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Plate Coins

The coins below were once photographed and the photograph was included in the plates of a book, periodical or other reference. Often plate coins are superb examples of the type and were part of a famous collection.

Judean Kingdom, Alexander Jannaeus (Yehonatan), 104 - 76 B.C., Plate Coin

|Alexander| |Jannaeus|, |Judean| |Kingdom,| |Alexander| |Jannaeus| |(Yehonatan),| |104| |-| |76| |B.C.,| |Plate| |Coin||tessera|
Lead tesserae (tokens) were likely issued by the monarch to the poor to be redeemed for food or other commodities. Meshorer reports the lead tesserae of Alexander Jannaeus are found almost exclusively in Transjordan. This is the plate coin in Meshorer's Jewish Coins of the Second Temple Period (Tel-Aviv, 1967), at which time the coin was in the Grosswirth Collection.
JD111754. Lead tessera, Meshorer 2nd Temple pl. II, 7 (this coin), Hendin 6192 (S), Meshorer TJC M, Meshorer AJC D, HGC 10 645, gF, green-gray surfaces, earthen deposits, cleaning scratches, weight 4.019 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, Transjordan mint, 95 - 76 B.C.; obverse Greek legend: BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞANΔPOY (of King Alexander), anchor (upside-down as if hanging on the side of a boat), inside circle; reverse traces of Aramaic inscription, King Alexander, in three lines, within a border of dots; ex CNG e-auction 510 (23 Feb 2022), lot 283; ex Dr. Jay M. Galst Collection; Herb Kreindler (May 1985); ex E. Grosswirth Collection ; very scarce; $140.00 (Ä131.60)

Alexander Tyrannus, 308 - 311 A.D.

|Alexander| |Tyrannus|, |Alexander| |Tyrannus,| |308| |-| |311| |A.D.||follis|
From the Aiello Collection.
SH03787. Copper follis, RIC VI Carthago 75, Aiello collection 574 (this coin), VF, weight 3.92 g, maximum diameter 20.6 mm, die axis 0o, Carthage (near Tunis, Tunisia) mint, 308 - 311 A.D.; obverse IMP ALEXANDER P F AVG, laureate head right; reverse ROMAE AETERNAE (to eternal Rome), Roma within standing left within hexastyle temple holding globe in right hand and scepter in left, P*K in ex; of greatest rarity!; SOLD

Judaea, Pontius Pilate, Roman Prefect Under Tiberius, 26 - 36 A.D.

|Pontius| |Pilate|, |Judaea,| |Pontius| |Pilate,| |Roman| |Prefect| |Under| |Tiberius,| |26| |-| |36| |A.D.||prutah|
This unlisted variant could be a mistake in which the LI appears as a N. Like the HZ variant, the letters LI were probably badly formed on the original document; then the engravers made the confusion with and N (Fig. 63-64). -- Coins of Pontius Pilate by J. P. Fontanille and S. L. Gosline
JD35381. Bronze prutah, apparently unique, Coins of Pontius Pilate p. 59, fig. 63-64 (this coin); Menorah Coin Project rev die R8 (this coin); Hendin 6371b var. (HZ), gVF, weight 1.777 g, maximum diameter 14.6 mm, die axis 0o, Jerusalem mint, 30 A.D.; obverse TIBEPIOY KAICAPOC, lituus (augural wand); reverse NZ within wreath (blundered LIZ = year 17); ex Amphora Coins, ex Fontanille Collection; extremely rare variant; SOLD

Judaea, Pontius Pilate, Roman Prefect Under Tiberius, 26 - 36 A.D.

|Pontius| |Pilate|, |Judaea,| |Pontius| |Pilate,| |Roman| |Prefect| |Under| |Tiberius,| |26| |-| |36| |A.D.||prutah|
This variant, apparently rather rare, is not of the crude type and is unlisted in the available sources. The transverse bar of the H is not quite horizontal but inclined downward, from the left to right, so making it into an N (the engraver seems to have tried to rectify his mistake). This variant should not be confused with the LIN which is associated with the date LIZ (year 30) which clearly represents an inverted Z (Fig. 83-84). -- Coins of Pontius Pilate by J. P. Fontanille and S. L. Gosline
JD35360. Bronze prutah, apparently unique, Coins of Pontius Pilate p. 62, fig. 83-84 (this coin); Menorah Coin Project rev. die R12 (this coin); Hendin 6372 var., near EF, weight 1.501 g, maximum diameter 15.5 mm, die axis 315o, Jerusalem mint, 31 A.D.; obverse TIBEPIOY KAICAPOC, lituus (augural wand); reverse LIN within wreath (blundered LIH = year 18); from the Fontanille Collection; extremely rare variant; SOLD

Tacitus, 25 September 275 - June 276 A.D.

|Tacitus|, |Tacitus,| |25| |September| |275| |-| |June| |276| |A.D.||aurelianus|
Although Ares was viewed by the Greeks primarily as destructive and destabilizing, worthy of contempt and revulsion, for the Romans, Mars represented military power as a way to secure peace, and was a father (pater) of the Roman people. In early Rome, he was second in importance only to Jupiter, and the most prominent of the military gods in the religion of the Roman army.
RL98426. Silvered aurelianus, MER-RIC T3879 (1 spec., this coin); BnF XII p. 404 & pl. 95, 452 (also this coin); RIC V-1 -; Cohen VI -; Hunter IV -, Choice EF, well centered, near full silvering, toned, weight 3.49 g, maximum diameter 22.7 mm, die axis 0o, 2nd officina, Serdica (Sophia, Bulgaria) mint, 1st issue, Nov - Dec 275 A.D.; obverse M CL TACITVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse CLEMENTIA TEMP (time of peace and calm), Mars standing left, wearing crested helmet and military garb, branch in extended right hand, vertical spear point up resting in crook of left arm, resting left hand on grounded oval shield behind, S in exergue; this coin is the only known specimen and plate coin for MER-RIC and BnF XII, otherwise unpublished in print or online; ex G.J.R. Ankonť collection; of greatest rarity; SOLD

Tranquillina, Augusta, May 241 - 25 February 244 A.D., Attalia, Pamphylia

|Other| |Pamphylia|, |Tranquillina,| |Augusta,| |May| |241| |-| |25| |February| |244| |A.D.,| |Attalia,| |Pamphylia||AE| |30|
This is the Lindgren plate coin.
RP01779. Bronze AE 30, Lindgren 1093 (this coin), SNGvA 4640, BMC Lycia -, aF, large pit on lower obverse, weight 21.78 g, maximum diameter 29.8 mm, die axis 0o, Attalia mint, May 241 - 25 Feb 244 A.D.; obverse CABEI TPANKYΛΛEINA C or sim., diademed and draped bust right, crescent behind shoulders; reverse ATTAΛEΩN, Athena standing facing, head left, leaning against shield with left hand; ex Lindgren Collection; SOLD


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