, Philip III Arrhidaeus and Alexander IV, 323 - 317 B.C.
This coin was struck under one of the Macedonian satraps in Babylon: , Dokimos, or Seleukos I. Perdiccas suspected of colluding in the theft of Alexander's corpse and, in 321 B.C., sent Dokimos to replace him. was defeated and died from battle wounds. Seleucus, made by Perdiccas rival Antipater, arrived in Babylon in October or November 320 B.C. and defeated Dokimos.SH73195. Silver , 3697, 1542, -, VF, 17.067 g, maximum 28.5 mm, 135o, Babylon mint, , Dokimos, or Seleukos I, c. 323 - 317 B.C.; of Herakles right, clad in scalp headdress tied at neck; BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus enthroned left, in right hand, long vertical behind in left hand, right leg drawn back, of facing on left, KY under throne; ; $540.00 (€480.60)
Kingdom of Edessa, , Abgar X with , 242 - 244 A.D.
Abgar X Frahad bar Manu was raised to the throne when recovered from the Persians. His rule and the Kingdom of Edessa both ended with Gordian's assassination and a Sassanid takeover in 244 A.D. RP90428. Bronze AE 25, 225; p. 114, 144; 5745, VF, centered, light corrosion, 10.938 g, maximum 25.5 mm, 0o, , Edessa mint, 242 - 244 A.D.; AYTOK K M ANT ΓOP∆IANOC CEB, laureate of right, drapery on left shoulder, before; ABΓAPOC BACIΛEYC, mantled of Abgar right, bearded, wearing a diademed Parthian-style ornamented with a rosette, behind; $195.00 (€173.55)
Parthian Empire, Vologases III, 111 - 146 A.D.
Vologases III claimed the throne near the end of the reign of Pacorus II. After Osroes' death he ruled most of . He had to cope with raiders and with usurpers in Iran, including Mithradates IV and Unknown III. His coinage is perhaps the most common of all the Parthian rulers, indicating a long rule and vibrant economy.
References for this are very specific regarding the archer's seat. The seat on 78.5 is a horizontal line, on 78.6 it is two dots, on 78.7 it resembles Π. This variety, 78.4, has no seat.GS71611. Silver , 78.4, 413, -, aEF, smaller than the dies as invariable for the , tiny edge cracks, contact marks, 3.712 g, maximum 19.8 mm, 0o, Ecbatana (Hamedan, Iran) mint, 111 - 146 A.D.; right with long pointed beard, three waves in hair, diadem three bands, loop and three ends, earring and wire necklet; archer seated right holding bow, below legs, AT dot below bow, no seat, seven line blundered Greek forming a square around; $120.00 (€106.80)
Seleukid Kingdom, Antiochus I , 280 - 261 B.C.
Antiochos' reign was marred by struggle against internal and external enemies, including the betrayal and revolt of his co-regent in the east, his eldest son, whom he was forced to execute. He earned the title savior ( ) of by defeated roving bands of Galatians that had terrorized the cities for years. However, not long after, he lost southern and western to Ptolemy.GB83572. Bronze AE 16, I 377, 886, 175 (R3), F, nice green , bumps and marks, 5.18 g, maximum 16.4 mm, 90o, uncertain Mesopotamian or further east mint, 280 - 261 B.C.; horned horse right; flukes upward, BAΣIΛEΩΣ downward on right, ANTIOXOY downward on left, (control ) inner left and inner right; extremely ; $110.00 (€97.90)
, 13 March 222 - March 235 A.D., Edessa,
Edessa is the historical name of an Assyrian town in northern , refounded on an ancient site by Seleucus I Nicator. was assassinated in Edessa in 217 and Valerian was captured by Shapur I at Edessa in 260.
In 230, the Persian Ardashir I invaded . Alexander attempted to make peace but was rebuffed. He and his mother made their headquarters at Antioch and accompanied the legions. The Roman counterattack was defeated in 232 but both sides suffered heavy losses and agreed to a truce. In 233, celebrated a triumph in Rome to observe his "victory."RP71324. Bronze AE 26, 218; p. 108, 106; 2582, aVF, on a , green , porous, 7.212 g, maximum 25.8 mm, 0o, Edessa mint, AYT K M A C Eς AΛEΞA∆POC CE (CE below ), laureate draped and right, from behind; MHT KOΛ E∆ECCHNWN, turreted seated left on rock, small flaming before her, half-figure of river-god swimming right at her feet, before and behind; ; $105.00 (€93.45)
, 28 January 198 - 8 April 217 A.D., ,
was assassinated near on 8 April 217, while urinating on a roadside. When his escort gave him privacy to relieve himself, Julius Martialis, an officer of his personal bodyguard, ran forward and killed with a single sword stroke. Martialis fled on horseback, but was killed by a bodyguard archer. Herodian says had executed Martialis' brother a few days earlier on an unproven charge. Cassius Dio says that Martialis was resentful at not being promoted to the rank of centurion. , the Praetorian Guard Prefect, who succeeded him as emperor, may have arranged the assassination.RP78055. Bronze AE 15, 2490 - 2491; p. 86, 37; -, -, VF, near black with red earthen highlighting, , light corrosion, 1.643 g, maximum 14.5 mm, 180o, (Altinbasak, Turkey) mint, 28 Jan 198 - 8 Apr 217 A.D.; ANTONINVS , laureate right; COL AVR METROPOLI ANTONINIANA, veiled and turreted of right; from the Butte College Foundation, ex ; $95.00 (€84.55)
, 28 January 198 - 8 April 217 A.D., ,
was assassinated near on 8 April 217, while urinating on a roadside. When his escort gave him privacy to relieve himself, Julius Martialis, an officer of his personal bodyguard, ran forward and killed with a single sword stroke. Martialis fled on horseback, but was killed by a bodyguard archer. Herodian says had executed Martialis' brother a few days earlier on an unproven charge. Cassius Dio says that Martialis was resentful at not being promoted to the rank of centurion. , the Praetorian Guard Prefect, who succeeded him as emperor, may have arranged the assassination.RP67880. Bronze AE 20, cf. p.85, 16 ff.; 2485 ff.; 176 ff., F, nice green , , weak legends, 4.254 g, maximum 20.3 mm, 180o, (Altinbasak, Turkey) mint, ANTONINVS , laureate right, with short beard; COL MET ANTONINIANA, turreted, veiled, and draped of right; $50.00 (€44.50)
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