ANCIENT & EARLY COINS
AUCTION 106 CLOSING 11 PM, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2018
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GREEK COINS etc., listed alphabetically
1 ACHAEAN League, Pallantion, Ar Hemidrachm, 196-146 BC, Zeus head r/
monogram in wreath; VF, sl off-ctr, excellent metal with nice lt tone.
(A VF, same variety, brought $250, Pegasi 5/16.) Starting Bid $45
2 AKANTHOS, Tetrobol, c.470-390 BC, Forepart of bull kneeling, Pi-E above/
square, as S1369 (£75); F-VF, well centered, good bright metal.
(Same var, VF brought $190, CNG eAuction 7/12.) Starting Bid $55
3 AKRAGAS, Æ20 (Tetras), 420-406 BC, Eagle on hare r/
Crab, 3 pellets & crayfish below, S1023 (£30); F/F-VF,
somewhat off-ctr mainly on rev, olive-brown patina.
(Clearly stronger than F+ bringing $84, Agora 9/14.) Starting Bid $25
4 AMISOS, Drachm or Siglos, c. 2nd cent BC, Tyche head r./
facing owl, Sigma monogram below right wing; VF, quite well centered & struck for this,
well detailed head; only slightest granularity. Rare & quite nice for this.
(A GVF (diff monogram) brought $384, Spink 9/14.) Starting Bid $100
5 ANAKTORION, Stater, c.350-300 BC, Pegasos l, monogram below/
Athena hd l, NAY above, fillet & ring at rt; F-VF, well centered, decent bright metal,
minor obv crudeness.
(Much nicer than an F/VF [significant surface flaws], same variety,
bringing $242, Roma 9/12.) Starting Bid $140
6 APOLLONIA PONTIKA, Drachm, 450-400 BC; Anchor, crayfish/
Facg Gorgon head, with snaky hair in ringlets, sim S1655 (£90);
VF, somewhat off-ctr but features complete, good silver with lt tone. Clear face.
(A VF, this style, brought $315, DNW 3/07.) Starting Bid $30
7 ARADOS, Tet, Tyche head r/Nike stg l, in wreath, date HOP (70/69 BC), as S5992;
Nice F-VF/F. good centering & strike, lt tone, obv particularly bold.
(An F-VF/F brought $131 in my 5/01 sale.) Starting Bid $85
8 ARMENIA, Tigranes II, 95-56 BC, Æ11, Bust r in tiara/ Grain ear;
AVF, sl off-ctr on sl irregular flan, dark patina with a little earthen hilighting,
decent detailed portrait. Scarce. (A GVF realized $564, CNG 9/10.)
Starting Bid $50
9 ASIA Minor Uncertain, Obol (.89 g), c. 400 BC, Boar forepart r/
lion forepart r, in incuse square; VF, rev sl off-ctr with lion's snout off;
excellent bright metal; unpublished and rare.
(A Similar pair, GVF, sold for $528, CNG 9/06.) Starting Bid $50
10 ATHENS, Tet, 449-413 BC, Athena head r/owl stg r, S2526;
EF, well centered & struck, good metal with lt tone, sharp high relief detail.
Very pleasing example of the classic "owl."
(Compare a GVF sold at $4600, CNG 9/12.) Starting bid $999
11 New Style Tet, Athena head r/Owl on amphora, winged caduceus at left,
Thomp.376a; AEF, sl off-ctr, but a very nice example, good metal, strike & style.
Ex Heritage 1/13 where it realized $881. Starting Bid $625
12 BAKTRIA, Eukratides I, 170-145 BC, Obol, Helmeted head r/
caps of Dioscuri, monogram below, S7578; EF, nrly centered,
minor trace of roughness, strong detail (even on caps),
ltly toned & quite nice for this. (A VF brought $885, Gorny 3/11.) MB $100
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13 Menander, 160-145 BC, Drachm, Diademed bust r/
Athena stg l, S7600; EF, nrly centered with full lgnds,
sharply struck with well-detailed portrait of fine style.
Good metal with lt patina in recesses. (An EF brought $472, F&S 6/08.)
Min Bid $100
14 Antialkidas, Drachm, Head rt in kausia/Zeus std l, elephant forepart, S7629;
bold VF, centered, full lgnds, contrasting dark patina in fields.
(A GVF brought $253, CNG 5/08.) MB $35
15 Apollodotos II, Æ24 square, Apollo stg r/tripod, S7675;
Choice VF, centered with full lgnds, sl thick patina with minor touches of roughness;
a nice thick heavy coin (17.20 g). Rare, I could find no sale record. Starting Bid $65
16 BYBLOS, Azbaal, c. 350 BC, Ar Dishekel, 13.20 g, Galley above hippocamp/
Lion chewing on bull, Cf S6013 (£750); AEF/VF, nrly centered,
obv well struck for this with excellent detailed hippocamp;
rev somewhat crudely struck, excellent metal with lt tone.
Ex CNG as GVF/VF. (Nicer than a VF+ bringing $1250, Pegasi 5/13.)
Starting Bid $350
17 CAPPADOCIA, Ariarathes V, 163-130 BC, Drachm, Head r/
Athena stg l, Year 33, S7286; EF, well centered & struck with strong portrait detail;
only a few very minor surface blemishes.
(An EF realized $1082, Roma 9/14.) Starting Bid $160
18 Ariarathes VII, 116-101 BC, Drachm, Head r/Athena stg l,
contemporary imitation, somewhat Celticized style with partly illiterate lgnds;
AEF/VF, well centered, excellent bright silver.
(A similar imitation, VF-EF/VF, brought $160, Rauch 5/10.) MB $45
19 CARIAN Satraps, Hekatomnos, 391-376 BC, Tetartemorion (.19 g),
Head facg sl left/lion head l; AEF, rev off-ctr to rt, excellent metal for this sort of coin,
good detail, with obv face particularly strong.
Rare. (A GVF [which I'd grade F-VF] brought $288, CNG 6/06.) Min Bid $50
20 CARTHAGE, Æ19, c. 200 BC, Tanit head l/Horse head r, O in front;
AVF/VF, well centered, dark greenish-brown patina, perhaps subtly smoothed,
a nice bold coin. (A F+ of this type brought $306, iNumis 3/11.) Starting Bid $25
21 CELTIC, GAUL, Leuci, cast Potin, 17 mm, 1st cent BC, Diademed Head l./
boar stg l, loop below; F or better, crude as always but fully clear,
smooth dark patina with some earthen hilighting. Starting Bid $20
22 -- Senones, cast Potin 17 mm, 1st cent BC, "Indian" head rt with "wild hair"/
horse l; VF, sl irregular flan, basically smooth olive patina, obv particularly bold,
looks almost as made. (A VF, this exact variety, brought $117, Peus 11/12.)
Starting Bid $40
23 -- Volcae Tectosages, Ar Drachm, 1st cent BC, Curly haired Male head rt/
cross & pellets, Cf LT 3056; VF, obv typically off-ctr with profile off, good metal with lt tone.
These virtually always have head left, very rare with head right. Minimum Bid $40
24 Eastern Celts, Serbia, Ar Drachm, c. 100 BC, "Kugelwange" type,
imitating Philip II of Macedon; Zeus head r/horse l,
EF, rev sl off-ctr losing horse head, good bright silver. Choice.
(Nicer than a VF, this exact style, bringing $212, CGB 9/02.) MB $50
25 CHERRONESOS, Hemidrachm, 400-350 BC, Lion forepart/
rev divided in four, in one quarter A & pellet, grape bunch in other; as S1602;
Choice AEF, exceptionally well centered & struck with lion in fine style
with strong detail. Excellent metal. What more can you want?
(A VF of the type brought $212, CGB 10/08.) Starting Bid $85
26 Same but HP monogram & pellet/lone pellet on rev;
VF, obv centered sl high crowding top, but strong lion detail; rev well centered;
good metal. Seems to be a rare rev, none on acsearch. Starting Bid $30
27 COELE-SYRIA, CHALKIS, Ptolemy, 85-40 BC, Æ20x22, Zeus hd r/
2 Warriors stg, without lgnd, Cf. S-5897 (Æ19, £25);
VF/AVF, obv sl off-ctr, decent brown patina, pleasant.
(A VF brought $269, Gorny 10/12.) Starting Bid $25
28 CORINTH, Stater, c.400-375 BC, Pegasos r/Athena hd l, dolphin above,
thymiaterion at right; VF, perfectly centered, sl traces of porosity,
ltly toned, bold features. Rare!
Coins with these rev symbols seem always to have Pegasos left.
(A GVF with Pegasos left brought $3792, Roma 3/14.) Min Bid $165
29 EGYPT, Ptolemy II, Tet., Ptolemy I head r/Eagle l, Sigma-T & KI at left,
Sv366; Nice VF, good centering, strike & metal, well detailed portrait.
(A Ptolemy II Tet, GVF with scrs brought $1138, F&S 6/08.) Starting Bid $150
30 Ptolemy IV, Æ33, Zeus head r/Eagle l, Lambda-I betw legs;
F+, brown patina, weak area on rev. (An F-VF/F brought $76 in my 1/10 sale.)
Starting Bid $30
31 Ptolemy VI, Æ27, Head of Cleo I as Isis rt/Eagle l, Paphos monogram, S7903;
VF/AEF, well centered, minor edge split, brown patina, minimal porosity,
strong detail on portrait & especially eagle. (A F+ brought $378, iNumis 3/11.) MB $50
32 Cleopatra VII, Æ21 (40 Drachmae), Her bust r/Eagle l., M to rt, S7956;
AVF/F, rev is a touch off-ctr & a little rough;
dark greenish patina with earthen hilighting;
obv bold, with strong portrait in somewhat uncharacteristic style.
(An AVF brought $1755, Kunker 10/15; VF $11,480, Gorny 3/16.) MB $375
33 EION, Diobol, c. 480 BC, Goose stg r, looking back, salamander above, A below/
4-part square; VF, nrly centered on large oval flan, minimal granularity, bold features.
(A VF brought $160 on $260 bid, FSR 11/04; VF/F $500, Lanz 6/11.) Min. Bid $60
34 ELYMAIS, Kamnaskires IV, c.63-53 BC, Ar Tet, Bust l./Zeus std l,
date below EN-Sigma; c/mk obv obv right of Nike stg in incuse square;
VF, crudely struck, particularly on rev, with possible trace of overstrike
or flan flaw on rev; good bright silver; c/mk is mushy; portrait pretty good;
Rare, especially with date. Ex Pars Coins as Choice EF and
ex Triskeles auction 3/17 where it realized $1150 (described as "dark find patina;"
it has since been cleaned, tho not by me. I would never touch a coin. Or my ---).
Starting Bid $450
35 Kamnaskires V, 54-33 BC, Ar Tet, Bearded bust l., star above anchor at rt/
lgnd & bearded bust left, GIC 5884 (£250); VF, centered, bright silver,
minimal granularity, rev lgnd & bust more clear than usual. Far better than GIC plate coin.
(A Nice VF brought $1725, Triton 1/04.) Starting Bid $295
36 Orodes I, Æ Drachm, GIC-5892, Bust l.,/Artemis bust r;
Choice VF, light brown with some green hilighting, rev a little off-ctr but with full lgnd,
more clear than usual. (A Nice VF brought $67 on $100 bid in my 11/13 sale.)
Starting Bid $15
37 Orodes II, Æ Drachm, GIC-5904, Facg bust/facg Artemis bust;
Nice VF, brown with some green hilighting, clear obv face & full rev lgnd.
Scarcer type. (A Ch. VF in my 6/13 sale realized $65 on a $100 bid.) Starting Bid $15
38 -- GIC-5905, rev Dashes, Nice VF, green-&-brown patina with strong contrast,
fully clear face. (A VF+ [looks F-VF] brought $130, Pegasi 11/09.) Starting Bid $15
39 Orodes III, Æ Drachm, GIC-5910, Æ Drachm, Facg bust with bushy hair/dashes,
Choice VF, nice hilighted patina, excellent portrait.
(A VF brought $48 in my 3/04 sale; GVF (rev very wk) $101, M&M 11/13.)
Starting Bid $15
40 EPHESOS, Tet, 390-330 BC, Bee/Stag forepart & palm, magistrate Apistratos,
as S4372; F/VF, the obv somewhat rough & waterworn,
the rev well centered & very nice. Grey tone.
Ex my 5/95 sale where it brought $195 on $240 bid.
(A VF of the type with sl faults realized $2850, Gorny 3/13.) MB $135
41 ERYTHRAE, Æ16, 3rd cent BC, Herakles hd r/
5-line lgnd (Polikritos son of Polikritos), sim. S4441;
AVF, minimally off-ctr, brown patina. (A VF (diff magistrate) brought $504, Naumann 2/14.)
Starting Bid $15
42 HALIKARNASSOS, Hemidrachm, c. 100 BC, Apollo hd r/
Lyre; sim. S4876 (£140); AVF, well centered on oval flan "favoring the types;
decent metal, a nice bold coin, and very scarce. (A VF brought $390, Peus 5/08.)
Starting Bid $110
43 HERAKLEIA, Ar Nomos, 281-278 BC, Athena had facg 3/4 rt,
in triple crested helmet/Herakles stg w/club & lion skin;
F-VF, nrly centered, decent metal, Athena's face fully clear;
quite scarce with this artistic facing head. (A VF brought $1394, Roma 10/17.)
Starting Bid $200
44 HIMERA, Æ17 (Hemilitron), 420-408 BC, Nymph hd l./6 pellets in wreath,
S1110; VF, centered on a sl ragged flan, dark green patina with earthen hilighting,
strong detail on head.
(A VF sold for $273, Peus 11/10.) Starting Bid $40
45 HIMYARITES, (Arabia), Ar Quinarius, Amdan Bayyin Yanaf, c. 100 AD,
Head rt within torque/Lgnd, head r, scepter at rt, GIC-5717;
Choice EF/VF, well centered & struck, good bright metal, unusually nice.
(An EF/VF brought $146 on $300 bid in my 9/09 sale; EF $270, CGB 11/09.)
Starting Bid $95
46 -- Amdan Bayyin, Quinarius, Head r in beaded circle, trident behind/
lgnd, small head r, scepter at rt, GIC-5718; Choice Mint state,
sharply struck with strong details even on the little rev head;
bright silver. Another exceptional specimen.
(An EF realized $410, Gorny 10/05.) Starting Bid $120
47 HISTIAIA, Tetrobol, 3rd cent BC, Hd of Nymph Histiaia r/
nymph std r on prow, trident below; as S2496;
AEF/EF, obv sl off-ct to left but head complete & nice; good metal with moderate tone.
(A VF-EF/VF brought $363, Rauch 4/18.) Starting Bid $70
48 INDO-SKYTHIANS, Azes I, 57-35 BC, Ar Drachm, King on horse r/
Zeus Nikephoros stg l, 4 monograms, AEF, lgnds partly off,
good silver with faint granularity & some brown tone, unusually nice for this.
(A similar type, GVF, brought $196, CNG eAuction 2/16.) Starting Bid $30
49 INDO-PARTHIANS, Drachm, 1st cent AD, imitating Vardanes I of Parthia,
with c/mk helmet in circle at obv bottom; crude VF/F, somewhat crude as always,
decent silver. (Better than a F bringing $146, CNG eAuction 9/12.) Starting Bid $80
50 ISTROS, Drachm, mid-5th century BC, Two facg male heads, right inverted/
Eagle on dolphin in square; not the common 4th century issue,
but very rare archaic precursor; VF, pear-shaped flan, obv well centered
with heads complete, strong faces; rev off-ctr to bottom.
(Obv much nicer than on a VF, somewhat granular with smoothing,
"extremely rare," bringing $1700+, Leu Web auction 6/17.)
Starting Bid only a piffling $160
51 JUDAEA, Herod the Great (more like Herod the Horrid), 40-4 BC,
Æ Prutah, Anchor & lgnd/double cornucopiae, Hend.-1188;
AVF, somewhat off-ctr but features complete, most of lgnd legible;
dark greenish patina with earthen hilighting.
(An F-VF brought $88 on $95 bid in my 3/13 sale; VF $188, Heritage 4/14.)
52 KNOSSOS, Æ19, c.220 BC, Bull & rider left/labyrinth, star above, S3228;
AF/VF, brown patina, obv somewhat indistinct,
labyrinth fully clear with only one corner off.
Rare & desirable type which always brings strong prices.
(Better than a F, rough, weak in center, bringing $414, CNG 4/18.)
Starting Bid $75
53 KOLOPHON, Drachm, c.375-350 BC, Apollo head l./
kithara, Aristeides magistrate. As S4346 (£250);
Ex Leu web auc 6/17, described as "beautifully toned" VF,
with "quite an amazing patina;" it realized $268.
It is darkly toned with whiteish hilighting; well centered, nice style. A rare coin, too.
Starting Bid $135
54 KYZIKOS, Hemiobol, c.510-480 BC, Tunny fish/4-part square;
VF or better, centered, darkly toned, decent metal with only sl uneven surface;
the fish very clear & detailed. Much scarcer than the common later issues.
(Nicer than a VF [very porous] realizing $406, Gorny 10/15.) Starting Bid $45
55 LAMPSAKOS, Diobol (1.30 g), 500-450 BC, Pegasos rt with curled wing/
incuse square; VF, centered & well struck with strong detail, only slightest granularity.
Ex Pars Coins as Choice Good VF. Rare & nice for this.
(A GVF with granular surfaces (Pegasos left, less rare) brought $467, CNG eAuc 2/14)
Min Bid $100
56 LARISSA, Drachm, 450-420 BC, Thessalos restraining bull rt
(on this coin the bull is pulling him off his feet & nearly horizontal)/
Horse leaping r, S2111 (£225); VF, good centering with everything on the flan,
nice bright metal quality; fine style horse. Thessalos' head softly struck.
Ex BCD with his tag & photos.
(An F-VF sl off-ctr realized $196 on $271 bid, FSR 9/14.) MB $125
57 Drachm 350-325 BC, Nymph head 3/4 l./ horse rt, S2120;
VF, well centered & complete, only very sl surface imperfections, ltly toned.
A decent bold coin with nice style head. Ex BCD with his tag & photos.
(A VF brought $800, Peus 11/06.) MB $145
58 As last but horse left with plant below & lower ethnic retrograde.
Very rare variety. VF, nrly centered, gunmetal grey tone, very nice face.
(This variety, same dies, GVF, brought $3525, Triton 1/14.) Starting Bid $275
59 Obol, Nymph head 3/4 left/horse r; VF/F-VF, toned,
nice strong head of fine style. Ex BCD with his handwritten tag & photos.
(A VF, ltly corroded, brought $167, Kunker 3/05.)
Starting Bid $45
60 LOKROI Epizephyrioi, Stater, 300-280 BC, Zeus head l./
Eagle with hare l, retro N below tail; sim. S486 (£375);
VF/F-VF, centered, obv lgnd wk, portrait nicely detailed;
decent metal with only a hint of roughness on rev; well toned.
Rare. (Same type, minor variant, GVF brought $5581, Triton 1/12.) MB $250
61 LYCIAN Dynasts, c.500-460 BC, Stater, Pegasos on round shield rt/triskeles;
monogram each side; VF, centered on a crude misshapen flan,
but good metal & types fairly well struck.
(A VF, Pegasos left, not rarer, brought $8462, Peus 11/12.) MB $160
62 Perikle, 380-360 BC, 1/3 Stater (Tetrobol), Facg lion scalp/
triskeles & Hermes head, S5242 (£110); AEF/VF, nrly centered on egg shaped flan,
good metal quality, rev somewhat crudely struck, obv quite well struck.
Ex Pars as Choice EF. (Same variety, VF-EF/EF, brought $1213, Hirsch 5/15.)
63 MACEDON, Alexander the Great, Tet, of Tarsos, Herakles head r/
Zeus std l, B below throne, Pr.3000; struck under Balakros or Menes;
F-VF/F, narrow flan, rev sl off-ctr, minor roughness on rev,
obv well-centered & nice with lt tone.
(A VF with sl faults, same var, not greatly better, brought $588, CNG eAuc 5/14,
with a long essay on this coin's historical importance
as actually the first "Alexandrine" coinage.) Starting Bid $125
64 -- Posthumous Tet of Mesembria, helmet in field, Lambda-A below throne,
Pr.1029, Choice EF/VF+, perfectly centered & well struck, portrait of wonderful style
(much unlike the usual Mesembria production); good metal with dark contrasting tone in recesses. Highly appealing. Starting bid $395
65 -- Posthumous Tet of Aspendos, A-Sigma above date K in left rev field;
Pr. 2899; EF, obv well centered, rev nrly so, on large oval flan, good strike, bright silver.
(An EF brought $1190, Bruun Rasmussen 5/17; GVF $764, CNG 5/14 (diff dates).)
66 -- Drachm, Kolophon, Herakles hd r/Zeus std l, 2 monograms, Pr.1823;
Nice EF, well centered & struck on a full flan, good metal with lt tone, nice style
(Alex looks like he smells something bad).
(A Near EF, same var., brought $460, CNG eAuc 4/17.) MB $150
67 -- Drachm, Lampsakos, "NO" monogram & Pegasos at left, COPY,
by Slavei (I think), struck, in silver, EF+ toned, great detail, a beauty.
Starting Bid $10
68 -- Obol, Herakles hd r/Zeus std l, no symbols, SNG Tubingen 1124;
VF/AVF, obv sl off-ctr on unround flan, ltly toned, strong detail on head,
good for this scarce item. Starting Bid $55
69 Imperial times, 3rd cent AD, Æ26, Alexander head left/
Two 6-column temples. Decent F, rev sl off-ctr but lgnds virtually all there,
dullish greenish-brownish patina. Rare with head left; none on acsearch.
(A GF with head right brought $213, CNG eAuc 7/11.) Starting Bid $30
70 Autonomous (Amphipolis), Tetrobol, 196-168 BC, Maenad head r/
galley stern, S1384; VF, nrly centered on sl small flan,
very sl granularity but bright with some nice toning.
Ex BCD with 2 handwritten tags. (A GVF brought $143, CNG 3/99) MB $30
71 MASIKYTES, Hemidrachm, 168-81 BC, Apollo hd r/Lyre, M-A,
at left serpent on omphalos; AEF/VF, sl obv surface faults, rev much off-ctr,
symbol crudely struck. Toned. (A VF of the type brought $200, Berk 10/09.)
Starting Bid $40
72 MASSALIA, Obol, 380-336 BC, Youthful hd l./MA in wheel, S72;
VF, rev somewhat off-ctr, die break under nose creates a moustache.
Good metal quality with nice tone. (A VF brought $385, Berk 7/09.)
Starting Bid $25
73 MESEMBRIA, Diobol, c.450-350 BC, Corinthian helmet facg/
META in wheel; F/VF, obv much off-ctr but most of helmet on flan; good metal.
(A F+ brought $125, Berk 9/11.) Min Bid $30
74 METAPONTUM, Stater, c.330-290 BC, Demeter head l/
grain ear, tongs & A-Theta-A at left, VF, well centered on large flan,
good strike without flatness on grain ear; decent metal with sl uneven toning.
(Same variety (same obv die), GVF brought $1495, Triton 1/09.) Starting Bid $250
75 Stater, c.350-330 BC, Helmeted hd of Leukippos r, lion head at left/
grain ear, club, AMI; as S415 (£250); F, nrly centered, decent bright metal,
minor cracklike flaw on helmet unworthy of mention; portrait still quite nice.
Rare in grades below VF -- or, more accurately, being graded below VF!
(Equal to an F-VF with granular obv bringing $276, Stacks 3/08.) MB $100
76 MILETOS, 1/12 Stater, 6th cent BC, Lion forepart, head l./
star pattern in square, S3532 (£65); Ex European auction as EF, and it really is,
and choice, obv well centered, rev just a touch off-ctr;
excellent bright metal, sharp lion detail. The earliest affordable coin.
(An EF brought $489, CNG 9/11.) Starting Bid $110
77 Same. AEF, obv somewhat off-ctr with lion's snout off; mane well detailed;
rev well centered & bold; decent metail with lt tone.
(An off-ctr VF brought $175, CGF 1/04.) Min Bid $30
78 NABATAEA, Aretas IV, 9 BC - 40 AD, Æ16,
Conjoined heads of Aretas & Queen Shaqilath r/crossed cornucopiae & lgnd,
GIC-5699; AVF/F, sl off-ctr, green-&-brown patina, minor roughness,
both portraits quite strong. But why read all this verbiage, just look at the picture.
(A F/F-VF brought $46 on $96 bid in my 1/15 sale.) Starting Bid $18
79 Rabbel II & Queen Gamilat, 71-106 AD, Silver drachm, King's bust r/
Queen's bust r, GIC5705; at least F & decent for this, usual tight flan, partial lgnds,
good silver, portraits quite strong. Far scarcer than Æ.
(A F/F-VF brought $298, Rauch 9/17) MB $40
80 NAGIDOS, Stater, 380-360 BC, Aphrodite std l, altar, Eros behind/
Dionysos stg l, Z at bottom; S5585 (£350); AEF, some lt die rust, & die break on obv
(as always from this hoard); otherwise good bright metal with lt tone.
(A VF, same obv die, brought $2205, Peus 11/12.) Starting bid $375
81 NEAPOLIS (Macedon) Hemidrachm, 424-350 BC, Facing Gorgoneion/
nymph head r, lgnd around, S1417; Choice EF/VF,
well centered & sharply struck with a superb Gorgon face; good metal with lt tone.
A highly desirable piece.
(GVF, same variety, brought $879, Kunker 3/11; EF $2990, Nomos 5/12.)
82 PAEONIA, Patraos, 335-315 BC, Tet, Apollo hd r/
horseman riding down shield bearer, S1520;
EF/VF, obv nrly centered & nicely struck, not crude as these so often are;
head of excellent style. Rev a little off-ctr with some crudeness. Good metal.
(A GVF brought $1610, Triton 1/12.) Starting Bid $250
83 PANORMOS, Litra, 405-380 BC, Young male head l./
man-headed bull l., as S884 (Head rt, £175);
AEF, somewhat off-ctr, profile crowded, rev head off;
good metal with uncleaned original darkish patina. Great obv hair detail.
(Compare a VF bringing $470, Leu WebAuc 6/17.) Starting bid $60
84 PANTIKAPAION, Æ22, 4th cent BC, Pan head r/Griffin forepart l, sturgeon below,
S1700; Choice VF-EF, well centered & struck,
nice deep green patina with only very sl roughness; excellent detail.
(A GVF realized $443, CNG 9/07.) Starting bid $75
85 -- COPY in silver of Gold Stater, Pan head 3/4 left/Griffin l;
by Slavei; EF+, a superbly detailed, beautiful piece. Min bid $20
86 PARION, 3/4 Drachm, 4th cent BC, Facing Gorgoneion/ cruciform pattern,
S3917 (£200); AEF, centered, good metal.
These always come with poorly struck mushy faces.
This example is quite the exception with a very strong face. A very special coin.
(A VF-EF brought $508, Gorny 3/17.) Starting bid $100
87 Hemidrachm, 350-300 BC, Gorgoneion facg/bull stg l, looking back,
as S3919 (£85); VF+/VF, well centered & struck, good metal, nice strong face.
(A VF+ of the type realized $430, CGB 11/11.) Starting bid $65
PARTHIA By Sellwood numbers, all Ar drachms with bust left/archer rt, unless noted:
88 Phriapatios, 185-170 BC, Æ15, head l/elephant r, Sellw 8.3 (Mithradates I);
G/F, dark green patina, obv crusty & indistinct,
rev with earthen hilighting & fully clear elephant. Rare. Ex Agora 6/14 as Fine,
with starting bid $75, unsold. My Starting Bid $15
89 Artabanus I, 20.1, Mint State, Obv off-ctr to left, rev well centered;
good bright silver; small edge crack at 10:30 obv;
exceptionally well struck for this with superb portrait.
(Compare a VF with sl pits & scrs bringing $920, CNG 9/11.) Starting Bid $265
90 Mithradates II, 123-88 BC, 24.9, VF-EF, well centered for this,
good metal with nice lt tone, fine style portrait. (A VF-EF realized $443, Gorny 3/11.)
Starting Bid $55
91 -- 26.1, Choice EF, nrly centered on large flan, well struck, good bright silver.
(A GVF sold for $527, NY Sale 1/15; EF $1080, CNG 10/15) Starting Bid $90
92 -- 28.7, bust in high tiara, Choice EF, obv well centered, rev sl off-ctr,
good metal with lt tone, superb sharp portrait.
(An EF brought $775, CGB 11/09.) Starting Bid $135
93 -- 28.9 var, Æ18 (Tetrachalkon), Bust in tiara with seven point star/
Pegasos; EF/AVF, obv sl off-ctr, dark patina with trace of crusting, rev somewhat crude,
portrait superbly detailed for a Parthian bronze.
(A similar coin, VF, brought $147, Peus 11/06.) Starting Bid $90
94 Sinatrukes (now attributed to Orodes I), 34.2,
Bust in tiara with halo of pearls atop & fleur on side, anchor behind;
EF/VF, well centered & struck, very slight surface quibbles on rev, well toned,
sharp portrait details. Very rare type.
(Much stronger detail than on an EF bringing $1411, NY Sale 1/16.)
Starting Bid $375
95 "Darius?" (now called Phraates III), 36.4, AEF, a little off-ctr,
some tsuris at top each side probably due to former mounting;
rev very crudely struck in center. Portrait has strong hair & beard detail. Scarce.
(A GVF brought $228, Gorny 3/04.) Min Bid $25
96 Orodes II, 48.10, VF-EF, obv well centered, rev sl off-ctr, excellent metal with lt tone.
Choice portrait. (A VF-EF/AEF sold for $448, Hirsch 2/10.) Starting Bid $60
97 Phraates IV, Tet, Sellw type 51, Rev Tyche giving palm to std King,
date all in exergue, a little crude but looks to be Pi-KICIZ-Pi-C;
VF/F, sl off-ctr, minor surface imperfections, deeply toned, portrait quite strong.
old Christian Blom tag. (A VF of the type brought $585, Peus
Starting Bid $75
98 Phraates IV, 52.33, Phi behind archer, rare variety;
VF, sl unround flan, rev somewhat off-ctr, moderately rough, deeply toned.
Portrait has near EF hair detail.
(A VF brought $207, CNG eAuc 6/17.) Starting Bid $30
99 Artabanus II, 61.7, AEF/VF, usual low obv centering,
some smoothing with traces of roughness still remaining; sharp hair detail.
Scarce type. (A GVF brought $172, Triton 1/04) MB $40
100 -- 63.6, EF, usual low obv centering, good lusterlike metal with lt tone.
(A GVF brought $276, Triton 1/10.) Min Bid $65
101 Vardanes I, Tet, 64.26, VF+/VF, obv just sl off-ctr, rev centered with month definite
(scarce thus); bright silver.
(An AVF of the type brought $1170, NY Sale 1/15.) Starting Bid $110
102 Gotarzes II, 65.33 (no royal wart but identifiable by legend);
AEF/VF+, usual low obv centering, rev well centered, excellent metal with lt tone.
(A GVF brought $702, NY Sale 1/15.) MB $45
103 Vologases I, Tet, as Sellw 68 but month reads (Pi)EPEIT, unlisted;
VF, obv well centered, rev sl off-ctr; good metal with medium toning;
almost invisible obv graffiti. Portrait boldly detailed.
(An AVF of the type but with indeterminate dating sold for $1170, NY Sale 1/15.)
Starting Bid $120
104 -- Æ10, Sellw.70.16, Rev Horse head r, A to rt; F-VF, rev sl off-ctr,
somewhat thick pale green patina, features reasonably clear.
Rare. Starting Bid $25
105 -- 71.1, VF-EF/VF, less off-ctr than usual, rev somewhat double struck,
good metal, deeply toned. (A VF brought $286, CNG 12/92.)
Starting Bid $35
106 Vologases II, 72.10, Bust in tiara of hooks, letters behind erased from die;
AEF, sl off-ctr as usual, excellent metal quality with medium tone. Very rare.
(A VF realized $860, Peus 11/05; AVF $1112, NY Sale 1/15.) Starting Bid $300
107 Vologases III, 78.3, VF+/VF, excellent centering for this, decent metal with lt tone.
(A VF+ brought $130, CGF 6/03.) Starting Bid $25
108 -- 78.4-var (lgnd differs; N in second line retrograde);
AEF/VF+, a little off-ctr as usual, excellent metal with lt tone.
(A GVF (regular 78.4) realized $96, CNG eAuc 5/11.) Min Bid $40
109 -- 78.8, rare variety with + above bow, EF, obv nrly centered, rev sl off-ctr,
excellent metal for this with lt tone. Ex my collection since 1978 as best I could get.
(An EF brought $184, CNG eAuc 6/126, the only one on acsearch.) Starting Bid $50
110 Mithradates IV (now bumped up to Mith V), 82.1, AEF, nrly centered,
decent metal with deep old toning. Nice, and very scarce type.
(A GVF brought $410, NY Sale 1/15.) MB $100
111 Vologases IV, 84.131; VF-EF, nrly centered on large flan,
rev typically somewhat crude, excellent metal with lt tone.
(A VF realized $67, Agora 4/15.) Starting Bid $40
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