Pescennius Niger, April to 1 June 193 - March, April or May 194 A.D.
A superb Pescennius Niger. Excellent centering on a large round flan, with mint luster in the field surrounding the portrait.
The reverse die is very rare and we could not find any other specimen. The three RIC 47a-d, IVSTITIA AVGVSTI specimens we found all have the cornucopia away from the body of the goddess, which is the normal way as seen on most coins. However our coin shows the cornucopia rotated and held close to the body. This type was also used for a RIC 45, the more common issue with short IVSTITIA AVG legend.SH28188. Silver denarius, RIC IV 47d, Choice EF, weight 2.983 g, maximum diameter 18.7 mm, die axis 0o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, obverse IMP CAES C PESC NIGER IVST AVG, laureate head right; reverse IVSTITIA AVGVSTI, Justitia standing left, scales in right hand, cornucopia in left; extremely rare R4; SOLD
SH56927. Silver denarius, RSC III 75h, RIC IV 87d var. (also holding palm); BMCRE V 315 var. (rev. legend breaks), gVF, toned, some nice color, weight 3.044 g, maximum diameter 18.0 mm, die axis 0o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, obverse IMP CAES C PESC NIGER IVST AVG, laureate head right; reverse VIC-TO-RIAE AVG, winged Victory standing left, nude to the waist, wreath in extended right, left hand on hip holding drapery; ex Nomos AG; ex Numismatik Lanz auction 138, lot 713, 26 Nov 2007; very rare; SOLD
SH22818. Silver denarius, RIC IV 34 var., cf. RIC IV 32 for obverse legend, aEF, weight 3.980 g, maximum diameter 16.7 mm, die axis 0o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, obverse IMP CAES C PESCE NIGERISTI AVG, laureate head right; reverse INVICTO IMPERAT, trophy of captured arms, more arms piled at the base; rare; 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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