In 126 B.C., Seleucus V Philometor succeeded his father Demetrius II as king of the Seleucid Empire. Due to his youth, his stepmother Cleopatra Thea acted as regent. Tyre successfully revolted from the Seleucid Empire.
SH64091. Silver denarius, Crawford 266/1, Sydenham 502, RSC ICassia 1, SRCV I 142, VF, rose toning, weight 3.902 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 126 B.C.; obverse helmeted head of Roma right; X over urn behind; reverseLibertas in quadriga right; pileus in right, scepter and reins in left, C. CASSI below, ROMA in exergue; ex CNG auction 273, part of lot 620; scarce; $270.00 SALE PRICE $240.00
Sicily, Syracuse, Roman Rule, 2nd Century B.C.
At the time of listing, we were unable to find another example of this raretype online.
GB72272. Bronze tetras, BMC Sicily p. 228, 711; SNG ANS 1095; SNG Cop 896; SGCV I 1232; SNG München -; HGC 2 -, Fine/Fair, weight 4.988 g, maximum diameter 16.8 mm, die axis 0o, Syracuse mint, 2nd Century B.C.; obversebust of Demeter right, wearing veil over wreath of barley; reverse ΣYPA−KOΣ−IΩN, two crossed flaming long torches; extremely rare; $200.00 SALE PRICE $180.00
Roman Republic, M. Papirius Carbo, 122 B.C.
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.
RR90778. Silver denarius, SRCV I 151, Crawford 276/1, Sydenham 423, RSC IPapiria 6, VF, well centered, toned, areas of weak strike, weight 3.892 g, maximum diameter 17.8 mm, die axis 270o, Rome mint, 122 B.C.; obverse head of Roma right in winged helmet, 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; $195.00 SALE PRICE $175.00
Roman Macedonia, "Thasian" Type, c. 148 - 80 B.C.
This Dionysos / Heraklestype was first struck by Thasos itself on the island and in its continental territories in the South of the Balkans, c. 168 - 148 B.C. After Rome took control of the area, "Thasian" types were struck by Roman authorities, c. 148 - 80 B.C., mainly in Macedonia but also, perhaps, by mobile military mints on campaigns. Imitatives were also struck by at least several tribal groups (mainly Celtic or mixed enclaves) from as early as 120 - 100 B.C. to about 20 - 10 B.C.
SH70437. Silver tetradrachm, Prokopov Thasos, group V, monogram 2, 72 (OE6 / R63); SNG Cop 1040 ff., VF, spotty toning, light scratches, weight 16.820 g, maximum diameter 35.1 mm, die axis 0o, Roman provincial or military mint, c. 148 - 80 B.C.; obverse head of Dionysos right, wearing taenia and wreathed in ivy and grapes; reverse HPAKΛEOYΣ ΣΩTHPOΣ ΘAΣIΩN, Herakles standing half left, nude but for Nemean lion's skin on left arm, resting right hand on grounded club before him, left on hip, M monogram inner left; $180.00 SALE PRICE $160.00
Roman Republic, M. Herennius, 108 - 107 B.C.
The Cantanaean brothers, Amphinomus and Anapias, saved their parents after an eruption of Mt. Etna, carrying them on their shoulders to safety. This moneyer had some connection to Sicily.
RR66895. Silver denarius, RSC IHerennia 1, Sydenham 567, Crawford 308/1a, BMCRE 1231 var (•A), SRCV I 185, VF, weight 3.742 g, maximum diameter 18.0 mm, die axis 45o, Rome mint, 108 - 107 B.C.; obverse diademed head of Pietas right, PIETAS (TA ligate) behind, A (control letter) below chin; reverse Amphinomus running right bearing his father on his shoulders, M HERENNI (HE ligate) left; $160.00 SALE PRICE $140.00
Roman Republic, L. Antestius Gragulus, 136 B.C.
In 136 B.C., Confucianism was adopted as the state religion in China by the emperor Wu Di.
RR69080. Bronze quadrans, Crawford 238/3e, Sydenham 452d, SRCV I 1142, VF, weight 3.873 g, maximum diameter 17.8 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 136 B.C.; obverse head of Hercules right, in Nemean Lion's scalp headdress, three pellets behind; reverse prow of galley right, L·ANTES (NTE ligate) above, three pellets before, ROMA below; from the Andrew McCabe Collection, ex NAC 61 (Oct 2011), lot 979, ex CNG sale 45 (1998), lot 1536; very rare; $155.00 SALE PRICE $140.00
Roman Republic, Ti. Minucius c.f. Augurinus, 134 B.C.
Saturn was an ancient Roman god of fertility, especially of agriculture and usually carries a sickle as his symbol. Saturday is named for Saturn. Romans celebrated the Feast of Saturnalia at the Winter Solstice. Homes were decorated with greenery. Friends visited and exchanged gifts. Slaves and masters ate at the same table. War and executions were postponed. Aspects of Saturnalia survive today in Christmas celebrations and carnival festivals around the world.
RR69081. Bronze semis, Crawford 243/2, Sydenham 495 (R4), SRCV I 870, F, some corrosion, weight 7.740 g, maximum diameter 22.1 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 134 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Saturn right, S (mark of value) behind; reverse galley prow right, lituus over TI·AVGVR above, S (mark of value) on right, ROMA below; from the Andrew McCabe Collection .; rare; $155.00 SALE PRICE $140.00
Roman Republic, M. Acilius M.f., 130 B.C.
Only one example in Paris, none in the British Museum, none on Coin Archives.
RR69099. Bronze triens, Crawford 255/3, Sydenham 512a, BMCRR - (p. 170 existence of triens noted), SRCV I 1017, F, corrosion, weight 5.145 g, maximum diameter 19.7 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 130 B.C.; obverse helmeted head of Minerva right, four pellets (mark of value) behind; reverse prow of galley right, M.ACILI (MA ligate) above, four pellets (mark of value) before, ROMA below; from the Andrew McCabe Collection; extremely rare; $155.00 SALE PRICE $140.00
Roman Republic, L. Valerius Flaccus, 108 - 107 B.C.
Mars and the apex recall that the moneyer's father held the office of Flamen Martialis. Crawford concludes the office of moneyer may have been consider a career substitute for aedileship and the grain on the reverse advertises the moneyer would have distributed grain had he been elected Aedile. -- Roman Republican Coinage by Michael H. Crawford
RR90734. Silver denarius, SRCV I 183, Sydenham 565, Crawford 306/1, RSC I Valeria 11, VF, centered, toned, weak centers, weight 3.834 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 108 - 107 B.C.; obverse winged and draped bust of Victory right, X below chin; reverse LVALERI / FLACCI (downward on left), Mars walking left, spear in right hand, trophy in left over shoulder, apex left, head of grain behind; $150.00 SALE PRICE $135.00
Roman Republic, M. Lucilius Rufus, 101 B.C.
The Victory on the reverse refers to the Marius' victories over the Teutones and Ambrones at Aquae Sextiae in 102 B.C. and the Cimbri at Vercellae in 101 B.C. PV is an abbreviation for PVBLICO - struck from the public silver. -- Roman Republican Coinage by Michael H. Crawford
RR71364. Silver denarius, SRCV I 202, Sydenham 599, Crawford 324/1, RSC ILucilia 1, BMCRR Rome 1613, VF, toned, deposits, weight 3.915 g, maximum diameter 20.5 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 101 B.C.; obverse head of Roma right in winged helmet, PV behind, all within a laurel wreath; reverseVictory in a biga right, whip in right, reins in left, RVF above, M•LVCILI in exergue; $150.00 SALE PRICE $135.00
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