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Herons, Ibis, Cranes, Storks and Other Water Birds on Ancient Coins
Kroton, Bruttium, Italy, c. 480 - 430 B.C.

|Italy|, |Kroton,| |Bruttium,| |Italy,| |c.| |480| |-| |430| |B.C.|, |stater|
In 480 BC, Croton sent a ship in support of the Greeks at the Battle of Salamis (Herodotus 8.47), but the victory of Locri and Rhegium over Croton in the same year marked the beginning of its decline. It was replaced by Heraclea as headquarters of the Italiote League. Dionysius, the tyrant of Syracuse, aiming at hegemony in Magna Graecia, captured Croton in 379 B.C. and held it for twelve years. Croton was then occupied by the Bruttii, with the exception of the citadel, in which the chief inhabitants had taken refuge; these soon after surrendered, and were allowed to withdraw to Locri.
SH17780. Silver stater, HN Italy 2102, VF, weight 7.835 g, maximum diameter 19.6 mm, die axis 45o, Kroton (Crotone, Calbria, Italy) mint, c. 480 - 430 B.C.; obverse tripod with bottom of legs as lion's feet; heron right on left, koppaPO retrograde on right; reverse incuse tripod, border of rays; SOLD


Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D.

|Hadrian|, |Hadrian,| |11| |August| |117| |-| |10| |July| |138| |A.D.|, |sestertius|
Pietas in traditional Latin usage expressed a complex, highly valued Roman virtue; a man or woman with pietas respected his or her responsibilities to the gods, family, other people and entities (such as the state), and understood his or her place in society with respect to others.
RB82751. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC II 771(f), BMCRE III 1534, Cohen II 1035, SRCV II 3616 var. (laureate head), Hunter II 547 (draped, head bare), VF, well centered on a tight flan, dark green patina, some light corrosion, weight 25.535 g, maximum diameter 31.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 134 - 138 A.D.; obverse HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, laureate and draped bust right, from behind; reverse PIETAS AVG (piety of the Emperor), Pietas standing slightly left, head left, praying with hands upraised, altar to left; stork to right, S - C (senatus consulto) across fields; SOLD


Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D.

|Hadrian|, |Hadrian,| |11| |August| |117| |-| |10| |July| |138| |A.D.|, |as|
In 134, the Romans captured Jerusalem. Simon bar Kokhba was killed in 135, at Betar, a fortress where he had taken refuge. Although, resistance continued in Galilee, the Jewish diaspora began as Emperor Hadrian barred Jews from Jerusalem and had survivors of the massacre dispersed across the Roman Empire. Many were sold into slavery. Jerusalem, largely destroyed, was renamed Colonia Aelia Capitolina. Legio VI Ferrata rebuilt the legionary fortress in the city and constructed a Roman temple at Golgotha. An altar to Jupiter was erected on the site of the Temple in Jerusalem.
RB63447. Bronze as, BMCRE III 1699, RIC II 839, VF, porosity, weight 12.60 g, maximum diameter 26.8 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 134 - 138 A.D.; obverse HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, laureate head right; reverse AEGYPTOS, Egypt reclining left, sistrum in right, resting left elbow on basket of grain, ibis standing right on column at feet, S C (senatus consulto) in exergue; scarce; SOLD


Kroton, Bruttium, Italy, 530 - 500 B.C.

|Italy|, |Kroton,| |Bruttium,| |Italy,| |530| |-| |500| |B.C.|, |stater|
According to Herodotus (3.131), the physicians of Kroton were considered the foremost among the Greeks, and among them Democedes, son of Calliphon, was the most prominent in the 6th century B.C. Accordingly, he traveled around Greece and ended up working in the court of Polycrates, tyrant of Samos. After the tyrant was murdered, Democedes was captured by the Persians and brought to King Darius, curing him of a dislocated ankle. Democedes' fame was, according to Herodotus, the basis for the prestige of Kroton's physicians.
GS90988. Silver stater, SNG ANS 248; SNG Ashmolean 1467; SNG Lloyd 596; HN Italy 2081; BMC Italy p. 343, 9; SNG Cop -, VF, spread fabric, heavy natural patina, edge chip, weight 7.646 g, maximum diameter 27.1 mm, die axis 0o, Kroton (Crotone, Calbria, Italy) mint, 530 - 500 B.C.; obverse tripod lebes with three lion's feet and three handles, koppaPO upward on left, marsh bird (crane or heron) standing left on right; reverse incuse tripod lebes, koppaPO upward on left, marsh bird (crane or heron) standing left on right; ex David Mitten Collection, ex Antioch Associates (Lindgren); SOLD


Roman Republic, Q. Caecilius Metellus Pius, Imperator, 81 B.C.

|99-50| |B.C.|, |Roman| |Republic,| |Q.| |Caecilius| |Metellus| |Pius,| |Imperator,| |81| |B.C.|, |denarius|
This issuer strikes as imperator in Northern Italy where he was campaigning on behalf of Sulla. The following year he was to be the dictators colleague in the consulship. Pietas and her emblem the stork are used to highlight his cognomen, Pius. The elephant is the traditional symbol of the gens Caecilia, recalling the capture of Hasdrubal's elephants by L. Caecilius Metellus in 252 B.C.
SH21642. Silver denarius, SRCV I 301, Crawford 374/1, Sydenham 750, RSC I Caecilia 43, VF, weight 3.775 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 180o, Northern Italian mint, 81 B.C.; obverse diademed head of Pietas right, hair tied in a knot, and wearing earring, stork before; reverse elephant walking left, bell hanging from its neck, Q.C.M.P.I in ex; nice style, attractive elephant; SOLD


Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D.

|Hadrian|, |Hadrian,| |11| |August| |117| |-| |10| |July| |138| |A.D.|, |denarius|
Hadrian traveled broadly, inspecting and correcting the legions in the field. More than half his reign was spent outside of Italy. Hadrian traveled as a fundamental part of his governing, and made this clear to the Roman senate and the people. This type was struck to commemorate his travel to Egypt in 130.
SH33744. Silver denarius, RIC II 297d, RSC II 100, BMCRE III 801, Strack II 294, Hunter II 266, SRCV II 3456 var. (bare head), VF, well centered, light scratches and bumps, edge split, weight 3.321 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 134 - 138 A.D.; obverse HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, laureate head right; reverse AEGYPTOS, Aegyptos reclining left, lotus on head, sistrum in right hand, resting left arm on basket, ibis standing right at feet on far side; SOLD


Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D.

|Hadrian|, |Hadrian,| |11| |August| |117| |-| |10| |July| |138| |A.D.|, |denarius|
Hadrian traveled broadly, inspecting and correcting the legions in the field. More than half his reign was spent outside of Italy. Hadrian traveled as a fundamental part of his governing, and made this clear to the Roman senate and the people. This type was struck to commemorate his travel to Egypt in 130.
RS77326. Silver denarius, RIC II 297a, RSC II 99, BMCRE III 797, SRCV II 3456, Strack II 294, Hunter II 264 var. (draped), VF, well centered, nice stye, dark toning, marks and scratches, weight 3.373 g, maximum diameter 16.8 mm, die axis 225o, Rome mint, 134 - 138 A.D.; obverse HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, bare head right; reverse AEGYPTOS, Aegyptos reclining left, lotus on head, sistrum in right hand, resting left arm on basket, ibis standing right at feet on far side; SOLD


Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt

|Roman| |Egypt|, |Trajan,| |25| |January| |98| |-| |8| |or| |9| |August| |117| |A.D.,| |Roman| |Provincial| |Egypt|, |dichalkon|
RPC notes that a worn specimen of this type "has recently turned up in a small hoard of bronzes from Syria, which otherwise had nothing later than AD 121/2." Prior to that date, only Augustus and Tiberius ruled long enough to issue coins dated year 21 and RPC suggests attribution to Augustus. We disagree. Year 21 of Augustus was seven years before his first dated coins. Tiberius ruled long enough, but the Alexandria mint stopped striking bronze in his year six. Trajan died on 8 or 9 August of his 20th year. In Alexandria, Trajan's 21st year would have begun on 29 August 117. We believe this type was struck after 29 August 117, in the few days before the mint was informed of his death. The short period explains the great rarity. After the mint was informed of Hadrian's accession, they changed the reverse type to the Apis bull right and the date to L B, year 2 of Hadrian.
RX85457. Bronze dichalkon, RPC I 5111 (5 spec.), Dattari 50, BMC Alexandria 2629, Kampmann A.5, Emmett 4260 (R5 for year 20, a misreading of year 21), Geissen -, F, irregular underweight flan, date weak, weight 0.810 g, maximum diameter 11.8 mm, die axis 315o, Alexandria mint, posthumous, 29 Aug - early Sep 117 A.D.; obverse ibis right; reverse crocodile right, L KA (year 21); very rare; SOLD


Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D.

|Hadrian|, |Hadrian,| |11| |August| |117| |-| |10| |July| |138| |A.D.|, |as|
In 134, the Romans captured Jerusalem. Simon bar Kokhba was killed in 135, at Betar, a fortress where he had taken refuge. Although, resistance continued in Galilee, the Jewish diaspora began as Emperor Hadrian barred Jews from Jerusalem and had survivors of the massacre dispersed across the Roman Empire. Many were sold into slavery. Jerusalem, largely destroyed, was renamed Colonia Aelia Capitolina. Legio VI Ferrata rebuilt the legionary fortress in the city and constructed a Roman temple at Golgotha. An altar to Jupiter was erected on the site of the Temple in Jerusalem.
RB71338. Bronze as, BMCRE III 1699, RIC II 839, Cohen II 111, aVF, sea green patina, weight 9.793 g, maximum diameter 26.2 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 134 - 138 A.D.; obverse HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse AEGYPTOS, Egypt reclining left, sistrum in right, resting left elbow on basket of grain, ibis standing right on column at feet, S C (senatus consulto) in exergue; scarce; SOLD


Roman Republic, L. Calpurnius Piso Frugi, 90 B.C.

|99-50| |B.C.|, |Roman| |Republic,| |L.| |Calpurnius| |Piso| |Frugi,| |90| |B.C.|, |denarius|
Calpurnius Piso Frugi's massive issue was intended to support the war against the Marsic Confederation. The type has numerous variations and control marks.
RR58323. Silver denarius, Sydenham 665, RSC I Calpurnia 11, Crawford 340/1, SRCV I 235, VF, weight 3.872 g, maximum diameter 18.1 mm, die axis 315o, Italian mint, 90 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right, stork (control symbol) behind, dolphin (control symbol) before; reverse naked horseman galloping right holding palm, L PISO FRVGI over S: (control number, Roman numeral fraction 2/3) below; interesting control symbols; SOLD




  




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