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Geography

Every ancient coin is associated with a place, at the least where it was minted. Rarely, but occasionally, we learn where a coin was found. Many ancient coins depict the personification of a nation, province, city, or river. Every coin has some tie to geography. Of course collecting every coin is not a theme, so geography must be narrowed down in some way. Collecting the coins of one mint, city or region is popular. Hadrian's famous "travel series" would make an excellent geography theme collection. Another is the travels of Paul. Or you could collect coins from all places you simply find captivating.

Judaea (Yehudah), Ptolemaic Rule, Ptolemy II Philadelphos, 285 - 246 B.C.

|Greek| |Domination|, |Judaea| |(Yehudah),| |Ptolemaic| |Rule,| |Ptolemy| |II| |Philadelphos,| |285| |-| |246| |B.C.||1/4| |drachm|
This is apparently only the second known specimen of this type. All the references given describe the same coin and the plates share photos of a single specimen from the S. Moussaeiff Collection. This coin was struck with the same obverse die but it appears to be from a different reverse die. See the Moussaeiff Collection coin here.
JD99501. Silver 1/4 drachm, Hendin 6088 (RRR); Lorber CPE 710; Gitler-Lorber II Group 7, 15; Deutsch Unrecorded 4; Meshorer TJC -; Mildenberg Yehud -, gVF, toned, deposits, obv. off center, edge splits, weight 0.876 g, maximum diameter 10.4 mm, die axis 315o, Jerusalem mint, probably 272 - 261/0 B.C.; obverse diademed head of Ptolemy I right; reverse eagle standing half left on thunderbolt, wings open, head left, Aramaic, Aramaic (YHDH) on left, read right to left (upward); ex CNG auction 117 (19-20 May 2001), lot 328 (listed as a quarter ma'ah in error); $25000.00 SALE PRICE $22500.00


Roman Egypt, Antinoopolites Nome, Portrait of Antinous, c. 30 Oct 130 - 300 A.D.

|Roman| |Egypt|, |Roman| |Egypt,| |Antinoopolites| |Nome,| |Portrait| |of| |Antinous,| |c.| |30| |Oct| |130| |-| |300| |A.D.||tessera|NEW
Antinous probably joined Hadrian's entourage when it passed through Bithynia about 124 A.D. He became Hadrian's constant companion and lover. In October 130 Antinous drowned in the Nile. Hadrian's grief knew no bounds; he enrolled him among the gods, erected a temple, and on 30 October 130, Hadrian founded the city of Antinoopolis on the very bank of the Nile river where Antinous drowned. It was the capital of a new nome, Antinoopolites. Perhaps the date is from the founding of Antinoopolis. There began a Cult of Antinous. Artists vied with each other in immortalizing his beauty. Temples and statues dedicated to him were erected all over the Empire.
AG97755. Glass tessera, Dattari (Savio) (but cf. 6551-6551 for other glass tesserae of different types), green hue, manufacturing flaw at 12h, otherwise intact., weight 1.67 g, maximum diameter 18 mm, Antinopolis Nome mint, c. 30 Oct 130 - 300 A.D.; obverse draped bust of Antinos right, wearing hem-hem crown, crescent before; reverse blank; ex CNG e-sale 481 (25 Nov 2020), lot 280; rare; $500.00 (455.00)


Anglo-Gallic, Henry VI de Lancastre, King of France and England, 1422 - 1453

|France|, |Anglo-Gallic,| |Henry| |VI| |de| |Lancastre,| |King| |of| |France| |and| |England,| |1422| |-| |1453||petit| |blanc|
Henry VI was King of England from 1422 to 1461 and again from 1470 to 1471, and disputed King of France from 1422 to 1453. The only child of Henry V, he succeeded to the English throne at the age of nine months upon his father's death, and succeeded to the French throne on the death of his grandfather, Charles VI, shortly afterwards. He is the only English monarch to also have been crowned King of France, as Henry II, in 1431.
WO99273. Silver petit blanc, Elias 292 (R), Duplessy I 446, Ciani 603, SCBC-SII 8167, Lafaurie 450, aVF, light deposits, scratches, weight 0.996 g, maximum diameter 21.5 mm, die axis 45o, crown mintmark, Paris mint, 1422 - 1436; obverse (crown) HEN-RICVS: - REX (King Henry, triple pellet stop), shields of France (on left) and England (on right), side by side; reverse (crown) SIT: nOmE: DnI: BEHEDICTV' (Blessed be the name of the Lord), Latin cross, h - R (Henricus Rex) across lower half of field; ex Gordon Andreas Singer; rare; $540.00 SALE PRICE $486.00


Anglo-Gallic, Aquitaine, Henri IV, 30 September 1399 20 March 1413

|France|, |Anglo-Gallic,| |Aquitaine,| |Henri| |IV,| |30| |September| |1399| || |20| |March| |1413||Hardi| |d'Argent|
It was common in the 19th century for museums and occasionally collectors to mark coins with a number in ink. Unfortunately the origin of this number is not known. The number can be removed with a solvent cleaner, but it is part of the history of the coin.

Henry IV was King of England from 1399 to 1413. He asserted the claim of his grandfather King Edward III, a maternal grandson of Philip IV of France, to the Kingdom of France. Henry was the first English ruler since the Norman Conquest, over three hundred years prior, whose mother tongue was English rather than French.
WO99274. Silver Hardi d'Argent, Elias 233h (S), SCBC-SII 8147, Duplessy Fodales 1140, Poey d'Avant 3121, Boudeau 517, gF, toned, ink museum number on rev., weight 1.110 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 0o, Aquitaine mint, 1399 - 1413; obverse ERIC R AGLE (Henry, King of England), half-length figure of king facing, crowned, sword in right hand, left hand raised, pellet above crown, canopy above, figure and canopy breaking legend; reverse FRA-CIE* - DNS - ACI* (France and Lord of Aquitaine, rosette after FRANCI and ACI), long cross dividing legend, leopard in 1st and 3rd angles, lis with pellet below in 2nd and 4th angles; scarce; $400.00 SALE PRICE $360.00


France, Napoleonic Empire, 1804 - 1814 and 1815

|France|, |France,| |Napoleonic| |Empire,| |1804| |-| |1814| |and| |1815||2| |francs|
Napoleon Bonaparte rose to prominence during the French Revolution and led several successful campaigns during the Revolutionary Wars. He was the de facto leader of the French Republic as First Consul from 1799 to 1804. As Napoleon I, he was Emperor of the French from 1804 until 1814 and again in 1815. Napoleon's political and cultural legacy has endured, and he has been one of the most celebrated and controversial leaders in world history. Napoleon also significantly aided the United States when he agreed to sell the territory of Louisiana for 15 million dollars during the presidency of Thomas Jefferson. That territory almost doubled the size of the United States.
WO99277. Silver 2 francs, Gadoury 501, SCWC KM 693.1, VF, light tone, light marks; DIEU PROTEGE LA FRANCE (God protected France) on rim, weight 9.969 g, maximum diameter 27.1 mm, die axis 180o, A mintmark, Paris mint, 1810; obverse NAPOLEON EMPEREUR, laureate head of Napoleon right, Tiolier (engraver Pierre-Joseph Tiolier) in cursive script below; reverse EMPIRE FRANCAIS, 2 / FRANCS in two lines, within a wreath of two laurel branches tied at their base with a ribbon; cock 1810 A (mintmark) counterclockwise below below; $400.00 SALE PRICE $360.00


England, Elizabeth I, 17 November 1558 - 24 March 1603

|England|, |England,| |Elizabeth| |I,| |17| |November| |1558| |-| |24| |March| |1603||shilling|
At twenty-five years old, Elizabeth inherited a weak bankrupt nation, torn by religious discord. Her supporters counseled that her only hope, was to marry quickly and lean upon her husband. Instead, she ruled alone for nearly half a century, driven by her genuine love for her subjects. She is perhaps the greatest English monarch in history.
UK98524. Silver shilling, SCBC 2549, North 1985, gF, dark toning, some weakness in portrait, flan crack, weight 5.436 g, maximum diameter 32.2 mm, die axis 270o, London (Tower) mint, 1st issue, 1560 - 1561; obverse (cross crosslet) ELIZABETH D G ANG FRA ET HIB REGINA (Elizabeth, by the Grace of God, Queen of England, France, and Ireland), crowned bust left, decorated dress, wire and bead inner circles; reverse (cross crosslet) POSVI DEV ADIVTOREM MEV (I have made God my helper), coat-of-arms (passant lions and fleurs-de-lis) on long cross fourche, wire and bead inner circles; ex Leu Numismatik web-auction 16 (25 May 2021), lot 5069 (part of); ex collection of a Swiss scholar (formed over the past thirty years); $300.00 SALE PRICE $270.00


Anglo-Gallic, Henry VI de Lancastre, King of France and England, 1422 - 1453

|France|, |Anglo-Gallic,| |Henry| |VI| |de| |Lancastre,| |King| |of| |France| |and| |England,| |1422| |-| |1453||grand| |blanc| |aux| |cus|
In 1422, the year old king of England inherited the French throne from his mad grandfather Charles VI of France; the iconography of this type represents the unification of the two nations. Ten years later Joan of Arc would make an appearance which would eventually loosen the English grip on France until by 1436 only Normandy and part of Maine remained in Henry's control.
UK99276. Silver grand blanc aux cus, Elias 288, Duplessy 445, Ciani 602, Lafaurie 449, SCBC-SII 8166, VF, toning, marks, weight 3.135 g, maximum diameter 28.0 mm, die axis 0o, lis mintmark, St L mint, 1422; obverse ⚜ FRANCORVm: ET: ANGLIE: REX (King of France and England), shields of France (on left) and England (on right), side by side, hERICVS above; reverse ⚜ SIT: nOmEN: DnI: BENEDICTV (Blessed be the name of the Lord), Latin cross, fleur-de-lis to left, leopard left on right, hERICVS on a line below; $300.00 SALE PRICE $270.00


France, Provincial, Duchy of Lorraine, Charles IV, 1624 - 1634 and 1661 - 1670

|France|, |France,| |Provincial,| |Duchy| |of| |Lorraine,| |Charles| |IV,| |1624| |-| |1634| |and| |1661| |-| |1670||teston|
Lorraine was Duchy of the Holy Roman Empire. Charles IV was Duke of Lorraine from 1624 until his death in 1675, with a brief interruption in 1634, when he abdicated under French pressure in favor of his younger brother, Nicholas Francis. He came to lose his duchy because of his anti-French policy; in 1633. Charles was a casualty of the fierce factional infighting in the French court between the King's brother Gaston d'Orlans, and Cardinal Richelieu, even though technically, Lorraine was subject to the Holy Roman Empire and the Emperor Ferdinand II of Austria. French troops invaded Lorraine in 1634 in retaliation for Charles's support of Gaston d'Orlans and he abdicated and entered the imperial service in the Thirty Years' War and was victorious at the Battle of Nrdlingen. Shortly thereafter, Nicholas Francis too fled into exile and abdicated his claims, which were now taken up once again by Charles, who remained Duke of Lorraine in exile for the next quarter century.Charles_IV
WO99278. Silver teston, de Saulcy ducs p. 17; Boudeau 1557; SCWC KM German States, p. 638, 45 (no refs. note overdate), VF, well centered, irregularly shaped flan, light toning, light marks, flan flaw obv., weight 8.540 g, maximum diameter 30.6 mm, die axis 0o, Nancy mint, 1628/(7?); obverse CAROLVS D: G DVX LOTH MARCH D: C B: G (Charles, by God's grace Duke of Lorraine and Marches, Duke of Calabria, Bar, Guelders), bust right of Charles IV, draped and armored, with a small flat collar, cross of Lorraine above; reverse MONETA NOVA NANCEII CVSA (New coinage made in Nancy), coat of arms shield topped with a ducal crown, intersecting the legend at the top, 1628 (1628/7 overdate?) above, on shield upper row from left to right: Hungary, Naples, Jerusalem, Aragon, bottom row from left to right: Anjou, Gelderland, Flanders and Bar; ex Classical Numismatic Group/Seaby; $300.00 SALE PRICE $270.00


Gallic Empire, Postumus, Summer 260 - Spring 269 A.D.

|Postumus|, |Gallic| |Empire,| |Postumus,| |Summer| |260| |-| |Spring| |269| |A.D.||double| |sestertius|
This coin is dedicated to the goddess Fides for her good quality of preserving the public peace by keeping the army true to its allegiance. Unfortunately for Postumus, Fides is only an imaginary goddess, his disgruntled troops killed him after he refused to allow them to sack Moguntiacum (Mainz, Germany).
RB98102. Orichalcum double sestertius, RIC V-2 123, Cohen VI 74, Bastien Postume 77, Mairat 189, Hunter IV 101, SRCV III 11040, gF, obverse a little off center, parts of legends weak/unstruck, minor edge split, minor porosity, weight 18.031 g, maximum diameter 32.7 mm, die axis 180o, Treveri (Trier, France) mint, 3rd bronze emission, 261 A.D.; obverse IMP C M CASS LAT POSTVMVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from the front; reverse FIDES MILITVM (the loyalty of the soldiers), Fides Militum standing facing, head left, flanked by two signum, one in each hand; ex CGB Numismatique Paris; $270.00 SALE PRICE $243.00


England, Henry III, 1216 - 1272 A.D.

|England|, |England,| |Henry| |III,| |1216| |-| |1272| |A.D.||penny|
Henry III became king as a boy of nine years and reigned fifty-six years, during which England prospered. He made Westminster the seat of government and expanded the abbey as a shrine to Edward the Confessor. He spent much of his reign fighting the barons over the Magna Carta and the royal rights, and was eventually forced to call the first "parliament" in 1264. On the Continent, he unsuccessfully endeavored to re-establish English control over Normandy, Anjou, and Aquitaine.
ME98512. Silver penny, SCBC 1356-C7c, North 980(A), aVF, toned, uneven strike with some legend weak, weight 1.459 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 90o, Canterbury mint, c. 1236 - 1242; obverse hENRICVS REX (King Henry, large letters), crowned head facing, crown with cross, cruciform scepter in right hand, crude portrait, two curls of hair without pellets within on each side of head, no chin, faint beard; reverse IOHAN ON CANT ([moneyer] Iohan, Canterbury [mint], large letters, A with square top), short voided cross with quatrefoil in each angle; ex Leu Numismatik web-auction 16 (25 May 2021), lot 5069 (part of); ex collection of a Swiss scholar (formed over the past thirty years); $150.00 SALE PRICE $135.00




  



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