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BYZANTINE ALEXIUS 1, AE TETARTERON S-1929 DOC 38 CLBC 2.4.5 105 viewsOBV Bust of Christ, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds gospels open in l. hand. Pellet in each limb of nimbus cross.

REV. Bust facing wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand scepter cruciger, and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 19.11mm

Weight 2.6gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver.

DOC lists 9 examples with weight s running from 1.82gm to 5.10gm and size from 18mm to 22mm

I have numerous examples of this coin, this is by far the most attractive I have ever seen and it is one of the highlights of my collection.
1 commentsSimon
BYZANTINE, Alexius 1 Comnenus, A.D.1081 - 1118, AV Hyperpyron132 viewsObv: Christ enthroned facing on square-backed throne, raising right hand in benediction.
Rev: Alexius standing facing, holding labarum and globus cruciger.
Sear 1924/25 (Thessalonika)
1 commentsgoldcoin
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BYZANTINE, Alexius I Komnenos A.D.1081 - 1118, AU Hyperperon. 172 viewsPost-reform issue struck A.D.1092 - 1118
Sear 1912.
1 commentsOptimus
BYZANTINE, Andronicus III Palaeologus (1328-1341) Assarion, Constantinople (Sear-2481)413 viewsObv: Three-quarter length figure of Andronicus facing, wearing crown and loros, and holding cruciform sceptre. Legend around - ANAPONIK AVTOKPATO (or similar, sometimes retrograde)
Rev: Cross anchored, with pellet in each angle.
Byzantine, Anonymous (Magn.) AE Tetarteron – SBCV-2154 DOC IV 6 Type D 52 viewsOBV Cross radiate, with lunate ornaments, decorated with pellets , at ends.

REV Half length figure of Virgin, nimbate, orans wearing tunic.

Size 20mm

Weight 2.61gm

DOC lists 4 examples. weight vary 1.32gm to 2.52gm and 19 to 22mm
4 commentsSimon
BYZANTINE, Anonymous Half-Siliqua, Struck at Constantinople (c.530AD), Bendall Type 8c97 viewsObverse: Helmeted and draped bust of Constantinople facing right.
Reverse: Large K in a pearl border.

S. Bendall made an attempt at the classification and chronology of these types. He accepted the general conclusion that the oldest issues, of very fine style, were struck during the inauguration of the new capital of the empire on May 11th, A.D.330. Bendall, having analyzed the changes in style, suggested that some issues were struck on the anniversaries of the founding of Constantinople in A.D.430 and A.D.530, and that other variants might have been issued during the reign of Justinian I to celebrate the reconquest of Italy.

Atelier : Constantinople (Istanbul en Turquie) - Ref : Bendall Type 8c - Sommer 7.109 (Maurice), Tolstoï 28, 612 - Rare
0,80 g / 13-15 mm - Etat presque Extremely Fine
3 commentséRIC_FR
BYZANTINE, Basil I the Macedonian with Constantine (AD 867-886)48 viewsAR Miliaresion Constantinople
AD 868-879
3.01 grams
Sear 1708
Obv.: IhSUS XRISTUS NICA, cross potent on three steps, globe beneath, triple border
Rev.: +bASI/ LIOS CE/ CONSTAN/ TIN' PISTV/ bASILIS/ ROMEO' in six lines, triple border
1 commentsRichard M10
BYZANTINE, Basil II & Constantine VII (976-1025). Æ Anonymous Class A2 Follis, (Sear-1813, Sommer-40.2.7)268 viewsObv: + EMMA NOVHΛ IC - XC.
Bust of Christ facing, holding book of gospels, with nimbus. Cross on book of gospels; cross in each arm of gospel.

Legend in four lines.

Attributed to Basil II & Constantine VII (976-1025).

Classified as Class A2-32 using Ornamentation Classification Table.
1 commentsSpongeBob
BYZANTINE, Basil II 976-1026 Class A2 Anonymous Follis278 viewsObv: Bust of Christ
Rev: +IhSUS / XRISTUS / bASILEU / bASILE, Ornament Above and Below
Sear 1813
2 commentsLaetvs
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BYZANTINE, Basil II the Bulgarslayer, AV Histamenon, Constantinopolis124 views548. Basile II le Bulgarochtone (976-1025), AV histamenon, 1001-1005 (?), Constantinople.
Obv : B. du Christ nimbé de face, bénissant et tenant les Evangiles. Trois groupes de sept globules dans les bras de la croix.
Rev : B. de Basile et de Constantin de face, tenant entre eux une croix patriarcale. Manus Dei au-dessus de la tête de Basile.
Ref.: S., 1798; R., 1941; B.N. 13; D.O. 4a.
4,23gm, Rare.

Under Basil, the empire expanded in all directions. He conquered Bulgaria, as his name suggests, and recovered Antioch from the Arabs.
BYZANTINE, Bulgaria, Anonymous Trachy, 1395-1420155 viewsObv: Patriarchal Cross Surrounded by Stars
Rev: Standing Czar
BYZANTINE, Bulgaria, Ivan Alexander and Mikhail 1331-1355138 viewsObv: Monogram
Rev: Czar and Son with Long Staff Between Them
Moushmov Pl. LXIX, 14
BYZANTINE, Bulgaria, Ivan Alexander and Mikhail 1331-1355132 viewsObv: Fortified Walls
Rev: Czar and Son Holding Long Cross Between Them
Moushmov Pl. LXIII, 4-12
BYZANTINE, Bulgaria, Ivan Šišman (1371–1395) AR Half Groší (Youroukova & Penchev-12132 viewsObv: Half-length facing bust of the Theotokos, orans, Child on breast; M Θ across field
Rev: Half-length facing bust of Ivan Šišman, holding cross-tipped scepter; monograms across field
BYZANTINE, Constans II, Solidus, Sear 95933 views4.41 gramsRichard T3
BYZANTINE, Constantine IV, AV Solidus.75 viewsConstantine IV, Pogonatus, 15 July 668 - 10 July 685 A.D.

Cf. Sear 1153.
Constantine IV ruled jointly with his father, Constans II, from A.D.654 to A.D.668, and then with his brothers, Heraclius and Tiberius, from A.D.659 until A.D. 681.
Constantine IV, Pogonatus should be credited with saving Europe from Muslim conquest when, after besieging Constantinople for four years, the Arabs led by caliph Muawija I were forced to retreat. The use by the Byzantines of the famous "Greek Fire" having made the city impregnable. In A.D.681 Constantine IV deposed his two brothers. Constantine IV was succeeded by his 16 year old son Justinian II in A.D.685.

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BYZANTINE, Constantine IX Monomachus, AV Histamenon Nomisma, Struck at Constantinople. A.D.1042 - 105557 viewsObv: +IhS XIS REX REGNANTInm. Christ enthroned facing, wearing nimbus cruciger, pallium and colobium, and raising right hand in benediction, in left hand, book of gospels, the whole surrounded by a triple border.
Rev: +cwnstAntn bASILeus Rm. Bust of Constantine IX facing, bearded, wearing crown, loros and sacros, and holding labarum and plain globus cruciger. The whole surrounded by a triple border.
Sear: 1829

These coins are of a thin, spread fabric; usually, but not always, scyphate.
BYZANTINE, Constantine XI, AR 1/8 stavraton, 1448-1453 AD106 viewsConstantine XI. Palaeologus. 1448-1453 AD. Eighth-stravrata, 0.48g. (h). Constantinople, Siege of Constantinople.
Obv: Bust of Christ facing, wearing nimbus cr. and holding book of Gospels, IC and B to left and right.
Rx: Crowned bust of Constantine facing, wearing maniakon.
Bendall, Revue Numismatique 1991, 'The Coinage of Constantine XI', p. 135-142. pl. XVII, 148 (this coin).
From the Constantine XI Hoard. Gemini Xii Lot 468
1 commentschance v
BYZANTINE, Heraclius, c.A.D.610-641, AV Solidus73 viewsAlthough Heraclius decisively defeated Parthia, his army was in turn defeated by the invading Muslims when a sandstorm blinded his troops at the battle of Yarmuk and as a result, the Levant, Egypt and North Africa were all lost.1 commentsgoldcoin
BYZANTINE, Heraclius, Heraclius Constantine and Heraclonas Solidus260 viewsHeraclius AD 610-641, with Heraclius Constantine and Heraclonas. Gold Solidus Constantinopolis, 5th officina, AD 638/9-641
Heraclius (in centre), Heraclius Constantine (on r.) and Heraclonas (on l.), all standing facing, holding globus cruciger
VICTORIA AVGЧE; cross potent set on three steps, monogram to left; CONOB in ex
Sear 769; 4.46g; 20mm

This coin is resting at least 75 years in private collections, as it came with a ticket dated 8th of May 1936, Robert Ball Nchf., Berlin, Germany.
2 commentsGert
BYZANTINE, Isaac Comnenus261 viewsIsaac Comnenus
unsurper in cyprus
AE tetarteron
Obv.The virgin standing right with hands raised.
Rev. Isaac standing facing.

OBV Christ Emmanuel, beardless and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion, seated upon throne with back; r hand raised in benediction holds scroll in l. Pellet in each limb of nimbus cross.

REV Full length figure of emperor on l. crowned by virgin nimbate. Emperor wears stemma, divitision, collar piece, and jeweled loros of simplified type; holds in r hand scepter cruciger and in l. anexikakia. Virgin wears tunic and maphorion.

Size 18.5/20mm

Weight 4.2

These issues in Cyprus have a small amount of silver in them 1.5% make them more related to the Metropolitan issue of the empire. This issue is heavier than most listed types. Variations of Isaac Comnenus coinage seem more common than the Byzantine Emperors, in this case the sash on the Emperors waist.

I have decided not clean this coin any further,I think it is attractive as it stands.

DOC list 4 examples with a weight of 2.81 to 2.84 and sized at 19mm to 21mm
1 commentsSimon
BYZANTINE, ISAAC II AE Tetarteron S-2005 DOC5483 viewsFacing bust of the Archangel Michael beardless and nimbate, wearing loros and holding sceptre with trifoil device. and Rev Bust of Isaac facing wearing crown and loros and holding cruiciform sceptre and akakia. 21mm Nice Very Fine! **** Note the trifoil device that Archangel Michael holds.***** DOC 5a.1 2 commentsSimon
BYZANTINE, ISAAC II ANGELUS, METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON S-2004 DOC 4 CLBC 7.4.1 43 viewsOBV Full length figure of Virgin nimbate, orans, standing on dais, wearing tunic and maphorion; beardless, nimbate head of Christ on breast.

REV Full length figure of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. anexikakia. Manus Dei in upper right field


Weight 5.3 1gm

DOC lists 16 examples with weights from 1.70gm to 4.36 and sizes 19mm to 24x18mm

Nicest example I have ever seen, just added to my collection, almost perfect except for wear on the Virgins face VF/EF
1 commentsSimon
Byzantine, Isaac II. Angelus (1185-1195 A.D.), SB 2005, AE-Tetarteron, Thessalonica,461 viewsB 068 Isaac II. Angelus (1185-1195 A.D.), SB 2005, AE-Tetarteron, Thessalonica,
avers:- Abbreviated version of O/X/AP-X/MI (or similar) to left and right of facing bust of Archangel Michael, beardless and nimbate, wearing loros and holding jewelled sceptre (sometimes surmounted by trefoil) and cross on globe.
revers:- ICA /AKI /OC - ΔE /CΠO /TH /C (or similar) to left and right of Isaac, crowned bust facing, wearing loros, holding cross-tipped sceptre and akakia.
exe: -/-//--, diameter: 20x20mm, weight: 5,69g, axis: 6h,
mint: Thessalonica, date: A.D., ref: SB 2005,
1 commentsquadrans
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BYZANTINE, John II, 1118 - 1143, Electrum Aspron Trachy56 viewsElectrum aspron trachy, clipped, 1.512g, 24.6mm, 180o, Constantinople mint.
Obverse: Christ seated facing on throne without back, raising right hand in benediction, book of Gospels in left hand, IC right, XC left.
Reverse: + Iw DECPO / TH - Q / EG / RW [...], John (wearing crown, divitision and chlamys) and St. George (nimbate, in military dress, holding sword) standing facing, holding patriarchal cross with globus at base.
Sear 1941; DO 8b; Scarce.
ex Edward J. Waddell, appears slightly more golden in hand
Byzantine, JOHN II, METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON SBCV-1945 DOC 12 CLBC 3.4.1 143 views
OBV Full length figure of Christ standing on a dais, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds Gospels in l. hand.

REV Full length figure of Emperor wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece and jeweled loros of a simplified type. Holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. hand gl. cr.

Size 21mm


6 commentsSimon
BYZANTINE, JOHN III DUCAS, AE Tetarteron S- 2117 DOC 59 132 viewsOBV Cross within crescent-shapeped ornament decorated with pellets.
REV Half length figure of emperor wearing stemma, divitision , collar-piece and paneled loros of a simplified type, holds in r. hand labarum headed scepter, and in l. a globus surmounted by patriarchal cross
Size 19mm/16mm. Weight 1.8 gm

DOC lists 5 examples with weights from 1.55 gm to 2.54 and sizes 15mm to 20mm All odd shaped in size

I believe this to be the nicest I've seen but it is close. The coin has nice highlights, sand filled patina and nice eye appeal. When grading this coin keep in mind the denomination being small and rarely struck with perfection but this one definitely has it's charms.
BYZANTINE, John V Palaeologus, AR 1/8th stavraton, 1341-1391 AD.35 viewsJean V Paléologue (1341-1391), AR 1/8 de stavraton, 1367-1376, Constantinople.
Obv: D/B. du Christ de f. entre deux points.
Rev: R/B. de l'empereur de f. entre deux points.
Sear 2512; D.O. 1244; PCPC 307 (sigle 5). 1,02g. Rare
Jean Elsen auc 125 lot 933.
chance v
BYZANTINE, John VII Palaeologus, AR 1/2 stavraton, 1399-1402 AD.39 viewsJean VII Paléologue, régent pour Manuel II (1399-1403), AR 1/2 stavraton, Constantinople.
Obv: D/B. du Christ de f., entre IC-XC. Sur le tour, quatorze globules et C-?. R.
Rev: I?ANIC BACI??VC [######] B. de l'empereur nimbé de f., entre deux points.
Sear 2562; D.O. 1334; PCPC 346 (sigle 8). 3,01g. Rare
Jean Elsen auc 125 lot 945
chance v
BYZANTINE, John VIII Palaeologus, 1423-1448, Constantinople, AR Stavraton (Half Hyperpyron)1666 viewsIWANHC ΔECΠOTIC O ΠAΛEOΛOΓOC / ΘV XAPITI AVTOKPATOP in two circles inside which bust of John facing, bearded, nimbate, crown with pendila, a pellet in the left and right fields. / IC/I-XC/X Nimbate bust of Christ, book of Gospels in left hand, right hand raised in benediction, all inside dotted and lined circle, surrounded by margin with pellets, inside solid line circle. 6.7g

When voting be careful to compare this with other coins of the same denomination, not the smaller ones which have cause to look even more crude. While this is crude and probably easily bested, I would prefer the coin that ousts this entrant at least have as much of the name of the ruler as does this one (IWA at the top of the outer circle).
7 commentsdougsmit
BYZANTINE, John VIII Palaeologus, AR 1/8th stavraton, 1421-1448 AD36 viewsJean VIII Paléologue (1421-1448), AR 1/8 de stavraton (1/16 hyperpère), Constantinople.
Obv: D/B. du Christ nimbé de f. entre IC-XC. A d., trois points.
Rev: R/B. de l'empereur nimbé de f., entre I/? -A/N.
Sear 2566; D.O. -; PCPC 350. 0,50g. Rare
Jean Elsen auc 125 lot 953.

This coin is from the Constantine XI hoard. It is coin #64 in the Numismatique revue that pictures all the coins from the hoard by Simon Bendall.
chance v
BYZANTINE, Justin I, AV solidus36 viewsThe pig farmer who would be emperor...sounds like gladiator a lil bit.
Justin I AV Solidus. Constantinople, AD 518-527. D N IVSTINVS P P AVG, helmeted, cuirassed bust facing, shield with horseman device on left shoulder, spear across right shoulder / VICTORIA AVGGG Δ, angel standing facing holding long cross in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand; star in right field, CONOB in exergue.
Sear 56; DOC 2; MIBE 3. 4.46g, 21mm, 5h.
chance v
BYZANTINE, Justin II - Large follis778 viewsJustin II; Follis ; 32.5 mm, 15.9 g; Regnal year 9 = 573 - 574 AD; Sear #372
DN IVSTINVS PP AVG - Justin on left and Sophia on right, seated facing on a double throne, both nimbate. He holds a globus cruciger [orb], she holds cruciform sceptre.
Mint of Cyzicus - KYZ in exergue.

Bruce''s collection
8 commentsbruce61813
BYZANTINE, Justin II and Sophia, AE Follis struck at Cherson (A.D.565-578)31 viewsA l'avers XЄP-CONOC l'empereur Justin et l'impératrice Sophie debout de face, tous deux nimbés, Justin tenant un globe crucigère et Sophie un long sceptre crucigère. Pas de croix entre Justin II et Sophie.
Au revers Tibère, debout de face, tenant un long chrisme. A droite, la valeur H.
La marque de valeur est très spécifique à l'atelier de Cherson, le H signifiant la valeur 8 à comprendre comme 8 pentanumia, soit 40 nummis.
Atelier : Cherson (Crimée, Ukraine)
13,08 g / 30-32 mm
Ref : MIBE II 158 (Justin II) - Sommer 5.71 (Justin II), SBCV 605 (Maurice), DOC 299 (Maurice), Anokhin 317 (Justin II), Esty 15 (Maurice)
BYZANTINE, Justin II and Sophia, Half-Follis struck at Cherson (A.D.582-602)21 viewsA l'avers XЄP-CONOC l'empereur Justin et l'impératrice Sophie debout de face, tous deux nimbés, Phocas tenant un globe crucigère et Leontia un long sceptre crucigère.
Au revers Tibère, debout de face, tenant une longue croix. A droite, la valeur Δ.
Atelier : Cherson (Crimée, Ukraine)
5,67 g / 20-23 mm
Ref : Sear 610 (Maurice) - Sommer 5.73 var (Justin II), MIBEC 161 (Phocas), Anokhin 318-19 (Justin II), Esty 16 (Maurice)
BYZANTINE, Justin II, AV solidus, A.D.565-57846 viewsAV-Solidus, Constantinopolis, 6. Offizin; 4.42 g. Gepanzerte Büste v. v. mit Helm, Victoria auf Globus und Schild//Constantinopolis sitzt v. v. mit Zepter und Kreuzglobus.
DOC 4 e; Sear 345.
chance v
BYZANTINE, Justinian I, AE 20 Nummi 128 viewsCyzicus Mint. Yr.25 (AD 551/2)
AD 527-565
19.13 grams
Obv. D. N. IVSTINIANVS PP . AVG. – Helmeted and cuir. Bust facing, holding gl. Cr. And shield; to r. cross
Rev. Large K; above, cross; to l., A/N/N/O; to r., numerals representing the regnal year; beneath officina letter
Sear #165
Richard M10
BYZANTINE, Justinian I, AE 37mm Follis132 viewsCyzicus Mint
AD 527-565
19.13 grams
Obv.: DN IVSTINIANVS PP AVG, helmeted, cuirassed bust facing, holding cross on globe and shield with horseman motif, cross to right
Rev.: Large M, ANNO to left, cross above, regnal year to right, officina letter below, mintmark KYZ.
SB 207
1 commentsRichard M10
BYZANTINE, Justinian I, AV Semissis54 viewsJustinian I AV Semissis. Constantinopolis, AD 527-565. D N IVSTINIANVS P P AVG, diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right / VICTORIA AVGGG, Victory seated right, inscribing numerals on shield; star to right, christogram to left.
MIBE 17; Sear 143. 2.17g, 20mm, 6h.
1 commentschance v
BYZANTINE, Justinian I, AV Solidus, A.D.527-56570 viewsBYZANTINE COINS
Justinian I (527-565)
(D) Solidus (4.39 g), Constantinopolis, 1 Officina, AD 542-565. Bust / Victoria.
Sear 140, 7 MIB, summer 4.3. Clipped minimal, minor scratches.

chance v
BYZANTINE, Justinian I, AV Tremissis, A.D.527-56553 viewsJustinian I. 527-565. AV Tremissis (14mm, 1.51 g, 6h). Constantinople mint. Diademed and cuirassed bust right / Angel advancing right, head left, holding wreath and globus cruciger; star to right; CONOB.
DOC 19; MIBE 19; SB 145.
chance v
BYZANTINE, Justinian I, AV Tremissis, AD527-56537 viewsJustinian I AV Tremissis. Constantinople, AD 527-565. DN IVSTINI-ANVS P P AVC, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right / VICTORIA AVCVSTORVM, Victory alighting facing, head left, holding wreath in outstretched right hand and globus cruciger in outstretched left; star in right field; CONOB.
Sear 145. 1.43g, 16mm, 7h.
chance v
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BYZANTINE, Justinianus I.608 viewsJustinianus
AU Solidus
Obv: DNIVSTINANVSPPAVI - Helmeted, cuirassed bust facing, holding spear over shoulder and shield.
Rev: VICTORIAAVGGGI Exe: /CONOB - Victory standing facing, holding cross and globus cruciger. 527-538 (Constantinople).
2 commentsTanit
BYZANTINE, Latin Rule Half Tetarteron S-2058189 viewsOBV Bust of Virgin nimbate, wearing tunic and maphorion

REV Leaved patriarchal cross.

17mm 1.59gm

Personally I think this is the nicest of the Latin designs and this one is the best I have seen. I just added it to my collection.
1 commentsSimon
BYZANTINE, Latin Trachy 1204-1261 Constantinople773 viewsObv: Bust of Christ
Rev: Archangel Michael
26-30 mm
Sear 2036
Coins of this type are usually poorly struck and/or severely clipped. Not this one!
From the collection of Laetvs
2 commentsLaetvs
BYZANTINE, Leo III & Constantine V, AV Solidus, Constantinople c.A.D.737-741.50 views
Leo III, the Isaurian, 717-741 AD. ruling with Constantine V, 720-741 AD. Struck at Constantinople c.A.D.737 - 741.
Obv: Crowned facing bust of Leo, holding globus cruciger and akakia; d N O LEO-N PA MUl.
Rev: Crowned facing bust of Constantine, holding globus and akakia; d N CONST-ANTINuS.
Sear 1504, DOC III 7b.
Byzantine, Leo V and Constantine 813-820 AD, AE Follis, SBCV - 163523 viewsOBV Facing Busts of Leo on l. and Constantine

REV Λ K ( Initials of Leon and Konstantine ) Cross above

3.86gm and 22.4mm

Ex Forum Coin
1 commentsSimon
BYZANTINE, Leo V “The Armenian,” AE18 Follis. 23 viewsSyracuse Mint.
AD 813-820
3.13 grams
Obv.: LEON, crowned facing bust of Leo, wearing loros, holding cross potent; Λ to r.
Rev.: Crowned facing bust of Constantine, wearing chlamys, holding cross on globe; cross to right.
SB 1637
Richard M10
BYZANTINE, Leo VI, AE Follis, AD 886 - 91243 viewsLeo VI, AE Follis, Constantinople.
Obv: LEON bASILEVS ROM, crowned bust facing with short beard, wearing chlamys, holding akakia
Rev: LEON EN QEO BA SILEVS R OMEON legend in four lines.
Sear 1729, DOC 8
Franz-Josef M
BYZANTINE, Manuel II Palaeologus, AR 1/2 stavraton, 1403-1425 AD36 viewsManuel II Paléologue (1391-1425), AR 1/2 stavraton, 1403-1425, Constantinople.
Obv: D/ B. du Christ de f. A g. ?.
Rev: R/ B. de Manuel de f. entre deux poins. A g., ?. ?ICTO en fin de légende.
Sear 2552; D.O. 1507; PCPC 343. 3,65g.
Jean Elsen auc 125 lot 940.
chance v
BYZANTINE, Manuel II Palaeologus, AR 1/2 stavraton, 1403-1425 AD74 viewsManuel II Palaeologus (1391-1425), AR 1/2 stavraton, 1403-1425, Constantinople. Class II.
Obverse: B. Christ's face, between IC-XC. A left christogramme.
Reverse: B. the haloed Emperor face between two points.
Sear 2551; D.O. 1414; PCPC 334.5: Ref.. 3.44 g.
Jean Elsen auc 118 lot 515
1 commentschance v
BYZANTINE, Manuel II Palaeologus, AR 1/2 stavraton, 1403-1425 AD32 viewsManuel II Paléologue (1391-1425), AR 1/2 stavraton (1/4 hyperpère), Constantinople.
Obv: D/ B. du Christ accosté de IC-XC. A g., une étoile.
Rev: R/ B. de l'empereur nimbé de f., accosté de deux points.
D.O. 1317; PCPC 334. 3,13g.
Jean Elsen auc 125 lot 937.
chance v
BYZANTINE, Manuel II Palaeologus, AR 1/8th stavraton, 1403-1425 AD38 viewsManuel II Paléologue (1391-1425), AR 1/8 de stavraton, 1403-1425, Constantinople.
Obv: D/ B. du Christ de f. entre C-?.
Rev: R/ B. de l'empereur de f. entre deux points.
Sear 2553; D.O. 1543; PCPC 335. 0,55g.
Jean Elsen auc 125 lot 943.
chance v
BYZANTINE, Manuel II Palaeologus, AR Stavraton, 1403-1425 AD49 viewsManuel II Palaeologus AR Stavraton. Constantinople, AD 1403-1425.
Obv: Bust of Christ facing, lys and K monogram in fields.
Rev: Bust of emperor facing.
DOC 1402; Sear 2549. 7.08g, 25mm, 6h.
Rome Numismatics esale 9 lot 812
chance v
OBV Full length figure of the Virgin, nimbate, orans, wearing tunic, and maphorion turned to the r. Manus Dei (Hands of God) in upper field to r.

REV Full length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, jeweled loros of a simplified type and Saigon; holds in right hand scepter cruciger and in l. anexikakia

Size 20.53mm

Weight 4.2gm

Cosmopolitan Issue were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of 3% and were also issued with a very light silver wash (Silver traces are common on Cosmopolitan issues but intact fully silvered coins are very rare.) These more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. Cosmopolitan issue are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues

DOC lists 34 examples with weights from 2.32 to 4.9gm and size from 17mm to 22mm

The coins only flaw, wear on the Virgins face. Other that near perfect centering and a wonderful reverse strike.
5 commentsSimon
BYZANTINE, Maurice & Constantina, Follis struck at Cherson (582-602)37 viewsA l'avers DN mAVRIC PP AVG AVG l'empereur Maurice et l'impératrice Constantina debout de face, tous deux nimbés, Maurice tenant un globe crucigère et Constantina un long sceptre crucigère, Tous deux sont sur une estrade. Une croix entre l'empereur et l'impératrice.
Au revers Théodosius, fils de Maurice, debout de face, tenant une longue croix. A droite, la valeur H, une croix au dessus.
Atelier : Cherson (Crimée, Ukraine)
11.87 g / 30 mm
Ref : Sear 607, MIBEC 157a1 - Sommer 7.108, DOC 303, Anokhin 320, Esty 17
1 commentséRIC_FR
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Byzantine, Maurice Tiberius, AE Follis, Antioch81 viewsObv: Bust facing, wearing crown and consular robes. Mappa in right hand, eagle-tipped sceptre in left.
Struck 582-602 A.D. at Antioch.
BCV: 532
1 commentsJericho
BYZANTINE, Maurice Tiberius, Solidus47 viewsDate: 582-602 AD
Mint: Constantinople
Obverse: Draped and cuirassed bust facing, wearing plumed helmet and holding globus cruciger.
Reverse: Angel standing facing, holding staff terminating in Christogram and globus cruciger.
BCV 477
Bought on CNG, ex John A. Seeger Collection. Pic made by CNG
BYZANTINE, Maurice Tiberius, Theoupolis (Antioch), 582-602, AE Follis 335 views[D N M]AURI-C N P AUT Crowned bust of Maurice facing, bearing consular mantle, holding mappa in right hand and eagle tipped sceptre in left hand. / Large M flanked by A/N/N/O – X/III (regnal year 13 equivalent to 594/95 AD), cross above, Γ below, THEUP (Theoupolis) in exergue. Sear Byzantine 533; DO 161-73.
(28 mm, 11.75 g, 6h)
7 commentsLloyd T
BYZANTINE, Nicephorus I (802-811) Follis, Constantinople (Sear-1607)134 viewsObv: crowned busts facing of Nicephorus with short beard, on left and Stauracus, unbearded, on right, each wearing chlamys, cross between their heads
Rev: large M, XXX to left, cross above, NNN to right, A below
2 commentsSpongeBob
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BYZANTINE, Nicephorus III, A.D.1078 - 108188 viewsAnonymous AE Follis attributed to Nicephorus III, A.D.1078 - 1081.
Sear: 1889
BYZANTINE, Phocas & Leontia, AE Follis, Struck c.A.D.602-603 at Antioch320 viewsObv: D(retrograde) N FOCA NE PE AV. Standing figures of Phocas on left, holding cross on globe and Leontia, nimbate, on right, holding sceptre topped by cross; cross between their heads.
Rev: Large Langobardian M, ANNO to left,cross above, numeral representing the regnal year to right (Year 1 on this coin). In exergue, THEuP', the mintmark for Theupolis (Antioch).
Sear 671
7 commentsLaetvs
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BYZANTINE, Phocas, AE Decanummium, A.D.602 - 610. 70 viewsObv: om FOCA PP AVG. Crowned, draped and cuirassed bust facing.
Rev: Large X, cross above. (The reverse is upside down in the photograph above).

Sear: 646
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BYZANTINE, Phocas, AE Follis, A.D.602 - 610.95 viewsPhocas reigned from November A.D. 602 to October A.D.610.
AE Follis minted at Cyzicus.
Sear: 665.
2 commentsJericho
BYZANTINE, Romanus I Lecapenus A.D.920-944, AE Follis, struck at Constantinople71 viewsObv: +RWmAn bASILEVS RWM. Facing bearded bust of Romanus I, wearing crown and jewelled chlamys, holding labarum and globus cruciger.
Rev: +RWMA/n En θEW bA/SILEVS RW/MAIWn in four lines.
Sear: 1760

Romanus I Lecapenus (A.D.920-944), co-ruled with Constantine VII. Porphyrogenitus (A.D.913-959)
Large quantities of folles of this type appear to have been issued, and are often overstruck on folles of Leo VI.
1 commentsW. Kutschenko
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BYZANTINE, Romanus IV, A.D.1068-1071, AV Histamenon104 viewsROMANUS IV Diogenes, A.D.1068-1071. AV Histamenon Nomisma (27mm, 4.00 gm). Constantinople mint.
Obv: Constantius and Andronicus, each holding a globus cruciger, standing facing on either side of Michael holding labarum and akakia; all on beaded exergual line
Rev: Christ, nimbate, standing facing on footstool, crowning Romanus and Eudocia, each holding a globus cruciger.
DOC III 2; SB 1861.
1 commentsgoldcoin
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BYZANTINE, Tiberius III Apsimar, A.D.698-705, AV Solidus85 viewsTIBERIUS III (Apsimar). 698-705 AD. AV Solidus (20mm, 4.01 gm, 6h). Italian mint.
Obv: d TIbE RI Au, crowned and cuirassed facing bust, holding spear and shield.
Rev: VICTORIA AuSu, cross potent on three steps; small crosses flanking; CONOB.
DOC II 22 (Syracuse); MIB II 34 (Syracuse); SB 1381 (Syracuse). VF, ragged flan. Rare.
All the references ascribe this piece to Syracuse, but style and more importantly the metal content are not normal for Syracuse at this period. Probably one of the Italian mints, but Ricotti Prina, the source for a number of Italian attributions, does not list this coin.
CELTIC, Celtic Imitation of Roman Republican Semis90 viewsObverse-Bust of Saturn
Reverse-Galley prow, S above, OMA below.

I think the R in the exergue may be off center. The A is about 30 degrees tilted left.
CELTIC, Danubian Celt drachm249 viewsCeltic Imitative drachm of Alexander & Seated Zeus holing Staff & EagleForrest H
CELTIC, DANUBIAN CELTS30 viewsA drachm In the style of Alexander III
3rd Century BC or later
3.79 grams
Kostial 947
Obv. Head of Heracles right, wearing lion skin headdress
Rev. Zeus enthroned left, holding eagle and scepter, trident head and pseudo-monogram before.
Richard M10
CELTIC, Eastern Europe, Imitating Philip II of Macedon, c.4th-3rd century B.C. 27 viewsCelts in Eastern Europe AR Tetradrachm. Late 4th-early 3rd century BC. Imitation of Philip II of Macedon. Dachreiter Type.
Obverse: Laureate head of Zeus right.
Reverse: Horse advancing left.
Cf. Lanz 450. 12.47g, 20mm, 4h.
chance v
CELTIC, Gaul, Aulerci Eburovices electrum Hemistater (60-50 BC)156 viewso/ Stylized human head left, hair represented by three parallel lines; behind, a serie of dots and a little cross; below, a jewel; beaded cord around the cheek and a small boar upside down at the base of the neck
r/ Stylized horse leaping left, with the remains of the auriga above the horse, a boar left between the legs, a sort of Y before the horse's chest.
Titulature avers : Anépigraphe.
Description avers : Tête humaine stylisée à gauche, les cheveux figurés par trois lignes parallèles ; derrière, séries de globules et une croisette ; au-dessous, un fleuron ; cordon perlé entourant la joue ; un petit sanglier à l’envers à la base du cou.
Titulature revers : Anépigraphe.
Description revers : Cheval stylisé bondissant à gauche, avec les restes de l'aurige au-dessus du cheval ; un sanglier à chauche entre les jambes ; une sorte de Y devant le poitrail du cheval.
Extremely rare (horse left).
19mm. 2.79g
DT 2406
1 commentsAugustin Caron
CELTIC, Issue in Northwest Gaul in the area of Armorica29 viewsc. 1st century BC.
D&T 2341
BI stater
5.94 gm
Obv.: Celticized male head right, with hair in spiral curls.
Rev.: Deconstructed biga right; ornaments around; boar right below.

Many Celtic tribes lived within this area including the Coriosolites to which this coin is attributed.
Richard M10
ETHIOPIA, Kingdom of Axum, Anonymous AE, c.5th century AD22 viewsObverse : CΛ X Λ CΛ (?), crowned and draped bust right, holding cross-tipped sceptre. In left field, cross.
Reverse : TOYTO APECH TH XѠPA (May this please the country), cross with gilded centre.
Munro-Hay type 76

The Kingdom of Axum was an isolated and independent Christian kingdom in what is now Ethiopia and Eritrea that survived from the 1st century to circa the 9th century AD. They existed alongside the other empires in their day, Rome, Persia and China. At some point they conquered the Himyarite Confederacy, in what is now Yemen, and absorbed the Sabean culture. Axum maintained strong ties with the Byzantine Empire until they were cut off from that trade by the Arab conquests of the surrounding area, which caused Axum to fall into decline. The Kingdom of Axum is the proposed home of the Ark of the Covenant and the legendary home of the Queen of Sheba. The Axumite Monarchy was established based on a genealogical relationship with King Solomon of Judea and the Queen of Sheba.
ETHIOPIA, Kingdom of Axum, Anonymous AR, c.4th-5th century AD20 viewsObverse : CΛX ΛCΛ or BΛX ΛBΛ (?), draped bust of king wearing scarf, with necklace and earring.
Reverse : OTYOTAPCEHTHXWPΛ (the Greek letters in the right order would be TOYTO APECH TH XWPA, May this (the Cross) please the country). Gilded cross in circle.
Munro-Hay type 50.

The Kingdom of Axum was an isolated and independent Christian kingdom in what is now Ethiopia and Eritrea that survived from the 1st century to circa the 9th century AD. They existed alongside the other empires in their day, Rome, Persia and China. At some point they conquered the Himyarite Confederacy, in what is now Yemen, and absorbed the Sabean culture. Axum maintained strong ties with the Byzantine Empire until they were cut off from that trade by the Arab conquests of the surrounding area, which caused Axum to fall into decline. The Kingdom of Axum is the proposed home of the Ark of the Covenant and the legendary home of the Queen of Sheba. The Axumite Monarchy was established based on a genealogical relationship with King Solomon of Judea and the Queen of Sheba.
GREEK, Achaean League, Aigieon. ca. 88-30 BC.142 views AR Hemidrachm 15mm (2.2 g.).
obv: Laureate head of Zeus right. AIGIEWN.
rev: Achaian League monogram;CTO to left, API above, DA right, MOC below;all within laurel-wreath, tied below.
Sear-2973;BMC 24f.; SNG Cop. 235; BCD 430; Benner-Aigion-20.
GREEK, Achaean League, Argos, ca. 175-168 BC, AR Hemidrachm - Agrinion 308239 viewsLaureate head of Zeus right. / Wreath surrounding AX monogram in centre; TK monogram above and Harpa right below.
BCD Peloponnesos 1136 (this coin); Clerk 147; Agrinion 308 (same dies).
(17 mm, 2.47 g, 12h)
ex- BCD Collection; LHS 96, Lot 1136 (8 May 2006); ex- Empire Coins Fixed Price List 76 (September 1995).

One of the more refined images of Zeus on this series of Achaian League emissions, complimented by the slightly oval flan.
3 commentsLloyd T
GREEK, Achaean League, Corinth. c. 167-146 BC 141 viewsAR Hemidrachm, Obv: Laureate head of Zeus l. Rx: Pegasus flying r. over AX monogram with A-K-S across fields; all within laurel wreath, tied left. Ex John Twente Animal Collection; ex HJB Buy or Bid, 2/17/1981. About VF, 2.27g. BCD-73.2, Agrinion-583, Clerk-111; Benner-Korinth-11.
HJBerk BBS 159, lot 167.
2 commentsDino
GREEK, Achaean League, Elis. Circa 191-188 BC. 132 viewsAR Hemidrachm (16mm, 2.42 g, 6h).
obv: Laureate head of Zeus right
rev: Monogram of the Achaian League; above, eagle standing right; in fields, N-I/Σ-Ω; below, FA; all within laurel wreath.

Benner 1; BCD Peloponnesos 663. VF, toned.

Ex BCD Collection (not in previous sales); CNG 221, lot 89.
1 commentsDino
GREEK, Achaean League, Messene, 175-168 BC, AR Hemidrachm 150 viewsLaureate head of Zeus Hamarios left.
Large AX monogram; N - Φ across fields, M below; all within wreath.
HGC 5, 597 (this coin); Benner 23 (this coin); BCD Peloponnesos 723 (this coin); Agrinon 323g (same dies); Clerk 216 (Megalopolis); SNG Copenhagen 315.
(15 mm, 2.44 g, 5h)
ex- BCD Collection: LHS 96 (8-9 May 2006) Lot 723
3 commentsLloyd T
GREEK, Achaean League, Messenia-Messena. Circa 175-168 BC. 140 viewsAR Hemidrachm (18mm, 2.46 g).
Laureate head of Zeus right / Monogram; O-OP-N across field, M below; all within wreath tied at bottom.
Agrinion 325d-e; Clerk 304; BCD 722.7, 724; Benner-Messene-23 (same obverse die).

exBeast Coins.
1 commentsDino
GREEK, Achaean League, Patrai-Patras. 167-146 BC. 252 viewsAR hemidrachm. 16mm 2.55g.
Laureate head Zeus right/ Achaian league monogram. Monogram A-TEI-N across fields. dolphin below. All within laurel wreath tied at bottom.
Agrinion Hoard 553a (same rev. die); Clerk 82a; Benner-Patrai-29 (this coin).
exBeast Coins.
1 commentsDino
GREEK, Achaean League, Patrai-Patras. 175-168 BC.225 viewsAR Hemidrachm (2.31 g.).
Obv: Laureate head Zeus right
Rev: Achaian League monogram; D left, M above, I right, trident below facing right; all within laurel wreath tied below.
Clerk 186/3; McClean 6461; Benner-Patrai-22.

exGorny & Mosch

SNG Cop. 274f. ; BMC 98
5 commentsDino
GREEK, Achaean League, Tegea. 88-30 BC. 100 viewsAR Hemidrachm (2.49 g, 8h). Laureate head of Zeus right / XA monogram; T-E across field; all within wreath. Clerk 223; BCD 1744; SNG Copenhagen 293; Benner-Tegea-4.

From Collection C.P.A. Ex Tkalec (24 October 2003), lot 94.

exCNG 78, lot 695.

1 commentsDino
GREEK, Aeolis, Ealaea, AE11, 340 - 300 B.C.49 viewsAE 11, Aeolis, Ealaea, 340-300 BC
Obv: Helmeted head of Athena left
Rx: Grain within wreath

SNG Cop 169,170 similar
GREEK, Akanthos, AR Tetrobol, 420-380 B.C.130 viewsAverse: Forepart of bul
Reverse: Quadripartite incuse square
2 commentsOptimus
GREEK, Alexander the Great, 336 - 323 B.C., Lifetime Issue, Gold stater8 viewsSH28064. Gold stater, Price 2084, Müller Alexander -, gVF, weight 8.578 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 180o, Miletos (near Balat, Turkey) mint, 325 - 323 B.C.; obverse head of Athena right in crested Corinthian helmet, thunderbolt below; reverse AΛEΞAN∆POY, Nike standing left holding wreath and ship's mast, H∆ monogram in lower right field; nicely centered; rare varietyJoe Sermarini
GREEK, Anatolia, Kyme, c. 165 - 140 BC, AR Tetradrachm414 viewsObv:– Head of Amazon Kyme right.
Rev:– KYMAION eft, KALLIASH (Magistrate) in exe. Horse walking right, oinochoe below all contained in wreath
Minted in Kyme. c. 165 - 140 B.C.
Reference:– SNG Von Aulock 1636. Sng Cop 103
8 commentsmaridvnvm
GREEK, Apollonia Pontika755 viewsDiobol of Apollonia Pontika. Circa 400 BC. Reference: BMC 150-1. From the collection of Ghengis Jon.1 commentsGhengis_Jon
Greek, Apollonia Pontika, AR Drachm, c.450 B.C.32 viewsThrace, Black Sea Area, Apollonia Pontika
AR Drachm. ca 450 BC.
Facing gorgoneion / Anchor, A to left, crayfish to right.
GREEK, Arachosia, ca. 220-200 BC, Lysimachos/Alexander Hybrid Imitative AR Tetradrachm - Coin Hoards X Plate 16, 181 (this coin)135 viewsDiademed head of deified Alexander right, with horn of Ammon.
Barbarized legend …ΛΕΞA... Zeus left seated on a backless throne, eagle in right hand, scepter held in left hand, pellet beneath throne above poorly defined dotted strut, indistinct possible mint control in left field.
Miller East Arachosia Hoard (Quetta Hoard, 2002 (CH 10.275), 181 (this coin) in Hoover, Meadows and Wattenberg Coin Hoards X Plate 16, 181 (this coin); SC p 483-488 Addenda III A Third Century Hoard from Arachosia.
(23 mm, 16.7 g, 6h)
ex- the East Arachosia (Quetta) Hoard 2001 (CH 10.275) buried ca. 206-200 BC.

This is a challenge for all but the cognoscenti. Notwithstanding its superficially shabby appearance, it qualifies as the best of its type because that is what it is, the best of four examples known. To appreciate this it is necessary to understand the background to the coin. This imitative hybrid was unknown to numismatists until 2001 when four examples were discovered in the East Arachosia (Quetta) Hoard in southwestern Pakistan, to date the only known find of the type. Three of the four examples, in lesser condition than this one, Miller (CH 10.275) 180 and 182 & 183 are now in the collection of the ANS as noted by van Alfen in AJN 14 (2002) p. 183-186 & pl. 29, #6, #7 & #8 (ANS 2002 acquisitions #460- #462; accession numbers: 2002.19.3 - 19.5). This fourth specimen is the only example outside of a museum collection.
3 commentsLloyd T
GREEK, Argolis Argos AR Triobol 490- 470 BC 2.55g 10mm 6h22 viewsForepart of wolf at bay to left.Rev Alpha with bar sloping to the right,and with two pellets one above and one below,within a shallow incuse square,with two deeper incuse squares in the upper part.
Very rare
1 commentsGrant H
GREEK, Argolis, Argos, AR Triobol144 viewscirca 3rd century BC
AR Triobol (15mm, 2.2g)
O: Forepart of wolf left.
R: Large A, eagle standing right on thunderbolt beneath; IP-EΩ-NO-Σ (Hieronos, magistrate) in corners, all within shallow incuse square.
SNG Cop 42; BCD Peloponnesos 1177; SNG Delepierre 2273 ; Sear 2795v
ex Empire Coins

"... one of the three cities dearest to Me"
~ Hera (Iliad)
1 commentsEnodia
GREEK, Argolis, Argos, AR Triobol, 480-430 B.C.36 viewsARGOLIS, Argos. Circa 480/70-440/30 BC. AR Triobol or Hemidrachm (14mm, 2.88 g, 12h).
Obverse: Forepart of wolf at bay left
Reverse: Large A; two small incuse squares above; all within shallow square incuse.
BCD Peloponnesos 1025 (same obv. die); HGC 5, 663.
Rare without a pellet below A.
1 commentschance v
GREEK, Argolis, Epidauros ca. 290/80-260 BC, AR Hemidrachm - HGC 5, 722190 viewsLaureate head of Asklepios left. / EΠ monogram within wreath.
Requier Monnayage, Series 2 [1], 137 (D4/R5; this coin); BCD Peloponnesos 1234 (same dies); SNG Copenhagen 116 (same dies); HGC 5, 722 (R1).
(14 mm, 2.50 g, 9h)
CNG; ex-BCD Collection; ex-1979/80 Epidaurus Hoard (CH VII, 69)
3 commentsLloyd T
GREEK, Argolis, Hermione, 360-320/10 BC, AE Chalkous - BCD Peloponnesos 1297183 viewsWreathed head of Demeter Chthonia left / Torch flanked by E- P, all within wreath of grain ears.
Grandjean Group I, emission 2B, d33/r30 (this coin illustrated) = Pozzi (Boutin) 4276 (this coin); BCD Peloponnesos 1297; SNG Copenhagen 140-3.
(13 mm, 2.48 g, 12h)
Classical Numismatic Group Mail Bid Sale 81 (20 May 2009) Lot 2511; ex- BCD Collection (not in LHS sale), purchased from Leu, January 1979; ex- S. Pozzi Collection, 4276 (Boutin).

This coin has a notable provenance, dating back to the turn of the twentieth century and the collection of the eminent Paris surgeon Professor Samuel Pozzi (1846-1918).
1 commentsLloyd T
GREEK, Argolis, Hermione. ca 210 BC., AE Dichalkon.187 viewsArgolis, Hermione. ca 210 BC.
AE Dichalkon 2.26g
Obv: Head of Demeter, right
Rev: EP between two torches in wreath.
BCD 1305.1 (this coin). Agora 794.
ex Pegasi A21-116.
2 commentsDino
GREEK, Arsinoe II, Wife of Ptolemy II Philadelphos, 285 - 246 B.C., Gold oktodrachm6 viewsSH24847. Gold oktodrachm, Svoronos 475; BMC Ptolemies p. 43, 10 and pl. VIII, 4; SGCV II 7768, gVF, weight 27.702 g, maximum diameter 28.4 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, c. 253 - 246 B.C.; obverse diademed and veiled head or Arsinoe II right, K behind; reverse APΣINOHΣ ΦIΛA∆EΛΦOY, double cornucopia bound with fillet1 commentsJoe Sermarini
GREEK, Athens, Greece, Pi-Style III Tetradrachm, 353 - c. 340 B.C.10 viewsSH86206. Silver tetradrachm, Kroll Pi-Style p. 244, fig. 8; Flament p. 126, 3; SNG Cop 63; SNG Munchen 96; SNG Delepierre 1479; Svoronos Athens pl. 20: 2, Choice VF, well centered on a tight flan typical of the type, toned, bumps and marks, weight 17.153 g, maximum diameter 21.5 mm, die axis 270o, Athens mint, 353 - c. 340 B.C.; obverse head of Athena right with eye seen in true profile, wearing crested helmet ornamented with three olive leaves and pi-style floral scroll, pellet in ear; reverse owl standing right, head facing, pellet over eyes, olive sprig and crescent left, AΘE downward on right, all within incuse square1 commentsJoe Sermarini
Greek, Attica, Aegina, AR Stater 20mm 12.19g 12h Medows Aegina group 3b,Milbank pl.2, 12,HGC 6,437,Dewing 1683.50 viewsLand tortoise with segmented shell.Rev large square incuse with skew pattern.
Well centered on a large flan and struck from fresh dies,thus rare
Grant H
GREEK, ATTICA, Athens AR "New Style" Tetradrachm1734 viewsATTICA, Athens. Circa 168/5-50 BC. AR New Style Tetradrachm (30mm, 16.74 gm). Struck circa 136/5 BC. Helmeted head of Athena right / A-QE, owl standing right on amphora; magistrates MI-KI and QEO-FRA; Nike in quadriga right in right field, M on amphora, SW below amphora; all within wreath. Cf. Thompson 315-323 (unlisted dies). EF, lightly toned.

Submitted by Ecoli
8 commentsecoli
GREEK, Attica, Athens AR "New Style" Tetradrachm445 views(135-134 BC). Mened-, Epigeno-, and Diod(o)-, magistrates.
Obv.: Helmeted head of Athena right.
Rev.: Owl standing right, head facing, on amphora; magistrates’ names in fields; to left, Asklepios standing left, holding serpent-entwined scepter; B on amphora, ΓΛ below; all within wreath.
Thompson 348f (same obv. die); SNG Copenhagen 240 (same obv. die).
6 commentsMinos
GREEK, Attica, Athens, "New style" Tetradrachm28 viewsTetradrachme 16,7g 32mm.Mened and Epigegeno magistrates.Attica Athen 167/6 BC
Thompson 348e
1 commentsKarsten K
GREEK, Attica, Athens, "New Style" Tetradrachm105 viewsGreece, Attica, Athens, 122 BC, Silver Tetradrachm, 29mm, 16.73g

GREEK, Attica, Athens, 393 - 370 BC, AR Tetradrachm 360 viewsObv:– Head of Athena right with eye seen in true profile, wearing crested helmet ornamented with three olive leaves and floral scroll
Rev:– owl standing right, head facing, to right AΘE in large lettering, to left olive sprig and crescent
Minted in Athens from . c. B.C. 393 - 370.
Reference:– Flamen p. 126, 1 (Pi I); Svoronos Athens plate 19, 17; SNG Cop -

Transitional style tetradrachms include all of the wide spectrum of variants with the eye in profile issued after the classic "old style" almond eye tetradrachms but before the broad thinner flan "new style" tetradrachms. Recent research has classified variations of the transitional style - Pi Type, Quadridigité Style, Heterogeneous Style and sub-groups of the styles, and proposed chronologies for the different styles and groups.

This coin is the earliest transitional type, the first Pi style type, essentially identical to the "old style" with the exception of the eye in profile. The "Pi" designation is based on the P shape of the floral spiral and palmette ornamentation on the helmet bowl. The coin can be classified as Pi style, group 1. The floral ornament on examples this early do not yet resemble Pi.

16.699g, 13.1mm, 270o
2 commentsmaridvnvm
GREEK, Attica, Athens, 449-404 BC, AR Tetradrachm 145 viewsObv. Head of Athena to right, wearing crested Attic helmet adorned with three olive leaves and palmette, round earring and pearl necklace.
Rev. Owl standing right with head facing, ΑΘΕ to right, crescent and olive sprig to left; all within incuse square.
Mint: Attica, Athens, ca. 449-404 BC.

17.17g, 23-24mm

Starr Taf. 22f.

Ex Dr. Boris Kaczynski - Historische Münzen & Medaillen -Stuttgart
3 commentskc
GREEK, Attica, Athens, 449-413 BC, AR Tetradrachm - Starr pl. xxii, 61062 viewsHead of Athena right, wearing helmet ornamented with vine scroll and laurel leaves.
Owl facing standing right, head facing, AΘE to right, olive sprig and crescent to left, all within incuse square.
Starr pl. xxii, 6; SNG Copenhagen 33; Sear 2526.
(22 mm, 17.18 g, 10h)
17 commentsLloyd T
GREEK, Attica, Athens, 465-454 BC, AR Tetradrachm261 viewsObv. Head of Athena to right, wearing crested Attic helmet adorned with three olive leaves and palmette, round earring and pearl necklace.
Rev. Owl standing right with head facing, ΑΘΕ to right, crescent and olive sprig to left; all within incuse square.
Mint: Attica, Athens, ca. 465-454 BC.

17.10g, 24mm, 10h.

Starr Group V.B.

Ex Roma Numismatics, E-Sale 19, 1. August 2015, lot 95
9 commentskc
GREEK, Attica, Athens, AR Drachm circa 465-460 BC 4.35g62 viewsHead of Athena right,of archaic style,wearing round earring and close- fitting crested helmet with single volute ornament behind.Rev AOE Incuse square,within which owl right,behind,olive- spray with two leaves and berry.1 commentsGrant H
GREEK, Attica, Athens, AR Drachma, 454-404 B.C.47 viewsAttica, Athens AR Drachm. Circa 454-404 BC.
Obv: Helmeted head of Athena right.
Rev: Owl standing right, head facing; olive sprig and crescent behind; all within incuse square.
Kroll 10; SNG Copenhagen 41-43. 4.15g, 15mm, 10h.
chance v
GREEK, Attica, Athens, AR Tetradrachm circa 440-430 BC26mm 17.14g 3h52 viewsHead of Athena to right with lots of creston helmet,wearing round earring and pearl necklace.Rev owl standing right with head facing olive sprig and crescent moon behind.Grant H
GREEK, Attica, Athens, AR tetradrachm, 431-415 B.C.78 views Circa 431/415 BC
25,5mm / 17,16 grms ; die axis 9h
Obverse: "Archaic style" head of Athena, wearing crested helmet ornamented with olive leaves and floral scroll.
Reverse: ΑΘΕ / Owl, olive twig, and crescent moon.
S. #2526.
3 commentsmoneta romana
GREEK, Attica, Athens, Tetradrachm 449-414 BC 107 viewsAttica, Athens AR Tetradrachm after 449 B.C. Obv-Helmeted head of Athena right. Rev-Owl standing, facing, with olive sprig and crescent behind. Nice even gray toning with superb high relief portrait. Struck 449-414 B.C.E. Super sharp detail . 17.00 g, Starr 22 ff.
4 commentsNico
GREEK, ATTICA, Athens. Circa 454-404 BC. AR Tetradrachm59 views(24mm, 17.20 g, 2h).
Helmeted head of Athena right, with frontal eye / Owl standing right, head facing; olive sprig and crescent behind; all within incuse square. Kroll 8; HGC 4, 1597. Good VF, toned. Attractive early style.

This tetradrachm belongs among the earlier period of the “frontal eye” issues of the mid-late 5th century. The palmette is still delicate, as is the general style of the owl, and the incuse is rather deep and abruptly transitions to the flat surface.
2 commentsLeo
GREEK, Baktria, Sophytes, 305-295 BC, AR Hemidrachm - Nicolet-Pierre and Amandry, RN (1994), 62 (this coin)199 viewsHelmeted head of Athena right.
Eagle standing left, head right, grape bunch and leaf on vine above.
Nicolet-Pierre and Amandry, RN (1994), 62 (this coin); SNG ANS 17-18.
(11 mm, 1.60 g, 6h)
Jean Elsen et Ses Fils (January 2010); ex Gorny 148 (1990) Lot 614; ex-1990 Afghanistan Commerce Hoard

This coin was one of a group of sixty five pseudo-Athenian Baktrian coins that came to market in Paris in 1990, documented by Nicolet-Pierre and Amandry in Un Nouveau Tresor de Monnaies D’argent Pseudo-Atheniennes Venu D’Afghanistan (1990). The 1990 Afghanistan Commerce Hoard increased by at least three fold the number of known examples of this coinage. Together with the associated discoveries of attic weight Sophytes issues, this proved decisive in linking the anepigraphic pseudo-Athenian issues to the later epigraphic issues of Sophytes. This coin is number 62 of the catalogue of Nicolet-Pierre and Amandry. It is amongst the finest hemidrachms of the eagle series known.
1 commentsLloyd T
GREEK, Baktrian Kingdom, Agathokles I, ca. 175-165 BC, AR Drachm - Bopearachchi Series 2B192 viewsDiademed head of Agathokles right. / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ AΓAΘOKΛEOYΣ Zeus standing facing holding sceptre and figure of Hekate bearing two torches; ΦΛΩ monogram in lower left field
Bopearachchi Series 2B; Mitchiner 138a; MACW 1680-1681; Sear 7555.
(21 mm, 4.2 g, 12h)
ex-CNG Triton IX (9 January 2006) Lot 1117.
2 commentsLloyd T
GREEK, Baktrian Kingdom, Antimachos I, ca. 175-170 BC, AR Tetradrachm - Bopearachchi Series 1E579 viewsDiademed head of Antimachos right wearing kausia. / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΘE[OY] ANTIMAXOY Poseidon standing facing, holding trident and palm branch, HA monogram in inner right field.
Bopearachchi Series 1E; SNG ANS 278 (monogram variant); Mitchiner 124a; Sear 7542.
(32 mm, 17.14 g, 12h)
Provenance, based on Bopearachchi: Freeman & Sear FPL 11, Spring/Summer 2006; ex- Muhammad Riaz Barber Coll.; ex- Peshawar bazaar (April 1996); ex-Kuliab Hoard (1996)

The Kuliab Hoard from which this coin derives was found in clandestine (1995/6) excavations on an ancient site in the vicinity of Kuliab, Tajikistan, 8-10 km from Qizil Mazar, in the valley of the Qizil Su, on the right bank of the Oxus. The inferred find site is located about 80 km northeast of the famed ancient site Ai Khanoum on the left bank of the Oxus, a key Greco-Bactrian foundation.

The hoard reputedly consisted of 800 coins of which 250 were described by Bopearachchi in his paper. The hoard, consisted dominantly of small denomination silver and contained coins from the time of Seleukos I down to the time of Eukratides I. Almost all the coins were of Bactrian origin. It appears to have been a savings hoard that was closed around 145 BC, probably co-incident with the invasion of nomadic peoples from the north.

The Kuliab Hoard represents one of the easternmost finds of Graeco-Bactrian coins, proof that Bactrian influence extended well into the western Himalayan Valleys of Tajikistan to the north northeast of Ai Khanoum.

Probably my finest tetradrachm - the male equivalent Mona Lisa of coinage!
11 commentsLloyd T
GREEK, Baktrian Kingdom, Demetrios I, ca. 195-175 BC AE Trichalkon - Bopearachchi Series 5E364 viewsElephant head right, bell around neck / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΔHMHTPIOY Caduceus, ΦΛΩ monogram to inner left
Bopearachchi Series 5E; SNG ANS 209-11; Mitchiner 108b; Sear 7533.
(25 mm, 12.28 g, 12h)
2 commentsLloyd T
GREEK, Baktrian Kingdom, Demetrios I, ca. 195-175 BC, AR Tetradrachm - Bopearachchi Series 1C582 viewsDiademed and draped bust of Demetrios right, wearing elephant skin head dress. / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΔHMHTPIOY (of King Demetrios). Herakles standing facing, crowning himself, holding club and lion skin; PK monogram to inner left
Bopearachchi Series 1C; SNG ANS 187; Mitchiner 103d; Qunduz 28-33; Sear 7526.
(33 mm,16.68 g, 12h)

At 33mm diameter this is a big coin, for an undoubtedly big man, despite him scoring only two sentences of mention in the surviving ancient written historical record.
16 commentsLloyd T
GREEK, Baktrian Kingdom, Eukratides I AR Tetradrachm202 views(171-145 BC)
Obv.: Diademed and draped bust right, wearing crested helmet adorned with bull's horn and ear.
Rev.: Dioskouroi on rearing horses right, holding palm fronds and spears; monogram in lower left field.
Bopearachchi 6W var. (monogram to right); SNG ANS 469-471 var. (monogram to right).
3 commentsMinos
GREEK, Baktrian Kingdom, Eukratides Megas - Tetradrachm151 viewsObv: Within a circular bead-and-reel border, Diademed and draped bust right, wearing crested helmet adorned with bull's horn and ear.

Rev: Dioskouroi on rearing horses right, holding palm fronds and spears; monogram in lower right field, Greek semi-circular legend on top "BAΣIΛEΩΣ MEΓAΛOY" and at bottom "EYKPATIΔOY" meaning '(of) Great King Eucratides'.

Bopearachchi 6W, SNG ANS 469-471

The helmeted Eucratides tetradrachm is one of the most popular and sought-after coins of the Bactrian series. Certainly it boasts one of the best Hellenistic portrait of all times. Eukratides also minted the largest known Gold Coin of Antiquity, a massive 20 Stater coin weighing 169.2g with a huge flan size of 58mm. Perhaps it was a commemorative victory medal to celebrate Eucratides's conquest of "India," presumably some land south of the Hindu Kush, perhaps Gandhara.
4 commentsmitresh
GREEK, Baktrian Kingdom, Euthydemos I, ca. 225-200/190 BC, AR Tetradrachm - Bopearachchi Series 10 A170 viewsStylised diademed head of mature Euthydemos right. / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ EYΘYΔHMOY Herakles seated left on rock, resting club on knee, PK monogram in inner right field.
Bopearachchi Series 10 A; SNG ANS 138; Kritt B14; Mitchiner 94a; Qunduz 15-18. Baktra/Balkh mint ca. 210-206 BC.
(26 mm, 16.57 g, 12h)

The portrait on this coin is a stylized version of the mature portrait of the king, in which Euthydemos is made to appear more youthful and stronger than the realistic representation on preceding coins. This stylization appears to have been a propaganda response to the challenge posed by the invasion of Baktria by a more youthful Antiochos III in 208-206 BC. This portrayal of the king contrasts starkly with the elderly image that emerged on coinage in the years following the invasion by Antiochos III.
1 commentsLloyd T
GREEK, Baktrian Kingdom, Euthydemos II, ca. 175-170 BC, AR Tetradrachm - Bopearachchi Series 1C197 viewsDiademed and draped bust right. / BAΣIΛEΩΣ EYΘYΔHMOY Herakles standing facing, holding oak wreath, club and lion’s skin; PK monogram to inner left.
Bopearachchi Series 1C; SNG ANS 216; Mitchiner 113d; Qunduz 24-25; Sear 7536.
(32 mm, 16.32 g, 12h)
3 commentsLloyd T
GREEK, Baktrian Kingdom, Menander I, ca. 165/155-130 BC, AR Drachm - Bopearachchi Serie 16E205 viewsΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣΩΤHΡΟΣ MENANΔΡΟΥ Helmeted, diademed and draped bust right. / Maharajasa tratarasa Menamdrasa, (a Karoshthi legend ) Athena Alkidemos standing left, holding shield on outstretched arm, while hurling thunderbolt; to right PKA monogram.
Mitchiner 218b; Bopearachchi Serie 16E; SNG ANS 868 - 874; Sear 7601.
(19 mm, 2.46 g, 12h)
6 commentsLloyd T
Greek, Baktrian Kingdom, Menander I, Drachm53 viewsBaktria, Menander AR Drachm. ca 155-130 BC.
Diademed bust right / Athena left brandishing thunderbolt & holding shield; Karosthi legend around, monograms in lower fields.
1 commentsanthivs
GREEK, Bithynia, Prusias II / Herakles, 182 - 149 B.C.173 viewsBronze, 4.03 gm, 18 mm
Obv.: Head of Prusias facing right
wearing a winged diadem
Rev.: BAΣIΛEΩΣ right, ΠΡOΥΣΙOΥ left,
Herakles standing, left, holding club and
wearing a lionskin, monogram right
Sear 7268; BMC 13 p.210, 5
2 commentsJaimelai
GREEK, Bithynian Kingdom, Nikomedes III Euergetes, 127-94 BC, AR Tetradrachm struck 126/5 BC 224 viewsDiademed head of Nikomedes II right / BAΣIΛEΩΣ EПiΦANOYΣ NIKOMHΔΩΣ Zeus standing left holding sceptre and laurel wreath capping Nikomedes name, eagle standing left on fulmen in inner left field above monogram ΩΓYE, dated below BOP (Bithynian era year 172 = 126/5 BC).
De Callatay pl. XV, D12-R1a (this coin); SNG von Aulock 6894 (same reverse die); Sear GCV 7274 (date variant).
(33mm, 16.68 g,11h)
Jencek; ex- Noble Investments (UK) PLC; ex- Spink Sale 5014 (28 September 2005) Lot 121; ex- Monnaies et Medailles (19-20 June 1975) lot 163; ex- Bank Leu Auction 2 (25 April 1972) lot 224

5 commentsLloyd T
GREEK, Boeotia, Thebes AR stater (395-338 BC) 386 viewso/ Boeotian shield.
R/ Decorated amphora with two handles; ΚΑ-ΛΛΙ
12.25g. 22.06mm
SNG Cop 340
6 commentsAugustin Caron
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GREEK, Bosporus, Panticapaeum, Kotys II.46 viewsKotys II, AE Sestertius, 24 mm, 126 AD.
Obv.: Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust of king right, trident. Wreath surrounding legend BACILEWC KOTVOC. Rev.: Military atributes, MH below. Rare. Frolova, LIV, 12.
2 commentsseleukoy
Greek, Bosporus, Panticapaeum.58 viewsIII cent. BC
AE 17 mm, 7.24 gm.
Obv.: Head of Pan, left.
Rev.: Bull’s head left, leg. ПАN
1 commentsseleukoy
GREEK, Bruttium, Kroton, AR Nomos circa 530-500 BC 28.5mm 7.81 g 12h50 viewsTripod legs terminating in lions feet,serpents rising from bowl,KOPPA-PO to left.Rev incuse tripod as obverse.
It is believed by some that the Greek mathematician Pythagoras invented the relief-incuse design.
EX CNG Triton 19 lot 26
Grant H
GREEK, Brutus, Koson, Stater151 viewsRoman Consul Brutus in center accompanied by two lictors
KOΣΩN in ex. BR monogram on left.

Eagle standing left on scepter, wings open raising wreath in left claw.

Eastern mint, Dacia? 43-42 B.C.


Choice UNC

RPC I 1701; BMC Thrace p. 208, 1; BMCRR II 48; Crawford 433/1

Clickable for a larger image
4 commentsJay GT4
GREEK, Calabria, Taras (c. 344-340 B.C.), Silver Stater.22 views8.03g., 2h
Naked youth on a horse pacing right, crowning the horse with a wreath held in his extended right hand, K(KAA?) and an upright club below the horse, rev. TAP-A-Σ, Phalanthos riding on a dolphin left, holding a kantharos in his extended right hand, and a trident and a shield in his left, Ω below dolphin's tail, waves below.
Fischer-Bossert, Group 49, 685 (V260/R532); Vlasto 509 (these dies); SNG Lloyd 173 (these dies); SNG ANS 960; HN Italy 887. An exceptional example, well-struck from fresh dies and perfectly centred on a flan of good metal, extremely fine and most attractive.
From Sovereign Rarities (2018)

The "K" or "KAL" engraver was one of the finest Greek masters working in the 4th century. His work though rare, can also be found on coins from Heraklea, Metapontion, and Thouroi.
3 commentsLeo
GREEK, Calabria, Taras Oecist Stater81 viewsCalabria, Taras
425-415 BC, Nomos, 7.99g. Fischer-Bossert-279 (V127/R212), Vlasto-255.
Obv: Phalantos naked and ithyphallic riding dolphin left; extending right hand and holding cuttlefish in left hand.
Rx: Oecist naked to waist, seated left on stool and balancing distaff on right hand, a lekythos on his left wrist.

Ex Gemini XII, 11 January 2015, lot 13. Ex NAC 10, 9 April 1997, lot 17. Ex M&M Basel 10, 1951, lot 161. With interesting and unusual types: Phalantos holds cuttlefish on obverse, while on reverse Taras(or Oecist?) is shown seated rather than on horseback. Nicely centered and well struck, except for Phalantos' head on obverse; rare; beautifully toned. EF
3 commentsLeo
GREEK, CALABRIA, Taras, AR Nomos70 viewsCirca 315-302 BC. AR Nomos (21mm, 8.04 g, 11h).

Warrior, preparing to cast spear held aloft in right hand, holding two spears and shield with left hand, on horse rearing right; Ξ to left, API below / Phalanthos, nude, holding kantharos in extended right hand and cradling oar in left arm, riding dolphin left; KΛ to left, TAPAΣ to right. Fischer-Bossert Group 74a, 914 (V357/R709); Vlasto 638; HN Italy 939; SNG ANS 1016 (same obv. die); SNG Lloyd –; BMC 208 (same dies); Pozzi 123 (same obv. die). Very rare in this quality. Excellent style. Beautiful patina. Extremely fine.
Ex Hess-Divo 329 (17 November 2015), lot 6; Leu 91 (10 May 2004), lot 15.

The obverse of this nomos depicts an example of the mercenary cavalrymen for which Taras became famous in the Hellenistic period. The Tarentine cavalryman is believed to have been the first mounted warrior of the Greek world to carry a shield. This novelty made him popular in the armies of Hellenistic kings and led to the training of cavalrymen in the Tarentine style.
1 commentsLeo
GREEK, CALABRIA, Taras. Circa 280 BC. AR Nomos59 views(22.5mm, 7.74 g, 1h).
Youth on horse galloping right; EY to left, NIKOΔAMO[Σ] below / Phalanthos, holding kantharos and distaff, riding dolphin left; ZOP and gazelle below. Vlasto 704; cf. HN Italy 970/958. Near EF, deep iridescent tone, a hint of porosity. Well centered on a broad flan.
3 commentsLeo
GREEK, CALABRIA, Taras. Circa 510-500 BC. AR Incuse Nomos10 views8,03 g; 24 mm; 11 h
Phalanthos riding dolphin right, extending left arm, holding dolphin with right hand; crowning Nike to left; shell below
Rv. Incuse of obverse, but ethnic in relief.
HNItaly 826; Vlasto 68. The first issue of Tarentine coinage. Very rare. Lightly toned and in fine archaic style, extremely fine. According to Vlasto, it is the last type of the Tarentine incuse series.

I got this great piece from an auction last fall and it was the most important acquisition for me.
This Taras incuse stater is more compact and thicker than Kaulonia and Sybaris incuse staters. It was double (or triple) striked and the details were hard to detect. We can found slight trace on the Taras’s head and his left hand. I believe this is the reason that the pattern looks very sharp while the high points (such as dolphin’s eyes and tail ) are flat.
GREEK, Calabria, Tarentum AR stater 281-270 BC 7.84g90 viewsNaked Horseman on prancing horse,to right spearing downward with right hand,and holding shield and two more spears with left hand,FIL{OTAS} below.Rev TAPAE in field to right, Young nude Taras riding dolphin left,holding bunch of grapes and distaff,in upper left field EY and below ARA.Very rare ex Baldwins 6-30-11,ex NAC Auc 52 lot 22.
Vlasto 708,HN Italy 973
1 commentsGrant H
Greek, Calabria, Tarentum, AR Didrachm circa 345-334 BC 7.77 g Fischer-Bossert 733b this coin30 viewsNaked horseman on prancing horse right,lancing downwards with right hand,behind large round shield and two more lances,the whole within a beaded border.Rev Taras astride dolphin,a crested helmet between his hands,with his head slightly bowed towards it.Grant H
GREEK, Calabria, Tarentum, AR Nomos, 23mm 7.87g 1h105 viewsNude youth on horseback right holding rein in left hand,Crowning horse with wreath held in right hand .To left Nike flying right placing fillet on head of youth,AP below.Rev Phalanthos nude riding sideways on dolphin right head turned slightly left spearing cuttlefish below with trident held in right hand,Kto left,TAPAE to right,all encircled by waves.This coin was just in the November issues of coin world 2016 page112 by David Vagi.Fisher -Bossert group 54,717 v26-r561 Vlasto 501,HN Italy 886 SNG COP 822 same obv die.Struck from artistic dies on a broad flan and very rare issue only ten examples noted by Fisher Bossert of which four are in museums Berlin 2, Copenhagen, London2 commentsGrant H
GREEK, Calabria, Tarentum, AR stater 280-272 BC 19mm 6.42g56 viewsNude youth as Ephebus on horseback right crowning horse with wreath behind ZU, NEY MH in two lines belowRev Phalanthos riding dolphin left holding Phrygian helmet two twelve rayed stars flanking,NONY to right.ex Mynthandel 3-5-12,ex Freeman & Sear.
Vlasto 739-47,HN Italy 1006
1 commentsGrant H
GREEK, Cappadocian kingdom, Ariarathes V - AR drachm232 viewsEusebeia
131-130 BC
diademed head right
Athena standing left, holding Nike and resting hand on grounded shield
(AY) left; (ΠAΦI) in the middle; (ΔI) right
ΛΓ - year 33
Simonetta 13 (var)

there is missing E in EYΣEBOYΣ !
usually there is ΓΛ in exergue
2 commentsJohny SYSEL
GREEK, Cappadocian Kingdom, Ariarathes VII ca 110-99 BC, AR Tetradrachm in the name of Antiochos VII (138-129 BC)217 viewsDiademed head of Antiochos VII right, fillet border. / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ Athena standing half-left in crested helmet on short ground line, confronting Nike held in right hand and with left arm balancing a spear while holding a grounded shield decorated with a Gorgoneion head, primary controls ΔI (in ligature) over A in outer left field, secondary controls O-Λ in inner fields, laurel crown around.
Lorber and Houghton, NC 2006, ser. 1, iss. 3 (A1/P1 - coin 12 - this coin); HGC 9 1069; SC 2148; SMA 298; SNG Spaer 1873 (same obverse die).
Uncertain Cappadocian mint, probably Ariaratheia or Eusebeia-Tyana.
From the same obverse die as the first issue to bear a reverse legend in the name of Ariarthes VII with the same O-Λ mint controls.
(28 mm, 16.63 gm, 12h)
ex- Commerce (‘Antiochus VII Posthumous’ Hoard) 2005

Ariarathes VII was the nephew of Mithradates VI Eupator of Pontus and a hapless pawn in the developing power struggle of his uncle with Bithynia and later Rome to control Asia Minor. After rebuffing Mithradates VI's 'advice and assistance' the armies of Mithradates and Ariarathes met prepared for battle. At this point Mithradates called for an unarmed discussion meeting with Ariarathes in the middle ground of the battlefield. In front of the two assembled armies, Mithradates drew a concealed blade and slit his nephew's throat, thus avoiding battle and clearing the way for a new puppet, his stepson, to be appointed ultimately as King Ariarathes IX.
8 commentsLloyd T
GREEK, Caria, ISLANDS off CARIA, Rhodes286 viewsCirca 250-229 BC. AR Didrachm (6.61 g, 12h). Mnasimachos, magistrate. Radiate head of Helios facing slightly right / Rose with bud to right; MNAΣIMAXOΣ above; to left, Athena Nikephoros standing left. Ashton 208; SNG Keckman 537-9; SNG Copenhagen 765
4 commentscarthago
Greek, Caria, Islands off Caria, Rhodes, Hemidrachm63 views3/4 Head of Helios/Rose in incuse Square with grapes. C. 175-150 BC, 1.42 gr.
SNG Fin.647V
GREEK, Caria, ISLANDS off CARIA, Rhodos. Circa 125-88 BC. AR Hemidrachm 106 viewsRhodes. (13mm, 1.46 g). Gorgias, magistrate. Radiate head of Helios facing slightly right / Rose with bud to left; sun to right; GORGIAS above; all within incuse square. Jenkins, Rhodian, Group D, 147; SNG Keckman -; SNG Copenhagen -. Near EF, hairline flan crack.

ex CNG 184, Lot: 56.
1 commentsDino
GREEK, Caria, ISLANDS off CARIA, Rhodos. Circa 125-88 BC. AR Hemidrachm 174 views CARIAN ISLANDS, RHODES, 125-88 BC
Hemidrachm, 13mm, 1.32g

O. Radiate head of Helios facing slightly right
R. Rose with bud to left; ANTAIOΣ above, P-O flanking rose, grape bunch to lower right; all within incuse square.

Jenkins group D, 86; HGC 6, 1463; SNG Keckman 664 var. (control), Karl 604 var. (obv. type); SNG von Aulock 8194 var. (same); SNG Copenhagen -; BMC 292 var. (same); SNG München -.

Plinthophoric issue. Antaios, magistrate. Rare symbol for this issue.

ex Sayles and Lavender
ex Triton XII
4 commentsrobertpe
GREEK, Caria, Satrap Pixodaros, ca 341-336/5119 viewsAR didrachm
Ob: Laureate Apollo, three quarters facing, right, himation fastened with brooch at neck
Rx: ΠIXΩΔAPOY; Zeus of Labraunda standing right, holding spear in left hand & double-bladed axe over right shoulder.
7.02g 21mm

SNG Keckman I, 280, Sammlung Karl 35-40

ex Pegasi Numismatics Auction XXII (20.04.2010) lot 167
3 commentsDino
GREEK, Cilicia, 2nd century BC, AR 10mm38 viewsCilicia, uncertain, 2nd century BC. AR 10mm (0.62 gm).
Obv.: Baaltars seated, resting on scepter, holding ear of corn and bunch of grapes.
Rev.: Forepart of wolf; above, Ω.
Cf. SNG Levante 226.
GREEK, Cilicia, Kelenderis, Stater c. 425 - 350 B.C.115 viewsSilver stater, SNG Levante 23 (same dies); SNG Cop 83 (same dies); SNGvA 5631 (same dies); BMC Lycaonia p. 54, 20 ff. var. (no dolphin); SNG BnF 66 var. (same), VF, superb style, well centered, light toning, 10.685g, 20.9mm, 270o, Kelenderis mint, c. 425 - 350 B.C.; obverse nude horseman facing sidesaddle on horse rearing right, whip in right; reverse KELEN, goat kneeling right, looking back, dolphin right in exergue.

Kelenderis was a port town, one of the oldest in Cilicia, described in Hellenistic and Roman sources as a small, but strong castle. The rider on the obverse may be Castor, who was not only a horse trainer but also the protector of sailors, an appropriate type for a port town.

*With my sincere thank and appreciation , Photo and Description courtesy of FORVM Ancient Coins Staff.
From The Sam Mansourati Collection.
2 commentsSam
GREEK, Cilicia, Nagidos AR Stater273 views(400-385 BC)
Obv.: Aphrodite seated, holding phiale over altar, Eros standing behind, crowning her with wreath.
Rev.: Dionysos holding grape bunch on vine and thyrsos, A in wreath to left.
Casabonne type 4, Lederer 26.
7 commentsMinos
GREEK, Corinthia, Corinth AR Stater 249 views(350-300 BC)
Obv.: Pegasos flying left.
Rev.: Head of Athena wearing wreathed Corinthian helmet; A-P below, eagle behind.
Ravel 1008c.
2 commentsMinos
GREEK, Corinthia, Corinth, AR Stater, c.345-307 BC.39 viewsCorinth Stater 345-307 BC 8:45 g
Obv: Pegasos flying left; below, Koppa (a letter that was used in early forms of the Greek alphabet, it derived from the Phoenician qoph, but dropped out of use as an alphabetic character in favour of Kappa. It has remained in use, in a modified form, as a numerical symbol (90) in the system of Greek numerals).
Rev.: Head of Athena facing left, wearing Corinthian helmet; lur (a blowing horn, used as a musical instrument in Ancient Greece) in front of neck; behind, Artemis with torch.
Pegasi 451
chance v
GREEK, CORINTHIA, Corinth, Archaic AR Drachma, c.550-500 B.C.43 viewsCORINTHIA, Corinth. Circa 550-500 BC. Drachm (Silver, 16mm, 2.56 g). Ϙ
Obverse: Pegasos flying left with curved wings.
Reverse: Incuse in the form of a swastika to left.
BCD 6. SNG Copenhagen 1.
1 commentschance v
GREEK, Egypt, 420 - 380 BC, AR Tetradrachm (Athens owl imitative)255 viewsObv:– Head of Athena right, droopy eye, crested helmet with olive leaves and bent-back palmette, wire necklace, round earring, hair in parallel curves.
Rev:– AΘE, right, owl standing right, head facing, erect in posture, olive sprig and crescent left, all within incuse square;
Minted in Egypt from . B.C. 420 - 380.
Reference:– cf. SNG Cop 31 ff., SGCV I 2526 (Athens),
ex-Forum. From the Harald Ulrik Sverdrup Collection. Ex CNG. From a small hoard of 5 Athenian and 4 Athenian imitative issues.

Athenian tetradrachms with this droopy eye and bent back palmette have been identified as Egyptian imitative issues because they are most frequently found in Egypt and rarely in Greece.

Early in his reign the Egyptian Pharaoh Hakor, who ruled from 393 to 380 B.C., revolted against his overlord, the Persian King Artaxerxes. In 390 B.C. Hakor joined a tripartite alliance with Athens and King Evagoras of Cyprus. Persian attacks on Egypt in 385 and 383 were repulsed by Egyptian soldiers and Greek mercenaries under the command of the Athenian general Chabrias. Perhaps these coins were struck to pay the general and his Greek mercenaries.

The metal did not fill the die completley on the obverse resulting in the rough flat high area near Athena's temple. A test cut on the reverse was filled with pitch in antiquity.

17.157g, 25.3mm, 270o
2 commentsmaridvnvm
GREEK, Eion, AR trihemiobol82 viewsOptimus
GREEK, Elis, Civic Issue, mid 2nd century BC, AE Tetrachalkon - BCD Peloponnesos 673 (this coin)150 viewsLaureate head of Zeus right / FA-ΛEI-ΩN within wreath, EY below.
BCD Olympia 302; BCD Peloponnesos 673 (this coin); BMC 155; SNG Copenhagen 448; Kroll, Agora, 752.
(21 mm, 5.65 g, 1h)
EF with flan adjustment marks on both sides.
Classical Numismatic Group Mail Bid Auction 78 (14 May 2008) Lot 704; ex- BCD Collection - LHS 96 (8 May 2006), Lot 673
2 commentsLloyd T
GREEK, Ephesos, Ionia, c. 500 - 420 B.C.5 viewsGS86219. Silver drachm, SNG Kayhan 140, SNGvA 7819, SNG Cop 210, SNG Tübingen 2758, Traité II, p. 1090, 1867 & pl. CLII, 12; BMC Ionia -, SNG München -, Choice gVF, toned, well centered on a tight flan, weight 3.343 g, maximum diameter 15.1 mm, die axis 0o, Ephesos mint, c. 500 - 420 B.C.; obverse EΦ-EΣI-O-N, bee seen from above; reverse quadripartite incuse square, divided by thin raised bands, incuse quarters rough; rare issue with full ethnicJoe Sermarini
GREEK, Euboea, Histiaea, 3rd-2nd c. BC, AR tetrobol133 viewsObv: Wreathed head of nymph Histiaea right
Rev: ΙΣΤ−ΑΙΕΩΝ. Nymph seated right on galley stern; wing on galley.
2 commentsOptimus
GREEK, Helios, Thessaly Rhodian Mercenaries AR Drachm circa 172-168 BC 18mm 2.66g 12h23 viewsHead of Hellos facing slightly right. Rev rose with bud to rightGrant H
Greek, Indo-Parthian, Gondophares, AR Tetradrachm, AD.20-50.43 viewsObverse: BASILEWN BASILEWN MEGA GONDOFERROU. King on horseback right with arm raised, cloak billowing behind, 'Gondopharan' symbol in right field.
Reverse: Kharosthi legend "Maharaja rajaraja mahata dhramia devavrata Gugupharasa", Shiva standing facing holding trident in left hand, right hand raised; Whitehead monograms 7 and 4 to left and right.
9.52gms, 23.77mm.

Whitehead 45/46; Senior ISCH 217.
Greek, Indo-Scythian Kings, Azes II, Tetradrachm47 viewsIndo-Scythian Kings. Azes II. Ca. 35 B.C.-A.D. 5. AR Tetradrachm.

Obv: BASILEWS BASILEWN MEGALOU AZOU, Emperor on horse right.
Rev: Athena standing right with spear and shield.
1 commentsanthivs
GREEK, Ionia, c. 650 - 600 B.C., Striated Type, Electrum hekte, 1/3 stater4 viewsSH28071. Electrum hekte, 1/3 stater, Milesian standard; Weidauer 6, Traité I 12, SNGvA 1769, SNG Kayhan 680, Karwiese Artemision I.6, SNG Fitzwilliam -, Rosen -, Zhuyuetang -, VF, weight 2.373 g, maximum diameter 8.6 mm, Ionia, uncertain mint, c. 650 - 600 B.C.; obverse flattened striated surface; reverse two rough approximately square incuse punches; rare and importantJoe Sermarini
GREEK, Ionia, Herakleia ad Latmon, 155 - 145 B.C.157 viewsHerakleia ad Latmon, Ionia, 155 - 145 B.C., Silver tetradrachm, SNG von Aulock 1977, Pozzi 2453, EF, Herakleia ad Latmon mint, weight 16.351g, maximum diameter 34.6mm, die axis 270o, obverse head of Athena right, wearing necklace and winged and crested Attic helmet decorated with Pegasos and five horses; reverse HRAKLEWN, club within oak-wreath; ethnic, owl and two monograms across fields3 commentsJoe Sermarini
GREEK, IONIA, Miletos, AR Hemidrachm92 viewsObverse: Head of Apollo to left
Reverse: Lion walking to left, head turned right, star above; in exergue, ΠPOΣINOY
3 commentsOptimus
GREEK, IONIA, MILETOS, OBOL142 viewsObol – Hemihekte (8mm, 1.15 g)

O - Forepart of lion right, roaring head reverted left
R - Stellate pattern in incuse square.

SNG Kayhan 476-82; SNG Copenhagen 944-53
1 commentsrobertpe
GREEK, Ionia, Phokaia, c.4th Century B.C., AE951 viewsObv: female head left
Rev: forepart of griffin left
Struck 4th Century B.C.
9mm. 0.9 grams.
GREEK, Ionia, Teos AR Stater 83 views(510-500 BC)
Obv.: Griffin seated right, raising forepaw.
Rev.: Quadripartite incuse square.
Balcer group I; SNG Copenhagen - SNG Boston 1939; Sear 3512.
2 commentsMinos
GREEK, ISLANDS of THRACE / Thasos131 viewsCirca 500-480 BC. AR Stater (19mm, about 8.14 g). Satyr running right, carrying off protesting nymph / Quadripartite incuse square. Le Rider, Thasiennes 2; SNG Copenhagen 1009; HGC 6, 331. VF, toned, minor roughness.

From The Sam Mansourati Collection
3 commentsSam
GREEK, Italy, Calabria , Taras (c.380-340 B.C.), Silver Nomos90 views7.65g.
Obv:Naked ephebos, holding a small round shield and a lance, vaulting from a cantering horse left, ├ below horse.
Rev: TAPAΣ , Taras as an ephebos seated astride dolphin to left, holding a Corinthian helmet in his right hand and leaning on the back of the dolphin with his left, I and waves below (Fischer-Bossert 657 (V252/R509); Vlasto 437 (these dies); SNG ANS 929 (these dies); SNG Lloyd 169). An almost invisible metal-flaw on reverse, of charming style, attractively toned, about extremely fine.
1 commentsLeo
GREEK, Italy, Calabria, Taras185 views281-272 BC (Period VII - The Pyrrhic Hegemony)
AR Didrachm (19mm, 6.37g)
Sostratos magistrate.
O: Warrior on horseback right, holding shield and spears in left hand and thrusting spear downward with right; [Γ]Y (engraver) behind, ΣΩΣTP - ATOΣ (magistrate) in two lines below.
R: Taras riding dolphin left, holding cornucopia in left hand and Nike with laurel wreath in right; ΠOΛY to left, thunderbolt to right, T-APA[Σ] below.
Vlasto 713 / Evans VII, A2 / Cote 371-72 / SNG ANS 1084 / HN Italy 1001
ex CNG

Taras was foremost in resisting Roman influence during the third century, forming an alliance with Metapontum and supporting Pyrrhus of Epirus in his war against Rome from 281-275 BC.
3 commentsEnodia
GREEK, Italy, Calabria, Taras144 views302-281 BC (Period VI)
AR Didrachm (20mm, 7,67g)
Nikon magistrate.
O: Naked ephebe dismounting left, holding shield and spear in left hand; EY (engraver) above, [NI]KΩN (magistrate) below.
R: Phalanthos astride dolphin left, holding ear of grain; API (engraver) to left, TAPAΣ to right, spearhead below.
Vlasto 703 / Evans VI, E2 / Cote 342 / HN Italy 969.
ex John Jencek

The didrachm was reduced from c. 7.5g to c. 6.5g after 281 to help pay for Pyrrhus' campaigns against the Romans. However the spearhead on the reverse is an Epirote symbol, making this one of the last coins struck on the old standard.
2 commentsEnodia
GREEK, Italy, Calabria, Taras132 views272-240 BC (Period VIII - The Roman Alliance)
AR Didrachm (18mm, 6.6g)
Lykinos magistrate.
O: Naked boy on horse pacing left, placing wreath on horse's head; ΣY (engraver) above, AYKI - NOΣ (magistrate) in two lines below.
R: Taras astride dolphin left, hurling trident with right hand, chlamys wrapped around left arm; owl behind; TA-PA[Σ] below.
Vlasto 836 / Evans VIII, A8 / Cote 473 / SNG ANS 1165 / SNG Cop 916 / SNG France 1999 / HN Italy 1025 / Sear 374v
ex Olympvs Coins

Following Pyrrhus’ withdrawal Taras was forced to submit to a Roman garrison in 272 BC, the period of this coin.

2 commentsEnodia
GREEK, Italy, Calabria, Taras143 views281-272 BC (Period VII - The Pyrrhic Hegemony)
AR Didrachm (20mm, 6.44g)
Apollo(...) magistrate.
O: Warrior in crested helmet on horse cantering left, carrying large round shield and two spears; ΞΩ behind, [AΠOΛΛΩ] (magistrate) below.
R: Taras (of the plump Dionysiac type) riding dolphin left, holding bunch of grapes in extended right hand, distaff over left shoulder; ANΘ to right, TAPAΣ below.
Vlasto 789-91 / Evans VII, F2 or F6 / Cote 413 / SNG ANS 1131-1133 / HN Italy 1013

This plump rendition of Taras, differing greatly from previous images, is actually meant to represent a young Iacchus, the son of Dionysus and Persephone, and signifies the influence of the chthonic cult of Dionysus upon the religion of Taras.
GREEK, Italy, Calabria, Taras116 views330-302 BC (Period V)
AR Didrachm (20mm, 7.98g).
O: Naked warrior in crested helmet on horse prancing right, spearing downward with right hand, shield and two extra spears in left; ΔΑΙ below. R: Naked ephebe riding dolphin left, holding trident over shoulder with right hand and shield decorated with hippocamp in left; ΦΙ to left, ΤΑΡΑΣ to right, murex shell below.
Vlasto 594; Cote 239; Evans V, B5; Fischer-Bossert 1022a; HN Italy 935; SNG ANS 991.
ex Heidelberger Munzhandlung.
4 commentsEnodia
GREEK, Italy, Calabria, Taras (Tarentum). ca. 280-228 B.C. AR diobol35 viewsCALABRIA. Tarentum. Ca. 280-228. AR diobol (0.97 gm).
Head of Athena left, wearing crested helmet decorated with Scylla / Infant Heracles strangling snakes; thunderbolt in exergue. HN Italy 1068. SNG ANS 1473. Obverse somewhat off-center, but otherwise Extremely Fine.
Greek, Italy, Calabria, Taras. 272-240 BC Nomos52 viewsCalabria, Tarentum; c. 272-240 BC, Nomos, 6.51g. HN Italy-1043, Vlasto-915 (this coin).

Obv: Naked boy crowned by Victory flying behind him, on horse standing r. with raised l. foreleg; Greek ethnic below horse (not evident), EY in r. field.
Rx: Taras on dolphin r., holding cornucopia and trident whose head is visible behind his neck; TAPAΣ below, monogram in l. field (expanded by Vlasto to IΩΠY). Ex Künker 193, 26 September 2011, lot 23. G&M 190, 11 October 2011, lot 15. From the M.P. Vlasto Collection. Extremely well struck reverse with beautiful detail EF.
GREEK, Italy, Calabria, Tarentum, AR Didrachm circa 344-340 BC 22mm 7.18g 5h Fischer-Bossert 67936 viewsHelmeted warrior standing facing,head right, holding spear and shield, behind horse standing right, before horses foreleg 90 degree t. Rev TARAS Phalanthos riding dolphin left, holding trident and shield, A below and above waves. Overstruck on another Tarentum stater?
ex Hanbery
ex Frank Kovacs 1990.
Grant H
GREEK, ITALY, CALABRIA, Tarentum. Circa 380-325 BC. AR Diobol124 viewsCALABRIA, Tarentum. Circa 380-325 BC. AR Diobol (11mm, 1.19 g, 11h). Head of Athena right, wearing crested helmet decorated with hippocamp / Herakles kneeling right, holding club, battling the Nemean Lion. Vlasto 1297 (this coin); HN Italy 911. VF, toned, obverse off center. Good metal.1 commentsLeo
GREEK, Italy, Campania - Neapolis879 viewsAR Nomus, Neapolis (Naples) mint, c. 300 - 275 B.C.
Obverse: Diademed head of nymph right, wearing triple-pendant earring, grape bunch behind.
Reverse: Man-faced bull standing right, head facing, being crowned by Nike flying right, NEOΠOΛITΩ[N] below.
Weight 7.25 g, Maximum Diameter 21.9 mm, Die Axis 315o.
SNG ANS 317, HN Italy 579, Ex CNG e-auction 92 lot 3;

Neapolis (modern day Naples) was an early Rhodian colony, originally named Parthenope. Its name was changed to Neapolis in ca. 450 BC. The obverse of this issue represents the Siren Parthenope who was the local goddess of Neapolis. The man-headed bull reverse was a type shared by a number of Campanian cities and may have generally been understood as representing Acheloös, the father of Sirens. The name of Acheloös appears in cults throughout the Greek world and in mythology as the archetypal river-god and may have been used in this context in Campania.
GREEK, Italy, Campania, Hyria85 views400-335 BC
AR Didrachm (21mm, 7.33g)
O: Head of Athena right, wearing wreathed Attic helmet decorated with an owl.
R: Man-headed bull walking right; YPIN[A] above.
SNG ANS 255v / HN Italy 539 / Rutter 69 (O32/R??) / Sear 294v (bull left)
ex Den of Antiquity

An historically obscure city which was probably located in southern Campania about 25 miles east of Mt. Vesuvius.

Greek, Italy, Lucania, Thurium65 viewsAR Stater, 7.79g. 22mm. c.410-400 B.C.

Engraver, Phrygillos (?). Head of Athena to right wearing crested helmet decorated with Skylla; "phi" in field to right. Rv. Bull pawing ground with head down to right; fish in exergue. SNG Oxford 871. HN 1782; a few small marks and some small metal breaks in front of face. Toned and of fine style

Ex: Numismatica Ars Classica, Zurich, Auction O, 2004, lot 1157.
Ex: A.D.M. Collection
1 commentsLeo
GREEK, Italy, Lucania, Velia165 views350-310 BC
AR Didrachm (21mm, 7.5g)
-Kleudoros Group-
O: Head of Athena right, wearing crested Attic helmet ornamented with griffin.
R: Lion prowling left; Φ above, engraver's monogram >E (Kleudoros) below, YEΛHTΩN in ex.
Williams 297 / SNG ANS 1312 / SNG Ashmolean 1233 / HN Italy 1289 / Sear 460v
ex Jack H. Beymer

"... cast earth upon my body
And seek haven in Velia once more..."
~ Vergil
1 commentsEnodia
GREEK, ITALY, LUCANIA, Velia - AR nomos161 views334-300 BC
Head of Athena left, wearing a crested Phrygian helmet decorated with a centaur
(KE) monogram of Kleudoros
Lion standing left devouring prey
A / Φ
YEΛHTΩN (unreadable)
Williams 328 (O174/R244); HN Italy 1294; SNG ANS 1337
2 commentsJohny SYSEL
GREEK, ITALY, LUCANIA, Velia, 300-280 BC 171 viewsDidrachm, 7.51 g

O - Head of Athena to right, wearing Attic helmet adorned with a wing.
R - ΥΕΛΗΤΩΝ /Φ Ι / Π Lion walking to right; above, ear of wheat.

HN III 1309. Williams 470-489.

Ex Rauch 86, 2 May 2010, Lot 103
Ex Nomos, Auction 5, Lot 107, 25 October 2011
2 commentsrobertpe
GREEK, Italy, Sybaris Nomos 540-520 BC Gillette Collection389 viewsNomos circa 540-520, AR 7.82 g. 31mm Bull standing l. on dotted bar, head reverted; in exergue, VM. The whole within dotted border. Rev. Same type incuse on broken bar, without legend. The whole within radiate border. Historia Numorum Italy 1729. Cf. SNG Copenhagen 1388.

Gorini 1 and enlarged p. 107 (this coin).

An extremely rare variety. Nicely toned and good very fine
Ex Triton sale 1, 1998, 121. Barry Fierstein Collection. From the Gillette collection 1924

NAC 39 Lot 5 May 17th, 2007

Sybaris (Greek: Σύβαρις; Italian: Sibari) was a celebrated city of Magna Graecia on the western shore Gulf of Taranto, a short distance from the sea, between the rivers Crathis (Crati) and Sybaris (Coscile). The last of these, from which it derived its name, at the present day falls into the Crati about 5 km from its mouth, but in ancient times undoubtedly pursued an independent course to the sea. Sybaris was apparently the earliest of all the Greek colonies in this part of Italy, being founded, according to the statement of Scymnus Chius, as early as 720 BCE. The site is located within the limits of the present-day comune of Cassano allo Ionio, in the province of Cosenza (Calabria), Italy.

Sybaris was Italy’s most prosperous Achaean colony. Sybaris was destroyed in 510 BC by Croton which exiled the colonists. The Athenians and Sybarite descendants established themselves in a joint colony, New Sybaris, in 443. Eventually, making themselves unpopular, the Sybarites were expelled and the remaining colonists refounded their city near the spring of Thuria.

The word Sybaritic has become a byword meaning extreme luxury and a seeking for pleasure and comfort
4 comments4to2CentBCphilia
GREEK, Kelenderis, Cilicia, c. 410 - 375 B.C.1 viewsGS86211. Silver stater, Casabonne type 4; BMC Cilicia p. 55, 25 & pl. X, 3; cf. SNG BnF 75 (KEΛEN); Celenderis Hoard-; SNG Levante -; SNG Cop -; SNGvA -, aEF, attractive style, centered on a tight flan, die wear and minor die cracks, marks, weight 10.800 g, maximum diameter 21.6 mm, die axis 30o, Celenderis mint, c. 410 - 375 B.C.; obverse young man riding sideways on horse galloping right, preparing to dismount(?), nude, whip in right hand, bridle in left hand; reverse goat crouching left on dotted exergue line, head turned looking back right, KEΛ[E?] above; very rare late issue with rider right and goat leftJoe Sermarini
GREEK, Kingdom of Thrace, Lysimachos, 305 - 281 B.C., Portrait of Alexander the Great, Gold stater2 viewsSH30334. Gold stater, apparently unpublished, Müller -, EF, weight 8.652 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 0o, uncertain mint, obverse diademed head of Alexander the Great right wearing the horn of Ammon; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΛYΣIMAXOY, Athena seated left, Victory in extended right, resting left elbow on shield, XA monogram left; sharp details with some luster, obverse slightly double-struck, ex Numismatica Ars Classica/NAC AG LondonJoe Sermarini
GREEK, Kingdom of Thrace, Lysimachos, 305 - 281 B.C., Portrait of Alexander the Great, Gold stater7 viewsSH48867. Gold stater, Müller 162; SNG Cop 1086 ff. var. (monogram), EF, weight 8.544 g, maximum diameter 17.6 mm, die axis 180o, Byzantion (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, posthumous, c. 250 - 150 B.C.; obverse diademed head of Alexander the Great right wearing the horn of Ammon; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΛYΣIMAXOY, Athena seated left, Victory in extended right, resting left elbow on shield, monogram inner left, BY on throne, trident in exergue ornamented with two small dolphins; extraordinary mint luster, high relief, nice style, fantastic coin!Joe Sermarini
GREEK, Kingdom of Thrace, Lysimachos, 305 - 281 B.C., Portrait of Alexander the Great, Gold stater2 viewsSH09059. Gold stater, Thompson 164, EF, weight 8.50 g, maximum diameter 18.2 mm, die axis 180o, Ephesus mint, posthumous, 305 - 297 B.C.; obverse diademed head of Alexander the Great right wearing the horn of Ammon; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΛYΣIMAXOY, Athena seated left, resting elbow on shield and holding Victory, bee and E-Φ in left field; struck with beautiful dies, mint luster!Joe Sermarini
GREEK, Kings of Syria, Antiochos VIII Epiphanes (Grypos)96 views(108-97 BC). Antioch mint.
Obv.: Diademed head right.
Rev.: Zeus seated, holding Nike and sceptre; PEA left, monogram below throne.
Houghton 346; SNG Spaer 2554.
1 commentsMinos
GREEK, Knidos, Caria, c. 210 - 185 B.C.4 viewsGS86557. Silver didrachm, SNG Cop 318, Imhoof-Blumer Karische 32, Waddington 2312, SNG Keckman -, SNGvA -, SNG Kayhan -, SNG Mün -, SNG Tüb -, SNG Mugla -, BMC Caria -, aEF, toned, tight flan typical for the type, encrustations, light corrosion, edge cracks, weight 5.531 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 0o, Knidos (near Tekir, Turkey) mint, magistrate Agephon..., c. 210 - 185 B.C.; obverse head of Helios facing slightly right; reverse forepart of roaring lion right, club to left, KNI∆ION above, AΓEΦΩN (magistrate) below; from the David Cannon Collection, ex Beast Coins; rareJoe Sermarini
GREEK, Kos, Carian Islands, c. 345 - 340 B.C.5 viewsGS86516. Silver didrachm, Pixodarus p. 234, 13 (A2/P7); SNG Cop 619; Weber 6629; HGC 6 1305 (R1); BMC Caria p. 195, 18 ff. var. (magistrate); SNG Keckman 287 var. (same), gVF, attractive style, bold strike, toned, tight flan cutting off ethnic, corrosion, edge cracks, Kos mint, weight 6.369g, maximum diameter 20.2mm, die axis 0o, Ma[...], magistrate, c. 345 - 340 B.C.; obverse bearded head of Herakles right, wearing Nemean lion scalp headdress; reverse veiled female (Halkiopi?) head left, MA (magistrate) behind, KΩION below; from the David Cannon Collection, ex Beast Coins; rareJoe Sermarini
GREEK, Kyme hemiobol, 480/450 BC 258 views8mm, 0.35g
obv: KY; head of eagle left
rev: incuse square of mill-sail pattern
BMC p. 105, 10 ff.
7 commentsareich
GREEK, Kyrenaika, AR Didrachm632 viewsExcellent Kyrenaikan Didrachm from Magistrate/Ptolemy I period.6 commentsalexB
Greek, Kyzikos, Mysia, c. 550 - 450 B.C., Electrum stater4 viewsSH86217. Electrum stater, Von Fritze I (Nomisma VII) 104 & pl. 3, 23; Boston MFA 1433; SNG BnF 245; SNG Cop -; SNGvA -; BMC Mysia -, VF, tight flan, edge cracks, Kyzikos mint, weight 16.091g, maximum diameter 19.9mm, die axis 0o, c. 550 - 450 B.C.; obverse winged dog seated left, head turned back right, curved archaic wing, wearing collar, tunny fish below to left; reverse quadripartite incuse square; extremely rareJoe Sermarini
GREEK, Laranda, Lycaonia, AR obol, 400-330 BC.132 viewsLaranda, Lycaonia, AR obol, 400-330 BC. 0.55gm 10 mm Bust of Herakles, facing , lionskin over shoulder, large H to left / Forepart of wolf right, star above. cf SNG France 3, 2311.

Very Rare
GREEK, Lesbos, Koinon, Billon Stater50 viewsLESBOS, Unattributed Koinon mint. Circa 510-480 BC. Billon Double Shekel – Stater (18.5mm, 11.10 g). Confronted calves’ heads; tree between / Rough incuse square. Lazzarini, Contribution, Series III; HGC 6, 1076; SNG von Aulock 1682; SNG Ashmolean 1488–91; BMC p. 154, 46–9; Dewing 2251.
CNG, Triton XVIII, lot 588.
From the RH Collection.
1 commentsDiogenes
GREEK, Lucania, Sybaris, AR Stater circa 550-510 BC 29mm 8.13g 12 h32 viewsBull standing left looking back,on exergual line composed of pellets between two lines VM retrograde in exergue,border of lines and pellets similar to exergue line. Rev similar to Obverse but the type is incuse and reversed the legend is omitted,and the incuse border is composed of square segents.
Some numismatist believe that Pablo Picasos was influenced by this coin in his art work,and that Pythagoras the Greek mathematician was responsible for this relief-incuse design.Sybaris was the richest and most important of the Greek colonies in Italy until its destruction by Kroton in 510 BC.
Grant H
Greek, Lucania, Velia, Stater38 viewsCa. 340-334 BC. AR didrachm or nomos (23mm, 7.63 gm, 3h).

Head of Athena right, wearing crested Athenian helmet decorated with griffin crouching right, Σ (engraver's signature?) on neck guard / Lion walking right, slightly crouching, Π below, YEΛHTΩN in exergue. Williams 251. HN Italy 1283. A surprisingly rare variety! Struck in high relief from dies of refined style.
1 commentsLeo
GREEK, Lycia, Lycian league, Kragos, AR drachm or hemidrachm109 viewsObv: Laureate head of Apollo right.
Rev: K-R to left and right of lyre.
2 commentsOptimus
GREEK, Lycian League AR Hemidrachm94 viewsMasikytes mint (30-27 BC).
Obv.: Laureate head of Apollo.
Rev.: Lyre; palm tied with fillets to left.
Troxell, Lycian League, 107.
1 commentsMinos
GREEK, Lydia, Sardeis, 2nd - 1st century BC. AE 1652 viewsobv: Laureate head of Apollo right
rev: ΣΑΡΔΙ/ ΑΝΩΝ and club within wreath
4.3 grams. AE16.
SG 4736
SNG Copenhagen 478 (monogram 20).
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GREEK, Lydia, Time of Alyattes II, late 7th century BC, Electrum Third Stater138 viewsKINGS of LYDIA. Time of Alyattes II. Late 7th century BC. EL Third Stater - Trite (12mm, 4.76 g).
Obv:Head of roaring lion right, sun with four rays on forehead
Rev: Double incuse punch.
Weidauer 64; BMC Lydia p. 2, 2; Rosen 653. VF.
GREEK, Lydian Half-Stater555 viewsCroesus 550BC2 commentsalexB
GREEK, Macedon Acanthus147 viewsGreek, Macedon. Acanthus. Late 5th Century – 348 BC. AR Tetrobol (2.16 gm).
Obverse: Forepart of bull running left, head reverted
Reverse: Quadripartite incuse with granular surface.
SNG ANS 44-6.
Ex: Freeman and Sear Fixed Price List 10, lot 152
1 commentspaul1888
GREEK, Macedon Akanthos140 viewsObverse : Forepart of bull left, head right; Γ E above.
Reverse : Quadripartite incuse square with granulated recesses. 
AR Tetrobol (15mm, 2.22 g). Circa 470-390 BC.
SNG ANS 44-6.

From The Sam Mansourati Collection
GREEK, Macedon Under Roman Rule, First Meris, AR Tetradrachm46 viewsMacedon under Roman Rule, 158-146 BC. First Meris AR Tetradrachm, 31 mm, 16.95 gm. Amphipolis mint. Obv: Diademed and draped bust of Artemis right, bow and quiver at shoulder; all within tondo of Macedonian shield. Rev: ΜΑΚΕΔΟΝΩΝ ΠΡΩΤΗΣ, horizontal club, monograms above and below; all within oak wreath tied at left; thunderbolt in outer left field. SNG Copenhagen 1314; BMC 8; AMNG 1761 commentsOptimus
GREEK, Macedon, AE 2136 viewsKings of Macedon. Autonomous issue, time of Philip V - Perseus (c. 187-168 BC). AE21
Obv. Reed-wreathed head of river-god Strymon right.
Rev. MAKEΔONΩN, Trident.
GREEK, MACEDON, Chalkidian League. Circa 383/2 BC. 147 viewsAR Tetrobol (13mm, 2.4 g, 9h).
Olynthos mint.
Laureate head of Apollo left / Kithara.
2 commentsDino
GREEK, Macedon, Neapolis104 viewsAR hemidrachm. Neapolis ( Macedon). c. 424-350 BC. 1,70 grs. Facing gorgoneion, protruding tongue / Head of Artemis Parthenos right, hair rolled up and tied in taenia. N-E / Π-O around. All within circular incuse.
SNG ANS 430-459.
3 commentsbenito
GREEK, MACEDON, Neapolis. Late 5th-early 4th Century BC. 89 viewsAR Hemidrachm (12mm 1.9 gm).
Facing gorgoneion
N-E-Ω-Π, Artemis head right.
SNG ANS 425-427.
GREEK, Macedonia, Neapolis AR Hemidrachm circa 424-350 BC 13mm 1.90g 1h32 viewsFacing Gorgoneion,Rev Head of nymph to right.1 commentsGrant H
GREEK, Macedonia, Amphipolis, AR Tetradrachm34 viewsANV: Escudo Macedonio con busto de Artemisa en el centro
REV: Corona de laurel cerrada por un rayo de zeus en el centro un club MAKEDON / PROTES
31mm de diametro
peso de 16.19 gr
158 - 149 A.C.
Pedro Jose Duran Martinez
GREEK, Macedonia, Amphipolis, AR Tetradrachm 158-149B.C.16 viewsMacedonia Mint: Amphipolis 158-149B.C. 17,03gm EF scare in this condition.
SNG cop 1314 BMC 7 McClean 749
Karsten K
GREEK, Macedonia, AR tetrobol87 viewsMacedonia, uncertain mint, AR Tetrobol. 187-168 BC.
Obverse: Wreathed head of Maenad right.
Reverse: MAKE / ΔONΩN, prow of galley right.
GREEK, Macedonia, Bottiai, AR Triobol, c.196-168 BC. 41 viewsMacedonia, Bottiai, AR Triobol (1,68 grams). Circa 196-168 BC.
Obverse: Macedonian shield with central five-rayed star
Reverse: Prow of galley right inscribed BOTTEAIΩN.
1 commentsOptimus
GREEK, Macedonia, Lete, Satyr Silver Eighth Stater or Trihemiobol, 530-480 B.C. 162 views1.20 gm, 9.1 mm - lumpy fabric
Obv.: Naked satyr squatting right, veretrum tenens, one pellet right
Rev.: rough incuse square irregularly divided
BMC Macedonia p. 78, 12-14 var.; ANS 969; SNG Cop. 189., Sear 1301 (later version of this type)

*Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear - rated very fine and a good example of an early issue*
3 commentsJaimelai
GREEK, Macedonia, Neapolis, AR Hemidrachm circa 411-390 BC 15 mm 1.78g 12h30 viewsGorgons head facing with tongue protruding. Rev young female head right Artemis Parthenos her hair bound with cord,all within incuse square.
An early example rendered in a more archic style than seen on this issue.
Grant H
Greek, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III (the Great), 323 - 317 B.C., Price 0111, AR-Tetradrachm, Zeus Aëtophoros seated on throne left, laurel branch in left field,280 viewsMacedonia, Kings, Alexander III, The Great, (323 - 317 B.C.), AR-Tetradrachm, Price 111, Zeus Aëtophoros seated on throne left, laurel branch in left field,
avers:- No legends, Young Herakles' head right, clad in Nemean lion scalp headdress tied at neck.
revers:- BAΣILEΩΣ-AΛEΞANΔΡOΥ, Zeus Aëtophoros seated on throne left, right leg drawn back, holding eagle and scepter, laurel branch in left field.
exerg:-/-//--, diameter: 25,5-26,5mm, weight: 17,26g, axes: 8 h,
mint: Macedonia, Kings, Alexander III, The Great, ‘Amphipolis’ mint. Struck under Antipater, circa 322-320 B.C.,
date: posthumous, c. 322 - c. 320 B.C., ref: Price 111,
2 commentsquadrans
Greek, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III (the Great), 323 - 317 B.C., Price 2247b, AR-Drachm, Zeus seated on throne left, griffin left, Rare! 234 viewsMacedonia, Kings, Alexander III, The Great, Ionia, Theos, West Asia Minor, (323 - 319 B.C.), Ar-Drachm, Price 2247b, Zeus seated on throne left, griffin left, Rare!
avers:- Herakles' head right, clad in Nemean lion scalp headdress tied at neck,
revers:- AΛEΞANΔΡOΥ, Zeus seated on throne left, right leg drawn back, holding eagle and scepter, griffin left;,
exerg: , diameter: 15mm, weight: 3,99g, axes: 10 h,
mint: Macedonia, Kings, Alexander III, The Great, Ionia, Theos, West Asia Minor, date: posthumous, c. 323 - c. 319 B.C., ref: Price 2247b,
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III Drachm, Colophon.367 viewsALEXANDER III. THE GREAT - DRACHM - COLOPHON - ZEUS - HERAKLES - SPEAR HEAD - STAR

Alexander III. The Great. Struck at Colophon. AR Drachm.

Obv. Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin right.
Rev. ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ Zeus seated left with sceptre and eagle. left in field star, right in field spear head.

Condition: almost extremely fine. 4.2 g., 18 mm. Price 1759
5 commentsPhiloromaos
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III the Great AR Drachm144 viewsMiletos mint (336-323).
Price 2090
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III the Great AR Drachm127 viewsMagnesia mint (319-305 BC).
Price 1980
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III the Great AR Drachm130 viewsMiletos mint (295-275 BC).
Price 2148
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III the Great AR Drachm127 viewsKolophon mint (319-310 BC).
Price 1794
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III the Great AR Tetradrachm82 viewsAmphipolis mint (315-294 BC).
Price 481
1 commentsMinos
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III the Great Tetradrachm608 viewsOne of the best examples of a temnos tetradrachm that I have seen. It has a high-relief beautifully-struck centered obverse, and as well as a wonderfully-struck reverse. Still boasts a mint lustre and nice toning.5 commentspeterpil19
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III The Great Tetradrachm 323-320 BC369 viewsAlexander III The Great Tetradrachm 323-320 BC, Amphipolis mint, 17.22 g

Head of Alexander as Herakles wearing lion skin headdress / Zeus enthroned holding sceptre and eagle, in left field Athena Promachos standing right, holding shield and spear
2 commentsRui S
Greek, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III The Great, 336 - 323 B.C.228 viewsSilver drachm, Price 2090A, ADM I 80 (same dies), VF, 4.214g, 16.0mm, 0o, Miletos mint, lifetime issue, c. 325 - 323 B.C.; obverse Herakles' head right, clad in Nemean lion scalp headdress tied at neck, K on lion's jaw behind Herakles' ear; reverse ΑΛΕΞΑΝ∆ΡΟΥ ( means " Of Alexander " in Ancient Greek ), Zeus seated left, legs uncrossed, right leg forward, feet on footstool, eagle in extended right, long scepter vertical behind in left, monogram before;

EX; FORVM Ancient Coins.
Lifetime Issue! Signed by the artist!(?) The K behind Herakles ear had traditionally been identified as the signature of the artist. Matt Kreuzer, however, believes the K (the Greek numeral 20) was used c. 325 B.C. to introduce the Attic drachm to Miletos by indicating either that 20 of these was equal to a gold stater, or that one of these drachm was equal to 20 of the 3 to 4 gram bronzes circulating at the time.
*With my sincere thank and appreciation , Photo and Description courtesy of FORVM Ancient Coins Staff.

From The Sam Mansourati Collection.
8 commentsSam
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III the Great, 336 - 323 B.C.6 viewsSH56812. Gold stater, Price 2633; Müller Alexander 30, aEF, rev die wear, fine style, Lydia, Sardes (Sart, Turkey) mint, weight 8.597g, maximum diameter 17.0mm, die axis 180o, c. 323 - 319 B.C.; obverse head of Athena right in crested Corinthian helmet decorated with a coiled snake, wearing necklace and pendant earring; reverse AΛEΞAN∆[POY], Nike standing half left, wreath in extended right, stylus in left, race torch left below wing, monogram off flan below right wing; a few small die breaks, lustrous fields, superb bust of AthenaJoe Sermarini
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III the Great, 336 - 323 B.C., Gold stater4 viewsSH32292. Gold stater, Price 898 var. (monogram; cf. Price 927 tetradrachm), EF, weight 8.443 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 0o, Kallatis (Mangalia, Romania) mint, c. 250 - 225 B.C.; obverse head of Athena right in crested Corinthian helmet decorated with a coiled snake; reverse AΛEΞAN∆P[OY], Nike standing half left, wreath in extended right, stylus in left, KAΛ monogram to left; high relief, bold, mint luster and a rare variety, small scratch on reverseJoe Sermarini
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III the Great, 336 - 323 B.C., Gold stater2 viewsSH77066. Gold stater, Price 172, Müller 105, Choice aEF, mint luster, superb style, high relief, good strike, weight 8.580 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 270o, Macedonia, Amphipolis mint, c. 327 - 325 B.C.; obverse head of Athena right wearing earring, necklace, and crested Corinthian helmet decorated with a coiled snake; reverse AΛEΞAN∆POY, Nike standing left, wreath in right hand, stylus in left hand, trident-head downward (control symbol) in left field, struck during the lifetime of Alexander the Great.Joe Sermarini
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III the Great, 336 - 323 B.C., Gold stater2 viewsSH59889. Gold stater, Price 164, Müller Alexander 2, SNG Cop 625, gVF, weight 8.593 g, maximum diameter 17.9 mm, die axis 180o, Amphipolis mint, possibly a lifetime issue, c. 325 - 320 B.C; obverse head of Athena right wearing earring, necklace, and crested Corinthian helmet decorated with a coiled snake; reverse AΛEΞAN∆POY, Nike standing left, wreath in right hand, stylus in left, fulmen (thunderbolt) in left field; ex CNG, auction 90, lot 441; high-relief and fine styleJoe Sermarini
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III the Great, 336 - 323 B.C., Gold stater7 viewsSH33207. Gold stater, Price 2533, Müller Alexander 293, VF, weight 8.496 g, maximum diameter 18.2 mm, die axis 0o, Sardes (Sart, Turkey) mint, c. 334 - 323 B.C.; obverse head of Athena right wearing earring, necklace, and crested Corinthian helmet decorated with a coiled snake, hair in ringlets; reverse AΛEΞAN∆POY, Nike standing left, wreath in right hand, stylus in left, griffin head leftJoe Sermarini
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III the Great, 336 - 323 B.C., Gold stater4 viewsSH33180. Gold stater, Price 2114b, Müller Alexander 577, Choice EF, weight 8.575 g, maximum diameter 18.1 mm, die axis 0o, Miletos (near Balat, Turkey) mint, c. 311 - 305 B.C.; obverse head of Athena right wearing earring, necklace, and crested Corinthian helmet decorated with a coiled snake, hair in ringlets; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞAN∆POY, Nike standing left, wreath in right hand, stylus in left, KH monogram left, labrys lower rightJoe Sermarini
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III the Great, 336 - 323 B.C., Gold stater7 viewsSH50029. Gold stater, Price 1358, Müller Alexander 394, IGC EF45, Lampsakos (Lapseki, Turkey) mint, c. 328 - 323 B.C.; obverse head of Athena right wearing earring, necklace, and crested Corinthian helmet decorated with a coiled snake, hair in ringlets; reverse AΛEΞAN∆POY, Nike standing left, wreath in right hand, stylus in left, foreparts of conjoined horses in left field, monogram below left wing; certified (slabbed) by ICGJoe Sermarini
Greek, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III the Great, 336-323 BC, AV Stater140 viewsObverse shows Athena right.

Certified authentic by David R Sear.
2 commentsgoldcoin
Greek, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III the Great, 336-323 BC, Gold Stater97 viewsAV Stater 336-323 BC, Sardes. Athena Av. Athena, rv. . Nike standing to the right! w/ wreath and stylis, Sun (star), 8,53 g. Price 2644. 2 commentsAkeo
GREEK, Macedonian kingdom, Alexander III the Great, AE Hemiobol (4 Chalkoi). Struck 325 – 310 BC at an uncertain mint in Macedonia.28 viewsObverse: No legend. Head of Herakles facing right, wearing lion-skin knotted at base of neck.
Reverse: A quiver (arrow case) placed on top of a bow and below it a club, large B A between; mint-mark, below the club, is a laurel branch.
Diameter: 17mm | Weight: 5.1gms | Die Axis: 7
Price: 385 | Sear: 6742

This coin is a sub-type of the quiver type (Type 1B), with the inscription now reading B A (for BAΣIΛEOΣ AΛEΞANĐPOY = KING ALEXANDER). Price believed this coin type was minted both during and after Alexander's lifetime.
GREEK, Macedonian kingdom, Alexander III the Great, AE Hemiobol (4 Chalkoi). Struck 336 – 320 BC at Miletus, Caria.31 viewsObverse: No legend. Head of Alexander the Great as Herakles, wearing lion-skin knotted at base of neck, facing right.
Reverse: AΛEΞANĐPOY. Bow in Gorytos (a case for bow and quiver) above, club and compound ΠΥΡ monogram below.
Diameter: 18mm | Weight: 5.79gms | Die Axis: 3

Alexander the Great reigned from 336 to 323 BC but, although Price supposes this coin to be a lifetime issue, Thompson proposes the posthumous date of 321 – 320 BC (Thompson series VI) based on the ΠΥΡ control mark.

It is difficult to interpret the die orientation in these issues because not only is it unclear what the Ancient Greeks would have considered “up” with respect to the reverse design but modern scholars are ambiguous on the subject as well. I have, however, assumed that the modern conventional orientation is with the name reading horizontally, and therefore have described my example as having a 3 o’clock orientation, the “top” of the reverse being aligned with the back of Herakles’ head on the obverse.
GREEK, Macedonian kingdom, Alexander III the Great, AE Quarter-Obol (2 Chalkoi). Lifetime issue struck 336 – 323 BC at an uncertain mint in Macedonia.25 viewsObverse: No legend. Young male head wearing a taenia (diadem), who is sometimes identified as Apollo, facing right.
Reverse: AΛEΞANĐPOY. Horse prancing right; mint-mark, below horse, torch.
Diameter: 16mm | Weight: 4.25gms | Die Axis: 7

This coin is a Type 4 (horse type) bronze Quarter-Obol (two chalkoi). This likely was one of Alexander's standard bronze denominations, half the value of his Herakles/weapons bronzes, though not seen as frequently. This specimen features a torch as a mint mark, this mint-mark was included with 34 other mint marks by Price in his work.
GREEK, Macedonian kingdom, Alexander III the Great, AE Quarter-Obol (2 Chalkoi). Lifetime issue struck 336 – 323 BC at an uncertain mint, possibly Amphipolis.32 viewsObverse: No legend. Head of Herakles, wearing lion skin headdress, facing right.
Reverse: AΛEΞANĐPOY. Eagle facing right, it's head turned to left, standing on a thunderbolt; mint-mark, A in right field before the eagle's breast.
Diameter: 15mm | Weight: 3.9gms | Die Axis: 6
Sear: 6743 | Weber: 2142 | Liampi: 6-8

This coin is a Type 3 (eagle type) bronze Quarter-Obol (two chalkoi). Alexander's Eagle bronzes are part of his Eagle coinage that also includes various silver denominations, including a stater, drachm, hemidrachm, diobol, and obol. Alexander's Eagle coins are much rarer than his issues of Herakles and Zeus imperial silver coins and his Herakles and weapons bronze coins.
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III the Great, AE Quarter-Obol (2 Chalkoi). Struck 323 – 315 BC under Nikokreon at Salamis, Cyprus.28 viewsObverse: No legend. Macedonian shield with Gorgoneion (Medusa) head as the boss in the centre. The shield boss is sometimes called the episema, the Greek name for a symbol of a particular city or clan which was placed in the centre of a soldier's shield.
Reverse: Macedonian helmet surmounted with a horse hair crest; B - A (for BAΣIΛEOΣ AΛEΞANĐPOY = King Alexander) above; mint marks below the helmet, to left, a kerykeion (caduceus) and to the right, the monogram NK (for Nikokreon).
Diameter: 14mm | Weight: 4.6gms | Die Axis: 1
Price: 3162 | Liampi, Chronologie 170-92

This coin is a Type 7 (Macedonian shield type) bronze Quarter-Obol (two chalkoi). Price dated the Macedonian Shield coins as beginning during the latter part of Alexander's life, c.325 BC, and ending c.310 BC. Liampi later argued, based on new hoard evidence, that they were minted as early as 334 BC. This particular coin is dated from c.323 to 315 BC.
GREEK, MACEDONIAN KINGDOM, Alexander III the great, AE, Lifetime Issue43 viewsPrice 3112 commentsgrattius
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III the Great, AE15, Macedonian shield/helmet, Sardis94 viewsMacedonian Kings, Alexander III, The Great, 336-323 BC. AE 15mm (3.41 g). Sardis mint. Cf. Price 2614 (unlisted monogram)

Obv.: Macedonian shield with kerykeion.
Rev.: Macedonian helmet; in between, B-A, below, monogram; to the right, rose; to the left kerykeion
Steff V
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III the Great, AR Drachm, Babylon, c.324 - 323 B.C., Price 360454 viewsKINGS of MACEDON. Alexander III ‘the Great’. 336-323 BC. AR Drachm (16mm, 4.02 g, 8h). Babylon mint. Struck under Stamenes or Archon, circa 324/3 BC.
Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin / Zeus Aëtophoros seated left; M in left field, monogram below throne.
Price 3604.
chance v
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III the Great, AR Drachm, Sardis mint241 viewsSilver Drachm
Sardis Mint, c. 334-323 BC
16mm, 4.28g
Obv: Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin.
Rev: Zeus seated left; monogram below throne.
Price 2558; Mueller 525
GREEK, Macedonian kingdom, Alexander III the Great, AR Drachm, Struck 323 – 317 BC at Lampsakos, Mysia.62 viewsObverse: No legend. Head of Herakles, wearing lion-skin knotted at base of neck, facing right.
Reverse: AΛEΞANĐPOY. Zeus Aëtophoros seated facing left, right leg drawn back, feet on stool, eagle in right hand, sceptre in left; buckle in left field; Λ above Ω below throne.
Diameter: 18mm | Weight: 4.16gms | Die Axis: 7 | Cut mark above eyebrow on obverse.
Price: 1376

Alexander the Great reigned from 336 to 323 BC but this coin was struck shortly after his death, in around 323 to 317 BC under Leonnatos, Philip III Arrhidaios, or Antigonos I Monophthalmos.
2 comments*Alex
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III the Great, AR Hemidrachm, Babylon, Price 360535 viewsKINGS OF MACEDON. Alexander III 'the Great' (336-323 BC). Hemidrachm. Babylon.
Obv: Head of Herakles right, wearing lion's skin.
Zeus seated left, holding eagle and sceptre. Controls: monograms in left field and below throne.
Price 3605.Very fine 1.88 g.13 mm.
chance v
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III the Great, AR Tetradrachm, Babylon, Price 362051 viewsKings of Macedon. Alexander III (336-323 BC). AR Tetradrachm (25 mm, 16.92 g), Babylon, 324/3 BC.
Obv. Head of Herakles to right, wearing lion skin headdress.
Rev. ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ, Zeus seated left on high-backed throne, holding long scepter in his left hand and, in his right, eagle standing right with wings closed; below throne, monogram above M; in left field, bee.
Price 3620.
chance v
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III the Great, AR Tetradrachm, Babylon, Price 364146 viewsAR Tetradrachm Babylon, lifetime issue (325-323 BC), 17.02 g
Obv: Head of Herakles right, wearing lion's skin headdress
Rev: Zeus seated left, holding eagle and sceptre, grapes in left field (below throne, monogram and M)
Price 3641
chance v
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III the Great, AR Tetradrachm, Babylon, Price 365246 viewsKINGS of MACEDON. Alexander III ‘the Great’, 336-323 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 26mm, 17.15 g 12), Babylon, c. 325-323.
Obv: Head of Herakles to right, wearing lion skin headdress.
Rev. ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ Zeus seated left on low throne, holding long scepter in his left hand and, in his right, eagle standing right with closed wings; to left, kylix above M; below throne, monogram.
Price 3652
1 commentschance v
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III The Great, Babylon, 336-323 BC, AR Tetradrachm - Price 3664443 viewsHead of young Herakles right in lion-skin headdress, paws tied at neck. / ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡ[OΥ] Zeus enthroned left, confronting eagle held in right hand and grasping scepter with left, sea monster in left field, ΦIΛI monogram above thin strut between legs of throne, M thereunder.
Price 3664.
Babylon Royal Mint ca. 325-323 BC.
(24 mm, 17.18 gm, 6h)
Freeman & Sear Manhattan 2 Sale (4 January 2011) Lot 133
8 commentsLloyd T
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III the Great, Drachm 144 viewsGREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander the Great, Drachm, Lampsakos
AR Drachm
310-301 BC
17mm, 4.21g
Price 1382; Müller 612.
1 commentsXLi
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III the Great, Lydia, Sardis, AR Drachm, 336-323 BC. Lifetime issue - Price 2576471 viewsHead of Herakles right wearing lion-skin headdress. / AΛΕΞANΔPOY Zeus Aëtophoros seated facing on backless throne, his left leg and torso facing front, his head, right arm and right to left; holding eagle in his right hand and long sceptre in his left; NK monogram above bee in left field.
Price 2576; Thompson 134 (same dies). Sardis mint ca. 325/4-323 BC.
(18 mm, 4.27 g, 12h)
ex- Arthur J. Frank Collection; ex- NFA Auction II (25-26 March 1976) Lot 12.
9 commentsLloyd T
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III the great, Tetradrachm157 viewsstruck by Kassandros in the name of Alexander III

317-314 BC
head of young Heracles in lionskin right
Zeus Aëtophoros enthroned left, holding eagle and scepter
boeotian shield left; snake under the throne
Price 249; SNG Copenhagen 728. Muller 754

ex CNG
ex Aurea auction 49
3 commentsJohny SYSEL
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III the Great, Tetradrachm128 viewsGreece, Alexander III 'The Great' of Macedon, Silver Tetradrachm, 17.23g, Babylon mint, struck ca 317-311 BC
2 commentsmitresh
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III the Great, Tetradrachm, Arados35 viewstetradrachm / arados mint
Obv: Head of Herakles facing right.
Rev: Zeus Aëtophoros enthroned left, holding eagle and scepter; kerykeion (caduceus) in left field; Alpha and omega monogram under the throne; AΛEΞANΔPOY behind throne; BAΣIΛEOΣ in exergue.
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III the Great, Tetradrachm, Tarsos, Price 300043 viewsThis is supposed to be the first Alexander style issue. Kings of Macedon. Alexander III "the Great" 336-323 BC. Babylon 25mm., 17,35g.
Obv: Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin headdress
Rev: Zeus Aëtophoros seated left holding sceptre; B below throne, ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ to right.
Price 3000; Newell, Tarsos 4.
chance v
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III, 336-323 BC –Drachm - Signed Die21 viewsAR Drachm (16mm, 4.26g): Price 2090A

Obv.: Head of Heracles right, wearing lion skin headdress, K on skin behind ear

Rev.: AΛEΞANΔPOY, Zeus seated left, holding scepter and eagle; monogram in left field.
This drachm is a lifetime issue from Miletos, circa 325-323 BC. It is signed by the artist who placed a "K" on the lion skin headdress behind Alexander's ear.

One could say Ho Hum just another drachm of Alexander III, however this coin is a little more interesting than most. From Roma Numismatics Limited’s 2012 description of a specimen it sold – “Extremely Rare. Only two specimens noted in ADM I (both in the ANS collection). This, and an equally rare contemporary issue at Magnesia ad Maeandrum are the only two instances of signed dies struck for Alexander.”

I was able to find two specimens in auction records. The Roma Numismatics Limited’s 2012 specimen in ACSEARCH (don’t use Price 2090A in the search use “signed die”). The Roma Numismatics Limited’s 2012 specimen should really be listed here, as pleased as I am with my specimen the Roma Numismatics Limited’s specimen is truly superior. The second specimen I found was this specimen in the NGC ancient coin auction records. The specimen shown here was sold twice in 2015 by Heritage I purchased the coin from the second sale.
Richard M10
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander the Great, 336 - 323 B.C.3 viewsSH48868. Gold stater, Price 177, Müller Alexander 196, gVF, weight 8.595 g, maximum diameter 17.7 mm, die axis 0o, Amphipolis mint, c. 330 - 320 B.C.; obverse head of Athena right wearing earring, necklace, and crested Corinthian helmet decorated with a coiled snake; reverse AΛEΞAN∆POY, Nike standing left, wreath in right hand, stylus in left, kantharos left, ΛO monogram lower left; nice style, high relief, good strike, and mint lusterJoe Sermarini
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Lysimachos (305-281 BC), AR Drachm, Thrace161 viewsKINGS of THRACE, Macedonian. Lysimachos. 305-281 BC. AR Drachm (19mm, 4.34 g, 1h). Ephesos mint. Struck 294-287 BC. Diademed head of the deified Alexander right, with horn of Ammon / Athena Nikephoros seated left, left arm resting on shield, spear behind; tripod to inner left, Greek Z in exergue. Thompson 170 var. (monogram); Müller –; CNG 75, lot 114 corr. = Gorny & Mosch 152, lot 1287 (same obv. die); Numismatica Genevensis SA VII, lot 165 = Gorny & Mosch 155, lot 59. Superb EF, toned.

This issue parallels Thompson 170, which has the tripod to the inner left and a monogram on the throne or in exergue. For a drachm of the present variety, with the Greek Z on the throne, see CNG E-199, lot 98 (struck from the same die as the present coin).
1 commentsLeo
Greek, Macedonian Kingdom, Lysimachos [unlisted rev. die]423 viewsKINGS of THRACE, Macedonian. Lysimachos. 305-281 BC. AR Tetradrachm (28mm, 16.83 g, 1h). Alexandreia Troas mint. Struck circa 297/6-282/1 BC. Diademed head of the deified Alexander right, with horn of Ammon / Athena Nikephoros seated left, left arm resting on shield, transverse spear in background BAΣIΛEΩΣ , ΛYΣIMAXOY ; monogram to inner left, ligate ΘE on throne. Meadows, Earliest 22 (A13/R– [unlisted rev. die]); Thompson 161; Müller –; SNG Berry 438 (same obv. die). Good VF, toned, some porosity, a few minor marks under tone. Rare.

From The Sam Mansourati Collection
Classical Numismatic Group, Inc.
12 commentsSam
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Lysimachos, 323-281 BC Thrace1168 viewsAR - Tetradrachm struck in Lampsakos, 286-281 BC
Obv. Head of Alexander the Great, wearing taenia and horn of Ammon
Rev. BASILEWS – LYSIMAXOY Athena, wearing Corinthian helmet, in long robe, seated facing left on throne, left arm resting on shield decorated with lion's-head, spear pointing downwards behind her right shoulder, holding in outstretched right hand winged Nike who is crowning the name with wreath. In left field monogram HP (ligate); in exergue, crescent with cavity left.
28.8mm, 16.85g
Ref. Thompson 47; Müller 401; SNG Paris 2542
23 commentsalexB
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Lysimachos, AR Drachm, Ephesos, 294 - 287 B.C.40 viewsKingdom of Thrace, Lysimachos AR Drachm. Ephesos, circa 294-287 BC.
Obv: Diademed head of the deified Alexander with horn of Ammon right
Rev: Athena enthroned left, holding Nike, resting left elbow on shield, spear behind.
Thompson 171.
4.13g, 18mm, 1h.
chance v
GREEK, Macedonian kingdom, Lysimachos, AR Tetradrachm circa 305-281 BC 29mm 17.15g 9h35 viewsPella mint struck 286/5-282/1 BC. Diademed head of the deified Alexander right with horn of Ammon. Rev Athena Nikephoros seated left,left arm resting on shield with lions head in center,spear in background with point facing down,to inner left monogram in circle above arm,monogram below.Nike crowning Kings name with wreath left.
ex CNG esale 366 lot 407,ex Bowers & Ruddy 6-9-80 lot 99,ex A.Hess Nachf {157} 18 March 1918,ex Joseph Hamburger {7} 17 June 1908 lot 414, ex Hirsch {14} 1905 lot 270.
Grant H
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Lysimachos, Drachm, Thrace70 viewsGreece, Kings of Thrace, Lysimachos, 305-281 BC, Silver Drachm, 19mm, 4.05g, Lampsakos mint1 commentsmitresh
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Lysimachos, Tetradrachm61 viewsMagnesia Mint.
Thompson 115
16.91 grams
Richard T3
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Perdiccas II, AR Heavy Tetrobol, c.448-413 BC.49 viewsObv: Mounted horseman, carrying two spears, on horse walking right
Rev: Forepart of a lion right within incuse square.

Perdiccas II was the son of Alexander I, he had four brothers, Alcetas II, Philip, Menelaus and Amyntas, and a sister, Stratonice. Alcetas II preceded him on the throne until his murder at the hands of Perdiccas' son Archelaus I which resulted in Perdiccas' elevation.
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Perseus AR Drachm135 viewsThird Macedonian War. Hermias magistrate. Minted in Thessaly. 171-170 BC.
Obv.: Head of Helios facing.
Rev.: Rose with bud to right.
SNG Keckman 795.
3 commentsMinos
Greek, Macedonian kingdom, Perseus, (187-168 B.C.), AE-17, Uncertain Macedonian mint, 262 viewsMacedonia, Kings, Perseus, (179-168 B.C.) AE-17, Uncertain Macedonian mint,
avers:- Macedonian shield with spiral on boss.,
revers:- BAE/ Harpa / Monogram * X,
exerg: -/-//--, diameter: 17mm, weight: 4,31g, axes: -h,
mint: Macedon, Uncertain Macedonian mint, date: 179-168 B.C., ref: SNG COP. 1281. (???),
GREEK, Macedonian kingdom, Perseus, (187-168 B.C.), SNG Cop 1275var., AE-19.181 viewsMacedonia, Kings, Perseus, (179-168 B.C.), AE-19, SNG Cop 1275 var, Eagle, #1
avers:- Head of hero Perseus right, wearing petasos surmounted by griffin's head; harpę over shoulder.
revers:- B-A above eagle standing facing on thunderbolt, head right, Π-E across fields, star in exergue.
exerg: Π/E//*, diameter: 19mm, weight: 5,38g, axes: 11h,
mint: Macedonia, Kings, "Perseus/eagle", date: 179-168 B.C., ref: SNG Copenhagen 1275 var.,
2 commentsquadrans
Greek, Macedonian kingdom, Perseus, (187-168 B.C.), SNG Cop 1276var., AE-19.157 viewsMacedonia, Kings, Perseus, (179-168 B.C.), AE-19, SNG Cop 1276 var
avers:- Head of hero Perseus right, wearing petasos surmounted by griffin's head; harpa to right.
revers:- B-A above eagle standing facing on thunderbolt, head right, Π-E across fields,.
exerg: Π/E//*, diameter: 19mm, weight: g, axes: h,
mint: Macedonia, Kings, "Perseus/eagle", date: 179-168 B.C., ref: SNG Copenhagen 1276 var.,
Greek, Macedonian kingdom, Perseus, (187-168 B.C.), SNG Cop 1307, AE-21, Uncertain Macedonian mint. 165 viewsPerseus, Macedonia, Kings, (187-168 B.C.), SNG Cop 1307, AE-21, Uncertain Macedonian mint.
avers:- Laureate head of Zeus right,
revers:- MAKEΔONΩN above and beneath winged thunderbolt,
exerg: -/-//--, diameter:21,5 mm, weight: 7,97g, axes:5 h,
mint: Uncertain Macedonian mint, date: 187-168 B.C., ref: SNG Cop 1307, Touratsoglou, Macedonia 14;
1 commentsquadrans
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Philip II (359-336 BC). AR one-fifth tetradrachm (Tetrobol)39 viewsObv: Head of Apollo right, wearing taenia
Rev: Rider on horse leaping right, shield in profile under horse.
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Philip II of Macedonia, 359 - 336 B.C., Gold stater4 viewsSH57285. Gold stater, Le Rider 339 (D62/R259), SNG ANS 144 ff., Choice aEF, weight 8.554 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 180o, Amphipolis mint, c. 340 - 328 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right; reverse charioteer in biga right, trident head below horses, ΦIΛIΠΠOY exergue; ex Harlan Berk, attractive style, perfect centeringJoe Sermarini
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Philip II of Macedonia, 359 - 336 B.C., Gold stater2 viewsSH70337. Gold stater, Le Rider 341 (D152/R260), SNG ANS 154, Choice gVF, attractive style, perfect centering, light marks, weight 8.513 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 270o, Amphipolis mint, c. 340 - 328 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right; reverse charioteer in biga right, trident head below horses, ΦIΛIΠΠOY exergueJoe Sermarini
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Philip II of Macedonia, 359 - 336 B.C., Gold stater5 viewsSL57441. Gold stater, Le Rider 170 ff., SNG ANS 144 ff., ICG - AU55, Amphipolis mint, c. 340 - 328 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right; reverse charioteer in biga right, trident head below horses, ΦIΛIΠΠOY exergue; ICG certified (slabbed) about uncirculated; sharp, attractive fine style, bold high-reliefJoe Sermarini
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GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Philip II, 359 - 336 B.C.126 viewsPhilip II of Macedon, 359-336 B.C.
OBV: Diademed head of Apollo right.
REV: Nude youth on horse galloping right, ΦIΛIΠΠOY (Philip in Greek) above; beneath horse, spear.
2 commentsancientcoins
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Philip II, 359 - 336 B.C., Gold stater1 viewsSH68354. Gold stater, Le Rider p. 146 & pl. 58. 157 (D42/R112), SNG ANS 172 ff., SNG Cop 529, SNG Alpha Bank -, EF, perfect centering, weight 8.602 g, maximum diameter 18.0 mm, die axis 0o, Pella mint, posthumous, 323 - 317 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right; reverse ΦIΛIΠΠOY (in exergue), charioteer driving biga right, kentron in right, reins in left, kantharos below; ex Gorny & Mosch auction 215, lot 758Joe Sermarini
Phillip II Macedon AE17.jpg
GREEK, Macedonian kingdom, Philip II, AE1773 viewsobv: Head of Apollo right
rev: Rider on horseback right
Struck 359-336 B.C. under Philip II, father of Alexander the Great
2 commentsJericho
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Philip II, AR Tetradrachm, 315-295 BC (Possibly Barbarous)38 viewsKINGDOM OF MACEDONIA. Philip II (359-336 BC). Tetradrachm. Amphipolis. Approx. 315-295 BC
Obv: Head of Zeus with laurel wreath right.
Rev: Naked young man with palm leaf on horseback riding right, in the field under the horse thunderbolt on Η and dolphin.
Le Rider pl 48/4. 13.26g 25mm. Pecunem 13 lot 24

CNG 209 lot 59 and cng coin shop 765853 (which are the same type Le Rider 48/4) make this observation: These late issues attributed to Amphipolis may actually be the earliest Celtic imitations of Philip II's tetradrachms. They exhibit a more formalized style, and Philip's name is sometimes, as on this particular issue, broken after the second instead of the first.
CNG 320 lot 232 is also a good match to this coin. EASTERN EUROPE, Imitations of Philip II of Macedon. 3rd century BC. AR Tetradrachm OTA Type 10; Lanz –; CCCBM I S1 var. (symbol under foreleg); KMW 1015.
chance v
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Philip II, AV Stater386 viewsObverse: Laureate head of Apollo facing right
Reverse: Charioteer in biga galloping right, thunderbolt below horses, ΦIΛIΠΠOY in exergue
4 commentsOptimus
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Philip II, Tetradrachm, 323-315 BC 313 viewsPhilip II (359-336 BC), Tetradrachm, 14.31 g., 24 mm

O - Laureate head of Zeus r.
R - ΦΙΛΙΠΠOΥ / Π Horseman with palm r, flower.

Le Rider pl. 46, 3.

Provenance: Ex A.Tkalec AG, Auction 10/27/2011, Lot 58
7 commentsrobertpe
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Philip III and Alexander IV, c. 323 - 317 B.C., In the Name of Alexander6 viewsSH86161. Silver tetradrachm, Price 113, Müller Alexander 224, Troxell issue H3, SNG Cop 682, SNG Munchen 275, SNG Alpha Bank 503, SNG Delepierre 986, Choice EF, attractive archaic style, bold well centered strike, high relief, light toning, weight 17.283 g, maximum diameter 26.8 mm, die axis 90o, Macedonia, Amphipolis mint, c. 322 - 320 A.D.; obverse head of Herakles right, clad in Nemean Lion scalp headdress tied at neck; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus enthroned left, throne without back, right leg forward (archaic lifetime style), eagle in extended right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, Macedonian helmet (control symbol) left; Classical Numismatic Group auction 105 (10 May 2017), lot 78; ex Numismatik Naumann auction 46 (11 Sep 2016), lot 105 (realized €1,900 plus fees)Joe Sermarini
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Philip III Arrhidaeus and Alexander IV, 323 - 317 B.C., Gold stater5 viewsSH50028. Gold stater, Thompson Philip 13; SNG ANS 318, NGC Choice Uncirculated, weight 8.58 g, Teos (near Sigacik, Turkey) mint, c. 323 - 316 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right; reverse charioteer driving biga right, holding kentron in right hand, reins in left, star and filleted branch below horses, ΦIΛIΠΠOY and spear head in exergue; certified (slabbed) by NGC Ch AU, Strike 4/5, Surface 3/5Joe Sermarini
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Philip III Arrhidaeus and Alexander IV, 323 - 317 B.C., Gold stater3 viewsSH54774. Gold stater, Price P203, Müller Alexander P116, aEF, weight 8.564 g, maximum diameter 18.0 mm, die axis 90o, Babylon mint, c. 323 - 317 B.C.; obverse head of Athena right in crested Corinthian helmet ornamented with Griffin; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΦIΛIΠΠOY, Nike standing left, wreath in right hand, facing head of Helios below left, [KY] below right; Struck under Archon, Dokimos, or Seleukos I, circa 323-318/7 BC.Joe Sermarini
GREEK, Macedonian kingdom, Philip III Arrhidaios AE Unit273 viewsMiletos mint (323-319 BC).
Obv.: Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin.
Rev.: Bow in bow case and club; grain ear below. With the name and types of Alexander III ‘the Great’.
Price 2102.
5 commentsMinos
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Philip III Arrhidaios AR Drachm194 viewsSilver Drachm
Kolophon mint, 323-317 BC.
18mm, 4.29g, 0o
Obv: Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin.
Rev: Zeus Aëtophoros seated left; monogram in left field, star below throne.
Price P49. Ex. CNG " monogram partially erased from die or maybe cut over an earlier symbol, perhaps a tripod (P42)." Excellent preservation.
1 commentsmihali84
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Philip III Arrhidaios, 323-317 BC, AR Drachm156 viewsPrice P20
Abydus mint
Obv: head of Herakles right, clad in lion head headdress
Rev: FILIPPOU, Zeus enthroned left, right leg drawn back, feet on footstool, eagle in right, scepter in left, horse leg left, Mo monogram under throne
Weight: 4.21 grams
Diameter: 17.9 mm
ICG#: 2011970101
Grade: VF30
Ty N.
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Philip III Arrhidaios, 323-317 BC, AR Tetradrachm – Babylon under Seleukos as satrap 149 viewsHead of Herakles right wearing lion-skin headdress.
ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ФIΛIΠΠOY Zeus Aëtophoros seated left, ancient Greek Zeta beneath throne, circled ΣIEP monogram above grape bunch to left.
SC Ad 43.13; Price P155 (Arados).
Babylon II workshop 317/16 BC under Seleukos as Satrap 320- 315 BC.
(26 mm, 17.16 g, 8h)
8 commentsLloyd T
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Philip III, AR Tetradrachm, Babylon, Price P18154 viewsAR Tetradrachm, 323/317 BC , Babylon ; 17.16 g .
Herakles head in lion's skin / Zeus Aetophoros sitting l .
Price P181. (N.B. Price 3692 has same control marks but says Alexander not Philip)
1 commentschance v
Greek, Macedonian Kingdom, Philip V (221-179 B.C.), SNG Cop 1250, AE-21, Pella mint, Two goats kneeling right,183 viewsPhilip V., Macedonia, Kings, (221-179 B.C.), SNG Cop 1250, AE-21, Pella mint, Two goats kneeling right,
avers:- Head of young Herakles right, clad in lion's skin.
revers:-Two goats kneeling right side by side, BA above, Φ below.
exerg: -/-//--, diameter: 21 mm, weight: g, axes: h,
mint: Macedonia, Kings, Philippos V., Pella mint, date: 221-179 B.C., ref: SNG Cop 1250,
1 commentsquadrans
Greek, Macedonian kingdom, Philip V, (221-179 B.C.), SNG Munich 1167 , AE-21, Horseman right,153 viewsMacedonia, Kings, Philippos V, (221-179 B.C.), AE-21, SNG Munich 1167, Horseman right,
avers: Head of Herakles right,
revers: B - A at top left and right, horseman right, raising right arm in greeting, on horse prancing right, Φ-I at below left and right.
exerg: -/-//--, diameter: 18mm, weight: 6,40g, axes: 8h,
mint: Macedonia, Kings, Philippos V., date: 221-179 B.C., ref: AMNG 7; SNG Munich 1167.
1 commentsquadrans
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Phillip III Arrhidios, AR Tetradrachm41 viewsTetradrachm 14.3g 24mm. In the name of Phillip II, Amphipolis mint. Struck under Antipater or Polyperchon. Alexander the great's half brother 320-317BC
SNG ANS 667-72
1 commentsKarsten K
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Ptolemy I, Satrap of Egypt, 323 - 305 B.C., In the Name of Alexander the Great, Gold stater4 viewsSH68257. Gold stater, Svoronos 11, Price 3975, Müller Alexander 6, SNG Cop 643, EF, weight 8.554 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 0o, Egypt, Memphis mint, reign of Philip III, c. 323 - 316 B.C.; obverse head of Athena right wearing earring, necklace, and crested Corinthian helmet decorated with a coiled snake, hair in ringlets; reverse AΛEΞAN∆POY, Nike standing left, wreath in right hand, stylus in left, thunderbolt left, small ∆I at feet on left; ex Gorny & Mosch auction 215, lot 775Joe Sermarini
GREEK, Macedonian kingdom, Pyrrhos424 viewsKings of Macedon Pyrrhos 278-276BC. AE Litra (23mm). Syracuse mint.
Head of Phthia left., veiled with acanthus; Rev. winged thunderbolt &
legend 'of King Pyrrhou'. Rare, finest style. EF+
4 commentsalexB
GREEK, Massalia, After 49 BC21 viewsMinerva
Ref: LT.2053 - MHM.77
Very Rare
moneta romana
GREEK, Mesembria, Thrace, c. 275 - 225 B.C., Civic Issue in the Types and Name of Alexander the Great4 viewsSH85286. Silver tetradrachm, Karayotov p. 84 and pl. VII, 41 (O7/R18); Price 992; Müller Alexander 436, gVF, attractive style, light marks and scratches, weight 17.000 g, maximum diameter 31.6 mm, die axis 180o, Mesambria (Nesebar, Bulgaria) mint, c. 275 - 225 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, wearing Nemean lion-scalp headdress; reverse AΛEΞAN∆POY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, Zeus seated left, nude to waist, himation around hips and legs, right leg drawn back, eagle in extended right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, Corinthian helmet right over ΠA monogram in inner left field under arm; ex FORVM (2013)Joe Sermarini
GREEK, Messenia, Messene, ca. 191-183 BC, AE Hemiobol or Hexachalkon (Hoover plate coin - HGC 5, 575) 171 viewsDiademed head of Demeter right. / Zeus Ithomatos standing right, hurling thunderbolt with right hand, eagle perched on left wrist, tripod to right; ME/ΞE in two lines in left field.
HGC 5, 575 (this coin) (S); BCD Peloponnesos 708 (this coin); Grandjean 222a (this coin illustrated); BMC 24 var.
(23 mm, 7.59 g, 1h)
ex-BCD Collection: LHS Numismatics 96 (8 May 2006) Lot 708
3 commentsLloyd T
GREEK, Metapontion, Lucania, Italy, 334 - 330 B.C., Gold 1/3 stater1 viewsSH86428. Gold 1/3 stater, SNG Lockett 406; SNG ANS 395; HN Italy 1578; Noe-Johnston 3, G1 and pl. 18; SNG Lloyd -; SNG Cop -; Jameson -; Gulbenkian -; Pozzi -; Weber -, aVF+, fine style, marks, reverse double struck, weight 2.574 g, maximum diameter 13.6 mm, die axis 180o, Metapontion mint, c. 334 - 332 B.C.; obverse head of Demeter right, wearing stephane and pendant earring; reverse METAΠON, barley stalk, bird right on leaf to right; ex Forum (2007), ex Christie's Auction (1993) ; very rareJoe Sermarini
GREEK, Metapontum, AR Stater circa 500-480 BC 22mm 7.83g 12h medium spread flan.42 viewsMET to left of six grained ear small lizard to right head upwards guilloche border.Rev incuse seven grained ear.
EX Moneta Nova,EX Hirsch 2-19-11,EX Kricheldorf.
1 commentsGrant H
GREEK, Metapontum, Lucania159 viewsAR Didrachm (21mm, 7.8g)
O: Head of Demeter right, wreathed in grain and wearing triple earring and necklace; ΔAI under chin.
R: Ear of barley with seven grains, leaf to right; plow above leaf, MAX below, META to left.
SNG ANS 470 / SNG Cop 1227 / HN Italy 1581 / Johnston C-1 / Sear 416

Founded around 700 BC by Achaean colonists, Metapontum was located at the north of the Gulf of Taras between the rivers Bradanus and Casuentus.
1 commentsEnodia
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GREEK, Metapontum, Luciania-Signed by artist!104 viewsMetapont
7,98 gm
330-290 BC.
The reverse die is signed by the "AMI-master"
1 commentsJan Terje Rafdal
GREEK, MOESIA, ISTROS AR DRACHM81 viewsMoesia, Istros AR Drachm.
4th Century BC.
Facing male heads, the left inverted / ISTPIH, sea-eagle left grasping dolphin with talons, AG monogram below dolphin.
BMC 246; SNG Munich 236; SNG Copenhagen 192; Pick AMNG 417.
20mm, 5.02g.

Ex Roma Numismatics LTD

The reverse shows a dolphin in the talons of Zeus’s eagle. This reverse type
is particularly significant, as the dolphin, long a symbol of the cult of Apollo
Delphinios ( Apollo was associated with dominion over colonists, and as
the patron defender of herds and flocks ), whose leaders were members
of the oligarchy, was now depicted under the influence of Zeus, whose
cult was ascendant under the democratic government, when he was
known as Zeus Eleutherios (Freedom).
So what we are seeing is the ousting of the ruling elite and the
beginnings of democracy in Istros.

1 commentsCurtis H
Greek, Moesia, Istros, AR Drachm, 4th Century BC67 viewsThrace, Istros AR Drachm. 4th Century BC.

Two male heads facing, the right inverted / Sea eagle carrying dolphin left; ISTRIH, monogram below.

5.5 g, 14 mm
4 commentssuperflex
GREEK, Myrina Tetradrachm609 viewsMyrina, Aeolis, AR-Tetradrachm, struck after 165 BC.
Obv: Laureate head of Apollo right.
Rev: MYPINAIΩN, Apollo Grynios standing right, holding branch in left hand and phiale in right, omphalos and amphora at feet; monogram to left.
Ø 34 mm, 16.52 g.
Sacks Issue 39, BMC Troas 13.
Almost EF, minor porosity, recently cleaned.
10 commentsPscipio
GREEK, Mysia, Kyzikos AR obol (450-400 BC)105 viewso/ Forepart of boar left, tunny upward behind.
r/ Head of roaring lion left within incuse square.
0,85g. 10mm.
SNG France 361-372; SNG Kayhan 54.
Ex Barry P. Murphy
4 commentsAugustin Caron
GREEK, Mysia, Kyzikos AR obol (450-400 BC)72 viewsMYSIA. Kyzikos. Obol (Circa 450-400 BC).

SNG France 378.

Obv: Forepart of boar left, E (retrograde) on shoulder; tunny behind.
Rev: Head of roaring lion left.

Weight: 0.79 g.
Diameter: 12 mm.
2 commentsokidoki
GREEK, Mysia, Kyzikos, AR9-12349 views9-12mm, 0.78g
obv: forepart of boar left, tunny fish behind
rev: lion's head left, retrograde K above left.
SNG Paris 390; BMC Mysia p. 35, 121; SGCV II 3850
7 commentsareich
GREEK, Mysia, Kyzikos, Electrum Hemihekte (1/12 Stater) c.550-500 BC.37 viewsMysia, Kyzikos EL Hemihekte - 1/12 Stater. Circa 550-500 BC.
Obv: Dolphin left; tunny fish to left below
Rev: Quadripartite incuse square.
Von Fritze I 53; Greenwell 157; SNG von Aulock -; SNG France -; BMC 11-2; Boston MFA -; Jameson -. 1.31g, 7mm.
Roma Numismatics esale 10 lot 359

A very rare type only known as hektes and hemihektes, of which two denominations the hemihekte is the more difficult to find. None of this denomination on cng archives and the only hekte of this type sold on cng went for $3500 in 2011!
chance v
4th-3rd centuries BC. AR Diobol
1.26 g , 11 mm
Vs: Female janiform head, ΘΕΟ below chin.
Rs: ΛΑΜΨΑ, Helmeted head of Athena right .
Extremely Fine
5 commentsXLi
GREEK, Mysia, Parium AR Hemidrachm320 viewsObv:– Facing Gorgoneion, surrounded by snakes.
Rev:– ΠA / PI, bull standing left, looking back right
Minted in Parion, 350 - 300 B.C.
Reference:– BMC Mysia p. 95, 14
2.427g, 13.8mm

Ex-Forum, Ex-Lanz.

5 commentsmaridvnvm
GREEK, Mysia, Pergamon, Cistophoric Tetradrachm69 viewsGreece, Mysia, Pergamon, Cistophoric Tetradrachm, 12.57g, 28mm, 166-67 BC, issued 76 BC

Obv: Cista Mystica containing serpent escaping, all within an ivy wreath.

Rev: Bow case between 2 serpents. Pergamon monogram at left. Snake entwined Asklepian staff at right. "AP" above.

Near the West coast of present day Turkey, Pergamon, in the province of Mysia, was an insignificant city under the Persian empire. After Alexander the Great died, his bodyguard "Lysimachus" was given Thrace and north western Asia. After the battle of Ipsus "Lysimachus" secured Alexander's treasury worth over 25,000 talents. Pergamon was located in a natural fortress and "Lysimachus" strengthened the city and deposited his Asian treasure (9000 talents) in the city along with a military guard under his loyal follower "Philetaerus". "Lysimachus" died in 281 BC and Pergamon officially fell under Seulcid control. "Philetaerus" played the part of a faithful governor, but all the time he used the money to strengthen the city's defenses and founded the Attalid dynasty of the kingdom of "Pergamon". The kingdom successfully withstood attempts by Seulicid rulers to regain control. In 190 BC, Pergamon assisted the Romans to defeat Antiochus III of Syria. At this time, Rome had no territorial desires in Asia and they gave all the territories to Pergamon. Pergamon prospered and soon ranked as one of the major Greek cultural centers. Pergamon's library ranked second only to the library of Alexandria. But, to Rome's surprize the Pergamon King Attalus III (138 - 133 BC) gave the kingdom to Rome upon his death in 133 BC. During the confusion a certain "Aristonicus" seized the throne and changed his name to "Eumenes III". This forced the Romans to intervene and they seized the kingdom and made it the capital of the Roman province of Asia.

Pergamon first issued this coin under Eumenes II, who likely required a new currency after the treaty with Apameia in 188 BC expanded his economic and political territory. The new coinage is the first time a king’s portrait and name are omitted from Hellenistic currency. The cistophori (basket bearers) were the chief currency in Asia Minor for about 300 years. Originally introduced by king Eumenes II of Pergamon around 166 BCE, the obverse of these coins shows a cista mystica, i.e., a woven basket containing the sacred objects of a mystery cult. In the case of the cistophori, the basket contains snakes associated with the worship of Dionysus (Bacchus), the Greek god of wine and ecstasy. In the Dionysian mysteries a serpent, representing the god, was carried in a box called a cista on a bed of vine leaves. This may be the Cista mentioned by Clement of Alexandria which was exhibited as containing the phallus of Dionysus. The depiction on this famous type is what gives the coin its name - the Cistophorus. It was one of the most widely minted coin types in the ancient world. It seems that the Asian Greek states in what is now Turkey minted this coin in unison from around 150 BC. Some scholars believe this was undertaken for the common good, so traders could be confident in a coin of uniform weight and value, representing the collective wealth of Asian Greekdom.

The ivy wreath and the thyrsos staff on the reverse are also references to this god whom the Attalid kings of Pergamon claimed as their ancestor. The bow case (gorytos) on the reverse points to Herakles, the father of Telephos, the legendary founder and first king of Pergamon. Taken together, the obverse and reverse scenes appear to capture allegorical acts one and two of the Dionysian Cista fertility mythology in progress.

When the last Attalid king, Attalos III, died in 133 BCE, he left his entire kingdom to the Roman people. At the same time, his last will declared Pergamon and the other important cities of his realm "free cities", which meant that they did not have to pay tribute to Rome. Not surprisingly, Pergamon and the other cities continued to mint cistophori in grateful tribute to their former ruler. The city of Pergamum continued issue of cistophoric tetradrachm for eight decades after the city was willed to Rome in 133 BC.

1 cistophor equaled 3 Attic drachms, the currency of Athens, which had become the world's key currency during the campaigns of Alexander the Great. Later, 1 cistophor was equivalent to 3 Roman denarii. Because they were so easy to convert into the key currencies, 16 Anatolian towns soon minted cistophors, forming a kind of monetary union. When Pergamum became Roman about 133 BC, the Romans continued to mint cistophors.

Under the Attalids, Pergamon was not only the capital of an empire that soon stretched over most of Asia Minor, but also the seat of the second most famous library of the ancient world with more than 200,000 book rolls. When the kings of Egypt, the Ptolemies, whose capital, Alexandria, boasted the only comparable library, cut off Pergamene access to papyrus, the most important writing material, the Pergamenes invented pergamentum, i.e., parchment or vellum made from animal skins.

Today, the city is called Bergama and belongs to Turkey.
GREEK, Mytilene, Lesbos, c. 377 - 326 B.C.4 viewsSH86299. Electrum hekte, Bodenstedt 100A; SNG Cop 317; SNGvA 1715; BMC Lesbos p. 165, 87; Boston MFA 1720; HGC 6 1026 (S), VF, attractive style, light scratches, weight 2.557 g, maximum diameter 10.6 mm, die axis 0o, Mytilene mint, c. 377 - 326 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right; reverse head of Artemis right, hair in sphendone, small coiled snake lower left, all within linear frame and incuse square; scarceJoe Sermarini
GREEK, Mytilene, Lesbos, c. 521 - 478 B.C.2 viewsSH86292. Electrum hekte, Bodenstedt 13, SNGvA 1685, SNG Cop 301, Boston MFA 1679; BMC Lesbos p. 157, 20; HGC 6 938 (S), Choice EF, Mytilene mint, weight 2.547g, maximum diameter 10.3mm, die axis 0o, c. 521 - 478 B.C.; obverse roaring lion's head right; reverse incuse calf's head left1 commentsJoe Sermarini
GREEK, Paeonia, Lykkeios AR Tetradrachm133 viewsKings of Paeonia, Lykkeios (359-335 BC)
Obv.: Laureate head of Zeus right.
Rev.: Herakles strangling the Nemean lion; bow and quiver to lower right.
AMNG III/2, 8; Paeonian Hoard 63; SNG ANS 1019 (all from same obv. die).
2 commentsMinos
GREEK, Pamphylia, Aspendos stater with Ba'al countermark312 viewsThis BOT entry asks you to consider more than the usual question of coin grade. To match or exceed this 'type' I ask you consider not just the coin but the countermark and its placement. The countermark should have a better strike of the bull and, especially, better clarity of the LUY legend (Aramaic for Ba'al read right to left). Further, I'll expect the flat mark on the opposite side to do less damage to that design than this one. My example suffers from the dotted border falling across the middle of the bull so there is a lot of room for improvement here. Each voter can deside if the off centered reverse is a fault or a benefit since it makes room for the countermark.
This BOT entry is to demonstrate that there are many factors to consider when 'grading an ancient coin.
3 commentsdougsmit
GREEK, Pamphylia, Aspendos, stater326 viewsPAMPHYLIA, Aspendos. Circa 380-325 BC. AR Stater (22mm, 10.70 g). Two wrestlers grappling; LF between / Slinger to right; triskeles in field. Teken Series D; SNG France 105; SNG von Aulock 4565. Good VF, uneven strike, reverse a little porous.
GREEK, Pamphylia, Side, c. 155 - 36 B.C.153 viewsSilver tetradrachm, Greek Coin Hoards In Turkey 505 ff., gVF, Side mint, weight 16.179g, maximum diameter 30.2mm, die axis 0o, obverse head of Athena right in a crested Corinthian helmet; reverse Nike advancing left, extending wreath in right, pomegranate left, KLE-YX (magistrate's name) below;
4 commentsPhiloromaos
Griffon1 copy.jpg
GREEK, Pantikapaion Issue387 viewsObv/ Bearded Head of Old Pan r.
REV/ PAN; Fore-part of griffon l.; sturgeon fish below
21 mm
A remarkable example of this issue from the Greek colony of Miletos in the Black Sea.
1 commentsMayadigger
GREEK, Pantikapaion, Young Pan right / Bow in case, 400-300 B.C.124 viewsBronze, 2.04 gm, 12 mm
Obv.: Beardless head of Pan right
Rev.: Bow in case, ΠAN above, TI below
B.M.C. 3, p.8, 24; Sear 1707
1 commentsJaimelai
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GREEK, Pantipakaion, Young Pan and Bull, 4th Cent. B.C.284 viewsObv/ Head of Young Pan l., wreathed with ivy.
Rev/ PAN; Head and neck of bull l.
Ae 28mm, BMC 3.16

This coin, without any doubt, is the most beautiful issue that I have ever owned. It looked to have been cut from a pidgeon's-blood ruby, rather than struck from metal. I sold it to a very descerning Canadian collector a few years ago for an ungodly price. The money seemed good at the time...but in retrospect, I wish that I had kept it for my own.... Sad but true.
4 commentsMayadigger
GREEK, Phoenicia, Arados - 147-146 B.C47 viewsAE 17.96mm (Thickness 2.51mm), weight 3.57g, die axis = 1h (30 degrees), denomination C.

Obverse: Braided, bearded head of Zeus right, border of dots.

Reverse: Triple pointed ram of Galley left, Phoenician letters shin (SH) & aleph (´) above, Aradian era date 113 below.

AR-No.ZTR 113/SH´1-C (JO)
GREEK, Phoenicia, Arados 131-130 B.C155 viewsPhoenicia, Arados 131-130 B.C

AE 20.75mm (Thickness 2.86mm), weight 6.32g, die axis = 1h (30 degrees), denomination B.

Obverse: Turreted head of Tyche right, braided ponytail, palm frond behind.

Reverse: Poseidon seated left on prow of galley left with (Ἀθηνᾶ Πρόμαχος) Athena figurehead, holding wreath in right, trident in left, Phoenician letters nun (N) and aleph (´) above, Aradian era date 129 with gimel (G) below.
4 commentsArados
GREEK, Phoenicia, Arados, HGC 10, 88.134 viewsAE 15, 3.51g, Phoenicia, Arados, 164/3 B.C. Obv: Zeus facing right. Rev: Triple-pointed ram of galley, inscription above, Aradian era date 96 (164/3 BC) below. Light green patina, XF. S 6001, B.M.C. 26.17, 111-12, Hoover HGC 10, 88 (C).
GREEK, Phoenicia, Arados, Hoover HGC 10, 83.58 viewsAE 20, Phoenicia, Arados, 92-93 AD. Obv: Radiate head of Helios facing right. Rev: ΑΡΑΔΙΩΝ with basket containing grapes, vine leaves, and two barely ears. Dark green patina with some hints of red, F. Lindgren III, 1346, B.M.C.347-9, Cop. 74.5.57, Hoover HGC 10, 83 (R3).Molinari
GREEK, Phoenicia, Byblos, AR Shekel, 350 - 333 B.C.62 viewsPhoenicia, Byblos, King Azbaal / Ozbaal, Circa 350 – 333 BCE
AR Dishekel – 13.22 gms
Obv: War galley left with lion’s head prow ornament, zigzag row of waves below, three hoplites with round shields within; below, hippocamp left above murex shell; OZ between hippocamp & galley
Rev: Lion attacking bull to left, phoenician inscription above

Betlyon 14 var.; BMC 4; Dewing 2662; SNG Fitz 6028
3 commentsdlyumkis
GREEK, PHOENICIA, Sidon, Time of Baalshallim I-Ba'ana, c.425-402 BC33 viewsPHOENICIA, Sidon, Time of Baalshallim I-Ba'ana, (c.B.C. 425-402), silver eighth shekel (0.75 g),
Obv. galley in front of three city towers, lion below.
Rev. King of Persia standing right, drawing bow, incuse head of Bes to left, incuse head of goat or ibex to right.
S.5933, Elayi & Elayi 362-448, Betlyon 9, BMC 14 [p.142].
CNG Electronic Auction 170, Aug. 8, 2007, (lot 122); Noble Sale 105 Lot 4073
chance v
GREEK, Phoenicia, Tyre - Attic didrachm144 viewsTyre. Uzzimilk (?) 357-333 BC. Attic didrachm, 8.67g.
Obv: Bearded god (Melqarth?) riding winged hippocamp to right, holding
bow. Beneath, waves. Guilloche border.
Rx: Owl standing to right, head facing, with crook and flail. In right field,
Phoenician numerals. Guilloche border.
1 commentsCaffaro
Greek, Phoenicia, Tyre, 111 - 110 B.C., Judas' 30 Pieces of Silver, Year 1815 viewsSL86641. Silver shekel, BMC Phoenicia p. 237, 85; Cohen DCA 919-18 (C); Baramki AUB -, NGC Ch AU*, strike 5/5, surface 5/5 (4280576-003), Tyre mint, weight 14.20g, maximum diameter 28.0mm, die axis 0o, 109 - 108 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Melqart right, lion's skin knotted around neck; reverse TYPOY IEPAΣ KAI AΣYΛOY (of Tyre the holy and inviolable), eagle left, right foot on ship's ram, palm frond behind, date HI (year 18) over club and palm frond left, ZB right, Phoenician letter beth between legs1 commentsJoe Sermarini
GREEK, Phoenicia, Tyre, AR 1/16 shekel, 450-400 BC31 viewsPhoenicia, TYRE, AR 1/16 Shekel, c.450-400 BC.
Obverse: Dolphin jumping right above the waves; above, Phoenician legend; below murex.
Reverse: Owl right, holding scepter and flail, appearing in relief within the hollow contours round the image.
Ref:. SNG Cop. 294; SNG Klein 725. 0.58g. Rare
Jean Elsen auc 120 lot 94
chance v
GREEK, Phoenicia, Tyre, AR Shekel, 88-87 B.C.51 viewsPHOENICIA, Tyre. 126/5 BC-AD 65/6. AR Shekel (28mm, 1h). Dated CY 39 (88/7 BC).
Laureate bust of Melkart right / Eagle standing left on prow, with palm branch over shoulder; to left, ΘΛ (date) above club; Δ to right, Phoenician B between legs.
BMC –; HGC 10, 357; DCA 919.
chance v
GREEK, Phokaia, Ionia, c. 372 - 327 B.C.6 viewsSH86298. Electrum hekte, Bodenstedt 97 (b/-); SNGvA 2123; BMC Ionia p. 208, 36; Boston MFA 1924 (identified as Pan); SNG Kayhan -, Rosen -, VF, attractive style, well centered and struck, mild die wear, bumps and scratches, weight 2.521 g, maximum diameter 10.2 mm, Phokaia (Foca, Turkey) mint, c. 364 B.C.; obverse head of Dionysos left, wreathed in ivy with berries, hair rolled, small seal (symbol of Phokaia) left below; reverse quadripartite incuse square; scarceJoe Sermarini
GREEK, Phokaia, Ionia, c. 372 - 327 B.C.5 viewsSH86298. Electrum hekte, Bodenstedt 97 (b/-); SNGvA 2123; BMC Ionia p. 208, 36; Boston MFA 1924 (identified as Pan); SNG Kayhan -, Rosen -, VF, attractive style, well centered and struck, mild die wear, bumps and scratches, weight 2.521 g, maximum diameter 10.2 mm, Phokaia (Foca, Turkey) mint, c. 364 B.C.; obverse head of Dionysos left, wreathed in ivy with berries, hair rolled, small seal (symbol of Phokaia) left below; reverse quadripartite incuse square; scarceJoe Sermarini
GREEK, Phokaia, Ionia, c. 521 - 478 B.C., Electrum hekte5 viewsSH86213. Electrum hekte, Bodenstedt em. 32, 7 (d/γ); Weber III 5736 (= Bodenstedt 7); Boston MFA 1906, SNG Kayhan -; SNG Cop -, SNGvA -, BMC Ionia -, Rosen -, EF, superb archaic style, well struck, tight flan, Phokaia (Foca, Turkey) mint, weight 2.529g, maximum diameter 10.1mm, die axis 0o, c. 521 - 478 B.C.; obverse archaic style head of Athena right, wearing Corinthian helmet, almond shaped eye, slight smile, long hair in rows of dots, dotted necklace, seal upward behind; reverse quadripartite incuse squareJoe Sermarini
GREEK, Phokaia, Ionia, c. 625 - 522 B.C., Electrum hekte7 viewsSH86204. Electrum hekte, Triton XVI, lot 464; Bodenstedt - (cf. Em. 1), aEF, well centered and struck, small edge cracks, weight 2.575 g, maximum diameter 10.3 mm, die axis 0o, Phokaia (Foca, Turkey) mint, c. 625/0 - 522 B.C.; obverse forepart of seal right, dolphin swimming downward behind, annulet or ring below; reverse irregular incuse square punch; ex Numismatik Naumann auction 40, lot 270; extremely rareJoe Sermarini
GREEK, Phokis, Federal Coinage, AE 15, 354-352 BC, struck under Onymarchos - BMC 103, pl. III, 24; SNG Copenhagen 131123 viewsFacing bull’s head draped with sacrificial fillet.
ONY/MAP/XOY in three lines; all within laurel wreath.
BCD Lokris/Phokis 301.2 (this coin); BMC 103, pl. III, 24; SNG Copenhagen 131. (16 mm, 4.21 g, 2h)
ex- CNG; ex- BCD Collection: NAC 55 (8 October 2010) Lot 301 (part of)

Most of these coins were withdrawn from circulation and melted down at the end of the Third Sacred War. Surviving examples are very rare, less than a couple of dozen known.The coin bears the name of Onymarchos, the second Phokian strategos (general) in the third to fifth years of the Third Sacred War. It is amongst the first mainland Greek coins of its time to bear the full name of a living Greek.
Lloyd T
GREEK, Phrygia, Apameia, Zeus / Cult statue of Artemis Anaitis, 133-48 B.C.106 viewsBronze Æ21
8.60 gm, 21 mm
Laureate head of Zeus right
Cult statue of Artemis Anaïtis facing; AΠAME to right
ATTA/BIAN (magistrates) in two lines to left
Sear 5121var.; BMC Phrygia pg. 80, 61;
SNG Copenhagen 172.
2 commentsJaimelai
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GREEK, Phygia, Apameia, AE2264 viewsobv: Bust of Athena right, wearing aegis and crested Corinthian helmet
rev: Eagle flying right
Struck 133-48 B.C. at Apameia, Phrygia
SG 5120
1 commentsJericho
GREEK, Pisidia, Selge AR Stater132 views(325-250 BC)
Obv.: Two wrestlers grappling; B-H-Δ across field.
Rev.: Slinger standing right; K between legs, triskeles, club, and filleted cornucopia to right.
SNG France 1944.
1 commentsMinos
GREEK, Pisidia, Selge, 2nd-1st Century BC, AR Triobol 163 viewsHead of Herakles wreathed with styrax facing slightly right, lion's skin draped around neck, club in left field. / ΣEΛΓEΩN between club and sacred styrax plant on an altar, bucranium in right field.
SNG BN 1959; BMC 19, 260, 37; Sear GCV 5484.
(15 mm, 2.41 g, 12h)
ex- David P. Herman Collection

This facing head of Herakles is a miniature masterpiece of the engraver’s art, including such small details as the Adam’s apple of Herakles. The tilt of Herakles head and his semi-skyward gaze is reminiscent of the preferred portraiture of Alexander the Great for whom Herakles was a patron God. Following the death of Alexander the Great, Herakles became a favored subject for the facing head portrayal on Hellenistic coinage in contrast to the preceding period in which Athena dominated.
6 commentsLloyd T
GREEK, Pontic Kingdom, Mithradates VI, c. 120 - 63 B.C., Lysimachos Type, Gold stater5 viewsSH12093. Gold stater, SNG Cop 1089 var. (monogram), Choice EF, weight 8.232 g, maximum diameter 23.0 mm, die axis 0o, Byzantium (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, c. 100 - 85 B.C; obverse diademed head of Alexander the Great (with the features of Mithradates VI), wearing the horn of Ammon; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΛYΣIMAXOY, Athena enthroned left, holding Nike and resting left arm on shield, transverse spear against her side, BY on throne, AP monogram under right arm, trident and two dolphins in exergue; fantastic style with superb portrait of Mithradates as Alexander the Great!Joe Sermarini
GREEK, Pontos, Amisos AE21, ca.120-63BC.90 viewsASIA MINOR
Pontos, Amisos, AE21, c.120-63BC, c21mm, c8.2g

Obv: Hd. of young Dionysos r., wreathed with ivy.
Rev: Cista mystica, against which rests thyrsos, monogram left, ΑΜΙΣΟΥ below
6 commentsAnemicOak
GREEK, Pontos, Amisos, AE 27, ca. 120-95 BC131 viewsMale head (youthful Mithradates VI?) wearing bashlyk (Persian leather cap) right.
AMI-ΣOY either side of quiver with strap.
HGC 7, 236; SNG BMC Black Sea 1135-8; SNG Stancomb 669; SNG Copenhagen 131; SNG von Aulock 57-58; Laffaille 414; Callataÿ p. 248, n. 19, pl. XLVIII, A–B.
Struck circa 120-111 or 100-95 BC.
(27 mm, 21.54 g, 12h)
1 commentsLloyd T
GREEK, Pontos, Amisos, Mithridates VI30 viewsPontos, Amisos - Circa 125-100 BC. Æ (19mm, 8.63 g). Struck under Mithradates VI, circa 120-111 BC or 110-100.
Bust of Artemis right, wearing stephane; bow and quiver over shoulder / Tripod.
SNG BM Black Sea 1139-40; HGC 7, 240.
3 commentsgapalp
GREEK, Pontos, Peiraeos, c.4th century B.C.95 viewsPontos, Peiraeos (later Amisos). Ca. 4th Century BC.
Obverse: Hera, left.
Reverse: Owl standing facing on shield; NLI – ODO in greek script on either side, anchor and PEIRA in greek script under.

Silver, often described as a siglos or drachm.
W = 5,62 g; D = 19 mm.
4 commentsKjetilK
GREEK, Ptolemaic Egypt, Cleopatra VII, AE Diobol, 51-30 B.C.68 viewsPtolemaic Kingdom of Egypt. Cleopatra VII Æ Diobol of Alexandria, Egypt. 51-30 BC.
Obv: Diademed and draped bust right
Rev: KΛEOΠATPAΣ BAΣIΛIΣΣHΣ, eagle standing left on thunderbolt; cornucopiae to left, Π to right.
Svoronos 1871; Weiser 183; SNG Copenhagen 419-21; Noeske 380-2. 20.60g, 27mm, 12h.
1 commentschance v
GREEK, Ptolemaic Egypt, Cleopatra VII, AE Obol, 51-30 B.C.49 viewsPtolemaic Kingdom of Egypt. Cleopatra VII Thea Neotera Æ Obol - 40 Drachmai. Alexandria, 51-30 BC.
Obv: Diademed and draped bust right
Rev: BAΣIΛIΣΣHΣ KΛEOΠATPAΣ, Eagle standing left on thunderbolt; cornucopia to left, M to right.
Svoronos 1872; Weiser 184-5; SNG Copenhagen 422–4; Noeske 383. 16.26g, 25mm, 11h.
Very Fine. Very Rare.
chance v
GREEK, Ptolemaic Egypt, Ptolemy I Soter, AR Tetradrachm, c.300-285 B.C.38 viewsPtolemaic Kings of Egypt, Ptolemy I Soter AR Tetradrachm. Alexandreia, circa 300-285 BC.
Diademed head right, wearing aegis around neck, small Δ behind ear / ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, Eagle standing left on thunderbolt; to left, P above monogram.
Svoronos 265; SNG Copenhagen 73;
14.31g, 26mm, 1h.
1 commentschance v
GREEK, Ptolemaic Egypt, Ptolemy I, AE2249 viewsObv: Head of Herakles wearing lionskin facing right.
Rev: PTOLEMAIOY BASILIEOS Eagle standing left, wings spread.
GREEK, Ptolemaic Egypt, Ptolemy I, AE2652 views305-285 BC
AE 25.6x26.1mm
Obv. Head of Zeus-Ammon right, laureate
Eagle standing left on thunderbolt, wings spread, A over X in left field.
Svoronos Pl. 10b no. 16; Sear 7763
GREEK, Ptolemaic Egypt, Ptolemy I, AR Drachm, c.311-305 B.C.58 viewsPtolemy I Soter, 323-305 as satrap. Alexandria Drachm circa 311-305, AR 16mm., 3.68g.
Obv: Head r., wearinh elephan-skin.
Rev: Athena standing r., holding shield and spear.; in r. field, eagle on thunderbolt.
Zervos Issue 68. Svoronos 34.
2 commentschance v
GREEK, Ptolemaic Egypt, Ptolemy I, AR Tetradrachm, 305-282 B.C.47 viewsPTOLEMAIC KINGS of EGYPT. Ptolemy I Soter. 305-282 BC. AR Tetradrachm (27mm, 14.21 g, 12h). Alexandria mint. Struck circa 300-285 BC.
Diademed head right, wearing aegis; small Δ behind ear / Eagle standing left on thunderbolt; to left, P above monogram.
Svoronos 256; Noeske 29.
chance v
GREEK, Ptolemaic Egypt, Ptolemy II, AE1941 viewsObv. Head of Zeus-Ammon right, diademed.
Eagle standing left on thunderbolt, wings spread, oval symbol between legs.
Alexandria mint
285-246 BC
Svoronos 468
GREEK, Ptolemaic Egypt, Ptolemy II, AE2850 viewsAE 27.6x28.4mm
Obv. Head of Zeus-Ammon right, laureate.
Rev. Eagle standing left on thunderbolt, sigma and shield at left.
2 commentsgparch
GREEK, Ptolemaic Egypt, Ptolemy II, Alexander in Elephantskin231 viewsAE25 12.83gm 12h
Ptolemy II ca 270-260BC
Sidon Provincial Mint - Obol
Svoronos 763
Unusually nice condition and portrait style for the Alexander-in-Elephantskin type. Wear ordinarily obscures the Ammon horn which here is visible through the skin headdress. Unusual type that appears to conform to post-260BC weight categories but lacks central depressions, a bit of a conundrum in this type.
5 commentsPtolemAE
GREEK, Ptolemaic Egypt, Ptolemy III Large Bronze464 viewsPtolemy III - ca 240BC - Alexandria - Drachm
Bronze - 43.1-43.9mm - 73.2gm - 11h
CHI/RHO monogram in eagle's legs
Svoronos 964, SNG Cop. 172
Not especially rare type, but always rare this nice. A real monster, too.
10 commentsPtolemAE
GREEK, Ptolemaic Egypt, Ptolemy III, Medium Bronze160 viewsPtolemy III Eugertes
Alexandria Mint, 246-241BC
AE hemidrachm, 40.38mm 42.75g
Svoronos 1166
GREEK, Ptolemaic Egypt, Ptolemy IV Philopator83 viewsAE 38
222-204 BC
OB. Zeus-Ammon R.
REV. Eagle standing L. on thunderbolt,
looking back over shoulder,
cornucopia on shoulder,
E monogram between legs.
1 commentsgparch
GREEK, Ptolemaic Egypt, Ptolemy VI and Kleopatra I180 viewsRare middle-size bronze of the series that has unusual name of Queen Kleopatra I (BASILISES KLEOPATRAS) on the *obverse* in addition to the usual BASILEOS PTOLEMAIOY on the reverse. Svoronos 1381. Full sharp inscriptions, centered. Nice.
Portrait of 'Alexandria' on obverse, open-wing eagle on reverse with PI/A monogram to left.

22mm - 7.114 gram - 12h

Kleopatra I was the daughter of Antiochos III, married off to Ptolemy V at the end of the 5th Syrian war ca 195BC, tying up the turnover and permanent loss of all of Phoenician Ptolemaic territory (Tyre, Sidon, Ake-Ptolemais, etc.) to the Seleukid kingdom. Mother of Ptolemy VI who assumed the throne at age 5 upon the death of Ptolemy V, Kleopatra I was his regent until her death in 176 BC. An unusual series of three sizes of bronze coins (Svoronos 1380, 81, 82) bear her name on the obverse where most Ptolemaic bronzes have no inscription at all. When Antiochos IV attacked Egypt ca. 170 BC and captured Ptolemy VI, ruling for a time with him, it was all in the family. Antiochos IV was the young Egyptian king's uncle, through the earlier marriage of Kleopatra I into the Lagid court of Alexandria. Interesting and historic coin type, unusual layout of inscriptions for a Ptolemaic bronze.
5 commentsPtolemAE
GREEK, Ptolemaic Egypt, Ptolemy VI and VIII, AE2084 viewsAE 20
Joint reign, after 169 BC (169-145 BC)
OB. Zeus-Ammon R.
REV. Two eagles Standing L.,
on thunderbolts, wings closed,
cornucopia in L. field
2 commentsgparch
GREEK, Ptolemaic Egypt, Ptolemy VI Medium Bronze - Isis Head Type316 viewsPtolemy VI - Alexandria - Diobol - 180/145BC
AE 25.0-25.7mm : 15.962gm : 11h
OBV - Goddess Isis with hanging curls, headdress with with corn wreath, facing right
REV - Eagle with open wing standing facing left on thunderbolt with PI-ALPHA monogram at left
REF - Svoronos 1384
NOTE - Early sole reign of Ptolemy VI.
7 commentsPtolemAE
GREEK, Ptolemaic Egypt, Ptolemy VI Philometor648 viewsSilver Tetradrachm
Alexandria mint
Struck c. 170-164 B.C.
27mm 14.2g
Obv: Diademed head of Ptolemy I right, wearing aegis.
Rev: PTOLEMAIOU BASILEWS, eagle standing left on thunderbolt.

Svoronos 1489; SNG Copenhagen 265

8 commentsmihali84
GREEK, Ptolemaic Kingdom, Ptolemy II Philadelphos, 285 - 246 B.C., Gold tetradrachm3 viewsSH24848. Gold tetradrachm, Svoronos 604; BMC Ptolemies p. 40, 4 - 5; SNG Cop 133; SGCV II 7790, superb aEF, weight 13.813 g, maximum diameter 20.0 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 265 - 260 B.C.; obverse A∆EΛΦΩN, jugate busts of Ptolemy II Philadelphos, diademed and draped, and Arsinoe II, diademed and veiled, shield behind; reverse ΘEΩN, jugate busts of Ptolemy I Soter, diademed and wearing aegis, and Berenike I, diademed and veiledJoe Sermarini
Greek, Quasi-autonomous, Alexandria Troas, AE2043 viewsAlexandria Troas, pseudo-autonomous

obv.: AV - CO TRO, turreted and draped bust of Tyche right, vexillum behind,
rev.: COL AVG, horse feeding right, TRO,
20mm, 5,35g
45 -Rheskuporis II Sestertius~0.JPG
GREEK, QUASI-AUTONOMOUS, Bosporus, Rhescuporis II, Sestertius593 viewsAE 48 Nummi or Sestertius. 69-93 AD
Obv: King Rhescuporis II standing right, left foot on prisoner kneeling; on right, trophy; on left, another kneeling prisoner, hands tied behind his back.
Rev: Nike standing left, holding wreath and palm.
RPC 473
2 commentsjdholds
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GREEK, Quasi-Autonomous, Ionia, Smyrna. Time of Marcus Aurelius, Circa 161-180 AD. AE 15mm.62 viewsIONIA, Smyrna. Time of Marcus Aurelius, Circa 161-180 AD.
Æ 15mm (2.76 gm).
Obv: The River-God Meles reclining left, holding reed
Rev: Nike walking right, holding wreath and palm.
SNG Copenhagen 1301; Klose pg. 178, Gruppe B (V2/R-).
2 commentsJericho
Autonomous Issue, Time of Gallienus, 253-268 AD.
Æ 24mm (7.87 gm, 11h).

draped bust of King Midas right, wearing Phrygian cap
R/ ΠΡΥΜ- ΝΗCCЄΩΝ , Dikaiosyne standing left, holding scales in right hand, sceptre in left.
Von Aulock, Phrygiens II, 962 ; BMC Phrygia pg. 363, 16 same obverse die
3 commentsgb29400
GREEK, Quasi-Autonomous, Silanus, Antioch, Syria, "Star of Bethlehem"87 viewsSilanus (Legatus Augusti pro praetore)
Syria, Antioch AE22
No obverse legend - Laureate bust or Zeus right
EΠI ΣIΛANOY ANTIOXEΩN - Ram running right, looking back, star above. ΓM (year 43) below.
RPC I 4269 | GICV 5186
BMC Galatiaia pg 159, 65
12-13 A.D.
The astronomer Michael Molnar believes this coin depicts Jupiter's occultation of Aries in 6 B.C., which could be the Star of Bethlehem in the Bible.

2 commentsHolding_History
GREEK, Seleukid Kingdom, Antiochos IV, AR Tetradrachm, 168-164 B.C.37 viewsSeleukid Kings of Syria, Antiochos IV Epiphanes AR Tetradrachm. Antioch, 168-164 BC.
Obv: Diademed head right.
SC 1397a; Le Rider, Antioche 194-195; HGC 9, 619. 16.62g, 30mm, 1h.
chance v
GREEK, Seleukid Kingdom, Antiochus I Soter, 281 - 261 B.C.4 viewsGY85675. Silver tetradrachm, Houghton-Lorber I 379.6a, Newell ESM 166, HGC 9 128g, Choice VF, well centered and struck, high relief portrait, attractive toning, bumps and marks, closed edge crack, weight 16.667 g, maximum diameter 28.1 mm, die axis 0o, Seleucia on the Tigris mint, c. 263 - 261 B.C.; obverse diademed head right; reverse Apollo seated left on omphalos, examining arrow with right, resting left hand on grounded bow, monogram (primary control symbol) outer left, ∆/ΩP monogram (secondary control symbol) outer right, BAΣIΛEΩΣ (king) downward on right, ANT-IOXOY downward on leftJoe Sermarini
GREEK, Seleukid Kingdom, Antiochus I Soter, tetradrachm73 viewsAntiochus I Soter, 281 – 261
Tetradrachm, Seleucia on Tigris 281-261 BC, AR 17.09 g. Diademed head r. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ – ANT – IOXOY; Apollo seated l. on omphalos, holding arrow in r. hand and resting the l. on bow set r. on ground; in r. and l. field, monograms. ESM 177. SC 379.6c. SNG Spaer 296.
ex NAC, Auction 97, lot 302, ex CNG sale 99, 2015, 324
7 commentsareich
GREEK, Seleukid Kingdom, Antiochus VI Epiphanes Dionysus, 144 - 142 or 141 B.C.199 viewsSeleukid Kingdom, Antiochus VI Epiphanes Dionysus, 144 - 142 or 141 B.C., SH25884. Silver drachm, SNG Cop 294, SNG Spaer 1760 var, Mint State, Antioch mint, weight 4.232g, maximum diameter 17.9mm, die axis 45o, 144 - 143 B.C.; obverse diademed radiate head of Antiochus VI right; reverse BASILEWS ANTIOCOU EPIFANOUS DIONUSOU, Apollo seated left on omphalos, nude, arrow in right, resting left on bow, monogram between legs, QXR (year 169) STA (magistrate) in ex

Antiochus VI was the son of Alexander Balas and Cleopatra Thea and daughter of Ptolemy VI of Egypt. He was nominated in 145 BC by the general Diodotus Tryphon in opposition to Demetrius II. He did not actually rule and served only as the general's pawn. In 142 BC, Diodotus deposed and succeeded him.
5 commentsJoe Sermarini
GREEK, Seleukid Kingdom, King Seleucus I666 viewsTet 305-300BC 4 commentsalexB
GREEK, Seleukid Kingdom, Seleucia in Pieria, Antiochos IV & Laodike IV, AE1630 viewsAE 15.8x16.5mm serrate
Obv. Head of Laodike IV right, veiled, monogram to left, dotted border.
Rev. BASILEWS ANTIOXOU. Head of elephant left, trunk raised; prow of galley at right, monogram above trunk; dotted border.
Mint: Seleucia in Pieria, 175-164 BC.

Laodike IV was both the wife and sister of Antiochus !V.
GREEK, Seleukid Kingdom, Seleukos I Nikator, 312-281 BC, AR Hemidrachm - Babylonia, Uncertain Mint 6A 100 viewsHead of Herakles right wearing lion skin.
AΛΕΞANΔPOY Zeus Aetophoros seated left, inverted anchor to left, EP beneath throne.
SC 70.1; HGC 9, 42; Price 3442 (Marathus); Müller 1493; Houghton Group III, Series A, 127.
Issued by Seleukos in the name of Alexander from Babylonia Uncertain Mint 6A, 311-305 BC.
(13 mm, 2.15 g, 7h)

Judge this coin remembering it is a hemidrachm of 13 mm diameter. It does not possess the large palette of a tetradrachm!

This coin is the best of four known examples of this emission and the only one known outside of a museum. It is an obverse die match to an example from the Hersh Collection, now housed in in the British Museum (BM 2002,0101.796). The progression of the die break on Herakles neck indicates that this coin was struck after the Hersh coin.
4 commentsLloyd T
GREEK, Seleukid Kingdom, Seleukos I Nikator, 312-281 BC, AR Tetradrachm in the name of Philip III Arrhidaios, 323-317 BC – Seleukeia on the Tigris - SC 118114 viewsHead of Herakles right wearing lion-skin headdress. / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΥ, Zeus enthroned left, holding eagle on extended right hand and scepter in left, pentalpha in left field.
SC 118 (same obverse die); Price P229 (uncertain eastern mint); Thompson, ANSMN 31, 160 (same obverse die); Commerce (“Seleucus I”) Hoard 2005 (CH10.256) 1517-1522 (one of these coins).
Seleukeia on the Tigris
(24 mm, 17.16 g, 6h)
ex- Arthur Houghton Collection (New Series 744); ex- Commerce (“Seleucus I”) Hoard 2005 (CH10.256).
2 commentsLloyd T
GREEK, Seleukid Kingdom, Seleukos i Nikator, AR Tetradrachm, Babylon, Price 370436 viewsThe Seleucid Kings, Seleucus I Nicator, 312- 281 BC Babylon Tetradrachm circa 317-311, AR 26.5mm., 17.10g.
Obverse: Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin.
Reverse: Zeus Aëtophoros seated l.; in l. field, monogram in wreath and below throne, H.
SC 82.6. Price 3704.
Naville 24 lot 169
chance v
GREEK, Seleukid Kingdom, Seleukos I Nikator, AR Tetradrachm, Babylon, Price 374634 viewsThe Seleucid Kings, Seleucus I Nicator, 312- 281 BC Babylon Tetradrachm circa 311-300, AR 26.5mm., 17.08g.
Obv: Head of Herakles r., wearing lion skin.
Rev. Zeus Aëtophoros seated l.; in l. field, monogram within wreath, below throne MI.
SC 82.5a. Price 3746.
Naville 24 lot 172
chance v
GREEK, Seleukid Kingdom, Seleukos I Nikator, AR Tetradrachm, Babylon, Price 374748 viewsMacedonian Kingdom. Alexander III the Great. 336-323 B.C. AR tetradrachm (26.5 mm, 17.03 g, 3 h). Babylon mint, struck ca. 311-305 B.C. Struck by Seleukos I Nikator.
Obverse: Head of Herakles right, wearing lion's skin headdress
Reverse: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ, Zeus seated left, holding eagle and scepter; monogram within wreath in left field, MI below throne.
Price 3746; SC 82.5a; Müller 734. Scratch on obverse.
In hand the dot inside the wreathed monogram, which is the difference between Price 3746 and Price 3747, can easily be seen.
Agora 56 lot 24
1 commentschance v
GREEK, Seleukid Kingdom, Seleukos I Nikator, AR Tetradrachm, Seleucia on Tigris, 312-281 BC44 viewsThe Seleucid Kings, Seleucus I Nicator, 312- 281 Seleucia on the Tigris Tetradrachm circa 300, AR 28mm., 16.86g.
Obv:Head of Heracles r. wearing lion's skin headdress.
Rev. Zeus seated l. on throne holding sceptre and Nike who reaches r. to crown him.
Seleucid Coins 119.1. ESM 13.
Naville auc 16 lot 60
chance v
GREEK, Seleukid Kingdom, Seleukos I, AR Tetradrachm, Babylon, Price 375963 viewsSeleukid Kings of Syria, Seleukos I Nikator AR Tetradrachm. In the name and types of Alexander. Babylon, circa 311-305 BC.
Obv: Head of Herakles right, wearing lion's skin headdress.
Rev: Zeus Aëtophoros seated left, holding sceptre; MI above lion's head left in left field, monogram in wreath below throne, BAΣIΛEΩΣ below, AΛEΞANΔPOY to right.
SC 82.3c; Price 3759; Müller 743. 17.09g, 26mm, 11h.
Roma auc XII lot 383
2 commentschance v
GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Litra circa 465-450 BC 13mm 0.67g 10h15 viewsHorse on lead advancing right, wreath above.Rev forepart of man-headed bull right river god Gelas.Grant H
Greek, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetardrachm circa 415-405 BC 24mm 16.75g40 viewsSlow quadriga driven right by charioteer,the nearside horse with head held high,the farside horse head lowered.Wreath of olive above,crane flying right in exergue.Rev forepart of man-headed bull right{river god Gelas}with thick wavy beard,swimming,large barley grain above.This coin was struck just before the destruction of the city by the Carthaginian in 405 BC,from which Gela never fully recovered,and it is thought that the quadriga on the obv is to show Gelons victory in the Olympic games of 488 BC.This coin is the only specimen recorded from this die combination,and is the plate coin in the standard reference Jenkins the coinage of Gela.Group IX 482 O95/R1921 commentsGrant H
GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa 425-420 BC 17.21g56 viewsQuadriga to left,with Nike as charioteer wears long sleeveless chiton with high girdle,her wings semi-open the nearside wing and top of farside wing shown,hair in topknot,she holds whip in her right hand,and a set of reins with each hand.Above large wreath of olive.Linear border.Two horsesshown,with doubled outlines,the farside horse slightly in front of the nearside one,forelegs raised clear of ground,heads paralled.Large chariot wheel with diagonal spokes.Rev head of the river god Gelas as a man-headed bull right,between legs bird {heron} 1 commentsGrant H
GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa 465-450 BC 25 mm 17.20g 2h57 viewsCharioteer driving slow quadriga right, in back ground column with Ionic capital. Rev forepart of man-headed bull river god right.
Jenkins Gela Group 111 230 O61/R122, HGC 2,339, SNG ANS 50 same dies, SNG Ashmolean 1733
1 commentsGrant H
GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa 480/75-475/70 BC 21 mm 17.34g 8h Jenkins 18428 viewsCharioteer driving slow quadriga right above Nike flying right crowning horses. Rev forepart of man-headed bull right within shallow incuse circle.
Rare die combination only one listed in Jenkins.
EX Julius Diez
EX Gustav Phillpsen collection part one J.Hersch 15,28 may 1906 lot 990
Grant H
GREEK, SICILY, HIMERA, AE Hemilitron59 views440-404 BC
3.62 – grams
Obv.: Head of nymph Himera left, wearing sphendone, six dots/pellets before face
Rev.: 6 pellets within laurel-wreath
Sear 1110

I was overjoyed to get this specimen. What pleases me about this coin is the extreme sharpness of its details. On the obverse the hair detail is bold and complete while on the reverse the veins in the leaves are bold and jump out at you. The boldness of these very fine details just points out the sharpness of the strike. In addition the both sides are well centered with no missing details.
Richard M10
GREEK, Sicily, Messana AR Tetradrachm247 views(412–408 BC)
Obv.: Charioteer driving mule biga left, two dolphins nose to nose in exergue
Rev.: Hare leaping left over horizontal barley ear, dove flying left above, MESSANION in exergue.
Caltabiano 614 ; SNG ANS 378 ; SNG Copenhagen 404.
4 commentsMinos
GREEK, Sicily, Syracuse (Reign of Hiketas)101 views287-283 BC
AE 23 (23mm, 11.375g, 135o)
O: Head of Persephone (Kore) left, wreathed in grain; ΣΥΡΑΚΟΣΙΩΝ before, pellet and stalk of grain behind.
R: Nike diving biga right, whip in right hand, reigns in left; star above, Σ in exergue.
Sear 1209 / SNG ANS 760 var. (no Σ in ex.) / Calciati II, p. 259, 123.
ex Forvm Ancient Coins
1 commentsEnodia
GREEK, Sicily, Syracuse, 332-317 BC82 viewsSicily, Syracuse 332–317 BC
Obverse: Short haired Zeus facing right, ZEUS ELYTHEIROS in greek script around.
Reverse: Thunderbolt in the field, eagle to the right, SYRAKOSION in greek script around.

Dated according to N.K. Rutter: Greek Coinages of Southern Italy and Sicily, page 168.

Ex. A.H. Baldwin collection.

Bronse hemilitron.
W=14,97g; D=24 mm.
1 commentsKjetilK
GREEK, Sicily, Syracuse, 344-317 BC134 viewsSicily, Syracuse 344–317 BC
Obverse: Long haired Zeus facing left, ZEUS ELYTHEIROS in greek script around.
Reverse: Horse prancing to the left, SYRAKOSION in greek script around.

Dated according to N.K. Rutter: Greek Coinages of Southern Italy and Sicily, page 169.

Ex. A.H. Baldwin collection.

Bronse litra.
W=18,51g; D=26 mm.
7 commentsKjetilK
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GREEK, Sicily, Syracuse, Agathocles (317-289 BC) AE2253 viewsObverse: ΣYPAKOΣION. Head of Athena wearing crested Corinthian helmet facing right.
Reverse: Horseman holding spear galloping right., monogram below.
Weight: 8.92gr. | Diameter: 22.10mm.
Calciati 116
Juan B
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GREEK, SICILY, SYRACUSE, Agathokles (317-289 BC) AE1985 viewsCeca: Siracusa (Sicilia)
Datación: 317-289 aC
Valor: Æ19
Catálogo: Sear Greek Coins 1199, ¿BMC. 2. 231?
Conservación: MBC+
Metal: Æ
Peso: 14,30 gr.
Diámetro: 19 mm.
Anverso: Cabeza de Apolo laureada a izquierda. Leyenda SIPAKOSION
Reverso: Pegaso volando a izquierda
4 commentsJuan B
Greek, Sicily, Syracuse, Agathokles, 317 - 289 B.C., Electrum 50 Litrai12 viewsSH86808. Electrum 50 litrai, Jenkins Group B (O4/R3); SNG ANS 621 (same obv. die); BMC Sicily p. 184, 263 (same); de Luynes 1267 (same); HGC 2 1294, VF, attractive style, centered on a tight flan, lightly toned, light marks, die crack on reverse, Syracuse mint, weight 3.587g, maximum diameter 15.3mm, die axis 270o, c. 306 - 305 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo left, amphora behind; reverse ΣYPAKOΣIΩN (clockwise from upper right), ornamented tripod lebes, high ring handles; ex Classical Numismatic Group, e-auction 412, lot 38; ex John A. Seeger Collection; ex Classical Numismatic Group, auction 76 (12 Sep 2007), lot 30131 commentsJoe Sermarini
GREEK, Sicily, Syracuse, AR Tetradrachm c.485-466 BC.Boehringer 123 23mm 17.27g 9h56 viewsDeinomenid Tyranny,Bearded charioteer driving quadriga walking to right,above Nike flying right to crown the horses.Rev Diademed head of Arethusa to right,wearing a pearl diadem and a pearl necklace and with her hair falling back behind her neck but turned up beneath her diadem,around four dolphins swimming to right.A splendid example bright,well struck,well centered and of excellent style.
From a collection formed over twenty years ago.
1 commentsGrant H
GREEK, Sicily, Syracuse, AR Tetradrachm circa 485-475 20mm 17.33g 8h. Boehringer 12153 viewsDeinomenid Tyranny Bearded charioteer driving quadriga walking to right,above Nike flying right to crown the horses.Rev Diademed head of Arethusa to right,wearing a pearl necklace and with her hair falling back behind her neck but turned up beneath her diadem which is not the usual pearl diadem but a plain band,four dolphins swimming right.1 commentsGrant H
GREEK, Sicily, Syracuse, Deinomenid Tyranny, Time of Hieron, c. 478 - 467 B.C.10 viewsSH86274. Silver tetradrachm, Boehringer 338 (V166/R236); Randazzo 507 - 509 (same dies); SNG ANS -, gVF, fantastic style, toned, centered on a tight flan, small areas struck a little flat, marks, pre-strike flan casting sprues remaining (as usual for the type), weight 16.971 g, maximum diameter 29.0 mm, die axis 0o, Syracuse mint, c. 478 - 467 B.C.; obverse slow quadriga driven right by male charioteer, kentron in right hand, reigns in left hand, Nike above flying right crowning horses; reverse ΣVRA-KOS-I-ON (Latin R upside down, N reversed), Artemis-Arethusa right, archaic eye, hair slightly waved in front turned up in a krobylos under a diadem of beads, wearing earring and necklace, surrounded by four dolphins swimming clockwise; ex Roma Numismatics, auction 6 (29 Sep 2013), lot 441; ex Comery CollectionJoe Sermarini
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GREEK, Sicily, Syracuse, Hieron II (275-215 aC), AE28113 viewsStruck: 270-230 aC
Reference: Sear Greek Coins 1221; Calciati 195; BMC II 583; SNG ANS 909 (924)
Conservación: MBC+
Metal: Æ
Weight: 18,20 gr.
Diameter: 28 mm.
Obverse: Bust of Hieron facing left.
Reverse: Horseman galloping right carrying a spear. Below, in exergue, IEPΩNΩΣ (HIERONOS).
3 commentsJuan B
GREEK, SICILY, Syracuse, Hieron II, 275-215 BC.40 viewsHieron II, 275-215 BC.Bronze. 7.50 g.
Diademed head of Poseidon left.
Ornamented trident head flanked by two dolphins.
SNG ANS cf. 964; Calciati II, 371, 194 Rl 14.
Provenance: P.A. Collection, Hess Divo Auction 310, Zurich 2008, lot n°41. Hess Divo Lugdunum 13 lot 1033
chance v
GREEK, Sicily, Syracuse, Hieron, c. 478 - 466 B.C.5 viewsSH86308. Silver tetradrachm, Boehringer Series X, 229 (V102/R155); HGC 2, 1306; Bement 451; Jameson 744; McClean 2611 (all from the same dies)., gVF, well centered, toned, obverse struck with a worn die, some marks and scratches, weight 17.105 g, maximum diameter 24.4 mm, die axis 270o, Syracuse mint, c. 478 - 475 B.C.; obverse slow quadriga driven right by male charioteer holding goad, Nike above flying right crowning horses; reverse ΣYP-AKO-ΣI-ON (beginning 3:30, 1st Σ reversed), head of Arethusa right, hair turned up behind under diadem of beads, wearing bead necklace, surrounded by four dolphins swimming clockwise; ex Numismatica Ars Classica auction 59 (4 Apr 2011), lot 1571Joe Sermarini
GREEK, Sicily, Syracuse, Hiketas II, 287-278 BC, AE 21 154 viewsWreathed head of Kore right; ΣYPA in right field. / Charioteer in biga galloping right, star above, ΠX in exergue.
SNG ANS 763 var. (torch symbol on obverse; X in exergue of reverse).
(21 mm, 9.41 g, 5h)
3 commentsLloyd T
GREEK, Sicily, Syracuse, Second Democracy, 466 - 405 B.C.3 viewsSH86210. Silver tetradrachm, Boehringer Series XVIIa, 586 (V291/R396); SNG ANS 189 (same dies); McClean 2670 (same); Pozzi 582 (same); HGC 2 1313, gVF, fine style, lightly toned, well centered, tight flan as always for the type, light bumps and marks, light porosity, slight die shift on reverse, pre-strike casting sprue remnant, weight 16.999 g, maximum diameter 26.1 mm, die axis 135o, Syracuse mint, c. 440 - 430 B.C.; obverse Charioteer driving quadriga right, Nike flying right above crowning horses, ketos right in exergue; reverse ΣYPAKOΣON, head of Arethusa right, hair bound with wide taenia, four dolphins swimming around; ex CNG auction 102 (18 May 2016), lot 143; ex Allan Smith M.D. Collection; ex CNG auction 81 (20 May 2009), lot 162; rare; $3000.00Joe Sermarini
GREEK, Sicily, Syracuse, Second Democracy, 466 - 405 B.C.2 viewsSH85694. Silver tetradrachm, Boehringer Series XXII, 672 (V338/R459); SNG ANS 222 (same dies); BMC Sicily, p. 162, 123 (same); Jameson 778 (same); Pozzi 586 (same); HGC 2 1320, VF, fine classical style, obverse die wear, bumps and scratches, somewhat ragged tight flan, weight 16.769 g, maximum diameter 26.7 mm, die axis 90o, Syracuse mint, c. 430 - 420 B.C.; obverse slow quadriga driven right by male charioteer holding kentron and reins, Nike above flying right crowning horses; reverse ΣYPAKOΣION, head of Arethusa right, earring, necklace, hair bound with taenia and wound four times around; four dolphins swimming aroundJoe Sermarini
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GREEK, SICILY, SYRACUSE, Timoleón104 viewsDatación: 344-339/8 aC. Tercera Democracia, Timoleón
Valor: Estátera
Catálogo: Calciati 2/1, Pegasi 2; SNG ANS 494
Conservación: MBC-
Metal: AG
Peso: 8,31 gr.
Diámetro: 20-21 mm.
Anverso: Atenea a derecha.
Reverso: Pegaso a izquierda
Notas: Retrato ligeramente descentrado de Atenea. Acuñación floja sobre Pegaso y piernas delanteras parcialmente fuera de flan.
1 commentsJuan B
GREEK, Sicily, Syracuse, Timoleon, 344 - 336 B.C.3 viewsGI83514. Bronze hemidrachm, Calciati II p. 168, 72 st3/7; SNG ANS 477 ff.; SNG Cop 727; HGC 2 1440 (S), VF, green patina, edges earthen encrusted, reverse double struck, weight 15.872 g, maximum diameter 24.4 mm, die axis 90o, Syracuse mint, c. 342 - 338 B.C.; obverse ZEYΣ EΛEYΘEPTOΣ, laureate head of Zeus Eleutherios right; reverse ΣYPAKOΣIΩN, thunderbolt, eagle on right standing right with wings closedJoe Sermarini
GREEK, SICILY, The Sileraioi, ca 357-336 BC. AE Litra132 viewsSICILY, The Sileraioi. ca 357-336 BC. AE Tetras over Æ Litra (Calciati II S. 86 N 41). SILERAIWN retrograde, forepart of a man-headed bull right / Naked Leukaspis charging right with spear & shield. Calciati III S. 301 Em. 2/9. Almost Extremely fine/Very Fine.

Tetras, 357 - 339, Überprägung einer Bronze-Litra Dionysios' I. (vgl. Calciati II S. 86 N 41). S-ILEPAIW-N(retrograd). Androkephaler Stier nach rechts. Rs: Nackter Krieger mit Schild und Speer nach rechts stürmend, im Feld SIL-A. Campana, CNAI "; Calciati III S. 301 Em. 2/9. 6,86g. Fast vorzüglich/sehr schön.

Ex. Lanz, Auction 153 (2011), Numismatiche Raritaeten, Los 0101

I've only seen a handful of these in records of the last ten years, and this is by far the best I've found.
2 commentsMolinari
GREEK, SICILY. Syracuse. Deinomenid Tyranny. 485-466 BC. AR Tetradrachm37 viewsSICILY. Syracuse. Deinomenid Tyranny. 485-466 BC. AR Tetradrachm (24mm - 17.08 g). Struck under Hieron I, circa 478-475 BC
Hoover 1307
1 commentsKarsten K
GREEK, Sikyonia, Sikyon, 330/20-280 BC, AR Triobol - BMC 112 var.183 viewsChimaera standing left; ΣI below. / Dove flying left; Δ above tail feathers.
BCD Peloponnesos 298 (this coin); BMC 112 var.; SNG Copenhagen 61 var. (ΔI on reverse) - very rare variant.
(15 mm, 2.99 g 7h)
ex-BCD Collection; LHS 96 (8 May 2006) Lot 298.
4 commentsLloyd T
GREEK, Sikyonia, Sikyon, c.300 BC71 viewsAR Hemidrachm. Sikyon ( Peloponessos ). 320-280 BC. 2,86 grs. 8h . Chimaera advancing left, right paw raised. ΣI below / Dove flying left.
BMC 119.
2 commentsbenito
GREEK, Syria, Antiochos VII Euergetes, AR Tetradrachm22 viewsTetradrachm 16,45g 30mm. Cappadocian mint 138-129BC.
SMA 298 Spaer 1872.
Karsten K
Greek, Taras, AR Obol 281-23523 viewsAR Obol 281-235 v. Chr.
weight 0,75gr. | silver Ø 10mm.
rev. Naked Phalanthos on dolphin left, holding kantharos and distaff,
AP-monogram right, MI-monogram below
BMC- | SNG.Copenhagen- | SNG.München 782 | Vlasto 1603
SNG.Paris 2179 | SNG.ANS.1534 R
very attractive coin with fine details
GREEK, Tarsos, Stater, 11.01 grams56 views2 commentsRichard T3
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GREEK, Thasos, AR Drachm, 430-390 BC115 viewsIsland of Thasos, cca. 430-390 B.C., AR Drachm
Obverse: Satyr abducting nymph
Reverse: Incuse square in dotted svastika pattern
3 commentsOptimus
GREEK, Thasos, c.411 - 350 BC. Silver Trihemiobol 125 viewsThasos, c.411 - 350 BC. Silver Trihemiobol. Satyr running rt. / Amphoraon,either side,ΘΑΣ on left, ΙΩΝ on right. 12mm in diameter,even you can see Satyr's collarbone~

1 commentsXLi
GREEK, Thasos, Tetradrachm159 viewsThasos: After 148BC
A: Dionysos. R: Herakles standing.

A pleasant example of a finer style. Multiple scratches and clear signs of circulation keeps it from the top dollar prize tag. Slight wave in the flan - a result of a broken reverse die. Die crack visible from A in the inscription to your right and to Herakles' upper arm to your left.

D=34 x 35.5 mm. W=16.75 grams. Dies at 12 o'clock.
4 commentsKjetilK
GREEK, Thessalian League Apollo Drachm69 views196-146 B.C.
4.15 gm, 18.5 mm
Obv: Laureate head of Apollo right, ΓAYANA (magistrate) behind
Rev: Athena Itonia standing right, with shield and about to hurl spear, ΘEΣΣA - ΛΩN to sides, bunch of grapes on vine right, Π-O / Λ-Y (magistrate) across lower fields
Sear 2234 var.; BMC Thessaly p.4, 36-37; (SNG Cop 300)
Greek, Thessaly, Larissa, (c.344-337 B.C.), AR-Trihemiobol, SNG Coop 134, ΛΑΡ-IΣ / AIΩN, Horseman galloping right, Rare !327 viewsThessaly, Larissa, (c.344-337 B.C.), AR-Trihemiobol, SNG Coop 134, ΛΑΡ-IΣ / AIΩN, Horseman galloping right, Rare !
avers: Head of the nymph Larissa facing, turned slightly to the left.
revers: ΛΑΡ-IΣ / AIΩN, Horseman - Thessalian cavalryman, wearing petasos and chlamys and holding staff, riding cantering horse to right.
exerg: -/-//--, diameter: 11,5-12,5 mm, weight: 1,36g, axes: 9 h,
mint: Thessaly, Larissa, date: 344-337 B.C., ref: SNG Copenhagen 134, Hermann Group VII, pl. VI, 1,
GREEK, Thessaly, Larissa, AR Drachm48 viewsLarissa, Thessaly. Silver drachm struck c.356-340 BC.
Obverse: Head of nymph Larissa 3/4 facing to the left.
Reverse: Horse grazing right, ΛAPIΣ AIΩN around.
1 commentsOptimus
GREEK, Thessaly, Larissa, AR Drachm circa 365-356 BC 18mm. 6.12g. 12h19 viewsHead of the nymph Larissa facing slightly left with hair in ampyx. Rev horse crouching left preparing to roll, plant below.Grant H
GREEK, Thessaly, Larissa, AR Drachm circa 380-365 BC 19mm 6.09g 11h22 viewsHead of the nymph Larissa facing slightly left,wearing ampys and necklace.Rev Mare standing right in background foal standing right.Grant H
GREEK, Thessaly, Larissa, AR Drachm circa 405-370 BC 19mm 5.75g 6h18 viewsHead of the nymph Larissa facing slightly right wearing ampyx and necklace. Rev horse grazing right on dotted ground line.Grant H
Greek, Thessaly, Scotussa, (360-344 B.C.), AE-20, SNG Cop 256, Bunch of grapes on vine branch, Rare!!!,395 viewsThessaly, Scotussa, (360-344 B.C.), AE-20, SNG Cop 256, Bunch of grapes on vine branch, Rare!!!,
avers: Head of nymph faceing.
revers: ΣΚΟΤΟΥΣΣΑΙ-ΩΝ, Bunch of grapes on vine branch.
exerg: -/-//--, diameter: 20-20,5mm, weight: 7,89g, axes:5 h,
mint: Thessaly, Scotussa, date: 360-344 B.C., ref: SNG Cop 256, Rogers 543,
3 commentsquadrans
Greek, Thessaly, Scotussa, (c.450-400 BC.), AR-Hemidrachm, SNG Cop 251, ΣΚΟ, Corn grain in husk, Rare!281 viewsThessaly, Scotussa, (c.450-400 BC.), AR-Hemidrachm, SNG Cop 251, ΣΚΟ, Corn grain in husk, Rare!
avers: Forepart of horse right.
revers: Corn grain in husk, ΣKO; all within incuse square.
exerg: -/-//--, diameter: 14-16,5 mm, weight: 2,80g, axes: 5h,
mint: Skotussa, Thessaly, date: 450-400 B.C., ref: SNG-Cop-251,
GREEK, Thrace, Abdera, Griffin Silver Obol, 480-465 B.C.85 views0.64 gm, 9 mm
Obv.: Griffin seated left, right foreleg raised
Rev.: Rough quadripartite incuse square
BMC 3, 14; Sear 1533; May 120; SNG Cop 312-314
GREEK, Thrace, Aigospotamoi, ca. 300 BC, Æ 20 101 viewsHead of Demeter left wearing stephane decorated with a laurel wreath and vine.
AIΓΟΣΠΟ Goat standing left, eight-rayed star beneath.
BMC Thrace, p. 187, 2 var. (star); SNG Copenhagen 850 var. (star).
(20 mm, 7.76 g, 12h).
Unique with the star symbol beneath goat and amongst the finest examples known of the single coinage emission from Aigospotamai.

Aigospotamoi (Goat Streams) is the site of two small rivulets flowing across a small plain from the hinterland of Gallipoli peninsula into the southwestern corner of the Sea of Marmara (the ancient Propontis) at its junction with the northern mouth of the Hellespont, a few kilometres to the northeast of the modern day township of Gallipoli (Gelibolu). In late summer of 405 BC it was the site of a naval engagement between the Peloponnesian and Athenian fleets. The Peloponnesian fleet lead by the brilliant Spartan general Lysander destroyed the Athenian fleet. The destruction of the Athenian navy at Aigospotamoi enabled the Peloponnesians to place a stranglehold on the Black Sea grain trade to Athens. The resultant starvation of the city brought to an end the 27 year long Peloponnesian War within six months.
5 commentsLloyd T
GREEK, Thrace, Byzantion AR Tetradrachm100 views(387-339 BC)
Obv.: Heifer standing left on dolphin; monogram above and under raised leg.
Rev.: Granular quadripartite incuse square.
Schönert-Geiss 688 (this coin); SNG BM Black Sea 4 var. (monogram).
From the Chris Connell Collection; Ex George Bauer Collection (Glendining's, 23 January 1963), lot 1010; Mathey Collection (Feuardent, 9 June 1913), lot 146.
GREEK, Thrace, Chersonesos AR Hemidrachm173 views(400-350 BC)
Obv.: Forepart of lion, head turned.
Rev.: Quadripartite incuse. Pellet / Crested helmet.
SNG Berry 502.
2 commentsMinos
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GREEK, Thrace, Chersonesos, AR Hemidrachm, 386-338 BC89 viewsObverse: Lion forepart, head to left
Reverse: Square, pellet and amphora in fields
1 commentsOptimus
GREEK, Thrace, Maroneia AR Tetradrachm132 viewsLate 2nd-mid 1st centuries B.C. AR Tetradrachm, 16.18g, 31mm, 12h. Schonert-Geiss-1150 (V51/R158); SNG-Copenhagen-; Dewing-1296 (same as obverse die). Obverse wreathed head of young Dionysos right. Reverse Dionysos standing half left, holding grapes and narthex stalks, monogram to inner left & right. DIONYSOU SOTEROS MARONITON. Near EF, minor die wear on reverse. Ex CNG 88(14 Sept. 2011) lot 52. Ex CNG 286 (5 Sept. 2012) lot 22.
Jason T
GREEK, Thrace, Mesembria, AR Diobol52 viewsObv. Crested Corinthian helmet facing.
Rev. Spiked wheel in which META.
SNG - ; BMC 268
1 commentsOptimus
GREEK, Thrace, Thasos AR Tetradrachm360 views(168/7-148 BC)
Obv.: Wreathed head of young Dionysos right.
Rev.: Herakles standing left, head left, holding club, lion skin draped over left arm; M to inner left.
Le Rider, Thasiennes 51; SNG Copenhagen 1039.
6 commentsMinos
GREEK, Thrace, Thasos, AR stater circa 500-480 BC 21mm 9.11 g45 viewsSatyr advancing facing right,carrying off protesting nymph.Rev Quadripartite incuse square.
Le Rider Thasiennes 2,HPM PL.X,3-5,HGC 6.331,SNG ASH 3643-50,SNG COP 1009,Asyut 104.
ex The New York sale Auc 32,lot 105 1-8-14
Grant H
GREEK, Thraco-Macedonian tribes, Bisaltae, Mosses, AR drachm, c.470 BC.30 viewsThraco-Macedonian Tribes, Bisaltae, AR Drachm. Mosses, circa 470 BC.
Obverse: Horse and horseman, wearing petasos and holding two spears, standing right.
Reverse: MO-Σ-Σ-E-Ω around quadripartite square; all within incuse square.
Topalov -; HPM pl. XI, 20 = Traité pl. XLVI, 21; SNG ANS 1016 (Paeonia); Raymond pl. VI, b. 3.73g, 14mm, 7h.
chance v
GREEK, Thraco-Macedonian Tribes, Moriaseis, Zeus / Six-rayed star, 185-168 B.C*148 viewsBronze Æ 19
5.89 gm, 19 mm
Obv.: Laureate head of Zeus right
Rev.: Six-rayed star; M-OP-IA-ΣE-Ω-N between rays
Katalog Münzauktion Essen 64 (1992) no. 47;
P.R. Franke, MOPIAΣEΩN - Die erste Münze eines bislang unbekannten thrakisch-makedonischen Stammes, in: V. Spinoi - L. Munteanu, Miscellanea numismatica antiquitatis in honorem septagenarii magistri Virgilii Mihailescu, Bucarest 2008, p. 67-68.

* One of two coins (same dies) known from this obscure tribe - see P.R. Franke's paper for additional details.
** The other known coin recently went to auction: Heidelberger Münzhandlung Auction 64 Lot 150
*** A third coin has surfaced: CNG eAuction 346 Lot 27
4 commentsJaimelai
GREEK, TROAS, Sigeion - Facing Athena and Owl - AE1290 viewsSigeion, Troas, c. 350 BC

Obv: Facing head of Athena in crested Athenian helmet
Rev: Owl standing right, head facing.
Diameter: 12.5 mm, Weight: 2.01 grams.
Cf. Sear 4145

former David Hendin (Amphora Coins)
5 commentsAnemicOak
GREEK, Troas, Thymbra, 350 B.C. 213 viewsBronze Æ 17
4.73 gm, 17 mm
Obv.: Bearded, laurate and horned head of Zeus Ammon left
Rev.: Eight-rayed star with inscription Θ-Y between rays, HP monogram below
Sear 4147; BMC Troas p. 89, 4
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GREEK, Zeugitania, Carthage, Tetradrachm128 viewsCarthage
350-325 BC
Sear 643.
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IBERIA, Belikio. Circa 100-70 BC. Æ Unit 197 viewsIBERIA, Belikio. Circa 100-70 BC. Æ Unit ( 22 mm ,10.39 gm). Bearded male head
right; letter behind / Horseman right, carrying lance. Villaronga page. 214,
ACIP 1433; CNH 4; SNG BM Spain 763-70. , mottled green-red patina.
An exceptional fine example of this struck issue ,well centered on a pleasant flan.

From The Sam Mansourati Collection
4 commentsSam
IBERIA, Castulo, AE quarter unit52 viewslate 2nd century BC
diademed head right
boar right, star (comet)* above
Villaronga p. 337, 50; SNG BM Spain 1358

* In 135 BC bright comet appeared and star symbol has appeared on many coins through mediterranean since then.
IBERIA, Cese (Tarraco) As49 viewsDate: 120-30 BC
Mint: Tarraco
Obverse: Male head at right, below "BE" sign.
Reverse: Horseman at right. CESSE
1 commentsXulodue
INDIA, Assam-Mohur59 viewsAssam, Rajesvara Simha, Gold Mohur, 11.39g, Saka Year 1678, AD 1756

The inscription on the Mohur is in Sanskrit written in the Bengali script, as below:

Obv: Within dotted border "Sri Sri Swargdeo Sri Rajeshwara Simha Nripsya Sake 1678" (God of Heaven, King Rajesvara Simha, Saka Year 1678), a small lion facing left featured below.

Rev: Within dotted border "Sri Sri Har Gouri Charna Kamala Makarand Madhukarysa" (A bee on the nectar of the lotus on the feet of Goddess Gouri or Gauri i.e. Goddess Parvati).

Popular legend has it that the Ahom Kingdom was eight sided hence the rulers of Assam minted their coins in Octagonal shape. The rulers had both an Ahom name (Surem Phaa) as well as a Hindu name (Rajesvara Simha) and dated their coins in SE (Saka Era). The coins of Assam bore legends in Ahom, Bengali, Devanagari and Persian.

Most unusual coin with its unique shape unlike any other coins minted during that period in India. It also represents indigenous skill and craftmanship as well as an independent streak devoid of the Muslim (Sultanate, Mughal) and British influence.
INDIA, Eastern Chalukyas59 viewsEastern Chalukyas, Nagas of Chakrakota, Someshvaradeva Rajyabhushana, Gold Gadyanaka, 3.65g, 39 mm, 1069-1108 AD

Obv: Central punch of a tiger and a calf with the sun and moon symbol behind

Around: Eight individual punches in Kannada script reading, circular from 8 'o'clock, "Sri", "Sri", "A", "NA", "NA", "SI", "GA", "MA" meaning 'Anana Si(n)gama' (As brave or fierce as a Lion), an honorary epithet for the King acknowledging his strength and prowress.
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INDIA, Gupta Empire - Samudragupta61 viewsGupta Empire, Samudragupta, Gold Dinar, 7.9g, Standard or Sceptre Type

Obv: King, nimbate and wearing fine ornaments, standing facing left and sacrificing at fire altar, holding the royal sceptre (rājadanda) in left hand, Garuda-dhwajja (standard) to the left, Brāhmī legend under left arm: Sa-mu-dra, circular sanskrit legend in Upagati metre inscribed in Brāhmī script around /Samarashatavitatavijayo Jitaripur Ajito Divam Jayati meaning (the emperor) who conquered all his enemies scoring victories in numerous battles wins heaven (thru his good deeds).

Rev: Lakshmi enthroned facing, holding cornucopia and diadem, both feet resting on a dotted cushion, tamgha to left and Brāhmī legend at right: Parākramah (Valour)

The Gupta period is considered the "Golden Age" of classical India. This was a time when great universities flourished in Nalanda and Taxila, and great writers such as the playwright Kalidasa and great scientists such as the mathematician and astronomer Aryabhatta, who is credited with the concept of zero among his many achievements, helped create an atmosphere of tremendous creative impulse. Gupta art is regarded as the high point of classical Indian art, and the coinage is equally regarded as among the most beautiful of ancient India.

Samudra Gupta was a prolific coin issuer and issued seven different types of Gold coins viz. the standard type, archer type, the battle axe (Parashu) type, tiger slayer type, Ashwamedha type, the King-Queen type and the ‘Lyrist’ (Veena player) type. While the archer, battle axe and tiger slayer type's showcase his martial achievements, unique amongst Indian Numismatics (and perhaps the World) is the Lyrist type that exhibits his softer and gentler side.

The standard type coin of Samudragupta is undoubtedly one of the first Gupta coins as it shows a close similarity to the 'standing-king-offering-sacrifice-at-fire-altar' type Kushan coins. The Gold coin of the Kushan ruler, Shaka, might be the actual prototype, as he was mentioned in Samudragupta's Allahabad inscription and must have been his contemporary.
India, Gupta Empire, Chandragupta II, Gold Dinar, Archer Type69 viewsGupta Empire, Chandragupta II Vikramaditya, Gold Dinar, 7.75g, Archer type

The above coin of Chandragupta II Vikramaditya is a celebration of the exquisite and sublime skills of the artist who designed the die for this coin which demonstrates why the Gupta Age is called the golden period of Indian history. This time period saw all round development in science, astronomy, poetry, sculptor, metallurgy etc and coinage was no different with original coins bearing Indian motifs introduced by the Guptas.

The above coin is more of a tribute to the skills and artistry of the die engraver than the image that the coin itself bears. In the above coin, the die cutter has managed to achieve the following objectives simultaneously:

1. The features of the King is portrayed as extremely youthful. 'Chir-Yauvana' or Eternal Youth is an elixir that mankind, and more so the Ruler, has sought since time immemorial. This coin shows how the die cutter wishes the King to be remembered amongst his subjects and for posterity as a handsome youthful King.

2. The body of the King is lithe, supple, muscular and well proportioned. This complements and brings out the relative youthfulness of the King. I can almost visualize the thoughts running in the die engravers mind as he thinks of the message to be conveyed by this coin 'Hail the King, Glory be to Him, our benevolent King, our Protector, the Strong and Valiant Chandragupta'.

3. The King exudes an aura of energy, vigour and vitality even as he stands in the 'dvibhanga' pose (head and torso inclined to the right with lower limbs in opposite direction, a common feature applied in Indian sculptor and classical dance, especially Odissi). The King appears calm, composed and serene. This is a delicate balance that has admirably been achieved by the die cutter. You can actually sense the King trying to communicate with you and about to step out of the coin to hold your hand and draw you back into time.

4. The King holding a Bow in his left arm while drawing an Arrow from his right hand only accentuates the powerful image of the King as a young, energetic warrior who is well disposed and endowed with the bodily strength to overcome his enemies and detractors. Symbolically, the bow and arrow represent the female and male energy as also love and death-wish, respectively. It is well acknowledged that a person has manifestations of both the feminine and masculine aspects that reveal themselves interchangeably. The soft features of the King together with his slender frame accentuates the feminine aspect while the weapons of war amplifies his masculinity. The die engraver has blended these two concepts perfectly.

5. The swaying 'mudra' or pose of the standing King is a feature of Gupta coins to reflect the King as divine and higher than a mere mortal as a man's body is imperfect being straight, rigid and stiff. The graceful sway is achieved by giving a curve or twist at the neck (head) and waist (out thrust hips), the Dvibhanga pose, or the neck, waist and knee, the Tribhanga pose. This is done to reflect that the King's body is aligned alike to the statues of the Gods and Goddesses at the temple with which the common man can more closely associate the King's divinity. The die cutter has achieved this admirably.

6. Similarly, the image of the Goddess on the Reverse is slim and sensual without being erotic. The Goddess holds a flower by a short stalk in her upraised left arm, a 'pasa' or noose in her right hand and sits in the yogic 'Padmasana' posture atop a Lotus. It must be remembered that these symbols on the coin are a depiction of the iconographic manifestation of the ancient Hindu philosophy. The Lotus flower blooms amidst the muck and filth of muddy swamps and marshes and symbolizes man's ability to rise, similar to the Lotus flower, from the dark depths of ignorance and gain happiness with the beauty and radiance of spiritual knowledge. The open flowers of the Lotus that blossoms and spreads out signifies the Sun, an essential life nourishing source as well as the light that destroys ignorance and illuminates wisdom. The 'pasa' (noose or lasso) signifies an attachment to worldly matters as well as the capability of the God to capture evil and (blind) ignorance.

Its a pity we do not have any details of the die engravers name in the historical records but given the finesse and fine style achieved in executing the portrayal of the King on the coin, I am certain he must have been a person held in high esteem for his die engraving skills. Perhaps he may even have been the same person who was also the chief architect of the fabulous temples built during the reign of Gupta Kings.

All in all, this is a great masterpiece of the Gupta miniature art on a Gold Coin of Chandragupta II Vikramaditya. It is my all time favourite coin simply because of the beautiful rendition of the Kings feature, body, posture and message it seeks to convey.
2 commentsmitresh
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INDIA, Gupta Empire, Kumaragupta I (414 - 455 AD), AR Drachm75 views12mm, 2.2 grams
obv: Bust of king, right
rev: Formalized Garuda standing facing with spread wings. In Brahmi:'Parama-bhagavata rajahiraja Sri Kumaragupta Mahendraditya'.

From the dealer's description/background:
"The early Gupta drachmas were derived from the earlier coins of Kshatrapas (obverse was practically unchanged, while the mountain on reverse was replaced with the image of Garuda)."

"The origins of the Guptas are shrouded in obscurity. The Chinese traveller I-tsing provides the first evidence of the Gupta kingdom in Magadha. He came to India in 672 CE and heard of 'Maharaja Sri-Gupta' who built a temple for Chinese pilgrims near Mrigasikhavana. I-tsing gives the date for this event merely as '500 years before'. This does not match with other sources and hence we can assume that I-tsing's computation was a mere guess.

The most likely date for the reign of Sri-Gupta is c. 240-280 CE His successor Ghatotkacha ruled probably from c. 280-319 CE In contrast to his successor"
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INDIA, Kushan Empire, Kanishka I (c.A.D.127-152), AE Drachm60 views16mm, 2.9 grams.
obv: King standing left beside altar, holding trident. Bactrian legend. Control mark in left field
rev: Shiva standing left, holding trident, monogram in the left field.
Mitchiner ACW 3168; Gobl Kushan 813.

Note: Kanishka was a king of the Kushan Empire in South Asia, in the 2nd century of the common era, famous for his military, political, and spiritual achievements. His capital was in the modern city of Peshawar in Pakistan. A patron of Buddhism, he built many Buddhist monuments, helped found the Gandharan school of sculpture, and encouraged the spread of Buddhism to central Asia.
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INDIA, Kushan Empire, Kanishka I (c.A.D.127-152), AE Drachm59 views18mm, 4.2 grams.
obv: King standing left beside altar, holding trident. Bactrian legend. Control mark in left field
rev: Goddess Mao (Moon God in Persian mythology), tamgha, monogram in the left field.
Mitchiner ACW 3161

Note: Kanishka was a king of the Kushan Empire in South Asia, in the 2nd century of the common era, famous for his military, political, and spiritual achievements. His capital was in the modern city of Peshawar in Pakistan. A patron of Buddhism, he built many Buddhist monuments, helped found the Gandharan school of sculpture, and encouraged the spread of Buddhism to central Asia.
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INDIA, Kushan Empire, Soter Megas (Vima Takto), AE Tetradrachm, c.A.D.80 - 100.92 viewsSoter Megas (Vima Takto) AE Tetradrachm, 80-100 AD.
Obv: No legend, radiate, diademed, and draped bust right, holding scepter, three-pronged tamgha behind.
Rev: BASILEVC BASILEWN CWTHR MEGAC, King riding right on horseback, holding sceptre; three-pronged symbol of Soter Megas to right.
Senior B17.
2 commentsJericho
INDIA, Kushan-Huviska-MIIPO56 viewsIndia, Kushan Empire, Huviska, ca 152-192 AD, Gold Dinar, 8.02g, MIIPO (Mithra) or Sun God type

Obv: King's bust left emerging from clouds, nimbate, holding sceptre and mace, wearing ornamental conical pointed cap, circular Bactrian legend around: þao nano þao oohþki Koþano (King of Kings, Huvishka the Kushan).

Rev: Mithra standing facing left, radiate, left hand at hip holding sword and granting blessing, Legend at right: MIIPO, Kanishka tamgha at left below right arm.

Very Rare and Unpublished: see Göbl 281 for obverse, Göbl 137.1 for reverse.

Exceptionally fine style, perfectly centred on a large flan, mint state with lustre. Note the King’s fine facial features, clothes and ornaments.
INDIA, Kushan-Huviska-oHpO128 viewsKushan Empire, Huvishka, Gold Dinar, 21 mm, 7.80g, OhPo (Oesho) or Shiva type (with 4-arms)

Obv: Bearded King's bust emerging from clouds holding a short mace/goad in right hand and a sceptre/sword in left hand, flames coming out from the right shoulder. The King is wearing beautiful clothes and ornaments but the overall look of the King, bearded and with heavy jowl, is nomadic, barbaric and fierce. If the desire was to convey an image of a fierce and uncompromising warrior, then the same has been communicated very well by the die engraver. The King rising from the clouds and with flames coming out from shoulders indicate the King's claim to divinity.

Rev: 4-arm Shiva, nimbate and wearing a 'dhoti' (Indian loin cloth), holding in various arms, Damru or the celestial drum (upper right), Kamandla or water-pot with water pouring forth (lower right), Trishul or trident (upper left) and a Mrig or antelope held by its horns (lower left). The kamandla with water pouring forth symbolizes the blessing of the God on the King's investiture featured on the Obv while the Mrig held by its horns symbolizes the control of (an ascetic) Shiva over sensory perceptions, desires etc of which a fast moving and easily agitated deer/antelope is a symbol. Shiva is also known by various other names with the most popular ones being "Maha Yogi" (Great Ascetic) where Shiva is shown with matted hair and ash smeared over body sitting in "Padmasana" (Padma - Lotus, Asana - yogic posture). He is also termed as "Pashupatinath" (Lord of Animals or Wild Beasts) where the reference to animals/wild beasts is to the wild passions/desires etc that leads mere mortals astray but over which Shiva has mastery and full control. Shiva is also called "Mahadeva" (The Great God), "Mahakaal" (The Great (controller of) Death, Destruction or Time, a reference to Shiva's ability to destroy (evil/ignorance) for new creation and creativity), "Neelkanth" (Blue Throated Lord, a reference to Shiva's selfless act of consuming poison generated from the churning of the ocean to elicit the elixir of life that the Gods drank to become immortal), "Rudra" (Fierce, Mighty, Terrifying etc, a reference to Shiva's ability to eliminate evil and usher peace), etc.

A very fine piece of art in which the swaying 'rudraksha mala' (garland) around the neck of Shiva conveys the necessary vigour and motion together with the other objects shown in the iconography viz vibrating drum, pouring water etc. The facial features of both the King and the Deity complement each other symbolizing common association with the King claiming his right to rule as a "Dev-putra" (Son of God) with the blessing of the God. A powerful iconographic symbol.
2 commentsmitresh
INDIA, Kushan-Kanishka-MIIPO57 viewsKushan, Kanishka I, Gold Dinar, 7.96g, 20mm, MIIPO (Mithra) or Sun God type

Obv: Kanishka standing, wearing a flat cap, clad in heavy Kushan coat and long boots, sword at waist, flames emanating from shoulders, holding standard in his left hand, and making a sacrifice over an altar with right hand holding what looks like a shortened elephant goad. Kushan-language legend in Greek script (with the addition of the Kushan Ϸ "sh" letter): ϷΑΟ ΝΑΝΟ ϷΑΟ ΚΑΝΗϷΚΙ ΚΟϷΑΝΟ ("Shao nano shao Kanishki Koshano"):"King of Kings, Kanishka the Kushan". The legend starts circular from the left at 7 'o' clock (near the kings right feet), breaks at 12 'o' clock and continues at 1 'o' clock ending at the kings left feet at 5 'o' clock.

Rev: Deity MIIPO ie Mithra, radiate and nimbate, holding club in left hand with right hand extended, and wearing a thin transparent gown, kushan tamgha to the left, all within a circular dotted border. Mithra (or Mithras) is the Zoroastrian divinity (yazata) of covenant and oath. In addition to being the divinity of contracts, Mithra is also a judicial figure, an all-seeing protector of Truth, and the guardian of cattle, the harvest and of The Waters. Also associated with Sun God.
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INDIA, KushanEmpire, Vima Kadphises, AE26113 viewsKushans, Vima Kadphises, c. AD 110-120, Large AE Octodrachm (16.54gm), Kapisa.

O: Greek inscription. King standing l., sacrificing at altar; trident. tamgha and club in field.
R: Karosthi inscription. Siva stg. facing in front of bull.
Cf. MACW 3008+.
India, Medieval Hindu Kingdom, ca. 10-12 Century AD, Gold Fanam42 viewsMedieval Hindu Kingdom, Shilaharas of Karad, 1050-1212 AD, Gold Fanam, 0.41g, U-shape, "Running Garuda" typemitresh
INDIA, Satavahana Empire, Silver Drachm69 viewsAncient India, Satavahana Empire, Vasithiputa Shiva Sri Pulumavi, 102-130 AD, Silver Drachm, 2.39g

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INDIA, South India, "Octopus Man" Stater, Cholas, Raja Raja I81 viewsobv: Raja Raja standing
rev: God seated
Struck 985-1016 A.D.
India, Western Satraps, Rudrasena, AR Drachm125 viewsobv: Head of Rudrasena right, with his titles around and the date marks for Year 190 behind.
rev: Sacred mountain, with more of his titles around.
Struck Year-190 (AD 268)
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India, Western Satraps, Rudrasena, AR Drachm71 viewsobv: Head of Rudrasena right, with his titles around and the date marks for Year 178 behind.
rev: Sacred mountain, with more of his titles around.
Struck Year-178 (256 A.D.)
INDIA, Yadavas of Devagiri-Mahadeva-Padmatanka47 viewsYadavas of Devagiri, Mahadeva, Gold Padmatanka, 4 punches, 3.74g

Central punch of an eight-petalled Lotus flower, hence called Padma Tanka, with additional 4-punches around commencing from 12 'O' clock, "Mahadeva" (in Nagari script, with a spear below the name), "Sri", "Conch" and "Sri".

The central punch on the 'Padmatanka' coins represents a Lotus flower (Padma = Lotus, Tanka = Stamp or Punch) with its 8 outstretched petals representing "Asthlakshmi" or the eight primary forms of the Goddess Lakshmi viz. Adi (One with Supreme), Dhanya (Harvest), Dhairya (Inner Strength and Patience), Gaja (Elephant - wisdom), Santan (Child), Vijay (Victory), Dhana (Wealth) and Vidya (Knowledge). "Sri" is both an honorary epithet used before a name, especially that of a ruler, as well as refers to Laxmi, Goddess of Wealth. The "conch" symbol is usually associated with the God Vishnu, of whom Laxmi is the consort. By placing his name alongside the various attributes/symbols of the Gods, the King is invoking a symbolic parallelism of his right to rule with the blessings of the Gods as the King's name "Mahadeva" translates as 'The Great God or Lord".
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India, Yaudheya Republic, Rohtak mint, c. 3rd Century AD105 views24mm. 11.38 gm
obv: Brahmi Yaudheya Ganasya Jaya. Karttikeys standing facing, holding scepter; peacock at right. Word Dvi ("two") added at end of legend.
rev: Female goddess standing left with hand on hip; lotus and nandipada in field.
Struck 3rd Century A.D. at Rohtak mint
MACW 4711-4715

From the dealer's description: As Kushan influence waned in the Ganges Valley, the Yaudheyas and other local/ tribal entities established their own states. The Yaudheya Republic was centered on Rohtak, northwest of Delhi. By the mid-3rd century, the Yaudheyas controlled and extensive territory served by three parallel issues of coinage, likely corresponding to three administrative areas. The present coin is designated "two".

ISLAMIC, Akbar, Gold, Mohur, Dar-us-Sultanate Ahmedabad Mint, AH 982.136 viewsAkbar, Gold, Mohur, Dar-us-Sultanate Ahmedabad Mint, AH 982.Girish sharma
ISLAMIC, Delhi Sultanate, Muhammed Bin Tughlaq, AV Dinar38 viewsDelhi Sultanate, Muhammad Bin Tughlaq, 1325-51 AD, Gold Heavy Dinar, 24mm, 12.8g, AH 726 / 1326 AD, Hazrat Delhi mint

References: Rajgor; T1206, Goron and Goenka; D343

Legend Description & Translation
Obverse: 'al-wathiq bi-ta'yid al-rahman muhammad shah al-sultan' (invocation in the name of the Abbassid Caliph Al-Wathiq (Ibn Mutasim) together with the name of Mohd Shah (Tughlaq) and his title (Sultan).

Reverse: Within inner circle: 'ashhad an la illah illa allah wa ashhad an muhammad 'abdahu wa rasuluhu' (invocation of the Islamic faith - Kalima/Shahada - stating 'there is no God other than Allah and Muhammad is His Messenger').

Reverse: around outer margin: 'darb hazah al-dinar ba-hadrat Dehli sanh sitta wa ashrin wa sab'amayah' (this coin of the denomination dinar was struck in Venerable Delhi in the Year 726).

Mohammad bin Tughlaq was formally crowned in AH 725 (1325 AD), when his father (Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq, founder of the Tughlaq dynasty) met an accidental death in which Muhammad was implicated. Muhammad Bin Tughlaq is best remembered as a ruler who undertook a number of bold experiments, including coinage, and many administrative reforms that mostly failed due to his impatience and lack of judgement earning him the moniker of a 'wise fool' and an entry in the Urdu language dictionary where the word 'Tughlaqi' is immortalized as meaning 'eccentricity'. The famous Arab traveller from Morocco, Ibn Batuta, spent the maximum years of his travel in the court of Muhammad Bin Tughlaq as a 'Qazi' (Islamic Judge) from 1334-1343 AD ie 10 years, and documented his experience in his book 'Rahla' (The Journey).

Soon after his accession in 1325 AD, Muhammad experimented first with the weightage of the coins. The large influx of gold from his plunder of the South Indian campaign led him to increase the weight of the gold dinar from the standard of 172 grains (11g) to 202 grains (13g), however, due to the ensuing confusion between the weight differential of the standard vs heavy weight series, lack of popularity and acceptance among his subjects, the heavy weight series was soon withdrawn after 3 years.

The weight of these heavy series coins range from 12.7 to 13.0 grams and only 2 mints are known - Dehli and Shahr Sultanpur in Telangana (Deccan). The known dates for these coins is AH 725, 726 & 727 corresponding to the first 3 years of his reign ie 1325-27 AD. The featured coin is dated AH 726.

This coin type is indicated as the most rare of all Mohd Bin Tughlaq coins by Goron. Certainly, the calligraphy style is beautiful and the strike is full, bold and sharp with complete die impressions on both Obv & Rev. A lovely specimen of a remarkable but troubled ruler!
ISLAMIC, Delhi Sultanate, Muhammed Bin Tughlaq, AV Dinar52 viewsDelhi Sultanate, Muhammed Bin Tughlaq, 1325-51 AD, Gold Tanka, 11.04g, Hadrat Dehli, dated AH 734 / 1334 AD, fi-ahd type, GG D-347


within a circle: wa allah / al-ghani wa antum / al-fuqara
“and God is the rich one and ye are the poor”
Sura 47, v. 38 (in part)


within circle: fi ‘ahd / muhammad ibn / tughluq
“in the time of Muhammad bin Tughluq"

bi-hadrat dehli sana ar'ba wa thalathin wa sab‘mi’a
“in Venerable Dehli the year four and thirty and seven hundred”
ISLAMIC, Delhi Sultanate, Muhammed Bin Tughlaq, AV Dinar47 viewsDelhi Sultanate, Muhammed bin Tughlaq, Gold Tanka, 10.99g, AH 734, mintless, "fi-zaman al-sa'id al-shahid tughlaq" type, GG D-345

within a multiple ornate pentagon border of arches and pelleted dots within arches:
duriba fi-zaman al-'abd al-raji rahmat allah muhammad bin (tughlaq)
"struck in the time of the servant hoping for the mercy of Allah Muhammad bin (Tughlaq)"

al-sultan al- sa'id al-shahid tughlaq shah sana ar'ba wa thalathin wa sab‘mi’a
“The Sultan The Fortunate The Testifier Tughlaq Shah (struck this coin in) the year four and thirty and seven hundred”
ISLAMIC, Delhi Sultanate, Muhammed Bin Tughlaq, AV Dinar64 viewsDelhi Sultanate, Muhammed Bin Tughlaq, AV Dinar, 10.9g, In the name of Caliph al-Mustakfi, Daulatabad mint, AH 745 / 1345 AD, Ref: GG D-425

Obv: fi zaman al-imam al-mustakfi billah amir al-mu'minin abu' rabi sulaiman khallada allah khilafatahu
(In the time/reign of the Caliph al-Mustakfi billah, Commander of the Faithful, Father of the Victorious, May God Perpetuate his Kingdom)

Rev: duriba hadha al-dinar al-khalifati fi daulatabad shahr sana kham'sa wa arba'oun wa sa'bamia
(was struck this Dinar of the Caliphate in the city of Daulatabad in the year five and forty and seven hundred)

The coins Muhammad Bin Tughlaq (MBT) struck in the name of Abbasid caliphs of Egypt instead of his own name are called the Khilafat or Caliphate issues. Just as the Prophet is the viceregent of God and the Caliph is the viceregent of the Prophet, the monarch is viceregent of the Caliph. No Muslim king could hold the title of Sultan unless there be a covenant between him and the Caliph. The recognition of the supremacy of the Caliph was therefore paramount.

In AH 740 / 1339 AD ie the later part of his rule, MBTs reign was faltering with the Delhi Sultanate facing multiple rebellions across the country. In the south, MBT had lost control of the Deccan with both Vijayanagar Kingdom and Bahamani Sultanate established independent of Delhi Sultanate's control. Besides loss of territory and the fragmentation of the Sultanate, MBT was also struck with doubt about the legitimacy of his reign. MBT therefore sought out the whereabouts of the Caliph and did not rest content until he had made the discovery of the presence of the Abbasid Caliph Al-Mustakfi in exile at Cairo, and applied to him for royal investiture. However, unknown to MBT, the Caliph al-Mustakfi had died in that very same year ie AH 740. Meanwhile, anticipating such investiture and to reflect his subservience to the Caliph, MBT struck Gold Dinars in the name of Caliph al-Mustakfi Billah in AH 741. Four years after Caliph al-Mustakfi's death, when the new Caliph al-Hakim II’s envoy reached MBT conveying him with the Caliphal edict, robe of honour and conferring him the title of nasir amir al-mu'minin, MBT at once struck coins in the name of al-Hakim.

MBTs religious devotion to the Caliph and emotional behaviour towards the Caliph's envoys were so ludicurous as to call forth a contemptuous comment from the contemporary chronicler Ziyauddin Barani. So great was the faith of the Sultan in the Abbasid Khalifas, says he, that he would have sent all his treasures in Delhi to Egypt, had it not been for the fear of robbers. But the Sultan must have sent a substantial amount, because when Ghiyasuddin, who was only a descendant of the extinct Caliphal house of Baghdad, visited India, Muhammad's bounty knew no bounds. He gave him a million tanka's (400,000 dinars), the fief of Kanauj, and the fort of Siri, besides such valuable articles as gold and silver wares, pages and slave girls. One thousand dinars were given for head-wash, a bath-tub of gold, and three robes on which in place of knots or buttons there were pearls as large as big hazel nuts. If this was given to a scion of a house which had become defunct, how much more was sent to the living Caliph at Cairo can only be surmised.

As can be expected on Caliphate issues, great care and attention was taken in the style and design of these coins as these reflected the high reverence, esteem and devotion of MBT towards the Caliph. The calligraphy on the coin is exquisite and breath takingly beautiful. The date on the coin (AH 745) indicates this was the last year when Gold Dinar's were struck in the name of Caliph al-Mustakfi Billah as soon thereafter, following the arrival of Caliph's envoy and confirmation of death of Caliph al-Mustakfi, coins were struck in the name of the new Caliph, al-Hakim. Although the coin legend states the coin as a dinar, the weight standard is that of a tanka. The Gold Dinar's in the name of Caliph al-Mustakfi Billah were struck from only 2 mints - Daulatabad and Dehli, with Daulatabad issue classified as Rare by Goron & Goenka.
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ISLAMIC, Egypt, dinar, year 422 h.308 viewsDinar. Egypte year 422 h.
wt. 4.08 gms d. 20 mm
inner marginal insc.: second part of Shi'a Kalima
middle marginal insc.: initial statement of Kalima
outer marginal insc.: Quran 9:33
inner and middle marginal insc.: A Kaliph's names and titles
outer margial insc.: mint name and date.
This is an example of the "three circle" style, the second coinage type of al-Zahir (562-575 h)
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ISLAMIC, Fatimids, Caliph al-Mustansir Billah, AV Dinar, Misr (Cairo) mint52 viewsFatimids, Caliph al-Mustansir Billah, Gold Dinar, 21mm, 4.12 g, Misr (Cairo) mint, dated AH 472 (AD 1079 / 1080)

The featured specimen is a lovely example and the most distinctive of the "bulls-eye" type coinage introduced by the Fatimid's. It is visually very striking and immediately grabs attention with its unusual legend arrangement and calligraphy. This coin is of the type first used by al-Mustansir Billah's great-great grandfather, al-Mu‘izz.



Inner circle
la ilah illa allah muhammad rasul allah
“no god but God, Muhammad is the messenger of God”

Middle circle
wa ‘ali afdal al-wasiyyin wa wazir khayr al-mursilin
“and ‘Ali is the most excellent of the caretakers and the vizier of the best of the messengers”

Outer circle
muhammad rasul allah arsalahu bi’l-huda wa din al-haqq li-yuzhirahu ‘ala al-din kullihi wa law kariha al-mushrikun
“Muhammad is the messenger of God who sent him with guidance and the religion of truth that he might make it supreme over all other religions, even though the polytheists detest it” Sura 9 (al-Tawba) v. 33


Inner circle
al-mustansir billah amir al-mu’minin
“al-Mustansir billah, Commander of the Faithful”

Middle circle
da’a al-imam ma’add li-tawhid illa lahu al-samad
“the Imam Ma‘add summons all to confess the unity of God the eternal”.

Outer circle
bism allah duriba hadha’l-dinar bi-misr sana ith'nain‘ wa sab'ain wa arba‘mi’a
“in the name of God, this dinar was struck in Misr the year two and seventy and four hundred”

Al-Mustansir’s sixty-year reign was one of the longest in the history of Islam. He was only seven years old at the time of his accession, but was led by his wazir Abu’l-Qasim al-Jarjara‘i until he was old enough to rule on his own.

During his reign new dynasties emerged, while others either disappeared from the scene or shifted their alliances. The Zirids in the Maghrib, for so long allies of the Fatimids, transferred their allegiance to the Abbasid caliph in Baghdad.

In 447 H (1055 AD) the Saljuq dynasty of Iran and Iraq took the place of the Buyids, who, in 334 (946), had brought an end to the Abbasids’ temporal power. For a short time the Fatimids took advantage of this situation.

Ever since their arrival in Egypt in 358 (969) they had coveted the city of Baghdad, and in 450 (1058) a Saljuq military officer by the name of al-Basasiri took up the Fatimid cause.

Using money and supplies provided by al-Mustansir, he marched into Baghdad while the Saljuq leader Tughril Beg was away, and had the khutba (the imam’s speech before Friday prayer) read and coins struck in al-Mustansir’s name.

This proved to be a brief adventure, for the next year al-Mustansir withdrew his financial support, and an angry Tughril Beg drove al-Basasiri out of Baghdad. When his successor Alp Arslan occupied Aleppo in 473 (1080) he caused the Fatimid caliph’s name to be omitted from the khutba in the holy cities of Mecca and Medina.

While there were internal disturbances and frequent wars throughout al-Mustansir’s long reign, Fatimid Egypt was well administered and prosperous, thanks to rich revenues and gold from Africa. Industry and agriculture thrived, and it was a time of intellectual, literary and artistic brilliance. It was then that the first university was established in the Muslim world, al-Ahzar, which is still active today.
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ISLAMIC, Glass coin weight406 viewsGlass coin weight.

Glass weights were used, primarily, as weight standards against which a quantity of struck gold [dinars] and silver [dirhams] and sometimes copper [fals, fulus (pl.)] were weighed since the weights of the individual coins varied significantly more than those of the glass weights. In addition, glass weights from the Umayyad and early 'Abbasid periods often included extensive data such as the name of a governor, his financial officer and the intended weight
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ISLAMIC, India, Awadh State81 viewsAWADH State NAJIMABAD 11.0 GRMAS GOLD MUHAR Girish sharma
ISLAMIC, India, Mughals, Jahangir50 viewsIndia / Mughal Empire. Jahangir, AH 1014-1037 / AD 1605-1627. Rupee, AH 1025 / AD 1616; RY 10; month Isfandarmuz. Agra. Lane-Poole 441 (similar). KM 147.1. Zeno 49303. Silver. Square, 20mm × 20mm, 11.04 grams.

Obverse: Shah Nur-ud-din Jahangir, ibn Shah Akbar.

Reverse: "mah-i isfandarmuz-i ilahi / zarb agra / sanat 10 / 1025" (the month of Isfandarmuz of the ilahi month, struck Agra year 10, 1025).

Prince Salim's accession to the Mughal throne occured in 1605 AD following the death of his father, Jalal-ud-din Muhammad Akbar. Prince Salim chose the titular name of Nur-ud-din Muhammad Jahangir and ruled in a fair and just manner. Jahangir was born amidst luxury and opulence and he was a refined, educated and cultured man. He excelled in astronomy, zoology, painting etc and was liberal and tolerant towards other religions. As a prince, he was known for his affair with Anarkali, a courtesan, who, as rumoured, was buried alive by an incensed Akbar. Later Jahangir married a Persian widow, Nur Jahan, who became his favorite wife and a capable administrator as in the last few years of his reign Jahangir's mental and physical health deteriorated under the influence of alcohol and opium. Jahangir died in 1627 AD.

Under Jahangir, numismatics reached its greatest zenith. Jahangir minted some of the best known coins of the world including the largest gold coin ever minted, a 1,000 Tola (12 Kg) gold mohur, zodiac coins in gold and silver, portrait coins of himself and Akbar, and coins featuring poetic couplets. Some of these innovations were radical and defied the Islamic tradition viz zodiac & portrait coins. Shah Jahan, Jahangir's son and successor, ordered death penalty for anyone found using the zodiac coin series (consider as un-Islamic) as well as coins bearing the name of his step-mother, Nur Jahan, as she had undue influence over Jahangir and had interfered in Shah Jahan's accession, that makes them a great rarity today. No wonder coins of Jahangir are considered works of art and are much sought after by collectors around the world.

The featured specimen is an elegant square coin of Jahangir with magnificent work of calligraphy and depiction of vines, creepers, flowers, sunbursts and what not on the coin. It is most certainly struck from the Gold Mohur dies. All square rupee's were intended as 'nazrana' or tribute. The Ilahi coins were struck as round or square shape in alternate months. The ornate multiple dotted borders (thin inner border, thick outer border) together with the artistic scroll work, calligraphy and the flora depicted on the coin makes it an exquisite specimen, more so remarkable due to the absence of any shroff 'test' marks that disfigure and plague the Mughal coin series. The coin has great eye appeal and is a fine tribute to one of the best known numismatic innovator of his time.
ISLAMIC, India, Mughals, Shah Jahan, Nazrana Mohur57 viewsMughal Empire, Shihab ud-din Muhammad Shah Jahan( AH 1037-1068 / AD 1628-1658), Gold Mohur, 24 mm, 10.88g, Akbarabad mint, AH 1052 (AD 1642), RY 15, Quatrefoil type

Reference: Lane-Poole 547; KM 258.1

Obverse: Centre (within Quatrefoil): Kalima. Margins: bi-sudq Abu Bakr / wa 'adl 'Umar / bi-azram 'Uthman / wa 'ilm 'Ali (name and attributes of the Four Caliphs - Ali, Usman, Omar and Abu Bakr)

Reverse: Centre (within Quatrefoil): Badshah Ghazi Shah Jahan 1052 / 15. Margins: Shihab ud-din / Muhammad Sahib / Qiran Sani / Zarb Akbarabad. (The title 'Badshah or Padshah' is a Persian title meaning Great King (literally meaning Lord or Master of Kings), often translated as Emperor, while 'Ghazi' means an Islamic warrior. 'Sahib Qiran Sani' means the splendid or guiding light, as 'Qiran' in Urdu means light and 'Sani' means brilliant or bright. 'Sahib' means lord, master or owner. 'Zarb' means mint.

Shah Jahan ascended the throne following the death of his father, Jahangir in AH 1037 (1627 AD). He maintained the fine numismatic tradition of his father but did not introduce any innovation. Shah Jahan concentrated more on the grandeur, design and architecture of monuments and fine buildings, Taj Mahal being the most well known.

Akbarabad was a name given to the city, and Mughal capital, of Agra by Shah Jahan in honour of his grandfather Akbar. This changeover of name happened in RY2/3 of Shah Jahan's reign.

The featured coin depicts fine calligraphy within a perfectly centred Quatrefoil (Obv/Rev) and alongside the margins. The complete die impression with legends is fully visible on the broad flan. A well struck specimen befitting its status as a Nazrana or presentation coin from the builder of one of the present wonders of the world.
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ISLAMIC, Islamic Dynasties, Hafsids, Abu Zakariya Yahya I, AV Dinar46 viewsIslamic Dynasties, Hafsids, Abu Zakariya Yahya I, AV Dinar, 4.76g, Tilimsan mint, minted 1242-49 AD


Central square
al-wahid allah / muhammad rasul allah / al-mahdi khalifat allah / tilimsan
“the one God, Muhammad is the messenger of God, al-Mahdi is the Viceroy of God, Tilimsan (in tiny letters)”

Marginal segments
12:00 o’clock: bism allah al-rahman al-rahim, 9:00 o'clock: salla allah ’ala sayyidna muhammad, 6:00 o'clcok: wa ilahukum ilah wahid, 3:00 o'clock: la ilah illa huwwa al-rahman ’ala sayyidna muhammad,
“in the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate, God’s blessing be upon Muhammad, and your god is a single god, no god but He, the Merciful, the Compassionate”


In central square
al-shukr lillah / wa’l-minna lilla / wa’l-hawl wa al-hul wa’ al-quwwa billah
“thanks be to God and Grace be to God and power and strength be to God”

Marginal segments
12:00 o’clock: al-amir al-ajall, 9:00 o'clock: abu zakariyya yahya, 6:00 o'clock: ibn abu muhammad, 3:00 o'clock: ibn abu hafs
“the Great Prince, Abu Zakariyya Yahya, bin Abu Muhammad, bin Abu Hafs”

The Hafsids were descended from Shaykh Abu Hafs ‘Umar, who was a companion and helper of Ibn Tumart, known as al-Mahdi, in the early years of Almohad growth. Abu Zakariya Yahya I was the first ruler of the dynasty, which ruled in Algeria, Tunisia and Tripoli for over three and a half centuries from 627 to 982 H/1230-1574 AD. He began his claim to independence by omitting the Almohad ruler’s name from the khutba (the imam’s speech before Friday prayer) on the grounds that he was undermining the purity of his dynasty’s traditions, and took the title Amir. At this time the Maghrib was divided into three, with the town of Tilimsan (Tlemcen) held by the Ziyanids, Fas (Fez) by the Marinids and Tunis, the Hafsid capital, by Abu Zakariya Yahya. However, Yahya went on to conquer all of Ifriqiya, annex Algiers and capture Tilimsan, which he immediately returned to the Ziyanids on condition that they gave him their allegiance.

By the time of his death in 647 (1249) Yahya’s overlordship was acknowledged by the entire Maghrib, including northern Morocco as well as part of Spain. Yahya’s reign was a time of peace and prosperity, with treaties made with European states and Spanish Muslim craftsmen and scholars settling in the Maghrib.

There were three stages in the development of the coinage of Yahya I, the first from 627-634, when he was still serving as an Almohad governor, the second from 634 to 640 when he placed the name of the Almohad ruler as well as his own on the coinage, and the third, this coin, from 640 to 647 when only his name appeared, with the title al-amir al-ajall (the Great Prince), although he continued to recognise the spiritual ties to the Almohad doctrine of al-Mahdi.

The superb quality of both the calligraphy and magnificent striking of this coin suggests that Yahya considered it to be of particular importance in promoting public recognition of his power and prestige.
ISLAMIC, Mongol Empire, Genghis (Chingiz) Khan, Bi Jital, 1206-1227 AD.55 viewsGenghis Khan (Chingiz) 1206-1227 AD AR Bi Jital 4.15g
Obv: Title of Chingiz
Rev: Name of caliph al-Nasir.
Mint Gnazna. Type 329 Nyamma 5 SICA 9 Album1969

Genghis Khan, born Temüjin, was the founder and Great Khan (Emperor) of the Mongol Empire. He came to power by uniting many of the nomadic tribes of Northeast Asia. After being proclaimed "Genghis Khan", he started the Mongol invasions that conquered most of Eurasia. Campaigns initiated in his lifetime were often accompanied by wholesale massacres of the civilian populations, especially in the Khwarazmian and Western Xia controlled lands, and by the end of his life the Mongol Empire occupied a substantial portion of Central Asia and China.
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ISLAMIC, Mongol Empire, Malik of Kurzuwan, AE Jital, 1221 AD.46 viewsMalik of Kurzuwan , Islamic Siege Coinage Æ Jital 1221 AD. 20mm; 2.9 grams.

Struck by the local ruler Malik of Kurzuwan while under siege by the Mongols. The City fell to the mongols after about 2 months.
Considered to be one of the very few identifiable "siege coins" of the Islamic world.
Album 1971.
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ISLAMIC, Mongol Empire, Ogedei Khan, AR Dirham, AD 1227-124129 viewsISLAM. CHINGIZIDEN (GREAT MONGOL). Ögedei (624-639 H. / 1227-1241). Dirham.
O: Kalima.
R: Mint, protective formula. Bow.
Baylaqan. 636 H. Album 1973.1. Extremely rare; 2.67g; 20 mm
Helios Numismatik 8 lot 823 13th October 2012; Pecunem 13 lot 277

Ogedei Khan was the third son of Genghis Khan and second Great Khan of the Mongol Empire, succeeding his father. He continued the expansion of the empire that his father had begun, and was a world figure when the Mongol Empire reached its farthest extent west and south during the Mongol invasions of Europe and East Asia.
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ISLAMIC, Mongol Empire, Toregene Khatun, AR Dirham, AD 1241-124628 viewsTÖREGENE KHATUN (639-644 H. / 1241-1246) dirham.
Obv: Kalima.
Rev: Mounted Archer. Title.
Album 1976. Rare. 2.36g 19 mm.
Pecunem 13 lot 280

Töregene Khatun was the Great Khatun and regent of the Mongol Empire from the death of her husband Ögedei Khan in AD 1241 until the election of her eldest son Güyük Khan in AD 1246.
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ISLAMIC, Ottoman Mustafa III295 viewsOttoman Mustafa III
AU Half Zir-i mahbub. Tunis year 1187 h.
wt. 1.21 g D.: 14.5 mm
Mustafa III ibn Ahmad II (1171-1187 h. 1757-1774 AD)
Obv. Sultan/al-barrayn wa bahrayn/ Sultan Mustafa/ Khan azza nasrahu
Rev. Mint place and date
JUDAEA, Agrippa, Jerusalem46 viewsJerusalem mint, 41 - 42 A.D.; obverse AGRIPA BACILEWC (King Agrippa), umbrella canopy with fringes1 commentsanthivs
JUDAEA, Alexander Janneus, Prutah20 viewsBronze Prutah,
Obverse: BASILEWS ALEXANDROU (King Alexander) around anchor.
Reverse: Eight ray star (or wheel) surrounded by diadem (solid circle, sometimes looks like a wagon wheel), Hebrew inscription “Yehonatan the king” between the rays.

The anchor on the obverse of this coin was adopted from the Seleucids, who used it to symbolize their naval strength. Anchors are depicted upside down, as they would be seen hung on the side of a boat ready for use.
The star on the reverse of the coin symbolizes heaven.

This coin is called “The Widow's Mite” (Mark 12:41-44)
"41 Now Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people put money into the treasury. And many who were rich put in much. 42 Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites, which make a quadrans. 43 So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury; 44 for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood."
JUDAEA, Hyrcanus I, Prutah189 viewsHendin 457. Hasmonian Kingdom of Judaea, John Hyrcanus I AE Prutah, Dark Image. 135-104 BC. Archaic Hebrew text within wreath: Yehohanan the High Priest and the Council of the Jews / Double cornucopia adorned with ribbons and pomegranate between, unknown monogram. AJC I Group N. 1 commentsaarmale
JUDAEA, John Hyrcanus II, Prutah19 viewsJudaea, John Hyrcanus II Æ Prutah.
Two cornucopias, pomegranate between them / legend in wreath, 'Yonatan the High Priest and the Community of the Jews'.

Hendin 479, Meshorer 18

YNTN (Yonatan) H (the) KHN (Priest) GDOL (high) W (and) (HH)BR (consil) YHDEM (Jews)
JUDAEA, Judah (Yehudah), Aristobulus Hendin 465132 viewsHendin 465 - Judah (Yehudah) Aristobulus. 104-103 B.C.E. AE Prutah. Hebrew inscription (Yehudah the High Priest and the Council of the Jews -
YHNTN HCHN HGDL V'chVR YHDEM) surrounded by wreath / Non visible: Double cornucopiae adorned with ribbons; pomegranate between horns.
Script reads:
Interestingly, Gadol is spelt as GDOL, unlike the commen GDL.
JUDAEA, Procurators, Pontius Pilate. 26-36 CE.34 viewsJudea, Procurators. Pontius Pilate. 26-36 CE.
Æ Prutah (16mm - 2.25 g). Year 16 (29 CE).
Rev: Three grain ears.
Ref: Meshorer 331; Hendin 648.
VF, black patina under thick earthen deposits.
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MEDIEVAL, Anglo Saxon England, Cnut, AR Penny, 1016-1035 AD.28 viewsAnglo-Saxon Kings of England, Cnut AR Penny. AD 1016-1035. Short Cross type (BMC xvi, Hild. H). Lundene (London) mint; Godman, moneyer. Struck circa 1029-1035/6.
Obverse: + CNVT T R·ECX:, diademed bust left; sceptrE before
Reverse: + GODMΛN ON LVN, voided short cross with pellet-in-annulet in center.
SCBI 14 (Copenhagen), 2601-3 var. (same obv. die, mint name); Hild. 2426; BMC –; North 790; SCBC 1159; CNG 90, lot 2396 (same dies). 1.14g, 17mm, 3h.
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MEDIEVAL, Cilician Armenia; Levon IV, 1320 - 134129 viewsCilician Armenia; Levon IV (1320-1341 AD); Takvorin; 2.25g
[Bed. 1965]
MEDIEVAL, England, Aethelred II 978 – 1016, Silver Penny54 viewsObv. Diademed bust right, without scepter.

Rev. Hand of providence between alpha & omega, issuing from cloud composed of parallel lines
S-1144 - First hand type

Æthelred the Unready, or Æthelred II (c. 968 – 23 April 1016), was king of England (978–1013 and 1014–1016). He was son of King Edgar and Queen Ælfthryth. Æthelred was only about 10 (no more than 13) when his half-brother Edward was murdered. Æthelred was not personally suspected of participation, but as the murder was committed at Corfe Castle by the attendants of Ælfthryth, it made it more difficult for the new king to rally the nation against the military raids by Danes, especially as the legend of St Edward the Martyr grew. Later, Æthelred ordered a massacre of Danish settlers in 1002 and also paid tribute, or Danegeld, to Danish leaders from 991 onwards. His reign was much troubled by Danish Viking raiders. In 1013, Æthelred fled to Normandy and was replaced by Sweyn, who was also king of Denmark. However, Æthelred returned as king after Sweyn died in 1014.

"Unready" is a mistranslation of Old English unræd (meaning bad-counsel) – a twist on his name "Æthelred" (meaning noble-counsel). A better translation would be Redeless - without counsel (Rede).
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MEDIEVAL, ENGLAND, Edward I (1272-1307), AR Penny, Class 3g, London.67 viewsEdward I, Plantagenet king of England (1272-1307)

Obverse: +EDW R ANGL DNS HYB, Facing small neat bust of Edward I with narrow face and spread crown.
Reverse: CIVITAS LONDON, Long cross with trefoil of pellets in each angle.
Weight: 1.35g.
N.1022; SPINK.1393

New coinage, class 3g penny (struck 1280 to 1281) London mint.

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MEDIEVAL, England, EDWARD I AR Penny. Struck in London A.D.1279 - 1281.62 viewsObverse: EDW REX ANG DNS HYB. Crowned bust of Edward I facing within circle of pellets.
Reverse: CIVITAS LONDON. Long cross dividing legend into quarters, trefoil in each quarter of inner circle.
SPINK: 1382

Undated Penny, type 1c. Edward I's recoinage began in 1279 and this production run ended in 1281.
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MEDIEVAL, France, Louis IX 1226-1270 AD, AR Gros Tournois, struck after 1266 AD49 viewsFRANCE. Louis IX, 1226-1270 AD. AR Gros Tournois (3.44 gm), after 1266 AD.
Cross / Châtel tournois.

Louis IX was the leader of the 5th Crusade and is also known as Saint Louis.
Medieval, Hungary, Bela IV., King of Hungary, (1235-1270 A.D.), AR-Denarius, U-222, 443 views022 Bela IV., (1235-1270 A.D.), AR-Denarius, U-222, King of Hungary
avers:- Emperor faceing, draped with Crown, long hair.
revers:- Cross and circle with in R, B-E-L-A,
exe: -/-//--, diameter: 12,3 mm, weight: 0,58g, axis: 3h,
mint: , date: 1235-1270 A.D., ref: Unger-222_CNH-1-234_Huszar-299,
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Medieval, Hungary, Istvan III., (Stephen III.), King of Hungary, (1162-1172 A.D.), AR-Denarius, U-086, #01238 views016 Istvan III., (Stephen III.), King of Hungary, (1162-1172 A.D.), AR-Denarius, U-086, #01
avers:- Four crosses and four crescents around Jerusalem cross; border of dots..
revers:- Three dots between two crosses; border of line.
exe:-/-//--, diameter: 13,0 mm, weight: 0,20g, axis: - h,
mint: Esztergom , date: A.D., ref: Unger-086, CHN-1-157, Huszar-171, Kiss-Toth: Sigla- ,
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Medieval, Hungary, Istvan-I., "St. Stephen !", King of Hungary, (997-1038 A.D.), AR-Denarius, U-001, + REGIA CIVITAS, #16528 views001 Istvan-I., "St. Stephen !", King of Hungary, (997-1038 A.D.), AR-Denarius, U-001, + REGIA CIVITAS, #16
avers:- + STEPHANVS•-REX•, Cross within pearled border, wedges between the arms of the cross.
revers:- + REGIA-CIVITAS (REGIA-CIVITVS, "V" instead of "A"!), Cross within pearled border, wedges between the arms of the cross.
exe:-/-//--, diameter: 17,5 mm, weight: 0,73 g, axis: 5 h,
mint: Esztergom , date: A.D., ref: Unger-001, CHN-1-001, Huszar-001,
Medieval, Hungary, Janos Hunyadi., Gubernator of Hungary, (1446-1453 A.D.) AR-billon Denarius, U-487, Rozette-MOnETA-•-REGnI-•-VnGARIE, cross, B-I,452 views036 Janos Hunyadi., Gubernator of Hungary, (1446-1453 A.D.) AR-billon Denarius, U-487, Rozette-MOnETA-•-REGnI-•-VnGARIE, cross, B-I,
avers:-• TEMPORE-IO-•-GVBERnATOR-, Bohemian Lion advancing left without crown,
revers:- Rozette-MOnETA-•-REGnI-•-VnGARIE, Patriarchal cross, B-I across the field,
diameter: 19mm, weight: 0,72g,
mint: Hungary, Buda, mint mark: B-I, by Iohannes Münczer (Pohl).
date: 1451-1452 A.D. (Pohl), ref: Unger-487, CNH-2-157C, Huszar-623,
Medieval, Hungary, Karoly Robert (Anjou)., King of Hungary, (1307-1342 A.D.) AR-Denarius, U-376, REX • KAROLVS, Stilized Anjou lily,337 views028 Karoly Robert (Anjou, Angevin)., King of Hungary, (1307-1342 A.D.) AR-Denarius, U-376, REX • KAROLVS, Stilized Anjou lily,
avers:- REX • KAROLVS, king with crown faceing,
revers:- Stilized Anjou lily,
exe (mint mark): -/-//--, diameter: 15mm, weight: 0,92g,
mint: Hungary, Pécs ? (Pohl), date: 1332 A.D., ref: Unger-376, CNH-2-021, Huszar-476,
Medieval, Hungary, Salamon., King of Hungary, (1063-1074 A.D.), AR-Denarius, U-010,451 views007 Salamon., King of Hungary, (1063-1074 A.D.), AR-Denarius, U-010,
avers:- + REX-SALOMONI, Half-figure facing of emperor, right hand raised and holding cross in left hand.
revers:- + PA/NON/IA,
exe: -/-//--, diameter: 17,0 mm, weight: 0,56 g, axis: 10 h,
mint: Esztergom, date: A.D., ref: Unger-010, CNH-1-022, Huszar-017,
Kiss-Toth: Sigla- ,
MEDIEVAL, Italy, Genoa, 1139 – 133941 viewsSilver Grosso, Biaggi-838

Before 1100, Genoa emerged as an independent city-state, one of a number of Italian city-states during this period. Nominally, the Holy Roman Emperor was overlord and the Bishop of Genoa was president of the city; however, actual power was wielded by a number of "consuls" annually elected by popular assembly. Genoa was one of the so-called "Maritime Republics" (Repubbliche Marinare), along with Venice, Pisa, and Amalfi and trade, shipbuilding and banking helped support one of the largest and most powerful navies in the Mediterranean. Through Genoese participation on the Crusades, colonies were established in the Middle East, in the Aegean, in Sicily and Northern Africa.

The collapse of the Crusader States was offset by Genoa’s alliance with the Byzantine Empire, which opened opportunities of expansion into the Black Sea and Crimea. When I purchased this coin it was identified as as an annonomous issue from Genoa’s trading post at Caffa. The Black Death was imported into Europe in 1347 from the Genoese trading post at Caffa (Theodosia) in Crimea, on the Black Sea.
Richard M10
MEDIEVAL, Malta, Jean de la Vallete, AV. Zecchino187 viewsMalta Jean de la Vallete – AV. Zecchino.3.35 g
MALTA,under the knights.Fra.Jean de la Vallete 1557-1568..

F'IOANNES DE VALLETE MI, Knight kneeling before St.John The Baptist.
Reverse.DA MICHI VIRTVTEM CONTRA HOSTES TVO, Christ standing in mandorla containing nine stars
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Alfonso VIII~0.jpg
MEDIEVAL, Spain, Castile and Leon, Alfonso VIII462 viewsAlfonso VIII (November 11, 1155 – October 5, 1214), king of Castile and grandson of Alfonso VII, is a great name in Spanish history, for he led the coalition of Christian princes and foreign crusaders who broke the power of the Almohades at the battle of the Navas de Tolosa in 1212.
The gold maravedi of Alfonso VIII is a strange blend of Muslim and Christian worlds. It has a Cross surrounded by Arabic writings!

Is there anyone who can read Arabic?
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MEDIEVAL, Spain, Kingdom of Leon and Castille, Ferdinand & Isabella, AN Double Excelente, Struck c.A.D.1479-1504.989 viewsObverse: FERNANDVS : Z : ELISABET : DEI : GRA +. Crowned busts of Ferdinand & Isabella facing each other.
Reverse: SVB VMBRA ALARVM TVA. Haloed eagle of the evangelist John behind the crowned united coats of arms of Castile-Leon / Aragon-Sicily.

Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castille united Spain and captured the beautiful Moorish city of Granada, thus completing the Reconquista of Spain. After the fall of the last Muslim kingdom, they turned their attention to exploration which led to the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus in 1492.

The gold Castellano weighing 4,6g was introduced in Castile by Enrique IV in 1475, the coin was highly valued and therefore called "excelente". In 1483 however, Barcelona and Valencia introduced the gold ducat of 3,5g. In 1497, in order to unify gold coin standards within Spain, a coinage act was passed and the Excelente of 3,5 g and 23,75 carat replaced the Castellano in Castile.
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MEDIEVAL, Spain, Philip II, 16th Century AD158 viewsÆ 4 Maravedis. 3.3 grams.
Obv: Castle within coat of arms.
Rx: Lion within coat of arms.
4 commentsJericho
Mysia, Pergamon, (Early 3rd Cent. B.C.), AR-Diobol, McClean 7668, ΠERΓAMH, Cult statue of Athena facing,135 viewsMysia, Pergamon, (Early 3rd Cent. B.C.), AR-Diobol, McClean 7668, ΠERΓAMH, Cult statue of Athena facing,
avers: Head of young beardless Herakles right.
revers: ΠERΓAMH, Cult statue of Athena facing, brandishing spear and holding shield.
exerg:-/-//--, diameter: 10mm, weight: 1,25g, axes: 10h,
mint: Mysia, Pergamon,
date: Early 3rd Cent. B.C., ref: McClean 7668
Mysia, Priapos, (300-200 B.C.), AE-11, SNG von Aulock 7526, A above, ΠΡI below, Crab.127 viewsMysia, Priapos, (300-200 B.C.), AE-11, SNG von Aulock 7526, A above, ΠΡI below, Crab.
avers: Laureate head of Apollo right.
revers: A above, ΠΡI below, Crab.
exerg:-/-//--, diameter: 11,0mm, weight: 1,34g, axes:7h,
mint: Mysia, Pergamon,
date: 300-200 B.C., ref: SNG von Aulock 7526, Winterthur 2680.,
1 commentsquadrans
NABATAEA, Aretas IV & Queen Shuqailait, AE19, 9 BC - AD 40. 21 viewsObv: Jugate busts of Aretas IV & Shuqailait.
Rev: Double cornucopias, the names of the King & Queen in Nabataean Aramaic between them.

Meshorer 114; GICV: 5699
PARTHIA/PERSIA, Achaemenid, AR Siglos131 viewsLydia, Anatolia, Artaxerxes II - Darius III, c. 375 - 340 B.C., Silver siglos, Carradice Type IV (late) C, 46 ff.; BMC Arabia 172 ff.; SNG Kayhan 1031; SGCV II 4683; Rosen 674; Klein 763; Carradice Price p. 77 and pl. 20, 387 ff.2 commentsNemonater
PARTHIA/PERSIA, Achaemenid, AR Siglos, 455 - 420 B.C.75 viewsAchaemenid, AR century, 455-420 BC. BC Sardis. Series IV, group A. Right: The king kneeling right, holding a dagger and a bow. Reverse: Square hollow elongated.
Ref: Carradice IVa, 33-35, SNG Cop.. 284-286.
5.45 g. Small countermark.
chance v
PARTHIA/PERSIA, Achaemenid, AR Siglos, 546-510 B.C.64 viewsAchaemenid. After Croesus; c. 546-510 BC, Siglos, 5.26g.
Obv: Foreparts of lion and bull facing one another.
Rx: Double incuse square.
Grose 8639
1 commentschance v
PARTHIA/PERSIA, Achaemenid, AR Siglos, c.5th century B.C.69 viewsGreeks Persia
Achaemenid AR Siglos 5th century v.u.Z. Av .: Persian archer in the running knee with bow to right , Rv .: Incusum , the Greeks called this Sigloi Toxotai = archer.
SNG Berry comp. 1446 type iv c.
5:49 g .
1 commentschance v
PARTHIA/PERSIA, Achaemenid, Darius I, AR Siglos, 520-505 BC.44 viewsPERSIA. Achaemenid Empire. Time of Darios I (Circa 520-505 BC). Siglos.
Obv: Half-length bust of Persian king or hero right, holding bow and arrows.
Rev: Incuse punch.
Carradice Type I.
5.24 g 15 mm.
Pecunem 23 lot 489
chance v
PARTHIA/PERSIA, Arsakes I, 247 - 211 BC14 viewsAR dr., 4,09gr. 18mm; Sellwood 3.2, Shore 2var., Sunrise -- ;
mint: Mithradatkart/Nisa ?; axis: 12h;
obv.: beardless bust, left, w/bashlyk; lock of hair on forehead, bunch of hair in neck; earring;
rev.: archer, left, on backless throne, w/bow in right hand; one-line legend right field: APΣAKOY, letters KRNY left field;

ex: Triton XIII, ex: Todd Ballen coll., ex: Peus 376, ex: W. Derfler Collection;
A portrait of the founder of the Parthian Empire and the Arsacid dynasty.
2 commentsSchatz
PARTHIA/PERSIA, Artabanus I (c. 127 - 124 B.C.), AR Drachm21 viewsWeight: 4.54 g
Size: 21
Condition: aEF/aEF
Minted in Ecbatana
Obv: bearded bust left wearing diadem, earring, hair arranged in concentric waves; circular border of
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right
hand; no
border; four-line Greek inscription without dividing lines = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Ref: Sellwood 20.1 ; Shore 59
Rarity: R
Jorge C
PARTHIA/PERSIA, Artabanus II (c. A.D. 10 - 38), AR Drachm25 viewsWeight: 3.75 g
Size: 21 mm
Condition: VF/VF
Minted in Ecbatana
Obv: bearded bust of king left, wearing diadem, diadem ends as three lines, long hair with no earring or ear visible;
border of dots
Rev: bearded bust of king left, wearing diadem, diadem ends as three lines, long hair with no earring or ear visible;
border of dots
Rev/ beardless archer seated right on throne wearing kyrbasia and cloak; in right hand, bow, below bow monogram
26; Greek inscription Sellwood ii
Ref: Sellwood 61.7; Shore 337
Rarity: Common
Jorge C
PARTHIA/PERSIA, Artabanus IV (c. A.D. 216 - 224), AR Drachm19 viewsWeight: 3.89 g
Size: 18 mm
Condition: EF/EF
Minted in Ecbatana
Obv: bust left, medium forked beard, wearing tiara with ear flaps, pellets on stalks on crest, vertical line of pellets on
stalks on side, behind head Pahlavi legend ('rtbnw); border of dots
Rev: archer seated right on throne, holding bow; first line of legend Pahlavi, remainder blundered Greek
Ref: Sellwood 89.1 ; Shore 464
Rarity: R1
1 commentsJorge C
PARTHIA/PERSIA, Autonomous Coinage, Elymais, Orodes I, AE Drachm82 viewsObv: Bust of Orodes I left, with long beard, wearing diad. tiara ornamented with anchor; behind pellet within crescent over anchor
Rev: Bust of Artemis right, wearing kalathos. Retrograde Greek legend
Struck first half of 2nd Century A.D. at Elymais
GICV 5892
Note: Elymais was a small kingdom occupying the hilly region between Babylonia and Persis, maintaining a quasi-independence of its powerful neighbor, the Arsacid Kingdom of Parthia. With the fall of the Arsacids, however, Elymais was conquered by Ardashir and became a province of that prince's new Sassanian Empire. Very little is known of the history and chronology of this kingdom other than the information yielded by the coins themselves. (taken from Sear's GREEK IMPERIAL COINS AND THEIR VALUES)
1 commentsJericho
PARTHIA/PERSIA, Gotarzes II (c. 40-51BC), AR Tetradrachm21 viewsWeight: 14.33 g
Size: 26 mm
Condition: VFVF
Minted in the city of Seleucia in November 50 BC (year 362 of the Seleucian calendar).
Obv: bare-headed bust left with long, somewhat pointed beard; diadem with loop at the top and three
ends. Lock
of hair representing royal wart on forehead; border of dots
Rev: King enthroned right, receiving diadem from Thyche holding cornucopia.
Ref: Sellwood 65.29 ; Shore 362
Rarity: Common
Jorge C
PARTHIA/PERSIA, Hormizd I (270-295 AD), AE Drachm28 viewsKushanshah Hormizd (Hormazd) I
AE Drachm
270 - 295 AD
Baktrian Mint
Pahlavi legend - AUHRaMaZDI MaLKA
Bearded bust right wearing lion headdress with segmented ball; crescent and two dots behind. Long ribbons flow upward from ball of hair
Pahlavi legend - BWRZ'Y NDY YZTY
Ahura-Mazda rising from altar, holding wreath and trident.
1.91 g
Cribb SI 19, #24 (Bactrian issues); Mitchiner ACW 1280; Gobl Kushan 1071v; Zeymal p.257, T. 30, 31 (rare)

This coin is listed on Zeno as #48442.
PARTHIA/PERSIA, Hormizd IV (579-590 AD), AR Drachm.21 viewsAR Drachm of Hormizd IV 579-590 AC.

Weight: 3.1gr
Ø: 32mm

Obv: Bust of Hormizd IV right.

Rev: Fire altar with flames and two attendants.


Ref: GöBL 200 ?
Jorge C
PARTHIA/PERSIA, Kavad I 499-531 AC.15 viewsAR Drachm of Kavad I 499-531 AC.

Weight: 4.2gr
Ø: 29mm

Obv: Bust of Kavad I right.

Rev: Fire altar with flames and two attendants.

VF/VF - toned

Ref: GöBL 183 ?
Jorge C
PARTHIA/PERSIA, Khusru I 531-579 AD.19 viewsAR Drachm of Khusru I 531-579 AD.

Weight: 2.9gr
Ø: 30mm

Obv: Bust of Khusru right.

Rev: Fire altar with flames and two attendants.


Ref: GöBL 196 ?
Jorge C
PARTHIA/PERSIA, Kingdom of Persis, Kapat21 viewsAR Obol
Attribution: Sear GIC 5951
Date: 1st - 2nd Century AD
Obverse: Bust l.
Reverse: Small bust l. legend around
Size: 8.81 mm
Weight: 0.4 grams
Description: A rare silver of the Kingdom of Persis with beautiful dark toning
Jorge C
PARTHIA/PERSIA, Kingdom of Persis. Autophradates17 viewsKingdom of Persis. Autophradates
AR hemidrachm.
Obverse: Diademed bust left.
Reverse: Diademed bust left.
1.92 grams. 13.87 mm.
Very Fine.
Jorge C
PARTHIA/PERSIA, Manuchtir II23 viewsKINGS of PERSIS. Manuchtir (Manchihr) II.
Mid 2nd Century AD.
AR Hemidrachm (11mm - 1.22 g).
Obv: Diademed bust left wearing tiara decorated with pellet and crescent
Rev: Diademed bust right.
Ref: Alram 635; Tyler-Smith 277.
Toned EF, nice metal.
Jorge C
PARTHIA/PERSIA, Mithradates I (c. 171 - 138 B.C.), AR Drachm13 viewsWeight: 3.41 g
Size: 21 mm
Condition: VF/VF
Minted in Hecatompylos
Obv: beardless bust left, wearing bashlyk; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on
omphalos, holding bow in right hand; exergual line; no border; three-
line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ
Ref: Sellwood 10.1 ; Shore not listed
Rarity: Scarce
Jorge C
PARTHIA/PERSIA, Mithradates II (c. 123 - 88 B.C.), AR Drachm26 viewsWeight: 4.19 g
Size: 19 mm
Condition: VF/VF
Minted in Ecbatana
Obv: medium bearded bust left wearing diadem, pellet-ended torque; circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding bow in right
hand; no
border; square four-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ
Ref: Sellwood 24.9 ; Shore 85
Rarity: Common
1 commentsJorge C
PARTHIA/PERSIA, Mithradates II, ca. 123 - 88 BC23 viewsAR dr., 4,18gr, 20,45mm;
Sellw. 28.3, Shore 97, Sunrise 299;
mint: Ekbatana, axis: 12h;
obv.: bust, left, w/tiara and diadem, knot and 2 ribbons; mustache, long tapering beard; tiara w/earflap and 3 rows of pellets enclosing a six-pointed star; earring, multi-turn torque w/2-pellet finial; cuirass;
rev.: archer, right, on throne, w/bow in 1 hand; exergual line; 5-line legend forming a square: BAΣIΛEΩΣ BAΣIΛEΩN MEΓAΛoY APΣAKoY EΠIΦANoYΣ;
an impressive portrait of the aging king.

ex: Nisa Collection.
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PARTHIA/PERSIA, Mithradates II, AR drachm69 viewsEcbatana
119-109 BC
bearded diademed bust left
archer without beard, with cloak and bashlyk seated on throne, holding bow
Sellwood 26.1; Shore 77
2 commentsJohny SYSEL
PARTHIA/PERSIA, Mithradates IV (c. A.D. 129 - 140), AR Drachm19 viewsWeight: 2.98
Size: 17 mm
Condition: EF/EF
Mited in Ecbatana
Obv: bare-headed bust left with long, pointed beard wearing diadem with loop at the top and two ends; earring visible
Rev: beardless archer seated right on throne holding bow, monogram 26 below bow; archer's seat omitted. Blundered
Greek legend. Aramaic inscription on top line
Ref: Sellwood 82.1 ; Shore 425
Rarity: Scarce
Jorge C
PARTHIA/PERSIA, Nezak Kings of Kabul: Napki Malka (630-711) AR Drachm64 viewsNezak Kings of Kabul: Napki Malka (630-711) AR Drachm (MACW-1510)

Obv: Bust of "Napki" type with winged headress surmounted by a Bull's head. Control marks behind head. Pehlvi legend - "NAPKI MaLKa"
Rev: Normal fire altar and attendants design. Control marks behind each attendant·
1 commentsSpongeBob
PARTHIA/PERSIA, Orodes I (90-80 BC), AR Drachm23 viewsOrodes I (90-80 B.C.)
AR Drachm

Obv: bearded bust left wearing tiara with six-pointed star; pellet ended torque; circular border of pellets

Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right hand; no border; seven-line Greek inscription = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡ−ΣΑΚΟΥ ΑΥΤΟΚΡΑΤΟΡΟΣ ΦΙΛΟΠΑΤΟΡΟΣ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ

Ref: Sellwood 31.6 variant (tiara 6-point star) ?
PARTHIA/PERSIA, Parthamaspates (c. 116 AD.), AR Drachm14 viewsWeight: 3.62 g
Size: 20 mm
Condition: EF/EF
Minted in Ecbatana
Obv: bust left with short beard wearing tiara with star in center and ear flaps; diadem with loop at the top and two
wide ends. Earring visible
Rev: archer seated right on throne holding bow, below bow monogram 26; archer's seat represented as horizontal
line, four horizontal bars to throne back. Blundered Greek legend.
Ref: Sellwood 81.1 ; Shore 423
Rarity: R
Jorge C
PARTHIA/PERSIA, Parthian Empire, Mithradates II, c. 121 - 91 B.C.9 viewsSH86429. Silver tetradrachm, Sellwood 24.4, BMC 3, Boston MFA 2216, Sunrise 284, Shore 67 var., EF, fantastic high relief bust, well centered on a tight flan, slightest die wear, slightest porosity, weight 15.696 g, maximum diameter 28.2 mm, die axis 0o, Seleukeia on the Tigris mint, c. 119 - 109 B.C.; obverse diademed bust of Mithradates to left, long beard, wearing torc and elaborate robes; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ MEΓAΛOY APΣ-AKOY EΠIΦANOYΣ / TY (square clockwise, ending in exergue)), Arsakes I seated right on omphalos, bow in right hand, palm branch right; ex Pars (2008), ex Antiqua Inc. (2000)1 commentsJoe Sermarini
PARTHIA/PERSIA, Phraataces & Musa (c. 2 B.C. - A.D. 4), AR Drachm16 viewsWeight: 3.80 g
Size: 22 mm
Condition: VF/VF
Minted in Ecbatana
Obv: bust left with diagonal square-ended beard, wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no
visible end; no
wart; each side of head, Nike flying with diadem; circular border of dots
Rev: bust of Musa left wearing tiara, diadem and beaded necklet with ornament; in front, monogram 26;
two-line Greek
inscription ΘΕΑΣ ΟΥΡΑΝΙΑ[Σ] [ΜΟΥΣΗΣ] ΒΑΣΙΛΙΣΣ[ΕΣ]; no border
Ref: Sellwood 58.9 ; Shore 324
Rarity: R2
Jorge C
PARTHIA/PERSIA, Phraataces (c. 2BC-2AD), AR Drachm19 viewsWeight: 3.93 g
Size: 21 mm
Condition: VF/VF
Minted in Mithradatkart
Obv: bust left with pointed beard wearing diadem and three-band spiral torque with no visible end;
no wart; in
front, star above crescent; behind, Nike flying left with diadem; circular border of dots
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on throne, holding bow in right
hand; below bow,
monogram 28; seven-line blundered Greek inscription (L56ii); no border
Ref: Sellwood 56.6 ; Shore 558
Rarity: R
Jorge C
PARTHIA/PERSIA, Phraates II (c. 138 - 127 B.C.), AR Drachm26 viewsWeight: 3.95 g
Size: 18 mm
Condition: VF/VF
Minted in Nisa
Obv: short-bearded bust left, wearing diadem; behind, Greek letters ΝΙ in retrograde;
circular border of pellets
Rev: beardless archer wearing bashlyk and cloak seated right on omphalos, holding
bow in right hand; no border; four-line Greek inscription with guide lines = ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ
Ref: Sellwood 16.6 var. ; Shore 47
Rarity: Scarce
1 commentsJorge C
PARTHIA/PERSIA, Shapur I, 241 - 272 A.D.88 viewsSassanian Empire, Shapur I, 241-272 A.D., AR drachm.
OBV: Pahlavi text, robed bust right, wearing merlon crown.
REV: Pahlavi text, Zoroastrian fire altar with 2 attendants facing outward, holding staffs, symbols above heads.
2 commentsancientcoins
PARTHIA/PERSIA, Shapur II 309-379 AC21 viewsAR Drachm of Shapur II 309-379 AC

Weight: 3.9gr
Ø: 21mm

Obv: Bust of Shapur II right.

Rev: Fire altar with flames and two attendants.

VF/VF - broken flan.

Ref: GöBL 90 ?
Jorge C
PARTHIA/PERSIA, Uncertain King30 viewsKINGS of PERSIS. Uncertain king.
Late 1st Century AD.
AR Hemidrachm (13mm - 1.39 g).
Obv: Draped bust left wearing tiara decorated with a crescent and pellet; triskeles behind
Rev: Diadem tied with two loops.
Ref: Alram 619; Tyler-Smith 210.
EF, toned, nice metal quality.
1 commentsJorge C
PARTHIA/PERSIA, Uncertain king.16 viewsKINGS of PERSIS. Uncertain king.
Late 2nd Century BC.
AR Drachm (15mm - 4.20 g).
Obv: Head wearing satrapal cap with eagle and crescent
Rev: Fire altar with bust of Ahura-Mazda, flanked by king standing right holding a scepter, and a bird on a pedestal facing left.
Ref: Alram 551.
Good VF, nice metal.
Jorge C
PARTHIA/PERSIA, Unknown King, 80 - 70 BC 31 viewsAR tdr., 15,85gr, 29,5mm; Sellwood 30.7, Shore 130 (Orodes I.), Sunrise 313 (Arsakes XVI.);
mint; Seleukia, axis: 13h;
obv.: bare-headed, left, w/diadem, knot and 2 broad ribbons; hair medium long in 4 waves; mustache w/turned-up ends, short beard; torque w/single pellet finial; cuirass; complete dotted border;
rev.: archer, right, w/bow in right hand; above bow a monogram consisting of K in a circle; 7-line legend: BAΣIΛEΩΣ MEΓAΛOV APΣAKOV (Θ)EOΠATOPOΣ EVERΓETOV EΠIΦANOVΣ ΦIΛEΛΛΗNOΣ; exergual line.

3 commentsSchatz
PARTHIA/PERSIA, Vardanes I (c. A.D. 40 - 47), AR Drachm14 viewsWeight: 3.72 g
Size: 21 mm
Condition: EF/EF
Minted in Ecbatana
Obv: bare-headed bust left with medium pointed beard wearing diadem with loop at the top, earring
visible. Hair in
three waves. Three lines on forehead (two vertical and one horizontal representing royal wart). Drapery
visible on
king's shoulder
Rev: archer seated right on throne holding bow, below bow monogram 26. Greek legend
Ref: Sellwood 64.31 ; Shore 353
Rarity: R
Jorge C
PARTHIA/PERSIA, Vardanes II (c. 58-55 BC), AR Tetradrachm51 viewsWeight: 14.17 g
Size: 26 mm
Condition: EF/EF
Minted at Seleucia between 56/55 BC (Year 367 of Seleucian Era).
Obv: bust left with very short beard wearing diadem and spiral torque; four waves in hair cover ear, hair
diadem as ringlets; wart on forehead is visible; circular border of dots
Rev: male wearing diadem seated left on throne, extending right hand, grasping hilt of sword in left; to
his left,
Tyche stands right presenting diadem in right hand, and holding scepter in left; above diadem, Greek
tr_sqStigma-X-T.gif (44x15 -- 949 bytes); in exergue, Greek letters ΥΠΕΡΒ; seven-line Greek inscription
Ref: Sellwood 69.1-6 ; Shore 382
Rarity: Scarce
Jorge C
PARTHIA/PERSIA, Varhan V 388-399 AC15 viewsAR Drachm of Varhan V 388-399 AC

Weight: 4.1gr
Ø: 30mm

Obv: Bust of Varhan V right.

Rev: Fire altar with flames and two attendants.


Ref: GöBL 139 ?
Jorge C
PARTHIA/PERSIA, Vologases I (c. 51-78 A.D.), AR Drachm14 viewsWeight: 3.12 g
Size: 22 mm
Condition: VF/VF
Minted in Ecbatana
Obv: bare-headed bust left with beard tapering but square cut, wart on brow, earring visible; wearing
diadem with loop at
the top and two ends; wavy hair. Neck torque has no end; beaded border
Rev: archer seated right on throne holding bow; below bow monogram 26. Somewhat blundered Greek
Ref: Sellwood 70.13 ; Shore 373
Rarity: Scarce
Jorge C
PARTHIA/PERSIA, Vologases V (c. 191-208 AD), AR Drachm23 viewsWeight. 3.68 g
Size: 17 mm
Condition: EF/EF
Minted in Ecbatana
Obv: bust facing with hair in bunches above diadem and behind ears, pointed beard with vertical lines, necklet as
straight lines
Rev: archer seated right on throne holding bow, below bow Shore monogram 89; blundered Greek legend, with king's
name in Aramaic on top line
Ref: Sellwood 86.4 ; Shore 449
Rarity: R2
1 commentsJorge C
PARTHIA/PERSIA, Vologases VI (c. 208-228 AD), AR Drachm14 viewsWeight: 3.72 g
Size: 21 mm
Condition: EF/EF
Minted in Ecbatana
Obv: bust left with long, pointed beard extending beyond beaded border; wearing tiara with ear flaps, pellets on stalks
round crest and a line of pellets on stalks on side; lines coming out of crest and diadem with loop at the top and two
ends. Monogram Shore 85 behind head (abbreviated king's name in Aramaic)
Rev: archer seated right on throne holding bow, below bow monogram 26. Blundered Greek legend with top line in
Ref: Sellwood 88.19 ; Shore 456
Rarity: Common
Jorge C
PARTHIA/PERSIA, Vonones I (c. A.D. 8 - 12), AR Drachm17 viewsWeight: 3.79 g
Size: 21 mm
Condition: EF/EF
Minted in Ecbatana
Obv: bust of king left, tapering beard, short hair; border of dots; semi-circular Greek legend: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΥΣ
Rev: Nike walking right; in right hand, palm; in front below palm monogram 26; Greek inscription: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΥΣ /
Ref: Sellwood 60.5 ; Shore 329
Rarity: Scarce
1 commentsJorge C
PHOENICIA, Arados, Phoenicia, 200 - 190 B.C., Civic Issue in the Types and Name of Alexander the Great2 viewsGS85703. Silver tetradrachm, Price 3390 ff., Mektepini 614 ff.; Duyrat 1270 ff., Cohen Dated 771, gVF, attractive style, reverse double struck, earthen encrustations, weight 17.039 g, maximum diameter 31.0 mm, die axis 0o, Arados mint, c. 200 - 190 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, wearing Nemean lion-scalp headdress; reverse AΛEΞAN∆POY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, Zeus seated left, nude to waist, himation around hips and legs, right leg drawn back, eagle in extended right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, palm tree with two bunches of dates in left field under arm, AP monogram under throne, uncertain Greek additive date (60 - 69?) belowJoe Sermarini
PHOENICIA, Arados, Phoenicia, Unknown King "N", c. 348 - 338 B.C.2 viewsSH85437. Silver stater, BMC Phoenicia p. 10, 58; Betlyon 26, note 104, pl. 7, 4; Rouvier III p. 131, 5; HGC 10 33 (R1); Sunrise 114; SNG Cop -, VF, well centered on a tight flan, struck with high relief dies, test cut on obverse, weight 10.346 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, die axis 270o, Arados mint, c. 348 - 338 B.C.; obverse laureate head of bearded Ba'al Arwad right, with profile eye; reverse galley right, figure of Pataikos right on prow, row of shields on bulwark, Phoenician letters mem aleph nun (Melech Arad N - King of Arados N) from right to left above, three waves below; rareJoe Sermarini
PUNIC, Carthage 232 viewsBillon 2 Shekels - Carthage - 205-203 BC
Weight: 11.8 gms
Obv.: Wreathed head of Tanit left ; Rev.: Horse standing right, palm behind.

SNG 351
2 commentsTanit
PUNIC, Carthage, AE Shekel, c.300-275 BC27 viewsCARTHAGE. Circa 300-275 BC. Æ Shekel (18mm, 6 g, 3h).
Obv: Wreathed head of Tanit left.
Rev: Forepart of horse right; Punic "o" to right.
MAA 57x; SNG Copenhagen 151.
moneta romana
PUNIC, Carthage, Zeugitana, c. 310 - 290 B.C., Electrum shekel2 viewsSH21941. Electrum shekel, Jenkins and Lewis 247 - 250, SNG Cop 137, SGCV II 6462, Choice gVF, a gem, weight 7.575 g, maximum diameter 18.8 mm, die axis 0o, Carthage mint, obverse head of Tanit left, wreathed in grain, wearing necklace and triple-drop earring, dot border; reverse horse standing right on double exergual line, pellet lower right, border of dots; excellent strike with dies of finest style; scarceJoe Sermarini
PUNIC, Siculo-Punic106 viewsCarthage
Siculo-Punic Mint
Wreathed head of Tanit left
Horse galloping right
17mm, 5.5 grams
Sassari 56-136, Holleman Munten List 106
3 commentsWindchildPunico
PUNIC, Zeugitana, Carthage, BI Tridrachm - Second Punic War Issue, struck ca. 215-210 BC 101 viewsYouthful head of Tanit left, wreathed with corn, wearing single drop pendant earring.
Horse standing right, palm tree behind.
Lorber Group 2; MAA 79; SNG Copenhagen 351.
(26 mm, 10.48 g, 12h)

Lorber in analysing a 1995 commerce hoard (CH 9.690) of Second Punic War billon tridrachms that was closed around 205 BC, concluded that this youthful portrayal of Tanit was most probably introduced in the aftermath of Hannibal’s victory over the Romans at Cannae in 216 BC. She inferred a Barcid propaganda association with the youthful portrayal, one that was later overturned as the tide of war turned against the Barcid generals, accompanied by the reversion to the traditional portrayal of Tanit on the coinage of Carthage in the closing years of the Second Punic War.
6 commentsLloyd
PUNIC, Zeugitana, Carthage, Second Punic War, ca. 203-201 BC, Billon 1½ Shekel - SNG Copenhagen 396125 viewsHead of Tanit left, wearing single drop earring. / Horse standing right with a foreleg raised and head reverted, pellet between the rear legs. MAA 81c; SNG Copenhagen 396; Sear GCV 6517 (described as bronze).
(23 mm, 8.93 g, 12h)
Harlan J. Berk

Issued in the final years of the Second Punic War, when the Carthaginian treasury was nearly drained of silver, this coin is of strongly debased metal, with no more than 15% silver content. As a result, this type is frequently described as being of bronze.
2 commentsLloyd T
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Antinous Medallion858 viewsHadrian favourite,Antinous,Medallion 40 gr,39 mm,very fine condition,very rare8 commentsjames
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Antoninus Pius, Alexandria, Drachm418 viewsÆ-Drachme, Alexandria (Aegyptus);

Dattari 2862 and 8723 is this same rev. type for Ant. Pius, LKB = Year 22 = 158/9 AD.
Diameter: 32 mm
Weight: 21 g
Obv.: AVT K TPAIAN AEL ANTWNINOC CE; laureate-headed bust of Antoninus Pius wearing cuirass and paludamentum, r.
Rev.: Sarapis seated, l., holding sceptre; at his feet, Cerberus; to l., Demeter standing, r., holding torch; to r., Tyche holding rudder and cornucopia; all wearing kalathos, all on galley with oars

"Definitely a rare type. Not in the rich Cologne collection for Ant. Pius, and Dattari, in the best collection of Alexandrian coins ever assembled, had only two worn specimens." Curtislclay.
6 commentsTanit
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Antoninus Pius, Mopsos-Mopsuestia AE2450 viewsCilicia, Mopsos-Mopsuestia
obv: bare head right
rev: Athena standing, holding Victory and leaning on shield
Struck Year 207= 139/ 40 AD.
AE 24 (9.65 gm)
SNG France 1974
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, AUGUSTUS206 viewsAR tetradrachm. Antioch ad Orontem. 2-1 BC. 15,23 grs. 12 h. Laureate head right. KAIΣAΡΟΣ ΣΕΒΑΣΤΟΥ. / Tyche of Antioch seated right on rock, holding palm branch, river Orontes swimming right at her feet. ΕΤΟΥΣ Λ ΝΙΚΗΣ. ΥΠΑ (monogram) and IΓ in right field above ANT AYT (monogram). Prieur 55.

2 commentsbenito
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, AUGUSTUS, Augustus & Rhoemetalkes, RPC 171865 viewsRhoemetalkes
Thrace. 11 B.C. - 12 A.D.
19.6mm. 4.35g.
Die Alignment: 180 degrees
Obv: BAΣIΛEΩΣ POIMHTAΛKOY - Diademed head of Rhoemetalkes right.
Rev: KAIΣAPOΣ ΣEBAΣTOY - Bare head of Augustus right.
Ref: BMC 7-9. Moushmov 5782. Jaurukova 200. RPC 1718.
Notes: Rhoemetalkes is the only non-roman person to appear on a coin together with Augustus. Thrace did not become a Roman Province until A.D.46 in the reign of Claudius. The Kingdom had a troubled history after the death of Rhoemetalkes in A.D.12 which culminated in the murder of the last ruler, Rhoemetalkes III, by his wife.
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Augustus, Coinage minted in Philippi. 3 Standards55 viewsCoinage minted in Philippi for the Praetorian Cohort. Typically attributed to the period of Augustus (27BC - 14AD).

AE 19mm

RPC 1651
1 commentsKenM
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Augustus, Cyprus, AE1824 viewsObv: IMP CAESAR DIVI F. Bare head of Augustus right.
Rev: A PLAVTIVS PRO COS. Temple of Aphrodite at Paphos, containing cone shaped object; paved semicircular court in foreground.
GICV: 105; Cohen 163, 784
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Augustus, Syrtica, Sabratha203 viewsSYRTICA Sabratha. Augustus.8-14 AD.
AE As 24 mm
Obv: CAESAR; Head of Augustus right; lituus before /
Rev: Neo-Punic "SBRT'N" to left, "R" to right, Bust of Serapis right;

RPC I 814 .
2 commentsTanit
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Aurelian & Vaballathus, AE (Billon) Tetradrachm of Alexandria53 views20mm 8.7g
Alexandria Mint 270-271 A.D.
Milne 4308
1 commentsTRPOT
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, AURELIAN. Billon Tetradrachm of Alexandria. Struck A.D.274 - 2750 viewsObverse: A K Λ ΔOM AVPHΛIANOC CEB. Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Aurelian facing right.
Reverse: ETOVC S. Eagle standing facing left, looking back, wreath in beak.
Diameter: 20mm | Weight: 8.1gms | Die Axis: 12
GICV : 4750
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Caracalla55 viewsAE 29. Ancyra. ( Galatia ) AD 198-217. 17.04 g. Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right. AVT K M AVP ANTWNEINOC(NT & NE lig) / Octastyle temple façade. MHTP ( TP lig) OΠO ANKVPAC. SNG France 2488 (same dies).1 commentsbenito
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Caracalla, Caesarea, Cappadocia - AR Drachm - ex CNG98 viewsRoman Empire
Caracalla Silver Drachm of Caesarea, Cappadocia.
Struck year 17 (208 - 209 AD).
Titles in Greek.

obv: Laureate bust right.
rev: Mount Argaeus surmounted by star; crescent in left field.

ex CNG
Weight: 3.15 grams
Reference: Syderham 476c

**Notes: One of the photos of this coin is being used as the example of the specific type on**
4 commentsrexesq
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Caracalla, Hadrianopolis, AE2795 viewsHadrianopolis, Thrace
Date: 198-217 AD
Size: 27mm/11.4g
Obverse: AYT M AYP CЄY ANTΩNEINOC - Laureate bust right.
Reverse: AΔPIANOΠOΛЄITΩN - Serapis standing, with right raised hand, holding in left hand spear across
Reference: Moushmov 2645
3 commentsJericho
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Caracalla, Nicopolis ad Istrum1087 viewsMOESIA INFERIOR, Nicopolis ad Istrum. Caracalla. 198-217 AD. Æ 26mm (11.90 gm). Ovinius Tertullus, magistrate. Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind / Apollo Sauroktonos ("Lizardslayer") standing right, holding branch and watching lizard on tree. AMNG I 1518; SNG Copenhagen -. 16 commentsthe_Apostate
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Caracalla, Nicopolis ad Istrum, AE1748 viewsobv: bare head right
rev: Dionysos standing left, holding kantharos and thyrsos
2.76 g
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Caracalla, Nikopolis, AE1864 viewsCaracalla. AE 18 mm. 2.9 g.
Obverse: Laureate and draped bust right.
Reverse: Basket.
1 commentsJericho
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Caracalla, Tetradrachm82 viewsTetradrachmon, dated 213-217. AYT KAI AN - TWNINOC CE. Head to the right. Rv: DHMARC EX UPATOC TO D. Prieur 1545. 12,46g. EF.

4 commentssseverus
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Caracalla, Thrace, Philippopolis - Assarion26 viewsObv. [MA?]P KA . ANTWNINOC; bust right.
Rev. FILIPPOPOLEITWN; Apollo standing left with patera and branch.

(3.59 gms., 19mm)
1 commentsSylvianus
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, CARACALLA, THRACE. Hadrianopolis. AE Unit37 viewsTHRACE. Hadrianopolis.
Caracalla. 198-217 AD.
AE Unit (3.52 gm; 17 mm).
Laureate head right / Eros on dolphin right.
Youroukova 386 var. (unlisted dies); SNG Copenhagen -; BMC Thrace pg. 119, 22.
3 commentsXLi
Roman Empire Provincial, Caracalla, Trajanopolis41 viewsTrajanopolis
Caracalla AE 20.5mm & 5.01g
Obv: draped bust right
Rev: TPAIANOPOLEITWN, seated figure of Zeus seated, holding spear with hand extended.
(possibly unlisted reverse)
Nathan L
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, CARUS. Billon Tetradrachm of Alexandria. Struck A.D.282 - 283.22 viewsObverse: A K M A KAPOC CEB. Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Carus facing right.
Reverse: No legend. Dikaiosyne standing facing left, holding scales and cornucopiae; LA in upper left field, (= regnal year 1 = A.D.282 - 283).
GICV : 4774 | Geissen: 3161 ff. | Dattari: 5565 f. Weight: 7.71gms.
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, CARUS. Commemorative Billon Tetradrachm of Alexandria. Struck A.D.283 - 2841 viewsObverse: ΘEω KAPω CEB. Laureate head of Carus facing right.
Reverse: AΦIEPωCIC. Round, burning and garlanded altar on base, star in upper left field.
GICV : 4777 | Emmett 3995.

This coin is an undated posthumous type struck under Carinus and Numerian and bearing the legend AΦIEPωCIC, one of the most interesting features of the Alexandrian coinage of Marcus Aurelius Carus.
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Claudius & Britannicus. AE23, struck in Thessalonika, Macedonia. 52 viewsObv : head of Claudius TI KLAYDIOC KAICAP CEBACTOC (+ countermark)
Rev : bust of Britannicus BPETANNIKOC QECCALONIK

Ref : RPC 1588
GIC 497, Touratsoglou, Thessaloniki, S. 172, 59 (V 24/R 51)
Britannicus in Nummis 8
1 commentsR. Smits, Numismatist for Numismall
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, CLAUDIUS II GOTHICUS. AE TETRADRACHM of Alexandria. Struck A.D.268 - 2691 viewsObverse: AVT K KLAVΔIOC CEB. Laureate and cuirassed bust of Claudius II facing right.
Reverse: Eagle standing facing left, head looking back to right, holding wreath in beak; in field L B (= regnal year 2 = A.D.268-269).
Not in GICV.

Ex Harlan J Berk
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Claudius, Aezanis, Phrygia, AE20