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Islamic, Abbasid Caliphate, Abu-Ja'far, Harun al-Rashid, 786 - 809 A.D. (170 - 193 A.H.)

|Islamic|, |Islamic,| |Abbasid| |Caliphate,| |Abu-Ja'far,| || |Harun| |al-Rashid,| |786| |-| |809| |A.D.| |(170| |-| |193| |A.H.)|,
Ja'far ibn Yahya Barmaki (767-803) was a Persian vizier of the Abbasid caliph Harun al-Rashid. He was executed in 803, allegedly for having an affair with al-Rashid's sister Abbasa. His remains were left exposed in Baghdad for a year.
SH94500. Gold dinar, Kazan 88 (same dies), Bernardi 69 (C), SICA III 1846, Album 218.11 (RR); no mint named, VF, scratches, marks, die wear, clipped, weight 4.043 g, maximum diameter 18.1 mm, die axis 0o, Misr (Egypt) mint, 178 A.H. (794 - 795 A.D.); obverse In center, in three lines: There is no god but / God alone / He has no associate; around: Muhammad is the Apostle of God whom He sent with guidance and the religion of truth that he might make it supreme over all other religions (Qr IX, 33); reverse In center, in three lines: Muhammad (is the) / Apostle (of) / God / Ja'far; around: In the name of God this dinar was struck in the year eight and seventy and one hundred; $370.00 SALE |PRICE| $333.00


Byzantine Empire, Focas, 23 November 602 - 5 October 610 A.D.

|Focas|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Focas,| |23| |November| |602| |-| |5| |October| |610| |A.D.|,
In 610, Gundemar succeeded Witteric as king of the Visigoths and the Avars tried to invade Italy.
SH94504. Gold solidus, DOC II part 1, 10e.6; Wroth BMC 6; Morrisson BnF 8/Cp/AV/15; Tolstoi 9; Sommer 9.10; Hahn MIB II 11; SBCV 620; Ratto -, VF, well centered, a few scratches, light deposits, die wear, weight 4.301 g, maximum diameter 21.0 mm, die axis 180o, 5th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 609 - 5 Oct 610 A.D.; obverse d N N FOCAS PERP AVC, bust facing, bearded, wearing cuirass, paludamentum, and crown with cross on circlet and without pendilia, globus cruciger in right hand; reverse VICTORIA AVGY E (victory of the Emperor, 5th officina), angel standing facing, staurogram staff in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand, CONOB in exergue; from the Ray & Sophia Collection; $550.00 SALE |PRICE| $495.00


Trajan Decius, July 249 - First Half of June 251 A.D.

|Trajan| |Decius|, |Trajan| |Decius,| |July| |249| |-| |First| |Half| |of| |June| |251| |A.D.|,
His troops forced Decius to assume the imperial dignity and although he still protested his loyalty, Philip advanced against him. Decius was victorious and Philip was killed. The Senate then recognized Decius as Emperor, giving him the attribute Traianus as a reference to that good emperor. As the Byzantine historian Zosimus later noted: "Decius was therefore clothed in purple and forced to undertake the government, despite his reluctance and unwillingness."
RB95781. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC IV 107a (R), Cohen V 94, SRCV III 9408, Hunter III 28 var. (cuirassed), VF, excellent portrait, attractive green patina, well centered on a tight squared flan, weight 19.142 g, maximum diameter 28.6 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 249 A.D.; obverse IMP C M Q TRAIANVS DECIVS AVG, laureate draped bust right; reverse PAX AVGVSTI (to the peace of the emperor), Pax standing facing, head left, branch in raised right hand, transverse scepter in left hand, S - C across fields; rare; $200.00 SALE |PRICE| $180.00


Macrinus, 11 April 217 - 8 June 218 A.D.

|Macrinus|, |Macrinus,| |11| |April| |217| |-| |8| |June| |218| |A.D.|,
In 218 A.D., with the treasury low and the praetorian guards at least quadrupled since Caesar's time, Macrinus was obliged, on proclaiming his son Diadumenianus as Augustus, to promise the old donative of 5000 denarii per man, of which he gave them each 1000 in hand. While the soldiers - who had already pocketed the Emperor's first gift of 750 denarii - enjoyed these substantial pickings, the people of Rome were promised a congiary of 150 denarii each.
RS95350. Silver denarius, RIC IV 15 (S), RSC III 55a, BMCRE V 31, SRCV II 7342, Hunter III -, aEF, some luster, excellent portrait, centered, flow lines, scratches and marks, reverse die wear, small edge splits/cracks, weight 2.162 g, maximum diameter 19.7 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, Jan 217 A.D.; obverse IMP C M OPEL SEV MACRINVS AVG, laureate cuirassed bust right; reverse PONTIF MAX TR P II COS P P (high priest, holder of Tribunitian power for two years, consul, father of the country), Jupiter standing slightly left, head left, nude, thunderbolt in right hand, long scepter vertical in left hand; scarce; $180.00 SALE |PRICE| $162.00


Commodus, March or April 177 - 31 December 192 A.D.

|Commodus|, |Commodus,| |March| |or| |April| |177| |-| |31| |December| |192| |A.D.|,
This reverse is a good example of how the Romans used the coins as propaganda media: Commodus (who claimed to be Hercules reincarnated) maintains the grain supply (clasps hands with Africa, the largest grain supplier of that time).
RS95351. Silver denarius, RIC III 259a (R), RSC II 643, BMCRE IV 356, Hunter II 67, SRCV II 5687, Choice F, well centered, flow lines, bumps, edge ragged with small splits/cracks, weight 2.544 g, maximum diameter 20.1 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 192 A.D.; obverse L AEL AVREL COMM AVG P FEL, laureate head right; reverse PROVIDENTIAE AVG (to the foresight of the Emperor), Africa (on left) standing right, wearing elephant scalp headdress, lion crouching right at feet on far side, sistrum in right hand, offering grain to Hercules with right hand; Hercules (on right) standing left, nude, right foot on prow, receiving grain with right hand, club in left hand resting on tree stump; rare; $120.00 SALE |PRICE| $108.00


Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D.

|Hadrian|, |Hadrian,| |11| |August| |117| |-| |10| |July| |138| |A.D.|,
Roma was a female deity who personified the city of Rome and more broadly, the Roman state. The earliest certain cult to dea Roma was established at Smyrna in 195 B.C., probably to mark the successful alliance against Antiochus III. In 30/29 B.C., the Koinon of Asia and Bithynia requested permission to honor Augustus as a living god. "Republican" Rome despised the worship of a living man, but an outright refusal might offend their loyal allies. A cautious formula was drawn up, non-Romans could only establish a cult for divus Augustus jointly with dea Roma. In the city of Rome itself, the earliest known state cult to dea Roma was combined with Venus at the Hadrianic Temple of Venus and Roma. This was the largest temple in the city, probably dedicated to inaugurate the reformed festival of Parilia, which was known thereafter as the Romaea after the Eastern festival in Roma's honor. The temple contained the seated, Hellenised image of dea Roma with a Palladium in her right hand to symbolize Rome's eternity.
RS95353. Silver denarius, RIC II-3 1129 (R2), RSC II 1404a, BMCRE III 570 note, Hunter II - (p. lvi), SRCV II -, Choice aVF/F, well centered on a broad flan, nice portrait, flow lines, scratches, small edge crack, weight 2.809 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 129 - 130 A.D.; obverse HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, laureate draped bust right; reverse SECVRITAS PVBLICA, Securitas seated left, scepter in right hand, cradling head in left hand, COS III P P (consul three times, father of the country) in exergue; very rare; $140.00 SALE |PRICE| $126.00


Philip I the Arab, February 244 - End of September 249 A.D.

|Philip| |I|, |Philip| |I| |the| |Arab,| |February| |244| |-| |End| |of| |September| |249| |A.D.|,
During Philip's reign the 1000th anniversary of Rome (248 A.D.) was celebrated, and magnificent games were held. This coin was issued as part of that celebration and the reverse depicts a cippus probably erected to commemorate the games or thank Philip. The cippus is present on the coins of Otacilia as well but without a legend.
GB95355. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC IV 157a, Cohen V 99, Hunter III 109, SRCV III 9000, VF, sharp detail, superb portrait, well centered on a tight flan, porous, small edge cracks, weight 14.953 g, maximum diameter 28.8 mm, Rome mint, 248 A.D.; obverse IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse MILIARIVM SAECVLVM (millenary age), cippus inscribed COS III, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking at sides; $150.00 SALE |PRICE| $135.00


Medieval Spain, Bronze Scabbard Chape, c. 15th - 16th Century

|Medieval| |Artifacts|, |Medieval| |Spain,| |Bronze| |Scabbard| |Chape,| |c.| |15th| |-| |16th| |Century|,
In the London Museum medieval catalogue, Ward-Perkins dates similar chapes to the late 15th or 16th century. He suggests that metal dagger chapes were only used on the sheaths of military daggers or the more elaborate forms of civilian dagger. The great majority of surviving leather sheaths belonged to ordinary knives or knife-daggers and these have no metal terminal.
AS96123. bronze scabbard chape, 36.7mm long, 11.6mm wide, 7.0mm thick, Choice, complete, intact, earthen deposits, dented, 15th - 16th century; hollow shield shaped, curved sides converging at the base, a solid knob terminal, curved upper edge, rectangular opening on the back, cross-hatch decoration on front; $60.00 SALE |PRICE| $54.00


Medieval Spain, Bronze Scabbard Chape, c. 15th - 16th Century

|Medieval| |Artifacts|, |Medieval| |Spain,| |Bronze| |Scabbard| |Chape,| |c.| |15th| |-| |16th| |Century|,
In the London Museum medieval catalogue, Ward-Perkins dates similar chapes to the late 15th or 16th century. He suggests that metal dagger chapes were only used on the sheaths of military daggers or the more elaborate forms of civilian dagger. The great majority of surviving leather sheaths belonged to ordinary knives or knife-daggers and these have no metal terminal.
AS96124. bronze scabbard chape, 39.2mm long, 11.2mm wide, 5.8mm thick, complete, intact, earthen encrusted, dented, 15th - 16th century; hollow shield shaped, curved sides converging at the base, a solid rounded knob terminal, curved upper edge with a slightly raised lip on the front, rectangular opening on the back; $60.00 SALE |PRICE| $54.00


Lot of 11 Ancient Greek and Miscellaneous Coins

|Greek| |Bulk| |Lots|, |Lot| |of| |11| |Ancient| |Greek| |and| |Miscellaneous| |Coins|,
At a glance we might see...Phoenicia, Nabataea, Sicily, Judaea, Tarsos, Pergamon, Pontius Pilate, one Islamic (the last not ancient).
LT96176. Mixed Lot, 8 Greek and 3 Miscellaneous coins, c. 15.5mm - 22.7mm, interesting types, no identification, descriptions or attributions, no tags or flips, the actual coins in the photograph; $290.00 SALE |PRICE| $261.00




  







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