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Dogs on Ancient Coins
Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander the Great, 336 - 323 B.C.

|Alexander| |the| |Great|, |Macedonian| |Kingdom,| |Alexander| |the| |Great,| |336| |-| |323| |B.C.||stater|
SH68250. Gold stater, apparently unpublished; Price -; Müller -; Hersh -, NGC Ch VF, Strike 4/5, Surface 3/5, weight 8.485 g, maximum diameter 17.6 mm, die axis 180o, uncertain mint, early posthumous issue(?); obverse head of Athena right in crested Corinthian helmet decorated with a coiled snake; reverse AΛEΞAN∆POY, Nike standing half left, wreath in extended right hand, stylus in left, monogram to left, hound(?) at feet on left; ex Gorny and Mosch auction 216, lot 2272; certified (slabbed) by Numismatic Guarantee Corporation (NGC); extremely rare, possibly unique; SOLD


Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D.

|Augustus|, |Augustus,| |16| |January| |27| |B.C.| |-| |19| |August| |14| |A.D.||denarius|
IMP X SICIL refers to the victory at Naulochus over Sextus Pompey on 3 September 36 B.C.

In the forest of Arcadia, Pan gave Artemis two black-and-white dogs, three reddish ones, and one spotted one - these dogs were able to hunt even lions. Pan also gave Artemis seven bitches of the finest Arcadian breed. However, Artemis only ever brought seven dogs hunting with her at any one time.
SH53584. Silver denarius, RIC I 173b, RSC I 146a, BMCRE I 464, EF/gVF, gem, bold and toned obverse, weight 3.617 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, die axis 135o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, 15 - 13 B.C.; obverse AVGVSTVS DIVI F, bare head right; reverse IMP - •X / SICIL, Diana standing half-left, looking right, wearing short tunic, spear vertical in right, bow at side in left, dog standing left at feet on left; ex H. S. Perlin Co., 1987; very rare with head left; SOLD


Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D.

|Augustus|, |Augustus,| |16| |January| |27| |B.C.| |-| |19| |August| |14| |A.D.||denarius|
IMP X SICIL refers to the victory at Naulochus over Sextus Pompey on 3 September 36 B.C.

In the forest of Arcadia, Pan gave Artemis two black-and-white dogs, three reddish ones, and one spotted one - these dogs were able to hunt even lions. Pan also gave Artemis seven bitches of the finest Arcadian breed. However, Artemis only ever brought seven dogs hunting with her at any one time.
SH56961. Silver denarius, RIC I 173a, RSC I 146, VF, banker's mark, toned, weight 3.822 g, maximum diameter 19.9 mm, die axis 180o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, 15 B.C.; obverse AVGVSTVS DIVI F, bare head right; reverse IMP• - X / SICIL, Diana standing half-left, looking right, wearing short tunic, spear vertical in right, bow at side in left, dog standing left at feet on left; SOLD


Trajan Decius, September 249 - June or July 251 A.D., Aelia Capitolina (Jerusalem), Syria Palestina

|Judaea| |&| |Palestine|, |Trajan| |Decius,| |September| |249| |-| |June| |or| |July| |251| |A.D.,| |Aelia| |Capitolina| |(Jerusalem),| |Syria| |Palestina||AE| |27|
After the First Jewish Revolt, the Jews were disbursed from Jerusalem and prohibited even from visiting. About 130 A.D. Hadrian established a colony on the site and built a temple to Jupiter Capitolinus on the temple mount. His actions prompted the Second Jewish Revolt or Bar Kochba Rebellion.
SH90827. Bronze AE 27, Kadman Aelia Capitolina 170 (same dies), Sofaer Collection 141, Meshorer Aelia 154, Rosenberger 89, F, weight 13.132 g, maximum diameter 26.7 mm, die axis 0o, Aelia Capitolina mint, obverse IMP C G MES Q TRA DECIVS AVG, laureate bust right; reverse COL AEL KAP COM P F, Serapis seated left on throne, kalathos on head, reaching right hand toward Cerberus at feet on left, long scepter vertical behind in left; from the J. Berlin Caesarea Collection; extremely rare; SOLD


Eryx, Sicily, c. 400 - 390 B.C.

|Other| |Sicily|, |Eryx,| |Sicily,| |c.| |400| |-| |390| |B.C.||onkia|
Calciati 13 and SNG 1328 are similar to this coin but with a female head on the obverse and the pellet above the dog on the reverse. Calciati 13A has a male head, but the dog faces left. The only reference that records this specific type is the Handbook of Greek Coins. The photographed HGC coin shares the same reverse die with our coin, but is incorrectly described as a hexantes or dionkia with an additional (second) pellet above. Despite the lack of examples in the primary references (and we checked more than listed here), there are several examples online.
SH90697. Bronze onkia, HGC 2 315 (R1) corr. (same rev. die); Calciati I p. 283, 13A var. (hound left, etc.); SNG III additions pl. 42, 1328 var. (pellet above, etc.), Choice VF, superb style, weak reverse legend, weight 3.094 g, maximum diameter 14.4 mm, die axis 90o, Eryx (Erice, Sicily) mint, c. 400 - 390 B.C.; obverse beardless, young male head right; reverse EP-YKIN-O-N, dog standing right, head turned back, right foreleg on hare on its back below, pellet right; very rare; SOLD


Etruria, 3rd Century B.C.

|Italy|, |Etruria,| |3rd| |Century| |B.C.||AE| |15|
Etruria was a region of Central Italy that covered part of what now are Tuscany, Latium, and Umbria. The ancient people of Etruria were the Etruscans. Etruscan kings ruled Rome until 509 B.C. when King Lucius Tarquinius Superbus was removed and the Roman Republic was established. Etruscan civilization was responsible for much of the Greek culture imported into early Rome, including the twelve Olympian gods, the growing of olives and grapes, the Latin alphabet (adapted from the Greek), and architecture like the arch, sewerage and drainage systems.
SH66061. Bronze AE 15, HN Italy 70, SNG ANS 65, Baglione type 2; Sambon 146b, VF, weight 3.144 g, maximum diameter 15.1 mm, die axis 315o, uncertain inland mint, obverse youthful head of Herakles right, wearing Nemean lion scalp headdress; reverse dog leaping left, Etruscan letter (reversed C) below; very rare; SOLD


Geto-Dacian, Roman Republic Imitative, c. 82 B.C. - 1st Century A.D.

|Celtic| |&| |Tribal|, |Geto-Dacian,| |Roman| |Republic| |Imitative,| |c.| |82| |B.C.| |-| |1st| |Century| |A.D.||denarius| |serratus|
In ancient Greek and Roman writing Dacus (plural Daci) and Geta (plural Getae) were interchangeable names for tribes of the Dacia region, distinct from but influenced by and possibly related the Thracians and Celts. Modern historians prefer to use the name Geto-Dacians.
CE68430. Silver denarius serratus, cf. Davis C52 and M166; for the Rome mint, C. Mamilius Limetanus, 82 B.C., prototype see: SRCV I 282, Sydenham 741, Crawford 362/1, gVF, weight 3.846 g, maximum diameter 17.4 mm, die axis 135o, tribal mint, c. 82 B.C. - 1st century A.D.; obverse bust of Mercury right wearing winged petasus, caduceus over shoulder; reverse Ulysses (Odysseus) walking right, greeted by his dog Argos, staff in left hand, C MAMIL downward on left, LIMETAN (AT ligate) upwards on right; SOLD


Segesta, Sicily, 430 - 420 B.C.

|Other| |Sicily|, |Segesta,| |Sicily,| |430| |-| |420| |B.C.||litra|
Segesta, in the northwestern Sicily, was one of the major cities of the Elymians, one of the three indigenous peoples of Sicily. Ionian Greeks settled in the city and the Elymians were quickly Hellenized. Segesta was in eternal conflict with Selinus. The first clashes were in 580 - 576 B.C., and again in 454 B.C. In 415 B.C. Segesta asked Athens for help against Selinus, leading to a disastrous Athenian expedition in Sicily. Later they asked Carthage for help. After Carthage destroyed Selinus, Segesta remained a loyal ally. It was besieged by Dionysius of Syracuse in 397 B.C., and destroyed by Agathocles in 307 B.C., but recovered. In 276 B.C. the city allied with Pyrrhus, but changed sides and surrendered to the Romans in 260 B.C. Due to the mythical common origin of the Romans and the Elymians (both descendants of refugees from Troy), Rome designated Segesta a "free and immune" city. In 104 B.C., the slave rebellion led by Athenion started in Segesta. Little is known about the city under Roman rule. It was destroyed by the Vandals.
GB66063. Silver litra, SNG ANS 651 - 654, Winterthur 838, SNG Cop -, VF, weight 0.649 g, maximum diameter 11.9 mm, die axis 315o, Segesta mint, 430 - 420 B.C.; obverse Head of the nymph Segesta facing slightly left, laurel branches flanking; reverse hound standing left; gorgoneion above, murex shell to left; ex Triton VIII Auction, CNG January 10, 2005, lot 1839 (part of), ex Tony Hardy collection; very rare; SOLD


Segesta, Sicily, c. 390 - 380 B.C.

|Other| |Sicily|, |Segesta,| |Sicily,| |c.| |390| |-| |380| |B.C.||hexas|
Segesta, in the northwestern Sicily, was one of the major cities of the Elymians, one of the three indigenous peoples of Sicily. Ionian Greeks settled in the city and the Elymians were quickly Hellenized. Segesta was in eternal conflict with Selinus. The first clashes were in 580 - 576 B.C., and again in 454 B.C. In 415 B.C. Segesta asked Athens for help against Selinus, leading to a disastrous Athenian expedition in Sicily. Later they asked Carthage for help. After Carthage destroyed Selinus, Segesta remained a loyal ally. It was besieged by Dionysius of Syracuse in 397 B.C., and destroyed by Agathocles in 307 B.C., but recovered. In 276 B.C. the city allied with Pyrrhus, but changed sides and surrendered to the Romans in 260 B.C. Due to the mythical common origin of the Romans and the Elymians (both descendants of refugees from Troy), Rome designated Segesta a "free and immune" city. In 104 B.C., the slave rebellion led by Athenion started in Segesta. Little is known about the city under Roman rule. It was destroyed by the Vandals.
BB76867. Bronze hexas, Calciati I p. 302, 46; HGC 2 1200 (R2); BMC Sicily -; SNG Cop -; SNG Munchen -; SNG Morcom -, F, green patina, weight 5.372 g, maximum diameter 17.7 mm, die axis 0o, Segesta mint, c. 390 - 380 B.C.; obverse head of nymph Aigiste right, anepigraphic; reverse hound right, head lowered scenting, no symbols or monograms; very rare; SOLD


Phaistos, Crete, c. 320 - 270 B.C.

|Crete|, |Phaistos,| |Crete,| |c.| |320| |-| |270| |B.C.||AE| |18|
Phaistos has been inhabited since 4000 B.C. In Greek mythology, Talos (or Talon) was a giant winged man of bronze who protected Europa in Crete from pirates and invaders. He circled the island's shores three times daily.
GB38685. Bronze AE 18, Svoronos Crète 74; SNG Cop 520; BMC Crete p. 64, 27 - 28, F, weight 3.879 g, maximum diameter 17.5 mm, die axis 270o, Phaistos mint, c. 320 - 270 B.C.; obverse Talos advancing right, nude, hurling stone in his right hand, holding another in his left; reverse hound on the scent to right, ΦAIC/TIΩN in two lines, starting above, ending in exergue; rare; SOLD




  




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