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Flowers on Ancient Coins

Rhodes, Carian Islands, c. Mid 4th Century B.C.

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This may be a fraction of the Pseudo-Rhodian "solar disk drachm" that Ashton suggests may be from Lampsakos under Memnon of Rhodes. Bronzes of a similar style are now known.
GS84169. Silver tetartemorion, Other than the two previous auction listings for this coin, apparently unpublished, VF, edge chip, weight 0.128 g, maximum diameter 6.1 mm, die axis 0o, Rhodos (Rhodes, Greece) mint, c. mid 4th century B.C.; obverse facing radiate head of Helios, delicate linear ring around; reverse rose bloom; ex CNG e-auction 377 (29 Jun 2016), lot 130; ex Numismatik Naumann Auction 39 (3 Jan 2016), lot 386; unique(?); $320.00 (284.80)

Roman Republic, C. Servilius C.f., 57 B.C.

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Interesting issue combining a Flora (goddess of the spring and flowers, associated with the Floralia festival) obverse with a military reverse. It is worth noting that the soldiers are in a rather relaxed pose and they do not seem to be ready to fight. However, the type has a rare variant on which they are crossing their swords.
RR79927. Silver denarius, SRCV I 380, Crawford 423/1, Sydenham 890, RSC I Servilia 15, gVF, attractive style, attractive dark tone, reverse 1/4 off-center, weight 3.517 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 90o, Rome mint, 57 B.C. (Berk 52 B.C.); obverse FLORAL PRIMVS (AL and MV in monograms) downward on right, head of Flora right, wreathed with flowers, lituus behind; reverse two soldiers, facing each other, each holds a shield and a short sword upward, hilts touching, shield on right decorated with a star, CF upward lower right, CSEREIL in exergue; ex Dr. Busso Peus Nachfolger e-auction 1, lot 116; scarce; $200.00 (178.00)

Rhodos, Carian Islands, c. 188 - 170 B.C.

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Helios was the ancient Greek personification of the sun. Each day he drove the chariot of the sun across the sky. The Colossus of Rhodes, the sixth of the seven wonders of the ancient world, was a huge statue of Helios measuring 32 meters (100 feet) high, built at Rhodes in 280 B.C. 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.
GS84891. Silver drachm, Jenkins Rhodian, group A, 2; HGC 6 1457 (C); SNG Keckman -; SNG Cop -; BMC Caria -, gVF, toned, darker areas, porous, light marks and scratches, weight 2.578 g, maximum diameter 15.5 mm, die axis 0o, Rhodos (Rhodes, Greece) mint, magistrate Aetion, c. 188 - 170 B.C.; obverse radiate head of Helios right; reverse rose with bud right, a bunch of grapes (control symbol) lower left, P - O across fields, ANTAIOΣ (magistrate) above, all within a shallow incuse square; ex Roma Numismatics e-sale 27 (28 May 2016), lot 245; $160.00 (142.40)

Severus Alexander, 13 March 222 - March 235 A.D.

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Spes was the Roman personification of Hope. In art Spes is normally depicted carrying flowers or a cornucopia, but on coins she is almost invariably depicted holding a flower in her extended right hand, while the left is raising a fold of her dress. She was also named "ultima dea" - for Hope is the last resort of men.
RS75200. Silver denarius, RIC IV 254d, RSC III 546, BMCRE VI 897, Hunter III 75, SRCV II 7927, Choice VF, perfect centering, nice portrait, toned, some reverse die wear, weight 3.165 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 231 - 235 A.D.; obverse IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from front; reverse SPES PVBLICA (the hope of the public), Spes advancing left, flower in right, with left raising skirt; $120.00 (106.80)

Rhodos, Carian Islands, c. 170 - 150 B.C.

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Rhodes was an important slave-trading center, best known for The Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The giant statue of Helios was finished in 280 B.C., but destroyed by an earthquake later in that century. It inspired later sculptures including the Statue of Liberty.
GS76079. Silver hemidrachm, Jenkins Rhodian, group B, 39; SNG Keckman I 647; BMC Caria p. 257, 299; HGC 6 1458 (S), VF, nice style, well centered, light toning, porosity, weight 1.232 g, maximum diameter 12.8 mm, die axis 0o, Rhodos (Rhodes, Greece) mint, c. 170 - 150 B.C.; obverse radiate head of Helios facing slightly right; reverse ∆EΞAΓOPAΣ, rose with bud to right, P-O across fields, grapes lower left, all in shallow incuse; $120.00 (106.80)

Ionia(?), c. 450 - 350 B.C.

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This type is apparently unpublished and we were unable to find another example. This rosette obverse type is known, paired with a variety of incuse punch reverses for this denomination. Those coins may be earlier issues from the same uncertain mint in Ionia.
GS75854. Silver tetartemorion, Apparently unpublished, VF, rough, weight 0.116 g, maximum diameter 4.8 mm, uncertain Ionian(?) mint, c. 450 - 350 B.C.; obverse rosette; reverse head of bull left; ex Failla Numismatics (2013); $80.00 (71.20)

Ptolemaic Kingdom, Ptolemy VIII Euergetes II (Physcon), Second Reign, 145 - 116 B.C.

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Of all the Ptolemies, only Ptolemy VIII had a Year 41.
SH50529. Bronze obol, Svoronos 1632, SNG Cop 663, Weiser -, Noeske -, BMC Ptolemies -, VF, weight 8.539 g, maximum diameter 24.7 mm, die axis 0o, Paphos mint, 130 - 129 B.C.; obverse diademed bust of Zeus-Ammon right; reverse ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, eagle standing left, head left, wings closed, LMA (year 41) over lotus before; very rare; $60.00 (53.40)

Tragilos, Macedonia, c. 450 - 400 B.C.

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Tragilos, a small Greek settlement in Bisaltia, was destroyed either by Thracians or during the great Celtic invasion and abandoned in the 3rd century B.C.
GB75671. Bronze AE 16, SNG Cop 453, Lindgren III 1259, SNG ANS -, BMC Macedonia -, AMNG III -, F, tight flan, green patina, weight 3.735 g, maximum diameter 16.0 mm, Tragilos (Traelium) mint, c. 450 - 400 B.C.; obverse head of Hermes right wearing petasos; reverse TPAIΛION, rose, grain ear (control symbol) lower left; rare; $60.00 (53.40)

Carinus, First Half 283 - Spring 285 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt

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Elpis was the Greek personification of Hope. According the Hesiod's famous story, Elpis was the last to escape the Pandora's box. It can be debated whether she was really about "hope" as we understand it, or rather mere "expectation." In art, Elpis is normally depicted carrying flowers or a cornucopia, but on coins she is almost invariably depicted holding a flower in her extended right hand, and raising a fold of her dress with her left hand. Elpis' Roman equivalent was Spes. She was also named "ultima dea" - the last resort of men.

RX77915. Billon tetradrachm, Milne 4721, Curtis 1919, Geissen 3180, SNG Cop 954, SGICV 4779, VF, flan crack, reverse little off-center and struck with a broken die, corrosion, weight 7.725 g, maximum diameter 21.5 mm, die axis 15o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 283 - 28 Aug 284 A.D.; obverse A K M A KAPINOC CEB, laureate and cuirassed bust right, from the front; reverse Elpis standing left, flower in right hand, raising drapery with left hand, star upper right, L - B (year 2) flanking across field; from the Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren, ex Pegasi Numismatics; rare; $40.00 (35.60)

Kyrene, Kyrenaica, North Africa, Ptolemy VIII Euergetes II (Physcon), Second Reign, 145 - 116 B.C.

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Ptolemy VIII and his older brother Ptolemy VI ruled jointly from 170 to 164 B.C. The brothers disagreed and Ptolemy VIII was forced to withdraw to Kyrenaica, which he ruled. When Philometor died in 145 B.C., Cleopatra II had her son proclaimed Ptolemy VII, but Physcon returned, proposed joint rule and marriage to Cleopatra II, his brother's widow and also his sister. He then had the unlucky youth assassinated during the wedding feast. Later he married his niece and stepdaughter Cleopatra III, after which relations with Cleopatra II were strained. Ptolemy VIII was unpopular with the Alexandrians, who nicknamed him Physkon (pot belly).
GP52527. Bronze 1/4 obol, SNG Milan 470, Noeske 256 - 257 corr. (monogram described as Sv. 1658), Svoronos 1658 var. (monogram), SNG Cop 451 (same), Weiser 168 var. (same), F, weight 3.809 g, maximum diameter 16.7 mm, die axis 0o, Kyrene mint, 145 - 116 B.C.; obverse diademed head of Ptolemy Soter right with aegis, central impression; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΠTOΛEMAIOY, head of Libya right, hair in formal curls down neck, monogram below, cornucopia below chin, central impression; $32.00 (28.48)


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