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Rhegion, Bruttium, Italy, c. 215 - 150 B.C.

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Rhegion reached great artistic and cultural heights. It was home to academies, such as the Pythagorean School, and to well-known poets, historians and sculptors such as Ibycus, Ippy, and Pythagoras. It was an important ally of the Roman Republic. Rhegium flourished during the Imperial Age but was devastated by several major earthquakes and tsunami. St. Paul passed through Rhegium on his final voyage to Rome (Acts XXVIII:13).
GI79581. Bronze triens, HN Italy 2557; SNG ANS 766; SNG Cop 1981; SNG Munchen 1710; BMC Italy p. 384, 105, aF, rough, weak reverse strike, weight 3.330 g, maximum diameter 17.7 mm, die axis 0o, Rhegion (Reggio, Calabria, Italy) mint, Second Punic War, c. 211 - 201 B.C.; obverse jugate heads of the Dioskouroi right, wearing pilei and laurel wreaths, two stars above; reverse Demeter standing facing, head left, two stalks of grain in right hand, long torch vertical in left hand, crescent over IIII (mark of value) on left, PHΓINΩN downward on right; ex John Jencek; $38.00 (32.30)


China, Western Hahn Dynasty, 175 - 119 B.C.

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The banliang, round with a square hole in the middle, was the first unified currency of China, introduced by the first emperor Qin Shi Huang around 210 B.C. Before that, a variety of coins were used in China, usually in the form of blades (knife money) or other implements, though round coins with square holes were used by the state of Zhou before it was extinguished by Qin in 249 B.C. Banliang coinage was part of a broader Qin standardization plan which also unified weights, measures and axle width. By the time this coin was issued, a full monetary economy had developed, with taxes, salaries and fines paid in coins. An average of 220 million coins were produced each year.
CH85979. Bronze 4 zhu, Ban liang, no rims, bottom of liang like m; Mitchiner ATEC 2 5155, Hartill 7.16, aVF, corrosion, weight 3.272 g, maximum diameter 25.1 mm, 175 - 119 B.C.; $7.00 (5.95)


China, Western Hahn Dynasty, 175 - 119 B.C.

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The banliang, round with a square hole in the middle, was the first unified currency of China, introduced by the first emperor Qin Shi Huang around 210 B.C. Before that, a variety of coins were used in China, usually in the form of blades (knife money) or other implements, though round coins with square holes were used by the state of Zhou before it was extinguished by Qin in 249 B.C. Banliang coinage was part of a broader Qin standardization plan which also unified weights, measures and axle width. By the time this coin was issued, a full monetary economy had developed, with taxes, salaries and fines paid in coins. An average of 220 million coins were produced each year.
CH85994. Bronze 4 zhu, Ban liang, no rims, bottom of liang like m; Mitchiner ATEC 2 5155, Hartill 7.16, VF, weight 2.834 g, maximum diameter 23.7 mm, 175 - 119 B.C.; $9.00 (7.65)


China, Northern Song Dynasty, Emperor Zhe Zong, 1086 - 1100 A.D.

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Semi-cursive script is a partially cursive style of Chinese calligraphy. Also referred to in English both as running script and by its Mandarin Chinese name, xngshu, it is derived from clerical script, and was for a long time after its development in the first centuries A.D. the usual style of handwriting.
CH86059. Bronze 2 cash, Yuan You tong bao, running script, clockwise; Hartill 16.284, Schjoth 576, Fisher 984, VF, weight 8.348 g, maximum diameter 29.8 mm, 1086 - 1093 A.D.; $19.00 (16.15)


China, Northern Song Dynasty, Emperor Zhe Zong, 1086 - 1100 A.D.

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Zhezong ascended the throne at age 10 under the supervision of Empress Dowager Gao. He was powerless until the Empress' death in 1093. Under Zhenzong the country prospered. But after the Khitan attacked, despite initial successes, he concluded a treaty agreeing to an inferior position and an annual tribute of 100,000 oz. of silver and over 200,000 bolts of silk. The treaty brought over a century of peace, but the admission of inferiority would plague foreign affairs and the payments slowly depleted the empire's coffers. Zhezong died in 1100 in Kaifeng and was succeeded by his younger brother. He was only 24.
CH86086. Bronze 2 cash, Shao Sheng yuan bao, running script, clockwise; Hartill 16.319, Schjoth 595, Fisher 996, VF, weight 9.055 g, maximum diameter 31.1 mm, 1094 - 1097 A.D.; $16.00 (13.60)


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

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Annona was the goddess of harvest and her main attribute is grain. This reverse suggests the arrival of grain by sea from the provinces (especially from Africa) and its distribution to the people. By the Code De Naviculariis, the mariners appointed to carry grain from Egypt could be executed if they did not keep the proper course; and if they did not sail in the proper season, the master of the vessel would be banished.
RB65293. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC III 981, BMCRE IV 2038, SRCV II 4254, Cohen II -, F, nice portrait, uneven strike, reverse slightly off center, weight 21.364 g, maximum diameter 30.3 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 157 - 158 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P IMP II, laureate head right; reverse TR POT XXI COS IIII, Annona standing slightly slightly left, stalks of grain pointed downward in her right over modius overflowing with stalks of grain at feet on left, rudder vertical behind in left resting on prow of galley right, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking low across field; $110.00 (93.50)


Apollonia Pontika, Thrace, c. 4th Century B.C.

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Apollonia Pontica was founded as Antheia by Greek colonists from Miletus in the 7th century B.C. They soon changed its name to Apollonia after building a temple for Apollo. The temple contained a colossal statue of Apollo by Calamis, which was later taken to Rome and placed in the Capitol. The anchor on the coinage is evidence of the importance of its maritime trade.
GS12044. Silver diobol, Topalov Apollonia p. 391, 1 - 2 (LE); SNG BM -; SNG Stancomb -; SNG Cop -; BMC Thrace -, VF, toned, light bumps and marks, weight 1.291 g, maximum diameter 10.2 mm, die axis 0o, Apollonia Pontica (Sozopol, Bulgaria) mint, 4th century B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo facing; reverse anchor flukes up, thick flukes, rectangular stock, EΛ (magistrate) upward on left, A left and crayfish right between flukes and stock; rare magistrate; $130.00 (110.50)


Romano-British Empire, Carausius, Mid 286 - Spring or Early Summer 293 A.D.

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Pax, regarded by the ancients as a goddess, was worshiped not only at Rome but also at Athens. Her altar could not be stained with blood. Claudius began the construction of a magnificent temple to her honor, which Vespasian finished, in the Via Sacra. The attributes of Peace are the hasta pura, the olive branch, the cornucopia, and often the caduceus. Sometimes she is represented setting fire to a pile of arms.
RA77916. Billon antoninianus, Webb Carausius 128; RIC V, part 2, 101; Hunter IV 36; SRCV IV 13639A; Cohen VII 193;, F, well centered, corrosion, encrustation, weight 3.719 g, maximum diameter 25.2 mm, Londinium (London, England) mint, c. 289 - 290 A.D.; obverse IMP CARAVSIVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from the front; reverse PAX AVG (the peace of the Emperor), Pax standing slightly left, head left, raising olive branch in right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, F - O flanking at sides, ML in exergue; from the Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren, ex Alex G. Malloy sale XLV (19 Mar 1997), lot 650, ex K.F. Jacob Collection; scarce; $110.00 (93.50)


Philip I the Arab, February 244 - End of September 249 A.D.

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Mars holds both the implements of war and the olive branch of peace. "Peace through strength" is an ancient phrase and concept implying that strength of arms is a necessary component of peace. The phrase has famously been used by many leaders from Roman Emperor Hadrian in the first century A.D., to Ronald Reagan in the 1980s.
RB78076. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC IV 152, Cohen V 146, Banti 37, SRCV III, VF, centered on a flan crowding off the top half of the obverse legend and most of the reverse legend, reverse double struck, light marks and corrosion, weight 10.207 g, maximum diameter 27.0 mm, die axis 0o, 1st officina, Rome mint, 8th emission, 248 A.D.; obverse IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse P M TR P V COS III P P, Mars standing left in military garb, raising olive branch in right hand, right hand on grounded shield, inverted spear leaning on left shoulder, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field; from the Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren; rare; $110.00 (93.50)


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

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The issue "IMP XVII" was a short one, with rare coins, same as IMP XV, XVI and XVIII. These four victories came in a quick row in late summer and fall of 88 A.D. most important of them likely being that of Tettius Julianus over the Dacians. One interesting sub-issue of this group consists of coins with a special, longer obverse legend: the name of the emperor is spelled in full DOMITIANVS instead of the usual DOMIT. We may speculate that these special coins were minted in parallel (perhaps for ceremonial, games related purpose) with the varieties of the LVD SAEC FEC (Secular Games) issue, which can have a long obverse legend too (and sometimes a left facing portrait or outward legend).
RS83902. Silver denarius, RIC II, part 1, 659 (R); BMCRE II 149; BnF III 140; RSC II 245; cf. SRCV 2732 (IMP XIX), F, well centered, toned, weight 3.297 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 14 Sep 88 - 13 Sep 89 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII, laureate head right; reverse IMP XVII COS XIIII CENS P P P, Minerva standing left, helmeted and draped, thunderbolt in right hand, spear vertical behind in left hand, grounded shield on left side behind; from the Jyrki Muona Collection; rare; $90.00 (76.50)




  







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