I bought a lot of 25 clay tesserae

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Finn235, Jul 8, 2020.

  1. Finn235

    Finn235 Well-Known Member

    Just arrived from Ares - not a planned purchase, but at only $7-8 per piece, I thought it would be fun to go through them and maybe keep a couple at the end of the day.

    I know next to nothing about these - they were described as "theater tickets" although I read elsewhere that actual theater tickets should have an aisle/seat number, plus the triangular back makes me think that these were intended to be used as seals.

    I am also not certain whether these are Roman, Greek, or a mix. Based on the quality of the artistry, I would imagine that whoever engraved the seal used to stamp these was at least trained in the Greek way of things.

    Any info or pointers is appreciated!

    Without further ado...

    #1
    Head of Zeus
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    #2
    Female head, probably Venus
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    #3
    Young Herakles fighting the snake!
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    #4
    Zeus seated - almost a perfect match to Alexander's lifetime tetradrachms
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    #5
    Female? Head left, hair in tight braids. Very much an archaic Greek look.
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    #6
    Cluster of grapes?
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    #7
    Facing head with fancy hairdo or maybe a turban?
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    #8
    Helmeted Athena
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    #9
    Bareheaded youth
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    #10
    Female head left, not 100% sure of the identity
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  3. Finn235

    Finn235 Well-Known Member

    #11
    Another very archaic looking female bust with almond-shaped eye
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    #12
    Female bust left
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    #13
    River god!
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    #14
    Maybe Venus? Diana?
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    #15
    Venus or a nymph
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    #16
    Lion!
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    #17
    Mars/Ares
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    #19
    Also Ares
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    #20
    Winged figure (Victoria, Nike, or Cupid?) Playing a lyre?
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    #21
    Two figures... not really sure what it's depicting. In a strange way, it reminds me of the depiction of the Annunciation of Gabriel to Mary.
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  4. Finn235

    Finn235 Well-Known Member

    #22
    Elephant!
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    #23
    Youth galloping on a gryphon?
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    #24
    More grapes
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    #25
    Head right with flowing hair - Maybe Apollo?
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    #26 (Didn't realize I got a bonus!)
    Youthful Apollo?
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  5. Plumbata

    Plumbata Well-Known Member

    Nice scores! I have a few floating around somewhere and also suspect they were seals of some sort. That elephant and youth riding "something" oughta be worth a bit more than the typical "head of deity" themed pieces.
     
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  6. medoraman

    medoraman Supporter! Supporter

    Muwhahahaha, I will drag you yet to the dark, dark side of ancient group lots!

    Cool score. I find such pieces much more interesting when you have a small collection of them to compare and contrast, no?
     
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  7. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Those are really cool Finn!
    I like #7 and #20 the best but that elephant is pretty cool too!
     
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  8. Spaniard

    Spaniard Well-Known Member

    @Finn235......Very interesting group!...
    I really like #1 Nice!...#7 with that amazing sullen face and of course #22 the elephant..I'm still intrigued as to why you went for these??.......Paul
     
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  9. Finn235

    Finn235 Well-Known Member

    Thanks all!

    @Plumbata, I'd love to see them if you can find any images!

    @medoraman, there is no dragging left to do; I actually seldom buy individual coins - mostly group lots. This is the first time that I've strayed beyond "money" although I have put in a few stray bids on lots of rings or other objects.

    @Spaniard, I can't really say why I was drawn to it - maybe I just got jaded with coins for a bit and wanted to mix things up a bit?
     
  10. Alegandron

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

    VERY cool Tessera Hoard, @Finn235 ! Always fascinating to speculate where they were used.

    Today, I betcha wouldn't have any problem using them at:

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