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This Dionysos / Herakles type was first struck by Thasos itself on the island and in its continental territories in the South of the Balkans, c. 168 - 148 B.C. After Rome took control of the area, "Thasian" types were struck by Roman authorities, c. 148 - 80 B.C., mainly in Macedonia but also, perhaps, by mobile military mints on campaigns. Imitatives were also struck by at least several tribal groups (mainly Celtic or mixed enclaves) from as early as 120 - 100 B.C. to about 20 - 10 B.C.GS79630. Silver tetradrachm, Prokopov Thasos, group XII, monogram 6, 743 (O AC8 / R 592); SNG Cop 1040 ff., VF, toned, bumps and marks, die wear, weight 16.745 g, maximum diameter 32.8 mm, die axis 0o, Roman provincial or military mint, c. 148 - 80 B.C.; obversehead of Dionysos right, wearing taenia and wreathed in flowering ivy; reverse HPAKΛEOYΣ ΣΩTHPOΣ ΘAΣIΩN, Herakles standing half left, nude but for Nemean lion's skin on left arm, resting right hand on grounded club before him, left hand on hip, MH monogram inner left; $270.00 (€229.50)
Roman Macedonia, "Thasian" Type, c. 148 - 80 B.C.
This Dionysos / Herakles type was first struck by Thasos itself on the island and in its continental territories in the South of the Balkans, c. 168 - 148 B.C. After Rome took control of the area, "Thasian" types were struck by Roman authorities, c. 148 - 80 B.C., mainly in Macedonia but also, perhaps, by mobile military mints on campaigns. Imitatives were also struck by at least several tribal groups (mainly Celtic or mixed enclaves) from as early as 120 - 100 B.C. to about 20 - 10 B.C.GS79631. Silver tetradrachm, Prokopov Thasos, group XII, monogram 6, 834 (O AF4 / R 462); SNG Cop 1040 ff., VF, high relief convex obverse, concave reverse, toned, centered on a tight flan, die wear, scratches and marks, weight 16.949 g, maximum diameter 32.7 mm, die axis 315o, Roman provincial or military mint, c. 148 - 80 B.C.; obversehead of Dionysos right, wearing taenia and wreathed in flowering ivy; reverse HPAKΛEOYΣ ΣΩTHPOΣ ΘAΣIΩN, Herakles standing half left, nude but for Nemean lion's skin on left arm, resting right hand on grounded club before him, left hand on hip, MH monogram inner left; $270.00 (€229.50)
Roman Republic, L. Memmius Galeria, 106 B.C.
Janus (or Ianus) was the god of gates, doors, doorways, beginnings and endings. He is most often depicted as having two faces or heads, facing in opposite directions. Janus is believed to be one of the few major deities in Roman mythology that does not have a Greek origin or counterpart.RR77516. Bronze as, Crawford 313/2, Sydenham 575 (very rare), BMCRR I Rome 1357, Russo RBW 1160, SRCV I 733, gF, well centered, light corrosion, edge cracks, weight 24.804 g, maximum diameter 31.0 mm, die axis 90o, Rome mint, 106 B.C.; obverse laureate bearded head of Janus, I (mark of value) above; reverse Prow right, head of Venus decorating acrostolium (prow-stem), Cupid standing left before prow and placing wreath on head of Venus, L MEMMI (ME ligate) above, ROMA below; from the Andrew McCabe Collection; very rare; $160.00 (€136.00)
Roman Republic, C. Fonteius, 114 - 113 B.C.
The janiform head has been identified as the Dioscuri, because the Fonteiagens came from Tusculum, the religious center of the cult of Castor and Pollux. The reverse depicts the arrival by sea of Telegonus' the son of Odysseus and Circe, and the mythological founder of Tusculum. RR86224. Silver denarius, BMCRR Italy 598 (also C control), RSC IFonteia 1, Sydenham 555, Crawford 290/1, SRCV I 167, VF, nice style, slightly rough, bent and straightened, weight 3.728 g, maximum diameter 21.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 114 - 113 B.C.; obverse beardless laureate janiform head of Dioscuri, C (control letter) lower left, X (XVI ligature, mark of value) lower right, no dots below head; reverse war galley left; acrostolium, ram and deck house at prow; three rowers and five oars amidships; deck house, gubernator, rudder, and apluster at stern; C•FONT (NT ligate) above; ROMA below; ex Numismatik Naumann auction 58, part of lot 811; $140.00 (€119.00) ON RESERVE
Roman Republic, Anonymous (ElephantHead), 128 B.C.
The elephanthead recalls the victory of L. Caecilius Metellus over Hasdrubal at Panormus in 250 B.C. and the capture of Hasdrubal's elephants. The moneyer is perhaps L. Caecilius Metellus Diadematus, Consul 117 B.C., or L. Caecilius Metellus Delmaticus, Consul 119 B.C. RR84586. Bronze semis, Crawford 262/2, Sydenham 497, BMCRRRome 1048, SRCV I 880, VF, nice dark green patina with buff earthen highlighting, tight partially ragged flan, weight 7.242 g, maximum diameter 22.3 mm, die axis 90o, Rome mint, 128 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Saturn right, S (mark of value) behind; reverse galley prow right, elephanthead wearing bell facing right above, S (mark of value) right, ROMA below; ex CNG (part of bulk lot), ex RBW Collection; rare; $105.00 (€89.25)
Roman Republic, M. Furius L.f. Philus, 119 B.C.
This type commemorates the victory by Cn. Domitius Ahenobarbus and Q. Fabius Maximus over the Allobrogoges and the Averni in Gaul in 121 B.C. RR86226. Silver denarius, Crawford 281/1, Sydenham 529, BMCRR Italy 555, RSC IFuria 18, SRCV I 156, aVF, corrosion, pitting, marks, edge crack, weight 3.616 g, maximum diameter 18.7 mm, die axis 45o, Rome mint, 119 B.C.; obverse M•FOVRI•L•F, laureate head of Janus; reverseRoma standing left, helmeted and draped, transverse long scepter in left hand, with right hand placing wreath on trophy of captured Gallic arms with carnyx and shield on each side, star above, ROMA upward on right, PHILI (PHI in monogram) in exergue; ex Numismatik Naumann auction 58, part of lot 811; $100.00 (€85.00)
Roman Republic, Anonymous, c. 135 - 100 B.C.
RR72284. Copper quadrans, McCabe Anonymous group L1.Qd.1, BMCRR I Rome 1196, F, weight 1.878 g, maximum diameter 16.5 mm, die axis 135o, Rome mint, c. 135 - 100 B.C.; obversehead of Hercules right, wearing Nemean Lion scalp headdress, three pellets behind; reverse prow of galley right, three pellets before, ROMA below; $85.00 (€72.25)
Roman Republic, C. Minucius Augurinus, c. 135 B.C.
In 135 B.C., the First Servile War began. After the Second Punic war, an over-abundance of slaves caused them to be ill-fed by their masters, and they soon began to provide for themselves by robbery. Several decades of increasing tension finally broke out into war. The rebel leader was Eunus, a slave whose master had hired him out as a magician for parties. Eunus would humorously tell his audiences that he was a prophet, that someday he would be king, the classes would be reversed, and aristocrats would killed or enslaved - except for those that tipped him for the show. During the revolt he did spare the lives of at least some aristocrats who had tipped him. The war lasted until 132 B.C. Eunus was captured, but he died before he could be punished. This was the first of three slave revolts against the Roman Republic; the last and the most famous was led by Spartacus.RR66996. Bronze semis, SRCV I 869, Sydenham 464, Crawford 242/2, BMCRR 955, aF, rough, weight 8.377 g, maximum diameter 21.8 mm, die axis 90o, Rome mint, c. 135 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Saturn right, S (mark of value) behind; reverse prow of galley right, C·AVG above, S (mark of value) on right, ROMA below; $70.00 (€59.50)
Numismatica Ars Classica Auction 73, The Collection of Roman Republican Coins of A Student And His Mentor - Part II
A superb series of denarii of the Social War, an exceptional aureus of Sulla, the raredenarius Q. Pomponius Muta with the muse Erato, and many more auction items are included in this collection.BK10370. Numismatica Ars Classica (NAC 73), The Collection of Roman Republican Coins of A Student And His Mentor - Part II, 18 Nov 2013, 85 pages, illustration throughout, paperback; $4.00 (€3.40)
The Aurelia Collection of Roman Republican Silver Coins
300 Roman Republican coins are listed in this catalogue.BL10892. The Aurelia Collection of Roman Republican Silver Coins Owl Ltd. & Thomas P. McKenna, paperback, 32 pages, 15 plates, auction catalogue; $2.00 (€1.70) Out of Stock!
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