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...

    Head of Zeus

    Female head, probably Venus

    Young Herakles fighting the snake!

    Zeus seated - almost a perfect match to Alexander's lifetime tetradrachms

    Female? Head left, hair in tight braids. Very much an archaic Greek look.

    Cluster of grapes?

    Facing head with fancy hairdo or maybe a turban?

    Helmeted Athena

    Bareheaded youth

    Female head left, not 100% sure of the identity
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  3. Finn235

    Finn235 Well-Known Member

    Another very archaic looking female bust with almond-shaped eye

    Female bust left

    River god!

    Maybe Venus? Diana?

    Venus or a nymph



    Also Ares

    Winged figure (Victoria, Nike, or Cupid?) Playing a lyre?

    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


    Youth galloping on a gryphon?

    More grapes

    Head right with flowing hair - Maybe Apollo?

    #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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