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Carthage, Zeugitana, NorthAfrica, Siculo-Punic, c. 320 - 289 B.C.
At the height of its prominence, Carthage's influence extended over most of the western Mediterranean. Rivalry with Rome led to a series of conflicts, the Punic Wars. The Third Punic War ended in the complete destruction of the city, annexation by Rome of all Carthaginian territory, and the death or enslavement of the entire Carthaginian population.
SH68473. Silver tetradrachm, Jenkins Punic, series 5a, 290 (O93/R238); SNG Cop 985; SNG München 1618, aEF, die break on horse's eye, toned, weight 16.743 g, maximum diameter 23.98 mm, die axis 180o, Sicily, military camp mint, c. 320 - 289 B.C.; obverse Melkart-Herakles head right wearing lion's skin knotted at neck; reverse horse head left, palm tree behind, Punic inscription below: MHMHNT (people of the camp); $1850.00 (€1387.50)
Athens, Greece, Pi-Style IV Tetradrachm, 353 - c. 340 B.C.
The name Pi-style refers to the floral helmet ornament on the obverse which resembles the Greek letter pi (P) bisected by a long central tendril.
SH68874. Silver tetradrachm, Kroll Pi-Style p. 244, fig. 8; Flament p. 127, 4; SNG Delepierre 1475; Svoronos Athens pl. 20, 27; Kroll -; van Alfen New -; SNG Cop -, gVF, toned, unusually nice for this late issue, weight 17.171 g, maximum diameter 24.8 mm, die axis 270o, Athens mint, 353 - c. 340 B.C.; obverse head of Athena right with eye seen in true profile, wearing crested helmet ornamented with three olive leaves and pi-style floral scroll; reverse owl standing right, head facing, to right AΘE in large lettering, to left olive sprig and crescent; ex Gemini auction I, lot 135 (2005), ex Commandeer David R. Hinkle Collection; $1400.00 (€1050.00)
Akragas, Sicily, c. 425 - 406 B.C.
Located on a plateau overlooking Sicily's southern coast, Akragas was founded c. 582 B.C. by colonists from Gela. It grew rapidly, becoming second only to Syracuse in importance on Sicily, but was sacked by Carthage in 406 B.C. and never fully recovered. It was renamed Agrigentum after it fell to Rome in 210 B.C.
SH67662. Bronze hemilitra, Calciati I p. 175, 40; SNG ANS 1031; SNG Morcom 520; SNG Cop 72; Gabrici p. 114, 16 420 - 406, VF, centers a bit flat, weight 16.660 g, maximum diameter 26.7 mm, die axis 270o, Akragas mint, c. 425 - 406 B.C.; obverse AKPAΓANTION, eagle standing right, its wings partialy open and head raised screaming, holding a tunny fish in talons; reverse Crab, holding an eel in its left claw, a conch shell and an octopus below, six pellets around; rare; $1200.00 (€900.00)
Nero, 13 October 54 - 9 June 68 A.D.
In either late 67 or early 68, Gaius Iulius Vindex, the Roman governor of Gallia Lugdunensis rebelled against the tax policy of Nero. He declared allegiance to Galba, the governor of Hispania Tarraconensis, as the new emperor. Vindex was defeated and killed in battle but support for Galba grew and soon led to Nero's suicide.
RS68882. Silver denarius, RIC I 70, RSC II 259, BMCRE I 86, VF, attractive, toned, weight 3.432 g, maximum diameter 18.1 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 67 - 9 Jun 68 A.D.; obverse IMP NEROCAESAR AVG P P, laureate head right; reverseRoma seated left on cuirass, right foot drawn back and resting on helmet, Victory in extended right, parazonium in left; round and oblong shields behind; rare (RIC R2); $1000.00 (€750.00)
Larissa, Thessaly, Greece, c. 405 - 370 B.C.
When Larissa ceased minting the federal coins it shared with other Thessalian towns and adopted its own coinage in the late fifth century B.C., it chose local types. The obverse depicted the local fountain nymph Larissa, for whom the town was named, probably inspired by the famous coins of Kimon depicting the Syracusan nymph Arethusa. The reverse depicted a horse in various poses.
GS68671. Silver drachm, Lorber-Shahar, Early Group 6, head type 25 (O118/R1); SNG Cop -, VF, finestyle, well centered, a few marks, lightly etched surfaces, weight 5.483 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 180o, Larissa mint, c. 405 - 370 B.C.; obverse head of nymph Larissa facing slightly left, hair floating freely. Small eyes. Round earring and wire choker well above the neck truncation; reverse ΛAPI above, horse grazing right; $900.00 (€675.00)
Byzantine Empire, Constans II and Constantine IV, 13 April 654 - 15 July 668 A.D.
In 663, Constans II invaded southern Italy.
SH68095. Bronze follis, Anastasi 204; SBCV 1110; DOC IIpart 2, 181; Hahn MIB 210; Morrisson BN 9; Wroth BMC 362; Tolstoi 374; Ratto 1638, Choice aEF, well centered and struck, nice green patina, weight 5.242 g, maximum diameter 24.9 mm, die axis 180o, Syracuse mint, 659 - 663; obverseConstans (left) in military attire with long cross in right, and Constantine in chlamys with globus cruciger in right, both crowned and stand facing; reverse large M flanked by Heraclius (left) and Tiberius, both stand facing in crown and chlamys, each holds globus cruciger in right, monogram above, SCL in exergue; overstruck on a trimmed older coin, no indication of undertype; $600.00 (€450.00)
Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III The Great, 336 - 323 B.C.
Lifetime or very early posthumous issue struck under Menes or Laomedon.
SH68679. Silver tetradrachm, Price 3332; Duyrat group IV, series 11, VF, high relief, nice style, toned, weight 17.071 g, maximum diameter 26.2 mm, die axis 225o, Phoenicia, Arados mint, c. 324 - 320 B.C.; obverse Herakles' head right, clad in Nemean lion scalp headdress tied at neck; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus Aëtophoros enthroned left, right leg forward, eagle in extended right, long lotus tipped scepter vertical behind in left, kerykeion left, A over P monogram under throne; $580.00 (€435.00)
Nerva, 18 September 96 - 25 January 98 A.D.
In late October 97 A.D. Nerva adopted Trajan as his son and heir of the Empire. The previous emperor Domitian was a friend of the army and gave no consideration to the Senate, while Nerva was a very old senator. Trajan was perhaps the most popular and successful general of the time. The adoption reversed growing military opposition and brought concord with the army.
RB68481. Orichalcumdupondius, RIC II 81, BMCRE III 122, Cohen 32, gVF, weight 14.365 g, maximum diameter 27.9 mm, die axis 90o, Rome mint, 97 A.D.; obverse IMP NERVACAES AVG P M TR PCOS III P P, radiate head right; reverseCONCORDIA EXERCITVVM S C, clasped hands holding a legionary eagle set on a prow; $575.00 (€431.25)
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 (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) 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)
Claudius, 25 January 41 - 13 October 54 A.D., Lycian League
Lycia had not been a sovereign state since its defeat by the Carian kingMausolus in 362 B.C. In 168 B.C., however, the Roman Republic made Lycia an autonomous Roman protectorate governed by the Lycian League. Lycia lost its freedom when Claudius incorporated it into the Empire as a Roman province in 43 A.D. The democratic principles of the Lycian League influenced the framers of the United States Constitution.
SH68146. Bronze unit, RPC I 3346, SNG Cop -, BMC Lycia -, VF, weight 8.107 g, maximum diameter 24.3 mm, die axis 0o, Lycian League mint, early 42 - 43 A.D.; obverse TIBEPIOΣ KΛAY∆IOΣ KAIΣAP ΣEBAΣTOΣ, bare head left; reverse ΠATHP ΠATPI∆OΣ ΓEPMANKOΣ AYTOKPATΩP, Artemis standing half right, short torch in right, Nike in left, stag standing right at feet on right; ex J.S. Wagner Collection; rare; $490.00 (€367.50)