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The William Turner (1792 - 1867) Collection

William Turner (1792 - 1867), a British diplomat of the early 19th century, authored in 1820 his interesting and opinionated Journal of a Tour in the Levant, describing his adventures in the area. Throughout his travels, Turner was always keen to ask for what the Greeks called "medals," "any coin of ancient origin," as well as engraved seals. At Turnerís death in 1867 this collection remained within the family, passing to his son, Mansfield Turner (d.1901), and through the latterís daughter to William Turnerís great grandson, with whom it remained until 1987. It is with great pleasure that we are able to present coins of this fascinating provenance along with brief excerpts from Turnerís Journal. Thus we present the lands of classical civilization as observed through the eyes of a numismatist during the Napoleonic era.


Pergamon, Mysia, c. 200 - 133 B.C.

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Ex William Turner Collection. William Turner (1792 - 1867), British diplomat of the early 19th century, authored his interesting and opinionated Journal of a Tour in Levante (1820) describing his adventures in the area. This specimen was obtained by Turner in the course of his travels (1812 - 1817).

III:282 "..this morning I bought a few medals of the city [Pergamum] for which I could not close my bargain last night, but I was right in supposing that if I remained firm, the seller would yield on seeing me go off."
WT46627. Bronze AE 22, William Turner Collection 372 (this coin); SNG BnF 1866; SNG Cop 379; BMC Mysia p. 128, 149; Weber 5188; SGCV II 3976, F, weight 7.891 g, maximum diameter 22.2 mm, die axis 0o, Pergamon (Bergama, Turkey) mint, c. 200 - 133 B.C.; obverse laureate and bearded head of Asklepios right, ΣEΛEYKOY below; reverse Π−EP/Γ−A/MHNΩN, eagle standing half-left on thunderbolt, wings open, head right; SOLD


Marcus Aurelius, 7 March 161 - 17 March 180 A.D.

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Ex William Turner Collection. William Turner (1792 - 1867), British diplomat of the early 19th century, authored his interesting and opinionated Journal of a Tour in Levante (1820) describing his adventures in the area. This specimen was obtained by Turner in the course of his travels (1812 - 1817).
WT46634. Silver denarius, William Turner Collection 229 (this coin), RIC III 377, Cohen III 948, SRCV II -, VF, weight 3.323 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 177 A.D.; obverse M ANTONINVS AVG GERM SARM, laureate head right; reverse P M TR P XXXI IMP VIIII COS III, Felicitas standing half left, long caduceus in right hand, cornucopia in left hand; scarce; SOLD


Mylasia, Caria, c. 170 - 130 B.C.

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The Pseudo-Rhodian Drachms of Mylasa by Richard Ashton in Numismatic Chornical 1992 catalogs and discusses a hoard of very similar drachms attributed to Mylasa. The control marks on this example were missing from that hoard.

Ex William Turner Collection. William Turner (1792 - 1867), British diplomat of the early 19th century, authored his interesting and opinionated Journal of a Tour in Levante (1820) describing his adventures in the area. This specimen was obtained by Turner in the course of his travels (1812 - 1817).
GS70822. Silver drachm, Pseudo-Rhodian Drachm; SNG TŁb 3638, Ashton Mylasa -, SNG Keckman -, SNG Cop -, SNGvA -, SNG Mugla -, BMC Caria -, aVF, weight 2.056 g, maximum diameter 15.8 mm, die axis 0o, Mylasia mint, c. 170 - 130 B.C.; obverse head of Helios facing (not radiate), eagle with wings closed standing right in front of right cheek; reverse rose on stem with branch and bud on both sides, Π - E / A - M flanking across the field; ex Heritage Auctions 231407, lot 64054; ex Alex G. Malloy Auction XLIV 126; ex William Turner Collection; rare variant; SOLD


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Ex William Turner Collection. William Turner (1792 - 1867), British diplomat of the early 19th century, authored his interesting and opinionated Journal of a Tour in Levante (1820) describing his adventures in the area. This specimen was obtained by Turner in the course of his travels (1812 - 1817).
WT46632. Silver denarius, William Turner Collection 204 (this coin); RIC II-1 772; RSC II 366; BMCRE II 161; BnF III 139; Hunter I 51; SRCV I 2301, nice F, toned, weight 3.068 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 75 A.D.; obverse IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right; reverse PON MAX TR P COS VI (high priest, holder of Tribunitian power, consul for the 6th time), Pax seated left, extending olive branch in right hand, left hand at side; SOLD


Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D.

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Ex William Turner Collection. William Turner (1792 - 1867), British diplomat of the early 19th century, authored his interesting and opinionated Journal of a Tour in Levante (1820) describing his adventures in the area. This specimen was obtained by Turner in the course of his travels (1812 - 1817).
WT46633. Silver denarius, William Turner Collection 219 (this coin), RSC II 394a, RIC II 183, SRCV II 3160 var. (bust), aVF, weight 3.084 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 107 A.D.; obverse IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P, laureate bust right, aegis at base of neck; reverse S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI, Genius standing slightly left, head left, nude but for chlamys over shoulders and left arm, kalathos on head, pouring libations from patera in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, altar at feet; toned; SOLD


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

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Ex William Turner Collection. William Turner (1792 - 1867), British diplomat of the early 19th century, authored his interesting and opinionated Journal of a Tour in Levante (1820) describing his adventures in the area. This specimen was obtained by Turner in the course of his travels (1812 - 1817).
WT46638. Copper as, William Turner Collection 256 (this coin), SRCV III 8790, RIC IV 292b, Cohen V 230, F, weight 7.216 g, maximum diameter 24.3 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 240 A.D.; obverse IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse P M TR P III COS P P S C, Gordian III standing left, veiled and togate, sacrificing at tripod-altar from patera in right hand, scepter in left hand; scarce denomination for the period!; SOLD


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

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Ex William Turner Collection. William Turner (1792 - 1867), British diplomat of the early 19th century, authored his interesting and opinionated Journal of a Tour in Levante (1820) describing his adventures in the area. This specimen was obtained by Turner in the course of his travels (1812 - 1817).
WT46636. Copper as, William Turner Collection 248 (this coin), SRCV II 8102, RIC IV 650, BMCRE VI 912, gF, weight 11.376 g, maximum diameter 24.7 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 232 A.D.; obverse IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG, laureate head right, drapery on far shoulder; reverse SPES PVBLICA (the hope of the public), Spes standing left, holding flower and raising fold of dress, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field; SOLD


Maxentius, February 307 - 28 October 312 A.D.

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Ex William Turner Collection. William Turner (1792 - 1867), British diplomat of the early 19th century, authored his interesting and opinionated Journal of a Tour in Levante (1820) describing his adventures in the area. This specimen was obtained by Turner in the course of his travels (1812 - 1817).

Maxentius assumed power in a rebellion against Severus II, who had removed the tax exemptions enjoyed by residents of the city of Rome. The legend CONSERVATORES VRB SVAE declares Maxentius is the Savior of the City, protecting its customs and privileges.
WT46671. Billon follis, William Turner Collection 415 (this coin), RIC VI 121a, F, weight 6.483 g, maximum diameter 25.2 mm, die axis 0o, 2nd officina, Aquileia mint, fall 307 - 20 Apr 308 A.D.; obverse IMP C MAXENTIVS P F AVG, laureate head right; reverse CONSERVAT VRB SVAE (Guardian of the city traditions), Roma seated facing in ornate hexastyle temple, holding globe in right hand, spear in left hand, shield at feet on right, crescent with horns up in pediment, AQS in exergue; SOLD


Julian II "the Apostate," February 360 - 26 June 363 A.D.

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Ex William Turner Collection. William Turner (1792 - 1867), British diplomat of the early 19th century, authored his interesting and opinionated Journal of a Tour in Levante (1820) describing his adventures in the area. This specimen was obtained by Turner in the course of his travels (1812 - 1817).

WT46691. Billon reduced maiorina, William Turner Collection 335 (this coin), RIC VIII Arles 271 or 273, aVF, flat strike, weight 2.561 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 0o, 1st officina, Constantia-Arelatum (Arles, France) mint, as caesar, 6 Nov 355 - Feb 360 A.D.; obverse D N IVLIANIANVS NOB CAES, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse FEL TEMP REPARATIO (happy times restored), soldier spearing fallen horseman, M in left field, PCON (Constantia) in exergue; SOLD


Geta, 209 - c. 26 December 211 A.D.

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Ex William Turner Collection. William Turner (1792 - 1867), British diplomat of the early 19th century, authored his interesting and opinionated Journal of a Tour in Levante (1820) describing his adventures in the area. This specimen was obtained by Turner in the course of his travels (1812 - 1817).
WT46635. Silver denarius, William Turner Collection 243 (this coin); RIC IV 13a; RSC III 90; BMCRE p. 197, 223; Hunter III 7; SRCV II 7184, aVF, thick black toning, weight 3.240 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, as caesar, 199 A.D.; obverse P SEPT GETA CAES PONT, boy's bare-headed and draped bust right; reverse NOBILITAS, Nobilitas standing facing, head right, long scepter in right hand, palladium in left; SOLD




  




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