GAMING PIECES: 
COUNTERS AND DICE


 

ROMAN COUNTERS:


1054
   ROMAN COUNTER OR THEATRE TICKET
           I-II centuries A.D.

Bone disc with lightly incised ring with a dot in the center. On the other face the incised signs: XXL and three short wide lines below.  H. 4 mm; D. 23 mm.
Similar bone discs with inscription: XIII IΔ in Egyptian Museum at Cairo;  with inscription: III IΔ has been published in Corinth, X, The Odeum, p.141 and Davidson G.R. Corinth, vol XII, The Minor Objects. Princeton, 1952, p. 219; three plain discs with inscription: VIII H and IIII Δ and VIII PA in Peters B. G. Processing of bone in Ancient States of Black Sea. Moscow, 1986, tbl. XVIII.
$ 300



 

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1053.jpg (37257 bytes)
1053
Roman bone counter
I-IV centuries A.D.
H. 3 mm; D. 18 mm
$ 100


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1055
Roman bone counter
I-IV centuries A.D.
H. 6 mm; D. 31 mm
$ 100


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1056
Roman bone counter
I-IV centuries A.D.
H. 8 mm; D. 18 mm
$ 75


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1056
Roman bone counter
I-IV centuries A.D.
H. 5 mm; D. 20 mm
$ 75


 

BYZANTINE COUNTERS:

 

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1066
Horn counter
IX-XI centuries A.D.
H. 4 mm; L. 9 mm
SOLD 


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1067
Bone counter
IX-XI centuries A.D.
H. 4 mm; L. 8 mm
SOLD 


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1068
Bone counter
IX-XI centuries A.D.
H. 4 mm; L. 11 mm
$ 50


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1070
Bone counter
IX-XI centuries A.D.
H. 6 mm; L. 14 mm
$ 75


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1069
Bone counter
IX-XI centuries A.D.
H. 5 mm; L. 10 mm
$ 25


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1039
Byzantine bone counter
IX-XI centuries A.D.
H. 5 mm; D. 15 mm
$ 75


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1040
Byzantine bone counter
IX-XI centuries A.D.
H. 6 mm; D. 18 mm
$ 100


1051.jpg (62483 bytes)
1051
Byzantine bone counter
IX-XI centuries A.D.
H. 5 mm; D. 23 mm
$ 125


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1041
Byzantine bone counter
IX-XI centuries A.D.
H. 5 mm; D. 26 mm
$ 200


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1052
Byzantine bone counter
IX-XI centuries A.D.
H. 6 mm; D. 24 mm
$ 1 25


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1044
Byzantine bone counter
IX-XI centuries A.D.
H. 8 mm; D. 27 mm
$ 125


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1049         SOLD
Byzantine bone counter
IX-XI centuries A.D.
H. 3 mm; D. 26 mm



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1043
Byzantine bone counter
IX-XI centuries A.D.
H. 7 mm; D. 28 mm
$ 250


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1047
Byzantine bone counter
IX-XI centuries A.D.
H. 8 mm; D. 25 mm
$ 150


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1048
Byzantine bone counter
IX-XI centuries A.D.
Intact, H. 5 mm; D. 23 mm
$ 150


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1046           SOLD
Byzantine bone counter
IX-XI centuries A.D.
H. 6 mm; D. 24 mm



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1050
Byzantine bone counter
IX-XI centuries A.D.
H. 4 mm; D. 27 mm
$ 75


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1045
Byzantine ivory counter
IX-XI centuries A.D.
H. 5 mm; D. 19 mm
$ 150


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1042
Byzantine bone counter
IX-XI centuries A.D.
H. 4 mm; D. 26 mm
$ 75



 

ROMAN DICE:
Pausanias stated that ancient Greeks played dice since the Trojan War. Tessera had numbers on each side from 1 to 6. In Roman times and later, values placed on opposite sides add up to seven. Talus had only four numbered sides: 1, 3, 4, 6. The best throw was venus: all four tali fall to expose different numbers; the worse throw was canis when all exposed numbers are the same. 
See: Paus., II, 20,3; X,31,1; Aeschin. Contra Timarch., 59; Robinson, Excavation at Olyntus, X, p. 504, note 78; Suet. Aug., 71 1-4; Amm. Marc., XXVII, 4, 28; Daremberg and Saglio, Dictionnaire, svv. Ludi, Latrunculi, Tessera; Pauly-Wissova, Realencyklopädie, s.v. Lusoria Tabula; Peters B. G. Processing of bone in Ancient States of Black Sea. Moscow, 1986, p. 88-90, tbl. XIX.

 

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1059          SOLD
Greek Bone die
IV-II century B.C.
Opposite side's values: 
6-2; 5-3; 4-1
14 x 15 x 15 mm


 

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1062
Roman ivory die
I-IV century A.D.
Opposite side's values:
6-1; 5-2; 0-3
One side is blank
10 x 10 x 10 mm
$ 250

 

1060.jpg (32523 bytes)
1060        SOLD
Roman ivory die
I-II century A.D.
Opposite side's values: 
6-5; 4-3; 2-1
8 x 9 x 9 mm
 

 

1064.jpg (32347 bytes)
1064         SOLD
Roman ivory die
I-II century A.D.
Opposite side's 
values: 
6-5; 4-3; 2-1
9 x 9 x 9 mm
 

 

1063.jpg (41938 bytes)
1063              SOLD
Roman bone die
I-II century A.D.
Opposite side's values: 
6-1; 5-4; 3-2
11 x 7 x 7 mm



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1061
Roman bone die
I-IV century A.D.
Opposite side's values:
6-1; 5-2; 4-3
12 x 9 x 9 mm
$ 200


1065.jpg (50046 bytes)
1065
Bone die
Blank sides
11 x 12 x 11 mm
$ 75




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