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Die Frhe Mnzprgung Vom Kimmerschen Bosporus

|Numismatic| |Books|, |Die| |Frhe| |Mnzprgung| |Vom| |Kimmerschen| |Bosporus|
The early coinage of the Cimmerian Bosporus (mid-6th to early 4th century BC): The coins of the cities Pantikapaion, Theodosia, Nymphaion, and Phanagoria, and also the Sindi.
BK13181. Die Frhe Mnzprgung Vom Kimmerschen Bosporus by Nina A Frolova, 2004, in German, 100 pages, new, priced below FORVM's cost!; $110.00 (101.20)

L'Atelier D'Amaseia du Pont, Recherches Historiques et Numismatiques

|Greek| |Books|, |L'Atelier| |D'Amaseia| |du| |Pont,| |Recherches| |Historiques| |et| |Numismatiques|
The Amaseia [Pontos] workshop of the bridge, historical and numismatic research.
BK22361. L'Atelier D'Amaseia du Pont, Recherches Historiques et Numismatiques by Dalaison, Julie, 2008, in French, 233 pages, 69 plates, soft cover, very good condition, international shipping at actual cost of shipping, priced $65 - $74 online; $40.00 (36.80)

Kings of Thrace, Thracian Kainoi, Mostis, c. 139 - 100 B.C.

|Kingdoms| |of| |Thrace|, |Kings| |of| |Thrace,| |Thracian| |Kainoi,| |Mostis,| |c.| |139| |-| |100| |B.C.||AE| |25|NEW
Mostis, reigned c. 139 - 100 B.C., was king of the Thracian Kainoi (Caeni) tribe in South East Thrace to Strandzha mountain, territory in Bulgaria and Turkey today. He king is best known from his coinage, which includes bronze coins and rare tetradrachms.
GB111738. Bronze AE 25, SNG BM 312, Youroukova 134, HGC 3 1729, SNG Stancomb -, SNG Cop -, BMC Thrace -, gF, large edge split/crack, rev. countermark, weight 5.818 g, maximum diameter 25.1 mm, die axis 0o, c. 125 B.C.; obverse jugate heads of Zeus and Hera right; reverse eagle standing left on fulmen (thunderbolt), monogram above right, BAΣIΛEΩΣ above, MOΣTIΔOΣ below; countermark: monogram; scarce; $110.00 (101.20)

Lysimacheia, Thracian Chersonese, c. 245 - 240 B.C.

|Lysimacheia|, |Lysimacheia,| |Thracian| |Chersonese,| |c.| |245| |-| |240| |B.C.||AE| |19|NEW
About 250 B.C. the Seleukid king Antiochos II invaded Thrace. About 245 B.C., after Antiochos was defeated, Lysimachia overstruck his bronze coins en mass, undoubtedly re-monetizing the demonetized Seleukid coins for a fee.

The Antiochos II undertype obverse was the diademed head of Apollo right. The reverse, a tripod above anchor, BASILEWS right, ANTIOXOY left, monograms outer left and right. Although traditionally attributed to Sardes, Houghton and Lorber suggest it may have been struck in Thrace.
GB111735. Bronze AE 19, MacDonald Overstruck p. 117 - 118, 91; cf. SNG Cop 917; BMC Thrace p. 195, 4; HGC 3.2 1500 (S); undertype: Houghton-Lorber I pp. 185, 525 ff., aVF, green patina, overstruck with strong undertype effects, weight 4.885 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, die axis 0o, Lysimacheia (Eksemil, Turkey) mint, c. 245 - 240 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, clad in Nemean lion scalp headdress; undertype: traces of inscription, feet of tripod and anchor remain; reverse ΛYΣIMAXIΩN, Nike standing left, holding wreath and palm branch; undertype: strong face of Apollo remains; $100.00 (92.00)

Kyzikos, Mysia, 2nd - 1st Century B.C.

|Cyzicus|, |Kyzikos,| |Mysia,| |2nd| |-| |1st| |Century| |B.C.||AE| |18|NEW
In 74 B.C. Cyzicus, allied with Rome, withstood a siege by King Mithridates VI of Pontus. Rome rewarded this loyalty with territory and with municipal independence which lasted until the reign of Tiberius. When it was incorporated into the Empire, it was made the capital of Mysia, afterward of Hellespontus. Cyzicus was one of the great cities of the ancient world.
GB111737. Bronze AE 18, SNG BnF 465; SNG Cop IV 69.; SNGvA I 1236.; SNG Tb IV 2259.; BMC Mysia p. 39, 152; Lindgren I 220, aVF, light deposits, weight 5.497 g, maximum diameter 17.7 mm, die axis 0o, Kyzikos (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, 2nd - 1st Century B.C.; obverse head of Kore Soteira (the savior maiden) right, wreathed with grain; reverse KY/ZI in two lines, divided by monogram at center, all inside oak wreath, within a shallow round incuse; $90.00 (82.80)

Mesembria, Thrace, 300 - 250 B.C.

|Mesembria|, |Mesembria,| |Thrace,| |300| |-| |250| |B.C.||AE| |20|NEW
The wheel on the reverse is depicted with a degree of perspective, which is unusual on ancient coins.

(sampi) was an archaic Greek letter used between the 7th and the middle of the 5th centuries B.C., probably to denote some type of a sibilant (hissing) ΣΣ or TΣ sound, and was abandoned when the sound disappeared from Greek. The name sampi is of medieval origin. The letter's original name in antiquity is not known. Its use has been attested at the Ionian cities Miletus, Ephesos, Halikarnassos, Erythrae, and Teos, at the Ionian colony of Massalia in Gaul, on the island of Samos, and at Kyzikos, Mysia. At Mesembria, on the Black Sea coast of Thrace, it was used on coins in an abbreviation of the city's name, spelled META. In a famous painted black figure amphora from c. 615 B.C., known as the "Nessos amphora," the inscribed name of the eponymous centaur Nessus is rendered in the irregular spelling NETOΣ.
GB111740. Bronze AE 20, SNG Stancomb 229, SNG Cop 658, SNG BM 276 var. (helmet left), aVF, weight 5.353 g, maximum diameter 20.4 mm, die axis 90o, Mesambria (Nesebar, Bulgaria) mint, 300 - 250 B.C.; obverse Thracian helmet with cheek guard right; reverse wheel with hub and four spokes (or shield?), METAM/BPIANΩN (T = archaic Greek letter sampi = ΣΣ) divided, above and below; rare; $90.00 (82.80)

Maroneia, Thrace, c. 189 - 49 B.C.

|Maroneia|, |Maroneia,| |Thrace,| |c.| |189| |-| |49| |B.C.||AE| |21|NEW
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.
GB111733. Bronze AE 21, cf. Schnert-Geiss Maroneia 1678; HGC 3.2 1540 BMC Thrace p. 131, 83 ff. (Apollo); SNG Cop 635, VF/F, green patina, obv. off center, part of edge ragged, weight 8.937 g, maximum diameter 24.3 mm, die axis 30o, Maroneia (Maroneia-Sapes, Greece) mint, c. 189 - 49 B.C.; obverse young male head right (Dionysus?); reverse Asklepios standing slightly left, head left, serpent-entwined staff in right hand, left hand on hip, two monograms arranged vertically upper left, MAΡΩNITΩN downward on right; $80.00 (73.60)

Sicily, c. 190 B.C.

|Roman| |Italy| |&| |Sicily|, |Sicily,| |c.| |190| |B.C.||tetras|NEW
GB111732. Bronze tetras, apparently unpublished; cf. Calciati I p. 361, 182A (Panormos, no pellets on obv.); SNG ANS -, HGC 2 - , gF, brown patina, weight 6.016 g, maximum diameter 22.6 mm, die axis 90o, uncertain Roman mint, c. 190 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Zeus left, three pellets (mark of value) behind; reverse winged fulmen (thunderbolt), three pellets (mark of value) below; ex Aphrodite auction 6 (22-24 Oct 2022), lot 213; rare; $90.00 (82.80)

Faustina Junior, Augusta 146 - Winter 175/176 A.D., Wife of Marcus Aurelius, Augusta, Traianopolis, Thrace

|Roman| |Thrace| |&| |Black| |Sea|, |Faustina| |Junior,| |Augusta| |146| |-| |Winter| |175/176| |A.D.,| |Wife| |of| |Marcus| |Aurelius,| |Augusta,| |Traianopolis,| |Thrace||AE| |22|NEW
Traianopolis (Traianoupoli, Greece today) was founded by the Romans and, of course, named after Emperor Trajan. In the Roman period, the city was famous for its baths. In the 4th century, it became the capital of the province of Rhodope.
RP111729. Bronze AE 22, Schnert-Geiss MATT 17, RPC Online IV.1 T1931 (4 specimens), vA Phryg II 1484, Varbanov II -, aVF, well centered, green patina, a bit rough, central dimples, weight 5.878 g, maximum diameter 21.7 mm, die axis 180o, Traianopolis (Traianoupoli, Greece) mint, obverse ΦAVCTEINA CEBAC, draped bust right; reverse TPAIANΠOΛEITΩ, Homonoia standing left, patera in right hand, cornucopia in left hand; first specimen of this type handled by Forum; rare; $110.00 (101.20)

Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D., Tyana, Cappadocia

|Cappadocia|, |Hadrian,| |11| |August| |117| |-| |10| |July| |138| |A.D.,| |Tyana,| |Cappadocia||AE| |19|NEW
Tyana was an ancient city in the Anatolian region of Cappadocia. Under Caracalla the city became Antoniana colonia Tyana. After having sided with Queen Zenobia of Palmyra it was captured by Aurelian in 272, who would not allow his soldiers to sack it, allegedly because Apollo appeared to him, pleading for its safety. The ruins of Tyana are at modern Kemerhisar, three miles south of Nigde. There are remains of a Roman aqueduct and of cave cemeteries and sepulchral grottoes.
RP111720. Bronze AE 19, RPC III 2956; Henseler 1517; Waddington 6805; cf. Cox Tarsus p. 59, 234 & Pl. XI (year 21), gF, green patina, porous, scratches, light earthen deposits, tight flan, weight 5.839 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 0o, Tyana (Kemerhisar, Turkey) mint, 135 - 136 A.D.; obverse AYTO KAIC TPAI AΔPIANOC CEBACTOC, laureate head right; reverse TYANEΩN TΩN ΠP TA IEP ACY AYTO, Athena standing slightly left, head left, Victory bearing wreath and palm frond in right hand, left hand resting on grounded shield, vertical spear resting against shield, ET-K (year 20) across fields; $110.00 (101.20)

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