In late summer or fall of 161, Vologases IV of captured the Roman client Kingdom of , expelled its and installed his own; Pacorus, an Arsacid like himself. In 162, began the war to recover and exact vengence. Rome recovered the Armenian capital Artaxata in 163. At the end of 163, took the title Armeniacus, despite having never personally seen combat. initially declined to accept the title, but accepted it in 164. Unfortunately the victorious army returned bringing a pandemic known as the Antonine Plague, which significantly depopulated and greatly weakened the Roman Empire.RB83578. , 1092; 890 ( & r.), 984 (same), 95, III 464, 5013, -, VF, on a , green , light scrape on high point, some corrosion, 23.68 g, maximum 31.6 mm, 0o, Rome mint, Dec 164 - Aug 165 A.D.; M AVREL ANTONINVS AVG ARMENIACVS P M, laureate right; TR P XVIII , standing half right, transverse upward to right in both , mourning Armenian captive at feet on right, captive seated right with propped on right hand and left hand on ground, flanking low across ; $580.00 (€516.20)
commemorative struck by Aurelius' son, .
p. 62 notes that the "spear head" variety listed by is probably from an altered die. We have, however, found coins from more than one die with this object. It is not clear to us why identified this indistinct object as a spear .RS77835. Silver , 82; C271; 478-4/10, 4; 24 var., note. p. 692, VF, small edge cracks, 3.130 g, maximum 17.9 mm, 180o, Rome mint, , 180 A.D.; M ANTONINVS , right; , standing left on thunderbolt, right, wings open, spear (?) in beak; $250.00 (€222.50)
was the Roman personification of Hope. In art is normally depicted carrying flowers or a , but on coins she is almost invariably depicted holding a flower in her extended right hand, while the left is raising a fold of her dress. She was also named "ultima dea" - for Hope is the last resort of men. On this coin, the , , the designated successor of the emperor, is identified as the hope for the future of the Roman people.RS79920. Silver , A479(a), A960, 473, -, -, gVF, , 3.407 g, maximum 18.3 mm, 180o, Rome mint, as , 158 - 159 A.D.; AVRELIVS ANTON AVG P II F, right; XIII , advancing left, flower in right hand, raising skirt with left hand; $200.00 (€178.00)
and Annius , Caesars, 166 - 170 A.D., Tarsus,
The brothers Annius and , sons of and the Younger, were made caesars in 166 A.D. Annius died at age 7 of natural causes in Rome on 10 September 169. His younger brother became his father's heir and later successor to his father's throne. The are obviously unrealistic - the caesars were small boys when the coin was struck. RP84085. Bronze AE 18, 5035 (17 spec.); p. 191, 166; 5993; 1456; 1018 var. (no ); -, F, turquoise , , porous, earthen deposits, 3.339 g, maximum 17.2 mm, 0o, Tarsos (Tarsus, Mersin, Turkey) mint, 166 - 170 A.D.; KOPOI CEBACTOY, draped youthful busts of Annius (on left) and , over crossed club and between them; temple with ten columns, left with right and wings open in , KOINOC KIΛIKIAC in , TAP-COY across at center, MHTPOΠ in ; ; $200.00 (€178.00)
, 7 March 161 - 17 March 180 A.D., Bizya,
Bizya (or Bizye) was located between Hadrianopolis and Byzantion. The first Roman imperial coins struck at Bizya, were struck under .RP79648. Bronze AE 25, 21, 1437, F, nice dark green , , 8.813 g, maximum 24.9 mm, 180o, Bizya mint, as , 139 - 161 A.D.; M AVPHΛIOC OYHPOC KAIC CEB, right; BIZYHNΩN, Herakles standing facing, left, nude, resting right hand on grounded club, in left hand, skin draped over left forearm; $180.00 (€160.20)
In 167, the Marcomanni tribe attacked at ending the Pax Romana that had kept the center of Empire free from invasion since the days of . repelled the invaders but it was an omen of tribulations to come.RB79868. , 948, 1318, 124, 815, 5011, VF, nice portrait, , 19.735 g, maximum 29.6 mm, 180o, Rome mint, 167 - 168 A.D.; M ANTONINVS AVG ARM PARTH MAX, laureate right; XXI IMP IIII , walking left, extending in right hand, frond in left hand; $160.00 (€142.40)
, 7 March 161 - 17 March 180 A.D., of
The Macedonian (community) was the political organization governing the autonomous Roman province of and responsible for issuing coinage. Member cities sent representatives to participate in the popular assembly. The held celebrations and games annually at Beroea (modern Verria) in of Alexander the Great and the Roman emperor.RB83510. Bronze AE 25, 1345; 730; /2 277; 3050 (R4) var. (Ω vice W); p. 28, 156 var. (laureate), VF, nice green , , cut on lower , 11.478 g, maximum 25.2 mm, 270o, 7 Mar 161 - 17 Mar 180 A.D.; ANTWNINOC, right; MAKE∆ONWN, thunderbolt with four wings; $160.00 (€142.40)
Roman Empire, Anonymous, to , c. 81 - 161 A.D.
RIC identifies this as common but it appears to be with the dove facing left.
Quadrantes, like quinarii, were issued only occasionally, perhaps exclusively for imperial distributions. Suetonius reported that, from the roof of the "Caligula threw coins among the people." Perhaps this small coin was thrown to the crowd by the emperor himself at a similar event.RB63623. Bronze , p. 218, 25, VF, 1.847 g, maximum 14.4 mm, 180o, Rome mint, c. 81 - 161 A.D.; diademed and draped of right; dove standing left, S C in ; ; $95.00 (€84.55)
In 165, the sued for peace after captured Artaxata, Seleucia on the , and Ctesiphon. The war began in 162, when invaded and . Unfortunately the victorious army returned bringing a pandemic known as the Antonine Plague, which significantly depopulated and greatly weakened the Roman Empire.RB73714. ON RESERVE
, 5010, 931 (obv ), 1289, 142-6/30, 120, 807, aF, scratches, , 22.894 g, maximum 32.5 mm, 315o, Rome mint, summer - Dec 166 A.D.; M AVREL ANTONINVS AVG ARM PARTH MAX, laureate right; XX IMP IIII , standing half right, nude to waist, hanging inscribed on tree; $75.00 (€66.75)
, 7 March 161 - 17 March 180 A.D., Magnesia ad Maeandrum,
"..the temple of Leukophryene, which in the size of its shrine and in the number of its votive offerings is inferior to the temple at , but in the harmony and skill shown in the structure of the sacred enclosure is far superior to it. And in size it surpasses all the sacred enclosures in except two, that at (to ) and that at Didymoi (to )" (Strabo, 14. 1. 40).RP58784. Bronze AE 31, 113 (R4), 311, -, -, -, -, -, -, aF, 13.406 g, maximum 30.9 mm, 0o, Magnesia ad Maeandrum mint, magistrate Diophantus; as , 139 - 161 A.D.; M AIΛIOC AYPHΛIOC BHPOC KAICAP, bareheaded, draped, and young right; ΓPAM ∆IOΦAN TOY MAΓNHTΩN, facing cult statue of Leukophryene, wearing and veil, flanked by two Nikes over shoulders crowning her, eagles with open wings at feet; very ; $65.00 (€57.85)
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