, 25 January 98 - 8 or 9 August 117 A.D., Ascalon, Philistia
Askalon lies on the of the Mediterranean, ten miles of Gaza and about 40 miles south of Joppa. Herod the Great ruled all of , except Askalon, which remained a free city. Today, a national park at Ashqelon, Israel includes ruins of Canaanite, Greek, Roman, and Crusader walls and buildings. Ascalon's era of autonomy, used to date this coin, began in 104 B.C.
BB75616. Bronze AE 22, 105; 138; 151, p. 124, 145; -; -, F, porous, 9.954 g, maximum 22.1 mm, 0o, Askalon (Ashqelon, Israel) mint, 111 - 112 A.D.; CEBACTOS (or similar), laureate right; ACKAΛO, Tyche-Astarte standing left on galley, vertical before in right hand, cradled in left arm, in left , dove over EIC (year 215) lower right; ; $80.00 (Ä71.20)
Katane, , c. 212 - 50 B.C.
In 212 B.C., after a two-year siege, despite defenses designed by the Greek mathematician and scientist Archimedes, the Roman general Marcellus forced his way into . Although Marcellus wished to spare the Syracusans, he was unable to stop his soldiers from sacking the city. Archimedes was killed. Marcellus carried off the art treasures of to , the first recorded instance of a practice which was to become common.
GB66786. Bronze two chalkoi, III p. 110, 25; 1278; 563; 612 (R1); p. 51, 65 ; -, VF, 3.126 g, maximum 14.9 mm, 315o, Katane (Catania, , Italy) mint, c. 212 - 50 B.C.; laureate of right; KATA/NAIΩN, Aphrodite Hyblaia (or ?) standing right, wearing on , holding dove in extended right, II (2 chalkoi) right; $75.00 (Ä66.75)
Sikyon, Peloponnesos, , c. 100 - 60 B.C.
The affectionate dove, the bird of love, was sacred to the goddess (Aphrodite). Doves were said to draw her heavenly chariot, and the Syrian Aphrodite Ashtarte was said to have been hatched from an egg nursed by doves. The phrase attributed to Jesus, "Be ye therefore as serpents, and harmless as doves" (Matthew 10.16), was no random metaphor but a traditional Syrian invocation.SH57824. Silver
, 341; 101 var. (no T on ), VF, 2.284 g, maximum 16.8 mm, 180o, Sikyon mint, magistrate Polykra, c. 100 - 60 B.C.; dove flying left, T above and behind wing; large Σ, ΠO/Λ−Y/KPA around, all within square; ex ACCG auction IV, lot 12; ex CNG auction 81, lot 2157; ex (not in LHS sale) with his tag dated Oct 1985; SOLD
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