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Macedonian Kingdom, Philip III Arrhidaios, 323 - 317 B.C.

|Macedonian| |Kingdom|, |Macedonian| |Kingdom,| |Philip| |III| |Arrhidaios,| |323| |-| |317| |B.C.||stater|
Struck shortly after Alexander the Great's death during the joint reign of Philip III, Alexander's mentally disabled brother, and the infant king Alexander IV, Alexander's infant son with the Bactrian princess Roxana. The two were made joint kings by Alexander's generals who, knowing they could not rule, only intended to use them as pawns. Philip III was imprisoned upon his return to Macedonia, and in 317 B.C. he was executed under orders from Olympias. Alexander IV and his mother Roxana were executed by the boy's regent, Kassander, in 311 B.C. We don't know if this coin was posthumously struck in the name of Philip II, or struck in the name of the reigning (but not actually ruling) Philip III.
SH112514. Gold stater, Le Rider pl. 57 ff., SNG ANS 172 ff., SNG Cop 529, SNG Alpha Bank -, VF, light bumps and marks, weight 8.557 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 0o, Pella mint, 323 - 317 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right; reverse charioteer driving biga right, kentron in right hand, reins in left hand, kantharos (control) below, ΦIΛIΠΠOY in exergue; ex BSD Coins; $3000.00 (2760.00)


Anastasius, 11 April 491 - 1 July 518 A.D.

|Anastasius| |I|, |Anastasius,| |11| |April| |491| |-| |1| |July| |518| |A.D.||solidus|NEW
Anastasius I came to the throne at the age of 61 after being chosen by the wife of his predecessor, Zeno. He is noted for leaving the imperial government with a sizeable budget surplus of 23,000,000 solidi by reducing government corruption, reforming the tax code, and currency reform. He is venerated as a saint by the Syriac Orthodox Church. His improvements to the government, economy, and bureaucracy of the Eastern Roman empire were so dramatic that he is often described as the first Byzantine emperor.
SH112531. Gold solidus, DOC I 7b, Ratto 315, Hahn MIBE 7, Sommer 1.4, SBCV 5, Morrisson BnF -, Wroth BMC -, Tolstoi -, VF, well centered, flow lines, die wear, die break in ex., weight 4.471 g, maximum diameter 20.9 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, c. 507 - 518 A.D.; obverse D N ANASTA-SIVS P P AVC, helmeted and cuirassed bust facing slightly right, helmet with plume, trefoil ornament and diadem, pellets on cuirass, spear in right hand and behind head, shield on left arm ornamented with mounted cavalryman right spearing prostrate enemy; reverse VICTORI-A AVCCC B, Victory standing half left, head left, long staff topped with (inverted staurogram) in right hand, star left, CONOB in exergue; ex Numismatik Naumann auction 129 (4 Jun 2023), lot 704; $1100.00 (1012.00)


Byzantine Empire, Justin II, 15 November 565 - 5 October 578 A.D.

|Justin| |II|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Justin| |II,| |15| |November| |565| |-| |5| |October| |578| |A.D.||tremissis|NEW
Justin I and Justin II both issued this type. The two issues are distinguished by style. The style of the Justin II coins is more schematic and cartoon like.
SH112685. Gold tremissis, DOC I 14, Wroth BMC 24, Tolstoi 22, Ratto 765, Sommer 5.7.1, Hahn MIB II 11a, SBCV 353, Morrisson BnF 5/Cp/AV/12, Choice aEF, broad flan with full borders, scratches, weight 1.475 g, maximum diameter 16.7 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 15 Nov 565 - 5 Oct 578 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTINVS P P AVG, diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICTORIA AVGVSTORI (the victory of the Emperor), Victory standing facing, wreath in right hand and globus cruciger in left hand, star right, CONOB in exergue; ex Savoca Coins auction 93 (17 Jan 2021), lot 609 (listed as Justin I); $500.00 (460.00)


Byzantine Empire, Justin I, 10 July 518 - 1 August 527 A.D.

|Justin| |I|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Justin| |I,| |10| |July| |518| |-| |1| |August| |527| |A.D.||tremissis|NEW
Of Macedonian peasant origin, Justin I rose through the ranks of the military and was proclaimed emperor by the army on 10 July 518 A.D. He was uneducated, but intelligent enough to rely upon the policy advice of his brilliant nephew, Justinian I.
SH112686. Gold tremissis, Morrisson BnF I 2/Cp/AV/17 (also M resembling H), DOC I 4, Wroth BMC 11-12, Tolstoi 19-20, Ratto 388, Hahn MIB I 5, SBCV 58, Sommer 2.4, VF, centered on a small flan, trace deposits, light scratches, weight 0.986 g, maximum diameter 14.0 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 491 - 518 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTI-NVS P P AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right, A graffito in right field; reverse VICTORIA AVGVSTORH (the victory of the Emperor), Victory advancing right, head left, holding wreath and globus cruciger, star right, CONOB in exergue; ex Obolos auction 20 (3 Oct. 2021), lot 1352; $500.00 (460.00)


Byzantine Empire, Heraclius, 5 October 610 - 11 January 641 A.D

|Heraclius|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Heraclius,| |5| |October| |610| |-| |11| |January| |641| |A.D||tremissis|NEW
Heraclius came to power through revolt against the tyrannical Focas. He defeated the Sassanid Persians, but this only facilitated Arab conquest of Persia and the eastern Byzantine Empire. The Byzantines lost Syria and Palestine before Heraclius died and Egypt fell soon after.
SH112688. Gold tremissis, DOC II-1 54, Wroth BMC 95, Tolstoi 29, Ratto 1289, Morrisson BnF 10/Cp/AV/85, Hahn MIB III 74, SBCV 787, Sommer 11.43, VF, centered on a broad flan, light deposits, graffiti, weight 1.402 g, maximum diameter 17.3 mm, die axis 180o, 6th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, c. 613(?) - 641 A.D.; obverse d N hERACLI-uS t PP AV, diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICTORIA AVGY ς (victory of the Emperor, 6th officina), cross potent, CONOB in exergue; ex Roma e-sale 77 (26 Nov 2020), lot 1480; ex Italo Vecchi collection; $500.00 (460.00) ON RESERVE


Anastasius, 11 April 491 - 1 July 518 A.D.

|Anastasius| |I|, |Anastasius,| |11| |April| |491| |-| |1| |July| |518| |A.D.||semissis|NEW
After Zeno died, Empress Ariadne selected an obscure successful finance civil servant, Anastasius to be her husband and emperor. He ruled for 27 years, restructured the currency system and accumulated of 320,000 pounds of gold! His dramatic change in coinage was the beginning of a uniquely Byzantine coinage.
SH112689. Gold semissis, DOC 1 9, Wroth BMC 8, Tolstoi 10, Ratto 324, Morrisson BnF 1/Cp/AV/19, Hahn MIB III 10, SBCV 7, Sommer 1.6, aVF, broad flan, flow lines, scratches, edge bend, small encrustations, graffiti on obv., weight 2.003 g, maximum diameter 18.2 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 498/507 - 518 A.D.; obverse D N ANASTASIVS P P AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICTORIA AVGGG (victory of the three emperors), Victory seated right on shield and cuirass, inscribing XXXX on shield set on knee, star left, P (staurogram) right, CONOB in exergue; ex Obolos auction 20 (3 Oct 2021), lot 1341; scarce; $500.00 (460.00)


Leu Numismatic LTD, Auction Catalog. Zurich, Auction 55 1992

|Auction| |Catalogs|, |Leu| |Numismatic| |LTD,| |Auction| |Catalog.| |Zurich,| |Auction| |55| |1992|
Auction 55, 19 Oct. 1992, The Gold Coinage of Portugal.
BL23069. Leu Numismatic LTD, Auction Catalog. Zurich, Auction 55 1992, in English, softcover, 92 pages 192 lots international shipping at the actual cost of postage; $10.00 (9.20)


Russia, Nicholas II, 1894 - 1917

|Gold| |Coins|, |Russia,| |Nicholas| |II,| |1894| |-| |1917||10| |Rubles|
There have been a number of very good fake 1899 10 rubles on the market the past few years. The fakes are light, about 8.4 grams. Also, the mintmaster mark on the edge of the fake coins is (AP), which was not a valid mark until 1904.
SH57813. Gold 10 Rubles, SCWC KM 64; mint master AΓ (Apollon Grasgof, 1883 - 1899), VF, weight 8.555 g, maximum diameter 22.6 mm, die axis 0o, St. Petersburg mint, 1899; obverse bearded bare head of Nicholas II left; reverse 10 Rubles, imperial Russia coat of arms, date 1899 lower right; SOLD


Unstruck Ancient Gold Stater Flan

|Gold| |Coins|, |Unstruck| |Ancient| |Gold| |Stater| |Flan||unstruck| |flan|
We cannot say for which issue this gold blank was prepared but some possibilities include: Persian daric; Persic stater of Cypriot or Asia Minor mint; Mithradates VI era staters of Istros, Tomis and Kallatis; any of the light Attic staters of the time of Mithradates VI; Koson stater; or Danube Celtic stater.
SH72615. Gold unstruck flan, blank, pinged rims, many small scratches, weight 8.317 g, maximum diameter 15.3 mm, SOLD


Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt, Ptolemy IV Philopator, 221 - 204 B.C.

|Ptolemaic| |Egypt|, |Ptolemaic| |Kingdom| |of| |Egypt,| |Ptolemy| |IV| |Philopator,| |221| |-| |204| |B.C.||oktodrachm|
With this beautiful and rare type Ptolemy IV honored his deceased father with the symbols of divinity. He wears the aegis of Zeus, the radiate crown of Helios, and carries the trident of Neptune.
SH26630. Gold oktodrachm, Svoronos 1117, SNG Cop 196, gVF, weight 27.788 g, maximum diameter 26.9 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, obverse radiate and diademed bust of the deified Ptolemy III; reverse ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, radiate cornucopia bound with royal diadem, ΔI below; high relief obverse, without the die rust typical for the type; rare; SOLD




  



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