Greek Lysimachos Tetradrachm with the Portrait of Alexander the Great, Lampsakos mint, C. 297 - 281 BC

The obverse shows the now deified King, Alexander the Great. He is shown in the finest Hellenistic style; facing right, his wild, unruly hair held down by a thin diadem, the horn of Ammon curling over his ear, clearly identifying him as Alexander.  The reverse with the goddess Athena enthroned left, holding Nike in her extended right hand, resting her left elbow on a shield with lion headed aegis. The legend reading: BASILEOS LUSIMACOU “Of King Lysimachos.” Crescent and monogram between legend and Athena. Worth $80,000.

Lysimachos (Lysimachus) c. 360 – 281 BC) was a Macedonian officer and diadochus (i.e. “successor”) of Alexander the Great, who became a basileus (“King”) in 306 BC, ruling Thrace, Asia Minor and Macedon.

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Eight-drachma coin (octodrachm)

Unknown artist, Greek

Eight-drachma coin (octodrachm), 261-252 BCE


Weight: 27.8 g

This coin is unusual not only because it is gold, but also because it portrays a woman, Arsinoe II, who ruled Egypt alongside her husband Ptolemy II. Although her reign was short, she was an exceedingly popular ruler, and was deified by her people almost immediately upon her death. She is shown here wearing a diadem and veil, both symbols of ancient religion. To the left of her head are the horns of Zeus Ammon, the Libyan god Alexander claimed as a father. Arsinoe’s depiction with such important religious symbols attests to the power she held in her community.

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Ammonites Fossil Runes Set by Cast a Stone Ammonite Fossil is used in past life regression and will assist with general good health, stamina and high energy. It can help transmute negativity to smoothly flowing energy. It will also assist during childbirth and will be helpful for general survival skills.  Ammonite can help release karmic debris and harmful thought patterns, while helping to attain and enhance personal power within the Self. This fossil is also helpful in releasing depression and finding purpose.  Ammonites are perhaps the most widely known fossil, possessing a spiral-form shell. Living over 240 - 65 million years ago, they became extinct along with the dinosaurs. The name ‘ammonite’ originates from the Greek Ram-horned god called Ammon. All Runes Sets come with Velveteen Carrying bag and rune description card. All stones are deeply engraved and painted within the symbol. Stones come in sets of 25 pieces, are approximately 1" (2.54 cm) each and perfect for rune casting.

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This is Gillygate the little demon. She’s really into gems, unusual relics and fancy fossils- especially ones that are cursed or house a lesser spirit. She wears a Tusk of Apophis, a Horn of Ammon and a cursed gem relic (it’s actually just inhabited by a very vocal and foul mouthed imp) Her hands even house two more gems- both are charmed to make the wearer resistant to venom and poison. Gillygate loves to eat pomegranates and chocolate muffins!

This doll is hand made using cast urethane from original sculptures, with a hand sewn faux fur body. This doll is not articulated, it is a floppy style doll stuffed with eco friendly soft fiber stuffing and weighted to sit for display. His wings and hair are wool. The Tusk of Apophis, Horn of Ammon and gems are cast urethane pieces made myself. They all glow in the dark!

As with all of my original dolls, this piece will come with a signed and dated etched wooden tag marking it as one of my one of a kind critters.

9.5" tall seated, not including hair.

This is a piece of artwork intended for adult collectors. It can be played with and cuddled a little but please treat it with care to prevent scuffs. Clean any cast parts with a slightly damp cloth, do not use solvents. Fur can be combed and styled if desired.

I do not take on commissioned work.

Extremely Rare Coin Issued By One Of Alexander The Great’s Best Friends

Worth $164,683; one of only 4 known examples.

This gold stater was struck in Alexandria under Ptolemy I Soter while he was still satrap of Egypt, sometime between 313 and 311 BC.  On the obverse, the coin shows the diademed head of Alexander III (The Great) wearing an elephant’s scalp headdress, an aegis and the horn of Ammon over his ear. The reverse shows the  prow of galley adorned with one large and one small protective eye.

Ptolemy I Soter (c. 367-283 BC) was a Macedonian general under Alexander the Great, who became ruler of Egypt (323–283 BC) and founder of the Ptolemaic Kingdom and dynasty. In 305/4 BC he demanded the title of pharaoh. Before Alexander’s death in 323 BC, Ptolemy was one of Alexander’s most trusted generals, and was among the seven somatophylakes (bodyguards) attached to his person. He was a few years older than Alexander, and had been his intimate friend since childhood.

This is one of the greatest rarities of Ptolemaic coinage, and it celebrates the Ptolemy I’s use of Alexander’s figure as a badge of legitimacy. As is well known, Ptolemy arranged to capture Alexander’s body in 322 BC, when it was in Syria on the way to Macedonia. It was soon placed in a great tomb in Alexandria where it remained until at least the 3rd century AD (though there are reports of it having been seen in the 9th and 10th centuries). This coin bears the typically Ptolemaic portrait of Alexander (with the elephant’s skin headdress) and a prow, which probably commemorates some initial Ptolemaic victories in Cyprus. The portrait itself is remarkably evocative with the visage of a human who was also considered divine.

Happy #Cephalopodweek !

It’s Cephalopod week, a cephalopod celebration coined by Science Friday when they realized their audience seemingly couldn’t get enough cephalopods. Modern cephalopods are common in the ocean and include varied species such as octopus, squid, cuttlefish, and even the chambered nautilus. But I’m a geologist, so you’re getting my version – ammonites!

Ammonites are named after a reference by the Roman writer Pliny the Elder which described stones that appeared as the horn of Ammon (the ram). They first appeared in the oceans about 400 million years ago during the Devonian period and were some of the dominant species in the ocean shortly thereafter.

Ammonites are key for geologists because they meet the standards to be index fossils. It’s really important for geologists to be able to compare the ages of rocks from one part of the planet to another and often there are no chemical links between rocks produced at the same time. In that case it requires an index fossil – a fossil match between two locations. For a species to be a good index fossil it has to be widespread so it occurs in both locations, it has to be abundant so that geologists can find them, and it has to be short-lived so that the match only covers a narrow time window. Ammonites meet all these standards.

Some ammonites, like this one, were huge. In some cases they were up to 2 meters across. Ammonites grew over time; the organism formed a chamber and then as it grew it formed new, outer chambers to move into. It then left a thin connection to internal chambers called a siphuncle that allowed it to pump air into the internal chambers to change the buoyancy of the shell so that it could actually move up and down in the water. Ammonites were mostly predators, using tentacles to bore into shells of other organisms in the ocean for food. They went extinct at the cretaceous-tertiary boundary along with the dinosaurs, leaving a 350 million year record of shells for us to find.


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