, , Hieron II, 275 - 215 B.C., Portrait of Queen Philistis
Hieron II placed his wife and son on coins during his long reign. Those of Queen Philistis are eagerly sought after by collectors.SH84601. Silver 5 litrae, 221 (D2/R2), 893, 1546, 827, 959, 2918, 1708, 1557 (R2) (all from the same dies), aEF/gVF, , light marks, 4.441 g, maximum 18.0 mm, 180o, mint, c. 218 - 215 B.C.; veiled and diademed of Queen Philistis left, frond behind; galloping left, holding reins with both , E• in front of horses' legs, BAΣIΛIΣΣAΣ above, ΦIΛIΣTI∆OΣ ; from the Woolslayer Collection; Numismatica Ars Classica auction 27 (12 May 2004), lot 129; ex A.D.M. Collection; ex Collection, 1929 sale, lot 213; ; $3000.00 (€2670.00)
, Daughter of , Wife of , Mother of , Grandmother of
was the daughter of Marc Antony and , the wife of , the mother of , and a grandmother of . Renowned for her beauty and virtue, was revered by the Roman people. She was probably poisoned by or committed suicide. She never loved her son , calling him a monster and a fool, but he posthumously made her Augusta in 41 A.D. and issued all her coinage.SH68887. Silver , 66, 111, 2, 1900, F, , 3.717 g, maximum 18.9 mm, 225o, Rome mint, struck under , c. 41 - 42 A.D.; , draped right, wearing barley ; CONSTANTIAE AVGVSTI, standing facing, draped as , long torch in right, in left; from the Jyrki Muona Collection; (R2); $880.00 (€783.20)
, 15 January 69 - 17 April 69 A.D.
This was likely struck in anticipation of the upcoming war with . SH72952. Silver , 16, 24, 24, 21, 2165, F, nice portrait and , attractive , porous, 3.038 g, maximum 17.6 mm, 180o, Rome mint, 15 Jan - Feb 69 A.D.; IMP M , right; , walking left, extended in right, frond in left; from the Jyrki Muona Collection, 23/1000 coins of this in Jyrki Muona' die-study; very ( ); $800.00 (€712.00)
Roman Republic, Anonymous, c. 230 B.C.
In 230 B.C., Rome sent envoys to the Illyrian Queen Teuta to obtain her aid in ending attacks and murders of Roman merchants by Illyrian pirates. After the Roman ambassador Coruncanius and the Issaean ambassador Cleemporus offended Queen Teuta, the were murdered at sea by her soldiers. In response, Roman forces occupied the island of Corcyra with the aim of humbling Teuta.SH77477. (cast) , Libral ; 68; 328; 24/5; 33; pp. 60-61, 1-76 pl. 25, 8-11, gF, nice green , pitting, marks, 58.717 g, maximum 40.2 mm, Rome mint, c. 230 B.C.; horse prancing left, two pellets above and two pellets bellow (mark of value); wheel of six spokes, four pellets (mark of value) between spokes; From the Andrew McCabe Collection; very ; $480.00 (€427.20)
, 2 January - 20 December 69 A.D.
This coin is M13 in The Metallurgy of Roman Silver Coinage: From the Reform of to the Reform of by Kevin and Matthew Pointing. Testing established this coin was minted to the first Neronian , at 78.6% silver. There is a very tiny hole drilled in the edge where the sample was taken.SH72993. Silver , M13 (this coin), 105 (R), 47, 31, 67, 11, 2198 var. (no AVG, May - Jul), F, , tiny sample hole on the edge, 3.093 g, maximum 18.4 mm, 135o, Rome mint, Jul - 20 Dec 69 A.D.; A , laureate right; (Liberty ), standing facing, right, in extended right hand, long rod vertical in left hand; from the Jyrki Muona Collection; ; $450.00 (€400.50)
, , , c. 450 - 420 B.C.
During religious games, the young men of participated in bull jumping and bull wrestling. In bull wrestling, participants would jump from a horse, naked save a (cloak) and (hat), to bring a bull down to the ground. The shows a wrestler bringing down a bull and the shows the horse running free after the leap was made. The game may have originated in and then traveled to , where it is known the people of learned the sport.GS84620. Silver , 50, 110, I 1128, 173 -174, 420 (S), gVF, attractive classical , , deposits, light marks, slightly off center, 6.175 g, maximum 19.0 mm, 225o, mint, c. 450/440 - 420 B.C.; hero Thessalos restraining bull, both left, holding band around its , nude but for billowing tied around his neck, tied around neck flying behind; bridled horse rearing right, trailing rein, ΛAPI/ΣAIA in two lines above and below, all within shallow square; ex CNG e-auction 386 (9 Nov 2016), lot 112; ex with his tag noting, "Ex Sotheby's , 9 Dec. 93, of lot 323, the lot of 6 pieces for $1500 +10%, This piece cost $350.-"; ; $400.00 (€356.00)
the Arab, February 244 - End of September 249 A.D.
was the goddess or personification of luck and success. She played an important role in Rome's state religion during the empire and was frequently portrayed on coins. She became a prominent symbol of the wealth and prosperity of the Roman Empire.RS75697. Silver , 75A (R); 130, 8945, -, EF, strike with dies, nice metal, 4.966 g, maximum 22.4 mm, 0o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 247 - 248 A.D.; IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, , draped, and right, from behind; IIII COS P P, standing left, long in right hand, in left hand; $360.00 (€320.40)
, Augusta c. 79 - 89 A.D.
was the daughter of the emperor , and although married, she had an affair with her uncle . In 83 A.D., divorced his wife and lived openly with her. It has been said that she died because forced her to have an abortion but modern research indicates this allegation is false.SH72986. Silver , 14; 141; , 1, 56; p. 275, 1; 106; 2612, F, slightly , 3.030 g, maximum 21.0 mm, 180o, Rome mint, 79 - 81 A.D.; IVLIA TITI , diademed and draped right, hair in a long plait in back; , standing right, viewed from behind, nude to the hips, right knee bent, leaning with left elbow and forearm on column, transverse spear on far side in left hand, raising up helmet in right hand; from the Jyrki Muona Collection collection, ex Zuzim (2012); only the second example of this handled by ; ; $340.00 (€302.60)
Thebes, Boiotia, , 405 - 395 B.C.
The largest city in , leader of the Boeotian confederacy, and rival of Athens, Thebes sided with during Xerxes' invasion in 480 B.C. Thebes ended Sparta's power of at the Battle of Leuctra in 371. The Sacred Band of Thebes famously fell to at Chaeronea in 338. After a revolt in 335, Alexander the Great destroyed the city, except, according to tradition, the house of the poet .GS74435. Silver tetartemorion, 466; p. 77, 87; 294; 35; 37, VF, , 0.163 g, maximum 6.4 mm, Thebes mint, 405 - 395 B.C.; Boiotian ox-hide ; bunch of grapes on stem, Θ−E flanking above; ex ; $320.00 (€284.80)
, 3 April 68 - 15 January 69 A.D.
Livia was the wife of , mother of , paternal grandmother of , paternal great-grandmother of , and maternal great-great-grandmother of . Livia and remained married for 51 years. They had no children. Livia always enjoyed the status of privileged counselor to her husband, petitioning him on the behalf of others and influencing his policies, an unusual role for a Roman wife. Living very simply and frugally, Livia set an example of Roman virtue which made her quite popular with the people. According to some ancient historians, however, Livia poisoned Augustus' potential heirs and then himself to make her son emperor. When he was emperor, and Livia, had a falling out. On her death in 29 A.D., he did not see fit to have her consecrated. When came to power, he argued that every God needed a consort (referring to the deified ). The Senate accepted this logic, and she was declared a goddess.SH72998. Silver , 14 (R2), 167, 43, 8, -, -, aVF, light corrosion, cleaning scratches, 2.996 g, maximum 18.4 mm, 180o, mint, Apr - Aug 68 A.D.; IMP , laureate right, globe behind the point of neck; , Livia standing slightly left, left, in right hand, long vertical behind in left hand; from the Jyrki Muona Collection; very ; $300.00 (€267.00)
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