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The Sphinx on Ancient Coins

Castulo, Hispania Ulterior, c. 165 - 80 B.C.

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After a local princess named Himilce married Hannibal, Castulo allied with Carthage. In 213 B.C., Castulo was the site of Hasdrubal Barca's crushing victory over the Roman army with a force of roughly 40,000 Carthaginian troops plus local Iberian mercenaries. Soon after the Romans made a pact with the residents and the city became a foederati (ally) of Rome.
CE90779. Bronze AE 26, Villaronga p. 335, 32; SNG BM Spain 1314 ff.; SNG Cop 210; Burgos 545, F, green patina with earthen highlighting, irregular flan, weight 10.200 g, maximum diameter 26.4 mm, die axis 90o, Castulo mint, c. 165 - 80 B.C.; obverse diademed head right, crescent before; reverse helmeted sphinx walking right, star before, KASTILO in Iberic script below exergual line; ex Jencek Historical Enterprise; $70.00 (Ä59.50)


Chios, Ionia, c. 190 - 84 B.C.

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This magistrate is unpublished for this issue (Mavrogordato 62b) but the same magistrate or, more likely, another magistrate with the same name is know from the previous issue (Mavrogordato 62a, BMC Ionia p. 335, 71, HGC 6 1151)
GB85863. Bronze AE 17, Mavrogordato 62b var. (magistrate not listed); HGC 6 1152 var. (same); cf. BMC Ionia p. 336, 74 (diff. magistrate, same c/m); SNG Cop -; SNGvA -, aVF, area of obverse flattening opposite the countermark, light corrosion, countermark: VF, weight 2.802 g, maximum diameter 17.2 mm, die axis 0o, Chios mint, c. 2nd Century B.C.; obverse sphinx seated right; reverse amphora, KYΛΛA (magistrate) above, XIOΣ below dividing by a galley ram below (control symbol); countermark: tripod in an oval punch; unpublished; SOLD


Castulo, Hispania Ulterior, c. 165 - 80 B.C.

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After a local princess named Himilce married Hannibal, Castulo allied with Carthage. In 213 B.C., Castulo was the site of Hasdrubal Barca's crushing victory over the Roman army with a force of roughly 40,000 Carthaginian troops plus local Iberian mercenaries. Soon after the Romans made a pact with the residents and the city became a foederati (ally) of Rome.
GB55458. Bronze AE 28, Villaronga p. 335, 38; SNG BM Spain 1323 ff.; SNG Spain II 243 ff.; SNG Cop 205; Burgos 543, VF, weight 12.229 g, maximum diameter 25.8 mm, die axis 270o, Castulo mint, c. 165 - 80 B.C.; obverse diademed head right, hand before; reverse helmeted sphinx walking right, star before, KASTILO in Iberic script below exergual line; SOLD







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