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Syracuse, Sicily, Hieron II, 275 - 215 B.C.

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Hieron II was tyrant and then king of Syracuse, c. 270 to 215 B.C. His rule brought 50 years of peace and prosperity, and Syracuse became one of the most renowned capitals of antiquity. He enlarged the theater and built an immense altar. The literary figure Theocritus and the philosopher Archimedes lived under his rule. After struggling against the Mamertini, he eventually allied with Rome.
GB81527. Bronze AE 19, cf. Calciati II p. 395, 197 ff.; SNG Cop 844 ff., SNG ANS 964 ff., SGCV I 1223 (various controls), aVF, well centered, nice patina, weight 5.663 g, maximum diameter 18.7 mm, die axis 90o, Syracuse mint, 275 - 215 B.C.; obverse head of Poseidon left; reverse ornamented trident head, dolphins at sides, IEPΩ-NOΣ low across field divided by shaft, uncertain control marks below; ex Forum (2014); $90.00 (€79.20)


Antioch, Seleukis and Pieria, Syria, 195 A.D.

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After Apollo insulted him, Eros (cupid) shot Apollo with an arrow that caused him to fall in hopeless love with Daphne, a mortal woman. Eros shot Daphne with an arrow which made her incapable of loving Apollo. Nevertheless Apollo pursued her, and out of desperation Daphne escaped by having herself turned into a laurel. Ever after, winners of the games to honor Apollo wore wreaths of laurel in honor of Apollo's Daphne.
RY88144. Bronze dichalkon, McAlee 149 var. (rev. legend counterclockwise, B control not recorded); BMC Galatia p. 165, 119 var. (no control), VF, dark patina, a little off center, weight 2.611 g, maximum diameter 14.1 mm, die axis 0o, Antioch mint, 195 A.D.; obverse ANTIOXEWN THC MHTPOΠOΛEWC, laureate and draped bust of Apollo right; reverse ET(OV?) - EꟼP (year 195 [Caesarean Era]) clockwise from upper right, laurel branch, B (Greek control number) to lower right; ex Moneta Numismatic Services; $50.00 (€44.00)


Macrinus, 11 April 217 - 8 June 218 A.D., Antioch, Seleucis and Pieria, Syria

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The Battle of Antioch. After Macrinus foolishly cut legionary pay, Legio III Gallica hailed Elagabalus as emperor on 16 May 218. Macrinus sent cavalry but they too joined Elagabalus. Macrinus finally abandoned his pay cut and paid a bonus, but it was too late. Legion II Parthica defected. General Gannys, the commander of Elagabalus' forces, decisively defeated Macrinus was just outside Antioch on 8 June 218. Macrinus shaved off his hair and beard and fled, disguised as a member of the military police. He was recognized by a centurion at Chalcedon on the Bosporus, taken back to Antioch and executed.
RP88069. Bronze provincial as, Butcher 465a (same rev. die), McAlee 34 (v. rare) corr. (obv. leg.), cf. BMC Galatia p. 198, 389, SNG Cop -, VF, dark green patina with reddish earthen highlighting deposits, light scratches and marks, light porosity, weight 4.463 g, maximum diameter 18.7 mm, die axis 0o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, group 2; obverse AV K M O C MAKPINOC CE, laureate and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind; reverse large S C, ∆ E above, eagle right with had left below, all within wreath closed at the top with a star; very rare; $90.00 (€79.20)


Apameia, Seleucis and Pieria, Syria, 10 - 9 B.C.

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Apamea is believed to be the Biblical city Shepham (Num. xxxiv. 11). Rome received Apamea with the Pergamene Kingdom in 133 B.C., but sold it to Mithridates V of Pontus, who held it till 120 BC. After the Mithridatic Wars it became a great center for trade, largely carried on by resident Italians and Jews. Pompey razed the fortress and annexed the city to Rome in 64 B.C. Apamea is mentioned in the Talmud (Ber. 62a, Niddah, 30b and Yeb. 115b). By order of Flaccus, nearly 45 kilograms of gold, intended by Jews for the Temple in Jerusalem was confiscated in Apamea in 62 B.C. In the revolt of Syria under Q. Caecilius Bassus, it held out against Julius Caesar for three years until the arrival of Cassius in 46 B.C.Great Colonnade at Apamea

RY88994. Bronze AE 21, BMC Galatia p. 234, 11; SNG Cop 300; AMC I 1470; RPC I 4354 (4 spec.); HGC 9 -; SNG Mün -; Lindgren -; Hunter -, F, dark green patina, light porosity, light earthen deposits, light scratches, edge split, weight 6.362 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, die axis 0o, Syria, Apameia (Qalaat al-Madiq, Syria) mint, 10 - 9 B.C.; obverse head of Dionysos right, wreathed in ivy; reverse cornucopia overflowing with fruits and grains, ΓT (year 303) inner left, AΠAMEΩN / THΣ IEPAΣ − KAI AΣYΛOY in three downward lines (first two on left, last on right), M-A flanking tip of cornucopia; ex Guy Clark's Ancient Coins And Antiquities; rare; $90.00 (€79.20)


Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D., Antioch, Seleucis and Pieria, Syria

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The ruins of Antioch on the Orontes lie near the modern city of Antakya, Turkey. Founded near the end of the 4th century B.C. by Seleucus I Nicator, one of Alexander the Great's generals, Antioch's geographic, military and economic location, particularly the spice trade, the Silk Road, the Persian Royal Road, benefited its occupants, and eventually it rivaled Alexandria as the chief city of the Near East and as the main center of Hellenistic Judaism at the end of the Second Temple period. Antioch is called "the cradle of Christianity,” for the pivotal early role it played in the emergence of the faith. It was one of the four cities of the Syrian tetrapolis. Its residents are known as Antiochenes. Antioch was renamed Theoupolis after it was nearly destroyed by an earthquake on 29 November 528. Once a great metropolis of half a million people, it declined to insignificance during the Middle Ages because of warfare, repeated earthquakes and a change in trade routes following the Mongol conquests, which then no longer passed through Antioch from the far east. 6th Century Antioch

RY88978. Bronze as, McAlee 561(c) (rare); RPC Online IV 7005; BMC Galatia p. 189, 321; SNG Cop 219 var. (Γ vice B), Choice F, dark patina with attractive red earthen highlighting, central depressions, weight 7.164 g, maximum diameter 23.9 mm, die axis 0o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 145 - 147 A.D.; obverse AYT KAI TI AI ADR ANTΩNEINOC CEB EVC, laureate bust left, slight drapery on left shoulder, star left; reverse large S C, B above, eagle below, all within laurel wreath; $60.00 (€52.80)


Seleukia Pieria, Syria, 79 - 80 A.D.

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BMC Galatia notes the Commodus named on the obverse is a legatus of Syria, apparently C. Julius Commodus Orfitianus.
RP89137. Bronze AE 20, RPC II 2025B; Waddington p. 448, 7266; Hunterian III p. 215, 27; BMC Galatia, p. 272, 31 var. (head right); SNG Cop 401 var. (same), VF, cleaned and porous, flan crack, weight 4.358 g, maximum diameter 19.9 mm, die axis 0o, Seleukia Pieria mint, reign of Titus, 79 - 80 A.D.; obverse EΠI KOMO∆OY, draped, veiled, and turreted bust of Tyche left, palm over shoulder, HΠP (year 188 of the Actian Era) behind, bead and reel border; reverse filleted thunderbolt on cushioned stool, CEΛEYKEWN / THC IEPAC KAI AYTONOMOY in horizontal lines above and below, bead and real border; ex David Surber collection; $45.00 (€39.60)


Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D., Rabbathmoba-Areopolis, Provincia Arabia

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Rabbathmoba, probably the Biblical Ir-Moab, was conquered by Alexander Jannaeus. Its ruins are 18 kilometers north of Kerak in Jordan.
RP84127. Bronze AE 27, Sofaer 5; Spijkerman p. 264, 8; cf. Rosenberger IV 1-3 (bust and legend variations, etc.); SNG ANS 1414 (same), VF, no patina, weight 6.492 g, maximum diameter 27.4 mm, die axis 180o, Rabbathmoba-Areopolis mint, obverse AVT KAIC Λ CEΠ - CEOVHPOC ΠEB, laureate bust right; reverse RABBAΘM-WBHNWN APHC, cult statue of Ares standing facing in military dress, sword erect in right hand, spear and round shield in left hand, on platform with four legs set on base; rare; $45.00 (€39.60)


Julia Mamaea, Augusta, 13 Mar 222 - Feb/Mar 235 A.D., Antioch, Seleukis and Pieria, Syria

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The Tyche of Antioch was a cult statue of the city goddess (fortune) of Antioch, venerated in a temple called the Tychaion. The statue was made by Eutychides of Sicyon (c. 335 - c. 275), a pupil of the great Lysippus. It was the best-known piece of Seleucid art, remarkable because it was sculpted to be viewed from all directions, unlike many statues from the period. Although the original has been lost, many copies exist, including the one in the photograph right, now at the Vatican. The goddess is seated on a rock (Mount Sipylus), has her right foot on a swimming figure (the river Orontes), wears a mural crown (the city's walls), and has grain in her right hand (the city's fertility).Tyche of Antioch

RY84567. Bronze 8 assaria, cf. McAlee 857(a) (scarce); Waage 665; BMC Galatia p. 209, 491; SNG Hunterian 3044; SNG Cop 257; Butcher 491b (all rev. leg. variants), aVF, broad flan, corrosion, weight 13.501 g, maximum diameter 30.9 mm, die axis 180o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, obverse IVΛ MAMAEA CEBACTH, draped bust right, wearing stephane; reverse ANTIOXE-WN MH KO, Tyche seated left on rocks, wearing turreted crown, chiton and peplos, grain ears in right hand, left hand resting on rock; ram above leaping left with head right; star inner right; river-god Orontes swimming left below; ∆ - E over S - C in two lines divided flanking across field above center; $70.00 (€61.60)


Tetrarchy of Chalkis, Coele Syria, Lysanias, 40 - 36 B.C.

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RIC notes, One would expect the portrait to be of Lysanias, but the monogram suggests the portrait is a posthumous portrait of Ptolemy. RPC also notes that the diademed portrait is surprising as neither Ptolemy nor Lysanias had the rank of king.
RY84820. Bronze AE 19, Lindgren III 1238 (same obv. die, same countermark) / 1239 (same rev. die), RPC I 4768b, Herman 10d, SNG Cop -, F, dark patina with earthen fill, tight flan, corrosion, weight 6.581 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 0o, Chalkis ad Libanon (Qinnasrin, Syria) mint, 40 B.C.; obverse diademed head right, wearing earring, ΠTO(?) monogram behind, monogram countermark on neck; reverse AVCANIOV TETP APX IΦ, Nike standing left raising wreath in right hand, palm frond over left shoulder in left hand, monograms in fields, BOC (year 272 of the Seleukid Era) downward on right; $50.00 (€44.00)


Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D., Petra, Arabia

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UNESCO describes Petra as "one of the most precious cultural properties of man's cultural heritage." The BBC selected Petra as one of "the 40 places you have to see before you die."
RP84854. Bronze AE 25, Spijkerman 32, Rosenberger 19, SGICV 2281, SNG ANS -, VF, attractive earthen fill, weight 10.019 g, maximum diameter 24.9 mm, die axis 0o, Petra mint, 9 Apr 193 - 4 Feb 211 A.D.; obverse AV K Λ CEΠT CEOYHPOC IN ΠEP CEB (or similar), laureate bust right; reverse METPOΠOΛIC A∆PIAN ΠETRA, Tyche seated left on rock, turreted and veiled, right hand extended and open, trophy over shoulder in left; $90.00 (€79.20)




  







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