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Claudius II Gothicus, September 268 - August or September 270 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt

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In 270, Claudius II Gothicus died of plague while preparing to fight the Vandals and Sarmatians, who had invaded Pannonia.
RX91020. Billon tetradrachm, Milne 4248; Curtis 1683; Geissen 3028; Dattari 5417; BMC Alexandria p. 303, 2333; Kampmann-Ganschow 104.16; SRCV III 11418; Emmett 3879, gVF, orange-red earthen deposits, well centered on a tight flan, weight 11.478 g, maximum diameter 22.0 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 269 - 270 A.D.; obverse AYT K KΛAY∆IOC CEB, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse eagle standing left, looking back, holding wreath in beak, L - B (year 2) flanking across field; $70.00 (61.60)


Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt

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RX91035. Billon tetradrachm, RPC Online III 4156 (18 spec.); Dattari 642; Geissen 456; BMC Alexandria p. 48, 394; Kampmann 27.41; Emmett 382.6, F, weight 11.314 g, maximum diameter 23.0 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 102 - 28 Aug 103 A.D.; obverse AVT KAIC NEP TPAIAN CEB ΓERM, laureate head right; reverse emperor in quadriga left, laurel branch in right hand, scepter in left hand, Lς (year 6) above left; $70.00 (61.60)


Salonina, Augusta 254 - c. September 268 A.D., Provincial Egypt

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In 257 Valerian began his persecution of Christians: his edict orders bishops and priests to sacrifice according to the pagan rituals, and prohibited Christians, under penalty of death, from meeting at the tombs of their deceased.
RX91834. Billon tetradrachm, Geissen 2963; Dattari 5320; BMC Alexandria 2273; Hunter 946; SNG Cop 804; Kampmann -Ganschow 91.14; Emmet 3747.5, aVF, well centered, a little rough, small edge split, weight 9.644 g, maximum diameter 22.6 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 257 - 28 Aug 258 A.D.; obverse KOPNHΛIA CAΛWNEINA CEB, draped bust right, wearing stephane, hair in ridges; reverse eagle standing left, head turned back right, wreath in beak, L - E (year 5) flanking across field; $36.00 (31.68)


Maximian, 286 - 305, 306 - 308, and 310 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt

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Elpis was the Greek personification of Hope. According the Hesiod's famous story, Elpis was the last to escape the Pandora's box. It can be debated whether she was really about "hope" as we understand it, or rather mere "expectation." In art, Elpis is normally depicted carrying flowers or a cornucopia, but on coins she is almost invariably depicted holding a flower in her extended right hand, and raising a fold of her dress with her left hand. Elpis' Roman equivalent was Spes. She was also named "ultima dea" - the last resort of men.


RX91839. Billon tetradrachm, Geissen 3286; Dattari 5875; Milne 4828; Curtis 2071; BMC Alexandria p. 329, 2556; SNG Cop 1024; Hunter 1139; Kampmann 120.17; Emmett 4114.;, gVF, well centered, strong flow lines, brown tone, die wear, weight 8.090 g, maximum diameter 20.1 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 286 - 28 Aug 287; obverse A K M A OYA MAXIMIANOC CEB, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse Elpis standing left, flower raised in right hand, raising drapery with left hand, star upper right, L - B (year 2) flanking across field; $65.00 (57.20)


Maximian, 286 - 305, 306 - 308, and 310 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt

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Elpis was the Greek personification of Hope. According the Hesiod's famous story, Elpis was the last to escape the Pandora's box. It can be debated whether she was really about "hope" as we understand it, or rather mere "expectation." In art, Elpis is normally depicted carrying flowers or a cornucopia, but on coins she is almost invariably depicted holding a flower in her extended right hand, and raising a fold of her dress with her left hand. Elpis' Roman equivalent was Spes. She was also named "ultima dea" - the last resort of men.
RB91840. Billon tetradrachm, Geissen 3285; Milne 4814; Curtis 2067; BMC Alexandria p. 329, 2555; SNG Cop 1023; Savio 10709; Kampmann 120.16; Emmett 4114; Dattari 5873 (star), gVF, green patina, centered on a tight flan, ragged edge, weight 6.814 g, maximum diameter 20.0 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 286 - 28 Aug 287; obverse A K M A OYA MAΞIMIANOC CEB, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse Elpis standing left, flower in right hand, raising drapery with left hand, L - B (year 2) flanking across fields, no star; $65.00 (57.20)


Larissa, Thessaly, Greece, c. 300 - 150 B.C.

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According to mythology, Larissa was founded by Acrisius, who was killed accidentally by his grandson, Perseus; the nymph Larissa was a daughter of the primordial man Pelasgu; Achilles was born at Larissa, and Hippocrates, the "Father of Medicine"; died there. Today, Larissa is the capital and largest city of the Thessaly region and an important commercial, agricultural, and industrial center of Greece.
GB92063. Bronze trichalkon, BCD Thessaly 1172.1 (same countermark), BCD Thessaly II 394.1 (same countermark), SNG Cop 147, Rogers 309, HGC 4 530 (S), BMC Thessaly -, VF, well centered, attractive dark patina, interesting countermark, some flatness of strike, edge crack, beveled obverse edge; c/m: VF, weight 11.952 g, maximum diameter 22.2 mm, die axis 270o, Larissa mint, c. 300 - 150 B.C.; obverse head of the nymph Larissa right, monogram behind; countermark on cheek: spiked helmet with visor, neck and cheek guards in a c. 6mm oval punch; reverse cavalryman prancing right, wearing spiked helmet, couched lance in right hand, star upper left, ΛA-PI/ΣNΩN divided above and below; ex Numismatik Lanz Mnchen, auction 112 (25 Nov 2002), 193; scarce; $400.00 (352.00)


Larissa, Thessaly, Greece, c. 356 - 337 B.C.

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After 344, Larissa fell under Macedonian rule. The horse was an appropriate symbol of Thessaly, a land of plains, which was well-known for its horses.
GB92101. Bronze tetrachalkon, BCD Thessaly II 387.8, Rogers 273, Weber 2864, HGC 4 517, F, dark patina, some corrosion/porosity, obverse edge beveled, weight 9.307 g, maximum diameter 21.7 mm, die axis 270o, Larissa mint, c. 356 - 337 B.C.; obverse head of the nymph Larissa facing slightly left, wearing necklace, drop earrings, and ampyx; reverse ΛAPI−Σ−AIΩN (starting upper left, Σ downward on right, ending in exergue, N retrograde), bridled horse trotting right without rider, E above left, stalk of grain below diagonal with top left; $50.00 (44.00)


Phokis, Greece, Phokian League Federal Coinage, Late 4th or Early 3rd Century B.C.

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BCD writes of this and similar types with Athena on the obverse and the abbreviated ethnic in a wreath on the reverse, "It is hoped that the multitude of styles and the differences in the fabric and flan evident amongst these coins will help vindicate the writer's believe that we are dealing with an assortment of types that were struck on odd occasions and within a time span of more than a century." Kroll dates this type (based on the Agora deposit A18: 8 [IGCH 157]) to "early third century BC, in any case well after the Third Sacred War."
GB93474. Bronze AE 14, BCD Lokris 358.4 ff. (no die matches); SNG Cop 117; BMC Central Greece p. 20, 76; HGC 4 1114, gVF, light deposits, die wear, weight 2.492 g, maximum diameter 13.6 mm, die axis 90o, Phokis mint, late 4th or early 3rd century B.C.; obverse head and neck of Athena, facing slightly right, helmeted; reverse ΦΩ within wreath without berries, tied below; ex Errett Bishop Collection; $50.00 (44.00)


Dyrrhachion, Illyria, Greece, Roman Protectorate, c. 229 - 30 B.C.

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This type circulated alongside, and presumably at parity with, Roman Republican denarii. BMC calls the figure on the right side of the obverse a statue. Ceka identifies it as a female. The figure can be identified as Harpokrates by the a hem-hem crown and right index finger up to the lips.
MA93697. Silver drachm, Ceka 325 corr., BMC Thessaly p. 71, 94, weight 2.960 g, maximum diameter 17.6 mm, Dyrrhachium (Durrs, Albania) mint, c. 229 - 30 B.C.; obverse MENIΣKOΣ, cow right, head turned back toward suckling calf left; on right: Harpokrates standing facing wearing hemhem crown, finger to lips; reverse ∆YP − ΛY−KIΣ−KOY, double stellate pattern within double linear square with sides curved inward; $30.16 (26.54)


Dyrrhachion, Illyria, Greece, Roman Protectorate, c. 229 - 30 B.C.

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This type circulated alongside, and presumably at parity with, Roman Republican denarii. BMC calls the figure on the right side of the obverse a statue. Ceka identifies it as a female. The figure can be identified as Harpokrates by the a hem-hem crown and right index finger up to the lips.
MA93698. Silver drachm, Ceka 325 corr., BMC Thessaly p. 71, 94, weight 2.219 g, maximum diameter 18.0 mm, Dyrrhachium (Durrs, Albania) mint, obverse MENIΣKOΣ, cow right, head turned back toward suckling calf left; on right: Harpokrates standing facing wearing hemhem crown, finger to lips; reverse ∆YP − ΛY−KIΣ−KOY, double stellate pattern within double linear square with sides curved inward; $12.00 (10.56)




  







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