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Siscia, Pannonia (Sisak, Croatia)

Siscia, now Sisak, Croatia, was one of the most important places in Roman Pannonia. It was at confluence of two navigable rivers, the Colapis and Savus, which carried considerable commerce. Siscia was captured by Tiberius, in the reign of Augustus. Tiberius did much to enlarge and embellish the town, including digging a canal to form an island, enhancing the fortifications. It became the central point from which Augustus and Tiberius campaigned against the Pannonians and Illyrians. Pliny mentions Siscia was made a colonia at that time. In the time of Septimius Severus it received fresh colonists, after which it was called Col. Septimia Siscia. When Diocletian split Pannonia into four provinces, Siscia became the capital of Pannonia Savia. It contained the mint and treasury, and was the station of the small fleet kept on the Savus. Siscia maintained its importance until Sirmium began to rise: as Sirmium rose, Siscia declined. The mint master at Siscia was called the procurator monetae Siscianae. Mint dates of operation: c. 262 - 283. Mintmarks: S, SIS, SISC, SISCPS.

Constantine II, 22 May 337 - March or April 340 A.D.

|Constantine| |II|, |Constantine| |II,| |22| |May| |337| |-| |March| |or| |April| |340| |A.D.||reduced| |centenionalis|
In 334, Flavius Dalmatius put down a revolt in Cyprus led by Calocaerus. Calocaerus was brought to Tarsus in Cilicia and executed.
RL111182. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VII Siscia 236, LRBC I 748, Cohen VIII 122, SRCV V 17334, Hunter V -, EF, sharp, green patina, light deposits, tight flan, light marks, weight 2.315 g, maximum diameter 16.8 mm, die axis 180o, 5th officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, as caesar, 334 - 335 A.D.; obverse CONSTANTINVS IVN NOB C, laureate and cuirassed bust right; reverse GLORIA EXERCITVS (glory of the army), two soldiers standing facing, heads turned inward confronted, two standards in center between them, each holds a spear in outer hand and rests inner hand on grounded shield, ESIS in exergue; from the Michael Arslan Collection; $90.00 (82.80)


Probus, Summer 276 - September 282 A.D.

|Probus|, |Probus,| |Summer| |276| |-| |September| |282| |A.D.||antoninianus|
In 276, Florianus was assassinated near Tarsus by his own troops after only weeks of ruling. Probus, age 44, was proclaimed the new Emperor of Rome. This type was among his first issues. Alfldi believed the bust on this type resembled Florian.
RL98386. Billon antoninianus, Alfldi Siscia V type 26, 20; RIC V-2 651C; Cohen VI 137; Hunter IV 280 var. (1st officina); SRCV III -, Choice VF, some silvering, well centered, attractive portrait, light deposits, weight 3.748 g, maximum diameter 21.9 mm, die axis 0o, 4th officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 2nd half 276 A.D.; obverse IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from the front; reverse CONCORD MILIT (harmony with the soldiers), Probus (on left) and Concordia standing confronted, clasping hands, Δ in center, XXI in exergue; $80.00 (73.60)


Crispus, Caesar, 1 March 317 - 326 A.D.

|Crispus|, |Crispus,| |Caesar,| |1| |March| |317| |-| |326| |A.D.||centenionalis|
The reverse legend abbreviates, Victoriae Laetae Principium Perpertua, which translates, "Joyous victory to the eternal Prince." VOT P R on the shield abbreviates, Vota Populi Romani, which translates, "Vows (prayers) of the Roman people."
MA111631. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Siscia 97 (R3), SRCV IV 16818, Cohen VII 140, Hunter V -, Choice VF/aVF, dark patina, well centered, some earthen deposits, weight 3.634 g, maximum diameter 19.9 mm, die axis 180o, 5th officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 319 - 320 A.D.; obverse IVL CRISPVS NOB C, laureate draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICT LAETAE PRINC PERP (joyous victory to the eternal Prince), two Victories standing confronted, together holding shield inscribed VOT / P R (vows of the Roman people) set on altar inscribed with an S, ESIS* in exergue; rare; $80.00 (73.60)


Galerius, 1 March 305 - 5 May 311 A.D.

|Galerius|, |Galerius,| |1| |March| |305| |-| |5| |May| |311| |A.D.||follis| |(large)|
These legends and types were struck in two issues RIC VI 198a, c. 309 - 310, and RIC 207a, c. 310 - 5 May 311. The earlier issue was struck with only officiae A, B and Γ, therefore, without even considering other variations we can be certain this coin is from the second issue.
RT99299. Billon follis (large), RIC VI Siscia p. 480, 207a; SRCV IV 14505; Hunter V p. 62, 7 var. (2nd officina); Cohen VI 133 (Maximian), gVF, amusing style and sharp detail on the reverse, slight porosity, reverse slightly off center, weight 7.444 g, maximum diameter 27.0 mm, die axis 0o, 4th officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, c. 310 - 5 May 311 A.D.; obverse IMP MAXIMIANVS P F AVG, laureate head right; reverse GENIO AVGVSTI (to the guardian spirit of the Emperor), Genius standing slightly left, head left, kalathos on head, nude but for chlamys over shoulders and left arm, patera in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, crescent with horns upward lower left, Δ right, SIS in exergue; from a private collector in New Jersey; $70.00 (64.40)







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