Argos, Argolis, Peloponnesos, Greece, c. 330 - 270 B.C.
Argos is located in the eastern Peloponnese, very near the Aegean Sea. Inhabitants worshipped Hera. Sparta was a close neighbor to the south but the city was a nominal ally of Athens in the continuous conflict between Athens and Sparta in 5th century B.C.
GS68017. Silver triobol, BCD Peloponnesos 1094; SNG Cop 29; BMC Peloponnesus p. 141, 60; SGCV I 2794, aVF, scraped, weight 2.625 g, maximum diameter 14.3 mm, die axis 180o, c. 330 - 270 B.C.; obverse forepart of wolf at bay left; reverse large A, crescent below, A - P flanking above, all within an incuse square; $100.00 (€75.00)
Thraco-Macedonian, Mid 5th Century B.C.
Zeus was enamored of Europa and decided to seduce or ravish her. He transformed himself into a tame white bull and mixed in with her father's herds. While Europa and her female attendants were gathering flowers, she saw the bull, caressed his flanks, and eventually got onto his back. Zeus took that opportunity and ran to the sea and swam, with her on his back, to the island of Crete. He then revealed his true identity, and Europa became the first queen of Crete. Zeus gave her a necklace made by Hephaestus and three additional gifts: Talos, Laelaps and a javelin that never missed. Zeus later re-created the shape of the white bull in the stars, which is now known as the constellation Taurus.
GA66475. Silver hemiobol, Tzamalis 16; Svoronos HPM pl. VIII, 8; cf. Rosen 165 (diobol, 1.701g); SNG ANS -, F, rough, weight 0.284 g, maximum diameter 6.94 mm, die axis 0o, Mid 5th Century B.C.; obverseJugate heads of Europa and a bull right; reverse Quadripartite incuse square; very rare; $100.00 (€75.00)
Taras, Calabria, Italy, c. 380 - 325 B.C.
This type was struck with dozens of different pose variations on the reverse. In some scenes it even appears Herakles might lose. There are so many variations that it might be possible to take photographs of the reverses and arrange them in a flip book to animate the fight.
GS67286. Silver diobol, cf. Vlasto 1315, HN Italy 911, F, rough, weight 0.924 g, maximum diameter 11.2 mm, die axis 0o, Taras mint, c. 380 - 325 B.C.; obverse head of Athena right in crested helmet decorated with Skylla; reverseHerakles naked kneeling right, strangling the Nemean Lion, A (or ∆) above the lion; $100.00 (€75.00)
Persian Empire, Samaria, c. 375 - 333 B.C.
Minted in Samaria while under Persian control, prior to Alexander the Great's conquest.
JD35912. Silver obol, Meshorer and Qedar 161, Hendin -, F, weight 0.798 g, maximum diameter 8.9 mm, c. 375 - 333 B.C.; obverse diademed bearded male head right; reverse facing lion scalp; $95.00 (€71.25)
Kamarina, Sicily, c. 495 - 484 B.C.
Kamarina was suffering a plague. A marsh north of the city was the suspected source. The town oracle advised them not to drain the marsh, but in 405 B.C., the leaders ignored the advice. Once the marsh was dry, there was nothing to stop the Carthaginian army. They marched across the newly drained marsh, razed the city, and killed every last inhabitant.
GS60595. Silver litra, SNG Cop 160; BMC Sicily p. 33, 3; SNG ANS 1215, F, weight 0.430 g, maximum diameter 13.3 mm, die axis 90o, Kamarina mint, c. 495 - 484 B.C.; obverseNike flying left, swan left below, all within olive wreath; reverse KAMAPINAION, Athena standing left, helmeted, wearing aegis, spear in right, shield in front; $90.00 (€67.50)
Laranda, Lycaonia, c. 324 - 323 B.C.
Laranda (Karaman, Turkey today) was attacked and destroyed by Perdiccas in 322 B.C. This coin type may have been minted to pay for the city's defense.
GS63069. Silver obol, Göktürk 68, SNG Levante -, SNG BnF -, SNGvA -, gVF, uncleaned, weight 0.598 g, maximum diameter 10.0 mm, die axis 45o, Laranda mint, c. 324 - 323 B.C.; obverse facing head of Herakles, club over shoulder, H left; reverse wolf forepart right, star above left; rare; $90.00 (€67.50)
Kolophon, Ionia, c. 480 - 450 B.C.
This tetartemorion (1/3 or 1/4 obol) is also known without a symbol left (SNG Kayhan 358 and SNG v. Aulock 7905) and with various other symbols including a cicada (SNG Kayhan 359 and SNG v. Aulock 202), a stork (SNG Kayhan 360), and two pellets (SNG Kayhan 361 and SNG Cop 140) and a grain kernel (SNG Keckman 241). This was the first money to be marked with the denomination.
GA64093. Silver tetartemorion, SNG Kayhan 358 ff. var (symbol), SNGvA 2002 var (same), SNG Cop 140 var (same), SNG Keckman 241 var (same), VF, weight 0.249 g, maximum diameter 8.1 mm, die axis 270o, Kolophon mint, c. 480 - 450 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right; reverse TE (tetartemorion) ligature within incuse square, astragalos (knuckle bone used for divination) left; $90.00 (€67.50)
Athens, Greece, Old Style Obol, 454 - 390 B.C.
The tetradrachms of Athens are much more common than the smaller denominations. Around 480 B.C. a wreath of olive leaves and a decorative scroll were added to Athena's helmet.
GS64390. Silver obol, Svoronos Athens pl. 12, 37, Kroll 13d, SNG Cop 53 ff.; SNG München 78 ff.; BMC Attica p. 10, 96 ff., F, rough, weight 0.751 g, maximum diameter 9.6 mm, die axis 315o, Athens mint, c. 449 - 413 B.C.; obverse head of Athena right, almond shaped eye, crested helmet with olive leaves & floral scroll, wire necklace, round earring, hair across forehead in parallel curves; reverse AΘE right, owl standing right, head facing, erect in posture, olive sprig above left, all within incuse square; scarce; $90.00 (€67.50)
Corinth, Corinthia, Greece, 440 - 400 B.C.
GS64398. Silver diobol, BCD Corinth 44; BMC Corinth p. 12, 119; SNG Cop 27, aF, weight 0.758 g, maximum diameter 11.9 mm, die axis 135o, Corinth mint, 440 - 400 B.C.; obverse Pegasos flying left, curled archaic style wings, Ϙ below, vine with bunch of grapes above rump; reverse Pegasos rearing facing slightly left, curled wings, ∆IO around; a rare and interesting reversetype; $90.00 (€67.50)
Persian Empire, Arabia, Gaza, Samaria or Judaea, c. 375 - 333 B.C., Imitative of Athens
A Persian Period imitation of Athenian types from the Middle East.
JD66530. Silver obol, cf. Meshorer TJC 4 ff.; SNG ANS 15 ff., F, weight 0.668 g, maximum diameter 9.5 mm, die axis 180o, obverse helmeted head of Athena right; reverse AΘE, owl standing right, wings closed, head facing, within incuse square; $90.00 (€67.50)