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Faustina I, Crescent/StarsFaustina I
Ae As; 26--27mm; 9.98g

DIVA AVGVSTA-FAVSTINA
draped bust right

Crescent with seven stars
SC below

RIC 1199; Cohen 275
1 commentsarizonarobinFeb 02, 2023
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RIC 1430Vespasian. 69-79 AD. AR Denarius. Silver Denarius (17mm, 3.18g). Ephesus mint. Struck 71. IMP CAESAR VESPAS AVG COS III TR P P P, laureate head right / LIBERI IMP AVG VESPAS, Titus and Domitian, veiled, standing, heads left, each holding a patera, EPHE monogram in ex VF.

Off center on obverse but portrait and reverse retain some fine details.

"Ephesus having a long history of coinage, portraiture and overall quality were equal or superior to the mint of Rome, while retaining a distinctive style." - CNG
1 commentsRussell K2Feb 02, 2023
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Huszár 569, Pohl 114-4, Unger 443d, Réthy II 116, Frynas H.26.4, Lengyel 26/2/5-5K, Tóth 3.6.1.4; contemporary counterfeit.Hungary. Maria/Mária (1382-1387 solo reign; 1387-1395 with husband Sigismund/Zsigmond of Luxembourg)

AR denar, .62 g., 15.18 mm. max, 270°

Obv: Bungled legend, open crown with retrograde Cm below

Rev: Bungled legend, Patriarchal cross

As both sides carry a titular legend, there is no consensus regarding obverse and reverse. Huszár, Pohl and Toma identify the side with the crown as the obverse whereas Unger, Réthy, Frynas, Lengyel, Tóth and Gyöngyössy identify the side with the patriarchal cross as the obverse,

The standard Huszár 569 was struck in 1384-1395 (per Huszár, with Unger and Frynas agreeing that it incepted in 1384) or in 1385-1395 (per Pohl), and is traditionally viewed as the last of three denarii struck by Maria. More recently, it has been viewed as the second type struck by her (after Huszár 565 and before Huszár 566), in 1383-1385 (per Gyöngyössi and Toma) or 1383-1387 (per Lengyel) (and per Tóth). The official coin, with a Cm below the crown, was struck in Körmöcbánya/Kremnitz (now Kremnica, Slovakia) by Johannes Craczer/János Kratzer in 1385 (per Pohl and Lengyel).

Toma notes the presence of a contemporary counterfeit of Pohl 114-4 (with the Cm mark) within the Cluj-Mănăştur Hoard, found in Cluj-Napoca, Romania (formerly, Kolozsvár, Hungary), in 1934. It is not the same as this coin.

Huszár/Pohl rarity 5; Unger rarity 10; Frynas rarity C.
StkpFeb 02, 2023
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BCC BW30 Bronze Islamic Weight 1/12 DirhamIslamic Bronze Weight
Caesarea Maritima 1/12 Dirham
7th-12th Century CE
Obv: Uncertain incomplete Kufic Arabic
inscription in two lines, within circle.
عبد الله ? ('abd-Allah, also Abdullah)?
Rev: Blank. Flat, nearly rectangular
brick-shaped slab, cut from a sheet of
thin metal and stamped in relief.
AE 6.0 x 5.0 x 1.25mm. Wt: 0.26gm.
cf. BCC BW25; and Holland, "ANSMN 31
(1986)" #399, 431, 471.
Surface find Caesarea Maritima, 1970's
J. Berlin Caesarea Collection
v-dromeFeb 02, 2023
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BCC BW29 Bronze Islamic Weight 1/6 DirhamIslamic Bronze Weight
Caesarea Maritima 1/6 Dirham.
7th-12th Century CE
Obv: Remnants of uncertain Arabic
Kufic inscription, stamped in relief in
incuse circular punch-mark.
Rev: Blank. Flat, nearly rectangular
brick-shaped slab, cut from a sheet
of metal.
AE 6.25 x 5.5 x 2.2mm. Wt: 0.49gm.
No exact parallels in Holland, W.W.O.C.M.,
ch.8. or Holland, "ANSMN 31 (1986)"
Surface find Caesarea Maritima, 1975
J. Berlin Caesarea Collection
v-dromeFeb 01, 2023
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1st Century CE, IRON AGE BRITAIN, Tribes: Catuvellauni and Trinovantes, AE Unit, Struck c.10 - 40 at Verlamion under CunobelinusObverse: CVNO - BELIN. Bare head facing left.
Reverse: TASCIO. Metal worker, wielding hammer, seated facing right.
Diameter: 15mm | Weight: 2.24gms | Axis: 3h
Spink: 342 | ABC: 2969 | Van Arsdell 2097

CLICK ON IMAGE BELOW FOR INFO ON CUNOBELINUS
*AlexFeb 01, 2023
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CUNOBELINUSCunobelinus was a king in Iron Age Britain from about 9 CE until about 40 CE. He is mentioned by the Roman historians Suetonius and Dio Cassius, and many coins bearing his inscription have been found. Cunobelinus controlled a substantial portion of south-eastern Britain, including the territories of the Catuvellauni and the Trinovantes, and is called “Britannorum rex" (King of the Britons) by Suetonius. He appears to have been recognized by the Roman emperor Augustus as a client king, shown by the use of the Latin title Rex on some of his coins.
Numismatic evidence appears to indicate that Cunobelinus took power around AD 9 after the death of his father Tasciovanus, minting coins from both Camulodunum, capital of the Trinovantes and Verlamion (Roman Verulamium), capital of the Catuvellauni. Some of the Verulamium coins name him as the son of Tasciovanus, a previous king of the Catuvellauni. Cunobelinus' earliest issues are, however, from Camulodunum, indicating that he took power there first, and some have a palm or laurel wreath design, a motif borrowed from the Romans indicating a military victory. It is possible that he was emboldened to act against the Trinovantes, whose independence was protected by a treaty they made with Julius Caesar in 54 BC, because problems in Germania severely affected Augustus' ability to defend allies in Britain.
Cunobelinus, however, appears to have maintained quite good relations with the Roman Empire, he used classical motifs on his coins and his reign also saw an increase in trade with the continent. Archaeological evidence shows an increase in imported luxury goods, including wine and drinking vessels from Italy, olive oil and “garum” (fish sauce) from Spain, as well as glassware, jewellery, and tableware from the wider continent, all of which, from their distribution, appear to have entered Britain via the port of Camulodunum. Rome's lucrative trade with Britain was also reported by Strabo, according to him the island's exports included grain, gold, silver, iron, hides, slaves and hunting dogs. It seems likely that Cunobelinus was one of the British kings, mentioned by Strabo, who sent embassies to Augustus.
Cunobelinus died about 40, probably within a year of that date, as he was certainly dead by 43.
Traditionally it has been suggested that the “Lexden Tumulus” on the outskirts of Colchester was Cunobelinus' tomb, but without evidence confirming that, it is also possible that the tomb was built for the earlier Trinovantian king, Addedomarus. Interestingly there is a second tumulus, though this one is not so well known, 665m to the northwest of the Lexden burial mound, on a grassy area in the middle of a modern housing estate. This tumulus, known as ‘The Mount’, probably dates from around the same time as the well-known one at Fitzwalter Road, Lexden.
*AlexFeb 01, 2023
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(VI)209bMaximinus II
IMP MAXIMINVS PF AVG
Laureate, cuirassed bust right
GENIO POP ROM
Genius standing left
-/star//PLN
RIC (VI) 209b
mauseusFeb 01, 2023
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(VI)186Constantine I
CONSTANTINVS AVG
Laureate helmeted bust left with spear and shield
COMITI AVGG NN
Sol standing left holding globe and whip
-/star//PLN
RIC (VI) 186, CT 7.03.049
1 commentsmauseusFeb 01, 2023
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(VI)110Constantius I
DIVO CONSTNTIO PIO
Laureate, veiled and cuirassed bust right
MEMORIA FELIX
Lighted altar flanked by eagles
-/-//PLN
RIC (VI) 110
1 commentsmauseusFeb 01, 2023
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(VI) 89bConstantine I
FL VAL CONSTANTINVS NOB C
Laureate, drapedand cuirassed bust right
GENIO POP ROM
Genius standing left, towered headdress
-/-//PLN
RIC (VI) 89b
1 commentsmauseusFeb 01, 2023
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(VI) 2Maximianus I
IMP MAXIMIANVS PI FE AVG
Laureate bust right
GENIO POPVLI ROMANI
Genius standing left holding pater a an cornucopia
-/-//LON
RIC (VI) 6a, CT 1.01.004
mauseusFeb 01, 2023
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Pharsalos, Thessaly DrachmAR Drachm
Size: 17 - 20 mm, Weight: 6.21 grams, Die axis: 6h

Pharsalos, Thessaly
Late fifth, early fourth century BCE

Obverse: Head of Athena to right, wearing crested Attic helmet decorated with leaping Sphinx, TΘ behind.

Reverse: Thessalian cavalryman wearing petasos, chlamys and short chiton, brandishing lagobolon, riding horse prancing to right, ΦAPΣ around, T below hind hoof.

Notes:
-The T has been interpreted as the initial of the die engraver Telephantos.

Ex CNG eAuction 392 (2017), lot 165 (part of), Ex BCD Collection
PharsalosFeb 01, 2023
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Aurelian Antoninianus, Fides & SolAurelian, 270-275 CE
AE Antoninianus Diameter: 23 mm, Weight: 4.19 grams, Die axis: 6h

Obverse: IMP C AVRELIANVS AVG
Radiate and cuirassed bust to right.

Reverse: PROVIDEN DEOR
Fides on left, holding signum in each hand, facing Sol standing on right, raising right hand and holding globe in left hand.

Mint: PXXT : Ticinum

Notes: Minted 274 CE.

Purchased from Poinsignon Numismatique, 2021
1 commentsPharsalosFeb 01, 2023
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Moesi inferior, Nikopolis ad Istrum, Septimius Severus, HrHJ (2021) 8.18.9.5 (rev. only)Septimius Severus, AD 193-211
AE 29, 12.69g, 28.58mm, 15°
struck under governor Aurelius Gallus
obv. AV K.L.CEP - CEVHROC PE
Laureate head r.
rev. VPA AVR GALLOV NIKO - POLITWN / PROC ICT
Nike in girded double chiton ad mantle, with open wings, stg. frontal, head r.,
resting with l. elbow on narrow column, holding in l. arm palmbranch and in
extended r. hand wreath
ref. a) AMNG I/, 1298
b) Varbanov 2729
c) not in Hristova/Hoeft/Jekov (2021):
rev. No. 8.18.9.5 (same die, but for Caracalla!).
obv. e.g. No. 8.14.10.9 (same die)
scrce, F+, dark green patina

Another example for a parallel issue for members of the imperial family!
JochenFeb 01, 2023
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Bithynia, Nikomedeia, Severus Alexander, Rec.Gen. 309 var. (double struck) Bithynia, Nikonmedeia, Severus Alexander, AD 222.235
AE 24, 3.48g, 23.61mm, 180°
obv. [M] AVR CEVH – ALEXANDROC AVG
Laureate head r. .
rev.: NIKO MHD [D]IC NEWKOR
Tyche with cornucopiae and rudder stg. frontal, [head l.]
ref.: Rec.Gen. 309 var. (MH,ligate too,but only NEWKO.)
(completely NIKOMHDEWN DIC NEWKO.)
Double struck

I had bought this coin to practise a bit in identifying. It was attributed as Elagabal and Nicopolis.
JochenFeb 01, 2023
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RIC 0911 Titus as Caesar [Vespasian]Æ As, 11.12g
Rome mint, 76 AD
Obv: T CAESAR IMP COS V; Head of Titus, laureate, bearded, r.
Rev: AEQVITAS AVGVST; S C in field; Aequitas stg. l., with scales and rod
RIC 911 (R). BMC p. 171 *. BNC 763.
Acquired from Jongeling Numismatics, January 2023.

Vespasian inherited a financial mess upon his accession in 69. His top priority was putting the state on a sound financial footing. Symbolic of that righting of the empire was the common reverse type of Aequitas. Aequitas holding her scales and measuring rod was probably based on a cult image of the deity. She first shows up as an imperial virtue on the coinage under Galba - a virtue that Vespasian was eager to emulate. This rare Aequitas was struck for both Vespasian and Titus Caesar in 76. Vespasian and Titus often shared the same reverse types, a move that no doubt marked Titus as Vespasian's heir to the throne. Missing from the BM.
1 commentsDavid AthertonFeb 01, 2023
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036a12. Gordian IIIAE of Edessa, Mesopotamia. AD 239/42. 23mm, 7.84 g. Obv: ΑΥΤΟΚ Κ Μ ΑΝΤ ΓΟΡΔΙΑΝΟϹ ϹƐΒ; laureate head of Gordian III, r., with drapery on l. shoulder; in front, star. Rev: ΑΒΓΑΡΟϹ ΒΑϹΙΛƐΥϹ; draped bust of Abgar X, r., wearing tiara; behind, star. RPC VII.2 №: — (unassigned; ID 3016)lawrence cFeb 01, 2023
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Russia. Ivan IV Vasilyevich, the Terrible (1530-1584) GK 80Russia. Ivan IV Vasilyevich, the Terrible (1530-1584)

Grishin-Kleishnikov 80 (Knight die 8, text die 8), Group V, all per Huletski

AR wire kopek; Novgorod mint, struck 1550s, .62 g., 14.56 mm. max. (bent), 270◦

Obv: Horse rider with spear, АД, (= AL) below.

Rev: Cyrillic legend in five lines, [~] / ЦРЬ[И] / ВЕЛIКI[И] / КНSЬIB[A] / НЪВСЕЯ / РУСIИ (= Czar and Grand Duke Ivan of all Russia).

Rarity: Common.
StkpFeb 01, 2023
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Russia. Ivan IV Vasilyevich, the Terrible (1530-1584) GK 70Russia. Ivan IV Vasilyevich, the Terrible (1530-1584)

Grishin-Kleshchinov 70 (Knight die 3, text die 4), Group IV, all per Huletski

AR wire denga; Tver mint, struck 1535-1538 .31 g., 11.05 mm. max., 270°

Obv: Knight on horseback with saber.

Rev.: Cyrillic legend in three lines, ~ / КНSЬ / ВЕЛIКI / IВАН (= Grand / Prince / Ivan), with two pellets between the first two lines.

Rarity: VIII = Scarce
StkpFeb 01, 2023
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Russia. Ivan IV Vasilyevich, the Terrible (1530-1584), GK 63Russia. Ivan IV Vasilyevich, the Terrible (1530-1584)

Grishin-Kleshchinov 63 (Knight die 12, text die 17), Group III, all per Huletski

AR wire denga; Moscow mint, struck ca. 1547: .34 g., 11.45 mm. max., 0°

Obv: Knight on horseback with saber, ДЕ (DE =moneyer's initials) below.

Rev.: Cyrillic legend in four lines, [~] / ЦРЬ / IКНSЬ / ВЕЛIКI / IВАН (=Tsar / and Grand / Prince / Ivan)

Rarity: IX = Scarce
StkpFeb 01, 2023
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032a05. Maximinus ThraxDenarius. 235-236 AD. Obv: IMP MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG, laureate, draped bust right. Rev: FIDES MILITVM, Fides standing left, a standard in each hand. RIC 7A, RSC 7a.lawrence cFeb 01, 2023
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RIC 578. Julia Domna Denarius VenusJulia Domna, 193-217. Denarius (Silver, 17 mm, 3.63 g, 11 h), Rome, 198-202. IVLIA AVGVSTA Draped bust of Julia Domna to right. Rev. VENERI GENETRICI Venus standing front, head to left, holding patera in her right hand and long scepter in her left. BMC 84. Cohen 185. RIC 578. 3 commentsLordBestJan 31, 2023
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RIC 391. Julia Domna Denarius VestaJulia Domna, 193-217. Denarius (Silver, 19 mm, 3.59 g, 1 h), Rome, 215. IVLIA PIA FELIX AVG Draped bust of Julia Domna to right. Rev. VESTA Vesta, veiled, seated left, holding simpulum in her right hand and long scepter in her left. BMC 31. Cohen 226. RIC 391.2 commentsLordBestJan 31, 2023
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RIC 389B. Julia Domna Denarius VenusJulia Domna, 193-217. Denarius (Silver, 19 mm, 3.11 g, 7 h), Rome, 215-217. IVLIA PIA FELIX AVG Draped bust of Julia Domna to right. Rev. VENVS GENETRIX Venus seated left, holding apple in her right hand and long scepter in her left; at her feet, cupid standing front, legs crossed, resting his right hand on her right knee. BMC 28. Cohen 205. RIC 389b. 4 commentsLordBestJan 31, 2023
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Quant.GeekJan 31, 2023
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Taras, Calabria302-228 BC
AR Obol (8mm, 0.42g)
O: Kantharos; 3 pellets around.
R: Kantharos; owl in field to left.
Vlasto 1660; SNG France 2216; HN Italy 1076
ex LAC
1 commentsEnodiaJan 31, 2023
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BCC BW28 Bronze Islamic Weight 1/6 DirhamIslamic Bronze Weight
Caesarea Maritima 1/6 Dirham
7th-12th Century CE
Obv: Incomplete Arabic inscription,
stamped in relief in an incuse circular
punch-mark. Rev: Blank. Very similar
to BCC BW26. Flat, roughly shaped
parallelepiped cut from a sheet of metal.
No exact parallels to this inscription were
identified in Holland, "W.W.O.C.M", ch.8,
or in Holland, "ANSMN 31 (1986)".
AE 6.5 x 5.0 x 2.25mm. Wt: 0.50gm.
Surface find Caesarea Maritima, 1977
J. Berlin Caesarea Collection
v-dromeJan 31, 2023
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AE Spearhead #29NW Iran?
(Possibly Amlash)
Early first millennium BC
33.7 cm (13.25")

Cf. Khorasani (Arms and Armor from Iran), Cat. 284 for a similar example, though with shorter socket

Description:
Lanceolate-shaped blade with midrib, long cylindrical socket.
1 commentsRobert L3Jan 30, 2023
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Barbarous of Probable Tetricuslawrence cJan 30, 2023
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Moesia inferior, Nikopolis ad Istrum, 17. Iulia Domna, HrHJ(202) 8.17.48.06 corr. (rev. only) Iulia Domna, AD 193-211
AE 17, 3.31g, 16.62mm, 30°
obv. IOV DOM - CEBACT
Bust, draped, r.
rev. NIKOPOLI PROC ICTRO
Big 8-pointed star
ref. a) not in AMNG
b) not in Varbanov
c) not in Hristova/Hoeft/Jekov (2021):
rev. No. 8.17.48.6 corr. (same die, writes NIKOPOLITWN)
obv. e.g. No. 8.17.1.5 (same die)
VF, scarce
Pedigree:
ex Gorny&Mosch, Auktion 204, 3.5.12, im Lot 2979
1 commentsJochenJan 30, 2023
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McAlee 0541aHadrian (117 – 138 CE) AE Trichalkon, diameter 18mm, weight 4.77g. Abu GalyonJan 30, 2023
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British Celts, Iceni (East Anglia), Ecen10 - 43 AD
AR unit 14 mm, 1.279 gams,

O: two crescents back to back, pellets between;

R: Celticized horse right, daisy of pellets above, additional pellets before and below, EDN, ECEN or similar (not fully struck) below

Ref: cf. Cottam ABC 1672, Van Arsdell 734

Notes: aF, scyphate. This was the first coin I ever purchased in "modern" times. it was for my Irish mother-in-law who was from Liverpool and it has returned to me upon her death, She appreciated such gifts of historical significance and there was no doubt who would get it when she passed. I bought my first Alexander the Great coin in this same order. I have come a long way since then in my collecting, but I still love this one and the dealer, Forum Ancient Coins.

Ex-Forum Ancient Coins
2 commentsVirgil HJan 30, 2023
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Arados, Phoenicia240n - 237 BC
AE 16 mm, 4.102 grams, 0 degrees

O: Turreted bust of Tech right.

R: Prow of war galley left with figurehead of Athena Promachos fighting no date, AP monogram above.

Ref: Duyrat 1374-1403; BMC Phoenicia p 13, 88-90,; Lindgren III 1334; HGC 10 86.

Notes: VF, nice glossy black patina with red earthen highlighting; obverse edge beveled, tiny edge split. Arados mint.

Ex-Forum Ancient Coins, ex-Errett Bishop collection
1 commentsVirgil HJan 30, 2023
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Ptolemaic Kings of Egypt, Time of Cleopatra III and Ptolemy IX to XII116-117 BC (possibly 51 BC)
AE 9 mm, 8.83 grams, 330 degrees
Alexandria mint

O: Diademed head of Zeus Ammon to right, with ram's head over diadem.

R: Two eagles with closed wings standing left on thunderbolt, to left, cornucopiae.

Ref: Faber and Lorber Series 9

Ex-Forum Ancient Coins members Auction from Concordia, July 2021
Virgil HJan 30, 2023
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Seleucid Empire, Alexander II Zebina128 - 122 BC
AE 21 mm, 8.05 grams, 0 degrees

O: His head right, clad in lion's skin.

R: BAΣIΛEΩΣ / AΛEΞANΔPOY eithEr side of Nike advancing left; HPΔ monogram.

Ref: SG 7128

Notes: f-VF/AF, smooth dark patina with orangish highlighting; strong portrait

Ex-Frank S Robinson Auction 117, 2021
1 commentsVirgil HJan 30, 2023
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Seleucid Empire, Antioch's VII Euergetes138 -129 BC
AE 19 mm, 5.22 grams, 45 degrees

O: Winged bust of Eros right, wreathed with myrtle.

R: Headress of Isis; BAΣIΛEΩΣ- / ANTIOXOY on right; EYEPΓETOY on left; monogram in field to left; beneath crescent and Seleucid date

Ref: SG 7098

Ex-Jean Elsen Lot (part of), July 2022
Virgil HJan 30, 2023
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RIC 486 DomitianÆ As, 9.98g
Rome mint, 86 AD
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XII CENS PER P P; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r., with aegis
Rev: FIDEI PVBLICAE; S C in field; Fides stg. r., with corn ears and plate of fruits
RIC 486 (C2). BMC 385. BNC 415.
Acquired from Ken Dorney, January 2023.

Fides holding a plate of fruits was a recurring type under Domitian until 88. It copies a similar reverse struck for Vespasian and must have held some special meaning to Domitian. H Mattingly in BMCRE II (p. xci) speculated on the importance of Fides to Domitian: 'The word 'Fides' has a wide scope and includes the ideas that we express by the words "loyalty", "integrity", "honour". Probably "credit", in a wide sense, is the nearest English equivalent. If, as seems probable, the type is closely associated with the Emperor's activities as censor, we can at once understand its popularity under Domitian. The censorship of Domitian is usually represented as a device to secure control of the composition of the senate. But this was only part of its significance. Domitian was simply carrying on from his father Vespasian the policy of close attention to the business affairs of the state and, in making himself censor for life, he was offending susceptibilities rather than serious interests. In view of the care of Domitian for the Italian land we can perhaps explain the 'agricultural' attributes of "Fides". It appears certain that the Flavians developed a financial policy of great importance, of which only the barest hints have come down to us. The fact that a festival of Fides fell on the first day of October, the month which was rechristened "Domitianus" in A.D. 84, lends further appropriateness to the type.'
1 commentsDavid AthertonJan 30, 2023
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Sources - 03 Attica, Athenian ObolBMC 11: Head, Barclay V. A Catalogue of Greek Coins in the British Museum. Atica - Megaris - Aegina. London: Longmans & Co., 1888.
HGC 4: HGC: Hoover, Oliver D. Handbook of Coins of Northern and Central Greece, The Handbook of Greek Coinage Series, Vol. 4. Lancaster/London: Classical Numismatic Group, Inc, 2014.
SGCV I: Sear, David. Greek Coins and Their Values, Vol. I, Europe: Coins of Spain, Gaul, Italy, Sicily, the Balkan lands, Greece, the Cyclades and Crete; also the Cletic issues of Western and Central Europe. London: Seaby, 1978.
Kroll: Kroll, John H. and Walker, Alan S. The Athenian Agora. Results of Excavations Conducted by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, vol. XXVI: The Greek Coins. New Jersey: The American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 1993.
SNG COP: Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, The Royal Collection of Coins and Medals, Danish National Museum: Attica - Aegina, Vol. 14. Copenhagen: Einar Munksgaard, 1944.
SNG München: Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Deutschland, Staatliche Münzsammlung München, Attika, Megaris, Ägina, Nr. 1 - 601, Vol. 14. München: Hirmer Verlag, 2002.
Starr: Starr, Chester G. Athenian coinage 480-449 B.C. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1970.
Svornos Athens: Svoronos, John N. Corpus of the Ancient Coins of Athens. Chicago: Ares Publishers Inc., 1975.
2 commentsTracy AielloJan 30, 2023
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Sources - 02 Attica, Athenian TriobolBMC 11: Head, Barclay V. A Catalogue of Greek Coins in the British Museum. Atica - Megaris - Aegina. London: Longmans & Co., 1888.
HGC 4: HGC: Hoover, Oliver D. Handbook of Coins of Northern and Central Greece, The Handbook of Greek Coinage Series, Vol. 4. Lancaster/London: Classical Numismatic Group, Inc, 2014.
Kroll: Kroll, John H. and Walker, Alan S. The Athenian Agora. Results of Excavations Conducted by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, vol. XXVI: The Greek Coins. New Jersey: The American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 1993.
SNG COP: Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, The Royal Collection of Coins and Medals, Danish National Museum: Attica - Aegina, Vol. 14. Copenhagen: Einar Munksgaard, 1944.
Svoronos Athens: Svoronos, John N. Corpus of the Ancient Coins of Athens. Chicago: Ares Publishers Inc., 1975.
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Sources - 01 Attica, Athenian TetradrachmBMC 11: Head, Barclay V. A Catalogue of Greek Coins in the British Museum. Atica - Megaris - Aegina. London: Longmans & Co., 1888.
HGC 4: HGC: Hoover, Oliver D. Handbook of Coins of Northern and Central Greece, The Handbook of Greek Coinage Series, Vol. 4. Lancaster/London: Classical Numismatic Group, Inc, 2014.
Kroll: Kroll, John H. and Walker, Alan S. The Athenian Agora. Results of Excavations Conducted by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, vol. XXVI: The Greek Coins. New Jersey: The American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 1993.
SGCV I: Sear, David. Greek Coins and Their Values, Vol. I, Europe: Coins of Spain, Gaul, Italy, Sicily, the Balkan lands, Greece, the Cyclades and Crete; also the Celtic issues of Western and Central Europe. London: Seaby, 1978.
SNG COP: Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, The Royal Collection of Coins and Medals, Danish National Museum: Attica - Aegina, Vol. 14. Copenhagen: Einar Munksgaard, 1944.
SNG München: Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum Deutschland, Staatliche Münzsammlung München. 14 Heft. Attika, Megaris, Ägina: Nr. 1 - 601. München: Hirmer Verlag, 2002.
Starr: Starr, Chester G. Athenian coinage 480-449 B.C. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1970.
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1873-A French Silver 5 FrancsFrance, Third Republic (1870-1940), Silver 5 Francs, 1873-A, Davenport 92, KM 820.1, Gad 745a, Fr. 334, Hercules (Dupré) type, gEF, old tone with light colour in periphery, raised edge lettering DIEU ★ PROTEGE ★ LA ★ FRANCE ★★★★★ (God Protect France), weight 25.0g, maximum diameter 37.0mm, die axis 180°, Paris mint, 1873; obverse (olive branch) LIBERTÉ ÉGALITÉ FRATERNITÉ (Liberty, Equality, Fraternity), bearded Hercules standing facing, semi-nude, clad in Nemean lion scalp headdress, forepaw on left shoulder, lion-skin cloak draped around waist and left arm, lion’s legs and tail behind legs, behind and between, his hands on their shoulders, Liberty standing half-right, wearing peplos, long sceptre surmounted by Hand of Justice vertical in right hand, and Equality standing half-left, clasping left and right hands, wearing long chiton, archipendulum in left, ★ Dupré ★ raised in exergue for engraver Augustin Dupré, toothed border surrounding; reverse RÉPUBLIQUE-FRANÇAISE ★ (French Republic), engraved by Augustin Dupré, 5/FRANCS/1873 in three lines, within closed laurel and oak wreath tied with bow at bottom, mint mark A below bow, flanked by bee and anchor privy marks, toothed border surrounding; from the Roger Belmar Collection; ex Timothy Medhurst Coins & Antiquities (30 Jan 2023), acquired from Coincraft.SerendipityJan 30, 2023
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Byzantine Empire: Justinian I (527-565) Æ Pentanummium, Carthage (Sear 274; DOC 300; MIB 203)Obv: Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Justinian I right
Rev: Large Є; to right, cross; all within linear border surrounded by wreath
Dim: 14 mm, 1.58 g
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Byzantine Empire: Justinian I (527-565) Æ Decanummium, Nicomedia (Sear 204a; MIBE 110)Obv: Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Justinian I right
Rev: Large I, across field N – I
Dim: 17 mm, 4.65 g
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Byzantine Empire: Justin II (565-578) Æ Decanummium, Theoupolis/Antioch (Sear 382; DOC I.147)Quant.GeekJan 30, 2023
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Byzantine Empire: Justin II (565-578) Æ Decanummium, Theoupolis/Antioch (Sear 383; DOC I.181b)Obv: D N IVSTINVS P P AVG; Justin, holding globus cruciger, and Sophia, holding cruciform scepter, seated facing on double throne, both crowned
Rev: Large I between A/N/N/O and X and star; above, cross; in exergue, THЄЧP'
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Byzantine Empire: Justin II (565-578) Æ Decanummium, Theoupolis/Antioch (Sear 383; DOC I.181b)Obv: D N IVSTINVS P P AVG; Justin, holding globus cruciger, and Sophia, holding cruciform scepter, seated facing on double throne, both crowned
Rev: Large I between A/N/N/O and X and star; above, cross; in exergue, THЄЧP'
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Byzantine Empire: Justin II (565-578) Æ Decanummium, Theoupolis/Antioch (Sear 383; DOC I.181a)Obv: D N IVSTINVS P P AVG; Justin, holding globus cruciger, and Sophia, holding cruciform scepter, seated facing on double throne, both crowned
Rev: Large I between A/N/N/O and X; above, cross; in exergue, THЄЧP'
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Byzantine Empire: Justinian I (527-565) Æ Pentanummium, Carthage (Sear 274; DOC 300; MIB 203)Obv: Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Justinian I right
Rev: Large Є; to right, cross; all within linear border surrounded by wreath
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Sources - Attica, Athenian HemiobolHGC: Hoover, Oliver D. Handbook of Coins of Northern and Central Greece: Sixth to First Centuries BC, The Handbook of Greek Coinage Series, Vol. 4. Lancaster/London: Classical Numismatic Group, Inc, 2014.
Kroll: Kroll, John H. and Walker, Alan S. The Athenian Agora. Results of Excavations Conducted by the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, vol. XXVI: The Greek Coins. New Jersey: The American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 1993.
Starr: Starr, Chester G. Athenian coinage 480-449 B.C. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1970.
Svoronos Athens: Svoronos, John N. Corpus of the Ancient Coins of Athens. Chicago: Ares Publishers Inc., 1975.
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04 Attica, Athenian HemiobolObv: Head of Athena r. wearing Attic helmet with three olive leaves, frontal eye.
Rev: Owl standing r., tail feathers as a single prong, head facing, olive leaf to l., A☉E at 90º and downward to the r., all within incuse square.
Denomination: silver hemiobol; Mint: Athens; Date: 454 - 404 BC: Weight: .35g; Diameter: 6mm; Die axis: 90º; References, for example: Starr Group V Subgroup V. B. Series 5 pl. XXIV, z [?]; Svoronos Athens pl. 11, 50; Kroll 14; HGC 4, 1681.

Provenance: Ex. Shanna Schmidt Numismatics January 8, 2023 from the J. de Wilde Collection; Ex. Herbert Cahn Collection (Numismatica Genevensis SA Numismatic Auction 7, 27 November 2012), lot 103 (part of).

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Kings of Persia, Xerxes I - Artaxerxes II, SiglosAchaemenid Empire.
Xerxes II to Artaxerxes II.
Ca. 420-375 BCE
AR Siglos (Sardes)
Obv.: Persian king, wearing radiate tiara, in running/kneeling stance to right, holding dagger in his right hand and bow in his left, quiver over his shoulder.
Rev.: Oblong incuse, bankers' marks
Ref.: BMC Arabia pl. XXVII, 10. Carradice Type IV/B, pl. XIV, 43.
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Byzantine Empire: Æ Anonymous Class B Follis, Constantinople (Sear 1823; DOC B.1-64; Zervos Type B-2) - Attributed to Romanus III (1028-1034Obv: IC-XC to right and left of bust of Christ facing with nimbate cross behind head, dot in each limb of nimbus cross, holding book of gospels, a dot in center of dotted square on book
Rev: IS-XS ЬAS-ILЄ ЬAS-ILЄ to left and right above and below cross with dots at the ends, on three steps
Dim: 27 mm, 8.65 g

An extremely rare variation of the Anonymous Class B Follis. The arms of the nimbus cross has only dots and the book of Gospels has five dots. Using Orestes H. Zervos' classifications of the Class B folles, these types were found during the excavation of Corinth. See the following paper:

Zervos, Orestes H., The Substantive Varieties of Anonymous Folles of Class B, Nomismatika Khronika No. 22/2003
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Syria, Demetrios I SoterSELEUKID KINGS of SYRIA.
Demetrios I Soter.
AR Drachm
Dated SE 161 (152/1 BCE)
Obv: Diademed head right
Rev: Cornucopia; monograms to inner right, AΞP (date) in exergue.
Ref.: SC 1642.3d; HGC 9, 806.
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Asia Minor, Caria, Rhodes, Helios, Rose, AthenaIslands off Caria. Rhodos.
Peisikrates, magistrate, circa 205-188 BCE.
AR Drachm
Obv.: Head of Helios facing slightly right
Rev.: ΠEIΣIKPATHΣ above and P-O flanking rose with bud to right, to left, Athena standing right, holding shield and spear.
AR, 2.66 g
Ref.: SNG Keckman 579; HGC 6, 1453.
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112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 922-3-4, Antioch, CLEMENTIA TEMP, Bust-C, Δ//XXI, Emperor and Jupiter, #2112 Probus (276-282 A.D.), AE-Antoninianus, RIC V-II 922-3-4, Antioch, CLEMENTIA TEMP, Bust-A2, Δ//XXI, Emperor and Jupiter, #2
avers: IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG, Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from the back. (A2)
reverse: CLEMENTIA TEMP, Emperor standing right, holding sceptre, receiving Victory from Jupiter standing left, holding sceptre. (B)
exergue: Δ//XXI, diameter: 20,5-21,0mm, weight: 4,07g, axis:6h,
mint: Antioch, 3rd., em., "dotless series" 4th., off., date: 280 A.D., ref: RIC V-II 922, p-120,
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Macedonia, Eion, GooseEion, Macedon
AR Diobol
Circa 480-470 BCE
Obv: Goose standing right, head reverted; three pellets to left
Rev: Incusum.
AR 9mm
Ref.: SNG ANS 270; SNG Copenhagen 173.
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Thrace, Byzantion, Bull, DrachmThrace, Byzantion
AR Drachm
Circa 387/6-340 BCE
Obv.: ΠΓ, bull standing left, dolphin below, trident below raised foreleg
Rev.: Stippled quadripartite incuse square in mill-sail pattern.
AR, 15.5 mm, 3.74 g
Ref.: SNG BM Black Sea 9
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avers: VABALATHVS V C R IM D R, Bust, laureate and diademed, cuirassed and draped with paludamentum, seen from the rear, right. (D2 diademed).
reverse: IMP C AVRELIANVS AVG, Radiated and cuirassed bust of Aurelianus right. (B1).
exergue: -/-//B, diameter: 19,0-20,0mm, weight: 3,27g, axes: 6h,
mint: Antioch, off-2, iss-1, date: 270-272 A.D., ref: RIC V-I 381, T-3103 (Estiot),
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Parthian Kingdom, Mithradates II, DrachmKings of Parthia
Mithradates II
AR Drachm. Rhagai
120/19-109 BCE.
Obv.: Diademed bust right, neck torque ends in pellet
Rev.: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΟΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑPΣΑΚΟΥ EΠΙΦΑΝΟVΣ Archer (Arsakes I) seated right on throne, holding bow.
Ref.: Sellwood 24.9; Shore 69; Sunrise 286.
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Parthian Kingdom, Vologases III, DrachmParthia, Vologases III, year 105 - 147
AR Drachm
Ekbatana mint
Obv.: bust left, with four-stranded diadem, 2 loops and 3 ribbons; long triangular beard, long hair in 3 waves; earring, 3-layer necklace; dotted border
Rev.: archer, right, on throne, with bow in one outstretched hand and mint monogram below; throne seat (−) and 4 cross bars through back, archer is missing left lower leg, cross below right thigh for throne leg
Ref.: Sellwood 78.5, Shore 415.
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Sicily, Syracuse, Arethusa, WheelSicily, Syracuse
AR Obol.
Deinomenid Tyranny.
Time of Hieron I, circa 478/5-475/0 BCE.
Obv.: Head of Arethusa to right, wearing pearl tainia
Rev.: Wheel with four spokes.
Ref.: HGC 2, 1371
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avers: VABALATHVS V C R IM D R, Bust, laureate and diademed, cuirassed and draped with paludamentum, seen from the rear, right. (D2 diademed).
reverse: IMP C AVRELIANVS AVG, Radiated and cuirassed bust of Aurelianus right. (B1).
exergue: -/-//Γ, diameter: 20,0-22,5mm, weight: 4,04g, axes: 6h,
mint: Antioch, off-3, iss-1, date: 270-272 A.D., ref: RIC V-I 381, T-3105 (Estiot),
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Kolchis, Female Head, BullKolchis, unknown mint
Before 470 BCE.
AR Hemidrachm
Obv.: Archaic female head right
Rev.:Head of bull right.
Ref.: SNG Copenhagen 98.
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Thrace, Istros, Heads, DolphinIstros
Circa 4th century BC
AR Drachm
Obv:: Facing male heads, the left inverted
Rev.: ΙΣΤΡΙΗ, sea-eagle left, grasping dolphin with talons; AΠ monogram below.
Ref.: AMNG I 417; SNG BM Black Sea 246
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BCC BW27 Bronze Islamic Weight 1/6 Dirham Scroll DesignEarly Islamic Bronze Weight
Caesarea Maritima
1/6 Dirham Uncertain Date
Obv: Stamped in relief with S-shaped
scrolls curved around single pellets,
similar to "bird's-eyes", in a repeating
pattern. Rev: Blank, with some corrosion.
Flat, nearly square slab cut from a thin
sheet of metal. Uncleaned, with a
glossy black patina, as found.
AE 6.75 x 6.25 x 1.9mm. Wt: 0.50gm.
No exact parallels to this design were
identified in Holland, "W.W.O.C.M", ch.8,
or in Holland, "ANSMN 31 (1986)".
Surface find Caesarea Maritima, 1970's
J. Berlin Caesarea Collection
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Sources - 00041 Hero Wrestling Bull Protome Facing Left and Bridled Horse Facing RightBCD Thessaly II: Classical Numismatic Group, Inc. The BCD Collection of the Coinage of Thessaly. Triton XV Auction. (3 January 2012, New York).
HGC: Hoover, Oliver D. Handbook of Coins of Northern and Central Greece: Sixth to First Centuries BC, The Handbook of Greek Coinage Series, Vol. 4. Lancaster/London: Classical Numismatic Group, Inc, 2014.
Liampi Corpus: Kiampi, Katerini. “Das Corpus der Obolen und Hemiobolen des Thessalischen Bundes und die politische Geschichte Thessaliens im 2. Viertel des 5. Jahrhunderts v. Chr.” In Hellas und Der Griechische Osten: Studien zur Geschichte und Numismatik der griechischen Welt, Festschrift für Peter Robert Franke zum 70. Geburtstag, ed. Wolfgang Leschhorn, Auguste V. B. Miron und Andrei Miron. Saarbrücken: SDV Saarbrücker Druckerei und Verlag GmbH, 1996.
SNG München: Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, Deutschland, Staatliche Münzsammlung
München, Thessalien - Illyrien - Epirus - Korkyra Nr. 1 - 701, Vol. 12. München: Hirmer Verlag, 2007
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00041 Hero Wrestling Bull Protome Facing Left and Bridled Horse Facing RightThessaly Greece, the City of Larissa

Obv: bull head and neck l., head turned to face the viewer, on the r. and behind half figure of the hero Thessalos to l. with r. arm over the bull’s neck and l. hand below the bull’s muzzle. All within border of dots.
Rev: ΑΛ r. and upwards, head and neck of bridled horse r. All within incuse square.
Denomination: silver obol; Mint: Larissa; Date: c. 460 - 440 BC; Weight: 1.03g; Diameter: 10.5mm: Die axis: 270º; References, for example: Liampi Corpus p. 102 no. 4b (V3-R3) for weight and die axis, pl. 4, 8 for depiction; SNG München 43; BCD Thessaly II 353.2; HGC 4 479.

Provenance: Ex CGB Numismatics January 2, 2023.

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1939 JOHN II HYPERPYRON NOMISMA IV DOC 2 Constantinople Second Coinage SBCV-1939

OBV IC XC in upper field.

Christ bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion, seated upon throne without back: r hand raised in benediction , holds gospels in l.
REV Full length figure of emperor on l. , crowned by Virgin. Emperor wears stemma, divitision. Collar piece, and paneled loros of a simplified type; holds in r. hand labarum on long shaft, and in l., anexikakia. Virgin wears tunic and maphorion.

Size 32mm

Weight 4.38gm

DOC lists 22 examples with weights from 3.73gm to 4.45gm and sizes from 30 mm to 34mm
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Great Seljuq: Arslan Arghu (486-490 AH) AV Dinar, Balkh, 487 AH (Album 1681A)with the Ayat al-Kursi filling the reverse field (Qur 'an 2:255), sword right on the reverse
Dim: 3.10g
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1955A JOHN II AE HALF TETARTERON S-1955 DOC 17 CLBC 3.4.6
OBV Bust of St. Demetrius beardless and nimbate, wearing tunic, breastplate, and saigon. Holds in r. hand sword and l. shield.

REV Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, and paneled loros of a simplified type; holds in r. hand labarum headed scepter and in l. gl. cr.

Size 16.81mm

Weight 1.9gm

DOC lists 13 examples with weights from 1.05gm to 2.92gm and sizes from 15mm to 18mm
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1955 JOHN II AE HALF TETARTERON S-1955 DOC 17 CLBC 3.4.6
OBV Bust of St. Demetrius beardless and nimbate, wearing tunic, breastplate, and saigon. Holds in r. hand sword and l. shield.

REV Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, and paneled loros of a simplified type; holds in r. hand labarum headed scepter and in l. gl. cr.

Size 16mm

Weight 2.22gm

Great portrait of John II.

DOC lists 13 examples with weights from 1.05gm to 2.92gm and sizes from 15mm to 18mm
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1954var JOHN II AE HALF TETARTERON S-1954V DOC NL CLBC NL Hand Raised Variation
OBV Full length figure of Christ standing on a dais, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; right hand raised high in benediction holds Gospels in l. hand.

REV. Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision and chlamys; holds in r. labrum headed scepter and in l. Globus cruciger.


Size 19mm

Weight 2.6 gm

Several examples of this coin have been identified; the only variation is the R. hand is raised much higher than normal as if a blessing. I have seen enough examples of this coin with the variation for it to be an unlisted issue. However, I did discuss this coin with Dr. Zervos and he did not agree, nor did Val (One of the authors of CLBC)
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1954 JOHN II AE HALF TETARTERON S-1954 DOC 16 CLBC 3.4.5
OBV Full length figure of Christ standing on a dais, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds Gospels in l. hand.

REV. Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision and chlamys; holds in r. labrum headed scepter and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 15.59mm

Weight 2.2gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron.The half tetartera at 1/1728 Hyperpyron. These coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

This is a choice example easily grading EF/VF

DOC lists 14 examples with weights from 1.16 gm. to 2.52 and sizes from 15mm to 19mm
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1953V2 JOHN II AE Tetarteron S-NL DOC 15 CLBC 3.4.41953V JOHN II AE Tetarteron S-NL DOC 15 CLBC 3.4.4

OBV Bust of Christ, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds gospels open in l. hand

REV. Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision and jeweled loros of a traditional type; holds in r. labarum on a long shaft and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size

Weight

Not very much is known of this coin, Hendy included it in DOC because one example in a private collection. Since then at least one other example besides this has come to light. This coin is by far is in the best condition between the known examples. Another personal observation, because of the thick fabric, it would be easily be put into the Constantinople mint instead of Thessalonica.

This is my second example of this coin; this example did come from Cyprus.

This coin is not listed in Sear or Greirson.
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1953V JOHN II AE Tetarteron S-NL DOC 15 CLBC 3.4.4
OBV Bust of Christ, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds gospels open in l. hand

REV. Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision and jeweled loros of a traditional type; holds in r. labarum on a long shaft and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 16.85mm

Weight 3.4gm

Not very much is known of this coin, Hendy included it in DOC because one example in a private collection. Since then at least one other example besides this has come to light. This coin is by far is in the best condition between the known examples. Another personal observation, because of the thick fabric, it would be easily be put into the Constantinople mint instead of Thessalonica.

Without knowing about this coin, David Metcalf mentioned in an article regarding Isaac Comnenus tetartera he proposed some coins being minted in the capital and sent for exclusive use in Cyprus, if true, this example might be one of the coins with limited circulation and also would explain the rarity of this coin. The only way to prove this theory is if this coin had a silver content like the other City tetartera.

This coin is not listed in Sear or Greirson.
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1953A JOHN II AE TETARTERON S-1953V DOC 14 Zervos Variation
OBV Half length figure of Christ, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds gospels open in l. hand

REV. Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision and chlamys; holds in r. hand jeweled scepter on a long shaft and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 19.17mm

Weight 3.6gm

This is a variation of the normal SBCV-1953 first published by Orestes Zervos in Jan 2005, The difference is very subtle, the article deals with this being found in the excavations at Corinth in almost equal numbers of SBCV-1953 but I found it a difficult and rare coin to acquire.
SimonJan 29, 2023
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1953 JOHN II AE TETARTERON S-1953 DOC 14 CLBC 3.4.3

OBV Bust of Christ, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds gospels open in l. hand

REV. Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision and chlamys; holds in r. hand jeweled scepter on a long shaft and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 19/22mm

Weight 4.1gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron. This coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

DOC list 9 examples with weights ranging from 2.63gm to 4.19gm and sizes ranging from 19mm to 24mm

A personal favorite that has been in my collection for at least ten years. An ex Forum Coin.
SimonJan 29, 2023
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1952 JOHN II BILLION TRACHY NOMISA IV DOC 11 Thessalonica SBCV-1952
OBV MO OV in field
Virgin nimbate, wearing tunic and maphorion , seated upon throne without back; beardless, nimbate head of Christ on breast

REV Full-Length figure of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, and loros of traditional type; holds in r. hand labarum-headed scepter and in l. anexikakia

Size 27.19mm

Weight 4.0gm

DOC lists 5 examples total with weights from 2.65gm to 4.46 gm and sizes from 27 to 28 mm.
SimonJan 29, 2023
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