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Severus Alexander, 13 March 222 - March 235 A.D., Koinon of Macedonia

|Koinon| |of| |Macedonia|, |Severus| |Alexander,| |13| |March| |222| |-| |March| |235| |A.D.,| |Koinon| |of| |Macedonia|NEW
Varbanov references Moushmov 5911 but this type is rare enough that Varbanov does not know the obverse legend or bust type and does not give a rarity rating. Lindgren II 1370 is struck with the same obverse die but an Alexander the Great on horseback reverse. Lindgren II 1371 has the same types but different dies. Lindgren lists both with the obverse legend AY K MA CA..., however, both of the Lindgren coins have the first half of the obverse legend off flan.
RP96944. Bronze AE 25, cf. Varbanov III 3082, Moushmov 5911, Lindgren II 1371 (corr.? obv. leg.), AMNG III -, BMC Macedonia -, SNG Cop -, SNG Hunt -, SNG Saroglos -, F, broad flan, green patina, areas of porosity and light corrosion, central cavity on obverse, weight 11.609 g, maximum diameter 25.2 mm, die axis 180o, Beroea (Verria, Greece) mint, c. 231 - 235 A.D.; obverse AY K MAP CE A-ΛEΞAN∆POC, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind; reverse KOINON MAKE∆ONΩN, NEΩ, Athena seated left, helmeted and draped, patera in right hand, spear upright in left hand, grounded shield behind; zero sales of this type recorded on Coin Archives in the last two decades; extremely rare; $40.00 SALE |PRICE| $36.00

Elagabalus, 16 May 218 - 11 March 222 A.D., Odessos, Moesia Inferior

|Odessos|, |Elagabalus,| |16| |May| |218| |-| |11| |March| |222| |A.D.,| |Odessos,| |Moesia| |Inferior|NEW
Varbanov references Moushmov 1619 but this type is rare enough that Varbanov does not know the obverse legend or bust type and does not give a rarity rating. Other than the coin Moushmov described in 1912 (not in the plates), we do not know of another specimen.
RP96945. Bronze AE 24, Varbanov I 4405, Moushmov 1619, RPC Online -, Corpus Nummorum -, SNG Cop -, SNG Hunt -, SNG Stancomb -, SNG Bar -, BMC Thrace -, Lindgren -, Choice F, nice dark green patina, well centered, some porosity, central cavity on obverse, weight 10.379 g, maximum diameter 23.8 mm, die axis 180o, Odessos (Varna, Bulgaria) mint, 16 May 218 - 11 Mar 222 A.D.; obverse AV K M AVP ANTΩNEINOC, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind; reverse O∆HCCEITΩN, Roma seated left on a cuirass, wearing Corinthian helmet, Nike in right hand, City goddess standing left behind her, crowning her with wreath in right hand, scepter in left hand; missing from the many published collections examined by Forum and apparently no other examples online; extremely rare; $150.00 SALE |PRICE| $135.00

Gordian III, 29 July 238 - 25 February 244 A.D., Hadrianopolis, Thrace

|Hadrianopolis|, |Gordian| |III,| |29| |July| |238| |-| |25| |February| |244| |A.D.,| |Hadrianopolis,| |Thrace|NEW
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.
RP96946. Bronze AE 26, Jurukova Hadrianopolis 536 (V237/R522), Varbanov II 3760 (R4) corr. (obv. leg.), BMC Thrace -, SNG Cop -, SNG Hunt -, F, brown tone, a little rough, central cavity on obverse, weight 7.805 g, maximum diameter 25.9 mm, die axis 0o, Hadrianopolis (Edirne, Turkey) mint, 29 Jul 238 - 25 Feb 244 A.D.; obverse AYT K M ANT ΓOP∆IANOC A/G (AVG ligate), laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind; reverse A∆PIANOΠOΛEIT,ΩN (last two letters in exergue), city gate flanked by two round battlement towers with conical roofs, no doors, four ramparts between towers; $45.00 SALE |PRICE| $40.00

Koinon of Macedonia, Reign of Gordian III or Philip I, 244 A.D.

|Koinon| |of| |Macedonia|, |Koinon| |of| |Macedonia,| |Reign| |of| |Gordian| |III| |or| |Philip| |I,| |244| |A.D.|NEW
The Macedonian Koinon (community) was the political organization governing the autonomous Roman province of Macedonia and was responsible for issuing coinage. The individual cities, as members of the Koinon, sent representatives to participate in popular assembly several times each year. The high point of the year was celebrations and games in honor of Alexander the Great and the Roman emperor held in Beroea (modern Verria), located about 75 km. west of Thessaloniki. This was the provincial center of the emperor cult, with the appropriate temple and privileges, first granted to the Koinon by Nerva. The title Neokoros, or "temple guardians" was highly prized and thus advertised on coins. Under Elagabalus, the Koinon received a second neokorie, indicated by B (the Greek number two) or rarely ∆IC (double in Greek). The title was rescinded but later restored by Severus Alexander, probably in 231 A.D.
RP96947. Bronze AE 27, AMNG III-1 864, SNG Cop -, SNG Hunter -, SNG Saroglos -, SNG Bar -, BMC Macedonia -, Lindgren -, F, nice green patina, a bit rough, slightly off center, weight 11.362 g, maximum diameter 26.8 mm, die axis 90o, Beroea (Verria, Greece) mint, games issue, 244 A.D.; obverse AΛEΞAN∆POY, head of Alexander the Great right, wearing crested Attic helmet ornamented with a griffin running right; reverse KOIN MAKE B NEΩ BEP-AIΩE, Emperor standing left, extending right hand to prize table before him, short scepter in left hand, two prize crowns on the table each containing a palm frond, urn on a tall column in the background on the far side of the table, EOC (year 275 of the Actian Era) across field; very rare; $110.00 SALE |PRICE| $99.00

Koinon of Macedonia, Reign of Severus Alexander, 222 - 235 A.D., Alexander and Bucephalus

|Koinon| |of| |Macedonia|, |Koinon| |of| |Macedonia,| |Reign| |of| |Severus| |Alexander,| |222| |-| |235| |A.D.,| |Alexander| |and| |Bucephalus|NEW
Plutarch tells the story of how, in 344 B.C. Philonicus the Thessalian, a horse dealer, offered a massive wild stallion to Alexander's father, King Philip II. Since no one could tame the animal, Philip was not interested. Alexander, however, seeing that the horse was afraid of his own shadow, promised to pay for the horse himself should he fail to tame it. He was given a chance and surprised all by subduing it. Alexander spoke soothingly to the horse and turned it towards the sun so that it could no longer see its shadow. Eventually, Bucephalus allowed Alexander to ride him. Embarrassed, Philip commented, "O my son, look thee out a kingdom equal to and worthy of thyself, for Macedonia is too little for thee." Alexander named the horse Bucephalus because the horse's head seemed "as broad as a bull's." Bucephalus died of battle wounds in 326 B.C., in Alexander's last battle. Alexander founded the city of Bucephala (thought to be the modern town of Jhelum, Pakistan) in memory of his wonderful horse.
RP96949. Bronze AE 24, AMNG III 443; BMC Macedonia p. 26, 141; SNG Cop -; SNG Hunt -; SNG Bar -; Lindgren -, F, dark patina, tight flan, minor encrustations, light corrosion, central cavity on obverse, weight 8.157 g, maximum diameter 23.8 mm, die axis 90o, Beroea (Verria, Greece) mint, 218 - 244 A.D.; obverse AΛEΞAN∆POY, helmeted head of Alexander the Great right, crested Attic helmet ornamented with griffin running right; reverse KOINON MAKE∆ONΩN NEΩ, Alexander riding his horse Bucephalus right, cloak flying behind, spear in right hand; rare; $80.00 SALE |PRICE| $72.00

Julius Caesar, Imperator and Dictator, October 49 - 15 March 44 B.C.

|Julius| |Caesar|, |Julius| |Caesar,| |Imperator| |and| |Dictator,| |October| |49| |-| |15| |March| |44| |B.C.|NEW
This type was a special military coinage produced by Caesar during his final campaign. This campaign against the Pompeian forces in Spain culminated in the battle of Munda on 17 March 45 B.C. The obverse refers to Caesar's mythical descent from the goddess Venus. The reverse refers to Caesar's victories in Gaul and the male Gaulish captive may be Vercingetorix.
RR96978. Silver denarius, SRCV I 1404, BMCRR Spain 89, RSC I 13, Sydenham 58, Crawford 468/1, aVF, toned, scratches, bumps, encrustations, off center, weight 2.988 g, maximum diameter 18.2 mm, die axis 180o, Spanish mint, 46 - 45 B.C.; obverse diademed head of Venus right, small Cupid behind; reverse trophy of Gallic arms; on left, Gallia seated left with hand to head in attitude of morning; on right, male (Vercingetorix?) captive seated right, hands bound behind, looking up; CAESAR in exergue; ex FORVM (2012); $500.00 SALE |PRICE| $450.00

Galba, 3 April 68 - 15 January 69 A.D.

|Galba|, |Galba,| |3| |April| |68| |-| |15| |January| |69| |A.D.|NEW
On the death of Caligula, Galba refused the invitation of his friends to make a bid for the empire, and loyally served Claudius. For the first half of Nero's reign he lived in retirement, until 61, when the emperor bestowed on him the province of Hispania Tarraconensis. In the spring of 68, at the time of Julius Vindex' insurrection in Gaul, Galba was informed of Nero's intention to put him to death. Learning of Vindex's defeat and suicide Galba hesitated to claim the throne. He took the title caesar only after Nero's suicide and after he was told that Nymphidius Sabinus, the Praetorian Prefect, had given him his favor. This type was struck to for Hispania to thank the province for supporting his bid for the purple.
RS96980. Silver denarius, RIC I 21 (R2), RSC II 80, BMCRE I 174, BnF III 10, Hunter I -, SRCV I -, F, nice portrait, centered, toned, light marks, mild porosity, weight 3.335 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 180o, Tarraco mint, c. Apr - late 68 A.D.; obverse GALBA IMP (clockwise from upper right), laureate head right, globe at tip of neck; reverse HISPANIA (clockwise on left), Hispania standing left, draped, poppy and two stalks of grain in extended right hand, two vertical spears and round shield behind in left hand; ex FORVM 2015, ex Jyrki Muona Collection; very rare; $600.00 SALE |PRICE| $540.00

Gallienus, August 253 - September 268 A.D.

|Gallienus|, |Gallienus,| |August| |253| |-| |September| |268| |A.D.|NEW
This very unusual reverse legend is found only on this type. Some authorities interpret Iubentus as an alternative spelling for Iuventus, which means youth. This would be a strange legend for Gallienus who was no longer youthful. Some otherwise very similar specimens clearly read LVBENTVS AVG. This might be translated as the joyfulness of the emperor, meaning the joyfulness he brought to the people.
RA94164. Billon antoninianus, Göbl MIR 1641a, RSC IV 415, RIC V-1 S615 (S), SRCV III 10249, Hunter IV - (p. lxx), gF, full border strike on a wide flan, some silvering, weak centers, light deposits, weight 3.03 g, maximum diameter 22.6 mm, die axis 0o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 266 A.D.; obverse GALLIENVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse IVBENTVS AVG (Joyfulness of the Emperor), Emperor standing half left, head left, Victory in right hand, spear upward in left hand, VIIC• (= COS VII) in exergue; scarce; $50.00 SALE |PRICE| $45.00

Massachusetts, One Cent, 1788

|United| |States|, |Massachusetts,| |One| |Cent,| |1788|NEW
Not long after the American Revolution ended in 1783, several states gave private mints permission to strike coins under their authority. Mints struck coins in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and Vermont until 1788, when the Constitution of the United States, which granted Congress the power to coin money, was ratified.
US96973. Copper cent, F, rough, 1788; obverse COMMON-WEALTH OF, Native-American standing facing, head left, long bow in right hand, arrow in left, star upper left; reverse MASSACHUSETTS, eagle facing, wings open, holding branch and arrows, CENT over 13 vertical stripes on shield on breast, 1788 in exergue; $110.00 SALE |PRICE| $99.00

Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D.

|Septimius| |Severus|, |Septimius| |Severus,| |9| |April| |193| |-| |4| |February| |211| |A.D.|NEW
This reverse type announces achievement of Peace. Hence the Emperor is wearing civilian clothes and holding the olive branch which is usually held by the goddess Pax.
RS96974. Silver denarius, RIC IV 265; RSC III 205; BMCRE V p. 217, 330; Hunter III 87; SRCV II 6282, Choice aEF, well centered and struck, attractive portrait, flow lines, toned, small edge cracks, weight 3.322 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 201 A.D.; obverse SEVERVS PIVS AVG, laureate head right; reverse FVNDATOR PACIS, Severus standing half left, head left, veiled and togate, olive branch in right hand, scroll in left hand; ex FORVM (2010); $150.00 SALE |PRICE| $135.00


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