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Judaea, Pontius Pilate, Roman Prefect under Tiberius, 26 - 36 A.D.

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Pontius Pilate is chiefly known for the part he played in the trial and crucifixion of Jesus.
JD72781. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1342 - 1343, SGICV 5623 - 5624, F, highlighting desert patina, weight 2.228 g, maximum diameter 16.4 mm, die axis 270o, Jerusalem mint, 29 - 31 A.D.; obverse TIBEPIOY KAICAPOC, lituus (augural wand); reverse uncertain year in wreath; $120.00 (€102.00)


Caligula, 16 March 37 - 24 January 41 A.D., Philadelphia, Lydia

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At least 15 different magistrates are named on the coins of Philadelphia, Lydia during the four-year reign of Caligula. They were probably members of a board. The individuals describe themselves variously as priest of Germanicus, Olympic victor, philopatris, grammateus, and in a number of cases philokaisar. The magistrate named on this coin, Attalikos, identifies himself as philokaisar (friend of Caesar) on a larger denomination.
RP88186. Bronze AE 15, RPC I 3026 (3 specimens); Imhoof-Blumer LS p. 118, 20, aF, well centered, porous, light earthen deposits, weight 3.147 g, maximum diameter 14.8 mm, die axis 90o, Lydia, Philadelphia (Alasehir, Turkey) mint, magistrate Attalikos, 16 Mar 37 - 24 Jan 41 A.D.; obverse ΓAIOC KAICAP, bare head right, lituus below chin; reverse winged thunderbolt right, ΦIΛA/∆EΛΦEWN in two lines above, ATTAΛI/KOC in two lines below; very rare; $90.00 (€76.50)


Seleukid Kingdom, Antiochus IV Epiphanes, 175 - 164 B.C.

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Sidon, named for the "first-born" of Canaan, the grandson of Noah (Genesis 10:15, 19), is frequently referred to by the prophets (Isaiah 23:2, 4, 12; Jeremiah 25:22; 27:3; 47:4; Ezekiel 27:8; 28:21, 22; 32:30; Joel 3:4). The Sidonians long oppressed Israel (Judges 10:12) but Solomon entered into a matrimonial alliance with them, and thus their form of idolatrous worship found a place in the land of Israel (1 Kings 11:1, 33). Jesus visited the "coasts" of Tyre and Sidon (Matthew 15:21; Mark 7:24) where many came to hear him preach (Mark 3:8; Luke 6:17). After leaving Caesarea, Paul's ship put in at Sidon, before finally sailing for Rome (Acts 27:3, 4)."

GY88231. Bronze AE 18, Houghton-Lorber 1454, Houghton CSE 712, Babelon Rois 689, HGC 9 700 (R2), aVF, scratches, rough, weight 4.931 g, maximum diameter 18.2 mm, die axis 135o, Sidon (Saida, Lebanon) mint, 168 - 164 B.C.; obverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOY ΣI∆ΩNIΩN, radiate and diademed head right; reverse rudder flukes left, Phoenician inscription above and below: [Of] the Sidonians mother of Kambe, Hippone, Citium, and Tyre; rare; $90.00 (€76.50)


Claudius, 25 January 41 - 13 October 54 A.D., Unofficial Imitative

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The light weight, lack of uniformity in the legends, and attractive but unusual style indicate this coin was not struck at the Rome mint. Many unofficial counterfeits or perhaps semi-offical local imitations were struck and cast in Gaul, especially during the reign of Claudius (up to 50% of the bronze Claudius coins found in some areas), apparently due to shortages of official coinage.
RB88318. Copper as, cf. RIC I 111, BMCRE I 199, BnF II 226, Cohen I 14, SRCV I 1857 (Rome mint, 41 - 50 A.D.), VF, uneven strike, reverse a little off center, porous, light corrosion, weight 11.025 g, maximum diameter 26.6 mm, die axis 180o, unofficial or semiofficial provincial mint, 50 - 54 A.D.; obverse TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P [IMP P P?], bare head left; reverse CONSTANTIAE AVGVSTI (consistency of the emperor), Constantia standing left, in helmet and military dress, raising hand, spear vertical in left, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across center; ex Ancient Imports (notes from an old German collection); $125.00 (€106.25)


Cyprus, Time of Augustus, 27 B.C. - 14 A.D.

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Augustus' sun sign was Libra. We don't know why he selected the Capricorn as his emblem. Perhaps Capricorn was either his rising sign or his Moon sign. Popular astrology, of the newspaper kind, is sun sign astrology. The ancients tended to attach more importance to the Moon sign and rising signs. Perhaps Augustus selected the Capricorn because it is associated with stern moral authority. Tiberius (born Nov. 13) was a Scorpio.
RP88319. Bronze hemiobol, RPC I 3916; Bank of Cyprus 6; BMC Galatia p. 112, 4 (Commagene); SNG Cop -, F, dark patina, reverse off center, weight 2.487 g, maximum diameter 17.1 mm, die axis 270o, Cypriot mint, 27 B.C. - 14 A.D.; obverse capricorn right, star with six rays above; reverse scorpion left, star with six rays above (off flan); ex Ancient Imports; $145.00 (€123.25)


Roman Republic, Valerius, 169 - 157 B.C.

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The moneyer is perhaps L. Valerius Flaccus, appointed as a triumvir in 190 B.C. to conduct colonists to Placentia and Cremona, and a son of the P. Valerius Flaccus, who commanded in the Second Punic War.
RR88443. Copper as, Crawford 191/1, Sydenham 356, BMCRR I Rome 545, RBW Collection 816, SRCV I 710, F, brown patina, earthen encrustation, weight 33.178 g, maximum diameter 32.7 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 169 - 157 B.C.; obverse laureate head of bearded Janus, I (mark of value) above; reverse galley prow right, VAL monogram above, I (mark of value) right, ROMA below; ex Civitas Galleries; $80.00 (€68.00)


Theodosius I, 19 January 379 - 17 January 395 A.D.

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Between 389 and 392, Theodosius promulgated the "Theodosian decrees," instituting a major change in his religious policies, which removed non-Nicene Christians from church office and abolished the last remaining expressions of Roman religion by making its holidays into workdays, banned blood sacrifices, closed Roman temples, and disbanded the Vestal Virgins. The practices of taking auspices and witchcraft were punished. Theodosius refused to restore the Altar of Victory in the Senate House, as asked by non-Christian senators.
RL88506. Bronze maiorina, RIC IX Heraclea 24(b)2, LRBC II 1980, SRCV V 20503, Cohen VIII 54, F, well centered rough, spots of earthen encrustation, weight 4.227 g, maximum diameter 22.8 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Heraclea (Marmara Ereglisi, Turkey) mint, c. 387 - 392 A.D.; obverse D N THEODOSIVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VIRTVS EXERCITI (courage of the army), emperor standing right, labarum in right hand, globe in left hand, left foot on captive seated right before him and looking back at him, star left, •SMHA in exergue; $12.00 (€10.20)


Claudius II Gothicus, September 268 - August or September 270 A.D.

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This commemorative type was issued by Quintillus or Aurelian.
RL88872. Billon antoninianus, MER-RIC 1278, RIC V-1 266, Venèra 10678 - 10884, Cunetio 2314, Normanby 1115, Hunter IV CD1, Cohen VI 46, SRCV III 11460, VF, centered on a tight flan, edge splits/cracks, weight 2.595 g, maximum diameter 20.1 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, issue 1, c. end 270 – 271; obverse DIVO CLAVDIO, radiate head right; reverse CONSECRATIO, eagle standing left, head right, wings open; $40.00 (€34.00)


Claudius II Gothicus, September 268 - August or September 270 A.D.

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This commemorative type was issued by Quintillus or Aurelian.
RL88873. Billon antoninianus, MER-RIC 1278, RIC V-1 266, Venèra 10678 - 10884, Cunetio 2314, Normanby 1115, Hunter IV CD1, Cohen VI 46, SRCV III 11460, VF/F, brown tone, ragged edge, weight 2.250 g, maximum diameter 20.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, issue 1, c. end 270 – 271; obverse DIVO CLAVDIO, radiate head right; reverse CONSECRATIO, eagle standing left, head right, wings open; $38.00 (€32.30)


"Kainon," Sicily, c. 367 - 340 B.C.

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This issue, assigned to Alaisa in many references, was perhaps produced by Thracian mercenaries operating in Sicily in the 4th century B.C.
GI88961. Bronze tetras, Calciati I, p. 252, 10; SNG Cop 134 (Alaesa); SNG München 218 (Alaisa); SNG ANS 1178 (Alaesa); BMC Sicily p. 29, 8 (Alaesa); HGC 2 509, aF, green patina, porous, edge split, weight 7.862 g, maximum diameter 20.7 mm, die axis 90o, uncertain mint, c. 367 - 340 B.C.; obverse griffin springing left, wings open, grasshopper left below; reverse horse prancing left, loose reigns flying behind, KAINON in exergue, star with eight rays around a central pellet above; $40.00 (€34.00)




  







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