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Ancient Coins of North Africa
Claudius, 25 January 41 - 13 October 54 A.D., Roman Egypt

|Roman| |Egypt|, |Claudius,| |25| |January| |41| |-| |13| |October| |54| |A.D.,| |Roman| |Egypt||drachm|
RPC I quotes Walkers surface analysis of Claudius billon at 21 - 26% silver, a significant drop from the 30% silver for those of Tiberius.

The ancients did not all agree on the attributes of Serapis. A passage in Tacitus affirms that many recognized in this god, Aesculapius, imputing healing to his intervention; some thought him identical with Osiris, the oldest deity of the Egyptians; others regarded him as Jupiter, possessing universal power; but by most he was believed to be the same as Pluto, the "gloomy" Dis Pater of the infernal regions. The general impression of the ancients seems to have been that by Serapis, was to be understood the beginning and foundation of things. Julian II consulted the oracle of Apollo for the purpose of learning whether Pluto and Serapis were different gods; and he received for an answer that Jupiter-Serapis and Pluto were one and the same divinity.
SH110653. Billon drachm, RPC I 5136 (4 spec.); BMC Alexandria p. 10, 78; Kampmann 12.25; Emmett 76/3 (R4); Geissen -; Dattari -; SNG Hunterian -, F, dark patina, earthen deposits, scratches, porosity, weight 3.330 g, maximum diameter 16.0 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 42 - 43 A.D.; obverse TI KΛ KA CE AY, laureate head right, L Γ (year 3) right; reverse draped bust of Serapis right, kalathos on head; the best of this type known to FORVM; very rare; $1125.00 (1057.50)


Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt, Lot of 17 Bronze Coins, 305 - 30 B.C.

|Multiple| |Coin| |Lots|, |Ptolemaic| |Kingdom| |of| |Egypt,| |Lot| |of| |17| |Bronze| |Coins,| |305| |-| |30| |B.C.
||Lot|
The following list was provided by the consignor and has not been verified by FORVM:
1) Ptolemy I, AE20, Alexander / Eagle, wings open
2) Ptolemy Keraunos, AJN 12, 2000, 64 (legend reversed), ex Moneta
3) Marathos, AE24, Berenike II, Marathos
4) Ptolemy III?, AE20, Kyrene, Svoronos 871, rough
5) Byzantium and Kalchedon, AE26
6) Ptolemy IX, Kyrene, AE16 Headdress of Isis
7) Ptolemy VIII, AE23, Svoronos 1385, ex Clain-Stefanelli
8) Late Ptolemaic, cf. Svoronos 1698, skeuomorph central marks
9) Time of Ptolemy IX, AE29, Cypriot mint, two eagles standing left
10) Ptolemy II, AE17 hemiobol, Eagle with open wings, Svoronos 441; Lorber B221
11) Ptolemy III, AE13, Trident at left of eagle, Svoronos 839, Choice VF, rare this nice
12) Ptolemy IV, AE26 obol, F
13) Ptolemy VIII, AE28, Svoronos 1492, ex Clain-Stefanelli
14) Time of Ptolemy IX, AE37 (23.4g), Cypriot mint, head of Zeus-Ammon / two eagles
15) Late Ptolemaic Cyprus, c. 88 BC, brockage, Svoronos 1714
16) Time of Cleopatra, Paphos, AE16 hemiobol
17) Cleopatra VII, AE10, Svoronos 1160
LT110931. Bronze Lot, Ptolemaic Egypt, 17 bronzes, 9.7mm - 37.6mm, mostly Fair to Fine, 305 - 30 B.C.; no tags or flips, the actual coins in the photograph, as-is, no returns, 17 coins; some scarce; $450.00 (423.00)


Lot of 18 Ancient Greek Bronze Coins - Carthage and Carthage-Related

|Multiple| |Coin| |Lots|, |Lot| |of| |18| |Ancient| |Greek| |Bronze| |Coins| |-| |Carthage| |and| |Carthage-Related| |
||Lot|NEW
The following list was provided by the consignor and has not been verified by FORVM:
1) Carthage, AE20, Tanit left / horse right, head turned
2) Another, VF, obverse overstruck or double struck
3) AE15, Similar / horse right
4) Similar, AE16, horse right, palm, rough
5) AE16, male head left / horse right, SNG Cop 121, overstruck
6) AE20, Sardinia, horse head right
7) Carthage, Sicilian, AE16, male head left / horse right, SNG Cop 121. VF, clear overstrike over Tanit left / horse, scarce
8) Carthago Nova, Spain, AR plated AE 1/2 shekel (2.29g), time of Hannibal, Melqart left / horse right, CNH 75, rare
9) Carthage, AE15 (3.09g) head of Tanit left / horse galloping right MAA 15, SNG Cop 94, overstruck, ex Moneta Numismatic Services
10) Punic Sicily, AE18, Youthful male head with earring / horse right. SNG Cop Africa 120, overstruck
11) Cossura, Islands off Sicily, AE23, Isis right / Punic legend in wreath, SNG Cop 447, scarce
12) Melita, AE28 (10.85g) Veiled and diademed female head right / mummy of Osiris standing, between winged figures of Isis and Nephtys, SNG Cop 458, scarce
13) Scipio Africanus, AE shekel (9.78g), Carthago Nova, Spain, bare male head left / horse standing right; palm tree in background, SNG BM Spain 127
14) Lastigi, Iberia, AE18 (3.74g), late 2nd century BC, helmeted male head right, laurel border / LAS within laurel wreath, SNG BM 1569-71
15) Numidia, AE25, horse left, cleaned
16) Another, AE28, cleaned
17) Kyrene, Cyrenaica, AE16 (4.35g), head of Zeus-Ammon right / palm tree, silphium plant and crab, SNG Cop 1259; BMC 298, ex Moneta Numismatic Services
18) Carthaginian Spain, helmeted head left / horse right
LT110936. Bronze Lot, 18 Greek bronze coins, Carthage and Carthage-related, 15.8 mm - 29.2mm, c. 300 to 100 B.C.; no tags or flips, the actual coins in the photograph, as-is, no returns, 18 coins; some scarce; $450.00 (423.00)


Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt, Ptolemy IV Philopator, 221 - 204 B.C.

|Ptolemaic| |Egypt|, |Ptolemaic| |Kingdom| |of| |Egypt,| |Ptolemy| |IV| |Philopator,| |221| |-| |204| |B.C.||dichalkon|
Ptolemy IV's surname Philopator means father lover, ironic since according to some authorities he poisoned his father. Ptolemy IV is a major protagonist of the apocryphal 3 Maccabees, which describes events following the Battle of Raphia, in both Jerusalem and Alexandria. He was a cruel and evil monarch.
GP110808. Bronze dichalkon, Lorber CPE B550, Svoronos -, BMC Ptolemies -; Weiser -; SNG Cop -, Noeske -, SNG Milan -, Malter -, aVF, dark green patina, scratches, beveled obv. edge, central cavities, weight 3.114 g, maximum diameter 15.6 mm, die axis 0o, Phoenicia, Tyre (Lebanon) mint, 221 - 204 B.C.; obverse diademed head of Zeus-Ammon right; reverse ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, eagle standing left on thunderbolt, wings closed, club left, ΣΕ monogram between legs; only one sale (misattributed) of this type listed on Coin Archives in the last two decades; extremely rare; $180.00 (169.20)


North Africa & Sicily, Lot of 9 Bronze Coins, c. 400 - 100 B.C.

|Multiple| |Coin| |Lots|, |North| |Africa| |&| |Sicily,| |Lot| |of| |9| |Bronze| |Coins,| |c.| |400| |-| |100| |B.C.||Lot|
 
LT110972. Bronze Lot, 9 bronze coins of North Africa & Sicily, aF - VF, c. 14.2 - 22.6mm, unattributed (but probably Ptolemaic Kyrene, Sardina, Siculo-Punic, and several Syracuse), no tags or flips, the lot is the actual coins in the photograph; as is, no returns, 9 coins; $170.00 (159.80)


Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt, Ptolemy III Euergetes, 246 - 222 B.C.

|Ptolemaic| |Egypt|, |Ptolemaic| |Kingdom| |of| |Egypt,| |Ptolemy| |III| |Euergetes,| |246| |-| |222| |B.C.||hemiobol|
Ptolemy III Euergetes was the third ruler of the Ptolemaic dynasty in Egypt. He promoted the translation of Jewish scriptures into Greek as the Septuagint. Due to a falling out at the Seleucid court, his eldest sister Berenice Phernophorus was murdered along with her infant son. In response, he invaded Syria, occupied Antioch, and even reached Babylon. This war, the Third Syrian War, is cryptically alluded to in Daniel XI 7-9. The Ptolemaic kingdom reached the height of its power during his reign.
GP111048. Bronze hemiobol, Lorber CPE B449; Svoronos 1007; Weiser 109; SNG Cop 646; SNG Milan 201; BMC Ptolemies p. 52, 60; SGCV II 7824, Choice gVF, green patina, well centered, central dimples, obv. edge beveled, weight 6.547 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 0o, Cyprus, Paphos mint, 246 - 222 B.C.; obverse horned head of Zeus-Ammon right, wearing diadem and basileion; reverse ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, cult-statue of Aphrodite standing facing on base, wearing chiton and polos, holding lotus blossom to breast with right hand, poppies or myrtle branches in left hand; $160.00 (150.40)


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|
In 98 A.D., Trajan reopened a canal between the Nile and the Red Sea.
RX113592. Bronze dichalkon, Kampmann-Ganschow 27.575; Savio 7346; BMC Alexandria p. 60, 500; SNG BnF 1206; Emmett 719; cf. Geissen 655 (hippopotamus); SNG Cop -, gF, green patina, earthen deposits, obv. edge beveled, edge ragged with one sided sprue mold overflow, sprue cut, weight 2.016 g, maximum diameter 16.1 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 113 - 28 Aug 114 A.D.; obverse laureate head right, anepigraphic; reverse rhinoceros walking right, L IZ (year 17) above; rare; $100.00 (94.00)


Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt, Ptolemy III Euergetes, 246 - 222 B.C.

|Ptolemaic| |Egypt|, |Ptolemaic| |Kingdom| |of| |Egypt,| |Ptolemy| |III| |Euergetes,| |246| |-| |222| |B.C.||hemiobol|
Ptolemy III Euergetes was the third ruler of the Ptolemaic dynasty in Egypt. He promoted the translation of Jewish scriptures into Greek as the Septuagint. Due to a falling out at the Seleucid court, his eldest sister Berenice Phernophorus was murdered along with her infant son. In response, he invaded Syria, occupied Antioch, and even reached Babylon. This war, the Third Syrian War, is cryptically alluded to in Daniel XI 7-9. The Ptolemaic kingdom reached the height of its power during his reign.
GP111185. Bronze hemiobol, Lorber CPE B469, Svoronos 709, SNG Cop 496, BMC Ptolemies p. 53, 70, Weiser 57, Hosking 27; SNG Milan 138; Noeske 96, aVF, centered on a broad flan, edge cracks, obverse edge beveled, central dimples, weight 5.730 g, maximum diameter 19.6 mm, die axis 0o, Phoenicia, Tyre (Lebanon) mint, c. 230 - 222 B.C.; obverse diademed and horned head of Zeus-Ammon right; reverse ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ (King Ptolemy), eagle standing left on fulmen (thunderbolt), wings closed, club left, no control letters; from the Michael Arslan Collection; $90.00 (84.60)


Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt, Ptolemy III Euergetes, 246 - 222 B.C.

|Ptolemaic| |Egypt|, |Ptolemaic| |Kingdom| |of| |Egypt,| |Ptolemy| |III| |Euergetes,| |246| |-| |222| |B.C.||hemiobol|
Ptolemy III Euergetes was the third ruler of the Ptolemaic dynasty in Egypt. He promoted the translation of Jewish scriptures into Greek as the Septuagint. Due to a falling out at the Seleucid court, his eldest sister Berenice Phernophorus was murdered along with her infant son. In response, he invaded Syria, occupied Antioch, and even reached Babylon. This war, the Third Syrian War, is cryptically alluded to in Daniel XI 7-9. The Ptolemaic kingdom reached the height of its power during his reign.
GP111186. Bronze hemiobol, Lorber CPE B469, Svoronos 709, SNG Cop 496, BMC Ptolemies p. 53, 70, Weiser 57, Hosking 27; SNG Milan 138; Noeske 96, VF, broad flan, earthen encrustation, scratches, obverse edge beveled, central dimples, weight 6.182 g, maximum diameter 20.5 mm, die axis 0o, Phoenicia, Tyre (Lebanon) mint, c. 230 - 222 B.C.; obverse diademed and horned head of Zeus-Ammon right; reverse ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ (King Ptolemy), eagle standing left on fulmen (thunderbolt), wings closed, club left, no control letters; from the Michael Arslan Collection; $90.00 (84.60)


Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt, Ptolemy III Euergetes, 246 - 222 B.C.

|Ptolemaic| |Egypt|, |Ptolemaic| |Kingdom| |of| |Egypt,| |Ptolemy| |III| |Euergetes,| |246| |-| |222| |B.C.||dichalkon|
Ptolemy III Euergetes was the third ruler of the Ptolemaic dynasty in Egypt. He promoted the translation of Jewish scriptures into Greek as the Septuagint. Due to a falling out at the Seleucid court, his eldest sister Berenice Phernophorus was murdered along with her infant son. In response, he invaded Syria, occupied Antioch, and even reached Babylon. This war, the Third Syrian War, is cryptically alluded to in Daniel XI 7-9. The Ptolemaic kingdom reached the height of its power during his reign.
GP111196. Bronze dichalkon, Lorber CPE 471; Svoronos 711; Weiser 58; Hosking 28; BMC Ptolemies p. 53, 72; SNG Milan 181; SNG Cop -; Noeske -, VF, earthen encrustation, rev. off center, obv. edge beveled, central dimples, weight 3.036 g, maximum diameter 15.9 mm, die axis 0o, Phoenicia, Tyre (Lebanon) mint, c. 230 - 222 B.C.; obverse diademed head of Zeus-Ammon right; reverse ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ (King Ptolemy), eagle standing left on thunderbolt, club left, no control letter; from the Michael Arslan Collection; $90.00 (84.60)




  






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