Heraclius & Heraclius Constantine, AD 610-641. Gold Solidus. Obverse: dd NN hERACLIUS ET HERA CONST PP AVG - Facing busts of Heraclius and Heraclius Constantine both wearing chlamys and simple crown, cross between their heads. Reverse: VICTORIA AVGUU - Cross potent on three steps. CONOB in exergue. Nearly Extremely Fine
Phocas, AD 602-610, Gold Solidus. Obverse: dN FOCAS PERP AVG - Draped and cuirassed facing bust wearing crown with pendilia and holding cross on globe. Reverse: VICTORIA AVGUΘ - Angel standing facing, holding staff surmounted by christogram (Staurogram - early symbols similar to the Chi Rho) and cross on globe. Good Very Fine
Quintillus, AD 270, AE. Antoninianus. Obverse. Radiate draped and cuirassed bust of Quintillus facing right. Reverse. FORTVNA REDVX, Fortuna standing holding rudder set on globe and cornucopiae, Officina mark Z in field. [S.11441] About Extremely Fine
Founded in 709 B.C., the ancient city of Parion is the present day town of Kemer in Canakkale province of Turkey. It was a major coastal city and trading port with two harbours. Parion enjoyed strong relations with Thrace and Anatolia throughout history and it was the main customs station through which all goods bound for Constantinople (Istanbul) from Greece and the
Aegean had to pass. After being conquered by the Persian Empire in the 6th Century B.C. it passed to Lysimachus in the 4th Century B.C. and then the Attalids in the 3rd. From one tyrant to another! A local city-coinage system was introduced by the ancient Greeks and continued through to Roman times with later coins being issued in the name of the emperor.
The image of the Gorgoneion was used to ward off evil and for that reason was put on door frames, shields and, of course, on coins! We have recently bought a small collection of archaic Silver Drachm made in this city in the 5th Century B.C.. The obverse shows the facing head of a Gorgoneion with a protruding tongue and the reverse depicts a disorganized linear pattern
within an incuse square.
The coins are all in a Fine condition as they were used at the time and have survived from 2400 years ago! But they are a fascinating charm to ward off evil, then and now. Pick up this ancient coin for just £90, priced to please!