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Mesembria (Mesambria) was a Doric settlement on an island at the Black Sea coast. Today a man-made isthmus connects it to the mainland. The modern name is Nesebar, an important seaside resort. Several ancient churches and ruins are preserved on the peninsula. GB85183. Bronze AE 18, SNG BM 280 ff., SNG Cop 661, SGCV I 1676, VF, attractive brown copper surfaces, well centered on a tight flan, weight 5.276 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 0o, Mesambria (Nesebar, Bulgaria) mint, 3rd - 2nd century B.C.; obverse diademed female head right; reverse METAM/BPIANΩN (T = archaic Greek letter sampi = ΣΣ), AthenaAlkidemos advancing left, shield on right arm, brandishing spear in left hand; $100.00 (€85.00)
Romano-British Empire, Carausius, Mid 286 - Spring or Early Summer 293 A.D.
In The Reign and Coinage of Carausius, Percy Webb wrote that Providentia types are very common, but those reading PROVIDEN are rare. RA73472. Billonantoninianus, Webb Carausius 175 (draped, no cuirass) or 176 (also cuirassed), RIC V-2 149 (S), SRCV IV 13694, Askew 182, Hunter IV -, VF, green patina, well centered on a tight flan, areas weakly struck, bumps and marks, weight 3.155 g, maximum diameter 22.8 mm, die axis 180o, Londinium (London, England) mint, c. late 289/290 - 290/291; obverse IMP CARAVSIVS P F AVG, radiate, draped (and cuirassed?) bust right, middle reign portrait type; reversePROVIDENT AVG (the foresight of the Emperor), Providentia standing left, globe in right hand, long transverse scepter in left hand, B - E across fields, MLXXI in exergue; from the Charles Peters Carausius Collection; scarce; $90.00 (€76.50)
Pergamene Kingdom, Attalos I Soter 241 - 197 B.C., In the Name of Philetairos
Attalus, a capable general, champion of the Greeks, and loyal ally of Rome, made Pergamon a powerful kingdom. He earned the name "Soter" (savior) by defeating the Galatians, who had plundered and exacted tribute for more than a generation. In the Macedonian Wars he allied with Rome against Philip V of Macedon. SH70868. Silver tetradrachm, Westermark Group VIB; SNG BnF 1626; BMC Mysia p. 117, 45; McClean 7685, VF/F, excellent portrait, uneven toning, weight 16.753 g, maximum diameter 30.5 mm, die axis 0o, Pergamon (Bergama, Turkey) mint, 235 - 210 B.C.; obverse Philetairos (founder of the Attalid dynasty) diademed head right; reverseAthena enthroned left, crowning dynastic name ΦIΛETAIPOY to left, holding spear and resting left arm on shield, XAP monogram inner left, bow on right; very rare with this monogram; $280.00 (€238.00)
Aigai, Aiolis, 3rd Century B.C.
Aegae (or Aigai) means place of goats and was the name of many cities of antiquity. Aigai, Aiolis was also an important sanctuary of Apollo. It was within the Lydian Empire, then the Achaemenid Persian Empire, but had its brightest period under the Attalid dynasty, which ruled from nearby Pergamon in the 3rd and 2nd centuries B.C. It changed hands from Pergamon to the Seleucid Empire, but was recaptured by Attalus I of Pergamon in 218 B.C. In the war between Bithynia and Pergamon, it was destroyed by Prusias II of Bithynia in 156 B.C. After a peace was brokered by the Romans, the city was compensated with 100 talents. In 129 B.C., the Kingdom of Pergamon became part of the Roman Empire. Aigai was destroyed by an earthquake in 17 A.D. and received aid for reconstruction from Tiberius. The ruins are near the village of Yuntdagi Koseler in Manisa Province, Turkey. GB86112. Bronze AE 9, SNG Cop 2; SNGvA 1593 var. (no legend), BMC Troas -, SNG München -, VF, dark green patina with highlighting earthen deposits, scratches, weight 1.220 g, maximum diameter 9.1 mm, die axis 0o, Aiolis, Aigai (near Yuntdagi Koseler, Turkey) mint, 3rd century B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right; reversehead and neck of goat right, AIΓAE upward behind; $28.00 (€23.80)
Pergamene Kingdom, Attalos I, 241 - 197 B.C.
Attalus, a capable general, champion of the Greeks, and loyal ally of Rome, made Pergamon a powerful kingdom. He earned the name "Soter" (savior) by defeating the Galatians, who had plundered and exacted tribute for more than a generation. In the Macedonian Wars he allied with Rome against Philip V of Macedon. GS86503. Silver tetradrachm, BMC Mysia p. 117, 43 (same tiny die break on monogram); SNGvA 1360; SNG BnF -, SNG Cop -, SNG Tüb -, SNG Delepierre -, SNG Hunt -, Meydancikkale -, VF/F, superb portrait, light toning, bumps, marks, porosity, small test cut from edge, weight 16.393 g, maximum diameter 29.6 mm, die axis 0o, Mysia, Pergamum (Bergama, Turkey) mint, 215 - 197 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Philetaerus right in taenia; reverse ΦIΛETAIPOY downward on left, Athena enthroned left, crowning dynastic name with wreath in right hand, left arm resting on shield at side ornamented with a gorgoneion, transverse spear on her far side, ME monogram inner right under arm, star over bee outer left, strung bow right; from the David Cannon Collection, ex Beast Coins; very rare variant; $500.00 (€425.00)
Tiberius, 19 August 14 - 16 March 37 A.D.
In 36 A.D., Herod Antipas suffered major losses in a war with Aretas IV of Nabataea, provoked partly by Antipas' divorce of Aretas' daughter. According to Josephus, Herod's defeat was popularly believed to be divine punishment for his execution of John the Baptist. Tiberius ordered Vitellius, the governor of Syria, to capture or kill Aretas, but Vitellius was reluctant to support Herod and abandoned his campaign upon Tiberius' death in 37. SH87506. Silver denarius, Giard Lyon, group 5, 152; RIC I 30 (C); BMCRE I 60; RSC II 16a; SRCV I 1763, EF, lustrous, radiating flow lines, slightly off center, die wear, flaw on Pax face, weight 3.857 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 210o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, c. 36 - 37 A.D.; obverseTI CAESARDIVI AVG FAVGVSTVS, laureate head right, laurel wreath ties fall in small undulations (waves); reversePONTIF MAXIM (high priest), Pax (or Livia as Pax) seated right on chair with decorated legs, a single line below, long scepter vertical behind in her right hand, branch in left hand, feet on footstool; $720.00 (€612.00)
Writings of Mankind, Alex G. Malloy Auction XVII, Spring 1990
Includes objects in the following categories: Cuneiform, Hieroglyphic, Hieratic, Aramaic, Edessan Syriac, Greek, Islamic (Arabic), Dravadian, Classical Latin, Late Latin, English, American Colonial, French, German, and Russian. BL00008. Writings of Mankind 1990, Alex G. Malloy Auction XVII, spring 1990, 123 lots, 68 pages, 40 plates; $5.00 (€4.25)
Alex G. Malloy, Ancient Art and Antiquities, 1972
This catalogue contains Luristan, North Syrian, Mesopotamian, Sassanian, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, etc. antiquities. BL10880. Ancient Art and Antiquities 1972, Alex G. Malloy, 1972, paper booklet, 23 pages, illustrations throughout; $2.00 (€1.70)
Numismatica Ars Classica (NAC 75), An Important Series Of Late Roman And Byzantine Coins
Featuring coins from the late Roman Empire, the Migration of German Tribes, the Byzantine Empire, etc. BK10369. Numismatica Ars Classica (NAC 75), An Important Series Of Late Roman And Byzantine Coins, 18 Nov 2013, 144 pages, illustrations throughout, paperback; $5.00 (€4.25)
Alex G. Malloy, Ancient Art and Antiquities, Fall 1990 (Catalogue XVIII)
Catalogue XVIII contains Western Asiatic, Egyptian, Coptic, Greek, Islamic, Roman, Byzantine, Medieval, Renaissance, and Ornamentation art and antiquities. BL10882. Ancient Art and Antiquities: Fall 1990 (Catalogue XVIII), Alex G. Malloy, Inc., South Salem, New York, 1990, 23 pages, illustrations throughout; $2.00 (€1.70)
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