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Galleys and Other Ships on Ancient Coins

Roman Republic, Anonymous, c. 90 B.C.

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In 91 B.C., the tribune Marcus Livius Drusus proposed extending Roman citizenship to allied Italian cities, but was assassinated, leading to the Social War.
RR71889. Bronze semis, Crawford 339/2, Sydenham 679a, BMCRR 2196, SRCV I 901, F, weight 4.213 g, maximum diameter 21.7 mm, die axis 270o, Rome mint, c. 90 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Saturn right, S (mark of value) behind; reverse prow right, S (mark of value) above, ROMA below; $36.00 (32.04)

Seleukid Kingdom, Antiochus VII Euergetes Sidetes, 138 - 129 B.C., Sidon, Phoenicia

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After his brother Demetrius was captured by the Parthians, Antiochus VII was made king. He married Demetrius' wife Cleopatra Thea. He defeated the usurper Tryphon at Dora and laid siege to Jerusalem in 134. According to Josephus, the Hasmonean king John Hyrcanus opened King David's sepulcher and removed three thousand talents, which he then paid Antiochus to spare the city. Sidetes then attacked the Parthians, supported by a body of Jews under Hyrcanus, and briefly took back Mesopotamia, Babylonia and Media before being ambushed and killed by Phraates II. His brother Demetrius II had by then been released, but the Seleucid realm was now restricted to Syria. Antiochus VII was the last Seleucid king of any stature.
GY77866. Bronze AE 16, Houghton-Lorber II 2104, SNG Spaer 2000, Babelon Rois 1172, Rouvier V 1261, Houghton CSE II 624, Cohen DCA , HGC 9 1074 (R1), F, broad flan, rough, corrosion, weight 2.479 g, maximum diameter 16.0 mm, die axis 0o, Sidon (Saida, Lebanon) mint, 134 - 133 B.C.; obverse diademed head of Antiochos VII right, ΘOP (Seleukid era year 179); reverse galley left, BAΣIΛEΩΣ / ANTIOXOY in two lines above, ΣI∆ΩNΩN over Phoenician script "of the Sidonians" below; from the Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren; rare; $24.00 (21.36)

Constans, 9 September 337 - 19 January 350 A.D.

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Regarding religion, Constans was tolerant of Judaism and promulgated an edict banning pagan sacrifices in 341. He suppressed Donatism in Africa and supported Nicene orthodoxy against Arianism, which was championed by his brother Constantius. Although Constans called the Council of Sardica in 343 to settle the conflict, it was a complete failure, and by 346 the two emperors were on the point of open warfare over the dispute. The conflict was only resolved by an interim agreement which allowed each emperor to support their preferred clergy within their own spheres of influence.
RL83817. Billon quarter maiorina, RIC VIII Thessalonica 120, LRBC II 1642, SRCV 18732, Cohen VII 10, aVF, green patina with coppery high-points, reverse slightly off-center, areas of light corrosion, weight 2.904 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, 348 - 349 A.D.; obverse D N CONSTA-NS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse FEL TEMP REPARATIO (happy times restored), Constans standing left on galley, Phoenix on globe in right hand, labarum in left hand, Victory seated in stern steering ship, TESA in exergue; $24.00 (21.36)

Seleukid Kingdom, Demetrius II Nikator, 146 - 136 and 129 - 125 B.C.

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Paul spent a week with the disciples in Tyre on his return from his third missionary journey (Acts 21:4).
GY77865. Bronze AE 20, Houghton-Lorber II 1968(2), Newell Tyre 100, HGC 9 1000 (R1-2), Cohen DCA 171 (S), F, potentially active corrosion, weight 5.105 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, Tyre mint, 145 - 144 B.C.; obverse diademed head of Demetrios II right; reverse stern of galley left,BAΣIΛEΩΣ / ∆HMHTPIOY in two lines over L HΞP (Seleucid Era year 168 ) above, TYPIΩN over Phoenician script "of Tyre" below; from the Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren; scarce; $10.00 (8.90)




Schaaff, Ulrich. Mnzen der rmischen Kaiserzeit mit Schiffsdarstellungen im Rmisch-Germanischen Zentralmuseum. (Munich, 2003).

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