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Galleys and Other Ships on Ancient Coins

Judean Kingdom, Alexander Jannaeus (Yehonatan), 103 - 76 B.C.

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Jannaeus' anchor coins were probably struck after the conquest of the coastal cities (with the exception of Ashkelon) in 95 B.C. The anchor probably publicized the annexation of these areas. -- Ancient Jewish Coinage by Yaakov Meshorer
JD76651. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1150, Meshorer TJC K, VF, earthen deposits, reverse 1/5 off center, weight 2.685 g, maximum diameter 16.3 mm, Jerusalem mint, 95 - 76 B.C.; obverse star of eight rays and central pellet surrounded by diadem, Paleo-Hebrew inscription "Yehonatan the king" between rays; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞAN∆POY (of King Alexander), upside-down anchor; $45.00 (39.60)

Amphipolis, Macedonia, c. 187 - 31 B.C.

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After Rome defeated Perseus of Macedonia in 168 B.C., Amphipolis became the capital one of the four merides (mini-republics) created by the Romans out of the kingdom of the Antigonids. In 149 B.C. Andriskos, claiming to be Perseus' son, declared himself King Philip VI of Macedonia, conquered Thessaly, and allied with Carthage. After Andriskos was defeated in 148 B.C., in what the Romans called the Fourth Macedonian War, the merides were dissolved and Macedonia was formally reduced to a Roman province.
GB75341. Bronze semis, cf. SNG Evelpidis 1145, SNG ANS 135 - 136 (monograms), SNG Cop 69 - 71 (same), SNG Dreer 217 (same), BMC Macedonia -, aF, flan crack, weight 4.895 g, maximum diameter 22.0 mm, die axis 0o, Amphipolis mint, Roman rule, c. 187 - 31 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Zeus right, S behind; reverse AMΦIΠO/ΛITΩN, prow right, ME monogram over S left, ∆Y monogram right, AMΦIΠO/ΛITΩN in two lines divided above and below; rare; $40.00 (35.20)

Salonina, Augusta 254 - c. September 268 A.D., Kyzikos, Mysia

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In 74 B.C. Cyzicus, allied with Rome, withstood a siege by King Mithridates VI of Pontus. Rome rewarded this loyalty with territory and with municipal independence which lasted until the reign of Tiberius. When it was incorporated into the Empire, it was made the capital of Mysia, afterward of Hellespontus. Cyzicus was one of the great cities of the ancient world.
RP53294. Bronze AE 23, SNG Cop 143, BMC Mysia 287, F, weight 5.654 g, maximum diameter 24.1 mm, die axis 45o, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, obverse CAΛΩNEINA CE, draped bust right, wearing stephane, set on crescent; reverse KYZIKHN KEOKOPΩ, quinquereme with four oarsmen right, Triton blowing horn right; $22.00 (19.36)

Constans, 9 September 337 - 19 January 350 A.D.

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The reverse legend translates, "Happy Times Restored." Happy times would not last for Constans. This coinage was among his last issues before his general Magnentius rebelled and had him killed.
BB75610. Billon quarter maiorina, RIC VIII Siscia 244, LRBC II 1136, Voetter 31, SRCV V 18730, Cohen VII 10, F, well centered, weight 2.369 g, maximum diameter 17.8 mm, die axis 0o, 1st officina, Siscia (Sisak, Croatia) mint, 348 - 350 A.D.; obverse D N CONSTANS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse FEL TEMP REPARATIO (happy times restored), Constans standing left in galley left, Phoenix on globe in right hand, labarum in left hand, Victory seated in stern steering, ASIS followed by control-mark in exergue; $21.00 (18.48)

Seleukid Kingdom, Demetrius II Nikator, 146 - 136 and 129 - 125 B.C.

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As required by the Treaty of Apamea, Demetrius, the son of Seleucus IV, was held in Rome as a hostage. After Antiochus IV (his uncle) died, he claimed the right to rule but Rome preferred Antiochus V, a weak child. Demetrius escaped, was aided by Egypt, welcomed in Syria, and took his throne. Antiochus V and his regent were executed. Demetrius defeated Judas Maccabeus and restored Seleukid control over Judaea.
GB69538. Bronze AE 18, Houghton-Lorber II 1968(3), Newell Tyre 103, SNG Spaer 1706, HGC 9 1000, Cohen Dated 171 (S), aF, weight 6.074 g, maximum diameter 18.2 mm, die axis 45o, Tyre mint, 1st reign, 144 - 143 B.C.; obverse diademed head of Demetrios II right; reverse stern of galley left, BAΣIΛEΩΣ / ∆HMHTPIOY in two lines over LΘΞP (Seleucid Era year 169) above, TYPIΩN and Phoenician script "of Tyre" below; from the Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren; scarce; $13.00 (11.44)




Schaaff, Ulrich. Mnzen der rmischen Kaiserzeit mit Schiffsdarstellungen im Rmisch-Germanischen Zentralmuseum. (Munich, 2003).

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