, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D., Antioch,
Possibly struck in the year of Christ's birth! Most biblical scholars believe Jesus was born between 6 and 4 B.C. Jesus was born sometime between 6 B.C. and 4 B.C. Matthew describes Herod as the ruler during the time of the Nativity, and Herod died in 4 B.C. Later, in order to kill Jesus and eliminate him as a rival , Herod ordered the "Massacre of the Innocents" - the killing of all male children in Bethlehem aged two years and under. This means that Jesus may have been up to two years old already by that time, and this also sets the Nativity between 6 and 4 B.C.SH75809. Silver ON RESERVE
, 181; 4152; 51; p. 166, 132; 400, VF, nice , centered, , some , 14.049 g, maximum 27.0 mm, 0o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 5 - 4 B.C.; KAIΣAPOΣ ΣEBAΣTOY, laureate right; ETOYΣ ZK NIKHΣ (year 27 Actian era), seated right, holds ; river-god swimming to right below; two and IB (12th consulship) in right ; ex CNG e-auction 354, lot 362; $650.00 (€572.00)
, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D., Restitution Issue Struck in under
The restoration coins of and attributed by BMC to have been reattributed in and the new , 1 to , and perhaps Perinthus. The types are rarely found in the and are most frequently found in the Balkans, some share a identical to some coins of Perinthus, the does not fit or Rome, and the inconsistent is characteristic of the Perinthus mint.SH73458. Brass , 511, , 1, 403 (R); 263; -; -; -; -, gF, centered, nice green , 24.742 g, maximum 35.0 mm, 180o, , Perinthus(?) mint, 80 A.D.; DIVVS , seated left on curule chair, feet on footstool, and togate, in right, long vertical behind in left; IMP T DIVI DIVI F AVG P COS (clockwise starting at 12:00), large S C, REST above; huge 35 mm bronze!; ; $540.00 (€475.20)
, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D., Uncertain Mint, Anatolia or
The mint, the questor who struck this , and even the identity of the person in the portrait remain uncertain. The has previously been attributed to and the portrait identified as (Friedlander) or (Grant). David Sear notes the has never been found in . Finds point to or Anatolia. It is possible that the was issued, with his own portrait, by Sosius, a general under Marc Antony who was quaestor in 39 B.C. Much more likely, however, the portrait is of .
RB71004. Bronze AE 24, 5409; 957 ( ); 29 ( ), F, green , 17.823 g, maximum 26.6 mm, 180o, uncertain Anatolian or Syrian mint, right; (spear), sella questoria (questor's seat of office), and fiscus (imperial treasury), Q (for questor) below; previously a but recent finds have made it somewhat easier to aquire; $400.00 (€352.00)
C. , of , 6 - 5 B.C., Temnos,
The larger of the same series honored . On this coin Gallus gives himself the epithet Aγνος, meaning pure or holy! Later he was an ambitious and powerful senator. A foe of , in 11 B.C. he married Tiberius' ex-wife, . He was suspected of and never denied fathering Tiberius' son, the Younger. After died, he courted the widow of , . In 30 A.D., had him imprisoned and for three years kept him in solitary confinement and on the very edge of starvation until he died. To add further insult he was discredited by .SH74030. Bronze AE 16, 2447; 276; 627; p. 146, 25; -, aEF, attractive olive green , 4.159 g, maximum 15.9 mm, 0o, Temnos mint, 5 B.C.; ACINIOC ΓAΛΛOC AΓNOC, of right; APOΛΛAC ΦAINIOY TAMNITAN, of Dionysos right, wreathed with ivy; ; $400.00 (€352.00)
, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D., Seleucia Pieria,
Seleucia Pieria was built by Seleucus I Nicator, c. 300 B.C. It then changed several times between the Ptolemies and Seleucids. When the Seleucid Empire was subdued by the Armenian conqueror Tigranes II, Seleucia Pieria resisted. Seleucid rule, giving the city to Antiochus I Theos of Commagene, a direct descendant of Seleucus I Nicator and a loyal ally of Rome. Seleucia enjoyed substantial autonomy, de facto independence, which it kept even to the end of the Roman occupation.RP75810. Silver , 4328; 1186; p. 273, 32, aVF, nice portrait, , minor , 15.010 g, maximum 25.9 mm, 180o, Seleucia Pieria mint, 5 - 6 A.D.; KAIΣAPO ΣEBAΣTOY, laureate right, bead and reel ; filleted (thunderbolt) set on (throne) of Zeus, ΣEΛEYKΩN / THΣ IEPAΣ above, A to left, H to right, I∆P (year 114) under seat, KAI / AYTONOMOY below, all within wreath; CNG e-auction 354, lot 393; ; $370.00 (€325.60)
Roman (Ninica-Claudiopolis?), Octavian/Augustus, c. 30 - 29 B.C.
This was previously attributed to and the portrait as or . , supported by find data, attributes it to , probably Pedias, and identifies the portrait as Octavian/Augustus, and likely immediately post-Actian. proposed the coins were struck for Octavian/Augustus for the founding of Iulia Augusta Ninica, and the epithet could be apply to both and the colony. VE and TER abbreviate the names of the two (municipal officers) of the colony.RP74281. Bronze provincial as, 4082, aVF, : , 11.247 g, maximum 23.9 mm, 0o, Ninica-Claudiopolis(?) mint, c. 30 - 29 B.C.; PRINCEPS , of right; : obscure in oval punch; VE TER IVLIA , standing left, helmeted and draped; very ; $350.00 (€308.00)
, Commemorative Issued by , 250 - 251 A.D.
RIC notes that the commencement of the divi series of may be attributed with certainty by their to and issue may have continued into the reign of .RS72390. Silver , 78 (R); 578; p. 255, 2; 9459, EF, a few marks, slightly grainy surfaces, 3.312 g, maximum 20.7 mm, 0o, Mediolanum ( , Italy) mint, 250 - 251 A.D.; AVGVSTO, young of right; , large nearly square flaming , three steps and two panel doors on front; ; $220.00 (€193.60)
Struck around the time of Jesus' birth. This is considered a possible "Tribute Penny" because it is a that circulated in the lifetime of Christ and the image and are of "Caesar."
The brothers, and , were the sons of and , daughter of . They were due to succeed but predeceased him in 4 and 2 A.D. respectively.
RS76536. Silver ON RESERVE
, 207, 43, 533, 1651 ff., 1597, gF, , , contact marks, light corrosion, edge bump, 3.732 g, maximum 19.8 mm, 225o, ( , France) mint, 2 B.C. - 4 A.D.; , laureate right; C L CAESARES IVVENT, and Caesars stand facing, togate, each resting hand on a round with spear behind, above center on left a right and on right a left; $185.00 (€162.80)
, 13 October 54 - 9 June 68 A.D., ,
In ancient Athens it was proverbial to ridicule by saying that the air in causes stupidity. But counted among its citizens the philosophers Democritus, Protagoras and Anaxarchus, historian and philosopher Hecataeus of , and the lyric poet Anacreon.SH68886. Bronze AE 22, 1730, 7 (R6), 244, 382, 485, aVF, some corrosion, 4.523 g, maximum 19.4 mm, 180o, mint, 63 - 68 A.D.; NEPΩNI KΛAY∆IΩ KAIΣAPI ΣEBAΣTOY, of left; ΘEΩ AB∆HPEITAI, of (or ) left; from the Jyrki Muona Collection, ex J. ; ; $155.00 (€136.40)
, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D., Uncertain Mint, Anatolia or
The mint, the questor who struck this , and even the identity of the person in the portrait remain uncertain. The has previously been attributed to and the portrait identified as (Friedlander) or (Grant). David Sear notes the has never been found in . Finds point to or Anatolia. It is possible that the was issued, with his own portrait, by Sosius, a general under Marc Antony who was quaestor in 39 B.C. Much more likely, however, the portrait is of .RB72873. Bronze AE 24, 5409; 957 ( ); 226 - 227; 29 ( ), aF, 17.596 g, maximum 24.2 mm, 180o, uncertain Anatolian or Syrian mint, right; (spear), sella questoria (questor's seat of office), and fiscus (imperial treasury), Q (for questor) below; $150.00 (€132.00)
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