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Roman Republic, Ti. Veturius, 137 B.C.
The reverse depicts the fetial ceremony, part of the ancient treaty making process, during which a pig was sacrificed to sanctify the oaths. This type revived the reverse of gold coinage issued in 217 - 216 B.C. and broke the 75-year tradition of Roma obverses with Dioscuri or chariot reverses on denarii. RR67797. Silver denarius, SRCV 111, Crawford 234/1, Sydenham 527, RSC I Veturia 1, aVF, porous, weight 3.641 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 45o, Rome mint, 137 B.C.; obverse head of Mars right in a winged and crested Corinthian helmet, X between neck and end of crest, TI VET (VET in monogram) behind; reverse Oath-taking scene, two standing warriors holding spears and facing attendant kneeling in center, holding sacrificial pig, ROMA above; SOLD
Caracalla, 28 January 198 - 8 April 217 A.D.
Roma was a female deity who personified the city of Rome and more broadly, the Roman state. The earliest certain cult to dea Roma was established at Smyrna in 195 B.C., probably to mark the successful alliance against Antiochus III. In 30/29 B.C., the Koinon of Asia and Bithynia requested permission to honor Augustus as a living god. "Republican" Rome despised the worship of a living man, but an outright refusal might offend their loyal allies. A cautious formula was drawn up, non-Romans could only establish a cult for divus Augustus jointly with dea Roma. In the city of Rome itself, the earliest known state cult to dea Roma was combined with Venus at the Hadrianic Temple of Venus and Roma. This was the largest temple in the city, probably dedicated to inaugurate the reformed festival of Parilia, which was known thereafter as the Romaea after the Eastern festival in Roma's honor. The temple contained the seated, Hellenised image of dea Roma with a Palladium in her right hand to symbolize Rome's eternity.RS70816. Silver denarius, RIC IV 69; RSC III 499; BMCRE V p. 240, 435; Hunter III 24; SRCV II 6856, VF, full borders strike, weight 3.444 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 203 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS PIVS AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse PONT TR P VI COS (high priest, holder of Tribunitian power for 6 years, consul), Roma standing left in military garb, Victory in extended right, inverted spear vertical behind in left; scarce; SOLD
Titus, 24 June 79 - 13 September 81 A.D.
Struck the year the Colosseum was opened! The Colosseum, started by Vespasian c. 72 A.D., was completed by Titus in 80 A.D. It was capable of seating 50,000 spectators. Games held for its inauguration lasted for 100 days and nights, during which some 5,000 animals were slaughteredRS71883. Silver denarius, RIC II 112, RSC II 309, BnF III 62, BMCRE II 72, SRCV I 2517, aF, weight 3.278 g, maximum diameter 18.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 80 A.D.; obverse IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M, laureate head right; reverse TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P, dolphin coiled around anchor; SOLD
Uncertain (Ionia or Aegean Islands?), c. 550 - 450 B.C.
We received this coin attributed to Kythnos, Cyclades Islands, Greece, but neither the boar's head nor the incuse punch share the same style with specimens from Kythnos known to Forum. The origin of this coin is uncertain. If it is a great rarity of high value, please let us know so we can raise the price before you buy it (just kidding, go ahead, buy it).GA86886. Silver tetartemorion, VF, centered, toned, porous, weight 0.153 g, maximum diameter 5.2 mm, uncertain mint, c. 550 - 450 B.C.; obverse boar head right; reverse incuse square; very rare; SOLD
Roman Republic, C. Poblicius Malleolus, A. Postumius Albinus & L. Caecilius Metellus, 96 B.C.
C. Poblicius Malleolus, A. Postumius Albinus, and L. Caecilius Metellus, were moneyers during 96 B.C., magistrates responsible for the production of the Roman coinage. Magistrates were not simple mint workers, they were officials who controlled the process, including the design on the coins themselves. During the Roman Republic, moneyers were called tresviri aere argento auro flando feriundo, literally "three men for casting [and] striking bronze, silver, [and] gold [coins]."RR88383. Silver denarius, Crawford 335/1a, BMCRR II Italy 724, RSC I Caecilia 46a, RBW Collection 1200, Sydenham 611, SRCV 220 (refs. for no control symbol), VF, dark toning, banker's marks, scratches, crowded flan, weight 3.838 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, c. 96 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right, hair in ringlets, A∑ALB∑S∑F upward before, L∑METEL downward behind, no control symbol; reverse Roma seated left on a pile of shields, spear vertical in right hand, crowned with wreath by Victory standing left behind her, C∑MALL (AL ligate) downward on left, ROMA in exergue; ex Forum (2002); SOLD
Roman Republic, L. Marcius Philippus, 56 B.C.
The Marcia gens claimed descent from Ancus Marcius, the fourth king of Rome, who constructed the first aqueduct. The reverse honors the moneyer's ancestor, Q. Marcius Rex, who constructed the Aqua Marcia in 144 B.C. The lituus on the obverse may refer to the augurate of another ancestor, L. Marcius Philippus. This moneyer was the stepfather of Octavian.RR91016. Silver denarius, SRCV I 382, Sydenham 919, Crawford 425/1, RSC I Marcia 28, aVF, tight oval shaped flan, weight 3.667 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 56 B.C.; obverse diademed head of King Ancus Marcius right, lituus behind, ANCVS below; reverse equestrian statue of Q. Marcius Rex above the aqueduct, Aqua Marcia, flower below horse, AQVA MAR (MAR in monogram) within the arches of the aqueduct, PHILIPPVS downward on left; from the Eric J. Engstrom Collection; SOLD
Caracalla, 28 January 198 - 8 April 217 A.D.
In 217, the Colosseum was badly damaged by a fire started by lightning, which destroyed the wooden upper levels of the amphitheater.RS57610. Silver denarius, RIC IV 291b, RSC III 385, VF, weight 1.938 g, maximum diameter 18.6 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 217 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS PIVS AVG GERM, laureate head right; reverse P M TR P XX COS IIII P P (high priest, holder of Tribunitian power for 20 years, consul for the 4th time, father of the country), Serapis seated left, wearing modius on head, wreath of grain(?) or sistrum(?) in right, long scepter vertical behind in left; SOLD
France, County of Anjou, Fulk IV, Geoffrey IV to Fulk V, 1060 - 1129
Fulk IV (French: Foulques) was Count of Anjou, 1068 - 1109. He supposedly wrote a history of Anjou and its rulers. Only the first part describing his ancestry, is extant. The second part, supposedly describing Fulk's own rule, is lost. If he did write it, it is one of the first medieval works of history written by a layman.
Geoffrey IV, called Martel (the Hammer), was Count of Anjou, 1103 until his early death in 1106, either co-ruling with his father, Fulk IV, or in opposition to him. He was popular with the Church and grew a reputation for curbing tyranny and opposing his violent father, who, according to Orderic Vitalis, enjoyed pillaging and terrorising his subjects.
Fulk the Younger, was Count of Anjou (as Fulk V), 1109 - 1129, and King of Jerusalem from 1131 to his death. He was also the paternal grandfather of Henry II of England.ME67998. Silver denier, Poey-dAvant 1495, Boudeau 152 - 153 var., Roberts 4113 var, VF, clipped, weight 0.742 g, maximum diameter 16.2 mm, die axis 45o, Angers mint, obverse + VRBS ANDEGAVIS, reversed FVLKO monogram; reverse + FVLCO COMES, Croix cantonnťe, alpha and omega in the 4th and 2d quarters; rare; SOLD
Parthian Empire, Vologases VI, 208 - 228 A.D.
Soon after Vologases VI succeeded his father to the throne, his brother Artabanus V rebelled against him and became master of the greater part of the empire. Vologases VI retained a part of Babylonia. Meanwhile, in 224, Ardashir I, the founder of the Sassanid Empire, defeated and killed Artabanus V and conquered the eastern provinces. Over the following years, Ardashir I expanded his new empire, and must have defeated Vologases VI in 228 or 229. GS66775. Silver tetradrachm, cf. Sellwood 88.2 (month ΠEPIT); Shore 450 (month off flan); BMC Parthia p. 241, 2 - 4 (same), VF, porous, weight 8.652 g, maximum diameter 25.9 mm, die axis 0o, Seleukeia on the Tigris mint, 208 - 209 A.D.; obverse diademed bust left, wearing tiara, B behind; reverse BACIΛEWC BACIΛEWN APCAKOY OΛOΓACOY ∆IKAIOY EΠIΦANOYC ΦIΛEΛΛHNOC, king enthroned left receiving diadem from Tyche standing right, KΦ (Seleucid Era year 520) above center, month in exergue (off flan); SOLD
Sasanian Empire, Peroz, 457 - 484 A.D.
The Huns defeated Peroz in 483. Following this victory, the Huns plundered parts of eastern Persia for two years bringing chaos to the kingdom. They exacted heavy tribute for some years thereafter. Peroz I tried again to drive out the Hephthalites, but on the way to Herat, he and his army were trapped by the Huns in the desert. Peroz I was killed, and his army was wiped out.WA67052. Silver drachm, GŲbl SN III/1, 175; Mitchiner ACW 983, gVF, weight 4.038 g, maximum diameter 27.1 mm, die axis 90o, at or near Nemavand, Media, NY (Mitchiner's NB) mint, 459 - 484 A.D.; obverse degraded Pahlavi legend, crowned bust with frontal crescent; reverse two attendants at both sides of the fire altar, degraded Pahlavi inscription (king's name, no date), mint signature (NY) right, all surrounded by a single border; SOLD