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Claudius, 25 January 41 - 13 October 54 A.D.

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Minerva was ancient even to the Romans. She was of Italian or Etruscan origin and directly identified with the Greek Athena. Although a war goddess, she was also the patron of handicrafts and of wisdom. The latter is probably what made her attractive to Claudius who reportedly authored several histories, none of which, unfortunately, have survived.
RB86659. Copper as, RIC I 100, Hunter I 62, BMCRE I 149, BnF II 179, Cohen I 84, SRCV I 1861, VF/F, excellent portrait, some legend weakly struck, porosity/corrosion, flan cracks, weight 8.883 g, maximum diameter 29.9 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 41 - 50 A.D.; obverse TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP, bare head left; reverse Minerva striding right, wearing crested helmet, brandishing javelin in right hand, round shield on left arm, large S - C flanking low across field; from the Jyrki Muona Collection; $100.00 (85.00)

Sabina, Augusta 128 - c. 136 A.D., Wife of Hadrian

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Concordia Augusta ("Majestic Harmony") was honored for her role promoting understanding and marital harmony in the imperial household, but she did not serve Sabina well. Sabina is said to have remarked that she had taken steps to see she never had children by Hadrian because they would "harm the human race."
RS86662. Silver denarius, RIC II Hadrian 391, RSC II 24, BMCRE III Hadrian 932, Hunter II 13, SRCV II -, VF, light rose toning, well centered and struck, flan flaws obverse center, tiny edge crack, weight 3.333 g, maximum diameter 17.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, c. 134 - 136 A.D.; obverse SABINA AVGVSTA, diademed and draped bust right, hair in a plait down back of her neck; reverse CONCORDIA AVG (harmony of the Emperor), Concordia seated left, patera in right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, cornucopia under seat; from the Jyrki Muona Collection, ex Harlan J. Berk; $165.00 (140.25)

Roman Civil War, Vitellius, c. 69 A.D.

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This coin is M71 in Butcher, K. & M. Pointing, The Metallurgy of Roman Silver Coinage: From the Reform of Nero to the Reform of Trajan (Cambridge, 2015). There is a tiny drill hole on the edge where silver was extracted for testing. This was an important coin in the study, with test results indicating 93.9% silver bullion and Gallic isotope ratios strongly suggesting similarity with other Vitellius coins from Gallia, not coins minted for Galba.
RS86684. Silver denarius, Butcher-Pointing M71 (this coin), RIC I Civil Wars 121, BMCRE I 65, RSC I Galba 363, BnF I 75, Martin 7, EF, toned, tight flan, light corrosion, test drill hole on edge, weight 3.127 g, maximum diameter 17.5 mm, die axis 180o, Southern Gaul(?) mint, c. 69 A.D.; obverse clasped hands, FIDES above, EXERCITVVM below; reverse clasped hands, FIDES above, PRAETORIANORVM curving along the edge below; from the Jyrki Muona Collection, ex Helios, auction 4 (Munich, 14 Oct 2009), lot 270; ex Coll. A. Lynn collection; ex Classical Numismatic Group, auction 54 (14 June 2000), lot 1484; ex P. DeVicci collection; rare; $1800.00 (1530.00)

Julia Soaemias, Augusta 16 May 218 - 11 March 222 A.D.

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Venus (Aphrodite) can be faulted for the Trojan War. Upset that she was not invited to a wedding, she went anyway and maliciously left a golden apple inscribed "For the fairest" on the banquet table. The goddesses, as Aphrodite expected, argued who was the rightful possessor of this prize. It was determined the most handsome mortal in the world, a noble Trojan youth named Paris, would decide. Each of the three finalists offered Paris a bribe. Hera promised he would rule the world. Athena said she would make him victorious in battle. Aphrodite guaranteed the love of the most beautiful woman in the world. This was Helen, who was married to the king of Sparta. Paris awarded the golden apple to Aphrodite. Aphrodite enabled Paris to elope with Helen, Helen of Troy. Helen's husband raised a Greek army to retrieve his wife, starting the Trojan War.
RS86689. Silver denarius, RSC III 8a, BMCRE V Elagabalus 49, Hunter III 5, RIC IV Elagabalus 241, SRCV II 7719, Choice aEF, excellent portrait, well centered and struck, light toning on some luster, minor flan flaw on cheek, edge cracks, weight 2.547 g, maximum diameter 18.7 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 220 - 222 A.D.; obverse IVLIA SOAEMIAS AVG, draped bust right; reverse VENVS CAELESTIS (heavenly Venus), Venus standing half left, apple in extended right hand, long scepter in left hand, small star lower left; from the Jyrki Muona Collection; $180.00 (153.00)

Domitian, 13 September 81 - 18 September 96 A.D.

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In 86, Dacia attacked the Roman province of Moesia. After the attack, Domitian personally went to Moesia and reorganized the province into Moesia Inferior and Moesia Superior. In the summer of 87, five or six legions crossed the Danube to attack Dacia. At Tapae they were ambushed. Almost all of the soldiers from Legio V Alaudae were killed, the Dacians captured their flags and war machines, and general Cornelius Fuscus himself was killed in battle. After this victory, the Dacian king Diurpaneus received the name of Decebalus, meaning as strong (or brave) as ten men.
RS86646. Silver denarius, RIC II-1 507, BMCRE II 103, RSC II 218, BnF III 104, Hunter I 39 corr., SRCV I 2730, Choice VF, superb portrait, well centered and struck, light toning, some die wear, light marks and scratches, weight 3.487 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 1 Jan - 1 Sep 87 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VI, laureate head right; reverse IMP XIIII COS XIII CENS P P P, Minerva standing right on the capital of a rostral column, helmeted, wearing aegis, brandishing javelin in right hand, shield on left arm, owl at feet on right; from the Jyrki Muona Collection; $240.00 (204.00)

Parthian Empire, Vologases VI, 208 - 228 A.D.

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Soon after Vologases VI succeeded his father to the throne, his brother Artabanus V rebelled against him and became master of the greater part of the empire. Vologases VI retained a part of Babylonia. Meanwhile, in 224, Ardashir I, the founder of the Sassanid Empire, defeated and killed Artabanus V and conquered the eastern provinces. Over the following years, Ardashir I expanded his new empire, and must have defeated Vologases VI in 228 or 229.
GS86648. Silver drachm, Sellwood 88.19, Sunrise 459, Shore 458, EF, toned, slightly off center, flan splits and cracks, weight 3.708 g, maximum diameter 20.9 mm, die axis 0o, Ecbatana (Hamedan, Iran) mint, 208 - 228 A.D.; obverse bust left with long pointed beard extending to beaded border, wearing tiara with ear flaps, crest of dotted lines, dotted lines to left of line down side, abbreviated king's name in Aramaic lↄ (wz = Wlgy= Vologases) upper right; reverse archer (Arsakes I) seated right on throne, bow in extended right hand, cross under legs, TA monogram under bow, squared five-line legend around Aramaic Wlgy MLK' (King Vologases) at the top, followed by a four line stylized and totally blundered "Greek" inscription below and around; from the Jyrki Muona Collection; $165.00 (140.25)

Jovian, 27 June 363 - 17 February 364 A.D.

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VOT V MVLT X abbreviates Votis Quinquennalibus Multis Decennalibus. Earlier in the empire, this inscription would have meant that Julian had completed his vows (prayers) to thank the gods on the fifth anniversary of his rule, and made more vows to the gods that they might help him achieve his tenth anniversary. Jovian ruled less than one year. This votive inscription clearly expressed hope for the future rather than an advertisement of current events.
RL86649. Bronze centenionalis, RIC VIII Heraclea 110 (S), LRBC II 1913, Cohen VIII 34, SRCV V 19231, VF, well centered on a tight flan, porous, light scratches, edge cracks, weight 2.772 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 0o, 1st officina, Heraclea (Marmara Ereglisi, Turkey) mint, 27 Jun 363 - 17 Feb 364 A.D.; obverse D N IOVIANVS P F AVG, pearl diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust left; reverse VOT V MVLT X within wreath, jewel at the top, tied at the bottom, HERACA in exergue; from the Jyrki Muona Collection, ex Triton VIII (10 Jan 2005), part of lot 2095; scarce; $95.00 (80.75)

Philip I the Arab, February 244 - End of September 249 A.D.

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In 244 A.D., Philip negotiated peace with the Persia in order to deal with the troubles on the Rhine and Danube border. In 245 A.D., he campaigned against and made peace with several Germanic tribes.
RS86650. Silver antoninianus, RIC IV 49b, RSC IV 227, Hunter III 16, SRCV III 8969, VF, nice portrait, dark toning, some bumps and scratches, slight porosity, obverse slightly off center, weight 3.756 g, maximum diameter 22.2 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 244 - 245 A.D.; obverse IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICTORIA AVG (the victory of the Emperor), Victory advancing right, wreath in right hand, palm frond over left shoulder in left hand; from the Jyrki Muona Collection; $95.00 (80.75)

Gallienus, August 253 - September 268 A.D.

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The reverse may commemorate Gallienus' victory over the Alemanni at Milan in 259 A.D.
RS86651. Billon antoninianus, Gbl MIR 872d, RIC V-1 J18 (Lugdunum), RSC IV 308 (Lugdunum), SRCV III 10225, Choice VF, excellent portrait, well centered and struck, toned, some die wear, flan edge slightly ragged, weight 4.302 g, maximum diameter 21.9 mm, die axis 0o, Colonia Agrippinensis (Cologne, Germany) mint, c. 259 A.D.; obverse GALLIENVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse GERMANICVS MAX V, two captives seated back-to-back flanking the foot of a trophy of captured arms, their arms tied behind their backs; from the Jyrki Muona Collection; scarce; $90.00 (76.50)

Skepsis, Troas, c. 350 - 306 B.C.

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Skepsis or Scepsis, an ancient settlement in the Troad, is today the village of Kursunlutepe, near the town of Bayramic in Turkey. The famous library of Aristotle was kept at Skepsis before being moved to Pergamum and then Alexandria. It was also home to Metrodorus of Scepsis and Demetrius of Scepsis. Several times in its history, the citizens of Skepsis were forced to move elsewhere. In 306 B.C., Antigonus evacuated Skepsis and other cities in the area and forced the residents to move to Alexandria Troas. Tradition holds that Saint Cornelius the Centurion, the first Gentile convert to Christianity, became the first bishop of Skepsis in the early days of Christianity.Skepsis

GB86652. Bronze AE 19, BMC Troas p. 82, 20 var. (Pegasos left); SNGvA 7650 var. (control); SNG Cop 473 var. (same), SNG Mn 326 var. (same); SNG Tb 2660 var. (same), VF, dark patina, light encrustations and earthen deposits, light corrosion/pitting, weight 7.735 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 180o, Skepsis (Kursunlutepe, Turkey) mint, c. 350 - 306 B.C.; obverse Ryton (ornate drinking vessel) in the shape of Pegasos forepart right; reverse fir-tree within linear rectangular frame, Σ-K-H (ethnic, S-K flanking tree within frame, H outside on right), thyrsus (control symbol) outside the frame on left; from the Jyrki Muona Collection; $90.00 (76.50)


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