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Cyzicus, Mysia (Kapu Dagh, Turkey)

Cyzicus was one of the great cities of the ancient world. According to tradition, it was founded by Pelasgians from Thessaly and later received many colonies from Miletus. Like the other Greek cities in Asia, it fell under the rule of the Persia Empire until Alexander the Great captured it in 334 B.C. In 74 B.C. the city, allied with Rome, withstood a siege by 300,000 men led by King Mithridates VI of Pontus. Rome rewarded this loyalty with territory and with municipal independence which lasted until the reign of Tiberius. When it was incorporated into the Empire, Cyzicus was made the capital of Mysia, and afterwards of Hellespontus. Dates of operation: The Cyzicus mint was opened by Gallienus (253 - 268 A.D.) and continued to strike coins well into the Byzantine era. Mintmarks: C, CM, CVZ (sometimes with the Z reversed), CVZIC, K, KVZ, MC, MK, MKV, SMK.

Delmatius, Caesar, 18 September 335 - mid 337 A.D.

|Delmatius|, |Delmatius,| |Caesar,| |18| |September| |335| |-| |mid| |337| |A.D.||reduced| |centenionalis|NEW
In 334 A.D., Delmatius put down a revolt in Cyprus led by the usurper Calocaerus. He brought the usurper as a prisoner to his uncle, who consigned him to the flames.
RL111923. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VII Cyzicus 133 (R5), LRBC I 1269, SRCV IV 16900, Cohen VII 8, VF/F, attractive highlighting earthen deposits (desert patina), weight 1.563 g, maximum diameter 16.2 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, 336 - 337 A.D.; obverse FL IVL DELMATIVS NOB C, pearl-diademed and cuirassed bust right; reverse GLORIA EXERCITVS (glory of the army), two soldiers standing facing, flanking one standard in center, heads confronted, each holds a spear in outer hand and rests inner hand on grounded shield, SMKB in exergue; from the Michael Arslan Collection; very rare ; $160.00 SALE PRICE $144.00


Martinian, c. August - Late September or Early October 324 A.D.

|Martinian|, |Martinian,| |c.| |August| |-| |Late| |September| |or| |Early| |October| |324| |A.D.|
 
SH01633. Bronze RIC VII Cyzicus 16, Vagi 3037, VF, softly struck obverse center, weight 2.98 g, maximum diameter 20.5 mm, die axis 0o, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, obverse IM CS MAR MARTINIANVS P F AVG, radiate and draped bust right; reverse IOVI CONSERVATORI (to Jupiter the protector), Jupiter standing left, Victory on globe in right hand, eagle-tipped scepter in left hand, on ground eagle on left and captive on r, X/IIΓ right field (=12 1/2 denarii communes), SMKA exergue; extremely rare (R4); SOLD


Constans, 9 September 337 - 19 January 350 A.D.

|Constans|, |Constans,| |9| |September| |337| |-| |19| |January| |350| |A.D.||quarter| |maiorina|
The Roman poet Ovid tells the story of the Phoenix: 'Most beings spring from other individuals; but there is a certain kind which reproduces itself. The Assyrians call it the Phoenix. It does not live on fruit or flowers, but on frankincense and odoriferous gums. When it has lived five hundred years, it builds itself a nest in the branches of an oak, or on the top of a palm tree. In this it collects cinnamon and spikenard, and myrrh, and of these materials builds a pile on which it deposits itself, and dying, breathes out its last breath amidst odors. From the body of the parent bird, a young Phoenix issues forth, destined to live as long a life as its predecessor. When this has grown up and gained sufficient strength, it lifts its nest from the tree (its own cradle and its parent's sepulcher), and carries it to the city of Heliopolis in Egypt, and deposits it in the temple of the Sun.'
RL71446. Billon quarter maiorina, RIC VIII Cyzicus 88 (R), LRBC II 2482, SRCV V 18721, Cohen VII 22, Voetter -, Hunter V -, Choice VF, weight 3.113 g, maximum diameter 20.1 mm, die axis 225o, 3rd officina, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, 348 - 350 A.D.; obverse D N CONSTA-NS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse FEL TEMP REPARATIO (happy times restored), radiate Phoenix standing right on celestial globe, star right, SMKΓ in exergue; rare; SOLD


Galeria Valeria, Augusta, June 293(?) - 311 A.D., Second Wife of Galerius

|Galeria| |Valeria|, |Galeria| |Valeria,| |Augusta,| |June| |293(?)| |-| |311| |A.D.,| |Second| |Wife| |of| |Galerius||follis|
Galeria Valeria was the daughter of Emperor Diocletian and the second wife of Emperor Galerius. After her husband's death, she refused a proposal of marriage by Maximinus Daia. Infuriated he ordered her and her mother Prisca exiled to Syria. Diocletian begged Maximinus to allow his beloved daughter and wife to live with him, but Maximinus refused and imprisoned them in Syria. They escaped and wandered for 15 months in search of refuge before being recognized in the city of Saloniki. A mob seized the pair, dragged them to the town square, beheaded them and dumped their bodies in the sea.
SH54580. Billon follis, Hunter V p. 73, 20; RIC VI Cyzicus 58; SRCV IV 14597; Cohen VII p. 129, 2, EF, nice dark green patina, excellent centering, attractive portrait, reverse strike just a bit flat, weight 6.602 g, maximum diameter 25.3 mm, die axis 180o, 4th officina, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, 309 - 310 A.D.; obverse GAL VALERIA AVG, draped bust right, wearing stephane, hair in looped plait on neck and up back of head; reverse VENERI VICTRICI (to victorious Venus), Venus standing left, raising apple in right hand, raising drapery over shoulder with left hand, Δ left, star right, MKV in exergue; SOLD


Eudoxia, Augusta 9 January 400 - Early October 404 A.D., Wife of Arcadius

|Eudoxia|, |Eudoxia,| |Augusta| |9| |January| |400| |-| |Early| |October| |404| |A.D.,| |Wife| |of| |Arcadius||centenionalis|
In 403, Honorius and Stilicho were honored with a triumphal march for victories against the Goths and Vandals. This was the last Roman victory celebrated in Rome.
RL70603. Bronze centenionalis, RIC X Arcadius 103 (S), LRBC II 2589, DOCLR 282, SRCV V 20894, Hunter V -, gVF, weight 2.093 g, maximum diameter 18.2 mm, die axis 45o, 1st officina, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, 401 - 403 A.D.; obverse AEL EVDOXIA AVG, pearl-diademed and draped bust right, crowned by Hand of God above; reverse SALVS REIPVBLICAE (health of the Republic), Victory seated right on cuirass, inscribing Christogram on shield resting on cippus, SMKA exergue; scarce; SOLD


Maximian, 286 - 305, 306 - 308, and 310 A.D., Ex John Quincy Adams Collection

|John| |Q.| |Adams| |Collection|, |Maximian,| |286| |-| |305,| |306| |-| |308,| |and| |310| |A.D.,| |Ex| |John| |Quincy| |Adams| |Collection||post-reform| |radiate|
Ex John Quincy Adams Collection, 6th President of the United States, and His Descendants, ex Massachusetts Historical Society Collection, ex Stacks Sale, 5-6 March 1971.
JA47613. Copper post-reform radiate, RIC VI Cyzicus 16b, SRCV IV 13315, Cohen VI 54, VF, weight 1.905 g, maximum diameter 20.7 mm, die axis 0o, 1st officina, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, 295 - 299 A.D.; obverse IMP C M A MAXIMIANVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse CONCORDIA MILITVM (harmony with the soldiers), Maximian standing right receiving victory on globe from Jupiter standing left, KA in center; comes with a John Quincy Adams Collection tag from the Stack's Sale; SOLD


Constantius Gallus, Caesar, Mid-March 351 - Winter 354 A.D.

|Constantius| |Gallus|, |Constantius| |Gallus,| |Caesar,| |Mid-March| |351| |-| |Winter| |354| |A.D.||maiorina|
In mid-March 351, Constantius elevated his 25-year-old cousin Constantius Gallus to Caesar at Sirmium in Pannonia. He arranged a marriage with his sister Constantia and put him in charge of the Eastern Roman Empire. Constantius marched West with a large army (60,000 men) to fight against Magnus Magnentius.
RL74563. Billon maiorina, RIC VIII Cyzicus 97, LRBC II 2487, SRCV V 18990, Cohen VIII 11, VF, well centered on a tight flan, porous, weight 4.975 g, maximum diameter 23.0 mm, die axis 0o, 6th officina, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, 28 Sep 351 - 352 A.D.; obverse D N FL CL CONSTANTIVS NOB CAES, bare-headed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse FEL TEMP REPARATIO (happy times restored), soldier standing left spearing fallen horseman, horseman beardless and wearing a pointed cap, turned facing soldier and raising right hand, Γ upper left, SMKS in exergue; SOLD







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REFERENCES

Bastien, P. "Coins with a Double Effigy Issued by Licinius at Nicomedia, Cyzicus, and Antioch" in NC 1973.


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