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The Ray Nouri Collection

Ray Nouri, of Upstate New York, began assembling this collection with his father in the 1950s, and has continued to add to the collection until today. The collection reflects the love for ancient history and for the beauty of ancient numismatic art that Ray and his father shared. Ray writes, "These were the main factors that drove my father to collect and study these ancient coins. He spent countless hours mapping the origin, routes and background that each coin followed. He used to say to me, 'Do you know you are holding a piece of history in your hands when you hold one of these coins?'" Here we list only some of the several thousand coins in the collection, coming from across the ancient world, including the Holy Land. More will be added over time. Ray shares his wishes for new owners of these coins, "I truly hope you enjoy them as much as my father and I have throughout the years."

Athens, Attica, Greece, c. 454 - 404 B.C., Old Style Tetradrachm

|Athens|, |Athens,| |Attica,| |Greece,| |c.| |454| |-| |404| |B.C.,| |Old| |Style| |Tetradrachm|, |tetradrachm|
The old-style tetradrachm of Athens is famous for its almond shaped eye, archaic smile, and charming owl reverse. Around 480 B.C. a wreath of olive leaves and a decorative scroll were added to Athena's helmet. On the reverse, a crescent moon was added.

During the period 449 - 413 B.C. huge quantities of tetradrachms were minted to finance grandiose building projects such as the Parthenon and to cover the costs of the Peloponnesian War.
SH94515. Silver tetradrachm, SNG Cop 31, SNG Munchen 49, Kroll 8, Dewing 1611, Gulbenkian 519, HGC 4 1597, SGCV I 2526, VF, well centered, high relief, uneven toning, bumps and marks, graffito on reverse, small edge cracks, test cut, weight 16.822 g, maximum diameter 24.2 mm, die axis 270o, Athens mint, c. 454 - 404 B.C.; obverse head of Athena right, almond shaped eye, crested helmet with olive leaves and floral scroll, wire necklace, round earring, hair in parallel curves; reverse owl standing right, head facing, erect in posture, olive sprig and crescent left, AΘE downward on right, all within incuse square; from the Ray Nouri Collection; $500.00 SALE |PRICE| $450.00


Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D.

|Antoninus| |Pius|, |Antoninus| |Pius,| |August| |138| |-| |7| |March| |161| |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.
RS94707. Silver denarius, RIC III 238, RSC II 201, BMCRE IV 829, Strack III 282, Hunter II 98, SRCV II -, VF, nice portrait, obverse well centered on tight flan, strong radiating flow lines, edge ragged with flan cracks, weight 2.779 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 154 - 155 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XVIII, laureate head right; reverse COS IIII, Vesta standing left, sacrificing from patera in right hand over flaming altar at feet on left, palladium in left hand and cradled in left arm; from the Ray Nouri Collection; $160.00 SALE |PRICE| $144.00


Commodus, March or April 177 - 31 December 192 A.D.

|Commodus|, |Commodus,| |March| |or| |April| |177| |-| |31| |December| |192| |A.D.|, |denarius|
Salus was the Roman goddess of health. She was Hygieia to the Greeks, who believed her to be the daughter of Aesculapius, the god of medicine and healing, and Epione, the goddess of soothing of pain. Her father Asclepius learned the secrets of keeping death at bay after observing one snake bringing another snake healing herbs. Woman seeking fertility, the sick, and the injured slept in his temples in chambers where non-poisonous snakes were left to crawl on the floor and provide healing. She was the goddess of health, cleanliness and sanitation. While her father was more directly associated with healing, she was associated with the prevention of sickness and the continuation of good health. Her name is the source of the word "hygiene."
RS94701. Silver denarius, RSC II 762b; Hunter II 13; SRCV II 5702; RIC III M649 var. (draped); BMCRE IV p. 503, M780 (draped), VF, nice young portrait, flow lines, slight porosity, uneven tone, edge ragged with cracks, weight 3.011 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, Dec 177 - Dec 178 A.D.; obverse L AVREL COMMODVS AVG, laureate head right; reverse TR P III IMP II COS P P, Salus seated left, branch extended in right hand, left arm rests on chair, snake rising up from the ground before her; from the Ray Nouri Collection; $130.00 SALE |PRICE| $117.00


Marcus Aurelius, 7 March 161 - 17 March 180 A.D.

|Marcus| |Aurelius|, |Marcus| |Aurelius,| |7| |March| |161| |-| |17| |March| |180| |A.D.|, |denarius|
In 174, Faustina the Younger accompanied her husband, Marcus Aurelius, on various military campaigns. She was loved by the Roman soldiers and Aurelius gave her the title Mater Castrorum (Mother of the Camp).
RS94647. Silver denarius, RIC III 303, RSC II 326, BMCRE IV 610, SRCV II -, Hunter IV -, Choice VF/F, well centered, nice portrait, flow lines, die wear, tiny edge cracks, weight 3.222 g, maximum diameter 18.2 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, June - Dec. 174 A.D.; obverse M ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXVIII, laureate head right; reverse IMP VII COS III, Victory seated left, patera in right hand, palm frond in left hand; from the Ray Nouri Collection; $120.00 SALE |PRICE| $108.00


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

|Julia| |Domna|, |Julia| |Domna,| |Augusta| |194| |-| |8| |April| |217| |A.D.|, |denarius|
Pudicitia, modesty and chastity, was for Romans the highest regarded female virtue. For an unmarried girl, pudicitia meant virginity. For a wife, it meant faithfulness and devotion to her husband. Romans loved the story of Arria, an ultimate example of Roman pudicitia. When the emperor Claudius ordered her husband Paetus to end his own life, he hesitated. Arria took his dagger and stabbed herself to set an example, saying, "Paetus, it doesn't hurt."
RS94713. Silver denarius, RIC IV S576, RSC III 168, BMCRE V S74, Hunter III 29, SRCV II -, Choice gVF, lovely portrait, well centered, light flow lines, some porosity, edge cracks, weight 1.808 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 193 - 196 A.D.; obverse IVLIA AVGVSTA, draped bust right; reverse PVDICITA, Pudicitia enthroned left, veiled, right hand on breast, left elbow resting on back of throne; from the Ray Nouri Collection; $120.00 SALE |PRICE| $108.00


Marcus Aurelius, 7 March 161 - 17 March 180 A.D.

|Marcus| |Aurelius|, |Marcus| |Aurelius,| |7| |March| |161| |-| |17| |March| |180| |A.D.|, |denarius|
Providentia is the personification of the ability to foresee and to make provision for the future. This ability was considered essential for the emperor and providentia was among the embodiments of virtues that were part of the imperial cult. Cicero said that providentia, memoria (memory) and intellegentia (understanding) are the three main components of prudentia, the knowledge what is good or bad or neither.
RS94649. Silver denarius, RIC III 51, RSC II 518, BMCRE IV 191, Hunter II 8, SRCV II -, aVF/F, toning, well centered, light scratches, weight 2.830 g, maximum diameter 17.7 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, Dec 161 - c. Jun 162 A.D.; obverse IMP M AVREL ANTONINVS AVG, laureate head right; reverse PROV DEOR TR P XVI COS III, Providentia standing slightly left, globe in extended right hand, cornucopia in left hand; from the Ray Nouri Collection; $110.00 SALE |PRICE| $99.00


Commodus, March or April 177 - 31 December 192 A.D.

|Commodus|, |Commodus,| |March| |or| |April| |177| |-| |31| |December| |192| |A.D.|, |denarius|
In 185, Commodus drained Rome's treasury to put on gladiatorial spectacles and confiscated property to support his pleasures. He participated as a gladiator and boasted of victory in 1,000 matches in the Circus Maximus.
RS94706. Silver denarius, RIC III 121; RSC II 497; BMCRE IV p. 723, *; SRCV II-; Hunter V -, VF, some legend off flan, small edge cracks, weight 2.747 g, maximum diameter 17.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, Dec. 185 A.D.; obverse M COMM ANT P FEL AVG BRIT, laureate head right; reverse P M TR P XI IMP VII COS V P P, Felicitas standing front, head left, caduceus in right hand and vertical scepter in left hand; from the Ray Nouri Collection; $110.00 SALE |PRICE| $99.00


Marcus Aurelius, 7 March 161 - 17 March 180 A.D.

|Marcus| |Aurelius|, |Marcus| |Aurelius,| |7| |March| |161| |-| |17| |March| |180| |A.D.|, |denarius|
In 194, Marcus Aurelius crossed the Danube with an expeditionary force, he subdued the Marcomanni and their allies. In a pact signed with the Germanic tribes, he imported them to occupy areas of the Roman Empire that had been depopulated by the plague.
RS94636. Silver denarius, RSC II 257b (no drapery), BMCRE IV 561, RIC III 253 var., SRCV II -, Hunter II -, Choice VF, well centered, flow lines, scattered porosity, edge ragged with small splits, cracks and a sprue remnant, weight 3.064 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 172 A.D.; obverse M ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXVI, laureate, (draped?) and cuirassed bust right; reverse IMP VI COS III, Aequitas standing left, scales in right hand, cornucopia in left hand; from the Ray Nouri Collection; $100.00 SALE |PRICE| $90.00


Marcus Aurelius, 7 March 161 - 17 March 180 A.D.

|Marcus| |Aurelius|, |Marcus| |Aurelius,| |7| |March| |161| |-| |17| |March| |180| |A.D.|, |denarius|
Spes was the Roman personification of Hope. In art Spes is normally depicted carrying flowers or a cornucopia, but on coins she is almost invariably depicted holding a flower in her extended right hand, while the left is raising a fold of her dress. She was also named "ultima dea" - for Hope is the last resort of men. On this coin, the Caesar, Marcus Aurelius, the designated successor of the emperor, is identified as the hope for the future of the Roman people.
RS94645. Silver denarius, RIC III A475(a), BMCRE IV A920, RSC II 727, Hunter II 23 var. (no column), SRCV II -, VF, well centered, flow lines, die wear, edge cracks, weight 2.946 g, maximum diameter 17.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, as caesar, 157 - 158 A.D.; obverse AVRELIVS CAES ANTON AVG P II F, bare head right; reverse TR POT XII COS II, Felicitas standing slightly left, head left, leaning with left elbow on column, caduceus in right hand, scepter in left hand; from the Ray Nouri Collection; $100.00 SALE |PRICE| $90.00


Marcus Aurelius, 7 March 161 - 17 March 180 A.D.

|Marcus| |Aurelius|, |Marcus| |Aurelius,| |7| |March| |161| |-| |17| |March| |180| |A.D.|, |denarius|
In the Germanic Wars, the Marcomanni were defeated in 173 and the Quadi were defeated in 174 A.D.
RS94640. Silver denarius, RIC III 282, RSC II 305, BMCRE IV 576, SRCV II -, Hunter II - , Choice VF, well centered, toned, dark highlighting areas, edge cracks, weight 2.719 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 172 - 173 A.D.; obverse M ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXVII, laureate head right; reverse IMP VI COS III, Marcus Aurelius standing half left, togate, branch in right hand, scepter in left hand; from the Ray Nouri Collection; $90.00 SALE |PRICE| $81.00




  



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