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12887. ROMAN MARBLE HEAD OF HADRIAN. Rome, 2nd-3rd century AD. Portrait head of the Roman emperor Hadrian (117-138). Carved in the round from fine-grained white Roman marble with finely polished surfaces. The 33 cm. height of this piece is slightly larger than life size. It powerfully depicts the emperor with his head turned slightly turned to the left, gaze fixed straight in front of him. His face is framed by thick curly hair and beard. The forehead is broad and smooth, the thick eyebrows are rendered with finely engraved features. The eye sockets are strongly chiaroscuro and his eyes are characterized by elongated eyelids carved in relief. The powerful wide nose increases the stern visage of the emperor. The cheekbones are high and strong, the bottoms of the ears show beneath the curly hair; the mouth is slightly open; the neck has an anatomically accurate modeling. The nose, ears and a few curls are chipped otherwise in excellent original condition. Provenance: A Florentine collection, Ex Dea Moneta. Comes with a 2009 Italian export permit.

With Hadrian begins a series of imperial Roman portraits bearded in imitation of the Greek philosophers. A wonderful classic sculpture that communicates the dignity and authority of this emperor who ruled at the pinnacle of the Roman empire. Left side. Italian export permit page 1. Italian export document page 2.

On sale at: Price on request.




12889. ROMAN NUDE MARBLE EROS. Rome, 2nd-3rd century AD. Finely carved classical statue of a winged youth representing Eros as an archer. Carved in the round from fine-grained white Roman marble. 72 x 36 cm. Provenance: A Florentine collection, Ex ACR Auctions, Munich. Comes with an Italian export permit. Right side. Front left view. Rear view. Detailed description.

On sale at: Price on request.




128868. IMPRESSIVE BALINESE STONE LION. Bali, 16th-18th century. 17 x 13 cm, 20 x 15.5 cm including base. In Bali the Hindu religion is mixed with ancient animistic beliefs. This lion may represent some kind of animal in these pre-Hindu rites rather than one of the many protective gods with ferocious appearances that are more common. Provenance: A Spanish collection, previously this piece belonged to a Belgian engineer who worked on the railways of Nepal in the 50s, acquired then on one of his trips. Another view. Another view. Another view. Another view. Another view. Another view. Another view. Another view.

On sale at: $3500.




12885. BEAUTIFUL MUGHAL JADE LIDDED LOTUS DISH. India, Mughal period, 17th-18th century. 7.25 x 7.25 x 4 inches. Beautifully carved from pale celadon jade with touches of red in the form of open lotus blossoms, the top handle in the form of a lotus seed pod. Excellent condition. Similar Mughal jade bowls and dishes have brought well over $100,000 at Christie's and Sotheby's. Provenance: A midwestern collection. Reverse view. Oblique view. Lid top. Open view. Bottom view.

On sale at: POR.




12886. FINE SAWANKHALOK CELADON ELEPHANT VESSEL. Thailand, Sukhothai period, 14th-16th century. 7 x 7 x 6 inches. Ceramic art was produced in different parts of present day Thailand. Sukhothai or Sangkhalok (as named by the Chinese) ceramics are maybe the most important subgroup, having been produced in a distinct area and time period (around the timeframe of the Sukhothai kingdom). The finest ceramics from this period are the pale green celadon wares such as this piece. Excellent condition with excellent fine craquelure. Slightly less yellow in color than the photo. Provenance: A midwestern collection. Front view. Right side view. Back view.

On sale at: $2500.




11626. LARGE EGYPTIAN SCARABS, c. 1st millennium BC. 10 different especially large Egyptian steatite scarabs. Most intact. Good selection. 10 in total. Sold individually at prices indicated on description and price sheet. Provenance: Imported legally into the US. Inspected and cleared by US Customs. Good and legal provenance provided to buyer. Top view. Descriptions and prices.

On Sale at prices stated:




11627. MEDIUM EGYPTIAN SCARABS, c. 1st millennium BC. Huge group of many different types of medium Egyptian steatite scarabs. Most intact. A wonderful diverse selection. 130 in total. Sold individually at prices indicated on description and price sheet.Provenance: Imported legally into the US. Inspected and cleared by US Customs. Good and legal provenance provided to buyer. Top view. Descriptions and prices.

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11628. SMALLER EGYPTIAN SCARABS, c. 1st millennium BC. Huge group of many different types of smaller Egyptian steatite scarabs. Most intact. A wonderful diverse selection. 90 in total. Sold individually at prices indicated on description and price sheet. Provenance: Imported legally into the US. Inspected and cleared by US Customs. Good and legal provenance provided to buyer. Top view. Descriptions and prices.

On Sale at prices stated:




VETTED AND PUBLISHED

12880. RARE NORTH WEST COAST JADE CELT. Pre-historic period, pre Kwakiutl culture. 5 x 2 x 0.5 inches. The blade of lustrous deep green hard stone. Breaks at top and corner of blade, polished. Provenance: Found Lyton, British Columbia at confluence of the Fraser and Thompson rivers. Vetted as authentic by the Genuine Indian Relic Society, Inc. and published in their 2013 calendar. Back view.

On sale at: $1500.




VETTED AND PUBLISHED

12881. RARE NORTH WEST COAST JADE CELT. Pre-historic period, pre Kwakiutl culture. 2.6 x 1.2 x 0.25 inches. The blade of lustrous deep green hard translucent jade. Small chip at top, polished. Provenance: Ex Nancy Avery family collection for 3 generations. Originally found Lyton, British Columbia in Fraser river deposits. Vetted as authentic by the Genuine Indian Relic Society, Inc. and published in their 2013 calendar. Back view.

On sale at: $2000.




VETTED AND PUBLISHED

12882. RARE NORTH WEST COAST JADE LABRET OR PESTLE. Pre-historic period, pre Kwakiutl culture. 2.5 x 1 x 0.75 inches. The piece of lustrous deep green hard stone. Intact, polished. Looks like a labret but too large possibly some type of grander or pestle. Provenance: Found Lyton, British Columbia at confluence of the Fraser and Thompson rivers. Vetted as authentic by the Genuine Indian Relic Society, Inc. and published in their 2013 calendar. Back view.

On sale at: $1850.




VETTED AND PUBLISHED

12883. VERY RARE NORTH WEST COAST JADE CELT. Archaic period c. 5000-3000 BC, pre Salish or Chinook culture. 6.25 x 1.75 x 0.8 inches. The blade of variegated brown and red hard stone. Small chip at top, polished. An exceptionally rare type of which few others are known. Provenance: Found Bellingham, Washington. purchased at an estate sale in Bellinham by the current owner. Vetted as authentic by the Genuine Indian Relic Society, Inc. and published in their 2013 calendar. Back view.

On sale at: $5500.




VETTED AND PUBLISHED

12884. RARE NORTH WEST COAST JADE CELT OR ADZE. Pre-historic period, pre Salish or Chinook culture. 4 x 2 x 1 inches. The blade of lustrous grey green hard stone. Minor roughness on sides, polished. Provenance: Found Upper Columbia river, Washington state. See 'Stone Age on the Columbia River' pg. 175, by Emory Strong for the type. Vetted as authentic by the Genuine Indian Relic Society, Inc. and published in their 2013 calendar. Back view.

On sale at: $2500.




11706. VERY RARE LIMESTONE GANDHARAN BUDDHA. Gandhara, 1st-2nd century AD. 35 inches tall x 18 inches wide. Provenance: From the collection of an international business executive. Good and legal provenance provided to buyer. Right side. Left side. Back.

On Sale at: $55,000.




11704. LARGE GANDHARAN SEATED BUDDHA. Gandhara, 1st-2nd century AD. 25 inches tall x 25 inches wide. In excellent condition nearly intact. Provenance: From the collection of an international business executive. Good and legal provenance provided to buyer. Right side. Left side. Back.

On Sale at: $35,000.




11702. LARGE GANDHARA STANDING BUDDHA. Gandhara, 1st-2nd century AD. 36 inches tall. Provenance: From the collection of an international business executive. Good and legal provenance provided to buyer. Left side. Right side. Back.

On Sale at: $35,000.




11701. LARGE GANDHARA SEATED BUDDHA. Gandhara, 1st-2nd century AD. 44 inches tall x 23 inches wide. Provenance: From the collection of an international business executive. Good and legal provenance provided to buyer. Left side. Right side. Back.

On Sale at: $50,000.




11584. SIZABLE GANDHARA DUAL HERCULES PLAQUE. Gandhara, 1st-2nd century AD. 17 x 10 x 3 inches. Head of right figure reattached. Provenance: Private American collection acquired in the 1990's.

On sale at: Price on request.




11586. SIZABLE GANDHARA SEATED MEDITATING BUDDHA. Gandhara, 1st-2nd century AD. 9 x 14.5 inches. Possible repair to top front. Provenance: Private American collection acquired in the 1990's.

On sale at: $3500.




COINS ANTIQUITIES



ANCIENT COINS


PEDIGREED AND PUBLISHED. VERY RARE.

11278. SELEUKID KINGS, ANTIOCHOS, son of Seleukos IV, 175-170 BC. AR Drachm (4.23 g, 19 mm, 12h). Antioch mint. Diademed head of the child king right / Apollo Delphios seated left on omphalos; tripod to outer left, Φ in exergue. Sear 6974; SC 1370; CSE I 94 (This coin!). Good VF. A superb example of an extremely rare type. Toned over luster on reverse. High relief. Provenance: Ex Houghton collection, CSE I 94.

On the assassination of Seleukos IV in 175 Heliodoros seized power as regent for the late king's five-year-old son, Antiochos. But Seleukos' brother, also named Antiochos, invaded Syria and made himself master of the kingdom, reigning as Antiochos IV. His young nephew disappears from history after several years of nominal joint rule. Only a few coins were struck with his portrait. Commentary adapted from David Sear's 'Greek Coins and Their Values'.

On sale at: $3750




11312. RARE PERTINAX SESTERTIUS, 87 days in 193 AD. AE Sestertius (29mm, 21.84 g, 1h). Rome mint. Laureate head right / Laetitia standing left, holding wreath and scepter. RIC IV 17. Good Fine, brown patina, green patches of hard inactive encrustation. Provenance: Ex Classical Numismatic Group 55 (13 September 2000), lot 1287. Rare!

On sale at: $1750




THE CIRCUS MAXIMUS

11033. TRAJAN AD 98-117. AE Sestertius (34mm, 24.13 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 103-104. Laureate head right, slight drapery / View of the Circus Maximus, showing a colonnaded front (the Duodecim Portae), with arched gateways surmounted by quadrigae; temple of Sol along back wall; within, from left to right: meta, equestrian statue of Trajan, obelisk of Augustus, shrine of Cybele, and a second meta. RIC II 571; Woytek 175b. Fine, tan surfaces with some green in the fields, a little rough. Rare. Provenance: From the Deyo Collection. Some wear but an excellent contrasty patina that clearly shows nearly all the details of the famous Roman circus maximus. Well centered with most of the legends clear as well. All in all a very pleasing example.

On sale at: $4500




10503. SELEUKID KINGS of SYRIA. SELEUKOS VI EPIPHANES NIKATOR. Circa 96-94 BC. AR Tetradrachm (26mm, 15.60 g, 1h). Antioch mint. Struck circa 95/4 BC. Diademed head right / Zeus Nikephoros seated left, holding lotus-tipped scepter; A/(monogram)/A to outer left, A under throne; all within wreath. SC 2415d; HGC 9, 1270. Good VF, toned, minor porosity.

On sale at: $1350.




PRICE REDUCED! APPARENTLY ONLY THE SECOND KNOWN EXAMPLE AND THE ONLY ONE IN PRIVATE HANDS!

11590. VESPASIAN, 69-79 AD. AE35, 24.54 g. Sestertius. Lugdunum mint. IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG PM TR PPP COS III. Laureate head of Vespasian right. Rv. JUDAEA CAPTA SC; Jewess captive seated right under a palm tree mourning; to left of palm tree a male Jewish captive standing left with hands bound behind back looking left. RIC 1205v with the male Jew looking left rather than right. VF with somewhat rough surfaces. An excessively rare Judaea Capta variant, apparently only the second known of this type, the other in the Ashmoleon Museum at Oxford.

On sale at: $6500.




APPARENTLY ONLY THE SECOND KNOWN EXAMPLE AND THE ONLY ONE IN PRIVATE HANDS!

11583. SEPTIMIUS SEVERUS, 193-211. AE42 Medallion of Pergamon, Mysia. Draped bust right. / Two centaurs standing facing, cult statue of Aeklepios on pedestal between them. von Fritze _; Berhard 1655, The Coins of Pergamum, citing Berlin, Lobbecke 1906 4106. Excessively rare, the only other one known apparently in the Pergamon Museum in Berlin.

This coin and it's discovery are now famous. Surprisingly this coin is a recent (2010) metal detectorist find in the Netherlands, far from where it was minted in Pergamon. It was found at the site of a Roman villa near the town of Stein. This find grabbed the attention of the Netherland's news media and was widely reported. Here are some of the articles about this find of this coin from news sources in the Netherlands. It was also covered by Netherlands TV news broadcasts. News1. News2. News3. News4. News5.

On sale at: $6000.




10727. Cn. Pompeius Magnus Pius (Sextus Pompey, son of Pompey the Great), Imperatorial General, 42-38 BC. AE As (30mm, 21.54 g, 12h). Mint in Sicily. Laureate head of Janus with the features of Cn. Pompeius Magnus / Prow of quinquereme right. Crawford 479/1; CRI 336; Sydenham 1044; RPC I 671, B. Pompeia 20. Cohen 16. Good VF, dark greenish-brown patina, minor roughness. Obverse janiform male head, with the features of Pompey the Great, inscription MAGN above. Reverse prow of ship right, inscription PIVS above and IMP below.

Most of the coins of this issue are rather vague but on this example especially where the features are quite clear it appears to be that the two janiform heads are those of different individuals. The one on the left is clearly Pompey The Great, however the one on the right appears considerably younger with similar but different features. My guess is that this is actually the head of Sextus Pompey who struck the coin, the son of the elder Pompey. If I'm correct the usual description of this coin may require revision.

On sale at: $1450.




11237. GALERIUS ANTONINUS, son of Antoninus Pius. Cyprus, Uncertain mint. Diva Faustina Senior, with Galerius Antoninus. Died AD 140/1 and before AD 138. AE (27mm, 9.84 g, 12h). Struck circa AD 147. Veiled and draped bust of Diva Faustina Senior right, wearing stephane / Bare-headed and draped bust of Galerius Antoninus right. Overbeck, Galerius 14; SNG Copenhagen -; Lindgren III 940; Cohen 2 (Galerius and Faustina); Vagi 1517. Fine, mottled brown and black patina. Very rare. Rare portrait of this elusive emperor's son.

On sale at: $1750.




EXTREMELY RARE ROMAN CAESAR!

11517. VESPASIAN JR., c. 88-95 AD, struck 94/95 AD at Smyrna, Ionia. AE (17 mm, 2.321 g, 12h). Obverse: OYHΣΠAΣIANOΣ NEOTEPOC bare headed bust of Vespasian Junior right. Reverse: ΣMYPNAIΩN, Nike advancing right holding palm branch. BMC 316; RPC II 1028; Kose Plate 31 V4/R7; Vagi 1164. Dark green patina. VF. Extremely rare. RR! Only a few examples known, this one of the better ones.

After Domitian's own son died in 82 AD a successor to the throne was lacking. In order to have heirs for his title, Domitian adopted two sons of his cousin Flavius Clemens and Flavia Domitilla III (see entry above) who were his great-nephews. They were renamed Vespasianus and Domitianus. Vespasianus Jr. was originally named Titus Flavius Domitianus. However he soon realized that having potential heirs meant a potential rival and possible assassination. So he had their father Flavius Clemens executed in 95 AD and their mother Domitilla III banished and the two boys either killed or exiled though their exact fate is unknown. This act recoiled on him as he was soon murdered by Stefanus, the steward of Flavia Domitilla III. There are no known coins bearing a name or portrait for Domitian Jr., and only this single issue for Vespasian Jr.

On sale at: $3750.




VERY RARE LATE ROMAN EMPEROR

11450. LEO II, and Zeno, AV Tremissis, RIC 807 R3. CONOB = Constantinople mint. DN LEO ET ZENO PP AVG. Diademed bust of Leo II right. Rs. Victory with wreath and globus cruciger, 1.48 g. RIC 807 R3. GOLD, Very rare, kl Graffiti in right field. Very fine.

When Leo I named his grandson Leo II as emperor, the boy's grandmother, Aelia Verina, arranged that her son-in-law Zeno was appointed co-emperor with his son. Leo II sickened in the same year thus legitimately installing Zeno as emperor. Leo II (Latin: Flavius Leo Iunior Augustus, Leo II; (b. 467 - d. 17 November 474) was Byzantine Emperor for less than a year in 474. He was the son of Zeno and Ariadne, and maternal grandson of Leo I and Verina. As Leo's closest male relative, he was named successor upon his grandfather's death. After taking his father as colleague, he died of an unknown disease about 10 months into his reign in November, 474. It was widely rumored that he might have been poisoned by his mother Ariadne in order to bring her husband Zeno to the throne. He was indeed succeeded by his father, although his grandmother Verina took advantage of his death to conspire against Zeno.

On Sale at: $2750.




COMMEMORATIVE GAMES ISSUE

10436. VALERIAN I, 253-260. CILICIA, Tarsus. AE (35mm, 19.88 g, 6h). Radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind / Three agonistic urns on set on table. SNG France 1820 (same obv. die); SNG Levante 1185 (same obv. die). Near VF, greenish-brown patina, some surface roughness. These urns were given as prizes in ancient games similar to the Olympic games. A large coin well centered on a nice large flan.

On Sale at: $450.




11032. NERO AND POPPAEA, AD 54-68. BI Tetradrachm (25mm, 12.51 g, 12h). Dated RY 10 (AD 63/4). Radiate head of Nero right / Draped bust of Poppaea right; L I (date) before. Koln 157; Dattari (Savio) 196; K&G 14.78; RPC I 5275. VF, matte, grayish tone. Scarce and a superior example of the type.

On Sale at: $850.




CHOICE EXAMPLE!

10790. MACRIANUS, 260-261 AD. AR Antoninianus, RIC.14. Obv: Radiate cuir bust of Macrianus r. / Rev: Victory advancing r, holding wreath aloft and palm over her shoulder. 3.63gm, 21mm. VF, considerable silvering with nice deep gray toning. Very well struck, with a great portrait of this rare usurper. Seldom found this nice and much better than the fuzzy photo!

On Sale at: $750.




11016. SELEUKID KINGS, ANTIOCHOS HIERAX. Circa 242-227 BC. AR Tetradrachm (29mm, 16.27 g, 12h). Alexandria Troas mint. Head right, wearing winged diadem / Apollo seated left on omphalos, testing arrow, resting hand on bow; monograms to outer left and right; in exergue, horse grazing right. SC 877 var. (unlisted control on right); HGC 9, 399g. VF, nicely toned. An excellent style portrait. From the Stephen Glover Collection. Scarce.

On Sale at: $1450.




10480. PERGAMON, KINGS, EUMENES I. 263-241 BC. AR Tetradrachm (29mm, 16.26 g, 12h). Diademed head of Philetairos right / Athena seated left, supporting shield and resting elbow on small statuette on sphinx; ivy leaf above knee, bow behind, A on throne. Westermark dies V.VII/R.1b; SNG France 1604 (same obv. die). VF, darkly toned, some roughness.

On Sale at: $2750.




10872. SELEUCID KINGS, TIGRANES II, the Great, King of Armenia (95-56). Artaxata mint. Obv: Draped bust right, wearing five-pointed Armenian tiara. Rev: S L WS S L W G . Heracles, nude, lion's skin on the back, standing left, holding club with his right hand; in field left monogram, in right field. Bedoukian 101. Condition: Good very fine. Weight: 5.2 gm. Diameter: AE18 mm. Choice example with a clear excellent style portrait. Actually a more lifelike portrait than the silver tetradrachms.

In 83 BC the Syrians, wearied by the endless fratricidal wars of the Seleukids, called upon Tigranes II, the King of Armenia, to restore order in their country. He defeated Philip and ruled the Syrian kingdom for the following fourteen years, issuing coins on the Seleukid pattern. Eventually he was driven out of Syrian by the Roman general Lucullus.

On Sale at: $1350.




CHOICE EXAMPLE!

7669. CALIGULA, 37-41 AD. AE As. /Vesta std. l. EF. Choice example as good as they come.

On Sale at: $2750.




EXCEPTIONAL FINE STYLE PORTRAIT

7941. LARGE NERO PROVINCIAL, NERO, 54-68 AD. AE33 of Perinthos, Thrace struck 59-63 AD. [NEPWN K]AISAP ΣEBAΣTO[Σ]. Laureate bust left./[Π]EPIN / ΘIΩN. Apollo, chlayms behind left shoulder, loins draped, standing left, holding patera and sceptre. Schonert 230; RPC 1753; Varbanov 11. AEF. Beautiful young portrait of Nero. Rare.

On sale at: $1750.




10139. GALBA, 68-69 AD. AE34 Sestertius, RIC 392, BMC 79, Cohen 185, 25.50 g. Obverse: SER GALBA IMP CAESAR AVG TRP; laureate and draped bust right. Reverse: Roma helmeted and in military dress standing holding Victory and spear; SC ROMA across fields. F. Tiber patina. An excellent high contrast and centered portrait for the grade. A very large portrait.

On Sale at: $1150.




11048. DOMITIAN MEDALLION, AD 81-96. Thrace, Philippopolis. AE Medallion (37mm, 25.39 g, 7h). Struck AD 88-89. Laureate head right / Tyche standing facing, head left, holding grain ears; to lower left, river god Hebrus reclining right, leaning on overturned urn and holding branch. Mouchmov, Philippopolis 3; Varbanov 620; RPC II 351. VF, green patina. Scarce. A nice example.

On Sale at: $2450.




RARE LATE ROMAN SESTERTIUS

10157. AEMILIAN. 253 AD. AE Sestertius (27mm - 14.54 g). Rome mint. [IMP A]EMILIANVS PIVS FEL AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind / RO[MAE AETE]RN, S-C across fields, Roma standing left, holding Phoenix on globe in right hand, transverse spear in left hand, left elbow resting on shield set on ground. RIC IV 38. VF, greenish brown patina. Rare as are all Aemilian sestertii.

On Sale at: $950.




10277. TIBERIUS, 14-37. AE dupondius. Commagene mint. Struck 19/20 AD. 29 mm, 15.8 g. TI CAESAR DIVI AVGVSTI F AVGVSTVS, laureate head. Reverse - PON MAXIM COS III IMP VII TR POT XXII, crossed cornucopia and winged caduceus. RPC 3869, RIC 90. Large 30mm flan, heavy 14.6g. EF with choice glossy black patina. One of the best examples of this type I've carried.

The caduceus was originally the herald's staff carried by Mercury, the messenger of the gods. Although it was adorned with vines at one time, it came to be decorated with intertwined snakes as the result of an incident in which Mercury used the staff to separate two fighting snakes. Thus the caduceus became a representation of the resolution of quarrels, and since snakes were also closely associated with healing, it also became the symbol of the medical profession. Roman gods and goddesses often had multiple duties, and Mercury moonlighted as the god of trade. He is additionally represented on this coin by the two cornucopias which signify commercial prosperity. The obverse inscription TI CAESAR DIVI AUGUSTI F AUGUSTUS (Tiberius Caesar, son of the divine Augustus) was a bit of propaganda by Tiberius to associate himself with his popular stepfather. Bronze coins with Tiberius' portrait are scarce, especially anywhere nearly as nice as this exceptional piece. A beautiful coin with a fine silky black patina.

On Sale at: $1250




6636. JULIUS MARINUS, father of Philip I. AE23 of Philippopolis, Arabia, S2623a, BMC2. Bare-headed bust of Marinus r. supported by eagle/Roma stg. l. holding patera & resting spear on shield, SC. Good Fine, and nearly as good as the Sear example. (£1500). Very rare!

On Sale at: $1650.




THE EMPEROR MARCUS AURELIUS

7216. A FINE ROMAN INTAGLIO IMPRESSION OF MARCUS AURELIUS, c. 2nd century AD. Fired clay stamped with right facing head of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius. 17mm.

On Sale at: $1250.




THE TRIBUTE PENNY OF THE BIBLE IN GOLD

8882. TIBERIUS, 14-37 AD. Gold aureus, RIC I 25, HRIC 6a. /PONTIF MAXIM, Livia (as Pax) std. r. This is the same coin type that was the Tribute Penny mentioned in the Bible except stuck in gold as an aureus rather than the usual silver denarius. Good VF with complete legends and all devices clear.

On Sale at: $4750




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, toned, light surface roughness and minor cleaning scratches. 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 a little better have sold upwards of $37,000.

On Sale at: $17,500.




SCARCE PORTRAIT OF A ROMAN TRIBUNE

11373. C. ANTIUS C.F. RESTIO. Denarius, 3.55g. (8h). Rome, 47 BC. Obv: Head of the tribune Antius Restio right, RESTIO behind. Rx: Hercules walking right, with club and trophy, lion's skin over arm, C ANTIVS CF to right. Crawford 455/1a. Sydenham 970. RSC Antia 1. Sear, Imperators 34. Beautifully toned; minor area of weak strike on head. VF, a very nice example. Provenance: Ex Randy Haviland Collection. Ex Triton VI, 14 January 2003, lot 768. Ex Tony Hardy Collection.

On Sale at: $1750.




FIGURE OF BRUTUS, ASSASSIN OF CAESAR

9343. BRUTUS, ASSASSIN OF CAESAR, Minted at Thrace, Koson, 1st century BC. Gold Stater, Sear 1733. Brutus, the assassin of Caesar, and 2 lictors walking l./Eagle with wreath. EF. Struck after Caesar's death by the command of Brutus.

On Sale at: $1750.




CHOICE EF EXAMPLE

10474. PONTOS, KINGS, MITHRADATES VI, 120-63 B.C. Gold stater (in the name of Lysimachos), time of the 1st Mithradatic War, 88-86 B.C. Head of deified Alexander the Great wearing horn of Ammon right. Rv. BASILEWS LYSIMAXOY; Athena enthroned l., Δ to inner left below her outstretched arm, &Sigma below and trident in ex. De Callatay, p.141v, SNG Cop. 1091v, AMNG 2480v. EF. Choice example much superior to almost all on the market.

On Sale at: $2500.




11005. PONTOS, KINGS, MITHRADATES VI, Thrace, Odessos mint. Circa 80-72/1 BC. AR Tetradrachm (26mm, 16.21 g, 12h). In the name and types of Alexander III of Macedon. Mithradatic alliance issue. Struck circa 120-90 BC. Head of Herakles right, with the features of Mithradates VI of Pontos, wearing lion skin / Zeus Aetophoros seated left; ΛAKΩ in left field, OΔH in exergue. Price 1193; Callatay group 3 (D3/R1); Topalov, Odesos 32. Good VF, toned. Considerably better than usual portrait of this historically important and powerful king.

On Sale at: $1450.




RARE LARGE DYNASTIC BRONZE

6124. VESPASIAN AND TITUS, Alexandria, year 8 (A.D. 75-76). ∆ Drachm (18.03 gm). Obverse laureate head of Vespasian right. Reverse laureate head of Titus right. Koln 307. Dattari 351 var. Milne 443 var. VF, buff-brown patina. Rare and a choice portrait example. Ex. CNG 53, 1201.

On Sale at: $1750.




10158. TREBONIANUS GALLUS. 251-253 AD. AE Sestertius (30mm - 19.35 g). Rome mint. IMP CAES C VIBIVS TREBONIANVS GALLVS AVG, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right. / CONCORDIA AVGG, S-C cross fields, Concordia standing left, holding patera in right hand, double cornucopia in left. RIC IV 105a. VF, greenish-brown patina. Excellent portrait and flan for these. Scarce in this condition.

On Sale at: $850.




10799. SALONINA, wife of Gallienus. Augusta, 254-268 AD. AE Sestertius (28mm - 12.11 g). Rome mint. CORNELIA [SALONINA AVG], draped bust right, wearing stephane / [VENVS GENE]TRIX, S C across field, Venus standing left, holding apple in extended right hand, scepter in left; at feet to left, Cupid standing right, raising hands. RIC V 48 var.; MIR 36, 236d. Near VF, brown patina, usual small squarish flan. Sestertii of Salonina are rare.

On Sale at: $450.




10303. GALERIA VALERIA, Augusta, AD 293(?)-311. AE Follis (23mm, 6.88 g, 6h). Alexandria mint, 3rd officina. Struck AD 308-310. Diademed and draped bust right / Venus standing facing, head left, holding up apple and raising drapery over shoulder; K-Γ/P//ALE. RIC VI 110. Good VF, dark brown patina with lighter green highlights.

On Sale at: $450.




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11402. CONSTANTINE VII PORPHYROGENITUS, with ROMANUS I. 913-959. AV Solidus (18mm, 4.03 g, 6h). Constantinople mint. Struck 950-955. Facing bust of Christ Pantokrator / Crowned facing busts of Constantine VII, wearing loros, and Romanus II, wearing chlamys, holding patriarchal cross between them. DOC 15; Füeg 15.C.2; SB 1751. Near VF. Scarce.

On Sale at: $1450.







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