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Ancient Greek Coins of Macedonia

Thessalonica, Macedonia, Julius Caesar, and Augustus, c. 27 B.C. - 14 A.D. (Possibly Later)

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RPC tentatively dates the type to the reign of Augustus but notes it may have been struck as late as the reign of Domitian.
RP70490. Bronze AE 23, RPC I 1555; BMC Macedonia p. 115, 60; cf. SNG Cop 395 (Julius Caesar laureate); SGICV I 151 (same), F+, weight 8.287 g, maximum diameter 23.3 mm, die axis 180o, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, c. 27 B.C. - 14 A.D. (Possibly Later); obverse ΘEOC, bare head of Julius Caesar right; reverse ΘECCAΛONI KEΩN, bare head of Augustus right; $135.00 (117.45)


Macedonian Kingdom, Kassander, 319 - 297 B.C.

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Kassander was the son of Antipater and Regent for the young son of Alexander the Great. Notorious for his cruelty, in 311 B.C., he executed Alexander IV and his mother Roxana. We can date this coin, with the royal title BAΣIΛEΩΣ, to after 305 B.C. when he declared himself king.
GB90298. Bronze half unit, SNG Alpha Bank 937 ff. var, SNG Cop 1154 ff. var, SNG Mnchen 1020 ff. var, Lindgren I 1299 var, SNG Saroglos - (all var different controls), VF, well centered, green patina, weight 3.148 g, maximum diameter 14.8 mm, die axis 45o, Pella or Amphipolis mint, 305 - 297 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, wearing Nemean lion scalp headdress; reverse KAΣΣAN∆EP BAΣIΛEΩΣ, lion left, breaking spear with mouth and foreleg, star above and below (control symbols), T (control letter) below head; this control symbol variant is unpublished in the references examined, ex Forum (2010); very rare; $135.00 (117.45)


Macedonian Kingdom, Antigonus I Monophthalmus, 323 - 301 B.C., In the Name of Alexander the Great

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Antigonos I Monophthalmos ("the One-eyed") (382 B.C. - 301 B.C.) was a nobleman, general, and governor under Alexander the Great. Upon Alexander's death in 323 B.C., he established himself as one of the successors and declared himself King in 306 B.C. The most powerful satraps of the empire, Cassander, Seleucus, Ptolemy and Lysimachus, answered by also proclaiming themselves kings. Antigonus found himself at war with all four, largely because his territory shared borders with all of them. He died in battle at Ipsus in 301 B.C. Antigonus' kingdom was divided up, with Seleucus I Nicator gaining the most. His son, Demetrius I Poliorcetes, took Macedon, which the family held, off and on, until it was conquered by Rome in 168 B.C. -- Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
GS71657. Silver drachm, Price 1406, Mller Alexander 821, SNG Cop 988, SNG Alpha Bank 586, VF, toned, porous, weight 3.922 g, maximum diameter 17.7 mm, die axis 0o, Mysia, Lampsakos (Lapseki, Turkey) mint, c. 310 - 301 B.C.; obverse Herakles' head right, clad in Nemean lion scalp headdress tied at neck; reverse AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus seated left, right leg drawn back, eagle in right, lotus tipped long scepter vertical in left, KI left, ME under throne; $130.00 (113.10)


Neapolis, Macedonia, 424 - 350 B.C.

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Neapolis, Macedonia (Kavala, Greece today), was founded by settlers from Thasos near the end of the 7th century B.C., to exploit the rich gold and silver mines of the area. At the end of the 6th century B.C. Neapolis ("new city" in Greek) claimed its independence from Thasos and struck its own silver coins with the head of Gorgon. A member of the Athenian League, Neapolis was besieged by the allied armies of the Spartans and the Thasians in 411 B.C., during the Peloponnesian War, but remained faithful to Athens. The Apostle Paul landed at Neapolis on his second and third missionary journeys.
GS68653. Silver hemidrachm, SNG ANS 455 (same dies); SNG Cop 229; BMC Macedonia p.85, 25; SGCV I 1417, F/VF, grainy, open flan cracks, weight 1.804 g, maximum diameter 14.2 mm, die axis 225o, Macedonia, Neapolis mint, 424 - 350 B.C.; obverse Gorgoneion; reverse NEOΠ (downward on right), diademed female head right; $120.00 (104.40)


Koinon of Macedonia, Reign of Gordian III, 238 - 244 A.D., Portrait of Alexander the Great

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Simillar types with the club over lion reverse that identify only a single Neokorie in the reverse legend (no B) were struck under Severus Alexander, c. 231 - 238. Another similar issue is dated EOC, year 275 of the Actium Era (244 - 245 A.D.), on the reverse. They were probably struck for the visit of Philip I in 244.
RP59370. Bronze AE 27, AMNG III 741; BMC Macedonia p. 24, 118; SNG Cop 1375; SNG Bar 504; SNG Hunterian -; SNG Saroglos -; Lindgren -, aVF, weight 9.193 g, maximum diameter 27.2 mm, die axis 180o, Beroea(?) mint, 238 - 244 A.D.; obverse AΛEΞAN∆POY, head of Alexander the Great right, as Herakles, clad in Nemean lion scalp headdress; reverse KOINON MAKE∆ONΩN B NEΩ, lion walking right, club left above; scarce; $110.00 (95.70)


Macedonia, Roman Protectorate, c. 168 - 167 B.C.

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On 22 June 168 B.C., Lucius Aemilius Paullus defeated the Macedonian King Perseus at the Battle of Pydna, and Macedonia came under Roman rule. This coin was struck shortly after Rome's victory, under the quaestor Gaius Publilius.
RP90404. Bronze AE 22, SNG Cop 1318; BMC Macedonia p 18, 72, aVF, weight 10.290 g, maximum diameter 25.5 mm, die axis 90o, 168 - 167 B.C.; obverse winged helmeted head of Roma (or Perseus) right, griffin at helmet peak; reverse MAKE∆ONΩN / TAMIOY ΓAIOY / ΠOΠΛIΛIOY, inscription in three lines within oak wreath; $110.00 (95.70)


Philippi, Macedonia, 41 - 68 A.D.

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This coin has traditionally been attributed to Augustus, but due to its copper composition, RPC attributes it as likely from Claudius to Nero; Philippi probably did not issue copper coins during the reign of Augustus.
RP90685. Copper AE 21, RPC I 1651; Varbanov III 3229; SGICV 32; SNG Cop 305; AMNG III 14; BMC Macedonia p. 98, 23, VF, full inscriptions, toned bare copper, some light corrosion, weight 4.288 g, maximum diameter 20.9 mm, die axis 180o, Philippi mint, 41 - 68 A.D.; obverse VIC - AVG, Victory standing left on base holding wreath and palm; reverse COHOR PRAE PHIL, three standards; $110.00 (95.70)


Thessalonika, Macedonia, c. 187 - 31 B.C.

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King Cassander of Macedonia founded Thessalonica in 315 B.C. He named it after his wife Thessalonike, a half-sister of Alexander the Great. The Romans made Thessalonica the capital of the Roman province of Macedonia 168 B.C.
GB67765. Bronze AE 19, SNG Cop 372, BMC Macedonia p. 111, 22; SNG ANS 798 var (incorrectly identified as Zeus, E above trident on obv), VF, weight 6.077 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 315o, Thessalonika (Salonika, Greece) mint, c. 187 - 31 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Poseidon right, trident behind; reverse prow right, ΘEΣΣA/ΛONI above and below; $105.00 (91.35)


Macedonian Kingdom, Perseus, 179 - 168 B.C.

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Perseus of Macedonia was the last king of the Antigonid dynasty, who ruled the successor state in Macedonia created after the death of Alexander the Great. After losing the Battle of Pydna on 22 June 168 B.C., Macedonia came under Roman rule.

The hero Perseus, the legendary founder of Mycenae 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 Olympians. Perseus was the hero who killed Medusa and claimed Andromeda, having rescued her from a sea monster.
GB68781. Bronze AE 19, SNG Mnchen 1274 ff., SNG Cop 1275, SNG Alpha Bank 1142 cor., SNG Dreer -, aVF, nice green patina, weight 5.247 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 0o, Pella or Amphipolis mint, c. 179 - 168 B.C.; obverse head of hero Perseus right, wearing winged helmet peaked with griffin head, harpa across shoulder; reverse eagle standing half-left on thunderbolt, head right, wings open, B - A flanking above wings, Π−E flanking across lower field, stAR in exergue; $100.00 (87.00)


Koinon of Macedonia, Reign of Severus Alexander, c. 231 A.D., Portrait of Alexander the Great

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According to Gaebler, pp. 20-21, these OMONOIA (harmony) coins apparently commemorated a settlement between the province of Macedonia and the free city of Thessalonica, which did not belong to the Macedonian koinon and was usually squabbling with it. Gaebler thinks that in 231 A.D., when Severus Alexander traveled through Macedonia on his way to Syria, Thessalonica and the koinon settled their differences and Thessalonica urged the emperor to allow the koinon to again issue coins with Beroia's title Neokoros, which is missing in this issue but reappeared in the next.
RP69770. Bronze AE 25, AMNG III 334, Lindgren -, BMC Macedonia -, SNG Cop -, SNG Hunterian -, F, punch reverse center, weight 11.013 g, maximum diameter 24.8 mm, die axis 180o, Beroea(?) mint, 231 A.D.; obverse AΛEΞAN∆POY, diademed head of Alexander the Great right; reverse KOINON MAKE∆ONΩN OMONOIA, Athena 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 Lindgren; rare; $100.00 (87.00)




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