Pair of Widow's Mites of Mark 12-41
Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, this widow put more into the treasury than all the others. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on."JD64155. Bronze lepton,
Roman Republic, Lead Glandes Sling-Bullet, 2nd - 1st Century B.C.
According to the report of Vegatius, Republican slingers had an accurate range of up to six hundred feet. The best ammunition was cast from lead. For a given mass, lead, being very dense, offered the minimum size and therefore minimum air resistance. Also, lead sling-bullets were small and difficult to see in flight. In some cases, the lead would be cast in a simple open mold made by pushing a finger, thumb, or sharpened stick into sand and pouring molten metal into the hole. The flat top end could later be carved to a matching shape. More frequently, they were cast in two-part molds. Sling-bullets were made in a variety of shapes including an ellipsoidal form closely resembling an acorn; possibly the origin of the Latin word for lead sling-bullet: glandes plumbeae (literally leaden acorns) or simply glandes (meaning acorns, singular glans). The most common shape by far was , resembling the shape of an almond or an American football. Why the almond shape was favored is unknown. Possibly there was some aerodynamic advantage, but it seems equally likely that there was a more prosaic reason, such as the shape being easy to extract from a mold, or that it will rest in a cradle with little danger of rolling out. Almond-shaped lead sling-bullets were typically about 35 millimeters (1.4 in) long and about 20 millimeters (0.8 in) wide. Sometimes or writings were molded on the side. A thunderbolt, a snake, a scorpion, or others indicating how it might strike without warning were popular. might include the name of the military unit or commander, or was sometimes more imaginative, such as, "Take this," "Ouch," "Catch," or even "For Pompey's backside."AW66458. Lead glandes sling-bullet; cf. Petrie XLIV 15-23; roughly , c. 40 - 90 grams, c. 3 - 5 cm long, one sling-bullet randomly selected from the same group as those in the photo, ONE BULLET, BARGAIN PRICED!; $24.00 (€21.36)
Ptolemaic Kyrenaica, Ptolemy III - Ptolemy II (Physcon), 246 - 116 B.C.
Alexander the Great received tribute from the cities of Kyrenaica after he took . Kyrenaica was annexed by Ptolemy I . It briefly gained independence under Magas of Cyrene, stepson of Ptolemy I, but was reabsorbed into the Ptolemaic empire after his death. It was separated from the main kingdom by Ptolemy and given to his son Ptolemy Apion, who, dying without heirs in 96 B.C., bequeathed it to the Roman Republic.
GP65950. Bronze AE 12, 874 (Ptolemy II, 1 specimen), cf. 445 (Ptolemy III), 105 (Ptolemy V), 130 (Ptolemy III), 484 (uncertain date), VF, 0.881 g, maximum 12.0 mm, 0o, Kyrene mint, 246 - 116 B.C.; diademed of Ptolemy I right, wearing ; of right, wearing , below chin; $70.00 (€62.30)
, Manuel I Comnenus, 8 April 1143 - 24 September 1180 A.D.
St. George is the Saint of England. Traditionally, the sword with which St. George slew the dragon was called Ascalon, a name recalling the city of Ashkelon, Israel. During World War II, Winston Churchill named his personal aircraft Ascalon, after St. George's sword. BZ45637. Bronze half , , 1, 23; pl. 18, 3; 61/X/AE/05; 78; 2158; 1980; 61.25, VF, nice green , , 1.565 g, maximum 17.0 mm, 180o, uncertain Greek mint, 1152 - c. 1160 A.D.; Θ / Γ/ε−ωP/ΓI/OC (or similar), of St. George facing, beardless, wearing , tunic, , and , spear in right, in left; MANYH ∆εCΠOT, Manuel, facing, wearing crown and , in right, in left; $45.00 (€40.05)
, 20 November 284 - 1 May 305 A.D.
In 291, signed peace treaties with the kingdoms of Aksum and Nubia.
RA51543. , pl. XXIII, 323a (same die, 39 spec.); , 2, 28; 153; 33 var. ( ), VF, 2.785 g, maximum 22.5 mm, 180o, ( , France) mint, 290 - 291 A.D.; IMP DIOCLETIANVS AVG, and mantled left, holding eagle-tipped ; IOVI , standing left, in right, leaning on long in left hand, at feet left, in ; ex J. ; $45.00 (€40.05)
Thracian Tribes, c. 146 - 30 B.C., Imitative of Maroneia,
This is the only example of this with a blundered known to . We believe it much more likely a Thracian tribal imitative than a Maroneia mint error.BB54594. Bronze AE 18, cf. Maroneia 1566, p. 130, 80; 645; 805 (blundered ), VF, crude, 6.585 g, maximum 17.7 mm, 0o, Thracian tribal mint, c. 146 - 30 B.C.; wreathed of young Dionysos right; Dionysos standing left, grapes in right, in left, blundered downward on right (normally MAPΩNITΩN, appears as NEOΣ?); $45.00 (€40.05)
, 9 September 337 - 19 January 350 A.D.
RIC lists this as , however, we believe it is .
RL56550. reduced , 13 (S), I 588, 11, 18566, 102, -, aVF, green , some weak, 1.577 g, maximum 16.1 mm, 0o, 3rd , mint, 337 - 340 A.D.; D N FL AVG, rosette-diademed, draped, and right; SECVRITAS REIP (security of the Republic), standing facing, right, long in right, leaning with left elbow on column, R leaf T in ; ; $45.00 (€40.05)
Tarsos, , c. 164 - 37 B.C.
The god of the Tarsos was and a large monument to existed at Tarsos until at least the 3rd century A.D. was a Hittite-Babylonian sun, storm, or warrior god, also perhaps associated with agriculture. The Greeks equated with Herakles ( ). At Tarsus an annual festival honored Sandan-Herakles, which climaxed when, as depicted on this coin, an image of the god was burned on a funeral pyre. It is now thought likely that the of Saint Mark on the pillar in the Piazza San Marco in Venice was in origin a winged lion-griffin from a monument at Tarsus.
GB57039. Bronze AE 21, 950; 1307 ff. var. (controls); p. 180, 108 ff. var. (same), gF, 6.897 g, maximum 20.5 mm, 0o, Tarsos (Tarsus, Mersin, Turkey) mint, c. 164 - 37 B.C.; veiled and turreted of right; TAPΣEΩN, standing right on horned and winged animal, on a garlanded base and within a pyramidal pyre surmounted by an , controls on left: AM, over two , over Θ; $45.00 (€40.05)
Kolophon, , c. 360 - 294 B.C.
After the death of Alexander the Great, Perdiccas expelled the Athenian settlers on Samos to Kolophon. controlled Kolophon until general Prepelaus sized the for in 302 B.C. destroyed Kolophon (and Lebedos) and forced the survivors to emigrate to . After his death in 281, Kolophon was reestablished, but it never fully recovered.GB59682. Bronze , 112, p. 70, 5, p. 38, 23 ff. var. (various magistrates), 149 ff. var. (same), aVF, 2.045 g, maximum 15.7 mm, 0o, Kolophon (near Degirmendere Fev, Turkey) mint, 360 - 294 B.C.; laureate of right; forepart of horse right, ΘPAΣYKΛHΣ (magistrate) left, KO below; $45.00 (€40.05)
, 29 July 238 - 25 February 244 A.D., Hadrianopolis,
The Romans, whose fondness for new gods increased with the influence of their foreign conquests, introduced the worship of within the walls of their city; not, however, without some opposition and resistance from the Senate. Through the influence of P. an was erected to in the Flaminii, and it quickly assumed the form of a temple which, after its Alexandrine prototype, was called the Serapeon. The principal Italian cities, never far behind , soon imitated her example, and it was not long before the worship of was extended from Italy by the different colonies sent from that country into .RP59690. Bronze AE 26, 3842 - 3843 var. ( ), p. 120, 27 var. (same), -, aVF, 9.782 g, maximum 26.4 mm, 0o, Hadrianopolis (Edirne, Turkey) mint, AVT K M ANT ΓOP∆IANOC AVΓ, laureate, draped, and right, from behind; A∆PIANOΠOΛEITΩN, standing half left, raising right hand, long transverse in left hand; variety; $45.00 (€40.05)
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