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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, Mόller 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 ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΥ, 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 (5046.00)
Roman Republic, Marcus Junius Brutus, Most Famous of Caesars Assassins, 44 - 42 B.C.
This type, traditionally attributed to an otherwise unknown Dacian or Sythian kingKoson, was struck by Brutus, c. 44 - 42 B.C., with gold supplied by the Senate to fund his legions in the Roman civil war against Mark Antony and Octavian. The obverse imitates a Roman denarius struck by Brutus in 54 B.C. depicting his ancestor L. Junius Brutus, the traditional founder of the Roman Republic. The reverse imitates a Roman denarius struck by Pomponius Rufus in 73 B.C. The meaning of the inscription "KOΣΩN" is uncertain. KOΣΩN may have been the name of a Dacian king who supplied mercenary forces to Brutus, or BR KOΣΩN may have been intended to mean "[of] the Consul Brutus."
SH73120. Gold stater, BMCRR II p. 474, 48; RPC I 1701A (Thracian Kings); BMC Thrace p. 208, 1 (same); SNG Cop 123 (Scythian Dynasts), NGC Certified MS (Mint State), Strike 4/5, Surface 4/5 (1880454-009), weight 8.39 g, maximum diameter 18.1 mm, die axis 315o, military mint, 44 - 42 B.C.; obverse Roman consul L. Junius Brutus (traditional founder of the Republic) in center, accompanied by two lictors, KOΣΩN in ex, BR (Brutus) monogram left; reverseeagle standing left on scepter, wings open, raising wreath in right talon; ex Heritage Auctions auction 3038, lot 33059; $1900.00 (1653.00)
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, $850.00 (739.50)
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; $810.00 (704.70)
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; $490.00 (426.30)
Ionia, c. 650 - 600 B.C.
This is an example of the very earliest form of coinage; a type-less (blank) electrum globule, weighed to a specific standard, with a simple square punch mark on one side (two or three punch marks on larger denominations). Nine similar electrum pieces were within the famous "Artemision Find" at Ephesus in 1904.
SH73042. Electrum 1/24 stater, SNG Kayhan 678, Weidauer -, Rosen -, SNGvA -, SNG Cop -, VF, weight 0.583 g, maximum diameter 5.5 mm, uncertain Ionian mint, c. 650 - 600 B.C.; obverse plain globular surface; reverseincuse punch (very worn with die breaks); rare; $350.00 (304.50)
Miletos, Ionia, c. 600 - 550 B.C.
Before the Persian invasion in the middle of the 6th century B.C., Miletus was the greatest and wealthiest of Greek cities and had a maritime empire with many colonies. After Cyrus of Persia defeated Croesus of Lydia in the middle of the 6th century B.C., Miletus fell under Persian rule.
SH73025. Electrum 1/12 stater, SNG Kayhan 444 - 448, SNG Cop -, VF, compact flan, weight 1.078 g, maximum diameter 7.4 mm, Miletos mint, 600 - 550 B.C.; obverselion head right; reverse cruciform punch with four pellets connected to central pellet; $345.00 (300.15) ON RESERVE