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Marcus Aurelius, 7 March 161 - 17 March 180 A.D., Bostra, Decapolis

|Marcus| |Aurelius|, |Marcus| |Aurelius,| |7| |March| |161| |-| |17| |March| |180| |A.D.,| |Bostra,| |Decapolis||AE| |16|
Portraits of the young Marcus Aurelius as Caesar are a favorite among many collectors.
RY13610. Bronze AE 16, Spijkerman 20, gF, weight 1.73 g, maximum diameter 16.1 mm, die axis 0o, Bostra (Bosra, Syria) mint, as caesar, 138 - 161 A.D.; obverse AYPHΛIOC KAICAP, bare headed cuirassed bust right; reverse TYXHN TPAI BOC, turreted and draped bust of Tyche right; price reduced to Forum's cost!; rare; SOLD

Marcus Aurelius, 7 March 161 - 17 March 180 A.D., Aelia Capitolina (Jerusalem), Syria Palestina

|Marcus| |Aurelius|, |Marcus| |Aurelius,| |7| |March| |161| |-| |17| |March| |180| |A.D.,| |Aelia| |Capitolina| |(Jerusalem),| |Syria| |Palestina||AE| |32|
In 132, a messianic, charismatic Jewish leader Simon bar Kokhba started the Bar Kokhba revolt, a war of liberation for Judea against Rome. At first the rebellion was a success. The legion X Fretensis was forced to retreat from Jerusalem to Caesarea. The legion XXII Deiotariana, which advanced from Egypt, was destroyed. The Jews re-established their sacrifices and struck coins to celebrate their independence. The rebellion would last for only 30 months. By 135, the Romans had recaptured Jerusalem, Simon bar Kokhba was dead, and the majority of the Jewish population of Judea was either killed, exiled, or sold into slavery. Jerusalem was renamed Colonia Aelia Capitolina and an altar to Jupiter was erected on the site of the Temple. After these events, the Jews would remain scattered without a homeland for close to two millennia.
JD11646. Bronze AE 32, BMC Palestine p. 89, 36 and pl. IX, 10, aVF, weight 20.46 g, maximum diameter 32.3 mm, die axis 0o, Aelia Capitolina (Jerusalem) mint, obverse IMP CAES M AVREL ANTONINVS AVG, draped bust right; reverse COL AEL CAP, Serapis seated left, scepter in left, right extended over Kerberos seated at feet; nice portrait; very rare; SOLD

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

|Trajan|, |Trajan,| |25| |January| |98| |-| |8| |or| |9| |August| |117| |A.D.,| |Dora,| |Phoenicia||AE| |24|
Dora, on the coast eight miles north of Caesarea, was a Canaanite city. It fell to the Philistines early in the 12th century B.C. Solomon appointed the son of Abinadab as overseer of Dor (I Kings 4:11). In the Persian period Dor was a Sidonian colony. In Hellenistic times it was a Ptolemaic seaport and royal fortress, once besieged by Antiochus VII, (1 Macc. 15. 11-14). Under the Romans, Dora was a free city. See also Josh 11:2, 17:11; and Judg 1:27.
SH09078. Bronze AE 24, RPC Online III 3916 (11 spec.); BMC Phoenicia p. 117, 33; Meshorer Dora 34, De Saulcy 4, Rouvier 770, Sofaer 30, Rosenberger II 25, aVF, beautiful green patina with attractive natural earthen highlighting, weight 12.41 g, maximum diameter 24.3 mm, die axis 0o, Dora mint, 111 - 112 A.D.; obverse AVT KAIC NEP TPAIANOC CEB ΓEPM ∆AK, laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder, star under chin; reverse turreted and veiled bust of the city-goddess Tyche right, ∆Ω-P (Dora) divided across field, POE (year 175) below, all within oak wreath; rare; SOLD

Trajan Decius, September 249 - June or July 251 A.D., Aelia Capitolina (Jerusalem), Syria Palestina

|Judaea| |&| |Palestine|, |Trajan| |Decius,| |September| |249| |-| |June| |or| |July| |251| |A.D.,| |Aelia| |Capitolina| |(Jerusalem),| |Syria| |Palestina||AE| |27|
After the First Jewish Revolt, the Jews were disbursed from Jerusalem and prohibited even from visiting. About 130 A.D. Hadrian established a colony on the site and built a temple to Jupiter Capitolinus on the temple mount. His actions prompted the Second Jewish Revolt or Bar Kochba Rebellion.
SH90827. Bronze AE 27, Kadman Aelia Capitolina 170 (same dies), Sofaer Collection 141, Meshorer Aelia 154, Rosenberger 89, F, weight 13.132 g, maximum diameter 26.7 mm, die axis 0o, Aelia Capitolina mint, obverse IMP C G MES Q TRA DECIVS AVG, laureate bust right; reverse COL AEL KAP COM P F, Serapis seated left on throne, kalathos on head, reaching right hand toward Cerberus at feet on left, long scepter vertical behind in left; from the J. Berlin Caesarea Collection; extremely rare; SOLD

Elagabalus, 16 May 218 - 11 March 222 A.D., Joppa, Judaea

|Elagabalus|, |Elagabalus,| |16| |May| |218| |-| |11| |March| |222| |A.D.,| |Joppa,| |Judaea||AE| |18|
Roman imperial coins were struck at Joppa only during the reigns of Elagabalus and Severus Alexander.
JD11658. Bronze AE 18, Hendin 873 var. (bust drapped & obv legend), F, weight 7.710 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 0o, Joppa mint, obverse AYK C A[ (or similar), laureate bust right; reverse ΦΛA − IOΠΠHC (Flavia Joppe), Athena standing right wearing helmet and long chiton, inverted spear in right hand, left hand on grounded shield; attractive example for the type; very rare; SOLD

Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D., Aelia Capitolina (Jerusalem), Syria Palestina

|Judaea| |&| |Palestine|, |Hadrian,| |11| |August| |117| |-| |10| |July| |138| |A.D.,| |Aelia| |Capitolina| |(Jerusalem),| |Syria| |Palestina||AE| |13|
In 135, Simon bar Kokhba was killed in Betar, a fortress where he had taken refuge. Resistance continued in Galilee. The Jewish diaspora began as Emperor Hadrian barred Jews from Jerusalem and had survivors of the massacre dispersed across the Roman Empire. Many were sold into slavery. Jerusalem, largely destroyed, was renamed Colonia Aelia Capitolina. Legio VI Ferrata rebuilt the legionary fortress in the city and constructed a Roman temple at Golgotha. An altar to Jupiter was erected on the site of the Temple in Jerusalem.
SH75359. Bronze AE 13, Sofaer Collection 6, Kadman Aelia Capitolina 6 corr. (3 spec.), Rosenberger I 4, aVF, well centered, dark black and brown patina, slightly rough, weight 2.233 g, maximum diameter 12.7 mm, die axis 180o, Aelia Capitolina (Jerusalem) mint, c. 135 - 10 Jul 138 A.D.; obverse IMP - HAD, laureate head right; reverse COL / AEL, boar walking right; from the J. Berlin Caesarea Collection; extremely rare; SOLD

Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus, 161 - 180 A.D., Aelia Capitolina (Jerusalem), Syria Palestina

|Roman| |Judea| |&| |Palestina|, |Marcus| |Aurelius| |and| |Lucius| |Verus,| |161| |-| |180| |A.D.,| |Aelia| |Capitolina| |(Jerusalem),| |Syria| |Palestina||AE| |29|
During his famous travels, Hadrian visited Judaea and initiated reconstruction of Jerusalem on the Roman model, with a temple of Jupiter replacing the Jewish Temple and restrictions on circumcision. This triggered the Bar-Kochba war, lasting three years and brutal beyond imagination. Hadrian sought to eradicate Judaism and renamed the city Aelia Capitolina, as inscribed on this rare coin.
JD11633. Bronze AE 29, Meshorer 52, SNG ANS -, Hendin -, aVF, weight 17.46 g, maximum diameter 28.7 mm, die axis 0o, Jerusalem mint, 161 - 180 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES ANTONINO ET VERO, laureate and draped facing busts of Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus; reverse COL AEL CAP in ex, Tyche standing left, scepter in left, cornucopia in right, within tetrastyle temple with central arch; beautiful obverse, pitting on reverse; rare; SOLD

Philip I the Arab, February 244 - End of September 249 A.D., Neapolis, Samaria

|Roman| |Judea| |&| |Palestina|, |Philip| |I| |the| |Arab,| |February| |244| |-| |End| |of| |September| |249| |A.D.,| |Neapolis,| |Samaria||AE| |29|
Neapolis, Samaria, the biblical Shechemis, is now Nablus, Israel, the site of Joseph's Tomb and Jacob's well. Jesus spoke here to a Samaritan woman. The city was refounded as Flavia Neopolis in Syria Palestina after the Jewish Revolt. These coin types were used by archaeologists in the 1950's and 60's to locate the remains of the temple complex by comparing the profile of the mountain to the surrounding terrain.
JD93014. Bronze AE 29, cf. BMC Palestine p. 63, 116; Harl Neapolis - (obv. die A6); Sofaer pl. 57, 180 (this rev. die, Otacilia Severa obv.); Rosenberger -; SNG ANS -, VF, broad flan, porous, obverse slightly off center, weight 16.081 g, maximum diameter 28.9 mm, die axis 180o, Neapolis (Nablus, Israel) mint, Feb 244 - End Sep 249 A.D.; obverse IMP C M IVL PHILIPPO P F AVG, laureate and draped bust right, seen from behind; reverse COL SER-G NEAPOL, Mount Gerizim surmounted by a temple and altar, stairway to temple from colonnade below mountain; all supported by an eagle standing slightly right, wings open; no sales of this type recorded on Coin Archives; from the Jimi Berlin Caesarea Collection (surface find, 1976, Caesarea, Israel); extremely rare; SOLD

Mark Antony, Triumvir and Imperator, 42 - 31 B.C., Akko-Ptolemais, Phoenicia

|Phoenicia|, |Mark| |Antony,| |Triumvir| |and| |Imperator,| |42| |-| |31| |B.C.,| |Akko-Ptolemais,| |Phoenicia||AE| |26|
In 38 B.C. (or 37 B.C.), Mark Antony, Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus and Marcus Lepidus signed the Treaty of Tarentum, extending the Second Triumvirate until 33 B.C.
RP72123. Bronze AE 26, RPC I 4740; Seyrig Monnayage 19; Sofaer pl. 7, 118; Kadman 73; Rouvier 993; Rosenberger -, aF, rough, earthen encrustations, weight 10.071 g, maximum diameter 25.6 mm, die axis 0o, Galilee, Ake Ptolemais (Acre, Israel) mint, 39 - 38 B.C.; obverse bare head of Antony right, within laurel wreath; reverse Tyche standing left on prow of galley, head right, apluster and rudder in right hand, cornucopia and palm in left, L IA / KAI AΣY (year 11 of Caesarian Era) upper left, ΠTOΛE/MAEΩN / IEPAΣ (sacred Ptolemais) in three horizontal lines on right; rare; SOLD

Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D., Petra, Arabia

|Hadrian|, |Hadrian,| |11| |August| |117| |-| |10| |July| |138| |A.D.,| |Petra,| |Arabia||AE| |26|
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SH09206. Bronze AE 26, SNG ANS 1360, Hendin 895, gVF, weight 12.77 g, maximum diameter 26.4 mm, die axis 180o, Petra mint, obverse AVTOKPATΩP KAICAP TPAIANOC A∆IANOC CEBACTOC, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, head of Medusa on cuirass; reverse ΠETPA MHTPOΠOΛIC, Tyche seated left on rocks, holding trophy; rare; SOLD


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