Here we include coins that depict Poseidon, Neptune, ships, anchors, prows, dolphins, sea eagles, crabs, scallops, and all things related to the sea.
Greek, Magna Grecia, Limestone Relief Frieze of Triton, 4th - 3rd Century B.C.
A large, impressive piece! Worthy of the finest collection.
From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.
AZ35502. Frieze of Triton; cf. Pierre Berge & Assocites, June 2009, # 161 (later date, marble sarcophagus with similar Tritons and Nereids, est. $300,000), Choice, 10 X 13 ½ inches; Triton swimming right with male torso, lower portion of a very long fish body and an upturned tail, riding on him is a Nereid in a chiton with her right arm raised holding a long sail above; some wear but very attractive; $3930.00 (3026.10)
Taras, Tarentum, Calabria, Italy, c. 500 - 430 B.C.
Nearly all the similar litra of Taras clearly depict a female, the nymph Satyrion, Taras' mother (his father was Poseidon). This head appears to be male. In Vlasto, Ravel identifies it as Taras(?).
SH63460. Silver litra, Vlasto 1160 (same dies), VF, weight 0.816 g, maximum diameter 9.9 mm, die axis 135o, Taras mint, c. 500 - 430 B.C.; obverse cockle shell, linear border; reverse head of Taras(?) left, in round incuse; very rare; $400.00 (308.00)
Roman Republic, Cn. Cornelius Lentulus, 73 B.C.
This coin expresses the belief of the Roman people in their destiny to dominate the land and sea as caput rerum, the head of the world. In his new book Roman Republican Moneyers and Their Coins 81 BCE - 64 BCE, Michael Harlan writes, "It was a goal still to be achieved in 74, but expounded with the same degree of faith as was the believe that it was America's manifest destiny to spread from ocean to ocean."
SH63086. Silver denarius, SRCV I 324, BMCRR 57, Crawford 393/1b, Sydenham 752a, gVF, toned, rough areas, weight 3.694 g, maximum diameter 18.7 mm, die axis 45o, Spanish mint, 73 B.C.; obverse GPR (Genio Populi Romani), diademed bust of Genius of the Roman People right, scepter across shoulder; reverseEX S C, wreathed scepter, globe and rudder, LENT CVRXFL (curator denariorum flandorum - curator for minting denarii) below; $180.00 (138.60)
Syracuse, Sicily, Dionysos I, 405 - 367 B.C.
Dionysius I was tyrant of Syracuse. He conquered several cities in Sicily and southern Italy, opposed Carthage's influence in Sicily and made Syracuse the most powerful of the Western Greek colonies. He was regarded by the ancients as an example of the worst kind of despot - cruel, suspicious and vindictive.
SH63456. Bronze drachm, Calciati II p. 111, 62; SNG ANS 454; SNG Cop 720, F, weight 29.678 g, maximum diameter 30.3 mm, die axis 270o, Syracuse mint, 395 - 367 B.C.; obverseSURA, head of Athena left wearing olive wreathed Corinthian helmet; reverse sea star between two dolphins; ex Ancient Imports; $180.00 (138.60)
Judean Kingdom, Herod the Great, 37 - 4 B.C.
JD55127. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1173, Meshorer TJC 60, Menorah Coin Project O1/R1, F, weight 0.996 g, maximum diameter 14.0 mm, die axis 270o, Jerusalem mint, obverse BACIL EVC HP WDHC (King Herod); reverseanchor within laurel wreath; scarce; $160.00 (123.20)
Grynion, Aeolis, c. 350 - 306 B.C.
Aeolis was not originally a geographic term but a collective name for the cities in region on the west coast of Asia Minor founded by the Aeolians, a branch of the Hellenic peoples. The twelve southern cities were grouped in the Aeolian League; these were Temnos, Smyrna, Pitane, Neonteichos, Aegirusa, Notium, Cilla or Killa, Cyme, Gryneum, Larissa, Myrina, and Aegae.
GB35595. Bronze AE 12, SNG Cop 205 - 206; SGCV II 4209; BMC p. 132, 3 ff., VF, green patina, porositity, weight 1.516 g, maximum diameter 11.9 mm, die axis 180o, Grynion mint, c. 350 - 306 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo facing; reverse[GURNH], mussel shell; ex CNG 9/02 #283 sold for $250 + 15%, ex David Freedman Collection; rare; $150.00 (115.50)
Celtic imitative of a rare Macedonian issue struck under Philip V or Perseus, 187 - 168 B.C. The choice was appropriate for the Serdi Celts as the river Strymon runs through the Serdi region.
CE46727. Bronze AE 18, Malloy Danubian Celtstype -5B (unlisted busttype); imitative of a Macedonian Kingdom (Philip V or Perseus) type, 187 - 168 B.C., SNG Cop 1299, gVF, weight 5.674 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 0o, obverse reed-wreathed head of the river god Strymon right; reverse simple trident, no inscription or symbols; rare; $135.00 (103.95)
Severus Alexander, 13 March 222 - March 235 A.D., Amphipolis, Macedonia
RP56017. Bronze AE 22, Varbanov III 3301, SNG Cop 118, gVF, weight 6.454 g, maximum diameter 22.0 mm, die axis 180o, Amphipolis mint, obverseAUT K M AUP CEU ALEXANDR, laureate, draped and cuirassedbust right, from behind; reverseAMFIPOLEITWN, turreted city goddess enthroned left, patera in extended right, fish in ex; $135.00 (103.95)
Grynion, Aeolis, c. 350 - 306 B.C.
Grynion was a small city mentioned from the 5th century B.C. onwards as a vassal of the Persians and as a member of the 1st Athenian League. The oracle of Apollo Gryneios at Gryneum was the religious and political center of the Aeolis. It belonged to the territory of Myrina in Hellenistic times.
GB42818. Bronze AE 12, SNG Cop 205 - 206; SGCV II 4209; BMC p. 132, 3 ff., VF, weight 1.677 g, maximum diameter 12.2 mm, die axis 180o, Grynion mint, c. 350 - 306 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo facing; reverseGUR/NH, mussel shell; very nice for type; rare; $130.00 (100.10)
Perinthos, Thrace, 1st Century A.D.
GB39306. Bronze AE 23, Schonert 88, RPC I 1766, aVF, weight 5.540 g, maximum diameter 23.5 mm, die axis 0o, Perinthos mint, obversebust of Neptune right, trident before; reversePERIN/QIWN, dolphin right; rare; $110.00 (84.70)