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Tiberius' Countermarks from Moesia and Thrace on a Barbaric Imitative Augustus As

|Roman| |Countermarked|, |Tiberius'| |Countermarks| |from| |Moesia| |and| |Thrace| |on| |a| |Barbaric| |Imitative| |Augustus| |As|,
The TI CAE (Tiberius Caesar) refers to the emperor Tiberius Caesar. The AVG (Augustus) almost certainly also refers to Tiberius.
MA92856. Bronze imitative as, Countermarks: Pangerl 83 (AVG), Pangerl 90 (TI CAE) (both Moesia and Thrace), coin: aF, green patina, scratches, scattered tiny pitting; countermarks: VF, punch wear, weight 4.892 g, maximum diameter 24.9 mm, unofficial mint, obverse blundered three line legend within wreath, countermarks: AVG in rectangular incuse, TI CAE (AE ligate) in rectangular incuse, helmet in irregular incuse; reverse large S C, blundered moneyer legend around; $60.00 SALE |PRICE| $54.00


Kingdom of Thrace, Rhoemetalces I, c. 11 B.C. - 12 A.D., Augustus Reverse

|Kingdom| |of| |Thrace|, |Kingdom| |of| |Thrace,| |Rhoemetalces| |I,| |c.| |11| |B.C.| |-| |12| |A.D.,| |Augustus| |Reverse|,
When the Cotys VII, King of Thrace, died about 48 B.C. Rhoemetalces I became the guardian of his nephew Rhescuporis I, his brother's young son and heir. In 13 B.C., Rhescuporis I was defeated and slain in battle by Vologases, chief of the Thracian Bessi, who was leading a revolt against Rome. As Rhescuporis I had left no heir, Rhoemetalces became king. An ally of Augustus, the Roman Historian Tacitus described Rhoemetalces as attractive and civilized. After his death, Augustus divided his realm, half for his son Cotys VIII and the other half for Rhoemetalces' brother Rhescuporis II. Tacitus states that Cotys received the cultivated parts, most towns and most Greek cities of Thrace, while Rhescuporis received the wild and savage portion with enemies on its frontier.
RP92863. Bronze AE 19, RPC I 1718; Youroukova 194; BMC Thrace p. 209, 7; SNG Cop 1192; SNG Tb 974; SNG Evelpidis 1124, aVF, full legends, green patina, scratches, marks, porosity, weight 3.946 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, die axis 180o, uncertain Thracian mint, c. 11 B.C. - 12 A.D.; obverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ POIMHTAΛKOY (King Rhoemetacles), diademed head of Rhoemetalces I right; reverse KAIΣAPOΣ ΣEBAΣTOY (Caesar Augustus), bare head of Augustus right; $80.00 SALE |PRICE| $72.00


Philadelphia, Lydia, 193 - 211 A.D.

|Philadelphia|, |Philadelphia,| |Lydia,| |193| |-| |211| |A.D.|,
Philadelphia, located south-east of Sardeis, was founded by Attalos II Philadelphos, King of Pergamon. It was an important and wealthy trade center that retained its importance until late Byzantine times. Saint Paul and Saint John the Theologian, visited, and established the first Christian churches. St. Ignatius of Antioch visited on his trip to his martyrdom in Rome. Philadelphia is among the Seven Churches named in John's Book of Revelation.
MA92864. Bronze AE 21, GRPC Lydia 67; BMC Lydia p.192, 33; Bernhart Dionysos 138; Gokyildirim Istanbul 354; SNG Cop -; SNGvA -; Imhoof-Blumer Lydien -, Choice VF, brown tone, slight roughness, tiny edge cracks, weight 4.398 g, maximum diameter 20.9 mm, die axis 180o, Lydia, Philadelphia (Alasehir, Turkey) mint, 193 - 211 A.D.; obverse ΦIΛA∆EΛΦIA, turreted and draped bust of Tyche of Philadelphia right; reverse EΠI ∆OK-IMOY A (archon Dokimos), Dionysos standing facing, nude, head left, pouring wine from kantharos in right hand over panther left at his feet on left, thyrsos in left hand; ; $80.00 SALE |PRICE| $72.00


Valerian I, October 253 - c. June 260 A.D., Alexandreia Troas, Troas

|Troas|, |Valerian| |I,| |October| |253| |-| |c.| |June| |260| |A.D.,| |Alexandreia| |Troas,| |Troas
|,
In Roman mythology, Romulus and Remus were the twin sons of the Vestal Virgin Rhea Silvia, fathered by the god of war, Mars. They were abandoned in the Tiber as infants. Faustulus, a shepherd, found the infants being suckled by the she-wolf (Lupa) at the foot of the Palatine Hill. Their cradle, in which they had been abandoned, was on the shore overturned under a fig tree. Faustulus and his wife, Acca Larentia, raised the children. Romulus was the first King of Rome.
MA92872. Bronze AE 22, SNG Munchen 130 (same dies); Bellinger Troy A442; cf. SNG Cop 187; BMC Troas p. 30, 168; SNG Hunt 1296; SNG Tub 2551 (legend variations), F, well centered, rough, weight 3.979 g, maximum diameter 22.0 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria Troas (Eski Stambul, Turkey) mint, Oct 253 - c. Jun 260 A.D.; obverse IMP LIC VALERIANVS AV, laureate, draped, and bearded bust right, from behind; reverse she-wolf standing right, head turned facing, suckling Romulus and Remus, COL AVG above, TRO in exergue; rare variety; $50.00 SALE |PRICE| $45.00


Philip II, July or August 247 - Late 249 A.D., Tripolis, Lydia

|Other| |Lydia|, |Philip| |II,| |July| |or| |August| |247| |-| |Late| |249| |A.D.,| |Tripolis,| |Lydia|,
Tripolis ad Maeandrum (through the ages known as Neapolis, Apollonia, and Antoninopolis) was on the northern bank of the Maeander between Sardes and Laodicea ad Lycum. Its Roman and Byzantine ruins still exist near Yenicekent, Turkey.
MA92873. Bronze AE 26, GRPC Lydia 168; RPC Online VIII - (unassigned, ID 20622, this coin one of 6 spec. listed); BMC Lydia p. 133, 75; Waddington 2691; SNG Leypold 1343, F, well centered, porous/pitted, weight 9.818 g, maximum diameter 25.5 mm, die axis 180o, Tripolis (near Yenicekent, Turkey) mint, 1st issue as caesar, 244 - 245 A.D.; obverse M IOYΛ ΦIΛIΠΠOC K, bare-headed, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from the front; reverse TPIΠOΛEITΩN, Demeter standing half left, head left, wearing long chiton and peplos, stalks of grain and poppy in right hand, flaming long torch in left hand; ex Savoca auction blue 11 (27 Oct 2018), lot 1220; zero sales of this type recorded on Coin Archives in the last two decades; rare; $60.00 SALE |PRICE| $54.00


Diadumenian, Mid May - 8 June 218 A.D., Marcianopolis, Moesia Inferior

|Marcianopolis|, |Diadumenian,| |Mid| |May| |-| |8| |June| |218| |A.D.,| |Marcianopolis,| |Moesia| |Inferior|,
Marcianopolis, Elagabalus, 16 May 218 - 11 March 222 A.D., Marcianopolis, Moesia Inferior, assarion Renamed by Trajan after his sister, Ulpia Marciana, Marcianopolis was an important strategic center for centuries. The city was repeatedly destroyed by barbarian raids (Goths, Huns, Avars and others) but also was repeatedly rebuilt and prospered. During Valens' conflict with the Goths, Marcianopolis was a temporary capital of the empire and the largest city in Thrace. An Avar raid finally destroyed the city in 614 or 615.
MA92883. Bronze AE 19, H-J Marcianopolis 6.25.8.4 (R5), AMNG I/I 808, Varbanov I 1318 (R4), Moushmov 592, SNG Cop -, VF, dark patina, slight porosity, broad flan with ragged edge splits, weight 2.897 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 0o, Markianopolis (Devnya, Bulgaria) mint, as caesar, 218 A.D.; obverse M OΠEΛΛIOC ANTΩNEINOC, bare-headed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse MAPKIANO-ΠOΛEITΩN, bunch of grapes on vine; $60.00 SALE |PRICE| $54.00


Thourioi, Lucania, Italy, 350 - 300 B.C., Ancient Counterfeit

|Italy|, |Thourioi,| |Lucania,| |Italy,| |350| |-| |300| |B.C.,| |Ancient| |Counterfeit|,
The possible plating breaks are so darkly toned black within that we cannot detect any copper color. So, why do we think this coin is a plated counterfeit? It is about a full gram under normal weight. Another indicator is behind Athena's head. Fourree were often made by wrapping a bronze blank in two pieces of thin silver foil. A piece of foil was applied on each side and folded tightly around the edge. Striking would fuse the foil to the core. Behind Athena's head you can see an irregular darker line roughly following the edge. We believe this was the edge of the foil applied to the reverse and folded over on the obverse.
GS93383. Fouree silver plated stater, cf. HN Italy 1813; SNG ANS 1056; BMC Italy, p. 293, 63; HGC I - (official, solid silver, Thourioi mint), VF, toned, underweight, obverse off center, scratches and bumps, possible plating breaks, weight 6.581 g, maximum diameter 20.5 mm, die axis 225o, unofficial mint, c. 350 - 300 B.C.; obverse head of Athena right, wearing crested Attic helmet decorated with Skylla; reverse ΘOYPIΩN, bull butting right, tail raised above, head turned facing, I above, dotted exergue line, tunny right below; from the Errett Bishop Collection (purchased by Errett as official, but we strongly suspect it is plated); $130.00 SALE |PRICE| $117.00


Domitian, 13 September 81 - 18 September 96 A.D.

|Domitian|, |Domitian,| |13| |September| |81| |-| |18| |September| |96| |A.D.|,
For this type, RIC II-1 lists only the dupondius denomination. BMCRE II lists the type as a dupondius but notes that distinguishing dupondii and asses is uncertain. We believe it is usually possible to distinguish between the dupondius and as by metal and weight: c. 11 - 14g orichalcum for the dupondius and c. 8 - 10g copper for the as. The dupondius seems to be more common. The American Numismatic Society's Online Coins of the Roman empire lists all specimens as bronze dupondii but two of the eight specimens shown are clearly asses and six are clearly dupondii.
RB94285. Copper as, RIC II-1 Titus 308 (Dupondius); BMCRE II Titus 237 (Dupondius); Hunter I -, VF, well centered on a broad flan, porous, weight 9.857 g, maximum diameter 27.1 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, as caesar, 80 - 81 A.D.; obverse CAES DIVI AVG VESP F DOMITIAN COS VII, laureate head right; reverse CERES AVGVST, Ceres standing slightly left, head left, veiled and draped, two stalks of grain downwards in right hand, long torch vertical behind in left, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking low across field; ex Savoca Numismatik auction 32 (14 Apr 2019), lot 372; rare; $400.00 SALE |PRICE| $360.00


Domitian, 13 September 81 - 18 September 96 A.D.

|Domitian|, |Domitian,| |13| |September| |81| |-| |18| |September| |96| |A.D.|,
Apollo's most famous attribute is the tripod, the symbol of his prophetic powers. It was in the guise of a dolphin that Apollo brought priests from Crete to Delphi, explaining Apollo's cult title "Delphinios" and the name of the town. He dedicated a bronze tripod to the sanctuary and bestowed divine powers on one of the priestesses, and she became known as the "Pythia." It was she who inhaled the hallucinating vapors from the fissure in the temple floor, while she sat on a tripod chewing laurel leaves. After she mumbled her answer, a male priest would translate it for the supplicant. Depictions of Pythia's seat vary greatly because the seats were given away as prizes and replaced. Apparently the designs changed.
RS94288. Silver denarius, BMCRE II p. 302, 22 & pl. 59, 15 (same rev. die); RIC II-1 p. 269, 74; BnF III 19; Hunter I 9; RSC 568c var. (ravens on tripod); SRCV I -, Choice VF, toned, flow lines, weight 3.070 g, maximum diameter 18.1 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 13 Sep - 31 Dec 81 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M, laureate head right; reverse TR P COS VII DES VIII P P, tripod lebes, ornamented with fillets flying out left and right, lion paw feet, and loop handles above the bowl, surmounted by Pythia's seat with a dolphin backrest; ex Numismatik Naumann Auction 76 (7 Apr 2019), lot 399; $290.00 SALE |PRICE| $261.00


Gallic Celts, Petrocores, South Western Gaul, Area of Perigueux, c. 121 - 52 B.C.

|Celtic| |&| |Tribal|, |Gallic| |Celts,| |Petrocores,| |South| |Western| |Gaul,| |Area| |of| |Perigueux,| |c.| |121| |-| |52| |B.C.|,
The Petrocorii were a Gaulish tribe located in the present-day Dordogne region of France, between the Dordogne and Isle rivers. The name Petrocorii means four armies or four clans. Their capital was Vesunna, which is today the town of Prigueux. Prigueux as well as the ancient province of Prigord take their names from this tribe. They are mentioned as Petrocoriis by Caesar (mid-1st c. B.C.), as Petrokrioi by Strabo (early 1st c. A.D.) and Ptolemy (2nd c. A.D.), as Petrocori by Pliny (1st c. A.D.), and as Petrogorii by Sidonius Apollinaris (5th c. A.D.). Gaul

CE95366. Silver drachm, de la Tour 3204, CCCBM 80, Depeyrot II 162, VF, toned, tight squared chiseled flan, uneven strike, weight 2.847 g, maximum diameter 15.4 mm, Petrocores mint, c. 121 - 52 B.C.; obverse Celticized male head left, flamboyant style; reverse cross, symbol in each quarter; ex CGB Numismatique Paris mail bid sale 15 (30 Sep 2002), lot 27730; $250.00 SALE |PRICE| $225.00




  







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