Classical Numismatic Group > Electronic Auction 550Auction date: 15 November 2023
Lot number: 427

Price realized: 110 USD   (Approx. 102 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:

SELEUCIS and PIERIA, Balanea (as Leucas-Claudia). Macrinus. AD 217-218. Æ (21.5mm, 9.40 g, 11h). AY K OΠЄ MAKPЄINOC CЄ, laureate head right / ΛЄYKAΔIΩN, Astarte standing facing, head left, holding scepter; at feet, river-god Chrysoroas. Unpublished. Helios 3, lot 728; M&M 20, lot 734. Dark green patina, die flaws. Near VF. Very rare.

From the Dr. Michael Slavin Collection.

Estimate: 100 USD

Match 1:
Classical Numismatic Group > Triton XXVIIAuction date: 9 January 2024
Lot number: 468

Price realized: 5,500 USD   (Approx. 5,037 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:

LYDIA, Germe. Septimius Severus, with Caracalla. AD 193-211. Æ Medallion (45mm, 48.30 g, 6h). Glykon II, strategos. Struck AD 202-205. AV KAI Λ CЄΠTI CЄYHPOC Π KAI AY K M AY ANTΩNЄINOC ЄY, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Septimius Severus right, seen from behind vis-à-vis laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Caracalla left, seen from behind / ЄΠI CTPA ΓΛYKΩNOC B ΓЄPMHNΩN, at center; Hercules seated left on rock draped with lion's skin, right hand resting on club, holding cantharus in left hand; to right, Apollo stands facing, head right, holding plectrum and lyre; to right, Tyche stands left, wearing calathus, holding cornucopia in right and crowning Hercules with wreath in left; behind Hercules, Artemis standing right, drawing arrow from quiver at shoulder. Ehling 160 (V1/R1); SNG BN 986. Green-black patina, slight roughness. Good VF. Extremely rare, one of five known.

Ex Classical Numismatic Group 72 (14 June 2006), lot 1167; Garth R. Drewry Collection (Triton VIII, 11-12 January 2005), lot 765; Classical Numismatic Group 42 (29 May 1997), lot 992; Gorny & Mosch 64 (11 October 1993), lot 547 .

This coin can be more closely dated by the magistrate's office. Glykon appears as strategos for the first time earlier in the Severan period; he appears on a coin of Germe in the name of Plautilla, hence 202-205 AD. He must have accepted his second magistracy in the period 205-209 AD, since it is recorded on a coin of Geta as Caesar. The rather crowded reverse features deities that appear individually on numerous Germe coins in the 2nd and 3rd centuries, but not in this grouping, the significance of which is uncertain. We cannot say for sure if reference is being made to a specific event, but the posture of Tyche presenting a wreath to a seated figure (or being presented one herself) is often associated with the sponsoring of agonistic games proclaimed by the emperor and eagerly sought by ambitious towns for the prestige (and income) that the city derived from the affairs. On the other hand, the city fathers would be tapped for hefty contributions toward expenses, often leaving individual magistrates like Glykon bankrupt! He at least got his name on the coin. Germe may have celebrated such a festival, which perhaps coincided with the elevation of Severus' younger son Geta to the rank of Augustus. The problem with this theory, though, is that there are no games issues struck during the Severan era at Germe. There are, however, multiple procession scenes possibly depicting an imperial visit.

Estimate: 5000 USD

Match 2:
Classical Numismatic Group > Electronic Auction 549Auction date: 1 November 2023
Lot number: 340

Price realized: 375 USD   (Approx. 353 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:

MOESIA INFERIOR, Marcianopolis. Macrinus, with Diadumenian as Caesar. AD 217-218. Æ Pentassarion (26.5mm, 15.85 g, 6h). Pontianus, legatus Augusti pro praetore. Laureate head of Macrinus right vis-à-vis bare head of Diadumenian left / Nemesis standing facing, head left, holding scales and cornucopia; at feet left, wheel; E (mark of value) to right. H&J, Marcianopolis; AMNG I 762; Varbanov 1209. Dark brown patina with touches of light green in the devices. Good VF.

From the Kings Collection. Ex TAB Collection (Classical Numismatic Group 480, 11 November 2020), lot 359; Künker 257 (10 October 2014), lot 8594; Giessener Münzhandlung 97 (11 October 1999), lot 684.

Estimate: 300 USD

Match 3:
Spink > Auction 23108Auction date: 24 October 2023
Lot number: 1384

Price realized: Unsold
Lot description:

A Selection of Roman and Byzantine Billion, Bronze and Silver (12): i) Augustus AE Quadrans, C. Rubellius Blandus, moneyer, Rome, 4 BC, C RVBELLIVS BLANDVS, around S C, rev. IIIVIR AAAFF, Altar with bowl-shaped top, decorated with garland, 3.20g (RIC 467) detailed, very fine; ii) Caracalla and Geta, Provincial, AE 28, Marcianopolis, Moesia Inferior, AD 209-211, Flavius Ulpianus, consular legate. AY K M AY ANTONINOC AY K P C GETAC, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Caracalla, facing laureate and draped bust of Geta left, rev. Y +L OYLPIANOY MAPKIANOPOLITON Tyche standing left, holding rudder and cornucopiae, 12.23g (H&J, Marcianopolis,; Varbanov 1085), darkly-toned, about very fine; iii) Maximinus I (235-238), AR Denarius, Rome, imp maximinvs pivs avg, laureate head right, rev. p m tr p p p, emperor between 2 standards (RIC IV, no.1; Cohen 46; BMC 9), Some softening to edges, otherwise very fine; iv) Trajan II Decius (AD 249-251) AE 24.5, Pisidia, IMP CAES G MESS Q DECIO TRAI AV radiate, cuirassed bust right, fold of cloak on left shoulder. rev. ANTIO - CHI CO around, S R in exergue, Vexillum surmounted by eagle, between two standards surmounted by wreaths, 8.28g (Krzyz, New Reverse 4, p. 192, pl. XLIII; Cf. RPC 1259 (27 spec.) Ex Empire Coins List 56, 1991, no. 133. Ex Bill Behnen Collection), toned very fine; v) Valerian I (AD 253-260) IMP CAE P AELL OVALEPIAN (sic), radiate and draped bust right rev. Vexillum surmounted by eagle, between two signa, S R in exergue, 5.19g (SNG France 1320 (same obv. die)) light brown patina, very fine; vi) Gallic Empire, Postumus (259-268), BI Antoninianus, Cologne, c. AD 261, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, rev. Laetitia, prow of ship right, avg below (Cohen 167; RIC 73), toned, detailed, attractive good very fine to extremely fine; vii) Probus (276-282), AE Radiate, Ticinum, VIRTVS PROBI AVG, helmeted, radiate, and cuirassed bust left, holding spear and shield, rev. PROVIDENT AVG, Providentia standing left holding globe and sceptre. Q in left field, SXXI in exergue, 4.24g (RIC 491), toned, about very fine; viii) Carinus, as Caesar (282-283) BI Antoninianus, Antioch, IMP C M AVR CARINVS NOB C Bust radiate, cuirassed right, rev. VIRTVS A - VGG Carinus standing right, receiving Victory on globe from Carus standing light, XXI in exergue, B = officina 2 in lower field, 3.63g (RIC 206; C 182) light remnants of silvering, good very fine; ix) Gratian (378-383) AE Nummus, Cyzicus, D N GRATIANVS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right rev. CONCORDIA AVGGG, Roma, helmeted, seated facing, head left, holding globe and spear, right leg bare, + in right field; SMKB in exergue, 2.82g (RIC 17a) light brown patina, lustrous, good very fine; x) Theodosius I (379-395) AE 4, Heraclea, 379-83 AD, D N THEODOSIVS P F AVG pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right, rev. VOT / X / MVLT / XX in four lines in wreath, SMHA in exergue, 1.28g (RIC 19c) lustrous good very fine; xi) Arcadius (383-408) AE 4, Cyzicus, c. 383, D N ARCADIVS P F AVG pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right, rev. VOT/V within wreath, SMKA below, 0.98g (RIC 20d), good fine; Byzantine Empire, Leo VI, with Alexander (886-912) AE Nummus. Constantinople, +LEON S ALEXANGROS, Leo and Alexander enthroned facing, holding labarum between them, Alexander also holding an akakia, rev. + LEON S ALEXANGROS BASIL ROMEON in four lines, 8.48g (DOC 6; Sear 1730) good very fine; all with tickets included (12)..
i) Roma E-sale 53, lot 695, 7th February 2019, 'very fine', from the Eucharis Collection;
ii) Roma E-sale 52, lot 553, 10th January 2019, 'very fine';
iii) Spink 18006 lot 1124, (part) 'very fine';
iv) Harlan J Berk Buy or Bid 202, lot 365
v) Roma, E-Sale 52, lot 616;
vi) Spink 18006 lot 1124 (part);
vii) Roma, E-Sale 57, lot 1029;
viii) Harlan J. Berk, Buy or Bid 206, lot 309
ix) Roma E-Sale 53, lot 959;
x) Harlan J. Berk Buy or Bid 206, lot 334; Formerly Elliot-Kent, CNG
xi) Harlan J. Berk Buy or Bid 201, lot 269;
xii) Roma E-sale 57, lot 1216
Estimate: £400 - £600

Match 4:
Heritage World Coin Auctions > CSNS Signature Sale 3115Auction date: 8 May 2024
Lot number: 32294

Price realized: This lot is for sale in an upcoming auction - Bid on this lot
Lot description:

Macrinus (AD 217-218). AE sestertius (34mm, 27.67 gm, 6h). XF, tooled. Rome, AD 217. IMP CAES M OPEL SEV MACRINVS AVG, laureate, cuirassed bust of Macrinus right with short beard / IOVI CONSERVATORI, Jupiter standing facing, head left, with thunderbolt in outstretched right hand, grounded scepter in left; small figure of Macrinus standing facing (to right), head right, raising left hand. RIC 189. BMCRE 102. Cohen 39. Rare example struck on a large medallic flan, with a deep reddish-brown patina. Evidence of tooling, thus ineligible for encapsulation.

Ex Heritage Auctions, Auction 3061 (7 January 2018), lot 29399; Künker 273 (14 March 2106), lot 849; Dr. Rousset Collection (Hirsch 30, Munich, 1911) lot 1104; Bourgey (Paris, 24 April 1908), lot 341.

This foreboding sestertius depicts on the obverse the short-reigned emperor Macrinus sporting a soldier's beard and on the reverse the emperor seeking protection under the shadow of a colossal effigy of Jupiter the Preserver (IOVI CONSERVATORI), a late imperial reverse type invoking the king of the Pantheon as the personal protector of the Augusti. First appearing after the Year of the Five Emperors, Jupiter the Preserver was a symbol of the precarity of holding power in a time of such rapid dynastic turnover. A fitting allusion, as Macrinus and his son Diadumenian's reign would last just over one year, culminating in the disastrous Battle of Antioch. Following their defeat, both fled, were apprehended, and beheaded, their heads sent to their successor Elagabalus as trophies. Additionally, the Senate ordered the erasure of their names and faces, known as a condemnation of their memory (damnatio memoriae).

'The Life of Diadumenian' in the Historia Augusta recounts a pertinent exchange between Macrinus and his troops. Imperial claimants from the Severan and Antonine dynasties were present in Rome; therefore, to defend against their claims, Macrinus adopted the name Severus and granted his son the name Antoninus. Upon hearing this, Macrinus' troops shouted, "Jupiter, Greatest and Best, grant long life to Macrinus and to Antoninus. Thou knowest, O Jupiter, that no man can conquer Macrinus." Macrinus replied, "Accept, therefore, comrades, in return for the bestowal of the imperial power, three aurei for each one of you, and for the bestowal of the name Antoninus five aurei for each,​ together with the advancements prescribed by custom, but at this time doubled. The gods will grant that such gifts shall be often bestowed upon you, but we shall give you every five years what we have deemed right to give today."



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Match 5:
Spink > Auction 23108Auction date: 24 October 2023
Lot number: 1386

Price realized: Unsold
Lot description:

Roman Empire, A Selection of Third-Century Bronze and Billion (7): i) Provincial, Gordian III, (AD 238-244) BI Tetradrachm, Alexandria, Egypt, RY 7/AD243-4, A K M AIT GORDIANOS PI laureate bust of Gordian III right, draped and cuirassed, rev. laureate bust of Nilus right, date mark behind, cornucopiae before, 12h, 12.78g, (RPC, 3878; Geissen, 2676–7) toned with light patina, characterful strike especially on reverse, a rare example and about very fine ; ii) Philip I, 'The Arab', (AD244-249), BI Antonianus, IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG radiate bust right, draped and cuirassedrev. P M TR P II COS PP, Philip seated left on curule chair, 12h, 4.22g, (RIC, 2b; RSC, 120), nice strike, well centred and toned, good fine; iii) Provincial, Philip II, (AD247-249), AE, Nisbis, Mesopotamia, radiate bust left, cuirassed, wearing paludamentum, rev. Tyche of Antioch, seated facing, Ram/Aries leaping high above right, head left, all within tetrastyle shrine, below, river-god Euphrates swimming right, 12h, 10.23g, (BMC, 22-3 (Philip I); cf. SNG Copenhagen, 240 (same); cf. Lindgren II, 2604 (same); Agora, 71, 203) about fine; Maximian, First Reign, (AD286-305), AE Follis (2): iv) Cyzicus, c.295-296, IMP C M A MAXIMIANVS PF AVG laureate head right, rev. GENIO POPVLI ROMANI Genius standing left, holding patera and cornucopiae, KE in exergue, 6h, 10.51g, (RIC, 10b), well-struck, bright, lightly scratched and flattened but otherwise very fine; v) Another, Ticinum, c.296-297,IMP C M A MAXIMIANVS PF AVG laureate head right, rev. GENIO POPVLI ROMANI Genius standing left, holding patera and cornucopiae, star in left field, 2h, 10.52g, (RIC, 31b), toned and lustrous with some deposits and verdigris, otherwise good fine (2); Trebonius Gallus, (AD251-253) (2): vi) BI Antoninianus, Antioch, c.251-252, IMP CAE C VIB TREB GALLVS AVG radiate bust right, rev. SAEC[VLLVM] NOVVM, hexastyle temple with Roma seated within; mintmark IIV, 6h, 2.41g, (RIC, 91; RSC, 111f) lustrous, some porosity, flattened at edges, near fine; vii) Volusian(?), (AD251-253) AE, both sides obscured, toned, good; (10). Sold as described, no returns..

Estimate: £100 - £150