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The quinarius is several times scarcer than the denarius. RR75818. Silver quinarius, Crawford 47/1a, RSC I Anonymous 3, Sydenham 141, BMCRR I Rome 191 ff., SRCV I 42, VF, nice toning, off center but on a broad flan, flan crack, weight 1.972 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 270o, Rome mint, c. 211 - 210 B.C.; obversehead of Roma right wearing a winged helmet, V (5 asses) behind; reverse the Dioscuri galloping right, stars above, ROMA in a linear frame in exergue; from the Andrew McCabe Collection; scarce; $300.00 SALE PRICE $240.00
Salonina, Augusta, 254 - c. September 268 A.D., Wife of Gallienus
In Roman mythology, Aequitas was the minor goddess of fair trade and honest merchants. Aequitas was also the personification of the virtues equity and fairness of the emperor (AequitasAugusti). The scales, a natural emblem of equity, express righteousness. The cornucopia signifies the prosperity which results from Aequitas and AequitasAugusti. RS57189. Billonantoninianus, Göbl MIR 1648d, Hunter IV S34, RSC IV 4, RIC V S87, SRCV III 10625, VF, bold full circleobverse strike on a broad flan, weight 4.068 g, maximum diameter 22.4 mm, die axis 0o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 266 - 267 A.D.; obverseSALONINA AVG, diademed and draped bust right, hair in ridges and in plait up the back of her head, bust resting on thin crescent; reverse AEQITAS AVG, Aequitas standing half left, scales in right hand, cornucopia in left, crescent upper left, VIIC• (COS VII) in exergue; $75.00 SALE PRICE $67.50
Paestum, Lucania, Italy, c. 264-241 BC B.C.
Paestum (originally Poseidonia) was founded near the end of the 7th century B.C. by Greek colonists from Sybaris. From the archaeological evidence it appears that Greeks and Oscans thrived alongside one another. Poseidonia became the Roman city of Paestum in 273 B.C. after the residents sided with Pyrrhus, the loser in a war against Rome. Paestum remained faithful to Rome against Hannibal and afterward was granted special favors, including minting coins. The city declined after the 4th century and was abandoned during the Middle Ages. Its ruins only came to notice again in the 18th century, after the rediscovery Pompeii and Herculaneum.
On 9 September 1943, the U.S. 36th Infantry Division landed at Paestum. Heavy fighting persisted within and around the town for nine days before the Germans withdrew. RR75812. Bronze sextans, Crawford Paestum 12/1; SNG ANS 757; HN Italy 1218; BMC Italy p. 276, 21; SGCV I 633, VF, attractive style and dark green patina, edge splits, weight 3.948 g, maximum diameter 16.5 mm, die axis 180o, Paestum mint, c. 218 - 201 B.C.; obversehead of Ceres right, wreathed with grain, two pellets left; reverse ΠAIS, forepart of wild boar running right, two pellets below; from the Andrew McCabe Collection, private purchase from Ancient Imports (2006); scarce; $105.00 SALE PRICE $95.00
Vibo Valentia was originally the Greek colony of Hipponion. It was founded, probably around the late 7th century B.C., by inhabitants of Locri, a city south of Vibo Valentia on the Ionian Sea. In 388 B.C., the city was taken by Dionysius the Elder, tyrant of Syracuse, who deported the entire population. The population came back in 378 B.C., with the help of the Carthaginians. In the following years Hipponion came under the dominion of the Bruttii. The town fell to Rome and became a Roman colony in 194 B.C. with the name of Vibo Valentia. After a phase of prosperity during the late Republic and early Empire, the town was almost completely abandoned after the fall of the Western Roman Empire. GI75813. Bronze semis, Mensitieri Valentia 211; HN Italy 2263; SNG ANS 483, SNG Cop 1849; BMC Italy p. 361, 16 (control described as staff ending in boar's head), VF, very attractive green patina with minor flaking (stabilized), small edge split, weight 3.578 g, maximum diameter 18.1 mm, die axis 270o, Vibo Valentia mint, 193 - 150 B.C.; obversehead of Juno (Hera) right, wearing stephane, S (mark of value) behind; reverse double cornucopia overflowing with grain and grapes, VALENTIA downward on left, carnyx (control symbol) and S (mark of value) on right; from the Andrew McCabe Collection; $120.00 SALE PRICE $108.00
Roman Republic, P. Furius Crassipes, 84 B.C.
The clubfoot, crassipes in Latin, in a perfect example of typical Roman humor, replaces the moneyer's name in the obverseinscription. The chair refers to the moneyer's position as Aedile Curule. The turreted head probably indicates this special issue was authorized to finance a building project. Publius Fourius Crassipes is only known from his coins but he was probably the father of Fourius Crassipes who married Cicero's daughter, who became proquaestor in Sicily, and who struck bronze coins bearing his name at Panormus. RR75815. Silver denarius, RSC IFuria 20, Sydenham 735, Crawford 356/1a, BMCRE I Rome 2604, SRCV I 275, VF, well struck foot (often poorly struck on the type), nice old cabinet toning, well centered, slightly uneven strike with weak areas, weight 3.870 g, maximum diameter 19.9 mm, die axis 90o, Rome mint, 84 B.C.; obverseAED CVR (downward on left), turreted head of Cybele right, clubfoot pointed upwards behind; reverse curule chair inscribed P FOVRIVS, CRASSIPES in exergue; $115.00 SALE PRICE $104.00
Roman Republic, Furius Purpurio, 169 - 158 B.C.
In Roman mythology, Janus (or Ianus) was the god of gates, doors, doorways, and of beginnings and endings. Janus is one of the few major deities in Roman mythology that does not have a Greek origin or counterpart. RR75829. Bronze as, Crawford 187/2, Sydenham 359, BMCRR II Italy 424, Russo RBW 798, SRCV I 705, gF, green and red patina, 19th century India ink collection mark, R.L. Furia" on reverse, weight 23.130 g, maximum diameter 37.9 mm, die axis 225o, Rome mint, 169 - 158 B.C.; obverse laureate and bearded head of Janus, I (mark of value) above; reverse prow right, PVR (ligate) above, I before, ROMA in exergue; big 37.9 mm bronze, from the Andrew McCabe Collection; scarce; $110.00 SALE PRICE $99.00
Roman Republic, Anonymous (Staff and Club), c. 208 B.C.
Only two on Coin Archives and this is one of the two (Roma e-sale 18, 731). RR75820. Bronze triens, Crawford 106/6b, Russo RBW 484, SRCV I 926, BMCRR -, Sydenham -, aVF, green patina, edge crack, scratches, weight 14.267 g, maximum diameter 27.6 mm, die axis 90o, Etruria mint, c. 208 B.C.; obverse helmeted head of Minerva right, club behind, four pellets above; reverse prow of galley right, staff above, four pellets below; from the Andrew McCabe Collection, privately purchased from Sondermann (2010); extremely rare; $135.00 SALE PRICE $122.00
Roman Republic, Matienus, c. 179 - 170 B.C.
In 178 B.C., the praetorLucius Postumius Albinus celebrated a triumph in Rome after conquering the Vaccaei and Lusitani during his time as Roman commander in the province of Hispania Ulterior. RR75821. Bronze quadrans, Crawford 162/6b, Sydenham 321g, BMCRR II Italy 410, SRCV I 1096, F, edge cracks, weight 8.804 g, maximum diameter 21.9 mm, die axis 90o, Rome mint, c. 179 - 170 B.C.; obversehead of Hercules right, wearing Nemean Lion scalp headdress, three pellets behind; reverse prow of a galley right, ROMA above, MAT ligature right, three pellets below; from the Andrew McCabe Collection; ex Artemide Aste auction 1E (19 Sep 2009), lot 101; rare; $135.00 SALE PRICE $122.00
Corduba, Hispania Ulterior, Mid 1st Century B.C.
The usual reverselegend, CORDVBA, appears to be missing on this coin. Villaronga-Benages 2485, a variant without a reverselegend, is listed as R10, unique. Our coin is not from the same dies, so the ethnic is almost certainly just unstruck.
Cordova, a city in Andalusia was the first colony planted by the Romans in Spain. Its original name was Corduba. When it was made a Roman colony it was renamed ColoniaPatricia, to honor the veterans and worthy men who settled it, to whom honor was due, as to Fathers (Patribus). GB75823. Bronze quadrans, cf. Villaronga-Benages 2485, SNG BM Spain 1636 ff., SNG Lorichs 1364 ff., SNG Cop 462, VF, nice olive green patina with highlighting earthen fill, weight 5.286 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 270o, Corduba mint, Mid 1st Century B.C.; obverse CN IVLI L F Q (upward on right), head of Venus right, hair in a bun at the back, curled strands down neck, three pellets (mark of value) behind; reverse [CORDVBA (upward on right)?], winged Eros standing slightly left, nude, torch in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, three pellets (mark of value) on left; from the Andrew McCabe Collection; $135.00 SALE PRICE $122.00
Roman Republic, L. Rubrius Dossenus, 87 B.C.
Athens chose the wrong side in Rome's war with Mithridates, portrayed as a war of Greek freedom against Roman domination. In 87 B.C., Sulla's siege of Athens was long and brutal. The population was reduced to eating shoe leather and grass. A delegation was sent to Sulla, but instead of serious negotiations they expounded on the glory of their city. Sulla sent them away saying: “I was sent to Athens, not to take lessons, but to reduce rebels to obedience.” Sulla's rough battle hardened legions took Athens on 12 February 86 B.C. Blood was said to have literally flowed in the streets, it was only after the entreaties of a couple of his Greek friends and the pleas of the Roman Senators in his camp that Sulla decided enough was enough. Before he left Athens, Sulla burnt the Port of Piraeus to the ground. It was "some time" before Aristion and his followers on the Akropolis eventually surrendered, after their water had run out. Rome's show of vengeance ensured Greece would remain docile during later civil wars and Mithridatic wars. RR75831. Bronze as, Crawford 348/5, Sydenham 709, BMCRR I Rome 2461, Russo RBW 1326, SRCV I 749, aVF, green patina, weight 10.757 g, maximum diameter 29.0 mm, die axis 45o, Rome mint, 87 B.C.; obverse laureate head of bearded Janus, snake entwined cylindrical altar in center; reverse prow of galley right, L RVBRI / DOSSEN in two lines above, I (mark of value) to right, ROMA below; from the Andrew McCabe Collection; $110.00 SALE PRICE $99.00
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