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The Sphinx on Ancient Coins

Gebal (Byblos), Phoenicia, c. 450 - 410 B.C.

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The extremely rare first coinage of Byblos, struck with Egyptian types at an Egyptian weight standard (one kite). A beautiful representation of an Egyptian sphinx in the pose of the famous Giza monumental statue graces the obverse.

Head notes, "Herodotus relates (iv. 166) that Aryandes, who had been appointed satrap of Egypt by Cambyses, mortally offended Darius, son of Hystaspes, by issuing silver money which rivalled in purity the gold darics of the great king himself. If the story be true, it probably refers to ordinary Persian sigloi. No coins have come down to us which can be identified as those of Aryandes." Could this coin be the one of those issued by Aryandes?
SH38939. Silver shekel, Betlyon 1, Kraay 1051, SNG Cop -, gVF, toned, weight 8.907 g, maximum diameter 20.2 mm, die axis 0o, Gebal mint, obverse Sphinx seated left, wearing crown of Upper and Lower Egypt; reverse lightning bolt (or double lotus) in dotted circle within incuse square; almost equal in quality to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and American Numismatic Society examples; extremely rare; SOLD


Chios, Islands off Ionia, c. 210 - 190 B.C., Civic Coinage in the Name and Types of Alexander the Great

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Chios, in the Aegean Sea, 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) off the Anatolian coast, is the fifth largest of the Greek islands. At the end of the 7th century B.C., Chios became one of the first cities to strike coins, establishing the sphinx as its symbol. It maintained this tradition for almost 900 years. Based on the huge necropolis at the main city of Chios, by the 5th to 4th centuries B.C., the island had grown to an estimated population of over 120,000 (2 - 3 times the current population). During the Hellenistic period, the Chios became famous for the high quality of its wine and was the largest exporter of Greek wine. Chian amphoras, with a characteristic sphinx emblem and bunches of grape have been found as far away as Gaul, Upper Egypt and Southern Russia. After the Roman conquest Chios became part of the province of Asia. The Empire ceded Chios to the Republic of Genoa in 1261.
SH90706. Silver tetradrachm, Price 2375 corr. (form of monogram); Bauslaugh Posthumous Series 41A corr. (same); MŁller Alexander 1096; Mektepini Hoard 340 - 341; HGC 6 1133 (S), gVF, light corrosion and marks, weight 16.860 g, maximum diameter 29.6 mm, die axis 0o, Islands of Ionia, Chios mint, c. 210 - 190 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, clad in Nemean Lion scalp headdress tied at neck; reverse AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus enthroned left, right leg drawn back, throne with high back, eagle in extended right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, monogram over sphinx seated left in lower left field, monogram under throne; scarce; SOLD


Chios, Ionia, c. 478 - 431 B.C.

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Chios was one of the first cities to strike coins, taking the sphinx as its symbol, a tradition maintained for almost 900 years. In 546 B.C. Chios became subject to the Persia. It was liberated by the Persia defeat at the Battle of Mycale in 479 B.C. When the Athenians formed the Delian League, Chios joined as one of the few members who did not have to pay tribute but instead supplied ships.
GA57815. Silver stater, SNG Cop 1540 ff., F, weight 7.887 g, maximum diameter 16.0 mm, Chios mint, c. 478 - 431 B.C.; obverse Sphinx seated left, amphora before (off flan); reverse rough quadripartite incuse square; SOLD


Dynasts of Lycia, Uvug, c. 470 - 440 B.C.

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SH66266. Silver tetrobol, Winsemann 92, SNGvA 4119, SNG Cop Supp. 430, SGCV II 5194, gVF, weight 3.005 g, maximum diameter 15.0 mm, die axis 180o, c. 470 - 440 B.C.; obverse forepart of winged man-headed bull right; reverse OFOV, young female (Sphinx?) head right in dotted square within incuse square; SOLD


Domitian, 13 September 81 - 18 September 96 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt

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The Sphinx on the reverse appears to be a depiction of the famous Great Sphinx of Giza, the oldest known monumental sculpture, and still the largest monolith statue in the world.
RX65876. Bronze obol, Milne 510; Dattari 572; RPC II 2646; Kampmann-Ganschow 24.182; Geissen 397 var. (date above); BMC Alexandria p. 40, 336 var. (same), aF, scratches, weight 2.274 g, maximum diameter 16.5 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Sep 91 - 28 Sep 92 A.D.; obverse AYT KAICAP ∆OMIT CEB ΓEPM (starting at 1:00), laureate head left; reverse Sphinx reclining right, L IA (year 11) in exergue; budget example of a very expensive type; very rare; SOLD


Chios, Islands off Ionia, c. 431 - 412 B.C.

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Chios, in the Aegean Sea, 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) off the Anatolian coast, is the fifth largest of the Greek islands. At the end of the 7th century B.C., Chios became one of the first cities to strike coins, establishing the sphinx as its symbol. It maintained this tradition for almost 900 years. Based on the huge necropolis at the main city of Chios, by the 5th to 4th centuries B.C., the island had grown to an estimated population of over 120,000 (2 - 3 times the current population). During the Hellenistic period, the Chios became famous for the high quality of its wine and was the largest exporter of Greek wine. Chian amphoras, with a characteristic sphinx emblem and bunches of grape have been found as far away as Gaul, Upper Egypt and Southern Russia. After the Roman conquest Chios became part of the province of Asia. The Empire ceded Chios to the Republic of Genoa in 1261.
GA71652. Silver drachm, SNG Cop 1546, SNGvA 2275, Rosen 607, Baldwin Chios 79, SGCV II 4600, VF, attractive style, well centered on a tight flan, weight 3.558 g, maximum diameter 13.5 mm, Chios mint, c. 431 - 412 B.C.; obverse Sphinx seated left, grapes over amphora before, the whole on a circular raised shield; reverse Incuse square divided into four square compartments by fine cross lines, surface of compartments is roughened by design of the die (not wear); SOLD


Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt

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RX39365. Bronze drachm, Dattari 3088; Milne 2249; Emmett 1682; Geissen -; BMC Alexandria -; SNG Cop -, F, weight 19.592 g, maximum diameter 33.6 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 153 - 28 Aug 154 A.D.; obverse AYT K T AIΛ A∆P ANTWNINOC CEB EYC, laureate head left; reverse L IZ (year 17), sphinx seated right, wings raised, left forepaw on wheel, modius on head; SOLD


Chios, Islands off Ionia, 2nd Century A.D.

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Rare and interesting coin naming the denomination! Chios also minted coins of 1 assarion, 2 assaria ACCAPIA ∆YO and 3 assaria ACCAPIA TPIA.
GB39993. Bronze 1 1/2 assarion, SNG Cop 1650 and 1661 var.; BMC Ionia p. 343, 127 and p. 345, 136-7 var.; SNGvA -, VF, weight 7.041 g, maximum diameter 24.7 mm, die axis 180o, Chios mint, obverse XIΩN, Sphinx seated right, forepaw resting on amphora, club in exergue; reverse ACCAPION HMVCV, crossed thyrsi, grapes above, stars in fields, all within grape vine wreath; rare; SOLD


Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt

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SH54377. Bronze drachm, Milne 1428, Geissen 1138, BMC Alexandria 847, Dattari 1996 var. (date arrangement), Kampmann-Ganschow 32.603, Emmett 1053, F, weight 23.675 g, maximum diameter 34.6 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 133 - 134 A.D.; obverse AVT KAIC TPAIAN A∆PIANOC CEB, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse LI - H (year 18), winged Sphinx seated left, right paw on wheel, modius on head, drapery on chest; great type - large bronze with an attractive Sphinx!; SOLD


Egyptian, Gilded Beeswax Spinx, Ptolemaic ≠ Roman Period, c. 100 B.C. - 100 A.D.

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Many examples of this type of amulet were found in the now famous "Valley of the Golden Mummies," at the Bahariya Oasis in Egypt.
AS31297. 3 cm (1 1/8") long, holed through the head for attachment to the bandages of the deceased along other amulets, Choice, SOLD




  




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