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Hippocamp

The hippocampi or hippocampus (plural: hippocampi) is a mythological creature shared by Phoenician, Greek, and Etruscan mythology. It is typically depicted with a horse forepart and a coiling, scaly, fishlike hindquarter.


Tyre, Phoenicia, c. 392 - 391 B.C.

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This type was issued from 393 to 360 B.C.
SH57817. Silver stater, Cohen DCA 909, BMC Phoenicia p. 229, 14; Elayi II 1.2.1.g, SNG Cop 307 var. (year), F, encrusted, weight 12.617 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 180o, Tyre mint, c. 330 - 329 B.C.; obverse bearded Melqart riding hippocamp with curled wing to right, waves and dolphin below; reverse owl standing right, head facing, crook and flail behind, date II (year 2) right; rare (R1); SOLD


Persian Empire, Tyre, Phoenicia, c. 425 - 310 B.C.

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The coinage of Tyre circulated throughout the holy land.
GS70327. Silver 1/16 Shekel, Betlyon 20; Elayi-Elayi Tyre 1577 corr. (seahorse right); Rouvier 1819; BMC Phoenicia p. 233, 43; HGC 10 333 (R2); SNG Cop -, VF, well centered, struck with worn dies, weight 0.528 g, maximum diameter 9.3 mm, die axis 270o, Tyre mint, c. 425 - 310 B.C.; obverse hippocamp with curved wings left, over waves, dolphin right below; reverse owl standing left, head facing, crook and flail behind (Egyptian symbols of royalty); SOLD


Persian Empire, Tyre, Phoenicia, c. 393 - 333 B.C.

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The Phoenicians often used Egyptian symbols. The flail is the Egyptian royal scourge; Osiris often holds it in his right hand as a symbol of rule. The crook was originally the symbol of rule in Heliopolis; Osiris often holds it in his left hand. Hoards from this period containing coins of both Tyre and Sidon have been found in Egypt, in Israel, and as far away as Afghanistan.
GS84172. Silver 1/16 Shekel, Elayi-Elayi Tyre 1577 - 1578 corr. (hippocamp right in error); Betlyon 20; Rouvier 1819; BMC Phoenicia p. 233, 43; HGC 10 333 (R2); SNG Cop -, VF, well centered on a tight flan, toned, tiny edge split, weight 0.358 g, maximum diameter 7.9 mm, die axis 270o, Tyre mint, c. 393 - 333 B.C.; obverse hippocamp left, curled wing, two lines of waves below, dot border; reverse owl standing left, head facing, transverse crook and flail held with far wing (Egyptian symbols of royalty), dot border; rare; SOLD







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