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Kartheia, Keos Island, Cyclades, Greece, Late 3rd - Early 2nd Century B.C.
Aristaeus, in Greek mythology, was a minor god, protector and creator of various arts, such as cheese making and bee keeping. His parents were the god Apollo and the huntress Cyrene. He married Autonoe, daughter of King Cadmus of Thebes who was also Thebes founder.GB92758. Bronze chalkous, Papageorgiadou-Banis series VIII, issue 2, p. 99 & pl. 5, 109; SNG Cop 631; BMC Crete p. 92, 41; Weber 4636; HGC 6 557 (R1), VF/F, tight flan, weight 5.708 g, maximum diameter 20.0 mm, die axis 0o, Karthaea mint, late 3rd - early 2nd century B.C.; obverse laureate head of Aristaeus(?) right; reverse forepart of hound (Sirius the Dog Star) left, rays over KAPΘAI above, Σ over A right, small bee below; ex Den of Antiquity; rare; SOLD
Ioulis, Keos Island, Cyclades, Greece, Late 3rd - Early 2nd Century B.C.
On most examples of this type, including this one, the inscription is illegible or off flan. As a result the type is often attributed to an uncertain mint on Keos.GB93475. Bronze chalkous, Papageorgiadou-Banis Series VIII, p. 29 & pl. 4, 60; SNG Cop 650; BMC Crete p. 90, 12 (Ceos); Mionnet Suppl. IV p. 386, 164; HGC 6 525 (R1), VF, brown tone, light earthen deposits, tight flan cutting off ethnic, weight 1.370 g, maximum diameter 11.4 mm, die axis 180o, Ioulis (Kea, Greece) mint, late 3rd - early 2nd century B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right; reverse forepart of hound (Sirius the Dog Star) left with rays above, IOY below, slightly concave; from the Errett Bishop Collection; only two sales of this type recorded on Coin Archives for the last two decades, this is the first specimen of this type handled by FORVM; very rare; SOLD
Macedonian Kingdom, Kassander - Antigonos II Gonatas, c. 310 - 275 B.C., In the Name of Alexander the Great
Born a leader, Alexander the Great's genius and charisma led the Macedonian army to create an empire covering most of the then-known world, from Greece to India. His reign begins the Hellenistic Age, a time when civilization flourished. He was regarded as a god and his fame grew even greater after his premature death at thirty-two.GS52072. Silver drachm, Price 862, SNG Cop 975, SNG Munchen 397, SNG Alpha Bank 565, Meydancikkale 522 ff., Müller Alexander 283 var. (throne with high back), aVF, porous, weight 4.037 g, maximum diameter 17.9 mm, die axis 0o, uncertain Greece or Macedonia mint, c. 310 - 275 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, wearing Nemean Lion skin, scalp over head, forepaws tied at neck; reverse AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus seated left on throne throne without back, nude to the waist, himation around hips and legs, right leg drawn back, eagle in extended right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left, apluster in left field; SOLD
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