Kingdom of , , 305 - 281 B.C., Portrait of Alexander the Great
Lampsacus was known as center for worship of Priapus, who was said to have been born there.
notes that Lampsacus was Lysimachos' largest mint in , with approximately 150 known dies. Output from Lampsacus declined when Amphipolis began its extensive coinage c. 288 B.C.SH72207. Silver , 49, 2548 - 2549, 843, 1097 ( ), 399 (Sigeum), gVF, , some marks and , 16.495 g, maximum 13.4 mm, 45o, Lampsakos (Lapseki, Turkey) mint, 297 - 281 B.C.; diademed head of deified Alexander the Great wearing the horn of ; BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΛYΣIMAXOY, enthroned left, crowning name in extended right hand, left arm rests on grounded round decorated with , transverse spear against right side, ∆/Ξ inner left , crescent horns left in ; ex Numismatics auction 11, lot 34; $990.00 (€861.30)
Odessos, , c. 240 - 180 B.C., Civic Issue in the Types and Name of Alexander the Great
is most often depicted on coinage wearing the scalp of the over his head. The first of Herakles' twelve labors, set by Eurystheus (his cousin), was to slay the and bring back its skin. discovered arrows and his club were useless against it because its golden fur was impervious to mortal weapons. Its claws were sharper than swords and could cut through any armor. stunned the beast with his club and, using his immense strength, strangled it to death. During the fight the bit off one of his fingers. After slaying the , he tried to skin it with a knife from his belt, but failed. Wise , noticing the hero's plight, told him to use one of the lion's own claws to skin the pelt.SH71037. Silver , 1174 , 59, (1) 266, 2140, -, gVF, , , double struck, 16.650 g, maximum 31.7 mm, 0o, Odessos (Varna, Bulgaria) mint, magistrate Eupro..., c. 240 - 180 B.C.; Herakles' head right, clad in scalp headdress tied at neck; BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus enthroned left, in extended right, long vertical behind in left, right leg drawn back, under throne, EYΠPO in ; $700.00 (€609.00)
Mesembria, , c. 275 - 225 B.C., Civic Issue in the Types and Name of Alexander the Great
Mesembria, Nesebar Bulgaria today, was a Doric settlement on a Black Sea island just off mainland . Today it is a seaside resort and a man-made isthmus connects it to the coast. The city struck Alexandrine tetradrachms possibly as early as 275 B.C. It is likely Mesembria issued the very last Alexandrine tetradrachms, possibly even under Roman rule, as late as 65 B.C.SH71566. Silver , p. 83 and pl. VI, 24 (O7/R11); 992; 436, EF, , on right side edge, 16.858 g, maximum 31.1 mm, 0o, Mesambria (Nesebar, Bulgaria) mint, c. 275 - 225 B.C.; head of right, wearing Nemean lion-scalp headdress; AΛEΞAN∆POY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, Zeus seated left, right leg drawn back, in extended right, long vertical behind in left, Corinthian helmet right over ΠA in inner left under arm; $700.00 (€609.00)
Kios, , c. 280 - 250 B.C., Restoration of
According to myth, Kios (Bursa, Turkey) was founded on the Propontis (Sea of Marmara) by when he accompanied the Argonauts. According to Greek historians, it was founded in 626 - 625 B.C. by from Miletos. The city joined the Aetolian League and was destroyed by Philip V of Macedon. Prusias I of rebuilt the site, naming it for himself. An important chain in the ancient Silk Road, it became a wealthy town. Under Rome the name Kios was revived.SH90219. Silver , 418 (Erythrai), 2668 var ( not reversed), 1123 var (same), 451 var (same), -, VF, lightly , scattered marks, 16.966 g, maximum 31.7 mm, 0o, Kios mint, c. 280 - 250 B.C.; diademed head of the deified Alexander right, with horn of ; seated left, in right crowning king's name with wreath, left arm resting on behind, transverse spear against far side, club outer left, inner left, bow in case and reversed AΓ in ; ex CNG, auction 324 lot 85; variety; $630.00 (€548.10)
Kabyle, , c. 219 - 215 B.C., Civic Issue in the Types and Name of Alexander the Great
The dies for this were also used with dies naming the Gaulish Kavaros. Die wear shows the Alexanderine types followed Kavaros' coinage, indicating this was likely struck during the revolt of the Thracians, which brought about the chieftain's death and the end of Gaulish rule. Kavaros ruled until at least 219 B.C., when he participated in a treaty between and . The compares closely with issues of Dionysopolis, Mesembria, and Odessus.SH69935. Silver , 882a, 845 ff., 399, VF, 16.205 g, maximum 26.9 mm, 0o, Cabyle mint, time of the Thracian Revolt, c. 219 - 215 B; Herakles' head right, clad in scalp headdress tied at neck; BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus enthroned left, in extended right, long vertical behind in left, right leg drawn back, Demeter standing facing torch in each hand; $370.00 (€321.90)
, Ptolemy I, as in , 323 - 305 B.C.
Ptolemy Lagides was a Macedonian general who, after Alexander's death, became the of under the nominal kings Philip III Arrhidaeus and the infant Alexander IV. By custom, kings in asserted their right to the throne by burying their predecessor. Probably because he wanted to preempt Perdiccas, the imperial regent, from staking his claim in this way, Ptolemy took stole the body of Alexander. Ptolemy then openly joined the coalition against Perdiccas. Thus began the long series of wars between the , Alexander's successors. In 305, Ptolemy took the titles and pharaoh, founding the Ptolemaic Kingdom and Ptolemaic Dynasty.GP72061. Bronze , 172 (as ); p. 8, 62 (295 - 284, ); 36; 5; 21; -; -, VF, , red and brown , 4.503 g, maximum 18.5 mm, 315o, mint, 310 - 305 B.C.; diademed and horned head of deified Alexander the Great right; ΠTOΛEMAIOY (no title, upward on left), standing left on thunderbolt, head left, wings open, above helmet on left; ex Harlan ; ; $370.00 (€321.90)
Acre, one of the oldest continuously inhabited sites in the world, is at the northern extremity of Haifa Bay in northern Israel. The city occupies an important location on the coast of the Mediterranean, linking to waterways and the commercial activity of the Levant.SH69932. Silver , 3283, 35, -, aVF, sculptural high relief, die break at eye, upper left on , 17.019 g, maximum 26.5 mm, 0o, Ake mint, , c. 315 - 314 B.C.; Herakles' head right, clad in scalp headdress tied at neck; AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus enthroned left, right leg drawn back, feet on footstool, in right, long vertical behind in left, Phoenician numeral date (year 32) left below arm; $360.00 (€313.20)
Phaselis, , 213 - 212 B.C., Civic Issue in the Name of Alexander the Great, with Seleukid
Phaselis was under Ptolemaic control from 209 to 197 B.C. Antiochus III took control in 197 and formally took possession of the Egyptian territories in Anatolia through the Peace of in 195. Despite the vicissitudes of the , Phaselis seems to have retained significant autonomy and struck Alexander tetradrachms with remarkable continuity from 218 - 185 B.C. The series ended shortly after the conclusion of the treaty, when Phaselis and the other cities of were handed over to the Kingdom of Rhodes. From 190 to 160 B.C. it remained under Rhodeian hegemony. After 160 B.C. Phaselis was absorbed into the Lycian confederacy under Roman rule. In the 1st century B.C., the city was taken over by the pirate Zekenites for a period until his defeat by the Romans.
SH71158. Silver , 2840, Hoard 495, 315, -, VF, broad , attractive dark worn from high-points, slight double strike, 16.651 g, maximum 32.4 mm, 0o, , Phaselis mint, 213 - 212 B.C.; Herakles' head right, clad in scalp headdress tied at neck; Seleukid : in an oval punch; AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus enthroned left, right leg drawn back, extended in right, long vertical behind in left, C (year 6) over Φ left; : Seleukid in rounded rectangular ; ; $360.00 (€313.20)
, , 195 - 194 B.C., In the Name of Alexander the Great
After Alexander took Perga peacefully, Aspendos sent envoys to offer surrender if he would not take the taxes and horses formerly paid as tribute to the Persian . Agreeing, Alexander went on to Side, leaving a garrison behind. When he learned they had failed to ratify the agreement their own evnvoys had proposed, Alexander marched to the city. The Aspendians retreated to their acropolis and again sent envoys to sue for peace. This time, however, they had to agree to harsh terms - they would host a Macedonian garrison and pay 100 gold talents and 4.000 horses annually.
When this coin was struck, Antiochos III the Great had recovered Minor for the Seleukid Kingdom. Aspendos accepted Seleukid authority in 197 B.C. The city surrendered to Rome in 190 B.C.SH59525. Silver , 2897, 771, 312, VF, 16.722 g, maximum 31.3 mm, 0o, Aspendos mint, 195 - 194 B.C.; Herakles' head right, clad in scalp headdress tied at neck; Seleukid : in roughly rectangular punch; Zeus enthroned left, in right, long vertical behind in left, AΣ / IH (year 18 Era of Aspendos) left; $290.00 (€252.30)
, Seleukos, in Babylon, 311 - 306 B.C., In the Name of Alexander the Great
Struck in the name of Alexander, this coin also bears the personal badge of Seleukos, an . Seleukos was first appointed in in 320 B.C. but was put to flight by in 315. He returned in 311 only to be forced to evacuate later that year by a counterattack by Antigonus' son, Demetrius. Not long after, however, Seleukos again recovered the city.SH60135. Silver , I 293, 3449 (Marthus), 1512, aVF/F, 16.601 g, maximum 27.0 mm, 225o, uncertain mint, c. 311 - 305 B.C.; head of right, wearing scalp headdress; AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus seated left on throne, right leg drawn back, in extended right, long vertical behind in left, flukes up flanked by ∆ - I in left , under throne; $290.00 (€252.30)
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