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Vessels and Cups on Ancient Coins

Vessels and cups depicted on coins were often those used in religious ceremonies, but also those used in daily life. The amphora, used to store olive-oil and wine, is often depicted on coins, especially from cities that were big wine producers.


Galba, 3 April 68 - 15 January 69 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt
Click for a larger photo During the mummification process, large organs, such as the liver, lungs, stomach and intestines were extracted and placed in four jars. In the Ptolemaic period, the Greeks called these jars "canopic jars," relating them to the deity of the old city Canop (now a village in Abu Kyr). The heart was left in the body because it held the spirit, understanding and senses and would be needed on the Day of Judgment in the underworld.
RX68898. Bronze obol, RPC I 5352; Kampmann 17.28; Dattari 318; BMC Alexandria p 24, 204; Emmett 181; Geissen -, F, weight 5.514 g, maximum diameter 20.9 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 68 - 15 Jan 69 A.D.; obverse CEΠOYI ΓAΛBA AYTO KAIΣ ΣEBA, laureate head right, LB (year 2) below chin; reverse Canopic Jar of Osiris right, with headdress, horns, uraei and plumes, L B (year 2) on right; from the Jyrki Muona Collection; very rare; $200.00 (€150.00)

Lamia,Thessaly, Greece, 400 - 344 B.C.
Click for a larger photo Lamia has been inhabited since at least the 3rd millennium B.C., but the first historical mention is after an earthquake in 424 B.C., when it was an important Spartan military base. The city held a strategic location, controlling the narrow coastal plain that connected southern Greece with Thessaly and the rest of the Balkans. It was therefore fortified in the 5th century B.C., and was contested by the Macedonians, Thessalians and Aetolians until the Roman conquest in the early 2nd century B.C.
GS68680. Silver hemidrachm, SNG Cop 77; BCD Thessaly 1089; BCD Thessaly II 123; Traité IV 457 & pl. CCLXXXVII, 20; BMC Thessaly p. 22, 2, gF, elegant style, toned, lightly etched, weight 2.609 g, maximum diameter 16.2 mm, die axis 0o, Lamia mint, 400 - 344 B.C.; obverse head of Dionysos left, wearing ivy wreath; reverse ΛAMIE−ΩN, amphora with two handles, ivy leaf above, prochous to right; all within shallow round incuse; $185.00 (€138.75)

Neapolis, Macedonia, c. 500 - 450 B.C.
Click for a larger photo While some examples of this hemiobol have an odd style gorgon, this example is of a style similar to Neapolis staters. Nevertheless, Klien's attribution of the type to Neapolis is less than certain.
GS68401. Silver hemiobol, Klein 154, SNG ANS -, SNG Cop -, Rosen -, Tzamalis -, VF, porosity, weight 0.345 g, maximum diameter 7.0 mm, die axis 270o, Macedonia, Neapolis mint, c. 500 - 450 B.C.; obverse Gorgon; reverse Kantharos within a square incuse; very rare; $165.00 (€123.75)

Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D.
Click for a larger photo In the first century A.D., the Roman satirist Juvenal observed that his countrymen were made content with two things: bread and circus games. Games were part of religious celebrations and holidays. At one time, across the Empire, Romans celebrated more than forty different games each year. Glory was the main reward for athletes. The actual prize was usually a simple palm frond, wreath, ribbon, or basket.
RB59932. Copper quadrans, BMCRE III 1068, RIC II 687, Cohen 349, VF, weight 2.363 g, maximum diameter 17.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 98 - 102 AD; obverse IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG, laureate bust right, drapery on left shoulder; reverse S C, Urn containing palm frond and wreath set on three-quarter view table; $160.00 (€120.00)

Mende, Macedonia, 400 - 346 B.C.
Click for a larger photo Mende was an ancient colony of Eretria on the south-west side of Cape Poseidion in Pallene in the Chalkidian district of Macedonia. The wine of Mende was famous and is frequently mentioned by ancient writers. The inhabitants particularly revered Dionysos.
GB68715. Bronze chalkous, SNG Cop 221; SNG ANS 397 var (crescent above); BMC Macedonia p. 83, 13 var (no ivy branch), VF, weight 1.078 g, maximum diameter 11.2 mm, die axis 315o, Mende mint, 400 - 346 B.C.; obverse head of youthful Dionysos to left, wearing ivy wreath; reverse MEN, Amphora with tall handles, ivy branch left; scarce; $150.00 (€112.50)

Gordian III, 29 July 238 - 25 February 244 A.D., Neocaesarea, Pontus
Click for a larger photo Neocaesarea (modern Niksar, Turkey) was a favorite residences of Mithridates the Great and later of King Polemon and his successors. Pompey made it a city and gave it the name of Diopolis, while Pythodoris widow of Polemon, made it her capital and called it Sebaste. Judging from its coins the city was probably renamed Neocaesarea during the reign of Tiberius. In 344 and again in 499 the city was destroyed by an earthquake.
RP51390. Bronze AE 28, Rec Gén 53; SNGvA 109; BMC Pontus p. 34, 14 var (no palm beneath table), VF, weight 14.425 g, maximum diameter 28.2 mm, die axis 225o, Neocaesarea mint, 241 - 242 A.D.; obverse AY K M ANT ΓOP∆IANOC, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse KOI ΠONT MH NEOKAICAPIAC, Agnostic table with ornate prize urn and palm on top, palm below table, ET POH in ex.; $80.00 (€60.00)

Krannon, Thessaly, Greece, 350 - 300 B.C.
Click for a larger photo It was customary in time of drought to take a sacred chariot with Hydria in procession through the City to supplicate Apollo for rain, and if a crow settled on the wheels, that was the sign that Apollo would grant the prayers of the faithful. -- Rev. Edgar Rogers in The Copper Coinage of Thessaly
GB49226. Bronze dichalkon, BCD Thessaly 1085 var (reverse legend); cf. Rogers 191.ff.; BMC Thessaly p. 16, 3; SNG Cop 44 var (obv Π); SGCV I 2073, gF, weight 4.364 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, Krannon mint, 350 - 300 B.C.; obverse horseman galloping right, wearing petasos and chlamys, A right, N below; reverse [K]PAN, hydria (water carrying vessel) mounted on cart, crow standing on right wheel; ex BCD collection with his handwritten round tag; unpublished variety; $75.00 (€56.25)

Krannon, Thessaly, Greece, 350 - 300 B.C.
Click for a larger photo In 322 B.C., at Krannon, Thessaly, the Macedonian general Antipater decisively defeated an anti-Macedonian alliance of the Athenians, Aetolians, Thessalians, the Phoceans, the Lokrians and some Peloponnesian states. After the defeat, Athens was forced to abolish its democracy, the leaders responsible for the war were sentenced to death and a Macedonian garrison was stationed at the port of Mounychia.
GB49214. Bronze dichalkon, Rogers 197; BCD Thessaly 1086 var; BMC Thessaly p. 16, 5 var (obv letter); SNG Cop 43 var (same); SGCV I 2073, aVF, weight 4.706 g, maximum diameter 17.1 mm, Krannon mint, 350 - 300 B.C.; obverse horseman galloping right, wearing petasos and chlamys, K behind; reverse K-PA/NNO, hydria (water carrying vessel) mounted on cart; ex BCD collection with his handwritten round tag; $70.00 (€52.50)

Severus Alexander, 13 March 222 - March 235 A.D., Neocaesarea, Pontus
Click for a larger photo Neocaesarea (modern Niksar, Turkey) was a favorite residences of Mithridates the Great and later of King Polemon and his successors. Pompey made it a city and gave it the name of Diopolis, while Pythodoris widow of Polemon, made it her capital and called it Sebaste. Judging from its coins the city was probably renamed Neocaesarea during the reign of Tiberius. In 344 and again in 499 the city was destroyed by an earthquake.
RP51389. Bronze AE 27, Rec Gén 46; SNGvA 104; cf. BMC Pontus p. 34, 12 (Gordian III), aVF, weight 15.035 g, maximum diameter 29.1 mm, die axis 180o, Neocaesarea mint, 222 - 235 A.D.; obverse AY K M AY XE AΛEΞAN∆ΠOC, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse KOI ΠONTO NEOKEC MH, Agnostic table with prize urn and palm on top, vase below with with two palm fronds inside, ET POA in ex; $70.00 (€52.50)

The First Jewish Revolt, 66 - 70 A.D.
Click for a larger photo In 67, the Nabataean king Malichus II sent an army to help Vespasian in the siege of Jerusalem.
JD59176. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1360, gF, weight 2.616 g, maximum diameter 16.9 mm, die axis 180o, Jerusalem mint, year 2, 67 - 68 A.D.; obverse amphora with broad rim and two handles, year 2 (in Hebrew) around; reverse vine leaf on small branch, the freedom of Zion (in Hebrew) around; $70.00 (€52.50)



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