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The Shawn Caza Collection

Shawn Caza served as a Canadian diplomat from 1997 to 2019. He traveled extensively for work and was posted to Europe several times. His collection of Roman coins and antiquities, as well as Seleucid, Ptolemaic, Judaean, Nabataean, Byzantine, Islamic, Indian, Vietnamese and Chinese coins was mainly acquired during travel and postings. He is a member of the American Numismatic Society. He is a Procurator Monetae and a Tribunus Plebis Perpetuus (member of the year 2016 & 2020, and for life) on Forum's Classical Numismatic Discussion. He is also the author of A Handbook of Late Roman Bronze Coin Types, 324-395 (Spink 2021), and an associate editor of KOINON: The International Journal of Classical Numismatic Studies.

Claudius, 25 January 41 - 13 October 54 A.D.

|Claudius|, |Claudius,| |25| |January| |41| |-| |13| |October| |54| |A.D.||dupondius| |(or| |as)|NEW
The consignor's tag identifies this coin as imitative. During the reign of Claudius coinage was apparently in short supply in Gaul and imitatives were both cast and struck locally to fill the needs of commerce. This coin is better style than the imitatives we have handled. We think it is more likely an official coin from the Rome mint.
RB112161. Orichalcum dupondius (or as), cf. RIC I 94, Cohen I 1, BMCRE I 136, BnF II 174, SRCV I 1855 (all Rome mint), F, toned bare metal, mild porosity, weight 10.574 g, maximum diameter 28.0 mm, die axis 225o, Gallic imitative (or Rome?) mint, c. 41 - 50 A.D.; obverse TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP, bare head left; reverse CERES AVGVSTA, Ceres seated left, veiled, branch in right hand, torch in left hand, S C (senatus consulto) in exergue; From Shawn Caza former diplomat, author of A Handbook of Late Roman Coins (Spink, 2021), collection assembled during postings and international travel; ex Maison Platt Numismatique (Paris); $100.00 SALE PRICE $90.00


Claudius, 25 January 41 - 13 October 54 A.D., Cadi, Phrygia

|Other| |Phrygia|, |Claudius,| |25| |January| |41| |-| |13| |October| |54| |A.D.,| |Cadi,| |Phrygia||AE| |20|
Cadi (Gediz, Turkey) was near the sources of the Hermus at the foot of Mount Dindymus. Gediz suffered major earthquakes in 1866, 1896, 1944, and 1970. The 7.2 magnitude earthquake on 28 March 1970 killed 1,086 people and left 1,260 people wounded and many thousands homeless. The town was relocated after the destruction to a new place 7 km away under the name "Yeni Gediz" (Turkish: New Gediz).
RP112132. Bronze AE 20, RPC Online I 3062; SNG Cop 246; SNGvA3685; SNG Lewis 1523; BMC Phrygia p. 120, 18; c/m: Howgego 309, F, dark patina, weight 4.886 g, maximum diameter 19.9 mm, die axis 0o, Cadi (Gediz, Turkey) mint, stephanephoro Meliton Asklepiadou, c. 50 - 54 A.D.; obverse KΛAYΔIOC KAICAP (counterclockwise from lower right), laureate head right; countermark: Capricorn right in an oval punch; reverse ΕΠI MΕΛITΩNOC ACKΛHΠIAΔOY (under authority of Meliton, son of Asklepiados), Zeus standing left, eagle in right hand, long scepter in left hand, CTEΦAN monogram (stephanephoros, magistrate title) in lower left field; from Shawn Caza former diplomat, author of A Handbook of Late Roman Coins (Spink, 2021), collection assembled during postings and international travel; ex Dorotheum Vienna; $90.00 SALE PRICE $81.00


Severus II, 25 July 306 - Summer 307 A.D.

|Severus| |II|, |Severus| |II,| |25| |July| |306| |-| |Summer| |307| |A.D.||quarter| |follis|
On 1 May 305, Emperor Diocletian, at age 60 and after a reign of nearly 21 years during which the last vestiges of republican government disappeared, abdicated and retired to his palace at Salona (modern Split) on the Adriatic coast. The capital of the Western Empire was moved from Rome to Milan. Constantius Chlorus requested leave for his son Constantine I who remained at Galerius' court in Nicomedia, as a virtual hostage.
RT112165. Billon quarter follis, RIC VI Siscia 170a (R), SRCV IV 14645, Cohen VII 32, Hunter V -, VF, green patina, centered, scratches, parts of legends weak, weight 2.088 g, maximum diameter 18.6 mm, die axis 180o, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, as caesar, 1 May 305 - 25 Jul 306 A.D.; obverse FL VAL SEVERVS NOB C, laureate head right; reverse GENIO POPVLI ROMANI (to the guardian spirit of the Roman People), Genius standing left, nude but for cloak over shoulder and kalathos on head, patera in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, SIS in exergue; from Shawn Caza former diplomat, author of A Handbook of Late Roman Coins (Spink, 2021), collection assembled during postings and international travel; ex Agora Vienna (Reinhard Dollinger); scarce; $90.00 SALE PRICE $81.00


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

|Hadrian|, |Hadrian,| |11| |August| |117| |-| |10| |July| |138| |A.D.||sestertius|
Felicitas was the goddess or personification of happiness, good fortune, and success. She played an important role in Rome's state religion during the empire and was frequently portrayed on coins. She became a prominent symbol of the wealth and prosperity of the Roman Empire.
RB110108. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC II-3 2255, BMCRE III 1497, Cohen II 620, SRCV II 3595, Strack II 663, Hunter II 517 var. (slight drapery), aF, porosity/light corrosion, weight 24.130 g, maximum diameter 33.1 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 134 - 138 A.D.; obverse HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, laureate head right; reverse FELICITAS AVG (the good fortune of the Emperor), Felicitas standing slightly left, head left, olive branch in right hand, long caduceus in left hand, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across the field; from Shawn Caza former diplomat, author of A Handbook of Late Roman Coins (Spink, 2021), collection assembled during postings and international travel; ex Anciennes Collections (Clermont Ferrand, France); $80.00 SALE PRICE $72.00


Roman Republic, c. 82 B.C.

|99-50| |B.C.|, |Roman| |Republic,| |c.| |82| |B.C.||quadrans|
In 82 B.C., Sulla defeated the Samnite allies of Rome in the Battle of the Colline Gate and took control of Rome. After a fierce resistance, Gaius Marius the Younger committed suicide after he was besieged at Praeneste in Latium. Sulla ordered Pompey to stamp out Marian rebels in Sicily and Africa (the young Gaius Julius Caesar was his subordinate). After his campaigns in Sicily and Africa, Pompey was called by the insulting nickname, adulescentulus carnifex, the "teenage butcher."
RR112141. Bronze quadrans, cf. Russo RBW 1046 (2.61g, unofficial, Q MET above prow, c. 82 B.C.), F, green patina, rough, off center, weight 2.380 g, maximum diameter 15.9 mm, die axis 0o, unofficial(?) mint, c. 82 B.C.; obverse head of Hercules right, wearing Nemean Lion scalp headdress, three pellets behind, club at neck truncation; reverse war galley prow right, triform ram, acrostolium, apotropaic eye, and flat topped deck structure, three pellets right, ROMA below; from Shawn Caza former diplomat, author of A Handbook of Late Roman Coins (Spink, 2021), collection assembled during postings and international travel; ex Chimera Coins (Rome); $80.00 SALE PRICE $72.00


Alexandreia Troas, Troas, Oct 253 - Sep 268 A.D

|Troas|, |Alexandreia| |Troas,| |Troas,| |Oct| |253| |-| |Sep| |268| |A.D||AE| |22|
Alexandria Troas (modern Eski Stambul) is on the Aegean Sea near the northern tip of the west coast of Anatolia, a little south of Tenedos (modern Bozcaada). The city was founded by Antigonus around 310 B.C. with the name Antigoneia and was populated with the inhabitants of Cebren, Colone, Hamaxitus, Neandria, and Scepsis. About 301 B.C., Lysimachus improved the city and re-named it Alexandreia. Among the few structure ruins remaining today are a bath, an odeon, a theater and gymnasium complex and a stadium. The circuit of the old walls can still be traced.
RP112155. Bronze AE 22, RPC Online IX 518 (4 spec.); Bellinger A482; BMC Troas p. 14, 43 & pl. IV, 8; Winterthur 2703; SNG Mn -; SNGvA -, gF, nice green patina, oval flan, weight 4.410 g, maximum diameter 21.8 mm, die axis 45o, Alexandria Troas (Eski Stambul, Turkey) mint, Oct 253 - Sep 268 A.D; obverse AVG ALEX TRO, draped bust of Tyche right, vexillum inscribed AV CO behind; reverse COL AV TROA, Apollo standing left, nude, branch downward in right hand, resting left hand on hip, right foot on omphalos, tree behind; from Shawn Caza former diplomat, author of A Handbook of Late Roman Coins (Spink, 2021), collection assembled during postings and international travel; ex Dorotheum Vienna; very rare; $80.00 SALE PRICE $72.00


Titus, 24 June 79 - 13 September 81 A.D.

|Titus|, |Titus,| |24| |June| |79| |-| |13| |September| |81| |A.D.||as|NEW
Titus was the very popular victor of the Judaean rebellion. He ruled during the eruption of Vesuvius. Titus once complained he had lost a day because twenty-four hours passed without his bestowing a gift. He was, however, generous to a fault. Had he ruled longer, he might have brought bankruptcy and lost his popularity.
RB112162. Copper as, RIC II-1 p. 90, 468 (R3); BMCRE II -; Hunter I -; Cohen I -; BnF III -; SRCV I -, gF, centered, green patina, areas of corrosion, scratches, encrustation, small edge crack, weight 10.796 g, maximum diameter 26.6 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, as caesar, 3rd issue, spring - 1 Jul 72 A.D.; obverse T CAESAR VESPASIAN IMP PON TR POT COS II, laureate head right; reverse AEQVITAS AVGVSTI, Aequitas standing half left, head left, scales in right hand, long scepter vertical in left hand, S - C (senatus consulto) divided across field; from Shawn Caza former diplomat, author of A Handbook of Late Roman Coins (Spink, 2021), collection assembled during postings and international travel; purchased from a Vienna dealer; very rare; $70.00 SALE PRICE $63.00


Crispus, Caesar, 1 March 317 - 326 A.D.

|Crispus|, |Crispus,| |Caesar,| |1| |March| |317| |-| |326| |A.D.||centenionalis|
In 323, Constantine the Great defeated invading Goths and Sarmatians north of the Danube in Dacia, and claimed the title Sarmaticus Maximus.
RT112169. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Trier 372, SRCV IV 16731, Cohen VII 22, VF, well centered, green patina, mild roughness, weight 2.260 g, maximum diameter 20.0 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Treveri (Trier, Germany) mint, 322 - 323 A.D.; obverse IVL CRISPVS NOB CAES, laureate and cuirassed bust left, spear over shoulder in right hand, oval shield on left shoulder; reverse BEATA TRAN-QVILLITAS (blessed tranquility), altar inscribed VO/TIS / XX in three lines, surmounted by celestial globe, three stars above, •STR• in exergue; from Shawn Caza former diplomat, author of A Handbook of Late Roman Coins (Spink, 2021), collection assembled during postings and international travel; ex Agora Vienna (Reinhard Dollinger); $65.00 SALE PRICE $58.50


Crispus, Caesar, 1 March 317 - 326 A.D.

|Crispus|, |Crispus,| |Caesar,| |1| |March| |317| |-| |326| |A.D.||centenionalis|
This type commemorates Crispus' military success against eh Alamanni on the Rhine frontier. The Alamanni were Germanic tribes living along the Rhine. In French, Germany is "Allemagne."
RT112168. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Sirmium 49, SRCV IV 16723, Cohen VII 1, VF, well centered, green patina, weight 2.482 g, maximum diameter 19.6 mm, die axis 0o, Sirmium (Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia) mint, 324 - 325 A.D.; obverse FL IVL CRISPVS NOB CAES, laureate head right; reverse ALAMANNIA DEVICTA (Alamannia vanquished), Victory advancing left, trophy in right hand, palm frond in left hand, left foot on bound captive seated right at feet on right, SIRM in exergue; from Shawn Caza former diplomat, author of A Handbook of Late Roman Coins (Spink, 2021), collection assembled during postings and international travel; ex Agora Vienna (Reinhard Dollinger); $50.00 SALE PRICE $45.00


Elagabalus, 16 May 218 - 11 March 222 A.D.

|Elagabalus|, |Elagabalus,| |16| |May| |218| |-| |11| |March| |222| |A.D.||denarius|
Curtis Clay notes, one of Elagabalus' four emperor sacrificing types is dated, and the horn disappears from its obverse soon after the beginning of TR P V on 10 Dec. 221. This coin, without the horn thus dates c. mid-Jan. to his death 11 March 222.
MA112140. Silver denarius, RSC III 61b, Eauze 356 (10 spec.), BMCRE V 209, RIC IV 88 (notes usually horned), SRCV II 7518 var. (horned), aF, weight 2.598 g, maximum diameter 17.9 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, c. mid-Jan - 11 Mar 222; obverse IMP ANTONINVS PIVS AVG, laureate, draped and bearded bust right, no horn; reverse INVICTVS SACERDOS AVG, Elagabalus standing half left, branch in left, offering from patera over altar in right, recumbent bull behind altar, star upper left; from Shawn Caza former diplomat, author of A Handbook of Late Roman Coins (Spink, 2021), collection assembled during postings and international travel; ex Marc Walter Numismatik (Vienna); $26.76 (24.62)




  



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