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Marcus Aurelius, 7 March 161 - 17 March 180 A.D., Koinon of Thessaly
The Macedonian Koinon (community) was the political organization governing the autonomous Roman province of Macedonia and responsible for issuing coinage. Member cities sent representatives to participate in the popular assembly. The Koinon held celebrations and games annually at Beroea (modern Verria) in honor of Alexander the Great and the Roman emperor.RP98018. Bronze AE 26, SNG Evelpidis 1682; RPC IV.1 T4563.12; BCD Thessaly II 960.1; Rogers 94; BMC Thessaly p. 8, 78; SNG Cop -, VF, nice portrait, broad flan, marks/scratches, areas of light corrosion, weight 14.897 g, maximum diameter 26.0 mm, die axis 270o, Thessaly mint, 161 - 180 A.D.; obverse AVT M AVP ANTWNEINOC, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind; reverse KOINWN ΘECCAΛWN, Athena Itonia striding right, hurling spear with right hand, round shield on left arm; ex Naville Numismatics auction 19 (13 Dec 2015), lot 196; $175.00 SALE PRICE $158.00
Athens, Attica, Greece, c. 113 - 112 B.C., New Style Tetradrachm
The "New Style" tetradrachms were issued by Athens as a semi-autonomous city under Roman rule. The new-style Owls are markedly different from the Owls of Periclean Athens or the "eye in profile" Athena head of the Fourth Century. They were struck on thinner, broad flans, typical of the Hellenistic period, with a portrait of Athena that reflected the heroic portraiture of the period. The owl now stands on an amphora, surrounded by magistrates' names and symbols, all within an olive wreath. The amphora is marked with a letter that may indicate the month of production. Letters below the amphora may indicate the source of the silver used in production.SH62481. Silver tetradrachm, Thompson Athens 673g, VF, weight 16.822 g, maximum diameter 29.5 mm, die axis 0o, Athens mint, c. 113 - 112 B.C.; obverse helmeted head of Athena Parthenos right, triple-crested helmet decorated with curvilinear ornament on the shell, a griffin right above the raised earpiece, and protomes of horses above the visor; reverse A−ΘE / EYM/APEI/∆HΣ / KAEO/MEN / ∆HM, owl standing right on amphora on its side; Triptolemos on right, driving biga of serpents left; E on amphora, ΣO below, all within olive wreath; magistrates Eumareides, Kaeomen, and Demo; nice style; SOLD
Athens, Attica, Greece, c. 109 - 108 B.C., New Style Tetradrachm
The "New Style" tetradrachms were issued by Athens as a semi-autonomous city under Roman rule. The new-style Owls are markedly different from the Owls of Periclean Athens or the "eye in profile" Athena head of the Fourth Century. They were struck on thinner, broad flans, typical of the Hellenistic period, with a portrait of Athena that reflected the heroic portraiture of the period. The owl now stands on an amphora, surrounded by magistrates' names and symbols, all within an olive wreath. The amphora is marked with a letter that may indicate the month of production. Letters below the amphora may indicate the source of the silver used in production.SH62483. Silver stephanophoric tetradrachm, Thompson Athens 728f var. (ME under amphora); Svoronos Athens pl. 59, 11 var. (same), VF, weight 16.643 g, maximum diameter 29.9 mm, die axis 0o, Athens mint, c. 109 - 108 B.C.; obverse helmeted head of Athena Parthenos right, triple-crested helmet decorated with curvilinear ornament on the shell, Pegasos right above the raised earpiece, and protomes of horses above the visor; reverse A−ΘE / ∆A−MΩN / ΣΩΣ/IKPA/THΣ KΛEI/∆AMO, owl standing right on amphora on its side, bow and quiver on right, I on amphora, ΠE below, all within olive wreath; magistrates Damon, Sosikrates, and Kleidamo; SOLD
Athens, Attica, Greece, c. 140 - 175 A.D.
King Minos demanded that, every ninth year, Athens send seven boys and seven girls to Crete to be devoured by the Minotaur, a half-man, half-bull monster that lived in the Labyrinth. Theseus, son of Aigeus, the king of Athens, volunteered to take the place of one of the youths and slay the monster to stop this horror. Upon his arrival to Crete, Ariadne, King Minos' daughter, fell in love with him and gave him a ball of thread to help him find his way out of the Labyrinth. Theseus promised Ariadne that if he escaped he would take her with him. Using the string to mark his path, he made his way to the heart of the Labyrinth, slew the Minotaur, followed the string out, and then rescued the Athenian boys and girls. Athena told Theseus to leave Ariadne and Phaedra behind on the beach. Distressed by his broken heart, Theseus forgot to put up the white sails that were to signal his success. Upon seeing black sails, his father committed suicide, throwing himself off a cliff into the sea, causing this body of water to be named the Aegean.GB77873. Bronze drachm, BMC Attica p. 105, 764; SNG Cop 341; Svoronos Athens, pl. 96, 1; Kroll 276, aF, corrosion, weight 7.132 g, maximum diameter 23.7 mm, die axis 180o, Athens mint, pseudo-autonomous under Rome, c. 140 - 175 A.D.; obverse helmeted head of Athena right, wearing crested Corinthian helmet; reverse AΘHNAIΩN, Theseus right, preparing to slay the Minotaur, nude, planting knee on the back of Minotaur, raising club in his right hand, a horn of the Minotaur in his left hand, the Minotaur falling right on left knee; from the Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren (Antioch Associates); very rare; SOLD
Germanicus, b. 24 May 15 B.C. - d. 10 Oct 19 A.D., Corinth, Greece
Germanicus Caesar was the son of Tiberius' brother Drusus Sr. and Antonia the daughter of Mark Antony and Octavia. He distinguished himself on the battlefield many times, most notably in Germania where he inflicted serious defeats on the barbarian tribes and recovered the legionary standards lost in the catastrophic Varus disaster. He was chosen Tiberius' successor, but died of an unknown cause. His tremendous popularity helped his son Caius (Caligula) obtain the throne after Tiberius died.RP86839. Bronze AE 22, BCD Corinth 356 (this coin); Amandry Corinth XIIIg5 (De2/Rg -); RPC I 1142; BMC Corinth 512, aF, nice portrait, porous, reverse off center, weight 6.278 g, maximum diameter 22.1 mm, die axis 0o, Corinth mint, 4 - 5 A.D.; obverse GERMANICVS CAESAR COR, bare head right; reverse C HEIO POL/LIONE ITER / C MVSSIO P/RISCO II VIR (C. Heius Pollio and C Mussius Priscus, duoviri), inscription partly ligate, in four lines, within ivy wreath; very rare; SOLD
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