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Sybaris, Lucania, Italy, c. 550 - 510 B.C.

|Italy|, |Sybaris,| |Lucania,| |Italy,| |c.| |550| |-| |510| |B.C.|NEW
The origin of this unusual design is difficult to pinpoint (Rutter 1997). It served no practical purpose in facilitating the stacking of coins, since even with matching images in relief and negative, irregularities would have hindered this method of storage. It has been suggested that Pythagoras, who lived in all three of the cities that pioneered incuse coins and died in Metapontum itself, introduced the technique in an attempt to realize in concrete form a confrontation of opposites that was characteristic of the Pythagorean system of thought. Despite the poetic appeal of this suggestion, it seems highly unlikely, considering that the incuse technique appears to have been adopted about twenty years before Pythagoras made it to southern Italy.
SH98006. Silver nomos, Dewing 405, SNG ANS 817, HN Italy 1729, HGC I 1231 (S), F, porous, scratches, weight 6.930 g, maximum diameter 27.9 mm, die axis 0o, Sybaris mint, c. 550 - 510 B.C.; obverse bull standing left, head turned back right, YM above, dotted border between two circles; reverse incuse of obverse; from the CEB Collection, ex Frank L. Kovacs; scarce; $800.00 (€656.00)


Kingdom of Thrace, Lysimachos, 305 - 281 B.C.

|Kingdom| |of| |Thrace|, |Kingdom| |of| |Thrace,| |Lysimachos,| |305| |-| |281| |B.C.|NEW
Sestos was an ancient town of the Thracian Chersonesos, the modern Gallipoli peninsula in European Turkey. Situated on the Hellespont opposite Abydos, it was an Aeolian colony, founded by settlers from Lesbos. It was the home of Hero in the legend of Hero and Leander.
SH98007. Silver tetradrachm, Thompson 31, HGC 3.2 1750 corr. (Sestos mint not listed), Müller -, SNG Cop -, Meydancikkale -, VF, toned, scratch, some porosity, weight 16.929 g, maximum diameter 28.4 mm, die axis 0o, Sestus mint, 297/6 - 282/1 B.C.; obverse diademed head of the deified Alexander right, with horn of Ammon; reverse Athena enthroned left, Nike in right hand, left arm resting on shield, transverse spear on far side, Nike holding palm frond and crowning royal name with wreath, bee seen from above with head upwards holding kernel of grain (control symbol) in left field; from the CEB Collection, ex Numismatic Fine Arts auction XXXI (18 Mar 1993), lot 94; first specimen of this type handled by FORVM; scarce; $900.00 (€738.00)


Leukas, Akarnania, Greece, c. 320 - 280 B.C.

|Akarnania|, |Leukas,| |Akarnania,| |Greece,| |c.| |320| |-| |280| |B.C.|NEW
The ancient town of Leucas was a Corinthian colony founded to the south of the modern capital of the island of Lefkada in the 8th century B.C. During the Peloponnesian War, Leucas joined the Peloponnesian League. Locals believe Lefkada was Homer's Ithaca, and the palace of Odysseus was located west of Nydri on the south coast. They cite several passages in the Odyssey as evidence, the most notable describes Ithaca as an island reachable on foot - Lefkada is not actually an island - it is connected to the mainland by a narrow causeway.
SH98008. Silver stater, BCD Akarnania 277 (same dies); Pegasi II p. 427, 129 var. (Pegasos left); BMC Corinth p. 132, 91 var. (same); HGC 4 828 (S), VF, toned, Pegasos flatly struck, light marks, graffito (Σ) reverse upper left, weight 8.529 g, maximum diameter 21.6 mm, die axis 270o, Leucas (Lefkada, Greece) mint, c. 320 - 280 B.C.; obverse Pegasos with pointed wing flying right, Λ below; reverse head of Athena (or Aphrodite) left, wearing Corinthian helmet over a leather cap, and pearl necklace, A and grapes on vine hanging over a kantharos behind; from the CEB Collection; rare variant; $500.00 (€410.00)


Magnesia ad Maeandrum, Ionia, c. 282 - 225 B.C., In the Name of Alexander the Great

|Magnesia| |ad| |Meandrum|, |Magnesia| |ad| |Maeandrum,| |Ionia,| |c.| |282| |-| |225| |B.C.,| |In| |the| |Name| |of| |Alexander| |the| |Great|NEW
Magnesia ad Maeandrum was an inland city of Ionia, located on a small tributary of the Maeander River about 12 miles southeast of Ephesus. "..the temple of Artemis Leukophryene, which in the size of its shrine and in the number of its votive offerings is inferior to the temple at Ephesos, but in the harmony and skill shown in the structure of the sacred enclosure is far superior to it. And in size it surpasses all the sacred enclosures in Asia except two, that at Ephesos (to Artemis) and that at Didymoi (to Apollo)" -- Strabo, Geography 14. 1. 40.
SH98009. Silver tetradrachm, Price 2019, Müller Alexander -, SNG Alpha Bank -, SNG Saroglos –, SNG München -, Mektepini -, VF, obverse a little off center, light bumps and marks, small dark areas, weight 17.070 g, maximum diameter 31.6 mm, die axis 0o, Magnesia ad Maeandrum (near Tekin, Turkey) mint, c. 282 - 225 B.C.,; obverse head of Herakles right, wearing Nemean Lion skin, scalp over head, forepaws tied at neck; reverse Zeus Aëtophoros enthroned left, eagle in right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, right leg drawn back, monogram left, AΛEΞAN∆POY downward on right, meander pattern in exergue; from the CEB Collection, ex Numismatic Fine Arts (Beverly Hills, CA); Coin Archives records only one specimen of the type at auction in the last two decades; very rare; $800.00 (€656.00)


Aegina, Saronic Islands, Greece, c. 510 - 480 B.C.

|Aegina|, |Aegina,| |Saronic| |Islands,| |Greece,| |c.| |510| |-| |480| |B.C.|NEW
Greek Turtles minted on the island of Aegina are believed to have been the first coins struck in Europe. They were popular in their own time and accepted for payment far from the island. Because they were the first European coin type and because they are attractive and interesting, the Greek Turtle is considered a must have by many ancient coin collectors.
SH98011. Silver stater, HGC 6 430 (S), Asyut group IIa, SNG Cop 502, SNG Delepierre 1554 ff., gF, toned, off center, light marks, struck with worn dies, weight 12.330 g, maximum diameter 21.3 mm, die axis 0o, Aegina mint, c. 510 - 480 B.C.; obverse sea-tortoise (Chelone Caouana) or common loggerhead turtle of the Mediterranean, narrow collar at the top; reverse incuse square of "Union Jack" ("proto-skew") pattern; from the CEB Collection; scarce; $400.00 (€328.00)


Temnos, Aeolis, c. 188 - 170 B.C., In the Name and Types of Alexander The Great

|Aeolis|, |Temnos,| |Aeolis,| |c.| |188| |-| |170| |B.C.,| |In| |the| |Name| |and| |Types| |of| |Alexander| |The| |Great|NEW
Temnos (Temnus) on the western coast of Anatolia near the Hermus River, was a small Greek city-state of Aeolis, later incorporated in the Roman province of Asia. Under Augustus it was already on the decline, under Tiberius it was destroyed by an earthquake, and in the time of Pliny (23 - 79 A.D.) it was no longer inhabited. It was, however, rebuilt later. One of the city's more noteworthy figures was the rhetorician Hermagoras.
GS98012. Silver tetradrachm, Price 1688, Müller Alexander 959, SNG Alpha Bank 602, SNG Saroglos 430, SNG Munchen 497, VF, broad flan, bumps and marks, areas of porosity, die wear, weight 16.219 g, maximum diameter 34.0 mm, die axis 0o, Aeolis, Temnos (Menemen?, Izmir, Turkey) mint, c. 188 - 170 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, wearing Nemean Lion skin, scalp over head, forepaws tied at neck; reverse Zeus Aëtophoros seated left on high-backed throne, bare to the waist, himation around hips and legs, eagle in extended right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, right leg drawn back, AΛEΞAN∆POY downward on right, two monograms above vine tendril with grapes around oinochoe in left field; from the CEB Collection, big 34 mm flan!; $400.00 (€328.00)


Japan, Musashi Province, Edo, Kameido, 1668 - 1683, Shin Kanei Tsuho, Bun Sen

|Japan|, |Japan,| |Musashi| |Province,| |Edo,| |Kameido,| |1668| |-| |1683,| |Shin| |Kanei| |Tsuho,| |Bun| |Sen|NEW
The new Kanei was first cast in the village of Kameido in A.D. 1668, just outside of Tokyo. The Daibutsu image of Buddha was destroyed by an earthquake in 1662 and these coins were made from the remaining metal making it a highly desirable coin. It is thought to contain small amounts of gold or silver and is sought after for that reason too.
JA98226. Copper 1 mon, New Kanei; Hartill EJC 4.102; Jacobs-Vermeule Type C, K302; Ogawa 25; Jones Kanei 1-19; SCWC KM C1.2, VF, weight 3.282 g, maximum diameter 25.1 mm, die axis 0o, Musashi Province, Edo, Kameido mint, 1668 - 1683; obverse kan ei tsu ho, distinct hooked tsu, delicate characters (Saiji); reverse Bun (Kambun era); $14.00 (€11.48)


Japan, Musashi Province, Edo, Kameido, 1668 - 1683, Shin Kanei Tsuho, Bun Sen

|Japan|, |Japan,| |Musashi| |Province,| |Edo,| |Kameido,| |1668| |-| |1683,| |Shin| |Kanei| |Tsuho,| |Bun| |Sen|NEW
The new Kanei was first cast in the village of Kameido in A.D. 1668, just outside of Tokyo. The Daibutsu image of Buddha was destroyed by an earthquake in 1662 and these coins were made from the remaining metal making it a highly desirable coin. It is thought to contain small amounts of gold or silver and is sought after for that reason too.
JA98228. Copper 1 mon, New Kanei; Hartill EJC 4.102; Jacobs-Vermeule Type C, K302; Ogawa 25; Jones Kanei 1-19; SCWC KM C1.2, VF, weight 3.003 g, maximum diameter 24.9 mm, die axis 0o, Musashi Province, Edo, Kameido mint, 1668 - 1683; obverse kan ei tsu ho, distinct hooked tsu, delicate characters (Saiji); reverse Bun (Kambun era); $12.00 (€9.84)


Japan, Yamashiro Province, Kenninji, 1653 - 1668, Ko Kanei Tsuho

|Japan|, |Japan,| |Yamashiro| |Province,| |Kenninji,| |1653| |-| |1668,| |Ko| |Kanei| |Tsuho|NEW
In 1636, the Tokugawa shogunate introduced official Kanei Tsuho coins to standardize copper coins and maintain a sufficient coin supply. Failure to accept the coins at the designated value of 4,000 to one ryo of gold was punishable by fines and ten days imprisonment and everyone in the village of the offender would also be punished. Needless to say the new coins were quickly accepted. The first issues, called Ko Kanei (Old Kanei), were minted from 1636 until 1668. Production was on a contract basis and a tax was payable in proportion to the quantity produced. The calligraphy on these earliest Kanei Tsuho was very consistent and no mintmarks were used, but some types can be attributed to specific mints by slight variations. Shin Kanei (New Kanei) were cast from 1668 until at least 1869. The later coins had much greater variation in calligraphy and frequently included mintmarks.
JA98236. Copper 1 mon, Old Kanei; Hartill EJC 4.30; Masuo Kanei 405; SCWC KM 15; cf. Jacobs-Vermeule Type B, K201 (Edo), VF, weight 2.560 g, maximum diameter 25.0 mm, die axis 0o, Yamashiro Province, Kenninji mint, 1653 - 1668; obverse kan ei tsu ho, distinctive feet of ho meeting at right; reverse plain; $11.00 (€9.02)


Japan, Musashi Province, Edo, Kameido, 1668 - 1683, Shin Kanei Tsuho, Bun Sen

|Japan|, |Japan,| |Musashi| |Province,| |Edo,| |Kameido,| |1668| |-| |1683,| |Shin| |Kanei| |Tsuho,| |Bun| |Sen|NEW
The new Kanei was first cast in the village of Kameido in A.D. 1668, just outside of Tokyo. The Daibutsu image of Buddha was destroyed by an earthquake in 1662 and these coins were made from the remaining metal making it a highly desirable coin. It is thought to contain small amounts of gold or silver and is sought after for that reason too.
JA98237. Copper 1 mon, New Kanei; Hartill EJC 4.102; Jacobs-Vermeule Type C, K302; Ogawa 25; Jones Kanei 1-19; SCWC KM C1.2, aVF, weight 3.929 g, maximum diameter 25.09 mm, die axis 0o, Musashi Province, Edo, Kameido mint, 1668 - 1683; obverse kan ei tsu ho, distinct hooked tsu, delicate characters (Saiji); reverse Bun (Kambun era); $10.00 (€8.20)




  







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