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Other Hellenistic Kingdoms

Syracuse, Sicily, Pyrrhus of Epirus, 278 - 276 B.C.

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In 279 BC, Pyrrhus forces, supporting the Greek cities of southern Italy, met and defeated the Romans at the battle of Asculum in Apulia. Pyrrhus, however, lost many men, several close associates, and all of his baggage. When one of his soldiers congratulated him on his victory, he famously replied: "Another such victory and we are ruined!" From this we have the term Pyrrhic victory, a victory achieved at ruinous cost.
SH58950. Silver octobol, SNG ANS 829, SNG Cop 94, aVF, weight 5.280 g, maximum diameter 21.4 mm, die axis 315o, Syracuse mint, 278 - 276 B.C.; obverse head of Persephone left, wearing wreath of grain, uncertain symbols behind head; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΠYPPOY, Athena advancing left, seen from behind, spear in raised right hand, shield in left; SOLD


Qataban, South Arabia, Unknown Ruler, Late 2nd - 1st Century B.C.

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The Qatabanian Kingdom seems to have come into existence around 500 B.C. and endured until around the beginning of the Christian Era. Timna, the capital of ancient Qataban, was near modern Hajar Kohlan in Yemen. It was an important hub in the incense route which supplied Arabian and Indian incense via camel caravan to ports on the Mediterranean Sea.
SH63568. Silver hemidrachm, Huth 367; HGC 10 -, VF, tight flan (as always for this type), weight 1.943 g, maximum diameter 12.4 mm, die axis 0o, Timna mint, late 2nd - 1st century B.C.; obverse bare head right with curly short hair, uncertain legend; reverse male head right with neatly trimmed short beard and hair rolled, uncertain legend above, royal Qatabanian monogram behind neck, control monograms below and before; very rare; SOLD


Qataban, South Arabia, Unknown Ruler, Late 2nd - 1st Century B.C.

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Hoover states this type was probably struck under Yad'ab Dhubyan Yuhargib, c. 155 - 135 B.C.

The Qatabanian Kingdom seems to have come into existence around 500 B.C. and endured until around the beginning of the Christian Era. Timna, the capital of ancient Qataban, was near modern Hajar Kohlan in Yemen. It was an important hub in the incense route which supplied Arabian and Indian incense via camel caravan to ports on the Mediterranean Sea.
SH63540. Silver hemidrachm, Huth 364; HGC 10, 714, gVF, tight flan (as always for this type), weight 1.958 g, maximum diameter 12.8 mm, die axis 0o, Timna mint, late 2nd - 1st century B.C.; obverse bare head right with curly short hair, uncertain legend; reverse male head right with neatly trimmed short beard and hair rolled, uncertain legend above, royal Qatabanian monogram behind neck, control monograms below and before; rare; SOLD


Kingdom of Numidia, Massinissa 203 - 148 B.C., or Micipsa 148 - 118 B.C.

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When King Masinissa died, rule was divided among his three sons by Publius Cornelius Scipio Aemilianus, to whom Masinissa had given the authority to administer his estate. Micipsa received the Numidian capital of Cirta along with the palace and treasury, Gulussa the charge of war, and Mastarnable the administration of justice. After his brothers died, Micipsa alone controlled the kingdom.
GB56731. Bronze AE 27, Alexandropoulos MAA 18a, Mazard III 50, MŁller Afrique 32, SNG Cop 505 ff., SGCV II 6597, VF, weight 15.022 g, maximum diameter 27.0 mm, die axis 0o, Cirta (Constantine, Algeria) mint, 203 - 118 B.C.; obverse laureate head (Micipsa?) left with pointed beard, dot border; reverse horse rearing left, pellet below; SOLD


Kingdom of Numidia, Juba I, 60 - 46 B.C.

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Juba supported Pompey the Great in the civil war and committed suicide after Caesar's victory.
RR57730. Silver denarius, SNG Cop 523, Mazard 379; Alexandropoulos 29; MŁller Afrique -, aVF, toned, weight 3.251 g, maximum diameter 17.8 mm, die axis 315o, Utica mint, 60 - 46 B.C.; obverse REX IVBA, diademed and draped bust right, hair in ringlets, scepter over right shoulder; reverse neo-Punic legend HMMLKT YWB'Y, octastyle temple, tall platform with narrow central steps, pellet between spaced central columns, tall architrave, small gable-roofed upper construction; SOLD


Kingdom of Mauretania, Ptolemy, 24 - 40 A.D.

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Ptolemy was the son of King Juba II and Queen Cleopatra Selene II. His mother was the daughter of Cleopatra VII and Mark Antony. Ptolemy was educated in Rome and Roman citizen. In late 40, Caligula invited Ptolemy to Rome. After welcoming him with appropriate honors, he ordered his assassination. Mauretania became a Roman province.
GB39910. Bronze AE 22, Alexandropoulos 351a, Mazard 498, MŁller Afrique 198, SNG Cop -, aF, weight 6.712 g, maximum diameter 22.1 mm, die axis 225o, Caesarea (Cherchel, Algeria) mint, obverse REX POLEMAEVS, diademed and draped bust right; reverse lion standing right, star above; rare; SOLD


Kings of Galatia, Amyntas, 37 - 25 B.C.

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GB37447. Bronze AE 19, RPC I 3506, VF, green patina, weight 7.594 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 0o, obverse draped bust of Artemis right, bow and quiver to left, E - C across fields (numerals 5 and 6); reverse B AMYNTOY, stag standing right; rare; SOLD


Qataban, South Arabia, Unknown Ruler, Late 2nd - 1st Century B.C.

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Hoover states this type was probably struck under Yad'ab Dhubyan Yuhargib, c. 155 - 135 B.C.

The Qatabanian Kingdom seems to have come into existence around 500 B.C. and endured until around the beginning of the Christian Era. Timna, the capital of ancient Qataban, was near modern Hajar Kohlan in Yemen. It was an important hub in the incense route which supplied Arabian and Indian incense via camel caravan to ports on the Mediterranean Sea.
SH63542. Silver hemidrachm, Huth 364; HGC 10, 714, VF, tight flan (as always for this type), weight 1.939 g, maximum diameter 12.0 mm, die axis 0o, Timna mint, late 2nd - 1st century B.C.; obverse bare head right with curly short hair, uncertain legend; reverse male head right with neatly trimmed short beard and hair rolled, uncertain legend above, royal Qatabanian monogram behind neck, control monograms below and before; rare; SOLD


Syracuse, Sicily, Pyrrhus of Epirus, 278 - 276 B.C.

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In 279 B.C., Pyrrhus' forces, supporting the Greek cities of southern Italy, met and defeated the Romans at the battle of Asculum in Apulia. Pyrrhus, however, lost many men, several close associates, and all of his baggage. When one of his soldiers congratulated him on his victory, he famously replied: "Another such victory and we are ruined!" From this we have the term Pyrrhic victory, a victory achieved at ruinous cost.
GB58590. Bronze AE 24, Calciati II p. 324, 177; SNG Cop 812; SGCV I 1213, VF/F, weight 10.505 g, maximum diameter 23.2 mm, die axis 285o, Syracuse mint, 278 - 276 B.C.; obverse ΣYPAKOΣIΩN, head of Herakles left, clad in lion-skin headdress, club behind; reverse Athena Promachos advancing right, hurling javelin and holding shield, wreath behind; superb 'portrait' of Herakles; SOLD


Kingdom of Galatia, Amyntas, 37 - 25 B.C.

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GB30648. Bronze AE 20, RPC I 3506, VF, weight 5.830 g, maximum diameter 19.9 mm, die axis 0o, obverse draped bust of Artemis right, bow and quiver to left, E - C across fields (numerals 5 and 6); reverse B AMYNTOY, stag standing right; green patina; rare; SOLD




  




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Hellenistic Kingdoms