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Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D., Antioch, Syria
NEW In 5 A.D., Agrippina the Elder married Germanicus, her second cousin; and Livilla married Drusus Julius Caesar, Tiberius' son.SH95272. Silver tetradrachm, McAlee 187; Prieur 57; RPC I 4158; BMC Galatia p. 169, 147; SGICV 107; Cohen DCA 401, VF, nice portrait, toned, centered on a tight flan, slight porosity, weight 14.717 g, maximum diameter 25.1 mm, die axis 0o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 5 - 6 A.D.; obverse KAIΣAPOΣ ΣEBAΣTOY, Augustus laureate head right; reverse ANTIOXEΩN MHTPOΠOΛEΩΣ, Tyche seated right on rock, palm in right hand, river-god Orontes swimming right below, ςΛ (year 36 Actian era) above, ANT (Antioch) monogram and ∆N (year 54 Caesarian era) right; ex CNG e-auction 187 (30 Apr 2008), lot 108; $1100.00 SALE |PRICE| $990.00
Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D.
NEW Dacia defeated! After his defeat in 101 A.D., King Decebalus complied with Rome for a time but then incited the tribes to pillage Roman colonies across the Danube. Trajan marched into Dacia in 105 A.D. After defeating the surrounding mountain fortresses, in 106 A.D. Trajan besieged Sarmizegetusa, the Dacian capital. With the aid of a Dacian traitor, the Romans found and destroyed water pipes supplying the city. Running out of water and food the city fell and was burned to the ground. Decebalus fled but, followed by the Roman cavalry, committed suicide rather than face capture. The Romans found Decebalus' treasure, estimated at 165,500 kg of gold and 331,000 kg of silver, in the river of Sargesia.SH95273. Orichalcum dupondius, Woytek 327bD, BMCRE III 887, RIC II 563, Hunter II 312, BnF IV 322, Cohen II 533, Strack I 365, SRCV II -, aEF, dark brown patina, some porosity, weight 13.807 g, maximum diameter 27.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 103 - 111 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P, radiate bust right, slight drapery on left shoulder; reverse S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI, Dacian seated left on shields and arms in attitude of mourning, trophy of captured arms before her, S - C (senatus consulto) in exergue; $670.00 SALE |PRICE| $600.00
Vespasian, 1 July 69 - 24 June 79 A.D.
NEW This coin may have been struck to appeal to Pax to deliver peace at the time the First Jewish Revolt was coming to its end. On 14 April 70 A.D. Titus surrounded Jerusalem. He allowed pilgrims to enter to celebrate Passover but this was a trap to put pressure on supplies of food and water; he refused to allow them to leave. On 10 May he began his assault on the walls. The third wall fell on 25 May. The second wall fell on 30 May. On 20 July Titus stormed the Temple Mount. On 4 August 70 A.D. Titus destroyed the Temple. The Jewish fast of Tisha B'Av mourns the Fall of Jerusalem annually on this date.SH95274. Silver denarius, RIC II-1 29; RSC II 94h; BMCRE II 26; BnF III 17; Hunter I 14; SRCV I 2285, EF, tone on mint luster, excellent portrait, light deposits, tight flan, weight 3.560 g, maximum diameter 17.1 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, Jan - Jun(?) 70 A.D.; obverse IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right; reverse COS ITER TR POT (consul again, holder of tribunitian power), Pax seated left on chair without back, olive branch in right hand, caduceus in left hand; $240.00 SALE |PRICE| $216.00
Maximus, Caesar, 235 or 236 - 24 June 238 A.D.
NEW Pietas in traditional Latin usage expressed a complex, highly valued Roman virtue; a man or woman with pietas respected his or her responsibilities to the gods, family, other people and entities (such as the state), and understood his or her place in society with respect to others.RS95275. Silver denarius, RIC IV 1 (S), RSC III 1, BMCRE V 118, Hunter III 1, SRCV III 8404, Choice EF, light tone on mint luster, full legends on a broad flan, flow lines, edge cracks, weight 3.499 g, maximum diameter 20.8 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 235 - early 236 A.D.; obverse IVL VERVS MAXIMVS CAES, bare-headed and draped bust right, from behind; reverse PIETAS AVG (to the piety of the Emperor), implements of the augurate and pontificate, from left to right: lituus (augur's wand), secespita (knife), ewer (jug), simpulum (ladle) and aspergillum (sprinkler); scarce; $460.00 SALE |PRICE| $414.00
Philip I the Arab, February 244 - End of September 249 A.D.
NEW Nice gift for a lawyer or a judge. In Roman mythology, Aequitas was the minor goddess of fair trade and honest merchants. Aequitas was also the personification of the virtues equity and fairness of the emperor (Aequitas Augusti). The scales, a natural emblem of equity, express righteousness. The cornucopia signifies the prosperity which results from Aequitas and Aequitas Augusti.RS95276. Silver antoninianus, RIC IV 27b, RSC IV 9, Hunter III 25, SRCV III 8918, Choice EF, full border centering, sharp portrait, some luster, small edge cracks, weight 4.395 g, maximum diameter 22.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 244 - 247 A.D.; obverse IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse AEQVITAS AVGG (equity of the two emperors), Aequitas standing slightly left, head left, scales in right hand, cornucopia in left hand; $170.00 SALE |PRICE| $153.00
Severus Alexander, 13 March 222 - March 235 A.D.
NEW This coin was dedicated to Jupiter, the defender, probably to ask for protection the emperor in his war against the Persians. As Jupiter was the king of the gods, he took more interest in kings and emperors than the common man.RS95277. Silver denarius, RIC IV 235, RSC III 76, BMCRE VI 790, Hunter III 70, SRCV II 7870, Choice EF, bold well centered strike, sharp portrait, flow lines, light tone on mint luster, weight 3.231 g, maximum diameter 19.6 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 231 - 235 A.D.; obverse IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, with a short neatly trimmed beard, seen from the front; reverse IOVI PROPVGNATORI, Jupiter standing left in fighting attitude, head right, nude but for chlamys on left arm and billowing behind, hurling thunderbolt in right hand; $170.00 SALE |PRICE| $153.00
Severus Alexander, 13 March 222 - March 235 A.D.
NEW This coin was dedicated to Jupiter, the defender, probably to ask for protection the emperor in his war against the Persians. As Jupiter was the king of the gods, he took more interest in kings and emperors than the common man.RS95278. Silver denarius, RIC IV 238, RSC III 83, BMCRE VI 824, Hunter III 71, SRCV II 7871, Choice EF, full border centering, luster, sharp portrait, flow lines, light deposits, tiny edge cracks, weight 3.161 g, maximum diameter 20.5 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 231 - 235 A.D.; obverse IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, with a short neatly trimmed beard, seen from the front; reverse IOVI PROPVGNATORI (Jupiter the Defender), Jupiter standing slightly left in fighting attitude, head right, nude but for cloak flying behind, hurling thunderbolt with right hand, eagle in extended left hand; $190.00 SALE |PRICE| $171.00
Jerusalem or Tyre, 12 - 11 B.C., Judas' 30 Pieces of Silver
NEW Judas' 30 Pieces of Silver "Then one of the 12, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, and said unto them, 'What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you?' And they covenanted with him for 30 pieces of silver." - Matthew 26:14-15. Shekels of Tyre were the only currency accepted at the Jerusalem Temple and are the most likely coinage with which Judas was paid for the betrayal of Christ.
After the coinage of Tyre was debased under Roman control, some experts believe Herod the Great began to strike "Tyre" shekels in Jerusalem. These coins were of cruder fabric and style, but maintained the silver purity required to pay the temple tax. The Jerusalem shekels have the letters KP or KAP to the right of the eagle and dates range from PH (18/17 B.C.) to PKE (69/70 A.D.). The Greek letters KP or KAP are probably an abbreviation for KAICAP, Greek for Caesar.GP94922. Silver shekel, RPC I 4645; BMC Phoenicia p. 248, 192 var. (beth vice aleph); Baramki 79 var. (same); Rouvier 2088 var. (same); Cohen DCA 920/115; HGC 10 357, VF, attractive style, centered on tight flan, toned, slight porosity, light marks and scratches, weight 13.619 g, maximum diameter 27.8 mm, die axis 45o, Tyre or Jerusalem mint, 12 - 11 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Melqart right, lion's skin knotted around neck; reverse TYPOY IEPAΣ KAI AΣYΛOY (of Tyre the holy and inviolable), eagle left, right foot on ship's ram, transverse palm frond on far side, PIE (year 115) over club left, KP (Caesar) over BN (control) right, Phoenician letter aleph (control) between legs; from the Ray Nouri Collection; $1800.00 SALE |PRICE| $1620.00