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NEW This coin honors the moneyer's ancestor, L. Cassius Longinus Ravill. The obverse alludes to his appointment as quaesitor in 113 B.C. for the retrial of three Vestal Virgins accused of unchastity. The reverse commemorates his successful proposal of the Lex Cassia Tabellaria in 137 B.C., changing the Republic’s voting system to the secret ballot. To vote on a law, Roman ballots were marked V for uti rogas, meaning "as you ask," or the negative A for antiquo, meaning "maintain things as they are." For judicial votes, not guilty ballots were marked either A for absolvo or L for libero. Guilty ballots were marked either C for condemno or D for damno.
The obverse control letters come only from the moneyer's praenomen and nomen, L CASSI. A reversed S was used to indicate the second S in his name.RR56764. Silver denarius, BMCRE I Rome 3930 (same C control letter), Crawford 413/1; Sydenham 935; RSC I Cassia 10; SRCV 364, F, banker's marks, tight flan, light toning, weight 3.724 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 63 B.C.; obverse veiled bust of Vesta left, C (control letter) before, kylix behind; reverse LONGIN•III•V (downward on right), voter standing left, dropping tablet (ballot) inscribed V into a cista; $190.00 SALE |PRICE| $171.00
Byzantine Empire, Constans II, September 641 - 15 July 668 A.D. (Or Heraclonas, April - Sep 641)
NEW Philip Grierson (DOC II) and Cecile Morrisson (Morrisson BnF) attribute this type to the short reign of Heraclonas, April - Sep 641 A.D.SH94501. Gold solidus, DOC II, part 2, Heraclonas 2d; Morrisson BnF Heraclonas 12/Cp/AV/02; Hahn MIB 4a; Sommer 12.2; SBCV 937; Wroth BMC -; Tolstoi -; Ratto -, VF, light scratches and marks, die wear, die breaks, weight 4.267 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, die axis 180o, 10th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 641- 647 A.D.; obverse D N CONSTANTINVS P P AVG, bust facing with short beard indicated by a single row of dots, wearing chlamys, tablion ornamented with pellets, and crown with cross on circlet, globus cruciger in right hand; reverse VICTORIA AVGY I (victory of the Emperor, 10th officina), cross potent on three steps, CONOBK in exergue; from the Ray Nouri Collection; scarce; $800.00 SALE |PRICE| $720.00
Byzantine Empire, Michael VII Ducas, 24 October 1071 - 24 March 1078 A.D.
NEW Cup-shaped coins were more difficult to mint than flat coins. Some scholars have theorized the cup shape was intended to distinguish debased denominations from purer types. Most likely, however, the public would have no trouble distinguishing the lower gold content. Perhaps the shape was just a style.SH94508. Gold histamenon nomisma, DOC III part 2, 2d; Morrisson BnF 55/Cp/AV/7; Wroth BMC 8; Ratto 2033; Sommer 55.2; SBCV 1868, Choice VF, well centered, flow lines, die wear, light scratches, weight 4.305 g, maximum diameter 29.7 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 24 Oct 1071 - 24 Mar 1078 A.D.; obverse bust of Christ Pantocrator facing with long pointed beard, wearing nimbus cruciger, tunic & himation, right hand raised in benediction, Gospels in left hand, IC - XC (Greek abbreviation: Ihsoús Xristós - Jesus Christ) flanking; reverse + MIXAHΛ RACIΛ O ∆, bearded bust of Michael facing, wearing loros with six jewels on collar and crown with pendilia, vexillum in right hand with pellet on shaft below hand, globus cruciger in left hand; from the Ray Nouri Collection; $450.00 SALE |PRICE| $405.00
Byzantine Empire, Maurice Tiberius, 13 August 582 - 22 November 602 A.D.
NEW Maurice Tiberius achieved peace with Persia and stemmed losses in Italy and Africa, but lost much of the Balkans. When Focas, a junior officer, revolted Maurice and his son Theodosius were murdered.SH94509. Gold solidus, DOC I 5i (not in the collection, refs. Ratto), Ratto 1011, Wroth BMC 12, Morrisson BnF 7/Cp/AV/11, Grierson 24, Hahn MIB II 6, Sommer 7.5, SBCV 478, aVF, well centered, light marks, scratch near top edge on obverse, struck with worn dies, weight 4.405 g, maximum diameter 22.4 mm, die axis 180o, 9th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 583 - 602 A.D.; obverse D N mAVRC - TIb P P AVC, helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, globus cruciger in right hand, fold of paludamentum over left shoulder, helmet with plum, circlet in front and pendilia; reverse VICTORI-A AVCC Θ, angel standing facing, staurogram (rho-cross) topped staff in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand, CONOB in exergue; from the Ray Nouri Collection; $500.00 SALE |PRICE| $450.00
Byzantine Empire, Heraclius, 5 October 610 - 11 January 641 A.D.
NEW On 4 October 610 A.D., Heraclius arrived at Constantinople with a fleet from Africa. Assisted by an uprising in the capital, he overthrew Phocas, who was killed by the mob. Heraclius gained the throne with help from his father Heraclius the Elder. His first major act was to change the official language of the Eastern Roman Empire from Latin to Greek (already the language of the vast majority of the population).SH94510. Gold solidus, DOC II part 1, 3d; Morrison BnF 10/Cp/AV/07; Tolstoi 10; Sommer 11.3; Hahn MIB 5; SBCV 731; Wroth BMC -; Ratto -, aEF, nice luster, well centered slightly uneven strike, light marks, weight 4.440 g, maximum diameter 21.9 mm, die axis 180o, 10th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 5 Oct 610 - 613 A.D.; obverse D N hERACLI-VS PP AVC, bust facing with short beard and mustache, wearing helmet and chlamys, helmet with cross on arc and plum, cross in right hand; reverse VICTORIA AVGy I (victory of the Emperor, 10th officina), cross potent on three steps, CONOB below; from the Ray Nouri Collection; scarce; $900.00 SALE |PRICE| $810.00
Leo I, 7 February 457 - 18 January 474 A.D.
NEW RIC X divides this type into two phases. The earlier phase (457 - 468) is distinguished by an angular form of the letter G and the spear usually pointing between the second P and E of PERPET. The later phase (468 - 473) the G's are rounded and the spear sometimes points between the E and T.SH94511. Gold solidus, RIC X 605 (S), DOCLR 524, Ratto 244, Depeyrot 93/1, SRCV V 21404, Hunter V -, VF, well centered, flow lines, scratches and marks, edge bumps/scrapes, weight 4.362 g, maximum diameter 21.4 mm, die axis 180o, 5th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, earlier phase, 457 - 468 A.D.; obverse D N LEO PERPET AVG, pearl-diademed, helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, spear in right hand over right shoulder, shield on left arm decorated with horseman trampling a barbarian; reverse VICTORIA AVGGG E (victory of the three emperors, 5th officina), Victory half left, head left supporting long jeweled cross in right hand, star right, CONOB in exergue; from the Ray Nouri Collection; $800.00 SALE |PRICE| $720.00
Byzantine Empire, Heraclius, Heraclius Constantine, and Heraclonas, 632 - 641 A.D.
NEW In 632, Heraclonas, Heraclius younger son, was designated Caesar and added to the coinage. Heraclonas was seven years old. The Heraclian monogram on the reverse replaces the more typical obverse inscription.SH94512. Gold solidus, Hahn MIB 48; SBCV 767; DOC II part 1, 41 (9th officina not listed); Morrisson BnF -; Wroth BMC -; Tolstoi -; Ratto -, VF, full border centering, bumps, scratches, centers weak/flat, graffiti, weight 4.359 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, die axis 180o, 9th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, c. 636 - 637; obverse Heraclius with long beard and mustache between his sons, Heraclonas on left and Heraclius Constantine on right, all stand facing, each wears crown and chlamys and holds globus cruciger in right; reverse VICTORIA AVGu Θ (victory of the Emperor, 9th officina), cross potent on three steps, Heraclian monogram left, IB monogram right, CONOB in exergue; from the Ray Nouri Collection; rare from this officina; $600.00 SALE |PRICE| $540.00
Roman Republic, Q. Minucius M.f. Thermus, 103 B.C.
NEW The reverse refers to the moneyer's ancestor, Q. Minucius Q. f. L. n. Thermus, consul in 193 B.C., who distinguished himself by his bravery against the Ligurians.RR76415. Silver denarius, Crawford 319/1, Sydenham 592, RSC I Minucia 19, BMCRR Italy 653, RBW Collection 1174, SRCV I 197, VF, light toning, some luster in recesses, well centered on a slightly oval flan, light marks, weight 3.973 g, maximum diameter 21.3 mm, die axis 225o, Rome mint, 103 B.C.; obverse helmeted head of Mars left; reverse Roman soldier fighting a barbarian, fallen soldier in center below, each holding a sword and shield, Q•TERM•MF in exergue; ex FORVM (2015); $260.00 SALE |PRICE| $234.00
Sasanian Empire, Hormizd IV, 579 - 590 A.D.
NEW Hormizd IV (also spelled Hormozd IV, Hormadz IV, or Ohrmazd IV) was noted for religious tolerance, declining appeals by the Zoroastrian priesthood to persecute Christians. He slaughtered the high aristocracy and Zoroastrian priesthood, and elevated the landed gentry. He faced constant warfare including an indecisive war with the Byzantine Empire begun under his father. His general Bahram Chobin defeated the Turkic Khaganate. Instead of rewarding him, Hormizd IV had him disgraced and dismissed. Bahram rebelled. Another faction led by his brothers-in-law deposed, blinded, and later killed Hormizd IV. His son Khosrow II was made the new shah.WA95891. Silver drachm, SNS Iran 1333, Göbl SN I/1, Mitchiner ACW 1090, SNS Israel -, VF, rainbow toning, flaw center obverse (also seen on some SNS Iran specimens), weight 4.102 g, maximum diameter 32.7 mm, die axis 270o, WCHC (Fars?) mint, year 7, 585 A.D.; obverse Pahlavi legend: Hormazd may his glory increase, cuirassed bust right, wearing tall cap and crenelated crown, diadem and earring, short beard, hair ball behind, two dots on chest, star upper left, star within cresent upper right, three stars within crescents outside the border; reverse fire altar, flanked by facing attendants, star inner upper left, crescent inner upper right, regnal year left, mint signature right; $110.00 SALE |PRICE| $99.00
Teos, Ionia, c. 540 - 478 B.C.
NEW Teos was a flourishing seaport until about 540 B.C., when the Persian emperor Cyrus the Great invaded Lydia and Ionia. The town survived but most of the citizens fled to the newly founded colonies of Abdera and Phanagoria. Under the Roman Empire, the town was noted for its wine, a theater and its Temple of Dionysus. The site is now farmland. GA95885. Silver trihemitartemorion, Balcer group LXXIV, 73 ff.; SNG Tübingen 3250; Rosen 603; SNG Cop supp. 339, VF, toned, tight flan, reverse die wear, weight 0.285 g, maximum diameter 6.4 mm, die axis 0o, Teos (near Sigacik, Turkey) mint, c. 540 - 478 B.C.; obverse griffin head right; reverse quadripartite incuse square, rough; $90.00 SALE |PRICE| $81.00
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