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Nero, 13 October 54 - 9 June 68 A.D.
The Lost Arch of Nero. This arch is undoubtedly the one that Tacitus says was voted to Nero for Corbulo's victory in Armenia in 58, and that he further reports was being constructed "in the middle of the Capitoline Hill" in 62, despite a successful invasion of Armenia by the Parthians in that year. No traces of the arch have ever been found. The arch was completely destroyed either shortly after Nero's death with the damnatio memoriaeNero received when the senate proclaimed him an enemy of the state, or in one of the two fires that consumed the Capitoline hill in 69 and 80
SH65417. Orichalcumsestertius, RIC I 143, BMCRE I 183, Cohen 307, SRCV I 1962, VF, Tiberpatina, evenly struck on a broad flan, weight 25.858 g, maximum diameter 37.6 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, c. 64 AD; obverseNEROCLAVDCAESAR AVG GER PM TR P IMP P P, laureate head right, wearing aegis; reverseS - C, triumphal arch; on top statue of Nero in quadriga, Victory on left, Pax on right; wreath in arch, nude helmeted statue of Mars in side niche; of good Rome style, superior execution and eye appeal; $1810.00 (€1357.50)
Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D.
Wilhelm Müseler suggests that this issue is commemorative of the victory by Tiberius and Drusus over the Helvetians in 14 B.C.
SH67604. Silver denarius, RIC I 416, BMCRE I 127, RSC I 383, SRCV I 1615, EF, graffito on obverse, blue-grey toning, superb portrait, weight 3.833 g, maximum diameter 19.7 mm, die axis 315o, Rome mint, moneyer L. Caninius Gallus, 12 B.C.; obverseAVGVSTVS, bare head right; reverse L CANNINIVS GALLLVS III VIR, German with long hair and beard, naked except for cloak over shoulders, kneeling right, offering vexillium; ex UBS Gold & Numismatics, auction 78, 1355; ex Tinchant; $1300.00 (€975.00)
Dionysopolis, Thrace, c. 225 - 200 B.C., Civic Issue in the Types and Name of Alexander the Great
The civic Alexandrine tetradrachms of Dionysopolis were all struck c. 225 - 190 B.C. Only six obverse dies were used for the whole group. The artist who engraved the obverse for this coin also worked at Cayble and Mesembria.
SH66834. Silver tetradrachm, Price 948, SNG Cop 715, Müller Alexander 1527, VF, attractive style, weight 16.769 g, maximum diameter 30.9 mm, die axis 0o, Dionysopolis mint, c. 225 - 200 B.C.; obverse Herakles' head right, clad in Nemean lion scalp headdress tied at neck; reverse AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus enthroned left, eagle in right, long scepter vertical in left, right leg drawn back, bunch of grapes over ΣIΛH in left field; $1200.00 (€900.00)
Myrina, Aeolis, Mid 2nd Century B.C.
At the time this coin was issued, Myrina was a thriving town popular with tourists and known for its terracotta, glassware and oysters. Today it is perhaps best known for these beautiful tetradrachms!
SH58667. Silver tetradrachm, Sacks 25; SNG FItzwilliam 4329; BMC Troas p. 136, 10, VF, weight 16.737 g, maximum diameter 34.1 mm, die axis 0o, Myrina mint, mid 2nd century B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right, hair braided, ribbons flowing behind; reverse MYPINAIΩN, Apollo Grynios advancing right holding patera and laurel branch with fillets; omphalos and amphora at feet; monogram left, all within laurel wreath; $850.00 (€637.50)
Kingdom of Thrace, Lysimachos, 305 - 281 B.C., Portrait of Alexander the Great
In 288 B.C., Lysimachos and Pyrrhos of Epiros allied and took Macedonia from Demetrios I Poliorketes. For his share, Lysimachos received the eastern half of Macedonia including Amphipolis. It soon became his principal tetradrachm mint and remained under his control until his death in 281 B.C.
SH66382. Silver tetradrachm, Thompson 204, Müller -, VF, attractive style, weight 17.080 g, maximum diameter 30.6 mm, die axis 45o, Amphipolis mint, 288 - 281 B.C.; obverse diademed head of Alexander the Great wearing the horn of Ammon; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΛYΣIMAXOY, Athena seated left on prow, Nike crowning name in extended right, transverse spear resting against right side, resting left arm on shield behind, monograms inner left and outer right; $750.00 (€562.50)
Velia, Lucania, 440 - 400 B.C.
According to Herodotus, in 545 B.C. Ionian Greeks fled Phocaea, in modern Turkey, which was being besieged by the Persians. After wandering 8 to 10 years at sea, they stopped in Reggio Calabria, where they were probably joined by the philosopher Xenophanes and then moved north along the coast and founded the town of Hyele, later renamed Ele, then Elea, and eventually Velia.
SH63518. Silver didrachm, Williams Velia 163 (O108/R125); SNG ANS 1259 (same dies), SNG Lockett 543 (same dies); HN Italy 1270, aVF, weak centers, weight 7.298 g, maximum diameter 20.8 mm, die axis 45o, Velia mint, 440 - 400 B.C.; obverse head of Athena left, wearing crested Attic helmet, decorated with griffin and wreath, neck-guard decorated with palmette and scroll; reverse YEΛHTΩN, lion attacking a stag right; $525.00 (€393.75)
Probus, Summer 276 - September 282 A.D.
A most desired type with an excellent strike in fantastic condition.
SH65426. Bronze antoninianus, RIC V 904, Choice EF, nice patina, weight 4.002 g, maximum diameter 22.7 mm, die axis 0o, Cyzicus mint, 276 - 282 A.D.; obverseVIRTVS PROBI AVG, radiate, helmeted and cuirassedbust left, spear in right over shoulder, shield decorated with horseman in left; reverseADVENTVS PROBI AVG, Probus on horseback left, raising right, scepter in left; scarce; $520.00 (€390.00)
Leukas, Akarnania, Greece, c. 350 - 320 B.C.
There should be Λ behind the goddesses head but it is missing on this coin. Perhaps it was, in error, not engraved on the die, or perhaps it was unstruck because the letter on the die was filled with dirt. Although we have seen coins of this type struck from nearly a dozen different reverse dies, we have not found a die match to help determine why the Λ is missing.
SH63533. Silver stater, Pegasi II 413, 84 (same obverse die); BMC Corinth p. 129, 51 ff.; BCD Akarnania 221 var (types right); SNG Cop -, VF, toned, weight 8.163 g, maximum diameter 22.4 mm, die axis 180o, Leukas mint, c. 350 - 320 B.C.; obversePegasus flying left, Λ below; reverse head of Athena (or Aphrodite) left in Corinthian helmet over leather cap, Λ (unstruck) and kerykeion behind; $485.00 (€363.75)
Aelia Flaccilla, Augusta 19 January 379 - 386 A.D., wife of Theodosius I
The Christogram, a ligature of Chi and Rho, the first two letters of Christ in Greek, was an early symbol for Christianity. The crucifix was rarely used in early Christian iconography, perhaps because most people then had personally witnessed its gruesome use for public execution.
SH62376. Bronze AE 2, RIC IX 13, SRCV 4192, gVF, weight 5.849 g, maximum diameter 23.8 mm, die axis 0o, Heraclea mint, 378 - 383 A.D.; obverse AEL FLACCILLA AVG, diademed draped bust right; reverseSALVS REIPVBLICAE, Victory seated right, inscribing Christogram on shield set on column, SMHB in exergue; $450.00 (€337.50)
Velia, Lucania, Italy, c. 334 - 300 B.C.
Signed! The KE obversemonogram is the signature of Kleudoros, the artist or mint master of Velia.
SH63418. Silver nomos, Williams Velia 339 (O176/R248); HN Italy 1296, F, nicely toned, weight 7.263 g, maximum diameter 20.5 mm, die axis 135o, Velia mint, c. 334 - 300 B.C.; obverse head of Athena left, wearing crested Phrygian helmet decorated with centauress, KE monogram behind neck; reverselion left, devouring prey, A above, YEΛHTΩN in ex; ex Barry Murphy; $390.00 (€292.50)