Tuesday, January 16, 2018

5 Things You Need to Start Collecting Ancient Coins

5 Things You Need to Start Collecting Ancient Coins as a Beginner

  In this informative video, we are taught that there are 5 basic things that are a good idea to have for starting a coin collection. They are:
  1. Loupe
  2. Scales
  3. Ruler
  4. Coin Flips
  5. Reference books
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Monday, January 15, 2018

Goddess of LOVE Aphrodite also Known as VENUS with EROS & CUPID on Ancient Greek Roman Coins

Venus Cupid Aphrodite Eros Ancient Greek and Roman Coins

Coins of the Goddess of Love and her Winged "Angel" of Love

Venus is the Roman equivalent of the Greek goddess Aphrodite. Cupid is the Roman version of the Greek Eros. Both of these colorful characters played significant roles in history. It was the judgement of Paris, naming Aphrodite the "fairest of them all" whom granted him the love of Helen; whose love launched the Trojan war depicted in the Iliad and the Odyssey. Other colorful characters of history such as Julius Caesar had Venus as the patron deity and claimed decent from the goddess herself. Both Venus and Cupid have been depicted on ancient coins of the ancient Greeks and Romans stretching from the B.C. times to even the mid-to-late Roman empire.  She was the mother of the Roman people through the link to her son Aeneas who fled Troy. Her functioned included those of beauty, sex, love, fertility and desire. Cupid, Greek Eros, translating from Latin word "Cupido" which means "desire" is the god of erotic love, affection, desire and attraction in Roman mythology. He is often depicted together with his mother the goddess Venus. See an amazing collection of ancient coins depicting her and search for coins  that depict both her and Cupid. Coins Available for Sale:

Authentic Ancient Greek & Roman Coins Featuring Venus Aphrodite Cupid Eros

Being the patron goddess of Julius Caesar, Venus is depicted on many of his coins. However, she is depicted on many other ancient Greek and Roman coins of the ancient times. Many times, her son Cupid is included in her depiction. Venus is also sometimes featured holding the Golden Apple which Paris granted the goddess in the story of the Judgement of Paris. A story that echoes in eternity and associated with the Trojan war. On Roman coins she at times has various functions she does, such as VENUS VICTRIX, or Venus of Victory. The most likely attractive type of Venus to collect is the one that shows her from behind with her half-draped buttocks showing. Enjoy the selection of ancient coins I put together for your pleasure.

Roman Republic JULIUS CAESAR Family VENUS CUPID Mark Antony Silver Coin i46293

Roman Republic L. Julius L. f. Caesar moneyer Silver Denarius 16mm (3.87 grams) Rome mint, circa 103 B.C. Reference:  Julia 4; B.M.C. 1405, esc.; Syd. 593; Craw. 320/1 Head of Mars left, CAESAR behind, letter and dots above. Venus Genetrix in biga left, drawn by two Cupids, before them lyre, letter and dots above, L . IVLI . L . F in exergue. Family member of Caesar the dictator. Grandfather of Mark Antony. The Julia gens claimed it's decent from Venus herself.

Roman Republic Julius Caesar Family Venus Silver Ancient Coin CONSIDIA 7 i45466

Roman Republic C. Considius Paetus moneyer Silver Denarius 20mm (3.60 grams) Rome mint, circa 46 B.C. Reference: Considia 7; B.M.C. 4090; Syd. 993; Craw. 465/4 PAETI behind head of Venus left, diademed and laureate. Victory in quadriga left, holding wreath and palm, C . CONSIDI in exergue.

PLAUTILLA Caracalla Wife 202AD VENUS CUPID Ancient Silver Roman Coin i46570

 Plautilla - Roman Empress - Wife of Caracalla - Silver Denarius 20mm (3.52 grams)  Rome mint: 202-205 A.D. Reference: RIC 369 (Caracalla), S 7074, BMC 429 - PLAVTILLA AVGVSTA - Draped bust right. VENVS VICTRIX -   Venus standing left, leaning on shield, holding apple and cradling palm;  Cupid to lower left.

Venus in Chariot with Cupid 106BC Ancient Silver Roman Republic Coin i41974

Roman Republic L. Memmius Galeria moneyer Silver Denarius 20mm (3.80 grams) Rome mint, circa 106 B.C. Reference: Memmia 2; B.M.C. 1329-46; Syd. 574; Craw. 313/1b Laureate head of Saturn left, letter or letter and dot below chin, harpa and ROMA behind. Venus in biga right, Cupid flies above, L . MEMMI / GAL in exergue.Venus was the tutelary divinity of the Memmia gens.

JULIA DOMNA Silver Ancient Authentic Roman Coin VENUS Fertility Cult i26637

Julia Domna - Roman Empress Wife of Emperor Septimius Severus 193-211 A.D. - Silver Denarius 19mm (2.97 grams) Rome mint 196-211 A.D. Reference: RIC 580 (Septimius Severus), C 198 IVLIAAVGVSTA - Draped bust right. VENVSFELIX - Venus standing left, holding apple and pulling dress.

Roman Republic 46BC Silver Coin Julius Caesar Family Gemini Venus Cult i28585

Roman Republic - Mn. Cordius Rufus moneyer, which may refer to the Julius Caesar family Silver Denarius (21mm, 3.65 gm.) Rome mint: 46 B.C. Reference: Cordia 1; S-440.Cr463/1. Syd 976. RSC-(Cordia)-1. Conjoined heads of the Dioscuri right, each wearing pileus surmounted by star, RVFVS III VIR behind and below. MN . CORDIVS behind Venus Verticordia standing left, holding scales & scepter, Cupid on her shoulder.

Galeria Valeria 310AD Ancient Roman Coin VENUS Sexual love Cult i44272

Galeria Valeria - Roman Empress - Wife of Galerius - Daughter of Diocletian - Bronze Follis 25mm (5.44 grams) Heraclea mint: 310 A.D. Reference: RIC 50 (Heraclea) GALVALERIAAVG - Diademed, draped bust right. VENERIVICTRICI Exe: */HTΔ - Venus standing left, holding apple and raising skirt.

CARACALLA Silver Antoninianus Ancient Roman Coin 'Venus the Victorious' i46769

Caracalla - Roman Emperor: 198-217 A.D. - Silver Antoninianus 24mm (4.66 grams) Struck circa 198-217A.D. Reference:  RIC 311d ANTONINVSPIVSAVGGERM - Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right. VENVSVICTRIX - Venus standing left, holding Victory and spear with shield.

Roman Republic C. Norbanus 83BC Rare Ancient Silver Coin VENUS Commerce i28514

Roman Republic C. Norbanus moneyer Silver Denarius (19mm, 3.80 gm.), Rome, 83 B.C. Reference:  Norbana 2; B.M.C. 2770-2826; Syd. 739; Craw. 357/1b Diademed head of  Venus right, C . NORBANVS below, number behind. Corn, fasces and caduceus.

JULIUS CAESAR Lifetime 44BC Portrait Ancient Silver Roman Coin Venus Rare i46313

Julius Caesar - Roman Dictator - Silver Denarius 19mm (3.89 grams) Struck February-March  44 B.C. P. Sepullius Macer, moneyer Reference: RSC 40; B. 48; B.M.C. 4175; Syd. 1074a; Craw. 480/14 CAESAR DICT PERPETVO, his laureate and veiled head right. P . SEPVLLIVS MACER, Venus Victrix standing left, holding Victory and scepter, star set on ground to right.Probably the most famous portrait issue of Julius Caesar. This series illustrates the dictator's break with the Roman custom forbidding the depiction of living individuals on the coinage, which may have contributed to the mounting fears (perhaps justifiable in retrospect) that he wished to do away with republican institutions and establish a new personal monarchy in Rome. These fears, combined with jealousy of his success and power, led to Caesar's assassination on the Ides of March, 44 B.C. At the same time that the portrait subtly elevates Caesar's status to that of a king, it also reveals his human frailty: the laurel wreath that Caesar wears was awarded to him by the Senate, but he reportedly wore it in public at all times in order to hide a bald spot.

JULIA DOMNA Septimius Severus Wife Silver Roman Coin Venus Love Cult i24607

Julia Domna - Roman Empress Wife of Emperor Septimius Severus 193-211 A.D. - Silver Denarius 17mm (2.63 grams) Emesa mint: 193-196 A.D. IVLIA DOMNA AVGV - Draped bust right. VENERI VICTR - Nude Venus with half-covered buttocks standing right, leaning on column and with legs crossed, holding apple and palm.* Numismatic Note: Rare, type from the Emesan mint.

JULIA SOAEMIAS 220AD Elagabalus Mother Silver Roman Coin Venus Cult i21501

Julia Soaemias - Roman Empress Mother of Elagabalus, Roman Emperor 218-222 A.D. - Silver Denarius 18mm (3.04 grams) Rome mint: 220-222 A.D. Reference: RIC 241 (Elagabalus), S 7719 IVLIA SOAEMIAS AVG - Draped bust right. VENVSCAELESTIS - Venus standing left, holding apple and scepter; star in right field.

JULIA MAMAEA Sestertius Big RARE Ancient Roman Coin Venus Cupid Erotic i46443

Julia Mamaea - Roman Empress wife of Emperor Severus Alexander 222-235 A.D. - Bronze Sestertius 30mm (24.42 grams) Struck circa 222-235 A.D. Reference: RIC 694 (Severus Alexander), BMC 190 (Severus Alexander), C 62 IVLIAMAMAEAAVGVSTA - Diademed, draped bust right. VENERIFELICI - Venus standing right, holding scepter and Cupid; S C across fields.

APHRODISIAS in CARIA 3rdCenAD Boule Eros Cupid with Torch Greek Coin i44355

Greek city of Aphrodisias in Caria Bronze 19mm (4.40 grams) Struck circa 3rd Century A.D. Reference: BMC 32, 39. SNG von Aulock 2445 Є IЄPΑ BΟΥΛH, veiled and draped bust of Boule (the Council) right. ΑΦΡΩΔЄΙCIЄΩΝ, Eros (Roman Cupid) standing right, holding torch.

CARTEIA Spain after 44BC Ancient Greek Coin of Romans Cupid Dolphin i37417

The city of Carteia (Roman colony founded in 171 B.C.) in Spain Bronze Quadrans 18mm (4.36 grams) Struck after 44 B.C. Reference: ACIP 2609; RPC I 116 Turreted head of Fortuna right; behind, trident. Cupid riding dolphin  right.

Antiochos VII Euergetes 138BC Ancient Seleucid Greek Coin Eros Cupid Isis i36811

The Seleucid Kingdom Antiochos VII, Euergetes (Sidetes) - Seleucid King: 138-129 B.C. Bronze 18mm (5.60 grams) Struck 138-129 B.C. Reference: Sear 7098 Winged bust of Eros ( Cupid)  right wreathed with myrtle. Head-dress of Isis; on right, ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ / ANTIOXOY; on left, EYEPΓETOY; MH monogram in left field, beneath, crescent and Seleucid date ΔOP (=174=138 B.C.)

Roman Republic Maxsumus RARE Silver Coin Cupid Eros Jupiter Cult Temple i34394

Roman Republic Cn. Egnatius Cn. f. Cn. n. Maxsumus moneyer Silver Denarius 19mm (3.35 grams) Rome mint: 75 B.C. Reference: Egnatia 3; B.M.C. 3276-84; Syd. 788; Craw. 391/2 Bust of Cupid right, bow and quiver on shoulder, MAXSVMVS behind. Jupiter and Liberty within distyle temple, C . EGNATIVS CN . F . in exergue, CN . N . on right, number on left.

ANTIOCHUS IX Cyzicenus SELEUCID KING 112BC Rare Ancient Greek Coin i23746 EROS

GREEK - Seleucid Kingdom: Antiochus IX Cyzicenus - King: 113-96 B.C. - Bronze 20mm (4.94 grams) Struck 112-111 B.C. Reference: Sear 7173; SNG Israel 2743; BMC 4.94,27 Winged bust of Eros right. Nike advancing left, holding wreath; on right ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ / ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ; on left, ΦΙΛΟΠΑΤOΡΟΣ; in field to left, Seleucid date.

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Thessaly Central Greece ANCIENT GREEK COIN Collecting Guide

Guide to Ancient Greek Coins of Thessaly Central Greece

List of the cities in Thessaly which issued coins in ancient times and a collection of coins from the area


The goal of this guide is to share the information about the types of ancient Greek coins that were struck by the Greek towns of the area in central Greece known as Thessaly. With the list you can see below, you can use to search my store by clicking on the term, or  printed out as a check-list to help you put together a coin collection from the area. With the video and the list of coins along with pictures and descriptions of them, you too, can become an expert in these types of coins.  Some of the cities just issued bronze coins, others issued gold silver and bronze types. The most comprehensive book on the subject is Handbook of Ancient Greek Coins Volume 4 by Oliver D. Hoover. The other book to get is the Volume I and Volume II of Ancient Greek Coins and Their Values by David R. Sear. You can also see pictures and descriptions of coins from Thessaly for research purposes at this research site, by scrolling to the section on Thessaly with much information about the coin types. The most prominent town of ancient Thessaly was Larissa, which minted some of the most prolific coin types of that area. Many of the city's coins featured a nymph and a horse. Many of the coins of ancient Thessaly featured horses. Thessaly issued coins into the Roman times, and the types are known as Greek Imperial/ Roman Provincial. Coins discussed in this video include those of Augustus, Claudius and Gallienus.

List of The Cities of Ancient Thessaly Atrax Demetrias Dion Ekkarra Eureoioi Eurymenai Gomphi Gonnos Gyrton Halos Herakleia Trachinia Homolion Hypata Iolkos Kierion Krannon Lamia Larissa Larissa Kremaste Meliboia Melitaia Methylion Metropolis Mopsion Olosson Orthos Pagasai Pelinna Peuma Phakion Phalanna Phaloria Pharkadon Pharos Pharsalos Pherai Pherai, Teisiphon Tyrant of Pherai, Alexander Tyrant of Pierasia Proerna Rhizous Skotoussa The Ainians The Magnetans The Malians The Oitaians The Perrhaibans The Thessalian League Thebai Phthiotides Trikka Tripolis

Examples of Authentic Ancient Greek Coins of Thessaly

See the coins illustrated in the video here. It is great to see what these coins look like and get to appreciate the art and history of them.

LARISSA in THESSALY 356BC Silver Drachm Nymph Horse Ancient Greek Coin i47970

Greek city of Larissa in Thessaly Silver Drachm 20mm (5.75 grams) Struck circa 356-320 B.C. Reference: HGC 4, 453; BCD Thessaly II, lot 280 Pedigree: Ex BCD Collection with his original hand-written tag and photos of this coin Head of nymph Larissa facing three-quarters left, wearing ampyx. ΛAPI/ΣΑIΩN, Horse grazing right.This city was named after a local water nymph named Larissa. The story goes that the nymph drowned while playing ball on the banks of the Peneios River. In Greek mythology, the Greek hero Perseus accidentally killed his grandfather, King Akrisios of Argos when participating in the funeral games held in the city for nymph Larissa. The people of that city made their wealth from the rich agricultural area around the city and from breeding horses.

LARISSA in THESSALY 420BC Silver Drachm HERO vs BULL Ancient Greek Coin i47972

Greek city of Larissa in Thessaly Silver Drachm 20mm (5.72 grams) Struck circa 420-400 B.C. Reference: HGC 4, 420; BCD Thessaly II, lot 173-175 and 370.1; ANG Ashmolean 3860 Pedigree: Ex BCD Collection with his original hand-written tag and photos of this coin Hero (Thessalos or Jason) wrestling a bull. ΛAPI/ΣΑIΩN, Horse grazing right.This type references taurokathapsia (bull-wrestling) with the depiction of a hero wrestling the bull, which was a sport played at the Taureia games honoring Poseiodn Taureios. Jason was the father of Thessalos in a mythological tradition whom in turn was the ancestor of the entire Thessalian people.

Larissa in Thessaly 460BCObol Horse Lion Hydira Ancient Silver Greek Coin i46757

Greek city of Larissa  in Thessaly Silver Obol 12mm (0.72  grams) Struck circa 460-400 B.C. Reference: BCD Thessaly II 358.1 Horse prancing right; above, head of lion right. Larissa standing right, balancing hydria on raised knee; to left, lion's head fountain right, from which water pours forth; Λ Α RI around from upper left; all within incuse square.

LARISSA in THESSALY 462BC Obol Bull Horse Ancient Silver Greek Coins i46360

Greek city of Larissa  in Thessaly Silver Obol 11mm (0.94  grams) Struck circa 462-460 B.C. Reference: BCD Thessaly II 147; Liampi, Corpus 15i (V7/R9) Head and neck of bull left, turning to face viewer. ΛΑ (retrograde) downward to right, head and neck of bridled horse right; all within incuse square.

Larissa in Thessaly 350BC RARE Authentic Ancient Greek Coin Nymph Horse i42111

Greek city of Larissa  in Thessaly Bronze 18mm (7.42 grams) Struck 350-325 B.C. Reference: Sear 2132 var., B.M.C. 7. 86. Head of nymph Larissa three-quarter face to left, wearing necklace; hair confined by fillet and floating loosely, with ampyx in front. ΛΑΡΙΣΑIΩN. - Thessalian horseman right, holding spear, horse prancing; beneath, Σ.

LARISSA Thessaly THESSALIAN LEAGUE 196BC Athena Apollo Greek Coin i43487

Greek city of Larissa in Thessaly under Thesssalian League Bronze 19mm (6.61 grams) Struck 196-27 B.C. Hippolochos, magistrate. Reference: Rogers 21; SNG Copenhagen 315 Laureate head of Apollo right. ΘEΣΣA/ΛΩN, Athena Itonia striding right, hurling spear held in her right hand, shield on her left arm; above spear; IΠΠ-OΛO; A to left; to right, P above I.

PHARSALOS in THESSALY 400BC Athena Horse Authentic Ancient Greek Coin i49251

Greek city of  Pharsalos in Thessaly Bronze 15mm (3.40 grams) Struck circa 400-344 B.C. Reference: HGC 4, 654; Sear 2196; Rogers 485-487; BCD Thessaly II, 653, 666.2 Head of Athena left in close-fitting crested Attic helmet ornamented with figure of Skylla. ΦΑΡΣ, Helmeted cavalryman charging right on horseback, brandishing flail upon which bird perches.One of the more important towns of Thessaly, Pharsalos was built on the northern slopes of Mt. Narthakios. It was the scene of Caesar's famous victory over Pompey in 48 B.C.

PHARSALOS in THESSALY 400BC Athena Horseman Footman Ancient Greek Coin i49255

Greek city of  Pharsalos in Thessaly Bronze 21mm (9.17 grams) Struck circa 400-344 B.C. Reference: HGC 4, 646; Sear 2193 var.; Rogers 503-504; BCD Thessaly II, 671.3-4 Head of Athena three-quarter face to left, wearing triple-crested Corinthian helmet. ΦΑΡΣ, Helmeted cavalryman charging right on horseback, brandishing flail; bird perches on helmet; footman advancing right, behind, carrying flail over shoulder.

PHARSALOS in THESSALY 400BC Athena Horse Authentic Ancient Greek Coin i49216

Greek city of  Pharsalos in Thessaly Bronze 12mm (1.58 grams) Struck circa 400-344 B.C. Reference: HGC 4, 655; Sear 2197; Weber 2912; BCD Thessaly I, lot 1286; BCD Thessaly II, lots 649 and 654 Head of Athena in Attic helmet right adorned with Skylla. ΦΑΡΣ, Head of horse right.

SKOTUSSA Thessaly400BC Hercules Horse Rare Ancient Silver Greek Coin i22382

Greek city of Skotussa in Thessaly Silver Trihemiobol 12mm (1.00 grams) Struck 400-367 B.C. Reference: Sear 2219 var. Bearded head of Hercules right, wearing lion's skin. Forepart of horse right, left leg raised; Σ-KO in lower field.

Details about SKOTUSSA in THESSALY 300BC Ares Horse Authentic Ancient Greek Coin i49475

Greek city of  Skotussa in Thessaly Bronze 20mm (5.32 grams) Struck 300-200 B.C. Reference: HGC 4, 615; Sear 2223 Head of Ares right, in close-fitting helmet ornamented with plume. ΣKOTOYΣ / ΣAIΩN  above and below horse prancing right.

Details about KRANNON in THESSALY 400BC Horseman Hydria Authentic Ancient Greek Coin i49156

Greek city of Krannon in Thessaly Bronze 15mm (4.87 grams) Struck circa 400-344 B.C. Reference: Sear 2073 var.; HGC 4, 385 Horseman galloping right. Hydria, mounted on wheels.The city was near the source of the river Onchestos. People of Krannon held Poseidon in high regard. The city derived it's name from the various springs in the area (called kranna in Aiolic Greek). The city had an abundance of sheep and horses grazing in the plains which brought it great wealth. In times of drought, they had a hydria on wheels which they paraded through the city accompanied by prayers to Apollo, which it was famous for. There was also a temple of Athena and Asclepius in the city.

Details about Perrhaiboi in Thessaly 450BC Athena Horse Ancient Greek Silver Coin i46721

Greek city of Perrhaiboi in Thessaly Silver Obol 13mm (0.78 grams) Struck circa 450-400 B.C. Reference: BCD Thessaly II 551.1 Horse prancing right. Π–E–P–A, Athena Itonia, holding spear, aegis over arm, advancing right within incuse square. 

Details about Larissa Kremaste in Thessaly 300BC ACHILLES Troy Hero Ancient Greek Coin i49349

Greek city of Larissa Kremaste in Thessaly Bronze Trichalkon 19mm (5.34 grams) Struck circa 300-200 B.C. Reference: HGC 4, 13; BCD Thessaly II, 403 Head of Achilles left. ΛΑΡΙ, Thetis riding hippocamp left, charring shield.Situated in the south of Thessaly, Larissa Kremaste was built on a height, hence its name. It was taken by Demetrios Poliorketes in 302 B.C., during his invasion of Thessaly. The myth goes that Achilles, the tragic hero of the Trojan war was born in the city and ruled a port of it's dominions. Larissa Kremaste was also the city that Perseus visited on his exile from Argos. Thetis was the mother of Achilles, who is shown on coins from the city to be delivering weapons to him that were forged by the smith god, Hephaistos. 

Details about MOPSION Thessaly 350BC MOPSUS v CENTAUR RARE Authentic Ancient Greek Coin i46547

Greek city of Mopsion in Thessaly Bronze Trichalkon 22mm (8.53 grams) Struck circa 2nd half of the 4th century B.C. Reference: Sear 2154 Head of Zeus three-quarter face to right; thunderbolt in field to right. ΜΟΨEIΩΝ, The Lapith Mopsons, naked, standing facing, wielding club about to strike Centaur rearing left, holding boulder over head with both hands.

Details about Greek city of Perrhaiboi in Thessaly Authentic Ancient Coin 2ndCenBC Zeus i42044

Greek city of Perrhaiboi in Thessaly Bronze Trichalkon 22mm (6.35 grams) Struck Late 2nd to early 1st century B.C. Reference: Rogers 440; SNG Copenhagen 197; BCD Thessaly II 561; SNG Alpha bank 194ff Laureate and bearded head of Zeus right. ΠEPPAIBΩN, Hera, diademed and draped, seated right on backless throne, holding long scepter with her right and resting her left on her knee.

Details about GYRTON in THESSALY 400BC Zeus Cult Horse Authentic Ancient Greek Coin i37414

Greek city of Gyrton in Thessaly Bronze 20mm (6.86 grams) Struck 400-344 B.C. Reference: Sear 2089; B.M.C. 7.5 Laureate head of Zeus left. ΓΥΡΤΩΝΙΟΝ, Horse trotting left; ΠM monogram below.

Details about PHALANNA in THESSALY 350BC Ares Nymph Authentic Ancient Greek Coin i49209

Greek city of  Phalanna in Thessaly Bronze 17mm (4.06 grams) Struck circa 350-325 B.C. Reference: HGC 4, 175; Sear 2180; BCD Thessaly I, lot 1255; BCD Thessaly II, lots 578-580 and 591 3-8 Head of Ares right. ΦΑΛΑΝΝΑΙΩΝ, Head of nymph Phalanna right, hair in sakkos.

Details about PHAKION in THESSALY 350BC Persephone Horseman RARE Ancient Greek Coin i49477

Greek city of Phakion in Thessaly Bronze 19mm (5.73 grams) Struck circa 300-200 B.C. Reference: HGC 4, 542 (R1); Sear 2176; Papevangelou 1996, nos. 1-42; BCD Thessaly I, lot 1249; BCD Thessaly II, lot 566; B.M.C. 7.1,2 Head of Persephone right, wreathed with grain. ΦΑΚΙΑΣΤΩΝ, Horseman trotting right, right hand raised.

HALOS in THESSALY 302BC Zeus Phrixus on GOLDEN Ram RARE Greek Coin i49230

Greek city of  Halos in Thessaly Bronze 14mm (1.40 grams) Struck circa 302-265 B.C. Reference: HGC 4, 8 (R1); BCD Thessaly II, lot 86.2 Laureate head of Zeus right. AΛΕΩN, Phrixos riding ram right.Where Halos was originally located is unknown, however it is known that to have been located in the northern Achaia Phthiotis and overlooked Crocus Field. The myth of the city starts at the Halean temple of Zeus Lpahystios where the twins Helle and Phrixos were to be sacrificed, when a golden-fleeced flying ram was sent to rescue them by their mother, the nymph Nephele. King Athamas of Boiotia, was the father of Helle and Phrixos and was believed to have been the founder of the city. At the end of the Third Sacred War, in 346 B.C. the city was destroyed by the Macedonian general Parmenion. In 302 B.C. the city was re-founded, but this time closer to the sea coast by either Kassander or his rival Demetrios Poliorketes, rivals for the Macedonian throne. By around 265 B.C. the city was abandoned ostensibly due to a bad earthquake.
Greek city of Pelinna in Thessaly Bronze 15mm (2.86 grams) Struck circa 400-344 B.C. Reference: HGC 4, 284; Sear 2166 var. (horseman right) Helmeted cavalryman charging left on horseback, spearing fallen hoplite. ΠEΛΛINAEI, Thessalian peltast advancing lef, brandishing javelin and holding shield and javelin.
Greek city of Demetrias in Thessaly Federal Coinage of The Magnetes Bronze 20mm (6.20 grams) Struck 196-146 B.C. Reference: Sear 2138; B.M.C. 7.11 Laureate head of Zeus left. ΜΑΓΝΗΤΩΝ, Centaur standing right, right hand held before him, holding branch in left; plough to left, HΔ monogram below.

Details about LAMIA in THESSALY 325BC Athena Philoktetes Trojan War Archer Greek Coin i49224

Greek city of  Lamia in Thessaly Issuing in the name of the Malians (also known as the Malienses) Bronze Chalkous 15mm (1.50 grams) Struck circa 325-300 B.C. Reference: Sear 2142; Georgiou, Mint 16; Rogers (Malia) 384; BCD Thessaly II 125; HGC 4, 106 Helmeted head of Athena right. MAΛIEΩ, Philoktetes right, shooting arrow at bird falling to right; quiver to lower right.

Details about PEUMA in THESSALY 302BC Achilles Trojan War Troy Hero Ancient Greek Coin i49485

Greek city of  Peuma in Thessaly Bronze Chalkous 12mm (1.88 grams) Struck circa 302-286 B.C. Reference: Rogers 442; BCD Thessaly II 565 Wreathed head of Achilles right. ΠEYMATIΩN around AX monogram; Phrygian helmet to right.

Details about Pherai in Thessaly TYRANT Teisiphon 358BC Bull Horse Ancient Greek Coin i49345

Greek city of Pherai in Thessaly Teisiphon - Tyrant of Pherai: 358-354 B.C. Bronze Chalkous 15mm (2.22 grams) Reference: HGC 4; 585; Sear 2214; Rogers 530; BCD Thesssaly I, lot 1316; BCD Thessaly II, lots 709-710 Forepart of bull right, head facing. ΤΕΙΣΙΦΟΝΟΥ, forepart of horse prancing right.Teisiphon was the brother of Thebe who was the wife of the previous tyrant, Alexander. Thebe opened the door to Alexander's bedchamber. Teisiphons two brothers held Alexander down while Teisiphon finished him off with his sword. Through bribery, Teisiphon was able to get the support of Alexander's mercenaries, which they used to destroy the political opposition to his reign. Then he became the tyrant of the city, although he may have been a puppet of his sister Thebe. Teisiphon was succeeded by two further tyrants, whom were eventually overthrown by Philip II, king of Macedon.Situated west of Mt. Pelion, Pherai was the second city of Thessaly, after Larissa. In the 4th Century B.C. its tyrants extended their power over most of the region. 

Details about AUGUSTUS 27BC Thessaly Koinon ATHENA Authentic Ancient Roman Coin RARE i47217

Augustus - Roman Emperor: 27 B.C. - 14 A.D. Bronze Diassarion 22mm (10.46 grams) of Thessaly, Koinon of Thessaly Megalokles, strategos, and Arist–, tamias(?) Reference: Burrer Em. 2, Series 2, 69 (A17/R58); BCD Thessaly I 1398; RPC I 1428 ΣEBAΣ-TOΣ ΘEΣΣAΛΩN, laureate head right ΣTPATHΓOY M-EΓAΛOKΛEOYΣ APIΣT, Athena Itonia striding right, hurling spear held in right hand, shield on her left arm; monogram to right. 

Details about CLAUDIUS 41AD Koinon of Thessaly Thessalian League Athena Roman Coin i42048 Rare

Claudius - Roman Emperor: 41-54 A.D. - Bronze Diassarion 24mm (7.57 grams) of THESSALY, Koinon of Thessaly Antigonos, strategos Reference: RPC 1435-1436; Burrer Em. 1, Series 3, Grp. 1a, 43 corr. (A15/R34; rev. legend) ΘΕΣΣΑΛΩΝ ΣΕΒΑΣΤΗΩΝ, Bare head of Augustus right. ΑΝΤΙΓΟΝΟΥ ΣΤΡΑΤΗΓΟΥ, Athena Itonia striding right, hurling spear held in her right hand, shield on her left arm; monogram in left field. 

Details about GALLIENUS 253AD Koinon of Thessaly Athena Authentic Ancient Roman Coin i49342

Gallienus - Roman Emperor: 253-268 A.D. - Bronze Tetrassarion 25mm (10.33 grams) of Koinon of Thessaly in Thessaly Reference: Sear GIC 4530 var.; Burrer, MA–G 53; BCD Thessaly II 991.2-991.3 AVT. ΓΑΛΛΗNΟC ΑVΓ, Radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right. KOINON ΘЄΣΣΑΛΩΝ, Athena Itonia striding right, hurling spear with right hand, shield on left arm; Δ (mark of value) to left.

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