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In 91 B.C., the tribune Marcus Livius Drusus proposed extending Roman citizenship to allied Italian cities. He was assassinated, leading to the Social War. RR71926. Silver denarius, RSC IJunia 18, Crawford 337/2c, BMCRR Rome 1842, Sydenham 645, SRCV I 223, VF, toned, weight 3.870 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 45o, Rome mint, 91 B.C.; obversehead of Salus right, SALVS (AL ligate) below, reversed B (control letter) below chin, torque as border; reverseVictory in a biga right holding reins and palm frond, ROMA below, D SILANVS L F in exergue; from the Andrew McCabe Collection; ex Roma Numismatics e-auction 11, lot 141; and May 2013 Auction, lot 1211; $100.00 SALE PRICE $90.00
Roman Republic, Q. Curtius and M. Junius Silanus, 116 or 115 B.C.
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 ICurtia 2, F, toned, weight 3.383 g, maximum diameter 20.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 116 or 115 B.C.; obversehead of Roma right in winged helmet, X behind, Q∑CVRT 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 SALE PRICE $81.00
Krannon, Thessaly, Greece, 350 - 300 B.C.
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 ThessalyGB49226. 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; reversehydria (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vessel) mounted on cart, crow standing on right wheel, [K]PAN below; ex BCD collection with his handwritten round tag; unpublished variety; $75.00 SALE PRICE $67.50
Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D.
RB73732. Orichalcumsestertius, 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 SALE PRICE $67.50
Probus, Summer 276 - September 282 A.D.
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. Billonantoninianus, 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 reversestyle, 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, radiatebust left in consular robe, eagle tipped scepter in right hand; reverseSOLI 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 SALE PRICE $27.00