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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.

Macedonian Kingdom, Kassander, Regent 317 - 305 B.C., King 305 - 298 B.C., In the Name and Types of Alexander III
Click for a larger photo Son of the regent Antipater, but not his heir, Kassander seized power from Polyperchon after his father's death. 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 12-year old son and the boy's mother, Roxane, executed. In 305 B.C., he declared himself king of Macedonia. Kassander struck bronze coinage in his own name, but he struck silver coinage in the name and types of Alexander the Great.
SH90204. Silver tetradrachm, Price 468, Müller Alexander 60, SNG Cop 697, SNG Saroglos 306, SNG Alpha Bank -, VF, centered, toned, small spots of dark toning, weight 17.018 g, maximum diameter 25.7 mm, die axis 135o, Amphipolis mint, c. 315 - 294 B.C.; obverse Herakles' head right, clad in Nemean lion scalp headdress tied at neck; reverse AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus enthroned left, right leg drawn back, feet on footstool, eagle in right, long scepter vertical behind in left, L over race torch left, kantharos under throne; ex CNG auction 324, part of lot 690; $270.00 SALE PRICE $243.00 ON RESERVE

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 SALE PRICE $180.00

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 SALE PRICE $149.00

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; $165.00 SALE PRICE $149.00

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 SALE PRICE $144.00

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 SALE PRICE $135.00

Krannon, Thessaly, Greece, 350 - 300 B.C.
Click for a larger photo A hydria is a type of Greek pottery used for carrying water. The hydria has three handles. Two horizontal handles on either side of the body of the pot were used for lifting and carrying the pot. The third handle, a vertical one, located in the center of the other two handles, was used when pouring water. This water vessel can be found in both the red and black figure pottery styles. They often depicted scenes of Greek mythology, that reflected moral and social obligations.
GB71038. Bronze dichalkon, Rogers 197; SNG Cop 43; BMC Thessaly p. 16, 5; SGCV I 2073, VF, bold strike well centered on a tight flan, weight 4.666 g, maximum diameter 16.9 mm, die axis 180o, Krannon mint, 350 - 300 B.C.; obverse horseman galloping right, wearing petasos and chlamys; reverse K-PA/NNO, hydria (water carrying vessel) mounted on cart; $135.00 SALE PRICE $122.00

Pantikapaion, Tauric Chersonesos. Thrace, c. 109 - 105 B.C.
Click for a larger photo Panticapaeum (Kerch, Ukraine) was an important city and port in Taurica (Tauric Chersonesos) on the western side of the Cimmerian Bosporus. In the 5th - 4th centuries B.C., the city was the residence of the Thracian kings of Bosporus. The last of these kings, left his realm to Mithridates VI Eupator, king of Pontus.
GB90789. Bronze dichalkon, SNG BM 941, SNG Cop 48, MacDonald 161, Anokhin 203, SNG Stancomb -, VF, weight 3.104 g, maximum diameter 14.6 mm, Pantikapaion (Kerch, Crimea) mint, c. 109 - 105 B.C.; obverse star of eight ray, ΠANTIKAΠ between rays; reverse tripod lebes; ex Ancient Imports; scarce; $125.00 SALE PRICE $113.00

Kyme, Aiolis, c. 165 - 190 B.C.
Click for a larger photo Kyme was conquered by Croesus, king of Lydia, and ruled successively by the Persians, Macedonians, Seleucids, and Pergamenes. Attalus III, the last king of Pergamum, bequeathed Aeolis to Rome in 133 B.C. Shortly afterward, it was made part of the Roman province of Asia. Aeolis was under Byzantine rule until the early 15th century, when the Ottoman Turks occupied the area.
GB71582. Bronze AE 18, BMC Troas p. 113, 87 ff.; SNGvA 1642; SNG Cop 108, VF, nice style and patina, weight 3.400 g, maximum diameter 17.8 mm, die axis 0o, Kyme mint, c. 165 - 190 B.C.; obverse draped bust of Artemis right; reverse one-handled vase between two laurel branches, KY above, Z−Ω/I−Λ/O−Σ across field; $125.00 SALE PRICE $113.00

Myrina, Aeolis, 2nd - 1st Century B.C.
Click for a larger photo Myrina was a thriving town popular with tourists and known for its terracotta, glassware and oysters.
GB90738. Bronze AE 18, SNG Cop 225; SNGvA 1666; SNG München 571 - 573; BMC Troas p. 137, 27 ff., aVF, nice style, nice green patina, weight 3.728 g, maximum diameter 16.8 mm, die axis 0o, Myrina mint, 2nd - 1st century B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right; reverse amphora, lyre right, MY-PI flanking across lower field; $90.00 SALE PRICE $81.00

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