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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.

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


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 ΠTOΛΕ BAΣIΛΕ 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


Kaunos, Caria, c. 430 - 410 B.C.

|Kaunos|, |Kaunos,| |Caria,| |c.| |430| |-| |410| |B.C.||stater|
Iris was the goddess of the rainbow and the messenger of the gods. Also a goddess of sea and sky, her father Thaumas "the wondrous" was a marine-god, and her mother Elektra "the amber" a cloud-nymph. She travels with the speed of wind, with golden wings, from one end of the world to the other and into the depths of the sea and the underworld. She is also said to travel on the rainbow while carrying messages from the gods to mortals.
GS97272. Silver stater, BMC Cilicia p. 96, 7 & pl. XVI, 3 (same dies, Mallus, Cilicia); Konuk 99 bis; Boston MFA 2110; SNG Keckman 825 var. (no letters), gF, toned, off center, marks and scratches, weight 11.347 g, maximum diameter 21.2 mm, die axis 270o, Kaunos (Dalyan, Turkey) mint, c. 430 - 410 B.C.; obverse Iris running-kneeling left, open curved wings, head turned back right, wearing long chiton, kerykeion in right hand, wreath in left hand (archaic style); reverse pyramidal baetyl, flanked by a bunch of grapes on each side, (Carian letter) on base of baetyl, ▽ (Carian letter) above inner left, all within incuse square; ex Numismatik Naumann auction 92 (2 Aug 2020), lot 288; SOLD


Roman Egypt, Memphis Nome, 1st - 3rd Century A.D.

|Roman| |Egypt|, |Roman| |Egypt,| |Memphis| |Nome,| |1st| |-| |3rd| |Century| |A.D.||tessera|
RX38674. Lead tessera, Geissen 3501 (same dies); Dattari 6416 ff.; Milne 5279 var.; Emmett 4594 (R5) var., VF, weight 5.767 g, maximum diameter 24.6 mm, die axis 0o, Memphis mint, obverse Nilus seated left on hippopotamus right, himation around legs, reed in right, cornucopia in left; Euthenia stands right before him, wearing chiton and billowing peplos, crowning him with wreath; reverse MΕMΦIC, Isis-Hekate standing facing, triple face crowned with disk and horns, wearing long chiton and peplos, uraeus in right, left arm around neck of Apis bull standing left with disk between horns; small figure behind her raising hands; rare; SOLD


Ephesos, Ionia, 89 - 88 B.C.

|Cistophori|, |Ephesos,| |Ionia,| |89| |-| |88| |B.C.||cistophoric| |tetradrachm|
In 88 B.C., King Mithridates VI of Pontus invaded Greece. Defeating the Roman forces four times in succession, he conquered Bithynia, Phrygia, Mysia, Lycia, Pamphylia, Ionia and Cappadocia. The Roman province of Asia was dismantled. On the king's orders, the local authorities in every city of the province rounded up and put to death all resident Italians - men, women, and children - in a single day (App. Mith.85-91). Plutarch (Sulla 24.4) says that 150,000 were killed, other sources estimate 80,000 people.
GS81776. Silver cistophoric tetradrachm, Kleiner Ephesus 47, Pinder 37, Macdonald Hunter 27 (var. no bow), Cohen DCA 324, BMC Ionia -, SNGvA -; SNG Cop -, SNG Fitzwilliam -, aVF, toned, weight 12.438 g, maximum diameter 27.3 mm, die axis 0o, Ephesos (near Selcuk, Turkey) mint, 89 - 88 B.C.; obverse cista mystica with half-open lid, from which a snake emerges, all within wreath of ivy with berries; reverse bow-case ornamented with an apluster, strung bow within emerging top left, flanked on each side by a snake with head erect, straps from bottom o the case draped over snakes, crown of Isis above between snakes' heads, MC (year 46) over ΕΦΕ on left, flaming torch on right; scarce; SOLD


Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D., Serdica, Thrace

|Serdica|, |Septimius| |Severus,| |9| |April| |193| |-| |4| |February| |211| |A.D.,| |Serdica,| |Thrace||AE| |17|
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.
RP35855. Bronze AE 17, Varbanov III 1913 (R4) var. (legends), H-J Serdica 12.14.30.1 (no specimens) var. (same), SNG Righetti -, Ruzicka Serdica -, Lindgren -, VF, green patina, weight 4.096 g, maximum diameter 17.0 mm, die axis 45o, Serdica (Sofia, Bulgaria) mint, obverse AY K Λ CEΠ CEYHPOC Π, laureate head right; reverse CΕPΔΩN, draped bust of Isis right; very rare; SOLD







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