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Macedonian Kingdom, Philip III Arrhidaeus, 323 - 317 B.C.
Philip III Arrhidaeus, the bastard son of Philip II and a dancer, Philinna of Larissa, was Alexander the Great's half-brother. Alexander's mother, Olympias, allegedly poisoned him as a child, leaving him mentally disabled, eliminating him as a rival to Alexander. Incapable of actual rule, he was made king upon Alexander's death only to serve as a pawn for those who wished to grab power for themselves. Olympias had him imprisoned and then ordered his execution in 317 B.C.
SH72613. Gold stater, Price P90, ADM I 228 - 230, Müller Alexander -, SNG Cop -, EF, lovely Hellenistic style, mint luster, weight 8.579 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 0o, Lydia, Sardes (Sart, Turkey) mint, c. 323 - 317 B.C.; obverse head of Athena right in crested Corinthian helmet ornamented with a coiled snake, wearing necklace and long drop earring; reverse ΦIΛIΠΠOY, Nike standing left, wreath in extended right hand, grounded stylis in left at her side, TI left, rose left under wing; ex Roma Numismatics auction 8, lot 470; $5800.00 SALE PRICE $5220.00
Ionia (Uncertain City), c. 600 - 550 B.C.
SH90673. Electrum hemihekte, Unpublished in references but examples (all from the same dies) known from trade; Naville VII, 1924 (Bement Collection), lot 1435, gVF, weight 1.282 g, maximum diameter 8.5 mm, uncertain Ionian mint, c. 600 - 550 B.C.; obverse siren standing left, with the body of a bird and human head wearing cap with a long curl; reverse irregular square incuse punch; ex Roma Numismatics e-Sale 3 (30 Nov 2013), lot 201; very rare; $1000.00 SALE PRICE $900.00
Unstruck Ancient Gold StaterFlan
We cannot say for which issue this gold blank was prepared but some possibilities include: Persian daric; Persic stater of Cypriot or Asia Minor mint; Mithradates VI era staters of Istros, Tomis and Kallatis; any of the light Attic staters of the time of Mithradates VI; Kosonstater; or Danube Celticstater.
SH72615. Gold unstruck flan, blank, pinged rims, many small scratches, weight 8.317 g, maximum diameter 15.3 mm, $900.00 SALE PRICE $810.00
Phokaia, Ionia, c. 387 - 326 B.C.
Omphale, queen of Lydia, bought Herakles as a slave after the Delphic Oracle Xenoclea said he must be sold into slavery to purify himself after murdering Iphitus and stealing the Delphic tripod. Omphale forced Herakles to do women's work and wear women's clothing. Meanwhile, as shown on this coin, Omphale wore the Nemean Lion skin and carried his club. After Omphale freed Herakles, she took him as her husband.
SH90670. Electrum hekte, Bodenstedt 107; SNG Cop 1029; SNGvA 2133; SNG Fitzwilliam 4565; Boston MFA 1917; BMC Ionia, p. 211, 55, VF, weight 2.477 g, maximum diameter 10.8 mm, die axis 0o, Phokaia (Foca, Turkey) mint, c. 330 B.C.; obverse head of Omphale left, wearing earring and Herakles' lion skin, his club at shoulder, seal below; reverse quadripartite mill-sail incuse square; $600.00 SALE PRICE $540.00
Ionia (Uncertain City), c. 600 B.C.
Third example of this early electrum fraction known to Forum.
SH72612. Electrum 1/24th stater, unpublished in standard references, Ponterio & Associates, sale 152 (NYINC, 8 Jan 2010), lot 5874 (same dies); FORVM SH21301 (same), VF, weight 0.532 g, maximum diameter 6.4 mm, uncertain Ionian mint, c. 600 B.C.; obverse head of stag left; reverseincuse punch with curved lines; $550.00 SALE PRICE $495.00