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Camels on Ancient Coins

The camel was a symbol of Arabia.


Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D., Bostra, Provincial Arabia

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The camel was the sacred animal and symbol of Dusares, the main Nabataean god. Camels were sacrificed to him. The Romans made the camel their symbol of Arabia.
SH90321. Silver drachm, Sydenham Caesarea 204; Kindler Bostra pl. VI, 10 ff. var; BMC Galatia p. 54, 65 var (Caesarea, Cappadocia); SNG ANS 1159 var (all var bust), gVF, superb heroic portrait, weight 3.409 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 180o, Bostra (Bosra, Syria) mint, 112 - 117 A.D.; obverse AVTOKP KAIC NEP TPAIANΩ APICTΩ CEB ΓEPM ∆AK, laureate, bare-chest bust right, with slight drapery on far shoulder; reverse ∆HMAPX EΞ YΠA TO ς (COS VI), Bactrian camel, with two humps, walking left on exergual line; ex Frascatius Ancient Coins, extremely rare with this bust; SOLD


Roman Republic, A. Plautius, c. 55 B.C.

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The kneeling figure is probably Aristobulus, the Jewish High Priest then held captive in Rome by Pompey. This special issue was struck by an Aedile Curule. Aediles supervised public works and staged games. Since this issue bears turreted Cybele, we may speculate it was to finance a building project.
SH56043. Silver denarius, SRCV I 395, RSC I Plautia 13, Sydenham 932, Crawford 431/1, VF, banker, weight 3.335 g, maximum diameter 18.7 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 55 B.C.; obverse A PLAVTIVS AED CVR S C, turreted head of Cybele right; reverse IVDAEVS right, BACCHIVS in ex, Bacchius (Aristobulus?) kneels right, camel at side, extending olive branch; SOLD


Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D., Bostra, Provincial Arabia

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Bostra was first mentioned in the documents of Tutmose III and Akhenaton (14th century BC). Bosra was the first Nabataean city in the 2nd century B.C. The Nabataean Kingdom was conquered by Cornelius Palma, a general of Trajan, in 106 A.D. Under the Roman Empire, Bosra was renamed Nova Trajana Bostra, and was the residence of the legio III Cyrenaica and capital of the Roman province Arabia Petraea. The city flourished and became a major metropolis at the juncture of several trade routes, including the Roman road to the Red Sea. The two Councils of Arabia were held at Bostra in 246 and 247 AD. The city continued under the Byzantine Empire, was conquered by the Sassanid Persians in the early 7th century, and finally conquered by the forces of the Rashidun Caliphate under Khalid ibn Walid in the Battle of Bosra in 634.
RS46939. Silver drachm, Kindler Bostra 11, Sydenham Caesarea 205, Metcalf 18, VF, nicely centered, weight 3.267 g, maximum diameter 20.4 mm, die axis 180o, Bostra (Bosra, Syria) mint, 112 - 114 A.D.; obverse AVTOKP KAIC NEP TPAIANW APICTW CEB ΓEPM ∆AK, laureate and draped bust right; reverse ∆HMAPX EΞ YΠA TO ς (COS VI), Bactrian camel, with two humps, walking left on exergual line; SOLD


Roman Republic, Marcus Aemilius Scaurus & Publius Plautius Hypsaeus, 58 B.C.

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M. Aemilius Scaurus, in 62 B.C., as questor to Pompey, was sent against King Aretas but withdrew when Aretas paid 300 talents. Aemilius was curule aedile when this coin was struck. This was the first time a moneyer publicized an event from his own career on coinage. Later he was praetor and propraetor, lost a campaign for Consul, and successfully defended Cicero. In 52 B.C., he was charged with bribery and went into exile.
RR13687. Silver denarius, SRCV I 379, Crawford 422/1b; Sydenham 913; RSC I Aemilia 8, gVF, weight 4.089 g, maximum diameter 17.9 mm, die axis 135o, Rome mint, 58 B.C.; obverse Aretas, King of Nabataea, kneeling beside camel raising olive branch with fillet, M SCAVR / AED CVR above, EX - S C at sides, REX ARETAS in ex; reverse Jupiter in quadriga left, reins in right, hurling thunderbolt with left, scorpion below, [P] HYPSAEVS / AED CVR above, CAPT on right, C HYPSAE COS / PREIVE[R?] in ex; very attractive toning with iridescent golden and coppery reds; SOLD


Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D., Bostra, Decapolis, Arabia

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RY08979. Silver drachm, SNG ANS 1158, gVF, weight 2.26 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, die axis 190o, Bostra (Bosra, Syria) mint, 114 - 116 A.D.; obverse AVTOKP KAIC NEP TPAIANW APICTW CEB ΓEPM ∆AK, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse ∆HMAPX EΘYHYΠATς, Bactrian camel walking left on exergual line; SOLD




  




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