Ancient Coins

Ancient Greek

Attica. Athens. Ca. 454-404 BC. Silver AR Tetradrachm, 17.00 g., 26 mm. Obv. Helmeted head of Athena right. Rev. Owl standing to right, olive sprig and crescent behind, all within incuse square. Kroll 8; SNG Copenhagen 31; Dewing 1591-1598. A superbly centered specimen with unusually high relief. NGC graded as Ch AU★ 5/5, 5/5, Fine Style.

SICYONIA. SICYON (SIKYON). Ca. 400-323 BC. Silver AR Stater. 25mm, 12.20gr. BCD Peloponnesos 218; BMC 57. Obv: Chimaera standing left with forepaw raised, ΣE below, wreath in right field. Rev: Dove flying left within wreath. A truly beautiful coin with one of the most fascinating mythological monsters of classical antiquity. NGC AU★ 5/5, 5/5, Fine Style.

MACEDONIAN KINGDOM. Alexander III, the Great. 336–323 BC. AR Tetradrachm, 26mm, 17.27gr., lifetime or early posthumous issue minted at "Amphipolis", Macedonia , ca. 323-320 BC. Obv. Head of young Herakles right in lion skin headdress. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ, Zeus enthroned left, holding eagle and scepter, Athena Promachos right in left field. Price 109. Superb coin for the type. NGC MS★ 5/5, 5/5.

MACEDONIAN KINGDOM.  Alexander III, the Great, posthumous issue struck at Chios, 290-275 BC. AR Drachm, 19mm, 4.12gr. Obv. Head of young Herakles right wearing the skin of the Nemean lion, within dotted border. Rev.  ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ, Zeus enthroned left, holding scepter and eagle, monogram (M within circle) above grapes in left field. Price 2324. NGC graded Ch. MS★ 5/5, 5/5 Fine Style. Very rare, none currently listed in Pella.

KINGS of MACEDON. Demetrios I Poliorketes. 306-283 BC. AR Drachm (17mm, 3.89 g, 12h). In the name and types of Alexander III. Miletos mint. Struck circa 295/4 BC. Obv: Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin. Rev: Zeus Aëtophoros seated left; monogram in left field, labrys below throne. Newell 49; Price 2148 corr. (monogram); ADM I Series XIII. Superb EF, toned. Well centered.

Ex Classical Numismatic Group Electronic Auction 318 (15 January 2014), lot 94.

Alexander III the Great (336-323 BC).  AR tetradrachm. 26mm, 17.15 gr. Pella Mint, posthumous issue under Cassander as regent, ca. 317/6-315/4 BC. Obv: Head of Heracles right wearing lion-skin headdress / ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ, Zeus seated on backless throne left, holding eagle on outstretched right hand and scepter in his left. Rev: Boeotian shield in left field, coiled serpent under throne. Price 249. Cleanly struck in choice metal, finely styled and fully lustrous. NGC Ch AU★ 5/5, 5/5. Fine Style

KINGDOM OF MACEDON. Demetrius Poliorcetes ( Demetrios Poliorketes ), 306-283 BC. AR Tetradrachm. 27mm, 16.99gr. Minted at Thebes, ca. 289-287 BC. Obv. Diademed head of Demetrius with bull’s horns to right. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΔΗΜΗΤΡΙΟΥ Poseidon standing left, holding trident and with foot raised on rock, monogram in lower right field. Newell 141 (unlisted dies); Pozzi 964. Exceptionally realistic portrait of Demetrius, with a marvelously expressive physiognomy quite unlike the classicizing heads normally seen on his coinage. NGC Ch. XF 5/5, 5/5. Fine Style.


Ex Berk BBS 150 (8 August 2006), lot 156.

SICILY. Syracuse. Agathocles (317-289 BC). AR Tetradrachm. 26mm, 17.09gr ca. 310-305 B.C. Pre-royal coinage, Agathocles as Tyrant, ca. 310-305 BC. Obv: Wreathed head of Arethusa facing left wreathed with grain ears, wearing triple-pendant earring and necklace, three dolphins around, "NI" below neck truncation. Rev: Charioteer holding kentron and reins driving a fast quadriga left, triskeles above, AI monogram in exergue. An absolutely stunning example, leaving little to be desired. Great centering, allowing for a good portion of the obverse beaded border and the full reverse design evoking the finely styled decadrachms of Euainetos struck a century earlier. What really elevates this exquisite piece is the toning, with gorgeous cerulean toning amongst Arethusa's hair seems to reinforce her presence in an aquatic realm. The reverse also features beautiful toning, with similar cerulean and some azure hues melding with breath-taking sunset and rose surrounding the vigorous horses. NGC Ch. AU★ 5/5, 5/5. Fine Style. 


Purchased from Catherine E. Bullowa-Moore in 1987.

SICILY, Syracuse. Philistis, wife of Hieron II. 275-215 BC. AR 16 Litrai – Tetradrachm (26mm, 13.27gr). Struck circa 240-215/4 BC. Obv: Diademed and veiled bust left; torch behind. Rev: Nike driving galloping quadriga right; E to lower right. Burnett 47; SNG ANS 884. NGC Ch AU, 5/5, 5/4, Fine Style.

SICILY. SICULO-PUNIC COINAGE OF ENTELLA, ca. 300-289 BC. Silver tetradrachm, 16.46 g., 25 mm. Obv. Head of Herakles right, wearing the lion skin. Rev. Horse head left, palm tree behind, Punic inscription below. Jenkins, Punic 372 (O115/R302). Perfectly centered with all the pertinent details on planchet. NGC graded AU★ Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5, Fine Style.

SICILY, Syracuse. Fifth Democracy. 214-212 BC. AR 8 Litrai (22mm, 6.8gr). Obv: Head of Athena left, wearing crested Corinthian helmet, single-pendant earring, necklace, and aegis. Rev: Winged thunderbolt; ΣYPAKOΣIΩN above, ΞA below. Burnett 28. SNG ANS 1046. SNG Lockett 1023. ex CNG 32 (12/1994), Lot 100. NGC Ch AU★ 5/5, 5/5, Fine Style.

SICILY.  SELINUS.  Ca. 540-480 BC. AR Didrachm. 20mm, 9gr. Obv. Selinon leaf. Rev. Incuse square with linear patterns. Arnold-Biucci Group I; Selinos Hoard 20 (same dies); SNG ANS 676 (same dies); HGC 2, 1207 (same dies as illustr.). Attractively toned and well struck. NGC graded Ch AU 5/5, 5/5.


From the Elwood Rafn Collection.

SICILY. SYRACUSE.  Ca. 480-470 BC. AR Obol (litra), 8mm, 0.69gr. Obv. Head of Arethusa right, within dotted circle. Rev. Four-spoked wheel. Boehringer 279-285; HGC 2, 1371. A small coin almost never encountered in such an exceptional grade and degree of preservation. NGC MS★ 5/5, 5/5.

PAPHLAGONIA. Sinope. Ca. 330-300 BC. AR drachm (17mm, 4.97 gm, 5h).  Agre-, magistrate. Head of nymph left, with hair in sakkos / Sea eagle left on dolphin; AΓP[E] above, ΣINΩ below. SNG BM Black Sea 1481. NGC AU★ 5/5 - 5/5, Fine Style.

EGYPT. PTOLEMAIC KINGDOM. PTOLEMY VI, 180-145 BC. AR Tetradrachm, 26mm, 14.03gr, struck at Alexandria 180-170 BC. Obv. Diademed bust of Ptolemy I right, within dotted circle. Rev. ΠΤΟΛEMAIOY ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ, eagle standing on thunderbolt to left, within dotted circle. Svoronos 1489; SNG Copenhagen 267; Dewing 2766. Exceptional iridescence. NGC Ch AU★ 5/5, 5/5.

AEOLIS. MYRINA. Circa 155-145 BC. AR Tetradrachm. 32mm, 17.01gr. Sacks Issue 20; SNG Copenhagen 223. Obv: Laureate head of Apollo right. Rev: Apollo Grynios to right, standing, holding branch and phiale, omphalos and amphora at lower right, monogram in left field, all within wreath. Superb coin for the type. Superb strike and centering. NGC MS 5/5, 4/5. 

GRECO-BACTRIAN KINGDOM. Eucratides I the Great (ca. 170-145 BC). AR Tetradrachm (32mm, 16.99 gm, 12h). Diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust of Eucratides right, wearing crested Bactrian helmet adorned with bull's horn and ear / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟY ΕΥΚΡΑΤΙΔΟY, the Dioscuri on rearing horses right, each holding palm fronds and spears, monogram before. Bopearachchi Série 6E. SNG ANS 465. HGC 12, 131. Light toning over lustrous fields, creating a cameo effect unusual for ancients. NGC MS 5/5, 5/5.

KINGS of MAURETANIA. Juba II, 25 BC - AD 23/24. AR Denarius, 19mm, 2.81gr, dated RY 42 (AD 17-18), Caesarea mint. Obv. REX IVBA, head of Hercules right, within dotted border. Rev. Capricorn right, R•XXXXII (date) below, all within dotted border. Mazard 211; SNG Copenhagen 587. A stunningly beautiful coin with a multicolored iridescence of opalescent lilac and aquamarine. NGC MS★ 5/5, 5/5.

Kings of Numidia. 60-46 BC. Utica Mint. Juba I. AR Denarius. 17mm 4.01g 10h.  Obv: REX• IVBA, diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right, hair in three rows of ringlets with more ringlets radiating from crown, scepter over near shoulder / Neo-Punic legend. Rev: Octastyle temple or portico entrance with narrow staircase and narrow pedimental roof raised above entablature. MAA 29: SNG Copenhagen 523. NGC MS 4/5, 5/5.

PARTHIAN KINGDOM. Vologases V (AD 191-208). AR drachm (19mm, 3.89gr, 1h).  Ecbatana mint. Obv: Diademed bust of Vologases facing, hair gathered into bunches at side of head, with pointed beard. Rev: Stylized archer (Arsaces I) seated right, examining arrow. Sellwood 86.3. Shore 448. Sunrise 455 variant. Cleanly struck from fresh dies, decidedly rare thus. One of the finest known specimens! NGC Ch. MS★ 5/5, 5/5.            

Seleucid Kingdom. Antiochus VIII Epiphanes Grypos. AR Tetradrachm. 121-96 BC. Antioch Mint, first reign. 28mm, 16.42gr. HGC 9, 1197e. SMA 367. Obv: Diademed portrait bust of Antiochus VIII right. Fillet border. Rev: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ Zeus Uranius (with crescent moon above head), wearing himation, standing left, holding star and resting on scepter. In inner left field, ΙΕ above Α and dot. The whole in laurel wreath. Brilliant, with a very sharp and well detailed striking. Wonderful, artistic portrait and perfectly appealing in every way. NGC MS 5/5, 4/5, Fine Style.

SELEUCID KINGDOM. Antiochus VIII Epiphanes. Silver Tetradrachm (16.12 g), sole reign, 121/0-97/6 BC. Antioch on the Orontes. Obv: Diademed head of Antiochos VIII right. Rev: Zeus seated left, holding Nike and scepter, in outer left field, two monograms; below throne, monogram; all within laurel wreath. SC 2309.2c; SMA 405; HGC 9, 1200. Toned. NGC grade AU★ 5/5, 5/5.

SELEUKID KINGS of SYRIA. Antiochos IX Eusebes Philopator (Kyzikenos).114/3-95 BC. AR Tetradrachm. 29mm, 16.52gr. Antioch Mint. Obv: Diademed head right. Rev: Athena Nikephoros standing left; to outer left, NT monogram above A; A to inner right; all within wreath. SC 2363a; HGC 9, 1228i . Exceptionally choice brilliant Mint State with a complete, sharp strike, strong detail, basically flawless surfaces and full luster. Very conservative grading. NGC graded MS★ Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5, Fine Style.

Islands off Thrace, Thasos. Circa 500-450BC. AR Stater. 22mm, 8.65gr. Obv: Nude ithyphallic Satyr, with long beard and long hair, moving right in the archaic 'running-kneeling' position, holding a nymph in his arms, who raises her right hand in protest and wears a bracelet, and thin robes. Rev. Quadripartite incuse square of windmill form. Le Rider, Thasiennes 5; SNG Copenhagen 1010-1. NGC Ch. XF 5/5, 4/5.

KINGDOM OF THRACE. KING LYSIMACHUS ( LYSIMACHOS ), 305-281 BC. AR Tetradrachm, 29mm, 16.98gr., a lifetime emission from Pergamon, ca. 287-282 BC. Obv. Head of deified Alexander the Great right, with the horn of Amon, dotted border around. Rev. Athena enthroned left, holding a Nike crowning Lysimachus' name, lion head device on shield, crescent in outer left field, cult figure in left field, E monogram in exergue. Thompson 218. Gold iridescent highlights on both sides. NGC Ch. XF★ 5/5, 4/5, Fine Style.

CALABRIA. TARENTUM. Ca. 280 BC. AR Didrachm (nomos), 24mm, 7.73gr. Obv.  APE/ΘΩN, nude horserider right, with armed raised, ΣA monogram above. Rev. TAPAΣ, Taras on dolphin left, holding branch, ΣΩΣ below. Vlasto 667.
NGC Ch. XF★ 5/5, 5/5.

Celts - Middle Danube Area. Imitation of Audoleon. Pannonia (Burgenland). Ca. 2nd CENTURY BC. AR Tetradrachm. 23mm, 12.50gr. Kroisbach mit Reiterstumpf type. Obv: Diademed head right of male with heavy brows and prominent protrusion on bridge of nose. Rev : Diademed head and torso left of rider on prancing horse; above right, eye-shaped device; twisted exergual line terminating in torques. Lanz 743–5; OTA 469; CCCBM I 152-4; KMW 1391. NGC Ch AU★ 5/5, 5/5, Fine Style.

Roman Empire & Republic

ROMAN EMPIRE.  CONSTANTIUS I, AD 305-306. AR Argenteus. 17mm, 3.20gr. Rome Mint, 1st officina, ca. AD 295-297. Obv. CONSTANTIVS CAES, laureate head right. Rev. VIRTVS MILITVM, four tetrarchs sacrificing over tripod, city walls behind them, A in exergue. RIC VI 42a; Jeločnik 75; Hunter 26; RSC 314†b. NGC Ch MS 5/5, 5/5.

Constantius I. A.D. 305-306. AR Argenteus, (19 mm, 3.57gr). Serdica. Obv: Laureate head of Constantius I right. Rev: Camp gate with three turrets; ·SM·SD(Delta)·. RIC 11a; G. Gautier, "Le monnayage d'argent de Serdica après la réforme de Dioclétien," RN XXXIII (1991), 25; RSC 304A. Rare issue struck after Constantius I became senior emperor. NGC Ch. MS 5/5, 5/5.

ROMAN EMPIRE. Maximian, first reign. 286-305 AD. AR Argenteus (18mm, 2.77gr, 12h). Siscia Mint in 294 AD. Obv: MAXIMIA-NVS AVG, laureate head of Maximian right. Rev: VIRTVS MILITVM, the four tetrarchs sacrificing over tripod before city enclosure with eight turrets. RIC VI 32b. A superb specimen, perfectly struck and attractively toned. NGC MS★ 5/5, 5/5.

Roman Empire. Septimius Severus (AD 193-211). AR denarius (3.66 gm). Rome, AD 193-194. Laureate head of Severus right / Victory advancing left, holding wreath and palm. RIC 22. RSC 682. Gold-iridescent toning. NGC Ch MS 4/5, 5/5.

ROMAN REPUBLIC.  C. Hosidius C. f. Geta. AR Denarius, 17mm, 3.72gr, ca. 64 BC. Obv. Diademed and draped bust of Diana right. Rev. Calydonian Boar right, wounded by spear and pursued by hunting dog below. Crawford 407/2; Sydenham 903; Hosidia 1. A coin with a bright and exceptional violet-blue iridescent patina. NGC graded MS★ 5/5, 5/5.

Roman Republic, L. Memmius Galeria (106 BC) AR Denarius Serratus 106 BC (3.87g) Rome, Obv.: Laureate head of Saturn,  behind, harp and ROMA, Rev.: Venus in biga right, holding sceptre and reins, above, Cupid flying, holding wreath. In exergue, L·MEMMI / GAL.  Crawford 313/1a, Rainbow Patina, probably one of the finest known and very rare in this condition. NGC Choice MS★ 5/5, 5/5.

Roman Republic. L. Minucius, ca. 133 BC. AR Denarius. 19mm, 4.00gr. Obv: Helmeted head of Roma right, star (mark of value) behind. Rev: ROMA / L MINVCI. Jupiter driving quadriga right, hurling thunderbolt, holding reins and sceptre. Minucia.15. Syd. 470. Cr. 248/1. Superb coin all over. Ex Jon K. Kern Collection. NGC Ch. MS 4/5, 5/5.

Judaea. Bar Kochba Revolt. 132-135 C.E. AR Zuz. 19mm, 3.37gr. Year 2 (133/4 AD). Obv: Bunch of grapes with branch, paleo-Hebrew inscription "Shimon" around. Rev: Palm branch, paleo-Hebrew inscription "Year two of the freedom of Israel" around. Mildenberg 40 (O8/R24); AJC 248; Hendin 1394. wonderful full strike with iridescent highlights. NGC MS★ 5/5, 5/5.

MESOPOTAMIA. Carrhae. Caracalla (198-217 AD). BI tetradrachm. 26mm, 16.13gr. Cos. IV (AD 215-217). Obv: Radiate head of Caracalla right. Rev: Eagle standing facing, looking right, holding wreath in beak; above left wing, crescent; between legs, star; in exergue, two pellets. Prieur 830. Large flan with lovely toning all around. NGC AU 5/5, 5/5.

Roman Provincial. SYRIA UNDER ROME. Antioch. Aulus Gabinius, as Proconsul (57-55 BC). AR Tetradrachm. 25mm, 15.16gr. Obv: In the name and types of Philip I Philadelphus. Diademed head right Rev: Zeus seated left on throne, holding scepter and palladion; 'Gabinius' monogram in left field; all within wreath. RPC 4124; McAlee 1; Prieur 1. NGC AU★ 5/5, 5/5.

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