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Roman Provincial Coins from Thrace
Gordian III, 29 July 238 - 25 February 244 A.D., Nikopolis ad Istrum, Moesia Inferior

|Nikopolis|, |Gordian| |III,| |29| |July| |238| |-| |25| |February| |244| |A.D.,| |Nikopolis| |ad| |Istrum,| |Moesia| |Inferior||AE| |29|
Nicopolis ad Istrum was founded by Trajan around 101-106, at the junction of the Iatrus (Yantra) and the Rositsa rivers, in memory of his victory over the Dacians. Its ruins are located at the village of Nikyup, 20 km north of Veliko Tarnovo in northern Bulgaria. The town peaked during the reigns of Trajan, Hadrian, the Antonines and the Severan dynasty. In 447, the Nicopolis was destroyed by Attila's Huns. In the 6th century, it was rebuilt as a powerful fortress enclosing little more than military buildings and churches, following a very common trend for the cities of that century in the Danube area. It was finally destroyed by the Avar invasions at the end of the 6th century.
RP110620. Bronze AE 29, HHJ Nikopolis 8.36.5.1, AMNG I/I 2048, RPC VII.2 1265.1, SNG Budapest 482, Varbanov I 4186 var. (rev. legend arrangement), Choice VF, broad flan with full borders and legends, green patina, central depressions, weight 13.556 g, maximum diameter 29.1 mm, die axis 180o, Nicopolis ad Istrum (Nikyup, Bulgaria) mint, consular legate Sabinius Modestus, 241 - 244 A.D.; obverse AVT K M ANTW ΓOPΔIANOC AVΓ (AVΓ ligate), laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind; reverse VΠ CAB MOΔECTOY NIKOΠΟΛEITΩN ΠP,O/C/I/C (ΩN & ΠP ligate, last 4 letters in column in left field), Demeter standing facing, head left, grain-ears in right hand, long torch in left hand; $135.00 SALE PRICE $122.00


Faustina Junior, Augusta 146 - Winter 175/176 A.D., Wife of Marcus Aurelius, Augusta, Traianopolis, Thrace

|Roman| |Thrace| |&| |Black| |Sea|, |Faustina| |Junior,| |Augusta| |146| |-| |Winter| |175/176| |A.D.,| |Wife| |of| |Marcus| |Aurelius,| |Augusta,| |Traianopolis,| |Thrace||AE| |22|NEW
Traianopolis (Traianoupoli, Greece today) was founded by the Romans and, of course, named after Emperor Trajan. In the Roman period, the city was famous for its baths. In the 4th century, it became the capital of the province of Rhodope.
RP111729. Bronze AE 22, Schnert-Geiss MATT 17, RPC Online IV.1 T1931 (4 specimens), vA Phryg II 1484, Varbanov II -, aVF, well centered, green patina, a bit rough, central dimples, weight 5.878 g, maximum diameter 21.7 mm, die axis 180o, Traianopolis (Traianoupoli, Greece) mint, obverse ΦAVCTEINA CEBAC, draped bust right; reverse TPAIANΠOΛEITΩ, Homonoia standing left, patera in right hand, cornucopia in left hand; first specimen of this type handled by Forum; rare; $110.00 SALE PRICE $99.00


Greek Imperial Coins, Volume 2, Thrace (from Abdera to Pautalia)

|Greek| |Books|, |Greek| |Imperial| |Coins,| |Volume| |2,| |Thrace| |(from| |Abdera| |to| |Pautalia)|
 
BK23914. Greek Imperial Coins, volume 2, Thrace (from Abdera to Pautalia) by Ivan Varbanov, hardback, English edition, 5492 Coins, 471 pages, international shipping at actual cost of shipping; $100.00 SALE PRICE $90.00


Kingdom of Thrace, Rhoemetalces I, c. 11 B.C. - 12 A.D., Augustus Reverse

|Kingdom| |of| |Thrace|, |Kingdom| |of| |Thrace,| |Rhoemetalces| |I,| |c.| |11| |B.C.| |-| |12| |A.D.,| |Augustus| |Reverse||AE| |23|
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 Tbingen 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; $100.00 SALE PRICE $90.00


Kingdom of Bosporus, Rheskuporis V, 242 - 276 A.D.

|Bosporan| |Kingdom|, |Kingdom| |of| |Bosporus,| |Rheskuporis| |V,| |242| |-| |276| |A.D.||stater|
The Bosporan Kingdom (or Kingdom of the Cimmerian Bosporus) was in eastern Crimea and the Taman Peninsula on the shores of the Cimmerian Bosporus, the present-day Strait of Kerch (it was not named after the Bosphorus beside Istanbul). The mixed population adopted Greek language and civilization. The prosperity of the kingdom was based on the export of wheat, fish and slaves. The kingdom's golden age was 2nd and 1st centuries B.C. At the end of the 2nd century A.D., King Sauromates II inflicted a critical defeat on the Scythians and expanded his state to include the entire Crimea. It was the longest surviving Roman client kingdom, lasting until it was overrun by the Huns c. 375 A.D.
RP99912. Billon stater, Frolova BAR 166 pp. 137-138, pl. IV, 1227, pl. LXXXI, 21-22; RPC Online IX 179; MacDonald Bosporus 608/1 (Rhescuporis IV); Anokhin 697 (same), VF/gVF, small edge cracks, weight 7.200 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, 249 - 250 A.D.; obverse BACIΛEWC PHCKOYΠOPIΔ, diademed and draped bust of Rheskuporis right; reverse laureate and draped bust of Roman emperor (Philip I or Trajan Decius) right, club handle upward before (control), ΣΜΦ ([year] 546 [of the Pontic Era]); $110.00 SALE PRICE $85.00


Maroneia, Thrace, c. 189 - 49 B.C.

|Maroneia|, |Maroneia,| |Thrace,| |c.| |189| |-| |49| |B.C.||AE| |21|NEW
Maroneia was on the Aegean coast about midway between the mouths of the Hebrus and the Nestus rivers. The city was named after Maron, sometimes identified as a son of Dionysos, who in the Odyssey gives Odysseus the wine with which he intoxicates Polyphemos. Maroneia was famous for its wine, which was esteemed everywhere and was said to possess the odor of nectar.
GB111733. Bronze AE 21, cf. Schnert-Geiss Maroneia 1678; HGC 3.2 1540 BMC Thrace p. 131, 83 ff. (Apollo); SNG Cop 635, VF/F, green patina, obv. off center, part of edge ragged, weight 8.937 g, maximum diameter 24.3 mm, die axis 30o, Maroneia (Maroneia-Sapes, Greece) mint, c. 189 - 49 B.C.; obverse young male head right (Dionysus?); reverse Asklepios standing slightly left, head left, serpent-entwined staff in right hand, left hand on hip, two monograms arranged vertically upper left, MAΡΩNITΩN downward on right; $80.00 SALE PRICE $72.00


Kingdom of Thrace, Rhoemetalces I, c. 11 B.C. - 12 A.D., Augustus Reverse

|Kingdom| |of| |Thrace|, |Kingdom| |of| |Thrace,| |Rhoemetalces| |I,| |c.| |11| |B.C.| |-| |12| |A.D.,| |Augustus| |Reverse||AE| |25|
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.
RP111777. Bronze AE 25, Youroukova 204; RPC I 1711; BMC Thrace p. 209, 4; SNG Cop 1188; SNG Tbingen 972; Weber 2743, aVF, green patina, rough, encrusted, edge splits/cracks, weight 8.882 g, maximum diameter 24.6 mm, die axis 180o, c. 11 B.C. - 12 A.D.; obverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ POIMHTAΛKOY, jugate heads right of Rhoemetalces I, diademed, and Queen Pythodoris; reverse KAIΣAPOΣ ΣEBAΣTOY, bare head of Augustus right; $70.00 SALE PRICE $63.00


Severus Alexander, 13 March 222 - February or March 235 A.D., Deultum, Thrace

|Deultum|, |Severus| |Alexander,| |13| |March| |222| |-| |February| |or| |March| |235| |A.D.,| |Deultum,| |Thrace||AE| |24|
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; $60.00 SALE PRICE $54.00







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