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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.

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.
GY93616. Bronze AE 18, Houghton-Lorber II 2067(15); SNG Spaer 1939 - 1940 (with grapes) or 1941 (without grapes); BMC Seleucid p. 74, 60 (with grapes); HGC 9 1087, VF, dark patina with highlighting red earthen deposits, choice obv., rev. off center, porous, tiny edge cracks, obverse edge beveled, traces of pre-strike casting sprues, weight 5.268 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 0o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 133 - 132 B.C.; obverse bust of winged Eros right; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOY EYEPΓETOY, headdress of Isis, ΠP (year 180 of the Seleucid Era) below, ∆I monogram (over bunch of grapes?) outer left (off flan); from the Errett Bishop Collection; $90.00 (82.80)


Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt

|Roman| |Egypt|, |Trajan,| |25| |January| |98| |-| |8| |or| |9| |August| |117| |A.D.,| |Roman| |Provincial| |Egypt||dichalkon|
The headdress of Isis, or Two Feathers Crown, was composed of two ostrich feathers, two horns and a disk.
RX94977. Bronze dichalkon, RPC Online III 4773 (13 spec.); Dattari 1098, SNG Cop 259, Kampmann 27.522; Emmett 710.16 (R3), Geissen -, BMC Alexandria -, VF, earthen encrusted (uncleaned), ragged flan with tiny edge splits, obverse edge beveled, remnant of pre-strike casting sprue, weight 2.289 g, maximum diameter 15.0 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 112 - 28 Aug 113 A.D.; obverse no legend, laureate head right; reverse no legend, crown of Isis, L I-ς (year 16) in lower fields divided by crown; from the Ray Nouri Collection; rare; $80.00 (73.60)


Trajan, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt

|Roman| |Egypt|, |Trajan,| |25| |January| |98| |-| |8| |or| |9| |August| |117| |A.D.,| |Roman| |Provincial| |Egypt||dichalkon|
Isis was an Egyptian goddess, whose worship spread throughout the Greco-Roman world. She was worshiped as the ideal mother, wife, matron of nature and magic. She was the friend of slaves, sinners, artisans, the downtrodden, as well as listening to the prayers of the wealthy, maidens, aristocrats and rulers. Isis is the Goddess of motherhood and fertility.
RX95000. Bronze dichalkon, Dattari-Savio 1097, RPC Online III 4773, SNG Cop 259, Kampman 27.522, Emmett 710/- (year not listed), Geissen -, Milne -, BMC Alexandria -, VF, highlighting desert patina, off center on a tight flan, obverse edge beveled, weight 1.271 g, maximum diameter 13.1 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 112 - 28 Aug 113 A.D.; obverse no legend, laureate head right; reverse headdress of Isis (horns, uraeus, disk and plumes), L - Iς (year 16) in upper fields divided by feathers; from the Ray Nouri Collection; scarce; $50.00 (46.00)







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