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The Sphinx on Ancient Coins

Castulo, Hispania Ulterior, c. 165 - 80 B.C.

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After a local princess named Himilce married Hannibal, Castulo allied with Carthage. In 213 B.C., Castulo was the site of Hasdrubal Barca's crushing victory over the Roman army with a force of roughly 40,000 Carthaginian troops plus local Iberian mercenaries. Soon after the Romans made a pact with the residents and the city became a foederati (ally) of Rome.
CE90779. Bronze AE 26, Villaronga p. 335, 32; SNG BM Spain 1314 ff.; SNG Cop 210; Burgos 545, F, green patina with earthen highlighting, irregular flan, weight 10.200 g, maximum diameter 26.4 mm, die axis 90o, Castulo mint, c. 165 - 80 B.C.; obverse diademed head right, crescent before; reverse helmeted sphinx walking right, star before, KASTILO in Iberic script below exergual line; ex Jencek Historical Enterprise; $55.00 (Ä46.75)

Perge, Pamphylia, c. 220 - 189 B.C.

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Perga was the capital of Pamphylia. Today it is a large site of ancient ruins, 15 kilometers (9.3 mi) east of Antalya on the southwestern Mediterranean coast of Turkey. During the Hellenistic period, Perga was one of the richest and most beautiful cities in the ancient world, famous for its temple of Artemis. It also is notable as the home of the renowned mathematician Apollonius of Perga.
GB86568. Bronze AE 14, SNG BnF 362; SNG Cop 311; SNGvA 4650; SNG PfPs 250; Lindgren 1098; Waddington 3320; Weber 7340; BMC Lycia p. 122, 15, gVF, well struck, corrosion, a little rough, weight 2.145 g, maximum diameter 14.1 mm, die axis 0o, Perge mint, c. 220 - 189 B.C.; obverse sphinx seated right, kalathos on head, curved wing; reverse NANAΨAΣ - ΠPEIIAΣ (first N retrograde), Artemis standing half left, wearing short chiton and hunting boots, wreath in right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand; from the David Cannon Collection, ex Beast Coins; SOLD

Chios, Islands off Ionia, c. 190 - 84 B.C.

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This magistrate is unpublished for this issue (Mavrogordato 62b) but the same magistrate or, more likely, another magistrate with the same name is know from the previous issue (Mavrogordato 62a, BMC Ionia p. 335, 71, HGC 6 1151)
GB85863. Bronze AE 17, Mavrogordato 62b var. (magistrate not listed); HGC 6 1152 var. (same); cf. BMC Ionia p. 336, 74 (diff. magistrate, same c/m); SNG Cop -; SNGvA -, aVF, area of obverse flattening opposite the countermark, light corrosion, countermark: VF, weight 2.802 g, maximum diameter 17.2 mm, die axis 0o, Chios mint, c. 2nd Century B.C.; obverse sphinx seated right; reverse amphora, KYΛΛA (magistrate) above, XIOΣ below dividing by a galley ram below (control symbol); countermark: tripod in an oval punch; unpublished; SOLD


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