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Cyprus


Cyprus, Time of Augustus, 27 B.C. - 14 A.D.
Click for a larger photo Augustus' sun sign was Libra. We don't know why he selected the Capricorn as his emblem. Perhaps Capricorn was either his rising sign or his Moon sign. Popular astrology, of the newspaper kind, is sun sign astrology. The ancients tended to attach more importance to the Moon sign and rising sign. Perhaps Augustus selected the Capricorn because it is associated with stern moral authority. Tiberius (born Nov. 13) was a Scorpio.
SH58097. Bronze AE 18, RPC I 3916; SNG Cop -, F, weight 2.666 g, maximum diameter 16.1 mm, die axis 0o, Cypriot mint, obverse capricorn, star above; reverse scorpion, star above; $105.00 (€78.75)

Salamis, Cyprus, Evagorus II, c. 361 - 351 B.C.
Click for a larger photo Salamis was a maritime town on the east coast of Cyprus, at the end of a fertile plain between two mountains, near the River Pediaeus.
GB59141. Bronze AE 12, Unpublished; cf. SNG Cop 57 (horse left, symbols); Tziambazis 128 - 129 (both left, symbols), BMC Cyprus p. 60, 69 ff. (same); Bank of Cyprus -, F, weight 1.719 g, maximum diameter 12.1 mm, die axis 0o, Salamis mint, c. 361 - 351 BC; obverse lion walking right, crescent above; reverse horse standing right, head turned back, ram's head(?) below; extremely rare; $100.00 (€75.00)

Kition, Cyprus, Baalmelek II, c. 425 - 400 B.C.
Click for a larger photo Kition (Latin: Citium), a city-kingdom on the southern coast of Cyprus (in present-day Larnaca), was established in the 13th century B.C. Cyprus, and its Phoenician city kingdoms including Kition, were under Persia hegemony from 545 to 332 B.C. In 312, Ptolemy conquered Cyprus, the last king of Kition was killed, and the Cypriot city kingdoms were dissolved.
GS64399. Silver obol, Tziambazis 25; BMC Cyprus p. 18, 52; SNG Cop 14; Traité 1229, aVF, struck with very worn dies, weight 0.904 g, maximum diameter 9.4 mm, die axis 0o, Kition mint, c. 425 - 400 B.C.; obverse Herakles' beardless head right, clad in Nemean lion scalp headdress tied at neck; reverse lion right attacking kneeling stag right, Aramaic letters bk above, dotted square border all within a square incuse; rare; $70.00 (€52.50)

Ptolemaic Kingdom, Unstruck Blank Flan, Paphos, Cyprus, Mid 1st Century B.C.
Click for a larger photo Illustrative of Ptolemaic coin production methods. The unstruck obverse shows the shape of the mold from which the blank was cast. The obverse dimple was probably intended to improved the flow of metal into the obverse portrait during striking.
GB64449. Bronze dichalkon, unstruck blank flan, reputedly found on Cyprus, VF, weight 4.625 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 0o, Paphos mint, mid 1st century B.C.; $70.00 (€52.50)

Ptolemaic Kingdom, Ptolemy III Euergetes, 246 - 222 B.C.
Click for a larger photo Ptolemy III Euergetes was the third ruler of the Ptolemaic dynasty in Egypt. He promoted the translation of Jewish scriptures into Greek as the Septuagint. Due to a falling out at the Seleucid court, his eldest sister Berenice Phernophorus was murdered along with her infant son. In response he invaded Syria, occupied Antioch and even reached Babylon. This war, the Third Syrian War, is cryptically alluded to in Daniel XI 7-9.
GB67121. Bronze AE 13, Svoronos 1009, SNG Cop 647, Weiser 110, Cox Curium 82, SNG Milan -, Noeske -, Hosking -, VF, earthen encrustation, weight 1.514 g, maximum diameter 13.4 mm, die axis 0o, Cyprus mint, obverse horned head of Zeus Ammon right, wearing taenia; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΠTOΛEMAIOY, cult-statue of Aphrodite standing facing, polos on head; rare; $70.00 (€52.50)

Macedonian Kingdom, Philip III or Kassander, c. 323 - 315 B.C.
Click for a larger photo Salamis was a maritime town on the east coast of Cyprus, at the end of a fertile plain between two mountains, near the River Pediaeus.
GB69898. Bronze AE 1/2 unit, Price 3162, VF, porous, weight 4.503 g, maximum diameter 15.4 mm, die axis 0o, Salamis mint, c. 323 - 315 B.C.; obverse Macedonian shield with five crescents around, Medusa facing at center; reverse crested Macedonian helmet, flanked by B - A (BASILEWS ALEXANDROU, King Alexander), caduceus lower left, NK monogram lower right; $70.00 (€52.50)

Macedonian Kingdom, Time of Philip III or Kassander, c. 323 - 315 B.C.
Click for a larger photo Struck in the name of Alexander the Great during the turmoil following his death.
GB62975. Bronze half unit, Price 3158, VF, weight 4.699 g, maximum diameter 17.2 mm, die axis 0o, Cyprus, Salamis mint, c. 323 - 315 B.C.; obverse Macedonian shield with Medusa's head at center; reverse Macedonian helmet, flanked by B - A (BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞAN∆POY, King Alexander), caduceus lower left; $40.00 (€30.00)



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