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Selene or Luna

In Greek mythology, the lunar deity Selene was the daughter of the Titans Hyperion and Theia. In Roman mythology, the moon goddess is called Luna, Latin for "moon."

Ptolemaic Kingdom, Cleopatra VII & Alexander Helios, c. 38 B.C.

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Alexander Helios (b. 40 B.C., d. between 29 and 25 B.C.) was the son of Cleopatra VII and Mark Antony. Helios (the Sun) had a twin sister, Cleopatra Selene (the Moon). He was made king of Armenia and king of king of Media and Parthia at about age six. After his mother's death, Egypt and his kingdoms were annexed by Rome; Alexander Helios was placed under the guardianship of Octavia and faded from history.
The exact denominations of this type and the other bronze units issued during Cleopatra's reign are unknown. Based on the bronze Egyptian denominations of Augustus used not long after this coin was struck, this coin was a diobol.
SH16527. Bronze diobol, SGCV II 7957, BMC Ptolemies 2-3, RPC I 3091, Vagi 76, aVF, among the finest known, weight 13.127 g, maximum diameter 27.4 mm, die axis 0o, Paphos mint, c. 38 B.C.; obverse diademed and draped bust of Cleopatra VII right, as Aphrodite, holding scepter and infant; reverse KΛEOΠATPAΣ BAΣIΛIΣΣHΣ, double cornucopia, joined at the bottom and bound with fillet, KYΠP monogram in lower right field; nice brown patina, among the finest known of this rare issue; rare; SOLD

Roman Republic, Dictatorship of Julius Caesar, L. Aemilius Buca, January 44 B.C.

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"Sulla's Dream." The reverse of this rare type refers to the famous dream Sulla (an ancestor of the moneyer) experienced in 88 B.C. Sulla dreamed Luna came to him and put a thunder-bolt in his hand, and naming his enemies one by one, bade him smite them with it; and they were all smitten, and fell, and vanished away. Encouraged by the vision, at break of day he marched his legions towards Rome to attack Marius.
SH57752. Silver denarius, Crawford 480/1, Sydenham 1064, RSC I Aemilia 12, BMCRR 4160, Sear CRI 164, SRCV I 476, F, rough, weight 3.699 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 270o, Rome mint, obverse L BVCA, diademed head of Venus right; reverse Sulla reclining against rocks; Luna on right descending from mountain holding a torch; Victory standing facing behind, wings spread, palm frond in raised right; very rare; SOLD

Claudius II Gothicus, September 268 - August or September 270 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt

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SH26537. Billon tetradrachm, Dattari 5408, Geissen 3025, BMC Alexandria 2309 var. (obv. legend), gVF, weight 6.388 g, maximum diameter 23.2 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 268 - 269 A.D.; obverse AVT K KΛAV∆IOC CEB, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse bust of Selene right, wears taenia and chiton, large crescent in front, date AL left (year 1); rare; SOLD

Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D.

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Felicitas was the goddess or personification of happiness, good fortune, and success. She played an important role in Rome's state religion during the empire and was frequently portrayed on coins. She became a prominent symbol of the wealth and prosperity of the Roman Empire.
RS86692. Silver denarius, RIC II 115, RSC II 131, BMCRE III 249, Strack II 59, Hunter II 21 var. (AET - AVG), SRCV II -, gVF, well centered and struck on a tight flan, nice heroic bust, toned, radiating flow lines, a few light marks, tiny edge crack, weight 3.532 g, maximum diameter 17.8 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 119 - 122 A.D.; obverse IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, laureate heroic bust right with bare-chest, slight drapery on left shoulder; reverse P M TR P COS III, Aeternitas standing slightly left, head left, radiate head of Sol in right hand, head of Luna in left hand, AETER - AVG, divided across field; from the Jyrki Muona Collection, ex Barry Murphy (Oct 2007); SOLD

Roman Republic, Anonymous (TOD and Wren), 189 - 180 B.C.

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This is the first example of this type ever handled by Forum.
SH59088. Silver denarius, Crawford 141/1, Sydenham 345, RSC I 35, BMCRR Rome 589, SRCV I 66, aVF, weight 3.820 g, maximum diameter 20.0 mm, die axis 270o, Rome mint, 189 - 180 B.C.; obverse head of Roma right, wearing winged helmet, ornamented with griffin's head, convex visor in three pieces, hair tied behind, earring and necklace, X behind, linear border; reverse Luna riding right in biga, goad in right, reins in left, TOD below with bird perched on the T, ROMA in a rectangular linear frame in exergue, linear border; rare; SOLD

Kingdom of Mauretania, Ptolemy, 24 - 40 A.D.

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Ptolemy was the son of King Juba II and Queen Cleopatra Selene II. His mother was the daughter of Cleopatra VII and Mark Antony. Ptolemy was educated in Rome and Roman citizen. In late 40, Caligula invited Ptolemy to Rome. After welcoming him with appropriate honors, he ordered his assassination. Mauretania became a Roman province.
GB42809. Bronze AE 23, SGICV 6033, MŁller Afrique 197, SNG Cop -, Fair, weight 6.669 g, maximum diameter 22.6 mm, die axis 255o, Caesarea (Cherchel, Algeria) mint, obverse REX PTOLEMAEVS, diademed and draped bust of Ptolemy right; reverse lion leaping right, star above; very rare; SOLD

Roman Republic, Manius Aquillius, 109 - 108 B.C.

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Manius Aquillius, would become a Roman general, and consul in 101 B.C. He successfully put down a revolt of the slaves in Sicily but was accused of extortion in the province. He was acquitted on account of his military services, although there was little doubt of his guilt. In the First Mithridatic War he was defeated and taken prisoner in 88 B.C. Mithradates treated him with great cruelty, and is said to have put him to death by pouring molten gold down his throat. The method of his execution became famous and, according to some accounts, was repeated by Parthian contemporaries to kill Marcus Licinius Crassus who was at the time the richest man in Rome and a member of the First Triumvirate.
RR43528. Silver denarius, Crawford 303/1, Sydenham 557, BMCRR Italy 645, RSC I Aquillia 1, SRCV I 180, RBW Collection -, aVF, light tone, weak area on reverse, weight 3.832 g, maximum diameter 20.4 mm, die axis 270o, Rome mint, 109 - 108 B.C.; obverse radiate head of Sol right, X (mark of value) below chin; reverse Luna in a fast biga right, three stars and crescent above, star over MN AQVIL (MN in monogram) below, ROMA in exergue; SOLD

Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D.

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In 111 A.D., Trajan made Pliny the Younger governor (legatus Augusti) of Bithynia.
RS55921. Silver denarius, Woytek 344b, RIC II 91 (S), RSC II 3a, BMCRE III 374, BnF IV 446, Strack 154, SRCV II -, aVF, toned, weight 2.911 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 111 A.D.; obverse IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P, laureate bust right with slight drapery on left shoulder; reverse COS V P P S P Q R OPTIMO PRINC, Aeternitas standing half left, radiate head of Sol in right hand, head of Luna with crescent on head in left, AET - AVG across field; scarce; SOLD

Roman Republic, Furius Purpurio, 169 - 157 B.C.

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The murex shell alludes to the moneyers cognomen - purple dye was made from the murex.
RR59084. Silver denarius, SRCV I 75, Crawford 187/1, Sydenham 424, RSC I Furius 13, VF, weight 3.503 g, maximum diameter 18.7 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 169 - 157 B.C.; obverse head of Roma right in winged helmet, X behind; reverse Luna in a biga right, crescent above head, murex shell above, PVR below, ROMA in a linear frame in exergue, linear border; nice style; SOLD

Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D.

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In 118 A.D., Hadrian executed four senators, all former consuls, who had been shown to have plotted against him. His relations with the Senate were strained.
RS49460. Silver denarius, RIC II 38, RSC II 128, BMCRE III 57, Hunter II 21, SRCV II -, VF, weight 2.454 g, maximum diameter 20.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 118 A.D.; obverse IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG, laureate heroic bust of Hadrian right with drapery on far shoulder; reverse P M TR P COS II, Aeternitas standing left, heads of Sol and Luna in left and right, AET - AVG across fields; SOLD


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