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Roman Provincial Coins of Greece
Athens, Attica, Greece, c. 86 - 84 B.C., New Style Tetradrachm, Issued by Sulla

|Athens|, |Athens,| |Attica,| |Greece,| |c.| |86| |-| |84| |B.C.,| |New| |Style| |Tetradrachm,| |Issued| |by| |Sulla|, |tetradrachm|
On 1 March 86 B.C., after a 5 month siege, Sulla began his midnight sack of Athens. The city had been occupied by the forces of Mithridates VI of Pontus under the command of Archelaus. Blood was said to have literally flowed in the streets, it was only after the entreaties of a couple of his Greek friends (Midias and Calliphon) and the pleas of the Roman Senators in his camp that Sulla decided enough was enough. This issue was struck for Sulla, either at Athens or outside Athens during the siege, to pay his legions and expenses during the war against Mithradates. The silver was collected from Greeks who supported the Romans against Mithradates and requisitioned from the sacred temple treasuries at Epidaurus, Olympia and Delphi. The ancients admired these Roman-Athenian coins and called them "flats of Lucullan." The MARKOY monogram may refer to Marcus the brother of the Roman general and politician Lucullus.
SH70948. Silver tetradrachm, cf. Thompson Athens 1293; Svoronos Athens pl. 78, 11; Dewing 1653; Boehringer AMUGS V, pp. 28-31 and pl. 9, 10; Kraay-Hirmer pl. 120, 366, gVF, attractive style, well struck, nicely toned, centered on a crowded slightly irregular shape flan, weight 16.581 g, maximum diameter 29.5 mm, die axis 0o, Athens mint, c. 86 - 84 B.C.; obverse helmeted head of Athena Parthenos right, triple-crested helmet decorated with a griffin right above the raised earpiece, and protomes of horses above visor; reverse owl standing right on amphora on its side right, head facing, MARKOY monogram left, TAMIOY monogram right, A on amphora, all within olive wreath; ex John Jencek; rare; SOLD


Athens, Attica, Greece, c. 132 - 131 B.C., New Style Silver Tetradrachm

|Athens|, |Athens,| |Attica,| |Greece,| |c.| |132| |-| |131| |B.C.,| |New| |Style| |Silver| |Tetradrachm|, |tetradrachm|
In 1961, Margaret Thompson completed her brilliant study, "The New Style Coinage of Athens." At that time, she estimated there were fewer than 8000 new style tetradrachms "above ground."

The letter on the amphora may indicate the month of production.
SH28914. Silver tetradrachm, Thompson Athens 388d var. (same obverse die; different control letters), superb EF, weight 16.912 g, maximum diameter 29.9 mm, die axis 0o, Athens mint, 132 - 131 B.C.; obverse head of Athena Parthenos right, wearing crested ornamented helmet; reverse A−ΘE ∆ΩP/OΘE NIKO/∆O ∆IOΦ, owl stands right on amphora, lion forepart right, H on amphora, ΣΦ below, all within olive wreath; far nicer than any new-style tetradrachm FORVM has handled to date; SOLD


Athens, Attica, Greece, c. 152 - 151 B.C., New Style Silver Tetradrachm

|Athens|, |Athens,| |Attica,| |Greece,| |c.| |152| |-| |151| |B.C.,| |New| |Style| |Silver| |Tetradrachm|, |tetradrachm|
In 1961, Margaret Thompson completed her brilliant study, "The New Style Coinage of Athens." At that time, she estimated there were fewer than 8000 new style tetradrachms "above ground."

This issue introduced the letter on the amphora, which that may indicate the month of production.
SH26244. Silver tetradrachm, Thompson Athens 82 (same dies); Svoronos Athens pl. 35, 21 (same obv. die); BMC Attica -; SNG Cop -; SNG Britain -, Weber -; ANS -; et al. -, gVF, nice style, weight 16.641 g, maximum diameter 33.9 mm, die axis 0o, early period; obverse head of Athena Parthenos right, wearing crested helmet ornamented with a griffin; reverse A−ΘE, owl stands right on amphora, XM monogram left, AΦN monogram over two snakes right, I on amphora, all within olive wreath; nice style; rare; SOLD


Athens, Attica, Greece, c. 138 - 137 B.C., New Style Silver Tetradrachm

|Athens|, |Athens,| |Attica,| |Greece,| |c.| |138| |-| |137| |B.C.,| |New| |Style| |Silver| |Tetradrachm|, |tetradrachm|
In 1961, Margaret Thompson completed her brilliant study, "The New Style Coinage of Athens." At that time, she estimated there were fewer than 8000 new style tetradrachms "above ground."

Thompson catalog numbers indicate the obverse die. Reverses for each obverse are indicated by a letter. For this obverse die, Thompson does not record a reverse with these control letters.
SH75276. Silver tetradrachm, cf. Thompson Athens 303e (letter on Amphora uncertain); Svoronos Athens pl. 40, 2; BMC Attica p. 42, 352 (same); SNG Cop 129 (same), Choice VF, nice style, nice strike, nice toning, contact marks, weight 16.795 g, maximum diameter 30.8 mm, die axis 0o, Athens mint, c. 138 - 137 B.C.; obverse head of Athena Parthenos right, wearing crested helmet; reverse owl stands right on amphora, A−ΘE across upper field divided by head, ΓΛ/AY (magistrate Glaukos) over smaller HP (control or third magistrate) left, EXE (magistrate Echekrates) over bust of Helios right, M (month) on Amphora, all within olive wreath; SOLD


Athens, Attica, Greece, c. 138 - 137 B.C., New Style Silver Tetradrachm

|Athens|, |Athens,| |Attica,| |Greece,| |c.| |138| |-| |137| |B.C.,| |New| |Style| |Silver| |Tetradrachm|, |tetradrachm|
In 1961, Margaret Thompson completed her brilliant study, "The New Style Coinage of Athens." At that time, she estimated there were fewer than 8000 new style tetradrachms "above ground."

Thompson catalog numbers indicate the obverse die. Reverses for each obverse are indicated by a letter. For this obverse die, Thompson does not record a reverse with these control letters.
SH26465. Silver tetradrachm, Thompson Athens 294 var. (KT, E not listed); cf. Svoronos Athens pl. 40, 15; SNG Cop -, VF, weight 16.495 g, maximum diameter 31.2 mm, die axis 0o, obverse head of Athena Parthenos right, wearing crested helmet; reverse A−ΘE, owl stands right on amphora, ΓΛAY over smaller KT left, EXE over bust of Helios right, E on Amphora, all within olive wreath; excellent centering, a little frosty; SOLD


Athens, Attica, Greece, c. 136 - 135 B.C., New Style Silver Tetradrachm

|Athens|, |Athens,| |Attica,| |Greece,| |c.| |136| |-| |135| |B.C.,| |New| |Style| |Silver| |Tetradrachm|, |tetradrachm|
In 1961, Margaret Thompson completed her brilliant study, "The New Style Coinage of Athens." At that time, she estimated there were fewer than 8000 new style tetradrachms "above ground."

The owl is surrounded by magistrates' names and symbols. The amphora is marked with a letter that may indicate the month of production. Letters in the exergue may indicate the source of the silver used in production.
SH26235. Silver tetradrachm, Thompson Athens 335g, gVF, weight 16.786 g, maximum diameter 32.3 mm, die axis 0o, obverse head of Athena Parthenos right, wearing crested helmet; reverse A−ΘE, on left API, on right HPA/ΣTOΦ / BAΣI/ΛEI, owl stands right on an amphora on side marked with K, club, lion-skin and bow in case on left, AN below, all in olive wreath; SOLD


Athens, Attica, Greece, c. 152 - 151 B.C., New Style Silver Tetradrachm

|Athens|, |Athens,| |Attica,| |Greece,| |c.| |152| |-| |151| |B.C.,| |New| |Style| |Silver| |Tetradrachm|, |tetradrachm|
This issue introduced the letter on the amphora, which that may indicate the month of production. Only one example listed in Thompson with this obverse die had a legible letter on the amphora, the letter M.
SH26466. Silver tetradrachm, Thompson Athens 83; cf. Svoronos Athens pl. 35, 19; BMC -; SNG Cop -; SNG Britain -, SNG Delepierre -; Weber -; SNG ANS -, VF, flat areas, weight 16.431 g, maximum diameter 33.4 mm, die axis 0o, early period; obverse head of Athena Parthenos right, wearing crested helmet ornamented with Pegasos; reverse A−ΘE, owl stands right on amphora, XM monogram left, AΦN monogram over two snakes right, Λ on amphora, all within olive wreath; nice style; rare; SOLD


Athens, Attica, Greece, c. 146 - 145 B.C., New Style Silver Tetradrachm

|Athens|, |Athens,| |Attica,| |Greece,| |c.| |146| |-| |145| |B.C.,| |New| |Style| |Silver| |Tetradrachm|, |stephanophoric| |tetradrachm|
This issue does not appear to have been struck with letters on the amphora.

Thompson catalog numbers indicate the obverse die. Reverses for each obverse are indicated by a letter. For this obverse die, Thompson does not record a reverse with the control letters EY.
SH54908. Silver stephanophoric tetradrachm, Thompson 131 var. (EY not listed); Svoronos Athens pl. 43, 3 var. (same obverse die, KTH below on rev), VF, rough cleaning, weight 16.647 g, maximum diameter 32.9 mm, die axis 0o, Athens mint, obverse head of Athena Parthenos right, wearing crested helmet ornamented with Pegasos and the fore-parts of four or more horses; reverse A−ΘE, owl standing right on amphora, wings closed, head facing, XAPI left, HPA over cock with palm frond right, EY below, all within olive wreath; areas of light corrosion, flat strike areas; scarce; SOLD


Athens, Attica, Greece, c. 138 - 137 B.C., New Style Silver Tetradrachm

|Athens|, |Athens,| |Attica,| |Greece,| |c.| |138| |-| |137| |B.C.,| |New| |Style| |Silver| |Tetradrachm|, |tetradrachm|
"New style" tetradrachms were struck by Athens as a semi-autonomous city under Roman rule. Hellenic style replaces the archaic "old-style." The owl is surrounded by magistrates' names and symbols. The letter on the amphora may indicate the month of production. Letters below may indicate the source of the silver. In 1961, Margaret Thompson completed her brilliant study, "The New Style Coinage of Athens." At that time, she estimated there were fewer than 8000 new style tetradrachms "above ground." Thompson catalog numbers indicate the obverse die. Reverses for each obverse are indicated by a letter. For this obverse die, Thompson does not record a reverse with these control letters.
SH77461. Silver tetradrachm, Thompson p. 98, 290a (but obv. die 291); Svoronos Athens pl. 40, 2; SNG Cop 129 ff. var. (controls); BMC Attica p. 42, 352 ff. var. (same), gVF, light corrosion, light marks, weight 16.588 g, maximum diameter 32.5 mm, die axis 0o, Athens mint, c. 138 - 137 B.C.; obverse head of Athena Parthenos right, wearing crested helmet; reverse owl stands right on amphora, A−ΘE across upper field divided by head, ΓΛ/AY (magistrate Glaukos) over smaller ΣΩ (control or third magistrate) left, EXE (magistrate Echekrates) over bust of Helios right, B (month) on Amphora, all within olive wreath; ex Gorny & Mosch auction 233 (6 Oct 2015), lot 1451; SOLD


Athens, Attica, Greece, c. 119 - 118 B.C., New Style Silver Tetradrachm

|Athens|, |Athens,| |Attica,| |Greece,| |c.| |119| |-| |118| |B.C.,| |New| |Style| |Silver| |Tetradrachm|, |tetradrachm|
The "New Style" tetradrachms were issued by Athens as a semi-autonomous city under Roman rule. The new-style Owls are markedly different from the Owls of Periclean Athens or the "eye in profile" Athena head of the Fourth Century. They were struck on thinner, broad flans, typical of the Hellenistic period, with a portrait of Athena that reflected the heroic portraiture of the period. The owl now stands on an amphora, surrounded by magistrates' names and symbols, all within an olive wreath. The amphora is marked with a letter that may indicate the month of production. Letters below the amphora may indicate the source of the silver used in production.
SH62471. Silver tetradrachm, Thompson Athens 619a (same dies), VF, weight 16.698 g, maximum diameter 27.7 mm, die axis 0o, Athens mint, c. 119 - 118 B.C.; obverse helmeted head of Athena Parthenos right, triple-crested helmet decorated with curvilinear ornament on the shell, Pegasos right above the raised earpiece, and protomes of horses above the visor; reverse A−ΘE / ΣΩKP/ATHΣ ∆IONYΣ/O∆Ω APIΣ/TOΣ, owl standing right on amphora on its side; Apollo Delios on right, standing facing, the three Graces in right, bow in left, flanked by two small dancing figures at his feet; ∆ on amphora, ΣΩ below, all within olive wreath; magistrates Sokrates, Dionysodo- and Aristos; SOLD




  




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