21 Jun 2012

art bronze coin Bronze Coin 285 BCELARGE BRONZE COIN (40MM.)
PTOLEMAIC PERIOD, PTOLEMY II, 285-246 BCE., GAZA
$850

Description : Obverse: Diademed head of Zeus;
Reverse: Eagle standing on a thunderbolt of Zeus. The largest coins ever to circulate in Eretz Yisrael.
VERY FINE

Under the Ptolemies, Egypt minted some extremely thick and heavy bronze coins, such as this ezample. Instead of placing the metal blank for the coin between dies and then striking the top die with a hammer, these monsters were produced using a screw press which brought down thousands of pounds of pressure on the metal. The Ptolemies ruled Egypt for 275 years until the suicide ot Cleopatra VII (the Cleopatra) and the last of the Ptolemies.

Price : $850
21 Jun 2012

art tetradrachm ptolemaic TETRADRACHM 285 246 BCESILVER TETRADRACHM (23MM.)
PTOLEMAIC PERIOD, PTOLEMY II 285-246 BCE.
$750

Description : Obverse: Head of Ptolemy I;
Reverse: Eagle standing on a thunderbolt.
FINE

Another great achievement during Ptolemy II’s reign was the construction of the Pharos, a light-house reaching 440 ft. above a peninsula in Alexandria Harbour with a perpetual fire to guide the ships along the coast – one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Price : $750
10 May 2012

Oil Lamp Pinched Pinched Oil Lamp

HOLY LAND TERRACOTTA PINCHED OIL LAMP
LACHISH TOMBS, 1200-800 BCE., TIME OF SAUL, DAVID, SOLOMON
$800

Description : Wheel-turned, fired shallow bowl with everted rim forming a flat ledge, with pinched area for wick, orange-red ware5 1/2″ diameter, 2″ high
Price : $800
10 May 2012

Greek Tetradrachm Tetradrachm Greek Silver

GREEK SILVER TETRADRACHM (32MM.)
ALEXANDER THE GREAT OF MACEDON 336-323 BCE
$800

Description : Obverse: Head of Hercules wearing a lion’s skin;
Reverse: Zeus enthroned holding an eagle on his outstretched palm and aceptre in other hand, with the name Alexander (in Greek) vertically to the right. MINT STATE.Under Alexander, Macedon became the greatest Empire known to history. Up until that time, the Kingdom eventually included Northern Africa, much of Asia Minor and Persia as well as Greece itself, with a combined population of some 20 million. Alexander established a common currency in the Empire, made Greek the official language, founded a number of cities and began to form a plan for the invasion of Carthage, the last vestige of Persian power. Whilwe at the pinnacle of success, Alexander overindulged at one of his banquets, dying prematurely at age 33. No one man seemed fit to rule the entire Empire and it was divided among his strongest generals, his dreams of a united Hellenistic Empire dying with him.
Price : $800