Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Artemis Gallery Ancient Antiquities Auction

Polychrome gesso box, Egypt, 26th Dynasty, circa 662 to 525 BCE, with hieroglyphs on each of four panels, $40,000-$60,000
Artemis Gallery unlocks the mysteries of ancient times with an auction of important classical antiquities, plus ancient and ethnographic art.
Greek Illyrian bronze helmet, circa late 6th to 5th century BCE. $20,000-$30,000

22+ karat gold Burmese Buddha that dates to the 12th century. Seated in the Bhumisparsha mudra pose and delineated in fine detail. $20,000-$30,000.

Pre-Columbian ceramic figure of the Veracruz (Mexico) culture is in actuality a life-size ocarina. $40,000-$60,000
Wood mummiform sarcophagus depicting Falcon Bird Horus. Circa 664 to 332 BCE, this incredibly rare piece is cataloged with a $25,000-$35,000 estimate.

A rare 1st century cavalry officer’s bronze parade mask modeled in the likeness of its owner. Estimate is $80,000-$100,000.
Greek Cycladic marble female figure, circa 2500 BCE. Est. $80k-$100k.Enormous Early Byzantine (400 to 600 CE) liturgical table finely carved from a single piece of creamy white marble. $100,000-$300,000Chinese Han Dynasty terracotta horse, circa 206 BCE to 220 CE. Est: $75,000-$150,000Urartu bronze helmet, circa-8th-7th century BCE. Est. $250,000-$350,000

Greek Paestan red-figure bell krater, Magna Graecia, southern Italy, circa 340 to 330 BCE $6,000-$8,000
The carefully curated selection includes museum-quality pieces from Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Etruscan, Near Eastern, Asian, Pre-Columbian and Native-American cultures. Additionally, there are several important Celtic and Viking relics and gold jewelry items.
Viking 18K gold ring with central cabochon garnet and flanking emerald cabochons, circa 9th to 12th centuries CE, $20,000-$25,000

Large Ancient Roman marble head of a man, circa 1st to 3rd century CE $20,000-$30,000

Prometheus: The Creator of Man

In Greek mythology, Prometheus is a Titan, hero, and trickster figure who is credited with the creation of man from clay, and who defies the gods by stealing fire and giving it to humanity, an act that enabled civilization. Prometheus is known for his intelligence and as a champion. The punishment of Prometheus as a consequence of the theft is eternal torment. The immortal Prometheus was bound to a rock, where each day an eagle, the emblem of Zeus, was sent to feed on his liver, which would then grow back overnight to be eaten again the next day. Prometheus is freed at last by the hero Heracles (Hercules).

Sunday, 28 April 2019

King Offa of Mercia

King Offa's coins featured the Islamic declaration 'No God but Allah.' This example is the only one known to exist.
King Offa of Mercia, who reigned between 757AD and 796AD, minted hundreds of Gold dinars featuring his name and the Islamic declaration of faith. The Anglo-Saxon moneyer who made this coin clearly did not understand Arabic. The Arabic inscription is upside down in relation to Offa’s name, and there is abundant evidence Offa was Christian, not Muslim.
This gold coin might have been one of 365 gold coins Offa reportedly sent to the pope in Rome. Offa may have chosen to mint the gold dinar because it was the dominant coinage in the Mediterranean in this period.

Thursday, 25 April 2019

Macrinus aureus makes $ 288k

AV aureus. NGC Choice AU ★ 5/5 - 5/5, Fine Style. Rome, AD 218. $288kRoman emperor Macrinus reigned for about a year, from 217 to 218, before falling victim to assassination, a fate he shared with many of his peers.

One of three known gold aureus coins of the type for Macrinus was a highlight of a Heritage auction. At the same sale a Diadumenian aureus made $336k
Diadumenian, as Caesar (AD 217-218). AV aureus. NGC Choice AU ★ 5/5 - 4/5, Fine Style. Rome, AD 218. $ 336k
Macrinus proclaimed himself emperor without awaiting confirmation from the Senate in Rome. This and reigning in soldiers’ pay made him very unpopular. The veteran soldiers revolted.

Marcus Opellius Diadumenian, ten-year-old son of emperor Macrinus (AD 217-218), was granted the rank of Caesar soon after his father had succeeded the murdered Caracalla. Coinage in his name was struck in all denominations, though his gold is extremely rare. Diadumenian was captured and executed in late June 218.

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Ancient Greek murder victim unusual

About 2,000 years ago, a heavily muscled man was murdered on a Greek island. The killer drove a spear into the man's chest with such force that it left a nearly perfect circle in his sternum. Such an injury is rare according to researchers.

Archaeologists found the man's remains in 2002 while excavating a section of an ancient necropolis in Thasos, the northernmost Aegean island.
The ancient spear — known as a styrax, the pointed end of a thrusting spear — wasn't thrown at the victim from a distance. Instead, it was likely thrust inward at close range and with precision, possibly for an execution. An injury like that would have caused cardiac shock and arrest, likely killing the man within a minute.

A dental analysis showed that just before the man's death, his diet worsened, suggesting that he was a prisoner or captive in his last days.

Sunday, 21 April 2019

Ancient ‘Texas Serengeti’ had rhinos, alligators, 12 kinds of horses

From 1939 to 1941 a federal agency that provided work to millions of Americans during the Great Depression put unemployed Texans to work as fossil-hunters. They dug up tens of thousands of specimens from sites near Beeville, Texas.

For the past 80 years the fossils have been stored at the University of Texas at Austin and virtually forgotten.
The fossil trove of nearly 4,000 specimens represent 50 animal species, all of which roamed the Texas Gulf Coast around 12 million years ago. Among the finds was a new genus of gomphothere, an extinct relative of elephants with a shovel-like lower jaw.
Other fossils include the American alligator and an extinct relative of modern dogs.
A paper describing the fossils and geologic setting was published April 11, 2019, in the journal Palaeontologia Electronica.

Saturday, 20 April 2019

Metal Detectorists in U.K. land huge 14th century hoard

A 14th century hoard of 557 gold and silver coins has been discovered in Buckinghamshire. The haul includes a dozen gold coins from the time of the Black Death. It is one of the biggest hoards found in the UK in the last decade. The finders are four amateur detectorists taking part in a local metal detector rally. The finders were initially delighted to find a dozen silver Edward I and II coins. At the end of the day they had found 276 silver coins and nine gold nobles. The silver coins are believed to be from the reign of Edward I and II - 1272 to 1327.
The full gold nobles might be worth up to £10,000 each although condition may be an issue. The silver coins might be worth between £20 and £50.

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Ides of March - Pawn Stars

The Ides of March was a day in the Roman calendar that corresponds to 15 March. It was marked by several religious observances and was notable for the Romans as a deadline for settling debts. The Ides is the 13th for most months, but the 15th in March, May, July, and October.

In 44 BC, it became notorious as the date of the assassination of Julius Caesar which made the Ides of March a turning point in Roman history.
See ----->"Ides of March" Coins

Monday, 15 April 2019

Ancient Egyptian Tomb found with spectacular art

A recently discovered 4,300 year old tomb belonging to a high-ranking official is covered in colorful reliefs and well-preserved inscriptions. The tomb dates to the Fifth Dynasty, around 2400 BC.
Saqqara, where archaeologists made the latest discovery, once served as the necropolis for the Ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis, located on the west bank of the Nile, around 15 miles south of Cairo.

Saturday, 13 April 2019


Hadrian was the third of the Five Good Emperors and reigned during the peak of Roman power. (117–138) His ascension was controversial as his predecessor Trajan hadn't chosen a successor until he was on his deathbed. Trajan’s wife Plotina sent a letter to the Senate declaring Hadrian as the new heir. It was only after the appointment that the Senate was informed Trajan had died.

Hadrian had a successful reign. He completed many building projects, including the Vallum Aelium. (Hadrian’s Wall)
Hadrian's Wall is one of Britain's major tourist attractions and a UNESCO World Heritage SiteHadrian was a military expert, but his reign saw little conflict. Hadrian selected Lucius Aelius Caesar to succeed him, but Aelius died suddenly. As an alternative Hadrian appointed Antoninus Pius with the provision that he would then choose Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus as his successors. Pius agreed, and the Golden Age of Rome continued.

Hadrian kept a beard, and all his coins show him bearded. Some accounts suggest it hid his facial battle scars.
See ----->The Five Good Emperors

Friday, 12 April 2019

British woman accused of stealing ancient tiles from Pompeii

Caprice Arnold, a 21-year-old from the UK, thought it would be great idea to loot tiles from Pompeii. She climbed over a barrier and used a sharp object to cut 20 tiles from a floor. A caretaker of the grounds spotted her. The guard stopped her and asked for her details to make a report, but she walked away, leaving the mosaic pieces on the ground. "The woman showed no remorse" said a statement.

Back in the UK, she claims she only bent down to 'inspect loose tiles.' She cannot explain how 3 tiles ended up in her bag. "It ruined the trip from then on and I was not able to enjoy it" she said.
Authorities spotted Arnold scaling the security rail at the House of the Anchor, one of the most famous homes at the ancient historical site.

The house is known for the mosaic tile anchor design at the front of the residence.
The damage is thought to be around $ 5,000.

It is far from the first time Italian police has taken action on tourists vandalizing and looting the historic city.
See ----->The Curse of Pompeii