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Flowers on Ancient Coins

Rhodos, Carian Islands, c. 340 - 250 B.C.

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SH30392. Silver tetradrachm, SNG Cop 727, SNG Keckman -, gVF, weight 14.739 g, maximum diameter 22.3 mm, die axis 0o, Rhodos (Rhodes, Greece) mint, obverse radiate head of Helios facing slightly right; reverse PO∆ION, rose with bud right, E (control letter) in right field, all within incuse square; sculptural high-relief; very rare; SOLD


Rhodos, Carian Islands, c. 229 - 205 B.C.

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Perhaps this coin did not immediately catch your eye? Of course you are looking at a photograph. You may have seen many similar fine drachms. In hand, though, it is immediately clear that this is not a drachm but rather the much larger tetradrachm - and in extraordinary sculptural high relief !
SH30332. Silver tetradrachm, SNG Keckman 548, SNG Cop -, Choice aEF, weight 13.403 g, maximum diameter 26.3 mm, die axis 0o, Rhodos (Rhodes, Greece) mint, c. 229 - 205 B.C.; obverse radiate head of Helios facing slightly right; reverse PO∆I−ON, rose with bud right, thunderbolt (control symbol) left, magistrate's name EYKPATHΣ above; sculptural high-relief, fine style, light toning and a broad flan, ex CNG; SOLD


Rhodos, Carian Islands, c. 305 - 275 B.C.

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Helios is the god and personification of the Sun in Greek mythology. He is the son of the Titan Hyperion and the Titaness Theia (according to Hesiod), also known as Euryphaessa (in Homeric Hymn 31) and brother of the goddesses Selene, the moon, and Eos, the dawn. Helios was described as a handsome young man crowned with the shining aureole of the Sun, who drove the chariot of the sun across the sky each day to earth-circling Oceanus and through the world-ocean returned to the East at night. In the Homeric Hymn to Helios, Helios is said to drive a golden chariot drawn by steeds (HH 31.1415); and Pindar speaks of Helios's "fire-darting steeds" (Olympian Ode 7.71). Still later, the horses were given fire related names: Pyrois, Aeos, Aethon, and Phlegon. The equivalent of Helios in Roman mythology was Sol.
SH26700. Silver didrachm, Ashton Rhodes 161, SNG Keckman 462, gVF, toned and of fine style, weight 6.622 g, maximum diameter 20.5 mm, die axis 0o, Rhodos (Rhodes, Greece) mint, c. 305 - 275 B.C.; obverse head of Helios facing slightly right; reverse PO∆ION, rose with bud right, aphlaston and EY (control symbols) left; SOLD


Rhodos, Carian Islands, c. 250 - 230 B.C.

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Helios was the ancient Greek personification of the sun. Each day he drove the chariot of the sun across the sky. The Colossus of Rhodes, the sixth of the seven wonders of the ancient world, was a huge statue of Helios measuring 32 meters (100 feet) high, built at Rhodes in 280 B.C. Rhodes held annual gymnastic games in honor of Helios.
SH26696. Silver didrachm, Ashton Rhodes 208, SNG Keckman 538, aEF, weight 6.632 g, maximum diameter 20.8 mm, die axis 0o, Rhodos (Rhodes, Greece) mint, c. 250 - 230 B.C.; obverse radiate head of Helios facing slightly right; reverse MNAΣIMAXOΣ, rose with bud right, Athena (control symbol) lower left, circle of dots around; SOLD


Ptolemaic or Roman Egyptian, Glass Floral Inlay Fragment, c. Late 2nd Century B.C. - Early 1st Century A.D.

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.

Floral plaque fragments of this pattern are included in some published museum collections. They all appear to be from the same workshop, reputedly in or around Bahnasa, Egypt. The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a near complete plaque but all known examples are fragments. Although, fragments are all that remain of the extraordinary work of these brilliant artisans, we can still take pleasure from these small glimpses of their ancient masterpieces.
AM32455. Egyptian floral inlay glass fragment, cf. National Museums Scotland 493 and Goldstein 760, magnificent floral pattern, Superb, probably c. 100 B.C.; 3.2 cm (1 1/4"), yellow four segment flower ending in red, two yellow stems ending with yellow buds and a white disk with blue cross within, all on grey-blue background; of great rarity!; SOLD


Roman Egypt, Antinoopolites Nome(?), Portrait of Antinous, c. 137 - 138 A.D.(?)

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On 30 October 130 A.D., Hadrian founded the city of Antinoopolis on the very bank of the Nile river where Antinous drowned. It was the capital of a new nome, Antinoopolites. Perhaps the date on this coin is year four of an era beginning with the founding of Antinoopolis.
SH90379. Lead tessera, cf. Geissen 3583, Dattari 2093, Emmett 4290 (R5), Milne -, SNG Cop -, SNG Milan -, aVF, weight 5.023 g, maximum diameter 21.7 mm, die axis 0o, Antinoopolis(?) mint, c. 30 Oct 133 - 29 Oct 134 A.D.(?); obverse draped bust of Antinous right, wearing lotus crown, crescent-nimbus before, Nike on globe behind crowning him; reverse bust of Horus right, draped and wearing the double crown of Egypt, date L - ∆(?) across fields; very rare; SOLD


Rhodos, Caria, c. 88 - 43 B.C.

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Helios was the Greek personification of the sun. Each day he drove the chariot of the sun across the sky. The Colossus of Rhodes, the sixth of the seven wonders of the ancient world, was a huge statue of Helios measuring 32 meters (100 feet) high, built at Rhodes in 280 B.C. Rhodes held annual gymnastic games in honor of Helios.
GS03603. Silver trihemidrachm, SNGvA 2836 variety, EF, weight 4.17 g, maximum diameter 21.3 mm, die axis 270o, Rhodos (Rhodes, Greece) mint, c. 88 - 43 B.C.; obverse radiate head of Helios three-quarter facing to right, hair loose; reverse open rose, magistrate P-O, magistrate's name ΦAINAΛAΣ; mint luster, golden toning with iridescent blue in some recesses; SOLD


Macedonian Kingdom, Ptolemy I, as Satrap of Egypt, c. 321 B.C., In the Name of Alexander the Great

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The Memphis issues are among the finest style Alexander coins.
SH50035. Silver tetradrachm, Price 3971, SNG Cop (Egypt) 8, Dewing 1180, SNG Alpha Bank 690, VF, marks, weight 16.081 g, maximum diameter 26.1 mm, die axis 0o, Egypt, Memphis mint, c. 332 - 323 or 323 - 305 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, wearing Nemean Lion skin, scalp over head, forepaws tied at neck; reverse AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus Atophoros enthroned left, eagle in extended right, long lotus tipped scepter vertical behind in left, right leg drawn back, rose left, ∆I−O under and behind throne; SOLD


Macedonian Kingdom, Perseus, 179 - 168 B.C., Pseudo-Rhodian Coinage

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In "The Coinage of Rhodes 408 - c. 190 B.C." (Ashton Rhodes), Richard Ashton notes for this specific ΣTAΣIΩN type, "..I am certain (on the grounds of their find-spots, irregular die axes, crude style, and often low weights) [they] were imitations struck in northern or cetntral Greece during the Third Macedonian War." Perseus struck them to pay the 3,000 or more Cretan mercenaries in his army. Rhodian coinage, including locally struck imitatives, circulated in quantity on Crete and the type would have been preferred method of payment for Cretan mercenaries.
SH65296. Silver drachm, Ashton Rhodes 297; SNG Keckman 800 - 801 (N. Greece, c. 175 - 170 B.C.), SNG Cop 786 - 787, BMC Caria, p. 246, 182 - 183, EF, weight 2.731 g, maximum diameter 15.4 mm, die axis 315o, northern or central Greece mint, magistrate Stasion, c. 200 - 185 B.C.; obverse head of Helios facing slightly right; reverse ΣTAΣIΩN, rose, bud on right, club laying over bow on left, P - O flanking stem; ex Davisson's; SOLD


Rhodos, Caria, c. 305 - 275 B.C.

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This variety is missing from the major references and collections, except the American Numismatic Society collection.
SH12264. Silver didrachm, ANS DB 1944.100.48605, cf. Ashton Rhodes 164 (NI & fly), SNG Keckman -, SNG Cop -, SNGvA -, SNG Tb -, BMC Caria -, VF, weight 6.649 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 0o, Rhodos (Rhodes, Greece) mint, c. 305 - 275 B.C.; obverse head of Helios three-quarter facing to right; reverse PO∆ION, rose with bud on stem to right, bee (control symbol) on left, magistrate name above, NI lower left; rare; SOLD




  




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