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Flowers on Ancient Coins
Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt, Glass Floral Inlay Fragment, 3rd - 1st Century B.C.

|Egyptian| |Antiquities|, |Ptolemaic| |Kingdom| |of| |Egypt,| |Glass| |Floral| |Inlay| |Fragment,| |3rd| |-| |1st| |Century| |B.C.|
This small piece of glass may not seem like much but larger pieces from the master craftsmen of this workshop are very rare. Even a small fragment like this one is museum quality and suitable for an important collection.
AA32380. cf. Lightfoot NMS 492 - 493, Choice fragment, floral inlay glass fragment, 1.9 cm (3/4"), partial flower with three white pedals and center of yellow and clear dots, black background; from the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years; ex Robert Haas collection; rare; $240.00 SALE |PRICE| $216.00
 


Rhodos, Caria, c. 1 - 25 A.D.

|Rhodos|, |Rhodos,| |Caria,| |c.| |1| |-| |25| |A.D.||drachm|
Although the radiate heads on coins of Rhodes are usually Helios, the wreath of ivy indicates this is Dionysos. Teimostratos was the first official named on the bronze coinage struck at Rhodes after Actium. His title, Treasurer (TAMIA), is unusual. The officials that followed at Rhodes were identified as Legate (EPI) in the inscriptions.
GB86523. Bronze drachm, RPC I 2748; SNG Keckman 759; SNG Cop 888; Ashton Early 107; Lindgren 700; BMC Caria p. 264, 377, F, broad flan, near black patina, earthen deposits, reverse double struck, porous, weight 25.209 g, maximum diameter 35.3 mm, die axis 0o, Rhodos (Rhodes, Greece) mint, c. 1 - 25 A.D.; obverse radiate head of young Dionysos right, wearing ivy wreath; reverse Rose seen in profile, small bud on tendril on each side of stem, poppy to left of stem, stalk of grain to right of stem, PO∆IΩN (Rhodos) above, TA-MIA / TEI-MO/CTP-ATOY (treasurer Teimostratos) in three lines divided across field; from the David Cannon Collection, ex Beast Coins, huge 35mm coin; $180.00 SALE |PRICE| $162.00
 


Rhodos, Carian Islands, c. 88 - 84 B.C.

|Rhodos|, |Rhodos,| |Carian| |Islands,| |c.| |88| |-| |84| |B.C.||plinthophoric| |drachm|NEW
The Island of Rhodes was an important slave-trading center. It is perhaps best known for “The Colossus of Rhodes,” one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, a giant statue of Helios that was a source of inspiration for the American Statue of Liberty. The c. 3 gram drachm standard on which this coin is struck, used by Rhodes and other Carian cities, is called 'Plinthophoric' for the square incuse around the reverse type (plinthos = brick or ingot). The archaized incuse reverse revived a characteristic more typical of the 5th century B.C.
GS95825. Silver plinthophoric drachm, Jenkins Rhodian, group E, 249; SNG Munchen 615 ff; SNG Cop 824; SNG Keckman I 676; BMC Caria p. 255, 276; Hunterian II p. 4442, 15; HGC 6 1461 (S), gVF, light tone, bumps, scratches, tiny edge cracks, minor flan flaw under chin, weight 2.172 g, maximum diameter 13.6 mm, die axis 0o, Rhodos (Rhodes, Greece) mint, magistrate Nikephoros, c. 88 - 84 B.C.; obverse radiate head of Helios right; reverse rose with tendrils below and bud to right, NIKHΦOPOΣ (magistrate) above, P-O flanking across the field, hand holding stalk of grain (control symbol) lower left, all within incuse square; scarce; $145.00 SALE |PRICE| $130.00
 


Rhodos, Carian Islands, c. 88 - 84 B.C.

|Rhodos|, |Rhodos,| |Carian| |Islands,| |c.| |88| |-| |84| |B.C.||plinthophoric| |drachm|NEW
The Island of Rhodes was an important slave-trading center. It is perhaps best known for “The Colossus of Rhodes,” one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, a giant statue of Helios that was a source of inspiration for the American Statue of Liberty. The c. 3 gram drachm standard on which this coin is struck, used by Rhodes and other Carian cities, is called 'Plinthophoric' for the square incuse around the reverse type (plinthos = brick or ingot). The archaized incuse reverse revived a characteristic more typical of the 5th century B.C.
GS95817. Silver plinthophoric drachm, Jenkins Rhodian, group E, 249; SNG Munchen 615 ff; SNG Cop 824; SNG Keckman I 676; BMC Caria p. 255, 276; Hunterian II p. 4442, 15; HGC 6 1461 (S), gVF, light toning, scratches, slightly off center, edge cracks, weight 2.702 g, maximum diameter 15.5 mm, die axis 0o, Rhodos (Rhodes, Greece) mint, magistrate Nikephoros, c. 88 - 84 B.C.; obverse radiate head of Helios right; reverse rose with tendrils below and bud to right, NIKHΦOPOΣ (magistrate) above, P-O flanking across the field, hand holding stalk of grain (control symbol) lower left, all within incuse square; scarce; $135.00 SALE |PRICE| $121.00 ON RESERVE


Lampsacus, Mysia, 360 - 340 B.C.

|Lampsakos|, |Lampsacus,| |Mysia,| |360| |-| |340| |B.C.||chalkous|
Recent hoard and coin finds prompted Ashton to reattribute this type to the Troad, probably Lampsakos (Ashton Memnon, NC 162 (2002), pp. 11-15). Ashton suggests ME refers to Memnon of Rhodes, that these coins were struck at Lampsakos when he controlled the city and similar coins inscribed EY and NI possibly refer to Memnon's subordinates. Memnon of Rhodes was a prominent Greek commander in the service of the Persian Achaemenid Empire. Related by marriage to the Persian aristocracy, he served the Persian king for most of his life. Memnon was arguably the toughest defender to challenge Alexander and was nearly successful in putting a halt to his advance.
GB86134. Bronze chalkous, Ashton Memnon 2 (A1/P2); Ashton Solar p. 30, 1; BMC Caria p. 221, 4; SNG Cop (Caria) 914; Waddington 2813; Traité II 1733, VF, green patina, tight flan, earthen deposits, areas of light corrosion, weight 0.708 g, maximum diameter 8.9 mm, die axis 180o, Lampsakos (Lapseki, Turkey) mint, under Memnon of Rhodes, c. 360 - 340 B.C.; obverse radiate youthful head of Helios right; reverse rose in profile, M-E flanking low across field; very rare; $110.00 SALE |PRICE| $99.00
 







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