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Byzantine Period, Crusader States, County of Edessa. Baldwin II , Second reign (1108-1118) . Æ Follis146 viewsCRUSADER STATES . County of Edessa. Baldwin II , Second reign (1108-1118) . Æ Follis
Æ Follis. 8.35 g. Heavy issue .
Obverse : armed warrior standing left holding sword and shield .
Reverse : True Cross on two-stepped base , large pellet in each upper angle , three pellets and sprig in each lower angle .

( Obverse - overstruck on Richard Class 3 reverse , trace of Δ in circular legend and on Baldwin Class 2 reverse long cross , pellets , X and B in first and second angles ;
Reverse - on bust of Christ Baldwin Class 2 obverse ;
CCS 7 ; Slocum 11 ; Porteous, NC 1975 Class 3 ;

Porteous, NC 1975 Plate 16 , 38 (this coin) ; Ex. John Slocum collection , Sothebys London sale 6-7 March 1997 lot 11 ( illustrated Pl.1). Ex Jean Elsen Sale
Vladislav D
Byzantine Period, Empire of Nicaea: John III Ducas-Vatazes (1222-1254) BI Trachy, Magnesia Mint (Sear-2093; DOC 39.2)202 viewsObv: Bust of Christ Emmanuel, beardless and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; hold scroll in left hand. Pellets in each limb of nimbus cross
Rev: Full-length figure of emperor on left, and of St. Constantine bearded, holding between them patriarchal cross at the base of which, three steps. Emperor wears stemma, divitision, jeweled loros of simplified type, and sagion; holds labarum-headed scepter in right hand. Saint similarly dressed, holds scepter cruciger in left hand

Plate Coin from the Catalogue of the Byzantine Coins in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection and in the Whittemore Collection
2 commentsSpongeBob
Byzantine Period, Principality of ANTIOCH . Bohemond III ( 1163-1201) . Ex. Roupen hoard127 views0.80g, 17 mm . 'Helmet' denier class B/C ('mule') of Bohemond III (c1165?).
Obv. +BOAMVNDVS Helmeted head left
Rev. +ANTIOCHIA Cross pattée, crescent in second angle .
Metcalf 372-373
Marcus Phillips 'The Roupen hoard of Helmet pennies of Antioch', Numismatic Chronicle 2005, pp 249-276 . Plate 30 - 27(this coin).
Purchased from C.J.Sabine
Vladislav D
Byzantine Period, Principality of ANTIOCH . Bohemond III or IV ( 1163-1216 ) . Ex. Roupen hoard.116 views Ex. Roupen hoard . Principality of ANTIOCH . Bohemond III or IV ( 1163-1216 )
0.83g, 18 mm . Helmet denier ('Irregular') class J of Bohemond III/IV
Obv. +BOAIIVIIDVS Helmeted head left
Rev. +A.ITIOCII.IA Cross pattée, crescent in second angle .
Metcalf 417-437
The existence of die links with coins in the name of Roupen shows that the
introduction of the annulet marked the end of the issue .
Marcus Phillips 'The Roupen hoard of Helmet pennies of Antioch', Numismatic Chronicle 2005, pp 249-276 . Plate 34 - 331(this coin).
Ex 'Roupen' hoard No 331
Purchased from C.J.Sabine
Vladislav D
BYZANTINE, ALEXIUS I AE Tetarteron S- Unlisted DOC 41 CLBC 2.4.11132 views
OBV Monogram of Alexius.

REV Bust of Emperor wearing stemma divitision and jeweled loros of traditional type holds in r. hand jeweled scepter and in l. gl. cr.

Size 16/18mm

Weight 2.3gm

This is believed to be a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. Grierson believed this coin to be an imitation and Hendy's original catalog mentioned the coin as mythical , a coin had been published a century before but no currently known examples.
By the time DOC IV was published twenty years latter, one was found in the collection of the museum of Istanbul.

My example has now been published in BULLETIN du cercle d'etudeas Numismatiques VOL 52 Jan 2015 by Cedric Wolkow, three examples are shown. This one appears to be in the best condition.

DOC lists the above coin as the only example( Istanbul Museum ) Weight 3.74gm and size at 17mm. Mine is considerable lighter.
Greek, ACHAIA, Achaean League, Patrai-Patras. 88-30 BC.144 viewsAR hemidrachm. 15mm 2.16g.
Laureate head Zeus right/ Achaian league monogram. XE SW PA across fields. dolphin below. All within laurel wreath tied at bottom.
VF. Toned. BCD 508.7 (this coin); Clerk 81; Benner-Patrai-51 (this coin). exBeast Coins.
GREEK, Akarnaia, Leukas, AR Stater circa 400-330 BC 26mm 8.44 g SNG Lockett 2276148 viewsPegasos flying left with mintmark below.Rev helmeted head of Athena left human foot behind.
large flan with die rust on obv.
1 commentsGrant H
GREEK, Akarnaia, Leukas, AR stater circa 490-480 BC 17mm 8.51g 12h117 viewsPegasus flying left with bridle trialing behind.Rev head of Athena wearing Corinthian helmet.
This is the earliest provenance for a coin of Leucas,and the coin itself belongs to the rare series which represents the earliest issues of the mint.
NGC XF 4/3 2490354-004
Archaic Greek silver coinage the Asyut hoard 238 this coin.
Ancient Trade and Early Coinage Vol. 1 Michael Mitchiner page 435,2004 Corinthian Colonies this coin.
Grant H
GREEK, Akarnania, Leukas, AR Stater, circa 400-330 BC. 21.5mm 8.24g 11h150 viewsPegasos flying right with pointed wing mintmark below. Rev helmeted head of Athena right,beared ithyphallic Herm right on three steps, Kerykeion and mintmark behind. Pegasi 102 of Imhoof-Blumer,Akaraniens 26,BCD Akarnaia-HGC 4,823.
ex CNG 103 lot 146 9-14-16,ex Thomas Cederlind, exGorny and Mosch 233 lot 1400 10-16-16,ex Sotheby and co Zurich 4-4-73 lot 385 sold for 300 francs,The Property of The Metropolitan Museum of Art,ex J.Pierpont Morgan 1905,ex John Ward Greek coins and their parent cities 1902, PL.11 465 NNM No 53 1932 pl.10 No 123
1 commentsGrant H
GREEK, Boeotia, Thebes, AR Drachm circa 304-294 BC 18mm 5.42 g119 viewsBoeotian shield.Rev Amphora within incuse square.
EX Glendning 20June 1984
EX Lockett lot 1613 27 May 1959
EX Helbing Munich 1928.
2 commentsGrant H
GREEK, Boeotia, Thebes, AR Stater circa 480-460 BC 18 mm 12.18g106 viewsBoeotian shield rim divided into eight segments. Rev incuse mill sail pattern with raised archaic Theta in center.
EX Harlan Berk BBS 178 LOT 63 3-15-12
EX Christian Pepper.
EX Burdett Johnson 1940s sold for $17.50
EX Armin Brand 1940s
EX Jane Brand
EX Virgil Brand
EX Weber 3241
EX Pozzi 1408 1921 sold for 13 francs
ex J.P.Lambros 1883
1 commentsGrant H
GREEK, Boutin, Collection Pozzi 2945 (this coin); Holt A6.4 (this coin); Kritt A6 (plate 2 A6 this coin); CSE 1294 (this coin); SNG Lockett 3109 (this coin ID: SNGuk_0300_3109); Pozzi 2945 (this coin); ESM 717α (this coin)176 viewsBaktrian Kingdom, Diodotos I, ca. 255/250-240 BC, AR Tetradrachm

Diademed head of Diodotos I right.
ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ANTIOXOY Zeus advancing left hurling thunderbolt, eagle at feet, ΙΔΤ (Iota, Delta, Sampi) monogram in inner left field.

Holt A6.4 (this coin); Kritt A6 (plate 2 A6 this coin); CSE 1294 (this coin); SNG Lockett 3109 (this coin ID: SNGuk_0300_3109); Pozzi 2945 (this coin); ESM 717α (this coin); SNG ANS 77; SC 631.a; Bopearachchi 2E; Mitchiner 64d; Qunduz 6; HGC 9, 24. Mint "A" - Ai Khanoum

(26 mm, 15.73 g, 6h).
Herakles Numismatics, July 2013; ex- Houghton Collection (CSE 1294); ex- Lockett Collection (SNGLockett 3109); ex-Pozzi Collection: Naville Sale I (1921), 2945.

This coin has a very distinguished provenance and has been published as plate coin in four reference works.
It was cleaned after the CSE 1294 image resulting in removal of surface deposits and 0.1 g lower weight than CSE, Holt and SNG Lockett listings
3 commentsn.igma
Greek, Calabria Tarentum AR Didrachm circa 345-334 BC 7.77 g Fischer-Bossert 733b this coin106 viewsNaked horseman on prancing horse right,lancing downwards with right hand,behind large shield and two more lances,the whole within a beaded border.In field to left A and to right |-,beneath horse KAA,RevTaras astride dolphin,a creasted helmet between his hands,with his head slightly bowed towards it,below KAA.
ex ARS Classica-Naville 12,1926 lot 230
ex Hirsch 26, 1910 lot 191
Grant H
Greek, Calabria, Tarentum AR nomos (c. 272-240 BC)158 viewso/ Youth on horseback right; behind, Nike flying right, crowning him.
r/ Phalanthos astride dolphin left, holding grain ear and ornate trident; monogram behind.
6.1g. 19mm
Vlasto 911 This coin
2 commentsAugustin Caron
GREEK, Calabria, Tarentum, AR Stater circa 340-335 BC 23mm 7.87g 1h.Coin World Vol 57 Issue 2952 Page 112-113 The Horsemen of Taras by David Vagi133 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.KA monogram to left TAPAE to right,all encircled by waves.
Fischer-Bossert Group 54,717 {V267-R561}Vlasto 501.Good VF lightly toned struck from artistic dies on a broad flan.Very rare issue,only ten examples noted by Fischer-Bossert,four of which are in museums {Berlin{2}Copenhagen,London.
1 commentsGrant H
Greek, CALABRIA. Taras. Circa 365-355 BC. AR Nomos. Fischer-Bossert 564b (this coin)109 viewsYouthful nude jockey riding horse standing right; to right, bearded herm left; below horse, TH. Rev. TAΡ[AΣ] Phalantos, with wild flowing hair, riding dolphin left, holding oinochoe in right hand. Fischer-Bossert 564b (this coin). Vlasto 410 (same obverse die). Beautifully toned and of fine style. Minor areas of flatness, otherwise, good very fine.

From the Prof. Langlotz Collection, Auctiones AG 23, 17-18 June 1993, 185.

This is a particularly charming depiction of the hero Phalanthos, with wild waving hair and an impish smile, indicating how much he is enjoying the dolphin ride.
3 commentsLeo
Greek, Catalogue of the Collection of Tarentine Coins formed by M. P. Vlasto #113914 viewsCALABRIA, Taras. Circa 380-325 BC. AR Tritemorion(?) (0.47 g).
Female head left / Three crescents facing outward around central pellet. Vlasto 1139 (this coin); HN Italy 924. Near VF, toned, cleaning marks. Apparently unique.

From the Colin E. Pitchfork Collection. Ex Spink Numismatic Circular CVIII.4 (August 2000), no. 2874; M.P. Vlasto Collection, 1139; Nervenga Collection (Sambon, 18 November 1907), lot 381.
Greek, Catalogue of the Collection of Tarentine Coins formed by M. P. Vlasto #122911 viewsCALABRIA, Taras. 380-334 BC. AR Diobol
0.83 gm
Horse galloping / Taras on dolphin.
Vlasto.1229. SNG.ANS.1356. Toned VF, some corrosion.
Rare. ex Vlasto collection.
Greek, Catalogue of the Collection of Tarentine Coins formed by M. P. Vlasto #129769 viewsCALABRIA, Taras. 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.
Greek, Catalogue of the Collection of Tarentine Coins formed by M. P. Vlasto #14065 viewsCALABRIA, Taras. Circa 470-465 BC. AR Nomos
18.5mm, 8.05 g, 7h
Taras, nude, raising left hand and supporting himself with his right, riding dolphin right; TARAS (retrograde) to left, scallop shell below / Head of nymph (Satyra?) left in linear circle within concave incuse. Fischer-Bossert Group 5, 91b (V41/R60) = Vlasto 140 (this coin, illustrated in both references); HN Italy 838; Berlin 65 (same dies). VF, old cabinet tone, a few marks.

From the Gasvoda Collection. Ex M. L. Collection of Coins of Magna Graecia and Sicily (Numismatica Ars Classica 82, 20 May 2015), lot 4; A. D. Moretti Collection; Classical Numismatic Group 40 (with Numismatica Ars Classica, 4 December 1996), lot 575; Hess-Leu [11] (24 March 1959), lot 5; Kricheldorf IV (7 October 1957), lot 26; Münzen und Medaillen AG VIII (8 December 1949), lot 696; Michel Pandely Vlasto Collection; Maddalena Collection (Sambon & Canessa, 7 May 1903), lot 244.
2 commentsLeo
Greek, Catalogue of the Collection of Tarentine Coins formed by M. P. Vlasto #23310 viewsCALABRIA, Taras. Circa 430-425 BC. AR Nomos

20.5mm, 7.21 g, 4h
Taras, nude, riding dolphin left, holding akrostolion; below, fish left / Taras, as Oikistes, seated left, holding strigil with lekythos and distaff downward, at which cat, to left, jumps. Fischer-Bossert Group 17, 255h (V120/R191) = Vlasto 233 = Walcher von Molthein 115 (this coin); Vlasto, Taras, Type 47B; HN Italy 844; Jameson 104 (same dies). Old cabinet tone, scattered marks. Near VF. Very rare, only 13 noted by Fischer-Bossert, no additional pieces in CoinArchives.

From the Matthew Curtis Collection. Ex Michael Pandely Vlasto Collection; Léopold Walcher de Molthein Collection (Cahn 9, 25 February 1901), lot 2598.
1 commentsLeo
Greek, Catalogue of the Collection of Tarentine Coins formed by M. P. Vlasto #33847 views20mm, 7.93 g, 2h
Youth on horse galloping right; tiny Λ below / Phalanthos, holding torch, riding dolphin left.

Fischer-Bossert Group 26, 361.2 (V164/R283) = Vlasto 338 (this coin); HN Italy 850. Old collection tone, small edge test cut, a few marks on edge, struck from worn dies. VF.

Ex Michel Pandely Vlasto Collection.
1 commentsLeo
Greek, Catalogue of the Collection of Tarentine Coins formed by M. P. Vlasto #4756 viewsCALABRIA, Taras. Circa 385-380 BC. AR Nomos

22mm, 7.88 g, 12h
Nude youth on horse leaping right; A to lower left, P to lower right / Phalanthos, nude, holding kantharos, riding dolphin left; X below, Ω above tail. Fischer-Bossert Group 31c, 471b (V199/R356) = Vlasto 475 = M.P. Vlasto, “Monnaies rares ou inédites de Tarente de ma collection” in RBN 1899, p. 150, 7 and pl. VI, 7 (this coin); HN Italy 880; Winterthur 225 (same dies). Old collection tone, minor flan flaws, small die break on reverse. Good VF.

From the Matthew Curtis Collection. Ex Michel Pandely Vlasto Collection, 475.
Greek, Catalogue of the Collection of Tarentine Coins formed by M. P. Vlasto #915119 viewsTaras 272-240 BC Nomos
Calabria, Tarentum; c. 272-240 BC, Nomos, 6.51g(new standard of weight compared with the old 7.5g). 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.

I appreciate to have this coin. It is from M.P. Vlasto collection.
1 commentsLeo
Greek, Catalogue of the Collection of Tarentine Coins formed by M. P. Vlasto #938156 viewsCalabria, Taras. From Sir Arthur Evans Collection
c. 240-228 BC. AR Nomos, 6.39g (10h). Obv: Naked youth riding horse at full gallop right, holding torch behind him; in field to left monogram HPAK; below, ΔΑΙΜΑΧΟC. Rx: ΤΑ - ΡΑC in field under Taras astride dolphin left holding trident in left hand and kantharos in right; in field to right, monogram ANΔPE. Vlasto 938 (this coin). Evans, Tarentum (1889), p. 194, pl. X. 1 (this coin). Ex Vlasto Coll. 938, pl. XXX. From the Sir Arthur Evans Collection.
3 commentsLeo
GREEK, CSE 937 (this coin); CSE Plate 56, 937 (this coin)106 viewsSeleukid Kingdom, Seleukos I Nikator, 312-281 BC, AR Tetradrachm - Seleukeia on the Tigris

Head of Herakles right wearing lion skin headdress.
ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣEΛEYKOY Zeus Nikephoros seated left, NO in left field.

SC 119.3(a); HGC 9, 16f; ESM 23 (same dies A27-P79); CSE 937 (this coin); CSE 2, 58 (AHNS 1047).
Seleukeia on the Tigris mint ca. 300-296 BC.

(25 mm, 16.91 g, 12h).
ex-William K. Raymond Collection; ex- Arthur Houghton Collection.

Some time in the last five years of the fourth century BC the mint at Seleukeia on the Tigris opened to issue coinage in the name of Seleukos. Initial issues maintained the Zeus Aëtophoros (eagle) reverse image. However, shortly thereafter, the Zeus Nikephoros (Nike) image was introduced in parallel with the Aëtophoros image. The Nikephoros reverse was a direct allusion to Seleukos victory over Antigonos at Ipsos in 301 BC. This is one of three known examples of SC 119.3(a). The others are ESM 23 in the Danish national collection Copenhagen and CSE 2, 58 (AHNS 1047). Seleucid Coins lists another from the Tricala 1979 hoard (CH IX, 000) in the Athens Numismatic Museum, but this is in fact an example of ESM 24 (Zeus Aëtophoros) that was incorrectly catalogued as ESM 23 by Oeconomides - refer Oeconomides Pl. 66, 109. All noted examples are from the same obverse die. The obverse of this coin is a die match to that of a Zeus Aëtophoros issue with identical NO primary control which is now found in the Berlin collection (ESM 24; Newell Pl V, 4).
Greek, Datames stater, SNG Levante 86 = SNG von Aulock 5951 (this coin)164 views384-361/0 BC
25 mm, 10.57 g
obv: Baaltars seated right; holding grain ear and grape bunch, resting on eagle-tipped scepter; thymiaterion to left, branch under throne; all within crenellated wall
rev: Satrap seated right, wearing Persian dress, holding arrow; winged solar disk upper right, bow lower right
(Casabonne series 2; SNG Levante 86 = SNG von Aulock 5951 (this coin); SNG France 288ff var. (symbol under throne on obverse))
3 commentsareich
GREEK, Illyria, Dyrrachion. AR Stater87 viewsCirca 340-280 BC (21mm, 10.71 g, 4h). Maier 23 var. (lizard on rev.); Meadows, Coin Hoard (forthcoming) 175 (this coin); SNG Copenhagen –; BMC 17 var. (same). Obverse Cow standing right, looking back at suckling calf standing left below; above, wasp right. Reverse Double stellate pattern, divided by line, in double linear square border (single on one side); DYP retrograde, club below; all within linear circle border. Good VF, bright surfaces, some porosity. Well centered. Very rare.

Ex Classical Numismatic Group 93rd Printed Auction, lot 190.

Dyrrhachion was founded as Epidamnos in the ancient region of Illyria in 627 BC by ancient Greek colonists from Corinth and Korkyra. The city's geographical position was highly advantageous, as it was situated around a natural rocky harbor which was surrounded by inland swamps and high cliffs on the seaward side, making the city very difficult to attack from either land or sea. The city, together with Corinth’s conflict with Korkyra was one of the causes in precipitating the Peloponnesian War. Dyrrhachion was noted for being a politically advanced society, prompting Aristotle to praise its political system in controlling trade between the Greek colonists and the locals. The Romans prefer calling the city Dyrrhacium since the last two syllables of the city’s name “–damnos” connotes a different meaning and inauspicious to Roman ears. The designs of the staters of Korkyra as well as its colonies, Apollonia and Dyrrhachion, have been the subject of much numismatic speculation. Eckhel (Doctrina numorum veterum [Vienna, 1792/3], II:155) accepted the view of Laurentius Beger (Observationes Et Conjecturae In Numismata Quaedam Antiqua [Brandenburg, 1691]), who argued that the design represented the garden of Alkinöos, the mythical king of Phaiakia, described in detail by the poet Homer (Od. 7.112-133). Based on the assumption that mythical Phaiakia was the island of ancient Korkyra (mod. Corfu), and knowing that Korkyrans colonized both Apollonia and Dyrrhachion, Beger (and through him, Eckhel) concluded that the central elements were flowers and that the overall design must represent either the layout of the garden, or the doors leading to it. Other numismatists argued that the central elements of the design were more star-like. While Böckh and Müller (in P. Gardner, "Floral patterns on Archaic Greek coins," NC 1881, p. 1) felt this to be the case, they considered the elements to be nothing more than a fortuitous series of random strokes. Friedlander and von Sallet (Das königliche Münzkabinett [Berlin, 1877], coins 72-75) viewed them as symbols of the Dioskouri. Proponents of either interpretation continue to argue their views (see Alfred Maier, "Die Silberprägung von Apollonia und Dyrrhachion," NZ 41 [1908], p. 2 and note 4 [garden]; Traité, Part II, Volume I, column 931 [garden]; Michael E. Marotta, "Dyrrachium: Rome's doorway to Greece," Celator [April 1997], pp. 6-7 [garden]; Gyula Petrányi, “Gardens of Alkinoos: Fact or Fiction?” on the reverse pattern of the silver coins from Corcyra, Apollonia and Dyrrachium," Celator [November 1998], pp. 22-24 [Dioskouroi]). Gardner (op. cit.) was convinced that the reverse design had a religious meaning, but was unconvinced that the symbols were either a garden layout, or stars. Instead, he favored a floral interpretation. He argued that this was indicated not only by their general shape, but in some particular instances by an intentional modification to make them appear more floral. Noting a similarity between the reverse types of Korkyran staters – the model for the staters of Apollonia and Dyrrhachion – and those of other Greek city-states, most notably Miletos and Kyrene, he argued that this was due to a common religious cult between them, since he believed that Greek coin types were primarily religious in origin. Arguing that the most probable deity was Apollo, Gardner concluded that the reference was to Apollo Aristaios or Nomios, a pastoral version of that god who was worshiped (among other places) both at Kyrene and throughout northern Greece and was known to be the protectors of flocks (cf. Pind. Pyth. 9.64-65). Most recently, Nicolet-Pierre revisited the issue of the reverse design in her article on the archaic coinage of Korkyra ("À props du monnayage archaïque de Corcyre," SNR 88 (2009), pp. 2-3), and offered a novel interpretation. Noting a passage of Thucydides (3.70.4) in which that author cited the existence on the island of a sacred precinct (temenos) and dedicated to Zeus and Alkinöos, she suggested that the reverse design might have been inspired by this, and not Homer's garden of Alkinöos. Since Apollonia and Dyrrhachion, as colonies of Korkyra, employed that island's designs in their own coinage, it is necessary to explain why Korkyra used such symbols on its coinage. The archaic staters of Korkyra were the first issues to employ a cow standing right (or left), suckling its calf on the obverse. (BMC 1-8 [for cow right]; BMC 9-16 [for cow left]). A similar obverse design appears on the coinage of Karystos in Euboia and, according to Plutarch (Quaest. Graec.), Korkyra was settled by Euboians, whose coinage symbol was a bovine. Several dedications in the form of a bronze bull are attested for the Korkyrans and the island's patron god was Apollo. The reverse design of the archaic staters consists of a pair of incuse punches, consisting of stars (BMC 1 and pl. XXI, 1). That the symbol was a star is certain, as fractions of this series and subsequent issues with a star on the obverse make plain. One stater (BMC 10 and pl. XXI, 2), puts the star design in a more abstract arrangement, becoming the precursor of the reverse design type employed in later stater issues (BMC 39 and pl. XXI, 9). The striking lines formed by the incuse punches are retained in the later design as lines of the frame. Thus, the staters of Apollonia, Dyrhachion, and Korkyra demonstrate a meticulous progressive recopying of an archaic coin type that continued under its colonies, and not an allusion to a possible Homeric past.

Jason T
GREEK, Macedonian Kingdom, Philip 2nd 359-336 BC 23 mm 14.46mm 6h104 viewsLifetime issues Laureate head of Zeus right.Rev nude jockey on horseback right holding palm in right hand and reins in left.Janiform head below raised foreleg.Le Rider 303 a this coin,ex SNG ANS 517,EX Edward Newell bought from Headlam EX Sotheby Wilkinson and Hodge 8-10 May 1916
NGC 2490354-003 XF 4-4 fine style
Grant H
GREEK, Miller & Hoover AJN 22 (2010), 41 (this coin illustrated on plate 14) 105 viewsSeleukid Kingdom, Seleukos I Nikator, 312-281 BC, AR Tetradrachm - Sardis 282-281 BC
Head of Herakles right wearing lion-skin headdress.
ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣEΛEYKOY Zeus Nikephoros seated left, EP monogram to left, AΣ beneath throne.

SC 3.3a; HGC 9, 16a; Miller & Hoover AJN 22 (2010), 41 (this coin illustrated on plate 14) dies A1/P7; Nelson "Seleucus I" Hoard (CH 10.265) 726-732 (this coin); WSM 1352 α, A1/ P7.

Seleukos’ military mint at Sardis 282-281 BC.

(25 mm, 17.12 g, 12h).

ex- Commerce "Seleucus I" Hoard (CH 10.265).

Miller, R. P. and O. D. Hoover. 2010. The Sardes Mint under Seleucus I Nicator. American Journal of Numismatics Second Series, 22, 25-34.

Nelson, B. R. 2010 Commerce (“Seleucus I” Hoard) 2005 (CH 10.265). In CH 10, 73-104.

CH 10 = Hoover, O., A. Meadows and U. Wartenberg, eds. 2010. Coin hoards, Volume X: Greek Hoards. New York: Royal Numismatic Society/American Numismatic Society.
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GREEK, PERIKLES, DYNASTS of LYCIA, AR Stater circa 380-360 BC 22.5 mm 9.81 g 7 h,96 viewsOlcay&Morkholm,The coin hoard from Podalia,NC 1971 399 [A1/P3] this coin,L.Mildenberg,Mithrapata and Perikles,Proceedings of the 8th International Numismatic Congress,Rome 1961 21 [A14/R16] reverse of this coin Illustrated/Head of Perikles facing slightly left,wearing laurel wreath,drapery around neck,to right dolphin downward.Rev warrior nude but for crested Corinthian helmet,in fighting attitude right,holding sword aloft in right hand,shield on left arm,VEHNTEZ[= Phellos] in Lycian]to left,triskeles.PERIKLE [in Lycian] whelk shell?to right,all within shallow incuse square.From the J.Eric Engstrom collection,ex Gorny&Mosch 199,lot 514 10-10-11,ex CNG esale 164 lot 80,ex Kirk Davis FPL 17 lot 61 ,in commerce 1958 per Podalia.Grant H
GREEK, pseudo-autonomous, Asia minor, Lydia, Saittai, BMC 23127 viewsAE 22, 5.82g, 225°
Struck early 3rd century
obv. AZIO - T - THNOC
bust of Men Aziottenos, r., wearing Phrygian cap ornamented with stars,
crescent behind shoulders
Youthfull river-god Hermos leaning l., holding reed in r. hand and cornucopiae
in l. arm; resting l. ellbow on inverted vase from which water is flowing l.
ERMOC in ex.
ref. BMC 23; SNG von Aulock 3089; Imhoof-Blumer p.127, 1; published in Patricia Lawrence, In Memory of
Eugene Numa Lane, in MVSE, vol. 42, Annual of the Museum of Art and Archeoloy, University of Missouri,
vol. 42, 2008, p. 31, fig. 6
rare, good VF
added to
added to
The stars on the cap clearly seen on this specimen are not mentioned in BMC nor SNG von Aulock. Pat Lawrence: "A glorious coin!"

Hermos, today Gediz in Turkey.
1 commentsJochen
Greek, Ravel; Descriptive Catalogue of the Collection of Tarentine Coins formed by M. P. Vlasto - #1099104 viewsTaras, Calabria (Plate Coin)
302 - 281 BC (Period VI)
AR Drachm (16mm, 3.09g, 3h)
Nikokrates, magistrate.
O: Head of Athena right, wearing Attic helmet decorated with Skylla throwing stone.
R: Owl with closed wings standing right on Ionic capital, head facing; [NIKO]KPAT[HΣ] to left, TA to right.
Vlasto 1099 (this coin); HN Italy 1052
From the M.P. Vlasto Collection. ex CNG

“Michel P. Vlasto was born in Athens on the 1st February 1874 and Studied in Marseilles.
… He was a born artist and very good at drawing. His artistic feeling made him a real worshipper of Greek art; everything beautiful charmed him; if he could have done so a museum would have been his home. The real pleasure he felt in admiring a beautiful work of Greek art was so intense that he used to say he could not imagine life without Art and that beauty and Happiness went together. As a result he could not feel happy unless he was surrounded by Beauty. The room where he used to spend most of his leisure was a kind of temple in which a few perfect specimens of Greek art were the idols he worshipped in a real religious way.
… But all these splendid surroundings were only the frame of the world famous collection of Tarentine coins which represented his chief interest in life and really his sole hobby. But he did not limit himself to collecting coins as most collectors do; he was a real self-made scholar; his knowledge of Tarentine numismatic was complete; there was not a single coin in a public or private cabinet which he did not know, and nothing was said or written about Tarentum, its history and its art which escaped him. He published several contributions to numismatics and many of his books are famous.”
~ Oscar E. Ravel (Descriptive Catalogue of the Collection of Tarentine Coins formed by M. P. Vlasto - 1947)
1 commentsEnodia
Greek, Ravel; Descriptive Catalogue of the Collection of Tarentine Coins formed by M. P. Vlasto - #1235104 viewsTaras, Calabria (Plate Coin)
380-325 BC
AR Diobol (11.5mm, 1.15g, 2h)
O: Head of Athena right, helmet decorated with hippocamp.
R: Naked Herakles seated left on dead lion right, holding cup in right hand and club in left.
Vlasto 1235 (this coin); HN Italy 910
Very rare
From the AG Collection.; ex Michel Pandely Vlasto Collection; ex Vecchi 17; ex CNG

This coin is extremely rare, and Vlasto cites only this single die combination. While I am sure it isn’t unique I could find no other specimen of this type listed anywhere.
2 commentsEnodia
Greek, Ravel; Descriptive Catalogue of the Collection of Tarentine Coins formed by M. P. Vlasto - #124173 views380-325 BC
AR Diobol (11.5mm, 1.12g, 1h)
O: Helmeted head of Athena left, helmet decorated with Skylla.
R: Herakles standing right, strangling the Nemean lion; bow, quiver, and club to left; K between legs, [|- to lower right].
Vlasto 1241 (this coin); HN Italy 914
From the David Wray Collection. ex Michel P. Vlasto Collection; ex CNG

Vlasto plate coin, #1241
Greek, Ravel; Descriptive Catalogue of the Collection of Tarentine Coins formed by M. P. Vlasto - #1296109 viewsTaras, Calabria (Plate Coin)
380-325 BC
AR Diobol (12mm, 1.22g, 11h)
O: Head of Athena right, wearing crested Attic helmet decorated with hippocamp; Ξ behind neck-flap.
R: Herakles kneeling right, strangling the Nemean lion; [club] to left, TA above.
Vlasto 1296 (this coin); HN Italy 912
From the M.P Vlasto Collection. ex Pegasi Numismatics; ex MNS

"Mr. Vlasto's collection of Tarentine coins is certainly the most complete that exists; practically all known varieties are represented; its catalog can therefore be considered a real corpus of the coinage of Tarentum. Numerous are the rare or unique specimens; but what makes this collection an outstanding one is its large number of exceptionally well preserved coins. Mr. Vlasto was never content with his specimens; if he could get a better one, he never missed the opportunity. He used to tell me that in some cases he had changed six specimens of the same coin and that he would even change the sixth if he could find a better one. The results is that many of his coins are really wonderful gems of priceless value. Any colledctor would be proud to have just one of them in his collection."
~ Oscar Ravel (Descriptive Catalogue of the Collection of Tarentine Coins formed by M. P. Vlasto)
1 commentsEnodia
Greek, Ravel; Descriptive Catalogue of the Collection of Tarentine Coins formed by M. P. Vlasto - #130282 viewsTaras, Calabria (Plate Coin)
325-280 BC
AR Diobol (12mm, 1.14g, 8h)
O: Head of Athena right, wearing crested Attic helmet decorated with a hippocamp.
R: Herakles crouching right, strangling the Nemean lion to right; EY above.
Vlasto 1302 (this coin); HN Italy 976
From the M.P Vlasto collection. ex MNS
Greek, Ravel; Descriptive Catalogue of the Collection of Tarentine Coins formed by M. P. Vlasto - #148977 viewsTaras, Calabria (Plate Coin)
325-280 BC
AR Litra (11mm, 0.64g, 12h)
O: Scallop shell with nine teeth.
R: Dolphin leaping right; small dolphin left above, |-HP(?) below.
Vlasto 1489 (this coin); McGill II, 182; HN Italy 979
From the M.P Vlasto Collection. ex MNS

“The part of the small denominations, which owing to their small size, have always been ignored by the collectors, show such a sequence of small works of art, and so complete, that every museum would be pleased to have it in its cabinet. For many numismatists some of these tiny pieces, will be a real revelation.”
~ Oscar E. Ravel (Descriptive Catalogue of the Collection of Tarentine Coins formed by M. P. Vlasto - 1947)
Greek, Ravel; Descriptive Catalogue of the Collection of Tarentine Coins formed by M. P. Vlasto - #166189 viewsTaras, Calabria (Plate Coin)
302-228 BC
AR Obol (10mm, 0.53g)
O: Kantharos; three pellets around.
R: Kantharos with bunch of grapes to right; pellets around.
Vlasto 1661 (this coin); Cote ---
From the M.P Vlasto collection; ex Den of Antiquity
1 commentsEnodia
Greek, S.Hurter.Lions and lionesses Eagles and a few heads,Essays in honour of Charles Hersh group I,3 this coin55 viewsCaria Uncertain Mid 5th century BC,AR Obol7.5 mm 0.69g 6h Head and foreleg of lion left.Rev eagle flying right within incuse square.Grant H
Greek, S.Hurter.Lions and lionesses Eagles and a few heads,Essays in honour of Charles Hersh group II,22 this coin48 viewsCaria Uncertain mid 5th century BC,AR Obol 7.5 mm 0.71 g2h,Head and foreleg of lion right.Rev facing head of lion.Grant H
GREEK, SC 68, Price P167 - American Journal of Numismatics Second Series 27: 41-97 : Taylor L. W. H. Triparadeisos to Ipsos Series IV, 189 (this coin), Plate 12, 189 (this coin)84 viewsSeleukid Kingdom, Seleukos I Nikator, 312-281 BC, AR Tetradrachm - Babylonia, Uncertain Mint 6A

Head of Herakles right wearing lion skin headdress.
ΒΑΣΙΛEΩΣ ФIΛIΠΠOY Zeus Aëtophoros enthroned left, star symbol beneath throne, Π recut over an earlier mint control in left field.

Taylor, Triparadeisos to Ipsos, Series IV, 189 (this coin), Plate 12, 189 (this coin), dies A50/P1; HGC 9, 11a (same dies); SC 68 (same dies); WSM 1241 (same dies); Price P167 (same dies).

Uncertain Mint 6A in Babylonia, 303-302 BC.

Struck under Seleukos utilising a reverse die from an earlier lifetime Philip issue (Price P160) with the left field mint control recut. Obverse die linked to examples of SC 67 (Alexander), SC 69 (Seleukos) and SC 50.1 (Alexander Uncertain Mint 1).

One of four examples known and the only one outside the ANS (Newell) collection.

(26 mm, 17.0 g, 3h).

Reference: Taylor, L. W. H. 2015. From Triparadeisos to Ipsos: Seleukos I Nikator’s Uncertain Mint 6A in Babylonia.
AJN Second Series 27: 41-97.
2 commentsn.igma
GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa 440-430 BC 25mm 17.37g 1h Jenkins Gela 384.7 [O78/R158] this coin.129 viewsCharioteer holding Kenton in left hand and reins in both,driving slow quadriga right,above Nike flyingright crowning horseswith open wreath held in both hands.Rev forepart of man-headed bull right the river god [Gelas swimming.
Ex CNG Triton 16 lot 209.
1 commentsGrant H
Greek, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa 450 - 440 BC 25mm 1723g 9h. Jenkins the coinage of Gela 342.4101 viewsQuadriga driven slowly to right by a bearded charioteer, above Nike flying right to crown the horses,in exergue palmettte with tendrils. Rev forepart of man-headed bull,the river god Gelas right.
ex Nomos auction 14 lot 50 5-17-17, ex The Stoecklin collection bought from bank Leu.ex Munzen und Medaillen auction X, 22 June 1951, lot 192, ex V.J.E. Ryan sold by Glendinings November 24th 1950 lot 1499a.
3 commentsGrant H
GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm circa465-450 BC 17.22g 28mm 11h.Jenkins 220 O58/R 118 The Randazzo Hoard 1980 and Sicillian Chronology in the Early Fifth Century B.C. 41 this coin.58 viewsCharioteer in quadriga moving slowly left,behind free standing Ionic column,probably marking the turning point of the race,in exergue sea monster {ketos}.Rev forepart of bearded man-headed bull right,Nike flying right crowning Gelas {off flan}.
NGC 4625018-016 AU 3-4
Grant H
GREEK, Sicily, Gela, AR Tetradrachm.182 viewsSicily Gela AR Tetradrachm circa 415-405 BC 24 mm 16.75 g Slow quadriga driven right by charioteer,the nearside horse with head lowered,the farside horse head held high,wreath of olive above crane flying right in exergue.Reverse forepart of man-headed bull{river-god Gelas} with thick wavy beard,swimming right,{CEAAE} retrograde and large barley-grain above.This coin was struk just before the destruction of the city by the Carthaginian invaders in 405 BC,and which Gela never fully recovered.And it is thought that the quadriga on the obverse is to show that 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 9 482 O95/R192 and from the A,D,M collection2 commentsGrant H
Greek, SICILY, Herbessos, Calciati III.5.OS.15=this coin93 viewsSICILY, Herbessos. Circa 339/8-335 BC. Æ Litra (29mm, 20.82 g, 12h). Laureate head of Sikelia right / Head of man-faced bull right. Castrizio Series III, 1; Campana 5b; CNS 5; HGC 2, 412.

Calciati Plate Coin (Calciati III.5.OS.15=this coin)

Ex. CNG eAuction 327, lot 407 (Continental Collection); Ex. Titano 14, lot 31.
1 commentsMolinari
Greek, SICILY, Panormos, Hoover HGC 2, 1062 (this coin); Giuseppe Bucetti, p. 344 (this coin).76 viewsAE Onkia, 2.11 g, Sicily, Panormos, ca. 415-380 B.C. Obv: Forepart of Man-headed bull facing left, possibly ear of corn above or simply an encrustation divided from the man-faced bull by the tooler, in which case SYS should be above. Rev: Horse trotting right, ear of corn above. Calciati I, 272, no. 11. Hoover HGC 2, 1062 (this coin); Giuseppe Bucetti "Monete, Storia e topografia della Sicilia Greca," p. 344 (this coin). Definite tooling around the major devices, but the extent on the devices themselves is unclear. In hand, the devices do not appear to be tooled.

Ex. Dr. Busso-Peus, Auction 386, No. 108 (unsold)
GREEK, SICILY, Syracuse. Deinomenid Tyranny. 485-466 BC. AR Tetradrachm, struck ca. 480-475 BC.24 viewsBoehringer, Die Münzen von Syrakus, 1929 and reprint 1974, Plate 7, # 156

SICILY, Syracuse. Deinomenid Tyranny. 485-466 BC. AR Tetradrachm, struck ca. 480-475 BC.
16.93 g, 24 mm, 12 h, test cut.

Obverse: Charioteer driving slow quadriga right, holding kentron and reins; above, Nike flying right, crowning horses.

Reverse: ΣVRAK—ΟΣΙ—O—N, Head of Arethusa right, wearing pearl diadem, surrounded by four dolphins swimming clockwise.

Reference: Boehringer # 156 (V70/R108) (this coin), Prinz Waldeck # 488 (this coin), SNG ANS # 44

- Ex-Prince (Fürst) Waldeck of Arolsen collection # 488.
- Berlin Coin Cabinet between ca. 1921 - 1931 (plaster casts were made).
- Boehringer plate coin # 156 ("Die Münzen von Syrakus", 1929).
- Ex-Münzhandel Basel, Vente publique N° 4, 1st of October, 1935, Lot # 488.
- Ex-Heinz Rühmann Collection (famous German movie actor).
- Ex-Gerhand Hirsch Nachfolger, Auction 332, 20th of September, 2017, Lot # 2069.
- Ex-Stock; Dealer Hamborg, Bernd.
- The Asena Collection (Burak Cebeci), purchased at Dortmund Coin Fair, 01.09.2019.
- Illustrated on Wildwinds as Boehringer 156 (
Greek, SICILY, Tauromenion, CNS 4 (this coin illustrated)79 viewsSICILY, Tauromenion. Circa 339/8-336 BC. Æ Hemilitron(?) (25mm, 16.81 g, 9h). Laureate head of Apollo Archagetas left / Man-headed bull standing left; grape bunch to left. Castrizio Series III, 1β; Campana 1b; CNS 4 (this coin illustrated); HGC 2, 1577; Virzi 1995–6. VF, dark green and brown surfaces.

Calciati Plate Coin

From the Trinacria Collection. Ex Elsen 36 (17 September 1994), lot 94. CNG 97, lot 51.
Greek, Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum Lockett parts 1-5,GREEK, Satraps of Caria Maussolos AR Tetradrachm circa 377-353 BC 24 mm 15.25g 12h136 viewsRichard Cyril Lockett plate 9,2382,Prof.S.Pozzi,Plate LXXVII,2624.3 commentsGrant H
Greek, Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum Lockett parts 1-5,GREEK, Satraps of Caria, Maussolos, AR Tetradrachm circa 377-353 BC 24 mm 15.25g 12h96 viewsRichard Cyril Lockett plate 9,2382,Prof.S.Pozzi,Plate LXXVII,2624.
Head of Apollo facing slightly right.Rev MAUSSOLLOS, Zeus Labraundos standing right holding double axe {labyrs} and lotus tipped scepter me monogram behind.
EX Harlan Berk 4-023-2005
EX Lockett lot 2382 1955
EX Dr. Pozzi lot 2624 4-4-1921 sold for 340 francs
1 commentsGrant H
Greek, Syria, Seleukia and Piereia, Balanea Leucas, pseudo-autonomous, Lindgren & Kovacs 2178 (plate coin)74 viewsAE 16, 3.3g
struck 2nd century AD
Nike stg. l., holding palm-branch and wreath
Upper part of body of river-god Chrysoroas, looking frontal, left hand raised
ref. RPCI 4465B var. (different legend); SNG Copenhagen 303; Lindgren-Kovacs 2178 (this coin!)
about VF

Chrysoroas (the golden river), today Jerash river.
Greek, The collection of coins formed M.P.Vlasto 1344 this coin circa 325-280 BC 13mm 1.16g 2h66 viewsHelmeted head of Athena left,with wreath on bowl/Herakles holding club,stranging the Nemean lion.2 commentsGrant H
GREEK, Antioche de Syrie, p. 46, pl.4, G (this coin), Seleucid Coins 534.3 (this coin illustrated on Plate 25)82 viewsSeleukid Kingdom, Antiochos II Theos, 261-246 BC, AR Tetradrachm - Tralles
Diademed head of Antiochos II right.
ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ANTIOXOY Apollo seated left on omphalos, holding arrow with left hand resting on bow; YA monogram in inner left field and ME in exergue.
Antioche de Syrie, p. 46, pl.4, G (this coin) dies A1-P5, referenced to W K Raymond coll., Fresno California; SC 534.3 (this coin - illustrated on Plate 25); HGC 9, 238i.
Tralles mint.
(30 mm, 16.45 g, 12h).
ex- Eukratides Ancient Numismatics; consigned from the William K. Raymond Collection.

This coin is referenced in Seleucid Coins (Volume I page 190 and Volume II Plate 25) with the comment, ‘Antioche de Syrie p.46. 14. Pl 4 G dies A1-P5 in W. K. Raymond coll, Fresno, California. Obverse die link with cat. Nos. 534.1-2 above, die in a very worn state, reverse die of barbarous style’. In describing the series to which this coin belongs, Seleucid Coins notes that it employs an obverse die of fine style, which after receiving considerable wear, is ultimately paired with a barbarous reverse die.

Tralles where this coin was struck was located in Ionia, about 50 kilometres inland from Ephesus.

Georges le Rider. Antioche de Syrie sous les Séleucides Corpus des monnaies d'or et d'argent. I: De Séleucos I à Antiochos V, c. 300-161. Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, 1999.

Houghton A. and Lorber C. Seleucid Coins A Comprehensive Catalogue Part I Seleucus I through Antiochus III Volumes I & II. The American Numismatic Society, New York in association with Classical Numismatic Group Inc Lancaster/London 2002.
GREEK. Ephesos AR Tetradrachm. Hecatomnus Hoard (1977).111 viewsCirca 405-390 BC (21mm, 14.95 g, 12h). Aristainetos, magistrate. Hecatomnus 53b (O11/R48 – this coin); SNG Kayhan –; Winterthur 2904 (same obverse die). Obverse: bee with curved wings. Reverse: forepart of stag right, head left; palm tree to left (off flan), APIΣTAINETO[Σ] to right. Toned, VF. Struck on a tight flan.

Ex Hecatomnus Hoard (CH V, 17; CH VIII, 96; and CH IX, 387). Ex CNG Electronic Auction 338, lot 85.

The bee, palm tree and the stag are emblems of Ephesos. This city was an important center of worship of the Greek goddess Artemis, and the images on Ephesian coinage represent her. Ephesos also used the bee on its coins since it was a producer of honey, so the bee advertised their most famous product. The bee was also mythologically connected to Ephesos because, according to Philostratos, the colonizing Athenians were led to Ephesos in Ionia by the Muses who took the form of bees. Ephesos occupied the alluvial plain of the lower Cayster, but it owed its chief wealth and renown less to the produce of its soil than to the illustrious sanctuary of the old Anatolian nature-goddess, whom the Ionian Greeks identified with Artemis, the Goddess of Hunt. It is noteworthy that the high-priest of the temple of Artemis was called Ηεσσην, ‘the king bee,’ while the virgin priestesses bore the name of “melissai” or Honey-Bees. The stag was regarded as sacred to her and stag figures were said to have flanked the cult statue of Artemis in her temple at Ephesos. The palm tree alludes to Artemis’ birthplace, the island of Delos, where the goddess Leto gave birth to Artemis and her twin brother Apollo underneath a palm tree. Therefore, the coin might represent the city’s origin as well.

The earlier type tetradrachmae of Ephesos could be identified by the curved pair of wings of the bee on the obverse side of these coins. It is roughly estimated that a total of about less than a hundred of these tetradrachmae exist as compared to the straight wing bee variant of later emissions, which are believed to be seven to eight times more common than the former. These estimates are based on the findings and studies made after the discoveryof the Hecatomnus and Pixodarus hoards in 1977 and 1978, respectively. Prior to their discovery, there were only about 35 of these curved wing tetradrachmae recorded in existence.
1 commentsJason T
INDIA, Gwalior, Jhansi: Jayaji Rao (1843-1886) AR 1/8 rupee (KM-112)74 viewsPlate Specimen coin from Krause Publications Standard Catalogue of World Coins 1801-1900, 7th Edition.SpongeBob
ISLAMIC, Zengids of Mosul, Saif al-Din Ghazi II, AE Dirhem, al-Jazira, AH 575 (Tim Wilkes plate coin)14 viewsTim Wilkes plate coin, Islamic Coins And Their Values, illustrated on page 123 as #1243.

Zengids of Mosul, Saif al-Din Ghazi II, AE Dirhem, al-Jazira, AH 575. (1170-1180 AD).
15.72 gm; 31 mm

Obverse: Helmeted male head left
Reverse: Kalima around.

Reference: S&S Type 61; Album 1861.2. Icv 1243 (this coin illustrated), Zeno #67807 (this coin)

Ex-CNG, Sale 84, lot #1688.
Ex-VAuction, Pars Coins Sale 5, lot #269
4 commentsIstinpolin
Medieval, King John Penny: SCBI 56 Mass 1755 (this coin)32 viewsJohn (1199-1216), Penny, class VIa2, London,
Walter, walter · on · lvn, 1.40g/4h
(SCBI Mass 1755, this coin; N 974/2; S 1353).
Good fine, dark-toned
J.D. Brand Collection [from Baldwin October 1960];
J.P. Mass Collection, Part I, DNW Auction 61, 17 March 2004, lot 355 (part);
J. Sazama Collection, Part I, DNW Auction 93, 26 September 2011, lot 1140 (part)
The collection of the late ray Inder
DNW Auction Coins tokens and Historical Medals September 18-20 2018, lot 192.
Parthia, Artabanos III102 viewsAR tetradrachm
c. 80 – 90 AD (struck May, 81 AD)
29 mm., 13.29 gm.
Seleukeia on the Tigris mint
Obv: Diademed bust left
Rev: Artabanos seated left, receiving open diadem from Tyche standing right, holding scepter; year above, month in exergue
Sellwood 74.5 var., Sunrise 441 var. (Artabanos V), SNP7: 841A (this coin)
Sylloge Nummorum Parthicorum, Volume 7, Vologases I - Pacorus II, Plate 50, #841A
1 commentsRobert L3
Parthia, Elymais, Kamnaskires IV71 viewsAR obol
c. 63/2 – 54/3 BC
8 mm., 0.59 gm.
Uncertain mint
Obv. Diademed male bust left, short beard, uncertain mintmark
Rev: Belos or Zeus seated left on throne, holding a small Nike in outstretched right hand and scepter in left hand
Van’t Haaff 8.2.3-1a (this coin, page 71 of the “Catalogue of Elymaean Coinage” by P.A. van’t Haaff, published by CNG, Inc., 2007)
Robert L3
Parthia, Elymais, Kamnaskires IV36 viewsAR hemidrachm
c. 63/2-54/3 BC
2.02 gm.
Obv: Diademed and draped male bust left with full beard, horse head mintmark
Rev: Belos or Zeus seated left on throne, holding small Nike in his outstretched right hand and a scepter in his left hand; no monogram; date off flan
Van’t Haaff 8.3.3-1.a (this coin, page 73 of the “Catalogue of Elymaean Coinage” by P.A. van’t Haaff, published by CNG, Inc., 2007)
Robert L3
Parthia, Elymais, Kamnaskires-Orodes68 viewsAE drachm
Early to mid 2nd Century AD
15 mm., 3.68 gm.
Obv: Facing bust with large hair tufts at both sides, one crossbar on anchor, small symbol between bust and anchor
Rev: Dashes
Van’t Haaff 12.3.1-1B.e (this coin, page 101 of the “Catalogue of Elymaean Coinage” by P.A. van’t Haaff, published by CNG, Inc., 2007)
Ex-Van’t Haaff Collection
Robert L3
Parthia, Elymais, Orodes IV89 viewsSecond half of 2nd Century AD
12 mm., 2.60 gm.
Obv: Bust left, hair tuft at top and at back, anchor in left field
Rev: Female bust to left, hair tuft falling at back right
Van’t Haaff 17.1.1-2a (this coin, page 140 of the “Catalogue of Elymaean Coinage” by P.A. van’t Haaff, published by CNG, Inc., 2007)
Ex-Van’t Haaff Collection
Robert L3
Parthia, Elymais, Phraates65 viewsAE tetradrachm
Early to mid 2nd century AD
25 x 27 mm., 14.46 gm.
Obv: Bust to left in tiara with star in crescent; two line legend in left field; two crossbars on anchor
Rev: Degenerated dashes
Van’t Haaff 14.7.1-1B.a (this coin, page 127 of the “Catalogue of Elymaean Coinage” by P.A. van’t Haaff, published by CNG, Inc., 2007)
Ex-Van’t Haaff Collection
Robert L3
PARTHIA, Orodes II39 viewsRhagai mint. Diademed and draped bust left, wearing torque ending in pellet / BΛCIΛEΩC/BΛKIΛEΩH ΛP CΛKOY EVEPΓETOV/ΔIKΛ• •Y EΠIΦΛNOYΣ/ΦIΛEΛΛNI• •C (sic), archer (Arsakes I) seated right on throne, holding bow; ΓP monogram below bow; quadrate Cs in legend. Sellwood 45.12; cf. Shore 224 (for type); Sunrise –.

Published in "An Introduction to the Coinage of Parthia" (1971) by David Sellwood. Plate number 5, identified as 45/10.
PARTHIA, Phraates II38 viewsEkbatana mint. Struck circa 128-127 BC. Diademed bust left / BAΣIΛ EΩΣ/MEΓ AΛOY downward to right, APΣAKOV/ΘΕΟΠATOPΣ (sic) downward to left, archer (Arsakes I) seated right on omphalos, holding bow. Sellwood 16.1; Shore 41; Sunrise 269.

Published in "An Introduction to the Coinage of Parthia" (1971) by David Sellwood. Plate number 3, identified as 16/1.
PARTHIA/PERSIA, Mithradates I (Sellwood); Phriapatius to Mithradates I (Assar)51 viewsAR obol
c. 171 - 138 BC
0.62 gm.
Hekatompylos mint?
Obv: Diademed bust left in bashlyk, wearing single turn torque, dotted border
Rev: Archer seated right on omphalos, three-line inscription ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟY ΑΡΣΑΚΟY
Sellwood 10.19, Mitchiner ACW, #473 (this coin, page 108 of "Oriental Coins and Their Values, Vol. 2: The Ancient and Classical World" by Michael Mitchiner, published by Hawkins Publications, 1978)
Ex-David Sellwood Collection
Robert L3
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Argolis, Troizen, Commodus, BCD Peloponnesos 1341.2 (plate coin)67 viewsCommodus, AD 177-192
AE 21mm, 9.61 g
Laureate head right
rev. [TROI - ZHNIWN]
Hippolytus standing facing, head left, holding spear and ?; his dog at feet(?)
ref. BCD Peloponnesos 1341.2 (this coin); NCP p.162, 7 (this coin) Thanks to BCD!
extremely rare, VF, black green patina with traces of lighter olive overtones, light roughness
ex BCD coll.
ex A. Rhousopoulos coll.
ex LHS 96, 8./9. May 2006

A note from BCD: Troizen must have enjoyed a special status under Commodus, as did Aigion, Megara and Pagai. These cities and Epidauros are the only ones that issued non-Severan coins in the Peloponnesos, with the exception of the well-established mints of like Corinth, Patrai, Elis, Argos and Lakedaimon.
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Caracalla tetradrachm.110 viewsCILICIA, Seleucia ad Calycadnum. 198-217 AD. AR Tetradrachm (10.59 gm). AV K M AVR ANTΩNINOC, laureate and cuirassed bust right , seen from behind / CEΛEYKEΩN TΩN ΠPOC TΩ KAΛYKAD in two circles around .Hercules standing right, wearing lion's skin, and holding bowcase and club.
SNG Levante 745 (this coin).
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Cilicia, Ninica-Claudiopolis, Maximinus I, SNG Levante Supp. 170 (plate coin)102 viewsMaximinus I AD 235-236
AE 30 mm, 14.59 g
Bust, draped and cuirassed, bare-headed, r.
She-wolf standing right under Ruminal fig tree, head l., suckling the twins
Remus and Romulus
ref. SNG Levante 618 (same dies); SNG Levante Supp. 170 (this coin); SNG Paris 791 (same dies); SNG von
Aulock 5775 (same dies)
Choice EF, nice olive-brown patina, rare this nice.
published on

The fig tree was sanctified to the goddess Rumina. Later the twins were found by the shepherd Faustulus. The rest is well-known!
The legend is in Latin because the city was a Roman colonia. The she-wolf looks a bit like a horse!
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, COMMAGENE, Samosata, Hadrian AE 16 117-38 AD Winged caduceus.77 viewsReference.
Lindgren 1899 (this coin); RPC 3, 3422

Laureate bust of Hadrian, r., with paludamentum, seen from rear.

Rev. СΑ-ΜΟ
winged caduceus

4.48 gr.
16.5 mm
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, DOMITIUS DOMITIANUS, Octadrachm, EMMET, Alexandrian coins - # 4241/2144 viewsDOMITIUS DOMITIANUS, EGYPT, Octadrachm
Alexandria mint, AD 296-297
ΔOMITI-ANOC CEB, Radiate bust of Domitius right
No legend, Serapis going right, LB in field (regnal year 2)
12.79 gr
Ref : Emmet, Alexandrian coins #4241/2, RCV # 12982 (2000), Sear # 4801 var (It's actually an hexadrachm in Sear)
Domitius Domitianus, stationed in Egypt, rebelled against Diocletianus in july 296 AD and was proclaimed emperor. He was defeated during spring 297 AD. Diocletian decided to close the alexandrian mint, so the coins of Domitianus are the last provincial coins from Alexandria. Also, Domitianus was the only ruler to strike octadrachms (in parallel with didrachms, tetradrachms and hexadrachms)

For more information, see, in english : or "en français"
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Egypt, Alexandria Vespasian AE Diobol 65 viewsEgypt, Alexandria. Dattari. Vespasian, 69-79 Diobol circa 70-71 (year 3), Æ 26.5mm., 9.15g.
Obv: Laureate head r.
Rev: Bust of Isis r.; in front, LΓ.
RPC 2430 (this coin cited). Dattari-Savio Pl. 14, 382 (this coin).
From the Dattari collection.
Naville Numismatics Auction #30, Lot 283, April 02, 2017
Roman Empire Provincial, Egypt, Alexandria, Antoninus Pius, Diobol Ex Dattari48 viewsEgypt, Alexandria. Dattari. Antoninus Pius, 138-161 Diobol circa 151-152 (year 15), Æ 22.5mm., 7.45g.
Obv: Laureate bust r., drapery on l. shoulder.
Rev. Agathodaemon erect, crowned with skhent; in field, L-E.
RPC Online 15718 (this coin).
Dattari-Savio Pl. 162, 3066 (this coin).
Good Fine.
From the Dattari collection.
Ex: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow
Ex: Naville Numismatics Auction 34, Lot 281 September 17, 2017
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Tetradrachm 125-26 AD Mars, wearing crested Corinthian helmet, RPC 556846 viewsReference.
RPC III, 5568; D1271 = Staffieri; Emmett 810.10

Issue L ΔΕΚΑΤΟΥ or L ΔΕ = year 10

Laureate draped and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, r., seen from rear

Helmeted half-length nude bust left of Mars (Ares), seen from behind, wearing crested Corinthian helmet

12.87 gr
25 mm

From the Giovanni Maria Staffieri Collection. Ex Münz Zentrum 29 (27 April 1977), lot 126; Giovanni Dattari Collection, no. 1271.

In the aforementioned article by Giovanni, he compares the reverse of this coin to the statue found at Hadrian’s villa (Fig. 7 in his article).
See G.M. Staffieri, ‘Sulla testimonianza di un Ares policleteo nella monetazione imperiale alessandrina’, NAC 22 (1993), pp. 187-99, where the design is compared to the statue found at Hadrian’s villa.
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, EGYPT, Alexandria. Trajan Obol 116-17 AD Griffin right77 viewsReference.
RPC 3, 4967 Pl 243 (this coin)

laureate bust of Trajan, right

Rev. L Κ (year 20 = Date 116-17)
Griffin seated, r., paw on wheel

4.09 gr
18 mm
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Elagabalus, Syria, Lichocka Figure 3, Table VII, 56 (this coin illustrated)86 viewsAE 14, Elagabalus, Antioch, ca. AD 218-222. Obv: Elagabalus right; Rev: Delta Epsilon with star below, all within wreath, dark brown patina with red earthen highlights, some roughness, VF. Not in Lindgren I or III; Not in Sear, Not in Butcher. Lichocka Figure 3, Table VII, 56 (this coin illustrated).

Published in: Lichocka, Barbara, "Delta-Epsilon issues of Elagabalus and Severus Alexander," in Classica Orientalia: Essays Presented to Wiktor Andrzej Daszewski on his 75th Birthday (Polish Center of Mediterranean Archaeology, University of Warsaw), pg. 310, Fig. 3, Table VII, 56.
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Elagabalus, Syria, Lichocka VII, 27 (this coin listed)74 viewsAE 26, Elagabalus, Antioch, ca. AD 218-222. Obv: IMPCMAVRANTONINVSAVG; Rev: D E in center, star below, all within wreath, gVF. SGI 3098 var. Lichocka VII, 27 (this coin).

Published in: Lichocka, Barbara, "Delta-Epsilon issues of Elagabalus and Severus Alexander," in Classica Orientalia: Essays Presented to Wiktor Andrzej Daszewski on his 75th Birthday (Polish Center of Mediterranean Archaeology, University of Warsaw), pg. 318, Table VII, 27.
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Elagabalus, Syria, Lichocka VII, 36 (this coin listed)69 viewsAE 22, Elagabalus, Antioch, ca. AD 218-222. Obv: IMPCMAVRANTONINVSAVG; Rev: D E in center, star below, all within wreath, gVF. BMC 205, 447; SNG Munchen 319. Lichocka VII, 36 (this coin).

Published in: Lichocka, Barbara, "Delta-Epsilon issues of Elagabalus and Severus Alexander," in Classica Orientalia: Essays Presented to Wiktor Andrzej Daszewski on his 75th Birthday (Polish Center of Mediterranean Archaeology, University of Warsaw), pg. 319, Table VII, 36.
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Emmett 1093.14, EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Hemidrachm 129-30 AD Isis Pharia standing75 viewsReference.
Emmett 1093.14; Dattari-Savio Pl. 85, 7711 (this coin). RPC 5748.23 (this coin cited).Corr. (holding Situla)

Issue L IΔ = year 14

Laureate draped and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, r., seen from rear

Rev. L ΙΔ
Isis Pharia advancing, r., head r., holding sistrum and sail with situla

12.64 gr
29 mm
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Emmett 1103.21, EGYPT, Alexandria. Hadrian Hemidrachm 136-37 AD Pharos lighthouse81 viewsReference.
Dattari-Savio Pl. 95, 1935 (this coin). RPC 6233/; Emmett 1103.21

Issue L KA = year 21

Laureate draped and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, r., seen from rear

Rev. L KA
Pharos lighthouse surmounted by two Tritons, each blowing a trumpet, between a lantern surmounted by a statue, holding situla and scepter; entryway below.

11.31 gr
30 mm
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, GETA as Caesar, LINDGREN and KOVACS, Ancient Bronze Coins of Asia Minor and the Levant - # 2162150 viewsGETA, COELE-SYRIA, Heliopolis mint, AD 192-209
GETA CA-ESAR, Bareheaded bust of Geta right
COL HE(L), Turreted and veiled bust of Tyche of Heliopolis left
9.92 gr, 21.6-22.9 mm

Ref: Lindgren I #2162 (this coin), BMC 13
Pekka K
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Hadrian, CILICIA, Aegeae. Tridrachm 117-18 AD Head of Alexander66 viewsReference.
RPC III, 3338; Prieur 715A (this coin); SNG France 2326; SNG Levante –

Issue Year 164 (ΔΞΡ)

Laureate head of Hadrian, r., with drapery on l. shoulder.

Head of Alexander with taenia, r.; below, goat, l., head turned back.

10.05 gr
25 mm
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Hadrian, EGYPT, Alexandria Nome Obol 126-27 AD Chuit-Hathor standing, Emmett 122659 viewsReference.
RPC III, 6466; Emmett 1226.11; Köln 3385; Dattari (Savio) 6215; K&G N7.4; Kellner p. 106, pl. 5, Abb. 19 (this coin)

Issue Athribite

Laureate and draped bust of Hadrian, r.

Chuit-Hathor standing, l., holding hawk, wearing pschent, l., in r. hand, l. arm lowered

4.98 gr
20 mm

Ex Münzen und Medaillen AG Inventory, Basel, 1972.
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Hadrian, Egypt, Alexandria, Drachm 129-30 AD Two Dioscuri standing, RPC 5741 63 viewsReference.
RPC 5741.8 (this coin). Dattari-Savio Pl. 80, 1685 (this coin); Emmett

Issue L IΔ = year 14

Laureate draped and cuirassed bust of Hadrian, r., seen from rear

Rev. L ΙΔ
two Dioscuri (nude) standing facing, holding spears; above, stars; behind, horses; above, crescent

27.46 gr
35 mm

From the Dattari collection. Illustrated in Dattari.
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Pisidia, Kremna, Caracalla, Lindgren & Kovacs 1292 (plate coin)70 viewsCaracalla, AD 198-217
AE 19, 4.97g
obv. IM - P C M AV - R ANT PF AV
Bust, draped and cuirassed, laureate, r.
rev. COL.CREM. - MID.DEAE (beginning upper r.)
Goddess Mida in the attitude of Kybele enthroned l., holding in extended r. hand patera
ref. Lindgren&Kovacs 1292 (this coin); obv. from same die as asiaminorcoins #4590
rare, VF, dark green patina

For more information please take a look at the article in the Mythology
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, RPC III, 1375, Hadrian, Cistophorus CARIA, Cnidus? Zeus seated58 viewsReference.
RPC III, 1375/1; Metcalf 71; C. -; RIC -; BMC -; W. E. Metcalf, The Cistophori of Hadrian, 1980, 76, 308 Taf. 20 = RPC III 1375; M. 308

Obv. AVGVSTVS HADRIANVS (D reverted) sic
Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right, seen from rear

Zeus seated r. on throne holding vertical sceptre in upraised r. and Victory on globe (corr.)

9.90 gr

ex Theodor Grewer collection
ex Kress, Auktion 158, 1973, Los 997
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Thracia, Augusta Traiana, Septimius Severus, Varbanov (engl.) 1006 (plate coin)67 viewsSeptimius Severus, AD 193-211
AE 30, 14.92g, 30.24mm, 30°
bust, draped and cuirassed, seen from behind, laureate, r.
Snake erecting from small pedestal in four elaborate coils r., head decorated with wreath.
ref. Varbanov (engl.) 1006 (this coin, corrected!); Schonert-Geiss 136
Rare, VF, nice green patina

Interesting, because the snake here is not nimbate but wreathed!
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Thracia, Mesambria, Philipp I & Otacila Severa, Varbanov (engl.) 4237 (plate coin)71 viewsPhilipp I, AD 244-249
AE 27, 10.95g, 26.98mm, 225°
confronted busts of the imperial pair
Dionysos, in short chiton and nebris, with boots, wearing ivy wreath, standing frontal, head l., holding
thyrsos and pouring out of kantharos.
ref. Varbanov (engl.) 4237 (plate coin); SNG Cop. 665 (same obv.); SNG Cop. 666 (same rev.); Moushmov 4018
published on Wildwinds

On the portrait of Otacilia traces of a slight doublestrike, OY from IOYL and dots from the border (Steve Minnoch)
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Thracia, Serdika, Caracalla, Hristova/Jekov (plate coin)73 viewsCaracalla, AD 198-217
AE 31, 16.98g, 30.98mm, 45°
Bust, draped(?) and cuirassed, laureate, r.
Zeus in Himation, stg. frontal, head l., holding sceptre in l. and thunderbolt in r.
ref. Ruzicka 104 (1 ex., Agram); Hristova/Jekov No. (R7, this coin!); Varbanov (engl.) 2492 (this
coin!); Moushmov 1394
Very rare, VF/about VF, nice green patina, a strike on the rev. at 12 o'clock

Moushmov has inexplicably assigned this type to Elagabal.
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Thracia, Serdika, Caracalla, Hristova/Jekov (plate coin)73 viewsCaracalla, AD 198-217
AE 30, 16.6g, 30.27mm, 0°
bust, draped, laureate, r.
Asklepios, half-draped, standing frontal, feeding with r. hand snake coiling
around rod set on ground left
ref. Ruzicka 245 (5 ex.); Hristova/Jekov No. (this coin!); Varbanov (engl.) 2202 (this coin!)
very rare, EF
added to

Serdica, today Sofia/Bulgaria. Ulpias was a venerating name of the city in honour of its founder Ulpius Trajan (Curtis Clay)
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Thracia, Serdika, Caracalla, Hristova/Jekov (plate coin)73 viewsCaracalla, AD 198-217
AE 30, 18.65g, 30.45mm, 210°
Bust, cuirassed with chain mail, laureate, r.
Female deity, wearing high-girdled double-chiton, stg. facing, head l., holding
cornucopiae in l. arm and scepter in raised l. hand
ref. Hristova/Jekov (this coin!); Varbanov (engl.) 2486 var. (has head laureate r.); not in Ruzicka;
Moushmov 4852
VF/about VF
added to Wildwinds

Varbanov calls the deity unmotivated Tyche! Hristova/Jekov: unknown deity!
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Thracia, Serdika, Caracalla, Hristova/Jekov (plate coin)71 viewsCaracalla, AD 198-217
AE 28, 17.65g, 28.39mm, 210°
Bust, draped(?) and cuirassed with scale armor,
laureate, r.
Demeter, in long double chiton, chlamys over shoulders, veiled, stg. frontal, head l. holding in outstretched
r. hand three grain-ears and resting with l. hand on long flaming torch.
ref. Ruzicka 141 (3 ex., Berlin, München, Sofia); Hristova/Jekov No. (this coin!); Varbanov (engl.)
2247 (same dies)
about VF
ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Thracia, Serdika, Caracalla, Hristova/Jekov (plate coin)72 viewsCaracalla, AD 198-217
AE 30, 15.27g, 30.12mm, 0°
Bust, laureate, l., with ornated aegis on l. shoulder and sword-belt
Apollo Iatros, nude, stg. facing, resting with r. hand on snake-entwined staff,
holding l. hand on hip; r. beside him infant Asklepios stg. frontal, raising r.
hand, and looking up to him.
ref. not in Ruzicka: rev. #173, obv. -; Ruzicka online 169-177 var., p.79 (this coin); Hristova/Jekov No. (this coin!); not in
Varbanov (engl.)
VF, green-brown patina, slightly smoothing in fields
ex Numismatik Lanz auction 120, May 2004, lot 419
added to

Very rare bust variant! Thanks to Akropolis!
Roman Empire Provincial, Tiberius Obol: Dattari Plate coin45 viewsEgypt, Alexandria. Dattari. Tiberius, 14-37 Obol circa 19-20 (year 6), Æ 20.1mm., 5.67g. Laureate head r. Rev. TIBEPIOY Hippopotamus standing r.; in exergue, L Geissen -. RPC 5087 (this coin cited). Dattari-Savio Pl. 4, 103 (this coin).
Brown tone, About Very Fine.
From the Dattari collection.
Naville Numismatics Aution 43, Lot 250 September 23, 2018
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ROMAN EMPIRE PROVINCIAL, Trajan, AE25 Abdera Thrace Nike62 viewsObverse: AYTO TPAIANW KAISARI CEBACTW, laureate bust right.
Reverse: GERMA DAKI-KW - ABDHREITAI, Nike standing left on Pedestal, holding Wreath and Palm.

Diameter: 25.6 x 26.2 x 1.6 mm, Weight: 7.41 g, Die axis: 180 degrees
Mint: Abdera, Thracia, 102 - 117 A.D. Reference: RPC 803

On 29 July last year Michel Amandry kindly contacted me, after my inquiry with the British Museum's Coins and Medals Department, about this coin. Michel mentioned that only two examples had been known, one in the Ashmolean Museum collection, Oxford (= NC 1953, 21/2 and pl. I, n°2) and the other found during excavations at Abdera (Abdera excavations E 91/N 56).With many thanks to Michel, this coin will be cited in the upcoming RPC Volume III (British Museum Press, 1 October 2015)
Roman Empire, A. Pius sestertius. Banti plate coin103 viewsÆ Sestertius (25,9g, Ø 32mm, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 139.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head right.
Rev.: MAVRETANIA around, COS II in ex., S | C, Mauretania, bare-headed, standing l, in short tunic, holding crown and sceptre.
RIC 583 (R2); BMC 1190 note; Cohen 551 (40 fr.); Strack 789; Banti 235 (this specimen illustrated, Vinchon sale, 1973)
Ex Mike R. Vosper, Oct. 2015; ex Ex Vinchon sale, 1973.

Plate in: Alberto Banti, Florence, 1984, "I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali", vol.II-3, no.235, p.153
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Roman Empire, ANTONINUS PIUS. Banti plate coin87 viewsÆ Sestertius (28.74g, Ø32mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 149-150.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XIII, laureate head of Antoninus Pius right.
Rev.: COS IIII (around) S C (low in field), Aequitas standing left, holding scales and cornucopiae.
ex Emporium Hamburg Münzhandelsgesellschaft mbH, auction 68 (2012); ex cat. Baranowsky, 1929.

RIC 865 (R2); Cohen 244; BMCRE p.306 (‡ "Dupondius of this rev., obv., head, radiate, r."); Strack 1047 (3 spec.); Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali II-3) 102 (2 specimens; one, this one, illustrated on p.83)
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Roman Empire, ANTONINUS PIUS. Banti plate coin85 viewsÆ Sestertius (22.43g, Ø32mm, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 139.
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head of Antoninus Pius facing right.
Rev.: AFRICA (around) COS II (in ex.) S C (in field), Africa, draped, wearing elephant skin headdress, standing left, holding a diadem of pearls and cornucopiae.

RIC 574 (R); BMC 1177; Cohen 24; Strack 773; Banti (I Grandi Bronzi Imperiali : Aelivs - Antoninvs Pivs) 10 (1 specimen, this one illustrated on p.37)

ex CNG printed auction 93; ex Robert O. Ebert Collection; ex Walter Niggeler Collection (Part 3, Leu: Münzen und Medaillen AG, 2 November 1967, lot 1290).
(photo: CNG)
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Roman Empire, ANTONINUS PIUS. Banti plate coin 76 viewsÆ Sestertius (22,19g, Ø 30mm, 6h). Rome, AD 139.
Obv.: IMP CAES AELIVS ANTONINVS AVG, laureate head right.
Rev.: PONT MAX TR POT COS around, S | C, Pax standing left holding olive branch and cornucopiae.
RIC 519a (S); BMCRE p.169/§; Cohen 660; Strack 744; Banti 312 (3 spec., this specimen illustrated)
Ex Klassische Muenzen , Dr. Michael Brandt, 2015/07/10; ex Ex Bayerische Vereinsbank, Münzschätze 9, Nr. 175 / 26.6.1975.
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Roman Empire, COMMODUS 150 viewsAE As. Rome,175-176 AD. 11.82 gr. Draped ,bare headed bust right. COMMODO CAES AVG FIL GERM SARM. / Sacrificial implements, (knife,aspergillum,ewer,lituus and sympulum), PIETAS AVG above, S C in exergue. RIC 1539.
This coin photo in Sear " Roman coins and their values" volume II ,page 379,# 5561.
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Roman Empire, Constantius I.72 viewsFollis, ca 298-300 AD, London mint (group II).
Obverse: FL VAL CONSTANTIVS NOB C / Laureate and curassed bust of Constantius I.
Reverse: GENIO POPVLI ROMANI / Genius standing, holding patera and cornucopiae.
Mint mark: (none)
9.71 gm., 27 mm.
RIC #14a; Sear #14034 (this coin).

This coin is pictured in Sear's Roman Coins and Their Values, vol. IV, p. 249 above the listing of #14034.
Roman Empire, Constantius II, Light Miliarense, FERRANDO, L'atelier monétaire d'Arles de Constantin à Romulus 313-476 - # 1026110 viewsArles mint (Arelate), 3d officina
DN CONSTAN TIVS PF AVG, Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constantius right
VIRTVS EXERCITVS, Constantius (soldier) facing holding spear and shield. TCON at exergue
4,54 gr ; 22,6 mm
Ref : RIC VII # 252, Ferrando II # 1026 (this coin), Cohen #326, RC #3993v
Potator II
Roman Empire, Domitian RIC 597 8 viewsDomitian, as Augustus (AD 81-96). AR denarius
(19mm, 3.54 gm, 6h). NGC VF 5/5 - 4/5.
Rome, 3rd issue, AD 88.
Obv: IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P VIII, laureate head of Domitian left
Rev: COS XIIII-LVD SAEC / FEC, herald advancing left, wearing feathered cap, wand outward in right hand, round shield in left.
RIC II.1 597 (This coin). Extremely rare with left facing portrait.
Ex: Harlan Berk Vcoins 2005 cc50283.
2020 January 26 Ancient Coin Selections from the Morris Collection, Part III World Coins Monthly Online Auction #61151 Lot #97225.

Carradice, I. A. & Buttrey, T. V. (2007) Roman Imperial Coinage. Description of this coin on page 306. This coin pictured in plate number 128.
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Roman Empire, Gordian III.90 viewsAntoninianus, 238-239 AD, Antioch mint.
Obverse: IMP CAES M ANT GORDIANVS AVG / Radiate bust of Gordian.
Reverse: AEQVIT LIBER / Body and feet of Aequitas holding scales; Body and feet of Libertas holding pileus (Liberty cap) .
5.00 gm, 22 mm.
RIC #177 over #187.

This is the exact coin that is described (but not pictured) in the footnote to RIC 231 (vol. IV, part III, p. 39):

"231. A strange Antoninianus (G. B. Pears Coll.) shows rev. type of AEQVIT[AS] apparently overstruck with type of LIBER[TAS] -- obv. of Gordian III, rev. of Philip overstruck with rev. of Trebonianus Gallus (?)."

There is a plaster cast of this coin in the British Museum. This cast is illustrated in Roger Bland's "unpublished" thesis on the coinage of Gordian III from Antioch: plate 10 18/21.

For more info, see
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Roman empire, Hadrian, 117-138. An as. 26-24 mm. 3 views26-24 mm. 12.30 grams. CLEMENTIA AVG COS III PP
BMC 1436.
ex NFA auction 17, June 1986, lot 824
Sear Roman Coins and Their Values II, 3677, this coin.
Roman Empire, HADRIAN. Mazzini plate coin87 viewsRoman, HADRIAN, Mazzini plate coin
Æ Sestertius (24.91g, Ø34mm, 6h), Rome mint, struck AD 119-121.
Obv.: IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG P M TR P COS III, laureate bust right, drapery on far shoulder
Rev.: RELIQVA VETERA IIS NOVIES MILL ABOLITA [around] S C [left and right in field], lictor standing left, holding fasces, setting fire to heap of bonds on the ground to left with brand.
ex CNG; ex White Mountain Collection

RIC 590(b); G. Mazzini (Monete Imperiali Romane, Milano 1957, 5 voll.) 1210 (this coin)
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Roman Empire, Maxentius, RIC VI, Rome 208 var.83 viewsMaxentius, AD 306-312, son of Maximian
AE - Follis, 24.52, 6.1g
Rome, 4th officina, AD 308-310
laureate head, r.
Hexastyle temple with Roma std. within, holding sceptre and small Victory on globe, shield beside(?);
architrave decorated with wave-line and dots; as l. acroterion a wreath, as r. acroterion a male figure with
long torch; pediment decorated with a group of 4 figures: The l. figure in the centre Jupiter, stg. facing,
holding sceptre in l. hand and r. hand extended, the r. figure Heracles, resting on club with r. hand and l.
hand extended, in the l. angle the upper part of the body of a river-god; in the r. angle the upper part of
the body of Sol, radiate, r., l. hand extended.
in ex. RBQ
Ref. RIC VI, Rome 208 var.; Failmezger no.127iM3, notes 179, 183; C. cf. 34; Drost, Monayage de Maxence,
p.310, nr.93, 5th emission, pic. 89d/3 (this coin!)
about VF, weak strike on upper right obv. and lower right rev.
ex Failmezger coll.

Unlisted and interesting variation of RIC 208
Roman Empire, TRAJAN, Sear plate coin91 viewsÆ Sestertius (26.15g, Ø32mm, 6h), Rome mint, struck AD 110.
Obv.: IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC PM TR P COS V P P laureate bust of Trajan right, drapery on left shoulder.
Rev.: AQVA TRAIANA [in ex.] SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI [around] S C [left and right in ex.] Genius of Aqua Traiana (river god Tiber) reclining l. in grotto supported by two columns; holding a reed right and resting on left elbow; rocks below with water flowing from pipe. RIC 463.
This coin illustrated in David R. Sear "Roman coins and their values II", number 3179 page 107-8
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Roman Empire, Vespasian AR Denarius98 viewsVespasian (69-79). AR Denarius (18.08 mm, 3.50 g, 6h). Rome, AD 75.
Rev: Pax seated l., resting l. elbow on throne and holding branch.
RIC II.1 773 (this coin)
Ex Vecchi sale 13, 1998, 757.
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Roman Imperators, Julius Caesar, denarius, Alföldi Caesar, type III, 115 (this coin, not in plates)62 viewsSH82705. Silver denarius, Alföldi Caesar, type III, 115 (this coin); BMCRR Rome 4147 (also I); Crawford 480/3; RSC I 34; Sydenham 1056; Sear Imperators 100; RBW 1678 (H) , gVF, toned, banker’s mark on obverse, areas of flat strike, attractive deep old cabinet toning, with hints of iridescence around the devices, Rome mint, weight 3.607g, maximum diameter 21.8mm, die axis 30o, moneyer M. Mettius, Jan - Feb 44 B.C.; obverse CAESAR·IMP, wreathed head of Caesar right, cymbium (boat shaped cup used as a wine ladle) and lituus (augural wand) behind; reverse M METTIVS, Venus standing left, Victory in her extended right hand, long transverse scepter in left hand, resting left elbow on shield which rests on globe, I (control letter) in lower left field; ex Roma Numismatics e-sale 23 (9 Jan 2016), lot 376; ex Andrew McCabe Collection; ex CNG e-auction 237 (21 July 2010), lot 344; ex Professor L Fontana Collection; rare.2 commentsJoe Sermarini
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