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Domitian, 13 September 81 - 18 September 96 A.D., Ascalon, Philistia, Judaea

|Judaea| |&| |Palestine|, |Domitian,| |13| |September| |81| |-| |18| |September| |96| |A.D.,| |Ascalon,| |Philistia,| |Judaea
||AE| |24|
Ascalon was a pagan city and at the beginning of the Jewish revolt, it was attacked by Jewish forces. Josephus reports that the Roman garrison at Ascalon consisted of only "one cohort of footmen, and one troop of horsemen, whose captain was Antonius..the fight lasted till the evening, till ten thousand men of the Jews' side lay dead, with two of their generals, John and Silas, and the greater part of the remainder were wounded..Some few also of the Romans were wounded..Yet were not the spirits of the Jews broken by so great a calamity..overlooking the dead bodies..to venture on a second destruction..and came with greater fury, and in much greater numbers, to Ascalon. But their former ill fortune followed them..for Antonius laid ambushes..and were above eight thousand of them slain; so all the rest of them ran away."
JD111124. Bronze AE 24, RPC Online II 2210 (10 spec.); Rosenberger 112; Sofaer 79; SNG ANS 696; BMC Palestine p. X, 119, Fair, corrosion, encrustation, weight 13.950 g, maximum diameter 23.5 mm, die axis 0o, Askalon (Ashqelon, Israel) mint, 84 - 85 A.D.; obverse CEBAC-TOC (Augustus, clockwise from upper right), laureate head right; reverse ACKAΛΩ (Askalon), city goddess (Tyche) standing half left on prow, wearing turreted crown, chiton, and peplos, standard in right hand, aphlaston in left hand, incense altar on left, dove standing left over date ΗΠΡ (year 188) on right; $25.00 SALE PRICE $22.50


Metapontion, Lucania, Italy, 334 - 330 B.C.

|Italy|, |Metapontion,| |Lucania,| |Italy,| |334| |-| |330| |B.C.||1/3| |stater|
Gold coins of Magna Graecia are scarce and were only minted for exceptional occasions, such as paying mercenaries. Most likely this rare issue was struck when Alexander Molossus, the Epirote King, helped Metapontion against the Lucanians and Bruttians. Molossus was Alexander the Great's uncle and Olympia's brother.
SH86428. Gold 1/3 stater, SNG Lockett 406; SNG ANS 395; HN Italy 1578; Noe-Johnston 3, G1 and pl. 18; SNG Lloyd -; SNG Cop -; Jameson -; Gulbenkian -; Pozzi -; Weber -, aVF+, fine style, marks, reverse double struck, weight 2.574 g, maximum diameter 13.6 mm, die axis 180o, Metapontion (Metaponto, Italy) mint, c. 334 - 332 B.C.; obverse head of Demeter right, wearing stephane and pendant earring; reverse ΜΕΤΑΠΟΝ, barley stalk, bird right on leaf to right; ex Forum (2007), ex Christie's Auction (1993) ; very rare; SOLD


Sikyon, Peloponnesos, Greece, c. 334 - 330 B.C.

|Peloponnesos|, |Sikyon,| |Peloponnesos,| |Greece,| |c.| |334| |-| |330| |B.C.||stater|
Sikyon was located in the northern Peloponnesus between Corinth and Achaea. Sicyon was known in antiquity for its industries including wood sculpture, bronze work, and pottery. Its central location meant it was frequently involved in the wars of its neighbors, Thebes, Corinth, Athens and Sparta.
SH64029. Silver stater, BCD Peloponnesos 218 (same obverse die); Trait 776; BMC Peloponnesus p. 40, 57, aEF, weight 11.740 g, maximum diameter 23.3 mm, die axis 225o, Sikyon mint, c. late 330s B.C.; obverse chimera advancing left, paw raised, wreath above, ΣΕ below; reverse dove flying left, N left, all within olive wreath; ex Helios Numismatik auction 7 (12 Dec 2011), lot 374; SOLD


Sikyon, Peloponnesos, Greece, c. 335 - 330 B.C.

|Peloponnesos|, |Sikyon,| |Peloponnesos,| |Greece,| |c.| |335| |-| |330| |B.C.||stater|
Sikyon was located in the northern Peloponnesos between Corinth and Achaea. Sicyon was known in antiquity for its industries including wood sculpture, bronze work, and pottery. Its central location meant it was frequently involved in the wars of its neighbors, Thebes, Corinth, Athens and Sparta.
SH79677. Silver stater, BCD Peloponnesos 218; SNG Cop 48; Trait III 776; BMC Peloponnesus p. 40, 57; HGC 5 201, gVF, well centered, toned, light marks areas of porosity, weight 12.150 g, maximum diameter 24.7 mm, Sikyon mint, c. 335 - 330 B.C.; obverse chimera advancing left on exergue line, right fore-paw raised, wreath above, ΣΕ below; reverse dove flying left, N left, all within olive wreath tied on right; ex Numismatik Naumann auction 5 (7 Jul 2013), lot 101; SOLD


Sikyon, Peloponnesos, Greece, c. 431 - 400 B.C.

|Peloponnesos|, |Sikyon,| |Peloponnesos,| |Greece,| |c.| |431| |-| |400| |B.C.||hemidrachm|
Sikyon was located in the northern Peloponnesus between Corinth and Achaea. Sicyon was known in antiquity for its industries including wood sculpture, bronze work, and pottery. Its central location meant it was frequently involved in the wars of its neighbors, Thebes, Corinth, Athens and Sparta.
SH21690. Silver hemidrachm, BCD Peloponnesos 205.2 (same dies), gVF, nicely toned, weight 2.824 g, maximum diameter 19.6 mm, die axis 180o, Sikyon mint, c. 431 - 400 B.C.; obverse Chimera advancing left, ΣΙ below; reverse dove flying left; SOLD







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