Kouros Numismatics

Kouros Numismatics

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      Circa 480-350 BC.

      Silver Hemidrachm (12 mm, 2.38g).

      Obv: Forepart of lion right with raised right paw and head turned back.

      Rev: Quadripartite incuse square with alternating raised and sunken quarters, pellets in quarters.

      Reference: SNG Copenhagen 824-6 v.

      Comments On This Specimen: EF, choice fine styled example with all the lion on the flan.

      Located on the Thracian peninsula on the northern border of the Hellespont (today’s Dardanelles), the strait leading from the Aegean Sea to Propontis (today’s Sea of Marmara) and the Euxine Pontus (today’s Black Sea) – now called Gallipoli Peninsula.

      The Thracian Chersonese was originally inhabited by Thracians. Settlers from Ancient Greece The Athenian, mainly of Ionian and Aeolian stock, founded about 12 cities on the peninsula in the 7th century BC. statesman Miltiades the Elder founded a major Athenian colony there around 560 BC. He took authority over the entire peninsula, building up its defenses against incursions from the mainland. It eventually passed to his nephew, the more famous Miltiades the Younger, around 524 BC. The peninsula was abandoned to the Persians in 493 BC. after the outbreak of the Greco-Persian Wars (499-478 BC).

    • Macedon, Apollonia. Extremely Rare, One of Two Known.

      Ex Arthur Czyzewski Collection

      Macedon, Apollonia.

      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

    • FDC Breathtaking Gold Iridescent Patina. Silanus (The Stepfather of Brutus). Estimated $2,000

      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).

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    • Alexander III ‘the Great’, 336-323 BC. Drachm Unpublished (?)

      Alexander III ‘the Great’, 336-323 BC. Drachm Unpublished (?) ⁠Lampsakos (?) Circa 323-317 BC. Head of Heracles right, wearing lion’s skin headdress / Zeus seated left, holding eagle and scepter, snake (?) in left field, “M” below throne. Unlisted In Price.

      Extremely rare, unknown with this combination of control marks; well centered on a very broad flan.

      Ex ACM (Hammered $850)

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    • Kingdom of Macedon Alexander III ‘the great’ Masterpiece

      MACEDONIAN KINGDOM. Alexander III the Great (336-323 BC). AR drachm (17mm, 4.29 gm, 2h). NGC Choice AU★ 5/5 – 5/5. Late lifetime issue of Abydus(?), ca. 328-323 BC. Head of Heracles right, wearing lion skin headdress, paws tied before neck / AΛEΞANΔPOY, Zeus seated left on backless throne, left leg drawn back, feet on stool, eagle in right hand, scepter in left; ?Ω monogram above forepart of Pegasus left in left field. Price 1506.

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    • Kingdom of Macedon Alexander III Extremely Rare ‘Ecbatana’

      Kingdom of Macedon Alexander III Extremely Rare ‘Ecbatana’

      Circa 336-323 BC.

      AR Tetradrachm (27mm, 16.98g, 8h.)

      Posthumous issue of ‘Ecbatana’, under Peithon, ca. 323-317 BC.

      Obs. Head of Heracles right, wearing lion’s skin headdress, paws tied before neck.

      Rev. AΛEΞANΔPOY-BAΣIΛEΩΣ, Zeus enthroned left, right leg drawn back, feet on the ground line, eagle in right hand, scepter in left; Δ in left field, ?Ω above strut.

      Reference: Price 3956

      NGC Certification Number: 4680424-069
      NGC Grade: Ch AU 4×4

      Comments On This Specimen:

      Extremely rare – only one example found in sales archives.

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    • Thracian, Kingdom Types of Alexander III

      Thracian, Kingdom Types of Alexander III

      Circa 305-281 B.C.

      AR Drachm (16mm, 4.23g.)

      Obs. Head of Heracles right, wearing lion skin headdress.

      Rev. Zeus seated left, holding eagle and scepter, Pegasus forepart above lion forepart in left field, torch below throne.

      Reference: Thompson 35. Price L11. Rare!

      Comments On This Specimen: EF, deep iridescent tone. Stunning eye appeal and a very bold, centered strike. Highly desirable example, seldom seen so nice.

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    • NGC MS 4×4 Etruria Populonia Ca 3rd Century BC.

      Ex Private U.S. Collection

      Uniface Etruscan Issue

      Etruria. Populonia.

      Circa 3rd century BC.

      AR 20 asses (22mm, 8.36 gm).

      Obs. Head of Metus facing as Gorgoneion, tongue protruding; X : X (mark of value) below

      Rev. Blank.

      Reference: EC Group XII, Series 52, 220 (same obverse die). HN Italy 142.

      NGC Certification Number: 3762340-002
      NGC Grade: MS 4×4

      Comments On This Specimen:

      Obverse die break, otherwise attractively toned. One of the finest specimens graded by NGC

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    • Caria, Isl, of Rhodes Types of Alexander III Signed By ΔΑΝ (Danaos)

      Caria, Isl, of Rhodes Types of Alexander III Signed By ΔΑΝ (Danaos)

      Circa 205-190 BC.

      AR Tetradrachm (34mm, 17.21g, 12h.)

      Obs. Head of Herakles right, wearing lion’s skin headdress signed ΔΑΝ on the lip.

      Rev. ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ, Zeus Aëtophoros enthroned left, holding eagle on extended right hand and sceptre in left; PO beneath throne, monogram above rose in left field.

      Reference: Price 2513 var.; F.S. Kleiner, ANSMN 17, 1971, 106 (H-21) = SNG Berry 320 (same obverse die).

      NGC Certification Number: 4283554-001
      NGC Grade: AU* 5×4

      Comments On This Specimen: Full panchet, bold strike, sensitive rose, realistic eye.

      Extremely rare

      Ex Gorny & Mosch 169, 13 October 2008, lot 554;
      Ex Künker 67, 9 October 2001, lot 409.

      Very rare, one of the few examples of a signed die in the Alexander series! Struck on an immense flan, with a clear signature. Scattered surface marks, otherwise, a superb coin.

      The letters Δ-Α-Ν on the lip of the lion’s mouth appears to be the signature of a Rhodian die engraver, who was sufficiently proud of his accomplishment that he felt it was appropriate to sign his name on the die. ΔΑΝ might stand for Danaos, a well-attested Rhodian name that is well evidenced in the numismatic record, and which was borne by mythical founder of Rhodos.

      This is one of very few known cases of an artist signing his work on a Hellenistic tetradrachm.

      Exquisite Style, remarkable three-dimensional work of numismatic art.

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