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Ptolemaic Kyrenaica, Ptolemy III Euergetes - Ptolemy VIII Euergetes II (Physcon), 246 - 116 B.C.

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Alexander the Great received tribute from the cities of Kyrenaica after he took Egypt. Kyrenaica was annexed by Ptolemy I Soter. It briefly gained independence under Magas of Cyrene, stepson of Ptolemy I, but was reabsorbed into the Ptolemaic empire after his death. It was separated from the main kingdom by Ptolemy VIII and given to his son Ptolemy Apion, who, dying without heirs in 96 B.C., bequeathed it to the Roman Republic.
GP65950. Bronze AE 12, Svoronos 874 (Ptolemy II, 1 specimen), cf. SNG Cop 445 (Ptolemy III), Weiser 105 (Ptolemy V), Noeske 130 (Ptolemy III), SNG Milan 484 (uncertain date), VF, weight 0.881 g, maximum diameter 12.0 mm, die axis 0o, Kyrene mint, 246 - 116 B.C.; obverse diademed head of Ptolemy I right, wearing aegis; reverse head of Libya right, wearing tainia, cornucopia below chin; $80.00 (71.20)


Tacitus, 25 September 275 - June 276 A.D.

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Pax, regarded by the ancients as a goddess, was worshiped not only at Rome but also at Athens. Her altar could not be stained with blood. Claudius began the construction of a magnificent temple to her honor, which Vespasian finished, in the Via Sacra. The attributes of Peace are the hasta pura, the olive branch, the cornucopia, and often the caduceus. Sometimes she is represented setting fire to a pile of arms.
RA47000. Silvered antoninianus, MER-RIC 3257, RIC V 44, Bastien IX 30, BnF XII 1406, Venra 1139 - 1143, VF, well centered, much silvering, weight 3.904 g, maximum diameter 22.9 mm, die axis 180o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, issue 1, Nov - Dec 275 A.D.; obverse IMP C M CL TACITVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse PAX PVBLICA, Pax standing left, olive branch in right hand, transverse scepter in left hand,no mark; scarce; $45.00 (40.05)


Probus, Summer 276 - September 282 A.D.

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In 280, Probus defeated the usurpers, Proculus at Lugdunum (Lyon), Bonosus at Colonia Agrippinensis (Cologne), and Julius Saturninus at Apamea, Syria.
RA46840. Silvered antoninianus, RIC V, part 2, 913, gVF, near full silvering, weight 3.465 g, maximum diameter 22.9 mm, die axis 180o, 5th officina, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, 280 A.D.; obverse IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG, radiate, helmeted and cuirassed bust left, spear in right over shoulder, shield on left arm; reverse VIRTVS PROBI AVG (the valor of Emperor Probus), emperor riding left, raising hand, captive at foot before horse, V below, XXI M(oneta) C(yzicus) in ex; $45.00 (40.05)


Thracian Tribes, c. 146 - 30 B.C., Imitative of Maroneia, Thrace

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This is the only example of this type with a blundered ethnic known to Forum. We believe it much more likely a Thracian tribal imitative than a Maroneia mint error.
BB54594. Bronze AE 18, cf. Schnert-Geiss Maroneia 1566, BMC Thrace p. 130, 80; SNG Cop 645; Lindgren II 805 (blundered ethnic), VF, crude, weight 6.585 g, maximum diameter 17.7 mm, die axis 0o, Thracian tribal mint, c. 146 - 30 B.C.; obverse wreathed head of young Dionysos right; reverse Dionysos standing left, grapes in right, narthex in left, blundered inscription downward on right (normally MAPΩNITΩN, appears as NEOΣ?); $45.00 (40.05)


Seleukid Kingdom, Alexander I Balas, 152 - 145 B.C., Apamea Civic Coinage

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This rare civic coinage type, without the portrait of the Seleukid King, was only issued for one year, 150 - 149 B.C.

Apamea was on the right bank of the Orontes River, about 55 km (34 mi) to the northwest of Hama, Syria, overlooking the Ghab valley. Originally named Pharmake, it was fortified and enlarged by Seleucus I Nicator in 300 B.C., who renamed it after his Bactrian wife, Apama. The fortress was placed upon a hill; the windings of the Orontes, with the lake and marshes, gave it a peninsular form. Seleucus had his commissariat there with 500 elephants, 30,000 mares, and 300 stallions. The pretender, Diodotus Tryphon, made Apamea the basis of his operations. Located at a strategic crossroads for Eastern commerce, the city flourished to the extent that its population eventually numbered half a million. It was one of the four cities of the Syrian tetrapolis, boasted one of the largest theaters in the Roman world, and a monumental colonnade.
Great Colonnade at Apamea
GB59706. Bronze AE 16, BMC Galatia p. 233, 1, Lindgren-Kovacs 2029, Cohen DCA 134, VF, weight 4.278 g, maximum diameter 16.8 mm, die axis 0o, Apamea of Syria mint, 150 - 149 B.C.; obverse turreted and veiled bust of Tyche right; reverse AΠAMEΩN, warrior advancing left, looking back right, extending right hand, spear and shield in left, ΓΞP (year 163 of Seleucid Era) left; rare; $45.00 (40.05)


Diocletian, 20 November 284 - 1 May 305 A.D.

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In 292, the Roman general Achilleus was proclaimed emperor in Alexandria. For two years he ruled over Egypt, but in 294 his rebellion was crushed by Emperor Diocletian.
RS60443. Billon antoninianus, Bastien 435; RIC V, part 2, 34; cf. Hunter IV 35 (1st officina); SRCV IV 12658 var. (obv. legend), EF, near full silvering, uneven strike, weight 2.795 g, maximum diameter 22.4 mm, die axis 0o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, 292 A.D.; obverse IMP DIOCLETIANVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse IOVI AVGG, Jupiter seated left, Victory on globe in right hand, long scepter behind in left, uncertain officina letter in exergue; $45.00 (40.05)


Leo I and Verina, 7 February 457 - 18 January 474 A.D.

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Verina was the highly ambitious and capable wife of Emperor Leo I. After the death of her husband she continued to exercise great influence in the governing of the Empire. She was responsible for inciting two failed rebellions against Zeno, first by her brother Basiliscus in 475 - 476 A.D and then by Leontius in 484 - 488 A.D. She died at the fortress of Cherris in 484 A.D.
RL60348. Bronze AE 4, RIC X 713 - 718, aVF, weight 0.763 g, maximum diameter 10.0 mm, die axis 0o, obverse [D N] LEO, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse Empress Verina standing facing holding cross on globe and transverse scepter, b - E across fields; scarce; $45.00 (40.05)


Kierion, Thessaly, Greece, c. 400 - 344 B.C.

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Kierion was originally named Arne for the Nymph on the reverse of this coin. Most references, including BCD, identify the male god on the obverse as Zeus. Rogers and SNG Cop say Poseidon. Since, according to one myth, Arne became pregnant by Poseidon and bore the twins Aiolos and Boiotos, we think Poseidon is more likely.
BB62454. Bronze chalkous, cf. BCD Thessaly II 105.1; Rogers 173; SNG Cop 35; BMC Thessaly p. 15, 1; SNG Evelpidis 1516; HGC 4 679 (S), Fair, weight 2.492 g, maximum diameter 14.6 mm, die axis 255o, Kierion mint, c. 400 - 344 B.C.; obverse head of Zeus right with a short neatly trimmed beard and fillet binding his hair; reverse KIEPIEIΩN, the nymph Arne kneeling right on right knee, looking left, her torso bare, leaning on right hand on the ground, tossing astragaloi with left; scarce; $45.00 (40.05)


Claudius II Gothicus, September 268 - August or September 270 A.D.

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Click on Isis Faria, sistrum or situla to read about them in Forum's NumisWiki!
RS65544. Billon antoninianus, MER-RIC 1059, RIC V 217, Huvelin 1990 43, Hunter IV 83, Cohen VI 255, F, weight 3.513 g, maximum diameter 20.5 mm, die axis 315o, 5th officina, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, issue 3, c. early - mid 270; obverse IMP C CLAVDIVS AVG, radiate head left; reverse SALV-S AVG (health of the Emperor), Isis Faria standing left, sistrum in right, situla in left, usually an officina letter in exergue (off flan); scarce; $45.00 (40.05)


Pannonian Celts, Syrmia Region, Kugelwange (Ball Cheek) Type, c. 2nd Century B.C.

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Syrmia is a fertile region of the Pannonian Plain in Europe, between the Danube and Sava rivers. Today, it is divided between Serbia in the east and Croatia in the west.
CE68492. Bronze tetradrachm, cf. Lanz 471; Gbl OTA 193/14; CCCBM I S133; Pink 199, Forrer Keltische pl. XXXII, 279; derived from the Macedonian Kingdom tetradrachms of Philip II, aVF, weight 8.947 g, maximum diameter 24.5 mm, die axis 180o, Syrmia mint, c. 2nd century B.C.; obverse devolved laureate head of Zeus right, hair in arcs on both sides of central point, broad laurel wreath, ball cheek; reverse devolved horse trotting left; $45.00 (40.05)




  



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