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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.


Domitian, 13 September 81 - 18 September 96 A.D.
Click for a larger photo Apollo's most famous attribute is the tripod, the symbol of his prophetic powers. It was in the guise of a dolphin that Apollo, brought priests from Crete to Delphi, explaining Apollo's cult title "Delphinios" and the name of the town. He dedicated a bronze tripod to the sanctuary and bestowed divine powers on one of the priestesses, and she became known as the "Pythia." It was she who inhaled the hallucinating vapors from the fissure in the temple floor, while she sat on a tripod chewing laurel leaves. After she mumbled her answer, a male priest would translate it for the supplicant.
SH70194. Silver denarius, RIC II, part 1, 75 (R2); RSC II 568d; BMCRE II 22 note; BnF II 20, aVF, toned, weight 3.325 g, maximum diameter 17.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 81 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES DIVI VESP F DOMITIAN AVG P M, laureate head left; reverse TR P COS VII DES VIII P P, tripod lebes, ornamented with fillets, lion paw feet, and loop handles above the bowl, surmounted by a cover (Pythia's seat?) ornamented with a dolphin; very rare; $250.00 (187.50) ON RESERVE

Macedonian Kingdom, Kassander, 319 - 297 B.C.
Click for a larger photo Antipater's son but not his heir, Kassander seized power. He had no intention of surrendering rule to Alexander's son, who was to be king when he came of age. In 311 B.C., Kassander had Alexander's young son and the boy's mother, Roxane, murdered. In 305 B.C., he declared himself king of Macedonia.
SH67612. Bronze AE 19, SNG Alpha Bank 895 - 896, cf. SNG Cop 1162 (ΛE monogram), gVF, weight 6.545 g, maximum diameter 18.6 mm, die axis 45o, Macedonian mint, 306 - 297 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right; reverse KAΣΣAN∆POY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, tripod lebes, lion paw feet, palm frond on frame above, AE monogram outer left, caduceus outer right; $225.00 (168.75)

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; Trait 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)

Geta, 209 - c. 26 December 211 A.D.
Click for a larger photo In 198 A.D. Septimius Severus' oldest son Caracalla was made Augustus and his youngest son Geta received the title of Caesar.
RS90616. Silver denarius, RSC III 188, RIC IV 3, BMCRE V 147, cf. SRCV II 7201 (Laodicea), VF, cute boy portrait, weight 3.381 g, maximum diameter 18.6 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, as caesar, 198 - 200 A.D.; obverse L SEPTIMIVS GETA CAES, bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse SEVERI PII AVG FIL, priestly implements, from left to right: lituus, knife, tall jug, simpulum and sprinkler; ex CNG auction 236, part of lot 713; $150.00 (112.50)

Geta, 209 - c. 26 December 211 A.D.
Click for a larger photo In 198 A.D. Septimius Severus' oldest son Caracalla was made Augustus and his youngest son Geta received the title of Caesar.
RS71540. Silver denarius, RSC III 188, RIC IV 3, BMCRE V 147, cf. SRCV II 7201 (Laodicea), gVF, nice portrait, weight 3.430 g, maximum diameter 20.0 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, as caesar, 198 - 200 A.D.; obverse L SEPTIMIVS GETA CAES, bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse SEVERI PII AVG FIL, priestly implements, from left to right: lituus, knife, tall jug, simpulum and sprinkler; $110.00 (82.50) ON RESERVE

Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D. Mallos, Cilicia
Click for a larger photo Coins of Antoninus Pius from Mallus are exceedingly rare and absent from most museums and major collections.
RP59745. Bronze AE 21, SNG Levante 1275; RPC Online 10298; SNG BnF -, BMC Lycaonia -, SNG Cop -, aF, weight 4.485 g, maximum diameter 20.6 mm, die axis 0o, Mallus mint, obverse [AYTO...ANT...], laureate bust right, slight drapery on right shoulder; reverse MAΛΛΩTΩN, tripod entwined by serpent; extremely rare; $95.00 (71.25)



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