ANCIENT GREEK COINS
(Greece & Thrace)


AIGINA AKARNANIA ARGOLIS ARKADIA ATTICA
BOEOTIA BOSPORUS CORINTHIA CRETE ELIS
EUBOIA ILLYRIA LOKRIS MACEDON KINGS
MEGARIS MESSENIA MOESIA PAEONIA SCYTHIA
SIKYONIA THESSALY THRACE WEIGHTS MAP


AIGINA


AKARNANIA


ARKADIA


ATTICA
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APPARENTLY UNIQUE AND HIGHLY IMPORTANT

9347. ATTICA, ATHENS, c. 515-510 BC. AR fraction, 0.87 gm., Unpublished, Sear_, SNG Copenhagen_, Plant_, SNG ANS_. Head of bull facing/Owl stg. l. AΘE to l., olive berry to r., all within incuse square. F. An apparently unique coin linking the Athenian Wappenmunzen series with the later owls. Attributed by David Sear.

"An extremely interesting coin. The obverse bucranium is well known on the 'Wappenmunzen' series of ca. 545-515 BC (cf. Svoronos, Corpus of the Ancient Coins of Athens, pl. 1, 45) but here the reverse is consistently a diagonally divided incuse square. The first 'owls' with a head of Athena on the obverse appear to have been introduced about 510 BC (cf. Svoronos pl. 2, 54-9 for fractions with a reverse type similar to this piece), but there seems to be no other known example of an overlap of types between these two distinct series."

David Sear

Published in Plutarch and the Art, Plutarco y la iconografía numismática by Prof. Aurelio Pérez Jiméneze the University of Coimbra (Portugal). 2015.

$7500.



BOEOTIA

10363. BOEOTIA, THEBES, about 440-380 B.C. AR Stater, 10.68 g. Boeotian shield. Rev. [Θ- E] Bearded head of Dionysos r., crowned with ivy. BCD, Boeotia 440. W.R. Roberts - B.V. Head, The Coinage of the Ancient Boeotians (1954) S. 36 Klasse 1b (Var.); BMC 54ff. Rare. Good style. Good VF, a nice example with the finely styled portrait of Dionoysos centered on an oblong flan.

$1500.



7912. BOEOTIA, THESPIAI, 431-424 BC. AR Obol. Boeotian shield/Crescent. VF. Rare. A choice example.

$350.



BOSPORUS

7921. KINGDOM OF THE CIMMERIAN BOSPORUS, RHESKUPORIS by the authority of Septimius Severus. Electrum Stater. Bust Rheskuporis/Bust Septimius Severus. EF. Choice example as good as they come!

$3500.



7920. KINGS OF BOSPOROS, MITHRADATES III, AD 39/40-44/5. AE24 12 Units, Sear 5432, MacDonald 313; Anokhin 330; RPC I 1910. Diademed hd. r./Club of Herkakles draped with lion's skin between bow in case and trident. Good VF and better than the Sear example.

$200.



CORINTHIA

6499. CORINTHIAN SILVER STATER, c. 350-300 BC. EF. Winged Pegasus flying left. / Helmeted head of Athena left. Surface better than image shows. These silver staters, or 'colts' as they were known in ancient Greece, were one of the most famous and widely used coins of the ancient world. They were the standard currency of the city state of Corinth and its allied cities. About the size of a nickel but pure silver. VF.

$450.



6501. CORINTHIAN SILVER STATER, c. 350-300 BC. EF. Winged Pegasus flying left. / Helmeted head of Athena left. Surface better than image shows. These silver staters, or 'colts' as they were known in ancient Greece, were one of the most famous and widely used coins of the ancient world. They were the standard currency of the city state of Corinth and its allied cities. About the size of a nickel but pure silver. VF.

$450.



6502. CORINTHIAN SILVER STATER, c. 350-300 BC. EF. Winged Pegasus flying left. / Helmeted head of Athena left. Surface better than image shows. These silver staters, or 'colts' as they were known in ancient Greece, were one of the most famous and widely used coins of the ancient world. They were the standard currency of the city state of Corinth and its allied cities. About the size of a nickel but pure silver. VF.

$450.



6503. CORINTHIAN SILVER STATER, c. 350-300 BC. EF. Winged Pegasus flying left. / Helmeted head of Athena left. Surface better than image shows. These silver staters, or 'colts' as they were known in ancient Greece, were one of the most famous and widely used coins of the ancient world. They were the standard currency of the city state of Corinth and its allied cities. About the size of a nickel but pure silver. VF.

$450.



6510. CORINTHIAN SILVER STATER, c. 350-300 BC. EF. Winged Pegasus flying left. / Helmeted head of Athena left. Surface better than image shows. These silver staters, or 'colts' as they were known in ancient Greece, were one of the most famous and widely used coins of the ancient world. They were the standard currency of the city state of Corinth and its allied cities. About the size of a nickel but pure silver. VF.

$450.



CRETE

RARE LARGE COIN FROM THE CITY OF THE MINOTAUR

10150. CRETE, KNOSSOS, 2nd-1st cent. BC. AE28 mm, 13.0 gr. Kydas, magistrate. Laureate head of Zeus right; half of thunderbolt below chin / Eagle standing right with open wings; K-Y/Δ-A/Σ in three lines across field. Svoronos, Numismatique 142; SNG Copenhagen 388. VF. Rare.

$450.



ELIS

10454. ELIS, OLYMPIA, ELIS. Olympia. After 191 BC. Bronze 19 mm. Laureate head of Zeus right, A below neck truncation; EA / ΛEI / ΩN in wreath. Cf. BMC Peloponnesus 152 (H on obverse). Cf. SNG Copenhagen 444-446 (no letter on obverse). VF. Dark glossy patina. Ex BCD collection. Rare.

$450.



EUBOIA


ILLYRIA


LOKRIS


MACEDON


MACEDONIAN KINGS

8881. MACEDONIAN KINGS, PHILIP II (father of Alexander the Great), 359-336 BC. Gold Stater, Hd Apollo r./Biga r., kantharos below. EF. Well centered with clear types.

$4750.



6514. MACEDONIAN KINGS, PHILIP II. AR Tetradrachm. VF. Well centered and without the frequent test cuts.

$850.



8040. MACEDON, PHILIP II (Father Of Alexander The Great), 359-336 BC. AR Fifth Stater, 2.57 gm., Sear 6689v. Hd. Apollo? r./Naked youth on horse prancing r., thunderbolt below. VF+. Scarce denomination. Considerably better than image esp. face of Apollo.

$450.



9326. ANTIQUARIAN ALEXANDER THE GREAT. QUINTI CURTII RUFI DE REBUS GESTIS ALEXANDRI MAGNI, REGIS MACEDONUM, LIBRI SUPERSTITES. CUM OMNIBUS SUPPLEMENTIS, VARANTIBUS LECTIONIBUS, COMMENTARIIS AC NOTIS HENRICUS SNAKENBURG, 1724. A massive historical work on Alexander The Great. 2.5 x 8 x 10 inches, 5 lbs. 824 pages + index + addenda. 4 folding copper engravings, 12 additional full page engravings. Original gold stamped leather bindings rebound with later leather spine, marbled boards and gilded page edges. Generally excellent tight condition with minor damp stains on a few margins.

$1250.



6062. MACEDON, ALEXANDER III, THE GREAT, 336-323 BC. AR Tetradrachm. Bust young Herakles r./Zeus enthroned with eagle and scepter. EF.

$1250.



6063. MACEDON, ALEXANDER III, THE GREAT, 336-323 BC. AR Drachm. Bust young Herakles r./Zeus enthroned with eagle and scepter. EF.

$350.



AS STRUCK!

7193. ALEXANDER III, THE GREAT, 336-323 BC. AR Tetradrachm, Messembria mint. FDC. Sharply stuck with mint luster. Reverse slightly double struck.

$2450.



8042. MACEDON, ALEXANDER THE GREAT, 336-323 BC. AR Drachm. Head young Herakles wearing lionskin r./Zeus enthroned l. EF.

$350.



8043. MACEDON, ALEXANDER THE GREAT, 336-323 BC. AR Drachm. Head young Herakles wearing lionskin r./Zeus enthroned l. EF.

$350.



8044. MACEDON, ALEXANDER THE GREAT, 336-323 BC. AR Drachm. Head young Herakles wearing lionskin r./Zeus enthroned l. EF.

$350.



10340. MACEDON, KINGS, KASSANDER, 316-297 BC. AE Unit - 18mm. Helmet with cheek guards / BASILEWS left, KASSANDROU right; spear head. SNG Copenhagen 1163; Laffaille 315; SNG Tübingen 1171. VF.

$125.



8912. MACEDON, AUTONOMOUS ISSUE UNDER PERSEUS, 179-168 BC. AR 2 1/2 Obol, 1.66 gm., Gaebler.122. Macedonian shield with spiral star at center/Prow r. VF. Scarce.

$250.



7709. MACEDON, UNDER ROMAN ADMINISTRATION, ca. 167-148 B.C. AR tetradrachm, 31 mm, 15.70 g. Amphipolis mint. Diademed and draped bust of Artemis right, bow and quiver over shoulder, in the center of a Macedonian shield / Club, monogram above; all within oak wreath, thunderbolt to left. SNG Copenhagen 1310. Sear 1386. Near EF. Good metal and well centered. Better than photo.

$650.



MEGARIS
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MESSENIA


MOESIA


PAEONIA


SCYTHIA

7922. SCYTHIAN KINGS, c. 130-100 BC. AR Drachm, Mitchiner 337 for the type. Male hd. r./Cornucopia. VF. Very rare. Uncertain king.

$250.



SIKYONIA


THESSALY

10426. THESSALY, KRANNON. Circa 350-300 BC. AE (17mm, 4.77 g, 8h). Horseman riding right / Hydria on cart. Rogers 195; SNG Copenhagen 43 var. (legend). Good VF, dark green patina. Excellent example of this very interesting reverse.

$250.



8549. THESSALY, LARISSA, 344-321 BC. AR Drachm, SNG Cop 120. Head of the nymph Larissa facing 3/4 left/Horse about to roll r. EF. An especially beautiful head of the nymph engraved with great sensitivity and imbued with life, the horse also finely done, we can almost feel his anticipation of enjoyment as he prepares to roll over and give his back a good scratching.

$1850.



10279. THESSALY. PELINNA. Circa 400-350 BC. AR Drachm (18mm - 5.82 g). Horseman riding right, holding lance / Warrior stepping left onto platform, looking right, holding shield and wearing sword, preparing to throw javelin right; all in incuse square. SNG Copenhagen -; BMC 4/3 (obverse of 4/reverse of 3). VF. Very Rare.

$650.



7917. THESSALY, LARISSA, 460-400 BC. AR Trihemiobol, Sear 2109. Horseman pacing r., holding 2 spears/LARISSA, nymph Larissa std. r., holding patera, l. hand raised, all within incuse square. F+. Scarce. A beautiful highly evocative classical scene.

$250.



THRACE

9398. THRACE ABDERA, c. 360-347BC. AR stater, S1553v. Griffin std l/Laureate head of Apollo r. VF. Very fine style. Much better than image.

$650.



8190. THRACE, ABDERA, 360-347 BC. AR Stater, May.545. Griffin std./Head Apollo, OMHROS (Homer). VF. Rare.

$650.



A CLASSIC OF GREEK NUMISMATIC ART

11376. THRACE, AINOS, Circa 370/69-368/7 BC. AR Tetradrachm (23mm, 14.91 g, 12h). Head of Hermes facing slightly left, wearing petasos / Goat standing right; to right, head of Hermes right, wearing flat-topped petasos. May, Ainos Group LVIII, 415 var. (A251/–), cf. 416 (A251/P296 [rev. die not illustrated); AMNG II -. VF, old cabinet toning. Provenance: Ex Gemini VI (10 January 2010), lot 79.

One of the classics of Greek Numismatic Art, and one of the coins featured in Kraay and Hirmer's wonderful 'Greek Coins' which plates examples of the finest of Greek Coins. Examples only slightly better have sold for upwards of $37,000 not including 15%-20% buyer's fees.

$35,000.



CHOICE EXAMPLE

8558. THRACE, MARONEIA, after 148 BC. AE26, SNG Copenhagen 643. Head of young Dionysis wreathed with ivy r., his long hair drawn up into a swirl behind/Dionysis stg. naked l. holding grape bunch. VF. Nice example with choice patina.

$350.



WEIGHTS