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Facing Head of Larissa - AI Signed29 viewsThessaly Greece, the City of Larissa

Obv: Head of the nymph Larissa facing ¾ l., wearing ampyx with ΓΕΥ inscription (not visible)1, hair floating freely above head, tiny IA above top locks of hair (off of flan), prominent raised right shoulder2 (garment clasp visible?), spherical earring with bead pendant. Border of dots.
Rev: Horse crouching r., bucranium brand on haunch, forelegs spread, raised tail (off of flan), tiny AI under belly3, reign trails into exergue with exergue line sloping downward under horse’s muzzle, ΛΑΡΙΣΑΙ directly below exergue line with ΣΑΙ breaking into that line.
Denomination: Silver Drachm; Mint: Larissa; Date: c. 405/400 BC - c. 370 BC4; Weight: 6.11g; Diameter: 19mm; Die axis: 90º; References, for example: SNG Cop 126; Herrmann Group VII, Series I, Reverse II, pl. VI, 16 and 19; HGC 4, 434; Lorber - Shahar Group 3 Head Type 14 (O35/R2 - Sp. b, this very coin) = Florilegium Numismaticum Group One Head Type 11 with Reverse 21.2 - Sp. b (this very coin).

Notes:
1Lorber presumes that these letters are “...an abbreviated epithet of the nymph Larissa.” (Lorber Early in FlorNum, p. 261).
2Lorber invites us to interpret this “distinctive gesture” as the nymph “...tossing her ball, an action regularly depicted on trihemiobols and obols of the fifth century.” (Lorber Early in FlorNum, p. 262).
3Lorber understands these letters to be the signature of the mint’s chief engraver, who replaced ΣΙΜΟ. See Lorber Early in FlorNum, p. 261.
4This is the date range provided in Lorber 2008, p. 126.

The city of Larissa was named after the local water nymph, said to be the daughter of Pelasgos. He was said to be the ancestor of the pre-Greek Pelasgians. According to myth Larissa drowned while playing ball on the banks of the Peneios river. (HGC 4 p. 130).

Provenance: Ex Numismatica Ars Classica Auction 29, May 11, 2005, lot 176; Ex Numismatic Fine Arts Auction XXXIII, May 3, 1994, lot 929.

Photo credits: Shanna Schmidt Numismatics

Sources

Herrmann, Fritz. “Die Silbermünzen von Larissa in Thessalien.” Zeitschrift für Numismatik 35 (1925): 1 - 69.
HGC: Hoover, Oliver D. Handbook of Coins of Northern and Central Greece: Achaia Phthiotis, Ainis, Magnesia, Malis, Oita, Perrhaibia, Thessaly, Akarnania, Aitolia, Lokris, Phokis, Boiotia, Euboia, Attica, Megaris, and Corinthia, Sixth to First Centuries BC, The Handbook of Greek Coinage Series, Vol. 4. Lancaster/London: Classical Numismatic Group, Inc, 2014.
Lorber, Catharine C. “The Early Facing Head Drachms of Thessalian Larissa.” In Florilegium Numismaticum: Studia in Honorem U. Westermark Edita. Edited by H. Nilsson. Stockholm: Svenska Numismatiska Föreningen, 1992: 259 - 282.
Lorber, Catharine C. and Shahar C. “The Silver Facing Head Coins of Larissa.” 2005. http://www.lightfigures.com/numismat/larissa/index.php. Note: this website is no longer functional but I printed some of the catalogues in PDF format before the website was completely taken down. I was never able to see any of the images on the website. At the time of my first visit only the PDFs were functional.
Lorber, Catharine C. “Thessalian Hoards and the Coinage of Larissa” in American Journal of Numismatics, second series 20 (2008): 119 - 142.
SNG COP: Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, The Royal Collection of Coins and Medals, Danish National Museum: Thessaly - Illyricum. Copenhagen: Einar Munksgaard, 1943.

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Rider and Larissa Seated24 viewsThessaly Greece, the City of Larissa

Obv: Rider on a horse prancing r., holding a single spear transversally with petasos flying backwards and chlamys on his back, beneath horse’s belly a lion’s head facing r. Border of dots or small grains.1
Rev: The nymph Larissa2 seated r. on a chair with a back ending in a swan’s head, r. hand resting on her lap or thigh and holding a phiale, l. arm raised with palm forward,3 Λ and Α above to l. and r. of head with R and Ι to r. of body turned 90º and downward, all within a shallow incuse square.
Denomination: Silver Trihemiobol; Mint: Larissa; Date: mid- to late 5th Century BC4; Weight: 1.28g5; Diameter: 13mm; Die axis: 60º; References, for example: BMC Thessaly p. 25, 13; Weber 2838; Traité IV, 651, pl. CCXCVI, 9; Herrmann Group II, Pl. 1, 7; BCD Thessaly II 154; HGC 4, 466.

Notes:
1Forrer, BCD Thessaly II, and Hoover refer to the border as composed of dots; Babelon refers to the border as composed of small grains.
2Herrmann does not associate the figure on the reverse with the nymph Larissa. Instead he refers to the figure as a “sitting male” and cites two examples from Berlin and Warren 687 as having the indication of beards (p.9). He declares that the meaning [interpretation] of the sitter cannot be determined, but he invites us to think of a deity (p. 11).
3Forrer and BCD Thessaly II state that Larissa is holding a mirror, Hoover mentions only that the arm is raised, Babelon indicates that the left arm is raised with palm forward, and Herrmann describes the left hand as raised in an “adoring gesture”. On the coin here the left hand clearly has the thumb separated from the rest of the fingers with the palm facing forward; there is no indication that the hand is holding anything. I wonder what the intention of the gesture could have been.
4Dates in the sources cited here run the gamut of the 5th Century BC. Herrmann: c. 500 - 479 BC; Babelon: c. 470 - 430 BC; HGC: c. 440 - 420 BC; Forrer: c. 430 - 400 BC. In light of Kagen (2004) and his belief that Herrmann’s Group I ended c. 460 BC it seems appropriate to choose the date range specified in BCD Thessaly II.
5Herrmann argues that Group II was struck on the Persian weight standard. (He believed that the same held true for Group I). Kagan (2004) demonstrates that Larissain coinage was not struck on the Persian weight standard.

The city of Larissa was named after the local water nymph, said to be the daughter of Pelasgos. He was said to be the ancestor of the pre-Greek Pelasgians. According to myth Larissa drowned while playing ball on the banks of the Peneios river. (HGC 4 p. 130).

Photo Credits: Nomos AG

Sources

BCD Thessaly II: Classical Numismatic Group, Inc. The BCD Collection of the Coinage of Thessaly. Triton XV Auction. (3 January 2012, New York).
BMC Thessaly: Gardner, Percy. A Catalogue of the Greek Coins in the British Museum, Thessaly to Aetolia. London, 1883.
HGC: Hoover, Oliver D. Handbook of Coins of Northern and Central Greece: Achaia Phthiotis, Ainis, Magnesia, Malis, Oita, Perrhaibia, Thessaly, Akarnania, Aitolia, Lokris, Phokis, Boiotia, Euboia, Attica, Megaris, and Corinthia, Sixth to First Centuries BC, The Handbook of Greek Coinage Series, Vol. 4. Lancaster/London: Classical Numismatic Group, Inc, 2014.
Kagan, Jonathan. “The So-Called Persian Weight Coins of Larissa”. Obolos 7. 2004.
Traité: Babelon, Ernest. Traité des Monnaies Grecques et Romaines: Tome Quatrième. Paris: Ernest Leroux, 1926.
Weber: Forrer, L. Descriptive Catalogue of the Collection of Greek Coins formed by Sir Hermann Weber: Volume II. London: Spink & Son, 1924.
3 commentsTracy Aiello01/17/20 at 20:23Mark R1: Like it!
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Cilicia, Tarsos, Mazaios (Satrap of Cilicia, 361/0-334/3 B.C.), SNG Levante 107-8var., AR-Stater, Lion bringing down stag to left, #114 viewsCilicia, Tarsos, Mazaios (Satrap of Cilicia, 361/0-334/3 B.C.), SNG Levante 107-8var., AR-Stater, Lion bringing down stag to left, #1
avers: Baaltars seated left on throne, holding scepter, grain ear and grape bunch; grape bunch (symbol) below throne, the Aramaic legend "BLTRZ" to right.
reverse: Lion bringing down stag to left, the Aramaic legend "MZDI" above, Aramaic letter "M" below; all within an incuse square with a dotted border.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 22,0mm, weight: 10,61g, axes: 0h,
mint: Cilicia, Mazaios (Satrap of Cilicia), date: 361/0-334/3 B.C., ref: SNG Levante 107-8var.(control below throne), SNG BN 326-7,
Q-001
5 commentsquadrans01/17/20 at 20:20Mark R1: Cilicia made some really cool coins. Always attrac...
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THRACIAN KINGDOM. Lysimachus (305-281 BC). AR tetradrachm (29mm, 16.97 gm, 11h)10 viewsTHRACIAN KINGDOM. Lysimachus (305-281 BC). AR tetradrachm (29mm, 16.97 gm, 11h). NGC Choice XF 5/5 - 3/5. Lampsacus, 297-281 BC. Diademed head of deified Alexander III right, with horn of Ammon / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ / ΛΥΣΙΜΑΧΟΥ, Athena enthroned left, Nike in right hand crowning royal name, resting left arm on shield decorated with gorgoneion boss, transverse spear beyond; aplustre to outer left, monogram to inner left. Thompson 48.4 commentsMark R112/15/19 at 01:15Mark R1: Thanks Jay.
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CALABRIA, Tarentum. Circa 272-240 BC.35 viewsCALABRIA, Tarentum. Circa 272-240 BC. AR Nomos (20mm, 6.48 g, 9h). Warrior on horseback right, holding shield and spear; DI above; APO[LL/WNIOS] in two lines below / Phalanthos riding dolphin left, head facing with flowing chlamys around left arm, holding trident in right hand; crowning Nike to left; waves below. Vlasto 894-898; HN Italy 1038. Lustrous4 commentsMark R112/06/19 at 02:34Mark R1: Thanks!
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Sicily27 viewsGreek colonies dotted the island of Sicily from about the mid-8th C. BC onward, sometimes conflicting with the native tribes (Sikels to the east, Sikanians in central Sicily, and Elymians to the west) and several Phoenician colonies. The largest issuance of coinage by the city-states often came amidst conflict among themselves and later arrivals, the Carthaginians and Romans. While Greek coin types and denominations predominated, the local litra and its fractions of onkiai survived down to the Roman conquest in 212 BC, when local striking withered. Major mints include Akragas, Gela, Himera, Kamarina, Katane, Leontini, Messene, Naxos, Segesta, Selinos, Syracuse, and the siculo-punic mints of Entella and Lilybaion.
3 commentsAnaximander12/06/19 at 00:29Mark R1: Fantastic coin.
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Drachm ca 202-150 BC Greek EPHESOS AR Drachm. EF. Magistrate Archigenes. Bee - Stag. EF11 viewsGrade: EF | Abbreviations
Obverse: E-Φ, bee with straight wings, border of dots.
Reverse: APXIΓENH. Stag standing right, palm tree behind.

Excellent exemplar of ephesian drachm, in EF condition, very few circullated, conserving full details in both sides and very bold reliefs. Toned silver.

Scarce magistrate (only TWO coins auctioned in the last 19 years).

Numismatic Chronicle 1881, p.20. Ephesus mint, circa 202-150 BC. 3,6 g - 17 mm
4 commentsMark R111/29/19 at 00:58Mark R1: Thanks Jay. Visiting Ephesos in May and thought I ...
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RIC 0791 Domitian denarius80 viewsIMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM PM TRP XV
Laureate head right

IMP XXII COS XVII CENS PPP
Minerva, winged, flying left with spear and shield

Rome September 14, 95 AD-September 13, 96 AD

3.15g

RIC 791 (C)

Ex-Savoca 21st Blue Auction lot 1060
6 commentsJay GT407/28/19 at 13:08Mark R1: Good one
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Lucania Sybaris drachm98 viewsBull standing to left on dotted ground line, head turned back to right; all within border of dots VM in exergue

Bull standing to right, on dotted ground line; around, border of dots; all incuse.

LUCANIA, Sybaris

Circa 550-510 BC.

2.04g

HN III 1736. SNG ANS 847 ff.

Chipped. Old cabinet toning.

Ex-Londinium
4 commentsJay GT407/22/19 at 13:36Mark R1: Love it
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Bruttium, Kaulonia (c.525-500 BC), AR Stater103 views7.70g, Apollo walking right, holding branch in raised right hand, his left extended and on which daimon runs right, stag on base before, its head turned back, annulet in right field, kav, rev. incuse of obverse type (cf. SNG ANS 155), toned, very fine.1 commentsLeo07/22/19 at 02:31Mark R1: Love it!
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Calabria. Taras. c. 240-228 BC. Nomos30 views6.57g.
Obv: Hippokontist in close fitting lorica hurling javelin on horseback. ΟΛΥΜΠΙΣ beneath horse; wreath in left field.
Rx: ΤΑΡΑΣ Taras on dolphin holding cornucopiae and kantharos; tripod to his left.
Vlasto Coll. 943 (same dies). HN Italy 1055. EF.
2 commentsLeo07/22/19 at 02:29Mark R1: Good one
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CALABRIA, Tarentum. Circa 272-240 BC.35 viewsCALABRIA, Tarentum. Circa 272-240 BC. AR Nomos (20mm, 6.48 g, 9h). Warrior on horseback right, holding shield and spear; DI above; APO[LL/WNIOS] in two lines below / Phalanthos riding dolphin left, head facing with flowing chlamys around left arm, holding trident in right hand; crowning Nike to left; waves below. Vlasto 894-898; HN Italy 1038. Lustrous4 commentsMark R107/09/19 at 13:28Mark R1: Thanks Jay. I’m glad you like it.
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BCC J3824 viewsJudaea - AE Prutah
Caesarea Maritima
Herod Archelaus 4BCE - 6CE
Mint of Jerusalem
Obv:HP[ω∆OY]
Bunch of grapes, vine leaf to left.
Rev:EΘNAPXOY
Tall military helmet, facing,
with crest and cheek straps,
caduceus, below left.
18mm. 2.71gm. Axis:180
Hendin III 505
J. Berlin Caesarea Collection
1 commentsv-drome07/04/19 at 13:37Mark R1: Interesting coin
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Crusaders, Frankish Greece , Duchy of Neopatras . John II Angelus-Comnenus AD 1303-1318.Billon denier tournois 34 viewsCrusaders, Frankish Greece , Duchy of Neopatras . John II Angelus-Comnenus AD 1303-1318.Billon denier tournois
Obverse : + ANGELVS SA B C , cross
Reverse : + DELLA PATCRA , castle tournois
CCS 125 Unrecorded variant .
Very Rare .
1 commentsVladislav D07/04/19 at 13:34Mark R1: Cool looking coin.
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Bull Wrestling Drachm97 viewsThessaly Greece, the City of Larissa

Obv: The hero Thessalos1 to r. naked, except for chlamys around his shoulders and petasos, flying in the air, attached to his neck by a cord, holding with both hands a band that is around the forehead of a bull leaping r. All within a border of dots (not here visible).
Rev: ΛΑΡΙ above, Σ to the r. (not here visible), ΙΑ below (not here visible), bridled horse with trailing rein prancing r., no ground line. All within incuse square.
Denomination: Silver Drachm; Mint: Larissa; Date: c. 420 - 400 BC2; Weight: 6.06g; Diameter: 18mm: Die axis: 270º; References, for example: HGC 4, 423 (same obv.); Lorber 2008, pl. 43, 59 (same dies); BCD Thessaly II 372.7 (same dies).

Notes:
1Considered the ancestor of all Thessalians. The figure is also sometimes considered to be Jason (of Jason and the Argonauts), who according to one tradition was the father of Thessalos (HGC 4, p. 132).
2This is the date given in HGC 4. According to Lorber 2008 this coin should be placed in the revived bull wrestling drachm coinage, beginning c. 450 - 440 BC.

This type is related to the Thessalian sport of bull wrestling (taurokathapsia) “...regularly showcased at the Taureia games honoring Poseidon Taureios.” (HGC 4, p. 132).

Provenance: from the BCD collection, reportedly found 8 kms west of Pharsalus, May 1997.

Photo credits: Shanna Schmidt Numismatics

Sources

BCD Thessaly II: Classical Numismatic Group, Inc. The BCD Collection of the Coinage of Thessaly. Triton XV Auction. (3 January 2012, New York).
HGC: Hoover, Oliver D. Handbook of Coins of Northern and Central Greece: Achaia Phthiotis, Ainis, Magnesia, Malis, Oita, Perrhaibia, Thessaly, Akarnania, Aitolia, Lokris, Phokis, Boiotia, Euboia, Attica, Megaris, and Corinthia, Sixth to First Centuries BC, The Handbook of Greek Coinage Series, Vol. 4. Lancaster/London: Classical Numismatic Group, Inc, 2014.
Lorber, Catharine C. “Thessalian Hoards and the Coinage of Larissa” in American Journal of Numismatics, second series 20 (2008): 119 - 142.
7 commentsTracy Aiello07/03/19 at 02:38Mark R1: Good one
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PAMPHYLIA. Side. Ca. 5th century BC. AR stater (18mm, 10.81 gm, 9h)56 viewsPAMPHYLIA. Side. Ca. 5th century BC. AR stater (18mm, 10.81 gm, 9h). About VF. Ca. 430-400 BC. Pomegranate, beaded border / Head of Athena right, wearing Corinthian helmet pushed back on head, all within shallow incuse square. SNG France 628-9. SNG von Aulock 4765. 3 commentsMark R106/22/19 at 13:55Mark R1: Thanks guys!
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ARCADIA. Cleitor. Ca. 370-350 BC. AR obol (12mm, 0.85 gm, 3h). 37 viewsARCADIA. Cleitor. Ca. 370-350 BC. AR obol (12mm, 0.85 gm, 3h). NGC MS 4/5 - 3/5. Head of Athena right wearing crested Attic helmet with upturned cheek flap; Λ behind / Κ-Λ-H, horse galloping right, trailing rein. BCD Peloponnesos 1420-1. 2 commentsMark R106/22/19 at 02:14Mark R1: Thanks! I like it too..
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PAMPHYLIA. Aspendus. Ca. mid-5th century BC. AR stater 28 viewsPAMPHYLIA. Aspendus. Ca. mid-5th century BC. AR stater (19mm, 10.79 gm). Choice VF, Fine Style. Ca. 465-430 BC. Helmeted nude hoplite advancing right, spear forward in right hand, oval shield in left / Triskeles clockwise within incuse square. cf. Classical Numismatic Group, Electronic Auction 429 (26 September 2018), lot 167, otherwise unpublished. Fine style for the series. 2 commentsMark R106/21/19 at 18:44Mark R1: Yeah I see a lot of these and this one had some ni...
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Indo-Scythian Kings, Azes II, (35 B.C.-5 A.D.), AR-Tetradrachm, Mitchiner VI, S. 573, Typ 867a., Athena holding spear and shield, #1148 viewsIndo-Scythian Kings, Azes II, (35 B.C.-5 A.D.), AR-Tetradrachm, Mitchiner VI, S. 573, Typ 867a., Athena holding spear and shield, #1
avers: BAΣIΛEΩΣ BAΣIΛEΩN MEΓAΛOY / AZOY (Greek legend "of the Great King of Kings Azes"), Azes II. in military dress, on a horse, holding whip and spear.
reverse: Athena standing right, holding spear and shield, monogram at left and right, Kharoshthi legend around: maharajasa rajarajasa mahatasa / ayasa.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 22,0mm, weight: 9,773g, axes: 5h,
mint: Azes II, Taxila, Sirsukh, date: 35B.C.-5A.D., ref: Mitchiner VI, S. 5739, Typ 867a., HGC12 #716, MIG ???, Sen ???,
Probably struck under Vijayamitra c. 12 B.C.-A.D. 15.
Q-001
4 commentsquadrans06/21/19 at 18:14Mark R1: Cool Coin. I like these east/greek designs.
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Indo-Scythian Kings, Azes II, (35 B.C.-5 A.D.), AR-Tetradrachm, Mitchiner (MIG) VI, Azes II (G) Type 848h, Athena holding spear and shield, #189 viewsIndo-Scythian Kings, Azes II, (35 B.C.-5 A.D.), AR-Tetradrachm, Mitchiner (MIG) VI, Azes II (G) Type 848h, Athena holding spear and shield, #1
avers: BAΣIΛEΩΣ BAΣIΛEΩN MEΓAΛOY / AZOY (Greek legend "of the Great King of Kings Azes"), Azes II. in military dress, on a horse, holding whip and spear.
reverse: Athena standing right, holding spear and shield, monogram at left and right, Kharoshthi legend around: maharajasa rajadirasa mahatasa / ayasa.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 23,0-25,0mm, weight: 9,67g, axes: 3h,
mint: Azes II, date: 35 B.C.-5 A.D., ref: Mitchiner (MIG) VI, Azes II (G) Type 848h. Taxila Sirsukh B., Chapter 18, page 552, the 21st coin.
Q-001
4 commentsquadrans06/21/19 at 18:11Mark R1: Love it!
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66 viewsTrajan AR Denarius. Rome, AD 113-114. IMP TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GER DAC P M TR P, laureate and draped bust right / COS VI P P SPQR, Trajan's column surmounted by statue of the emperor; at base, two eagles. RIC 307; BMCRE 522; RSC 115. 3.53g, 20mm, 6h.
Of all of the truly monumental buildings and commemorative structures which the emperor Trajan built, only one, the Columna Traiani, has survived in a reasonable state of completeness. Indeed, it appears almost identical in person as it does on coins, except that the statue of Trajan that originally surmounted it was replaced in 1588 with a statue of St. Paul. When completed, the column occupied a prominent place between two libraries, the Basilica Ulpia and the Temple of Trajan and Plotina. The column was massive: it was over 12 feet in diameter at its base, and rose to a height of nearly 130 feet. Its core was comprised of 34 blocks of Carrara white marble that were made hollow so as to accommodate a circular staircase of 185 steps. The most remarkable feature of the column, however, was its ornamentation, for the friezes on its exterior are some of the most inspiring works of art ever produced. Monumental in scope and execution, they record Trajan’s two Dacian campaigns, from 101-3 and 104-6. All told, there are more than 2,500 individually sculpted figures distributed among more than 150 scenes. The emperor himself is represented no less than fifty times – not a surprise considering his penchant for commemorative architecture and his pride in having added Dacia to the provinces of the empire. “ Source: NAC”

Ex Michael Kelly Collection of Roman Silver Coins
4 commentspaul188806/20/19 at 20:22Mark R1: Very nice portrait.
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Argolis. Argos AR Hemidrachm / Wolf45 viewsAttribution: BCD Peloponnesos 1177
Date: 90-40BC
Obverse: Forepart of wolf left
Reverse: Large A, eagle standing right below
Size: 13.66 mm
Weight: 1.91 grams
Description: VF off center strike
3 commentsMark R106/20/19 at 02:01Mark R1: Thanks guys
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Lydia, Kings, Sardes, Cyrus to Darius I., (cc. 550/539-520 B.C.), Berk 22, AR-Siglos, Incuse punch, #178 viewsLydia, Kings, Sardes, Cyrus to Darius I., (cc. 550/539-520 B.C.), Berk 22, AR-Siglos, Incuse punch, #1
avers: Confronted heads of a lion right and a bull left.
reverse: Incuse punch.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 12,0-16,0mm, weight: 5,20g, axis: 0h,
mint: Lydia, Kings, Sardes, date: time of Cyrus to Darius I., cc.550/539-520 B.C.,
ref: Berk 22, Traité I 409-11, SNG Kayhan I 1024-6,
Q-001
2 commentsquadrans06/18/19 at 02:50Mark R1: I like these Lydia coins.
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THESSALIAN LEAGUE AR Drachm. VF+. Apollo - Athena Itonia.43 viewsObverse: Laureate head of Apollo to right; to left, monogram of ΛΕΥ.
Reverse: ΘΕΣΣΑ / ΛΩΝ. Athena Itonia striding right, hurling spear with her right hand and extending shield in her left; in field to left and right, Α-Ν.

Very nice thessalian drachm, in VF+ condition.

BMC 41, SNG Munich 212. Thessalian mint, Second half 2nd century BC. 4,1 g - 19 mm
2 commentsMark R106/16/19 at 22:11Mark R1: Thanks
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Lucania, Thourioi.40 viewsLucania, Thourioi. 350-281 BC. AR Stater (7.79 gm). Head of Athena, r., wearing Attic helmet decorated with Scylla brandishing stone. / Bull butting r., Nike above, Σ-Ι-M below. ex: ΦΟΥΡΙΩΝ (remnant). EF. Ponterio 145 #118. SNG Cop 1463; HN Italy 1845; HGC 1 1262; Santangelo Coll. (MN Napoli) 4943; SNG ANS -; BMC1 296, 96.1 commentsChristian T06/09/19 at 20:35Mark R1: Lovely coin.
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ISTROS AR Drachm. EF-/EF. Eagle over Dolphin.38 viewsObverse: Facing male heads, the left inverted
Reverse: IΣTPIH. Sea-eagle left, grasping dolphin with talons.

in EF-/EF condition, conserving full details in both sides, very bold reliefs and high quality silver.

SNG BM Black Sea 237. Istros (Thrace) mint, 400-350 BC. 5,0 g - 17,5 mm
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KINGS of NUMIDIA. Juba I75 viewsKINGS of NUMIDIA. Juba I, Circa 60-46 BC. Drachm (Silver, 17mm, 3.76 g 12), Utica. REX IVBA Diademed, bearded, draped and cuirassed bust of Juba I to right, scepter over his right shoulder. Rev. (Punic legend) Octastyle temple with a flat roof and a small, central, pedimented tower. MAA 29. Mazard 84. SNG Copenhagen 523. Attractively toned grey. Bankers mark under ear.3 commentsAncient Aussie06/08/19 at 23:14Mark R1:
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Pamphylia, Side27 viewsPamphylia, Side 375-333 BC AR Stater (10.44 gm) Athena Parthenos stdg l. holding wreath-bearing Nike. Pomegranate in field to l., Pamphyllian psi to r. / Garbed Apollo standing l. w/ laurel branch & pouring offering from patera onto flaming altar. Pamphylian inscription to r. ΙγҬϟϞΥΩγϰ gVF SNG France 645; BMC 1897, 0704.14. Cf. Atlan Group IX, 132; SNG von Aulock 4772; SNG Cop 376v (controls); Gorny & Mosch 117, #310. Rare w/ these control letters.1 commentsChristian T06/02/19 at 17:28Mark R1: Really nice addition
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ISLANDS OF THRACE, THASOS. Ca. 480-463 BC.47 viewsSilver Stater (8.52 gm; 21 mm). Satyr advancing right, carrying off protesting nymph / Quadripartite incuse square. Le Rider, Thasiennes 5; SNG Ashmolean 3661-2; SNG Cop. 1010-1. Well struck on a nice broad flan. Choice EF. Toned. 6 commentsMark R106/02/19 at 17:27Mark R1: Thanks Robin
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Bithynia, Kalchedon (Chalcedon)31 viewsBithynia, Kalchedon (Chalcedon), 340-320 BC. AR Siglos (5.39 gm) Persic standard. Bull standing left on ear of grain, ΚΑΛΧ above. / Stippled quadripartite "mill-sail" incuse. VF.
Ponterio 136 #1763; HGC 7 #517; SNG Black Sea 112ff; SNG Cop 348; Waddington pg 291, 8.
1 commentsChristian T06/02/19 at 13:21Mark R1: Love this one.
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Mn. Aemilius Lepidus AR Denarius. EF/EF-. Equestrian statue over acueduct41 viewsObverse: Laureate female bust right, in front ROMA behind star.
Reverse: MN AEMILIO. Equestrian statue on three arches, between arches L-E-P.

Nice exemplar of this interesting and uncommon issue, in EF/EF- condition, conserving full details in both sides, bold reliefs checkable at photo and a precious tone of silver.

Crawford 291/1. Rome mint, 114-113 b.C. 3,9 g - 18 mm
3 commentsMark R105/31/19 at 20:51Mark R1: I like the aquaduct on this one.
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Corinthia Corinth AR Stater circa 345-307 BC 8.51g 22mm 4h Pegasi 42744 viewsPegasos flying left Q below./Laureate helmeted head of Athena left,A-P below aegis behind.
EX Nelson Bunker Hunt Collection Part II Sothebys 21 June 1990.
2 commentsGrant H05/30/19 at 22:09Mark R1: Nice one!
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DYNASTS OF LYCIA. Perikles AR Tetrobol. EF-. Circa 380-360 BC. Lions - Triskeles.25 viewsObverse: Facing scalp of lion.
Reverse: Lycian legend. Triskeles within incuse circle.

EF- condition, conserving complete details in both sides and bold reliefs. Quality silver.

SNG von Aulock 4254-5. Uncertain mint, possibly Limyra, Circa 380-360 BC. 3,0 g - 14 mm
2 commentsMark R105/30/19 at 03:04Mark R1: Thanks Jay
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Sextus Pompey -- Neptune and Naval Trophy98 viewsSextus Pompey, Imperator and Prefect of the Fleet
[Youngest Son of Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus (Pompey the Great)]
Obv: [MAG or MA (ligatured) G]⦁PIVS⦁IMP⦁ITER; Portrait of Neptune facing r., diademed and bearded, trident over l. shoulder. Border of dots.
Rev: [PRAE (AE ligatured) F⦁CLAS⦁ET⦁ORAE (AE ligatured)]⦁MAR (ligatured) IT⦁EX⦁S⦁C⦁; Naval trophy with trident on top and anchor on bottom, prow stem on l. and aplustre on r., at base two representations of Charybdis and two dog heads of Scylla. Border of dots.
Denomination: silver denarius; Mint: Sicily, uncertain location1; Date: summer 42 - summer 39 BC2; Weight: 3.89g; Diameter: 17mm; Die axis: 30º; References, for example: Sear CRI 333; BMCRR v. II Sicily 15, 16, and 17 variant3; Sydenham 1347 variant3; Crawford RRC 511/2a or 2b4.

Notes:

Obverse legend: MAG[NUS]⦁PIVS⦁IMP[ERATOR]⦁ITER[UM]
Reverse legend: PRAEF[ECTUS]⦁CLAS[SIS]⦁ET⦁ORAE⦁MARIT[IMAE]⦁EX⦁S[ENATUS]⦁C[ONSULTO]

1Sear CRI, Crawford RRC, Sydenham, and DeRose Evans (1987) all place the minting of this coin type in Sicily, but they do not reference a possible location. Grueber BMCRR v. II Sicily suggests Messana.
2This is the date range argued for in Estiot 2006 (p. 145). Estiot recommends returning to Crawford’s proposal of 42 - 40 BC. Crawford RRC, p. 521 suggests the period in 42 BC after Sextus Pompey defeated Q. Salvidienus Rufus. Grueber BMCRR v. II Sicily, p.562 proposes 38 - 36 BC and Sydenham, p. 210 adopts the same datation. DeRose Evans (1987), p. 129 offers a time between late summer 36 and September 36 BC.
3Grueber BMCRR v. II Sicily 15, 16, and 17 and Sydenham 1347 only list a reverse legend containing MAR (ligatured) I but the coin here is MAR (ligatured) IT.
4It is impossible to see the full obverse legend, so it cannot be determined if MA is ligatured or not. The reverse legend is clearly the first variety of 2a or 2b, a variety not found on 2c.

Provenance: from the collection of W. F. Stoecklin, Amriswil, Switzerland; acquired from Hess AG in Luzern, from the Ernst Haeberlin collection, Cahn & Hess, Frankfurt, July 17, 1933, lot 2889.

Photo credits: Shanna Schmidt Numismatics

Sources

Crawford, Michael H. Roman Republican Coinage v. I. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001 reprint with the 1982 corrections.
DeRose Evans, Jane. "The Sicilian Coinage of Sextus Pompeius (Crawford 511)" in Museum Notes (American Numismatic Society), vol. 32 (1987): 97 - 157.
Estiot, Sylviane. “Sex. Pompée, La Sicile et La Monnaie: Problèmes de Datation.” In Aere Perennivs, en hommage á Hubert Zehnacker édité par Jacqueline Champeaux et Martine Chassignet. Paris: L’Université Paris - Sorbonne, 2006.
Grueber, H. A. Coins of the Roman Republic in the British Museum v. II. London: 1910.
Sear, David R. The History and Coinage of the Roman Imperators 49 - 27 BC. London: Spink, 1998.
Sydenham, Edward A. The Coinage of the Roman Republic. New York: Arno Press, 1975, rev. ed.
7 commentsTracy Aiello05/30/19 at 00:13Mark R1: Beautiful coin.
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Baktria, Indo-Greek kingdom. MENANDER I Soter AR Drachm. EF+. Bust to left holding spear.70 viewsObverse: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣΟΤΗΡΟΣ / ΜΕΝΑΝΔΡΟΥ. Diademed heroic bust of Menander I to left, seen from behind, wearing aegis over shoulder and brandishing spear.
Reverse: Athena Alkidemos advancing left, shield decorated with aegis over arm, hurling thunderbolt; monogram to right; Karosthi inscription around.

Issued by the mythic king Menander I, the most poweful ruler of the indo-greek kingdom of Baktria and the first western ruler to be converted to Buda´s faith.

EF+ condition, practically uncircullated, conserving absolutely full details in both sides, very bold relief relief and high quality silver.

Bopearachchi 7B. Circa 155-130 b.C. 2,4 g - 16,5 mm
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1425A Hadrian, Cistophorus Uncertain mint in Asia Minor, Fortuna standing49 viewsReference.
RPC III, 1417; for rev.; Cf. RPC III 1408-9: RPC --; Metcalf--; RIC--

Obv. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P
Laureate head right

Rev. FORTVNA AVGVST
Fortuna standing left, holding rudder and cornucopia.

10.57 gr
30 mm
12h
4 commentsokidoki05/08/19 at 20:08Mark R1: Nice one
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Thrace. PANTIKAPAION. Ae 21. 310-303 B.C.42 viewsObverse: Bearded head of Satyr (or Pan) right.

Reverse: Forepart of griffin left, sturgeon below.

Weight: 6.91 grams.

Diameter: 21.69 mm.
3 commentsMark R105/08/19 at 20:06Mark R1: I love Pan!
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Bruttium. The Bretti. . Ae double didrachm... 208-203 B.C..23 viewsObverse: Helmeted head of Ares left.

Reverse: Athena advancing right holding spear and shield, lyre in right field.

Weight: 14.32 grams.

Diameter: 25.47 mm.
3 commentsMark R105/08/19 at 19:26Mark R1: Thanks Nathan! I hope Athena wasn't trying to ...
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Mn. Acilius Glabrio - Salus with Valetudo holding Snake (Crawf. 442/1a)77 viewsAR Denarius
Rome, 49 BC
3.72g

Obv: Laureate head of Salus (R), SALVTIS upward in field.

Rev: Valetudo standing (L), resting l. arm on column and holding snake in r. hand
MN·ACILIVS – III·VIR·VALETV

Crawford 442/1a; Acilia 8; Syd. 922

NAC Auction 114 - Part 1, 06/05/2019, Lot 475
ex. NAC 73, Student and his Mentor part II, 18/11/2013, Lot 176
ex. Nicolas Collection, Etienne-Paul Nicolas (1904-1981), Leu 17, 03/05/1977, Nicolas, Lot 648.
9 commentsOptimo Principi05/08/19 at 17:17Mark R1: Nice one!
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BOEOTIA. Thebes. Ca. 395-338 BC. AR stater (12.05 gm). NGC XF 5/5 - 3/526 viewsBOEOTIA. Thebes. Ca. 395-338 BC. AR stater (12.05 gm). NGC XF 5/5 - 3/5. Kalli(machus?), magistrate, ca. 363-338 BC. Boeotian shield / Amphora; KA-ΛΛI across fields; all within concave circle. BCD Boiotia 555.3 commentsMark R105/01/19 at 23:57Mark R1: Thanks! I really wanted one of these shield coins ...
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Thrace, Maroneia, Stater, 385-360 BC18 viewsMetrodotos, magistrate, , Silver
Free horse rearing right
Grape arbor in linear square; ΕΠΙ / ΜΗΤ - ΡΟΔ - ΩΡΟ around; all within shallow incuse square
CHARACTERISTICS
COMPOSITION Silver
DIAMETER 26
GREECE PROVINCE Thrace
DENOMINATION Stater
GREEK COIN THEME Maroneia
MINT NAME Not Applicable
PRODUCT TYPE Coin
YEAR 385-360 BC
2 commentsMark R104/23/19 at 21:04Mark R1: Thanks! I liked the vinyard.
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Caria. Mylasa. Eupolemos Æ15 / Overlapping Shields49 viewsAttribution: SNG Copenhagen (Macedonia) 1166
Date: circa 295-280 BC
Obverse: Three overlapping shields with spear heads on bosses
Reverse: EYΠO / ΛEMOY; Sword in sheath, monogram below
Size: 15.67 mm
Weight: 4.09 grams
Description: EF with choice silky patina
6 commentsMark R104/23/19 at 21:03Mark R1: Thanks Robin. The shields got my attention but the...
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Caria. Mylasa. Eupolemos Æ15 / Overlapping Shields49 viewsAttribution: SNG Copenhagen (Macedonia) 1166
Date: circa 295-280 BC
Obverse: Three overlapping shields with spear heads on bosses
Reverse: EYΠO / ΛEMOY; Sword in sheath, monogram below
Size: 15.67 mm
Weight: 4.09 grams
Description: EF with choice silky patina
6 commentsMark R104/21/19 at 22:07Mark R1: Thanks guys!
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Sextus Pompey -- Pharos and Scylla Larger Picture65 viewsPhoto Credits: Forum Ancient Coins3 commentsTracy Aiello04/20/19 at 23:56Mark R1: Love this one.
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Severus Alexander (222 - 235 A.D.)65 viewsEgypt, Alexandria
Billon Tetradrachm
O: Α ΚΑΙ ΜΑΡ ΑΥΡ СƐΥ ΑΛƐΞΑΝΔΡΟС ƐΥ laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Severus Alexander, r., seen from rear.
R: Nilus bust r., draped and wearing lotus wreath; to l., cornucopia on shoulder, r.; in front, palm branch L I = 10
Alexandria Mint
23mm
13.7g
Emmett 3122.10 (R3), Milne 3031; Dattari 4331

Rare

Published on Wildwinds!
9 commentsMat04/18/19 at 13:26Mark R1: Good one
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Kroton Stater65 viewsBruttium, Kroton 530-500 BC Statère 6,43g
A/ QPO. Trépied delphien ; grènetis circulaire.
R/ même type incus à g. dans un cercle strillé
HN Italy 2075, SNG ANS 231 (same obv. die)
ex Dr. W Schink Collection and Ars Classica XV (2 July 1930), lot 230
2 commentsBrennos04/16/19 at 23:45Mark R1: I like this one very much!
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Philip III Tetradrachm119 viewsHead of Herakles right, wearing Nemean Lion skin, scalp over head, forepaws tied at neck

Zeus Aëtophoros enthroned left, nude to the waist, himation around hips and legs, eagle in right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, right leg drawn back, ΦIΛIΠΠOY downward on right, BAΣIΛEΩΣ in exergue, radiate head of Helios facing on left, KY under throne

Struck under Archon, Dokimos, or Seleukos I,

c. 323 - 317 B.C

Babylon mint, 17.056g, 29.2mm, die axis 90o,

Price P205, Müller Alexander P117, SNG Cop 1083, SNG Alpha Bank -, SNG Saroglos -

Ex-Forum!

Coins from this issue were struck in the names of both of Alexander the Great's co-ruling heirs. Most, including this example, were struck in the name of his brother Philip III, but some were struck in the name of his son Alexander IV. During this period, Archon, Dokimos, and Seleukos I ruled in succession as Macedonian satraps in Babylon. Archon was appointed satrap of Babylonia after the death of Alexander the Great in 323 B.C. Perdiccas suspected Archon of colluding in the theft of Alexander's corpse and, in 321 B.C., sent Dokimos to replace him. Archon was defeated and died from battle wounds. Seleucus, was made satrap by Perdiccas' rival Antipater, arrived in Babylon in October or November 320 B.C. and defeated Dokimos.

7 commentsJay GT404/14/19 at 15:22Mark R1: What is the KY stand for? Is that the die artist’s...
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Ptolemy I Soter Tetradrachm as Satrap59 viewsPtolemy I Soter. Silver Tetradrachm (15.65 g, 30mm), as Satrap, 323-305 BC. Alexandria, in the name of Alexander III
O: Diademed head of the deified Alexander right, wearing elephant's skin headdress.
R: AΛEΞANΔPOY in left field, Athena Alkidemos advancing right, wielding javelin and holding forth shield;in right field, monogram, Corinthian helmet above and eagle standing right on thunderbolt.
Overstruck, traces of undertype visible.

The earlier 17g tetradrachms were withdrawn from circulation in 306/305 BC and reissued after weight adjustment. They were trimmed to remove 1.5g of silver, heated and restruck. This must have been faster than melting them down into bullion and restriking. Some issues show clear evidence of the edges being trimmed, although many, such as this one, do not.

Ptolemy was feeling the financial burden of repelling Antigonus’ invasion and supporting Rhodes through a thirteen-month siege. The government needed extra currency and Egypt produced little or no silver. The recall of the heavy issues meant 8 tetradrachms were restruck into 9 “Crisis Issues” but with no change in the appearance of the dies.
4 commentsNemonater04/12/19 at 02:03Mark R1: Love it. I really like the reverse with the hoplit...
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ISLANDS OF THRACE, THASOS. Ca. 480-463 BC.47 viewsSilver Stater (8.52 gm; 21 mm). Satyr advancing right, carrying off protesting nymph / Quadripartite incuse square. Le Rider, Thasiennes 5; SNG Ashmolean 3661-2; SNG Cop. 1010-1. Well struck on a nice broad flan. Choice EF. Toned. 6 commentsMark R104/10/19 at 14:43Mark R1: Thank you Jay
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Calabria, Taras didrachm78 viewsHorseman riding left, holding shield and bridle.

Taras seated on dolphin left TAPAΣ beneath.

Tarentum, Calabria 390-385 BC

7.40g

Scarce

Vlasto 384, Period III, 380-345 BC (Age of Archytas); ; Fischer-Bossert 428, gives date of 390-380 and corresponds to SNG ANS 901.

Ex-Calgary Coin; Ex-Alberta Coin;

Tarentum, the only Spartan colony ever to be established, was founded in 706 BC by the Partheniae - Spartan children born to unmarried women as a product of Spartan desperation to ensure the survival and continuation of their demographic during the bloody Messenian wars, who were later disowned and expelled by the state - and Perioeci (subjects, but not citizens of Sparta), under the leadership of the Parthenian Phalanthos. According to legend, Phalanthos consulted the oracle at Delphi, and was told that he should found his new city 'where rain fell from a clear sky'. After much searching, and despairing of finding a suitable location for a city, Phalanthos was consoled by his wife Aethra who laid his head in her lap, and as her tears splashed upon his forehead he understood the oracle's words for his wife's name itself meant 'clear sky', and thus he determined to make the nearby harbour the site of their new home, which they named after Taras, the son of Poseidon and the nymph Satyrion.
4 commentsJay GT404/10/19 at 14:42Mark R1: Like it!
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ISLANDS OF THRACE, THASOS. Ca. 480-463 BC.47 viewsSilver Stater (8.52 gm; 21 mm). Satyr advancing right, carrying off protesting nymph / Quadripartite incuse square. Le Rider, Thasiennes 5; SNG Ashmolean 3661-2; SNG Cop. 1010-1. Well struck on a nice broad flan. Choice EF. Toned. 6 commentsMark R104/09/19 at 23:50Mark R1: Thanks
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ATTICA, Athens. 449-413 BC. AR Tetradrachm (17.24 gm; 22 mm)38 viewsHelmeted head of Athena right / Owl standing right, head facing; olive sprig and crescent behind. SNG Cop. 31; Starr pl. XXII, 7. Nicely struck on a compact flan. Elegant style with a full crest. Shallow marks on Athena's cheek. Choice Extremely Fine. Not from the recent hoards. Nice old-cabinet toning. 4 commentsMark R104/09/19 at 23:49Mark R1: Thank you.
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Pannonian Celts, Syrmia Region, Kugelwange (Ball Cheek) Type, c. 2nd Century B.C.10 viewsPannonian Celts, Syrmia Region, Kugelwange (Ball Cheek) Type, c. 2nd Century B.C., Bronzetetradrachm, cf. Göbl OTA 197, Lanz 465; derived from the Macedonian Kingdom tetradrachms of Philip II. This type normally has a prominent raised round (ball) cheek, but on this example, the cheek is less prominent than most.

Syrmia is a fertile region of the Pannonian Plain in Europe, between the Danube and Sava rivers. Today, it is divided between Serbia in the east and Croatia in the west.
CE76349. Bronze tetradrachm, cf. Göbl OTA 197, Lanz 465; derived from the Macedonian Kingdom tetradrachms of Philip II, VF, tight flan, porous, Syrmia mint, weight 6.239g, maximum diameter 22.2mm, die axis 270o, c. 2nd century B.C.; obverse devolved laureate head of Zeus right, hair in arcs on both sides of central point, broad laurel wreath; reverse devolved horse trotting left, pellet in circle above
2 commentsMark R104/05/19 at 21:13Mark R1: I've drunk the cool aid....
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Macedonian Kingdom, Demetrius I Poliorketes, 306 - 283 B.C., Silverdrachm16 viewsThe bull's horns suggest Demetrius' relationship to Poseidon is the same as Alexander's to Zeus Ammon. The portrait is individualized, but evokes the image of Alexander. Demetrios was the first to assimilate elements of Alexander's deified portrait and the first living ruler to portray himself as a god on coins.
SH88881. Silver drachm, Newell 154, SNG München 1051, SNG Alpha Bank -, SNG Cop -, VF, attractive style, toned, edge splits, Euboea, Chalkis(?) mint, weight 4.202g, maximum diameter 20.0mm, die axis 0o, c. 290 - 287 B.C.; obverse Demetrios diademed head right with horns of a bull, the animal sacred to Demetrios' patron deity, Poseidon; reverse BAΣIΛEΩΣ ∆HMHTPIOY, Poseidon standing left, right foot on rock, trident in left (apparently inspired by the Lateran Poseidon, a statue by Lysippos, court sculptor of Alexander), monogram inner left; ex Gorny & Mosch Giessener, auction 257, lot 334; very rare
2 commentsMark R104/04/19 at 18:19Mark R1: Yeah I like this one.
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PHOCIS FEDERAL COINAGE AR TRIOBOL, 3rd SACRED WAR26 views

BMC 81, BCD 294, GVF/AEF, 13.7mm, 2.64 grams, Struck Circa. 354 - 352 B.C.E. under Onymarchos

Obverse: Bull's head facing
Reverse: Laureate head of Apollo right, lyre behind, monograms below

Nicer than the great majority of these. Bull struck in high relief and usually well worn. This level of detail scarcely seen.

Ex: Hanberry collection, 1970's - early 1990's
4 commentsMark R103/28/19 at 20:13Mark R1: Thanks Jay
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Kios, Bithynia, c. 340 - 315 B.C.17 viewsTraditionally, the earliest precious metal coinage of Kios has been dated after Alexander the Great's capture of Kios in 334 B.C. More recently, however, Oliver Hoover and other numismatists suggest this type, struck on a Persic standard, was probably minted to pay mercenaries to defend against Alexander's invasion, which began in 336 B.C.
GS89610. Silver siglos, Rec Gén I.2 p. 311, 2, pl. XLIX, 7; HGC 7 552 (R2); BMC Pontos -, SNG Cop -, SNGvA -, VF, attractive style, toned, light marks, a little off center, edge split, Kios (near Gemlik, Turkey) mint, weight 4.890g, maximum diameter 17.6mm, die axis 0o, Nikas, magistrate, c. 340 - 315 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right; reverse war galley prow left, ornamented with star over an apotropaic eye, waves indicated on side of hull, NIKAΣ (magistrate's name) above; ex CNG e-auction 438, lot 132; very rare
3 commentsMark R103/27/19 at 02:40Mark R1: Yeah I really like this one.
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Thrace, Pantikapaion, Tauric Chersonesos, 2nd - 1st Century B.C23 viewsPan is the Greek god of shepherds and flocks, fields, groves, mountain wilderness, and wooded glens, hunting, rustic music, theatrical criticism, and companion of the nymphs. He is connected to fertility and the season of spring. He has the hindquarters, legs, and horns of a goat and is usually represented in the form of a satyr, with a cloak of goat's skin, playing the Syrinx, or flute of seven pipes, and holding the pedum or pastoral staff.

GB88294. Bronze AE 18, MacDonald Bosporus 67, SNG Cop 32, SNG BM 890, SNG Stancomb 557, Anokhin 132, HGC 7 84, gVF, beveled obverse edge, casting sprue remnant, edge crack, scratches, reverse slightly off center, Pantikapaion (Kerch, Crimea) mint, weight 4.854g, maximum diameter 17.7mm, die axis 0o, c. 2nd - 1st century B.C.; obverse head of Pan left; reverse ΠAN, head of bull left; ex Frascatius Ancient Coins
4 commentsMark R103/27/19 at 02:38Mark R1: I like everything about this little coin.
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Syracuse Fourth Democracy (289 - 287 B.C.)26 viewsNumismatic evidence suggests that republican government existed for a few years between the death of Agathokles and Hicetas' assumption of power; this is sometimes referred to as the Fourth Democracy (289 - 287 B.C.). GB88303. Bronze AE 22, Calciati II p. , 148 Ds 59/1, cf. SNG Cop 782 (uncertain control), HGC 2 148 (R2) var. (∆ vice thunderbolt), SNG ANS -, gVF, superb style, well centered on a tight flan cutting off the obverse legend, brown patina, some hard green encrustation, Syracuse, Sicily mint, weight 8.524g, maximum diameter 21.7mm, die axis 270o, 289 - 288 B.C.; obverse DIOΣ EΛEYΘEPOY, laureate head of Zeus Eleutherios left, thunderbolt behind; reverse thunderbolt with four wings, ΣYPAK/OΣIΩN in two lines, above and below; ex CNG e-auction 233 (26 May 2010), lot 110; ex Harlan J. Berk.4 commentsMark R103/27/19 at 01:01Mark R1: Thanks!
   
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