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Ephesos, Ionia (Turkey)

Ephesos, a city of great numismatic tradition, continued to strike cistophoric tetradrachms from Augustus to Claudius. During his bid for the throne, Vespasian opened the mint for denarii (rare) and aurei (extremely rare) production from 70 to 74 A.D. Mintmarks: EPHE.


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

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This issue celebrated their marriage and Agrippina Junior's elevation to Augusta. Julia Agrippina was a great-granddaughter of Augustus, great-niece and adoptive granddaughter of Tiberius, sister of Caligula, niece and fourth wife of Claudius, and mother of the Nero. She is described by the ancient sources as ruthless, ambitious, violent and domineering, but also beautiful and reputable. According to Pliny the Elder, she had a double right upper canine, a sign of good fortune. Many ancient historians accused Agrippina of poisoning Claudius. A soothsayer prophesied if Nero became emperor, he would kill his mother, Agrippina replied "Let him kill me, only let him rule!" Nero had her executed in 59 A.D.
SH79841. Silver cistophorus, RPC I 2223, RIC I 117 (R), BMCRE I 234, BnF II 294, RSC II 2, SRCV I 1887, VF, excellent portraits, toned, nice surfaces, highest points flatly struck, reverse slightly off-center, weight 11.054 g, maximum diameter 25.1 mm, die axis 180o, Ephesus mint, 50 - 51 A.D.; obverse TI CLAVD CAESAR AVG P M TR P X IMP XIIX (counterclockwise), laureate head of Claudius right; reverse AGRIPPINA AVGVSTA CAESARIS AVG (counterclockwise), draped bust of Agrippina Jr. right, hair in queue at back, hair in three rows of curls above ear and long curly strand below ear; rare; SOLD


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

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SH54006. Silver cistophorus, RIC I 120, SRCV I 1838, RSC II 3, BMCRE I 228, Nice VF, banker's mark, weight 10.700 g, maximum diameter 27.2 mm, die axis 180o, Ephesus mint, 41 - 42 A.D.; obverse TI CLAVD CAES AVG, bare head left; reverse COM ASI ROM ET AVG, temple of two columns, within temple Claudius stands facing holding a spear and is crowned by Fortuna holding a cornucopia; toned; very rare (R3); SOLD


Marcus Antonius and Lucius Antonius, 41 B.C.

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Lucius Antonius was the younger brother and supporter of Marcus Antonius (Mark Antony). Together with his older brothers, Marcus and Gaius, Lucius spent his early years in bad company. Plutarch writes of the untamed life of the youths and their friends, frequenting gambling houses and drinking too much. In 44 B.C., the year of Julius Caesar's assassination, Lucius was a tribune of the plebs. In 41 B.C., he was consul with Publius Servilius Vatia. With Marcus Antonius' wife, Fulvia, he raised an eight legion army to fight against Octavian. Lucius and Fulvia ended besieged in Perusia in the winter of 41/40 BC, where they were forced to surrender by starvation. Octavian destroyed the city and Fulvia and Lucius were exiled. -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucius_Antonius
SH32210. Silver denarius, SRCV I 1509, RSC I Antonia 48, BMCRR II East 107, Crawford 517/5a, VF, rough, toned, weight 3.687 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 45o, Ephesus mint, 41 B.C.; obverse M ANT IMP AVG III VIR R P C M NERVA PROQ P, bare head of Marcus Antonius right; reverse L ANTONIVS COS, bare head of Lucius Antonius, consul 41 B.C., right; SOLD







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