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Ptolemaic Kyrenaica, Ptolemy III Euergetes - Ptolemy VIIIEuergetes II (Physcon), 246 - 116 B.C.
Alexander the Great received tribute from the cities of Kyrenaica after he took Egypt. Kyrenaica was annexed by Ptolemy I Soter. 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 VIII 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, Svoronos 874 (Ptolemy II, 1 specimen), cf. SNG Cop 445 (Ptolemy III), Weiser 105 (Ptolemy V), Noeske 130 (Ptolemy III), SNG Milan 484 (uncertain date), VF, weight 0.881 g, maximum diameter 12.0 mm, die axis 0o, Kyrene mint, 246 - 116 B.C.; obverse diademed head of Ptolemy I right, wearing aegis; reversehead of Libya right, wearing tainia, cornucopia below chin; $95.00 SALE PRICE $85.50
Tacitus, 25 September 275 - June 276 A.D.
The officina is an interesting notation of five, using U instead of the usual V or E. This notation only became common on Byzantine coins, at a much later date. RIC 163 also records officina six for the type, written in Latin, VI. MER-RIC lists this type as sixth officina (UI).RB20256. Billonantoninianus, MER-RIC 3449, RIC V 163, BnF XII 1704, Venèra 1928 - 1949, SRCV III 11812, Choice VF, well centered, traces of slivering, light marks, weight 3.660 g, maximum diameter 22.6 mm, die axis 180o, 5th officina, Ticinum (Pavia, Italy) mint, 2nd emission, early-mid 276 A.D.; obverse IMP C M CL TACITVS AVG, radiate and cuirassedbust right; reverseSECVRIT PERP, Securitas standing left, raising right hand to head, resting left elbow on column, U in exergue; ex Forum (2007); $50.00 SALE PRICE $45.00
Ptolemaic Kingdom, Ptolemy VI Philometor and Ptolemy VIII, 170 - 164 B.C.
Two eagles on the reverse may be symbolic of the joint rule of Ptolemy VI and his younger brother.GP42314. Bronze AE 31, Svoronos 1424, SNG Cop 306 ff., Noeske 212 ff., Hosking 75, Weiser 142 (Ptolemy V, 180 - 176 B.C.), SGCV II 7900, VF, green patina, some corrosion and encrustation, weight 26.233 g, maximum diameter 32.1 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, obverse diademed head of Zeus Ammon right; reverse ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, two eagles standing left, side-by-side, on thunderbolt, double cornucopia left; BIG 32mm Bronze!; $50.00 SALE PRICE $45.00
Republic of Venice, Doge Giovanni Gradenigo, 1355 - 1356
Giovanni Gradenigo (died August 8, 1356) was the fifty-sixth Doge of Venice, appointed on April 21, 1355. During his reign, Venice signed a peace with Genoa.
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.ME46271. Billon tornesello, Stahl tornesello 3, Biaggi 2831 (R3), VF, weight 0.630 g, maximum diameter 17.3 mm, die axis 90o, obverse + IO : GRADOIGO : DVX, cross pattée; reverse + • VEXELIFER . VENETIA, winged lion of San Marco, seated facing, holding Gospels in forepaws; ex Chalkis Hoard, ex Alex G. Malloy; very rare; $50.00 SALE PRICE $45.00
Tacitus, 25 September 275 - June 276 A.D.
Pax, regarded by the ancients as a goddess, was worshipped not only at Rome but also at Athens. Her altar could not be stained with blood. Claudius began the construction of a magnificent temple to her honor, which Vespasian finished, in the Via Sacra. The attributes of Peace are the hasta pura, the olive branch, the cornucopia, and often the caduceus. Sometimes she is represented setting fire to a pile of arms.RA47000. Silveredantoninianus, MER-RIC 3257, RIC V 44, Bastien IX 30, BnF XII 1406, Venèra 1139 - 1143, VF, well centered, much silvering, weight 3.904 g, maximum diameter 22.9 mm, die axis 180o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, issue 1, Nov - Dec 275 A.D.; obverse IMP C M CL TACITVS P F AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassedbust right; reversePAX PVBLICA, Pax standing left, olive-branch in right hand, transverse scepter in left, no mark; scarce; $50.00 SALE PRICE $45.00
Probus, Summer 276 - September 282 A.D.
In 280, Probus defeated the usurpers, Proculus at Lugdunum (Lyon), Bonosus at Colonia Agrippinensis (Cologne), and Julius Saturninus at Apamea, Syria.RA46840. Silveredantoninianus, RIC V, part 2, 913, gVF, near full silvering, weight 3.465 g, maximum diameter 22.9 mm, die axis 180o, 5th officina, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, 280 A.D.; obverse IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG, radiate, helmeted and cuirassedbust left, spear in right over shoulder, shield on left arm; reverseVIRTVS PROBI AVG, emperor riding left, raising hand, captive at foot before horse, V below, XXI M(oneta) C(yzicus) in ex; $50.00 SALE PRICE $45.00
Kierion, Thessaly, Early - Mid 4th Century B.C.
Kierion was originally named Arne for the Nymph on the reverse of this coin. Most references, including BCD, identify the male god on the obverse as Zeus. Rogers and SNG Cop say Poseidon. Since, according to one myth, Arne became pregnant by Poseidon and bore the twins Aiolos and Boiotos, we think Poseidon is more likely.BB62454. Bronze chalkous, cf. BCD Thessaly II 105.1; Rogers 173; SNG Cop 35; BMC Thessaly p. 15, 1; SNG Evelpidis 1516, Fair, weight 2.492 g, maximum diameter 14.6 mm, die axis 255o, Kierion mint, early - Middle 4th century B.C.; obversehead of Poseidon (or Zeus) right with a short neatly trimmed beard and filletbinding his hair; reverse KIEPIEIΩN, the nymph Arne kneeling right on right knee, looking left, her torso bare, leaning on right hand on the ground, tossing astragaloi with left; scarce; $50.00 SALE PRICE $45.00
Abdera, Thrace, c. 281 - 200 B.C.
SNG Copenhagen speculates the kings depicted on this series are Ptolemy III, IV, or V.GP63093. Bronze AE 19, Svoronos 929, SNG Cop 380, Lindgren 740, BMC Thrace -, AMNG II -, RPC II -, gF, weight 5.429 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 45o, Abdera mint, c. 281 - 200 B.C.; obversehead of Ptolemy III right; reverse AB∆H/PITΩN, griffin recumbent left, star and pellet before; rare; $50.00 SALE PRICE $45.00
Claudius IIGothicus, September 268 - August or September 270 A.D.
Click on Isis Faria, sistrum or situla to read about them in Forum's NumisWiki!RS65544. Billonantoninianus, MER-RIC 1059, RIC V 217, Huvelin NAC XIX 43, Hunter IV 83, Cohen VI 255, F, weight 3.513 g, maximum diameter 20.5 mm, die axis 315o, 5th officina, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, issue 3, c. early - mid 270; obverse IMP C CLAVDIVS AVG, radiatehead left; reverse SALV-S AVG, Isis Faria standing left, sistrum in right, situla in left, usually an officina letter in exergue (off flan); scarce; $50.00 SALE PRICE $45.00
Pannonian Celts, Syrmia Region, Kugelwange (Ball Cheek) Type, 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 west.CE68492. Bronze tetradrachm, cf. Lanz 471; Göbl OTA 193/14; CCCBM I S133; Pink 199, Forrer Keltische pl. XXXII, 279; derived from the Macedonian Kingdom tetradrachms of Philip II, aVF, weight 8.947 g, maximum diameter 24.5 mm, die axis 180o, Syrmia mint, c. 2nd century B.C.; obverse devolved laureate head of Zeus right, hair in arcs on both sides of central point, broad laurel wreath, ball cheek; reverse devolved horse trotting left; $50.00 SALE PRICE $45.00