Macedonian Kingdom, Kassander - Antigonus II Gonatas, c. 310 - 275 B.C., In the Name of Alexander the Great
Alexander III The Great, Macedonian Kingdom, 336 - 323 B.C.
Born a leader, Alexander's genius and charisma led the Macedonian army to create an empire covering most of the then-known world, from Greece to India. His reign begins the Hellenistic Age, a time when civilization flourished. He was regarded as god and his fame grew even greater after his premature death at thirty-three.GS76567. Silver tetradrachm, Price 874, Müller Alexander 1249, SNG Cop 865, Choice gVF, high relief, well centered and struck, some die wear, weight 16.741 g, maximum diameter 27.3 mm, die axis 0o, uncertain Greek or Macedonian mint, c. 310 - 275 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, clad in Nemean Lion scalp headdress tied at neck; reverse AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus seated left on backless throne, eagle in right, long lotus typed scepter vertical behind in left, right leg drawn back, feet on footstool, head of bull left in left field; rare;
$350.00 SALE PRICE $315.00Pontic Kingdom, Mithradates VI, c. 120 - 63 B.C., In the Name of Alexander the Great
Mithradates VI Megas (the Great) was king of Pontus in northern Anatolia from about 119 to 63 B.C. He was of both Greek and Persian origin, claiming descent from both Alexander the Great and King Darius I of Persia. Mithradates is remembered as one of Rome's most formidable and successful enemies, who engaged three of the most prominent generals of the late Roman Republic in the so-called Mithridatic Wars: Sulla, Lucullus, and Pompey the Great. On this coin, minted in the name of Alexander but with his own portrait replacing that of Herakles (Alexander), Mithradates VI presents himself as Alexander's successor, the "defender" of Greece, and the "great liberator" of the Greek world. His propaganda translated the Romans into "barbarians," as the Persian Empire was during Alexander's campaign. How many Greeks genuinely bought into this claim will never be known but it served its purpose. At least partially because of it, Mithradates VI was able to fight the First War with Rome on Greek soil, and maintain the allegiance of Greece. His campaign for the allegiance of the Greeks was aided in no small part by his enemy Sulla, who allowed his troops to sack Delphi and plunder many of the city's most famous treasures to help finance his military expenses. Mithridates likely issued this type during the second Mithridatic War to pay Scythian and Thracian mercenaries. After Mithradates VI was at last defeated by Pompey and in danger of capture by Rome, he attempted suicide. The poison failed because he had taken daily doses to build immunity. He then made his bodyguard and friend, Bituitus, kill him with a sword.
SH74513. Silver tetradrachm, CCCHBulg I p. 83, 24 (same dies), Price 1192, SNG Cop 725, SNG Oxford 2681, Müller Alexander -, VF, excellent portrait, dark toning, porous areas, marks, edge bump, weight 14.463 g, maximum diameter 27.7 mm, die axis 0o, Odessos (Varna, Bulgaria) mint, Second Mithradatic War, 83 - 81 B.C.; obverse Mithradates VI bust right as Herakles in Nemean lion scalp headdress; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus seated left on backless throne, eagle in right, long scepter vertical in left, ΛAK left, O∆H in exergue;
$450.00 SALE PRICE $405.00
Lifetime Issue.BB74172. Bronze half unit, cf. Price 338 ff. (various control symbols), SNG Alpha Bank 746 ff. (same), F, green patina, light corrosion and encrustation, weight 3.359 g, maximum diameter 14.2 mm, die axis 90o, Macedonian mint, 336 - 323 B.C.; obverse diademed head of Apollo right; reverse AΛEΞAN∆POY, horse right, uncertain control symbol below; $6.49 (€5.71) Kingdom of Thrace, Lysimachos, 305 - 281 B.C.
GS74866. Silver tetradrachm, Thompson 178, Müller 365, SNG Cop -, aVF, rough, bumps and scratches, some corrosion, flan defect on obverse top near edge, weight 15.601 g, maximum diameter 28.5 mm, die axis 0o, Herakleia Pontika (Karadeniz Ereğli, Turkey) mint, c. 288 - 281 BC; obverse diademed head of the deified Alexander right, with horn of Ammon; reverse Athena Nikephoros seated left, Nike in her right hand crowning king's name with wreath, left arm resting on grounded round shield behind, transverse spear against far side, HP monogram on throne, club left in exergue;
|Heraclea Pontica, on the coast of Bithynia in Asia Minor, at the mouth of the river Lycus, was founded by Megara c. 560 - 558 B.C. It was named after Herakles who was said to have entered the underworld through a cave on the adjoining Archerusian promontory (Cape Baba). The colonists soon subjugated the native Mariandynians but agreed to terms that none would be sold into slavery outside their homeland. Prospering from the rich, fertile adjacent lands and the sea-fisheries of its natural harbor, Heraclea soon extended its control along the coast as far east as Cytorus (Gideros, near Cide), eventually establishing colonies of its own (Cytorus, Callatis and Chersonesus). The prosperity of the city was destroyed in the Mithridatic Wars.|$450.00 SALE PRICE $405.00Mesembria, Thrace, c. 125 - 65 B.C., Civic Issue in the Types and Name of Alexander the Great
Mesembria, Nesebar Bulgaria today, was a Doric settlement on a Black Sea island just off mainland Thrace. Today it is a seaside resort and a man-made isthmus connects it to the coast. The city struck Alexandrine tetradrachms possibly as early as 275 B.C. It is likely Mesembria issued the very last Alexandrine tetradrachms, possibly even under Roman rule, as late as 65 B.C.GS74508. Silver tetradrachm, Price 1128; Müller Alexander 487, gVF, double struck, obverse die damage, edge crack, weight 33.92 g, maximum diameter 16.348 mm, die axis 0o, Mesambria (Nesebar, Bulgaria) mint, c. 125 - 65 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, wearing Nemean lion-scalp headdress; reverse Zeus seated left, right leg drawn back, eagle in extended right, long scepter vertical behind in left, ∆IO horizontal under arm in inner left field, AΛEΞAN∆POY downward on left, BAΣIΛEΩΣ downward on right, MEΣAM below; ex Pecunem Gitbud & Naumann auction 27 (4 Jan 2015), lot 110;
$250.00 SALE PRICE $225.00
The B A on the reverse abbreviates BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞAN∆POY, King Alexander. It may actually refer to Alexander IV, Alexander the Great's son with the Bactrian princess Roxana. After Alexander's death, the Macedonian generals made his infant son and his mentally handicapped brother, Philip III, joint kings. They were both only pawns. The generals divided the empire among themselves. Philip III was imprisoned upon his return to Macedonia, and executed in 317 B.C. Alexander IV and his mother Roxana were executed in 311 B.C.GB74822. Bronze AE Unit, SNG Alpha Bank 782, Price 376, SNG Cop 1026, Weber II 2146, SNG München -, Müller Alexander -, F, green patina, porous, corrosion, weight 5.494 g, maximum diameter 17.0 mm, die axis 90o, Macedonia, Amphipolis(?) mint, c. 325 - 310 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, clad in Nemean Lion scalp headdress tied at neck; reverse quiver right atop within bow with string downward, above B A, club left over thunderbolt below;
$38.00 SALE PRICE $34.20
Lifetime Issue.GB74824. Bronze unit, Price 311, SNG München 846, SNG Alpha Bank 727, SNG Cop -, Müller Alexander -, F, green patina, centered, corrosion and encrustation, weight 5.556 g, maximum diameter 17.1 mm, die axis 90o, Macedonian (Pella?) mint, c. 328 - c. 323 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, clad in Nemean Lion scalp headdress tied at neck; reverse AΛEΞAN∆POY, bow and quiver above inscription, club over Π below;
$38.00 SALE PRICE $34.20Ptolemaic Kingdom, Ptolemy II Philadelphos, 285 - 246 B.C., Cyprus
Cyprus became part of Alexander the Great's empire when he defeated Persia. After the succession struggles between Alexander's generals, Cyprus was ruled by the Ptolemies of Egypt.GP90086. Bronze obol, Svoronos 363; BMC Ptolemies p. 14, 7; Mionnet VI 229, Weiser 8; Noeske 107; Cox Curium 69, Malter 55; SNG Milan 12; SNG Cop -; Hosking -, F, green patina with earthen encrustation, weight 10.040 g, maximum diameter 20.5 mm, die axis 0o, Salamis(?) mint, c. 285 - 274 B.C.; obverse head of Alexander the Great right, wearing elephant scalp headdress; reverse ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, eagle standing left on thunderbolt, head left, wings closed, EY over XAP monogram left; ex Rusty Romans;
$85.00 SALE PRICE $76.50Ptolemaic Kingdom, Ptolemy VIII Euergetes II (Physcon), Second Reign, 145 - 116 B.C.
Svoronos and Mørkholm attributed this type to Ptolemy VIII Euergetes II. Foucher, Lorber and Wolf attribute it to Ptolemy V - Ptolemy VI. Kreuzer attributes it to Ptolemy X.GP72057. Bronze diobol, Svoronos 1495 (169 - 116 B.C.); SNG Cop 344; Faucher-Lorber Series 6C, 13 (Ptolemy V-VI); Weiser -; Noeske -; SNG Milan -; Hosking -; Malter -, VF, nice patina, weight 8.663 g, maximum diameter 21.6 mm, die axis 315o, Alexandria mint, 145 - 116 B.C.; obverse head of deified Alexander the Great right, wearing elephant-skin head-dress; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΠTOΛEMAIOY, eagle standing left on thunderbolt, wings open, head left;
$75.00 SALE PRICE $67.50Macedonian Kingdom, Ptolemy I, as Satrap in Egypt, 323 - 305 B.C.
Ptolemy Lagides was a Macedonian general who, after Alexander's death, became the Satrap of Egypt under the nominal kings Philip III Arrhidaeus and the infant Alexander IV. By custom, kings in Macedonia asserted their right to the throne by burying their predecessor. Probably because he wanted to preempt Perdiccas, the imperial regent, from staking his claim in this way, Ptolemy took stole the body of Alexander. Ptolemy then openly joined the coalition against Perdiccas. Thus began the long series of wars between the Diadochi, Alexander's successors. In 305, Ptolemy took the titles king and pharaoh, founding the Ptolemaic Kingdom and Ptolemaic Dynasty.GP72061. Bronze hemiobol, Svoronos 172 (as king); BMC Ptolemies p. 8, 62 (295 - 284, Cyprus); SNG Cop 36; SNG Milan 5; Malter 21; Weiser -; Noeske -, VF, crowded flan, red and brown patina, weight 4.503 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 315o, Alexandria mint, 310 - 305 B.C.; obverse diademed and horned head of deified Alexander the Great right; reverse ΠTOΛEMAIOY (no title, upward on left), eagle standing left on thunderbolt, head left, wings open, apluster above helmet on left; ex Harlan Berk; scarce;
$330.00 SALE PRICE $297.00
Catalog current as of Tuesday, December 01, 2015.
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