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NEW The "zoo series" of coins calling on Diana to protect the Emperor was struck late in Gallienus' reign. His father, Valerian, had been particularly dedicated to the worship of Diana the Preserver and had dedicated a temple to her at Rome. Diana apparently did not favor Gallienus. Not long after this coin was struck, he was assassinated near Milan while attempting to deal with the usurper Aureolus.RA94202. Billon antoninianus, Göbl MIR 716b(2), RIC V-1 S181, RSC IV 165, SRCV III 10200, Hunter IV 102, EF, traces of silvering, excellent portrait, tight flan, some verdigris encrustation, weight 3.335 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 315o, 3rd officina, Rome mint, 267 - Sep 268 A.D.; obverse GALLIENVS AVG, radiate head right; reverse DIANAE CONS AVG (to Diana protector of the Emperor), antelope walking left, Γ (3rd officina) in exergue; $60.00 (€49.20)
Philip I the Arab, February 244 - End of September 249 A.D.
During Philip's reign the 1000th anniversary of Rome (248 A.D.) was celebrated, and magnificent games were held. This coin was issued as part of that celebration and the reverse undoubted depicts one of the animals displayed during the games.RA86812. Silver antoninianus, RIC IV 22 (R2), RSC IV 188, SRCV III 8959 var. (antelope left), Hunter III 48 var. (same), Choice aEF, excellent centering on a broad flan, excellent portrait, light toning, some luster, strike slightly soft/flat, some die wear, weight 4.402 g, maximum diameter 23.8 mm, die axis 0o, 6th officina, Rome mint, 248 A.D.; obverse IMP PHILIPPVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse SAECVLARES AVGG (Secular games [provided by] the Emperors), antelope walking right, VI in exergue; very rare with antelope right (only two on Coin Archives and one sold for $700!; ex Beast Coins; SOLD
Himyarites, South Arabia, c. 1st Century B.C.
On most examples of the type, the obverse does not have a symbol below and the symbol on the right has a single cross bar rather than a triangle at the top.
Munro-Hay notes the original reverse border was a circle of amphorae but over time this degenerated into a sequence of paired lines and oval dots.SH29543. Silver denarius, SNG ANS 1503 ff., BMC Arabia p. 64, 1 ff. var., Munro-Hay 30 ff. var., aEF, weight 2.363 g, maximum diameter 16.3 mm, die axis 270o, obverse diademed head left, symbol left, spear right, pellet within a crescent above; reverse bucranium with antelope horns, flanked by symbols, crescent above, all within circle of pellets and paired lines; SOLD