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The Sphinx on Ancient Coins
Perge, Pamphylia, c. 220 - 189 B.C.

|Perga|, |Perge,| |Pamphylia,| |c.| |220| |-| |189| |B.C.||AE| |14|
Perga was the capital of Pamphylia. Today it is a large site of ancient ruins, 15 kilometers (9.3 mi) east of Antalya on the southwestern Mediterranean coast of Turkey. During the Hellenistic period, Perga was one of the richest and most beautiful cities in the ancient world, famous for its temple of Artemis. It also is notable as the home of the renowned mathematician Apollonius of Perga.Street in Perga
GB86568. Bronze AE 14, SNG BnF 362; SNG Cop 311; SNGvA 4650; SNG PfPs 250; Lindgren 1098; Waddington 3320; Weber 7340; BMC Lycia p. 122, 15, gVF, well struck, corrosion, a little rough, weight 2.145 g, maximum diameter 14.1 mm, die axis 0o, Perga (near Antalya, Turkey) mint, c. 220 - 189 B.C.; obverse sphinx seated right, kalathos on head, curved wing; reverse NANAΨAΣ - ΠPEIIAΣ (first N retrograde), Artemis standing half left, wearing short chiton and hunting boots, wreath in right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand; from the David Cannon Collection, ex Beast Coins; SOLD


Chios, Islands off Ionia, c. 190 - 84 B.C.

|Other| |Ionia|, |Chios,| |Islands| |off| |Ionia,| |c.| |190| |-| |84| |B.C.||AE| |17|
This magistrate is unpublished for this issue (Mavrogordato 62b) but the same magistrate or, more likely, another magistrate with the same name is know from the previous issue (Mavrogordato 62a, BMC Ionia p. 335, 71, HGC 6 1151)
GB85863. Bronze AE 17, Mavrogordato 62b var. (magistrate not listed); HGC 6 1152 var. (same); cf. BMC Ionia p. 336, 74 (diff. magistrate, same c/m); SNG Cop -; SNGvA -, aVF, area of obverse flattening opposite the countermark, light corrosion, countermark: VF, weight 2.802 g, maximum diameter 17.2 mm, die axis 0o, Islands of Ionia, Chios mint, c. 2nd Century B.C.; obverse sphinx seated right; reverse amphora, KYΛΛA (magistrate) above, XIOΣ below dividing by a galley ram below (control symbol); countermark: tripod in an oval punch; unpublished; SOLD


Castulo, Hispania Ulterior, c. 165 - 80 B.C.

|Iberia|, |Castulo,| |Hispania| |Ulterior,| |c.| |165| |-| |80| |B.C.||AE| |28|
After a local princess named Himilce married Hannibal, Castulo allied with Carthage. In 213 B.C., Castulo was the site of Hasdrubal Barca's crushing victory over the Roman army with a force of roughly 40,000 Carthaginian troops plus local Iberian mercenaries. Soon after the Romans made a pact with the residents and the city became a foederati (ally) of Rome.
GB55458. Bronze AE 28, Villaronga p. 335, 38; SNG BM Spain 1323 ff.; SNG Spain II 243 ff.; SNG Cop 205; Burgos 543, VF, weight 12.229 g, maximum diameter 25.8 mm, die axis 270o, Castulo (near Linares, Spain) mint, c. 165 - 80 B.C.; obverse diademed head right, hand before; reverse helmeted sphinx walking right, star before, KASTILO in Iberic script below exergual line; SOLD







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