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Kroton, Bruttium, Italy, c. 480 - 430 B.C.

|Italy|, |Kroton,| |Bruttium,| |Italy,| |c.| |480| |-| |430| |B.C.|NEW
Pythagoras founded his school, the Pythagoreans, at Kroton c. 530 B.C. Among his pupils were the early medical theorist Alcmaeon of Croton and the philosopher, mathematician, and astronomer Philolaus. The Pythagoreans acquired considerable influence with the supreme council of one thousand by which the city was ruled. Sybaris was the rival of Croton until 510 B.C., when Croton sent an army of one hundred thousand men, commanded by the wrestler Milo, against Sybaris and destroyed it. Shortly afterwards, however, an insurrection took place, led by a prominent citizen, Cylon, by which the Pythagoreans were driven out and a democracy established.
GI95920. Silver stater, SNG Gale 133, HN Italy 2102, SNG Munchen 1427 var. (minor differences), SNG ANS 267 var. (same), SNG Cop 1759 var. (same), VF, old collection toning, bumps and scratches, edge flaw, small thick "dumpy" flan, weight 8.081 g, maximum diameter 18.7 mm, die axis 0o, Kroton (Crotone, Calbria, Italy) mint, c. 480 - 430 B.C.; obverse tripod with lion feet and three ring handles, outer rings seen from side, no rings between the legs, crane or heron on left standing right, koppaPO upward on right; reverse incuse tripod, border of rays, nothing left or right; from the Errett Bishop Collection, ex Numismatic Fine Arts (Beverly Hills, CA) with tag; $370.00 (€340.40)


Seleukid Kingdom, Antiochus Hierax (the Hawk), c. 242 - 227 B.C.

|Seleucid| |Kingdom|, |Seleukid| |Kingdom,| |Antiochus| |Hierax| |(the| |Hawk),| |c.| |242| |-| |227| |B.C.|NEW
Antiochus Hierax (the Hawk) was Viceroy in Asia Minor for his brother from about 245 to about 242 B.C. Around 242 B.C. he rebelled and declared his area a separate kingdom. Hierax formed alliances and retained his independence but in 227 B.C. he attempted to take control of the rest of the Seleukid Kingdom. He was defeated, forced to flee and killed.
GY96478. Silver tetradrachm, Houghton-Lorber I 898.3, Newell WSM 1430, SNG Spaer -, VF, excellent high relief portrait, well centered, light toning, bumps and marks, reverse center weak, mild die wear/rust, weight 16.567 g, maximum diameter 27.9 mm, die axis 0o, Smyrna or Sardes mint, c. 242 - 227 B.C.; obverse Antiochos diademed head right, no border; reverse Apollo naked seated left on omphalos, examining arrow in right hand, resting left hand on grounded bow, BAΣIΛEΩΣ downward on right, ANTIOXOY downward on left, ΠA monogram at outer left, ΘE monogram at outer right, no border; rare; $300.00 (€276.00)


Osco-Latin, Central Italy, Late 4th - Early 3rd Century B.C.

|Italy|, |Osco-Latin,| |Central| |Italy,| |Late| |4th| |-| |Early| |3rd| |Century| |B.C.|NEW
RR97920. Cast bronze Aes Formatum, Aes formatum fragment incised with near-parallel lines, apparently imitative of those cast from a shell, 80.473g, 52.7mm long, VF, uncertain Osco-Latin mint, late 4th - early 3rd century B.C.; $150.00 (€138.00)


China, Northern Song Dynasty, Emperor Ren Zong, 1022 - 1063 A.D.

|China|, |China,| |Northern| |Song| |Dynasty,| |Emperor| |Ren| |Zong,| |1022| |-| |1063| |A.D.|NEW
Renzong was the fourth emperor of the Song dynasty. He reigned for about 41 years and was the longest reigning Song dynasty emperor. Despite his long reign, Renzong is not widely known. His reign marked the high point of Song influences and powers but was also the beginning of its slow disintegration that would persist over the next century and a half.
CH92245. Bronze 1 cash, Gorny NS 13.b, Hartill 16.105, Schjoth 499, F, light deposits and encrustations, small edge crack, weight 3.502 g, maximum diameter 25.2 mm, die axis 0o, 1039 - 1054 A.D.; obverse Huang Song tong bao, tong in li script, other characters in regular script; reverse plain; from a collection of 90 different Chinese cash coin types (no duplicates) all selected from a single hoard found on Java; $10.00 (€9.20)


China, Northern Song Dynasty, Emperor Ren Zong, 1022 - 1063 A.D.

|China|, |China,| |Northern| |Song| |Dynasty,| |Emperor| |Ren| |Zong,| |1022| |-| |1063| |A.D.|NEW
Despite his long reign of over 40 years, Renzong is not widely known. His reign marked the high point of Song influences and powers but was also the beginning of its slow disintegration that would persist over the next century and a half.
CH92246. Bronze 1 cash, Gorny NS 13.b.13, Hartill 16.105, Schjoth 499, F, dark green patina, light deposits and encrustations, weight 3.786 g, maximum diameter 24.5 mm, die axis 0o, 1039 - 1054 A.D.; obverse Huang Song tong bao, tong in li script, other characters in regular script; reverse plain; from a collection of 90 different Chinese cash coin types (no duplicates) all selected from a single hoard found on Java; $12.00 (€11.04)


China, Northern Song Dynasty, Emperor Ren Zong, 1022 - 1063 A.D.

|China|, |China,| |Northern| |Song| |Dynasty,| |Emperor| |Ren| |Zong,| |1022| |-| |1063| |A.D.|NEW
Despite his long reign of over 40 years, Renzong is not widely known. His reign marked the high point of Song influences and powers but was also the beginning of its slow disintegration that would persist over the next century and a half.
CH92248. Bronze 1 cash, Gorny NS 13.b.26, Hartill 16.105, Schjoth 499, aF, deposits and encrustations, weight 3.810 g, maximum diameter 24.4 mm, die axis 0o, 1039 - 1054 A.D.; obverse Huang Song tong bao, tong in li script, other characters in regular script, small hole; reverse plain; from a collection of 90 different Chinese cash coin types (no duplicates) all selected from a single hoard found on Java; $6.00 (€5.52)


China, Northern Song Dynasty, Emperor Ren Zong, 1022 - 1063 A.D.

|China|, |China,| |Northern| |Song| |Dynasty,| |Emperor| |Ren| |Zong,| |1022| |-| |1063| |A.D.|NEW
Renzong was the fourth emperor of the Song dynasty in China. He reigned for about 41 years from 1022 to his death in 1063, and was the longest reigning Song dynasty emperor. Despite his long reign of over 40 years, Renzong is not widely known. His reign marked the high point of Song influences and powers but was also the beginning of its slow disintegration that would persist over the next century and a half.
CH92249. Bronze 1 cash, Gorny NS 13.b.26, Hartill 16.105, Schjoth 499, F, deposits and encrustations, weight 2.942 g, maximum diameter 24.4 mm, die axis 0o, 1039 - 1054 A.D.; obverse Huang Song tong bao, tong in li script, other characters in regular script, small hole; reverse plain; from a collection of 90 different Chinese cash coin types (no duplicates) all selected from a single hoard found on Java; $9.00 (€8.28)


China, Northern Song Dynasty, Emperor Ren Zong, 1022 - 1063 A.D.

|China|, |China,| |Northern| |Song| |Dynasty,| |Emperor| |Ren| |Zong,| |1022| |-| |1063| |A.D.|NEW
Despite his long reign of over 40 years, Renzong is not widely known. His reign marked the high point of Song influences and powers but was also the beginning of its slow disintegration that would persist over the next century and a half.
CH92250. Bronze 1 cash, Gorny NS 13.a, Hartill 16.93, Schjoth 497, Fisher 904, gF, dark green patina, light deposits and encrustations, weight 3.289 g, maximum diameter 23.4 mm, die axis 0o, 1039 - 1054 A.D.; obverse Huang Song tong bao, seal script; reverse plain; from a collection of 90 different Chinese cash coin types (no duplicates) all selected from a single hoard found on Java; $10.00 (€9.20)


Gallienus, August 253 - September 268 A.D.

|Gallienus|, |Gallienus,| |August| |253| |-| |September| |268| |A.D.|NEW
This type commemorates vows made to Apollo invoking his protection against the revolt of Aureolus. During the siege of Milan, at a late hour but while he was still lingering with pleasures of the table, a false alarm was suddenly given, reporting that Aureolus, at the head of all his forces, had made a desperate sally from the town. Gallienus, who was never deficient in personal bravery, started from his silken couch, and without allowing himself time either to put on his armor or to assemble his guards, he mounted on horseback and rode full speed towards the supposed place of the attack. There he was ambushed by enemies from among his own officers. Amidst the nocturnal tumult, he received a mortal wound from an uncertain hand. Perhaps his request to Apollo was too specific and asked only for protection from Aureolus?

The centaur Chiron was the tutor of Apollo and the first to teach him the medicinal use of herbs. The exact meaning of the globe and rudder are more obscure but likely allude to Apollo assisting Gallienus in steering the "ship of state."
RA94210. Billon antoninianus, Göbl MIR 738b, RIC V-1 S164, RSC IV 73, Hunter IV 99 corr. (says trophy vice rudder), SRCV III 10178, aVF, tight flan cutting off part of reverse legend, centers weak, light deposits, weight 2.345 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, die axis 180o, 8th officina, Rome mint, 267 - Sep 268 A.D.; obverse GALLIENVS AVG, radiate bust right; reverse APOLLINI CONS AVG (to Apollo the preserver of the Emperor), centaur Chiron walking left, globe in right hand, rudder in left hand, H in exergue; $36.00 (€33.12)


Gallienus, August 253 - September 268 A.D.

|Gallienus|, |Gallienus,| |August| |253| |-| |September| |268| |A.D.|NEW
The reverse may commemorate Gallienus' victory over the Alemanni at Milan in 259 A.D.
RA94211. Silver antoninianus, Göbl MIR 872d, RIC V-1 J18 (Lugdunum), Hunter IV J50, RSC IV 308 (Lugdunum), SRCV III 10224, aVF, excellent centering, good silver, light tone, some luster, flow lines, die wear, tiny edge splits, weight 3.172 g, maximum diameter 22.4 mm, die axis 0o, Colonia Agrippinensis (Cologne, Germany) mint, c. 258 - 259 A.D.; obverse GALLIENVS·P·F·AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right, paludamentum on left shoulder, seen from the front; reverse GERMANICVS MAX V, two captives seated back-to-back flanking the foot of a trophy of captured arms, their arms tied behind their backs; little wear from circulation but significant die wear; $60.00 (€55.20)




  







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