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Ancient Silver Coins Under $100

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Julia Domna, Augusta 194 - 8 April 217 A.D.

|Julia| |Domna|, |Julia| |Domna,| |Augusta| |194| |-| |8| |April| |217| |A.D.||denarius|
Ceres' known mythology is indistinguishable from Demeter's. Her virgin daughter Proserpina (Persephone) was abducted by Hades to be his wife in the underworld. Ceres searched for her endlessly lighting her way through the earth with torches. While Ceres (Demeter) searched, preoccupied with her loss and her grief, the seasons halted; living things ceased their growth, then began to die. Some say that in her anger she laid a curse that caused plants to wither and die, and the land to become desolate. Faced with the extinction of all life on earth, Zeus sent his messenger Hermes to the underworld to bring Proserpina back. However, because Proserpina had eaten while in the underworld, Hades had a claim on her. It was decreed that she must spend four months each year in the underworld. During these months Ceres grieves for her daughter's absence, withdrawing her gifts from the world, creating winter. Proserpina's return brings the spring.
RS94715. Silver denarius, RIC IV S546 (S), RSC III 14, BMCRE V S10, Hunter III 7, SRCV II 6576, VF, light toning, radiating flow lines, bumps and light scratches, rev. a little off center, tiny edge cracks, weight 1.904 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 200 A.D.; obverse IVLIA AVGVSTA, draped bust right, hair in horizontal ridges, chignon at back of head; reverse CERERI FRVGIF, Ceres seated left, right leg drawn back, stalks of grain in right hand, long torch in left hand; from the Ray Nouri Collection; scarce; $110.00 SALE PRICE $99.00


England, Elizabeth I, 17 November 1558 - 24 March 1603

|England|, |England,| |Elizabeth| |I,| |17| |November| |1558| |-| |24| |March| |1603||groat|
At twenty-five years old, Elizabeth inherited a weak bankrupt nation, torn by religious discord. Her supporters counseled that her only hope, was to marry quickly and lean upon her husband. Instead, she ruled alone for nearly half a century, driven by her genuine love for her subjects. She is perhaps the greatest English monarch in history.
UK98518. Silver groat, SCBC 2551, North 1986, F, toned, bent, scratches, weight 1.660 g, maximum diameter 24.3 mm, die axis 180o, Tower mint, 1558 - 1560; obverse (lis) ELIZABETH D G ANG FRA Z HIB REGI (Elizabeth, by the Grace of God, Queen of England, France and Ireland), marlet mint mark, crowned bust left, wire and beaded inner circles; reverse (lis) POSVI:DEV'ADIVTOREM MEV: (I have made God my helper), quartered coat-of-arms (passant lions and fleurs-de-lis) on long cross fourche, wire and beaded inner circles; ex Leu Numismatik web-auction 16 (25 May 2021), lot 5069 (part of); ex collection of a Swiss scholar (formed over the past thirty years); $110.00 SALE PRICE $99.00


Julia Mamaea, Augusta 13 March 222 - February or March 235 A.D.

|Julia| |Mamaea|, |Julia| |Mamaea,| |Augusta| |13| |March| |222| |-| |February| |or| |March| |235| |A.D.||denarius|
Fecunditas (Latin: "fecundity, fertility") was the goddess of fertility. She was portrayed as a matron, sometimes holding a cornucopia or a hasta pura, with children in her arms or standing next to her.
RS94690. Silver denarius, RSC III 6, RIC IV 332, BMCRE VI 913, SRCV II 8208, Hunter III -, gVF, dark as-found hoard toning, excellent portrait, flow lines, tight flan, some light corrosion, small edge cracks, weight 1.334 g, maximum diameter 19.6 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, c. 232 A.D.; obverse IVLIA MAMAEA AVG, draped bust right, wearing stephane, hair in horizontal ridges, with looped plait at the back of neck; reverse FECVND AVGVSTAE, Fecunditas enthroned left, reaching out with her right hand to small boy standing before her nude with hands raised, left arm on chair; from the Ray Nouri Collection; $105.00 SALE PRICE $95.00


Kingdom of Persis, Napad (Kapat), 1st Century A.D.

|Kingdom| |of| |Persis|, |Kingdom| |of| |Persis,| |Napad| |(Kapat),| |1st| |Century| |A.D.||hemidrachm|
The early kings of Persis were tributaries to the Seleucid rulers, until c. 140 B.C., when the Parthians conquered the region, according to Strabo. The Parthian Empire then took control of Persis under Arsacid king Mithridates I (c. 171 - 138 B.C.), but visibly allowed local rulers to remain, and permitted the emission of coinage bearing the title of Mlk ("King"). The last King of Persis, Artaxerxes V, defeated the Parthians and founded the Sassanian Empire.
GS98456. Silver hemidrachm, Sunrise 637; BMC Arabia p. 233, 21; Alram IP 613 var. (obv. w/ dot border); Klose-Mseler 4/49 var. (two rows on diadem); Tyler-Smith 179 var. (same), aEF, toned, die wear, tight oval flan, weight 1.535 g, maximum diameter 14.2 mm, die axis 180o, Persepolis (Fars Province, Iran) mint, 1st century A.D.; obverse bearded bust left, wearing diadem and Parthian-style tiara ornamented with three rows of pellets over pellet in crescent, no legend or border; reverse bearded bust left wearing diadem, blundered Aramaic legend around; from the Michael Arslan Collection; $100.00 SALE PRICE $90.00


Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D.

|Septimius| |Severus|, |Septimius| |Severus,| |9| |April| |193| |-| |4| |February| |211| |A.D.||denarius|
In 199, Mesopotamia was partitioned into two Roman provinces divided by the Euphrates, Mesopotamia and Osroene. Two new legions, I Parthica and III Parthica, were formed as a permanent garrison. Septimius Severus laid siege to the city-state Hatra in Central-Mesopotamia, but failed to capture the city despite breaching the walls.
RS98470. Silver denarius, RIC IV 510a, RSC III 345, BMCRE V 669, SRCV II 6316, Hunter III 199, VF, toned, nice portrait, flow lines, frosty surfaces, weight 3.246 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 30o, Laodicea ad Mare (Latakia, Syria) mint, 198 - 202 A.D.; obverse L SEPT SEV AVG IMP XI PART MAX, laureate head right; reverse MONETA AVGG, Moneta seated left, scales in right hand, cornucopia in left hand; $100.00 SALE PRICE $90.00


Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D.

|Septimius| |Severus|, |Septimius| |Severus,| |9| |April| |193| |-| |4| |February| |211| |A.D.||denarius|
The flattering appellation "the restorer of the city" was doubtless given not for either rebuilding or embellishing Rome, but rather for restoring the honor of the "Eternal City" by avenging the death of Pertinax, securing domestic tranquility to the empire, and reestablishing respect for the Roman name by victories over the Parthians.
RS98682. Silver denarius, RIC IV 288; RSC III 606; BMCRE V p. 221, 359; Hunter III 98; SRCV II 6358, gF, centered, light toning, edge cracks, struck with a worn reverse died, weight 2.397 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 202 - 210 A.D.; obverse SEVERVS PIVS AVG, laureate head right; reverse RESTITVTOR VRBIS, Roma seated left on shield, helmeted, palladium in right hand, spear vertical behind in left hand; $100.00 SALE PRICE $90.00


Lucius Verus, 7 March 161 - February 169 A.D.

|Lucius| |Verus|, |Lucius| |Verus,| |7| |March| |161| |-| |February| |169| |A.D.||denarius|
Mars, the god of war, was, according to the common belief of the ancients, the son of Jupiter and of Juno; or as some of the later poets have pretended, the son of Juno, by whom solely he was generated, as the goddess Minerva was brought forth from Jupiter alone. Mars was regarded as a great leader in battle; as presiding over discord and contest, everywhere exciting slaughter and war. Although this divinity had numerous adorers in Greece and in many other countries, there was no place where his worship became more popular than in Rome.
RS99250. Silver denarius, RIC III MA514, RSC II 228, BMCRE IV MA284, Hunter II 14, SRCV II 5355 var. (bare head right), F, well centered, toned, light marks, scratches, tiny edge cracks, weight 3.244 g, maximum diameter 18.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, Dec 163 - Dec 164 A.D.; obverse L VERVS AVG ARMENIACVS, laureate and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind; reverse TR P IIII IMP II COS II, Mars standing half right, reversed spear in right hand, resting left on grounded shield; $100.00 SALE PRICE $90.00


Persian Empire, Philistia (Gaza or Samaria), c. 375 - 333 B.C., Imitative of Athens

|Judaea| |&| |Palestine|, |Persian| |Empire,| |Philistia| |(Gaza| |or| |Samaria),| |c.| |375| |-| |333| |B.C.,| |Imitative| |of| |Athens||obol|
A Persian Period imitation of Athenian types from the Holy Land. In the past these coins were all attributed to Gaza, however, recent hoard finds indicate a mint at Ashkelon probably also struck this type. It is likely that at least several small mints struck these imitative types.
JD97053. Silver obol, cf. Samaria Hoard pls. 45 - 50, SH269 ff.; Gitler-Tal 4.4.IX-X; SNG ANS 15 ff., aF, toned, squared flan (normal for the type), weight 0.738 g, maximum diameter 8.7 mm, die axis 90o, Gaza(?) mint, c. 375 - 333 B.C.; obverse head of Athena right, wearing crested Attic helmet with three olive leaves over visor and a spiral palmette on the bowl, hair in parallel bands, eye in profile; reverse owl standing right, wings closed, head facing, olive spray with one olive between two leaves and a crescent behind, AΘE downward on right, all in incuse square, no Aramaic inscription; $90.00 SALE PRICE $81.00


Julia Mamaea, Augusta 13 March 222 - February or March 235 A.D.

|Julia| |Domna|, |Julia| |Mamaea,| |Augusta| |13| |March| |222| |-| |February| |or| |March| |235| |A.D.||denarius|
The palladium, a small figure of Minerva (Pallas Athena) holding a spear and shield, had a mythological origin from Troy. Troy was believed to be safe from foreign enemies as long as the palladium remained within the city walls. But Odysseus and Diomedes stole the image and soon after the Greeks took the city. The palladium was later taken by Aeneas to Rome where for centuries it was kept in the temple of Vesta in the Forum. In Late Antiquity, it was rumored that Constantine had taken the palladium to Constantinople and buried it under the Column of Constantine.
RS97472. Silver denarius, RIC IV 360; RSC III 81; BMCRE VI p. 152, 381; Hunter III 7; SRCV II 8217, VF, well centered and struck, flow lines, dark spots, punch on obverse below chin, weight 3.295 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 226 A.D.; obverse IVLIA MAMAEA AVG, draped bust right, hair in horizontal ridges, chignon at back of head, wearing stephane; reverse VESTA, Vesta standing half-left, veiled head left, palladium in right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand; ex Numismatik Naumann auction 96 (01 Nov 2020), lot 864 (part of); $90.00 SALE PRICE $81.00


Kingdom of Persis, Napad (Kapat), 1st Century A.D.

|Kingdom| |of| |Persis|, |Kingdom| |of| |Persis,| |Napad| |(Kapat),| |1st| |Century| |A.D.||obol|
The early kings of Persis were tributaries to the Seleucid rulers, until c. 140 B.C., when the Parthians conquered the region, according to Strabo. The Parthian Empire then took control of Persis under Arsacid king Mithridates I (c. 171 - 138 B.C.), but visibly allowed local rulers to remain, and permitted the emission of coinage bearing the title of Mlk ("King"). The last King of Persis, Artaxerxes V, defeated the Parthians and founded the Sassanian Empire.
GS98454. Silver obol, Klose-Mseler 4/50a; Alram IP 614 var. (tiara ornaments); BMC Arabia 236, 31 var. (same); Sunrise 642 var. (same); Tyler-Smith 199 var. (same), Choice VF, dark toning, well centered, weight 0.440 g, maximum diameter 9.3 mm, die axis 45o, Persepolis (Fars Province, Iran) mint, 1st century A.D.; obverse bust of king wearing Parthian style tiara left, pellet within two rows of pellets, two ties; reverse diademed bust of king left, Aramaic legend around, all in a shallow round incuse; from the Michael Arslan Collection; $90.00 SALE PRICE $81.00




  



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