Athens, , Old , c. 454 - 404 B.C.
The old-style of Athens is famous for its almond shaped eye, archaic smile and charming owl . Around 480 B.C. a of olive leaves and a decorative scroll were added to Athena's helmet. On the a crescent moon was added.
During the period 449 - 413 B.C. huge quantities of tetradrachms were minted to finance grandiose building projects such as the Parthenon and to cover the costs of the Peloponnesian War.SH72559. Silver , 31, 49, 8, 1611, 519, 1597, 1611, 2526, VF, , high relief, test cuts, 17.117 g, maximum 25.5 mm, 270o, Athens mint, c. 454 - 404 B.C.; of right, almond shaped eye, crested helmet with olive leaves and floral scroll, wire necklace, round earring, hair in parallel curves; AΘE right, owl standing right, facing, erect in posture, olive sprig and crescent left, all within square; ex (2007); $720.00 (€640.80)
Athens, , , c. 140 - 175 A.D.
Minos demanded that, every ninth year, Athens send seven boys and seven girls to to be devoured by the , a half-man, half-bull monster that lived in the Labyrinth. , son of Aigeus, the of Athens, volunteered to take the place of one of the youths and slay the monster to stop this horror. Upon his arrival to , , Minos' daughter, fell in love with him and gave him a ball of to him find his way out of the Labyrinth. promised that if he escaped he would take her with him. Using the string to mark his path, he made his way to the heart of the Labyrinth, slew the , followed the string out, and then rescued the Athenian boys and girls. told to leave and Phaedra behind on the beach. Distressed by his broken heart, forgot to put up the white sails that were to signal his success. Upon seeing black sails, his father committed suicide, throwing himself off a cliff into the sea, causing this body of water to be named the Aegean.GB77873. Bronze , p. 105, 764; 341; , pl. 96, 1; 276, aF, corrosion, 7.132 g, maximum 23.7 mm, 180o, Athens mint, pseudo-autonomous under Rome, c. 140 - 175 A.D.; helmeted of right, wearing crested Corinthian helmet; AΘHNAIΩN, right, preparing to slay the , nude, planting knee on the back of , raising club in his right hand, a horn of the in his left hand, the falling right on left knee; from the Butte College Foundation, ex (Antioch Associates); very ; $500.00 (€445.00)
Athens, , , c. 340 - 335 B.C., Eleusinian Festival Coinage
was a demigod of the Eleusinian mysteries who presided over the sowing of grain-seed and the milling of wheat. His name means He who Pounds the Husks. In myth, Triptolemos was one of the Eleusinian princes who kindly received Demeter when she came mourning the loss of her daughter . The young goddess was eventually returned to her from the Underworld, and Demeter in her munificence, instructed Triptolemos in the art of agriculture, and gave him a winged chariot drawn by serpents so that he might travel the world spreading her gift.GB77129. Bronze , 38h-k; p. 113, 14; 416; pl. 103, 5, F/aVF, pitting, light scratches, 2.993 g, maximum 16.0 mm, 45o, Athens mint, c. 340 - 335 B.C.; Triptolemos seated left in winged chariot drawn by two serpents, stalk of grain in his right hand; Piglet standing right on mystic staff, EΛEYΣI above, (control symbol) in ; ; $200.00 (€178.00)
Persian Empire, , Gaza, or , c. 375 - 333 B.C., Imitative of Athens
A Persian Period imitation of Athenian types from the Middle East.JD66401. Silver , cf. 1011, 4 ff., 15 ff., VF, , 0.576 g, maximum 8.1 mm, 270o, helmeted of right; AΘE, owl standing right, wings closed, facing, within square; $160.00 (€142.40)
Salamis, Islands off , , 4th century B.C.
Salamis is the largest Greek island in the Saronic Gulf, about 2 km off-coast from Piraeus and about 16 km of Athens. Some say it was named after the nymph Salamis, according to the mother of Cychreus, the first of the island. Another theory, considers "Salamis" to come from the root Sal- (meaning salty water) and -amis (meaning the middle); thus Salamis would be (the place) amid salt water. Salamis was probably first colonized by and later occupied by Megara, but became an Athenian possession in the time of Solon or Peisistratos, following the war between Athens and Megara around 600 B.C. According to Homer's Iliad, Salamis took in the Trojan War with twelve ships under the leadership of . Salamis island is known for the Battle of Salamis, the decisive naval of the allied Greek fleet, led by Themistocles, over the Persian Empire in 480 B.C. It is said to be the birthplace of and Euripides; the latter's birth being popularly placed on the day of the battle.GB76810. Bronze AE 16, 455; p. 214, 640; p. 116, 1, VF, rough corrosion, 2.787 g, maximum 16.4 mm, 180o, Salamis mint, 4th century B.C.; of nymph Salamis right, wearing ; ΣA−ΛA, sword of in sheath, on his Boeotian ; very ; $90.00 (€80.10)
American Numismatic Society 26 (1981)
Includes the following articles:
, J.H. From Wappenmünzen to Gorgoneia to owls
, M. The ( 450)
, T.R. A third-century B.C. hoard from at the ANS ( 168)
, R.W. Gonatas and the silver coinages of circa 280-270 B.C.
Weiskopf, M. The hoard and the Parthian "Dark Age"
McLean, M.D. The initial coinage of Alexander Jannaeus
Harl, K.W. or ? The imperial imago at the Greek mint of Magnesia ad Maeandrum
, W.E. A corrigendum to The of
Kaiser-Raiss, M.R. Hadrianic medallions?
Malandra, G. Transitional in the Siva images on Kusana gold coins
, M.L. The Ottoman coinage of Tilimsa
Varriano, J.L. Some documentary evidence on the restriking of early Papal medals
BK11652. 26, American Numismatic Society ( 26), 1981, 223 pages, 32 plates, paperback, condition, faded cover, bent corner; $12.00 (€10.68)
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