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I have frequently seen this reverse with Husband ans Wife on the obverse, but I have rarely seen this type with only Tranquillina on the obverse.

RPC Volume: VII.2 №: 767
Reign: Gordian III Persons: Tranquillina (Augusta)  241-244 CE
City: Hadrianopolis  Region: Thrace Province: Thrace
Denomination: Æ (24 mm) Average weight: 7.47 g.
Obverse: ϹΑΒ(Ι) ΤΡΑΝΚΥΛΛΕΙΝΑ ϹΕΒ; diademed and draped bust of Tranquillina, right
Reverse: ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟΠΟΛΕΙΤΩΝ; galley with sail hoisted, right; on board, rowers.
7.59g. 24mm
Reference: Jurukova, Hadrianopolis 686–7, 698 Specimens: 23


Post your galleys with raised sails

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Tranquillina, (241 - 244 A.D.)
Egypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: CAB TPANKVΛΛINA CEB, diademed and draped bust right.
R: Homonoia standing left, raising arm and holding double cornuacopiae; in left field, L E. year 5 (241/2 A.D.)
Milne 3420 Emmett 3449

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Tranquillina Augusta, 241-244 C.E.

AE 25 10.7 grams, black patina

Mesopotamia, Singara (modern Sinjar, Iraq) Easternmost stronghold of the Roman Empire

Obverse: SAB TRANQVILLINA AVG, Diademed and draped bust right

Reverse: Veiled Bust of Tyche Right; Centaur Sagittarius leaping right and discharging bow above

Reference: BMC Arabia p. 136, 14; SNG Copenhagen 258

ex-JAZ Numismatics circa 2017 C.E.




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Great pickup, love that galley.  This one is my favorite galley with sail:



Caracalla, Cilicia (Tarsus), 198-217. (AE 34 mm, 19.40 g).  Mantled bust of Caracalla to left, wearing demiourgic crown./ Rev. Galley under full sail with four oarsmen and gubernator.

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EGYPT ca 1st - 3rd Century CE
Glass & Gold Pendant/Charm/Amulet

Size: 20 x 27 mm
Weight: 2.43 g (glass and gold)
Broucheion Collection SEAL-2002-01-18.002

Obv: Galley under sail with six oars facing right within gold suspension band with loop.
Rev: None [Uniface]

- Broucheion


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I have only two Tranquillina coins depicting her without Gordian III.

This one features Marsyas on its reverse.  @Alegandron 
has one that was struck with the same obverse die but has a different reverse type.

Tranquillina, 241-244 CE.
Roman provincial Æ 24.1 mm, 8.06 g.
Thrace, Deultum, 241-244 CE.
Obv: SAB TRANQVILLINA AVG, diademed and draped bust, right.
Rev: COL FL PAC DEVLT, Marsyas as Silenus facing right, carrying wine skin over left shoulder and raising right arm.
Refs: Moushmov 3757; Youroukova 425, 4/II; cf. SNG Cop 549.

I also have this one from Cyzicus that depicts Demeter on its reverse. I like how the obverse inscription gives all three names: Furia Sabinia Tranquillina.TranquillinaCyzicusDemeter.jpg.851c6106870e2adc947615e86b711542.jpg
Tranquillina, 241-244 CE.
Roman provincial Æ 21.3 mm, 5.79 g, 7 h.
Mysia, Cyzicus, Strategos Lepidus.
Obv: Φ ϹΑΒ ΤΡΑΝΚΥΛΛЄΙΝΑΝ, draped bust, right, wearing stephane.
Rev: ϹΤΡ ΛЄΠΙΔΟΥ ΚΥΖΙΚΗΝΩΝΕΩ, Demeter advancing right, holding a torch in each hand.
RPC VII.1, 31; McClean 7608.
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Nice Coin! I have lots of galleys but none with raised sails. 



Ionia, Smyrna. Tranquillina AE22 Diassarion. Herakles

Obv: ΦOYΡI TΡANKYIΛΛEINA C, draped bust right, wearing stephane.
Rev: CMYΡNAIΩN Γ NEΩKOΡΩN, Herakles, naked, standing left, holding kantharos, lion-skin and club.
241-244 AD.

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Most of my ancient coins depicting galleys do not show raised sails, but here's one that does:

Nero, Billon Tetradrachm, Year 13 (AD 66/67), Alexandria, Egypt Mint. Obv. Radiate bust of Nero left wearing aegis (with serpent upright) on left shoulder, ΝΕΡΩ ΚΛΑV ΚΑΙΣ [ΣΕΒ ΓΕΡ ΑV]; in left field before Nero, L beneath ΙΓ (Year 13) / Rev. Galley under sail right, flags at masthead and at top corners of mainsail, standard on prow, and helmsman standing right at stern; below ship, two dolphins right, playing in waves; [ΣΕΒΑΣΤΟΦΟΡΟΣ]. 25.1 mm., 13.33 g.  RPC [Roman Provincial Coinage] Vol. I  5296 (1992); RPC I Online 5296 (see https://rpc.ashmus.ox.ac.uk/coins/1/5296 ); Emmett 121.13; Milne 273 (p. 8); BMC 16 Alexandria 176-177 (p. 21) (ill. Pl. XXX); K&G 14.99 (ill. p. 60); SNG Fr. IV, Alexandria I 514-520 (ill. Pl. 37); Sear RCV I 2009 (p. 395). Purchased from Dr. Busso Peus Nachf., Frankfurt a.M., Germany, Auction 434, 17 Apr. 2023, Lot 360 (ex “Collection of Dr. E.”).*


*According to the description of this type in the catalog for CNG’s Triton XXI, “The Giovanni Maria Staffieri Collection of the Coins of Roman Alexandria,” Jan. 9, 2018, Lot 16 (ill. p. 17), the type most likely “commemorates Nero’s visit to Greece in AD 66-67.” 

Here's one more; a very different sort of galley:

Hadrian, AE Drachm, Year 17 (AD 132/133), Alexandria, Egypt Mint. Obv. Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from rear, ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙϹ ΤΡΑΙΑΝ -  ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟϹ ϹƐΒ / Rev. Isis Pharia, holding billowing sail and sistrum above, sailing right in galley towards the Pharos of Alexandria, which has doorway in front and is surmounted by a statue as well as two tritons blowing seashell trumpets; [L]I – Z (Year 17) across lower fields behind and in front of Isis. 33 mm., 22.64 g., 12 h. Emmett 1002.17, K&G 32.547, RPC III Online 5838 (see https://rpc.ashmus.ox.ac.uk/coins/3/5838), Milne 1373 at p. 33. Purchased Feb. 2022; ex Classical Numismatic Group, eAuction 384, Oct. 12, 2016, Lot 482.



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A galley with a raised sail :


Festival of Isis.
Obv: DEO SARAPIDI, draped bust of Serapis right, wearing modius.
Rev: VOTA PVBLICA, Isis standing right on galley, supporting sail.
Alexandria, Ae (4th century AD), Alföldi 132, 2.78 gr, 19 mm.


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No sails, but this is my all-time favorite coin with galley...


C. Fonteius. 114-113 BC. AR Denarius (20mm, 4.0 gm). Janiform head of Fons or Fontus; D left, mark of value right, six pellets below / Ornate war galley sailing left, cosisting of three rowers and pilot. Crawford 290/1; Sydenham 555; Fonteia 1

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