Gold 20-stater of Eucratides I (175–150 BCE),the largest gold coin known to have been minted in Antiquity. The coin weighs 169.2 grams, and has a diameter of 58 millimeters. It was originally found in Bukhara, and later acquired by Napoleon III.[705×683]

Gold 20-stater of Eucratides I (175–150 BCE),the largest gold coin known to have been minted in Antiquity. The coin weighs 169.2 grams, and has a diameter of 58 millimeters. It was originally found in Bukhara, and later acquired by Napoleon III.[705×683]

The Cheops (Khufu) ring. Originally believed to have belonged to the 4th dynasty Pharaoh whose Cartouche is inscribed, it was later discovered to have actually belonged to a 26th or 27th dynasty priest called Neferibre, who was part of a cult that deified Khufu. Egypt, 664 to 404 B.C. [1536×1123]

The Cheops (Khufu) ring. Originally believed to have belonged to the 4th dynasty Pharaoh whose Cartouche is inscribed, it was later discovered to have actually belonged to a 26th or 27th dynasty priest called Neferibre, who was part of a cult that deified Khufu. Egypt, 664 to 404 B.C. [1536×1123]

Daguerreotype of Pompey’s Pillar with then-recent graffiti written on it in Alexandria, Egypt, 1842. Originally built in 297 CE to commemorate the victory of Roman emperor Diocletian over an Alexandrian revolt. [1336×3500]

Daguerreotype of Pompey’s Pillar with then-recent graffiti written on it in Alexandria, Egypt, 1842. Originally built in 297 CE to commemorate the victory of Roman emperor Diocletian over an Alexandrian revolt. [1336×3500]

Fine relief of Nectanebo I offering goods to various demons. Diabase (or black schist?) originally from the Temple of Atum at Heliopolis, 30th dynasty (reign of Nectanebo I, 380-362 BCE), Late Period. Archeological Museum of Bologna (Italy) [1660 x 1428]

Fine relief of Nectanebo I offering goods to various demons. Diabase (or black schist?) originally from the Temple of Atum at Heliopolis, 30th dynasty (reign of Nectanebo I, 380-362 BCE), Late Period. Archeological Museum of Bologna (Italy) [1660 x 1428]