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ANCIENT EGYPT. Lot of nine (9) glass and faience amulets. Egyptian, Late Period, 7th-4th centuries BC.  A good mix of types. Overall lengths: 1.2-4.9cm. Faience pieces with chipping, otherwise intact. Ex CNG with their ticket.$500
 

KINGS of LYDIA. temp. Cyrus – Darios I. Circa 550/39-520 BC. Silver Siglos. (16mm, 5.22 g.)  Kroiseid type. Sardes mint. Confronted foreparts of lion and bull / Two incuse squares. Berk 22; Traité I 409–11 SNG Kayhan 1025; SNG Ashmolean 762–71; SNG von Aulock 2877-9. VF, toned. Good metal for this notoriously granular issue. $1500

KINGS of LYDIA. temp. Cyrus – Darios I. Circa 550/39-520 BC. Silver Siglos. (15mm, 5.30g). Kroiseid type. Sardes mint. Confronted foreparts of lion and bull / Two incuse squares. Berk 22; Traité I 409–11; SNG Kayhan 1025; SNG Ashmolean 762–71; SNG von Aulock 2877-9. Fine, toned.

Ex Classical Numismatic Auctions VI (1 March 1989), lot 118.

$850

THRACE, Island off Thrace, Thasos, (c.510-490 B.C.), silver stater. (9.73 g), obv. naked ithyphallic Satyr (archaic style) in kneeling running attitude carrying off nymph raising hand in protest, showing thumb and one finger, rev. quadripartite incuse square, (S.1357, Asyut Hoard 102-108, cf.BMC 24, Kraay 519, SNG Cop. 1008, ACNAC Dewing 1313). Toned, very fine and very scarce. 
Ex Dr. V.J.A. Flynn Collection and previously from Noble Numismatics Sale 107 (lot 3252).

$695

IONIA, Teos. Circa 500-450 BC. Silver Stater (20mm, 11.95 g). Griffin seated right, raising foreleg; lotus flower to lower right / Quadripartite incuse square. Matzke Series Ca1; Balcer Group VI, 14 var. Bement 1488. VF, toned. Good metal for issue and very rare.
Ex Morton & Eden 59 (13 November 2012), lot 784.
$1250

SICILY, Akragas. Circa 495-480/78 BC. Silver Didrachm.  (20mm, 8.15 g). Sea eagle standing left / Crab within incuse circle. Jenkins, Gela, Group III; HGC 2, 94. Near VF, lightly toned.

From the Colin E. Pitchfork Collection, purchased from Classical Numismatic Group, 22 January 2002.

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BRUTTIUM, Kroton. Circa 480-430 BC. Silver Nomos  (22mm, 8.06 g). Tripod, legs terminating in lion's feet; to left, heron standing right / Incuse tripod. SNG ANS 259-60; HN Italy 2102. VF, lightly toned. Ex Classical Numismatic Group USA with their ticket.

As with many cities in Magna Graecia, Kroton was established by colonists from mainland Greece. Myskellos, obeying a directive of the oracle of Delphi, led a group of Achaean settlers to the site and founded the city around 710 BC. This divine sanction is represented by the tripod of the oracle, which became the civic badge of Kroton and is featured on its coinage. Kroton was among the first cities to produce coinage in Italy, its earliest being of the incuse type struck on the Achaian standard. As evidenced by its bountiful coinage, Kroton was one of the most important and wealthy cities of southern Italy. Although its fortunes rose and fell over the centuries, it maintained its production of a wide array of denominations and metals until the Roman period.

$500
THESSALY, Skotussa, (480-400 B.C.) Silver drachm, (5.84 g), obv. forepart of horse to left, rev. grain ear in its husk, placed diagonally within incuse square, **S K O* around, (S.2217, Weber 2927, SNG Cop.250). Slightly off centred reverse, otherwise very fine and rare. Ex Noble Numismatics Sale 75, lot 1786.$295
SICILY, Messana, 478-476 BC. Silver tetradrachm.  (17.20 g), obv. biga of mules driven to right by seated male charioteer, Nike flying above, in exergue bay leaf with fruit, rev. MESSAN I ON (some letters reversed), hare running to right, crescent below, (cf.S.843, cf.Caltabiano 51-2 [cf.obv.die 32, rev. die 22 [this die], no specimens known for die combination], cf.SNG ANS 314 [same reverse die], cf.Randazzo Hoard 100). Fine and rare. Ex Alan Jordan collection.$395

SICILY, Syracuse. Hieron I. 478-466 BC. Silver Tetradrachm.  
(23mm, 17.17 g). Struck circa 475-470 BC. Charioteer driving quadriga right, holding kentron and reins; above, Nike flying right, crowning horses / Diademed head of Arethousa right; before, ΣYPAKOΣION downward to right; four dolphins around clockwise. Boehringer Series XI, 244 (V110/R165); HGC 2, 1306; SNG ANS 84-5. Well centered, VF, toned.


From the Byron Schieber Collection

$1850

SICILY, Syracuse. Second Democracy. 466-405 BC. Silver Tetradrachm. (24mm, 16.98 g). Struck circa 430 BC. Charioteer driving quadriga right; above, Nike flying right, crowning horses / Head of Arethousa right, hair in band; four dolphins around. Boehringer Series XIX, 630 (V319/R433); HGC 2, 1316. Near VF, lightly toned. $1250

ATTICA, Athens, (449-413 B.C.), silver tetradrachm, (17.15 g), issue c.420 B.C., obv. head of Athena to right wearing ivy crested helmet, eye in profile, rev. owl standing to right, head facing, in erect posture, olive twig and crescent behind, to right, **AQE, all in incuse square, (S.2526, BMC 62, cf.Starr Pl.XXII). Toned, banker's mark on cheek, nearly extremely fine. Ex Dr. V.J.A. Flynn Collection and previously from Noble Numismatics Sale 107 (lot 3287)

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THESSALY, Trikka. Circa 440-400 BC. Silver Hemidrachm. (16mm, 2.88 g). Thessalos, petasos and cloak tied at neck, holding band around head of forepart of bull right / ΤΡΙ-Κ-ΚΑ-IΟΝ (retrograde), forepart of bridled horse right within incuse square. BCD Thessaly II 776.3 var. (arrangement of ethnic); HGC 4, 311. VF, lightly toned.
From the BCD Collection.
$295
SICILY. Gela. Silver Tetradrachm, circa 430-425 BC.  20mm, 17.01g. SNG ANS-80 (same obv. die); Jenkins-396,4. Obv: Quadriga walking r., guided by charioteer in long chiton; above, wreath; Rx: Forepart of man-headed bull; behind truncation, olive spray; above, CΕΛΑΣ. Struck from worn dies, especially the obverse, but from point of wear near EF.$1350 

AKARNANIA, Leukas (Colony of Corinth), (425-400 B.C.), silver stater, (8.34 g), obv. Pegasos with curved wing flying to left, **LEU* below, rev. head of Athena to left in Corinthian helmet over a leather cap, with bow behind the head, all within incuse square. (cf.S.2269, Calciati 35/1, BCD Akarnania 188, SNG Cop.331). Very fine, toned and rare. 
Ex Dr. V.J.A. Flynn Collection and previously from Noble Numismatics Sale 107 (lot 3281).

$850
SICILY. Gela. AE Tetras, circa 420-405 BC.  6.27g. Obv: Bull standing to left, head lowered and 3/4 facing. Above, ΓΕΛΑΣ, below three pellets; Rx: Head of river god to right with loose hair floating; behind, barley-grain. Fine/VF.  Calciati III-pg. 8,7.$250   

THESSALY, Larissa. Circa 420-400 BC. Silver Drachm. (18mm, 5.97 g). The hero Thessalos, with petasos and chlamys hanging around neck, restraining bull right by band held around its head / ΛΑΡI-[Σ]-ΑI, horse prancing right within incuse square. Lorber, Thessalian 59; BCD Thessaly II 372.7 (same dies); HGC 4, 418. VF.
From the BCD Collection.
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CILICIA, Kelenderis. Circa 410-375 BC. Silver Stater. (21mm, 10.69g). Nude youth, holding whip, dismounting from horse rearing right / Goat kneeling left, head right. Casabonne Type 4; SNG BN 75 (same dies). VF, toned, slight die shift on reverse. Sold

AEGINA. 404-340 BC. Silver Stater.  12.03g. 22mm. Land Tortoise with segmented shell. Rx: incuse square within five lines. S 2606. BMC 165. Weber 3625. A possible overstrike of an earlier turtle type. Glossy violet antique tone, gVF and rare.

Ex Stephen Cole, Salamanca Coins.

$1250

THESSALY, Larissa. Circa 400-370 BC. Silver  Drachm. (18mm, 6.05 g). Head of the nymph Larissa facing slightly right, hair in ampyx; IA above / ΛΑΡΙΣΑI, horse grazing right, with legs slightly bent; AI below. L-S Group 3, Head Type 15, dies O42/R1; BCD Thessaly II 212 (same dies); HGC 4, 433. VF, toned. Ex BCD collection.$295

ITALY, Lucania, Thourioi. Circa 400-350 BC. Silver Nomos. (21.5mm, 7.49 g). Head of Athena right, wearing helmet decorated with Skylla / Bull butting right on solid and dotted exergue lines; in exergue, fish right. HN Italy 1800; SNG ANS 1012. Fine, toned, some roughness. $275
ITALY - Lucania, Thourioi. 400-350 BC. Silver stater.  7.68 grams. 18mm. Athena to right wearing Corinthian helmet, ornamented with figure of Syclla. Rev. Bull butting to right.
Nice grey and gold tone, good metal, Very Fine. Seaby 443, SNG ANS 1023-29, SNG Llyod 478. Ex Noble Numismatics Melbourne Sale 54, lot 1623
$450

THESSALY, Lamia. Circa 400-350 BC.  Silver Hemidrachm (15mm, 2.57 g). Group 2. Head of Dionysos left, wearing ivy wreath / ΛΑΜΙΕ-ΩΝ, amphora; ivy leaf above; to right, prochous with handle to right. BCD Thessaly II 123; HGC 4, 120. Near VF, toned.
Ex BCD collection.
$250
BOIOTIA, Thebes, (378-338 B.C.), silver stater. (12.03 g), obv. Boiotian shield, rev. amphora with letter **KL IWN*, (cf.S.2398, Hepworth Series C No.71, SNG Delepierre 1311, McClean 5606-7, Weber 3281). Good very fine/very fine, a rare magistrate.
Ex Dr. V.J.A. Flynn Collection and previously from Noble Numismatics Sale 105 (lot 4033).

The staters of the Boiotian Confederacy of the 4th Century are well known to numismatists. These staters, struck on the Aiginetic standard, bear on the obverse the usual Boeotian shield and on the reverse an amphora, with the addition of magistrate names and, on occasion, vines hanging from the handles or extra symbols above the amphora. Although the coins do not bear the mark of an issuing city, Thebes, as hegemon of the Boeoetian Confederacy, was the most likely responsible authority.
  The series is divided into four major groups with sub-divisions within. It is established by die-links and hoard evidence of the approximate order of issue. The series appears to have an annual change of magistrates.
$850

PERSIA, Achaemenid Empire. temp. Artaxerxes II to Darios III. Circa 375-336 BC. Gold Daric. (14mm, 8.33 g). Lydo-Milesian standard. Sardes mint. Persian king or hero, wearing kidaris and kandys, quiver over shoulder, in kneeling-running stance right, holding spear in right hand, bow in left / Patterned incuse punch. Carradice Type IIIb Late (pl. XV, 50–1); BMC Arabia pl. XXV, 24; Sunrise 39 corr. (references). Near VF and rare. $3500

MACEDON, Chalkidian League. Circa 370 BC. Silver Tetradrachm (25mm, 14.40 g). Olynthos mint. Laureate head of Apollo left / Kithara within incuse square. Robinson & Clement Group K, 52 (A36/P48); HGC 3, 497. VF, toned, slight die wear and a hint of granularity on obverse. A lovely example of Ancient Greek art.
From the Belgica Collection.
$3250

Cilicia, Mazzaios. 361-334 BC. Silver stater. (10.62 grams, 20mm) Tarsos Mint. Baal of Tarsos enthroned left, holding corn ear & bunch of grapes in right hand. Lion left on the back of bull kneeling left, which it attacks with teeth and claws. Aramaic legend on obv & rev. Usual worn obverse die, Seaby 5650. Attractive tone, VF/EF.

Ex Status International, NSW.

Mazaios had been appointed satrap of Cilicia around 361 BC. Later, with the addition of Syria, Lebanon, and Israel to his territories, he became one of the Persian king's most powerful subordinates; during this period he put down a Phoenician revolt, which had the support of both the Pharaoh of Egypt, Nectanebo II, and 4,000 Greek mercenaries. For his services, Darius III promoted him to the overlordship of Mesopotamia and sealed it with the promise of marriage to the king's daughter, Barsine, or Statira. 
At Gaugamela in 331 BC, Maizaios' extraordinary abilities did little to ward off the advance of Alexander III of Macedon, as the flight of the Persian king signaled the collapse of the Persian army and Macedonian victory. Mazaios withdrew his forces to protect Babylon, and on the assurance that it would not be plundered, the city was surrendered. Mazaios proved himself indispensable to the new government through his hospitality and sagacity, and Alexander appointed him satrap of Babylonia, the first Persian to be so rewarded by the Greeks. He continued to be rewarded with favorable appointments until his death in 328 BC.

$750

THESSALY, Larissa. Circa 356-342 BC. Silver Drachm. 
(19.5mm, 6.01 g, 6h). Head of the nymph Larissa facing slightly left, hair in ampyx / Horse standing right, preparing to lie down. Lorber, Hoard, Group L-III; BCD Thessaly II 325; HGC 4, 453. gVF, attractively toned.

From the J. Eric Engstrom Collection. Ex Coin Galleries (6 November 1996), lot 145.

$750

KINGS of MACEDON. Alexander III ‘the Great’.  336-323 BC. Silver  Tetradrachm (25mm, 17.16 g). Amphipolis mint. Struck under Antipater, circa 332-326 BC. Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin / Zeus Aëtophoros seated left; thunderbolt in left field. Price 8; Troxell, Studies, Issue A4. Near EF, lightly toned. Lifetime issue.
From the Colin E. Pitchfork Collection. Ex CNG Inventory 87805 (July 1995).
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KINGS of MACEDON. Alexander III. Circa 324/3-320 BC. Silver Tetradrachm. (28mm, 17.10 g). In the name of Alexander III. Arados mint. Struck under Menes or Laomedon. Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin / Zeus Aëtophoros seated left; Σ in left field, AP monogram below throne. Price 3316; Duyrat Group IV, Series 4, 166-271. Near VF, toned. Well centered.
From the Colin E. Pitchfork Collection, purchased from Giessener Münzhandlung, 1993.
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KINGS of MACEDON. Alexander III ‘the Great’. 336-323 BC. Silver Tetradrachm (27mm, 17.08 g). Babylon mint. Struck under Stamenes or Archon, circa 323 BC. Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin / Zeus Aëtophoros seated left; in left field, trident above M; monogram below throne. Price 3679. VF, lightly toned.
From the Colin E. Pitchfork Collection.
$500

KINGS of MACEDON. Alexander III ‘the Great’. 336-323 BC. Silver Tetradrachm. (26mm, 17.04 g). Babylon mint. Struck under Stamenes or Archon, circa 324/3 BC. Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin / Zeus Aëtophoros seated left; dolphin upward in left field; monogram above M below throne. Price 3613. VF, lightly toned, a little off center.
From the Colin E. Pitchfork Collection.
$495

KINGS of MACEDON. temp. Alexander III – Philip III. Circa 324/3-320 BC. Silver Tetradrachm (27mm, 17.08 g). In the name and types of Alexander III. Arados mint. Struck under Menes or Laomedon. Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin / Zeus Aëtophoros seated left; kerykeion in left field, AP (civic) monogram below throne. Price 3332; Duyrat Group IV, Series 11. Near VF, lightly toned.
From the Colin E. Pitchfork Collection.
$450

MACEDON, Kingdom of Philip III, (323-316 B.C.), silver tetradrachm. (16.99 g), Babylon mint, issued 323-317 B.C., obv. head of Herakles to right with lion skin, dotted border, rev. Zeus seated to left, eagle in outstretched hand, **LU* below throne, M in lower left field, to right **[FI]LIPPOU, below **BASILEWS, dotted border, (cf.S.6749, Price P181, M.P99, Demanhur Hoard 4526-4594). Toned, very fine.

Ex Dr V.J.A.Flynn Collection and previously Status International Sale 310 (lot 8084).

$495

KINGS of MACEDON. Kassander. As regent, 317-305 BC, or King, 305-298 BC. Silver  Tetradrachm. (25.5mm, 17.12g). In the name and types of Alexander III. Amphipolis mint. Struck circa 307-297 BC. Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin / Zeus Aëtophoros seated left; in left field, Λ above torch; below throne, inverted crescent above star. Price 478; Ehrhardt 52; HGC 3, 991. Good VF, lightly toned, some die rust and minor metal flaws on obverse.
From the Colin E. Pitchfork Collection. Ex CNG Inventory 727348 (January 2002).
$550

SELEUKID EMPIRE. Seleukos I Nikator. 312-281 BC. Silver Tetradrachm (26mm, 17.14 g). 
In the name and types of Alexander III of Macedon. Babylon I mint. Struck circa 311-300 BC. Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin / Zeus Aëtophoros seated left; monogram in wreath in left field, H below throne. SC 82.6; Price 3704; HGC 9, 10f. Good VF, toned. 

Ex CNG (USA) with their ticket.

$750

KINGS of MACEDON. Demetrios I Poliorketes. 306-283 BC. Silver  Tetradrachm (27mm, 17.19 g). In the name and types of Alexander III. Amphipolis mint. Struck circa 294-290 BC. Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin / Zeus Aëtophoros seated left; in left field, thunderbolt above Z; dolphin below throne.  Price 501; Ehrhardt 55; VF, toned, a couple tiny metal flaws on obverse.
From the Colin E. Pitchfork Collection. Ex CNG Inventory 727350 (January 2002).
$750

CARTHAGE. SICULO-PUNIC. 300-290 BC.  Siculo-Punic. Silver tetradrachm (27mm, 17.33 grams). Horse Head & Palm/Alexander the Great as Heracles. Lovely antique tone, VF. Jenkins Punic 418.
Ex Rodney Sell collection.
$1750

CALABRIA, Taras, c 280-272 BC.  Silver Didrachm. 20mm, 6.38 grams. Warrior riding left/Taras seated left on dolphin.  Seaby 372, Vlasto 789-791. VF/gVF.$350

BAKTRIA, Greco-Baktrian Kingdom. Euthydemos I. Circa 225-200 BC. Æ Double Unit (5.97 g, 12h). Mint B (”Bactra”). Struck circa 215-208/6 BC. Bearded head of Herakles right / Horse prancing right; monogram below. Bopearachchi Série 17A; SNG ANS 146-165. VF, red-brown patina, smoothed.

$225

BAKTRIA, Greco-Baktrian Kingdom. Demetrios. Circa 205-171 BC.  AE 29. Elephant right, bell hanging from neck. M 108b Seaby 7533, VF. $250  

AEOLIS, Kyme. Circa 165-140 BC.  Silver Tetradrachm (31mm, 16.60 g). Metrophanes, magistrate. Head of the Amazon Kyme right, wearing tainia / Horse prancing right; one-handled cup below raised foreleg. Oakley Issue 1; SNG Copenhagen 104. Good VF, lightly toned. From the Alain Lagrange Collection. Ex Münzen und Medaillen 74 (18 October 1988), lot 67.

$950

KARIA, Karian Islands, Rhodes, (167-88 B.C.) silver drachm. (2.06 g), obv. radiate head of Helios to right, rev. rose, with bud on right, corn ear to left, in field P O, above **FILWH*, all within incse square, (cf.S.5063, Jenkins Group E, No.251, BMC 289). Lightly toned, good very fine.


Ex Dr. V.J.A. Flynn Collection and previously from Noble Numismatics Sale 109 (lot 3652) and the Clive Shute Collection.

$295

INDO-SKYTHIANS. Maues. Circa 125-85 BC.  Ae (25mm, 8.60 g). Radiate Artemis–Nanaia advancing right / Humped bull left; monogram to left. Senior 13.2; HGC 14, 532. Fine, reddish-brown patina, some roughness, rare ruler.
Ex CNG with their ticket.
$425


 

SELEUKID KINGDOM, 121-96 BC, Antiochos VIII, Silver Tetradrachm, Reverse Zeus seated, Seaby 7145.  Old violet tone, about Extremely Fine.

$500

MYSIA, Pergamon, (c.104-98 B.C.), silver cistophoric tetradrachm. (12.58 g), obv. cista mystica containing serpent, all within ivy wreath, rev. bow in case between two coiled serpents, to left monogram of **PER*, above **DI*, to right serpent entwined thyrsus, (cf.S.3948, Kleiner [ANSMN 23], Type 12, SNG Cop. -, Pinder 95, SNG von Aulock -). Fine/very fine and scarce.

$150

Celtic Gold Ring Money. c100 BC-100 AD period. 27mm, 4.2 grams. Gold outer, usual charcoal inner. Some faults & gouges to reverse, very rare and unusual.

$500

ARGOLIS, Argos. Circa 90-40 BC. Silver Hemidrachm.  (15mm, 2.30 g). Hieron, magistrate. Forepart of wolf at bay left / Large A; magistrate’s name across field; below, eagle standing right; all within incuse square. BCD Peloponnesos 1178; HGC 5, 692. VF, toned, light scratches under tone, slightly off center on obverse.

From the J. Cohen Collection.

$275

IONIA, Kolophon. Circa 50 BC. Æ Hemiobol (18mm, 5.65 g). Apollas, magistrate. Homer seated left on throne, holding scroll in left hand, resting chin on right hand / Apollo standing right, holding cithara and patera. Kinns 176; Milne, Colophon 178; SNG Copenhagen 184. VF, rough green patina.

From the D. Alighieri Collection.

As the ancient poet Homer was believed to have been from Ionia, he figured quite prominently on the coinage of Smyrna, but is also seen, far less often, on this type from Kolophon. Strabo mentions specifically the issue of bronze coinage from Smyrna when, discussing the city, he says "there is also a library; and the 'Homereum', a quadrangular portico containing a shrine and wooden statue of Homer; for the Smyrnaeans also lay especial claim to the poet and indeed a bronze coin of theirs is called a Homereum" (Strabo, Geographica XIV, I.37, transl. by H.C. Jones, The Geography of Strabo, VI [Loeb, 1960], pp. 245-247).

$200

Ancient Afghanistan, Indo-Scythians, Azes II 35-5 BC.  Silver Tetradrachm. 26mm, 9.16 grams. King holding whip, mounted on horse/Pallas standing right with shield and spear. Mitchiner 848H. Well struck, good metal, gVF$250

INDIA. Kushans. Huvishka I 152-192 AD. Gold stater or dinar, 7.728 grams, obv 3/4 bust of king holding small ankus and sceptre, legend around, rev radiate sun-god Mithra standing left wearing sword and diaphanous cloak, small garland behind right shoulder, hand ext left, tamgha below, MIOPO to right. M 3201. Gobl 266 (same dies) Very Fine, rare and an interesting type. Ex Robert A Climpson collection, Noble Numismatics sale 85B, July 2007, lot 1523.

The name Kushan derives from the Chinese term Guishuang, used to describe one branch of the Yuezhi, a loose confederation of Indo-European people who had been living in the Xinjiang Province of modern China. Driven west by Xiongnu between 176 and 160 BC, the five groups of the Yuezhi – the Xiumi, Guishuang (Kushans), Shuangmi, Xidun, and Dumi – reached the Hellenic kingdom of Baktria by 135 BC. They expelled the ruling Greek dynasties there, forcing these kings further south to settle along the Indus River. In the following century, the Guishuang forced the other tribes of the Yuezhi into a tight confederation. Now, as the Guishuang was the predominant power, the entire group became known by that name. This appellation was Westernized as Kushan, though the Chinese still referred to them as Yuezhi. Like the Hellenistic Greeks and Romans, the Kushans were a multi-cultural society, incorporating much of the cultures they ruled into their own. Like their Baktrian predeccesors, early Kushan coins used Greek legends on the obverse, along with a translation in the local Karosthi script on the reverse. Beginning with Kanishka I, however, the Kushan language, written in an adaptation of the Greek alphabet with some local alterations, was used almost exclusively. From the time of Vima Taktu (Soter Megas), the Kushans also began to adopt Indian cultural elements. Embracing a wide variety of local Indian and Central Asian deities, they assimilated them with Greco-Roman types already prevalent in the region. Overall, the Kushan pantheon represented a religious and artistic melding of western and eastern elements.

$1395
INDIA, Kidarites. Kidara. Circa AD 385. Gold Dinar.  (22mm, 7.7g). Gold stater or dinar of Taxila. Kidara standing left, sacrificing over altar/Ardoksho nimbate seated facing on throne holding cornucopiae. MAC 3618. Very Fine, large flan.$650

KINGS of BOSPORUS. Rhescuporis II, with Caracalla. AD 211-227. Electrum Stater. (19mm, 7.61 g). Dated BE (AD 215/6). Diademed and draped bust of Rhescuporis right / Laureate head of Caracalla right; trident before, BIΦ (date) below. MacDonald 555/6. VF.
Ex Marc Melcher Collection (Classical Numismatic Group 61, 25 September 2002), lot 1038.
M. Aurelis Antoninus, originally named Bassianus, was born at Lugdunum on April 6th A.D. 188 the elder son of Severus & Julia Domna. Created Augustus in A.D. 198 and accompanied his father & brother in the campaigns in Britain. Upon the death of Severus, Caracalla & Geta ruled jointly for three months before Caracalla had Geta assassinated. His reign was marked by extravagance and cruelty and in his wars he acheived more by treachery than by force of arms. Eventually murdered by Macrinus, April 8th AD 217.
$950

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IONIA, Miletus, circa 550-525 BC. Silver 1/12th stater, (9mm, 0.986 grams) Forepart of lion with legs to left and head turned back to right, rev: star onamented within incuse square. (S3532 BMC 34-35 SNG Cop 952) A charming tiny ancient coin, with Noble Numismatics stock ticket. Near extremely Fine.$125
PERSIA. Darius I silver siglos 521-486 BC. (15mm, 5.34 grams) issued 500-485 BC. King as bearded archer, kneeling to right, with spear and box. Rx oblong punch mark. S4678 Carradice Type IIIa 14-15). Very Fine$225
IONIA, Kolpphon, circa 490-400 BC. Quater obol, (7mm, 0.17 grams) Artemis head to right/TE monogram in incuse square. A very tiny ancient coin.$65

MACEDON, Chalkidian League. Circa 415-410 BC. Silver Tetrobol. (15mm, 2.15 g). Olynthos mint. Laureate head of Apollo right / Kithara within incuse square. Robinson & Clement Group B, 15 (A15/P10); HGC 3, 502. Fine, toned, a little off center, some roughness.
From the Belgica Collection.
$195

MOESIA, Istros. Cast Æ Wheel Coins. Late 5th century BC. All coins: wheel (or solar disk) with four spokes and with raised central hub / ΙΣΤ across field (often obscured). Three different denominations available, similar to photo:

a) Æ 15mm (weight ~2.50 – 3.25 g). SNG Black Sea 220; SNG Stancomb 131.

b) Æ 11-12mm (~1.30 – 2.20 g). SNG Black Sea 221-222; SNG Stancomb 132.

c) Æ 7-9mm (~0.60 – 1.40 g). SNG Black Sea 223-224; SNG Stancomb 133.

Average VF to Good VF condition, some roughness, as usual.

$125      

 

$100      

 

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Ancient Dolphin Money.  MOESIA - OLBIA (Ukraine - Black Sea Coast) circa 300-200 BC.  S 1684. Cast copper, approx 20 - 25mm, in the shape of a dolphin.  Usual missing  or chipped tails.  Unique coinage type. 

$25        

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MYSIA, Parion. 5th century BC. Silver Drachm.  (12.5mm, 3.36 g). Facing gorgoneion with protruding tongue / Linear pattern within incuse square. SNG France 1343. VF, toned.
From the J. Eric Engstrom Collection.
$140
MYSIA, Parion. 5th century BC. Silver Drachm.  (13mm, 3.11 g). Right facing gorgoneion head / Linear pattern within incuse square. Near VF.$75
MYSIA, Parion. 5th century BC. Silver Drachm.  (13mm, 3.10 g). Right facing gorgoneion head / Linear pattern within incuse square. Some porosity, Near VF.$65

MACEDON, Tragilos. Circa 450-400 BC.  Silver Hemiobol (11mm, 0.18 g). Grape bunch / Quadripartite incuse square; ethnic in quarters. AMNG III/2, 2; SNG Copenhagen 447. A tiny Ancient coin. VF, light porosity. $150

GREEK. Northern Greece. Thrace, Chersonesos Silver  Hemidrachm. Circa 386-338 BC. Silver Hemidrachm (15mm) Forepart of lion right, head reverted / Quadripartite incuse square with alternating raised and sunken quarters; pellet(s) and/or symbols in opposite sunken quarters. Cf. HGC 3, 1437 for type. Fine to VF, lightly toned, light deposits. $135 each.$135
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CORINTH, 350-306 BC, silver drachm. (13mm, 2.57 grams) Head of Aphrodite/Pegasus. SNG Cop 129s. Toned, Fine. $125
SICILY. Time of Timoleon, 344-336 BC.  AE Litra.  33.1 grams, 28mm. Obverse: Athena, Reverse: Starfish between two dolphins. Nice reverse with good portrait of dolphins, VG/F. Ex I.S Wright,  Sydney.$150

SICILY. Time of Timoleon, 344-336 BC.  AE Trias. 7.4 grams, 17mm.  S 1193. Obverse: Head of Athena facing left, Reverse: Hippocamp facing left with curled wing. G/VG. 

$50

MACEDON. Alexander the Great, 336-323 BC. Silver drachm, 18mm, 4.09 grams. Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin / Zeus Aëtophoros seated left; toned,  VF, famous ruler. $195
ISLANDS off CARIA, Rhodos. Rhodes. Circa 275-200 BC. Silver  Drachm (15mm, 2.41 grams). Head of Helios facing slightly right / Rose with bud to right. Toned, Fine.$150

GREECE, ATHENS.  circa 2nd century AD. AE 22, (22mm) semi autonomous coinage, Athena/Athena holding owl, gF, pretty.$50

ANCIENT EGYPT. Ptolemy III to V period, circa 220-150 BC. 

Zeus facing right/Two Eagles standing, facing left. 30mm, 22.27 grams. About Fine.

Large copper coin, makes a unique and interesting gift idea.

$50

ANCIENT EGYPT. Ptolemy III to V period, circa 220-150 BC. 

Zeus facing right/Eagle standing, facing left. 30mm, 20.04 grams. Some blemishes, About Fine.

Large copper coin, makes a unique and interesting gift idea.

$40

Ancient Afghanistan, Baktria, Eukradites 171-135 BC.  Square copper unit. 22mm. 10.25 grams. King wearing crested helmet/The Dioskouroi on horseback prancing, each holding spear and palm. Fine.$45

Ancient Afghanistan, Baktria, Antialkidas, 145-135 BC. 
Copper square unit, 18mm, 7.8 grams. Two plam leaves, caps of the  Dioskouroi. VG. 
$35

Ancient Afghanistan, Baktria, Strato. 130-110 BC. 
19mm, 8.05 grams. Portrait of Bearded Herakles/Nike advancing. Good Fine. 
$50

Ancient Afghanistan, Baktria, Philoxenos, 110-80 BC. 
Copper square unit, 19mm, 8.5 grams. Tyche standing/humped bull. Seaby 7666, Mitchener 344d. Fine
$45

Danube Celts - Silver Tetradrachm.  2nd century BC,  Philip II  imitative type, 14.2 grams, 30mm diameter, Zeus seated reverse. Low grade contemporary copy produced by the Celts at the time, in Noble stock packet.

$65

Danube Celts - Silver Tetradrachm.  1st century BC,  Alexander the Great  imitative type, very concave, 15.8 grams, 27mm diameter, Zeus seated reverse. With much character, but reverse is well worn, Fine/Fair. Gobl plate 44/g.

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GREEK. Celtic. Æ ‘Ring Money’. c100 BC-100 AD.  All coins in the shape of rings, ranging from 15mm to 30mm. Fine, old patina.

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Ancient Afghanistan, Baktria, Hermaios, 40-1 BC.  20mm, 8.51 grams. Portrait of king/horse prancing. Last Baktrian or Indo-Greek ruler. Fine/VF. Seaby 7744, Mitchener 416b.$50
CELTIC. (Britain) Corielatuvi. Circa 30BC.  Silver Unit, 15mm, 1.05 grams. Boar/Horse type with Clear detail both sides, VF.$125         

Period c100 BC to c600 AD.

Ancient Parthians & Sassanians. 

(Current Iran/Iraq area)

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PARTHIA, Kingdom of, Orodes II, (57-38 B.C.), silver drachm, Ecbatana mint, (3.94 g), obv. short bearded bust to left, wearing torque, in front a star, behind crescent over star, rev. archer enthroned to right, (Sell. anchor iv), mint mark below, (S.7445, Sell.48.9). Toned, good very fine.$100

KINGS of PARTHIA. Gotarzes II. Circa AD 40-51. Silver Tetradrachm (29mm, 13.75 g). Seleukeia on the Tigris mint. Dated SE 355 (AD 43/4). Diademed bust left / Gotarzes seated right, receiving wreath from Tyche standing left; ENT (year) in field above, [month in exergue]. Cf. Sellwood 65.1-2 (for year); VF, toned. Choice example. From the David Nelson Collection.  $450

PARTHIA, Kingdom of, Vologases III, (c.A.D.105-147) silver drachm. Ecbatana mint, (3.75 g), obv. pointed bearded bust to left, wearing diadem, hair in three waves, rev. archer enthroned to right, mint mark below, (S.5831, Sell.78.4). Off centre obverse, otherwise extremely fine.

Ex Dr. V.J.A. Flynn Collection, previously from Noble Numismatics Sale 109 (lot 3680) the D.J.Foster Collection and previously from Spink Noble Sale 44 (lot 2539).

$125





The Ancient Sassanians (circa 224-600 AD) were the successors of the Parthians (circa 150 BC-224 AD) in the areas of the Middle East now known as Iraq and Iran. These areas have a very old history of human settlement and are the first to develop organized agriculture, writing, armies and cities. Sassanians, quite large (25-28mm)  thin, silver coins, as shown in the photos.. 

(All silver drachms) include: 

Vahran I (273-276AD) near Fine $50

Shapur II (309-379AD) counterstamp, VG $45 

Varhran II (388-399AD) VG/Fine $45

 The Parthians & Sassanians (modern Iraq & Iran area) were opponents of Rome for many years in Ancient times and several times annihilated Roman armies, just another example of the fact that the East-West rivalry is nothing new, it has been going on for thousands of years.. The Parthians were particularly famous for their archery and horseback skills. The "Parthian Shot" was a final volley of arrows before breaking contact and has become the parting shot in modern  English. These were semi-nomadic people. The Sassanians who succeeded the Parthians around 224 AD, tried to obliterate all traces of them and Parthian coins are one of the few surviving links to this culture.

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c700 AD to Genghis Khan, period, circa 1200 AD.

Ancient Islamic coins.

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Zangids of Mosul - Kutb Al Din Mopud Ibn Zangi, A.H 544-565, AE, 29mm. (M1117-19). Facing Bust, Nike above. Some weak spots, still attractive, Fine. (M1117-19).

$75

Islamic - Atuqids of Mardin. This splendid, classically  inspired series of bronze Islamic coins was produced in the 11th-13th centuries AD. Kutb Al Din Fel Ghazi Ibn Alpi,  A.H 572-580,  (M1033-4) AE, 32mm. Byzantine style portraits. F+ 

$85

Atuqids of Mardin.  Hosam Al Din Yuluk Arslan.  A.H 580-597, AE 30mm. (M 1035-36) Byzantine style busts. F+/F. 

$85

ISLAMIC, Mongols. Great Khans. Chingiz (Genghis Khan). AH 602-624 / AD 1206-1227. Middle coin in photo. Copper Jital (22mm, 4.49 and 3.87 g). Qunduz mint. Horseman to left / Strung bow (numan tamgha) within polylobe. Album 1972; Tye 334. Famous ruler.

 Nawruz, Governor of Sistan. Circa AD 1270. Æ Jital (14mm, 3.97 g). Crude legends both sides. Album 1978F; Tye 129e1.

     

 

$450      

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Informative Book on Ancient Coin Collecting by Wayne Sayles.  Very readable, with lots of useful information for the beginner to advanced collector of this fascinating field of numismatics. Hardback, nearly 200 pages.  Others in this series, volumes 2 to 7, also available.  All BRAND NEW.

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Ancient Coin Collecting Volume  2, Greek coins.

Volume 3, Roman coins.

Ancient Coin Collecting Volume  4, Roman Provincial coins. 

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Ancient Coin collecting Volume 5, Byzantine coins.

Volume 6, Non-classical cultures.  Brand New.

Ancient Coin Collecting Volume  7, Classical deception, all about fakes and forgeries.

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Antique print made in the 1890's, (Chromolithograph by Planographic Method) depicting "The Atrium, or Court of House in Pompeii, Restored". In modern protective pack, vivid colours and fine condition.

$50        

Antique print made in the 1890's, (Chromolithograph by Planographic Method) depicting "Grecian Architecture and Sculpture". In modern protective pack, vivid colours and fine condition.

$50        

NUMISMATIC SOCIETY OF SA.

Do you live in or near Adelaide and have an interest in coins, medals or banknotes?

The NSSA meets 3rd Thursday of each month in rooms behind the State Library on Kintore Ave, Adelaide City, from 7.45pm. Small but friendly and dedicated group of collectors, always welcomes new members and visitors. Annual subscription cost is very modest. Meeting usually lasts about 2 hours. Members are encouraged to bring along their items to discuss. Coin magazines and lists available to peruse. Light supper provided. More details: call Richard on 08 8165 3446 between midday and 7pm - Monday to Friday.

 

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