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Probus, Summer 276 - September 282 A.D.

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In 278 A.D., Probus defeated the Alamanni, expelled the Franks from Gaul, reorganized the Roman defenses on the Rhine and resettled the Germanic tribes in the devastated provinces. He adopted the titles Gothicus Maximus and Germanicus Maximus.
SH62614. Silvered antoninianus, Alföldi Siscia V type 96, n° 79; RIC V 811 var (bust type), EF, sharp, near full silvering and centering, weight 3.665 g, maximum diameter 22.7 mm, die axis 180o, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 278 A.D.; obverse IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse VIRTVS PROBI AVG, Mars walking right, nude but for cloak flying behind, transverse spear in right hand, trophy over shoulder in left, XXIVI in ex; $140.00 (€121.80)

Domitian, 13 September 81 - 18 September 96 A.D.

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Ceres a goddess of agriculture, grain crops, fertility and motherly relationships, was listed among the Di Consentes, Rome's equivalent to the Twelve Olympians of Greek mythology. The Romans saw her as the counterpart of the Greek goddess Demeter, whose mythology was reinterpreted for Ceres in Roman art and literature.
RB64531. Bronze quadrans, RIC II.1 243, Cohen 17, VF, weight 2.181 g, maximum diameter 17.9 mm, die axis 135o, Rome mint, obverse IMP DOMIT AVG GERM, bust of Ceres (possibly with the features of Domitia) left, wreathed with grain; reverse bundle of three poppies and four stalks of grain, S - C flanking across field; rare; $170.00 (€147.90)

Commodus, March or April 177 - 31 December 192 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt

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In 184 A.D., Roman forces in Britannia, led by Ulpius Marcellus, lost the Antonine Wall to raiding Caledonians and Picts.
RX64541. Billon tetradrachm, Geissen 2215 (same dies); Dattari 3874 var; Kampmann 41.44 var; BMC p. 177, 1423 var; Milne 2651 var; Emmett 2552; SNG Cop - (all var obv leg), F, weight 10.797 g, maximum diameter 25.8 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 183 - 28 Aug 184 A.D.; obverse M A KO ANTΩ CEB EYCEB, laureate head right; reverse bust of Nilus right, crowned with lotus, cornucopia on right shoulder, himation over left, K/L - ∆ (year 24 of Marcus Aurelius) across fields; $120.00 (€104.40)

Gallienus, August 253 - September 268 A.D.

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In 257, Valerian's persecution of Christians began. His edict ordered bishops and priests to sacrifice according to the pagan rituals, and prohibited Christians, under penalty of death, from meeting at the tombs of their deceased.
RS67084. Silver antoninianus, Göbl MIR 870f, RIC V J22 (Lugdunum), RSC IV 397 (Lugdunum), SRCV III 10246, VF, full circles strike, grainy, weight 4.421 g, maximum diameter 22.4 mm, die axis 45o, Colonia Agrippinensis (Cologne, Germany) mint, 257 A.D.; obverse IMP GALLIENVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse IOVI VICTORI, Jupiter standing slightly left on cippus inscribed IMP C E S (Imperator cum exercitu suo - the Emperor with his army), Victory in right, long scepter vertical behind in left; $120.00 (€104.40)

Judaea (Yehudah), Ptolemaic Rule, Ptolemy II Philadelphos, 285 - 246 B.C.

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Ptolemy II requested copies of Jewish texts for the Library at Alexandria. There they were translated and transcribed by seventy Jewish scholars hired for the purpose, creating the Septuagint, the oldest Greek version of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament). Many of the oldest Biblical verses among the Dead Sea Scrolls, particularly those in Aramaic, correspond more closely with the Septuagint than with the Hebrew text.
SH54977. Silver quarter ma'ah, Meshorer TJC 32; Mildenberg Yehud pl. 21, 24; Hendin 1087, gF, weight 0.192 g, maximum diameter 6.4 mm, die axis 180o, Jerusalem(?) mint, 285 - 246 B.C.; obverse diademed head of Ptolemy I right; reverse eagle standing half left on thunderbolt, wings open, head left, Aramaic YHDH (Yehudah) on left; $195.00 (€169.65)

Caracalla, 28 January 198 - 8 April 217 A.D., Pautalia, Thrace

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Strymon, son of Oceanus and Tethys, was a river god and king of Thrace. By the muses Euterpe or Calliope, he became the father of Rhesus, Brangas, and Olynthus, and by Neaera of Evadne.
RP63246. Bronze AE 29, Apparently unpublished variety; cf. Ruzicka 632 (obv legend, armed bust left, etc.), Varbanov II 5186 (obv leg, laureate head), SNG Cop -, BMC Thrace, F, weight 16.33 g, maximum diameter 29.2 mm, die axis 45o, Pautalia (Kyustendil, Bulgaria) mint, obverse AYT K M AY − ANTΩNEINOC, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse OYΛΠIAC (above), ΠAYTAΛIAC (in exergue), river-god Strymon reclining left, head right, left arm resting on jug on its side from which water flows; rare; $110.00 (€95.70)

Caracalla, 28 January 198 - 8 April 217 A.D., Laodicea ad Libanum, Syria

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The Hellenistic city, Laodicea ad Libanum, on the Orontes River in what is now Syria, appears to have been built on Tell Nebi Mend, the ruin-mound of the city of Kadesh. The site is still occupied today and has been the site of fighting and bombing during the current civil war.

The Battle of Kadesh, c. 1274 B.C., between the Egyptian Empire under Ramesses II and the Hittite Empire under Muwatalli II was fought at the site, and is the earliest battle in recorded history for which details of tactics and formations are known. It was probably the largest chariot battle ever fought, involving perhaps 5,000 - 6,000 chariots. The city was near the border of the two empires and changed hands several times. Ancient Kadesh vanishes from history after it was destroyed by the invading Sea Peoples in around 1178 B.C.
Hittite (orange) and Egyptian (green) Empires. Click to see Battle of Kadesh on Wikipedia

RP69641. Bronze AE 26, SNG Cop 445, Lindgren III 1288, BMC Galatia -, SNG München -, F, unusual red and black patina, clear inscriptions for the type, weight 10.584 g, maximum diameter 25.7 mm, die axis 0o, Laodicea ad Libanum mint, obverse [...AVP?] CEOVH - ANTWNINOC, laureate head right; reverse ΛAO∆IK ΠPOC ΛIBANW, Męn standing facing before horse standing left, holding bridle of horse in right, scepter in left, horse's head turned back, MHN in exergue; from the Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren; rare; $110.00 (€95.70)

Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D.

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Herakles' fourth labor was to capture the giant fear-inspiring Erymanthian Boar that lived on Mount Erymanthos in the primitive highlands of Arcadia. The centaur Chiron advised Herakles to drive the boar into thick snow. Herakles caught the boar and carried it back to Eurystheus, who was frightened, hid and begged Herakles to get rid of the beast. Three days later, Eurystheus, still trembling with fear, sent Herakles to clean the Augean stables.
RB65623. Copper quadrans, RIC II 702 var, BMCRE III 1062 var, Cohen II 341 var, SRCV II 3248 var (all refs Hercules is diademed, not laureate), VF, green patina with some edge flaking, weight 1.454 g, maximum diameter 16.1 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, c. 101 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES TRAIAN AVG GERM, laureate bust Hercules right, Nemean lion skin tied around his neck; reverse Erymanthian Boar walking right, S C in exergue; scarce; $70.00 (€60.90)

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

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This unusual reverse is dedicated to dutiful and gracious Fortuna, who steers the ship of state to bountiful prosperity.
RS65186. Silver denarius, RSC II 390a, RIC III 286a, BMCRE IV 932, SRCV II 4083, VF, grain, ragged flan, weight 3.068 g, maximum diameter 17.1 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 159 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XXII, laureate head right; reverse FORTVNA OBSEQVENS, COS IIII (in exergue), Fortuna standing left, patera in right over rudder on prow at feet left, cornucopia in left; $110.00 (€95.70)

Postumus, Summer 260 - Spring 269 A.D.

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This type has been attributed to "Mint II," which is believed to be Cologne, but it is quite crude and could also be imitative. See RIC V, Part II, p. 349, note 1, for comments on imitative of this and similar types.
RB90466. Bronze double sestertius, cf. CNG auction 109, lot 243 (same reverse die); Bastien Postume 313; Méricourt-l'Abbé Hoard in TM XIII (1992) 95, VF, struck with damaged reverse die, corrosion, weight 9.446 g, maximum diameter 25.3 mm, die axis 90o, Mint II Cologne (or imitative) mint, c. 266 - spring 269 A.D.; obverse IMP C M CASS LAT POSTVMVS P F AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right; reverse galley right, five oarsmen, AMV above, retrograde P left, Q(?) right, waves over palm frond left below; $180.00 (€156.60)


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