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Roman Provincial Coins from Macedonia

After the defeat of Perseus at the battle of Pydna, for twenty years, from 168 to 148 B.C., Macedonia was divided into four autonomous administrative regions. To weaken the power of the area and increase dependence on the empire, Rome took control of the mines and forests, demanded half of all taxes collected and banned trade between the regions. No coins were issued from 168 - 158 B.C. Between 158 and 148 B.C. the first (PROTES) region minted a large number of tetradrachms at its capital, Amphipolis. The second (DEUTERAS) region minted a small number of very rare tetradrachm at Thessalonica. The third region, its capital at Pella, and the fourth region, its capital at Heraclea Lynci, did not issue silver. In 148 B.C. the regions were reunited as a Roman province. Silver coinage was not struck for another half century, however, bronze coins were issued by governors, praetors, quaestors and individual cities. In 93 B.C., silver coinage resumed, the most prolific issue was that of the quaestor Aesillas. Macedonian cities continued to issue coinage in imperial times, some without the imperial bust.

Macedonian Kingdom, Lysimachos, as Satrap of Thrace, 323 - 305 B.C., Struck by Kassander

|Macedonia|, |Macedonian| |Kingdom,| |Lysimachos,| |as| |Satrap| |of| |Thrace,| |323| |-| |305| |B.C.,| |Struck| |by| |Kassander||unit|NEW
This type was likely struck by Kassander at Amphipolis for Lysimachos, perhaps while Lysimachos was battling the Thracian tribes. With the support of Antigonus, Ptolemy, and Lysimachus, Kassander defeated Polyperchon, and declared himself the Macedonian regent in 317 B.C. Lysimachos was satrap in Thrace and some adjoining territory, an area without a royal mint. Lysimachos and Kassander were related by marriage and bound by mutual trust, respect, and unwavering friendship. Kassander likely supplied the bulk of Lysimachos monetary needs, perhaps even until Lysimacus gained control of mints in Anatolia after Ipsus.
GB112855. Bronze unit, Price p. 133, P4; SNG ANS 998; Thompson 2 (Lysimachia mint, 306 - 300 B.C.); SNG Alpha Bank -; SNG Cop -, F, nice green patina, corrosion, weight 5,562 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 315o, Amphipolis mint, c. 317 - 305 B.C.; obverse head of Apollo right, wearing taenia; reverse ΦIΛIΠΠOY, young male rider galloping right, ΛY to the left of lion forepart right below; scarce; $110.00 SALE PRICE $99.00


Drusus, Son of Tiberius, Born 13 B.C., Died 14 September 23 A.D., Philippi(?), Macedonia

|Philippi|, |Drusus,| |Son| |of| |Tiberius,| |Born| |13| |B.C.,| |Died| |14| |September| |23| |A.D.,| |Philippi(?),| |Macedonia||AE| |16|
Drusus, the only son of Tiberius, never took the throne. Drusus' wife Livilla was seduced by the praetorian prefect Sejanus. She poisoned Drusus to support Sejanus' plot to become emperor. Years later the plot was discovered and Sejanus and Livilla were executed.
RP111916. Bronze AE 16, RPC Online I 1659 (10 spec.); BMC Mysia - (similar types were previously attributed to Mysia, F, green patina, encrustations, scratches, weight 4.145 g, maximum diameter 16.2 mm, die axis 30o, probably Philippi (near Filippoi, Greece) mint, obverse DRV CAES, bare head right; reverse two priests with yoke of two oxen right, plowing the pomerium (sacred boundary), founding a new colony; from the Michael Arslan Collection; $100.00 SALE PRICE $90.00


Thessalonica, Macedonia, Late 2nd - Early 1st Century B.C.

|Thessalonika|, |Thessalonica,| |Macedonia,| |Late| |2nd| |-| |Early| |1st| |Century| |B.C.||as|NEW
Thessalonica was founded around 315 B.C. by Cassander, King of Macedonia, on or near the site of the ancient town of Therma. He named it after his wife Thessalonike, a daughter of Philip II and a half-sister of Alexander the Great. In 168 B.C. it became the capital of Macedonia Secunda and in 146 B.C. it was made the capital of the whole Roman province of Macedonia. Due to its port and location at the intersection of two major Roman roads, Thessalonica grew to become the most important city in Macedonia. Thessalonica was important in the spread of Christianity; the First Epistle to the Thessalonians written by Paul the Apostle is the first written book of the New Testament.
GB112735. Bronze as, SNG Cop 368; SNG ANS 803; BMC Macedonia p. 112, 32; Touratsoglou Macedonia 16; AMNG III.2 17; HGC 3 740 (R1), F, nice green patina, pitting/corrosion, edge cracks, weight 12.492 g, maximum diameter 27.1 mm, die axis 0o, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, c. 120 - 80 B.C.; obverse laureate and bearded head of Janus; reverse the Dioskouroi on horseback, facing opposite directions, each holding a spear, star above each; ΘEΣΣA/ΛONIKHΣ divided starting above and ending in exergue, grain ear below in exergue; from the Michael Arslan Collection; $100.00 SALE PRICE $90.00


Maximinus I Thrax, 20 March 235 - Late May 238 A.D., Pella, Macedonia

|Pella|, |Maximinus| |I| |Thrax,| |20| |March| |235| |-| |Late| |May| |238| |A.D.,| |Pella,| |Macedonia||AE| |26|
Pella was founded in 399 B.C. by King Archelaus (413 - 399 B.C.) as his capital. It was the seat of Philip II and of his son, Alexander the Great. In 168 B.C., it was sacked by the Romans, and its treasury transported to Rome. Later the city was destroyed by an earthquake. By 180 A.D., Lucian could describe it in passing as "now insignificant, with very few inhabitants."
RP112103. Bronze AE 26, Varbanov III 3742 (R4); AMNG III-2 p. 99, 34; SNG Hunterian 658; Moushmov 6484; SNG ANS 636 var. (cuirass, no drapery); BMC Macedonia -, gF, mottled patina, earthen deposits, marks, off center, weight 11.287 g, maximum diameter 25.8 mm, die axis 180o, Pella mint, 20 Mar 235 - late May 238 A.D.; obverse IMP C C IVL VER MAXIMINVS, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind; reverse COL IVL AVG PELLA, Spes (or City Goddess) seated left, putting her right hand to her mouth; $80.00 SALE PRICE $72.00


Severus Alexander, 13 March 222 - March 235 A.D., Amphipolis, Macedonia

|Amphipolis|, |Severus| |Alexander,| |13| |March| |222| |-| |March| |235| |A.D.,| |Amphipolis,| |Macedonia||AE| |24|
Tyche (Greek for luck; the Roman equivalent was Fortuna) was the presiding tutelary deity that governed the fortune and prosperity of a city, its destiny. Increasingly during the Hellenistic period, cities had their own specific iconic version of Tyche, wearing a mural crown (a crown like the walls of the city).
RP97773. Bronze AE 24, Varbanov III 3298 (R4); SNG Cop 118; BMC Macedonia p. 59, 133 var. (obv. leg.); SNG ANS 203 var. (same); AMNG III -, aVF, excellent portrait, green patina, light deposits, reverse off center, edge cracks, weight 6.894 g, maximum diameter 23.5 mm, die axis 0o, Amphipolis mint, 13 Mar 222 - Mar 235 A.D.; obverse AVT K M AVP CEV AΛEΞANΔPOC, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind; reverse AMΦIΠOΛEITΩN, turreted city goddess enthroned left, patera in extended right hand, fish left in exergue; $50.00 SALE PRICE $45.00


Macedonia, Under Roman Rule, Quaestor Aesillas, 95 - 70 B.C.

|Macedonia|, |Macedonia,| |Under| |Roman| |Rule,| |Quaestor| |Aesillas,| |95| |-| |70| |B.C.||tetradrachm|
This type was apparently intended to encourage Macedonian pride by portraying the legendary national hero of the Macedonians, and at the same time clearly communicate Roman authority with name and symbols of the Roman quaestor.
SH54901. Silver tetradrachm, Bauslaugh group VI (O35), SNG Lockett 1543, SNG Cop 1330, SNG Ashmolean 3305, AMNG III 223, SGCV I 1439, gVF, struck with very attractive dies, obverse scratch at 5:00, weight 16.229 g, maximum diameter 28.9 mm, die axis 0o, Thessalonika (Salonika, Greece) mint, 95 - 70 B.C.; obverse head of Alexander the Great right with horn of Ammon and flowing hair, Θ behind, MAKΕΔONΩN below; reverse AESILLAS above money-chest (cista), club, and Q over quaestor's chair (sella curulis), all within laurel wreath; SOLD


Macedonia, Roman Rule, Quaestor Aesillas, 95 - 70 B.C.

|Roman| |Macedonia|, |Macedonia,| |Roman| |Rule,| |Quaestor| |Aesillas,| |95| |-| |70| |B.C.||tetradrachm|
This type was apparently intended to encourage Macedonian pride by portraying the legendary national hero of the Macedonians, and at the same time clearly communicate Roman authority with name and symbols of the Roman quaestor.
SH77215. Silver tetradrachm, Bauslaugh Group VI (O56), AMNG III 223; SNG Cop 1330; SNG Ashmolean 3305; SGCV I 1439, VF, nice style, light toning, die wear, weight 14.921 g, maximum diameter 28.3 mm, die axis 0o, Thessalonika (Salonika, Greece) mint, 95 - 70 B.C.; obverse head of Alexander the Great right with horn of Ammon and flowing hair, Θ behind, MAKΕΔONΩN below; reverse AESILLAS above money-chest (cista), club, and Q over quaestor's chair (sella curulis), all within laurel wreath, pellet at end of Q; SOLD


Macedonia Prima Merida (First Region), Roman Dependent Republic, c. 168 - 148 B.C.

|Roman| |Macedonia|, |Macedonia| |Prima| |Merida| |(First| |Region),| |Roman| |Dependent| |Republic,| |c.| |168| |-| |148| |B.C.||tetradrachm|
This type was minted with Artemis' age ranging from childhood to maturity. "Artemis is presented as ageless in the sense that she is every age. These coins were all struck at the same time and the same place as hoard evidence verifies." -- Wayne Sayles, "Ancient Coin Collecting III, Numismatic Art of the Greek World"
GS84193. Silver tetradrachm, Prokopov Silver 252 (O63/R180); SNG Ashmolean 3297 - 3298; SNG Saroglos 976; BMC Macedonia p. 8, 7; AMNG III 176; SNG Cop -, gVF, attractive style, nice surfaces with rose toning, weight 17.007 g, maximum diameter 31.5 mm, die axis 0o, Amphipolis mint, c. 158 - 148 B.C.; obverse Macedonian shield (the whole obverse represents a shield) with bust of mature Artemis Tauropolos (Diana to the Romans) at the center facing right, bow and quiver at her shoulder; reverse MAKΕΔONΩN / ΠPΩTΗΣ (First Macedonia) above and below club, ΣHYΔP monogram above, TKP monogram below left, TYPME monogram bottom right, all within oak wreath, thunderbolt left; SOLD


Julius Caesar and Augustus, c. 27 B.C. - 14 A.D. (Possibly Later), Thessalonica, Macedonia

|Thessalonika|, |Julius| |Caesar| |and| |Augustus,| |c.| |27| |B.C.| |-| |14| |A.D.| |(Possibly| |Later),| |Thessalonica,| |Macedonia||AE| |19|
RPC tentatively dates the type to the reign of Augustus but notes that Touratsoglou dates it to the reign of Domitian (13 Sep 81 - 18 Sep 96 A.D.) particularly based on the die axis and letter forms.
SH67794. Bronze AE 19, Touratsoglou Domitian 23 (V3/R14); RPC I 1555; BMC Macedonia p. 115, 60; SNG Cop 399, VF, weight 7.039 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 180o, Thessalonika (Salonika, Greece) mint, c. 27 B.C. - 14 A.D. (possibly later); obverse ΘΕOC, bare head of Julius Caesar right; reverse ΘΕCCAΛONI KΕΩN, bare head of Augustus right; SOLD


Octavian/Augustus and Julius Caesar, Thessalonica, Macedonia, c. 28 - 27 B.C.

|Thessalonika|, |Octavian/Augustus| |and| |Julius| |Caesar,| |Thessalonica,| |Macedonia,| |c.| |28| |-| |27| |B.C.||AE| |23|
Gaebler (AMNG, p. 125) believed the Δ stands for 4 asses. Touratsoglou (p. 25) interprets it to indicate year four an era of beginning with the Battle of Actium, which would date the issue to 28 - 27 B.C.
RP86188. Leaded bronze AE 23, Touratsoglou - (V2/R4, unlisted die combination), RPC I 1554, Sear Imperators 675, SNG Cop 395, SNG ANS 824, Varbanov 5153, BMC Macedonia p. 115, 58, VF, nice green patina, cleaning marks, areas of light corrosion, small edge cracks, off center, weight 10.787 g, maximum diameter 22.5 mm, die axis 0o, Thessalonika (Salonika, Greece) mint, Emission I, 28 - 27 B.C.; obverse ΘΕOΣ, wreathed head of Julius Caesar right; reverse ΘΕΣΣAΛONIKΕΩN, bare head of Augustus right, Δ (year 4 of Actium era) below; SOLD




  



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