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Judaea, Antonius Felix, Roman Procurator Under Claudius and Nero, 52 - 60 A.D.

|Antonius| |Felix|, |Judaea,| |Antonius| |Felix,| |Roman| |Procurator| |Under| |Claudius| |and| |Nero,| |52| |-| |60| |A.D.||prutah|
Minted by Antonius Felix, Roman Procurator of Judaea, 52 - 60 A.D., in the names of Nero and Britannicus Caesars, the stepson and son respectively of the emperor Claudius.
JD98809. Bronze prutah, Hendin 6377; Meshorer TJC 340; Sofaer 59; BMC Palestine p. 264, 21; RPC I 4971, gF, near full legends, green patina with highlighting earthen deposits, marks, obv. edge beveled, weight 2.984 g, maximum diameter 17.9 mm, die axis 315o, Jerusalem mint, under Nero, 54 A.D.; obverse NEPW KΛAV KAICAP (Nero Claudius Caesar), two crossed oblong shields with two crossed spears on far side; reverse BPIT (Britannicus), six-branched palm bearing two bunches of dates, L - I∆ / K-AI (year 14 of Caesar) in two divided lines flanking trunk; from an Israeli collection; $160.00 SALE PRICE $144.00


Ionia, c. 525 - 500 B.C.

|Other| |Ionia|, |Ionia,| |c.| |525| |-| |500| |B.C.||tetartemorion|
This extremely tiny coin is from the time before copper coins were invented to make small change.
GA98628. Silver tetartemorion, cf. SNG Kayhan 743 (obol), Rosen 109 (Skione, obol), SNG Arikantrk 664 (Neandria in Troas?, hemiobol), aEF, dark toning, lightly etched surfaces, weight 0.111 g, maximum diameter 4.8 mm, die axis 0o, uncertain Ionian mint, c. 525 - 500 B.C.; obverse helmet left; reverse quadripartite incuse square; $150.00 SALE PRICE $135.00


Kings of Cappadocia, Ariarathes V Eusebes Philopator, c. 163 - 130 B.C.

|Cappadocian| |Kingdom|, |Kings| |of| |Cappadocia,| |Ariarathes| |V| |Eusebes| |Philopator,| |c.| |163| |-| |130| |B.C.||AE| |15|
Ariarathes V Eusebes was known for his excellent character and cultivation of philosophy and liberal arts. Some historians name him as the greatest Cappadocian king. He was the son of Ariarathes IV and Antiochis (daughter of the Seleucid King Antiochus III). On the advice of Rome, he rejected marriage with Laodice V, the sister of Demetrius I Soter. Demetrius made war upon Ariarathes, deprived him of his kingdom, and put his brother on the throne. The Romans restored Ariarathes' to his throne. In 154, Ariarathes assisted Attalus II of Pergamon in his war against Prusias II of Bithynia. In 130, Ariarathes was killed while supporting the Romans in their war against Aristonicus of Pergamon. In return for the assistance that cost his life, Rome added Lycaonia and Cilicia to the dominions of his family.
GB99181. Bronze AE 15, Simonetta p. 79, 1a (Ariarathes IV - VII); BMC Galatia p. 43, 4 (Ariarathes X); HGC 7 814 (R2) var. (serrate edge);, F, dark green patina, earthen deposits, scratches, weight 3.745 g, maximum diameter 15.1 mm, die axis 0o, c. 163 - 130 B.C.; obverse zebu (humped bull) standing right; reverse BAΣIΛ APIAPA, bow in gorytos (bow case and quiver); ex CNG e-auction 496 (21 Jul 2021), lot 176; very rare; $110.00 SALE PRICE $99.00


Mesembria, Thrace, 3rd Century B.C.

|Mesembria|, |Mesembria,| |Thrace,| |3rd| |Century| |B.C.||AE| |16|
Mesembria (Mesambria) was a Doric settlement on an island at the Black Sea coast. Today a man-made isthmus connects it to the mainland. The modern name is Nesebar, an important seaside resort. Several ancient churches and ruins are preserved on the peninsula.

The majority of this type have the archaic letter sampi instead of sigma. Sampi was an archaic Greek letter resembling a T, probably used to denote some type of a sibilant (hissing) SS or TS sound. It was abandoned when the sound disappeared from Greek. The name sampi is of medieval. The letter's name in antiquity is not known.
GB97876. Bronze AE 16, SNG BM Black Sea 275; SNG Cop 654 corr. (META); Karayotov II p. 184, 1 ff.; SNG Stancomb -; BMC Thrace -, F, green patina, some corrosion, weight 3.647 g, maximum diameter 17.5 mm, die axis 0o, Mesambria (Nesebar, Bulgaria) mint, 3rd century B.C.; obverse crested Corinthian officer's helmet facing; reverse M-E-Σ-A counterclockwise, in the four quarters of a radiate wheel (solar disk?); $70.00 SALE PRICE $63.00


Mesembria, Thrace, 4th - 3rd Century B.C.

|Mesembria|, |Mesembria,| |Thrace,| |4th| |-| |3rd| |Century| |B.C.||AE| |14|
(sampi) was an archaic Greek letter used between the 7th and the middle of the 5th centuries B.C., probably to denote some type of a sibilant (hissing) ΣΣ or TΣ sound, and was abandoned when the sound disappeared from Greek. The name sampi is of medieval origin. The letter's original name in antiquity is not known. Its use has been attested at the Ionian cities Miletus, Ephesos, Halikarnassos, Erythrae, and Teos, at the Ionian colony of Massalia in Gaul, on the island of Samos, and at Kyzikos, Mysia. At Mesembria, on the Black Sea coast of Thrace, it was used on coins in an abbreviation of the city's name, spelled ΜΕTΑ. In a famous painted black figure amphora from c. 615 B.C., known as the "Nessos amphora," the inscribed name of the eponymous centaur Nessus is rendered in the irregular spelling ΝΕΤΟΣ.
GB97874. Bronze AE 14, SNG BM 274; SNG Stancomb 228; SNG Cop 654; BMC Thrace p. 132, 5; Karayotov II p. 152, 1 ff., VF, green patina, lamination defects, porosity, weight 1.659 g, maximum diameter 14.4 mm, die axis 0o, Mesambria (Nesebar, Bulgaria) mint, 4th - 3rd century B.C.; obverse crested Corinthian officer's helmet facing; reverse M-E-T-A (T = archaic Greek letter sampi = ΣΣ) counterclockwise, in the four quarters of a radiate wheel (solar disk?); $50.00 SALE PRICE $45.00


Judaea, Antonius Felix, Roman Procurator Under Claudius and Nero, 52 - 60 A.D.

|Antonius| |Felix|, |Judaea,| |Antonius| |Felix,| |Roman| |Procurator| |Under| |Claudius| |and| |Nero,| |52| |-| |60| |A.D.||prutah|
Minted by Antonius Felix, Roman Procurator of Judaea, 52 - 60 A.D., in the names of Nero and Britannicus Caesars, the stepson and son respectively of the emperor Claudius.
JD99081. Bronze prutah, Hendin 6377; Meshorer TJC 340; Sofaer 59; BMC Palestine p. 264, 21; RPC I 4971, aF, thick green patina, weight 2.695 g, maximum diameter 17.0 mm, die axis 0o, Jerusalem mint, under Nero, 54 A.D.; obverse NEPW KΛAV KAICAP (Nero Claudius Caesar), two crossed oblong shields with two crossed spears on far side; reverse BPIT (Britannicus), six-branched palm bearing two bunches of dates, L - I∆ / K-AI (year 14 of Caesar) flanking trunk; $50.00 SALE PRICE $45.00


Probus, Summer 276 - September 282 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt

|Roman| |Egypt|, |Probus,| |Summer| |276| |-| |September| |282| |A.D.,| |Roman| |Provincial| |Egypt||tetradrachm|
References describe two types in year six, one with Athena seated on a throne, the other with Athena seated on a cuirass. Although were are not entirely certain, they all appear to be the same type with only slight variation.
RX97894. Billon tetradrachm, Geissen 3152; Dattari 5525; Milne 4618; SNG Cop 936; BMC Alexandria p. 313, 2410; Emmett 3878.6; Kampmann 112.34, F, tight flan with irregular ragged edge, light earthen deposits, weight 8.087 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 280 - 28 Aug 281 A.D.; obverse A K M AVP ΠPOBOC CEB, laureate and cuirassed bust right; reverse Athena seated left on throne without back, cuirass on near side of throne, wearing helmet, chiton and peplos, Nike in Athena's right hand holds palm frond and offers wreath, scepter vertical behind in her left hand, S over L (year 6) left; $45.00 SALE PRICE $40.50


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

|Augustus|, |Augustus,| |16| |January| |27| |B.C.| |-| |19| |August| |14| |A.D.||denarius|
A legatus Augusti pro praetore (literally: "envoy of the emperor - acting praetor") was the official title of the governor of some imperial provinces of the Roman Empire during the Principate era, normally the larger ones or those where legions were based. Provinces were denoted imperial if their governor was selected by the emperor, in contrast to senatorial provinces, whose governors (called proconsuls) were elected by the Roman Senate.
SH84737. Silver denarius, RIC I 2b (S), RSC I 401, BMCRE I 279, BMCRR Spain 112, BnF I 1033, Hunter I -, SRCV I -, Choice gVF, well centered on a very broad flan, light toning with luster in recesses, weight 3.867 g, maximum diameter 21.1 mm, die axis 135o, Emerita Augusta (Merida, Spain) mint, P. Carisius, c. 25 - 23 B.C.; obverse IMP CAESAR AVGVSTVS, bare head left, linear border; reverse P CARISIVS LEG PRO PR (P. Carisius Legatus [Augusti] pro Praetore), round shield with central boss within eight pointed star ornamentation with studs, spearhead with short shaft right above, machaira (curved short sword) right below, linear border; this is the first ever example of this rare type handled by Forum, from the Marcelo Leal Collection; rare; SOLD


Athens, Attica, Greece, c. 109 - 108 B.C., New Style Tetradrachm

|Athens|, |Athens,| |Attica,| |Greece,| |c.| |109| |-| |108| |B.C.,| |New| |Style| |Tetradrachm||stephanophoric| |tetradrachm|
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.
SH62483. Silver stephanophoric tetradrachm, Thompson Athens 728f var. (ME under amphora); Svoronos Athens pl. 59, 11 var. (same), VF, weight 16.643 g, maximum diameter 29.9 mm, die axis 0o, Athens mint, c. 109 - 108 B.C.; obverse helmeted head of Athena Parthenos right, triple-crested helmet decorated with curvilinear ornament on the shell, Pegasos right above the raised earpiece, and protomes of horses above the visor; reverse A−ΘE / ∆A−MΩN / ΣΩΣ/IKPA/THΣ KΛEI/∆AMO, owl standing right on amphora on its side, bow and quiver on right, I on amphora, ΠE below, all within olive wreath; magistrates Damon, Sosikrates, and Kleidamo; SOLD







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