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The Maxwell Hunt Collection

Maxwell Edward Hunt of Loudon, Tennessee, passed away 27 Aug 2008, at the age of 85. Max was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of WW II and active in the Covenant Baptist Church. A former resident of Detroit, Michigan, he retired from RCA Service Company in 1984 and moved to Tennessee in 1988. Max was an avid genealogist and a member of the Society of Mayflower Descendants, a sponsor of the Plimoth Plantation and a member of the Clan MacRae Society of North America. Reflecting his faith, the Maxwell Hunt Collection includes many Biblical related coins.

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

|Maxwell| |Hunt| |Collection|, |Vespasian,| |1| |July| |69| |-| |24| |June| |79| |A.D.,| |Judaea| |Capta||denarius|
On 14 April 70 A.D. Titus surrounded Jerusalem. He allowed pilgrims to enter to celebrate Passover but this was a trap to put pressure on supplies of food and water; he refused to allow them to leave. On 10 May he began his assault on the walls. The third wall fell on 25 May. The second wall fell on 30 May. On 20 July Titus stormed the Temple Mount. On 4 August 70 A.D. Titus destroyed the Temple. The Jewish fast of Tisha B'Av mourns the Fall of Jerusalem annually on this date. This type celebrates the victory of Vespasian and Titus. Coins commemorating this event are referred to as "Judaea Capta" issues.
SH91675. Silver denarius, RIC II-1 2; Hendin 6509; BMCRE II 35; RSC II 226; Hunter I 18; SRCV I 2296, Choice VF, nice portrait, deep old cabinet toning, well centered, light marks, tiny edge split, weight 3.020 g, maximum diameter 18.6 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, c. 21 Dec 69 - early 70 A.D.; obverse IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG, laureate head right; reverse mourning Jewess seated right, trophy of captured arms behind her, IVDAEA in exergue; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; SOLD


The First Jewish Revolt, 66 - 70 A.D.

|Maxwell| |Hunt| |Collection|, |The| |First| |Jewish| |Revolt,| |66| |-| |70| |A.D.||eighth| |denomination|
"and you shall take of yourselves on the first day [of Sukkot] the fruit of a goodly tree [etog], a palm branch, the myrtle branch, and the willow of the brook [lulav]; and you shall rejoice before the L-rd your G-d seven days" -- Leviticus 23
JD91412. Bronze eighth denomination, Sofaer 47, Kadman III 37, Hendin 6398 (S), Meshorer TJC 214, SNG ANS 455, BMC Palestine -, aF/aVF, obverse rough and porous, reverse edge beveled with traces of flan casting sprues, weight 6.030 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 0o, 69 - 70 A.D. mint, Year 4, 69 - 70 A.D.; obverse Paleo-Hebrew counterclockwise inscription: To the redemption of Zion, Omer cup with a pearled rim; reverse Paleo-Hebrew counterclockwise inscription: Year four, Lulav (myrtle, palm and willow branches tied together), flanked on each side by an etrog (citron - small lemon like fruit); from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; SOLD


Caligula, 16 March 37 - 24 January 41 A.D.

|Maxwell| |Hunt| |Collection|, |Caligula,| |16| |March| |37| |-| |24| |January| |41| |A.D.||as|
Vesta was originally a household spirit. Later she was personified as the goddess of the hearth and given the stature of her Greek equivalent, Hestia. In the temple of Vesta, her sacred flame was kept alive by Vestal Virgins. In 394, by order of the Christian emperor Theodosius I in his campaign to eliminate pagan practices in Rome, the fire of Vesta was extinguished.
RB91551. Copper as, RIC I 38, Cohen I 27, BMCRE I 46, Hunter I 20, BnF II 54, SRCV I 1803, F, well centered, roughly cleaned, weight 10.302 g, maximum diameter 29.4 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 37 - 38 A.D.; obverse C CAESAR AVG GERMANICVS PON M TR POT, bare head left; reverse VESTA, Vesta enthroned left, patera extended in right, long scepter transverse in left, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; SOLD


Domitia, Wife of Domitian, 81 - 96 A.D., Ephesos, Ionia in Homonoia with Smyrna

|Ephesos|, |Domitia,| |Wife| |of| |Domitian,| |81| |-| |96| |A.D.,| |Ephesos,| |Ionia| |in| |Homonoia| |with| |Smyrna||AE| |21|
The image on the reverse resembles sculptures of Artemis, the Lady of Ephesus, including one at the Ephesus Archaeological Museum and another at the Vatican. The Ionians worshiped Artemis as a mother goddess, akin to the Phrygian Cybele. Her cult image was adorned with multiple rounded breast like protuberances on her chest. They have been variously interpreted as accessory breasts, eggs, grapes, acorns, or even bull testes. Excavation at the site of the Artemision in 1987/8 found a multitude of tear-shaped amber beads that once adorned the ancient wooden xoanon.Artemis
RP91446. Bronze AE 21, RPC II 1083 (2 spec.), Franke-Nolle -, SNG Cop -, SNGvA -, SNG Munchen -, BMC Ionia -, Stumpf -, Choice gF, excellent centering, attractive darker highlighting fields, light marks, light porosity, obverse die break at 8:00, weight 7.555 g, maximum diameter 20.7 mm, die axis 180o, Ephesos (near Selcuk, Turkey) mint, proconsul P. Calvisius Ruso, c. 92 - 94 A.D.; obverse ΔOMITIA CEBACTH, draped bust right; reverse ANΘY POYCΩNOC OMONOIA (Anthypatos Ruso, alliance), facing cult statue of Artemis of Ephesos standing, wearing polos and veil, with arm supports, ZMYP (Smyrna) downward on left, EΦE (Ephesos) downward on right; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; zero sales of this type recorded on Coin Archives in the last two decades, only a few specimens known to exist; extremely rare; SOLD


Aelius, Caesar, July or August 136 - 1 January 138 A.D.

|Aelius|, |Aelius,| |Caesar,| |July| |or| |August| |136| |-| |1| |January| |138| |A.D.||denarius|
In Roman religion, Concordia was the goddess of agreement, understanding, and marital harmony. The cult of Concordia Augusta ("Majestic Harmony") was of special importance to the imperial household. She is usually depicted wearing a long cloak and holding a patera (sacrificial bowl), a cornucopia (symbol of prosperity), or a caduceus (symbol of peace).
RS91544. Silver denarius, RIC II Hadrian 436 (S), BMCRE III Hadrian 983, Hunter II 7, RSC II 1, SRCV II -, VF, excellent centering, nice portrait, toned, scratches, small edge cracks, weight 3.075 g, maximum diameter 17.8 mm, die axis 210o, Rome mint, 137 A.D.; obverse L AELIVS CAESAR, bare head right; reverse TR POT COS II, Concordia enthroned left, patera in right hand, resting left elbow on cornucopia set a on a small column base, CONCORD in exergue; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection, ex Pegasi Coins; scarce; SOLD


Mariniana, Died c. 253 A.D., Wife of Valerian I

|Mariniana|, |Mariniana,| |Died| |c.| |253| |A.D.,| |Wife| |of| |Valerian| |I||sestertius|
Egnatia Mariniana was the wife of Emperor Valerian and mother of Gallienus. She died shortly before or shortly after her husband's accession to the throne.
RB91454. Bronze sestertius, Gbl MIR 213d, RIC V-1 11 (R2), Hunter IV 6, Cohen V 10, SRCV III 10076, F, nice portrait and peacock, somewhat rectangular flan, edge cracks, weight 13.534 g, maximum diameter 28.8 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, posthumous, c. 256 A.D.; obverse DIVAE MARINIANAE, draped bust right, wearing veil and stephane; reverse CONSECRATIO, peacock facing in splendor, looking right, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking legs; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection, ex Pegasi Coins, ex George M. Beach (Owosso, MI); rare; SOLD


Romano-Gallic Empire, Marius, May - August or September 269 A.D.

|Marius|, |Romano-Gallic| |Empire,| |Marius,| |May| |-| |August| |or| |September| |269| |A.D.||antoninianus|
A blacksmith by trade, Marius worked his way up through the ranks until he was an officer in the Gallic Empire army under Postumus. Upon Postumus' death, Marius seized power but his reign was very short, perhaps only two or three days. He was murdered by his own officers, possibly with a sword of his own manufacture.
RA91615. Billon antoninianus, Schulzki N51, pl. 15, 9 (R5, same obv. die); RIC V-2 19 (R); Elmer 640; SRCV III 11125; Cohen VI 22; Cunetio 2512 (1 spec.); Hunter IV - (p. xcvi), VF, dark patina, light earthen deposits, small edge splits, weight 2.583 g, maximum diameter 20.0 mm, die axis 180o, Mogontiacum (Mainz) or Treveri (Trier) mint, May - Aug/Sep 269 A.D.; obverse IMP C M AVR MARIVS AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right; reverse VIRTVS AVG, Virtus or Mars standing left, wearing military garb, right hand resting on grounded shield, spear vertical in left hand; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; rare; SOLD


Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D.

|Hadrian|, |Hadrian,| |11| |August| |117| |-| |10| |July| |138| |A.D.||denarius|
Pudicitia was the personification of modesty and chastity.
RS91574. Silver denarius, RIC II 178, RSC II 393, BMCRE III 410, Hunter II 138, Strack II 172, SRCV II 3478, gVF, excellent portrait, old cabinet toning, flow lines, light marks, flan ragged with edge splits, weight 3.176 g, maximum diameter 19.9 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 125 - 128 A.D.; obverse HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS, laureate head right, slight drapery on far shoulder; reverse COS III, Pudicitia seated left, veiled, adjusting veil with right hand, resting left hand on lap; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; SOLD


Antonia, Daughter of Mark Antony, Wife of Nero Drusus, Mother of Claudius, Grandmother of Caligula

|Antonia|, |Antonia,| |Daughter| |of| |Mark| |Antony,| |Wife| |of| |Nero| |Drusus,| |Mother| |of| |Claudius,| |Grandmother| |of| |Caligula||dupondius|
Antonia was daughter of Marc Antony and Octavia, wife of Nero Claudius Drusus, sister-in-law of Tiberius, mother of Claudius, and grandmother of Caligula. Renowned for her beauty and virtue, Antonia spent her long life revered by the Roman people and enjoyed many honors conferred upon her by her relatives. All her coinage was issued early in the reign of Claudius. She died around 37 A.D., possibly as a result of forced suicide ordered by Caligula.
RP91440. Orichalcum dupondius, RIC I Claudius 92, BMCRE I Claudius 166, Cohen I 6, BnF II Claudius 143, SRCV I 1902, aVF, green patina, centered on a tight flan, corrosion, weight 14.008 g, maximum diameter 28.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, c. 41 - 50 A.D.; obverse ANTONIA AVGVSTA, bare-headed bust right, hair in long plait; reverse TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP, Claudius standing left, veiled and togate, simpulum in right, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; SOLD


Carinus, First Half 283 - Spring 285 A.D.

|Carinus|, |Carinus,| |First| |Half| |283| |-| |Spring| |285| |A.D.||antoninianus|
In Roman religion, every man has a genius, a presiding spirit. In De Die Natali, Censorinus says, from the moment we are born, we live under the guard and tutelage of Genius. Cities, organizations, and peoples also had a genius. On coins, we find inscriptions to the Genius of the Roman people, of the Senate, of the Emperor, etc. The legend GENIVS EXERCITI dedicates this coin to the Genius of the army.
RA91628. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-2 255; Cohen VI 38; SRCV III 12346; Pink VI/2, p. 34; Hunter IV - (p. clxii), Choice gVF, excellent centering, small edge crack, light encrustations, weight 4.120 g, maximum diameter 21.6 mm, die axis 180o, 1st Officina, Rome mint, 3rd emission, Aug 283 A.D.; obverse IMP C M AVR CARINVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse GENIVS EXERCITI, Genius standing left, kalathos on head, nude but for cloak over shoulders, patera in extended right hand, cornucopia in left hand, KAA in exergue; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; SOLD







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