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The Trojan War on Ancient Coin

Olba, Cilicia, under Ajax, High Priest and Toparch, c. 10 - 16 A.D.

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Perhaps this dynasty of high priests claimed decent from the Ajax or Teucer, heroes of the Trojan war. Teucer was a prince of the Salamis, son of King Telamon and Queen Hesione, half-brother to Telamonian Ajax (Ajax the Greater). Ajax was the son of Telamon's first wife, Periboea. Ajax and Teucer worked in tandem during the Trojan War - Teucer unleashed his arrows from behind the mighty shield of Ajax. Arrow after arrow would find its mark amongst the Trojan ranks but every time that Teucer would fire at Hector, the mightiest of all the Trojan defenders, his arrow would be deflected. Unknown to Teucer, Apollo was at that time protecting Hector from death.
RP85939. Bronze AE 22, RPC I 3725; Staffieri 7; BMC Lyconia, p. 119, 2; SNG BnF 798; SNG Cop 186; SNG Levante 630; SNGvA 5783; Waddington 4418, EF/aVF, green patina, attractive obverse, reverse encrusted, bumps and marks, areas of porosity, weight 7.481 g, maximum diameter 21.5 mm, die axis 0o, Olba (Mersin Province, Turkey) mint, c. 10 - 11 A.D.; obverse AIANTOΣ TEYKPOY (Ajax, son of Teucer), draped bust of Ajax (as Hermes) right, wearing close fitting cap, earring, and chlamys on shoulders, kerykeion (caduceus) before; reverse triskeles in center between ET - A (year 1), APΞIEPEΩΣ / TOΠAPXOY / KEN-NAT / ΛAΛAΣΣ (high priest (archiereos) [of Olba] and governor (toparch) of Lalassis and Cennatis) in four lines, the first two lines above, the third under the date divided by the triskeles, and the last line below; $250.00 (Ä212.50)


Julia Paula, Augusta July or August 219 - c. September 220 A.D., First Wife of Elagabalus

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Julia Paula was the first wife of Elagabalus and daughter of the Praetorian Prefect Julius Paulus. They were married in 219 A.D. and divorced in less than a year.
RS87353. Silver denarius, RIC IV 222 (S, note), RSC III 21, BMCRE V 323, SRCV II 7658, cf. Hunter III 4 (Rome), VF, attractive portrait, lightly toned, tight flan, slightly uneven strike, a few tiny green deposits, weight 2.197 g, maximum diameter 18.2 mm, die axis 180o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, under Elagabalus, 219 - 220 A.D.; obverse IVLIA PAVLA AVG, draped bust right; reverse VENVS GENETRIX (Mother Venus), Venus Genetrix seated left on throne with high back, apple in right hand, scepter vertical in left hand; ex CNG e-auction 424 (11 Jul 2018), lot 513; ex CNG e-auction 325 (23 Apr 2014), lot 615; scarce; $130.00 (Ä110.50)


Roman Republic, C. Sulpicius C. f. Galba, 106 B.C.

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Crawford interprets this type as Aeneas landing in Lanuvium (home of Sulpicia gens) with the Penates and the subsequent miracle of the white sow that foretold the founding of Alba Longa. (David Sear, RCV 2000
RR17700. Silver denarius serratus, RSC I Sulpicia 1, S 189, Crawford 312/1, Sydenham 572, VF, weight 3.863 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 315o, Rome mint, 106 B.C.; obverse conjoined heads of the Dei Penates left, D P P before; reverse the Dei Penates standing facing, each holding spear and pointing at sow which lies between them, N above, C SVLPICI C F in exergue; two light scratches on reverse; SOLD







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