, of , 359 - 336 B.C.
expanded the size and influence of the , but is perhaps best known as the father of Alexander the Great. He personally selected the design of his coins.SH70337. Gold , 341 (D152/R260), 154, gVF, attractive , perfect centering, light marks, 8.513 g, maximum 19.1 mm, 270o, Amphipolis mint, c. 340 - 328 B.C.; laureate of right; charioteer in right, trident below horses, ΦIΛIΠΠOY in ; $5500.00 (€4895.00)
, I Monophthalmus or II Gonatus, 306 - 270 B.C.
Unpublished in the references and not yet fully attributed, this is only the second specimen of this extremely and important known to . Both specimens were struck with the same die. & Mosch wrote of their specimen: "Troxell recorded a very issue of Alexandrine tetradrachms in the name of Gonatas (The Peloponnesian Alexanders, 17, 1971, 75-6, note 68), which through hoard evidence was conclusively proven to be struck at circa 272 (see R. W. , Gonatas and the Silver Coinages of Macedon circa 280-270 BC, 26, 1981, pp. 79-123, esp. p. 104). However, this unique has no controls that would explicitly tie it to the mint tetradrachms, and even more perplexing is the of the engraving, which is clearly dissimilar to the tetradrachms as well. One might suppose that it is in fact not a coin of Gonatas at all, but rather a hitherto unknown of his grandfather, Antigonos I Monophthalmos. However, this also does not sit well, again for reasons of , which is inconsistent with the period of Monophthalmos' reign. For the time being, therefore, this coin must remain a numismatic enigma until further evidence can shed additional light on it."
There are two auction records for the & Mosch specimen: Numismatics auction 7 (22 Mar 2014), lot 454, sold for £ 4,800 plus fees; and & Mosch auction 203 (5 Mar 2012), lot 150, sold for € 3,200 plus fees. Our coin sold at Gitbud & Naumann auction 16, (4 May 2014), lot 152, apparently slipping through unnoticed by all but our astute consignor for € 575 plus fees.SH71048. Silver , unpublished in refs; cf. Numismatics auction 7, lot 454 (same rev die) = & Mosch auction 203, lot 150, VF, struck a bit flat, 3.845 g, maximum 19.4 mm, 0o, uncertain or mint, 306 - 270 B.C.; of Herakles right, clad in scalp headdress tied at neck; BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIΓONOY, Zeus Aetophoros enthroned left, throne with high back, in extended right hand, long vertical behind in left hand, right leg drawn back; ex Gitbud & Naumann auction 16, lot 152; extremely , only two know specimens; $2020.00 (€1797.80)
Ptolemaic Kingdom, Ptolemy IX Lathyros, Reign as of , 101 - 88 B.C.
Ptolemy IX Lathyros ("grass pea") was of three times, 116 B.C. to 110 B.C., 109 B.C. to 107 B.C. and 88 B.C. to 81 B.C., with intervening periods ruled by his brother, Ptolemy X Alexander. When this coin was struck Ptolemy IX ruled in and Ptolemy X in .
Serifs are unique to just a few Ptolemaic coins from this time period. Perhaps all are the of a single engraver. Serifs also appear on a very Kition of this ruler. They appear on the K behind the of on the latest of the octadrachms. The heavy-set portrait compares well to MFA 59.51, and not so well to images of Ptolemy I. SH72904. Silver , apparently unpublished and unique!, VF, 13.234 g, maximum 27.0 mm, 0o, Paphos mint, as of , year 27, 91 - 90 B.C.; diademed of Ptolemy IX right, wearing ; ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, standing left on a thunderbolt, left, wings closed, date LKZ (year 27) before, ΠA mint mark behind, all letters with serifs; $2020.00 (€1797.80)
, 25 January 41 - 13 October 54 A.D., ,
This issue celebrated their marriage and Junior's elevation to Augusta. was a great-granddaughter of , great-niece and adoptive granddaughter of , sister of , niece and fourth wife of , and mother of the . She is described by the ancient sources as ruthless, ambitious, violent and domineering, but also beautiful and reputable. According to Pliny the Elder, she had a double right upper canine, a sign of fortune. Many ancient historians accused of poisoning . A soothsayer prophesied if became emperor, he would kill his mother, replied "Let him kill me, only let him rule!" had her executed in 59 A.D.SH79841. Silver cistophorus, 2223, 117 (R), 234, 294, 2, 1887, VF, excellent , , nice surfaces, highest points flatly struck, slightly off center, 11.054 g, maximum 25.1 mm, 180o, mint, 50 - 51 A.D.; TI AVG X IMP XIIX (counterclockwise), laureate of right; CAESARIS AVG (counterclockwise), draped of Jr. right, hair in queue at back, hair in three rows of curls above ear and long curly strand below ear; ; $1750.00 (€1557.50)
, c. 650 - 600 B.C., Rough Irregular "Typeless"
Some sales catalogs describe similar coins as the striated . The roughly parallel lines on the striated appear to be impressed into the "obverse" by lines cut into the anvil. On this coin, it appears the rough irregular "typeless" surface is simply flattened rough pre-strike features from the raw irregular nugget-like "planchet." Based on the apparent wear on the punch, huge numbers of this may have been struck. Very few have survived. This is the first example handled by .SH77378. 1/24 , cf. 7768, 682, I 14 -15, -, -, VF, 0.647 g, maximum 5.7 mm, uncertain mint, 650 - 600 B.C.; flattened rough irregular "typeless" surface; roughly square pyramidal punch with striated sides, divided roughly in half by a raised irregular line, striated sides and the irregular line appear to be the result of wear; very ; $1350.00 (€1201.50)
Kelenderis, , c. 425 - 350 B.C.
Kelenderis was a town, one of the oldest in , described in Hellenistic and Roman sources as a small, but strong castle. The rider on the may be , who was not only a horse trainer but also the protector of sailors, an appropriate for a town.SH70330. Silver , 23 (same dies); 83 (same dies); 5631 (same dies); p. 54, 20 ff. var. (no ); 66 var. (same), VF, , , light , 10.685 g, maximum 20.9 mm, 270o, Kelenderis mint, c. 425 - 350 B.C.; nude horseman facing sidesaddle on horse rearing right, whip in right; KEΛEN, goat kneeling right, looking back, right in ; $1260.00 (€1121.40)
Hellenistic Greek, Bronze Relief Ring Fragment, Anatolia, 3rd - 2nd Century B.C.
AS72537. 90 (nearly identical fragment!, bezel 21.1 x 17.3 x 4.5 mm), fragment, entire bezel present, only traces of the hoop remain, rough green , some corrosion, bezel 22.5 x 18.3 x 4.7 mm, high relief portrait of a woman facing left (perhaps a Ptolemaic queen), draped and wearing her hair in melon coiffure; $1250.00 (€1112.50)
Roman Civil Wars, Revolt of , Governor of Spain, April - June 68 A.D.
lived in for eight years. This coin was issued by as governor of Spain in revolt against . The is copied from Republican struck in 62 B.C. by the moneyer L. Scribonius Libo.SH63560. Silver , 9 (R4), 396, 9, 2072, F, , 3.515 g, maximum 17.7 mm, 225o, (?) mint, Apr - Jun 68 A.D.; , young female ( ) right, around forehead; ROM RENASC, standing right in military garb, on globe in right hand, eagle-tipped over left shoulder in left; bargain priced for this interesting R4 rarity implying the restoration of the Republic!, from the Jyrki Muona Collection; very (R4); $1170.00 (€1041.30)
, c. 600 - 550 B.C.
Unpublished in the references but several known from auction listings.SH77380. hemihekte, Lydo-Milesian ; cf. CNG auction (9 Mar 2016), lot 156 (same dies); 9 ; -; I -; -, VF, light marks, 1.189 g, maximum 7.2 mm, uncertain mint, c. 600 - 550 BC; crude beetle(?); irregular six-lobed pattern; very ; $1080.00 (€961.20)
Roman Republic, Anonymous, Aes Formatum, 4th Century B.C.
Called aes formatum by , this very bronze currency was a precursor to the issues of but later than . Presumably, molten bronze-iron was poured into a shallow hole in the dirt. This left a disc-shaped metal mound with a flat . Broken examples are much more common than ones like this.RR79287. Cast bronze Aes Formatum, p. 4, pl. 2.7, green with heavy earthen deposits, 850 g, maximum 121 mm, Italian mint, 4th century B.C.; convex ; flat ; very ; $1000.00 (€890.00)
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