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Horses on Ancient Coins
Syracuse, Sicily, c. 415 - 410 B.C., Double Signed by Eumenes

|Syracuse|, |Syracuse,| |Sicily,| |c.| |415| |-| |410| |B.C.,| |Double| |Signed| |by| |Eumenes||tetradrachm|
Boldly signed by the artist Eumenes (Eumenos) on both the obverse and reverse.
SH28067. Silver tetradrachm, Tudeer 17, 23 (same die); SNG ANS 258 (same dies); Rizzo pl. XLII, 12; Jameson 792; Weber 1596, VF, toned, small cut, weight 17.041 g, maximum diameter 24.5 mm, die axis 0o, obverse charioteer driving galloping quadriga left, kentron in right, reins in left; Nike flying above crowning charioteer; signature EVMHNOV in ex; reverse ΣYPAKOΣION (final N retrograde), head of Arethusa left, four dolphins around, EVMHNOV behind; rare; SOLD


Severus Alexander, 13 March 222 - March 235 A.D., Anazarbus, Cilicia

|Cilicia|, |Severus| |Alexander,| |13| |March| |222| |-| |March| |235| |A.D.,| |Anazarbus,| |Cilicia||tetrassaria|
Anazarbus was founded by Assyrians. Under the early Roman Empire it was known as Kaicareωn (Caesarea), and was the Metropolis (capital) of the late Roman province Cilicia Secunda. It was the home of the poet Oppian. Rebuilt by the Byzantine emperor Justin I after an earthquake in the 6th century, it became Justinopolis (525); but the old native name persisted, and when Thoros I, king of Lesser Armenia, made it his capital early in the 12th century, it was known as Anazarva.
RP110457. Bronze tetrassaria, apparently unpublished; Ziegler - (Vs6/Rs12), RPC Online VI -, VF, broad flan, green patina, some legend unstruck, a little rough, small edge cracks, weight 12.496 g, maximum diameter 30.3 mm, die axis 0o, Anazarbus (Anavarza, Turkey) mint, 229 - 230 A.D.; obverse AYT K M AY CE AΛEΞAN∆POC, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from the front; reverse ANAZAPBOY MHTPO, saddled horse right, left foreleg raised, ΓB (holder of 3 neocorates) above, ET ΘMC (year 249) in exergue; perhaps unique; extremely rare; $200.00 SALE PRICE $180.00


Seleukid Kingdom, Seleukos II Kallinikos, 246 - 226 B.C.

|Seleucid| |Kingdom|, |Seleukid| |Kingdom,| |Seleukos| |II| |Kallinikos,| |246| |-| |226| |B.C.||AE| |20|
Babelon attributed this type to Seleukos I and identified the head on the obverse as Zeus. Newell believed the "late and poor style" suggests Seleucus IV. Houghton and Lorber note the trident behind the obverse head, visible on a better specimen, identifies the head as Poseidon. They also note an Afyon museum specimen and close typological relationship to Houghton-Lorber 738, as well as the oblate flan and irregular die axis suggest they both share the same mint and are both issues of Seleucus II.
GY95574. Bronze AE 20, Houghton-Lorber Ad28, Babelon 98 (Seleukos I, obv. Zeus), Newell WSM p. 378, SNG Spaer -, Houghton -, BMC Seleucid -, HGC 9, F, dark brown tone, oblate flan, weight 5.361 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 30o, Anatolia, uncertain mint, 246 - 226 B.C.; obverse Head of Poseidon right, crowned with kelp, tiny trident behind head; reverse Nike in a fast quadriga right, BACIΛEΩΣ above, ΣEΛEYKOY in exergue, no controls; extremely rare; $200.00 SALE PRICE $160.00


Caracalla, 28 January 198 - 8 April 217 A.D., Hadrianopolis, Thrace

|Hadrianopolis|, |Caracalla,| |28| |January| |198| |-| |8| |April| |217| |A.D.,| |Hadrianopolis,| |Thrace
||AE| |27|
Hadrian refounded a Thracian tribal capital, changed its name to Hadrianopolis, developed it, adorned it with monuments, and made it the capital of the Roman province. The city is Edirne, Turkey today. From ancient times, the area around Edirne has been the site of no fewer than 16 major battles or sieges. Military historian John Keegan identifies it as "the most contested spot on the globe" and attributes this to its geographical location. Licinius was defeated there by Constantine I in 323, and Valens was killed by the Goths during the Battle of Adrianople in 378.
RP99994. Bronze AE 27, Jurukova Hadrianopolis 369/2 (V186/R358); Varbanov II 3512 (same dies) (R6); cf. Moushmov 2634 (l.d.c.); SNG Hunterian -; BMC Thrace -, VF, near centered, green patina, earthen deposits, bumps, scratches, central depressions, weight 12.891 g, maximum diameter 27.3 mm, die axis 0o, Hadrianopolis (Edirne, Turkey) mint, c. 210 - 8 Apr 217 A.D.; obverse AVT K M AYP CEVH ANTΩNEINOC, laureate head right; reverse A∆PIANOΠOΛEITΩN, Caracalla on horse rearing right, preparing to hurl spear at fallen enemy to lower right, soldier behind horse standing right; $160.00 SALE PRICE $128.00


Thracians, Odrysian Kingdom, Seuthes III, c. 330 - 295 B.C.

|Kingdom| |of| |Thrace|, |Thracians,| |Odrysian| |Kingdom,| |Seuthes| |III,| |c.| |330| |-| |295| |B.C.||AE| |18|
Seuthes was the high priest of the Cabeiri, and the king of the Odrysian Thracians. He revolted against Macedonia about 325 B.C., after Alexander's governor Zopyrion was killed in battle against the Getae. Seuthes was apparently subdued by Antipater, but after Alexander died in 323 B.C. he again took up arms in opposition to the new governor Lysimachus. They fought to a draw and both withdrew, but ultimately Seuthes acknowledged Lysimachus' authority. In 320 B.C., Seuthes III moved the Odrysian kingdom to central Thrace and built his capital city at Seuthopolis. In 313 B.C. he supported Antigonus I against Lysimachus, occupying the passes of Mount Haemus, but was again defeated and forced to submit to Lysimachus. After Lysimachus died in 281 B.C., Thrace came under the suzerainty of Ptolemy Keraunos.|Head| of |Seuthes| |III|
GB99019. Bronze AE 18, SNG Cop 1073; Youroukova 80; SNG Stancomb 294 (six-pointed); Peter p. 182, 4 (eight-pointed); SNG BM Black Sea 319 var. (wreath vice star), aVF, green patina, light earthen deposits, small cut, porosity, weight 3.734 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 0o, Seuthopolis (near Kazanlak, Bulgaria) mint, c. 323 - 316 B.C.; obverse laureate, bearded head of Seuthus III right; reverse horseman cantering right, left foreleg raised, ΣEYΘOY above, five-pointed star below horse (control); scarce; $135.00 SALE PRICE $122.00


Claudius, 25 January 41 - 13 October 54 A.D., Hierapolis, Phrygia

|Hierapolis|, |Claudius,| |25| |January| |41| |-| |13| |October| |54| |A.D.,| |Hierapolis,| |Phrygia||AE| |19|
Hierapolis (Greek: "Holy City") was located on hot springs in Phrygia in southwestern Anatolia. Its ruins are adjacent to modern Pamukkale in Turkey and are designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The hot springs have been used as a spa since the 2nd century B.C., with many patrons retiring or dying there. The large necropolis is filled with sarcophagi.
RP110159. Bronze AE 19, RPC I 2970; SNGvA 3647; SNG Cop 455; BMC Phrygia p. 247, 114, aVF, nice green patina, legends weak or unstruck, scratches, weight 5.527 g, maximum diameter 18.8 mm, die axis 0o, Phrygia, Hierapolis (near Pamukkale, Turkey) mint, grammateus M. Suillios Antiochos, 50 - 54 A.D.; obverse KΛAY∆IOΣ KAIΣAΠ, λαυρεατε ηεαδ ριγητ; ρεϖερσε M ΣYIΛΛIOΣ ANTIOXOΣ ΓPA IEPAΠOΛITΩN, Apollo on horseback right, labrys (double axe) in left hand over left shoulder; scarce; $125.00 SALE PRICE $113.00


Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D.

|Trajan|, |Trajan,| |25| |January| |98| |-| |8| |or| |9| |August| |117| |A.D.||sestertius|
"Trajan, having crossed the Ister by means of the bridge, conducted the war with safe prudence rather than with haste, and eventually, after a hard struggle, vanquished the Dacians. In the course of the campaign he himself performed many deeds of good generalship and bravery, and his troops ran many risks and displayed great prowess on his behalf. It was here that a certain horseman, after being carried, badly wounded, from the battle in the hope that he could be healed, when he found that he could not recover, rushed from his tent (for his injury had not yet reached his heart) and, taking his place once more in the line, perished after displaying great feats of valor." -- Roman History by Cassius Dio
RB99991. Orichalcum sestertius, Woytek 203cA, BnF IV 562, BMCRE III 836, RIC II 534 var. (slight drapery vice aegis), Cohen II 503, SRCV II 3204, aF, porous, grainy, legends weak, weight 20.907 g, maximum diameter 32.9 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 103 - 111 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS VI P P, laureate bust right, aegis on left shoulder; reverse S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI, Trajan on horseback, galloping right, in military dress, brandishing spear at Dacian warrior who is raising his hands while falling on his knees, and being trampled by horse's fore-hooves, S C (senatus consulto) in exergue; $140.00 SALE PRICE $112.00


Macedonian Kingdom, Philip II of Macedonia, 359 - 336 B.C.

|Macedonian| |Kingdom|, |Macedonian| |Kingdom,| |Philip| |II| |of| |Macedonia,| |359| |-| |336| |B.C.||unit|
Philip II became the ruler of all Greece when he defeated the Athenians at the Battle of Chaeroneia in 338 B.C. Philip personally selected the design of his coins. His horse, on the reverse of this coin, won a race in the Olympic Games in 356 B.C., the year his son Alexander the Great was born.
GB110090. Bronze unit, SNG ANS 936, SNG Cop 590, HGC 3 882, SNG Alpha Bank -, VF, dark patina, rev. to edge of very broad flan, obv. edge beveled, small encrustations, weight 7.176 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 45o, Macedonian mint, c. 359 - 336 B.C.; obverse head of Apollo right wearing taenia; reverse ΦIΛIΠΠOY, young male riding horse prancing to right, ΛE monogram below; $110.00 SALE PRICE $99.00 ON RESERVE


Macedonian Kingdom, Philip II of Macedonia, 359 - 336 B.C.

|Macedonian| |Kingdom|, |Macedonian| |Kingdom,| |Philip| |II| |of| |Macedonia,| |359| |-| |336| |B.C.||unit|
Philip II became the ruler of all Greece when he defeated the Athenians at the Battle of Chaeroneia in 338 B.C. Philip personally selected the design of his coins. His horse, on the reverse of this coin, won a race in the Olympic Games in 356 B.C., the year his son Alexander the Great was born.
GB110093. Bronze unit, SNG Alpha Bank 388, SNG Cop 614, SNG ANS 939, VF, crackled brown patina, obv. slightly off center, die break obv. lower left, weight 7.203 g, maximum diameter 17.2 mm, die axis 135o, Macedonian mint, c. 359 - 336 B.C.; obverse head of Apollo right, wearing taenia; reverse ΦIΛIΠΠOY, young male riding horse prancing to left, N below; $110.00 SALE PRICE $99.00


Macedonian Kingdom, Philip II of Macedonia, 359 - 336 B.C.

|Macedonian| |Kingdom|, |Macedonian| |Kingdom,| |Philip| |II| |of| |Macedonia,| |359| |-| |336| |B.C.||unit|
Philip II became the ruler of all Greece when he defeated the Athenians at the Battle of Chaeroneia in 338 B.C. Philip personally selected the design of his coins. His horse, on the reverse of this coin, won a race in the Olympic Games in 356 B.C., the year his son Alexander the Great was born.
GB110094. Bronze unit, SNG Alpha Bank 454, SNG ANS 850, SNG Cop 602, VF, broad flan, mild porosity, closed flan crack, obverse edge beveled, weight 5.566 g, maximum diameter 18.2 mm, die axis 90o, Macedonian mint, c. 359 - 336 B.C.; obverse head of Apollo right wearing taenia; reverse ΦIΛIΠΠOY, young male riding horse prancing to right, spearhead and part of shaft right below, all in a shallow round incuse; $90.00 SALE PRICE $81.00




  



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