ANCIENT & EARLY COINS
AUCTION 108 CLOSING 11 PM, TUESDAY, APRIL 9, 2019
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GREEK COINS etc., listed alphabetically
1 ACHAEAN League, Elis, Ar Hemidrachm, 196-146 BC, Zeus head r/X monogram in wreath, thunderbolt below;
VF+, well centered, good metal with lt tone. (A VF, same variety, brought $2192, Naumann 1/15.) Starting Bid $60
2 AIGEAI, Æ20, c.104-47 BC, Tyche head r/horse hd, lgnd & monogram, S5513;
VF/AVF, well centered, steel-brown patina, traces of crusting mainly on rev, nice bold head.
(A VF brought $177, Rauch 9/09.) Starting Bid $25
3 AKANTHOS, Tetrobol, c.470-390 BC, Forepart of bull kneeling, nothing above (actually scarce thus)/
square, as S1369 (£75);
VF, nrly centered on sl unround flan, good bright metal, nice. (Same var, VF brought $244, Savoca 10/18.)
Starting Bid $70
4 AMISOS, Æ21, c.125-100 BC, Dionysos head r/Cista mystica, S3640; EF, obv well centered, rev sl off-ctr;
brown patina; good surfaces; wonderful detailed head.
(An AEF/VF brought $111 in my 12/11 sale; EF $303, F&S 12/96.) Starting Bid $75
5 APOLLONIA PONTIKA, Drachm, 450-400 BC; Anchor, crayfish/Facg Gorgon head, with snaky hair, S1655 (£90);
EF, sl unround flan with casting sprue, obv sl off-ctr, rev centered with excellent sharp Gorgon face.
(A VF, this style, brought $315, DNW 3/07.) Starting Bid $50
6 ARGOS, Obol, 3rd cent BC, Wolf head r/Large A, club below, in incuse square, S2796var;
VF, centered, moderately toned, bold & nice. Far scarcer than the customary hemidrachms.
Also much rarer with head right than left.
(Compare a VF with head left bringing $325, Pegasi 11/11.) Starting bid $75
7 ARMENIA, Tigranes II, 95-56 BC, Æ15, Bust r in tiara/ Herakles stg l; AVF, somewhat off-ctr with Herakles' head off,
but portrait quite nice; brown patina. (A Near VF brought $359, Leu web Auc 12/18.) Start Bid $35
8 ASPENDOS, Stater, c.465-430 BC, Warrior r with spear & shield/triskeles in incuse square; sim. S5381 (£750);
VF, actually almost as struck with luster, rev just sl off-ctr & somewhat crude as always;
quite rare, virtually never seen until recent hoard, and better than most. (A VF brought $2185, CNG 5/11.)
Start Bid $220
9 ASSOS, Obol, c,500-450 BC, Griffin rt/Lion head rt, ASS above (well, in Greek of course); F/F-VF or so,
sl crude but centered, clear & decent. (A F/VF, looks equal, brought $90, Rauch 3/13.) MB $20
10 ATHENS, Tet, 449-413 BC, Athena head r/owl stg r, S2526; EF, centered & sharply struck, good metal.
(Ex Roma, "EF attractive old cabinet tone, with lustrous surfaces beneath.") Note: A lot of these on the market lately.
What I look for is sharp hair detail below Athena's helmet. Most don't have it. This one does.
(Compare a GVF sold at $4600, CNG 9/12.) MB $895
11 Another, EF/VF-EF, well centered on triangular flan, Athena's nose partly off, but she has quite sharp detail, including the hair.
Deeply toned, especially on rev. Some tiny shallow pockmarks on rev, not really worth notice. MB $435
12 Same but later style, 300-262 BC, S2547; AEF/VF, good centering for this with full Athena face; ltly toned.
(A GVF brought $1100, Hess-Divo 10/08.) Start bid $240
13 New Style Tet, 166-57 BC, Athena head r/Owl on amphora within wreath, Artemis figure at right;
Choice AEF, nrly centered, well struck in good style, excellent metal with lt tone.
(A GVF New Style Tet brought $1380, CNG 9/09.) Starting bid $475
14 BAKTRIA, Demetrios I, 200-185 BC, Æ30, Elephant head r/ Caduceus, N monogram, S7533 (£40);
VF, reddish-greenish-brown, minor touches of roughness & smoothing, fairly nice.
(A VF brought $587, CNG 5/03.) Starting bid $80
15 Antimachos, c.171-160 BC, Drachm, Nike stg l./horseman r, F-VF, nrly centered, decent two-toned metal.
(A F+/VF realized $243, iNumis 3/09.) Starting bid $25
16 Menander, 160-145 BC, Drachm, heroic bust left, thrusting spear/Athena stg l, S7604var;
AVF, well centered, full lgnds, ltly toned. (A VF+ realized $295, CGB 4/10.) Starting bid $25
17 Apollodotos I, c.160-150 BC, Square Drachm, Elephant r/bull r, S7591;
AVF, centered full lgnds, bright metal with slightest hint of granularity.
(An F-VF sold for $312 in my 1/11 auction.) Starting bid $35
18 Hermaios, Æ Tet, Bust r/Zeus std l; VF, somewhat off-ctr, brown patina, much hair detail on portrait. Nice.
(A VF brought $75 on $150 bid in my 9/10 sale.) Starting bid $25
19 BOSPOROS, Ininthimeos, c.234-39, Æ21, His bust facg bust of Aphrodite/Aphrodite std l;
overall F or better, somewhat crude, lgnds wk, king's portrait strong; brown patina. Rare!
(A VF (I grade F-VF) brought $179, CNG eAuc 9/14) MB $20
20 CAPPADOCIA, Ariarathes VII, 116-101 BC, Drachm, Head r/Athena stg l, Year 33;
EF, centered, well struck with high relief portrait, good bright silver. Very nice.
(An EF brought $1082, Roma 9/14.) Starting Bid $160
21 Ariobarzanes I, 96-63 BC, Drachm, Head r/Athena stg l, dated I-Delta (82/1 BC);
EF, obv somewhat off-ctr to left but head complete & in high relief, exceptionally well detailed for this;
excellent metal with nice lt tone. (An EF brought $475, Lanz 5/01; only GVF $345, Triton 1/04.)
Starting Bid $150
22 CARIAN Satraps, Hidrieus, 351-344 BC, Drachm, as S4960 (£175); Apollo hd facg 3/4 rt/Zeus stg r;
VF/F, obv well centered & nice with strong face, fine style; rev somewhat off ctr; good metal with lt tone.
(A VF brought $1575, Triton 1/02.) MB $80
23 CARTHAGE, Billon Tridrachm, 240-230 BC, Tanit head l./ Horse stg r, palm behind; S6496 (£300);
VF, well centered & struck, pinkish-grey tone, nice; better than Sear plate coin. Rare.(
Also better than a VF+ (this exact style) bringing $1265, Gemini 1/14,
noting "the dies for this issue were cut in very low relief, thus the coins appear to be in lower grade than they actually are.")
Start Bid $275
24 CELTIC, GAUL, Leuci, cast Potin, 15x18 mm, 1st cent BC, Diademed ("Indian") Head l./boar stg l,
fleur-de-lis thing below, LT 9078;
VF, green patina with earthen hilighting. (A GVF, this exact variety, brought $254, UBS 9/08.) Starting Bid $30
25 -- Rhone Valley, Ar Quinarius, c. 75 AD, Roma head r/ horseman r, VF, obv typically off-ctr with profile off;
good metal with lt tone. Starting Bid $25
26 -- Wheel money, not the common plain type, but with 6 very raised cabochons around periphery, 22 mm, 7 mm thick;
lead, whiteish patina, EF, perfect condition as made. MB $20
27 BRITAIN, Atrebates, Epaticcus, 35-43 AD, Ar Unit, Herc hd in lion skin r/Eagle facg, Van Ar 580;
Ex 1994 Brit auction, "Obv a little off-ctr, EF, strong definition." I agree with that; bright silver.
(A Near EF brought $765, Noble 7/07.) Starting Bid $175
28 CHERRONESOS, Hemidrachm, 400-350 BC, Lion forepart/ rev divided in four, in one quarter I & pellet, the other a star with rays;
VF, nrly centered, strong lion detail; good silver.
(A VF of the type brought $212, CGB 10/08.) Starting Bid $35
29 CORINTH, Stater, c.375-300 BC, Pegasos l, Q below/Athena hd r, laurel on helmet, Bucranium & N behind;
VF+/VF, well centered on a broad flan, good strike with strong detail, especially on horse; slight flan crack on helmet.
Good metal with lt tone.. (A VF, this exact variety, brought $1232 CNG eAuction 4/13.) Starting Bid $195
30 CRETE, GORTYNA, Drachm, before 67 BC, Zeus head r/ Apollo std l, S3187; VF-EF/AVF, short flan, appears chipped, or possibly as made;
faintest granularity; lt tone; attractive head with strong detail. (A GVF with flan crack & porosity realized $2128, CNG eAuc 12/12.)
Starting Bid $50
31 EGYPT, Ptolemy I as Satrap, 323-305 BC, Head of Alexander in elephant scalp/Athena Alkidemos stg r, eagle, 2 monograms,
Svor 125a; Choice AEF, well centered & struck, excellent metal with lt tone. Rare variety, I could not find a sale record with these monograms.
(An AEF of the type brought $9200, Goldberg 2/11.) Starting Bid $1300
32 Ptolemy II, Æ16x18, Zeus Ammon hd r/Eagle stg l; F-VF, centered, smooth dark patina with dramatic earthen hilighting.
Very nice for grade. (A VF, not much better, brought $767, CNG 10/18.) Starting Bid $15
33 Ptolemy III, Æ39, Zeus head r/Eagle l, looking back at cornucopiae, E betw legs, S7815;
VF, rev sl off-ctr with a little crudeness but strong detail; minor erosion patch at bottom obv edge. Pale brown patina.
(A VF/F-VF brought $251 in my 5/17 sale.) Starting Bid $95
34 Ptolemy VI, Æ31, Zeus Ammon hd r/Two Weagles l; AVF/F+, centered, but typically somewhat crude with sl wkness at bottom.
Brown patina. (A F-VF/VF brought $96 on $165 bid in my 4/12 sale.; VF $460, F&S 6/09.) Start Bid $20
35 Ptolemy XII OR Cleopatra VII w/Caesarion; Æ25, Zeus head r/Eagle l, large monogram rt; Sv.1875;
G or so, dark patina, moderately porous, obv profile crowded, much striking wkness.
Feh, will win no beauty contests, but rare, and the all-important monogram at least is fully clear.
(An AVF brought $596, Kunker 9/17.) Starting Bid $8
36 Cleopatra VII, Æ9, Cyprus, Her bust r/Cornucopiae, F, sl off-ctr, smooth brown patina with sl hilighting;
tiny lgnd almost invisible; clear portrait of the famous queen. (A F brought $226 on $305 bid in my 2/16 sale.)
Starting Bid $35
37 ELYMAIS, Kamnaskires III & Queen Anzaze, 82-72 BC, Ar Tet, Conjoined busts l, behind anchor/Zeus std l, lgnd around. Alram 454;
VF+, well centered, fully silver, fields somewhat smoothed with some sl porosity still remaining on rev;
the rev typically crude but excellent bold detailed portraits.
(Same var, GVF with lt porosity & weak rev strike brought $4700, Triton 1/14. Mine at least equal if not better.) Starting Bid $750
38 Kamnaskires V, 54-33 BC, Ar Tet, Bearded bust l., anchor at rt/lgnd & bearded bust left, GIC 5884 (£250);
Choice VF, cent-ered, fully silver color, lgnd crude but the rev head is well defined. Rare.
(A Nice VF brought $1725, Triton 1/04) MB $225
39 Orodes I, Æ Drachm, GIC-5892, Bust l.,/Artemis bust r; Choice VF, brown with pale green hilighting,
rev a little off-ctr.
(A Nice VF brought $67 on $100 bid in my 11/13 sale.) MB $15
40 -- GIC-5895, Drachm, Anchor & dashes on rev, Nice VF, light brown with pale green hilighting.
(A VF+ brought $56 on $85 bid in my 6/13 sale.) Starting Bid $15
41 Phraates, Æ Drachm, GIC-5902, Bust l./dashes, Nice VF, lt brown with green hilighting, strong detail.
(A VF realized $120, Peus 4/13.) Starting Bid $15
42 Orodes II, Æ Drachm, GIC-5904, Facg bust/facg Artemis bust; Nice VF, brown with some green hilighting,
clear obv face, rev sl off-ctr. Scarcer type. (A Ch. VF in my 6/13 sale realized $65 on a $100 bid.)
Starting Bid $15
43 Orodes III, Æ Drachm, GIC-5910, Æ Drachm, Facg bust with bushy hair/dashes,
Choice VF, nice hilighted green patina, good clear portrait.
(A VF brought $48 in my 3/04 sale; GVF (rev very wk) $101, M&M 11/13.) Starting Bid $15
44 EPEIROTE Republic, Drachm, 238-168 BC, Zeus Dodonaios r/Eagle (or Dodo?) rt in wreath, E below, S1996var;
VF/AVF, a hair off-ctr, teensy edge crack, good bright metal, nice detailed head.
(A VF of the type with lt porosity brought $504, CNG eAuc 7/09.) Starting Bid $130
45 GELA, Tet, c.430-425 BC, Quadriga r, wreath above/Fore-part of man-headed bull r, fish below, Jenk. 392;
VF, nrly centered, sl crudeness but everything clear, good metal with some toning. Very decent for this & quite rare variety with wreath.
(A VF-EF, same dies, only a hair better, brought $2643 + buyer fee, Alde 6/18; VF $1931, Gorny 3/11.)
Start Bid $875
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46 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 $190
47 HIMERA, Æ17 (Hemilitron), 420-408 BC, Nymph hd l./6 pellets in wreath, S1110;
EF, nrly centered, well struck, lovely smooth jade green patina, excellent detailed head.
(Compare a GVF bringing $374, CNG 5/08.) Starting Bid $100
48 -- Same, VF, nrly centered, olive-green patina, some wkness at rev top but sharp detail on head.
(A VF sold for $273, Peus 11/10.) Starting Bid $38
49 HIMYARITES, (Arabia), Ar Quinarius, Amdan Bayyin Yanaf, c. 100 AD, Head rt within torque/Lgnd, head r, scepter at rt, GIC-5717;
AEF, centered, full lgnd, bright metal, sl crudeness. (An EF/VF brought $146 on $300 bid in my 9/09 sale.) MB $60
50 -- Tha'ran Ya'ub, Ar Quinarius, types as above, GIC-5721; EF, well centered & struck, good bright silver,
almost invisible flan crack.
Ex Pars as "Choice Superb EF." Much scarcer than last. Starting Bid $80
51 HISTIAIA, Tetrobol, 3rd cent BC, Nymph head r/nymph std on galley stern, as S2496;
VF+/VF, broad flan, nice old collection tone. Obv style quite different from the usual but not barbarous, attractive.
(A VF brought $335, Lanz 12/10.) Starting Bid $40
52 INDO-PARTHIANS, Drachm, 1st cent AD, imitating Vardanes I of Parthia, with c/mk helmet in circle at obv bottom;
crude F-VF, good silver, c/mk clear. (Better than a F bringing $146, CNG eAuc 9/12.) Starting Bid $75
53 INDO-SKYTHIANS, Aspavarama, 20-46 AD, Ar Tet, King on horse r/Pallas stg r;
VF, good silver, insignificant rev porosity, tiny striking flaw at edge. Quite bold & very scarce!
(A Near VF with lt porosity, same monograms, brought $138, CNG eAuc 11/14.) Starting Bid $60
54 JUDAEA, Herod Archelaus, son of Herod the Great, 4 BC - 6 AD, Æ Prutah, Ship's prow/date in wreath, Hend.-1197;
F-VF, sl off-ctr on unround flan, dark green patina with earthen hilighting. Fairly bold & conservatively graded -- of course.
(An AVF brought $220, Coin Galleries, 3/08.) Starting Bid $40
55 KATANE, Ar Litra, c.410-400 BC, bald Silenos head r/ Winged thunderbolt betw shields (or pellets),
as S765 (head l, £750); AVF, centered, edge a little irregular or chippy behind head. Nice strong head with detail.
Not overgraded, and very rare thus.
Ex Roma Numismatics 8/17 auction as "GVF, exceptional portrait" with no mention of chipping;
previously in Hirsch 2012 sale graded VF-EF. (A GVF, rev off-ctr, brought $863, CNG 5/09.) Starting Bid $100
56 KELENDERIS, Stater, 425-400 BC, Naked rider sidesaddle on horse r/goat kneeling rt, looking back, lgnd above, T below;
Ex Lanz auc 6/15, as "very well centered, EF;" it is indeed well centered and nicely struck for this, with complete devices;
good bright metal; I will grade it Choice AEF. Very rare variety with T.
(Same but T above exergue line, not below, "GVF, somewhat smoothed surface" brought $5,231, NAC 4/11.) MB $500
57 KINDYA, Tetrobol, c. 500 BC, Head of Ketos (sea monster) left/incuse with kaleidoscope pattern;
AEF, nrly centered & complete, good metal, and less crude than usual; very nice for this. (
A GVF sold for $565, LHS 4/07.) Starting Bid $90
58 KNIDOS, Drachm, 330-250 BC, Aphrodite head r/Lion forepart r, S4847 (£175); Magistrate Kalliphron;
AVF, obv centered sl high, excellent metal with old gunmetal toning. Rare.
(A GVF brought $1,553, CNG 9/03.) Starting Bid $110
59 KYZIKOS, Hemiobol, c. 480-450 BC, boar forepart l, tunny at rt; Lion head l, 4-point star above.
AEF, well centered, minimally grainy but ltly toned & nice for this with strong detail; even the tunny fish shows detail!
(A GVF brought $175, Noble 11/07.) Starting Bid $45
60 LAKEDAIMON (Sparta), Æ21, Zeus head r/club & lgnd in wreath, C. Julius Eurycles, 31-7 BC;
AVF/F, a hair off-ctr, medium brown patina, decent surfaces, rev sl crude, Zeus head bold & nice.
All Spartan coins are rare & desirable.
(Much nicer than a VF/F, large piece missing from edge, same variety, bringing $571, Kunker 2/18.) Starting Bid $90
61 LARISSA, Drachm, 400-360 BC, Thessalos restraining bull left/Horse leaping r, S2111 (£225);
F-VF, sl off-ctr, horse head partly off; faint porosity, lt tone. Ex BCD with his tag & photos.
(An F-VF sl off-ctr realized $196 on $271 bid, in my 9/14 phantasmagoria.) Starting Bid $85
62 Drachm 350-325 BC, Nymph head 3/4 l./ horse rt, S2120; VF, nrly centered, sl ragged flan,
with lt granularity more on rev than obv; moderately deep tone; Larissa's face is quite sharp & in attractive style.
NOT ex-BCD & rare thus, since he seemingly bought all the Larissas in existence.
(A VF brought $800, Peus 11/06.) Starting Bid $75
63 As last but with horse left & plant growing beneath, scarcer, Cf S2121 (horse right, £200),
VF-EF, obv sl off-ctr but complete, rev well centered, nice bright metal, face very strong. Minor rev die flaws.
Ex Wayne Phillips 1995. (Same variety, VF, also with rev die flaws, brought $812, CNG eAuc 9/13) MB $160
64 Obol, Nymph head 3/4 left/horse r; VF, centered, minimally grainy, toned, nice strong head of fine style.
Ex BCD with his hand-written tag & photos. (A VF, ltly corroded, brought $167, Kunker 3/05.) Starting Bid $40
65 LYCIAN Dynasts, Perikle, 380-360 BC, 1/3 Stater (Tetrobol), Facg lion scalp/triskeles, S5241 (£90);
Choice EF, nrly centered on triangular flan, quite well struck for this with sharp obv detail; excellent metal with luster.
(A GVF brought $311, Naumann 4/18.) Starting Bid $120
66 -- Trbbenimi, c. 380 BC, as last, S5232; F-VF, sl off-ctr & a little crude, grainy, toned.
This is Ex-BCD with his handwritten label, but I see no rev letters, so don't know how he attributed it to Trbbenimi.
(You might wonder how to pronounce Trbbenimi. It was actually pronounced "Trump-a-ninny.") Starting Bid $40
67 MACEDON, Philip II, 359-336 BC, Tet, Zeus head r/Youth in kausia on horse left (thus scarcer lifetime issue),
radiate sun below foreleg (rare symbol), S6678; Choice VF, obv centered, rev sl off-ctr, great style portrait, excellent metal with lt tone.
(Same type (diff rev symbol) GVF brought $4,112, Roma 10/11.) Starting Bid $295
(Note that in general my starting bids are set rather lower than what the coins should actually sell for.)
68 Alexander the Great, Tet, of Arados, Herakles hd r/Zeus std l, kerykeion in field, AP monogram below throne, Pr.3332;
Ex Schulman auction, "Superb specimen, nearly EF;" it is a choice VF-EF, well centered & struck, perfect metal with pleasing tone;
fine style; an unusually attractive piece.
(Same variety, Near EF but with obv dig, area of porosity, and sl edge flaw realized $1,955, CNG 5/13.)
Starting Bid $325
69 -- Posthumous Tet of Herakleia Pontica, club in rev exergue, Pr.1278; AVF, centered, small edge irregularity, finely porous,
brightish with lt tone. Ex CNG as VF (ltly porous). Rare.
(Another VF with lt scrs & marks, same variety, brought $391, CNG eAuc 6/16.) Starting Bid $135
70 -- Posthumous Tet of Mesembria, helmet in rev field, monograms, Pr.1099;
Bold Choice VF, well centered & struck for this on a broad flan, two-toned metal with immaterial surface quibbles;
neat provincial style. Quite nice for these. (A GVF with scrs, same dies, brought $414, Gemini 1/11.) Starting Bid $170
71 -- Posthumous Tet of Odessos, ESTI in Greek at left, monogram below seat, Pr.1205;
VF, actually nearly as struck but somewhat crude work; nrly centered, good metal with lt tone.
(A GVF (same obv die) brought $345, CNG eAuc 2/17.) MB $145
72 -- Drachm, of Kolophon, Herakles head r/Zeus std l, B above TI monogram left, Pi below seat, Pr.1808;
Ex European auction as EF, which it is, tho one might perhaps mention a bit of weakness at part of edge;
otherwise sharply struck with good detail, centered, excellent bright metal with lt tone.
(An EF same variety, brought $368, CNG eAuc 1/18.) Start Bid $145
73 Demetrios Poliorketes, 306-283 BC, Tet, His head rt with horn/Poseidon stg l, on rock;
as S6764 (£650) but no monograms; VF-EF, nrly centered, minor lgnd crudeness, moderately toned,
nice detailed high relief portrait. Ex Gorny auction 10/06 where it realized $1081;
now in NGC slab as XF, 4/5,4/5 die shift (referring to lgnd crudeness). Start Bid $650
74 Philip V, Æ23, Herakles head r/Lgnd & harpa in wreath, monogram above;
VF, well centered, sl wkness on part of wreath, head well detailed, nice dark olive green patina.
Quite good for this. Ex Triskeles as GVF. (A GVF brought $190, CNG eAuc 9/13.) Starting Bid $45
75 MARONEIA, 1/4 Stater, Horse forepart l./grape bunch in square, S1632; COPY, struck in silver, by Slavei (I believe),
Choice EF, lt tone, a lovely piece of fine workmanship. MB $10
76 MASSALIA, Obol, 380-336 BC, Youthful hd l./MA in wheel, S72;
Nice F-VF, nrly centered, excellent silver, problem-free. (A VF brought $385, Berk 7/09.)
Starting Bid $30
77 MESOPOTAMIA, EDESSA, King Manu VIII, 167-79 AD, Æ12, Head r (Lucius Verus)/2-line Estranghelo lgnd,
GIC 5729 (£50); AVF, nrly centered, smooth green patina with earthen hilighting.
Rare! (A single coin of this ruler on acsearch: similar type GVF (I'd grade F+), brought $274, M&M 10/06.)
Starting Bid $30
78 METAPONTUM, Stater, c.330-290 BC, Demeter head l/ grain ear, at left tongs & A-Theta-A;
VF-EF, nrly centered, very sl surface imperfections, ltly toned, strong detail on Demeter & grain ear.
(Same variety, (same obv die), GVF, brought $1495, Triton 1/09.) Starting Bid $265
79 Stater, c.400-350 BC, Demeter head l., hair in sphendome, earring/Grain ear, Noe 433 (same dies), SNG ANS 331 (ditto);
AVF/F, sl edge irregularity with crack, rev with some wkness & surface faults; moderately toned; Demeter head very nice.
Obv die signed by Aristo but not visible on this coin. Rare. (A VF, same dies, brought $2415, NY Sale 1/12.) Starting Bid $150
80 Æ15, Demeter head r/META. grain ear; VF-EF/VF, centered, greenish-brown patina, nice detailed head, pleasing.
(A VF-GVF brought $170, Bertolami 4/17.) Starting Bid $40
81 MILETOS, 1/12 Stater, 6th cent BC, Lion forepart, head l./star pattern in square, S3532 (£65);
AEF, sl off-ctr to top with lion's snout off, good metal with lt tone. The earliest affordable coin.
(An EF brought $489, CNG 9/11.) Starting Bid $45
82 Same but head rt, scarcer, S3533 (£75); VF, obv nicely centered with complete lion head, rev a touch off-ctr;
good metal with lt tone.
(A VF brought $110 on $160 bid in my 5/10 sale; GVF $262, Noble 11/11.) NOTE, I made a mistake, as picture shows this is lion head left! Starting Bid $40
83 Æ12, 250-190 BC, Apollo hd facg sl left/lion stg r, looking back, star above, S4515;
Nice VF, centered somewhat high, tops of heads crowded, but good strong obv face; dark brown patina.
(A Nice VF brought $115, CNG 9/02.) Starting Bid $28
84 MYLASA, Hemiobol, 4th cent BC, Lion forepart l./facg lion scalp, .34 gm,
F/AVF, centered, somewhat thick uncleaned original dark patination. Scarce.
(A 1954 Lincoln cent realized $31,200 in Heritage 1/19 auction. Not a joke. Though not in as good condition,
surely this ancient silver coin is rarer and far more interesting than a 1954 Lincoln.) Starting Bid $20
85 NABATAEA, Aretas IV, 9 BC - 40 AD, Æ18, Conjoined heads of Aretas & Queen Shaqilath r/
crossed cornucopiae & lgnd,
GIC-5699; Choice AEF, just sl off-ctr, dark green patina with dramatic pale earthen hilighting; outstanding detail.
(A GVF realized $551, M&M 5/11.) Starting Bid $70
86 -- Silver Drachm, Aretas bust r/2 busts r, AF, smallish thick flan,
rev somewhat off-ctr with queen's face off, but clear lgnd behind king's head identifies this.
Good metal with lt tone & two portraits at least are clear. Far scarcer than the bronze coins.
(A F brought $254, Rauch 9/17.) Starting Bid $22
87 NEAPOLIS (Macedon) Hemidrachm, 424-350 BC, Facing Gorgoneion/nymph head r, lgnd at right, S1417var;
Choice VF, obv well centered, rev nrly so, good metal with lt tone. Excellent detailed Gorgon face.
(A GVF brought $879, Kunker 3/11.)
Starting Bid $100
88 PANTIKAPAION, Æ18, 4th cent BC, Pan head l/head & neck of bull l., S1699;
VF/AEF, obv much off ctr to right & somewhat crude, rev well centered & struck & very nice. Tan-brown patina.
(An AVF brought $86 on $95 bid in my 11/04 sale; GVF $352, CNG 5/09.) Starting Bid $20
89 PARION, Hemidrachm, 350-300 BC, Gorgoneion facg/bull stg l, looking back, grape bunch below, S3921 (£85);
VF-EF/AVF, fouree (plated) with core exposed only at a few tiny spots on edge. Otherwise good metal;
great staring Gorgon face.
(A GVF, this same variety, realized $1,440, NY Sale 1/12.) Start bid $50
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PARTHIA By Sellwood numbers, all Ar drachms with bust left/archer rt, unless noted:
90 Phriapatios, 185-170 BC, Æ17, head l/elephant r, lgnd above, Sellw 8.3 (Mithradates I);
F-VF/VG-F, darkish brownish greenish patina, somewhat rough & crusty mainly on rev; portrait quite clear & decent.
Rare. (At least equal overall to a F with problems bringing $130, CNG eAuc 10/18.) MB $45
91 Mithradates I, 171-138 BC, Sell. 10.1, bust in bashliq; EF, centered & quite well struck for this, on a broad flan;
unusually sharp portrait & rev figure; good bright silver with traces of smoothing in fields.
A splendid example of this type.
(Compare a GVF bringing $863, Triton 1/13; Superb EF $2106, NY Sale 1/16.) Starting Bid $295
92 -- 1/3 Drachm, Sellw type 13; a third of a coin (1.30 gm) probably cut for change in ancient times;
VF+, faintly grainy, lt tone; the king's face is complete & excellent!
I would not ordinarily buy & list something like this, but the type is so rare that even this partial coin is desirable.
(A GVF (full coin) brought $2300, CNG 5/04. Is this worth a third of that?) Start Bid $30
93 Phraates II, 16.11, TAM behind bust (Tambrax mint), EF, well centered, good bright metal, very nice for this & rare.
(A GVF brought $423, CNG 5/13.) Starting Bid $220
94 Mithradates II, 123-88 BC, 26.2, Delta behind archer (scarcer), Superb EF, perfectly centered & sharply struck,
excellent metal with nice old toning. A humdinger. (An AEF/EF realized $441, NY Sale 1/15.) Starting Bid $150
95 -- 27.1, AEF, nrly centered & well struck, good metal with moderate tone, strong portrait detail
(quite a schnozz on this guy).
(A Near EF sold for $405, Noble 11/11.) Starting Bid $70
96 -- 28.2 variety, 5-point star on king's tiara (rare), VF/AEF, well centered on egg-shaped flan,
generally good metal with only slightest surface quibbles, some tiara details weak but the star is fully clear.
(A Ch. VF+ (regular 28.2) brought $138 on $250 bid in my 11/13 sale.) Starting price $40
97 -- 28.5, Virtually mint state, nrly centered & well struck, bright lustery silver. Rare with this tiara design, not in Shore.
(A GVF brought $288, CNG 9/08.) Starting Bid $130
98 -- 28.7, EF, good centering, rev particularly well struck; good bright silver.
(An EF brought $775, CGB 11/09.) MB $90
99 Orodes I, a barbarous drachm similar to 31.5, at least VF, obv well centered, squirrely style
especially on muddled tiara detail;
rev lgnd very degraded. Mattelike silver surfaces. Very unusual to find such an obviously barbarous Parthian drachm.
Ex CNG 3/18, "Nisa Collection." Starting Bid $25
100 Sinatrukes (Used to be Gotarzes I), 33.4, bust in tiara with stags;
Mint State, obv sl off-center, rev well centered, quite sharply struck both sides with superb crisp portrait detail.
Good lustrous silver. (An EF brought $620, Spink 3/09.) MB $165
101 "Darius?" (now called Phraates III), 35.14, Æ17, Tetrachalkon, facing bust/Horse stg r;
F-VF/VG, dark greenish-brown, a little rough mainly on rev, which is weak; the facing portrait fully clear.
Rare. (A F brought $156, CNG eAuc 7/08.) MB $25
102 Phraates III, 38.4, AEF/VF, obv nrly centered, rev somewhat off-ctr ("somewhat" is a numismatic weasel word.
How much is "somewhat?" A little? A lot? Better assume it's a lot, because otherwise they'd say so.
Although the word "slight" is often euphemistic too; as in "slight porosity" often meaning horrible corrosion.
Anyhow, this coin's rev is noticeably off-ctr but still the lgnds are practically complete. Good metal with lt tone;
portrait very nice.
Quite scarce type. (A VF brought $200, Peus 11/06.) Starting Bid $100
103 Orodes II, 46.8, AVF, obv well centered, rev nrly so, good metal, problem-free.
(An F-VF brought $38 on $80 bid in my 1/15 sale; VF $175, Peus 11/06.) Starting Bid $20
104 Phraates IV, Tet, as 51.25 etc but date (all in exergue) clearly reads . . . EIEI . . . which I can't match up with anything in Sellwood.
AVF/F+, uncleaned dark original patination. I don't advise trying to clean this, you'll mess it up.
(A VF of the type sold for $585, Peus 11/06.) Starting Bid $75
105 -- Drachm, 53.7, Mithradatkart mintmk, EF, sl off-ctr, but good strike& metal for this, with lt tone.
(A GVF brought $253, Triton 1/10.) Starting Bid $80
106 Artabanus II, 63.6, Nice VF, only sl off-ctr, good metal with mellow old collection toning.
(A GVF brought $276, Triton 1/10.) Starting Bid $25
107 Gotarzes II, 65.33 (no royal wart but identifiable by legend);
VF-EF, "somewhat" off-ctr as usual, good metal with tone in recesses accentuating features.
(A GVF brought $702, NY Sale 1/15.) Starting Bid $35
108 Vologases I, 71.1, AEF, usual low obv centering, some teensy die breaks in portrait but good detail, excellent metal with medium tone.
Scarce. (An AEF realized $468, NY Sale 1/15.) Starting Bid $55
109 -- 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 $20
108 Vologases III, 78.2, VF/F-VF, usual low obv centering, minor rev lgnd crudeness, good metal with accentuating tone.
This "medium length" beard variety is actually not so common. (A GVF brought $179, CNG eAuc 9/10.)
Starting Bid $25
109 -- 78.3 or .4, EF, sl off-ctr as usual, infinitesimally grainy but quite bright.
The two varieties are distinguished by a slight variant in bottom line of lgnd, off flan on this coin.
(An EF, likewise 78.3 or .4, brought $68 in my 6/08 sale..) Min Bid $40
110 -- 78.7, scarce variety with archer's seat like letter Pi; Virtually Mint State & choice, only sl off-ctr,
quite sharply struck, minor lgnd crudeness, superb crisp portrait. Excellent lustery silver.
(A GEF brought $702, NY Sale 1/15 .) MB $60
111 Parthamaspates, 116 AD, 81.1, Roman puppet ruler in headgear unique to this short reign,
EF, obv just sl off-ctr, a nice sharp coin. (A VF-EF brought $580, Kunker 3/08.) MB $120
112 Vologases IV, 84.128; VF, sl off-ctr as usual, interesting clear double strike, king has two noses.
Decent metal with dark tone in recesses. (A VF, rev double struck, brought $150, CNG eAuc 1/18.) Starting Bid $28
113 Osroes II, c.190 AD, 85.3, EF, obv nrly centered, rev centered somewhat low, quite well struck
with extremely bold portrait detail.
Good metal with lt tone. (A GVF sold for $226, Noble 7/15.) Starting Bid $55
114 Vologases VI, Tet, 88.11, VF, well centered on sl narrow flan, silver-grey tone with just a hint of granularity,
rev typically somewhat crude, portrait quite sharp & nice. (A VF of this type realized $489, CNG eAuc 6/16.)
Starting Bid $65
115 PERGAMON, Cistophoric Tet., after 133 BC, Cista mystica & snake in wreath/bowcase betw snakes,
MA above, as S3948;
Practically as struck with bright lustery silver, obv somewhat off-ctr losing part of wreath, sl striking softness;
rev well centered & struck; rev only sl off-ctr & sharply struck.
(Same var., EF, centering & strike about equal overall,. brought $342, VAuctions 10/10.) Starting Bid $110
116 Æ17, 200-133 BC, Athena head r/owl on branch, as S3963; VF, rev centered somewhat high,
deep green patina, minor surface imperfections. (A VF sold for $186, Roma 9/12.) Starting Bid $20
117 PERSIA, Siglos, 450-330 BC, King rt with spear & bow/ punch, S4682; F+, sl off-ctr, figure shows some detail,
but bow & top of king'sd head off; good metal with darkish tone.
(A F+ realized $380, CGB 11/09.) Starting Bid $25
118 PERSIS, Autophradates (Vadfradad) I, 3rd cent BC, Tet, Head r wearing kyrbasia/
Fire temple betw king & standard, above half-figure of Ahura-Mazda; S6191,
rare type, but an even rarer variety with 2 letters ("4Y") betw King & altar (Alram 542).
AEF/VF+, sl sign of overstrike at obv bottom but actually quite a good strike for this with excellent high-relief portrait.
Original uncleaned dark patina (A GVF/VF brought $3603, Kunker 10/07.) Starting bid $1000
119 Darius I, c.110-80 BC, Drachm, King's head in satrapal headgear, eagle atop/fire altar etc, S6194 (£90);
AVF, obv centered, rev a bit off-ctr & crude, sl graininess, some darkish tone, portrait quite clear.
Actually very rare in this "budget" grade! (A VF brought $730, Elsen 2/94.) Starting Bid $40
120 -- Obol, as above, except crescent at back of head, VF or better, centered, rev typically crude,
nice detailed portrait. (A VF brought $166, Baldwin's 10/04.) Starting Bid $50
121 Vadfradad V, c.1st cent AD, Hemidrachm, Bust l., in tiara/bearded bust l, Alram 624;
Choice EF, obv centered, rev sl off-ctr, well struck on good metal with pleasant tone, portraits well-detailed.
(A VF brought $235, Peus 11/06.) Min Bid $70
122 "Unknown King" or "Prince Y," 1st cent AD, Obol, Bust l. in Parthian headgear/double diadem,
AEF, obv centered & nice with good detail, rev somewhat off-ctr & crude; deeply toned. Starting Bid $30
123 PHARSALOS, Hemidrachm, 480-450 BC, Athena head r, serpents on helmet/horse head r, lgnd at rt,
S2187 (£140); AVF, obv well centered, rev nrly so. With a BCD tag, tho unfortunately he writes, "No info (lost)."
(A VF with this Athena head (and numerous detractions noted!) realized $2,070, Triton 1/12,
explaining that a few decades ago these early Pharsalos hemidrachms were considered great rarities.) Start Bid $90
124 PHERAI, Hemidrachm, 4th cent BC, Hekate head l./Nymph Hypereia stg l, S2204 (£300);
VF/AVF, obv sl off-ctr but head complete (and strongly detailed), rev centered high with top of head off;
good metal with lt tone. Ex BCD with his tag & photos. (A VF sold for $3,819, Triton 1/12.)
Starting Bid $100
125 PHISTELIA, Obol, 380-350 BC, Young male head facg sl rt/barleycorn, mussel shell & dolphin, S316;
Ex Coin Galleries 7/96 "close to EF" and it is indeed, nrly centered & well struck on good metal with lt tone.
Rev lgnd complete & clear, most unusual for this. Rare so nice.
(A VF brought $285 in my 6/04 sale; AEF $732, Nomos 10/17.) Starting Bid $120
126 POSEIDONIA, Stater, 480-400 BC, Poseidon adv r with trident/bull stg r; F-VF, rev sl off-ctr but complete,
good metal with lt contrasty tone, bold features. Quite thick flan with good archaic feel. Scarcer with bull right.
(A VF brought $2031, Peus 5/07.) Starting Bid $140
127 RHEGION, Æ12, 350-270 BC, Facg lion scalp/Apollo head r, SNG ANS 698; VF, well centered,
nice deep jade green patina, minor rev crudeness, superb lion face.
This coin ex Naville 2/14 auction where it realized £150 + buyer fee = about $300 then .
Starting Bid $75
128 RHODES, Hemidrachm, 167-88 BC, Helios hd 3/4 rt/Rose in incuse square, club, magistrate Artemon;
VF-EF, obv well centered, rev moderately off-ctr, good metal with lt tone, good strong face in nice style.
(Same variety, AEF [I'd grade VF] brought $353, Lanz 12/14.) Starting Bid $70
129 Didrachm, 387-304 BC, Helios hd facg 3/4 rt/rose, grape bunch at left, as S5037 (£300);
F-VF, well centered, bright with minimal porosity, clear face.
(Similar with grape bunch, GF brought $249, CNG eAuc 6/06.) Starting Bid $95
130 Æ35, 31 BC - 60 AD, Radiate Dionysos head r/Rose, magistrate Teimostratos;
F+/AF, obv centered sl low, rev weak on bottom third but lgnd complete & clear; darkish greenish brown,
basically just smoothly worn. Rare rev type. (A Fine, same magistrate, brought $246, CNG eAuc 8/16.) MB $65
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