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Macedonian Kingdom, Antigonus I Monophthalmus or Antigonus II Gonatus, 306 - 270 B.C.

|Macedonian| |Kingdom|, |Macedonian| |Kingdom,| |Antigonus| |I| |Monophthalmus| |or| |Antigonus| |II| |Gonatus,| |306| |-| |270| |B.C.||drachm|
Unpublished in the standard references and not yet fully attributed, this is only the second specimen of this extremely rare and important drachm known to Forum. Both specimens were struck with the same reverse die. Gorny & Mosch wrote of their specimen: "Troxell recorded a very rare issue of Alexandrine tetradrachms in the name of Gonatas (The Peloponnesian Alexanders, ANSMN 17, 1971, 75-6, note 68), which through hoard evidence was conclusively proven to be struck at Pella c. 272 (see R. W. Mathisen, Antigonus Gonatas and the Silver Coinages of Macedon c. 280-270 BC, ANSMN 26, 1981, pp. 79-123, esp. p. 104). However, this unique drachm has no controls that would explicitly tie it to the Pella mint tetradrachms, and even more perplexing is the style of the engraving, which is clearly dissimilar to the tetradrachms as well. One might suppose that it is in fact not a coin of Gonatas at all, but rather a hitherto unknown drachm of his grandfather, Antigonos I Monophthalmos. However, this also does not sit well, again for reasons of style, which is inconsistent with the period of Monophthalmos' reign. For the time being, therefore, this coin must remain a numismatic enigma until further evidence can shed additional light on it."

There are two auction records for the Gorny & Mosch specimen: Roma Numismatics auction 7 (22 Mar 2014), lot 454, sold for £ 4,800 plus fees; and Gorny & Mosch auction 203 (5 Mar 2012), lot 150, sold for € 3,200 plus fees. Our coin sold at Gitbud & Naumann auction 16, (4 May 2014), lot 152, apparently slipping through unnoticed by all but our astute consignor for € 575 plus fees.
SH71048. Silver drachm, unpublished in standard refs; cf. Roma Numismatics auction 7, lot 454 (same rev die) = Gorny & Mosch auction 203, lot 150, VF, reverse struck a bit flat, weight 3.845 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, die axis 0o, uncertain Greece or Macedonia mint, 306 - 270 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, wearing Nemean Lion skin, scalp over head, forepaws tied at neck; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIΓONOY, Zeus Aetophoros enthroned left, throne with high back, eagle in extended right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, right leg drawn back; ex Gitbud & Naumann auction 16, lot 152; extremely rare, only two know specimens; SOLD


Macedonian Kingdom, Kassander - Antigonos II Gonatas, c. 310 - 275 B.C., In the Name of Alexander the Great

|Alexander| |the| |Great|, |Macedonian| |Kingdom,| |Kassander| |-| |Antigonos| |II| |Gonatas,| |c.| |310| |-| |275| |B.C.,| |In| |the| |Name| |of| |Alexander| |the| |Great||tetradrachm|
Born a leader, Alexander's genius and charisma led the Macedonian army to create an empire covering most of the then-known world, from Greece to India. His reign begins the Hellenistic Age, a time when civilization flourished. He was regarded as a god and his fame grew even greater after his premature death at thirty-three.
SH59923. Silver tetradrachm, Price 823, Müller Alexander 165, VF, exquisite style, weight 17.181 g, maximum diameter 26.7 mm, die axis 90o, Greece mint, c. 310 - 275 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, wearing Nemean Lion skin, scalp over head, forepaws tied at neck; reverse AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus Aëtophoros enthroned left, eagle in right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, right leg drawn back, MΠO monogram left, star under throne; SOLD


Macedonian Kingdom, Kassander - Antigonos II Gonatas, 310 - 275 B.C., In the Name and Types of Alexander the Great

|Alexander| |the| |Great|, |Macedonian| |Kingdom,| |Kassander| |-| |Antigonos| |II| |Gonatas,| |310| |-| |275| |B.C.,| |In| |the| |Name| |and| |Types| |of| |Alexander| |the| |Great||tetradrachm|
This coin was struck during a chaotic time when the Greece and Anatolia were the battlegrounds of Alexander's successors. The old men, once comrades in Alexander's army, along with their children, fought each other to death to expand their kingdoms. Cities, such as Lampsacus, in territory that might change hands after the next battle, struck coins in the types and name of Alexander, perhaps as much to maintain neutrality and some continuity, as to honor the deified king.
GS91302. Silver tetradrachm, Price 866, Müller Alexander 914, SNG Munchen 395, Meydancikkale 492 - 495, SNG Cop -, SNG Alpha Bank -, VF, well centered, somewhat crude style, mild die wear, light scratches, weight 17.065 g, maximum diameter 25.6 mm, die axis 0o, Greece or Macedonia, uncertain mint, 310 - 275 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, wearing Nemean Lion skin, scalp over head, forepaws tied at neck; reverse Zeus Aëtophoros seated left on throne without back, nude to the waist, himation around hips and legs, eagle in extended right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, Pegasos forepart left in lower left field, AΛEΞAN∆POY downward on right; SOLD


Macedonian Kingdom, Kassander - Antigonos II Gonatas, c. 310 - 275 B.C., In the Name of Alexander the Great

|Alexander| |the| |Great|, |Macedonian| |Kingdom,| |Kassander| |-| |Antigonos| |II| |Gonatas,| |c.| |310| |-| |275| |B.C.,| |In| |the| |Name| |of| |Alexander| |the| |Great||drachm|
When Antipater transferred the regency of Macedon to Polyperchon, Kassander rejected his father's decision, obtained support from Antigonus, Ptolemy, and Lysimachus, defeated Polyperchon, and in 317 B.C. declared himself Regent. After Olympias had Philip III assassinated later that year, Kassander besieged her in Pydna. The city fell two years later, Olympias was killed, and Alexander IV and Roxanne were imprisoned. To associate himself with the Argead dynasty Kassander married Alexander's half-sister, Thessalonica. About 310 B.C. he had Alexander IV and Roxanne poisoned. Kassander proclaimed himself King in 305 B.C. After Antigonus was killed at the Battle of Ipsus in 301 B.C., Kassander held undisputed rule of Macedonia. He had little time to savor the fact, dying of dropsy in 297 B.C.
GS75270. Silver drachm, Price 862A, Müller Alexander 283, SNG Cop 976, Meydancikkale 520, SNG Munchen 397 var. (throne with no back), SNG Alpha Bank 565 var. (same), VF, fine style, dark toning, obverse slightly off-center, light marks and scratches, weight 4.174 g, maximum diameter 18.2 mm, die axis 0o, uncertain Greece or Macedonia mint, c. 310 - 275 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, wearing Nemean Lion skin, scalp over head, forepaws tied at neck; reverse AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus seated left on throne with high back, nude to the waist, himation around hips and legs, right leg drawn back, feet on footstool, eagle in extended right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left, apluster in left field; SOLD


Ioulis, Keos Island, Cyclades, Greece, 3rd - 2nd Century B.C.

|Other| |Greece|, |Ioulis,| |Keos| |Island,| |Cyclades,| |Greece,| |3rd| |-| |2nd| |Century| |B.C.||AE| |11|
Ktesylla was a girl born at Ioulis, Keos who eloped with her lover and died in childbirth. After her body disappeared an oracle instructed the people to found a sanctuary called Ktesylla. An annual sacrifice was made to her at Ioulis.

The bee on the reverse is an allusion to Aristaeos. At a time when Keos was suffering from drought and pestilence Aristaeos appeared on Keos and sacrificed to Zeus Ikmaios, who caused refreshing breezes to blow for forty days. Aristaeos also instituted propitiatory sacrifices to the dog-star Seirios, and instructed the Kean Nymphs in bee-keeping and other arts.
GB29362. Bronze AE 11, Papageorgiadou-Banis Series XII; cf. BMC Crete p. 96, 71 (includes ethnic); SNG Cop -, aVF, weight 1.818 g, maximum diameter 11.4 mm, die axis 0o, Iulis mint, obverse diademed head of Ktesylla right; reverse bee within laurel wreath; rare; SOLD


Ioulis, Keos Island, Cyclades, Greece, 3rd - 2nd Century B.C.

|Other| |Greece|, |Ioulis,| |Keos| |Island,| |Cyclades,| |Greece,| |3rd| |-| |2nd| |Century| |B.C.||AE| |10|
Ktesylla was a girl born at Ioulis, Keos who eloped with her lover and died in childbirth. After her body disappeared an oracle instructed the people to found a sanctuary called Ktesylla. An annual sacrifice was made to her at Ioulis.

The bee on the reverse is an allusion to Aristaeos. At a time when Keos was suffering from drought and pestilence Aristaeos appeared on Keos and sacrificed to Zeus Ikmaios, who caused refreshing breezes to blow for forty days. Aristaeos also instituted propitiatory sacrifices to the dog-star Seirios, and instructed the Kean Nymphs in bee-keeping and other arts.
GB29815. Bronze AE 10, BMC Crete p. 96, 71; Papageorgiadou-Banis Series XII, SNG Cop -, F, weight 1.109 g, maximum diameter 10.1 mm, die axis 0o, Iulis mint, obverse diademed head of Ktesylla right; reverse IO-Y, bee within laurel wreath; rare; SOLD


Gentinos, Troas or Julis, Keos, c. 350 - 300 B.C.

|Other| |Greece|, |Gentinos,| |Troas| |or| |Julis,| |Keos,| |c.| |350| |-| |300| |B.C.||AE| |17|
Almost every coin with a bee reverse is from Ephesos, but this one is not. The style of the bee is completely different from that of the Ionian city. From the very few and scarce options left, we believe the coin is probably from Gentinos or Julis, without venturing to decide on either one.
GB22849. Bronze AE 17, cf. SNG Cop 335 (Gentinos) and SNG Cop 656 ff. (Julis), aVF, weight 3.470 g, maximum diameter 17.4 mm, die axis 0o, obverse laureate bust of Artemis? right; reverse bee; rare; SOLD


Seriphos, Cyclades, Greece, 3rd - 2nd Century B.C.

|Other| |Greece|, |Seriphos,| |Cyclades,| |Greece,| |3rd| |-| |2nd| |Century| |B.C.||AE| |12|
Seriphos is located in the Cyclades between Cythnos and Siphnos. It was the home of the home of Perseus and his mother Danaë, who arrived there after being cast away in a wooden chest by Acrisius. All coins from Seriphos make reference to this myth, usually by showing either Perseus himself, or a harpa, the weapon used by Perseus to slay Medusa. This type used both devices.
GB39952. Bronze AE 12, BMC Crete p. 119, 1; SNG Cop 736, VF, broken flan, weight 0.982 g, maximum diameter 11.7 mm, die axis 0o, Seriphos mint, obverse head of Perseus right, wearing winged helmet; reverse ΣEPI, harpa; rare; SOLD


Kartheia, Keos Island, Cyclades, Greece, Late 3rd - Early 2nd Century B.C.

|Other| |Greece|, |Kartheia,| |Keos| |Island,| |Cyclades,| |Greece,| |Late| |3rd| |-| |Early| |2nd| |Century| |B.C.||chalkous|
Aristaeus, in Greek mythology, was a minor god, protector and creator of various arts, such as cheese making and bee keeping. His parents were the god Apollo and the huntress Cyrene. He married Autonoe, daughter of King Cadmus of Thebes who was also Thebes founder.
GB92758. Bronze chalkous, Papageorgiadou-Banis series VIII, issue 2, p. 99 & pl. 5, 109; SNG Cop 631; BMC Crete p. 92, 41; Weber 4636; HGC 6 557 (R1), VF/F, tight flan, weight 5.708 g, maximum diameter 20.0 mm, die axis 0o, Karthaea mint, late 3rd - early 2nd century B.C.; obverse laureate head of Aristaeus(?) right; reverse forepart of hound (Sirius the Dog Star) left, rays over KAPΘAI above, Σ over A right, small bee below; ex Den of Antiquity; rare; SOLD


Ioulis, Keos Island, Cyclades, Greece, Late 3rd - Early 2nd Century B.C.

|Other| |Greece|, |Ioulis,| |Keos| |Island,| |Cyclades,| |Greece,| |Late| |3rd| |-| |Early| |2nd| |Century| |B.C.||chalkous|
On most examples of this type, including this one, the inscription is illegible or off flan. As a result the type is often attributed to an uncertain mint on Keos.
GB93475. Bronze chalkous, Papageorgiadou-Banis Series VIII, p. 29 & pl. 4, 60; SNG Cop 650; BMC Crete p. 90, 12 (Ceos); Mionnet Suppl. IV p. 386, 164; HGC 6 525 (R1), VF, brown tone, light earthen deposits, tight flan cutting off ethnic, weight 1.370 g, maximum diameter 11.4 mm, die axis 180o, Ioulis (Kea, Greece) mint, late 3rd - early 2nd century B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right; reverse forepart of hound (Sirius the Dog Star) left with rays above, IOY below, slightly concave; from the Errett Bishop Collection; only two sales of this type recorded on Coin Archives for the last two decades, this is the first specimen of this type handled by FORVM; very rare; SOLD




  




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