Hesiod Posted December 16, 2022 · Member Share Posted December 16, 2022 Hi all, I'm pretty inactive on this forum, as I've always been a lurker at heart. I've had a great year buying coins and some friends convinced me to do a post for them elsewhere and I figured since I did the work of filming the coins to also post them here. I did my best to have this top 10 reflect my collecting interests as a whole, with different metals and both roman and greek coins represented. 10. Calabria, Tarentum. 302/280 BC. AR Didrachm (7.90g). Warrior, nude except for crested helmet, wearing shield on arm and holding spear on horse prancing left; Nike standing facing to left, restraining horse; [ΛYKIΣKOΣ below] / Phalanthos, nude, extending arm, wearing shield inscribed E and holding two spears, riding dolphin left; ZOP left, waves below. Vlasto 679-82; HN Italy 963. I find this particular obverse die the loveliest of the Tarentum series, and this coin has a particularly fresh obverse. Considering the hammer prices on some other examples that sold recently, I decided to pick this up despite it not being one of my main targets at that auction. aDkFjFs - Imgur.mp4 9. Ionia, Ephesos. 405/4 BC. AR Tridrachm (11.05g, 21mm, 11h). Symmachy Coinage. The Herakliskos Drakonopnigon: the infant Heracles, nude, crouching right, strangling a serpent coiled around both arms; Σ-Y-N around / Bee with straight wings, E-Φ across upper fields, Π-E across lower fields. Hecatomnus 3 (O1/R1); BMC 25 (these dies); SNG Kayhan 144; SNG von Aulock 7821 = SNG Lockett 2808 = Weber 5836 (these dies); Gulbekian 730 = Weber 5838. Around 405 BC there was a symmachy (joint alliance of disparate members) of the major cities of coastal Asia Minor, all with an obverse figure of the Herakliskos Drakonopnigon and the letters ΣYN on the obverse. Byzantium, Knidos, Kyzikos, Ephesos, Iasos, Lampsakos, Rhodes, and Samos. On all of these symmachy issues, the reverse features the city badge of the issuer – a bull atop a dolphin for Byzantium, the head of Aphrodite for Knidos, the roaring lion head for Kyzikos, the bee for Ephesos, the head of apollo right at Iasos, gold pieces with the forepart of a pegasos Lampsakos, the rose for Rhodes, and the facing lion scalp for Samos. Karweise (Lysander as Herakliskos Drakonopnigon, NC 140, 1980, pp. 1-27) proposes interpreting the design on the obverse as the victory of Sparta over Athens in the Peloponnesian War, referring specifically to the Spartan admiral Lysander (who was of the Heraklidai and thus claimed direct descent from Herakles) who had 'strangled' the hegemonic power of Athens with his victory at Aigospotamoi. Due to the relation to this historical event, Karwiese dates the coin to shortly after the victory in 404 BC. Delrieux (Les ententes monétaires au type et à la légende SYN au début du IVe siècle" in Mecanismes et innovations monetaires dans l'Anatolie Achemenide, Paris, 2000) attributes this coinage to when Spartan-Persian relations deteriorated after the victory at Aigospotamoi, when the Spartans began raiding the satrapies of Pharnabazos and Tissaphernes. The Athenian-Persian alliance formed a base of operation at Rhodes in 395 BC, and won a decisive victory at Knidos in 394, after which he proposes Ephesos and Samos joined the alliance after the Persians offered to hand over the Greek cities of Asia Minor to the Persians. The Athenians built up an alliance with many cities in Asia Minor, after which Sparta attacked the cities of the Hellespont and Propontis, which lead to more cities joining the Athenian alliance. After the Peace of Antalklidas in 387 BC establishing the Persian rule in Ionian Greek cities ended this issue of coinage. FPeynKe - Imgur.mp4 8. Lucania, Herakleia. 390/340 BC. AR Didrachm (8.11g). Head of Athena in Attic helmet decorated with Skylla throwing a stone right / Heracles right, strangling the nemean lion; behind club; below owl. Rutter, Historia Numorum 1377; van Keuren 50; Work 44b (this coin). Ex Dr. Busso Peus Nachfolger 380 (3 Nov. 2004), lot 91; Hess-Leu 31 (6 Dec. 1966) lot 44; H. De Nanteuil, Nr. 140; Jacob Hirsch XXXIII (17. November, 1913) lot 122; Jacob Hirsch XXX (11 May 1911) lot 144 I bought this coin because of the great provenance, as well as the clear Skylla depicted on the obverse. The reverse expression on the lion pops out nicely, as well. PCPUqQG - Imgur.mp4 8 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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