, 16 May 218 - 11 March 222 A.D., ,
today is Plovdiv, Bulgaria.RP63960. Bronze AE 28, p. 167, 44; 1712; 5404; -, F, nice green , 13.097 g, maximum 27.5 mm, 225o, (Plovdiv, Bulgaria) mint, AYT K M AYPHΛ MA ANTΩNEINOC CEB, laureate of emperor right; MHTPOΠOΛEΩC ΦIΛIΠΠOΠOΛE/ΩC NEΩKO/POY, two wrestlers grappling; USA import restricted , ex Mark Collection; ; $225.00 (€198.00)
is the personification of the ability to foresee and to make provision for the future. This ability was considered essential for the emperor and was among the embodiments of virtues that were of the imperial cult. said that , (memory) and intellegentia (understanding) are the three main components of prudentia, the knowledge what is or bad or neither.
RS69076. Silver , 23, 144, 102, 7531, gVF, , 2.804 g, maximum 19.8 mm, 0o, Rome mint, Jan - Jun 218 A.D.; IMP ANTONINVS AVG, laureate and draped right, from behind; PM T R P II P P, standing facing, left, legs crossed, leaning with left arm on column, rod in right over globe at feet, in left; $160.00 (€140.80)
The in the , a symbol of the sun-god, stands for the mint of Rome.RS68509. Silver , 154, 28, 7533, gVF, , 2.681 g, maximum 19.8 mm, 0o, Rome mint, 220 A.D.; IMP ANTONINVS AVG, laureate draped and right, from behind; III P P, Sol advancing left, , nude but for over shoulders and left arm, raising right hand commanding the sun to rise, whip in left, in left ; ex Antioch Associates (San Francisco); $145.00 (€127.60)
The in the , a symbol of the sun-god, stands for the mint of Rome.RS77436. Silver , 40b, 184, 49, p. 567, 244; cf. 7533 (TR P III), VF, , nice portrait, , some die wear, porous, 3.150 g, maximum 19.1 mm, Rome mint, 221 A.D.; IMP ANTONINVS AVG, laureate, draped and right, from behind; IIII P P, Sol advancing left, , nude but for cloak over shoulders and left arm and flying behind, raising right hand commanding the sun to rise, whip vertical in left hand, in left ; $145.00 (€127.60)
, 16 May 218 - 11 March 222 A.D., Zeugma, Commagene,
notes coins of from Zeugma share dies with his coins from Antioch and were probably struck at the Antioch mint.
Zeugma was founded by Seleucus I Nicator who almost certainly named the city Seleucia after himself. In 64 B.C. the city was conquered by Rome and renamed Zeugma, meaning "bridge of boats." On the Silk Road connecting Antioch to China, Zeugma had a pontoon bridge across the Euphrates, which was the long time with the Persian Empire. The IV Scythica was camped in Zeugma. The legion and the trade station brought great wealth to Zeugma until, in 256, Zeugma was fully destroyed by the Sassanid , Shapur I. An earthquake then buried the city beneath rubble. The city never regained its earlier prosperity and, after Arab raids in the 5th and 6th centuries, it was abandoned again.RY90698. Bronze AE 32, p. 127, 28; 29; 31 var.(AVT K M AV -..., and slight drapery), F, 18.971 g, maximum 32.4 mm, 315o, Antioch(?) mint, AVT KAI MAP AVP - ANTΩNEINOC CE, laureate right; ZEYΓM−ATEΩN (Z reversed), of Zeus(?) with containing of trees, capricorn right in ; big 32 mm bronze!; $140.00 (€123.20)
, the personification of rejoicing, is usually depicted as a matron, standing with a in her left hand and a long frond on the ground in her right. Green branches were a sign of gladness and for special occasions, both public and private, it was the custom in ancient times to ornament streets, temples, gates, houses, and even entire cities, with branches and leaves of trees. This tradition carries on today in the form of wreaths and Christmas trees.RS73522. Silver , 190, 54, 281, 116, 7517, VF, exotic eastern , 2.751 g, maximum 18.4 mm, 0o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, c. 218 - 219 A.D.; ANTONINVS AVG, laureate, draped and right, from behind; AVG, standing front, looking left, in right, long grounded frond in left, flanked by two nude children standing at her feet reaching up to her, the child on the right touching the frond; $135.00 (€118.80)
The silver content of the Roman fell to 43 percent under emperor , down from 50 percent under . He emptied the treasury with his excesses while his grandmother, , ruled the Empire. RS73531. Silver , 289a, 36, 156, cf. 7500 (obv , no ), gVF, nice portrait, excellent centering, a little porous, 5.337 g, maximum 22.7 mm, 45o, Rome mint, 218 A.D.; ANTONINVS AVG, laureate and draped right; ANTONINI AVG, walking right, wreath raised in right hand, over shoulder in left; $135.00 (€118.80)
In July 221, was forced to divorce his new bride, the Virgin . He then married , his third wife. After five months he returned to claiming the divorce was invalid. Meanwhile, according to the historian Cassius Dio, had a stable homosexual relationship with his chariot driver, the slave Hierocles.
RS74521. Silver , 78, 201, 44, 7514, VF, some marks, light corrosion, 3.019 g, maximum 19.0 mm, 0o, Rome mint, 220 - 221 A.D.; IMP ANTONINVS AVG, laureate and draped right, from behind; , ( ) between two legionary standards, at base of each ; $135.00 (€118.80)
, 16 May 218 - 11 March 222 A.D., Nikopolis ad Istrum, Inferior
Nicopolis ad Istrum was founded by around 101 - 106, at the junction of the Iatrus (Yantra) and the Rositsa rivers, in memory of his over the . Its ruins are located at the village of Nikyup, 20 km of Veliko Tarnovo in northern Bulgaria. The town reached its peak during the reigns of , , the Antonines and the dynasty.RP65521. Bronze assarion, 18.104.22.168, I/I 2039, 3849, cf. p. 51, 68 ff. (larger, , arrangement), -, aEF, 2.273 g, maximum 15.6 mm, 0o, Nicopolis ad Istrum (Nikyup, Bulgaria) mint, 16 May 218 - 11 Mar 222 A.D.; AY K M AYΠ ANTΩNINOC, laureate, draped and right; NI/KOΠ/OΛITΩN / ΠPOC IC/TPON, in five lines within laurel wreath; ex Numismatik auction 7, lot 464; $120.00 (€105.60)
On 16 May 218, , an aunt of the assassinated , was banished to her home in by the self-proclaimed emperor . There she declared her grandson , age 14, emperor of Rome. On 8 June, at the Battle of Antioch, Elagabalus' Syrian legions defeated the forces of . fled, but was captured near Chalcedon and later executed in . Macrinus' son escaped to the Parthian court, but was captured at Zeugma and also put to death.RS90688. Silver , 1, 126, 3, 7493, gVF, nice , , a little frosty, 5.217 g, maximum 22.4 mm, 0o, Rome mint, 218 A.D.; ANTONINVS AVG, , draped and right, from behind; COS P P, seated left, offering wreath in right, long vertical behind in left, at her side; $115.00 (€101.20)
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