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Elephants on Ancient Coins
Seleukid Kingdom, Antiochus VI Dionysus, 144 - c. 142 B.C.

|Seleucid| |Kingdom|, |Seleukid| |Kingdom,| |Antiochus| |VI| |Dionysus,| |144| |-| |c.| |142| |B.C.|, |AE| |22|
After his father was deposed by Demetrius II, the general Diodotus Tryphon nominated Antiochus VI as king. He gained the allegiance of most of the Seleucid domain, including Judaea, but was actually only a puppet of the general. He died after "ruling" for two years. He was likely assassinated under orders from Tryphon, who then made himself king.
GY95359. Bronze serrated AE 22, Houghton-Lorber II 2006c, SNG Spaer 1774, Houghton CSE 249, Babelon Rois 1011, SNG Cop 304 var. (control), HGC 9 1043 (C-S), gVF, dark patina, tight flan, light marks and scratches, central depressions, weight 8.474 g, maximum diameter 22.3 mm, die axis 30o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, c. 143 - 142 B.C.; obverse radiate head of Antiochos VI right, wearing ivy wreath; reverse elephant walking left holding torch in trunk, ΣTA above right, star (control symbol) right, BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOY in two lines above, EΠIΦANOYΣ / ∆IONYΣOY in two lines below; $110.00 SALE |PRICE| $99.00


Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt

|Roman| |Egypt|, |Trajan,| |25| |January| |98| |-| |8| |or| |9| |August| |117| |A.D.,| |Roman| |Provincial| |Egypt|, |drachm|
In 110, the Forum of Trajan was constructed in Rome by the Syrian architect Apollodorus of Damascus.
RX79999. Bronze drachm, Milne 621; Geissen 551; Dattari 765; Kampmann-Ganschow 27.316; BMC Alexandria p. 61, 510; Emmett 462, Fair, weight 21.827 g, maximum diameter 33.4 mm, die axis 215o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 110 - 28 Aug 111 A.D.; obverse AYT TPAIAN CEB ΓEPM ∆AKIK, laureate head right; reverse Trajan in slow quadriga of elephants right, laurel-branch in right hand, standard in left, L I∆ (year 14) above; ex Forum (2012); $100.00 SALE |PRICE| $90.00


Seleukid Kingdom, Antiochus VI Dionysus, 144 - c. 142 B.C.

|Seleucid| |Kingdom|, |Seleukid| |Kingdom,| |Antiochus| |VI| |Dionysus,| |144| |-| |c.| |142| |B.C.|, |AE| |20|
After his father was deposed by Demetrius II, the general Diodotus Tryphon nominated Antiochus VI as king. He gained the allegiance of most of the Seleucid domain, including Judaea, but was actually only a puppet of the general. He died after "ruling" for two years. He was likely assassinated under orders from Tryphon, who then made himself king.
GB92939. Bronze serrated AE 20, Houghton-Lorber II 2006c, SNG Spaer 1774, Houghton CSE 249, SNG Cop 304 var. (control), HGC 9 1043, VF, dark patina with highlighting earthen deposits, light marks, obverse a little off center, centration dimples, weight 7.500 g, maximum diameter 22.0 mm, die axis 0o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, c. mid-143 - 142 B.C.; obverse radiate head of Antiochos VI right, wearing ivy wreath; reverse elephant walking left holding torch in trunk, ΣTA above right, star (control symbol) right, BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOY in two lines above, EΠIΦANOYΣ / ∆IONYΣOY in two lines below; $100.00 SALE |PRICE| $90.00


Indo-Scythian Kingdom, Maues, c. 125 - 85 B.C.

|Indo-Scythian| |Kingdom|, |Indo-Scythian| |Kingdom,| |Maues,| |c.| |125| |-| |85| |B.C.|, |AE| |27|
This larger bronze reprises the elephant hand and caduceus types of the Graeco-Baktrian king, Demetrios I.
GB95393. Bronze AE 27, Senior ISCH II 5.1, Mitchiner IGIS V 707, HGC 12 531 (S), Alram 961, aVF, scratches, scrapes, areas of corrosion, reverse off center, weight 7.670 g, maximum diameter 27.4 mm, die axis 0o, Taxila mint, c. 125 - 85 B.C.; obverse head of elephant right, bell around neck, bead and reel border; reverse caduceus with entwined snakes, BAΣIΛEΩΣ downward on right, MAYOY downward on left, monogram in inner left; scarce; $90.00 SALE |PRICE| $81.00


Seleukid Kingdom, Antiochus III the Great, c. 223 - 187 B.C.

|Seleucid| |Kingdom|, |Seleukid| |Kingdom,| |Antiochus| |III| |the| |Great,| |c.| |223| |-| |187| |B.C.|, |AE| |11|
The year 209 B.C., Antiochus defeated the Greco-Bactrian king Euthydemus I at the Battle of the Arius. Euthydemus he obtained an honorable peace by which Antiochus promised Euthydemus' son Demetrius the hand of one of his daughters. Next, following in the steps of Alexander, Antiochus crossed the Caucasus and descended into India, where he renewed his friendship with Sophagasenus, king of the Indians. He received more elephants, raising their number to a total of one hundred and fifty, and provisioned his army. He himself broke camp with his troops, leaving behind Androsthenes of Cyzicus to bring back the treasure which Sophagasenus had promised.
MA95360. Bronze AE 11, Houghton-Lorber I 979, Newell WSM 1114, SNG Spaer 615, HGC 9 560 (R1), VF, green patina, tight flan, off center, weight 1.494 g, maximum diameter 11.2 mm, die axis 0o, Lydia, Sardes (Sart, Turkey) mint, c. 223 - 187 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right; reverse elephant left, anchor flukes up in left field, BAΣIΛEΩΣ above, ANTIOXOY below; rare; $3.99 (3.67)







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