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Roman Provincial Coins from Italy and Sicily

Katane, Sicily, c. 186 - 70 B.C.

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For rescuing their aged parents from an eruption of Mt. Etna, the Romans idolized the Katanean brothers as the embodiment of the Roman virtue pietas.
GI75646. Bronze AE 21, Calciati III p. 98, 10; SNG ANS 1285; SNG Cop 196; SNG München 454; BMC Sicily p. 52, 72; HGC 2 626 (R2), aVF, weak reverse center, porous, weight 6.881 g, maximum diameter 21.0 mm, die axis 180o, Katane (Catania, Sicily) mint, Roman rule, c. 186 - 70 B.C.; obverse head of Dionysos right, wearing ivy wreath, ΛAΣIO (magistrate) above, monogram (ΩΣI?) behind; reverse KATANΩN, the Katanean brothers, Amphinomos and Anapias, carrying their aged parents, saving them from an eruption of Mt. Etna; ex CNG; very rare; $150.00 (€132.00)

Roman Republic, Anonymous (1st Corn-Ear Series), c. 214 - 212 B.C.

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In 214 B.C., during the Second Punic War, Roman legions under Tiberius Sempronius Gracchus defeated Hanno's Carthaginian forces, near modern Benevento at the Battle of Beneventum. The Roman victory denied Hannibal needed reinforcements.
RR75659. Bronze triens, Crawford 72/6, Sydenham 195b, BMCRR Italy 77, Russo RBW 309, SRCV I 917, VF, weight 13.948 g, maximum diameter 27.2 mm, die axis 180o, Sicilian mint, c. 214 - 212 B.C.; obverse helmeted head of Minerva right, four pellets behind; reverse prow of galley right, head of grain right over ROMA above, four pellets below; rare; $110.00 (€96.80)

Syracuse, Sicily, Roman Rule, c. 212 - 133 B.C.

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Overcoming formidable resistance and the ingenious devices of Archimedes, the Roman General Marcus Claudius Marcellus took Syracuse in the summer of 212 B.C. Archimedes was killed during the attack. The plundered artworks taken back to Rome from Syracuse lit the initial spark of Greek influence on Roman culture.
GB65634. Bronze AE 23, Calciati II p. 429, 231; SNG Cop 911; SNG ANS 1092, aVF, weight 9.175 g, maximum diameter 22.9 mm, die axis 0o, Syracuse mint, Roman rule, c. 212 - 133 B.C.; obverse head of Kore right, wreathed in stalks of grain; reverse ΣYPAKOΣIΩN, Demeter standing left, torch in right, scepter in left; $80.00 (€70.40)

2 Coins From Arpi, Apulia, Italy, c. 275 - 250 B.C.

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Arpi allied with Rome about 320 B.C. after a period of conflict with neighboring settlements. In 216 B.C., Dazo, the ruler of Arpi defected to Hannibal after the battle of Cannae. In 213 B.C. Fabius recovered the area, Dazos was removed, and the city declined under severe treatment from Rome.
GB68166. Bronze Lot, cf. SNG ANS 640 ff., SNG Cop 607 ff., Lindgren 211, HN Italy 645; 18.7 and 20.7 mm diameter, aF, 18.7 and 20.7 mm diameter, Arpi (near Foggia, Italy) mint, c. 275 - 250 B.C.; obverse bull charging; reverse free horse prancing; two coin; $80.00 (€70.40)

Panormos, Sicily, c. 241 - 70 B.C.

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In 254 B.C. Panormus was captured by the Romans. It retained its municipal freedom, and remained one of the principal cities of Sicily. It continued to issue bronze coins, bearing the names of various resident magistrates, and following the Roman system. Under Augustus, Panormus received a Roman colony.
GI76787. Bronze AE 14, Calciati I p. 338, 41; SNG ANS 580; SNG Cop 545; SNG Munchen 778; BMC Sicily p. 123, 23; HGC 2 1085 (S), aF, weight 4.262 g, maximum diameter 14.2 mm, die axis 225o, Panormos (Palermo, Sicily) mint, Roman rule, c. 241 - 70 B.C.; obverse head of Demeter left, veiled and wreathed in grain, plow(?) behind; reverse war galley prow right, Panormos Greek monogram above; scarce; $50.00 (€44.00)



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