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Doves on Ancient Coins

Roman, Gaul, Bronze Bird (Dove?) Fibula, c. 2nd Century A.D.

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This type with a "jaw" pin hing was produced in the northern Gallic provinces and Rhine area, c. 2nd century A.D.
AS71467. cf. Buora 855; 28.8 mm, 7.808g, Choice, attractive surfaces, green and red patina, missing pin, otherwise complete and intact, c. 2nd century A.D.; very finely made, bronze cast bird (dove?) fibula with engraved decorative details, "jaw" pin hing; rare; $200.00 (Ä176.00)

Laodicea ad Lycus, Phrygia, c. 200 - 133 B.C.

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Laodicea on the Lycus was on the river Lycus (Curuksu), in Lydia, later the Roman Province of Phrygia Pacatiana, now near the modern city of Denizli, Turkey. It was home to one of the Seven churches of Asia in the Book of Revelation. In 2013 the archaeological site was identified as a of World Heritage Site. Its ruins attest to its former greatness. Its many buildings include a stadium, baths, temples, a gymnasium, theaters, and a bouleuterion (Senate House). On the eastern side, the line of the ancient wall may be distinctly traced, with the remains of the Ephesus gate; there are streets traversing the town, flanked by colonnades and numerous pedestals. North of the town, towards the Lycus, are many sarcophagi, with their covers lying near them, partly embedded in the ground, and all having been long since rifled. Laodicea
GB91507. Bronze AE 16, BMC Phrygia p. 284, 29; SNG Cop -; SNGvA -; Lindgren -, aVF, dark patina rubbed to bare bronze on highest points, reverse slightly off center, weight 3.437 g, maximum diameter 15.7 mm, die axis 0o, Laodicea ad Lycum (near Denizli, Turkey) mint, c. 200 - 133 B.C.; obverse draped bust of Aphrodite right, wearing stephane, hair in a bun at the back; reverse Aphrodite standing slightly left, head left, draped in long chiton dove in extended right hand, rose on stem in lower left field, ΛAO∆IKEΩN downward on right; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; scarce; $95.00 (Ä83.60)

Paphos, Cyprus, Timarchos, c. 350 - 332 B.C.

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Doves are a symbol of peace but also a romantic symbol of love. The dove relates to romance because Greek mythology associated the small, white bird with Aphrodite, the goddess of love. Aphrodite's jewel-encrusted, golden chariot was drawn through the sky by a team of doves.
GB92215. Bronze AE 16, Bank of Cyprus 20 (same countermark), Tziambazis 91, BMC Cyprus -, SNG Cop -, Lindgren -, Fair/Fine, dark green patina, porous, weight 2.707 g, maximum diameter 15.7 mm, die axis 45o, Paphos mint, c. 350 - 332 B.C.; obverse head of Aphrodite left, wearing stephane, single drop earring, and necklace; reverse dove standing right, star above; countermark: rose in a round punch; $40.00 (Ä35.20)


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