20210216

FRANCE; Bourbon; Louis XIV CE 1643-1715


AR half-Ecu (10 sols), 20 mm, 2.21 g, 6h, Lyon mint 1661-D

KM 199.3

O: LVD XIIII DG--FR ET NAV REX, laur., draped bust right.

R: SIT NOMEN DOMINI--BENEDICTVM 1661 D, coat of arms crowned

20210116

ROMAN/Philip I CE 244-249


 

AE Sestertius, 29mm, 22.09 grams, Roma CE 244-245

RIC 184a

RSC 9002


Obverse: IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG, Laureate, draped and 

cuirassed bust of Philip right.


Reverse: PAX AETERNA S C, Pax standing left holding olive 

branch and scepter.

 


Ex "Summer Haven Collection of Sestertii"

Ex: CNG 462 Lot 477 (26-02-2020)

Ex: Dorney Auction 10 (08 July 2020)

Ex: Dorney Auction 11 (30 Nov 2020)

Ex: Ken Dorney


This altar was erected by the citizens of Girona, Spain in honor of Philip (jr). The altar was preserved due to its reuse as the foot of the high altar in Sant Marti Sacosta.

The inscription reads:
M IVLIO
PHILIPPO
NOBILIS
SIMO CAE
SARI
R P GER

When translated should read: "To M. Julius Philippus, most noble Caesar, the people of Girona (Gerunda)"

20210102

Congress Poised to apply banking regulations to Antiquities Market, NYT 01/01/2021

 "Far too little attention has hitherto been bestowed upon the provenance of ancient coins. The intervention of the coin dealer between the finder and the purchaser is often quite sufficient to obscure or obliterate entirely all evidence of provenance. Coin collectors have also been too often oblivious of the scientific importance of placing on record the sources of their acquisitions."



Numismatic Chronicle 1906, page 3


Congress Poised to Apply Banking Regulations to Antiquities Market - The New York Times (nytimes.com)

20201210

ARABIA; Himyarite Kingdom; Thāran Ya’ub Yuhan’im ثارن يعب يهنعم c. CE 200-225


AR Silver unit, 1.62 g, 17 mm. Raydan mint

Huth 449-450 var.

O: head r with long curls, dotted border and monogram on left behind head

R: head r also with long curls, monogram to right and South Arabian inscription above from right to left

THARN Y’UB ثارن يعب (in modern Arabic) 

and below RYDN ريدن (in modern Arabic)

 

Ex: CNG 447 (07/03/2019) portion of lot 738 

20201114

SWEDISH OCCUPATION OF THE BALTIC (Livonia) FROM 1628 (a small lot)


 Queen Christina (1632-1654)  Billon Szelag (Solidus) 16 mm, 0.60 g, Riga mint, 1635

O: Crowned C enclosing Vasa arms, all within inner circle. CHRISTINA D G D R S

R: Arms in cartouche. SOLIDVS LIVONENSIS 35

Queen Christina (1632-1654)  Billon Szelag (Solidus) 16 mm, 0.58 g, Riga mint, 1647

O: Crowned C enclosing Vasa arms, all within inner circle. CHRISTINA D G D R S

R: Arms in cartouche. SOLIDVS CIVI RIG 47


Queen Christina (1632-1654)  Billon Szelag (Solidus) 15 mm, 0.51 g, Riga mint, 1651

O: Crowned C enclosing Vasa arms, all within inner circle. CHRISTINA D G D R S

R: Arms in cartouche. SOLIDVS CIVI RIG 51


Queen Christina (1632-1654)  Billon Szelag (Solidus) 15 mm, 0.509 g, Riga mint, 1652

O: Crowned C enclosing Vasa arms, all within inner circle. CHRISTINA D G D R S

R: Arms in cartouche. SOLIDVS CIVI RIG 52


Queen Christina (1632-1654)  Billon Szelag (Solidus) 16 mm, 0.60 g, Riga mint, 1653

O: Crowned C enclosing Vasa arms, all within inner circle. CHRISTINA D G D R S

R: Arms in cartouche. SOLIDVS CIVI RIG 53


King Carl X Gustav (1654-1660) Billon Szelag (Solidus) 15 mm 0.43 g, Riga mint 1654

O: Crowned CG all within inner circle,

CAROLVS GVSTAV D G R S

R; Arms in cartouche, SOLIDVS CIVI RIG 54


20201112

SWEDISH OCCUPATION OF THE BALTIC (Livonia) FROM 1628


 

King Carl X Gustav (1654-1660) Billon Szelag (Solidus) 15 mm 0.51 g, Riga mint 1656

O: Crowned CG all within inner circle, 

CAROLVS GVSTAV D G R S

R; Arms in cartouche, SOLIDVS CIVI RIG 56



SWEDISH OCCUPATION OF THE BALTIC (Livonia) FROM 1628


King Gustav II Adolf (1611-1632) Billon Szelag (Solidus) 16 mm 0.79 g, Riga mint, 1632

O: Crowned GA all within inner circle GVST ADOL D G REX S

R: Arms in cartouche, SOLIDVS RIGENSIS 32




20201108

SWEDISH OCCUPATION OF THE BALTIC (Livonia) FROM 1628

 

Queen Christina (1632-1654)  Billon Szelag (Solidus) 15 mm, 0.69 g, Riga mint, 1645

O: Crowned C enclosing Vasa arms, all within inner circle. CHRISTINA D G D R S

R: Arms in cartouche. SOLIDVS CIVI RIG 45



Swedish queen Drottning Kristina portrait by Sébastien Bourdon stor

20200918

ROMAN/ Maximianus, Post-Abdication Coinage CE 305-306, Ex: Dattari


 

AE Half Follis, 20 mm, 3.6 g, Alexandria mint CE 306

RIC VI 91b

RCV 13419

O: Maximian wearing consular robes holding branch and mappa r, DN MAXIMIANO FELICISS

R: PROVIDENTIA DEORVM Providentia stg r extending a hand to Quies stg l. holding branch and leaning on scepter, in center of field Δ  

In ex ALE mint mark

 

Ex: Victor Clark (TN)

Ex: CNG 471 portion of lot 650 (1 July 2020)

Ex: Giovanni Dattari (1853-1923) Collection of Late Roman Bronzes

20200917

ROMAN/ Crispus, Caesar under Constantine I, late CE 316-Aug/Sept 326, Ex: Dattari


 

Bi. Centenionalis, 18 x 19 mm, 3.2 g, Ticinum (modern Ticino, Italy) mint CE 322-325

RIC VII 170

RCV 16785

LRBC I, 482

O: laur cuir bust r, CRISPVS-NOB CAES, flan crack at 5 0’clock

R: DOMINOR NOSTROR CAESS around wreath. Inside wreath VOT/./X/crescent in ex PT mintmark, flan crack at 2 o’clock

Ex: Victor Clark (TN)

Ex: CNG 470 portion of lot 641 (17/06/2020)

Ex: Giovanni Dattari (1853-1923) Collection of Late Roman Bronzes

 

20200909

Unpublished Tarsian drachm of Seleukos IV BCE 187-175


AR Drachm, 4.0 g, 18 mm, 1h, Tarsos mint

SC 1310 variety but unpublished as a drachm with these controls (R3)

O: hd of Seleukos IV rt. Dotted border.

R: BAΣIΛEΩΣ on right ΣEΛEYKOY on left with ΣA control on far left and ΠΑ monogram on far right.

No bowcase in ex.

The controls are similar to the Tarsian Tetradrachms of Seleukos IV but none are recorded in SC or in available extant sources bearing the same controls in the drachm denominations. 



20200702

ROMAN REPUBLIC; Mysia, Pergamon, L. Sempronius Atratinus Quaestor c. BCE 42-39



AR Cistophoric Tetradrachm, 24 mm, 12.21 g, 6h.

SNG France 1766

 O: Cista mystica with serpent emerging, all within an ivy wreath.
 
R: Two serpents entwined around a bow in a case, "ATPA" monogram above, "Q" to left, serpent entwined thyrsos to right.

 
From Wikipedia:
L. Sempronius Atratinus  (BCE 73- 7 CE) was a Roman politician who was elected suffect consul in 34 BC. He is mentioned in Pro Caelio, a famous speech in defense of Marcus Caelius Rufus by Marcus Tullius Cicero.
Probably born a member of the patrician branch of the ancient Sempronia family, Atratinus was possibly adopted by Lucius Calpurnius Bestia, but did not assume his adopted father’s nomen gentile.[1] In 56 BC he launched a prosecution against Marcus Caelius Rufus who had previously unsuccessfully attempted to prosecute Atratinus’s adopted father on bribery charges. Caelius had fallen out with his lover, Clodia, and she accused him of attempted poisoning. Other charges included the murder of an ambassador. She asked Atratinus to prosecute Caelius, which he was only too happy to do.[2] Caelius was successfully defended by Marcus Tullius Cicero, and in his published Pro Caelio, Cicero claimed that Atratinus was being manipulated by Clodia to get revenge on Caelius for an affair gone wrong.[3]
 
In 40 BC, Atratinus was elected praetor suffectus, as all the previously elected praetors had retired from office after the Treaty of Brundisium between Octavianus, Mark Antony and Lepidus. Late in 40 BC, he and his colleague Marcus Valerius Messalla Corvinus convened the Senate to introduce Herod the Great, who received the title of King of Judea.[4] This same year he was elected to the role of Augur, one of the priests of ancient Rome, a position he held until his death in 7 AD.[5]

A supporter of Mark Antony, Atratinus was one of his legates, serving as propraetor in Greece in 39 BC.[6] In 36 BC he was given command of a portion of a fleet which Antony had sent to help Octavianus deal with Sextus Pompey.[7] In 34 BC he was elected suffect consul on January 1, as Antony resigned his position as consul within 24 hours. Atratinus himself held the consulate until July 1 of that year.[8] At some point prior to the Battle of Actium, Atratinus abandoned Antony and switched his support to Octavianus.[9] He was made proconsular governor of Africa around 23 BC, and was awarded a triumph for his actions there in 21 BC.[10]
Atratinus's sister, Sempronia, was married to Lucius Gellius Publicola.[11] Atratinus' poorly preserved burial mausoleum is located in Gaeta, Italy.
By Pufui PcPifpef - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=72126843
Mausoleum of Atratinus in Gaeta, Italy . There was a stone found there that was then utilized in the wall of a local church inscribed L ATRATIN which is now identified as L. Atratinus whose mausoleum these are the ruins of.
 
Atratinus portrait coin from Sparta via acsearch.info 
 
 

20200624

ROMAN; Maximianus CE 285-310, Second Reign CE 306-308



AE Follis, 25 mm, 7.2 g, 12h,  Treveri (Trier) Mint, c. CE 307-308

RCV 13449

RIC Trier 768

O: IMP C VAL MAXIMIANVS PF AVG, laur cuir bust r.

R:  GENIO-POPROM, Genius stg l holding patera in r and cornucopia in l. in field on left S on right A in ex, PTR.

    ex Warren Esty 2020
 
Michael Grant in his book The Roman Emperors; A Biographical Guide to the Rulers of Imperial Rome 31BC-AD476 writes a description of Maximianus on pp. 212-213 that quotes an earlier writer "...as Eutropius has suggested, he [Maximianus] was also thoroughly coarse, savage, brutal, impatient and impossible to get on with. His coin portraits, showing him enveloped in the head-dress of his divine patron Hercules, are at pains to emphasize this ferocious toughness of character. It was combined with a remorseless hankering to return to the power he had been induced to abdicate, supported by an infinite capacity for treacherous intrigue to secure that end--shown, for example, in his willingness to betray both his son Maxentius and his son-in-law Constantine."
 
One does not have to easily imagine that due to such ambitions, the initial triumph of the tetrarchic system of Diocletian came crashing down within a year of the founder's abdication leaving the empire in no better straights than it had been during the last half of the third century, until Constantine established himself and his family as paramount rulers on the ashes of Diocletian's attempt at bringing order to chaos.
 


20200523

ROMAN; Autonomous Civic pagan coinage struck under Maximinus II c. CE 311-312.

 
 16 mm., 1.48 g, 11h,  ANTIOCH Mint

RCV 14927

O: GENIO AN-TIOCHENI, Antioch seated facing, river god swimming below

R:  APOLLONI-SANCTO, Apollo holding patera and lyre,  Z (for the seventh officina) in the right field. SMA  

The depictions are supposed to be according to Vagi, from the city’s most famous statuary. The Tyche of Antioch by Eutychides of Sikyon of which there is a Roman copy in marble in the Vatican Museum and the Apollo of Daphne by Bryaxis of Athens.


Ex: Warren Esty 2020
Ex: Dan Clark, 1989 at $30
Ex: Stack's Knobloch 5/5/84 portion of lot 1388
Ex: Frederick S. Knobloch Collection  

20200429

Craven Commercial Commemorative ; an Editorial Comment

illustration is utilized under FAIR USE DOCTRINE
comments provided below are opinion mixed with sarcasm.

Coming on the success of his injecting disinfectant health recommendations, Trump is now hocking a "Commemorative coin" on the White House Gift Shop site that commemorates a fight that is no where near over, except in his mind.

He is apparently ready to move on like someone with an attention deficit,  despite the massive loss of life (that he has barely expressed regret about except in the most generalized terms). These losses have not been matched for the USA since Vietnam, but the loss of life was incurred in a matter of 15 weeks or less and not 15 years.

Now comes a craven attempt to enrich his campaign (?) at the expense of the American people, and this is true since other campaign items such as slogan hats are also being marketed at the same website possibly in violation of campaign finance laws. 

The reality of the American experience of the virus is that the Trump administration has been failing the people of the United States horribly since January 2020 (actually since January 2017). Their lack of planning, securing and guaranteeing food supplies, equipment and supply chains vital to the population and first responders is unconscionable and without precedent in modern American history.  Trump has not been working in sync with any State Governor and in fact has advocated that they go it alone and the Federal Government is a last resort when in fact it should be coordinating all efforts and responses to the viral outbreak and not leaving it to individual states alone to address the crisis.

History will be written by the survivors of Covid-19, and the survivors will likely not be looking kindly on Donald Trump and his self-serving, craven antics, lies and distortions and cowardly lack of leadership in this ON GOING domestic tragedy and international crisis.

Before you waste $100-$125 on this trinket, think about giving that money to your local food pantry, Red Cross, or other charitable entity where the money can be used for the benefit of your fellow citizens and not for the benefit of Trump or his acolytes. For like Trump, this item is poorly rendered, wrought and not representative of the truth we are experiencing.   


A correction to the record
Obviously, this is quite misleading and apparently meant to be. Par for the course I say.
 


20200412

ROMAN/ Julian II CE 361-363

O: DN FL CL IVLIANVS PF AVG, helmeted cuir., diad., bust left with shield and spear


  R: VO[T/X]/M[V]LT/XX within a wreath, mm in ex. 



AE 3; 21 mm, 2.73 g, 6 h, Constantinople mint c. 362-363


mm branches on either side CONSB


RIC 165 (Rare)

RCV 19175








SPAIN/ Fernando IV el Emplazado CE 1295-1312

O: F REX CASTELLE mintmark beneath castle "S" for Sevilla

R: ET LEGIONIS, lion adv l.

Bi. Pepion, 19 mm, 0.85 g, Sevilla mint

Cayon 1224

ex: PNC Collection

20200401

Cuba 21st Century Peso Convertible Series Coins

KM #575.2  2017, 5 centavos, Nickel-plated steel 18 mm 2.65g
 
KM# 576.2, 2013, 10 centavos 3.94 g
 
KM# 577.2, 2018, 25 centavos, 5.7 g

 
KM# 578.1, 2002, 50 centavos, 25 mm 7.5 g
 
 
My thanks to MBK for bringing these samples back from a recent trip to Cuba.