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Home ▸ Catalog ▸ |Themes & Provenance| ▸ |Gods, Non-Olympian| ▸ |Satyrs||View Options:  |  |  |   

Satyrs on Ancient Coins
Mytilene, Lesbos, c. 377 - 326 B.C.

|Lesbos|, |Mytilene,| |Lesbos,| |c.| |377| |-| |326| |B.C.||hekte|
Mytilene was famous in ancient times for its great output of electrum coins struck from the late 6th through mid - 4th centuries B.C. The usual denomination was the hekte (1/6th stater). Warwick Wroth noted in the British Museum Catalog, "The Sixths of [this Lesbos electrum series] form one of the most beautiful coin-series of the ancient world. This will be evident from a glance."
SH21934. Electrum hekte, Bodenstedt 90 (unlisted dies), gVF, weight 2.569 g, maximum diameter 9.9 mm, die axis 0o, Mytilene mint, c. 356 B.C.; obverse head of Dionysos right, wreathed with ivy; reverse head of Satyr facing within linear square; ex Freeman and Sear; SOLD


Valerian I, October 253 - c. June 260 A.D., Alexandreia Troas, Troas

|Troas|, |Valerian| |I,| |October| |253| |-| |c.| |June| |260| |A.D.,| |Alexandreia| |Troas,| |Troas||AE| |24|
Silenus, the old man of the forest with horse ears (sometimes also a horse tail and legs), was the oldest, wisest and most drunken of the followers of Dionysus, and was said in Orphic hymns to be the young god's tutor. He was usually drunk and had to be supported by satyrs or carried by a donkey. When intoxicated, he possessed special knowledge and the power of prophecy. Eager to learn from Silenus, King Midas caught the old man by lacing a fountain from which Silenus often drank. Silenus shared with the king a pessimistic philosophy: That the best thing for a man is not to be born, and if already born, to die as soon as possible. In another myth, when lost and wandering in Phrygia, Silenus was rescued by peasants and taken to King Midas, who treated him kindly and entertained him for five days and nights. Dionysus offered Midas a reward for his kindness towards Silenus, and Midas chose the power of turning everything he touched into gold.
RP71870. Bronze AE 24, Bellinger Troy A435; SNG Cop 194; SNG Munchen 125; BMC Troas p. 30, 165; SNGvA - (refs ID the central figure as drunken Hercules), gVF, grainy surfaces, weight 6.082 g, maximum diameter 24.0 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria, Troas mint, obverse IMP LIC VALERIANVS AVG (N retrograde), Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse COL A-VG, TROAC (ending in exergue, AC ligate), Silenus standing half right, supported by three satyrs, one standing behind with arms around his waist, and two more at sides; very rare; SOLD


Thasos, Thrace, c. 480 - 463 B.C.

|Thasos|, |Thasos,| |Thrace,| |c.| |480| |-| |463| |B.C.||stater|
Nymphs are nature spirits who appear as beautiful, young nubile maidens. They dwell in mountains, valleys and groves, by springs and rivers, and also in trees and cool grottoes. Nymphs love to dance and sing and are the frequent target of satyrs. Satyrs are male companions of Pan and Dionysus with goat-like features, including a goat-tail, goat-like ears, and sometimes a goat-like phallus. As Dionysiac creatures, Satyrs are lovers of wine and women and ready for every physical pleasure. They are obsessed with nymphs.
SH20830. Silver stater, Le Rider Thasiennes 5; SNG Cop 1010; Rosen 142; McClean 419; Svoronos HPM p. 96, 9 and pl. X, 13-17; Dewing 1323; Kraay 520; SNG Ash 3660; HGC 6 331, nice EF, clear fresh dies, weight 8.919 g, maximum diameter 20.4 mm, Thasos mint, c. 480 - 463 B.C.; obverse nude ithyphallic satyr kneeling-running right, carrying in his arms a struggling nymph, raising her right hand in protest, both with long strait hair indicated with lines, she wears a long chiton, her palm is facing; reverse quadripartite incuse square; SOLD


Thasos, Thrace, c. 525/510 - 500 B.C.

|Thasos|, |Thasos,| |Thrace,| |c.| |525/510| |-| |500| |B.C.||stater|
Nymphs are nature spirits who appear as beautiful, young nubile maidens. They dwell in mountains, valleys and groves, by springs and rivers, and also in trees and cool grottoes. Nymphs love to dance and sing and are the frequent target of satyrs. Satyrs are male companions of Pan and Dionysus with goat-like features, including a goat-tail, goat-like ears, and sometimes a goat-like phallus. As Dionysiac creatures, Satyrs are lovers of wine and women and ready for every physical pleasure. They are obsessed with nymphs.
GA87297. Silver stater, Le Rider Thasiennes 1; Svoronos HPM p. 95, 1 and pl. X, 2; SNG Cop 1007; BMC Thrace p. 216, 1; Rosen 141; Dewing 1311; HGC 6 331, VF, lumpy thick fabric, crowded flan, archaic style, toned, tiny edge cracks, weight 9.785 g, maximum diameter 19.6 mm, Thasos mint, 1st type, c. 525/510 - 500 B.C.; obverse nude ithyphallic satyr kneeling-running right, carrying in his arms a struggling nymph, raising her right hand in protest, both with long strait hair indicated with dots, she wears a long chiton, her right hand raised between them; reverse quadripartite square/swastika incuse punch; ex Praefectus Coins, very rare, earliest type!; SOLD


Thasos, Thrace, c. 480 - 463 B.C.

|Thasos|, |Thasos,| |Thrace,| |c.| |480| |-| |463| |B.C.||stater|
Nymphs are nature spirits who appear as beautiful, young nubile maidens. They dwell in mountains, valleys and groves, by springs and rivers, and also in trees and cool grottoes. Nymphs love to dance and sing and are the frequent target of satyrs. Satyrs are male companions of Pan and Dionysus with goat-like features, including a goat-tail, goat-like ears, and sometimes a goat-like phallus. As Dionysiac creatures, Satyrs are lovers of wine and women and ready for every physical pleasure. They are obsessed with nymphs.
GA82659. Silver stater, Le Rider Thasiennes 5; SNG Cop 1010; Rosen 142; McClean 419; Svoronos HPM p. 96, 9 and pl. X, 13-17; Dewing 1323; Kraay 520; SNG Ash 3660; HGC 6 331, Choice aVF, charming style, well centered, nicely toned, some flatness (as typical for the type), light marks, small edge cracks, weight 8.642 g, maximum diameter 21.3 mm, Thasos mint, c. 480 - 463 B.C.; obverse obverse nude ithyphallic satyr kneeling-running right, carrying in his arms a struggling nymph, raising her right hand in protest, both with long strait hair indicated with lines, she wears a long chiton, her palm is facing; reverse quadripartite incuse square; ex Leu Numismatics, web auction 3 (25 Feb 2018), lot 134 (from an American collection); SOLD


Mytilene, Lesbos, c. 454 - 427 B.C.

|Lesbos|, |Mytilene,| |Lesbos,| |c.| |454| |-| |427| |B.C.||hekte|
Mytilene was famous in ancient times for its great output of electrum coins struck from the late 6th through mid - 4th centuries B.C. The usual denomination was the hekte (1/6th stater). Warwick Wroth noted in the British Museum Catalog, "The Sixths of [this Lesbos electrum series] form one of the most beautiful coin-series of the ancient world. This will be evident from a glance."
SH76128. Electrum hekte, Bodenstedt 37; BMC Lesbos p. 159, 39; SNGvA 1700; HGC 6 963; SNG Cop -, F, high relief, weight 2.442 g, maximum diameter 10.0 mm, die axis 180o, Mytilene mint, c. 454 - 427 B.C.; obverse diademed head of Silenos right; reverse two ram heads butting each other, palmette above, all in incuse square; SOLD


Thasos, Thrace, c. 480 - 463 B.C.

|Thasos|, |Thasos,| |Thrace,| |c.| |480| |-| |463| |B.C.||stater|
Nymphs are nature spirits who appear as beautiful, young nubile maidens. They dwell in mountains, valleys and groves, by springs and rivers, and also in trees and cool grottoes. Nymphs love to dance and sing and are the frequent target of satyrs. Satyrs are male companions of Pan and Dionysus with goat-like features, including a goat-tail, goat-like ears, and sometimes a goat-like phallus. As Dionysiac creatures, Satyrs are lovers of wine and women and ready for every physical pleasure. They are obsessed with nymphs.
GA27014. Silver stater, Le Rider Thasiennes 5; SNG Cop 1010; Rosen 142; McClean 419; Svoronos HPM p. 96, 9 and pl. X, 13-17; Dewing 1323; Kraay 520; SNG Ash 3660; HGC 6 331, gVF, weight 8.719 g, maximum diameter 21.5 mm, Thasos mint, c. 480 - 463 B.C.; obverse nude ithyphallic satyr kneeling-running right, carrying in his arms a struggling nymph, raising her right hand in protest, both with long strait hair indicated with lines, she wears a long chiton, her palm is facing; reverse quadripartite incuse square; SOLD


Thasos, Thrace, c. 500 - 480 B.C.

|Thasos|, |Thasos,| |Thrace,| |c.| |500| |-| |480| |B.C.||stater|
Nymphs are nature spirits who appear as beautiful, young nubile maidens. They dwell in mountains, valleys and groves, by springs and rivers, and also in trees and cool grottoes. Nymphs love to dance and sing and are the frequent target of satyrs. Satyrs are male companions of Pan and Dionysus with goat-like features, including a goat-tail, goat-like ears, and sometimes a goat-like phallus. As Dionysiac creatures, Satyrs are lovers of wine and women and ready for every physical pleasure. They are obsessed with nymphs.
SH13515. Silver stater, Le Rider Thasiennes 2; SNG Cop 1008; BMC Thrace p. 216, 2; McClean 4195; Svoronos HPM pl. X, 7; Dewing 1312; HGC 6 331, VF, weight 8.050 g, maximum diameter 19.7 mm, Thasos mint, c. 500 - 480 B.C.; obverse nude ithyphallic satyr kneeling-running right, carrying in his arms a struggling nymph, raising her right hand in protest, both with long strait hair indicated with dots, she wears a long chiton, her arm fingers and thumb forming a Y shape; reverse quadripartite incuse square; SOLD


Thasos, Thrace, c. 500 - 480 B.C.

|Thasos|, |Thasos,| |Thrace,| |c.| |500| |-| |480| |B.C.||stater|
Nymphs are nature spirits who appear as beautiful, young nubile maidens. They dwell in mountains, valleys and groves, by springs and rivers, and also in trees and cool grottoes. Nymphs love to dance and sing and are the frequent target of satyrs. Satyrs are male companions of Pan and Dionysus with goat-like features, including a goat-tail, goat-like ears, and sometimes a goat-like phallus. As Dionysiac creatures, Satyrs are lovers of wine and women and ready for every physical pleasure. They are obsessed with nymphs.
GA27181. Silver stater, Le Rider Thasiennes 2; SNG Cop 1008; BMC Thrace p. 216, 2; McClean 4195; Svoronos HPM pl. X, 7; Dewing 1312; HGC 6 331, VF, well centered, toned, porous, weight 9.218 g, maximum diameter 21.1 mm, Thasos mint, c. 500 - 480 B.C.; obverse nude ithyphallic satyr kneeling-running right, carrying in his arms a struggling nymph, raising her right hand in protest, both with long strait hair indicated with dots, she wears a long chiton, her arm fingers and thumb forming a Y shape; reverse quadripartite incuse square; SOLD


Thasos, Thrace, c. 480 - 463 B.C.

|Thasos|, |Thasos,| |Thrace,| |c.| |480| |-| |463| |B.C.||stater|
Nymphs are nature spirits who appear as beautiful, young nubile maidens. They dwell in mountains, valleys and groves, by springs and rivers, and also in trees and cool grottoes. Nymphs love to dance and sing and are the frequent target of satyrs. Satyrs are male companions of Pan and Dionysus with goat-like features, including a goat-tail, goat-like ears, and sometimes a goat-like phallus. As Dionysiac creatures, Satyrs are lovers of wine and women and ready for every physical pleasure. They are obsessed with nymphs.
SH32833. Silver stater, Le Rider Thasiennes 5; SNG Cop 1010; Rosen 142; McClean 419; Svoronos HPM p. 96, 9 and pl. X, 13-17; Dewing 1323; Kraay 520; SNG Ash 3660; HGC 6 331, gVF, weight 8.100 g, maximum diameter 19.9 mm, die axis 0o, Thasos mint, c. 480 - 463 B.C.; obverse obverse nude ithyphallic satyr kneeling-running right, carrying in his arms a struggling nymph, raising her right hand in protest, both with long strait hair indicated with lines, she wears a long chiton, her palm is facing; reverse quadripartite incuse square; SOLD




  




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