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Phoenician (Palistinian Workshop), 4 Stamped Glass Votive Fragments, 1st Century B.C. - 1st Century A.D.
From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.
These votive pieces were made to be ritually broken before offering in the altar of the god or distribution in fields for fertility or under building foundations for good fortune. They are almost always found broken.AA32416. 4 glass votive stamped fragements, partial images of male god; $50.00 SALE PRICE $45.00
Celtic imitative of a rare Macedonian issue struck under Philip V or Perseus, 187 - 168 B.C. The choice was appropriate for the SerdiCelts as the river Strymon runs through the Serdi region.CE46721. Bronze AE 18, Malloy Danubian Celtstype H5G; imitative of a Macedonian Kingdom (Philip V or Perseus) type, 187 - 168 B.C., SNG Cop 1299, F, blue-green patina, brassy high points, overstruck(?), weight 3.373 g, maximum diameter 18.1 mm, die axis 180o, obverse reed-wreathed head of the river god Strymon right; reverse trident head, bar across near base of prongs, no inscription or symbols; scarce; $50.00 SALE PRICE $45.00
Thracians, Odrysian Kingdom, Early 5th - Middle 4th Century B.C.
A Gorgoneion was a horror-creating apotropaicGorgonhead pendant. The name derives from the Greek word gorgůs, which means "dreadful." The Gorgons were three sisters who had hair of living, venomous snakes, and a horrifying face that turned those who saw it to stone. Stheno and Euryale were immortal, but their sister Medusa was not, and was slain by Perseus. Zeus, Athena, Hellenistic kings and Roman emperors wore Gorgoneion for protection. Images of the Gorgons were also put upon objects and buildings for protection. A Gorgon image is at the center of the pediment of the temple at Corfu, the oldest stone pediment in Greece from about 600 B.C.GA47658. Silver hemidrachm, Topalov Thrace p. 230, 55, aF, crude, worn dies, weight 2.761 g, maximum diameter 13.5 mm, Thracian, Greek city or tribal mint, early 5th - middle 4th century B.C.; obverse facing head of Medusa (gorgoneion); reverseincuse square containing angles in each corner forming a cruciform pattern, with pellet in center; ex Alex G. Malloy; $50.00 SALE PRICE $45.00
Kyrene, Kyrenaica, NorthAfrica, 300 - 277 B.C.
GB50957. Bronze AE 16, BMC Cyrenaica p. 67, 343 - 346, aVF, weight 4.402 g, maximum diameter 16.1 mm, die axis 0o, Kyrene mint, 300 - 277 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right; reverse KY, horse right, eight-pointed star above, crab below; well centered; rare; $50.00 SALE PRICE $45.00
Byzantine Empire, Palaestina or Syria, c. 450 - 500 A.D.
This object, from the Alex Malloy Collection, was held by him for decades, only speculatively attributed as probably Islamic. The referenced recent article by Farhi indicates another possible attribution. As discussed by Farhi, in the second half of the 5th century, besides Byzantine nummi, low-value currency in Palaestina appears to have included similar sized centuries old Jewish prutah, cast Axumite imitations, and even bronze and lead blank flans. Many fragments of lead mirror frames, found over many years, appear to have been cut around decorative star-like or floral patterns to look like coins. They were almost certainly used as coins. The lead mirror frame fragment "coins" in Farhi have different patterns and are blank on one side, but this object is very similar.BZ53343. Lead nummus, fragment of ornamented lead object coinage(?); See Farhi, H. "Note on Two Types of Byzantine Lead Currency" in INR 8 (2013) for similar examples, weight 2.836 g, maximum diameter 23.1 mm, ex Alex G. Malloy Collection; $50.00 SALE PRICE $45.00
Constans, 9 September 337 - 19 January 350 A.D.
RIC lists this type as scarce, however, we believe it is rare.RL56550. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VIIIRome 13 (S), LRBC I 588, Voetter 11, SRCV V 18566, Cohen VII 102, Hunter V -, aVF, green patina, some legend weak, weight 1.577 g, maximum diameter 16.1 mm, die axis 0o, 3rd officina, Rome mint, 337 - 340 A.D.; obverse D N FL CONSTANS AVG, rosette-diademed, draped, and cuirassedbust right; reverse SECVRITAS REIP (security of the Republic), Securitas standing facing, head right, long scepter in right, leaning with left elbow on column, R leaf T in exergue; rare; $50.00 SALE PRICE $45.00
Tarsos, Cilicia, c. 380 - 360 B.C.
In historical times, Tarsos was first ruled by the Hittites, followed by Assyria, and then the Persian Empire. Tarsus, as the principal town of Cilicia, was the seat of a Persian satrapy from 400 B.C. onward. Indeed, Xenophon records that in 401 B.C., when Cyrus the Younger marched against Babylon, the city was governed by King Syennesis in the name of the Persian monarch. Alexander the Great passed through with his armies in 333 B.C. and nearly met his death here after a bath in the Cydnus. By this time Tarsus was already largely influenced by Greek language and culture, and as part of the Seleucid Empire it became more and more Hellenized. Strabo praises the cultural level of Tarsus in this period with its philosophers, poets and linguists. The schools of Tarsus rivaled those of Athens and Alexandria.GS58069. Silver obol, SNG BnF 310 - 311, SNG Levante 217 - 218, F, weight 0.458 g, maximum diameter 10.0 mm, Tarsos (Tarsus, Mersin, Turkey) mint, obverse uncertain female head facing slightly left; reversebust of Aphrodite right, wearing tainia; $50.00 SALE PRICE $45.00
Tarsos, Cilicia, c. 164 - 37 B.C.
The patron god of the Tarsos was Sandan and a large monument to Sandan existed at Tarsos until at least the 3rd century A.D. Sandan was a Hittite-Babylonian sun, storm, or warrior god, also perhaps associated with agriculture. The Greeks equated Sandan with Herakles (Hercules). At Tarsus an annual festival honored Sandan-Herakles, which climaxed when, as depicted on this coin, an image of the god was burned on a funeral pyre. It is now thought likely that the Lion of Saint Mark on the pillar in the Piazza San Marco in Venice was in origin a winged lion-griffin from a monument at Tarsus.GB57039. Bronze AE 21, SNG Levante 950; SNG BnF 1307 ff. var. (controls); BMC Lycaonia p. 180, 108 ff. var. (same), gF, weight 6.897 g, maximum diameter 20.5 mm, die axis 0o, Tarsos (Tarsus, Mersin, Turkey) mint, c. 164 - 37 B.C.; obverse veiled and turreted head of Tyche right; reverse TAPΣEΩN, Sandan standing right on horned and winged animal, on a garlanded base and within a pyramidal pyre surmounted by an eagle, controls on left: AM, over two monograms, over Θ; $50.00 SALE PRICE $45.00
Byzantine Empire, Leo V and Constantine, 25 December 813 - 25 December 820 A.D.
In 815, Leo concluded a 30-year peace treaty with Khan Omurtag of Bulgaria. The treaty was honored by both sides and renewed after the accession of Michael II in 820. In 821, Thomas the Slav rebelled and laid siege to Constantinople to seize the Imperial throne. Omurtag sent an army to help Michael II put down the rebellion. Byzantine accounts report that Thomas' army was routed at the Battle of Kedouktos (winter 822 or spring 823), however, modern scholars consider the battle a victory, albeit costly, for the rebel.BZ63620. Bronze follis, Anastasi 497; DOC III, part 1, 19; Morrisson BnF 30/Sy/AE/01; Wroth BMC 22; Tolstoi 22; Ratto 1803; SBCV 1635; Sommer 29.7, VF, nice for the type, weight 4.257 g, maximum diameter 24.0 mm, die axis 180o, Syracuse mint, 817 - 25 Dec 820 A.D.; obverse facing busts of Leo, on left, with short beard and Constantine, each wears crown and chlamys, cross between above; reverse ΛēK (initials of Leon and Konstantine), cross above; $50.00 SALE PRICE $45.00
Commodus, March or April 177 - 31 December 192 A.D.
This type has the earliest depiction of the Three Monetae on coinage.RB63622. Orichalcumsestertius, RIC III 500, Fair, weight 19.208 g, maximum diameter 30.1 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 187 A.D.; obverse M COMMODVS ANT PFELIX AVG BRIT, laureate head right; reverseP M TR P XII IMP VIIICOS V P P (high priest, tribune of the people for 12 years, imperator the 8th time, consul the 5th time, father of the country), three Monetae standing left, each holding scale in right and cornucopia in left, MON AVG over S C in exergue; $50.00 SALE PRICE $45.00