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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.


Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt, Cleopatra VII Thea Philopator, 51 - 30 B.C., Paphos, Cyprus

|Cleopatra| |VII|
Kreuzer, in his book The Coinage System of Cleopatra VII and Augustus in Cyprus, assembles evidence dating this type to Cleopatra VII instead of the reign of Ptolemy IV used in older references.
GP91360. Bronze dichalkon, Kreuzer p. 44, first illustration; Svoronos 1160 (Ptolemy IV); SNG Cop 649; Weiser -, F, nice dark green patina with lighter highlighting, minor edge crack, weight 1.781 g, maximum diameter 12.0 mm, die axis 0o, Paphos mint, 51 - 30 B.C.; obverse diademed bust of Cleopatra VII as Isis right, hair in melon-coiffure; reverse ΠTOΛEMAIOY - BAΣIΛEΩΣ, double cornucopia flanked by ribbons; $110.00 (99.00)


Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt, Ptolemy VIII Euergetes II, Second Reign, 145 - 116 B.C.

|Ptolemaic| |Egypt|
This is an odd, somewhat crude, example of this type. Among all the Ptolemaic bronze coin types, this type, Svoronos 1491, has the most frequent and strangest variations. Perhaps additional mints were in operation using less skilled engravers. Perhaps the odd coins are ancient counterfeits; however, even the strangest variations seem to have circulated normally, suggesting they were official.
GP94456. Bronze AE 35, Svoronos 1491 (7 specimens), SNG Cop 332, Noeske 250, BMC Ptolemies -, Weiser -, Hosking -, F, surface flaws, central depressions, flan flaws, closed flan crack, beveled edge, weight 34.015 g, maximum diameter 34.9 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria(?) mint, 145 - 116 B.C.; obverse head of Isis right, hair in long curls, wreathed in grain; reverse ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ (very crude epigraphy, E reversed), eagle standing left on thunderbolt, wings open, head left; $100.00 (90.00)


Iol-Caesarea, Mauretania, North Africa, c. 25 B.C. - 24 A.D.

|Mauretania|
Phoenicians from Carthage founded Iol as a trading station around 400 B.C. It became a part of the kingdom of Numidia under Jugurtha, c. 160 - 104 B.C. In 29 B.C., Roman emperor Augustus made the Numidian King Juba II and his wife Cleopatra Selene II (daughter of Marc Antony and Cleopatra of Egypt) king and queen of Mauretania. The capital was established at Iol, which was renamed Caesarea in honor of the emperor.
GB85358. Bronze 1/4 Unit, Alexandropoulos MAA 147; Falbe-Lindberg III, p. 177, 290 (uncertain mint); SNG Cop 684 var. (kerykeion obv. left), F, dark green patina, tight flan, light corrosion, weight 2.102 g, maximum diameter 15.4 mm, die axis 270o, Iol-Caesarea (Cherchell, Algeria) mint, c. 25 B.C. - 24 A.D.; obverse head of Isis left, wearing vulture crown and horned solar-disk headdress; reverse three ears of barley; extremely rare; $90.00 (81.00)


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

|Ptolemaic| |Egypt|
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.
GP88288. Bronze AE 13, cf. Svoronos 1845; Buttrey Cyrene 378; SNG Cop 685, Noeske 392, Weiser -, VF, tight flan, weight 2.030 g, maximum diameter 13.4 mm, die axis 0o, Kyrene (near Shahhat, Libya) mint, c. 116 - 110 B.C.; obverse horned head of Zeus-Ammon right, wearing diadem; reverse ΠTOΛE BAΣIΛE ΣΩTH (or similar), headdress of Isis; ex Ora Eads Collection; ex CNG Sale 41 (19 Mar 1997), lot 1035 (part of); $80.00 (72.00)


Syracuse, Sicily, Roman Rule, c. 212 - 133 B.C.

|Syracuse|
This type was perhaps the last pseudo-autonomous issue of Syracuse.
RP79995. Bronze AE 19, Calciati II p. 434, 240/9 (same obverse die), SNG Morcom 838, SNG ANS 1099, SNG Mnchen 1483, Fine/Fair, obv off-center, ragged flan, weight 4.933 g, maximum diameter 18.7 mm, die axis 345o, Syracuse mint, c. 212 - 133 B.C.; obverse diademed, bearded male (Serapis, Poseidon or Zeus) head right; reverse ΣYPAKOCIΩN, female (Isis?) standing left, wreath (or sistrum?) in right, long scepter vertical behind in left; ex Forum (2011); scarce; $55.00 (49.50)







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