ANCIENT & EARLY COINS


AUCTION 99 CLOSING 11 PM, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2017


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GREEK COINS etc., listed alphabetically


1 ANTANDROS, Æ8+, 4th-3rd cent BC, Apollo hd r/lion head r; F-VF, a touch off-ctr (chin crowded), smooth dark greenish patina, fully clear. (A VF brought $313, Naumann 12/13.) Min Bid $20



2 AKANTHOS, Tet, 480-465 BC, Bull kneeling l., attacked by lion on his back, floral ornament below/quadripartite incuse square, as S1362 (£1000) but rev square like earlier type S1270; VF, obv quite bold, decent metal with medium tone; rev has very lt scrs. (A GVF brought $10,045, Stacks 8/14.) Starting Bid $1000





3 Tetrobol, c.470-390 BC, Forepart of bull kneeling, A above/ square, as S1369 (£75); F+, centered, good bright metal, ex Agora Auctions as VF. (A VF, same variety, realized $250, Pegasi 11/13.) Minimum Bid $65




4 ALEXANDRIA TROAS, Æ21, 3rd cent AD, City goddess hd r/Eagle stg r on bull; AEF, centered, basically smooth deep green patina; edge irregularity (like small bite taken out); die failure at obv left edge; great detail on head & eagle. (A VF brought $100, Naumann 3/15, NEF $417, CNG eAuc 8/08.) Minimum Bid $25




5 AMISOS, Æ22, c. 1st cent BC, Dionysos hd r/Cista mystica & thyrsos, S3640; AEF, well centered & struck, tan color, only faint porosity, quite bold & nice. (An AEF brought $126 in my 9/11 sale.) Minimum Bid $45




6 APOLLONIA PONTIKA, Drachm c. 400 BC, Facg Gorgoneion with S-shaped hair-snakes/ Anchor, A & crayfish, S1655 (£90); VF-EF, sl off-ctr on teardrop-shaped flan, head crowded at right edge, lt tone, trace of porosity on rev; quite unusual style of head, I could not find another online. Minimum Bid $50




7 ARADOS, Tet, dated 122/1 BC, Tyche head r/Nike stg l, in wreath, as S5992; F-VF, nrly centered, some rather minor scrs &/or flan faults in obv right field, otherwise decent metal; a bit weakly struck at obv top & bottom. (An F-VF realized $200, Album 9/14.) Minimum Bid $100




8 ARGOS, Tetrobol, c. 90-40 BC, Wolf forepart l./Large A & eagle in incuse square, magistrate Hieron; Strong VF, obv nrly centered & complete, rev sl off-ctr, good metal with lt tone, wolf quite strong. (A GVF, this exact var., brought $1120, CNG eAuction 3/11.) Minimum Bid $100




9 ARMENIA, Tigranes II, 95-56 BC, Æ14, Bust r in tiara/Cor-nucopiae; F-VF, a little off-ctr, smooth dark green patina with some hilighting, good clear portrait. Scarce. (A GVF brought $617, CNG 9/14.) Minimum Bid $55




10 ASIA Minor, Uncertain, Diobol, 5th cent BC, Radiate lion head/incuse punch, Rosen 395; VF, rather crude, a bit off-ctr. This was a challenge to identify! The rev here seems to have a design, maybe pomegranate betw cornucopiae? Rare! (A GVF with lt porosity brought $353, CNG 5/14.) Minimum Bid $25




11 ATHENS, Tet, 300-262 BC, Athena hd r/owl, S2547, later style with profile eye; Strong VF, minor traces of porosity, usual small thick flan but quite well centered for this with full uncrowded Athena face. (A VF on small flan brought $1200, Kunker 3/11.) Minimum Bid $250




12 BAKTRIA, Euthydemos II, 190-171 BC, Tet, Bust rt /Naked Herakles stg, Panjhir monogram, as S7536 (£1500); AEF/VF, well centered, medium tone with signs of smoothing in fields, wonderful portrait with strong detail. (A GVF brought $2670, NAC 4/06.) Minimum Bid $575



13 Eukratides I, 171-135 BC, Obol, Helmeted hd r/caps of the Dioscuri; AEF/VF, well centered & struck, quite good metal for this with moderate tone. Minor nicks on caps. Very nice quality. (A VF brought $885, Gorny 3/11. VF+ $259, CGB 4/12.) Minimum Bid $100




14 Apollodotos I, Square Drachm, elephant/humped bull, S7591; EF, well centered & struck, good metal with lt tone, unusually good quality. (A VF+ brought $690, H&A 3/06.) Min. Bid $ $160




15 Menander, 160-145 BC, Drachm, Diademed bust r/Athena stg l, S7600; Choice EF, close to Mint state, well centered & struck, good fresh metal with hint of tone; high relief portrait of

fine style. (An EF brought $472, F&S 6/09.) Minimum Bid $130




16 -- Same but heroic bust l, thrusting spear, S7602, AVF, nrly centered, full lgnds, good metal, decent. (An F-VF brought $71 on $105 bid in my 1/99 sale.) Minimum Bid $30




17 Apollodotos II, 110-80 BC, Æ17 square, humped bull r/Tripod of Apollo; F-VF, obv well centered, a mite blurry, rev bold with design rotated; strongly 2-toned green patina. Minimum Bid $18




18 BRETTIAN League, Æ25, 215-205 BC, Helmeted Ares hd r./Hera Hoplosmia adv r S702 (£20); VF, centered, Ares head quite nice, rev somewhat crude; brown patina; edge split.

(A VF sold for $660, NAC 10/98.) Minimum Bid $60




19 BYBLOS, Adramelek, c.400-330 BC, 1/16 shekel, Galley & hippocamp/lion attacking bull, S6010 (£75); VF, obv centered & well struck for this; rev sl off-ctr & a little crude but most of lgnd clear; good bright silver. (Clearly nicer than a VF bringing $162, CNG eAuction 4/08.) Minimum Bid $25




20 CAPPADOCIA, Ariarathes V, 163-130 BC, Drachm, Head r/Athena stg l, Year 33, S7286; Choice AEF/VF+, well centered & struck, good metal, excellent high-relief portrait. (A VF brought $236, Rauch 9/09.) Minimum Bid $100




21 CARIAN Satraps, Maussollos, 377-353 BC, Tet., Apollo hd facg 3/4 rt/Zeus Labraundos stg r; S4954 (£1500); VF/VF+, well centered, lt roughness on obv, strong face in very high relief; medium grey toning, a mite uneven on rev. (A GVF brought $4300, Roma 10/11.) Minimum Bid $450




22 CARTHAGE, Occupation of Bruttium, Time of Hannibal, 216-211 BC, Ar 1/2 Shekel (18 mm, 3.57 gm), Tanit head l/Horse stg r, o below, sun disk above; VF, obv centered to left but complete, rev nrly centered, decent metal; Ex Roma Numismatics as GVF; Ex Pegasi $1750. Rare. (A VF brought $670, Gorny 10/16.) Minimum Bid $275




23 CELTIC, Tet., Danubian region, imitating Philip III of Macedon, obv head reduced to a blob, on rev std Zeus clear with degraded lgnd; VF for this, good metal with tone. (A VF brought $250, Emporium Hamburg 11/12.) Minimum Bid $50




24 GAUL, Senones, cast Potin 19 mm, 1st cent BC, Head r with "wild hair"/horse l.; VF or so, probably almost as made, smooth greyish-green patina, clear features. (A VF brought $100, Pegasi 4/10.) Minimum Bid $25




25 CHALKIS (Euboia), Drachm, 340-294 BC, Hera hd r/Eagle flying r, with snake, S2483; Strong F, obv sl off-ctr but complete, rev well centered, faintest granularity, lt tone, bold features.

(A F+/F realized $96 in my 6/92 sale.) Minimum Bid $35




26 CHARACENE Kingdom, not Attambelos but Theonesios I, c.40/39 BC, (much rarer), Tet, Head r/Herakles std l, S6183 (£450); nice AVF, nrly centered, good metal, silver color with lt grey-brown tone, lgnd with king's name unusually clear. A cool surprise as it was sold to me as the usual Attambelos. (A VF brought $537, Kunker 9/09.) Minimum Bid $175




27 CORINTH, Stater, 345-307 BC, Pegasos flying l, Q below/ Athena hd l, A & bee behind, Ravel 1037; F-VF/VF, well centered & complete, decent metal with lt tone, nice. (A VF, this exact var., brought $1610, Gemini 1/11.) Minimum Bid $180




28 EGYPT, Ptolemy I, Æ27, Zeus head r/Eagle stg l, AM monogram at left, Svor 206; F+, nrly centered, smooth dark greenish patina with a little hilighting. Rare. (A VF, not much better, brought $169, CNG eAuc 4/08 -- the only sale record I found online.) Minimum Bid $25




29 Ptolemy III, Æ35, Zeus hd r/Eagle l, Chi-Rho monogram betw legs; S7817; VF-EF/VF, well centered, olive green patina, ltly granular mainly on rev, with a little earthen hilighting. Obv quite attractive with great detail. (A VF brought $518, CNG 9/06.) Minimum Bid $160




30 Ptolemy IV, Æ34, Zeus Ammon head r/tEagle l, Delta-I betw legs (muddled, hard to make out), VF, obv centered, rev sl off-ctr, smooth tan patina with a maroon tone on obv right. Good detail.(An AVF was sold for $250, Berk 9/11.) Minimum Bid $50




31 Ptolemy V, Tet, Ptolemy I head r/Eagle, plain fields, S7856; EF, well centered & struck, good detail, lightly toned lusterlike surfaces with possibly a hint of smoothing. A choice piece.

(An EF brought $2070, NY Sale 1/10.) Minimum Bid $375




32 Ptolemy VI, Æ30, Zeus Ammon head r/twin eagles l, S7900; F+/AVF, nrly centered, smooth brown patina, minor crudeness but much detail. (An F-VF brought $76 in my 5/10 sale.) MB $25




33 Cleopatra VII, Æ12 of Cyprus, Her bust r/cornucopiae; VF, obv sl off-ctr but complete, dark green patina with whiteish hilighting, rev lgnd unusually clear for this, and a neat little portrait of the (in)famous Queen. (An AVF brought $301 on $400 bid in my 12/11 sale; VF $800, Peus 11/06.) Minimum Bid $120




34 EION, Trihemiobol, c.460-400 BC, Goose stg r, hd l., salamander above, H below/incuse square; VF, nrly centered, a little crude, modest edge crack, bold features. (A VF brought $160 on $250 bid in my 11/04 sale; VF/F $500, Lanz 6/11.) Min Bid $75




35 ELYMAIS, Kamnaskires IV, c.63-53 BC, Bust l., with short beard; behind, c/mk of Nike stg l, in incuse rectangle/Zeus std l., date Delta-N-Sigma = 59/8 BC; Alr. 458; EF, nrly centered, good bright silver, minor careful smoothing in fields. Less crude than usual with sharp portrait & most of rev lgnd clear. Very rare, especially with clear date. (A slight variant, no c/mk, GVF, partial flat strike, brought $4025, Triton 1/04.) Minimum Bid $1300




36 Orodes I, Æ Drachm, GIC-5892, bust l./Artemis bust r; VF, well centered, pale brown patina, rev lgnd mostly clear; good for this. (A Nice VF brought $67 on $100 bid in my 11/13 sale; VF $95, Pegasi 11/11.) Minimum Bid $20




37 -- GIC-5893, Rev Artemis bust l, cornucopiae behind; EF/F, well centered, pale green & brown patina with dramatic contrast; scarce type. (A GVF brought $156, Gorny 3/04.) Min Bid $20




38 -- GIC-5894, Same but rev type to rt, scarcer; VF, centered, brown patina with green hilighting, sl crude. (A VF brought $59 on $90 bid in my 3/13 sale.) Minimum Bid $20




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




40 -- GIC-5896, same but no anchor; Choice VF, attractive 2-toned green & brown patina. All these Elymais bronzes are carefully selected from a large hoard. (A Ch. VF brought $42 on $47 bid in my 11/13 sale.) Minimum Bid a piffling $15




41 Phraates, Æ Drachm, GIC-5898, Facg bust/Artemis stg r; VF, strong facial details, rev sl off-ctr but most of lgnd clear; hilighted green patina. (A VF+ (rough) brought $145, Pegasi 4/11.) MB $15




42 -- GIC-5899, same bust bust l.; Choice VF, nice hilighted green patina. (A VF brought $120, Peus 4/13.) Min. Bid $20




43 -- GIC-5902, rev dashes; Choice VF, nice hilighted patina, bold features. (A VF realized $120, Peus 4/13.) Min. Bid $15




44 Orodes II, Æ Drachm, GIC-5904, Facg bust/Artemis bust; Choice VF, nice hilighted patina, rev sl crude but less so than usual. (A Ch. VF brought $65 on $100 bid, FSR 3/13.) MB $18




45 -- GIC-5905, rev Dashes, Choice VF, hilighted brown & green patina, strong face. (A VF+ [looks F-VF] brought $130, Pegasi 11/09.) Minimum Bid $15




46 Orodes III, Æ Drachm, GIC-5907, Facg bust/Artemis bust, scarce; Choice VF, nice hilighted patina, clear face, rev better than usual with good lgnd. Minimum Bid $20




47 -- GIC-5910, Æ Drachm, Facg bust/dashes, Choice VF, hilighted patina, clear face. (A VF brought $48 in my 3/04 sale; GVF (rev very wk) $101, M&M 11/13.) Minimum Bid $15




48 GELA, Didrachm, 490-480 BC, Horseman with spear r/Forepart of man-headed bull r; AVF, nrly centered, types complete, good metal quality with lt tone; cudlike die break at rev upper right edge. (A VF of the type brought $2645, CNG eAuction 1/16.) Minimum Bid $275




49 HERAKLEIA Nomos, 370-281 BC, Athena hd facg 3/4 rt/ Herakles wrestling lion, sim. S390 (£750); F+, sl off-ctr, obv low, nose & mouth softly struck, Herakles' head off; excellent metal quality. Rare with this obv type. (A GVF brought $11,500, NY Sale 1/12.) Minimum Bid $100



50 HIMERA, Æ15 (Hemilitron), 420-408 BC, Nymph hd l./6 pellets in wreath, S1110; VF, obv centered, rev sl off-ctr, dark brown patina, minor traces of roughness, nice detailed head.

(A VF sold for $173, Ponterio 4/08.) Minimum Bid $25




51 HIMYARITES, (Arabia Felix), Drachm, Anonymous, 1st cent AD, Bust l./facing bull head (or "bucranium" but I prefer plain English to fancy words); VF/AEF, nrly centered, excellent metal with lt tone, minor obv crudeness. (A VF, this exact variety, brought $200, Kunker 3/15.) Minimum Bid $50




52 HISTIAIA, Tetrobol, 196-146 BC, Nymph hd r/Nymph on prow, var with trident & TI below; AEF, nrly centered, minor crudeness, good metal with lt tone. (A VF brought $335, Lanz 12/10.) Minimum Bid $65




53 INDO-GREEK, Kushans, Vima Takto, "Soter Megas," c. 80-90 AD, Æ Tet, Bust r hldg scepter/King on horse r; VF-EF, well centered & struck, smooth dark green patina with strong paler hilighting, very bold & attractive. A common coin, but not in this quality. (A Ch. VF brought $121 in my 11/12 sale; AEF [I grade VF] $244, Hirsch 5/14.) Minimum Bid $40




54 ISTROS, Stater, 2 male heads, left inverted/eagle on dolphin left, A-Pi monogram, as S1669 (£225); Choice EF, obv nrly cen-tered, rev centered high, nothing missing; quite well struck with strong details; good metal with luster & lt tone. Ex CNG as EF. Some scholars identify the heads as Castor & Pollux. Others say Asterix & Obelix. (An EF realized $3458, NAC 5/14.) MB $300




55 JUDAEA, Pontius Pilate, Prutah, Simpulum/3 grain ears, Hend.1341; AF, not badly centered, some of lgnds visible, devices clear; smooth brown patina with some pale green hilighting. (A F/AF brought $67 on $100 bid in my 11/07 sale; AVF/F [I'd grade F/G] $319, Schulman 7/15.) Minimum Bid $30




56 Porcius Festus under Nero, Prutah, Lgnd in wreath/palm branch, Hend-1351; VF, sl off-ctr, smooth olive-brown with pale green hilighting, a decent strong coin. (A VF brought $108 on $177 bid in my 7/12 sale.) Minimum Bid $25




57 KELENDERIS, Obol, 425-400 BC, horse r/goat r, head l., sim S5539 (£100); AVF, nrly centered & complete, very sl roughness, medium tone; not bad for this & quite scarce. (Clearly better than a VF with rough indistinct obv bringing $154, Rauch 6/14) MB $45




58 KLAZOMENAI, Diobol, 5th cent BC, Forepart of winged boar r/incuse square; AVF, fourree with core exposure at 2 spots at rev edge, obv centered sl low but clear. Rare. Ex Pegasi $195. (A VF (not fourree) brought $374, Gemini 1/11.) Minimum Bid $30




59 KOSON, GOLD Stater, 60-40 BC, Consul & 2 lictors walking l.(copying Brutus denarius)/Eagle hldg wreath l.; AEF, a touch of striking softness at high points but unusually well centered for this, thus a nice specimen. A hoard of these flooded the market some years ago but now they've been absorbed & are becoming less common again. Still cheap for a nice substantial ancient gold coin. (An EF realized $1990, Kunker 3/14.) Min. Bid $750




60 KRANNON, (Thessaly), Æ16, c.350-300 BC, Horseman r/bull butting r, trident above, Pi-E; AEF, well centered & struck, nice brown patina, excellent quality & a scarce coin. (A GVF brought $291, CNG eAuction 9/13.) Minimum Bid $80




61 KROTON, Nomos, c. 300 BC, Apollo head r/tripod, branch at rt, sim S478 (£300); VF, sl off-ctr, sl ragged edge, scr or flan flaw in obv field, lt scratching at rev right; head complete, detailed, and fine style. Rare type. (A VF, this exact variety, obv double struck, brought $840, CNG eAuction1/13.) Minimum Bid $125




62 KYME, Hemiobol, c. 450 BC, Eagle head l./millsail pattern, S4174 (£110); F+, well centered, touch of roughness but fully clear with medium grey tone. (A VF brought $247, Kunker 3/08.)

Minimum Bid $25




63 KYZIKOS, Hemiobol (.35 gm), 480-450 BC, Boar forepart l, tunny/lion hd l, tunny behind, in incuse square, sim.S3851; VF, centered, minor touches of roughness & crudeness, but features strong with some detail. Extremely rare with tunny on rev; CNG had one in 9/12 auction described as unpublished & apparently unique! (GVF with porosity, it realized $368.) Minimum Bid $50




64 LARISSA, Drachm, 350-325 BC, Nymph head 3/4 left/ horse rt, S2120; VF, nrly centered, very lt porosity, nice high relief head of good style. (A VF brought $800, Peus 11/06.) Min Bid $135




65 LEONTINOI, Æ14 (Tetras), 405-402 BC, Apollo hd r, leaf behind/ tripod betw corn grains, as S1118 (£30); VF, edge somewhat ragged at right, otherwise choice with nice dark olive green patina, centered, bold features. (A GVF with roughness brought $219, CNG eAuc 7/09.) Minimum Bid $45




66 LESBOS, Billon 1/10 Stater, 6th cent BC, 2 boars' heads face-to-face, A above/incuse square, as S3488 (£140); F-VF, centered, clear & decent, ex Fred Shore VF. (A F-VF brought $216 in my 12/91 sale.) Minimum Bid $45




67 LEUKAS, Stater, 330-300 BC, Pegasos flying l./Athena head l, Lambda behind; F+, sl off-ctr, types basically complete, sl rough surfaces with somewhat uneven darkish grey toning. Min Bid $60




68 MACEDON, UNCERTAIN tribe, c. 500 BC, Stater (11.1 gm, 21x27 mm), Pegasos stg r/incuse square, Asyut Hoard #55; F or so, unround flan, considerable roughness, 2 test cuts on rev. Very rare, I could not find another in online databases. Min Bid $50




69 KINGDOM, Amyntas III, 389-383 BC, Æ16, Herakles hd r/ Eagle & snake, S1512; Nice F-VF, well centered, decent dark patina, clear rev lgnd. Ex BCD with his tag. (A VF, looks no better, brought $195, CNG eAuction 5/15.) Minimum Bid $20




70 Philip II, 1/5 Stater, Apollo head r/Horseman r, star below, S6691; Choice EF, sl off-ctr but nothing lost, decent bright silver, sharp[y struck with great hair detail. (A VF-EF of the type brought $630, Gorny 3/08.) Minimum Bid $180




71 Alexander the Great, Tet, Mesembria, Herakles hd r/Zeus std l, helmet & 2 monograms; VF-EF, well centered, good metal with lt tone, minor traces of double strike. Rare? Minimum Bid $170




72 -- Drachm, Lampsakos, Herakles hd r/Zeus std l., dolphin above lion forepart, Pr.1440; VF-EF/VF, perfectly centered, well struck, old bluish-grey toning, faintest porosity; bold & nice. (A VF, same variety, brought $202, CNG eAuc 4/14.) MB $75




73 -- Drachm, Kolophon, by Antigonos Monophthalmos, Pr. 1823; EF, obv a bit crowded at top, rev well centered, nice strike with strong detail, good bright metal. (A GVF, this exact var., brought $242, Gorny 10/14.) Starting Bid $130




74 -- Same variety, F-VF, centered, good bright metal. (A Fine, this var., sold for $72, Baldwin's 11/11.) Minimum Bid $30




75 -- Æ16x18, Herakles hd r/Bowcase & club, thunderbolt betw B-A; VF, centered on oval flan, glossy dark green patina, a few submicroscopic surface imperfections; nice. (A GVF of the type brought $449, CNG 5/08.) Minimum Bid $25




76 Antigonos Gonatas, Æ17, Athena head r/Pan erecting trophy, as S6786; Nice F-VF, well centered & struck, glossy deep olive patina, everything bold. (A GVF sold for $604, Kunker 3/12.) Minimum Bid $300. Or maybe just $18




77 Aesillas, Quaestor, Tet, Alexander Head r/club, money-chest etc, in wreath; S1463; VF, centered, a few teensy surface pits, obv fields ltly smoothed under lt tone. (A polished VF brought $828, CNG 5/09.) Minimum Bid $135




78 Autonomous, 196-168 BC, Tetrobol, Shield with 4 crescents in ctr/prow, S1383; EF/VF, a touch off-ctr, toned, obv bold, sur-face crack across rev. (A VF brought $275, Elsen 6/06.) MB $45




79 MASSALIA, Obol, after 400 BC, Youthful hd l./MA in wheel, S72; AEF, but off-ctr on sl ragged flan, face mostly off, medium tone. (A VF with obv equally off-ctr realized $149, CGB 1/04.) Minimum Bid $22




80 MESEMBRIA, Diobol, c.4th cent BC, Facg helmet/META within 4-spoked wheel, S1673 (£85); VF+, moderately off-ctr, decent metal with lt tone. (A F+ was sold for $125, Berk 9/11.) Minimum Bid $35




81 METHYMNA, (Lesbos), Hemiobol, c. 350-250 BC, Facg Silenos head/turtle; VF/F, well centered, faintly porous, toned, Silenos face fully clear. Rare. (A F realized $157, Naumann 12/14.) Minimum Bid $35




82 MILETOS, 1/12 Stater, 6th cent BC, Lion head l./star pattern in square, S3532 (£65); EF, obv nrly centered with head complete with much detail on mane; rev sl off-ctr; good metal with lt tone. (An EF realized $489, CNG 9/11.) Minimum Bid $95




83 Same, F/VF, well centered, bright untoned silver, fully clear. These are the earliest inexpensive coins. Minimum Bid $30




84 MYLASA, or Rhodian Peraia, Drachm, 170-130 BC, Facg Helios head with eagle in front/Rose, S5090 (£120); VF, a touch off-ctr, minor crudeness, decent metal and a good strong face. (A "VF brought $113 on $140 bid in my 3/06 sale; VF $2000, Berk 3/11, but that seems crazy.) Minimum Bid $45




85 NEAPOLIS (Macedon) Hemidrachm, 424-350 BC, Facing Gorgoneion/nymph head r, S1416; VF, nrly centered, very lt porosity, good strong Gorgon face of nice style; a desirable specimen. (An F-VF brought $264 on $450 bid in my 5/10 sale; GVF with lt porosity $540, CNG 9/05.) Minimum Bid $100




86 OLBIA, Dolphin shaped coin, c. 2nd cent BC, as S1684 (£200) but smaller 26 mm; EF with strong sharp raised eye both sides; lt greenis patina. (Much better than a crappy F+ bringing $293, iNumis 3/11.) Minimum Bid $20




87 Æ22, 3rd-1st cent BC, River god Borysthenes l./axe & bow in case, S1685; AVF, centered, smooth dk green patina with drama-tic earthen hilighting. (A VF brought $343, Gorny 10/14.) MB $18




88 PANTIKAPAION, Æ17, 4th cent BC, Pan head l./head & neck of bull l.; VF, nrly centered, smooth tan patina, sl crude but clear. (An AVF brought $86 on $95 bid in my 11/04 sale.) MB $20




89 PARION, (Mysia) Hemidrachm, 350-300 BC, Gorgoneion facg/bull stg l, looking back, amphora below, as S3919 (£85); Choice EF, obv a mite off-ctr, rev well centered; good metal with medium grey tone; quite sharply struck with excellent Gorgon face & detail on bull. (A VF+ brought $430, CGB 11/11.) Min Bid $75




90 Ar 3/4 drachm, c. 480 BC, Facg Gorgoneion/cross pattern in incuse square, S3917 (£200); VF, centered, good metal, obv softly struck as always but better than most with a fully clear face. (A VF brought $131 on $256 bid in my 3/06 sale.) Min. Bid $40




91 PARTHIA, Mithradates I, 171-138 BC, Drachm, Bust l./Arch-er r, Sellw.11.1; F/AVF, obv somewhat off-ctr & crude, good metal; rev bold. Scarce. (A VF brought $489, Triton 1/10.) MB $35




92 Phraates II, Drachm, Sellw 16.11 TAM behind head, AEF, obv somewhat off-ctr but complete, rev crudely struck, good bright metal, well-detailed portrait. Quite scarce with obv mint signature. (A GVF realized $423, CNG 5/13.) Minimum Bid $110




93 Bagasis, c.127-126 BC, Tet, Sellw 18.1 ("Inter-regnal issue," $3500), not in Shore, Bust r/Demeter std l; Nice VF, nrly centered, good silver, trace of smoothing in rev field, bold features. Major rarity. (A VF with porosity & other faults brought $2300, Triton 12/00; GVF $5100, Spink 3/09.) Minimum Bid $1200




94 Mithradates II, 123-88 BC, Drachm, Sellw. 24.10, Nice EF, good centering, strike & metal, with lt tone. (An EF brought $140 on $201 bid, FSR 9/01; GVF/EF $318, Kunker 3/08.) MB $100




95 -- Sellw. 26.1, Choice EF, nrly centered, good strike, bright lustrous metal. (A GVF brought $527, NY Sale 1/15; EF $1080, CNG 10/15.) Minimum Bid $110




96 -- 28.3, bust in high tiara, Choice EF, virtually mint state, obv centered sl left, rev well centered; sharp strike; good lustrous metal with lt golden-grey tone. Ex CNG as Superb EF. (An EF realized $731, NY Sale 1/16.) Minimum Bid $125




97 Phraates III, Sellw. 35.1 ("Darius(?)"), Facing bust; nice COPY, VF+, cast?; not obvious, good two-toned metal. MB $10




98 Orodes II, Drachm, Sellw.43.4, EF, usual low obv centering, rev nrly centered, good bright metal with whisper of tone. Scarce. (A VF sold for $315, Peus 4/00.) Minimum Bid $65




99 Phraates IV, Drachm, Sellw.54.14, no star in crescent, on rev eagle behind (weak); F/G-VG, centered, decent silver for this, obv fully clear, rev weak. Rare. (A VF brought $499, NY Sale 1/15.) Minimum Bid, oh, what the heck, let's say just $20



100 Vonones I, Drachm, Sellw.60.5. Lgnd above bust/Nike adv r; EF, nrly centered on sl triangular flan, sl rough but lusterlike silver, portrait details sharp. Scarce distinctive type. (A VF-EF brought $459, Rauch 3/08.) Minimum Bid $65




101 Vardanes I, Tet, bust l./Tyche giving wreath to Ruler, Sellw. 64.28-30, VF, well centered & struck, quite good metal with nice contrasting tone, thus bold features. Usual faint graffiti in obv fields; month off, also as usual. (A VF, no month, brought $460, Kunker 3/08.) Minimum Bid $90




102 Vardanes II, Drachm, Sellw.69.14, Choice EF, usual low obv centering, rev sl off-ctr & a bit double struck; excellent metal with nice lt tone; sharp portrait. Scarce. (A GVF brought $173, Triton 1/10.) Minimum Bid $75




103 Pacorus II, Tet, Beardles bust l, E behind/King & Tyche, Sellw.73.10; AEF/VF, somewhat off-ctr on a ragged flan, decent silver with just a hint of porosity, sharp hair detail on portrait. Rare type, more so with E on obv. (An AVF with less rare A on obv brought $426 in my 3/03 sale.) Minimum Bid $200




104 Vologases III, Drachm, Sellw. 78.3-4, Choice EF+, only sl off-ctr, quite sharply struck, excellent metal with lt tone. Too nice for this rotten world. Minimum Bid $50




105 -- Sellw.78.10, Choice VF, well centered & struck, good metal with lt tone, quite nice quality for this scarcer provincial issue. (A VF sold for $460 Triton 1/10.) Minimum Bid $30




106 Mithradates IV, now promoted to V, Drachm, Sellw.82.1; EF, only sl off-ctr, sharply struck, minor crudeness in fields but bright lustrous silver. Very scarce. (An EF/VF brought $405, Peus 11/06; GVF $410, NY Sale 1/15.) Minimum Bid $100




107 Vologases IV, Tet, Sellw.84.70-79, Bust l./Ruler & Tyche; AVF/F+, centered on a smallish flan, month off, dark patina (looks like a bronze coin), rev crude, portrait decent with much detail. (An AVF with no month brought $585, NY Sale 1/15.) MB $30




108 Osroes II, c.190 AD, Drachm, Sellw.85.3, EF, obv only sl off-ctr, very sharply struck, rev centered sl low & typically a bit crude; excellent metal with medium tone. (A GVF realized $226, Noble 7/15; EF $283, Rauch 5/09.) Minimum Bid $60




109 PERGAMON, Cistophoric Tet., after 166 BC, Cista mystica with snake in wreath/bowcase betw snakes, S3948 (exact variety); Choice F-VF/VF, nrly centered & well struck, excellent metal with attractive russet & blue-grey toning. (A VF brought $309, iNumis 3/11.) MB $70




110 Same variety, Choice VF-EF, good centering & strike, perfect metal with lt tone. Minimum Bid $110




111 Æ19, 2nd-1st cent BC, Athena hd r/owl on branch, S3963; VF, well centered, dark green patina, only minor touches of roughness, star ornament on helmet fully clear. (A VF brought $186, Roma 9/12.) Minimum Bid $20




112 PERSIA, Siglos, 450-330 BC, Archer rt with dagger & bow/ punch, S4683 (£85); technically probably VF, good metal with lt tone, well centered on compact flan, figure crowded, will call it net grade F+ (A F+ brought $96 on $197 bid in my 5/01 sale) MB $35




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