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Flowers on Ancient Coins

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

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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, Rhodes 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; $250.00 SALE PRICE $225.00

Lampsacus, Mysia, Memnon of Rhodes, 360 - 340 B.C.

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In Ashton Memnon, pp. 11-15, Ashton suggests that this rare Rhodian-like type chalkous was struck at Lampsacus by Memnon of Rhodes at a time when he controlled the city, and that the coins with ME specifically refer to him, while those inscribed EY and NI are possibly his subordinates.
GB86426. Bronze chalkous, Ashton Memnon 1; SNG Cop (Caria) 914, Imhoof-Blumer KM p. 167, 6; BMC Caria p. 221, 4; Waddington 2813, VF, dark green patina, a few tiny deposits, surface fissures, weight 0.715 g, maximum diameter 9.6 mm, die axis 0o, Lampsacus mint, time of Memnon, 360 - 340 B.C.; obverse radiate youthful head of Helios right head of Helios on rayed solar disk; reverse rose, bud left, M - E flanking across field below center; very rare, only 14 examples known to Ashton; $160.00 (136.00)

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; $140.00 (119.00)

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); $70.00 (59.50)

Judaean Kingdom, John Hyrcanus I (Yehohanan), 134 - 104 B.C., for the Seleukid King Antiochus VII

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Struck by John Hyrcanus, King of Judaea, in the name of the Seleukid King Antiochos VII, Euergetes (Sidetes). John Hyrcanus was the son of Simon the Maccabee and nephew of the folk hero Judah Maccabee, the hero of the Hanukkah story. Soon after Hyrcanus assumed power, the Seleukid king marched on Jerusalem. Antiochus VII and Hyrcanus I negotiated a treaty that left Hyrcanus a vassal to the Syrian king. Probably as a conciliatory gesture to the Jews, the lily (a symbol of Jerusalem) replaced the head of the Seleukid king. Later, John Hyrcanus would be the first Jewish ruler to issue coins in his own name.
JD85857. Bronze AE 15, Hendin 1131b, Houghton-Lorber II 2123(3), SNG Spaer 2140, Houghton CSE 833, SGCV II 7101, HGC 9 1103, Meshorer TJC p. 30, VF/aF, earthen encrustations, weight 3.005 g, maximum diameter 14.7 mm, die axis 180o, Jerusalem mint, 131 - 130 B.C.; obverse lily on stem with two leaves, dot border; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOY EYEPΓETOY (of King Antiochus, Benefactor), anchor, upside down, BΠP (year 182 of Seleukid Era) below; $60.00 (51.00)

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; $50.00 (42.50)

Rhodos, Caria, c. 350 - 300 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.
GB86106. Bronze AE 11, cf. SNG Keckman 384 ff.; BMC Caria p. 238, 74 ff.; HGC 6 1479 (various control symbols), gF, green patina, porosity, edge crack, weight 1.057 g, maximum diameter 10.8 mm, die axis 0o, Rhodos (Rhodes, Greece) mint, c. 350 - 300 B.C.; obverse head of Rhodos right, hair rolled, wearing stephane, earring, and necklace; reverse rose with bud to right, P - O flanking, uncertain control symbol or letter left; $22.00 (18.70)


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