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PTOLEMAIC KINGS of EGYPT. Ptolemy V Epiphanes. 204-180 BC. AR Tetradrachm (26mm, 13.35 g, 12h). Uncertain military mint in Phoenicia. Struck circa 202-200 BC.$556.00
Ancient Greek, SIKYONIA, Sikyon. Circa 431-400 BC. AR Stater (24mm, 11.71 g, 9h).$636.00
Otho. AD 69. AR Denarius (19mm, 2.82 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck 9 March-mid April.$636.00
The Triumvirs. Mark Antony. Autumn 32-spring 31 BC. AR Denarius (17.5mm, 3.52 g, 6h). Legionary issue. Patrae (?) mint.$236.00
Macedon, Kings of. Alexander III. 336-323 BC. AR Tetradrachm (16.80 gm, 26 mm).$100.00
BAKTRIA, Indo-Greek Kingdom. Apollodotos II Soter Philopator Megas. Circa 80-65 BC. AR Tetradrachm (27mm, 9.61 g, 12h).$316.00
Ex Arthur Czyzewski Collection
Circa 4th century B.C.
Æ Bronze (17mm, 5.82g).
Obs. Wreathed head of Persephone right.
Rev. Hydra left
Reference: Traité IV 466 (Lamia in Thessaly); Rogers 246 (Herakleia Trachinia in Thessaly); Robinson & Clement p. 342, and pl. 32I, 13 (Lamia in Thessaly); Robinson & Clement, Excavations at Olynthos, part IV, The Coins Found at Olynthos in 1931 (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 1933), p. 83, 734-6 (Lamia in Thessaly).
Comments On This Specimen: This rare bronze issue was traditionally attributed to Lamia in Thessaly due to the hydra reverse type, which is found on the early silver of that city (see Georgiou, Mint, 1-3). None of the published examples have a clear ethnic. However, two examples in a private collection have enough of the ethnic visible to confirm that the issuing regions are called Apollonia. As all of the examples with a known find spot have been found in Macedon, it is nearly certain that they were issued by one of the three Apollonia cities of Macedon. As yet, however, there is too little evidence to ascribe these coins to one of the cities in particular.
The rarest of the rare: one of the only two known specimens. Letters visible next to the hydra. This specimen is so rare, the city that minted it has yet to be discovered.
Perfect striking on both observe and the reverse. Hydra fully visible! The finest known, high relief. A gem in hands.
Choice Very Fine. Very Rare
Unpublished FDC Breathtaking Gold Iridescent Patina. Silanus (The Stepfather of Brutus). Estimated $2,000
Ex ACM (Hammered $1500)
JUNIA Decimus Junius Silanus
Date: 91 BC.
AR Denarius (17.5mm, 2h. 3.95g.)
Titration obverse: Anepigraphe.
Description obverse: Head helmeted from Rome to the right; Behind the head, L.
Titulature reverse: D. SILANVS. LF / ROMA at the forefront.
Description reverse: Victoria (Victory) in a galloping bike on the right, holding the reins
with both hands; Above, mark of control, V.
Translation reverse: “Decimus [Junius] Silanus Lucii Filius”, (Decimus Junius Silanus son of Lucius).
New pair of dies unpublished ( L & XI ).
Reference works: B.15 (Junia) – BMC / RR.- – CRR.646 (1) – RRC.337 / 3 – RSC.15
Comments: For this mint, the corners are numbered using the Latin alphabet for observe and Roman numerals on the reverse. With the letter B on the right, Grueber only noted the reverse corner V. With the numbering V on the reverse, we find the letters K, N and S. Other combinations are certainly to be discovered. (This is one of them! New pair of dies unpublished ( L & XI ))
History: In 91 BC, Lucius Marcius Philippus and Sextus Julius were consuls. The tribune, Marcus Livius Drusus proposes to reform the electoral law in favor of the allies (citizen status).$2,000.00
Quality condition for it’s age
City arms above mintmasters initials.
4-line inscription with denomination and date.
Very nice coin, VF grade. Some nice Gold/bronze toning. Outstanding in hand.$875.00
Alexius III was a corrupt and ineffective leader, who plundered the empire for taxes and ever trying to advance the social standing of himself and his wife. He fled Constantinople in 1203, after a siege by the forces of the Fourth Crusade.
Alexius III 1195-1203 AD. AE Trachy. Constantinople. KE ROHQEI around, IC-XC to left and right of nimbate bust of Christ facing, right hand raised, holding scroll in left / ALEZIW DECP TW KOMNHNW, theta-WL to right, Alexius, crowned, and St Constantine, nimbate, each wearing divitision and loros, each holding a labarum and the two holding a patriarchal cross on globe between them. SB 2013, BMC 20ff.$20.00