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Seleukid Kingdom, Antiochus I Soter, 280 - 261 B.C.

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After the fall of Assyria, Harran was part of the Median Empire and passed to the Persian Achaemenids in the 6th century B.C. The city remained in Persian hands until 331 B.C., when the army of Alexander the Great entered the city. After the death of Alexander in 323 B.C., the city was contested by his successors: Perdiccas, Antigonus Monophthalmus, and Eumenes, but eventually it was capital of the Seleucid Empire's Osrhoene province. For one and a half centuries the town flourished. It became independent when the Parthians occupied Babylonia. The Parthian and Seleucid kings were both happy with a buffer state, and the dynasty of the Arabian Abgarides, technically a vassal of the Parthian "king of kings," was to rule Osrhoene for centuries. The main language in Oshroene was Aramaic.
GY87705. Bronze AE 19, Houghton and Lorber I 339.4, Newell ESM 946, HGC 9 148, F, well centered, corrosion, weight 6.277 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 300o, Antioch on the Orontes mint, 278 - 268 B.C.; obverse macedonian shield decorated with central anchor; reverse horned elephant walking right, BAΣIΛEΩΣ / ANTIOXOY above and below, monogram and club above, jawbone below; $70.00 (€59.50)

Lot of 3 German States Silver Coins, 1904, 1911 and 1913

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- Hesse-Darmstadt, 1904, 2 marks, KM 372, Ernst Ludwig, 400th Birthday of Philipp the Magnanimous, obv: jugate heads left / rev: crowned imperial eagle with shield on breast.

- Bavaria, 1911D, 3 marks, KM 998, Otto, 90th Birthday of Prince Regent Luitpold, obv: head right / rev: crowned imperial eagle shield on breast, edge lettering: GOTT MIT UNS.

- Prussia, 1913A, 2 marks, KM 532, Wilhelm II, 100th Anniversary victory over Napoleon at Leipzig, obv: eagle with snake in talons / rev: figure on horseback surrounded by people.
LT87713. Silver Lot, 3 Brilliant Uncirculated German States Silver Coins, the lot is the actual coins in the photograph, as-is, no returns; $270.00 (€229.50)

Thracians, Odrysian Kingdom, Seuthes III, c. 330 - 295 B.C.

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Seuthes was the high priest of the Cabeiri, and the king of the Odrysian Thracians. He revolted against Macedonia about 325 B.C., after Alexander's governor Zopyrion was killed in battle against the Getae. Seuthes was apparently subdued by Antipater, but after Alexander died in 323 B.C. he again took up arms in opposition to the new governor Lysimachus. They fought to a draw and both withdrew, but ultimately Seuthes acknowledged Lysimachus' authority. In 320 B.C., Seuthes III moved the Odrysian kingdom to central Thrace and built his capital city at Seuthopolis. In 313 B.C. he supported Antigonus I against Lysimachus, occupying the passes of Mount Haemus, but was again defeated and forced to submit to Lysimachus. After Lysimachus died in 281 B.C., Thrace came under the suzerainty of Ptolemy Keraunos.Head of Seuthes III

GB87745. Bronze AE 17, Youroukova 77; SNG BM Black Sea 319 var. (altar below belly); SNG Stancomb 294 var. (star below belly); SNG Cop 1073 var. (same), VF, interesting style, bumps and marks, tight flan, corrosion, weight 4166 g, maximum diameter 16.8 mm, die axis 270o, Seuthopolis (near Kazanlak, Bulgaria) mint, c. 323 - 316 B.C.; obverse laureate, bearded head of Seuthus III right; reverse horseman cantering right, left foreleg raised, ΣEYΘOY above, five-pointed star below raised foreleg; $100.00 (€85.00)

Rhodos, Caria, c. 40 B.C. - 25 A.D.

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Helios is the god and personification of the Sun in Greek mythology. He is the son of the Titan Hyperion and the Titaness Theia (according to Hesiod), also known as Euryphaessa (in Homeric Hymn 31) and brother of the goddesses Selene, the moon, and Eos, the dawn. Helios was described as a handsome young man crowned with the shining aureole of the Sun, who drove the chariot of the sun across the sky each day to earth-circling Oceanus and through the world-ocean returned to the East at night. In the Homeric Hymn to Helios, Helios is said to drive a golden chariot drawn by steeds (HH 31.14–15); and Pindar speaks of Helios's "fire-darting steeds" (Olympian Ode 7.71). Still later, the horses were given fire related names: Pyrois, Aeos, Aethon, and Phlegon. The equivalent of Helios in Roman mythology was Sol.
GB87753. Bronze AE 19, SNG Keckman 751; SNG München 673; SNG Cop 875; BMC Caria p. 263, 359; Weber III 6758, F, green patina, edge crack, weight 3.894 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 0o, Rhodos (Rhodes, Greece) mint, c. 40 B.C. - 25 A.D.; obverse radiate head of Helios right; reverse PO∆IWN, full blown open rose with four pedals, from above, term; $90.00 (€76.50)

Pantikapaion, Tauric Chersonesos, Thrace, c. 310 - 303 B.C.

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Pan is the Greek god of shepherds and flocks, fields, groves, mountain wilderness, and wooded glens, hunting, rustic music, theatrical criticism, and companion of the nymphs. He is connected to fertility and the season of spring. He has the hindquarters, legs, and horns of a goat and is usually represented in the form of a satyr, with a cloak of goat's skin, playing the Syrinx, or flute of seven pipes, and holding the pedum or pastoral staff.
GB87754. Bronze AE 20, MacDonald Bosporus 70, SNG BM 883 ff., SNG Cop 35, HGC 7 114, VF, a little rough, tiny edge crack, weight 6.725 g, maximum diameter 20.6 mm, die axis 0o, Pantikapaion (Kerch, Crimea) mint, c. 310 - 303 B.C.; obverse beardless head of Pan left, wreathed in ivy; reverse Π−A−N, head of lion left, sturgeon left below; $80.00 (€68.00)

Mesembria, Thrace, 300 - 250 B.C.

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(sampi) was an archaic Greek letter used between the 7th and the middle of the 5th centuries B.C., probably to denote some type of a sibilant (hissing) ΣΣ or TΣ sound, and was abandoned when the sound disappeared from Greek. The name sampi is of medieval origin. The letter's original name in antiquity is not known. Its use has been attested at the Ionian cities Miletus, Ephesos, Halikarnassos, Erythrae, and Teos, at the Ionian colony of Massalia in Gaul, on the island of Samos, and at Kyzikos, Mysia. At Mesembria, on the Black Sea coast of Thrace, it was used on coins in an abbreviation of the city's name, spelled META. In a famous painted black figure amphora from c. 615 B.C., known as the "Nessos amphora," the inscribed name of the eponymous centaur Nessus is rendered in the irregular spelling NETOΣ.
GB87755. Bronze AE 21, SNG Stancomb 229, SNG Cop 658, SNG BM 276 var. (helmet left), aVF, toned bare bronze, porous, light pitting, irregular flan shape, weight 5.042 g, maximum diameter 21.3 mm, die axis 0o, Mesambria (Nesebar, Bulgaria) mint, 300 - 250 B.C.; obverse Thracian helmet with cheek guard right; reverse wheel with hub, METAM/BPIANΩN (T = archaic Greek letter sampi = ΣΣ) above and below; rare; $55.00 (€46.75)

Amphipolis, Macedonia, c. 168 - 31 B.C.

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In 168 B.C., the Romans invaded Macedonia and overthrew King Perseus in the First Battle of Pydna. In 149 B.C., Andriskos, at that time ruler of Adramyttium only, claiming to be Perseus' son, announced his intention to retake Macedonia from Rome. Andriskos traveled to Syria to request military help from Demetrius Soter of Syria. Demetrius instead handed him over to Rome. Andriskos escaped captivity, raised a Thracian army, invaded Macedonia, and defeated the Roman praetor Publius Juventius. Andriskos then declared himself King Philip VI of Macedonia. In 148 B.C., Andriskos conquered Thessaly and made an alliance with Carthage, thus bringing the Roman wrath on him. In 148 B.C., in what the Romans called the Fourth Macedonian War, he was defeated by the Roman praetor Q. Caecilius Metellus at the Second Battle of Pydna. He fled to Thrace, whose prince gave him up to Rome. Andriskos' brief reign over Macedonia was marked by cruelty and extortion. After this, Macedonia was formally reduced to a Roman province.
GB87756. Bronze AE 18, SNG ANS 123; BMC Macedonia p. 49, 47; cf. SNG Cop 64 (monogram off flan); HGC 3.1 423 (R2), F, porous, light corrosion, weight 6.852 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 90o, Amphipolis mint, c. 168 - 31 B.C.; obverse bearded head of Poseidon right wearing taenia; reverse horse trotting right, ΩΣ monogram (control) right, Θ (control) below, AMΦIΠO/ΛITΩN above and below; rare; $50.00 (€42.50)

Macedonian Kingdom, Philip V, 221 - 179 B.C.

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Philip's reign was principally marked by an unsuccessful struggle with the emerging power of Rome. Philip was attractive and charismatic as a young man. A dashing and courageous warrior, he was inevitably compared to Alexander the Great and was nicknamed the darling of all Greece.
GB87757. Bronze AE 21, SNG Alpha Bank 1076, Touratsoglou Macedonia 8, Mamroth Bronze 10, HGC 3 1067 (R1), SNG Cop -, SNG München -, F, light marks and corrosion, earthen deposits, edge splits, weight 9.052 g, maximum diameter 21.2 mm, die axis 0o, Pella or Amphipolis mint, c. 200 - 197 B.C.; obverse head of Zeus right, wearing oak wreath; reverse B-A / Φ-I (BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΦIΛIΠ - King Philip), Athena Alkidemos advancing left, brandishing javelin in right hand, shield in left hand, B-A / Φ (BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΦIΛIΠ - King Philip) across fields, P with pellet inside (control) right; rare; $60.00 (€51.00)

Abbaitis-Mysoi, Phrygia, 165 - 129 B.C.

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Abbaetae Mysi were an Mysian people that occupied a district in western Phrygia, called Abbaitis, of which Ancyra and Synaiis were the chief cities. The coins were probably struck at Ancyra and the style belongs to the middle of the 2nd century B.C.
GB87758. Bronze AE 21, BMC Phrygia 1, 4; SNG Cop 1; SNG Tübingen 3889; SNGvA 3329 var. (no monogram); HGC 7 749; SNG München -, VF, light bumps and marks, porosity, weight 6.431 g, maximum diameter 21.0 mm, die axis 0o, Ankyra (Ankara, Turkey) mint, 165 - 129 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Zeus right; reverse MYΣΩN / ABBAITΩN, inscription divided by thunderbolt, monogram (magistrate?) below, all within oak wreath; $90.00 (€76.50)

Seleukid Kingdom, Antiochus III the Great, 222 - 187 B.C.

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In 213 B.C., after a two-year siege, allied with Attalus I of Pergamum, Antiochus III captured the rebel capital Sardes and executed the rebel king Achaeus. Houghton and Lorber explain that this that this larger denomination "A" does not fit Sardian tradition but the type is attributed to Sardes based on excavation finds. The type, overstruck on Antioch bronzes, was likely issued to support Antiochus' troops during the siege. Perhaps Antiochus' hoped larger coins would impress the troops and the local population.
GB87759. Bronze AE 25, Houghton-Lorber I 971(1); Newell WSM 1187 (Apamea); HGC 9 468 (R2), F, well centered, bumps and marks, light corrosion, weight 11.981 g, maximum diameter 25.2 mm, die axis 45o, Lydia, Sardes (Sart, Turkey) mint, c. 215 - 213 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Antiochos III as Apollo right, short hair with longer locks on back of neck; reverse tripod lebes, BAΣIΛEΩΣ (king) downward on right, ANTIOXOY (Antiochus) downward on left; rare; $90.00 (€76.50)


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