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Doves on Ancient Coins

Sikyon, Peloponnesos, Greece, c. 100 - 60 B.C.

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The affectionate dove, the bird of love, was sacred to the goddess of love, Venus (Aphrodite). Doves were said to draw her heavenly chariot, and the Syrian Aphrodite Ashtarte was said to have been hatched from an egg and nursed by doves. The phrase attributed to Jesus, "Be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves" (Matthew 10.16), was no random metaphor but a traditional Syrian invocation.
GS87458. Silver triobol, BCD Peloponnesos 344.1; BMC Peloponnesus p. 52, 197; HGC 5 217 (S), aVF, toned, off center, reverse double struck, die wear, porous, weight 2.158 g, maximum diameter 15.5 mm, die axis 135o, Sikyon mint, magistrate Olympiadas, c. 100 - 60 B.C.; obverse dove flying right, no control symbol; reverse large Σ, OΛYM/ΠI-A/∆AΣ in three horizontal lines, all within incuse square; $125.00 (Ä106.25)


Kassope, Epiros, c. 342 - 325 B.C.

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Kassope was an ancient Greek city in Epirus which occupied a magnificent and remote site on a high platform overlooking the sea, the Ambracian Gulf and the fertile lands to the south, and with the slopes of the Zalongo mountain to the north. The ruins are one of the best remaining examples of a city built on a rectilinear street grid of a Hippodamian plan in Greece. The city was founded in the middle of the 4th century B.C. as the capital of the Kassopaeans, a sub-tribe of the Thesprotians. It belonged to the Aetolian League and is mentioned in the war between Cassander and Alcetas II of Epirus in 312 B.C. The city flourished in the 3rd century B.C., when large public buildings were built. It was destroyed by Roman forces in 168 - 167 B.C. and abandoned in 31 B.C. when the remaining inhabitants resettled to Nikopolis the regionís new capital. Visible remains include the Cyclopean walls, an agora, a theater, and the prytaneion.Kassope

GB88313. Bronze AE 19, Franke, series 11, 21; Hunterian II p. 10, 1; Weber II 3003; SNG Cop 44 var. (ΓOΛY on rev.); BMC Thessaly p. 98, 5 var. (same), gF, rough pitting and corrosion, legend obscured, weight 6.379 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, die axis 180o, Kassope mint, c. 342 - 325 B.C.; obverse KAΣΣΩΠAIΩN clockwise above, head of Aphrodite right, wearing earring and crown ornamented with honeysuckle, hair rolled and in formal spiral curls down neck; reverse dove flying left within laurel wreath; very rare; $120.00 (Ä102.00)


Roman Empire, Anonymous, Domitian to Antoninus Pius, c. 81 - 161 A.D.

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Quadrantes, like quinarii, were issued only occasionally, perhaps exclusively for imperial distributions. Suetonius reported that, from the roof of the Basilica Julia "Caligula threw coins among the people." Perhaps this small coin was thrown to the crowd by the emperor himself at a similar event.
RB87147. Bronze quadrans, RIC II p. 218, 25; King Quadrantes p. 71, 7, VF, thin flan, some striking weakness, very light corrosion/deposits, weight 0.954 g, maximum diameter 15.8 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, c. 81 - 161 A.D.; obverse diademed and draped bust of Venus right, no legend; reverse dove standing left, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking low across field; ex Roma Numismatics e-sale 40 (28 Oct 2017), 558; $80.00 (Ä68.00)







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