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Ancient Coins of Arabia

Roman Arabia, Gerasa, Decapolis (Jerash, Jordan), Jerash Oil Lamp, c. 70 - 150 A.D.

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Jerash, Jordan is north of the national capital Amman. Inhabited since the Bronze Age, it’s known for the ruins of the walled Greco-Roman city Gerasa just outside the modern city. The historian Josephus mentions the city as being principally inhabited by Syrians, but also having a small Jewish community. "Jerash lamps" parallel the very similar Jewish "Daroma" lamps" of Judaea. A large group of "Jerash lamps" was found in a potters shop excavated in Jerash, hence the name. Some Jerash lamps have been found in Israel, at Beit-Guvrin, Nazareth, Caesarea, and other sites. Usually the nozzle is decorated with a fig or grape leaf, decorations on the shoulders vary but floral and geometric patterns are most common. Jerash lamps are most easily identified when they have a red slip is carelessly splashed on the upper half. Gerasa
AL93897. Jerash Oil Lamp, cf. Adler 3.4, 356; Schloessinger 391; Baily BMC -; 8.9 cm (3 1/2") long; 5.7 cm (2 1/4") wide, near Choice, a few bumps, ornamentation a little weak with details obscure, light deposits, c. 70/75 - 150 A.D.; mold made, fine buff-brown clay, red slip "carelessly splashed" on the upper half, round body, bow shaped nozzle, knob handle, flat low disk base, ornamented with a leaf(?) on the nozzle, a bunch of grapes and grape leaves on each side of the curved shoulders; $140.00 (€123.20)

Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D., Petra, Arabia

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UNESCO describes Petra as "one of the most precious cultural properties of man's cultural heritage." The BBC selected Petra as one of "the 40 places you have to see before you die."
RP84854. Bronze AE 25, Spijkerman 32, Rosenberger 19, SGICV 2281, SNG ANS -, VF, attractive earthen fill, weight 10.019 g, maximum diameter 24.9 mm, die axis 0o, Petra mint, 9 Apr 193 - 4 Feb 211 A.D.; obverse AV K Λ CEΠT CEOYHPOC IN ΠEP CEB (or similar), laureate bust right; reverse METPOΠOΛIC A∆PIAN ΠETRA, Tyche seated left on rock, turreted and veiled, right hand extended and open, trophy over shoulder in left; $90.00 (€79.20)

Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D., Philadelphia, Decapolis

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Philadelphia, Decapolis is today Amman, the capital and largest city of Jordan. One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, in the Hebrew Bible, it is called Rabbat Ammon. Ptolemy II Philadelphus of Egypt, renamed it Philadelphia. The city became part of the Nabataean Kingdom until 106 A.D. when it came under Roman rule and joined the Decapolis.
RP89400. Bronze AE 27, RPC IV online T6636 (9 spec.); Spijkerman 17; SNG ANS 1387; BMC Arabia, p. 39, 9 & pl. VI, 7; Rosenberger 18; Sofaer pl. 160, 20, gF, attractive style, holed, bumps, scratches, obverse off center, weight 6.863 g, maximum diameter 26.5 mm, die axis 180o, Philadelphia (Amman, Jordan) mint, c. 139 - 150 A.D.; obverse AYT KAICAP ANTWNEINOC, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind, before him a small bust of Athena left wearing a crested Corinthian helmet; reverse ΦIΛA∆EΛΦEWN KOIΛ CYPIAC (of the Philadelphians in Coele-Syria), bare-headed beardless bust of Herakles right (with the features of Marcus Aurelius), lion skin over left shoulder; scarce; $55.00 (€48.40)

Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D., Rabbathmoba-Areopolis, Provincia Arabia

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Rabbathmoba, probably the Biblical Ir-Moab, was conquered by Alexander Jannaeus. Its ruins are 18 kilometers north of Kerak in Jordan.
RP84127. Bronze AE 27, Sofaer 5; Spijkerman p. 264, 8; cf. Rosenberger IV 1-3 (bust and legend variations, etc.); SNG ANS 1414 (same), VF, no patina, weight 6.492 g, maximum diameter 27.4 mm, die axis 180o, Rabbathmoba-Areopolis mint, obverse AVT KAIC Λ CEΠ - CEOVHPOC ΠEB, laureate bust right; reverse RABBAΘM-WBHNWN APHC, cult statue of Ares standing facing in military dress, sword erect in right hand, spear and round shield in left hand, on platform with four legs set on base; rare; $45.00 (€39.60)



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