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This series of quadrantes commemorated abolition of the 0.5% tax remaining from an original 1% tax created by Augustus. The first half was removed by Tiberius. R CC stands for "remissa ducentesima," removal of the 1/200 tax. The favor made to the people of Rome is symbolized by the pileus (freedom cap). RB85816. Copper quadrans, RIC I 52, BMCRE I 64, BnF I 109, Cohen I 7, SRCV I -, Hunter I -, VF, encrustation, obverse slightly off center, weight 2.712 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 18 Mar - 31 Dec 40 A.D.; obversePON M TR P IIII P P COS TERT (high priest, holder of tribune power for 4 years, father of the country, consul for the third time), legend around R CC (remissa ducentesima - rescinded the 1/200 tax); reverse C CAESAR DIVI AVG PRON AVG (Gaius Caesar, emperor, great-grandson of Divine Augustus), pileus (liberty cap), S - C (senatus consulto - with permission of the Senate) flanking; ex Moneta Numismatic Services; $100.00 (€85.00)
Germanicus, b. 24 May 15 B.C. - d. 10 Oct 19 A.D.
Issued under Caligula in honor of his deceased father. Germanicus inflicted serious defeats on the barbarian tribes in Germania and recovered the legionary standards lost by Varus. He was to be Tiberius' successor but died of an unknown cause. His tremendous popularity helped his son Caligula obtain the throne after Tiberius died. RB85820. Orichalcumdupondius, RIC ICaligula 57, BMCRE I 93, BnF I 140, Cohen I 7, SRCV I 1820, F, very rough, weight 10.831 g, maximum diameter 28.6 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 37 - 41 A.D.; obverseGERMANICVS CAESAR, Germanicus in slow quadriga right holding eagle-tipped scepter; reverse SIGNIS RECEPT DEVICTIS GERM, Germanicus standing left, wearing military garb, raising right hand, aquila (legionary eagle) in left hand, large S - C flanking low across field; ex Moneta Numismatic Services; $120.00 (€102.00)
Octavian, Triumvir and Imperator, c. 31 - 30 B.C., ColoniaJulia, Cilicia
The location of this mint has been the subject of some debate. The monograms on the reverse abbreviate the names of the two duovirs. RP85834. Bronze AE 20, RPC I 4083 (21 spec.), SNG Levante 597, SNG BnF 778, Lindgren-Kovacs 1553, VF, tight flan, bumps and scratches, light deposits, weight 5.626 g, maximum diameter 19.9 mm, die axis 135o, ColoniaJulia mint, c. 31 - 30 B.C.; obverse PRINCEPS FELIX, bare head of Octavian right; countermark edge upper right: capricorn (or Pegasos?) right in a rectangular punch; reverse two humped oxen pulling plow left, COLONIA / IVLIA in two lines above and lower right, IIVIR (duovirs) in upper right field, VE and TER monograms in left field; countermark edge lower left: branch(?) in an oval punch; $140.00 (€119.00)
Augustus and Livia, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D., Ephesos, Ionia,
When Octavian and Livia met, both were already married, Livia already had a son, the future emperor Tiberius, and was pregnant with a second, NeroClaudiusDrusus (also known as Drusus the Elder). Legend says that Octavian fell immediately in love with her. Octavian divorced Scribonia in 39 B.C., on the very day that she gave birth to his daughter Julia the Elder. TiberiusClaudiusNero was persuaded or forced by Octavian to divorce Livia. On 14 January, Livia's second son was born. Augustus and Livia married on 17 January, waiving the traditional waiting period. TiberiusClaudiusNero was present at the wedding, giving her in marriage "just as a father would." The importance of the patrician Claudii to Octavian's cause, and the political survival of the Claudii Nerones are probably more rational explanations for the tempestuous union. Nevertheless, Livia and Augustus remained married for the next 51 years. They had no children apart from a single miscarriage. Livia always enjoyed the status of privileged counselor to her husband, petitioning him on the behalf of others and influencing his policies, an unusual role for a Roman wife in a culture dominated by the paterfamilias. RP85856. Bronze AE 21, RPC I 2585 (4 spec.); BMC Ionia p. 72, 199; SNG Tire 32; SNG Tübingen 2816; SNG Cop -; SNGvA -; SNG München -, F, excellent centering, dark green patina with earthen highlighting, weight 8.012 g, maximum diameter 21.1 mm, die axis 0o, Ephesos mint, obversejugate heads of Augustus and Livia; reverse stag right, quiver above, APXIEPE−YΣ / AΣKΛAΣ / E−ΦE NI−KOΣT−PA/TOΣ (archiereus (priest) / Asklas / Ephesos / Nikostratos) in five lines divided across fields; scarce; $90.00 (€76.50)
Nemausus, Gaul, c. 40 B.C.
ColoniaNemausus was founded as a colony by TiberiusClaudiusNero in 45 or 44 B.C. for veterans that had served Julius Caesar under his command in Gaul and the invasion of Egypt. He was the first husband of Livia and was persuaded or forced by Octavian to divorce her. At the wedding he gave her in marriage to Octavian "just as a father would." RP85861. Bronze semis, RPC I 520, SNG Cop 692, SNG Munchen 431, CCCBM III 231, De la Tour 2735, aVF, green patina with highlighting earthen deposits, tight flan, slightly rough, edge split, weight 2.108 g, maximum diameter 16.4 mm, die axis 270o, Nemausus (Nimes, France) mint, c. 40 B.C.; obverse helmeted and draped bust right, S (mark of value) behind; reverse NEM COL (downward on right), Salus standing, patera in right over two snakes, left elbow on column behind; $65.00 (€55.25)
Vitellius, 2 January - 20 December 69 A.D.
Libertas (Latin for Liberty) was the Roman goddess and embodiment of liberty. The pileus liberatis was a soft felt cap worn by liberated slaves of Troy and Asia Minor. In late Republican Rome, the pileus was symbolically given to slaves upon manumission, granting them not only their personal liberty, but also freedom as citizens with the right to vote (if male). Following the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 B.C., Brutus and his co-conspirators used the pileus to signify the end of Caesar's dictatorship and a return to a Republican system of government. The pileus was adopted as a popular symbol of freedom during the French Revolution and was also depicted on some early U.S. coins. SH86375. Silver denarius, RIC I 105 (R), RSC II 47, BMCRE I 31, BnF III 67, Hunter I 11, SRCV I 2197 var. (obv. leg), VF, excellent portrait, tight flan, some flatness in centers, light scratches, areas of porosity, weight 3.556 g, maximum diameter 18.2 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, Jul - 20 Dec 69 A.D.; obverse A VITELLIVSGERMIMP AVG TR P, laureate head right; reverseLIBERTAS RESTITVTA (liberty restored), Libertas standing facing, head right, pileus in extended right, long rod vertical in left; rare; $500.00 (€425.00)
Numismatic Fine Arts Journal 1988-1992
Summer 1988, Spring 1989, 1990 and June 1992. Publication # 35, 36, 38 and 41. BL16331. Numismatic Fine Arts Journal 1988-1992, 4 sale catalogs, softcover, some cover wear, international shipping at the actual cost of postage; $20.00 (€17.00)
Numismatic Fine Arts, Edward Gans, No. 16, Berkeley, 19 April 1960
Includes the collection of George J. Bauer which was very strong in Greek coins from Italy and Sicily (3 plates of Sicilian tetradrachms and 3 dekadrachms). Two pages of Byzantine gold. BL16332. Numismatic Fine Arts, Edward Gans, No. 16, Berkeley, 19 April 1960, card-cover, 54 pages, 28 plates, 596 lots, very good condition, cover shows wear, international shipping at the actual cost of postage; rare; $20.00 (€17.00)
Lampsakos, Mysia, c. 500 - 450 B.C.
Lampsakos was founded by Greek colonists from Phocaea in the 6th century B.C. Soon afterward it became a main competitor of Miletus, controlling the trade roots in the Dardanelles. During the 6th and 5th centuries B.C., Lampsacus was successively dominated by Lydia, Persia, Athens, and Sparta. Artaxerxes I assigned it to Themistocles with the expectation that the city supply the Persian king with its famous wine. When Lampsacus joined the Delian League after the battle of Mycale in 479 B.C., it paid a tribute of twelve talents, a testimony to its wealth. GA86592. Silver diobol, Baldwin Lampsakos, group A, type I, pl. V, 8; AMNG III 14; SNGvA 7390; SNG BnF 1126; SNG Ashmolean 653; SNG Cop 184; Rosen 524; SGCV II 3879, EF, well centered, dark toning, a few light marks, reverse die damaged, weight 1.230 g, maximum diameter 11.8 mm, die axis 180o, Lampsakos (Lapseki, Turkey) mint, c. 500 - 450 B.C.; obverse janiform female heads, each wearing stephanos, with central earring; reversehead of Athena left, wearing Corinthian helmet, within incuse square; $250.00 (€212.50)
Julia Domna, Augusta 194 - 8 April 217 A.D.
Vesta was originally a household spirit. Later she was personified as the goddess of the hearth and given the stature of her Greek equivalent, Hestia. In the temple of Vesta her flame was kept alive by Vestal Virgins. RS86667. Silver denarius, RIC IV C390, RSC III 230, BMCRE V C29, Hunter III C10, SRCV II 7108, Choice aEF, superb portrait, well centered, light toning, reverse die wear, tiny edge cracks, weight 3.246 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, reign of Caracalla, 211 - 217 A.D.; obverse IVLIA PIA FELIX AVG, draped bust right, hair in horizontal ridges, looped plait from ear around back of neck; reverseVESTA, Vesta standing facing, head left, veiled, palladium in right hand, long scepter vertical in left hand; from the Jyrki Muona Collection; $150.00 (€127.50)
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