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Macedonian Kingdom, Philip II of Macedonia, 359 - 336 B.C.
Philip II became the ruler of all Greece when he defeated the Athenians at the Battle of Chaeroneia in 338 B.C. Philip personally selected the design of his coins. His horse, on the reverse of this coin, won a race in the Olympic Games in 356 B.C., the year his son Alexander the Great was born.SH26734. Bronze unit, SNG Alpha Bank 405, SNG ANS 909, SNG Cop 599, gVF, weight 5.818 g, maximum diameter 18.6 mm, die axis 180o, obversehead of Apollo right wearing taenia; reverse ΦIΛIΠΠOY, nude young male rider on horse prancing to right, dolphin over AP monogram below; nice glossy dark green patina; SOLD
Roman Republic, Dictatorship of Julius Caesar, L. Plautius Plancus, 47 B.C.
Both the obverse and reverse designs of this type were also popular designs for intaglioengraved gems during the late republic. -- Roman Republican Coinage by Michael H. Crawford
Click here to read the article, "Medusa Coins - They'll Transform You."RR37542. Silver denarius, SRCV I 429, Sydenham 959b, Crawford 453/1c, RSC IPlautia 14, VF, weight 3.439 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 47 B.C; obversehead of Medusa facing, wearing hoop earrings, L∑PLAVTIVS below; reverseVictory leading four horses right, palm frond in left, PLANCVS below; SOLD
Syracuse, Sicily, c. 415 - 410 B.C., Double Signed by Eumenes
Boldly signed by the artist Eumenes (Eumenos) on both the obverse and reverse.SH28067. Silver tetradrachm, Tudeer 17, 23 (same die); SNG ANS 258 (same dies); Rizzo pl. XLII, 12; Jameson 792; Weber 1596, VF, toned, small cut, weight 17.041 g, maximum diameter 24.5 mm, die axis 0o, obverse charioteer driving galloping quadriga left, kentron in right, reins in left; Nike flying above crowning charioteer; signature EVMHNOV in ex; reverse ΣYPAKOΣION (final N retrograde), head of Arethusa left, four dolphins around, EVMHNOV behind; rare; SOLD
Velia, Lucania, Italy, c. 334 - 300 B.C.
Signed! The KE obversemonogram is the signature of Kleudoros, the artist or mint master of Velia. Interesting helmet decoration.GI13690. Silver didrachm, Williams Velia 449 (same dies), SNG ANS 1340, HN Italy 1296, SNG Cop 1568, aVF, weight 7.606 g, maximum diameter 21.2 mm, die axis 0o, Velia mint, c. 340 - 310 B.C.; obversehead of Athena left, wearing crested Phrygian helmet decorated with sphinx, KE monogram behind neck; reverselion left, devouring prey, Φ below, YEΛHTΩN in exergue; nicely toned, old scratch on obverse; SOLD
Vespasian, 1 July 69 - 24 June 79 A.D.
SH30320. Gold aureus, Calico 655, BMCRE II 399, RIC II 297 corrected, Choice aEF, rev slightly flat, weight 7.277 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 180o, Lugdunum (Lyon) mint, 71 A.D.; obverseIMP CAESVESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III, laureate head right; reversePACI AVGVSTI, Nemesis advancing right, winged, drawing drapery from top of gown with right, caduceus in left, snake at feet right; nice centering on a full flan; scarce; SOLD
Claudius, 25 January 41 - 13 October 54 A.D.
Pax, regarded by the ancients as a goddess, was worshiped not only at Rome but also at Athens. Her altar could not be stained with blood. Claudius began the construction of a magnificent temple to her honor, which Vespasian finished, in the Via Sacra. The attributes of Peace are the hasta pura, the olive branch, the cornucopia, and often the caduceus. Sometimes she is represented setting fire to a pile of arms.SH21696. Gold aureus, RIC I 27 (R2), BMCRE I 26, SRCV I 1833, VF, fantastic finestyle, some light scratches and marks,, weight 7.620 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 90o, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, 44 A.D.; obverse TI CLAVDCAESAR AVG P M TR P IIII, laureate head right; reversePACI AVGVSTAE, Pax-Nemesis, winged, advancing right, with left pointing winged caduceus down at snake, right holding out fold of drapery below chin; ex Pegasi; very rare; SOLD
Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D.
The rabbit on the reverse is in reference to the Roman province of HispaniaBaetica and the issue is an appeal for the aid of the gods as during Hadrian's first travels around the empire, leaving Rome in 121. On this example, Minerva is shown in her "peace-giving" aspect versus her more often seen guise of war.SH34690. Gold aureus, Calico 1309 var. (obv legend break), RIC II 70 var. (same plus portrait and spear vice scepter); BMC 117 - 118 var. (same); SRCV II -, VF, some circulation marks, weight 7.129 g, maximum diameter 19.7 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 119 - 122 A.D.; obverse IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HA-DRIANVS AVG, laureate and draped bust right from behind; reverseP M TR PCOS III, Minerva standing facing, helmeted head left, long scepter in left hand, right hand pointing to Spanish olive tree on left, rabbit right at the base of the tree; ex Munzhandlung Basel, 6 March 1936 (Dr. H St. S & Prince Waldeck); very rare; SOLD
Nero and Agrippina Junior, 55 A.D.
Agrippina Jr. was daughter of Agrippina Sr. and Germanicus, sister of Caligula, and mother of Nero. She seduced and married her uncle Claudius, murdering him after she secured the thrown for Nero. A soothsayer prophesied if Nero became emperor, he would kill his mother, Agrippina replied "Let him kill me, only let him rule!" Nero executed her in 59 A.D.SH33183. Gold aureus, SRCV I 2042, BnF II 10, RIC I 6, BMCRE I 7, Cohen I 3, VF, scratches and dings, ex jewelry with mounting marks, weight 7.733 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 90o, Rome mint, c. Jan - Nov 55 A.D.; obverseNEROCLAVDDIVI FCAES AVG GERMIMP TR P COS, conjoined bare headed busts of Nero and Agrippina Junior (draped) right; reverse AGRIPP AVG DIVI CLAVD NERONIS CAESMATER, seated statues of Divus Augustus and Claudius on car drawn to left by four elephants, EX S C in field; ex G. Marchesi collection (Bologna, c. 1990); rare (R3); SOLD
Rhegion, Bruttium, Italy, c. 470 - 425 B.C.
Iokastos was the founder of Rhegion. He died of a snakebite. Iokastos was one of six sons of Aiolos, ruler of the Aeolian islands, all of whom secured their own realms in Italy and Sicily.
Of all the coins that have passed through my hands, this is one of my favorites - Joe Sermarini SH33193. Silver tetradrachm, SNG Lockett 651; SNG ANS 640 var. (swan vice snake); BMC Italy p. 374, 14 (snake not mentioned); Pozzi -; SNG Cop -, Choice gVF, weight 17.312 g, maximum diameter 31.1 mm, die axis 150o, Rhegion mint, c. 470 - 425 B.C.; obverse facing lion's scalp, sprig with two olives right; reverse PHΓI−NOΣ (retrograde), Iokastos seated left, staff in right, left resting on seat, snake beneath seat, all within laurel wreath; toned, hairline crack, slightly bent, reverse lightly double struck; rare; SOLD
Gebal (Byblos), Phoenicia, c. 450 - 410 B.C.
The extremely rare first coinage of Byblos, struck with Egyptian types at an Egyptian weightstandard (one kite). A beautiful representation of an Egyptian sphinx in the pose of the famous Giza monumental statue graces the obverse.
Head notes, "Herodotus relates (iv. 166) that Aryandes, who had been appointed satrap of Egypt by Cambyses, mortally offended Darius, son of Hystaspes, by issuing silver money which rivalled in purity the gold darics of the great king himself. If the story be true, it probably refers to ordinary Persian sigloi. No coins have come down to us which can be identified as those of Aryandes." Could this coin be the one of those issued by Aryandes?SH38939. Silver shekel, Betlyon 1, Kraay 1051, SNG Cop -, gVF, toned, weight 8.907 g, maximum diameter 20.2 mm, die axis 0o, Gebal mint, obverseSphinx seated left, wearing crown of Upper and Lower Egypt; reverse lightning bolt (or double lotus) in dotted circle within incuse square; almost equal in quality to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and American Numismatic Society examples; extremely rare; SOLD