, Philip III Arrhidaeus, 323 - 317 B.C.
Philip III Arrhidaeus, the bastard son of and a dancer, Philinna of , was Alexander the Great's half-brother. Alexander's mother, , allegedly poisoned him as a child, leaving him mentally disabled, eliminating him as a rival to Alexander. Incapable of actual rule, he was made upon Alexander's death only to serve as a pawn for those who wished to grab power for themselves. had him imprisoned and then ordered his execution in 317 B.C.SH72613. Gold , P90, 228 - 230, -, -, EF, lovely Hellenistic , mint luster, 8.579 g, maximum 18.4 mm, 0o, Sardes (Sart, Turkey) mint, c. 323 - 317 B.C.; head of right in crested Corinthian helmet ornamented with a coiled snake, wearing necklace and long drop earring; ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΥ, standing left, wreath in extended right hand, grounded in left at her side, TI left, rose left under wing; ex Numismatics auction 8, lot 470; $5220.00 (€4541.40)
Mytilene, , c. 377 - 326 B.C.
Mytilene was famous in ancient times for its great output of coins struck from the late 6th through mid - 4th centuries B.C. The usual was the hekte (1/6th ). Warwick noted in the British Museum Catalog, "The Sixths of [this series] form one of the most beautiful coin-series of the ancient world. This will be evident from a glance."SH73442. hekte, Em. 99; 321; 1729; 1025; 1735; 5631, gVF, , minor die wear, 2.564 g, maximum 10.5 mm, 0o, Mytilene mint, c. 377 - 326 B.C.; head of right, wearing wreath and , two stars flanking cap; head of right in linear square; ex XVII (6 - 7 Jan 2015), lot 599; ex CNG auction 72 (14 Jun 2006), lot 714; $1300.00 (€1131.00)
Mytilene, , c. 454 - 427 B.C.
Mytilene revolted against Athens in 428 B.C. but was overcome by an Athenian expeditionary force. The Athenian public assembly voted to massacre all the men of the city and to sell the women and children into slavery but changed its mind the next day. A fast trireme sailed the 186 nautical miles (344 km) in less than a day and brought the decision to cancel the massacre.SH73118. hekte, Em. 52; 978, gVF, slightly off center, 2.546 g, maximum 10.8 mm, 0o, Mytilene mint, c. 454 - 427 B.C.; young male head right, hair in band; wreathed male head right, wearing long beard, in square; ex CNG auction 342, lot 272; $900.00 (€783.00)
Unstruck Ancient Gold
We cannot say for which issue this gold blank was prepared but some possibilities include: Persian daric; Persic of Cypriot or mint; Mithradates VI era staters of Istros, Tomis and Kallatis; any of the light Attic staters of the time of Mithradates VI; ; or Danube .SH72615. Gold unstruck , blank, pinged rims, many small scratches, 8.317 g, maximum 15.3 mm, $680.00 (€591.60)
Mytilene, , c. 377 - 326 B.C.
Mytilene was famous in ancient times for its great output of coins struck from the late 6th through mid - 4th centuries B.C. The usual was the hekte (1/6th ). Warwick noted in the British Museum Catalog, "The Sixths of [this series] form one of the most beautiful coin-series of the ancient world. This will be evident from a glance."SH74065. hekte, 95b, p. 165, 90; 1717; -, aVF, classical , , 2.539 g, maximum 10.0 mm, 0o, Mytilene mint, c. 377 - 326 B.C.; laureate head of right; female head right, hair tied in a bunch behind, drapery on neck, framed by linear square; $500.00 (€435.00)
, c. 625 - 600 B.C.
Mitchiner notes this , struck at the Lydian-Milesian used in southern , has no particular affinities with the major coin series from Miletos or . Two possible mint cities, to which no other coins of the period have been attributed, are Myous and Lebedus.
SH73584. 1/24th , cf. 292, 167, 51, -, -, VF, struck with worn dies, 0.560 g, maximum 6.3 mm, uncertain southern mint, c. 625 - 600 B.C.; raised irregular square with line and/or pellet decorations and extended corners; irregular square punch with line and/or pellet decorations; very ; $450.00 (€391.50)
Mylasa(?), , c. 560 - 545 B.C.
Under Persian rule, Mylasa was the chief city of . The Persian (governor) ruled the city in varying degrees of allegiance to the emperor. Mylasa was a regionally prominent member of the Delian League, 460 - 450 B.C., but Persian rule was towards the end of the century.
SH73588. 1/48 , 168, 302, 215 ( , 560 - 545 B.C.), -, VF, 0.292 g, maximum 4.9 mm, Mylasa(?) mint, c. 560 - 545 B.C.; paw; scorpion within square; very ; $390.00 (€339.30)
Mylasa, , c. 560 - 545 B.C.
Under Persian rule, Mylasa was the chief city of . The Persian (governor) ruled the city in varying degrees of allegiance to the emperor. Mylasa was a regionally prominent member of the Delian League, 460 - 450 B.C., but Persian rule was towards the end of the century.SH74014. 1/48 , 166 - 167, 925 - 927, 1804, 918, I 94, VF, 0.212 g, maximum 4.9 mm, 180o, Mylasa mint, c. 560 - 545 B.C.; head facing, seen from above; scorpion within square; $350.00 (€304.50)
, c. 600 - 550 B.C.
SH74027. 1/24 , cf. 328 (mill-sail ), ATEC 178 (1/24 , Teos), 708 (1/24 ), VF, nose off , 0.596 g, maximum 5.3 mm, uncertain mint, c. 600 - 550 B.C.; lioness(?) head right; rough irregular punch; $300.00 (€261.00)
(?), , c. 610 - 575 B.C.
This is among the earliest of coins. The location of the mint is not certain but examples have been found at or near .SH73582. 1/24 , 724 (Myletos?), 284 ( uncertain), 105 ( ), 68 ff. (same), -, VF, worn dies, 0.272 g, maximum 4.9 mm, (?) mint, c. 610- 575 B.C.; crude lion's paw seen from above; deep square; very ; $270.00 (€234.90)
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