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Galleys and Other Ships on Ancient Coins
Arados, Phoenicia, Unknown King "M", c. 348 - 338 B.C.

|Phoenicia|, |Arados,| |Phoenicia,| |Unknown| |King| |"M",| |c.| |348| |-| |338| |B.C.||stater|NEW
Early coins of Arados have the Aramaic letters mem aleph (read from right to left) above the galley, abbreviating Melech Arad (meaning King of Arados), sometimes followed by the king's initial, and sometimes by the Phoenician regnal year date.
GS111449. Silver stater, BMC Phoenicia p. 10, 57; Rouvier III p. 131, 8; HGC 10 32 (R1); Betlyon 26; Sunrise -; SNG Cop -, VF, attractive style, centered on a tight flan, test cut, tiny edge crack, weight 10.437 g, maximum diameter 20.9 mm, die axis 270o, Arados (Arwad, Syria) mint, c. 348 - 338 B.C.; obverse laureate head of bearded Ba'al Arwad right, with profile eye; reverse galley right, figure of Pataikos right on prow, row of shields on bulwark, Phoenician letters mem aleph mem (Melech Arad M - King of Arados M) from right to left above, three waves below; from the CEB Collection; ex Edward J. Waddell (Oct 1987); rare; $400.00 (404.00)


Persian Empire, Samaria, c. 375 - 332 B.C.

|Persian| |Rule|, |Persian| |Empire,| |Samaria,| |c.| |375| |-| |332| |B.C.||hemiobol|NEW
Samaria was the capital of the northern Kingdom of Israel in the 9th - 8th centuries B.C. The Assyrians took the city and the northern kingdom in 722/721 B.C. This coin was struck when the city was under Persian rule. The obverse is imitative of coins at Sidon in Phoenicia, and the reverse is imitative of coins struck at Sardes in Lydia. On some examples the ethnic in Aramaic, SMRYN, is above the galley on the obverse. On other examples, like this one, this inscription is replaced with vertical lines and a star. Most likely the die engraver was illiterate and did not understand what he was copying.
GS110761. Silver hemiobol, cf. Meshorer-Qedar 97 & 205, HGC 10 426 (R2), Samaria Hoard pl. 36, 195 ff., Sofaer 40, Hendin -, SNG ANS -, F, toned, scratches, obv. off center, weight 0.333 g, maximum diameter 8.3 mm, die axis 0o, Samaria (Sebastia, West Bank) mint, c. 375 - 332 B.C.; obverse Phoenician galley left, row of round shields along bulwarks, zigzag waves below, Aramaic inscription: SMRYN (or blundered imitation) above; reverse Persian king on one knee right, transverse spear in left hand, bow in extended right hand; very rare; $160.00 (161.60)


Ascalon, Philistia, Judaea, 105 - 106 A.D.

|Judaea| |&| |Palestine|, |Ascalon,| |Philistia,| |Judaea,| |105| |-| |106| |A.D.||AE| |14|
The Philistines conquered Canaanite Ashkelon about 1150 B.C. and it became one of the five Philistine cities that were constantly warring with the Israelites and the Kingdom of Judah. The last of the Philistine cities to hold out against Nebuchadnezzar, it finally fell in 604 B.C.; burned and destroyed, its people exiled, the Philistine era ended. Ashkelon was rebuilt, dominated by Persian culture. After the Alexander's conquest, Ashkelon was an important Hellenistic seaport. The Jews drove the Greeks out of the region during the Maccabean Revolt, which lasted from 167 to 160 B.C. In 63 B.C. the area was incorporated into the Roman Republic. Cleopatra VII used Ashkelon as her refuge when her brother and sister exiled her in 49 B.C. The city remained loyal to Rome during the First Jewish Revolt.
JD111093. Bronze AE 14, RPC Online III 3974.9 (9 spec.); Sofaer 91; Rosenberger 60; Yashin 131; De Saulcy 54, BMC Palestine p. 113, 59, Choice VF, green patina, well centered, earthen deposits, weight 2.638 g, maximum diameter 14.3 mm, die axis 0o, Askalon (Ashqelon, Israel) mint, 105 - 106 A.D.; obverse draped bust of Tyche right, wearing turreted crown and veil, variant without ethnic; reverse war galley with oars, acrostolium, and apluster, ΘC (year 209) above; ex Amphora Coins (David Hendin) with his signed photo authenticity receipt; $150.00 (151.50)


Herod Archelaus, Ethnarch of Samaria, Judea, and Idumea, 4 B.C. - 6 A.D.

|Herod| |Archelaus|, |Herod| |Archelaus,| |Ethnarch| |of| |Samaria,| |Judea,| |and| |Idumea,| |4| |B.C.| |-| |6| |A.D.||prutah|NEW
The galley refers to Archelaus' voyage to Rome at the beginning of his reign. His father had modified his will, naming Archelaus' younger brother, Antipas, king. Archelaus appealed to Rome and was awarded a large share of the kingdom and the title ethnarch. The galley reminded those that thought to challenge him that he had the backing of Rome. -- Ancient Jewish Coinage by Ya'akov Meshore
JD111612. Bronze prutah, Hendin 6228; Meshorer TJC 72; Meshorer AJC 5; SNG ANS 243; RPC Online I 4916; BMC Palestine p. 233, 27, Choice aEF/EF, well centered, bold strike, dark green patina, highlighting earthen deposits, edges ragged where flan casting sprues were snapped off, weight 0.964 g, maximum diameter 14.0 mm, die axis 135o, Jerusalem mint, 4 B.C. - 6 A.D.; obverse H P W (counterclockwise from below), prow of galley left; reverse EΘN (Ethnarch), surrounded by wreath; from the collection of a Texas clergyman, ex Zuzim Inc. (Isadore Goldstein, Brooklyn, NY); $150.00 (151.50)


Ascalon, Philistia, Judaea, Late 1st Century B.C.

|Judaea| |&| |Palestine|, |Ascalon,| |Philistia,| |Judaea,| |Late| |1st| |Century| |B.C.||AE| |16|
Askalon lies on the shore of the Mediterranean, ten miles north of Gaza and about 40 miles south of Joppa. Herod the Great ruled all of Palestine, except Askalon, which remained a free city. Today, a national park at Ashqelon, Israel includes ruins of Canaanite, Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Crusader walls and buildings.
JD111091. Bronze AE 16, cf. RPC Online I 4873 (10 spec.); Sofaer 47; Baramki AUB 52; Rosenberger 79; BMC Palestine p. 110, 36, gF, green patina, earthen encrustations, irregular flan with part of the edge ragged, weight 2.831 g, maximum diameter 15.9 mm, die axis 0o, Askalon (Ashqelon, Israel) mint, late 1st century B.C.; obverse bare-headed and beardless young male head right; reverse prow of war galley left with ram, acrostolium, and oars, AΣ above (Σ in the form of a squared C); rare; $140.00 (141.40)


Roman Republic, Anonymous (Dolphin series), 179 - 170 B.C.

|211-100| |B.C.|, |Roman| |Republic,| |Anonymous| |(Dolphin| |series),| |179| |-| |170| |B.C.||as|NEW
In 178 B.C., one of Perseus' first acts on becoming king of Macedonia was to renew the treaty with Rome. He then began building up the Macedonian army and seeking alliances with the Greek leagues, with his northern barbarian neighbors, and with the Seleucid king Seleucus IV. In 172, Eumenes II of Pergamum traveled to Rome to warn the Roman Senate of the danger from Perseus. On his return home, Eumenes II was nearly killed at Delphi and Perseus was the suspected instigator. In 171, Rome declared war. Epirus allied with Macedonia, but the Greek leagues remained neutral.
RR111222. Bronze as, Crawford 160/1, BMCRR I 427, SRCV I 681, Sydenham -, F, nice green patina, edge cracks, a few pits, weight 23.921 g, maximum diameter 32.4 mm, die axis 90o, Rome mint, 179 - 170 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Janus right, I (mark of value) above; reverse prow right, dolphin above, I (mark of value) right, ROMA in exergue; ex Aphrodite auction 6 (22-24 Oct 2022), lot 457; scarce; $140.00 (141.40)


Judean Kingdom, Alexander Jannaeus (Yehonatan), 104 - 76 B.C.

|Alexander| |Jannaeus|, |Judean| |Kingdom,| |Alexander| |Jannaeus| |(Yehonatan),| |104| |-| |76| |B.C.||prutah|
Jannaeus' anchor coins were probably struck after the conquest of the coastal cities (with the exception of Ashkelon) in 95 B.C. The anchor probably publicized the annexation of these areas. -- Ancient Jewish Coinage by Yaakov Meshorer
JD111361. Bronze prutah, Hendin 6189, Meshorer TJC K, Hendin 6189, Sofaer 221, Hendin 6189, Meshorer TJC K, Meshorer AJC C, HGC 10 637, VF, dark patina with highlighting earthen deposits, off center, obverse edge beveled, weight 3.365 g, maximum diameter 16.0 mm, Jerusalem mint, 95 - 76 B.C.; obverse star of eight rays and central pellet surrounded by diadem, Paleo-Hebrew inscription 'Yehonatan the king' between rays; reverse Greek legend: BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞANΔPOY (of King Alexander), upside-down anchor; $130.00 (131.30)


Judean Kingdom, Alexander Jannaeus (Yehonatan), 104 - 76 B.C.

|Alexander| |Jannaeus|, |Judean| |Kingdom,| |Alexander| |Jannaeus| |(Yehonatan),| |104| |-| |76| |B.C.||prutah|
Jannaeus' anchor coins were probably struck after the conquest of the coastal cities (with the exception of Ashkelon) in 95 B.C. The anchor probably publicized the annexation of these areas. -- Ancient Jewish Coinage by Yaakov Meshorer
JD111362. Bronze prutah, Hendin 6189, Meshorer TJC K, Hendin 6189, Sofaer 221, Hendin 6189, Meshorer TJC K, Meshorer AJC C, HGC 10 637, aVF, attractive dark patina with highlighting red earthen deposits, obv. off center, obv, edge beveled, weight 2.372 g, maximum diameter 16.8 mm, Jerusalem mint, 95 - 76 B.C.; obverse star of eight rays and central pellet surrounded by diadem, Paleo-Hebrew inscription 'Yehonatan the king' between rays; reverse Greek legend: BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞANΔPOY (of King Alexander), upside-down anchor; $130.00 (131.30)


Lot of 4 Silver Fractions From Phoenicia, c. 425 - 300 B.C.

|Phoenicia|, |Lot| |of| |4| |Silver| |Fractions| |From| |Phoenicia,| |c.| |425| |-| |300| |B.C.||Lot|
 
GA97055. Silver Lot, Phoenician silver fractions, c. 0.6g - 0.8g, c. 9mm, 4 coins, $120.00 (121.20)


Judaean Kingdom, John Hyrcanus I (Yehohanan), 134 - 104 B.C., For the Seleukid King Antiochus VII

|John| |Hyrcanus| |I|, |Judaean| |Kingdom,| |John| |Hyrcanus| |I| |(Yehohanan),| |134| |-| |104| |B.C.,| |For| |the| |Seleukid| |King| |Antiochus| |VII||prutah|
Hendin lists four varieties of this type AΠP (year 181) below (Hendin 6165), AΠP (year 181) beside the anchor on left (Hendin 6165a), BΠP (year 182) below (Hendin 6165b), and BΠP (year 182) beside the anchor on left (Hendin 6165c). Houghton and Lorber list a variety without a date (Houghton-Lorber 2123), but the date is probably just off flan, as on this example.
JD98719. Bronze prutah, Houghton-Lorber II 2123, Hendin 6165, HGC 9 1103, Meshorer TJC p. 30, aVF, green patina, light earthen deposits, tiny edge cracks, obverse edge beveled, weight 2.550 g, maximum diameter 15.2 mm, die axis 0o, Jerusalem mint, 132 - 130 B.C.; obverse lily on stem with two leaves, dot border; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOY EYEPΓETOY (Greek: of King Antiochus, Benefactor), anchor, upside down, AΠP or BΠP (Greek: year 181 or 182 of the Seleucid Era) below; $120.00 (121.20)




  



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Schaaff, Ulrich. Mnzen der rmischen Kaiserzeit mit Schiffsdarstellungen im Rmisch-Germanischen Zentralmuseum. (Munich, 2003).

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