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Perinthos, Thrace

Perinthos an ancient Ionian colony from Samos, was situated between Bisanthe and Selymbria, on the northern shore of the Propontis. It is famous chiefly for its stubborn and successful resistance to Philip II of Macedon in 340 B.C.; at that time it seems to have been more important than Byzantium itself. In Roman times it was called Heraclea Thraciae (or Heraclea Perinthus). Today it is Marmara Ereglisi in the European part of Turkey.

Perinthos, Thrace, c. 40 - 70 A.D.

|Perinthus|, |Perinthos,| |Thrace,| |c.| |40| |-| |70| |A.D.||AE| |23|
 
GB68075. Bronze AE 23, Schnert-Geiss Perinthos 88, RPC I 1766, SNG Cop -, BMC Thrace -, Lindgren -, VF, weight 6.352 g, maximum diameter 22.7 mm, die axis 270o, Heraclea Perinthos (Marmara Ereglisi, Turkey) mint, c. 40 - 70 A.D.; obverse bust of Neptune right, trident before; reverse ΠEPIN/ΘIΩN, dolphin right; rare; SOLD


Poppaea Sabina, Wife of Nero, Augusta 63 - 65 A.D., Perinthus, Thrace

|Perinthus|, |Poppaea| |Sabina,| |Wife| |of| |Nero,| |Augusta| |63| |-| |65| |A.D.,| |Perinthus,| |Thrace||AE| |26|
Poppaea was renowned for her beauty and voluptuous extravagance. In 62 A.D., Nero divorced his wife Octavia to marry Poppaea. According to Tacitus, Poppaea married Otho only to get close to Nero and then, in turn, became Nero's favorite mistress, and then wife. She bore Nero one daughter, Claudia Augusta, born 21 January 63, who died at only four months of age. At the birth of Claudia, Nero honored mother and child with the title of Augusta. According to Suetonius, one day in the summer of 65, Poppaea quarreled fiercely with Nero over his spending too much time at the races. She was pregnant with her second child. In a fit of rage, Nero kicked her in the abdomen, killing her.

Perinthos, later called Heraclea and Marmara Eregli today, is 90 km west of Istanbul near a small pointed headland on the north shore of the Marmara Sea. Perinthus was the capital of Roman Thracia.
RP83451. Bronze AE 26, Schonert Perinthos 259 - 271; RPC I 1756; Varbanov 27 (R4); BMC Thrace p. 149, 15; Moushmov 4424; SGICV 6070, gF, green patina, light scratches and marks, some porosity, weight 9.709 g, maximum diameter 26.0 mm, die axis 320o, Heraclea Perinthos (Marmara Ereglisi, Turkey) mint, 63 - 65 A.D.; obverse ΠOΠΠAIA ΣEBAΣTH, draped bust right, wearing stephane; reverse headdress of Isis, Π - E across field, over a stalk of grain on each side flanking base of crown, all within olive wreath; ex Pecunem auction 30, lot 290; SOLD


Nero, 13 October 54 - 9 June 68 A.D., Perinthus, Thrace

|Perinthus|, |Nero,| |13| |October| |54| |-| |9| |June| |68| |A.D.,| |Perinthus,| |Thrace||provincial| |sestertius|
In 46 A.D., after the death of the Thracian king Rhoemetalces III and after an unsuccessful anti-Roman revolt, the Thracian Kingdom was annexed by Claudius as the Roman province of Thracia. Perinthus was made the capital of Roman Thracia. Although the denomination is uncertain, RPC I suggests it is a sestertius.
RP87197. Brass provincial sestertius, Schonert Perinthos 233 - 235; RPC I 1754; Varbanov III 20 (R4); Moushmov 4421; BMC Thrace p. 148, 13 var. (obv. leg.); SNG Cop -, F, dark patina, some porosity, central cavities, weight 20.839 g, maximum diameter 33.2 mm, die axis 0o, Heraclea Perinthos (Marmara Ereglisi, Turkey) mint, 63 - 9 Jun 68 A.D.; obverse NEPΩN KΛAY∆IOΣ KAIΣAP ΣEBAΣTOΣ, laureate head left; reverse ΠEPIN/ΘIΩN in two lines within oak wreath tied at the bottom; SOLD







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