The Gamecock Rooster on Greek Coins

Type : Greek
Region : LESBOS
City : Mytilene
Date Ruled : Circa 521-478 BC
Metal : Electrum
Denomination : Hekte
Struck / Cast : struck
Date Struck : BC Circa 521-478
Diameter : 10 mm
Weight : 2.57 g
Die Axis : 1 h
Obverse Description : Head of roaring lion right
Reverse Description : Incuse head of rooster left
Primary Reference : Bodenstedt Em. 7 (dies b/- [unlisted rev. die])
Reference2 : SNG Cop –
Photograph Credit : Classical Numismatic Group

Type : Greek
Region : EUBOEA
City : Carystus
Metal : Silver
Denomination : Stater
Struck / Cast : struck
Date Struck : BC Circa 313-265
Diameter : 25 mm
Weight : 7.46 g
Obverse Description : Cow standing right, suckling calf
Reverse Legend : ΚΑΡΥΣΤΙΩΝ
Reverse Description : Rooster standing right; monogram to left
Mint : Carystus
Primary Reference : Robinson, Carystus 35 (P16/A9)
Reference2 : BCD 572 (this coin)
Photograph Credit : Classical Numismatic Group

Type : Greek
Region : SATRAPS OF ASIA MINOR
City : Uncertain
Issuer : Sophytes
Metal : Silver
Denomination : Drachm
Date Struck : c. 315-305 BC
Diameter : 16.4 mm
Weight : 3.397 g
Die Axis : 6 h
Obverse Legend : MNA
Obverse Description : Head of Sophytes right, wearing helmet and olive wreath, side flap ornamented with wing, ligate MNA on bottom of neck truncation
Reverse Legend : ΣΩΦΥΤΟΥ
Reverse Description : Rooster standing right, kerykeion behind
Primary Reference : Mitchiner 29a
Reference2 : SNG ANS 21
Photograph Credit : FORUM ANCIENT COINS

Type : Greek
Region : THRACE
City : Dikaia
Date Ruled : Circa 480-450 BC
Metal : Silver
Denomination : Trihemiobol
Struck / Cast : struck
Date Struck : BC Circa 480-450
Diameter : 9 mm
Weight : 0.74 g
Die Axis : 6 h
Obverse Description : Cock advancing right
Reverse Description : Shell
Primary Reference : AMNG III/2, 8
Reference2 : Svoronos, MΟΥΣΕῖΟΝ 50
Reference3 : SchÖnert-Geiss, Bisanthe –
Reference4 : SNG Cop –
Photograph Credit : Classical Numismatic Group

Type : Greek
Region : LESBOS
City : Methymna
Metal : Silver
Denomination : Hemiobol
Date Struck : B.C. c. 400
Diameter : 7.2 mm
Weight : 0.257 g
Die Axis : 9 h
Obverse Description : Head of nymph right
Reverse Legend : ΜΑΘ / A
Reverse Description : Cock within incuse square and linear frame, ΜΑΘ above (A as ∆)
Mint : Methymna
Primary Reference : unpublished in the standard references
Reference2 : SNG Kayhan –
Reference3 : Rosen –
Reference4 : Klein -, SNG Keckman -, Traité -, Franke, Methymna –
Photograph Credit : FORUM ANCIENT COINS

Type : Greek
Region : LESBOS
City : Mytilene
Date Ruled : Circa 521-478 BC
Metal : Silver
Denomination : EL Hekte
Struck / Cast : struck
Date Struck : BC Circa 521-478
Weight : 2.50 g
Die Axis : 4 h
Obverse Description : Head of ram left; below, cock right
Reverse Description : Incuse head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin; rectangular punch behind
Primary Reference : Bodenstedt Em. 21 (dies a/- [unlisted rev. die])
Reference2 : SNG Cop –
Reference3 : Boston MFA 1674 (same obv. die)
Reference4 : SNG VA 1690 (same obv. die)
Photograph Credit : Classical Numismatic Group

Type : Greek
Region : LESBOS
City : Mytilene
Date Ruled : Circa 521-478 BC
Metal : Electrum
Denomination : EL Hekte
Struck / Cast : struck
Date Struck : BC Circa 521-478
Weight : 2.57 g
Die Axis : 6 h
Obverse Description : Forepart of winged lion left
Reverse Description : Incuse head of cock left
Primary Reference : Bodenstedt Em. 9.1 (unlisted dies)
Reference2 : SNG Cop –
Reference3 : BMC 25
Reference4 : TraitÉ II 2135; Jameson 1472
Photograph Credit : Classical Numismatic Group

Type : Greek
Region : TROAS
City : Dardanus
Date Ruled : 5th century BC
Metal : Silver
Denomination : Trihemiobol
Struck / Cast : struck
Date Struck : BC 5th century
Weight : 1.08 g
Die Axis : 6 h
Obverse Description : Cock standing right
Reverse Description : Incuse horse head left
Mint : Dardanus?
Primary Reference : Peus 368, lot 178
Reference2 : Giessener MÜnzhandlung 90, lot 300
Reference3 : otherwise unpublished
Photograph Credit : Classical Numismatic Group

Type : Greek
Region : LESBOS
City : Mytilene
Metal : Electrum
Denomination : EL Hekte
Struck / Cast : struck
Date Struck : BC Circa 521-478
Weight : 2.51 g
Die Axis : 11 h
Obverse Description : Head of ram right; below, cock standing left
Reverse Description : Incuse head of lion right; rectangular punch behind
Primary Reference : Bodenstedt Em. 16 (dies d/Ε – unlisted combination)
Reference2 : SNG Cop –
Reference3 : SNG VA 7719
Reference4 : BMC 7/9 (same obv./rev. dies)
Photograph Credit : Classical Numismatic Group

Type : Greek
Region : SICILY
City : Himera
Date Ruled : Circa 530-483/2 BC
Metal : Silver
Denomination : Obol
Weight : 0.85 g
Obverse Description : Cock standing left
Reverse Description : Incuse square of windmill pattern within incuse dotted border
Primary Reference : Kraay 293 (DF19/RF14)
Reference2 : SNG ANS 145
Photograph Credit : Classical Numismatic Group

Type : Greek
Region : CAMPANIA
City : Cales
Metal : Bronze
Denomination : Ae 21
Date Struck : B.C. c. 268
Diameter : 22.5 mm
Weight : 7.667 g
Obverse Description : Head of Athena left in crested Corinthian helmet
Reverse Legend : CALENO
Reverse Description : Cock standing right, star behind
Mint : Cales
Primary Reference : SNG Cop 322
Reference2 : SGCV 548
Photograph Credit : FORUM ANCIENT COINS

Type : Greek
Region : EUBOEA
City : Carystus
Metal : Silver
Denomination : Stater
Struck / Cast : struck
Date Struck : BC Circa 300-250
Weight : 7.48 g
Die Axis : 4 h
Obverse Description : Cow standing right, head left toward calf, suckling left
Reverse Legend : KAPYΣTIΩN
Reverse Description : Cock standing right; monogram to left
Primary Reference : Robinson, Carystus 35 (A9/P16)
Reference2 : BCD Euboia 572 (this coin)
Reference3 : SNG Cop –
Reference4 : BMC –
Photograph Credit : Classical Numismatic Group

Type : Greek
Region : SICILY
City : Panormus
Date Ruled : Circa 430-380 BC
Metal : Bronze
Denomination : Hexas
Struck / Cast : struck
Date Struck : BC Circa 430-380
Diameter : 16 mm
Weight : 4.49 g
Obverse Legend : ZIZ
Obverse Description : Cock standing right; Punic ZIZ to right
Reverse Description : Two pellets
Primary Reference : CNS 3
Reference2 : SNG ANS –
Photograph Credit : Classical Numismatic Group

Type : Greek
Region : LESBOS
City : Mytilene
Metal : Electrum
Denomination : EL Hekte
Struck / Cast : struck
Date Struck : BC Circa 521-478
Weight : 2.49 g
Die Axis : 2 h
Obverse Description : Ram’s head right; below, cock standing left
Reverse Description : Incuse head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin headdress; rectangular punch below
Primary Reference : Bodenstedt Em. 18 (dies a/a)
Reference2 : SNG Cop –
Reference3 : SNG VA 1689 (same dies)
Reference4 : TraitÉ II 2140 (same dies); BMC 13 (same rev. die)
Photograph Credit : Classical Numismatic Group

Type : Greek
Region : LESBOS
City : Mytilene
Metal : Electrum
Denomination : EL Hekte
Struck / Cast : struck
Date Struck : BC Circa 521-478
Weight : 2.55 g
Die Axis : 5 h
Obverse Description : Ram’s head right; below, cock standing left
Reverse Description : Incuse head of roaring lion right; rectangular punch behind
Primary Reference : Bodenstedt Em. 16 (unlisted dies)
Reference2 : SNG Cop –
Reference3 : SNG VA 1688 and 7719
Reference4 : TraitÉ II 2138; BMC 7-9; Jameson 1468; Pozzi 2312
Photograph Credit : Classical Numismatic Group

Type : Greek
Region : EUBOEA
City : Carystus
Metal : Silver
Denomination : Stater
Struck / Cast : struck
Date Struck : BC Circa 300-250
Weight : 7.88 g
Die Axis : 12 h
Obverse Description : Cow standing right, head left toward calf suckling left
Reverse Legend : ΚΑ−ΡΥΣ
Reverse Description : Cock standing right
Primary Reference : Robinson, Carystus 19 (same dies)
Reference2 : BCD Euboia 569 (same obv. die)
Reference3 : SNG Cop 415
Photograph Credit : Classical Numismatic Group

Type : Greek
Region : SICILY
City : Selinus
Metal : Silver
Denomination : Tetradrachm
Struck / Cast : struck
Date Struck : BC Circa 455-409
Weight : 17.07 g
Die Axis : 10 h
Obverse Description : Artemis, holding reins in both hands, driving quadriga right; beside her, Apollo standing right, drawing bow; barley grain in exergue
Reverse Legend : ΣΕΛINONTI-ON
Reverse Description : Rgod Selinos, nude, standing facing, head left, holding in right hand a phiale over lighted altar, cradling in left arm a palm branch decorated with filet; before altar, cock standing left; to right, selinon leaf above bull standing left on basis
Primary Reference : Schwabacher 23 (Q7/S19)
Reference2 : SNG ANS 697 (same dies)
Reference3 : SNG Lloyd 1235 (same rev. die)
Reference4 : Rizzo pl. 33, 1 (same rev. die); Basel -; McClean 2577 (same dies)
Photograph Credit : Classical Numismatic Group

Type : Greek
Region : SICILY
City : Panormus
Metal : Silver
Denomination : Tetradrachm
Struck / Cast : struck
Date Struck : BC Circa 415-405
Weight : 17.34 g
Die Axis : 1 h
Obverse Description : Charioteer, holding kentron in right hand, reins in both, driving quadriga left; above, dolphin left; in exergue, dog advancing left
Reverse Legend : [ΠΑ]Ν−ΟΡΜ[…]
Reverse Description : River god standing facing, head left, holding in right hand a patera over altar to left; before altar, cock standing right; to right, palm tree and ram standing half-left on low dais
Primary Reference : Jenkins, Punic 3 (O1/R3) = Numismatica Genevensis 4, lot 39
Reference2 : otherwise unpublished
Photograph Credit : Classical Numismatic Group

Type : Greek
Region : SICILY
City : Himera
Metal : Silver
Denomination : Tetradrachm
Struck / Cast : struck
Date Struck : BC Circa 440-430/25
Weight : 17.11 g
Die Axis : 3 h
Obverse Legend : NOIA-PΕΜΙ
Obverse Description : The nymph Himera, holding kentron in right hand, reins in both, driving quadriga left; above, Nike flying right, holding open wreath in both hands; in exergue, cock left
Reverse Description : Himera standing facing, head left, holding in right hand a patera over altar to left; barley grain to upper right; to right, satyr bathing in fountain with lion-headed spout
Primary Reference : Arnold-Biucci, Monetazione 15 (Q4/H12)
Reference2 : Gutmann-Schwabacher 10
Reference3 : SNG ANS –
Reference4 : SNG Lloyd -; Rizzo pl. XXI, 12 (same dies); Basel -; Gulbenkian -; Jameson -; Dewing –
Photograph Credit : Classical Numismatic Group

Type : Greek
Region : MACEDONIAN KINGS
Issuer : Alexander III
Date Ruled : 336-323 BC
Metal : Silver
Denomination : Tetradrachm
Struck / Cast : struck
Date Struck : BC 336-323
Diameter : 27 mm
Weight : 17.14 g
Die Axis : 7 h
Obverse Description : Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin
Reverse Legend : ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡ∙Υ
Reverse Description : Zeus AËtophoros seated left; in left field, cock standing left
Mint : Amphipolis
Primary Reference : Price 0079
Reference2 : Müller 0392
Photograph Credit : Classical Numismatic Group

Type : Greek
Region : SICILY
City : Himera
Metal : Silver
Denomination : Drachm
Struck / Cast : struck
Date Struck : BC Circa 480-470
Weight : 4.02 g
Die Axis : 2 h
Obverse Description : Cock standing left
Reverse Description : Crab in concave incuse
Primary Reference : Westermark, Himera 115 (O1/R8)
Reference2 : SNG ANS 153-4
Reference3 : SNG Manchester 404 (same dies)
Photograph Credit : Classical Numismatic Group

Type : Greek
Region : CAMPANIA
City : Cales
Metal : Bronze
Denomination : AE21
Struck / Cast : struck
Date Struck : BC 265-240
Diameter : 21 mm
Weight : 7.33 g
Die Axis : 7 h
Obverse Legend : CALENO
Obverse Description : laureate head of Apollo left; behind, cock standing right
Reverse Legend : Δ
Reverse Description : Man-headed bull standing right; lyre above, D below
Primary Reference : SNG Morcom –
Reference2 : SNG France –
Reference3 : SNG ANS –
Reference4 : HN Italy 436
Photograph Credit : Classical Numismatic Group

Type : Greek
Region : TROAS
City : Dardanus
Date Ruled : Circa 5th Century BC
Metal : Silver
Denomination : Tetartemorion
Date Struck : BC Circa 5th Century
Diameter : 7 mm
Weight : 0.12 g
Die Axis : 12 h
Obverse Description : Cock standing left
Reverse Description : Incuse calf’s head right
Primary Reference : BMC Troas –
Reference2 : SNG Cop –
Reference3 : SNG MÜnchen 173 var. (calfs head left)
Reference4 : cf. Klein 304 (Hemiobol; calf’s head left)
Photograph Credit : Classical Numismatic Group

Type : Greek
Region : LESBOS
City : Mytilene
Metal : Electrum
Denomination : EL Hekte
Struck / Cast : struck
Date Struck : BC Circa 521-478
Weight : 2.55 g
Die Axis : 12 h
Obverse Description : Head of ram right; [below, cock left]
Reverse Description : Incuse head of roaring lion right; incuse rectangular punch behind
Primary Reference : Bodenstedt Em. 16 (dies b/b)
Reference2 : SNG VA 7719
Photograph Credit : Classical Numismatic Group

Type : Greek
Region : CILICIA
City : Tarsus
Issuer : Time of Pharnabazos and Datames
Date Ruled : 379-372 BC
Metal : Silver
Denomination : Obol
Date Struck : BC 379-372
Diameter : 10 mm
Weight : 0.75 g
Obverse Description : Bearded and helmeted male head (Ares?) right, wearing crested Athenian helmet; monogram right
Reverse Description : Cock standing right between two stars
Primary Reference : SNG Levante 99 (this coin)
Reference2 : SNG France –
Reference3 : BMC Lycaonia –
Reference4 : SNG Cop -; SNG VA –
Photograph Credit : Classical Numismatic Group

Type : Greek
Region : CARIA
City : Uncertain Carian Mint
Metal : Silver
Denomination : Stater
Struck / Cast : struck
Date Struck : BC Circa 490-480
Weight : 11.82 g
Obverse Description : Winged male figure left; monogram to lower right
Reverse Description : Incuse of four tilted squares around a central object (fish?); the titled squares each containing an object (monogram, bull’s head, lion’s head, and cock[?]) upon a granulated field
Primary Reference : Troxell, Winged 35 = SNG VA 2343 (same dies)
Reference2 : Gorny & Mosch 134, 1474 (same dies)
Photograph Credit : Classical Numismatic Group

Type : Greek
Region : MACEDONIAN KINGS
Issuer : Alexander III
Date Ruled : 336-323 BC
Metal : Silver
Denomination : Tetradrachm
Struck / Cast : struck
Date Struck : B.C. 325-323
Weight : 17.13 g
Die Axis : 3 h
Obverse Description : Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin
Reverse Legend : ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡ∙Υ
Reverse Description : Zeus AËtophoros seated left; in left field, cock standing left
Mint : Amphipolis
Primary Reference : Price 0079
Reference2 : Müller 0392
Photograph Credit : Classical Numismatic Group

Type : Greek
Region : LESBOS
City : Mytilene
Date Ruled : Circa 521-478 BC
Metal : Electrum
Denomination : EL Hekte
Struck / Cast : struck
Date Struck : BC Circa 521-478
Weight : 2.53 g
Die Axis : 4 h
Obverse Description : Head of ram right; cock below
Reverse Description : Incuse head of roaring lion left; incuse rectangular punch behind
Primary Reference : Bodenstedt Em. 11 (unlisted dies)
Reference2 : SNG Cop 300
Reference3 : BMC 10
Reference4 : SNG VA 7718; Boston MFA 1677
Photograph Credit : Classical Numismatic Group

Type : Greek
Region : LESBOS
City : Mytilene
Date Ruled : Circa 521-478 BC
Metal : Electrum
Denomination : EL Hekte
Struck / Cast : struck
Date Struck : BC Circa 521-478
Weight : 2.55 g
Die Axis : 12 h
Obverse Description : Forepart of winged lion left
Reverse Description : Incuse head of cock left; incuse rectangular punch behind
Primary Reference : Bodenstedt Em. 9.1 (dies h/-, unlisted rev. die)
Reference2 : SNG VA –
Reference3 : SNG Cop –
Reference4 : BMC 25; TraitÉ II 2135; Jameson 1472
Photograph Credit : Classical Numismatic Group

Type : Greek
Region : SICILY
City : Himera
Date Ruled : Circa 530-520 BC
Metal : Silver
Denomination : Drachm
Struck / Cast : struck
Date Struck : BC Circa 530-520
Weight : 5.85 g
Obverse Description : HI, cock striding left
Reverse Description : Mill-Sail incuse
Primary Reference : Kraay 53a (O40/R33) = De Nanteuil 286 = Jameson 603 (this coin)
Reference2 : SNG ANS 140
Reference3 : SNG Cop 295
Photograph Credit : Classical Numismatic Group

Type : Greek
Region : CAMPANIA
City : Cales
Metal : Bronze
Denomination : AE 20
Struck / Cast : struck
Date Struck : after 268 BC
Diameter : 18.3 mm
Weight : 5.90 g
Obverse Description : Head of Athena left, wearing Corinthian helmet.
Reverse Legend : CALENO
Reverse Description : Cock standing right; star behind, CALENO to right.
Mint : Cales
Primary Reference : GCV 548
Photograph Credit : Calgary Coin

Type : Greek
Region : CALABRIA
City : Tarentum
Metal : Silver
Denomination : Didrachm
Struck / Cast : struck
Date Struck : 272-235 BC
Diameter : 20 mm
Weight : 6.23 g
Obverse Legend : τΙΛΩΤΑC / ΔΙ
Obverse Description : Naked horseman (youth) riding left; ΔΙ behind, τΙΛΩ-ΤΑC in two lines below.
Reverse Legend : ΤΑΡΑΣ
Reverse Description : Taras seated left on dolphin, holding kantharos and distaff; small cock to right, ΤΑΡΑΣ below.
Primary Reference : Vlasto 446-49
Reference2 : Sear 374 variety
Photograph Credit : Calgary Coin

Type : Greek
Region : SICILY
City : Selinus
Metal : Silver
Denomination : Tetradrachm
Diameter : 26.8 mm
Weight : 16.47 g
Die Axis : 6 h
Obverse Description : Slow quadriga driven by Artemis, Apollo drawing a bow beside her, grain in exergue
Reverse Legend : ΣΣΛΙΝΟΝΤΙΟΝ A
Reverse Description : River-god Selinos, standing left, draped at waist and over left arm, sacrificing from phiale over lit altar, sacrificial cock on altar, holding branch in left hand, right: bull standing on pedestal with incuse A, Selinon leaf above
Primary Reference : Schwabacher 20
Reference2 : SNG Lloyd 1233
Reference3 : SNG ANS 693 (all same reverse die)
Photograph Credit : FORUM ANCIENT COINS

Type : Greek
Region : MACEDONIAN KINGS
Issuer : Alexander III
Date Ruled : 336-323 BC
Metal : Silver
Denomination : Tetradrachm
Struck / Cast : struck
Date Struck : BC 336-323
Diameter : 26 mm
Weight : 17.14 g
Die Axis : 1 h
Obverse Description : Head of Herakles right wearing lion’s skin headdress
Reverse Legend : ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡ∙Υ
Reverse Description : Zeus AËtophoros seated left; in left field, cock standing left
Mint : Amphipolis
Primary Reference : Price 0079
Reference2 : Müller 0392
Photograph Credit : Classical Numismatic Group

Type : Greek
Region : MYSIA
City : Cyzicus
Metal : Silver
Denomination : Tetradrachm
Struck / Cast : struck
Date Struck : BC Circa 390-340
Diameter : 23 mm
Weight : 14.99 g
Die Axis : 7 h
Obverse Legend : ΣΩΤΕΙΡΑ
Obverse Description : Wreathed head of Kore Soteira left, hair in sphendone covered with veil, two grain ears in hair
Reverse Legend : KY ZI
Reverse Description : Head of lion left, mouth open with tongue protruding; tunny fish below; behind, cock left
Primary Reference : Pixodarus 10
Reference2 : SNG Cop 53
Photograph Credit : Classical Numismatic Group

Type : Greek
Region : EUBOEA
City : Carystus
Metal : Silver
Denomination : Stater
Struck / Cast : struck
Date Struck : BC Circa 313-265
Diameter : 22 mm
Weight : 7.77 g
Die Axis : 11 h
Obverse Description : Cow standing right, head reverted, suckling calf
Reverse Legend : ΚΑ−ΡΥΣ
Reverse Description : Cock standing right
Mint : Carystus
Primary Reference : Robinson, Carystus 2 (P1/A1)
Reference2 : BCD 568
Reference3 : BMC Central Greece pg. 101, 6
Reference4 : SNG Cop 415
Photograph Credit : Classical Numismatic Group

Type : Greek
Region : MACEDONIAN KINGS
Issuer : Alexander III
Date Ruled : 336-323 BC
Metal : Silver
Denomination : Tetradrachm
Struck / Cast : struck
Date Struck : BC 310-290
Diameter : 28 mm
Weight : 16.70 g
Obverse Description : Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin headdress
Reverse Legend : ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ
Reverse Description : Zeus AËtophoros seated left; cock standing left in left field, ΔΟ below throne
Mint : Corinth
Primary Reference : Price 0684 var. (no royal title)
Reference2 : Unpublished
Photograph Credit : Klassische Münzen

Type : Greek
Region : Elis, Islands off
City : Ithaca
Metal : Bronze
Denomination : AE16
Struck / Cast : struck
Date Struck : BC Circa 350
Weight : 3.44g
Obverse Description : Head of Odysseos right
Reverse Legend :
Reverse Description : Cock standing right
Primary Reference : BMC 17
Photograph Credit : Aegean Numismatics




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