, , Hieron II, 275 - 215 B.C., Portrait of Queen Philistis
Hieron II placed his wife and son on coins during his long reign. Those of Queen Philistis are eagerly sought after by collectors.SH84601. Silver 5 litrae, 221 (D2/R2), 893, 1546, 827, 959, 2918, 1708, 1557 (R2) (all from the same dies), aEF/gVF, , light marks, 4.441 g, maximum 18.0 mm, 180o, mint, c. 218 - 215 B.C.; veiled and diademed of Queen Philistis left, frond behind; galloping left, holding reins with both , E• in front of horses' legs, BAΣIΛIΣΣAΣ above, ΦIΛIΣTI∆OΣ ; from the Woolslayer Collection; Numismatica Ars Classica auction 27 (12 May 2004), lot 129; ex A.D.M. Collection; ex Collection, 1929 sale, lot 213; ; $3000.00 (€2670.00)
, Daughter of , Wife of , Mother of , Grandmother of
was the daughter of Marc Antony and , the wife of , the mother of , and a grandmother of . Renowned for her beauty and virtue, was revered by the Roman people. She was probably poisoned by or committed suicide. She never loved her son , calling him a monster and a fool, but he posthumously made her Augusta in 41 A.D. and issued all her coinage.SH68887. Silver , 66, 111, 2, 1900, F, , 3.717 g, maximum 18.9 mm, 225o, mint, struck under , c. 41 - 42 A.D.; , draped right, wearing barley ; (consistency of the emperor), standing facing, draped as , long torch in right, in left; from the Jyrki Muona Collection; (R2); $880.00 (€783.20)
Phalanna, , 360 - 340 B.C.
Coins of Phalanna (a few miles northwest of on the left bank of the Peneius) are . There was also a Phalanna on , colonized by Thessalians from Phalanna in .GS84798. Silver , I 1250 (same dies); 569; 199; p. 41, 1; 1; 165 (R1), VF/F, classical , , porous, a little rough, 5.314 g, maximum 19.1 mm, 180o, Phalanna mint, 360 - 340 B.C.; youthful male with short, curly hair right; FAΛ-ANN-A-IΩN, bridled horse prancing right without a rider; ex BCD with his round tag noting, "T/ne ex Thess., Oct. 86, £250.-"; $440.00 (€391.60)
, 2 January - 20 December 69 A.D.
This coin is M13 in The Metallurgy of Roman Silver Coinage: From the Reform of to the Reform of by Kevin and Matthew Pointing. Testing established this coin was minted to the first Neronian , at 78.6% silver. There is a very tiny hole drilled in the edge where the sample was taken.SH72993. Silver , M13 (this coin), 105 (R), 47, 31, 67, 11, 2198 var. (no AVG, May - Jul), F, , tiny sample hole on the edge, 3.093 g, maximum 18.4 mm, 135o, mint, Jul - 20 Dec 69 A.D.; A , laureate right; (Liberty ), standing facing, right, in extended right hand, long rod vertical in left hand; from the Jyrki Muona Collection; ; $400.00 (€356.00)
the Arab, February 244 - End of September 249 A.D.
was the goddess or personification of luck 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.RS75697. Silver , 75A (R); 130, 8945, -, EF, strike with dies, nice metal, 4.966 g, maximum 22.4 mm, 0o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 247 - 248 A.D.; IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, , draped, and right, from behind; IIII (high priest, tribune of the people for four years, consul, father of the country), standing left, long in right hand, in left hand; $350.00 (€311.50)
Thebes, Boiotia, , 405 - 395 B.C.
The largest city in , leader of the Boeotian confederacy, and rival of Athens, Thebes sided with during Xerxes' invasion in 480 B.C. Thebes ended Sparta's power at the Battle of Leuctra in 371. The Sacred Band of Thebes famously fell to at Chaeronea in 338. After a revolt in 335, Alexander the Great destroyed the city, except, according to tradition, the house of the poet .GS74435. Silver tetartemorion, 466; p. 77, 87; 294; 35; 37, VF, , 0.163 g, maximum 6.4 mm, Thebes mint, 405 - 395 B.C.; Boiotian ox-hide ; bunch of grapes on stem, Θ−E flanking above; ex ; $320.00 (€284.80)
, 22 May 337 - March or April 340 A.D.
This is apparently unpublished and this is the only example of the known to . This was used for very (both R5) issues of and . CNG e-auction 368, lot 496, is with this same , also 5th , but with on the left holding a on globe and .RL76392. , apparently unpublished, cf. 116 - 117 (for ) and 138 - 139 (for , issues of the Licinii), EF, excellent portrait, both sides slightly off-center, left side of weak, some , a few light marks, 2.773 g, maximum 19.0 mm, 180o, 5th , (Sisak, Croatia) mint, as , 320 A.D.; CONSTANTINVS IVN , laureate and left; (courage of the army), inscribed VOT / XX in two lines, two seated barbarian captives back-to-back flanking base, (Chi-Rho ) left, in ; ex Scott Collection; extremely ; $270.00 (€240.30)
Karystos, , 369 - 265 B.C.
A Persian force landed at in 490 B.C. and quickly subdued its inhabitants. Soon after the Battle of Salamis, in 480 B.C., the Athenian fleet led by Themistocles extorted money from the city. When Athenians then asked to join the Delian League, the city refused. Athens would not accept a refusal, so they attacked and plundered , forcing the city to join the league.GS74058. Silver , 566; 420; 151; p. 101, 10 var. (abbreviated ), F, , marks, edge bumps, 1.836 g, maximum 13.2 mm, 0o, Karystos mint, 369 - 265 B.C.; bearded of Herakles right, wearing scalp headdress tied at the neck; tree, club left, KAP−YΣTI/ΩN across ; ex with his round tag noting "'Argos' Coll., through DGP, Feb 74, 4000 drs."; very ; $180.00 (€160.20)
, 25 September 275 - June 276 A.D.
The is an interesting notation of five, using U instead of the usual V or E. This notation only became common on coins, at a much later date. RIC 163 also records six for the , written in Latin, VI. lists this as sixth (UI).SH77276. , 3449, 163, 1704, 1928 - 1949, 11812, EF, excellent portrait, , near full , 4.052 g, maximum 22.1 mm, 345o, 5th , Ticinum (Pavia, Italy) mint, 2nd emission, early-mid 276 A.D.; IMP C M CL TACITVS AVG, and right; (everlasting security), standing left, raising right hand to , resting left elbow on column, U in ; from the Jyrki Muona Collection; $180.00 (€160.20)
Romano-British Empire, , Mid 286 - Spring or Early Summer 293 A.D.
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