What do Perseus, St. Paul, and Antoninus Pius have in common? My coin of interest this week is another AE from Asia Minor, the Roman region of Lycaonia and the capital city of Iconium. Lycaonia was part of the larger Roman province of Galatia. Iconium a wealthy town on fertile land in the central plains, north of the Taurus mountains, along the Roman Via Sebaste (a nice photo here of the road).
In 25 BC Augustus established a colony in Lycaonia by setting aside a portion of the ancient city of Iconium for veterans. Under Claudius the city was called Claudiconium and the colony Colonia Julia Augusta Iconiensium.
The Apostle Paul visited Iconium on three of his missionary journeys between AD 48 and 57:
“At Iconium - Now it happened in Iconium that they [Barnabas and Paul] went together to the synagogue of the Jews, and so spoke that a great multitude both of the Jews and of...
Here's another coin procured in the recent FSR auction.
A nephew and close adviser of the Byzantine emperor Justinian I, Justin II became emperor in November 565 following his uncle’s death. He began his reign on a note of resolution and common sense; he paid state debts, remitted overdue taxes, and reduced expenditures.
In the early part of his reign, Justin allowed a measure of toleration to the dissident miaphysite Christians. Initially, he hoped to bring about a union of the miaphysite factions and then to unite them with the orthodox church. In March 571, however, he inaugurated a policy of persecution and issued a lengthy antimiaphysitic creed that all clergy were required to sign under penalty of imprisonment.
In the West, despite an alliance with the Franks, Justin was unable to prevent the Lombards from entering Italy in 568, and parts of that country were soon permanently lost. His relations with the Avars and Persians were marked by similar, though less serious,...
Sellers occasionally label certain Flavian Victory types as part of the 'Judaea Capta' series in fairly dubious ways for promotional reasons - doing so will bring in biblical punters and other collectors who would otherwise have overlooked a piece. Not all of these Victory types are part of the series and should more appropriately be viewed in generic terms - especially if there are no legends or devices that clarifies the matter.
IMHO, my latest coin is one that unmistakeably is a true 'Judaea Capta' Victory type based on its design.
Æ As, 10.91g
Rome mint, 71 AD
Obv: IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS III; Head of Vespasian, laureate, r.
Rev: VICTOR AVGVSTI; S C in field; Victory adv. l. to place shield on trophy; below, Judaea std. l.
RIC 332 (R2). BMC 615. BNC -. Hendin 1556b
Acquired from Witter Coins, eBay, May 2020. Formerly in NGC holder 4683650-004, grade 'F', strike 4/5, surface 3/5.
This is a not so common 'Judaea Capta'...
Yersinia pestis is a gram negative bacteria commonly found circulating in rodents in China, Madagascar, the United States, and India. The bacterium was responsible for both the Justinian plague in the 6th century and the Black Death in the 14th. Both events severely disrupted the current socio-economic establishments of their respective times. The Black Death was partially responsible for destabilizing the Mongol successor kingdoms of Genghis Khan. It was in the tumultuous aftermath of the Plague, that Timur of Transoxiana was born into.
Timur, which means Iron in Chagatai, was born the son of a minor Transoxianan noble in 1336. Not many details about Timur's early life are known, though he was a petty cattle thief in his adolescence. It was during a cattle raid in 1363 that Timur was allegedly shot in the right leg and arm by an attentive rancher; the wounds never fully healed and Timur would live the rest of his life with a limp. Despite the...
The Jefferson Nickel replaced the Buffalo Nickel design in 1938. The Mint held a design competition that year for the new Jefferson Nickel which was ultimately won by Felix Schlag. However, after winning the design competition, the Mint required Schlag to make revisions to his original award-winning reverse design of Monticello. In 2002, the Jefferson Full Step Nickel Club commissioned the production of Jefferson Nickels in .999 fine silver which featured Schlag’s original award winning design. Two types of nickels were made, one with a regular proof finish and the other with a matte proof finish. A total mintage of 1,938 sets were produced, encapsulated by SEGS and individually numbered on the SEGS labels.
So, what do you all think about these tokens? Just a gimmick for SEGS/JFSNC to make some $$? Or, something that Jefferson collectors would want? I picked these up when they came out back in the early 2000s, but it was...
Why revolt against Nero, last of the Julio/ Claudian line? And what was the straw that broke the legions back?
Was it fiddling while Rome burned? He may have done it. But just having the bad press and some believing it, even if he didn't, couldn't have helped.
Could it have been soccer kicking his preggers wifey, killing her and his unborn child? Again, he may or may not have done it. Either way, makes it pretty easy to despise the guy.
Or maybe having his own mother killed?!
(Devito would've played a pretty hilarious Nero!)
Which by all accounts DID happen. Those Roman's might've treated their women poorly. But when it came to moms. They sure revered them. Some of the bigger mommas boys of ancient history.
But what may have been the final straw, which ironically Hadrian had no problems nor bad press with, was his incessant love of all things odd those effeminate Greeks!
I recently added another historical medal to my collection. When making additions I have some vague (only make sense to me) requirements. The most important is eye appeal, followed closely by historical importance.
The obverse of this medal certainly didn’t catch my attention. The name Abercromby didn’t ring any bells and the portrait is, well, just another dead guy. The classical look of the reverse is what caught my attention. The horse is beautifully done but having the Egyptian pyramids in the background sealed the deal. I immediately decided I had to have one and after a quick search of all the available ones online ended up back at the first one I saw.
After a bit of research, I realized it ticked off both requirements.
1801 Great Britain, British Army Arrives in Egypt, AE Medal, Mudie's National Series, Mudie-8, BHM-504, By Webb, Plain Edge. Deep toned brown bronze in color with some underlying surface...
A recent acquisition of mine is by no means the prettiest of coins, but it does have an interesting story behind who has owned it. The coin is a Denar from Bohemia minted under the authority of the recently named king Přemysl Ottokar I. Ottokar was initially named the Duke of Bohemia in 1192, but due to political intrigues he was ousted from power, but was able to regain the duchy in December of 1197. He was then named the King of Bohemia by the Holy Roman Emperor, and was able to establish a primogeniture line to rule over Bohemia as kings for the first time. The coin is one of the first issues minted after Ottokar became king, and depicts a winged man/angel fighting a dragon on the obverse (likely St. Michael), and a bust of Ottokar flanked by two towers on the reverse. This particular coin has flat edges which unfortunately obscures the otherwise charming dragon, but this flatness is typical of the issue.
Přemysl Ottokar I, r....
Part of this is a duplicate of a former post but it was suggested that I start a new post on Goetz medals. Let's see what happens and please share yours.
My collection of world medals increased by one a few weeks ago. Karl Goetz was a controversial man due to his political beliefs but his numismatic accomplishments shouldn't be over looked. In addition to his medal output, he designed a number of German coins after WWI.
This medal depicts "The Bismarck Mausoleum (Bismarck Grabhaus)", Cast Bronze Medal, 356.00g., 105mm, by Karl Goetz, 1919. As you can see it is a big medal measuring over 4" in diameter.
Obverse: Bismarck in the heavens, defiantly clenching his fists with clouds swirling around him.
Legend: Was ich mit Hulfe des deutschen Volkes schuf in grosser Zeit - das hat der Wahn eines einzelnen zerstort • Das deutsche Volk hat sich durtch Unterzeichnung des Friedens von Versailles selbst aus der Reihe der Grossmächte gestrichen • War es fruher...
I recently acquired this coin of Phokas. But before sharing the coin I wanted to go into some of the history behind this lesser-known, and often poorly understood ruler who was able to topple the author (or benefactor) behind the Strategikon of Maurice military treatise.
Phokas (Latin: Flavius Focas Augustus; Greek: Φωκᾶς, Phokas; c. 547 – 5 October 610) was Byzantine emperor from 602 to 610. The early life of Phokas is largely unknown and buried in obscurity, but he rose to prominence in 602, as a leader in a revolt against Emperor Maurice Tiberius. Maurice had ordered the troops in the Balkans to campaign against the Avars across the Danube during the onset of winter, a very unpopular move. Also, there were deficiencies in their pay. Declaring the standard of revolt, a low ranking military officer named Phokas was raised on a shield and acclaimed emperor by the soldiers.
Phokas marched on Constantinople with his army. He captured Constantinople and overthrew Maurice on 23...
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