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Wolves on Ancient Coins

The she-wolf was the symbol of Rome from ancient times. The famous "lupa capitolina" suckled the legendary Romulus and Remus.

Laodicea ad Lycus, Phrygia, c. 1st Century B.C.

|Laodicea| |ad| |Lycus|, |Laodicea| |ad| |Lycus,| |Phrygia,| |c.| |1st| |Century| |B.C.|, |AE| |15|
The boar and the wolf are symbolic of the rivers Kapros and Lykos respectively.
GB88939. Bronze AE 15, BMC Phrygia p. 287, 52; Weber 7129; SNG Cop -; SNGvA -, VF, dark patina, obverse a little off center, porous, weight 3.031 g, maximum diameter 14.6 mm, die axis 30o, Laodicea ad Lycus (near Denizli, Turkey) mint, c. 1st century B.C.; obverse wild bristle-backed boar (river Kapros) standing left, (control monogram) below belly; reverse wolf (river Lykos) standing right, ΛAO∆I/KEΩN in two lines above and in exergue; very rare; $160.00 SALE |PRICE| $144.00


Severus Alexander, 13 March 222 - March 235 A.D., Antiocheia, Pisidia

|Pisidia|, |Severus| |Alexander,| |13| |March| |222| |-| |March| |235| |A.D.,| |Antiocheia,| |Pisidia|, |AE| |34|
Paul of Tarsus gave his first sermon to the Gentiles (Acts 13:13-52) at Antiochia in Pisidia, and visited the city once on each of his missionary journeys, helping to make Antioch a center of early Christianity in Anatolia. Antioch in Pisidia is also known as Antiochia Caesareia and Antiochia in Phrygia.
RP92553. Bronze AE 34, Krzyzanowska p. 175, X/-; SNG BnF 1186; SNG Cop 55; SNGvA 4948; SNG Pfalz 81; SNG Leypold 2002; BMC Lycia p. 186, 63, F, well centered, obverse legend weak / part unstruck, highlighting earthen deposits on the reverse, weight 23.03 g, maximum diameter 33.5 mm, die axis 180o, Antioch in Pisidia (Yalvac, Turkey) mint, 222 - 235 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES SEVER ALEXANDER, laureate head right; reverse COL CAES ANTIOCH, she-wolf right suckling the twins Romulus and Remus, fig tree behind, S R (Senatus Romanum) in exergue; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $120.00 SALE |PRICE| $108.00


Severus Alexander, 13 March 222 - March 235 A.D., Thyatira, Lydia

|Thyatira|, |Severus| |Alexander,| |13| |March| |222| |-| |March| |235| |A.D.,| |Thyatira,| |Lydia|, |AE| |24|
Thyateira (also Thyatira) is the ancient name of the modern Turkish city of Akhisar ("white castle"). It lies in the far west of Turkey, south of Istanbul and almost due east of Athens. It is about 50 miles (80 km) from the Aegean Sea.
RP92867. Bronze AE 24, BMC Lydia p. 316, 128; RPC VI online T4384; SNG Munchen 675; SNG Cop 624; SNGvA -, F, green patina, earthen encrustations, porous, weight 6.605 g, maximum diameter 24.2 mm, die axis 180o, Thyatira (Akhisar, Turkey) mint, 13 Mar 222 - Mar 235 A.D.; obverse AYT K CE - AΛEΞAN∆POC, laureate head right; reverse ΘYATEIPH,NΩN (last three letters in exergue), she wolf right suckling twins Romulus and Remus; rare; $60.00 SALE |PRICE| $54.00


Laranda, Lycaonia, 4th Century B.C.

|Members| |Auction| |Listed|, |Laranda,| |Lycaonia,| |4th| |Century| |B.C.|, |obol|
Gktrk identifies this type as issued by Laranda, Lycaonia, which issued coins with the same types. Most references attribute the type to an uncertain city in Cilicia and some to Tarsos. Laranda was destroyed by Perdiccas in about 322 B.C. and later became a seat of Isaurian pirates. This type was minted with a progression of reverses, first with an incuse square, then a square border of dots, and finally with a circle of dots. The original archaic punch reverse gradually evolved into a regular die, nearly identical to an obverse die. This variant is from near the beginning of that evolution.
MA95412. Silver obol, Gktrk 57, SNG BnF 449 (uncertain Cilicia), SNG Levante 223 (uncertain Cilicia), F, obverse off center, scratches, squarish flan, weight 0.597 g, maximum diameter 11.2 mm, die axis 180o, Laranda (Karaman, Turkey) or uncertain Cilician mint, 4th century B.C.; obverse Baal seated left on backless throne, grain ear and bunch of grapes in right, long scepter vertical behind in left; reverse forepart of wolf right, crescent horns downward above, within square dotted boarder in incuse square punch; $27.99 (25.75) ON RESERVE


City of Rome Commemorative, 331 - 334 A.D.

|Members| |Auction| |Listed|, |City| |of| |Rome| |Commemorative,| |331| |-| |334| |A.D.|, |reduced| |centenionalis|
In 332, Constantine I and his son Constantine II, age 16, defeated the Goths in Moesia. The Goths agreed to become Roman allies and to protect the Danube frontier. Only two years later, in 334, the Goths on the Danube frontier prevented an invasion by the Vandals.
MA94329. Bronze reduced centenionalis, Hunter V 17 (also 6th officina), RIC VII Cyzicus 91 (R3), LRBC I 1231, SRCV II 16523, Cohen VII 17, VF, dark patina, tight flan, weight 2.232 g, maximum diameter 18.1 mm, die axis 225o, 6th officina, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, 331 - 334 A.D.; obverse VRBS ROMA, helmeted bust of Roma left, wearing imperial mantle, crested helmet with plume; reverse she-wolf standing left, head turned back right, suckling the infant twins Romulus and Remus, two stars above, SMKS in exergue; $17.00 (15.64) ON RESERVE


Laranda, Lycaonia, 4th Century B.C.

|Members| |Auction| |Listed|, |Laranda,| |Lycaonia,| |4th| |Century| |B.C.|, |obol|
Gktrk identifies this type as issued by Laranda, Lycaonia, which issued coins with the same types. Most references attribute the type to an uncertain city in Cilicia and some to Tarsos. Laranda was destroyed by Perdiccas in about 322 B.C. and later became a seat of Isaurian pirates. This type was minted with a progression of reverses, first with an incuse square, then a square border of dots, and finally with a circle of dots. The original archaic punch reverse gradually evolved into a regular die, nearly identical to an obverse die. This variant is from near the beginning of that evolution.
MA95414. Silver obol, Gktrk 57, SNG BnF 449 (uncertain Cilicia), SNG Levante 223 (uncertain Cilicia), VF, toned, centered, weight 0.613 g, maximum diameter 9.1 mm, die axis 90o, Laranda (Karaman, Turkey) or uncertain Cilician mint, 4th century B.C.; obverse Baal seated left on backless throne, grain ear and bunch of grapes in right, long scepter vertical behind in left; reverse forepart of wolf right, crescent horns downward above, within square dotted boarder in incuse square punch; $16.00 (14.72)


City of Rome, 333 - 335 A.D.

|Commemoratives|, |City| |of| |Rome,| |333| |-| |335| |A.D.|, |reduced| |centenionalis|
On some high grade examples of the VRBS ROMA series, a certain symbol can be seen or guessed on the shoulder of the wolf. It might look like the letter Θ (at Thessalonica and Alexandria) or a flock of hair, while on a well struck Rome mint specimen we have seen a clear star with rounded tips, different from the two above. There are no such symbols on earlier depictions (Republic and early empire) of the she-wolf as far as we know.
RL92719. Billon reduced centenionalis, cf. SRCV 16487 ff. (various mints), F, black patina, earthen deposits, scratches, weight 1.504 g, maximum diameter 15.8 mm, die axis 0o, uncertain mint, c. 333 - 335 A.D.; obverse VRBS ROMA, helmeted bust of Roma left wearing imperial mantle; reverse she-wolf standing left, head turned back right, suckling the infant twins Romulus and Remus, two stars above, uncertain mintmark in exergue; $16.00 SALE |PRICE| $14.00


City of Rome Commemorative, 330 - 333 A.D.

|Members| |Auction| |Listed|, |City| |of| |Rome| |Commemorative,| |330| |-| |333| |A.D.|, |reduced| |centenionalis|
On some examples of the VRBS ROMA series, a symbol is found on the wolf's shoulder. It might look like the letter Θ (at Thessalonica and Alexandria) or a flock of hair. We don't know of any symbols on earlier depictions (Republic and early empire) of the she-wolf.
MA94332. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VII Thessalonica 187, SRCV IV 16516, LRBC I 838, Cohen VII 17, Hunter V 7, F, green patina, scratches, weight 1.723 g, maximum diameter 16.9 mm, die axis 180o, 5th officina, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, 330 - 333 A.D.; obverse VRBS ROMA, helmeted bust of Roma left wearing imperial mantle; reverse she-wolf standing left, head turned back right, suckling the infant twins Romulus and Remus, two stars above, SMTSE in exergue; $12.00 (11.04)







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