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BCD Collection

BCD is the initials of a collector who wishes to remain anonymous. One of the largest collections ever formed, including great rarities and coins of superb quality, portions of the BCD collection have been sold in multiple auctions held by several different numismatic firms. As a result of BCD's superb scholarly research, the auction catalogs for his collection have become primary references.

Phalanna, Thessaly, 360 - 340 B.C.

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Coins of Phalanna (a few miles northwest of Larissa on the left bank of the Peneius) are scarce. There was also a Phalanna on Crete, colonized by Thessalians from Phalanna in Thessaly.
GS84798. Silver drachm, BCD Thessaly I 1250 (same dies); BCD Thessaly II 569; SNG Cop 199; BMC Thessaly p. 41, 1; Papaevangelou-Genakos 1; HGC 4 165 (R1), VF/F, fine classical style, toned, porous, reverse a little rough, weight 5.314 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 180o, Phalanna mint, 360 - 340 B.C.; obverse youthful male head with short, curly hair right; reverse FAΛ-ANN-A-IΩN, bridled horse prancing right without a rider; ex BCD with his round tag noting, "T/ne ex Thess., Oct. 86, 250.-"; $350.00 (311.50)

Karystos, Euboia, 369 - 265 B.C.

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A Persian force landed at Carystus in 490 B.C. and quickly subdued its inhabitants. Soon after the Battle of Salamis, in 480 B.C., the Athenian fleet led by Themistocles extorted money from the city. When Athenians then asked Carystus to join the Delian League, the city refused. Athens would not accept a refusal, so they attacked and plundered Carystus, forcing the city to join the league.
GS74058. Silver hemidrachm, BCD Euboia 566; SNG Cop 420; Trait 151; BMC Central Greece p. 101, 10 var. (abbreviated ethnic), F, toned, marks, edge bumps, weight 1.836 g, maximum diameter 13.2 mm, die axis 0o, Karystos mint, 369 - 265 B.C.; obverse bearded head of Herakles right, wearing Nemean Lion scalp headdress tied at the neck; reverse palm tree, club left, KAP−YΣTI/ΩN across field; ex BCD Collection with his round tag noting "'Argos' Coll., through DGP, Feb 74, 4000 drs."; very rare; $170.00 (151.30)

Larissa, Thessaly, Greece, Late 4th - Early 3rd Century B.C.

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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.
GS84134. Silver hemidrachm, BCD Thessaly II 337; BMC Thessaly p. 30, 67; SNG Cop 133; Herrmann 15; HGC 4 514; SNG Munchen -; SNG Alpha Bank -, gVF, well centered, areas of rough corrosion around edges, weight 1.8651 g, maximum diameter 14.6 mm, die axis 225o, Larissa mint, late 4th - early 3rd century B.C.; obverse Nymph Larissa facing slightly left, wearing ampyx; reverse ΛAPIΣ/AIΩN, horse crouching right, left foreleg raised, preparing to lie down, Z below horse's belly; ex BCD with his round ticket noting, "T/ne ex Thess., Apr. 87, 15000 drs."; $135.00 (120.15)

Megara, Megaris, Greece, 307 - 243 B.C.

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Megara is in West Attica, the northern section of the Isthmus of Corinth opposite the island of Salamis, which belonged to Megara in archaic times, before being taken by Athens. Megara was a trade port, its people using their ships and wealth as a way to gain leverage on armies of neighboring poleis. Megara specialized in exportation of wool and other animal products including livestock such as horses. It possessed two harbors, Pegae, to the west on the Corinthian Gulf and Nisaea, to the east on the Saronic Gulf of the Aegean Sea. Megara had 23,456 inhabitants at the 2011 census.
GB85282. Bronze AE 15, BCD Peloponnesos 9.5, SNG Cop 482, gF, weight 2.435 g, maximum diameter 14.8 mm, die axis 0o, Megara mint, 307 - 243 B.C.; obverse prow of galley left; reverse two dolphins swimming clockwise around MEΓ within dotted border; ex CNG, ex BCD Collection; $130.00 (115.70)

Thessalian League, Greece, Mid-Late 2nd Century B.C.

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The Thessalian League was a loose confederacy of city-states and tribes in the Thessalian valley in Northern Greece. Philip II of Macedon took control of Thessaly in 344 B.C and it remained under Macedonia until the Roman victory in 197 B.C. The league was reestablished in 196 B.C. but had little autonomy after Thessaly became part of the province of Macedonia in 146 B.C.
GS84910. Silver hemidrachm, BCD Thessaly II 820, HGC 4 -; magistrates Gauana & Poly,, VF, tight flan, porous, die wear, small edge chips, weight 1.541 g, maximum diameter 15.0 mm, die axis 45o, mid-late 2nd century B.C.; obverse laureate head of Zeus right, ΓAYA (magistrate) downward behind; reverse ΘEΣΣA-ΛΩN starting upward on left and ending downward on right, Athena Itonia striding right, hurling spear with right hand, shield on her left arm, bunch of grapes outer right, Π-O/Λ-Y (magistrate) in two lines divided across lower central field; ex BCD Collection with his round tag noting, "C.C. ex Thess., May 92, SFr. 75.-"; $125.00 (111.25)

Boiotia, Greece, Boiotian League, 287 - 244 B.C.

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The third specimen known to Forum. The usual type, but still rare, has Nike on the reverse in a similar pose. BMC Central Greece and Head Boeotia list the type (both the same coin) with Athena, but do not include the coin in the plates. BCD Boiotia 86, from different dies, sold for $395 plus fees. We do not know of any other examples.
GB74961. Bronze AE 19, cf. BMC Central p. 39, 71 = Head Boeotia p. 83; BCD Boiotia 86 var. (wreath behind, undivided inscription); SNG Cop -; SNG Christomanos -, F, green patina, obverse off-center, scratches, weight 4.641 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 0o, Thebes mint, 287 - 244 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, clad in Nemean Lion scalp headdress tied at neck; reverse Athena standing right, wearing a crested Corinthian helmet, [brandishing thunderbolt in right?], aegis on extended left arm, B−OIΩTIΩN downward on right; ex BCD Collection with his tag noting, "Procured near Thebes."; extremely rare; $120.00 (106.80)

Boiotia, Greece, Boiotian League, 287 - 244 B.C.

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This is the first example of this type handled by Forum. BCD notes this type is not particularly rare but circulated extensively and are therefore very difficult to find in nice condition.
GB74962. Bronze AE 20, BCD Boiotia 82, Head Boeotia p. 83, pl. VI, 2; BMC Central Greece p. 39, 64 and pl. VI, 2; SNG Cop 376, VF, weight 6.592 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 0o, 287 - 244 B.C.; obverse head of Athena right, wearing a crested Corinthian helmet; reverse trophy of arms, B-OIWTWN downward on right; ex BCD with his tag noting, "Ex D.D. Thz. exch. Nov. 86 to the value of $15.-"; scarce; $120.00 (106.80)

Boiotia, Greece, Boiotian League, 287 - 244 B.C.

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Apollo's most famous attribute is the tripod, symbolic of his prophetic powers. His priestess sat on a tripod chewing laurel leaves and inhaling hallucinating vapors from a fissure in the floor. After she mumbled her answer, a male priest would translate it. The tripod is also a symbol of Dionysos because the bowl was used to mix wine. Ancient Greeks sayings include, "wine is truth" and "wine reveals the heart of man," and those who speak the truth were said to "speak from the tripod." Athenaeus wrote, "The tripod is proper to Apollo because of its prophetic truth, while to Dionysos it is proper because of the truth of wine" (Deipnosophistae 2).
GB74963. Bronze AE 17, BCD Boiotia 87 corr.; Head Boeotia p. 83, pl. VI, 4; BMC Central p. 40, 72, pl. VI, 5 corr.; Winterthur 1929 corr., F, green patina, well centered, a little rough, weight 3.189 g, maximum diameter 17.4 mm, die axis 180o, 287 - 244 B.C.; obverse head of young Dionysos right, wearing ivy-wreath; reverse Apollo seated left on cippus decorated with trident head left, bow in right hand, leaning back on left hand on cippus behind, tripod on far side of cippus behind Apollo; Π within wreath on left, BOIΩTΩN downward on right; ex BCD with his round tag noting, "ABH, Oct. 78, 5.-"; rare; $120.00 (106.80)

Boiotia, Greece, Boiotian League, c. 225 - 171 B.C.

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Because nearly all examples of this type are very worn, most references incorrectly identify the patera as a wreath.

After the destruction of Thebes by Alexander in 335 B.C., the Boeotians never again pursued independent policy, but followed protecting powers. Unable to defend its frontiers, the land became more than ever the "dancing-ground of Ares." Boeotia was generally loyal to Macedon, and supported its kings against Rome. Devastation during the First Mithridatic War was a death-blow to the country's prosperity. Rome dissolved the league, but it was revived under Augustus and merged with the other central Greek federations in the Achaean synod.
GB74969. Bronze AE 14, BCD Boiotia 145; Imhoof-Blumer Boeotiens 33; BMC Central p. 43, 105, pl. VI, 11 corr.; Head Boeotia p. 90, pl. VI, 8 corr.; SNG Cop 394 corr., F, green patina, corrosion and encrustation, weight 3.065 g, maximum diameter 14.1 mm, federal mint, c. 225 - 171 B.C.; obverse Boiotian ox-hide shield, club across one end; reverse BOIΩTΩN (downward on right), Nike standing left, patera in right, trident vertical behind in left; ex BCD Collection with his tag noting, "Procured at Elatia."; extremely rare; $95.00 (84.55)

The B.C.D. Collection Lokris - Phokis (Numismatica Ars Classica auction 55)

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This has become a standard reference for the area.
BK10071. The BCD Collection Lokris - Phokis, Numismatica Ars Classica (NAC Auction 55), hardback, 179 pages, colored illustrations throughout, good condition, 475 lots, spine has small wear; $80.00 (71.20)



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