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

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Overstruck over a denarius, probably of Severus Alexander, which suggests that the new coin was worth at least as much of the old one. Otherwise, it would have made more sense to melt the denarius.
RA73221. Silver antoninianus, cf. RIC V-2 287 (S), Webb Carausius 336, SRCV IV 13629, VF, nice portrait, toned, overstruck on a denarius, weight 2.664 g, maximum diameter 23.8 mm, die axis 225o, uncertain mint, c. 288 - 290/291 A.D.; obverse IMP CARAVSIVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, middle reign portrait type; reverse MONETA AVG, Moneta standing left, scales in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, mintmark obscured by over-strike effects; undertype bust (Severus Alexander?) visible (nose, lips, and chin upside down in left field); from the Charles Peters Carausius Collection, ex Forum (2010); scarce; $150.00 (€127.50)


Anglo-Gallic, Henry VI de Lancastre, King of France and England, 1422 - 1453

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On 12 December 1422, each mint was assigned a mint-mark to be placed at the beginning of the obverse and reverse legends. The omission of the pellet beside the root mint-mark was ordered 17 July 1432.

In 1422, the year old king of England inherited the French throne through his mad grandfather Charles VI of France; the iconography of this type represents the unification of the two nations. Ten years later Joan of Arc would make an appearance which would eventually loosen the English grip on France until by 1436 only Normandy and part of Maine remained in Henry's control.
UK86158. Silver grand blanc aux écus, Elias 285 (R), Ciani 602, Duplessy 445, Lafaurie 449, SCBC-SII 8166; root with pellet left mintmark, F, toned, reverse double struck, weight 2.876 g, maximum diameter 28.5 mm, die axis 90o, Lemans mint, 12 Dec 1422 - 17 Jul 1432; obverse (pellet and root) FRANCORVm: ET: ANGLIE: REX (King of France and England), shields of France (on left) and England (on right), side by side, hERICVS above; reverse (pellet root) SIT: nOmEN: DnI: BENEDICV (Blessed be the name of the Lord), Latin cross, fleur-de-lis to left, leopard left on right, hERICVS below; rare; $395.00 (€335.75)


England, Edward I Longshanks, 1272 - 1307

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Elias notes, "In my experience for every 30 or 40 deniers with the EDWARD' FILI' legend only one with the EDWARDVS REX occurs."

Known as Edward Longshanks for his height of 6 ft. 2 in., and sometimes as the "Hammer of the Scots." Edward was ruthless in pursuing his aims and crushing those who opposed him. He conquered large parts of Wales and almost succeeding in doing the same to Scotland.
UK86321. Silver denier au lion, Elias 15 (RR), SCBC-SII 8016, Duplessy 1039, Poey d'Avant 2790, aVF, toned, scratches, earthen deposits, small edge crack, weight 0.736 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 180o, Aquitaine mint, 1272 - 1307; obverse + EDWARDVS REX (King Edward, S on its side), lion passant left within inner circle; reverse + DVX AqVITANIE (Duke of Aquitaine), cross pattée within inner circle; very rare; $395.00 (€335.75)


Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D., Damascus, Coele Syria

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We were unable to find an example with complete legends or even read them with certainty combining parts from the six specimens we found in references and online. Some letters remain uncertain because they were blundered or partially off flan on all specimens examined.
RY86708. Bronze AE 27, SNG Cop 421, Lindgren-Kovacs A2141B, Rosenberger IV 20, SNG Munchen -, BMC Galatia -, aF, desert patina, oval flan, weight 9.720 g, maximum diameter 27.3 mm, die axis 0o, Damascus mint, 9 Apr 193 - 4 Feb 211 A.D.; obverse CEV Π CE - AVTOK KAI (or similar, blundered), laureate and draped bust right, from front; reverse ∆AMACKHWN MHTPOΠOΛ-EWN (or similar, blundered), turreted and draped bust of Tyche left inside tetrastyle shrine with arch; ex J.S. Wagner Collection; extremely rare; $90.00 (€76.50)


Trebonianus Gallus, June or July 251 - July or August 253 A.D., Damascus, Syria

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Telephus (or Telephos) was the son of Herakles and Auge, daughter of King Aleus of Tegea. An oracle told King Aleus that he would be overthrown by his grandson, so he forced his daughter Auge to become a virgin priestess. After she was violated by Herakles, their son, the infant Telephus, was hidden in the temple but his cries revealed him. Aleus ordered Telephus exposed on Mt. Parthenion. He was saved by a doe Herakles sent to suckle him.
RY86712. Bronze AE 24, RPC Online IX 1953 (6 spec.); Lindgren I 2152; BMC Galatia -; SNG Cop -; SNG München -; SNG Hunterian -; De Saulcy -; Rosenberger -, F, desert patina, parts of legends weak, marks, porous, weight 9.050 g, maximum diameter 24.1 mm, die axis 0o, Damascus mint, Jun/Jul 251 - Jul/Aug 253 A.D.; obverse IMP CI VIB TREB GALLO AVG, laureate head right, traces of drapery; reverse COL DAMA METR, hind (antlered doe) standing right, suckling infant Telephos seated left, ram's head right in exergue; ex J.S. Wagner Collection; rare; $120.00 (€102.00)


Nero and Agrippina Junior, 54 - 59 A.D., Orthosia, Caria

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The reverse alludes to the imperial family. Agrippina was the niece of Claudius, just as Persephone was the niece of Hades.
RY86714. Leaded bronze AE 18, RPC I 2825 (3 specimens, plate coin has NEPWN behind the busts); Imhoof-Blumer MG p. 313, 75, aVF, struck with high relief dies in the style of the "Laodicea" engraver, green patina, tight flan, bumps and marks, light corrosion/porosity, weight 5.214 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 0o, Orthosia (Donduran, Aydin, Turkey) mint, 54 - 59 A.D.; obverse ΣEBAΣT NEPΩN, bare headed, draped jugate busts of Nero Augustus and Agrippina Junior right; reverse OPΘOΣIWN, Hades carrying off Persephone in a quadriga right; none on Coin Archives; extremely rare; $300.00 (€255.00)


Trebonianus Gallus, June or July 251 - July or August 253 A.D., Damascus, Syria

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Hadrian promoted Damascus to the Metropolis of Coele-Syria about 125 A.D. Septimius Severus upgraded it to a colonia in 222 A.D. Damascus was an important caravan city with trade routes from southern Arabia, Palmyra, Petra, and silk routes from China all converging on it delivering eastern luxuries to Rome. The inscription within the wreath names the sacred Olympia Sebasmia games, celebrated at Damascus as part of the local imperial cult.
RY86733. Bronze AE 24, RPC Online IX 1961 var.; BMC Galatia p. 288, 31 var.; Rosenberger 53 var.; Lindgren III A1260a var. (no inscription on jewel, different rev. legends), aF, desert patina, weak legends, scratches on reverse, porous, weight 8.367 g, maximum diameter 23.6 mm, die axis 180o, Damascus mint, Jun/Jul 251 - Jul/Aug 253 A.D.; obverse IMP CI VIB TREB GALLO AVG, laureate head right, traces of drapery; reverse COL ∆AMAS METROP, CEB/ACM/IA (Sebasmia) in three lines within wreath, IEPA (sanctuary) inscribed on large jewel closing top of wreath, ram head right below between wreath ties; ex J.S. Wagner Collection; extremely rare variety; $80.00 (€68.00)


Elagabalus, 16 May 218 - 11 March 222 A.D., Raphanea, Seleukis Pieria, Syria

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Josephus mentions Raphanea in connection with a stream that flowed only every seventh day (probably an intermittent spring now called Fuwar ed-Deir) and that was viewed by Titus on his way north from Berytus after the destruction of Jerusalem in 70. Near Emesa, Raphanea was the fortified headquarters of the Legio III Gallica from which in 218 A.D. 14-year-old Elagabalus launched his successful bid of to become Roman Emperor. The crusaders passed through it at the end of 1099; it was taken by Baldwin I and was given to the Count of Tripoli. It was then known as Rafania.
RY86859. Bronze AE 23, SNG Munchen 961; Lindgren I 2116 corr. (described as head); BMC Galatia p. 267, 3 var. (head); SNG Cop 385 var. (radiate), F, desert patina, tight flan, reverse slightly off center, scratches, porous, weight 5.113 g, maximum diameter 23.4 mm, die axis 180o, Raphanea (Rafniye, Syria) mint, 16 May 218 - 11 Mar 222 A.D.; obverse AVT K M AVP ANTΩNINOC, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse PEΦ−A−NE−ΩT, turreted Genius standing half left, wears himation, patera in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, bull at feet left, two eagles flanking in upper field; ex Classical Numismatic Group, ex J.S. Wagner Collection; rare; $90.00 (€76.50)


Antioch, Roman Provincial Syria, Autumn 48 - Autumn 47 B.C., Cleopatra Countermark

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From McAlee, The Coins of Roman Antioch, p. 74, note 25: "The coins of this year (Pompeian Era 19 = 48/7 BC) and of Year 3 of the Caesarean Era are frequently seen with a countermark on the obverse, which was previously described as "head of Apollo r." in an oval. As discussed in the text, it now seems likely that the countermark portrays Cleopatra, and was used to mark coins circulating in the Syro-Phoenician territories, which were later given to her by Mark Antony."
RY87108. Bronze tetrachalkon, McAlee 43; RPC I 4216; BMC Galatia p. 155, 35; Cohen DCA 384; HGC 9 1366; SNG Cop -; countermark: McAlee p. 74, note 25, aVF, attractive green patina, centered on a tight flan, weight 10.815 g, maximum diameter 22.8 mm, die axis 0o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, Autumn 48 - Autumn 47 B.C.; c/m: c. 40 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Zeus right; countermark: bust of Cleopatra right in an incuse oval; reverse ANTIOXEΩN THΣ MHTPOΠOΛΩΣ, Zeus Nicephorus enthroned left, chest bare, himation around hips and legs, Nike offering wreath in his extended right hand, long scepter vertical in left hand, fulmen (thunderbolt) above, cornucopia (control symbol) inner left, IΘ (Pompeian Era year 19) below, all within laurel wreath; $150.00 (€127.50)


Antioch, Roman Syria, 76 - 77 A.D.

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Minted under M. Ulpius Traianus, the legate of Syria, father of Trajan who later became emperor of Rome. Trajan was also in Syria as Tribunus legionis.
RY86240. Bronze trichalkon, McAlee 117, RPC II 2019, Wage 362, BMC Galatia p. 95, 95, aVF, under-size flan, obverse off center, earthen encrustation, weight 2.770 g, maximum diameter 16.2 mm, die axis 180o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 76 - 77 A.D.; obverse ANTIOXEΩN, towered, draped, and veiled bust of Tyche right; reverse burning, garlanded altar on ground line, ET EKP (year 125) in exergue; rare; $38.00 (€32.30)











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