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Coins of the goddess Hekate

"... Hekate whom Zeus the son of Cronos honoured above all. He gave her splendid gifts, to have a share of the earth and the unfruitful sea.
~ Hesiod

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My wife's collection of Greco-Roman treasures

"Everything passes, art alone is eternal."
~ Hippokrates

8 files, last one added on Jun 19, 2018
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Asia Minor


Greek coins of Asia Minor

"Much learning does not teach understanding."
~ Heraclitus of Ephesus

19 files, last one added on Oct 18, 2022
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Greek Mainland


Greek coins of Southern and Central Greece, the Peloponnesos, and related Islands

"The glorious gifts of the gods are not to be cast aside."
~ Homer

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Imperial Rome - The Fall


Coins of the later Roman Empire

"When collapse is imminent, the little rodents flee."
~ Pliny the Elder

22 files, last one added on Jan 12, 2016
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Imperial Rome - The Rise


Coins of the early Roman Empire

"I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble."
~ Augustus

10 files, last one added on Oct 22, 2016
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Magna Graecia - Italy


Greek coins of Southern Italy

"... cast earth upon my body
And seek haven in Velia once more..."

~ Vergil

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Magna Graecia - Sicily


Greek coins of Sicily

"Whatever may happen to the Sicilians, they comment on it with a joke."
~ Cicero

7 files, last one added on Feb 06, 2016
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Magna Graecia - Syracuse


Greek coins of Sicily

"Give me a place to stand and a lever long enough and I will move the world."
~ Archimedes

22 files, last one added on Jun 04, 2019
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Magna Graecia - Taras (Diobols)


Greek coins of Southern Italy

"Tarentum... is famous for its size, its walls and its harbor, and is admired for its situation."
~ Livy

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Magna Graecia - Taras (Fractional Coinage)


Greek coins of Southern Italy

"...I would that I might end my days at Tarentum."
~ Horace

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Magna Graecia - Taras (Major Coins)


Greek coins of Southern Italy

"Tarentum is a colony of the Lacedaemonians, and its founder was Phalanthus."
~ Pausanias

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Punic and Siculo-Punic


Greek coins of North Africa and Carthaginian Sicily

"We will either find a way, or make one."
~ Hannibal Barca

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Roman Provincial


Roman coins from the Provinces

"I came, I saw, I conquered."
~ Julius Caesar

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Roman Republic


Coins of the Roman Republic

"What a lot of work it was to found the Roman race."
~ Vergil

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The Hellenistic Monarchies


The legacy of Alexander's Empire

"Heaven cannot brook two suns, nor Earth two masters."
~ Alexander the Great

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Thrace and the Black Sea Region


Greek coins from Northern Greece and the lands above the Black Sea

"Bacchus hath drowned more men than Neptune."
~ Dr. Thomas Fuller

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Veiled Goddess


Coins of the Goddess in mourning

"She was wearing a veil on her head, and a long dark robe
trailed around the delicate feet of the goddess."

~ Homeric Hymn to Demeter

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Taras, Calabria 290-281 BC
AR Diobol (12mm, 1.13g)
O: Head of Athena right, wearing crested Attic helmet decorated with Skylla.
R: Herakles kneeling right, wrestling the Nemean lion; crab above, club behind.
D'Andrea XL, 956; HN Italy 976; Vlasto ----; Cote ---; SNG France ----; McGill ---
ex Pavlos S. Pavlou

A scarce variety with the crab control mark, unlisted in most major references.
2 commentsEnodiaSep 19, 2023
Taras, Calabria 302--228 BC
AR Hemiobol (7.5mm, 0.24g)
O: Scallop shell with seven teeth, within linear border. 
R: Two crescents back to back, with two pellets above and below. 
Vlasto 1789-91; SNG France 2258-60; Cote 181; HN Italy 926
Very scarce 
From the Anders collection; ex Roma Auctions
3 commentsEnodiaJun 11, 2023
Taras, Calabria 425-415 BC
AR Hemiobol (8mm, 0.23g)
O: Skyphos with handle to right.
R: Olive wreath, Γ within.
D'Andrea XVII, 248; Vlasto 1743; HN Italy 867; HGC 1, 867

These handle to right types are a bit more common than the handle to left coins like the previous entry. There can be other symbols within the wreath, but in-hand one can definitely see the 'gamma' here.
2 commentsEnodiaMay 22, 2023
Taras, Calabria 281-235 BC
AR Hemiobol (8mm, 0.28g)
O: Scallop shell with five teeth.
R: Winged Eros riding dolphin left, holding kantharos; ΦI below. 
Vlasto 1606-07; SNG France 2181
ex Aphrodite Coins

The appearance of Eros on the coinage of Taras is very unusual, and this coin may be the only such example. However His cult was popular in the polis and Eros' image appears on many vase paintings and votives, often riding a dolphin. These images are known as early as the 5th century BC, but become more common towards the Roman era. The origins of this cult can certainly be traced to the mother city of Sparta, where Aphrodite was venerated.
2 commentsEnodiaMay 22, 2023
Taras, Calabria 380-228 BC
AR 3/4 Obol (8mm, 0.31g)
O: Head of horse left.
R: Head of horse left; Φ(?) before.
Vlasto 1704; HN Italy981
ex London Ancient Coins
3 commentsEnodiaMay 08, 2023
Metapontum, Lucania 225-200 BC
AE17 (17.5mm, 6.13g)
O: Head of Leukippos right, wearing crested Corinthian helmet decorated with running wolf.
R: Demeter standing facing, holding long crossed torch in right hand, left hand on hip; META to right.
Johnson Bronze 66; SNG ANS 561; SNG Cop 2249; HGC I, 1099
ex Pavlos Palou
1 commentsEnodiaApr 11, 2023
Heiropolis, Phrygia2nd-3rd century BC
AE Assarion (19mm, 3.92g)
O: Bust of Hekate/Selene right on cresent.
R: Winged Nemesis standing facing with head left, holding bridle and plucking chiton from breast; IEPAΠOΛITΩN.
ex GB Collection

"O Selene, driver of the silver car! If thou art Hekate of many names, if in the night thou doest shake thy mystic torch in brandcarrying hand, come nightwanderer."
~ Apulius
EnodiaMar 14, 2023
Taras, Calabria 272 - 235 BC (Period VIII - The Roman Alliance I)
AR Didrachm (20mm, 6.42g)
Tippoda magistrate.
O: Warrior in close-fitting thorax riding horse galloping right, holding javelin overhead in right hand, reigns in left; |-IΠΠOΔA (magistrate) below.
R: Phalanthos riding dolphin left, holding kantharos in extended left hand and distaff in right; ΔI and amphora behind, [Τ]ΑΡΑΣ below.
Vlasto 904: SNG France 2042; McGill II, 112; HN Italy 1040; Evans VIII, K-1 (cornucopia); SNG ANS 1220-24; HGC I, 894 (cornucopia)
ex Ken Dorney

An unremarkable coin, with the hobby-horse style obverse typical of the artistic degradation of the period (which would revive some in the following period).
This coin is also an early armored warrior type, although his breastplate is difficult to see here. Previous issues typically depicted the horseman wearing little more than a helmet and shield, whereas later designs carried fully armored warriors.

But what really caught my attention is the distaff carried by Phalanthos. Evans (no plate) lists only one example, but this with a cornucopia instead. The HGC specimen is the same, and the plate clearly shows a cornucopia with no reference to any other variety.
However Vlasto lists 4 die combinations, all of which carry the distaff, and again no cross-reference to a cornucopia type. SNG France and McGill are the same. I find this somewhat unusual.
4 commentsEnodiaMar 08, 2023
Taras, Calabria302-228 BC
AR Obol (8mm, 0.42g)
O: Kantharos; 3 pellets around.
R: Kantharos; 2 pellets, owl in field to right.
Vlasto 1660; SNG France 2216; HN Italy 1076
ex London Ancient Coins

Another Dionysian obol, this one featuring a small owl, Athene Noctua, as a tribute to Athena.
3 commentsEnodiaJan 31, 2023
Velia, Lucania305-290 BC
AR Diobol (11mm, 0.93g)
O: Head of nymph right, hair in sakkos with loose ribbon dangling behind; E behind neck, Φ(?) before.
R: Owl facing with wings spread, standing on [Z]; [YEΛHTΩN] in exergue.
Williams 635; SNG ANS 1278; HGC I, 1334; HN Italy 1324
ex Savoca Numismatics

4 commentsEnodiaJan 11, 2023
Herakleia, Lucania330/25 - 281 BC
AR Didrachm (20mm, 7.55g)
O: Head of Athena right, wearing crested Attic helmet decorated with Skylla throwing stone; K to right.
R: Herakles standing facing, holding club in right hand and bow in left, lion's skin draped over left arm, Nike crowning from above; AΛ to left, Σ to right.
Van Keuren 80; SNG ANS 68; Hands Period II, 6; HGC I, 981; HN Italy1383
ex Ancient Art and Treasures

Although not rare, this obverse more typically has the Herakles strangling the Nemean lion reverse, while this Herakles standing reverse is usually paired with a Corinthian helmeted Athena. In fact many attributions incorrectly refer to the Corinthian type, as this coin was.
The 'K' in front of Athena (a bit distorted here) may be the signature of Kleudoros, a master engraver in southern Italy at this period. Although I can find no solid verification of this, a comparison of the artistic style of this Athena with those of the didrachms of Velia seem to show a similarity.
A classic example of Magna Graecian numismatic art, imo.
4 commentsEnodiaNov 19, 2022
Stratonikeia, Caria140-80 BC
AR Hemidrachm (13mm 0.90g)
Pamphilos magistrate
O: Laureate head of Hekate right, hair rolled and wearing a cresent moon headband.
R: Nike advancing right, holding palm frond and wreath; ΠAMΦIΛOC (magistrate) above, all within incuse square.
SNG Helsinki 253
ex Tom Vossen

"Lord Helios and the sacred flame,
weapon of Hekate Enodia,
which She bears when leading in Olympos
and in Her haunts by the sacred three-ways on Earth,
crowning Herself with oak leaves
and twisting coils of wild serpents."

~ Sophokles

3 commentsEnodiaOct 18, 2022

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Taras, Calabria302-228 BC
AR Diobol (12mm, 0.85g)
O: Head of Athena right, wearing plain crested Attic helmet.
R: Herakles standing right, strangling the Nemean lion; club behind, owl with spread wings between legs.
Vlasto 1405
ex Gibud & Naumann

2 commentsEnodia
Taras, Calabria380-334 BC
AR Diobol (12mm, 1.03g)
O: Head of Athena right, wearing crested Attic helmet decorated with Skylla.
R: Herakles kneeling left, strangling the Nemean lion; club behind.
cf Vlasto 1325; Cote ---; McGill ---; SNG ANS 1412v
Very Scarce
ex Spartan Numismatics

A very uncommon left-facing Herakles.
Taras, Calabria325-280 BC
AR Diobol (11.5mm, 1.17g)
O: Head of Athena right, wearing crested Attic helmet decorated with Skylla hurling stone.
R: Herakles kneeling right, strangling the Nemean lion; owl standing left above lion.
Vlasto 1323-24; Cote 463; SNG Cop 976; SNG ANS 1413; SNG Lloyd 245; HN Italy 976
From the E.E. Clain-Stefanelli Collection. ex Naville Numismatics

5 commentsEnodia

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