Rhodes, Carian Islands, c. Mid 4th Century B.C.
This may be a fraction of the Pseudo-Rhodian "solar disk drachm" that suggests may be from Lampsakos under Memnon of Rhodes. Bronzes of a similar are now known.GS84169. Silver tetartemorion, Other than the two previous auction listings for this coin, apparently unpublished, VF, edge chip, 0.128 g, maximum 6.1 mm, 0o, Rhodes (or Lampsakos?) mint, c. mid 4th century B.C.; facing of , delicate linear ring around; rose bloom; ex CNG e-auction 377 (29 Jun 2016), lot 130; ex Numismatik Naumann Auction 39 (3 Jan 2016), lot 386; unique(?); $320.00 (€284.80)
Roman Republic, C. Servilius C.f., 57 B.C.
Interesting issue combining a (goddess of the spring and flowers, associated with the Floralia festival) with a military . It is worth noting that the soldiers are in a rather relaxed pose and they do not seem to be ready to fight. However, the has a variant on which they are crossing their swords.RR79927. Silver , 380, 423/1, 890, 15, gVF, attractive , attractive dark tone, 1/4 off-center, 3.517 g, maximum 19.1 mm, 90o, Rome mint, 57 B.C. ( 52 B.C.); (AL and MV in ) downward on right, of right, wreathed with flowers, behind; two soldiers, facing each other, each holds a and a short sword upward, hilts touching, on right decorated with a , C•F upward lower right, C•SEREIL• in ; ex Dr. Busso Nachfolger e-auction 1, lot 116; ; $200.00 (€178.00)
, 13 March 222 - March 235 A.D.
was the Roman personification of Hope. In art is normally depicted carrying flowers or a , but on coins she is almost invariably depicted holding a flower in her extended right hand, while the left is raising a fold of her dress. She was also named "ultima dea" - for Hope is the last resort of men.RS75200. Silver , 254d, 546, 897, 75, 7927, VF, perfect centering, nice portrait, , some die wear, 3.165 g, maximum 20.3 mm, 0o, Rome mint, 231 - 235 A.D.; IMP ALEXANDER AVG, laureate, draped, and right, from front; (the hope of the public), advancing left, flower in right, with left raising skirt; $120.00 (€106.80)
Rhodos, Carian Islands, c. 88 - 84 B.C.
Rhodes was an important slave-trading center, best known for The of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The giant statue of was finished in 280 B.C., but destroyed by an earthquake later in that century. It inspired later sculptures including the Statue of Liberty.
GS76079. Silver , 39; I 647; p. 257, 299, VF, nice , , light , , 1.232 g, maximum 12.8 mm, 0o, Rhodos mint, c. 88 - 84 B.C.; of facing slightly right; ∆EΞAΓOPAΣ, rose with bud to right, P-O across fields, grapes lower left, all in shallow ; $120.00 (€106.80)
(?), c. 450 - 350 B.C.
This is apparently unpublished and we were unable to find another example. This rosette is known, paired with a variety of punch reverses for this . Those coins may be earlier issues from the same uncertain mint in .GS75854. Silver tetartemorion, Apparently unpublished, VF, rough, 0.116 g, maximum 4.8 mm, uncertain (?) mint, c. 450 - 350 B.C.; rosette; of bull left; ex Failla Numismatics (2013); $80.00 (€71.20)
Ptolemaic Kingdom, Ptolemy II (Physcon), Second Reign, 145 - 116 B.C.
Of all the Ptolemies, only Ptolemy had a Year 41.SH50529. Bronze , 1632, 663, -, -, -, VF, 8.539 g, maximum 24.7 mm, 0o, Paphos mint, 130 - 129 BC; diademed of Zeus-Ammon right; ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, standing left, left, wings closed, LMA (year 41) over lotus before; very ; $70.00 (€62.30)
, , c. 450 - 400 B.C.
, a small Greek settlement in Bisaltia, was destroyed either by Thracians or during the great invasion and abandoned in the 3rd century B.C.GB75671. Bronze AE 16, 453, 1259, -, -, -, F, , green , 3.735 g, maximum 16.0 mm, (Traelium) mint, c. 450 - 400 B.C.; of right wearing ; TPAIΛION, rose, grain ear (control symbol) lower left; ; $60.00 (€53.40)
, First Half 283 - Spring 285 A.D., Roman Provincial
was the Greek personification of Hope. According the Hesiod's famous story, was the last to escape the Pandora's box. It can be debated whether she was really about "hope" as we understand it, or rather mere "expectation." In art, is normally depicted carrying flowers or a , but on coins she is almost invariably depicted holding a flower in her extended right hand, and raising a fold of her dress with her left hand. Elpis' Roman equivalent was . She was also named "ultima dea" - the last resort of men.
RX77915. , 4721, 1919, 3180, 954, 4779, VF, , little off-center and struck with a broken die, corrosion, 7.725 g, maximum 21.5 mm, 15o, mint, 29 Aug 283 - 28 Aug 284 A.D.; A K M A KAPINOC CEB, laureate and right, from the front; standing left, flower in right hand, raising drapery with left hand, upper right, L - B (year 2) flanking across ; from the Butte College Foundation, ex , ex Numismatics; ; $40.00 (€35.60)
Kyrene, Kyrenaica, , Ptolemy II (Physcon), Second Reign, 145 - 116 B.C.
Ptolemy and his older brother Ptolemy VI ruled jointly from 170 to 164 B.C. The brothers disagreed and Ptolemy was forced to withdraw to Kyrenaica, which he ruled. When died in 145 B.C., II had her son proclaimed Ptolemy VII, but Physcon returned, proposed joint rule and marriage to II, his brother's widow and also his sister. He then had the unlucky youth assassinated during the wedding feast. Later he married his niece and stepdaughter III, after which relations with II were strained. Ptolemy was unpopular with the Alexandrians, who nicknamed him Physkon (pot belly).GP52527. Bronze 1/4 , 470, 256 - 257 ( described as Sv. 1658), 1658 var. ( ), 451 (same), 168 var. (same), F, 3.809 g, maximum 16.7 mm, 0o, Kyrene mint, 145 - 116 B.C.; diademed of Ptolemy right with , central impression; BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΠTOΛEMAIOY, of right, hair in formal curls down neck, below, below chin, central impression; $32.00 (€28.48)
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