, I Monophthalmus or II Gonatus, 306 - 270 B.C.
Unpublished in the references and not yet fully attributed, this is only the second specimen of this extremely and important known to . Both specimens were struck with the same die. & Mosch wrote of their specimen: "Troxell recorded a very issue of Alexandrine tetradrachms in the name of Gonatas (The Peloponnesian Alexanders, 17, 1971, 75-6, note 68), which through hoard evidence was conclusively proven to be struck at circa 272 (see R. W. , Gonatas and the Silver Coinages of Macedon circa 280-270 BC, 26, 1981, pp. 79-123, esp. p. 104). However, this unique has no controls that would explicitly tie it to the mint tetradrachms, and even more perplexing is the of the engraving, which is clearly dissimilar to the tetradrachms as well. One might suppose that it is in fact not a coin of Gonatas at all, but rather a hitherto unknown of his grandfather, Antigonos I Monophthalmos. However, this also does not sit well, again for reasons of , which is inconsistent with the period of Monophthalmos' reign. For the time being, therefore, this coin must remain a numismatic enigma until further evidence can shed additional light on it."
There are two auction records for the & Mosch specimen: Numismatics auction 7 (22 Mar 2014), lot 454, sold for £ 4,800 plus fees; and & Mosch auction 203 (5 Mar 2012), lot 150, sold for € 3,200 plus fees. Our coin sold at Gitbud & Naumann auction 16, (4 May 2014), lot 152, apparently slipping through unnoticed by all but our astute consignor for € 575 plus fees.SH71048. Silver , unpublished in refs; cf. Numismatics auction 7, lot 454 (same rev die) = & Mosch auction 203, lot 150, VF, struck a bit flat, 3.845 g, maximum 19.4 mm, 0o, uncertain or mint, 306 - 270 B.C.; of Herakles right, clad in scalp headdress tied at neck; BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIΓONOY, Zeus Aetophoros enthroned left, throne with high back, in extended right hand, long vertical behind in left hand, right leg drawn back; ex Gitbud & Naumann auction 16, lot 152; extremely , only two know specimens; $2020.00 (€1797.80)
Ptolemaic Kingdom, Ptolemy IX Lathyros, Reign as of , 101 - 88 B.C.
Ptolemy IX Lathyros ("grass pea") was of three times, 116 B.C. to 110 B.C., 109 B.C. to 107 B.C. and 88 B.C. to 81 B.C., with intervening periods ruled by his brother, Ptolemy X Alexander. When this coin was struck Ptolemy IX ruled in and Ptolemy X in .
Serifs are unique to just a few Ptolemaic coins from this time period. Perhaps all are the of a single engraver. Serifs also appear on a very Kition of this ruler. They appear on the K behind the of on the latest of the octadrachms. The heavy-set portrait compares well to MFA 59.51, and not so well to images of Ptolemy I. SH72904. Silver , apparently unpublished and unique!, VF, 13.234 g, maximum 27.0 mm, 0o, Paphos mint, as of , year 27, 91 - 90 B.C.; diademed of Ptolemy IX right, wearing ; ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, standing left on a thunderbolt, left, wings closed, date LKZ (year 27) before, ΠA mint mark behind, all letters with serifs; $2020.00 (€1797.80)
, The Great, 336 - 323 B.C., Lifetime issue
Lifetime issue. This extremely was probably struck in 323 B.C., just before Alexander's death. This was unpublished prior to the 1993 Near East Hoard, there are no records of prior sales of the on Coin Archives, and this is one of only four specimens of the known to .SH75258. Silver , 5; 4 - 5 (2 spec.); p. 32, group E(?) or F(?) (3 examples known); -; -; -, VF, excellent centering, archaic , uneven , light marks, 4.163 g, maximum 17.6 mm, 0o, Amphipolis mint, struck under Antipater, c. 325 - 323 B.C.; of Herakles right, clad in scalp headdress tied at neck; AΛEΞAN∆POY (curving along dot ), Zeus enthroned left, nude to the waist, around hips and legs, right leg forward, in extended right hand, long vertical behind in left hand, upright laurel branch on left; extremely ; $850.00 (€756.50)
Armenian Kingdom, Tigranes V (Herodian Tigranes I), c. 6 - 12 A.D.
"The reign of Tigranes V has generally been described as uneventful; his coins are similarly unremarkable. They do not commemorate any historical or military events but merely copy designs common to the Seleucid and autonomous city coinage of , , and . The standing Herakles/Vahagn, which was employed extensively by Tigranes the Great (CCA, 99-103), would have had particular appeal for the Phoenician population, as well as the Armenian." -- Frank L. Kovacs in "Tigranes IV, V, and VI: New Attributions"SH76981. Bronze two chalkoi, 6, ACV 158 (Tigranes IV), 153 (same), VF, portrait, nice green , old scratch on , 5.606 g, maximum 21.7 mm, 0o, (?) mint, c. 6 - 12 A.D.; heavily bearded of Tigranes IV right, wearing Armenian ; BAΣIΛEΩC TIΓPANOY MEΓAΛOY, Herakles-Vahagn standing slightly left, nude, right hand resting on grounded club, skin draped over left arm; ex Pecunem Numismatik Naumann auction 34 (2 Aug 2015), lot 496 ( realized €522.50 including fees); ; $750.00 (€667.50)
Ptolemaic Kingdom, Ptolemy III , 246 - 222 B.C.
After the death of Ptolemy II in late January 246 B.C., the remainder of his year 39 became year 1 of Ptolemy III. Coins of this year are known in gold and silver from most Ptolemaic mints; however, all are .GS77851. Silver , 1024 (1 spec.), -, -, -, -, -, VF, marks and scratches, 14.142 g, maximum 26.2 mm, 0o, (Saida, Lebanon) mint, late Jan - 28 Aug 246 B.C.; diademed of Ptolemy I right, wearing ; ΠTOΛEMAIOY ΣΩTHPOΣ, standing left on thunderbolt, left, wings closed, ΣI over ∆I left, A (year 1) upper right; very ; $750.00 (€667.50)
Kingdom of , Prusias II , 185 - 149 B.C.
Prusias II, son of Prusias I, inherited his father's name but not his character. He first joined with Eumenes of in war against , but later turned on and invaded. He was defeated and demanded heavy reparations. Prusias sent his son Nicomedes II to Rome to ask for aid in reducing the payments. When Nicomedes revolted, Prusias II was murdered in the temple of Zeus at Nikomedia.SH71000. Bronze AE 22, 640; p. 210, 8; 256 var. ( ); 26; 629; 7266, VF, nice , 6.393 g, maximum 22.3 mm, 0o, Nikomedia (Izmit, Turkey) mint, c. 180 - 150 B.C.; of young Dionysos right, wreathed with ivy; BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΠPOYΣIOY, standing right, playing , his cloak flying behind, NΦ inner right under raised foreleg; $640.00 (€569.60)
, Philip III Arrhidaeus and Alexander IV, 323 - 317 B.C.
This coin was struck under one of the Macedonian satraps in Babylon: , Dokimos, or Seleukos I. Perdiccas suspected of colluding in the theft of Alexander's corpse and, in 321 B.C., sent Dokimos to replace him. was defeated and died from battle wounds. Seleucus, made by Perdiccas rival Antipater, arrived in Babylon in October or November 320 B.C. and defeated Dokimos.SH73195. Silver , 3697, 1542, -, VF, 17.067 g, maximum 28.5 mm, 135o, Babylon mint, , Dokimos, or Seleukos I, c. 323 - 317 B.C.; of Herakles right, clad in scalp headdress tied at neck; BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus enthroned left, in right hand, long vertical behind in left hand, right leg drawn back, of facing on left, KY under throne; ; $600.00 (€534.00)
, Kassander, as Regent, 317-305 B.C., or , 305-297 B.C.
When Antipater transferred the regency of Macedon to Polyperchon, Kassander rejected his father's decision, obtained support from , Ptolemy and , defeated Polyperchon, and in 317 B.C. declared himself Regent. After had Philip III assassinated later that year, Kassander besieged her in Pydna. The city fell two years later, was killed, and Alexander IV and Roxanne were imprisoned. To associate himself with the Argead dynasty Kassander married Alexander's half-sister, . About 310 B.C. he had Alexander IV and Roxanne poisoned. Kassander proclaimed himself in 305 B.C. After was killed at the Battle of Ipsus in 301 B.C., Kassander held undisputed rule of . He had little time to savoir the fact, dying of dropsy in 297 B.C.SH76104. Silver , 304, 441 var. (r. leg drawn back), 700 var. (same), 523 var. (different throne ), VF, , , bumps and marks, 16.974 g, maximum 24.4 mm, 90o, Amphipolis mint, c. 315 - 294 B.C.; of Herakles right, clad in scalp headdress tied at neck; AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus enthroned left, nude to the waist, around hips and legs, in extended right hand, long vertical behind in left hand, right leg forward (lifetime ), Λover T over torch in left , HΓ under throne; $600.00 (€534.00)
, The Great, 336 - 323 B.C., Lifetime issue
Lifetime issue. Alexander the Great passed through Tarsos, , with his armies in 333 B.C. Darius' confidence increased, because Alexander spent so much time there, which he imputed to cowardice. In truth, Alexander had fallen seriously ill after bathing in the exceedingly cold river Cydnus. No physician would treat him, they thought his case so desperate, and his recovery unlikely. They feared the punishment for failure. Finally, Philip, the Acarnanian, relying on his own well-known friendship for Alexander, resolved to try. At this very time, Alexander received a letter, warning him that Philip had been bribed by Darius to kill him, with great sums of money, and a promise of his daughter in marriage. After Alexander read the letter, he put it under his pillow, without showing it to anyone. When Philip came in with the potion, Alexander drank it with great cheerfulness and assurance, at the same time giving Philip the letter to read. Alexander's looks were cheerful and open, to show his kindness to and confidence in his physician, while Philip was full of surprise and alarm at the accusation, appealing to the gods to witness his innocence, sometimes lifting up his to heaven, and then throwing himself down by the bedside, and beseeching Alexander to lay aside all fear, and follow his directions without apprehension. The medicine worked so strongly at first that at first Alexander lost his speech, and falling into a swoon, had any sense or pulse left. However, after a short time, his health and strength returned, and he showed himself in public to the Macedonians, who had been in continual fear until they saw him again.SH79741. Silver , 2993, 1291, 3, VF, high relief, attractive , light marks, tight thick, 17.104 g, maximum 25.2 mm, 0o, Tarsos (Tarsus, Mersin, Turkey) mint, c. 333 - 327 B.C.; of Herakles right, clad in scalp headdress tied at neck; AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus enthroned left, throne without back, right leg forward (archaic lifetime ), in extended right hand, long vertical behind in left hand, A under throne; $600.00 (€534.00)
, The Great, 336 - 323 B.C.
Struck during the lifetime of Alexander the Great or very soon after.SH79674. Silver , 83, 181, Issue E4, Hoard 536 - 578, 673, Reattribution 31, 21, gVF, centered, , 17.156 g, maximum 25.8 mm, Amphipolis(?) mint, struck under Antipater, c. 325 - 323/2 B.C.; of Herakles right, clad in scalp headdress tied at neck; AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus enthroned left, throne without back and two leg struts, right leg forward (archaic lifetime ), in extended right hand, long vertical behind in left hand, TE lower left, concave ; Obolos (by Nomos) auction 3, lot 120; ex a Swiss collection formed prior to 2005; $520.00 (€462.80)
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