, 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Unpublished in the references and not yet fully attributed, this is only the second specimen of this extremely and important known to .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 Silver , unpublished in refs; cf.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; $1950.00 (Ä1735.50)
Skarpheia, Lokri Opuntii, Lokris, , 3rd - 2nd Century B.C.
BCD notes, "A remarkable, hitherto unknown coin of a mint with a clearly inscribed SK on the left below the . The appears to be earlier rather than later; the coin therefore may have been struck during the third rather than the second century B.C."GB49604. Bronze AE 12,
(NAC 55) 159.1 (this coin, otherwise unpublished), F, encrustations, 2.143 g, maximum 12.2 mm, 0o, Skarpheia mint, of Demeter right; advancing left, in left, sword in right, seen from ĺ behind (as on the Opuntii and Lokri drachms), SK on the left below the ; ex , ex Numismatic Ars Classica Auction 55, 159.1; unique?; SOLD
Aetolian League, , , c. 205 - 150 B.C.
The Aetolian League was a confederation of tribal communities and cities centered in central , probably established to oppose Macedon and the Achaean League. Other Greeks considered Aetolians to be semi-barbaric, but their league had an effective political and administrative structure and a powerful army. By the end of the 3rd century B.C., it controlled the whole of central outside . At its height, the league included , Malis, Dolopes, of , , and . Some Mediterranean city-states, such as Kydonia on , joined. As the first Greek ally of the Roman Republic, the league helped defeat Philip V of Macedon. Roman meddling in Greek affairs shifted opinion and a few years later the league sided with Antiochus III, the anti-Roman Seleucid . Antiochus' defeat in 189 B.C. forced the league to sign a treaty that allowed it to exist but made it an feeble pawn of the Roman Republic.SH53974. Silver
, 1255 (D14/R193), 501, VF, lightly , 2.464 g, maximum 16.4 mm, 270o, Aitolian mint, of right, wearing ; AITΩΛΩN, the Calydonian standing right, below, spearhead in ; ex CNG auction 256, lot 87; SOLD
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