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Valerian I, October 253 - c. June 260 A.D., Ephesos, Ionia

|Ephesos|, |Valerian| |I,| |October| |253| |-| |c.| |June| |260| |A.D.,| |Ephesos,| |Ionia||AE| |28|
Artemis is depicted here in the same pose as The Diana of Versailles, a slightly over life-size Roman marble statue from the 1st or 2nd century A.D., copying a lost Greek bronze original attributed to Leochares, c. 325 B.C. The sculpture has a stag at her side, rather than a hound. The sculpture may have come from a sanctuary at Nemi or possibly from Hadrian's Villa in Tivoli. In 1556, it was given by Pope Paul IV to Henry II of France, a subtle allusion to the king's mistress, Diane de Poitiers. It is now in the Musée du Louvre, Paris.
RP94243. Bronze AE 28, Karwiese 1032(c); SNGvA 1922; SNG Cop -; SNG Hunter -; BMC Ionia -, aVF, green patina, earthen deposits, light corrosion, weight 7.719 g, maximum diameter 28.0 mm, die axis 180o, Ephesos mint, obverse AYT K ΠO ΛIKIN BAΛEPIANOC, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind; reverse EΦECIΩN Γ NEOKOPΩN, Artemis advancing right, bow in left hand, with right hand drawing arrow from quiver, on shoulder, hound at feet behind running right; $80.00 (€73.60)
 


Eryx, Sicily, c. 400 - 390 B.C.

|Other| |Sicily|, |Eryx,| |Sicily,| |c.| |400| |-| |390| |B.C.||onkia|
Calciati 13 and SNG 1328 are similar to this coin but with a female head on the obverse and the pellet above the dog on the reverse. Calciati 13A has a male head, but the dog faces left. The only reference that records this specific type is the Handbook of Greek Coins. The photographed HGC coin shares the same reverse die with our coin, but is incorrectly described as a hexantes or dionkia with an additional (second) pellet above. Despite the lack of examples in the primary references (and we checked more than listed here), there are several examples online.
SH90697. Bronze onkia, HGC 2 315 (R1) corr. (same rev. die); Calciati I p. 283, 13A var. (hound left, etc.); SNG III additions pl. 42, 1328 var. (pellet above, etc.), Choice VF, superb style, weak reverse legend, weight 3.094 g, maximum diameter 14.4 mm, die axis 90o, Eryx (Erice, Sicily) mint, c. 400 - 390 B.C.; obverse beardless, young male head right; reverse EP-YKIN-O-N, dog standing right, head turned back, right foreleg on hare on its back below, pellet right; very rare; SOLD


Roman Republic, Struck Litrae Coinage, c. 235 - 230 B.C.

|before| |150| |B.C.|, |Roman| |Republic,| |Struck| |Litrae| |Coinage,| |c.| |235| |-| |230| |B.C.||hemilitron|
In 232 B.C., despite the opposition of the Roman Senate and of his own father, the Roman political leader Gaius Flaminius Nepos won passage of a measure to distribute land among the plebeians. The Romans decided to parcel out land north of Rome (the Ager Gallicus) into small holdings for its poorer citizens whose farms have fallen into ruin during the First Punic War.
RR66057. Bronze hemilitron, Crawford 26/4, Sydenham 22, BMCRR Romano-Campanian 44, HN Italy 309, SRCV I 598, VF, some roughness, weight 1.545 g, maximum diameter 12.1 mm, die axis 225o, Rome mint, c. 235 - 230 B.C.; obverse head of Roma right, wearing Phrygian helmet; reverse hound standing right, left foreleg raised, ROMA in exergue; SOLD







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