Thessalonika, , c. 187 - 31 B.C.
Cassander of founded in 315 B.C. He named it after his wife Thessalonike, a half-sister of Alexander the Great. The Romans made the capital of the Roman province of 168 B.C.GB67765. Bronze AE 19, 372, p. 111, 22; 798 var (incorrectly identified as Zeus, E above trident on obv), VF, 6.077 g, maximum 18.9 mm, 315o, Thessalonika (Salonika, ) mint, c. 187 - 31 B.C.; laureate of Poseidon right, trident behind; prow right, ΘEΣΣA/ΛONI above and below; $105.00 (€91.35)
, Perseus, 179 - 168 B.C.
Perseus of was the last of the Antigonid dynasty, who ruled the successor state in created after the death of Alexander the Great. After losing the Battle of Pydna on 22 June 168 B.C., came under Roman rule.
The hero Perseus, the legendary founder of and of the Perseid dynasty there, was the first of the mythic heroes of Greek mythology whose exploits in defeating various archaic monsters provided the founding myths in the cult of the Twelve . Perseus was the hero who killed and claimed Andromeda, having rescued her from a sea monster. GB68781. Bronze AE 19, 1274 ff., 1275, 1142 cor., -, aVF, nice green , 5.247 g, maximum 18.9 mm, 0o, or Amphipolis mint, c. 179 - 168 B.C.; of hero Perseus right, wearing winged helmet peaked with , across shoulder; standing half-left on thunderbolt, right, wings open, B - A flanking above wings, Π−E flanking across lower , in ; $100.00 (€87.00)
of , Reign of , c. 231 A.D., Portrait of Alexander the Great
According to , pp. 20-21, these OMONOIA (harmony) coins apparently commemorated a settlement between the province of and the free city of , which did not belong to the Macedonian and was usually squabbling with it. thinks that in 231 A.D., when traveled through on his way to , and the settled their differences and urged the emperor to allow the to again issue coins with Beroia's title Neokoros, which is missing in this issue but reappeared in the next.RP69770. Bronze AE 25, 334, -, -, -, -, F, punch center, 11.013 g, maximum 24.8 mm, 180o, Beroea(?) mint, 231 A.D.; AΛEΞAN∆POY, diademed of Alexander the Great right; KOINON MAKE∆ONΩN OMONOIA, seated left, Cabeiros in right, spear vertical behind in left, rear leg of seat shaped like a lion's leg; from the Butte College Foundation, ex ; ; $100.00 (€87.00)
, , c. 187 - 31 B.C.
In 168 B.C. The Romans made the capital of the Prima (First ) province, encompassing most of what had been the Kingdom of .GB90123. Bronze AE 17, cf. 771 (thunderbolt above), p. 112; 40 - 42 (controls), 298 - 299 (same), 1168 - 1170 (same), -, VF, nice green , , 3.912 g, maximum 17.0 mm, 0o, Thessalonika (Salonika, ) mint, ; helmeted of right; ΘEΣΣA−ΛO/NIKHΣ, horse galloping right, thunderbolt (control symbol) below; ; $100.00 (€87.00)
, Alexander IV, 323 - 311 B.C.
Struck after Alexander's death during the reigns of Alexander's infant son with Roxana and Alexander's mentally disabled half-brother, Philip III. The two were made joint kings by Alexander's generals who only intended to use them as pawns. Philip III was imprisoned upon his return to , and in 317 B.C. he was executed under orders from . was Alexander the Great's mother and Alexander IV's grandmother, but not Philip III's mother. Alexander IV and his mother Roxana were executed by the boy's regent, Kassander, in 311 B.C.GB71731. Bronze AE 1/2 unit, 3157; p.73, 5; 230; 1127 var ( ); -; -, VF, green , 4.265 g, maximum 16.1 mm, 0o, , Salamis mint, c. 323 - 315 B.C.; Macedonian with five crescents around, facing at center; crested Macedonian helmet, flanked by B - A (BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞAN∆POY, Alexander), spear pointing up lower left, Σ lower right; ; $100.00 (€87.00)
, of , 359 - 336 B.C.
became the ruler of all when he defeated the Athenians at the Battle of Chaeroneia in 338 B.C. Philip personally selected the design of his coins. His horse, on the of this coin, won a race in the Olympic Games in 356 B.C., the year his son Alexander the Great was born.GB74095. Bronze AE Unit, 940, 594, VF, on a , small spots of corrosion, 6.075 g, maximum 16.5 mm, 0o, Macedonian mint, c. 359 - 336 B.C.; of right wearing ; ΦIΛIΠΠOY, young male riding horse prancing to right, N and trident below; $100.00 (€87.00)
of , Reign of , 238 - 244 A.D., Portrait of Alexander the Great
Simillar types with the club over that identify only a single Neokorie in the (no B) were struck under , c. 231 - 238. Another similar issue is dated EOC, year 275 of the Era (244 - 245 A.D.), on the . They were probably struck for the visit of in 244.RP58833. Bronze AE 26, 741; p. 24, 118; 1375; 504; -; -; -, aVF, rough, 10.578 g, maximum 26.1 mm, 180o, Beroea(?) mint, 238 - 244 A.D.; AΛEΞAN∆POY, of Alexander the Great right, as , clad in scalp headdress; KOINON MAKE∆ONΩN B NEΩ, walking right, club left above; ; $95.00 (€82.65)
, Demetrius I , 306 - 283 B.C.
The B A on the refers to BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞAN∆POY, Alexander (the Great). The continued to issue coinage in Alexander's name long after his death.
The prow refers to Demetrios' defeat of Menelaus, Ptolemy's brother, in the naval Battle of Salamis, completely destroying the naval power of .GB66864. Bronze AE 15, 163, 1185, 1056; 956, gVF, 2.847 g, maximum 15.5 mm, 0o, Carian(?) mint, 290 - 283 B.C.; Demetrios' right, wearing crested Corinthian helmet; BAΣIΛEΩΣ ∆HMHTPIOY, prow right, B A above, AP below, double axe before; $95.00 (€82.65)
Amphipolis, , 1st - 3rd Century A.D.
Amphipolis was built on a raised plateau overlooking the east bank of the river Strymon where it emerged from Lake Cercinitis, about 3 miles from the Aegean Sea. When Xerxes I of crossed the Strymon during his invasion in 480 B.C. he buried alive nine young boys and nine maidens as a sacrifice to the river god.RP69174. Bronze AE 25, .2 p. 39, 63; 960; Supplement III p. 26, 190; -; -; -; -, , 11.449 g, maximum 25.5 mm, 225o, Amphipolis mint, 1st - 3rd century A.D.; AMΦIΠOΛEITΩN, City goddess seated left on facing high-backed throne, , shell(?) in right; CTPYMΩN, river god Strymon reclining left on , turned right, broken reed in right, water in left; very ; $95.00 (€82.65)
, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D., ,
became Augustus' stepson when the emperor married Livia in 38 B.C. forced to divorce the wife he loved and marry his daughter . hated his new wife and escaped her by going into exile at Rhodes in 6 B.C. After the deaths of the other possible successors, he was recalled in 2 A.D. and groomed to succeed , which he did on 19 August 14.RP70927. Bronze AE 21, 204 (V62/R181), 1565; p. 117, 74; 400, aF, 8.826 g, maximum 21.1 mm, 45o, Thessalonika (Salonika, ) mint, emission XI, c. 4 - 14 A.D.; ΘEΣΣAΛONIKEΩN, laureate of right; TIBEPIOΣ KAIΣAP, of right; $95.00 (€82.65)
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