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Atheletics and Games on Ancient Coins
Plautilla, Augusta 202 - 22 January 205 A.D., Anazarbus, Cilicia

|Cilicia|, |Plautilla,| |Augusta| |202| |-| |22| |January| |205| |A.D.,| |Anazarbus,| |Cilicia||assarion|
Anazarbus was founded by Assyrians. Under the early Roman Empire it was known as Caesarea, and was the metropolis (capital) of the late Roman province Cilicia Secunda. It was the home of the poet Oppian. Rebuilt by the Byzantine emperor Justin I after an earthquake in the 6th century, it became Justinopolis (525); but the old native name persisted, and when Thoros I, king of Lesser Armenia, made it his capital early in the 12th century, it was known as Anazarva.
RP111634. Bronze assarion, SNG Levante 1411, Ziegler 295, SNG BnF -, SNG Cop -, VF, well centered, broad flan, obverse encrustation, scratches, weight 4.399 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, die axis 0o, Anazarbus (Anavarza, Turkey) mint, 202 - 203 A.D.; obverse ΦOY ΠΛAYTIΛΛA, draped bust right; reverse ANAZAPBEΩN NEΩK ET, prize-crown inscribed OΛYMΠIA, AKC ([year] 221) above; rare; $90.00 SALE PRICE $81.00


Commodus, March or April 177 - 31 December 192 A.D., Tarsos, Cilicia

|Cilicia|, |Commodus,| |March| |or| |April| |177| |-| |31| |December| |192| |A.D.,| |Tarsos,| |Cilicia||AE| |27|
The title Neokoros, designating a guardian of a temple of the imperial cult, was highly prized and advertised on the coins of many cities. Tarsos was the first city in Cilicia to receive the title, during the reign of Hadrian, not long after 130 A.D. This first temple dedicated to the cult of Hadrian is named in the reverse legend. A second imperial temple was dedicated to Commodus during his reign, before August 191. The B (the Greek number two) indicates this second neokorie. The Kommodeios isolympic worldwide festival was held in honor of this temple. Commodus probably honored Tarsos because its chief god was Hercules, and Commodus had come to believe he was Hercules reincarnated.
RP97264. Bronze AE 27, RPC Online IV.3 T5845, SNG Levante Supp. 260, SNG BnF 1466, SNGvA 5997, Waddington 4636, VF, nice green patina, uneven slightly off-center strike with parts of legends weak or unstruck, weight 11.189 g, maximum diameter 26.8 mm, die axis 30o, Tarsos (Tarsus, Mersin, Turkey) mint, Mar/Apr 177 - 31 Dec 192 A.D.; obverse AYT KAIC AYP KOMOΔOC CEB, mantled bust right, wearing demiurgic crown; club of Hercules behind; reverse AΔP KOM - TAP MHO (Hadrianeia, Kommodeios - Tarsos Metropolis), agonistic crown inscribed KOMOΔEI, OIKO/VME (Kommodeios worldwide) in two lines above, B / NEWKO (two neokorie) in two lines below; ex Zeus Numismatics, auction 11 (01 Aug 2020), lot 453; $80.00 SALE PRICE $72.00


Salonina, Augusta 254 - c. September 268 A.D., Damascus, Coele-Syria

|Other| |Syria|, |Salonina,| |Augusta| |254| |-| |c.| |September| |268| |A.D.,| |Damascus,| |Coele-Syria||AE| |24|
Saul (later known as Paul) was on his way to Damascus to persecute Christians when he was blinded by a light from the presence of Jesus. He spent three days in Damascus, blind, until Jesus sent a disciple named Ananias to Saul. Damascus was the city in which Paul began his work as a great evangelist, teaching people in Asia, Africa and Europe about Jesus.
RP110196. Bronze AE 24, SNG Mnchen 1027; Rosenberger IV p. 33, 63; De Saulcy p. 56, 2; Lindgren 2154; SNG Cop -; BMC Syria , aF, uneven strike with right side weak on obv. and rev. green patina, light earthen deposits, porosity, weight 8.793 g, maximum diameter 23.8 mm, die axis 225o, Damascus mint, 254 - c. Sep 268 A.D.; obverse CORNE SALONA AVG (blundered), draped bust right, wearing stephane, crescent behind shoulders; reverse COL ΔAMAS METRO, agonistic urn between uncertain objects, all on ornate three-legged table with curved legs; $55.00 SALE PRICE $49.50


Coins and Games - Nomismata kai agones, Chrysanthos Valassiadis

|Athletics| |&| |Games|, |Coins| |and| |Games| |-| |Nomismata| |kai| |agones,| |Chrysanthos| |Valassiadis|
Coins and games, coins depicting Olympic Games on the coins.
BL20321. Coins and Games - Nomismata kai agones by Chrysanthos Valassiadis, in Greek and English, hardcover, 37 pages, full page illustrations, international shipping at actual cost of shipping; SOLD


Macedonian Kingdom, Philip III and Alexander IV, 323 - 315 B.C., Types of Philip II

|Macedonian| |Kingdom|, |Macedonian| |Kingdom,| |Philip| |III| |and| |Alexander| |IV,| |323| |-| |315| |B.C.,| |Types| |of| |Philip| |II||tetradrachm|
Philip II coin types remained prominent in the northern regions of the Macedonian Kingdom long after his death. This coin was struck after Alexander's death when the kingdom was nominally ruled by Alexander's mentally disabled half-brother Philip III Arrhidaeus, son of Philip II and Philinna, and Alexander IV, the great conqueror's young son. The two were made joint kings by Alexander's generals who only used them as pawns. Philip III was imprisoned upon his return to Macedonia, and in 317 B.C. he was executed under orders from Olympias. Alexander IV and his mother Roxana were executed by the boy's regent, Kassander, in 311 B.C.
SH72301. Silver tetradrachm, Le Rider p. 68 and pl. 22, 530 (D281/R437); SNG Lockett 1414, SNG ANS 450 var. (shield under foreleg), SNG Alpha Bank 276 var. (same), SNG Saroglos -, aEF, excellent centering, graffiti, weight 13.299 g, maximum diameter 24.4 mm, die axis 135o, Macedonia, Pella mint, c. 323 - 315 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Zeus right; reverse ΦIΛIΠΠOY, nude youth pacing right on horseback, palm frond in right, reins in left, coiled snake below, Boeotian shield in exergue; SOLD


Pharsalos, Thessaly, Greece, Late 5th - Mid 4th Century B.C.

|Thessaly|, |Pharsalos,| |Thessaly,| |Greece,| |Late| |5th| |-| |Mid| |4th| |Century| |B.C.||drachm|
The tiny letters on the obverse and reverse are artist signatures. TH has been identified as Telephantos and MI as his "apprentice." The referenced BCD coin with the same obverse die and a reverse die by the same hand, near EF and well-struck, sold for $90,000 plus fees.
SH76215. Silver drachm, Lavva 153 (V72/R89); BCD Thessaly II 642 (same obv. die); cf. BMC Thessaly p. 43, 10; SNG Cop 221, gVF, full helmet crest on obverse, some die wear, weight 5.946 g, maximum diameter 20.1 mm, die axis 135o, Pharsalos (Farsala, Greece) mint, late 5th - mid 4th century B.C.; obverse head of Athena right, wearing crested Attic helmet with Skylla on bowl, raising hand to shade her eyes, tiny TH over MI behind neck; reverse Φ-A-P-Σ (clockwise from upper left, Σ and P retrograde), Thessalian cavalryman on horse prancing right, wearing petasos, chlamys, and chiton, brandishing lagobolon overhead in right hand, reins in left hand, horse wears beaded strand around neck, tiny TH below the feet of the cavalryman; SOLD


Aspendos, Pamphylia, c. 380 - 325 B.C.

|Aspendos|, |Aspendos,| |Pamphylia,| |c.| |380| |-| |325| |B.C.||stater|
Aspendos is about 40 km east of Antalya, Turkey about 16 km inland on the Eurymedon River. In 546 B.C. it fell to Persia. After a Persian defeat in 467, the city joined the Attic-Delos Maritime League. Persia took it again in 411 B.C., Alexander in 333 B.C., and Rome in 190 B.C. Although often subject to powerful empires, the city usually retained substantial autonomy.
SH75373. Silver stater, SNG BnF 102 (same dies), Tekin Series 4, SNGvA 4544, SGCV II 5398 var, aEF, superb style, lightly toned, nice metal, flatly struck areas as typical of the type, light marks and scratches, weight 10.827 g, maximum diameter 22.4 mm, die axis 15o, Aspendos (Serik, Turkey) mint, c. 380/375 - 330/325 B.C.; obverse two wrestlers, the left one holds the wrist of his opponent with his right, K F between their legs; reverse ΕΣTΦΕΔIIYΣ, slinger, wearing short chiton, discharging sling to right, triskeles on right with feet counter-clockwise, square dot border, no trace of incuse square; ex CNG e-auction 353 (17 Jun 2015), lot 177; SOLD


Aspendos, Pamphylia, c. 325 - 250 B.C.

|Aspendos|, |Aspendos,| |Pamphylia,| |c.| |325| |-| |250| |B.C.||stater|
Aspendos is about 40 km east of Antalya, Turkey about 16 km inland on the Eurymedon River. In 546 B.C. it fell to Persia. After a Persian defeat in 467, the city joined the Attic-Delos Maritime League. Persia took it again in 411 B.C., Alexander in 333 B.C., and Rome in 190 B.C. Although often subject to powerful empires, the city usually retained substantial autonomy.
SH38438. Silver stater, SNG Cop 240 var. (EΣTFEΔIY), aEF, toned, weight 10.419 g, maximum diameter 24.7 mm, die axis 0o, Aspendos (Serik, Turkey) mint, obverse two wrestlers, the left one holds the wrist of his opponent with his right, E between their legs; reverse EΣTFΔIY (sic), slinger, wearing short chiton, discharging sling to right, O between legs, triskeles clockwise over upright club on right; SOLD


Aspendos, Pamphylia, 400 - 300 B.C.

|Aspendos|, |Aspendos,| |Pamphylia,| |400| |-| |300| |B.C.||stater|
Aspendos has the best-preserved theater of antiquity, with seating for 7,000. It was built in 155, during the rule of Marcus Aurelius, by the Greek architect Zenon, a native of the city. The Seljuqs used it as a caravansary and in the 13th century converted the stage building into a palace. Until recently the theater was still used for concerts, festivals and events, but shows are no longer allowed due to damage caused by modern theatrical equipment. A new facility has been constructed nearby to continue the tradition of open air theater in Aspendos.
SH21676. Silver stater, SNG Cop 228, SNGvA 4566, gVF, weight 10.942 g, maximum diameter 21.9 mm, die axis 0o, Aspendos (Serik, Turkey) mint, 370 - 333 B.C.; obverse MΕNΕTYΣΕΛYΦANT (in ex), two wrestlers, the left one holds the wrist of his opponent with his right and right forearm with his left hand, AΦ between their legs; reverse ΕΣTΦΕΔIIYΣ on left upward, slinger, wearing short chiton, discharging sling to right, triskeles on right with feet counterclockwise, in square of dots, no trace of incuse; SOLD


Larissa, Thessaly, Greece, c. 440 - 400 B.C.

|Thessaly|, |Larissa,| |Thessaly,| |Greece,| |c.| |440| |-| |400| |B.C.||drachm|
During religious games, the young men of Thessaly participated in bull jumping and bull wrestling. In bull wrestling, participants would jump from a horse, naked save a chlamys and cap, to bring a bull down to the ground. The obverse shows a wrestler bringing down a bull and the reverse shows the horse running free after the leap was made. The game may have originated in Asia Minor and then traveled to Crete, where it is known the people of Thessaly learned the sport.
SH19450. Silver drachm, SNG Cop 107 var. (legend break), SNG Ashmolean 3863, gVF, weight 6.016 g, maximum diameter 20.1 mm, die axis 270o, Larissa mint, c. 440 - 400 B.C.; obverse youth wrestling or restraining bull, both to right; reverse ΛAP/IΣAIA, bridled horse galloping right, all in incuse square; toned; scarce; SOLD







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Klose, D. & G. Stumpf. Sport, Spiel, Sieg. (Munich, 1996).


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