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3 Unattributed Greek Silver Obols
LT55102. Silver Lot, 3 unattributed Greek silver obols, c. 8 mm, 0.43 - 0.55 g, Fair - aF, $40.00 (30.80)
Eudoxia, Augusta 9 January 400 - Early October 404 A.D., Wife of Arcadius
BB56014. Bronze AE 3, RIC X 77 ff. (various mints), VF, weight 1.864 g, maximum diameter 13.4 mm, die axis 135o, uncertain mint, 395 - 401 A.D.; obverse AEL EVDO-XIA AVG, pearl-diademed and draped bust right, crowned with wreath by the Hand of God; reverseGLORIA ROMANORVM, Empress enthroned facing, hands folded over breast, crowned with wreath by the Hand of God, cross right, mint mark in ex; scarce; $40.00 (30.80)
Judean Kingdom, Alexander Jannaeus (Yehonatan), 103 - 76 B.C.
"And now the king's wife loosed the king's brethren, and made Alexanderking, who appeared both elder in age, and more moderate in his temper than the rest." (Josephus, Wars, I, IV:1)
JD55831. Bronze prutah, Meshorer TJC P1, Hendin 1145, VF, weight 2.650 g, maximum diameter 14.8 mm, die axis 0o, Jerusalem mint, obverse Hebrew inscription, Yehonatan the High Priest and the Council of the Jews, within wreath; reverse double cornucopia adorned with ribbons, pomegranate between horns; $40.00 (30.80)
Syracuse, Sicily, Dionysos I, 405 - 367 B.C.
Dionysius I was tyrant of Syracuse. He conquered several cities in Sicily and southern Italy, opposed Carthage's influence in Sicily and made Syracuse the most powerful of the Western Greek colonies. He was regarded by the ancients as an example of the worst kind of despot - cruel, suspicious and vindictive.
GB55977. Bronze litra, Calciati vol. II, p. 89, 45; SNG ANS 435, aF, weight 7.036 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 180o, Syracuse mint, obverseSURA, head of Athena left wearing olive wreathed Corinthian helmet; reversehippocamp left with bridles; green patina with areas of corrosion; $40.00 (30.80)
Lot of 5 Byzantine Coins, 6th - 11th Century
LT56700. Bronze Lot, 5 unattributed Byzantine bronze, 11 - 31 mm diameter, includes four folles, one anonymous follis depicting Christ, Fair - Fine, actual coins in the photograph; as-is, no returns; $40.00 (30.80)
Maximinus II Daia, Late 309 - 30 April 313 A.D.
RB56575. Silveredfollis, RIC VI 160b, gVF, weight 4.008 g, maximum diameter 22.4 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 312 - 313 A.D.; obverse IMP C GAL VAL MAXIMINVS P F AVG, laureate head right; reverseGENIO AVGVSTI, Genio standing left, head of Serapis in right, cornucopia in left, star above left, N over palm lower left, D right, ALE in ex; most silvering remaining, well centered; $40.00 (30.80)
Gallienus, August 253 - 24 March 268 A.D.
In 267, the Goths sacked several cities in southern Greece including Athens, Corinth, Argos and Sparta. An Athenian militia force of 2,000 men under the historian Dexippus, pushed the invaders to the north where they were intercepted by the Roman army under Gallienus. Gallienus won an important victory near the Nestos River, on the boundary between Macedonia and Thrace.
RS57845. Billonantoninianus, Göbl MIR 1617b, RIC V 667, SRCV III 10402 var (obv legend), Cohen 1235, gVF, weight 3.641 g, maximum diameter 23.1 mm, die axis 180o, Antioch mint, 266 - 267 A.D.; obverse GALLIENVS P F AVG, radiate and cuirassedbust right; reverseVIRTVS AVG, Virtus standing left, helmeted, resting right hand on shield set on ground, spear vertical behind in left with point up; $40.00 (30.80)
Aurelian, August or September 270 - October or November 275 A.D.
RB57851. Silveredantoninianus, RIC V 64, VF, weak centers, weight 4.142 g, maximum diameter 21.9 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, obverse IMP AVRELIANVS AVG, radiate and cuirassedbust right; reverseORIENS AVG, Sol standing right, branch in right, bow in left, left foot on captive, Z left, XXIR in ex; $40.00 (30.80)
Licinius I, 11 November 308 - 18 September 324 A.D.
In Roman religion every man has a genius, a presiding spirit. In De Die Natali, Censorinus says, from the moment we are born, we live under the guard and tutelage of Genius. Cities, organizations, and peoples also had a genius. On coins we find inscriptions to the Genius of the Army, of the Senate, of the Roman People, etc. The legendGENIO AVGVSTI dedicates this coin to the Genius of the emperors, the Augusti. Genius' image is of a man with a cloak half covering the shoulders leaving the rest of his body naked, holding a cornucopia in one hand, and a simpulum or a patera in the other.
RB57882. Bronze follis, RIC VI 164a, F, weight 4.836 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, die axis 0o, Antioch mint, 312 A.D.; obverse IMP LIC LICINIVS P F AVG, laureate head right; reverseGENIO AVGVSTI, Genius standing left, head of Sol in right, cornucopia in left, star left, S right, ANT in ex; $40.00 (30.80)
Gallienus, August 253 - 24 March 268 A.D.
260 A.D. was not a time when an emperor could live at leisure in Rome. Gallienus established himself at Milan, where this coin was struck, to be at the ready for the next Alamanni or other barbarian incursion and he reorganized the army with an elite cavalry for greater mobility.
RS57952. Bronze antoninianus, Cunetio 1613, RIC V 489 var (bust), gVF, weight 2.756 g, maximum diameter 20.5 mm, die axis 180o, Mediolanum (Milan) mint, 260 - 268 A.D.; obverse GALLIENVS AVG, radiatebust right, drapery on left shoulder and back; reverseLAETITIA AVG, Laetitia standing left, wreath in right, rudder in left, S in ex; rare; $40.00 (30.80)