Roman , Antinoopolites (?), Portrait of , c. 130 - 153 A.D.
probably joined the entourage of when it passed through in about 124. He became Hadrian's constant companion and lover but in October 130 drowned in the Nile. Hadrian's grief knew no bounds; he enrolled him among the gods, erected a temple, and on 30 October 130 A.D., founded the city of Antinoopolis on the very bank of the Nile river where drowned. It was the capital of a new , Antinoopolites. Artists vied with each other in immortalizing his beauty. Temples and to his memory were erected all over the Empire, and there began a Cult of . On this coin he is depicted in the guise of Hermanubis. RX90575. Lead , 6536, 3559 var. (11.23g), 4397 (R4), F, 4.666 g, maximum 20.6 mm, 0o, Antinoopolis (or ?) mint, c. 130 - 153 A.D.; draped of right, wearing hem-hem crown of , crescent before; standing left, wearing , , and on , right hand raised, long vertical behind in left; ; $225.00 (€200.25)
Termessos Major, , c. 198 - 217 A.D.
An ally of , Termessos was granted independent status by the Roman Senate in 71 B.C. This long continued independence is documented by the legends of this coin and by other coins which bear the title "Autonomous." The on this coin, eleutheros, is an adjective meaning "free," which is here in the genitive plural case, agreeing with the genitive plural of the on the . So together the legends literally read, "Of the free people of Termessos," or paraphrased "Of the people of Termessos" on the , "Who are free" on .
RP85011. Bronze AE 25, 2177 (same dies), 5353 (same), 4012 (same), -, -, -, -, -, VF, , some corrosion, 7.382 g, maximum 24.8 mm, 0o, Termessos Major mint, c. 198 - 217 A.D.; T-EPMHC-CEΩN, bare-headed draped of right, over far shoulder; EΛEYΘEPΩN, standing left, wearing helmet, long , and , pouring from in right hand, spear vertical behind in left hand; very ; $180.00 (€160.20)
Gallic Empire, , Summer 260 - Spring 269 A.D.
The is a wand or rod, entwined at one end by two serpents, each of whose bodies folds again in the form of two half-circles, while the passes above the wand. It was an attribute peculiar to Mercury.RA84495. , 333; , 2, 84; AKG 78; 2426; 381; 82; 10984, aEF, fantastic detail, , traces of , brown copper, light corrosion, edge splits, 3.078 g, maximum 20.3 mm, 180o, ( , France) mint, 265 - 268 A.D.; IMP C POSTVMVS , and draped right; (fruitful age), winged ; from the Dr. Sam Mansourati Collection, ex VAuction 304 (27 Feb 2014), lot 412; ex Ancient Imports; $170.00 (€151.30)
Menaion, , c. 204 - 190 B.C.
Mineo, (ancient Menaion) is inland about 64 km southwest of Catania. It was a Sikel city, founded around 458 B.C. by Douketios. In 396 B.C. it was captured by Dionysios I of . Under Roman rule mentions Menaion among the "civitatis decumanae," cities that pay one tenth of their annual harvest to . Today it has about 5,600 residents.GB65650. Bronze hexas, III p. 189, 13; p. 97, 4; 624; -; -; -, VF, 1.645 g, maximum 14.1 mm, 45o, Menaion (Mineo, , Italy) mint, c. 204 - 190 B.C.; draped of right, wearing winged ; MENAI/NΩN, ( ), two pellets (mark of value) lower left; very ; $135.00 (€120.15)
Roman Republic, Anonymous (Corn-Ear and IC), c. 207 - 206 B.C., on a AE
In 207 B.C., The Battle of the Metaurus, fought near the Metaurus River in , was a pivotal battle in the Second Punic War. The Carthaginians were led by Hannibal's brother Hasdrubal . The Roman armies were led by the consuls Livius Salinator and Gaius . The Carthaginian army was defeated and Hasdrubal was killed. This major Roman ended Hannibal's hopes for success in Italy.
RR85325. Bronze , 294, 69/6b, 310d, Italy 280, 1211; : II 197, 1550, VF, clear , bumps and scratches, light corrosion, 5.868 g, maximum 19.6 mm, Sicilian (probably Catania) mint, c. 207 - 206 B.C.; of Mercury right, wearing winged , two pellets (mark of value) above; : of Poseidon left; prow of galley right, grain ear above, IC(?) before, below, no mark of value; : trident ; ; ; $125.00 (€111.25)
Termessos Major, , 2nd - 3rd Century A.D.
was the messenger of the gods and the god of commerce and thieves. He was the son of Zeus and the nymph Maia. His include the and winged sandals.
is the Greek goddess of wisdom, war, the arts, industry, justice, and skill. Her usual attribute is the owl and is her frequent companion.
RP85005. Bronze AE 25, 2178; 5349; 321; 4505; p. 271, 31; 547; -, VF, , highest points struck flat, bumps and scratches, , 11.601 g, maximum 25.3 mm, 0o, Termessos mint, 2nd - 3rd century A.D.; T-EP-MHCCEΩN, draped of right, across shoulder; TΩN ME-IZONΩN, standing left, offering in right hand, inverted spear vertical in left hand; ; $120.00 (€106.80)
Ainos, , c. 427 - 424 B.C.
Aenus, Enez, Turkey today, was on the southeastern coast of , near the mouth of the Hebrus River, not far from the Melas Gulf (modern Gulf of Saros), which is formed by the Thracian Chersonesus to the east. The city was said to be founded (or at least settled) by Aeolian migrants from . Its mythical and eponymous founder was said to be Aeneus, a son of the god and father of Cyzicus. Another mythical ruler, named Poltys, son of Poseidon, entertained Heracles when he came to Aenus. In the Iliad, Homer mentions that the leaders of Troy's Thracian allies, Acamas and Peiros, came from Aenus.GS68735. Silver , 176 - 204, 303, 405, 1164, 1033, 3892, F, grainy, 1.167 g, maximum 10.5 mm, 45o, Ainos (Enez, Turkey) mint, c. 427 - 424 B.C.; of right, wearing ; AIN, goat standing to right, coiled snake (control symbol) lower right; $110.00 (€97.90)
Marathos, , 173 - 172 B.C.
Marathos, the most northern coastal town in , was apparently under Ptolemaic hegemony when this coin was struck. The of is usually attributed to be also that of Ptolemy VI. Destroyed by its neighbor and rival Aradus, c. 145 B.C., Marathos was later rebuilt as a colony of Aradus.GP73972. Bronze AE 21, 1082 - 1085 (various controls); 252 - 261 (same); 832; cf. 194 (S); -; -, F, black , rough, corrosion, 6.489 g, maximum 21.1 mm, 0o, Marathos (near Tartus, ) mint, 173 - 172 B.C.; laureate and draped of Ptolemy VI as , over shoulder; Marathos standing left, in right, Phoenician date IIIIIIINNNN (year 87) on left, Phoenician MRT (Marathos) right, Phoenician control letters low across ; $100.00 (€89.00)
, 28 January 198 - 8 April 217 A.D., , Coele
Baalbek, a town in the Beqaa Valley of Lebanon, east of the Litani River, was known as during Roman rule. It was one of the largest sanctuaries in the empire and contains some of the best preserved Roman ruins in Lebanon. The gods worshiped at the temple, the triad of , and , were grafted onto the indigenous deities of Hadad, Atargatis and a young male god of fertility. Local influences are seen in the planning and layout of the temples, which vary from the classic Roman design.SH79780. Bronze AE 16, 383 ff. var. (D74/R152) unlisted die combination, 430, A2162A, -, VF/F, green , , 3.400 g, maximum 16.0 mm, 45o, (Baalbek, Lebanon) mint, 211 - 212 A.D.; ANTONI, laureate right, from behind; COL HEL, standing slightly left, left, nude but for cloak over shoulder, purse in right hand, in left hand; $90.00 (€80.10)
Roman Republic, Anonymous (Semilibral), 217 - 215 B.C.
, Mercury to the Romans, is the messenger of the gods in Greek mythology. An Olympian god, he is also the of boundaries and of the travelers who them, of shepherds and cowherds, of thieves and road travelers, of orators and wit, of literature and poets, of athletics, of and measures, of invention, of general commerce, and of the cunning of thieves and liars. His include the tortoise, the rooster, the winged sandals, and the .
RR84810. Bronze , 100, 38/7, 87, I 129, 620 var. ( , no drapery), VF, rough areas, 7.190 g, maximum 19.4 mm, 45o, mint, 217 - 215 B.C.; of Mercury right, wearing winged and , no mark of value; war galley prow right, above, no mark of value; ex ; $90.00 (€80.10)
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