ANCIENT & EARLY COINS


AUCTION 94 CLOSING 11 PM, TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2015

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PHOTOS BELOW LOT DESCRIPTIONS

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GREEK COINS etc., listed alphabetically


1 ABDERA, 1/2 Stater, c.411-385 BC, Griffin left/lion in square, magistrate Orchamos; S1545 (£750); F, nrly centered, basically decent metal with only very minor surface quibbles & lt tone; fully bold features. Rare!! (A VF, rough & corroded, brought $2588, Hess-Divo 10/10.) Minimum Bid $160




2 AKANTHOS, Tetrobol, 470-390 BC, Forepart of bull kneeling, swastika above, S1369; VF, well centered, good bright metal.

(A GVF, same variety, realized $575, CNG 9/12.) Min Bid $100



3 AMISOS, Reduced Drachm or Siglos (3.97 gm), 4th cent BC, Tyche hd r./Owl facg, monogram at lower right; See S3634, but this later reduced issue not listed & actually quite rare. VF, nrly centered & complete, faintly grainy but bold & decent for this. (A similar VF-EF in my 11/13 sale brought $301.) Min. Bid $110




4 Æ23, c.100 BC, Dionysos hd r/Cista mystica & monogram, S3640; AEF, well centered & struck on large flan, golden orichalcum color with some darker tone in recesses accentuating features. Well detailed & nice. (A VF brought $193, NFA 3/93.) Minimum Bid $75




5 AMPHIPOLIS, Tet., 158-150 BC, Artemis bust rt within Macedonian shield/club in oak wreath, AP monogram above, as S1386; Choice EF, nrly centered, good metal with lt tone, quite boldly struck with portrait in fine style. (EFs brought $2185, Triton 1/05; and $5508, Tradart 12/14.) Minimum Bid $475




6 APOLLONIA Pontica, Drachm, 450-400 BC; Anchor with crayfish & A/Facg Gorgon head surrounded by snaky ringlets; S1655; EF, sl off-ctr on oval flan, head fully complete; good bright silver with luster. Nice. (A VF sold for $488, CGB 4/10; and if you think that was high, a GVF realized $920, CNG 5/11.) MB $65




7 ARADOS, Stater, c.348-339 BC, Laureate hd of marine deity r/galley & waves, Aramaic inscription M A', as S5977 (£150); VF/F+, obv quite well centered for this with virtually complete head; rev a little off-ctr with some barely visible marks below waves. Very decent for these normally miserable looking coins. (An AVF/F, off-ctr with lt porosity & flan flaw (diff lgnd) brought $311 in my 6/13 sale.) Minimum Bid $160





8 ARGOS, Triobol, 330-270 BC, wolf forepart l./large A in square, Pi-R above, dolphin & club below; VF, well centered, good metal with lt tone, pleasant. (Much nicer than a VF with scuffs & porosity (same variety) bringing $190, CNG eAuction 6/07.) Minimum Bid $100



9 ATHENS, Tet, 449-413 BC, Athena hd r/owl, S2526, Choice EF/VF-EF, well centered on a full flan, obv sharp with strong detail; good metal with lt tone; die break between first two letters of lgnd noted. Quality example of the famous "owl" that every collector is required to own. (Compare a VF bringing $3080, Peus 4/09; AEF $7050, CNG 5/14.) Minimum Bid $850




10 BABYLON, Tet., or double shekel, under Seleukos I as Satrap, 321-315 BC, Baal std l./lion l., Gamma above, Pozzi 2871; VF/AEF, nrly centered on a thick flan, unusually strong details especially on lion; a fourree with a patch of plating lost at 8-9:00 rev edge. Medium tone. (GVF of this exact variety, with sl porosity, realized $3290, Triton 1/13.) Minimum Bid $100




11 BAKTRIA, Euthydemos I, 230-190 BC, Tet., Young bust r/ Herakles on rock, S7515 (£500); AEF/VF, obv sl off-ctr but not crowded, rev centered, 2-toned grey, minor touch of edge roughness mainly on rev; Sharp hair detail on portrait. Ex my

5/10 auction where it realized $610. (A VF brought $3400, Peus 11/09.) Minimum Bid $500





12 Eukratides I, 171-135 BC, Obol, Helmeted bust r/Caps of the Dioscuri, "W" monogram; S7578; AEF, well centered & struck, decent metal with medium tone, sharp & nice for this. (A VF sold for $885, Gorny 3/11.) Minimum Bid $125



13 Apollodotos I, Square Drachm, elephant/humped bull, S7591; VF, well centered & struck, good metal with lt tone, a little darker at upper rev. Everything quite bold. (An F-VF brought $312 in my 1/11 auction; VF $385, Peus 4/10.) Minimum Bid $ $110




14 -- Æ21x22 square, Apollo stg l./tripod, S7594; AVF, obv well centered with full clear lgnd, rev sl off-ctr; olivy green patina; sl roughness mainly on rev. (An F-VF sold for $63 on $85 bid in my 5/09 auction; VF $225, Gorny 10/02.) Minimum Bid $25




15 Menander, 160-145 BC, Drachm, Diademed bust r/ Athena stg l, S7600; Choice EF, obv well centered, rev minimally off-ctr, bright metal with a hint of granularity mainly on rev; touch of tarnish at rev bottom; unusually sharp portrait of fine style. (An EF brought $472, F&S 6/08; EF/VF+ $360, CGF 6/07.) MB $100




16 -- Æ19 square, Helmeted bust r/Nike stg r; S7612; nice F, obv nrly centered wuth sll lgnd, rev sl off-ctr, smooth dark brown patina. Minimum Bid $25




17 Antialkidas, 115-95 BC, Drachm, Bust r in kausia/Zeus std l, with elephant, S7629; Ex Gorny as EF; it is EF, obv well centered, rev nrly centered, minimally grainy mainly on rev, moderately toned, sharp portrait in high relief. (A GVF brought $253, CNG 5/08; EF $750, Gorny 10/05.) Minimum Bid $125




18 Zoilos II, 75-50 BC, Drachm, Bust r/Athena stg l; S7708; VF/VF-EF, obv well centered with full lgnd, rev has part of lgnd off but Athena's head complete. Good metal with moderate tone. (A VF brought $345, CNG 9/06.) Minimum Bid $60




19 BOSPORUS, Rhoemetalkes, 133-154 AD, Æ25 (48 Nummia), Bust r/MH in wreath; GIC5469; VF, obv well centered with full lgnd; rev sl off-ctr; medium brown with teeny surfaces pimples. Much detail on portrait. Scarce. Minimum Bid $55





20 CAPPADOCIA, Ariarathes V, 163-130 BC, Drachm, His hd r/Athena stg l, Yr. 33, S7286; AEF, well centered & struck, trace of surface imperfections on rev, medium tone, strong portrait in high relief. (A Near EF brought $460, F&S 10/05; VF-EF $269, Gorny 10/12.) Minimum Bid $125




21 Ariarathes VI, Drachm, Young head r/Athena stg l, as S7289; AEF/VF, sl off-ctr but nothing lost, good metal with lt tone; nice portrait in exceptionally high relief. (A GVF brought $316, Triton 1/06.) Minimum Bid $150





22 Ariarathes X, 42-36 BC, Head r/Athena stg l, Year Delta, S7305; VF/F-VF, somewhart off-ctr, obv to left with head complete, decent metal. (A VF realized $829, Heidelberger 11/14. Seems a bit crazy, but there it is.) Minimum Bid $45



23 CARTHAGE, Æ14, c.220-215, Tanit head l./helmet; VF, nrly centered, green & brown patina, decent surfaces without roughness, nicely detailed head. (An EF, deemed "extremely rare," brought $1167, Roma 3/13.) This type with helmet is

indeed seldom encountered. Minimum Bid $45




24 Dekadrachm, Tanit hd l./Pegasos rt, S6442; copy, appears to be struck & in silver with nice lt tone; beautiful detail on head. EF, "COPY" stamped in tiny letters between hind legs. Min Bid $20





25 CELTIC, GAUL, Sequani, 100-60 BC, cast Potin, 21 mm, head left with double diagonal band/antelope l., DLT5368 ; VF, dark greenish patina, basically smooth surfaces, fully clear features, quite decent for this. (At least equal to a GVF sold for $201, Triton 1/06.) Minimum Bid $45



26 CHARACENE Kingdom, Attambelos I, 44-39 BC, Tet, His head r/Herakles std l; S6182 (£250); VF, obv well centered, rev somewhat off-ctr, bright metal with minimal granularity; excellent detailed portrait. (VFs brought $759, Hess-Divo, 5/06; $744, Peus 10/14.) Minimum Bid $220






27 CHERRONESOS, Hemidrachm, 400-350 BC, Lion forepart/4-part square, grape bunch in one sunken quarter, in the other an A with pellet; AEF, obv very well centered & complete, good detail on lion; rev sl off-ctr; nice bright metal. Excellent quality. (Different symbols, VF-EF brought $160 on $226 bid in my 1/11 sale; NEF $397, Noble 7/11.) Minimum Bid $95



28 Same, pentagram in top quadrant, pellet & A monogram below; VF+/EF, well centered & struck with good detail. Nice metal with medium grey toning. (Nicer than a VF with pentagram bringing $212, CGB 10/08.) Minimum Bid $65




29 EGYPT, Ptolemy I, 305-285 BC, Tet., His head r/Eagle stg l, monograms, Svor 252; AVF, nrly centered, good metal with medium toning, almost invisible graffiti in obv field, rev also has some graffiti behind wing in herringbone pattern as often seen. (This exact variety, VF with scratches, sold for $1465, CNG eAuction 1/07.) Minimum Bid $125




30 Ptolemy II, Tet, of Tyre, Head of Ptolemy I/Eagle stg l, club & monograms; F, well centered, decent metal, again a trace of obv graffiti & that same kind of business behind wing; also a small punchmk by club. (A F+ with sl porosity brought $101 on $125 bid in my 5/01 sale.) Minimum Bid $40




31 -- Æ18, Zeus Ammon hd r/Eagle stg l, delta betw legs; VF+/VF, sl off-ctr but complete on large flan; chestnut brown with sl surface disturbances. Strong detail on the head; not common. (A GVF brought $134, CNG eAuction 1/11.) Minimum Bid $30




32 Ptolemy III, Æ39, Zeus Ammon hd r/Eagle stg l, head r, with cornucopiae, E betw legs, S7815; Nice F+, centered, minor rev crudeness, much detail on Zeus head; generally smooth olivy brown patina. (A F+, rough, brought $106 on $141 bid in my 3/13 sale.) Minimum Bid $90




33 Ptolemy III?, Æ15, Zeus head r/Eagle l, club at left, appears to be Gamma betw legs, not in references; VF, centered, green patina with much earthen cover in recesses, somewhat thick on rev, but much detail shows. Minimum Bid $25




34 Ptolemy IV, Æ36, Zeus Ammon hd r/Eagle stg l., Delta-I betw legs; Nice VF/F-VF, nrly centered, good 2-toned smooth surfaces; minor natural fault at obv edge @ 11:00. Much detail on head. (An AVF sold for $250, Berk 9/11.) Minimum Bid $90




35 Ptolemy VI, Æ30, Zeus Ammon head r/2 Eagles, with PA monogram betw legs, Svor.1425; F-VF, pale tan brown, minor hint of porosity, quite well struck. The basic type is common, but NOT with the monogram, which is rare, and fully clear on this example. (When I saw it, I said to myself, "Wow! Ptolemy VI with a monogram between legs! Never saw that before! Cool!") (A VF brought $477, CNG eAuction 7/11.) Minimum Bid $60




36 Cleopatra VII, with Ptolemy XIII, Tet., Ptolemy I head r/Eagle, Isis headdress, LIB, Paphos mint, Svor.1826; F-VF/F, well cent-ered on a smallish flan, part of rev lgnd off; good metal for this with virtually no porosity, some tone in recesses; quite a good portrait. (Compare a VG sold for $250, Berk 10/08.) Min Bid $85




37 Cleopatra VII, Æ11 of Cyprus, Her bust r/double cornucopiae; F, obv nrly centered, rev well centered, smooth dark green patina, the tiny rev letters visible tho not really legible, clear portrait of the famous queen. Better than average for this. (A VG brought $151 on $175 bid in my last sale.) Minimum Bid $90



38 ELYMAIS, Kamnaskires VI, c.100 AD, Æ Drachm, Bust l., anchor & crescent/ corrupted remnants of a bust within lgnd, GIC-5890 (£35); VF, nice smooth 2-toned green patina, strong obv detail. Much scarcer than later types. (A VF+, not better, brought $125, Pegasi 4/10.) Min Bid $25




39 Orodes I, Æ Drachm, GIC-5892, bust l./Artemis bust r;

Choice VF, well centered with good rev lgnd, attractive contrasty green & brown patina. (A Nice VF brought $67 on $100 bid in my 11/13 sale; VF $95, Pegasi 11/11.) Minimum Bid $20





40 -- GIC-5895, Drachm, Bust l with anchor & crescent/anchor & dashes; Choice VF, centered & well-struck, attractive highlighted green & brown patina. (A VF+ brought $56 on $85 bid in my 6/13 sale.) Minimum Bid $15




41 -- Same but no rev anchor, GIC-5896, VF, well centered, again a pleasing 2-toned green & brown patina. (A Ch. VF brought $42 on $47 bid in my 11/13 sale.) Minimum Bid $15




42 Phraates, GIC-5899, Æ Drachm, bust left/Artemis stg r; VF, obv well centered, rev sl off-ctr, attractive smooth green & brown patina. Nice. (A VF sold for $63 on $125 bid in my 6/13 auction.) Minimum Bid $15




43 –- GIC-5902, Æ Drachm, bust l./dashes, Choice VF+, well centered, attractive 2-toned green & brown patina; bold & nice.

(A VF brought $120, Peus 4/13.) Minimum Bid $15




44 -- GIC-5905, Æ Drachm, Facg bust/Dashes, VF+, strongly hilighted green patina, bold & nice. (A VF+ [looks F-VF] brought $130, Pegasi 11/09.) Minimum Bid $15




45 Orodes III, Drachm, GIC-5907, Facing bust/Facing Artemis bust, scarcer, AVF, nice smooth highlighted green patina, rev better than usual. (A VF/F brought $34 on $75 bid in my 11/12 sale.) Minimum Bid $10




46 -- GIC-5910, Æ Drachm, Facg bust/dashes, VF+, again an attractive hilighted green & brown patina. (A VF brought $48 in my 3/04 sale; GVF (rev very wk) $101, M&M 11/13.) MB $15




47 GELA, Æ16+, Tetras, 420-405 BC, Bull stg l./River god head r, corn grain behind, sim. S1095; VF/VF+, obv nrly centered, rev somewhat off-ctr but not crowded, nice smooth dark green patina, rev soft at top, strong hair detail on head. (A GVF brought $605, Roma 3/14; VF (bull rt) $502, Peus 10/13.g) Minimum Bid $75




48 HIMERA, Æ16x20(Hemilitron), 420-408 BC, Nymph hd l., 6 pellets/6 pellets in wreath, S1110; EF/AVF, nrly centered on an unusually ragged odd-shaped flan, dark green patina with a little hilighting, obv head very sharp & nice, rev crude wth touches of roughness. (A VF brought $173, Ponterio 4/08; GVF $374, CNG 5/08.) Minimum Bid $40





49 HIMYARITES, (Arabia Felix), Ar Denarius, Saba', 1st cent AD, head left, symbols around/facg bucranium, symbols around, GIC-5710; EF, centered, minor crudeness, good lustrous silver. Choice. (An AEF brought $450, H&A 3/06.) Minimum Bid $100



50 HISTIAIA, Tetrobol, 3d cent BC, Nymph hd r/nymph on galley, S2496; AEF, well centered & struck, good metal quality with medium grey toning, unusually fine style. Very nice. (A VF sold for $335, Lanz 12/10; GVF $230, Gorny 4/01.) Minimum Bid $80




51 INDO-PARTHIANS, Gondophares, c. 1BC - 30 AD, Æ Tet., Bust left with big hair bunch behind/Nike stg r; VF, somewhat off-ctr, brown patina with minimal graininess, some dark tone in recesses to hilight features. Strong portrait. Ex Pars Coins as Choice Good VF. (Immeasurably nicer than a rough looking "Near VF" bringing $90, CNG eAuc 9/10.) Minimum Bid $60




52 INDO-SKYTHIANS, Spalyrises, a/k/a Spalahores, with Spa-lagadames, c.76-65 BC, Æ24 square (Hemiobol), Horseman r/Herakles on rock; VF, nrly centered, some of obv lgnd wk, dark olive patina with some lt tooling/cleaning marks; still a good bold coin, ex Pars Coins as Choice EF. (About equal to a GVF bringing $495, CNG 5/10.) Minimum Bid $80




53 ISTROS, Stater, 2 male heads, left inverted/eagle on dolphin right, as S1669 (£225); F+/F, good silver, thick flan, obv well centered, one with full facial features, the other partial; rev somewhat off-ctr. This is a very rare coin; probably 99% of these have rev types to left. You might say "who cares?" Well, you should care. This is numismatics, folks. (A F, ordinary type, brought $201 on $233 bid, in my sale, 12/91.) Minimum Bid $60




54 JUDAEA, First Revolt, or "The Jewish War," or "The War of Northern Aggression," Æ20, 1/8 shekel, Lulav bunch & 2 etrogs/chalice, Hend.1369; F+, nrly centered, somewhat crude mainly in lgnds, brown patina with modest roughness, types fully clear. What is an etrog? It is a Jewish thing. Scarce & desirable coin. (A VF realized $1380, CNG 5/12.) Minimum Bid $50





55 KALLATIS, Tetrobol (or Hemidrachm?), after 281 BC, Hera-kles hd r/lgnd, corn ear & club below, bowcase above, sim S1660 (£140); AVF, obv well centered, rev a bit off-ctr, very sl grainy with lt tone. (A VF brought $206, Peus 11/12.) Minimum Bid $60



56 KAMARINA, Æ11 (Onkia), 413-405 BC, Facg Gorgoneion/ Owl hldg lizard, and it's not a friendly embrace, A to rt; S1064; EF/AVF, perfectly centered, nice smooth deep green patina, fully clear face. (A VF brought $338, Peus 11/10.) Minimum Bid $90




57 KAULONIA, Stater, 530-480 BC, Apollo adv r, stag, small "daimon" running figure above arm/incuse of same; Good archaic style, broad 28 mm, S252 (£2500); AVF, decent metal, only faint granularity on rev, lt tone, nice bold obv; rev a bit crude. (A Near VF brought $3819, CNG 5/13.) Minimum Bid $900




58 KOLOPHON, Hemiobol, 480-450 BC, Facg Apollo head/HM Monogram in incuse square, S4342; VF+/VF, sl off-ctr on elongated flan, types complete; minimal granularity with lt tone; the face fully clear & bold, thus an excellent example. (A VF with lt porosity brought $179, CNG eAuction 6/13.) Min Bid $60




PHOTOS BELOW LOT DESCRIPTIONS


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PART 4 http://www.fsrcoin.com/d.html

PART 5 http://www.fsrcoin.com/e.html