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Travel & Geography on Ancient Coins

Here we depict coins that relate to travel but also to places in the ancient world. We will also include coins from the less common cities and mints when we want to share information about the location.


Sidon, Phoenicia, 116 - 117 A.D.

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Sidon is mentioned by the prophets Isaiah (e.g. Isaiah 23:2,4,12), Jeremiah (Jeremiah 25:22, 27:3, 47:4), Ezekiel (Ezekiel 27:8, 28:21, 32:30) and Joel (Joel 3:4). Jesus visited Sidon (Matthew 15:21, Mark 3:8, Mark 7:24, Luke 6:17). Paul sailed for Rome from Sidon (Acts 27:3,4).
RF89147. Bronze AE 23, RPC Online III 3871; SNG Cop 247; BMC Phoenicia p. 175, 197; Rouvier 1392; Baramki AUB 195, Nice VF, dark tone, tiny encrustations, slightly off center, weight 10.221 g, maximum diameter 23.4 mm, die axis 0o, Sidon (Saida, Lebanon) mint, time of Hadrian, 116 - 117 A.D.; obverse turreted, veiled, and draped bust of Tyche right, apluster behind, star before below chin; reverse ΣI∆ΩNOΣ - IEPAΣ (Holy Sidon), two-wheeled cart of Astarte carrying cult statue, roof supported by four columns, year ZKΣ (227) below; $175.00 (154.00)


Aurelian, August or September 270 - October or November 275 A.D.

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Fortuna Redux, one of the many aspects of Fortuna, was in charge of bringing people home safely, primarily from wars - redux means "coming back" or "returning." She may be one of the later aspects of Fortuna, as the earliest mention of her is on an altar dedicated by the Senate in 19 B.C. for the safe return of Emperor Augustus.
RA91227. Billon antoninianus, SRCV III 11539, Cohen VI 82, Hunter IV - (p. cx), VF, desert patina, oval flan, small edge split, weight 3.330 g, maximum diameter 22.6 mm, die axis 0o, Milan(?) mint, c. 270 - 271 A.D.; obverse IMP AVRELIANVS AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right; reverse FORTVNA REDVX, Fortuna seated left on wheel, rudder in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, exergue off flan; ex Numismatik Naumann auction 76 (7 April 2019), part of lot 942; $95.00 (83.60)


Romano-British Empire, Carausius, Mid 286 - Spring or Early Summer 293 A.D.

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Six sales of this type are recorded on coin archives for the last two decades. In 2018 a gVF specimen sold for $2648 plus fees and in 2017 a Fine specimen sold for $576 plus fees.
RA73480. Billon antoninianus, Webb Carausius 15, RIC V-2 11 (R2), Linchmere Hoard 14 var. (no captive, emperor holds scepter), Hunter IV -, SRCV IV -, Burton -, Bourne -, et al. -, Fair, rough, weight 2.096 g, maximum diameter 20.0 mm, Londinium (London, England) mint, c. 287 - 288 A.D.; obverse CARAVSIVS AVG, radiate, helmeted and cuirassed bust left, spear in right hand over right shoulder, shield on left arm; reverse ADVENTVS AVG (arrival of the Emperor), emperor riding horse left, wearing military garb, raising right hand, captive with hands bound behind seated left before horse, ML in exergue; from the Charles Peters Carausius Collection; very rare; $90.00 (79.20)


Mesembria, Thrace, 300 - 250 B.C.

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The wheel on the reverse is depicted with a degree of perspective, which is unusual on ancient coins.
GB68697. Bronze AE 20, SNG Stancomb 229, SNG Cop 658, SNG BM 276 var. (helmet left), VF, green patina, weight 4.348 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, die axis 90o, Mesambria (Nesebar, Bulgaria) mint, 300 - 250 B.C.; obverse Thracian helmet with cheek guard right; reverse wheel with hub, METAM/BPIANΩN (T = archaic Greek letter sampi = ΣΣ) above and below; ex Pecunem Gitbud & Naumann, auction 7, lot 49; rare; $60.00 (52.80)


Gallienus, August 253 - September 268 A.D.

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Fortuna (equivalent to the Greek goddess Tyche) goddess of fortune, was the personification of luck. Fortuna Redux brought one safely home, in this case the emperor. The Romans believed that Fortuna, after deserting the Persians and Assyrians, took flight over Macedonia and saw Alexander perish as she passed into Syria and Egypt. At last arriving on Mount Palatine, she threw aside her wings and casting away her wheel (the wheel of fortune), entered Rome where she took up her abode forever. It appears, however, she kept her wheel. She just hid it under her seat.
RA89644. Billon antoninianus, Gbl MIR 546g, RSC IV 279 (Mediolanum), RIC V-1 S484 (Mediolanum), SRCV III -, Hunter IV - (p. lxi), Choice aVF, near full silvering, full legends, centers a little weak, flan shape slightly irregular, weight 2.792 g, maximum diameter 23.5 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Rome mint, c. 262 - 263 A.D.; obverse GALLIENVS AVG, radiate bust right, drapery on left shoulder; reverse FORTVNA REDVX, Fortuna seated left, holding rudder on globe by tiller in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, S in exergue; ex Beast Coins, ex Dan Hoffman Gallienus Collection; $60.00 (52.80)







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