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Doves on Ancient Coins
Metapontion, Lucania, Italy, 334 - 330 B.C.

|Italy|, |Metapontion,| |Lucania,| |Italy,| |334| |-| |330| |B.C.||1/3| |stater|
Gold coins of Magna Graecia are scarce and were only minted for exceptional occasions, such as paying mercenaries. Most likely this rare issue was struck when Alexander Molossus, the Epirote King, helped Metapontion against the Lucanians and Bruttians. Molossus was Alexander the Great's uncle and Olympia's brother.
SH86428. Gold 1/3 stater, SNG Lockett 406; SNG ANS 395; HN Italy 1578; Noe-Johnston 3, G1 and pl. 18; SNG Lloyd -; SNG Cop -; Jameson -; Gulbenkian -; Pozzi -; Weber -, aVF+, fine style, marks, reverse double struck, weight 2.574 g, maximum diameter 13.6 mm, die axis 180o, Metapontion (Metaponto, Italy) mint, c. 334 - 332 B.C.; obverse head of Demeter right, wearing stephane and pendant earring; reverse METAΠON, barley stalk, bird right on leaf to right; ex Forum (2007), ex Christie's Auction (1993) ; very rare; SOLD


Sikyon, Peloponnesos, Greece, c. 334 - 330 B.C.

|Peloponnesos|, |Sikyon,| |Peloponnesos,| |Greece,| |c.| |334| |-| |330| |B.C.||stater|
Sikyon was located in the northern Peloponnesus between Corinth and Achaea. Sicyon was known in antiquity for its industries including wood sculpture, bronze work, and pottery. Its central location meant it was frequently involved in the wars of its neighbors, Thebes, Corinth, Athens and Sparta.
SH64029. Silver stater, BCD Peloponnesos 218 (same obverse die); Trait 776; BMC Peloponnesus p. 40, 57, aEF, weight 11.740 g, maximum diameter 23.3 mm, die axis 225o, Sikyon mint, c. late 330s B.C.; obverse chimera advancing left, paw raised, wreath above, ΣE below; reverse dove flying left, N left, all within olive wreath; ex Helios Numismatik auction 7 (12 Dec 2011), lot 374; SOLD


Sikyon, Peloponnesos, Greece, c. 335 - 330 B.C.

|Peloponnesos|, |Sikyon,| |Peloponnesos,| |Greece,| |c.| |335| |-| |330| |B.C.||stater|
Sikyon was located in the northern Peloponnesos between Corinth and Achaea. Sicyon was known in antiquity for its industries including wood sculpture, bronze work, and pottery. Its central location meant it was frequently involved in the wars of its neighbors, Thebes, Corinth, Athens and Sparta.
SH79677. Silver stater, BCD Peloponnesos 218; SNG Cop 48; Trait III 776; BMC Peloponnesus p. 40, 57; HGC 5 201, gVF, well centered, toned, light marks areas of porosity, weight 12.150 g, maximum diameter 24.7 mm, Sikyon mint, c. 335 - 330 B.C.; obverse chimera advancing left on exergue line, right fore-paw raised, wreath above, ΣE below; reverse dove flying left, N left, all within olive wreath tied on right; ex Numismatik Naumann auction 5 (7 Jul 2013), lot 101; SOLD


Nuremberg, German States, 1700

|Medieval| |&| |Modern| |Gold|, |Nuremberg,| |German| |States,| |1700||klippe| |ducat|
Attractive and popular "lamb ducat".

The coin is dated using a chronogram. Four letters from the obverse legend were engraved larger than the others, giving the year MDCC (1700).

The denominations of the series range from 1/32 to 4 ducats!
SH31262. Gold klippe ducat, KM 258, EF, weight 3.477 g, Nuremberg mint, obverse TEMPORA NOSTRA PATER DONATA PACE CORONA, pascal lamb standing left on globe, banner inscribed PAX across shoulder; reverse SECVLVM NOVVM CELEBRAT RESP NORIBENGENS, ornate cartouche bearing three shields of arms, dove above, signature IMF below; c. 20 mm square; SOLD


Sikyon, Peloponnesos, Greece, c. 431 - 400 B.C.

|Peloponnesos|, |Sikyon,| |Peloponnesos,| |Greece,| |c.| |431| |-| |400| |B.C.||hemidrachm|
Sikyon was located in the northern Peloponnesus between Corinth and Achaea. Sicyon was known in antiquity for its industries including wood sculpture, bronze work, and pottery. Its central location meant it was frequently involved in the wars of its neighbors, Thebes, Corinth, Athens and Sparta.
SH21690. Silver hemidrachm, BCD Peloponnesos 205.2 (same dies), gVF, nicely toned, weight 2.824 g, maximum diameter 19.6 mm, die axis 180o, Sikyon mint, c. 431 - 400 B.C.; obverse Chimera advancing left, ΣI below; reverse dove flying left; SOLD


Sikyon, Peloponnesos, Greece, c. 334 - 330 B.C.

|Peloponnesos|, |Sikyon,| |Peloponnesos,| |Greece,| |c.| |334| |-| |330| |B.C.||stater|
Sikyon was located in the northern Peloponnesus between Corinth and Achaea. Sicyon was known in antiquity for its industries including wood sculpture, bronze work, and pottery. Its central location meant it was frequently involved in the wars of its neighbors, Thebes, Corinth, Athens and Sparta.
SH50538. Silver stater, BCD Peloponnesos 218 (same dies); Trait 776; BMC Peloponnesus p. 40, 57, VF, weight 11.752 g, maximum diameter 24.1 mm, die axis 270o, c. late 330s B.C.; obverse chimera advancing left, paw raised, wreath above, ΣE below; reverse dove flying left, N left, all within olive wreath; beautiful rainbow toning; SOLD


German States, Nuremberg(?), Gold Taufmedaille (Baptismal Medal), Mid-18th Century

|Tokens,| |Medals| |&| |Exonumia|, |German| |States,| |Nuremberg(?),| |Gold| |Taufmedaille| |(Baptismal| |Medal),| |Mid-18th| |Century||medal|
We were unable to find another example of this taufmedaille online.
SH73973. Gold medal, VF, holed for suspension, a few bumps, weight 2.795 g, die axis 0o, Nuremberg(?) mint, mid-18th century; obverse The Nativity, the Star of Bethlehem above, angel above manger on far left, two magi kneel with gift to the left of infant Christ, the Virgin and St. Joseph, with bull behind on right, stone tower to right; reverse The Baptism of Christ in the Jordan, John the Baptist on shore to left with pyramid behind him, two angels on right with and a palm tree behind them, above the dove of the Holy Spirit in rays; ex CNG e-auction 345, part of lot 735; ex Patrick H. James Collection; rare; SOLD


Orra, Calabria, Italy, c. 250 - 150 B.C.

|Italy|, |Orra,| |Calabria,| |Italy,| |c.| |250| |-| |150| |B.C.||sextans|

RR18759. Bronze sextans, SNG ANS 824, F, weight 2.893 g, maximum diameter 15.7 mm, die axis 180o, Orra (Hyria) mint, obverse bust of Aphrodite right; reverse ORRA, dove flying right, carrying wreath, two pellets below; ex Wallace Widtman Collection; rare; SOLD







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