Carthage, Zeugitana, North Africa, Early 3rd Century B.C.
Agathocles, the tyrant of Syracuse, died in 289 B.C. He restored the Syracusan democracy on his death bed, stating that he did not want his sons to succeed him as king. The following year, some of his disbanded mercenaries, calling themselves Mamertines (Sons of Mars), seized Messana in northeast Sicily. The city became a base from which they ravaged the Sicilian countryside. Syracuse was weakened by his loss and Carthage began a renewal of their power in Sicily.GB76852. Bronze AE 17, Viola CNP 94, Alexandropoulos 22, HGC 2 1674 (S), MŁller Afrique 315, Weber III 8486, SNG Cop VIII 126, SGCV II 6530, BMC Sicily -, F, well centered, green patina, areas of corrosion, weight 3.626 g, maximum diameter 16.6 mm, die axis 90o, Carthage or uncertain Sicilian mint, early 3rd century B.C.; obverse date palm tree with two bunches of hanging fruit, no legend, symbols or monogram; reverse unbridled horse standing right, head turned back looking left, no legend, symbols or monogram; scarce;
$70.00 SALE PRICE $63.00 Roman Republic, L. Livineius Regulus, 42 B.C.
The curule chair was for senior magistrates including dictators, masters of the horse, consuls, praetors, censors, and the curule aediles. As a form of a throne, it might be given as an honor to foreign kings recognized formally as a friend (amicus) by the Roman people or senate. Designed for use by commanders in the field, the curule chair could be folded for easy transport. It had no back, low arms, curved legs forming an X, and was traditionally made of or veneered with ivory.RR13730. Silver denarius, SRCV I 487/2, Sear CRI 177, Crawford 494/28, Sydenham 1110, RSC I Livineia 11, F, weight 3.912 g, maximum diameter 18.2 mm, die axis 225o, Rome mint, 42 B.C.; obverse bare head of praetor Regulus right, no legend; reverse curule chair between six fasces, L LIVINEIVS above, REGVLVS in exergue; scarce; SOLDConstantius II, 22 May 337 - 3 November 361 A.D.
BB04506. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Antioch 55, LRBC I 1327, SRCV V 17614, Cohen VII 20, aVF, weight 2.20 g, maximum diameter 17.6 mm, die axis 180o, 6th officina, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, as caesar, 324 - 337 A.D.; obverse no legend, laureate draped and cuirassed bust left; reverse CONSTAN/TIVS / CAESAR, in three lines, above star, SMANTS (Antioch) below; an unusual coin type; rare (R3); SOLD
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|The ruins of Antioch on the Orontes lie near the modern city of Antakya, Turkey. Founded near the end of the 4th century B.C. by Seleucus I Nicator, one of Alexander the Great's generals, Antioch's geographic, military and economic location, particularly the spice trade, the Silk Road, the Persian Royal Road, benefited its occupants, and eventually it rivaled Alexandria as the chief city of the Near East and as the main center of Hellenistic Judaism at the end of the Second Temple period. Antioch is called "the cradle of Christianity," for the pivotal early role it played in the emergence of the faith. It was one of the four cities of the Syrian tetrapolis. Its residents are known as Antiochenes. Once a great metropolis of half a million people, it declined to insignificance during the Middle Ages because of warfare, repeated earthquakes and a change in trade routes following the Mongol conquests, which then no longer passed through Antioch from the far east.|
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