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Katane, Sicily, c. 2nd - 1st Century B.C.

|Katane|, |Katane,| |Sicily,| |c.| |2nd| |-| |1st| |Century| |B.C.|,
Katane was associated with the legend of Amphinomos and Anapias, who, on occasion of a great eruption of Etna, abandoned all their property and carried off their aged parents on their shoulders. The stream of lava itself was said to have parted, and flowed aside so as not to harm them. Statues were erected to their honour, and the place of their burial was known as the Campus Piorum. The Romans idolized the Katanean brothers as the embodiment of the Roman virtue pietas.
GI92785. Bronze AE 15, Calciati III 12, SNG ANS 1289, HGC 2 630, VF, dark patina, light earthen deposits, weight 2.634 g, maximum diameter 15.2 mm, die axis 90o, Katane mint, c. 2nd - 1st century B.C.; obverse Anapias advancing left, carrying his mother on his shoulder, star left; reverse KATANAIΩN, Amphinomos advancing left, carrying his father on his shoulder; ex Mike R. Vosper; rare; $140.00 SALE |PRICE| $126.00


Gallic Celts, Petrocores, South Western Gaul, Area of Perigueux, c. 121 - 52 B.C.

|Celtic| |&| |Tribal|, |Gallic| |Celts,| |Petrocores,| |South| |Western| |Gaul,| |Area| |of| |Perigueux,| |c.| |121| |-| |52| |B.C.|,
The Petrocorii were a Gaulish tribe located in the present-day Dordogne region of France, between the Dordogne and Isle rivers. The name Petrocorii means four armies or four clans. Their capital was Vesunna, which is today the town of Prigueux. Prigueux as well as the ancient province of Prigord take their names from this tribe. They are mentioned as Petrocoriis by Caesar (mid-1st c. B.C.), as Petrokrioi by Strabo (early 1st c. A.D.) and Ptolemy (2nd c. A.D.), as Petrocori by Pliny (1st c. A.D.), and as Petrogorii by Sidonius Apollinaris (5th c. A.D.). Gaul

CE95366. Silver drachm, de la Tour 3204, CCCBM 80, Depeyrot II 162, VF, toned, tight squared chiseled flan, uneven strike, weight 2.847 g, maximum diameter 15.4 mm, Petrocores mint, c. 121 - 52 B.C.; obverse Celticized male head left, flamboyant style; reverse cross, symbol in each quarter; ex CGB Numismatique Paris mail bid sale 15 (30 Sep 2002), lot 27730; $250.00 SALE |PRICE| $225.00


Marcus Aurelius, 7 March 161 - 17 March 180 A.D.

|Marcus| |Aurelius|, |Marcus| |Aurelius,| |7| |March| |161| |-| |17| |March| |180| |A.D.|,
Mars was the god of war and also an agricultural guardian. He was the father of Romulus and Remus, the legendary founders of Rome. In early Rome, he was second in importance only to Jupiter, and the most prominent of the military gods in the religion of the Roman army. Most of his festivals were held in March, the month named for him (Latin Martius), and in October, which began and ended the season for military campaigning and farming.
RS94637. Silver denarius, MIR 18 214-4/30, RIC III 231 var., RSC II 126 var., BMCRE IV 535 var., SRCV II 4886 var., Hunter II - (Only MIR lists with IMP obv. legend), gF, flow lines, light scratches, die wear, slightly off center, edge cracks, weight 3.245 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, Dec 170 - Dec 171 A.D.; obverse IMP M ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXV, laureate head right; reverse COS III, Mars advancing right, nude but for crested helmet and cloak behind in belt at waist, transverse spear in right hand, trophy of captured arms over shoulder in left hand; extremely rare; $160.00 SALE |PRICE| $144.00


Faustina Sr., Augusta 25 February 138 - Early 141, Wife of Antoninus Pius

|Faustina| |Sr.|, |Faustina| |Sr.,| |Augusta| |25| |February| |138| |-| |Early| |141,| |Wife| |of| |Antoninus| |Pius|,
Juno was the chief female divinity in the Roman pantheon. She was the wife of Jupiter and a member of the Capitoline Triad. She had many different aspects, such as Juno Moneta, Juno Sospita, and Juno Lucina, but here she is depicted as Juno Regina, "Juno the Queen." Juno is usually shown holding a patera, scepter or a statuette of Athena, and is often accompanied by a peacock.
RS94536. Silver denarius, RIC III AP344, RSC II 26, BMCRE IV AP345, SRCV II 4574, Hunter II 22, aVF, centered, radiating flow lines, light toning, die wear, small edge cracks, weight 3.018 g, maximum diameter 17.9 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, posthumous, 141 - 161 A.D.; obverse DIVA FAVSTINA, draped bust right, hair elaborately waived and banded, drawn up at the back and piled in a round coil at top; reverse AETERNITAS, Juno standing facing, head left, raising right hand, scepter in left; from the Ray Nouri Collection; $130.00 SALE |PRICE| $117.00


Byzantine Empire, Manuel I Comnenus, 8 April 1143 - 24 September 1180 A.D.

|Manuel| |I|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Manuel| |I| |Comnenus,| |8| |April| |1143| |-| |24| |September| |1180| |A.D.|,
Gibbons Decline & Fall says of Manuel I, "The first in the charge, the last in the retreat, his friends and his enemies alike trembled, the former for his safety, and the latter for their own." Wroth is the only reference that identifies the Manuel side as the obverse. For this example, Wroth appears to be correct.
BZ95155. Bronze tetarteron, DOC IV-1 16; CLBC 4.4.3; Hendy p. 120 & pl. 17, 10; Wroth BMC 62; SBCV 1969; Grierson 1095; Morrison BnF 61/Cp/AE/30; Sommer 61.14; Ratto -, F, uneven strike, obverse off center, porosity/corrosion, weight 3.595 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, c. 1152 - 1160 A.D.; obverse Christ standing facing on dias, bearded, wearing nimbus cruciger, pallium, colobium, raising right hand in benediction, Gospels in left hand, IC - XC (Greek abbreviation: Ihsos Xrists - Jesus Christ) across field; reverse MANVHΛ ∆ECΠOTH (Manuel, despot), emperor standing facing, wearing crown, divitision and chlamys, labarum with X on shaft in right, globus cruciger in left; from the S. Lindner Collection, this is the first specimen of this type handled by FORVM; rare; $150.00 SALE |PRICE| $135.00


Byzantine Empire, Manuel I Comnenus, 8 April 1143 - 24 September 1180 A.D.

|Manuel| |I|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Manuel| |I| |Comnenus,| |8| |April| |1143| |-| |24| |September| |1180| |A.D.|,
Gibbons Decline & Fall says of Manuel I, "The first in the charge, the last in the retreat, his friends and his enemies alike trembled, the former for his safety, and the latter for their own."
BZ95158. Bronze tetarteron, DOC IV-1 14; Hendy pl. 17, 5-6; Wroth BMC 70; Grierson 1093; SBCV 1967, gF, porosity, edge crack, beveled edge on reverse, weight 2.859 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, c. 1152 - 1160 A.D.; obverse bust of Christ facing, beardless and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion, raising right hand in benediction, scroll in left hand, IC - XC (Greek abbreviation: Jesus Christ) flanking across field; reverse MANVHΛ ∆ECΠOTHC, bust facing, wearing crown, stemma, divitision collar-piece and paneled loros, labarum in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand; from the S. Lindner Collection; $125.00 SALE |PRICE| $112.00


Caria, Uncertain City (probably Mylasa), c. 420 - 390 B.C.

|Mylasa|, |Caria,| |Uncertain| |City| |(probably| |Mylasa),| |c.| |420| |-| |390| |B.C.|,
Mylasa (Milas, Turkey today) was often mentioned by ancient writers. The first mention is from early 7th century B.C., when Arselis, a Carian leader from Mylasa, helped Gyges in his fight for the Lydian throne. Under Persia, Mylasa was the chief city of Caria. Mylasa joined the Delian League c. 455 B.C., but Persian rule was restored by 400. Mylasa was the hometown and first capital of the Hecatomnid dynasty, nominally Persian satraps, but practically kings of Caria and the surrounding region, 377 - 352 B.C. In the Hellenistic era, the city was contested by Alexander's successors, but prospered. Mylasa was severely damaged in the Roman Civil War in 40 B.C., but again regained prosperity under Roman rule.
MA95490. Silver tetartemorion, SNG Kayhan 947, VF, toned, weight 0.222 g, maximum diameter 6.1 mm, die axis 270o, Carian mint, c. 420 - 390 B.C.; obverse lion forepart left, head turned back right; reverse bird standing left, two pellets, all in incuse square; rare; $100.00 (92.00)


Gallienus, August 253 - September 268 A.D.

|Gallienus|, |Gallienus,| |August| |253| |-| |September| |268| |A.D.|,
Mercury is the messenger of the gods. Hermes to the Greeks, an Olympian god, he is also the patron of boundaries and of the travelers who cross them, of shepherds and cowherds, of thieves and road travelers, of orators and wit, of literature and poets, of athletics, of weights and measures, of invention, of general commerce, and of the cunning of thieves and liars. His symbols include the tortoise, the rooster, the winged sandals, and the caduceus.
MA95642. Billon antoninianus, Gbl MIR 1667k, RIC V-1 S607, RSC IV 219b, SRCV III 10212, VF, well centered, porosity, weight 3.897 g, maximum diameter 21.6 mm, die axis 0o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 266 - 267 A.D.; obverse GALLIENVS AVG, radiate and draped bust right; reverse FIDES AVG, Mercury standing left, purse (message bag) in right hand, caduceus in left hand, PXV in exergue; $60.00 (55.20)


Caracalla, 28 January 198 - 8 April 217 A.D., "Limes" Denarius

|Caracalla|, |Caracalla,| |28| |January| |198| |-| |8| |April| |217| |A.D.,| |"Limes"| |Denarius|,
The origin and purpose of the bronze "limes" denarii is uncertain. They may have been a token currency used only along the borders of the Empire. They may have been illegal counterfeits with a now long gone thin silver wash.
MA95664. Bronze limes denarius, cf. RIC IV 120 (S); RSC III 3; BMCRE V p. 205, 267; SRCV II 6790; Hunter III - (official, silver, Rome mint, 201 - 202 A.D.), VF, green patina, porosity, obverse slightly off center, weight 2.290 g, maximum diameter 18.8 mm, die axis 180o, unofficial mint, obverse ANTONINVS PIVS AVG, boy's laureate and draped bust right; reverse ADVENT AVGG, war galley left on waves, ram, acrostolium and vexillum at the bow, five oarsmen and a steersman, three persons seated in the steersman's cabin, two standards and apluster at the stern; $70.00 (64.40)


Persian Empire, Tarsos, Cilicia, Satrap Tiribazos, 386 - 380 B.C.

|Cilicia|, |Persian| |Empire,| |Tarsos,| |Cilicia,| |Satrap| |Tiribazos,| |386| |-| |380| |B.C.|,
Excavation of the mound of Gzlkule reveals that the prehistorical development of Tarsus reaches back to the Neolithic Period and continues unbroken through Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Ages. The settlement was located at the crossing of several important trade routes, linking Anatolia to Syria and beyond. Because the ruins are covered by the modern city, archaeology has barely touched the ancient city.
GS95771. Silver obol, SNG Levante 67, Gktrk 19 - 20, SNG BnF -, aF/F, toned, lamination defects, weight 0.645 g, maximum diameter 9.6 mm, die axis 135o, Tarsos (Tarsus, Mersin, Turkey) mint, satrap Tiribazos, c. 386 - 380 B.C.; obverse Baal of Tarsos seated right, horn(?) in left hand, eagle in right hand, monogram lower left; reverse Baaltars(?) standing right, nude, short lotus tipped scepter in right hand, eagle in left hand, Aramaic TRZ (Tarsos) behind; $60.00 SALE |PRICE| $54.00




  







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