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Chariots on Ancient Coins

Roman Republic, Q. Curtius and M. Junius Silanus, 116 or 115 B.C.

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In 116 B.C., Gaius Marius was narrowly elected as praetor for the following year and then promptly accused of ambitus (electoral corruption). He barely won acquittal on the charge. In 115 B.C., he spent an uneventful year as praetor in Rome.
RR72976. Silver denarius, SRCV I 162, Crawford 285/2, Sydenham 537, RSC I Curtia 2, F, toned, weight 3.383 g, maximum diameter 20.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 116 or 115 B.C.; obverse head of Roma right in winged helmet, X behind, QCVRT before; reverse Jupiter in a quadriga right, hurling thunderbolt with right, scepter in left, horses rearing, M SILA (LA ligate) below, ROMA in exergue; $90.00 (79.20)

Roman Republic, L. Farsuleius Mensor, 75 B.C.

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RSC notes, " The type may allude to the Lex Julia (B.C. 90) by which the rights of citizenship was granted to all Italians." Sydenham and Crawford both indicate the historical allusion is uncertain.
RR74091. Silver denarius, SRCV 328, RSC I Farsuleia 1, Sydenham 789a, Crawford 392/1a, F, holed and plugged, light scrape, weight 3.500 g, maximum diameter 20.1 mm, die axis 135o, Rome mint, 75 B.C.; obverse draped and diademed bust of Libertas right, SC below chin, xxx[...] (control number) above pileus behind, MENSOR before; reverse helmeted warrior standing facing in biga right, head left, extending right hand to assist citizen into biga, reins and spear in left, scorpion below horse's forelegs, LFARSVLEI in exergue; $90.00 (79.20)

Krannon, Thessaly, Greece, 350 - 300 B.C.

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It was customary in time of drought to take a sacred chariot with Hydria in procession through the City to supplicate Apollo for rain, and if a crow settled on the wheels, that was the sign that Apollo would grant the prayers of the faithful. -- Rev. Edgar Rogers in The Copper Coinage of Thessaly
GB49226. Bronze dichalkon, cf. BCD Thessaly 1085; SNG Cop 44 (obv Π upper left vice A/N); Rogers 191 ff.; BMC Thessaly p. 16, 3 (none with this ethnic arrangement), gF, weight 4.364 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, Krannon mint, 350 - 300 B.C.; obverse horseman galloping right, wearing petasos and chlamys, A right, N below; reverse hydria (water carrying vessel) mounted on cart, crow standing on right wheel, [K]PAN below; ex BCD collection with his handwritten round tag; unpublished variety; $75.00 (66.00)

Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D.

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RB73732. Orichalcum sestertius, BMCRE IV 1670, Hunter II 373, RIC III 767a, Cohen II 320, SRCV II 4168, aF, green patina, weight 23.646 g, maximum diameter 31.6 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 145 - 7 Mar 161 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS - AVG PIVS P P TR P, laureate head right; reverse Antoninus in slow triumphal quadriga left, right hand extended, transverse eagle-tipped scepter in left, COS IIII / S C in two lines in exergue; ex Forum (2006); $75.00 (66.00)

Roman Republic, M. Papirius Carbo, 122 B.C.

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In 122 B.C., Marcus Fulvius Flaccus and Gaius Gracchus became tribunes and proposed a number of populist reforms. Gracchus passed a law requiring the state to provide weapons and equipment for the soldiers in the Roman army. The following year Gracchus lost his bid for reelection. When his rivals planned to repeal his populist reforms, Gracchus organized a mass protest. The Senate ordered the protest suppressed by any means necessary. Gaius Gracchus and many of his followers were killed on the streets of Rome in a pitched battle with the consul Lucius Opimius, and a force of senators and equites. Later Opimius established a tribunal that condemned 3,000 of Gracchus supporters to death.
RR74209. Silver denarius, SRCV I 151, Crawford 276/1, Sydenham 423, RSC I Papiria 6, Fair, toned, weight 3.489 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 90o, Rome mint, 122 B.C.; obverse head of Roma right in winged helmet, palm branch behind, X below chin; reverse Jupiter in a quadriga right, brandishing thunderbolt in right, long scepter and reins in left, M CARBO below, ROMA in exergue; $35.00 (30.80)

Probus, Summer 276 - September 282 A.D.

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Invincible Sol charging in a facing quadriga and raising his hand commanding the sun to rise, is one of our favorite reverses of the Roman Imperial series and Forum's recommended coin type for Probus. If you only plan to buy one Probus coin, it should be this type!
RA73210. Billon antoninianus, RIC V, part 2, 204; Cohen VI 682; Pink VI - 1, pp. 54 - 55; Hunter IV -; cf. SRCV III 12038 (later emissions, symbol in mintmark, etc.), aVF, nice reverse style, rough, weight 3.821 g, maximum diameter 22.7 mm, die axis 180o, 5th officina, Rome mint, emission 2, 277 A.D.; obverse IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG, radiate bust left in consular robe, eagle tipped scepter in right hand; reverse SOLI INVICTO, Sol in a spread quadriga facing, radiate, cloak billowing out behind, raising right hand commanding the sun to rise, globe and whip in his left hand, RE in exergue; $30.00 (26.40)

Constantine the Great, Early 307 - 22 May 337 A.D.

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Manus Dei, the hand of God, reaches down to take Constantine up to heaven.
BB75737. Billon reduced centenionalis, SRCV V 17476 ff., aF, clear hand of God, weight 1.006 g, maximum diameter 14.6 mm, die axis 180o, uncertain mint, posthumous, c. Jun 337 - Apr 340 A.D.; obverse DV CONSTANTINVS PT AVGG, veiled draped bust right; reverse Constantine in a quadriga right, the hand of God reaching down to receive him, mintmark (obscure) in exergue; $20.00 (17.60)



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