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Domitian, 13 September 81 - 18 September 96 A.D.
Divi Filius in the obverselegend declares that Domitian is "son of the divine." His father, Vespasian, had been deified by the Senate and Domitian was now the son of a god.
RS70397. Silver denarius, RIC II, part 1, Titus 266 (C2); RSC II 397a; BMCRE II Titus 92; BnF IIITitus 76; SRCV I 2676, F, toned, weight 3.215 g, maximum diameter 18.8 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, as caesar, 80 - 81 A.D.; obverseCAESARDIVI F DOMITIANVS COS VII, laureate head right; reversePRINCEPS IVVENTVTIS, flaming and garlanded altar; $69.00 (€59.34)
Diocletian, 20 November 284 - 1 May 305 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt
Eusebeia was the Greek personification of piety; the Roman equivalent was Pietas.
RX71200. Billontetradrachm, Milne 4752; Geissen 3204; Curtis 1994; BMC Alexandria p. 324, 2509; Emmett 4052, VF, well centered, ragged edges, weight 6.527 g, maximum diameter 20.0 mm, die axis 45o, Alexandria mint, 284 - 285 A.D.; obverse A K Γ OYAΛ ∆IOKΛHTIANOC CEB, laureate and cuirassedbust right; reverseEusebeia (piety) standing left, veiled, dropping incense on altar with right, acerra in raised left, L A (year 1) upper left; $45.00 SALE PRICE $52.00 ON RESERVE
Crusaders, Frankish Greece, Principality of Achaea, Robert of Taranto, 1333 - 1364
From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer for 40 years and co-author of "Coins of the Crusader States." Ex A.J. Seltman Collection.
CR31346. Billon denier tournois, Malloy Crusaders 75, F, weight 0.754 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, Clarentza mint, obverse + ROBT P ACHE, cross pattée; reverse + CLARENCIA, castle tournois, R below; very rare; $50.00 SALE PRICE $45.00
Himera, Sicily, c. 420 - 409 B.C.
In 409 B.C., Carthage attacked Himera. The city was unprepared; its fortifications weak. At first they were supported about 4000 auxiliaries from Syracuse, but their general, Diocles, seized with panic for the safety of Syracuse itself, abandoned Himera. The city was utterly destroyed, its buildings, even its temples, were razed to the ground. More than 3000 prisoners were put to death by General Hannibal Mago as a human sacrifice to the memory of his grandfather General Hamilcar who had been defeated at the Battle of Himera in 480 B.C.
GB82225. Bronze tetras, Calciati I, p. 42, 31; SNG ANS Appendix 2, 1339; SNG Cop -, aVF, weight 1.726 g, maximum diameter 15.6 mm, die axis 0o, Himera mint, c. 420 - 409 B.C.; obverse Pan on a goat prancing right, nude but for chlamys fluttering in the wind behind, preparing to blow on conch in right, thyrsus in left over shoulder, three pellets between legs, grain kernel below; reverse [IMEΠA−ION], Nike flying left, apluster with dangling fillets in extended right, fold of long chiton in left; $50.00 SALE PRICE $45.00
Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D., Iconium, Lycaonia
Iconium, Lycaonia, is modern Konya, Turkey.
RP82983. Bronze AE 16, BMC Lycaonia p. 5, 67; SNGvA 8648, gF, weight 4.460 g, maximum diameter 16.8 mm, die axis 180o, Iconium mint, obverse ANTONINVS AVG PIVS, laureate bust right; reverse COL ICO, helmeted head of Athena right; $50.00 SALE PRICE $45.00
Philip I the Arab, February 244 - End of September 249 A.D.
Felicitas was the goddess or personification of good luck and success. She played an important role in Rome's state religion during the empire, and was frequently portrayed on coins. She became a prominent symbol of the wealth and prosperity of the Roman Empire.
RS41865. Silver antoninianus, SRCV III 8950, RIC IV 78, RSC IV 155, VF, horn silver, tight crack, weight 3.315 g, maximum diameter 23.7 mm, die axis 180o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 249 A.D.; obverse IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassedbust right; reverseP M TR P VI COS P P, Felicitas standing left, long caduceus in right, cornucopia in left; from the Jyrki Muona Collection; rare; $50.00 SALE PRICE $45.00
Gallienus, August 253 - September 268 A.D.
Salus was the Roman goddess of health. She was Hygieia to the Greeks, who believed her to be the daughter of Aesculapius, the god of medicine and healing, and Epione, the goddess of soothing of pain. Her father Asclepius learned the secrets of keeping death at bay after observing one serpent bringing another healing herbs. Woman seeking fertility, the sick, and the injured slept in his temples in chambers where non-poisonous snakes were left to crawl on the floor and provide healing. She was the goddess of health, cleanliness and sanitation. While her father was more directly associated with healing, she was associated with the prevention of sickness and the continuation of good health. Her name is the source of the word "hygiene."
RA41929. Silver antoninianus, Göbl MIR 824o, RIC V J397 (Milan, 257 - 258), RSC IV 940a (Milan), SRCV III 10352 (Milan, 259 - 260), VF, weight 3.376 g, maximum diameter 22.0 mm, die axis 0o, Viminacium (near Stari Kostolac, Serbia) mint, 253 - 257 A.D.; obverse IMP GALLIENVS P AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassedbust right; reverseSALVSAVGG, Salus standing left, with right hand feeding snake raising from altar, long scepter in left; from the Jyrki Muona Collection; $50.00 SALE PRICE $45.00
Republic of Venice, Doge Giovanni Dolfin, 1356 - 1361
Giovanni Dolfin (died July 12, 1361) was the fifty-seventh Doge of Venice, appointed on August 13, 1356. Despite his value as general, during his reign Venice lost Dalmatia. He was blind in one eye from a wound received in battle.
The tornesello was minted in Venice but was specifically designated for use by the administrators of colonies of Coron and Modon, Negroponte and Crete. Struck in an alloy of 1/9 silver, they were intended as a replacement for the Frankish denier tournois, last minted in 1350.
ME46293. Billon tornesello, Stahl tornesello 4, aVF, weight 0.674 g, maximum diameter 17.3 mm, die axis 45o, obverse + • IO • DELPhYNO DVX, cross pattée; reverse • + • VEXELIFER VENETIA, winged lion of San Marco, seated facing, holding a book; ex Chalkis Hoard, ex Alex G. Malloy; very rare; $50.00 SALE PRICE $45.00
Celtic imitative of a rare Macedonian issue struck under Philip V or Perseus, 187 - 168 B.C. The choice was appropriate for the Serdi Celts as the river Strymon runs through the Serdi region.
CE46694. Bronze AE 22, Malloy Danubian Celtstype F3B; imitative of a Macedonian Kingdom (Philip V or Perseus) type, 187 - 168 B.C., SNG Cop 1299, aVF, weight 10.225 g, maximum diameter 21.8 mm, die axis 0o, tribal mint, 168 - 31 B.C.; obverse reed-wreathed head of the river god Strymon right; reverse trident, stylizeddolphin ornaments flanking shaft, blundered illiterate inscription; $50.00 SALE PRICE $45.00
Carinus, First Half 283 - Spring 285 A.D.
RB50696. Bronze antoninianus, RIC V 244, aVF, weight 3.089 g, maximum diameter 21.9 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, obverse IMP CARINVS P F AVG, radiate and cuirassedbust right; reverse AETERNIT AVG, Aeternitas standing left, Phoenix on globe in right hand, raising robe with left, KAΓ in ex; $50.00 SALE PRICE $45.00