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Scorpions on Ancient Coins
Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander the Great, 336 - 323 B.C., Lifetime Issue

|Alexander| |the| |Great|, |Macedonian| |Kingdom,| |Alexander| |the| |Great,| |336| |-| |323| |B.C.,| |<b>Lifetime| |Issue</b>||tetradrachm|
Lifetime issue. This coin was issued during the lifetime and rule of Alexander the Great. Most Alexander coins were issued after his death. In 333 BC Alexander the Great intended to lay an ambush of Darius III at Myriandrus but the battle took place near Issus.
SH26702. Silver tetradrachm, Price 3217, Newell Myriandros 17, Mller -, aEF, weight 17.166 g, maximum diameter 26.8 mm, die axis 0o, Myriandros (near Iskenderun, Turkey) mint, c. 330 - 325 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, wearing Nemean Lion skin, scalp over head, forepaws tied at neck; reverse AΛΕΞANΔPOY, Zeus Atophoros enthroned left, nude to the waist, himation around hips and legs, right leg forward (archaic lifetime style), eagle in extended right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, scorpion on left, ME monogram under throne; fine style, choice obverse, and unusual symbol, ex G & M 160 lot 1318 (misattributed as Price 3218); very rare; SOLD


Cyprus, Time of Augustus, 27 B.C. - 14 A.D.

|Cyprus|, |Cyprus,| |Time| |of| |Augustus,| |27| |B.C.| |-| |14| |A.D.||hemiobol|
Augustus' sun sign was Libra. We don't know why he selected the Capricorn as his emblem. Perhaps Capricorn was either his rising sign or his Moon sign. Popular astrology, of the newspaper kind, is sun sign astrology. The ancients tended to attach more importance to the Moon sign and rising signs. Perhaps Augustus selected the Capricorn because it is associated with stern moral authority. Tiberius (born Nov. 13) was a Scorpio.
SH72881. Bronze hemiobol, RPC I 3916; Bank of Cyprus 6; BMC Galatia p. 112, 4 (Commagene); SNG Cop -, Choice EF, beautiful desert patina, weight 2.371 g, maximum diameter 18.1 mm, die axis 0o, Cypriot mint, 27 B.C. - 14 A.D.; obverse capricorn right, star with six rays above; reverse scorpion left, star with six rays above; SOLD


Roman Republic, First Triumvirate, Marcus Aemilius Scaurus & Publius Plautius Hypsaeus, 58 B.C.

|99-50| |B.C.|, |Roman| |Republic,| |First| |Triumvirate,| |Marcus| |Aemilius| |Scaurus| |&| |Publius| |Plautius| |Hypsaeus,| |58| |B.C.||denarius|
M. Aemilius Scaurus, in 62 B.C., as quaestor to Pompey, was sent against King Aretas but withdrew when Aretas paid 300 talents. This was the first time a moneyer publicized his own career on coinage. Aemilius was curule aedile when this coin was struck. This was the first time a moneyer publicized an event from his own career on coinage. Later he was praetor and propraetor, lost a campaign for Consul, and successfully defended Cicero. In 52 B.C., he was charged with bribery and went into exile.
RR91807. Silver denarius, BMCRR Rome 3878 (also HYPSAEVE), Crawford 422/1b var., Sydenham 913 var., RSC I Aemilia 8 var., Russo RBW 1519 var., SRCV I 379 var., Choice gVF, deep old cabinet toning, well centered on the usual tight flan, weight 3.945 g, maximum diameter 17.8 mm, die axis 270o, Rome mint, 58 B.C.; obverse Aretas, King of Nabataea, kneeling beside camel, holding reins and raising olive branch with fillet, M·SCAVR over AED·CVR above, EX - S C at sides, REX ARETAS in exergue; reverse Jupiter in quadriga left, reins in right, hurling thunderbolt with left, scorpion below, P HYPSAEVE / AED CVR above, CAPTV on right, C HYPSAE COS / PREIVE in exergue; ex Savoca Numismatik auction 31 (10 March 2019), lot 392; SOLD


Mylasa, Caria, c. 450 - 400 B.C.

|Mylasa|, |Mylasa,| |Caria,| |c.| |450| |-| |400| |B.C.||hemiobol|
Under Achaemenid Persian rule, Mylasa was the chief city of Caria. The Persian satrap (governor) ruled the city in varying degrees of allegiance to the emperor. Mylasa was a regionally prominent member of the Delian League, 460 - 450 B.C., but Persian rule was restored towards the end of the century.
GA71646. Silver hemiobol, Milesian standard, SNG Kayhan 934 ff., SNG Cop 379 (uncertain Anatolia); SNGvA 7803 (Ionia); SNG Tb 2997 (Miletos); Klein 429 (same), Choice VF, lightly etched surfaces, weight 0.570 g, maximum diameter 8.0 mm, die axis 0o, Mylasa (Milas, Turkey) mint, c. 450 - 400 B.C.; obverse facing forepart of lion, from above; reverse scorpion in incuse square; scarce; SOLD


Kingdom of Commagene, Antiochus IV Epiphanes, 38 - 72 A.D.

|Other| |Kingdoms|, |Kingdom| |of| |Commagene,| |Antiochus| |IV| |Epiphanes,| |38| |-| |72| |A.D.||AE| |27|
Commagene was located in modern south-central Turkey, with its capital at Samosata (the site is now flooded by the Atatrk Dam). Antiochus IV was an ally of Rome against Parthia and the last royal descendant of Seleucus. He ruled with his half-sister and queen, Iotape. He was deprived of his kingdom after accusations that he was conspiring against Rome. He retired to Rome where he was treated with great respect for the remainder of his life.
GB83137. Bronze AE 27, beveled edge flan; RPC I 3854; BMC Galatia p. 106, 1 ff.; Nercessian AC 199; SNG Cop VII 1; countermark: Howgego 373 (after 69 A.D.), VF, weight 12.418 g, maximum diameter 28.2 mm, die axis 0o, Samosata (site flooded by the Atatrk Dam) mint, 38 - 72 A.D.; obverse BANTΣIΛΕYΣ MΕ ANTIOXOΣ ΕΠI, beardless diademed bust right, countermark: anchor flanked by A-N; reverse KOMMAΓ-HNΩN, scorpion and inscription all within laurel wreath, linear boarder inside wreath, boarder of dots outside wreath; SOLD


Kingdom of Commagene, Antiochus IV Epiphanes, 38 - 72 A.D.

|Armenia|, |Kingdom| |of| |Commagene,| |Antiochus| |IV| |Epiphanes,| |38| |-| |72| |A.D.||AE| |27|
Commagene was located in modern south-central Turkey, with its capital at Samosata (the site is now flooded by the Atatrk Dam). Antiochus IV was an ally of Rome against Parthia and the last royal descendant of Seleucus. He ruled with his half-sister and queen Iotape. He was deprived of his kingdom after accusations that he was conspiring against Rome. He retired to Rome where he was treated with great respect for the remainder of his life.
GB89157. Bronze AE 27, RPC I 3857; Nercessian AC 200; BMC Galatia pg. 106, 7; Lindgren-Kovacs 1882, F, dark patina, corrosion, tight flan, straight edges, weight 15.527 g, maximum diameter 26.6 mm, die axis 0o, Samosata (site now flooded by the Atatrk Dam) mint, 38 - 72 A.D.; obverse BACIΛEYΣ AΣ ANTIOXOΣ, diademed beardless bust of Antiochos IV right; reverse KOMMA-ΓHNON, scorpion and inscription within linear inner border, surrounded by laurel-wreath and dot border; SOLD







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