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My First Animal On A Coin.

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 Posted 07/09/2020  8:33 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Novicius to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The sphinx coin below comes from Perge (or Perga) which was an ancient Greek city in Anatolia, and once the capital of Pamphylia Secunda. Pamphylia was a former region in the south of Asia Minor, between Lycia and Cilicia, extending from the Mediterranean to Mount Taurus. It was bounded on the north by Pisidia and was a very small country, having a coast-line of only about 120 km (75 miles) with a breadth of about 50 km (30 miles). Today, it is a large site of ancient ruins 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) east of Antalya on the coastal plain. An acropolis located there dates back to the Bronze Age.

Perga's most celebrated ancient inhabitant, the mathematician Apollonius (c.262 BC - c.190 BC), lived and worked there. He wrote a series of eight books describing a family of curves known as conic sections, comprising the circle, ellipse, parabola, and hyperbola.

Perge, Pamphylia. 3rd cent. BC.
Obverse: Sphinx, wearing kalathos, seated right. Reverse: Artemis standing left. Reverse Inscription: NANAYAΣ ΠΡEIIAΣ (first N retrograde). Bronze. Diameter: 15 mm. Weight: 3.6 gr. Reference: Sear Greece 5417.

This post was going to be followed up by my first Griffin coin, but the vendor couldn't find it, or two others I had bid on! Very disappointing.
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 Posted 07/10/2020  08:30 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add thq to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Did you say griffin?

"Two minutes ago I would have sold my chances for a tired dime." Fred Astaire
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 Posted 07/10/2020  10:56 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Novicius to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Very nice indeed @thq. I'm still on the griffin hunt after this recent disappointment.

Hopefully your Mysian tunny will arrive soon, and I look forward to seeing the picture.

Jim
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 Posted 07/10/2020  12:59 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Palouche to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Good looking coin jim!...Nice detail on the Sphinx especially the head!
Just for your reference I've seen a lot of this type coin reverse described as...(Artemis standing left, holding wreath and sceptre), your Artemis certainly seems to be holding something in her right hand?...
Sorry to hear about the lost Griffin, but I'm sure another will turn up soon...Good luck.....And if I come across anything I'll let you know..

paul

BTW...A sphinx is on my want list but I just keep getting outbid at the last second..
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 Posted 07/11/2020  7:39 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add thq to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Mysian tunny hekte. Electrum 2.7g. There is a lion too, but not very well defined



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 Posted 07/11/2020  7:39 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Novicius to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I've seen two types of the sphinx coin Paul, both almost identical. One says Artemis is holding a wreath and sceptre, while the other says a wreath and torch. I can't make out which one it is.

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A sphinx is on my want list but I just keep getting outbid at the last second.

The dreaded snipers at work! Good luck for a future auction. I had been watching a pretty nice Akragas coin with the eagle and crab, but it went for double my maximum bid. I did get this one, and though it's not nearly as nice, it is my first Akragas crab reverse.

Sicily, Akragas. 425-406 BC.
Obverse: Eagle right and Fish. Reverse: Crab and two Fish. Bronze. Diameter 18 mm. Weight: 7 gr.
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 Posted 07/11/2020  7:43 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Novicius to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Mysian tunny hekte. Electrum 2.7g.

A really nice coin @thq. It was worth the wait.
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 Posted 07/12/2020  02:57 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Palouche to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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One says Artemis is holding a wreath and sceptre, while the other says a wreath and torch. I can't make out which one it is.
....Yes I see what you mean!.....Either way it's still a nice looking coin...

Good looking crab...There does seem to be a lot of competition on the greek bronzes at the moment...

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 Posted 07/12/2020  7:49 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Novicius to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks Paul.

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There does seem to be a lot of competition on the greek bronzes at the moment.

Indeed. Up to a few weeks ago there didn't seem to be much of a demand, but recently they appear to have become more attractive.

This tiny coin has been tucked away for a long time. As far as I can make out it is a fractional kakini of the Nagas Narwar. Padmavati was their capital. It is located in Madhya Pradesh in central northern India. The small bulls (this one) are apparently attributed to Ganapati.

Any information on these little coins would be welcome.

Nagas of Padmavati, c.300-340 AD.
Bronze. Diameter: 9 mm. Weight: 0.9 gr. Thickness: 2.64 mm.
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 Posted 07/13/2020  01:47 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Palouche to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nice coin again Jim....
Here's a short thread I ran a couple of years ago on a similar coin I had just picked up and gives you a little bit more info......Paul
http://goccf.com/t/305471

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 Posted 07/13/2020  12:43 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Novicius to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
There is more information in your thread Paul, than I found in all my internet searches. Thank you for the link, it made very interesting reading.

The table of devices will make any future additions much easier to identify.

Jim
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 Posted 07/17/2020  10:10 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Novicius to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This little coin caught my eye having a crayfish on the reverse. It was listed as Mysia, Priapos. Apollo facing, and crayfish reverse. With the reference: Sear 3987v. It is a neat little coin, but I can't find any information on the coin, or the Sear reference number.

Mysia, Priapos, 3rd cent. BC.
Obverse: Bust of Apollo facing. Reverse: ΠΡΙ above crayfish left. Sear 3987v. Bronze. Diameter 11 mm. Weight: 1.4 gr.
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 Posted 07/17/2020  10:26 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That's a nice rendition of the crayfish.
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 Posted 07/18/2020  07:14 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Novicius to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks Bob, I am really pleased with the amount of detail on the little crayfish.

There appears to be another character to the right of the "I" above the crayfish, and after looking a dozens of coins in ACSearch I found the one below. There is an "A" to the right, making it ΠΡΙΑ.

https://www.acsearch.info/search.html?id=3764408

Though the coin found on ACSearch is in poorer condition, I'm sure it's the same coin type. I'm much happier that the original attribution appears to be correct.

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Mysia, Priapos 3rd century BC. Laureate head of Apollo facing slightly right / Crayfish left; ΠΡΙΑ above. Lindgren III 29.
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 Posted 07/18/2020  1:04 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Palouche to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Really nice coin Jim....
I agree with Bob the crayfish certainly has got nice detail and I also think you've done well with bust too..
Good detective work on ID'ing this little hard to come by type..
Paul
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