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When I started collecting ancients in the '70s, and then dealing, I decided to keep for myself only really good stuff.

By now that's several thousand coins. Time to pare it down.

To decimate the collection in the original Roman sense, which meant executing every tenth man.

I didn't do it randomly, but selectively.

So I brought them all home from the bank and reviewed them. Many I actually hadn't seen in decades.

Choosing what to keep had often presented dilemmas in the past. One might be rare and interesting but not great in condition.
Another with a lovely obverse but problematic reverse. And so forth. Inevitably, over 4+ decades, my perspective on such choices evolved.
Always a "condition snob," that intensified.

Pruning the collection required forcing myself to make choices — a kind of Sophie's Choice!

For example, no Caracalla denarius below EF would ever have been kept. But having over 30, I made myself take out a few.

Anyhow, every coin so chosen was previously deemed suitable for inclusion in what was conceived as a topnotch collection.

Many are rare and unusual. One coming to mind is Lot 206 here, a Vespasian struck over Otho, with Otho's name visible!
I loved this coin, don't recall ever seeing another like it, but decided to let it go because the condition is not wonderful.

I picked over 300 coins, and originally thought I'd put them all in a single sale; but then decided to spread out the fun, over three auctions,

so each sale could also include the more customary contents (many of which are very good coins too of course).

Ones from my collection are designated with an "R" after the lot number.

All are in my original, distinctive, neatly lettered envelopes, most with some price history noted.

Remember that as always you can bid with alternates or a budget limit.

And in recognition of the difficult times we are in, if you are experiencing temporary financial constraints, I can be flexible about payment arrangements, especially for my many good regular customers.

Also, if you could use some extra cash, I am always a good buyer, paying fair prices.

GREEK COINS etc., listed alphabetically

1 R ABDERA, Tetrobol, 415-395 BC, Griffin springing left/ Dionysos head l in square, Magistrate Protes, sim

S1549 (£200); EF, obv sl off-ctr crowding Griffin's head, rev nrly centered & complete, head quite sharp;

good metal with lt tone. (A GVF of the type, brought $1034, Roma 2/14.) Starting Bid $250

2 AIGINA, Æ12, 370-350 BC, 2 Dolphins/incuse divided in 5 parts, VF, well centered, darkish green-&-brown

patina, minor roughness on rev but everything very clear. Rare.

(A GVF with sl smoothing brought $253, Triton 1/02.) Starting Bid $35

3 AKANTHOS, Tetrobol, c.470-390 BC, Forepart of bull kneel-ing, Pi-E above (weak)/square, as S1369 (£75);

F-VF, obv centered, a little grainy, rev has dark patination in center which some moron has tried to clumsily

remove with heavy scratching. Starting Bid $25

4 AKRAGAS, Tetradrachm, 409-406 BC, fast quadriga left, grape vine above/2 eagles on hare left,

head of river god to rt, sim. S-750 (£6500), cut to Tridrachm, 12.91 grams; F/VF, obv a little rough but

quadriga complete, rev has pretty good metal with lt tone, cut affects eagle heads.

A rare and highly desirable type. (Same variety, VF (not cut of course) brought $47,000, NY Sale 1/12.

Also compare a similar type, "Fair, rough surfaces," (deep pits) sold for $1035, CNG eAuc 12/14.)

Starting Bid $300

5 R AMISOS, Æ29, c.100 BC, Athena head r/Perseus stg hldg severed head of Medusa, her body at his feet

spouting blood; ME monogram, S3637; VF+, centered just sl low, medium brown patina, basically smooth

tho with some lt planchet adjustment at tops; Perseus's head wk, otherwise unusually strong detail,

even Medusa's face quite clear. My note on env says "selected as best overall from sizeable hoard" (1991).

One of my favorite types due to the graphic rev scene!

(Far better than a Near VF (diff monogram) bringing $437, CNG eAuc 3/15.) Starting Bid $135

6 APAMEIA , Æ22, 100-50 BC, Zeus head r/Cultis statue of Artemis, S5121; AVF, well centered,

smooth dark green hilighting with strong pale earthen hilighting. Attractive.

(A VF brought $179, CNG eAuc 11/08.) Starting Bid $25

7 ARADOS, Ar Obol, c.380-350 BC, Hd of bearded deity r/ galley above waves, Phoenician letter above;

Betlyon 13; Choice VF+, well centered & struck for this, good metal, Phoenician letter clear. Rare this good.

(A VF brought $275, Kunker 10/18.) Starting Bid $55

8 ASPENDOS, Stater, 465-430 BC, Warrior adv rt with spear & shield/triskeles in incuse square, S5381 (£750).

F-VF or so, normally a crude issue, image of warrior somewhat soft as usual but reasonably clear,

rev sl off-ctr but triskeles complete. some of lettering visible. This early type was never seen till recent hoard.

(An AVF with weak obv brought $990, NFA 12/87.) Starting Bid $80

9 ATHENS, Tet, 449-413 BC, Athena head r/owl stg r, S2526; Choice EF, nrly centered on sl unround flan,

types complete; good metal, 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 $900

10 ATHENS, Tet, 449-413 BC, Athena head r/owl stg r, S2526; VF-EF, well centered & struck, decent metal

with moderate tone, modest test nick betw owl's eyes only slightly detracting, still a pleasant bold coin.

(Compare a VF with mount bringing $1001 in my 6/08 sale.) Starting Bid $250

11 ATHENS, Later type Tet, 300-262 BC, Athena head/owl, S-2547; EF, excellent centering for these,

obv just sl to left with head virtually complete & only sl crude, owl complete; bright metal with only a

hint of granularity on obv, insignificant surface blemish under Theta. Unusual neat style on owl's head.

(A GVF brought $1100, Hess-Divo 10/08.) Starting Bid $325

12 ATHENS, Tet, COPY, of the early type c.450 BC, identified as from Gallery Mint, struck in silver, VF, ltly toned,

thick hefty piece, nice. Starting Bid $20

13 BAKTRIA, Eukratides I, 171-135 BC, Obol, Diademed head r/caps of the Dioscuri with palm branches, S7577;

EF, well centered & struck, good bright metal. Unusually nice.

(Better than an EF [I'd grade VF+] bringing $405, CGB 6/13.) Starting bid $120

14 BAKTRIA, Menander, 160-145 BC, Drachm, Heroic bust l, hurling spear/Athena stg r; S7601;

EF, obv well centered with particularly sharp portrait detail, rev a touch off-ctr with some minor graininess.

(A VF+ realized $295, CGB 4/10; EF $1500, Kunker 3/13.) Starting bid $95

15 R BAKTRIA, Philoxenos, c.110-80 BC, Tet., Bust r/King on horse r, S7663; AEF/VF, nrly centered,

just tops of a few letters off; minor roughness mainly on rev; contrasty dark tone in fields.

Portrait quite nice with strong detail. (A GVF realized $1840, CNG 1/06.) Starting Bid $350

16 BRUTTIUM, The Brettii, Æ22, 216-203 BC, Zeus head r/ Eagle, cornucopiae at left; VF/F, a hair off-ctr,

smooth deep green patina, nice detail on head. (Same variety, VF, brought $258, Gorny 3/11.) Starting Bid $35

17 BYZANTION, Æ21, c. 250-200 BC, Poseidon head r/trident, S1596; VF, brown patina, rev much off-ctr,

obv centered & nice with well-detailed head. (A VF realized $520, Roma 3/20.) Starting bid $25

18 CAPPADOCIA, Ariarathes VIII, 100-95 BC, Drachm, Head r/ Athena stg l, M to left; in exergue A

(crude but it's apparently an A); In NGC slab as CH XF, Strike 5/5, surface 3/5 (and as Ariarathes VI);

I call it a nice AEF, good centering, particularly on rev; the surfaces are actually quite decent & bright.

(A VF+ brought $311, D'Antan 11/17.) Starting Bid $110

19 CAPPADOCIA, Ariarathes IX, 101-87 BC, Drachm, Bust r/ Athena stg l, monograms,

Year A, exactly as S7297; VF+/AEF, obv somewhat off-ctr but head complete, good bright silver.

(A GVF brought $368, CNG 9/06.) Starting bid $65

20 CAPPADOCIA, Ariobarzanes III, 52-42 BC, Drachm, Head r/Athena stg l, star above crescent left,

monogram rt, S7304; F, centered on a small thick flan, decent metal with a little dirtyish tarnish in obv recesses,

portrait reasonable. Scarce. (A Near VF brought $143, Savoca 11/19.) Starting Bid $25

21 R CARIAN Satraps, Pixodaros, 341-335 BC, Didrachm, Apollo head 3/4 rt/Zeus Labraundos stg r, S4966;

VF-EF, centered, well struck, good strong head in high relief & fine style. Possible traces of rev smoothing

but good metal with medium dark tone. Quite attractive. (A granular GVF brought $748, Gemini 1/07.)

Starting Bid $350

22 CELTIC, GAUL, Leuci, cast Potin, 17 mm, 1st cent BC, Head l., with diagonal band/boar stg l,

3 loops below; Depeyrot 141; VF, sl ragged edge, dark green patina, obv crude as usual but intelligible,

rev quite clear. (Same variety, GVF, brought $177, CNG eAuc 5/20.) Starting Bid $25

23 CELTIC, Eastern Europe "Sattelkopf" Tetradrachm, 2nd cent BC, a much abstracted imitation of Philip II,

head/ horse; crude F-VF, good silver with lt tone. (A VF brought $358, CGB 11/04.) Starting Bid $75

24 CHALKIS, Drachm, 338-308 BC, Nymph head r/Eagle with snake rt, S2482 (the better style issue);

AVF/F+, obv sl off-ctr, head complete, decent metal with lt tone. (A GF realized $170, Downie 6/03.)

Starting Bid $45

25 R CHERRONESOS, Hemidrachm c.400-350 BC, Lion forepart rt, head left/Quadripartite, in one quarter

VE monogram & pellet, in the other a salamander (rare & popular); Choice EF, excellent centering & strike

on good metal with lion strongly detailed in fine style. (A Near EF of the type brought $397, Noble 7/11.)

Start Bid $125

26 CORCYRA, Stater, 475-450 BC, Cow suckling calf/double stellate pattern in square frame within circle,

S2004 (£200); AVF, obv nrly centered, rev sl off-ctr, decent metal with accentuating dark tone in recesses;

pretty decent for this typically crude issue. (A VF brought $603 + buyer fee, Chaponniere 12/16.)

Starting Bid $120

27 EGYPT, PHARAOH NEKTANEBO II, 361-343 BC, Æ14+, Leaping ram/scales; AVF, minimally off-ctr,

dark greenish patina with some earthen hilighting. The only coin attributed to the Egypt of the Pharaohs

(there's also a very rare gold version), tho some evidence suggests a Syrian attribution.

(A VF realized $5423, Gorny 3/07.) Starting Bid $150

28 R EGYPT, Ptolemy II, 285-246 BC, Æ48, Zeus head r/Eagle stg l, head r, E betw legs;

F-VF, even warm brown patina, only slightest porosity traces on rev. The largest of Ptolemaic bronzes;

the Æ48s seem distinct from the Æ46s & much scarcer. I never found a better one than this. Starting Bid $175

29 R EGYPT, Ptolemy III, Æ21, Alexander head r in elephant scalp/Eagle stg l; VF, centered,

warm brown patina, decent for this with much detail. (A VF brought $161, F&S 6/09.) Starting Bid $35

30 EGYPT, Ptolemy IV, Æ34, Zeus Ammon head r/Eagle stg l, Lambda-I (crude) betw legs; VF,

smooth brown patina with sl greenish tinge, good surfaces & detail. (A VF sold for $275, Berk 3/04.)

Starting Bid $100

31 R EGYPT, Ptolemy VI, 180-146 BC, Æ24, Herakles head r/Eagle stg l, on fulmen, looking back,

caduceus over shoulder, IC betw legs. Choice VF, centered, darkish brown patina, strong detail. Very scarce!

(A VF (as Ptolemy V) brought $345, Gemini 1/09.) Start Bid $65

32 EGYPT, Ptolemy VI, Didrachm, Head of Ptolemy I r/Eagle stg l; Choice EF, somewhat off-ctr, head complete,

rev lgnd wk & off at left; nice metal with some attractive tone; superb detail on portrait & eagle.

(Far better than a VF bringing $1202, Roma 5/18.) Starting Bid $300

33 Ptolemy XII, Tet, Ptolemy I head r/Eagle l, L-K-Pi-A; F-VF, sl off-ctr, some striking crudeness,

sl flan flaw meanders from cheek to neck, not a big deal.

(A F, "poor metal," sold for $140, Berk 11/05; GVF lt porosity $575, Triton 1/06.) Start bid $110

34 ELYMAIS, Kamnaskires III & Queen Anzaze, c. 82-80 BC, Ar Tet, Conjoined busts left, anchor behind/

Zeus std l., lgnd around, S6171 (£1250); VF+, obv well centered, rev nrly so, sl surface roughness mainly on rev,

partially ameliorated by lt smoothing; strong portrait detail Dark tone in fields. Rare.

(A GVF with lt porosity & wk rev strike brought $4,700, Triton 1/14.) Starting Bid $495

35 ELYMAIS, Kamnaskires V, 54-33 BC, Ar Tet, Bearded bust l., anchor at rt, star above/lgnd & bearded bust left,

GIC 5884 (£250); VF, good silver color, centered, crudely struck overall with rev somewhat double struck;

however the rev head & much of lgnd is clear; some surface roughness more on rev than obv.

(A Nice VF brought $1725, Triton 1/04) Starting bid $150

36 ELYMAIS, Orodes I, Æ Drachm, GIC-5896, Bust l., anchor/ dashes; VF, hilighted green patina, nice.

(A Ch. VF brought $42 on $47 bid in my 11/13 sale.) Starting Bid $15

37 ELYMAIS, Phraates, Æ Drachm, GIC-5902, Bust l., anchor/ dashes; VF, nice 2-toned green patina.

(A VF realized $120, Peus 4/13.) Starting Bid $15

38 ELYMAIS, Orodes II, Æ Drachm, GIC-5905, Facg bust/ dashes, Choice VF, lt brown patina with

green hilighting, good strong portrait. (A VF brought $33 on $39 bid in my 2/09 sale.) Start Bid $15

39 R ELYMAIS, Orodes IV, Æ Drachm, GIC-5914, Facg bust/Artemis bust l, anchor behind; Choice VF,

well centered & struck, smooth medium brown; much scarcer than earlier issues & exceptional quality.

(A VF brought $140, Gorny 3/04.) Starting Bid $30

40 EPHESOS, Æ16, c.390-300 BC, Bee/stag kneeling l, quiver above, magistrate Hekatokles, S4407;

F-VF, nrly centered on sl oval flan, smooth dark green patina with hilighting.

Ex Naumann 5/16 as VF, sold for $85. (Another of same type, GVF, brought $302, Naumann 5/18.)

Starting Bid $25

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41 GELA, Didrachm, 490-475 BC, Horseman r, thrusting spear/Forepart of man-headed bull r;

AF/F, nrly centered on smallish thick flan, brightish with niggling surface imperfectness, features clear.

Rare in this budget grade! (A GF with scrs brought $667, Leu 9/19.) Starting Bid $110

42 HADRIANOPOLIS, (Thrace), Æ16, c. 181-92 BC, Herakles head r/Eros stg l, hldg club of Herakles,

supported by crouching figure. AVF, nrly centered/well centered, centration dimple on obv,

smooth 2-toned green patina. Rare!

(A sl smoothed GVF brought $920, CNG 6/06; VF $501 + buyer fee, Savoca 11/17.) Starting Bid $50

43 HIMERA, Æ16 (Hemilitron), 420-408 BC, Nymph hd l./6 pellets in wreath, S1110; VF-EF, obv centered,

rev somewhat off-ctr, good smooth deep green patina, strong detail on head.

(A GVF brought $374, CNG 5/08.) Starting Bid $45

44 HIMYARITES, (Arabia), Tha'ran Ya'ub, Ar Quinarius, Head right in circlet, symbol behind/Head rt, lgnd around,

sim. GIC-5721, Mint State & choice, centered & well struck, full clear lgnd, perfect lustrous metal.

(An EF brought $235, Peus 6/20.) Starting Bid $85

45 INDO-PARTHIAN, Sasan under Gondophares, 35-55 AD, Æ Tet, Horseman/Zeus stg r, F+, thick narrow flan

(20 mm), smooth dark brown with earthen hilighting. Rare. (A VF+, same variety, brought $250, Pegasi 11/13.)

Starting Bid $15

46 INDO-SKYTHIANS, Azes, c.57-35 BC, Ar Drachm, Horseman r/Pallas stg r betw monograms;

F-VF/VF, nrly centered on smallish flan, some lettering partly off, good metal with dark toning,

somewhat uneven on obv. (A VF brought $110, Kiunker 3/04.) Starting Bid $15

47 INDO-SKYTHIANS, Azes, c.57-35 BC, Æ21 square, Azes on camel/brahma bull; VF, brown patina.

Nice; but unfortunately an extremely good deceptive cast copy. Starting Bid $5

48 ISSOS, or more lately attributed as "Caria uncertain (Mylasa?)" Stater, c. 500-450 BC, Lion head l./

incuse square divided diagonally; VG or so, nrly centered on oval flan, sl rough, lion head just discernable

with snout off. Very rare. (A VF from rusty dies realized $1150, Gemini 1/10.) Starting Bid $30

49 JUDAEA, Herod Agrippa I, 37-44 AD, Umbrella/3 barley ears, S5567, Hen.1244; F/VF, centered, obv lgnd

partly wk, dark patina with earthen hilighting; rev unusually good for this with all 3 ears complete with much detail.

(A VF sold for $390, NAC 5/12.) Starting Bid $28

50 JUDAEA, Gaza, Philistia, Obol, imitative of Athens, .73 gm, obv head a crude blob; rev owl,

olive sprig & A-Theta clear; swastika-like Gaza symbol in field; Cf. Hend 1014-15; VF, large die failure cud

at rev top; good metal with no porosity, lt tone.

(At least comparable to a "Near VF" (I'd call it F at best) bringing $276, CNG eAuc 8/14.) Starting Bid $60

51 KATANE, Æ22+, c.200 BC, Hermes bust r/Victory adv l, 3 monograms, S1077, F+/AVF, a little off-ctr,

darkish brown patina, lighter tan on obv head, which has quite nice style. Rare!

(A VF, same variety, hardly better, brought $426, CNG eAuc 3/09.) Starting Bid $50

52 KAUNOS, Æ12, 350-300 BC, Bull butting r, wreath above/ Sphinx std r, S4820; AVF/VF, well centered,

dark greenish patina with some earthen hilighting. Very nice Sphinx. (A VF brought $197, Lanz 11/06.)

Starting Bid $25

53 KOLOPHON, Drachm, 490-450 BC, Archaic Apollo head r, lgnd around/lyre in incuse square, S4341 (£750);

F-VF, rev sl off-ctr but complete, obv lgnd nrly all there, minimally grainy. Very rare archaic type with obv lgnd!

(A Fine with corrosion realized $1052, Numis. Genevensis 11/12.) Starting Bid $250

54 KOS, Didrachm, 4th cent BC, Herakles head r/Veiled female hd l, S4988 (£600); F-VF centered, sl roughness,

dark tone in recesses, thus bold features. Rare coin. Ex my 4/11 sale bringing $330 on $411 bid.

(A VF realized $1955, Triton 1/10.) Starting Bid $220

55 KRAGOS Lycian League Hemidrachm, c. 48-20 BC, Apollo head r/K-P, lyre in incuse square, no symbol;

S5267; EF, centered & well struck, only some minor flatness at obv bottom edge; good metal, with great hair detail.

(An EF of the type brought $523, Gorny 3/11.) Starting Bid $140

56 KROTON, Stater, c.300 BC, Apollo head r/Tripod, HN Italy 2177; F, obv well centered, rev off-ctr,

excellent metal with pleasant toning accentuating features. Obv particularly nice for the grade. Rare.

(A GVF brought $3205, NAC 5/15.) Starting Bid $100

57 R LAMPSAKOS, Æ9, 3rd Cent BC, Bearded hd (Poseidon?) rt/forepart of winged horse r; AEF, well centered,

dark greenish-brown patina, strong detail. As S3904. Seems surprisingly rare as I could not find a sale

record on acsearch. Starting Bid $45

58 LARISSA, Æ18, 4th cent BC, Nymph head facg sl left/ horseman rt, VF, nrly centered, hilighted brown &

green patina, good strong face. Ex BCD with his tag. (A Nice VF realized $230, CNG 9/02.) Starting Bid $35

59 LEONTINI, Æ13x16 (Tetras), 405-402 BC, Apollo head r, leaf behind/tripod betw barley grains, S1118;

VF, sl off-ctr on oval flan, olive-brown patina, a nice strong coin. (A GVF brought $546, CNG 5/12.)

Starting Bid $40

60 LESBOS, billon Diobol or 1/10 Stater, 1.26 gms, c.500-450 BC, 2 boar hds face-to-face/incuse square,

S3488 (£140); VF, nrly centered, decent 2-toned metal, very bold features, quite good quality for this scarce

Lesbian coin. (Yes, that's where the word comes from.) (A F-VF brought $216 in my 12/91 sale.)

Starting Bid $85

61 MACEDON, Alexander the Great, Tet, of Babylon, issued by Seleukos I of Syria, Herakles hd r/Zeus std l,

anchor & A left, M under seat, Pr. 3359; F+, well centered on sl tight flan, good bright metal. Ex Leu as VF.

(Same variety, GVF brought $437, CNG 9/13.) Starting Bid $120

62 MACEDON, Alexander the Great, Tet, of Corinth, issued by Demetrios Poliorketes, Herakles head/Zeus std,

Nike in left field, Pr.676; VF+/VF, nrly centered, quite mild granularity with pleasant medium tone.

Ex Colin Pitchfork collection (the Australian numismatist, not the British murderer). Very rare. Starting Bid $140

63 MACEDON, Alexander the Great, Drachm, of Kolophon, Herakles head r/Zeus std l, crescent left,

N below throne; F-VF/F, centered, good bright metal.

(Same var, GVF brought .$204, VAuc 6/10; F $78, Heritage 2/20.) Starting Bid $35

64 MACEDON, Alexander the Great, Drachm, of Kolophon, Herakles head r/Zeus std l, crescent left,

nothing below throne, apparently unlisted thus; appears to be a barbarous issue of slightly substandard style;

AEF, sl unround flan with tip of chin off; good metal with ltone. Starting Bid $100

65 MACEDON, Philip III, 323-317 BC, Tet., of Sidon, Herakles head r/Zeus std l, N (date) left,

Sigma-I below throne; Pr.3501; VF, well centered, traces of smoothing with some minor roughness

still remaining; darkish tone. (Stronger detail than on a VF bringing $345, CNG eAuc 8/16.) Starting Bid $135

66 R MACEDON, Kassander, 319-297 BC, Æ18, Herakles head r/Youth on horse r, grape bunch below, S6754,

strong VF, quite 2-toned tan patina, hints of green in recesses, well centered, bold features.

(A GVF brought $201, CNG 6/06.) Start Bid $35

67 MACEDON, Philip V, 221-179 BC, Æ19x21, Head of river god Strymon r/ornamented trident, SNG Cop 1298;
VF, centered on oval flan, good style for this, not barbarous looking as usual; strong detail on head.

Dark greenish brown patina. (A VF sold for $253, CNG eAuc 11/16.) Starting Bid $30

68 MACEDON, Autonomous, 187-168 BC, Tetrobol, MAKE around club in center of shield/Helmet surrounded

by 3 monograms & thunderbolt, as S1387; SNG Cop 1282 var; EF, centered, sharply struck, good metal with lt tone.

Very nice, and a rare variety, apparently unpublished. (Same variety, EF, brought $884, Roma 9/17.)

Starting Bid $150

69 MACEDON, Autonomous, 187-168 BC, Tetrobol, MAKE around club in center of shield/Helmet. 3 monograms

(diff from previous), as S1387; EF, nrly centered, quite sharply struck, good metal with lt tone.

(Same variety, VF, brought $384, Kunker 3/11; EF $690, NY Sale 1/12.) Starting Bid $150

70 THE MALIANS, at Lamia, 400-344 BC, Æ14, Athena head r/Philoctetes stg r, shooting bow, quiver at rt;

S2142; VF, rev centered sl high crowding head; dark brown patina; only slightest roughness.

Ex BCD with his tag. Rare. (A Near VF with crack & sl porosity brought $259, CNG 9/08.) Starting Bid $30

71 MANTINEA, Arkadian League, Triobol, 462-428 BC, Zeus std l., eagle left/Kallisto head r, in incuse square,

sim. S2675 (£250); F+/F, oval flan with sm edge irregularity, sl off-ctr but everything visible, decent two-toned

metal with insignificant surface quibbles. On this coin, Zeus holds long scepter on left, not right, I could not

find a sale record for such. Apparently very rare. Ex Pegasi $450. (Compare a similar type with Zeus's scepter on right as normal, VF with banker mark (I'd grade F) bringing $767,

CNG eAuc 8/18.) Starting Bid $75

72 MARONEIA, Æ19, c.400-350 BC, Horse r/vine in square, lgnd, S1636; VF+, a touch off-ctr, medium brown patina.

A very common coin, but much nicer than usual. (A VF realized $190, Kunker 10/07.) Starting Bid $25

73 R MASIKYTES, Lycian League Hemidrachm, c. 27-20 BC, Apollo head r/M-A, Lyre, tripod, in incuse square;

EF, somewhat off-ctr but nothing lost, good bright silver, well struck with wonderful detail on head.

(A Near EF, same variety, realized $358, CNG eAuc 10/11.) Starting Bid $190

74 MASSALIA, Obol, 380-336 BC, Youthful head l./MA in wheel, S72; AEF, centered, well struck, good style;

decent metal with lt tone; tiny die flaw under nose. Far above the usual. (A VF brought $385, Berk 7/09.)

Starting Bid $75

75 METAPONTUM, Nomos, 330-290 BC, Demeter head l, letters DEX retrograde below chin

(not visible on this example, which is often the case for this variety)/Corn grain, altar above leaf at left,

HN Italy 1593; AVF, obv centered a mite high; dark tone in fields with some mild surface disturbances;

features bold. (Same variety, GVF, obv off-ctr losing nose, brought $448, CNG eAuc 10/18.) Starting Bid $110

76 METAPONTUM, Diobol, 330-300 BC, Athena head r/corn ear, cornucopiae at rt, S421 (£85),

F-VF, centered on oval flan, decent metal with some uneven darkish tone.

(A VF brought $219, CNG eAuc 6/16.) Starting Bid $45

77 MILETOS, 1/12 Stater, 6th cent BC, Lion forepart, head l./ star pattern in square, S3532 (£65);

EF, sl off-ctr on oval flan, a little crowded, great detail on lion's mane; good bright metal.

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 $75

78 MILETOS, 1/12 Stater, 6th cent BC, Lion forepart, head l./ star pattern in square, S3532 (£65); VF-EF,

very well centered & struck, good metal with lt tone, nice for these. (A VF/AEF brought $156 in my 7/07 sale.)

Starting Bid $65

79 MILETOS, 1/12 Stater, 6th cent BC, Lion forepart, head right/star pattern in square, S3533 (£75, scarcer);

EF, centered just a little high crowding top of lion's head; excellent detail; typical sm die failure blob at

rev edge. Excellent metal with toning.

(An AEF brought $181 on $200 bid in my 4/12 sale; GVF $262, Noble 11/11.) Starting Bid $90

80 NABATAEA, Silver Drachm, Rabbel II & Queen Gamilath (his sister, whom he married.

That's where we get the word "rabble.") 71-106 AD, GIC-5705, Bust r/bust r; at least F-VF, nrly centered

on typical small flan, partial lgnds, decent metal with dark tone in recesses, both portraits good for this;

better than Sear plate coin. Very conservatively graded.

(Clearly better than an F/F-VF bringing $298, Rauch 9/17.) Starting Bid $100

81 NEAPOLIS (Macedon), Hemidrachm, 424-350 BC, Facing Gorgoneion/nymph head r, lgnd at rt, S1417;

Choice EF, nrly centered & well struck with strong detail, bold Gorgon face; good metal with lt tone; fine style.

(A GVF brought $879, Kunker 3/11.) Starting Bid $200

82 OINOE, Drachm, c.300 BC, Artemis head facg 3/4 rt/bull butting r, S4620 (£750); VF, pretty well centered

on oval flan, obv with some asstd sl surface imperfections; moderately dark tone; the face is very strong &

in fine style. Rare & desirable. (A VF with lt porosity brought $1456, CNG eAuc 1/14; VF $1754, CGB 11/11.)

Starting Bid $275

83 R OLBIA, Æ22, 3rd-1st cent BC, Bearded hd of River god Borysthenes l./Battle axe & bow in case, S1685;

VF, centered, brown patina, only faintest roughness, sl crudeness on rev, head shows great detail for this.

(A VF realized $343, Gorny 10/14.) Starting Bid $60

Most coins will sell above the starting bids. I hope.

84 OLBIA, Arrow shaped coin, c. 550-450 BC, 38 mm, VF, well formed, dark green patina with good surfaces,

nice example. What happened was that they made these arrows but found they didn't work too well as

weapons so decided to use them as currency instead. (A VF realized $315, Lanz 6/93.) Start Bid $20

85 PAEONIA, Patraos, 340-315 BC, Tet, Apollo head r/ Horseman skewering fallen enemy, S1520;

AEF, obv sl off-ctr to SW but head complete & lovely, in great style, well detailed; rev more off-ctr causing

pronounced raised lip to part of edge. Excellent metal with nice lt toning.

(Compare a VF bringing $1528, CNG 5/14; AEF $1932, Gorny 3/11.) Starting Bid $275

86 PANORMOS, Æ26, after 241 BC, Helmeted Ares hd r/ Tyche stg l; F+/AF, smooth greenish-reddish-brown

patina, nice bold head. Rare (A GVF brought $477, CNG 9/07.) Start Bid $15

87 PARION, Hemidrachm, 400-300 BC, Bull stg l., hd turned back, laurel branch below/Facing Gorgoneion,

as S3919; EF, rev somewhat off-ctr but head complete & quite sharp; decent bright silver.

(A VF-EF of the type brought $918, Tradart 12/14, the auction house of choice for refined connoisseurs who

don't know what coins are really worth.) Starting Bid $100

88 PARTHIA, Mithradates I, c. 171-238 BC, Drachm Sellw 10.1, bust in bashliq/archer std r; F+/VF, centered,

good strike fhis, portrait quite strong for the grade. Nice metal with lt tone; minor horn silver at obv top edge;

pinpoint ding behind head. (A GVF sold for $863, Triton 1/13.) Starting Bid $60

89 R PARTHIA, Mithradates II, 123-88 BC, Drachm, Sellw 26.1, Choice virtually Mint State, obv centered sl low,

rev well centered, on large flan; sharply struck; brilliant mint luster.

(Compare one only GVF bringing $527, NY Sale 1/15; and EF $1080, CNG 10/15.) Starting Bid $160

90 PARTHIA, Mithradates II, 123-88 BC, Drachm, 26.24, with A over E below bow (the E weak), rare variety;

Choice Mint State, obv centered sl, low on unround flan, quite sharply struck, good lustrous metal with lt tone.

Minor edge cracks. Superb portrait detail. Exceptionally attractive quality.

(An EF brought $1293, NY Sale 1/15.) Starting Bid $200

91 R PARTHIA, Mithradates II, Æ17x19, Tetrachalkon, Best l./Pegasos r, Sellw.26.26; VF, centered, rev sl crude

but most of lgnd clear; dark green patina with some earthen hilighting; strong detailed portrait.

Quite good for Parthian bronze. (A VF realized $113, CNG eAuc 5/04.) Starting Bid $50

92 PARTHIA, Mithradates II, Drachm, Sel.28.7, Choice Mint State, good centering & wonderful strike

with superb portrait detail. Bright lustrous silver. Slightest touch of obv smoothing. A killer coin.

(An EF realized $775, CGB 11/09) Start Bid $150

93 PARTHIA, Mithradates II, Drachm, Sel.28.5, Choice EF, obv well centered, rev centered sl low but complete;

good bright silver; minor field smoothing. Sharply struck. (A GVF brought $288, CNG 9/08.) Starting Bid $85

94 PARTHIA, Orodes I, Drachm, Sel.31.6, Choice EF, virtually mint state; Obv sl off-ctr, rev perfectly

centered & unusually well struck, bright lustery silver. Portrait totally sharp.

(A GVF brought $306, Gorny 3/11.) Starting Bid $110

95 R PARTHIA, Orodes I, Drachm, Sellw 31.7, rare type with anchor on tiara; VF, nrly centered, good bright silver,

ex CNG 5/02 described as "only the second & best example offered by CNG," sold for $242.

(A GVF brought $1112, NY Sale 1/15.) Starting Bid $135

96 PARTHIA, Sinatrukes (Used to be Gotarzes I), Drachm, Sel. 33.4, bust in tiara with stags; Choice EF,

well centered & quite sharply struck, superbly detailed portrait. Cleaning hairlines under magnification,

now moderately toned. (Compare a Choice VF bringing $384, Goldberg 6/18.) Starting Bid $100

97 R PARTHIA, Sinatrukes, Drachm, Sellw.34.7, Bust in tiara with flower or lys in center; the decorations

surrounding tiara erased from die, as is anchor behind head; Nice VF, well centered, ltly toned. VERY RARE.

(A VF brought $378, CNG eAuc 1/17.) Starting Bid $120

98 R PARTHIA, Orodes II, 57-38 BC, Drachm, Sellw.45.9-var, (AT monogram for Ecbatana mint

but Sellw's lgnd v rather than ii); nice VF, just sl off-center, deep old toning.

(A VF (Sellw. 45.9) brought $205, Peus 10/03.) Starting Bid $50

You can bid with alternate choices, or a spending limit.

99 R PARTHIA, Phraataces, 2 BC - 4 AD, Drachm, Sellw 56.13-var, on rev fire altar behind archer but with

crescent above it, unlisted; Mithradatkart mintmk; VF, nrly centered on unround flan, moderately toned. Rare!

None found on acsearch. Starting bid $40

100 PARTHIA, Artabanus II, 10-38 AD, Drachm, Sel.63.6, EF, obv centered low as usual, rev centered,

metal almost imperceptibly grainy but bright & lustery. Portrait sharp. (An EF realized $546, Triton 1/04.)

Starting Bid $45

101 R PARTHIA, Artabanus II, Æ11, Chalkos, Sellw. 63.19, Rev Athena stg in beaded circle; VF+,

centered on sl ragged flan, brown patina, detailed portrait, rev fully clear. Rare & unusually good.

(A VF brought $108, Heidelberger 11/14.) Start Bid $55

102 PARTHIA, Gotarzes II, 40-51 AD, Drachm, Sel.65.33 (no royal wart but identifiable by legend);

EF, usual low obv centering, minor rev crudeness, good bright silver, portrait very sharp,

obv has appearance of mint state. (A GVF brought $702, NY Sale 1/15.) Starting Bid $55

103 PARTHIA, Vonones II, Drachm, Sellw 67.4, Facg bust betw stars; COPY, cast & silver plated, VF,

goldy tone. Starting Bid $3

104 PARTHIA, Vologases I, 51-78 AD. Drachm, Sel.70.13, EF/VF+, obv centered somewhat low as always

on sl unround flan; rev sl crude; good bright lustrous metal. (A VF/EF brought $225, Peus 5/92.)

Starting Bid $60

105 PARTHIA, Artabanus III, 80-90 AD, Drachm, Sel.74.6; EF, usual sl low obv centering, well struck with

very sharp portrait & rev; moderately toned. Very scarce type; often those sold as type 74 are really

misidentified 63 or 65. This one not misidentified; the portrait style is distinctive.

(A GVF realized $345, Triton 1/10.) Starting Bid $80

106 PARTHIA, Vologases III (now he wants to be called Pakoros I), 105-147 AD, Drachm, Sel. 78.3,

EF, obv only sl off-ctr, good metal with pleasant old toning. (An EF brought $320, Hess-Divo 10/08.)

Starting Bid $50

107 PARTHIA, Vologases III (or Pakoros I), Drachm, Sel. 78.5 (archer's seat shown as line), EF+, virtually as struck

and sharp, somewhat off-ctr, moderately toned with hints of underlying luster

(An EF realized $234, NY Sale 1/15.) Starting Bid $55

108 PARTHIA, Mithradates V (formerly Mith IV, and Baldwin's calls him Mith VI!), Drachm, Sel.82.1,

Ex Gorny as EF and it is a choice EF, obv centered sl low as usual, excellent metal quality with nice lt tone.

Portrait totally sharp. Very scarce type distinguished by only 2 diadem ties.

(A GVF brought $410, NY Sale 1/15.) Starting Bid $110

109 R PARTHIA, Vologases IV, Tet, Sellw 84.53; Bust l./Tyche giving wreath to std ruler; EF,

centered on a smallish flan, quite sharply struck for this, great detail, excellent metal quality with darkish tone.

Month partly visible, enough for identification.

(An AVF of the type with no month brought $585, NY Sale 1/15.) Starting Bid $120

110 PARTHIA, Osroes II, c.190 AD, Drachm, Sel.85.1, VF, nrly centered on broad flan, good bright silver,

rev crude as usual. (A GF-VF actually sold for $238, Bertolami 3/18.) Start Bid $35

111 PARTHIA, Osroes II, c.190 AD, Drachm, Sel.85.3, VF+, sl off-ctr, good metal with moderate tone; pleasant.

(A GVF brought $226, Noble 7/15.) Starting Bid $35

112 PARTHIA, Vologases VI, Drachm, Sel. 88.18, Virtually Mint State, minimally off-ctr on a large ragged flan,

rev somewhat crude & a little double struck; much luster; portrait exceeeedingly sharp.

(An AEF brought $179, Rauch 5/11.) Starting Bid $50

113 PARTHIA, Artabanus IV, 216-24 AD, Drachm, Sel.89.1; VF, well centered, good strike,

decent metal with medium tone, sl soil in rev recesses. Nice strong portrait. Very scarce, the last Parthian king.

(A VF brought $365, Peus 11/06.) Start Bid $130