ANCIENT & EARLY COINS
AUCTION 116 CLOSING 11 PM, TUESDAY, JUNE 29, 2021
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PHOTOS BELOW LOT DESCRIPTIONS
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GREEK COINS etc., listed alphabetically
1 AIGINA, Æ12, 360-330 BC, 2 dolphins, A betw/skew pattern in incuse square; S2610;
AVF/VF, medium green patina, centered, bold & clear. Rare — Much more so than the silver
turtle coins. (Nicer than a rough VF bringing $358, CNG eAuction 2/11.) Starting Bid $45
2 AKRAGAS, Hemidrachm, Eagle on hare l./crab & fish, c.410-406 BC, SNG ANS 1002;
F-VF, nrly centered, a little porous with some small surface faults, but bold clear features.
(An AVF, really hardly better, brought $444, Heidelberger 5/12.) Starting Bid $60
3 ANTANDROS, Trihemiobol, 4th cent BC, Artemis Astyrene head r/Goat stg r, grape bunch
above; S4037; AVF, nrly centered, decent bright metal, bold & nice. (A Near VF with minor
porosity realized $196, CNG eAuct 9/05.) Start Bid $60
4 ANTIOCH, Pseudo-Autonomous 1st cent BC, Æ20, Zeus head r/Zeus std l, hldg Nike; VF/AVF,
sl off-ctr, head complete & detailed; pale olive green patina with orangy hilighting.
(A GVF brought $310, Roma 2/15.) Starting Bid $20
5 ASPENDOS, Stater, 465-430 BC, Warrior adv rt with spear & shield/triskeles in incuse
square, S5381 (£750). VF, a little off-ctr, obv figure virtually complete & not badly struck for this,
with only sl softness. Good lusterlike metal. This early type was never seen till recent hoard.
(A VF brought $1119, Roma 6/15.) Starting Bid $130
6 ATHENS, Tet, 449-413 BC, Athena head r/owl stg r, S2526; Superb Mint State, excellent
lustrous metal, quite well 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.
(An EF brought $9200, Triton 1/12.) Starting Bid $1100
7 ATHENS, Tet, 449-413 BC, Athena head r/owl stg r, S2526; Choice EF, obv centered, rev a bit
off-ctr to bottom; good fresh metal with lt tone; again the hair waves are very sharp.
Ex Pars Coins as "FDC." (Compare a GVF bringing $4600, CNG 9/12.) Starting Bid $800
8 ATHENS, Tet, 449-413 BC, Athena head r/owl stg r, S2526; EF, well centered & sharply struck
with, once more, the hair waves absolutely sharp; moderately deep grey tone; some minor metal
faults on rev. Starting Bid $600
9 ATHENS, Tet, 449-413 BC, Athena head r/Owl stg r; bought from Heritage attributed as
Egyptian local coinage, citing P. Van Alfen, AJN 14, 2002, pl.11, 2. Coins on the market
similarly attributed are extremely close in style to regular Athenian ones. This specimen I've
puzzled over a lot and I doubt Heritage is correct, looks to me like normal Athenian.
It is EF, well centered on somewhat unround flan with full Athena head. And, yes, those hair waves
are sharp as heck, the way I like them. Starting Bid $650
10 ATHENS, Hemiobol, 449-413 BC, Athena head r/Owl stg r, F+, well centered & quite clear,
very scarce thus. Decent metal with tone. Ex Savoca as Near VF.
(A VF sold for $1322, yes, no kidding, Kunker 3/11.) Starting Bid $50
11 BAKTRIA, Demetrios I, c.205-171 BC, Tet, Bust rt in elephant scalp/Herakles stg,
monogram, S7526 var; Choice VF-EF, nrly centered on a broad flan, well struck, good metal
with possibly a hint of smoothing & nice contrasting tone. Splendid detailed portrait in fine style.
A great coin.
(A GVF with sl faults brought $5400, CN G 9/20.) Starting Bid $1500
12 BAKTRIA, Eukratides I, 171-135 BC, Obol, Helmeted head r/caps of the Dioscuri with
palm branches, S7578; EF, centered, well struck with excellent detailed portrait. Good metal with
lt tone. (A VF sold for $885, Gorny 3/11.) Starting bid $150
13 BRUTTIUM, The Brettii, Æ17, c. 211-208 BC, Nike head l./Zeus in biga l, bucranium below;
VF-EF/VF, centered, basically smooth green patina, strong hair detail. Start Bid $40
14 BRUNDISIUM, Æ13 Sextans, 2nd Cent BC, Neptune head r, Nike behind, 2 pellets below/ Phalanthos on dolphin hldg lyre; 2 pellets; VF+/VF, centered, reddish-brown patina with some
green, minor roughness, quite strong detail on head. (A VF brought $96, Bertolami 2/17.)
Starting Bid $40
15 BYBLOS, Adramalek & Iyyenad, 348-332 BC, 1/16 Shekel, Galley & hippocamp/lion attacking bull, S6010 (£75); VF, obv somewhat off-ctr, rev nrly centered with clear lgnd; decent metal.
Ex my 5/17 sale bringing $72 on a $260 bid.
(A GVF with soft obv realized $230, CNG eAuc 7/08.) Start bid $50
16 CAPPADOCIA, Ariarathes IX, 101-87 BC, Drachm, Bust r/Athena stg l, Monogram left, T right,
Year A below; Choice VF, quite well centered, ltly toned, possibly a trace of smoothing;
good strong detail. (A GVF sold for $368, CNG 9/06.) Starting bid $60
17 CARIAN Satraps, Pixodaros, c.341-335 BC, Apollo hd facg sl rt/Zeus Labraundos stg r;
Choice EF, well centered & struck, with particularly strong detail on Zeus; good metal, nicely
toned. (Better than the VF-EF which brought $1001 in my 9/20 sale; a GVF realized $1920,
CNG 9/20; EF $5500, Tradart 12/85.) Starting bid $600
18 CARTHAGE, Æ17, 3rd cent BC, Tanit head l./Horse stg r, palm behind; AEF/VF, sl off-ctr on
a very irregular shaped flan, head & horse complete, head with unusually strong detail.
Light brown patina with minor touches of roughness. "Carthaginian coins always have a
bizarre romance," I wrote in my last auction, and it was proven with the Choice VF+/VF of this
type selling for $311 on a $340 bid after intense competition.
(And a GVF reached $472, Gemini 1/11.) Start Bid $70
19 CARTHAGE, Æ22 (Shekel), 215-201 BC, Tanit head l./ horse stg r, head left, Punic letter in
front; AVF/F+, centered on sl irregular flan, green-brown patina, lighter on high parts, minor
surface imperfections, strong detail on head.
(A VF, "wild style," brought $180, Davisson 4/16.) Starting bid $35
20 CELTIC, Central Europe, Danubian Celts (not the Nubian Celts), Ar Tet, derived from Philip II,
Head r/horse l., abstrac-ted but recognizable, "Sattlekopfpferd" type, 3rd-2nd cent BC;
F-VF, well centered, good metal, moderately toned, minor edge crack.
(A VF brought $290, Leu 8/20.) Starting Bid $70
21 CILICIA, Uncertain satrap, 4th cent BC, Obol, Bearded male bust facg sl left/Female
bust l., apparently not published; F-VF/VF, obv sl off-ctr, darkly toned, sl surface faults mainly
in rev left field, both heads clear. Rare. (A GVF brought $354, Savoca 10/18.) Starting bid $35
22 DYRRHACHIUM, Drachm, 229-100 BC, Cow & calf rt, Helios hd above, owl to rt,
magistrate MAXATAS/Double stellate pattern, lgnd around, S1901 var; F-VF, obv nrly centered
& boldly struck, rev a considerable degree off-ctr. Good metal. Rare variety, none with these
symbols & magistrate found on acsearch.
(Same symbols but diff magistrate, VF, brought $655, Elsen 9/07.) Starting bid $35
23 EGYPT, Ptolemy II, 285-246 BC, Æ45, Zeus head r/Eagle stg l, head r, nothing betw legs
(every male's fear), S7782 (Æ46); F+/VG, moderately rough medium brown patina, head has
much detail. A massive coin I can just barely squeeze into a 2x2 envelope.
(Same type, Æ46, AVF/F+ brought $680 on $1000 bid in my last sale.) Starting Bid $60
24 EGYPT, Ptolemy III, Æ40x42, Zeus Ammon head r/Eagle stg l, head r, cornucopiae at shoulder,
E betw legs; F-VF/F, centered, brown patina, only slightest roughness, nice strong Zeus head.
Unusually large for issue. (How the heck could they strike coins this big with just human muscle power?) (Same, Æ39, F+ brought $151 in my 5/15 sale.) Starting Bid $70
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25 EGYPT, Cleopatra VII, Tet, Hd of Ptolemy I r/Eagle l, Isis headdress, LIH-PiA;
VF, somewhat unround flan, rev sl off-ctr & wk at bottom, some metal faults on obv & touch
of coppery tone. Ex my 1/19 sale bringing $167 on $260 bid.
(A VF realized $891, Lanz 12/12.) Starting Bid $120
26 ELYMAIS, Kamnaskires III & Queen Anzaze, c. 82-80 BC, Ar Tet, Conjoined busts left,
anchor behind/Zeus std l., lgnd around, S6171 (£1250); AEF, well centered & a good strike for
this with rev rather less crude than usual; good silver with pleasant toning. Excellent quality
example. Rare. (A GVF with lt porosity & wk rev strike brought $4,700, Triton 1/14.)
Starting Bid $700
27 ELYMAIS, Kamnaskires IV, c. 63-54 BC, Ar Tet, Bearded bust l., anchor at rt, star above/
Zeus std l, lgnd around, A in left field. VF, a tiny bit off-ctr, good bright silver with some sl
flan imperfections mainly on rev. VERY RARE — Tets with anchor on obv always come with the
later male bust rev. Also none of any type on acsearch have the A in rev field. Starting bid $300
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), VF, obv well centered, rev somewhat off-ctr but better struck
than usual, most of lgnd present & clear, bust seems somewhat double struck; good metal,
definitely silver with grey-brown tone. (A Nice VF brought 41725, Triton 1/04.)
Starting bid $150
29 ELYMAIS, Orodes I, Æ Drachm, GIC-5892, bust l., anchor/ Artemis is bust r,
Nice VF+/AVF, centered, two-toned green & brown patina, good strong portrait, rev better than
usual. (A Nice VF brought $67 on $100 bid in my 11/13 sale.) Starting bid $17
30 ELYMAIS, Orodes I, Æ Drachm, GIC-5896, Bust l., anchor/dashes; Choice VF, centered
& well struck, strongly contrasting green patina.
(A Ch. VF brought $42 on $47 bid in my 11/13 sale.) Starting Bid $17
31 ELYMAIS, Orodes II, Æ Drachm, GIC-5905, Facg bust/ dashes, Nice VF, highlighted green
patina, good strong face. (A VF brought $33 on $39 bid in my 2/09 sale.) Start Bid $15
32 EPEIROTES, Tet, Conjoined hds of Zeus Dodonaios & Diana/bull rt; COPY, an attractive
artistic piece, looks silver but probably plated; EF. Starting Bid $10
33 EPHESOS, Æ15, 202-133 BC, Bee within wreath/stag stg r, torch behind, Phi in front; VF,
rev off-ctr to bottom (bottom lgnd off), dark green patina with a little crusty earthen hilighting.
(A VF brought $126, Elsen 9/15.) Starting Bid $20
34 ERETRIA, Obol, c.500-465 BC, Facg bull's head/Octopus in incuse square.
Ex CNG 1/06 eAuc, "VF, darkly toned, rev a little rough;" I grade it VF/AF, the obv bold, the rev
misty. Ragged flan. Ex BCD collection with his tag; ex Wallace collection. Rare.
(Compare a VF bringing $556, Nomos 10/14; GF (obv off-ctr & mushy) $282, Noble 11/20.)
Start Bid $50
35 GELA, Æ18, 420-405 BC, Trias, Bull stg r, 3 pellets below/River God Gelas head r, corn
grain behind, sim. S1095; VF+/EF, nrly centered on large flan with edge irregularity; olivy
brown patina. Superb head detail. (A VF brought $502, Peus 10/13; AEF $1125, LHS 4/07.)
Starting Bid $150
36 HIMERA, Æ17 (Hemilitron), 420-408 BC, Nymph hd l./6 pellets in wreath, S1110; Choice EF,
obv sl off-ctr but head complete. rev well centered; sharply struck with great detail; minor
edge irregularity; smooth dark green patina. Ex European auction as SPL+.
(A GVF brought $374, CNG 5/08.; EF $840, CNG 5/20.) Starting Bid $150
37 ILION, (Troy), Æ13, 300-240 BC, Athena head r/Athena Ilias stg r, I-Lambda-I, thunderbolt
at lower left; as S4106; F-VF or perhaps better, obv centered sl low, sl ragged edge, glossy
dark chocolate patina. (A VF brought $230, CNG eAuc 5/15.) Starting Bid $25
38 INDO-GREEKS, KUSHANS, "Soter Megas" (Vima Takto, enigmatic ruler, son of Tik Takto),
c.55-105 AD, Æ Tet, bust r hldg scepter in front/king on horse r; VF, darkish greenish patina,
sl earthen hilighting, rev sl off-ctr. (A Ch VF brought $121 in my 11/12 sale.) Starting Bid $12
39 JUDAEA, Alexander Jannaeus, 103-76 BC, Æ Prutah, Double cornucopiae/Hebrew lgnd in
wreath, as Hen.1145 but with clear K (or possibly N?) at 12:30 on obv, not in Hendin or AJC &
certainly rare & very intriguing! F-VF or better, somewhat off-ctr & a bit ill-struck; sl squareish
flan; darkish brown with some hilighting; Hebrew lgnd partly clear.
(A F or better, normal H1145, brought $49 on $148 bid in my 9/15 sale.)
Starting Bid $25 (small compensation for all the time I spent puzzling over this coin)
40 JUDAEA, Pontius Pilate (famed for being the friend of Bigus Diccus, who Pilate said
"wanks as high as any in Wome"), Æ Prutah, 3 bound barley grains/ladle, Hen.1341; AVF, off-ctr
but types complete & most of rev lgnd present; darkish brownish-green patina with strong
earthen hilighting. (An F/VF brought $380, Kunker 9/06; NVF $442, Noble 11/20.)
Starting Bid $100
41 KATANE, Æ21, after 212 BC, River god reclining on amphora, hldg rhyton/caps of the
Dioscuri, lion hd & M monogram below, S1069, CNG Cop 185; F-VF, obv a bit off-ctr but
figure complete; olive green patina with mild roughess. Decent & rare.
(A VF, hardly better, brought $247, Triton 1/02.) Starting Bid $35
42 KAUNOS, Hemidrachm, c.166-100 BC, Athena head r/ sword in sheath, magistrate
PHAROS above, grape bunch left as S4818; VF, obv centered somewhat low but head complete;
well struck, good metal, bold & pleasant, (A VF brought $176, Kunker 3/20, same magistrate but
with grape bunch at rt; none found with grapes left.) Starting Bid $65
43 KROTON, Stater 530-500 BC, spread flan type (25 mm), Tripod, QPO left, heron rt/incuse
tripod, QPO left, TON rt; normally with heron or nothing at rev right, this configuration
apparently unrecorded for spread flan issues; VF, obv well centered, rev nrly so, some rather
minor surface imperfections, otherwise good metal with dark tone in recesses; obv nicely bold.
(Same variety, GVF, brought $2530, CNG 6/06.) Starting Bid $400
44 LESBOS, billon Diobol or 1/10 Stater, 1.19 gms, c.500-450 BC, 2 boar hds face-to-face/
rough incuse square, S3488 (£140); F-VF, well centered, good metal, toned, bold & clear.
Lesbos was where lesbos were invented. (An F-VF realized $216 in my 12/91 sale.)
Starting Bid $50
45 MACEDON, Philip III, 323-317 BC, Æ14, Macedonian shield with central pellet within
3 concentric circles/Helmet, below a grain ear & K, Pr.2072; Choice EF, obv just a smidgen off-ctr,
rev centered, well struck, nice two-toned green patina. Ex my collection (wrongly attributed).
This is actually a very rare coin.
(Same variety, VF, brought $78, Savoca 1/21 — the only example on acsearch.) Start Bid $75
46 MACEDON, Autonomous, 187-168 BC, Tetrobol, MAKE around club in center of shield/
Helmet, 3 monograms & thunderbolt, as S1387; Choice EF, obv a teeny bit off-ctr, quite sharply
struck, good metal with lt tone. (An EF realized $884, Roma 9/17.) Starting Bid $135
47 MACEDON, Autonomous, 187-168 BC, Tetrobol, MAKE around club in center of shield/
Helmet, 3 monograms & tripod at lower rt, as S1387; SNG Ashm. 3279; Choice EF, obv very sl
off-ctr, sharply struck, good metal with lt tone. (Same var., GVF, brought $183, Naumann 9/13.)
Starting Bid $135
48 MAGNESIA, Æ18, 350-190 BC, Apollo head l./bull forepart r, maeander pattern behind,
magistrate DIONYS, as S4489; AVF, well centered & struck; olive green patina is flaked off around
obv edge with aqua green underlayer; rev aqua green. Nevertheless, the coin is actually
quite attractive. (Same var, VF, hardly better, brought $130, Savoca 9/18.) Starting Bid $20
49 MASIKYTES, Lycian League Hemidrachm, c. 48-20 BC, Apollo head r/Lyre, M-A/Sigma-I,
LYKION above, in incuse square; EF, obv somewhat off-ctr to left with some planchet crudeness
at top. but head complete & sharply detailed; rev centered & well struck. Good bright metal. Overdescribed. Very rare with LYKION! (An EF, same variety, realized $546, Roma 11/19.)
Starting Bid $150
50 METAPONTUM, Archaic Nomos or Stater, c. 510-470 BC, Barley grain/same incuse, no lgnd
or symbol visible, 21 mm, VF-EF, the tiniest bit off-ctr, bright metal with only a hint of
roughness; boldly struck in high relief, the rev incuse quite well defined.
(Compare a Near VF with some roughness, 19 mm, bringing $620, CNG eAuc 1/19.)
Starting Bid $275
51 MILETOS, 1/12 Stater, 6th cent BC, Lion forepart, head l./ star pattern in square, S3532 (£65);
EF, obv off-ctr with front of lion's face off; great detail on his mane; edge split; excellent metal with
lt tone. This is the earliest coin you can get at a reasonably cheap price.
(An AEF brought $301 on $340 bid in my 1/19 sale.) Starting Bid $45
52 MILETOS, 1/12 Stater, 6th cent BC, Lion forepart, head l./ star pattern in square, S3532 (£65);
VF, obv off-ctr losing top of lion's head; excellent metal with lt tone.
(An F-VF/VF brought $126 on $144 bid in my 3/07 sale.) Starting Bid $25
53 NEAPOLIS (Macedon), Hemidrachm, 424-350 BC, Facing Gorgoneion/nymph head r, lgnd at
rt, S1417; EF/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
54 OLBIA, Arrow shaped coin, c. 550-450 BC, 44 mm, EF, quite well formed, almost
perfectly symmetrical, good green patina. Very nice example. (A VF realized $315, Lanz 6/93.)
Starting Bid $30
55 PANORMOS, as Ziz, Litra or obol, c.405-380 BC, Young male head l./man-headed bull l,
Punic lgnd SB'L SYS above, as S889 (£150); VF, insignificantly off-ctr, minor surface imperfections,
a decent clear bold coin. I have never met a man-headed bull, but have met some bull-headed men.
(A VF, same variety, brought $425, CNG eAuc 1/19.) Starting Bid $90
56 PARION, Hemidrachm, 350-300 BC, Bull stg l, looking back, crescent below/Facg Gorgon head,
as S3919 (£85); VF, well centered, ltly toned. A properly scary looking bug-eyed Gorgon.
Rare variety with crescent. (A VF of the type sold for $353, Peus 11/12.) Starting Bid $70
57 PARTHIA, Phraates II, 132-126 BC, Ar Drachm, Bust l., TAM behind (Tambrax mint)/Archer
std r, Sellw 16.11; F-VF, centered, crude rev die work, decent metal with lt tone, bold obv. Scarce.
(A VF realized $325, Peus 10/03.) Start Bid $50
58 PARTHIA, Mithradates II, Drachm, Sel.28.7, Choice Mint State, nrly centered & sharply struck
with superb portrait & crisp rev. Bright lusterlike metal, perhaps subtly smoothed in fields.
(An EF realized $775, CGB 11/09.) Starting Bid $170
59 PARTHIA, Mithradates II, 123-88 BC, Æ18, Bust l./ Pegasus rt, Sel.28.8; AEF/VF, nrly
centered, dark brown patina with minor surface quibbles, rev a little crude; portrait quite
strongly detailed. Exceptional condition for Parthian bronze.
(A GVF brought $146, Triskeles 9/17.) Starting Bid $85
60 PARTHIA, Orodes I, 90-80 BC, Drachm, Sellw 31.6, Choice EF+, practically mint state, obv
nrly centered, rev well centered, very sharply struck with superb portrait detail. Bright metal,
possibly a hint of smoothing in fields.
(A GVF brought $306, Gorny 3/11; EF $460, Triton 1/10.) Starting Bid $150
61 PARTHIA, Sinatrukes (Used to be Gotarzes I), Drachm, Sel. 33.2, bust in tiara with stags;
Choice EF, well centered, rev with sl double striking &/or crudeness, great portrait detail.
Good metal with lt tone. (A VF realized $302, Gorny 3/12.) Starting Bid $100
62 PARTHIA, Phraates III, 70-57 BC, Drachm, as Sellw. 38.7 but unlisted variety with lgnd iii,
not iv; F-VF/F, moderately off-ctr, rev sl crude, sl surface delinquencies; strong portrait with
much detail. (A VF, normal 38.7, realized $230, CNG 5/10.) Starting Bid $30
63 PARTHIA, Orodes II, 58-38 BC, Drachm, Sellw.45.10, F-VF/F, nrly centered on elongated flan,
ltly toned, decent. Ex Bertolami with tag at £70. Starting Bid $25
64 PARTHIA, Gotarzes II, 40-51 AD, Drachm, Sel.65.33 (no royal wart but identifiable by
legend); EF/VF, obv centered sl low as usual; rev sl double struck at bottom. Nice bright lustery
metal. (A GVF brought $702, NY Sale 1/15.) Start Bid $60
65 PARTHIA, Meherdates, usurper, 49-50 AD (new attribution for former Vonones II), Æ9
Chalkos. Sellw.67.4, Facing head/deity in portico; F, centered, dark greenish patina, the face clear.
Rare. (A F brought $90, CNG eAuc 6/14.) Starting Bid $25
66 PARTHIA, Vologases I, Drachm, Sellw.70.14, Choice EF/AEF, obv centered low but less so
than usual, rev well centered; excellent bright metal with lt tone & a sharp strike with superb
portrait. Have I puffed this up enough to snare you?
(An AVF brought $644, NY Sale 1/15. Crazy but true.) Starting Bid $100
67 PARTHIA, Artabanus IV, now upgraded to Artabanus V, c80-90 AD, Æ10 Chalkos,
Sellw.74.10; Bust l./Tyche bust r; F, dark brown, obv centered sl low, bottom of portrait off,
hair waves visible; rev well centered & clear. Rare! (A Near VF brought $100, Bertolami 3/18.)
Starting Bid $15
68 PARTHIA, Vologases III (now he wants to be called Pakoros I, with the pronoun "they"),
105-147 AD, Drachm, Sel. 78.3, EF, usual low obv centering, rev well centered, good metal with
lt tone. (An EF brought $320, Hess-Divo 10/08.) Starting Bid $60
69 PARTHIA, Vologases III (or Pakoros I), Drachm, Sellw. 78.4, Choice Virtually Mint State,
obv centered sl low as always, rev nrly centered; sharp strike; superb portrait; unusual
dramatic reddish toning. (An EF realized $253, Triton 1/10.) Starting Bid $75
70 PARTHIA, Vologases III (or Pakorus I), Æ Drachm, 16 mm, Bust l./archer std r, VF, sl off-ctr,
dark brown patina, obv style sl crude, rev more so; edge irregularity. Not in Sellwood.
Starting Bid $22
71 PARTHIA, Vologases III, c.105-147 AD, Tet, Sellw.79.3 (or .7), Bust l., B behind/Tyche
giving wreath to ruler, Year clear, month off; AF/F+, obv somewhat crude, surface fault at lower
left edge exposing baser metal, rev nrly centered & quite decent. Rare. Ex European auction
graded GF/VF. (A VF of the type brought $840, Peus 4/94.) Starting Bid $40
72 PARTHIA, Osroes I, c.109-29 AD, Æ11 Chalkos, Bust l., with round hair bush at back/
griffin r, Sellw.80.29; F, brown patina, obv off-ctr crowding profile, griffin virtually complete.
The silver of this reign is very rare. Ex European auc as GF-NVF.
(A Near VF brought $138, CNG eAuc 7/16.) Starting Bid $15
73 PARTHIA, Osroes II, c. 190 AD, Drachm, Sel.85.1, Nice AEF/VF, nrly centered, good strike with
rev less crude than usual; good metal with lt tone. (A GF-VF realized $238, Bertolami 3/18.)
Starting Bid $45
74 PARTHIA, Osroes II, c.190 AD, Drachm, Sel.85.3, EF, obv somewhat off-ctr but complete,
quite boldly struck, good metal with lt tone. (A GVF brought $226, Noble 7/15.) Starting Bid $60
75 PARTHIA, Group of drachms of 3 diff rulers, around F but rather rough, with old collection
toning. Starting Bid $20
76 PERGAMON, Æ21, 133-27 BC, Asklepios hd r/serpent coiled around omphalos; VF,
centered, green patina with some earthen hilighting, minor flaking at rev edge. Nice.
(A VF, same variety, brought $433, Nomos 12/20.) Start Bid $35
77 PERSIA, Siglos, 485-420 BC, King rt with spear & bow/ punch, S4682; VF, well centered &
struck, good strong features, decent metal moderately toned.
(A Near VF sold for $560, Astarte 12/02; F+ $380, CGB 11/09.) Starting Bid $110
78 PERSIS, Bagadat, Early 3rd cent BC, Head rt in kyrbasia/ Fire temple betw king & standard,
Alram 515, S6186; Choice VF, obv nrly centered, rev well centered, on sl oval flan; quite boldly
struck with a particularly good rev; excellent portrait of fine style; good metal with medium tone,
just a hint of field smoothing. The first Persis Tet & very rare.
(An overstruck GVF brought $16,100, CNG 5/10; VF $12,748, Peus 5/08.) Starting Bid $1700
79 PERSIS, Artashir (or Artaxerxes) II, 1st cent BC, Obol, Bust l., monogram behind/king stg left
at altar, S6215, Alr.578; VF+, minor flatness at bottom edge but good strong portrait detail.
(A GVF brought $134, CNG eAuc 6/12.) Starting Bid $40
80 PERSIS, Pakor II, 1st cent AD, Obol, Bust l./bust l, Alr.594 (Pakor I), GIC-5947; VF or
better, actually almost as struck but very crude work, sl ragged flan.
(A VF-EF brought $300, Gorny 3/05.) Starting bid $25
81 PERSIS, Namopad, 1st cent AD, Obol, Bust l./star & crescent, Alr 607, EF, nrly centered
on smallish flan, good metal, very crude work. (A VF realized $235, Peus 11/05.)
Starting bid $30
82 PHALANNA, Æ17, c.350 BC, Youthful male hd r/Female head in sakkos r, S2180;
Choice VF/AEF, well centered, smooth dark brown patina, unusually strong detail on rev head.
(A VF brought $920, Triton 1/12. And if that seems extreme, another VF in the same auction
realized $1725!) Starting bid $75
83 RHODES, Hemidrachm, c.125-88 BC, Helios hd facg sl rt/Rose, DIOGNHTO above,
Nike at lower rt, all in incuse square; Ex Naville auction as AEF and I agree, centered, well struck,
good metal with medium tone. (Same variety, VF, brought $338, Naumann 1/21.)
Starting bid $110
84 RHODES, Tet, Helios hd facg/Rose & bud, prow l, AMEINIAS; SNG Keck 542; AEF,
obv centered, rev nrly so, good bright silver, nice face in very high relief.
(Same variety, GVF, brought $3738, Triton 1/08; EF/VF with sl corrosion $4540, Hirsch 2/08.)
Starting Bid $1000
85 SOLOI, Stater 390-375 BC, Athena head r/Grape bunch with vine & leaf, VF/AEF, sl off-ctr
on elongated unround flan, very sl surface imperfections & smoothing under darkish tone.
Athena face very nice; every little grape visible on rev. Ex my collection.
(A GVF with a few pits brought $1035, Freeman & Sear 6/07.) Starting Bid $325
86 SPAIN, CASTULO, Æ26x28, Male head r, hand in front/ Sphinx r, star in front; VF/F, dusty
dark greenish patina, somewhat thick & a little rough; rev unpretty; head has strong hair detail.
(An F-VF/F brought $91 on $100 bid in my 11/07 sale.) Starting Bid $50
87 SPAIN, CASTULO, Æ19x21, Male head r, some letters behind/bull stg r, CN & crescent
above, some letters in front? F-VF, unround flan, dark patina with a little earthen hilighting;
needs study, does not seem to conform with usual examples, particularly in that the bull looks
much more like a horse. Starting Bid $20
88 SYRACUSE, Hieron II, 275-215 BC, 16 Litrae, Veiled hd of his wife Philistis l/Victory in
quadriga r, S988; VF-EF, centered, well struck, trace of smoothing, ltly toned, a very pleasant
bold coin. (A VF with sm scr brought $3783, Kunker 10/19.) Starting Bid $1000
89 SYRACUSE, Hieron II, 275-215 BC, Æ18, Kore hd l./bull butting l, above club & AP monogram,
as S1218; VF, nrly centered, glossy deep green patina, minor roughness, strong hair detail.
(A rough VF brought $150, Astarte 5/02; GVF $575, CNG 9/08.) Starting Bid $25
90 SYRIA, Achaios, 220-214 BC, Æ18, Apollo head r/Eagle stg r, palm branch, S6962; VF+,
centered, reddish-brown patina, quite strong details, far above average. Was long in my collection
until I got a slightly better one recently. Rare. (A VF realized $360, Gorny 10/06.)
Starting Bid $100
91 SYRIA, Demetrios II, 2nd reign, 129-125 BC, Tet, Bearded head r/Zeus
After I listed this, it's been die-linked to one withdrawn from a CNG
I will let it sell AS IS with a reduced Starting Bid $20
92 SYRIA, Antiochos IX, 114-95 BC, Æ20, Herakles head r/Athena stg l; S7172; F-VF, rev a little
off-ctr, brown patina with orangy hilighting.
(A VF with roughness brought $103, CNG eAuc 7/14.) Starting Bid $12
93 TARENTUM, Diobol, c. 380-325 BC, Athena head r/ Herakles wrestling with lion, Z betw
legs, Vlas.1399; F, centered on oval flan, decent with lt tone, fully clear features. Note, Herakles
did not actually fight a lion, it was staged, with a man in a lion costume. On this specimen, the
zipper is actually visible. (A VF of the type realized $510, Peus 5/08.) Starting Bid $40
94 TARENTUM, Nomos, c.272-240 BC, Youth on horse rt, Nike behind, magistrate Damocritos/
Boy on dolphin r, hldg cornucopiae & trident, Vlas.919; VF, well centered with everything on the
flan; minor crudeness; maybe a bit of smoothing; moderately toned.
(Same var., VF brought $805, CNG eAuc 10/16.) Starting Bid $160
95 TARSOS, Balakros, 333-323 BC, Stater, Athena hd facg sl l./Baaltars std l, to left grape bunch
& grain ear, to rt ivy leaf, below T; AVF/F, obv sl off-ctr, rev more so; minor porosity; ltly toned.
Almost forgot to mention: two sizable test cuts on obv. Well, at least they miss the face.
(Same var., VF, significant obv test cut, brought $489, CNG eAuc 6/16.) Starting Bid $50
96 THASOS, Stater, 463-411 BC, ithyphallic Satyr carrying struggling nymph, shouting "#metoo!"/
4-part square; S1746 (£425); Choice VF, well centered & struck, excellent archaic style, good
metal with mellow tone. Minor edge split.
(A VF realized $655 on $1500 bid in my 2/14 sale; VF $4500, Peus 10/07.) Starting Bid $350
97 THASOS, Hemiobol, c. 500 BC, Dolphin rt, 2 pellets/4-part incuse square, S1360; AVF,
well centered, decent metal, ltly toned; 7+ mm, quite heavy for this at .44 gram.
(A VF sold for $171, Gorny 10/13.) Starting Bid $35
98 THASOS, Tet., Dionysos hd r/Herakles stg l, Celtic imitation, obv style near the originals,
rev pretty primitive. Somewhat bendy & rev convex, but good metal with old toning.
(A GVF, same obv die, brought $266, Leu 6/18.) Starting Bid $125
99 THRACO-Macedonian, Tetarteron 480-450 BC, Horse head r./incuse square; F-VF,
centered, decent metal, darkly toned. (A GVF with lt porosity brought $299, CNG eAuc 9/14.)
Starting Bid $20
100 As, Janus head/Prow, VARO above , 169-158 BC, Cr. 185/1, Syd.364; F-VF, sl off-ctr on flan
with a straight-clip-like edge irregularity, slate green patina, lt porosity, sl crudeness, obv
heads reasonably clear. Rare. (A GF-NVF realized $203, Bertolami 10/18.) Starting Bid $70
101 Æ Uncia, Anonymous, c.215-212 BC, Roma head r, pellet behind/prow r, pellet below;
Cr. 41/10, Sy.108; VF, centered, well struck, deep green, minor flaking at top edge; good bold detail.
(A VF sold for $650, Peus 11/19.) Robinson's 90% discount: Starting Bid $65
102 Natta, Den., Cr.208/1, Sy.390, Roma head r/Victory in biga r; VF/F, well toned, obv sl off-ctr,
sl porosity with some other surface nitpicks mainly on rev. Stop kvetching and bid.
(A VF brought $235, Savoca 7/17.) Starting bid $35
103 C. Renius, Den, 138 BC, Cr.231/1, Sy.432; Roma head r/Juno Caprotina in biga of goats r;
EF, nrly centered on usual small flan, Juno's head crowded but otherwise complete; some tiny die
flaws on face; good metal with iridescent tone & luster peeking through on rev. Quite good for this.
Ex European auction as SPL. (A VF+ brought $460, CGB 2/12; EF $1016, NAC 5/18.)
Starting bid $200
104 Denarius, M. Marcius, 134 BC, Cr.245/1, Sy.500, Roma head r/Victory in biga r, 2 grain
ears below; Nice EF, well centered & sharply struck on sl ragged flan; excellent bright metal.
(EFs realized $920, Triton 1/11; $1517, Gorny 3/18.) Starting bid $220
105 Q. Fabius Labeo, Den., Cr.273/1, Sy.532, Roma head r/Jupiter in quadriga r, prow below;
VF, well centered, minor edge notch or two, decent metal with lt tone. Trace of double striking on
body of foreground horse. (A VF brought $207, CNG eAuc 3/12.) Starting bid $100
106 M. Papirius Carbo, Den, Cr. 279/1, Sy.415; Roma head r/ Jupiter in quadriga r; F-VF, sl off-ctr
on large oval flan, flat striking at obv right & rev bottom. When I got this in a group, I thought,
"Oh Sh--," flat struck where the name would be. The types thoroughly routine. Yet then from deep
in my brain I heard "Carbo!" So I brought up some online photos, and sure enough, the details
showed this had to be Carbo. How did I know that? Forty years of looking at coins.
Starting bid $25
107 L. Marcius Philippus, Denarius, 113-112 BC, Cr.293/1, Sy.551, Helmeted head of Philip V
of Macedon/Equestrian statue atop tablet; AVF, very minor surface disturbances, ltly toned, fairly
bold & decent. (A VF with scratch brought $380, Gorny 3/08; F $185, Berk 11/12.)
Starting bid $90
108 P. Porcius Laeca, Den., Cr.301/1, Roma head r/3 stg figures, PROVOCO; VF, ltly toned.
This was ex my collection, but unfortunately finding online an exact twin makes it presumably FAKE. Quite scary really. Starting Bid $10
109 C. Malleolus, Den., 96 BC, Cr.335/3b, Sy.615; Mars head r, hammer above/warrior betw
trophy & prow; AEF, a tiny bit off-ctr & sl crude, obv ltly toned with a fresh minty feel, rev more
darkly toned. RARE. (An AVF sold for $300, Berk 7/11.) Starting bid $160
110 L. Calpurnius Piso Frugi, Den., Cr.340/1, Sy.660; 90 BC, Apollo head r, number behind/
horseman zinging rt number above, RA monogram below; EF, well centered, a bit crudely struck
tho strong detail on head; good metal with lt tone.
(A similar var (Sy.661), EF, brought $945, Gorny 3/16.) Starting bid $160
111 C. Considius Paetus, Denarius, Cr.465/1b, Sy.990a, Apollo head r/curule chair; VF, a bit
off-ctr on sl unround flan, touch of striking wkness in centers; excellent metal with rich old
collection tone. In fact the old collection was mine (bought 1987).
(A VF with obv banker mks brought $224, CNG eAuc 1/13.) Startling Bid $90
112 IMPERATORIAL. POMPEY the Great, As, issue by Sextus Pompey, Sy.1044a, Cr.479/1;
Janus head with Pompey's features, above MAGN (MA in monogram)/Prow r, PIVS above, IMP
below; VF-EF/F-VF, centered, dark greenish patina, minor surface coarseness on rev, strong obv
detail with both faces very nice. Ex my collection, ex Titano auction 2001 as "AEF, superb portraits
for this." (A GVF brought $6344, Nomos 10/17.) Starting Bid $600
113 MARK ANTONY, Legionary Den., Galley/Eagle betw standards, LEG XX; VF, nrly centered,
well struck, good metal with lt tone. But unfortunately apparently from a group of very
deceptive COPIES that surfaced a few years ago.
(Another from that group brought $126 on $175 bid in my 12/20 sale.) Starting bid $15
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