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Lions on Ancient Coins
Roman, Bronze Krater Handle Ornamented with Lions, c. 1st - 3rd Century A.D.

|Metal| |Antiquities|, |Roman,| |Bronze| |Krater| |Handle| |Ornamented| |with| |Lions,| |c.| |1st| |-| |3rd| |Century| |A.D.|
Click here to see the line drawing of Catalogue des bronzes antiques de la Bibliothque National no. 1446, a nearly identical handle in the Bibliothque nationale de France published in 1895.
AM23903. Roman bronze krater handle; cf. BnF Bronzes 1446, Superb, about as made with the addition of an an attractive green patina, c. 1st - 3rd Century A.D.; 12 cm (4 7/8") tall, on the upper part, which would have been attached atop the rim of the vessel: a lion's head faces inward, its back arching above, between two lions lying in opposite directions, on the lower part: acanthus and scrolls between two snakes with heads upward, ex Griffin Gallery of Ancient Art (Boca Raton FL); $1800.00 SALE PRICE $1620.00


Persian Empire, Samaria, c. 375 - 332 B.C.

|Persian| |Rule|, |Persian| |Empire,| |Samaria,| |c.| |375| |-| |332| |B.C.||ma'ah-obol|
"Perhaps this person is the Sanballat II referred to by Josephus as the one who "had been sent to Samaria as satrap by Darius the last king." -- Gide to Biblical Coins, p. 85, by David Hendin
JD110670. Silver ma'ah-obol, cf. Meshorer-Qedar 52, Sofaer 70 - 71, Hendin 6039 (RR), HGC 10 410 (R2), SNG ANS - (all with different style), gVF, toned, centered on a tight flan, mildly etched surfaces, weight 0.706 g, maximum diameter 8.9 mm, die axis 180o, Samaria (Sebastia, West Bank) mint, c. 375 - 332 B.C.; obverse head of the Persian great king right, wearing crenelated crown; reverse lion left, square border of dots, Aramaic SN (Sanballat II?) above (off flan), within an incuse square; ex Gorny & Mosch auction 289 (10 Oct 2022), lot 428; ex Gert Cleff Collection (Wuppertal); ex Gorny & Mosch auction 142 (10 Oct 2005), lot 1667; rare; $540.00 SALE PRICE $486.00


Egyptian, Late Period, Steatite Scarab, 664 - 332 B.C.

|Scarabs|, |Egyptian,| |Late| |Period,| |Steatite| |Scarab,| |664| |-| |332| |B.C.|
 
AS96352. Egyptian scarab, buff carved steatite, lion running right with tail up, 8.7mm long, Collectible, attractive, from Alex G. Malloy with his certificate of authenticity; $200.00 SALE PRICE $180.00


Selge, Pisidia, c. 250 - 190 B.C.

|Pisidia|, |Selge,| |Pisidia,| |c.| |250| |-| |190| |B.C.||hemiobol|NEW
Selge, Pisidia on the southern slope of Mount Taurus where the river Eurymedon (Kprcay) forces its way through the mountains, was once the most powerful and populous city of Pisidia. Protected by precipices, torrents, and an army of 20,000 regarded as worthy kinsmen of the Spartans, Selge was never subject to a foreign power until Rome. In the 5th century A.D., Zosimus calls it a little town, but it was still strong enough to repel a body of Goths. The remains of the city consist mainly of parts of the encircling wall and of the acropolis. A few traces have survived of the gymnasium, the stoa, the stadium and the basilica. There are also the outlines of two temples, but the best-conserved monument is the theater, restored in the 3rd century A.D.
GS112750. Silver hemiobol, Callata & Doyen p. 67, J & pl. 10 (unlabeled); SNGvA -; SNG BnF -; BMC Lycia -; Klein -, EF, centered on a tight flan, flow lines, weight 0.464 g, maximum diameter 7.6 mm, die axis 45o, Selge (southern slope of Mount Taurus, Turkey) mint, c. 250 - 190 B.C.; obverse facing head of Medusa (gorgoneion); reverse head of roaring lion left; $150.00 SALE PRICE $135.00


Kyzikos, Mysia, c. 475 - 450 B.C.

|Cyzicus|, |Kyzikos,| |Mysia,| |c.| |475| |-| |450| |B.C.||obol|
During the Peloponnesian War 431-404 B.C. Cyzicus was subject to the Athenians and Lacedaemonians alternately. In the naval Battle of Cyzicus in 410, an Athenian fleet routed and completely destroyed a Spartan fleet. At the peace of Antalcidas in 387 B.C., like the other Greek cities in Asia, it was made over to Persia. Alexander the Great later captured it from the Persians in 334 B.C.
GA112693. Silver obol, SNG Tb 2228; SNG Cop 50; Klein 266; SNGvA 1215; BMC Mysia p. 35, 121; SNG Kayhan -, gVF, toned, weight 0.831 g, maximum diameter 9.4 mm, die axis 270o, Kyzikos (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, c. 475 - 450 B.C.; obverse forepart of boar running left, tall mane, dotted truncation, tunny fish upwards behind; reverse head of roaring lion left, bristling main, protruding tongue, backward K above left, all in incuse square; ex Savoca Numismatik auction 16 (25 June 2017), lot 145; $140.00 SALE PRICE $126.00


Julia Domna, Augusta 194 - 8 April 217 A.D.

|Julia| |Domna|, |Julia| |Domna,| |Augusta| |194| |-| |8| |April| |217| |A.D.||denarius|NEW
Cybele, the Phrygian "Great Mother" earth goddess, was born a hermaphrodite, but castrated by the gods, she became female. After dire prodigies, including a meteor shower and a failed harvest, seemed to warn of Rome's imminent defeat to Hannibal, the Roman senate consulted the Sibylline oracle. Heeding the oracle's advice, the senate brought worship of Cybele to Rome in 204 B.C. as the first officially sanctioned Eastern cult. After approval, they were dismayed to learn that the priesthood required voluntary self-castration, which was abhorrent to the Romans. Romans were barred from entering the priesthood or even entering the priest's sanctuary. The eunuch priests, recruited from outside Rome, were confined to their sanctuary, leaving only to parade in the streets during festivals in April. Claudius removed the bans on Roman participation, making worship of Cybele and her consort Attis part of the state religion.Cybele
RS112933. Silver denarius, RIC IV S564; RSC III 123; BMCRE V p. 163, S51; Hunter III p. 42, S11; SRCV II 6593, Choice VF, full border centering on a broad flan, flow lines, die wear, small edge cracks/splits, weight 3.264 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, die axis 330o, Rome mint, c. 205 A.D.; obverse IVLIA AVGVSTA, draped bust right; reverse MATER DEVM (mother of the gods), Cybele seated left between two lions, wearing towered crown, branch in right hand, scepter in left hand, resting left arm on drum; scarce; $130.00 SALE PRICE $117.00


Lot of 4 Silver Fractions From Phoenicia, c. 425 - 300 B.C.

|Phoenicia|, |Lot| |of| |4| |Silver| |Fractions| |From| |Phoenicia,| |c.| |425| |-| |300| |B.C.||Lot|
 
GA97055. Silver Lot, Phoenician silver fractions, c. 0.6g - 0.8g, c. 9mm, 4 coins, $120.00 SALE PRICE $108.00


Miletos, Ionia, c. Late 6th Century B.C.

|Miletos|, |Miletos,| |Ionia,| |c.| |Late| |6th| |Century| |B.C.||1/12| |stater|NEW
Before the Persian invasion in the middle of the 6th century B.C., Miletus was the greatest and wealthiest of Greek cities and had a maritime empire with many colonies. After Cyrus of Persia defeated Croesus of Lydia in the middle of the 6th century B.C., Miletus fell under Persian rule.
GA112920. Silver 1/12 stater, SNG Kayhan 476; SNGvA 2080; SNG Cop 944; SNG Munchen 707; SNG Keckman 273; BMC Ionia p 185, 22; Klein 424; SGCV II 3532, VF, centered, toned, grainy surface, light deposits, weight 1.080 g, maximum diameter 9.6 mm, die axis 0o, Miletos (near Balat, Turkey) mint, c. late 6th century B.C.; obverse forepart of lion right, head turned back left; reverse ornamental pattern in incuse square; $100.00 SALE PRICE $90.00 ON RESERVE


Crusaders, Kingdom of Cyprus, James I, 1382 - 1398

|Cyprus|, |Crusaders,| |Kingdom| |of| |Cyprus,| |James| |I,| |1382| |-| |1398||carzia|
The Lusignan Kingdom of Cyprus was founded after the Third Crusade, ruling from 1192 until 1489. The Parliament of Cyprus named James king while he was captive in Genoa. To gain his release James agreed to new privileges for Genoese merchants and accepted Genoese sovereignty over the captured city of Famagusta, something that no previous king had conceded. Until he was released, Cyprus was governed by 12 nobles. Some of them opposed his return. In April 1385, James returned to Cyprus and was welcomed at Nicosia with great enthusiasm. He was crowned in May 1385 in Saint Sophia Cathedral. After his crowning, his opponents were arrested and punished. He was crowned King of Jerusalem in 1389. In 1393, Leo VI of Armenia died, and James assumed the title of King of Armenia. He was formally given the title in 1396. That kingdom was by now reduced to the city of Korikos, which had been in Cypriot hands since its conquest by Peter I of Cyprus. Upon his death, James was succeeded by his son Janus.
CR111260. Billon carzia, Malloy Crusaders 113a (denier); Metcalf Crusades 797 (denier), aVF, toned, earthen deposits, weight 0.508 g, maximum diameter 15.9 mm, die axis 0o, Nicosia mint, May 1385 - 9 Sep 1398; obverse + IAQVE ROI DE (or similar), lion of Cyprus rampant left; reverse + IERV3ALEm D (or similar), cross patte; ex Morton & Eden auction 119 (6 Dec 2022), lot 333 (part of); $90.00 SALE PRICE $81.00


Kyzikos, Mysia, c. 475 - 450 B.C.

|Cyzicus|, |Kyzikos,| |Mysia,| |c.| |475| |-| |450| |B.C.||obol|
During the Peloponnesian War 431-404 B.C. Cyzicus was subject to the Athenians and Lacedaemonians alternately. In the naval Battle of Cyzicus in 410, an Athenian fleet routed and completely destroyed a Spartan fleet. At the peace of Antalcidas in 387 B.C., like the other Greek cities in Asia, it was made over to Persia. Alexander the Great later captured it from the Persians in 334 B.C.
GA111571. Silver obol, SNG Tb 2228; SNG Cop 50; Klein 266; SNGvA 1215; BMC Mysia p. 35, 121; SNG Kayhan -, VF, centered on a tight flan, die wear, marks, weight 0.786 g, maximum diameter 10.2 mm, die axis 210o, Kyzikos (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, c. 475 - 450 B.C.; obverse forepart of boar running left, tunny fish upwards behind; reverse head of roaring lion left, backward K above left, all in incuse square; ex Numismatik Naumann auction 124 (8 Jan 2023), lot 956 (part of); $90.00 SALE PRICE $81.00




  



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