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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.