A collection of Phoenicia (199) in silver (42) and copper (157) housed in a cabinet, The collector remarks: 'The Autonomous Coinage of Phoenicia, although firmly within the Greek series, is remarkable for its maritime imagery and unique script, including several early dated series. The strategic location of Phoenicia (modern Lebanon) led to repeated incursions by Alexander and his successors, the Ptolemies and Seleukids, and ultimately by the Romans ; a turbulent history reflected in a further wealth of coin types'. Lot includes Tetradrachms (16) Aradus (2), of Alexander and obv. Tyche, Berytus (Caracalla), Ake-Ptolemais (3), of Ptolemy II , Antiochus VIII, and Caracalla, Sidon (3) Ptolemy II, Alexander I, and obv. Tyche, Tyre (7) Ptolemy II, Melquarth, Trajan (3), Caracalla, Geta; Dishekels (4) Byblos, Sidon, Tyre (2); a Stater of Aradus and Didrachms of Tyre (2), with other silver (20) including two very rare fractions of Gebaal (Byblos) Lion/Lotus type. The copper represents the mints of Aradus, Berytus, Ake, Byblos, Carne, Marathus, Orthosia, Tripolis, 'uncertain mint', Sidon, Tyre, comprising a solid range of autonomous and Roman issues including rarities such as Galba (Berytus), Diadumenian, Rev. Temple of Diana, and Aquileia Severa, both of Tyre. Lot includes Books (3), in mixed grades many in VF a few better, the bronzes in particular worthy of further study and further detailed research
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