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NEW References generally, and in this case, do not differentiate between a laureate, draped and cuirassed bust seen from behind and, the much rarer, bust seen from the front. Although we do not identify this as a variety of the RIC III, RSC II, and SRCV II listings, this is not the common bust they intend to describe. BMCRE IV does not describe the bust as from behind but the bust on the plate coin is seen from behind.RS98030. Silver denarius, RIC III 253, RSC II 257a, SRCV II 4903, BMCRE IV 561 & pl. 64, 6 var. (from behind), Hunter II 57 var. (laur. head), gF, excellent centering, light toning, light deposits, scratches, mild porosity, edge cracks, weight 2.931 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, Dec 171 - Dec 172 A.D.; obverse M ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXVI, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from the front; reverse IMP VI COS III, Aequitas standing slightly left, head left, scales in right hand, cornucopia in left; rare bust from front; $120.00 (€98.40)
Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D., Akmonia, Phrygia
NEW Akmonia (Acmonea) was an important city of central Phrygia, located on a tributary of the river Senaros. Akmon was the founder of Akmonia, the first king of the region, and the father of Mygdon. His son Mygdon led a force of Phrygians against the Amazons, alongside Otreus (another Phrygian leader) and King Priam of Troy, one generation before the Trojan War. Priam mentions this to Helen of Troy in Book 3 of The Iliad.RP97914. Bronze AE 16, RPC III 2607.3 (3 spec., only spec. 3 from same dies with AYTKPA obv. legend); BMC Phrygia -; SNG Cop -, VF, well centered, as found patina and earthen deposits, small spots of corrosion, weight 2.411 g, maximum diameter 16.3 mm, die axis 0o, Akmonia (Ahat Koyu, Turkey) mint, Menemachos (grammateus), 98 - Aug 117 A.D.; obverse AYTOKPA TPAIANO, laureate head right; reverse EΠI MENEMAXOY AKMON,EΩN (last three letters upward in left field, struck under Menemachus), facing cult statue of Artemis, with arm supports; Coin Archives records only one specimen of the type (but with AYTOK - TRAINOC obverse legend) sold at auction (same coin sold twice) in the last two decades; extremely rare; $120.00 (€98.40)
Marcus Aurelius, 7 March 161 - 17 March 180 A.D.
NEW In 179 A.D., Marcus Aurelius drove the Marcomanni over the Danube and reinforced the border. To repopulate and rebuild a devastated Pannonia, Rome first allowed German colonists to settle within the Roman Empire. The Roman fort Castra Regina ("fortress by the Regen river") was built on the right bank of the Danubeat Regensburg, in Germany. Roman legionaries of Legio II Adiutrix engraved on the rock of the Trencín Castle in Slovakia the name of the town Laugaritio, marking the northernmost point of Roman presence in that part of Europe.RS97936. Silver denarius, RSC II 969a, BMCRE IV 808, SRCV II 4952, RIC III 411 var. (laur. & cuir., no drapery), Hunter II -, VF, nice portrait, radiating flow lines, tight flan cutting off part of reverse legend, small edge splits/cracks, weight 2.904 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, Spring - Dec 179 A.D.; obverse M AVREL ANTONINVS AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse TR P XXXIIII IMP X COS III P P, Victory standing left on globe on exergue line, wreath in extended right hand, trophy in left hand; $140.00 (€114.80)
Marcus Aurelius, 7 March 161 - 17 March 180 A.D.
NEW Salus was the Roman goddess of health. She was Hygieia to the Greeks, who believed her to be the daughter of Aesculapius, the god of medicine and healing, and Epione, the goddess of soothing of pain. Her father Asclepius learned the secrets of keeping death at bay after observing one snake bringing another snake healing herbs. Woman seeking fertility, the sick, and the injured slept in his temples in chambers where non-poisonous snakes were left to crawl on the floor and provide healing.RS97938. Silver denarius, RIC III 425, RSC II 152, BMCRE IV p. 486, &dagger note, SRCV II -, Hunter II -, aVF/F, well centered, flow lines, scratches and marks, edge cracks, weight 2.776 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 176 - 17 Mar 180 A.D.; obverse M ANTONINVS AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind; reverse COS III P P, Salus seated left, offering branch (poppy?) in right hand, to snake rising before her on left, left arm resting on back of chair; RIC lists this type as common but we believe it is rare, Coin Archives records only one sale of this type in the last two decades; rare; $120.00 (€98.40)
Marcus Aurelius, 7 March 161 - 17 March 180 A.D., Parion, Mysia
NEW Founded in 709 B.C., the ancient city of Parion is located in the village of Kemer in the township of Biga in Çanakkale province of Turkey, currently. A major coastal city with two harbors in the Roman period, Parium had intensive relations with Thrace and Anatolia throughout history. This was the main customs station through which all Istanbul-bound goods from Greece and the Aegean had to pass.RP98024. Bronze AE 23, RPC online IV.2 T617 (2 spec.), SNGvA 1335, SNG Sweden II-3 2073 var. (obv. leg.), BMC Mysia -, SNG Cop -, aF, attractive for grade, rev. off center, central depressions, weight 6.935 g, maximum diameter 22.6 mm, die axis 0o, Parion (Biga, Turkey) mint, 166 - Mar 180 A.D.; obverse IM C M AVR ANTONINVS, laureate head right; reverse Capricorn flying right, globe held with fore-hooves, cornucopia above, C G I H PAR (Colonia Gemella Julia Hadriana Pariana) below; very rare; $110.00 (€90.20)
Marcus Aurelius, 7 March 161 - 17 March 180 A.D. Pisidia, Antiochia
NEW Antiochia in Pisidia, also know as Antiochia in Phrygia, and under the Roman Empire as Antiochia Caesareia or Antiochia Colonia Caesarea, was on the border of Pisidia and Phrygia, at the crossroads of the Mediterranean, Aegean and Central Anatolian regions.RP98025. Bronze AE 20, Krzyzanowska 139, pl. 4 (dies not listed); RPC IV.3 T7338; BMC Lycia p. 177, 9; SNG BnF 1087; SNGvA 4922; SNG Righetti 1328, VF, well centered, highlighting desert patina, flow lines, light crackling corrosion, strike slightly weak, weight 3.381 g, maximum diameter 19.7 mm, die axis 180o, Antiochia (near Yalvaç, Turkey) mint, as caesar, c. 160 A.D.; obverse CAESAR AVRELIVS, bare head right; reverse ANTIOCHEAE COLONIAE, eagle standing half right, head right, wings displayed; $130.00 (€106.60)
Marcus Aurelius, 7 March 161 - 17 March 180 A.D., Amphipolis, Macedonia
NEW Amphipolis was built on a raised plateau overlooking the east bank of the river Strymon where it emerged from Lake Cercinitis, about 3 miles from the Aegean Sea. When Xerxes I of Persia crossed the Strymon during his invasion in 480 B.C. he buried alive nine young boys and nine maidens as a sacrifice to the river god.RP98026. Bronze AE 23, RPC Online IV.1 T7819 (3 spec.), BMC Macedonia -, SNG Cop -, SNG ANS -, F, porous, scattered tiny pits, scratches, slightly off center, central depression on reverse, weight 7.800 g, maximum diameter 23.1 mm, die axis 180o, Amphipolis mint, 161 -180 A.D.; obverse AV KA M AV - ANTΩNEINOC (NE ligate), laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind; reverse AMΦIΠO-ΛO−Λ</θ>ΛEITΩN, turreted Tyche seated left on backless throne, kalathos on head, patera in extended right hand, left hand holding end of peplos at side; ex London Coin Galleries (9 June 2017); rare variant; $90.00 (€73.80)
Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D., Struck in Rome for use in Syria
NEW The most recent research, including metallurgical tests, strongly indicates this type was struck in Rome and shipped to Antioch for circulation in Syria. Older research attributed this type to Antioch in Syria or Caesarea in Cappadocia.RP97868. Orichalcum quadrans, McAlee 503 (scarce); RPC III 3660; Ganschow p. 167, X28a; Sydenham Caesarea 231; BMC Galatia p. 59, 110 (Caesarea); SNG Cop 189 (Antioch), aVF, well centered, a bit rough, lamination defects, weight 1.808 g, maximum diameter 14.8 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 98 - 99 A.D.; obverse AYT KAIC NEP TPAIANOC CEB ΓERM, laureate head right; reverse ∆HMAPX EΞ YΠAT B (holder of Tribunitian power, consul for the second time), from left to right: laurel branch, bow, and quiver; scarce; $90.00 (€73.80)
Marcus Aurelius, 7 March 161 - 17 March 180 A.D.
NEW Minerva is the Roman goddess of wisdom and strategic warfare, justice, law, victory, and the sponsor of arts, trade, and strategy. Minerva is not a patron of violence such as Mars, but of defensive war only. From the second century B.C., the Romans equated her with the Greek goddess Athena. She was also the virgin goddess of music, poetry, medicine, wisdom, commerce, weaving, and the crafts. She is often depicted with her sacred creature, an owl usually named as the "owl of Minerva", which symbolized her association with wisdom and knowledge as well as, less frequently, the snake and the olive tree. Minerva is commonly depicted as tall with an athletic and muscular build, as well as wearing armour and carrying a spear. As the most important Roman goddess, she is highly revered, honored, and respected. Minerva is one of the three Roman deities in the Capitoline Triad, along with Jupiter and Juno.RS97935. Silver denarius, unpublished bust var., RIC III 412 var. (laur. head), BMCRE IV 694 var. (same), RSC II 142a var. (laur. & cuirassed), Hunter II -, aVF, nice portrait, centered, flow lines, a little rough, edge ragged with small splits, weight 2.359 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 176 - 180 A.D.; obverse M AVREL ANTONINVS AVG, laureate and draped bust right, seen from behind; reverse COS III P P, Minerva standing half left, wearing crested helmet, olive branch downward in right hand, spear with point up and grounded oval shield in left hand; zero sales of this left facing bust variety listed on Coin Archives in the last two decades; extremely rare bust variety; $110.00 (€90.20)
Marcus Aurelius, 7 March 161 - 17 March 180 A.D., Koinon of Thessaly
NEW The Macedonian Koinon (community) was the political organization governing the autonomous Roman province of Macedonia and responsible for issuing coinage. Member cities sent representatives to participate in the popular assembly. The Koinon held celebrations and games annually at Beroea (modern Verria) in honor of Alexander the Great and the Roman emperor.RP98018. Bronze AE 26, SNG Evelpidis 1682; RPC IV.1 T4563.12; BCD Thessaly II 960.1; Rogers 94; BMC Thessaly p. 8, 78; SNG Cop -, VF, nice portrait, broad flan, marks/scratches, areas of light corrosion, weight 14.897 g, maximum diameter 26.0 mm, die axis 270o, Thessaly mint, 161 - 180 A.D.; obverse AVT M AVP ANTWNEINOC, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind; reverse KOINWN ΘECCAΛWN, Athena Itonia striding right, hurling spear with right hand, round shield on left arm; ex Naville Numismatics auction 19 (13 Dec 2015), lot 196; $175.00 (€143.50)
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