A Flavian Macedonian Shield

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by David Atherton, Dec 4, 2021.

  1. David Atherton

    David Atherton Flavian Fanatic

    This iconic type from Macedonia has always been on my provincial want list, recently I was able to acquire one.

    Æ25, 10.84g
    Koinon of Macedonia, undated
    Obv: ΑΥΤΟΚΡΑΤΩΡ ΚΑΙΣΑΡ ΟΥΕΣΡΑΣΙΑΝΟΣ; Head of Vespasian, laureate, l.
    Rev: ΣΕΒΑΣΤΟΣ ΜΑΚΕΔΟΝΩΝ; Macedonian shield
    RPC 333 (7 spec.).
    Acquired from Forvm Ancient Coins, November 2021.

    The Koinon of Macedonia struck a small undated issue of bronze coinage under the Flavians. The reverse on the Æ25 depicts the famous ethnic type of a Macedonian shield. The shield is likely copied from the tetradrachms depicting the one Alexander the Great's army used during their conquests. Hundreds of years later the shield remained a potent and proud symbol for the region.

    Show off your shields!
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  3. Carl Wilmont

    Carl Wilmont Supporter! Supporter

    I like the shield and the portrait on that coin, @David Atherton. The shield has some similarity to the one on this coin of Herod the Great.

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    Judaea, Herodian Kingdom. Herod I (The Great). 40 BC – 4 AD. Æ 4 Prutot (5.08 g).
    Uncertain mint in Samaria (perhaps Sebaste), RY 3 (40/39 as Tetrarch of Samaria or 38/7 BCE as King of Judaea*). Macedonian shield with decorated rim. / BAΣIΛEΩΣ HPΩΔOY (of King Herod); crested helmet with cheek protection flanked by date LΓ (year 3) and monogram TP. Dotted border on both sides. Hendin 1170; TJC 45; Meshorer 45. Earthen green desert patina.

    *Herod was appointed Tetrarch of Samaria in 42 BC by Mark Antony, and King of Judaea in 40 BC by the Roman Senate with approval of Octavian.
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  4. Andres2

    Andres2 Well-Known Member

  5. Ryro

    Ryro The last of the Diadochi Supporter

    Excellent detail on that shield! These types are usually in pretty shabby shape and you've done exceedingly well!
    My incredible Hulk-spasian is a fav:

    And in no particular order the rest of the gang:

    An extremely rare Nero

    And him with a laughably long neck

    Vespasians boy Domitian

    Antoninus Pius
    The ever hard to find Vitellius

    A recent Claudius upgrade

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    And Hadrian

    And one that's exact date is still up for debate. I think it's from the time of Nero:
  6. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    Interesting thread and great coins. I too have a Flavian shield from Macedon, not nearly as nice as the OP - this one is pretty ghastly:

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    Domitian Æ 23
    Koinon of Macedon
    n.d. (c. 81-96 A. D.)

    [AVT K]AIΣA[Ρ] ΔOMITAI[NOΣ ΣEB], laureate head right / [KOINON MA]KEΔONΩN, Macedonian shield.
    RPC II 336; Moushmov 5881; SNG Cop 1337; AMNG 252.
    (7.51 grams / 23 mm)
    eBay Jan. 2021 Lot @ $0.86
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