, , Italy, c. 275 - 250 B.C.
In angst at not seducing with her voice, the siren , threw herself into the sea and died. Her body washed up on the near . There she was not envisioned as one of the insidious monsters of Homer, but rather like a dead hero, she was enshrined and deified and her name was given to an early settlement on the site. held funerary torch-races to commemorate and her nearby tomb and sanctuary were among the local places of interest. The river god was her father.
GS84679. Silver nomos, 440; 381; 100, 63; 483; 586; -, VF, , , on a , porous, 7.114 g, maximum 18.8 mm, 45o, mint, c. 275 - 250 B.C.; of siren left, wearing , triple-pendant earring, and necklace, EY behind neck; the river-god in the form of a , walking left, turned facing, flying left above, placing on river-god's , ΛOY below, NEOΠOΛITHΣ in ; $580.00 (Ä516.20)
Nabataean Kingdom, Syllaeus and Aretas IV, 9 B.C.
Aretas IV was probably the son of Obodas III, but this is not certain. Syllaeus was chief minister for Obodas III and initially shared rule with Aretas after Obodas death. But the rulers of served under the authority of and , begrudging Syllaeus as an enemy, did not approve. In 24 B.C. Syllaeus had betrayed causing the near massacre of a Roman army sent into . Syllaeus was called to the court at , where in 6 B.C. he was convicted of treason and Obodas' murder. He was beheaded and his body was pitched from the Tarpeian Rock.SH12877. Silver 1/4
or , , Sup. 4; and ,"Nabataean Coinage III", NumChron 1994, pl. 10, VF, 1.069 g, maximum 12.0 mm, 0o, Petra mint, 9 B.C.; diademed of Obodas II, Syllaes' Aramaic (shin) behind; S (shin = Syllaeus) and H (heth = Aretas) in ; very ; SOLD
Nabataean Kingdom, Aretas IV, 9 B.C. - 40 A.D.
Possibly struck in the year of Christ's birth! Jesus was born sometime between 6 B.C. and 4 B.C. Matthew describes Herod as the ruler during the time of the Nativity, and Herod died in 4 B.C. Later, in order to kill Jesus and eliminate him as a rival , Herod ordered the "Massacre of the Innocents" - the killing of all male children in Bethlehem aged two years and under. This means that Jesus may have been up to two years old already by that time, and this also sets the Nativity between 6 and 4 B.C.SH51930. Silver
, 57, 65 var. (numeral date), 973 var. (same), VF, flat strike areas, 4.293 g, maximum 16.6 mm, 0o, Petra mint, 4 - 3 B.C.; Nabataean , "Aretas, of the Nabataeans, lover of his people", laureate and draped of Aretas IV right, with long hair; Nabataean , "Huldu, queen of the Nabataeans, year six" (year spelled out), veiled of Huldu right, flanked by Nabataean O (ayin) right and H (heth) left across lower ; very with year six spelled out vice the Nabataean numeral; SOLD
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