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70 viewsDenarius - Denarius - 58 BC.
M. AEMILIVS SCAVRVS & P. PLAVTIVS HVPSAEVS - Gens Aemilia & Plautia
Obv.:M. SCAVR AED CVR - EX S C - REX ARETAS Nabatean king Aretas kneeling before camel, holding olive branch
Rev.: P HVPSAE AED CVR - CAPTV - C HVPSAE COS PREIVE, Jupiter in quadriga left holding thunderbolt and reins; scorpion to left.
Gs. 4,1 mm. 16,65x17,40
Cr422/1b, Sear RCV 379

1 commentsMaxentius
Hadrian_Denarius_Africa.jpg
20 viewsHadrian Travel Series AR Den. 3.46 gm. AFRICA reclining l. holding scorpion & cornucopia, basket of fruit at feet, elephant-trunk headdress. RIC 299 paul1888
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15 Hadrian Denarius - Travel Series28 viewsHADRIAN
AR “Travel Series” Denarius (2.8g); 136 AD.
HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, Laureate head right / AFRICA, Africa reclining left holding scorpion & cornucopiae, basket of grain at feet
Sear 3459 vars, RIC 299, RSC 138
Note: underweight, but appears genuine
RI0093
1 commentsSosius
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27 viewsSPAIN
PB Tessera (13mm, 1.28 g)
Scorpion
Blank
Apparently unpublished
Ardatirion
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(02) AUGUSTUS31 views27 BC - 14 AD
AE 18.8 mm; 2.73 g
O: Capricorn right, star above
R: Scorpion left, star in field
Cyprus mint; RPC I 3916; SNG Cop.-
(ex Forum)
laney
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(502a) Roman Republic, L. Calpurnius Piso Frugi, 90 B.C.157 viewsSilver denarius, S 235, Calpurnia 11, Crawford 340/1, Syd 663a, VF, rainbow toning, Rome mint, 3.772g, 18.5mm, 180o, 90 B.C. obverse: laureate head of Apollo right, scorpion behind; Reverse naked horseman galloping right holding palm, L PISO FRVGI and control number CXI below; ex-CNA XV 6/5/91, #443. Ex FORVM.


A portion of the following text is a passage taken from the excellent article “The Calpurnii and Roman Family History: An Analysis of the Piso Frugi Coin in the Joel Handshu Collection at the College of Charleston,” by Chance W. Cook:

In the Roman world, particularly prior to the inception of the principate, moneyers were allotted a high degree of latitude to mint their coins as they saw fit. The tres viri monetales, the three men in charge of minting coins, who served one-year terms, often emblazoned their coins with an incredible variety of images and inscriptions reflecting the grandeur, history, and religion of Rome. Yet also prominent are references to personal or familial accomplishments; in this manner coins were also a means by which the tres viri monetales could honor their forbearers. Most obvious from an analysis of the Piso Frugi denarius is the respect and admiration that Lucius Calpurnius Piso Frugi, who minted the coin, had for his ancestors. For the images he selected for his dies relate directly to the lofty deeds performed by his Calpurnii forbearers in the century prior to his term as moneyer. The Calpurnii were present at many of the watershed events in the late Republic and had long distinguished themselves in serving the state, becoming an influential and well-respected family whose defense of traditional Roman values cannot be doubted.

Lucius Calpurnius Piso Frugi, who was moneyer in 90 B.C., depicted Apollo on the obverse and the galloping horseman on the reverse, as does his son Gaius. However, all of L. Piso Frugi’s coins have lettering similar to “L-PISO-FRVGI” on the reverse, quite disparate from his son Gaius’ derivations of “C-PISO-L-F-FRV.”

Moreover, C. Piso Frugi coins are noted as possessing “superior workmanship” to those produced by L. Piso Frugi.

The Frugi cognomen, which became hereditary, was first given to L. Calpurnius Piso, consul in 133 B.C., for his integrity and overall moral virtue. Cicero is noted as saying that frugal men possessed the three cardinal Stoic virtues of bravery, justice, and wisdom; indeed in the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae, a synonym of frugalitas is bonus, generically meaning “good” but also implying virtuous behavior. Gary Forsythe notes that Cicero would sometimes invoke L. Calpurnius Piso’s name at the beginning of speeches as “a paragon of moral rectitude” for his audience.

L. Calpurnius Piso Frugi’s inclusion of the laureled head of Apollo, essentially the same obverse die used by his son Gaius (c. 67 B.C.), was due to his family’s important role in the establishment of the Ludi Apollinares, the Games of Apollo, which were first instituted in 212 B.C. at the height of Hannibal’s invasion of Italy during the Second Punic War. By that time, Hannibal had crushed Roman armies at Cannae, seized Tarentum and was invading Campania.

Games had been used throughout Roman history as a means of allaying the fears
of the populace and distracting them from issues at hand; the Ludi Apollinares were no different. Forsythe follows the traditional interpretation that in 211 B.C., when C. Calpurnius Piso was praetor, he became the chief magistrate in Rome while both consuls were absent and the three other praetors were sent on military expeditions against Hannibal.

At this juncture, he put forth a motion in the Senate to make the Ludi Apollinares a yearly event, which was passed; the Ludi Apollinares did indeed become an important festival, eventually spanning eight days in the later Republic. However, this interpretation is debatable; H.H. Scullard suggests that the games were not made permanent until 208 B.C. after a severe plague prompted the Senate to make them a fixture on the calendar. The Senators believed Apollo would serve as a “healing god” for the people of Rome.

Nonetheless, the Calpurnii obviously believed their ancestor had played an integral role in the establishment of the Ludi Apollinares and thus prominently displayed
the head or bust of Apollo on the obverse of the coins they minted.

The meaning of the galloping horseman found on the reverse of the L. Calpurnius Piso Frugi coin is more complicated. It is possible that this is yet another reference to the Ludi Apollinares. Chariot races in the Circus Maximus were a major component of the games, along with animal hunts and theatrical performances.

A more intriguing possibility is that the horseman is a reference to C. Calpurnius Piso, son of the Calpurnius Piso who is said to have founded the Ludi Apollinares. This C. Calpurnius Piso was given a military command in 186 B.C. to quell a revolt in Spain. He was victorious, restoring order to the province and also gaining significant wealth in the process.

Upon his return to Rome in 184, he was granted a triumph by the Senate and eventually erected an arch on the Capitoline Hill celebrating his victory. Of course
the arch prominently displayed the Calpurnius name. Piso, however, was not an infantry commander; he led the cavalry.

The difficulty in accepting C. Calpurnius Piso’s victory in Spain as the impetus for the galloping horseman image is that not all of C. Piso Frugi’s coins depict the horseman or cavalryman carrying the palm, which is a symbol of victory. One is inclined to believe that the victory palm would be prominent in all of the coins minted by C. Piso Frugi (the son of L. Calpurnius Piso Frugi) if it indeed signified the great triumph of C. Calpurnius Piso in 186 B.C. Yet the palm’s appearance is clearly not a direct reference to military feats of C. Piso Frugi’s day. As noted, it is accepted that his coins were minted in 67 B.C.; in that year, the major victory by Roman forces was Pompey’s swift defeat of the pirates throughout the Mediterranean.

Chrestomathy: Annual Review of Undergraduate Research at the College of Charleston. Volume 1, 2002: pp. 1-10© 2002 by the College of Charleston, Charleston SC 29424, USA.All rights to be retained by the author.
http://www.cofc.edu/chrestomathy/vol1/cook.pdf


There are six (debatably seven) prominent Romans who have been known to posterity as Lucius Calpurnius Piso:

Lucius Calpurnius Piso Frugi: (d. 261 A.D.) a Roman usurper, whose existence is
questionable, based on the unreliable Historia Augusta.

Lucius Calpurnius Piso Licinianus: deputy Roman Emperor, 10 January 69 to15 January
69, appointed by Galba.

Lucius Calpurnius Piso: Consul in 27 A.D.

Lucius Calpurnius Piso: Consul in 1 B.C., augur

Lucius Calpurnius Piso: Consul in 15 B.C., pontifex

Lucius Calpurnius Piso Caesoninus: Consul in 58 B.C. (the uncle of Julius Caesar)

Lucius Calpurnius Piso Frugi: Moneyer in 90 B.C. (our man)


All but one (or two--if you believe in the existence of "Frugi the usurper" ca. 261 A.D.) of these gentlemen lack the Frugi cognomen, indicating they are not from the same direct lineage as our moneyer, though all are Calpurnii.

Calpurnius Piso Frugi's massive issue was intended to support the war against the Marsic Confederation. The type has numerous variations and control marks.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucius_Calpurnius_Piso
http://www.forumancientcoins.com/catalog/indexfrm.asp?vpar=55&pos=0

Edited by J. P. Fitzgerald, Jr.


2 commentsCleisthenes
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0059 - Denarius Hadrian 136 AC10 viewsObv/HADRIANVS AVG COS III PP, Hadrian laureate head r.
Rev/AFRICA, Africa, with elephant-skin headdress, reclining l., leaning on rock, holding scorpion and cornucopiae; in front of her, basket of fruit.

Ag, 18.2mm, 3.22g
Mint: Rome.
RIC II/299 [S] - BMCRE 822 - RSC 139
ex-Lockdales, auction 65, lot 706 (ex-colln. 1920s)
dafnis
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032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0299, Rome, AR-Denarius, AFRICA, Africa reclining left,65 views032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0299, Rome, AR-Denarius, AFRICA, Africa reclining left,
avers:-HADRIANVS-AVG-COS-III-P-P, Laureate head right.
revers:-AFRICA, Africa reclining left wearing elephant headdress, holding scorpion and cornucopiae, basket of grain at feet.
exerg: -/-//--, diameter: mm, weight: g, axes: h,
mint: Rome, date: 136 A.D., ref: RIC II 299, p-374, RSC 138, BMCRE 816,
Q-001
quadrans
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032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0299var, Rome, AR-Denarius, AFRICA, Africa reclining left,.62 views032 Hadrianus (117-138 A.D.), RIC II 0299var., Rome, AR-Denarius, AFRICA, Africa reclining left,
avers:-HADRIANVS-AVG-COS-III-P-P, Laureate bust right, with draped and aegis far shoulder.
revers:-AFRICA, Africa reclining left wearing elephant headdress, holding scorpion and cornucopiae, basket of grain at feet.
exerg: -/-//--, diameter: mm, weight: g, axes: h,
mint: Rome, date: 136 A.D., ref: RIC II 299var., p-374, RSC 141, BMCRE 816,
Q-001
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Septimius-Severus_AR-Den_SEVERVS-PIVS-AVG_AFRICA_RIC-IV-I-254-p-160_C-31_-AD_Q-002_1h_18-19mm_3,24g-s.jpg
049 Septimius Severus (193-211 A.D.), RIC IV-I 254, Rome, AR-Denarius, AFRICA, Africa reclining left, Scarce!66 views049 Septimius Severus (193-211 A.D.), RIC IV-I 254, Rome, AR-Denarius, AFRICA, Africa reclining left, Scarce!
avers:- SEVERVS-PIVS-AVG, Laurate bust right.
revers:- AFRICA, Africa reclining left, holding scorpion and cornucopiae, modius before.
exe: , diameter: 18-19mm, weight: 3,24g, axis: 1h,
mint: Rome, date: 201-210 A.D.,ref: RIC-IV-I-254, p-, C-31, BMCRE-310, Scarce!
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans
058_BC-_M_Aemilius_Scaurus_and_P_Plautius_Hypsaeus_AR_Denarius__King_Aretas_of_Nabataea,_Cr422-1b,_Syd_914,_Aemilia9a_Q-001_8h_17,5-18mm_3,73g-s.jpg
058 B.C., M. Aemilius Scaurus and P. Plautius Hypsaeus, Republic AR-Denarius, Crawford 422/1b, Jupiter in quadriga left, #1147 views058 B.C., M. Aemilius Scaurus and P. Plautius Hypsaeus, Republic AR-Denarius, Crawford 422/1b, Jupiter in quadriga left, #1
avers: King Aretas of Nabataea kneeling right by camel, offering the olive branch, M•SCAVR/AED CVR above, EX-S•C to sides, REX ARETAS in exergue.
reverse: Jupiter in quadriga left, scorpion beneath horses' forelegs, P•HVPSAE AED CVR above, C•HVPSAE COS PREIVE in exergue, CAPTV on right.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 17,5-18,0mm, weight: 3,73g, axis: 8h,
mint: Rome, date: 58 B.C., ref: Crawford 422-1b, Sydenham 914,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans
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064 - Septimius Severus denarius - RIC 25439 viewsObv:– SEVERVS PIVS AVG, Laureate head right
Rev:– AFRICA, Africa, wearing elephant-skin head-dress, reclining left with scorpion & cornucopiae; basket of corn-ears before
References:– VM 8/2, RIC 254, RCV02 6261, RSC 31
maridvnvm
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0841 Hadrian AS Roma 134-38 AD Africa21 viewsReference.
RIC 841f; BMCRE 1712; Cohen 143; Strack 709

Obv. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P
Bust of Hadrian, laureate, draped, right.

Rev.AFRICA S C in ex.
Africa, draped, wearing elephant-skin headdress, reclining left, resting left arm on rock, holding scorpion in right hand and cornucopiae in left; basket of corn-ears front.

10.78 gr
27 mm
12h
1 commentsokidoki
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0841 Hadrian AS Roma 134-38 AD Africa OSTROGOTHS. Uncertain king. Follis circa VI cent.20 viewsReference. very rare
RIC 841; C 147. BMC 1714. MEC I, 66 for countermark.

Obv. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P
Laureate and draped bust right; in front XLII.

Rev. AFRICA
Africa reclining left, wearing elephant-trunk, holding scorpion and cornucopia; in front, basket of corn.

12.22 gr
26 mm
6h

From the E.E. Clain-Stefanelli collection.
okidoki
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089 B.C. L.Titurius L.f. Sabinus, AR-Denarius, Crawford 344/3, Rome, Victory in Biga right, L•TITVRI below and Scorpion, #177 views089 B.C. L.Titurius L.f. Sabinus, AR-Denarius, Crawford 344/3, Rome, Victory in Biga right, L•TITVRI below and Scorpion, #1
avers: Bearded head of King Tatius right, SABIN behind.
reverse: Victory in Biga right, bearing wreath, L•TITVRI below, Scorpion as control mark in exergue, border of dots.
exergue: L•TITVRI//Scorpion, diameter: 18,0-18,5mm, weight: 3,70g, axis: 9h,
mint: Rome, date: 089 B.C., ref: Syd-700, Crawford-344/3, Tituria 6.,
Q-001
quadrans
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2008-Savaria - Scorpion12 viewsRoman catapult (dart thrower) - the scorpionberserker
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202-210 AD - SEPTIMIUS SEVERUS denarius53 viewsobv: SEVERVS PIVS AVG (laureate head right)
rev: AFRICA (Africa, wearing elephant-skin head-dress, reclining left with scorpion & cornucopiae; basket of corn-ears before)
ref: RIC IVi 254, RSC 31 (3frcs)
mint: Rome
2.67gms, 19mm
Scarce

This type was minted to mark the visit of Severus to Africa in 207 AD.
The coin has nice black patina, in reverse scratching, though the patina is good: throw a glance at the pattern of corn-ears or the tail of scorpion.
2 commentsberserker
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299 Hadrian Denarius Roma 134-38 AD Africa21 viewsReference.
RIC 299; Strack 297

Obv. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P.
bare head Right.

Rev. AFRICA
Africa reclining left, wearing elephant-skin headdress and holding scorpion and cornucopia, basket of fruits at her feet

3.20 gr
18 mm
12h
okidoki
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840 Hadrian Sestertius Roma 134-38 AD Africa19 viewsReference.
RIC 840; C.142; Strack 709

Obv. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P
Bust of Hadrian, laureate, draped, right.

Rev. AFRICA S C
Africa, draped, wearing elephant-skin headdress, reclining left, resting left arm on rock, holding scorpion in right hand and cornucopiae in left; basket of corn-ears and poppy front.

23.30 gr
32mm
12h

Note.
From the E.E. Clain Stefanelli collection
okidoki
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Africa461 viewsSeptimius Severus Denarius
Obv:– SEVERVS PIVS AVG, Laureate head right
Rev:– AFRICA, Africa, wearing elephant-skin head-dress, reclining left with scorpion & cornucopiae; basket of heads of grain (called corn ears in the UK) before
References:– VM 8/2, RIC 254, RCV02 6261, RSC 31

Personification of North Africa
maridvnvm
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Antoninus Pius, RIC 576, Sestertius of AD 139 (crown series - Africa)28 viewsÆ Sestertius (26,92g, Ø 33mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 139.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head right.
Rev.: AFRICA around, COS II in ex., S C in field, Africa wearing elephant headdress, standing left, holding wreath and cornucopiae, scorpion at her feet.
RIC 576 (*) var. (rev. Africa holding 'basket' instead of wreath); BMCRE 1175 var. (no scorpion on reverse); Cohen 21 (*) (15 fr); Strack 772 (4 collections); Banti 12 (2 spec.); Sear (Roman Coins and their Values) 4145 var.
Ex Almanumis (Gérard Krebs, Nîmes, France) (2015)

Part of a series celebrating Antoninus' remission of half of the special tax (aurum coronarium) normally levied on the provinces at the time of the accession of an emperor.
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(*) the term "lion's head" and "tête de lion" in the description of the reverse in RIC 576 and Cohen 21 respectively is based on a misinterpretation of the reverse representation of the Paris specimen by Cohen and should be changed to "scorpion". It is correct in Strack 771.
Charles S
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BCC gr1X74 viewsGreek Autonomous
Paros, Cyclades 300-200 BCE
Obv: scorpion
Rev: ΠΑΡΙ grapes
"Choix de monnaies grecques du
cabinet de F. Imhoof-Blumer", No. 90
Plate III. Very Rare.
Surface find on the beach, north of
Caesarea Maritima, 1971. Caesarea
was built near the ruins of an earlier
Greek settlement.
AE 11.5mm 2.08gm. Axis:0
v-drome
scorpion_BCC_Lt31.jpg
BCC Lt3136 viewsLead Tessera
Caesarea Maritima
Late Roman 1st-4th cent.?
Obv: Scorpion to left.
Rev: Animal, hare (or dog?),
leaping over Snake
11x9mm. 0.80gm. Axis:0
Obverse cf. Hamburger #7
Reverse cf BCC LT10
Surface find, 1977
v-drome
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BCC m467 viewsRoman Provincial
Alexandria-Egypt?
1st-2nd cent. CE?
Obv: Ibis or Emu to left
Rev: Scorpion (or Crocodile) to right
AE 9.0x12.5mm. approx. 0.67gr. Axis:270
Hamburger has several examples (#81-84)
of an ibis facing right, with imperial bust on the
obverse. This coin is not listed there.
Any comments or information are welcome.
v-drome
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bmc404_83 viewsElagabalus
Tyre, Phoenicia

Obv: IMP CAES MAV AN[TONINVS AVG], laureate draped and cuirassed bust right. Countermark with scorpion within oval incuse.
Rev: T VRI ORV M, Temple of Astarte with 6 columns, arch over middle, Astarte within with right hand on trophy being crowned by Nike standing on column on right. Altar at base of steps with palm tree on right and murex shell on left.
26 mm, 11.60 gms

BMC 404. Countermark: Howgego 354
Charles M
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Caria, Mylasa72 viewsCARIA, Mylasa
AR Hemiobol 0.56 g
Facing forepart of lion / Scorpion in incuse square punch
2 commentsarizonarobin
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CARIA, MYLASA28 views450-400 BC Hemiobol Silver (0,54 g. - 7 mm) Milesian standard.
Vs: Forepart of Lion facing.
Rs: Scorpion.
SNG Kayhan 934-8 , SNG von Aulock 7803 v. _8560
Antonivs Protti
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Caria, Mylasa13 viewsCaria, Mylasa. 450-400 B.C. AR obol (7.5 mm, 0.49 g, 6 h). Facing forepart of lion / Scorpion, tail to right; within incuse square. SNG Kayhan 934-938; SNG von Aulock 7803. Fine.ecoli
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CARIA, Mylasa10 viewsCARIA, Mylasa
ca. 560-545 BC.
EL 1/48 stater; 4.5 mm, 0.25 gram
Obverse: Lion’s paw
Reverse: Scorpion within incuse square, tail curling to right
cmcdon0923
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Caria, Mylasa (?) mint, SNG Kayhan 934-93880 viewsCaria, Mylasa (?) mint, Milesian standard Hemiobol, c. 450-400 B.C. AR, 8mm 0.61g, SNG Kayhan 934-938
O: Facing forepart of lion
R: Scorpion in incuse square punch
4 commentscasata137ec
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Caria, Mylasa Scorpion51 viewsCaria, Mylasa
450-400 BC
Ar Obol; 8mm;0.5g

forepart of lion

scorpion

SNG Copenhagen 379
3 commentsRobin Ayers
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Caria, Mylasa, (450-400 B.C.), AR-Hemiobol, SNG von Aulock 7803, -/-//--, Scorpion,155 viewsCaria, Mylasa, (450-400 B.C.), AR-Hemiobol, SNG von Aulock 7803, -/-//--, Scorpion,
avers: Facing forepart of lion with legs left and right.
revers: Scorpion in incuse square.
exerg: -/-//--, diameter: 8-8,3mm, weight: 0,55g, axes: 6h,
mint: Caria, Mylasa, date: 450-400 B.C.,
ref: SNG Kayhan 934; SNG Keckman 917; SNG Cop 379 (Uncertain of Asia Minor); SNG von Aulock 7803.
Q-001
quadrans
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CARIA, MYLASA, AR Hemiobol, *Lion and Scorpion* 232 viewsCARIA, MYLASA, Hemiobol, 0,53 grams, diameter 7 mm, circa 450-400 B.C.

Facing of forepart of lion / Scorpion in incuse square punch

3 commentsAntonivs Protti
CARIA,_MYLASA,_AR_Hemiobol,_Lion_and_Scorpion.jpg
CARIA, MYLASA, AR Hemiobol, EF, Rare, Lion and Scorpion293 viewsCARIA, MYLASA, Hemiobol, 0,53 g, diameter 7 mm, circa 450-400 B.C.

EXTREMELY FINE, RARE.

Facing of forepart of lion / Scorpion in incuse square punch
Weidauer 166 Caria, Uncertain (Mylasa?). Mid 6th century BC. EL 1/48 Stater. Lydo-Milesian standard. Facing head of lion / Scorpion within incuse square. Weidauer 166-167; SNG Kayhan 925-927. lost
2 commentsAntonio Protti
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Caria, Mylasa, hemiobol42 viewsca. 450 - 400 BC
8mm, 0.58g
obv: facing forepart of lion
rev: scorpion in incuse square
Klein 429 (Miletos)
areich
CARIA-MylasaLionScorpion.jpg
CARIA, Mylasa. Lion / scorpion45 viewsHemiobol
c. 450-400 BC
9 mm, 0.5 gm
Diameter: 9 mm.
Obv: Facing forepart of lion
Rev: Scorpion within incuse square
Ref: SNG von Aulock 7803; Klein 429 (Milet)

Very nice detail for such a small coin.
3 commentsTIF
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Caria- Unknown, (Mylasa?); 450-400 BC36 viewsAR- Obol (Milesian Standard)
Obv: Facing forepart of lion with front paws outstreched, seen from above.
Rev: Scorpion, tail to right, in incused square.
Size: 8.10mm; .56gms
Ref: BMC ??
SNG Kayhan 934-8, Rosen 403, SNG Cop 378.
2 commentsBrian L
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CILICIA, COMMAGENE AD 38-72 56 viewsIOTAPE, WIFE AND SISTER OF ANTIOCHOS IV EPIPHANES / SCORPION

Obverse: Diademed draped bust right. Banker mark on neck.
Reverse: Scorpion within wreath.

AE 25 , BMC 4



From The Sam Mansourati Collection.
1 commentsSam
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Commagene, Kings, Antiochos IV. Epiphanes, (38-72 A.D.), BMC 17-19., AE-28, KOMMA-ΓHNON, Scorpion, R!148 viewsCommagene, Kings, Antiochos IV. Epiphanes, (38-72 A.D.), BMC 17-19., AE-28, KOMMA-ΓHNON, Scorpion, R!
avers: - BAΣIΛEΩΣ ME ANTIOXOΣ EΠI, Diademed and draped bust right, anchor countermark on the neck.
revers: - KOMMA-ΓHNON, Scorpion within wreath.
exergo: -/-//--, diameter:27,5-28mm, weight:12,8g, axis:0h,
mint: Commagene, Kings, date:38-72A.D., ref: RPC 3854, BMC 6-7, SNG Cop 1, Sear Greek Imperial Coins 5507,
Q-001
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Cr 392/1a - Farsuleia 1 Denarius29 viewsROMAN REPUBLIC
L. Farsuleius Mensor
AR Denarius. 75 BC.

MENSOR before diademed and draped bust of Liberty right; SC & pileus behind / Roma in biga assisting togate figure to mount into the chariot; scorpion below horses; L FARSVLEI in ex.

Crawford 392/1a; Syd 798a, Farsuleia 1
RR0015
Sosius
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Cr 422/1b - Aemilia 850 viewsROMAN REPUBLIC
AR Denarius, 58 BC (3.9g)
Moneyers: M Aemilius Scarus & Pub Plautius Hypsaeus

M SCAVR AED CVR EX S C, Nabatean king Aretas kneeling before camel, REX ARETAS beneath camel / P HVPSAEVS AED CVR CAPTV C HVPSAE COS PREIVER, Jupiter in quadriga right; scorpion to left.

Cr422/1b, Syd 913, Aemilia 8 VF, worn dies

Ex Imperial Coins
RR0005
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Gens Aemilia, denarius (58 a.C)10 viewsM. Aemilius Scaurus e P. Plautius, denario (Roma, 58 a.C.)
AR, 3.82 gr, 17 mm, qBB
D/ M SCAVR; EX – S C; AED CVR; REX ARETAS (in ex) un cammello e il re Aretas inginocchiato che offre un ramoscello d’olivo.
R/ P HVPSAE / AED CVR; C HVPSAE COS / PREIVE; CAPTVM; Giove, su quadriga, con saetta; sotto, uno scorpione.
Crawford 422/1b
Provenienza: collezione Berardengo (Roma, Italia, dal 13 dicembre 2017, numero catalogo 387); ex collezione Alessandro Vanni, Tinia numismatica (Follonica, Italia fino al dicembre 2017)
paolo
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GREEK15 viewsAR obol. Mylasa (Caria). 450-400 BC. 0,55 grs. Forepart of lion facing / Scorpion with tail to right within incuse square.
SNG Copenhagen 379. SNG von Aulock 7803,
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Greek, Lead Sling Bullet67 viewsMid. 4th century BC, lead sling-bullet. Scorpion on one side, and on the other, KALA. It is most likely the genitive form of the name Kala, a general under Alexander the Great who was later appointed satrap of Phrygia. It's also been suggested that "KALA" here is used as an insult, as if saying "pretty boy" or "girly man" today.7 commentsMolinari
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HADRIAN72 viewsAR denarius. 134-138 AD. 3,4 grs. Laureate, draped bust right. HADRIANVS AVG COS III / Africa reclining left, wearing elephant skin headdress, holding scorpion and cornucopia; basket containing grain ears and poppy at feet. AFRICA.
RIC 299(f). RSC 141 b. C 141.

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HADRIAN32 viewsAR denarius. 134-138 AD. 3,4 grs. Laureate, draped bust right. HADRIANVS AVG COS III / Africa reclining left, wearing elephant skin headdress, holding scorpion and cornucopia; basket containing grain ears and poppy at feet. AFRICA.
RIC 299(f). RSC 141 b. C 141.

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Hadrian - Africa130 viewsObverse: AVG COS III PP, laureate head right.
Reverse: Africa, wearing elephant trunk on head, reclining left, holding scorpion and cornucopiae and resting left elbow on rock, a basket of corn in front
Mint : Rome
Date : 134-138 AD
Reference : RIC II 299; RSC 140
Grade : VF
Weight : 3.5g
Denom : Denarius
Metal : Silver
Acquired: 17/06/04

Comments : This issue commemorates Hadrian's travels to Africa in 128 AD. He was the first Emperor to visit Africa. Not to be confused with Mauretania, which he visited in 123 9where he personally oversaw a revolt in this troublesome area). When he went to Africa it rained on his arrival for the first time in the space of five years, and for this he was beloved by the Africans. Hadrian heaped benefactions upon the province and numerous fortresses and military roads were built in Africa.
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Hadrian / Africa denarius48 viewsHADRIAN, AD 134-138
AR Denarius
18 mm, 3.53 gm, 6h
Rome
Obv: HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, laureate head right
Rev: AFRICA, Africa with elephant skin headdress, reclining on rock, holding scorpion and cornucopia, basket of fruit before her.
Ref: RIC 299
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Hadrian denarius70 viewsHADRIANVS AVG COS III P P
laureate head right

AFRICA
Africa reclining left, wearing elephant scalp headdress, scorpion in right, cornucopia in left, basket of grain before her at feet

Rome mint, 134 - 138 A.D

3.06g

RSC II 138, RIC II 299, BMCRE III 816, Sear 3459

Part of Hadrian's "travel series"

Sold to Forum 2015
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Hadrian Denarius 134-38 AD Africa reclining eastern mint33 viewsReference
cf RIC 299; Strack --

Obv. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P.
Laureate head right

Rev. AFRICA
Africa reclining left, wearing elephant-skin headdress and holding scorpion and cornucopia, basket of fruits at her feet

2.42 gr
20 mm
6h
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Hadrian Denarius RIC 299, Africa33 viewsOBV: HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, Laureate head right
REV: AFRICA, Africa reclining left holding scorpion & cornucopiae, basket of grain at feet
2.76g. 18.5mm

Minted at Rome, 136 AD
Legatus
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Hadrian, RIC 841, As of AD 134-138 (Africa)9 viewsAs (9.4g, Ø28mm, 6h). Rome, AD 134-138.
Obv.: HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, laureate and draped bust right.
Rev.: AFRICA around, S C in ex., Africa reclining left, holding scorpion and cornucopiae, basket of fruit at feet.
RIC 841 (S); Cohen 143; RHC 117/81
Ex Holleman, Enschede, Jan. 1997

Issued to ark Hadrian's visit to Africa in 128, seen as new military departure
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Hemiobol. Caria, Uncertain mint ( Mylasa ?) C.450-400BC. AR7mm, 0.48grm.14 viewsCaria, Uncertain mint ( Mylasa ?) 5th century BC.
Obv. Lion scalp with paws facing.
Rev. Scorpion in incuse square.
Ref. SNG Keckman 917 ( Reverse die match) , SNG Kayhan 925-927.
Lee S
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III-HADRIANUS -a- Denar RIC II/29929 viewsAv) HADRIANVS AVG COS III PP
Bare head left

Rv) AFRICA
Africa with Elephanthat reclining left, holding scorpion and cornucopiae; in front there is a basekt with fruits

Weight: 3,3g; Ø: 18mm; Reference: RIC II/299; ROME mint; struck: 134 A.D. - 138 A.D.
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Iotape, wife and possibly sister of Antiochus IV, 38-72 CE.236 viewsCommagene, Syria. Æ (25 mm, 13.50 g).
Obv: BACILICCA IWTAPH FILADELFOC. Diad. and dr. bust, r. Countermarked anchor on neck.
Rev: KOMMAGENWN. Scorpion; all within laurel wreath.
SGI 5514; BMC 20. 109, 1.
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KINGS of COMMAGENE, Antiochus IV, AD 38-7263 viewsAE29, 28.63mm (14.18 gm). Bevelled edge.

BAΣIΛEYΣ MEΓ ANTIOXOΣ EΠI, diademed and draped bust, right / KOMMAΓ-HNON, scorpion; all in wreath (wreath enclosed in lines).

RPC I, 3854.
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L. Farsuleius Mensor. 76 BC.23 viewsL. Farsuleius Mensor. 76 BC.

AR Denarius (3,65 g, 18,65mm.), Rome mint.


L. Farsuleius Mensor. 76 BC. AR Denarius (3,65 g, 18,65mm.). Rome mint. Diademed and draped bust of Libertas right; control number behind / Warrior (Roma?) standing in biga right, holding reins and spear, extending hand to assist citizen into biga; scorpion below.


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L.FARSULEIUS MENSOR23 viewsAR denarius. 75 BC. 3.91 grs. Diademed and draped bust of Libertas right. SC below chin. MENSOR before. Pileus and control numeral behind. Bead and reel border. / Warrior in biga right,holding spear and reining in horses while he helps togate figure to mount into the chariot,scorpion below. L FARSULEI in exergue.
Craw 392/1a. RSC Farsuleia 1.
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L.FARSULEIUS MENSOR 29 viewsAR denarius. 75 BC. 3.91 grs. Diademed and draped bust of Libertas right. SC below chin. MENSOR before. Pileus and control numeral behind. Bead and reel border. / Warrior in biga right,holding spear and reining in horses while he helps togate figure to mount into the chariot,scorpion below. L FARSULEI in exergue.
Craw 392/1a. RSC Farsuleia 1.
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Lucius Farsuleius Mensor38 viewsObv: Diademed, draped bust of Libertas facing right, SC below chin, MENSOR before, pileus and control number XII behind.

Rev: Warrior (or Roma) in a biga facing right, holding a spear and reigning in horses while helping a togate figure step into the chariot, scorpion below horses' fore-hoves, L FARSVLEI in exergue.

Silver Denarius, Rome mint, 75 BC

3.97 grams, 18 mm, 180°

RSC Farsuleia 1, S328
SPQR Coins
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Lydia, Magnesia ad Sipylum, Herakles / river god Hermos, AE1718 views17mm, 1.48g
obv: [MA] ΓNHTΩ CIΠVLOV; bare head of Herakles right, scorpion countermark
rev: [E]PMOC; Hermos reclining to left, behind him cornucopia and vase from which water flows
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M Aemilius Scarus & Pub Plautius Hypsaeus Denarius 58 bc34 viewsSilver denarius, SRCV 379, Crawford 422/1b; Sydenham 913; RSC Aemilia 8, Rome mint, 58 B.C.; obverse Aretas, King of Nabatea, kneeling beside camel raising olive branch with fillet, M SCAVR / AED CVR above, EX - S C at sides, REX ARETAS in ex; reverse Jupiter in quadriga left, reins in right, hurling thunderbolt with left, scorpion below, P HYPSAEVS / AED CVR above, CAPTV on right, C HYPSAE COS / PREIVER in exergue.

M. Aemilius Scaurus, in 62 B.C., as questor to Pompey, was sent against King Aretas but withdrew when Aretas paid 300 talents. Aemilius was curule aedile when this coin was struck. This was the first time a moneyer publicized an event from his own career on coinage. Later he was praetor and propraetor, lost a campaign for Consul, and successfully defended Cicero. In 52 B.C., he was charged with bribery and went into exile.
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M. AEMILIUS Denarius Syd 912, POMPEY Victory v ARETAS 18 viewsOBV: M . SCAVR / AED CVR above king Aretas kneeling beside a camel r., EX on ,S . C on right, REX ARETAS in ex.
REV: HYPSAE (vs) / AED CVR above Jupiter in quadriga left, CAPTVM on right, c. HYPSAEVS cos PREIV (ER) in ex. scorpion below horses
3.1g, 17mm

Minted 58BC
M. Aemilius Scaurus & Pub. Plautius Hypsaeus. When M. Aemilius was Governor of Syria, he repressed the incursions of the Nabathean Arabians, compelling their king, Aretas, to submit and pay a fine of 300 talents to Pompey. Pub. Plautius was curule aedile with him in B.C. 58.
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M. Aemilius Scarus & Pub Plautius Hypsaeus – Aemilia-837 viewsROMAN REPUBLIC AR denarium (3.65g) M Aemilius Scarus & Pub Plautius Hypsaeus. 58 BC. M SCAVR AED CVR EX S C, Nabatean king Aretas kneeling before camel, REX ARETAS beneath camel / P HVPSAEVS AED CVR CAPTV C HVPSAE COS PREIVER, Jupiter in quadriga right; scorpion to left. Cr422/1b, Syd 913, Aemilia 8, RCV 379Bud Stewart
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M. Aemilius Scaurus & P. Plautius Hypsaeus25 viewsAR Denarius, 4g, 19mm, 6h; Rome, 58 BC.
Obv.: M SCAVR AED CVR, kneeling figure right (King Aretas of Nabataea), holding olive branch and reins of camel beside him; EX on left; S[C] on right; REX ARET[AS] in exergue.
Rev.: P HVPSAE AED CVR, Jupiter in quadriga left, holding reins in left hand and hurling thunderbolt with right; scorpion below horses; CAPTV on right; C HVPSAE COS PREIVE in exergue.
Reference: Babelon Aemilia 8 and Plautia 8; Sydenham 913; Crawford 422/1b.
Notes: sold to Sal, 11/15.
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M. Aemilius Scaurus & P. Plautius Hypsaeus6 viewsAR Denarius, 18mm, 3.8g, 6h; Rome, 58 BC.
Obv.: M SCAVR AED CVR, kneeling figure right (King Aretas of Nabataea), holding olive branch and reins of camel beside him; EX on left; SC on right; REX ARETAS in exergue.
Rev.: P HVPSAE AED CVR, Jupiter in quadriga left, holding reins in left hand and hurling thunderbolt with right; scorpion below horses; CAPTV on right; C HVPSAE COS PREIVE in exergue.
Reference: Babelon Aemilia 8 and Plautia 8; Sydenham 913; Crawford 422/1b.
John Anthony
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M. Aemilius Scaurus & Pub. Plautius Hypsaeus. 58 BC16 viewsObv. Camel r; before, Aretas kneeling , holding reins and olive-branch tied with fillet; above M. SCAVR. AED. CVR.; on either side, EX. S.C.; below, REX. ARETAS.
Rv. Jupiter in quadriga l., holding reins and hurling thunderbolt; above, P. HVPSAE. AED. CVR; below, C. HVPSAE. COS. PRIEVE; on r. CAPTV; below horses, scorpion.
17mm, 3.33grams.
Crawford 422/1b; Sydenham 913; Aemilia 8.
Canaan
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M. Aemilius Scaurus, Crawford 422/1b55 viewsM. Aemilius Scaurus, gens Aemilia & Pub. Plautius Hypsaeus, gens Plautia
AR - denarius, 3.97g, 16mm
Rome, 58 BC
obv. above [M SCAVR] / AED CVR, in ex. REX ARETAS
The Nabatean king Aretas IV Philhellenos kneeling beside a dromedary,
holding reins with his l. hand and in his raised hand filleted olive-branch.
in field l. and r. EX - SC
rev. above P HYPSAEV[S] / AED CVR, r. CAPTV
in ex. C HYPSAE C[OS] / PREIVER
Jupiter in quadriga l., holding reins in l. hand and hurling thunderbolt in raised
r. hand; in front of the horses scorpion r.
Crawford 422/1b; Sydenham 913; Aemilia 8; Plautia 8; BMC 3878; Hendin 740
small scratch on l. rev. field, otherwise about EF; struck on small flan

This type commemorates the conquest of Privernum by C.Plautius in 329 BC and the success of Scaurus as legate of Pompeius in conquering Palestine and Arabia, and shows the submission of king Aretas in 62 BC.

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M. Plaetorius Cestianus - Curule Chair with Scorpion (Crawf. 409/2)44 viewsAR Denarius
Rome, 67 BC
3.86g

Obv: Turreted and draped bust of Cybele to right; behind, forepart of a lion; to right, globe.
CESTIANVS

Rev: Curule chair; control mark to left, scorpion.
M PLAETORIVS AED CVR EX S C

Crawford 409/2 Sydenham 808

ex. Haeberlin Collection, Ernst Justus Haeberlin (1847-1925), Cahn & Hess, Frankfurt, 17th July 1933, Lot 2144.2

Cicero records that Plaetorius had been curule aedile (responsible for maintenance of temples "aedes" and regulation of public festivals) in his speech "Pro Cluentio", in which he describes arguing the case of Decimus Matrinius before the curule aediles Cestianus and Flaminius. This particular coin type refers to the Ludi Megalesiaci, games which honoured the goddess Cybele, and were presented by the curule aediles.

After serving as curule audile with senatorial authority to strike coins, Cestianus was recruited by Pompey to help him mint the 6,000 talents (24,000,000 denarii) of coins needed to pay troops for his extraordinary campaign against the Mediterranean pirates in 67 BC.
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Marcus Aemilius Scaurus & Publius Plautius Hypsaeus (RSC I Aemilia 8, Coin #752)1 viewsRSC I Aemilia 8, AR Denarius, Rome, 58 BC
OBV: M SCAVR / AED CVR above, EX - S C at sides, REX ARETAS in exergue; Aretas, King of Nabataea, kneeling beside camel raising olive branch with fillet.
REV: PHYPSAEVS / AED CVR above, CAPT on right, C HYPSAE COS / PREIVER in exergue; Jupiter in quadriga left, reins in right, hurling thunderbolt with left, scorpion below.
SIZE: 21.9mm, 3.08g
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Marcus Aemilius Scaurus & Publius Plautius Hypsaeus; Denarius20 viewsRRC 422/1b
58 b.c.

Obverse:M . SCAVR / AED CVR above king Aretas kneeling beside a camel right. EX on ,S . C on right, REX ARETAS in ex.
Reverse: HYPSAE/AED CVR above Jupiter in quadriga left, CAPTVM on right, C. HYPSAEVS cos PREIV (ER) in ex. scorpion below horses.

One of the first moneyers commemorating on his coins an event of own history. M. Aemilius, as the Governor of Syria, repressed the incursions of the Nabathean Arabians, compelling their king, Aretas, to submit and pay a fine of 300 talents to Pompey.
He also was one of the richest and most influential men of his time. Still failed to be elected consul in 54 after a bribery case he won with the help of his friend Cicero.

Pub. Plautius was curule aedile with him in B.C. 58.

Purchased from Numismatica Varesina at "World Money Fair" 08.02.2014; Berlin
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Marcus Aemilius Scaurus and Publius Plautius Hypsaeus - AR denarius31 viewsRome
¹²58 BC
Aretas, king of Nabatea, kneeling beside camel raising olive branch with fillet
M SCAVR / AED CVR
EX _ S C
REX ARETAS
Jupiter in quadriga left, holding reins and thunderbolt, scorpion right
P HYPSAE / AED CVR
CAPT
C HYPSAE COS / PREIVE
¹Crawford 422/1b, SRCV I 379, Crawford 422/1b, Sydenham 913, RSC I Aemilia 8
²Mark Passehl - Roman moneyer & coin type chronology, 150 – 50 BC
4,0g
ex Naumann

The moneyers were Curule aediles in 58 BC. Scaurus became praetor in 56 BC and Hypsaeus in 55 BC.

Scaurus lost his father when he was young. He was raised by Sulla as a step-son. He served as quaestor under Pompey and as proquaestor in the third Mithridatic war in 66-61 BC. In the same time conflict between Aristobulus II and Hyrcanus II broke out in Judea. Nabatean king Aretas III supported Hyrcanus and besieged Aristobulus in Jerusalem. Scaurus was send as intermediary. He sent Aretas back and settled the conflict in favour of Aristobulus. Later Pompey accused him of bribery and removed Aristobulus in 63 BC. Scaurus moved to Petra then he was called back after payment of 300 talent fine.

Hypsaeus also served as quaestor under Pompey. Reverse commemorates conquest of Volscian town Priverna by moneyer's ancestor Gaius Plautius Decianus Hypsaeus in 330-329 BC.

Scaurus was the first who depicted event from his own life on coins.
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Marcus Aemilius Scaurus and Publius Plautius Hypsaeus, 58 B.C.60 viewsDenarius, Rome mint, 4.08g, 18mm, 58 B.C.; O: Aretas, King of Nabataea, kneeling beside camel raising olive branch with fillet, M SCAVR / AED CVR above, EX - S C at sides, REX ARETAS in ex; reverse Jupiter in quadriga left, reins in right, hurling thunderbolt with left, scorpion below, P HVPSAEVS / AED CVR above, CAPTVM on right, C HVPSAE COS / PREIVE in ex. Hendin 1441.

When M. Aemilius, was governor of Syria, this type was struck to commemorate the defeat of Aretas III by Pompey's general Marcus Scaurus. Pub. Plautius was curule aedile with M. Aemilius in 58 BCE.

By making territorial concessions to Aretas III, Hyrcanus II induced the Nabataean king to join with him in the battle against his brother Aristobulus II. Their combined forces besieged Aristobulus II in Jerusalem in 65 BCE. At about this same time, Pompey's armies, led by Scaurus marched into the East. The brothers appealed to Rome to settle the dispute. Initially Scaurus favored Aristobulus II, but, in 62 BCE, Pompey ruled that Hyrcanus was the rightful king.
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Mylasa30 viewsCARIA, Mylasa. Circa 450-400 BC. AR Hemiobol (8mm, 0.61 g, 5h). Milesian standard. Facing forepart of lion / Scorpion within incuse square1 commentsAndreas G
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Mylasa Caria Lion and Scorpion Hemiobol13 viewsMylasa, Caria, Silver Hemiobol, 450 - 400 BC, 8mm, 0.48g, SNG Kayhan 934, SNG Von Aulock 7803, SNG Keckman 917, SNG Cop 379 (Uncertain Asia Minor)
OBV: Forepart of lion facing, head between paws
REV: Scorpion, tail to right, within incuse square
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Mylasa, Caria48 views450-400 B.C.
Silver Hemiobol
0.58 gm, 8 mm
Obv: Forepart of lion facing, seen from above.
Rev: Scorpion within incuse square.
SNG Kayhan 934-8;
Rosen 403;
SNG Keckman 917-918 var.
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Mylasa, Caria19 views450-400 B.C.
Silver Hemiobol
0.47 gm, 8 mm
Obv: Forepart of lion facing, seen from above.
Rev: Scorpion within incuse square.
SNG Kayhan 934-8;
Rosen 403;
SNG Keckman 917-918 var.
Jaimelai
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Obol; Protome of lion/ Scorpion24 viewsIonia, Miletos. Circa 500 BC. AR Obol (hemiobol?). 0,5 g, 9 mm. Protome of lion, seen from above / Scorpion within incuse. Rosen 403. SNGCop 378.Podiceps
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Price 321833 viewsMyriandros or Issos mint. Struck under Menes or Philotas circa 330-325 BC. Scorpion in left field, monogram below throne. Price 3218; Newell, Myriandros 18; ANS 1944.100.34175 (same obv. die).2 commentsChance Vandal
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ROMAN EMPIRE -- Time of Augustus49 viewsROMAN EMPIRE -- Time of Augustus (?), Æ17, Cyprus Mint (?) Die axis is 12:00, if the star is oriented above on both sides. Obv.: Capricorn on a globe, star before. Rev.: Scorpion, with a star above it. Reference: RPC 3916.

LOTS OF ARGUMENTS on where this coin come from... I believe CYPRUS. The obverse with star before the Capricorn is similar to the reverse of Augustan denarii (RIC 542). The Capricorn was the birth-sign of Augustus,
and the other coins found under the same mosaic suggest a date of about this time. Scorpions were and are native to Cyprus and Southeastern Europe. The Scorpion on the coin, is probably a second birth-sign, Scorpio. Livia was born January 30th, which makes her an Aquarius. The exact date of Caius Caesar's birth in 20 BC is known to between August 14th and September 13th (Likely Virgo, perhaps Leo). But, Tiberius was born on November 16th, 42 BC. He was a Scorpio. Perhaps, the coin connects to the dynastic relationship celebrated on larger double portrait dupondii. The 17 mm diameter and 2.68 gram average weight of the sixteen examples of this coin in RPC is about equal to the quadrans of Rome. SOME people say it is a TESSERA.... However, one of the leading experts in the field says DEFINITELY NOT!
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ROMAN EMPIRE, Hadrian, AE As32 viewsObv: HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P
Laureate and draped bust, right.
Rev: AFRICA S C
Africa reclining left, holding scorpion and cornucopia, basket at feet.
As, 8.4 gm, 24.9 mm, RIC 841
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, M. Aemilius Scarus and Pub. Plautius Hypsaeus, AR Denarius, 58BC19 viewsObv: M SCAVR AED CVR EX S C ; King Aretas III of Nabatea kneeling before camel in an attitude of supplication, holding reins and olive-branch tied with fillet.
Rev: P HVPSAEVS AED CVR CAPTV C HVPSAE COS PREIVER ; Jupiter in quadriga left, hurling thunderbolt, scorpion below horses.
ex: Eden Seminary Collection
Aemilia 8 (3.9 gm)

This denarius was struck to commemorate the defeat by Pompey's general Marcus Scaurus of Aretas III, supporter of John Hyrcanus II in his battles against his brother, Aristobulus II.
This is one of the earliest instances of a moneyer commemorating on his coins an event connected with his own history. When M. Aemilius, one of the most noted men of his time, was Governor of Syria, he repressed the incursions of the Nabathean Arabians.
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ROMAN REPUBLIC, M. Aemilius Scaurus and Pub. Plautius Hypsaeus, AR Denarius7 viewsRome, The Republic.
M. Aemilius Scaurus and Pub. Plautius Hypsaeus, 58 BCE.
AR Denarius (3.87g; 19mm).
Rome mint.

Obverse: King Aretas kneeling right and extending olive branch in right hand and holding reins of camel in left hand; M SCAVR/AED CVR above; EX-SC on side; REX ARETAS in exergue.

Rev: Jupiter in fast quadriga galloping left; scorpion below horses’ feet; P HVPSAEVS/AED CVR, above; CAPTV on right; C HVPSAE COS PREIVER in exergue.

References: Crawford 422/1b; BMCRR 3879; Sydenham 913; Aemilia 8; Plautia 8-9.

Provenance: Ex SC Collection; Stack's Auction (14-15 Jun 1971), Lot 240.

Scaurus and Hypsaeus struck these coins as curule aediles, by Senatorial decree. Grueber states that lavish public games were the reason for the special issue, while Crawford suggests the corn dole and/or Caesar’s agrarian law were the more likely reasons. Scaurus, as governor of Syria, was victorious against the Nabataean king Aretas who surrendered and paid a fine of 300 talents to Pompey. It was this event that he chose to depict on the obverse of the coin. On the reverse, Hypsaeus refers to the capture of the Volscian town of Privernum by his ancestor, C. Plautius Decianus, consul in 329 BCE. Hypsaeus chose to repeat this reverse type on a denarius he struck as moneyer in ca. 57 BCE (Crawford 420). This issue has a large number of legend varieties and the scorpion is missing from some dies.
Carausius
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RRC422/1 (M. Aemilius Scaurus, P. Plautius Hypsaeus)89 viewsObv. King Aretas of Nabatea kneeling beside camel, raising olive branche with fillet; M SCAVR(VS) | AED CVR above, [E]X – SC at sides; [R]EX ARETAS in exergue
Rev. Jupiter in quadriga left, reins in right, hurling thunderbolt with left, horses trampling scorpion; P HYPSAEVS | AED CV(R) above, CAPTV[M] on right, C HYPSAE COS | PREIVER(NVM) in exergue
18 mm, 3.80 grams
Rome, 58 B.C.

Allusions: Scaurus refers to his own deed on the obverse, the first time a Roman dared to do so on a coin. In 62 B.C., he had defeated Haritha (Aretha) III of Nabatea, who was marching on Jerusalem, to help the rightful king John Hyrcanus II. Scaurus, a lieutenant of Pompey's, was bribed by Aristoboulos with 400 talents, then took another 300 from Aretas to spare the Nabetean capital of Petra (Josephus, BJ I.127, Ant. Jud. 14.2, 14.5). His colleague chose a more distant motive: C. Plautius Decianus had captured the Volscian city of Privernum (Piperno) in 329 B.C. Any direct relations between Hypsaeus and Decianus are most likely invented, however.

Moneyers: The moneyers of this coin were not the IIIViri Monetales, but the Curule Aediles of 58 B.C., M. Aemilius Scaurus and P. Plautius Hypsaeus. Both were Pompeian supporters ultimately dropped by their patron in 52 B.C. M. Scaurus, stepsone of Sulla, who had already battled in Judaea and Nabatea (where his massacred are mentioned in the Dead Sea Scrolls) would rise to be praetor in 56 B.C. and propraetor of Sardinia the following year. Accused of extortion, he was defended by Cicero and aquitted, only to be exiled on the charge of ambitus in 52. B.C. He was also the first major Roman collector of engraved gemstones, put together in a dactyliotheca exceeding even that of Mithridates of Pontus (Pliny, NH 37.5.11). Less is known about his colleague during his aedileship. P. Plautius Hypsaeus rose to the praetorship in 55 B.C. but was tried for bribery in 52 B.C. whilst standing for consul. He convicted and fled into exile.

On this issue: M. Aemilius Scaurus' aedileship is known and can be securely dated. It became famous for the unparalleled lavishness of its games. These included the construction of an artificial lake to show off crocodiles and hippopotamuses; Scaurus also brought a huge skeleton from Joppa, believed to be the monster to which Andromeda was to be sacrificed (Pliny NH 9.4.11). He also had a temporary theatre capable of holding 80,000 spectators built, standing for just one month, and adorned with all kinds of luxuries (Pliny, NH 36.2.5; 36.24.113ss). After the games, he had the huge marble columns transferred to his house, for which the sewer contractors demanded a hefty security fee, in case their weight caused the drains to cave in (ibid. 36.2.6). According to Pliny, the remains of the theatre alone were worth 30 million sesterces (or 7,500,000 denarii).
Syltorian
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Septimius Severus, Denarius, AFRICA5 viewsAR Denarius
Septimius Severus
Augustus: 193 - 211AD
Issued: 202 - 210AD
19.6mm 1.90gr 6h
O: SEVERVS PIVS AVG; Laureate head, right.
R: AFRICA; Africa, reclining left, wearing elephant skin headdress, holding scorpion and cornucopiae, basket of corn ears at feet.
Rome Mint
RIC IV-1 Rome 254; Cohen 31.
Aorta: 749: B3, O81, R16, T2, M4.
Naville Numismatics/Mattia Torre Auction 49, Lot 496.
5/12/19 7/5/19
Nicholas Z
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Septimus Severus, Africa Reclining34 viewsObverse: SEVERVS PIVS AVG Laureate head right
Reverse: AFRICA Africa reclining, holding scorpion and caducopiae, l. modius
Mint : Rome
Date : 207AD
Reference : RIC 245
Grade : VF
Denom : Denarius
Metal : Silver
Bolayi
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Umayyad Caliphate: Anonymous (ca. 78-120 AH) Æ Fals, ND (Walker-598; SNA Tübingen IVa 553)11 viewsObv: Scorpion; around, muhammad rasûl allâh
Rev: lâ ilâha/illâ llâh/wahdahu in three lines
Quant.Geek
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Uncertain Caria AR - Lion/Scorpion NICE!172 viewsUncertain Site in Caria (Konuk attributes to Mylasa) AR Obol 8mm 0.55g late 6th cent. BC.
O: Forepart of Lion, seen from above.
R: Scorpion in incuse.
SG - , SNG Cop - , cfSNG Turkey I 934-8(“Uncertain Caria”). SCARCE! _6000 sold
Antonivs Protti
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