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Sculpture on Ancient Coins

Many of the images of gods and goddesses on ancient coins were derived from sculptures. The coins on this page depict known sculptures or images that are clearly taken from sculpture.

Gallienus, August 253 - September 268 A.D., Tyre, Phoenicia

|Roman| |Phoenicia|, |Gallienus,| |August| |253| |-| |September| |268| |A.D.,| |Tyre,| |Phoenicia||dichalkon|
The Tyrians paid supreme adoration to Astarte. Josephus records by Hiram, King of Tyre, built a magnificent temple in honor of Ashtaroth (Astarte). This temple and images of the goddess both appear frequently on coins of the Roman colony. Cicero affirms that the goddess, was the Syrian Venus, who was said to have been married to Adonis (lib. iii. De Nat. Deor.).
RY94945. Bronze dichalkon, Rouvier 2522, Baramki AUB -, BMC Phoenicia -, SNG Cop -, SNG Hunterian -, aF, brown patina, well centered on a tight flan, rough, corrosion, light earthen deposits, weight 15.740 g, maximum diameter 27.3 mm, die axis 180o, Tyre (Lebanon) mint, Aug 253 - Sep 268 A.D.; obverse IMP C P LIC GALLIENVS AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from the front; reverse COL TYRO METRO, portable distyle shrine with carrying bars seen in perspective from off front left corner, roof curving to the rear, open front with ornate columns, another smaller shrine within containing a cult statue (baetyl) of Astarte, murex shell below; from the Ray Nouri Collection, only two sales of this type recorded on Coin Archives in the last two decades (one near VF sold for $1100 plus fees); extremely rare; $160.00 SALE |PRICE| $144.00
 


Kaunos, Caria, c. 197 - 191 B.C. (or Later 2nd Century)

|Kaunos|, |Kaunos,| |Caria,| |c.| |197| |-| |191| |B.C.| |(or| |Later| |2nd| |Century)||AE| |16|
On the Rosetta Stone, "The Memphis Decree" announces Ptolemy V's rule and ascension to godhood, and describes him as "like Horus." In "A Statue of a Hellenistic King," Journal of Hellenistic Studies, 33 (1913), C. Edgar attributes a statue very similar to the reverse figure to Ptolemy V: "[The statue] stands with right foot drawn back, the toes alone resting on the ground...His head is held erect and his gaze is turned slightly to his right. His shoulders are drawn up a little...[the upper part] unnaturally short in proportion to the lower part of the trunk...[The missing right] forearm was clear of the body. The [missing] left hand was raised and probably rested on a spear." We believe this type is from the among the last issues of Kaunos under Ptolemaic rule, struck after the 13 year old Ptolemy V came of age in 197/6 B.C., perhaps to commemorate his accession, and before he sold the city to the Rhodians for 200 talents of silver in 191 B.C.
GB87087. Bronze AE 16, SNGvA 8103; Lindgren III 425; Imhoof-Blumer KM I, p. 138, 1; BMC Caria -; SNG Cop -; SNG Keckman -; SNG Munchen -, VF, green patina, well centered on a tight flan, a little porous/rough, tiny edge crack, weight 2.166 g, maximum diameter 15.6 mm, die axis 0o, Kaunos (Dalyan, Turkey) mint, c. 197 - 191 B.C. (or later 2nd century); obverse diademed and horned head of Alexander the Great right; reverse youth (Ptolemy V as Horus?) advancing right, nude, long lotus-tipped scepter transverse in left hand, right arm and index finger extended, snake before him coiled around scepter, K-AY (Kaunos) divided high across field, ΣΩ-TAΣ (magistrate) divided across center; very rare; $90.00 SALE |PRICE| $81.00
 


Apameia, Phrygia, c. 88 - 40 B.C.

|Apameia|, |Apameia,| |Phrygia,| |c.| |88| |-| |40| |B.C.||AE| |20|
Artemis was a goddess of virginity, women's concerns, the hunt and the underworld. The enigmatic cult statue covered in apparent fertility symbols was a unique combination of the Greek virgin-huntress Artemis with an indigenous Anatolian goddess.
GB93762. Bronze AE 20, SNG Cop 177; SNGvA 8338; SNG Ashmolean 960; BMC Phrygia p. 76, 40; Weber 7026; HGC 7 672, aVF, brassy high points with toned recesses, tight flan, light marks, weight 6.409 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, die axis 0o, Apameia (Dinar, Turkey) mint, c. 88 - 40 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Zeus right; reverse cultus-statue of Artemis Anaitis standing facing, wearing kalathos and veil, arm supports, AΠAME downward on right, AN∆PON / AΛKIO (Androni(kos), son of Alkion, [eglogistes]) in two downward lines on left; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $80.00 SALE |PRICE| $72.00 ON RESERVE







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