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Mesembria, Thrace, c. 275 - 225 B.C., Civic Issue in the Types and Name of Alexander the Great
Mesembria, Nesebar Bulgaria today, was a Doric settlement on a Black Sea island just off mainland Thrace. Thrace was invaded by the Galatians in 279 B.C. Only the wealthy coastal cities, including Mesembria, withstood their attacks. Following that chaos, rule of Thrace was divided between many tribes. Philip V, 221 - 179 B.C., tried to regain control of the area for the Macedonian Kingdom, but his success was limited and short lived. Mesembria was taken by Mithradates VI in the First Mithradatic War and surrendered to Rome in 71 B.C. The city struck Alexandrine tetradrachms as early as 275 B.C., more than 50 years after Alexander's death, and probably issued the very last Alexandrine tetradrachms struck anywhere, possibly under Roman rule as late as 65 B.C.GS112925. Silver tetradrachm, Karayotov p. 83 and pl. VI, 24 (O7/R11); Price 992; Müller Alexander 436, VF, well centered, marks/scratches, rev. double struck, uneven toning, weight 16.709 g, maximum diameter 29.4 mm, die axis 45o, Mesambria (Nesebar, Bulgaria) mint, c. 275 - 225 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, wearing Nemean Lion skin, scalp over head, forepaws tied at neck; reverse AΛEΞANΔPOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, Zeus seated left, nude to waist, himation around hips and legs, right leg drawn back, eagle in extended right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, Corinthian helmet right over (ΠA monogram) in inner left field under arm; $550.00 SALE PRICE $495.00
Roman Empire, Severan Dynasty, 8 Roman Provincial (Balkans) Bronzes, 193 - 235 A.D.
The following list was provided by the consignor and has not been verified by FORVM: 1) Septimius Severus, AE15, Nikopolis, Salus standing. 2) Septimius Severus, AE17, Nikopolis, Dionysos standing. 3) Septimius Severus, AE16, Nikopolis, Tripod. 4) Septimius Severus, AE26, Nikopolis, Istrus, rider prancing right, bird on column behind. 5) Septimius Severus, AE18, Nikopolis, Ephesos, stag right. 6) Elagabalus, AE23, Nicaea, Bithynia; three standards. 7) Severus Alexander, AE18, Nicaea, Bithynia, three standards. 8) Severus Alexander, AE18, Nicaea, Bithynia, three standards. LT110956. Bronze Lot, 8 Roman provincial (Balkans) bronzes, c. 16 - 28mm, average VF, 193 - 235 A.D.; ex R. Basler International Numismatics (Irvine, CA), seven with his tags; the actual coins in the photographs, as is, no returns, 8 coins; $140.00 SALE PRICE $126.00
Die Frühe Münzprägung Vom Kimmerschen Bosporus
The early coinage of the Cimmerian Bosporus (mid-6th to early 4th century BC): The coins of the cities Pantikapaion, Theodosia, Nymphaion, and Phanagoria, and also the Sindi.BK13181. Die Frühe Münzprägung Vom Kimmerschen Bosporus by Nina A Frolova, 2004, in German, 100 pages, new, priced below FORVM's cost!; $100.00 SALE PRICE $90.00
Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D., Nikopolis ad Istrum, Moesia Inferior
A crescent with horns up with a star or stars above and within probably represents a solar eclipse.RP110612. Bronze assarion, H-H-J Nikopolis 188.8.131.52, Varbanov I 2410, AMNG I/I 1435, Moushmov 986, SNG Cop -, BMC Thrace -, VF, green patina, full legends, edge a little ragged, weight 4.114 g, maximum diameter 17.9 mm, die axis 30o, Nicopolis ad Istrum (Nikyup, Bulgaria) mint, obverse AV K Λ - CEVHPOC, laureate head right; reverse NIKOΠOΛITΩN ΠPOC ICTP, three stars above and within a crescent with horns up; $90.00 SALE PRICE $81.00
Kingdom of Thrace, Rhoemetalces I, c. 11 B.C. - 12 A.D., Augustus Reverse
When the Cotys VII, King of Thrace, died about 48 B.C. Rhoemetalces I became the guardian of his nephew Rhescuporis I, his brother's young son and heir. In 13 B.C., Rhescuporis I was defeated and slain in battle by Vologases, chief of the Thracian Bessi, who was leading a revolt against Rome. As Rhescuporis I had left no heir, Rhoemetalces became king. An ally of Augustus, the Roman Historian Tacitus described Rhoemetalces as attractive and civilized. After his death, Augustus divided his realm, half for his son Cotys VIII and the other half for Rhoemetalces' brother Rhescuporis II. Tacitus states that Cotys received the cultivated parts, most towns and most Greek cities of Thrace, while Rhescuporis received the wild and savage portion with enemies on its frontier.GB110716. Bronze AE 23, Youroukova 204; RPC I 1711; SNG Cop 1188; SNG Tübingen 972; BMC Thrace p. 209, 4; Weber 2743, VF, green patina, porosity, weight 9.792 g, maximum diameter 22.5 mm, die axis 180o, obverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ POIMHTAΛKOY, jugate heads of Rhoemetalces I, diademed, and Queen Pythodoris right; reverse KAIΣAPOΣ ΣEBAΣTOY, bare head of Augustus right; $90.00 SALE PRICE $81.00
Vespasian, 1 July 69 - 24 June 79 A.D., Abdera, Thrace
Abdera flourished in ancient times mainly for two reasons: because of the large area of their territory and their highly strategic position. The city controlled two great road passages (one of Nestos river and other through the mountains north of Xanthi). From their ports passed the sea road, which from Troas led to the Thracian and then the Macedonian coast. The ruins of the town may still be seen on Cape Balastra; they cover seven small hills.RP113193. Bronze AE 16, RPC Online II 355 (9 spec.); SNG Cop 386; AMNG II 248, Mouchmov 2468, F, full legends, green patina, areas of corrosion, weight 2.365 g, maximum diameter 16.3 mm, die axis 180o, Abdera (Greece) mint, 1 Jul 69 - 24 Jun 79 A.D.; obverse AYTOKPATOPI• - OYECΠACIANΩ, laureate head right; reverse ABΔHPETAI•, Nike standing left, wreath in extended right hand, palm frond in left hand; from the Michael Arslan Collection; scarce; $80.00 SALE PRICE $72.00
Diadumenian, Mid May - 8 June 218 A.D., Marcianopolis, Moesia Inferior
Nemesis, the balancer of life, is the goddess of revenge, the avenger of crimes and punisher of wicked doers. She distributes fortune, good or bad, in due proportion to each according to what is deserved. She holds a lorum, a long scarf worn by Roman magistrates, to symbolize her authority as judge, and a cubit rule to measure each man's just deserts. The wheel of fate rests against her side.RP112583. Bronze diassarion, H-J Marcianopolis 184.108.40.206 (R6); AMNG I/I 793; Varbanov 1332 (R4), nice VF, dark green patina, nice portrait, central depressions, rev. off center, small patina chips, weight 4.800 g, maximum diameter 21.6 mm, die axis 0o, Markianopolis (Devnya, Bulgaria) mint, as caesar, 11 Apr 217 - 8 Jun 218 A.D.; obverse M OΠEΛΛIOC ANTΩNEINOC, bare head right; reverse MAPKIANOΠOΛEITΩN, Nemesis standing half left, head left scales in right hand, cornucopia and lorum in left hand, wheel at feet left; from the Collection of Dr. Jüregen Buschek; $80.00 SALE PRICE $64.00
Mesembria, Thrace, 300 - 250 B.C.
The wheel on the reverse is depicted with a degree of perspective, which is unusual on ancient coins.
(sampi) was an archaic Greek letter used between the 7th and the middle of the 5th centuries B.C., probably to denote some type of a sibilant (hissing) ΣΣ or TΣ sound, and was abandoned when the sound disappeared from Greek. The name sampi is of medieval origin. The letter's original name in antiquity is not known. Its use has been attested at the Ionian cities Miletus, Ephesos, Halikarnassos, Erythrae, and Teos, at the Ionian colony of Massalia in Gaul, on the island of Samos, and at Kyzikos, Mysia. At Mesembria, on the Black Sea coast of Thrace, it was used on coins in an abbreviation of the city's name, spelled META. In a famous painted black figure amphora from c. 615 B.C., known as the "Nessos amphora," the inscribed name of the eponymous centaur Nessus is rendered in the irregular spelling NETOΣ.GB98883. Bronze AE 20, SNG Stancomb 229, SNG Cop 658, SNG BM 276 var. (helmet left), gF, weight 6.780 g, maximum diameter 19.7 mm, die axis 0o, Mesambria (Nesebar, Bulgaria) mint, 300 - 250 B.C.; obverse Thracian helmet with cheek guard right; reverse wheel with hub and four spokes, METAM/BPIANΩN (T = archaic Greek letter sampi = ΣΣ) divided, above and below; rare; $70.00 SALE PRICE $63.00
Faustina Junior, Augusta 146 - Winter 175/176 A.D., Wife of Marcus Aurelius, Perinthus, Thrace
Perinthos, later called Heraclea and Marmara Eregli today, is 90 km west of Istanbul near a small pointed headland on the north shore of the Marmara Sea. It is said to have been a Samian colony, founded about 599 B.C. It is famous chiefly for its stubborn and successful resistance to Philip II of Macedon in 340 B.C.; at that time it seems to have been more important than Byzantium itself. In 46 A.D., after the death of the Thracian king Rhoemetalces III and after an unsuccessful anti-Roman revolt, the Thracian Kingdom was annexed by Claudius as the Roman province of Thracia. Perinthus was made the capital of Roman Thracia.RP111715. Bronze AE 27, RPC Online IV.1 T8666 (10 spec.); Schönert Perinthos pl. 24, 436; BMC Thrace p. 15, 25; Varbanov III 140, F, centered on a broad flan, dark brown tone, porosity, a few scattered pits, weight 6.523 g, maximum diameter 27.0 mm, die axis 180o, Heraclea Perinthos (Marmara Ereglisi, Turkey) mint, obverse ΦAVCTEINA CEBACTH, draped bust of Faustina II right, hair waved and coiled on back of head; reverse ΠEPINΘIΩN, Homonoia standing slightly left, head left, wearing kalathos, patera in right hand over altar to left, cornucopia in left hand; $70.00 SALE PRICE $63.00
Severus Alexander, 13 March 222 - February or March 235 A.D., Deultum, Thrace
The Three Graces, named Euphrosyne, Aglaia and Thalia, were the attendants of Aphrodite (Venus). They are shown on Roman provincial coins as a statuary group, nude and sometimes holding apples.RP99940. Bronze AE 24, RPC Online VI T740, Jurukova Deultum 107, Draganov, Deultum 405, Varbanov II 2252, BMC Thrace -, SNG Cop -, aF, green patina, near centered on a tight flan, scratches, central dimples, weight 8.625 g, maximum diameter 24.4 mm, die axis 180o, Deultum (Debelt, Bulgaria) mint, 13 Mar 222 - Feb/Mar 235 A.D.; obverse IMP C M AVR SEV ALEXAND AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind; reverse COL FL PAC DEVLT, the Three Graces standing facing with arms around each other; $55.00 SALE PRICE $49.50
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