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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. 302 - 301 B.C.

|Phoenicia|, |Tyre,| |Phoenicia,| |c.| |302| |-| |301| |B.C.||didrachm|
This era by which this type was dated is presumably that of Alexander the Great, starting with his conquest of the city in 332 B.C.
SH26477. Silver didrachm, BMC Phoenicia p. 232, 36, VF, weight 8.378 g, maximum diameter 21.4 mm, die axis 0o, Tyre (Lebanon) mint, c. 302 - 301 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 (year 30) in right field; SOLD


Tyre, Phoenicia, c. 332 - 306 B.C.

|Phoenicia|, |Tyre,| |Phoenicia,| |c.| |332| |-| |306| |B.C.||didrachm|
 
SH16906. Silver didrachm, BMC Phoenicia p. 231, 29; SNG Cop 307 var. (year), gVF+, weight 8.500 g, maximum diameter 22.2 mm, die axis 0o, Tyre (Lebanon) 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) and Phoenician letter tsade in right fields; superb detail, obverse slighty off-center, on reverse lower 1/5 unstruck; SOLD







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