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Sicily and Magna Graecia, c. 415 - 100 B.C., Lot of 28 Bronze Coins

|Other| |Syria|, |Sicily| |and| |Magna| |Graecia,| |c.| |415| |-| |100| |B.C.,| |Lot| |of| |28| |Bronze| |Coins||Lot|NEW
The following list was provided by the consignor and has not been verified by FORVM: 1) Panormos, AE25, P. Tarentius, c. 120 BC, Janus / wolf & twins. BMC 11, F, ex Surber
2) Syracuse, AE16, nymph / octopus, SNG Cop 653, VF, porous
3) Syracuse, AE20, bull, SNG Cop 866, VF, patina flaking
4) Syracuse, AE12, nymph / octopus, SNG Cop 679, VF, flaw on chin
5) Syracuse, AE hemilitron, Calciati 16, VF
6) Alaisa, griffin / horse, VF, edge chip 1/5 missing
7) Syracuse, Arethusa / octopus, VF/F
8) Arpi, Apulia, AE20, c. 275-250 BC, horse / bull, SNG ANS 645, F
9) Syracuse, AE trias, female head / octopus, SGCV 1188, VF
10) Rhegion, AE11, c. 351-280 BC, facing lion head / Apollo, SNG ANS 198, aVF, cleaned
11) Leontini, AE16, Calciati 10, F
12) Selinos, Sicily, c. 450-440 BC, cast hexas - dionkion mask of Selinos / Selinon leaf, HGC 2 1236, F
13) Gela, Sicily, AE trias, river god / bull, Calciati 19, VF
14) Syracuse, AE20, Kore / Pegasus, F
15) The Bretti, Ares / Athena, SNG Cop 1642, VF, ex Surber
16) Katane, AE12, c. 186-170 BC, Calciati 13, VF, porous
17) Cales, Campania, AE21, Athena / rooster, SNG Cop 322, VF, porosity, typical edge flaw
18) Sardinia, Tanit / horse head, MAA 57, VF, rough
19) Gela, AE16 triens, c. 420-405 BC, bull / wheel, SNG ANS 105, F, rough
20) Tauromenaion, AE13, Apollo / grapes, Calciati, 12, F, rare
21) Katane, AE23, Janiform Serapis / Demeter, Calciati 14, SNG ANS 1302, F
22) Himera, AE tetras, c. 420-407 BC, rider on goat / Nike, Calciati 31, VF
23) Thurioi, Lucania, AE8, c. 415-400 BC, Athena / bull, HN Italy 1910, VF
24) Gela, AE13, man headed bull / wreath, VF
25) Syracuse, Hieron II, AE21, Poseidon / trident, F
26) Syracuse, AE20, Artemis / thunderbolt, Calciati 142, F
27) The Mamertini, AE26 pentonkion, Ares / warrior
28) one more
LT96158. Bronze Lot, 28 Sicilian and Magna Graecia (Southern Italy) Greek bronze coins, c. 415 - 100 B.C., unattributed to type, no tags or flips, the actual coins in the photograph, as-is, no returns; $870.00 (800.40)


Roman Republic, 4th Century B.C., Aes Formatum, Domed Disk Ingot Fragment

|before| |150| |B.C.|, |Roman| |Republic,| |4th| |Century| |B.C.,| |Aes| |Formatum,| |Domed| |Disk| |Ingot| |Fragment||Aes| |Formatum|NEW
Called aes formatum by Haeberlin, this very rare bronze currency was a precursor to the issues of aes grave but later than aes rude. Presumably, molten bronze-iron alloy was poured into a shallow hole in the dirt. This left a disc-shaped metal mound with a flat reverse. Broken examples like this one are much more common than complete ones.
LT96163. Cast bronze Aes Formatum, Haeberlin pl. 3, 1 - 12, 202g, 9.6cm, fragment, broken from a large domed ingot, "finder's" shovel marks, weight 202.1 g, maximum diameter 95.9 mm, obverse convex obverse; reverse flat reverse; $160.00 (147.20)


Roman Republic and Central Italy, c. 5th - 4th Century B.C., Aes Rude

|before| |150| |B.C.|, |Roman| |Republic| |and| |Central| |Italy,| |c.| |5th| |-| |4th| |Century| |B.C.,| |Aes| |Rude||Aes| |Rude|NEW
In Italy, as with other nations, early trade used a system of barter. Aes rude (Latin: "rough bronze"), used perhaps as early as the early 8th century B.C., was the earliest metal proto-currency in central Italy. In the 5th century B.C., bronze replaced cattle as the primary measure of value in trade. Aes rude are rough lumpy bronze ingots with no marks or design, some are flat and oblong, others are square, while many are irregular and shapeless. The metal is mostly copper with roughly 5% tin. Weight varies considerably with some exceeding twelve pounds and others under an ounce. Many smaller examples are fragments of broken larger specimens. A scale was necessary to measure value for commercial transactions.
LT96164. Bronze Aes Rude, cf. BMCRR I p. 1, Haeberlin pl. 1, Vecchi ICC pl. 1, Thurlow-Vecchi pl. 2, Bertol-Farac pl. 1, SRCV I 505; maximum length 58mm, weight 227g, $200.00 (184.00)


Roman Judea and Palestina, c. 54 - 253 A.D., Lot of 12 Holy Land City Coins

|Decapolis,| |Arabia| |&| |Syria|, |Roman| |Judea| |and| |Palestina,| |c.| |54| |-| |253| |A.D.,| |Lot| |of| |12| |Holy| |Land| |City| |Coins||Lot|NEW
The following list was provided by the consignor and has not been verified by FORVM:
1) Domitian, AE26, Neapolis, legend in wreath, RPC II 2218, F
2) Divus Augustus from the Time of Nerva to Trajan, AE18, Berytus, Phoenicia, BMC 61, RPC I p. 649, F
3) Nero, AE18, Gabala, RPC I 4455, F
4) Elagabalus, AE28, 13.38g Tyre, BMC Phoenicia 396, aVF
5) Elagabalus, AE17, Petra, Spijkerman 56, VF, edge flaw
6) Elagabalus, AE21, Charachmoba, Tyche standing. Rosenberger 1, F
7) Septimius Severus, AE27, Rabbathmoba, Arabia, Statue of Ares, Spijkerman 12, Crude F
8) Elagabalus, AE19, Petra, Decapolis, founder plowing right, Spijkerman 56, Meshorer 283, Rosenberger 35, F
9) Gallienus, AE23, Damascus, Prize urn placed on table, Rosenberger 62, F, ex J.S. Wagner Collection
10) Volusian, AE24, Damascus, doe right suckling child, F, ex J.S. Wagner Collection
11) Volusian, AE23, Damascus, agonistic urn inscribed OLYMPIA CEBACMIA, BMC Syria 32, De Sualey 53/6, F, obv. porous, ex J.S. Wagner Collection
12) Hadrian, AE25, Petra, Decapolis, F
LT96157. Bronze Lot, 12 Holy Land City Coins, Roman Judea and Palestina, c. 54 - 253 A.D., unattributed to type, no tags or flips, the actual coins in the photograph, as-is, no returns; $360.00 (331.20)


Iberia / Hispania, c. 200 - 1 B.C., Lot of 11 Bronze Coins

|Greek| |Bulk| |Lots|, |Iberia| |/| |Hispania,| |c.| |200| |-| |1| |B.C.,| |Lot| |of| |11| |Bronze| |Coins||Lot|NEW
The following list was provided by the consignor and has not been verified by FORVM:
1) Carteia, Spain, AE20, Neptune standing left, RPC I 122, F, ex RBW
2) p2338) Carteia, Spain, AE17, dolphin / rudder, RPC I 119, aVF, ex RBW
3) Obulco, Spain, AE35, SNG BM Spain 1405, F/Fair, punch on rev.
4) Turiaso, Spain, c. 150 BC, head right / horseman right, F-VF
5) Castulo, Spain, AE26 (12.69g), bare male head right / sphinx right, SNG Cop 211, VF, deep split or cut
6) Carteia, Spain, AE17, turreted head of Tyche right / D D winged figure on dolphin right, RPC I 116, F, ex RBW
7) Another, also ex RBW
8) Castulo, AE29, sphinx right, F, porous
9) Ulia, Spain, AE29, female head right, crescent below, palm before / VLIA framed by branches, Burgos 1977, F, edge chip
10) Gades, AE16, head of Melqart left / dolphin right, F
11) Spain, AE34, male head right / helmeted griffin or sphinx, Fair
LT96155. Bronze Lot, Lot of 11 Bronze Coins from Iberia / Hispania, c. 200 - 1 B.C., unattributed to type, no tags or flips, the actual coins in the photograph, as-is, no returns; $220.00 (202.40)


Roman Provincial Egypt, c. 81 - 249 A.D., Lot of 25 Bronze Drachms

|Greek| |Bulk| |Lots|, |Roman| |Provincial| |Egypt,| |c.| |81| |-| |249| |A.D.,| |Lot| |of| |25| |Bronze| |Drachms||Lot|NEW
The following list was provided by the consignor and has not been verified by FORVM:
1) Domitian, arch, RPC II 2728
2) Domitian, quadriga of elephants right, Milne 528
3) Trajan, Emperor in biga of Centaurs, Year 13
4) Trajan, Eleutheria reclining
5) Hadrian, Nilus reclining, crocodile before
6) Hadrian, bust of Sarapis
7) Hadrian, two standing figures
8) Antoninus Pius, Nilus reclining, Nilometer before, aF, obverse pitted, scarce
9) Antoninus Pius, Nilus reclining
10) Lucius Verus, Year 5, Nilus reclining right on river bank, Emmett 2153.5, aF
11) Philip I, Year 5, Homonoia standing left, aF, porous
12-18) Hadrian
19-22) Antoninus Pius
23-25) Uncertain
LT96185. Bronze Lot, Lot of 25 Roman provincial Egypt drachms, c. 30mm, c. 22g, Fair to aF, Alexandria mint, c. 81 - 249 A.D.; unattributed to type, no tags or flips, the actual coins in the photograph, as-is, no returns; $450.00 (414.00)


Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt, Ptolemy IV Philopator, 221 - 204 B.C., Lot of 5 Bronze Drachms

|Greek| |Bulk| |Lots|, |Ptolemaic| |Kingdom| |of| |Egypt,| |Ptolemy| |IV| |Philopator,| |221| |-| |204| |B.C.,| |Lot| |of| |5| |Bronze| |Drachms||Lot|NEW
Ptolemy IV's surname Philopator means father lover, ironic since according to some authorities he poisoned his father. Ptolemy IV is a major protagonist of the apocryphal 3 Maccabees, which describes events following the Battle of Raphia, in both Jerusalem and Alexandria. He was a cruel and evil monarch.
LT96150. Bronze Lot, 5 Ptolemy IV drachms, F, encrustations, corrosion, weight c. 44 g, maximum diameter c. 37 mm, Alexandria mint, 222 - 204 B.C.; obverse horned head of Zeus Ammon right, wearing taenia, reverse ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ (King Ptolemy), eagle standing left on thunderbolt, head left, wings closed, filleted cornucopia left; ex Ora Eads Collection; unattributed to type, no tags or flips, the actual coins in the photograph, as-is, no returns; $250.00 (230.00)


Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt, c. 310 - 30 B.C., Lot of 11 Coins

|Ptolemaic| |Egypt|, |Ptolemaic| |Kingdom| |of| |Egypt,| |c.| |310| |-| |30| |B.C.,| |Lot| |of| |11| |Coins||Lot|NEW
The following list was provided by the consignor and has not been verified by FORVM:
1) Ptolemy I, AE18, Paphos, cf. Svoronos 75, F, porous
2) Ptolemy II, AE26 (22.76g), Svoronos 449, F
3) Ptolemy IV, AE36 (50.0g), Svoronos 1148, VF
4) Ptolemy IV, AE36, cf. Svoronos 1142, aVF
5) Ptolemy VI and VIII, AE35, large horn variety, Svoronos 1423, F
6) Ptolemy VI and VIII, AE28, F
7) Ptolemy VIII(?) AE24, Isis right, Svoronos 1384, aVF
8) Ptolemy VIII, AE24, Year 34, Svoronos 1629, F
9) Ptolemy IX, AE18, Svoronos 1698
10) Cleopatra VII, billon tetradrachm (11.971g), year 18, aF
11) Cleopatra VII, AE26 diobol (17.81g), Svoronos 1871, Fair
LT96151. Mixed Lot, Lot of 11 Ptolemaic coins, c. 310 - 30 B.C.; unattributed to type, no tags or flips, the actual coins in the photograph, as-is, no returns; $440.00 (404.80)


Roman Republic and Central Italy, c. 5th - 4th Century B.C., Aes Rude Fragments

|Italy|, |Roman| |Republic| |and| |Central| |Italy,| |c.| |5th| |-| |4th| |Century| |B.C.,| |Aes| |Rude| |Fragments||Lot|NEW
In Italy, as with other nations, early trade used a system of barter. Aes rude (Latin: "rough bronze"), used perhaps as early as the early 8th century B.C., was the earliest metal proto-currency in central Italy. In the 5th century B.C., bronze replaced cattle as the primary measure of value in trade. Aes rude are rough lumpy bronze ingots with no marks or design, some are flat and oblong, others are square, while many are irregular and shapeless. The metal is mostly copper with roughly 5% tin. Weight varies considerably with some exceeding twelve pounds and others under an ounce. Many smaller examples are fragments of broken larger specimens. A balance was necessary to measure value for commercial transactions.
LT96143. Bronze Lot, Lot of 20 aes rude fragments, cf. BMCRR I p. 1, Haeberlin pl. 1, Vecchi ICC pl. 1, Thurlow-Vecchi pl. 2, SRCV I 505, 13.908g - 65.836g, no tags or flips, actual pieces in the photograph, as-is, no returns; $500.00 (460.00)


Rhodes, Caria, c. 1 B.C. - 60 A.D.

|Rhodos|, |Rhodes,| |Caria,| |c.| |1| |B.C.| |-| |60| |A.D.||drachm|NEW
After surrendering its independence to Rome, Rhodes became a cultural and educational center for Roman noble families and was especially noted for its teachers of rhetoric, such as Hermagoras and the unknown author of Rhetorica ad Herennium. At first, the state was an important ally of Rome and enjoyed numerous privileges, but these were later lost in various machinations of Roman politics. Cassius eventually invaded the island and sacked the city. In the early Imperial period Rhodes became a favorite place for political exiles. Early in the 1st century A.D., the Tiberius spent a brief term of exile on Rhodes. Saint Paul brought Christianity to people on the island. Rhodes reached her zenith in the 3rd century.
GB97281. Bronze drachm, RPC I 2767 (same obv. die); SNG Munchen 685 (same obv. die); SNG Cop 890; SNG Righetti 1001; BMC Caria p. 265, 381; Lindgren 702; SNGvA -; HGC 6 -, F, obverse corrosion, weight 23.345 g, maximum diameter 36.1 mm, die axis 0o, Rhodos (Rhodes, Greece) mint, c. 1 - 60 A.D.; obverse head of Dionysos right, wreathed in ivy; reverse Nike standing left on prow, extending right hand, palm frond in left hand, PO∆I/ΩN in two lines on left over rose in lower left field, EΠI / XAPEI/NOY (struck under [magistrate] Chapeinos) in right field; big 36mm bronze; $150.00 (138.00)











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