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Parthian Empire, Mithradates II, c. 121 - 91 B.C.

|Parthian| |Empire|, |Parthian| |Empire,| |Mithradates| |II,| |c.| |121| |-| |91| |B.C.|, |dichalkon|NEW
Mithradates II was the eighth and one of the greatest Parthian kings. He defeated all Seleukid attempts to reclaim their Eastern territories and made Parthia a formidable, unified empire. He adopted the title Epiphanes, "god manifest" and introduced new designs on his extensive coinage. Late in his reign he exerted influence in Armenia, taking as hostage a prince who would become Tigranes the Great. -- www.parthia.com
GB93623. Bronze dichalkon, Sellwood 27.10; Shore 496; BMC Parthia p. 32, 83 ff.; Sunrise -; Mitchiner ACW -, F, centered on a tight flan, porous/rough, weight 3.026 g, maximum diameter 16.7 mm, die axis 0o, Rhagae (Ray, part of Tehran, Iran) mint, c. 109 - 95 B.C.; obverse diademed and cuirassed bust left with long pointed beard, MI over monogram behind (off flan); reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ above, BAΣIΛEΩN downward on right, APΣAKOY / EΠIΦANOYΣ downward on left, MAΓAΛOY upside down below, head and neck of horse right; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $60.00 SALE |PRICE| $54.00


Parthian Empire, Mithradates II, c. 121 - 91 B.C.

|Parthian| |Empire|, |Parthian| |Empire,| |Mithradates| |II,| |c.| |121| |-| |91| |B.C.|, |dichalkon|NEW
Mithradates II was the eighth and one of the greatest Parthian kings. He defeated all Seleukid attempts to reclaim their Eastern territories and made Parthia a formidable, unified empire. He adopted the title Epiphanes, "god manifest" and introduced new designs on his extensive coinage. Late in his reign he exerted influence in Armenia, taking as hostage a prince who would become Tigranes the Great. -- www.parthia.com
GB93777. Bronze dichalkon, Sellwood 24.39; Shore 489; BMC Parthia p. 29, 52; Sunrise -; Mitchiner ACW -, F/aF, weight 4.408 g, maximum diameter 17.2 mm, die axis 0o, Rhagae (Ray, part of Tehran, Iran) mint, c. 119 - 109 B.C.; obverse diademed, cuirassed, bearded bust left, monogram behind; reverse squared legend with guidelines from lower left: BAΣIΛEΩΣ MEΓAΛOY APΣAKOY EΠIΦANOY, head and neck of horse right; from the Errett Bishop Collection, first specimen of this type handled by FORVM; rare; $100.00 SALE |PRICE| $90.00


Neapolis, Campania, Italy, c. 275 - 250 B.C.

|Italy|, |Neapolis,| |Campania,| |Italy,| |c.| |275| |-| |250| |B.C.|, |didrachm|NEW
Naples is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Bronze Age Greek settlements were established in the second millennium B.C. The city was refounded as Neapolis in the sixth century B.C. and became an important hub of Magna Graecia, playing a key role in the merging of Greek culture into Roman society. Naples remained influential under Rome and more so after the fall of the Western Roman Empire, serving as the capital city of the Kingdom of Naples between 1282 and 1816. Thereafter, it became the capital of the Two Sicilies until the unification of Italy in 1861.
SL94272. Silver didrachm, SNG ANS 1, 382; SNG BnF 6.1, 762-765; SNG Lockett 87; SNG Cop 441; HN Italy 586, NGC VF, strike 4/5, surface 1/5 (5770028-012), weight 6.995 g, maximum diameter 18.8 mm, die axis 0o, Neapolis (Naples, Italy) mint, 275 - 250 B.C.; obverse diademed head of the siren Parthenope left, wearing triple-pendant earring and pearl necklace, TAP behind neck, EYΞ below neck truncation; reverse river-god Acheloios as a man-faced bull walking right, head turned facing, crowned with wreath by Nike flying right above, EΠI below, NEOΠOΛITΩN in exergue; NGC| Lookup; $195.00 SALE |PRICE| $175.00


Parthian Empire, Phraipatios - Mithradates I, c. 185 - 132 B.C.

|Parthian| |Empire|, |Parthian| |Empire,| |Phraipatios| |-| |Mithradates| |I,| |c.| |185| |-| |132| |B.C.|, |drachm|NEW
Mithradates I, the fifth king of Parthia, established Parthia as an ancient world power. At his death, in addition to Parthia proper, his empire included Hyrcania, Media, Babylonia, Assyria, Elymais, Persis, Tapuria and Traxiana.
GS96066. Silver drachm, Sunrise 254, Sellwood 10.1 (Mithradates I), Shore 12-13 (Mithradates I), SGCV II 7328, VF, attractive toning, nice portrait, well centered, light marks, weight 3.873 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, die axis 0o, Hecatompylos (Qumis, Iran) mint, c. 185 - 132 B.C.; obverse diademed and draped bust left, beardless, wearing bashlyk, earring, neck torque, diadem with two ends; reverse three-line squared Greek legend around clockwise: BAΣIΛEΩΣ MEΓAΛOY APΣAKOY, beardless archer (Arsakes I) seated right on omphalos, wearing bashlyk and cloak, bow in extended right hand; from the Robert| L3 Collection, ex CNG auction 225 (13 Jan 2010), lot 187; first specimen of this type handled by FORVM; $450.00 SALE |PRICE| $405.00


Parthian Empire, Phraates III, c. 70 - 57 B.C.

|Parthian| |Empire|, |Parthian| |Empire,| |Phraates| |III,| |c.| |70| |-| |57| |B.C.|, |drachm|NEW
When Phraates III came to the throne, the Roman general Lucullus was preparing to attack Tigranes the Great, king of Armenia. Since Tigranes had wrested Mesopotamia and several vassal states from Parthia, Phraates declined to assist Tigranes and, in 65 B.C., Phraates III allied with Pompey against Tigranes. As a reward, Rome returned Mesopotamia to Parthia. Pompey soon disregarded the treaty, returned Tigranes to his throne, took the vassal states Gordyene and Osroene for Rome, and denied Phraates III the title of "king of kings." About 57 B.C., Phraates III was murdered by his two sons, Orodes II and Mithridates III.
GS96067. Silver drachm, Sunrise 326; BMC Parthia p. 56, 2 (unknown king); Sellwood 35 var. (Darius?); Shore -; Mitchiner ACW -, VF, nice portrait, toned, centered on a tight flan, scratches, marks, weight 3.397 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, die axis 0o, Ecbatana (Hamedan, Iran) mint, c. 62 B.C.; obverse diademed, draped, bearded bust facing, short beard, wearing necklace with central medallion; reverse archer (Arsakes I) seated right on throne, wearing bashlyk and cloak, bow in right hand, AΓ monogram below bow; squared six-line Greek inscription BAΣIΛEΩΣ / MEΓAΛOY above, APΣAKOY on right, ΘEOΠATOPOΣ / EYEPΓETOY below, EΠIΦANOYΣ / ΦIΛEΛΛHNOΣ on left; from the Robert| L3 Collection; Stack's Bowers Baltimore Auction 159 (2 Apr 2011), lot 10036; rare; $1350.00 SALE |PRICE| $1215.00


Parthian Empire, Vologases V, c. 191 - 208 A.D.

|Parthian| |Empire|, |Parthian| |Empire,| |Vologases| |V,| |c.| |191| |-| |208| |A.D.|, |drachm|NEW
Vologases V supported Pescennius Niger in the Roman Empire's civil war. After defeating Niger, Septimius Severus marched his legions into Babylonia in 198 A.D. While he achieved some success, Severus was forced to withdraw his forces from Parthia.
GS96065. Silver drachm, Sellwood 86.3; Shore 448; Sunrise 455; BMC Parthia p. 239, 17, EF, toned, flow lines, die wear, marks, tight flan, edge cracks, weight 3.727 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 0o, Ecbatana (Hamedan, Iran) mint, c. 191 - 208 A.D.; obverse diademed and draped bust facing, oval bunches of hair at sides and on top of head, vertical lines divide the top bunch of hair into thirds, long pointed beard engraved with straight lines; reverse archer seated right, blundered Aramaic and Greek legend forming square around, AT monogram (Ecbatana mintmark) under bow; from the Robert| L3 Collection; ex Ponterio & Associates, C.I.C.F. auction 146 (25 Apr 2008), lot 1310; first specimen of this type handled by FORVM; rare; $900.00 SALE |PRICE| $810.00


Parthian Empire, Artabanos III, c. 126 - 122 B.C.

|Parthian| |Empire|, |Parthian| |Empire,| |Artabanos| |III,| |c.| |126| |-| |122| |B.C.|, |drachm|NEW
Artabanus III, incorrectly known in older scholarship as Artabanus IV, was a Parthian prince who competed against his brother Pacorus II (ruled 78 - 110) for the Parthian crown from 79/80 to 81. Artabanus III's claim to the throne seems to have little support in the Parthian Empire, with the exception of Babylonia. Artabanus III's most notable action was to give refuge to a Pseudo-Nero named Terentius Maximus. Artabanus III initially agreed to lend military aid to Terentius Maximus to capture Rome, until he found about the real identity of the impostor. Coins of Artabanus III do not appear to have been struck after 81, which suggests that Pacorus II had defeated him.
GS96068. Silver drachm, Sunrise 278; Sellwood 20.1; Shore 59; BMC Parthia p. 21, 3; Mitchiner ACW 507 (Artabanos I in all but Sunrise), VF, excellent portrait, toned, oval flan, bumps and marks, reverse off center, reverse die wear, weight 4.008 g, maximum diameter 20.9 mm, die axis 0o, Ekbatana (Hamedan, Iran) mint, c. 126 - 122 B.C.; obverse cuirassed bust left with long pointed beard, wears diadem, earring, and spiral necklace; reverse Archer (Arsakes I) seated right on omphalos, wearing bashlyk and cloak, bow in right hand, BAΣI-ΛEΩΣ / MEΓ-AΛOY (great king) in two downward lines on the right, APΣAKOY ΦIΛA∆EΛΦOY (brother-loving); from the Robert| L3 Collection; ex Triskeles auction 2 (25 Apr 2013), lot 70; first specimen of this type handled by FORVM; rare; $280.00 SALE |PRICE| $252.00


Diocletian, 20 November 284 - 1 May 305 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt

|Diocletian|, |Diocletian,| |20| |November| |284| |-| |1| |May| |305| |A.D.,| |Roman| |Provincial| |Egypt|, |tetradrachm|NEW
Jupiter or Jove, Zeus to the Greeks, was the king of the gods and god of the sky and thunder, and of laws and social order. As the patron deity of ancient Rome, he was the chief god of the Capitoline Triad, with his sister and wife Juno. The father of Mars, he is, therefore, the grandfather of Romulus and Remus, the legendary founders of Rome. Emperors frequently made vows to Jupiter for protection. The Roman's believed as the king of the gods, Jupiter favored emperors and kings, those in positions of authority similar to his own.
RX94251. Billon tetradrachm, Geissen 3252, Dattari 5779, SNG Cop 999, Milne 4968, Curtis 2037, BMC Alexandria 2477, Kampmann 119.67, Emmett 4089/7, Choice VF, well centered, dark brown tone with highlighting earthen deposits, flow lines, some die wear, edge cracks, weight 6.865 g, maximum diameter 20.8 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 290 - 28 Aug 291 A.D.; obverse ∆IOKΛHTIANOC CEB, laureate head right; reverse Zeus seated left, nude to the waist, himation around hips and legs, patera in right, scepter vertical behind in left, eagle at feet on left, L Z (year 7) upper left; $90.00 SALE |PRICE| $81.00


Maximinus II Daia, Late 309 - 30 April 313 A.D.

|Maximinus| |II|, |Maximinus| |II| |Daia,| |Late| |309| |-| |30| |April| |313| |A.D.|, |follis|NEW
In Roman religion, every man has a genius, a presiding spirit. In De Die Natali, Censorinus says, from the moment we are born, we live under the guard and tutelage of Genius. Cities, organizations, and peoples also had a genius. On coins, we find inscriptions to the Genius of the Roman people, of the Senate, of the Emperor, etc. This coin is dedicated "to the Genius (guardian spirits) of our emperors and caesars."
RT94253. Billon follis, Hunter V 32 (also 4th officina), RIC VI Cyzicus 55 (S), Cohen VII 39, SRCV IV 14724, VF, well centered, encrustations, spots of corrosion, weight 6.300 g, maximum diameter 25.6 mm, die axis 0o, 4th officina, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, as caesar, c. 309 A.D.; obverse GAL VAL MAXIMINVS NOB C, laureate head right; reverse GENIO CAESARIS (to the guardian spirits of our caesars), Genius standing slightly left, head left, nude but for chlamys over shoulders and left arm, kalathos on head, pouring libations from patera in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, ∆ left, * right, MKV in exergue; scarce; $65.00 SALE |PRICE| $58.00


Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt, Cleopatra VII Thea Philopator, 51 - 30 B.C., Paphos, Cyprus

|Cleopatra| |VII|, |Ptolemaic| |Kingdom| |of| |Egypt,| |Cleopatra| |VII| |Thea| |Philopator,| |51| |-| |30| |B.C.,| |Paphos,| |Cyprus|, |1/4| |obol|NEW
Kreuzer, in his book The Coinage System of Cleopatra VII and Augustus in Cyprus, assembles evidence dating this type to Cleopatra VII instead of the reign of Ptolemy IV used in older references.
GP95815. Bronze 1/4 obol, Kreuzer p. 44, first illustration; Svoronos 1160 (Ptolemy IV); SNG Cop 649; Weiser -, aF, green patina, porous, edge splits, weight 1.061 g, maximum diameter 11.7 mm, die axis 0o, Paphos mint, obverse diademed bust of Cleopatra VII as Isis right, hair in melon-coiffure; reverse ΠTOΛEMAIOY - BAΣIΛEΩΣ, double cornucopia flanked by ribbons; $75.00 SALE |PRICE| $67.00











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