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Ancient Greek Coins from Thrace and Moesia
Elagabalus, 16 May 218 - 11 March 222 A.D., Odessos, Moesia Inferior

|Odessos|, |Elagabalus,| |16| |May| |218| |-| |11| |March| |222| |A.D.,| |Odessos,| |Moesia| |Inferior||AE| |24|NEW
Varbanov references Moushmov 1619 but this type is rare enough that Varbanov does not know the obverse legend or bust type and does not give a rarity rating. Other than the coin Moushmov described in 1912 (not in the plates), we do not know of another specimen.
RP96945. Bronze AE 24, Varbanov I 4405, Moushmov 1619, RPC Online -, Corpus Nummorum -, SNG Cop -, SNG Hunt -, SNG Stancomb -, SNG Bar -, BMC Thrace -, Lindgren -, Choice F, nice dark green patina, well centered, some porosity, central cavity on obverse, weight 10.379 g, maximum diameter 23.8 mm, die axis 180o, Odessos (Varna, Bulgaria) mint, 16 May 218 - 11 Mar 222 A.D.; obverse AV K M AVP ANTΩNEINOC, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind; reverse O∆HCCEITΩN, Roma seated left on a cuirass, wearing Corinthian helmet, Nike in right hand, City goddess standing left behind her, crowning her with wreath in right hand, scepter in left hand; missing from the many published collections examined by Forum and apparently no other examples online; extremely rare; $150.00 SALE |PRICE| $135.00


Gordian III, 29 July 238 - 25 February 244 A.D., Hadrianopolis, Thrace

|Hadrianopolis|, |Gordian| |III,| |29| |July| |238| |-| |25| |February| |244| |A.D.,| |Hadrianopolis,| |Thrace||AE| |26|NEW
Hadrian refounded a Thracian tribal capital, changed its name to Hadrianopolis, developed it, adorned it with monuments, and made it the capital of the Roman province. The city is Edirne, Turkey today. From ancient times, the area around Edirne has been the site of no fewer than 16 major battles or sieges. Military historian John Keegan identifies it as "the most contested spot on the globe" and attributes this to its geographical location. Licinius was defeated there by Constantine I in 323, and Valens was killed by the Goths during the Battle of Adrianople in 378.
RP96946. Bronze AE 26, Jurukova Hadrianopolis 536 (V237/R522), Varbanov II 3760 (R4) corr. (obv. leg.), BMC Thrace -, SNG Cop -, SNG Hunt -, F, brown tone, a little rough, central cavity on obverse, weight 7.805 g, maximum diameter 25.9 mm, die axis 0o, Hadrianopolis (Edirne, Turkey) mint, 29 Jul 238 - 25 Feb 244 A.D.; obverse AYT K M ANT ΓOP∆IANOC A/G (AVG ligate), laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind; reverse A∆PIANOΠOΛEIT,ΩN (last two letters in exergue), city gate flanked by two round battlement towers with conical roofs, no doors, four ramparts between towers; $45.00 SALE |PRICE| $40.00


Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D., Nikopolis ad Istrum, Moesia Inferior

|Nikopolis|, |Septimius| |Severus,| |9| |April| |193| |-| |4| |February| |211| |A.D.,| |Nikopolis| |ad| |Istrum,| |Moesia| |Inferior||assarion|
Nicopolis ad Istrum was founded by Trajan around 101-106, at the junction of the Iatrus (Yantra) and the Rositsa rivers, in memory of his victory over the Dacians. Its ruins are located at the village of Nikyup, 20 km north of Veliko Tarnovo in northern Bulgaria. The town peaked during the reigns of Trajan, Hadrian, the Antonines and the Severan dynasty. In 447, Nicopolis was destroyed by Attila's Huns. In the 6th century, it was rebuilt as a powerful fortress enclosing little more than military buildings and churches, following a very common trend for the cities of that century in the Danube area. It was finally destroyed by the Avar invasions at the end of the 6th century.
MA95612. Bronze assarion, H-H-J Nikopolis 8.14.14.38 (R2), Varbanov I 2256 (R3), AMNG I/I 1425, Moushmov 970, SNG Cop -, BMC Thrace -, VF, well centered, minor light encrustations, end of reverse legend unstruck, weight 2.538 g, maximum diameter 17.1 mm, die axis 0o, Nicopolis ad Istrum (Nikyup, Bulgaria) mint, 9 Apr 193 - 4 Feb 211 A.D.; obverse AV Λ CEVHPOC, laureate head right; reverse NIKOΠO−ΛI ΠPOC IC, club of Hercules set on ground line; $60.00 SALE |PRICE| $54.00


Maroneia, Thrace, c. 168 - 145 B.C.

|Maroneia|, |Maroneia,| |Thrace,| |c.| |168| |-| |145| |B.C.||AE| |18|
Maroneia was on the Aegean coast about midway between the mouths of the Hebrus and the Nestus rivers. The city was named after Maron, sometimes identified as a son of Dionysos, who in the Odyssey gives Odysseus the wine with which he intoxicates Polyphemos. Maroneia was famous for its wine, which was esteemed everywhere and was said to possess the odor of nectar.
GB93472. Bronze AE 18, Schönert-Geiss Maroneia 1556 ff.; BMC Thrace p. 130, 82; SNG Cop 646; Weber 2351; McClean 3982; HGC 3 1541 (S), VF, attractive green patina with earthen highlighting, slight porosity, weight 6.130 g, maximum diameter 17.5 mm, die axis 0o, Maroneia (Maroneia-Sapes, Greece) mint, c. 168/7-48/45 B.C.; obverse head of young Dionysos right, band across forehead, and ivy wreath; reverse Dionysos standing left, nude but for chlamys on left arm, bunch of grapes in right hand, two stalks of narthex in left hand, MAPΩNITΩN downward on right, no control monogram; from the Errett Bishop Collection; scarce; $110.00 SALE |PRICE| $99.00


Maroneia, Thrace, c. 146 - 100 B.C.

|Maroneia|, |Maroneia,| |Thrace,| |c.| |146| |-| |100| |B.C.||AE| |21|
Maroneia was on the Aegean coast about midway between the mouths of the Hebrus and the Nestus rivers. The city was named after Maron, sometimes identified as a son of Dionysos, who in the Odyssey gives Odysseus the wine with which he intoxicates Polyphemos. Maroneia was famous for its wine, which was esteemed everywhere and was said to possess the odor of nectar.
GB93473. Bronze AE 21, cf. Schönert-Geiss 1527 ff.; BMC Thrace p. 130, 80; SNG Cop 645, SNG Evelpidis 973, Choice VF/F, well centered on a tight flan, green patina with earthen highlighting, some porosity, tiny edge split, weight 6.862 g, maximum diameter 21.0 mm, die axis 45o, Maroneia (Maroneia-Sapes, Greece) mint, c. 146 - 30 B.C.; obverse head of young Dionysos right, wearing band across forehead, and ivy wreath; reverse Dionysos standing left, nude but for chlamys on left arm, bunch of grapes in right hand, two stalks of narthex in left hand, monogram lower left, MAPΩNITΩN downward on right; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $125.00 SALE |PRICE| $113.00


Trajan Decius, July 249 - First Half of June 251 A.D.

|Trajan| |Decius|, |Trajan| |Decius,| |July| |249| |-| |First| |Half| |of| |June| |251| |A.D.||sestertius|
The Dacian Kingdom existed between 82 B.C. until the Trajan's conquest in 106 A.D. This coin commemorates Trajan Decius' recovery of Roman Dacia from rebelling Carpo-Dacians. The province was abandoned by Aurelian in 275, recovered again by Constantine the Great by 336, but abandoned again permanently soon after Constantine's death.
RB93309. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC IV 113(b) (R); Cohen V 28, SRCV III 9400, Hunter III - (p. xcvii), VF, superb portrait, flow lines, tight squared flan cutting off parts of legends, small edge cracks, obverse porous, weight 15.669 g, maximum diameter 28.0 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 250 - 251 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES C MESS Q DECIO TRAI AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse DACIA, Dacia standing half left, wearing robe reaching feet, Roman standard in right hand, S - C (senatus consulto) divided across field; from the Errett Bishop Collection; rare; $120.00 SALE |PRICE| $108.00


Ainos, Thrace, c. 427 - 407 B.C.

|Other| |Thrace| |&| |Moesia|, |Ainos,| |Thrace,| |c.| |427| |-| |407| |B.C.||diobol|
Aenus, Enez, Turkey today, was on the southeastern coast of Thrace, near the mouth of the Hebrus River, not far from the Melas Gulf (modern Gulf of Saros), which is formed by the Thracian Chersonesus to the east. The city was said to be founded (or at least settled) by Aeolian migrants from Lesbos. Its mythical and eponymous founder was said to be Aeneus, a son of the god Apollo and father of Cyzicus. Another mythical ruler, named Poltys, son of Poseidon, entertained Heracles when he came to Aenus. In the Iliad, Homer mentions that the leaders of Troy's Thracian allies, Acamas and Peiros, came from Aenus.
GS94118. Silver diobol, HGC 3.2 1274 (S), aF, dark tone, corrosion, edge chips, weight 0.813 g, maximum diameter 10.5 mm, die axis 180o, Ainos (Enez, Turkey) mint, c. 427 - 407 B.C.; obverse head of Hermes right, wearing petasos; reverse goat standing right, uncertain control symbol lower right(?), all within incuse square; scarce; $60.00 SALE |PRICE| $54.00


Pannonian Celts, Eravisci, Middle Danube, Imitative of Roman Republic, c. 74 - 40 B.C.

|Celtic| |&| |Tribal|, |Pannonian| |Celts,| |Eravisci,| |Middle| |Danube,| |Imitative| |of| |Roman| |Republic,| |c.| |74| |-| |40| |B.C.||imitative| |denarius|
The die wear indicates a large number of this type was struck. On some examples the reverse legend appears to match the Roman original, POSTVMI / TA (TA ligate). On this specimen and another handled by Forum, it is blundered and appears to read SIVSAV / A. The Roman Republic prototype, struck by the moneyer C. Postumius, commemorated prayers at the shrine of Diana before the Battle of Lake Regillus, when the moneyer's ancestor, A. Postumius Albus Regillensis, was a consul. The hound was the companion of Diana the Huntress. See Phil Davis' website, "Imitations of Roman Republican Denarii" - https://rrimitations.ancients.info/
SH95314. Silver imitative denarius, cf. Freeman Eraviscan 24; Davis class B, group II, E15; Chitescu 173; for Roman Republic C. Postumius prototype see Crawford 394/1, VF, although it appears worn, this coin is nearly as struck with very worn crude dies, weight 3.469 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 180o, tribal mint, c. 74 - 40 B.C.; obverse draped bust of Diana right, bow and quiver over shoulder; reverse hound bounding right, wearing collar, hunting spear below, remnants of legend POSTVMI TA (TA ligate) in exergue; rare; $140.00 SALE |PRICE| $126.00


Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D., Nikopolis ad Istrum

|Nikopolis|, |Septimius| |Severus,| |9| |April| |193| |-| |4| |February| |211| |A.D.,| |Nikopolis| |ad| |Istrum||assarion|
There are peculiarities about these Roman crescent and star reverse types that are difficult to understand. First, the crescents are almost always depicted with the horns up. The moon is never seen this way in the sky. Also, in the sky stars are never visible within the horns of the crescent moon because there they would be behind the shadowed yet solid and opaque orb. The crescent with horns up may represent a solar eclipse.
RP92881. Bronze assarion, H-H-J Nikopolis 8.14.48.37 (R2), Varbanov I 2474 var. (obv. leg.), AMNG I/I 1432, Moushmov 986, gVF, green patina, slightly off center, scratches, spot of corrosion on reverse, weight 2.928 g, maximum diameter 16.6 mm, die axis 180o, Nicopolis ad Istrum (Nikyup, Bulgaria) mint, 9 Apr 193 - 4 Feb 211 A.D.; obverse AY K Λ CEVHPOC, laureate head right; reverse NIKOΠOΛITΩN ΠPOC IC, five stars above and within crescent with horns upward; $80.00 SALE |PRICE| $72.00


Heraclea Perinthos, Thrace, c. 180 - 196 A.D.

|Perinthus|, |Heraclea| |Perinthos,| |Thrace,| |c.| |180| |-| |196| |A.D.||AE| |21|
Perinthos an ancient Ionian colony from Samos, was situated between Bisanthe and Selymbria, on the northern shore of the Propontis. Herakles was revered at Perinthos as oekist or founder. Perinthos is famous chiefly for its stubborn and successful resistance to Philip II of Macedon in 340 B.C.; at that time it seems to have been more important than Byzantium itself. In Roman times it was called Heraclea Thraciae (or Heraclea Perinthus). Today it is Marmara Ereglisi in the European part of Turkey.
GB89881. Bronze AE 21, CN Online Perinthos CN_2198; Schönert Perinthos 202; Lindgren -; SNG Cop -; BMC Thrace -, aVF, tight flan, tight flan, obverse legend mostly unstruck or off flan, weight 7.140 g, maximum diameter 21.4 mm, die axis 225o, Heraclea Perinthos (Marmara Ereglisi, Turkey) mint, c. 180 - 196 A.D.; obverse HPAKΛH KTCTH, head of Herakles right; reverse NERINΘIΩN, club; $70.00 SALE |PRICE| $63.00











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