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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.-"; $440.00 (391.60)

Thebes, Boiotia, Greece, 405 - 395 B.C.

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The largest city in Boeotia, leader of the Boeotian confederacy, and rival of Athens, Thebes sided with Persia during Xerxes' invasion in 480 B.C. Thebes ended Sparta's power at the Battle of Leuctra in 371. The Sacred Band of Thebes famously fell to Philip II at Chaeronea in 338. After a revolt in 335, Alexander the Great destroyed the city, except, according to tradition, the house of the poet Pindar.
GS74435. Silver tetartemorion, BCD Boiotia 466; BMC Central p. 77, 87; SNG Cop 294; Brend Fractions 35; Head Boeotia 37, Choice VF, toned, weight 0.163 g, maximum diameter 6.4 mm, Thebes mint, 405 - 395 B.C.; obverse Boiotian ox-hide shield; reverse bunch of grapes on stem, Θ−E flanking above; ex BCD Collection; $320.00 (284.80)

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; $180.00 (160.20)

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)

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)

Thebes, Boiotia, Greece, c. 363 - 338 B.C.

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In 362 B.C., civil war in the Arcadian league led to Mantinea fighting alongside Sparta and Athens, while Tegea and others members of the league sided with Thebes. The Theban general, Epaminondas, headed the large allied army in Peloponnesus. He was met by Sparta (led by Spartan general Archidamus III), Athens, and their allies in the Battle of Mantinea. In the battle, Epaminondas was victorious, but was killed. His dying command to make peace with the enemy was followed by all sides and a general peace was established in Greece. The period of Theban domination of Greece came to an end.
GB76233. Bronze AE 14, BCD Boiotia 564a; Head Boeotia p. 71, type d; BMC Central p. 86, 189, pl. XV, 14; SNG Cop -; SNG Christomanos -, aVF, green patina, obverse slightly off-center, slightly rough, weight 2.545 g, maximum diameter 13.5 mm, die axis 0o, Thebes mint, magistrate Aris-, 363 - 338 B.C.; obverse youthful head of Herakles left, wearing Nemean Lion skin headdress; reverse club of Herakles right, APIΣ above, Thyrsos right below; ex BCD with his tag noting, "G. Mel. (Th.) May 82, 500 drs."; $75.00 (66.75)



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