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Prehistoric Antiquities Quarterly and Archaeological News, May 1997

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Featured articles on 'Precolumbian Jade in Middle America', 'Notched Based Blades' and 'Some Thoughts on a Gorget'.
BL18278. Prehistoric Antiquities Quarterly and Archaeological News, May 1997, 95 pages, corner edge wear; $9.00 (7.65)


Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D.

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Two days before his death, Antoninus was at his ancestral estate at Lorium, in Etruria, about twelve miles (19 km) from Rome. He ate Alpine cheese at dinner quite greedily. In the night he vomited; he had a fever the next day. The day after that, 7 March 161, he summoned the imperial council, and passed the state and his daughter to Marcus. The emperor gave the keynote to his life in the last word that he uttered when the tribune of the night-watch came to ask the password - "aequanimitas" (equanimity). He then turned over, as if going to sleep, and died. His death closed out the longest reign since Augustus (surpassing Tiberius by a couple of months).
RS85782. Silver denarius, RIC III MA431; RSC II 156; MIR 18 24-4/10; BMCRE IV p. 393, 48; Hunter II 4; SRCV II 5192, Choice VF, excellent centering, nice portrait, attractive toning, radiating flow lines, tiny edge cracks, weight 3.240 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, posthumous, 161 A.D.; obverse DIVVS ANTONINVS, bare head right; reverse CONSECRATIO, eagle standing right on garlanded altar, wings open, head turned back left; $150.00 (127.50)


Koinon of Macedonia, Reign of Severus Alexander, c. 222 - 231 A.D., Alexander and Bucephalus

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Plutarch tells the story of how, in 344 B.C. Philonicus the Thessalian, a horse dealer, offered a massive wild stallion to Alexander's father, King Philip II. Since no one could tame the animal, Philip was not interested. Alexander, however, seeing that the horse was afraid of his own shadow, promised to pay for the horse himself should he fail to tame it. He was given a chance and surprised all by subduing it. Alexander spoke soothingly to the horse and turned it towards the sun so that it could no longer see its shadow. Eventually, Bucephalus allowed Alexander to ride him. Embarrassed, Philip commented, "O my son, look thee out a kingdom equal to and worthy of thyself, for Macedonia is too little for thee." Alexander named the horse Bucephalus because the horse's head seemed "as broad as a bull's." Bucephalus died of battle wounds in 326 B.C., in Alexander's last battle. Alexander gave Bucephalus a state funeral and founded the city of Bucephala (thought to be the modern town of Jhelum, Pakistan) in memory of his wonderful horse.
RP85808. Bronze AE 24, SNG Cop 1357 (same dies), AMNG III 323, BMC Macedonia -, SNG Hunterian -, SNG Saroglos -, Lindgren -, F, nice brown tone, slightly rough, weight 7.790 g, maximum diameter 24.0 mm, die axis 180o, Macedonia, Beroea(?) mint, c. 222 - 231 A.D.; obverse AΛEΞAN∆POY, diademed head of Alexander the Great right, club below bust; reverse KOIN-O-N M-AKE∆O,NΩN (last three letters in exergue, Alexander standing right, nude but for cloak flowing out behind him, taming Bukephalus who rears left; ex Tom Cederlind with his tags, fantastic "story coin" type; scarce; $180.00 (153.00)


Koinon of Macedonia, c. 238 - 244 A.D., Portrait of Alexander the Great

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The Macedonian Koinon (community) was the political organization governing the autonomous Roman province of Macedonia and was responsible for issuing coinage. The individual cities, as members of the Koinon, sent representatives to participate in popular assembly several times each year.

The high point of the year was celebrations and matches in honor of Alexander the Great and the Roman emperor held in Beroea (modern Verria) located about 75 km. west of Thessaloniki. This was the provincial center of the emperor cult, with the appropriate temple and privileges, first granted to the Koinon by Nerva. The title Neokoros, or "temple guardians" was highly prized and thus advertised on coins. Under Elagabalus, the Koinon received a second neokorie, indicated by B (the Greek number two) or rarely ∆IC (double in Greek). The title was rescinded but later restored by Severus Alexander, probably in 231 A.D.


RP85838. Bronze AE 28, BMC Macedonia p. 25, 133; AMNG III 696; SNG Cop 1368 var. (no star); SNG Hunterian 746 var. (star right vice under), SNG Saroglos -, Lindgren -, F, dark brown surfaces speckled with small green deposits, well centered, weight 15.257 g, maximum diameter 28.0 mm, die axis 0o, Macedonia, Beroea(?) mint, reign of Gordian III, c. 238 - 244 A.D.; obverse AΛEΞAN∆POY, diademed head of Alexander the Great right; reverse KOINON MAKE∆ONΩN B NE, two agonistic urns each containing palm on a rectangular table with lion's feet, seen in perspective from right corner, star under table; ex Moneta Numismatic Services; scarce; $120.00 (102.00)


Iberian Celts, Hacksilver, c. 300 - 150 B.C.

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CE85848. Hacksilver fragment, from a disk or ingot; cf. Kim and Kroll 55 ff.; Van Alfen Hacksilber 53 ff., F, weight 21.184 g, maximum diameter 29.2 mm, ex Moneta Numismatic Services; $250.00 (212.50)


Vespasian, 1 July 69 - 24 June 79 A.D., Aigai, Aiolis

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RPC II p. 161 observes, "The only problem that remains is the identity of the single left-facing head (967). At the moment the obverse inscription cannot be read in full; the portrait looks youngish and rather more like that of Titus than that of Vespasian or Domitian. The discovery of further specimens may resolve this question." Since publication, other examples, including this one, have confirmed the legend identifies the head as Vespasian.
RP85866. Bronze AE 19, RPC II 967, SNG Mnchen 376, SNG Cop 24 var. (head right), aVF, partial green patina on brown tone, legends more legible than most examples of the type, weight 5.464 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 0o, Aiolis, Aigai (near Yuntdagi Koseler, Turkey) mint, 1 Jul 69 - 24 Jun 79 A.D.; obverse OYHECΠACIANOC KAICAP (Vespasian, caesar), laureate head left; reverse EΠI AΠOΛΛΩNIOY NEMEONIKOY (magistrate Apollonios, son of Nemeonikos), Apollo standing right, taenia in right hand, laurel branch in left hand, AΓAEΩN downward behind; rare; $110.00 (93.50)


Geta, 209 - c. 26 December 211 A.D., Serdica, Thrace

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The figure on the reverse is sometimes identified as Eros (Cupid) or a generic winged Genius. The inverted torch represents a life extinguished, indicating the figure is Thanatos (death). By the Severan Era, there was increased hope for an afterlife in pleasant Elysium rather than in dismal Hades. Thanatos was associated more with a gentle passing than a woeful demise. Thanatos as a winged boy, very much akin to Cupid, with crossed legs and an inverted torch, became the most common symbol for death, depicted on many Roman sarcophagi.
RP85917. Bronze AE 18, Moushmov 4929, H-J Serdica 12.22.16.1 (R4) var. (rev. leg.), Varbanov III 2527 var. (same), SNG Cop -, SNG Hunterian -, BMC Thrace -, Lindgren -, VF, well centered and struck, dark patina, porous, small edge cracks, weight 3.415 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 225o, Serdica (Sofia, Bulgaria) mint, as caesar, c. 198 - 209 A.D.; obverse Λ CEΠT ΓETAC K, bare headed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse OVΛΠI CEP∆IK, Thanatos standing half right, legs crossed, leaning on inverted extinguished torch set on altar; very rare variant; $85.00 (72.25)


Marathos, Phoenicia, 112 - 111 B.C.

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Marathos (earlier called Amrit) was an ancient Phoenician city located near Tartus in Syria. Founded in the third millennium B.C. and abandoned at the end of the second century B.C., the city's Phoenician ruins have been preserved in their entirety without extensive remodeling by later generations. One of the most important excavations at Marathos was the Phoenician temple dedicated to the god Melqart of Tyre and Eshmun. The colonnaded temple consists of a large court cut out of rock measuring 47 49 metres and over 3 metres deep, surrounded by a covered portico. In the center of the court a well-preserved cube-shaped cella stands. The open-air courtyard was filled with the waters of a local, traditionally sacred spring, a unique feature of this site. The temple dated to the late 4th century B.C., shows Achaemenid influence in its layout and decoration. According to Dutch archaeologist, Peter Akkermans, the temple is the "best-preserved monumental structure from the Phoenician homeland."Persian Empire

GB85949. Bronze AE 20, Duyrat Ateliers 347 - 356; BMC Phoenicia p. 125, 38; Cohen DCA 835; HGC 10 195; cf. SNG Cop 171 (year 146), gVF, well centered on a tight flan, a little rough, weight 5.925 g, maximum diameter 19.6 mm, die axis 0o, Marathos (near Tartus, Syria) mint, 112 - 111 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Zeus right; reverse filleted double cornucopia, Phoenician MRTh (Marathos) on left, Phoenician date (year 148) upward on right; $90.00 (76.50)


Gallienus, August 253 - September 268 A.D., Damascus, Coele-Syria

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Saul (later known as Paul) was on his way to Damascus to persecute Christians when he was blinded by a light from the presence of Jesus. He spent three days in Damascus, blind, until Jesus sent a disciple named Ananias to Saul. Damascus was the city in which Paul began his work as a great evangelist, teaching people in Asia, Africa and Europe about Jesus.
RY86709. Bronze AE 22, cf. Lindgren III 1263 (legends obscure/different, etc.), De Saulcy p. 55, 7 (same); Rosenberger IV 62 (same), SNG Cop -, SNG Hunt -, BMC Galatia -, F, dark patina with earthen deposit highlighting, tight flan, right side of obv. legend unstruck, scratches, weight 9.696 g, maximum diameter 22.0 mm, die axis 225o, Damascus mint, Aug 253 - Sep 268 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES LIC GALLIENVS PIV F AVG (or similar, blundered), laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse CO ∆AMΣ - METPO, agonistic prize urn containing two palms fronds on an ornate tripod; ex J. S. Wagner Collection; very rare; $90.00 (76.50)


Domitian, 13 September 81 - 18 September 96 A.D., Neapolis, Samaria

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Neapolis, Samaria, the biblical Shechemis, is now Nablus, Israel, the site of Joseph's Tomb and Jacob's well. Jesus spoke here to a Samaritan woman. The city was refounded as Flavia Neopolis after the Jewish Revolt. Nablus is home to about half the remaining worldwide Samaritan population of 600.
RP86855. Bronze AE 19, RPC II 2220 (20 spec.); BMC Palestine p. 46, 13; Rosenberger III 5; SNG ANS 962; Sofaer 4; Lindgren-Kovaks 2430, F, rough, slightly off center on a tight flan, weight 5.739 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 180o, Neapolis mint, 82 - 83 A.D.; obverse AVTOK ∆OMITIANOΣ KAIΣAP ΣEBA (Emperor Domitian, caesar, augustus), laureate head right; reverse date palm tree with two bunches of fruit, ΦΛA-OVI / NEA-ΠOΛI / ΣA-MA / L - AI (Flavia Neapolis, Samaria, year 11) in four lines across field; $40.00 (34.00)




  







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