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 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; $5220.00 (€4541.40)
Mytilene, Lesbos, c. 377 - 326 B.C.
Mytilene was famous in ancient times for its great output of electrum coins struck from the late 6th through mid - 4th centuries B.C. The usual denomination was the hekte (1/6th stater). Warwick Wroth noted in the British Museum Catalog, "The Sixths of [this Lesbos electrum series] form one of the most beautiful coin-series of the ancient world. This will be evident from a glance."
SH73442. Electrum hekte, Bodenstedt Em. 99; SNG Cop 321; SNGvA 1729; HGC 6 1025; Boston MFA 1735; Weber 5631, gVF, fine style, minor die wear, weight 2.564 g, maximum diameter 10.5 mm, die axis 0o, Mytilene mint, c. 377 - 326 B.C.; obverse head of Kabeiros right, wearing wreath and pileus, two stars flanking cap; reverse head of Persephone right in linear square; ex Triton XVII (6 - 7 Jan 2015), lot 599; ex CNG auction 72 (14 Jun 2006), lot 714; $1300.00 (€1131.00)
Mytilene, Lesbos, 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. Electrum hekte, Bodenstedt Em. 52; HGC 6 978, gVF, obverse slightly off center, weight 2.546 g, maximum diameter 10.8 mm, die axis 0o, Mytilene mint, c. 454 - 427 B.C.; obverse young male head right, hair in band; reverse wreathed male head right, wearing long beard, in incuse square; ex CNG auction 342, lot 272; $900.00 (€783.00)
Unstruck Ancient Gold Stater Flan
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; Koson stater; or Danube Celtic stater.
SH72615. Gold unstruck flan, blank, pinged rims, many small scratches, weight 8.317 g, maximum diameter 15.3 mm, $765.00 (€665.55)
Ionia, c. 625 - 600 B.C.
Mitchiner notes this type, struck at the Lydian-Milesian weight standard used in southern Ionia, has no particular affinities with the major coin series from Miletos or Ephesos. Two possible mint cities, to which no other coins of the period have been attributed, are Myous and Lebedus.
SH73584. Electrum 1/24th stater, cf. Rosen 292, Mitchiner ATEC167, Elektron I 51, SNG Kayhan -, Weidauer -, VF, struck with worn dies, weight 0.560 g, maximum diameter 6.3 mm, uncertain southern Ionian mint, c. 625 - 600 B.C.; obverse raised irregular square with line and/or pellet decorations and extended corners; reverse incuse irregular square punch with line and/or pellet decorations; very rare; $500.00 (€435.00)
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 blank electrum pieces were within the famous "Artemision Find" at Ephesus in 1904.
SH73586. Electrum 1/48th stater, SNGvA 7764, Weidauer -, Traité I -, Rosen -, SNG Kayhan -, Mitchiner ATEC -, VF, weight 0.295 g, maximum diameter 4.2 mm, uncertain Ionian mint, c. 650 - 600 B.C.; obverse plain globular surface; reverse incuse irregular square punch; very rare; $500.00 (€435.00)
Ephesos(?), Ionia, c. 575 - 550 B.C.
The lion's paw on this coin is of a far more realistic form than most of the lion's paw electrum coins. This extremely rare later variation is not listed in Karwiese, the primary reference for the early coins of Ephesos. It was probably struck for a short time just before Ephesos recognized that they should be using the bee and symbols of Artemis on their coins, not lions or lion parts.
SH73587. Electrum 1/24 stater, Mitchiner ATEC 125, Rosen 285, SNG Kayhan -, Weidauer -, Karwiese -, VF, well centered, encrustations, weight 0.383 g, maximum diameter 6.1 mm, Ephesos(?) mint, c. 575 - 550 B.C.; obverse lion's paw or a realistic form seen from above; reverse incuse square divided by seven spokes radiating from a central pellet; extremely rare; $440.00 (€382.80)
Mylasa(?), Caria, c. 560 - 545 B.C.
SH73588. Electrum 1/48 stater, Weidauer 168, Rosen 302, Mitchiner ATEC 215 (Ephesus, 560 - 545 B.C.), SNG Kayhan -, VF, weight 0.292 g, maximum diameter 4.9 mm, Mylasa(?) mint, c. 560 - 545 B.C.; obverse lion paw; reverse scorpion within incuse square; very rare; $440.00 (€382.80)
Lydia, Ionia, Alyattes - Kroisos, c. 610 - 546 B.C., Ancient Counterfeit
At first we thought this was a rare unpublished 1/16th stater. Searching old online auction listings we actually found a few similar coins at approximately this weight. One of our own old listings for a similar weight example is an ancient counterfeit missing some electrum plate. Our conclusion is that this coin and most or all others at this weight are plated counterfeits.SH73362. Fouree electrum plat 1/12 stater, cf. Rosen 654, cf. SNG Kayhan 1015 (official, solid electrum), F, weight 0.857 g, maximum diameter 7.2 mm, counterfeiter's mint, c. 610 - 500 B.C.; obverse head of roaring lion right, sun on forehead; reverse irregular incuse square punch; $300.00 (€261.00)
Ephesos(?), Ionia, c. 610 - 575 B.C.
This type is among the earliest of coins. The location of the mint is not certain but examples have been found at or near Ephesos.
SH73582. Electrum 1/24 stater, SNG Kayhan 724 (Myletos?), Rosen 284 (Asia Minor uncertain), Mitchiner ATEC 105 (Ephesos), Karwiese 68 ff. (same), Weidauer -, VF, worn dies, weight 0.272 g, maximum diameter 4.9 mm, Ephesos(?) mint, c. 610- 575 B.C.; obverse crude lion's paw seen from above; reverse deep incuse square; very rare; $270.00 (€234.90)
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