Portable Shrine on a coin?

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  1. Ancient Aussie

    Ancient Aussie Supporter! Supporter

    Just received this coin and fascinated to read in Price & Trell their version of what the coin represents, and some pics below from this marvellous book.
    This type of coin has parallels to the earliest Mesopotamia and Egypt of processional shrines. This class of portable shrines found on coins has a flat roof and unmistakably Eastern decorations underline the oriental origin of such a class of coins as coins depict it as far west as Megara in Greece. At Antioch Syria, only the carry bars at the base identify it as a portable shrine to be carried in processions through the streets of the city. image.jpg image 1.jpg
    Syria, Seleucis and Pieria.

    Antiochia ad Orontem.

    Herennius Etruscus. As Caesar, A.D. 250-251.

    Æ octassarion.

    31mm // 16,30g.

    Obv: ЄPЄNN ЄTPOV MЄ KV ΔЄKIOC KЄCAP, bare-headed and draped bust of Herennius Etruscus right.

    Rev: ANTIOXЄΩN MHTPO KOΛΩN, Tyche seated within tetrastyle temple, the river-god Orontes swimming at her feet; above shrine, ram leaping right, head left; in exergue, S C.

    McAlee 1158.


    A couple of excerpts from his books explaining a couple of types around 250 AD. IMG20180328142605.jpg IMG20180328142614.jpg
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  3. alde

    alde Always Learning Supporter

    That's a great reverse. A very interesting and attractive coin.
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  4. randygeki

    randygeki Coin Collector

    Thats a really neat coin!
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  5. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    Very cool info and a beautiful coin, AA. I’ve never noticed that detail on this temple reverse type before.

    This portashrine has wheels, which seems like a functional addition.

    PHOENICIA, Sidon
    Pseudo-autonomous issue
    AE Triassarion. 12.42g, 24.2mm. PHOENICIA, Sidon, CY 227 = AD 116/7. SNG Cop 247. O: Turreted, veiled and draped bust of city-goddess to right; behind, [aplustre]; before, star. R: ΣΙΔΩΝΟΣ ΙΕΡΑΣ, Cart of Astarte : covered two-wheeled vehicle facing slightly right, spherical baetyl set on a base within; ZKΣ (date) below.
  6. Jwt708

    Jwt708 Well-Known Member

    I live the shrine themes! Think the best I can do is an altar
  7. Jwt708

    Jwt708 Well-Known Member

    I live the shrine themes! Think the best I can do is an altar
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  8. Johnnie Black

    Johnnie Black Neither Gentleman Nor Scholar

    Price & Trell wish they had your coin to photograph. What a great quality reverse.
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  9. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    O, i love that coin..that was the 1st cart coin i saw and bid on, or one like it..kool z! :)
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  10. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    that's one fine coin AA..very good! :)
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  11. TIF

    TIF Always learning. Supporter

    Fantastic!! What a great detail :)
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  12. galba68

    galba68 Well-Known Member

    ancient coins at their best...
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  13. Ancient Aussie

    Ancient Aussie Supporter! Supporter

    Thanks, that's a great coin you have there zumbly, can be pricey but on my wish list.
  14. Ancient Aussie

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    Thanks, but I have seen even better!!! If we ask Cucumbor he might show us he's it is absolutely fantastic.
  15. Ancient Aussie

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    Just out of interest I noticed this coin in CNG eauction 421, in the same era as my OP coin and is a distinctive portable shrine.
    421, Lot: 470. Estimate $300.
    Sold for $180. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

    PHOENICIA, Tyre. Gallienus. AD 253-268. Æ (26mm, 10.37 g, 12h). Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Portable shrine seen in perspective to right, containing facing cult object (bust of Astarte?); murex shell in exergue. Cf. Rouvier 2522; BMC –. Fine, earthen dark green patina, adjustment marks on obverse. Rare.
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  16. AncientJoe

    AncientJoe Well-Known Member

    I'm still waiting for one particular portable shrine type but in the meantime, I have your sister coin: a "Cart of Astarte" with baetyl, mine surrounded by the zodiac:

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  17. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    I saw this one and was really tempted to bid on it, but I'm currently on the Wagon :(.

    I'd love an example of the type some day. The reverse details of the wheel on yours are great!
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