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Elagabalus, 16 May 218 - 11 March 222 A.D., Nikopolis ad Istrum, Moesia Inferior
Asclepius learned the secrets of healing after seeing one snake bring another herbs. Woman seeking fertility, and the sick and injured, slept in his temples where snakes were left to crawl on the floor and provide healing. Nearby excavations found 2nd c. bronze surgical instruments and a case containing a variety of medicines.RP29741. Bronze AE 26, Varbanov I 3978a, EF, superb portrait, upper reverse flat, weight 11.319 g, maximum diameter 26.1 mm, die axis 180o, Nicopolis ad Istrum (Nikyup, Bulgaria) mint, cos. legate Ti. Flavius Novius Rufus, 218 - 222; obverse AVT K AVPH ANTΩNEINOC, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse YΠ NOBIOY POYΦOY NIKOΠOΛITΩN ΠΠOC ICTPON, Asklepios standing facing, head left, resting right hand on snake-entwined staff, left hand on hip; SOLD
Pertinax, 31 December 192 - 28 March 193 A.D., Tomis, Moesia Inferior
This puzzling reverse, perhaps either a procession or a mythological scene, remains unexplained.SH46863. Bronze tetrassaria, Varbanov I 4791, AMNG I/II 2732, Moushmov 1869, SNG Cop -, BMC Thrace -, F, weight 10.633 g, maximum diameter 27.5 mm, die axis 180o, Tomis (Constanta, Romania) mint, 193 A.D.; obverse AYT K Π EΛB ΠEPTINAZ, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse MHTPOΠ ΠONTOY TOMEΩC, uncertain male (the emperor?) in a cart pulled left by an ox, led by woman with a plectrum in right and a lyre in left, ∆ (mark of value)above; extremely rare; SOLD
Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D.
Dacia defeated! After his defeat in 101 A.D., King Decebalus complied with Rome for a time but then incited the tribes to pillage Roman colonies across the Danube. Trajan marched into Dacia in 105 A.D. After defeating the surrounding mountain fortresses, in 106 A.D. Trajan besieged Sarmizegetusa, the Dacian capital. With the aid of a Dacian traitor, the Romans found and destroyed water pipes supplying the city. Running out of water and food the city fell and was burned to the ground. Decebalus fled but, followed by the Roman cavalry, committed suicide rather than face capture. The Romans found Decebalus' treasure, estimated at 165,500 kg of gold and 331,000 kg of silver, in the river of Sargesia.SH72484. Orichalcum sestertius, Woytek 326b, RIC II 564, BMCRE III 785, BnF IV 1042, Cohen II 534, Strack I 396, SRCV II 3196, Nice aVF, handsome portrait, well centered, weight 27.190 g, maximum diameter 34.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 105 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P, laureate bust right, slight drapery on left shoulder; reverse S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI, Dacian mourning, seated left on pile of shields, wearing peaked cap, resting head on right hand which is propped on drawn up right knee, left hand on knee, trophy of captured arms on left before her, S C (senatus consulto) in exergue; SOLD
Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D., Nikopolis ad Istrum, Moesia Inferior
The first of Herakles' twelve labors, set by his cousin King Eurystheus, was to slay the Nemean lion and bring back its skin. It could not be killed with mortal weapons because its golden fur was impervious to attack. Its claws were sharper than swords and could cut through any armor. Herakles stunned the beast with his club and, using his immense strength, strangled it to death. During the fight, the lion bit off one of his fingers. After slaying the lion, he tried to skin it with a knife from his belt but failed. Wise Athena, noticing the hero's plight, told him to use one of the lion's own claws to skin the pelt.SH54579. Bronze pentassarion, H-H-J Nikopolis 22.214.171.124 (same dies); Varbanov I 2761, AMNG I/I -, gVF, weight 11.552 g, maximum diameter 28.4 mm, die axis 225o, Nicopolis ad Istrum (Nikyup, Bulgaria) mint, consular legate Ovinius Tertullus, 198 - 201 A.D.; obverse AV K Λ CE CEVHPOC Π, laureate head right; reverse VΠA OOVI TEPTVΛΛOV NIKOΠO ΠPOC I, Hercules standing half right, resting on club set on a rock at feet right, right hand behind back, nude but for Nemean lion skin over left shoulder; some cleaning scratches, attractive green patina; SOLD
Celts, Danube Region, Imitative of Philip II of Macedonia, c. 4th - Early 3rd Century B.C.
CE31459. Silver tetradrachm, Göbl OTA, pl. 4, 14/6; SGCV I 203 var.; Lanz -, nice VF, weight 13.534 g, maximum diameter 24.3 mm, die axis 180o, obverse laureate head of Zeus right; reverse ΦIΛIΠΠOY, naked youth on horse pacing right holding palm frond, Λ and torch below; SOLD
Julia Domna, Augusta 194 - 8 April 217 A.D., Nikopolis ad Istrum, Moesia Inferior
Priapus or Priapos was a minor rustic fertility god, protector of livestock, fruit plants, gardens and male genitalia. Priapus is marked by his absurdly oversized permanent erection, which gave rise to the medical term priapism. He became a popular figure in Roman erotic art and Latin literature, and is the subject of the often humorously obscene collection of verse called the Priapeia. Statues of Priapus were sometimes placed on boundaries and hung with signs which threatened sexual assault on trespassers.SH65154. Bronze AE 28, H-H-J Nikopolis 126.96.36.199 (R9), AMNG I/I 1457, Varbanov I 2889 (R7), SNG Cop -, aF, weight 12.029 g, maximum diameter 27.6 mm, die axis 270o, Nicopolis ad Istrum (Nikyup, Bulgaria) mint, consular legate Aurelius Gallus, 201 - 203 A.D.; obverse IVΛIA ∆OMNA CEBA, draped bust right; reverse YΠ AYP ΓAΛΛOY NIKOΠOΛITΩNOC, ΠPOC ICTPOC, Priapus standing front, bearded, wearing long garment and boots, holding open drapery to expose his large phallus, basket of fruits at feet on left, grain and flowers at feet on right; very rare; SOLD
Diadumenian, Mid May - 8 June 218 A.D., Nikopolis ad Istrum, Moesia Inferior
Unpublished in the major references. Extremely rare and possibly unique.SH07676. Bronze AE 28, H-H-J Nikopolis 188.8.131.52 (R4), Moushmov 1353, BMC Thrace -, Lindgren -, AMNG I/I -, SNG Cop -, SGICV -, Choice gVF, weight 11.34 g, maximum diameter 28.1 mm, die axis 0o, Nicopolis ad Istrum (Nikyup, Bulgaria) mint, as caesar, 11 Apr 217 - mid May 218 A.D.; obverse M OΠEΛΛI ∆IA∆OYMENIANOC KAI, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse YΠ CTA ΛONΓINOY NIKOΠOΛITΩN ΠPOCIC, Serapis standing left, turreted, holding branch in right and transverse scepter in left; magistrate Statius Longinus, superb portrait, extremely rare, from the Scott Collection; SOLD
Elagabalus, 16 May 218 - 11 March 222 A.D., Nikopolis ad Istrum, Moesia Inferior
Nicopolis ad Istrum can be said to have been the birthplace of Germanic literary tradition. The Gothic bishop, missionary and translator Ulfilas (Wulfila) obtained permission from Constantius II to immigrate with his flock of converts to Moesia and settle near Nicopolis ad Istrum in 347. There, he invented the Gothic alphabet and translated the Bible from Greek to Gothic.SH60004. Bronze AE 21, H-H-J Nikopolis 184.108.40.206, Varbanov I 3830, AMNG I/I 2017 var. (obv. legend), aEF, weight 5.811 g, maximum diameter 21.1 mm, die axis 0o, Nicopolis ad Istrum (Nikyup, Bulgaria) mint, obverse AVT K M AVPH ANTΩNINOC, laureate and cuirassed bust right; reverse NIKOΠOΛITΩN ΠPOC I, CTPON in ex, City gate flanked by two towers; rare; SOLD
Commodus, March or April 177 - 31 December 192 A.D., Kallatis, Moesia Inferior
SH12245. Bronze AE 19, Moushmov 267, BMC -, SNG Cop -, Lindgren -, SGICV -, aEF, weight 3.822 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, die axis 180o, Kallatis (Mangalia, Romania) mint, obverse AY•K• •M•AY•KOMO∆O•C•, laureate and draped bust right; reverse KAΛΛATIANΩN, Thanatos (Death) leaning left on reversed torch; high grade and very attractive; very rare; SOLD
Caracalla and Julia Domna, 28 January 198 - 8 April 217 A.D., Marcianopolis, Moesia Inferior
When Severus died in 211, Julia became the mediator between their two quarreling sons, Caracalla and Geta, who were to rule as joint emperors. Caracalla convinced his mother to call Geta for a reconciliation meeting in her residence. It was a trick. In his mother's house, Caracalla's soldiers attacked and Geta died in their mother's arms. afterward, Julia's relationship with Caracalla was understandably difficult. Nevertheless, she accompanied him on his Parthian campaign in 217. During this trip, Caracalla was assassinated, after which Julia committed suicide. Her body was brought to Rome and she was later deified.SH54115. Bronze pentassarion, Varbanov I 1001, AMNG I/I 663, H-J Marcianopolis 220.127.116.11, Choice aEF, weight 13.646 g, maximum diameter 27.3 mm, die axis 0o, Markianopolis (Devnya, Bulgaria) mint, consular legate Quintilianus, 215 A.D.; obverse ANTΩNINOC AYΓOYCTOC IOYΛIA ∆OMNA, laureate bust of Caracalla right confronting draped bust of Julia Domna left; reverse YΠ KYNTIΛIANOY MAPKIANOΠOΛI,TΩ−N, Apollo standing facing, nude, looking right, right hand on head, bow and arrow in left, coiled serpent around stump right, E (mark of value) in left field; attractive style, nice green patina; SOLD