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Ancient Coin Eye Appeal

The most important factor in determining the price of a coin is eye appeal. One coin of the exact same type as another can be priced ten times higher or more. So, what is this eye appeal?

It is beauty. . . It is classical fine art. . . It is a masterpiece portrait. . . It is sculptural high relief. . . It is a choice strike. . . It is a gem patina. . . It is Celtic abstraction. . .

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Athens, Greece, Pi-Style IV Tetradrachm, 353 - c. 340 B.C.
Click for a larger photo The name Pi-style refers to the floral helmet ornament on the obverse which resembles the Greek letter pi (P) bisected by a long central tendril.
SH68874. Silver tetradrachm, Kroll Pi-Style p. 244, fig. 8; Flament p. 127, 4; SNG Delepierre 1475; Svoronos Athens pl. 20, 27; Kroll -; van Alfen New -; SNG Cop -, gVF, toned, unusually nice for this late issue, weight 17.171 g, maximum diameter 24.8 mm, die axis 270o, Athens mint, 353 - c. 340 B.C.; obverse head of Athena right with eye seen in true profile, wearing crested helmet ornamented with three olive leaves and pi-style floral scroll; reverse owl standing right, head facing, to right AΘE in large lettering, to left olive sprig and crescent; ex Gemini auction I, lot 135 (2005), ex Commandeer David R. Hinkle Collection; $1400.00 (1050.00)

Larissa, Thessaly, Greece, c. 405 - 370 B.C.
Click for a larger photo When Larissa ceased minting the federal coins it shared with other Thessalian towns and adopted its own coinage in the late fifth century B.C., it chose local types. The obverse depicted the local fountain nymph Larissa, for whom the town was named, probably inspired by the famous coins of Kimon depicting the Syracusan nymph Arethusa. The reverse depicted a horse in various poses.
GS68671. Silver drachm, Lorber-Shahar, Early Group 6, head type 25 (O118/R1); SNG Cop -, VF, fine style, well centered, a few marks, lightly etched surfaces, weight 5.483 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 180o, Larissa mint, c. 405 - 370 B.C.; obverse head of nymph Larissa facing slightly left, hair floating freely. Small eyes. Round earring and wire choker well above the neck truncation; reverse ΛAPI above, horse grazing right; $900.00 (675.00)

Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D.
Click for a larger photo Honos was the god of chivalry, honor and military justice. He was usually depicted in art with a spear and a cornucopia. He was sometimes identified with Virtus.
SH68901. Bronze dupondius, RIC III 802, BMCRE 1738, Cohen 415, SRCV II -, EF, beautiful green patina, well centered, weight 12.822 g, maximum diameter 25.8 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 145 - 147 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P, radiate head right; reverse HONORI AVG COS IIII, Honos standing facing, head left, togate, branch in right, cornucopia in left; a very attractive coin!; $900.00 (675.00)

Byzantine Empire, Constans II and Constantine IV, 13 April 654 - 15 July 668 A.D.
Click for a larger photo In 663, Constans II invaded southern Italy.
SH68095. Bronze follis, Anastasi 204; SBCV 1110; DOC II part 2, 181; Hahn MIB 210; Morrisson BN 9; Wroth BMC 362; Tolstoi 374; Ratto 1638, Choice aEF, well centered and struck, nice green patina, weight 5.242 g, maximum diameter 24.9 mm, die axis 180o, Syracuse mint, 659 - 663; obverse Constans (left) in military attire with long cross in right, and Constantine in chlamys with globus cruciger in right, both crowned and stand facing; reverse large M flanked by Heraclius (left) and Tiberius, both stand facing in crown and chlamys, each holds globus cruciger in right, monogram above, SCL in exergue; overstruck on a trimmed older coin, no indication of undertype; $600.00 (450.00)

Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III The Great, 336 - 323 B.C.
Click for a larger photo Lifetime or very early posthumous issue struck under Menes or Laomedon.
SH68679. Silver tetradrachm, Price 3332; Duyrat group IV, series 11, VF, high relief, nice style, toned, weight 17.071 g, maximum diameter 26.2 mm, die axis 225o, Phoenicia, Arados mint, c. 324 - 320 B.C.; obverse Herakles' head right, clad in Nemean lion scalp headdress tied at neck; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus Atophoros enthroned left, right leg forward, eagle in extended right, long lotus tipped scepter vertical behind in left, kerykeion left, A over P monogram under throne; $580.00 (435.00)

Nerva, 18 September 96 - 25 January 98 A.D.
Click for a larger photo In late October 97 A.D. Nerva adopted Trajan as his son and heir of the Empire. The previous emperor Domitian was a friend of the army and gave no consideration to the Senate, while Nerva was a very old senator. Trajan was perhaps the most popular and successful general of the time. The adoption reversed growing military opposition and brought concord with the army.
RB68481. Orichalcum dupondius, RIC II 81, BMCRE III 122, Cohen 32, gVF, weight 14.365 g, maximum diameter 27.9 mm, die axis 90o, Rome mint, 97 A.D.; obverse IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR P COS III P P, radiate head right; reverse CONCORDIA EXERCITVVM S C, clasped hands holding a legionary eagle set on a prow; $570.00 (427.50)

Probus, Summer 276 - September 282 A.D.
Click for a larger photo A most desired type with an excellent strike in fantastic condition.
SH65426. Bronze antoninianus, RIC V 904, Choice EF, nice patina, weight 4.002 g, maximum diameter 22.7 mm, die axis 0o, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, 276 - 282 A.D.; obverse VIRTVS PROBI AVG, radiate, helmeted and cuirassed bust left, spear in right over shoulder, shield decorated with horseman in left; reverse ADVENTVS PROBI AVG, Probus on horseback left, raising right, scepter in left; scarce; $520.00 (390.00)

Aelia Flaccilla, Augusta 19 January 379 - 386 A.D., wife of Theodosius I
Click for a larger photo The Christogram, a ligature of Chi and Rho, the first two letters of Christ in Greek, was an early symbol for Christianity. The crucifix was rarely used in early Christian iconography, perhaps because most people then had personally witnessed its gruesome use for public execution.
SH62376. Bronze AE 2, RIC IX 13, SRCV 4192, gVF, weight 5.849 g, maximum diameter 23.8 mm, die axis 0o, Heraclea (Marmara Ereglisi, Turkey) mint, 378 - 383 A.D.; obverse AEL FLACCILLA AVG, diademed draped bust right; reverse SALVS REIPVBLICAE, Victory seated right, inscribing Christogram on shield set on column, SMHB in exergue; $450.00 (337.50)

Kamarina, Sicily, c. 420 - 410 B.C.
Click for a larger photo Kamarina was suffering a plague. A marsh north of the city was the suspected source. The town oracle advised them not to drain the marsh, but in 405 B.C., the leaders ignored the advice. Once the marsh was dry, there was nothing to stop the Carthaginian army. They marched across the newly drained marsh, razed the city, and killed every last inhabitant.
GB69171. Bronze onkia, Calciati vol III, p. 47, 7 (same dies); Westermark-Jenkins 180; BMC Sicily p. 40, 41 var (A rev right); SNG Mn 414 var (no kernel); HGC 2 552 (R1), EF, light cleaning scratches, weight 1.295 g, maximum diameter 12.3 mm, die axis 270o, Kamarina mint, c. 420 - 410 B.C.; obverse gorgoneion, tongue not protruding, smooth neat hair tied with ribbon, symmetrical locks on forehead; reverse KAMA, owl standing right, head facing, lizard in left claw, barley kernel (control symbol) right, pellet in exergue; $450.00 (337.50)

Kamarina, Sicily, 420 - 405 B.C.
Click for a larger photo Kamarina was suffering a plague. A marsh north of the city was the suspected source. The town oracle advised them not to drain the marsh, but in 405 B.C., the leaders ignored the advice. Once the marsh was dry, there was nothing to stop the Carthaginian army. They marched across the newly drained marsh, razed the city, and killed every last inhabitant.
GB69930. Bronze tetras, Westermark-Jenkins 203 (same dies); Calciati III p. 68, 38; SNG ANS 1230, Choice aEF, nice green patina, weight 2.781 g, maximum diameter 14.9 mm, die axis 90o, Kamarina mint, 420 - 405 B.C.; obverse head of Athena left, wearing crested helmet decorated with wing, some locks of hair showing, olive spray before her, dot border; reverse KAMA (retrograde upwards), owl standing left on one leg, lizard in other talon, head facing, three pellets (mark of value) below; $450.00 (337.50)

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