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Camels on Ancient Coins

The camel was a symbol of Arabia.


Roman Republic, A. Plautius, c. 55 B.C.
Click for a larger photo 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
Click for a larger photo Bostra was the capital of Roman provincial Arabia.
RS46939. Silver drachm, Kindler Bostra 11, Sydenham Caesarea 205, Metcalf 18, VF, weight 3.267 g, maximum diameter 20.4 mm, die axis 180o, Bostra 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; nicely centered; SOLD

Roman Republic, Marcus Aemilius Scaurus & Publius Plautius Hypsaeus, 58 B.C.
Click for a larger photo 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

Roman Republic, Marcus Aemilius Scaurus & Publius Plautius Hypsaeus, 58 B.C.
Click for a larger photo 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.
RR59562. Silver denarius, SRCV I 379, Crawford 422/1b; Sydenham 913; RSC I Aemilia 8, aVF, weight 4.052 g, maximum diameter 17.5 mm, die axis 180o, 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; SOLD

Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D., Bostra, Decapolis, Arabia
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RP08979. Silver drachm, SNG ANS 1158, gVF, weight 2.26 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, die axis 190o, Bostra 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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