Please note that HA.com will be down for scheduled maintenance from approximately 1 AM to 1:30 AM Central Time the morning of Monday, November 20th. We apologize for any inconvenience.

    Description

    Armenia Subdued

    Augustus (27 BC-AD 14). AV aureus (8.00 gm). Pergamum, 19 BC. AVGVSTVS, bare head of Augustus right / ARMENIA above, CAPTA in exergue, Victory kneeling right on the back of a recumbent bull, grasping its horns and pulling its head back. RIC I 514. RCV I 1576 (this coin illustrated), Calicó 160. Very rare! A few surface marks. Good very fine.

    From the Rubicon Collection. Ex Stack's (July 2006, lot 96). Sear RCV plate coin!

    The evocative scene on the reverse of this rare aureus is often described as Victory cutting the throat of a recumbent bull, symbolizing Armenia. A closer examination shows that Victory is not holding a knife; rather, she is restraining and controlling the bull by tugging on its horns, an image more in keeping with Augustus' artful statesmanship employing pressure and persuasion rather than deadly force. The 'Armenian Question' long vexed Roman leaders, as Armenia lay between the Roman and Parthian Empires and controlled crucial trade routes to the East. When the Parthians attempted to install an Armenian king favorable to their interests, Augustus sent a legionary task force under his adoptive son Tiberius to redress the situation; emboldened, the Armenians expelled the Parthian candidate and raised their own, Tiradates, who was more favorable to Rome. Tiberius was later able to use Roman prestige and the threat of force to regain the legionary standards lost to the Parthians by Crassus in 53 BC without shedding a drop of blood.


    Fees, Shipping, and Handling Description: Coins & Currency (view shipping information)

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    September, 2011
    7th-12th Wednesday-Monday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 1,386

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    15% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 1 day left to consign to the 2018 January 3 - 8 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Tampa!

    Learn about consigning with us

    You have not just a fine firm but a collection of outstanding individuals whom we consider ourselves privileged to know and now consider friends. From me, and from my heart, I just say thank you for a great job of bringing my collecting life to a gratifying close.
    Eugene G.,
    Lancaster, PA
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2017 November 2 - 4 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas
    2017 November 2 - 4 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $9,915,667
    2017 September 7 - 12 Long Beach Expo World Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach
    2017 September 7 - 12 Long Beach Expo World Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach
    REALIZED $5,398,244
    2017 November 1 - 2 Eric P. Newman VIII Currency Signature Auction - Dallas
    2017 November 1 - 2 Eric P. Newman VIII Currency Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $1,987,881