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Diadumenian, Mid May - 8 June 218 A.D., Marcianopolis, Moesia Inferior

|Marcianopolis|, |Diadumenian,| |Mid| |May| |-| |8| |June| |218| |A.D.,| |Marcianopolis,| |Moesia| |Inferior||diassarion|
Nemesis, the balancer of life, is the goddess of revenge, the avenger of crimes and punisher of wicked doers. She distributes fortune, good or bad, in due proportion to each according to what is deserved. She holds a lorum, a long scarf worn by Roman magistrates, to symbolize her authority as judge, and a cubit rule to measure each man's just deserts. The wheel of fate rests against her side.
RP112583. Bronze diassarion, H-J Marcianopolis 6.25.35.1 (R6); AMNG I/I 793; Varbanov 1332 (R4), nice VF, dark green patina, nice portrait, central depressions, rev. off center, small patina chips, weight 4.800 g, maximum diameter 21.6 mm, die axis 0o, Markianopolis (Devnya, Bulgaria) mint, as caesar, 11 Apr 217 - 8 Jun 218 A.D.; obverse M OΠEΛΛIOC ANTΩNEINOC, bare head right; reverse MAPKIANOΠOΛEITΩN, Nemesis standing half left, head left scales in right hand, cornucopia and lorum in left hand, wheel at feet left; from the Collection of Dr. Jregen Buschek; $80.00 SALE PRICE $72.00


Cibyra, Phrygia, 2nd - 3rd Century A.D.

|Other| |Phrygia|, |Cibyra,| |Phrygia,| |2nd| |-| |3rd| |Century| |A.D.||AE| |26|
Nemesis, the winged balancer of life, is the goddess of revenge, the avenger of crimes and punisher of wicked doers. She distributes fortune, good or bad, in due proportion to each according to what is deserved. She often holds a lorum, a long scarf worn by Roman magistrates, to symbolize her authority as judge, and sometimes holds scales and cubit rule to measure each man's just deserts. The wheel of fate sometimes rests against her side. On this coin she holds her adamantine bridles to restrain the frivolous insolences of mortals.
RP110162. Bronze AE 26, SNGvA 3726; SNG Cop 277; BMC Phrygia p. 136, 33, aVF/F, well centered, dark tone, earthen encrustation, weight 10.162 g, maximum diameter 26.1 mm, die axis 180o, Kibyra (near Glhisar, Turkey) mint, 2nd - 3rd Century A.D.; obverse BOYΛH (clockwise from upper right), laureate, veiled, and draped bust of Boule right; reverse KAIC KIBY-PATΩN, Nemesis standing facing, head left, pulling out chiton from her breast with right hand, adamantine bridles in left hand hanging down at side; rare; $70.00 SALE PRICE $63.00


Vespasian, 1 July 69 - 24 June 79 A.D.

|Vespasian|, |Vespasian,| |1| |July| |69| |-| |24| |June| |79| |A.D.||aureus|
In 72 A.D. the Roman governor Lucius Flavius Silva laid siege to Masada, a desert fortress, the last outpost of Jewish rebels after the First Jewish Revolt ended in 70 A.D. Legio X Fretensis surrounded the mountain fortress with a 7-mile long siege wall and built a rampart of stones and beaten earth against the western approach. In the spring of 73 A.D., when defeat became imminent, 960 Zealots under the leadership of Eleazar ben Ya'ir committed mass suicide.
SH64148. Gold aureus, Calico I 656, RIC II 1180, BMCRE II 403, Cohen I 284, F, ding at 12 o, weight 7.128 g, maximum diameter 13.9 mm, die axis 270o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, c. 72 - 73 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES VESPAS AVG P M TR P IIII P P COS IIII, laureate head right; reverse PACI AVGVSTI, winged Pax-Nemesis advancing right, pulling out a fold of drapery below her neck with her right hand, holding caduceus downward in left over snake at feet; ex January 2013 N.Y.I.N.C Auction, lot 2033; SOLD


Marcus Aurelius, 7 March 161 - 17 March 180 A.D., Laodiceia ad Lycum, Phrygia, in Alliance with Smyrna, Ionia

|Laodicea| |ad| |Lycus|, |Marcus| |Aurelius,| |7| |March| |161| |-| |17| |March| |180| |A.D.,| |Laodiceia| |ad| |Lycum,| |Phrygia,| |in| |Alliance| |with| |Smyrna,| |Ionia||medallion|
This alliance medallion celebrates the Harmony between Laodicea and Smyrna. Such alliances between cities inside of the Roman Empire were generally political or economic.
RB110374. Bronze medallion, BMC Phrygia p. 326, 275; SNGvA -; SNG Cop -; SNG Mn -; SNG Tb -, F, well centered; green, red, brown and black dark patina; old cleaning marks, weight 26.314 g, maximum diameter 39.3 mm, die axis 180o, Laodicea ad Lycum (near Denizli, Turkey) mint, 7 Mar 161 - 17 Mar 180; obverse AV KAI M AVP - ANTONINOC·, laureate head right; reverse ΛAOΔIKEO-N - C-MYPNAION, Zeus Laodikeos standing half left, head left, wearing long chiton and himation, eagle in right hand scepter in left hand, flanked by the two Nemeses of Smyrna facing inward toward Nemeses, both clad in long chiton and peplos, plucking chiton from breast; ·OMONOIA· in exergue; this coin is the only specimen of the type on Coin Archives, huge 39 mm bronze!, ex Harlan Berk sale 216 (27 Jul 2021), lot 460; ex CNG sale 61 (23 Sep 2002), lot 1049; extremely rare; SOLD


Caracalla, 28 January 198 - 8 April 217 A.D., Serdica, Thrace

|Serdica|, |Caracalla,| |28| |January| |198| |-| |8| |April| |217| |A.D.,| |Serdica,| |Thrace||AE| |29|
Serdica prospered under Rome. Turrets, protective walls, public baths, administrative and cult buildings, a civic basilica and a large amphitheater were built. When Diocletian divided Dacia into Dacia Ripensis (on the banks of the Danube) and Dacia Mediterranea, Serdica became the capital of Dacia Mediterranea. The city was destroyed by the Huns in 447, but was rebuilt by Justinian and surrounded with great fortress walls whose remnants can still be seen today. Although also often destroyed by the Slavs, the town remained under Byzantine dominion until 809. Serdica is today Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria.
RP110548. Bronze AE 29, H-J Serdica 12.18.35.10, Varbanov III -, BMC Thrace -, attractive F, nice portrait for the grade, weight 15.998 g, maximum diameter 29.2 mm, die axis 0o, Serdica (Sofia, Bulgaria) mint, 198 - 217 A.D.; obverse AVT K M AVP CEV ANTΩNEINOC, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind; reverse OVΛΠIAC CEPΔIKHC, Dikaiosyne/Nemesis standing left, scales in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, wheel at feet behind left; ex R. Basler International Numismatics (Irvine, CA); SOLD







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