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Sculpture on Ancient Coins

Many of the images of gods and goddesses on ancient coins were derived from sculptures. The coins on this page depict known sculptures or images that are clearly taken from sculpture.

Kaunos, Caria, c. 197 - 191 B.C. (or Later 2nd Century)

|Kaunos|, |Kaunos,| |Caria,| |c.| |197| |-| |191| |B.C.| |(or| |Later| |2nd| |Century)|, |AE| |16|
On the Rosetta Stone, "The Memphis Decree" announces Ptolemy V's rule and ascension to godhood, and describes him as "like Horus." In "A Statue of a Hellenistic King," Journal of Hellenistic Studies, 33 (1913), C. Edgar attributes a statue very similar to the reverse figure to Ptolemy V: "[The statue] stands with right foot drawn back, the toes alone resting on the ground...His head is held erect and his gaze is turned slightly to his right. His shoulders are drawn up a little...[the upper part] unnaturally short in proportion to the lower part of the trunk...[The missing right] forearm was clear of the body. The [missing] left hand was raised and probably rested on a spear." We believe this type is from the among the last issues of Kaunos under Ptolemaic rule, struck after the 13 year old Ptolemy V came of age in 197/6 B.C., perhaps to commemorate his accession, and before he sold the city to the Rhodians for 200 talents of silver in 191 B.C.
GB87087. Bronze AE 16, SNGvA 8103; Lindgren III 425; Imhoof-Blumer KM I, p. 138, 1; BMC Caria -; SNG Cop -; SNG Keckman -; SNG Munchen -, VF, green patina, well centered on a tight flan, a little porous/rough, tiny edge crack, weight 2.166 g, maximum diameter 15.6 mm, die axis 0o, Kaunos (Dalyan, Turkey) mint, c. 197 - 191 B.C. (or later 2nd century); obverse diademed and horned head of Alexander the Great right; reverse youth (Ptolemy V as Horus?) advancing right, nude, long lotus-tipped scepter transverse in left hand, right arm and index finger extended, snake before him coiled around scepter, K-AY (Kaunos) divided high across field, ΣΩ-TAΣ (magistrate) divided across center; very rare; $120.00 SALE |PRICE| $108.00
 


Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D., Commemorative Struck by Caligula

|Augustus|, |Augustus,| |16| |January| |27| |B.C.| |-| |19| |August| |14| |A.D.,| |Commemorative| |Struck| |by| |Caligula|, |dupondius|
The reverse legend indicates the figure depicted is a statue that was dedicated to Augustus by the "general will of the Senate, equestrian order and people of Rome."
RB94034. Orichalcum dupondius, RIC I Gaius 56; BMCRE I Caligula 88; Hunter I p. 62, 1; Cohen I 87; BnF II Caligula 134; SRCV I 1811, VF, bold strike from good dies, dark green and brown surfaces, some roughness, very heavy flan., weight 18.348 g, maximum diameter 30.2 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, struck under Gaius (Caligula), 37 - 41 A.D.; obverse DIVVS AVGVSTVS, radiate head of Augustus left, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across lower half of field; reverse CONSENSV SENAT ET EQ ORDIN P Q R (with the will of the Senate, the equestrian order, and the people of Rome), bare-headed Augustus seated left on curule chair, laureate and togate, laurel branch in extended right hand, globe in left hand at side; ex CNG e-sale 453 (2 Oct 2019), lot 494; SOLD


Titus, 1 July 69 - 24 June 79 A.D.

|Titus|, |Titus,| |1| |July| |69| |-| |24| |June| |79| |A.D.|, |denarius|
The rostral column reverse type was apparent inspired by a very similar denarius of Octavian (RIC I 271, RSC I 124, SRCV I 1559).
RS72974. Silver denarius, RIC II-1 46; RSC II 289, BMCRE I 29; BnF II 23; SRCV I 2509; cf. Hunter I 6 (IMP XIIII, issue 4), F, toned, tight flan, weight 3.101 g, maximum diameter 18.8 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, issue 5, 1 Jul - 31 Dec 79 A.D.; obverse IMP TITVS CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M, laureate head right; reverse TR P VIIII IMP XV COS VII P P, radiate nude figure standing facing on rostral column, spear vertical in figure's right hand, parazonium at side in left hand, column ornamented with an anchor on the front and galley rams on the sides; from the Jyrki Muona Collection; SOLD







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