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Facing Heads on Ancient Coins

Roman Republic, Dictatorship of Julius Caesar, L. Plautius Plancus, 47 B.C.

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Both the obverse and reverse designs of this type were also popular designs for intaglio engraved gems during the late republic. -- Roman Republican Coinage by Michael H. Crawford

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RR37542. Silver denarius, SRCV I 429, Sydenham 959b, Crawford 453/1c, RSC I Plautia 14, VF, weight 3.439 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 47 B.C; obverse head of Medusa facing, wearing hoop earrings, L∑PLAVTIVS below; reverse Victory leading four horses right, palm frond in left, PLANCVS below; SOLD


Hyria, Campania, Italy, 405 - 400 B.C.

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A beautiful example of this very rare type. More magnificent in hand!
SH28126. Silver didrachm, SNG Cop 380, Choice gVF, weight 7.224 g, maximum diameter 21.1 mm, die axis 225o, Hyria mint, 405 - 400 B.C.; obverse head of Hera Lakinia facing slightly right, wearing necklace and polos ornamented with palmette between the foreparts of two griffins; reverse man-faced bull walking right; superb style, nice metal, well centered, few light scratches in reverse fields, old cabinet toning; very rare; SOLD


Rhodos, Carian Islands, c. 340 - 250 B.C.

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SH30392. Silver tetradrachm, SNG Cop 727, SNG Keckman -, gVF, weight 14.739 g, maximum diameter 22.3 mm, die axis 0o, Rhodos (Rhodes, Greece) mint, obverse radiate head of Helios facing slightly right; reverse PO∆ION, rose with bud right, E (control letter) in right field, all within incuse square; sculptural high-relief; very rare; SOLD


Rhodos, Carian Islands, c. 229 - 205 B.C.

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Perhaps this coin did not immediately catch your eye? Of course you are looking at a photograph. You may have seen many similar fine drachms. In hand, though, it is immediately clear that this is not a drachm but rather the much larger tetradrachm - and in extraordinary sculptural high relief !
SH30332. Silver tetradrachm, SNG Keckman 548, SNG Cop -, Choice aEF, weight 13.403 g, maximum diameter 26.3 mm, die axis 0o, Rhodos (Rhodes, Greece) mint, c. 229 - 205 B.C.; obverse radiate head of Helios facing slightly right; reverse PO∆I−ON, rose with bud right, thunderbolt (control symbol) left, magistrate's name EYKPATHΣ above; sculptural high-relief, fine style, light toning and a broad flan, ex CNG; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Justinian II, 10 July 685 - Late 695 and Summer 705 - 4 November 711 A.D.

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The portrait on this coin was based on an icon believed by the people of the time to bear a miraculous resemblance to Christís actual appearance.
SH21619. Gold solidus, DOC II part 2, 2b, Wroth BMC 1, Morrisson BnF 15/Cp/AV/12, Tolstoi 1, Ratto 1705, Hahn MIB 2b, Sommer 17.3, SBCV 1415, EF, weight 4.239 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 705 - 711 A.D.; obverse O N IhS ChS REX REGNANTIYM, bust of Christ facing, curly hair, short beard, wearing pallium and colobium, Gospels in left, cross behind head; reverse IYSTINIANYS ET TIbERIYS PP A, Justinian (on left) and Tiberius, half-length facing, each wears crown, divitision and chlamys, holding cross potent on three steps in center; very rare; SOLD


Persian Achaemenid Empire, Carian Satrapy, Pixodarus, c. 340 - 335 B.C.

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Lustrous, with light rosy iridescence. A spectacular coin struck from dies of finest style on a broad flan.
SH27863. Silver didrachm, SNG Cop 597; SNGvA 2375; SNG Keckman 280; SNG Kayhan 891; SNG Lockett 2913; BMC Caria p. 185, 5 ff.; Weber 6608; SGCV II 4966, Choice EF, weight 6.914 g, maximum diameter 21.0 mm, die axis 0o, Halikarnassos (Bodrum, Turkey) mint, c. 340 - 335 B.C.; obverse head of Apollo facing slightly right; reverse ΠIΞΩ∆APOY, Zeus Labraundos standing right holding scepter and double-axe; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Justinian II, 10 July 685 - Late 695 and Summer 705 - 4 November 711 A.D.

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Justinian II was the first emperor to put Christ on his coins.

In 692, a Byzantine army under general Leontios was defeated at Sebastopolis (in modern Turkey) by Arab forces led by Muhammad ibn Marwan. During the battle a force of about 20,000 Slavs deserted the Byzantine army and joined the Muslim Arabs. Cyprus and the last remaining Byzantine holdings east of the Taurus Mountains were lost.
SH70976. Gold tremissis, DOC II part 2, 14; Wroth BMC 22 - 23; Tolstoi 60 - 63; Ratto 1691; Hahn MIB 16; Sommer 14.8; SBCV 1256, EF, some details unstruck, weight 1.368 g, maximum diameter 15.3 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, first reign, c. 692 - 695 A.D.; obverse IhS CRISTOS REX REGNATI, facing bust of Christ, cross behind head, long hair and full beard, wearing pallium and colobium, raising right hand in benediction, Gospels in left; reverse D IYSTINI-ANYS SERY ChRISTI, Justinian standing facing, wearing crown with cross and loros, long cross potent on globe on base in right, akakia in left; ex Gorny and Mosch auction 170 (13 Oct 2008), lot 3074; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Justinian II, 10 July 685 - Late 695 and Summer 705 - 4 November 711 A.D.

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Justinian II was the first emperor to put Christ on his coins.

In 692, a Byzantine army under general Leontios was defeated at Sebastopolis (in modern Turkey) by Arab forces led by Muhammad ibn Marwan. During the battle a force of about 20,000 Slavs deserted the Byzantine army and joined the Muslim Arabs. Cyprus and the last remaining Byzantine holdings east of the Taurus Mountains were lost.
SH70974. Gold tremissis, DOC II part 2, 14; Wroth BMC 22 - 23; Tolstoi 60 - 63; Ratto 1691; Hahn MIB 16; Sommer 14.8; SBCV 1256, VF, areas of flat strike, weight 1.355 g, maximum diameter 16.3 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, first reign, c. 692 - 695 A.D.; obverse IhS CRISTOS REX REGNANTIYM, facing bust of Christ, cross behind head, long hair and full beard, wearing pallium and colobium, raising right hand in benediction, Gospels in left; reverse D IYSTINI-ANYS SERY ChRISTI, Justinian standing facing, wearing crown with cross and loros, long cross potent on globe on base in right, akakia in left; ex CNG auction 203 (28 Jan 2009), lot 494; SOLD


Mytilene, Lesbos, c. 377 - 326 B.C.

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Mytilene was famous in ancient times for its great output of electrum coins struck from the late 6th through mid - 4th centuries B.C. The usual denomination was the hekte (1/6th stater). Warwick Wroth noted in the British Museum Catalog, "The Sixths of [this Lesbos electrum series] form one of the most beautiful coin-series of the ancient world. This will be evident from a glance."
SH21934. Electrum hekte, Bodenstedt 90 (unlisted dies), gVF, weight 2.569 g, maximum diameter 9.9 mm, die axis 0o, Mytilene mint, c. 356 B.C.; obverse head of Dionysos right, wreathed with ivy; reverse head of Satyr facing within linear square; ex Freeman and Sear; SOLD


Persian Achaemenid Empire, Carian Satrapy, Maussolos, c. 377 - 353 B.C.

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Mausolus (Maussollos) is best known because his elaborate tomb, the Mausoleum, was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. In 357, Mausolus helped Rhodes and other Athenian allies (Chios, Kos, and Byzantium) revolt against Athens. These cities then became federates of Mausolus.
SH46855. Silver tetradrachm, BMC Caria p. 181, 8, SNG Kayhan 873, SNG Cop 59 var. (no monogram), VF, weight 15.075 g, maximum diameter 25.2 mm, die axis 0o, Halikarnassos (Bodrum, Turkey) mint, c. 377 - 353 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo, facing slightly right; reverse MAYΣΣΩΛΛO, Zeus Labraundos standing right, labrys in right over shoulder, spear vertical in left, ME monogram in left field under elbow; fantastic high relief head of Apollo; SOLD




  




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