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NEW This is only the second specimen of this type known to FORVM. The other specimen, Leu Numismatik web-auction 7 (23 Feb 2019), lot 393, was described as, "Apparently unpublished and unique" and sold for $240 plus fees.GB97748. Bronze AE 16, Unpublished in primary references; BMC Phrygia -, SNG Cop -, SNGvA -, SNG München -, SNG Tübingen -, HGC 7 -, aF, scratches, earthen deposits, weight 3.820 g, maximum diameter 15.9 mm, die axis 90o, Philomelion (Aksehir, Turkey) mint, late 2nd - 1st century B.C.; obverse horse springing right, dot border; reverse crescent horns upward, ΦIΛO/MH in two lines above and below, all within Dionysiac wreath of ivy and fruit; extremely rare; $150.00 (€123.00)
Pontos (Uncertain City), c. 119 - 100 B.C.
The comets depicted are almost certainly the comets described in Justin's epitome of the Historiae Philippicae of the Augustan historian Pompeius Trogus (Justin 37.2.1-2): "The future greatness of this man [Mithridates Eupator] had been foretold by heavenly portents. For both in the year in which he was born [134/133 B.C.] and in the year in which he first began to rule [120/119 B.C.], a comet gleamed so brightly for 70 days throughout each period that the whole sky seemed to be on fire. In its extent, each of these comets filled one quarter of the sky and surpassed the sun in brilliance. They took four hours to rise and four hours to set."GB89134. Bronze AE 11, SNG BM 984; SNG Stancomb 653; Lindgren III 154; HGC 7 317, VF, earthen deposits, weight 2.328 g, maximum diameter 11.2 mm, Pontos, uncertain mint, c. 119 - 100 B.C.; obverse horse-head right, with comet star of eight points and central pellet on and below neck; reverse comet star of seven points, central pellet, and tail to right; rare; $60.00 (€49.20)
Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D.
"The Julian Star" appeared in the sky during the funeral games for Julius Caesar in July 44 B.C. It was a comet and the Romans believed it was a divine manifestation of the apotheosis of Julius Caesar.SH26033. Silver denarius, RIC I 37a, BMCRE I 323, RSC I 98, aVF, banker's marks, graffiti, weight 3.520 g, maximum diameter 22.1 mm, die axis 180o, Caesaraugusta (Zaragoza, Spain) mint, 19 - 18 B.C.; obverse CAESAR AVGVSTVS, head of Augustus left, wearing oak wreath (corona civitas); reverse comet of eight rays, a central dot and flaming tail upwards, DIVVS - IVLIVS horizontal divided flanking across the field at center; ex CNG; SOLD