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Heraclea, Thrace (Marmara Ereglisi, Turkey)

Heraclea, the Greek city of Perinthos, later known as Heraclea Thraciae to distinguish it from Heraclea Pontica, is now Marmara Ereglisi in the European part of Turkey. The Roman mint was established by Diocletian shortly before his reform and was in use until the times of Theodosius II. Dates of operation: 291 - 450 A.D. Mintmarks: H, HERAC, HERACL, HT, MHT, SMH, SMHT.

Constantius II, 22 May 337 - 3 November 361 A.D.

|Constantius| |II|, |Constantius| |II,| |22| |May| |337| |-| |3| |November| |361| |A.D.|, |solidus|
SH54921. Gold solidus, RIC VII Heraclea 102, VF, ex jewelry, weight 4.174 g, maximum diameter 19.6 mm, die axis 0o, Heraclea (Marmara Ereglisi, Turkey) mint, as caesar, 326 - 330 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTIVS NOB CAES, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICTORIA CAESAR NN (victory of our two princes), Victory walking left, wreath in right hand, palm frond in left hand, SMH in exergue; a few punches and scratches; rare; SOLD


Julian II "the Apostate," February 360 - 26 June 363 A.D.

|Julian| |II|, |Julian| |II| |"the| |Apostate,"| |February| |360| |-| |26| |June| |363| |A.D.|, |centenionalis|
Julian begun his reign with a monetary reform, introducing the large silvered bronze (AE 1) with a bull reverse, and a votive type for the smaller denomination (AE 3). Another innovation was the change of mint mark at Heraclea, from SMH to HERACL. RIC records the old style mint mark only for the AE1's. We may assume this variant of the votive type with the old SMH mint mark was produced from a single die at the very beginning of the issue.
SH20254. Bronze centenionalis, RIC VIII Heraclea -, LRBC II -, SRCV V -, Hunter V -, gVF, weight 3.729 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 0o, Heraclea (Marmara Ereglisi, Turkey) mint, 361 A.D.; obverse D N FL CL IVLIANVS P F AVG, helmeted and cuirassed bust left holding spear and shield; reverse VOT / X / MVLT / XX in four lines within wreath, SMHB in exergue; extremely rare; SOLD


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

|Jovian|, |Jovian,| |27| |June| |363| |-| |17| |February| |364| |A.D.|, |double| |maiorina|
Heraclea, the Greek city of Perinthos, later known as Heraclea Thraciea to distinguish it from Heraclea Pontica, is now Marmara Ereglisi in the European part of Turkey. The Roman mint was established by Diocletian shortly before his reform and was in use until the times of Theodosius II. Dates of operation: 291 - 450 A.D. Mint marks: H, HERAC, HERACL, HT, MHT, SMH, SMHT.
SH63908. Billon double maiorina, RIC VIII Heraclea 107, Cohen VII 23, LRBC II 1911, VF, weight 8.040 g, maximum diameter 27.5 mm, die axis 180o, 3rd officina, Heraclea (Marmara Ereglisi, Turkey) mint, 27 Jun 363 - 17 Feb 364 A.D.; obverse D N IOVIANVS P F AVG, rosette diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICTORIA ROMANORVM (the Roman victory), Jovian standing facing, head right, labarum in left, Victory on globe in right hand, HERACΓ in ex; scarce; SOLD


Nero, 13 October 54 - 9 June 68 A.D.; Perinthus, Thrace; Galba Countermark

|Nero|, |Nero,| |13| |October| |54| |-| |9| |June| |68| |A.D.;| |Perinthus,| |Thrace;| |Galba| |Countermark|, |as|
All the Latin coins of Perinthus are rare. BMC does not list Perinthus mint, but identifies this type as "barbarous." RIC notes the existence of Balkan sestertii, dupondii, and asses but does not catalog them.

RPC attributes the countermark to Nicaea, Bithynia.
RS77050. Bronze as, Mac Dowall CM pl. VII, RPC I 1762, BMCRE I 391 var. (barbarous); countermark: Pangerl 92, RPC I p. 345 (Nicaea, Bithynia, Apr 68 - Jan 69), VF, c/m: VF, dark blue-green patina, weight 9.665 g, maximum diameter 28.1 mm, die axis 180o, Heraclea Perinthos (Marmara Ereglisi, Turkey) mint, mid 66 - 9 Jun 68 A.D.; obverse NERO CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG GERM IMP, laureate head right, countermark: ΓAΛBA in a rectangular punch; reverse eagle standing facing on ovoid globe, wings open, head right, S - C divided across field above center; rare; SOLD


Severus II, 25 July 306 - Summer 307 A.D.

|Severus| |II|, |Severus| |II,| |25| |July| |306| |-| |Summer| |307| |A.D.|, |follis|
In Roman religion, every man has a genius, a presiding spirit. In De Die Natali, Censorinus says, from the moment we are born, we live under the guard and tutelage of Genius. Cities, organizations, and peoples also had a genius. On coins, we find inscriptions to the Genius of the Army, of the Senate, of the Emperor, etc. The legend GENIO POPVLI ROMANI dedicates this coin to the Genius of the Roman People. Genius' image is of a man with a cloak half covering the shoulders leaving the rest of his body naked, holding a cornucopia in one hand, and a simpulum or a patera in the other.
SH25961. Billon follis, RIC VI Heraclea 30 var. (officina), VF, weight 11.268 g, maximum diameter 28.8 mm, die axis 0o, Heraclea (Marmara Ereglisi, Turkey) mint, autumn 306 A.D.; obverse IMP C FLA VAL SEVERVS P F AVG, laureate head right; reverse GENIO POPVLI ROMANI (to the guardian spirit of the Roman People), Genius standing left, nude but for cloak over shoulder, patera in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, HTA in exergue; near full silvering; unlisted officina; very rare; SOLD


Nero, 13 October 54 - 9 June 68 A.D.

|Nero|, |Nero,| |13| |October| |54| |-| |9| |June| |68| |A.D.|, |semis|
C. Howgego suggests that this might belong with the Thracian group of Neronian coins in Latin (RPC I 1758 ff.).
RB33833. Bronze semis, RPC I Supplement (online) S2-I-5487 (4 spec.), RIC I -, Cohen I -, BMCRE I -, BnF I -, aVF, weight 4.105 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 180o, uncertain (Perinthus, Thrace?) mint, c. 64 A.D.; obverse NERO CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG GERM P M TR, bare head right; reverse VICTORIA AVGVSTI (the victory of the Emperor), Victory walking left, wreath in right hand, palm frond in left; very rare; SOLD


Julian II "the Apostate," February 360 - 26 June 363 A.D.

|Julian| |II|, |Julian| |II| |"the| |Apostate,"| |February| |360| |-| |26| |June| |363| |A.D.|, |double| |maiorina|
The common belief which identifies the bull with the Apis bull is probably wrong. An interesting passage from Dio Chrysostom compares a good ruler to a bull. Also, Julian was most likely born in May, in the sign of Taurus. The stars are probably the two important star clusters in Taurus, Pleiades and Hyades. Taurus or Apis, this bull is pagan and this coin was the last pagan coin type issued by the Empire.
RL55076. Billon double maiorina, RIC VIII Heraclea 104, gVF, weight 7.515 g, maximum diameter 28.0 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Heraclea (Marmara Ereglisi, Turkey) mint, 3 Nov 361 - 26 Jun 363 A.D.; obverse D N FL CL IVLIANVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse SECVRITAS REIPVB (security of the Republic), bull right, two stars above, HERACLin exergue; scarce; SOLD


Procopius, 28 September 365 - 27 May 366 A.D.

|Procopius|, |Procopius,| |28| |September| |365| |-| |27| |May| |366| |A.D.|, |centenionalis|
The mint at Heraclea was opened during the reign of Diocletian in 291 and continued to strike coins until it was closed by Leo I, c. 474 A.D.
RL34259. Bronze centenionalis, RIC IX Heraclea 7, LRBC II 1930, Cohen VIII 9, SRCV V 19881, VF, weight 3.453 g, maximum diameter 21.8 mm, die axis 0o, Heraclea (Marmara Ereglisi, Turkey) mint, 28 Sep 365 - Apr 366 A.D.; obverse D N PROCO-PIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust left; reverse REPARATIO FEL TEMP (happy times restored), Procopius standing facing, head right, labarum in right hand, resting left hand on grounded shield, chi-rho Christogram above right, left, SMHB in exergue; rare; SOLD


Constantine the Great, Early 307 - 22 May 337 A.D.

|Constantine| |the| |Great|, |Constantine| |the| |Great,| |Early| |307| |-| |22| |May| |337| |A.D.|, |follis|
Struck during the troubled period of the war between Constantine and Maximinus. The only RIC entry that comes close to our type is RIC VI 76, struck for Maximinus after he captured Heraclea in 313 A.D. RIC 76 also differs with an eagle instead of an altar at Jupiter's feet. An RIC footnote mentions a Constantine of this type in Vienna, from the Gerin collection. We do no know if it had an eagle or altar on the reverse. RIC also notes it can't be found in Vienna now, and that it is doubtful. But here is another!
SH25630. Billon follis, RIC -, Choice EF, weight 5.789 g, maximum diameter 22.6 mm, die axis 180o, 5th officina, Heraclea (Marmara Ereglisi, Turkey) mint, early 313 A.D.; obverse IMP C FL VAL CONSTANTINVS P F AVG, laureate head right; reverse GENIO AVGVSTI (to the guardian spirit of the Emperor), Genio standing left, with right pouring libation out of patera, cornucopia in left hand, altar at feet left, E right, SMHT in exergue; full silvering, excellent centering, sharp; very rare; SOLD


Constantine the Great, Early 307 - 22 May 337 A.D.

|Constantine| |the| |Great|, |Constantine| |the| |Great,| |Early| |307| |-| |22| |May| |337| |A.D.|, |centenionalis|
The "looking upwards" portraits of Constantine are often described as "gazing to Heaven (or God)."
RL25817. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Heraclea 92, LRBC I 888, SRCV IV 16231, Hunter V 304 var. (1st officina), EF, sharp and bold, slightly irregular flan, weight 2.552 g, maximum diameter 19.7 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Heraclea (Marmara Ereglisi, Turkey) mint, 327 - 329 A.D.; obverse CONSTAN-TINVS AVG, diademed head right, eyes to God; reverse D N CONSTANTINI MAX AVG, VOT XXX in wreath, SMHB in exergue; SOLD




  




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