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Macedonia Prima Merida (First Region), Roman Dependent Republic, c. 168 - 149 B.C.
This type was minted with Artemis' age ranging from childhood to maturity. "Artemis is presented as ageless in the sense that she is every age. These coins were all struck at the same time and the same place as hoard evidence verifies." -- Wayne Sayles, "Ancient Coin Collecting III, Numismatic Art of the Greek World"SH38445. Silver tetradrachm, SNG Cop 1310 - 1311; SNG Ashmolean 3290; BMC Macedonia p. 7, 2, gVF, weight 16.520 g, maximum diameter 30.7 mm, die axis 0o, Amphipolis mint, c. 168 - 149 B.C.; obverse Macedonian shield (the whole obverse represents a shield) with bust of Artemis Tauropolos (Diana to the Romans) at the center facing right, bow and quiver at her shoulder; reverse MAKE∆ONΩN / ΠPΩTHΣ (First Macedonia) above and below club, (AP monogram) above, all within oak wreath, thunderbolt left; SOLD
Roman Republic, C. Caecilius Metellus, 125 B.C.
The reverse refers to the victory of L. Caecilius Metellus over the Carthaginian Hasdrubal at Panormus in 250 B.C. and the capture of Hasdrubal's elephants. The elephants were paraded at his triumph in Rome.RR87765. Silver denarius, Crawford 269/1, Sydenham 485, RSC I Caecilia 14, Russo RBW 1085, SRCV I 145, VF, centered on a compact flan, beautiful old cabinet toning, small die break lower right reverse, weight 3.886 g, maximum diameter 17.7 mm, die axis 105o, Rome mint, 125 B.C.; obverse head of Roma right in winged Phrygian helmet, ROMA behind, X (XVI monogram) below chin; reverse Jupiter in biga of elephants left, reins in right hand, thunderbolt in left hand, Victory flying right above crowning Jupiter with wreath, C METELLVS (ME in monogram) in exergue; SOLD
Roman Republic, L. Caecilius Metellus Diadematus, 128 B.C.
In 128 B.C., the Greco-Bactrian kingdom was overrun by the Tocharians and renamed Tocharistan.SH95401. Silver denarius, RSC I Caecilia 38, Crawford 262/1, Sydenham 496, BMCRR I Rome 1044, Russo RBW 1060, SRCV I 138, Choice aEF, beautiful style, bold strike, attractive toning - a fantastic example of the type!, weight 3.906 g, maximum diameter 18.6 mm, die axis 330o, Rome mint, 128 B.C.; obverse head of Roma right in winged helmet, X (XVI ligature = 16 asses) behind, wearing single drop earring and pearl necklace; reverse Pax driving a galloping biga right, olive branch in right hand, reins and scepter in left hand, elephant head with bell at neck below, ROMA in exergue; ex Forum (2012); SOLD
Roman Republic, Spurius Furius, c. 155 - 120 B.C.
Sydenham notes of his 371, "The as and triens with the name L. FVRI, quoted by Babelon (i, p. 523) from Riccio, are suspect, the legends having most probably been altered. Crawford identifies both S. FVRI and L. FVRI as modern forgeries (p. 549, note 47). We believe this coin is ancient, not a modern forgery.RR47799. Bronze as, Sydenham 371 (R6); Crawford p. 549, note 47 (false); SRCV I -, F, weight 26.772 g, maximum diameter 31.8 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, c. 155 - 120 B.C.; obverse laureate head of bearded Janus; I (mark of value) above; reverse prow of galley right, S. FVRI (FVR ligate) above, ROMA in exergue; SOLD
Roman Republic, Mn. Aemilius Lepidus, 114 - 113 B.C.
The triple-arch probably represents the Aqua Marcia, an aqueduct begun by M. Aemilius Lepidus and M. Fulvius Nobilior as Censors in 179 B.C.RR74514. Silver denarius, Crawford 291/1, Sydenham 554, RSC I Aemilia 7, BMCRR Italy 590, RBW Collection 1124, SRCV I 168, Choice VF, toned, porosity, weight 3.468 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 114 - 113 B.C.; obverse laureate and draped bust of Roma right, ROMA (MA ligate) upward before, X (XVI ligature, mark of value=16 asses) behind; reverse MN·AEMILIO (MN in monogram), horseman holding vertical spear (equestrian statue) right, on triple-arch containing L-E-P; SOLD
Roman Republic, M. Marcius Mn. F., 134 B.C.
M. Marcius Mn. F.was a moneyer in 134 B.C., a magistrate, responsible for the production of the Roman coinage. In 134 B.C., Scipio Aemilianus took command in Hispania to finish what lesser generals had failed to do. He recruited 20,000 soldiers and 40,000 allies, including Numidian cavalry under Jugurtha. He constructed a circumvallation around Numantia with seven towers from which his archers could shoot into the city and put chains across a river where it entered and exited. The city refused to surrender and starvation set in. Cannibalism and suicides of whole families ensued. The remnant population finally surrendered only after setting their city on fire. Late in the summer of 133 Scipio leveled the ruins.RR89774. Silver denarius, Crawford 245/1, Sydenham 500, RSC I Marcia 8, BMCRR I Rome 1008, Russo RBW 1009, SRCV I 122, EF, much mint luster, reverse slightly off center, tiny edge cracks, weight 3.947 g, maximum diameter 18.8 mm, die axis 15o, Rome mint, 134 B.C.; obverse head of Roma right in winged helmet, modius behind, X (XVI ligature, mark of value=16 asses) below chin; reverse Victory in a biga right, whip in right, reins in left, M - MAR-C (MAR ligate) over RO-MA below, both divided by two heads of grain; SOLD
Roman Republic, C. Sulpicius C. f. Galba, 106 B.C.
Crawford interprets this type as Aeneas landing in Lanuvium (home of Sulpicia gens) with the Penates and the subsequent miracle of the white sow that foretold the founding of Alba Longa.SH81712. Silver denarius serratus, BMCRR I Rome 1320 (also N), Crawford 312/1, Sydenham 572, RSC I Sulpicia 1, RBW Collection 1155, SRCV I 189, nice VF, nice toning, weight 3.885 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 270o, Rome mint, 106 B.C.; obverse conjoined laureate heads of the Dei Penates left, D•P•P (Dei Penates Publici) downward on left; reverse the Dei Penates standing facing each other, heads bare, wearing military garb, each holding a spear in left hand, each pointing at a large sow which lies between them, L (control letter) above center, C•SVLPICI•C•F in exergue; SOLD
Roman Macedonia, "Thasian" Type, c. 148 - 80 B.C.
This monogram variation, similar to Prokopov's monogram 24, is apparently unrecognized. Perhaps it is an engraving error for that monogram. All four specimens known to Forum are from both the same obverse and reverse dies.SH63496. Silver tetradrachm, Lukanc p. 79 & pl. 18, 128 (same dies); CNG eAuction 224, lot 64 (same dies); Prokopov Thasos, monogram 28, -; SNG Cop -; BMC Thrace -, VF, some dings and scratches, toned, weight 16.533 g, maximum diameter 33.9 mm, die axis 0o, Roman provincial or military mint, c. 148 - 80 B.C.; obverse head 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, monogram inner left; very rare monogram; SOLD
Roman Republic, L. Thorius Balbus, 105 B.C.
In Roman mythology, Juno was the daughter of Saturn and the wife of Jupiter and she had many attributes. Among these was Juno Sospita, who offered protection to women, accompanying them throughout their lives from birth to death. Women called upon her to aid in conception. Juno Sospita was characterized by her goatskin coat and headdress with the horns of a goat.SH64087. Silver denarius, BMCRR I Rome 1631, SRCV I 192, Sydenham 598, Crawford 316/1, RSC I Thoria 1, gVF, weight 3.966 g, maximum diameter 19.9 mm, die axis 225o, Rome mint, 105 B.C.; obverse head of Juno Sospita right, wearing horned goat skin headdress, I·S·M·R downward behind; reverse bull charging right, O (control letter) above, L·THORIVS below, BALBVS in exergue; ex CNG Auction 128 (7 Dec 2005) lot 188; ex Harry Strickhausen Collection; ex. Freeman and Sear Mail Bid 4, (14 Jan 1988 ), lot 237; SOLD
Roman Republic, C. Renius, 138 B.C.
In 138 B.C., Hymn to Apollo was inscribed on stone in Delphi; it is the earliest surviving legible fragment of notated music in the west. The earliest known musical notation is found on a cuneiform tablet that was created at Nippur, Sumer (today's Iraq) in about 2000 B.C.SH64088. Silver denarius, Crawford 231/1, Sydenham 432, RSC I Renia 1, BMCRR I Rome 885, Russo RBW 961, SRCV 108, VF, toned, fantastic goats, weight 3.840 g, maximum diameter 17.3 mm, die axis 90o, Rome mint, 138 B.C.; obverse helmeted head of Roma right X (10 asses) behind; reverse Juno in a biga of goats right, C. RENI below, ROMA in exergue; ex CNG auction 273, part of lot 620; SOLD
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