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Tacitus, 25 September 275 - June 276 A.D.

|Tacitus|, |Tacitus,| |25| |September| |275| |-| |June| |276| |A.D.|,
This type is dedicated to Tacitus' good relationship with his soldiers. Harmony with the soldiers was important for an emperor's survival, since many were killed by their own men.
MA95707. Billon antoninianus, MER-RIC T3743 (3 spec.), SRCV III 11772, Cohen VI 24, Hunter IV 65 var. (1st officina), RIC V-1 183 var. (MILITVM), BnF XII - (p. 374), Venra -, F, porous, marks, edge crack, weight 3.239 g, maximum diameter 21.8 mm, die axis 180o, 4th officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, issue 4, early 276 A.D.; obverse IMP C M CL TACITVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse CONCORD MILIT (harmony with the soldiers), Tacitus, on left, standing right, clasping hands with Concordia, standing left, XXIQ in exergue; $.99 (.91)

Byzantine Empire, Maurice Tiberius, 13 August 582 - 22 November 602 A.D.

|Maurice| |Tiberius|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Maurice| |Tiberius,| |13| |August| |582| |-| |22| |November| |602| |A.D.|,
In 588 the Persia was at war with both the Byzantines and the Turks. A Persian army of 12,000 men supported by Cataphracts (heavy cavalry) ambushed the invading Turks, and won a great victory at the battle of the Hyrcanian Rock. A Persian force was, however, defeated by a Byzantine army at Martyropolis.
MA95733. Bronze follis, DOC I 123b, Morrisson BnF 7/Cy/AE/06, Tolstoi 142, Ratto 1117, Hahn MIB II 84D, Sommer 7.48, SBCV 518, Wroth BMC -, aVF, green patina, weight 11.669 g, maximum diameter 27.4 mm, die axis 0o, 2nd officina, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, 588 - 589 A.D.; obverse D N mAVRC TIbER PP A, crowned and cuirassed bust facing, crown with cross and pendilia, globus cruciger in right, shield in left; reverse large M (40 nummi) between A/N/N/O and ϖI (regnal year 7), cross above, B (2nd officina) below, KYZ (Cyzicus) in exergue; $30.00 (27.60)

Olbia, Sarmatia, c. 5th Century B.C., Lot of 2 Cast Dolphins

|Olbia|, |Olbia,| |Sarmatia,| |c.| |5th| |Century| |B.C.,| |Lot| |of| |2| |Cast| |Dolphins|,
MA95795. Bronze cast dolphin, cf. SGCV I 1684, SNG BM 360 ff., SNG Stancomb 334 ff., SNG Pushkin 12 ff., SNG Cop 67 ff., 24.9mm & 31.9mm long, VF, Olbia (Parutino, Ukraine) mint, obverse dolphin with raised eye, dorsal fin and tail; $.99 (.91)

Maximinus II Daia, Late 309 - 30 April 313 A.D.

|Maximinus| |II|, |Maximinus| |II| |Daia,| |Late| |309| |-| |30| |April| |313| |A.D.|,
Sol Invictus ("Unconquered Sun") was the official sun god of the late Empire and a patron of soldiers. In 274, Aurelian made it an official cult alongside the traditional Roman cults. Scholars disagree whether the new deity was a re-foundation of the ancient Latin cult of Sol, a revival of the cult of Elagabalus, or completely new. The god was favored by emperors after Aurelian and appeared on their coins until Constantine. The last inscription referring to Sol Invictus dates to 387 A.D. and there were enough devotees in the 5th century that Augustine found it necessary to preach against them.
MA95472. Billon follis, Hunter V 107 (also 2nd officina), RIC VI Antiochia 167b, SRCV IV 14894, Cohen VII 161, VF, well centered, highlighting earthen deposits, light marks, light corrosion, weight 4.772 g, maximum diameter 20.8 mm, die axis 0o, 2nd officina Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 312 A.D.; obverse IMP C GAL VAL MAXIMINVS P F AVG, laureate head right; reverse SOLI INVICTO (to the invincible sun god), Sol standing facing, head left, radiate, raising right hand commanding the sun to rise, head of Serapis wearing kalathos in left hand, B left, star right, ANT in exergue; $9.15 (8.42)

Licinius I, 11 November 308 - 18 September 324 A.D.

|Licinius| |I|, |Licinius| |I,| |11| |November| |308| |-| |18| |September| |324| |A.D.|,
A comrade of Galerius, Licinius was made Augustus after abdication by Diocletian and Maximianus. After Maximinus II invaded his territories, Licinius defeated him. Over the years, relations with Constantine deteriorated, ending with Licinius' defeat. Intervention by Licinius' wife, Constantine's sister, spared his life for a short time, however, he was soon executed.
MA95474. Billon follis, Hunter V 143 (also 2nd officina), RIC VII Nicomedia 44 (R2), SRCV IV 15223, Cohen VII 74, Choice aVF, full legends, green patina with earthen highlighting, porosity, edge cracks, weight 2.427 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, die axis 0o, 2nd officina, Nicomedia (Izmit, Turkey) mint, 321 - 324 A.D.; obverse IMP C VAL LICIN LICINIVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse IOVI CONSERVATORI (to Jupiter the protector), Jupiter standing slightly left, nude but for chlamys over shoulders, Victory on globe presenting wreath in right hand, long eagle-topped scepter vertical in left hand, eagle standing left with wreath in beak at feet on left, in right field: X/IIΓ over bound bearded captive seated right and looking left, SMNB in exergue; $.99 (.91)

Termessos Major, Pisidia, c. 238 - 268 A.D.

|Pisidia|, |Termessos| |Major,| |Pisidia,| |c.| |238| |-| |268| |A.D.|,
Alexander the Great likened Termessos, high in the Taurus Mountains, to an eagle's nest after he surrounded it but failed to conquer it in 333 B.C. An ally of Rome, Termessos was granted independent status by the Roman Senate in 71 B.C. Independence was maintained continuously for a long time, the only exception being an alliance with Amyntas king of Galatia (reigned 36 - 25 B.C.). This independence is documented by this coin and others of Termessos, which bear the legend "Autonomous." Termessos was abandoned after its aqueduct was destroyed by an earthquake (date unknown).
MA95715. Bronze AE 30, Apparently unpublished, SNG Cop 331 var. (rev. leg.), SNG BnF 2214 var. (same), vA Pisidiens -, BMC -, SNGvA -, SNG Leypold -, MPR II -, et al. -, F, well centered, rough, corrosion, central depressions, weight 13.957 g, maximum diameter 30.2 mm, die axis 0o, Termessos Major mint, c. 238 - 268 A.D.; obverse TEPM-HCCEΩ-N, laureate and bearded head of Zeus right; reverse AVTO-NOMΩN,ATΩN, last four letters in exergue, Zeus Nikephoros seated left, Nike in extended right hand, long scepter vertical in left; we know of only one other example (on Wildwinds); rare; $6.49 (5.97)

Maroneia, Thrace, c. 150 - 100 B.C.

|Maroneia|, |Maroneia,| |Thrace,| |c.| |150| |-| |100| |B.C.|,
Maroneia was on the Aegean coast about midway between the mouths of the Hebrus and the Nestus rivers. The city was named after Maron, sometimes identified as a son of Dionysos, who in the Odyssey gives Odysseus the wine with which he intoxicates Polyphemos. Maroneia was famous for its wine, which was esteemed everywhere and was said to possess the odor of nectar.
MA95722. Bronze AE 25, BMC Thrace p. 130, 74; Schnert-Geiss 1434 ff.; SNG Cop 643 var. (monogram), F, green patina, porous, a few marks/scratches, weight 13.577 g, maximum diameter 25.2 mm, die axis 0o, Maroneia (Maroneia-Sapes, Greece) mint, c. 150 - 100 B.C.; obverse head of young Dionysos right, wearing band across forehead, and ivy wreath; reverse ∆IONIΣOY ΣΩTHPOΣ MAPΩNITΩN, Dionysos standing left, nude but for chlamys on left arm, bunch of grapes in right hand, two stalks of narthex in left hand, P∆Y monogram inner left; $4.84 (4.45)

Roman, 2nd - early 3rd Century A.D., Bronze Wax-Seal Box

|Seals|, |Roman,| |2nd| |-| |early| |3rd| |Century| |A.D.,| |Bronze| |Wax-Seal| |Box|,
When the Romans sent important small packages by courier, such as documents or valuables, they were were placed in strong leather or cloth bags, which were sealed with a stout cord. The cord was threaded into and tied within a small metal box with a hinged lid. The box was filled with wax covering the knot and the wax was impressed with the sender's signet. In addition, the lid could be kept closed by further cords sewn to the package and tied around it.

See The Colchester Archaeological Trust online for a seal box nearly identical to ours found in a Roman pit at Lexden, a suburb of Colchester, Essex, England. A dupondius of Trajan minted in Rome, 114 - 117 A.D. was also found at the Lexden site. Another similar Roman seal box was found at the Balkerne Lane site in Colchester.
MA95786. See Hattatt ABOA, pp. 461 ff., Choice, complete and intact, sealed shut, rectangular bronze box with hinged cover, no indication of enamel, base perforated with three holes, hole in each side; 5.379g, 20.0mm x 15.7mm, 4.2mm (depth); $35.00 (32.20)

Kyme, Aiolis, 2nd - 1st Century B.C.

|Aeolis|, |Kyme,| |Aiolis,| |2nd| |-| |1st| |Century| |B.C.|,
Cyme, one of the oldest Aeolian cities, was probably a colony of Cyme in Euboea, though according to tradition it was founded by the Amazon Kyme. Its large capable port was a valuable maritime asset to the Persian Empire, contributing ships to Dareios in 512 B.C. and to Xerxes in 480 B.C. After the Battle of Salamis, the remnants of Xerxes' fleet wintered at Cyme. After Persia, Aeolis was held successively by the Macedonians, Seleucids, Pergamenes, Romans, Byzantine, and Ottomans.
MA95726. Bronze AE 16, BMC Troas, p. 113, 90; SNG Cop 106; SNGvA 1641; SNG Ashmolean 1416, F, weight 3.739 g, maximum diameter 16.0 mm, die axis 0o, Kyme (near Nemrut Limani, Turkey) mint, 2nd - 1st century B.C.; obverse draped bust of Artemis right, bow and quiver at shoulder; reverse oinochoe (one-handled vase), between two laurel branches, KY above, A−ΠA/T−OY/P−I/O−Σ across field; $4.50 (4.14)

Byzantine Empire, Michael I Rhangabe and Theophylactus, 25 December 811 - 11 July 813 A.D.

|Michael| |I|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Michael| |I| |Rhangabe| |and| |Theophylactus,| |25| |December| |811| |-| |11| |July| |813| |A.D.|,
After Nicephorus I lost his life fighting in Bulgaria, the wounded and dying co-emperor Stauracius passed the Empire to his brother-in-law Michael. The new emperor called back some of Nicephorus' reforms and recognized the empire of Charlemagne. His regime was toppled after less than two years, after the Bulgar Kahn Krum defeated another Byzantine army.
MA95735. Bronze follis, SBCV 1618; Morrisson BnF II 29/Cp/AE/01; Wroth BMC 4; Sommer 28.2; DOC III part 1, 8 (Michael II & Theophilus); Tolstoi 24 (same); Ratto -, aVF, green patina, porous, earthen deposits, weight 5.672 g, maximum diameter 24.1 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 25 Aug 811 - 11 Jul 813 A.D.; obverse MIXA-HL- S ΘEOF', facing bust of Michael I, on left, with short beard and wearing crown and chlamys, facing bust of Theophylactus, on right, beardless, wearing crown and loros; reverse large M (40 nummi), cross above, XXX in column left, NNN in column right, A below; this is the first specimen of this type handled by Forum; scarce; $.99 (.91)


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