ANCIENT & EARLY COINS
UNRESERVED MAIL BID SALE 89
CLOSING 11 PM, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2013
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GREEK etc., listed alphabetically
1 ABYDOS, Hemidrachm, 411-387 BC, Apollo hd r/
Eagle stg l, thymiaterion in wreath, magistrate Kephalos; as S4011 (£125); VF, nrly centered on a sl ragged flan, good silver with lt tone; nice bold Apollo head with trace of trouble strike on profile. (A VF of this type brought $171 in my sale (ÒFSRÓ) 3/03; VF $374, Gorny 3/13.)
2 ACHAEAN League, PATRAE, Hemidrachm, c. 86 BC, Zeus hd r/AX monogram & dolphin in wreath, S2976, BCD 5084 (This coin); AEF, obv somewhat off-ctyr to left, back of head crowded, rev only sl off-ctr; excellent metal with deep tone. Nice strong relief. (A VF brought $403, CNG 9/07.)
3 AKANTHOS, Tetrobol, 470-390 BC, Forepart of bull kneeling. A above/4-part square; sim S1369; VF, nrly centered with full obv border, decent metal, nice clear features. (Similar, VF+, rev flat, brought $226 on $260 bid in my sale 1/10; GVF $368, Freeman & Sear 11/04.)
4 AMISOS, Reduced Drachm or Siglos (4.20 gm), 4th cent BC, Tyche hd r./Owl facg, monogram at lower left; See S3634, but this later reduced issue not listed & actually quite rare as a type, and apparently unpublished with this monogram. VF-EF, obv nrly centered with full head, rev well centered, decent metal with only a trace of granularity but also luster on rev. Should be worth $300.
Nicer than picture
5 ANAKTORION, Corinthian type Stater, Pegasos l., AN monogram below/Athena hd l, bucranium & AN monogram to left, BCD 86; AEF/AVF, perfectly centered, obv well struck with good detail, rev softly struck in center hence my split grading; bright lustery silver. (A VF, this exact variety, brought $448, CNG eAuc 3/12.)
6 ARADOS, ®22, 92/91 BC, Veiled head of Astarte-Europa r/bull lying left, Phoenician lgnd & date, S6005; Nice F+, centered, dark greenish patina with orangy hilighting, faintest granularity, pleasing. (A VF brought $229, CNG electronic Auction 12/08.)
7 ARMENIA, Tigranes II, 83-69 BC, ®23, His hd r, in Armenian tiara/Tyche std r, S7208; F-VF/AF, centered, fairlysmooth dark patina, obv quite bold with an excellent portrait, rev possibly overstruck or doublestruck. (Nicer than a VF with much deposit bringing $195, CNG 9/10)
8 ATHENS, Tet, 449-413 BC, Athena hd/owl, S2526; VF/VF-EF, well centered, good silver, obv of sl crude style with a somewhat bug-eyed Athena; very minor surface imperfections. A very acceptable specimen of the classic ÒowlÓ that everyone must have in his or her collection. ThatÕs the kind of verbiage I actually find annoying in other catalogs (the coin should speak for itself). Yet we dealers seem impelled to Òbeef upÓ our listings. (A VF in mount brought $1001 in my 6/08 sale; VF $3080, Peus 4/09.)
9 Similar (but earlier transitional type), copy, appears to be good silver, maybe a very good cast, AEF, lt tone, nice.
10 BAKTRIA, Euthydemos I, 230-190 BC, Old head r/ Herakles std on rock, S7516 (£600); AEF, centered, signs of tooling to smooth out corrosion, minor traces of which remain; medium grey tone; nice strong hair detail on port-rait. (A VF brought $2700, Leu 5/98; VF $651, FSR 1/99.)
Never fear sending cheap bids. You MIGHT be successful.
11 Demetrios I, ®29, Elephant head dangling bell r/Cad-uceus, N monogram, S7533; VF, nrly centered on large
flan, brown patina with some green encrustation, a few modest breaks in patina, at obv bottom edge & one in rev field, but none of this is worth getting your knickers in a twist about. (Much better than a VF with heavy corr bring-ing $300, Munz Zentrum 4/08; VF $587, CNG 5/03.)
12 Eukratides I, 171-135 BC, Tet, Helmeted bust r/Dios-curi on horseback, mint monogram, S7570 (£375); VF/F, well centered, obv nice with only minor traces of porosity,
lt tone, bold portrait; rev porosity a little more evident, not bad. (Compare a VF with minor porosity, same monogram, bringing $1120, CNG eAuc 8/09.)
13 -- Obol, Helmeted hd rt/caps of Dioscuri, mint mono-gram ÒWAÓ, S7578; AEF, well centered & struck, good
bright metal, unusually strong quality for this. (A VF was sold for $885, Gorny, 3/11. Okay, that seems a trifle extreme. How about the VF+ bringing $259, CGB 4/12?)
14 Antimachos, Tet., Bust rt in kausia/Poseidon stg facg, S7542 (£900); EF/AEF, well centered, darkish grey tone; fields have been smoothed, obv very attractive with a splendid high-relief portrait; rev still shows modest rough-ness in fields. (Compare GVFs bringing $2500, Gorny 11/99, and $2070, CNG 5/09.)
15 -- Drachm, Horseman r/Nike stg l, S7546; Choice VF, well centered & struck with good full lgnds, nice metal with
lt tone, pleasant. (A GVF brought $345, CNG 5/08.)
16 Apollodotos I, Square Drachm, elephant/humped
bull, S7591; F, centered, lgnds complete (wk at obv top), decent metal. (An F-VF brought $312 in my 1/11 auction.)
17 Menander, 160-145 BC, Drachm, Diademed bust r/ Athena stg l, S7600; Choice EF, obv well centered, rev nrly so, good metal with medium grey tone, portrait in fine style & unusually well detailed. (An EF brought $472, F&S 6/08; EF/VF+ $360, CGF 6/07.)
18 Same, F-VF, obv nrly centered with full lgnd, rev centered sl low, good metal with lt tone, bold features.
Quite decent for grade. (A VF realized $292, Peus 4/10.)
19 Same but helmeted bust, S7601; VF-EF/VF, a hair off-ctr on unround flan, some of lgnds partly off; good metal with medium tone; obv particularly bold & pleasing.
(A VF+ realized $165, CGF 11/04.)
20 Apollodotos II, ®28, Jammu, Apollo stg r with bow, monogram behind/tripod, S7674; AVF, nrly centered, some of obv lgnd partly off, rev lgnd complete; light forest green patina with minor crusting. Nice for these, and very scarce in this large size. (A VF brought $604, CNG 5/11.)
21 Philoxenos, ®21 Square, Tyche stg l./humped bull r, S7666; F/AVF, obv centered, rev sl off-ctr, lgnds complete tho partly weak mainly on obv; dark brown patina, a little thick with slight roughness. Nicer than picture. (In my 3/03 sale a F/F-VF sold for $121.)
22 Zoilos II, 50-40 BC, Drachm, bust r/Athena stg l, S7709; Choice EF, well centered & deeply struck, good metal with nice lt tone, full sharp lgnds. Exceptionally good quality. This coin has the finer of the two portrait styles, with cap-like hair. (A VF brought $345, CNG 9/06; EF $620, Gorny 10/07.)
23 BOEOTIA, Drachm (1/2 Stater), 221-197 BC, Persephone hd facg/Poseidon stg r, S2403 (£140), BCD 99; F+, well centered, excellent bright silver, problem-free apart from even wear. Clear eyes on face, nose and mouth worn. (A VF , this exact var., brought $431, CNG 6/06.)
24 CAPPADOCIA, Ariarathes V, 163-130 BC, Drachm, His hd r/Athena stg l, MI in exergue; as S7286; AEF, centered on an unusually broad flan, darkish gunmetal tone accentuating features, minor traces of surface imperfections & smoothing in fields. Nice strong portrait (with a small shallow depression on jawline as made, due to insufficient metal to fill the high-relief die). Overall an excellent appealing specimen. (A NEF brought $460, F&S 10/05; VF-EF $269, Gorny 10/12.)
25 Ariarathes IX, Drachm, Young hd r/Athena stg l, Year B, S7297; VF-EF/VF, perfectly centered, medium toning, quite bold & nice. (A GVF sold for $368, CNG 9/06.)
26 Ariobarzanes III, 52-42 BC, Drachm, His hd r/Athena stg, S7304; F+/F, obv sl off-ctr, a little crude with sl wkness on rev, dark tone in obv field,reasonable portrait. A scarcer coin nearing the end of this long series.
(A F+ brought $86 in my famous 3/07 sale.)
27 CARTHAGE, ®20, Tanit hd l./Horse head r,
Choice VF+/VF, well centered, glossy smooth olive-brown patina, lovely head with strong detail; really great quality for these. (A VF, not better, brought $300, Kunker 3/06; and one only F+ $306, iNumis 3/11.)
28 CELTIC, Gaul, Lead wheel or ring money, 12x14 mm, looks like a tree in ring with 2 open compartments at lower left & rt. VF or better, whiteish patina. DonÕt ask me for more information, my ignorance in this realm is exalted. But it does have a Chris Rudd tag marked £20.
29 CHALKIS, Drachm, 340-294 BC, Hera hd r/Eagle & snake r, S2483; AVF/F+, nrly centered, good metal with dark tone in recesses to accentuate features. Pleasant. (A GF brought $170, Downie 6/03.)
30 CHARACENE Kingdom, Attambelos I, 47-24 BC, Tet., Head rt/Herakles std l, S6182 (£250); VF, nrly cen-tered, some crudeness around peripheries but rev lgnd almost complete & clear; high relief portrait with nice de-tail; quite minor granularity; medium grety tone. A bit light at 8.31 grams but guaranteed genuine (of course).(VFs brought $690, Ponterio 1/09 & $759, Hess-Divo 5/06.)
31 CHERRONESOS, Hemidrachm, 400-350 BC,
Lion forepart/4-part square, pellet & A in one sunken quarter, grapes in other; Choice EF, perfectly centered & well struck, good bright metal. A common type but not in this quality. Poor photo, especially rev. (A VF-EF of this type brought $160 on $226
bid in my 1/11 sale; Near EF $397, Noble 7/11.)
32 EGYPT, Ptolemy I, 323-283 BC, Tetradrachm, as Satrap, Head of Alexander the Great in elephant scalp/ Athena Alkidemos stg r, HP monogram; Choice VF, well centered & struck, good metal, lt 2-toned grey. Well detailed & attractive. (A VF with lt marks & porosity brought $2760, Triton 1/13; GVF $2990, Coin Gall. 4/10.)
33 Ptolemy III, ®41, Zeus hd r/Eagle l, PX monogram betw legs, S7814; F-VF/F, centered, generally lt olive with a few splotches of darker color, somewhat grainy espe-cially on rev, which is weakish looking; Zeus head nice
with much detail. A huge coin; put this in a sock & itÕs a weapon Obama canÕt take away from you.(A VG brought $199, Downie 10/09.)
34 Ptolemy IV, ®37, Zeus Ammon hd r/Eagle stg l., head r, Sigma-E monogram betw legs (weak); VF for wear , but significantly rough lt tan surfaces, a few pits at 8:00 obv edge. Not as bad as it could be; much detail shows.
35 -- Same but ®42, same monogram, F-VF or perhaps better if youÕre an optimist, nrly centered, dark greenish patina with some whiteish hilighting, lt roughness, full lgnd & plenty of detail visible. (A similar type, ®40, F+ with rough rev brought $213 in my 5/10 sale.)
36 Ptolemy VI, ®30, Zeus Ammon hd r/2 Eagles l, S7900; Choice VF, well centered & struck, rev lgnd somewhat sloppily engraved but otherwise not as crude as this type often comes, with good detail on portrait & eagles. Smooth medium brown patina. Obv particularly attractive.
(A VF realized $460, Freeman & Sear 6/09.)
37 Ptolemy XII, Tet, Ptolemy I head r/Eagle l, Year 17, as S7945; VF, nrly centered, head complete, lgnd partly off at rev left; good metal with tone in recesses to hilight features. Nice style for this, not as crude as often found. (A VF com-manded $374, Ponterio 1/08; GVF $805, CNG 9/11.)
38 Cleopatra VII, ®11 of Cyprus, Her bust r/double cornucopiae; F, centered, dark green patina with a little hilighting, basically smooth surfaces. An acceptable portrait of this famous queen. (A F/AF brought $151 on
$175 bid in my 3/13 sale.)
39 ELIS, Tetrobol or Hemidrachm (2.92 grams), c.471-
468 BC, Eagle flying r/Nike adv l, F-A below wingtips; F+, somewhat off-ctr, bottom of eagle off, rev essentially complete; good metal with medium old tone. Of the highest rarity. Similar type staters are known, but this smaller coin practically doesnÕt exist. BCD did not have it!
Very important coin; serious bids please.
40 ELYMAIS, Orodes I, GIC-5892, bust l./Artemis bust r; Nice VF, well centered & struck with a particularly good rev having a full clear lgnd; pale brown patina.
(A VF brought $95, Pegasi 11/11.)
41 -- GIC-5893, Artemis bust left with cornucopiae behind; VF/AVF, nrly centered, rev fully clear; two-toned green & brown patina, very nice. Much scarcer type. (At least equal to a ÒGVFÓ (I grade VF/F-VF) bringing $156, Gorny 3/04.)
42 -- GIC-5895, Rev anchor & dashes; Choice VF, 2-toned green & brown patina, strong obv detail. (A VF+ brought
$56 on $85 bid in my last sale.)
43 -- GIC-5896, rev dashes, Choice VF, nice smooth 2-toned green & brown patina, centered & bold.
44 Phraates, GIC-5898, Facg bust/Artemis stg r; VF-EF/F, lt brown patina with a little green hilighting, obv centered with great portrait detail & lgnd visible; rev somewhat off-ctr & crude. (A VF+ [but rough] brought $145, Pegasi 4/11)
45 -- GIC-5899, Bust l./Artemis stg r, VF, nrly centered, strongly 2-toned smooth green patina, rev better than
usual with most of lgnd clear. (A VF brought $63 on $125
bid in my last sale.)
46 -- GIC-5902, bust l./dashes, Choice VF, well centered, attractive 2-toned green & brown patina; sharp & nice.
(A VF brought $120, Peus 4/13.)
47 -- Same except rev has strong crescents instead of dashes (at least 7 of them), unusual and rare; Nice VF, smooth lt brown with pale green hilighting.
48 Orodes II, GIC-5904, Facg bust/Facg Artemis bust;
Nice VF, 2-toned green & brown patina, smooth surfaces, well centered with rev unusually good including full lgnd.
(A Ch. VF in my last sale realized $65 on a $100 bid.)
49 -- GIC-5905, rev Dashes, Nice VF, well centered, smooth 2-toned green & brown patina with bold features.
(A VF+ [looks F-VF] brought $130, Pegasi 11/09.)
50 Orodes III, GIC-5907, Facg bust/Artemis bust facg, VF/F, nice 2-toned green & brown, obv centered, rev somewhat off-ctr; scarcer type. (A VF/F sold for $34 on
$75 bid in my 11/12 sale.)
51 -- GIC-5910, Facg bust/dashes, VF+, lt brown with
green hilighting, well detailed & nice. (A VF brought $48 in my 3/04 sale; AEF $170, Gorny 5/00.)
52 ENTELLA, Campanian Mercenaries, ®16, 408-404 BC, Female hd l./male hd r with tania, Calc. 1; F/F-VF, centered on unround flan, smooth olive-green patina, both heads decent. (A VF with sl roughness, Òvery rare,Ó brought $184, CNG 5/08. My reverse at least equal.)
53 EPHESOS, Tetradrachm, 390-330 BC, Bee/Fore-part of stag, palm at left, magistrate [DIN]EAS, S4372 (£500); F+/AVF, nrly centered, good metal quality with lt tone, no porosity; die failure at rev top, but good bold features. Ones like this always get called VF by other dealers. (A F+ with faults brought $575, Stambuliu 1/07; AVF $920, StackÕs 1/10.)
54 HIMERA, ®21 (Tetras), 450-420 BC, Facg Gorgon head/3 pellets, S1107; very thick flan with quite beveled fabric, among the earliest bronze coins; at least F or better, probably VF for this, obv sl off-ctr with right eye weak, otherwise clear features, rev nice, smooth dark greenish patina. (A ÒGVFÓ looking virtually identical with right eye also weak, and poorer rev, brought $213, NAC 5/04; VF $1442, Gorny 10/06.)
55 HIMYARITES, (Arabia Felix), Ar 1/4 Unit, Laur hd r (Augustus?) in wreath/Owl atop amphora betw mono-grams, RPC 4998; VG/AVF, nrly centered, obv sl grainy with face quite weak, rev fully clear & decent. Rare!
(A VF+ but with wkness, rev actually inferior, brought $350, Pegasi 11/11.)
56 HISTIAIA, Tetrobol, 3d cent BC, Nymph hd r/nymph on galley,trident & OP below (appears a rare variety, not published?); Nice EF, perfectly centered & well struck, fine style for this on both sides, good bright silver. (Normal var-iety,VF brought $335, Lanz 12/10; EF $585, Sincona 7/11)
57 INDO-GREEKS INDO-SKYTHIANS, Azes I, 58-12 BC, Ar Drachm, King on horse r/Zeus stg l; Nice VF, nrly centered, tops of some lgnds off, quite decent metal with medium tone & no porosity. Unusually nice for this, typi-cally found in grotty condition. (VF $78, CNG eAuc 9/12.)
58 KUSHANS, Huvishka, c. 152-192 AD, ®22 (Tet), Ele-phant rider r/Deity (moon goddess?) stg l; contempora-neous imitation by the Jouan-Jouan, dots around obv in place of lgnd. Crude VF, probably almost as struck, cent-ered, medium brown, trace of rev roughness. (Same type, also Jouan-Jouan, VF, brought $196, CNG eAuction 5/06)
59 ISTROS, Stater, 2 male heads, left inverted, as S1669 (£225); Nice VF, centered & boldly struck with both faces strong; good metal with tone in recesses to accentuate features. Some scholars believe the heads represent Castor & Pollux; others say Bert & Ernie.
(A VF brought $320 on $386 bid in my 8/91 sale.)
60 Same, F, obv sl off-center but heads complete with partial facial features visible; rev well centered; good clean metal. (A F brought $201 on $233 bid, in my sale, 12/91.)
61 JUDAEA, John Hyrcanus I, Prutah, pomegranate betw cornucopiae/Hebrew lgnd in wreath, sim. Hen.-1141, AJC Type K-1. VF, nrly centered on an odd-shaped flan, medium brown, Hebrew lgnd fully clear. (Similar, GVF brought $418, Heritage 3/12.)
62 Herod the Great Prutah, 2 Cornucopiae/anchor H-1188 F-VF, obv sl off-ctr with types complete, rev much off-ctr; smooth dark green patina with stong earthen hilighting. Herod was a nasty piece of work, but slaughtering all
those infants was surely a myth. (F-VF $88, FSR 3/13.)
63 Marcus Ambibulus. Prutah, Lgnd within wreath/3 lilies
& date, Hen.-1329; Choice VF, sl off-ctr but everything complete, smooth dark green patina with strong hilighting, very bold. I try to avoid buying these Jewish bronzes unless they are nicer than usual. Ex my 10/08 sale where
it bought $112 on $130 bid.
64 Second Revolt, ®19x22, Palm branch within wreath/ Lyre, Hend. 1436a, same rev die with die clash letters to right of lyre; VF+, nrly centered on elongated flan, glossy dark green patina, minor touches of roughness, strong features. Rare variety of a very scarce type. (Much stronger than a VF (off-ctr, ordinary Hen.-1436) bringing $644, CNG 5/12.)
65 Tessera? Circa First century? 11 mm Lead, ritual cup/branched plant; VF/AF, obv bold in high relief, rev weak, grey patina with orangy hilighting.
66 KATANE, Ar Litra, Silenos hd l./Winged thunderbolt above shield, sim. S774; VF, centered, minor edge notch
or possibly chip at 1:00 obv, decent metal with virtually no porosity, darkish grey tone; head shows much detail on
hair & beard. Poor photo. (Much nicer than a GVF but with big edge chips bringing $418, Hess-Divo 10/11.)
67 KNIDOS, ®11, 3rd cent BC, Apollo hd r/prow r, sim S-4856; VF, nrly centered, darkish brown patina, sl rough-ness mainly on rev, nice strong features in high relief with much detail. (A VF brought $505, CNG eAuc. 11/08. Seems awfully high for a tiny bronze with small catalog value, but maybe those bidders knew something we donÕt know.)
68 KOSON, Ar Drachm, mid 1st cent BC, Roman consul & 2 lictors, monogram/eagle hldg wreath l; unpublished silver version ofthe famous Brutus-related gold coins & much rarer. EF, a touch off-ctr, everything complete, minor crudeness, good metal with lt tone. (An EF, also slightly crude, realized $1,760 on $2525 bid in my 3/13 sale.)
69 KROTON, Stater, 510-480 BC, Tripod, heron at left/incuse tripod, S256 (£175); F/VF, well centered, lt porosity mainly on obv, rev nicer than usual. (A Near VF, looking almost exactly like this (same rev die?), brought $336, CNG eAuction 8/12.)
70 KYZIKOS, Obol (.76 gm), 550-480 BC, fish head l., long object (harpa?) below/4-part square; F-VF or so, sl off-ctr, sl roughness, lt tone, clear features. Rare early issue;
I could not find a match in references. (Similar, VF , Òsomewhat roughÓ brought $199, Rauch 4/11.)
71 LAIAI, Thrace, Octodrachm, Biga of bulls, helmet above/Man & horse r, in square; copy, EF, thick hefty
flan, looks rough around edge of rev; appears silver but probably is not; ltly toned, bold & nice. (Same, brought
$89 on $117 bid in my 11/12 sale.)
72 LARISSA, Drachm, 350-325 BC, Larissa head 3/4 left/horse grazing rt, S2120 (£175); VF+, perfectly cen-tered, good bright metal with minor touches of roughness mainly on rev; nice style, with a strong face & horse well modeled too. (A VF brought $800, Peus 11/06.)
73 ®11, 400-344 BC, Larissa head left/horse grazing rt; S2130; VF, well centered, tho horseÕs nose off; dark brown patina, decent surfaces, nice for this. (A Near VF sold for $78, CNG eAuction 1/10.)
74 LOKROI EPIZEPHYRIOI, Corinthian type stater, 332-300 BC, Pegasos l., thunderbolt below/Athena hd l; Nice VF, well centered & struck, medium gunmetal toning; a few tiny pits hidden on obv. Bold detail. (A VF with minor porosity, this exact var, brought $532, CNG eAuc 10/11.)
75 MACEDON, Philip II, ®17, Apollo hd r/horseman, E below; VF/F-VF, well centered, pale orichalcum color with green tinge, lt overall porosity; strong hair detail. (A VF brought $101 on $110 bid in my 5/09 sale.)
76 Alex. the Great, Tet, Herakles hd r/Zeus std l, F-VF,
obv centered sl low, somewhat heavy darkish patina worn off at high points; minor roughness & sl scr on rev; monogram clear, I spent maybe 10 minutes trying to identify it before deciding Òscrew it,Ó IÕll let you do it.
77 Posthumous Tet, of Arados, Herakles hd r/Zeus std l, palm tree at left, AR monogram & date in Phoenician letters below (CY=61=199/8 BC), Pr. 3391; AEF, nrly centered on a large flan, good bright silver, minor surface disturbance in obv field at upper right; possibly a little smoothing. A nice impressive coin. (A Near EF (same except for date) brought $1667, CNG 5/09.)
78 Drachm, Herakles hd/Zeus std, F/VG-F, well centered, good silver, just well worn; monogram or something at left probably figure-outable with some effort. While this coin is indeed worn on the outside, on the inside itÕs perfect.
79 Antigonos Gonatas, 277-239 BC, Tet, Pan hd l, in shield/Athena stg l, HP monogram, S6783 (£300); AVFVF, perfectly centered, good metal with lt tone. (A coin graded the same sold for $470 on $510 bid in my 4/03 auction;
VF 1380 Euros= $1800, Peus 4/13.)
80 Philip V, 221-179 BC, Tet, Head of Perseus on Mace-donian shield/club in wreath, S6791 (£500); VF/F, well centered, lt grey tone, obv nice, rev has a little roughness on lower part. Scarce, first IÕve owned. (A VF brought $1820, Gorny 3/12; GVF with some roughness $1792, CNG eAuction 1/11.)
81 Amphipolis, Autonomous Tetrobol, 185-168 BC, MA-
KE & club within Macedonian shield/helmet, S1387; Nice VF, well centered, good metal with old blue-grey collection tone. (A VF brought $384, Kunker 3/11.)
82 MAGNESIA ad Maeander, ®14, 330-300 BC, Apol-lo hd l./bull forepart butting r, maeander pattern behind, as S4489; VF-EF, obv well centered, rev has magistrateÕs name at bottom partly off; dark greenish patina with some hilighting, and sl roughness around peripheries. Strongly detailed. (A VF brought $113, CNG eAuct 5/09.)
83 MEGARA, ®15, 307-243 BC, Tripod atop Prow /two dolphins, S2590; VF/F, well centered, darkish grey-brown, minimally grainy mainly on rev, the three-letter lgnd weak, obv bold. (A VF of this type sold for $403, CNG 5/09. A
true datum which you can ignore at your peril.)
84 METAPONTUM, Stater, 430-400 BC, Female head r with hair bound in crossed fillet/wheat ear, S404 (£750); F+, centered on a sl ragged flan, nice metal with some
very minor metal faults on neck; Scarcer and more desirable than later types. (A Fine of this style, brought $480, Vinchon 10/00; GVF $5750, CNG 9/13.)
85 Stater, 330-300 BC, Demeter head r, DI behind/wheat ear, HA monogram & amphora to rt; sim S416 (£175); EF, obv nrly centered, head complete, sharp except for minor striking softness on lower hair curls; rev sl off-ctr losing part of amphora, but almost fully struck on wheat ear; bright lustery silver. (Much better struck than a VF, this exact variety, bringing $506, Peus 11/05.)
86 MILETOS, 1/12 Stater, 6th century BC, Lion hd l/ star pattern in square, S3532 (£65); VF/EF, good metal with grey-brown tone, obv much off-ctr to rt, rev well centered & struck. The earliest affordable ancient coin; sort of the Ford Model T of ancient coins. (A F-VF/VF brought $126 on $144 bid, FSR 3/07.)
87 NABATAEA (Arabia), Aretas IV, 9 BC - 40 AD,
®17x20, Conjoined hds of Aretas & Queen Shaqilath/ crossed cornucopiae & lgnd, GIC-5699; VF, obv well centered, rev somewhat off-ctr; smooth dark greenish patina with much pale earthen hilighting, thus attractive, with strong portraiture. (A VF brought $145 on $200 bid, FSR 9/09; VF $219, Ponterio 4/08; GVF $551, M&M 5/11.)
88 Malichus II & Shaqilath, ®14x16, Conjoined hds/cros-sed cornucopiae, GIC5703; VF, a little off-ctr on unround flan, lt brown, some tiny granularity, strong detail on KingÕs head, QueenÕs is a little weak. Scarcer. (An AVF brought $111 in my 1/99 sale.)
89 Rabbel II & Queen Gamilath, 70-106 AD, Silver Drachm, Laur hd r/Veiled hd r, Petra mint, GIC-5705; VG/F or so, centered on a typically small thick flan, not much lgnd visible, portraits reasonable; good silver with dark tone in recesses. Nabataean silver is not much seen.
(A VF brought $375, CNG eAuct 8/08.)
90 NEAPOLIS, Didrachm, 340-241 BC,Parthenope hd l., archaic figure of Pallas Athena behind/Nike above man-headed bull r, sim. S309; VF, well centered & complete, good metal with medium old collection tone; a few extremely insignificant scratches may be noted for the benefit of the congenitally silly. Very nice. (A VF, this same type, brought $3680, CNG 9/08.)
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91 OLBIA, Arrowhead shaped coin, 41 mm, around 2nd cent BC, EF, a choice high-end piece, well formed, with mostly smooth dark green patina.These were clearly made as money as they could not work as arrowheads. (A VF brought $315, Lanz 6/93.)
92 Dolphin shaped coin, c. 2nd cent BC, as S1684 (£200) but smaller 26 mm; I have to grade this EF too, itÕs a well-formed piece virtually as made with bold eye on each side, smooth brown patina with green tinge. Much nicer than usual. (Better than a crappy little F+ bringing $293, iNumis 3/11, but that was France, where the ladies wear no pants.)
93 The ORRESKIOI, Stater, 510-480 BC, Centaur carrying nymph/Swastika pattern, S-1325 (£750); F+, centered, minor crudeness, decent metal with dark tone in recesses. While superficially resembling the familiar Thasos type, this has a centaur rather than satyr, and is far rarer. An important coin to be found in a dinky sale
like mine. (A GVF brought $10,350, NY Sale 1/12.)
94 PANTIKAPAION, ®13, 1st cent BC, Dionysos hd r/bowcase; Choice VF, well centered, smooth medium brown surfaces; A in lgnd incompletely engraved (?), otherwise quite well struck for this, with a nice detailed head. (A VF brought $62 on $70 bid in my 3/13 sale.)
95 PARION, 3/4 Drachm, c. 480 BC, Gogoneion facg/ cruciform pattern, S3917 (£200); at least F-VF for this, nrly centered, obv rather soft as always, but all facial features quite clear. Bright silver with some tiny porosity. (A VF brought $131 on $256 bid in my 3/06 sale.)
96 Hemidrachm, 350-300 BC, Gorgoneion facg/bull stg l, looking back, P-I & star below, S3922; VF, perfectly centered, a little soft on GorgonÕs nose, otherwise well struck; decent metal with trace of graininess only on rev; lt tone. Nice. (A VF realized $353, Peus 11/12.)
97 PARTHIA, Mithradates I, 171-138 BC, Drachm, Bust left in bashliq/Archer std r, Sellw. 10.1; AEF, centered & quite well struck for this with unusually good detail on the portrait. Good metal with lttone, and some faint scratches visible only with strong magnification. (A Near EF brought $748, CNG 6/05; GVF $863, Triton 1/13.)
98 Mithradates II, Drachm, Sell.28.2, Bust l./Archer std r,
Choice VF+, obv well centered, rev nrly so, excellent metal with lt tone. Nice detail. Scarcer wide bust type. (A VF sold for $175, Peus 4/00.)
99 Gotarzes I, ®14, bust l./Pegasos r, Sell.33.12; overall F, centered, dark brown patina, a little rough, rev lgnd mostly wk, portrait clear with considerable detail showing. Poor photo.(Similar (rev Nike), F, brought $51 on $80 bid, FSR 3/06.)
100 Sinatruces, Drachm, Sellw 34.4, bust with tiara with stags & anchor; AVF, nrly centered, darkish grey tone, some moderate roughness on rev & mainly at obv right, behind head. Full tiara details visible. Rare! (A F+/F, somewhat rough, brought $141 in my 9/02 sale.)
101 Orodes II, Tet, Sell. 48.2, Bust l./King std l, hldg Nike, Gamma below; F-VF, obv well centered, rev sl off-ctr, on egg-shaped flan; decent metal with some very lt granu-larity; rev lgnd full clear; nice portrait. Very scarce.
(A VF without Gamma brought $748, Kunker 3/13.)
102 Artabanus II, Drachm, Sell.63.6, EF, usual low obv centering, rev well centered, good strike, nice metal with deep old iridescent blue-grey & russet toning (ÒrussetÓ is a color that exists only in numismatics). Very nice.
(A GVF brought $276, Triton 1/10, EF $546, Triton 1/04.)
103 Gotarzes II, Drachm, Sell. 65.33 (wart not visible, identifiable by legend), EF/VF-EF, obv centered only a little low, rev well centered, good metal with lt tone. A couple of insignificant faint scratches. (Such minor scratches are entirely normal on any ancient coin. I mention them only to put myself on a pedestal of virtue above other dealers.)
(A VF brought $235, Peus 4/06.)
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104 Vonones II, Drachm, Sellw. 67.1, Facing bust betw stars/archer; Choice EF, usual low obv centering, rev well centered; good bright lustery metal; sharp details. Excep-tional specimen of this distinctive type, rare in this quality. (An EF brought $546, Triton 1/04; GVF $725, Spink 3/09.)
105 Artabanus III, Drachm, Sellw. 74.6, Bust l./archer; Choice EF, nrly centered & sharply struck, good silver. Another really exceptional example of a scarce type (distinguished from common Artabanus II by legend details). (An EF brought $275, Peus 11/06; GVF $345, Triton 1/10.)
106 Vologases III, Drachm, Sell. 78.2, Bust l./archer, EF, sl off-ctr, minor crudeness but sharp details, good metal with deep old collection toning. ÒMediumÓ beard, rather scarcer than long beard varieties. (An EF with lt scrs sold for $276, CNG 9/11; EF (misidentified) $318, CGB 2/13.)
107 Vologases VI, Drachm, Sellw. 88.18, AEF/VF, well centered on a raggy-edged flan, strongly 2-toned with good surfaces; rev typically crude; obv bold & nice.
(An AEF/VF brought $76 on $100 bid in my 8/03 sale;
VF $138, CNG 12/95.)
108 -- Tet, Sellw. 88.3-4, bust l./King std with Nike; AVF/VF, obv sl off-ctr, rev well centered (tho month off as usual); medium silver-grey tone, obv very sl Òmisty.Ó
(A VF also with no month brought $290, Peus 11/06.)
109 PERGAMUM Cistophoric Tet, after 133 BC, Cista mystica with snake in wreath/bowcase betw snakes, snake on Asklepian staff to rt, as S3947; VF-EF, obv off-ctr with part of wreath crowded, rev well centered & struck; nice metal with golden-grey tone. A very snaky coin.
(GVFs brought $460, CNG 9/09 and $488, Gorny 3/13.)
110 PERSIA, Siglos, 450-330 BC, Great King kneeling rt with bow & spear/incuse punch, S4682 (£75); AVF, well centered with figure nearly complete, good metal, pleasing for these. (An AVF brought $151 on $177 bid in my 3/07 sale; Near VF $560, Astarte12/02; F+ $380, CGB 11/09.)
111 PERSIS, Darius I, 2nd cent BC, Drachm, KingÕs hd r in satrapal head-dress/Fire altar betw king & eagle atop standard, S6194; Choice EF, obv centered sl low but head complete, rev nrly centered & well struck for this; good bright metal; Sharp portrait in high relief; scarcer early & better style with eagle atop head-gear. (An EF, later style S6196, brought $281 on $400 bid in my 6/08 sale; VF
$730, Elsen 2/94; EF $2000, Hess-Divo 10/08.)
112 Darius II, Obol, Bust l./king stg at altar, S6208, Alr.566; VF, good bright metal, obv centered, rev somewhat off-ctr & poorly struck. (A VF brought $126 reduced from $150 bid in my 10/08 auction.)
113 Artashir (Artaxerxes) II, c. 60-50 BC, Hemidrachm, Bust l, mono-gram behind/King stg at altar, S6214 (£65); AEF, good 2-toned metal, centered on a large flan, flatly struck at left edge each side; rev typically crude; portrait sharp & nice. (A VF brought $101 on $130 bid in my 3/08 sale; VF $315, Peus 5/07.)
114 Nambed (Namopat), 40-60 AD, Obol, Bust l./King
stg r with star & cresc, GIC-5939, Alr.602; VF, centered, good metal with lt tone, typical crudeness, portrait with reasonable detail. (A VF brought $117, Peus 11/06.)
115 PHALANNA, ®18, c. 350 BC, Young male hd r/Nymph Phalanna hd r, in sakkos, S2180; VF, well cent-ered, greenish-brown patina, only a touch of crusting/ roughness mainly on rev, but lgnd visible & good detail. Nice. (VFs brought $920 and $1725, both in Triton 1/12.)
116 PHOKIS, Triobol, 357-346 BC, Facg bull head/ Apollo hd r, S2353 (£140); F, sl triangular flan, obv centered, rev centered low but complete; good smooth metal, just worn, clear features. (A F+ brought $385, CGF 6/05; F $300, Berk 11/12.)
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117 RHODES, Drachm, 304-190 BC, Helios hd facg sl rt/Rose & bud, sim. S5042 (£150); VF, a little off-ctr, head complete in high relief with full features; minor blemish under left eye; minor hints of porosity. (A VF, just this
style, much wear, brought $238, Hirsch 5/11.)
118 Rhodian Mercenaries, 179-168 BC, Drachm, Helios head facg/Rose & bud, EPMIAS, S5092; EF, obv centered sl low but head complete, rev well centered; good metal
with lt tone; sharp detail. (EFs brought $850, Kunker 9/10 and $748, CNG 9/06.)
119 SIDE, Drachm, 190-36 BC, Athena hd r./Nike adv l, pomegranate, S5435 (£140); F-VF/F, centered, lt porosity mainly on rev, not too bad. This is the smaller version of
the familiar Tets, and a zillion times more scarce. (A VF brought $461, Gorny 10/06.)
120 SIKYON, Stater, 360-330 BC, Chimaera l./Dove in wreath l, N below beak, sim. S2771 (£450); VF, centered, modest flatly struck bevel at rev right edge; obv has lt to moderate roughness; medium grey-brown tone in recesses. Bold features. (A GVF, this exact variety, brought $2760, Gemini 1/11.)
121 SPAIN, IRIPPO, ®21, Head r (Augustus?)/Female std l; F-VF/F or so, nrly centered, crude shallow work, especially the rev; pale green patina; obv nice with portrait quite bold. Scarce. (A VF, my obv at least equal, brought $277, CGB 12/07.)
122 SYRACUSE, Dekadrachm, copy, cast, silver-
grey tone but probably not really silver. VF, not bad.
123 Tet, 450-435 BC, Nike above slow quadriga r/Arethu-
sa hd in Sakkos, 4 dolphins, as S931 (£850) except Nike flies left; VF, sl ragged edge, well centered with designs complete (unusual; this normally comes ill-centered & poorly struck with incomplete features); some very minor tiny pits on rev, otherwise good metal with lt tone. Really excellent quality for issue. (A VF, looks virtually identical (except Nike right), brought $3815, Roma 9/12.)
124 Hiketas, 288-279 BC, ®23, Zeus Hellanios hd r/Eagle l, sim S1211-12; EF, obv well centered & struck with great hair detail on ZeusÕs head; rev sl off-ctr crowding eagleÕs head, and a little crude (these are often overstruck); medium brown patina with some graininess mainly on rev. Obv very nice. (A VF brought $450, Berk 5/09; VF with overstriking $425, Kunker 3/08.)
125 Hieron II, 275-215 BC, ®21, Poseidon hd l./trident & dolphins, S1223; Choice VF, large flan, obv well centered, rev sl off-ctr, glossy rich brown patina; Head well detailed & finely styled; nice. (A GVF brought $570, NAC 5/12.)
126 SYRIA, Seleukos I, 312-280 BC, Tet, Zeus hd r/ Athena in chariot with 4 horned elephants,anchor above, S6856 (£1250); AVF, obv sl off-ctr with back of head crowded & weak, otherwise a bold high-relief portrait; rev nrly centered with sl crudeness; good bright silver with only slightest traces of porosity. A major rarity. (VFs brought $2875, Ponterio 1/12 and $3163, NY Sale 1/12.)
127 Seleukos II, Tet, His head r/Apollo stg l,by tripod, S6896 (£400); VF+, perfectly centered & well struck, good metal with dark tone in fields hilighting the features; bold and very nice. (A VF with some surface marks realized $1265, CNG 9/12; AVF $1330, Elsen 12/05.)
128 Antiochus II, Tet, His head r/Apollo std l, S6886 (£400); VF, nrly centered, bright silver with very sl surface faults on rev. (A VF sold for $920, CNG 7/09.)
129 Achaios, 220-214 BC, ®16, Apollo hd r/Eagle stg r, S6692; VF/F+, obv centered to left crowding back of head, rev nrly centered; basically smooth dark olive patina; good detail on head. Rare! (A VF brought $360, Gorny 10/06.)
130 Antiochos IX, Tet, bust r/Zeus std l; S7162 (£300); VF/F-VF, obv centered, rev sl off-ctr, very lt porosity under old grey collection toning. (A VF brought $1500, Asta del Titano 10/04; GVF $600, Hess-Divo 5/09.)
131 Philip Philadelphos, 93-83 BC, Tet, his hd r/Zeus std
left, S7196; VF-EF/VF, centered on a large flan, excellent metal with lt tone; nice strong portrait; unusually good quality for this. (A VF/VF+ brought $500, CGF 4/07.)
132 Demetrios III, 95-88 BC, ®19, Radiate bust r/Hermes stg on soapbox, S7194, F, sl off-ctr, ragged edge, brown patina with pale green hilighting, modest flan flaw at rev 4:00, lgnd wk but mostly visible. Portrait OK. Scarce!
133 TANAGRA, Obol, 4th cent BC, Boeotian shield/ horse forepart r; BCD 282a (this coin); VF/F+, obv sl off-
ctr but complete, rev well centered; infinitesimal granularity, nice. (A VF brought $291, Peus 11/05.)
134 TARSOS, Datames, 378-372 BC, Stater, Baal std r/Sky-God Ana facg Datames, lgnd at rt, as S5646 (£275); AEF/EF, sl spindle-shaped flan, obv off-ctr losing part of border, rev nrly centered; bright silver with minor touches of crudeness or surface disturbance mainly at obv upper rt; strong details. (A GVF, obv off-ctr, brought $2185,
CNG 5/11; EF, short flan, $1568, NY Sale 1/06.)
135 THASOS, Stater, 463-411 BC, Naked satyr raping nymph/4-part incuse square, S1746 (£425); VF, archaic style, well centered, medium grey tone with some very lt porosity; bold features. (A VF sold for $560 on $650 bid in my 5/01 auction; VF $4500, Peus 10/07.)
136 Tet., after 148 BC, Dionysos hd r/Herakles stg l, VF, well centered & struck, interesting severe style, perhaps
a top-end barbarous issue? Good metal with lt tone, rev gives the appearance of being faintly bent. Still quite nice for these. (A GVF brought $1250, Davisson 11/12.)
137 THEBES, Hemidrachm, 379-371 BC, Boeotian shield/kantharos, club above, S2396 (£75); F-VF/AF, obv somewhat off-ctr but shield complete, rev centered; good metal, just worn. (A F-VF, granular, realized $161, Coin Galleries 4/07.)
138 THESSALIAN League, Drachm, 196-146 BC, Apollo hd r/Athena stg l, as S2234, BCD893.1 (this coin; ex-BCD with his little photos); Choice VF-EF/VF, nrly centered on an unusually broad flan; faintly granular rev; nice style & lt tone. (A VF was sold for $875, CNG ÒCoin ShopÓ #922490; a GVF brought$1035, Triton 1/12.)
139 THRACE, Seuthes III, King of the Odrysai, c. 324 BC, ®20, Zeus hd r/horseman r, E below; S1725 (£20); VF/F+, sl oval flan, obv well centered, rev sl off-ctr; dark brown patina; a little rough mainly on rev. Much deatil on head. (An F-VF brought $80 on $125 bid in my 12/01 sale; VF $290, Lanz 11/07).
140 Lysimachos, 323-281 BC, Helmeted male hd r/Lion r, S6819; F-VF, nrly centered, olive-brown patina, lionÕs
head wk, nice helmet detail. (VF $225, Davisson 10/11.)
141 TYRE, Attic Didrachm or Shekel, 332-275 BC, Mel-qarth riding hippocamp, dolphin & waves below/Owl stg r, crook, as S5915; F+, fourree with only a few tiny breaks in plating, and other minor surface blemishes; sl off-ctr; some tarnishy toning on obv.
142 VELIA, Nomos (Didrachm), 440-400 BC, Athena
hd l, griffin on helmet, Phi behind/Lion attacking stag r;
F-VF, somewhat off-ctr, obv to left losing nose & chin; faintest porosity, lt grey tone. (A VF of this exact varie-ty,similarly with nose off flan, brought $322, CNG 5/10.)
143 BRONZE, Semuncia, 217-215 BC, Mercury hd r/ prow r, C38/7; VF+, nrly centered, dark olivy green patina, many small surface blemishes, but great detail on head & prow. (A VF brought $317, CNG 9/10; VF sl scr $374, Gorny 10/12.)
144 Semis, Saturn hd r/prow r, S each side; a crude local production, probably Spanish; 19 mm, F-VF, better in
parts but parts weak; dark green patina with paler green hilighting.
SILVER (Denarii unless noted, Crawford & Sydenh #s):
145 Sestertius, 44/7, Sy.142, Roma hd r, IIS/Dioscuri r;
F-VF, obv centered, rev centered high, traces of porosity under bluish-grey tone. Decent & quite scarce.
(VFs brought $435, CGF 11/04 and $490, NAC 3/09.)
146 Cn. Domitius Ahenobarbus, 147/1, Sy.349 (Rarity 3), Roma hd r/Dioscuri r; Ex European auction as AVF, I grade it F+/F, well centered, clean bright metal, nice for grade.
(A VF with edge test cut brought $168, NAC 5/13.)
147 P. Sula, 205/1, Sy.386, Roma hd r/Victory in biga r; Nice EF, obv perfectly centered, rev nrly so, quite well struck & sharp, good bright silver with lt tone. Excellent quality. (Compare one only VF sold at $250, Berk 7/11;
EFs sold for $400, Astarte 12/02 and $500, Lanz 11/07.)
148 Decimus Flavus, 207/1, Sy.391, Roma hd r/Luna in biga r; Virtually Mint State, a touch off-ctr, devices com-plete, sharply struck, good lustery silver with whisper of tone. Ex Henry Hall Wilson collection, and when there are
3 names you know itÕs hoity-toity. (A Choice EF brought $480, Astarte 12/02; EF $518, Hess-Divo 10/10.)
149 Nata, 208/1, Sy.390, Roma hd r/Victory in biga r;
AEF/VF+, obv well centered, rev centered a mite low; good bright silver; well struck. (A VF brought $181, CNG electronic Auction 9/06.)
150 C. Titinius, 226/1, Sy.445 (Rarity 4), Roma hd r/Victory in biga; AEF, fourree, plating 100% intact but low eight at 1.37 gram; Obv nrly centered, rev somewhat off-ctr to top, sharply struck, rev die slightly bulged in lower center; appearance of good silver with lt tone. Extremely nice for a fourree. (An AEF non-fourree brought $390, Varesi 4/02.)
151 C. Antestius, 219/1e, Sy.411, Roma hd r/Dioscuri r, pooch below; VF+, obv well centered, rev nrly so, well struck, good bright silver. (A VF+ brought $339, CGB 2/12.)
152 M. Baebius Tampilus, 236/1, Sy.489, Roma hd l./ Apollo in quadriga r; ex European auction as Abt FDC, it is virtually Mint State, obv nrly centered, rev well centered, good strike with no wkness, bright lustery silver. (An EF realized $607, Gorny 3/12.)
153 L. Antestius Gragulus, 238/1, Sy.451, Roma hd r/Jupi-ter in quadriga r; ex European auction as VF, and you could just about call it that; rev strike a wee bit soft; well center-ed, good bright silver. (A VF brought $175, CGB 1/06.)
154 Q. Fabius Labeo, 273/1, Sy.532, Roma hd r./Jupiter in quadriga r, prow below; F-VF, obv centered a bit low, rev nrly centered, name weak on rev; lt grey tone, traces of porosity on obv. (A F+/F brought $61 on $70 bid, FSR 6/08.)
155 M. Fannius, 275/1, Sy.419, Roma hd r/Victory in qua-driga r; AEF, sl off-ctr to left on each side (actually less off-ctr than most of this issue), good metal with whole-some medium tone, sharply struck. Much above average.
(A GVF brought $180, Noble 11/04; VF+ $183, CGF 6/04.)
156 M. Fourius Philus, 281/1, Sy.529, Janus head/Roma stg at trophy; Choice VF, perfectly centered & well struck on a broad round flan; good metal with moderate grey toning. Very nice quality for this.
(A VF brought $492, Gorny 3/12; GVF $575, CNG 9/11.)
157 L.Pomponius, 282/4, Sy.522, Roma hd r/Bituitus in biga; serrate issue; F-VF, nrly centered on a large flan, small flan flaw behind obv wing, sl crudeness at rev top; otherwise decent metal with lt tone. (A F brought $65 on $110 bid in my 7/07 auction.)
158 Q. Minucius Thermus, 319/1, Sy.592, Mars head l./ battle scene; AEF, well centered & struck, good silver with rosy-grey toning & luster. Good quality. (A GVF brought $506, F&S 11/04; GVF $661, CNG 9/11.)
159 M. Lucilius Rufus, 324/1, Sy.599, Roma hd r in wreath/ Victory in biga r; Choice VF-EF, centered & boldly struck
on a large flan, excellent metal with medium tone.
(A VF sold for $225, Berk 5/12.)
160 D. Junius Silanus, 337/3, Sy.646, Roma hd r/Victory in biga r; VG-F, obv off-ctr to bottom, decent bright silver, but generally weak & worn.
161 L. Calpurnius Piso Frugi, 340/1, Sy.663e, Apollo hd r/horseman r; EF+, obv well centered, a touch crude but well-detailed, and lustrous; rev sl off-ctr affecting horseÕs head, but sharply struck, ltly toned. (An EF brought $661, Goldberg 6/10.)
162 C. Vibius Pansa, 342/5b, Sy.684, Apollo hd r/Minerva in quadriga r; F, better in parts but weak strike at obv bottom & rev top; well centered; good metal with medium tone. (A F-VF/AF brought $51 on $70 bid in my 6/08 sale.)
163 L. Sulla & L. Manlius, 367/5, Sy.757a, Roma hd r, Sulla in quadriga r; VF, fourree? -- looks like bronze with considerable porosity & some steely tone. Much detail.
164 Ti. Claudius, 383/1, Sy.770, Bust of Diana r/Victory in biga r; serrate issue (this has only partially serrate edge); F-VF, perhaps technically better but weak in forehead area; good metal with lt tone; insignificant scrs on rev.
(A F-VF brought $66 in my 3/07 sale.)
165 Scribonius Libo, 416/1a, Sy.928, Bonus Eventus hd r/well-head & lyres; VF-EF/VF, sl off-ctr, rev a little crude, obv well struck & sharp; good metal with nice old gunmetal toning. (A VF sold for $276, Freeman & Sear 6/08.)
166 M. Aemilius Scaurus & P. Hypsaeus, 422/1b, Sy.913; King Aretas & camel/quadriga; ex European auction as VF & technically it is, but somewhat off-ctr & with ÒXÓ ltly scratched on obv. Good metal with lt tone & some luster
on obv. Popular type due to Biblical connection, Aretas was supposedly one of the Three Wise Guys.
(VFs brought $391, F&S 6/08 and $426, CNG 9/08.)
167 IMPERATORIAL. JULIUS CAESAR, Den, Venus head l, with cupid & scepter/2 captives at foot of trophy, S-1405, Cr.468/2; VF, a hair off-ctr, very lt granularity & traces of horn silver under medium grey tone. May possibly be a fourree as suggested by a coarse spot at 4:00 rev edge; 3.69 grams. Decent looking. (A VF with
sl scrs brought $672, CNG EAuct 2/11.)
168 MARK ANTONY, Legionary Den, Galley, Eagle betw standards, LEG VII; EF/VF, obv nrly centered with full lgnd, sharply struck with wonderful detail on galley; slightest tiny mark above it; rev centered sl low and a bit crudely struck. Good metal. (A GVF w/lt scrs, same legion, brought $1035, Triton 1/08; VF, lt marks $1093, CNG 5/11)
169 ANTONY & LEPIDUS, Den, Lituus, capis & raven/priestly implements; Cr. 489/2, RSC 2; F/F-VF, sl off-ctr with partial lgnds, 2 modest banker marks on obv, decent metal with lt tone. While quinarii of this series are not very rare, the denarius is very rare. (Compare an off-ctr VF with scratch (looks grainy, hardly better overall), bringing $920, CNG 5/07.)
170 AUGUSTUS, Den, Bare hd r/IMP X, bull butting r; Choice VF, well centered with full lgnds, good metal with old grey tone; well struck in nice style with excellent detailed portrait. (A VF brought $900, Argenor 4/04; GVF $1380, Triton 1/08.)
171 Quadrans, LAMIA SILIVS ANNIVS, Simpulum & lituus/SC in lgnd, RIC421; VF, sl off-ctr, a little of lgnd crowded/wk each side, otherwise bold features, medium brown patina. Poor photo. (A VF realized $210, Gorny 3/04.)
172 As, Bare hd r/P LVRIVS AGRIPPA etc around SC; Ex European auction as VF and, a miracle, it is VF, sl off-ctr with some of lgnds off, darkish brown patina with a little granularity in obv field, nice strong portrait w/plenty of hair detail. (A VF, same moneyer, brought $331, Peus 10/00.)
173 As of Antioch, Laur hd r/SC in wreath, 27 mm, F+, rev sl off-ctr, dark greenish patina, minor surface indecorous-nesses, strong portrait. (A F+ brought $225, Berk 12/06.)
174 AGRIPPA, As, Bust left/SC, Neptune stg l; VF+/VF, obv nrly centered, few letters crowded, rev somewhat off-ctr; good steely-brown surfaces with hints of Òluster;Ó great detail on the portrait. Style just a bit unusual, possibly a high-end barbarous production. (Compare a VF bringing $1100, CNG 3/00; VF $1000, Lanz 11/07.)
175 TIBERIUS (As Caesar), As, bust l/winged caduceus betw S-C, lgnd around; Ex European auction as VF, I grade it F-VF for wear but significantly off-ctr losing some lgnds (date numerals on rev incomplete); medium brown patina with some lt roughness mainly on rev. Portrait shows much detail. (A F/F-VF brought $181 on $200 bid, FSR 4/12.)
176 DRUSUS, As, bust l/SC in lgnd; VF, centered with full lgnds, greyish-brown patina, a modest degree of surface roughness mainly on lower rev; portrait quite good for this with much hair detail. (Compare a F sold for $300, Berk 5/03, and VF at $950, Lanz 12/12.)
177 AGRIPPINA SR., Sest,rev Carpentum, copy, EF, very nice quality piece, well made, pale brown with lt toning.
178 CALIGULA, As, VESTA std l; AEF, nrly centered, full lgnd with only tops of few letters crowded; dark glossy green patina with perhaps some careful smoothing, minor roughness mainly on rev; portrait quite strong with good hair detail. Nice. (A VF-EF brought $530 on $650 bid in my 9/99 sale; GVFs $1200, Sternberg 10/95 & $1675, NAC 4/08.)
179 CALIGULA & CAESONIA, Spain, Carthago Nova, ®28, His bust r/Her bust r, GIC-419; F+/F-VF, nrly centered, obv lgnd crowded & weak, most of rev lgnd clear; dark green patina with only minor roughness & perhaps deft smoothing; both portraits good. Rare, the only coin portraying Caesonia. (Better than an AF/F bringing $350 in my 9/02 sale; a VF realized $985, Peus 11/08.)
180 CLAUDIUS, As, SC, Minerva adv r; provincial style probably from Spain; VF, somewhat off-ctr on smallish flan, obv lgnd off at left, smooth dark green patina with dramatic pale earthen hilighting. Great hair detail on portrait. (A VF realized $575, CNG 6/06.)
181 Quad, Modius/SC in lgnd, COS II, EF, obv sl off-ctr losing tops of some letters; rev well centered with full sharp lgnd; darkish brown patina; essentially no porosity; modius shows full details (unusual). Choice quality. (An EF with no modius detail brought $375, Lanz 11/05.)
182 Egypt, ®25 Diobol, bust r/Eagle r, hd left; only VG,
but a decent VG, reddish brown patina with pale green hilighting, clear outline to bust, smooth surfaces.
183 NERO, Den, SALVS std l; F, nrly centered, tops of obv lettering worn at rt, excellent metal with contrasting tone in recesses, clear portrait. (A F brought $151, in my 3/97 sale; F/VG $450, Berk 5/12.)
184 Sest, PACE PR TERRA MARIQ IANVM CLVSIT, Temple of Janus with closed doors, signifiying no wars;
F-VF/VF, centered, obv lgnd wk/gone at bottom, rev lgnd complete; dark green patina, ltly granular; portrait shows a reasonable amount of hair detail; quite a bit of fine detail on temple. (At least as nice as a Near VF, Òa little roughÓ with scuff on chin bringing $549, CNG eAuction 2/05.)
185 As, Laur hd r/GENIO AVGVSTI, Genius at altar; F-VF, obv sl off-ctr, rev a bit more so, on a large thick flan for this; full obv lgnd; dark patina with a little whiteish hilighting; rev appears smoothed. (A VF/F+ brought $445, CGF 4/07.)
186 Egypt Tet, Bust r/Alexandria hd r, LIB?; EF, nrly cen-tered, obv flatly struck at lower rt edge, thus partial lgnd, rev has only minor wkness tho year crude; silvery grey with seeming luster in recesses; both portraits (particularly NeroÕs) unusually sharp. (A VF brought $310, Lanz 5/07.)
187 Antioch Tet, Bust r/Eagle on thunderbolt, palm, Pr.81; AEF/VF, a little off-ctr, obv lgnd off at left, bright silver with micro traces of porosity. Portrait has quite sharp hair detail but also a noticeable metal flaw between eye & ear. (A GVF brought $713, CNG 5/04; VF $407, Rauch 5/10.)
188 NERO & POPPAEA, Egypt Tet, Bust r/Her bust r, LI; AVF, nrly centered, lgnds partly wk, silver-grey tone with insignificant porosity; PoppaeaÕs portrait particularly nice with much detail. (A F/F+ brought $191 on $250 bid in my 5/10 sale; VF $750, Kunker 3/07.)
189 OTHO, Den, SECVRITAS PR, Securitas stg l; Nice strong F, obv sl off-ctr losing most of lgnd at left, rev well centered; excellent metal with lt tone; portrait quite bold. (A F/AF brought $401, FSR 7/07; F $748, Coin Gall. 12/09)
190 VITELLIUS, Den, XV VIR etc, tripod, EF (Ex Euro-pean auction as EF), obv well centered with full lgnd, rev lgnd partly wk/off; perfect bright metal on obv, rev with trace of smoothing in fields; portrait exceptionally sharp with every little hair visible, also unusually strong detail on tripod. (EFs brought $3750, NAC 4/06 & $2600 UBS 1/02.)
191 VESPASIAN, Den, IVDAEA, Jewess std beside trophy; VF, obv sl off-ctr on smallish flan, lgnd off at left; rev well centered & complete; darkish tone in fields; a few very insignificant marks; portrait quite strong with sharp laurel wreath. (A GF-AVF brought $450, Spink 3/09.)
192 Den, PONTIF MAXIM, Ruler std r; F, nrly centered,
full lgnds, good metal, lt grey tone with russet tinge. Nice. (A GF brought $104.50, CNA 3/92.)
193 Sest, IVDAEA CAPTA, Soldier & std Jewess by
palm; VG, 2-toned medium brown, moderately rough,
lgnds mostly wk, portrait & basic rev features clear.
(A ÒFairÓ brought $270, NAC 3/93.)
194 TITUS, Caesarea Maritima, ®22, Judaea capta coinage, bust r/Victory writing on shield, palm to rt, Hend. 1447; at least VF for wear, dark brown, centered, portrait has sharp laurel wreath, but moderately rough surfaces. Lgnds partly legible. Ex my 8/90 sale at $102 on $119 bid. (An AVF brought $339, Kunker 9/04.)
195 DOMITIAN, Den, IMP XXII COS XVII CENS PPP, Minerva stg l, with shield; EF, centered, full lgnds, good bright silver, excellent portrait. Choice coin. (A Near EF of this type brought $770, Coin Galleries 7/98.)
196 As, VIRTVTI AVGVSTI, Virtus stg r; Choice VF, well centered, full lgnds, good 2-toned brown surfaces. Excel-lent portrait with much detail. (GVF $575, M&M 4/04.)
197 As, LVD SAEC COS XIIII, Ruler sacrificing at altar, harpist & flute player to left, temple behind; F-VF, a hair off-ctr, partial lgnds, 2-toned brown patina, decent with only faint porosity, rev fully clear. Scarce type. (A F brought $198, CNG 9/98; F-VF/F $212, Rauch 7/11.)
198 NERVA, As, LIBERTAS PVBLICA, Libertas stg l, Choice VF, obv nrly centered, rev sl off-ctr, virtually complete lgnds; glossy smooth dark green patina with traces of smoothing. Bold, detailed portrait. (An AVF brought $300, Downie 6/04; GVF $720, Noble 11/04.)
199 Den, FORTVNA PR, Fortuna std l; F-VF, obv well centered, rev sl off-ctr, some minor lt scrs under a deep gunmetal tone. Portrait shows much detail. (A VF/F brought $128, Rauch 9/09; VF $291, CNG eAuc 10/11.)
200 TRAJAN, Den, COS V PP SPQR OPTIMO PRINC, Roma std l; AEF, obv nrly centered with some lgnd partly off, rev well centered; good bright silver.Very pleasing.
(An EF brought $386, CNG eAuc. 1/13.)
201 Den, PM TRP COS VI PP SPQR, Felicitas stg l; F+, well centered & struck, full lgnds, excellent metal wiith lt tone; quite nice for the grade.
202 As, TR POT COS III PP, Victory adv l, with shield inscr SPQR; EF/F-VF, centered, end of obv lgnd wk, rev complete; obv dark brown with lt porosity; rev a little more grainy & partly smoothed in fields giving them a lighter color. Great portrait with excellent high relief hair & laurel wreath detail. Somewhat scarcer with COS III, as if any-one might care. (A VF with rough surfaces brought $151, CNG eAuc 4/10; VF+/VF (COS IIII) $374, Vico 3/12.)
203 Quad, Bust r/wolf r; VF, centered on a large flan, tan-brown patina with lt overall granularity. Good detail.
(A VF brought $164, Munz Zentr 5/13; VF $225, CGF 6/07.)
204 PLOTINA, Den, Rev altar, copy by Slavei, struck in silver, Unc, lt tone, really beautiful detailed workmanship.
205 HADRIAN, Den, FIDES PVBLICA, Fides stg r; EF, centered on a sl raggy flan, bright silver, minor crudeness on rev; extremely well detailed bare-headed portrait.
(An EF with black patina brought $364, UBS 1/10.)
206 Sest, COS III, Aequitas stg l; AVF/F, centered, lgnds partly wk, brown patina sl surface imperfections (incl fine cleaning scrs on rev); excellent portrait with much strong detail. (Stronger portrait than on a VF at $349, CGB 10/10.)
207 Egypt, Tet, Nilus bust r, L5; AVF, nrly centered, obv lgnd partly crowded/wk, silver-grey with a little minor porosity. (A VF brought $375, Kunker 3/07.)
208 SABINA, Den, CONCORDIA AVG, Concord stg l;
F-VF, well centered, tiny edge splits, excellent metal with lt tone, everything bold. (A VF brought $430, Lanz 11/07.)
209 AELIUS, As, TR POT COS II, PANNONIA in exergue (RARE thus), Pannonia stg l; F-VF, nrly centered, dark brown patina, much roughness mainly on obv, including pit at nose. (A F with gouge on cheek (PANNONIA in center, not as rare) brought $103, CNG eAuction 9/05.)
210 ANTONINUS PIUS, Den, COS IIII, Annona stg l, AEF, centered & crisply struck, good silver with medium tone, sharp portrait of good style. Quite nice for these.
(EFs brought $277, Helios 12/11 & $278, Rauch 12/11.)
211 As, PM TR POT COS II, Fortuna stg l, VF, nrly center-ed, some of lgnds crowded/wk, olive green patina, good surfaces with only hint of porosity; nice portrait with much detail. (A GVF (COS III) brought $459, CNG eAuc 11/08.)
212 Dup, LIBERTAS COS IIII, Libertas stg l, Nice AVF,
well centered & struck, full clear lgnds, smooth brown patina. (Same brought $314, CGB 10/10, grade omitted from listing, but appears equal to mine, or worse.)
213 Sest, COS III, Ruler sacrificing at altar; VF, centered on sl squared flan, full obv lgnd, rev lgnd wk at rt; sl thick dark brown patina; nice strong portrait & detail on rev figure. (A Nice VF brought $610, VAuctions 4/09.)
214 Egypt ®32 Drachm, bust l., Nilus std (not recl) on rocks, crocodile; A? at rt; VF, centered, several edge splits, warm brown patina with sl roughness mainly on rev; lots of detail visible each side. (A similar type, Nice VF brought $331 on $400 bid in my 2/09 sale.)
215 FAUSTINA SR, Den, AETERNITAS stg l; Mint State, centered on a somewhat ragged flan, bright lustrous silver; rev softly struck due to worn die, but portrait excep-tionally sharp& nice. (An EF brought $544, Kunker 3/12.)
216 As, AETERNITAS, Juno stg l; VF, well centered, rev lgnd partly crowded/wk, mostly smooth dark green patina with some minor surface perturbations mainly on rev. Obv bold & nice with much portrait detail. Uncommon with Juno. (Similar but Fortuna stg, VF brought $299, CNG 5/12.)
217 MARCUS AURELIUS Den, COS III, Salus stg r, a banal VF, obv sl off-ctr losing most of lgnd at left, rev well centered; bright silver. (A VF brought $125, Rauch 9/05.)
218 Sest, SALVTI AVG COS III, Salus stg l; VF/F, well centered, obv lgnd complete, rev lgnd mostly wk; glossy smooth dark brownish-green patina; excellent portrait with strong detail. A pleasing coin without problems; ex Barry Murphy as VF/AVF. (A VF brought $883, NAC 10/09.)
219 FAUSTINA JR, Den, VENVS stg l, EF, obv well centered on a raggy flan, rev sl off-ctr & quite ragged at rt edge; lgnds sl crude; portrait detail particularly sharp, with an interesting, unusual hairdo. (An AEF sold for $390, NAC 3/09; EFs $667, Gorny 10/11 and $787, Kunker 10/12.)
220 Hadrianopolis, ®23, Concordia stg l; F, a hair off-ctr, lgnds complete tho partly wk; brown patina with pale green hilights; sl coarse. (A VF brought $241, Lanz 5/09.)
221 LUCIUS VERUS, Den, PROV DEOR TRP COS II, Providentia stg l, Choice EF, nrly centered, lgnds complete, excellent metal with lt tone, portrait particularly sharp. (A Nice EF brought $550, Freeman & Sear 7/03.)
222 COMMODUS, Den, PM TRP VIIII IMP VI COS IIII PP, Fides stg r; VF-EF/VF, well centered with full lgnds, decently struck, good bright silver. Unusually nice for this. (A GVF ÒovercleanedÓ brought $100, CNG eAuc 10/05.)
223 Nikopolis, ®18, Nike adv l; VF, sl off-ctr on irregular flan, partial lgnds, glossy smooth dark charcoal patina. Strong portrait; nice. (Similar (Tyche rev), VF, brought
$78, CNG eAuc 6/12.)
224 CRISPINA, Den, HILARITAS stg l, AVF/F, obv centered, rev sl off-ctr, teeny metal flaw before nose, otherwise decent metal with lt tone.
225 SEPTIMIUS SEVERUS, Den, PM TRP XV COS III PP, Victory placing shield on palm; EF, nrly centered on a full flan, minor crudeness on rev, obv quite sharply struck with a superb portrait; good bright metal. A cool & uncommon rev type. (Better struck than a ÒNearly MintÓ bringing $201, Ponterio 11/11.)
226 Den, VICTORIAE BRIT, Victory std l with 2 shields; AEF/VF, a hair off-ctr, complete lgnds, teeny edge split, good metal with lt tone; sharp portrait. Scarce. (A VF brought $230, F&S 6/08; GVF $336, CNG eAuc 8/10.)
227 Den,VOTA SVSCEPTA XX, Ruler sacrificing; AEF/VF, centered, many small edge splits & a slight edge crack, bright silver, sharp portrait. (VF+ $70, Munz Zen 3/95.)
228 JULIA DOMNA, Den, PIETAS AVGG, Pietas stg l; AEF/VF, well centered on a sl ragged flan, faintly granular surfaces with deep purplish-grey toning. Sharp portrait. (A VF sold for $152, Heritage 9/12.)
229 Same but PIETAS PVBLICA, VF+/AVF, well center-ed, slightest hint of rev granularity, but nice, with a particularly bold obv.
230 Ant, VENVS GENETRIX, Venus std l; EF, well centered on large flan, sl lgnd softness mainly on rev, portrait quite sharp; good bright silver. (An EF-/VF+ sold for $775, Aureo & Calico 2/12; EF $600, Lanz 11/05.)
231 CARACALLA, Den, PONTIF TRP XIII COS III, Virtus stg r; EF+/EF, nrly centered on large flan, full lgnds, excellent metal with lt tone & luster; obv particularly attractive with a fully sharp bearded portrait. (An EF brought $275, Peus 11/05.)
232 Den, PONT TRP XVI COS, Roma stg l, EF, well center-ed & nicely struck with a particularly bold rev; good metal with pleasant lt tone; nice sharp youthful portrait. Scarce.
233 Den, MARTI PROPVGNATORI, Mars adv l; AEF/VF, well centered & struck, good metal with lt tone, nice.
234 Den, PROFECTIO AVG, Ruler & soldier stg r together; Virtually mint state, a touch off-ctr with full lgnds, sl textured field mainly on rev, but brilliant mint luster. Sharp bearded portrait. Scarcer rev type. (EF $248, Lanz 6/12.)
235 Ant, PM TRP XX COS IIII PP, Jupiter stg l; Nice VF, centered on large flan, well struck, good metal with lt grey tone, free of any detractions or superstitions. (A VF+ brought $132, Emp. Hamburg 4/13.)
236 Sest, PM TRP XVI COS IIII PP, Mars stg l, captive; F+/AF, centered, full lgnds tho partly wk on rev, tiny edge split, brown patina with minor blemishes mainly on rev,
nice bold portrait. (A GVF brought $5750, CNG 6/05.)
237 PLAUTILLA, Den, VENVS VICTRIX, Venus stg l, cupid; VF-EF, nrly centered, faintly grainy but lusterlike metal with lt tone; nice strong portrait. (A VF+ brought $265, CGF 4/07; GVF [IÕd grade AVF] $200, Davisson 10/11.)
238 GETA, Den, NOBILITAS stg r; EF/VF-EF, centered on sl ragged flan, good bright silver, a few tiny obv scrs mentioned in a spirit of paranoia. Nice sharp portrait.
Better rev type. (A VF-EF brought $275, Gorny 3/07.)
239 Den, PRINC IVVENT, Geta stg l; EF/VF, obv well cent-ered, rev nrly so, bright silver, infinitesimal granularity, portrait detail very sharp. (A GVF brought $150, F&S 6/09.)
240 MACRINUS, Den, PONTIF MAX TRP II COS PP, Felicitas stg l; EF, centered, full lgnds, portrait & rev figure sharply struck; a touch of granularity mainly on rev, but nevertheless brightly lusterlike & nice. (An EF brought $380, Hirsch 5/12.)
241 DIADUMENIAN, Den, PRINCIPI IVVENTVTIS, Diadumenian w/3 standards; AVF, nrly centered, full lgnds, decent metal with faint granularity & lt tone; nice bold fea-tures. Good portrait with some hair detail. (An AVF brought $308, Whitford 3/99; VF rev die worn $539, CNG 3/99.)
242 ELAGABALUS, Den, Bust with horn/INVICTVS SACERDOS AVG, Ruler sacrificing; VF-EF, well centered & decently struck, good silver with lt tone & hints of luster.
(A GVF brought $200, Gorny 3/08.)
243 Den, VICTORIA AVG, Victory betw shields; Choice EF, well centered & sharply struck, excellent metal with luster & lt tone. A lovely coin. (Ch. EF brought $213, Ponterio 2/07.)
244 Antioch Tet, Eagle facg, star betw legs; F+/F, center-ed on smallish flan, most of lgnds off, 2-toned silver-grey, nice portrait with AVF detail. (A F brought $37, FSR 9/99.)
245 JULIA MAESA, Den, SAECVLI FELICITAS, Feli-citas stg l, EF, sl ragged flan, obv well centered & sharply struck, good lustrous silver with lt tone, crisp hair detail;
rev a smidgen off-ctr with a little crudeness. (A VF/EF brought $230, Rauch 6/07; VF+ $189, Varesi 11/09.)
246 AQUILIA SEVERA, Den, CONCORDIA stg l, EF, nrly centered, full lgnds, decently struck with a reverse better than most; very sl grainy surfaces with a tiny bit of schmutz in obv field. Sharp hair detail. (Compare a VF bringing $351 in my 9/95 sale; VF $730, Kunker 9/94.)
247 JULIA PAULA, Den, CONCORDIA std l, F, nrly centered on oval flan, good metal with moderate grey toning, portrait has much detail. Rare to find worn like this.
248 SEVERUS ALEXANDER, Den, MARS VLTOR, Mars adv r; Superb EF, well centered & impeccably struck on a large oval flan; good metal with luster; crisp portrait with full beard. (An EF brought $355, Gorny 10/09.)
249 Same but Sest; VF, well centered, full lgnds, olive green patina, only sl touches of roughness mainly on rev; much portrait detail. (A VF brought $400, Gorny 10/10.)
250 JULIA MAMAEA, Sest, FELICITAS PVBLICA, Felicitas stg l, VF, obv well centered with full lgnd, rev sl off-ctr, medium brown patina, lt roughness mainly on rev, obv fairly nice with bold hair rows. (VF $487, iNumis 10/09.)
251 MAXIMINUS I, Den, PAX AVGVSTI, Pax stg l; Choice EF, centered on a large oval flan, sharply struck both sides with an excellent big-chin portrait. Nice metal with luster & lt tone. (An EF brought $395, Rauch 12/10.)
252 GORDIAN III, Ant, IOVI STATORI, Jupiter stg r, EF, obv centered, rev sl off-ctr, typical sl lgnd crudeness, excellent metal with nice lt tone, sharp portrait. (An EF brought $143, Kunker 3/09.)
253 Ant, VICTORIA AVG, Victory stg l; VF-EF, well centered on large flan, good metal with lt tone, obv boldly struck & nice, rev somewhat softly struck. (A VF-EF realized $103, Rauch 9/11.)
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254 Den, PIETAS AVGVSTI, Pietas stg, EF, centered on
a full flan, sl lgnd crudeness but rev better struck than usual, excellent metal with luster & lt tone. Fully sharp portrait. (A VF-EF brought $231, Gorny 10/08.)
255 As, PM TRP V COS II PP, Apollo std l; AVF, obv centered, rev nrly so, dark green patina with trace of crusting mainly on rev; laurel wreath fully visible. Scarce!
256 Egypt Tet, LZ, Tyche recl on couch, VF, nrly center-ed, full lgnd, medium brown, strong features. Scarce rev!
257 Caesarea, Drachm, Mount Argaeus, ETE; EF, sl ragged flan, obv well centered, rev sl off-ctr but lgnd virtually complete; good metal & sharply struck with a particularly strong detailed portrait for this. Rare in this quality. A group of these has come on the market; I picked the best. (A VF brought $483, Lanz 5/09.)
258 PHILIP I, As, FIDES MILITVM, Fides & 2 standards; AVF/F, obv centered with complete lgnd, rev sl off-ctr; sl granular brown patina; good portrait with full sharp laurel wreath. (A F, Fortuna rev, brought $125, Berk 5/06.)
259 Egypt Tet, Yr 4, Nike adv r; VF, centered, well struck with full clear lgnd, nice smooth brown surfaces. (A VF brought $263, Kunker 9/10.)
260 Antioch, Tet, bust r/Eagle stg l, ANTIOXIA SC below; EF+, large flan, bright lustery silver; obv sl off-ctr, with small area of coarseness at 11:00 by edge; sl double strike on portrait, which still has extremely sharp hair & beard detail; rev well centered, sharp, & particularly minty looking. (Compare a GVF bringing $316, Gorny 3/10.)
261 OTACILIA Severa, Ant, CONCORDIA AVGG, Concordia std l, Choice EF, nrly centered on a large flan, well struck for this, good silver with luster & lt tone. Nice sharp portrait. (Another Ch. EF sold for $271 on $297 bid
in my 11/12 sale.)
262 PHILIP II, As Caesar, Ant, PRINCIPI IVVENT, Phil stg l, captive; EF/VF, so graded because rev die worn;
well centered, obv sharply struck & nice with crisp portrait detail, good metal with some lt bluish-grey tone . Scarcer with captive. (An AEF brought $235, Asta del Titano 2/05.)
263 As Aug., Sest, LIBERALITAS AVGG III, Phil I & II std l; VF-EF, obv centered with full lgnd, rev lgnd partly off/wk at rt; nice glossy dark green patina with only slightest touches of roughness; modest edge split. Excellent port-rait. (VF $390, Astarte 11/04; AEF/VF $615, Gorny 10/07.)
264 TRAJAN DECIUS, Ant, DACIA stg l; EF, center-ed on a raggy flan with modest edge crack; good bright silver with lt tone; sharp hair detail; however, the rev is struck from a very worn die with mushy features.
(A GVF brought $145, CNG eAuct 6/12.)
265 Sest, DACIA stg l; EF/VF, well centered on an almost fully round flan, lgnds complete (though somewhat crude/wk), olive-brown patina with only very sl roughness. Great portrait with full sharp hair detail, thus an excellent sestertius of Decius. (Compare a GVF with rev double struck at $644, CNG 5/02; VF $558, Kunker 9/11.)
266 HERENNIA ETRUSCILLA, Ant, PVDICITIA AVG, Pudicitia stg l; EF/ obv well centered & nicely struck with lovely portrait (you just ache to kiss her); rev a touch off-ctr & softly struck due to worn die. Bright lustery silver with lt tone. (A VF realized $204, Peus 4/11.)
267 HERENNIUS ETRUSCUS, Antioch Tet, Eagle stg r, SC; AEF, well centered & struck, fully silver color with lt tone, virtually every hair on head visible. Nice. (An EF with much lgnd off brought $660, Rauch 5/09.)
268 TREBONIANUS GALLUS, Ant, PIETAS AVGG, Pietas stg, AVF, sl raggy flan, full lgnds, good metal with deep old grey collection tone. (VF $123, Peus 4/10.)
269 Ant, PAX AETERNA, Pax stg l, AEF, nrly centered, full tho typically crude lgnds, good bright silver, nice strong portrait of good style for this. (An EF, sl rough, brought $145, Lanz 5/06.)
270 VALERIAN I, Ant, FELICITAS AVGG, Felicitas stg l, VF detail but unmarred lustery surfaces suggest tech-nically near mint state; centered, some crudeness in obv lgnd, nice portrait. (A VF/AVF brought $76, FSR 12/11.)
271 Egypt Tet, LA, Homonoia stg l (Homonoia was half Homophobia and half Paranoia, and is still worshipped today), VF/VF+,centered, full lgnd, pinkish brown patina with very sl porosity, strong detail on portrait & Homonoia, thus nice. (A VF brought $75 on $130 bid, FSR 8/03.)
272 MARINIANA, Ant, CONSECRATIO, Empress on eagle; EF, centered on large flan, good bright silver with lt tone; flatly struck area at lower right obv & upper rt rev,
with 2 edge cracks in that area; however, the portrait is quite sharply struck. (A Ch. VF+ brought $380 on $527
bid in my 7/07 sale; VF $500, Peus 11/96.)
273 GALLIENUS, Ant, AETERNITAS AVG, Saturn stg
r, with harpa, PXV; EF/VF, sl off-ctr, lgnds complete tho
few letters on rev flatly struck; obv decently struck with sharp portrait; silvered surfaces with medium toning. Scarce type. (An EF brought $168, Rauch 9/10.)
274 Ant, IOVIS STATOR, Jupiter stg; EF/VF, centered on unround flan, full lgnds, sl rev crudeness, obv well struck with sharp portrait detail; silvered with moderate toning.
(Nicer than rough looking EF/VF bringing $124, CGB sale
of unknown date on acsearch.)
275 Ant, VIRT GALLIENI AVG, Ruler rt with foot on prone German; VF, probably technically better but typical crude strike, obv centered with full lgnd, rev sl off-ctr with lgnd wk/off at rt, silvered with lt toning. Scarce type.
(A VF+/AEF- brought $112, Cayon 2/09.)
276 SALONINA, Ant, FECVNDITAS AVG, Fecunditas stg w/child; AEF/VF, sl off-ctr on smallish flan, tops of some lettering off, brown tone with underlying silvering apparent, sharp portrait. (Nicer than a VF-EF with badly struck rev selling for $80, Rauch eAuction 7/11.)
277 VALERIAN II, Ant, PRINC IVVENTVTIS, Val crow-ning trophy; at least VF, centered on large oval flan, some-what bright silver with touches of porosity & roughness; pretty decent strike for this with clear lgnds & much portrait detail. (AVF brought $70 on $80 bid in my 5/01 sale.)
278 SALONINUS, Ant, SPES PVBLICA, Ruler & Spes stg; Choice EF, well centered on a round flan, unusually
well struck for this -- only the L on rev flat! -- everything
else sharp -- portrait with every hair crisp. Bright lusterlike silver with hint of granularity. Exceptional for this.
(An EF with lt porosity brought $499, CNG 5/13.)
279 POSTUMUS, Ant, HERC PACIFERO, Hercules stg l, VF, centered on a large raggy oval flan, full tho soft crude lgnds, silver color with minimally granular surfaces. (A VF+/VF brought $49 on $65 bid, FSR 1/11.)
280 Ant, ORIENS AVG, Sol adv l; Practically mint state, obv perfectly centered, rev sl off-ctr, full lgnds, good
strike, lustrous silver with lt grey tone. Nice.
(EFs realized $290, Kunker 10/07 and $345, NY Sale 1/10.)
281 Ant, PAX AVG, Pax stg l; Choice EF, obv well cent-ered, rev sl off-ctr but full lgnds, glossy smooth dark brown surfaces. Figure of Pax particularly well struck. (EFs sold for $540, Lanz 11/09 and $491, Gorny 3/12.)
282 Sest, bust l./LAETITIA AVG, galley; struck copy, EF, sm die crack below beard; lt brown, a nice well made piece.
283 CLAUDIUS II, Ant, CONSER AVG, Serapis stg l, VF, probably technically better with only slight wear, centered on sl oval flan, silvered with moderate tone, trace of granularity on rev. Scarce type, and exceptionally heavy at 5.09 grams (only 2 heavier Claudius IIs in CNGÕs database). (Much nicer than a dark VF/F+ [IÕd grade F+] bringing $109 in CGB sale of unknown date.)
284 Ant, FIDES MILIT, Fides & 2 standards; VF-EF, obv perfectly centered on a round flan & well struck with full lgnd; rev sl off-ctr with full tho partly wk lgnd; medium greyish-brown. Nice for these. Photo doesnÕt capture the detail. (EF $261, Rauch 5/10.)
285 QUINTILLUS, Ant, MARTI PACIF, Mars adv l;
F-VF, sl off-ctr, much lgnd wk or off, sizable edge irregu-larity at obv bottom; smooth medium brown; good portrait with much detail. (A GVF brought $179, CNG eAuc 8/13.)
286 VICTORINUS, Ant, PAX AVG, Pax stg l; EF, well centered, obv well struck, rev just a mite soft, glossy smooth dark brown surfaces. Nice for this. (A Ch. VF-EF brought $79 on $88 bid, FSR 7/07; EF $380, Lanz 11/08.)
287 AURELIAN, Ant, CONCORDIA MILITVM, Ruler & wife shake hands; unusual bust style with wide cuirass; practically Mint State, nrly centered on large ovoid flan, sharply struck apart from a small area at lower edge each side; lustrous silvering with lt tone. (A Near EF with same bust style brought $173, CNG 6/06; EF $272, Lanz 11/07.)
288 Ant, ORIENS AVG, Sol stg left betw captives; AEF, well centered, sl wkness on Sol, nicely silvered with tone on raised parts. Quite attractive with a bold looking obv.
(A VF brought $170, Peus 4/09; EF $288, Gorny 10/10.)
289 Ant, RESTITVT ORBIS, Female giving wreath to Ru-ler; Almost Mint State, well centered, obv sharp & rev de-cently struck; nicely silvered surfaces with some lt tone. (EFs brought $450, Gorny 10/07 and $274, Peus 11/10.)
290 Den, VICTORIA AVG, Victory & captive, F+, well cen-tered, warm 2-toned brown, a few minor scrs but a nice bold coin. (F $50, FSR 3/07; VF $387, Kunker 3/09.)
291 SEVERINA, Egypt Tet, ETOYC S, Eagle l, hd r; Ex European auction as EF, it is indeed EF, well centered, lgnds a little wk, smooth medium brown, sharp portrait.
(A GVF, same year, brought $250, Kunker 3/05.
292 VABALATHUS, His bust r/AureliansÕs bust r, A below; AEF/VF+, obv sl off-ctr with lgnd crowded & wk at rt, rev well centered; smooth dark grey-brown surfaces; both portraits strong. (A VF brought $201 on $250 bid, FSR
9/09; GVF $690, CNG 5/10; VF-EF $615, Gorny 10/07.)
293 TETRICUS I, Barbarous Radiate, NVI ... (N reversed), Virtus stg l; VF, only sl off-ctr, nrly full obv lgnd, smooth brown patina, cute folk-art portrait, nice for these.
294 TETRICUS II, Ant, SPES AVGG, Spes adv l, VF, large raggy flan, obv sl off-ctr with some lgnd wk, rev well centered; smooth brown. (A VF+ brought $651, Aureo & Calico 2/12. Maybe barking mad, yet itÕs actually true.)
295 TACITUS, Ant, FIDES MILITVM, Fides & 2 stand-ards, BA; AEF, well centered, ltly grainy dark brown surfa-ces, sharp portrait detail. (VF+ $120, iNumis 3/07.)
296 FLORIAN, Ant, CONCORD MILIT, Ruler & Concord stg; F+ nrly centered on full flan, full lgnds, pale brown, lt granularity & a touch of surface crud, portrait with much detail. (A F brought $66 in my 9/95 sale.)
297 PROBUS, Ant, CLEMENTIA TEMP, Jupiter stg with Ruler; VF-EF, nrly centered, good strike without wkness, silvered surfaces with dusty looking lt grey & green over-lay. Nice sharp portrait. (VF/EF $76 on $91 bid, FSR 5/09.)
298 Ant, PM TRP COS PP, Probus stg betw standards; VF-EF, well centered & struck, silvered surfaces with some very sl porosity on obv, rev has more noticeable
tiny pits. Very scarce rev type!
299 Ant, SECVRIT PERP, Securitas stg at column; EF, nrly centered on large round flan, quite well struck with a particularly sharp rev; has the look of a fully silver coin, not silvered, with moderate darkish tone in recesses.
(An EF brought $212, CGB 12/07.)
300 Ant, Helmeted bust left with spear & shield/VIRTVS PROBI AVG, Mars adv r; Choice EF, well centered on large oval flan, good strike with clear lgnds, glittery silvered sur-faces with lt tone. (An EF realized $160, Aes Rude 9/97.)
301 Egypt Tet, Eagle facg, hd r, Yr 4; EF/AEF, well cent-ered, full clear lgnd, smooth medium brown with hint of green hilighting; sharp portrait. (VF $58, CNG eAuc 5/05.)
302 CARUS, EgyptTet, Eagle betw standards, LA; nice VF, centered, usual raggy edge, full clr lgnd, medium brown. Plenty of portrait detail. (A VF brought $81 in my 5/98 sale.)
303 NUMERIAN (As Caes), Ant, PRINCIPI IVVENTVT, Numerian stg l, EF, perfectly centered, a little soft on rev guy but otherwise well struck with sharp lgnds & portrait; silvered surfaces with lt tone. Quite nice. Better than photo. (An EF brought $500, Helios 11/08; EF with soft rev $270, Gorny 3/05.)
304 CARINUS (As Aug.), Ant, FIDES MILITVM, Fides & 2 standards; F-VF, sl off-ctr on large flan, full lgnds, dark greenish patina, minor surface imperfections on rev, obv quite bold & nice. (A VF brought $110, M&M 4/04.)
305 DIOCLETIAN, Post-Reform Radiate, CONCORDIA MILITVM, Jupiter gives Victory to Ruler, ALE; VF-EF/VF, well centered & struck, medium brown, very nice for this. Much scarcer than the similar antoniniani. (In my 6/92 sale a VF brought $81 on $89 bid.)
306 Follis, GENIO POPVLI ROMANI, Genius stg l, no mintmk = London, Choice EF, centered & well struck for these, glossy dark chocolate surfaces. Scarce & nice.
(A VF+ sold for $290, CGB 11/09.)
307 Argenteus, VIRTVS MILITVM, Tetrarchs sacrificing before city gate, SIS; AEF, well centered & decently struck, some very fine porosity with lt grey tone, and a modest edge bend (combined with tiny crack) at obv 1:00. Scarcer with mintmark. (A VF brought $690, Kunker 3/07.)
308 MAXIMIAN, Ant, CONCORDIA MILITVM, Jupiter gives Victory to Ruler, KB; EF/VF+, perfectly centered on large flan, nicely struck, smooth dark greenish patina with some paler hilighting; fully sharp portrait.
309 Follis, GENIO POPVLI ROMANI, Genius stg, KE; EF, virtually as struck, nrly centered & well struck with no wkness, very sharp portrait; glittery silvered surfaces with moderate toning, some lt porosity mainly behind head on obv. (An EF brought $310, M&M 11/02; VF+ $380 (yes), iNumis 3/10. You pay extra for their fancy catalogs.)
310 2nd Reign, Follis, CONSERV VRB SVAE, Roma in 6-column temple, AQP; VF, nrly centered on sl ragged flan, full clear lgnds, brown patina, traces ofgranularity, loads of detail visible (A VF with sm flaws brought $185, Lanz 5/95.)
311 CARAUSIUS, Ant, PAX AVG, Pax stg l, F-O/ML; VF, nrly centered on a large, sl ragged flan; full lgnds; glossy dark greenish patina with some crusty deposits mainly on rev; obv fairly nice with a strong portrait. Scarce variety. (A VF [looks rough] brought $293, Gorny 3/09.)
312 CONSTANTIUS I (Caes), Bust left with spear/ GENIO POPVLI ROMANI, Genius stg l, with altar, PLC; VF, rev sl off-ctr, sm edge splits, medium brown, good surfaces with only very slightest traces of porosity. Nice, and rare. (Same except bust helmeted, GVF $575, Triton 1/10.)
313 GALERIUS (As CAES), Follis, GENIO POPVLI RO-MANI, Genius stg l, S-Gamma in field, plain below; EF, nrly centered, complete lgnds with sl crowding; well struck; sil-vered surfaces with moderate tone on raised parts. Nice.
(Ch. EF $212 on $250 bid, FSR 3/08; EF $340, Peus 4/11.)
314 Ant, CONCORDIA AVGG, 2 Concordiae stg together; VF+, nrly centered on large flan, full lgnds, smooth brown surfaces. Nice, and very scarce! (The only sale record I could find was EF at $150, Peus 4/03.)
315 (As Aug.) Follis, GENIO POP ROM, Genius stg, PLN (London); VF/VF-EF, nrly centered, well struck, smooth brown with traces ofgreen. Excellent for this rare issue with short rev lgnd. (A VF+ brought $110, Pegasi 5/13.)
316 GALERIA VALERIA, Follis, VENERI VICTRICI, Venus stg l, ANT; EF, obv sl off-ctr but full lgnds with
minor wkness, hair detail sharp; smooth & quite lustery
Òas struckÓ olive-brown surfaces. (An AEF/EF brought $736, Kunker 3/11; EF $719, NY Sale 1/07.)
317 SEVERUS II, As Aug, Fol, SALVIS AVGG ET CAESS FEL KART, Carthage stg facg; F, obv centered, rev sl off-ctr but lgnd complete; dark brown. Scarce from Carthage! (A VF [IÕd grade F+] brought $230, Titano 6/07.)
318 MAXENTIUS, Fol, CONSERV VRB SVAE, Roma
in 6-column temple, REP; VF-EF, nrly centered, some rev lgnd crowded & wk; medium brown. Strong portrait detail. (A GVF brought $357, CNG 5/10.)
319 MAXIMINUS II, As Caesar, Follis, GENIO CAES-ARIS, Genius stg, ALE; EF, obv centered, rev a hair off-
ctr but full lgnd; smooth chestnut brown; well struck with sharp portrait. (An EF brought $190, Artemide 3/09.)
320 As Augustus, Follis, GENIO IMPERATORIS, Genius stg l, ALE; EF, well centered, obv sharply struck, rev has
a little wkness in left lgnd; medium brown with a good bit
of silvering in protected areas. Portrait very sharp.
(A GVF, same mint, sold for $224, CNG eAuction 2/13.)
321 LICINIUS I, Reduced Fol, IOVI CONSERVATORI, Jupiter stg l, eagle, SMN, EF, perfectly centered, well struck, silvered surfaces with lt grey-brown tone. Poor photo.
(An EF brought $170, Gorny 11/90.)
322 ®3, IOVI CONSERVATORI AVG, Licinius on eagleÕs back, PARL; AVF, centered on small flan, lgnds partly crowded but all there, forest green patina. Rare rev type which is fully clear (A F sold for $90, NFA 3/93.)
323 LICINIUS II, ®3, Helmeted bust l., spear & shield/ IOVI CONSERVATORI, Jupiter stg, SMHA; AEF, centered, full lgnds (only slightest wkness), smooth medium brown, very nice for this. (An EF/VF brought $99, in my 7/12 sale; VF $123, Davisson 10/11. Which would Jesus buy?)
324 CONSTANTINE I, ®3, GLORIA EXERCITVS, 2 standards betw soldiers, SMALB; EF, nrly centered, full tho sl crude lgnds, but well struck with sharp portrait;
much silvering; minor edge crack. (A Ch. AEF/VF brought $54 on $80 bid, FSR 11/07; EF $200, Gorny 3/09.)
325 ®3, Radiate bust r (scarce)/IOVI CONSERVATORI, Jupiter betw eagle & captive, SMKB; VF+/VF, obv well centered, rev sl off-ctr, dark brown patina.
326 Follis, MARTI CONSERVATORI, Mars bust r; AEF/VF, centered, brown patina, very sl porosity; good detail on both heads. Scarce type. (A VF/VF-EF brought $211, Rauch 12/12; F+ $465, iNumism 10/09.)
327 ®3, PROVIDENTIAE AVGG, camp gate, GSIS; AEF, well centered, minor obv lgnd wkness, glossy dark green patina. (An EF sold for $77 on $150 bid, FSR 11/06.)
328 ®3, SOLI INVICTO COMITI, Sol stg l, PLC; EF/VF+, perfectly centered, well struck, smooth medium brown. Sharp portrait. (AEF/VF $37 on $105 bid, FSR 11/04.)
329 ®3 Helmeted bust r/VIRTVS EXERCIT, 2 captives below trophy inscr VOT XX; GSIS*; Choice EF,centered, minor lgnd crudeness, silvered surfaces with lt brownish tone. (EFs brought $239, Munz Zentrum 9/12 and $230, Lanz 5/06. In case you wonder, I keep a card file mania-cally recording all this price history so you can ignore it.)
330 POSTHUMOUS ®4, Veiled hd r/Quadriga r, GodÕs hand above, SMANH; EF/VF, well centered with full lgnds (unusual for this), smooth medium brown surfaces. Scarce so nice. (A VF-EF/EF brought $101 on $270 bid, FSR 4/11)
331 URBS ROMA ®3, Roma bust l./wolf & twins, SMANS; EF, well centered & struck, smooth brown with some greenish hilighting; nice. (An AEF sold for $96 on $107 bid in my 1/10 sale; EF $285, Helios 10/09.)
332 CONSTANTINOPOLIS ®3, bust l./Victory on prow left, TRS*; AEF, well centered but a little crudely struck with blurry obv lgnd; glossy smooth medium brown surfaces. (An AEF brought $131 in my 11/12 sale.)
333 HELENA, ®3, SECVRITAS REIPVBLICE, Securit-as stg l, STR; EF, centered, full tho somewhat crude lgnds, portrait & rev figure quite sharply detailed; glossy dark green patina with slightest hint of granularity. (An EF brought $211 in my 9/09 sale; EF $750, Stacks 1/09.)
334 FAUSTA, ®3, SALVS REIPVBLICAE, Fausta stg w/babies, STR; VF, well centered, medium greyish brown, ltly grainy surfaces. Nice strong portrait detail. (A VF with hairlines [ugly] sold for $200, Berk 11/12.)
335 CRISPUS, ®3, bust l./PROVIDENTIAE CAESS, Camp gate, SMANTD; EF, well centered & struck, silvered with moderate tone & sl granularity mainly on rev. Very sharp portrait. (An EF realized $205, Gorny 10/09.)
336 DELMATIUS, ®3/4, GLORIA EXERCITVS, Stan-dard betw soldiers, BSIS; VF-EF, centered, full lgnds, strong strike, much portrait detail; smooth dark brown.
(A VF-EF brought $107 on $130 bid in my 10/08 sale.)
337 CONSTANTINE II, ®3, GLORIA EXERCITVS, 2 standards betw soldiers, SMANE; AEF, centered, good strike, olive-green patina with a slightly mattelike surface. (An EF/VF brought $56 in my 5/00 sale.)
338 ®3, VOT X in wreath, lgnd around, PTR; EF, nrly centered, full lgnds, smooth steel-brown surfaces, sharp portrait. (An EF realized $203, CGF 6/04.)
339 AS AUGUSTUS, ®4, GLORIA EXERCITVS, standard betw soldiers, SMHB; VF+/AEF, centered, full lgnds, darkish greenish patina. Truly Rare as Augustus! (An AEF brought $185 on $200 bid in my 7/12 sale.)
340 CONSTANS ®4, VICTORIAE DD AVGG Q NN, 2 Victories, GSIS; EF, well centered & struck, glossy dark brown with just a hint of granularity. Sharp & unusually
good for this. (An EF sold for $70, Lanz 11/87.)
341 Cent, FEL TEMP REPARATIO, Ruler hldg labarum on boat steered by Victory, TSG; AEF/VF+, perfectly center-ed, good strike, silvered surfaces with a lt green-brown overlay, faintly grainy on rev. Nice, with a particularly attractive obv. (An EF/VF realized $145, Munz Zentr 1/03.)
342 CONSTANTIUS II (As Caes) ®3, bust left/PRO-VIDENTIAE CAESS, camp gate, mintmk NB on left with blank space after, very unusual; EF, centered, full lgnds with sl obv crowding, silvered surfaces with somewhat uneven tone mainly on rev (some darkening at top).Sharp bust. (A Near EF of this type brought $121, CNG 3/98.)
343 (As Aug), Cent, Bust left hldg globe/FEL TEMP REP-ARATIO, Ruler stg with labarum & 2 captives, SMN; EF,
well centered on sl oval flan, lgnds complete, smooth dark greenish patina, hair detail particularly sharp.
(An EF sold for $282, Rauch 4/11.)
344 Siliqua, VOTIS XXX MVLTIS XXXX in wreath, SCON;
F, sl clipped (1.94 gm), lgnds complete tho wk at obv rt.
345 VETRANIO, 1/2 Cent, GLORIA ROMANORVM, Ruler stg w/labarum, ASIS; AVF, nrly centered, 2 sm edge splits, minimally grainy greyish-brown, lgnds mostly somewhat wk, strong portrait detail. Scarcer type.
(A VF/F with rough rev brought $200, Lanz 5/87.)
346 CONSTANTIUS GALLUS, Cent, FEL TEMP REPARATIO, Soldier & fallen horseman, ALEG; AEF, well centered, ragged edge, full tho crude lgnds, medium brown, sharp hair detail. (A VF+ sold for $560, Nomisma 3/08!!)
347 MAGNENTIUS, Cent, FELICITAS REIPVBLICE, Ruler stg l w/labarum & Victory, TR?, VF, centered on a smallish ragged flan, much of lgnds wk/off, glossy dark green patina with some modest coarse spots by edges. Strong hair detail on bust.
348 DECENTIUS, Cent, VICTORIAE DD NN AVGG ET CAES, 2 Victories hldg shield inscr VOI V MVL X, SAR; Choice EF, nrly centered & sharply struck, full lgnds, nice smooth chocolate brown surfaces. Great quality. (An EF brought $575, Gemini 1/06; EF $987, Artemide 7/12.)
349 JULIAN, ®3, Helmeted bust l., spear & shield/VOT X MVLT XX in wreath, HERACLB; EF, obv a hair off-ctr, lgnd crowded at left; dark brown patina, a few modest coarse spots mainly on rev; portrait detail quite sharp.(An AEF brought $81 in my 7/12 sale; EF $390, Kunker 10/12.)
350 ®1, SECVRITAS REIPVB, Bull stg r, BSISC; VF, well centered, green-brown patina with some whiteish stuff in recesses, sl surface improprieties. Much portrait detail visible. (An AVF sold for $355, Palombo 6/09.)
351 JOVIAN, ®3, VOT V MVLT X in wreath, BSIRM; Choice EF, perfectly centered, well struck, glossy dark green patina. Portrait & rev quite sharp. Ex my 5/01 sale where it brought $136. (A VF+ sold for $275, iNumis 3/10; GEF $450, Leu 5/95. One great thing about collecting ancient coins is how variable pricing can be, thus the opportunity for bargains. Especially in my humble sales.)
352 ®3, VOT V in wreath, ASISC; Choice VF/AEF, well centered, smooth dark green patina with sl hilighting.
(A VF brought $120, Munz Zentrum 4/88.)
353 VALENTINIAN I, ®3, SECVRITAS REIPVBLI-CAE, Victory adv l, GSISCA; VF-EF, perfectly centered, lgnds rather crudely struck, glossy dark greenish-brown, minor hints of roughness. (GVF $207, NY Sale 1/10.)
354 GRATIAN, ®2, REPARATIO REIPVB, Ruler hldg Victory, kneeling female, BSISC; Ex European auction as AEF, I will call it VF-EF, well centered, full tho sl crude lgnds, glossy dark green patina with minor touches of roughness mainly on rev. Much detail visible, strong quality for this.(A VF brought $630, Gorny 3/08.)
355 ®3, GLORIA ROMANORVM, Ruler dragging captive, Delta-SISCB; EF, nrly centered, lustery brown surfaces; rev lgnd crude; obv somewhat double struck on profile & lgnd. (An EF/VF brought $165, CGF 6/07.)
356 VALENS, ®3, Type as last, BSISC; AEF/VF, centered on sl irregular flan, glossy dark olive patina, lgnds crude mainly on rev, minor surface imperfections, portrait sharp. (A VF-EF sold for $71 in my 3/06 auction.)
357 VALENTINIAN II, ®2, Helmeted bust with spear & shield/GLORIA ROMANORVM, Ruler on boat with Victory, SMNB; VF, centered, full lgnds, smooth grey-brown. (A VF brought $130, Kunker 9/06.)
358 THEODOSIUS I, ®4, GLORIA REIPVBLICE, Cam p gate, TES; VF, sl off-ctr, some of lgnds off, smooth brown with a little green, rev particularly bold. Scarce type only from Thessalonika mint. (Better detail than on A VF with lt roughness bringing $67, VCoins 6/10.)
359 ®3, CONCORDIA AVGGG, Constantinopolis std, ANTB; VF, well centered & struck, smooth medium brown, with a particularly nice sharp portrait. Not common.
360 AELIA FLACCILLA, ®2, SALVS REIPVBLIC-AE, Victory std r, writing PX on shield, TESD; AVF/VF,
well centered, edge irregularity, full lgnds, basically smooth greenish-brown. A nice bold coin. (A VF brought $355, Gorny 10/07; VF $415, Loiseau 4/95.)
361 ARCADIUS, Facg helmeted bust/CONCORDIA AVGG, ConÕpolis std, ANTG; F-VF, sl off-ctr on raggy flan, lgnds partly wk/off, smooth dark greenish patina; face visible tho nose & mouth weak. Scarce with facing bust.
(A VF brought $58 on $66 bid in my 10/92 sale.)
362 EUDOXIA, ®3, GodÕs hand above bust/GLORIA ROMANORVM, Eudoxia std facg, F or better, small flan, most of lgnds present, mint off; sl grainy grey-green patina; obv sl wk at bottom but portrait shows VF hair detail. (A F-VF realized $120, Rauch 3/11.)
363 MAGNUS MAXIMUS ®2, REPARATIO REIPVB, Ruler & kneeling girl, TCON; F+, nrly centered, lgnds crowd-ed/wk at rt, smooth dark green patina with paler hilighting; nice strong portrait with full diadem. (A F+/AF brought $61 on $67 bid in my 7/07 sale; F $150, Asta del Titano 10/04.)
364 FLAVIUS VICTOR, Siliqua, VIRTVS ROMANOR-VM, Roma std l, TPRS (yes, a known variant of the correct TRPS!) AVF/VF+, centered on sl ragged flan, full lgnds with a little crudeness, slightest flan crack, lt grey toning. (An AVF brought $900, Kunker 3/07; GVF $3450, Triton 1/13.)
365 JUSTINIAN I, Follis, S163, Facg bust/CON-XuI-Delta, F or a hair better, well centered & struck, full lgnds, dark brownish patina with minor traces of crustiness.
(A F+ brought $71 in my 1/98 whatchamacallit.)
366 Follis, S207, Facg bust/KYZ-XIII-B; AVF/VF-EF, centered on a huge 41 mm flan, well struck, dark greenish patina, slightest granularity, face fully clear, rev very bold. (A VF realized $640, Lanz 5/09.)
367 JUSTIN II, 5N, S363, Monogram/E,Offic. Gamma;
F-VF, centered; smooth, dramatically hilighted black-&-orange patina, fully clear.
368 Follis, S360, Seated rulers/CON-uIII-E; F+, nrly cent-ered, smooth medium brown, minor crudeness but strong features. (A F+/AF brought $42 on $76 bid, FSR 2/09.)
369 TIBERIUS II, Follis, S441, NIKOA, Yr uI; VF/AEF,
sl off-ctr on irregular flan, darkish brown, obv somewhat crude but face visible, rev quite bold. Ex CNA (CNGÕs predecessor) as GVF. (A GVF brought $276, CNG 9/11.)
370 MAURICE, Follis, S-533, THEUPÕ-XI-A; AVF, well centered & struck, smooth olive-brown patina with a touch of green hilighting; face visible. (VF $290, Gorny 10/07.)
371 PHOCAS, GOLD Solidus, S620, Facg bust/VIC-TORIA AVGuE; VF, well centered & decently struck, nice strong portrait. (A GVF brought $604, CNG 5/12)
372 HERACLIUS, Follis, S883, Sicily c/mk of 2 busts/ SCLs on another Heraclius follis; VF+, dark green patina, c/mk with both faces as well as rev letters fully clear, thus excellent for this. (A VF brought$195, Elsen 12/05.)
373 10 Nummia, S876, Carthage, Facg bust/X betw N-M etc; VF, brown, minimally grainy, obv somewhat off-ctr & crude but face visible; rev centered & bold. (A VF snagged $134, CNG electronic Auction 1/10.)
374 CONSTANTINE IV, Follis, S1173, Facg bust/Large M betw Rulers, offic E; F or better, medium brown, mode-rate roughness with some erosion unfortunately affecting face. Rare large size issue. (A VF, Òheavy patina, roughly cleaned,Ó face flat [IÕd grade F], brought $575, CNG 9/06.)
375 CONSTANTINE V, Follis, S-1569, 2 busts/1 bust,
F-VF, nrly centered on usual small oblong flan, dark olive-green with sl roughness, all 3 portraits reasonably visible. (An AVF brought $81 on $100 bid in my last sale.)
376 LEO V, Follis, S1636, Facing bust/facg bust, VF, nrly centered, olive-green patina, minor roughness, portraits strong. (A GVF sold at $145, CNG ÒCoin ShopÓ #822419.)
377 MICHAEL II, Follis, S1652, 2 busts facg/Large M, VF+, obv centered sl low, rev well centered, well struck, smooth brown. Much better than Sear plate coin!
(A nice VF w/many sm scrs brought $182, CNG 9/98.)
378 BASIL I, Cherson cast ®, S1719, Large B/cross on steps; VF, centered, obv sl crude, rev bold; dark brown with splash of pale green on obv. (A crude AVF brought $71 on $115 bid in my 9/01 sale; ÒVF for typeÓ $242, CNG 3/98.)
379 CONSTANTINE VII, Follis, S1858, F-VF, sl off-ctr, brown patina, sl roughness, faces visible. (A F-VF brought $85 on $200 bid, FSR 1/10; VF $880, Kunker 3/08.)
380 ANONYMOUS Follis, S1813, Christ bust facg/
4 line lgnd; AVF, sl off-ctr on large flan, dark brown patina with sl granularity & hilighting, wkly struck at rev lower left edge, face on Christ visible thus a good example. (A VF brought $176 in my 1/00 sale; VF $295, DNW 4/08.)
381 -- (Constantine IX), Follis, S1836, Christ std/3 line lgnd, F-VF, well centered, medium brown, overstriking visible only on rev; obv fully clear. Uncommon. (A F-VF sold for $60 in mu 4/11 auction.)
382 CONSTANTINE X, Follis, S1853, Christ stg facg/
2 figures; F-VF/F, well centered on oval flan, obv noticeably overstruck but much detail visible, rev clear; medium brown. (A F+ brought $55 in my 9/11 sale.)
383 MANUEL I, Scyphate trachy, S1966, Christ facg/ Virgin & Manny; VF or better, virtually no wear but typically somewhat crude strike, much detail shows both sides; somewhat uneven brown. (A VF/EF [obv very poorly struck] brought $440, Munz Zentrum 9/09.)
384 ANDRONICUS I, 1183-85, S1985, billon Trachy, Virgin stg/Christ crowning Ruler, F/F-VF, dark patina with spots of maroon encrustation, somewhat crude as usual but obv clear & much detail shows on rev. Scarce.
(A VG/F+ brought $51 on $90 bid in my 6/93 sale.)
385 MANUEL II, 1391-1423, Ar 1/4 Hyperpyron, Christ bust facg/Manuel bust facg, S2551or 52 (rev lgnd incomplete); overall F, VF in parts but some typical flatness at obv top & rev bottom; good silver. (An AVF (S2551) brought $482, Lanz 12/12.)
OTHER OLD COINS
386 ARAB-SASANIAN, Drachm, 33 mm, Ubayd Allah bin Ziyad, Governor, Basra mint, Yr 63 AH; Choice EF, sharply struck, good bright silver. (An GVF (same governor, diff mint) brought $358, CNG eAuction 7/12.)
387 BULGARIA, Ivan & Michael, 1331-71, Ar Grosch, 21 mm, Ivan & Mike stg/Christ stg; EF, as struck & brightly lustrous but somewhat crude strike , sl off-ctr, edge split. (An GVF with same monograms brought $403, CNG 9/08.)
388 CEYLON, ® Massa (20 mm), Sahassa Malla, 1200-1202 AD, Monkey God/monkey god & lgnd, VF, pale brown, well centered & struck, nice well-made coin.
(A VF-EF brought $39 on $50 bid in my 2/05 sale.)
389 CRUSADERS, Athens, William de la Roche, 1280-1287 AD, Ar Denier Tournois, 18 mm, Cross/Chateau Tournois, Thebes Mint, F-VF or better, typical crude work, good metal with medium tone. (A GVF, looks about equal, sold for $95, CNG ÒCoin ShopÓ #852988.)
390 ENGLAND, Henry III, 1216-72, Ar Penny, Facg bust/long cross, Moneyer Nicole, London; F, rev some-what off-ctr, some uneven dark tone, minor marks on rev, tinyedge crack; portrait visible. (F brought $46, FSR 4/12.)
391 Edward IV, 1st reign, 1461-70, Ar Penny, York, Bishop Neville, S2062 (local dies); At least F for this, obv somewhat off-ctr on small flan, crude, almost no lgnds, but good metal with lt tone & portrait actually clear. Rare. (Same but London dies, VF, brought $575, CNG 6/06.)
392 Elizabeth I, AR 1/2 Groat, Bust/shield, mm tun, S2579, G, sl bendy & scruffy, lgnds almost fully visible, portrait dimly discernable.
393 Charles I, bronze 1/4d, 17 mm, crown/harp, mm. lis, Peck 181 but contemp counterfeit with ÒBRÓ & ÒREÓ in lgnds; crude VG+/F+, sl irregular edge, sl grainy, sm dig.
394 GERMANY, Koln, Hermann von Hessen 1480-1508, Ar Bracteate Heller 13 mm, 4 shields in circle, F-VF, nice.
395 HEPHTHALITE, Varhran IV type, c. 400 AD; ® Bracteate, 30 mm, Facg crowned bust; F, softly struck, dark patina with earthen cover. Ex Pars Coins, ÒChoice VF, Extremely Rare, $650.Ó IÕm not sure this is actually a coin.
396 HUNGARY, Bela III, Byzantine style follis , St. Mary stg facg with spear (!)/Bela & Stephen enthroned; AEF/EF, centered, sharply struck, medium brown. Normally scyphate, this one is virtually flat fabric. Very nice for this. (A VF-EF sold for $198, Sincona 10/11.)
397 Ferdinand I, Ar Denar, 1557-KB, Madonna & Child/ shield, VF, sl crude, good silver with lt tone, decent.
398 INDIA, Western Satraps, Damasena, 223-36 AD, Ar Drachm, bust r/mountain etc, VF-EF, obv centered but most lgnd off, rev much off-ctr; good silver; nice sharp portrait.
399 Delhi Sultans, Nasir al-Din Mahmud I, 1246-66, Ar Tanka, 28 mm, Lgnd in square/lgnd in circle, F, better in parts but flatly struck at peripheries; good silver.
400 Mysore, LOT of 36 early coppers, 1/2 & 1 Kasu, most with elephants (19 are KM146); Poor to Good.
401 ISLAMIC, Umayyad Caliphs, Hisham, Dirham dated 122 AH, 25 mm, Wasit mint, Choice Unc, perfectly centered & struck, lustrous silver, absolutely no wkness. (An EF, sl scrs, same mint, brought $109, CNG eAuction 6/09.)
402 Egypt, Mamluks, GOLD Ashrafi, 15 mm, QaÕitbay, 1468-96, VF, good fully gold color. (A VF with edge marks realized $179, CNG eAuction 10/08.)
403 Mongol Ilkhanids, Ar 2 Dirhams, Abu SaÕid, 720 AH (1320 AD), 22 mm, VF, one side off-ctr, good silver, nice.
404 ITALY, Modena, Francis I DÕEste, 1629-58, Ar 1/8 Dux, 21 mm, Bust r/religious guy stg r; G/VG, darkly toned.
405 Naples, Charles II, Ar 20 Grani, 1696, Bust r/golden fleece, Madrid mint, 23+ mm; VG/G, clnd, minor faults, strong portrait.
406 MEXICO, Cob 8 Reales, Philip IV, 1621-65, Assayer P, KM45; VF in centers but much flatness at peripheries; decent metal with only sl graininess, medium tone.
407 PERU, AR 2 Reales, Ferdinand VII, 1816, bust/arms betw pillars; G/VG, faintest obv graffiti, but bold & nice.
408 POLAND, Casimir I, Jagiello, 1447-92, Ar 1/2 Groschen, Eagle/crown, 19 mm, F or so, part of lgnds flatly struck, good silver.
409 Ar Poltorok = 1/24 Taler, Shield/orb, 1621-26, LOT of all 6 dates, 1624 is F or so, others average G at best.
410 SASSANIAN, Shapur I, 241-72, Ar Drachm, 24 mm, bust r/fire altar betw attendants; F-VF, perfectly centered on a small flan, full borders, good silver, nice strong portrait. (An F-VF brought $70 on $100 bid in my 7/07 sale; VF chipped $320, CGF 6/07. Which was the better deal?)
411 Hormizd II, 302-09, Drachm, 27 mm, Bust r/fire altar
& attendants; AEF, good silver & well struck with full rev detail. (An AEF brought $421 on $463 bid in my
11/06 sale; VF $604, CNG 9/03.)
412 Shapur II, Ar Dirhem, 24 mm, VF-EF, centered on
small flan, excellent metal with lt tone, good strike for this with strong portrait detail; tiny obv scr. (A GVF, this small size, brought $276, CNG 5/12.)
413 Yazdgard II, 438-57, Drachm, 30 mm, ÒRayrÓ on altar & ÒNvkiÓ at right both clear; VF-EF, a little crude but well centered & actually well struck for this. Good bright silver. (A VF brought $575, Ponterio 4/08.)
414 Kavad I, Drachm, 27 mm, VF, well centered, usual crudeness, excellent metal with old multicolored toning.
(A VF brought $76 on $95 bid in my 10/08 sale.)
415 Khusru II, Drachm, Balkh, Year 29, 33 mm, Choice Virtually Mint State, sharply struck, bright silver with much luster, fine style portrait. (My records show a VF from this mint selling for $690, Ponterio 4/08. Crazy but true.)
416 -- Darabgird, Yr. 38, 32 mm, Choice EF, perfectly struck with a fine style portrait; good metal with lt tone; very attractive. (A VF-EF/EF of this mint brought $304, Rauch 9/09; EF $230, CGF 11/04.)
417 -- Istakhr, Yr. 29, 33 mm, Choice EF, excellent strike with fine style portrait; ltly toned. All these Khusrus I cherry-picked as the best of the best. (An EF, this mint, brought $184, Triton 1/11.)
418 -- Jay, Year 37, 32 mm, again EF and fully struck with a detailed portrait in fine style, lt tone. Lt scr on rev from edge to rings. (An EF, this mint, brought $454, CGB 6/11.)
419 -- Nihavand, Yr. 34, 33 mm, one more very well struck Choice EF with fine style bust. (Ch. EF $69, FSR 9/09.)
420 Yazdgard III, 632-51 AD, the last Sassanian ruler, rare; Dir, 32 mm, Sakastan, Yr 4; AEF, rather well struck for this with everything clear, good bold portrait; ltly toned with hint of luster on rev; but some unfortunate black encrustation on NW edge each side; I donÕt believe it can be safely removed. (A GVF brought $460, Triton 1/04.)
421 SOGDIANA, Central Asia, Hunnic?, Bust r/horse-man r w/bow, some lgnd each side; VG/F, brown, sl grainy. Nothing known, except came with some Sogdian coins.
422 SPAIN, Enrique IV, The Impotent, 1454-74, Billon Blanca, 24 mm, Lion/castle, Jaen mint; crude F or better, some of lgnds wk, dark green patina with sl crusty hilighting, central details strong. (Similar, GVF [IÕd grade
it F] sold for $165, CNG ÒCoin ShopÓ #765632.)
423 Ferdinand & Isabella, 1474-1504, Ar 1/2 Real, 21 mm, Bundle of 6 arrows/A in curlicues, S=Seville; VF, some of lgnds flatly struck, central devices sharp, darkly toned.
424 TABARISTAN, Sassanian style Hemidrachm, Hani, 787-91 AD, Bust r/fire altar & attendants; Virtually Mint State, well struck with practically no wkness, bright mint luster. (A GVF brought $157, CNG eAuction 8/11.)
425 TURKOMANS, Zengids of Mosul, Qutb al-din Mod-ud, 1149-70, ® Dirhem, 31 mm, Bust facg sl left, wingred creatures above, S/S 59; VF, obv nrly centered, rev sl off-ctr, dark greenish-brown patina, sl grainy with touch of grassier green on face; obv quite well struck with sharp face. Ex Steve Album as VF-EF. (GVF $460, CNG 9/06.)
426 Olde Coin Junque Lot, Afghan 1300s jital; Arme-nia 1200s copper; Bohemia Vlad II Ar Weisspf; England short cross 1d + Charles I 1/4d; France 1200s denier; Hun-gary 1387-1437 sil + 4 1500s + 1 late 1600s denars; India, Amirs of Sind sil + Vijayanagar 1400s; Italy Lucca c.1300 denaro; Poland 1622 Poltorok nice but holed; Russia Ivan the Terrible; Scotland Charles II ®; Spain 1641 c/mk; Ottoman Suleiman I Damascus ®; 3 unidentified medieval deniers. 23 coins, most very poor or worse, worth $30.
427 Roman, Sestertii, 10 coins, identified by Ruler, incl 2 Lucilla & 2 Septimius Severus (1 ex-Pegasi $75); condit-ion is pretty abysmal. DonÕt bid too high.
428 Coins of 32 diff rulers from Nero to Marcian, identified by ruler, mostly low grade, a few almost decent; includes several denarii. My estimate $90.
429 Later Roman, 16 asstd, generally VG or better, not bad, all identifiable, some identified, worth $25-30.
430 Another lot of 16, nicer, generally F or better, all in flips or envelopes, worth $55-60. Two lots available.
431 Byzantine, 21 asstd, decent mix butall rather poor, one holed; exact identification will be tough.
432 Fakes, copies, replicas, of ancient coins, 12 diff, varying quality, none is deceptive, though at least two (Faus Jr den & Shekel of Tyre) originated on eBay & were not obviously bad from photos. Worth $15-20 or so.
433 Pre-1800 dated coins, 39 diff, more or less identified, a few decent but mostly low grade. Worth $50+.
434 Gorny & Mosch (Germany) ancient coin auctions
10/12 & 3/13, 2 catalogs each = 4 in all, really excellent catalogs with color plates & PRLs, weight 7 pounds.
435 Numismatic Fine Arts auction catalogs, 6 diff sales betw 1986 & 1994, all with PRLs, very nice. Near 7 lbs.
436 The C elator magazine of ancient coins, the final 5 issues Jan-May 2012; plus 4 further issues 2008-09.
437 Numismatica Ars Classica, 2 auction catalogs 10/12: Important Greek Coins + Archer Huntington Roman gold. both hardcover, enlarged color plates of all coins.
438 Surprise package of 7 diff European auction catalogs from 1990s that I saved because they were really good & useful for reference. But I need to free up shelf space! All with PRLs, Weight over 9 pounds.
439 Seaby, Roman Silver Coins, complete set of 5 Vol-umes, hardcovers with djs, 1978-87 (most recent editions); some wear to djs, otherwise nice. Highly user-friendly as every variety is included, alphabetical by reverse lgnd.
(A set brought $161 on $176 bid in my 1/98 sale.)
440 Time-Life: Casson, Ancient Egypt, 191 pp; Egypt: Land of the Pharaohs, 168 pp; both large size; plus Heinrichs, Egypt, 143 pp, incl coverage of modern Egypt; all 3 hardcovers with plenteous color illustrations.
441 Oates, Babylon, 215 pp, illus, as New; Brackman,
The Luck of Nineveh: ArchaeologyÕs Great Adventure,
349 pp, used; both hardcovers with djs.
442 Four from a Time-Life series: The Age of God-Kings, 3000-1500 BC; Barbarian Tides 1500-600 BC; Empires Ascendant 400 BC-AD 200; Empires Besieged, AD 200-600; each large hardcover, abt 175 pp, well illus in color.
443 C.W. Ceram, Hands on the Past: Pioneer Archaeolo-gists Tell Their Own Story, 434 pp; Wade, The Science [NY] Times Book of Archaelogy, 242 pp; both hardcovers.
444 Michael Wood, In Search of the Trojan War (not about condoms), 272 pp, well illustrated; Kagan, The Pelopon-nesian War, 508 pp; both nice hardcovers with djs.
445 Suetonius, The Twelve Caesars, 283 pp, large softcover, well illus incl coins; Michael Grant, The Twelve Caesars, 282 pp, hardcover w/dj, illus, incl coins; two books in nice condition, 24 Caesars in all.
446 Stacy Schiff, Cleopatra: A Life, 346 pp, illus, incl coins, 2010 Pulitzer Prize winning book, this is a publish-erÕs Òadvance proofÓ copy; Everitt, Hadrian and the Triumph of Rome, 392 pp, some illus; both softcovers.
447 Carcopino, Daily Life in Ancient Rome, 342 pp, hard-cover; Christ (not J.H.), The Romans, 294 pp, softcover.
448 Glubb, A Short History of the Arab Peoples, 318 pp, hardcover, some maps; Hitti, History of the Arabs, 822 pp, few illus. YouÕd think this guy wouldÕve written about Hittites
449 Herman, Sex With Kings, 287 pp, hardcover, some color illus (incl T&A); Leon, Uppity Women of Medieval Times, 247 pp, softcover, few illus.
450 Maenchen-Helfen, The World of the Huns, 602 pp, large size, some illus; Weatherford, Genghis Khan & The Making of the Modern World, 312 pp, softcover.
451 Hibbert, Rome: The Biography of a City, large size, 387 pp, many illus (covers mostly post-Empire); Chamberlin, The Sack of Rome [in 1527], 218 pp, some illus. Hardcovers
452 Jacob Burckhardt, The Age of Constantine The Great, 386 pp; Johnson, Later Roman Britain, 255 pp, many illus incl coins; Gibbon, The Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire, 735 pp (abridged by F. C. Bourne). Every collec-tor must read this -- itÕs the law. All 3 paperbacks.
453 Bopearachchi & Weerakkody, Origin, Evolution & Circulation of Foreign Coins in the Indian Ocean, 1998, 271 pp, large hardcover, some illus. Title seems a bit bizarre, perhaps the word ÒregionÓ should have been added.
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454 Frank S. Robinson, Angels And Pinheads: A Guide to Which is Which and WhatÕs What, 226 page book packed with 146 essays on a wide range of topics (selected from my blog), with something sure to offend everybody. Attractively priced at a mere $9.95
455 CAPPADOCIA, Ariobarzanes I, 95-63 BC, Ar Drachm, Bust r/Athena stg, S7302; F or so, decent portraits, revs somewhat wk or off-ctr 24.50
(A F+ brought $106 in my 3/13 sale.)
456 CHALKIS, ®12-13, 3rd cent BC, Hera hd facg/eagle, S2488, F or so, 8.75
ELYMAIS, all ® Drachms, nice Fine to Very Fine, generally with attractive hilighted green patinas, picked from hoard (catalogued in Sear, ÒGreek Imperial CoinsÓ):
457 Orodes I, 2nd cent AD, GIC-5893, bust left/Artemis & cornucopia, scarce 12.75
458 -- GIC-5895, rev anchor & dashes, 10.95, 3/29.75
459 -- GIC-5896, rev dashes, 9.95, 3/27.95
460 Phraates, GIC-5899, rev Artemis stg r, 10.95, 3/29.95
461 -- GIC-5902, rev dashes, 9.95, 3/27.95
462 Orodes II, GIC-5904, bust facg/Artemis bust facg, 9.95, 3/27.95, 10/85.00
463 -- GIC-5905, rev dashes 8.95, 3/24.95
464 Orodes III, GIC-5910, rev dashes, 8.95, 3/24.95, 10/75.00
465 Lot of 11 diff types 99.50
466 Mixed types, 3/23.95, 10/69.50
467 MILETOS, 600s BC, Ar 1/12 Stater, S3532-33 (£65-75), lion forepart/star pattern; F or better, sl off-ctr but reasonably clear, 24.95. Earliest cheap Greek coin.
468 OLBIA, Dolphin shaped ® coins, 3rd-1st cent BC, as S1684 (£200) but somewhat smaller; average examples without much detail, but not bad for these, 12.50
(a crappy little F+ sold for $293, iNumis 3/11.)
469 PERSIS, Ar Hemidrachm, ÒUncertain kingÓ c.1st
cent AD, bust l./diadem, GIC-5956var (no triskeles); VF, good silver, strong portraits, nice for these, 32.95 (An AVF sold for $83, NFA 6/86, before people knew better.)
470 ROMAN, Theodosius I, ®3, CONCORDIA AVGGG, Constantinopolis std, F-VF or better & nice, medium brown, no corrosion, good portraits, 8.35, 3/22.50
471 INDIA,Gadhaiya Paisa, c.1000 AD, Sassanian style bust r/fire altar, Mitch.424; EF, good silver, excellent quality carefully selected from a hoard. (A VF, this exact type, brought $103, Munz Zentrum 1/12) 9.95
472 Bull & horseman jital, good silver, c. 1000 AD, F-VF sl crude but decent, 4.35
473 Sultans of Malwa, Mahmud Shah II, 1511-31, square
® Fals, large 16-19 mm, F-VF or so, 2.70, 3/7.35
474 Bahawalpur, Square Paisa, Y8, sl crude VF or better (VF cat $20) 3.85, 3/9.50, 10/28.95, 30/76.50, 100/$229
475 10 Rupees, 2010, bimetallic KM363, BU (cat $6) 1.85,
3 for 4.95, 10 for 15.50
476 CHINA, Han Dynasty, Pan-Liang, c. 2nd century BC, Schjoth 93, round coin with 2 characters, AVF 3.75
477 Western Han Dynasty, Wu-chÕu, c. 100 BC, Schjoth-115 with bar atop hole; VF 3.95
478 Emperor Wang Mang, 7-22 AD, Huo-chuan, Schj-164 (scarcer variety with dash at hole) VF 3.25
479 TÕang Dyn., Chien-yuan, 756-62 AD, Schj. 353 VF 3.95
480 Northern Sung Dyn, 960-1125 AD, mixed types, F or better, nice selected coins, 50 for 34.50
481 -- ÒHsien-pÕingÓ 998-1004 AD, S-469 VF-EF 1.99, 3/5.50
482 -- ÒChih-pÕingÓ 1064-67 AD, S-519, VF-EF 1.99, 3/5.50
483 -- Northern Sung, Large multi-value coins, VG-F, mostly unclnd green patinas, 10 for 14.50
484 -- Northern Sung large coin, ÒHsi-NingÓ S-542, VF 3.50
485 -- Large coin, ÒYuan-feng,Ó S-554 (scarcer variety with rev crescent), VG+ 3.50
486 Tartars, Emperor Cheng Lung, 1149-60 AD, Schj.1083, VG-F 2.60. (A VF-EF brought $154, Munz Zentrum 1/12.)
487 TÕai-pÕing rebellion period, 1851-61, emergency Iron coin, Chihli mint, C5-4a, F crude (cat $30) 8.50
488 VIETNAM, Cash coin, Schj. 32, 1453-59, (Toda 56 cat $18), nice substantial coin VF-EF with lovely 2-tone green patina 2.99, 3/7.95, 10/24.50
489 Schj.34, 1460-97, scarce VF 3.45, 3/8.95
490 Zinc cash, C36, 1739-66, rare, VG-F (KM VG=$18, wrongly listed as copper) nice for this 4.95, 3/13.50
491 C41.3, Quang-Trung, 1788-92, scarce var with 4 crescents on rev, F-VF (VF cat $15) 3.60
492 FR. INDOCHINA, 1/4c 1942, always with corrosion (F cat $8), typical average pcs, not bad 3/1.99, 10/5.35
493 Same, 1943, scarce, F or better (F=$15) 2.85, 3/6.95
494 AUSTRIA, Notgeld notes, c. 1920, lot of 50 diff, nrly all different towns and nrly all Unc 21.95; 3 lots 59.50
495 SUDAN, 50G 1972 KM56.1 crown size Unc (cat $7.50) 2.99, 3 for 7.99, 10 for 24.95
496 -- Scarcer KM56.2 Unc (cat $20) 5.95, 3/16.50,10/$49
497 UZBEKISTAN, 100S 2004 BU (cat $15) 3.65, 3/9.95
498 SOMALIA, 25 SH 2004, crown size, Pope JPII, set of 3 KM-155-57, BU (cat $21) 10.95, 3 sets 29.75
499 UKRAINE, 5 Hry, crownsize, plane, 2004, KM362,
PL Unc (cat $13) 5.50, 3/14.95
500 7-pc type set 2009-11 BU (cat $15.25) 3.75, 3/9.95
501 LITHUANIA, 1991 6-pc set, 1 to 50C, BU 2.99, 3 sets 7.95, 10 sets 24.95
502 LIBYA, 1979 6-pc set UNC (cat $32) 12.95, 3/33.95
503 DJIBOUTI, 1999 10-20-50F, BU (cat $9 each, 1800 minted for sets only) all 3 for 11.95, 3 sets $33, 10 sets $99
504 UGANDA, 10 Sh 1987 BU (cat $4.50) 1.55, 3/4.25
505 MADAGASCAR, 6-pc sets 1996-2005, 1-2-5-10-20-50 Ariary, BU (cat $37.50) 11.50, 3 sets 29.95, 10/89.75
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