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Lions on Ancient Coins
Lesbos, 5th - 4th Century B.C.

|Lesbos|, |Lesbos,| |5th| |-| |4th| |Century| |B.C.||1/3| |stater|
The specific satrap has not been confirmed.
SL95876. Billon 1/3 stater, BMC Lesbos 58, pl. XXXI, 3; SNG Cop -; Winzer -, NGC VG, Strike 4/5; Surface 2/5 (5872605-037), weight 3.90 g, maximum diameter 14 mm, die axis 225o, uncertain Lesbos mint, 5th - 4th century B.C.; obverse youthful male head (satrap?) left, wearing tight-fitting cap; reverse head of roaring lion left within incuse square; NGC| Lookup; extremely rare; $225.00 (204.75)


Lot of 4 Silver Fractions From Phoenicia, c. 425 - 300 B.C.

|Phoenicia|, |Lot| |of| |4| |Silver| |Fractions| |From| |Phoenicia,| |c.| |425| |-| |300| |B.C.||Lot|
 
GA97055. Silver Lot, 4 silver fractions, c. 0.6g - 0.8g, c. 9mm, $160.00 (145.60)


German States, Brunswick-Lneburg, Albert I the Tall, 1252 - 1279

|Germany|, |German| |States,| |Brunswick-Lneburg,| |Albert| |I| |the| |Tall,| |1252| |-| |1279||bracteate|
Albert the Tall, a member of the House of Welf, was Duke of Brunswick-Lneburg from 1252 and the first ruler of the newly created Principality of Brunswick-Wolfenbttel from 1269 until his death on 15 August 1279.

Bracteates (a type of coin, not a denomination) were made with very thin metal and were struck using a single die with the flan placed on a leather covered block, thus giving an intaglio reverse.
ME92107. Silver bracteate, Denicke 166, Berger 707, Bonhoff 398, Welter 232 l., VF, toned, cracks, weight 0.741 g, maximum diameter 26.1 mm, die axis 0o, 1252 - 1279; obverse lion walking left, head turned facing, tail curving above, star (control) below between fore and back legs; reverse incuse of the obverse; $80.00 (72.80)


Hyrkanis, Lydia, c. 193 - 217 A.D.

|Other| |Lydia|, |Hyrkanis,| |Lydia,| |c.| |193| |-| |217| |A.D.||AE| |14|
Hyrcanis or Hyrkaneis, also known as Hyrcania was a Roman and Byzantine-era city in ancient Lydia, now in western Turkey. It was situated in the Hyrcanian plain, which is said to have derived its name from a colony of Hyrcanians being settled here by the Persians. They were afterwards mingled with some Macedonians, who also settled in this district, thus they are called "Macedones Hyrcani" by Pliny the Elder and Tacitus. Hyrkanis issued coins from the time of Trajan to Philip II. Its site is located west of Halit Pasa in Asiatic Turkey, south of amliyurt.
GB95633. Bronze AE 14, GRPC Lydia 2, BMC Lydia p. 123, 8, Mionnet IV 323, SNG Mnchen 171, aF, dark green patina, porous, weight 1.271 g, maximum diameter 13.5 mm, die axis 180o, Hyrkanis (near Halit Pasa) mint, c. 193 - 217 A.D.; obverse helmeted and draped bust of Athena to right wearing aegis; reverse YPKANΩN, lion walking slowly to right; rare; $60.00 (54.60)


Castile and Len, Spain, Henry IV the Impotent, 1454 - 1474

|Spain|, |Castile| |and| |Len,| |Spain,| |Henry| |IV| |the| |Impotent,| |1454| |-| |1474||blanca|NEW
King of Castile, nicknamed "the Impotent", was the last of the weak late medieval kings of Castile. During Henry's reign, the nobles became more powerful and the nation became less centralized.

Fifty-nine blancas of this type were unearthed during excavations at La Isabela in the Domincan Republic, the first European settlement in the New World, which was founded by Christopher Columbus in 1494 (Stahl 1992, Deagan 1992). A single blanca of Henry IV also was found at the Long Bay site on San Salvador Island in the Bahamas, which is argued to have been the first American landfall of Columbus in 1492. (Brill 1987).
ME92079. Billon blanca, Valds XV 135, F, green patina, earthen deposits, cleaning scratches, weight 0.836 g, maximum diameter 18.8 mm, die axis 90o, Toledo mint, 1471; obverse + ENRICVS DEI GRACI R (Enrique by God's grace, king), Castle, aqueduct with three arches, T (mintmark) below, within rhombus inside circle, four annulets between rhombus and circle; reverse + XPS VIRCIT XPS REGN (Christ conquers, Christ reigns), crowned lion rampant, end of tail crossed forming T (mintmark), within rhombus inside circle, four annulets between rhombus and circle; $30.00 (27.30) ON RESERVE


Rhegion, Bruttium, Italy, c. 450 - 445 B.C.

|Italy|, |Rhegion,| |Bruttium,| |Italy,| |c.| |450| |-| |445| |B.C.||tetradrachm|
Iokastos was the founder of Rhegion. He died of a snakebite. Iokastos was one of six sons of Aiolos, ruler of the Aeolian islands, all of whom secured their own realms in Italy and Sicily.
SH46848. Silver tetradrachm, SNG ANS 636, SNG Cop 1928, HN Italy 2477, VF/F, damaged reverse die, weight 16.915 g, maximum diameter 25.0 mm, Rhegion mint, obverse facing lion's scalp, sprig with two olives right; reverse PHΓI−NOΣ (retrograde), Iokastos seated left, staff in right, left resting on seat, snake beneath seat, all within laurel wreath; high relief sculptural obverse; SOLD


Kingdom of Thrace, Lysimachos, 305 - 281 B.C., Portrait of Alexander the Great

|Kingdom| |of| |Thrace|, |Kingdom| |of| |Thrace,| |Lysimachos,| |305| |-| |281| |B.C.,| |Portrait| |of| |Alexander| |the| |Great||stater|
Lysimachus, one of Alexander the Great's personal bodyguards, was appointed strategos (general) in Thrace and Chersonesos after Alexander's death. He became one of the diadochi (successors of Alexander) who were initially generals and governors, but who continuously allied and warred with each other and eventually divided the empire. In 309, he founded his capital Lysimachia in a commanding situation on the neck connecting the Chersonesos with the mainland. In 306, he followed the example of Antigonus in taking the title of king, ruling Thrace, Asia Minor and Macedonia. In 281, he was killed in battle against Seleucus, another successor of Alexander.
SH68237. Gold stater, Thompson -, Mller -, SNG -; unpublished in major references but a few know to Forum from auctions, gVF, attractively centered, weight 8.509 g, maximum diameter 20.6 mm, die axis 0o, uncertain (probably Byzantion) mint, posthumous, 250 - 220 B.C.; obverse diademed head of Alexander the Great right wearing the horn of Ammon; reverse Athena Nikephoros enthroned left, Nike crowning name in extended right hand, left arm rests on grounded round shield decorated with Gorgoneion, transverse spear against right side, BAΣIΛEΩΣ (king) downward on right, ΛYΣIMAXOY (Lysimachos) downward on left, lion head left to outer left, plain trident below; rare; SOLD


Sumerian (Uruk?), Limestone Cup Ornamented with Animals, Jemdet Nasr Period, 4th Millennium B.C.

|Vessels| |&| |Tableware|, |Sumerian| |(Uruk?),| |Limestone| |Cup| |Ornamented| |with| |Animals,| |Jemdet| |Nasr| |Period,| |4th| |Millennium| |B.C.|
AAA31037. height 7 cm (2 5/8"), rim diameter 6 cm (2 3/8"); The Louvre Near Eastern Antiqities, Ur Excavations Volume 4 The early periods (nearly identical), Collectible condition, two lion's attacking two bulls, high relief, one small piece re-attached, chips from rim; SOLD


Knidos, Caria, c. 210 - 185 B.C.

|Kindos|, |Knidos,| |Caria,| |c.| |210| |-| |185| |B.C.||didrachm|
The ancient Carian city of Knidos, near modern Tekir, Turkey, was described by Strabo as "built for the most beautiful of goddesses, Aphrodite, on the most beautiful of peninsulas." The legendary Aphrodite of Praxiteles, one of the most beautiful sculptures of antiquity, once graced her temple at Knidos. It has perished, but late copies exist, of which the most faithful is in the Vatican Museums. A fine seated statue of Demeter and a colossal figure of a lion found there are in the British Museum.
GS86557. Silver didrachm, SNG Cop 318, Imhoof-Blumer Karische 32, Waddington 2312, SNG Keckman -, SNGvA -, SNG Kayhan -, SNG Mn -, SNG Tb -, SNG Mugla -, BMC Caria -, aEF, toned, tight flan typical for the type, encrustations, light corrosion, edge cracks, weight 5.531 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 0o, Knidos (near Tekir, Turkey) mint, magistrate Agephon..., c. 210 - 185 B.C.; obverse head of Helios facing slightly right; reverse forepart of roaring lion right, club to left, KNI∆ION above, AΓEΦΩN (magistrate) below; from the David Cannon Collection, ex Beast Coins; rare; SOLD







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