Akarnania, Federal Coinage (Akarnanian Confederacy), c. 250-200 B.C., Stater, 9.79g, 29mm, Leukas mint, Lykourgos magistrate. Head of river-god Acheloös right / Apollo Aktios seated left, holding bow. Cf. BCD Akarnania 17; SNG Copenhagen 418. Scattered surface porosity, well centred on a large flan, fine style.
Islands off Caria, Rhodos, Rhodes, Didrachm, 250-229 BC, Agesidamos, magistrate, 6.68g, 18mm. Radiate head of Helios facing slightly right / Rose with bud to left; to right, Artemis advancing right. Ashton 206. Near Extremely Fine, reverse boldly struck in high relief.
Satraps of Caria, Pixodarus (c. 341-336/5 B.C.), Didrachm, 6.80g, 20mm. Laureate head of Apollo facing slight to right / Zeus Labraundos standing right. SNG V. Aul. 2376. Near Extremely Fine, some surface porosity, toned and of charming style.
Philip II (359-336 B.C.), Tetradrachm, Pella, c. 359-355 B.C., 14.35g, 29mm. Head of Zeus right / Philip, wering kausia, on horseback left. Cf. Le Rider - (D11/R14 unlisted die combination); Ex CNG 64, September 2003, lot 83. Light marks on obverseRare early lifetime issue.
Peloponnesos, Olympia, c.452-432 B.C., Olympiads 82-87, stater, 12.45g, 21mm. Eagle flying right; in field, two countermarks / Thunderbolt with wings below and volutes above. Cf. Seltman 59 (AK/); SNG Berry 821. Extremely fine, finely toned and very rare. Ex BCD Collection, Leu 90, 10 May 2004, lot 31 ('beautifully toned, a splendid piece'); from the Collection of R. Pflieger, Vinchon 13 April 1985, lot 307.
Sicily, Manfred (1258-1266), Multiple of Tari, 8.81g, 15mm. King's head left (as filius aquilae), on eagle's breast / Cross helf by hand at the bottom. Cf. Sp. 184 (this specimen). Extremely rare this heavy and with an exceptional pedigree. Ex Spahr Collection; Ex Sambon Collection.
Kings of Macedon, Alexander III (336-323 BC), Tetradrachm, Amphipolis, c. 320-317 B.C., 17.18g, 23mm. Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin / Zeus enthroned left, holding eagle and sceptre. Price 124. Extremely fine
Parthian Kingdom Artabanos II or Bagasis (c. 127/126 BC), Tetradrachm, Seleukeia on the Tigris, 15.97g, 31mm. Diademed bust right / Demeter enthroned left, holding Nike and cornucopiae, nereid supporting throne. Sellwood 18.1 (Bagasis). Very minor porosity otherwise Very Fine, reverse better
Kings of Macedon, Philip III Arrhidaios (323-317 BC), Tetradrachm, Amphipolis, in the name of Alexander III, under Antipater, c. 322-320 BC, 17.26g, 26mm. Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin / Zeus Aëtophoros seated left; Macedonian helmet in left field. Price 113. Extremely Fine, some minor pitting.
Kings of Macedon, Kassander (Regent, 317-305 BC), Tetradrachm, in the name and types of Philip II, Amphipolis, 14.29g, 24mm. Head of Zeus right, wearing laurel wreath / Youth, holding branch, on horseback right; branch below, • in Π below raised foreleg. Le Rider pl. 46, 3. Near Extremely Fine, test cut on edge and on rev. Light tone with golden hues, pleasant.
Seleukid Kings, Antiochos III (222-187 BC), Tetradrachm, Antioch, c. 223-211/0 BC, 17.05g, 28mm. Diademed head right, with no sideburn / Apollo seated left on omphalos, holding arrow and bow; monogram to outer left. SC 1042.1; HGC 9, 447u. Very Fine
Paphlagonia, Amastris,Queen Amastris, c.300-285 B.C., Stater, 9.74g, 21mm. Head of Amastris (?) right, wearing Phrygian cap; behind, cicada / Aphrodite seated left, holding Nike. Cf. SNG V. Aul. 6798. Toned, Very fine
France, Henry VI (1422-1453), Salut d'or, 3.48g, 28mm. Annunciation scene with Virgin Mary and Archangel Gabriel above the shields of France and England / Latin cross flanked by lis and leopard all within Gothic frame. Cf. Fb. 301. Good Very fine.
Kings of Macedon, Philip III Arrhidaios (323-317 BC), Tetradrachm, in the name and types of Alexander III, Pella, c. 323-318/7 BC, 17.02g, 26mm. Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin / Zeus Aëtophoros seated left; in left field, bee right on rose. Price 206. Near Extremely Fine.
Sicily, Syracuse, Deinomenid Tyranny (c. 485-466 B.C.), Tetradrachm, Time of Hieron I, ca. 470-466 B.C., 17.24g, 27mm. Charioteer driving quadriga right; below, sea monster (ketos) / Head of Arethusa right, surrounded by four dolphins. Boher. 413. Rare pair of dies engraved by a masterful hand. Well centred on a broad flan, light toned, a very appealing Very fine.
Septimius Severus (193-211 AD), Tetradrachm, Laodicea, c. 209-211 B.C, 14.44g, 26mm. Laureate and draped bust right / Eagle standing facing, head left. Cf. Prieur 1140. Very pleasant light tone, Extremely fine.
Kingdom of Macedon, Philip V (221-179 B.C.), Didrachm, Pella or Amphipolis mint, Zoilos mint master, 8.39g, 24mm. Diademed head right / Club within oak wreath. Cf. Mam., ZfN XL, 24. Toned Good Very fine, rare variety with star.
Islands off Caria, Rhodos, Rhodes, Tetradrachm, c. 229-205 BC, Ameinias, magistrate, 13.57g, 25mm. Radiate head of Helios facing slightly right / Rose with bud to right; prow to left. Ashton 212. Good Very Fine, obverse die worn.
Thrace, Mesembria, Tetradrachm, c. 125-65 BC, 16.53g, 35mm. In the name and types of Alexander III of Macedon. Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin / Zeus enthroned left, holding eagle and sceptre; helmet to left. Price 1087. Edge knock othewise Good Very Fine and on a broad flan
Belgium, Brabant, Chaise d'or in the name of Louis of Bavaria (1328-1344), 4.44g, 29mm. Crowned emperor seated facing on Gothic throne / Floriate cross in quadrilobe. Cf. Delmonte 223. Good Very fine.
Ionia, Miletos, Tetradrachm, c. 350-340 BC, Lenaios, magistrate, 14.87g, 22mm. Laureate head of Apollo left / Lion standing left, head right; star above, monogram of Miletos to left. Deppert 79-80; Marcellesi 2. Very Fine, surface marks.
Arab-Byzantine, tremissis, temp. al-Walid, c. 86-96 AH = 705-715, 1.33g. Cf. Walker p.69; Bernardi 25, A.121. Ex Emirates Coin Auction 2, March 2000, lot 19. Very fine and rareLands conquered by Muslims from the Byzantine and Sassanian empires were using very specific administrative systems for centuries. The early Muslim empire had not developed such a sophisticated system and therefore continued to maintain the local monetary policies. This lasted for over 50 years until the reforms of the Umayyad Caliph, 'Abd al-Malik bin Marwan and the creation of the dinar.The coin offered here is a rare example of an Arab-Byzantine tremissis struck prior to implementation of the reforms. The inscriptions are latin and the reverse is derived from the Byzantine series; the cross on the steps is replaced by a horizontal bar. One can say that these were the first coins of the Muslim empire.
Seleucid Kings, Antiochos IV Epiphanes, 175-164 BC, tetradrachm, mint of Ake Ptolemais, struck c. 167-164 BC. 16.98g, 30mm. Diademed head right, monogram behind / Zeus Nikephoros seated left, palm branch in left field. SC 1476. Good Very fine, struck on a broad flan and well centred
Islands of Thrace, Thasos, c. 140-110 BC, Tetradrachm, 15.83g, 29mm. Wreathed head of young Dionysos right / Herakles standing facing, head left, holding club, lion skin draped over left arm; M to inner left. HGC 6, 359; SNG Copenhagen 1039. Good Very Fine
Pamphylia, Aspendos, Stater, c. 380/75-330/25 BC, 10.80g, 21mm. Two wrestlers grappling; ΑΣ between / Slinger in throwing stance right; triskeles to right; all in pelleted square. Tekin Series 4; SNG France 86. Near Extremely Fine. Light surface split on rev.
Roman Imperatorial, Petillius Capitolinus, Denarius, Rome, 41 BC, 3.63g, 18mm. Eagle with wings spread standing right on thunderbolt / Temple of Jupiter Capitolinus: hexastyle temple with three garlands hanging between columns; acroteria along roof line; in the tympanum is a seated figure of Jupiter between two other figures; S–F across field. Cr. 487/2b; RSC Petillia 3. Good Very Fine, minor marks. Old Cabinet tone.
Thracian Kings, Skostokos, tetradrachm, c. 3rd century B.C., 16.85g, 28mm. Diademed head right, with horn of Ammon / Athena seated left, holding Nike. C.f. RBN 151, 2005, pl III,10. Extremely fine, toned.
Constans II (641-668), Solidus, Constantinople, 667-668, 4.42g, 19mm. Draped facing bust, bearded and wearing crown with plume, holding globus cruciger / Tiberius, Constantine IV, and Heraclius standing facing, each wearing crown topped with cross and holding globus cruciger; CONOB. MIB 39; DOC 40; S. 972. Good Very Fine.