCV I 843, F, weight 16.187 g, maximum diameter 25.3 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 169 - 158 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Saturn right, L below, S behind; reverse galley prow right, TP or PT monogram above, S right, ROMA below; from the Andrew McCabe Collection; scarce; $60.00 (€53.40)
Roman Republic, NAT (Pinarius Natta?), c. 155 B.C.
In 155 B.C., Consul Publius Cornelius Scipio Nasica Corculum defeated the Dalmatians and conquered their capital, Delminium, ending the first Dalmatian war. The Dalmatians were compelled to pay tribute and Corculum was granted a triumph in Rome.RR71975. Bronze triens, Crawford 200/4, BabelonPinaria 5, Sydenham 383b, BMCRR I Rome 767, Russo RBW 862, SRCV I 990, gF, nice dark green patina, weight 6.670 g, maximum diameter 21.1 mm, die axis 315o, Rome mint, c. 155 B.C.; obverse helmeted head of Minerva right, four pellets above; reverse prow right, NAT above, four pellets before, ROMA below; from the Andrew McCabe Collection, ex Roma Numismatics e-auction 8, lot 502; very scarce; $60.00 (€53.40)
Roman Republic, Anonymous (Helmet), 206 - 194 B.C.
The Roman army was not invincible in battle. Roman soldiers, weapons and battlefield tactics did not always overwhelm their enemies. The Gauls, for example, sometimes decimated Roman forces. Hannibal had destroyed whole Roman armies again and again. But after every huge loss, Rome would simply raise another army. Rome could be defeated in battles, but Roman tenacity, long term strategy, and seemingly endless resources, ensured victory in wars. During the period this coin was struck Rome defeated the armies of Macedonia under Philip V and of Carthage under Hannibal.RR69097. Bronze triens, Crawford 118/3, Sydenham 272b, BMCRE II Italy p. 226, SRCV I 939, F, weight 9.132 g, maximum diameter 23.7 mm, die axis 0o, Italian mint, 206 - 194 B.C.; obverse helmeted head of Minerva right, four pellets above; reverse prow of galley right, ROMA above, helmet with cheek-pieces and crest above in form of a crescent on right before prow, four pellets below; from the Andrew McCabe Collection; rare; $50.00 (€44.50)
Roman Republic, LFP monogram (L. Furius Philus?), 189 - 179 B.C.
In 179 B.C., the Pons Aemilius was completed across the Tiber River in Rome. It is regarded as the world's first stone bridge.RR69086. Bronze quadrans, Crawford 144/4, Sydenham 300c, SRCV I 1088, F, nice olive green patina, pitting on obverse, weight 7.513 g, maximum diameter 22.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 189 - 179 B.C.; obversehead of Hercules right, clad in Nemean Lion's scalp, three pellets (mark of value) behind; reverse prow of galley right, Victory flying right crowning LFP monogram with wreath above, three pellets (mark of value) before, ROMA below; from the Andrew McCabe Collection; very rare; $45.00 (€40.05)