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Caracalla, 28 January 198 - 8 April 217 A.D., Traianopolis, Thrace
NEW Traianopolis (Traianoupoli, Greece today) was founded by the Romans and, of course, named after Emperor Trajan. In the Roman period, the city was famous for its baths. In the 4th century, it became the capital of the province of Rhodope.RP97249. Bronze AE 22, Schönert-Geiss Augusta Traiana 85; Varbanov III 2828 (R4); Moushmov 5049; BMC Thrace p. 178, 10 var. (legend, head bare); SNG Cop -, VF, superb portrait, bumps, obverse off center, scattered porosity, edge split/crack, weight 5.434 g, maximum diameter 21.9 mm, die axis 0o, Traianopolis (Traianoupoli, Greece) mint, 211 - 8 Apr 217 A.D.; obverse AYT K M AYP CE ANTΩNEINOC, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse TPAIANOΠOΛEITΩN, Hermes standing slightly left, head left, nude but for chlamys over left shoulder and arm, messenger bag (made from an udder) in right hand, winged caduceus in left hand; $95.00 SALE |PRICE| $85.00
Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D., Seleucia, Seleucia Pieria, Syria
NEW One of the rare examples of ancient coinage showing a three-dimensional view with somewhat accurate perspective. The sacred stone enshrined on this coin was probably a meteorite.RP97250. Bronze AE 20, RPC Online III 3770 (3 spec.); Butcher CRS 420/54b; SNG Hunterian II 2728; SNG Cop 403; cf. BMC Galatia p. 274, 38 (larger denomination), VF, dark green patina with highlighting earthen deposits, well centered, small edge splits, weight 5.390 g, maximum diameter 19.7 mm, die axis 0o, Seleucia (Cevlik, Hatay Province, Turkey) mint, 25 Jan 98 - 8/9 Aug 117 A.D.; obverse AYTOK KAIΣ NEP TPAIANOC APIΣT ΓEPM ∆AK, laureate head right; reverse CELEYKEΩN ΠEIEΠIAC, sacred stone of Zeus Kaisos draped with ribbon, in shrine with four columns supporting a pyramidal roof surmounted by an eagle, SEYC / KACIOC in two lines in exergue, Γ lower right; ex Leu Numismatik web auction 12 (31 May, 2020), part of lot 2018; $110.00 SALE |PRICE| $99.00
Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D., Chalcis ad Belum, Chalcidice, Syria
NEW Trajan's last coinage struck at Chalcis ad Belum used the same reverse, dated KE. Year 25 of the local era must have been Autumn 116 - Autumn 117 A.D.; thus the era of the city began in Autumn 92 A.D. The KE reverse was used for Hadrian's coinage only for the short time after the mint learned he was the new emperor until the local New Year's day (perhaps 29 August). When the New Year began the date was changed to B referring to Hadrian's second regnal year (a new regnal year began on New Year's day, not the one year anniversary of rule).RP97251. Bronze AE 21, RPC III 3471A (1 spec., added post publication); Butcher CRS p. 437, 15 var. (obv. leg.); SNG Hunterian II 2711 var. (same, slight drapery), VF, near black patina with red earthen highlighting, tight flan, marks, edge a little ragged, weight 9.023 g, maximum diameter 21.2 mm, die axis 0o, Chalcis ad Belum (Qinnasrin, Syria) mint, Autumn 119 - Autumn 120 A.D.; obverse AYT KAIC Θ TPA YI Θ NEP YI - A∆PIANOC CEB, laureate and draped bust right; reverse ΦΛ XAΛ/KI∆EWN / ∆ (Flavius Chalkis [year] 4) in three lines, all within laurel wreath of eight bunches of leaves, closed at the top with a jewel; ex Leu Numismatik web auction 12 (31 May, 2020), part of lot 2018; very rare; $120.00 SALE |PRICE| $108.00
Maeonia, Lydia, c. 138 - 192 A.D.
NEW Maionia (or Maeonia) was a city of the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine era located near the Hermos River, in ancient Lydia. The town is mentioned by mentioned by Pliny the Elder, Hierocles, and in the Notitiae Episcopatuum. In antiquity the city was part of the Katakekaumene Decapolis of towns. Its site is near Menye in Asiatic Turkey.RP97252. Bronze AE 18, GRPC Lydia III 59; RPC Online IV.2 T1318 (5 spec.); Waddington 5059; SNG Hunterian I 1988; SNG Soutzos 1522; BMC Lydia P 129, 14, gF, well centered, rough and porous, weight 2.858 g, maximum diameter 18.2 mm, die axis 180o, Maionia (near Menye, Turkey) mint, c. 138 - 192 A.D.; obverse ∆HMOC, laureate head of Demos right; reverse MAIONWN, cult statue of Artemis standing facing, wearing kalathos and veil, arm supports; this is the first example of this type handled by Forum; scarce; $120.00 SALE |PRICE| $108.00
Commodus, March or April 177 - 31 December 192 A.D.
NEW In 184 A.D., the Antonine Wall in Britannia was permanently abandoned.RS94674. Silver denarius, RIC III 71, RSC II 427, BMCRE IV 119, Hunter II 21, SRCV II -, aVF, flow lines, light tone, edge cracks, weight 2.002 g, maximum diameter 17.2 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, c. 184 A.D.; obverse M COMMODVS ANTON AVG PIVS, laureate head right; reverse P M TR P VIIII IMP VI COS IIII P P, Mars standing right, spear in right hand, shield resting on ground in left; from the Ray Nouri Collection; $120.00 (€98.40)
Marcus Aurelius, 7 March 161 - 17 March 180 A.D.
NEW Virtus (courage, valor) is depicted as a helmeted soldier, often a female, in armor holding a spear, parazonium, victory or a shield. Virtus and Mars can usually be distinguished since Mars is usually shown nude and Virtus is always shown clothed.RS94675. Silver denarius, RIC III AP473, RSC II 721, BMCRE IV AP893, Hunter II 21, Strack III AP219, SRCV II 4793, VF/F, unusual portrait, flow lines, toned, scratches and marks, reverse a little off center, edge cracks, weight 3.307 g, maximum diameter 17.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, as caesar, 156 - 157 A.D.; obverse AVRELIVS CAES ANTON AVG PII F, bare head right; reverse TR POT XI COS II, Virtus standing slightly left, head left, wearing crested helmet and military garb, parazonium in extended right hand, vertical spear with point on both ends in left hand; from the Ray Nouri Collection; $120.00 SALE |PRICE| $108.00
Probus, Summer 276 - September 282 A.D.
NEW In 274, Rome greeted Aurelian as Restitutor Orbis ("Restorer of the World") and accorded him a magnificent triumph (victory procession), which was graced by his captives Tetricus I and his son Tetricus II. Aurelian's conquests of the Palmyran Empire and the Gallic Empire reunited the Roman Empire.RL94806. Billon antoninianus, Hunter IV 337 (also 7th officina); RIC V-2 925; Cohen VI 509; Pink VI, 2nd emission, p. 40; SRCV III 12021, VF, well centered, green patina, highlighting earthen deposits, porous, marks, weight 3.783 g, maximum diameter 21.7 mm, die axis 0o, 7th officina, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 280 A.D.; obverse IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse RESTITVT ORBIS (to the restorer of the world), woman presenting wreath to Emperor standing left holding globe and scepter, Z in center, XXI in exergue; from the Ray Nouri Collection; $70.00 SALE |PRICE| $63.00
Probus, Summer 276 - September 282 A.D.
NEW In 274, Rome greeted Aurelian as Restitutor Orbis ("Restorer of the World") and accorded him a magnificent triumph (victory procession), which was graced by his captives Tetricus I and his son Tetricus II. Aurelian's conquests of the Palmyran Empire and the Gallic Empire reunited the Roman Empire.RL94810. Billon antoninianus, Hunter IV 333 (also 2nd officina); RIC V-2 925; Cohen VI 509; Pink VI, 2nd emission, p. 40; SRCV III 12021, gF, dark green patina, highlighting earthen deposits, broad flan, weight 3.810 g, maximum diameter 22.7 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 280 A.D.; obverse IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse RESTITVT ORBIS (to the restorer of the world), woman presenting wreath to Emperor standing left holding globe and scepter, B in center, XXI in exergue; from the Ray Nouri Collection; $70.00 SALE |PRICE| $63.00
Probus, Summer 276 - September 282 A.D.
NEW In 280, Julius Saturninus, the governor of Syria, was made emperor by his troops. Probus besiege him at Apamea, where he was captured and executed.RL94811. Billon antoninianus, Hunter IV 347 (also 5th officina), RIC V-2 921, SRCV III 11960, Cohen VI 87, Pink VI-1, p. 40, 2, aVF, well centered, heavy earthen deposits, porosity, weight 3.771 g, maximum diameter 22.0 mm, die axis 0o, 5th officina, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 280 - 281 A.D.; obverse IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse CLEMENTIA TEMP (time of peace and calm), emperor standing right receiving globe from Jupiter standing left holding eagle tipped scepter, E• in center, XXI in exergue; from the Ray Nouri Collection; $60.00 SALE |PRICE| $54.00
Maximian, 286 - 305, 306 - 308, and 310 A.D.
NEW Heraclea, the Greek city of Perinthos, later known as Heraclea Thraciea to distinguish it from Heraclea Pontica, is now Marmara Ereglisi in the European part of Turkey. The Roman mint was established by Diocletian shortly before his reform and was in use until the times of Theodosius II. Dates of operation: 291 - 450 A.D. Mint marks: H, HERAC, HERACL, HT, MHT, SMH, SMHT.RL94814. Billon antoninianus, Hunter IV 53 (also 4th officina), RIC V-2 607, Cohen VI 53, SRCV IV 13115, F, well centered, heavy deposits, scratches, some corrosion, weight 4.305 g, maximum diameter 21.8 mm, die axis 180o, 4th officina, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, 286 - 295 A.D.; obverse IMP C M A MAXIMIANVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse CONCORDIA MILITVM (harmony with the soldiers), Maximianus standing right with short scepter, Jupiter standing left presenting Victory on globe with right and holding long scepter vertical behind in left, ∆ between them, XXI• in exergue; from the Ray Nouri Collection; $36.00 SALE |PRICE| $32.00
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