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Domitian, 13 September 81 - 18 September 96 A.D.

|Domitian|, |Domitian,| |13| |September| |81| |-| |18| |September| |96| |A.D.||dupondius| |(or| |as)|
This type was struck as both a dupondius and an as, distinguishable only by the metal, orichalcum vs. copper, and weight, c. 13g vs. c. 9g. The as appears to be quite rare and the dupondius seems to be much more common. This coin is probably a dupondius.
RB99572. Copper dupondius (or as), RIC II-1 Titus 280 (R); BMCRE II T237; BnF III p. 230, T246; Hunter I p. 274, T21 (Lugdunum); Cohen I 32; SRCV I -, aF, well centered, brown patina, porous, part of reverse legend unstruck, weight 10.664 g, maximum diameter 28.7 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, as caesar, 80 - 81 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES DIVI AVG VESP F DOMITIAN COS VII, laureate head right; reverse CERES AVGVST, Ceres standing slightly left, head left, veiled and draped, two stalks of grain downwards in right hand, long torch vertical behind in left, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking low across field; from the Ed Strivelli Collection, ex FORVM (2018); $60.00 (60.60) ON RESERVE

Nero, 13 October 54 - 9 June 68 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt, Tiberius Reverse

|Members| |Auction| |Listed|, |Nero,| |13| |October| |54| |-| |9| |June| |68| |A.D.,| |Roman| |Provincial| |Egypt,| |Tiberius| |Reverse||tetradrachm|
Nero became emperor after Claudius' death (he was probably poisoned by Nero's mother). At first, Nero ruled well but he degenerated into debauchery and murder, executing his mother, two wives, and numerous senators. He committed suicide after his generals rebelled and his guard deserted him.
MA97192. Billon tetradrachm, RPC I 5295; Kampmann 14.101; Dattari 185; Geissen 187; BMC Alexandria p. 15, 114; Milne 256, weight 7.864 g, maximum diameter 23.4 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 66 - 67 A.D.; obverse NEPΩ KΛAY KAIΣ ΣEB ΓEP AY, radiate bust left, wearing aegis, date LIΓ left (year 13); reverse TIBEPIOΣ KAIΣAP, laureate head of Tiberius right; $52.90 (53.43)

Salonina, Augusta 254 - c. September 268 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt

|Members| |Auction| |Listed|, |Salonina,| |Augusta| |254| |-| |c.| |September| |268| |A.D.,| |Roman| |Provincial| |Egypt||tetradrachm|
In 268, Gallienus was killed by his senior officers at Mediolanum (Milan) while besieging his rival Aureolus. Marcus Aurelius Claudius was charged by the Senate for the murder but it was never proven. He became the new emperor and reigned as Claudius II. Claudius II asked the Senate to spare the lives of Gallienus' family and political supporters. Gallienus was deified and buried in a family tomb on the Appian Way.
RX92538. Billon tetradrachm, Dattari 5346; Milne 4189; Curtis 1642; Geissen 2983; BMC Alexandria p. 295, 2280; SNG Cop 821, VF, potentially active corrosion, weight 9.847 g, maximum diameter 21.5 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 267 - c. Sep 268 A.D.; obverse KOPNHΛIA CAΛWNEINA CEB, draped bust right, wearing stephane, hair in horizontal ridges and in plait looped below ear; reverse eagle standing right, wings open, wreath in beak, palm left, LIE (year 15 of Valerian) right; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $50.58 (51.09)

Dyrrhachion, Illyria, Greece, Roman Protectorate, c. 229 - 30 B.C.

|Members| |Auction| |Listed|, |Dyrrhachion,| |Illyria,| |Greece,| |Roman| |Protectorate,| |c.| |229| |-| |30| |B.C.||drachm|
Durrs, one of the oldest cities in Albania, was founded as Epidamnos in 627 B.C. by Greek colonists from Corinth and Corcyra, modern-day Corfu. Located around a natural rocky harbor surrounded by inland swamps and high cliffs on the seaward side, the city was difficult to attack from land or sea. After the decisive defeat of the Illyrians to Rome in 229 B.C., the new Roman rulers renamed the city Dyrrachium because Epidamnos is similar to the Latin word damnum, meaning "loss" or "harm." Dyrrhachion is Greek for "bad spine" or "difficult ridge," probably referring to the imposing cliffs near the city. Dyrrachium prospered under Roman rule and was developed as a naval and military base. Pompey made a stand there in 48 B.C. before fleeing south to Greece. Augustus made the city a colony for veterans of his legions following the Battle of Actium, proclaiming it a civitas libera (free town).
MA97204. Silver drachm, Ceka 322 ; BMC Thessaly p. 70, 81 - 83; SNG Cop 476, weight 3.151 g, maximum diameter 17.7 mm, die axis 90o, Dyrrhachium (Durrs, Albania) mint, 229 - 30 B.C.; obverse MENIΣKOΣ, cow standing right, looking back at calf suckling to left, Nike flying above, thunderbolt in exergue (off flan); reverse ∆YP − KAΛ−ΛΩ−NOΣ, double stellate pattern within double linear square with sides curved inward; $41.25 (41.66)

Trajan Decius, September 249 - June or July 251 A.D., Antioch, Syria

|Members| |Auction| |Listed|, |Trajan| |Decius,| |September| |249| |-| |June| |or| |July| |251| |A.D.,| |Antioch,| |Syria||tetradrachm|
Trajan Decius, a general under Philip I, was sent to crush the revolt of Pacatian but was forced by his troops to declare himself emperor. He defeated Philip in a great battle at Verona. Decius spent the rest of his short reign combating barbarians. In June 251, Trajan Decius and his son Herennius Etruscus became the first Roman emperors to die in battle against a foreign enemy.
MA97197. Billon tetradrachm, McAlee 1116(d), Prieur 528, gVF, weight 11.105 g, maximum diameter 26.3 mm, die axis 225o, 4th officina, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 249 - 250 A.D.; obverse AYT K Γ ME KY ∆EKIOC TPAIANOC CEB, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind, four pellets below; reverse ∆HMAPX EΞOYCIAC (holder of Tribunitian power), eagle standing left on palm frond, wings open, head left, wreath in beak, S C (senatus consulto) in exergue; light corrosion, much remaining mint luster; $38.00 (38.38)

Byzantine Empire, Justinian I, 4 April 527 - 14 November 565 A.D.

|Justinian| |I|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Justinian| |I,| |4| |April| |527| |-| |14| |November| |565| |A.D.||decanummium|
In 541 A.D. the Plague of Justinian (Bubonic plague) appeared suddenly in the Egyptian port of Pelusium, spread to Alexandria and, the following year, to Constantinople. This was the beginning of a 200-year-long pandemic that devastated Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa.
BZ96646. Bronze decanummium, DOC I 299, Ratto 715, Sommer 4.131, Hahn MIB 199, SBCV 270, Morrisson BnF 4/CT/AE/41a, Wroth BMC -, Tolstoi -, F, brown patina, porous, weight 5.399 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 180o, Carthage (near Tunis, Tunisia) mint, 542 - 543 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTINIANVS P P AVG, pearl diademed, paludamentum and cuirassed bust right; reverse large I (10 nummi), cross above, ANNO downward to left, X/VI (year 16) in two lines on right, KAR (Carthage) in exergue; scarce; $35.00 (35.35)

Apollonia Pontika, Thrace, c. 450 - 404 B.C.

|Members| |Auction| |Listed|, |Apollonia| |Pontika,| |Thrace,| |c.| |450| |-| |404| |B.C.||drachm|
Apollonia Pontica was founded as Antheia by Greek colonists from Miletus in the 7th century B.C. They soon changed its name to Apollonia after building a temple for Apollo. The temple contained a colossal statue of Apollo by Calamis, which was later taken to Rome and placed in the Capitol. The anchor on the coinage is evidence of the importance of its maritime trade.
MA96702. Silver drachm, Topalov Apollonia p. 348, 9 and p. 588, 45; SNG BM Black Sea 160; SNG Stancomb 37; SNG Cop 457; HGC 3.2 1324, weight 3.263 g, maximum diameter 12.0 mm, die axis 90o, Apollonia Pontica (Sozopol, Bulgaria) mint, c. 450 - 404 B.C.; obverse Attic style gorgoneion (facing head of Medusa), full round face, curly snake hair, tongue protruding; reverse anchor, large flukes up, A left, crayfish right; $32.00 (32.32)

Sasanian Empire, Khusro II, Occupation of Egypt, 618 - 628 A.D.

|Sasanian| |Empire|, |Sasanian| |Empire,| |Khusro| |II,| |Occupation| |of| |Egypt,| |618| |-| |628| |A.D.||12| |nummi|
During his temporary domination of Egypt, 618 - 628 A.D., Khusru allowed the Alexandria mint to continue issuing the normal Byzantine coinage, but substituted his portrait for the Byzantine emperor's. The sun and moon replaced the obverse legend, just as on contemporary Sasanian coinage. It may seem strange that a Persian king would wear a crown surmounted by a cross; however, his wife Sira was a Christian, he was a benefactor of the church of St. Sergius in Edessa, he honored the Virgin, and he sometimes wore a robe embroidered with a cross which he had received as a gift from the Emperor Maurice Tiberius. The Byzantine emperors resumed the imperial coinage of Alexandria after their recapture of Egypt in 628 A.D.

The corrosion on this coin looks like bronze disease but this is an old collection coin, we have had it for two years now, and the corrosion does not appear to be active.
BZ93527. Bronze 12 nummi, DOC II-1 192; Hahn MIB 202a; Wroth BMC 276; Tolstoi 107-8; Ratto 1314-5; Morrisson BnF 10/Al/AE/30; SBCV 856; Sommer 11.93, VF, well centered, corrosion, weight 14.900 g, maximum diameter 23.1 mm, die axis 180o, Alexandria mint, 618 - 628 A.D.; obverse bust of the Sassanid King Khusru II wearing a crown with pendilia and surmounted by a cross within a crescent, star left, crescent moon right; reverse large I B with modified cross potent on globe between, AΛEZ in exergue; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $31.00 (31.31)

|Members| |Auction| |Listed|, |Eudoxia,| |Augusta| |9| |January| |400| |-| |Early| |October| |404| |A.D.,| |Wife| |of| |Arcadius||centenionalis|
Eudoxia was the strong-willed wife of emperor Arcadius. They were married on 27 April 395 A.D. She exercised considerable influence over government policy, much to the disgust of many high ranking Romans, notably in the Church. Eudoxia died in childbirth in early October 404 A.D. Eudoxia and Arcadius had five children, including Theodosius II and Pulcheria, who were made emperor and empress after Arcadius died in 408 A.D.
MA96621. Bronze centenionalis, cf. SRCV V 20892, weight 2.861 g, maximum diameter 16.4 mm, die axis 0o, 401 - 403 A.D.; obverse AEL EVDOXIA AVG, pearl-diademed and draped bust right, crowned by Hand of God above; reverse SALVS REIPVBLICAE (health of the Republic), Victory seated right on cuirass, inscribing Christogram on shield resting on cippus, [...] in exergue; scarce; $29.76 (30.06)

Kingdom of Sicily, Manfred von Hohenstaufen, 1258 - 1266

|Members| |Auction| |Listed|, |Kingdom| |of| |Sicily,| |Manfred| |von| |Hohenstaufen,| |1258| |-| |1266||denaro|
Manfred was frequently in conflict with the Papacy and was excommunicated by three different popes. In the Divine Comedy, Dante meets Manfred outside the gates of Purgatory, where the spirit explains that, although he repented of his sins in the moment of death, he must atone by waiting 30 years for each year he lived as an excommunicate, before being admitted to Purgatory proper. Queen Elizabeth is a descendant of King Manfred.
ME95060. Billon denaro, Spahr 211, MIR Sicilia 140 (R), MEC XIV 614, Travaini 78, aF, typical small squared flan, off center, light corrosion, earthen deposits, weight 0.687 g, maximum diameter 14.7 mm, Messina mint, 1258 - 1266; obverse + MAYNF R, tau between three pellets, one above, one on each side; reverse + SICILIE, Cross patte with a pellet at at each corner of end of the arms; scarce; $28.00 (28.28)



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