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Bronze circa 216-211,
Æ 14.5mm., 2.35g.
Obv: Diademed and veiled bust of Hera r.; lotus-tipped sceptre over shoulder.
Rev: KAPV in oscan character Grain ear; in r. field, tripod-like object.
Ref: SNG France 517. SNG ANS 219. Historia Numorum Italy 500 Campania
From the collection of EE Clain Stefanelli
Ex: Naville Numismatics
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SICILY, Himera (as Thermai Himerensis). Circa 200-150 BC. Æ Tetras or Quadrans (19mm, 5.41 g, 5h). Head of bearded Herakles right, wearing lion skin, with club over shoulder / Three nymphs standing facing, that on the left holding amphora. Campana 17b; BAR Issue 1; CNS 22; HGC 2, 1621. Nearly Very fine. Brown patina, roughness. Scarce.. Purchased from Savoca October 2021
Next up: ugly but strangely appealing
Roman imitative bronze from Sri Lanka, 'Cross type'.
The reverse was probably copied from a cross, however we see a Swastika, an auspicious symbol for the Hindu/Buddhist religions. The locals took in the Roman culture in the form of coinage, but they knew to separate the religion!
Next, ugly coin with a history.
This coin is ugly, but beside of being extremely rare it shows a similar rare depiction of Artemis with Callisto. The history of Callisto is interesting.
In Greek mythology Callisto was a nymph, or the daughter of King Lycaon; the myth varies in such details. She was one of the followers of Artemis who attracted Zeus. According to some writers, Zeus transformed himself into the figure of Artemis to lure Callisto and seduce her. She became pregnant and when this was eventually discovered, she was expelled from Artemis's group, after which a furious Hera, the wife of Zeus, transformed her into a bear. Later, just as she was about to be killed by her son when he was hunting, she was set among the stars as Ursa Major ("the Great Bear"). She was the bear-mother of the Arcadians, through her son Arcas by Zeus.
Arkadia. Orchomenos. Septimius Severus AD 193-211.
Diassarion (2 Assaria) Æ
Rev: Artemis expels Callisto: Artemis standing facing left, her head to right, holding bow with her right hand and extending her left to Callisto right, who holds a bow.
Next: Callisto or Artemis
Next up: a different tetradrachm from Macedonia
next: Demetrios I Poliorketes
Next up: Poseidon
KINGS of MACEDON. Antigonos III Doson, 229-221 BCE
struck 227-225 BCE, Amphipolis mint?
AR tetradrachm, 32 mm, 17.1 gm
Obv: wreathed head of Poseidon right
Rev: Apollo seated left on prow left, holding bow; monogram below.
Ref: Panagopoulou 50–3 var. (unlisted dies); EHC 436; Touratsoglou 52–3; SNG Saroglos 933; SNG Alpha Bank 1046; SNG Ashmolean 3266
Next: another coin from the Antigonid dynasty
(sorry for posting the same coin twice on one night).
Next up: let's see a flamboyant helmet... or headdress
Wow! Cool! Makedonians had pixilated coins!
NEXT: An unusual altar.
What? Check out my totally not edited post. Cause now I'm dying to see what it was
PONTOS, Amasia. Geta (Caesar, 198-209)
Dated CY 208 (208/9)
AE, 31 mm, 16.73 gm
Obv: [Π?] CЄΠTIMI ΓЄ[TAC + illegible under bust] sandwiched between dotted borders; bareheaded, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rev: AΔ CЄV ANT AMA[illegible] / ЄT CH; Altar of Zeus Strateus, surmounted by eagle standing facing, head left, wreath in beak, with wings spread; tree to left.
Reference: W. H. Waddington, Recueil général des monnaies grecques d'Asie Mineure, Volume 1, Part 1, p. 40, #96 (variant; obverse legend and style; reverse legend)
BRUTTIUM, the Brettii
Æ quartuncia, 13.5mm, 2.06 g
Obv: head of Amphitrite left, wearing crab headdress
Rev: crab; torch above, BPET-TIΩN above and below
Ref: Pfeiler p. 33, 4a; Scheu, Bronze 51; HN Italy 1944; SNG ANS 123–4; SNG Lloyd –; McClean 1579
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Next up: another Roman Republic without Roma on the obverse
Such a great coin, Scooby!
Roman Republic, the Pompeians
L. Cornelius Lentulus and C. Claudius Marcellus
Military mint in the East (Apollonia and Asia), 49 BC
AR denarius, 19 mm, 3.8 gm
Obv: Triskeles, with winged head of Medusa facing at center; stalk of grain between each leg
Rev: Jupiter standing facing, head right, holding thunderbolt in right hand and eagle on left; LE(NT) (MAR) upward to left, COS upward to right
Ref: Crawford 445/1b; Sydenham 1029a
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Moneyer: L. Cossutius C.f. Sabula
Obv.: SABVLA - Head of Medusa left, winged and entwined with serpents
Rev.: L. COSSVTI. C.F / XXXVI - Bellerophon, hurling spear, on Pegasus
Mint: Rome (74 BC)
Wt./Size/Axis: 3.88g / 18mm / 6h
RSC 1 (Cossutia)
Acquisition: Tinia Numismatica Online Auction Asta Cesare #332 7-Apr-2018
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NEXT: Another denarius connected to Sicily
@akeady was too fast!!!
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