Ptolemaic Kyrenaica, Ptolemy III - Ptolemy II (Physcon), 246 - 116 B.C.
Alexander the Great received tribute from the cities of Kyrenaica after he took . Kyrenaica was annexed by Ptolemy I . It briefly gained independence under Magas of Cyrene, stepson of Ptolemy I, but was reabsorbed into the Ptolemaic empire after his death. It was separated from the main kingdom by Ptolemy and given to his son Ptolemy Apion, who, dying without heirs in 96 B.C., bequeathed it to the Roman Republic.
GP65950. Bronze AE 12, 874 (Ptolemy II, 1 specimen), cf. 445 (Ptolemy III), 105 (Ptolemy V), 130 (Ptolemy III), 484 (uncertain date), VF, 0.881 g, maximum 12.0 mm, 0o, Kyrene mint, 246 - 116 B.C.; diademed of Ptolemy I right, wearing ; of right, wearing , below chin; $70.00 (€62.30)
, Manuel I Comnenus, 8 April 1143 - 24 September 1180 A.D.
St. George is the Saint of England. Traditionally, the sword with which St. George slew the dragon was called Ascalon, a name recalling the city of Ashkelon, Israel. During World War II, Winston Churchill named his personal aircraft Ascalon, after St. George's sword. BZ45637. Bronze half , , 1, 23; pl. 18, 3; 61/X/AE/05; 78; 2158; 1980; 61.25, VF, nice green , , 1.565 g, maximum 17.0 mm, 180o, uncertain Greek mint, 1152 - c. 1160 A.D.; Θ / Γ/ε−ωP/ΓI/OC (or similar), of St. George facing, beardless, wearing , tunic, , and , spear in right, in left; MANYH ∆εCΠOT, Manuel, facing, wearing crown and , in right, in left; $45.00 (€40.05)
, 20 November 284 - 1 May 305 A.D.
In 291, signed peace treaties with the kingdoms of Aksum and Nubia.
RA51543. , pl. XXIII, 323a (same die, 39 spec.); , 2, 28; 153; 33 var. ( ), VF, 2.785 g, maximum 22.5 mm, 180o, ( , France) mint, 290 - 291 A.D.; IMP DIOCLETIANVS AVG, and mantled left, holding eagle-tipped ; IOVI , standing left, in right, leaning on long in left hand, at feet left, in ; ex J. ; $45.00 (€40.05)
Thracian Tribes, c. 146 - 30 B.C., Imitative of Maroneia,
This is the only example of this with a blundered known to . We believe it much more likely a Thracian tribal imitative than a Maroneia mint error.BB54594. Bronze AE 18, cf. Maroneia 1566, p. 130, 80; 645; 805 (blundered ), VF, crude, 6.585 g, maximum 17.7 mm, 0o, Thracian tribal mint, c. 146 - 30 B.C.; wreathed of young Dionysos right; Dionysos standing left, grapes in right, in left, blundered downward on right (normally MAPΩNITΩN, appears as NEOΣ?); $45.00 (€40.05)
, 9 September 337 - 19 January 350 A.D.
RIC lists this as , however, we believe it is .
RL56550. reduced , 13 (S), I 588, 11, 18566, 102, -, aVF, green , some weak, 1.577 g, maximum 16.1 mm, 0o, 3rd , mint, 337 - 340 A.D.; D N FL AVG, rosette-diademed, draped, and right; SECVRITAS REIP (security of the Republic), standing facing, right, long in right, leaning with left elbow on column, R leaf T in ; ; $45.00 (€40.05)
Tarsos, , c. 164 - 37 B.C.
The god of the Tarsos was and a large monument to existed at Tarsos until at least the 3rd century A.D. was a Hittite-Babylonian sun, storm, or warrior god, also perhaps associated with agriculture. The Greeks equated with Herakles ( ). At Tarsus an annual festival honored Sandan-Herakles, which climaxed when, as depicted on this coin, an image of the god was burned on a funeral pyre. It is now thought likely that the of Saint Mark on the pillar in the Piazza San Marco in Venice was in origin a winged lion-griffin from a monument at Tarsus.
GB57039. Bronze AE 21, 950; 1307 ff. var. (controls); p. 180, 108 ff. var. (same), gF, 6.897 g, maximum 20.5 mm, 0o, Tarsos (Tarsus, Mersin, Turkey) mint, c. 164 - 37 B.C.; veiled and turreted of right; TAPΣEΩN, standing right on horned and winged animal, on a garlanded base and within a pyramidal pyre surmounted by an , controls on left: AM, over two , over Θ; $45.00 (€40.05)
Kolophon, , c. 360 - 294 B.C.
After the death of Alexander the Great, Perdiccas expelled the Athenian settlers on Samos to Kolophon. controlled Kolophon until general Prepelaus sized the for in 302 B.C. destroyed Kolophon (and Lebedos) and forced the survivors to emigrate to . After his death in 281, Kolophon was reestablished, but it never fully recovered.GB59682. Bronze , 112, p. 70, 5, p. 38, 23 ff. var. (various magistrates), 149 ff. var. (same), aVF, 2.045 g, maximum 15.7 mm, 0o, Kolophon (near Degirmendere Fev, Turkey) mint, 360 - 294 B.C.; laureate of right; forepart of horse right, ΘPAΣYKΛHΣ (magistrate) left, KO below; $45.00 (€40.05)
, 29 July 238 - 25 February 244 A.D., Hadrianopolis,
The Romans, whose fondness for new gods increased with the influence of their foreign conquests, introduced the worship of within the walls of their city; not, however, without some opposition and resistance from the Senate. Through the influence of P. an was erected to in the Flaminii, and it quickly assumed the form of a temple which, after its Alexandrine prototype, was called the Serapeon. The principal Italian cities, never far behind , soon imitated her example, and it was not long before the worship of was extended from Italy by the different colonies sent from that country into .RP59690. Bronze AE 26, 3842 - 3843 var. ( ), p. 120, 27 var. (same), -, aVF, 9.782 g, maximum 26.4 mm, 0o, Hadrianopolis (Edirne, Turkey) mint, AVT K M ANT ΓOP∆IANOC AVΓ, laureate, draped, and right, from behind; A∆PIANOΠOΛEITΩN, standing half left, raising right hand, long transverse in left hand; variety; $45.00 (€40.05)
, Summer 276 - September 282 A.D.
In 278 A.D., defeated the , expelled the Franks from Gaul, reorganized the Roman defenses on the Rhine and resettled the Germanic tribes in the devastated provinces. He adopted the titles and .RB64525. , V 23, 49; RIC, 2, V 666; 163; 11967, EF, 4.546 g, maximum 21.8 mm, 0o, 4th , (Sisak, Croatia) mint, emission 4, 278 A.D.; IMP PROBVS , , draped, and right, from behind; (harmony with the soldiers), , on left, standing right, standing clasping , XXIQ in ; $45.00 (€40.05)
Pannonian , Syrmia Region, Kugelwange (Ball Cheek) , c. 2nd Century B.C.
Syrmia is a fertile region of the Pannonian Plain in Europe, between the Danube and Sava rivers. Today, it is divided between Serbia in the east and Croatia in the .CE68492. Bronze , cf. 471; 193/14; I S133; 199, pl. XXXII, 279; derived from the tetradrachms of , aVF, 8.947 g, maximum 24.5 mm, 180o, Syrmia mint, c. 2nd century B.C.; devolved laureate of Zeus right, hair in arcs on both sides of central point, broad laurel , ball cheek; devolved horse trotting left; $45.00 (€40.05)
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