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Kabeiros

The god Kabeiros is similar in appearance to Dionysos and the rites of his cult were likely similar to those of the Dionysian mysteries. The attributes of Kabeiros are a rhyton and hammer.


Mytilene, Lesbos, c. 377 - 326 B.C.

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Mytilene was famous in ancient times for its great output of electrum coins struck from the late 6th through mid - 4th centuries B.C. The usual denomination was the hekte (1/6th stater). Warwick Wroth noted in the British Museum Catalog, "The Sixths of [this Lesbos electrum series] form one of the most beautiful coin-series of the ancient world. This will be evident from a glance."
SH86293. Electrum hekte, Bodenstedt 99; SNG Cop 321; SNGvA 1729; SNG Lockett 2763; BMC Lesbos p. 66, 98; Boston MFA 1735; Weber 5631; Pozzi 2331; HGC 6 1025 (R1), VF, light scratches, tight flan, weight 2.547 g, maximum diameter 10.7 mm, die axis 0o, Mytilene mint, c. 377 - 326 B.C.; obverse head of Kabeiros right, wearing pileus wreathed with laurel, two stars flanking cap; reverse head of Persephone right, wearing round earring, hair rolled, within linear square; SOLD


Valerian I, October 253 - c. June 260 A.D., Thessalonica, Macedonia

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The god Kabeiros is similar in appearance to Dionysos and the rites of his cult were likely similar to those of the Dionysian mysteries. The attributes of Kabeiros are a rhyton and hammer.
RP57215. Bronze AE 22, Varbanov III 4771, Lindgren 1252, SNG Cop 441, cf. SNG ANS 900 (Salonina), VF, weight 8.865 g, maximum diameter 22.4 mm, die axis 0o, Thessalonika (Salonika, Greece) mint, obverse AYT K ΠOΠ OYAΛEPIANOC, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right from behind; reverse ΘECCAΛONIKH B NE, Kabeiros standing within distyle temple, rhyton in right, hammer in left, altar at feet left, anvil(?) at feet right; rare; SOLD


Valerian I, October 253 - c. June 260 A.D., Thessalonica, Macedonia

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The god Kabeiros is similar in appearance to Dionysos and the rites of his cult were likely similar to those of the Dionysian mysteries. The attributes of Kabeiros are a rhyton and hammer.
RP63719. Bronze AE 22, Varbanov III 4771, Lindgren 1252, SNG Cop 441, cf. SNG ANS 900 (Salonina), VF, weight 6.465 g, maximum diameter 21.9 mm, die axis 0o, Thessalonika (Salonika, Greece) mint, obverse AYT K ΠOΠ OYAΛEPIANOC, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right from behind; reverse ΘECCAΛONIKH B NE, Kabeiros standing within distyle temple, rhyton in right, hammer in left, altar at feet left, anvil(?) at feet right; rare; SOLD


Koinon of Macedonia, Reign of Severus Alexander, c. 231 - 235 A.D., Portrait of Alexander the Great

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Zagreus, a son of Zeus and Persephone (who Zeus seduced in the guise of a serpent) was a god of the Orphic Mysteries, the "first-born Dionysos." Zeus armed child god with lightning bolts and set him upon the throne of heaven. The Titans, inspired by jealous Hera, crept into Olympus, tempted Zagreus with toys into setting aside his lightning bolts, and then dismembered him with knives. Zeus recovered the child's heart, made it into a potion, and fed it to his love Semele. From the drink she conceived the younger Dionysos, as a reincarnation of the first. The Cabeiri were the dwarf-like sons of the god Hephaistos and famed metal-workers. The Cabeiri recovered the phallus of Zagreus.
SH72856. Bronze AE 26, AMNG III 334 var. (NO not mentioned), Lindgren -, BMC Macedonia -, SNG Cop -, SNG Hunterian -, VF, perfect centering, weight 14.747 g, maximum diameter 25.6 mm, die axis 180o, Macedonia, Beroea(?) mint, c. 231 A.D.; obverse AΛEΞAN∆POY, diademed head of Alexander the Great right, N behind, O below neck; reverse KOINON MAKE∆ONΩN OMONOIA, helmeted Athena seated left, Kabeiros in her right hand, spear vertical behind in her left hand, back leg of the seat is in the form of a lion leg, Kabeiros in her hand is standing facing with uncertain object (phallus of Zagreus?) in his right hand and hammer in left; extremely rare; SOLD


Ebusus, Baleric Islands off Spain, c. 210 - Early 2nd Century B.C.

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The god Kabeiros is similar in appearance to Dionysos and the rites of his cult were likely similar to those of the Dionysian mysteries. The attributes of Kabeiros are a rhyton and hammer.
GB17517. Bronze AE 17, Burgos 708; Villaronga p. 93, 22; SNG Morcom 15; Laffaille -, gVF, weight 3.706 g, maximum diameter 17.2 mm, die axis 90o, Ebusus mint, obverse squatting Kabeiros, holding hammer in right, snake in left; reverse bull butting left; SOLD


Thessalonica, Macedonia, 161 - 180 A.D.

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The legend arrangement and style of this coin match Touratsoglou's Group A, but those, earliest examples of the emission VI type, are significantly larger. Group F is similar but the obverse legend begins upper right.
RP70581. Bronze AE 21, cf. BMC Macedonia p. 113, 47; Lindgren 1174; SNG Cop 383 var. (same); Touratsoglou emission VI -, VF, weight 6.506 g, maximum diameter 20.5 mm, die axis 180o, Thessalonika (Salonika, Greece) mint, 81 - 180 A.D.; obverse ΘECCAΛΛO−NIKEΩN (clockwise starting lower left), turreted and draped bust of Thessalonica right; reverse KABEIPOC (downward on right), Kabeiros standing left, rhyton in right, mallet in left; SOLD


Maximinus I Thrax, 20 March 235 - Late May 238 A.D., Thessalonica, Macedonia

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The god Kabeiros is similar in appearance to Dionysos and the rites of his cult were likely similar to those of the Dionysian mysteries. The attributes of Kabeiros are a rhyton and hammer.
RP35851. Bronze AE 26, SNG ANS 876 corr. (obv. leg); Varbanov 4995 (R4) var. (obv. leg.); SNG Cop 425 var. (same); BMC Macedonia p. 123, 111 var. (same), VF, nice green patina, weight 9.002 g, maximum diameter 25.6 mm, die axis 225o, Thessalonika (Salonika, Greece) mint, obverse AV K Γ IOVΛ OVHP MAΞIMINOC, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse ΘECCAΛONIKEΩN, Kabeiros standing left, rhyton in right, hammer in left, flaming alter at feet left, anvil with elephant tusk behind at feet right; SOLD


Birytis, Troas, c. 350 - 250 B.C.

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Birytis' precise location in western Asia Minor remains unknown but it probably stood either south of Troy or near Hellespont. Numismatics provides our only evidence this city existed.

The god Kabeiros is similar in appearance to Dionysos and the rites of his cult were likely similar to those of the Dionysian mysteries. The attributes of Kabeiros are a rhyton and hammer.

GB58077. Bronze AE 11, SNG Cop 249; SNG MŁnchen 19, 170; SNG TŁb 2574; BMC Troas p. 40, 6 - 7; SNGvA -, gVF, weight 1.365 g, maximum diameter 11.4 mm, die axis 180o, Birytis mint, c. 350 - 250 B.C.; obverse head of Kabeiros left wearing pileus; reverse B-I/P-Y in fields at sides of club, all within laurel wreath; attractive green patina with highlighting earthen fill; SOLD


Maximinus I Thrax, 20 March 235 - Late May 238 A.D., Thessalonica, Macedonia

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The god Kabeiros is similar in appearance to Dionysos and the rites of his cult were likely similar to those of the Dionysian mysteries. The attributes of Kabeiros are a rhyton and hammer.
RP83454. Bronze AE 24, SNG ANS 875 corr. (obv. leg.); Varbanov 4500 (R4) var. (obv. leg.); BMC Macedonia p. 123, 112 var. (same), VF, fantastic portrait, centered on a tight flan, flatly struck centers, light marks, centration dimple on reverse, weight 12.268 g, maximum diameter 23.9 mm, die axis 0o, Thessalonika (Salonika, Greece) mint, 20 Mar 235 - late May 238 A.D.; obverse AVT K Γ IOVΛ OVHP MAΞIMINOC, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse ΘECCAΛONIKEΩN, Nike flying left, she hold Kabeiros standing left holding rhyton and hammer in her right hand, palm frond in her left hand; scarce obv. legend variety; SOLD


Birytis, Troas, c. 350 - 250 B.C.

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Birytis' precise location in western Asia Minor remains unknown but it probably stood either south of Troy or near Hellespont. Numismatics provides our only evidence this city existed.

The god Kabeiros is similar in appearance to Dionysos and the rites of his cult were likely similar to those of the Dionysian mysteries. The attributes of Kabeiros are a rhyton and hammer.

GB55344. Bronze AE 18, SGCV II 4056, SNG Cop 247, SNGvA 1502, Choice gVF, weight 5.263 g, maximum diameter 17.9 mm, die axis 0o, Birytis mint, c. 350 - 250 B.C.; obverse head of Kabeiros left wearing pileus, two stars flanking cap; reverse B-I/P-Y in fields flanking club, all within laurel wreath; SOLD




  




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