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Britannicus, Son of Claudius and Messalina, b. 12 February 41 - d. 11 February 55 A.D., Alabanda, Caria
Of this type, RPC I notes, "Uncertain. This coin was published by Mi 3.307.22, and is known from a Mionnet cast. The coin [the Mionnet specimen] has been tooled ('médaille retourchée') but may perhaps represent a genuine denomination." Our coin allays the RPC I doubts. The denomination is 1/3 of 18.5g RPC I 2818.SH88430. Orichalcum AE 23, RPC I 2821 (= Mionnet III, p. 307, 22), F, porous, weight 6.496 g, maximum diameter 23.3 mm, die axis 0o, Alabanda (Doganyurt, Aydin, Turkey) mint, 50 - 54 A.D.; obverse KΛAV∆IOC BPETANNIKOC KAIΣAP, bare-headed and draped bust right; reverse AΛABAN∆EΩN, Apollo Kissios standing left, nude, bow in right hand with raven on top, sheep standing left at feet on left ; ex Forum (2013), ex J. S. Wagner Collection; of greatest rarity; $990.00 SALE |PRICE| $891.00
Kasolaba, Caria, c. 410 - 390 B.C.
One of the letters on most example of this type or is only known in the Karian script but determining the mint city within Karia is less certain. The most current interpretation of the inscriptions and some recorded provenances support Kasolaba, a city which is mentioned in the Athenian Tribute Lists but whose precise location is uncertain.GA87963. Silver hemiobol, Konuk Kasolaba 7, SNG Kayhan 996, SNG Keckman 873, SNG Tübingen 3316, Klein 497, Troxell 9A, VF, well centered, dark toning, compact slightly ragged flan, weight 0.283 g, maximum diameter 6.8 mm, die axis 180o, Kasolaba mint, c. 410 - 390 B.C.; obverse head of ram right; reverse young male head right, Carian ethnic abbreviation: - A divided low across field, within incuse square; $105.00 SALE |PRICE| $95.00
Kasolaba, Caria, c. 410 - 390 B.C.
One of the letters on most example of this type or is only known in the Karian script but determining the mint city within Karia is less certain. The most current interpretation of the inscriptions and some recorded provenances support Kasolaba, a city which is mentioned in the Athenian Tribute Lists but whose precise location is uncertain.GS94114. Silver hemiobol, Konuk Kasolaba 7, SNG Kayhan 996, SNG Keckman 873, SNG Tübingen 3316, Klein 497, Troxell 9A, VF, toned, tight flan cutting off top of head on reverse, weight 0.367 g, maximum diameter 7.1 mm, die axis 180o, Kasolaba mint, c. 410 - 390 B.C.; obverse head of ram right; reverse young male head right, Carian ethnic abbreviation: - A divided low across field, within incuse square; $100.00 SALE |PRICE| $90.00
Klazomenai, Ionia, c. 386 - 300 B.C.
The ruins of Klazomenai (or Clazomenae) are in the modern town Urla near Izmir in Izmir Province, Turkey. It was one of the first cities to issue silver coinage. Clazomenae was attacked by the Lydian king Alyattes II in the 6th century. During the 5th century it was for some time subject to the Athenians, but about the middle of the Peloponnesian War, c. 412 B.C. it revolted. After a brief resistance, it again acknowledged the Athenian supremacy, and repelled a Lacedaemonian attack. In 387 B.C. Klazomenai and other cities in Asia were taken over by Persia, but the city continued to issue its own coins. Under the Romans, Clazomenae was included in the province of Asia, and enjoyed an immunity from taxation.GB88963. Bronze AE 17, SNG Cop 63; SNG Munchen 471; BMC Ionia p. 26, 82; SNG Tubingen -; SNGvA -, F, dark patina, corrosion, weight 3.540 g, maximum diameter 16.6 mm, die axis 0o, Klazomenai (Urla, Turkey) mint, c. 386 - 300 B.C.; obverse head of Athena right, wearing crested Corinthian helmet; reverse ram recumbent right, KΛAZOME/NIΩN in two lines above, wreath (control symbol) lower right; ex ECIN; rare; $85.00 SALE |PRICE| $76.50
Northern Syria, 2nd to 3rd Century A.D.
This type has long been attributed to Pharaoh Nektanebo II. Butcher, however, notes it is quite common in the vicinity of Antioch and in Northern Syria and the obverse style is similar to third century Antiochene zodiacal type coins. He suggests they may have been struck under Hadrian.RY90994. Bronze AE 15, Butcher p. 405, 11; Weiser p. 16, 1 (Nektanebo II, Memphis, Egypt), F, scratches and bumps, light earthen deposits, weight 3.383 g, maximum diameter 15.3 mm, die axis 0o, uncertain (Antioch?) mint, 2nd to 3rd century A.D.; obverse ram (Ares) leaping left, head turned back right; reverse balance scale (Libra), weak countermark; $80.00 SALE |PRICE| $72.00
Kebren, Troas, 400 - 310 B.C.
Kebren was in the middle Skamander valley in the Troad region of Anatolia. Its remains have been located in the forested foothills of Mount Ida (modern Kaz Dagi), approximately 7 km to the south of the Skamander. The population of Kebren was both Greek and Anatolian. In the 5th century B.C., Kebren was a member of the Delian League paying tribute to Athens. Following the defeat of Athens at the end of the Peloponnesian War in 404 B.C., Kebren came under the control of Zenis, who ruled on behalf of the Persian satrap Pharnabazos. Kebren was captured by the Spartan commander Dercylidas in 399 B.C., but soon after returned to Persian control. In 360 to 359, the Greek mercenary commander Charidemus briefly captured the city before being repelled by the Persian satrap Artabazos. At some point in the 4th century B.C. Kebren produced coinage depicting a satrap's head as the obverse type, indicating the city's close relationship with its Persian overlords. Kebren ceased to exist as an independent city about 310 B.C., when Antigonus I Monophthalmus founded Antigonia Troas (after 301 B.C. renamed Alexandria Troas) and included Kebren in the synoecism.GB95369. Bronze AE 10, SNG Tubingen 2635, Traité II 2337, SNG Cop 263 var. (K vice KE), SNGvA 7625 var. (same), BMC Troas p. 45, 24 var. (same), Weber 5347 var. (same), aVF, dark patina, porosity, weight 0.921 g, maximum diameter 10.0 mm, die axis 240o, Kebren mint, 400 - 310 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right; reverse ram head right; KE monogram (ethnic) below; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $80.00 SALE |PRICE| $72.00
Kebren, Troas, 5th Century B.C.
Cebren was named for the river-god, whose river was located near Troy. He was the son of Oceanus and Tethys and father of Asterope, Hesperia, and Oenone. Around 310 B.C., Antigonus moved the residents of Cebren to Alexandria Troas, his new city. MA95438. Silver diobol, SNGvA 1546, SNG Ashmolean 1086, Rosen 534, SNG Cop -, SNG Munchen -, BMC Troas -, aF, scratches, weight 0.954 g, maximum diameter 9.2 mm, die axis 315o, Kebren mint, c. 480 - 450 B.C.; obverse archaic head left (Apollo?); reverse head of ram left within incuse square; ; rare; $10.99 (€10.11)