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Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D.

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In 193, Laodicea was sacked by the governor of Syria, Pescennius Niger, in his revolt against Septimius Severus. In 194, Septimius Severus reorganized Syria into five new provinces. One of these, Coele-Syria, including all of northern Syria, briefly had its capital in Laodicea before reverting to Antioch. Septimius sought to punish Antioch for having supported Pescennius Niger. Septimius Severus endowed Laodicea with four colonnaded streets, baths, a theater, a hippodrome, numerous sanctuaries and other public buildings in the city. The city was a key strategic seaport for Roman Syria.
RS90492. Silver denarius, RIC IV 511(a), RSC III 4 55a; BMCRE V p. 294, 712; SRCV II -, aEF, toned, nice style, good strike, weight 3.375 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 0o, Laodicea ad Mare (Latakia, Syria) mint, 200 A.D.; obverse L SEPT SEV AVG IMP XI PART MAX, laureate head right; reverse P MAX TR P VIII COS II P P, Fides standing facing, head left, raising a plate of fruits in right, two stalks of grain downward in left; $120.00 (105.60)


Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D.

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Emesa was famous for its Temple of the Sun, the center of worship for the ancient pagan cult El-Gebal (or Elagabal). El-Gebal, worshipped in the form of a conical black stone, was the Aramaic name for the Syrian Sun God and means God of the Mountain. Julia Domna was born in Emesa in 170 A.D. She was the youngest daughter of high-priest Julius Bassianus, a descendant of the Royal House of Emesa.
RS65354. Silver denarius, RSC III 279a, RIC IV 398, BMCRE V 373, SRCV II 6305 var (LIBERA AVG), gVF, porous, weight 3.554 g, maximum diameter 16.8 mm, die axis 0o, Emesa (Homs, Syria) mint, 194 A.D.; obverse IMP CAE L SEP SEV PERT AVG COS II, laureate head right; reverse LIBER AVG, Liberalitas standing left, polos on head, counting board in right, cornucopia in left; scarce; $110.00 (96.80)


Mark Antony, Triumvir and Imperator, 44 - 30 B.C., LEG III

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This legion was probably Caesar's old III Gallica, which fought for Antony. Another possibility is III Cyrenaica, which was perhaps taken over from Lepidus. The III Augusta was probably an Octavian legion.
RR74099. Silver denarius, Crawford 544/15, Sydenham 1217, BMCRR II East 193, RSC I 28, Sear CRI 350, aF, banker's marks, weight 3.027 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 225o, Patrae(?) mint, fall 32 - spring 31 B.C.; obverse ANTAVG / III VIRRPC, galley right with rowers, mast with banners at prow; reverse LEG - III, aquila (legionary eagle) between two legionary standards; $95.00 (83.60)


Severus Alexander, 13 March 222 - March 235 A.D.

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Julia Maesa ruled as regent for Severus Alexander until her death in 223 or 224. Upon her death power passed to Julia Mamaea, the young emperor's mother. Mamaea governed moderately, advised by a council of 16 distinguished senators. Rome had difficulty accepting rule by a woman. There were numerous plots and revolts, the last of which ended with the murder of the emperor and his mother.
RS90497. Silver denarius, RSC III 470, RIC IV 271, SRCV II 7918, BMCRE VI 1063 note, VF, well centered on a broad flan, some porosity, minor edge crack, weight 2.511 g, maximum diameter 20.0 mm, die axis 180o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 223 A.D.; obverse IMP C M AVR SEV ALEXAND AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse PONTIF MAX TR P II COS II P P, Roma seated left on throne, Victory in extended right hand, reversed spear in left, shield rests on the ground beside the throne; scarce; $90.00 (79.20)


Mark Antony, Triumvir and Imperator, 44 - 30 B.C., LEG XV

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This LEG XV was probably raised by Antony and disbanded by Octavian. It is not likely to have been the XV Apollinaris, a legion that was reconstituted by Octavian.
RR74124. Silver denarius, Crawford 544/20, Sydenham 1224, BMCRR II East 198, RSC I 34, aF, weight 3.087 g, maximum diameter 17.4 mm, die axis 180o, Patrae(?) mint, 32 - 31 B.C.; obverse ANTAVG / III VIRRPC, galley right with rowers, mast with banners at prow; reverse LEG - XV, aquila (legionary eagle) between two legionary standards; $90.00 (79.20)


Gordian III, 29 July 238 - 25 February 244 A.D.

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A rare and very unusual coin with the image of Liberty but the legend for Liberalitas. Apparently the mint officials in Antioch didn't know the difference between these two Roman personifications.
RS74154. Silver antoninianus, SRCV III 8618, RIC IV 187a (R), RSC IV 126, Hunter III -, gF, marks and mildly rough areas, dark spot on reverse, weight 4.608 g, maximum diameter 22.3 mm, die axis 0o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 238 - 239 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES M ANT GORDIANVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse LIBERALITAS AVG, Libertas standing slightly left, head left, pileus (freedom cap) in right hand, long transverse rod in left hand; rare; $80.00 (70.40)


Valerian I, October 253 - c. June 260 A.D.

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This type imitates the Caius and Lucius Caesar reverse of Augustus. It refers to the joint consulate of Valerian and Gallienus in 257 A.D.
RS76533. Billon antoninianus, RIC V 277 (S, Antioch), RSC IV 169, Gbl MIR 1598a (Antioch), Hunter IV 70, SRCV III 9962, gVF, good metal for the type, slightly off center, edge crack, weight 3.615 g, maximum diameter 20.4 mm, eastern field mint, 257 A.D.; obverse IMP VALERIANVS AVG, radiate and draped bust right; reverse P M TR P V COS IIII P P, Valerian and Gallienus standing confronted, laureate and togate, holding two shields on the ground between them, two spears upright behind shields; scarce; $75.00 (66.00)


Mark Antony, Triumvir and Imperator, 44 - 30 B.C.

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RR74119. Silver denarius, cf. Crawford 544/14, Sydenham 1216, BMCRR II East 190, RSC I 27 ff., aF, banker's mark, reverse off center, weight 3.112 g, maximum diameter 17.9 mm, die axis 90o, Patrae(?) mint, 32 - 31 B.C.; obverse ANTAVG / III VIRRPC, galley right with rowers, mast with banners at prow; reverse LEG - [...], aquila (legionary eagle) between two legionary standards; $65.00 (57.20)


Mark Antony, Triumvir and Imperator, 44 - 30 B.C.

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RR74109. Silver denarius, cf. Crawford 544/14, Sydenham 1216, BMCRR II East 190, RSC I 27 ff., Fair/Poor, weight 2.990 g, maximum diameter 18.1 mm, die axis 1801o, Patrae(?) mint, 32 - 31 B.C.; obverse ANTAVG / III VIRRPC, galley right with rowers, mast with banners at prow; reverse LEG - [...], aquila (legionary eagle) between two legionary standards; $45.00 (39.60)


Salonina, Augusta 254 - c. September 268 A.D.

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In Roman religion, Concordia was the goddess of agreement, understanding, and marital harmony. The cult of Concordia Augusta ("Majestic Harmony") was of special importance to the imperial household. She is usually depicted wearing a long cloak and holding a patera (sacrificial bowl), a cornucopia (symbol of prosperity), or a caduceus (symbol of peace).
RS65795. Billon antoninianus, Gbl MIR 1691p (Samosata), SRCV III 10630 (uncertain Syrian mint), RIC V 63 (Antioch), RSC IV 31, F, centered, porous, some legend weak, small edge split, weight 4.155 g, maximum diameter 21.1 mm, die axis 315o, Syrian mint, 258 - 260 A.D.; obverse CORN SALONINA AVG, diademed and draped bust right, hair in ridges and in plait up the back of her head, crescent behind shoulders; reverse CONCORDIA AVGG, Gallienus (on left) and Salonina standing confronted, clasping hands; $25.00 (22.00)




  



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