ANCIENT & EARLY COINS
AUCTION 111 CLOSING 11 PM, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2020
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GREEK COINS etc., listed alphabetically
1 ABDERA, Hemidrachm, 385-375 BC, Griffin l./Dionysos head r in square,
as S1549 (Hemidrachm, £200); VF, centered a little high so griffin's head off; decent bright silver.
below Griffin, "PITEON" (?), rare
thus; no examples in online database have a lgnd there.
Starting Bid $110
2 AIGAI (Aiolis), Æ16, 2nd-1st cent BC, Athena hd r/Nike stg l, 2 monograms, S4169;
VF, nrly centered, nice green patina. (A GVF brought $95, CNG eAuc 4/11.)
Minimum Bid $30
3 AKANTHOS, Tetrobol, c.470-390 BC, Forepart of bull kneel-ing, acanthus branch above/
square, as S1369 (£75); AVF, sl edge splits, well centered, good bright metal.
Rare with this obv symbol. (A VF brought $167 on $200 bid in my 3/06 sale.) MB $65
4 AKRAGAS, Æ18x20, 338-287 BC, Zeus head l/Eagle with hare l,
A above tail (all those seen in online database have Delta, but this is clearly A);
Nice VF, nrly centered on sl unround flan, everything complete, dark green patina,
traces of crusting, good detail. (A VF realized $882, Gorny 10/10.) Start Bid $50
5 AMISOS, Ar Siglos or Drachm, 435-370 BC, Tyche head r./
Owl, monogram at lower right, sim. S3633 (£160); Choice AEF, well centered & struck,
good metal with moderately dark tone, lovely style; an exceptionally fine example of this type.
Rare with this monogram.
(Same type, diff monogram, GVF "roughly cleaned" brought $1265, CNG 9/11.)
Starting Bid $240
6 Æ20, 85-65 BC, Zeus head r/Eagle on thunderbolt, S3642, VF, obv well centered,
rev sl off-ctr, golden brassy color, some lt porosity, strong detail on head.
(A GVF brought $157, CNG eAuc 5/14.) Starting Bid $30
7 APAMEIA (Phrygia), Æ16, c.193-235 AD, Zeus head r/Eagle facg; VF/AVF, nrly centered,
dark green patina with strong earthen hilighting, nice. (A GVF sold for $110, Naumann 10/15.)
Starting Bid $20
8 APOLLONIA PONTIKA, Diobol, 400-350 BC; Apollo hd facg/Anchor, S1657;
COPY, struck in silver, EF+, nicely toned, good workmanship. Starting Bid $10
9 ARADOS, Obol, 380-350 BC, Head of Deity r/Galley over waves, Phoenician lgnd above,
sim S5973; VF, nrly centered with hd complete, decent metal with darkish tone, lgnd clear,
good for this. (A VF, same lgnd (mushy obv), brought $271, Roma 10/18.) Starting Bid $45
10 ASPENDOS, Stater, 465-430 BC, Warrior adv rt with spear & shield/
triskeles in incuse square, S5381 (£750). In NGC slab as CH VF, Strike 4/5, Surface 4/5;
it is at least VF, technically not far from mint state, bright fresh metal, obv well centered & struck for this, rev somewhat off-ctr & crude. This early type was never seen till recent hoard.
(An AVF with weak obv brought $990, NFA 12/87.) Starting Bid $180
Same, AVF, well centered & not badly struck on a narrow &
quite thick flan Decent metal.
Starting Bid $60
12 ATHENS, Tet, 449-413 BC, Athena head r/owl stg r, S2526;
In NGC slab as CH AU, strike 5/5, surface 2/5. The latter seems harsh,
as it has just a little granularity mainly on rev that was actually in the die;
coin is virtually as struck, obv very well centered, rev sl off-ctr but complete;
fresh bright metal; and very well struck with the obv hair waves totally sharp.
That's what I look for on these. Most of the numerous examples from recent hoard lack this.
(An EF brought $9200, Triton 1/12; GEF $17,000, NAC 10/08.) Starting Bid $900
13 Another, Virtually Mint State and choice, well centered & sharply struck,
good fresh metal with luster. Athena's hair waves are razor sharp.
The owl you've been waiting for. MB $1000
14 One more, Choice EF, again well centered & sharply struck, good bright metal,
and Athena's hair waves fully sharp.
I note a small die break between those hair waves & the helmet band.
(Compare a GVF sold at $4600, CNG 9/12.) Starting Bid $750
15 BAKTRIA, Demetrios I, c.200-185 BC, Æ28, Elephant head r/caduceus, S7533;
Strong VF, warm brown patina, touch of roughness & smoothing mainly on rev;
obv well centered with excellent strong elephant head. Nice example.
(A GVF brought $978, Triton 1/06.) Starting bid $85
16 Eukratides I, 171-135 BC, Obol, Helmeted head r/caps of the Dioscuri with palm branches,
S7578; Choice VF, nrly centered, quite good metal with contrasting tone, portrait very bold.
(A VF realized $885, Gorny 3/11.) Starting bid $50
17 Eukratides II, 145-140 BC, Tet, Diademed head r/Apollo stg l, monogram,
S7567 (as Euk I, £300); VF-EF/VF, obv sl off-ctr but portrait complete, rev centered;
Excellent high-relief bust with every hair curl visible. Rare.
(A "VF a bit porous," same monogram, brought $1766, CNG eAuc 7/11.) Starting bid $425
18 Menander, 160-145 BC, Drachm, Heroic bust l, hurling spear/Athena stg r; S7601;
VF, nrly centered, bright metal with minor hint of porosity, bold features.
(A VF+ realized $295, CGB 4/10.) Starting bid $30
19 -- Æ15 Square, Elephant head r/club, S7616; AVF, some-what off-ctr, partial lgnds,
darkish brown, a little crude. (A VF, off-ctr & crude, brought $170, DNW 6/07.)
Starting bid $15
20 Antialkidas, Drachm, Bust r, in kausia/Zeus std l, elephant forepart; S7629;
AVF, centered, sl porosity & some darkish crud in obv right field. Starting bid $18
21 Philoxenos, c.110-80 BC, Tet, Helmeted bust r/Ruler on horse r; VF, centered,
complete lgnds, very mild porosity with a hint of smoothing; medium toning.
Good bold portrait. (A VF with porosity & many scrs brought $437, CNG eAuc. 7/14.)
Starting bid $170
22 Zoilos II, 75-50 BC, Drachm, Bust r/Athena stg l, S7709; EF, obv well centered with full lgnd,
rev better centered than usual with Athena complete; good bright metal.
(A VF sold for $345, CNG 9/06.) Starting bid $90
23 Hermaios, 40-1 BC, Æ19 square, Capped bust of Zeus-Mithra r/horse r, S7744;
VF, nrly centered, brown patina, minor touch of porosity mainly at one spot near rev top.
Bold features; quite scarce. (Nicer than a VF sold for $170, Pegasi 11/11.) Starting bid $35
24 BYZANTION, Hemidrachm, 387-340 BC, Bull on dolphin l./trident;
VF, a little off-ctr on ragged unround flan, decent metal with tone.
(A VF, similar centering, brought $150, Pegasi 11/12.) Starting bid $35
25 CAPPADOCIA, Ariarathes V, 163-130 BC, Drachm, Head r/ Athena stg l, Year B, S7286;
VF+/AVF, sl off-ctr, strongly 2-toned with very sl surface quibbles,
nice bold portrait with strong detail. (A VF brought $236, Rauch 9/09.) Start Bid $45
26 Ariarathes IX, 101-87 BC, Drachm, Bust r/Athena stg l, Year 14, S7299var;
EF/AEF, centered on broad flan, good metal with lt tone, choice detailed portrait of fine style.
(An EF/GVF brought $475, Kunker 9/09.) Starting bid $140
27 Ariobarzanes I, 96-63 BC, Drachm, Old Head r/Athena stg l, S7302; F-VF/F, sl off-ctr,
good strong portrait, ltly toned. (A F+ brought $106 in my 3/13 sale.) Starting Bid $25
28 CELTIC, GAUL, Leuci, cast Potin, 16 mm, 1st cent BC, Diademed ("Indian") Head l./
boar stg l, fleur-de-lis shape below; VF, crude but clear features, deep green patina,
very prominent casting sprue extends from flan.
(Same variety, VF, brought $122, Kunker 6/19.) Starting Bid $25
29 Cappadocia, Galatians, Ar Drachm, c. 100 BC, Diademed head r/Cornucopiae & lgnd,
crudely copying Seleukid Demetrios I, ex-Leu as VF, centered, clear, good silver. Rare!
Start Bid $40
30 CHIOS, Tetrobol, 435-425 BC, Sphinx std l, amphora l./4-part incuse, S4596 (£140);
F-VF, nrly centered on thick flan, decent metal; bold features; ex-Roma auction as VF.
(Better than a GF bringing $200, Naumann 12/14; another, VF, realized $641, Naumann 6/19.) Starting Bid $80
31 DIOSKOURIAS, Æ16, 1st-2nd cent BC, Caps of the Dioscuri inscribed
"Make Dioskourias Great Again" (in Greek of course; stars above/Thyrsos & lgnd; S3629;
Choice VF-EF, unusually good centering for this with obv design virtually complete, rare thus;
smooth olive-brown patina. (Compare a VF (but weak & ugly) bringing $282, Album 9/14.)
Starting Bid $60
32 EGYPT, Ptolemy II, Tet, of Sidon, Ptolemy I head r/Eagle l, date Lamda-I at rt;
quite nicely centered, rev lgnd complete albeit a bit crowded,
portrait complete & well detailed.
Decent metal with lt grey tone & only slightest marks.
(A GVF Tet of Sidon with scratches brought $1138, F&S 6/08.) Start Bid $190
33 Ptolemy II, Æ35, Zeus Ammon head r/Eagle l, club at left; AVF/F,
centered, dark patina with strong earthen hilighting, obv bold & attractive,
rev somewhat rough with sm pit near top edge. Scarce.
(An example of this sold for $11,750, Heritage 4/13, but it was rather nicer.
Closer to this planet, a VF (Æ30) brought $230, CNG 9/07.) Starting Bid $45
34 Ptolemy V, Æ34, Zeus Ammon hd r/Eagle stg l, club in field, AP monogram betw legs,
Svor.1251; F-VF, rev sl off-ctr, brown patina, a bit porous mainly on rev. Really rare!
(A VF brought $339, Roma 8/18.) Starting Bid $110
35 Ptolemy XII, Tet, Ptolemy I head r/Eagle l, LC-Pi-A; VF/AVF, a little off-ctr, dark patina,
minor porosity mainly on rev; portrait well detailed & quite nice.
(Same variety, VF with corroded area brought $184, CNG eAuc 11/14.) Starting bid $90
36 Cleopatra VII, Æ10, of Cyprus, Her bust r/cornucopiae, F, nrly centered,
dark green patina with earthen hilighting, clear portrait of the famous queen,
rev better than usual with much lgnd visible. (A F brought $226 on
$305 bid in my 2/16 sale.)
Starting Bid $45
37 ELYMAIS, Kamnaskires III & Queen Anzaze, c. 82-80 BC, Ar Tet, Conjoined busts left,
anchor behind/Zeus std l., lgnd around, S6171 (£1250); F-VF/VF, well centered,
somewhat crude, minor roughness & some dark encrustation, sl cleaning marks;
rev with edge irregularity at bottom, but is less crude than usual. Rare.
(A F/AVF with muddled countermark brought $460 on $568 bid in my 1/19 sale.)
Starting Bid $240
38 Kamnaskires V, 54-33 BC, Ar Tet, Bearded bust l., anchor at rt, star above/
lgnd & bearded bust left, GIC 5884 (£250); VF, obv perfectly centered & well struck,
unusually good; rev typically very crude & weak. Silver with lt grey-brown tone.
(A Nice VF brought $1725, Triton 1/04) Starting bid $120
39 Kamnaskires VI, Æ Tet, types as last except no star on obv, GIC-5888 (£150);
VF, brown patina, obv somewhat crude at right but portrait boldly detailed;
rev very crude & weak as always.
(A VF with garbled rev brought $555, Emporium Hamburg 11/08.) Starting Bid $30
40 Orodes II, Æ Drachm, GIC-5905, Facg bust/ dashes,
Choice VF, nice hilighted green-&-brown patina, good clear portrait.
(A VF brought $33 on $39 bid in my 2/09 sale.) Starting Bid $17
41 Orodes III, Æ Drachm, GIC-5910, Facg bust with bushy hair/dashes; Choice EF,
well centered & struck, brown patina with nice strong green hilighting; sharp portrait.
Exceptional quality for this. (An AEF brought $170, Gorny 5/00.) MB $35
42 EPEIROS, Republic, Drachm, 232-168 BC, Zeus head r, Sigma-I left, Theta-E below
(rare variety)/Eagle stg r in wreath, as S1996 (£90); VF/F+, centered on oval flan,
good bright metal, rev somewhat crudely struck. Ex Gorny auction as VF.
(A slight variant, VF with lt porosity, brought $504, CNG eAuc 7/09.) Starting Bid $95
43 GELA, Tet, 430-425 BC, Quadriga rt, wreath above/ Forepart of man-headed bull rt,
fish & knotted fillet below, leaf behind; AVF, nrly centered, only horses' hds crowded;
good bright metal. Quite pleasant for this. Rare variety.
(Same variety, VF-EF, brought $3172, Alde 6/18.) Starting Bid $350
44 HERAKLEIA, Ar Nomos, 370-281 BC, Athena hd rt, Skylla on helmet, K behind/
Herakles stg w/club, bow & lion skin; VF, obv centered sl high but head complete,
rev nrly centered with figure virtually complete; good bright metal with lt tone.
(Same variety, VF+, brought $1605, CGB 6/05.) Starting Bid $240
45 HIMERA, Æ16 (Hemilitron), 420-408 BC, Nymph hd l./6 pellets in wreath, S1110;
EF, obv off-ctr to bottom, head complete, with quite sharp hair detail; rev sl off-ctr;
medium brown patina. (Compare a GVF bringing $374, CNG 5/08.) Starting Bid $60
46 — Same but unpublished type with large capital I in rev wreath; VF-EF/VF,
sl off-ctr on flan with casting sprue, smooth deep green patina with hilighting; strong hair detail.
Ex Heritage 6/00 where it realized $207 — the only example found on acsearch. Rare!
Starting Bid $75
47 HIMYARITES, (Arabia), Tha'ran Ya'ub, Ar Quinarius, Head right in circlet, symbol behind/
Head rt, lgnd around, sim. GIC-5721, AEF, cupped fabric, well struck with strong details & lgnd,
good bright silver. (A VF/EF, GIC 5721, brought $159, Heritage Europe 11/13.)
Starting Bid $60
48 Himyarite?? Mystery coin, 15 mm Ar, diademed head r/stg figure, lgnd around.
F, sl cupped fabric, medium tone. Lgnd mostly legible. Barbarous?? You figure it out.
Starting Bid $15
49 INDO-PARTHIANS, Pakoros, 100-135 AD, Æ Tet (24 mm), Bust l., with big hair bunch/
Nike stg r; F+, centered, smooth 2-toned brown patina, portrait very bold & in good style.
Scarce. (A VF brought $377, Peus 10/13.) Starting Bid $40
50 INDO-SKYTHIANS, Azes I, 57-35 BC, Ar Drachm, King on horse r/Zeus Nikephoros stg l;
AEF, nrly centered, some of lgnds crowded, but really good for this with sharp detail on figures,
silver color with only faint granularity, some brown tone in recesses.
(A similar type, GVF, realized $196, CNG eAuc 2/16.) Starting Bid $30
51 ISTROS, Stater or Drachm, 400-350 BC, Two facg hds, left inverted/Eagle atop dolphin,
below, as S1669 (£225); Nice EF, good centering & strike with
heads complete & well detailed;
decent bright silver. Much above average.
Some scholars suggest the heads represent the Dioskuroi. Others say Bert & Ernie.
(An EF sold for $3458, NAC 5/14.) Starting Bid $275
52 JUDAEA, Alex Jannaeus, 103-76 BC, Prutah, crossed cornucopiae/
Hebrew lgnd in wreath, Hend.1144; VF, a little off-ctr,
but rev lgnd virtually complete & quite clear; olive-green patina with some paler hilighting.
Rather nice for these. (An EF, not greatly better, brought $494, Goldberg 6/17.) SB $25
53 KIOS, Hemidrachm, 350-300 BC, Apollo head r/galley prow l, magistrate Poseidonios,
as S3757 (£100); Nice VF, centered, ltly toned, strong detail both sides.
(A VF, same magistrate, brought $229, Peus 10/03.) Starting Bid $75
54 KOLOPHON, Tetartemorion, 520-500 BC, Apollo hd facg/TE in incuse square
(rare instance of the denomination given on an ancient coin); S4343 (£55);
VF, unround flan, moderately grainy, rev crude at left, face fully clear.
Flip says rev shows a "quadruped," but I guess that dealer was looking at it the wrong way.
(A VF "a bit porous" brought $179, CNG eAuc 4/11.) Starting Bid $20
55 KRANNON, Æ18, 400-344 BC, Horseman r/Vase on cart, S2073; VF, centered,
dark brown patina, nice example with everything clear. Ex BCD with his tag.
(A VF sold for $301, Savoca 1/19.) Starting Bid $40
56 LAODIKEIA, Tet, Tyche head r/Zeus std l, in wreath, date IB = 70/69 BC, as S5874 (£250);
VF, sl off-ctr, decent bright metal with lt tone. Not common. No other with date IB on acsearch.
(A VF (diff date) realized $439, Hess-Divo 12/15) Start Bid $140
57 LARISSA, Trihemiobol, 460-440 BC, horseman r, lion head below/Nymph Larissa std r,
in incuse square, As S2109 (£150); AVF, centered, well struck & fully clear,
bright metal with only mild granularity. Ex Roma auction as VF. Scarce variety with lion head.
(A VF with lt porosity, no lion head, brought $476, CNG eAuc 9/13.) Starting Bid $75
58 Drachm 350-325 BC, Nymph head 3/4 l./ horse rt, lgnd, S2120 (£175);
F-VF, nrly centered on sl oval flan, decent metal with slightest touch of porosity, lt tone;
fully clear face. Not ex BCD & rare thus as he tried to buy all the Larissas in the world.
(An AVF brought $590, Roma 9/14.) Starting Bid $75
59 Same, much nicer, EF, but on the other hand it's a COPY, but good quality, struck,
in silver, ltly toned. Starting Bid $10
60 Æ21x23, 4th cent BC, Nymph head 3/4 left/horse prancing rt, grain ear below;
AVF, obv centered sl low but head complete with clear face; dark brown patina;
sl roughness mainly on rev. Scarcer type. Ex BCD with his tag.
(A GF brought $224, CNG eAuc 12/12.) Starting Bid $35
61 LOKRIS Opuntia, Hemidrachm or 1/4 Stater, 369-338 BC, Persephone head r/
Ajax strutting rt, helmet crest below (rare variety), as S2330 (£125); AVF/F, well centered,
good metal, very nice head with much detail.
(Same rev symbol, Fine with minor porosity brought $504, CNG eAuc 3/06.) Start Bid $90
62 LYCIAN Dynasts, Perikle, 380-360 BC, 1/3 Stater (Tetrobol), Facg lion scalp/
triskeles, facing Apollo head, S5241 (£90);
VF, actually hardly worn but a little off-ctr & with some striking wkness,
but much detail does show on obv; excellent bright metal.
(A VF realized $832 + buyer fee, MDC Monaco 12/17; admittedly an outlier.) Starting Bid $50
63 MACEDON, Philip II, 359-336 BC, 1/5 Tetradrachm, Apollo head r/Youth on horse r,
star & AP monogram below, S6691; AEF/EF, obv sl off-ctr to left but head complete,
rev centered & unusually well struck; good metal with lt tone.
(A VF-EF of the type brought $630, Gorny 3/08.) Starting Bid $100
64 Alexander the Great, Tet, of Sidon, Herakles hd r/Zeus std l, Sigma at left,
Sigma-I under seat, Pr.3504, VF, obv well center-ed, rev nrly so, a pleasant toned coin.
Ex Gorny as VF-EF. (Same variety, VF, sold for $604, CNG eAuc 8/16.) Starting Bid $180
65 -- Tet, Posthumous, of Phaselis, c.209-208 BC, Pr.2848,
with Seleukid anchor c/mk behind ear; F+/AF, c/mk VF & fully clear; decent metal,
almost invisible scrs. RARE host coin. Starting Bid $100
66 -- Posthumous Tet of Mesembria, c.175-125 BC, helmet in rev field, Pr.1061;
ex Gorny as EF, it is EF, centered on broad flan,
typical sl crude style but portrait really very nice for this mint; good metal with moderate toning.
(EF, same style, slight variant, brought $676, Heritage 9/12.) Starting Bid $240
67 -- Posthumous Tet of Odessos, EKA in rev field, star under seat, Pr.1197;
VF, obv centered sl low & soft at chin, rather crude sloppy work; decent bright metal.
(A GVF , same variety, brought $784, CNG eAuc. 4/13.) Starting Bid $100
68 -- Drachm, of Kolophon, Herakles head r/Zeus std l, crescent left, Pi under seat, Pr.1813;
Choice EF, obv well centered, rev sl off-ctr but complete, excellent fresh metal with lt tone.
Quite sharply struck too. (Similar, ch. EF brought $261 in my 11/06 sale.) Starting Bid $160
69 -- Drachm, Uncertain mint in Asia Minor, NA at left (N retrograde), Pr. 2733;
EF, centered & well struck, good metal, very nice, and rare. Starting Bid $150
70 -- Hemidrachm, Arados, Pr. 3361; Herakles head r/Zeus std l, Anchor & A at left,
monogram under seat (all clear). AVF, obv centered low, good metal with darkish tone.
Ex Leu as VF. Hemidrachms are much scarcer than obols.
This is the only example of this variety in acsearch database.
(Another Alex III Arados hemidrachm, GVF with lt porosity & scr, brought $385, CNG 5/03.)
Starting Bid $70
71 Philip III, Drachm, Sardes, Herakles hd r/Zeus std l, bee at left, A monogram below seat;
Pr.P104; EF/VF, obv well centered, rev nrly so, good metal. Starting Bid $110
72 Antigonos Gonatas, 277-239 BC, Tet., Pan head in shield/ Athena Alkidemos stg l,
helmet in field, TI at rt; Choice EF, well centered & struck, good metal with lt tone,
unusually nice example with strong detail. Scarcer variety.
(Same variety, EFs, brought $9102, Lanz 6/11 & $6759, NAC 5/15.) Start Bid $750
73 Autonomous, 187-168 BC, Tetrobol, MAKE around club in cehter of shield/
Helmet betw E & N, monogram & star below, as S1387; EF, nrly centered, sharply struck,
good metal with lt tone. Very nice, and a rare variety.
(Same variety, VF, brought $414, Peus 4/14; EF $690, NY Sale 1/12.) Starting Bid $160
74 MEGALOPOLIS, Arkadian League, Triobol, 370-280 BC, Zeus head l./Pan std l,
AR monogram & I, S2687 (£90); F-VF, centered, lt surface faults under head & rev lower left field.
(An AVF brought $360, Kunker 10/12.) Starting Bid $25
75 METAPONTUM, Stater, 330-300 BC, Demeter head Facing sl rt/ grain ear, as S417 (£300);
VF, nrly centered, good metal, lt tone, sm metal flaw on grain ear, good strong face.
Much scarcer with facing head. (A VF realized 3231, CNG 9/14.) MB $250
76 Æ13, 350-300 BC, Persephone head r/grain ear, nice EF, centered just sl low,
good lt tan surfaces, quite strong details. (An EF brought $604, Triton 12/99.) Starting Bid $95
77 MILETOS, 1/12 Stater, 6th cent BC, Lion forepart, head l./ star pattern in square,
S3532 (£65); Choice EF, well centered with complete lion head having sharp detail; good metal,
ltly toned. The earliest affordable coinage.
(An AEF brought $301 on $340 bid in my 1/19 sale.) Starting Bid $100
78 -- Same, EF, excellent metal, sharply struck with strong mane detail,
tho somewhat off-ctr crowding lower part of lion head. Starting bid $35
79 Tetartemorion, Late 6th- Early 5th cent BC, Lion head l./bird left in incuse square;
AEF, obv centered sl low but head virtually complete & unusually well detailed;
good metal with medium tone; rev also unusually strong with even bird's eye sharp.
Exceptional & Very rare this good. (A VF brought $166 on $261 bid in my 9/11 sale;
I remember the buyer was Phil Peck, a very sophisticated collector.
Another VF realized $356, CNG eAuc 5/09.) Starting bid $70
80 NABATAEA, Rabbel II & Queen Gamilath, 71-106 AD, Æ15, conjoined busts r/
lgnd betw cornucopiae, GIC-5706; VF/F, ragged unround flan,
dark green patina with strong earthen hilighting; rev somewhat off-ctr; portraits well detailed.
Much scarcer than Aretas. (A VF/F brought $57 on $70 bid in my 3/06 sale.) Starting Bid $25
81 Silver Drachm, Aretas & Queen Huldu, 9 BC - 40 AD, GIC-5694, Bust r/bust r; F or better,
nrly centered on a a small & very thick flan, most of lgnds off, portraits decent.
(A F realized $129, CNG eAuc 4/08.) Start Bid $40
82 NEAPOLIS (Macedon), Hemidrachm, 424-350 BC, Facing Gorgoneion/nymph head r,
lgnd at rt, S1417; VF-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 $120
83 -- Same but rev lgnd around head; variety with Omega in lgnd and distinctive style
with face more grotesque than usual; VF+, centered, decent metal with lt tone.
(A porous VF, same variety & style brought $403, CNG 9/08.) Starting bid $100
84 NEAPOLIS (Campania), Nomos, Nymph head r, astragalos behind/man-headed bull rt,
Nike above, Theta-E below; F+, well centered with full complete bull, decent metal with lt tone.
(Same variety, Near VF, off-ctr & with flan flaw, brought $690, CNG 5/10.) Starting Bid $110
85 OLBIA, Arrow shaped coin, 35 mm, Choice EF, virtually as made, well-shaped,
smooth darkish green patina; very nice. (A VF realized $315, Lanz 6/93.) Starting Bid $30
86 PANTIKAPAION, COPY of gold stater, struck in silver, Pan head l/griffin stg l, \Choice EF, ltly toned, a lovely piece of finest workmanship. Starting Bid $20
PARTHIA By Sellwood numbers, all Ar drachms with bust left/archer rt, unless noted.
Please look, many choice coins very inexpensive:
87 Mithradates I, c. 171-238 BC, Sel. 10.1, bust in bashliq, VF/AEF, unusually nice example,
well centered & struck, on a good large flan. (A GVF sold for $863, Triton 1/13.) MB $90
88 Phraates II, Æ16, Dichalkon, Sel.16.27, rev Horse rt; VF/F-VF, centered, lt brown patina,
minimally grainy, strong portrait, most of rev lgnd clear tho crude. Decent for these.
(A VF brought $229, CNG eAuc 5/04.) Starting bid $35
89 Mithradates II, 123-88 BC, 26.3, with A behind archer, scarce variety; Choice EF,
well centered & struck, on a broad oval flan, good lusterlike metal.
(An EF brought $414, CNG 9/11.) Starting Bid $110
90 -- 27.1, Choice EF, nrly centered & quite sharply struck, good metal with nice lt tone.
Portrait unusually Well detailed. (A Near EF sold for $405, Noble 11/11.) Starting Bid $100
91 -- 28.2, bust in high tiara, EF, unusually well centered & nicely struck, pleasant old toning.
Scarcer variety. (An AEF brought $1521, NY Sale 1/15.) Starting bid $100
92 -- 28.7, Virtually Mint State, well centered & sharply struck, bright lustery silver.
(An EF realized $775, CGB 11/09) MB $120
93 -- 29.2, scarcer type with 6-line lgnd, Choice VF, well centered & struck,
excellent metal with lt tone. (A VF brought $350, Peus 11/93.) Starting bid $60
94 "Unknown King" now unmasked as Arsakes XVI, or Orodes I according to some sources.
30.14; EF/VF, nrly centered, bright lusterlike metal, small area of flat strike at bottoms.
Unusually sharp hair detail on portrait. (A VF realized $224, Rauch 4/18.) Starting bid $60
95 Orodes I, 31.6, EF, obv centered sl low as usual, good bright metal with lt tone.
(A GVF brought $306, Gorny 3/11.) Starting Bid $80
96 Sinatrukes (Used to be Gotarzes I), 33.4, bust in tiara with stags; Choice EF,
perfectly centered (unusual for this), obv quite sharply struck, a mite soft on archer;
good lustery silver. (Compare a Choice VF bringing $384, Goldberg 6/18.) Start Bid $90
97 Orodes II, 48.9, VF, off-ctr, edge split, bright silver, sharp portrait.
(A VF+ sold for $500, CGB 11/09, bought by an alien from the planet Xorgon
who didn't know any better.) MB $40
98 Phraates IV, Æ12 Chalkos, 51.51, Rev Lion rt, monogram; AVF/F, rev off-ctr,
greenish patina with earthen hilighting. Ex Triskeles as VF.
(A F brought $106, Agora 4/16.) MB $25
99 -- 51.41 var, Tet, Rev Tyche giving wreath to ruler, date fully clear, no "P" in month;
VF, quite well centered on large flan, decent metal with lt tone,
graffiti in obv field not obvious. (A
VF of the type brought $585, Peus 11/06.) MB
$90 (UPDATED information: This is actually a mule with obv of Sellw
type 52, long beard & plain spiral neck-band, rev of Sellw type 50
with Tyche hldg wreath (on Type 51 she holds branch). Gorny 3/19
auction had one from same dies, mis-identified as Sellw.50.8. This
variety not in any other references, apparently extremely rare.)
100 -- 53.3, VF+, somewhat off-ctr, decent metal with medium toning, sharp detail on portrait.
(A VF+/VF realized $170, Rauch 9/09.) Starting bid $45
101 Artabanus II, 63.6, EF, a little off-ctr as usual, minor crudeness,
bright lusterlike silver with very sl surface quibbles. Sharp portrait.
(An EF realized $546, Triton 1/04.) MB $45
102 Gotarzes II, 65.33 (no royal wart but identifiable by legend);
EF/VF, obv centered low as always, on large unround flan; bright silver;
rev double struck & hence crude & weakish. (A GVF brought $702, NY Sale 1/15.)
Starting Bid $40
103 -- Same but wart on forehead visible; EF/VF, obv centered sl low, rev well centered,
good metal, portrait very sharp; good bright silver. Starting Bid $50
104 Vologases I, 70.13, Virtually Mint State, sl off-ctr as usual,
great metal quality with rich old toning; exceptionally nice.
(An EF realized $310, Peus 5/96.) Starting Bid $140
105 Pakoros I, 77.8, Choice EF, good centering for this on a flan sl short at bottom;
quite sharply struck; good metal with moderately deep toning. Great portrait quality.
Scarce distinctive type. (A VF brought $190, Peus 11/05.) Start Bid $100
106 Vologases III, 78.3, EF, well centered for this with obv only a touch low; sharply struck;
bright metal. Strong portrait detail. (An EF brought $320, Hess-Divo 10/08.) Starting Bid $50.
Can you imagine a coin like this any cheaper??
107 -- 78.4, EF/VF, a little off-ctr, rev somewhat crudely struck, obv sharp & quite nice;
good metal, lt tone. (A GVF realized $96, CNG eAuc 5/11.) Starting Bid $40
108 -- 78.5 (archer's seat shown as line), EF, obv centered sl low, good bright metal,
sharp portrait. (An EF realized $234, NY Sale 1/15.) Starting Bid $50
109 Mithradates V (formerly Mith IV, and Baldwin's calls him Mith VI!), 82.1,
AEF/VF+, nrly centered, good silver with toning.
Scarce type distinguished by only two pendants on portrait.
(A GVF brought $410, NY Sale 1/15.) Starting Bid $70
110 Vologases IV, 84.132; Mint State, obv perfectly centered & sharply struck on large oval flan;
rev typically crude; bright lustery metal. (A GVF brought $146, CNG 3/09.) Start Bid $55
111 Osroes II, c.190 AD, 85.2, EF, nrly centered, decent bright metal, rev less crude than usual,
the variety's diagnostic pellet fully clear. (An EF brought $198, Noble 3/14) Starting Bid $45
112 -- 85.3, EF, nrly centered, rev a bit crude as usual, portrait sharp, bright metal
(A GVF sold for $226, Noble 7/15.) MB $50
113 Vologases VI, 88.19, AEF, nrly centered on large flan, bright metal,
rev better struck than usual. (An EF brought $275, Peus 11/06.) Starting Bid $45
114 Sanabares, Æ16 ("bronze drachm"), Bust l./archer rt, similar to Sellw 93.6-.8,
but EL on side behind archer, A over Pi below bow, very clear; F-VF, smooth brown,
sl triangular flan. Last type in Sellwood. (A less scarce 93.3 VF brought $149, CNG 5/13.)
Starting Bid $30
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