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Thessalonika, Macedonia

Thessalonica was founded around 315 B.C. by Cassander, King of Macedonia, on or near the site of the ancient town of Therma. He named it after his wife Thessalonike, a daughter of Philip II and a half-sister of Alexander the Great. In 168 B.C. it became the capital of the Macedonia Secunda and in 146 B.C. it was made the capital of the whole Roman province of Macedonia. Due to its port and location at the intersection of two major Roman roads, Thessalonica grew to become the most important city in Macedonia. Thessalonica was important in the spread of Christianity; the First Epistle to the Thessalonians written by Paul the Apostle is the first written book of the New Testament.

Macedonia, Under Roman Rule, Quaestor Aesillas, 95 - 70 B.C.

|Thessalonika|, |Macedonia,| |Under| |Roman| |Rule,| |Quaestor| |Aesillas,| |95| |-| |70| |B.C.||tetradrachm|
This type was apparently intended to encourage Macedonian pride by portraying the legendary national hero of the Macedonians, and at the same time clearly communicate Roman authority with name and symbols of the Roman quaestor.
SH68254. Silver tetradrachm, Bauslaugh group V (25C/124); AMNG III 223; SNG Cop 1330; BMC Macedonia p. 81 ff.; SNG Ashmolean 3305; SGCV I 1439, VF, uneven toning, weight 16.216 g, maximum diameter 28.0 mm, die axis 0o, Thessalonika (Salonika, Greece) mint, 95 - 70 B.C.; obverse head of Alexander the Great right with horn of Ammon and flowing hair, Θ behind, MAKE∆ONΩN below; reverse AESILLAS above money-chest (cista), club, and Q over quaestor's chair (sella curulis), all within laurel wreath; ex Gorny & Mosch auction 216, lot 2347; SOLD


Macedonia, under Roman Rule, 95 - 70 B.C.

|Thessalonika|, |Macedonia,| |under| |Roman| |Rule,| |95| |-| |70| |B.C.||tetradrachm|
Fantastic portrait of Alexander the Great. This type was apparently intended to encourage Macedonian pride by portraying the legendary national hero of the Macedonians, and at the same time clearly communicate Roman authority with name and symbols of the Roman quaestor.
SH13703. Silver tetradrachm, Bauslaugh group VI (O47), SNG Lockett 1543, SNG Cop 1330, SNG Ashmolean 3305, AMNG III 223, SGCV I 1439, nice VF, fine style, very nicely toned, weight 16.006 g, maximum diameter 28.7 mm, die axis 0o, Thessalonika (Salonika, Greece) mint, 95 - 70 B.C.; obverse MAKE∆ONΩN, head of Alexander the Great right with horn of Ammon and flowing hair, Θ behind, MAKE∆ONΩN below; reverse AESILLAS above money-chest (cista), club, and Q over quaestor's chair (sella curulis), all within laurel wreath; SOLD


Marc Antony and Octavian, 37 B.C., Thessalonica, Macedonia

|Thessalonika|, |Marc| |Antony| |and| |Octavian,| |37| |B.C.,| |Thessalonica,| |Macedonia||AE| |21|
 
SH15378. Bronze AE 21, RPC I 1552, SNG Cop 375, BMC Macedonia p. 115, 64, VF, weight 11.380 g, maximum diameter 21.2 mm, die axis 45o, Thessalonika (Salonika, Greece) mint, 37 B.C.; obverse AΓΩNOΘ-ECIA, head of Agonothesia right; reverse ANT / KAI in wreath, a very thick coin, nice dark green patina; rare; SOLD







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