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Home ▸ Catalog ▸ |Themes & Provenance| ▸ |Gods, Non-Olympian| ▸ |Baal||View Options:  |  |  | 

Baal

Ba'al simply means 'Lord' in Phoenician and was used to describe many local gods. At first the name Ba'al was used by the Jews for their God, but as the struggle between religions developed, the name Ba'al was given up in Judaism. Over time Ba'al became synonymous with Beelzebub.

Arados, Phoenicia, c. 380 - 339 B.C.

|Phoenicia|, |Arados,| |Phoenicia,| |c.| |380| |-| |339| |B.C.||stater|NEW
Early coins of Arados have the Aramaic letters mem aleph (read from right to left) above the galley, abbreviating Melech Arad (meaning King of Arados), sometimes followed by the king's initial, and sometimes by the Phoenician regnal year date.
GS110249. Silver stater, cf. BMC Phoenicia pp. 4 - 5, 18 - 26; Betlyon 10 p. 86, pl. 6, 7; HGC 10 28 ff. (R1), VF, light toning, slightly off center, tight flan as usual for the type, weight 10.519 g, maximum diameter 20.5 mm, die axis 315o, Arados (Arwad, Syria) mint, c. 380 - 339 B.C.; obverse laureate bearded head of Ba'al Arwad right, archaic almond shaped eye; reverse galley right, row of shields on bulwark, oars not presented, Phoenician letters mem aleph above, three waves below, all within a shallow round incuse; ex Noble Numismatics auction 123 (31 March 2020), lot 3166; ex George Mihailuk Collection, acquired from Richard Welling 15 Aug 2009; rare; $440.00 SALE PRICE $396.00


Arados, Phoenicia, c. 350 - 339 B.C.

|Phoenicia|, |Arados,| |Phoenicia,| |c.| |350| |-| |339| |B.C.||diobol|NEW
This obverse is apparently unpublished as a diobol. The usual type is a full figure of Ba'al with a fish-like lower body ending in a forked tail, dolphin held by tail in each hand.
GS110252. Silver diobol, apparently unpublished denomination, cf. Betlyon 13; HGC 10 46; BMC Phoenicia p. 7, 45 (all obols), aEF, toned, tight flan, weight 1.355 g, maximum diameter 10.0 mm, die axis 0o, Arados (Arwad, Syria) mint, c. 350 - 339 B.C.; obverse laureate bearded head of Ba'al Arwad right, with profile eye; reverse galley right, three lines of waves below, Phoenician letters mem aleph above (from right to left, abbreviating Melech Arad - King of Arados); no other specimens of this Arados diobol type known to FORVM; extremely rare; $250.00 SALE PRICE $225.00







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