Constantivs Posted June 30, 2022 · Member Share Posted June 30, 2022 Just for fun adding a couple of coins that have rather tenuous claims to historical figures ... we all know that many types are highly valued due to their (perhaps dubious?) ties to historical personages or events. In many cases the supply of these coins is comparatively plentiful - yet the price remains very high due to the sustained demand. The marketing can be so strong that it becomes a kind of truth - while in fact some large leaps of logic have to be made to tie the story together. I'm looking at you Tribute Penny!!! Here are a couple of my very cheap examples. The first was under $50 and the second under $15.. but I still purchased them for the story. Eyes wide open to the leaps in logic - but I couldn't help myself! Ionia, Smyrna, c. 75-50 BC. Æ (22mm, 6.94g, 12h). Laureate head of Apollo r. R/ Homer seated l., holding scroll; two monograms to l. Is this Homer? Some examples for sale just state "Magistrate"... I know many cities in the ancient world claimed Homer as a native son... Smyrna being one. But in fact we really don't even know if Homer was a real person... and if he lived he was dead about 800 years before this coin was struck. I've read some defenses of this identification and they can be compelling.. but.... ----- This little rough coin is fun (and under $15)... a coin minted in Cyprus - at the time it was ruled by Cleopatra VII... cool!! OBV: Laureate head of Zeus. REV: Statue of Zeus Salaminos standing, holding stalks of grain, star above. Paphos mint c. 35 BC. 3.15g From Forvm: While not noted in Svoronos, this type is fairly common on Cyprus and many have been found in the excavations at Neopaphos. The lack of a central depression indicates they were struck after 96 B.C. Recent Cypriot numismatic publications date them to the time when Cleopatra VII of Egypt was the ruler of the island ------------ So struck after 96BC .... yet we can shoe-horn it into the rule of Cleopatra VII. Well I will spend $15 on that logic!! Would be worth $15K if someone can "prove" that's Cleopatra herself posing on the reverse!! I'm just having a bit of fun of course - I love both coins. Please share your ancient coin marketing marvels ..... 17 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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