Athens, , , c. 140 - 175 A.D.
Minos demanded that, every ninth year, Athens send seven boys and seven girls to to be devoured by the , a half-man, half-bull monster that lived in the Labyrinth. , son of Aigeus, the of Athens, volunteered to take the place of one of the youths and slay the monster to stop this horror. Upon his arrival to , , Minos' daughter, fell in love with him and gave him a ball of to him find his way out of the Labyrinth. promised that if he escaped he would take her with him. Using the string to mark his path, he made his way to the heart of the Labyrinth, slew the , followed the string out, and then rescued the Athenian boys and girls. told to leave and Phaedra behind on the beach. Distressed by his broken heart, forgot to put up the white sails that were to signal his success. Upon seeing black sails, his father committed suicide, throwing himself off a cliff into the sea, causing this body of water to be named the Aegean.GB77873. Bronze , p. 105, 764; 341; , pl. 96, 1; 276, aF, corrosion, 7.132 g, maximum 23.7 mm, 180o, Athens mint, pseudo-autonomous under Rome, c. 140 - 175 A.D.; helmeted of right, wearing crested Corinthian helmet; AΘHNAIΩN, right, preparing to slay the , nude, planting knee on the back of , raising club in his right hand, a horn of the in his left hand, the falling right on left knee; from the Butte College Foundation, ex (Antioch Associates); very ; $450.00 (€400.50)
Kamarina, , 413 - 405 B.C.
Kamarina was suffering a plague. A of the city was the suspected source. The town oracle advised them not to drain the , but in 405 B.C., the leaders ignored the advice. Once the was dry, there was nothing to stop the Carthaginian army. They marched across the newly drained , razed the city, and killed every last inhabitant.GI76938. Bronze tetras, 200; III pp. 63 - 65, 33; p. 40; 40; 415; 1228; 169; 548, gVF, nice green , , 3.242 g, maximum 14.5 mm, 90o, Kamarina (near Scoglitti, , Italy) mint, 413 - 405 B.C.; of left, wearing crested Attic helmet decorated with wing, dot ; KAMA (downward on right), owl standing left on left leg, facing, lizard in right talon, three pellets (mark of value) in ; $400.00 (€356.00)
, , Dionysos I, 405 - 367 B.C.
Dionysius I was tyrant of . He conquered several cities in and southern Italy, opposed Carthage's influence in and made the most powerful of the Western Greek colonies. He was regarded by the ancients as an example of the worst kind of despot - cruel, suspicious and vindictive.GI76358. Bronze hemilitron, II p. 76, 34 (c. 409 B.C.); 1456 (c. 375 - 344 B.C.); p. 187, 292; 426 ff. (end 5th c. B.C.); -, gVF, attractive , , some light corrosion, 5.429 g, maximum 18.0 mm, 90o, mint, c. 405 - 390 B.C.; ΣYPA, of left, wearing Corinthian helmet, no ornament on helmet, no control ; left, no bridle; $350.00 (€311.50)
, , Pyrrhus of , 278 - 276 B.C.
This combination of control is not listed in the references examined. The control symbol is normally paired with a (thunderbolt) on the . The vertical trident control symbol is normally paired with a club on the .SH73164. Bronze AE 26, II p. 325, 177 Ds 69 var. (club vice cornucompia); 810 var.; 844 ff. var.; 1333 ff. var.; 1450 (S), VF, nice , nice , broad , edge split, 11.274 g, maximum 26.0 mm, 90o, mint, 278 - 276 B.C.; ΣYPAKOΣIΩN, of Herakles left, clad in lion-skin headdress, (control symbol) behind; Promachos advancing right, helmeted and draped, hurling javelin with raised right hand, in left hand, no , vertical trident upward (control symbol) behind; variety; $320.00 (€284.80)
Athens, , , III or IV , 353 - 340 B.C.
The name refers to the floral helmet ornament on the which resembles the Greek letter pi (P) bisected by a long central tendril. On this coin, the Pi-like floral ornament is off the .
GS84493. Silver , cf. p. 244, fig. 8; p. 127, 4; 63; 96; pl. V, 4; 2547, VF, , typical but full of owl on , off center but of on , bumps, marks and scratches, 17.157 g, maximum 23.7 mm, 270o, Athens mint, 353 - 340 B.C.; of right with eye seen in true profile, wearing crested helmet ornamented with three olive leaves and floral scroll; owl standing right, facing, to right AΘE in large lettering, to left olive sprig and crescent; from the Dr. Sam Mansourati Collection; $300.00 (€267.00)
Herakleia, , Italy, 3rd Century B.C.
The sea god , the son of Poseidon and , lived with his parents in a golden palace on the bottom of the sea. Also called Tritons were a group of fish-tailed sea gods or daimones, the Satyrs of the sea. Some, called Ikhthyokentauroi (Sea-Centaurs), had the upper bodies of men and the lower bodies of Hippokampoi (fish-tailed horses).
Glaucus began his life as a mortal fisherman from Anthedon, . He discovered a magical herb which could bring fish back to life, and decided to try eating it. The herb made him immortal, but he grew fins and a fish tail, forcing him to dwell forever in the sea. Glaucus was initially upset by this side-effect, but Oceanus and Tethys received him well and he was quickly accepted among the deities of the sea, learning from them the art of prophecy.GB83465. Bronze AE 13, cf. 144 ff.; 116 ff.; p. 234, 66; 1141; 265; 1437, VF, , nice , green , 2.151 g, maximum 13.1 mm, 180o, Heraklea (in Matera Province, Italy) mint, c. 276 - 250 B.C.; of right, wearing a crested Corinthian helmet; marine deity ( or Glaukos?) right, spear in right hand, in left hand, HPAKΛEIΩN below; very ; $270.00 (€240.30)
Pharsalos, , 3rd Century B.C.
Pharsalos, built on a hillside of the Narthacius Mountains, was one of the main cities in . In the Persian Wars, Pharsalos sided with the Athenians. In the early 4th century B.C., the city was a of the Thessalian League. Later, it joined the under . The became a theater of war where the Aetolians and the Thessalians clashed with the Macedonians, especially during the Second and the Third Macedonian Wars. After the defeat of the , Pharsalos and the whole became a of the Roman Republic. Pharsalos is famous for being the scene of the final battle between and Pompey.GB73546. Bronze , 326 (V170/R234), cf. 1299, 674.6, 649 (S), 505 (none with full ), gF, green , strike a little weak in centers, 7.518 g, maximum 21.1 mm, 0o, Pharsalos (Farsala, ) mint, 3rd Century B.C.; of Parthenos turned slightly to the left, wearing triple-crested Corinthian helmet, over her left shoulder, spear over her right shoulder; dot within Π left, dot ; armored Thessalian horseman riding right, wielding flail overhead in right hand, reins in left hand; on far side at rear of horse, attendant walking right with spare flail in right hand over right shoulder, ΦAP-[ΣA?] above left, AΛN (sic) below; ; $240.00 (€213.60)
Termessos Major, , c. 238 - 268 A.D.
Alexander the Great likened Termessos, high in the Mountains, to an eagle's nest after he surrounded it but failed to conquer it in 333 B.C. An ally of Rome, Termessos was granted independent status by the Roman Senate in 71 B.C. Independence was maintained continuously for a long time, the only exception being an with Amyntas of (reigned 36-25 BC). This independence is documented also by the coins of Termessos, which bear the title "Autonomous." Termessos was abandoned after its aqueduct was destroyed by an earthquake (date unknown).GB83542. Bronze AE 38, 5364; p. 273, 41; -; -; -; -, aVF, green , rough, pitting, corrosion, , edge chip, , 28.152 g, maximum 37.8 mm, 0o, Termessos Major mint, pseudo-autonomous, c. 238 - 268 A.D.; TEPMHCCEΩN AVTONOMΩN, laureate and bearded of Zeus right; TΩN MEIZONΩN, standing slightly left, left, wearing helmet, long , and , holding offering in right hand, spear in left hand, at feet on far side of right leg, of captured arms behind, Θ left; about twice the of the similar smaller and less coin with the same types ( 2189, AE33, 14.06g); very ; $240.00 (€213.60)
, , c. 300 - 200 B.C.
(Latin: ) was an important city of Magna , on a plain of extraordinary fertility on the Gulf of Tarentum, between the river Bradanus and the Casuentus. It was about 20 km from and 40 km from Tarentum.GB71325. Bronze AE 16, 68a; p. 263, 193; 1704; 1254; 542; 562 var. ( l.); 296 var. (same), VF, green , some corrosion, 3.069 g, maximum 15.5 mm, 180o, mint, c. 300 - 200 B.C.; Alkidemos advancing right, brandishing spear in right, in left; , owl standing right on stalk of barley right, facing, wings closed; $225.00 (€200.25)
, 29 July 238 - 25 February 244 A.D., Ilion (Troy),
Ilion (Troy) became an ally of Rome in the 1st century BC. In 48 B.C., bestowed benefactions on the city, recalling the city's loyalty during the Mithridatic Wars, the city's connection with his cousin L. , and the family's claim that they were ultimately descended from through the Trojan prince and therefore shared a kinship with the Ilians. In 20 B.C., visited Ilion and financed the restoration and rebuilding of the sanctuary of Ilias, the bouleuterion, and the theater.RP79605. Bronze AE 19, 38; p. 71, 99; 439; 5414; p. 75, T280; 277 var. (no ), VF, broad , green , adjustment marks, 4.266 g, maximum 19.1 mm, 0o, Ilion (Troy) mint, 29 Jul 238 - 25 Feb 244 A.D.; AVT K M AN ΓOP∆IANO, laureate, draped, and right, from behind; mummiform statue of Ilias standing slightly right, right, transverse spear in right hand, in extended left hand, small round at feet, IΛIE−ΩN divided across near center; ex Ancient Imports; very ; $225.00 (€200.25)
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