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Isis

Isis was an ancient Egyptian goddess of motherhood, magic, nature and fertility, worshiped as the ideal wife and mother. She was the friend of slaves, sinners, artisans, and the downtrodden, and she listened to the prayers of the wealthy, maidens, aristocrats, and rulers. Worship of Isis spread throughout the Greco-Roman world, continuing until the suppression of paganism in the Christian era.

Julia Domna, Augusta 194 - 8 April 217 A.D.

|Julia| |Domna|, |Julia| |Domna,| |Augusta| |194| |-| |8| |April| |217| |A.D.||denarius|
Isis was the goddess of motherhood and fertility in Ancient Egyptian religious beliefs, whose worship spread throughout the Greco-Roman world. In later myths about Isis, she had a brother, Osiris, who became her husband, and she then was said to have conceived Horus.
RS111406. Silver denarius, RSC III 174, RIC IV S577, SRCV II 6606, Choice VF, well centered, flow lines, deposits, porous, some rev. legend letters weak/unstruck, tiny edge cracks, weight 3.416 g, maximum diameter 18.6 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 196 - 211 A.D.; obverse IVLIA AVGVSTA, draped bust right; reverse SAECVLI FELICITAS (era of good fortune), Isis nursing the infant Horus, right foot on prow, anchor rests against altar behind; $160.00 SALE PRICE $144.00


Kyrene, North Africa, Ptolemy Apion, c. 101 - 96 B.C.

|Kyrenaica|, |Kyrene,| |North| |Africa,| |Ptolemy| |Apion,| |c.| |101| |-| |96| |B.C.||quarter-obol|
Ptolemy Apion was a son of Ptolemy VIII, perhaps by an Egyptian concubine. This makes him a half-brother of Ptolemy IX and X. Ptolemy Apion died in 96 B.C., without an heir, leaving his kingdom to the Roman Republic.

According to Butrey, Apion's coinage was nothing but very small change, with a peak about 1.3 grams. Buttrey notes, "the Greek coinage of Cyrenaica, of glorious tradition, ended in the lamentable small bronzes of Apion."
GB110044. Bronze quarter-obol, Buttrey Cyrene 542 - 603, VF, tight flan, dark patina, earthen deposits, weight 1.127 g, maximum diameter 11.6 mm, die axis 0o, Kyrene (near Shahhat, Libya) mint, c. 101 - 96 B.C.; obverse diademed head of Ptolemy I as Zeus right, wearing aegis; reverse ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, head of Libya or Isis right; ex Naville auction 65 (30 May 2021), lot 111 (part of); ex Richard Plant collection; rare; $80.00 SALE PRICE $72.00


Seleukid Kingdom, Antiochus VII Euergetes Sidetes, 138 - 129 B.C.

|Seleucid| |Kingdom|, |Seleukid| |Kingdom,| |Antiochus| |VII| |Euergetes| |Sidetes,| |138| |-| |129| |B.C.||AE| |18|
After his brother Demetrius was captured by the Parthians, Antiochus VII was made king. He married Demetrius' wife Cleopatra Thea. He defeated the usurper Tryphon at Dora and laid siege to Jerusalem in 134. According to Josephus, the Hasmonean king John Hyrcanus opened King David's sepulcher and removed three thousand talents, which he then paid Antiochus to spare the city. Sidetes then attacked the Parthians, supported by a body of Jews under Hyrcanus, and briefly took back Mesopotamia, Babylonia and Media before being ambushed and killed by Phraates II. His brother Demetrius II had by then been released, but the Seleucid realm was now restricted to Syria. Antiochus VII was the last Seleucid king of any stature.
GY110206. Bronze AE 18, Houghton-Lorber II 2067(5)c; Babelon 1097; SNG Spaer 1912; HGC 9 1087; BMC Seleucid p. 74, 55 var. (star vice palm), VF, dark tone, earthen deposits, obverse edge beveled, weight 5.687 g, maximum diameter 17.8 mm, die axis 0o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 137 - 136 B.C.; obverse bust of winged Eros right; reverse headdress of Isis, BAΣIΛEΩΣ / ANTIOXOY in two downward lines on the right, EYEPΓETOY downward on left, outer left, palm frond over ΣOP (year 176 of the Seleucid Era) below; $70.00 SALE PRICE $63.00


Kyrene, Kyrenaica, North Africa, c. 120 - 96 B.C.

|Kyrenaica|, |Kyrene,| |Kyrenaica,| |North| |Africa,| |c.| |120| |-| |96| |B.C.||obol|
From the time of the late reign of Ptolemy VIII to that of Ptolemy Apion. Ptolemy Apion was a son of Ptolemy VIII, perhaps by an Egyptian concubine. This makes him a half-brother of Ptolemy IX and X. He died without an heir and left his kingdom to Rome.
GP111957. Bronze obol, cf. Svoronos Pl. XLVI, 23 - 25 (Ptolemy V), SNG Cop 438 (Ptolemy IV - VIII, c. 221 - 140 B.C.), VF, earthen encrustations, off center, sprue remnant, obv. edge beveled, central dimples, weight 4.390 g, maximum diameter 18.6 mm, die axis 0o, Kyrene (near Shahhat, Libya) mint, c. 120 - 96 B.C.; obverse diademed head of Ptolemy Soter right with aegis; reverse ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, head of Isis right, hair in formal curls down neck, cornucopia below chin; $65.00 SALE PRICE $58.50


Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt, Cleopatra III and Ptolemy IX Soter II (Lathyros), 116 - c. 110 B.C.

|Ptolemaic| |Egypt|, |Ptolemaic| |Kingdom| |of| |Egypt,| |Cleopatra| |III| |and| |Ptolemy| |IX| |Soter| |II| |(Lathyros),| |116| |-| |c.| |110| |B.C.||AE| |15|
After Ptolemy VIII died in 116 B.C., Cleopatra III ruled with her mother Cleopatra II and son Ptolemy IX. In 110 B.C., she replaced Ptolemy IX as co-regent with her second son Ptolemy X. Ptolemy IX regained the throne in 109 but was again replaced in 107 B.C. In 101 B.C., Ptolemy X had his mother Cleopatra III murdered and then ruled alone or with his niece and wife, Berenice III.
GP111973. Bronze AE 15, cf. Svoronos 1845; Buttrey Cyrene 378; SNG Cop 685, Noeske 392, Weiser -, VF, cleaned and porous, weight 3.351 g, maximum diameter 14.5 mm, die axis 0o, Kyrene (near Shahhat, Libya) mint, 116 - c. 110 B.C.; obverse horned head of Zeus-Ammon right, wearing diadem; reverse ΠΤΟΛΕ ΒΑΣΙΛΕ ΣΩ (or similar), headdress of Isis; $60.00 SALE PRICE $54.00


Egyptian, Ptolemaic Period, Cartonage Panel, Goddess Isis, c. 304 - 30 B.C.

|Egyptian| |Antiquities|, |Egyptian,| |Ptolemaic| |Period,| |Cartonage| |Panel,| |Goddess| |Isis,| |c.| |304| |-| |30| |B.C.|
From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.
AE21197. cartonage panel, cf. Ancient Egyptian Art at Yale, p. 160 for similar cartonage, c. 13cm (5"), Choice, some bitumen deposits, executed in blue, red, yellow, white, and black, Isis standing right winged with arms outstretched, Eye of Horus symbol right, behind is her sister Nephthys Neohthys, register of hieroglyphs at the bottom; SOLD







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