Ptolemaic Kingdom, Unstruck Blank Flan, Paphos, Cyprus, Mid 1st Century B.C.
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 (€60.90)
Ptolemaic Kingdom, Ptolemy III Euergetes, 246 - 222 B.C.
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; $60.00 (€52.20)
Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander IV, c. 323 - 311 B.C.
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.
Struck during the reign the child king Alexander IV, Alexander's son with the Bactrian princess Roxana. He and Philip III, Alexander's brother, were made joint kings by Alexander's generals who intended to use them as pawns. Philip III was imprisoned upon his return to Macedonia, and was executed in 317 B.C. under orders from Olympias. Alexander IV and his mother Roxana were executed by his regent, Kassander, in 311 B.C. GB73568. Bronze AE 1/2 unit, Price 3162, SNG München 925, SNG Cop 1126 (N vice NK monogram, perhaps in error?), Müller Alexander -, aVF, a little rough, weight 4.417 g, maximum diameter 15.8 mm, die axis 0o, Cyprus, 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; $50.00 (€43.50)
Macedonian Kingdom, Time of Philip III or Kassander, c. 323 - 315 B.C.
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 (€34.80)
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