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    Paduan

    E33, Lot 60:

    Nero. A.D. 54-68. Æ cast “sestertius." 22.97 gm. 35 mm. Paduan type. Early cast. His laureate head right, globe at point of bust; NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P / Nero on horseback right, carrying spear, horseman behind holding standard; DECVRSIO S C. Klawans 3. Near Extremely Fine; handsome red patina; some light underlying corrosion. Particularly fine example.

    "Paduan" medals are so named after Giovanni da Cavino of Padua (1500-1570), who during his lifetime produced high quality dies to strike imitations and fantasy versions of Roman coins. The dies were passed down through Cavino's family until being purchased by the antiquary to the king of France in the 17th century, 100 years after Cavino's death. It is quite likely that the dies were used in the years between Cavino's death and their sale, and many copies were also cast based on struck originals. Casts were also created using existing casts, these 'aftercasts' generally decrease in quality and fidelity the further removed they become from the original struck examples.

    Whether or not they were made as intentional counterfeits is not conclusive (many scholars argue no). Various examples found their way into serious collections over time, but Zander Klawans's 1977 reference (and the many preceding works by Lawrence and others) mean that they are now rarely mistaken for real examples. Unlike many non-contemporary counterfeits Paduans are historic and collectible in their own right.

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    AS38, Lot 64:

    MACEDON. Koinon of Macedon. Pseudo-autonomous issue, temp. Gordian III. A.D. 238-244. Æ. 13.57 gm. 25 mm. Beroea mint. Dated year 275 (A.D. 244). Head of Alexander the Great right, wearing crested Attic helmet with griffin on bowl; AΛEΞANΔPOY / Alexander the Great on horseback right, brandishing spear; EOC (date) below, KOINON MAKEΔONΩN B NEΩKOP. AMNG 850. Good Very Fine; dark green and brown patina.

    Bucephalus or Bucephalas ("ox-head") was the horse of Alexander the Great, and one of the most famous horses of antiquity. Ancient accounts state that Bucephalus died after the Battle of the Hydaspes in 326 BC, in what is now modern Punjab Province of Pakistan, and is buried in Jalalpur Sharif outside Jhelum, Punjab, Pakistan.

    The Koinon of the Macedonians was a confederation of Macedonian cities under a central government or king (or, under Roman rule, the Roman emperor). Rooted in the Hellenistic period, this central administration handled diplomatic issues both between member city-states and with foreign bodies. Coins issued in the name of the 'Macedonians' first appear during the reigns of Philip V and Perseus, and continued to appear under Roman rule. The Romans reorganized the Koinon around the imperial cult and put members of the local elite in charge. They organized and financed festivals and games, and were awarded Roman citizenship in return. The iconography of the Koinon issues (Alexander the Great, the Macedonian shield, and so on) reflect a powerful ethnic and civic identity that, as it was no longer a threat to Roman control, was allowed to flourish. (Howgego, Christopher; Heuchert, Volker; Burnett, Andrew, Coinage and Identity in the Roman Provinces. 2005.)

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