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Drusus, Son of Tiberius, Born 13 B.C., Died 14 September 23 A.D., Philippi(?), Macedonia
Drusus, the only son of Tiberius, never took the throne. Drusus' wife Livilla was seduced by the praetorian prefect Sejanus. She poisoned Drusus to support Sejanus' plot to become emperor. Years later the plot was discovered and Sejanus and Livilla were executed.RP111916. Bronze AE 16, RPC Online I 1659 (10 spec.), SNG Cop -, BMC -, F, green patina, encrustations, scratches, weight 4.145 g, maximum diameter 16.2 mm, die axis 30o, probably Philippi (near Filippoi, Greece) mint, obverse DRV CAES, bare head right; reverse two priests with yoke of two oxen right, plowing the pomerium (sacred boundary), founding a new colony; from the Michael Arslan Collection; $100.00 (€94.00)
Cassandrea, Macedonia, 16 March 37 - 24 January 41 A.D.
Cassandreia was founded by Cassander in 316 B.C. on the site of the earlier city of Potidaea, at the isthmus of the Pallene peninsula. That Cassander named it after himself suggests he may have intended it to be his capital. If the canal which cuts the peninsula at this point was dug or at least planned in his time, he may have intended to develop his naval forces using it as a base with two harbors on the east and west sides. Cassandreia soon became a great and powerful city, surpassing the other Macedonian towns in wealth. Philip V of Macedon made it his main naval base. At the end of the Roman Republic, around 43 B.C., a Roman colony was settled by order of Brutus. In 30 B.C., Augustus installed additional settlers and renamed the city Colonia Iulia Augusta Cassandrensis. It was destroyed by the Huns and Slavs around 540 A.D.RP113318. Bronze AE 17, RPC Online I 1513; SNG ANS 233; SNG Evelpidis 1210; BMC 1; AMNG 4–5, VF, dark patina, earthen deposits, weight 3.152 g, maximum diameter 17.0 mm, die axis 135o, Cassandreia (Kassandreia, Greece) mint, time of Caligula, 16 Mar 37 - 24 Jan 41 A.D.; obverse Vexillum inscribed AVG, flanked by two standards, each topped with a crescent horns up; reverse CAS/SAN/DRE in three lines within wreath; ex Harlan Berk, ex Dr. Michael Slavin Collection; $100.00 (€94.00)
Akanthos, Macedonia, c. 424 - 380 B.C.
Herodotus (vii. 125 sq.) relates that while Xerxes was marching from Acanthus to Therma his camels were set upon by lions, and he proceeds to state that all these northern regions, west of the river Nestus, abounded with lions and wild bulls with gigantic horns.SH38434. Silver tetradrachm, Goldberg 42 lot 19; BMC Macedonia -; Desneux -; SNG ANS -; apparently unpublished swastika variety, gVF, porous, weight 13.949 g, maximum diameter 25.1 mm, Akanthos (Ierissos, Greece) mint, obverse lion springing upon bull, swastika above; reverse AKANΘON around raised quadripartite square, all within incuse square.; rare; SOLD
Galepsos, Macedonia, c. 400 - 348 B.C.
Galepsos was on the Strymon Gulf, about 20 kilometers east of Amphipolis, not far from the island of Thasos. No example of its coinage appears in any of the major collections and the town is not even mentioned in most publications on Greek coins. There may still be less than a dozen coins known for this city.SH56551. Bronze chalkous, V. Demetriadi, Galepsus in Chalcidice: A Newly Discovered Mint, NomKhron 3 (Athens, 1974), pp. 32-33, b, SNG ANS -; SNG Cop -; AMNG -; BMC Macedonia -, aVF, weight 1.958 g, maximum diameter 12.7 mm, die axis 180o, Galepsos mint, c. 400 - 348 B.C.; obverse wreathed head of young Dionysos left; reverse ΓAΛHΨIΩN, forepart of goat left, head turned back right; extremely rare; SOLD
Olynthos, Chalkidian League, Macedonia, 432 - 348 B.C.
SH14413. Silver tetrobol, BMC Macedonia p. 68, 13; SNG ANS 537, SNG Cop 235; SNG Dreer 266, SNG Berry 22, nice VF, weight 2.261 g, maximum diameter 15.0 mm, die axis 90o, Olynthos mint, c. 410 - 401 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right, circle of dots around; reverse XAΛKIAΕΩN around kithara (lyre) with seven strings, all within incuse; scarce; SOLD
Paeonian Kingdom, Patraos, 335 - 315 B.C.
As discussed by Wayne Sayles in "Ancient Coin Collecting III, Numismatic Art of the Greek World," the obverse of this coin is minted with the modern profile eye. This type was produced with both the archaic eye, "with the frontal almond eye common to the art of a century earlier" and the modern profile eye. "The contrast is not one of stylistic transition, but rather of artistic intention. In fact, the archaizing version seems to have been issued toward the end of the series."
Patraos was allied with Macedonia, and Paeonian light-armed cavalry were important in Alexander's campaign. Curiously, the fallen soldier has a Macedonian shield and wears Macedonian armor.SH98015. Silver tetradrachm, Paeonian Hoard 184 (same dies), SNG ANS 7.1 1032, Peykov E2170, HGC 3.1 148 corr. (no symbols), VF, attractive style, tight flan, light marks, two tiny test cuts on edge, weight 12.940 g, maximum diameter 12.5 mm, die axis 45o, Astibos or Damastion mint, 335 - 315 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right, with short hair and profile eye; reverse ΠATPAOY, armed warrior on horse prancing right, spearing fallen enemy in crested helmet who holds spear, fallen enemy's shield is not visible on this die, horse blanket ornamented with diagonal lines, kantharos tilted left (control symbol) in low left field; from the CEB Collection; ex Edward J. Waddell, auction II (2 Sep 1987), lot 119; SOLD
Thraco-Macedonian Tribes, c. Mid-5th Century B.C.
Monkeys were kept as pets in antiquity. We know of only two ancient coin types depicting monkeys. One is this very rare type, with the monkey squatting either left or right. The other is an electrum hemihekte from Kyzikos, Mysia with fewer than five known specimens.SH52084. Silver tetartemorion, Tzamalis 67, VF, weight 0.206 g, maximum diameter 6.1 mm, uncertain mint, c. Mid-5th century B.C.; obverse monkey squatting left; reverse round shield within incuse square; very rare; SOLD
Thraco-Macedonian Tribes, c. 5th Century B.C.
This type is apparently unpublished but we know of a few examples from auctions of this hemiobol type and of an obol of the same type. The specimens on Coin Archives are attributed by auction houses to either Thraco-Macedonian Tribes or an uncertain mint in Ionia, both 5th century B.C. We tentatively attribute it to the Thraco-Macedonian Tribes, but this is uncertain. Perhaps additional discoveries will be recorded with their find spots, enabling a more confident attribution.GA98612. Silver hemiobol, Apparently unpublished; AMNG III/2 -, Klein -, Rosen -, SNG Cop -, SNG ANS -, SNGvA -, BMC -, HGC 3.1 -, aVF, toned, etched surfaces, die wear, tiny edge splits, weight 0.381 g, maximum diameter 7.3 mm, die axis 0o, uncertain mint, c. 5th century B.C.; obverse Bull standing left, head turned back right; reverse quadripartite incuse square; extremely rare; SOLD
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