ANCIENT & EARLY COINS
AUCTION 118 CLOSING 11 PM, TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2022
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GREEK COINS etc., listed alphabetically
1 ABBAITIS, Æ19x23, Zeus head r/Winged thunderbolt & lgnd in wreath, S5096;
VF, centered on oval flan, dark greenish patina with some earthen hilighting; quite bold & nice.
(A VF brought $124, Naumann 4/16.) Starting Bid $50
2 AKRAGAS, Cast Æ Tetras, "tooth-shaped," c.440-430 BC, Eagle stg l/crab/4 pellets on base;
ex-Naville auction as GVF, the devices hazy as always, but the 4 pellets very bold & EF;
dark greenish patina; smooth surfaces. Decades ago I had a satiric article in Coin World about
"3-sided" ancient coins; but this really is such a thing.
(A VF brought $426, M&M 6/14; F or + $166 on $275 bid in my 9/15 sale.) Starting Bid $90
3 AMISOS, Æ22, c. 100 BC, Zeus head r/Eagle stg on thunderbolt, S3644; VF/F, brown patina,
lighter on high parts, some rev strike wkness, Zeus head bold & detailed.
(A VF realized $200, Roma 12/19.) Start Bid $20
4 ASPENDOS, Stater, 385-370 BC, 2 Wrestlers/Slinger rt, triskeles in field, S5390 (no letters
betw wrestlers); c/mk triskeles (rare & very clear) at obv bottom; AVF, nrly centered, decent
strike, good metal with lt tone. Starting Bid $140
5 ATHENS, Tet, 449-413 BC, Athena head r/owl stg r, S2526; Choice Mint State, excellent
metal with lt tone & underlying luster, perfectly centered & very sharply struck, with the obv
hair waves totally crisp. That's what I look for on these. Most examples from recent hoard lack this.
Equal to the one in my last sale bringing $3601; An EF realized $9200, Triton 1/12.)
Starting Bid $1100
6 ATHENS, Tet, 449-413 BC, Athena head r/owl stg r, S2526; Virtually Mint State, perfectly
centered; good bright metal; quite well struck; again the hair waves are very sharp, and
with an especially deep-dish reverse. (Compare a GVF bringing $4600, CNG 9/12.)
Start Bid $900
7 ATHENS, Tet, 449-413 BC, Athena head r/owl stg r, S2526; EF, well centered on a sl misshapen elongated flan; some micro-dots on obv, barely visible, nevertheless good bright metal with lt tone; once more, the hair waves absolutely sharp. Starting Bid $700
8 ATHENS, Tet, 449-413 BC, Athena head r/owl stg r, S2526; EF/AEF, sl off-ctr, the obv to left with head complete; decent bright metal; yet again Athena's hair waves are fully sharp. Start Bid $650
Note: In my recent sales, the best Athenian Tet would get many bids, with the others largely ignored. Thus the best went high, while the others were bargains. A word to the wise.
9 BAKTRIA Eukratides I, 171-135 BC, Obol, Helmeted head r/caps of the Dioscuri with
palm branches, S7578; EF, minimally off-ctr, good metal, sharp portrait in high relief.
(A VF sold for $885, Gorny 3/11.) Starting bid $130
10 BAKTRIA Eukratides I, 171-135 BC, Obol, Helmeted head r/caps of the Dioscuri with
palm branches, S7578; VF+, centered, minimally grainy with lt tone, strong high-relief portrait.
Starting bid $80
11 BAKTRIA, Eukratides II, 145-140 BC, Tet, Bust r/Apollo stg w/bow, monogram, S7567
(Eukratides I), Bop.1H; VF+/VF, centered, some surface imperfections nrly all on rev, a nice
bold coin with accentuating dark tone in recesses.
(Same var, "practically VF" brought $1739, Palombo 6/09) Starting bid $400
12 BIRYTIS, Æ11, c. 300 BC, Kabeiros head l./BI-PY around club in wreath, S4056;
EF, rev sl off-ctr, brownish-green patina; great detail on head.
(An EF sold for $575, NY Sale 1/09.) Starting bid $60
13 BITHYNIAN Kingdom, Nikomedes III, 127-94 BC, Tet., Bust r/Zeus stg l, monogram
(seems a rare one!) date APP (hard to read because of lettering style with dot serifs);
as S7274 (£350); AEF/VF, well centered on a great big flan, sl porosity partially smoothed
mainly on rev; great detailed portrait of fine style.
(A VF of the type brought $1920, CNG 9/18.) Starting Bid $450
14 BYZANTION, Siglos, c.340-320 BC, Bull stg l on dolphin (rarely seen in nature),
PY above/"millsail" pattern incuse , S1579; Choice VF-EF, obv well centered & struck,
rev sl off-ctr; good metal, deeply toned; tiny nick on edge. Very nice quality for this.
(A VF+ brought $230 in my 2/05 sale; VF+ $353, Emporium Hamburg 11/17.)
Starting bid $100
15 CAPPADOCIA, Ariarathes VI, 130-116 BC, Drachm, Bust r/ Athena stg l, monogram,
Year Gamma below; As S7289; VF, centered, good metal. Decent coin.
(A GVF sold for $202, Kunker 10/20.) Starting bid $60
16 CAPPADOCIA, Ariarathes IX, 101-87 BC, Drachm, Bust r/ Athena stg l, T at left, Year Delta
below, as S7297; VF, rev sl off-ctr, some crudeness of obv field, portrait & rev well struck.
(A VF brought $245, Varesi 4/07.) Starting bid $60
17 CARTHAGE, Æ15, 3rd cent BC, Tanit head l./Horse stg r, palm behind; VF+/F-VF,
centered & complete, darkish green patina, minimal roughness; excellent detail on head.
Carthage has a weird fascination for collectors; maybe due to the Carthaginian practice of
sacrificing babies to Moloch by burning them alive.
(A Choice VF+/VF sold for $311 on a $340 bid in my 2/21 sale.) Starting Bid $65
18 CARTHAGE, Æ19, 3rd cent BC, Tanit head l./horse head r, Punic letter; Nice VF, centered,
dark brownish patina with some green hilighting; good strong hair detail on Tanit.
(Compare a F+ bringing $101 on $110 bid in my 5/98 sale; and F+ sold for $306, iNumis 3/11.)
Starting bid $75
19 CELTIC, Eastern Europe, Ar Tet., imitating Philip II of Macedon, Zeus head r/horseman r;
VF-EF, thick 21 mm flan, several edge splits, style celticized but clearly intelligible; rev somewhat
off-ctr; fairly good silver with lt grey tone.I could not find a match to any genuine coin, this seems to be a FORGERY. Starting Bid $20
20 CILICIA, Uncertain, 4th cent BC, Obol, Satrap head l, in bashliq/Female head facg 3/4 left,
rose to left (very clear on this coin); SNG Cop Supp 537; AEF, somewhat off-ctr, decent metal with
only faint graininess, both heads nice with strong details.
(A VF ("very rare") brought $220, Leu 12/21; porous EF $360 ("very rare"), Triton 1/15)
Starting bid $75
21 COLOPHON, Æ13, 360-330 BC, Apollo head r/horse forepart r, Magistrate Dionysodoros,
SNG Cop 151; VF+/VF, centered, dark green patina, minor porosity on rev, obv lovely with
strong detailed head. (Same variety, GVF, realized $116, Naumann 5/18.) Starting bid $50
22 EGYPT, PHARAOH NEKTANEBO II, 361-343 BC, Æ15, Leaping ram/scales; AVF, well
centered & clear, dark greenish patina. The only non-gold coin attributed to Pharaonic Egypt —
tho some evidence suggests a more prosaic Syrian attribution. Take your pick.
(A VF sold for $5423, Gorny 3/07.) Starting bid $110
23 EGYPT, Ptolemy III, 246-222 BC, Æ19, Zeus Ammon head r/Aphrodite Statue, S7824;
VF+/VF, rev sl off-ctr but lgnd complete; nice even brown patina; excellent detail on head, in
fine style. Unusually good for this scarce type; ex my collection.
(A GVF brought $529, Gemini 1/09.) Starting Bid $100
24 EGYPT, Ptolemy IV, 222-205 BC, Æ40, Zeus Ammon hd r/Eagle stg l, head r, LI betw legs;
VF, well centered, medium brown patina, only insignificant surface imperfections, a nice bold coin.
(A GVF sold for $793, Nomos 5/17.) Start bid $200
25 EGYPT, Cleopatra VII, 51-30 BC, Æ10, of Paphos, her head r/cornucopiae, F-VF/F, rev sl
off-ctr, dark brown patina with earthen hilighting, head quite clear.
(A F-VF/AF brought $561 in my 12/20 sale.) Starting Bid $110
26 ELAIUSSA, Æ20, 120-80 BC, Zeus head r/Nike stg l; F-VF/F, pale green patina, darker
on high points, some adjustment (?) marks on obv edge. Good bold head.
(A GVF brought $255, CNG 9/05.) Starting bid $15
27 ELYMAIS, Kamnaskires III & Queen Anzaze, c. 82-80 BC, Ar Tet, Conjoined busts left,
anchor behind/Zeus std l., lgnd around, date GLS below (clear), S6171 (£1250); VF/EF,
somewhat smoothed, dark tone in recesses; quite a good rev for this with only sl crudeness.
Rare. (A GVF with lt porosity & wk rev strike brought $4,700, Triton 1/14.) Start Bid $275
28 ELYMAIS, Kamnaskires V, 54-33 BC, Ar Tet, Bearded bust l., anchor at rt with star above/
lgnd & bearded bust l, GIC 5884 (£250), EF, obv well centered & quite strongly struck with
great detail; rev rather crude as always. Pale silvery-brown color. Really choice for this.
(A Nice VF brought $1725, Triton 1/04.) Starting bid $180
29 ELYMAIS, Kamnaskires VI, Æ Drachm, GIC-5890 (£35), bust l., cresc above anchor/dashes;
VF, obv well centered & struck, rev very crude; light brown. Much scarcer than later types.
(A VF+ sold for $125, Pegasi 4/10.) Starting bid $20
30 ELYMAIS, Orodes I, Æ Drachm, GIC-5892, bust l., anchor/ Artemis bust r, Choice VF, well
centered, rev with virtually full lgnd, unusual; light brown.
(A Nice VF brought $67 on $100 bid in my 11/13 sale.) Starting bid $17
31 ELYMAIS, Phraates, Æ Drachm, GIC-5899, Bust l./Artemis stg r; VF, centered with
full (tho crude) rev lgnd, scarce thus. Light brown.
(A VF brought $63 on $125 bid in my 6/13 sale; VF $120, Peus 4/13.) Starting bid $18
32 ELYMAIS, Orodes III, Æ Drachm, GIC-5910, Facg bust/ dashes, Nice VF, centered, strong
detailed portrait, light brown. (A VF brought $48 in my 3/04 sale.) Start Bid $15
33 EPHESOS, Tet, 390-330 BC, Bee/Stag & palm, magistrate Epigonos (rare!); as S4372;
VF, well centered & decently struck, minor trace of smoothing, even dark patina. Quite good
for these. With Economopoulos tag $1950.
(VFs of the type brought $4040, NAC 5/21; $4313, Heritage 1/12.) Starting Bid $850
34 GALATIA, Amyntas, Æ22, 36-25 BC, Herakles hd r/Lion walking r, S5694 (£24). Nice F-VF,
well centered & struck, smooth darkish brown patina. Scarce. With Economopoulos tag $425.
(A GVF realized $641, Leu 5/21.) Starting Bid $60
35 HIMYARITES, (Arabia), Amdan Bayyin, Ar Quinarius, c.100 AD, Head r, monogram behind/
small head rt in lgnd, monogram rt, GIC-5718; Nice EF, deeply cupped fabric, good strike with
detailed heads, lgnds fully clear; bright metal. (An EF realized $410, Gorny 10/05.)
Starting Bid $75
36 INDO-PARTHIAN, Gondophares, 40-5 BC, Æ Tet, Head r/Nike stg r; VF, green-brown patina,
some crudeness, flat striking at obv bottom, portrait quite strong.
(A GVF with lt roughness brought $202, CNG eAuc 2/09.) Start Bid $20
37 JUDAEA, Alexander Jannaeus, 103-76 BC, Æ Prutah, anchor/star, Hend.1150; VF, a good
example of the quintessential "widow's mite," unround 12 mm flan, obv somewhat off-ctr but
half of lgnd present, hilighted brown patina, rev well centered & bold.
(A VF brought $76 on $111 bid in my 3/08 sale; GVFs actually realized $510, Kunker
3/13 & $780, CNG 9/21!) Starting Bid $30
38 JUDAEA, Porcius Festus, Procurator under Nero, Lgnd in wreath/Palm branch, Hend.1351;
AVF, obv only sl off-ctr, lgnds pretty much clear, darkish olive-green patina. Reasonably decent.
(A VF brought $108 on $177 bid in my 7/12 sale.) Starting Bid $25
39 JUDAEA, Pontius Pilate (the exercise king), Æ Prutah, 3 bound barley grains/ladle, Hen.1341;
VF, moderately off-ctr, much of lgnds present, greenish-brown patina with earthen hilighting;
devices quite strong. A much above average example, carefully selected from a bagful by this
indefatigable searcher with an obsessive eye for quality.
(A NVF brought $442, Noble 11/20; VF $863, Gemini 1/10.) Start Bid $150
40 KAULONIA, Stater, c.500-480 BC, 27 mm, Apollo adv r, hldg running figure, stag rt/
Apollo & stag left, incuse; 5-letter Ethnic reading downward each side (quite rare variety); 7.36 gm;
HN Italy 2038; as S252 (£2500); Choice VF+, well struck, excellent metal with lt tone,
a particularly bold & pleasing example.
(A slight variant, GVF with sl pits brought $7527, Spink 12/13.) Starting Bid $1200
41 KNIDOS, Tridrachm or Stater, 394-387 BC, Infant Herakles grappling with snakes/Aphrodite
head r, S4838 (£4000); F/F-VF, centered, minor traces of roughness & smoothing, but a decent
bold example. Very rare iconic type.
(Comparable to a ltly corroded F-VF bringing $3160, Kunker 10/19.) Starting Bid $1200
42 KYZIKOS, Hemiobol, 480-450 BC, boar forepart l, tunny behind/Lion head l, K (or star?)
above, S3851 (£50); AEF, centered on a sl unround flan, decent metal. Well detailed; quite
good for this. (A GVF brought $175, Noble 11/07.) Starting Bid $40
43 LARISSA, Æ15, c. 300 BC, Nymph head r/horse l.; VF, nrly centered, smooth dark patina,
strong earthen hilighting; rev somewhat weak; obv head very bold & attractive.
(A GVF brought $358, Naumann 6/13.) Starting Bid $35
44 LESBOS, billon Diobol or 1/12 Stater, 1.22 gms, c.500-450 BC, 2 boar hds face-to-face.
LES above/incuse square, S3488 (£140); VF, well centered & struck, a nice bold example
of this Lesbian coin. (A F-VF brought $216 in my 12/91 sale.) Starting Bid $75
45 LYCAONIA, Eikonium (or Iconium), Æ15, 1st cent BC, Zeus head r/Perseus stg hldg
severed Gorgon head, S5505 (£20); VF, nrly centered, dark green patina with strong paler
green hilighting; somewhat crude die work. Very scarce. (A VF brought $69, Naumann 11/15.)
Starting Bid $20
46 MACEDON, Alexander the Great, 336-323 BC, Tet, of Mylasa or Kaunos, Herakles head r/
Zeus std l, double-headed axe at left, Pr.2074; F-VF, centered, but considerable porosity &
smoothing. Rare. (Same variety, VF, brought $1499, Naumann 7/21.) Starting Bid $100
47 MACEDON, Alex the Great, Drachm, Herakles head r/ Zeus std l, 2 monograms,
Kolophon, Pr.1794; Choice EF, obv nrly centered, rev well centered; quite sharply struck with
superb detail; good metal with lt tone.
(Same variety, NGC "Choice VF" realized $336, Heritage 1/21; GVF, worn dies, $354, CNG eAuc 10/21.)
Starting Bid $185
48 MACEDON, Alex the Great, Drachm, Herakles hd r/Zeus stdl, torch & monogram at left;
struck by Philip III, Sardes, Pr.2589; AEF, well centered & struck, good metal, nice.
(Same variety, GVF, brought $431, Roma 9/21; NGC "Ch. VF" $504, Heritage 4/21.)
Starting Bid $125
49 MACEDON, Alexander the Great, Æ16, Macedonian shield with central thunderbolt/helmet,
Pr. 404; AEF/VF, nrly centered, dark brown patina; obv particularly well struck with strong detail.
(A GVF brought $207, CNG 9/07.) Start Bid $35
50 MACEDON, Aesillas, Quaestor, 90-75 BC, Tet, Alexander head r, Theta behind/Club, money
chest & chair in wreath, S`1439; Nice EF, nrly centered, strong strike for this with no wkness;
great portrait detail; good metal with lt tone. Fairly common coin, but not in this high quality.
(Same variety, VF-EF, realized $2030, Gorny 3/17.) Starting Bid $850
51 MACEDON, Autonomous, 187-168 BC, Tetrobol, MAKE around club in center of shield/
Helmet, 3 monograms & trident, as S1387; Choice EF, centered & quite sharply struck, good
metal with lt tone. (An EF of the type realized $884, Roma 9/17.) Starting Bid $135
52 MASIKYTES, Lycian League Hemidrachm, c. 48-20 BC, Apollo head r/Lyre, M-A below,
plectrum at bottom left, in incuse square; Choice EF, nrly centered on sl ragged flan, hint of
smoothing with deep tone, quite sharply struck, superb portrait detail.
(Same variety, NEF with some porosity, brought $413, CNG eAuc 8/21.) Starting Bid $160
53 MESEMBRIA, Æ22x24, c. 250-175 BC, Female head r/ Athena adv l, lgnd, as S1677;
Choice VF, centered, well struck, dark olive-green patina with hilighting and incredibly luscious smooth surfaces. (A VF (weak strike) realized $404, Hirsch 5/19. I don't cite such prices as necessarily
typical. This one seems crazy. But obviously somebody thought the coin was worth that much.)
Starting Bid $65
54 MILETOS, 1/12 Stater, 6th cent BC, Lion forepart, head l./ star pattern in square, S3532 (£65);
EF, obv centered low with part of lion's face off; great sharp detail on mane; excellent metal
quality; rev well centered & lovely. This is the earliest coin you can buy without embezzlement.
(An AEF brought $301 on $340 bid in my 1/19 sale.) Starting Bid $60
55 MILETOS, 1/12 Stater, 6th cent BC, Lion forepart, head rt (scarcer)/ star pattern in square,
S3533 (£75); VF, well centered with lion head complete & his foreleg present; usual die bulge
at rev edge; good untoned metal. (A VF brought $277, Noble 3/21.) Starting Bid $40
56 NABATAEA, Aretas IV, 9 BC - 40 AD, Æ18, Conjoined heads of Aretas & Queen
Shaqilath r/Crossed cornucopiae, Aramaic lgnd, GIC-5699; Choice VF+, well centered & struck,
smooth dark green patina with strong earthen hilights, bold portraits. Aretas was supposedly
one of the 3 wise guys bringing goodies to baby Jesus.
(A GVF realized $551, M&M 5/11; VF $145 on $200 bid in my 9/09 sale.) Starting Bid $65
57 NEAPOLIS (Macedon), Hemidrachm, 424-350 BC, Facing Gorgoneion/nymph head r,
lgnd at rt, S1417; AEF, centered & well struck with strong detail, a bold gorgeous Gorgon;
good metal with lt tone; fine style. (A GVF brought $879, Kunker 3/11.) Starting Bid $200
58 PANORMOS, Æ16, Veiled Ceres hd l./dove stg in wreath, VF+, perfectly centered, dark
green patina with some negligible surface imperfections; strong detailed head.
Nice and very rare! (Much better than a VF bringing $134, CNG eAuc 5/14.) Starting Bid $50
59 PARTHIA, Phriapatios (formerly Mithradates I), 185-170 BC, Æ16, Sellwood 8.2, Head l.,
in bashliq/Horse rt; VF, centered, sl rough but glossy dark green patina, rev a bit weak, portrait
quite strong for this. RARE. (A Ch. VF realized $870, NY Sale 1/16; VF $462, Kunker 10/20.)
Starting Bid $60
60 PARTHIA, Phriapatios (Mithradates I), Drachm, Sellw. 10.1, bust l., in bashliq/Archer std r;
VF, well centered, cupped fabric, obv somewhat crudely struck and with some porosity &
roughness; portrait clear; moderately deep tone. Rare. (A GVF sold for $863, Triton 1/13.)
Starting Bid $75
61 PARTHIA, Mithradates I, c. 171-138 BC, Tetradrachm, Sellw.13.5, Bearded bust r/Naked
Herakles stg l, DOP in exergue; VF, obv well centered, rev sl off-ctr but complete, minor smoothing
in fields with traces of porosity remaining, but a pleasant coin with bold details. Very rare, much
more so than Sellw 13.2. (Compare a 13.2, GVF with minor porosity, bringing $4113, CNG 5/13.)
Starting Bid $1350
62 PARTHIA, Mithradates II, 123-88 BC, Drachm, Bust l./ Archer std r, Sellw.27.1; Superb EF,
nrly centered, good bright metal, portrait detail ridiculously sharp.
(An EF realized $1530, Tradart 12/14; EF $542, Gorny 10/21.) Start Bid $150
63 PARTHIA, Mithradates II, 123-88 BC, Æ17 Dichalkon, Sellw.28.17, Bust l., in tiara/Pegasos rt;
VF, nrly centered, brown patina, sl roughness & mottling, portrait with strong detail, most of rev
lgnd clear. Way above par for Parthian Æ. (Ex my 1/01 auction bringing $91 on $110 bid.)
Start Bid $50
64 PARTHIA, Orodes I, 90-80 BC, Drachm, Sellw 31.5, Virtually Mint State, good centering &
strike, bright lusterlike metal, superb portrait detail.
(An AEF brought $936 in the 1/15 "Collectors Gone Wild" NY Sale.) Starting Bid $150
65 PARTHIA, Orodes II, 57-38 BC, Æ16 (Dichalkon), As Sellw.43.13 but Mithradartkart
mintmk (clear), Bust l/ Pegasos rt; F-VF centered, dark patina, minor roughness, portrait has
much detail. With Fred Shore tag, VF $100. Rare with this mintmk, no sale record found
online. Starting Bid $20
66 PARTHIA, Orodes II, Drachm, Sellw.48.9; VF, nrly cent-ered on large elongated flan, a little
crude, decent metal with tone. (A VF+ brought $500 (why??), CGB 11/09) Start Bid $30
Please bid early, get your shots, & call your mother occasionally
67 PARTHIA, Phraates IV, Drachm, Sell. 53.7, Mithradatkart; VF-EF, nrly centered on egg-shaped
flan, minor crudeness, good for this.
N O T E : on this lot, you can bid on either the actual coin, or on a crypto NFT (Non-Fungible Token)
version. For those in the Stone Age, an NFT is a digital coding of the thing, not a physical object,
a data package stored on a blockchain, signifying one's ownership. Again, not an actual coin.
NFTs are typically of artsy things. Coin NFTs are very rare! (A GVF brought $253, Triton 1/10.
An NFT of a similar coin sold for $412,000 in a Sotheby's auction.)
Starting Bid $45 (for the coin. For the NFT, $160,000.)
68 PARTHIA, Phraates IV, Drachm, Sellw. 54.9; EF, a touch off-ctr, well struck & good metal
for this, sharp portrait detail. (An EF sold for $407, Peus 4/21.) Starting Bid $90
69 PARTHIA, Phraatakes, 2 BC - 4 AD, Drachm, Sellw.56.6, AEF, obv centered sl low as usual,
well struck for this, decent bright metal. Much above average quality.
(Compare a VF on irregular flan bringing $320, Gorny 3/15.) Starting Bid $60
70 PARTHIA, Artabanus II, Drachm, Sellw.63.12, EF, only sl off-ctr, good metal for this with
darkish tone. Sharp well-struck portrait. Scarcer Mithradatkart issue, usually found crummy.
(A GVF realized $253, CNG eAuc 8/17.) Start Bid $95
71 PARTHIA, Vardanes I, Drachm, Sellw. 64.31, Choice EF, usual low obv centering,
excellent metal with toning; crudeness on couple rev letters; portrait exceptionally sharp.
Scarcer issue. (An EF brought $341, CNG 9/99; VF $468, NY Sale 1/15.) Starting Bid $110
72 PARTHIA, Vardanes II, Æ12, Sellw.69.15, Bust l./Nike rt in square beaded border; AVF,
darkish brown patina, well centered. Scarce type with 5 diadem ribbons, fully clear here.
(Nicer than a GF-NVF bringing $92, Bertolami 3/18, the only sale record on acsearch.)
Starting Bid $30
73 PARTHIA, Vologases III (now he wants to be called Pakoros I, with the pronoun "they"),
105-147 AD, Drachm, Sel. 78.5, Choice EF, usual low obv centering, very sharply struck,
good metal with deep toning. (An EF brought $234, NY Sale 1/15.) Starting Bid $65
74 PARTHIA, Osroes I, Æ12, Sellw.80.29, bust left with big round hair bunch/griffin rt;
F-VF, sl off-ctr on a very irregular flan; good dark brown surfaces. Clear portrait with detail.
RARE type, actually more so in Æ than silver. With Fred Shore tag VF $125.
(A VF brought $192 Triton 1/04.) Start Bid $40
75 PARTHIA, Osroes II, c. 190 AD, Drachm, Sel.85.3, EF, obv only sl off-ctr, rev well centered;
good strike with rev less crude than usual; deepish tone; few very sl obv surface improprieties.
(AN EF sold for $283, Rauch 5/09.) Starting Bid $60
76 PERSIA, Siglos, c. 450-330 BC, King stg r with dagger & bow, S4683 (£85); AVF, nrly
centered on sl narrow flan, full bow, dagger arm partly off; few sm banker marks; good metal,
toned, much detail. (A F+ brought $96 on $197 bid in my 5/01 sale; VF $775, Kunker 9/10.)
Starting Bid $55
77 PERSIS, Napad or Kapat, c. 20 AD, Obol, Bust l./bust l., GIC-5952, Alr.614; EF, centered,
good metal, obv nice with well-detailed portrait, rev mushily struck.
(A VF realized $115, Peus 4/00.) Starting Bid $35
78 PERSIS, Unknown King or "Prince Y," 1st cent AD, Obol, bust l., in Parthian style tiara/
Double diadem; AEF, obv centered & nice with good detail, rev somewhat off-ctr & crude;
deeply toned. Note: this coin appeared in 3 of my past sales. Will somebody please buy it
and KEEP it? Start Bid $25
79 PHENEOS, Æ18, 300-240 BC, Artemis Heurippa bust r/horse grazing r, S2734; VF/F+,
centered, dark green patina, obv awfully nice, rev a bit rough. RARE. Ex BCD with his tag
noting purchase from 1974 Peus auction for DM241; also with Economopoulos tag $375.
(A GVF, sl rough, reportedly sold for $365, CNG Web shop #814714.) Starting bid $65
80 PHOKAIA, obol (.94 g), c.521-478 BC, Archaic female head l./ 4-part incuse square;
SNG Kayhan 522; AVF, well centered, good metal, very nice for these.
(A GVF (Kayhan 522 but trihemiobol), closely matching style, brought $460, CNG 9/05.)
Starting Bid $50
81 RHODES, Æ37, time of Nero, Dionysos head l./Nike stg l; RPC 2755; AVF, well centered,
dark green patina with lt to moderate roughness; but quite decent for these, rev lgnd fully clear.
(At least equal to one in Gorny 10/17, not graded but looks F+, bringing $673.)
Starting bid $175
82 SELGE, Obol (.83 g.), 350-300 BC, Facing Gorgon head/Athena hd rt; VF/F-VF, well
centered (unusual for this), obv style somewhat crude with weirdly bug-eyed Gorgon; decent metal.
(A sl rough VF, close style match, brought $233, M&M 11/13.) Starting bid $35
83 SMYRNA, Æ20, c. 105-95 BC, Apollo head r/Homer std l magistrate Eumelos;
VF/F-VF, nrly centered, sl uneven greenish-brown patina, glossy with a few small
surface imperfections, some planchet adjustment & weak striking at rev bottom.
Detailed head. (Same variety, VF brought $308, Solidus 9/21.) Starting Bid $45
84 SPAIN, NERONKEN (Narbona), Æ26, 1st cent BC, Female head r, bull leaping r, wreath
above; F-VF, centered on sl irregular flan, medium brown, modest surface misdemeanors, not
felonies. Fully clear lgnd. Rare! (Nicer than a VF bringing $394, CGB 4/07; one only Fair, with
obv scrs, sold for $267, CNG eAuc 12/13.) Starting Bid $120
85 SYRACUSE, Agathokles, 317-289 BC, Æ13x16, Athena head r/Winged thunderbolt,
S1204; AEF/VF, a bit off-ctr, head complete & nice with good detail; medium brown patina;
edge split. Much scarcer than the larger issues. (A VF realized $224, CNG eAuc 5/20.)
Starting bid $85
86 SYRACUSE, Hieron II, 275-215 BC, Æ26, Diademed head l./horseman r, S1221;
VF-EF/VF, centered, medium brown patina, lovely detailed portrait of fine style; rev a little rough,
not bad. (A GVF realized $764, CNG 9/13.) Starting Bid $90
87 SYRIA, Antiochos II, 261-246 BC, Tet, His head r/Apollo std l, 2 monograms, Newell ESM 189;
VF-EF/VF, well centered & struck, perhaps the slightest hint of smoothing. Portrait well-detailed
with his usual worried expression. (Same variety, VF, brought $920, Elsen 9/21.)
Starting Bid $250
88 SYRIA, Achaios, usurper, 220-214 BC, Æ20, Apollo head r/Eagle r, S6962; VF-EF, obv
off-ctr, portrait well detailed with profile crowded but complete; darkish brown patina;
sl roughness mainly on rev. (A VF brought $360, Gorny 10/06.) Starting Bid $90
89 SYRIA, Antiochos IX, 113-95 BC, Æ22, Head r/Dionysos stg l, S7169; VF/F, obv well centered,
rev sl off-ctr, dark green patina with hilighting, sl roughness, strong hair detail on portrait
(well, where else would it be?). (A VF sold for $150, CNG eAuc 12/08.) Starting Bid $17
90 TEOS, Diobol, c.400 BC, Griffon std r/lyre, magistrate Diuches name at left; VF, centered
on unround flan, nice metal, bold griffin, good for this.
(Same variety, VF+, brought $175, Pegasi 11/12.) Start Bid $65
91 THESSALIAN League, Stater, c. 50 BC, Zeus head r/ Athena stg r, magistrates Philoxenides
& Damothoinos; VF+, centered, sl irregular flan, dark patina.
(Same variety, GVF, brought $384, CNG 5/14.) Starting Bid $110
92 THOURIOI, Diobol (1/6 Stater), c.400-350 BC, Athena head r/bull butting r, grain ear
below; AVF/F, well centered, bright silver with sl surface faults mainly on rev. Nice bold Athena
head. Very rare with grain ear! Starting bid $50
93 As, A. Caecilius, Janus head/Prow, CAE monogram above, 169-158 BC, Cr. 174/1, Syd.355;
F-VF, dark brown patina, modest roughness, Janus faces clear, as is the moneyer.
(A Fine realized $136, Agora 2/16.) Starting Bid $75
94 Quadrans, Q. Caecilius Metellus, 130 BC, Hercules hd r/ Prow, monogram above,
Cr.256/4a, Sy.510b; VF, rev sl off-ctr, dark green patina with a little earthen hilighting.
(A VF sold for $196, NAC 5/17.) Starting bid $50
95 Quartuncia, 217-215 BC, Roma head r/prow, Cr.38/8, Sy.88; VF, well centered, lt tan-brown,
lt roughness, much detail visible. (A GF brought $468, Roma 5/13.) Start bid $45
96 Den., L. Trebanius, Cr.241/1a, Sy.456, Roma head r/Jupiter in quadriga r; F-VF/F, well
centered & struck, good metal with lt tone, nice for the grade.
(Same grade, brought $101 on $110 bid in my 3/04 sale.) Starting bid $50
97 Q. Metellus, c.119-110 BC, Den., Cr.256/1, Sy.509, Roma head r/Jupiter in slow quadriga;
Choice VF, obv a hair off-ctr, excellent metal with mellow tone; ex my collection in env from 1985.
(A VF realized $306, Noble 4/13.) Start bid $100
98 M. Porcius Laeca, Den, Cr. 270/1, Sy.5123; Roma head r/ Libertas in quadriga r, Victory above;
VF, rev negligibly off-ctr; bright metal with almost invisible imperfections.
(A VF with a few lt marks brought $177, CNG eAuc 2/21.) Starting bid $90
99 M. Cipius, Den, 115-114 BC, Cr.289/1, Sy.546, Roma head r/Victory in biga r; VF, nrly
centered on usual smallish flan, excellent metal, nice for this issue.
(A GVF sold for $517, Roma 10/11.) Starting bid $90
100 C. Egnatuleius, Quinarius, 97 BC, Cr. 333/1, Sy.588, Apollo hd r/Victory & trophy;
AEF/VF, centered on oval flan, minor striking crudeness but great detail on head; excellent
metal with tone. Ex my collection in env from 1983. (A VF brought $265, Peus 4/06.)
Starting bid $110
101 D. Junius Silanus, 91 BC, Den., Cr.337/3, Sy.646, Roma head r/Victory in biga r; EF, nrly
centered on oval flan, better struck than usual for this; good bright metal
(An EF sold for $1440, CNG 9/18.) Starting bid $200
102 L. Calpurnius Piso Frugi, 90 BC, Den, Cr.340/1, Sy.660; Apollo head, number left/
horseman r, number above, RA monogram below; VF, nrly centered, sl crudeness mainly on rev,
ltly toned; almost invisible scratch on head.
(Sy.660, VF, "somewhat rough," brought $186, Leu 5/21.) Starting bid $85
103 C. Licinius Macer, Den, Cr.354/1, Sy.732, Apollo hurling thunderbolt left/Minerva in
quadriga r, VF, nrly centered, better strike than usual for this issue; few faint scrs on obv,
otherwise excellent metal with lt toning. (A Near VF brought $220, Noble 4/11.)
Starting bid $85
104 IMPERATORIAL. MARK ANTONY, Legionary Denarii, Galley/Eagle betw standards,
LOT of 5 coins: Legion V number fairly clear; VII & XI less so, doubtful; & 2 more with legion
numbers illegible. Low grade, worn, with some problems. Starting bid $50
105 MARK ANTONY, Den., by Ahenobarbitol, Antony's head r/prow, COPY, by Slavei? Struck,
in silver, beautiful workmanship, EF+, attractive toning. Starting Bid $15
106 AUGUSTUS, Den., P. Licinius Stolo, Augustus on horse r/cap betw shields, RIC 344;
fourree, plating broken with core exposure only at top of left shield; otherwise a bold VF+,
centered, obv lgnd partly crowded, minor touches of patina. Very rare type.
(A GVF with lt porosity brought $3363, Nomos 5/13.) Starting Bid $300
107 AUGUSTUS & RHOEMETALKES, Thrace, Æ20, bust r/bust r, Choice VF+/AEF, lgnds
complete albeit parts wk, smooth deep green patina. Detailed portraits of course. Ex Hirsch
auction as AEF. I try to buy nice coins & should use the word "Choice" more. NGC calls many
coins "choice" that are downright ugly. (A GVF realized $293, CNG 5/08.) Starting Bid $90
108 GERMANICUS, As, by Caligula, Bust l/SC in lgnd; VF, sl off-ctr, obv lgnd partly off at rt,
rev lgnd essentially complete; dark brown, lighter on high parts; portrait shows strong hair detail.
A fairly pleasant example. (A VF brought $1093, Triton 1/06.) Starting Bid $175
109 NERO CLAUDIUS DRUSUS, Sest, bust l./Claudius std left amid shields & stuff; Let's call
this VF/F, it's centered with obv lgnd virtually complete, rev with some flat striking at top;
medium brown patina with only minor obv surface imperfections, the rev a bit more rough.
Portrait has very strong hair detail. Have I described this enough? Heck, just look at the
photo. (Compare a F with lgnd wkness & flan flaws sold for $700, Noble 7/06;
F+/VG $600, Berk 5/03.) Starting Bid $375
110 AGRIPPINA SENIOR, Sest, Bust r/SPQR MEMORIAE AGRIPPINAE, Carpentum left drawn
by 2 mules, RIC 55; Extremely Fine, well centered, medium brown, fields noticeably smoothed
with some roughness still present; a little porosity within lgnd, portrait has superb sharp hair
detail that's original, not tooled. (I note a faint raised ridge in obv right field that doesn't show up in the photo.) Rare type, more so than the one with big SC.
(An EF with "Tiber patina" brought $113,081 (yes), NAC 11/13. VF $7650, Tradart 12/14.)
Start bid $1700
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