Come on baby like my lyres!

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  1. chrsmat71

    chrsmat71 I LIKE TURTLES! Supporter

    Check out these neat little Greek AE lyre coins. Both of these were bargain bin snags from an ebay lot, only cost about 15 bucks a piece so I went for it. I have several Greek coins, but I don't have any that are from modern Greece...so it was kind of cool to pick some up from this area.



    Number 1

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    Boeotia, Thespiai, early 3rd century BC
    O: Female (Arsinoë III?) head right, wearing modius (off flan) and veil.
    Rev: EΩN/ΘEΣΠI , Lyre within wreath. 14 mm, 4.2 g


    I have no idea why a coin from Boetia would have Arsinoe III, a Ptolemaic queen on it. On acsearch there is a reference to an esoteric paper, but I don't know. Anyone know?


    Number 2



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    Achaia, Pellene, 3rd Century BC
    O: Kithra, R: Tripod, Π-E, 12 mm, 2.1g

    These seems to be a relatively rare coin, though while researching it online, I found out that I'm not the first cointalker to have one! @Ryro ! and thanks @Severus Alexander for the indirect assist! LOL!

    https://www.cointalk.com/threads/lyre-tripod-greek-coin.307279/

    The time to hesitate is through, no time to wallow in the mire......post your lyres!

     
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  3. randygeki

    randygeki Coin Collector

    Great coins!

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    Septimus Severus Denarius. L SEPT SEV PERT AVG IMP IIII, laureate head right / APOLLINI AVGVSTO, Apollo standing left with patera & lyre. Rome mint RIC 40, RSC 42, BMC 78 e
     
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  4. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    Nice detailed lyre on the reverse of this Gordian III and Tranquillina marriage issue:

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    Gordian III and Tranquillina
    Roman provincial AE 25.8 mm, 11.44 g
    Thrace, Mesembria, AD 241
    Obv: ΑVΤ Κ Μ ΓΟΡΔΙΑΝΟC ΑVΓ CΕΒ-ΤΡΑΝΚVΛΛΙΝ[Α], laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Gordian and draped bust of Tranquillina, wearing stephane, confronted
    Rev: ΜΕCΑΜΒΡΙΑΝΩΝ, Apollo in long robe, standing left, holding plectrum in outstretched right hand and resting left on lyre set on column
    Refs: Moushmov 3998; Varbanov 4175-4176.
     
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  5. Ryro

    Ryro Life is like a box of ancient coins. Supporter

    A little repost action here. But yeah, SA with a great assist! Like yours mine is a Pellene. Sorry for the pic. I wanted to show what you were referencing.
    Ps, Nice OP coin right there!

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  6. Valentinian

    Valentinian Supporter! Supporter

    Two lyres on one coin:
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    Trajan (98-117). A drachm, struck 98/99 at an uncertain city in Lycia. 19-18 mm. 3.29 grams.
    Sear Greek Imperial 1046 (no photo)
    SNG von Aulock 4267.
    two lyres, owl above
    AVT KAIC NEP TRAIANOC CEB ΓERM
    ΔHMCΞ YΠAT B (second consulship)
     
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  7. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    Hey, neat additions, Chris. Quite a steal for the price! I have one that came in a mixed group lot. It had previously failed to sell as an individual lot in a European auction, which is where my picture of it comes from (still haven't taken my own).

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    The Thespians of Boeotia were the organizers of the Mouseia festival, a kind of song and stage version of the Olympic games dedicated to the Muses of Mount Helikon. It was held every four years, and some scholars suggest that Arsinoë III helped finance the festivals in the late 3rd century.
     
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  8. Severus Alexander

    Severus Alexander Blame my mother. Supporter

    Nice coins!! And I'm glad to be distantly relevant... sadly, I am sorely lacking in the lyre department. Not through lack of trying...
     
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  9. chrsmat71

    chrsmat71 I LIKE TURTLES! Supporter

    Interesting! Thanks for that Z!
     
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  10. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    O, what lyres!:rolleyes:..Antiochus ll Theos, Apollo/lyre kbaby eats Aurlieian silverwash antiochos ll lyre 008.JPG kbaby eats Aurlieian silverwash antiochos ll lyre 010.JPG
     
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  11. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    Ain't got no lyres here (yet) - if I said I did, I would be a liar - but I caught the clever song lyric riff even before I clicked in here. :D
     
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  12. Andres2

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  13. benhur767

    benhur767 Sapere aude

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    Caracalla. AR denarius, Rome mint, struck 214 CE; 18mm, 3.03g, 1h. BMCRE 91–2, RIC 238a, RSC 242. Obv: ANTONINVS PIVS AVG GERM; laureate head right. Rx: P M TR P XVII COS IIII P P; Apollo, naked to waist, seated left, holding branch and leaning on lyre set on tripod. Good VF.

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    Caracalla. AR denarius, Rome mint, struck 215 CE; 20mm, 3.12g, 6h. BMCRE 107–9, RIC 254, RSC 282. Obv: ANTONINVS PIVS AVG GERM; laureate head right. Rx: P M TR P XVIII COS IIII P P; Apollo, naked except for cloak from shoulder, standing front, head left, holding branch and leaning on lyre on low base or altar. EF.

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    Gordian III. Augustus 238–44 CE. AR antoninianus, Rome mint, struck 241 CE; 21mm, 4.42g, 1h. BMCRE — (no. 1927,1101.55), RIC 88, RSC 250. Obv: IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG; radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right. Rx: P M TR P IIII COS II P P; Apollo seated left, resting his right elbow on lyre set on throne and holding branch in his right hand. Good VF.
     

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  14. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    Well, dang, y'all are givin' me "lyre envy", now.

    That's a cool Nero AE, @Andres2!
     
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  15. Eduard

    Eduard Supporter** Supporter

    Interesting topic!

    Domitian as depicting emperor sacrificing in front of temple with lyre and flute player.

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    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

  17. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    LYRES:

    ROMAN IMPERATORIAL PERIOD::
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    RImp P Clodius Mf Turrinus AR denarius 20mm 3.6g Rome 42 BCE Laureate hd Apollo R lyre - Diana Lucifera torches Cr 494-23 CRI 184 Syd 1117

    RImp Octavian 27BC-14AD AR Den mint 32-31 BC Bare Caesar Divi Mercury lyre RIC 257 O-R.jpg
    RImp Octavian 27BC-14AD AR Den mint 32-31 BC Bare Caesar Divi Mercury lyre RIC 257

    ROMAN EMPIRE:
    RI Trebonianus Gallus Ant 20mm 3.0g Apollo Lyre RIC 32 RSC 20.JPG
    RI Trebonianus Gallus Ant 20mm 3.0g Apollo Lyre RIC 32 RSC 20

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    RI Commodus 177-192 CE AR Denarius 17.7mm 2.42g Apollo Plectrum Lyre RIC 218 RSC 25 BMCRE 292 Rare Type
     
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  18. David Atherton

    David Atherton Flavian Fanatic

    An interesting ethnic type struck in Rome for Lycia.

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    Domitian
    AR Drachm, 3.22g
    Rome mint (for Lycia), 95 AD
    RPC 1503 (2 spec.).
    Obv: AYT KAIC ΔOMITIANOC CЄBACTOC ΓЄPM; Head of Domitian, laureate, bearded, r.
    Rev: ЄTOYC IΔ YPATOY IZ; Two lyres with owl perched on top
     
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  19. 7Calbrey

    7Calbrey Well-Known Member

    I have this humble lyre with Arthemis on obverse.

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  20. TIF

    TIF Always learning. Supporter

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    Nice bargain bin finds, Chris!

    Benhur and Eduard... wow!!

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    TROAS, Alexandria. Trebonianus Gallus
    CE 251-253
    AE 21 mm, 4.76 gm
    Obv: IMP VIB TREB GALVS AV; laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right
    Rev: COL AV / TROA; Apollo, head right and holding kithara, seated facing on griffin springing right, head left
    Ref: RPC IX 407; Bellinger A403

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    THRACE, Sestos (sometimes spelled Sestus)
    c. 3rd-2nd century BCE
    AE 16.6, 2.35 gm
    Obv: Head of Hermes left, wearing petasos; dotted border
    Rev: chelys; ΣH downward in right field; dotted border
    Ref: von Fritz, Nomisma 1, 15 (coin 29 on plate 1 in that book)
    ex Stevex6 Collection

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    Roman Republic
    moneyer L. Julius L. f. Caesar, 103 BC

    AR denarius, 17mm, 3.9 gm
    Obv: Helmeted head of Mars left; CAESAR; ・C (retrograde)
    Rev: Venus Genetrix in chariot left, drawn by two Cupids; lyre to left; ・C (retrograde) above
    Ref: Crawford 320/1
    ex RBW Collection

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    IONIA, Teos
    AR diobol (reduced standard), 10 mm, 0.98 gm
    Obv: seated griffin right, paw raised
    Rev: lyre, THI, magistrate’s name

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    LESBOS, Mytilene
    400-350 BCE
    AE14, 1.7 gm
    Obv: head of Aphrodite (?) right, wearing stephane
    Rev: M-Y, T-I; lyre; tripod (?, looks like an arrow) in left field, monogram in right field
    Ref: SG 4272?; may also be MacDonald Mytilene #4.
     
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  21. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

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    PHOKIS, FEDERAL COINAGE
    AR Triobol
    OBVERSE: Bull’s head facing
    REVERSE: Laureate head of Apollo right, Φ-Ω before, lyre behind
    Struck at Phokis 357-346 BC
    2.50g, 14mm
    SNG Cop 121
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    L JULIUS CAESAR ROMAN REPUBLIC; GENS JULIA
    AR Denarius
    OBVERSE: CAESAR Head of Mars left in crested helmet
    REVERSE: Venus Genettris with scepter, in chariot drawn by two Cupids left, lyre in field, contolmark above, L IVLI L F in ex.
    Struck at Rome, 103BC
    3.85g, 17mm
    Cr320/1, Syd 593a.
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    L SCRIBONIUS LIBO ROMAN REPUBLIC; GENS SCRIBONIA
    AR Denarius
    OBVERSE: BON EVENT LIBO, diademed head of Bonus Eventus right
    REVERSE: PVTEAL above, SCRIBON below, well-head ornamented with garland and two lyres, hammer at base
    Rome 62 BC
    3.2g, 18mm
    Cr416/1a., Scribonia 8a
     
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