, 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Unpublished in the references and not yet fully attributed, this is only the second specimen of this extremely and important known to .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 Silver , unpublished in refs; cf.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 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; $2250.00 (€1980.00)
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; $2250.00 (€1980.00)
, 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 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 (€748.00)
Kingdom of , , 305 - 281 B.C., Portrait of Alexander the Great
This coin was previously attributed as 166, but that has a bee under Athena's arm and a similar, but not identical, in the . We were unable to find another example of this .GS77555. Silver , Apparently unpublished; -, -, -, -, -, VF, high-relief unusual portrait, , tiny crack, light marks, 14.309 g, maximum 28.7 mm, 180o, (?) mint, c. 294 - 281 B.C.; diademed of Alexander the Great wearing the horn of ; BAΣIΛEΩΣ ( ) ΛYΣIMAXOY ( ), enthroned left resting arm on , transverse spear resting against right side, holds crowning name with wreath, ΣΠE(?) under her hand; ex Numismatics e-auction 5 (23 Feb 2014), lot 353; extremely ; $800.00 (€704.00)
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 (€660.00)
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; $720.00 (€633.60)
, 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 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 (€528.00)
, 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 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 (€528.00)
, Roman Rule, Aesillas, 90 - 75 B.C.
This was apparently intended to encourage Macedonian pride by portraying the legendary national hero of the Macedonians, and at the same time clearly communicate Roman authority with name and of the Roman .SH77214. Silver , Group , O90/R328; 3305; 224; 1330; 1439, VF, rose , , die wear, 16.397 g, maximum 26.1 mm, 0o, Thessalonika (Salonika, ) mint, 90 - 75 B.C.; of Alexander the Great right with horn of and flowing hair, Θ behind, MAKE∆ONΩN below; AESILLAS above money-chest (cista), club, and Q over quaestor's chair ( ), all within laurel wreath, pellet on chest , pellet at center of wreath knot, pellet at end of Q; $500.00 (€440.00)
, Roman Rule, Aesillas, 90 - 75 B.C.
This was apparently intended to encourage Macedonian pride by portraying the legendary national hero of the Macedonians, and at the same time clearly communicate Roman authority with name and of the Roman .SH77215. Silver , Group VI, 223; 1330; 3305; 1439, VF, nice , light , die wear, 14.921 g, maximum 28.3 mm, 0o, Thessalonika (Salonika, ) mint, 90 - 75 B.C.; of Alexander the Great right with horn of and flowing hair, Θ behind, MAKE∆ONΩN below; AESILLAS above money-chest (cista), club, and Q over quaestor's chair ( ), all within laurel wreath, pellet at end of Q; $500.00 (€440.00)
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