Ptolemaic Kingdom, Ptolemy II Philadelphos, 285 - 246 B.C.
Huge bronze! The largest of all Ptolemaic bronze coins.
SH65393. Bronze octobol, Svoronos 446; Weiser 19; BMC Ptolemies p. 37, 158; SNG Cop 142; Noeske 64; Hosking 13; Malter 67, VF, weight 93.293 g, maximum diameter 45.5 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, obverse diademed head of Zeus-Ammon right; reverse ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, eagle standing left on thunderbolt, wings open, head turned back right, E between legs; $750.00 (€562.50)
Ptolemais was a maritime city of Galilee (Acts 21:7). It was originally Accho, but was renamed Ptolemais under the rule of Ptolemy I Soter.
SH62932. Silver tetradrachm, cf. Svoronos 185; SNG Cop -; BMC Ptolemies -; SNG Milan -; Noeske -; Hazzard -; Hosking -, VF, toned, weight 12.815 g, maximum diameter 26.8 mm, die axis 45o, Galilee, Ake Ptolemais mint, 285 - 246 B.C.; obverse diademed head of Ptolemy I right; reverse ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, eagle standing left on thunderbolt, head left, wings closed, ∆ left; rare; $600.00 (€450.00)
Domitian, 13 September 81 - 18 September 96 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt
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 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; reverseSphinx reclining right, L IA (year 11) in exergue; budget example of a very expensive type; very rare; $500.00 (€375.00)
Islamic, Egypt(?), Wheel Cut Miniature GlassBottle, 10th - 11th Century A.D.
AS61819. Wheel cut miniature bottle; cf. Corning Islamic I 209 - 210; 1 inch high, 10th - 11th Century A.D.; vessel of pale green glass, wheel cut baseline and wheel cut alternating arrowheads on the body, top of neck missing; from a New Jersey collection; rare; $430.00 (€322.50)
Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt
During Hadrian's reign Italian agriculture declined as imports from Egypt and NorthAfrica depressed wheat prices, making it unprofitable to farm and forcing many farmers off the land. In Rome, bread was distributed free to the poor and Roman bakeries produced dozens of bread varieties.
RX59599. Bronze drachm, Milne 1038; Dattari 1802 var (date above); Kampmann-Ganschow 32.228; Emmett 1015 (R5), Geissen -, BMC Alexandria -, SNG Cop -, SNG Hunterian -, VF, weight 22.004 g, maximum diameter 33.6 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 122 - 28 Aug 123 A.D.; obverse AVT KAIC TPAI A∆PIA CEB, laureate bust right, drapery on far shoulder; reverseNilus reclining left, hippo under left arm, long reed in right, cornucopia in left, LZ (year 7) in exergue; extremely rare; $400.00 (€300.00)
Ptolemaic Kingdom, Ptolemy VIIIEuergetes II (Physcon), Second Reign, 145 - 116 B.C.
Ptolemy VIII and his older brother Ptolemy VI ruled jointly from 170 to 164 B.C. The brothers disagreed and Ptolemy VIII was forced to withdraw to Kyrenaica, which he ruled. After his brother's death, in 145 B.C., he claimed the throne and married Cleopatra II (his brother's widow and also his sister). Later he married Cleopatra III (his niece and stepdaughter) after which relations with Cleopatra II were strained. Ptolemy VIII was unpopular with the Alexandrians, who nicknamed him Physkon (pot belly). --- Greek Coins and Their Values by David R. Sear
SH63045. Silver tetradrachm, Svoronos 1615, SNG Cop 608, SNG Milan -, Noeske -, BMC Ptolemies -, VF, weight 13.344 g, maximum diameter 23.9 mm, die axis 0o, Cyprus, Kitium mint, 119 - 118 B.C.; obverse diademed bust right wearing aegis; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΠTOΛEMAIOY, eagle standing left on thunderbolt, LNB (year 52) left, KI right; scarce mint and coin; $350.00 (€262.50)
Galba, 3 April 68 - 15 January 69 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt
Galba was governor of Hispania Tarraconensis when he was proclaimed emperor by his troops. The Senate recognized his authority in Jul 68. His avarice, ruthlessness and refusal to pay a promised donative to the praetorian guards made him unpopular. He was assassinated in a conspiracy plotted by Otho.
RX64057. Bronze diobol, Dattari 320; Geissen 241; RPC I 5351; Milne 356; BMC Alexandria p. 24, 202; SNG Cop 154, VF, interesting portrait, weight 8.318 g, maximum diameter 25.8 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Sep 68 - 15 Jan 69 A.D.; obverse ΣEPOYI ΓAΛBA AYTO KAIΣ ΣEBA, laureate head right; reverse draped bust of Isis right, wearing crown of horns and disk, LB ( year 2) right; $350.00 (€262.50)
Aelius, Caesar, July or August 136 - 1 January 138 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt
Aelius had luxurious taste and led an extravagant life. He is said to have had Ovid's erotic poetry and "a book about Apicius" (presumably Apion's On the Luxury of Apicius) as bedside reading. Aelius personally invented tetrapharmacum, a dish that contained sow's udder, pheasant, wild boar and ham in pastry. Hadrian, liked it; the later emperor, Alexander Severus, liked it too.
RX59447. Bronze drachm, Dattari 2076, Milne 1546, Geissen 1273, Kampmann-Ganschow 34.4, BMC Alexandria 923, Emmett 1351, gF, weight 22.926 g, maximum diameter 32.9 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 137 -1 Jan 138 A.D.; obverse Λ AIΛIOC KAICAP, draped bust right; reverse ∆HM EΞOYX YΠAT B, OMONOIA in ex, Homonoia seated left, patera in right, cornucopia under throne; rare; $330.00 (€247.50)
Salonina, Augusta 254 - c. September 268 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt
Tyche (Greek for luck; the Roman equivalent was Fortuna) was the presiding tutelary deity that governed the fortune and prosperity of a city, its destiny. Increasingly during the Hellenistic period, cities had their own specific iconic version of Tyche, wearing a mural crown (a crown like the walls of the city).
SH66838. Billon tetradrachm, Dattari 5342; Geissen 2982; Kampmann-Ganschow 91.47; SRCV III 10716; BMC Alexandria p. 2266; Milne 4140, Choice aEF, weight 11.345 g, maximum diameter 23.7 mm, die axis 315o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 266 - 28 Aug 267 A.D.; obverse KOPNHΛIA CAΛWNEINA CEB, diademed and draped bust right; reversetyche reclining left on couch, kalathos on head, rudder in right, LI∆ (year 14) above; $320.00 (€240.00)
Ptolemaic Kingdom, Ptolemy IX Soter II (Lathyros) or Ptolemy X Alexander, c. 114 - 80 B.C.
After Ptolemy VIII died in 116 B.C., Cleopatra III ruled with her mother Cleopatra II and son Ptolemy IX. In 110 B.C., she replaced Ptolemy IX as co-regent with her second son Ptolemy X. Ptolemy IX regained the throne in 109 but was again replaced in 107 B.C. In 101 B.C., Ptolemy X had his mother Cleopatra III murdered, and then ruled alone or with his niece and wife, Berenice III.
GP62519. Bronze AE 14, unpublished, cf. Svoronos 1696 (1 spec., 35mm), Cox Curium 119 (25mm), Weiser -, Hosking -, Noeske -, Malter -, VF, weight 2.053 g, maximum diameter 14.2 mm, die axis 0o, Paphos mint, c. 114 - 80 B.C.; obverse head of Zeus-Ammon right; reverse ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEOΣ, eagle standing left, pesatos(?) with diadem and straps left; possibly unique; $310.00 (€232.50)