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Tyche

Tyche (Greek for luck; the Roman equivalent was Fortuna) was the guardian deity that governed the fortune and prosperity of a city, its destiny. She is usually depicted veiled and wearing a mural crown (a crown like the walls of the city). The blind mistress of Fortune, Tyche was arbitrary and unreliable, distributing good and evil according to her caprice and without any regard to merit. The Greek historian Polybius believed that when no cause can be discovered for events such as floods, drought or frosts then the cause of these events could be fairly attributed to Tyche.


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

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Portraits of the young Marcus Aurelius as Caesar are a favorite among many collectors.
RY13610. Bronze AE 16, Spijkerman 20, gF, weight 1.73 g, maximum diameter 16.1 mm, die axis 0o, Bostra (Bosra, Syria) mint, as caesar, 138 - 161 A.D.; obverse AYPHΛIOC KAICAP, bare headed cuirassed bust right; reverse TYXHN TPAI BOC, turreted and draped bust of Tyche right; price reduced to Forum's cost!; rare; SOLD


Aigeai, Cilicia, 31 - 30 B.C.

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The era of Aigeai starts in Autumn 47 B.C.
SH35593. Silver tetradrachm, SNG Levante 1655, Bloesch 111, VF, weight 14.201 g, maximum diameter 26.5 mm, die axis 0o, Aigeai mint, 31 - 30 B.C.; obverse veiled and turreted head of Tyche right; reverse AIΓEAIΩN, Athena standing left holding Nike and scepter, shield at feet, ∆I and club in left field, IC in exergue; SOLD


Aigeai, Cilicia, 29 - 28 B.C.

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The era of Aigeai starts in Autumn 47 B.C.
SH08290. Silver tetradrachm, Bloesch 4, BMC Lycaonia -, SGCV II -, SNG Cop -, SNGvA -, gVF, weight 14.12 g, maximum diameter 26.3 mm, die axis 0o, Aigeai mint, obverse veiled and turreted head of Tyche right; reverse AIΓEAIΩN, Athena standing left holding Victory and spear, shield at feet, ∆I and club in left field, IH below, monogram in lower right field; very rare - not listed in the major references and less than 300 known to exist; SOLD


Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D., Antioch, Syria

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In 2 B.C. Augustus was proclaimed Pater Patriae (father of the country) by the Roman Senate. The title was the logical consequence and final proof of Augustus' supreme position as princeps, the first in charge over the Roman state. His personal life did not go so well. His daughter, Julia the Elder, was exiled to Pandateria on charges of treason and adultery; her mother Scribonia accompanied her.
SH67478. Silver tetradrachm, McAlee 184; Prieur 54; RPC I 4155; BMC Galatia p. 168, 140, VF, weight 15.041 g, maximum diameter 26.5 mm, die axis 0o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 2 B.C.; obverse KAIΣAPOΣ ΣEBAΣTOY, laureate head right; reverse ETOYΣ ΘK NIKHΣ (year 29 Actian victory era), Tyche of Antioch seated right on rocks, turreted, holding palm branch, half-length figure of river-god Orontes swimming right below, his head turned facing, YΠA monogram IΓ (13th consulship) over ANT (Antioch) monogram in the right field; SOLD


Athens, Attica, Greece, c. 108 - 107 B.C., New Style Silver Tetradrachm

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The "New Style" tetradrachms were issued by Athens as a semi-autonomous city under Roman rule. The new-style Owls are markedly different from the Owls of Periclean Athens or the "eye in profile" Athena head of the Fourth Century. They were struck on thinner, broad flans, typical of the Hellenistic period, with a portrait of Athena that reflected the heroic portraiture of the period. The owl now stands on an amphora, surrounded by magistrates' names and symbols, all within an olive wreath. The amphora is marked with a letter that may indicate the month of production. Letters below the amphora may indicate the source of the silver used in production.
SH62477. Silver tetradrachm, Thompson Athens 742 var. (K on amphora not listed for this obverse die), VF, weight 16.653 g, maximum diameter 28.8 mm, die axis 0o, Athens mint, c. 108 - 107 B.C.; obverse helmeted head of Athena Parthenos right, triple-crested helmet decorated with curvilinear ornament on the shell, Pegasus right above the raised earpiece, and protomes of horses above the visor; reverse A−ΘE / EYMH−ΛOΣ / KAΛ/ΛI/ΦΩN / HPA, owl standing right on amphora on its side; Tyche on right, standing left, patera in her right, cornucopia in left; K on amphora, uncertain letters (off flan) below, all within olive wreath; SOLD


Athens, Attica, Greece, c. 107 - 106 B.C., New Style Silver Tetradrachm

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The "New Style" tetradrachms were issued by Athens as a semi-autonomous city under Roman rule. The new-style Owls are markedly different from the Owls of Periclean Athens or the "eye in profile" Athena head of the Fourth Century. They were struck on thinner, broad flans, typical of the Hellenistic period, with a portrait of Athena that reflected the heroic portraiture of the period. The owl now stands on an amphora, surrounded by magistrates' names and symbols, all within an olive wreath. The amphora is marked with a letter that may indicate the month of production. Letters below the amphora may indicate the source of the silver used in production.
SH62482. Silver tetradrachm, Thompson Athens 753c (same dies); SNG Cop 172 (same dies, recorded as E, but Thompson notes Z over E), VF, weight 16.586 g, maximum diameter 30.5 mm, die axis 0o, Athens mint, c. 107 - 106 B.C.; obverse helmeted head of Athena Parthenos right, triple-crested helmet decorated with curvilinear ornament on the shell, a griffin right above the raised earpiece, and protomes of horses above the visor; reverse A−ΘE / HPA−KΛE/∆HΣ / EYK/ΛHΣ / APIΣ/TΩN, owl standing right on amphora on its side; winged tyche on right, standing left with amphora in extended right and cornucopia in left; Z (over E) on amphora, AΠ below, all within olive wreath; magistrates Herakleides, Eukles, and Ariston; SOLD


Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D., Antioch, Syria

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Possibly struck in the year of Christ's birth! Most biblical scholars believe Jesus was born between 6 and 4 B.C.
SH08019. Silver tetradrachm, McAlee 180, Prieur 50, RPC I 4151, BMC Galatia -, EF, beautiful high relief portrait boldly struck with sharp dies, weight 14.97 g, maximum diameter 27.8 mm, die axis 0o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 5 B.C.; obverse KAIΣAPOΣ ΣEBAΣTOY, laureate head right; reverse ETOYΣ ϖK NIKHΣ (year 26 Actian victory era), Tyche of Antioch seated right on rocks, turreted, holding palm branch, half-length figure of river-god Orontes swimming right below, his head turned facing, YΠA monogram and IB (12th consulship) over ANT (Antioch) monogram in the right field; SOLD


Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D., Antioch, Syria

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In 5 A.D., Agrippina the Elder married Germanicus, her second cousin; and Livilla married Drusus Julius Caesar, Tiberius' son.
SH75367. Silver tetradrachm, McAlee 187; Prieur 57; RPC I 4158; BMC Galatia p. 169, 147; SGICV 107; Cohen DCA 401, VF, masterpiece portrait, weight 15.028 g, maximum diameter 24.9 mm, die axis 0o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 5 - 6 A.D.; obverse KAIΣAPOΣ ΣEBAΣTOY, Augustus laureate head right; reverse ANTIOXEΩN MHTPOΠOΛEΩΣ, city goddess seated on rock, palm in right, river-god Orontes swimming right below, ςΛ (year 36 Actian era) above, ANT (Antioch) monogram and ∆N (year 54 Caesarian era) right; SOLD


Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D., Antioch, Syria

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In 2 B.C. Augustus was proclaimed Pater Patriae (father of the country) by the Roman Senate. The title was the logical consequence and final proof of Augustus' supreme position as princeps, the first in charge over the Roman state. His personal life did not go so well. His daughter, Julia the Elder, was exiled to Pandateria on charges of treason and adultery; her mother Scribonia accompanied her.
SH76295. Silver tetradrachm, McAlee 185; Prieur 55; RPC I 4156; BMC Galatia p. 168, 144; Cohen DCA 400, VF, excellent portrait, well centered, dark hoard toning, light porosity, weight 14.642 g, maximum diameter 26.5 mm, die axis 0o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 2 - 1 B.C.; obverse KAIΣAPOΣ ΣEBAΣTOY, laureate head right; reverse ETOYΣ Λ NIKHΣ (year 30 Actian victory era), Tyche of Antioch seated right on rocks, turreted, holding palm branch, half-length figure of river-god Orontes swimming right below, his head turned facing, YΠA monogram IΓ (13th consulship) over ANT (Antioch) monogram in the right field; SOLD


Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D., Laodicea ad Mare, Seleucis and Pieria, Syria

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Laodikea ad Mar (Latakia, Syria) has been inhabited since the second millennium B.C. It was on the Via Maris, a coastal road that ran south from Antioch to Damascus and Beirut. The city was renamed by Seleucus I Nicator in honor of his mother, Laodice and was a major port for the Seleukid Kingdom. Laodikea flourished under Rome and was second only to Antioch in the region. Herod the Great, king of Judaea, furnished Laodikea with an aqueduct, the remains of which stand to the east of the town. The Legio VI Ferrata was probably based in Laodicea.
SH71299. Bronze AE 26, cf. RPC Online 8590; SNG Cop 349, BMC Galatia 66, SNG MŁnchen 912, SNG Hunterian II 3202 (all with date in right field, vice end of legend), Choice aEF, weight 9.345 g, maximum diameter 26.2 mm, die axis 0o, Laodicea ad Mare (Latakia, Syria) mint, 140 - 141 A.D.; obverse AYTO KAI TI AI A∆PI ANTΩNEINO, laureate and draped bust left, from behind; reverse IOYΛIEN TΩN KAI ΛAO∆IKEΩN HΠP, turreted and draped bust of Tyche left; ΦO before neck; SOLD




  




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